Friday, December 14, 2012

Parent Night

Thank you to those of you that braved the whether to learn about graduation requirements, Bright Futures, etc with us last night. 

We will post some of the information that was shared last night on the blog AFTER the break.

Enjoy your Winter Break!  See you on 1/2/13.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

9th/10th Grade Parent Night


Don't forget that our Underclassmen Parent Night is this Thursday at 6pm in the FHS Auditorium!  Sasan and Dunkley will discuss graduation requirements, Bright Futures Scholarship program, community service and more.  We know not everyone will be able to make it so we will ATTEMPT to put the PowerPoint presentation on the blog on Friday. 

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

UNF Writing Camp

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Financial Aid Information at DCPS Schools

Planning on fianancing postsecondary education can be stressful and confusing for parents.  DCPS has information sessions throughout the district at our high schools to assist parents with navigating the financial aid process.  Fletcher High is hosting our information session on January 15th at 6pm in the auditorium.   If you cannot make it on that date, feel free to join another high school's session.

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Art Contest

112712 EG-12 Art Contest 2012
112712 ENTRY FORM 2013

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Underclassmen Parent Night

Guidance is holding a parent night on December 13th at 6 pm in the FHS Auditorium. Stay tuned to this blog post for further details!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hope for the Holidays

Holidays can be tough especially for families/students who have recently lost a loved one.  This organization can help.
Hope for Holidays Flier 2012

WJCT Scholarship

LBS Essay Contest

Southern Scholarship Foundation

Southern Scholarship Foundation

Bank of America Student Leaders Program

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2013 program. 
Since its inception in 2004, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 1,800 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities.  The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:
·         A summer eight-week paid internship with Communities In Schools.  Communities In Schools is a local non-profit selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization. 
·         The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 8-12, 2013. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.

 Students can apply for the program by going to Please note the application deadline of January 25, 2013.
For more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, please visit

MLK Scholarships

MLK Jr Contest

FLA PTA Scholarship


In keeping with our policy of providing quality education for young people, Florida PTA goes one step further by assisting qualified students who wish to continue their education beyond high school. Florida PTA offers scholarship opportunities funded by money derived from Honorary Life Memberships, Scholarship Fund functions and other contributions.
Florida PTA is pleased to offer a total of four (4) scholarships, one each in the following categories: University, Fine Arts, Community College, and Vo-Tech, to a student graduating in the 2012-2013 school year. This is a one time (non-renewable) award of $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a worthy student who is interested in getting a start in life through higher education.
This award is specifically for a student who wishes to pursue their education at a Florida University, Fine Arts School, Community College, or Vo-Tech.


  1.  Be a member of their high school’s PTA/PTSA or the Sunshine State PTSA (PTA/PTSA must be in good standing).
  2.  Graduate from a Florida High School in the 2012-2013 school year.
  3.  Be a resident of the state of Florida.
  4.  Planning to continue their education in the 2013-2014 school year in the state of Florida at a University, Fine Arts, Community College or Vo-Tech.
  5.  Fully complete the application (attached) and submit letters of recommendation, an essay, and copies of their official high school transcript, ACT and/or SAT scores.
 Additional factors will be taken into consideration in selecting a winner (e.g. need, special circumstances, extracurricular activities and honors, etc.).




FREE UNF Test Prep

Free test prep is offered at UNF on Saturday, November 17th for seniors only.  UNF will also have two sessions for juniors and sophomores on January 19th and March  2nd.  Sessions are from 9am - 2:50p and a light lunch is included. 

Parents can also attend a Parent FAFSA session which includes: college admissions information, financial aid info, and online FAFSA application info.

The contact person listed is Probyn Inniss (904) 620-3993.
Click HERE for the registration link.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

B.E.A.M. Food Drive & Sweater Drive


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Report Cards

Report cards will be distributed on Friday via students.  Parents, please ask your children to give you those report cards!  The policy for Learning Recovery has changed.  Students who have earned a D or F can apply for Learning Recovery if they have completed at least 75% of the work.  All core courses have learning recovery assigned via Compass Odyssey.  Dual Enrollment classes are not eligible for Learning Recovery as those classes are governed by FSCJ not DCPS.  Students must ask the teacher for Learning Recovery. 

Don't forget, parents can monitor student grades throughout the quarter via Oncourse aka Grade Portal.  If you do not have your username/password yet, you can get your information by coming to guidance and presenting your photo id between 7a and 2:30p.

9th Grade Emailing List

Ms. Sasan is attempting to start an emailing list to distribute pertinent 9th grade information to parents.  9th Grade Parents- to join the list, send Ms. Sasan an email stating your student's name and email address you would like to add.

Sasan can be contacted at

Communication is key!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

National Honor Society

It's that time of the year!  Any junior or senior wishing to be a part of National Honor Society should pick up an application from Ms. Johnson in room D13 or Ms. Andrews in room F12.

All applications and documentation MUST be turned in by November 13.

College Visits!

Here are a couple of the upcoming college visits.  Remember, to sign up with Ms. Dean in guidance.  She'll give you your pass to attend the meeting.

  • North Florida Beauty Acadamy Oct. 30th Tues 8:00 Guidance
  • South Florida Univ. Oct. 30th Tues 9:00 Guidance
  • Florida Internation Univ. Nov. 1st Thur By Apointment- On Site Admissions!
  • Alabama Univ. Nov. 16th Fri 9:00 Guidance

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Changes in Guidance

New counselor at FHS:
As you may have noticed, Ms. Kirkland (junior/senior counselor) retired at the end of September.  We now have Ms. Besley taking care of her case load.  Ms. Besley came to us from Mandarin High. 

Change to the blog:
There is now a 'follow by email' box to the right of this blog.  If you enter your email there, you will receive emails stating that there are new posts on this blog. 

Also, you'll notice that there is a calendar with rolling events.  We hope that this will keep students and parents up to date on activities going on in guidance.  Don't forget to check out to see the Fletcher High School calendar as well.

UNF Test Prep

UNF offers SAT and ACT prep on their campus.  The cost is $495.  Check out the website for complete details.



As I receive information on other test prep opportunities, I will post them here on the blog!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

USF Open House

USF in St. Petersburg is hosting an Open House on November 10th at 9am.  Register for the Open House on their website:

On a related note, if you apply for admission to USF by November 10th, you will find out your admission decision by Thanksgiving!  Good luck to you all who are attempting to get in to USF.  :)

Upcoming College Visits at FHS

AVEDA Institute (Beauty) Oct. 24th 10:00 Guidance

North Florida Beauty Acadamy Oct. 30th 8:00 Guidance

South Florida Univ. Oct. 30th 9:00 Guidance

On Site Admissions : Florida International University  Nov. 1st By Appointment

Alabama Univ. Nov. 16th 9:00 Guidance

Remember, juniors and seniors should sign up prior to the visit by going to guidance.

Istanbul Cultural Center Essay Contest

Istanbul Cultural Center at Jacksonville presents an exciting essay contest for students and teachers in Jacksonville with the partnership of Florida State College, Duval County Public Schools and Istanbul Center of Atlanta.  The Theme of this year's essay contest is: "The Human Footprint on the Environment: Impacts & Solutions"

The Awards Ceremony of the Jacksonville Contest will be held as one event and will take place at FSCJ within the months of March or April (Exact date and venue to be announced). Please check the contest website for updates.

1st Place:
Trip to Turkey for the student, the teacher and their local district superintendent an Ipad for the student
a $100 Gift Card for the sponsoring teacher

2nd Place:
Trip to Turkey for the student, the teacher and their local district superintendent, a $200 Gift Card for the student, a $75 Gift Card for the sponsoring teacher

3rd Place:
Trip to Turkey for the student, the teacher and their local district superintendent, a $100 Gift Card for the student, a $50 Gift Card for the sponsoring teacher

4th Place:
a $75 Gift Card for the student

5th Place:
a $50 Gift Card for the student

6th through 10th Places:
a $25 Gift Card for the student

This year all the winner submissions in Jacksonville will compete in state wide contest and then winners of the FL state will compete in the Southeastern Regional Contest including the states of GA, AL, SC, FL, and TN.   The contact information for the contest is: Address: 2032 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: (904) 290-1877

For full details please visit their website.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters at FLETCHER!!

Students who are interested in participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters should come to an informational meeting on 10/24/12 during lunch in the Administrative Conference Room.  Mrs. DeCarlo, coordinator for Bigs in Schools, will be coming to Fletcher High School to discuss the program to our students.  Students who participate in the Bigs in Schools program will get volunteer hours.  The information session will let students know what their responsibilities and program expectations.  Bigs in School can provide bus transportation to and from volunteering events. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

SAT and ACT now REQUIRE your photo

Hopefully by now, you are aware that both the SAT and ACT require that you upload your own photo for identification purposes.  You must upload the picture to the test organization's website or application (app). 

How to upload your photo for ACT:
Phone app:  ACTPhoto

How to upload your photo for SAT:

If you cannot get a digital photo to upload for ACT or SAT please make an appointment your counselor so that we can assist you with this process.  Remember, it is now mandatory that you provide ACT/SAT with a digital photo and they will not make any exceptions.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Letter Regarding EOCs

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Fletcher High College Visits

Juniors and Seniors are welcomed to come and check out the colleges that are visiting our campus.  You MUST sign up prior to them coming.  You can do this in Guidance.

College Date Day Time Location

North Florida Univ. Sept. 11th Tues 9:00 Auditorium

Florida State Univ. Sept. 13th Thur 1:00 Auditorium

Univ. Of Chicago Sept. 19th Wed 7:45 Guidance

Bethune-Cookman Univ. Sept. 19th Wed 11:15 Guidance

Florida International Univ. (FIU) Sept. 20th Thur 11:00 Guidance

UTI/MMI Sept. 22nd Sat 9:00 Off Campus

Regency Beauty Acadamy Sept. 26th Wed 9:00 Guidance

Georgia Southern Univ. Sept. 27th Thur 8:00 Guidance

New York Univ. Sept. 27th Thur 9:00 Guidance

Barry Univ. Sept. 27th Thur 10:00 Guidance

Keiser Univ. Sept. 27th Thur 11:00 Guidance

FSCJ Oct.4th Thur 9:00 Guidance

St. Leo Univ. Oct. 11th Thur 1:00 Guidance

Jacksonville Univ. Oct. 5th Fri 10:00 Guidance

Mercer Univ. Oct. 12th Fri Noon Guidance

COLLEGE FAIR Oct. 13th Sat 9:00 Off Campus

Stetson Univ. Oct. 22nd Mon 8:30 Guidance

AVEDA Institute (Beauty) Oct. 24th Wed 10:00 Guidance

North Florida Beautity Acadamy Oct. 28th Fri 9:00 Guidance

Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 SUS Admissions Tour Matrix

Here is the State University System Matrix. It gives you midrange gpas, SAT and ACT scores, tuition comparisons, honors program requirements, and much more for the public universities here in Florida

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

College Timeline!

Here's a College Timeline for your planning pleasure!  It's never to early to start planning.  Check off what you've done and look at what you still have to do.

Monday, September 10, 2012

College Fair 2012

What: The College Fair
When: October 13th from 9am-12pm
Where: Prime Osborn Convention Center

This is THE BIG college fair that goes around the country and it is YOUR opportunity to speak with college representatives from over 150 colleges and universities around the US.  The College Fair is absolutely free and there are also different information sessions to learn more about the following topics:
(1) Bright Futures Scholarship Program
(2) Nuts and Bolts of College Planning
(3) Gates Millennium Scholars Program
(4) Paving the Way: Easing the Transition to College
(5) Applying to a University: Critical Timelines for Underclassmen
(6) College Campus Services for Students with Disabilities
( 7) Writing the College Admission Essay
(8) Historically Black Colleges and Universities
(9) Scholarship Search Tips: Local and National, Federal Financial Aid
(10) NCAA Eligibility for the High School Athlete
(11)Hot Jobs in the 21st Century
(12) Preparing Your Middle School Student for College NOW. 

 **Some sessions are available in Spanish. 

Register for free at
OR use your smart phone and scan the QR Code  below

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Friday, September 7, 2012

College Visits for 2012-2013.

Juniors and Seniors:

Every year we have several colleges and universities come and visit Fletcher High to talk to you.  If you would like to hear any of the representatives speak about their school go to Guidance and see Ms. Alexander to sign you up.

College Date Day Time Location

North Florida Sept. 11th Tues 9:00 Auditorium
Florida State Sept. 13th Thur 1:00 Auditorium
Univ Chicago Sept. 19th Wed 7:45 Guidance
Bethune-Cookman Sept. 19th Wed 11:15 Guidance
UTI/MMI Sept. 22nd Sat 9:00 Off Campus
Regency Beauty Sept. 26th Wed 9:00 Guidance
Georgia Southern Sept. 27th Thur 8:00 Guidance
New York Univ Sept. 27th Thur 9:00 Guidance
Barry Univ Sept. 27th Thur 10:00 Guidance
Jacksonville Oct. 5th Fri 10:00 Guidance

COLLEGE FAIR Oct. 13th Sat 9:00 Off Campus

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Guidance Counselors

Guidance Counselors for 2012-2013.

Mrs. Sasan, 9th grade

Mrs. Dunkley, 10th grade

Mrs. McWilliams 11th/12th A-H

Mrs. Kirkland 11th/12th I-R

Mr. Siegfried 11th/12th S-Z and All AICE

EOC Results

Mrs. Dunkley (10th grade counselor) and Mrs. Sasan (9th grade counselor) are giving students their results from the summer administration of the Algebra 1 End Of Course exam (EOC).  Students who did not pass their ALG1 EOC will have to be placed in Intensive Math in order to receive remediation and get ramped up before the next administration of the ALG1 EOC which will be in December.

Here are some useful links to help you/your student get extra help for the ALG1 EOC:

Test Prep: 

Practice Test: 


Friday, August 17, 2012

Test Preparation for SAT/ACT/College FCAT

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr.
215 Bethel Baptist St. - Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone (904) 354-1464 - Fax (904) 359-0015 -

BEST Saturday Academy
(Bethel Enhancing Students Totally)

11th & 12th Graders
SAT/ACT/College & Job Prep

Session I
August 25, 2012 – October 27, 2012

Session II
January 5, 2013 – March 9, 2013


3rd – 10th Graders

Enhancement in:
Reading/Language Arts Skills, Writing & Math Skills

Science Prep – Grades 5 and 8
Session I: September 8, 2012 – November 10, 2012
Session II: January 5, 2013 – March 9, 2013

September 22, October 24, January 19, February 23

All classes meet on Saturdays from 9 am – 12 noon
(Applications for the year available August 2012)
Registration deadlines (Grades 3-10): Session 1- September 22, 2012 & Session 2 - January 19, 2013

Executive Director, Mrs. Estelle W. McKissick
Coordinator, Mrs. Melody J. Davis
Parent Workshop Coordinator, Mrs. Johnestine Daigeau
Consultant, Mr. Larry Roziers

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mayo Clinic Heath Care Boot Camp 2012

Apply now for the Mayo Clinic High School Health Care Boot Camp in Florida! There are still spots available!
The Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) will host the High School Boot Camp on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Boot Camp enables high school students to learn about potential healthcare careers. Students in grades 9–12 are eligible to apply.

The Boot Camp provides hands-on experiences to attract young people to health care careers. Current Mayo School of Health Sciences students are volunteering their time to represent their chosen profession at a brief Career Fair during the High School Boot Camp event. Attending the fair will be Boot Camp student attendees, as well as selected Duval County School counselors and teachers.

There are a limited number of spots available. Acceptance is on a first-come – first-serve basis to those submitting a “complete application” with original signatures. All applications are due prior to March 30, 2012.

To register, complete the Reservation and Consent forms and forward to Mayo School of Health Sciences at or fax to 953-2954.

Email Ms. Sasan for the Reservation and Consent forms at

Friday, June 1, 2012

New Scholarships due in JUNE 2012

Below you will find a list of scholarships that have deadlines approaching. Four of the scholarships have deadlines in the next 30 days.

1) Fraser Institute Student Scholarship - $1,000 – 3 Awards (Deadline: June 30, 2012)

Showcase your ideas on public policy and the role of markets by writing an essay. Each year the Institute holds a competition for students, designed to encourage and develop student writers.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must write an essay on the 2012 topic chosen by the Fraser Institute.

Applications can be found by going to:

2) 10 Words or Less Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 30, 2012)

To be considered eligible for the Scholarship a student must be:

1. Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2012.

2. Answer question in 10 words or less on “Why you deserve the $500 scholarship?”

Applications can be found by going to:

3) StorageMart Scholarships - $5,000 – 5 Awards (Deadline: June 30, 2012)

Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in the Fall 2012 semester at any college, university or institution of higher education. Submit an essay by the June 30th deadline. Essay must be 500 words or more. Scholarship Recipients will be notified no later than July 21st, 2012.

Applications can be found by going to:

4) Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship - $1,500 – 2 Awards (Deadline: June 30, 2012)

In an effort to get students committed to the cause of deleting cyberbullying, we are offering the Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award for high school and college students. Students may win one of two $1,500 scholarships for educational expenses.

Applications can be found by going to:

5) Digital Innovation Scholarship - $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: August 12, 2012)

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

1. Write a 500 word essay describing your personal experience with internet entrepreneurship or the importance of new ideas in the digital realm. Topics could include user experience, visual design or any other aspect of digital information you find interesting.

6) Odenza Marketing Group Fall Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: September 30, 2012)
To be considered eligible for the Odenza Marketing Group Fall Scholarship you must:

1. Be between the ages of 16 and 25 on September 30, 2012

2. Submit answers to the essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the September 30, 2012 deadline.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

EOC Information from the FL Dept of Ed.

End of Course (EOCs) exams are gaining importance in the state of Florida.  In order to have an idea on what to expect on the Algebra 1, Geometry and Biology EOCs take a look at the link below.  There, you will find practice questions so that your student can become familiar with the format of the exams.

For our current 9th graders who entered high school during 2011-2012, the Algebra 1 EOC will determine whether or not the student earns the credit for the course.  The Geometry EOC will count for 30% of the final grade.  The Biology EOC will count for 30% of the final grade.

For 9th graders entering in 2012-2013, the Algebra 1 EOC, Geometry EOC, and Biology EOC will determine whether or not the student earns the credit for the course.  The US History EOC will count for 30% of the final grade.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Postsecondary Ready

Dual Enrollment eligibility scores, Postsecondary Ready scores needed for seniors, and MINIMUM scores for admissions to a community or state college:



Critical Reading *
Reading *
Reading *
Math *
Math *
Math *

*Counts for the Postsecondary Readiness portion of your school’s grade.

What does it mean to you if you are NOT postsecondary ready?

Ø  If you do not have Postsecondary Ready scores by the start of your senior year the state requires that you be scheduled into remedial courses in Reading, Writing and/or Math to help you become Postsecondary Ready by the time you graduate.
Ø  There is no waiver for this state requirement. You will be losing opportunities for electives.
Ø  After graduation, if you enroll at a community or state college you will have to take additional remedial courses, PAY for the remedial courses (they may not be covered by financial aid), and you WILL NOT receive college credit for the remedial courses.

MINIMUM Admissions Scores required for the
State University System (SUS):


Critical Reading

Ø  These are MINIMUM scores, many state universities will require higher score for admissions purposes.
Ø  GPA , rigor of courses taken, extracurricular activities and community involvement will also be taken into consideration.
Ø  Please visit the Bright Futures Scholarship website for information on scores needed for scholarship eligibility

Summer Ideas

Fast Facts about…
Summer Activities and Reminders
for High School Students

Graduating Seniors
·      Make sure you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA) and received a response from colleges.  Bright futures funds will not be released in the fall without this.
·      Amend your Bright Futures application to show the college you actually plan to attend.
·      If you plan to play sports in college make sure you have a final transcript sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Rising 9-12th graders
·      Research colleges over the summer. Who offers a degree program you are interested in? What are the application deadlines? What does the college’s Freshman Profile look like (GPA, test scores)? ,, and are great resources.
·      Still need higher ACT or SAT scores for college admissions, graduation, post secondary readiness or Bright Futures? Try these FREE websites for test prep
·      Research Bright Futures eligibility requirements
·      Start doing community service work. Bright Futures now requires community service for all three levels of their scholarship. Once a student is promoted to ninth grade they can start earning hours. Check out the district guidelines online at , or get the verification form at
·      Need ideas for community service? Try Hands On Jacksonville
·      Create a portfolio of all the different activities you have participated  in- clubs, sports, community service, and work activities. Make sure to include any leadership roles you have taken on.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Bright Futures Scholarship

Students are now required to submit a complete, error-free FAFSA for Bright Futures, Florida Resident Access Grant, and Access to Better Learning and Education Grant initial and renewal eligibility any time prior to disbursement. No FAFSA = No $$.
The awards amounts have also changed. Go to:
to get complete information.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

TPC Volunteer Hours

TPC is right around the corner.  Don't forget to contact the PTSA for information on how to sign up to do some community service hours over there.

Community Service for 6/9/12

Family Fun Day Flyer 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Summer Community Service Opportunity

Community Connections is looking for 100 volunteers for their summer camp for 5 weeks.

EARN 75 HOURS of community service in 5 weeks!

Community Connections celebrates a century of service in Jacksonville. From our day care program to our after-school programs to our transitional housing for women, children and families, we help connect those in need with the type of services required to help overcome challenges and become responsible productive citizens.


If you are interested in receiving information, please email:
904-350-9949 ext. 29

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kathy's April Newsletter 2012

First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

2012 Achieving the Dream Poster
More information is available at

Monday, April 16, 2012

Volunteer Opportunity

Calling all volunteers!

Look for some able-bodied volunteers to work at the April 28th March for Babies in St. Augustine and/or the May 5th March for Babies in downtown Jacksonville.

School/Bright Future Credit Hours available, and both are short, fun events to be involved in.

Call to find out more - 904-398-2821.