GUIDANCE NEWSLETTER Spring 2012 Dear Juniors and Parents, Hello! On Tuesday, February 14th Ellen Clark, Project Aspiree Educational Specialist, and myself will be speaking to juniors during their English classes about taking the SAT/ACT this spring. Please talk to your son or daughter about taking the SAT or ACT this spring. Students will be given information about both tests, how to register, cost, test dates and registration deadlines. Please feel free to view the PowerPoint presentation for yourself from the Guidance Webpage at www.barr.k12.in.us under Jr/Sr High School and then click on ‘Guidance’. Juniors who are planning to go to college after high school will want to take the SAT or ACT this spring so that they will have test scores to provide on their college applications early next fall. Students who are a 21st Century Scholar or are in Project Aspiree are eligible to receive a fee waiver to cover the $50 registration fee. In the coming weeks we will be doing course selection for the 2012-2013 school year, your child’s senior year of high school. I would like to remind and encourage all juniors to enroll in a rigorous curriculum during their senior year. Please also consider educational experiences such as Building Trades, Auto Service, Health Careers, the Work-Internship program, or any of the many VU classes students can take through Twin Rivers. We want to help you make the most of your time at Barr- Reeve and to explore some of your areas of interest. Remember, if you would like to do a Twin Rivers program next year, you must apply. Applications are due Friday, February 24, 2012. Some programs do fill up. Applications are available in the guidance office or online at www.twinriversarea.org. If you have any questions about your child’s course selection, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sometimes, the best references can be those instructors and advisors at the postsecondary level. This newsletter is sent as a concise way to share with you various information and announcements that may be of interest to you or your child. Please encourage your son/daughter to read through this newsletter and consider some of the unique opportunities available to them this spring and summer. If you have any questions in regard to the information included, please do not hesitate to contact me at 486-3265 or email@example.com. Thank you, Chastity Sward Guidance Counselor Important Dates February 10, 2012 End of 4th grading period February 15, 2012 Report Cards issued February 20, 2012 NO SCHOOL (4th Snow Day) February 24, 2012 Deadline for Twin Rivers Applications February 29, 2012 Ball State Rep @ Barr-Reeve, 12pm March 9, 2012 Registration Deadline for 4/14 ACT NO SCHOOL (3rd Snow Day) March 23, 2012 End of 5th Grading Period March 26-30th, 2012 NO SCHOOL SPRING BREAK!! April 6, 2012 Registration Deadline for 5/5 SAT April 14, 2012 ACT May 4, 2012 Registration Deadline for 6/9 ACT May 5, 2012 SAT May 8, 2012 Registration Deadline for 6/2 SAT June 2, 2012 SAT June 9, 2012 ACT Guidance Announcements Please visit our website at www.barr.k12.in.us under Jr/Sr High School ‘Guidance’ for graduation requirements, college preview dates, scholarship info, and other helpful forms or presentations. Vincennes University is hosting a ‘Fearless Females in Technology and Engineering’ luncheon on Wednesday, April 11th. Barr-Reeve can take 12 girls. The day is open to any girls interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math in grades 8-12. Students will eat lunch with professional women in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) careers. The guest speaker will be Mary Reese, Human Resource Manager at Berry Plastics. If your daughter is interested in participating, please contact me or have her sign up outside my office. Twin Rivers Programs will be hosting an Open House and Tours on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 4:30-6:00 pm for Auto Service Tech, Building Trades and Health Careers. No reservations required, all are welcome! For more information, see Mrs. Sward or visit www.twinriversarea.org Vincennes Beauty College will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, February 21 st from 5:00- 7:30pm for any current sophomores or juniors interested in doing Cosmetology next year. Twenty-first Century Scholars will be hosting numerous events this spring including, Evansville Triple Play Visit which includes campus visits to USI, UE, and Ivy Tech on February 24, 2012, Campus visit to Oakland City University on April 3, 2012, and Indiana State University Scholar Day April 21, 2012. Call toll-free to make your reservations at 888-772-4652 and print your permission slip at www.vinu.edu/Scholars. Parents, there will be a three week parenting class called ‘Parents' Night Out’ held Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at Washington Catholic High School Library in Washington starting on February 27 through March 12th. For more information about this program call 254-8668. Barr-Reeve freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are invited to attend Dick Lugar Academy Days. These Academy Days are an important opportunity to provide information about the nomination and admissions process to students interested in attending a United States Service Academy. Dates include Sunday, March 4th in Sellersburg; Sunday, March 11th in Fort Wayne or Sunday, March 18th in Indianapolis. For additional information or to register online, visit http://lugar.senate.gov/services/academy. All Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve military men and women and their families now have free access to professional tutors 24 hours a day, seven days per week. It’s timely, efficient, and individualized instruction helps students get their homework done and come to school ready to learn. Tutors are available in all math, science, social studies, and English subjects. Students and families may access the service at www.tutor.com/military to sign up. The National Association for College Admission Counseling invites sophomores, juniors, and seniors to the National College Fair on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the Kentucky International Convention Center from 2:00-5:00pm. Students can register for the college fair at www.gotomyncf.com. Wabash Valley College has reduced tuition rates for Daviess County Indiana students. Rates are $114/credit hour. Programs offered include: Advanced Manufacturing, Ag Technology, Nursing, Radio-TV Broadcasting, Social Services Specialist, Gunsmithing, Legal Secretary, Marketing Business Management, Diesel Equipment Technology, Early Childhood Education. Call 1-866-982-4322 for more information. Are you looking for a college with creative minds all around you? If so, Full Sail University may be a perfect match for you. Full Sail offers programs in computer animation, digital arts & design, web design & development, film, game art, game development, music business, recording arts, and show production. Some employers of Full Sail graduates include: Sony, Dreamworks, ESPN, MTV, ABC, Disney, Pixar, CBS, Animal Planet, etc. Visit fullsail.edu for more information. Are you interested in finding a wide range of financial aid sources? If so, visit Scholarships.com for a free list of numerous scholarship and grant opportunities. It’s free! It’s informative! It’s confidential! It’s designed with Hoosiers in mind! Find out your estimated financial aid package you can expect to receive by visiting www.indianacollegecosts.org. Summer Camps Purdue University is hosting a Boiler Vet Camp this summer for those excited by science, who enjoy working with animals and would like to learn more about what it takes to become a veterinarian or veterinary technician. Junior Camp is June 10-16th for students entering grades 8 and 9; Senior Camp is June 17-23 for those students entering grades 10, 11, or 12. Visit www.vet.purdue.edu/boilervetcamp to learn more and for registration materials. The Purdue Research Park is offering an opportunity to incoming Indiana high school juniors and seniors (current sophomores and juniors) who demonstrate an aptitude in the areas of math, science, and technology along with an interest in entrepreneurship. Selected students will attend a five day Purdue Research Park Entrepreneurship Academy at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus June 24-29, 2012. The academy is focused on teaching students the key principles of starting a company while applying these principles to an actual business case. The week ends with each student team pitching their business case to a panel of judges and competing for tuition vouchers. The only cost is a $75 registration fee. Scholarships are available if the student’s family is unable. Barr-Reeve is allowed to nominate students for this competitive program (50 spots). If you are interested in being nominated, please see Mrs. Sward. Visit www.purdueresearchpark.com/academy; www.facebook.com/eacademy or www.youtube.com/entrepreneurshipacad to learn more! Denison’s Young Writer’s Workshop June 17-24, 2012(Granville, OH): Current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all over get the chance to develop their talents and refine their skills in workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. It’s an inspiring place for high school students who love to write to discuss in detail the progress of their writing with other peers and faculty. Small groups everyday, individual conferences with faculty, structured writing time, crosswriting sessions, and workshops with visiting writers. Visit http://reynolds.denison.edu to learn more. Application deadline March 9, 2012. College Points to Ponder IU and Purdue now require 4 years of math, 2 years of foreign language, and 3 years of a lab science in high school to be admitted. If you are planning on attending Vincennes University and majoring in a Health Sciences program, you will want to take Chemistry in high school. Math is the best predictor of college success. The best way to achieve high test scores on the SAT/ACT is to enroll in a rigorous curriculum throughout high school. MANY merit-based scholarships from universities are based on students’ SAT or ACT scores. When college admission counselors are looking at a student’s transcript to make an admission decision, they are typically only looking at the freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Students usually apply for college during the fall of their senior year. Therefore, senior year grades are not yet available at the time of application. Colleges admit on performance not potential. If your test scores show you have excellent academic potential, but your grades show you have not performed in the classroom, your chances for admission will be negatively affected. Students should take the SAT or ACT the spring of their junior year of high school in order to have scores available to include on their college applications in the fall. College Preview Days Purdue University will be hosting ‘Introducing Purdue’ on March 23, 30, April 9, 11, & 20th. Introducing Purdue are visit dates designed for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors just beginning their college search. Students will have the opportunity to learn about admissions, academics, and student life as they explore campus, tour top-notch facilities, and meet Purdue students, faculty, and staff. Visit http://admissions.purdue.edu/IntroducingPurdue/index.html to learn more. University of Saint Francis’ School of Creative Arts is hosting ‘Talent Day’ on Friday, March 2, 2012. Talent Day is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors interested in attending the University of Saint Francis to submit a portfolio or audition for talent scholarships. If interested, please call 260- 399-7700 ext. 8001. Vincennes University will be hosting PreVU Days on February 24 & 25th, March 16 & 17th, March 30 & 31st, April 20 & 21st. Visit www.vinu.edu to register or call 1-800-742-9198. Indiana State University is offering Audition/Scholarships dates for music February 10, February 11, and February 20. For more information see Mrs. Sward. University of Southern Indiana: USI will be hosting Southern Hospitality Days on numerous dates this spring. The dates are: February 18, March 17, and March 31. Please visit www.usi.edu/admissn/visit.asp or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Oakland City University: OCU will be holding Focus days on their main campus for prospective students on March 30, and March 31. To register visit www.oak.edu. Indiana University: IU offers Discover IU days Monday through Friday most week days of the year and on many Saturdays. Call (812) 855-0661 to schedule an appointment. Rose-Hulman: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers individual visit days throughout the week. To schedule a visit is best to request the date you wish to attend two weeks ahead of time. You can register online or call 800-248-7448. Indiana State University: ISU has scheduled Sycamore Preview Days for February 20, and April 14. To register, call 1-800-GO-TO-ISU or online www.indstate.edu. University Of Evansville: U of E has scheduled several open houses for prospective students. Upcoming dates for these events are March 17, and April 21. If you are interested in attending, register online at email@example.com. Ball State University: Ball State University Art Department will be hosting its annual Open House and Portfolio Review on Saturday, February 18, 2012. For registration information go to: www.bsu.edu/art/openhouse. Marian University: Marian University will be hosting Nursing Encounter Day April 13th. Register for this event by visiting www.marian.edu. Trine University: Trine University will be hosting visit days February 20, March 17 and 24, and April 27. For more info visit trine.edu/visit. Kettering University: Kettering University will be hosting a visit day May 19, 2012 from 10 am to 3 pm. Sign up today at admissions.kettering.edu.visit. Juniors are allowed one day for college visitations. It is the responsibility of the student/parent to set up an individual college visit. To do so, you should contact the Admissions Office at the particular university at least 2 weeks prior to the date you would like to visit. Students must have proper paperwork (2 forms) on file in the guidance office for the absence to be excused and not count as an absence. Scholarships/Contests Tri-State Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Scholarships Award: Three awards will be given ranging from $2500-$5000 School: Any Major: Any Criteria: Applications will be accepted beginning September 1, 2012 for seniors of the class of 2013; Applications are being sent now to encourage early submission. Students must attend a school within the Tri-State Better Business Bureau’s 18-county service area, and plan to attend college after graduating from high school. Visit www.evansville.bbb.org/scholarship for an application and additional information. Deadline: October 15, 2012 College Consumer Contest Award: $529 School: Any Major: Any Criteria: Grades 9-12, Visit www.cashforcollegeindiana.org for rules & info. Deadline: March 10, 2012 Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship Award: $4,000 toward tuition and regularly assessed fees School: a SSACI-approved eligible higher education institution (in-state) Major: Any Criteria: Very specific! Please see Mrs. Sward if interested in more information or visit www.in.gov/ssaci/2504.htm. Deadline: September 4, 2012 Knights of Pythias of Indiana Poster Contest Award: Varies School: Any Major: Any Criteria: Open to any high school student in grades 9-12; Create a poster/Visual Arts Contests entitled “Don’t be a bully, be a friend.” If interested, please see Mrs. Sward for additional contest rules. Deadline: April 6, 2012 Vancouver Restaurant Scholarship Award: $500 School: Any Major: Any Criteria: To be eligible for this scholarship you must be between the ages of 15-21 as of May 30, 2012. You must be a full time student in 2012 in either high school or college and answer the essay question found on the application page. Applications are available at www.studentscholarships.org/scholarship.php. Deadline: May 30, 2012 Playing with Purpose Award Award: $12,700 of scholarships are available School: Any Major: Any Criteria: Must be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior, maintaining a minimum “C” grade average or higher. Must be a current varsity level athlete in one or more sports while also being a committed follower of Jesus Christ. Apply online at www.playingwithpurpose.org. Deadline: March 1, 2012 TESTING INFORMATION 2012 SAT DATES: Test Date: Regular Registration Deadline: Late Registration Deadline: May 5 April 6 April 20 June 2 May 8 May 22 2012 ACT DATES: Test Date: Regular Registration Deadline: Late Registration Deadline: April 14 March 9 March 23 June 9 May 4 May 18 The Army has developed a new test prep program for you! March 2 Success is an online test prep course that will provide help with taking standardized tests, and improve math, language arts, and science skills. March 2 Success is a free program. To start your own test prep check out www.March2Success.com! Remember if you are a 21st Century Scholar or in Project Aspire, you can get a fee waiver for the $50 test registration fee. Please see Mrs. Sward or the Project Aspire representatives to obtain a fee waiver. To register for the SAT please visit sat.collegeboard.org/register To register for the ACT please visit www.actstudent.org Barr-Reeve CEEB Code to register is 152-395. Informational powerpoint presentation is available online at www.barr.k12.in.us. Click on Jr/Sr High School and then ‘Guidance’.
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