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Welcome!

Now that we are in the swing of things for the 1st semester, we would like to make you aware of some important dates and information:

Mid-Terms will begin on December 14th and last until December 16th 

Career Expo- January 19th 1-3pm (VHS Gym for students) 5-7pm (VHS Gym for Parents/Alumni)

Senior Parents:  The FAFSA opened October 1st 2016.  Please consider using this link to help with FSA ID and password BEFORE filing out the FAFSA.  This will save an extra step and additional time during the submission process. https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm

 

If you need to schedule a parent/teacher conference please contact your students counselor to make an appointment:

Nicole Lake- Last names A-G (all grades) nicole.lake@tvcs.org

Merideth Brock- Last names H-O (all grades) merideth.brock@tvcs.org

Kara Cribley- Last names P-Z (all grades) kara.cribley@tvcs.org

 

 

Upcoming SAT/ACT Testing- 11th & 12th graders

STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR ADMISSION TICKET AND PHOTO ID IN ORDER TO TEST!!!

SAT Testing dates 2016-2017: October 1st, November 5th, December 3rd, January 21st, March 11th, May 6th, June 3rd*.  Please register to test: www.sat.collegeboard.org

ACT Testing dates 2016-2017: September 10th*, October 22nd, December 10th, February 11th, April 8th, June 10th*.  Please register to test: www.actstudent.org

*June 3rd SAT and June 10th ACT will NOT be at VHS- but it is still a national test day*  Please see the PDF below for our 'SAT/ACT Tutoring' days held on select Saturdays

Parents of Seniors

If your student wants to attend a 4-year institution right after HS, they should be applying now. Priority deadlines for most of the universities are November 1.  If your student has missed this deadline, please have them talk to their school counselor because various schools accept late applications.  A HS transcript is usually required to fill out the applications and your student can request one from Guidance.

The student is responsible for sending SAT/ACT scores to the colleges.

*If you are a Dual Enrollment Student: Please make sure you contact Lake Sumter State College for any college transcript that must be sent as you apply to college.   

All students will be registered on the Florida Student Financial Aid website (Bright Futures) in December when the application opens. 

There is a great article on financial aid with more information on a webinar that you can attend. They are attached as PDFs at the bottom of the Guidance page.

Khan Academy: The link below has resources to help students and parents navigate this challenging college process. These resources include video interviews and conversations with successful students from all walks of life and admissions officers and counselors at some of the nation's top schools.

https://www.khanacademy.org/college-admissions?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=All%20Users&utm_campaign=College%20Admissions%20Announcement&utm_content=Final

  

ACT/SAT

Current Juniors and Seniors should be taking the SAT and ACT.  Registration is done online at www.sat.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org and more information is available in Guidance. Please see your school counselor if you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver (2 per test). 

ACT Basic Info: 

  • Answer EVERY question during the allowed time for that section
  • Your scores on the multiple-choice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly -- There is NO penalty for guessing
  • Composite score range from 1 (low) - 36 (high)
  • 4 sections plus optional writing section (if you sign up for it)
  • English, Mathematics, Reading, Science .. then writing optional at the end

SAT Basic Info: 

Are there resources to help me prepare for the redesigned SAT?  The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT.  Please visit this site for free services that will provide personalized practice pathways to help pinpoint areas where you need to improve, full-length practice tests, and practice materials that are available to print!  https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

What is different about the NEW SAT? 

  • The redesigned SAT will consist of 2 sections (evidence-based reading & writing as well as math) with an optional essay. 
  • The score scale will range from 400 to 1600 with the essay being scored separately. 
  • The total test time is now 3 hours (+50 minutes with the essay).  There is NO penalty for guessing on the redesigned SAT. 
  • In the redesigned SAT’s Math Test, students are asked to respond to multistep problems that are presented in real-life contexts like those they will encounter in college and in their careers.
  • In the redesigned SAT, students are also being asked to analyze and synthesize both words and numbers and to find inconsistencies in the information they convey.
    • For a more in-depth look at the kinds of questions that will be on the redesigned SAT please visit: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org
    • Please see PDF file below for the NEW SAT testing specifications

Remember: These scores (ACT/SAT) are needed to be eligible for Bright Futures and for consideration by the Buffalo Scholarship Foundation!

SAT/ACT High School Code/CEEB Code: 101833

SAT Test Center Site Code: 10381

ACT Test Center Site Code: 243870

Test Prep: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat- for the NEW SAT!

Test Prep: www.prepfactory.com - great prep for either SAT or ACT, create an account, complete learning games, etc.

Test Prep: http://www.ivybound.net/tests/sat/ and www.khanacademy.org - click on top banner for SAT practice

Test Prep: http://www.ivybound.net/tests/act/

PERT

The Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida's customized common placement test. The purpose of the P.E.R.T. is accurate course placement based on the student's skills and abilities. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.

Students who score 106 or better on Reading and 103 or better on Writing portions of the PERT may be eligible for the English dual enrollment classes taught at VHS. Students who have completed Algebra 2, score 123 or better on the Math and a 106 or better on the Reading portion of PERT may be eligible for the math dual enrollment classes taught at VHS.  Students who are eligible for the English dual enrollment classes and Math dual enrollment classes may also be eligible for Science dual enrollment classes.

 

COLLEGE/CAREER RESOURCES:

State University System of Florida: http://flbog.org/

College & Career search: www.flvc.org

Private Colleges/Universities of Florida: http://www.pcuf.net/

College Athletics information (Junior year): www.eligibilitycenter.org

Career Planning information including earning power: http://beyondeducation.org

College planning tips for Juniors:      http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/collegeprep/juniortips.htm

College planning tips for Seniors: http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/collegeprep/seniorcalendar.htm

College Price Planning tool for Seniors: www.pell.collegeabacus.org

College Searching: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

United States Department of Labor 'Bureau of Labor Statistics': http://www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm

  

TEST HELP RESOURCES:

If you are in need of tutoring, the guidance office can help set up a student tutor through the National Honor Society. Please contact your counselor for more information.

Homework/test help: http://brightstorm.com/

SAT Prep: http://domesatreview.com and www.ineedapencil.com

SAT Prep Videos: http://www.mometrix.com/academy/sat-test/

Student Tutorials: www.floridastudents.org (student centered resources designed to assist students)

Varsity Tutors ACT:  https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-act-resources

Varsity Tutors SAT: https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-sat-resources

 

 

PDF Files

Class of 2017 Parent Night - Powerpoint for Senior Parent Night
Community Resources - List of resources in the community
Demonstration of Mastery - Updated 1.6.16
FLVS Instructions - Step-by-step on how to enroll in a FLVS course
New SAT testing specifications - Information on the NEW SAT-practice test questions
SAT/ACT Tutoring dates -


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