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    ***Always scroll down to check all annoucements weekly, as they may not be posted multiple times.




    Reminders and Announcements:

    **What is new from Guidance as of 8/13/2020

    Seniors! Scoir is here! Get started with your college application tracking. All HS students can accept their invitation now from their school email. Go to http://bit.ly/2PNYLUV for a tutorial link. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Bristow at amanda.sica@ucps.k12.nc.us


    If you are requesting a schedule request, you must complete the following Google form:  https://forms.gle/ucJCMFWG4gV8L4i98 (Links to an external site.)  

    Do not email your counselor directly, this form must be completed for consideration. 

    Note:  Due to COVID19 restrictions, schedule changes are VERY limited.  If you plan to come to school once a week on your designated day, there is a cap of 10 students per class, which causes the restrictions for schedule changes.  

    Students may request schedule changes until Friday,  August 21st at 3:30 PM.


    Welcome Parkwood Parents and Students! The Counseling Department wanted to give you all a warm welcome as we are getting close to starting the next school year. Though this year looks a little different than our past years, we wanted to be sure parents and students know we are here as a support for students and parents. Be sure to check out who your students counselor is and get in contact with them if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks so much! 

    Freshman Counselor: Amanda Bristow (Sica) - amanda.sica@ucps.k12.nc.us

    Sophomore Counselor: Terri Onley- terri.onley@ucps.k12.nc.us

    Junior Counselor: Duane Thompson- duane.thompson@ucps.k12.nc.us

    Senior Counselor: Chrissy Yates (Rape)- chrissy.rape@ucps.k12.nc.us 



    We need you to complete the Senior Survey in Naviance. Your final transcript will be sent to the college you’re attending based on the survey. This is due May 4thPlease be sure you go into Naviance and complete your 2020 Graduation Survey- this needs to be completed for graduation! You can access this survey by clicking on: 1. About Me, 2. My Surveys, 3. Surveys Not Started, 4. Click 2020 UCPS Graduation Survey and complete the survey!

    Senior Recognition “Signing” Day is May 19th!  We must have your Senior Survey completed and submitted to take part! This is how we are able to recognize our Seniors. This will be an exciting time and we want to recognize all of our seniors. Be sure to have your Senior Survey completed by May 4th!

    Class registration for next school year- complete PowerSchool Registration by May 4th!

    PowerSchool is still open for students and parents to complete course requests for next school year. 

    Students need to log into PowerSchool and then select “Class Registration” on the left side of the screen

    Students should select 8 definite classes and 4 alternate choices for a total of 12 courses selected

                    If you are wanting to take a SPCC class(es) next school year, still complete the PowerSchool registration process.  Once SPCC classes are confirmed, Parkwood classes will be dropped to accommodate SPCC classes.  Students will be contacted to determine which classes to drop!

    Be sure to “submit” selections in PowerSchool

    Once this is done, students have completed all that is available now for the 2020-2021 school year registration!


    Students need to select a total of 12 classes- 8 definite classes and 4 alternate classes.  Students will be able to make changes to course requests over summer and prior to the first day of school for the fall.  We will not have A/B days next year for AP classes.


    Why do students need Foundations of Math 1 in 9th grade and/or Foundations of Biology in 10th grade?  By taking these foundation courses ensures students are prepared and are successful in the next level math and science courses.  


    Students taking AP courses will have the opportunity to drop the course during the first 5 days of the fall semester.  See “PWHS AP Course Agreement” attached above for complete details and expectations of AP coursework.  Students and parents will be asked to sign this form when we return to school, if you request an AP class for next school year.   This agreement can be completed and scanned to a counselor as well.


    What classes will be taught next year?

    We just don’t know at this point.  The attachment (2020-21 PWHS Registration Sheet) will show the classes we are planning to offer next year, but know this can change. The attachment has been updated, so be sure to review. Changes to class options: We will not offer any drafting classes next year. Mr. Underwood is retiring! Possible new courses to be taught includes Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Career Management, Entrepreneurship I and II.

       Continue to use this sheet to determine classes, at this time.  Also on this sheet, students and parents can find promotion standards listed and typical schedules for each grade level.  Full class descriptions can be found in the attachment “2020-2021 POS” or you can contact your counselor. 


    Are you confused about what 4th math to take?  Be sure to open the attachment named ”Which 4th Math”. 

    **If you are planning to attend a 2-year college or a tech school, the following courses can count as your 4th math option:

    Foundations of Math I, Drafting I, Apparel I, AP Computer Science, Carpentry I, Interior Design I, or Microsoft Excel

    **If you are planning to attend a 4-year college, the only 4th math options are the following:

    Pre-calculus, Discrete, or Math 4


    Students interested in Media Literacy should contact Mrs. Williams at jenniferb.williams@ucps.k12.nc.us for details

    Students interested in Yearbook should contact Ms. Damico at abby.damico@ucps.k12.nc.us for details

    Students interested In Leadership should contact Coach Linthicum at chris.linthicum@ucps.k12.nc.us for details


    Interested in a CTE Academy or Internship?

    Open the attached named “PWHS Academy Application Process 2020-21” for details.

    If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Bartell at Elizabeth.bartell@ucps.k12.nc.us


    Career and College Promise (SPCC) classes for next school year:

    There has been many questions about how to register for SPCC classes next year. 

    There are 3 steps in this process:

    1. Apply to SPCC (step-by-step directions attached called “Applying to SPCC”)

    (take special note to step 12- how to send your transcript!)

    1. Once you receive the SPCC Welcome Letter, follow the directions in the email to set up your SPCC account (step-by-step directions attached called “Student-Technology-Guide”)
    2. Email Mrs. Reder at kreder@spcc.edu to set up a Zoom meeting for actual class registration.


    The Career and College Promise program guide is attached called “Career-College-Promise 2019-20”.  This is the most up-to-date guide we have at this time.  In the program guide, you will find pathways and classes within those pathways for students to take.  Rising Juniors and Seniors who have at least a 2.8 GPA are eligible to apply for the Career and College Promise program. 


    Know that classes fill up quickly at SPCC.  You will choose between strictly online classes (virtual), strictly face-to-face classes that are held on the SPCC campus, or a hybrid class that is both.  If you plan to take a face-to-face course at SPCC, be sure to sign up for that class early in the day or late in the day so that we can accommodate your Parkwood schedule.  Students who are done with high school graduation requirements and want to take all SPCC classes are still required to be on the PWHS campus for one block.


    For Rising Freshman (Current 8th Graders):

    Please follow the registration directions above to complete class requests in PowerSchool.  There is an attachment called “Updated Registration Directions” to show step-by-step directions.  The information listed above under “Class Registration for next school year” and “What classes will be taught next year” is relevant to you and should be reviewed. Students will have an opportunity to meet with a counselor and make changes to selections when we return to the school building. 


    For Rising Seniors Only:

    Early graduation (January 2021) application is attached above called “Early Graduation Application Mid-Year senior”.  Please complete the application, if interested, and return to guidance when we return to the school building. Students must meet graduation requirements and have 28 credits by January 2021 to qualify for early graduation.  You may scan the completed application to a counselor as well. Please complete the Google form named “Early Graduation 2020-2021” at https://forms.gle/HCiECHdqdZcQotLeA  to let counselors know you intend to graduate early.


    Flex Applications-  A Senior who is in good standing, is on track for graduation and needs less than 8 credits to graduate may opt to apply for flex day. When possible, remaining graduation requirements are scheduled in the fall.  Those necessary courses must be completed in sequential order during the day (Periods 1, 2, 3 or 2,3,4).  For example, students may  not leave midday and return for 4th block.  Students must provide their own transportation.  Please complete the Google form named “Flex Request 20-21” at https://forms.gle/xS1dNCXZRTLzsyj47 to let counselors know you intend to flex.  When we return to school, a paper application will be required with a student and parent signature.


    Peer Tutor Applications- Attached there is a form named “Peer Tutor Form”. Use this form to review student expectations and requirements for peer tutoring.  Since you are unable to have a teacher approve this form, please email the teacher you want to peer tutor with to see if they can accommodate you.  When the teacher approves you as a peer tutor, forward the email to Chrissy.rape@ucps.k12.nc.us.  When we return to school, the paper form can be completed.  Please complete the Google Form named “Peer Tutor 20-21” at  https://forms.gle/wEXGKUHhQ9RVUpeW8  to let counselors know you’re interested in this option.


    Guidance Canvas Page named “Parkwood High School Counseling” is now open- Be sure to join our Canvas page for updates and communication about various items that is important for all grade levels.


    Who can you contact with questions?

    Freshman Counselor: Terri Onley at terri.onley@ucps.k12.nc.us

    Sophomore Counselor: Duane Thompson at duane.thompson@ucps.k12.nc.us

    Junior Counselor: Chrissy Yates (Rape) at Chrissy.rape@ucps.k12.nc.us

    Senior Counselor: Amanda Bristow (Sica) at Amanda.sica@ucps.k12.nc.us

    At-Risk/CASP Counselor: Anne Sutton at anne.sutton@ucps.k12.nc.us 

    CTE Questions- Career Development Coordinator: Elizabeth Bartell at Elizabeth.bartell@ucps.k12.nc.us

    3.30.20 Updated Registration Directions.docx

    2020-21 PWHS Registration Sheet.docx

    2020-2021 POS - English - updated 22420.pdf


    Peer Tutor Form

    PWHS Academy Application

    Student Technology Guide




    The following email was recieved from College Board just moments ago and only applies if your student is enrolled in an AP course for college credit.  We have also posted information on our social media sites as well.  Please continue to reach out to us with questions or concerns. We will post more updates regarding on line AP prep sessions through Colleg Board.  

    AP Exam Administration

    Students remain eager to take AP Exams and have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity.

    The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

    For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.

    Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.

    AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

    Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.

    Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.

    We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we'll invest so these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach us directly to let us know.

    The exam questions are designed in ways that prevent cheating. We use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams. Scoring at-home work for an AP Exam isn't new to the AP Program. For years the AP Program has received and scored at-home student work as part of the exams for the AP Computer Science Principles and AP Capstone™ courses.

    We'll continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

    Information about the reduced scope of content that will be covered on each 2020 AP Exam is currently posted on AP Central®. The specific test dates and the free-response question types will all be posted by April 3. We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.

    Daily Online Review AP Classes

    Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, students and schools will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. The lessons will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. These mobile-friendly classes are:

    Designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools.

    Recorded and will be available on-demand so teachers and students can access them any time.

    Not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction. We know many AP teachers now face challenges that would make that impossible.

    All AP students should have received the above information from College Board. Be sure to check your email regularly.


    **CHECK YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL!  Students need to communicate with teachers and staff members.  Please be sure to email your teachers...they are worried about you and need course responses.  Mrs. Alley has sent out a Google Doc with student accessibility, be sure to respond! 


    **SAT for Juniors has been postponed.  We are not sure at this time if and/when there will be a make-up for a school day adminitation. 


    **REGISTRATION for next school year:

    At this time, PowerSchool is open for students to register for classes.  We encourage all students to register through PowerSchool (All rising 9th graders-rising seniors).  

    More information about registration will be posted as soon as possible!


    **Career and College Promise (SPCC) Students:

    SPCC has communicated that CCP students are not checking their email from SPCC.  See below from Mrs. Reder about Fall 2020 class registration. 

    This message is for all SPCC students that are currently enrolled in the Spring semester.  Registration for the Fall semester opens on March 30, Mrs. Reder has sent the directions on how to pre-register for your classes online to your SPCC email address.  Please check this email and let her know if you have any questions.  She will also be sending out a Zoom invite for you to participate in to go over the steps live with her in the next day.  Please watch for that invite if you want to participate in this. Her contact information is: kreder@spcc.edu704-290-5804.

    If you have completed the SPCC application, let Mrs. Reder know so she can schedule a virtual meeting with you to complete the CCP process.  Be sure to set up your account as well, directions are here


    If you are a rising Junior or Senior and interested in the CCP, be sure to complete the SPCC application at spcc.edu.  Once you complete the application, or with questions, contact Mrs. Reder from SPCC. 

    When you have completed the SPCC application, let Mrs. Reder know so she can schedule a virtual meeting with you to complete the CCP process.  Be sure to set up your account as well, directions are here


    Her contact information is: kreder@spcc.edu704-290-5804.


    **Need help? Contact your counselor via email.  We are available for you!




    Midkiff Challenge Scholarship:

    The Midkiff Challenge Foundation was formed by members of the Parkwood Community in memory of Joey Midkiff. The Foundation's mission is to help enhance the lives of its recipients by investing in their pursuit of higher education. 



    Scholarships will be granted to high school seniors who currently attend Parkwood High School for the purpose of attending an accredited college, university or trade school. The following criteria must be met by the applicant/recipient:

    • S. citizen or documented resident graduating from high school.
    • If awarded a scholarship, the student must enroll at an accredited college, university or trade school as a full- or part-time student. Proof of enrollment at the post secondary institution is required to receive the awarded scholarship funds.
    • Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50, with demonstrated ability and motivation to compete on a collegiate level.
    • Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate strong educational motivation and group leadership skills through their activities in school, youth groups, community volunteer efforts and/or work experience.
    • Financial need and letters of recommendation are additional criteria in the selection process.


    You may pick up applications in Guidance or download the application online from http://www.midkiffchallenge.org/ Applications are due by April 15th to Guidance. Students will need the turn in their application, high school transcript, student personal statement, letters of recommendation and financial need forms. If you have any questions please come to Guidance. 



    Henry S. and Carolyn Adams Scholarship:

    The purpose of the Henry S. and Carolyn Adams Scholarship Fund is to provide undergraduate scholarships to deserving students with financial need who are residents of Union County, NC. 

    Minimum Eligibility:

    -Be legal residents of Union County

    -Be nominated by the principal of their high school

    -Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 

    -Demonstrate a substanial need for financial assistance

    Scholarship amount is $4,000 and will be awarded annually. The scholarship is renewable provided that the recipient maintains eligibility. 

    If you are interested please pick up an application in Guidance and applications are due by March 6th.


    Kiwanis Club of Monroe Scholarship:

    Kiwanis Club of Monroe is pleased to award two scholarships to high school seniors who posseses strong character, a demonstrated belief in service to the community, and academic evidence predicting success in college. The purpose of this scholarship is to help a student who can be successful in college but may not be receiving financial assistance elsewhere. 

    A complete application packet consists of:
    1. The attached application form
    2. High school transcripts
    3. Three letters of recommendation
    a. One from a community leader
    b. Two from a counselor, teacher, coach or principal
    4. Essay chosen from the listed topics.

    Please come to Guidance to pick up applications and applications are due February 24, 2020. 


    Brady Corbin Law Scholarship: 2020 Scholarship Essay Contest

    Brady Corbin Law Group recognizes the importance of planning for college. Students applying for this essay contest have the opportunity to win potentially 1st place $2,500, 2nd place $1,500, or 3rd place $500. The essay contest is open to high school students. Applicants who are 17 years old or younger will need to provide parental consent to enter.


    -Students should submit an original essay of approximately 500 words

    -By submitting an essay and accompanying application, you acknowledge that if you are selected as a winner, the Brady Corbin Law Group will own all rights to publish, distribute and promote the essay.

    -By accepting a scholarship prize, all essay contest winners grant Brady Corbin Law Group permission to use their name, biographical information and photograph for marketing purposes. 

    -The winners will be chosen by a scholarship selection committee. The submission of a plagiarized essay will result in disqualification. The decisions of the selection committee are final.

     To apply, students must submit an essay response to one of the following prompts:

    • What does legacy mean to you? What do you think it means to leave a legacy? Are there different kinds of valuable legacies? What sort of legacy do you want to leave behind?
    • Imagine you are 65, retired, and looking over your will. What advice would you give your younger self about retirement planning, saving, investing, writing a will etc. What are the most important steps for planning for your future?
    • Think about the legacy you want to leave behind. How important will estate planning, creating a will, and other planning be to maintaining your legacy?

    To apply please click the link and attach all required information in the application : https://ncestateplanning.com/scholarship/

    Applications are due May 1st, 2020. If you have any questions please come to Guidance. 


    Foundation for The Carolinas:

    The Foundation For The Carolinas' online scholarships portal https://fftcscholarships.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx

    Please note that you can search four different ways. Select from the relevant categories below and click “Search by Keyword” or “Search by Eligibility”. The system will sort through the database and display a list of scholarships based on what you have selected below. All results will include scholarships that matched your specific category choices as well as records that were categorized as "Not Specified" for each category.


    This is a great tool to use for looking for specific scholarships for majors as well. If you have any questions please come to Guidance.

    Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship:

    This scholarship awards students with a $2,500 scholarship. All applications, transcripts, letters of recommendations, SAT/ACT scores and presentations MUST be mailed in a single package. 


    -Must be a current high school senior

    -Must be accepted for full-time enrollment or planning to pursue a degree at an accredited four-year college or university.

    -Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher


    Applications can be found in Guidance or applications and supporting documents are also available at www.DeMayoLaw.com (Click on the Community Service page, then click on 2020 Scholarship Application).

    Applications are due March 16, 2020.


    PB&J Scholarship: $500-1000

    This scholarship is focued on helping students whose test scores or GPAs might not be the best, but have the drive to succeed. Students can apply using this link http://bit.ly/pbjscholars2020

    To be eligible you must be a senior at Parkwood and be attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college in fall 2020.

    Deadline for applications is May 31, 2020


    Union County Educational Office Professional Scholarship:

    The UCAEOP Scholarship is broken into three seperate scholarships. You can receive only one, but you may apply for all that you qualify for. 

    1. $500 Union County EOP Scholarship that is for seniors with a parent who is a member of UCAEOP.

    2. $500 UCAEOP Memorial Scholarship that is for seniors who are children of UCPS employees.

    3. $500 Billy Stegall Memorial Scholarship that is for any UCPS senior.

    You can pick up applicaitons in Guidance or you may go online to www.ncaeop.net for the application online. Please bring the application in or email to Melinda Rivers or Brenda Bigham. Email is melinda.rivers@ucps.k12.nc.us


    Applications are due Monday, March 9, 2020.


    2019-2020 Alpha Delta Kappa Student Achievement Scholarship: $2,000 Scholarship

    Criteria for scholarship:

    1. Graduating senior pursuing a degree at a school of higher learning, either a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

    2. An unweighted GPA of 2.5 to 3.5 

    3. An SAT score of 990-1130 or an ACT composite score of 20 to 24

    4. Applicatans are judged based on their service to school, community, and church, as well as their good character, integrity and leadership potential. 

    * This scholarship is designed for students with grades and scores falling within these ranges only. Students with lower or higher scores will not be considered. 

    Please visit www.nccommunityfoundation.org to apply through their application portal. No printed or emailed appliactions will be accepted.  Applications are due February 28th and winners will be announced by March 16, 2020. 



    Winchester Alumni Association Scholarship:

    The Winchester Alumni Association has three $500 scholarships available to graduting seniors in UCPS. Each scholarship is named after a person that was affiliated with Winchester Avenue School, so it is important to read the included information in each application. You can pick up applications in Guidance and applications are due by April 3rd in Guidance.


    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, Inc. Scholarship:

    Each year the nonprofit Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Committee, Inc. awards scholarships to one or more high school seniors to support their goals of higher education. To be considered for this award, you must complete the scholarship application and attach all required documentation:

    1. Your official high school transcript

    2. A copy of your acceptance letter from an accredited college/university or community college

    3. Three letters of recommendation - two from school personnel and one from a community representative

    4. Your completed handwritten essay

    You can pick up applications in guidance and all applications are due in Guidance February 24th. 


    Monroe-Union Breakfast Rotary Club:

    MUBRC Scholarship are open scholarships awarded to any senior student in good standing at PWHS who will be continuing their education past graduation ina recognized school. Students will need to pick up an application in Guidance and write an essay of 250-300 words answering the question "What have you done in the area if service to people, the community and the world to deserve this scholarship?" Applications and essays are due to Guidance by February 5th. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Guidance.



    The 2020 NCCSC Scholarship and Bob R. McGuire Memorial Scholarship application is now available.  The scholarship is available to all North Carolina residents who have been accepted by a North Carolina school of higher learning: a College, University, Community College, or Technical School.  In addition, at least one parent must be a member of the NCCSC, or a client of the Child Support Program (through either Child Support Services or Clerk of Court Services). 

    Seniors can pick up the application in Guidance and if you have any questions or concerns please contact Guidance.  Deadline for Application is April 15th, 2020. 


    2020 Weddington Optimist Computer Scholarship:

    The Weddington Optimist Computer Scholarship has been awarded every spring since 1997. This scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be graduating in the Spring 2020. Senior do not have to be enrolled to a 2 or 4-year higher education institution in the fall of 2020. The Weddington Optimists are looking for indivuduals who will be enthusiastic and optimistic that the scholarship will help you meet your life goals as you embark on new life experiences. 


    Students must write a 2-page essay from the prompt that is located on the scholarship application. Essays should be double spaced, 1- inch margins and font size no larger than 12. Essays are due on March 2, 2020 to Guidance. 


    You can pick up applications in Guidance and if you have any questions or concerns please come to Guidance. 


    Champ Camp Leadership Council:

    Union County Public Schools is parterning with The Champ Camp to host the Champ Camp Leadership Council. Students 9-12th can apply to join Champ Camp Leadership Council. This program offers students the unique opportunity to be mentored by highly successful community and business leaders from both the local and national level. 

    1. Students will apply to be part of the 2020 Leadership Council and will be asked to commit to attending all
    five (5) sessions. Any student in grades 9-12 is welcome to apply.
    2. The events will all be held at CATA, with the exception of the May event. This is going to be a celebration
    event at a location to be determined.
    3. Students will be served dinner at each event, except for possibly the culminating event in May.
    4. Students will receive a certificate of participation during the May event.
    5. Speakers will be vetted by the Department of College Readiness as well as representatives from Champ
    Camp to be sure they are appropriate and engaging.

    The deadline to apply is December 20th, 2019 and students will be notified of their acceptance the week of January 6th. 

    Champ Camp Application

    If you have any questions please come to Guidance.

    Union County Christmas Parade:

    The 2019 Union County Christmas Parade is in its 66th year and will have a parade princess with a crowning ceremony, scholarship, and participation on parade day. Each Union County Public High School will be allowed to submit one senior candidate to represent their school in the parade. She should reflect leadership skills, academic excellence, and commitment to community service. 

    The parade princess will be crowned and awarded the Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship on Thursday, November 7th at 6:00 pm during the Holiday Open House as The Shops at Nottingham. There is a requirement of attending both the interview and crowning ceremony. The parade is set for Sunday, November 24th at 2:00 pm in downtown Monroe. 

    If you're interested in applying to be the representative for Parkwood High, please come to Guidance to pick up the application. Applications are due by October 16th. If you have any questions or concerns please come to Guidance!



    If a student needs a schedule change, please use the link below to request a change.  A counselor will contact student with change. https://forms.gle/todLYzJD7W7q8q4b7.  LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS TO REQUEST A SCHEDULE CHANGE IS AUGUST 30!


    Image result for transcript clipartNeed a transcript to be sent to a college? Seniors must request transcript through their Naviance account!  

    Freshman Orientation will be held Thursday, AUgust 22 from 9-11'ish.  Please report to the new gym. 


    Image result for scholarship clipartLookinig for scholarships?  ALL scholarships are listed in Naviance.  Be sure to check your Naviance account.  


    Image result for Morehead cain  clipartMOREHEAD-CAIN and PARK scholarship nominee packets can be found in guidance.  Completed packets are due to Ms. Rape no later than 3:00pm on Sept. 13th. Be sure to follow instructions on the packet.  Students should only commit to one scholarship compeition.  


    Image result for NC State Park scholarship clipartJOHN M. BELK scholarship nominee packet can be found in guidance.  Completed packets are due to Ms. Rape no latrer than 3:00pm on Sept. 13th.  

    The Donna Pittman Christmas Toy Store 2019 is  now accepting applications for families who are in need of Christmas assistance.  Contact your counselor for an application.  Referrals for assistance will be accepted until October 18th.

    Chameleon's Journey: Overnight grief camp for children and teens ages 7-17.  The camp will be held October 12-13, 2019.  To register, go to hpccr.org and click Chamelon's Journey.    

    Christian College Fair: September 23rd at Charlotte Christian School from 6-8PM.  For more information, go to ChristianCollegeFairs.com.  


    Image result for career and college night clipartParkwood High College and Career Fair: For Juniors and Seniors!  Will be held on PWHS campus on September 13th during the school day. 

    Be sure to check Naviance for college vists!  Students must sign up to attend through their Naviance account.  Students can find details on their home page under "What's New" section. 


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    Coming to Parkwood soon:  NC State, Queens, Davidson, Wofford, UNCC, Johnson & Wales, Gardner-Webb, USC-Lancaster, Alabama....check Naviance often to see an updated list and to RSVP! 


    Image result for career and college promise clipartSPCC Registration for Spring 2020 classes will begin in October.  Students should check announcements and website for details!  New 11th and 12th grade students to the Career and College Promise program need to sign up in guidance by September 9th.  There is a clipboard in guidance!


    Image result for college 101  clipartCollege Night with FAFSA Night for Parents and Seniors- September 17th at 6:00 PM. This session is specifically for Seniors to learn about college applications, Naviance, FAFSA (financial aid), and other questions about college! Be sure to plan to join us for this informative night!


    The Junior Ambassador program is designed to give a select group of high school juniors and seniors a look inside the world of the performing arts industry. In this program, students have the opportunity to usher for many performances at BPA, including touring Broadway shows, symphonies, local theater companies, and so many other great performances. Students will also attend seminars to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at a performing arts center. Other seminars include career planning and resume help. Our biggest hope for this program is that students gain a greater appreciation for the performing arts!

    The application for the 2019-2020 Junior Ambassador program is now available! Applications can be found in guidance or online if you click here.  The deadline to apply is September 16th.

    BROWN UNIVERSITY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, CORNELL, RICE, THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO will hold an informational session in Charlotte on August 28th.  To learn more and to RSVP go to exploringeducationalexcellence.org.  


    Image result for daughters of the american revolution clipartDAR Good Citizen Scholarship Contest: Open to Seniors who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism int he homes, schools and coonities.  To apply, see guidance! Due: October 21st.  


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    Legend Leadership Award (Dale Earnhardt Foundation): Do you have a new and creative idea that will make a postive impact on society?  Submit your ideas and solutions through an application at www.daleearnhardtinc.com for a chance to be selected as the next Legend Leadership Award Winner! Deadline is December 31, 2019. 


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    NC PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS- Admissions and scholarship information.   This information can also be found on Naviance! 


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    Union Power Cooperative     Each year in June, Union Power Cooperative offers three high school juniors the opportunity to attend an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the North Carolina Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.


    The program brings over 1,800 students from across America together to learn about our nation’s capital and history, visit national monuments, meet legislators and much, much more.  Over 45 students from North Carolina attended this past summer. 


     The North Carolina Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C

    • Students must be a junior in the current school year
    • Tour dates are June 20 – 26, 2020
    • Application Deadline is December 31, 2019
    • Visit union-power.com/youthtour for information and application
    • For more information about Youth Tour, visit coop
    • North CarolinaElectric Cooperative Youth Tour is on Facebook and Twitter 

    If you have any questions regarding the North Carolina Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, please call me at 704-220-0703 or send me an email at luanne.sherron@union-power.com.  Applications can be found in guidance.  


    Image result for collegeboard PSAT clip artPSAT- OCTOBER 16

    PSAT will be given to all 10th grade students on October 16th.  Students should bring their calculators for the test.  If any 11th grade student wants to take the PSAT for the National Merit Competition must see Ms. Rape by September 10th.  11th grade students who scored in the 90th percentile or higher on the PSAT in 10th grade, or meets free and reduced lunch requirements, or never took the PSAT in 10th grade, can take the PSAT on October 16th for free.  All other students electing to take the PSAT must pay the $16 fee to reserve a test.  This fee must be paid by September 10th to Mrs. Boyer in the office.  There will not be a make-up date. 

     Khan Academy practice site: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat


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    Where to go for help:

    Call: 9-1-1 in an emergency

    Text: "TALK" to 741741

    Chat: suicidepreventionlifeline.org

    Ask: Your parent/guardian to call Cardinal Innovations Access (1-800-939-5911) if you want to recewive mental health services outside of school

    Ask: To speak with your school counselor, school social worker, school nurse, school psychologist, or mental health therapist. 


    the  The Robertson is among the most highly sought-after merit scholarships in the country. We are the only program that completely combines the extraordinary resources of two world class universities, Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. Our comprehensive program provides 4-years of tuition, room and board and mandatory fees, 3 fully-funded summer experiences, funding for conferences and seminars and unique access to the academic and extracurricular offerings on both campuses as well as four years of dedicated leadership development programming.

    Application deadline is November 15, 2019 for all materials and is independent of the admissions deadlines for UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Students may apply for the Robertson regardless of whether they apply Early Action or Regular Decision at UNC-Chapel Hill and Early Decision or Regular Decision at Duke University.


    Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

    Students in 5-12 grades are eligible, must be engaged in a voluntary activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2018, complete an application and submit to Mrs. Alley by November 5, 2019.  More information and application can be found at spirit.prudential.com by November 5, 2019.  



    PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS FAIR will be held in Charlotte at the Expo on October 29th from 7-9 p.m.  Register to attend at gotomypvafair.com.  This is event is FREE!!  Search PVA universities and their programs, connect with colleges in person and ind your college fit! 


    HBCU The Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair will be 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, September 21, at the Holiday Gymnasium at Broughton High School, 723 Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC. This free event is open to the public and sponsored by the Sigma Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. An informal “meet and greet” session with light continental breakfast will be held at 8:30 AM.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Stephanie Davenport, at 919-210-7606 or Stepd65@gmail.com or Linda Simmons-Henry, at 919-889-8212 or lshenry25@gmail.com


    count NC Countdown to College is an annual event to support high school seniors in completing three important college enrollment steps: residency, FAFSA, and applications during the month of October. Parkwood High will working with Seniors during the week of October 21st.  What can you do now?  Click below for more information at https://nccountdowntocollege.org/. A list of colleges and universities that will waive their application fees can be found HERE. Students will be able to work a counselor on college applications during their lunch during October 21-25 in the media center. No reservation required.  


      mae  2019 Bridging the Dream Scholarship

    Sallie Mae is seeking nominations for $25,000 scholarships for high school juniors and seniors who work hard, make a
    difference in their community, and who may come up short when it comes to paying for college. Deadline to apply is September 26, but only the first 1000 eligible nominations will be considered. Visit salliemae.com/BridgingtheDream for more information.


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    HG The Governor’s School of North Carolina is the oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to current Juniors only, with exceptions made for current sophomores in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses: Governor’s School West at Salem College in Winston-Salem and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.  Selected families are required to pay $500 for the program, if selected.   INFORMATIONAL SESSION will be held on October 2 at 6p.m. at E.E. Waddell Language Academy in Charlotte.  

    Governor's School electronic application can be found HERE.  Once completed, print off the application and return to Ms. Rape by 3:00 pm on October 7th.  The completed application includes two recommendations that must be completed and printed off HERE.  The entire packet must be printed off and given to Ms. Rape for consideration.  

    Governor's School Information can be found HERE



    khan SAT Test prep can be found by clicking the Khan academy icon to the left.  This is a free test prep service! 






    Image result for collegeboard PSAT clip artPSAT- OCTOBER 16

    PSAT will be given to all 10th grade students on October 16th.  Students should bring their calculators for the test.  If any 11th grade student wants to take the PSAT for the National Merit Competition must see Ms. Rape by September 10th.  11th grade students who scored in the 90th percentile or higher on the PSAT in 10th grade, or meets free and reduced lunch requirements, or never took the PSAT in 10th grade, can take the PSAT on October 16th for free.  All other students electing to take the PSAT must pay the $16 fee to reserve a test.  This fee must be paid by September 10th to Mrs. Boyer in the office.  There will not be a make-up date. 

     Khan Academy practice site: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat


    FAFSA  FAFSA Help?  Seniors, join PWHS counselors on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00PM for help completing your FAFSA for next school year.  Be sure to bring your 2018 tax returns and parent/student social security numbers.  These are required to complete the FAFSA.  FAFSA is used for financial aid opportunities, including loans, grants and some scholarships.  For more information about FAFSA, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.  

    Pre  The Pre-ACT will be given to all 10th grade students on October 30th for free.  This is a great tool for students to prepare for the ACT.  Students should bring thier calculators for test day.  




     key  Seniors who are required to test for Workkeys received a letter at home regarding this CTE concentrator test.  The test will be given on December 5th. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Rape in guidance. 


    people The STATE EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION has announced their 2019-2020 scholarship for NC Seniors.  The application packet can be found in guidance.  The completed application must be turned in to Mrs. Rape no later than 3:30 PM on February 14, 2020.  Two PWHS Seniors will be recommended for consideration at district level.  One PWHS student will be selected to receive the $10,000 scholarship.  Full details can be found in the packet.