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Senior Class Newsletter September 2018


Welcome Back!

The Grand Island Senior High Counseling Department is looking forward to a great year with the class of 2019. The senior year is full of decisions, deadlines, and emotions! This monthly update is designed to keep seniors and their parents/guardians aware of important senior information, scholarship deadlines, and current opportunities. 

GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START

If you have questions or concerns about your student’s academic progress, personal/social skills or career/college planning, please feel free to contact your counselor at GISH. Please check to see if you have a new counselor. 

GISH COUNSELING STAFF

  • CATHY DAVIS (A-CH)
  • SHAUN WILLEY (FRESHMAN - GOLD)
  • KATHLEEN CATTLE (CI-DA & F-HE)
  • MELISSA LUTHI-PLACKE (DE-E & HF-L)
  • MINDY ULMER (M-PAR)
  • COREY FARLEE (FRESHMAN - PURPLE)
  • LARRY UHING (Q-TE)
  • DAVE WOODS - DIRECTOR OF GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING (PAS-PAZ & TF-Z)
  • PAULA HULME & JULIA HOESCHE - REGISTRARS

 
SENIOR TRANSITION CONFERENCE

Counselors have been and will be meeting individually with every senior for a senior transition conference. Items to be discussed will be total number of credits at the end of the junior year, courses and credit still needed to meet graduation requirements, courses needed to meet college admissions requirements, GPA, class rank, ACT registration, and the upcoming college fair. You should receive (or should have received) an appointment card in the mail with the date and time of your senior’s conference. We highly recommend that both the student and their parents/guardians attend. If parents/guardians would like to schedule a different time, they should contact the counselor listed on their postcard.

SENIOR YEARBOOK PICTURE

If you wish to have your senior picture or a senior page in the 2018-2019 Yearbook, you need to get pictures to Mr. Holsinger by Nov. 1st. If pictures are not received by that date, we will use the picture taken by the school for their ID's. Seniors should schedule their sitting before October 15.  A color, vertical shot of the student's head and shoulders is best for the Yearbook; no hats or pets should be in the picture submitted for the yearbook. You will not get your photos back. You can also email them to .  

COLLEGE FAIRS

Most importantly, plan to attend the college fair at Grand Island Senior High on September 24. Numerous post-secondary representatives from a five-state area will attend. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions about deadlines, financial aid, college applications, scholarships, and housing. The fair starts at 1 PM and ends at 3 PM and will be in GISH’s West gym. 

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FAIRS

Usually at least 15 different Christian colleges will be present at this year’s Christian College Fair in Omaha on Wednesday, October 4th from 6:30-8:30 PM. This will be at Omaha Christian Academy. For complete information on this fair go to http://myblueprintstory.com/ 

EDUCATIONQUEST

The EducationQuest Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska. EducationQuest provides FREE college planning services at its locations in Kearney, Lincoln, and Omaha. Another wonderful service provided by EducationQuest is ScholarshipQuest, a FREE online resource that matches Nebraska students with Nebraska scholarships based on demographic information that students input. Students can view awards that match their criteria. You may access ScholarshipQuest by going online to www.educationquest.org. Located at 2706 2nd Avenue in Kearney, EducationQuest can also help parents with financial aid forms and student loan applications. For more information, parents can call (308)234-6310 or 1-800-666-3721.  Their web site includes college profiles, scholarship searches, tips on writing resumes, college funding estimators, a FAFSA checklist and FAFSA tutorials, your senior year at a glance and much more. It is a great resource for families.

ACT PREP

There is an ACT prep course offered through CCC. It will be offered on Monday nights starting September 10 through October 22 to prepare you for the October 27 ACT. The cost of the course is $50.00 and you can register by contacting Jerry Dunn at 308-398-7447 or emailing him at .   The registration form can be found at http://files.constantcontact.com/9252cefb001/853114e1-675d-46e4-8c08-fe67554a6044.pdf 

ACT TESTING

Seniors should continue to take the ACT in the fall to try to get the highest score possible for them. Register for the ACT at www.act.org. Make sure you use .org (not .com)

ACT Test Given (Registration Due)
October 27 (September 28)
December 8 (November 2)
ACT Grand Island Senior High Code 280-955

Test Coordinator – Larry Uhing 

SAT Test

If you want to attend a college that prefers the SAT, register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com

SAT Test give (Registration due)
October 6 (September 7)

November 3 (October 5)
December 1 (November 2)
 
Test Coordinator - Lori Christensen 
SAT Grand Island Senior High Code 280-955

TESTING, TESTING, TESTING?

Another common senior question asked is “What tests should I take?” All seniors planning to attend a four-year college should take the ACT in October and/or December. The December test is the last date that will meet scholarship deadlines. If you are planning to attend an out-of-state school, you should call the admissions office for that college and ask which tests are required. Some highly selective schools require the SAT, the SAT Subject Tests, or the ACT writing test, but most colleges will accept either the ACT or the SAT.

Community Colleges do not require the ACT, but they require the Accuplacer test. The Accuplacer is given free of charge at Central Community College and is required for students entering a community college or technical program. Call CCC admissions at 398-7378 to register for this test. 

The ASVAB or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery will be given at Grand Island Senior High on September 25 starting at 8:15 AM in the middle gym. This test is required for students interested in any branch of the armed services. The battery also includes a great career assessment; so if you have no idea what you want to do, the ASVAB could help. See your counselor if you would like to register for this test. There is no charge for the ASVAB.

 
TRANSCRIPT

The GISH registrars will continue to send transcripts. Transcripts, which include courses taken, grades, credit, attendance, GPA and class rank, will be sent upon student or parent/guardian request. Requests should be done by emailing the registrars; Paula Hulme and Julia Hoesche . Once seniors graduate transcripts are $2 a piece.

NO ACT RELEASE FROM GISH

Most colleges are not accepting ACT scores from high schools. Students will need to request their ACT scores to be sent to prospective colleges directly from ACT. GISH has not sent ACT scores since the Fall of 2015. Careful planning will save you extra fees from ACT. Students can select prospective colleges for their scores to be sent to when registering. At the date of this publication, the current ACT fee is $13 per report to be sent. 

APPLYING TO COLLEGE

To assist our seniors in completing college applications Grand Island Senior High will be holding an "Apply 2 College" event.  On October 24th & 25th college admissions representatives from UNK, UNL, UNO and CCC as well as GISH school counselors will be in the media center to help students complete their college applications. 

FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM FOR SENIORS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS

September 17th 7:00-8:15 pm in 418 (North Cafeteria) EducationQuest will present information on college admission, types of financial aid, how to complete the FAFSA and scholarships and learn how colleges award financial aid.  Learn about the steps to take, deadlines to meet, and have your questions answered.  This program will be presented in Spanish as well as English and will be repeated again November 13th.

Senior Newsletter 2018 Spanish

Media Inquiries
Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1127
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