Welcome, Freshmen!
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Welcome, Freshmen!

Nikiski Middle/High School

Class of 2019Slide2


hings we’ll cover tonight:

Who we are & what we doGrades & Credits – do they really matter?GPA & Graduation Requirements

Alaska Performance Scholarship & cost of college!

Ways to get involved & eligibility requirementsSlide3

meet the counseling team

Ms. G

School Counselor

Grew up in Michigan

Went to MSU & GVSU

Loves photography, bicycling & board games

Mr. Wertz

School Counselor

Grew up in


Ferry, Idaho

Went to University of Idaho, Idaho State University & College of IdahoLoves his grandbabies, family & traveling

Mrs. CarstensCareer & Guidance AssistantGrew up in KodiakWent to Adams State University Loves scheduling students!

Mr. BrownCollege & Career AdvisorGrew up in SoldotnaWent to Boise State UniversityLoves fishing, hunting & riding snow machines Slide4

what do we do?

Provide support for all students in the following areas:



Career/College Planning

how do we do it?

Classroom Lessons



One-on-One Advising & Counseling Services

Referrals Slide5

how can you meet with us?

Stop by!

during lunch or passing time – or ask your teacher for a pass to come down.

Our offices are in the library!Slide6

Grades & Credits

– do they really matter?

The bottom line is: YESSlide7



Graduate from High School you must complete:

*Earning the honors diploma is optional & has different requirements


2 years of a foreign language is NOT required for graduation though MANY colleges prefer or require 2 years of foreign language for admission! Slide8

But what does it mean

to “complete” a class?

Students receive credit for classes they earn a D or better letter grade in.Slide9

“So what happens if I earn an F in a class?”

Earning F’s in classes will bring down your GPAIf you earn an F in a class you will NOT receive credit for the class

You will have to MAKE UP the class either through summer school or credit recovery



You might be thinking

“Wow – that looks like a lot of work.”

let’s break it down:

Each class you take is a chance to earn .5 credit/semester

You will all take 2 semesters of 9

th grade Language Arts

By the end of Freshmen year, you can earn 1.0 credit towards your L.A. graduation requirement (as long as you earn a D or better both semesters)Slide11

The Grading Scale

A 90-100% 4.0

B 80-89% 3.0

C 70-79% 2.0

D 60-69% 1.0

F less than 60% 0.0

(no credit)Slide12

GPA – Grade Point Average

Why does GPA matter?

Colleges have different GPA requirements

Scholarships have different GPA requirements

Your freshmen year GPA will average with your GPA from all other semesters to determine your cumulative GPA – slack off now, you’ll have to work harder in the future to bring your GPA up!Slide13

Examples of College GPA Requirements for High School Students

UAA – 4 year program

Boise State University


from high school with

GPA of at least 2.5



 the SAT, ACT or a UAA-approved



High school graduates with GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on probation.)


No minimum GPA requiredSlide14


reshmen year is a great time to start thinking about what you’d like to do after high schoolSlide15

your school


will work with you to put together a 4 year plan designed to help you achieve your goals. *if you don’t have career goals in mind – that’s okay! Your counselors & career/college guide will help you use


to figure that stuff out throughout high school.

(AKCIS = Alaska Career Information System)Slide16

Hmm… what could my 4 year plan look like?Slide17

You can check your

Graduation Progress

on PowerSchool

Sample Freshmen Year

Sample Senior YearSlide19

But how will I

pay for college?Slide20

Alaska Performance Scholarship Slide21

If you want to earn the APS – you’ve got to keep your GPA up!

The amount of $ you earn depends on your GPA & your SAT/ACT or



Higher GPA & Test Scores = More $$$Slide22

There are 2 different curriculum routes to take to meet APS requirements:

Math & Science Curriculum


Social Studies & Language Curriculum

*APS requirements are different from KPBSD graduation requirements.

Earning the APS requires students to go above & beyond.

*if you go the math & science route, a year of foreign language or fine arts classes could count as your 4


year of social studiesSlide23

There are slightly different APS requirements for students taking the Career & Technical path

*based on



rather than ACT or SAT scores

*not all math classes offered by Nikiski High meet the APS requirements – talk to your counselor to make sure you’re on trackSlide24

Sample Freshmen Year

Sample Senior Year

*you can check your ASP progress on PowerSchoolSlide25

Is college really that expensive?

WUE = Western Undergraduate Exchange

(tuition cost = 150% of resident tuition)

(per year)

(per semester)Slide26

Depends on where you go!

*not WUE-eligible

(per year)

(per year)Slide27

How can I win other scholarships?

Get Involved!

School activities

Leadership positions

Community Service

Make yourself stand out!Slide28


know the type.

Students who always ace the quiz.


shine on the field.

Who are

involved in every activity. And who set the example in your school and community.


Wendy’s High School Heisman Program is your chance to recognize well-rounded senior men and women who learn, perform, and lead on a daily basis


Start to log

your hours now.

*logs available tonight!Slide30

Get Involved

Activities open to freshmen include:

Cross Country Running – Anna Widman

Football – Ted


Cheerleading – Holly Boyle

Volleyball – Stacey Segura (out of building) Drama, Debate & Forensics – Joe Rizzo Band – Kristin DillonChoir – Kristin Dillon

Musical Theater – Joe Rizzo

Student Government – Reid Kornstad

Wrestling – Adam Anders

Basketball – Reid Kornstad/Sari Anderson

Soccer – Jim Coburn & Troy Zimmerman Track & Field – Jake Doth Nordic Skiing – Anna WidmanSlide31


if you want to play – you’ve got to keep your grades upASAA

Must pass 5 classes the previous semesterMust earn at least a 2.0 the previous semester


Must pass all classes the previous grade check

Must earn at least a 2.0 GPA the previous grade check

End of Semester grade checks use semester grades, not quarter grades

Grade checks occur at mid-quarter and the end of each quarter.

If a student is ineligible at mid-quarter, they may become eligible after 7 days if they have a 2.0 GPA and are passing all of their classes.

Mid-Quarter will be here soon,


21st!Be InvolvedYou could volunteer to help with Athletics, there are lots of jobs that require little knowledge or training and we are always looking for help. Please call Mr. Hooper at 776-9415 or email me at dhooper@kpbsd.k12.ak.us if you are interested.Slide32

Bottom lines -

You’ve got a big job ahead of you.

You also have tons of support available here to help you along the way:

Your family

Your teachers

Your counseling team

After school resources

Boys & Girls Club

Take school seriously, even as a freshmen.

You are laying the foundation for your future.

Your GPA counts!

Start thinking about your goals – what do you want to do & achieve?Get involved.Students who are involved have a more positive school experience overall. Start keeping track of your community service hours. This can help you to win BIG scholarship money down the road!

Ask for help.

We are here for you!

Reach out to us when you need to.Slide33

Thank you

& good luck!