Student Services / Counseling

Kansas Boys State   

ATTENTION JUNIOR BOYS:  If you are interested in the opportunity to learn leadership skills through role-play civic exercises, then Kansas BoysState is for you!  Boys State will be held at K-State University on May 31-June 5, 2020.  If you are interested in attending, please visit https://ksbstate.org/ for more information and registration details. 


 


 

Fall 2019 Information

Upcoming Events

Seniors:  Check the SME Financial Aid website for upcoming events where you can get FREE help completing your FAFSA. The application opened October 1st. Many schools set a priority deadline for financial aid as soon as November 1st. Check each school's website for specific dates and submit your application for admission to ensure you're considered.

Considering a career in HealthCare?  Stop by the Healthcare Workforce Industry Day on November 12 at the Johnson County Library, Central Resource, 9875 W. 87th St. This job fair will introduce you to a variety of careers in the healthcare field and you can also get more information about affordable training for careers such as CNA and other entry-level health careers. The fair runs from 1:00-5:00, so students may attend after school.

Applications Are Open for the 2020 Bronfman Fellowship. 

Every year, twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The highlight of the Fellowship is a free transformative and intellectually adventurous summer in Israel, where Fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends with a pluralistic group of peers. The Fellowship year continues with monthly virtual meetings and a seminar in the spring. Fellows continue their association with the Fellowship through an extraordinarily active, 1200+ alumni community. Applicants must be in 11th grade, self-identify as Jewish, and live in the U.S. or Canada. The deadline is December 1.  Click here to apply.

Hack K-State is Kansas State University’s annual hackathon, run by students that are passionate about providing a comfortable environment for attendees to learn new technology while having fun. On November 8-10, 2019, 225 students will converge in Manhattan, Kansas, for 36 hours of hacking great projects into existence. The students hack on a wide variety of projects, ranging from smart light emergency warnings to plant identification apps. Besides being a great learning opportunity, Hack K-State is the perfect way for students to engage with sponsors from across the midwest and beyond.

JCCC College Now

Dual credit, or concurrent credit, is college credit that is earned concurrently with high school course credit in a particular class.

Here are two important reminders:

  1. APPLY – First-time College Now students will need to apply for admission. Please select ‘Summer/Fall’ application term if you are planning to take College Now classes this fall. See details instructions below.
     
  2. TEST - Many students may need to take a placement test, or send ACT scores to JCCC.  Review the CollegeNow class schedule below for courses that may require testing or ACT scores.  If you previously took the ACT test, ask the SME registrar to send your transcript to JCCC. 

Detailed instructions for students new to College Now.

Instructions for students continuing with College Now.

Use this complete Enrollment Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to enroll and click here for the course schedules and numbers:  2019 FALL & Yearlong College Now Course Schedules

 

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Enrollment for 2020-21

Schedule Change Requests

The deadline to submit a request for yearlong and fall semester classes was Thursday, Aug. 8th, at 3:00 p.m.

Students may submit requests for spring semester schedule changes to their academic counselor up until the last day of fall classes (Dec. 17th), but they are encouraged to make requests as soon as possible.

All requests for reduced schedules for spring, 2020 must be submitted no later than Dec. 17th.

If you have other questions about your courses or schedule, please contact your counselor.

AP Exams

Beginning this year, students must register and pay for AP exams no later than November 1st.

Any registrations after November 1st will incur a late fee. (See information below about an installment payment plan.)

Students may register for one or more tests. All tests will be administered in May 2020.  

Step 1:  Exam registration is now done through each student’s individual College Board MyAP account. 

  • Students first create a “MyAP” account 

  • Students create only one MyAP account, no matter how many AP classes they are taking.

  • Students join each subject AP Classroom with the code provided by their teacher. (If a student hasn’t joined their AP class yet, they must get the join code from their SME teacher.)

  • Students must mark “yes” in their MyAP account for each exam they wish to take. 

  • The deadline to register without a late fee is November 1st.

  • The date of each exam (in May) is displayed in individual accounts. See the complete schedule here.

Step 2:  Payment for exams is done online through Total Registration. 

  • The fee for each exam is $100.

  • The deadline to pay without a late fee is November 1st.

  • If you already have an account with Total Registration, do not create another.

  • Please follow all directions in Total Registration. You will receive a confirmation once you have paid. In addition to paying through Total Registration, students must log in to their College Board account and opt in to their test (see Step 1).

  • A late fee of $40 will be added to each exam, for a total of $140 for each late exam registration.

  • Total Registration offers families the option of making partial payments over time (until February 21st) without incurring the $40 late so long as an initial minimum payment of $25 per exam is made by November 1st. 

  • Click here for Total Registration.

Why take AP exams?

  • Students are encouraged to take exams, but it is not required. 

  • Students may be able to earn college credit or placement, depending on where they attend college and the score they earn on their exam. 

  • Use this online search tool to find AP credit policies at colleges and universities.

  • Students are encouraged to join each of their AP classes online in MyAP even if they do not intend to take the test. There are additional resources and study tools available in MyAP.

  • See College Board for more information about the benefits of taking AP exams.


If you have additional questions, please contact AP Coordinator Susan Barr, susanbarr@smsd.org

Spring eSchool

Spring eSchool (online) courses

The following online courses may be taken outside the school day for initial credit or credit recovery:  Health (9-12), Art History (9-12), Financial Literacy (10-12), Psychology (10-12), and Government (12). The following online courses may be taken for initial credit only:  ELA 3 (sem 2), ELA 4 (sem 2), or US History (sem 2).

Important:  Both student and parent must read all of the information on the eSchool website before the student attends one of the mandatory orientation sessions (see dates below).

  • Enrollment for fall eSchool classes begins on Tues., Dec 3rd.

  • Enrollment forms are available in the SME Student Services / Counseling office, 7:00 a.m.-3:20 p.m.

  • Courses are taken outside the school day.

  • Cost is $180 per semester and payment must be made at the time of registration (when the completed enrollment form is returned) by cash, check, or credit card.

  • All students must attend one mandatory orientation meeting:

      January 16 or 22, 6:00-7:00 p.m., both @ Horizons

  • Deadline to enroll is Friday, January 17th. 

  • All students must take a supervised final exam on April 21, 3:30pm-7:00pm @ Horizons.

  • If you have course questions, contact your teacher directly.