December 2017

December Counseling Connections


Upcoming Important dates:


                1 All GSP applications are due

                5 HS picture retakes

                7 7th and 8th grade band concert 6:30

                9 December ACT

12 Author visits in the Library

12 HS choir concert 7:00 p.m.

14 MS choir concert 7:00 p.m.

14 Final Exams 2nd and 4th periods

15 Final exams 1st, 3rd, and 5th periods

15 Grading Period Ends

18 Board meeting, central Office 7:00 p.m.

18-January 1 Winter Break December

Jan 2 school back in session

Jan 8 Spring Musical auditions

Jan 12 Last day to register for February ACT

Jan 15 Holiday


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,


Parent Info Nov. 17, 2017 From KDE!

In this issue: Learn how the Kentucky Department of Education will support the development of pre-literacy skills with the help of a $24.9 million grant, see how you can have input in the new Bible literacy standards and the revised health and physical education standards, find out how your child can enter the Secretary of State's Essay and Slogan Contest and much more.

For more information, or to let KDE know what you'd like to see in an upcoming issue, contact

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If your student plans on playing college sports they need to inform their coaches and a guidance counselor to ensure proper procedures are followed. 

Managing test anxiety and test taking tips

Finals are approaching!  With finals, comes a little more stress and anxiety for our students,  It is only natural during this time.  You ca help prepare for this with a little test prep.  Here are some test anxiety/ test prep suggestion’s:

  1. Prepare well in advance. Keep up day to day. Avoid last minute cramming. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep the night before a major exam. Eat good nutritious food and bring a high energy snack to the test. Relax and compose yourself prior to the exam.
  2. Know time and place of the test and what you will need to bring. Be on time, neither late nor too early (panic is contagious). Plan so you can approach the test with a leisurely, confident step. Have EXTRA PENS or PENCILS with you. A second color pen can be useful for late additions to essay questions.
  3. Avoid quizzing each other just before the exam. Don't talk with classmates immediately beforehand if you know it raises your anxiety level. To do so may nourish group paranoia.
  4. PLAN YOUR APPROACH. Read all directions carefully. Survey the entire test, getting a "birds-eye" view of the entire exam. Budget your time according to point values of various questions. Start with questions that you KNOW and come back to questions that you are unsure about.
  5. Ask for clarification. If you have questions about directions or procedures: ASK!! Don't let anxiety build up because you aren't sure about some parts of the test.
  6. Pay attention to the test, not to yourself or others. Avoid doubting yourself, wondering how other people are doing, or blaming yourself. Pay attention to what you CAN do now.
  7. Activity reduces anxiety. If you go blank and can't think of anything to write, go to another question or another part of the test. On an essay, jot down anything you can recall ... in order stimulate your memory and get your mind working.
  8. Relax yourself physically during the test. If you notice that you are not thinking well or you are tight ... pause, lay your test aside, and take several slow, deep breaths. Concentrate on your breathing. Try saying to yourself: "I will do my very best on this exam. I am proud of my effort today on this exam. I can and will remember what I know."
  9. Keep learning study skills and test techniques. With practice, these will come naturally for you.


Senior Timeline:

  • Get your recommendation letters from your references and send them thank-you notes.
  • Finish and submit your college applications. Keep copies of everything you send.
  • Have your high school send transcripts to the colleges you selected.
  • Request your Federal Student Aid PIN at so you’re ready to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1.



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If 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!



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.

- The GSE Application is now available online at and will be open until December 20th, 2017 (our deadline).
- Although we have partnered with the LGEC (Lieutenant Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge) we ARE a separate entity. GSE is similar to GSA in terms of program style.
- GSE participants are eligible for scholarships by completing our program. Please visit our website for more information.
- GSE is open to 9th, 10th, and 11th grade Kentucky teens and is absolutely FREE!
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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 opened on October 1, 2017 this year!!!


The latest information from KHEAA

We are sending this message to notify you that a new edition of "Your KHEAA College Connection" is now available at


In this issue:

- New outreach counselors named

- New Student Advisory Council members

- College transfer tips

- Feedback on Bible literacy and Health/PE standards

- $24.9 million literacy grant

- Senior planner

- & more!

The KHEAA College Connection is a newsletter created to inform students and their parents about current local education news, financial aid, financial literacy, and other educational topics.

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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*

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



Scholarships: make sure you are checking your emails for the latest scholarship information from the counseling department

SCHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT:                                                                     Imagine America Foundation

Did you know that Imagine America offers $1000 to attend trade school in Kentucky?


We wanted to let you know about a new resource on the website designed just for high school students in KY. They have  compiled a list of all the participating career colleges that offer our High School Scholarship Program, which is worth up to $1,000 toward tuition at these schools.


This new feature makes it simple for your students to browse their options for career training and quickly request information from those schools. And from there, they can submit their Imagine America scholarship application right away.   They will then notify me to validate some information and Whalah, you have they money!!!


Since 2013 , we’ve processed over  300 scholarship applications from students at HCHS. Let’s help more students than ever pursue job training this year. Please share the link below with your students who may benefit from career college training.






KY Association of Career & Technical Education, Special Needs Personnel, sponsors the Stratton / Tipton Scholarship worth $500.  Seniors must have at least a 2.5 GPA, enroll in a Career or Technical Education program and meet one of the following special population criteria: educational or physical disability, low income family, single parent or pregnant woman.  Applications include two reference letters, transcript, proof of college acceptance, and essay to be postmarked by May 2nd


Scholarship funded by KHEAA for sophomores at any KY school.  Scholarship worth $500 and a photo shoot at the student’s school.  Students must submit an essay about one of these topics:  “What my Aspiration for my Generation Is” or “How Education makes a stronger community”.  To enter, mail your essay to KHEAA Publications or email it to For more information and contest guidelines, visit and apply by May 31st


Scholarship funded by KHEAA to help students that have not earned an associate’s degree yet.  Applicants must be seeking a certification or degree in one of the following areas:  construction, health care, advanced manufacturing, transportation, business services, or information technology.  To apply, students must submit the FAFSA application for financial aid AND submit a Work Ready KY Scholarship application.  This application can be found at and clicking on the “Apply Online for Scholarships” link.  The maximum scholarship award will be $3,900.  Applications must be completed online by June 15th.


Many free, reputable scholarship web search services are available online to help you!  Never use a scholarship web search service that charges a fee.  Here are some recommended scholarship websites:

FastWeb – college financial aid and scholarship search –

KHEAA – Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority – KEES scholarship and other state-based grants, scholarships, work study, and loans –