What will YOU do after high school by qiF57a


									               Whatt wiillll YOU do aftter hiigh schooll?
               Wha w YOU do af er h gh schoo ?
First you have to actually GET OUT of high school!
2012 Graduation Requirements
Communication Arts          4 credits
Math                        3 credits
Social Science              3 credits
Science                     3 credits
Fine Art                    1 credit
Practical Art               1 credit
Physical Education          1 credit
Health                      .5 credit
Personal Finance            .5 credit
Electives                   7 credits
Total Credits          25 credits
     Pass US and Missouri Constitution Test

2012 College Prep Requirements
Communications              4 credits
Math                        4 credits
Social Science              3 credits
Science                     3 credits
Fine Art                    1 credit
Practical Art               1 credit
Physical Education          1 credit
Personal Finance            .5 credit
Health                      .5 credit
Specific Core Electives     3 credits (2 foreign language strongly recommended)
General Electives           4 credits
     Pass US and Missouri Constitution Test

*To receive a college prep certificate students must also earn at least a 3.0 grade point average,
score a 21 or above on the ACT and maintain a 9-12 attendance record of 95%.

Once you graduate, you need to decide what you are going to do with the rest of you life
and that’s no small decision to make. All of the options after high school have
advantages and disadvantages. The key is to look at each and decide what is right for

 Post Secondary

What is it?
This includes university, college or career training in a non-trades field. Some examples of
non-trades training include; Medical Office Assistant, Legal Assistant, Dental Assistant,
Corrections Officer, and Office Assistant.

Is it right for you?
This is for you if you are ready to select a career path, did reasonably well in an academic
program at school, and are able and ready to study and learn in a traditional setting. If you
are thinking of university or college you will need good grades in high school course work
to get accepted to a school, or you must be willing to take extra time to upgrade in a post-
secondary college prep program. Just because your grades right out of high school weren’t
great does not mean that college or university is not an option for you, it just means you’ll
have to take a slightly longer path in getting there. As for career training programs, like
the ones noted above, your high school grades may be less important but could come in to
play when seeking financial aid for tuition. Check with the training center of your choice
for details.

The biggest hurdle faced by many people wanting to go on to post-secondary schools like
university or college is the high cost of tuition and books. If your parents or family can
afford to pay your way or if you have an education savings account this may not be a
concern for you but if you’re not so lucky you still have options. Extremely good grades
can help in getting full or partial scholarships but student loans are available to everyone,
even if you just squeaked by with minimum entrance requirements. Visit the Registrars
Office or Financial Aid Center at the school you plan to attend to find out more about your
funding options.

A Word to the Wise
College and university are not for everyone and you should not feel bad if this path
doesn’t feel right for you. Vocational training is also not for everyone as the learning
structure in these programs is patterned after the traditional academic model. If high
school was a struggle for you academically you may find this a frustrating choice. While a
difficult time in high school should in no way deter you if you really want to go on to a
college or university be aware that the learning environment is not much different than
high school and be prepared to deal with whatever it was that made high school learning a
challenge for you.

Post Secondary School Senior Year Timeline
August/September: Decide on 3-5 colleges to attend and get information on these

September: Make an appointment with the counselor to discuss your college plans. Also,
go over your ACT and/or SAT scores with your counselor to determine if you need to
retake either of these tests. Begin working on college applications, request letters of
recommendation and begin working on college essays.

October: Complete college admissions, financial aid and scholarship applications. Be
sure to apply to at least on “safety school”. A “safety school” is a college that you know
you’ll be admitted to and one that you can definitely afford. Begin researching and
applying for scholarships. Complete early admission applications.

Attend the Jefferson City High School College and Technical School Night on October 10
from 7-8:30 pm.

Participate in ACT prep week and retake the ACT and/or SAT is necessary.
December: Retake the ACT if necessary. Finish Applications.

Go online to www.fafsa.ed.gov, with your parents, to complete the FAFSA form. Submit
the FAFSA form as soon AFTER January 1 as possible. It helps to have your taxes done
prior to completing the FAFSA so try to get your taxes done as soon as possible.

January: Submit the FAFSA form. Attend the Making College Financial Planning Count
Seminar at Blair Oaks High School on January 12 at 6:00pm.

February: Make sure you have your FAFSA forms complete. Last year the deadline was
April 1 but it frequently changes. Check for state of MO deadline. Priority deadline for
many schools March 1st.

March: Continue searching for scholarships. Apply early.

April: Decide which college to attend. Send in your housing deposit, sign and return
award letters and, as a courtesy, notify other colleges of your decision. Check on
enrollment days, schedule classes, etc.

May: See counselor for last minute credit check and graduation info. HAPPY

                       Top Ten College Expectations

   1. A rigorous, challenging high school curriculum emphasizing AP and honors
   2. Grades showing an upward trend, however, slightly lower grades in rigorous
       courses preferred to A’s in less challenging classes.
   3. Strong test scores (ACT and/or SAT). All schools now accept ACT.
   4. Depth and involvement in a few activities that demonstrate leadership.
   5. Letters of recommendation from faculty that reflect integrity, character and interest
       in learning.
   6. Special talents and experiences.
   7. Well written essay reflecting unique personality, values and goals.
   8. Enthusiasm demonstrated by campus visits and interviews.
   9. Work and community service illustrating responsibility and dedication.
   10. Demonstrated intellectual curiosity through diverse reading and leisure pursuits.

College Visit Days
A junior or senior may miss two days to visit college or vocational schools. These
arrangements must be made prior to your visit. Please fill out and turn in a college
visitation/job shadowing form, which can be found in the counselor’s office and turn it in
to Mrs. Shanley THREE school days prior to the day of your visit. You must show proof
from the College/vocational School that you had an appointment. Students should have
their teachers initial acknowledgement of your intended plan. You are responsible for
missed assignments and should not plan a visit on days in which you have a test or
presentation planned. These days may be taken any time prior to the last two weeks of
school and should not be taken in succession. Exceptions may be made on a limited basis
by the principal.

College Fairs
October 4            College Fair
                     State Fair Community College
                     8:30-10:30 am

October 10           Jefferson City High School
                     College and Technical School Night
                     7:00-8:30 P.M.

October 24           Mid-Missouri College Fair
                     Hearnes Center-University of Missouri-Columbia
                     9:00 am-11:00 am

Checklist for Campus Visit
    Meet with an admission counselor
    Verify admission requirements
    Determine actual college costs
    Ask about financial aid opportunities
    Take a campus tour
    Investigate your academic program(s)
    Attend a class
    Talk with students and faculty

Questions to Ask on a Campus Visit
   What activities and services are available to help students get settled (academically
      and socially) during their first year?
   How big are the classes?
   (Ask students) How easy is it to meet with faculty?
   (Ask students) Are you able to register for the classes you want?
   What is the total cost of attending the college?
   What types of financial aid does the college offer, how do I apply, and what are
      the deadlines?
   Are all freshmen assigned to an academic advisor?
   Where do most freshmen live?
   What campus areas will I be able to tour and will I be able to visit a class in my
   What activities are available for students?
   Who teaches the courses for first-year students?
   How successful are the college's graduates in finding jobs in my chosen career
   What is the percentage of graduates accepted into graduate school or professional
   What services (such as transportation and shopping) are available locally?
                What is there to do on weekends? Do most students stay or leave campus on

          College Applications
          Applications for almost all colleges can be found online and most college prefer you apply

          Paper Applications - Paper applications can be printed off the college website. You can
          mail these directly to the college or bring the completed application, application fee,
          separate scholarship application (if applicable), and Blair Oaks transcript request form to
          Mrs. Marble in the office to be mailed when she mails your transcript

          Online Applications - Fill out the transcript request form and turn it into Mrs. Marble in
          the main office. If applicable, you can send a check for the application fee with the

          Common Application
          The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that serves students and member
          institutions by providing an admission application – online and in print – that students
          may submit to any of the 300 member colleges. Membership is limited to colleges and
          universities that evaluate students using a holistic selection process. It can be downloaded
          at www.commonapp.org or completed online and submitted electronically.

          Frequently Asked Questions About College Applications
          College or University Enrollment History - Please list all colleges where you have been
          enrolled, even if you did not complete a full term or receive a grade report. Include
          colleges (if any) through which you received credit while in high school.

College Name             City/State           Dates Attended Credit Hours                 Degree Earned

Central Methodist        Fayette, MO          8/20 – 5/20        Depends what classes Dual Credit Classes
University                                                       you have taken
Linn State Technical     Linn, MO             8/20 – 5/20         If you’re in English Dual Credit Classes
College                                                          IV this will be 6

          Are you presently enrolled at another college or university?
College                      Departme       Number      Course Title               Credit Semester/Year
Linn State Technical         COM            101         English Composition        3         2011 Fall
Linn State Technical         COM            102         Composition II:            3         2012 Spring
College                                                 Writing the Research
Central Methodist            PY             101         General Psychology         3         2011 Fall
Central Methodist          SOC            101          Intro to Sociology         3        2012 Spring
Central Methodist          HI             117          American History to        3        2011 Fall
University                                             1877
Central Methodist          HI             118          American History 1877      3        2012 Spring
University                                             to Present
Central Methodist          MA             103          College Algebra            3        2011 Fall
Central Methodist          MA             105          Elementary Statistics      3        2012 Spring
Central Methodist          CT             101          Speech                     3        2011 Fall or 2012
University                                                                                 Spring
Central Methodist          CJ             100          Criminal Justice           3        2011 Spring

        Blair Oaks Transcript Request
        All transcript requests go to Mrs. Marble in the main office. Pick up a Release of Waiver
        of Student Record/Transcript form in the counseling office or the main office. You, or
        your parents if you are under 18, needs to sign the release, fill in the address of where you
        want your transcript sent and give to Mrs. Marble. Final high school (2nd semester)
        transcripts will be sent as student directs on their Senior Survey Intentions form that they
        will complete in April. Seniors will have a chance to update the form up until graduation.
        We will send the final transcripts after graduation. If plans change after graduation or if
        additional transcripts are needed transcript forms can be downloaded from the counseling
        website or picked up in the counselor’s office.

        Dual-Enrollment Transcripts
        Transcripts that indicate college credit earned through dual enrollment are not maintained
        or issued by the high school. You must have them sent from LSTC and/or CMU. To get
        your transcripts sent from Linn State or CMU you can pick up a request form and send it
        to the college. I plan on handing these out towards the end of the year and sending them
        all in together. If you need additional transcripts please follow the listed procedure.

        Central Methodist University: Fill out a transcript request form, which can be obtained in
        the counselor’s office. Or make a written request stating your student name, social
        security number, the name and address of the institution or individual to which the
        transcript should be sent, signature and a $5.00 check or money order for each copy. Send
        Central Methodist University
        College of Graduate and Extended Studies
        411 Methodist Square
        Fayette, MO 65248

        Linn State Technical College: Fill out a transcript request form, which can be obtained in
        the counselor’s office. Or make a written request stating your student name, social
        security number, the name and address of the institution or individual to which the
        transcript should be sent, and signature. Transcripts are free.
        Send to:
    Linn State Technical College
    Attn: Academic Records
    One Technology Drive
    Linn, MO 65051
    Phone: 800-743-8324
    Fax: 573-897-4656

    A+ Eligibility
    A student who qualifies according to the following criteria and continues an education at a
    Missouri public community college or vocational-technical school is eligible for state
    reimbursed tuition for up to two years. Each student should enter into a written agreement
    with the school during the last three years prior to high school graduation and, to be
    eligible must have:
     Attended a designated A+ School for three consecutive years prior to high school
    Graduated from high school with an accumulative GPA of 2.5 (C+) or higher.
    Maintained at least a 95% attendance record during four years of high school.
    Performed 50 hours of unpaid tutoring or mentoring for other students.
    Maintained a record of good citizenship and avoidance of unlawful use of drugs and
    Make a documented effort to secure all available federal post secondary student
    financial assistance funds that do not require repayment.
    Register for selective service if applicable

    I encourage each one of you to look at you’re A+ folder with Mr. Drehle to check and
    make sure you have completed all the A+ requirements. Remember you have to fill out
    the FAFSA form in the spring before you can receive A+ money.

    General Scholarship Information
        Scholarships that are sent to the school are listed in the Senior Newsletters you
          will get each month, posted on the counselors corner website, and can be found in
          the black scholarship crate in the counselor’s office.
        Each senior should set a personal goal of how many scholarship applications he or
          she is going to fill out.
        Seniors need to have a safe place to collect scholarships. Example a scholarship
        Develop a cover letter and resume. See attached example.
        Start asking coaches, counselor, employers, and teachers for letters of
          recommendation. Use the attached letter of recommendation activity sheet.
        Research scholarship web sites, check with your places of employment, parents’
          employers, student and/or parent community clubs, church, and the newspaper for
          additional scholarship information.

  Scholarship Internet Resources
  Start the scholarship search now and check out these free scholarship search engines
 www.campusdoor.com
 www.cnsearch.collegenet.com
 www.fastweb.com
 http://www.collegeanswer.com/index.jsp
 http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp

   A Guide to Completing a Scholarship Application
       Take your time
       Start well before the deadline
       Read the instructions carefully
       Meet all deadlines
       Be neat and thorough
       Type the application, if possible. If not, print very neatly
       Your name, social security number and date of birth are critical
       Attachments are ok, but make sure your name is on every page
       Notebook paper is not appropriate
   Organize Honors, Awards and Activities
       Demonstrate consistency – For example, ‘A’ honor roll, varsity sport, Spanish
          club or volunteering for several years
       Highlight your leadership positions
       Variety is good
   Have someone read your essay
    Check your grammar
    Check your spelling
    Your essay is your chance to impress the reader – talk about your strengths
    Describe any financial circumstances that may prohibit your ability to attend college

    Scholarship Meter
   In January, a scholarship meter will be displayed on the counselor’s corner bulletin board
   in the hallway. Students who receive scholarships will be recognized on the meter. A
   label with the name of the student, name of the scholarship, and amount of the scholarship
   will be posted on the meter. If you receive a scholarship, please bring proof to Mrs.
   Shanley so that you can be recognized on the meter!

   Scholarship Scam Tips
       Don’t pay money to get money.
       Too good to be true? It probably is.
       Spend time, not money.
       Legit scholarships are never guaranteed.
       Feel suspicious? Trust your instinct.
   ACT Test Dates – High School Code 261557
          Test Date              Registration Deadline             (Late Fee Required)
      September 10, 2011            August 12, 2011                August 13-26, 2011
      October 22, 2011*            September 16, 2011           September 16 – 30, 2011
      December 10, 2011            November 4, 2011              November 5 – 18, 2011
      February 11, 2012*            January 13, 2012              January 14 – 20, 2012
     April 14, 2012*               March 9, 2012                  March 10-23, 2012
      June 9, 2012*                 May 4, 2012                    May 5-18, 2012
*Denotes ACT being offered at Blair Oaks High School

ACT Preparation
ACT Prep Blair Oaks High School
Blair Oaks will be offering an ACT Prep Class the week of October 17th for Juniors and
Seniors who are taking the October 22rd ACT. Students will be responsible for completing
any class work they miss during the prep. The fee and sign up for this ACT prep will be
posted in Mrs. Shanley’s office as details become available.

 Learning Express Library
Learning Express Library offers ACT prep and practice tests free of charge if you sign up
here at Blair Oaks. Once you create and account at a BHS computer you can access these
practice tests from your home computer. To create an account, see Mrs. Shanley.

ACTive Prep – This software is available for purchase through ACT for $19.95 through
the ACT website www.actstudent.org.

Focus on Learning
Focus on Learning offers ACT Fundamentals Classes in Jefferson City as well as
Advanced Classes and Bright Flight Classes in Columbia. For more information visit
www.FocusOnLearningCenter.com or call 573-875-5187.


What is it?
Trade school is where you go to learn a trade or craft. In trade school you study to become
a ticketed journeyman in a trade such as; electrician, plumber, carpenter, master builder,
mechanic, auto body technician, mason, drywaller, heating and refrigeration technician,
etc. You enter in to a program where you learn the skills hands on, become an apprentice
in a specified trade and eventually take a test - usually both written and practical - to
become a full journeyman in that field.

Is it right for you?
This is for you if you thrive in a hands-on learning environment, if you have an interest in
a trade and/or have taken basic courses in a specific area while in high school, and if you
enjoy physically demanding work that is also mentally challenging. Many people who do
not do well in the academic part of high school choose a trade as a profession giving the
incorrect impression that tradesman are not “intellectuals.” This is just not true. Trades
work is just as mentally challenging as fields like law, business, journalism, and medicine.
Where it differs most from these professions is in how you are trained not in how smart
you have to be to do the work. Trades work is by no stretch of the imagination simple
Training in trades is intensive and in most trades you are actually working in an
apprenticeship position within 6 months to a year. Depending on the trade you choose and
the program you enter in to it can be a few years before you become a ticketed
journeyman. A journeyman is considered an expert in a given trade and passing a
journeyman’s exam is akin to passing the bar in law or completing a specialty in
medicine. Right now there is a serious shortage in trades workers making it a
competitively well-paid career choice. “Blue collar work” as trades work has been called
is quickly becoming one of the better paying career choices in the job market. Trades
workers with their tickets can choose to work for a company or can work for themselves
making it an ideal career choice for people who work well in a structured environment as
well as for people with an entrepreneurial spirit. As a trades worker you can easily be self-
employed if so inclined.

A Word to the Wise
Over the years trades have been unfairly stigmatized as a fall back career for people who
could not perform in an academic setting. This is untrue and has led to a serious shortage
in qualified trades workers. A career in a trade pays very well, is mentally stimulating,
physically demanding and no one day on the job is ever the same as the last. If you are
looking for a career that will never grow dull and that is always changing this may be the
best choice for you, even if you were a straight-A student in high school.

 Public Service

What is it?
Police officers, ambulance attendants, paramedics, firefighters, social workers,
government employees and politicians are some examples of public service workers.

Is it right for you?
This is for you if you like helping people, work well under very stressful circumstances,
are able to cope with the best and the worst that society has to offer, and adhere well to
structure and rules. This is not for you if you have problems with authority or if you do
not handle stress well. All of these professions are very, very stressful. They are also very,
very satisfying and stimulating. Being a public servant will be the most fulfilling and
heartbreaking career choice you can make. It takes a certain type of personality to
effectively do this type of work, which is why personality profiling and psychological
work-ups are often part of the hiring process.

The type of training necessary to be a public servant varies according to which field you
are interested in. Some of these careers require university or college while others do not.
Some of these careers like police work, start with a paid training program and a hands-on
learning approach. To find out the education or training requirements of a given field
contact the agency itself to inquire.

A Word to the Wise
Public service work is not for the weak of heart. Police officers, paramedics, firefighters
and social workers deal with some of the most terrible things that happen in our world. In
some cases you will routinely put your life and safety at risk while on the job. They are on
the frontlines of life and life never really lets up. If you want to do this type of work be
warned that it is emotionally, physically and mentally challenging. It is also very fulfilling
and important.


What is it?
A career in the army, navy or air force. You can join the military at any time after you turn
18. You can join the military right out of high school or you can choose to join after
college or university. ROTC (Registered Officer Training Program) is a tuition program in
which the military will pay your way through college or university and in return you
engage in limited military service while in school and full time service after graduation for
a predetermined period of time.

Is it right for you?
This is for you if you thrive in a strict and structured environment, like helping people,
have a sense of adventure and want to travel. ROTC is also a great way to pay for
university and ensure that you will have a job immediately after graduation.
Military life is not for everyone. Military service often puts you in high-risk situations and
your life is often in danger even if you are not in a war zone. Depending on what type of
service you choose even training can carry life-or-limb risks. Also, it is common for
military service people to engage in peacekeeping missions that are anything but peaceful.

Whether you are deployed to a recognized war zone like the Middle East or are sent on a
peacekeeping mission a military career carries unusual risks. It also has incredible
benefits. You get to see the world because military life involves travel. You get to see
places in the world that many people do not ever get to see and in ways that most people
can’t imagine. You get to help people in some of the most crisis-laden places on earth.
You also get to learn crazy-fun skills that can’t be learned anywhere else without you
having to pay for it like; skydiving, scuba diving, piloting aircraft, driving heavy armored
equipment, target shooting, to name a few. You don’t just work in the military, it is a way
of life. As the commercials state, it really is the toughest job you will ever love.

A Word to the Wise
Like public service, a military career is not for the faint of heart. In many ways service
men and women are the police of the world. You put your life at risk when you are sent on
deployment and depending on the type of military career you pursue your life can be put
on the line during training as well. You will see some incredible things and there is a very
real chance that you will see some terrible things as well. A military career is not an easy
one on body, mind or soul.
 Straight to

What is it?
You get a job right out of high school or you continue doing a job you had while in
school, maybe moving to a full time position instead of a part time one.

Is it right for you?
This is for you if you want to work to save for school, are not sure what you want to do
with your life yet and need to keep busy while you sort it out, or if you have already have
a job with growth opportunities that could make it a great life-long career. A career has
three key components that a job does not; it offers room to grow and advance, it has
increasing earning potential as time goes on and you gain experience, and it is something
you take personal pride and satisfaction in doing. A job just pays the bills. If you are lucky
enough to get on a real career path right out of high school that is great but if you are just
a taking a job so that have something to do and as a way to earn some cash you may come
to regret it.

People opt to work right out of school for a variety of reasons and for many people it is a
good temporary choice but unless your job offers room for advancement it is not a career
choice, it is just something to do. The only danger in choosing to work after school rather
than seek specialized training is that you run the risk of waking up one day in a dead end
job. Let’s put it this way; that job at the fast food joint may have been great while you
were in high school and it may give you spending money while you live at home but it is
not a solid career choice and is unlikely to offer you many opportunities for advancement.
While it is a great short term thing to do while you plan your future if it is all you ever do
you may become dissatisfied.

A Word to the Wise
While there is nothing wrong with jumping right in to the workforce after high school be
weary of accepting just any old job in order to bring home a paycheck. While you are still
young you have so many opportunities to take advantage of that working in a dead end job
or accepting a seemingly high paying position with no future is simply a waste. This is
your life, make the most of it!

Finding a Job

Starting a career right out of high school
Many seniors are ready to get to work as soon as the graduation ceremony is over. If you
are planning to get a full-time job, start looking early and ask for help.

      Remember, it is often who you know that helps land a good job. Seniors and
       parents should talk to friends and neighbors about good employment opportunities.
      Seniors, start preparing your resume early and ask your parents for help.

Read the want ads and check out the employment Web sites. It’s never too early to start
researching. If the job is right, maybe you can start on a part- time basis before graduation.
Start your job search before graduation
If you are considering entering the work world after graduation now is the time to start
looking. The first step is to discover your areas of interest. Consider taking an interest
inventory, which you can do, in Mrs. Shanley’s office or on

There are a number of great Web resources that can help the novice job seeker create a
resume, develop interviewing skills and provide access to countless job openings. Here
are a few key resources to start your job search:

www.hotjobs.com: Hot Jobs is one of the premiere job search Web sites. It was voted the
"Best General Purpose Job Board for Job Seekers" in a recent survey of job seekers. It
includes a “Career Tools” section. A great place for the new job seeker to start, this
section includes helpful links to interview tips, access to communities of other people
working in your industry, the ability to research salary, benefits and other job issues – it
will even step you through the basics of resume writing and building resumes that get you
www.monster.com: Perhaps the most popular job search resource online, Monster helps
you explore the possibilities and find the opportunities that are right for you. It publishes
more than 800,000 job openings, and has an easy-to-use resume builder tool that will help
you build and post your resume in their database. Monster also offers a variety of career
search advice and resources.
www.careerbuilder.com: Careerbuilder leverages relationships with newspapers across the
U.S. to post the employment classifieds of more than 130 local newspapers online.
Leveraging partnerships with a variety of leading career management resources,
Careerbuilder has an in-depth “Advice & Resources” section that will put you in touch
with the right resource for your needs.

 Additional considerations
Once you are no longer a full-time student, you may no longer be eligible for your
parents’ medical, dental and car insurance. Plan ahead and research your options.
If you are having trouble getting a job because the competition is so tough, an internship
in the field you are interested in might be the answer. Internships can develop excellent
contacts and build resumes. Part-time employment is always an option during an

A Few Odds and Ends
Counseling Communication
Email Distribution List – Students and parents who want to receive email updates on
opportunities, scholarships, events, deadlines, and much more need to email me
(jshanley@blairoaks.k12.mo.us ) their first and last name and graduating year.

Web Site – Check the counseling web site out at
http://www.blairoaks.k12.mo.us/counselor/counselor.htm and add it to your favorites!
Selective Service
Registration for the Selective Service is mandatory for young men within thirty days of
their 18th birthday. Registration may be done on line at www.sss.gov, at the local post
office, or in the counselors’ office.

NCAA and NAIA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse
In order to participate in athletics and receive athletically-based financial aid you must
register with the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse and meet eligibility standards. If
you wish to register on-line with the Clearinghouse, you must have a valid VISA or
MasterCard. If you received a fee waiver for the ACT or SAT exam and are requesting a
waiver of the Clearinghouse fee, you may indicate this in Section VI. NOTE however,
your registration will not be processed until the Clearinghouse receives a waiver
confirmation from your high school counselor. If you are seeking a waiver, you should
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                          Letter of Recommendation Activity Sheet

Name ________________________

List all co-curricular school activities, years involved, and any offices held.

List any community involvement (volunteer work, service projects, etc.).

Honors, awards, achievements (in and out of school).

Special talents or accomplishments.

Paid jobs (places of employment and job description).

Three teachers who know you well and would give you a positive comment.

“Life experiences” that have had a significant impact on your life.

Goals (immediate and long term).

Please notify counselor/teacher at least 2 weeks prior to deadline of the letter.
                               Jamie Smith
                   6124 Falcon Lane ● Jefferson City, MO 65101
                        (573) 619-2842 ● jsmith@aol.com

       GPA: 3.98
       Rank in Class: 8 of 92
       ACT Score: 26
       A Honor Roll
            o Freshman
            o Sophomore
            o Senior
       Superintendent’s List
            o Junior
       Highest Achiever
            o Chemistry (Sophomore)

       Class Secretary: Freshman
       NHS member: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
       Student Council
           o Member: Sophomore
           o Parliamentarian: Junior
           o Co-President: Senior

       A+ Tutoring
           o Summer School: 50 hours
           o Sign Language: 100+ hours
       PSR
           o Teach religion to first graders
       Song lead and read at church
       Canned Food Drives
           o Trick-Or-Treating for Canned Goods
           o Parish Food Drives
       Samaritan Center
           o Made and sold Cookies to raise money for the Samaritan Centers
       Special Olympics
           o Cheered on different teams at their softball tournament

            Parish Picnic
                 o Serve food in Dining Hall
                 o Coordinate children’s games
                 o Clean-up
            Fish Fry
                 o Packaged food in Take-Out containers
                 o Restocked food
                 o Filled containers with food
            CYO
                 o Cut wood for the elderly in winter

       Orscheln Farm & Home                              July 2009-July 2010
           o Ran the cash register
           o Loaded feed
           o Restocked shelves
           o Worked on my own plan-o-gram
           o Put away freight in designated areas
       Numerous Babysitting Jobs                         2003-Present
           o Occupied children
           o Made supper and feed children
           o Bathed children
           o Got children ready for bed and put them to sleep
           o Maximum of 8 children at one time
       Amazing Kreations                                 2005-Present
           o Worked out of home
           o Baked goods for special occasions
                                           Jamie Smith
     Permanent Address:                                                   Local Address:
      123 South 10th Street                  Email:                     380 South Complex
    Fort Calhoun, NE 68023         jsmith102384@hotmail.com             Maryville, MO 64468
         (402) 468-5858              Mobile: (402) 650-8974               (660) 562-6106

    November 18, 2010

    Mr. Jerry Beach
    Fort Calhoun Jr./Sr. High School
    1506 Lincoln St.
    RE: Business Education teaching position
    Fort Calhoun, NE 68023

    Dear Mr. Beach:

    I was excited to hear from Patty Apple, your secretary, that there was an opportunity to be
    a teacher in the business education department. Developing skills in business and
    computers has been my forte. After looking at my résumé you will see that I meet the
    qualifications you are looking for.

    You want someone:                   I have:

:                                 8
     Majoring in Business Education     Completed 131 hours towards my degree including 13
                                        business courses.

:    With computer skills           8   Successfully completed 6 computer courses working with
                                        Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and Dragon Naturally

:    With oral communication skills8    Comfortably presented to small and large groups in
                                        several of my classes and as a camp counselor. Fellow
                                        class members have commented on my professional
                                        speaking ability and sincere style.

:    A strong work ethic            8   Worked 20 hours a week while attending school full-time
                                        and maintaining a 3.4 GPA.

:    With work experience           8   Experience in guest services working in a hotel for over
                                        one year. I worked with a hotel management computer
                                        program to make reservations and answer a 4-line phone
                                        system, in addition to resolving guest problems and
Mr. Beach, I am eager to discuss becoming a part of your distinguished school district. I
will call next week to set up a time to meet with you at your convenience. Thank you for
taking the time to review my qualifications.

I look forward to meeting with you,

Jamie Smith

Enclosure: Résumé
                                             Jamie Smith
     Permanent Address:                                                     Local Address:
      123 South 10th Street                    Email:                     380 South Complex
    Fort Calhoun, NE 68023           jsmith102384@hotmail.com             Maryville, MO 64468
         (402) 468-5858                Mobile: (402) 650-8974               (660) 562-6106


              Hardworking individual with a fun and enthusiastic attitude.
              Great leadership skills that are used to take initiative.
              Good use of time management skills used to set priorities.

              Full of fresh and inventive ideas.
              Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
              Dedicated to helping others.
              Outstanding multi-tasking ability.


     Bachelor of Science in Business Education                                      May 2007
     Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri                     3.4/4.0 GPA
         Related business courses: Accounting I & II, Managerial Communications,
           Economics I & II, Digitools, Business Law, Principles of Marketing
         Work 20 hours per week while registered full-time.
         Received six academic scholarships over the course of four years.

     Computer Skills
        Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint and Word, Internet Explorer, Hotel
          Management system

     Work Experience:

     Best Inn & Suites                    Maryville, Missouri               September 2003 – Present
             Guest Representative
o    Ensure guest satisfaction with quick and easy check-in process for 25-60 guests per shift.
o    Provide guests an after check-in courtesy call to make sure they are comfortable.
o    Work with a hotel management computer program to make reservations and answer a 4-
     line phone system.
o    Close and balance cash drawer of $600.
o     Resolve guest problems and complaints.

  Blair Family YMCA                   Blair, Nebraska                                   Summer 2004
         Camp Counselor
  o Supervised and assisted in a variety of games and activities for 15 children,
  kindergarten through sixth grade.
o Chaperoned 10 field trips throughout the summer.
o   Carried out a structured discipline procedure.
o   Gained experience in planning and preparing impromptu activities.

    Honors and Activities:

·     Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Inducted April 2004
·     National Society of Collegiate Scholars Inducted September 2004
·     Accounting Society – 2003
    ·     K.I.D.S (Kind Individuals Dedicated to Students )

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