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Senior Year Grads Info

 
 WELCOME CLASS OF 2019
 
 Graduation for the class of 2019  
June 8, 2019     11:00 AM
Eastern Washington University Special Events Pavilion
 
 grads
 
SENIOR PARENT NIGHT INFORMATION
Attached to the right
 
 
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Cap & GownHerff Jones
Graduation Announcements & Caps & Gowns
Herff Jones Representative will be here
November 30th 11:30-3:00
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Message from the Senior Advisor
 
 
If you were unable to attend last Wednesday's Senior Parent Night/Financial Aid presentation, I want to share with you some important reminders:
 
1) The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application opened OCTOBER 1st !  That means if your student will be attending any post-secondary institutions next fall, you should fill this out. The closer you can fill it out to Oct. 1st, the better chance you have of getting aid if you qualify.  Here is the website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
 
2) Even if you think your income level will be too high, many institutions REQUIRE the FAFSA.  It never hurts to fill it out, as your circumstances can change.
 
3) In order to submit the FAFSA, you must first create an "FSA ID."  Both student and parent need an FSA ID. You can go to fsaid.ed.gov to start the process now.
 
4) If you have questions or get "stuck" on the FAFSA, feel free to call any local institution's financial aid departments (i.e., SFCC, EWU, Gonzaga, etc.).  They should be able to answer general questions even if you don't intend to apply there.  You can also call FAFSA directly at 1-800-4FED-AID               (1-800-433-3243).
 
5) If you are struggling or need extra help completing your FAFSA, we will be hosting a FAFSA Drop-in Help session on October 16 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in room 402. Because this is a drop-in, you can come at any time that evening to get help from Financial Aid counselors from Gonzaga, EWU, and SFCC. Just remember to sign up for your FSA ID (fsaid.ed.gov) a few days before you come to the event as you will need it to complete the FAFSA.
 
Please let me know if you have questions.
 
Sincerely,
Lisa Prewitt 
Senior Counselor
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SAT & ACT Information (4-year college bound students)
 
The last day for late registration for the October 6th SAT is tomorrow! Please CLICK HERE if your student is planning on attending a 4-year college and still needs to take the SAT! The next available test date is November 3 with no late registration fee (until October 24). 
 
The last day for registration for the October 27th ACT is September 28th without paying a late fee! Please CLICK HERE if your student is planning on attending a 4-year college and needs to register! The next available test date won’t be until December 8th
Senior Advisor
Lisa Prewitt
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SENIOR/BABY PICTURE GUIDELINES FOR YEARBOOK (DUE OCTOBER 31st)
 * If you need help getting senior pictures taken please contact Mrs. Prewitt 565-3275
A. You may turn in up to three (3) senior photos as digital copies in *.jpeg format uploaded at: mlhs.mlsd.org.  Hard copies are not accepted.  Baby photos are optional and cost $10.  The upload link is under Student/Parent --> Yearbook Photo Uploads
B. Please label the name of the file in the following format: LastName_FirstName_Main.jpg, LastName_FirstName_2.jpg, LastName_FirstName_3.jpg.
C. Primary photos must have the face be between 1" and 1 ½" which means pictures should be from the waist up or closer. No hands or gestures.
D. No hats, scarves, bandannas or other head coverings, sunglasses or
extensive make-up.
E. No darkly tinted eye wear is to be worn.
F. Clothing is appropriate school attire. This is to be determined by DRESS REQUIREMENTS included in this handbook and by the school administration.
G. Final decisions on acceptable pictures will be made by the school administration. If you have any questions, please call the high school at 565-3200.
H. If you are having a difficult time having the picture taken, please contact Mr. Perry at dperry@mlsd.org.
 
Here is a reminder about the senior pictures:
SENIOR/BABY PICTURE GUIDELINES FOR YEARBOOK (DUE OCTOBER 31st)
A. You may turn in up to three (3) senior photos as digital copies in *.jpeg format uploaded at: mlhs.mlsd.org.  Hard copies are not accepted.  Baby photos are optional and cost $10.  The upload link is under Student/Parent --> Yearbook Photo Uploads
 
 
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If 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
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.