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Dear Families,
I hope you all enjoyed your President’s Day break! Notice the important deadlines for this month. Please read the important information pertaining to your student.
ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Acxiom/UCA Information Technology Careers Camp

Learn valuable information about IT careers. This is a free summer camp for students June 18-21, 2014. The application deadline is February 28. You may find more information about the application process at uca.edu/itcareerscamp.


College Guidance Website

The College Guidance portion of our LRCA website has undergone a major face lift! Check it for scholarships, ACT/SAT dates and prep classes, current newsletters, College Boot Camp information, and more!


College Bulletin Boards – Visit All Three!

There are now three college bulletin boards:



  1. The Commons – scholarships, college visits, newsletter, ACT/SAT information

  2. Library Hall – map of universities where LRCA students have been accepted

  3. Outside Library – summer programs at colleges and universities all over the country!



SENIORS
Senior Transcripts

All senior transcripts and ACT/SAT scores were hand delivered to Kristi Rainwater with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in late January. These will be used for processing the Arkansas Lottery Scholarships.


LRCA Scholarships

Pick up a PTF Scholarship application in Mrs. Kenyon’s office available by March 1st. The deadline for this scholarship is April 8th. Applicants must have been enrolled at least four semesters (two of which must be the senior year) at LRCA. A list of community service activities, an essay, and three letters of recommendation (two from LRCA teachers) will be required to apply for this scholarship.


The Warrior Club Scholarship application is available to pick up in the College Guidance office. The student must have been enrolled at least four semesters, two of which must be the senior year, lettered at least twice, and have evidence of strong character and Christian values. A minimum 2.5 GPA and a 19 on the ACT are also required. This scholarship deadline is March 7th.
The Fine Arts Scholarship application will be available by March 1st in the College Guidance office. Applicants must have been enrolled at least four semesters (two of which must be the senior year) at LRCA. The deadline for this scholarship is April 8th.
Scholarships

Check those college scholarship deadlines on the websites of your colleges! Get your applications in early.


Sallie Mae Scholarship Source

The SallieMae scholarship search website is http://go.salliemae.com/scholarship. This is a comprehensive source of scholarship opportunities.


The Society of Military Engineers Scholarship

This scholarship is a minimum of $2,000.00 given to a student accepted by an accredited school or cooperative program in architecture or construction-related engineering programs. Preference will be given to students who have previously attended one of the SAME Engineering Camps. Please see Mrs. Kenyon for an application. The application deadline is March 28th.


Transcripts Needed

Please e-mail Diana Smith concerning which colleges should receive “7th Semester” transcripts from LRCA. Only those colleges your student is still considering should receive these. All Common App schools require these transcripts.


College Reps

Seniors, be sure to return calls, texts, and e-mails from college reps who contact you. Those of you who attended Summer College Boot Camp remember that failure to communicate with them was the #1 “beef” of the college reps. It is important to let them know if you are no longer interested in their school.


FAFSA Applications

Note: FREE Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA – When applying for the FAFSA, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov - NOT .com. The “.com” website will charge you $80.00 to process your “free” application.
Lottery Scholarship Applications – Important Dates

The YOUniversal Scholarship Application became available for high school seniors (and all other applicants) to apply for the Academic Challenge Grant, Governor’s Scholarships, and all other ADHE programs on January 1, 2014. Go to www.adhe.edu and click on the “YOUniversal” button to start your application. All seniors should apply for this scholarship.


ACT/SAT Study Books

If you have some ACT/SAT study materials that you no longer need, please bring them to the College Guidance office for the benefit of other students. They will be available in the library.



SENIORS & JUNIORS
Highlands Ability Battery Aptitude Test – March 15th & 16th

I am very excited to announce this opportunity! The Highlands Ability Battery is the gold-standard among tools assessing abilities or aptitudes. The battery is a series of work samples that measure and define a person’s natural abilities. Please visit www.highlandsco.com/battery.php for detailed information about this valuable tool. Tami Peterson of Life Architects Coaching, Dallas, Texas, will administer this assessment at a cost of $300.00. A registration form and more information are included as attachments to this email.


SCHEDULE:

Saturday, March 15th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Students arrive to take the three-hour assessment.

(Each student will work individually on a computer).



Sunday, March 16th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Students and Parents return for detailed group feedback.

Your fee also includes a 1-hour individualized coaching session to be scheduled with Tami Peterson.

JUNIORS:
Summer College Boot Camp – 4th Session added!

Prepare to get your college applications, essays, interview skills, resume, and much more done in 2 ½ days! Dates for the four LRCA sessions are June 24 – 26th, July 8 – 10th, or July 22 – 24th, and July 29-31st. Brochures will be on the web for you to download by the end of next week. You will find these under the “Academics” tab, then “College Guidance.” Brochures will also available in the College Guidance office. All registration will be online this year for your convenience. Students from LRCA, other area high schools, and homeschoolers are welcome!


Individual Family Meetings

Junior (and any senior) families please call or email Mrs. Kenyon about scheduling your Family Meeting to discuss all aspects of your student’s college process.



JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES
ACT Prep Class

There will be an ACT Prep Class offered at LRCA this spring. The dates are Saturday, March 8, March 15, and April 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the cost is $60.00, payable to LRCA and sent to the Business Office. There are registration forms available on the LRCA website or in the College Guidance office. You can find these under the “Academics” tab, then “College Guidance”. A registration form is also attached to this email.


Military Academies – Information Session Tomorrow!!

Arkansas, historically, does not fill its quota for the military academies. Translated that means they are looking for more qualified students to attend these academies. Work on these applications needs to begin junior year to meet specific deadlines. I will be glad to get you the needed information if your student might be interested.


The Service Academy Information Session will be held on February 20, 2014, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Little Rock Central High School library.
Attendees will be provided with information on the application, nomination, selection, and appointment processes. Representatives will be present to give a short orientation and to answer questions about each academy:
The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York

The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland

The United States Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut

The United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York

The United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado
An academy appointment has an estimated value of over $400,000 and competition for an appointment is keen. Each academy selects nominees on the basis of moral character, scholastic achievement, physical fitness, leadership and college admission test scores.
Remaining ACT/SAT Test Dates

ACT Test Dates: 4/12/14, 6/14/14



SAT Test Dates: 3/8/14, 5/3/14, 6/7/14
ACT/SAT Prep Ideas

  • ACT and SAT have “Questions of the Day.” Go to www.act.org and www.sat.org to sign up.

  • Buy a box of ACT or SAT vocabulary cards. As a family, go over 4-5 words a night (perhaps at dinner). At the end of the week, review the words learned that week.

  • Get a ½” 3-ring notebook, “A-Z” divider sheets, and notebook paper. Have your students write down and define any unknown words they come across in their reading, classes, or vocabulary-card studies. (You might want to consider some small “perks” for your student for doing this.)

  • Check out Direct Hits publishing company – great ACT/SAT vocabulary materials.


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