Troy School District 287

From the Desk of the THS Counselor

Shannon Morris
Counselor,Troy Junior Senior High School
smorris@troysd287.org 
(208) 835-2361 ext. 207
 
 
 
 
 

September 2017

 

A NOTE FROM THE COUNSELOR – Mrs. Morris

Welcome back to another school year! Hopefully it will be full of new and exciting experiences. There is a lot going on and a lot to keep track of. Here is some information on many

of the upcoming exams, deadlines, and events that are coming up soon.

Important Information for Seniors:

FAFSA:

The FAFSA opens on October 1, 2017. This needs to be completed in order to receive scholarships, grants, work-study and other financial aid from universities. In order to complete the FAFSA, you will need to create for FSA ID. You may create your FSA ID now.

According to the FAFSA Website, “An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at fafsa.gov.

If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.”

The link to create a FSA ID is: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid

FAFSA Night is October 9, 2017!

· We will meet in the Computer Lab from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

· Financial aid counselors from the University of Idaho will be available to walk you through the FAFSA. Take advantage of the free FAFSA help!

· Both parent and student will need a FSA ID!

Priority Deadlines:

Many colleges and universities have a priority deadline of December 1. This is first deadline to apply for college and receive school scholarships and financial aid. It is important to apply to college before Dec. 1.

ACT/SAT:

If senior students wish to retake the SAT or take the ACT they need to do so as soon as possible. Registration and other information about these tests can be found at www.act.org and www.collegeboard.org.

Senior Reviews:

I will be meeting with each of the seniors individually. This is a 15 minute meeting to discuss their future plans, where they are in the process, and what resources and next steps need to be taken to move forward.

Direct Admissions to Idaho Public Colleges:

Your student should be receiving a letter from the Idaho State Board of Education notifying them of the Idaho colleges and universities that they have already accepted them for admission. Please read the letter carefully, check the deadlines, and follow the instructions to confirm admission to the college of their choice.

Single Application to Idaho Public Colleges:

Apply Idaho, is expected to launch in September 2017. It allows Idaho students to submit applications to any or all eight of Idaho’s public colleges and universities at one time. Check out the videos for students and parents, at nextsteps.idaho.gov/resources/apply-idaho/, to learn more about Apply Idaho.

ASVAB:

The ASVAB will be given in school on October 17. Juniors and Seniors may sign up for this exam. The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. In addition to the military the results can be used to evaluate interests and help in determining career goals, and gives the students access to the ASVAB Career Exploration Program.

Scholarships:

Each month we will be putting out a scholarship list. The list will be delivered to the students and posted on the school website. Take advantage of this list to look for scholarships that your student may qualify for and have them apply for those scholarships. Receiving several small scholarships can be just a beneficial as receiving one big one, so have them apply for as many as possible. Also, a good website to look for scholarships in addition to the monthly list is https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/all-scholarships-2/

Important Information for underclassmen:

PSAT/NMSQT:

The PSAT will be given to Juniors and Sophomores on October 11 in school. This is a good practice for the SAT as well as the qualifying test for Juniors for the National Merit Scholarship. Sophomores do not have to pay to take the PSAT. Juniors will need to pay $16.

ASVAB:

The ASVAB will be given in school on October 17. Juniors and Seniors may sign up for this exam. The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. In addition to the military the results can be used to evaluate interests and help in determining career goals, and gives the students access to the ASVAB Career Exploration Program.

SAT:

Junior students will be taking the SAT in school on April 10, 2018. This school day SAT is free. Student may set up practice sessions through Khan Academy. Additional information on the SAT can be found by visiting www.collegeboard.org.

ACT:

Junior students are encouraged to take the ACT this fall. Taking it now provides the opportunity to take it again later with the possibility of increasing scores. This test is taken on specific dates. Registration and other information about this test can be found at www.act.org.

In addition to meeting with students, I am also available to meet with parents. Please feel free to contact me at any time during the school year if you would like to discuss your student’s needs, have concerns, need information, or need further resources.

Sincerely,

Shannon Morris

Troy School District Counselor

Troy Junior / Senior High School is dedicated to the empowerment of students to become responsible and productive members of society through education for a lifetime.

PRIDE                                    HONOR                                  TRADITION


102 W Fifth Street    PO Box 280
Troy, Idaho 83871    Phone: (208) 835-3791
Brad Malm, Superintendent    bmalm@troysd287.org