October Senior Newsletter 2021
Please make sure to listen to the announcements each day, pay attention to senior google classroom notifications, and to e-mails. There are NO extensions on applications and scholarships. You need to get a resume ready NOW if you have not already. You will need these all throughout the year. Now is the time to ask for letters of recommendation. Do not wait until the last minute.
Important CCHS dates:
October 25: FAFSA Workshop 3-7 in library, you do not have to stay the entire time
October 29: Senior message forms with payment due to Mrs. Workman
November 5: Maroon & Gold Night
November 10: Veterans Program (virtual)
November 12: Messages and pictures for senior messages due to Mrs. Workman
November 17: MSU Road Scholars meeting with juniors & seniors
November 23: Club Day
December 17: All senior pictures and messages for Yearbook due to Mrs. Workman
January 28: Yearbook orders due to Mrs. Workman
April 16: Prom
Please e-mail Sarah Workman with yearbook questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
National ACT Dates: DON’T FORGET TO UPLOAD A PHOTO!
Late Registration Deadline
Photo Upload/Standby Deadline
December 11, 2021
November 5, 2021
November 19, 2021
December 3, 2021
February 12, 2022
January 7, 2022
January 21, 2022
February 4, 2022
April 2, 2022
February 25, 2022
March 11, 2022
March 25, 2022
June 11, 2022
May 6, 2022
May 20, 2022
June 3, 2022
July 16, 2022
June 17, 2022
June 24, 2022
*Pay close attention to the registration deadlines. If there are any benchmarks you haven’t met on your ACT, you need to retake it as soon as possible or you will not be able to take credit-bearing courses in college. If you have not met benchmarks for honor graduation requirements, you need to test as soon as possible.
The cost for the ACT with no writing is $55.00. However, if you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you are allowed to take the ACT 4 times at no charge during high school. (This is 4 times total.) You will need to see Mrs. Halteman to pick up a fee waiver. Mrs. Halteman does not register you for this….you must register online at www.myact.org
*The school code is 180145; you will need this when you register.
*Please note that the highest ACT score is used for scholarship purposes up through the scholarship deadline date.
The residual ACT is an ACT test given on the college campus of your choice. The score is good ONLY for that college campus in terms of admissions and scholarships. Please call the college campus you plan to attend to see if they give the residual ACT. It typically costs a little more, but scores come back quickly (typically 1-2 days). The cost at Murray State is $50.00, with a late fee of $5.00 beginning five (5) business days prior to the test. Space is limited, so register early. Results are generally available in the Recruitment Office two days after the test. Photo ID is required to pick up results, and results will not be given out over the phone. You may request to have scores mailed. For more information, or to register online, go to www.murraystate.edu/testingcenter and scroll down the page until you get to ACT-R—Residual Version of the ACT, and then click on ACT-R Registration Form.
KYOTE and TABE Testing:
To be an honor graduate you must either take college algebra, or meet an ACT or KYOTE math benchmark. If you are not in college algebra but want to be an honor graduate, you need to meet one of the following benchmarks: ACT Math 19, a KYOTE college algebra 7, or a KYOTE math College Readiness 22. If you meet the math benchmark by Christmas, you can still enroll in college algebra in the spring.
To enroll in English, the benchmarks are ACT English 18 and Reading 20, or a TABE score of English 12.8 & Reading 12.2.
If you have not met these benchmarks, you can request an appointment to take the TABE and/or KYOTE placement tests at WKCTC using the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepCeozGXfeZoRm-b5vxdE_CJau_tKEk-7JiXg47eFNHYyyig/viewform.
The Murray State Testing Center offers KYOTE testing. For more information go to
Variety of dates: Horatio Alger Association Scholarship
Eligibility: There is a wide variety of scholarships available on this page. Please review it and see what you which scholarships you are eligible for. Make sure to let Mrs. Halteman know if you apply.
October 31: Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Eligibility: Must be a high school senior planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. Courses taken, extracurricular-activities, community services, honors & awards, etc. will need to be entered on the application. http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/
November 23: KSBA (Kentucky School Boards Association), 2 males, 2 females chosen in the state for $2,500 scholarships (nonrenewable). Our district can send in 1 male and 1 female nomination.
High School Senior intending to go to college.
From an immediate family (parents, guardians, sibliings) who has not earned a college degree.
ACT reading score of at least 20 as a junior or senior.
If you meet this criteria and would like to be considered, please email Mrs. Halteman.
Dec. 1: Hagan Scholarship Foundation-national scholarship, $48,000 over 4 years; We had a student awarded this scholarship last year!
1. ACT and SAT scores are not required.
2. Must attend an Eligible Public High School.
3. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
4. Must have achieved a 3.75 cumulative grade point average.
5. Must enroll at an eligible four-year college or university the first semester following high school graduation.
6. Must work 240 hours before August 2021.
7. FAFSA SAR EFC must not exceed $6,500.
8. Must apply for Federal and State grants if eligible.
9. Must not have a felony conviction.
The intended recipient of a Hagan Scholarship is a high-achieving, goal driven student in need of financial assistance to attend college.
For more information go to https://haganscholarships.org/
Students will complete college scholarships online; double check due dates as sometimes these change.
Dec. 1: University of Kentucky
Some scholarships are due as early as December 1, so be sure to read this thoroughly.
Jan 4/Feb. 1: Western Kentucky University Scholarships
WKU will guarantee 100% tuition coverage for any freshman from Kentucky who receives Pell Grant assistance and has at least a 3.00 cumulative unweighted high school GPA. (The specific scholarship amount will differ per student, equaling in-state tuition minus Pell Grant, SEOG, KEES and other institutional and gift aid).
This does not apply to student loans, which may still be used to pay for housing, books or other expenses.
More details are available https://www.wku.edu/guarantee/
Dec.1/March 15: Morehead State University
Dec. 15/Jan.15: University of Louisville
Dec. 15: KASBO (Kentucky Association of School Business Officials):
They award 3 $2500 scholarships to Kentucky graduating seniors. Interested students must go to https://www.kasbo.com/administration/20 to apply.
Dec. 1/Feb. 1: Murray State University Scholarships (should open Oct. 1; apply through MyGate)
http://www.murraystate.edu/admissions/scholarships/newfreshmen.aspx The Dec deadline is if you are applying for the Presidential Fellowship. The Feb deadline is for all other competitive scholarships.
Feb. 14: We the Students Essay Contest
Check for details after December 15th, the topic will be released on December 15th.
March 1: West Kentucky Community & Technical College (opens Oct. 1st)
We will have a representative from WKCTC coming October 15 to school to help students apply for this.
March 25: All A Classic (Not Sports Related)
Eligibility: Must exhibit financial need…this is one of the primary things the committee looks at. In addition, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of obtaining citizenship and a Kentucky resident, be a senior student in good standing at a Kentucky high school that is a member of the All ‘A’ Classic, plan to attend a post-secondary institution in the State of Kentucky in the upcoming year as a full-time student, be drug free, and submit an accurate and complete application by the designated deadline. You must attend an interview to be eligible to receive the scholarship. Scholarship application will be posted at the following.
Deadline May 21: B. Davis Scholarship
Please visit http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to read about and apply for the scholarship.
**Please note that local scholarships will not be available until March/April. Also, many places of employment (both yours and your parent’s/guardian’s) as well as churches give scholarships, so make sure to ask!
To research scholarships at the schools you are interested in; simply go to the school website and type “scholarship” in the search box.
Go ahead and apply NOW at all colleges except WKCTC. We have to wait until spring to apply at WKCTC because of dual credit courses. If students apply now, it can mess those things up.
Head for the Hill:
October 22nd, November 12th Head for The Hill is a free, open house event that offers a comprehensive look at WKU’s outstanding academic offerings, student activities, and beautiful campus. Sessions are offered to provide valuable information about life on The Hill, and an information expo allows students and their families the opportunity to personally connect with representatives from different academic departments, student services, housing, financial aid, and more!
Saturday, November 6th, Tuesday March 29th
To register, visit www.murraystate.edu/racerdays
You can always schedule an individual appointment to go tour college campuses, and fall break is a great time to do that. I recommend visiting college campuses you are thinking about attending and trying to meet with a faculty member from the department you are interested in. College days must be approved by Mrs. Halteman AT LEAST 5 school days in advance. You are allowed one college day per semester.
Extra Murray State University Information:
Housing: Housing application typically opens Oct. 1. You will apply for housing through your MyGate account, so you must have your username and password. A $150 deposit is required.
Admitted Student Kickoff 2022 - February 4-6, 2022: Admitted Student Kickoff is a free event for students who have been admitted to Murray State University. You will receive valuable information about campus services and what it will be like to be a Racer. Plus, you will get priority registration for Racer Nation Orientation to be held this summer. Sign up now to join Murray State faculty, staff, and current students to learn more about your future home.
Racer Nation Orientation (Summer O): Registration will open mid-February, but remember there will be an admitted student conference that you will be notified about by e-mail. Put this in your planner! Cost was $130.00. You will register through MyGate if you don’t attend the admitted student conference.
Honor’s Session 1: April 15* Session 2: April 16 Session 3: June 2
Session 4: June 4 Session 5: June 15 Session 6: June 17
Session 7: July 7 Session 8: August 4
*you must apply and be admitted into the Honors College to attend this session
MSU students must attend Summer O to register for classes. Try to go to the earliest one possible because classes fill up very quickly!!!! This is for both students and parents/guardians and is required.
For more information go to https://www.murraystate.edu/headermenu/Offices/OfficeOfRecruitment/SummerO/index.aspx
Honors Program: The MSU Honors Program is designed to enrich the educational experiences of highly motivated students by increasing the opportunity for interacting with outstanding faculty, both in small class setting such as Honors seminars, and in ongoing research experiences. Students must possess an ACT score of 28 or above, at least a 3.5 GPA, and complete a separate application for admission to the program. For more information, visit www.murraystate.edu/honors or call 270-809-3166.
Saturday Visits (Murray State University):
Saturday appointments begin at 9:00am, 11:00 am, or 1:00pm and consist of an info session with an admission counselor who will be able to discuss with you admission criteria, financial aid information, scholarship opportunities as well as information about housing, dining services and student life. You will also go on a student guided walking tour of campus. Together this takes approximately two hours. 2021 Dates: November 13, November 20, December 4.
2022 Dates: January 22, January 29, February 12, February 19, February 26, March 5, March 12, April 2, April 9, April 30, and May 7
For more information, visit https://www.murraystate.edu/campus/PlanVisit/SaturdayVisits.aspx
Murray State Promise Tuition Program: Students must be eligible for and receive the Federal Pell Grant (through FAFSA) and must also be eligible for KEES money. Students must also complete the Murray State General Scholarship Fund. If you meet the criteria, Murray state will help pay for 12-15 hours of tuition and mandatory fees. For more information, visit
Financial Aid & Financial Aid Workshops
All students must fill out the FAFSA form even if you think your family will not qualify. Some schools…Murray for example, will not give you scholarship money unless this form is filled out. Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only way to receive grants and loans. You can also go to www.finaid.org for more information on various types of financial aid. You will be applying for financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon after October 1 as possible. Money runs out quickly.
If you would like help completing the FAFSA, you can make an appointment and attend the workshop on October 25, 3-7 pm in the high school library.
In order to fill out the FAFSA, you must have a FSA ID. You can get this number at https://fsaid.ed.gov. Both one parent or guardian and the student must have this number. Please go ahead and apply for this number now so that you are ready to fill out the FAFSA. KEEP THIS NUMBER IN A SAFE LOCATION BECAUSE YOU WILL USE IT YEAR AFTER YEAR FOR THE FAFSA. You will use 2020 tax information to complete the FAFSA.
Cap and Gown Orders
If you have not ordered your cap and gown for graduation you need to do so as soon as possible. Follow these instructions to order online:
1. Go to https://www.jostens.com/ and choose “shop your school.”
2. Search for and select Carlisle County High School.
3. Choose Graduation Shop
4. Scroll down and choose “Shop Now” under graduation products.
5. Scroll down under the cap and gown packages and choose the “Cap & Gown Unit” for $32.
6. You will need to give your height and weight before you check out.
*Lots of scholarship money goes unclaimed each year. Here are some websites to find other scholarships that often go unclaimed. NEVER PAY FOR A SCHOLARHSIP SEARCH!
www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.studentscholarshipsearch.com
You will need to request transcripts at various times throughout the year. You need to request transcripts at least one week in advance. Please email Mrs. Halteman with transcript requests.
Letters of Recommendation
Now is the time to ask teachers for letters of recommendation if you have not already. You must request letters of recommendation at least 2 weeks in advance. You will need to supply a resume or list of activities for the letter to be written. This goes for anyone you ask, not just Mrs. Halteman or Mrs. Edging. Make some copies of the letter they give you, or ask whoever writes the letter for you to print a few copies and save them.
If you plan to play Division 1 or Division 2 sports, see Mrs. Halteman you will need to register on the NCAA Clearinghouse website. www.eligibilitycenter.org/
This is a very important reminder that information on ALL local scholarships will be available students either on Mrs. Halteman’s website or in the crate in the library. It is VERY important that you participate in community service. There are scholarships that are based mostly on community service activities.
Each senior gets 1 college day per semester. You must approve these with Mrs. Halteman at least 5 days in advance. You will also need to get a college visit form from Mrs. Tanya to get signed at the time of your visit.
Checking KEES Money
You can keep up with how much KEES money you have at www.kheaa.com Most of you have registered before, so if you do not remember your password, you will have to call KHEAA to reset it. You will not have to do anything at the end of the year to receive your KEES money. Your school will request it from the state, and it will be sent.
If you are attending WKCTC and going into an Allied Health field (nursing, dental hygiene, radiology, etc.), you MUST attend a pre-admit conference. Dates can be found online.
All 18-year-old males must register with the selective service. This can be done at https://www.sss.gov/register/