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WELCOME TO THE KWHS COLLEGE & CAREER PLANNING WEBPAGE!

KWHS Guidance Department showing its college spirit!
Left to right: Mrs. Spencer, Ms. Missert, Mrs. Townsend, Ms. Morales,
and Mrs. Rowe. Unavailable: Ms.Cooper (but she'd say Go Gators!)
Updates for the Class of 2017 via text (Remind) are now regularly sent directly to your mobile device.
Instructions to sign up for these notices are here.
If you're not receiving these messages, you are missing opportunities!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
Student Internships with Florida Congressman
Joe Garcia
Students interested in an internship with the Congressman Joe Garcia Campaign should contact
Mr. Alejandro Levy at avin@joegarciaforfl.com.
VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Audio Essay Contest ALL students (grades 9-12) are encouraged to develop an audio essay response to the prompt
"My Responsibility to America" using the attached application and guidelines posted here.

Applications due to Mrs. Townsend no later than Wednesday 10/19 at 3 PM.
The Horatio Alger Scholarship Opportunity National Scholarship opportunity for students who have at least a 2.0 GPA and require financial assistance to go to college. Eligible students must be full-time enrolled high school seniors in the U.S. who plan to pursue college the Fall after HS graduation. Other eligibility requirements apply.
Online Deadline is October 25, 2016.
For more information, please visit https://scholars.horatioalger.org/
Community Service Opportunities for Students through the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce Students interested in earning community service hours through volunteer work with the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to review the list of upcoming events and contact Susie Cooper at 305-872-2411 or email info@lowerkeyschamber.com.
Community Service Opportunities for Students through the Key West Preschool Co-Op Students interested in earning community service hours through volunteer work with the Key West preschool Co-Op are encouraged to review the attached and contact Nicole Medina at 305-393-5787.
FAFSA & Financial Aid Webinar, sponsored by Discover The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) can now be submitted as early as October 1.

Discover Student Loans is hosting a FREE 60 minute webinar to help your students and families make sense of the new changes to the FAFSA and the financial aid process. The presentation will cover:
New changes to the FAFSA
• How to maximize grants and scholarships
• How to read your Award Letter
College Financial Aid 101 presented by Discover Student Loans - Wednesday, October 5th 2016 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, Register Today

College Financial Aid 101 presented by Discover Student Loans - Thursday, October 6th 2016 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, Register Today
Community Service Opportunity at Gerald Adams School If you're in need of earning community service hours and enjoy working with elementary students, please contact
Ms. Ashley Henriquez at 305-293-1609 x.51361 or ashley.henriquez@keysschools.com for more information to help support the 21st Century Program.
Community Service Opportunity - 5K Fundraising Walk

Making Strides Against breast Cancer of the Florida Keys
(5k Fundraising Walk)

Date: October 15, 2016

Location: White Street Pier @ Higgs Beach (Atlantic Blvd/White Street)

Point of Contact: Julie Cuneo @ floridakeysFLstrides@cancer.org or Julie.cuneo@cancer.org # (305)292-2333

Shifts: Event flexibility - shifts range between 6am-11am, include setup/breakdown/water stations etc.

Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship

Let’s Recognize Our Best Student Athletes
Eligibility for the scholarship begins with maintaining a GPA of 3.0
(B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. Please let your students know about this wonderful scholarship opportunity, the deadline to apply is October 3rd!

More information and the scholarship application can be found by visiting https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/

IMPORTANT, UPCOMING COLLEGE & CAREER PLANNING EVENTS
Seniors, Juniors and their families are encouraged to use the
College & Career Planning IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES document distributed to during classroom visits and parent nights at the beginning of the semester. These documents are also posted in the respective class folders
at the bottom of this webpage.
EVENT DATE
Resume Boot Camp
for Senior

(+ other interested students)
DATE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM 10/3 + 10/4 to
Tuesday 10/11 and Thursday 10/13

2:30-3:30 PM
KWHS Library

Need a resume? Want a better resume?
Join Mrs. Townsend and Mrs. Moore each day to develop or improve a resume that students will use for college and scholarship applications, to acquire letters of recommendation, and more!
KWHS
College & Career Night
Tuesday November 1, 2016 6 to 7 :30 PM
in the KWHS Cafeteria.

A FREE and OPEN event for all KWHS students and families to discover and investigate college and career opportunities for student college and career planning.

Colleges, military and community business and organizations interested in presenting at the event must review the attached invite
and must contact Gavin Townsend to RSVP at gavin.townsend@keysschools.com by Friday October 21, 2016.
KWHS Senior Financial Aid Night for Students & Families DATE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM 12/8 to 11/3
to better assist students and families with the financial aid process!

Thursday November 3, 2016 6 - 8 PM
KWHS Library

Overview and assistance navigating the financial aid process to help finance college, including the FAFSA, other financial aid pieces and an introduction to local scholarships that will begin to be available by the end of January 2017.
See the attached flyer for details.
FloridaShines.org
Virtual College Night
Wednesday November 16, 2016
5 to 9 PM

For high school juniors, seniors, parents and counselors!
FREE and funded by the State of Florida.

Details coming soon...current information on
attached flyer.
BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIPS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
CLASS OF 2017 If you are a CURRENT SENIOR and believe you qualify for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, please make an appointment with Mrs. Townsend to complete the application starting in January 2017. Please do not complete it on your own. Technically, students have until June 2016 to make the qualifying test scores; however, it is highly recommended that Bright Futures eligibility requirements are met as early in the senior year as possible to confirm scholarships in advance of the end of the school year. Eligibility requirements are available here.
CLASS OF 2018 and later Now is the time to work on GPAs, community service hours, graduation requirements, and SAT/ACT preparedness in preparation for Bright Futures eligibility.

For comprehensive Bright Futures information, please consult the Bright Futures website.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS - ACT & SAT
Current Sophomores and Juniors who recently received their PSAT scores - you will receive further instruction from Guidance in classroom visits this February in regards to your scores and next steps. In the interim, please view this document for your next steps.
UPCOMING SAT AND ACT COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS AND REGISTRATION DATES FOR 2016-2017 ARE LISTED HERE.
Interested to know how your ASVAB scores correspond to SAT or ACT?
Please review the
ASVAB Concordance Table.
FREE and PERSONALIZED SAT PREP
Students - Link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts
for the free practice through these steps:
1. satpractice.org – log in to or create your Khan Academy account
2. Link Your Accounts – when prompted, agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts
3. Send Your Scores – Sign in to or create your College Board account and hit “Send” to send your scores.
Sign up. Link up. Get practicing.
SAT ACT
Register online here: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/​ Register online here: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/​
Student Overview of the College & Career Process
4 outstanding alumni (Class of 2016) created the following video as their final economics project that outlines the college and career planning process each year of high school.

Thank you, Naylen, Leslie, Tatum and Marilyn!

Click on the link below to view the video.
Student Perspective of the College & Career Planning Process, Disney-Style

Files
 Brag Sheet, Resume Template and Letter of Recommendation Form
Students - review and complete at least one of these worksheets to give to recommenders when you ask for a letter of recommendation. Remember to ask for letter of recommendation at least 2 weeks in advance of the letter of recommendation deadline. The resume may also be a requirement of some college admission applications.
 Class of 2017 - Senior Classroom Visits, Parent Night & Other Meetings
Materials and Resources covered and distributed during the Class of 2017 meetings with the College Advisor.
 Class of 2018 - Junior Classroom Visits, Parent Night & Other Meetings
Materials and Resources covered and distributed during the Class of 2018 meetings with the College Advisor.
 Class of 2019 - Sophomore Classroom Visits, Parent Night & Other Meetings
Important information for the Class of 2019 in preparation for College & Career Planning.
 Class of 2020 - Freshman Classroom Visits, Parent Night & Other Meetings
Important information for the Class of 2020 in preparation for College & Career Planning.
 50 Fastest-Growing Occupations Projections in Florida in 2014.pdf
A spreadsheet of hot vocations in the State of Florida, including the expected level of education and wages.
 College Visit Letter 2015 v1.doc
Request form for College Campus Visits. Must be approved by the College Advisor PRIOR to the visit to count for one of four excused absences during the Senior year.
 Key West High School School Profile AY2017.pdf
UPDATE COMING SOON!
Key West High School's School Profile for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Contacts
+ Townsend, Gavin
Click on name to see details.

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