• SENIOR COUNSELOR - CLASS OF 2019

    Emily Christensen  MS. EMILY CHRISTENSEN, 719-391-3111, christensene@wsd3.org

     

       **ALSO PLEASE SEE THE WHS COUNSELING CENTER'S MAIN PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COLLEGE & JOB FAIRS, SCHOLARSHIP & FREE ADMISSION DAYS, SENIOR HAPPENINGS AND MUCH MORE!

     

     


     

    COUNSELING CENTER 2018 SUMMER INFORMATION

    • The counseling center will be closed from June 5 to July 24. The secretary returns July 24.  Her hours will be 7:00am – 3:00pm.  The counselors return August 2.
    • AUGUST 3 & 8 WILL BE NEWLY ENROLLED WIDEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT APPOINTMENTS ONLY!! IF YOUR STUDENT HAS AN IEP, THOSE NEWLY ENROLLED IEP STUDENT APPOINTMENTS WILL BE AUGUST 9.

    You may also try to do a walk-in schedule change appointment, be prepared to wait. Scheduled new student appointments will come first. The counselors will try to get to you in between scheduled appointments. There will be no guarantee that you will be seen if the counselor’s schedules are full. There will be no walk-ins after 1pm.

     

    • The counselors will take walk-in schedule changes after 8:00am on August 2, 6, 7. Walk-in schedule changes will also be on August 10 from 1:00 – 2:30pm; August 13 from 12:30 – 2:30pm; August 14 from 1:00 – 2:30pm. Be prepared to wait. It will be first come first serve.

     

    • The last day for student initiated schedule changes will be August 23. Once school begins, a student that needs to make a semester schedule change will need to stop by the counseling center to put in a pass to see their counselor.
    • If a student needs to drop/change a year-long class, they need to get the drop form from their teacher.
    • If a student needs to drop/add an AP, Honors, music or ROTC class, they will need to make an appointment with the assistant principal in the principal’s office.

     

    OTHER IMPORTANT DATES:

    August 1 – 8am to 2pm – Link Crew Training – Small Gym

    August 1 – 6pm – Parent/Athlete Meeting – Widefield HS Library

    August 2 – 4pm to 8:30pm – Link Crew Training – Small Gym

    August 4 – 10am – Bowers Gym – Boys & Girls Sports Physicals - $15 Cash   You will need a Sports Physical Packet from WHS Main Office.

    August 6 – 8 to 10am – Junior and Senior Schedule Pick Up, Student ID’s, Purchase Yearbooks

    August 6 – 12:30 to 1:30pm – Sophomore Schedule Pick Up, Student ID’s, Purchase Yearbooks

    August 6 – 3pm - Fall Sports Practices Begin

    August 7 – 7am to 1pm – Freshmen Orientation

    August 10 – Teachers First Day

    August 13 – 7:30am – Widefield School District 3 Convocation – Bowers Gym

    August 14 – 2pm – 3pm – Open Campus – Check out your locker and walk your schedule

    August 15 – Students First Day – 7:15am to 2:45pm

    August 23 – 6pm – Back To School Night/Open House

     
     
     

    WHS School Code
    Our CEEB school code is 060-299

     


     

    HERE'S A LINK TO A "SMALL" LIST OF POTENTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS! >>> 2018 SCHOLARSHIP LIST

    CHECK FREQUENTLY THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER AS THE LIST IS UPDATED AS WE GET NEW INFORMATION. ALSO, FEEL FREE TO SEARCH FOR SCHOLARSHIPS ON YOUR OWN. CHECK WITH YOUR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, OTHER FAMILY AND FRIENDS. EMPLOYERS, GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS MAY OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS THAT MAY HELP YOU IN YOUR QUEST FOR COLLEGE!!

     


     

    HERFF JONES - CAP AND GOWN ORDERS, CLASS RING ORDERS

    All cap and gown orders can be ordered on schedule pick-up day, August 6, 2018, 8am to 10am. Herff Jones does have a local office at 2150 Academy Circle, Suite A, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909. 719-573-1234. Once school begins, you can also keep your eyes and ears open to the KWHS news and daily announcements for information on their next visit.

     


    ATTENTION COLLEGE BOUND SENIORS!!

    Don't forget to complete your FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov in order to receive your Student Aid Report - which includes your Expected Family Contribution.

     


    SAT PREP ACTIVITIES

    Want to prepare yourself for the SAT and help donate rice to the United Nations World Food Program?!! Check out this website >>> FREE RICE

     


    Why FAFSA

    This link above takes students/parents to the WHY FILL OUT THE FAFSA information page on the U.S. Department of Education website.  
     
    I encourage everyone to complete the FAFSA, even if you don't think you will qualify for much need based financial aid because there are many merit based competitive scholarships that make FAFSA information one of the qualifiers for the scholarship.    Also, many higher priced institutions cost so much that students, to their surprise, do qualify for some "free" money (ie. grant, work study, etc...).
     
    The FAFSA is now easier for parents to complete because they use prior, prior year tax information so there is no need to estimate one's taxes, as in the past.  
     
     

     

    COLLEGE STUDENT WRITING RESOURCE

    Affordable Colleges Online has created information for students to help them better their writing skills and styles. Click here for their link. >>>Affordable Colleges Online

     


    QUESTBRIDGE

    Parents and students, here is another good college resource. Questbridge is a non-profit program that links high-achieving, deserving students with educational and scholarship opportunities at leading U.S. colleges and universities. 

    Click here >>>  QUESTBRIDGE.ORG

     


     

    BIG FUTURE

    Big Future is a site offered through collegeboard.org for researching colleges, scholarships, financial aid, careers.

    Click here >>> BIG FUTURE

     


    ACT on Drugs, Inc.

    On February 9, 2017, Lynn Reimer was a quest speaker at WHS on the subject of "New Trends in Substance Abuse".     Click here<<<To access her "Parent Handout". ACT on Drugs, Inc. is a Colorado registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, with a mission to educate parents, teens, and professionals about addictive and psychoactive substances, both legal and illegal, which are available in all communities. Visit www.actondrugs.org for more information.

     


       

    ACT INFORMATION

    Ready to take the National ACT?  Sign up today at www.actstudent.org.  

    TEST FEES: ACT = $46 and $62.50 ACT with writing.  Once you register and create an account, you can choose your college reports, change your registration, take advantage of helpful resources, prepare for test day, receive your scores and understand your complete score report.

      


      

    AMERICA’S BEST ONLINE COLLEGES ANNUAL LIST

    Every year, thousands of college-bound students ask themselves: "Am I applying to the right schools?" For those considering online programs, this question can feel even more uncertain.  Go to www.bestcolleges.com for more information.

     


         

    PARENTS CHALLENGE

    Parents Challenge offers Financial Aid for students whose families meet federal eligibility requirements and who choose private, public (traditional), public (charter), or homeschooling. Parents Challenge provides families with tools and resources to exercise educational choice to achieve academic success. To find more information on how all parents should be empowered to choose the school that is best for their children visit their website at www.parentschallenge.org or contact Deborah Hendrix, Executive Director, dhendrix@parentschallenge.org, 719-633-4500.

      


     
     

    WELCOME TO STEMsCO!

    The only STEM BOCES in the state of Colorado. STEMsCO's mission is to "leverages community partnerships to equip educators and learners with the information, resources, tools and opportunities needed to propel pre-K through 12 students toward STEM Excellence. Work focuses on "Destination Workforce Readiness Pathways" for students to help create more opportunities for post high school certifications, internships, and job training. This gives students choices for future career possibilities. Their website is stemsco.org and you can follow them on Facebook. Check out their newsletter!

     


       

    UC Health - Memorial Hospital - Central and North Locations - VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

    The hospitals depend on volunteers to provide assistance for patients, families and hospital staff. Whether you are a retiree, a working adult, a student hoping to fulfill a service requirement, or if you simply want to lend your energy and talents to help others during your free time, there are a wide variety of opportunities at Memorial Hospital Central and Memorial Hospital North in Colorado Springs.  Call Memorial Hospital Central: 719-365-5298 or Memorial Hospital North: 719-364-5298 or visit their website www.uchealth.org/Pages/Give-to-UCHealth/Volunteer.aspx
    for requirements for volunteering at Memorial Hospital.
     

      

    AFFORDABLE COLLEGES ONLINE

    Has put together particulars on various degree options and scholarships, financial advice, and tips on which school is the best for the desired degree of pursuit.  A Complete Guide to Online Degrees can be found at http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/.

     


     

    WIDEFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT #3 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS

    If you are a senior planning on attending college and have been in Widefield School District #3 since elementary school; there are scholarships available to you to help with college expenses! There is information and applications available in the Counseling Center and on each elementary school's webpage. Start checking the elementary school's webpages after Spring Break.

     


     

    Colorado Council on High School/College Relations Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship:
    The Colorado Council Volunteerism/Community Service Scholarship application is now available online. To encourage and reward college-bound youth who likewise are committed to volunteerism and community service, the Council awards $1,500 one-time scholarships to 14 deserving Colorado high school seniors each year to assist with defraying the cost of tuition and fees at one of the Member Institutions. There is a link on the website, www.coloradocouncil.org. 

     


      

    AMERICAN SCHOOL INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM

    • Credit Recovery
    • Accelerated Learning
    • Home-Bound Students
    • Scheduling Conflicts
    • Courses Not Offered Locally

    Offering the accredited high school courses you need, at a cost you can afford. Contact American School at 708-418-2850 or independentstudy@americanschool.org.

     


      

    COLLEGE REVIEW WEBSITES  << Click here for an interesting read on a complete list of College Review Sites. In the article you will find a complete breakdown of every major college review website on the web...all based on student reviews rather than "misleading college rankings". 

     

     


     

     ACT  <<<Click here to register or check scores
     

College Visits

  • Attention Juniors and Seniors!!  Check here frequently for a list of College Visits.  Please see Mrs. Abeyta in the Counseling Center to sign up to meet with the Admissions Representative.  You have to sign up in order to receive your pass to attend the meeting.  Please note that college visits will be during advisory in the lower commons in the Counseling Center.  If the visit is scheduled for a yellow, Intervention day, and you have Intervention, you may not attend the college visit, you must go to Intervention.

    Juniors and seniors - you do not have to wait for a college admissions representative to visit WHS. If you are interested in a particular college or university, check their websites for visit days. Some college/university's host free application/visit days. There is lots to see out there! 

     

    VISITS COMING SOON!