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					                  - December Notes from the Harding Guidance Office -
To all high school students:
       Exams/End of semester - The end of our first semester is Jan. 7. Students must pass two out of the
          three parts of the semester (1st nine weeks, 2nd nine weeks, exam) in order to pass a class for the
          semester. Exams will be December 19 (pd. 10), December 20 (pds. 1, 3, 6/7, 7/8), and Dec. 21 (pds. 2,
          4/5, 5/6, 9). (Please see our website for the complete schedule.) It is important for students to take
          exams seriously. We have moved the time-frame of taking exams prior to the holiday break over the
          past several years in order to keep students focused before the break and to try to avoid snow day
          interruptions in January. Students are encouraged to work hard in these last couple weeks of the
       Parent-Teacher Conferences were held in November. If you did not attend, please feel free to still
          contact the school to discuss your child’s education.
       Homework Assistance - FREE academic help offered to our students Mondays –Thursdays from 2:30-
          4:00 pm in the high school media center. Students can get help with homework, projects, studying for
          quizzes/tests/OGT, etc. You can use the computers for educational purposes. You can come for the
          whole time or just for what is needed. You are asked to sign in and out just so we have record of who
          attends. An “Activity Bus” is available to take students home for free or the MAT bus is also
          available for 60¢.
       Study Labs - Need extra help in English or math? Students can get help during study halls from a
          teacher in these content areas. Students are to obtain a hall pass from either their classroom or study
          hall teacher to attend the Study Lab.
Freshmen – Class of 2015:
    Remember the importance of good attendance, passing grades, and making plans for life after high
Sophomores - Class of 2014:
    Tri-Rivers Career Center (TRCC) came to Harding November 11th and 14th to talk about programs
        available for next year; all sophomores have been invited to visit TRCC for “Exploring Career Days” on
        December 7th in the afternoon. Applications to attend next year are available and due by February 15 for
        priority consideration. Tri-Rivers is holding an Open House on Thursday, December 8th from 5:30-8:30
        pm. There will opportunities to meet with faculty and staff for anyone interested in learning more about
        the Career Center.
Juniors - Class of 2013:
    It’s never too early to start planning for life after graduation – start now to do some research on careers,
        colleges, military, jobs, etc. Make plans to take the ACT and/or SAT this spring!
Seniors – Class of 2012:
    Guidance Counselors have talked to students in Government and English classes this semester. Students
        have been given and asked to keep a folder with this information and to share it with parents. Some of
        the information is available on our website.
    College applications should be in the works!
            o If you can get this done by Christmas, that would be great.
            o If you apply to a college on-line, you need to notify your guidance counselor, so that a counselor
                 form and/or transcript can be sent.
    Recommendations – students should have at least one on file for college/scholarship applications
    Scholarships
            o The sharing of scholarship information is an on-going process, but most local scholarships are
                 available after January 1st, and particularly February through April. Announcements are made
                 via telecom, on the board outside of our office, and via our website. The applications/directions
                 are available on the board inside the guidance office.
          o On any scholarship, if you need educational information (like your transcript), please see your
               guidance counselor with as much notice as possible so that the information can be prepared and
               sent out prior to the deadlines!
      Financial Aid
          o The Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available after January 1st.
          o There will be “Completion Nights” to help fill this out at OSUM/MTC in February.
      FAFSA Completion Nights – get help applying for financial aid! These are computer work sessions
       with financial aid professionals available to guide you and answer questions. You can come with the
       FAFSA already started or you can start at one of these sessions. Dates and locations:
                                                @ the OSM/MTC Campus
                                           in the Library/Classroom Building
                         Week nights - January 30, February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15 - 5:30 – 7:30 pm
                                      Saturday, February 11 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
              (See our website for this flyer and what to have in order to complete your FAFSA!)

Similar information and more is available on the school website under the high school guidance page. If you
have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Mrs. Deb Sanchez (A-D)
Mrs. Debbie Maynard (E-K)
Mr. Mike Light (L-R)
Mrs. Jenni Jury (S-Z)
Mrs. Michelle Fleming, Secretary

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