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** SMHS E-Mail Blast ————————————————————
** October 23, 2016 ————————————————————
** Important Information ———————————————————— Sophomores To Take PreACT Assessment All sophomores will take the PreACT (formerly ACT Plan) assessment on Tuesday, Oct. 25, beginning at 8 a.m. This test is designed to give students a realistic ACT test experience that is helpful to them when taking the ACT their junior or senior year in preparation for college admission. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction makes provides this opportunity to all tenth graders to assist them with their college preparation. To accommodate the test period, first period will be extended until 11 a.m. to give students the time needed to complete the exam. It is important that everyone arrive at school on time so that the test can begin on time. For more information about this exam, please call Ms. Evelyn Graning, assistant principal and testing coordinator, at 586-2177, x2903, [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) .
Swim Team Meeting For Interested Students Any student interested in joining the Swim Team this year should plan to attend a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in the upper cafeteria. A sales rep will also be on hand to take orders for swimsuits. For more information, please call the school at 586-2177.
Jostens Collecting Graduation Orders Jostens will be at Smoky Mountain High School on Monday, Oct. 24, to collect graduation orders. Seniors who pre-order their cap and gown package will receive the cheapest price available for the package. Payments are not due at the time of the order, so all seniors are encouraged to pre-order their packages to take advantage of this savings. Seniors and parents can also visit Jostens.com for more details and/or to place their orders online. For more information, call the Student Support Center at 586-2177, x2500.
WorkKeys Testing Information for Seniors The review testing window for the WorkKeys test will begin Monday, Oct. 24. This test will be taken by all senior CTE completers who received a letter about the test. The letter includes the student’s testing date. For more information about testing dates or the test itself, please call the Career Center at 586-2177, x2601. Students can also stop by the Career Center, rm. 41, D-Building, and speak with Traci West or Missy Parris.
Yankee Candle Orders Due All juniors selling Yankee Candles for prom will turn in their completed orders with money, including tax, on Thursday, Oct. 27, or Friday, Oct. 28. An announcement will be made on those dates about time and location. For more information, please call the school at 586-2177.
SCC Representatives On Hand To Answer Questions Representatives from Southwestern Community College will be at Smoky Mountain High School on Monday, Oct. 24, through Wednesday, Oct. 26, to meet with juniors and seniors who plan to take SCC classes second semester this year. Students who have a spot in the second semester schedule for an SCC course will be called down to the lab to meet with the representatives. Any student who does not have an SCC spot on their schedule who would like to take SCC courses needs to see their school counselor immediately to get an appointment. For more information, call the Student Support Center at 586-2177, x2500.
National Honor Society Information For interested students and families: National Honor Society students are inducted during the spring of their sophomore year. Students with at least a 3.75 unweighted grade point average are invited to apply and are selected for induction based on high scholastic, leadership, character, and community service activities. For specific criteria, please call NHS advisors Mrs. April Bryson or Mrs. Julie Gentry at 586-2177.
Senior New Century Scholars Meeting All senior New Century Scholars are asked to attend a mandatory contract signing night on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Southwestern Community College Burrell Building.
Career Exploration Day Offered Any student interested in attending the Southwestern Community College Career Exploration Day on Friday, Nov. 4, should register in the Career Center, rm. 41, in D Building before prior to that date. There is no charge for the event. For more information, call the Career Center at 586-2177, x2017.
Important Dates In November Friday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day, school closed Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Holiday, school closed for students
UPCOMING EVENTS Cap and Gown Orders 10/24 Seniors, cafeteria PreACT Exam 10/25 All sophomores, 8-11am Swim Team Meeting 10/25 All interested students, upper cafeteria, 6pm New Century Scholars Meeting 10/27 Seniors only, SCC Burrell Building, 6pm Yankee Candle Orders Due 10/27-10/28 1st and 2nd period FAFSA Day 10/29 Seniors and parents, 9am-12noon
Athletic Events Please visit the SMHS Athletics site here (k12.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b3b023652848bda317302eece&id=1d6a9de362&e=aa0b80db40) for a complete athletics schedule.
** Absence Procedures Reminder ———————————————————— Students are allowed up to six parent notes to excuse absences. If a student must miss school, a written excuse signed by a parent or guardian must be received by the school within two days of the student’s return to school. A parent note does not automatically mean your student’s absence has been excused. The only absences that can be excused with a parent note are student illness or a death in the family. Illnesses over four days in duration or more than six total days per semester require a statement from a physician to be excused. Absences can also be excused with the following: a letter from a physician, documentation of a court appearance, pre-approved educational opportunities, or attendance in military exercises. Students are responsible for communicating with their teachers about missing assignments and completing them by the teacher’s specified deadline. All classwork missed due to absence is to be made up to the satisfaction of the teacher. If you have any questions regarding your student’s attendance, please contact his/her school counselor at 586-2177, x2500.
** Apply To WCU For Free ———————————————————— Western Carolina University has been added to the CFNC list for College Application Week, Nov. 14-18. This means that applying to WCU is free during that week if the student uses CFNC.org to submit his/her application. Other schools may also be added to the list of participating colleges and universities, so it’s important to check the list on CFNC periodically. School counselors will be assisting students with applications at school during that week.
** Preparing for College Workshops ———————————————————— The Student Support Center is offering a series of workshops to help seniors get ready for college. Covering such topics as completing the FAFSA, applying for scholarships, and writing college application essays, the meetings are open to all seniors and their parents. The next workshop, “College/Scholarship Essay Help,” will be offered on two dates: Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., and again on Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 to 11 a.m. The sessions will be held in Computer Lab 1 located across from the Student Support Center. Please call the SSC at 586-2177, x2500, with any questions. For a complete list of workshop topics and dates, please see the Calendar on the Smoky Mountain High School website (k12.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b3b023652848bda317302eece&id=63dc558705&e=aa0b80db40) .
** Driver Education Proficiency Test Scheduled ———————————————————— The next Driver Education Proficiency Test is scheduled at Smoky Mountain High School on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 3:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. All interested students must register in the main office with Renee Miller before the exam date. The cost is $55 for Jackson County students which is due at the time of registration. Students must be 14 1/2 to register. For more information, call the school at 586-2177.
** FAFSA Day For Seniors/Parents ———————————————————— Seniors and parents who need help applying for financial aid are invited to FAFSA Day at Smoky Mountain High School on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Financial aid representatives from Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College will be on hand to assist students and parents in the process of applying for financial aid. Seniors will need a FSA ID in order to complete the FAFSA application on that day. For more information, please call the Student Support Center at 586-2177, x2500, or visit the Student Support Center website (k12.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b3b023652848bda317302eece&id=bf4e11c7fb&e=aa0b80db40) .
** Important Smart Lunch Information ———————————————————— Please remember that Smart Lunch tutorial periods are part of the instructional day. Students may be asked to attend more than one tutorial session for any subject in which they have below 80 percent. Teachers are working together to insure that students take advantage of every Smart Lunch period until grades improve. If your child has below an 80 in any class, please help him or her make every effort to utilize Smart Lunch each day. Students who miss a Smart Lunch tutorial period will have opportunities to make up time during Wednesday Smart Lunch detention, Tuesday after school detention, or Thursday after school detention. Teachers will work with students and parents to schedule this time. For more information about this process, please call the school at 586-2177.