August 2017

HCHS Counseling Connection: Fall 2017


Upcoming Important dates:

September 4th – Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

September 6th – Gatton Academy & Craft Academy Informational Meeting at Eminence High School

September 8th – Midterms are distributed

September 15th – 1st Generation College Scholarship request are due to Mrs. Rice

September 18th – Board Meeting

September 21st – High School Choir Concert

September 22nd – October ACT Registration deadline (Sept. 23rd - Oct 6th late registration)

September 25th – 29th – Homecoming Week

September 26th – “Paying for College 101” Workshop for junior & senior parents & students 6 pm

September 27th – Homecoming parade and powder puff game

September 28th – Middle School choir concert

September 29th – Homecoming football game

October 1st – FAFSA window opens,

October 2nd – 6th - Fall Break

October 9th – PD Day – NO SCHOOL

October 10th–Senior Assembly/Cap & Gown announcements & ordering information with Herff-Jones for questions, contact Lisa Huckaby

October 11th - PSAT for those 10th and 11th graders who signed up

October 12th – “Fill out the FAFSA night with KHEAA” for seniors 6:00 p.m.

October 16th – Board Meeting

October 19th – 22nd – Fall Play

October 20th – All Senior ILP’s should be complete

October 20th – Report cards are distributed

October 24th – “Plan, Prepare, Pay” workshop for Seniors students in Life 101 class

October 25th – Cap & Gown orders due

October 28th - ACT test date (registration deadline is Sept 22)

October 23-27th - College and Career Application Week!!!  Don’t let the future scare you!

October 30th – Band & Choir Halloween Spooktacular

November 1st – Senior drape & tux picture day

November 3rd  - Deadline to sign up for the December 3rd ACT

November 15th – Applications for Governor’s Scholar Program are due for district committee

November 20th – Board Meeting

November 22nd – 24th – Thanksgiving Break


Did you know?  HCHS has a variety of personnel here to help you break down the barriers in accessing college and career information!!!





Class Sponsors:

Seniors:                 Lisa Huckaby Room 205,

Juniors                   Tiffany Ouellette Rm. 409,

Sophomores                         Laura Adams Rm. 101,

Freshman                              Jennifer Van Bever Rm. 813,


Mrs. Rice would like to announce 4 college planning workshops that are coming to HCHS.


For  Senior students, they will experience “Plan, Prepare, Pay” during the day on Friday , Sept 8th

Purpose: Provides students, parents, military members, administrators and college access professionals with the information they need to successfully navigate the career exploration, college preparation and financial aid processes. This session walks users through the features designed to help students make informed decisions about their higher education options.  

Topics covered include:


Junior and Senior Parents are invited to attend “Paying for College 101”

Sponsored by KHEAA (Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority) on September 26 at 6 pm.. in the HCHS Auditorium. 

Purpose: This workshop is designed to help high school students and/or their parents understand the nuts and bolts of the financial aid application process. Participants will walk through a detailed case study of how a college financial aid package is put together and will learn the methods used to award aid.  Audience: Parents and high school juniors and seniors


Topics covered include:

• Building a financial aid package, award by award                                 • Reviewing student loan choices

• Choosing the college that best fits the individual student                    • Learning the formula that determines financial need

• Breaking down a school’s cost of attendance                                           • Understanding the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

• Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

(FAFSA) form

• Comparing costs and financial aid awards at a community

college, a 4-year public university and a 4-year private


KHEAA provides services directly to students to help them with planning for college.

These services include:

  • MyKHEAA, an online account on that students can use to verify that their KEES information is correct. Access is from the "Sign In" button on the home page.
  • Your KHEAA College Connection, a monthly electronic newsletter with information for students of all ages. Topics include financial aid, college planning and financial literacy. If you would like to be notified when each Your KHEAA College Connection is published, please email
  • Getting the Facts – Your Personalized College Guide, a free report that lets students and parents compare their out-of-pocket costs for up to six colleges nationwide. Students can request their individualized report through MyKHEAA. For more information, contact Pennie Little at or 502.696.7495.
  • A free transcript exchange site, The site lets students request that their transcripts be sent to and from participating high schools and colleges. For more information, contact Pennie Little at or 502.696.7495.
  • Video resources can also be found  at
  • "Like" KHEAA on Facebook to get college planning, financial aid, and scholarship tips!


FAFSA is early this year!  If you have any prior experience with FAFSA, it was traditionally completed at the beginning of the calendar year in January.   The FAFSA window now opens on October 1, 2017.  So dig out those tax returns and get ready. 

The importance of the FAFSA.  FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  This application is required for any student seeking federal financial aid – including grants and loans and this year, many scholarships – for all colleges and universities in the nation.  In Kentucky, grant and scholarship programs help thousands of students every year. Students who file the FAFSA before the End of October have the best chance of receiving these funds. You should file the FAFSA as soon as possible starting October 1 to apply for FREE Money!!!!!!

What to do now:

Make sure You and your  senior have the new FSA ID’s now and  your 2016 tax documents prior to the October 1st filing date Go to FAFSA.GOV and click on FSA ID at the top to create your federal student Aid ID.  Gather your information needed: an email was sent to all seniors with a list, or you can visit

I highly encourage all of you, regardless of income , to apply for financial aide with the FAFSA.  More and more schools now require all students to apply before allowing students to attend...even if you believe you make too much money. Again... this is very important, the FAFSA window opens on October 1, 2017 this year!!!


Fill out the FAFSA Night with KHEAA

Seniors and Senior Parents, mark your calendars. Henry County High School will be hosting a Fill Out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Night with KHEAA on Tuesday, October 12 from 6:00- 8:00 PM in the high school media center for any parent who needs assistance in filling out the FAFSA.  This application is required for any student seeking federal financial aid – including grants and loans and this year, many scholarships – for all colleges and universities in the nation. A financial aid professional from KHEAA will be here to help students and parents fill out the FAFSA. Students should attend with a parent or guardian and bring completed 2016 IRS 1040 tax return and other 2016 income and benefits information for parents and students. Make sure You and your  senior have the new FAFSA ID’s and Check your emails for more information.  The attachment outlines documents you need to gather

It is very important for parents and students to have the  FAFSA ID before the workshop and you can apply for this at Further information can be found at or

Please contact Mrs. Rice or Brianna Miller with any questions.


Request Transcript Button.pngIf you need a transcript sent to a college or university, you must now request on parchment.  This can be accessed by the student page of the HCHS website!





College and Career Fair


-Henry County High School will host its annual regional college and career fair on Tuesday, September 12 from 9-11a.m. in the gymnasium. This year we will have  over 60 booths including public universities, technical schools, military, financial aid advisers, and job/ career related services, and employers attending. In addition, we have several schools from varying states including University of Cincinnati, University of Alabama and the university of South Carolina. The number of out of state colleges continues to increase. This year we will have
over 800 juniors and seniors attending. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather information, learn about schools, scholarship programs and speak directly with admission counselors. We look forward to our college fair and providing students with information to guide them in their future careers. 


Why take the ACT? 

We suggest students take the ACT early in their high school career to gauge where they are in regards to college readiness and to be able to take advantage of the dual credit our high school offers. 
The ACT is used for college admission, KEES bonus money, scholarships and career readiness, just to name a few.

To sign up to take the ACT or to find out more, go to  Our high school code is 181-955 (so that they can send us your scores) or the college and career counselor can help your student sign up in her office.  

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Estimated Score Release*

September 9, 2017

August 4, 2017

August 5-18, 2017

September 19, 2017

October 28, 2017

September 22, 2017

September 23-October 6, 2017

November 7, 2017

December 9, 2017

November 3, 2017

November 4-17, 2017

December 19, 2017

February 10, 2018**

January 12, 2018

January 13-19, 2018

February 20, 2018

April 14, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 10-23, 2018

April 24, 2018

June 9, 2018

May 4, 2018

May 5-18, 2018

June 19, 2018

July 14, 2018**

June 15, 2018

June 16-22, 2018

July 24, 2018



Governor's Scholar Program

Juniors, do you want an early taste of college life by living and learning in an academically challenging environment at one of the Ky's universities for 5 weeks next summer?  Check out the Governor's Scholar
program at   All GSP applications will be  available online. Juniors have to turn in applications at the school level and are due to the counseling office by Thursday, December 1, 2017.  Contact Ms. Rice or Mr. Rose with questions. If you would like for us to give you feedback on your application, please bring us your completed application by Wednesday, November 15.  Mrs. Rice will be coming in to classrooms to give you more information once applications are released by the state

Governor's School for the Arts
Would you like to pursue excellence in the arts thru the Governors School for the Arts? GSA applications are available online by visiting Students in 10th and 11th grade are eligible. Students are to submit your individual application to the state and are to be mailed by January 1, 2018. Contact your art form teacher or Ms. Rice or Mr. Rose with questions.

Governors School for Entrepreneurs
Have you thought about starting your own business? You should consider applying for GSE. All 9th thru 11th graders can apply to the Governors school for entrepreneurs by going to Applications will be available online and are due by January 15.  Contact a CTE teacher or the counseling department if you have questions.



1st Generation Scholarship

If you are all the below, please see Mrs. Rice by September 15th for an excellent 1st generation scholarship opportunity.  

1)      A high school senior intending to go to college;
2)      From an immediate family (parents, guardians, siblings) who has not earned a college degree;
3)      Have obtained an ACT reading score of at least 20 as a junior or senior

Gatton and Craft Academies


Specialized Academies for Students Interested in STEM Jobs

Gatton and Craft Academies are offered on the campus’ of Western Kentucky University and Morehead State University, respectively.  Each academy offers a specialized curriculum for high achieving students that are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Accepted students are selected through a highly competitive application process.  If accepted, students attend actual college classes with other academy students on either WKU or MSU’s campus for their junior and senior years of high school.  If interested, students should attend the informational meeting at Eminence High School on September 6th, or see Mr. Rose in the Guidance office.  See the flier below for more information regarding the informational meeting.