Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.


My Senior To-Do List or Senior Tri-fold 2020-2021

School Profile 2020-2021

Virtual College Visits

FAFSA FLYER 2020-2021

Yearbook and Senior Pictures

In order to have your photo (your child’s photo) published in the yearbook, students need to have them emailed or dropped off to Mr. Holsinger by January 15.

It is ESSENTIAL that ALL seniors have their pictures taken by Lifetouch on picture day in October so they will have a picture in the yearbook. We understand that not all seniors will have their pictures taken separately by professional photographers so that is why it’s so important that all students have their pictures taken by Lifetouch. If students skip “picture day” then there is no guarantee that they will appear in the yearbook.

After Lifetouch takes the pictures, a disk of those pictures is sent to Jostens, the yearbook company we use, and those pictures are placed on the yearbook pages.

Regarding senior pictures, new pictures sent into the school are used to replace the ones taken by Lifetouch in the senior section of the yearbook. So, if a student skips picture day, then we can’t replace their picture and then if one is brought in or emailed in later, that student will be placed at the end of the senior picture section. The reason this happens is because we can’t just add a picture on a page and have the rest of the photos move down one space. The program we use to build the yearbook does not allow for this.

That is why it’s so important to make sure everyone has a picture taken in October by Lifetouch. Plus, those photos are used for school badges.

Senior Picture Requirements

·       Head and shoulder photograph only (We want to see faces.)

·       NO Hats or sunglasses

·       NO Filters

·       Senior should be the only one in photograph (No pets or siblings.)

·       Color photos are the best to send

·       Photographs should be 5x7 inches with a 200 resolution

Photographs should be sent to rholsinger@gips.org.

Prices for the yearbooks this year will be $50 and must be ordered by May 1, 20121.

Yearbooks can be ordered through Jostens and will be mailed out in July. Orders must be placed by using a credit/debit card. Cash and checks are not accepted. For students wanting to have their yearbooks signed early by classmates and teachers, a separate insert can be obtained from Mr. Holsinger and then it can be placed permanently in the back of the yearbook

Please contact Mr. Holsinger if you have any questions regarding the yearbook or senior pictures.

CLASS OF 2021

A feature in the yearbook this year will be senior quotes. If you are unfamiliar with what that will entail, we will be letting all seniors submit a quote that will appear underneath their picture in the yearbook.

These quotes can be your own original words, others words that have inspired you, TV shows or movies, etc. We will have a few guidelines for them, however, to ensure that the yearbook is school appropriate.

These guidelines include: A character limit of 70. Your quote can not be any longer than 70 characters, to save space. Your quote must be appropriate to put in the yearbook. This will be your legacy to everyone else in your class. No swears, drugs, sexual references or innuendos. These quotes will also be reviewed by the Yearbook Staff. If you quote a lyric or line from a TV show/movie, remember to attribute it. For example; “I have a dream” -Martin Luther King

No political messages. 

Make sure that this form is submitted by January 15th- you also need your senior pictures submitted to the yearbook by this time.

GRADUATION CAP/GOWN & ANNOUNCEMENT ORDERS

Please read the following carefully:
There are two components to ordering items for graduation.

1. Cap and gown unit
2. All other optional graduation merchandise: Jostens

Every student who is graduating will need a new cap & gown unit (cap, gown, tassel & diploma) in order to be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. The cost for the cap & gown unit is $40. 

Cap & gown unit orders and payments will be taken when students complete this

Class of 2021 Form.
Payment for cap and gown unit is due by Thursday, December 20th.

All other graduation product ordering information can be found here: Jostens

10 Reasons to Apply to Colleges in October!

1. The earlier students apply, the sooner they will hear from colleges! 
2. The sooner an application is complete, the sooner their name is sent to financial aid for scholarship consideration and students will find out about Honors Programs and the benefits. 
3. Students can get your college online files set up with email, ID numbers and PIN numbers.
Students can check your application status online. 
4. The sooner a student's application file is complete, the better the opportunities.
(If you want a dorm room, the sooner you apply the better.)
5. Late students at some colleges are at a disadvantage for opportunities. 
7. Coaches will contact students about college athletics. Fine Arts will post audition dates. 
6. Students can visit with College Department Chairs to learn about departmental scholarship opportunities.
7. Universities have career information online to help students choose a major. 
8. The colleges will identify any high school deficiencies early and students can work with their high school counselor to get them taken care of in the spring of their senior year. 
9. Some colleges may waive the application fee if students apply early and apply online.
10. Students can access support services right away if they have an IEP or have other accommodations.

FAFSA

Six Items and 22 Minutes: All You Need to Fill Out the FAFSA

1. Create an FSA ID. You and a parent must each create a username and password at FSA ID that will serve as your Federal Student Aid (FSA) IDs for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will each need your own email address to create an FSA ID. You and your parent must create separate FSA IDs. Create this first!

You and your parent’s Social Security or Alien Registration number. Here’s what to do if your parent doesn’t have a Social Security number.

·         Driver’s license (if you have one)

·         Your and your parent’s federal income tax returns and W-2s from 2019 (you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import this data!)

·         Bank statement

·         If applicable, other records of money earned, and records of investments and untaxed income

Don’t worry if you can’t find these materials right away: you can start the FAFSA and come back as many times as you need to update information or add schools. The important thing is to get started!

 

2. Complete the FAFSA at FAFSA Website on or after October 1. The FAFSA is your application for federal, state, and college-based financial aid. The colleges you list on the application will use that information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid they will award you.

3. FAFSA YouTube Channel. Attend a financial aid meeting, look for this in the announcements. Then, contact Jacquie at 308-234-6310 Ext. 303 to make an appointment, if needed. She will set up an appointment to meet with you and your parents. Be sure you have created an FSA ID before you meet.

College and Scholarship Essay Workshop

The GIPS Foundation is sponsoring a College and Scholarship Essay Workshop sometime in November, more details to be determined.  Seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend.  We introduce our online scholarship system and present examples, techniques, rubrics and helpful tips. Students are asked to bring their laptops.


Spanish translation will be available via headsets.

Can I be excused for a College Open House or College Visit?

Yes, GISH will allow you two college visit days, but we encourage you to schedule visits on days GISH is not in session. Your parent/guardian needs to excuse you and inform the attendance secretary about your college visit (385-5950) at least 2 days prior to your visit. It is the student's responsibility to do any makeup work prior to being absent. Many colleges provide opportunities for students and parents/guardians to tour their campuses. Students usually get to meet staff members, see the dorms, take a closer look at academic programs, or attend extracurricular activities. Often, students can make appointments with advisors, fine arts directors, or coaches. VISIT ANY COLLEGE WEB SITE AND LEARN HOW TO SCHEDULE A CAMPUS VISIT! 

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN ATHLETICS, YOU NEED TO CONTACT COACHES, SEND YOUR STATS, SEND VIDEOS, APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND HAVE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL COACH CALL COLLEGE COACHES.

To practice and play as a freshman at an NCAA Division I or II College, the student athlete must satisfy the requirements of NCAA bylaws. Your eligibility is determined by a qualifier index, which includes your GPA in core classes and your ACT scores. The NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse Application is available online at eligibility website.

NAIA Eligibility

The NAIA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the NAIA eligibility of first-time student-athletes. Any student playing NAIA sports for the first time must meet the eligibility requirements. Students must have their eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA schools are bound by the center's decisions. Colleges that require NAIA eligibility are usually private schools such as Doane, Hastings College, Midland University, Concordia, and York. Students must send their ACT scores to the NAIA Eligibility center and the ACT code number is 9876.

Transferring Nebraska if you are a college student considering transferring courses, an adult returning to college or a high school student with college credit.

MIDTERM GRADUATES

Midterm graduation will be held on Thursday, December 17th at 2:00 pm as a virtual celebration. More details and information to come.

Midterm graduate cap and gown unit payment is due Friday, November 5th.

Chromebook check in is December 14th in the media center.

For free help with college planning, contact EducationQuest Foundation:

Kearney - 308-234-6310, 800-666-3721

UNL Application Waiver Event

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 18, you can apply to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for free. Nebraska will waive the $45 application fee for all resident first-time freshmen and transfer students who wish to apply for the Fall 2021 term. To apply to Nebraska for free, you should enter NUforNE in the Application Fee Waiver Code field at the end of Nebraska’s application at apply-now. This year, we know that it may be difficult for you to take the ACT or SAT because of public health concerns. To support students, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is test-optional for both university admission and scholarships.

Media Inquiries
Jennifer Worthington, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1124
Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.


My Senior To-Do List or Senior Tri-fold 2020-2021

School Profile 2020-2021

Virtual College Visits

FAFSA FLYER 2020-2021

Yearbook and Senior Pictures

In order to have your photo (your child’s photo) published in the yearbook, students need to have them emailed or dropped off to Mr. Holsinger by January 15.

It is ESSENTIAL that ALL seniors have their pictures taken by Lifetouch on picture day in October so they will have a picture in the yearbook. We understand that not all seniors will have their pictures taken separately by professional photographers so that is why it’s so important that all students have their pictures taken by Lifetouch. If students skip “picture day” then there is no guarantee that they will appear in the yearbook.

After Lifetouch takes the pictures, a disk of those pictures is sent to Jostens, the yearbook company we use, and those pictures are placed on the yearbook pages.

Regarding senior pictures, new pictures sent into the school are used to replace the ones taken by Lifetouch in the senior section of the yearbook. So, if a student skips picture day, then we can’t replace their picture and then if one is brought in or emailed in later, that student will be placed at the end of the senior picture section. The reason this happens is because we can’t just add a picture on a page and have the rest of the photos move down one space. The program we use to build the yearbook does not allow for this.

That is why it’s so important to make sure everyone has a picture taken in October by Lifetouch. Plus, those photos are used for school badges.

Senior Picture Requirements

·       Head and shoulder photograph only (We want to see faces.)

·       NO Hats or sunglasses

·       NO Filters

·       Senior should be the only one in photograph (No pets or siblings.)

·       Color photos are the best to send

·       Photographs should be 5x7 inches with a 200 resolution

Photographs should be sent to rholsinger@gips.org.

Prices for the yearbooks this year will be $50 and must be ordered by May 1, 20121.

Yearbooks can be ordered through Jostens and will be mailed out in July. Orders must be placed by using a credit/debit card. Cash and checks are not accepted. For students wanting to have their yearbooks signed early by classmates and teachers, a separate insert can be obtained from Mr. Holsinger and then it can be placed permanently in the back of the yearbook

Please contact Mr. Holsinger if you have any questions regarding the yearbook or senior pictures.

CLASS OF 2021

A feature in the yearbook this year will be senior quotes. If you are unfamiliar with what that will entail, we will be letting all seniors submit a quote that will appear underneath their picture in the yearbook.

These quotes can be your own original words, others words that have inspired you, TV shows or movies, etc. We will have a few guidelines for them, however, to ensure that the yearbook is school appropriate.

These guidelines include: A character limit of 70. Your quote can not be any longer than 70 characters, to save space. Your quote must be appropriate to put in the yearbook. This will be your legacy to everyone else in your class. No swears, drugs, sexual references or innuendos. These quotes will also be reviewed by the Yearbook Staff. If you quote a lyric or line from a TV show/movie, remember to attribute it. For example; “I have a dream” -Martin Luther King

No political messages. 

Make sure that this form is submitted by January 15th- you also need your senior pictures submitted to the yearbook by this time.

GRADUATION CAP/GOWN & ANNOUNCEMENT ORDERS

Please read the following carefully:
There are two components to ordering items for graduation.

1. Cap and gown unit
2. All other optional graduation merchandise: Jostens

Every student who is graduating will need a new cap & gown unit (cap, gown, tassel & diploma) in order to be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. The cost for the cap & gown unit is $40. 

Cap & gown unit orders and payments will be taken when students complete this

Class of 2021 Form.
Payment for cap and gown unit is due by Thursday, December 20th.

All other graduation product ordering information can be found here: Jostens

10 Reasons to Apply to Colleges in October!

1. The earlier students apply, the sooner they will hear from colleges! 
2. The sooner an application is complete, the sooner their name is sent to financial aid for scholarship consideration and students will find out about Honors Programs and the benefits. 
3. Students can get your college online files set up with email, ID numbers and PIN numbers.
Students can check your application status online. 
4. The sooner a student's application file is complete, the better the opportunities.
(If you want a dorm room, the sooner you apply the better.)
5. Late students at some colleges are at a disadvantage for opportunities. 
7. Coaches will contact students about college athletics. Fine Arts will post audition dates. 
6. Students can visit with College Department Chairs to learn about departmental scholarship opportunities.
7. Universities have career information online to help students choose a major. 
8. The colleges will identify any high school deficiencies early and students can work with their high school counselor to get them taken care of in the spring of their senior year. 
9. Some colleges may waive the application fee if students apply early and apply online.
10. Students can access support services right away if they have an IEP or have other accommodations.

FAFSA

Six Items and 22 Minutes: All You Need to Fill Out the FAFSA

1. Create an FSA ID. You and a parent must each create a username and password at FSA ID that will serve as your Federal Student Aid (FSA) IDs for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will each need your own email address to create an FSA ID. You and your parent must create separate FSA IDs. Create this first!

You and your parent’s Social Security or Alien Registration number. Here’s what to do if your parent doesn’t have a Social Security number.

·         Driver’s license (if you have one)

·         Your and your parent’s federal income tax returns and W-2s from 2019 (you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import this data!)

·         Bank statement

·         If applicable, other records of money earned, and records of investments and untaxed income

Don’t worry if you can’t find these materials right away: you can start the FAFSA and come back as many times as you need to update information or add schools. The important thing is to get started!

 

2. Complete the FAFSA at FAFSA Website on or after October 1. The FAFSA is your application for federal, state, and college-based financial aid. The colleges you list on the application will use that information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid they will award you.

3. FAFSA YouTube Channel. Attend a financial aid meeting, look for this in the announcements. Then, contact Jacquie at 308-234-6310 Ext. 303 to make an appointment, if needed. She will set up an appointment to meet with you and your parents. Be sure you have created an FSA ID before you meet.

College and Scholarship Essay Workshop

The GIPS Foundation is sponsoring a College and Scholarship Essay Workshop sometime in November, more details to be determined.  Seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend.  We introduce our online scholarship system and present examples, techniques, rubrics and helpful tips. Students are asked to bring their laptops.


Spanish translation will be available via headsets.

Can I be excused for a College Open House or College Visit?

Yes, GISH will allow you two college visit days, but we encourage you to schedule visits on days GISH is not in session. Your parent/guardian needs to excuse you and inform the attendance secretary about your college visit (385-5950) at least 2 days prior to your visit. It is the student's responsibility to do any makeup work prior to being absent. Many colleges provide opportunities for students and parents/guardians to tour their campuses. Students usually get to meet staff members, see the dorms, take a closer look at academic programs, or attend extracurricular activities. Often, students can make appointments with advisors, fine arts directors, or coaches. VISIT ANY COLLEGE WEB SITE AND LEARN HOW TO SCHEDULE A CAMPUS VISIT! 

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN ATHLETICS, YOU NEED TO CONTACT COACHES, SEND YOUR STATS, SEND VIDEOS, APPLY FOR ELIGIBILITY AND HAVE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL COACH CALL COLLEGE COACHES.

To practice and play as a freshman at an NCAA Division I or II College, the student athlete must satisfy the requirements of NCAA bylaws. Your eligibility is determined by a qualifier index, which includes your GPA in core classes and your ACT scores. The NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse Application is available online at eligibility website.

NAIA Eligibility

The NAIA Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the NAIA eligibility of first-time student-athletes. Any student playing NAIA sports for the first time must meet the eligibility requirements. Students must have their eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, and all NAIA schools are bound by the center's decisions. Colleges that require NAIA eligibility are usually private schools such as Doane, Hastings College, Midland University, Concordia, and York. Students must send their ACT scores to the NAIA Eligibility center and the ACT code number is 9876.

Transferring Nebraska if you are a college student considering transferring courses, an adult returning to college or a high school student with college credit.

MIDTERM GRADUATES

Midterm graduation will be held on Thursday, December 17th at 2:00 pm as a virtual celebration. More details and information to come.

Midterm graduate cap and gown unit payment is due Friday, November 5th.

Chromebook check in is December 14th in the media center.

For free help with college planning, contact EducationQuest Foundation:

Kearney - 308-234-6310, 800-666-3721

UNL Application Waiver Event

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 18, you can apply to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for free. Nebraska will waive the $45 application fee for all resident first-time freshmen and transfer students who wish to apply for the Fall 2021 term. To apply to Nebraska for free, you should enter NUforNE in the Application Fee Waiver Code field at the end of Nebraska’s application at apply-now. This year, we know that it may be difficult for you to take the ACT or SAT because of public health concerns. To support students, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is test-optional for both university admission and scholarships.

Media Inquiries
Jennifer Worthington, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1124
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