OTSELIC VALLEY SAYS "NO" TO BULLYING
Beginning in 9th grade, students start working on their 4-year high school plan. (Please see attachment below to see a copy).
To see what the graduation requirements are for every student in New York State, you may visit http://www.nysed.gov. A copy of the requirements can be found in the Attachment(s) section.
Students should get a preview of what will be expected of them during their sophmore and junior years by looking ahead at the "Sophmore" and "Junior" information links.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE A "FRESHMEN CHECKLIST."
Freshman year is a very important transition for students. Be sure to keep these things in mind as you begin your high school career:
During the 10th grade school year, sophomores begin to work on and explore personalilty assessments and career assessments. Students also continue to work on their 4 year high school plan. Students explore a personality assessment by using New York Career Zone. You may check out the link by clicking on the following link: www.nycareerzone.org
By visiting the link above, you will have an opportunity to understand and explore a personality assessment for yourself. In addition, you will have a chance to explore which careers best apply to you based on the answers from your personality inventory. HAVE FUN!
Also, you should look ahead to get a preveiw of what is expected of juniors in the upcoming school year!
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE A "SOPHOMORE CHECKLIST."
Junior year is the time to be thinking about what avenures you might want to pursue and consider after graduation. Junior year is typically the time when students take the PSAT- in October (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) and the SAT - in the Spring (Scholastic Aptitude Test) in preparation for college applications in their senior year. Juniors also have the opporutnity to attend college fairs. In the Fall, the Broome-Tioga Counselors Association hosts a college fair at the Binghamton Arena in October and there is also a college fair held at the YMCA in Norwich in April hosted by the Chenango County Counselors Association. Students also have the opporutnity to visit colleges of interest at their own time and leisure as well. Students should stop into the guidance office if they have questions about setting up college visits. It is important to start thinking about your future NOW!!!!
Juniors will meet with the counselor in the Spring to begin discussing classes for Senior year as well as post-graduate plans. Students who wish to take College Level Courses their Senior year will have to meet the requirements of the course "prior to their Senior year" or will have to granted authority to do so at the teacher's discretion.
Visit the following site to sign up for the ACT/SAT exams:
The CEEB code for Otselic Valley is # 335285
Visit the following sites to get started on your future:
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE A "JUNIOR CHECKLIST."
GOOD LUCK!!!! STUDY HARD BECAUSE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADES MATTER!!!!
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE A "SENIOR CHECKLIST."
To recieve some practical information to help you through out high school, the college application process and even daily life click below:
Scholarships become available through out the school year and are put in the Daily bulletin and announcements. Students should check in with the guidance office periodically to check for new scholarships and deadlines. Please see below for a list of scholarship websites to visit.
Websites for finding Scholarships:
Be sure to attend Financial Aid Night. This occurs each Fall. Both Junior and Seniors along with their parents are invited to attend.
See attachment below for this year's powerpoint presentation for Financial Aid Night.
In addition, there are attachments discussing financial aid terms and questions to ask a financial aid office.
Students and parents should plan on filling out the FAFSA after January 1 of the students Senior year. This can be done at www.FAFSA.gov. In addition, you may use the FAFSA Forecaster https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/f4cForm?execution=e1s1 to recieve an estimate of what you will recieve for financial aid when you file in January.
SUNY Statewide Student Financial Aid Days 2012:
Saturday, January 21st & February 11th 2012. Attend any 2012 Financial Aid Day program by registering online at www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811. Locations vary depending on date of the event.
What are the Types of Financial Aid?
Federal Grants & Scholarships
Federal grants awarded are based on your financial need and include:
Pell Grant - up to $5,500
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportuntiy Grant (FSEOG) - UP TO $4,000 if you demonstrate expectional financial need.
Federal Work Study Program (FWS)
Federal Work Study provides part-time jobs, based on financial need, offered through your college to help pay education expenses.
New York State Grants & Scholarships
TAP - The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents attending approved New York State colleges pay for tuition. TAP is a grant - it does NOT have to be paid back. If eligible, you can recieve a TAP award up to 5,000.
Institutional Aid is funded and awarded by your college. Most colleges offer scholarships, grants, fellowships, assistantships, and stipends. Aid may be awarded based on need and/or merit, and can vary in amounts and availability. Contact your college's financial aid office for eligibility requirements, applications and deadlines.
Grants and Scholarships from Other Sources
Scholarships and awards are offered by many community groups, clubs and organizations. They may be awarded based on academic merit, athletic ability, field of study, ethnic background, religious affiliation, and special interests.
Direct Subsidized Loans - Up to $5,500 for undergrads and $8,500 for graduate students. Students must demonstrate financial need. 3.4% fixed interest rate for undergrads and 6.8% for graduate students. For undergraduate, no interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period, and during deferment periods.
Direct Unsubsidized Loans - Amounts vary depending on year in school and dependency status. No financial need requirement. 6.8% fixed interest rate. Interest is charged while you are in school and during grace and deferment periods.
Direct PLUS Loans - For Parents of dependent students. The annual limit is equal to the student's cost of attendance minus any other financial iad the student recieves. No Financial need requirement. 7.9% fixed interest rate. Interest is charged while in school, during grace and deferment periods.
Federal Perkins Loans - Up to $4,000 a year. The amount of the loan depends on financial need, other aid, and the availability of funds at the school. 5% fixed interest rate.
FAFSA DEADLINES 2011-2012
Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2012.
New York - June 30, 201 by midnight, Central Time. Applicants are encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.