KHS 2018‐2019 COURSE SELECTIONS

KHS 2018‐2019 COURSE SELECTION TIMELINE

Below you will find the timeline for the course selection and scheduling process for next school year (2018-2019). Please read through this information to make sure you are aware of the steps in this process. Also, be mindful of the two deadlines to make changes for next school year: April 6th and May 25th. These are the only opportunities to make adjustments for 2018‐2019, so it is critical to ensure that all courses are carefully selected. Please take the time to review the information found below and in the KHS Educational Planning Guide.

FEBRUARY 13: Counselors present assemblies on the course selection process for freshmen and sophomores. Juniors received this information in a classroom presentation at the end of January.

FEBRUARY 14: Students receive a copy of the Educational Planning Guide in advisory. This guide provides course descriptions of course offerings. An electronic version is available here: Educational Planning Guide

FEBRUARY 14‐21: Students independently select elective courses on Skyward (2018-19 KHS Course Selection Directions).

FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 6: School counselors meet with students in classes to review elective requests.

MID MARCH: Recommended core courses and requested electives are mailed home to students (this is NOT your schedule). Families may email their school counselor to make ELECTIVE request changes until April 6. No override recommendation requests will be accepted at this time.

EARLY MAY: Final copy of requests with updated teacher recommendations mailed home.

MAY 25: Last chance to make any changes in elective requests AND deadline to submit override recommendation requests for core classes.

SUMMER: Draft schedules mailed home. Students should email their school counselors if they see any errors (example: an English class is missing). Request to change elective, core class, class or lunch meeting times will not be honored.

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Scholarship News From The Guidance Department

Attention all seniors:

Applications are now being accepted for the Valley Forge Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship that is available to minority students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and have demonstrated good citizenship and community service. Applications for this scholarship may be downloaded from the scholarship list in Family Connection or may be picked up in the counseling office. See your counselor for more information.

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PSAT Presentations and Junior Planning Meetings

The school counselors at Kennett High School will be busy visiting classrooms of juniors during the week beginning January 11. Juniors will receive their PSAT scores in one meeting with directions for setting up a College Board account and linking their accounts to the free online SAT preparation program offered by the Khan Academy. A second set of classroom visits will provide our juniors with information about the SAT and ACT exams. This information will include registration directions, score sending options, and test taking tips.

The PSAT presentation was delivered to our sophomores in an assembly on Monday, December 18.

Junior planning meetings, including parents, have been ongoing. These are individual meetings held with each junior to explore post-secondary options. This meeting includes information for selecting and applying to colleges, as well as a brief overview of the financial aid process. These meetings typically last approximately 80-90 minutes. Parents of juniors are encouraged to notify their child’s school counselor if they would like to be included in that meeting.

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College Information Night

The Kennett High School Counseling Department presented College Information Night on Thursday, November 9 in the high school auditorium. The program was designed to provide timely information to the parents of current eleventh grade students. A Spanish college information program was presented concurrently by Alejandra McFern, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Delaware. A copy of the resource packet provided at the presentation is available to parents and students upon request by contacting counseling office secretary, Diane Torelli, at dtorelli@kcsd.org. The slides used for the program are available here 17-18 college info night

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Philadelphia National College Fair

College News

Representatives from more than 400 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, business schools, and trade schools will participate in the Philadelphia National College Fair which will be held on Sunday, November 12th from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Please consult your Naviance email account for more information.

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Financial Aid Night Presentation

On October 5, the Kennett High School counseling department sponsored a Financial Aid Information Night. Our presenter was Mr. Michael Burke from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). His presentation was quite comprehensive and very well done. You may view the slides from Mr. Burke’s presentation below. Be sure not to miss the information about searching for scholarships near the end of the presentation. If you have any questions about the information presented you may contact Mr. Burke at mburke@pheaa.org.

Financial Aid Night graphic

Financial Aid Night Presentation

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The College Application Process

Attention Parents and Seniors …

The high school counselors have been busy visiting the classrooms of our 12th grade students during the month of September to provide them with reminders about how to navigate the college application process. Presentation

Application Process Presentation

This presentation highlights the information shared with our students. Students and parents are encouraged to contact the counseling department if they desire help of any kind with completing or processing college applications.

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For Juniors & Seniors: PACAC Delaware County Regional College Fair

The Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counseling (PACAC) will hold the annual PACAC Delaware County Regional College Fair on Thursday, September 28 at the Brandywine Campus of Penn State University. This free event will run from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Over 150 colleges will come together at this event to provide information and answers to students’ and their parents’ questions. College fairs provide great opportunities for all high school students to learn more about the many post-secondary educational opportunities available to them. Penn State Brandywine is located at 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Exton, PA 19063.

For more information, contact Kennett High School’s Guidance Office.

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Volunteers Needed

The Rockford Mansion Sleep Under The Stars event is in need of volunteers to assist with children’s games, crafts, and camp setup. The event will be held on May 7 at the Rockwood Mansion in Wilmington. Volunteers can earn 11 hours of community service to be used towards fulfilling the community service component of the KHS graduation project. Students can sign up online for this event at https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=807386588. More information is available in the KHS counseling office.

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