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Senior Year Grads Info

 
Class of 2021
Welcome Senior Class of 2021
Graduation June 12, 2021
 
REMINDERS!!!!!
Financial Aid Information Help Session - CLICK HERE to register for the November 30th at 6:30 pm FAFSA Session to get help with FAFSA from professionals at the Washington Success Foundation and the Washington College Access Network! 
 
Senior Pictures for Yearbook - Deadline Extended to December 4th – CLICK HERE if you haven’t already submitted a senior photo for the yearbook! 
 
Cap & Gown Orders - Deadline December 4th to avoid late fees - CLICK HERE TO ORDER 
 
Personalized MLHS Senior Sweats - Deadline November 30th for Christmas Delivery, ordering available all Winter CLICK HERE TO ORDER
 
 

Medical Lake High School Class of 2021

 

We would like to introduce you to our official Graduation vendor, Herff Jones.  Herff Jones has been servicing schools in our area for over 30 years and Medical Lake High School is proud to partner with them in creating a memorable graduation experience for every senior.  They will be providing caps & gowns, as well as 2021 apparel and memorabilia to ensure that this much-anticipated celebration is unforgettable.

 

This email is time-sensitive and orders should be placed right away to ensure correct sizing and availability.  Please take the time to watch the senior meeting video and read through this letter carefully.  This video will help answer any questions you may have and show you the benefits of ordering now.  Contact Herff Jones at 509-238-4310 or email service@hjgrad.net with any additional questions. 

 

Congratulations Class of 2021!  My name is Jim Heckel and I am your graduation representative from Herff Jones.  We are excited for a great year and have created a Senior Meeting video for you to watch at home today.

 

                 Click the link below to watch your Senior Meeting video

 

                https://youtu.be/qH9tAk0L98w

 

        Graduation Ordering Timeline for Medical Lake High School

 

Your ordering window begins on November 6th. Place your order with an $80 down payment at www.thegradoutlet.com.  Medical Lake High School’s designated ordering window ends on December 4th, 2020. This ordering window is how we can guarantee our best prices, early delivery, and precise sizing on your items.

 

Delivery of apparel will happen shortly after your order window closes.

 

       Final payments on all graduation orders are due in the spring prior to order delivery. You can make payments anytime throughout the year online.

 

       Delivery of Cap & Gown and Graduation Announcement products will be in Spring 2021.

Please see the flyer below with important dates and delivery information.

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text messages
Please sign up for the Class of 2021 REMIND text message thread! As we get closer and closer to graduation and other senior year deadlines, I will do my best to send out text alerts in addition to all the emails. 
 
 
* You will have to download the Remind App to your phone to get these text alerts. 
 
Senior Sweats
 

                          

scholarships
 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As you know, tomorrow the 2021-2022 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available online. For our Senior Parent Night, we are encouraging you to listen to our presentation while also working on your FAFSA. You will need the following documents to reference when you complete the FAFSA:

  • Social Security Card

  • Student’s Social Security Card

  • Drivers License (if applicable)

  •  Alien Registration Number (if applicable)

  • Tax Returns for 2019

  • No Taxes? Records of Untaxed Income

    • Child Support paid or received

    • Interest Income

    • Veterans noneducational benefits

    • W2’s 2019

  • Information on cash/savings/checking balances 

  • Value of investments/ real estate (not for the home you live in) 

  • Business/farm asset value

I recommend having your student log-in to the presentation using their mlsd.org email, while you use another device to begin the FAFSA (link to be sent tomorrow). 
 
And remember, don’t forget to register for your FSA ID in advance! You will need this to electronically sign the FAFSA when it is complete.

 
SENIOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM 
 
If you and your student want to know more about available scholarships and how to go about applying for them, please join the Scholarships 2020-2021 Google Classroom with the class code lm64kqd. 
 
Scholarships are not just for students going to a four year college, and students don’t have to have a 4.0 to get one! If you are pursuing any education or training past high school, you should be applying for scholarships. 
 
IMPORTANT!
 
I will also be hosting a College and Career Work Time every Thursday from 2:30 to 4:00 pm STARTING NEXT THURSDAY, October 8, for your senior to virtually drop in and work on college applications, scholarships, job applications and more. This meeting will be held in the Class of 2021 Classroom (class code o6l35ut).
 
I will be posting these sessions in Google calendar, so please make sure to check that often!  
 
 
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Dear Senior Parent,
 
If your student is considering attending college after high school (two year, four year, vocational program), please be ready to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), available October 1 for the 2021-2022 Academic Year at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
 
The FAFSA is your best chance to access financial help you may be eligible for in order for your student to attend a college, university, or vocational program. Unless you know your student is entering the workforce directly out of high school, please plan on completing a FAFSA for access to grants, loans, and some institutional scholarships.
 
Before you complete the FAFSA, you and your student will each need an FSA ID to provide your signature electronically.
 
 
After you and your student have each completed this task, please have your student complete the google form in my Class of 2021 Google Classroom (Class Code o6135ut). Even if you aren't going to complete the FAFSA, please still have your student complete the google form here:
 
On October 1 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, we will have a virtual parent night called Paying For College: What You Need to Know. More information to come soon!
 
As always, please email or call me with questions.
 
Lisa Prewitt
School Counselor
Class of 2021
509-565-3275 
 
 
 
Dear Senior Parents & Guardians for the Class of 2021
 
Senior Year is here, can you even believe it! Almost eighteen years have flown by, and it is time to prepare your student to enter the next phase of life as an adult! 
 
I have had the pleasure of being your student’s school counselor for the last three years. They are a great group of resilient young people who are living their senior year in a totally different way than we ever could have imagined. Please know how appreciative I am for each and every one of you for your kindness and patience during this chaotic start to the year. 
 
I am in the process of scheduling a Senior Parent Night for the end of this month. The Senior Parent Night will be virtual and will include information about senior year, graduation, college, scholarships, and financial aid. 
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For students interested in attending a Four Year University:  
 
For today, I just wanted to let you know that the registration deadline for the September 26th administration of the SAT is tonight. Please have your student START HERE  to register and please remember that if they took the PSAT in the past, they already have a log in. If your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, you may qualify for a waiver, please email me for that code. I only have a few to start the year so let me know as soon as you can. 
 
You may wonder, does my student need to take the SAT or ACT for admission to a four year university this year? No, but maybe… Most four year schools that previously required these tests for admission have waived this requirement for the Class of 2021 due to COVID-19. However, check with the schools your student will be applying to. 
 
If you aren’t sure if you should sign up to take the SAT or ACT, please reach out to me OR check with the schools your student is interested in attending. Please also remember that the SAT and ACT scores can be beneficial for some scholarships.
 
As always, please reach out with any questions and look for more emails in the future from me! 
 
Lisa Prewitt
MLHS School Counselor
Class of 2021 

 
 
 
 
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.