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Title: The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. ~Abraham Lincoln


1
The best thing about the future is that it only
comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln
Waukesha West High School Fall 2010 SENIOR
MEETINGS
2
High School Graduation Requirements
  • All students must complete the following credits
    to obtain a diploma from the School District of
    Waukesha
  • English 4.0 credits
  • Mathematics 3.0 credits
  • Social Studies 3.5 credits
  • Science 3.0 credits
  • Physical Education 1.5 credits
  • Health .5 credits
  • Electives 9.5 credits
  • Total required credits 25.00

3
Youth Options Program
  • This program allows students to enroll in a
    college, university or technical school during
    the school year and take courses for credit
    towards high school graduation.
  • Seniors may participate for no more than two
    consecutive semesters. January grads are not
    eligible for the spring semester classes.
  • Completed request forms are due in the Guidance
    Office by Oct. 1st for the 2010
  • spring semester.

4
Senior Group Meetings September 14 October 1
  • Guidance Bulletin Boards
  • Scholarship information
  • Senior Information sheets
  • Transcript release forms where to send
    transripts
  • Senior Photos for Yearbook- Due Dec. 17
  • to Mrs. Blohm
  • Vertical photos preferred
  • Application Process
  • ACT/SAT test dates

5
TEST DATES FALL, 2010
  • ACT
  • October 23, 2010
  • December 11, 2010
  • February 12, 2011
  • April 9, 2011
  • June 11, 2011
  • All test dates are offered at West HS
  • SAT
  • October 9, 2010
  • November 6, 2010
  • December 4, 2010
  • January 22, 2011
  • March 12, 2011
  • May 7, 2011
  • June 4, 2011
  • SAT testing is NOT offered in the district

6
ACT PREP COURSES
  • ACT Prep Plus
  • 262-255-9580
  • ZAP
  • www.zaps.com
  • 1-877-927-8378
  • WCTC
  • 262-691-5318
  • UW-Waukesha
  • 262-521-5200
  • Please contact the vendors at the phone numbers
    listed above for more information about the
    particular prep course that interests you.

7
Students Ask about the ACT
  • Do applications and ACT scores have to be sent at
    the same time?
  • What if I have not taken the ACT yet?
  • What if the retake score is lower than the first
    time?
  • Is the application deadline affected if the ACT
    has to be retaken?
  • How long does it take to get ACT scores?
  • Is there a cost to send ACT scores?
  • Should I take the Writing test?

8
SENIOR Portfolios
  • Use www. careercruising.com to update your
    personal portfolio which can include
  • Academic achievements
  • Extracurricular/volunteer activities
  • Work history
  • Career goals and college choices
  • Honors, awards and recognitions
  • Personal Interest Inventory
  • Personal website resources
  • UPDATED RESUME TOOL

9
College and University Admissions and
Applications
  • University of Wisconsin Admission Requirements
  • 4 units English
  • 3 units Social Studies
  • 3 units Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry
    above)
  • 3 units Science (Biology and Physical
    Sciences)
  • 4 units Other academic classes
  • 17 units
  • These are MINIMUM requirements

10
Foreign Languages
  • The following UW schools REQUIRE a minimum of two
    years of a single foreign language for
    admissions
  • UW- Madison
  • UW- Eau Claire
  • Please check carefully the requirements for
    private and out of state schools

11
Requirements for Athletes
  • Division I II prospective athletes must
    register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at the
    beginning of their senior year.
  • Go to www.ncaaclearinghouse.net click on
    prospective student-athletes
  • click on domestic student release form
  • complete form print copy - bring to
    Guidance Office with 5 to send a transcript

12
UW Application Process
  • Transcripts and any other inclusions will be sent
    by the Guidance office
  • You must have a transcript release form on file
  • Records are maintained of where transcripts are
    sent
  • ACT results have to be sent to colleges
  • Colleges prefer online applications. Go to
    www.uwhelp.wisconsin.edu OR
  • https//apply.wisconsin.edu/Help/Instructions.
    aspx
  • Application fee can be paid online (44.00)
  • Personal statement helps to personalize the
    application
  • No Counselor form this year

13
Students ask about Applications Letters of
Recommendations
  • If I do not declare a major does it impact my
    acceptance?
  • What is the importance of class rank and GPA vs.
    the rigor of the classes taken?
  • Who do I ask for letters?
  • Are letters needed for scholarships?

14
Application Checklist
  • ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE PREFERED BY MOST SCHOOLS!
  • Check that all work is done neatly and spelling
    is correct
  • Add extra pages for personal statement or
    activities if needed.
  • Letters of recommendation (request 2-3 wks)
  • Include application fee or pay online
  • Due date for UW system is December 1st, 2010 !
  • Please submit all materials to guidance at least
    one week before admisssion deadlines!!

15
Midwest Student Exchange Program
  • Website www.mhec.org
  • Further information is available via the UW
    helpline at www.uwhelp.wisc.edu
  • Colleges in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
    Nebraska, Missouri, N. Dakota Wisconsin have
    reached a tuition agreement where tuition is not
    to exceed 150 of in state tuition
  • Check website to see which colleges are
    participating!
  • NOTE This is not the same program as the
    standard Minnesota/Wisconsin tuition reciprocity
    agreement.

16
PRIVATE AND OUT OF STATE COLLEGES UNIVERSITIES
  • Check out financial aid for help with tuition
  • Consider programs that provide a good fit for the
    student
  • Offer opportunities to participate in research in
    many disciplines
  • Offer cultural diversity

17
Can I Really go to Harvard?
  • About 60 of undergraduates receive need based
    scholarships
  • The average annual grant for 2009-2010 was over
    37,000
  • 11 of admitted students for the class of 2014
    came from the Midwest
  • 66 of students admitted for the
  • class of 2014 are public school
  • graduates

18
Selective Schools
  • Stanford University does not consider financial
    aid as part of its admission process it is
    needs blind
  • - Approximately 75 of undergrads
  • receive financial aid from a variety of sources
  • Georgetown University awards financial aid based
    on need as demonstrated by the FAFSA
  • Duke University offers merit scholarships and
    provides an average financial aid package over
    30,000

19
TECHNICAL COLLEGES WISCONSIN
  • Admission requirements
  • Graduation from high school
  • Apply online at the college of your choice
  • at www.witechcolleges.org by March 1st
  • Select your desired program of study
  • Submit the 30 application fee
  • Contact regarding financial aid
  • WCTC High School Night on Thursday, November
    4th from 500-730 PM
  • WCTC Career Exploration Nights begin October
    20th ! See the WCTC website to register at
  • www.wctc.edu\careernight

20
THE PAPER TRAIL
  • It is important to keep
  • A copy of all applications
  • Contacts and communications with the college or
    lending institution
  • Copy of the FAFSA form
  • Scholarship applications and essays
  • Letters of reference

21
Financial Aid Night
  • Wednesday, December 1st 630 - 730 pm
  • West HS Auditorium
  • Guest speaker will outline
  • FAFSA form (www.ed.gov)
  • Scholarships, grants and loans
  • Working with college financial aid office
  • Answer parent questions

UW Waukesha Financial Aid Night on Monday,
February 7th and Monday, March 14th at
630pm Please contact to register
22
SCHOLARSHIPS
  • Show Me The Money!
  • College financial aid offices
  • FAFSA
  • Internet Websites
  • Employers
  • Community Agencies
  • West Guidance Department Website for Scholarship
  • Do I Qualify for the ??
  • ACT score
  • GPA and class rank
  • School Activities
  • Community Activities
  • Volunteer Service
  • Major
  • Post Secondary Plans

NOW SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE
ONLY. GUIDANCE WILL NOT MAIL SCHOLARSHIP
MATERIALS UNLESS SPECIFICALLY STATED TO RETURN TO
MRS. GOELLER.
23
Scholarship Application Process
  • Go to the Waukesha West Guidance Department
    Website or the direct website for a particular
    scholarship.
  • Ask teachers for letters of recommendation if
    required. Guidance will keep letters on file, but
    will only send them out on your request.
  • Provide a copy of transcript or ACT scores if
    needed.
  • YOU are responsible for mailing
  • all applications.
  • Deadlines are FINAL.

24
CAREER CENTER
  • Located at the rear of the Guidance Office
  • Materials Available for viewing
  • 4 year college, tech. school, military, and
    private school guide books
  • Computers available for use for Career
  • Cruising access, college applications,
    career searching, military research, etc.
    during study halls, before or after school
  • Meet with college reps and recruiters

25
College Fairs
  • MILWAUKEE NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
  • WHERE Frontier Airlines Center
  • WHEN 1200-330 on Sunday, October 24, 2010
  • WISCONSIN EDUCATION
  • FAIR
  • WHERE New Berlin West High School
  • WHEN630-830
  • on Thursday October 14, 2010

26
Military
  • Military Academies
  • Process should have begun in Junior year
  • Complete ASVAB tests
  • Boys must register for the Selective Service when
    they turn 18.
  • Parent release of information to recruiters
  • Students can meet with recruiters at school

27
Students ask about Recruiters
Do I need to make an appointment to meet with a
college rep or athletic recruiter? Do I have to
contact Guidance before going on college visits?
28
Internet Resources
  • The following websites provide useful information
    for
  • careers, colleges financial aid
  • www.careercruising.com www.finaid.org
  • www.myfuture.com www.fastweb.com
  • www.jobweb.com www.ed.gov
  • www.collegeview.com www.studentaid.ed.gov
  • www.petersons.com
  • www.kaplan.com
  • www.gocollege.com
  • www.act.org
  • www.collegeboard.org There are many other
    Internet resources available

29
Academic Focus Day October 13th, 2010
  • Seniors will attend a breakfast to receive
    important information about Senior activities
  • Meet with Jostens about graduation announcements
    and cap and gown
  • Hear a nationally renowned speaker
  • Participate in sectionals pertaining to post high
    school transition and career choices.

30
FINALLYGRADUATION!!
  • IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
  • Wednesday, June 1st 630 PM
  • Senior Celebration Night
  • Friday, June 3rd 900 AM
  • Graduation Rehearsal
  • Saturday, June 11th 200 PM
  • Graduation
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