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 2018


A NOTE FROM THE COUNSELOR – Mrs. Morris

 

Welcome back to another school year! We are already off to a great start! We expect this year to 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:

Enrichment Time: 

Seniors are spending Enrichment time (the first 20 minutes of each day) in the computer lab with Mrs. Christensen. Mrs. Christensen is our College and Career Mentor. She is available to help the seniors do research on careers and degrees. We will also be using this time to help the seniors get organized, complete college applications, complete scholarship applications, and prepare for the transition to their next step in life. I will be meeting with them periodically to provide any additional assistance they may need.
 

FAFSA:

The FAFSA opens on October 1, 2018. 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 23, 2018!

· We will meet in the Computer Lab from 6:30 – 7:30 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 colleges before Dec. 1. Students who are still deciding which college to attend should apply to each college on their list. Most Idaho colleges/universities do not charge an application fee.

 

ACT/SAT:

If senior students wish to retake the SAT or take the ACT they need to do so as soon as possible. October is the last time seniors should take college entrance exams so there is time for the scores to reach the colleges before their priority deadlines. Registration and other information about these tests can be found at www.act.org and www.collegeboard.org.

 

Senior Reviews:

I have been 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.

 

ASVAB:

The ASVAB will be given in school on October 18. 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. The ASVAB is given free of charge.

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:

Enrichment Time:

Juniors are spending Enrichment time (the first 20 minutes of each day) in the business lab with Mr. Carlstrom. They are spending their time preparing for the SAT. They are using the Official SAT Practice provided by Khan Academy that is linked to the PSAT scores and directs their study to areas where they need the most help. This is a great resource, and also provides practice tests. According to Khan Academy, students who study for the SAT for 20 hours on Khan Academy’s free Official SAT Practice have shown an average score gain of 115 points.
 
Mrs. Christensen is our College and Career Mentor. She is available to help the students do research on careers and degrees. If students have questions and need help with researching information, they may talk to Mrs. Christensen.
 

PSAT/NMSQT:

The PSAT will be given to Juniors and Sophomores on October 10 at Troy Jr/Sr High School . This is a good practice for the SAT as well as the qualifying test for Juniors for the National Merit Scholarship. The score results from this exam will be used by Khan Academy to provide individualized practice for the SAT.

 

ASVAB:

The ASVAB will be given in school on October 18. 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. The ASVAB is given free of charge.
 

SAT:

Junior students will be taking the SAT in school on April 9, 2019. 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.


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

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