Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Summer Camp at US Naval Academy

Subject: Summer Camp at the U.S. Naval Academy for Rising 8th - 11th Graders

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Camp at the United States Naval Academy

The Naval Academy Summer STEM Program is offered to rising 8th-11th Graders. Students must demonstrate superior academic performance to include GPA, class standing, and/or strong PSAT, SAT or ACT results. Selection is based in large part on ensuring geographic representation along with overall accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Application will close April 15th. All applicants will be notified of their status by May 1st.

Engineering is all about creating, building, and making things better! So what does it take to be an engineer? If you like math and science, you are off to a great start. If you enjoy discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work - even better! Creativity, persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place are also important qualities. Becoming an engineer requires hard work and a good education. Our summer program will be a great start to your career in science and engineering.

Applications close April 15 and program tuition is $200.

All students selected to participate will be required to provide a nominal fee of approximately $200 which will include room and board, meals, as well as a variety of materials. Plan on bringing extra cash for snacks and souvenirs.

Each student is responsible for arranging transportation to and from the Naval Academy. Those flying commercial air should make arrangements to arrive at Baltimore-Washington International airport (BWI) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Day 1 of the program, and depart after 3:00 p.m. on the last day of the program. Buses and midshipmen escorts will be on hand to get you to and from the Academy and BWI.

Follow the link to read the above info and/or to learn more.  http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/stem.htm

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Career Choices Newsletter Article 3/6/13

Bachelor's Degree Now a Baseline Job Requirement

The bachelor’s degree is increasingly a requirement for even the lowest-skill jobs, according to an article in the New York Times. Many jobs may not actually require skills beyond those developed in high school, but with a surplus of college graduates to choose from, employers often perceive a job applicant without a degree to be unmotivated and perhaps less likely to fit in with company culture. This probably accounts for the 8.1% unemployment rate for those with a high school diploma only, compared with a rate of 3.7% for college graduates.

Advise your students of this degree inflation trend as they work to develop their 10-year plan; even if a job is currently reported to require only a high school diploma or associate degree, applicants will likely be competing for that job against bachelor’s degree holders. Likewise, though a four-year degree may not be guaranteed to lead to a professional job, degree holders’ prospects are typically a lot better than those with less education.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Asian Alliance of Jacksonville Scholarship

$1000 Scholarships sponsored by Jacksonville Asian American Alliance

We would like to announce the availability of four (4) $1000 scholarships to qualified graduating seniors of Asian descent. The Jacksonville Asian American Alliance (JAAA), (501c (3)) a nonprofit organization offers annual scholarships to Asian American high school seniors. The required qualifications and application are attached for your review. Please download an application, requirements and instructions for the scholarship at www.jaxaaa.org.

The deadline is April 10, 2013. Please mail the application to:

Scholarship Committee
Jacksonville Asian American Alliance
9802 Baymeadows Road, Suite 12
PMB #186
Jacksonville, FL 32256

They will announce the scholarship winners on April 17,2013. The scholarship will be presented at the student’s school year end award ceremony.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

End Of Course Exams

Students enrolled in US History, Biology, Geometry and/or Algebra 1 will take an End of Course Exam in their respective course. Depending on when the student entered 9th grade, the exam impacts students differently, with the exception of US History. The US History EOC counts as 30% of the students’ final grade, regardless of 9th grade entry year. Students who entered 9th grade in 2011-2012 have their Geometry EOC count as 30% of their final grade while their Algebra 1 EOC considers whether or not the student receives the credit for the course. Students who entered 9th grade in 2012-2013 have EOCs in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Biology that determine credit for the course. The dates for these exams are as follows:

o US History EOC: April 29th-May 3rd

o Biology EOC: May 6th – May 10th

o Algebra 1 EOC: May 13th – May 17th

o Geometry EOC: May 20th- May 24th

Rising Ninth Graders Parents’ Night
for students and parents at
D. U. Fletcher High School
700 Seagate Avenue
Neptune Beach, FL 32266

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Topics will include: Curriculum, Advanced Placement & Honors Courses, Bright Futures Scholarships, Clubs & Activities, and 9th Grade Transition Tips.