Guidance and Counseling
Welcome to the Gaylord High School Guidance and Counseling Office Website. Our goal is to provide services in educational development, career development, and in social/emotional development. These services include counseling, consulting, and coordinating.
Mrs. Somerville is responsible for students with the last name beginning with A-G, students with a 504 plan, and students who receive special education services. Mrs. Eckstein is responsible for students with the last name beginning with H-O, and Mr. Hervela is responsible for students with the last name beginning with P-Z.
Below you will find information on the following: ACT Test Dates, Scholarships, Financial Aid, NCAA-College Athletics, Dual Enrollment, Counseling Opportunites For Students, and Prevention Programs.
2017 - 2018 ACT Test Dates
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Fee Required|
|Dec. 9, 2017||Nov. 3, 2017||Nov. 17, 2017|
Feb. 10, 2018 Jan. 12, 2018 Jan. 19, 2018
(Gaylord code: 231-620)
Free ACT online prep and registration, college and career planning
2017 - 2018 SAT Test Dates
|Test Date||Registration Deadline|
|Dec. 2, 2017||
Nov. 3, 2017
March 10, 2018 Feb. 9, 2018
SAT test information: www.collegeboard.com
(Gaylord code: 231-620)
Test Out Materials
Next Test Out Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in the GHS Guidance Office.
Algebra 2 Test Out Packet
Biology 2nd Semester Exam Review
Biology Test Out Materials
Geometry Test Out Packet 1
Geometry Test Out Packet 2
Intro to English and Arch Drafting Test Out
PE Test Out Packet
Psychology Test Out Materials
Psychology Final Project
Spanish I Show Project
Spanish I Ruberic for Show Project
Spanish I Grammar for all of Spanish
Spanish II Test Out Packet
Spanish III Test Out Materials
US History Test Out
World History Test Out
World History Test out Packet 2
World History Test Out Packet 3
BCT Test Out Packet 1
BCT Test Out Packet 2
BCT Test Out Packet 3
Economics Test Out Packet 1
Economics Test Out Packet 2
Economics Test Out Packet 3
English 10 Test Out Packet Sem 1
English 10 Test Out Packet Sem 2
Algebra I test out packet 1
Algebra I test out packet 2
Chemistry Test out packet
Civics Test Out materials
Physics test out materials
Pre-calc test out materials
English 9 packet 1
English 9 packet 2
English 9 packet 3
English 9 packet 4
Health test out all strands
Health Test Out materials No HIV
Health Study Guide Resources
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Students can search database for colleges by state, degree, and subject. Offers a free matching service.
Students assess their interests and skills while matching them to possible career options.
Username: GCSD-XX (last two digits of graduation year) last name first initial
Password: School ID#
College App Map
A great resource to find apps to support, inform, and coach you to and through college.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
(click on "career exploration")
Occupational Outlook Handbook
A guide to career information
Career One Stop
(click on "explore careers", then complete self-assessments)
MAT2 MICHIGAN ADVANCED TECHNICIAN TRAINING PROGRAM
[MAT2 Logo] MAT2– the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program – is an innovative, industry-driven approach to education. Developed in conjunction with global industry technology leaders to combine theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce, MAT² addresses two critical issues facing the manufacturing and technology industries: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. This initiative functions similar to an apprenticeship program, where students alternate between classroom instruction and on-the-job training, gaining the necessary hands-on skills and real-world experiences for them to become a successful and productive member of the workforce. Watch video: https://youtu.be/KSzC5Wtmsu4
Gaylord VFW Post #1518 Scholarships (4, $1,000 ea.): Student must be the son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of a veteran, and planning on attending an accredited college or university. GPA must be 3.0 or higher, and student must live or attend school in Otsego county. Student must be a senior, or Early College 5th year student. A high school transcript must be included with the application. Deadline: April 1, 2020. Applications available outside the GHS Guidance Department door, in senior hallway.
College Board Opportunity Scholarships ($500-$40,000): Applying to college is a complicated process, so the College Board has created a program that guides you through it. It doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative. Complete key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships. Go to https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/ to enter. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action.
MEA Scholarship ($800-$1,500): Student must be a dependent of a MEA member in good standing and will attend a Michigan public degree-granting institution. Priority will be given on the basis of academic achievement, school/community service, extracurricular activities, and lower income households. Two letters of recommendation, plus high school transcript, required. ALL sections of the application form must be completed. Deadline: February 20, 2020. Applications are available outside the Guidance Office, or online at https://mea.org/mea-scholarship/.
Community Financial Scholarships (20, $1,500): Student must have own personal account with Community Financial and demonstrate the "People Helping People" philosophy. Student must apply online at http://www.cfcu.org/scholarships by March 15, 2020. High school transcript and letter of recommendation also required.
NROTC Scholarship Program: Additional information can be found at https://www.nrotc.navy.mil.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Begin after Oct.1st.
Financial Aid Night
September 23, 2019, at 6:00 pm in the GHS library.
Dear High School Senior: As you complete your final year of high school and prepare for your postsecondary options, the following should be considered to maximize your opportunities for State of Michigan aid programs.
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A FAFSA is required each year to receive state aid, regardless of the program. The FAFSA must be submitted by March 1, 2020, to be considered on time for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and Michigan Tuition Grant. The FAFSA can be completed at https://fafsa.gov.
• After your FAFSA is received, create a MiSSG Student Portal account at www.michigan.gov/missg to complete aid program applications and monitor your eligibility status. Our office awards the first college/university listed on your FAFSA. If you decide to attend a different institution, please update this in the MiSSG Student Portal or call us at 1-888-447-2687.
• If you scored 1200 or higher on the SAT, you may qualify for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS). For consideration of the MCS, we need to associate your SAT score with your FAFSA. To complete this process, we need your Social Security Number (SSN). Your SSN may already be in our system, but we recommend that you ask your high school counselor to check your information in the MiSSG High School Counselor Portal or you can call us at 1-888-447-2687 to check.
• If you are eligible for the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), you must complete your application by August 31st of the student's graduating year and before age 20. To check your TIP eligibility and complete an application, log into the MiSSG Student Portal at www.michigan.gov/missg or call us at 1-888-447-2687. Some colleges/universities have separate deadlines for TIP students. If you are TIP eligible, contact the financial aid office of the college/university that you plan on attending to learn about their process for TIP students. To learn more about our programs and resources, please visit www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid. Connect with us on social media @mistudentaid.
NCAA - College Athletics
It is extremely important to let your Coach and Counselor know if you plan to participate in college level athletics! Counselors know the ropes for initial eligibility and will help guide you through the process.
All Gaylord courses have been submitted to the NCAA eligibility center; however, not all courses have been approved. Talk with Mrs.Eckstein to make sure you are taking the right classes for NCAA eligibility.
General GHS Dual Enrollment Requirements & Information
The Dual Enrollment program enables students at Gaylord High School to enroll in classes offered by North Central Michigan College and Kirtland Community College and earn college credit while still in high school.
- Students can qualify for dual enrollment by taking one of the following assessments: PSAT, SAT, ACT, or MME. Contact your Guidance Counselor to see if your scores qualify.
- The college courses cannot be a hobby, craft, or recreation course, or in the subject areas of physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education.
- The district must not offer the college courses.
- School districts are required to pay the lesser of:
- The actual charge for tuition, mandatory course fees, materials fees, and registration fees; or
- That state portion of the students' foundation allowance, adjusted to the proportion of the school year they attend the postsecondary institution.
- Understand that dual enrollment may effect your class rank and GPA.
- Be aware that dual enrollment classes may conflict with GHS extra-curricular activities. It is expected that the college schedule take precedence over all GHS scheduled events.
- If a student withdraws from, or fails a dual enrollment class, he/she will be billed for the class and textbook. Classes typically cost between $600-$700 per semester, not including the textbook(s).
Always check to see if your college course will transfer to a four year Michigan university (www.macrao.org)
Contact Mrs. Eckstein with any questions at (989) 705-3108.
Topics include anxiety, stress, coping strategies, depression, and bereavement. Please call Mrs. Somerville for more details at 731-0969 to schedule your student for counseling.
Contact Amanda at Gaylord Blue Devil Wellness Clinic 989-732-6890 for more information.
The Sound of Your Voice is a short animated video that encourages parents to talk with their young adults about the consequences of underage alcohol use.
Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol is a companion guide for parents that emphasizes their continuing influence on alcohol use decisions by their young adults. It offers tips on how to discuss this issue before and during college.
This year the students enrolled in Health Class will receive a Bullying Prevention Lesson. They will learn the definition of bullying, be introduced to Matt's Safe Law, and learn a specific strategy to deal with bullying if they are a victim or bystander, STOP-WALK-TALK, strategy. If you would like more information about this program please contact Mrs. Somerville in the guidance office.
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