Seniors - A Google Doc has been shared with you that you will need to use to list scholarships and awards that you earn. This will be used in planning our Senior Breakfast. If you do not list a scholarship or award, it may not be recognized at the Senior Breakfast. A reminder has also been posted on Google Classroom for the Class of 23.
Seniors - if you haven't ordered your cap and gown, please do so ASAP.
Orders can be placed:
- Online – Jostens.com
- By phone with our office – 330-877-4700
- By mail to our office – Jostens – PO Box 452 – Uniontown, OH 44685
Students needing to retake an end of course exam (Algebra or ELA 2) have met with Guidance to discuss the exams which will take place Dec. 5-15. Letters will go home to the parents/guardians of students needing to retake an exam. Remember, Ohio's current graduation requirements currently require students to pass the Algebra and ELA2 end of course exams or graduate on an alternate pathway.
YSU's Honors College application deadline is February 1.
See the informative video below:
EGCC CCP Students: Patrick Carbon, advisor from EGCC, will meet with you at 8am on Nov. 8 to discuss registering for a spring CCP class. All EGCC CCP students must attend although taking a spring class is optional. See Mrs. Killingsworth if you need help choosing your next class(es).
CCP Night - College Credit Plus is a state funded program for grades 7-12 allowing students to earn college credit at no cost while in high school. Lowellville is hosting an informational CCP Night on Nov. 30 at 6:30. Please plan to attend if you are interested in CCP for the 23-24 school year. If you cannot attend, please contact the guidance office for information that was shared.
Scholarship information - please have your senior log on to the Class of 23 Google Classroom for information about scholarships. All seniors should have created a Fastweb account for national scholarship searches. Local scholarship information is added to the Class of 23 Google Classroom on a weekly basis.
FAFSA - the 2023 FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, opened Oct. 2, 2022. This is mandatory for students heading to college and trade school. We will be holding an informational financial aid night on Oct. 18 at 6:30 here at the school where a representative will explain the FAFSA.
Senior Events for the 22-23 year have been mailed home. You can also access this on my "Senior Events" tab.
Classroom guidance lessons will begin in September and be held monthly. Grades K-8 will be "Meet Your School Counselor",
grades 9 and 10 will be reviewing transcripts, credits, and graduation requirements. Grade 11 will be reviewing junior year testing (ASVAB, ACT), graduation requirements, and NHS eligibility. Grade 12 will be reveiwing senior events, graduation requirements, college applications, and the FAFSA.
Penguin Preview Days - Saturday Oct. 29 and Friday November 18 8:30-12:15. Register at ysu.edu/visithonors
College representatives will be visiting students during Mrs. Ignazio's College and Career class at 1:55 on the following dates. If your student would like to join in, please have him or her sign up outside the Guidance Office. If you are interested in a school not listed, please contact me and I will try to set up a visit:
Westiminster - Sept. 7
YSU - Sept. 14
EGCC - Sept. 15
Mt. Union - Sept. 19
Thiel - Sept. 20
Notre Dame - Sept. 23
Slippery Rock - Sept. 26
Kent - Sept. 29
Ohio University - Oct. 3
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics - Oct. 5
National Guard - Oct. 7
Choffin - Oct. 11
Akron State - Oct. 12
Bowling Green - Oct. 17
Cincinnati - Oct. 19
YSU Baccmed - Oct. 20
Univ. Of Pittsburgh - Oct. 26
Senior Update Sept. 30, 2022
You Made it!!! Welcome to your Senior Year!!!!
- Senior interviews are still underway; I hope to have them done by the end of next week.
- Be sure to let me know if you’ve applied to any colleges or trade schools; I need to send them your transcript!
- FAFSA – if attending college or trade school, have your parents/guardians fill this out online by December 1. We will explain how the FAFSA works on Financial Aid Night; October 18 at 6:30 here at the school.
- Cap and Gown; Jostens will be mailing out packets in the next few weeks. Make sure to order by _____
- College Visit Days – you are allowed up to 3 excused days to visit colleges; notify me ahead of time please.
- Graduation Requirements/diploma seals
- Scholarships!!! Next month, I will be sharing a Google Sheet with you that lists local scholarships as they come available; I will visit class to explain how this works. All local scholarships can also be found on my page of the school website.
- Fastweb – create a free online account to search for national scholarships.
- YSU Sokolov Honors College – If you have a GPA of 3.5 you can apply for the Honors College. They prefer an ACT of 26 but will waive this if extracurriculars are strong.
- ACT – if taking the ACT again, upcoming test dates and registration deadlines;
December 10 – register by November 4
February 11 – register by January 6
April 15 – register by March 10
- Upcoming events:
- Penguin Preview Day – Saturday Oct. 29, Friday November 18 8:30-12:15. Register for this at ysu.edu/visithonors
- Lowellville Financial Aid Night – Tuesday Oct. 18 6:30pm in the library – FAFSA explained!!!
- YSU Financial Aid Night – Thursday, Oct. 20 6:30 at Kilcawley Center – register at ysu.edu/finaid/night
- YSU Sokolov Honors College Open House – Friday, Oct. 14 at 12:15pm
Juniors Update - September, 2022
Junior Year Testing -
1. ACT - ACT scores are used for college admission as well as scholarship applications. We all will take the ACT exam on March 14 at Holy Rosary Educational Center at 8am. There is no cost. If you are on an IEP or 504 plan, you will take the exam with Mrs. Doll and Mrs. Jamis that morning here at school. Practice books and websites with free practice will be shared later this fall. You may take the exam on your own on a Saturday if you would like to; exam dates this year are December 10, February 11, April
15, June 10, and July 15. It is advised to take the ACT at least twice as scores improve with each attempt, generally. The cost to take it on a Saturday is about $60, unless you are on a Free/Reduced lunch, then you . can use a waiver for no cost. Go to act.org to register or stop in the
Guidance Office for help! 2. ASVAB - All juniors will take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude
Battery exam on November 22. This exam is used to test your abilities and interests and is a great tool for helping you decide what careers may be right for you! You will not be drafted into the Army by taking this exam! ☺
National Honor Society -
Mrs. Reamer will notify all juniors who have a 3.4 GPA in early winter (January?) that they are eligible to apply for NHS. You will need documentation of at least 30 service hours as part of eligibility. Come see me if you need help finding hours. Documentation forms are on the table outside my office. Turn them in to Mrs. Reamer as you earn them.
Graduation Requirements -
1. Pass all of required Lowellville classes 2. Pass Algebra and ELA 2 end of course exams (score a 684) 3. Earn at least 2 diploma seals. By meeting #1 and #2 above, you will earn
*If you cannot pass the Algebra or ELA2 exams, after taking them at least twice, we will begin working on the alternate graduation pathway, which involves earning a 12 point credential and the Ohio Means Jobs seal. I will help you move through this process!
Horatio Alger Scholarships -
The Horatio Alger Scholarships are available to JUNIORS ONLY. You will not be eligible to apply for this senior year. There are 105 scholarships available for $25,000 each!!! There are also several other available scholarships. You must: 1. Have at least a 2.0 GPA 2. Be involved in extracurricular activities 3. Be a junior 4. Have a family income of less than $55,000 annually. Go to scholars.horatioalger.org to complete the ONLINE application. Application opens Dec. 1 2022 and closes Mar. 15 2022.
Freshman and Sophomore Information
Sept. 22, 2022
Congratulations to official High School! This year your transcript and GPA begin!
Transcript – an official document listing all the courses you’ve taken, your grades, credits earned, attendance, and testing scores. This is used when applying to jobs, colleges, and for scholarships.
GPA – this is your grade point average. To calculate: Step 1: Convert every letter grade to its respective points (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.) Step 2: Add up all the grade points. Step 3: Divide the added grade points (step 2) by the number of class credits taken. Or stop in the Guidance office and ask J
- Pass Lowellville course requirements
4 credits of English, Math, and Social Studies, 3 credits of Science, 4.5 credits of Electives, .5 credits Physical Education, .5 credits Health, .5 credits Integrated Computer Applications
2. Earn a passing score (684) on Algebra End of Course Exam and ELA 2 End of Course Exam.
If you do not pass the exams after at least 2 attempts, you will work on graduating on an alternate pathway, which we will work on together.
If you are interested in earning an Honors Diploma, we will discuss this when we work on creating your schedule for next year in the spring. It will require a 3.5 GPA and slightly more classes than your peers.
If you are typically a straight-A student, you may possibly be eligible to graduate as a Valedictorian or Salutatorian. We will discuss this during scheduling in the spring. Make sure you notify me if you are interested.
Honor Roll is each nine weeks, minimum GPA 3.2. High Honor Roll is a minimum of 3.8.
National Honor Society:
National Honor Society (NHS) students are chosen in spring of Junior year. Mrs. Reamer, NHS Advisor, will meet with all juniors in the winter to go over eligibility. To be eligible for this, you must have a 3.4 GPA and:
- Take part in at least 30 hours of volunteer/community service work in the community over your Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years. This can be done in a church, charitable organization, or a community program. Make sure to document these hours and have the person in charge sign your hours sheet. Hours sheets can be found outside the Guidance Office on the table..
- Participate in at least one activity that displays leadership; i.e. an officer or active member of an organization either at school, work, church, or community, or participate in an extra-curricular activity. You must provide a letter of endorsement from the sponsor or coach.