11th Grade


Juniors should update the participation section of their folder.  Keeping track of your present activities, awards, employment, and community service will be important in preparing you for college applications and scholarships during your senior year.  Your folder also has the Occupation Review(s) and Occupations List you completed as a sophomore.   Please continue to look at these occupations and other possibilities for your future.   This year with your counselors you will:
1) Review your transcript, complete a credit check, and register for your senior year
2) Register for tests of your choice: PSAT, SAT, ACT
3) Enter the Career Connections system and its offerings and add on to your career study and update resume.
4) Learn about Financial Aid Night, College Fair opportunities, letters of recommendation, NCAA, Student Opportunities, college/military recruitment, graduation requirements, making a college choice, and college testing and entrance information
5) Review this entire website with your counselors

JUNIORS AND THE ACT/SAT: College Entrance Exams

Some juniors have been asking “should I take the ACT or SAT now or later?” We encourage ALL college-bound
juniors to take the ACT and/or SAT during 2nd semester of their junior year. The reason for waiting until 2nd semester is that a number of the questions used in the ACT or SAT relate to courses that juniors are currently taking. Taking the test earlier in the year means that the student has not had enough of the proper coursework to tackle these tests well. Remember to register early so you can take the test at O'Neill High School. Taking the ACT at your home school is highly
recommended. Testing in the 2nd semester of the junior year permits an early introduction to the tests with ample opportunities to re-test later. O'Neill High will be offering an ACT Prep Course for Juniors before the April 9th ACT.
Becoming familiar with the content and format of the test questions is one of the best preparations for the test. Registration packets are available in the Guidance Office or you can register on-line at ACT – www.actstudent.org
SAT –www.collegeboard.com
Test Date  Registration Deadline
December 11, 2010        November 5, 2010
February 12, 2011          January 7, 2011
April 9, 2011                  March 4, 2011
June 11, 2011                May 6, 2011

Test Date  Registration Deadline
December 4, 2010            November 5, 2010
January 22, 2011             December 23, 2010
March 12, 2011                February 11, 2011
May 7, 2011                    April 8, 2011
June 4, 2011                   May 20, 2011               

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) will be offered to all juniors WHO SIGN UP FOR IT at O'Neill High School on the morning  Octover 13 in Mod 4.  Successful test-taker may be eligible for National Merit Awards.

This Career Exploration Program is designed to help you learn more about yourself and the world of work, identify and explore potentially satisfying occupations, and develop an effective strategy to realize your goals. ASVAB will be given on December 8th @ 8:45 a.m.

Juniors should use NEBRASKA CAREER CONNECTIONS to find an occupation that best matches their strengths, interests, and post-secondary possibilities.


*The RECRUITMENT/COLLEGE VISITS link provides juniors a list of the times and dates that colleges and military recruiters will be at O'Neill High School to provide informational sessions.   These sessions provide information about  programs, tuition, housing, financial aid, entrance requirements, etc.   Interested juniors can register for these in-school visits in the counselors' office.  Students will receive passes from class to attend. 

*The RECOMMENDATION LETTER link will be of assistance when students need a letter of recommendation.  This form can be filled out and given to a teacher, employer, etc. to help him or her write a thorough letter of recommendation.  If you ask one of the counselors to write you a letter, he or she will require this form and at least one-week's notice. 

*Use the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS link to ensure that you are gaining the credits that you need to graduate and to know what course-track your counselors recommend to best prepare you for college. 

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