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It is not too late!  The following are some scholarships with May and summer deadlines:

  • QuestBridge College Prep Scholars (for JUNIORS) – No application deadline
  • Why My Teacher Makes Me Smile Flax Scholarship – Application Deadline: 05/29/2017
  • CoilLaw LLC Scholarship – Application Deadline: 05/31/2017
  • First In Family Scholarship – Application Deadline: 05/31/2017
  • SCW DREAMers Scholarship – Application Deadline: 05/31/2017
  • Sessions Law Firm College Scholarship – Application Deadline: 05/31/2017
  • Thomas, Webb & Willis Academic Achiever Scholarship – Application Deadline: 05/31/2017
  • Tuite Law DUI Accident Scholarship – Application Deadline: 05/31/2017
  • Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship – Application Deadline: 06/01/2017
  • OMBAR Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship Program – Application Deadline: 06/01/2017
  • Faith, Hope, And Charity Recycle Store Scholarship – No Application Deadline
  • Abbott and Fenner Scholarship – Application Deadline: 06/12/2017
  • Big Sun Scholarships – Application Deadline: 06/19/2017
  • Aspiring Nurse Scholarship – Application Deadline: 06/30/2017
  • Hunter Goff Bankruptcy/Consumer Rights Scholarship: Application Deadline: 07/31/2017
  • Pets In The City Veterinarian Science Scholarship – Application Deadline: 07/31/2017
  • Links to all of these scholarships and more are on the GHS scholarship page at https://sites.google.com/a/gilmerschools.com/ghs-scholarship-page/home. Please check this site on a weekly basis throughout the spring semester, and fill out those applications!

This Week’s Feature:  End of Year Reminders

             Seniors need to keep in mind that GHS must receive an official request in order to release a transcript.  This request must come via gafutures.org for in-state schools, Parchment for out-of-state schools, or on paper with student signature.  An email is not considered to be an official request.

GHS Honors Night will be Thursday, May 25th, at 7:00 p.m. at Ellijay Elementary School auditorium.  This event is by invitation only.  Invitations will be sent to students’ gilmerschools.com emails only.

If you are an underclassman who is failing a course, please see your school counselor for information on summer and summer through fall course opportunities at Mountain Education Charter High School.  The sooner you start, the sooner you can finish!

 

 

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  • Gilmer High School will host an information night for rising seniors (students who will be seniors during the 2017-18 school year) and their parents on Thursday, April 20th, at 6:00 p.m. in the GHS theater. Information will be shared that is critical for families to know before their student’s senior year of high school, so please do your best to attend!
  • Dalton State College Gilmer County Center will hold an open house on Thursday, April 13, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for students and parents to tour the facility, get information about MOWR, admissions, majors, and financial aid.  Light refreshments will be served.
  • Attention seniors: Need help with the FAFSA?  Rebecca Hammond of the Educational Opportunity Center is accepting appointments at GHS to assist students and their parents in completing the application on Wednesdays beginning February 8th. Appointments with Mrs. Hammond can be made in the Attendance Office with Mrs. May.  Please see your counselor for more details.
  • The final 2016-17 school year Move On When Ready information session will be held at GHS from 11:30-1:00 on Friday, April 28th. This will fill up fast, so call your counselor if you want to attend!

The following are some scholarships with April deadlines: 

  • Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests (multiple contests) – Open to grades 9-12. Application Deadlines vary between 03/29/2017 – 04/28/2017
  • QuestBridge College Prep Scholars (for JUNIORS) – No application deadline
  • Links to all of these scholarships and more are on the GHS scholarship page at https://sites.google.com/a/gilmerschools.com/ghs-scholarship-page/home. Please check this site on a weekly basis throughout the spring semester, and fill out those applications!

 

This Week’s Feature:  End of Year Push for Students and Parents!

 

This is the time of year when the flowers bloom, pollen abounds, and students return from spring break with only a few weeks of school left.  For students who are academically behind or failing, this can be a stressful time for both them and their parents, so following are a few tips to help.

First, there is no more time to waste.  The great weather can make it tempting to skip a class or even a whole school day or to go fishing instead of getting that homework completed.  However, if you are behind, you have probably already done those things and need to prioritize your school work for now.  Remember, if you want to have a summer that you do not spend in summer classes, taking care of things now can make that happen.  Parents, if you know your child is not doing well academically, allowing him or her to have all privileges as usual may not be the best course.  Consider what you can use as leverage to get your child motivated for academics.

Second, communication is important.  If you are a student, talk with your teachers one on one to get a better idea of what you need to do in order to get back on track academically.  If you are a parent, it is your job to keep on top of how your child is doing in classes, regardless of whether your student is in elementary, middle, or high school.  Do not make the mistake of believing your child has “no homework” or has “everything covered.”  Students should be studying and reading at least a little on a regular basis.  If you are not seeing work come home, you need to make further inquiries.  You can call your child’s teachers, counselor, or administrator to discuss progress, and remember that you can log into the Infinite Campus system to check grades also.  If you need to know how to do that, contact your child’s school.

Third, do not forget about standardized tests.  During high school, End of Course exams count for twenty percent of a student’s average in a class.  This means that a student who is barely passing a course cannot afford to fail the End of Course exam.  Students need to have an average that is well above passing so that if they do not test well, they still have a chance of passing a course.  Parents, make sure you know in which courses students have End of Course tests.  Remember, students must take and pass required courses during high school to graduate on time.

By following these suggestions, students and parents can make the most of the spring school months.  Remember that school personnel want students to succeed, so do not hesitate to ask for help!

 

 

News/Announcements from the GHS Counseling Department

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  • GHS Seniors: Make sure you order your cap and gown for graduation!  Please see your counselor for more information!
  • Dalton State College Gilmer County Center will hold an open house on Thursday, April 13, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for students and parents to tour the facility, get information about MOWR, admissions, majors, and financial aid.  Light refreshments will be served.
  • Attention seniors: Need help with the FAFSA?  Rebecca Hammond of the Educational Opportunity Center is accepting appointments at GHS to assist students and their parents in completing the application on Wednesdays beginning February 8th. Appointments with Mrs. Hammond can be made in the Attendance Office with Mrs. May.  Please see your counselor for more details.
  • Move On When Ready information sessions are held at GHS from 11:30-1:00 every other Friday. These fill up fast, so contact your child’s counselor to set up a date or to get more information.

The following are some scholarships with March deadlines: 

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Application Deadline: 03/30/2017
  • Facing Acne $2,000 Scholarship – Application Deadline: 03/31/2017
  • Gilmer Arts George Link Jr. Charitable Trust Scholarship 2017 – Application Deadline: 03/31/2017
  • Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests (multiple contests) – Open to grades 9-12. Application Deadlines vary between 03/29/2017 – 04/28/2017
  • Links to all of these scholarships and more are on the GHS scholarship page at https://sites.google.com/a/gilmerschools.com/ghs-scholarship-page/home. Please check this site on a weekly basis throughout the spring semester, and fill out those applications!

 

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• Attention seniors! Chattahoochee Technical College is hosting Senior Day on Friday March 31st at the Jasper campus. The sessions will include: Admissions overview, Financial Aid overview, mock college course, lunch, prizes, games and giveaways. In addition, students will have the opportunity to fill out a free admission application and qualify for free Accuplacer testing with a completed admission application. Seats are limited, so see your counselor to register.

• Attention seniors, are you interested in seeking an Associate’s degree from UNG, Blue Ridge campus? Admission representatives will be here for Quick Admit Day on Tuesday February 28th from 9 until 1:15. UNG will waive the application fee on this date. Interested Move On When Ready candidates may also apply. Please see your counselor for an application and transcript. The deadline to request a time slot is Monday February 27th. Time slots will fill quickly, don’t wait until the last minute to make your request.

• Attention seniors: Need help with the FAFSA? Rebecca Hammond of the Educational Opportunity Center is accepting appointments at GHS to assist students and their parents in completing the application on Wednesdays beginning February 8th. Appointments with Mrs. Hammond can be made in the Attendance Office with Mrs. May. Please see your counselor for more details.

• Move On When Ready information sessions are held at GHS from 11:30-1:00 every other Friday. These fill up fast, so contact your child’s counselor to set up a date or to get more information.

• The following are some scholarships with February deadlines:
• Albert Lee Wright, Jr. Memorial Migrant Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/24/2017
• Georgia Mining Foundation Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/24/2017
• Georgia Mining Foundation Technical College Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/24/2017
• University of North Georgia Army ROTC Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/28/2017

• Links to all of these scholarships and more are on the GHS scholarship page at https://sites.google.com/a/gilmerschools.com/ghs-scholarship-page/home. Please check this site on a weekly basis throughout the spring semester, and fill out those applications!

This Week’s Feature: Free Tuition!

The Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG) is an option for students once they have graduated from high school. Students interested in entering a field in which there is a high demand may choose to enroll in one of twelve programs of study for which free tuition is available! This can be a great way for students to get into a well-paying job without a lot of student debt. For more information, go to https://tcsg.edu/freecollege.php and get the details. Students may also make an appointment with their counselor to discuss this opportunity.

News/Announcements from the GHS Counseling Department

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  • Attention seniors: Need help with the FAFSA?  Rebecca Hammond of the Educational Opportunity Center is accepting appointments at GHS to assist students and their parents in completing the application on Wednesdays beginning February 8th. Appointments with Mrs. Hammond can be made in the Attendance Office with Mrs. May.  Please see your counselor for more details.
  • Move On When Ready information sessions are held at GHS from 11:30-1:00 every other Friday. These fill up fast, so contact your child’s counselor to set up a date or to get more information.
  • The following are some scholarships with February deadlines:
  • University of North Georgia Cadet Leadership Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/15/2017
  • The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/20/2017
  • Albert Lee Wright, Jr. Memorial Migrant Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/24/2017
  • Georgia Mining Foundation Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/24/2017
  • Georgia Mining Foundation Technical College Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/24/2017
  • University of North Georgia Army ROTC Scholarship – Application Deadline: 02/28/2017
  • Links to all of these scholarships and more are on the GHS scholarship page at https://sites.google.com/a/gilmerschools.com/ghs-scholarship-page/home. Please check this site on a weekly basis throughout the spring semester, and fill out those applications!

 

This Week’s Feature: How to Get a Good Recommendation

During this time of year, students often apply for scholarships and other awards.  These typically require a recommendation from a teacher, counselor, principal, or other adult such as a supervisor at work.  If you need such a recommendation, there are three keys to make sure you get the best one possible.  First, ask for the recommendation well in advance.  This ensures that the person writing the recommendation has ample time to consider your positive attributes and write them in a well-thought-out fashion.  If the person you are asking to recommend you gets a recommendation request via a frantic email at 11:00 p.m. on the night the application is due, it may not be possible to get the recommendation at all if the person you need to reach is asleep at that time, or if the recommendation does get done, there is no time for the person writing it to do his/her best work.  Also, you may not get as high a recommendation if you appear disorganized and inconsiderate of others’ time.  Second, give specifics to the person recommending you about yourself and about submitting the application.  It is unlikely that your recommender has kept a running list of your activities and accomplishments during your school years, but you should have one on hand to give to the person recommending you so that they can be included in your recommendation.  Without specific information, you may end up with a general endorsement of you as “a good student.”  While nice, this will not help you to stand out from other candidates like detailed information can.  You should also let the person recommending you know when you need the recommendation completed, and in what form.  Do you need the recommendation in a sealed envelope, on school letterhead, electronically?  Your recommender needs these details to prepare the recommendation properly and in a timely manner.  Third, provide means to the recommender to send the recommendation when necessary.  In some cases, a recommendation must be submitted online by you.  In that case, your recommender may need your email in order to send an electronic copy to you for submission.  Provide your email to the recommender, printed neatly or typed, when you ask for the recommendation.  Other times, a recommendation is to be mailed by the recommender.  You should provide a stamped envelope with the address where the recommendation needs to be sent when you ask for the recommendation.  Never should someone recommending you have to scramble at the last minute or track you down for details on what to do with the recommendation once it is completed.  Having to do so could affect the quality of recommendation you get.  If you keep these three keys in mind when seeking recommendations, they should help you to get the best recommendation possible.

 

 

News/Announcements from the GHS Counseling Department

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  • Scholarship applications for the North Georgia Community Foundation scholarships opened on Monday, January 16and students can apply and get more information at ngcf.org/scholarships. The applications will be taken until Wednesday, March 15.
  • Attention sophomores and juniors:  Are you interested in the veterinary profession?UGA’s VetCAMP may be a great opportunity for you to attend over the summer.  52 students will be selected to attend this seven day camp.  The cost is $900.00 and includes lodging, meals, instruction, and social activities.  Student must apply by January 27, 2017.  The application may be found at: http://vet.uga.edu/academic/vetcamp
  • The 2017 Gilmer Arts George Link, Jr. Charitable Trust Scholarship is now open. Students do not have to be members of the art association in order to apply.  Three scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in the arts. Applications can be found on the GHS Scholarship Page.
  • There are lots of scholarships that juniors and seniors may apply for during spring semester, so be sure to check the GHS scholarship page at https://sites.google.com/a/gilmerschools.com/ghs-scholarship-page/home on a weekly basis, and fill out those applications!

 

 

News/Announcements from the GHS Counseling Department

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  • Attention sophomores and juniors:  Are you interested in the veterinary profession?UGA’s VetCAMP may be a great opportunity for you to attend over the summer.  52 students will be selected to attend this seven day camp.  The cost is $900.00 and includes lodging, meals, instruction, and social activities.  Student must apply by January 27, 2017.  The application may be found at: http://vet.uga.edu/academic/vetcamp
  • The 2017 Gilmer Arts George Link, Jr. Charitable Trust Scholarship is now open. Students do not have to be members of the art association in order to apply.  Three scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in the arts. Applications can be found on the GHS Scholarship Page.

This Weeks’ Feature: Public vs. Private Colleges: What’s the Difference?

There are several differences between public universities and colleges and private colleges.  Funding is the major difference between the two.  Typically, state governments pay most of the costs at public universities, so tuitions there tend to be lower for in-state students.  For private colleges, a lot of the funding comes from private contributions and tuition, so tuition is sometimes higher at private colleges regardless of whether they are in state or out of state.  Another difference is that in-state students usually have lower tuition than out-of-state students at public universities, so the student population may be mostly in-state students.  However, for private colleges, state residency is not usually a factor in getting admitted, so students from lots of different states may attend.  A third difference is the size of classes.  Although not always the case, class sizes are often kept smaller at private colleges, and there may only be a few thousand students overall.  This can mean easier access to professors.  However, in public universities, there may be 200 students in a class, and it can be harder to see one’s professor.  Sometimes a teaching assistant serves as the instructor instead of a professor.

There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a post-secondary school, such as cost, location, class size, and campus culture.  Also, there are exceptions to the above generalities about public and private schools.  That is why it is important to do research and contact a couple of schools to set up a campus visit before making a final decision.

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