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August 17, 2015:  First day of classes for all students.

September 2, 2015:  University of Kentucky Preview Night @ the Arena in Corbin 7:00-9:00PM (Junior & Seniors Invited)

September 7, 2015:  Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

September 17, 2015:  This event used to be called our “Open House” but we have transitioned to DiscoverWKU this year. This event will be hosted at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset on September 17th and will begin at 6:30 pm EST. Here is the link where students and families can register for the event: http://www.wku.edu/discoverwku/somerset/index.php. I would encourage students to register for the event instead of walking in, this allows us to prepare a gift (or two) for each students who attends, but walk-ins are welcome just as well.

September 18, 2015:  Mid-Term Progress Reports go home with students

September 23, 2015:  Parent Night @ WCHS

October 14, 2015:  PSAT Test offered to Grade 10 & 11 Must sign up in guidance office.

October 19:  First 9 weeks -- Report Cards go home with students.

October 19, 2015:  College Fair for current seniors @ University of the Cumberlands.  (School sponsored event)

November 2 – 6, 2015:  College Application Week

November 3, 2015:  Election Day – NO SCHOOL

November 17 & 18, 2015:  ASVAB Testing for select grade 11 students and career preparatory seniors.  Must sign up in the guidance office.

December 23, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016:  Scheduled Christmas Break

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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

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

Range in value from $7000 to $22000

See Application for details

Scholars.horatioalger.org

October 25, 2015

NASSP

Celebrate the Spirit of Service Community Award

$1000

See Application for details

http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit

November 3, 2015

Current Underclassmen Opportunities

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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.

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GoHigher Kentucky Planner Timeline

12th Grade/Senior Year

Fall Semester

August/September:  Review your high school transcript. Will you meet all graduation and college entrance requirements?

§  Narrow your list of schools; request catalogues and admissions information.

§  Register for October SAT and/or ACT. You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

§  Sign up for ACT or SAT prep courses.

October:

§  Review admissions applications; begin writing essays (if required).

§  Meet with college admissions representatives or schedule visits to schools you are interested in attending. Talk with students and staff.

§  Register for December ACT and/or SAT. You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

§  Attend college fairs and financial aid nights.

§  Request recommendations from teachers, employers, and guidance counselors.

§  If applying for Early Decision, send in application.

November:

§  If you haven't already, register for December ACT and/or SAT. You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

§  Watch for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that will be available from your high school counselor, the financial aid office of the school you plan to attend, or www.fafsa.ed.gov.

§  Continue working on application essays.

§  Begin preparing your college applications.

§  Watch scholarship deadlines.

December:

§  Register for January SAT and/or February ACT. You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

§  Finalize application essays and complete the admissions procedures for your top school choices.

§  Remind your references of application deadlines. Send thank-you notes to these people.

§  Mail all applications or turn them in to your high school, depending on the system your school uses.

§  Keep copies of all admissions applications.

Spring Semester

 

January:

If accepted for Early Decision, withdraw other applications.

§  Gather the information necessary to complete the FAFSA.  EVERYONE is being encouraged to file the FAFSA Online via the internet.  This speeds up the process of verifying your qualification for federal and state financial aid.  Submit as soon as possible after January 1.

§  Keep copies of all financial aid applications.

February: Register for March SAT and/or April ACT. This may be your LAST CHANCE to earn your full KEES scholarship award. You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

§  Obtain a physical examination. Forward to each school requiring a physical exam as a condition of admission.

§  Review college acceptances and compare with financial aid offers.

§  Make sure that mid-year transcripts have been sent to the school to which you have applied if required.

§  Gather the information necessary to complete the FAFSA.  If you expect any financial assistance from either State or Federal Sources you must file a FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid).  This can be done via the internet or by using a paper application.  See your counselor for a paper application or visit http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov  EVERYONE is being encouraged to file the FAFSA Online via the internet.  This speeds up the process of verifying your qualification for federal and state financial aid.  Submit as soon as possible after January 1.

§  Keep copies of all financial aid applications

March:

§  Register for May SAT. You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

§  Make a final decision about a school. Send in a deposit and notify other schools of your decision.

§  Request course descriptions and schedules from the school you have chosen.

§  Watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR); review it for accuracy.

April:

§  Register for June SAT. You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

§  Confirm housing arrangements. If necessary, send in deposits.

§  Research Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) exams.

§  If you do not qualify for need-based aid or need additional financial assistance, consider other sources such as loans, work-study, or cooperatives.

May:

§  Register for June ACT. You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

§  Complete AP examinations.

§  Submit scholarship acceptance forms.

§  Make sure you have returned all financial aid award notices.

§  Plan to attend freshman orientation and registration.

June:

§  Make sure your final transcript is sent to the school you will be attending.

§  College can be expensive. A summer job can help pay some of your expenses.

Summer After Senior Year

July:

§  Make a list of what you will need to take with you for your dorm room.

§  If you haven't met your roommate, call, write, or e-mail to get acquainted.

August:

§  Make sure housing documentation is quickly accessible when you move into the dorm.

§  Review a campus map. Learn how to get around at your new school.

§  Buy your books and supplies after the first class meeting.

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GoHigher Kentucky Planner Timeline

11th Grade/Junior Year

Fall Semester

August:

§  Start your year off right: Talk with your guidance counselor about your options and your plans. Be sure to ask about test dates for the PSAT, ACT, and SAT. You'll need to register up to six weeks ahead of time.

§  Sign up for courses with your eyes on the prize: college and money to pay for it! A tougher course load may pay off with scholarships and may get you a better chance to get admitted to the school of your choice.

§  Start investigating private and public sources for financial aid. Take note of scholarship deadlines and plan accordingly.

§  Sign up for activities to boost your college applications.


September:

§  Find out about schools you are interested in attending. Treat your school selection process like a research paper: Make a file and gather information about schools, financial aid, and campus life to put in it. Go to college fairs and open houses and learn as much as you can from the Internet about schools.

§  Begin planning college visits. Fall, winter, and spring break are good times because you can observe a campus when classes are going on.


October:

§  Sign up to take the PSAT IF you are interested in being in the running for the National Merit Scholarship OR if you need a test score for your application to the Governor’s Scholars Program this year  . You'll get the results by Christmas.

§  Sign up for ACT or SAT prep courses. You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

§  Do your top college picks require essays or recommendations? Now is the time to begin planning your essays and choosing whom you'd like to ask for a recommendation.

November:

§  Applications for the Governor's Scholars Program are available in your guidance counselor's office. The program offers high school juniors a taste of college life.

§  Sign up for the ACT and SAT, if you haven't already.

§  You must take the ACT/SAT before high school graduation to qualify for the KEES scholarship bonus award.

December:

§  Begin the application process for service academies (West Point, Annapolis, etc.)

§  Decide if you should take AP exams in May. Investigate the CLEP program.

Spring Semester

January:

§  Meet with your guidance counselor again to develop your senior schedule.

§  Organize your Individual Graduation Plan.


February:

§  Think about lining up a summer job, internship, or co-op.

§  Plan campus visits for spring break.

§  Memorize your Social Security number if you haven't already. It will be your identity on campus.


March/April:

§  Get ready for AP exams next month.

§  Write a resume.


May:

§  May 1 is the last day for students to accept or decline their Governor's Scholars appointments.

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GoHigher Kentucky Planner Timeline

10th Grade/Sophomore Year