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FHS Career Center Newsletter FLATHEAD HIGH FAMILIES! Start your year off right and plan to attend the
FHS Open House and Dinner Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM COLLEGE & CAREER Life is a puzzle...your student’s piece to the puzzle may begin here!
KALISPELL COLLEGE FAIR—FHS Gym September 27th ~ 8:15 AM-11:30 AM Over 80 colleges, universities, and military branches are represented from around the United States. Students from schools throughout the valley attend this event, right here at FHS! Parents are welcome, too.
Inside this issue: Freshman Info
Reserve these IMPORTANT DATES with your high school students!!
September 10th - October 1st: PSAT Registration for grades 10 & 11 (priority given to Jrs). Register at the FHS Main Office —fee is $16.
October 1st - 9th: College Application Week Watch for events taking place in the Career Center ALL week!
November 14th: ASVAB Vocational Aptitude Testing
September 27th: Kalispell College Fair
An optional Career Exploration Test for 10th, 11th and 12th graders.
FHS Gymnasium (8:15—ll:30 A.M.). Parents are welcome!
October 1st: FAFSA Application Date See information on Page 3.
October/November: Reach Higher Montana Event including Navigating the Road to College (TBA) Assistance in completing the FAFSA app (see article on Page 3), with a tour through college applications & financial aid. Jrs, Srs and parents, be watching for a YELLOW postcard in the mail. October 10th: PSAT Testing (Pre-registration is required.)
October 16th: Registration Deadline for IB Students
December 14th: Scholarship Informational Packet Contains information on how seniors can be prepared for over 100 local & state scholarships. Scholarship applications will be available in the Career Center approximately 2-6 weeks prior to specific due dates.
Every piece to a puzzle makes a difference! Where does your piece to the puzzle of life fit? The possibilities are never ending!!!
Start thinking about your future! Make your high school years count for YOU, your FHS transcript is with you for LIFE!!! Be watching for information from your Freshman Academy Teachers about the upcoming Freshman Career Fair.
Step it up . . .
September *Register for the PSAT at FHS’s Main Office. October *Get to know your FHS Counselor. *Become familiar with the FHS Career Center and begin planning your future. *Explore careers of interest to you. *Participate in extracurricular activities. *Take the PSAT on October 10th. November *Begin developing your student resume with activities and volunteerism which is different than a job resume. See Mr. Kelly in the CC for a sample. *BE WATCHING FOR MORE INFO ON “MOCK INTERVIEWS”.
Make EVERYDAY count for you at
Flathead High School! The best way to predict your future is to create it!
December *FYI—your October PSAT score results come in January. January *Review PSAT results with your counselor, identify your strengths to determine the areas to improve for ACT & SATs. *Consider registering for IB classes. February *Research colleges that interest you! March *During spring break, consider college campus visits to narrow down your list; match personality, interests, and test scores. April *Arrange college visits; make plans for summer and next year’s spring break.
*Keep Updating your Student Resume’ May *Think about start takingthinking the PSAT ahead. in OcSophomores, tober toand be aSeniors possible- National Merit Juniors would you like toqualifier be taking college classes while still in high school? Students have the opportunity to earn up to six college credits for FREE! If you are interested in this opportunity, contact a FVCC Rep at 756-3903. They’re there to answer Running Start related questions, as well as assist in information about the FVCC entrance/placement test. If a student would like to participate in Running Start, they MUST meet with their high school counselor. Why not take advantage of this educational opportunity while still attending high school!
Get a world class education! Be a part of the
FHS IB Program!! The International Baccalaureate (IB) program at FHS is a rigorous academic pathway recommended for ALL college bound students. Please refer to the registration guide for additional IB course information. Juniors and seniors, be sure to register for the May 2019 exams by Tuesday, October 16, 2018. “…FHS graduates have arrived on [the MSU] campus thoroughly versed in literature, science, math, a foreign language, and the fine arts. They are already independent and critical thinkers, excellent writers, and well-rounded individuals with a global perspective on contemporary issues that impact our world today.” Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee, Director, Honors Program, Montana State University. IB Coordinator: Ms. Kelli Higgins [email protected]
COLLEGE APPLICATION WEEK!!! October 1st- 5th, 2018 Montana’s College Application Week provides Seniors the opportunity to learn about Montana colleges and universities and complete a college application during the school day. Many of the colleges have offered to defer or waive the application fee during College Application Week! The Career Center will be hosting a number of events throughout the week, including . Completing College Applications . Student and Job Resume Construction . Onsite College Visits . Scholarship Planning . Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) Application Assistance Page 2 FHS Career Center
. . . Juniors!
Note to Juniors: Remember to challenge yourself in your classes, and know what is rigorous core. Take classes that relate to your future career plans.
college entrance tests such as the SAT/ACT or the Compass Test. Make plans with parents/counselors to visit colleges over your spring break or in the fall (Make sure they are in session!)
September - Register to take the PSAT in October. It gives you a leading edge when all Juniors take the ACT in the spring!
March - Practice for the ACT & make the FREE FHS ACT Test for ALL Juniors count for YOU! -Go on college visits!
October - Attend a few college recruiting presentations in the Career Center this year. Take the PSAT.
April - Take the ACT! Register for May or June SAT and ACT tests to increase your score.
January - Begin to look at schools and find three or four that may be a good fit for you. Be in contact with coaches at colleges if you are interested in playing a college sport.
May - Find a summer job that will boost your skills in a field you hope to pursue. Find out from colleges priority deadlines. June -Begin scholarship research.
February - Check for necessary
SENIORS! Mr. Kelly in the Career Center wants to give YOU a gateway to money!
FHS Local Scholarship Informational Packets will be available in the Career Center on
Seniors. . . Yes...we are aware of how the time has flown by! There are certain preparation tactics for the busiest school year of your life! Below is a brief timeline for the FHS senior. SEPTEMBER: Make a plan! Register to take the SAT or ACT again to better your scores, attend the College Fair, meet with your counselor & stay on track! Finalize your student resume. Get on those college applications and begin notifying teachers for letters of recommendation NOW!!
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID This is a financial aid application process for undergraduate college students.
Application is available beginning
October 1st, 2018! Which also means college financial aid priority dates have been set!
Reach Higher Montana
is for you if you need FREE professional help completing your FAFSA application. Don’t struggle with FAFSA and the financial aid process when you can get questions answered and more at a REACH HIGHER MONTANA EVENT. Places/dates/times are yet to be determined. Watch for more information and a bright yellow postcard that will be mailed out to juniors and seniors. For additional information and tutorial assistance go to http://www.reachhighermontana.org/. It will help ensure you get the help you need. Meanwhile, apply for a FAFSA ID # which is required for all students and one parent. For an ID#, log on to https://fsaid.ed.gov Get on it now, so you are ready to go!
it’s the final countdown!!!
OCTOBER: Complete the FAFSA for priority financial aid and ask for additional financial aid and scholarship information from prospective colleges. Many college deadlines are now in November and December. NOVEMEBER: Make your final decision for private schools. DECEMBER: Make final decision for public schools. Pick up a scholarship information packet in the FHS Career Center. JANUARY: Update resume and check on college app deadlines.
FEBRUARY: Apply for as many local and community scholarships as possible. Contact colleges to which you’ve applied, and make sure they have received all of your information. MARCH: Check on final college deposits. Follow through on completing scholarship applications by due dates!
MAY: P repare for graduation, and complete the Senior Exit Survey. Make housing and meal plans for college. JUNE: Contact college roommate!
The Flathead Senior Scholarship Awards Event is May 22, 2019!
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships were given to Seniors at last year’s FHS Awards Event!
FHS Career Center Mission Statement
It is the Career Center’s mission to provide assistance in helping students look toward their future, and to provide resources to help them achieve short and long term goals.
The Mission of Flathead High School Is To Develop a community of engaged learners; Promote compassion, knowledge and creativity; Foster effective communication; and Encourage independent and critical thinking. Flathead High School’s tradition of excellence is centered on positive relationships between students, staff, parents and the community. We strive to provide a safe, respectful and energetic learning environment.
2017-18 Noteworthy FHS Achievements Back to back State Wrestling Championships and ranked 37th in the nation 91% pass rate on 2018 International Baccalaureate exams Model United Nations three individual awards and an Outstanding Country Delegation award Back to back Future Farmers of America State Champions in Veterinary Science, and the most National FFA Chapter Awards in the country Business Professionals of America 4th in nation for computer modeling and 9th for website design Completion of the fourth student built home by the FHS Construction Class Speech and Debate three individual State Champion awards Best of the Flathead Best Teacher, Best Athletic Coach Montana Coaches Assoc. Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year
FLATHEAD HIGH SCHOOL 644 4th Avenue West Kalispell, Montana 59901 406.751.3500 Fax: 406.751.3605
Welcome to another year of tradition and excellence at Flathead High School. Classes and activities are in full swing, and students and staff are back on campus to begin a new year of learning and positive memories. The Career Center is one of many support services for students and parents at Flathead High School. Families can obtain information about college and career through this extension of our Guidance Department. Our core purpose at FHS is to “ignite a passion for learning so that students thrive at school and succeed in life.” FHS has some of the top high school programs in the state, from International Baccalaureate to House Construction to School Based Enterprise, and we are proud to provide ancillary support for our college and career bound students who will take their next steps in life beyond high school in the near future. I hope you take advantage of the Career Center amenities offered to your son/ daughter, many of which are presented in this newsletter. This year at FHS, construction continues at a fast pace. Our scheduled completion date is August 15, 2019, and each month it is pretty amazing to see how much progress is made. In the end, our new auxiliary gym, classrooms, and flexible spaces will serve our school community for many years to come. Our halls are a little more crowded this year. We have a number of teachers who must travel to two or three classrooms each day, and there are large amounts of construction materials and equipment on site. We have worked hard to ensure safety and school efficiency throughout the construction process. Our school theme this year is "Building on Excellence.” While this carries an obvious construction related tone, we feel it also expresses our forward motion as we continue to enhance and improve our school. School goals in the areas of academic excellence, positive school environment, innovative and flexible facilities, and finally, supportive and connected community are at the heart of our work this year. Michele Paine, Principal Flathead High School