Director of Guidance
September Counseling Corner
Our first month of school is now complete! Mrs. Zukowski started small groups for our large group of new students this year. These groups will run for four weeks with a goal of assisting new students in making new friendships and helping them adjust to West Noble. Starting in September, students will be given the opportunity to opt into small groups on various subject areas during their homeroom classrooms. This month Mrs. Brown is excited to spend time in the Prep CC and Adult Roles classrooms teaching students about Indiana diplomas/graduation pathways. Mrs. Brown will help students understand their options during high school and identify the different paths that lead toward four-year university programs, two-year university programs, certification-based post-secondary paths, military options, and transitions directly into the workforce. The high school vocational opportunities for our students will also be highlighted. Both Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Tippmann will be working with Freshmen throughout the school year to construct four-year plans for their high school careers.
Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Tippmann have been verifying senior diploma and pathways requirements and meeting with seniors to share this information. Mrs. Tippmann has also been registering our dual credit students through PFW, Ivy Tech, and Trine University. She also is organizing an opportunity for seniors to take the SAT at West Noble in October.
We are excited to announce that college and career day is coming back to West Noble! Mrs. Tippmann and Mrs. Zukowski have been hard at work contacting a variety of local colleges and businesses from our area and around Indiana. Students will spend two hours with them on October 6th.
Attention Seniors! Are you ready to start filling out your college applications? Indiana’s College Application Week is coming up on September 26 – 30, 2022, and many colleges and universities will be waiving their application fees during the week. Find out application information for the colleges you plan to apply to, including if they’ll be waiving their fees, by visiting LearnMoreIndiana.org/college/applying-to-schools/#app-process. While you’re there, be sure to read through the list of things you’ll need before you start your applications. You can use this list to help you gather everything you’ll need. If you’re still figuring out what colleges may be a good fit, set up an appointment with your counselor. We have some important information and homeroom help opportunities for our senior students who are interested in attending college after graduation. Mrs. Brown has plans in the works to help freshmen, sophomores, and juniors consider many varieties of post-secondary options for their own futures. ·
Scholarships: Scholarships are not just for academics or athletics. There are many scholarships available to recognize essay contest winners, artistic achievements, volunteer service to the community, a desired career path, and other talents or achievements? Visit your google classroom to find scholarships that might be a good fit for you.
We want to remind students and parents that they can fill out a google form to request an appointment with the school counselors. Links can be found in the sections below.
Important Dates and Reminders
● September 16th is a flex day, which will be a virtual learning day for students. Make sure you have checked in with your teachers and know what work to complete that day and make sure you complete the google attendance form so that you are marked present for classes.
● College Go Week is September 26-30th. (College and Career Day will follow on October 6th.)
● Parent Teacher Conferences are on October 5th from 11:00 AM–7:00 PM.
● October 12th is SAT and PSAT Day. Testing begins at 8:45 AM. PSAT is mandatory for all 10th & 11th graders. Seniors who signed up and paid in September will begin testing at 8:45, as well. Seniors who missed the sign up deadline can register for a Saturday test date through their CollegeBoard account.
● October 21st is when students can receive flu shots at school.
● Seniors are permitted two excused college visit days. Juniors get one excused college visit day in the spring. The form for this is available in the Guidance Office. ● Start college applications now! Many colleges have a deadline of November 1st.
● Fall Break is October 27th and 28th.
● The ASVAB testing date is November 3rd. If you pass, you will have completed your Graduation Pathway Box 3 requirement. All juniors will test, as well as any senior who has not met their Box 3 requirement. Sophomores will have the opportunity to take the ASVAB in the spring.
● Financial Aid Night is Wednesday, November 30th from 6:00-8:00 PM. This is for all seniors and their guardians to get vital information about how to navigate paying for college and other post-secondary training. Financial aid experts will be on hand to give a brief presentation, answer questions, and provide support in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
● Don't forget to join your grade level Google Classroom for important updates regarding freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The codes are located in the LRC room. Google Classroom is where we post information about scholarship opportunities as well.
Monthly Awareness Dates
September 4-10 National Suicide Prevention Week
September 8 International Literacy Day
September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day
September 11 Grandparents Day
September 17 World Clean Up Day
September 17 Constitution Day/Citizenship Day
September 18-24 Student Sleep Health Week
September 21 International Day of Peace
September 23 International Day of Sign Languages
September 28 National Women’s Health and Fitness Day
As always, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Guidance tab under the website for any changes and adjustments to the schedule. We hope you all are enjoying the start of fall and we are looking forward to Fall break at the end of October.
Student request to see a counselor
Parent referral to see a counselor
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Order it through Parchment. It is the easiest, fastest, and most secure way to get a transcript to a college or for your own records.
Looking for scholarships?
Check the link under "Helpful Information" on the right side of the page or visit the link below.
Community Foundation of Noble County https://cfnoble.org/
Links for College Bound students:
Registering for the ACT test: http://www.act.org/
Registering for the SAT test: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register
SAT and PSAT Practice: https://www.khanacademy.org/
College Cost Estimator: https://collegecost.ed.gov/net-price
Understanding your PSAT Score: https://youtu.be/ie6WBDzjtGA
Planning for life after college and much more: www.annuity.org/financial-literacy/students/
Links for Financial Aid:
FSA ID (see FSA ID under "Helpful Information") https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid
FAFSA website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
Coping with the stress of COVID-19:
ASVAB Practice Sites: