Senior Parent Appointments: All families of seniors are invited to make individual appointments with Guidance Director Joanna Lederer-Barnes at any time during the year to discuss planning for their son/daughter's life after high school. Ms. Lederer-Barnes meets regularly with seniors, but it is often helpful to have parents come in to meet as well. Whether your student is planning to attend college or tech school, join the military, enter the workforce, or has other plans, coming in for a meeting ensures that we are all on the same page when it comes to planning for the future. If you would like to schedule an individual senior parent appointment, please contact Ms. Lederer-Barnes at 375-2589 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Women Can Do!” Conference is on October 13th at Vermont Technical College. This is a fun day for girls in grades 9 – 12 to get hands-on experience with non-traditional careers such as engineering, science, firefighting, agriculture, technology, woodworking, mechanics, and more! This conference is free and transportation is provided. Registration packets are available in the Guidance Office and are due back by Friday, September 23.
AMHS College Application Night is Thursday, September 22 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the AMHS Marsh Library Computer Lab. (This is immediately following the AMHS Open House.) This is primarily an informational night that is geared towards seniors and their parents, but families of younger students are welcome to attend to get an early idea of what to expect. Topics that will be covered include the college application process, the Common Application, the Naviance Family Connection program.
VSAC Paying for College / FAFSA Night is Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 in the AMHS Marsh Library Computer Lab. A representative from Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) will be here to provide an overview of different types of financial aid and to help families complete their FAFSA, the federal financial aid form. NEW this year: the FAFSA can now be filled out as early as October 1st. The earlier you file your FAFSA, the more aid is available! IMPORTANT: If you plan to fill out your FAFSA with the VSAC representative, you will need to bring several important documents with you and apply for an ID number in advance. Please contact Ms. Lederer-Barnes for more information.
Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Are you making a significant contribution to the community through volunteering? You can apply for a 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award! All AMHS/MS students are eligible to apply. Students chosen as Local Honorees will receive a certificate of achievement. AMHS may then nominate two outstanding volunteers (one at the middle level and one at the high school level) to compete for state recognition. One State Honoree from each state will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and a free trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. for national recognition. Ten State Honorees will be chosen as National Honorees, and will receive a $5,000 award, a gold medallion, a trophy, and a $5,000 donation to the charity of their choice. To apply for the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, go to www.nassp.org/spirit. The application deadline is November 8, 2016. If you have questions or need help, contact Joanna Lederer-Barnes, Guidance Director, at 375-2589 x106 or email@example.com.
If you are planning to apply to college and have not taken the SAT/ACT or would like to take it again to improve your score, now is the time. Registration for these tests is done online by the student, but if you need help or have any questions, please see Ms. Lederer-Barnes. Please note that if you have a disability that is documented with the College Board, you will need to obtain your SSD code from Ms. Lederer-Barnes before you register.
SAT Dates (register at www.sat.org/register)
October 1 - late registration by September 20
November 5 - register by October 7
December 3 - register by November 3
ACT Dates (register at www.actstudent.org)
October 22 - register by September 16
December 10 - register by November 4
Free SAT Prep at AMHS
Overview of free online SAT Prep from the College Board and Khan Academy, library computer lab
Monday, September 12th 2:45 – 3:15
Monday, October 17th 2:45 – 3:15
If you would like help and are unable to make these times, please see Ms. Lederer-Barnes to set up another time slot.
Also, Mr. & Mrs. Cross will be offering math and reading/writing SAT prep on an individual basis. If you are interested in doing SAT Prep with them, please see Mr. or Mrs. Cross as soon as possible.
FOR SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS:
The PSAT (practice SAT) is being held at AMHS on Wednesday, October 19. All students who are considering applying to college are recommended to take the PSAT. Students must sign up in the Guidance Office by Sept. 21. There is a $15 fee to take the test (free to juniors who get free or reduced lunch). A letter with more detailed information was recently mailed home.
FOR SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, and SENIORS:
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be given at AMHS on September 27. This FREE test is used for military entrance and for career exploration. Please sign up in the Guidance Office by September 16 if you would like to take this test. More information was recently mailed home.