GBHS Newsletter - Great Bend USD 428
GBHS Newsletter - Great Bend USD 428
GBHS Newsletter October 2013 Notes from the Principal Dear Parents, As I write this we are 5 weeks into the 2013-14 school year. We have had a great start to the new year. We are adjusting quite nicely to the many changes that we are facing, namely our new class schedule. From my vantage point, it looks as if students and teachers have made a smooth and successful adjustment to meeting every day. I want to invite each of you to our Parent/Teacher conferences on Oct. 14th, 15th and Oct. 17th. The conferences are from 5-8 PM on the 14th and 15th and from 12:30-3:30 PM. on the 17th. We would really like to see as many parents as we could on those days. I know that it is possible to have an “electronic” relationship and never have to visit with a parent or a teacher; but, the most effective relationships are those that are developed face to face. We want to meet and greet all of our parents and have a chance to develop as many positive relationships as we possibly can. Please come and visit our teachers and share the good things that your sons/daughters are doing at GBHS. Our focus will continue to be: Doing whatever it takes to help your student succeed at GBHS. That means that your sons/daughters are the most important element that we have here at GBHS. Our teachers and staff are the best around and I am confident that they will put your child’s best interest first in everything that they do. Yes, that is a huge gamble to put that statement out there, but, I truly believe that our mission overall is to do what is best for your child. I would like to sell that to everyone that has a part in this school and then every one of us will be working towards the same goal. Pie in the sky? Probably. But it is my focus and vision for GBHS and I will work to try and get EVERYONE to work towards the same vision! Please help me. I know that we will not always agree on “what is best” but communicating about that is essential to achieving the goal. Thank you for being a part of such a great place to educate your son/ daughter! Please come out to the many activities that we have going on this month and watch a tremendous group of students working extremely hard to be the best in that activity. I look forward to seeing you at Conferences or one of the events that are taking place in October. Sincerely, Tim Friess ACT test Prep class Want to increase your ACT score? Apply for more scholarships? Improve your chances for admission at your college of choice? Then this class is for you….Don’t miss this opportunity! WHEN: Wednesday, October 9th 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration at 7:45 AM WHERE: GBHS Auditorium WHY: This workshop includes practical and relevant information on how to increase your ACT score. It shows you how to control the test and not let it control you! Because the ACT is predictable, it is highly susceptible to test-smart strategies. The workshop covers what will be on the test and how to master test-taking techniques. This class is not a practice test! Learn general ideas about the ACT as a whole and the individual tests: English - Learn what ACT test-writers are looking for and how to approach different types of questions. Math - Learn what problem-solving skills and math skills you need. Reading - Learn your best method for doing well on ACT reading. Science - Learn common question types and what’s really required to do well. COST: $35 per student – PAID by USD 428 – FREE for YOU! About the program – Carolyn Devane has been teaching ACT classes and helping thousands of students improve their scores since 1999. Here’s what students are saying: "I've taken the ACT three times now. The first time I just jumped into it without practice and got a 25 (knowing I was going to take it again). Then I tried studying on my own and got a 26 (I was kind of bummed). After taking your class I got a 29, and I seriously can't thank you enough. Getting those results made my day, and now I feel like I can go to school where I wanted because so many more scholarships are available. Anyways, I just wanted you to know how much of a difference the class made, and I already told my sister she should take it for sure when the time comes." --Caroline, Manhattan High School "My composite score was up 5 points after the class. Overall a huge improvement!! I would just like to say thanks!!!" --Lindsay, Riley County High School "Without these strategies on taking the ACT, I would not have picked up the additional 5 points I needed to be eligible for the NCAA Clearinghouse and Division I football. I had taken the ACT two times, and was just about to give up when my high school counselor suggested I go to her class." --Taylor, Wamego High School "The ACT class isn't necessarily to teach students how to master the material, but you're given shockingly easy test-taking tips that really make a difference on your test score. Trust me. The few hours of instruction are absolutely worth it!" --Lindsey, Manhattan High School For more information see your counselor: Class size is limited, and a minimum number of students is required for the class to be offered. So register early! Preference will be given to SENIORS and then JUNIORS. Return registration form below to the GUIDANCE COUNSELOR’S OFFICE. Deadline: October 4th, 2013 Detach registration form here. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Name: _____________________________________________________Grade: ________________ School: ________________ Student Email_________________________________________________ Parent Email: ______________________________________Phone: ___________________________ Surplus Sale Check out the USD 428 Surplus Property that we have for sale. The property pictures and pricing are located on the school webpage www.usd428.net . USD 428 Surplus Property icon is on the left side of the screen. News from the Guidance Office – October 2013 DATES TO REMEMBER Oct. 3rd Registration deadline for November SAT Oct. 4th ACT Power Prep registration deadline Oct. 5th SAT Oct. 9th ACT Power Prep Oct. 15th PLAN test (10th grade last names A-K) Oct. 16th PSAT Oct. 17 th Oct. 26th Oct. 31 Nov. 8 st th PLAN test (10th grade last names L-Z) ACT ASVAB Registration deadline for December ACT RESOURCES Web Scholarship Searches www.careercruising.com www.fastweb.com www.cashe.com www.collegenet.com www.asla-scholarships.org www.collegeedge.com www.finaid.com www.gocollege.com www.ChristianConnector.com www.hsf.net www.meritaid.com College & Career Planning Test Prep www.mapping-your-furture.org www.act.org www.theeigroup.com www.testprepreview.com College Choice Guide Selecting the right college is difficult at best. When touring a campus ask the following questions to narrow down the options. What is the average number of students in each class? What percentage of students graduate in 4 years? What career planning services are available? What does the school do to help graduates find jobs? Does the school provide free placement services? What percentage of graduates find jobs? How much is tuition? Room and board? What kind of financial aid does the school offer? Are there work-study programs? Are payment plans available? What kind of refund can I get if I drop out? Barton Community College – www.bartonccc.edu – 620-792-2701 Students who want to get started with their career technical coursework yet this fall may want to consider the Barton online third session that starts October 15th. Classes will run for nine weeks concluding in December. See your counselor for more information. Fort Hays State University – www.fhsu.edu – 785-628-3478 Nov. 15th Priority Scholarship Deadline Kansas State University – www.k-state.edu – 785-532-6011 Oct. 25th Senior Day th Senior Day Oct. 28 Register at http://consider.k-state.edu/seniors/ Oct. 30th Nov. 1 st Engineering Scholarship Day Priority Scholarship Deadline K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship – After you have applied and been admitted to K-State (by Nov. 1st), then apply online for this scholarship at www.k-state.edu/admissions/finaid/civicleadership.html by Dec. 10th. KSU Women’s rowing team is interested in recruiting female athletes. The rowing program has Division I scholarship opportunities for students who may have little or no rowing experience. A competitive sports history and height – the ideal rower is 5’10 or taller - are the two primary criteria considered by KSU recruiters when making scholarship offers. University of Kansas – www.pittstate.edu – 785-864-2700 Nov. 1st Priority Scholarship Deadline KU offers many senior days. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first serve basis so register early at: http://admissions.ku.edu/visit/senior_days.shtml These Senior Days focus on a variety of academic areas: Oct. 11th Oct. 21st Oct. 28th Nov. 4th Nov. 11th Nov. 22nd Pittsburg State University - www.pittstate.edu – 1-800-854-7488 PSU offers the following special visit days: PSU offers the following special visit days: Oct. 5th KS Technology Center Open House Oct. 26 th Rumble in the Jungle senior Saturday Oct. 29 th Family & Consumer Sciences Career Day th Rumble in the Jungle senior Saturday st Art Day th Nurse’s Career Day Nov. 16 Nov. 21 Mar. 27 Scholarship deadline – Feb. 1st Financial Aid Priority Deadline – March 1st Emporia State University – www.emporia.edu – 877-468-6378 Emporia States offers several Saturday visits throughout the year. Students may sign up for visits at www.emporia.edu/admiss. For a complete list of scholarships available, visit www.emporia.edu/finaid/scholarships. Kansas Wesleyan – www.kwu.edu – 785-827-5541 KWU offers MANY scholarships including a free residence hall room for KS residents who have a 2.5 GPA and an ACT score of 18. High school seniors that have a 3.75 GPA and a 25 ACT qualify for a $10,000 Presidential Scholar scholarship. Check it out at www.kwu.edu/enrollment/scholarships Hutchinson Community College HCC is hosting the annual Fire Student Field Day on October 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for students interested in a career in fire service. Students will discover and participate in fire fighting techniques and gain first-hand knowledge of firefighting as a career. Students wanting to attend should register prior to October 1st at www.hutchcc.edu/fieldday - 620-728-4460 Wichita State University – www.wichita.edu/thisis/ - 316-978-3456 Oct. 1st Priority Scholarship Deadline WSU is offering high school seniors the chance to compete in the Distinguished Scholarship Invitational (DSI) for an opportunity to earn scholarships. To be considered for an invitation a student MUST complete the following BY October 1st: • Submit an official high school transcript with a minimum 3.50 GPA • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 24 or SAT score of 1110 on file with WSU • Be admitted to WSU See your high school counselor for more information. Washburn University – www.washburn.edu – 785-670-1010 High school seniors can get a detailed look at Washburn University by attending an Ichabod Senior Day. You’ll learn more about academics and Washburn’s vibrant student life. Activities include a welcome from the president, testimonials by current students, admissions and scholarship presentations, tours, and opportunities to connect with faculty in your area of academic interest. www.washburn.edu/admissions/visit This year's dates are: •October 14th •November 8th •November 22nd •January 24th Kansas Independent Colleges and Universities website: www.kscolleges.org A GREAT website for access to the guide book to check out college visit dates and financial aid information for the independent colleges in KS. SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION Coca-Cola Scholarship This scholarship program is dedicated to selecting well-rounded students from every type of community across the nation. The Coca-Cola Foundation awards 250 merit based scholarships – 50 awards are for $20,000 and 200 awards are for $4,000. The scholarship can be used for any line of study at any accredited U.S. college or university. The application can be accessed at www.coca-colascholars.org and must be submitted before October 31st. Horatio Alger Scholars Program Students who have overcome adversity so they may pursue higher education may be eligible for the Horatio Alger Scholarship. For more information go to www.horatioalger.org/scholarships. Application deadline is October 25th. Prudential Spirit of Community Awards The Spirit of Community Awards program identifies and rewards students solely on the basis of volunteer work performed in their community. To be eligible students must have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2012. Complete the online application at www.spirit.prudential.com. Deadline to submit signed application to your principal AFTER completing it online is November 5th. Hagen Scholarship Foundation - www.hsfmo.org Application is due by November 15th. About 20 scholarships will be awarded to Kansas students in 2012. Must have a GPA of 3.5 and an ACT composite score of 23. Follow the guideline on the website to fill out an application. Gates Millennium Scholars Program Renewable, need based, merit scholarship. For those studying: computer science, education, engineering, library science, math, public health/science. Apply at www.gmsp.org The students must be: Hispanic American, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native or Asian Pacific Islander American Be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the U.S. Have a high school GPA of 3.3 Be a full time student in the fall of 2014 Have leadership abilities through participation in community service and other extracurricular activities Meet federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria (FAFSA) Complete and submit the student application, (nominee personal information form); evaluation (nominator form) and an evaluation of community service/leadership (recommender form) by the January 15, 2014 deadline. Lang Diesel Inc. (LDI) Service Technician Scholarship and Tuition Reimbursement Program LDI selects multiple students to receive a $4000 award that are enrolled in a diesel mechanics program at a vocational school. LDI will also select multiple students who have already graduated from a diesel mechanics program and will reimburse them for some of their tuition if they are employed with LDI. If a student is interested in diesel mechanics and wants more information about this program, please contact Danielle at the Hays location at 785-735-2651, or see your counselor for a brochure.