SENIORS: Please don't forget to complete the Senior Exit Survey by Friday May 15th!
VHS SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:
In lieu of our traditional Senior Awards Scholarship Ceremony at the Savannah Center, we plan to virtually announce all the scholarships and recipients (using the students senior photo), with the help of the Daily Sun, and broadcast a previously recorded stream that will air ‘LIVE’ on Tuesday May 19th at 6:00pm. This will allow our students, families, friends, scholarship donors and community members to watch as we announce the scholarships and display the scholarship recipients' picture for the first time!
Please click below on this link on May 19th at 6:00pm:
Once on the site you will find various features including; how to access the ‘LIVE’ (previously recorded) presentation, the Class of 2020 scholarship recipients, local & community scholarship descriptions and the Buffalo Scholarship Foundation scholarships that will be awarded. Please note there will NOT be a traditional invitation sent out this year to students, please view the program on May 19th to see if the student has been awarded a scholarship.
*Directions on how to claim a scholarship award from the Buffalo Scholarship Foundation will be on the site above and a claim form must be completed.
*To claim scholarships from our community organizations and Clubs of The Villages, scholarship donors will either contact students directly (call, email or send in the mail), OR they will drop off awards/information on how to claim, to VHS and students will be able to pick them up on May 20th.
Thank you for your patience as we hope to bring you a wonderful ceremony to honor the Class of 2020!!
Counselor Contact Information:
All grades last names: A-F (+scholarship coordinator) Nicole Lake- firstname.lastname@example.org
All grades last names:G-M Merideth Brock- email@example.com
All grades last names:N-V Amy Henges- firstname.lastname@example.org
All grades last names:W-Z (+testing coordinator) Jennifer Blake- Jennifer.Blake@tvcs.org
Upcoming SAT/ACT Testing
STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR ADMISSION TICKET AND PHOTO ID IN ORDER TO TEST!!!
SAT Testing dates 2019-2020: August 24th, October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th, March 14th*, May 2nd, June 6th*. Please register to test: www.sat.collegeboard.org
ACT Testing dates 2019-2020: September 14th*, October 26th, December 14th, February 8th, April 4th, June 13th*, July 18th.*. Please register to test: www.actstudent.org
*The SAT & ACT will NOT be at VHS- but it is still a national test day
Parents of Seniors who are applying to universities/colleges:
If your student wants to attend a 4-year institution right after high school, priority deadlines for most of the FL universities are around November 1st. If your student has missed this deadline, please be sure to contact the universtiy, must schools accept late applications. A transcript is usually required to fill out the applications that ask you to 'self report' and your student can request one from their school counselor and we will provide an advising guide for this.
The student is responsible for sending SAT/ACT scores to the colleges/universites they plan to attend.
*If you are a Dual Enrollment Student: Please make sure you contact Lake Sumter State College for your transcript with your Dual Enrollment classes on it. This may be needed as you apply to universitites/colleges. Be sure to check with each individual college/university. Transcript request link for LSSC: http://www.lssc.edu/admissions/Pages/Transcripts.aspx
Khan Academy: The link below has resources to help students and parents navigate this challenging college process. These resources include video interviews and conversations with successful students from all walks of life and admissions officers and counselors at some of the nation's top schools.
ACT/SAT- College Entrance Testing:
Current Juniors and Seniors should be taking the SAT and ACT. Registration needs to be completed online at www.sat.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org. Please see your school counselor if you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver (2 per test).
What’s the difference between SAT and ACT?
Testing Time: The time you have to complete the SAT and ACT is roughly the same — 3 hours for the SAT (+50 minutes for essay) versus 2 hours and 55 minutes for the ACT (+40 minute for writing).
Testing Structure: The SAT has 3 tests + optional essay. The ACT has 4 tests + optional writing. The SAT has 154 questions and the ACT has 215 questions.
Time per question: The SAT is 1 minute and 10 seconds. The ACT is 49 seconds.
Score Range: SAT Composite score: 400-1600 (SAT Essay reported in 3 dimensions, each 2-8). The ACT Composite score: 1-36 (writing doman scores: 2-12).
The SAT structure:
- Reading (65 minutes; 52 questions)
- Writing (35 minutes; 44 questions)
- Math - no calculator (25 minutes; 20 questions)
- Math - with calculator (55 minutes; 38 questions)
- Essay- optional (50 minutes; 1 essay)
The ACT structure:
- English (45 minutes; 75 questions)
- Math (60 minutes; 60 questions)
- Reading (35 minutes; 40 questions)
- Science (35 minutes; 40 questions)
- Writing-optional (40 minutes; 1 essay)
The biggest difference in the structure is the amount of time you get for each question. Do you work better under pressure, moving through material quickly and precisely without losing focus? If so, the ACT’s faster-paced sections might be a better choice. If, on the other hand, you prefer taking the time to consider and double-check your answers, the SAT might a better option for you.
Remember: These college entrance test scores (ACT/SAT) are needed to be eligible for Bright Futures and for consideration by the Buffalo Scholarship Foundation!
High School Code/CEEB Code: 101833
SAT Test Center Site Code: 10381
ACT Test Center Site Code: 243870
Test Prep: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat- for the SAT
Test Prep: www.prepfactory.com - great prep for either SAT or ACT, create an account, complete learning games, etc.
Test Prep: http://www.ivybound.net/tests/sat/ and www.khanacademy.org - click on top banner for SAT practice
Test Prep: http://www.ivybound.net/tests/act/
PERT- The Post Secondary Education Readiness Test:
The Post secondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) is Florida's customized common placement test. The purpose of the P.E.R.T. is accurate course placement based on the student's skills and abilities. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Post secondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.
How to become eligible for the Dual Enrollment Program: Typically Sophomores will be tested in February who have a 3.00 unweighted GPA and take the PERT exam. The P.E.R.T. is aligned with the Postsecondary Readiness Competencies identified by Florida faculty as necessary for success in entry-level college credit coursework. The P.E.R.T. assessment system includes Placement and Diagnostic tests in mathematics, reading and writing.
Juniors will also take the PERT exam in February, regardless of GPA. This will help for placement of coursework in Senior year and allow another opportunity to take Dual Enrollment courses. The PERT is given a number of times at VHS but students can also take the exam at The College of Central Florida in Ocala for a small fee. Be sure you bring your test scores to VHS.
For more informaiton about the Dual Enrollment program at VHS please contact Francine Costa or email her with your questions- CostaF@LSSC.edu.
ASVAB Practice Test: http://asvabpracticetestonline.com/
State University System of Florida: http://flbog.org/
College & Career search: www.flvc.org
Private Colleges/Universities of Florida: http://www.pcuf.net/
College Athletics information (Junior year): www.eligibilitycenter.org
Career Planning information including earning power: http://beyondeducation.org
College planning tips for Juniors: http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/collegeprep/juniortips.htm
College planning tips for Seniors: http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/collegeprep/seniorcalendar.htm
College Price Planning tool for Seniors: www.pell.collegeabacus.org
College Searching: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
United States Department of Labor 'Bureau of Labor Statistics': http://www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm
TEST HELP RESOURCES:
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Varsity Tutors ACT: https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-act-resources
Varsity Tutors SAT: https://www.varsitytutors.com/free-sat-resources
PDF FilesCommunity Resources - List of resources in the community
FLVS registration directions - How to register for a FLVS course
Junior Year College Planning - From assembly on 1/9/20
LifeStream MRT Hotline - 24-Hour Helpline for COVID-19 Pandemic
PSAT/NMSQT assembly on 1/17/20 - Presentation to 10th graders
Rising 9th graders-Virtual Parent Night - Presentation that should have been held on 4/7/20
Senior Parent Night 9/19/19 - College Planning Powerpoint
Senior Parent Night 9/19/19 - FAFSA Presentation