ACT Prep and Math Prep Workshops with Cathie Morrison: http://file:///C:/Users/Rick's%20Computer/Downloads/ACT%20FebTest%202017.pdf
UMKC "Discover Law Day": Jan 28th, 10 am to 2 pm. Information: http://law.umkc.edu/prospective-students/life-at-umkc/diversity-initiatives/discover-law-day/
Rotary Club Summer Leadership Workshops: For sophomores and juniors to be in 2017-2018. There are two academies to choose from, June 25-28 and July 9-12. Your student or students can choose from either dates. Applications are found online at missouriryla.com The website is currently being updated to accommodate the change to two academies. We are now receiving applications starting Jan. 1, 2017.
My College Options: Good planning instrument. Go to this website: http://mycollegeoptions.org/esurvey/mco Use the pin GMJGN3 to get started.
Myths about College Applications: http://file:///C:/Users/Rick's%20Computer/Downloads/10%20Myths%20About%20College.pdf
University of Missouri: MU Admissions is now on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/MizzouAdmissions?utm_content=links&utm_campaign=couns_nov2016&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=email
Check the Scholarship Page, Seniors: https://sites.google.com/a/stpiusxhs-kc.com/scholarships/
Coolidge Scholarship for Juniors: This is a merit-based scholarship for a present junior intent on attending a 4-year college after graduation. Information and application: https://coolidgescholars.org/ Deadline: 17 Feb 2017.
Advice for Scholarship Seekers: https://www.moneysavingpro.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-college-scholarships/
Vocational Youth Exchange Program: For a graduating senior who wish to spend a year in Germany living with a host family, getting school training and hands-on work experience through an internship -- in arts, auto mechanics, biotechnology, child care, computer science, education, forestry, health care, hotel management, international business, journalism, political science, theatre, and veterinary science. Application: http://www.nacelopendoor.org Deadline: 31 Jan 2017. Send application to http://CBYX@nacelopendoor.org Contact Susan Franck at 1-800-622-3553 ext 603 for additional information OR http://firstname.lastname@example.org
All School Testing Day: On SPX's All-School Testing Day, Freshmen took a practice PLAN, a 9th grade version of the ACT. Sophomores took a practice ACT. Both tests reflect college readiness for the individual grade level; you may read more in detail about ACT's College Readiness scale at this website: http://www.act.org/content/
Both the sophomores and the freshmen received their results the week of Thanksgiving.
Each year, ACT provides an update of college readiness conditions and standards: http://www.act.org/content/
Juniors took the PSAT, a college skill assessment exam and a National Merit scholarship qualifying exam; students were given prep guides 3 weeks ago. The reports for the PSAT usually take 6-8 weeks to be returned, so it will not be, most likely, until after Christmas that students will have the results of the assessment. There are also some additional resources Juniors can access that require them to use the personalized "code" on their score report. EMAIL scores have been received, but not the printed reports. Students may ask Mr. Murphy about their reports at any time.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day: 3 March 2017 at Bartle Hall Convention Center. $20 fee, 8 am to 2 pm. Register online at https://surveymonkey.com/r/568WVBY by 27 Jan 2017.
Platte County Optimist Scholarship: Information and application http://file:///C:/Users/Rick's%20Computer/Downloads/Essay_RULES_PAD-E_16-17.pdf Deadline: 1 Feb 2017.
FAFSA Changes, effective Oct 1st, 2016.: http://file:///C:/Users/Rick's%20Computer/Downloads/SMSCH_MKT11620_B_FAFSAFilingChangesVisual_YearUpdate_FNL_WEB.pdf
Families may begin to complete and submit the FAFSA NOW.
FAFSA Webinars: http://mappingyourfuture.org/Newsroom/newsroomarticle.cfm?7F54464242595E5C7043445F525D5478740B03010601
Juniors--College and Career Planning Site: http://media.collegeboard.com/CollegePlanning/media/pdf/BigFuture-College-Plan-LessonPlan.pdf
Seniors: There are weekly updates to the scholarships available for you. Check for them each week.
Seniors: Kansas State University has increased their scholarship for out of state freshmen:
|- A $48,000 renewable four-year scholarship is available to students with a
24 ACT Composite/1160 SAT ERW+M and a 3.5 or higher GPA.
- A $32,000 renewable four-year scholarship is available to students with an
ACT composite between 21 and 23/1060 or 1150 SAT ERW+M and a 3.5 or higher GPA.
Air Force Academy: If interested in applying, visit this page and note the deadlines: http://www.academyadmissions.com/
Summer 2017 Workshops and Institutes:
Khan Academy: This resource is free and very helpful for students in a number of students. It increases in content every day:
ACT Math Mania, Prep Workshop: http://file:///C:/Users/Rick's%20Computer/Downloads/ACT%20Oct%20Test%202016.pdf
Northeast Catholic College: Northeast Catholic College is pleased to announce that any student that enrolls by March 15, 2017, will automatically receive an Early Enrollment Award of $15,000, which is half of the cost of tuition, room, and board.
Specifically for Latino and Hispanic Students: http://hispanicheritage.org/
This four-year scholarship will supplement any federal aid (Pell grants,subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans) for which a student is eligible. Northeast Catholic College is one of only 20 colleges in the U.S. to be named to the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College (www.TheNewmanGuide.com). The college offers a Great Books education rooted in the Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions.
ACT Scores will now include several enhancements for interested students and parents. Click http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act-educator/about-the-act/continuous-improvement.html?cid=email:pm:06072016:reporting_article2_storg:sitelink&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpSak1UZGlOMkZpT1RCbSIsInQiOiJXNWxkZWxjWDRId3FHVHpBeVJNNDhHMUpwS0FaNHhCMDUzeTNxOFdjeUNZemViS3VMNDFFOGRcL1pZR1NXK2lTWkpPM2RCN2NTXC9EXC9uU1hpS2VWcmpSdFJtYWJ4K0owTVo0VFVvZkQ5RFFUbz0ifQ%3D%3D#enhanced to see what they are. These changes / enhancements are communicated on this website in stages. Two are present at this time.
ACT Testing update for students with accommodations' requests and Learning Disabilities:
Missouri A+ Program: This program WILL NOW be available to students from private schools, starting in the Fall of 2016. St. Pius X still needs to go through the application and approval process. We hope this will be in place for seniors in the class of 2018 (present juniors). See this link to the document and the qualifying criteria: http://file:///C:/Users/Rick/Documents/Counseling/Scholarship%20Info/A+%20Scholarship%20info%20for%20students.pdf
NCAA Eligibility Guide: The new guide is now available. http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA17.pdf
On September 14, 2015, President Obama announced two major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA application cycle, the FAFSA will have a new launch date of October 1 rather than the traditional launch date of January 1. This earlier date of October 1 will allow the financial aid process to coincide with the college admissions process.
Along with the new launch date, the FAFSA’s tax year information collected from an applicant will come from one tax year earlier, otherwise known as prior-prior year. Applicants will use their tax year 2015 income information for the 2017-2018 award year. These changes will enable students and their families to make more informed choices regarding which college to attend and where funds will be obtained to pay for it. This should also eliminate the need for estimated tax information that later has to be updated.
To learn more about these upcoming changes, Federal Student Aid created an Early FAFSA information page on Information for Financial Aid Professional (IFAP) website to keep you informed.
Changes outlined here: http://file:///C:/Users/Rick/Documents/SPX/2016%20FAFSA%20changes.pdf
Online Tutoring Options: https://www.chegg.com/tutors/
ACT's New Online Prep Course: http://go.act.org/G1C0QM20kTMQG00u0200USI
Free ACT Practice Testing:
It is recommended that all students take the ACT at least one time prior to the end of their junior year. Note that the availability of the ACT assessment is now in April of a junior's year. The assessment is required of public school students; private school students can take this through their school district.
The Tutoring Center -- TBA. 9775 N. Cedar KCMO 64157. 781-0000.
Nannies and Tutors of Zona Rosa:
Two options--math mania practice and ACT practice: See websites.
Careers in Health Care: http://www.missourihealthcareers.com
Americorps Information: http://file:///C:/Users/Rick/Desktop/Americorps%20Info%201.pdf Part One.
http://file:///C:/Users/Rick/Desktop/Americorps%20Info%20Part%202.pdf Part Two.
Consider These -- A Variety of Scholarships:
College Measure: http://www.collegemeasures.org/ This is a data rich site that enables its users to compare valid data about college graduation rates, efficiency, retention and dropouts rates, etc. Good for families who are looking for good schools that have good value.
Kaplan Test Prep: KAPLAN is offering ACT and PSAT Testing Preparation:
Seniors: Check the Counseling Page: 1) for recruiters coming to SPX (they have started coming; see the Counseling Page 'Events'; 2) “Scholarship Station” – for the latest on scholarships: http://www.stpiusxhs-kc.com/index.cfm?load=page&page=360 3) for procedures on college visits. Visits are excused only if the student follows the correct procedure. No senior visits are excused after April 25th. 4) Seniors and their parents should submit their FAFSA form http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ as soon as possible. March 1 was the priority deadline, but FAFSA's may still be submitted.
Seniors (families) should also contact Mr. Murphy about awarded scholarships so that students may be acknowledged properly in the graduation program. This would include scholarships that a student has been awarded, but not necessarily accepted.
My Majors Scholarship: Go to this website: http://www.mymajors.com/mobile-brc.cfm?zone=fall13
The site also has helpful articles for parents and students alike. The organization has added over 22,000 pages on information to assist you in college planning. Sign up for weekly news: http://Sign up for resources for your students: www.mymajors.com/subscribe
Free Newsletter entitled "Weekly Wisdom for for Busy Parents" is available at this website: http://www.homefaith.com
ACT Information and Research Resources:
ACT Question of the Day: http://www.actstudent.org/qotd
Preparing for the ACT: http://www.actstudent.org
Family Resources: http://www.act.org/education/family.html There are resources for students as well as parents.
ACT Parent Newsletter (you may subscribe for free): http://www.act.org/path/parent/news
ACT's College Readiness Standards: http://www.act.org/standard
In this link, there are research documents done by ACT about "The Condition of College and Career Readiness", "Rigor at Risk: Reaffirming Quality in the High School Core Curriculum", "The Forgotten Middle: Improving Readiness for High School", "Using ACT Plan to Identify Student Readiness for Rigorous Course in High School", and "Crisis at the Core: Preparing all Students for College and Work." http://www.act.org/content/act/en/research.html
Important News: This link will take you to a series of free downloads about college, financing college, and other important information. http://www.fastweb.com/content/download_free_materials
New NCAA Eligibility Update: The NCAA Clearinghouse has modified its eligibility criteria for aspiring student athletes in the college setting. Check at this link for both initial eligibility information and the new changes: http:// http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA17.pdf
College Readiness Article from ACT & The College Board: http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/cccr13/.
Medical Assistant Information: This link provides further information about a medical assistant career -- training, schools, employment, programs. http://theemedicalassistants.com/
Top Medical Assistant Schools in Missouri: http://www.topmedicalassistantschools.com/states/missouri/