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Announcements
WELCOME TO THE KWHS COLLEGE & CAREER PLANNING WEBPAGE!
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
Florida Bright Futures Scholarships
and Other Florida Scholarships & Grants
Qualifying CURRENT SENIOR students will make an appointment with the College Advisor to complete the Florida Financial Aid Application
(FFAA, a.k.a. the Bright Futures application) starting in January 2017.
COMPLETE ACT/SATs and SUBMIT YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS BY DECEMBER FOR THE MIDYEAR TRANSCRIPT UPDATE!
Florida Student Financial Aid Homepage
Bright Futures Eligibility Criteria
Florida Scholarships & Grants Brochure
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 Thursday 10/20 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/
2016 DCCC Field Organizing Internship Program The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Internship is a critical part of the campaign's field team. The goal of the internship is to train the students to become community organizers and leaders.
Please see the attached flyer for more information or contact Juan Carlos Cruz at JCruz@dccc.org for more details.
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
Ready, Set, College!
Sponsored by the Key West Chamber of Commerce & FKCC
The free workshop, entitled “Ready, Set, COLLEGE!,” will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the library on the College’s Key West Campus. The first part of the workshop will focus on writing for effective essays for both college admissions and scholarship applications.The session will also help parents learn how to better evaluate student essays and suggest improvements. The second half of the workshop will be dedicated to learning about different ways to pay for college through federal grants and loans, scholarships, and payment plans. FKCC financial aid staff will provide hands-on guidance through completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the first step required for federal and many other financial aid opportunities.

For additional information about “Ready, Set, COLLEGE!.” contact the Key West Chamber of Commerce at 305-294-2587 or
committees@keywestchamber.org or contact FKCC at 305-296-9081.
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
Quick 1 on 1 Senior Meetings with Mrs. Townsend Tuesday September 23 -
Thursday September 25, 2016

Brief one on one meetings with each senior in the pod outside of social studies classes in regards to post-high school planning.
Senior (Class of 2017) Classroom Visits from Ms. Morales and Mrs. Townsend TBD September 2016
Important senior information, including college and career planning for after high school, will be shared.
Senior (Class of 2017) Parent Night with Ms. Morales and Mrs. Townsend Tuesday September 13, 2016
6-7 PM KWHS Library
The same classroom presentation that was shared with seniors during classrooms visits will be shared with parents at this meeting.
Junior (Class of 2018) Classroom Visits from Ms. Missert and Mrs. Townsend TBD September 2016
Important senior information, including college and career planning for after high school will be shared.
Junior (Class of 2018) Parent Night with Ms. Missert and Mrs. Townsend September 20, 2016
6-7 PM KWHS Library

The same classroom presentation that was shared with juniors during classrooms visits will be shared with parents at this meeting.
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.
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.
 KWHS Profile 15-16.doc
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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