The VHS Counseling Office will use the Remind App to send out important reminders to VHS students and parents this year. To receive messages via text, text @vhscounse to 81010.  Or click on the following link: http://www.remind.com/join/vhscounse
 
(You can opt out of text messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @vhscounse')
 
Method Test Prep - Free online ACT Prep Program 

You’ve signed up for the ACT.   A solid score can mean qualifying for the reduced tuition dual credit program, scholarships, and being accepted at your top choice school.  Instead of spending the time before the test searching for four-leaf clovers and other lucky charms, how about spending a little time on Method Test Prep?

Method Test Prep is a FREE online ACT Prep program available to all VHS students through their SD MyLife portal.   Students can access the self-paced program anywhere they have an internet connection.  Mrs. Larsen provided a short demo of the program to students and parents of the “What?” “Where?” and “How?” of Method Test Prep during Parent-Teacher Conferences. 

Links to the presentation and to the Method Test Prep Student User Guide (for iPad) are located below:

 
 
ATTENTION SENIORS:  - New FSA ID:  In May, the Department of Education implemented a new FSA ID to replace the FSA PIN as the login process for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Seniors and their parents need to create a FSA ID and are encouraged to do it now.  It's also important that students and parents create their own FSA ID as they will need them to sign and complete the FAFSA each year the student plans to apply for financial aid.  The following PDF walks through the steps for creating the new FSA ID needed to log into the FAFSA website.  Creating FSA ID

NEW THIS YEAR!! Students attending college in 2017-2018 will be able to file a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. For more information, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes

College Camps, Fairs and Visits:  
  
USD Scrubs Camp is March 14, 2017 - applications are now available in the Guidance Office. This camp fills up VERY quickly. If you are interested, please fill out an application and return it to the Guidance Office as soon as possible. 
 
South Dakota's Washington, DC Youth Tour: For Juniors and Sophomores -  a week-long all expenses paid trip June 8-15, 2017 to Washington, DC with 1,600 other students from 40+ states. Parents must be members of Clay-Union Electric Corporation. Please see Guidance Office for information on how to apply. Deadline: March 22, 2017
 
Southeast Tech's FREE Write the Code, Solve the Problem I.T. Camp: Wednesday March 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Limited Spots Available!!
Register at www.southeasttech.edu/LetsBuild by Deadline: March 22, 2017.
 
USD Healthcare Careers Camp 2017:  June 18-23, 2017. For students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors fall of 2017 and have an interest in pursuing careers in healthcare. Camp tuition will be $100 and includes meals, lodging and all education/recreational activities. Classroom presentation, hands-on experiences, field trips to area medical facilities, Gross Anatomy Lab tour, Sanford USD Medical Center tour, become certified in CPR and much more. Applications in Guidance Office or online at: www.usd.edu/med/health-careers-camp.cfm  Application Deadline: April 1, 2017.
 
Seniors!! Be sure to check the "Current Scholarships" under the Guidance Section and new information has been added under "Seniors Information" under the Guidance Section for Electrical Apprenticeship. 


Staff:

Counselors: 

Len Griffith, len.griffith@k12.sd.us  

Patty Larsen, patty.larsen@k12.sd.us 

Secretary:

Maureen Lee,  maureen.lee@k12.sd.us

 

Phone:  605-677-7033

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