Senior Letter


                                       SENIOR Newsletter

Fall 2017

Senior ACT retake will be on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 during school. This will be the
second time the test will be free. There will be no more state vouchers for a Saturday
testing date. Remember one of the requirements for graduation is to take the ACT or SAT test.
You can go to to register for any Saturday test date.


TN Promise Scholarship application is now open and you have until
November 1st to register for the scholarship. This is a last dollar scholarship.

Email is the means of communication for Tennessee Achieves in
corresponding with students. Steps that must be followed: 1) File an
application by November 1st 2) Fill out and submit the FAFSA application by January 13, 2018 3) Attend the two mandatory meetings
(10-18-17, 10:30 @ HUS; 3-20-18, 5:30pm @ Columbia Central) 4)
You must apply to a community college or TCAT school. 5)
You must do 8 hours of community service that can start after November 1st.

HOPE Scholarship – Requires that you have a 21 ACT score or a 3.0
Grade Point Average after the 8th semester. You must do a FAFSA application.

See General Scholarship Information Sheet.

Things Seniors Should Be Doing

  1. Compile a resume for grades 9-12. Make sure you include all extra- curricular activities and community service. This will be helpful when you apply for scholarships, jobs, and Tennessee Scholars. Make sure you create a new email address for senior activities that you will check regularly.
  2. Start asking people to be references for you and if they will write you a letter of recommendation when you need it. Always give a resume to whomever you ask to do a letter of recommendation. Examples of people to ask: Teachers, Principal, Employer, Pastor, and Community leaders. Some scholarships will specify whom they want and some will leave it up to you. Give them plenty of time to write your letter!
  3. Write letters to or request information from the colleges you are interested in applying to. This will get you on their mailing lists and they will contact you directly. Check the admissions requirements to see that you are registered for or have taken any entrance exams they require – ACT or SAT.
  4. Sign up for the Senior Remind notifications.
  5. Places to look for scholarships: Guidance Office, Parents workplace, your work place, church, the college department of interest, and the Internet.
  6. Internet addresses for college and scholarships searches:,,,,,,

  7. Make sure you meet all DEADLINES!Mail all applications and materials in plenty of time to be sure it will be delivered. College and scholarship deadlines are not flexible


  8. I recommend you get a pocket folder to keep all scholarship and college applications together.On the outside of the folder write the names of the scholarship and the deadline date.(Look at this every day.)
  9. NCAA Division II & I, NAIA schools require you to do a Clearinghouse Form. Application is online. ( There is a cost associated.
  10. Preview days are an excellent time to visit colleges you are interested in attending. Make an appointment to visit your department of interest and to talk to admission counselors and financial aid counselors.
  11. Seniors will be taking an ACT Retake on Tuesday, October 17th. If you plan to sign up for any Saturday given test, registration is online at . Our school code is 430-845.If you are planning
  12. to attend a school that requires a writing test, make sure you sign up for that test as well.
  13. When you send an application for admission or scholarship come by the guidance office to have a transcript sent. Applications are NOT complete until a transcript has been sent. Simply put your name and the school on the list on the door.
  14. To apply for a Pell Grant you must have a Login and Password for you and one parent.Apply early at . This allows you to sign the FAFSA form electronically for faster processing.
  15. Begin writing a general essay for scholarships.
  16. Plan to visit colleges during breaks. Once you have completed the visit, please come by the guidance office to complete the college visit feedback form.
  17. Graduating as a Tennessee Scholar: No out of school suspensions, 95% attendance for 4 years, maintain C or above average, and perform 80 or more volunteer service hours.
  18. Graduating with Honors or Distinction: This is State Policy A variety of honors and distinctions may be awarded to graduating students meeting state or locally specified criteria. Policy Implications:
  • School systems may design student recognition programs that allow students to graduate with honors if they have met the graduation requirements and have obtained an overall grade point average of at least a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. School systems may set a higher GPA at their discretion. School systems may specify additional requirements, such as requiring students to demonstrate performance of distinction in one (1) or more areas.
  • Students who score at or above all the subject area readiness benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with state honors. Each local school board shall develop a policy prescribing how students graduating with “state honors” will be noted and recognized.


  • Students will be recognized as graduating with “state distinction” by attaining a B or better average and completing one of the following:
    • Earn a national and/or state recognized industry certification
    • Participate in at least one (1) of the Governor’s Schools
    • Participate in one (1) of the state’s ALL State musical organizations
    • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
    • Attain a score of thirty one (31) or higher composite score on the ACT or SAT equivalent
    • Attain a score of three (3) or higher on at least two advanced placement exams
    • Successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    • Earn twelve (12) or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit Each local school board shall develop a policy prescribing how students graduating with “state distinction” will be noted and recognized.


Important Dates

  • Awards Day: May 11, 2018
  • Graduation: May 17, 2018 at 6pm.