MFG Day is coming to the Idaho Center. Learn all about manufacturing, technology, robotics, STEM, etc. during this hands-on activities day. Click here for more information.
This site has scholarships, freelance opportunities, models, etc. www.cgtrader.com/scholarships (always talk to your parents first before entering in to any kind of contract, communication, etc. over the internet)
Counselor Corner Weekly Digest: 9/24/18
Dual Credit Registration Time!
by Mary Dowski, Counselor on September 24, 2018
Dual credit registration for IDLA classes, BSU, NNU, and CWI classes is now open. Registration closes on September 28th. NO LATE registrations accepted! Instructions for applying for NNU classes online, and how to register for Dual Enroll classes (BSU and CWI) are outlined on my website.
More information on web site
DON”T FORGET YOUR FUNDING FOR DUAL CREDIT CLASSES!!!
When enrolling in dual credit classes, students need to also apply for funding using their Advanced Opportunities accounts. Each student needs to have an enrollment form on file at Vision in order to access their funds. If your child is missing this form, he or she will be informed.
**NEW THIS YEAR in Advanced Opportunities**
Students who have accumulated FIFTEEN dual credits must receive academic advising prior to utilizing more Adv. Opps funds. This advising is achieved through individual student ECAPS (Education Career Action Plans) that were created last spring. Dr. Dowski will work with new students to create these plans, 9th-11th grade. Students were asked to share individual ECAPS with their parents for parents to review. If you have not seen your son’s or daughter’s ECAPS, please ask him or her to share it with you. It holds information regarding academic progress, college progress, career choices, etc.
VCS TEXTBOOK/FEE SCHOLARSHIP ENDS SEPTEMBER 28TH
If you are paying for a textbook, online fees, or class related fees to CWI or another college this fall semester, the request for a scholarship is due September 28th.
Forms available at the main office: Mrs. Clark
Any textbooks paid for by VCS through the scholarship fund will become the property of VCS to lend out to future students.
NEED HELP REGISTERING?I am offering after-school and evening sessions for timely submission of dual credit registrations and advanced opportunities funding.
Dual Credit Registration Assistance offered Tuesday & Wednesday, 9/25-9/26 from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the VCS library
SCHOLARSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS!!!
PLEASE CHECK MY WEBSITE FOR UPDATED LISTS OF SCHOLARSHIPS…
Interested in the manufacturing industry? FIND SCHOLARSHIPS HERE!!!
PSAT is October 10,2018 for sophomores and juniors
Please make sure to get a good night’s sleep and a protein-filled breakfast! Every student should have a student practice exam booklet with one full length practice exam enclosed. Juniors also have an SAT study guide developed at Khan Academy for them personally. They should visit www.collegeboard.org for directions.
Wondering About College and How to Support Your Student?
The College Board (same organization that oversees the PSAT and SAT) has a vast amount of information on supporting your students in the college selection process, financial aspects of college, planning, etc. The site is not only for helping your seniors, but younger students as well. Check it out here!
Next Steps Idaho
A great college and career resource for students, parents and educators! Check it out here!
Last year, Mira, my Bernese Mtn. Dog, began making visits to the school. I am excited that this year, she will continue to make visits. In addition, Mira’s puppy Pema, and her friend, an English Cocker Spaniel, Sunny, are “school dogs” in training. A of the puppies’ adventures towards becoming therapy dogs will be added to my counselor’s website. My goal is that they are fully trained and certified for the 2019-2020 school year. Mira and myself are also in training to bring these services to Vision.
Update: Both puppies have come to their first day of school and enjoyed both student and staff interactions! I am very excited to see what their future holds. They are progressing nicely in their “puppy kindergarten” class learning to sit, down, come, & stay on command.
Please note that parents are always welcomed to call or email me in regards to their students. Parents can also submit a contact form via my website.
Mary Dowski, School Counselor
Need assistance with registering for dual credits? Advanced Opportunities?
Dr. Dowski will be assisting any high school student and parent who would like help navigating the dual credit system. She will also be happy to assist 10th-12th grade students with their academic planning during this time.
TONIGHT, September 18th, 7:30pm-9:30pm in the VCS Library
Advanced Opportunities pays for dual credit classes and overload classes. It does not pay for online fees, lab fees, or textbooks. Vision Charter School has a scholarship fund to assist students and their families with fees other than dual credits associated with taking college level classes. These fees might include: labs, textbooks, or online costs. Scholarships for the FALL, 2018 semester are DUE September 28th at 3:00pm to Mrs. Clark in the main office. Forms can be found at the main office or here.
message about academic advising
Some students may be wondering why there is a message in their Advanced Opportunities accounts. It states that academic advising is neeeded. This message is in response to the new legislative change to the Advanced Opportuniities statute that states "A student who has earned fifteen (15) postsecondary credits using the advanced opportunities program and who wishes to earn
additional credits must first identify his postsecondary goals. Advisors shall counsel any student who wishes to take dual credit courses that the student should ascertain for himself whether the particular postsecondary institution that he desires to attend will accept the transfer of coursework credits under this section."
By completing your ECAP (Education Career Action Plan) "College Research" tab, and identifying a college, university, or trade school (or comparing three colleges, universities, or trade schools), and researching the acceptance of dual credits by the post secondary institution(s), you have met this advising requirement. Please review your ECAP to determine if you have completed the task.
In case you were looking to redo your SAT, here is the first opportunity. Students sometimes choose to retake the SAT in hopes of higher scores to get in to the college of their choice or to qualify for increased financial aid from colleges (many use SAT or ACT scores in determining institutional scholarship awards). Some students choose to take the ACT instead. There are benefits and disadvantages to both tests. If you would like to know more, please read this article. If you think you might qualify for a waiver from SAT or ACT, please check here. We currently have waiver forms for ACT, but not the SAT. I will announce when we get them.