Monday, September 30, 2013

Federal Scholarship Info

Check out this page with more information about searching for scholarships and SCAMS.  Be careful about what information you share during this time!  Please call the office if you are wary of anyone who is asking you for personal information and I'll walk through it with you.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Gates Millennium Scholars - Scholarship Opportunity

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. This program provides Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career. 
Students will receive this renewable, need-based, merit scholarship to be given throughout the scholar’s undergraduate career.  For those who choose to study in one of seven graduate disciplines:  computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, or science, the scholarship can continue through the pursuit of a doctoral degree.  Students are also provided mentorship, peer connections, etc., to enhance development of their leadership skills and to assure them every opportunity to attain their degree.  Criteria includes:  African American, native American/Alaska native, Asian American, or Hispanic American; US citizenship, national, or legal permanent resident of the US; minimum 3.3 unweighted GPA or GED recipient; first-time college enrollee in Fall 2011 as a full-time degree seeking student; leadership capabilities and participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities; and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria.  Online guidelines and application available at .   

8th Grade to visit the LCTC - Oct 9th

The 8th Grade Class will visit the LeCroy Career Technical Center on Oct 9th in the afternoon (time TBD).  Students will be able to see all of the programs they offer - including the new Robotics and Physics classes.  We are looking forward to this visit!  Visit their website here.

Fastweb - Scholarship Search Service

Make sure that you sign up for Fastweb!  This is a free scholarship search service.  Check it out here:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Senior/Junior Financial Aid Night Scheduled - Oct 24th

Seniors and Juniors!  Mark your calendars for Financial Aid Night with Stephanie Miller from Jacksonville State University!  She knows the ends and outs of financial aid and will help with any questions you may have.  We will have light snacks (sponsored by the Beta Club) as well as door prizes.  More information about this event will be posted soon.

Save the Date - Financial Aid Night
Date:  October 24, 2013
Verbena High School
Place:  TBD
Time:  6:00 PM

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Online Saftey Tips

This information was recently shared from the ALSDE.
 Good things to remember...


School supply lists include plenty of items that will help set students up for success. Pencils, papers, notebooks, and calculators are important, but some of the most useful back to school supplies do not go in a backpack. Going back to school means many students will access the Internet both at school and at home. Teachers, parents, and other adults can provide students the following online safety tips, from Stop.Think.Connect.’s parent and teacher resources:
Do not share personal information. Keep personal information about yourself private. This includes information about your family members, your school, your telephone number, and your address.
Be careful what you write or upload. Think twice before you post or say anything online. Once it is out in cyberspace, it is there forever. Do not post anything that you would not want your family, other students, teachers, or current and future employers to see!
Connect with care. Do not click on links or open emails from people you do not know. Cyber criminals use emails and links that look okay to lure people into clicking. If you think an offer is too good to be true, it probably is.
Use strong passwords. Try not to use the same password for multiple sites. Make passwords strong and change them often.
Keep your belongings safe. Lock your computer and mobile phone.
Be a good online citizen. Understand that what you do online is the same as what you do in person. Be careful what you post or say about others.
Speak up! If you see something bad or inappropriate online, are contacted by someone you do not know or do not want to talk to, or see cyber-bullying take place, do not try to retaliate or get involved. Talk to a trusted adult and work together on how to solve the problem.
Many Stop.Think.Connect. National Network and Cyber Coalition Partners have additional online and computer safety resources for children and students, including Netsmartz Workshop, Connect Safely, iKeepSafe, and Savvy Cyber Kids.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Eating for your brain!

Check out this post from Free Spirit Publishing from Jonathan Chesner, author of ADHD in HD: Brains Gone Wild.  Besides being a great resource for ADHD materials, this post is great information for all of us!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

SAT Question of the Day!

The College Board offers an SAT Question of the Day.  Get that brain going with this awesome tool!

View the question here!

Did you get this one correct?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Chilton County Career Fair - Seniors

Seniors and their parents are invited to the Chilton County Career Fair on Thursday, September 11 at Jefferson State Community College in Clanton.  Students will be transported by bus at 7:45, so please be on time.  Parents please meet us at the career fair.  Our designated start time is 8:15.  We will have a brief meeting in the auditorium before we can begin to visit the booths.  After the career fair, we will stop by Peach Park for lunch (and ice cream)!  Students need to bring money for whatever they want to eat.  We will return in time for the trade school students to make the bus.
This year, each student will be assigned an ipad to use for our Career Fair Scavenger Hunt.  From all of the students who complete all of the items, one student's name will be drawn for free ice cream at Peach Park!