2016 PSAT Information and Registration

The PSAT’s will be given on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at NSHS at 7:30 A.M.

All Grade 10 students are taking the PSAT this year as an intiative from the State of R.I.  Grade 10 students do not need to register or to pay at this time.

Grade 11 students may register online for the PSAT's here.  Registration will not be complete until payment is made in the Guidance office no later than Friday, September 9, 2016.  The cost is $18 and can be paid by cash or check.  Checks should be made payable to North Smithfield High School.

On the day of the test, students should bring a pen, two #2 pencils, and a calculator.  Upon payment, students will receive a PSAT booklet.  More information about the PSAT’s can be found at: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test

Grading Procedure Change

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

North Smithfield High School (NSHS) has changed its credit procedure beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.  All NSHS students will earn .5 credit for each semester, instead of earning 1.0 credit only at the end of the year.  An example is below.

Current English 9 (Semester One)
    Q1-40% of Grade, Q2-40% of Grade, Semester One Exam-20% of Grade

Current English 9 (Semester Two)
    Q3-40% of Grade, Q4-40% of Grade, Semester Two Exam-20% of Grade

Past English 9 (Year)
    Each Quarter-20% of Grade, Semester One Exam-10% of Grade, Semester Two Exam-10% of Grade

The hope is that this will hold students more accountable, while also giving students the opportunity for a fresh start at the beginning of each semester.   This should also give us the ability to generate transcripts more often and more quickly.  Please contact Mr. Pepin in the Guidance office at (401) 766-2503 if you have any questions or concerns about this change in grading/credit procedure.

2016 NSHS Financial Aid Night

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of seniors:

Financial Aid Night has been scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the North Smithfield High School Library. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Guidance Department and the Rhode Island Association of Financial Aid Officers.  Mr. Michael Joyce, Director of Program Administration, Division of Higher Education Assistance, Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, will offer a two-part program on financial aid for both seniors and their parent(s) or guardian(s).  The first section of the program will provide a general overview of the current status of financial aid.  The remainder of the program will be a step-by-step explanation of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE that is required by some schools.

If your child is planning to enter a university, college, community college, or a post-secondary trade or technical school after their senior year, you are encouraged to attend this program.

2016 College Coffee Hours

2016 Fall College Coffee Hours:

The NSHS School Counselors will be hosting four sessions of “College Coffee Hour” for parents this fall. Each session will take place in the High School Library from 7:30-8:15 AM. These sessions are intended to give parents going through the college search process an opportunity to meet with school counselors and ask questions. We also welcome parents who have been through the process before to come and share their experiences with parents who have not been through the process.  Please bring a laptop or tablet to make the experiences more inter-active.  Topics will be discussed at each session and afterwards, there will be time for questions. If you would like to attend, please RSVP via this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/3MIqkvP67Tl026213

Thursday, September 15, 2016        Topic:  The College Search (Fit and Finances)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016    Topic:  The Common Application

Wednesday, October 12, 2016        Topic:  The Coalition Application (New for 2016)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016    Topic:  Scholarships & Financial Aid (Changes for 2016)


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