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ACT Prep Workshop Offered in June

Kelly Walden will host two ACT Prep Workshops in June 2018.
There will be an ACT Prep Workshop May 29 - June 1 at Lowes Elementary , 6775 KY-440 in Lowes, Kentucky.  
There will also be an ACT Prep Workshop June 4-7 at Paducah Tilghman High School.
It is a 16 hour workshop and costs S300 for all sessions. Students can earn a $50 discount for referring a friend. Please click "Read More" to see the flyers.
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(Frankfort, KY) – In an effort to increase students’ opportunity to take Advanced Placement exams, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) will underwrite the cost of the tests in the 2016-17 school year for students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch.

“The Kentucky Department of Education is committed to closing the opportunity gap for students, and as such, believes all students should have equal access to the benefits of AP coursework,” Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said. “Nothing, including the testing fee, should stand in the way. All of our students should have the opportunity to enroll in AP classes and take the corresponding AP test for college credit.”
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Four things to know after filing the FAFSA

The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available Oct. 1. The U.S. Department of Education has a few tips about what to look out for after your child submits the form.

 1. The FAFSA confirmation page is not your financial aid award. After you complete the FAFSA online and click “SUBMIT,” you’ll see a confirmation page. This is not the award package. That will come separately from the school(s) the student is accepted into. Schools calculate aid . The confirmation page provides federal aid estimates based on the information provided.

 2. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is just one of many factors used to calculate aid. Some schools may meet 100 percent of financial need, and other schools may only meet 10 percent – it depends on the school and the financial aid they have available that year. Students should complete the FAFSA annually because there are many factors that can change each year you plan to be in school.

3. You won’t receive an award letter from your school right away. Even though the 2017-18 FAFSA is available in October this year, that doesn’t mean schools will send award letters earlier. Some schools may send letters earlier, while other schools may stick to the timeline they have used in the past.

4. You can submit a FAFSA correction later, such as adding a school. After your FAFSA has been submitted and processed (takes about three days), students can go back and submit a correction to certain fields. This includes correcting a mistake or adding another school. You can add up to 10 schools at a time.
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"Understanding High School: A Guide for Parents of Freshmen" October 25

The PTHS Guidance Department will present "Understanding High School: A Guide for Freshman Parents" in the PTHS Blue Room on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

The session will offer an orientation to parents of freshman students on topics including:

Grades, GPA, and Credits
Transcripts, Graduation Requirements, and KEES Money
College Planning
College and Career Readiness
Discipline Procedures
AP Classes and Dual Enrollment
GSP/GSA Programs
Community Scholar Program

Click "Read More" view the flyer.
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Apply to EKU for Free October 7-10

Eastern Kentucky University will be waiving their application fee from October 7-10 only. In order to have the fee waived, students must enter the code “FREE” in the waiver box in order to submit their application. However, students MUST actually submit their application during the valid dates in order for the code to work. Students MAY submit their application without a transcript, but it will be required to complete the application for processing. Be sure to request a transcript in the Guidance office after you apply. More +

2017 United State Senate Youth Program Accepting Applications

The "2017 United States Senate Youth Program" is accepting applications from high school juniors and seniors.

To be eligible for the program, students must currently be serving in a school wide, district, regional or state ELECTED capacity in a student government, civic or educational organization. Selected students should also possess a keen interest in government, have above average grades and be very articulate, as they will be participating in discussion groups with national leaders in Washington.

The U.S. Senate Youth Program offers two student leaders from each state a $10,000 college scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to observe the U.S. Senate in action. It is funded entirely by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Applications have been requested and should be available in Guidance after Fall Break. They must be postmarked by November 15th. See Mr. Durr for more information.
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Opportunities for Campus Visits to MSU and UK

Two opportunities for campus visits are coming up on October 19 and October 24:

Murray State University is hosting a “Racer Day” and “Multicultural Visit Day” event on October 19, 2016. Students should be Juniors or Seniors and have or be close to an 18 composite on the ACT and a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to multicultural students but others are welcome if space allows. Students must fill out a permission slip for Murray, available in Guidance as well.

The “Come See Blue for Yourself” trip to the University of Kentucky is October 24, 2016: To be eligible, students must be Juniors or Seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Seniors must also complete the UK application online and bring confirmation to Mr. Durr or forward the confirmation email to . Preference is given to minority applicants and those who would be first-generation college students. Departure will be at 4:15 a.m. in back parking lot near bus circle. Please do not park in faculty parking spaces. We should return around 6:00 p.m. that evening.
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KHEAA College Connection August 2016

Here'a a link to the KHEAA College Connection. It's highly useful information for juniors and seniors and their parents about KEES money and the college application process.

The following articles are found in this newsletter:

• Students should check KEES accounts for accuracy
• Pick up free student aid information at the state fair
• Remember to register to win an iPad
• Senior Year Planner
• You should know these financial aid terms
• Federal government offers student loan forgiveness programs
• College Info Road Show travels across Kentucky
• ACT National Test Dates
• SAT National Test Dates
• Kentucky college coaches receive service awards
• State’s students shine in national FCCLA competition
• ILP training sessions set
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PTHS Guidance Newsletter May 2016

Please click "Read More" to view and download a copy of the PTHS Guidance newsletter for May 2016. If you are looking for a testing schedule, you will find that on page two. More +

PTHS Guidance Newsletter April 2016

To see the PTHS Guidance Newsletter for April, 2016, click "Read More". More +

PTHS Guidance Newsletter March 2016

The PTHS Guidance newsletter has the latest guidance news, calendar, and scholarship opportunities for PTHS students. Click "read more" to see the link. More +

PTHS Guidance Newsletter February 2016

The PTHS Guidance newsletter has the latest guidance news, calendar, and scholarship opportunities for PTHS students. Click "read more" to see the link. More +

ACT Prep for Juniors and Seniors Begins January 26

• Attention Juniors and Seniors – ACT prep will begin January 26th after school until 3:45. If you did not receive a letter in the mail with information and would like to attend, please sign up in Guidance. There will be food and drawings for gift cards for those who participate. We will provide transportation home using the district’s bus routes. More +

KHEAA College Connection Link

The January 2016 issue of the KHEAA College Connection has been posted. You can read it here.

The following articles are found in this newsletter:

  • Kentucky students may win $1,000 toward college
  • Time to fill out the FAFSA
  • Kentuckians have chance to win iPad
  • Senior Planner
  • College Goal Kentucky events being held
  • Operation Preparation set to take place in March
  • Public attorneys may qualify for student loan forgiveness
  • Be wary of student loan repayment companies
  • Students can enter “paying for college” PSA contest
  • Matt Jones joins KHEAA as outreach counselor
  • Upcoming test dates and registration deadlines
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PTHS Guidance Newsletter January 2016 Online

Please click "read more" for a link to the January 2016 issue of the PTHS Guidance Newletter. More +

University of Kentucky Freshman Summer Program

If you are a senior planning to attend the University of Kentucky, see Mr. Durr for more information about UK’s Freshman Summer Program which runs from June 5th-July 15th 2016. This program is intended as a jump start on college life and earns you up to 6 hours of college credit while getting you prepared for college life before the fall semester begins. You must already be admitted to UK for Fall 2016 in order to apply; Summer Program applications are accepted until March 7, 2016. More +

PTHS Guidance Newsletter December 2015

Click "Read More" to download a copy of the December 2015 Guidance Newsletter. More +

Checklist for Twelth Graders

Here's a handy checklist from the U.S. Department of Education for Seniors.
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Sign up for December ACT Prep Workshops

Sign up for December ACT Prep Workshops

The 16-hour workshop (Dec. 21-22, 28-29) is open to all students from all schools in the area. Students will not only review the subject matter, but will also learn ACT-specific test-taking strategies. The instructors will teach the different types of questions the ACT uses, methods for handling difficult questions, and tips for dealing with tight time limits. More +

November is National College Application month!

There are college application tips and resources available here. We want every senior to complete college applications by the end of November. To help with this, we have several college admissions reps coming to the school during the 3rd week of November to work in the computer lab, room 109, assisting students with the application process. More +

Upcoming Deadlines for Kentucky Colleges

University of Kentucky:
December 1, 2015: All Academic, Competitive, and Diversity Scholarships

University of Louisville:
December 15, 2015: Guaranteed Entrance program deadline:
GEMS –Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School
Harlan – Guaranteed Entrance to Law School
ULEAD –Guaranteed Entrance to Dental School
Dental Hygiene Upper Division – Junior/Senior Dental Hygiene Program

December 15, 2015: Mentored Scholarship Program deadline:
Grawemeyer Scholars
Brown Fellows Scholars
McConnell Scholars
Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars

Murray State University:
January 15, 2016: Academic achievement and Competitive scholarships

Northern Kentucky University:
February 1st:
Grants & Loans – PRIORITY DEADLINE (FAFSA completion before this deadline recommended)

Western Kentucky University:
December 1, 2015: Cherry Presidential Scholarship
January 15, 2016: Academic Merit Awards

March 1, 2016: All Merit, General, Need-Based, and Other Scholarships
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SIU Preview November 10

Southern Illinois University will host a Preview Reception and Music Showcase at the Carson Center on November 10th, 2015. This event is open to all students to come and learn about SIU and enjoy their music department’s presentation. Check-in starts at 5:30 and is followed by an information session, student panel, and academic college fair, concluding with the free concert at 7:30. More +

University of Kentucky Preview Night September 29

UK will host their “See Blue” preview night Tuesday, 9/29/15, at 7pm at the Carson Center. Please come to learn more about opportunities and scholarships available at UK. See Mrs. Walton in the guidance department if you’d like to get a copy of your transcript to take with you to show UK representatives. More +

University of Alabama Early College Program

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors interested in earning college credit online or during the summer through the University of Alabama’s Early College Program may obtain more information from Mr. Durr in the Guidance office.
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McCracken County Teen Court Applications Available

Students interested in serving on McCracken County’s Teen Court can get more information in the Guidance Department.

Participants attend training sessions to learn and become comfortable with court procedures and the roles they will fill during Teen Court sessions, learning how to function as prosecutor, defense attorney, clerk, bailiff, and juror. They perform these roles in real court in a legally binding sentencing trial that they conduct. District Judge Tony Kitchen presides over every Teen Court session. This is a serious, eight month commitment in which cases and roles are assigned and teens receive a summons to court. These summons for Teen Court are just as serious as adult summons and cannot be dismissed or ignored for ball practice, chorus, band, etc.

This is a valuable learning experience working with other teens from varying backgrounds that would look great on college admissions and scholarship applications!
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PT offers new classes for 2015-16 school year

by Carter Noneman
The Tilghman Bell, March 2, 2015
Used with permission.

Registration for classes is set to take place from March 23-27. In addition to 16AP classes, and the current curriculum, Tilghman will be offering a total of 16 new classes. Some of the new classes that will be offered next year will include Tilghman Capstone, Tilghman Early College Academy, Physical Education 2, Dance 2, Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Fashion and Interior Design, Theatre and Drama, German 1, and Kentucky Studies. The new classes are described in the Curriculum Guide as follows:
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AP Exam Fee Schedule

If you plan to take an AP exam, please see the fee schedule below. Students may pay for AP exam fees in the Guidance Department.

Exam fees are $91 for each exam. Students who participate in the free/reduced lunch program may seek AP fee waiver(s) in the guidance department. This waiver will cover $76 per test.

Seniors can pay for AP Exam fees the week of February 23rd.
Juniors can pay for AP Exam fees the week of March 2nd.
Sophomores can pay for AP Exam fees the week of March 9th.
Freshmen can pay for AP Exam fees the week of March 16th.
Open to freshmen through seniors to pay AP Exam fees the week of March 23.
Window closes on Thursday, March 26th.
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