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Useful Links

OTSELIC VALLEY SAYS "NO" TO BULLYING

  • Tips for Parents: What to Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied -
  • Tips for Parents: What to Do If Your Child Witnesses Bullying -
  • Tips for Parents: What to Do If Your Child Bullies Others -
  • Similarities and Differences between Rough-and-Tumble Play, Real Fighting, and Bullying -
  • Research Articles about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program ->>>read here
  • What Can Adults Do to Prevent and Address Cyber-Bullying? -
  • Parents Guide to Bullying Behavior -
  • http://www.itgetsbetter.org- The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential and positivity their lives will reach and remind teenagers that they are not alone and it WILL get better.
  • "Stop Bullying Now” – Website created by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with other public service, youth and community organizations that targets youth between the ages of 9 through 13 years -  http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/
  • “Teens Against Bullying” – Website developed by Pacer Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) that’s good for middle school/high school students. -http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/
  • International Bullying Prevention Association- The IBPA supports and enhances quality research based bullying prevention principles and practices to achieve a safe school climate, healthy work environment, good citizenship and civic responsibility.
  • Cyberbullying research Center- The Center provides up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.
  • Committee for Children- Provides many resources for bullying prevention. This site can guide the selection of a bullying prevention program by the bullying prevention committee.

 

FRESHMEN INFORMATION

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 visithttp://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."

http://www.gocollegeny.org/freshman-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:

  • START PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE NOW.......TIME WILL GO FAST!
  • RESEARCH CAREERS AND COLLEGES YOU MIGHT LIKE TO GET A FEEL FOR THEM AND CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING OR INTERVIEWING SOMEONE IN THIS FIELD.
  • THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR WHERE YOUR GRADES WILL FOLLOW YOU...BE SURE TO DO YOUR BEST!
  • TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR CLASSES AND CLASSWORK.
  • KNOW WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU IN YOUR CLASSES AND FOR GRADUATION.
  • KNOW WHAT CLASSES AND THE MINIMUM GRADES THAT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR YOU TO GET INTO THE COLLEGE OR TO GET INTO THE CAREER OF YOUR CHOICE.

 

SOPHOMORE INFORMATION

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."

http://www.gocollegeny.org/sophomore-checklist

 

JUNIOR INFORMATION

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:

http://www.collegeboard.com

http://www.actstudent.org

 The CEEB code for Otselic Valley is # 335285

Visit the following sites to get started on your future:

http://mappingyourfuture.org

http://www.collegeboard.com

http://www.college.gov

http://www.going-to-college.org

http://going2college.org

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE A "JUNIOR CHECKLIST."

http://www.gocollegeny.org/junior-checklist

GOOD LUCK!!!! STUDY HARD BECAUSE YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADES MATTER!!!!

SENIOR INFORMATION

  • Take SAT's if not done already.  Our CEEB # is 335285.
  • Review college/major information/meet with the counselor.
  • Meet with college respresentatives who come to Otselic Valley.  Visits are posted on the bulletin boards outside the guidance office. 
  • Make arrangements to visit colleges that you are interested in if you have not already done so.
  • Ask teachers, counselor, employers, club advisors and coaches to write your recommendation letter(s).
  • Apply to colleges using the SUNY application or the Common Application.  Both applications are available online and by mail.  Most colleges prefer that you apply online.  The SUNY application can be found athttp://www.suny.eduand the Common Application can be found athttp://www.commonapp.org.  Many colleges will send another supplemental application for you to complete.
  • Attend Financial Aid Night in the Fall.  File the FAFSA after January 1 of your Senior year.  The FAFSA can be found athttp://www.FAFSA.gov. File the Profile if necessary for your college.  The college(s) Financial Aid office will be able to assist you with this process and let you know if it is needed.
  • Make sure you have asked your counselor to send mid-year reports to your college.
  • If you require that a transcript be sent, please contact the counselor and give at least one week's notice. 
  • Make sure you know when deadlines are for college applications.  Each college is different.  It is your responsbility to make sure all materials are sent to the college(s) you are applying to on time.  Deadlines for applications are strict and enforced by the colleges.
  • Inform your counselor about any information from colleges regarding missing information.
  • Inform your counselor about where you are going to college or your plans after graduation.
  • See attachment below to compare the advantages/disadvantages of a small or large college
  • See attachment below to view a "SENIOR TIME TABLE OF EVENTS FOR COLLEGE PLANNING"

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE A "SENIOR CHECKLIST."

 http://www.gocollegeny.org/senior-checklist

To recieve some practical information to help you through out high school, the college application process and even daily life click below:

http://www.gocollegeny.org/high-school-success-tools

SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

Scholarships and Other Myths


I am sure you have heard it said that “there are millions of dollars worth of scholarship monies gone untapped” each year. While this may or may not be true, it is important for students and their parents to beware of how they go about “tapping” these scholarships. Unfortunately, there are individuals in the community who have developed financial aid scams to take advantage of parents who are struggling to find money to finance their childrens’ educations. They look like official companies and may send professional-looking business letters to high school students promising the ability to find these untapped monies and guaranteeing great amounts of scholarship money to those individuals who take advantage of their offers. Unfortunately, they charge large fees for this search, which can be done for free just by filling out the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and being a diligent visitor to your high school guidance office. Please beware of financial aid offers and watch for the following warning signs:

* Guarantees of certain amounts of scholarship money “or your money back”.
* Promises that “you can’t get this information anywhere else”.
* Promises that “We’ll do all the work”.
* Statements like “ You have been selected” or “You are a finalist” (in a contest
you never entered).
* Requests for credit card information or bank account numbers.

In addition, please be wary of the Internet. While there are some legitimate scholarship searches on the web, there are also numerous scams. See your school counselor if you have questions or concerns about certain sites.

The number one rule when it comes to financial aid and scholarship searches is “Don’t pay for free money”! There are numerous resources available in your high school guidance office to help you find scholarships. It will take some diligence and time on your part to find and apply for these awards but it will not cost you a cent!

 

Websites for finding Scholarships:

http://mappingyourfuture.org

http://www.scholarships.com

http://www.fastweb.com

http://www.finaid.org

http://www.collegeboard.com

http://www.hesc.com

http://www.collegescholarships.org/states/new-york.htm

http://www.educationmoney.com/states/ny.grants.asp

http://www.moneymatters101.com/states/newyork.asp

http://cuny.edu

http://go.salliemae.com/scholarship

http://www.scholarshiphunter.com

http://mycollegeguide.org

http://www.scholarshipexperts.com

 

FINANCIAL AID

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 atwww.FAFSA.gov.  In addition, you  may use the FAFSA Forecasterhttps://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 atwww.suny.edu/studenteventsor 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

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. 

Federal Loans

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

Federal Deadline

Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2012.
Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 21, 2012.

State Deadline

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.

College Deadline
 
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.
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