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Senior Year Grads Info

Class of 2018
 Graduation Class of 2018      June 9, 2018     11:00 AM
Because we have so many seniors that still need to order graduation announcements and their caps and gowns,  a representative from Herff Jones will be at the high school (in the main office foyer) on Thursday, December 7th, during lunch (11:54-12:24 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 brought home or look at their website for more information:  Click on “Graduation Supplies” and then select our school. 
Let me know if you have any questions or you can contact our representative, Jim Heckel, directly at 509-238-4310.
Lori Wilbanks
Senior Counselor
The Class of 2018 “Senior Sweats” are now available to purchase.  These items were designed by a Medical Lake High School senior, and include all the senior’s signatures on the back!  Please consider purchasing one of these keepsakes for your student, as it is a great fundraiser for the seniors as well.  The company donates back 20% of all proceeds to the senior class to help with the costs of the senior trip, etc. at the end of the year! 
In order to receive your items before winter break, you must purchase by December 7th.  You can choose to have the items shipped directly to your home, or they can be delivered to school.  Please see the link below and if you have any questions, contact our sales rep, Kert Carlson at 714-3777.
 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
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! 
Lori Wilbanks
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.