Hello McFatter Family,
Thank you to everyone who wore pink on October 17th for Think Pink Thursday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. SGA students handed out pink beads and/or bracelets to students and staff during lunch and throughout the day. We appreciate your support as you looked fabulous in your pink!
October 21 begins the 2nd marking period of the school year. By the end of this term, most students will have earned 4 credits. Things move quickly in a block school! Remember to write down upcoming assignments in your planner and check Focus regularly to stay abreast of grades along the way.
On October 22nd, we will be holding the 1st of three Parent Seminars. Postcards were sent home with students. The topic of this event is “Scholarship Prep for All Grades: What to Do Now”. We have a few seats remaining and have extended the deadline to sign up to attend. To RSVP for the event, go to https://2019_2020_pss_oct_22.eventbrite.com ; dinner is included for this event for all who RSVP by 10/20. If you have additional questions, please call 754-321-5718. For other McFatter High School event, please go to https://mcfatterevents.eventbrite.com .
Check out social media for updates… There is a lot of information below…
I wish you all a great week.
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October 21: 1st day of 2nd quarter
October 22: Diversity Day: Rep Your Country
October 23-31: Red Ribbon Week
October 23: Too Smart for Drugs (Nerd Day)
October 24: Too Bright for Drugs (Wear Neon)
October 25: Drug Free Day (Wear Red)
October 28: Take a Pledge to be Drug Free (sign at lunch time)
October 29: Put a CAP on Drugs (Hat Day)
October 30: Poster Contest (Say No the Drugs theme: VOTE at Lunch)
October 31: Boo to Drugs (Halloween Costume Contest: NO MASKS – extended lunch)
October 23: Basketball Competition (lunchtime)
October 23: Parent Seminar at 6pm (RSVP by 10/20: https://2019_2020_pss_oct_22.eventbrite.com)
October 24: Basketball Competition (lunchtime)
October 23: Football STC vs MTC (5pm at Sheridan Technical High School)
October 28-November 1: Spirit/ Homecoming Week
October 28: Pajama Day
October 29: Rep your County
October 30: Opposite Day
October 31: Costume Madness
November 1: Class Colors (Color War)
November 1: Homecoming Dance (See SGA Officers for ticket information)
October 29: ICC Meeting (12:19-1:01 in room 411)
November 5: Veteran Parent Appreciation Day
November 11: No School
November 13: Report Cards Issued from 1st quarter
November 14: SAC Meeting at 11:30
November 27-29: No school
December 23-January 3: No school
Belmont Village Senior Living will be hosting the "2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's Broward County". An employer that the McFatter Career Service Team has work with, Mrs. Veronica Nesbitt of Mi Casa Senior Living, is constructing a team for the Walk. If you're or someone you know is interested, or would like more information, please stop by the McFatter Career Center and/or contact Mrs. Nesbitt at 954.851.6921. Please see attached.
Upcoming BOWLING NIGHT next week… We are hosting a Halloween bowling night on Friday, October 25th at Sparez Bowling Alley in Davie from 6pm to 8pm. It's for all ages and costumes are encouraged! See attached flyer for more details. Tickets are available for $20 from Mrs. Kopek or in the cafeteria during lunch. For more information, please email Mrs. Kopek from the staff directory list by clicking this link.
CLASS OF 2022 ONLY: Class T-shirts are on sale now in room 370 for $20. For more information, go to the attached flyer.
ATTENTION POPCORN LOVERS: Get your bellies and wallets ready for this year's popcorn fundraiser, presale Oct.21st - Nov. 1st. See Mrs. Reyes or members of the class of 2022.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month Safety Tips:
Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information. Cybercriminals attempt to lure users to click on a link or open an attachment that infects their computers, creating vulnerability to attacks. Phishing emails may appear to come from a real financial institution, e-commerce site, government agency, or any other service, business, or individual. The email may also request personal information such as account numbers, passwords, or Social Security numbers. When users respond with the information or click on a link, attackers use it to access users’ accounts.
HOW CRIMINALS LURE YOU IN
Attackers use creative ways to trick you, here are some examples of attack emails that we have seen:
- “We suspect an unauthorized transaction on your account. To ensure that your account is not compromised, please click the link below, and confirm your identity.”
- “During our regular verification of accounts, we couldn’t verify your information. Please click here to update and verify your information.”
- “Our records indicate that your account was overcharged. You must call us within 7 days to receive your refund.”
HOW TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM
- Play hard to get with strangers. Links in email and online posts are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If you’re unsure who an email is from—even if the details appear accurate—do not respond, and do not click on any links or attachments found in that email. Pick up a phone, call the person on a known good phone number.
- Think before you act. Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately. Many phishing emails attempt to create a sense of urgency, causing the recipient to fear their account or information is in jeopardy. If you receive a suspicious email that appears to be from someone you know, reach out to that person directly on a separate secure platform. If the email comes from an organization but still looks “phishy,” reach out to them via customer service to verify the communication. Don’t use the phone number provided on with phish email – it may be to the attacker.
- Protect your personal information. If people contacting you have key details from your life—your job title, multiple email addresses, full name, and more that you may have published online somewhere—they can attempt a direct spear-phishing attack on you. Cyber criminals can also use social engineering with these details to try to manipulate you.
- Be wary of hyperlinks. Avoid clicking on hyperlinks in emails and hover over links to verify authenticity – where is the link going, an attacker can mimic a website – always look at the full URL.
- Shake up your password protocol. Change passwords regularly, use longer complex passwords or passphrases. Get creative and customize your standard password for different sites, which can prevent cyber criminals from gaining access to these accounts and protect you in the event of a breach.
News from Ms. Lynn, BRACE Advisor (multiple attachments):
Please call (754)321-5805 with any questions you may have regarding BRACE News.
Congratulations to Ethan Siegel for his offer of admission to Florida Atlantic University. Don't forget to stop by my office to place your flag pin. Seniors - I hope that you are completing your college applications and that you will notify me when you receive offers of admission.
Bright Futures Authorization - Our Bright Futures authorization day was held on Tuesday, Oct. 8th. To date 99 of our 144 seniors completed the FFAA - Florida Student Financial Aid (Bright Futures Authorization). I will be working with the teachers and students to get with the remaining students. It is a district mandate that every senior will complete the FFAA prior to graduation.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Time - See attached FAFSA Step by Step Worksheet
It is time to start thinking about financial aid. The 2020-2021 FAFSA (for Aug. 1, 2020 - July 31, 2021) will open on Oct. 1st. I encourage all seniors, and their families to complete a FAFSA and to do so ASAP. There are certain forms of aid that are on a first come first served basis and they are small pools of money. The earlier that you apply the better. The 2020-2021 FAFSA is based on 2018 taxes. The correct website is www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is a free application! It is best to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when possible. This should alleviate the need for verification (student's needing to prove their income information).
- Students planning on starting college over the summer should complete a 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 FAFSA. The 19-20 FAFSA covers the academic year from Aug. 1st, 2019-July 31st, 2020.
Seniors - If you have not already done so, you need to schedule your senior photos with Weston Photography (954)888-9259. See attached flyer for details.
Seniors - Hopefully you have been thinking about your plans for after high school. If you are planning on attending a four-year university directly after high school here are some things that you need to do:
- Register and take the SAT and/or ACT (have scores sent to schools)
- College applications (my goal date was September 15th)
- Request transcripts/ Complete SSAR (Self-Reported Student Academic Record)
- Request recommendations (if necessary)
- Check student portal for application check list, status, etc.
I am here to help you with this process.
I was able to meet with many seniors and their families over the summer. Our goal at McFatter is that we meet with every senior prior to graduation to make sure that they have a plan for after high school. I will continue to hold post-secondary conferences, but with college visits, and other school responsibilities, my meeting times will be limited. Most meetings will be held at 8:30 in the morning. Please call me directly (754)321-5805 to schedule a meeting.
If you need to take/retake the SAT and/or ACT, you need to register asap. Attached is a list of the 2019-2020 test dates. Most colleges and universities have their applications available. All transcripts should be requested through your Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection) account. For schools that have multiple ways to apply, be sure to list how you applied to the school (i.e. - directly to the institution, common app, coalition app, etc.) The students will go to: student.naviance.com/wtmtc or log on using your Broward County single sign on. The log on and password are similar to virtual counselor (Student ID # 06....and birth date for password (MM/DD/YYYY).
Traditionally students take the SAT and or ACT for the first time during the spring of their junior year and a second time during the fall of their senior year. Both tests are college entrance exams. Schools will accept these tests equally. It is recommended that students take both the SAT and ACT. This way they will be able to determine if they have a strength on one test over the other. Keep in mind that most schools look at the scores that are most favorable to the student. At the time of registration, students can send their scores to 4 schools for free. If students wait until after testing to send these scores, they will have to pay a minimum of $12.00 to have their scores sent. It is the student’s responsibility to have their scores sent to the various schools. Schools will only accept official score reports which are sent directly from these testing agencies.
SAT & ACT Test schedules - Please see attached flyer for the 2019-2020 SAT and ACT test dates. Pay attention to the registration deadlines.
Free and Reduced Lunch - There are many benefits to qualifying for free or reduced lunch, other than the meals themselves. Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible to receive SAT and ACT fee waivers for both their junior and senior years (1 per test, per year). Additionally, seniors who have taken a test using a fee waiver are able to receive college application fee waivers. If a student were to take advantage of all the fee waiver offers, they could save over $500. It is well worth the time to complete an application to see if you qualify.
Fee Waivers are now available in the BRACE office for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Scholarships!!!! - All students, especially seniors, should be very familiar with the scholarship page on Naviance. It is listed under the college tab. There are multiple ways to search for scholarships. Each scholarship has its own deadline. I would make a scholarship search part of your weekly routine.
RaiseMe - Students (all grade levels) and parents, are you aware of Raise.me? It is a way for students to earn micro-scholarships for things that they are already doing (i.e. - completing a FAFSA, taking AP courses, earning an A). Raise/me has partnerships with many schools across the country. I highly recommend that all students create and update a Raise.me account. https://www.raise.me/
On Campus Events: College visits are open to juniors and seniors.~ All students must have a college visit pass to attend.~ The student must sign up through Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.com/o/brigitte-lynn-8407916290) to get a college visit pass/ticket. ~ Space is limited ~ Students must have their teacher's permission to attend. ~ It is between the teacher and the student whether it is appropriate for the student to miss class time to attend the college visit ~ Students should check Naviance and Eventbrite often as visits are constantly being added.
Oct. 21st @ 11:00 - Nova Southeastern University
Oct. 21st @ 1:30 - Barry University
Oct. 21st @ 3:00 - Marymount University
Oct. 28th @ 11:00 - SCAD - Savannah College of Art and Design
Oct. 28th @ 3:00 - Lynn University (rescheduled)
Oct. 29th @ 11:00 or 1:10 - Broward College Jump Start Information and Senior Application Session.
Nov. 5th @ 9:30 - 12:15 - ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Exam)
Off Campus Events:
Oct. 27th - NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fair
When: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: Nova Southeastern University - Rick Case Arena at Don Taft University Center, 3301 College Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Oct. 28th - 30th - Virtual College Week
Florida Virtual College Week: Live Webinars - Open to all high school students and parents
Scholarships: One of the best resources available to our students is Naviance Student (formerly known as Family Connection). In addition to great college and career resources, there is a wonderful scholarship section. It is located at on the student's college page. Click on the Colleges tab, then Scholarship Match or Scholarship List. The "AAA Complete Easy to View Bulletin," through google docs, shows an easy to view, easy to sort list. Check out these social media scholarship links.
Horatio Alger National & Florida Scholarships - Deadline: Oct. 25th - Award: $10,000 - $25,000
Senior. US Citizen. Financial Need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross income). Overcome adversity. Plans to pursue a bachelor's degree and attend a two or four-year college or university. Demonstrated involvement in co-curricular or community service activities. Students can apply for the national and state scholarships using one application. https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/
Ron Brown Scholar Program for African Americans - Deadline: Nov. 1st - Award: $40,000
Senior. Black/African American. Excel academically. Exhibit exceptional leadership potential. Participate in community service activities. Financial Need. US Citizen or have a permanent resident visa card. https://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/program-description
Mas Family Scholarships - Deadline: Nov. 4th - Award: varies
Senior. Cuban American or Cuban descent. Application attached.
2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - Deadline: Nov. 5th - Award: $1,000
Grades 5 - 12. Dedicated to community service. Engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after Sept. 1, 2018. Applications and details available at spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit.
Southern Scholarship Foundation, Inc. - Deadline: Ongoing - Award: Low-cost housing
Rent free housing for students admitted to FSU, UF, FAMU, or FGCU.~ Motivation demonstrated through awards and activities.~ Financial need.~ Minimum 3.0 GPA.~ Information and application available at: http://www.southernscholarship.org
Following are a couple of free test prep websites.
PERT prep - Go to Broward.edu.~ Click on Student Resources, then click Testing center.~ When you click the PERT link it opens up to offer you a PERT study guide and practice test.~ They also have links to YouTube tutorials.~ You can also register for a free 4 - week on line college foundations course.
March2Success~ - www.march2success.com
Website includes test prep for the ASVAB, SAT and ACT.~ They also offer help with high school math and verbal skills.~ There is a high school science hub to help with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science.~~~ Additionally they offer a college readiness online course.~ There is a Spanish option for this website.~
[ http://www.maldef.org ]www.maldef.org - MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) Scholarship List.~ This list is an informative resource for students, parents, and educators.~ MALDEF is not a direct provider of the scholarships on the list, with exception of the MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program. (This can be a good resource for students who have residency issues.)
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