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August 15, 2016      First Day for Students

September 5            Labor Day, No school for students

September 6            9th grade new year orientation in English classes

September 7            10th grade new year orientation in English classes

September 8            11th grade new year orientation in English classes

September 9            12th grade new year orientation in English classes

September 26          Mid-Term Progress Reports (Trimester 1)

September 28          Parent – Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 6:00

October 13 & 14      Fall Break, No school for students

October 18               Senior College Fair @ Union College, Barbourville (permission slips required for attendance)

October 26 & 27      ASVAB Test for interested Juniors & Seniors

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Our staff is here to assist all students and parents in having a successful high school experience.

Contact Mrs. Reynolds, HS Counselor at linda.reynolds@whitley.kyschools.us

Mrs. Reynolds’ office is located in the Freshman Academy Office Complex.  She is available to help all WCHS students but her primary responsibilities are freshman students and Electronic Computer School – Credit Recovery.

 
 


Mrs. Faulkner’s office is located in the Main Building Office Complex.  She is available to help all WCHS students, but is primarily responsible for tracking students with the last names beginning with A - K.

 
Contact Mrs. Faulkner, HS Counselor at britney.faulkner@whitley.kyschools.us

Contact Mr. Lowrie, HS Counselor at kevin.lowrie@whitley.kyschools.us

Mr. Lowrie’s office is located in the Main Building Office Complex.  He is available to help any WCHS student, but is primarily responsible for tracking students with the last names beginning with  L - Z.

 
 


Office Hours 7:15 - 3:30 

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Contact Angie Canada, Records Clerk at angela.canada@whitley.kyschools.us

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

What's the big deal about school anyway?

Can't I get a good job now?

Yes, maybe you can, but the statistics are against you.  Check out the earnings and unemployment rates from people 25 years and older in Kentucky with different levels of education:

Level of education completed

Unemployment rate in 2006

Median earnings in 2006

Less than a high school diploma

11.4%

$17,077

High school graduate, no college

6.3%

$25,288

Some college, no degree

5.4%

$28,625

Associate degree

3.4%

$30,047

Bachelor’s degree

2.1%

$40,925

Master’s Degree

1.8%

$48,642

Professional degree

1.5%

$66,032

Doctoral degree

1.3%

$83,649

Source:  2008 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

Median Kentucky earnings by educational level for workers 25 or older employed full time; unemployment for workers 25 or older.

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Source: 2007 American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau

Sometimes it’s hard to stay in school if you think you need to be working to earn money.  But, if you finish high school and go on to college, you’ll have a wider variety of jobs to choose from and you’ll earn more.

MC900156849[1]Workforce Kentucky

The Office of Employment and Training has developed a comprehensive labor market workforce information system called Workforce Kentucky.  The system is designed to serve employers, job seekers, students, counselors, educators and training providers.  This interactive Internet-based system can be accessed at www.workforcekentucky.ky.gov.  It is the largest source of labor market data in the commonwealth.  Users can explore occupations, labor markets, geographic areas, industry projections, and much more.  The following are brief explanations of the various types of information and reports available to the user.

Essential Skills to Getting a Job

This is good information for ALL students: Often referred to as "soft skills", work ethic, communication, teamwork and critical thinking are all must have's for youth in today's job market. http://www.dol.gov/odep/documents/essential_job_skills.pdf

MC900432637[1]Career Snapshots (videos)

Want to learn more about a particular career path (job)?  Visit this website http://www.careeronestop.org/Videos/CareerandClusterVideos/career-and-cluster-videos.aspx to watch short videos detailing the basics of a variety of jobs in America today.

Current Senior Scholarship & Program Opportunities

Title

Criteria

Deadline

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

Who is eligible?

Any young person who:

·         is in grades 5-12 as of November 8,

·         is a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.,

·         has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of application, and

·         submits a completed application to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by November 8.

What qualifications must be met?

The application must:

What do honorees win?

November 8, 2016

Deadline to complete applications online, submit applications to a school counselor, and send in signed signature page. 

Horatio Alger Association

Seniors

Plan to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree

Demonstrate financial need $55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income

Involved in co-curricular and community service activities

Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

2.0 GPA

October 25, 2016

Apply online at

scholars.horatioalger.org

KSBA First Degree College Scholarship Program

Seniors

From an immediate family who has not earned a college degree

ACT 20 or higher

$2,500

November 15, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Underclassmen Opportunities

Title

Criteria/Info.

Deadline

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program

Who is eligible?

Any young person who:

·         is in grades 5-12 as of November 8,

·         is a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.,

·         has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the 12 months prior to the date of application, and

·         submits a completed application to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by November 8.

What qualifications must be met?

The application must:

What do honorees win?

November 8, 2016

Deadline to complete applications online, submit applications to a school counselor, and send in signed signature page. 

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Seniors:  Here’s some great information about frequently asked questions concerning federal student aid…visit

http://www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov/federalaidfirst/index.html

Senior Parents

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Rejection—no matter what your age—is tough. But for a senior who had his or her hopes pinned on a dream college, rejection can really sting.

Some universities are extremely selective. For example, Stanford University just announced that it sent offers to just 7.2% of its class of 2014 applicants! That means that 92.8% of those applicants received rejection letters.

If your student was not accepted by his or her dream school, here are some thoughts to share:

1.    Don’t take the decision personally. College admissions officials must bring together a diverse group of entering freshmen. Diversity includes, among other things, geographical area, extracurricular activities, and academic interests.

2.    The college may not have been a good match for you. In fact, maybe the admissions officer saw something that showed the college would not be a good fit for your personal skills, interests, and talents.

3.    Remember all your strengths. The right college will recognize and reward you with an acceptance.

4.    You aren't alone. Most students receive at least one rejection letter.

5.    Recognize that attending big name College X doesn't guarantee success. There are many paths to a great college experience and future career.

While it’s heart-breaking to see your teenager disappointed, college rejections happen. But they don’t have to define the rest of your student’s life. Discuss options with your teenager for the upcoming year. A few ideas might include:

1.    Accepting a second- or third-choice college.

2.    Attending a community college for a year or two and then reapplying to a 4-year college. Doing this is a great way to save money and complete transferable classes, and in the end, that final diploma comes from the 4-year college.

3.    Taking a “gap” year and working, volunteering, and/or completing an internship.

4.    Using the year to beef up credentials. Your student could retake the ACT, learn a language, or add new skills that set him or her apart to re-apply next year.

5.    Appealing to the college if new information is available (for example, maybe your student’s grades went up dramatically or he or she won a major competition since applying to the college). Note: A student shouldn’t appeal a college’s decision simply because he or she was disappointed. There must be compelling new information that was not available at the time of application.

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Even if you attended college, preparing your teenager for college today is a whole new ball game. These strategies will help you support your student’s academic journey.

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Whether you’re the parent of a junior high school student preparing for high school or are sending your senior off to college, the tips below will help make college planning much easier. To read more, please visit ACT’s college planning checklist.