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Senior Year Grads Info

 
 
Class of 2018
 Graduation Class of 2018      June 9, 2018     11:00 AM
 
The Counseling Center is working hard to pass out graduation packets to all seniors by the end of the day.  Packets were mailed home to all Running Start students yesterday. 
 
These packets include order forms and information for custom-designed Medical Lake graduation announcements, cap and gown units, class rings and other items you can purchase.  Please note that it is only necessary to purchase the cap and gown unit (tassel is included) for graduation.  
 
A representative from Herff Jones will be at the high school (in the main office foyer) on October 31st from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to take orders and answer any questions you might have.  You can, however, order online through their website any time up until December 8th, 2017.  After that, you will incur a late fee.  
 
Please check out the packets your student brings home or look at their website for more information:
 
Let me know if you have any questions or you can contact our representative, Jim Heckel, directly at 509-238-4310.
 
Sincerely, 
Lori Wilbanks
Senior Counselor
 
 
 College & Career Readiness
 
In case you need more assistance with financial aid planning or have questions about the process.  Please see the attached flyer.  You will need to reserve a spot by calling 1-800-942-4454 or  go to https://MyLocalWorkshopUSA.eventbrite.com
 
There will be one workshop on October 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at  9315 N Nevada St., Spokane 
and another on October 26th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Ferris High School Library.  Both are free of charge! 
 
Sincerely, 
Lori Wilbanks
Counselor
 
 grads
Parent's Guide to College Applications

College application deadlines are quickly approaching. Here are some helpful tips to help your student with their college applications:

1. If your student qualified for a SAT or ACT fee waiver they will most likely also qualify for an application fee waiver. Contact an admissions representative from the College or University your student wants to apply and ask for a fee waiver.

2. Find out the application deadlines for the colleges and universities that your student is interested in applying.

3. In general, schools will look at the following factors: high school courses, grade point average (GPA), class ranking, test scores (SAT/ACT), personal essays, extracurricular activities, other personal or special skills, and letters of recommendation. Every college weighs these factors differently and some school's may not require all of them. Your best bet is to read the college/university material and try to get a feel for a particular school's philosophy.

4. If the college/university requires official transcripts have your student make a request with Mrs. Kim Zappone in the counseling center.

5. Encourage your student to get multiple letters of recommendation from teachers (at least one from a core area i.e. Math or English), coaches, and community members. People who know your student the best, can write well, and can speak to their abilities, achievements and growth. There are letter of recommendation forms available in the counseling center that students can give teachers to help write letters. Allow at least two weeks for people to complete letters of recommendation.

6. Not all schools require an essay, but if they do help your student to use it to their advantage. Encourage them to write an essay that will help them shine through to the admissions board. Have them speak to how their presence on that school's campus will make a difference. Offer to edit and review their essay or help them find someone who can give constructive feedback.

7. Make sure that your student makes copies of paper applications, or prints a copy of an online application to keep for their records. They may also want to update schools of any subsequent events such as new SAT or ACT scores, and if they receive any awards or achievements.