Ranchview Counselor’s Corner – November 2016


Upcoming EVENTS…

11/1     ASVAB

11/4    Senior Portraits for Yearbook

11/4    End of Progress 2A

11/15   What in the World? Topic: College Applications, in Library Annex during lunches

11/19    Senior Scoop: Presentation from Lindenwood University on Essay Writing

11/21-25   Thanksgiving Break (no school)

11/30    Senior Panoramic Picture

The Road to Graduation

Now that your child is in high school there are many things you and your student should know to help them be successful.  How many questions below can you or your student answer correctly?

Academic requirements:

  1. How many credits is a year-long academic course like English worth?____________ (1.0 credit)
  2. How many credits do you need to be a Soph____, Jr____, Sr____, to graduate________? (6, 12, 19, 26)
  3. What happens if you don’t have all the credits to advance to the next grade?                     (no promotion to next grade)
  4. Which of the courses you’re taking are required for graduation?_____________ (all classes count towards graduation)
  5. What test(s) must you pass in order to graduate?____( English 1 EOC, English 2 EOC, Biology EOC, Algebra 1 EOC and US History EOC)   When do you take it (them)?______ (Spring )
  6. When and where can you check your GPA and class rank? ___________ (ranks are posted in café hallway)                                       When and where can you see a transcript?____________(Anytime, ask a counselor)
  7. What is the minimum passing grade?__________ (70)


  1. How many absences are allowed each semester before you absence fail? _______________ (Fall semester is 8 and spring semester is 10 )
  2. What’s the difference between “verified” and “unverified” absence?                                   (Parent phone call/note, dr note is verified)
  3. When and where do you sign up for absence make up?______ (Attendance office before and after school)

Steps to be successful:

  1. Know your GPA and class rank.
  2. Become familiar with your teachers and their course requirements.
  3. Check your transcript every semester.
  4. Check the school calendar to know when grading periods begin and end.
  5. Know your school’s attendance policy.
  6. Know your school rules.
  7. Be familiar with athletic eligibility requirements.
  8. Set goals for yourself.  What are yours?
  9. Get involved in school activities and clubs.
  10.  Minimize stress by getting enough exercise, adequate sleep and nutrition.
  11.  Begin working on your college and career plans early.
  12. In addition to your parents, utilize the people and services available to you at school such as counselors, teachers, administrators, and


2016–2017 Test Dates Test U.S. Registration Deadlines*
Regular Late (free required)
November 5, 2016 SAT October 7, 2016 October 25, 2016
December 3, 2016 SAT November 3, 2016 November 22, 2016
December 10, 2016 ACT November 4, 2016 November 18, 2016
January 21, 2017 SAT December 21, 2016 January 10, 2017
February 11, 2017 ACT January 13, 2017 January 20, 2017
March 11, 2017 SAT February 10, 2017 February 28, 2017
April 8, 2017 ACT March 3, 2017 March 1, 2017
May 6, 2017 SAT April 7, 2017 April  25, 2017
June 3, 2017 SAT May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017
June 10, 2017 ACT May 5, 2017 May 19,2017
Check with Guidance Office and College Board / ACT Web Sites to Confirm Dates and Registration Procedures.  


Check college and scholarship deadlines!

Local, company, and agency scholarships are updated regularly.  Go to the counselors’ webpage to see them weekly.


If you need a transcript, please come to Student Services and fill out a Transcript Request form.