Senior Parents: Be aware that the FAFSA form is required for any type of financial assistance from a college, university, and usually a specialty/trade school. You can secure this online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov March 1st of each year is the priority deadline. It entails knowledge and usage of the previous year's tax information. You may still file the FAFSA, and should file the FAFSA, even if you have missed the priority deadline. These are available now online only. You may download one and print it if you wish. This year, you may start the process on Oct 1st rather than the previous Jan 1st.
ADOLESCENT CONCERNS AND TEENS' NEEDS
There are a number of links that deal with "adolescent concerns" which parents and students may find worthwhile and interesting to read. These include ADD, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, bullying, suicidal tendencies and other situations which may interfere or affect a child's performance.
This year, November 2nd will be St. Pius X's All-School Testing Day. Juniors take the PSAT, sophomores a practice ACT. Freshmen take the PLAN and the ACRE (assessment of catechesis/religious education)
In 2016 - 2017, juniors will also take the ACRE during the school year at some time.
SEMESTER FAILURES AND MAKEUP GRADES
Students may use the eCampus option available through their public school district or any of the following links below. There are several other credit recovery options available. See the document below.
1) Set up a FASTWEB account: Go to http://www.fastweb.com and set up a profile and scholarship mailbox.
Periodically, you will receive an email alerting you to a scholarship or grant for which you may be eligible. Go to the link, read the "capsule" and apply if you fit the criteria.
2) Set up a CHEGG account: Go to https://www.chegg.com/schools?zinch=1 and set up a profile, user ID and account. This website can help you with college searches and scholarships, too.
3) Set up a "My College Quickstart" and a "My Road" account; it is recommended that you set up accounts for other scholarship searches on the "Scholarship Station" page. : This program is associated with a student's PSAT/NMSQT score administered in October. Once the student receives their printed score results, there is an unique access code on the score report that allows a students to set up an account. The site contains a significant number of resources that can assist students in preparing for college. The link is: www.collegeboard.com/quickstart The student's access code is on the PSAT report.
Links to emails coming from this organization will appear on this website as they come to Mr. Murphy:
College Application Tips for Juniors: http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?
College Application Essay: http://universitypeak.com/blog/college-application-essay-mindframe-a-potential-friend/
Parent: Helping Your Child During the College Application Process: http://universitypeak.com/blog/i-want-to-help-my-child-how-do-i-help-my-student-in-the-college-admissions-process/
ACT and SAT TESTING:
The ACT and SAT testing dates alternate by month. Registration deadlines are usually about five weeks before the actual test.
ACT testing dates for 2016 - 2017 are available at the ACT website
SAT testing dates for 2016 - 2017 are available at the College Board website:
HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT TEST FOR 8TH GRADERS:
8th Grade students and parents: this link will provide further information for you regarding the High School Placement Test exam which we began using in January 2015. http://www.ststesting.com/hsptpg9.html
ESSENTIAL INTERNET SITES FOR COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS:
www.dhe.mo.gov [Missouri Dept of Higher Education]
ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY AND COLLEGE SPORTS:
Students who wish to play college sports need to register with the NCAA or NAIA Clearinghouses whether it be Division I, II, or III [see the links to the side]. Please note that a student's ACT or SAT scores must be sent directly from ACT [www.actstudent.org] or the College Board [www.collegeboard.com] . Scores on the transcript or sent by photocopy are not considered official. The student (family) can request those online by going to http://www.actstudent.org and clicking on "send my scores." You have to include the date(s) of the score(s) you wish sent. You would want to send a "REGULAR" report. Fee is $12.00, subject to change.