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Chadron High Counselors’ Corner

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It has been a great start to the school
year at Chadron High School. I am
impressed at how students have
settled into the school routine and are
familiar with expectations placed on
them by teachers and administrators.
We truly have an exceptional group
in our high school this year. With
quarter grades fast approaching I
highly recommend that parents and
students take advantage of the Infinite
Campus portal to check grades and
monitor attendance. The first quarter
ends on October 16th so it is definitely
“go-time”, let’s make sure we are
helping our students realize how
important it is for them to give their
best effort in all classes.

October is in full swing, which is a very heavy testing month. Juniors
will face much of the testing burden this year starting in October
with tests including the ASVAB and PSAT. Seniors will need to take
their final ACT in either October or December. These tests are
incredibly important; post-secondary institutions as well as the CHS
guidance office use the results of these assessments to provide
assistance in future college and career planning. This is a long
newsletter with lots of great information, please call or email me in
the guidance office with any questions regarding any information.
Loni.watson@chadronschools.net

308-432-0725

October 2015
Important Dates
Oct. 13 Nebraska Weslyean
representative
presentation 4a and
4b in Mrs. Girards
room.

Oct. 14 PSAT available for
interested juniors.
Testing will be at the
high school blocks 1
and 2. This test
qualifies students for
National Merit
Scholarship.

Oct. 21 ASVAB testing for

ALL juniors. Will
meet at CSC
ballroom 7:40 a.m.

Oct. 24 ACT testing will be
at both Chadron
High School and CSC
at 8:00 a.m.

Oct. 29 South Dakota School

of Mines and
Technology speaker
4a and 4b in Mrs.
Girards room.

Inside this Isue:
Important Dates

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ASVAB

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Scholarships

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HS Tips

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10th/11th Tips

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ACT Dates

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Senior To Do

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Extras

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On October 21, ALL of the CHS juniors will be taking the ASVAB
test. According to the ASVAB Counselor Manual, this three-hour test
is designed to help students:
1. Learn more about themselves and the world of work
2. Explore occupations in line with their interests and skills
3. Develop an effective strategy to realize their career goals
The program is designed to be “helpful to virtually all students,
whether they plan to enter the workforce right away or pursue
further education at a university, community college, or vocational
institution.

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The PSAT test will be held on Wednesday October 14th at
Chadron High School. This test helps juniors prepare for
college entrance standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.
This test is also a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship
Program. Please stop by the Guidance Office if you’d like more
information. Students must bring a $14 check payable to
Chadron Public Schools for this assessment. I highly
recommend students in the top 20% of the junior class take
this test. This is a great opportunity for a major scholarship
opportunity as well as experience with rigorous standardized
testing.

October 2015

Senior parents: If
you missed the
informational senior
night meeting during
parent teacher
conferences the
presentation can be
found on our
webpage:
cardinalcounseling.
weebly.net

In my current role as a counselor and previous role as a core area teacher, I am often amazed how
many students tell me they wish they had given a better effort in their first few years of high school.
These students come to a realization (usually their senior year) of how important grades and effort
are in future plans. Data in the 11th annual edition of NACAC’s “State of College Admission” report
(2014) shows that students’ grades and the academic rigor of their course loads are the single most
important factor in college admissions. College is not the only reason to work hard academically,
employers are looking for workers who are dedicated, competent, reliable, and that take
initiative; all of which can be learned during the course of high school. The habits you develop
during your time at Chadron High School will help in discovering that working hard and pushing
yourself sets students up for success later in life.
There are a million excuses to what may lead to poor grades, but the truth is that with effort and
attendance this can and should be turned around quickly. The guidance office is a GREAT resource
for students who are struggling academically. As we quickly approach the end of first quarter I
challenge students to push ahead with strong individual effort; if any assistance is needed please
use us in the guidance office for support.

Last week Chadron High School participated in Nebraska College Access Week, promoting postsecondary education access for all students. Activities included a college fair, college trivia,
speakers, college gear/prizes, and most importantly a college application campaign. Seniors
were given class time to fill out a college application with the help of the guidance office, Mr.
Uhing, Mr Nobiling, and Mrs. Girard. It is our hope that once seniors go through the application
process once with CHS staff, they will then feel comfortable and confident to do more applications
on their own or with the assistance of a parent. Reminder for Parents: Once all applications are
finished, information about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will
be the next step in the process. This information will be presented on the evening of January 12th
at 6:30 p.m. Please put this date in your calendar and plan on attending. There will be a chance to
win a $500 scholarship for those seniors also in attendance.
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The good stuff
is always
worth the
work it takes

October 2015

Seniors, there are new scholarships listed on our webpage:
cardinalcounseling.weebly.com you need to keep checking the
webpage for scholarship opportunities as more and more are available.
It is also time to start applying to colleges. If you are currently taking a
college class you still need to apply for full time admission to your
college of choice. Most colleges have a universal scholarship application
on their webpage after you apply for admission and will start rolling out
scholarships on a first come first serve basis as early as October 1st. You
cannot afford to wait to apply. Now is the time to pick some schools and
start working on applications. CSC, Wayne St, and Peru St will start
awarding full tuition and half tuition scholarships as early as next week.

1. Focus on Your Grades
It’s no secret that grades are important, read the paragraph on Guidance Office and Grades and make
sure you know the facts. Sophomore and Junior year can be the most academically rigorous, don’t let
yourself slack now. You are not only learning a great amount of academic material, but also learning HOW
to learn. What is your favorite way to study? What learning style works best for you? These are all
questions you need to know answers to before you go to college.
2. Take Challenging Classes
According to a study conducted by the NACAC, 70% of colleges and universities said strength of schedule
was considerably important, far more important than test scores (57%). Advanced Placement Courses
(AP) are highly regarded as well as advanced courses in both academic and career focused coursework.
See Mrs. Watson if you want to check the rigor of your schedule for next semester. Remember every
challenging class you take prepares you to do better on the ACT and SAT.
3. Take a Practice ACT and PSAT
The ACT and SAT can both be rigorous and stressful, but they don’t have to be. Students who practice and
prepare for these exams are more likely to achieve to their highest potential and fare better with nerves. I
have practice exams in the guidance office and am willing to help.
4. Have a Financial Talk
Students and parents, waiting until your senior year to have the “financial” talk about college is too late,
start the conversation now. How much can you and your parents afford for college? If necessary, how
much are you willing to borrow? Also think about having a conversation about how much money it takes to
support the kind of lifestyle you wish to live. Many students are oblivious to how much it costs to pay a
mortgage, rent, groceries, ect. This conversation could help you decide what kind of lifestyle you want to
live and what career would be necessary to reach that goal.
5. Determine How Much a College Will Cost
Colleges are priced like airline tickets; everybody pays a different price. You can get personal estimates
of what a particular college will cost by using any institutions net price calculator.
http://www.thecollegesolution.com/a-new-way-to-add-up-the-cost-of-college/

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October 2015

ACT Test Dates for 2015-16
Test Date
December 12, 2015
February 6, 2016
April 9, 2016
June 11, 2016

Registration Due
November 6, 2015
January 8, 2016
March 4, 2016
May 6, 2016

It is time to register for the ACT! We recommend that students
take the ACT at least once as a junior and once as a senior.
You may take the test as often as you desire, and colleges will
accept your highest score on any ONE testing date (you cannot
mix and match high scores from various testing dates). Please
register online at www.actstudent.org or stop by the Guidance
Office. You will have to upload a picture to register; we can
use your school picture for this step.
Please keep in mind that you may qualify for a fee waiver if
you are eligible for Free/Reduced meals at school or Upward
Bound (see Mrs. Watson)!

Late Fee + Late Deadline
November 7 – 20
January 9-15
March 5-18
May 7-20

+Financial Aid Night

Chadron High School will host
a financial aid program on
Tuesday January 12th at 6:30
pm in the HS commons. A
professional from
EducationQuest will be here to
go over how to fill out the
FAFSA as well as how to pay for
college. There will be a
chance to win a $500
scholarship for attending.

Senior To Do List: OCTOBER
1. Start applying for colleges. THIS MONTH.
It is time to get online and fill out those applications. It is NOT hard it just takes
time. Go to the college webpage, click on admissions, and fill out the application
for new incoming freshman. Don’t hesitate to look at technical schools and
community colleges as well. They offer great rates and career training that can
lead to wonderful salaries and benefits right out of school.
2. Haven’t taken ACT? December 12th ACT is your LAST CHANCE!
Deadline to register is not until November but if you missed the October one it’s
time to come to my office and let me help you fill out the next one. Remember I
can get you a waiver if you are free and reduced.
3. Fill out scholarship applications to the colleges you are choosing to apply.
For instance: If you applied to CSC there is a separate scholarship application for
all incoming freshmen. This step is how colleges decide how much money to
award you when they send you a financial package. Almost all colleges now have
this type of application online. If you are confused whether you filled out the right
applications, please see me and I will check.
4. Apply for NCAA eligibility if you are planning on playing a division I or division II sport
next year. Go to http://web1.ncaa.org/ and register for an account today.
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October 2015

Seniors – Have You Looked Into the Midwest Student Exchange Program?
What is the MSEP?
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) helps improve access to postsecondary education
through the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP). Since 1994, the MSEP has provided more
affordable opportunities for students to attend out-of-state institutions. The MSEP serves as the
Midwest's largest multi-state tuition reciprocity program.
Over 100 colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,
North Dakota and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each others' citizens at more affordable rates.
Although the Midwestern Higher Education Compact is composed of twelve Midwestern states,
the MSEP is a voluntary program (as are all MHEC programs) and only nine of the twelve states
participate. Iowa, South Dakota, and Ohio do not participate in MSEP at this time.
Please Note: The Illinois Board of Higher Education formally endorsed MSEP in December 2006,
however the program did not go into effect until individual Illinois institutions elected to participate.
Current MSEP institutions began offering MSEP rates to all Illinois students admitted under MSEP after
August 15, 2011. Campuses in all participating states are not required to "grandfather" in students
admitted prior to this date.

How it works
Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state
resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates.
You must be enrolling as a non-resident student at a participating MSEP campus to receive the
discount. All enrollment decisions are made at the discretion of the receiving campus and the campus
may exercise its right to limit participation or set specific admission requirements for MSEP.
Actual savings through the program will vary from institution to institution depending upon the tuition
rates. Participating students will typically realize savings between $500 and $5,000 annually.

Which states participate?
Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or Wisconsin.
How do I enroll?
Contact the Campus Administrator at the participating MSEP institution directly. Mark prominently
on the institution's application form that you seek admission as a MSEP student.
Where can I find an application?
To apply for admission as a MSEP student, you should contact the Campus Administrator at the
participating MSEP institution directly. Each participating institution has a Campus Administrator
who facilitates the program.
The application requirements vary by institution. Contact the Campus Administrator at the
participating MSEP institution directly for more details.

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