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Junior Information

Welcome to your junior year!  You are getting close to graduation and it's time to begin really thinking about your post-graduation plans!

All Juniors need to join my Class of 25 Google Classroom.  Parents are welcome to join as well.  This is the main platform I will use to communicate important junior year information.  Invites will be sent to students' school email addresses the first week of school.  The code to join is udqjsax.

If you are having difficulty navigating this process, please stop and see Mrs. Killingsworth to learn about different options and what might suit your interests and abilities.  I can work with you to learn about the college process, set up job shadowing, and discuss skilled trades, apprenticeships, and the military.  We can also discuss how college can be paid for.

UPDATE 12/7/23

It’s hard to believe your child is halfway through the year to becoming a senior!  I wanted to send home some reminders to help keep your child on track as he or she moves closer to graduation.

Juniors receive three excused days for college visits, so please take advantage of campus tours and individual sessions that can be scheduled through college websites.  I can help your child arrange a visit if necessary.

Representatives from the various skilled trades will be visiting with students this early spring.  The skilled trades are very in-demand, pay well, and are a terrific route for students who do not feel that college is the path they want to take.

If your child plans to attend college, plan on him or her applying in early fall of their senior year.  Scholarships will begin taking applications around October-November of senior year.  I will post scholarships on our district website, and on our “Class of ‘25” Google Classroom.   Many apprentice programs take applications around this time as well.  I am happy to help your child apply for any of these. 

To receive financial aid, students and parents will need to fill out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  This will open October 1, 2024.  Information will be shared on this during Financial Aid Night, held next fall.

There is one scholarship available only to juniors, the Horatio Alger Scholarship.  Information about how to apply, eligibility, and deadlines has been mailed home.  I am happy to help your child apply and compose a strong essay.  I highly recommend pursuing this scholarship, as over 600 are available, valued from $10,000-$25,000.  Students can also apply for scholarships if they are headed to a trade school.

Your child will be taking the ACT on March 12, 2024. He or she does not need to register or pay for the March ACT.  ACT scores are used by colleges and universities to determine acceptance and merit scholarship amounts.  If your child receives IEP / 504 accommodations, a letter from ACT explaining his or her accommodations has been mailed home.  It is advised that your child take the ACT at least twice in preparation for applying to colleges.  Have your child see me to register for an additional ACT administration.

If your child is eligible to apply for the National Honor Society, he or she will be notified in late January/early February by Mrs. Reamer.  She will be sharing information on how to apply and how applicants are selected.

Lastly, I will be meeting with all juniors in early February to discuss scheduling their senior year.  I will remind them about qualifying for Honors Diplomas, Valedictorian, and Salutatorian.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these requirements, posted on the Guidance page of the school website.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.  It is a pleasure to be working with your child!

Posted September 2023

This year you will take two tests, the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) on November 20 and the State ACT Exam on March 12.  The ASVAB is a terrific tool to use to find out what careers might be suited for you.  This exam does not mean you have to enter the military, although it is helpful in determining military interest as well.  The ACT is an exam that many colleges use to determine acceptance, and several scholarships use ACT scores to determine eligibility.  You may also take the ACT several times via National Exams on Saturdays throughout the year to continue improving your scores.  See me for test dates.  Both the ASVAB and the ACT in March are free.  Saturday ACT exams cost $60 although if you are on a free/reduced lunch, you qualify for a fee waiver.  You can take the ACT as many times as you wish and it is advised to take it at least twice, including the March exam that we all take together.

National Honor Society will induct juniors this spring.  To be eligible you need at least a 3.4 GPA and at least 30 service hours.  Students will be notified at the beginning of second semester if they are eligible to apply.  Come see me to check on your GPA and get ideas for service hours as well as the documentation form for these hours.  Don't put it off; start working on hours ASAP.  You can find out more about requirements on our National Honor Society page.

If you are working on earning an Honors Diploma, stop in the Guidance office to see if you are on track.  The same goes for Valedictorian and Salutatorian.  Make sure to check out our pages for requirements as well.