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Leesville High School Counseling

 

Counseling Office Staff

Chasity Cryer: Counselor 11th/ 12th

chasity.cryer@vpsb.us

Chance McGlothlin: Academic Adviser 9th/10th

quenton.mcglothlin@vpsb.us

Teresa Zimmerman-Price: Military Family Life Counselor

tzimmermanprice9@magellanhealth.com

Barbara Zimmerman: Registrar/Secretary 

barbara.zimmerman@vpsb.us

 

May 7, 2020 – AP Exam Testing Guide 2020

Use the following link to access the AP Exam Testing Guide

https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-testing-guide-2020.pdf?SFMC_cid=EM305179-&rid=96933408

Use the following link to access the AP Exam Schedule

AP Exam Schedule

New Guidance for AP Students-April 6, 2020 (Note: This information is constantly changing.)

Please access the following website for up-to-date infomraiton from College Board. Please email Mr. McGlothlin or Mrs. Cryer with questions or concerns. Mr. McGlothlin: quenton.mcglothlin@vpsb.us or Mrs. Cryer: chasity.cryer@vpsb.us

https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students

  • Exams will be administered online
    • These may be completed at home, if school is not in session
  • Exams will be 45 mintues in length with varying question types and components
  • Online course review and materials aviailable to you
  • If you are having issues accessing material online due to internet capabilities, please complete the provided form. This data will assist College Board. 

Exam Schedule

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Calculus AB 1:00 PM

Human Geography 3:00 PM

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

English IV (Lit) 1:00 PM

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Chemistry 1:00 PM

Physics AB 3:00 PM

Friday, May 15, 2020

US History 1:00 PM

Monday, May 18, 2020

Biology 1:00 PM

Environmental Science 3:00 PM

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

English III (Lang) 1:00 PM

Friday, May 22, 20202

Statistics 1:00 PM

College Board/AP YouTube Channel

Access the following website for College Board webinars for various subjects. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/advancedplacement

 

Graduate Sales

Please use the following link to access the online payment platform for graduate sales. 

http://graduatesalesyouree.com/

April 21, 2020 – Grade Finalization Update

Seniors

  • Grading periods 1-4 will be averaged 
    • Our best effort will be mae for each parent/student to be called and informed of the final grade assigned 
      • If the student would like the opportunity to imporve their overall grade by one letter grade
        • You may come by on Tuesday, April 28th between 9-12 to pick up a packet
          • Due by May 5th
  • Please contact Mrs. Cryer or Mr. McGlothlin with questions or concerns
    • chasity.cryer@vpsb.us
    • quenton.mcglothlin@vpsb.us

Under Classmen

  • Grading periods 1-4 will be averaged 
    • Our best effort will be mae for each parent/student to be called and informed of the final grade assigned
      • If the student would like the opportunity to imporve their overall grade by one letter grade
        • You may come by on Wednesday, May 6th or Thursday, May 7th between 9-12 to pick up a packet
          • Due by May 18th
  • Please contact Mrs. Cryer or Mr. McGlothlin with questions or concerns
    • chasity.cryer@vpsb.us
    • quenton.mcglothlin@vpsb.us

*If by the expected date of packet pick up, you have NOT been contacted, please e-mail Mrs. Cryer or Mr. McGlothlin. 

 

SENIORS SENIORS SENIORS

**If you need transcripts, guidance, etc. PLEASE do not hesitate to to reach out the the counseling office staff for help! 

New Guidance for Graduating Seniors-April 6, 2020 (Note: This information is constantly changing.)

The Louisiana Department of Education just released new guidance for seniors who were supposed to graduate by August 31, 2020. 

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is still a requirement for TOPS, federal financial aid (like Pell grants and work study), and other scholarships.
  • Seniors do not have to take standardized tests or achieve industry-based credentials (IBCs) to earn a diploma.
  • If a senior has not taken the ACT, it is not required for graduation. However, it may be needed for scholarships.
  • The rescheduled state ACT administration is June 2, 2020. (Note: If students were registered to re-take the exam through the national ACT, the April date has been cancelled and has shifted to June 13, 2020.)
  • Students are still required to earn a qualifying ACT score and meet the GPA requirement for TOPS.  
    • On April 2, Governor Edwards signed Proclamation Number 41 JBE 2020 which effectively suspends the April ACT deadline and gives students until September 30th to earn a qualifying score, without penalty.
  • Seniors currently taking dual-enrollment courses will have completion options. The Board of Regents is working on getting options approved.
  • Diplomas are scheduled to print and arrive on time. Graduation ceremonies will be planned and hosted by individual schools.

The LDE's COVID-10 resources page continues to provide up-to-date resources for families and schools.

Guidance for K-11 Students-April 15, 2020

According to the Louisiana Department of Education: School systems should determine if students have demonstrated proficiency in the grade-level content and/or courses to award credit. If it is determined that they have not, schools can provide options that can help students meet credit requirements via distance learning options, online coursework, written work packets, project-based learning portfolios, or work-based learning (where current high school course standards align with a student’s job). Grades shall be awarded on an A-F scale for non-seniors in accordance with the state uniform grading scale as outlined in Bulletin 741 §2302 Uniform Grading Policy. Vernon Parish has been and continues to finalize guidelines for the finalization guidelines for the 19-20 SY. More details to come.

New Guidance for Dual Enrollment Students-April 9, 2020

Board of Regents recognizes that as a result of these and other interruptions related to COVID-19, students may not have been able to complete the standardized testing requirements necessary to demonstrate college readiness and meet minimum admissions eligibility criteria as currently defined in Academic Affairs Policy 2.22 (Dual Enrollment). Therefore, effective immediately, this interim dual enrollment policy guidance on academic options (number one below) will apply for the Spring 2020 while the remainder of the policy will apply through the 2020-21 academic year.

DUAL ENROLLMENT

1) All students currently enrolled in one or more dual enrollment courses may choose one of the following three options for Spring 2020 relative to the college credit portion of each course:

Complete the college coursework online during the Spring semester 2020 with a final grade  (finish as previously scheduled); OR

Transition the course status to “in-progress”/”incomplete” and complete by August 31, 2020 (if “inprogress” or “incomplete” is selected, the course will end in a final grade; if the student does not complete the course, this may result in a failing grade and negatively impact TOPS scholarship eligibility and college GPA); OR

Withdraw from the college course via an “Administrative Withdrawal” (no grades are posted to the student’s college transcript/record). Note: The administrative withdrawal date is determined by the postsecondary institution. For Northwestern State University, this date is May 25th. Also, if a high school student chooses to withdraw from the high school portion of the course and the course is needed to complete the TOPS Core curriculum, the student will need to retake the course.

All Dual-Enrollment students should communicate with Mrs. Cryer prior to making any changes, as it relates to the status of their courses. Please e-mail her at chasity.cryer@vpsb.us. 

 

Scholarships 

Please use the following links to download and complete the necessary paperwork for various local scholarships. Be sure to pay close attention to each deadline. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mrs. Cryer or Mr. McGlothlin. Students may print transcripts, etc. through the Student Progress Center (Parent Command). 

Amerisafe

LHS Alumni Brumley/Phillips for Industrial Education *Extended until May 5th

LHS Alumni Edward and Imelda Watson for Future Teachers *Extended until May 5th

LHS Alumni Scholarship(s) *Extended Until May 5th

Vernon Parish Cattlemen’s Association

Douglas Poe Memorial 

Leesville Men’s Mentoring Club

PB & J

District 1-6 

 

ACT COVID-19 Update(s) and Resources

The previously planned state administered ACT to be given on March 17th has currently been rescheduled for June 2nd. This will NOT be a mandated testing date, however it will be an opportunity for students. More details to come in the days and weeks ahead. If a student was registered for the April 4th test date, this test has currently been rescheduled for June 13th. Please access the following link for resources pertaining to the ACT and up-to-date information. 

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid19.html#student-parent

April 15, 2020 – *NEW* ACT announced additional flexibility for summer testing and test-at-home options that will become available in the fall and winter. Additional information about test-at-home options with remote proctoring will be shared as soon as it becomes available.

• National Test Date Flexibility (no rescheduling fees)

• Students scheduled for June 13 can reschedule to new June 20 administration

• Students scheduled for July 18 can reschedule to new July 25 administration

• Students scheduled in June can reschedule to July

• State Administrations

• June 2 Standard Paper; online June 2-4; accommodated window June 2-8

• October 6 and October 20 paper only; accommodated windows will be forthcoming 

Month of the Military Child – April 2020

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April 6, 2020 Announcement-In 1986, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger designated April as Month of the Military Child. As part of this month-long celebration, local communities are invited to take part in PurpleUp Day! Our Purple Up Day is designated for Thursday, April 9th. We encourage everyone to wear purple on this day to show support for all of our military-connected students. 

April 8, 2020 Announcement-Approximately 2 million military children have experienced a parental deployment since 2001. There are currently 1.2 million military children of active duty members worldwide. Nearly 80% of military children attend public schools throughout the United States. The average military family moves three times more often than their civilian counterpart.

April 9, 2020 Announcement-The Military Child Education Coalition, more commonly known as MCEC is an organization with a mission to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments, and family separation. militarychild.org is an excellent resource for all stakeholders. This website is full of information for parents, students, and educators. 

 

Military Student Transition Consultant Informational Memo

From Mrs. Sue Lopez:

Good morning,

I have a few new resources to share with you during this challenging time.  I would appreciate it if you could share these resources through your school's Remind system  (to reach all students).  

 

I’m proud to announce we have posted an FAQ with Guidance for LEAs to consider for their Military Connected Student population during COVID-19.  We’ve searched high and low and haven’t found a state agency yet who has produced similar guidance.  See the attached  

*COVID-19 Military-connected guidance  document and 

*MIC3.net state-by-state resource.

 

*What we have learned through our site visits this year is whether or not educators are located near a military installation or not; they often do not understand military culture or what challenges our students encounter as one or more of their parents serve our country.  We hope this document will help educators think through challenges and provide them with links to resources they can utilize.  We linked folks a couple of times to MCEC resources (see document attached).

 

* We are also thrilled to announce the SchoolQUEST Parent Transition Tool at https://schoolquest.militarychild.org/

SchoolQuest is an interactive tool specially designed to support highly mobile military families and students. Making the best choices for your student before, during and after a PCS move increases the chances of academic success and social well-being  for incoming and outgoing military-connected students.  

 

* Also, If  you have not had an opportunity to complete the Military Kids Now Survey, please take 10 minutes to complete this survey.  This survey launched and is open Feb 17-April 17. You can find it linked on the MCEC website or directly at https://bit.ly/mceceducationsurvey.

 

 

Our target audience for the survey is:

·        Military-connected students (age 13 and up)

·        Military-connected parents with school-aged children

·        Professionals who support military-connected students and their families

 

We are encouraging people to take it more than once if they wear multiple hats (i.e., military parent and professional). The goal is to get 10,000 responses. This survey is an opportunity for the voices of military kids and their families to be heard. We want to ensure that we understand the challenges that exist for military-connected students, their families, and professionals who work with them and how we can best support them. The findings will generate collaborative conversations and will help drive our MCEC program offerings and work in the future.

 

*Additionally, please see  navigating Change Webinars Parent and Teacher Webinars: (recordings  and Live) at   https://www.militarychild.org/covid19

Session 1: Responding to Changes in Routine (3/23, 1-2 pm CST)

Session 2: Addressing Anxiety (3/25, 1-2 pm CST)

Session 3: Maintaining Connections and Relationships (3/27, 1-2 pm CST)

Session 4: Making Behavior Management Positive (3/30, 1-2 pm CST)

Session 5: Successful Digital Teaching and Learning (4/1, 1-2 pm CST)

Session 6: Creating Confidence in the Midst of Unknown (4/3, 1-2 pm CST) 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

 

Abby Rodriguez, M.A.

 State Coordinator for Military Connected Students and Pregnancy Related Services

Highly Mobile and At-Risk Student Programs Division

Department of Special Populations

 

TEA Military Family Resources

 Texas Education Agency

1701 N. Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78701-1494

512-463-9502

 

Again, Thank you for your time and consideration in sharing these resources on youschool facebook pages, via Remind App to Parents and in community level publications(Fort Polk Progress and/or The Guardian Newspaper.  

--

Sue Lopez, M.Ed. School Counseling

Military Student Transition Consultant

Vernon Parish School Board

sue.lopez@militarychild.org

 

Please take a moment to complete your survey today! http://mstcclientsurvey.questionpro.com

 

Additional Resources

MIC3 Information on School Closures

 

Parent to Parent Resources

 

Important Information

 

FAFSA

All Seniors are required to fill out the FAFSA or complete a parent waiver.
FASFA Parent Waiver (Coming Soon)
Please visit the link below to access FAFSA resources on the Louisiana Department of Education website. Please remember that ALL seniors graduating in 2018 and beyond MUST fill out a FAFSA. It is now required.  https://www.louisianabelieves.com/courses/financialaid

FASFA  (click here to fill-out the free application for Federal Student Aid)
**You MUST register with FASFA before you can apply for financial assistance on the post-secondary level.You don’t have to have a completed tax form to apply.  A W-2 will work!  Get Busy!  This is your TOPS qualifying documentation. 

AP Credit

Each University is different when it comes to awarding AP credit. Please visit your selected university site for the most up-to-date information regarding AP credit.

Below are links to AP credit pages at some our local Louisiana Universities:

Louisiana State University:   https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/admissions/academics-2/early-credit/

McNeese State Universityhttp://catalog.mcneese.edu/content.php?catoid=12&navoid=746

University of Louisiana at Lafayettehttp://catalog.louisiana.edu/content.php?catoid=9&navoid=2047

Northwestern State Universityhttps://www.nsula.edu/wp-content/uploads/AP-Credit-072816-2-1.pdf

 

NCAA Clearinghouse 

(click here for Registration)