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.
 

****Thank you to all who attended last night.  Documents from the presentation attached for you.*****

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)


       

PARCC Results

 In the coming weeks parents will receive the results of their children’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC.) These results are for the Spring 2016 English Language Arts and mathematics state assessments in grades 3 to 10. The individualized reports will show how each student performed on the tests, and where those scores fall compared to the average scores for other students in Rhode Island and the district.

The reports will also show whether a student has met the standard in the assessed area, and will identify specific strengths and weaknesses based on the results.Individual students will receive PARCC scores for Mathematics and English-Language Arts. Scores show a student’s readiness for college and careers, using the scale below:
o Score of 5: Exceeded expectations
o Score of 4: Met expectations
o Score of 3: Approaching expectations
o Score of 2: Partially met expectations
o Score of 1: Did not meet expectations
 
North Smithfield Schools exceeded the state average at almost every level and showed significant improvement in participation. North Smithfield High School was recognized in the area of  mathematics in a press release from the RI Department of Education for improvement: "North Smithfield High School, up 29 points in achievement and 32 points in participation."
 
Administrators and teachers use this data to inform curriculum and instructional decisions. While we will continue to work towards improving student achievement meeting these more rigorous standards, we are pleased that NS Schools are making improvements. We certainly expect further improvements as we deepen implementation of rigorous standards.
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Freshman Orientation.......August 23rd, 6:00PM

 

Incoming 9th Graders , "The Class of 2020", and their parents are invited to attend "Freshman Orientation Night" at North Smithfield High School on Tuesday, August 23rd from 6:00-7:30 PM. This event will begin in the High School's  Potenza Auditorium. The purpose of this evening is to become familiar with school procedures, building layout and location of classes. Students will be issued their schedules and lockers at this time.  After a brief presentation, students will be allowed to walk the building and locate their classes and be sure they are able to access their lockers. Student volunteers and many faculty will be situated throughout the building to assist students with any concerns. I hope to see you there!

 

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