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1 12.1a Senior Resource Meetings- Everything You Need to Know Fall 2013 Ms. Dean Ms. Hamilton Mr. Motley

2 What you are doing TODAY Pre-assessment (what you already know) Complete your Senior plans sheet Get info about post-secondary options Start Senior Resume Post-assessment (what you learned) Your responsibility from now on *Complete and submit resume(keep copy) *Listen to announcements, check email, & Check Guidance Webpage frequently 12.1a

3 Prevent Senioritis 1.Use your planner to create a timeline 2.Enlist a motivational partner 3.Add personal due dates to your timeline 4.Concentrate during the week and play on the weekend 5.START your assignments by outlining or reading the first few lines 6.Take some short breaks between studying 7.Know your study habits; incorporate them in your assignments and studying 8.Stick to your schedule. 12.1a

4 Double Check Graduation Requirements Do you have the required credits for graduation? Have you passed the necessary SOL’s? Do you have sequential electives? Have you passed a fine or practical arts course?

5 Graduation Requirements STANDARD Diploma(minimum 22 credits/ 6 SOLS, including specified courses) –English 9, 10, 11, 12 (2 SOLs- Reading & Writing) –Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra Functions, or Algebra II (1 SOL) –Earth Science, Biology, Environmental Science or Chemistry (1 SOL) –World History, US History & Government (1 SOL) –1 additional SOL in math, science, or history –PE/Health 9 and 10 –2 “Sequential electives” in Fine or Practical Arts – and 5 Additional Electives 12.1a

6 Graduation Requirements ADVANCED Diploma (minimum 24 credits/ 9 SOLs, including specified courses) English 9,10, 11, 12 (2 SOLs- Reading AND Writing) Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II,+ one (2 SOLs) Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry + one (2 SOLs) World History I & II, US History & Govt. (2 SOLs) 1 additional SOL in math, science, or history PE/Health 9 and 10 3 levels of one Foreign Language (or 2 +2) 1 Fine or Practical Arts and 2 Additional Electives 12.1a

7 Make Plans for after Graduation Most students: Apply to 4 year colleges Apply to community college Enlist in the military Find employment You have to make the choice that best suits you.

8 12.1a Know the Requirements 4-year colleges require College Entrance Exams like SAT’s or ACT’s Community colleges require VPT testing Military requires an ASVAB Employment requires a diploma and often has screening tests as well

9 Career Planning Start thinking about what you want to do for a career. Use the resources shared with you today (Virginia Wizard, etc.) Meet with your career coach to discuss your options. 12.1a

10 Virginia Placement Test (VPT) Testing Determines whether you may take college credit classes or remedial classes. Practice and preparation before sitting for the test may save you thousands of dollars. is one source for practice. You DO NOT have multiple opportunities to take this test, so prepare and do your best! 12.1a

11 Community College Applicants Application process should begin by mid-March, but can take place as late as August. Apply online at Make an appointment to meet with a CC counselor to select a program of study Take an official copy of your transcript with you when you meet with your CC counselor. Take the VPT for placement. Take Dual Enrollment classes seriously; the grades go with you to the community college and impact your GPA in college as well as high school! 12.1a

12 What kind of test do I take? Who should take the SAT and/or ACT? –Any student planning to go directly to a 4 year college or university should take at least one, and usually two, college entrance exams. Schools may designate additional course specific placement tests (ex. SAT Subject tests). Who does NOT need to take the SAT and/or ACT? –Students planning to attend community college and/or transfers to a 4 year school WILL need to take a "placement" test (VPT) in the spring of/summer after senior year (after you complete your final math class). 12.1a

13 Planning to attend a 4- year college or university... when should I take the college placement test? -if you did not take one in grade 11, sign up for October testing. -OR if you need to retake it, do test prep before, and Retake after completing your Senior math class--- (minimum Algebra 2 for 4 year options). 12.1a

14 Here are the Facts: SATACT Type of TestA reasoning test assessing general ability and logic. An achievement test based largely on what students learn in their classrooms. SectionsTen Sections: -3 critical reading -3 math -3 writing Experimental section Four Sections: -English -Math -Reading -Science reasoning Optional Writing Experimental section Length3 hours and 45 mins2 hours and 55 mins, plus an additional 30minutes if you take the writing test Penalty for wrong answers? Yes, so don't guess blindly since you lose points for incorrect answers (except the write-in math problems - don't leave those blank!) No, you won't lose points for wrong answers so don't leave any blank. Scoring Method200 - 800 for each score (R/M/W), with 2400 as the highest possible score. 1500 is the national average (500 each). 1 - 36 for each subject, which is averaged for the highest possible score of 36. 21 is the national average. 1 Should I take SAT or ACT or both?

15 More Facts: SATACT CostThe SAT reasoning test costs $51, which includes sending scores to four colleges The basic ACT test costs $36.50 which includes sending scores to four colleges. The cost for the ACT with the writing section is $52.50. Are you required to submit scores to colleges? *You must pay to send additional scores after the test! Yes. if a student requests a score report to be sent to the colleges of their choice, the report will automatically be sent and will include scores for every SAT the student has taken. No. Students can choose which schools will receive their scores and which scores the schools will see. 12.1a See “Ms. Ham” to sign up!!

16 SAT Registration Deadlines TEST DATE:REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 5, 2013September 6, 2013 November 2, 2013October 3, 2013 December 7, 2013November 8, 2013 January 25, 2014December 27, 2013 March 8, 2014February 7, 2014 May 3, 2014April 4, 2014 June 7, 2014May 9, 2014 12.1a

17 ACT Registration Deadlines TEST DATE:REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 26, 2013September 27, 2013 December 14, 2013November 8, 2013 February 8, 2014January 10, 2014 April 12, 2014March 7, 2014 June 14, 2014May 9, 2014 12.1a

18 Deadlines Remember, as a senior, if you have not already taken the SAT or ACT and plan on attending a four year institution, we highly recommend you take the October 6 (SAT) or October 27 (ACT) Test!! *NOTE: The Registration Deadlines for those test are September 6th and September 27th, respectively 12.1a

19 Prepare for the SAT/ACT Make sure you take advantage of SAT/ACT prep prior to the test date Averett University is providing a great upcoming opportunity! –SAT Prep Workshop Where: Averett’s campus in Blount Chapel Saturday, September 14 th, 2013 9am-12pm (check in at 8:15a) Fee for the event is $10 Email Mrs. Holly Kilby at to 12.1a

20 COLLEGE NIGHT at the Institute Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. You will speak directly with an admissions recruiter Ask about application fee waivers 12.1a

21 Resources for college info COLLEGE NIGHT @ the Institute Sept 17 DRHS College Night in VA– November 7 College visits at DRHS Listen for them on the Morning and Afternoon announcements Meet with your school counselor, career coach and college adviser! Visit campuses!

22 12.1a Compile your list of colleges (typically 4-6) Factors to consider GPA Course history SAT/ACT scores Intended major What other factors are important to you?

23 What to expect when filling out an application Applications vary from college to college, but most require some or all of the following parts: -Application Form: Online and/or Paper Applications -Application Fee: range from $20-$65 -High School Transcript: Your high school sends the transcript directly to colleges on your behalf. -Admission Test Scores: SAT/ACT scores -Letters of Recommendation: Ask a teacher, counselor or other adult who knows you well. Also, be sure to ask for recommendations well before the college's deadline. -Essays: This is often your last opportunity to impress the admissions counselor to admit you! Note: Some colleges may ask/require an interview, audition, or portfolio. 12.1a

24 Make sure you apply to a… Reach school: Dream school Target school: You fit right in! Safety school: Your qualifications exceed the average. Aim to apply to 3-5 colleges

25 12.1a Personal Essay Proofread! Have an English teacher review it so you can do revisions Use your essay to set yourself apart, don’t repeat what is already on the application.

26 12.1a Teacher Recommendations DO NOT wait until the last minute. When you approach a teacher, you can begin by saying… “Do you feel that you would be able to write a positive recommendation for me?” Give teachers a due date and a resume or list of your activities. Provide instructions on what to do with the finished letter. Ex: mail it directly, seal it and return it to you, etc.

27 How to Get a Good Recommendation Letter… Ensure your letter writer has all the information they need to write a strong positive letter of recommendation. Provide them with: A copy of the letter requirements given by the committee requesting the letter Your senior resume( activities, offices, community service) Honors and recognition you have received Work experiences including volunteer work A one or two sentence description of your academic or professional goals Any additional information they request 12.1a

28 Meet your college application deadlines!!!!

29 12.1a Graduate of Merit : Objectives: To provide prospective employers with an avenue to evaluate candidates for employment Area businesses stress to graduates the need for qualities essential to employment success Recognition in school and community

30 Graduate of Merit : Components to get points in any given year: Grade Point Average (GPA) Minimum 3.0 Total Courses (full course load) Course Work (no failures) Attendance (cannot miss over 9 days in a school year) Conduct (no suspensions) Community Service (Minimum 25 hours for 10 points; Max 50 points for determining eligibility) School Activities (minimum 4 in a year) ***To be recognized as a Graduate of Merit, a student must earn a minimum of 170 points AND must have achieved each component at least once in h.s. 12.1a

31 Graduate of Merit : Deadlines/Recognition/Acknowledgement: * Today- note on your plan form or let me know September meeting TBA- confirm intent to participate and submit activities resume December- turn in community service log March 2013-March 2014-community service for scholarship purposes Each recipient will be honored in May during a ceremony/banquet attended by the students, parents, sponsors and school officials. Permanent notation will be located at the respective schools and businesses. 12.1a

32 COLLEGE ATHLETICS COLLEGE ATHLETICS NCAA To play at a Division 1 or 2 College or University, you must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. To qualify for athletic scholarships, you must meet a minimum GPA for CORE academic courses and SAT/ACT scores. For Division 2, 2.0 and 820 on SAT (Reading and Math only) or 68 sum on ACT (Eng, math, rdg & science). For Division 1 requires a 2.5 with 820 SAT (see sliding scale) Use NCAA Code 9999 registering for the SAT or ACT to send scores. ~($70 registration fee or fee waiver) NAIA To play at one of the 300 colleges, you must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center. To qualify for athletic scholarships, you must meet 2 of the 3 minimum requirements listed below: 1) 2.0 Cumulative GPA, 2) 860 on SAT (Reading and Math only) or 18 composite score on ACT, 3)Graduate in the top half of your high school class. Use NAIA Code 9876 registering for the SAT or ACT to send scores. ~($70 registration fee or fee waiver) “On-time” graduation & “broken leg test”

33 Planning to Enlist? You must meet numerous qualifications. (physical, emotional, legal, and academic) Recruiters are trained to determine eligibility. ASVAB is designed to measure suitability for your military career training. Practice and prepare in advance. Talk to all four branches before making a decision and be certain to read the fine print. Take advantage of early entry programs. Know the terms of your commitment and recognize the seriousness of breaking those terms. 12.1a

34 DRHS Guidance OR google “Dan River HS Guidance” Fall Senior Survey Senior Resume Letters of Recommendation Scholarship Listings- Updated monthly, Due soon listed first, Master list included, Scholarship drawer in Counseling Department *Transcript or Counselor Recommendation Requests must be turned into Guidance 3 days in advance 12.1a Poor Planning on Your Part does NOT constitute an Emergency on Our Part!

35 12.1a Events to remember Averett SAT Prep Workshop- Sept. 14, 9-12 College Night @ the Institute-Sept 17, 7 PM DRHS College night – November 7 Financial aid workshop – December TBD

36 12.1a Questions? “You may be whatever you resolve to be.” -General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

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