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 Frequently Asked Questions

 

When should I file my FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Form?

When should my son/daughter hear from the colleges he/she applied to?

How is my student's schedule for next year determined?

What supports are available at the High School if my student is struggling academically? 

Where can I turn for help/information if I am concerned about my son/daughters' mental health?

 

When should I file my FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Form?

As soon as possible after Jan. 1st 2008. If you have not yet completed your tax return you can still file the FAFSA by estimating based on the previous year's income (provided financial circumstances have not drastically changed).

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When should my son/daughter hear from the colleges he/she applied to?

It depends. Some colleges have "rolling admissions" policies. This means students should expect to hear within roughly three weeks of the college receiving the application. Colleges who do not have "rolling admissions" policies typically will begin processing applications mid-January and admissions decisions will be mailed after that. If your student has not yet applied, they should be encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

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How is my student's schedule for next year determined?

In February and March, counselors will be visiting individual classrooms to discuss graduation requirements and course offerings. Students will choose their courses (with assistance from their guidance counselor) for next year at that time. These course registration sheets will then be sent home for your review and signature. The student then brings the signed form back to his/her guidance counselor. Final course selections will then be made based on student request, parent input, and teacher recommendation.

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What supports are available at the High School if my student is struggling academically?

12th Period Teacher Support: This is the first and best resource available to your son/daughter. All teachers are available in their classrooms daily until 3:02. This period is specifically designed for extra academic support directly from the teacher. We strongly encourage you to urge your student to take advantage of this underutilized resource.

AIS Services: The Massena Senior High Reading Specialist is available for specific remediation outside the regular school day as well as working in concert with English classroom teachers. She will offer tutoring classes from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. daily in room 105. Students desiring instruction should sign up outside of room 105 before 3:00 p.m., however, prior notification is not necessary.

Math Lab: An instructional period during the school day that students can be scheduled into upon recommendation of their math teacher.

Guidance Office Intervention: Parent teacher conferences can be scheduled through your student's counselor. Counselors can also provide teachers' emails and phone extensions to facilitate communication between home and school.

Peer Tutoring: Available by appointment on Mondays during 12th period. Students struggling with certain subjects can be linked with an upperclassman that has strength in that area. Students should see their guidance counselor to set this up.

Private Tutoring: The Guidance Office maintains a list of adult tutors who are available for hire. Cost varies and is to be negotiated between parents and tutors directly.

PATS / NCSTEP: PATS (Potsdam Akwesasne Talent Search) and NCSTEP (North Country Science and Technology Entry Program) are two federally funded programs that are designed to provide academic assistance and facilitate students' transition to college. Students should check with their guidance counselor for more information regarding eligibility requirements. *For Grade 9 students: Mr. Chartrand, Planning Room Coordinator, is available to provide tutorial assistance to students during their study halls. *For Native American Students: Supported Study is a small-group alternative to study hall, where Mr. Phillips is available to provide tutorial support.

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Where can I turn for help/information if I am concerned about my son/daughters' mental health?

Your student's counselor can serve as both a support and a clearinghouse for information on a variety of topics including alcohol/substance abuse and mental health. Not only can they speak to your son/daughter, they can help you make connections with community agencies that could assist you further.

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