Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year! The Student Support Services Staff hopes you had a wonderful summer and come back rested, refreshed, and ready to learn!

Student Support Services is your one-stop shop for academic, career, and social/emotional needs. 

HS Student Support Services Staff

Mrs. Endicott
School Counselor (A-L) 
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Mr. Jensen
School Counselor (M-Z)
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Mr. Keller
School Psychologist
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Mr. Shemanski
School Social Worker
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Mrs. Ginter
School Nurse

Ms. Hovorka
Student Services Secretary
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College and Career Center Upcoming Events and Important Information


Military:
The Army recruiter will be here at lunch every 1st Monday of the month


Are you 18?

If you are male, you must register with the Selective Service. You must do this within a month of your 18th birthday. This is federal law and failure to do so may result in prosecution. You may also be denied student loans, job training, government jobs, government assistance, and driver’s licenses in most states. You may register online at www.sss.gov or you may pick up a Selective Service Registration Card at the local post office.


Social Media:

The AFHS Counselors are on social media! Follow them @AFHSCounselors on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for important information, announcements, and contests/prizes.


Awareness:

September is Suicide Prevention Month. National Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16th. Please know that you do matter to all of us here at AFHS. If you are feeling like harming yourself, reach out for help. Any of the Student Support Services team members will gladly assist you. Text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8355


Testing:

Juniors that are interested in taking the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test), please sign up in the College and Career Center by 9/21/17. The cost to take the test is $16. If there is a financial hardship, please speak privately to Mrs. Endicott--don't let $ be the only thing keeping you from taking the test! Juniors who receive a qualifying score on the PSAT will be entered into the National Merit Scholarship Program, where they could potentially receive free money for college. For any questions or for more information, please stop in and see Mrs. Endicott in the College and Career Center.


College Admissions Counselor Visits:

9/14/17--UW Madison will be here on at 8:00 in the commons. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you're interested in attending this session.


9/1417-- UW Platteville will be here at 9:30. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you're interested in attending this session.


9/14/17--Viterbo University will be here on at 11 in the College and Career Center. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you're interested in attending this session.


9/20/17--UW Stevens Point will be here at 12:30. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you're interested in attending this session.


9/21/17--UW Superior will be here at 2:30 in the College and Career Center. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you're interested in attending this session.


10/4/17--Concordia University will be here at 2pm in the College and Career Center. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you're interested in attending this session.


10/10/17--Mid State will be here at 11:00 through 1pm. She will be offering fee waivers for seniors who apply to a program this day. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you're interested in attending this session.


10/31/17--UW Oskkosh will be here at 1:30. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you’re interested in attending this session.


11/8/17--Marian University will be here 11/8 at 2. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you're interested in attending this session.


11/17/17--Western Technical College will be here at 9:30. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you're interested in attending this session.


11/27/17--UW Colleges (Rock County and Richland) will be here from 8:30-9:45. Please sign up in the College and Career Center if you’re interested in attending this session.


Ca$h for College:


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) window opens October 1, 2017. College-bound students (including those attending Community Colleges, Trade and Technical Schools) need to complete this in order to qualify for grants, work-study programming, and student loans. You can find the free FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Need-based aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Thus, it is to your advantage to complete the FAFSA earlier.


Scholarships--All college-bound students should be applying for scholarships to help offset the cost of post-secondary education. Stay tuned for more information from the College and Career Center regarding scholarships. In the meantime, here are some scholarship sites to search and find scholarships for which to apply:


http://www.wscaweb.org/index.php?module=cms&page=291#.Wbg07fOGMdU

https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/

www.collegeexpress.com

https://www.fastweb.com/

http://www.finaid.org/

https://www.cappex.com/

https://getschooled.com/dashboard/tool/2540-nhs-scholar-dollars-scholarship-search

Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship--http://gwcf.org/AppDownload.html

AXA Achievement Scholarship--will be accepting applications until December 15th OR until 10,000 applications have been received--whichever is 1st. https://www.scholarsapply.org/axa-achievement/

www.scholarships.com



College Applications:

Often times, the sooner you apply, the sooner you will hear of an admissions decision. To apply to any UW System school, go to https://apply.wisconsin.edu. The following website will have specific details on admissions, deadlines, and application requirements: http://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/admissions/freshman/guidelines.aspx. The application window is also currently open for all private colleges and technical colleges. For the list of WI private colleges, go to http://www.waicu.org/about/our-members. For the list of WI technical colleges, go tohttp://www.wtcsystem.edu/colleges.  If you participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program, you may receive application fee waivers. Deadlines to apply vary by school, so make sure you visit their website to find that information. Please see Mrs. Endicott or Mr. Jensen for any questions about college applications and to obtain fee waivers.


2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award:

If you have participated in community service activities over the past year, consider completing an application for the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. This award celebrates the spirit of volunteerism. You could potentially win $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip for you and a parent/guardian to Washington, D.C. next spring for 4 days of recognition events. To apply, go www.spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit. Applications must be submitted by November 7, 2017.


Special Information for Athletes

If you want to play sports in college or go to college on an athletic scholarship, you need to start planning during your junior year of high school. There are many regulations and conditions you need to know ahead of time so that you don’t miss possible opportunities.


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) establishes rules on eligibility, recruiting, and financial aid for most college athletic programs. Colleges are members of one of the NCAA’s three membership divisions—Division I, II, or III—according to the size and scope of their athletic programs and whether they provide athletic scholarships.


Steps for Division I and Division II Freshmen Athletes


If you plan to participate in NCAA Division I or II college sports as a freshman, you need certification from the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse (www.ncaaclearinghouse.net). You should start the certification process when you are a junior in high school.


Step 1: Take the core curriculum

Check with your counselor to make sure you are taking classes that meet the NCAA core course requirements.

Step 2: Take the SAT or ACT Take the ACT or SAT as a junior.


Make sure the Clearinghouse receives your ACT and/or SAT score reports by entering the specific code (9999) printed in the ACT and SAT registration packets.


Step 3: Submit your Student Release Form


Submit your Student Release Form to the Clearinghouse by the beginning of your senior year.


This form authorizes: Your high school to release your student transcripts—including test scores, proof of grades, and other academic information—to the Clearinghouse.


The Clearinghouse to release this information to the colleges that request it.


The Clearinghouse must receive your Student Release Form and corresponding fee before processing any documents. Fee waivers are available for economically disadvantaged students.


What Happens Next?


The Clearinghouse personnel will validate your form and determine your initial eligibility.


Colleges will request information from the Clearinghouse on the initial eligibility of prospective student-athletes.


The Clearinghouse will make a certification decision and report it directly to the college.


Three types of eligibility are possible:

1. Certification of eligibility for expense-paid campus visits.

2. Preliminary certification of all eligibility to participate in college sports (appears likely to meet all NCAA standards but not yet graduated).

3. Final certification granted when the Clearinghouse receives proof of graduation


Find additional information about the NCAA Clearinghouse in the “Guide for CollegeBound Student Athletes,” published by the NCAA. To get a copy of this guide, call 800- 638-3731 (toll-free) or visit www.ncaa.org/student-athletes.  


Attendance Matters:



ACT Testing:


The following dates are for Saturday administrations of the ACT. You may register online at www.actstudent.org/register. Dates in bold are the dates that the ACT will be held at AFHS. If you are on the FRL program, you may qualify for a fee waiver.


Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Fee

October 28, 2017

September 22, 2017

Sept. 23-October 6, 2017

December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017

November 4-17, 2017

February 10, 2018

January 12, 2018

January 13-19, 2018

April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 10-23, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 5-18, 2018

July 14, 2018

June 15, 2018

June 16-22, 2018


SAT Testing:


The following dates are for Saturday administrations of the SAT. You may register online at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register. If you are on the FRL program, you may qualify for a fee waiver.



Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Fee

October 7, 2017

September 9, 2017

September 27, 2017

November 4, 2017

October 5, 2017

October 25, 2017

December 2, 2017

November 2, 2017

November 21, 2017

March 10, 2018

February 9, 2018

February 28, 2018

May 5, 2018

April 6, 2018

April 25, 2018

June 2, 2018

May 3, 2018

May 23, 2018


AFHS Social Emotional Resources

All students have social emotional needs. AFHS is committed to supporting not only the academic learning needs of our students, but also the social emotional needs of our students. All students will reach their potential!

Download our guide and see all the ways we are helping our student's reach their full potential: AFHS Student Support Systems Program Guide

 

Below are resources that might be helpful for our students and families:

1. Anxiety

2. Depression Self-test

More to come..


HS Student Support Services