Hello Cardinal families!
Right now we are making plans to return to school. Teams of teachers, staff, and administration are working on cleaning procedures and heightened disinfecting, athletics guidelines and practices, pages and pages of plans have been made as to how school may need to look different. We appreciate the feedback on the surveys we sent parents. We will use that information as well to help guide us with our plans. We are fortunate to have many people working to develop the best plans for our community. We know we will be looking to increase technology and to be prepared to be flexible. We miss our students tremendously and anxiously await a return to school guideline from the State and local Health Departments. It is our goal to safely meet the needs of all of our students to the best that we are able. We want parents to rest assured that we are working diligently to ensure a safe plan is available for all students to learn with Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools.
One item to note, our Approved Calendar for 2020-2021 is slightly different than the usual. It has students returning to school on the 31st of August - one week before Labor Day. It has been an odd year, and with Labor Day being late this year, getting back to school a little sooner will hopefully benefit all.
We will continue to communicate our plans as we move through the summer, knowing that things can change quickly. For now, enjoy the summer and stay healthy. We cannot wait to welcome you back to school at the end of August!
The Johannesburg-Lewiston Area School buildings are closed through the remainder of the school year, but Teaching and Learning is still happening!
On March 10, the Governor announced the first two cases of the novel Coronavirus in Michigan.
As time goes on, we will have more to communicate about specific events, contingency plans, and activities/trips,
The District requires students who are sick to stay home. Students should be healthy for 24 hours before
Any potential decision to close schools due to communicable disease outbreaks shall be made by the Superintendent,
* Encouraging the use of hand sanitizers in classrooms and cafeterias.
* Focusing cleaning on all touch points (light switches, doorknobs, water fountains, etc.) with EPA approved cleaners for fighting the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, school buses are cleaned daily with an EPA approved disinfectant approved to fight COVID-19.
* Closely watching attendance and daily illness reports within our school. We are also actively monitoring any school-sponsored trips to determine whether those should be postponed or canceled. No decisions have been made at this time, but we are following alerts from the State Department, World Health Organization and CDC and will cancel, if necessary, to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
ONLINE LEARNING WEBSITES
The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
✅Tour Yellowstone National Park!
✅Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
✅This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. https://www.farmfood360.ca/
✅Indoor Activities for busy toddlers
✅Play games and learn all about animals
✅Play with fave show characters and learn too https://pbskids.org/
✅Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
✅This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
✅Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/
✅Phonics skills https://www.starfall.com/h/
✅This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
✅ Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss https://www.seussville.com/
✅300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printables/
✅Geography and animals
✅Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry http://www.mathscore.com/
✅Fave kids books read by famous people https://www.storylineonline.net/
✅Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc, https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/
✅High school chemistry topics https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html
✅Math and reading games https://www.abcya.com/
✅Math and language games https://www.arcademics.com/
✅Hands on Elem science videos https://www.backpacksciences.com/science-simplified
✅Voice based learning... learn through Alexa https://bamboolearning.com/resources
✅Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/
✅ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. https://clickschooling.com/
✅Math as a fun part of your daily family routine http://bedtimemath.org/
✅Games to get "into the book" https://reading.ecb.org/
✅Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive
✅ Elem Math through 6th grade https://boddlelearning.com/
✅Educational games K-12 https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome
✅Digital archive of history https://www.bunkhistory.org/
✅Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc. https://www.bwseducationconsulting.com/handouts.php
✅Resources for Spanish practice https://www.difusion.com/campus/
✅Chinese learning activities https://chalkacademy.com/
✅Music is for everyone https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments
✅Science, Math, Social Studies https://www.ck12.org/student/
✅Grammar practice for middle grades https://www.classroomcereal.com/
✅Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home.http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/
✅Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions. https://www.commonlit.org/
✅Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin. https://conjuguemos.com/
✅35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world. https://www.countryreports.org/
✅K-5th Science lessons https://mysteryscience.com/
✅Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies https://www.coursera.org/
✅Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish) https://www.curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-away-from-school
✅Digital learning content for preschool through high school https://www.curriki.org/
✅A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus. https://deltamath.com/overview
✅Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
✅3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet. bit.ly/freemakerstations
✅Classes for older teens or adults https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lp/t1/freemo?source_id=FREEMO&utm_source=Social_Media&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=1000614&fbclid=IwAR1vaJx-3_aCdyE75S0fTJg4JZ_jI6KJvsJb4CnXY03tnfTm3FdgflaNpYs
✅Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses. http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/
✅Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student's needs including creating flashcards for other subjects. https://dogonalogbooks.com/printables/
✅K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them. https://www.dreambox.com/at-home
✅Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game. https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/
✅Higher level math series... online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math Level 2 problems.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQoCpvYRYRkRRvsObOPHaA?reload=9
✅Foreign languages https://www.duolingo.com/
✅Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement. https://www.everyday-earth.com/
✅A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering -- free 24/7 access
✅Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides! https://app.fiveable.me/
✅Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8. https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/
✅Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. https://www.gonoodle.com/
✅7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas https://hippocampus.org/
✅Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas https://www.carmensandiego.com/resources/
✅Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors https://www.hmhco.com/math-at-work
✅Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects
✅Online education program for toddler through high school... https://www.khanacademy.org/
✅Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Literacy-With-The-Littles/Price-Range/Free
✅Free printables library with activities for children 0-6 https://www.littlesparkcompany.com/printables-library
✅Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/
✅Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure. https://brainbox.games/
✅Resources for AP students https://marcolearning.com/
✅Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college. https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php
✅Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources https://www.mathplayground.com/
✅Poetry and music https://www.thewell.world/mindful-music/mindful-poetry-moments
✅3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects https://www.instructables.com/member/EdgertonCenter/instructables/
✅Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators. https://www.musictheory.net/
✅Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance https://www.ngpf.org/
✅Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world. https://www.nitrotype.com/
✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science. https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library
✅Online curriculum that builds better writers. https://www.noredink.com/
✅80+ do at home science activities https://elementalscience.com/blogs/news/80-free-science-activities
✅Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own https://www.superchargedschool.com/
✅Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8
✅Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice. https://noveleffect.com/
✅Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up
✅Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial http://www.paragraphpunch.com/
✅PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
✅Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students.
✅Science and math labs and simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/
✅An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics. https://www.positivephysics.org/home
✅Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free https://prodigiesmusic.com/
✅Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12
✅QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home https://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/
✅For students to practice and master whatever they are learning. https://quizlet.com/
✅ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. https://www.readworks.org/
✅Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students https://marketplace.mythinkscape.com/store/redtkids
✅Music Based Spanish Learning https://rockalingua.com/
✅Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology
✅The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts. https://www.shurley.com/
✅Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises. https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/
✅Music practice transformed https://www.smartmusic.com/
✅Spellingcity is free right now with code VSCFree90
✅Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts
✅A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials. https://learn.concord.org/
✅Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course. https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/
✅At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play. https://www.theottoolbox.com/
✅Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access https://sciencespot.net/Pages/classhome.html
✅Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. https://www.tytoonline.com/
✅Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. http://wonderopolis.org/
✅Math practice https://xtramath.org/#/home/index
✅K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students https://www.zearn.org/
✅A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.
✅450 Ivy League courses that you can take https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/?fbclid=IwAR0tbYeSJTzmrzgs1z1Brpoh-Lg8zoqnThQAUTFqR-bBX9O6AEh2_lnLhTs
✅Spelling 1-4 grade
✅2,500+ online courses from top institutions https://www.edx.org/
✅22 languages to learn https://www.memrise.com/
✅Learn to code https://www.codecademy.com/
✅Miscellaneous games for all subjects k-8 https://www.funbrain.com/
✅Phonics and learning to read https://readingeggs.com/
✅PreK - 5 games for all subjects https://www.turtlediary.com/
✅Online digital coloring pages https://www.thecolor.com/
✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool preschool - 8 https://allinonehomeschool.com/
✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school https://allinonehighschool.com/
✅Phonics worksheets for kids https://www.funfonix.com/
✅Free stories online ages 3-12 https://www.freechildrenstories.com/
✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html
✅Learn all about earthquakes https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/
✅Learn all about the periodic table https://www.chemicool.com/
✅Farmer's almanac for kids... Date, weather, moon phase, etc. https://www.almanac.com/kids
✅Guide to gardening for kids https://web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/
✅Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/
✅Space science for kiddos https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
✅Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/
✅Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
✅NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
✅News and more for kids https://www.youngzine.org/
✅Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters
✅Immerse yourself in cryptography https://www.cryptoclub.org/
✅Math games galore https://gridclub.com/
✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home
✅An interactive way to learn history
✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way. https://thehappyscientist.com/
✅Interactive games based on the book series
✅Work on the 8 parts of speech https://www.grammaropolis.com/
✅Learn all about cells https://www.cellsalive.com/
✅All sorts of learning here if you dig in https://www.google.com/earth/
✅Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning. https://scratch.mit.edu/
✅A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/
✅Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are. https://www.geoguessr.com/
✅Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.
✅Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun. https://www.numberphile.com/
✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways. https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=/dashboard
✅Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art. https://artsology.com/
✅Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos. https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/
✅Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.
✅A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students https://www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm
✅Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. https://supersimple.com/
✅Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills. https://www.overcomingobstacles.org/
✅Coding for ages 4-10 https://www.kodable.com/
✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids
✅Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.
✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin. https://bensguide.gpo.gov/
✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
✅Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.
✅Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids
✅From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. http://www.weatherwizkids.com/
✅Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design. http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/
✅This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/
✅Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. https://www.brainscape.com/
✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.
✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/
✅Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html
✅Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities https://artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus
✅Find and fix learning gaps https://www.mobymax.com/
✅Algebra games for kids https://www.dragonboxapp.com/
✅Fractions practice http://www.mathchimp.com/freddysfractions.php
✅Education for kids all topics https://www.ducksters.com
✅Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult
✅Science podcasts to listen to with your kids https://medium.com/kidslisten/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-listen-to-with-kids-6fe46ac506b8#.rb23iuaw6
✅Alaskan Wildlife cams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams
✅Coding with Star Wars https://code.org/starwars
✅Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun https://www.crazygames.com/
✅Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children https://www.funology.com/
✅Amphibian unit studies https://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-mom/amphibians-unit-study-resources/
✅Engineering challenges with things you have at home
✅Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+ https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/
✅Toddler and preschool age ideas https://preschoolinspirations.com/
✅100 free online educational program ideas
✅Bible story resources early childhood - 6th grade
What is the purpose of the Cardinal Club?
The purpose of the program is to provide a safe before, after, and half day school experience that is educational and enjoyable.
Johannesburg Cardinal Club
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Johannesburg Lewiston Area Head Start
J-L HEAD START PROGRAM
The Head Start Program offers the child the opportunity to progress at his individual pace. Social and emotional development are important parts of the Head Start curriculum. One of the Head Start goals is to develop self worth in a relaxed atmosphere, using developmentally appropriate activities. The "play-based" curriculum includes: art, music, science, reading readiness activities, cognitive and motor development, health, safety, mental health and nutrition awareness. Special needs children are welcome in Head Start. Planned programs are specially designed by the Intermediate School District, teaching staff, and other agencies to meet the needs of these children and their families.
An important part of every Head Start Program is the family. Head Start maintains that the parent is the child's first and most important teacher. Parent involvement is necessary and encouraged in all areas of the program. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom, attend parent workshops, plan field trips and to use community resources made available to them by staff members. Many Head Start families are active members in the community and are involved in building working partnerships with other organizations.
Fore more information about Head Start, call 989-786-5181 for the Johannesburg/Lewiston area and
Dear J-L Parents/Guardians:
I would like to bring your to your attention some information about a growing concern I have that directly or indirectly relates to all our students. During the past several years there has been a growing problem of drug abuse among school age children. For many, the source of the drugs does not come from a drug dealer on the street or in a dark alley, but right from the medicine cabinet that exists in most of our homes.
Drugs that are outdated, left over from previous illness's or injuries, and current prescriptions are the culprits. Most of us do a poor job of disposing of outdated and unused prescriptions. We have concerns about the environment, clean water, or where we can take old drugs to be
Currently, there are several ways of disposal to consider:
We all want our children to be safe and healthy as possible. Please take the time to check your own medicine cabinets and cupboards and take an inventory of what you have. Think about a lock box for the drugs you are currently using and take the others to a proper disposal site. It is not unusual for school age students to visit the home of friends or relatives or spend the night. Please pass the word about securing and/or disposing of prescription drugs to them.
Thank you in advance for making life safer for all our children.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please contact Under Sheriff Matthew Nowicki at 989-731-7282 for further information or to set up an appointment outside of the normal scheduled turn in hours.
1. Yellow lights flashing - PREPARE TO STOP.
SCHOOL BUSES WITH OVERHEAD RED LIGHTS ONLY
ALL SCHOOL BUSES
7 Tips for a Healthy School Year
It's back to school time, the perfect time to set up healthier school-day routines at home. Consider these your "new school year resolutions" for minimizing stress and maximizing well-being. Here are seven strategies:
1. Organize the night before.
2. Set a bedtime and stick to it.
3. Make Breakfast.
4. Learn what's up.
5. Teach Safety.
6. Spell out expectations.
7. Practice relaxation.
From www.RIF.org: Research and practice show that one simple activity — reading aloud — is the best way to prepare children for learning to read and to keep them reading as they learn and grow. Reading aloud helps your children develop the language skills that they will use in school and throughout their lives.
10 Internet Safety Tips
1. Create clear and simple ground rules for children to follow.
Help keep your child save on the internet!!!
KEEP SAFE - KEEP AWAY - KEEP TELLING
I keep away
I keep telling
1. Attend School Every Day - On Time
2. Be Organized
3. Manage Your Time Wisely
4. Pay Attention in Class and Ask for Help if Needed
5. Take Good Notes
7. Practice Good Study Habits
8. Test-Taking Strategies
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools offers Career and Technical Education programs at the high school. These programs are designed to prepare students for a broad range of employment and training services and are offered under the guidance of certified teachers. The following is a list of programs that are currently offered and the criteria for admission.
All career and technical education programs follow the district's policies of non discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, disability, height, weight, or marital status in all programs, activities, and employment. In addition, arrangements can be made to ensure that the lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission or participation.
Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:
*Continue saving money for college.
*Ensure your teen continues taking college prep courses.
*Start visiting college campuses.
*College-bound sophomores may want to take the PLAN. This is a pre-ACT that is given in October. The results will help your student estimate how they will score on the ACT and give them ideas about careers. If your student is interested in taking dual enrollment courses during their junior year, they must take the PLAN. These scores will be used to determine dual enrollment eligibility.
*Continue saving money for college.
*Learn about different types and sources of financial aid.
*Investigate financial aid resources.
*College-bound juniors should take the PSAT/NMSQT in October. This test is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and if your student scores in the top percentiles, he/she could be eligible for scholarship money. Also, if your junior did not take the PLAN last year and wishes to dual enroll as a senior, the PSAT is required for dual enrollment eligibility.
*Attend the college fair in Gaylord in the spring. (Letters will be sent home with details.)
*Visit college campuses with your teen. Students can use "college days" if they must miss school. Contact Mrs. Nowak for details.
*Students planning to go into the military should sign up to take the ASVAB in February.
*Juniors will be taking the Michigan Merit Exam in the spring. This is the new test that is replacing the MEAP. One component of this test is the ACT. By taking the MME, it may not be necessary to take the ACT on the national test date.
*Juniors may register to take the ACT on the national test date in April. The ACT is given in Johannesburg in April and October.
*Let your teen know how much you can afford to contribute toward his/her schooling.
*Have your student obtain college applications from Mrs. Nowak or print one from the college's website.
*Help your teen track college applications and decision deadlines.
*Students who still need to pass a portion of the MEAP to earn the Merit Award will have an opportunity to retest in November.
*Watch out for scholarships and financial aid scams -avoid any service that charges a fee to help you find financial aid.
*Help your teen make their final decision about which college to attend. This decision should be based on programs offered, affordability, location and size.
*Start collecting the documentation you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
*Save your last pay stub for this year to help you complete the FAFSA.
*Complete and file the FAFSA form as soon as possible after January 1st. (The sooner the better - federal aid can run out.)
*If you need help completing the FAFSA, attend the Financial Aid meeting after the January Parent/Teacher Conferences. Information will be sent home about this just after the new year.
*Prepare and file your federal income taxes as early as possible; schools may ask for them as verification of income.
*Be sure to keep an eye on the scholarship newsletter. Most local scholarships come out just after the first of the year so students should be busy completing scholarship applications.
FEBRUARY - MAY
*Students planning to go into the military should sign up to take the ASVAB in February.
*Students who still need to pass a portion of the MEAP to earn the Merit Award will have one more opportunity to retest this April.
*Letters of admission and financial aid offers will usually arrive by April.
*Seniors qualifying for the Merit Award should be receiving a letter of confirmation from the Michigan Department of Treasury this summer. Seniors must certify to use their money for the upcoming school year by November 15. This can be done online or through the mail.
*Read, sign and send in a promissory note if your borrowing money.
Some of this information was taken from ACT's website, this website is a helpful resource for parents of college bound students.