Seniors: File Your FAFSA & Then Verify With Mrs. W

moneymediumSENIORS: Remember to file your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1st for the 2017-2018 school year. If you gather up the necessary records, it will only take about 1/2 hour to 45-minutes to complete your FAFSA application. FAFSA on the Web will guide you through the questions that you must answer, and if necessary you can save your application and return to it later if you need to. It’s not hard or tricky… you just need to go through the steps! (If you and/or your parents don’t have your FSA IDs yet, it’s okay. Click on the “FSA ID” tab when you first get to the FAFSA home page and follow the instructions there.)

Click HERE to start your 2017-2018 FAFSA application.

Filing your FAFSA or a similar financial aid document is a requirement for graduation even if you do not plan to attend a college/training program next year. (Substitute activities must be pre-approved by Mrs. W. Please see Mrs. W if you or your family have any questions.)

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How To Take The LCC Reading/Writing & Math Placement Exams

pencilset2If LCC is on your list of potential colleges, you’ll need to take the Lane Placement Exams in Reading/Writing and Math before you can enroll in classes. We will give these tests HERE at WHS beginning on Monday, January 9, 2017 right after school. (Sign up to take the tests the week when we return from Winter Break, and put your name on the LCC list which will be posted next to the Testing Room door.)

Just as the name implies, these tests determine into which classes you’ll initially be placed at LCC. Your scores should pre-qualify you for classes that are neither too difficult nor too easy. Like Goldilocks’s porridge, you’ll place into classes that are “just right.” The thing is, if you scores are low, you may be required to take classes designed to bring your reading, writing and math skills up to college levels before you can start taking freshman-level courses — and those classes may not be eligible for financial student aid. YOU’LL WANT TO DO YOUR BEST AND PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME.

THIS IS THE BEST PRACTICE! Direct from College Board, you can download the FREE ACCUPLACER App to your computer, tablet, or smart phone:

Note: You will need your L# to take the actual exams in January. If you haven’t yet applied to LCC AS A CREDIT STUDENT, be sure to see Mrs. W next week to submit your LCC application and to apply for the Oregon Promise Community College Grant (= FREE money for college!). Be sure to bring your Social Security Number, if you have one.

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Check Out These WHS Students Talking About ASPIRE Mentoring

Wonder if participating in the ASPIRE Mentoring Program is right for you?  Check out these WHS students sharing why having an ASPIRE mentor is important!  Become an ASPIRE mentor or mentee.  Contact Mrs. W for more details today.

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FULL 4-YEAR Quest Bridge National College Match Scholarship (national)

What: FULL 4-YEAR Scholarship To Select Top-Ranked Schools; up to $40,000 per year, plus full cost of room & board up to $15,000 per year, depending on the college.
Open To: high school seniors
Criteria: academic achievement as required by the QuestBridge partner colleges; check this website page for specific qualifications:
Deadline: Friday, September 27th, 2017

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$100,000 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology (national) — WORK ON THIS DURING THE SUMMER

moneymediumWhat: varies Up to $100,000
Open To: seniors (individual) and 9th – 12th grade (two or three member team projects)
Criteria:submit major math, science, and/or technology research project
Deadline: Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017 by 11:59 PM E/T
FAQs and 2017 Competition Guidelines HERE.

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Up to $20,000 U.S. Bank “Financial Genius for Life” Scholarships (national)

moneymediumEnter to win one of five $5,000 U.S. Bank Scholarship prizes in 2015. Complete all eight Financial Genius for Life online learning modules in addition to the online application for a chance to win.
Who: high school seniors and current undergraduate college students enrolled by Sept 1, 2017 at an eligible two- or four-year college or university.
How: The Financial Genius for Life online learning consists of web-based tours, interactive training modules and knowledge checks. There are eight modules in total designed to take approximately 15-20 minutes each to complete. Topics include: Savings and Investments, Mortgages, Overdraft, Payment Types and Credit Cards, Credit Scores and Reports, Insurance and Taxes, Financing Higher Education and Identity Protection.
Deadline: October 27, 2017, at 11:59 PM CT
CKICK HERE to access scholarship details AND to complete the application.

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For Next Year’s Seniors: First BIG Scholarship! $10,000 Stand For Children Scholarship (local & statewide)

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD/BETHEL STUDENTS — September 30 (but not a minute longer)!  The online application system for the Beat the Odds Scholarship]will be inaccessible after 9/12.  Please make sure you’ve entered all personal/demographic information and your personal statement by the deadline. Letters of recommendation, transcripts, and financial information can be submitted by email after 9/12 to Janene Kajitani at  [These additional parts of the application are due by 9/30.] Please call her to confirm receipt of all parts of the application at 503-914-4669.

What: $10,000 ($2500 renewable over four years)
Open To: high school seniors
Criteria: financial need; 3.0 GPA; success academically while overcoming a hardship.
Deadline:  The deadline to apply for a scholarship is 11:59 pm on Tuesday, September 12 for all students. Applicants must fill in all required fields, upload all required documents, and click “submit” on their online applications by 11:59 pm on September 12 in order to be eligible for consideration. You may click “submit” before both of your letters recommendation come in – however, recommenders must submit their letters by 11:59 pm on September 12 in order for your application to be considered complete.


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NEW CLASS at LCC for Students with Disabilities

What: A College Success course designed for students with disabilities to learn innovative success strategies to help with academic and personal success. The course will utilize several modes on learning, will incorporate student accommodations, and focus on resiliency and self-advocacy.

CG100 TR 1-2:20pm CRN 22988 3 Credit Hours  Click HERE to download the flyer.

Required: CAR Department Approval. Email Call (541) 463-5150

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Summer Volunteer Op: Positive Community Kitchen and Farm

star1What: Positive Kitchen — (make healthy meals for patients who are undergoing cancer treatments or otherwise need to eat healthy meals in their recovery)  For people looking to either cook this summer with Positive Community Kitchen or become involved in farming/growing organic food to support the Positive Community Kitchen’s mission.

Click HERE to download the flyer and click HERE to find out more about Positive Community Kitchen and to sign up to volunteer.

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Juniors! Plan to take the SAT and/or ACT in Aug, Sept, or Oct in your senior year.

JUNIORS: If you think you may want to attend a 4-year college or university after you graduate, you will need to take either the SAT or the ACT early in your senior year.  Your college applications need to be completed by the end of Thanksgiving Break OR earlier, depending on your schools’ application deadlines, so you’ll want to take your exams in August, September or October at the latest.  Watch those admissions deadlines carefully.  Usually the best scholarships and other funding depending on you applying on time, and there is NO latitude if you miss them.
Click HERE for SAT dates and deadlines.
Click HERE for ACT dates and deadlines.

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Job Posting: Aggregate Construction Jobs

Click on the image to download the foll-sized flyer.


Check out these potential employers for opportunities to be trained to earn family-wages at a job you’ll enjoy!

Plus… Knife River has an apprenticeship program and the local aggregate companies have a combined class to get your Oregon CDL (Commercial Drivers License).

Come into the C&CC for more info about these and other job and apprenticeship opportunities.

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Job Posting: Miller Timber is hiring 100 graduating seniors!

What: Miller Timber is hiring 100 seniors for work right after graduation fighting forest and wilderness fires and for forest reclamation
Who: Seniors who will be 18 years of age by the time they complete the training.
Click HERE to download the flyer.
Click HERE to download the FAQ page.
Click HERE to download the application.

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