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     **Scholarship information is found under the "Senior Information" tab, "Scholarships"

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

     

    Week of February 19, 2018

     

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    Juniors will take the ACT on February 27th for free!  Students should bring a calculator for the test, as one will not be provided on test day.  To check ifyour calculator is permitted, click here.  

     

     

     

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    Class Registration for 2018-2019 school year is here!

    There is a two step process for students to regsiter for classes. Students will complete a Course Planner int heir Naviance account that will be used to plan for academic success.  This course planner will be printed and given to high school students on March 2nd for parental review and signature.  There will not be any long colored registration sheets to come home for registration.  Students and parents are to review the Course Planner and complete the class registration in PowerSchool by March 8.  Students know how to access their Naviance accounts to edit their Course Planner, if needed.  Parents can view the Course Planner with their Naviance account (access code must be obtained from PWHS).  Students know how to access PowerSchool to complete class registration as well.  

    There are 2 steps to class registration for Parkwood High School (or for any UCPS high school):

    1.  Complete the 4-year Course Planner in Naviance, which will be done at school, prior to the next step.

    • Parents and students will be given a copy of the Course Planner on March 12th.
    • Parents and students can make changes to Course Planner through Naviance Family Connections. If any changes are made, print and sign the new Course Planner and return to school by March 14th.
    • The Course Planner is not actual class registration, but rather a tool for academic planning and success.   
    • The Course Planner is a working plan and can change from year to year.

    2.  Class registration in PowerSchool (Course Planner and PowerSchool selections should be the same)

    • PowerSchool is the only way to register for classes.
    • PowerSchool will open from  March 12-14 for required class registration.

     

    How Parents access Naviance Family Connections (to find the Course Planner)

    • You must have an access code that you can obtain from PWMS
    • Go to the PWHS website, scroll over “Parents & Students” tab at the top, select “Naviance Family Connections”
    • Once you have your access code, select “I need to register” tab and enter your access code
    • Select “Courses” tab, then “Manage My Course Plans” to VIEW ONLY the Course Planner

     

    How Students access Naviance Family Connections (to find the Course Planner)

    • Students can select Naviance through the startup page on their Chromebook
    • Once they are logged in, students can VIEW and EDIT their Course Planner at any time

     

    How to register for classes in PowerSchool

    • Log into PowerSchool and click on “Class Registration” on the left hand side.
    • The registration system in PowerSchool will then be open for course selections.
    • A Green Check means elective courses. For Freshman, you should select 3 electives.
    • A Red Exclamation Mark means the course is required, like English, Math, Social Studies, Health/PE, & Science
    • Students are required to choose a total of 8 primary (1st Choice) classes. 
    • Students then will choose at least 4 alternate courses.  
    • Alternates are important, as it allows PowerSchool to select your alternate class choice, in case your first choice is full or unavailable.  If no alternate courses are selected, classes will be randomly selected.
    • Registration selections will not be saved until 8 primary courses, as well as 4 alternates have been selected!
    • Click the “Submit” button at the bottom right side of screen to complete registration process.  



    Freshman Information about regsitration, Naviance, Family Connections and PowerSchool - CLICK HERE.  This information will be shared with paretns and students at the middle school during the course planner and registration process.  The same information will be given to parents when they attend the Rising 9th Grade Informational Night on March 5th.   

     

     

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    The office of Undergraduate Admissions at NC State would like to officially invite parents and students to their upcoming Pack Preview event. Every year, NC State hosts Pack Preview Receptions with the purpose of sharing some of the services and majors that NC State has to offer to potential high school students.

     

    This spring we will host the following Pack Preview Receptions near Monroe:

     

    Sunday February 25, 2018

    Charlotte Pack Preview

    Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel

    3315 Scott Futrell Drive

    Charlotte, NC

    3pm-5pm

     

     Sunday March 18, 2018

    Triangle Pack Preview

    Talley Student Center

    North Carolina State University

    Raleigh, NC

    3pm-5pm

     

    This event targets high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Students can register at: go.ncsu.edu/pack-preview

     

    Mental Health Counseling

    Parkwood High has a mental health counselor contracted through CEH (Center for Emotional Health) who conducts weekly therapy sessions with students who are having social and emotional challenges. For more information, please see a school counselor for a referral.  This service is based on a sliding scale and insurance provided by the parents.  Parental permission and contact is required.   

     

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    Week of February 12, 2018

    SPCC classes (Career & College Program for high school students) for summer and fall registration will be as follows:

    • March 12th for current CCP students 
    • March 26th for new CCP students (you have never taken a SPCC class before) 
      • Must have SPCC application completed and submitted (can do at home or with Ms. Rape)
        • Be sure to select the CCP program under "Enrollment" tab!
      • Must have test scores, FERPA and transcript submittted (see Ms. Rape)
      • Complete this Google Form to notify guidance you are interested! 

     

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    On Monday, March 5th at 6:00 PM, Parkwood High will host an informational parent and student night for rising freshman. Come hear important messages about high school transition, attendance, testing requirements, graduation requirements, class registration, Career and Technology opportunities and more! Exceptional Children (EC) representatives will be on hand to answer any questions regarding student needs.  This is a night you will not want to miss!  Please RSVP here to reserve our seat.  

     

    Union County Association of Educators announces their 2018 scholarship specifically for Seniors who plan on majoring in education.  Deadline for the completed application is April 10, 2018.  Scholarship is valued at $1,750.  Applications can be found in guidance. 

    Summer Opportunity....Cooperative Council of NC annouces their Co-op Leadership Camp June 18th-22nd.  For more information, click here.  Deadline for application is May 15th. 

    Presbyterian College announces their Fellows Award for high school juniors who have demonstrated potential for futrue success.  The $4,000 scholarship awards $1,000 annually for four years of study at PC.  To qualify, you must have a weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher, ranked in the top 10% of their class, and at least a PSAT score of 1100, SAT score of 1100, and/or an ACT score of 22 or higher. Deadline to apply is March 31.  More information can be found here

    George Washington University have announced their summer opportunities! Students can attend for college intensive (credit) or summer immersion (noncredit).  Visit precollege.gwu.edu for additional details and deadlines.  

     

    ACT- All Juniors will take the ACT with writing on February 27th for FREE!  Students should bring their calculator for this exam, as one will NOT be provided. Be sure to check the calculator policy for acceptable calculators and for those that are prohibited (such as TI-89 or TI-92). Calculators built in cell phones are not allowed.  

     

    2018 Weddington Optimist Computer Scholarship is for seniors. Applicants must write a two page essay and all applications should be shared via Google Drive with Ms. Rape by 3:00p.m. on Friday, Mar. 9 Weddington Optimist Computer Scholarship

     

    Union Power Cooperative is awarding six scholarships to local seniors who plan to attend a 4 year accredited North Carolina University or Community College. Awards are based on financial need, extracurricular activities, and scholastic achievement. Visit www.union-power.com/collegescholarships  to apply. Deadline: Mar. 20.  

     

    National Coalition of 100 Black Women is accepting applications from high school seniors who have a 2.5 GPA or higher and have been accepted into an accredited institution of higher learning.  Click here for details.  Deadline: March 16  

     

    The North Carolina American Water Works Association has several scholarship opportunities available for seniors who plan to pursue a degree in construction, environmental sciences, environmental education, environmental finance, environmental management, and public health. Visit http://www.ncsafewater.org/?page=Scholarships to apply. Deadline:  Mar. 23. 

     

    2018 Gordon Hay Scholarship is for seniors who plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in a non-performance discipline of the performing arts.  Awards are based on academic performance, personal excellence, school and community engagement, and financial need.  Deadline: Apr. 19   Gordon Hay Scholarship Procedures    Gordon Hay Application

     

     

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    Week of February 5, 2018

    Now that exams are over and schedule changes are complete for second semester, students are settling into their new classes. Best of luck to all students and remember to finish the year strong! 

     

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    Parkwood's Family Connection site is designed to help guide you through course planning, career planning, college planning, and the application process during high school.  All underclassmen will take part in the Naviance Course Planner that will help students set academic goals and view course selections for each year to obtain those goals.  Course Planner will also be used with students and counselors as part of the registration process.   Parents will be able to view the course planner and other academic and career tools that students have competed.  Parents must request their Naviance access code from the school since sensitive student data is accessibile through this system. Students and parents will be able to send their transcripts to colleges and complete college applications, as well as viewing current class rank and GPA (weighted and unweighted). Scholarships and school annoucements will also be posted to this system. 

    To access the Naviance- Family Connections page, click here to be redirected. Once there, you will need to register with your access code before accessing the portal.  If you have already registered, just log in with the creditials you created. 

     

    Underclassmen College Meeting

    Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00 P.M., we will hold a college informational night for students in 9th, 10th and 11th grades.  This night is designed to help students start planning for important college requirements. Parents and students will learn about SAT/ACT requirements, basic financial aid, how to request transcripts to colleges, and what to expect when applying to colleges.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP here

     

    ***COMPLETE YOUR FAFSA SENIORS!*** 

    Tuesday, February 20th at 6:00 P.M., we will have a complete the FAFSA night to help students and parents with this process.  The FAFSA is for seniors who are planning to attend a technical, trade, 2 or 4 year college in the fall and are required to complete the the process for any type of financial aid. Parents need to bring their 2015 tax records so that a financial aid officer from SPCC can help you complete the necessary FAFSA forms.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.  

     

    $$$$ Be sure to check out the scholarship page for recent updates!  

     

    8th Grade Parent Night

    On Monday, March 5th at 6:00 PM, Parkwood High will host an informational parent and student night for rising freshman. Come hear important messages about high school transition, attendance, testing requirements, graduation requirements, class registration, Career and Technology opportunities and more! Exceptional Children (EC) representatives will be on hand to answer any questions regarding student needs.  This is a night you will not want to miss!  Please RSVP here to reserve our seat.  

     

      High School Program Expo

    Will be held at South Piedmont Community College on March 3, 2018.  The purpose of the expo is to allow students and parents the opportunity to learn more about career academies and fine art programs offered across the district, the IB program offered at Marvin Ridge High School, as well as the AP Academy and the AP Capstone program at various high schools.  Details will be forthcoming.  

     

    National College Fair will be held March 18th at the Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte.  Register at www.ncacfairs.org/NCF to avoid lines, get fair details and to share your information with choice schools! It is never too early to start planning for college! 

     

    ACT- All Juniors will take the ACT with writing on February 27th for FREE!  Students should bring their calculator for this exam, as one will NOT be provided. Be sure to check the calculator policy for acceptable calculators and for those that are prohibited (such as TI-89 or TI-92). Calculators built in cell phones are not allowed.  

     

    ACT Prep Options

    Huntington Blitzes are available for students on February 17th at Weddington High School from 10am-12pm or February 24th at Monroe High School from 10am-12pm.  Registration is required, click here to register!

     

    ACT offers—Preparing for the ACT - a free, comprehensive guide that includes information on what to expect on test day, strategies for preparing for the tests, and practice tests in each subject. The practice tests will help you get familiar with the instructions and format of the test, as well as the types of questions to expect. You can then score your practice tests and see the correct answers. Please click here to access the material and practice tests: www.act.org/stateanddistrict/examinees.

     

    College and Career Prep Week

    During the week of March 5-9, high school students will complete their 4-year graduation plan (course planner) in Naviance during school.  This plan will help students and parents set academic goals for all of high school. This plan will be reviewed with students by their counselor and parents will be able to view and edit as well.  On March 9, students are encouraged to wear their favorite college attire!   

     

    SAT Score Report Update

    College Board has announced that if you receive free or reduced lunch and used a fee waiver to take the SAT, you will now be able to send score reports to unlimited colleges for free.  

     

    Academic Signing Day

    Academic Signing Day is a celebration of students committment to attend a 2 or 4-year college, technical college, military, or trade school.  This is an informal celebration held during the school day. The date will be announced soon, but expect a date during the week of May 21st!

     

    SECU Foundation "People Helping People"

    There are new guidelines for this scholarship competition.  No longer will there be an automatic scholarship awarded from each high school.  An UCPS scholarship committee, not Parkwood High School, will make the final selection for all high schools.  To be considered for this scholarship you must be a Senior who plans to attend one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina system. The student is required to be a member of SECU or the child of a parent/guardian who is a member of SECU.  Preference will be given to students whose family members are public sector employees.  Students should demonstrate leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement.  Such students should also demonstrate financial need through the submission of a FAFSA (you must have completed your FAFSA!).   All students should print off and bring Ms. Rape an updated resume of high school activities, leadership, and service by February 26th to be considered. 

    Student Eligibility 

    Student Application

    Application Submission Sample

    Consent Form

    Guidelines for Writing a Bio

     

     

     

     

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     Week of January 8, 2018!

    Happy New Year!

    National College Fair will be held March 18th at the Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte.  Register at www.ncacfairs.org/NCF to avoid lines, get fair details and to share your information with choice schools! It is never too early to start planning for college! 

    Meredith College has announced their annual woman's leadership conference for high school JUNIORS.  If you are interested in this free workshop, call 1-800-MEREDITH no later than January 26, 2018. 

    UCPAPA Administrative Scholarship- awarded to a student each year who is the child of an administrator within UCPS and is a UCPS senior.  See Ms. Rape for details application due March 2. 

    UCPAPA Education Scholarship- awarded to a student each year who intends to enroll in a teacher preparation program at a four-year insuitution and is a UCPS senior.  Applications can be found in guidance.  Deadline is March 2 to Ms. Rape. 

    King's College- Scholarship Day will be held on Jan. 20 at King's College who plan to attend King's.  Students should arrive at 10:00 am.  No pre-registration is needed.  During this time students can meet staff, tour the campus, participate in a financial aid seminar and speak specifically with King's College representatives about enrollment.

    Meredith Manor- If you love horses and are interested in a professional career in the horse industry with a skill based education, Meredith Manor may be for you!  For more information, go to www.MeredithManor.edu or call 1-800-679-2603.      

    PSAT Results will be given out to students on Friday, Jan. 12.  Students in 10th and 11th grade students who took the test on October 11th will receive their test score report and their actual test booklet for item analysis.  Students can use their unique access codes to get their full reports online at studentscores.collegeboard.org.  Access codes are printed on the front cover of the student score report in blue.  On the inside right cover, students can view their strengths and weaknesses.  Once identified, students can utilize Khan Academy (satpractice.org) for free to improve those skills identified. National Merit that is presented at the top center of the report is a scholarship competition for 11th grade students.  If you are in 11th grade, you can see if you qualified for this specific program as well.  National Merit information can be found at www.nationalmerit.org.  On the backside of the score report, students can see their question and answer feedback for test analysis.  Students can also see questions, and the answer explanatins online at studentscores.collegeboard.org as well.  If you have any questions about your score report, feel free to contact your school counselor at 704-764-2900.  

     

    SAT- Parkwood is pleased to announce that the SAT will be given to ANY student on the national dates of March 10 and June 2!  If you need to take the SAT you can now sign up to take the test at Parkwood High through www.collegeboard.org.  This is the only way to take the SAT on the national date.  

     

    ACT- Reminder that the ACT will given to all 11th grade students for free on February 27 at PWHS! No registration is required for this test date.  

     

    Schedule Change Requests- As last semester, if any student wants to request a schedule change, you need to complete the online form that can be found on the PWHS website! 

     

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     Week of December 11th

    AP Potenital 

    AP Potential is a tool that is used to help students identify AP courses they may be interested in and are predicted to make at least make a 3 on the AP exam.  The data comes from College Board and reflects student PSAT scores.  All students have the opportunity to take AP courses, not just the students who received the AP Potential letter.    

     

    African American Network- Carolinas Scholarship

    Must be planning to major in engineering, computer science, the sciences, accounting, finance or business administration.  Selection criteria is also based on financial need of the student.  Scholarship will range up to $2,000.  Appliciations are online.  Deadline is March 2, 2018. 

     

    Gardner-Webb University- Honors Experience

    This is a one week college immersion for academically gifted and talented student who are rising 10th -12th graders from June 24-29, 2018.   To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.7 unweighted GPA and one of the following: 21 ACT, 1040 SAT, or a 1020 PSAT.  The cost of the program is $700. If accepted to the program, students will be automatically invited to the Ignite Excellence Schoalrship where they will compete for a full ride schoalrship to Gardner-Webb.  To apply, visit gardner-webb.edu/thehonorsexperience.  

     

     Have a great winter break!  School resumes January 2, 2018!

     

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    Week of December 4th

     

    PSAT Results

    10th and 11th grade students who took the PSAT in October can access their scores online.  Students can find log in information in an email sent by College Board.  The email was sent to the email the student entered on their answer document.  Paper score reports are expected mid-December. 

    PreACT Results

    10th grade students who took the PreACT test will receive their score reports and a student guide on Thursday, December 7th, along with their report cards. Your PreACT student report contains a lot of information about your skills, interests, plans, and goals.  The PreACT student report shows your relative strengths and weaknesses in four subject areas for success in college: English, math, reading and science.  Your score report will show you how well you are learning the skills you'll need to be ready for college.  You can visit www.act.org/preact for more information.  

     

    EOC (End of Course) and NCFE (North Carolina Final Exams):
    • EOC test requirements include Biology, English II and Math I for all students.
    • NCFE test requirements include all other core classes. (Science, English, Math, Social Studies)
    • All students are required to participate in their enrolled EOC and/or NCFE course exams.
    • Please avoid traveling during testing dates, as early testing is not permitted and make-up testing is limited. 
    • Final exams count 25% of student grade.
     
    **Fall testing will be January 19-25, 2018**
    1st block exams- Jan. 19
    2nd block exams- Jan. 22
    3rd block exams- Jan. 23
    4th block exams- Jan. 24
     
    Spring testing will be June 4-8, 2018

     

    SPCC Students

    Students who are taking SPCC classes need to turn in their books as soon as their class ends.  All books are due no later than December 11th or a book fine will be imposed.  Books for spring semester will be available to students when we return from winter break.  **Reminder- If you failed a SPCC class iin the fall, you cannot take SPCC classes in the spring.   

     

    What is Naviance and what can it do for you?

    Naviance is a new tool that all UCPS students have access to career and college planning.  PWHS is introducing the program to students through classroom lessons that focuses on the following:  

    • 9th grade students have or will complete the "Strengths Explorer Assessment"
    • 10th grade students have or will complete the "Career Interest Profiler Assessment"
    • 11th grade student have or will complete the "SuperMatch College Search" 
    • 12th grade students will complete the Senior Survey at the end of the year

    These activities are designed to help student explore and research career topics based on their individual strengths and interests.  The information gathered from students builds each year will ultimately identify colleges and majors for consideration based on their answers.  Students and parents can revisit assessments at any time.  Students will be able to access their transcript so they can track their GPA, class rank, and send  to colleges as well. Seniors can also access over 50 scholarships on Naviance now! 

    A course planning component will help students plan for their entire high school career! 

     

    How can parents get started? (Starting Monday, December 11)

    • Go to the Parkwood website, under "Parents & Students) tab, select "Naviance Family Connections"
    • Naviance will contain confidential student information, therefore, an access code is required.  Access codes can be obtained at the school.  

      

    AP Bulletin for Students and Parents

    AP students will be receiving their AP Bulletin within the next week. This guide will include test security and administration policies, as well as AP exam dates.  There will not be a test fee for students who are enrolled in an AP course at school.  If a student wants to take an AP course and has not been enrolled in the AP course, can take the AP exam with the $94 fee, but you must see Ms. Rape ASAP for ordering information.  All students currently enrolled in AP courses will automatically be ordered an AP exam, no need to see Ms. Rape.  

     

    N.C. Teaching Fellows program has been re-established to attract talented students to teach STEM and special education in North Carolina’s public schools. The NC State College of Education has been selected as one of the program sites. High school students who commit to teach in STEM or special education in our public schools will receive a $33,000 scholarship ($8,250 per year) for up to four years. Interested high school students can apply by Jan. 16 to be part of the 2018-19 Teaching Fellows class. For more information, https://ced.ncsu.edu/teaching-fellows.  

     

    Tusculum is now offering a full-tuition scholarship for exemplary academic students.  Students should apply for the Trustee Honors Scholarship, which is awarded annually.  This is a highly competitive scholarship! College application and the Trustee Honors Scholarship must be completed by March 1, 2018. 

     

    VetCAMP at University of Georgia

    Applications to VetCAMP begin December 1st and can be found at http://vet.uga.edu/academic/vetcamp.  The deadline for all application materials is January 26, 2018.  VetCAMP 2018 is scheduled for June 17-23, 2018. This program is offered to rising high school juniors and seniors and rising college freshmen to evaluate their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians, provide mentorship and help them experience veterinary medicine as an exciting career path. It’s a great experience and the students have a lot of fun while also learning about the profession.

    The cost of attending the program is $900 and covers lodging, meals, instruction and social activities. Financial assistance is available to students with demonstrated need. For more information regarding scholarship opportunities, please inform your students to contact vetcamp@uga.edu once the application period has opened. They may also reach out to that email address with any general questions that they have regarding the program.

     

     

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    Week of November 27th

    **There are only 15 days until winter break!** 

    UNC-Greensboro has announced a program called "Spartan StartUp" for incoming freshman who want to attend a six-week summer semester starting in mid June.  For more information, visit the website, www.guaranteeuncg.edu.  

     

    EOC (End of Course) and NCFE (North Carolina Final Exams):
    • EOC test requirements include Biology, English II and Math I for all students.
    • NCFE test requirements include all other core classes. (Science, English, Math, Social Studies)
    • All students are required to participate in their enrolled EOC and/or NCFE course exams.
    • Please avoid traveling during testing dates, as early testing is not permitted and make-up testing is limited. 
    • Final exams count 25% of student grade.
     
    **Fall testing will be January 19-25, 2018**
    1st block exams- Jan. 19
    2nd block exams- Jan. 22
    3rd block exams- Jan. 23
    4th block exams- Jan. 24
     
    Spring testing will be June 4-8, 2018
     

     

     

    Union County Farm Bureau Scholarships (posted 11/28/17)

    Flake Shaw- $4,000 per year, only 6 scholarships awarded per year across the state, preference given to Farm Bureau members. Students must demonstrate a financial aid, satisfactory grades, evidence of understanding of the arg and/or agribusiness community, leadership potential, and an intention to pursue a career in agriculture or in an agriculturally-related field. Applciations are due March 5, 2018.  Applications can be found in guidance.  Completed applications must be returned according to the address listed on application.  For more information, go to www.ncfb.org. 

    N.B. Nicholson- Students are selected by a scholarship committee from Farm Bureau for this $1,000 scholarship.  It will be directly awarded to the college student attends, after their first semester in college. The R. Flake Shaw scholarship applciation should be completed and returned to address listed on the application by March 5, 2018. 

    NC Farm Bureau IFAL Program- This program is for students who want to attend the Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL) either at NC State or NC A&T.  The deadline for students to return application to their local Farm Bureau office is March 30, 2018.  

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    Week of November 13th

    Check out the website studentscholarships.org to look at a variety of scholarships available.  You can sign up for a newsletter as well!

    Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has a scholarship opportunity where students who hosts the top-producing blood drive will earn a $1,000 colelge scholarship.  For additional information, go to www.cbcc.us/scholarships.  The deadlineis January 15, 2018.  

    The make-up for PreACT will be this Friday, November 17th.  All 10th grade students who did not test last week are required to participate in the make-up administration.  Students should bring a calculator to the test.  `

    Need volunteering ideas? Click below for some ideas and contact information:

     Did you miss the FAFSA night on November 8th?  You can see the PowerPoint presentation here, FAFSA Night.

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    Week of October 30th

    Louisburg College will be at PWHS offering information and admission review on November 14th at 11:45. This is a great opportunity for those students who want to attend a Junior college first!  RSVP to see the rep here

    CIEE (Council on International Educatinal Exchange) has announced a scholarship opportunity to study abroad in Germanuy!  No German language experience required.  To apply, go to www.USAGermanyScholarship.org. 

    Pre-ACT will be given to all 10th grade students on Wednesday, November 8th.  Students will need to bring a calculator (4-function, scientific, or graphing) as one will not be provided.  The math problems can be done without a calculator and is not required, only optional. 

    AP Exams- Any student that is wanting to take an AP exam without being enrolled in the AP course at school, should let Ms. Rape know ASAP.  There will be a fee (usually $100) for this AP exam option.  

    Naviance- Students will be introduced to the Naviance platform this year during their PE or Social Studies class!  This system will be used to help students plan and apply to colleges, send transcripts, course planning for high school, course registration, and career exploration and planning.  Be sure to ask your student about Naviance! 

    Have you FINISHED your FAFSA? Remember that all colleges require the FAFSA for any type of financial aid packages. All students who are under 24, not working towards a master's degree, not serving in the armed services, or do not have any children are considered dependent of another and must provide parental information.    

    Oratorical Contest for students 9-12- For information about this contest, please click here or pick up information in Guidance.  Deadline is November 30th.  

     

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    Week of October 23rd

    During homeroom on Friday, 10/27, Seniors will have the chance to start and complete the FAFSA, which is required for financial aid.  Click here to see what you need to complete your FAFSA.  You can also use the 2017-2018 FAFSA Worksheet

    FAFSA Day will be held at SPCC this Saturday, 10/28/17.  Financial Aid counselors will be available to help parents and students complete the FAFSA.  Register on the SPCC website. 

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    Week of October 15th

    PWHS will hold a FAFSA completion day on Friday, October 27th for student.  During homeroom, students will have the opportunity to begin or finish their FAFSA.  FAFSA is required for any financial aid, including certain scholarships and grants.  To apply for FAFSA, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.  

    To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:

    • Your Social Security Number
    • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
    • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
    • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
    • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
    • An FSA ID to sign electronically. (Create FSA ID before applying to FAFSA by clicking here

     

    FAFSA day is October 28th!  Click below to view a YouTube video from our state superintendent, Mark Johnson about FAFSA Day!  FAFSA Day Notice 

    Congratulations to Lauren Kooistra for earning her school nomination to the Alex Kahle Scholarship competition!  Good luck!

    SPCC registration: If you want to take SPCC classes in the spring and have not registereed, see Ms. Rape ASAP! 

    College Application Week will be held at PWHS on November 6, 7, 14 and 16 in the media center (center computer lab) with a counselor avaiable to assist students. However, students can complete applications on their own during November 6th-17th through CFNC.  During this time, many private colleges will waive their application fees.  Historically, Duke, Davidson, and all public colleges/universities do not waive their applciation fees during this time.  To reserve a time, complete the Google Form here

    Transcript requests: Check your CFNC portal to make sure the transcript you may have requested were delivered successfully! 

    Reminder: Your transcript will be electronically uploaded in Common Application, you do not need to request from CFNC.  

    FAFSA night will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8th at PWHS.  We are excited to host Mr. David Gelinas from Davidson College to present Financial Aid 101 to our parents and students in the media center at 6:00 pm. RSVP here! 

    FAFSA Day will be held at SPCC and Wingate University on October 28th 9:00 am-noon. Be sure to register!  You should bring your 2016 tax information so that you can complete the FAFSA.  

     Seniors need to start reporting their scholarships as soon as possible.  You can bring a copy of your scholarship letters to guidance or complete this form where you can just upload a pic of your letter! You need only to report your merit based scholarship! 

    ASVAB
    The ASVAB will be given to any 10-12th grade students on November 30th for free. This test is a great tool for students exploring career options. To register for the ASVAB, click HERE.  ASVAB test prep can be found here

     

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    Week of October 9th

    Monday, October 9th, is a teacher workday. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!

     The B. Davis Scholarship 

    The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering a scholarship for 2018.

    • Please visit their website at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read about us and to apply for the scholarship.  While you’re there, please browse through the rest of the site to learn more about applying for scholarships.
    • Their website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships.  They are trying to improve the students’ chances for success.  The site is free and we charge nothing for the information or the application.

    The deadline for applications is May 22, 2018

    Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at awards@studentawardsearch.com

      PSAT- All 10th and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 11th, for free!  Students should bring their own calculator, as one will not be provided.  All math problems can be completed without a calculator.  

     SPCC registration is open for the spring semester.  See Ms. Rape ASAP to register for classes.  

    College Fair Sunday at Wingate University from 2-4pm (Cuddy Arena) Be sure to dress to impress and stop by guidandce for a checklist of questions to ask.  

    Clemson University is offering their C-CATS (Clemson's Challenge for Academically Talented Students) for high achieving 9th and 10th grade students.  If interested, let Ms. Rape know for a nomination.  Students should be in the top 10% of their class and academic records predict a score of 1300 or higher on the SAT.  The camp occurs over an assigned weekend between March and May 2018.  There are only 50 students selected and nominations must be completed by December 15, 2017.  For more information, go to www.c-cats.org.  

    Benedict College will host its fall open house on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Lunch will be served and free football tickets to the football game on that day.  Call 1-800-8686598 to reserve your seat and tickets! 

    National Youth Leadership Forum is taking nominations for top students to attend NYLF Engineering and Technology next summer 2018.  This forum will give students firsthand experiences in engineering and technology careers so that they can be better equipped to make informed decisions on choosing the right university, college major, and career specialty.  9th-11th grade students can be school nominated to attend the program.  If interested in the program, see Ms. Rape by October 25th.  

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    Week of October 2nd

    Congratulations to the following students for their school nomination to the Park Scholarhsip at NC State or the Morehead-Cain at UNC Chapel Hill:

    • Park Scholarship: Holly Walsh and Clark Jones
    • Morehead-Cain: Avery Morgan, Lauren Kooistra, and Jacob Brand

    Good luck to you all in your continued competition!!

     

    Agricultural Institute at NC State (2-year programs):

    There are 6 different majors: Agribusiness Management, Field Crops Technology, General Agriculture, Horticulture Science Management, Livestock & Poultry Management, and Turfgrass Management.  High School requirements for admission: high school diploma, 2.25 minimum GPA, letter of recommendation, ACT recommended.  Students should complete the general application for NC State on Common Application.  Want to learn more about this opportunity?  Register for he "Spend A Day" at www.cals.ncsu.edu/spendaday.  

     

    Livingstone College announces their Summer Bridge program:

    This program is designed for students who graduate high school with a 1.5-1.9 GPA to help remediate math and reading skills.  The Summer Bridge program runs from June 23-August 3.  There is no fee for this program.  If the student is successful and completes the program with a 2.0 GPA, they will be rewarded with a $1,500 stipend against their tuiton to Livingstone.  For more information, contact Sylvester Kyles at 704-216-6874.  

     UNCC Scholarships:

    UNCC has a new way for incoming freshman and current students to obtain scholarships.  Students will build a profile, get mathced and apply for scholarships in their NinerScholars Portal at scholarships.uncc.edu.  Keep check on this portal for it to open soon! 

     Attention Global Scholar Participants:

    Your Global Service Learning Project proposal is due to Mr. Williams by November 1st.  If you have any questions, please see Mr. Williams in the counseling center. 

     COLLEGE FAIR for Union County students will be held at Wingate University (Cuddy Arena) on October 15th from 2-4:00pm. 

    Prudential Spirit Scholarship (grades 5-12)

    Deadline: November 7, 2017

    This program is a wonderful way to celebrate students for their community service - and to elevate them as models for their peers. Awards are open to students in grades 5 - 12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service in the past year. Middle level and high school volunteers are honored in every state, and top honorees earn cash awards and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. Qualifying honorees also receive President's Volunteer Service Awards. 

    For complete details about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, visit https://spirit.prudential.com.

     Union Power Cooperative Scholarships

    Deadline: March 20, 2018

    Awards are based on Financial need, Academic Scores, and Extracuricular Activities.  Student must live in a home serviced by Union Power or a child of a Union Power member.  

    More information and application can be found at union-power.com/collegescholarships.  

     Cooperative Youth Tour- HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS! 

    Deadline: December 29, 2017

    THREE high school juniors have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. in June, representing Union Power and the state of North Carolina during this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

    The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour is an annual event coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives (NCAEC). “Tourists” are sponsored by local cooperatives. These students learn about the electric cooperative business model, American history, and U.S. government.

    For more information, click here or go to YouthTour.coopYou can also follow the NC Electric Cooperative Youth Touron Facebook and Twitter.  

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    Week of September 25th

    Reminder that Thursday, 9/28, is a half day and Friday, 9/29, is a teacher workday!

    Naviance is coming to Parkwood! This will be a platform that students can utilize for career and college planning, transcript requesting, school specific course registration, and more all in ONE place!  Stay tuned for details! 

    October 11th events:

    9th grade students will receive specific instruction for improving study skills, as well as career and college exploration. 

    10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT for free!

    12th grade students will participate in a Parkwood COLLEGE FAIR and have the opportunity to start college applications! 

    LYCEUM Scholars Program at Clemson University

    The Lyceum program uses a Great Books approach to studying liberty, free markets, the American Founding, and moral character.  The program is open to students of any major,but students who complete this course of study fulfill the requirements for a minor in Political Science.  www.clemson.edu/capitalism/lyceum.html.  Deadline to apply is Decvember 11, 2017!  Students who are accepted into this program receive $10,000 scholarships to Clemson University!!

     

    Union County Manufacturing Week is October 2-6! Click the link to see all the details. Registration is needed (go to link) to participate in the open house sessions that will include Charlotte Pipe, Goulston, McGee Corporation, GMN, and Greiner Bio-One. 

     Students interested in AP Environmental can still register to take the class in the spring here on PWHS campus, not online.  See your counselor for details! 

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

    • Three-high school juniors have the opportunity to attend an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June 2018
    • The application period runs from September through December
    • Details are available at union-power.com/youthtour

    College Scholarships for Seniors

    • Awards six-$1000 scholarships to local students
      • 3- 4-year accredited North Carolina Universities
      • 3- North Carolina Community Colleges
    • Must be son or daughter of UPC member or reside in the same household
    • Awards are based on:
      • 40% financial need
      • 30% extracurricular activities (school and community)
      • 30% scholastic achievement
    • The application period runs from September through March
    • Details are available at union-power.com/collegescholarships

    Students interested in either one of these programs may visit the websites listed above to obtain an application and further details about each program.

     

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    Week of September 18th 

    College of Textiles at NC State will be holding an OPEN HOUSE on October 14th 9am-2:00pm.  The College of Textiles has one of the largest college-based scholarship programs at NC State! Some of their programs include Fashion and Textile Design or Management, Polymer and Color Chemistry, and Textile Engineering and Textile Technology.  For more information, visit go.ncsu.edu/cotopenhouse.  

     Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced their Teaching Scholars scholarship opportunity.  Seniors should apply by the January 31, 2018 priority deadline, as spaces are limited.  There will be a reception and an informational session will be held on October 21st during Open House.  For more information about the Teaching Scholars, visit http://bit.ly/2feVKi1.  

     Lenoir-Rhyne University will have an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, October 21st.  Please register at www.lr.edu/chooselr.  

     Dartmouth College will have an informational session for students and parents on September 26th at 6:30 pm, located at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown.  To RSVP go to www.dartgo.org/ontheroad. 

     AMDA- College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in LA and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC has announced their national audition tour.  For the Charlotte area, the auditions will be held on October 21 and November 4.  If interested, call 1-800-367-7908 or visit amda.edu.  Nomination forms can be found in guidance. 

     Interested in teaching? UNC-Greensboro will hold informatinal sessions on their campus every Friday in the School of Education building at noon.  For more information, contact Ashley Hughes at 336-334-4885 or email her at ajhughes@uncg.edu.  

     Students who are taking Math I in the fall and spring will be required to take a field test this year.  This field test will not impact the student's grade nor will there be a grade available for review.  Further details regarding this type of field test will be forthcoming. 

     The Union County Parade Princess and Alex Kahle Scholarship is now open for Senior ladies who meet the criteria. Paper packets can be found in guidance and are due to Ms. Rape no later than 3:00 pm on October 6th.  Click here for criteria details of the scholarship program.  

     COLLEGE FAIR for Union County students will be held at Wingate University (Cuddy Arena) on October 15th from 2-4:00pm. 

     Be sure to visit the "College Rep Visits" webpage to see which colleges are coming to the PWHS campus to meet with potential students.  This opportunity is open to all students who are track to meet the college freshman requirements.  Students are required to RSVP to highlighted link above. 

     College Application Week will be held at PWHS on November 6, 7, 14 and 16 in the media center (center computer lab) with a counselor avaiable to assist students. However, students can complete applications on their own during November 6th-17th through CFNC.  During this time, many private colleges will waive their application fees.  Historically, Duke, Davidson, and all public colleges/universities do not waive their applciation fees during this time.  To reserve a time, complete the Google Form here

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    Week of September 11th

    There will be a parent/student night for Seniors Monday, September 18th at 6:00 pm in the media center.  During this time, information will be shared regarding college application process, financial aid, the new residency determination, transcript, essay and recommendation needs.  RSVP here to receive your students transcript for review.  

     

    FAFSA night will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8th at PWHS.  We are excited to host Mr. David Gelinas from Davidson College to present Financial Aid 101 to our parents and students in the media center at 6:00 pm. RSVP here! 

     

    Seniors need to start reporting their scholarships as soon as possible.  You can bring a copy of your scholarship letters to guidance or complete this form where you can just upload a pic of your letter! You need only to report your merit based scholarship! 

     

    Ms. Rape met with all Seniors last Friday, 9/8, regarding college applications and such.  Information covered can be found under tab "Senior Information". This tab will hold specific information just for Seniors. 

     

    Reminder: PSAT will be given to all 10th and 11th grade students for free at PWHS on October 11th. Students should bring their own calculator, as one will not be provided.  Additional testing information for the 2017-2018 school year can be found under the tab "Testing".  Freshman and Seniors will have a special program to address grade specific needs and their attendance is expected.

    • Homeschooled students who would like to take the PSAT at PWHS are required to pay $16 and must email or call Chrissy Rape at chrissy.rape@ucps.k12.nc.us to reserve a test.  
    • Reservations for students outside of PW will be on a first come, first serve basis.  

     

    Service Academy Day will be held September 23, 2017 at NC State from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  This even is intended to provide students the opportunity to meet with representatitves from each service academy (Naval Academy, West Point, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and Coast Guard Academy)  All students from freshman to seniors are encouraged to attend. No RSVP required.  For more information, call 919-856-4630. 

     

    Graduation will be held at Winthrop Univeristy on June 9, 2018! Stay tuned for details in the "Graduation Info" tab.

     

    NC State College of Textiles will hold an Open House on Saturday, October 14th from 9 am to 2 pm.  

     

    Information packet for United States Service Academy Nominations can be found in guidance.  This packet is due by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 6th.  

     

    FAFSA Day will be held at SPCC and Wingate University on October 28th 9:00 am-noon. Be sure to register!  You should bring your 2016 tax information so that you can complete the FAFSA.  

     

    Spring 2018 registration for SPCC (Career & College Promise) classes will begin October 9th.  Any NEW Junior or Senior who is interested in these classes, should fill out this interest form so that your test scores and transcript can be pulled to verify eligibility.  For more information, visit the tab "Career and College Promise". Students will need to meet with Ms. Rape the first week of October to complete registration. If you have taken SPCC classes previously or currently enrolled, complete this form to alert Ms. Rape you are planning to take spring SPCC classes.  

     

    Applications for Summer 2018 Governor's School has been opened.  The $500 fee is required to be covered by selected students. To learn more about the program, please click here. Further questions and to receive a nomination packet, contact Mr. Williams in guidance.  

     

    Information session for Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University, and the University of Chicago will be held in Charlotte at the EMbassy Suites at 5400 John Q Hammons Dr NW, Concord, NC 28027 on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 pm.  RSVP at www.exploringeducationalexcellence.org.

     

    North Carolina School of Science and Math have announced several Open House opportunities October 21, November 11, and December 9th.  Registration is required and is available at www.ncssm.edu.   

     

     

     

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    welcome

     

    We hope you had a funfilled summer and are ready to get the school year kicked off!  Let's make this school year the best one yet! 

    Take a look at the following dates for upcoming events:

    • Freshman Orientation will be Augsut 24th from 9-11.
    • Open House for all students will be August 24th from 4-6. Freshman do not need to attend, if they attended Orientation earlier. 
    • First Day of School is Monday, August 28th.  Be in your seat when the bell rings at 8:15!
    • Schedule change requests must be entered in the Google Doc and follow current schedule until called to guidance. 
    • PSAT will be given to 10th and 11th grade students this year on October 11th!
    • Requests for early graduation and a Pass/Fail option is due by Tuesday, September 12th for consideration. Forms can be found in guidance. 

     

    Welcome Seniors for your last year of high school!

    Be sure to check the website often for updates on college applications, scholarships, and other great opportunitites that occur during the year.  Also stop by guidance and check the "handout wall" outside of Ms. Rape's office for handouts and scholarships. And listen to school announcements and read the scrolling announcements daily!  No excuses for "not knowing"!   

     2018

    What is needed now from Seniors:

    • A student resume that includes community service, extra-curricular activties and employment. You can share this document with Ms. Rape via Google Drive or bring a paper copy by her office.  This is needed as soon as possible to help with college/scholarship recommendations! 
    • Pick up a Student and Parent Brag Sheet from guidance.  This tool will also help write college/scholarship recommendations. Turn in to Ms. Rape as soon as possible!