Monday, December 5, 2016

POP Those Tabs!

From The Ronald McDonald House:

“Thank you for collecting pop tabs for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC)! Since 2010, the Pop Tab Recycling Program has raised over $133.000 for the two Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses.
ARMHC relies on friends like you to keep our hearts and doors open to nearly 2,000 families of ill and injured children each year. This donation will help us make a significant difference in children’s lives by keeping families together when they need each other the most.”

From the bottom of our hearts here in the Counseling Department at North Oconee High School, please let us express how grateful we are that you to continue to save your pop tabs from soda cans and bring them to the Counseling Department. In something so simple to do and not even a cost to you, you can help so many families in their time of need. 

Exam Exemptions- Parents, Please Read!!!

Final Exam Exemption forms will go home 12/5. Students must obtain all necessary signatures from teachers, media specialist, and parents to exempt finals.

Exemption Guidelines
*Have at least a “90” average                     
*Have no more than 3 tardies                 
* Have all fines cleared
*Have no more than 3 absences
*Have no ISS or OSS records

All forms must be completed and returned by Tuesday, Dec. 13th (A Day) during 4th Block. The 4th Block teacher will collect the completed forms as they are turned in. Students whose parents do not wish to sign the form and/or students who do not turn in a form, their names will be added to a spreadsheet which will used for afternoon attendance purposes. These students will report to the cafeteria following the last exam on the 15th and 16th for the afternoon.

NOHS will be an open campus during the last two days of the semester (December 15th - 16th) for final exams. (This is a change).  Students may arrive and depart as needed for exams and WILL NOT need to check in/out of the attendance office on these two days.  If a student is on campus (prior to 11:30am) they must report to their assigned class during the time it is scheduled.

Students who are unable to leave immediately after their 2nd/4th Block exams on 12/15 and 12/16 should report to the cafeteria and check-in for the remainder of the day. Attendance will be taken in the cafeteria. Once a student has checked into the cafeteria after 11:30, the student must be checked out of the front office to leave school premises.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Women In Technology Opportunity

On December the 8th, State Farm is hosting an event, in partnership with Women In Technology, that is specifically for middle-school and high-school aged girls. This organization seeks to empower women as they pursue STEM careers. Any students that are interested in pursuing STEM degrees, please register online.  This event is free of cost (one only needs to register with WIT if they are not already). The evening will consists of speakers that  will discuss their roles in State Farm's IT department, and a small “career fair” will be held, which will allow attendees time to mingle with other State Farm employees about their job responsibilities.

This is a great opportunity to network with industry professionals!

Deferred- What Does That Mean? What Do I Do Now?

Many of our students are beginning to get admissions decisions from colleges that they applied to as early decision candidates.  There are three options of what a student will hear when they open that email or letter:  acceptance, denial, or deferral.  Of course the acceptance is the option that all of our students want to see.....denial is the one that NO ONE wants to see, and deferral just brings about more anxiety.

Typically, students put their heart and soul into their college applications and to hear that they got deferred creates a feeling of frustration.  Don't give into that feeling!!  A student that is deferred is still in the game and can have a chance to really shine!  One of the best articles that I have read in regards to the deferral process was from the New York Times in 2012 (

There are suggestions for what students should do and how to create a PLAN of action for the deferral process.  DO YOUR HOMEWORK!  Seek out your counselor and teachers for advice, suggestions, reading your essays, etc.  Every college has a different purpose for the deferred pool.  Georgia Tech has another application that a student must complete, UGA requires students to log into their original account and complete part II of their application (the essays), every school has their own nuance for the deferral process.  Make sure that you understand that process, the requirements, and put your best work out there.  This is a second chance for you to show the college admissions counselor that YOU are the best candidate for their institution.  Good luck and please let your counselor know how they can help you!

Summer Journalism Option- Yes, We Are Already Posting Summer Opportunties!

It is barely winter and we are already getting emails about summer opportunities for our students!  Crazy! Boston University has released their application for a summer investigative reporting course.  If your student is interested, there is a discount for applying and paying by a January deadline.  Please read the details below for more information:

We are delighted to announce a special opportunity for your students. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University's College of Communication, is again offering a unique Investigative Journalism Workshop next summer.

This program, now in its eighth year, would be a perfect fit for your students who are interested in journalism or writing. Nearly 165 students from 31 states and 11 countries attended last summer's workshop, and we are expecting sessions to fill up quickly for 2017.

Our three two-week workshops will begin on June 26th.  During each session, students participate in seminars and work alongside veteran journalism teachers and award-winning local and national journalists on investigative stories that challenge students' critical thinking and research skills. Students will live on the BU campus and gain hands-on experience to benefit them in college and beyond.

For more information about our program, visit our website and read students' reflections on their experiences at the workshop last summer.

Students who apply and pay in full by January 31, 2017, can receive a $200 discount on tuition.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Are You A 9th, 10th, or 11th Grader and Vandy Is On Your Admission Radar?

It is never to early to begin looking at college campuses and figuring out what might be the path you want to take!  Vanderbilt just opened up their Black and Gold Day Registration.  This is a program that they developed for underclassman that are interested in learning more about Vandy.  These dates fill up super fast, so check your schedule and see if you might want to make a road trip towards Nashville to scope out Vanderbilt as well as some other great institutions!  Remember 11th and 12th grade students get two days for college visits!  Use them up!

Vanderbilt Black and Gold Registration

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Anxiously Waiting For Admissions News? UGA Announces Early Action Admissions Date

Check out the UGA blog post from Tuesday morning!  UGA has announced that they will be releasing the admissions status of the early applicants on November 18th.  This post does a great job of how to handle the decisions that were made during this round of the process. Please read the blog below for more details about how decisions will be released and how your student can reflect and handle their decision.  Please take their message to heart!  Humility and reflection can go a long way in this process!