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 from the VHS Counseling Office will be providing students and parents a short demo presentation of the “What?” “Where?” and “How?” of Method Test Prep on Monday, February 6th at 6:30 pm in the VHS Library. 

If you can’t join us on the 6th, Method Test Prep’s Student User Guide is an excellent overview of the program that you may access on the following link: Method Test Prep Student User Guide

 
 
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:  
Thursday, January 26, 2017: Raven Engineering Career Day - interactive, educational one-day session designed to gain exposure to business leaders, hear from Raven team members, and explore real-life applications of the various disciplines of Engineering to see what a career in Engineering is really like. For more information and to register for Raven Career Day: www.ravenind.com/careers/raven-career-day (Please note that there are TWO separate forms that require signature/parent's signature: Registration Form & Release & Participation Agreement.)
 
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. 
 
Youth Businesss Adventure (YBA):  For Juniors and Sophomores - YBA will be held at USD June 18 - 23, 2017 and requires a $250 nonrefundable registration fee. Earn 2 college credits and compete for one of several $500 scholarships. Applications available in Guidance Office. Deadline: February 20, 2017.
 
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


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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