Greetings Families and Students!

Can you believe that we are halfway through the first quarter?! Time is flying by! In this edition of your counselor corner, we have important information regarding this semester’s state testing, the 21st Century Scholar program, and opportunities outside of our school that you may be interested in attending. SENIORS, later today you will be receiving an additional email with information on other opportunities and deadlines. Please be sure to read these emails, and if you have any questions please let me know!!!


STANDARDIZED TESTING

PSAT/NMSQT for 10th and 11th Graders

Save the Date!!!  October 30th —  We will be requiring the PSAT for all 10th grade students this year on October 30, 2019 at Indian Creek High School.  Details will follow in the upcoming weeks. 

This test is optional for 11th grade students.  In the 11th grade this test serves as a practice test for the SAT and also is used by College Board to identify students who score in the top 2% of all test takers in the United States as National Merit Scholars.  This designation may provide possible college scholarship dollars for your student.  We encourage all 11th grade students to take the PSAT at Indian Creek on October 30th!

Test Prep for PSAT, ASVAB, ISTEP+ retesters, SAT and ACT test takers, as well as free tutor for Math and Language Arts!!!

For those students taking the PSAT and ASVAB in the upcoming months an excellent resource for preparing for these tests is Khan Academy through the College Board website.  For information and to register for an account with Khan Academy go to https://www.khanacademy.org.  Khan Academy is also a great resource to help with Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II, if needing a tutoring source for class.  It can be helpful with Language Arts, as well.  A terrific resource used by many students in Indiana and across the country!

ASVAB

11th and 12th grade students at the Indiana Agriculture and Technology School who have not passed either the ISTEP+ English 10 or Mathematics tests will be taking the ASVAB.  If you are taking the ASVAB due to not passing one or both sections of ISTEP+, you now have ASVAB preparation mini-courses the LIS.

In addition, if there is any 12th grade student interested in taking the ASVAB for entrance into the Armed Forces, please contact Mrs. Hagen at phagen@indiana.ag.

You can find more information about the ASVAB at http://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/asvab.


21st CENTURY SCHOLAR PROGRAM

Are you eligible to be a 21st Century Scholar?  The 21st Century Scholar Program is a need based financial aid program that grants students who qualify dollars for tuition, books, room, and board. Many schools in the state of Indiana offer 100% of those costs to those enrolled in the program.  You must enroll in the 21st Century Scholars Program between the first day of your 7th grade year to June 30th of your 8th grade year. 

Financial guidelines for students to apply are listed below:

Household Size Maximum Annual

Income

2 $31,284
3 $39,461
4 $47,638
5 $55,815
6 $63,992
7+ For each additional
person add $8,177

More information on the 21st Century Scholars Program and all eligibility guidelines can be found HERE .

Already a 21st Century Scholar?  If you are already enrolled in the 21st Century Scholar Program, remember you need to be registered for Scholar Track and complete your Scholar Success Activities.  To register and/or begin completing your yearly activities, information can be found at HERE.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Academy Days

If your student(s) is interested in the US Military Service Academies, Senator Todd Young is presenting “Academy Days,” informational sessions for current high school student interested in the academies.  These events are tailored to all high school students who wish to learn more about the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Applications for a nomination to service academy are due to Senator Young’s office by October 2, 2019.  While attendance at an Academy Day is not required to obtain a nomination, representatives from each academy and members of my staff will be available to answer questions potential applicants may have about the academies or the congressional nominations process.

Students may RSVP to one of the Academy Day events and apply for a nomination to a service academy at www.young.senate.gov/help. section is great for your news story.

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INDIANA LATINO EDUCATION SUMMIT

 

When:  November 14, 2019

Where: Century Center, Doctor Martin Luther King Boulevard, South Bend

Time: 8:30 to 2:00

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When: November 20, 2019

Where: JW Marriott Hotel downtown Indianapolis, 10 S. West Street

Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

 

On behalf of the Indiana Latino Institute, and in partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Indiana Department of Education, Latino students are invited to attend the 6th Annual Indiana Latino Education Summit offered in two locations this year, South Bend and Indianapolis.  The Summit will motivate students that post-secondary education is possible, provide critical knowledge on how to approach the college access process, and offer an opportunity to speak with admissions and workforce program professionals through a college and opportunity fair. This Summit is free to attend for high school students!

Interested students should contact their individual guidance counselor expressing their interest to attend this day’s event.  More information can be found HERE