Student Services

Vermillion High School Student Services Department

The VHS Counseling Office will use the Remind App to send out important reminders to VHS students and parents this year.

  • To receive messages via text, text @vhscounse to 81010.  
  • Or click on the following link: http://www.remind.com/join/vhscounse
  • (You can opt out of text messages at anytime by replying, ‘unsubscribe @vhscounse’)
  • Please follow us on Twitter: VHS Student Services@ counselor Baedke

COVID-19 RESOURCES:  

Midco has a discounted program for low income families. The process of approval can be 3-5 days but if we move to e-learning this would be a great option.

https://www.midco.com/lifeline/

The Reemployment Assistance (RA) program provides temporary financial assistance for people who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Workers who become unemployed because their employer needs to temporarily shut down or isolate workers due to COVID-19 might be eligible to receive benefits. The link below have very good information about the application process and eligibility requirements.

https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/covid_19_ra_eligibility.aspx

 

Dual Credit Information: 
http://sdmylife.com/prepping-for-college/dual-credit
Method Test Prep – Free online ACT Prep Program

You’ve signed up for the ACT.   A solid score can mean qualifying for the reduced tuition dual credit program, scholarships, and being accepted at your top choice school.  Instead of spending the time before the test searching for four-leaf clovers and other lucky charms, how about spending a little time on Method Test Prep?

Method Test Prep is a FREE online ACT Prep program available to all VHS students through their SD MyLife portal.   Students can access the self-paced program anywhere they have an internet connection.  Mrs. Larsen provided a short demo of the program to students and parents of the “What?” “Where?” and “How?” of Method Test Prep during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Links to the presentation and to the Method Test Prep Student User Guide (for iPad) are located below:

MTP Student User Guide

Federal Student Aid (FSA):

ATTENTION SENIORS:  – New FSA ID:  In May, the Department of Education implemented a new FSA ID to replace the FSA PIN as the login process for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Seniors and their parents need to create a FSA ID and are encouraged to do it now.  It’s also important that students and parents create their own FSA ID as they will need them to sign and complete the FAFSA each year the student plans to apply for financial aid.  The following PDF walks through the steps for creating the new FSA ID needed to log into the FAFSA website. Creating FSA ID

FAFSA: Students attending college in 2018-2019 will be able to file a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2019, rather than beginning on January 1, 2020. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes

Voice of Democracy Veterans of Foreign Wars

Student Entry Deadline: October 31, 2020 Applications online or Student Services.

Voice of Democracy 2020-2021

South Dakota High School Graduation Requirements: Advanced Endorsements

 (Approved by the South Dakota Board of Education)

Junior Information

Sophomore Information

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar is the nation’s only program designed exclusively for high school sophomores.

HOBY’s purpose is to bring together a select group of high school sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability so that they can interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, and the professions to discuss present and future issues. These interactions occur during summer seminars which are three to four day weekend events. To learn more about HOBY, visit: www.HOBY.org

Senior Scholarships

If your scholarship needs a transcript please email Stacey.baedke@k12.sd.us or Nicole.kirsch@k12.sd.us  an unsigned official transcript will be emailed to you. Communicate with your organization during this time to see if there are extensions for deadlines.

 

FAFSA (FEDERAL STUDENT AID):

http://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

FASTWEB:

http://www.fastweb.com

South Dakota Elks Vocational Scholarship
Application for the 2021 – 2022 School Year

This $1000 award is given by the South Dakota Elks Association for students who will be enrolling in a Post-Secondary Vocational/Technical School Program by Fall 2021

Important: Before preparing this application, review and carefully follow the procedures on page two. Applications must be received by your local Elks Lodge in your home area on or before Monday, November 16, 2020. (NOT postmarked) Applications can also be picked up in Student Services.

College Admission Tests

Most colleges and universities require either the ACT or the SAT for college admission.  Check the website of the school(s) you are considering to determine which test to register for.  Both tests now utilize an online registration process.  Register for the ACT at http://www.actstudent.org. Register for the SAT at https://student.collegeboard.org/.  The ACT writing test and SAT sub tests require additional fees, and may be required by certain post secondary institutions.

Test preparation resources:

ACT:

Registration information — must register online at www.actstudent.org.  At this time Vermillion High School is not a host sight.     

Vermillion’s High School code is:  421-315

Vermillion’s Test Center code is:  197-480.

SAT:

SAT TEST Schedule – Registration  must register online at http://www.collegeboard.com/.

Vermillion’s High School code is:  421-315

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test:

Sign up in the Student Services Office cost is $17.00 (cost subject to change)

Vermillion High School Test Date: October 14, 2020

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): 

The ASVAB is the most widely used multiple aptitude test battery in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. Students are provided with scores on eight individual academic tests and three Career Exploration Score composites: Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science and Technical Skills. The battery takes approximately three hours to complete and test results are returned to schools in about two weeks. For more information on the ASVAB test, go to the Today’s Military website.

Sign up in the Student Services Office

Vermillion High School Test Date:  November 4, 2020

DUAL CREDIT INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS to be eligible for Dual Credit courses per the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Seniors = 3.25 GPA OR 21 ACT Score

Juniors = 3.5 GPA OR 24 ACT Score