From the Counselor Office for
Parents of Students Entering 12th Grade
How to Help Your Senior
“The senior year is when everything comes together. It is also the year in which students see the rewards of their hard work and planning.”
Woodburn Press 1996
In August, senior/parent planning conferences are held. During today’s meeting, we will go over your students’ senior schedule and transcripts to ensure accuracy. We will also discuss what they would need to do to plan for their future. Thank you for taking the time to attend this meeting with your Senior. Please contact Mrs. Huther if you were unable to attend this meeting in August.
- UW system schools began accepting applications August 1st. It is best for your son or daughter to obtain and complete college applications early. Make copies of all applications before mailing them. Your child can also apply online at apply.wisconsin.edu.
- The Education Fair at UW Stevens Point- Marathon County- October 10 from 6-8 pm. This is one of the best opportunities to explore your post-high school options. Please take this opportunity to get valuable information and to speak to people who can assist you in the future!
- The ACT is on October 26th. The registration deadline for the October ACT is September 20nd. Students who need to take the ACT at a later date can sign up for the December 14 ACT by November 8. There are ID requirements at registration. Make sure to read about them at www.act.org.
- There are ACT prep items available in the counselor office and online at www.act.org.
- If your child is interested in playing sports at a Division I school, please make sure they are meeting NCAA requirements as they have changed.
- Students who are not quite sure of what they want to do can sign up to take the ASVAB test. The ASVAB is a free interest inventory given on November 25.
- State and national scholarships are available. Students will be informed of scholarships during school announcements and online. We will also work on applications during English class.
- We will have a financial aid night to discuss filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. Students should fill out the FAFSA as soon as they can after October 1, 2019. The FAFSA form is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Your son or daughter will need a PIN (www.pin.ed.gov) to sign the FAFSA online.
- Parchment is an online service that students will order their transcripts from. If a student needs help creating an account, please stop in to see the counselor.
- Students should review college acceptances and financial aid awards. They should also compare financial aid packages in the decision making process. If your child is positive he/she will not enroll at one or more of the colleges that accept him/her, please notify those colleges that he/she has selected another one. Keeping colleges abreast of plans might enable those colleges to admit someone else. If he/she knows which college he/she will attend, send in the tuition deposit and follow instructions for admitted students. He/she must decide which offer of admission to accept by May 1st.
- Local scholarship applications become available in the spring. Students should stop in the counselor office or on the counseling website for applications. Because students may be eligible for more scholarships than they think, they should apply for as many as they can.
- Students should request letters of recommendation from teachers and employers at least three weeks before they are needed. Provide a list of accomplishments for their reference.
- Seniors are allowed one excused day for a college visit. They should plan visits to colleges and set up interviews if they didn’t get to them during the summer or if they want to return to a campus for a second time. These visits need to be approved through the counselor office.
- Keep all records, test scores, reports, and copies of applications for admission and financial aid. Do not throw anything away until at least the end of your son or daughter’s first year in college. Having detailed records will save time and effort should anything be lost or should your son/daughter decide to apply in the future to other colleges or scholarship programs.
- Remember to monitor your child’s applications to be sure that all materials are sent and received on time and are complete. They should stay on top of deadlines and not procrastinate; students can hurt their chances for admission by missing a deadline.
- If your child’s first-choice college places him/her on a waiting list, do not lose all hope. I can also contact the college to let them know your child is still very interested. Keep the college updated on our activities.
- After the completion of the senior year, I will send a final transcript to colleges.
If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call. I may be reached at 715-223-2386 extension 4202.
Abbotsford School Counselor