Wednesday, October 19, 2016

ASVAB sign up

Do you have a student that is interested in the military?  Not sure of their career path?  The ASVAB is an assessment that can provide a great amount of information in regards to career interest areas. If your student is interested in taking the ASVAB, we will offer this exam on October 27th at 8:30 am at the Civic Center. Please complete the form below to register for this exam.

ASVAB Registration Form

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stallion Days at ABAC

Attention to those of you interested in possibly attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC): Each year, they host 3 open campus days known as Stallion Days. They have one coming up on November 12, 2016 and would love for you to attend. You can register to attend this event at the following link: . Please let Kristen McHugh, Regional Enrollment Counselor, know if you have any questions. Have a great day!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Game Changer: New Technology and College Applications

Last week Betsy Bell and I got to attend the NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) conference in Columbus, Ohio.  

When I first joined the counseling department at North Oconee High School in 2005, I had a goal of attending this conference.  It has taken me 10 years, but I finally made it!  Plan to see A TON of posts regarding this opportunity that Betsy and I had to tout information about our kids and NOHS-as well as the things that we learned while in Columbus.

Attending a conference of this magnitude is an enormous feather in our students cap.  The information that is disseminated and connections that were made will assist our students in the college admissions process for years to come.  Betsy and I got to witness firsthand the vast amount of colleges that are available to our students nationally as well as internationally.  We, along with 6,500 other college admissions/college counselors/school counselors, came together to discuss information and to share resources.  The next few days the blog will be filled with examples of the information that we obtained that can help our students through the college application process.

One of the first sessions that I attended at the conference dealt with college admissions, STEM programs, and online portfolios.  I was excited to listen in on the panel that consisted of a Carnegie Mellon instructor and an Assistant Director of Admissions at MIT.  Determined to see what their stance would be regarding online portfolios and the college application process, I camped out and got a seat in a jam packed session.  Throughout the presentation, I kept thinking how glad I was that I decided to attend that session!  It seems that more and more colleges are headed towards accepting an online documentary of activities/experiments.  MIT and Carnegie Mellon are using this method as a part of their admissions practices for most of their applicants, not just artistic students.  Slide Room was the preferred vendor of choice for MIT and CM, therefore, that was the program that was discussed at length during the session.  Colleges expressed interest in watching a student develop a project, learn from the experience (success or failure), and how they adapted from the end result.    It has become so common that it is now listed on the Common Application for over 1000 colleges.  The NOHS Guidance Office will host a learning session to discuss the details of this session to our students.  Students that are planning to apply to MIT, Carnegie Mellon, or other schools in a STEM area would need to plan to attend.  The session will be held on Thursday, September 29th during Titan Time.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great Resource Headed to NOHS for Students with Accommodations

Does your senior have accommodations in the classroom to accommodate for a learning disability or a diagnosis?  Do you have questions as to how those accommodations will translate on a college campus?  Are you worried about how your student will handle the transition to a college campus?  Dr. Gerri Wolfe is headed to NOHS on Thursday, September 29th at 6:00 pm to share her words of wisdom regarding the collegiate process for students with accommodations.  Please review the flyer below for more details.

Transition to College for Students with Accommodations Flyer

Friday, September 23, 2016

Knights of Columbus Youth Essay Contest

Knights Of Columbus Youth Essay Contest

Students in grades 8 through 12 are invited to participate in the 2016 Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest. The local contest, sponsored by Council 6514, is open to students in public, private, parochial, and home schools throughout the Athens area. Students are encouraged to write a 500 to 750 word essay on the theme of “The Importance of Religious Freedom.” Awards will be given for the best essays at each grade level. Participants are required to furnish written parental consent, and should carefully observe all submission guidelines.

Entry materials may be obtained from the Center office, or contact Kevin James at to request forms or further information via e-mail. The submission deadline is Friday, October 21st.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Emory University coming to NOHS

Dylan Keene from the admissions office at Emory University is headed to NOHS on October the 5th during Titan Time.  Please sign up to learn more about Emory by completing the form below.  Students should report to the PLC (by the guidance office) during Titan Time on October the 5th.

Emory University Visit Form

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Governor's Honors Program:  The Time Is Now!

The Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is a highly selective program for gifted and talented high school students.  This is a residential summer program that allows for students to experience academic, cultural, and social enrichment; students have the opportunity to major and study in an area of concentration while exploring other academic or artistic genres through minor studies.  Students collaborate with other like-minded peers as they learn from prestigious faculty from across the state.  GHP is an experience like none other as it seeks to facilitate an environment that fosters the development of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders in the next generation of students.

Think GHP sounds amazing?  You are right!  How do you find out more about this opportunity?  GHP is ONLY open to current sophomores and juniors.  Students must be nominated (either by a teacher or self-nominated) to compete in one of the 11 content areas. Check out the links below to learn more about areas of nomination, the application process, and the selection process.  Mrs. Dooley is your point of contact on GHP, and she will hold an information session for all interested sophomores and juniors this Friday, September 23rd, during Titan Time in the PLC (next to the counseling office).  So if you think you have what it takes to compete with the best around the state and you would like to self-nominate for GHP, please make plans to attend the meeting as Mrs. Dooley will break it all down for you.  Hope to see you Friday!

Governor's Honors Program Information
GHP Areas of Nomination
GHP Application Resource