Friday, January 15, 2021

CALLING ALL SOPHOMORES

If you are interested in being a student representative for the Mississippi State Board of Education check out the information below. Attached is the application and I also have copies in my office. 

Have a great weekend!

Sophomores: Apply by January 29 to be the Student Representative to the State Board of Education in 2021-22

MS State Superintendent Student Advisory Council (80 students on staircase at State Capitol)

The Mississippi State Board of Education (State Board) is excited to enter the third year of the Student Representatives of the Mississippi State Board of Education program. Following an extensive application process, two students are currently serving on the State Board. As denoted in the application and letter from Mississippi State Board of Education Chair, Dr. Jason Dean, these students have provided an important perspective and their participation in the program has added tremendous value to board discussions and deliberations.

Applications are currently being accepted for a Student Representative who will be a junior in high school during school year 2021-2022.  Complete the application packet by January 29, 2021. 

The application packet and more information is available on the Mississippi Department of Education website: mdek12.org/MBE/Student-Representatives.

Contact Donna Hales in the Office of Educational Accountability at 601 359-2331 or dhales@mdek12.org if you have any questions.

Sydney Ethridge
SEHS Counselor
2362 Long Creek Rd
Meridian, MS 39301
601-483-5501 (Office)
601-483-6347 (Fax)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest

Please see attached for more information. 


Sydney Ethridge
SEHS Counselor
2362 Long Creek Rd
Meridian, MS 39301
601-483-5501 (Office)
601-483-6347 (Fax)

Disclaimer: The foregoing electronic message and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended only for the use of the intended recipient named above. This communication may contain material protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If you are not the intended recipient, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this electronic message in error, please notify us immediately at 601-693-1683, at the Lauderdale County School District Central Office. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Fwd: 2021 MSBA Student Essay/Speaking Contest Information


Sydney Ethridge
SEHS Counselor
2362 Long Creek Rd
Meridian, MS 39301
601-483-5501 (Office)
601-483-6347 (Fax)


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From: Andrea Williams <awilliams@lauderdale.k12.ms.us>
Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 12:51 PM
Subject: 2021 MSBA Student Essay/Speaking Contest Information
To: Susan White <swhite@lauderdale.k12.ms.us>, Allyson Wells <awells@lauderdale.k12.ms.us>, Sydney Ethridge <sethridge@lauderdale.k12.ms.us>, Jade Sharron <jsharron@lauderdale.k12.ms.us>, Sandy Reid <sreid@lauderdale.k12.ms.us>


Good afternoon, 

  The Mississippi School Board Association is announcing the 2021 MSBA Student Essay/Speaking Contest for 11th and 12th grade students in Mississippi public school districts. Application information for the contest is saved as an attachment with this email. One winner will be selected from each Congressional District, and each winner will receive a $1,000 cash award. Please share this information with juniors and seniors on your campus. 


Thank you in advance, 

Andrea Williams
LCSD Communications Director 
C - (601) 919-6004 



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Disclaimer: The foregoing electronic message and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended only for the use of the intended recipient named above. This communication may contain material protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If you are not the intended recipient, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this electronic message in error, please notify us immediately at 601-693-1683, at the Lauderdale County School District Central Office. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Fwd: [External Mail] Boys State 2021 Application is Open!


Sydney Ethridge
SEHS Counselor
2362 Long Creek Rd
Meridian, MS 39301
601-483-5501 (Office)
601-483-6347 (Fax)


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From: Mississippi Boys State <msboysstate@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 7:19 AM
Subject: [External Mail] Boys State 2021 Application is Open!
To: Sydney Ethridge <sethridge@lauderdale.k12.ms.us>


Happy 2021 administrators and counselors!


As the new year begins, I hope this email finds you rested from the holiday break and energized to help your students achieve success.  I am reaching out on behalf of the American Legion's Boys State program - the premier leadership program for rising seniors (and for graduating seniors this year) in the state of Mississippi. Our program's application is now live at https://msboysstate.com/applytoday/. The included attachment contains information, instructions, and guidance for getting your top students to the 2021 session of the American Legion's Boys State program. Our staff is eager to meet and work alongside this next class of young leaders.


Most important information is that the session is open this year for both graduating and rising seniors, at the University of Mississippi from May 30th - June 5th, and the application deadline is May 7th, 2021. For more information, please read the attached packet or go to our website at https://msboysstate.com/. Feel free to reach out to us at any time with any questions or concerns.


If you are no longer serving your school as a counselor or administrator, please respond to this email so that we may update our records.


Best,

R.G.Pickering

Assistant Director of Programming, Boys State

Mississippi Department, American Legion

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Fwd: [External Mail] [s_cnslr] FW: flyer for 2021 ElviS Scholarship


Sydney Ethridge
SEHS Counselor
2362 Long Creek Rd
Meridian, MS 39301
601-483-5501 (Office)
601-483-6347 (Fax)


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From: Chandrea Walker <CSWalker@mdek12.org>
Date: Fri, Dec 11, 2020 at 12:26 PM
Subject: [External Mail] [s_cnslr] FW: flyer for 2021 ElviS Scholarship
To: Sydney Ethridge <sethridge@lauderdale.k12.ms.us>


Additional info on the Elvis Scholarship is attached.

 

Thanks,
CSW

 

From: DIANNE WHITT <whitt@maxxsouth.net>
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2020 12:15 PM
To: Chandrea Walker <CSWalker@mdek12.org>
Subject: flyer for 2021 ElviS Scholarship

 

 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Fwd: [External Mail] Fw: December 2020 College Countdown MS Newsletter





Good morning all,

I hope you are doing well as we draw close to ending this semester like none-before.  I just wanted to pass along this information about scholarships in case any of you weren't already receiving messages from Get2College.  There seem to be some fantastic opportunities listed here which your students may benefit from.  As always, please let me know if there is anything that I or my staff can do to help make your lives simpler.  If we don't speak again "Have yourself a merry little Christmas!"

Brandon Dewease
Director of Student Engagement | Department of Student Services
Meridian Community College
 
 

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From: College Countdown MS <collegecountdownms@gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 3:07 PM
To: Dewease, Brandon <bdewease@meridiancc.edu>
Subject: December 2020 College Countdown MS Newsletter
 
The December newsletter focus is all about scholarships. Included you will find resources to help students apply for scholarships, tips for teachers and counselors, and ways the FAFSA is used for awarding scholarships. Additionally, check out upcoming events, news, & data. Keep in touch!
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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS


NEW TODAY! Get2College Scholarship Search Tool allows students to search for scholarships in Mississippi or nationally. Scholarships are displayed in order of deadline and students can use filters to narrow down their results. More Mississippi scholarships will be added throughout the year, so encourage students to bookmark this tool to check often here!

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers scholarships for community college students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution. The application deadline is January 6 and can be found here.

TheDream.US offers scholarships for DREAMers who are high school or community college graduates and high school graduates who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot get in-state tuition. Applications and deadlines can be found here

Dell Scholarships Program offers a $20,000 scholarship. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, with a minimum 2.4 GPA, and have participated in an approved college readiness program (such as AVID, GEAR UP, Upward Bound, etc.). Applicants must plan to enroll in an accredited 4-year institution and demonstrate financial need. The application deadline is December 1 and can be found here.

Class of 2021 Scholarship Opportunities
The more effort students put in, the more opportunities they have to earn scholarships. Class of 2021 students can complete five of the six actions (Build, Practice, Strengthen, Complete, and Apply) to be eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action. Find more information here
1. Build Your College List: $500
        Get started by exploring colleges you're interested in. 
2. Practice for the SAT: $1,000
        Use Khan Academy® to get ready for test day.
3. Improve Your Score: $2,000
        Show how practice pays off by improving your SAT score.
4. Strengthen Your College List: $500
        Make sure your college list has a mix of academic safety, match, and reach schools. 
5. Complete the FAFSA: $1,000
        Fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid. 
6. Apply to Colleges: $1,000
        Apply to the schools you want to attend. 
7. Complete Your Journey: $40,000


The College Board Opportunity Scholarship program opens for the class of 2022 on December 7, 2020. New this year: The College Board Opportunity Scholarships will recognize more winners and address affordability concerns by helping students explore other scholarships and aid.

SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

Get2College Chats help students prepare for scholarships with topics covering essay writing, resume creation, and interview skills. Click on the image below to share these videos with your students as they complete scholarship applications.

The spring Topic Tuesday webinar series will begin January 12th and will include topics on: How to Interact with ACT, Attainment Goal for Mississippi, Best Practices for Working with Homeless Youth, Colorblindness & Microaggressions, Lessons Learned on Implementing a College & Career Readiness class, and more. Click here for dates and registration, all webinars are at 10 am and recordings will be provided to everyone who registers, up to 1 CEU credit is available.

National Public Radio's Student Podcast Challenge: College Edition invites college students around the country to create a podcast — about anything — and compete for a chance to have the work appear on NPR.  Submissions open December 1. Find more information here.

Get2College LIVE will be on Wednesday afternoons via Facebook and Instagram. Your students can check us out and join in the December discussions on Mississippi financial aid.

Reach Higher and the Common App are partnering with the National Postsecondary Strategy Institute to launch the Power of Hope Awards. Awards will be presented to school districts that have engaged school counselors in leadership roles to improve student college and career success outcomes. Learn more on Common App's blog and apply here, applications are due December 15.

SACAC announces annual conference April 2021 will be host a virtual conference in 2021 that will be free of charge to all SACAC members as well as non-member public school counselors, HBCU admission officers, and those who work for CBOs. More information can be found here.

Get2College "FAFSA Fridays" High school seniors can schedule an appointment to complete the FAFSA with Get2College on December 4th, 11th, and 18th. Make an appointment here
Share with your students why completing the FAFSA is important with our "Why FAFSA" Series  

Did you know that many "tuition guarantee" programs (from Board of Supervisors, endowed scholarship fund, or the Sumners Grant) for students in communities around Mississippi require the FAFSA to be completed? Make sure students complete their FAFSA to maximize funds for college.
               

Check out SACAC's latest blog post here on supporting transgender and transitioning students through the college admission process.
 
 
 Be the first to know about everything ACT: test updates, professional webinars, and student data.   Sign up for the ACT counselor newsletter here.
 


Get to know all the public colleges in Mississippi with the new Get2College YouTube channel 3D videos! These 3D video produced by SeeBoundless offers a quick introduction of all features for the public colleges in Mississippi have to offer students. And, to get the full effect, watch it with 3D googles here!

 The Hechinger Report highlighted this fall's decline in FAFSA completion nationwide and reached out to Get2College for innovative ways to combat helping student submit the FAFSA during a pandemic. Read the article
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Sydney Ethridge
SEHS Counselor
2362 Long Creek Rd
Meridian, MS 39301
601-483-5501 (Office)
601-483-6347 (Fax)

Disclaimer: The foregoing electronic message and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended only for the use of the intended recipient named above. This communication may contain material protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If you are not the intended recipient, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this electronic message in error, please notify us immediately at 601-693-1683, at the Lauderdale County School District Central Office.