It is hard to believe that we are already six weeks into the 2019-2020 school year! These first weeks of school, my emphasis has been on meeting with each senior to discuss plans for their future, be that college, the military or the job market. Seniors were given a questionnaire to fill out, with their parents, and to schedule an appointment to meet with me during or just after their school day. During the brief initial meeting, we discuss the hopes and dreams for college or a career. The information on the questionnaire is used to help write letters of recommendation for colleges.
Our first college and career related trip this year for ALL 11th and 12 graders is a trip to attend the College Fair at North Raleigh Christian. The date for this event is Sept. 30th. We will be leaving WCS at approximately 8:00 am and returning by 1:30 that afternoon. Permission slips for this event have been given to the students and will be due back no later than Thursday September 26th. Costs for this trip are covered by the WCS activity fee. While at North Raleigh students will be encouraged to speak with several college representatives concerning programs and majors that each college offers.
As information on scholarships comes to us, we pass that information on to the seniors. Students who expressed interest have already received information on many available scholarships for specific schools. Parents of seniors are encouraged to begin filling out the FASFA online with their students, beginning Oct. 1st. Doing this will ensure that your student is eligible to receive possible scholarship money or financial aid in the way of grants or loans. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
WCS Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT test at Freedom Baptist on October 16th. The scores from this test will assist students in two ways. The test will prepare students for taking the SAT in the spring of 2020 and will give students the opportunity to enter the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. Students scoring high enough on this test become eligible to compete for full scholarships to a number of colleges. Practice test booklets will be coming home soon with information and permission slips for taking the PSAT. Individual meetings with juniors will begin in October.
Several juniors received applications for the Wayne Junior Leadership program sponsored through the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce. Those applications are due this Friday, September 20th! I will deliver these on September 23rd. Last year four WCS juniors represented our school in this program. https://www.waynecountychamber.com/junior-leadership/
If you have questions concerning your student’s schedule, grades, or future plans we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment. I look forward to meeting with each of you soon.
Susan M. Ford M.Ed.
Assistant Administrator of Curriculum and Advisement
1.919.735.5605. ext. 102