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Senior News You Can Use February Edition

Graduation 2018

We're three months away from the culmination of your students' school years: Graduation. When will graduation be this year? We're still in that window of potential bad weather that could cause school closings, so a date has not yet been set for graduation. A date will be set around Spring Break. I will e-mail families just as soon as that information is released.

Students Are Working Toward Achieving Benchmarks

Close to 60% of our senior class is considered College and Career Ready. That means students have reached benchmarks on the ACT exam of 18 in English, 19 in Math and 20 in Reading. During Mission Possible (homeroom time) each day, students who have not achieved these indicators for success are working with teachers in designated areas to help them reach the benchmark(s) they have not obtained yet. There is an online test that is similar to the ACT, KYOTE, that students take at Apollo to see if they are at benchmark. While this test is not recognized at all KY colleges, Apollo does use this tool to determine if students are bench marked for graduation purposes. All students who are CCR, (College and Career Ready) receive honor cords to wear on graduation day. We will continue to work with students to help them achieve this important milestone.

Daviess County Public Schools Honors Diploma

Daviess County Public Schools offers an Honors Diploma to all students. Requirements for this award include: five Advanced Placement courses completed with a grade of C or higher, three Advanced Placement exams taken, and three or more years of foreign language taken in the same language. Seniors in the list below are eligible for the Honors Diploma. Please check the list if you think your student qualifies for this status, and contact me with any questions.

College Tips

Many seniors headed for college will soon be receiving financial aid award letters from colleges. Seniors and parents should read those letters carefully. The letter will usually show the total cost of attendance--what that school costs for one year, including tuition, fees, meals, books, supplies, transportation and personal expenses. It may also show how much the student's family is expected to pay toward those costs (EFC-Expected Family Contribution). The EFC is subtracted from the total cost of attendance to get a student's financial need. The letter will then list various sources of financial aid offered to pay for the costs not covered by the EFC. Students can accept or reject any or all of those proposed sources. Students can also appeal the awards made if they believe their family's financial circumstances have changed. One consideration is how much of the aid being offered is in federal student loans, which have to be repaid. If the package includes federal loans and isn't enough to pay all expenses, students/parents may be looking at a private loan. Comparison shopping is a must in that case. But don't choose a school based simply on cost. A more expensive college will often be a better choice than picking a less expensive one that turns out not to be a good fit for the student. Transferring or dropping out can increase the total cost of a college degree. ***from KHEAA Counselor Connection, February 2017

Scholarship Information

Scholarship deadlines are approaching!! Students need to keep working on filling out scholarship applications and gathering the materials required to apply for various funds available right now. Many scholarships are posted right now on the Apollo website under the guidance tab, on the scholarships page. Students are encouraged to keep working hard on course work and to finish the school strong. There is a short video to help your family navigate the Apollo website to find scholarships. You can view the video at this link: https://spark.adobe.com/video/qdGM8YnJ0V6vB

Scholarship Offers

All seniors are asked to bring college award letters to the guidance office so we can make a copy to add to our file. (even if your student will not attend the schools making offers) We list these awards in the program at Senior Honors Night and we also report this information for publication to the Owensboro Messenger Inquirer. Please look at the document below to see if your student has turned in any awards they have been offered to the guidance office. This is what has been turned so far:

If I can be of any assistance to you or your family, please don't hesitate to call me at 270-852-7100 or e-mail me at cristy.dame@daviess.kyschools.us. Proud counselor of the Class of 2018, Cristy Dame

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