Financial Aid Night, Parent Teacher Conferences and grades, classroom presentations: college application deadlines & state university requirements, and middle school PE waivers. We have been quite busy in the guidance department the last two weeks.
Financial Aid Night
We were very fortunate to have a financial aid advisor from FIT speak on all things financial aid. He spoke about the FAFSA, college scholarships, Bright Futures, college tuition, and more. It was a lot of information, but it was extremely beneficial to all who attended. We will certainly be booking him again for next year. His presentation is below:
Parent Teacher Conferences and Grades
Parent Teacher Conferences were hosted during week 11. If you were unable to attend, please reach out to teachers through email to set up a conference. Teachers are able to give specific feedback on exactly what a student needs to work on in class. There is still hope to raise grades! All yearlong classes (Algebra 1, Geometry, US History, and Biology) are calculated like this: 1st semester is 35%, 2nd semester is 35%, and the End of Course exam is 30% of the final grade. Students in yearlong courses get one final grade at the end of the year, instead of 2 semester grades. Other high school courses are graded as: 1st nine weeks is 40%, 2nd nine weeks is 40%, and the midterm is 20%. Middle school courses are calculated differently- every courses is calculated as a yearlong grade.
Classroom Presentations: College Application Deadlines & State University Requirements
This week I visited Ms. Larson’s English classes again. I gave students their unofficial transcripts, talked about how to read them, and I reminded them about college applications. To view those presentations, visit the Week 6 post or Week 7. Many college application deadlines for Early Action and Early Decision were on November 1. These deadlines are for students who know for sure they want to attend a specific school. Now many schools will be taking applications for Regular Decision. The district recently put together a document of all the Florida public University’s application deadlines, average GPAs, average test scores, financial aid deadlines, and more. See the all important document here:
Middle School PE Waivers
Please see the message from Mrs. Spence:
ATTENTION 8th GRADE
It is strongly recommended that all students seek to develop both their mind and body, to the greatest extent possible. Physical education is as semester requirement for middle school students. Many students are active and involved in physical activity, and we have a waiver request to exempt 8th graders from the PE requirement. Mrs Spence is visiting all 8th grade classes and students will be given a wavier if they are active at home, and wish to be exempt from the physical education requirement.
Please contact Mrs Spence with any questions regarding 8th grade and the PE requirement at firstname.lastname@example.org
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