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1st Quarter 2020

Welcome Back!
We hope you had a fun and relaxing summer vacation! It is our hope that this school year will be full of successful experiences for all students. This newsletter is published quarterly and is brought to you by the PHS School Counseling Office and College Advising Office. Please feel free to contact Lindsay Czech or Dawn Burks with any feedback or suggestions.
Some of the things that are provided through the Counseling/College Advising offices are:
  • Individual/Personal counseling
  • Schedule changes
  • College/Career planning
  • Conflict mediation
  • Promote personal and social growth
  • Provide information and resources 
This year most communication will be electronic. Please make sure you check your email and Schoology messages daily.
Important Dates 
Wednesday, August 26 - Registration deadline for September 26 SAT
Friday, August 28 - Registration deadline for all September ACT dates
Saturday, August 29 - SAT test
Friday, September 4 - Registration deadline for October 3 SAT
Monday, September 7 - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
Saturday, September 12 - ACT test
Sunday, September 13 - ACT test
Thursday, September 17 - Registration deadline for all October ACT dates
Saturday, September 19 - ACT test
Thursday, September 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (virtual)
Saturday, September 26 - SAT test
Saturday, October 3 - SAT test
Wednesday, October 7 - Registration deadline for November SAT
Saturday, October 10 - ACT test
Friday, October 16 - End of 1st quarter
Saturday, October 17 - ACT test
New Face in the Counseling Office 
Danielle Sidebottom smiling - headshotDanielle Sidebottom is a new school counselor at PHS. Mrs. Sidebottom received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Hope College and her Masters Degree in School Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has been a High School Counselor the past four years and was a Perrysburg School Counseling intern 5 years ago. Mrs. Sidebottom will be working with students with the last names Ju-N.   She is looking forward to joining the Jacket Counseling team!

Seniors - Service Academy Deadlines
Naval - Military - Air Force - Merchant Marines
Senator Sherrod Brown - due Friday, September 18, 2020
Senator Robert Portman - due Friday, September 18, 2020
Seniors may apply to either Senator for any of the academies. For more information on this process, please click on the senator names to visit their websites.
Seniors - Financial Aid 
Seniors and their parents/guardians are able to start filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1. Completing the FAFSA allows students to receive grants and loans to assist in paying for college. PHS will host a virtual FAFSA/Financial Aid Information Night for the parents/guardians of seniors in late September. Please keep an eye on Schoology and your email for more information about this event. If you are unable to attend the virtual event, Lourdes University in Sylvania will be hosting an event with similar information on Thursday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Center.
Juniors/Seniors - Guided Pathway Support Program
This online college access community helps African American high school juniors and seniors reach their best-fit colleges. GPS is a free college, scholarship and financial aid advising program that engages students through an online college access community. GPS students and parents receive unlimited college advising sessions and support through every stage of the college application process. Please visit the website http://rbsgps.com/ for more information and to apply. 
We are pleased to announce that Perrysburg High School is introducing a new college planning system called SCOIR (this replaces Naviance). We have chosen SCOIR to help students navigate the college selection and application process because it is simply the best system available for discovering colleges that match personal as well as academic interests. Seniors will be required to use SCOIR to request letters of recommendation from faculty and to request the sending of academic transcripts. We are excited to be able to provide SCOIR to our students and families, and we feel confident that you will find it helpful and easy to use.
ACT/SAT Update
One of the biggest changes to the college admissions landscape during the current global pandemic, has been its impact on ACT and SAT testing. Tests have been cancelled and registrations have been hard to come by. As a result of this, both ACT and SAT have added test dates this fall (see above Important Dates for upcoming dates). If you are a student still planning to register for an ACT or SAT test and you feel you might qualify for a fee waiver, please see either Mrs. Czech or your school counselor. In addition, thousands of colleges have moved to a test-optional format where ACT/SAT scores are no longer a required part of the college admissions process. To see a complete list of colleges who have moved test optional, please visit http://fairtest.org/university/optional
College Athletics and the NCAA Eligibility Center
All students who are interested in playing a sport in college (NCAA Division I or II) should create an account on the NCAA Eligibility Center website as early as sophomore year of high school. In order to be eligible to play, student-athletes must:
  • Complete 16 core courses while in high school, with 10 complete before the start of senior year. You must work with your school counselor throughout high school to ensure that you are taking the right classes.
  • For students interested in Division I athletics, a 2.3 core GPA in high school is required to participate in competitions. For Division II athletics, the core GPA requirement is a 2.0. Only courses that appear on PHS’ List of NCAA Courses will be used in the calculation of your core GPA. 
  • Division I athletics uses a Sliding Scale to match standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) and core GPA. The Sliding Scale can be found at www.2point3.org
  • For more information about this process, including a list of approved courses for PHS, please visit www.eligibilitycenter.org
Academic Labs/Tutorial Information
Students may need some support now with their academics. There are many different resources to help students succeed:
PHS Academic Labs (World Language, Writing, Math and Science)
Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/
Grade Impact
It is so important to do well and maintain your grades. The most important year to begin this process is your freshman year. As you can see from the chart below it must begin early, because if you wait it becomes more difficult to bring your overall grade point average (GPA) up. This chart reflects on how much weight each semester carries in your overall grade.
Grade Impact Chart
Freshman 1st Semester - 100%
Freshman 2nd Semester - 50%
Sophomore 1st Semester - 33%
Sophomore 2nd Semester - 25%
Junior 1st Semester - 20%
Junior 2nd Semester - 16.6%
Senior 1st Semester - 14.3%
Senior 2nd Semester - 12.5%
Helpful Links
ACT Registration - www.actstudent.org
SAT Registration - www.sat.collegeboard.org
College and Career Software - www.scoir.com 
Penta Career Center - www.pentacareercenter.org
Follow PHS College Advising on Twitter - @PHSCollegeAdvis
Contact Information
Please complete the Google form at the following link to submit a request to meet with a PHS School Counselor. Most appointments will be virtual.
Nicole Bihn, A-De, nbihn@perrysburgschools.net, ext. 5184
Dawn Burks, Dh-Jo, dburks@perrysburgschools.net, ext. 5183
Danielle Sidebottom, Ju-N, dsidebottom@perrysburgschools.net, ext. 5197
Alana Sigg, O-Sm, asigg@perrysburgschools.net, ext. 5185
Rick Rettig, Sn-Z, rrettig@perrysburgschools.net, ext. 5186
Lindsay Czech, College Advisor, lczech@perrysburgschools.net, ext. 5182
Megan Lazor, Secretary, mlazor@perrysburgschools.net, ext. 5188
Mary Neely, Secretary, mneely@perrysburgschools.net, ext. 5001
Melissa Notestine, Prevention Specialist, mnotestine@perrysburgschools.net, ext. 5195

Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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