Monday, March 12, 2012

FSCJ Peter Pan Play

FSCJ Peter Pan Flyer

Jacksonville Asian American Alliance

JAAA 2012 Scholarship Program Overview
JAAA 2012 Scholarship Application Form

American Society of Military Comptrollers Scholarship

Fy12 Scholarship Ltr

Savannah State University Luncheon

SSU Recruitment Luncheon Invitation- March 31, 2012

Beaches Educational Foundation Scholarship

2012 BEF Application

Essay Contest for Seniors!

Florida School Counselor Association 2012 Student Essay Competition


· Participants should be high school seniors.
· Essays should not exceed one page providing detailed information on the impact your school counselor has had on you.
· ALL Essays must be submitted with a FSCA Essay Competition Entry Form (see below)

Essays should not exceed one page providing detailed information on the impact your school counselor has had on you.

March 5, 2012 - Launch of the Essay Competition

April 9, 2012 - Deadline for submissions (post mark Date)

May 7, 2012- Finalists announced


Click on the link for the complete details:
Dodie Limberg

Two Scholarships Awarded - $500 each

Along with your entry, please fully complete and include the following form giving FSCA permission to publish your entry.

Monday, March 5, 2012


T u s k e g e e    U n i v e r s i t y
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Campus Tour March 23 thru March 25, 2012
The Tuskegee University Alumni Jacksonville Chapter is sponsoring an all-expense paid tour of the campus during open house March 23rd – March 25, 2013.  The University has a day full of activities planned from 8:00am – 3:00pm.  The tour is intended to give prospective students an overview of the different aspects of student life, housing, scholarships, job placement, cooperative education opportunities, meet department heads, inquire about academic programs and other campus information.  The excursion is open for 2012, 11th graders only. There is space for 4 young women and 4 young men who have already expressed interest in higher education through academic achievements.  Prospective students must meet the minimum requirement for admission into the University; SAT – 1000 reading and math or ACT – 2100.  Qualifications shall be e-mailed to  no later than Friday, March 9, 2012.  Students will be notified with tour specifics the week of March 12, 2012.  Should you have questions regarding this correspondence, please contact Stephen Fagan, Chairman - Open House Tour Committee at 904-400-4679.

Jacksonville Public Library and Florida Virtual School Partnership

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) and the Jacksonville Public Library (JPL) partner to share new FLVS courses and how the JPL library card and databases can support your success in your FLVS classes. A Jacksonville Public Library card can help you achieve your virtual school goals!  We have many online databases that provide high quality information on history, science, literature and other subjects for your research needs. 

Join us at 5:00 on Wednesday, March 7th in the Electronic Classroom in the Main Library downtown to learn how to get a card, use our website, and search our catalog and databases.  Refreshments will be provided in the Teen Dept. after the session!  Students  in Middle and High School and parents are welcome to attend.  Call 630-0673 to register or for more info.

If you need further assistance please contact your FLVS District Relations Manager Jimminda Thompson at 904-514-326 or

Military Academy Day

american-flag-wallpaper[1]THE FIRST ANNUAL
Where: Mandarin High School
When: May 12, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m

Social Network

College counselors can help their students use social media to become attractive candidates for admission.
Aside from those living beneath the oblivious shelter of a rock, few people have escaped the ubiquitous clutches of today’s burgeoning social media. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube allow people to express themselves and network and communicate with one another in ways that were never before possible. The denizens of America’s high schools--members of a generation for whom using the Internet is second nature--are particularly susceptible to the lure of social media.
While it may seem like a harmless way for them to share stories and pictures of their teenage hijinks, students beginning the college application process should understand the potential consequences of the way they present themselves online. Without taking the proper precautions, a simple Google search on the part of an admission official could mean the difference between a big envelope and a small one. Thus, college counselors can now add to their already lengthy to-do lists the task of helping their students refine their online presence. Once successfully edited, students’ social networking profiles, blogs, and videos can serve as valuable additions to their college applications.

What to monitor

Counselors should be aware of the full spectrum of venues that may comprise a student’s presence on the Web. The heavy-hitter social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace come to mind, but there are other places where students may need to edit or remove content they have posted. Students should review any videos they’ve posted to YouTube, personal blogs and websites should be examined, and e-mail addresses should be scrutinized through the lens of professionalism.
While most colleges and universities don’t include an investigation of an applicant’s Facebook profile or blog in their admission decision, students can never be too cautious.
“There is no one single piece that would negatively affect a student’s admission,” says Beth Wiser, Director of Admissions at the University of Vermont. “Since we don’t go actively looking for the content, it would have to be made available to us in other ways through the application process.”
If something is made available to the school, students should be sure they’ve scrubbed down every nook and cranny of their presence on the Internet. And college counselors can help them do the cleaning.

What to clean up

Social networking sites are the best place to start. While students may not wish to share their profiles, college counselors can help by enumerating for them the various faux pas they should watch for. A good rule of thumb is, “If you wouldn’t want Grandma to see it, don’t post it.” First and foremost, students should check their privacy settings and tighten security on their profiles. Beyond that, scandalous pictures, offensive comments, and profanity need to be removed. It’s also a good idea for students to review the list of pages and groups they’ve joined, things they “like” on Facebook, and things like quotes they’ve listed in their personal information. They can even go the extra mile and look for grammar and spelling errors in anything they’ve posted.
Any YouTube videos a student has uploaded should be looked at, and anything off-color should be taken down. Any videos posted on a student’s blog, website, or social networking page should also be assessed.
Students’ personal blogs and websites should be thoroughly examined. Anyone searching a student’s name could chance upon his or her musings, so it’s best to delete any and all content that doesn’t reflect a college applicant’s most positive traits.
Counselors may also want to check their students e-mail addresses. Since so much communication with schools is now conducted via e-mail, “” would be well advised to create a professional address to use for applications.

How to use social media positively

Once students and their counselors have worked to clean up their cyber personas, it’s time to go one step further. College applicants can harness the power of social media and use it to both learn about the schools to which they will apply and highlight themselves as attractive candidates for admission.
Schools’ Facebook pages are a good place for students to discover what their campuses have to offer and to network with current students and other applicants. Some colleges and universities also have Facebook groups for applicants and newly admitted students, such as NYU Class of 2015 and UCLA Class of 2015. Many schools have Twitter accounts that prospective students can follow to gain a more enlightened perspective on college life. There are also numerous blogs, YouTube channels, webcasts, and online chat sessions that can give applicants added insights into a school’s overall “personality.”
Students should think of their own social networking pages as extensions of themselves, and everything they post works together to create an online synopsis of who they are. College counselors can help their students shape those résumés by discussing the activities they can highlight in their profiles. Pictures from a weekend of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity make a far better impression than pictures from a weekend of poolside partying. A well-written blog demonstrating a student’s knack for social or political analysis could make a positive addition to a college application. Web-savvy students might be advised to create personal websites where they can upload portfolios of photography, art work, or writing samples. And a few schools, such as George Mason University, have even begun accepting video essays, allowing applicants to express themselves in a more unique and personal way.

How schools are using social media

Facebook alone has more than 750 million active users, and colleges and universities everywhere have taken note. A quickly increasing number of schools have begun using social media as a tool for both recruiting new students and communicating with applicants, the student body, and alumni. UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Marketing Research has been conducting a study over the past few years examining the use of social media by colleges and universities. Of the schools surveyed in 2007–2008, 61% reported using at least one form of social media. By 2009–2010, that figure jumped to 95%, and in the most recent study, 100% of schools reported using social media in some form.
Through Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, YouTube channels, blogs, webcasts, mobile apps, and instant messaging chat sessions, applicants can now use the Internet to learn more about schools than they could through mere brochures or catalogs.
Just a few of the schools now using social media to engage with prospective and current students include:

Students’ long-term online presence

Counselors helping their students pare down and refine their image on the Web are doing them a service that will last well beyond the college admission process. Four years later, when they become job-seeking college graduates, anything they’ve posted on the Internet could be discovered by their future employers and professional colleagues--even something innocent but ill-advised from their high school days. Students who are taught to keep a watchful eye on their online presence early on will reap the benefits indefinitely.

Volunteer Opportunity

10-20 student volunteers are needed for Family Fitness Day and Healthy/Safety Expo at Jacksonville Beach Elementary on Saturday, March 10th, 2-5 PM.  All volunteers should arrive for instructions by 1:30 PM.  If they are able to volunteers, please have them contact me at