News from your Guidance Counselor September 2012
Ms. Carla Miller
Putnam County R-1
INTRODUCTION TO SENIORS AND PARENTS:
This is the first of two newsletters that will be sent to you from my office. It is my hope that you will gain information to help you and your child in making good, sound decisions for his or her future. I will be giving you information about financial aid, colleges, and other topics. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at (660) 947-2481 (Ext. 308).
The college fair will be on Monday, October 15th, from 9-10:30 A.M. Putnam County will host the fair this year in the high school gym. Over 40 colleges and universities, trade and technical schools, and the Armed Forces have been invited to attend. Parents are also welcome to attend the fair!
Seniors should get their ACT Tests taken as soon as possible. Registration is at www.actstudent.org. Practice ACT tests and tip information on the web can be found at www.act.org. ACT scores may determine college entrance as well as scholarship amounts. Most seniors took the ACT during his/her junior year. Students may take the test more than once. Colleges accept the highest score. The following is a list of test dates and registration deadlines:
Deadline- Test Date-
September 21, 2012 October 27, 2012*
November 2, 2012 December 8, 2012*
January 11, 2013 February 9, 2013*
March 8, 2013 April 13, 2013*
May 3, 2013 June 8, 2013*
*Test will be given at PC.
Financial Aid Night will be Monday, October 29th at 6:30 P.M. in the middle school auditorium. Mark your calendar and reserve that night. You will receive information on grants, loans, and scholarships. In addition, local scholarships will be given out at that time. This is a meeting that all parents and seniors should attend.
NCAA Clearinghouse evaluates academic records to determine if students are eligible to participate at a Division I or II college as a freshman student athlete. If a senior thinks he/she may play college sports, have them go online at ncaa.org to receive more information.
Scholarships are sent to my office throughout the school year. A list of these can be found on the bulletin board outside of my office. Please encourage your child to check the list on a regular basis. Parents may come by anytime to pick up an updated list or check the school website.
Seniors may take two college days during his/her senior year. Seniors must have a signed letter from parents PRIOR to the date of the college day(s). SENIORS MUST also bring back a SIGNED note from the college stating that he/she visited the campus on the particular date of the visit. This must be delivered to the high school office the first school day back from the visit. Both college visits must be used by MARCH 14, 2013.
Seniors (and juniors) will have the opportunity to visit two colleges with me. This year we will visit Missouri Western in St. Joseph on Wednesday, October 17th and North Central Missouri College in Trenton and Grand River Tech in Chillicothe on Monday, October 22, 2013. Students will need to turn in a signed permission slip to Ms. Miller. Please encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity. It is important to get permission slips turned in as soon as possible before the bus fills up.
COLLEGE REP VISITS: Several college representatives will visit Putnam County High School. These visits typically take place during activity periods (11:27-11:47) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please encourage your child to take advantage of these opportunities. Parents are also welcome to attend. Here is a list of the scheduled visits as of now:
University of MO-Columbia September 17, 2012
Missouri State University September 18, 2012
Missouri Western September 24, 2012
TRANSCRIPTS (Official vs. Unofficial)-Students may request an unofficial transcript to use when completing applications. Official transcripts will be sent directly to the college. Let me know when you need one sent. Students may also deliver official transcripts as long as the seal is not broken. Final transcripts with graduation date will be sent at the end of May.
SENIOR AD/SENIOR VIDEO: Mrs. Melissa Schmidli is in charge of the senior ad for the yearbook. The deadline for submitting the ad and payment is January 31st. Mrs. Kathy Rhodes is in charge of the senior video. Parents need to submit a baby picture and a senior picture for the tribute.
SENIOR PICTURES: All seniors will take pictures for the yearbook and senior composite. Seniors should dress appropriately (no T-Shirts please). Seniors will receive proofs and must select one pose. Pictures may also be purchased after selecting the proof. No money is needed the day the picture is taken. Pay when returning the proofs. ALL PROOFS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL.
JOSTENS: Seniors may order graduation announcements and accessories from Jostens. The rep will be here on October 8, 2012. The rep will be back on October 15th to take orders and collect the $60 deposit. Seniors DO NOT have to order from Jostens. However every senior must give the rep their height and weight measurements for caps and gowns (purchased by the class).
SENIOR TRIP DEPOSIT: The trip deposit of $100 must be paid to Mrs. Quint by October 30, 2012. Seniors that sold 12 or more food items only owe $75 for the trip deposit. Students graduating at semester or becoming part-time will not be eligible to go on the senior trip.
CLASS DUES: Dues are $10.00 per year for a total of $40.00. These are due by May 1st. Make checks payable to PC R-1. Give to Ms. Miller.
FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS: Senior year is a very expensive year. Please make sure all financial obligations are taken care of by May. Obligations could include: textbook fees, Ag. project supplies, lost uniform fees, club membership dues, etc. It is the responsibility of the senior to find out how much money he or she may owe. Lunch bills should also be caught up by May. Please don’t wait until the last minute to take care of these obligations. They add up fast. Thanks for your cooperation.
*All dates are subject to change. Please check the high school bulletin for dates.