Friday, December 17, 2010

December Scholarship Newsletter

The December Scholarship Newsletter has arrived.  Click here to download!!  Remember that if there is a link for a particular scholarship then you must apply online.  Scholarships can be 'ordered' through guidance via Mrs. Alexander (secretary).  Happy hunting!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Save the dates!

Guidance will be hosting several parent nights in January.  Start marking your calendars:

Underclassmen Night (9th and 10th graders): January 10th 6:00pm in the FHS Auditorium
          Topics:  Graduation and Promotion Requirements, Using Technology to Your Advantage (for  
           parents), and College Planning.

Junior Parent Night (11th graders): January 11th 6:00pm in the FHS Auditorium
          Topics: College Planning!

AICE Info Night (8th graders): January 12th 6:30pm in the FHS Auditorium
          Topic: Advantages of AICE and the application process.

Financial Aid Night (12th graders): January 18th 6:30pm in the FHS Auditorium
          Topic: How to apply for financial aid.  There will be financial aid officers there to answer questions.

Hope to see you there!

Winter Break Enrichment Packets

Want your student to work on some enrichment during Winter Break?  Check out the Winter Packets:

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Dignity-U-Wear Community Service

Dignity-U-Wear is looking for students to help sort clothing during the week of December 27th – 30th. They have two 3-and-a-half hour shifts each day, one at 8:30am-12:00pm and another at 12:30pm-4:00pm. Free lunch at noon and cool raffle prizes throughout the day!

Please call now to select your volunteer date and time soon.  For more information please call Pranoo Kumar at 904-636-9455 or email

Download Flyer Here!

**Make sure you take your community service log with you! (Download it or pick it up in Guidance)**

Work with Pets and get Community Service Hours

The K & C Pet Rescue and Adoption Society is taking Santa photographs with pets three weekends in December. They need volunteers to take photographs, talk with the pet owners waiting in line and coordinating wait time.

The dates are:

Saturday, December 4
Sunday, December 5
Saturday, December 11
Sunday, December 12
Saturday, December 18
Sunday, December 19

Please Contact Ms. Burton at  248.2054 or via email at for additional information.

**Make sure you take your Community Service Log with you!  Download it or pick it up in Guidance!**

Friday, December 3, 2010

AICE Information Night - 8th graders

There will be an information night on the AICE program here at Fletcher for current 8th graders.

Date: 1-12-11
Time: 6:30
Place: Fletcher High Auditorium

Please plan to attend if you would like information on admissions, courses, etc.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Bright Futures - Seniors: Apply Now

Seniors!  You can now apply for Bright Futures.  Be sure you don't miss out on this scholarship and apply right now and while you're at it download the Cheat Sheet linked below to help you fill out the application.  The application must be done online.

Link to apply to Bright Futures
Go all the way to the bottom and click on "apply here"  [actual text says"2010 High School Graduates apply here beginning December 1, 2009...]

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Burger King Scholarship

The HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the new and improved 2011 BURGER KING® Scholars Program. To date, the BURGER KING® Scholars Program has awarded more than $14 million to high school seniors and employees across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and the program continues to grow. This year alone we awarded $1.2 million in scholarships.

BURGER KING® Scholars application period opens Nov. 15, 2010 and closes Jan. 10, 2011.

For more information visit

Infinite Scholar College Fair

Save the date for the Infinite Scholar College Fair presented by 100 Black Men of Jacksonville

In an effort to assist students with the college application process, local admissions and financial aid personnel will conduct workshops on financial aid, understanding the college planning process and college freshman survival tips. 

Date: 1/15/11 Saturday
Time: 9am-1pm
Place: To Be Determined

For more info: 800-409-3764


Monday, November 29, 2010

CPT - College Placement Test

Interested in taking Dual Enrollment courses?  Make sure you take the College Placement Test!  Florida State College at Jacksonvill (FSCJ) will be testing juniors and seniors at Fletcher High on 1/5/11 and 1/6/11.  Information on how to register for the CPT will come on the morning announcements.

SAT Test Prep

UNF is proud to offer FREE SAT/ACT prep sessions. There are two sessions which are being offered in the spring semester: Saturday, January 8, 2011 and Saturday, February 5, 2011. These sessions last from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm.

We encourage all high school juniors who need help in preparing for these exams to attend. As you know students who prepare for the SAT/ACT have a higher success rate. On average, our workshop has helped students improve their SAT score by 28.8 points. Below is an outline of day;

Student Schedule
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome
9:15 – 11:15 Sessions I
11:20 – 12:00 Lunch will be provided
12:05 – 12:40 Admission 101
12:45 – 2:45 Session II
2:50 – 3:50 Campus & Housing Tour (Optional)
Parent Schedule
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome
9:15 – 10:15 College Admissions session
10:30 – 11:30 Financial Aid session
3:45-4:00 Pickup

Interested students can RSVP online at Space is limited, so students must act fast.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at (904) 620-2623 or

UNF Flyer

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

McCurry Foundation

The McCurry Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to developing leadership in young Americans. They are a local, private foundation that provides needed financial assistance to college and university students who exemplify leadership, work ethic and academic excellence.

Mail your completed application along with all other required documents to:

The McCurry Foundation, Inc.
Scholarship Selection Committee
4417 Beach Boulevard, Suite 200
Jacksonville, Florida 32207-4783

Click here to download the application now!

PFLAG Scholarship

LGBT? Scholarhip for you!!!

PFLAG of Jacksonville is offering scholarships intended to provide recognition and affirmation to outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Jacksonville metropolitan area (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties) and to aid them in their pursuit of post-secondary education.  It is PFLAG’s aim through these awards to foster in our community and throughout our culture a more positive image of LGBT persons.
All applicants must:
 Be sixteen years of age or older and have completed high school by June 2011.
 Have a current permanent home address in the Jacksonville metropolitan area or be currently attending a college or university in the Jacksonville metropolitan area.
 Be registered for full-time attendance (defined as 12 semester hours or more for undergraduate programs and 9 semester hours or more for graduate programs) at a post-secondary educational institution by August 1, 2011


This year all 9th and 10th grade students must have an ePEP. Legislation requires that those who arrive in high school without a plan be assisted to create one. This may include students who transferred in from another state, came from private school, were home schooled, etc.

Legislation also requires that students review their ePEP at least once each year.  Reviewing the ePEP every year and making updates as needed keeps the plan current and helps the student stay on target for reaching their educational goal, which may change as the they progress through high school.

Your ePep are located at  This is the only place where you can keep up with your Bright Futures Scholarship eligibility and you can also use this account to send of those in state university applications.


UNF - Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2/24/11

The University of North Florida is hosting their annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.  The event will occur on Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the UNF Student Union.  It is free and open to girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade.  See the flyer for information on how to register.

Flyer for UNF Introduce a Girl to Engineering Event

SAT Prep Community Ed Classes

There will be a six week SAT Preparation Class held at Fletcher High beginning January 24, 2011.  The Verbal section will be held on Mondays from 5:30-7:00pm and the Math section will be on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30pm.  Registration is Monday-Thursday, 12/6-12/16 from 3:30-7:00pm in the main office (or until the class is filled).  Space is limited to teh first 20 studnets.  The price is $50 for one section or $80 for both, including the workbook.  For more information, call the Community Education Office at 247-5905 ext 1008.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Gator Bowl Scholarship

The Gator Bowl Scholarship is offering a $5,000 scholarship for seniors!  Deadline for applying is 11/22/10.  Students eligible for receiving the scholarship MUST:

Maintain a 3.0+ GPA
Participate in a junior varsity or varsity sport
Participate in extracurricular activities
Exhibit exemplary behavior
Pledge to remain drug-free, alcohol-free and tobacco-free

Full details are located at:
Flyer for the scholarship: is located here

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Coca-Cola Scholarship

The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation, a non-profit organization created to support the higher education of deserving high school seniors in the United States, is accepting college scholarship applications now through October 31, 2010 at

Each year the Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation awards a total of $3 million in achievement-based four-year college scholarships to 250 outstanding high school seniors from communities across the nation. The Foundation annually awards 200 Regional scholarships of $10,000 each and 50 National scholarships of $20,000 each. The Coca−Cola Scholars Foundation evaluates applicants on the basis of demonstrated leadership in academics, school, community and civic activities, as well as personal character and the motivation to serve and succeed.

Applications are available at and must be completed online and submitted by October 31, 2010 of the student’s senior year. Criteria for the application and frequently asked questions are also available on the website or by calling (800) 306-2653 for more information. The scholarship is open to all high school seniors in the United States.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarship Fair

There will be a scholarship fair sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority on two seperate dates.  The following topics will be discussed: Scholarships 101, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, How to Write a College Essay, and Choices After High School.

Oct. 30, 2010 9am-12pm
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street

Dec. 12, 2010 1pm-2:30pm
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
3026 Woodlawn Road

For more info: 904-354-1464 or 904-768-5905

Download/View Scholarship Fair Flyer Here

October FHS Scholarship Newsletter

Scholarship Newsletters have many scholarships listed in them and are given to every senior. Here's a copy that you can download in case you lose yours. If you need to order a scholarship come to Guidance and look for the sign up sheet on Mrs. Alexander's desk. The scholarships you order will be delivered to you within 48 hours to one of your classes.

Click here to download/view October 2010 Newsletter.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gates Millennium Scholarship

The Gates Millennium Scholar Program Announces

2011 Scholarship Application is Now Available

The 2011 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) scholarship application is now available. GMS will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Our program is more than a scholarship—it’s an opportunity to change your life! Putting in the effort now to apply can be a worthwhile experience for super special students like you! Just ask Deonte Bridges how much the GMS scholarship means to him.

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:

*Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
*Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
*Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
*Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university in the fall of 2011 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student (with the exception of students pursuing a high school diploma while concurrently enrolled). First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients.
*Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
*Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
*Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student’s application (Nominee Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form) and an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender Form) by the deadline

The deadline for all submission is January 10, 2011 at 11:59p.m. EST.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Jan La Belle Scholarship Program

The Jan La Belle Scholarship Program was established in 2009 to provide a financial resource to individuals with disabilities who desire to pursue their personal and career goals through attendance at a postsecondary institution.

Applications will be accepted September 22nd, 2010 – November 22nd, 2010.

Applicants will be notified of their award status no later than March 30, 2011

Award winners must complete and return an acceptance form no later than
60 days after notification of award.
(Failure to return the acceptance form by this date will result in forfeiture of the award.)

One or more Jan La Belle Scholarship winners will be selected annually for a total possible award of up to $15,000. Award amounts are based on several factors including need, available funds, and number of eligible applicants. The Jan La Belle Scholarship offers the following three application options for individuals with disabilities.

For complete information see the link below:

Art & Essay Contest

Middle and high-school students around the city of Jacksonville are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay on the theme of "Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes".

The theme of "Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes" means much more than thinking that one knows what other people go through every day.

The Award Ceremony will take place on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm at The Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts.
1st Place: Apple iPad
2nd Place: $200 Gift Card
3rd Place: $100 Gift Card

Information on how to submit your essay and/or art work is provided at the link below:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Willie Gary Classic College Fair

The 8th Annual “Dream Big Dreams”
College and Vocational Recruiting Fair

Saturday November 13, 2010
Conference Center at The Jacksonville
Public Library
303 North Laura Street

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

*Meet with recruiters from colleges and universities from around the country.

Students should come prepared with copies of their transcripts

*Workshops for Parents & Students*

*Steps to Choosing a College Major or Career (see assessment online)

*Deciding between the SAT or the ACT

*Financial Aid
(Bring latest copy of tax returns in order to fill out FAFSA forms onsite with
representatives from The Jacksonville Commitment)

Register online at

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Changes to Graduation Requirements for Class of 2014

Important Changes to Student Progression Plan

Senate Bill 4 rolls out the beginning of the state End of Course (EOC) Exams which will eventually replace the 9th and 10th grade FCAT.

* In 2010-2011, all students enrolled in Algebra 1 will be required to take the state EOC exam. For students entering 9th grade for the first time in 2010-2011 and taking Algebra 1, the state EOC will count as 1/3 of the student’s final grade. For all other students taking Algebra I, the state EOC will replace the district EOC in the calculation of the final grade (1/18).

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Monday, October 4, 2010


ReStore, a store whose proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity (Habijax), is looking for high school students age 15 and older who can volunteer their time once a week, bi-weekly, or monthly.  They are located at 5800 Beach Blvd Jax, FL 32207.

Who is Habijax?

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville (Habijax) is the local affiliate for Habitat for Humanity International. We are an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that works towards eliminating substandard housing in Jacksonville, FL by building and promoting high quality affordable housing that enhances neighborhoods and communities.

What is the ReStore?

The Habijax ReStore is a home improvement store benefiting Habijax. New and refurbished appliances, construction materials and furniture are sold to the public at significantly reduced prices. The inventory for the ReStore is 100% donated by local businesses and individuals. Proceeds from the store provide funding to Habijax's mission of eliminating substandard housing in Jacksonville, FL. ReStore volunteers are essential to the success of the store. They help keep store administrative costs down, enabling Habijax to build more homes for families in need of safe, affordable housing in Duval County. Join us today!

STORE LOCATION: The Habijax ReStore is located at 5800 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL (in the Staples shopping center near the intersection of Beach Blvd. and University Blvd.

STORE HOURS/SHIFTS: Tuesday - Saturday 9am-6pm; The Generals and Mr/Ms Muscles: 9-2, 2-6 Tuesday-Saturday; Customer Service Pro: 9-1 Tuesday-Saturday; Mr/Ms Fix It/Sales & Admin Aides: Any hours the store is open. ALL SHIFTS CAN BE FLEXIBLE - please contact them for more information!!

You can register and schedule to volunteer on their website at OR call 904.208.6672

Thursday, September 30, 2010

AICE Only - FAU Open House

Did you know that 7% of the entering freshmen this past year to Wilkes Honors College were AICE students? Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University is holding an Open House on October 23rd on their campus starting at 12:30. Make sure to ask them about their scholarships!!

Click to view/download flyer

Click to view Honors College info

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


PSAT is going to be given on October 13, 2010.

All freshmen and sophmores will be taking it FREE of charge!
Juniors can sign up in Guidance or with Mrs. Wiley.  Registration for juniors is October 4-12.  See Mrs. Alexander in Guidance either before or after school.  There is a $13 charge.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills
You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.
The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:
  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
  • Receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service. 
More information is available at :

Gates Millenium Scholarship $

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:

  • are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
  • are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED
  • will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university in the fall of 2011 as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student (with the exception of students pursuing a high school diploma while concurrently enrolled).
  • First-time college enrollees can also be GED recipients
  • have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities
  • meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
  • have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student app, an eval of the student's academic record, and an eval of the student's community service and leadership activities by the DEADLINE which is JANUARY 10, 2011
**STUDENTS are strongly encouraged by the Gates Foundation to have all parts of their applications completed online at**

Thursday, September 2, 2010

UNF Minorities in Medicine Symposium - CANCELED


The ninth annual “Minorities in Medicine Student Symposium,” to be held:

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2010
Time: 8:30a - 1:30p
Place: at Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, Florida in the Kinne Auditorium.

The symposium’s targeted audience is minority high students who have expressed interest in medical and healthcare related careers. Students will be exposed to health careers options, scholarship/grant opportunities, meet medical professionals and attend informational workshops.

During the exhibition hall segment, students will have an opportunity to spend time with your representative(s) exploring your school’s programs, facilities, scholarship opportunities, etc.

This event is hosted by the University of North Florida Premedical Professions Program and Mayo Clinic.

Full flyer HERE

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

College Fair!

Wouldn't it be great if you could speak with college representatives from all of the universities/colleges that you are interested in under one roof?  Well then go to the  National College Fair!

Date:  Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time:  9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Place: Prime F. Osborn Convention Center

Preregistration, Directions, FAQs are all available by clicking below:
NACAC Jacksonville Information!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SAT Prep Community Ed Classes

There will be a six week SAT Preparation Class held at Fletcher High beginning September 20th.  The Verbal section will be held on Mondays from 5:30-7:00pm and the Math section will be on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30pm.  registration is Monday-Thursday, 8/16-8/19 from 10:00am - 2:00pm in the main office and then Monday-Thursday, 8?23-9?16 from 3:00-5:00pm in the main office (or until the class is filled).  Space is limited to the first 20 students.  the price is $50.00 for one section or $80.00 for both, including the workbook.  For more information, call the Community Education Office at 247-5905 ext 1008.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms!

Duval County has the Free and Reduced Lunch Form on the county website.  Did you know that you can also pay by credit card online?  Check out the site:

Lunch Form (pdf file) Completed applications can be faxed or mailed to: Completed applications can be faxed to (904) 732-5157 or sent to Duval County Public Schools, Food Service Dept, 2924 Knight’s Lane East, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

Benefits of signing up for Free/Reduced Lunch:
1. Qualify for scholarships and other financial aid for college.
2. Free ACT, SAT, and college application waivers
3. Qualify for special programs throughout the county like Take Stock in Children (mentoring/scholarship program)

Apply today!

Monday, June 28, 2010


Free financial planning for seniors.  JALACARE trains attorneys to teach 3 hours of financial literacy to Duval County high school seniors during the economics curriculum that is required to graduate. Information about CARE is available at


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Get Promoted

The promotion criteria for the 2009-2010 school year is as follows:

9th to 10th grade: 5 credits

10th to 11th: 12 credits including 2 English and a combination of 2 Math and/or Science credits

11th to 12th: 18 credits including 3 Engilsh and a combination of 4 Math and/or Science credits, 1.5 gpa, and level 2 on FCAT Science.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

DCPS Summer School 2010

At the link below please find the brochure for the DCPS Summer School Programs available to our students.  Students needing to attend the DCPS Summer School will receive an invitation with complete registration instructions in their end of the year packet which is mailed home after students complete the school year.  Students can earn up to 2 credits in the DCPS Summer School.  Priority seating is given to seniors, then juniors, sophomores and freshmen (in that order).

DCPS Summer School Brochure

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

College Placement Test (CPT)

The College Placement Test is being offered on campus on May 18, 2010.  Please sign up in Guidance at Ms. Hofmann's desk to take this important test.  The CPT is being used to see whether or not you will be able to receive college credit for those awesome Dual Enrollment courses you are signing up for in 2010-2011. 

Florida State College at Jacksonville has resources listed on this webpage HERE

Good luck!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Camp Healing Powers

 Help Grieving Children Cope With the Loss of Loved Ones
Community Hospice's Camp Healing Powers® is a weekend therapeutic camp experience open to children 7 to 17 years of age, who are grieving the death of a loved one. Grief and bereavement professionals help children identify and express their feelings in a safe, supportive and fun environment.

Camp will be held Friday, May 21 to Sunday, May 23, at the Camp Marywood Retreat and Conference Center.  Please call 904.407.6222 for more information and to schedule a camper assessment.  Learn more about Camp Healing Powers.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Kids Together Against Cancer

If you know someone whose family is facing the cancer diagnosis of a parent or caregiver, you know how overwhelming that can be. In addition to important treatment decisions, financial insecurity and fears about the future, there are concerns about how to communicate with children. But now there is help.

KTAC – Kids Together Against Cancer – was developed to assist parents and caregivers provide their children with the coping skills needed for this journey. Developed by a team of oncology social workers under the auspices of St. Vincent’s HealthCare and through the generous support of the Rice Family Foundation, KTAC offers a free five week workshop program with trained professionals for children ages 5 to 17.
To find out more about KTAC, the schedule of the workshops, and how you can register to participate, please click here or call 904-308-KTAC.

Social Media

Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Blogspot. We all know how convenient they are. Social media helps us keep connected to friends and family and quickly share information and photos. But be careful what you post! The universities here in Florida have stated at several meetings that the counselors at Fletcher have gone to that they are using social media to see whether or not they will admit a student to their university.

Please read an article posted on UMass' website titled, "Colleges and Universities using MySpace, Facebook, Blogs and Other Online Tools to Learn More about Applicants" so see exactly how universities are using these online sites as tools.

Community Service

Did you know that 75 hours of community service is required for the Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars Award? Besides Bright Futures there are a ton of other scholarships that require community service plus it makes you a well rounded individual and gives you gold stars on those college applications. So start volunteering now if you haven't started to do so.

Check out for a list of some of the projects. Make sure you keep reading the Fletcher blog throughout the summer for other volunteering opportunities that are brought to our attention. Keep track of your hours on these forms: Community Service Plan and Community Service Log.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

April and May Scholarship Bulletins

In the links below you will find the April and May issues of Ms. McWilliams' Scholarship Bulletin. Look through it and order your scholarships via Ms. Alexander in the guidance office. Good luck!!

April Scholarship Bulletin 2010
May Scholarship Bulletin 2010