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Food Bank

We are in need of volunteers to help out at the food bank, if you have 2 hours to spare on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month call the office today to help us out.  Items we need: bread, milk, soups, cereal, toiletries, paper towels, toilet paper, and any extra produce you have from your garden. 

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Need help with Financial Aid? Attend an ICAN Fin. Aid Presentation

ICAN Fall Financial Aid Presentation Schedule
Throughout the month of September, ICAN has scheduled regional presentations to cover the financial aid process and assist students who were unable to attend programs held in the spring.These regional presentations are open to any and all students and parents interested in attending and learning about the financial aid process and the filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.)Presentations are being held at the following locations:September 9

  • Cherokee - Washington High School - 6:45 pm
  • Hiawatha – ICAN Center (1770 Boyson Rd) – 5 pm
September 10
  • Des Moines – DMACC Urban Center – 6 pm
September 11
  • Creston - Southwestern Community College - 6 pm
  • Newton City – DMACC Newton Center – 6 pm
September 16
  • Waterloo - Hawkeye Community College – 6 pm
September 17
  • Inwood - West Lyon High School - 7 pm
  • Iowa Falls - Ellsworth Community College - 6 pm
  • Oskaloosa – William Penn University - 6 pm
September 18
  • Algona - Algona High School - 6:30 pm
  • Denison - Denison High School - 6 pm
  • Sioux City - Western Iowa Tech Community College - 6 pm
  • West Burlington - Southeastern Community College - 5 pm
September 19
  • Dubuque - Dubuque Senior High School - 6 pm
September 23
  • Bettendorf - Pleasant Valley High School - 6:30 pm
  • Orange City - Northwestern College - 7 pm
  • Shenandoah - Shenandoah High School - 6 pm
September 24
  • Coralville - Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa - 6 pm
  • Mason City - Mason City High School - 6 pm
September 25
  • Calmar - Northeast Iowa Community College - 6 pm
  • Clinton - Clinton High School - 6 pm
  • Council Bluffs - Iowa Western Community College - 6 pm
  • Fort Dodge - Iowa Central Community College - 6 pm
  • Muscatine - Muscatine Community College - 6 pm
September 26
  • Washington - Washington Regional Education Center - 6 pm

For specific location and address information visit www.icansucceed.org/regional. 

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SuperMoney Scholarship

SuperMoney is excited to announce that we are offering a scholarship to eligible students at HLV Community School District. We would love to make an application for this scholarship accessible to your students.

Eligibility Requirements
In order to participate in the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be enrolled full-time in high school as a senior or at least part-time in college, graduate, professional, trade school, or coding bootcamp
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be a permanent resident or a U.S. citizen
  • Upload an unofficial transcript or an enrollment verification document
  • Must provide your written essay by the deadline of December 31st, 2019.


A winner will be chosen on February 15, 2020

All essay submissions should be submitted at https://www.supermoney.com/scholarship 

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Enter to win a $1,000 College Savings Account


Registration Now Open for the Save Now, Save Later Giveaway

Parents of students in sixth through 12th grades have a chance to give their college savings accounts a boost with the Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway.Entering its sixth year, the program gives Iowa parents a chance at one of 50 individual $1,000 deposits into a College Savings Iowa® plan for an eligible child.
    LEARN MORE AND ENTER
    Video Tips & Resources
    Parent Handbook Video: Benefits of Saving
    Saving for college is one of the best ways to help manage costs. Whether it is you or your child doing the saving, every little bit saved helps reduce the amount you or your child may need to borrow, or savings can help cover small, unexpected costs.
    WATCH THE VIDEO
    Student Loan Coach Blog
    3 Budget Basics for Middle Schoolers
    If they haven't begun already, current middle school students will soon be considering part-time jobs, saving for college and paying for their own expenses. You can help your child set a strong financial foundation with these three budget basics.
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    12 Benefits of a College Savings Plan
    Saving for your children's college educations can be stressful, but it can also be one of the best things you can do to help ensure they have a solid financial start. Consider college saving plans, or 529 plans, offered by most states.
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    Collegeboard Scholarship Opportunities

    The College Board partners with scholarship providers connected to the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and PSAT™ 10. Through these partners, students can access over $300 million in scholarship awards. Learn more about scholarships.

    Below are deadline notifications for three of our partners:

    APIA Scholarship

    The APIA Scholarship is open to Asian and Pacific Islander American students who'll be enrolling or are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the fall of 2020. This year's application opened on September 4, 2019, and closes on January 22, 2020. Learn more about the application process and minimum eligibility criteria.

    Cooke College Scholarship Program

    Scholarships can open doors for students who aspire to go to college but don't have the funds. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides one of the largest scholarships in the country for high-achieving students with financial need.

    The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as access to a thriving network of more than 2,600 fellow Cooke scholars and alumni.

    The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application (exclusively through the Common App) closes November 13, 2019.

    Subscribe to the Cooke Foundation's counselor newsletter to stay updated on all scholarship programs and opportunities.

    Ron Brown Scholarship

    African American high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholarship by either the early deadline of November 1, 2019, or the regular deadline of January 9, 2020. Named for the late secretary of commerce and inspired by his dedication to public service, the Ron Brown Scholar Program offers a $40,000 scholarship to up to 30 African American high school seniors each year based on academic excellence and commitment to public service. Recipients are young African Americans of outstanding promise who are offered intensive mentorship, service opportunities, leadership experiences, and extensive professional development throughout all stages of their careers.

    Applications must be mailed to the Ron Brown Scholar Program office with a postmark dated no later than January 9, 2020. For more information about the Ron Brown Scholarship, please visit their website.

    Guided Pathway Support Program

    The Ron Brown Scholar Program is also accepting applications from African American juniors and seniors for its Guided Pathway Support Program (GPS).

    Launched in 2016, GPS is a free online college access and advising program that helps African American high school juniors and seniors navigate the college application process using Ron Brown scholars as guides. Each year, GPS offers 10–12 scholarships to participating high school seniors based on contributions to the GPS online college access community, academic achievement, and demonstrated leadership.

    GPS is now accepting applications from current and rising African American high school juniors and seniors. For more information on GPS, please visit their website.

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    Iowa Financial Aid Application and FAFSA

    On October 1, 2019, students will be able to complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the 2020-2021 Iowa Financial Aid Application. The FAFSA is the standardized form used to determine eligibility for federal, state and in some cases, institutional financial aid. Upon completion of the FASFA, all Iowa residents have the option to link directly to the Iowa Financial Aid Application (IFAA). The IFAA is the State of Iowa's supplemental scholarship/grant application that collects eligibility information for specific state-funded scholarships and grants.

    What this means to you and your students:

    Students who will be going to college anytime during the 2020-21 academic year can be encouraged to complete the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2019.

    The tax questions on the 2020-2021 FAFSA will ask for data from tax year 2018. The IRS retrieval tool makes it easy for students/families to access their tax data from the IRS and transfer the data directly to the FAFSA.

    Students should be aware of the college/university FAFSA deadline, the state of Iowa deadline (July 1) and any other scholarship/grant deadlines to ensure their FASFA is submitted by the earliest deadline. 

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    Iowa Tour Guide Scholarship

    Iowa Tour Guide Scholarship

    At The Zebra, we know better than most just what a pain buying car insurance can be. We also know that students suffer from higher-than-average policy rates. Talk about a double-whammy. That's why, this year, we've decided to continue The Zebra's annual scholarship with the goal of helping to alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Iowa area, while also getting an insider view of the Hawkeye State. https://www.thezebra.com/iowa-car-insurance/#driving-laws 

    Prompt

    So, students, we want to see your favorite road trip destination(s) in your state— from your unique perspective. If it makes sense to hit the open road and be our virtual tour guide, that's great! But there are no limits to what we're looking for: a narrated animation, a slideshow of memorabilia, an illustrated map of the best roadside attractions on the way. This is a chance for you to showcase any place you love in as an original way as possible.

    How do I choose a location?

    The length of the road trip to your feature destination is inconsequential. So if you have an awesome spot in mind that's just two miles from home, we want to see it.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must be currently enrolled at or planning to attend a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States. Upon notification, winner(s) must supply a current proof of enrollment or letter of acceptance.

    How to Apply1. Create a video

    Your original video should not exceed 2 minutes

    2. Post online

    The video must be hosted on YouTube or Vimeo

    3. Submit by email

    Email your submission to scholarships@thezebra.com

    4. Please include...

    your name, address, and phone number when you submit

    DetailsAward

    Selected winner(s) will be awarded a check for $1,000

    Deadline

    Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31st, 2019

    Notification

    Winner(s) will be selected and notified by email by January 31st, 2020

    Judges: The Zebra

    The winner will be selected based on creativity in the content and presentation

    *Upon notification, winner(s) must also supply a current proof of enrollment at a four-year university, graduate program, community college, or trade school located in the continental United States. 

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    Click here for Mental Health, Suicide Awareness, and Self Care

    Please use this information as you need.  If you are seeking information and help here are some resources that may help.  Please talk to me if you would like more information or help.

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    Van Wall Full Scholarship for Ag Diesel

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    LendEDU Scholarship Database

    In an effort to help students afford their higher education, our team at LendEDU recently updated our guide to college scholarships to help students find relevant opportunities specifically for them.

    Within this update, we have added our new search tool where students can filter scholarship opportunities based on their grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship.

    On top of this new tool, our resource teaches students and families the importance of searching for scholarships when figuring out how to pay for college. Here is the URL:
    https://lendedu.com/blog/scholarships

    Note: You can click the link at the top of the page to jump down to the scholarship search tool.

    Here are some other points we cover in the guide:
    - Different Types of Scholarships Available
    - Applying for Scholarships
    - Essay Tips
    - Letters of Recommendation Tips
    - Spotting Scholarship Scams

    We have also included YouTube videos from our channel to help make the information a little more digestible and entertaining.

    This resource would be very useful for your students and could certainly help them find some opportunities relevant to them. 

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    Need a transcript?

     If you need a transcript to apply to one of the scholarships, just let Karla Robison know.  Let me know where you would like it sent or if you need an electronic form.  

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    Mt. Mercy College - FREE Tuition for 4 Years!

    Check out the details.... 

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    Juniors Plan your Adventure

    Junior I Have a Plan Day

    We have several items for you to accomplish today. Today is meant to help you plan for next fall and beyond; please be honest with yourself and take your time. If you rush through and not think about the questions you are answering you are only hurting yourself.

    The schedule for today:

    • Mock Interview Schedule - On Thursday, March 8th we will be hosting a mock interview for all freshmen and juniors. Please take this opportunity to practice your application skills. This is a formal presentation and first impression of yourself upon future potential employers. Please click on they hyperlink and fill out the application.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScStNznHuMYGVaSeKQm011bOn-PUsBXWddkLObLaqL6Sd35BA/viewform

    • PSAT Results - I will walk you through the PSAT results and hand back your test booklets.
    • ASVAB Results - Go to www.asvabprogram.com and click login. Enter the access code found on right side of your test results. This will show you your strengths, the more books you have piled the stronger that skill is. Under step 1 click on Take the FYI. Begin to do the assessment. Please write down your results on the paper provided. Once you have completed this you are welcome to look through the various occupations based on you FYI score and compare your strengths to the careers that are high in your FYI category. Please write down the top 3 careers you are considering right now.
    • NO ASVAB - go here www.Plan your Adventure.net - If you did not take the ASVAB please go to www.planyouradventure.net. You will take the interest inventories here and investigate your careers. Please circle the strength you feel is best for yourself.
    • AFTER ASVAB - Please record your findings from ASVAB on www.planyouradventure.net You will log in with your school Google account. You do not need to retake your inventories, if they have changed please change them based on your findings with ASVAB, save and continue. Please update your courses for your 4 year plan.
    • Activities Resume - I have a few activities resume shared with me. Please update your personal resume. If you sit and brainstorm all the items you have been involved with now, it will make your life so much easier when you apply for scholarships and colleges. I will reshare any resumes I have. If you can't find yours, please recreate another one.
    • Iowa Return on College Reality Check - Do you want to be able to buy a BMW or a Honda Civic when you graduate? Do you want a 3 bedroom house or a studio apartment? Learn what an entry level person makes when you graduate from college and see if this is what you truly want out of life or do you want more? Click the hyperlink to travel here. http://www.iowastudentloan.org/smart-borrowing/return-on-college-investment/whats-your-roci.aspx
    • Research your top colleges, figure out what it takes to get in, and make sure you are on track academically.
    • SCHOLARSHIPS -there are a few scholarships out there designated for juniors if you are interested in signing up for scholarship search engines go here to do so. You may want to create another email account before doing so.https://sites.google.com/site/hlvschoolcounseling/home/scholarship-websites-recommended-by-ican
    • Schedule College Visits - make sure you are comfortable where you are going so it is a better transition from high school and college.
    • What else do you need? Register for ACTs? go here: http://www.actstudent.org/
      • Compass test? - talk to Mrs. Robison
      • Military? - talk to Mrs. Robison



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    Sophomore Plan Your Future Morning + Career Fair Lesson

    We have several items for you to accomplish today. We will work through the 10th Grade Guideway and get a better understanding of what you may or may not want to pursue after high school. We will also prepare for Iowa County Career Fair to be held Wednesday, November 8th.

    The schedule for today:

    • MAP -My Academic Plan take your time and answer this honestly. This year you need to focus on what you want to become, so next year you can focus on the best college/university for you to attend. Your senior year is for actual applying for school and finding money to pay for school.
    • Activities Resume - I have a few activities resume shared with me. Please update your personal resume. If you sit and brainstorm all the items you have been involved with now, it will make your life so much easier when you apply for scholarships and colleges. I will reshare any resumes I have. If you can't find yours, please recreate another one. Be sure to make a copy of my document before you begin typing!
    • At 10:00 AM everyone must be done with your I Have A Plan Guideway and have your resume updated and printed off. We will begin working on interview skills, the type of questions to ask, and what you need to wear on November 8th.
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    Seniors Plan Your Future Morning

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    Senior I Have a Plan Day - Google Docs

    Seniors you will need to complete the checklist and the checkout form at the end of this document.  They are printed off and in your packets you will receive.  Please be productive today and take the time to plan your future and complete much needed tasks before graduation.
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    ACT/SAT Prep Materials

    Below you will find a link to information about a special offer you and any of your students may use to receive discounted access to an online (or DVD) ACT and/or SAT study guide to help students prepare for the ACT and/or SAT test. This program is offered through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Professional athletes and other organizations fund the program. The cost of a standard ACT or SAT study program is usually $350, but through this program, each is available for $20.00, which covers licensing, registration, customer support, shipping, or online access fees.

    Also, please check out a new back to school special program called the: "SAT/ACT PowerPrep Premium Pro with Math Super Supplement". It is valued at $700, but is available for $40 through this program.

    The link below provides ordering information and additional information about all programs. The online program or DVD can be ordered using a credit card or check.

    http://www.eknowledge.com/allAccessLandingPage.php?coupon=2761496BB3

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    Writers' Workshop Participants 2018   4th and 5th grade students

    Left to right-Hudson Nunnelley, Connor Brooke, Anna Baetsle, Ema Roberts, Lizzie Grier, Nicole Gensley, Raegen Stowell, Devon Weisskopf, Jenna Rajtora, Alexis Hull, Elly Cash, Hunter Bazyn, and Natalie Van Polen.  

     READING CHALLENGE WINNERS 2018

    Kindergarten won the K-1 division.  3rd grade won the 2/3 division.  The 4th grade winning class was Mrs. Ely's class.  The 5th grade won the 5/6 division and was also named the overall winner.  Great job everyone!

     OLD CREAMERY THEATER PRESENTATION TO THE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

    ​Elementary classes at the Old Creamery Presentation. 

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    Job Shadow and Internship Information

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    Freshmen I Have a Plan Session

    ​You have 2 things you will need to complete this morning.  You will need to complete your career interest inventory and will learn what your RAI score is to see if you are on track to gain college admissions when you graduate.  You will also start your activities resume which you will keep throughout your high school career and update your activities each year.  By the time you are a senior you will have documented everything you have participated in, all the awards you have received, and all the volunteer hours you have put in so filling out college applications and scholarship applications will be a breeze and will not take a long time to sit and remember everything you have done.  As you are quietly filling out your career inventory and your activities resume, I will be meeting with students to take your course requests for next year, look over how many credits you have earned and change your career path if we need to.


    1.  Please go to https://www.planyouradventure.net/ to begin your career inventory.  Please create a log in and create an account using our school Google account.  Be sure to write down your password so you will not forget it from year to year.  You will answer a series of questions, once you are done your ticket out is print off the results and hand them in to me.  


    2.  Once you have completed your Adventure, you will now fill out an Activities resume.  This is a Google Document, please make a copy before typing also share this document back with me for safe keeping.  You will highlight the area you need to enter your information and begin typing.  Once you have completed your resume and documented everything you have accomplished or will accomplish before your sophomore year, please print and hand this to Mrs. Robison as well.   https://docs.google.com/document/d/16J0FD8wgR5TAQpiiw8LRZjrpCvLqx1uxPW0HmR2Eydo/edit?usp=sharing  

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    Website for weird scholarships

    ​A website for out of the way scholarships that are categorized by state, major, and other interests.  https://weirdscholarships.net/

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    District Contact

    Phone: 319-647-2161
    Fax: 319-647-2164
    Address: 402 5th Street
    Victor, IA 52347