Future Night for K-12 students, parents Nov. 10

The Plymouth School District will host “Plan Your Future Night” for students in 4-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade and their parents.

The event, which will be from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 at Plymouth High School, replaces the Options Night that PHS had hosted in recent years.

“We wanted to expand our audience to include elementary parents,” said school counselor Joanna Williams. “We believe that it’s never too early to start acquiring knowledge and getting a plan together for after high school.”

School counselors have developed a range of topics in order to target varying interests. “There is no longer a single road to take after high school,” Ms. Williams said. “There are many ways to be successful and fulfilled after high school, and we hope by having a range of subject areas we can show that to our families.”

Families will be able to chose up to three seminars during the evening, all of which are offered multiple times. Seminars include:

• When I Grow Up…: How does Plymouth School District prepare your child for the future?

What options are available? (grades 4K-8)

• Building Your Child’s Education Fund: Hear from a professional financial advisor about money-saving tips to finance postsecondary plans (grades 4K-8).

• College 101: Are you a ROOKIE when it comes to planning for college? Learn what you and your elementary, middle or high school child can do now to prepare for the future. A college admissions representative will share key tips and tricks about your next steps. (grades 4K-12)

• Is a State University Right for You?: Hear from a state university representative about admission information and financial opportunities. (grades 6-12)

• I Can’t Afford Private Colleges … Or Can I?: Hear from private school representatives about admission information and financial opportunities. (grades 6-12)

• Let’s Get Technical: Hear from a tech rep about the many different options that will be offered to your child at the technical school, including admission information, entrance exams and financial opportunities. (grades 6-12)

• What INSPIRE’s You?: The Mission of INSPIRE Sheboygan County is to facilitate connections between businesses and Sheboygan County K-12 school districts and to serve as a centralized resource of information in order to foster collaboration that will grow applicable student career preparation and work-based learning experiences. (grades 6-12)

• Gaining an Edge at Highly Selective Colleges/Universities: What is it that highly selective colleges are looking for when they admit their applicants? For the most part, they are looking to form well-rounded classes. In their quest to do this, they’re seeking students who have a level of uniqueness and who show a depth and breadth of academic as well as extracurricular accomplishments and talents. In this session, you will learn about the different factors that are considered when it comes to “earning” admission at a highly selective college. (grades 6-12)

• Service Academy College and Career Opportunities: Featuring Tom and Ann Roy, Harry and Mary Bolich, David and Barb Ohman and Dennis and Nancy Witkowsi. U.S. service academies provide world-class education opportunities yet are often a hidden gem among local students. Four recent PHS graduates have benefitted from the prestigious education and nationally ranked learning experiences provided by the U.S. Naval Academy. Each has taken their own pathway in earning their bachelor of science degree and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Join their parents to discover the academic, service and financial benefits available to young men and women and the preparations needed to be a competitive applicant for admission. (grades 6-12)

• Beau Knows Sports! Listen to Beau Hoopman, UW Madison rowing coach, and Morgan Shields- Hoopman, former UW Madison volleyball player and doctoral student, describe what life was like as collegiate athletes. Hear their stories and learn how important extracurriculars were to their success. (grades 6-12)

• Show me the money!: With college tuition costs steadily on the rise, it can be daunting to think about the money it will cost you to earn a college education. In this workshop, you will learn about the anatomy of scholarships, eligibility and resources on where to look for scholarships, as well as tips and strategies for success. (grades 7-12)

• College Entrance Exams: Hear about ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, ASVAB and practice test/resources for college entrance exams. (grades 8-12)

• What’s a FAFSA?: Learn from local expert Patty Taylor, director of financial aid at Lakeland College, about what financial aid is and how it helps you pay for your college education. She will share information to help guide you through the entire process of understanding, searching for and applying for financial aid. You also will learn what you need to do, what you should expect to do, what you should avoid and why you should start this process early. (grades 9-12)

Representatives of the military also will be in attendance to answer questions.

Visit www.plymouth.k12.wi.us for more information about Plan Your Future Night, including a timetable of the seminars.


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