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Guidance

Announcements

Attention Parents

ALL STUDENTS

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH will not be a Delay Start Wednesday. We will start school at 8:40 am and not 9:25 am. 

SENIORS will have a Senior Class Meeting to go over Graduation Ceremony procedures. Brad Long from Jostens will be here to start the cap and gown ordering process. He will return the following week to take orders for caps and gowns. After the meeting, seniors will be dismissed from school to do one of the following; college visit, job shadow, community service or work. We are asking that they leave the building and do something productive. They will be given a form to use as documentation of their activity. This form is to be returned to their guidance counselor by Friday, November 1st.

If you are a senior taking the afternoon IVY Tech class, you are expected to return for class.

Most JUNIORS will be taking the PSAT Exam. By taking the PSAT Exam in their junior year, they can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.  Scores can also be used to qualify for dual college credits and advanced placement courses.

JUNIORS that did not pass the ISTEP Exam last May, will be taking the ASVAB Exam. By passing the ASVAB Exam with a score of 31 or better, students will meet 1 of 3 requirements for the Graduation Pathway. 

All SOPHOMORES will be taking the PSAT Exam. 

All FRESHMAN will be participating in the Reality Store activities. In addition, Brad Long will make a presentation regarding class rings.

SENIORS

The FAFSA application went live on October 1st. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov  to start the process. You will use your 2018 tax information. Tri West High School will host a FAFSA workshop for parents and 2020 graduates on Tuesday, November 18, 2019. It will be held in room D101 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Experts in completing the FAFSA application will be present to assist you. You will need to complete a FAFSA application if you want to get any State and Federal Aid.

College Applications, November 1st is usually the deadline to be considered for early action decisions. Many universities and colleges have scholarships designated for students who complete the application process early.  Get’er done!

JUNIORS

For those of you that did not pass one or both parts of the ISTEP Exam last May, you will be taking the ASVAB Exam on October 30th. Here is the website where you can get more information about the exam; https://www.officialasvab.com/prepare_coun.htm. By getting a score of 31 or better, you will fulfill Part 3 of the Graduation Pathway. This Graduation Pathway is your insurance policy in the event that you do not pass the ISTEP Exam by May of 2021.

For those of you that did pass both parts of your ISTEP Exam last May, you will be taking the PSAT Exam on October 30th. Yes, you took it last year. We know that. However, by taking it as a junior you can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. In addition, you are practicing for the SAT that you will take later in high school. Finally, these scores are used to qualify you for IVY Tech dual college credit and for advanced placement courses. To prepare for the PSAT Exam you can go to; https://blog.prepscholar.com/psat-prep-tips.

SOPHOMORES

As mentioned earlier, all sophomores will take the PSAT Exam on October 30th. There is no make-up date. So don’t be absent. These scores are important. They are used to qualify students for IVY Tech dual college credits and for qualifying for advanced placement courses. Your high school life becomes easier if you take this exam seriously.

FRESHMAN

On October 30th, you will report to your first period class for attendance. You will then be dismissed to the Gymnasium. You will be assigned to a group with a group leader. These group assignments will be posted by Friday.

COLLEGE RECRUITORS THIS WEEK

Indiana Wesleyan University will be here on Wednesday.

We hope you had an awesome Fall Break. Just 26 more school days until Thanksgiving Break.

SENIORS: IMPORTANT DATES

October 1st = FAFSA filing begins

November 1st = Early Action Deadline for most college applications

January 1st or 15th = Regular college applications decisions are made

March 10th = State of Indiana deadline to file FAFSA.

May 1st = Deadline to accept or decline college admission

May 5th = Deadline to accept on campus housing

These are general guidelines.  Some colleges and universities may have slightly different deadlines.

Attention all students and parents: ISTEP+ Retest Exams

Beginning with the Class of 2019, all students must take and pass the English/Language Arts ISTEP and the Mathematics ISTEP Exams.  These two exams became the new Graduation Qualifying Exam.  For students who have not passed these exams yet, the retest is scheduled for December 3-7, 2018.  In addition, all students who have not passed the ISTEP+ Exams will be taking the ASVAB Exam on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  A passing score of 31 on this exam along with a Core40 Diploma and either a Service-Based Learning Experionce or a Work-Based Learning Experience can be used to substitute for a passing ISTEP+ Score.

Attention Juniors and Sophomores

Faculty and staff members from Area 31 Career Center will be at Tri-West High School on the morning of Tuesday, October 30, 2018.  They will meet with students during 3rd period.  This meeting is for students interested in attending classes at Area 31 Career Center next year.

8th Grade Parents

Ms. Spolgaric (A-K) and Mr. Linn (L-Z) will be at Tri-West Middle School on Thursday, November 8, 2018 to present information on selecting courses for the 2019-2020.  We will be in Mrs. Koontz's math classes presenting information on which courses to select and how to select them.  All course selections will be made through the child's Harmony account.  Click on "Course Request" to make your selection.  Ms. Spolgaric (A-K) and and Mr. Linn (L-Z) will return to meet with your child individually on November 26 & 27, 2018 to finalize the course selections.  Course selections can be changed by contacting Ms. Spolgaric (A-K) or Mr. Linn (L-Z).

Parent Meeting for 8th grade parents is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.  The purpose of this meeting is to explain the scheduling process and answer questions about high school courses.

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Homework Help

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Scholarship Opportunities

See the Scholarship page for updates.

Enrollment Dates for 2019-2020 School Year

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  • Area 31 Representatives to meet with interested Sophomores and Juniors, 10:25 a.m. in Auditorium

Enrollment information distributed

  • 11th Grade = 11/5/18
  • 10th Grade = 11/6/18
  • 9th Grade = 11/7/18
  • 8th Grade = 11/8/18

(Course requests are done through the student's Harmony account.  There will not be any paper forms that will go home.  The course description book can be found on our Course Information webpage.)

Individual Counseling Sessions

  • 11th Grade = Beginning November 12 and 13
  • 10th Grade = Beginning November 14 and 15
  • 9th Grade = Beginning November 16 & 19
  • 8th Grade = Beginning November 26 & 27