Beginning this year, the Vermont Agency of Education requires us to test all students for College and Career Readiness. To meet that requirement, all students in Grades 10-12 will take the ASVAB test on September 26. Students who have already demonstrated College and Career Readiness through another assessment (ACT, SAT, AP or a college-level course) will not need to take the ASVAB.
AMHS College Application Night is Thursday, October 4 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the AMHS Marsh Library Computer Lab. 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, and the Naviance Family Connection program.
PSAT (for SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS):
The PSAT (practice SAT) is being held at AMHS on Wednesday, October 10. All sophomores and juniors who are considering applying to college are recommended to take the PSAT. Students must sign up in the Guidance Office by Sept. 28. There is a $16 fee to take the test (free to juniors who get free or reduced lunch).
The VSAC Financial Aid Forms Workshop (for SENIORS) is Thursday, October 11 at 6:00 pm 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 senior families complete their FAFSA (federal financial aid form) and Vermont Grant application (state financial aid form). The earlier you file your FAFSA, the more aid is available! IMPORTANT: If you plan to fill out your FAFSA/Vermont Grant application 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.
The “Women Can Do!” Conference is on October 11 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. To register, please have your daughter go to the Guidance Office.
Sophomore Career Summit
The sophomore class will attend the Sophomore Career Summit at Southern Vermont College on Friday, October 12. The students will attend two career panel sessions of their choosing, led by professionals who represent different occupations within a broad career area. They will also attend a third session about developing a career action plan. A letter with more detailed information and permission slip will be handed out to students in the near future.
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.
Guidance Web Page: Families are invited to check out the AMHS Guidance section of our website! Go to arlingtonmemorialhighschool.org. Hover over "Academics & Student Services," then hover over "Guidance." You will see four options there. "Guidance News" will have the latest announcements. "Guidance Resources" has links related to college, financial aid, testing, and special programs. Local and state scholarship lists are under "Awards, Scholarships, and College Acceptance."
Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Are you making a significant contribution to the community through volunteering? You can apply for a 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award! All AMHS/MS students are eligible to apply. To apply, go to www.nassp.org/spirit. The application deadline is November 6, 2018. If you have questions or need help, contact Joanna Lederer-Barnes, Guidance Director, at 375-2589 x106 or email@example.com.
SAT and ACT - FOR SENIORS:
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: 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 6 - register by September 7; late registration by September 18
November 3 - register by October 5
December 1 - register by November 2
ACT Dates (register at www.actstudent.org)
October 27 - register by September 28
December 8 - register by November 2
Free SAT Prep at AMHS
Ms. Lederer-Barnes will offer high school flex block sessions to go over the free online SAT Prep available through Khan Academy and the College Board. Please encourage your son/daughter to sign up for one of these sessions. 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 offer 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.