GBHS Newsletter - Great Bend USD 428


GBHS Newsletter - Great Bend USD 428
GBHS Newsletter
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.
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!
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.
$35 per student – PAID by USD 428 – FREE for
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
--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 . USD 428 Surplus Property
icon is on the left side of the screen.
News from the Guidance Office – October 2013
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
Oct. 17
Oct. 26th
Oct. 31
Nov. 8
PLAN test (10th grade last names L-Z)
Registration deadline for December ACT
Web Scholarship Searches
College & Career Planning
Test Prep
College Choice Guide
Selecting the right college is difficult at best. When touring a campus ask the following questions to narrow down the
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 – – 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 – – 785-628-3478
Nov. 15th
Priority Scholarship Deadline
Kansas State University – – 785-532-6011
Oct. 25th
Senior Day
Senior Day
Oct. 28
Register at
Oct. 30th
Nov. 1
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 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 – – 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:
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 - – 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
Rumble in the Jungle senior Saturday
Oct. 29
Family & Consumer Sciences Career Day
Rumble in the Jungle senior Saturday
Art Day
Nurse’s Career Day
Nov. 16
Nov. 21
Mar. 27
Scholarship deadline – Feb. 1st
Financial Aid Priority Deadline – March 1st
Emporia State University – – 877-468-6378
Emporia States offers several Saturday visits throughout the year. Students may sign up for visits at
For a complete list of scholarships available, visit
Kansas Wesleyan – – 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
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 - 620-728-4460
Wichita State University – - 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 – – 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
This year's dates are:
•October 14th
•November 8th
•November 22nd
•January 24th
Kansas Independent Colleges and Universities website:
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.
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 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 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 Deadline to submit signed application to your
principal AFTER completing it online is November 5th.
Hagen Scholarship Foundation -
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
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.