2021 February/March Parent Letter
We wanted to keep you informed and remind you of upcoming events and dates.
By January 31--February scholarship list available on counselor’s door and emailed to parents
Now Walters State Sevierville Spring Tour dates WS is taking 8 students (they can bring family
members with them) for each slot. If a student would like to sign up for a tour, please call the
Walters State Sevierville front office at (865) 774-5800 and request to be added to the tour list.
All of the tours will start at 8:30 am and meet in the lobby of the Maples Marshall Hall Bldg.
If you have not used both of your college visits this year then you can count this visit and it
will be excused once you return proof of attendance at the tour. Come by the counseling office
and pick up a college visit form before attending.
Wed, Feb 24 or Wed, April 14
Feb 1 WS scholarship application deadline. If you are remotely considering WS or planning on
attending WS in the fall and have at least a 2.7 GPA or 19 on ACT, we would advise you
to go ahead and complete the scholarship online. See link below for applying to WS and
the WS scholarship application.
Students are usually notified in the spring or summer if they have received the scholarship.
Reminder: If you plan on attending WS you must have an 18 in English, and a 19 in math and
reading subscores in order to take the college level courses. If you do not then you may
have to take remedial courses/bridge program while taking regular college courses. There is
also a diagnostic test to help determine if you might be able to bypass the remedial course-you
will need to contact WS to find out more info.
ATTENTION: In order to apply for scholarships at Walters State
you need to have been admitted to the college. If you have not applied to WS
please visit the Walters State website at www.ws.edu
The following steps are REQUIRED to be considered for a scholarship:
1--Be admitted to the college –apply at www.ws.edu
2--Complete the general scholarship application on the link above
Feb 15 No school for students- In-service for teachers
Feb 17 National Random Acts of Kindness Day-various activities planned
Feb 26 March scholarship list available on counselor’s door and emailed to parents.
March 1 FAFSA due for TN Promise students-Contact your counselor if you need any help in
completing your FAFSA.
March 4 Report cards
March 9 Parent/Teacher conference 3:30-6:30--may be virtual or in-person
March 12 ACT registration deadline for the April 17th test. Remember-In order to
get the Lottery Scholarship, the student must have a final GPA of 3.0 or 21
ACT, completed the FAFSA and attend an eligible school in Tennessee.
Register at www.actstudent.org
March 15 No school for students/In-service for teachers
- Make sure your teenager has applied to the schools of interest and hopefully has received information about their status. If not, contact the school and check on the status. If you have not received any information, they may be waiting on your FAFSA to be filed.
- Continue working on FAFSA if you have not completed it yet. If you have specific questions about the FAFSA or the SAR(student Aid Report, received a week or two after filing the FAFSA) you can call 1-800-433-3243.
- Compare offers from the schools which you have applied. Most schools should start sending your award letter soon-it lets you know what their school can offer you. Most schools want you to accept or decline each of the awards by May 1st. This will allow the schools to make offers to other students.
- Make sure your teenager is in credit recovery during or working at home to recoup the credit. If credit recovery begins too late in the semester, there is not enough time to get the credit. Sometime in mid March we should have the students and their progress in credit recovery available. You can check with the counseling office to check their progress.
- Please make copies of the scholarship offers your teenager will be receiving and give to your school counselor by April 26th. If the copies are not received by April 26th they will not be recognized.
The state will recognize two levels of graduation on the diploma and transcript
Graduate with Distinction:
Students will be recognized as graduating with “distinction” by attaining a B average and completing at least one of the following:
- Earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit (this includes dual enrollment)-4 classes i.e (Comp I, II, Speech, Psychology, etc.)
- Participate in at least one of the Governor’s Schools
- Participate in one of the state’s All State musical organizations
- Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
- Attain a score of 31 or higher composite score on the ACT
- Earn a nationally recognized industry certification
Graduate with Honors
Students who score at or above all of the subject area benchmarks on the ACT or equivalent score on the SAT will graduate with honors. Last ACT to count before graduation is April of senior year. The benchmark scores can come from different test administrations not just from one administration. See chart below.
ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks
Benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing first year college courses. These college courses include English Composition, College Algebra, an introductory social science course, and Biology. The data is based on 98 institutions and more than 90,000 students. The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are:
College Course ACT Subject Area Test ACT Benchmark
English Composition English 18
College Algebra Math 22
Social Science Reading 22
Biology Science 23
You all have done a great job of getting scholarship applications, asking questions about the schools, completing the FAFSA, keeping track of their academic requirements and encouraging (maybe nagging) your teenager to work on various areas. We have wonderful students and appreciate your encouragement and support during this process.
Cheryl Troutman A-J Jenna Mize H-O Bethany Schultz P-Z