Welcome to TCHS Guidance!!
Last Name A-C Paige Wells , Lead Counselor
Last Name D-I Jean Guzman
Last Name J-P Dr. Barbara Bryant
Last Name Q-Z Tara Miller
Registrar Michele Mitchell
Assistant Registrar Vivienne Couch
Secretary/Transcripts Celeste Jackson
Character Education Word of the Week
Virtue - Doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.
On Tuesday, December 3rd, the TCHS Guidance Department will welcome Georgia Southwestern State University Admissions Representative to TCHS during all three lunch breaks in the Commons! Be sure to stop by.
TCHS School Counselors hosted the annual Georgia Apply to College Day on November 20th, 2013.
A special thank you to parent volunteers, SuzAnne Lamb (TCHS Parent Liaison) ,Sfc. Roland (Georgia National Guard), Brooke Jernigan (ABAC), Kricket Speegle (Darton College), Angie Wilson (Georgia Student Finance Commission), and Mrs. Cook and Dr. Tift(TCHS Faculty).
Safe and Drug Free Schools Survey Passive Parent Permission Forms
Tift County High School 10th-12th grade students will participate in the Title IV Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Program’s “Georgia Student Health Survey II” starting November 18, 2013. This is an anonymous, statewide survey tool that identifies safety and health issues that have a negative impact on student achievement.
The survey covers various topics such as school climate and safety, school dropouts, alcohol and drug use, bullying, harassment, suicide, nutrition, sedentary behaviors, and teen driving laws. The survey contains approximately 100 questions and takes approximately 20 minutes for students to complete. A copy of the survey is available at the link below and at TCHS in the Guidance Department .
Passive Parent Permission forms were distributed to each student last week and should be returned to his/her 2nd block teacher by Monday, November 18th, only if you do NOT want your child to participate in the survey. The survey questions and the passive parent permission forms (English and Spanish versions) are available at:
We celebrated Red Ribbon Week October 28-November 1. We encouraged faculty, staff and students to participate in the following dress up days:
Thursday: October 31: Wear a Costume Day Theme: :Don’t be tricked; Drugs are no treat!" During lunch, we will give students who participate a sucker that says "Say boo to drugs."
Wednesday: Wear Tacky Tourist attire- Theme: "Enjoying the adventures of a drug free life." During lunch we will give students who participate in the dress up day a pencil that says, "Life is an adventure; Live it drug free."
Monday: Wear Tie dye- Theme: "Peace out to drugs"
Friday: Wear favorite sports team attire-Theme: "Team up against drugs." During lunch, we will have students sign a banner, pledging to be drug free!
Reel Change GA Video Competition:
Go to www.ReelChangeGA.com and learn about Reel Change GA’s first video competition where Georgia teens have the opportunity to use their talents to:
1. Enter the “Video Title Competition”
2. Create a positive 30 Second Video telling us why you choose not to drink.
The purpose of the campaign is to celebrate the fact that most of our students, 12-18, across the state of Georgia are not drinking alcohol. This competition is a chance for teens to create REEL CHANGE across the state and reduce underage drinking, reel by reel.
Ends: Dec. 15, 2013
The winning video will be shown in 61 theaters and on various national TV stations.
Attention Seniors: Are you the child or grandchild of an active or retired member of Georgia F.O.G (Fats, Oils, and Grease) Alliance? If yes, you need to apply for this $1200 scholarship opportunity!
Seniors- Be sure to turn in your completed Georgia F.O.G. (Fats, Oils and Grease) Alliance Scholarship applications (with essays) to the Guidance Office by Tuesday, October 29, 2013. We have extra copies of the application available in the Guidance Office.
JOIN US for…Upcoming Parent Meetings
Presented by the TCHS Guidance & Counseling Department
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Financial Aid 101
for Parents of Seniors
Presented by Dr. Barbara Bryant
5:30 PM in the PAC
for Parents of Juniors
Presented by Mr. Jean Guzman
5:45 PM in the Media Center
College Credit Now
for Parents of Sophomores
Presented by Mrs. Tara Miller
6:00 PM in Rm. 202/204
Save the Date…Parents are encouraged to attend:
Nov. 5, 2013- PROBE College Fair at TCHS (9AM-11AM) in the Commons
Nov. 20, 2013 - Apply to College Day at TCHS (8AM-3PM) Room 308 (Lab)
Jan. 28, 2014- Financial Aid Night at TCHS (FAFSA/HOPE Scholarship) 5:30 PM
March, 2014- ACCEL Dual Enrollment Student/Parent Meeting
Celebrate My Drive!
During October 18th through the 26th Tift County High School, including Northeast Campus, is participating in the “Celebrate My Drive” event, which promotes safe driving by our students! We need YOUR participation to reinforce these ideas and help Tift County High School become eligible to receive a large grant for supporting driver safety. During October 18th through the 26th, log on to celebratemydrive.com to make a commitment in support of teen driver safety. Click – “join the celebration”, enter a valid email and birthdate, input Tift County High School’s information, and then click “make a commitment”. The MORE commitments Tift County High School receives, the better chances we have of receiving a grant, which will help your child receive a better education. Individuals over the age of 14 are allowed to make a commitment ONCE EACH DAY, so make sure to make commitments all the way up through the 26th of October. With the support of community members such as yourself, we can help provide a better education for our students! Thank you for your support!
PROBE COLLEGE FAIR @ TCHS!
See Probe Flyer for more information
The Tift County High School Guidance Department will host PROBE College Fair Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM for current juniors and seniors. ALL TCHS parents welcome!
There will be college representatives available for parents and students to talk with to gain information about the colleges' program of study, tuition, scholarships, etc.
Once again scanners will be used to gather information about the students for the colleges. Students will go to www.gotocollegefairs.com to register and get a barcode. Colleges will scan the barcode and add the students to their college's database instead of students having to complete information forms at each of the college representative's table. Students need to do this before the day of the PROBE fair. Students will be given a list of colleges attending the fair during Blue Devil Block/Teachers as Advisors prior to the college fair.
HOPE GPA Calculation Changes for 2013-2014
GSFC released a statement concerning changes in the HOPE GPA Calculation for this year. Dual Enrollment courses will now be weighted the same as AP courses. Please see the news release for more information. GSFC News Release
TCHS students learned about Study Skills during Advisement Friday. Mr. Guzman visited Mrs. Pam Taylor's Advisement group for Freebie Fridays!
Congrats to Seth Shultz for knowing the correct answer!
A special thank you to Chick-Fil-A for freebies!
On Friday, October 11th, the TCHS Guidance Department will welcome Valdosta State University Admissions Representative, Ross Hegenwald, to TCHS during all three lunch breaks in the Commons! Be sure to stop by and learn more about Valdosta State University on Friday!___________________________________
The PSAT Test will be given to all current 10th Graders on October 16th. If you are a junior interested in taking the PSAT please stop by Guidance for more information.
2014 STAR Student nominees must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- Be a TCHS senior
NOTE: The STAR Program is designed to recognize high school seniors who have the highest SAT score in their graduating class and meet all the other program requirements. How many classes a student takes off campus or how involved the student is with extra-curricular activities at the school are irrelevant in determining the STAR Student.
- Take the three-part SAT any year on any national testing date through and including November 2, 2013.
- Important: November 2, 2013, is the last acceptable SAT test date for the 2014 PAGE STAR program.
- Score highest on a single test date (scores may not be combined from two or more test dates) on the three-part SAT among qualified seniors in the school. Nominees' SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the math, critical reading and writing sections. The national averages for 2014 will be available in late September/early October.
- Be in the top 10 percent. If the student with the highest SAT score does not meet the top 10 criterion, the student with the next highest SAT score who does meet the criterion becomes the nominee.
Please see Mrs. Wells in the Guidance Department if you have any questions.
Apply to College Day
Nov. 20th, 8:15 AM- 3:15 PM.
Sign up in Guidance today!
See link on the right for more information.
Any students interested in 21st Century After School Credit Recovery, please stop by the Guidance Dept for more information.
ACT/SAT Registration Dates
Check out dates under the 2013-2014 SAT/ACT Testing Dates.
Registration information is available in the TCHS Guidance office. If a student wishes to apply for a fee waiver, they must turn in the required documentation to the Guidance Office at least 2-3 days prior to the registration deadline. Fee waivers do not cover late fees.
**SENIORS** It is very important to note that only scores from testing dates PRIOR TO your graduation date (May 24, 2014) count as qualifying test scores for HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships.
Check out the new
Senior Scholarship Newsletter!________________________________
On Friday, September 20th, the Guidance Department will be hosting Angie Wilson from the Georgia Student Finance Commission. She will be conducting GACollege411 grade-level presentations to our students. Each grade will be called to the PAC separately beginning at 8:45am.
Starting with the Class of 2015, students will now have to complete Rigor Course requirements to receive the HOPE Scholarship. Please see the following link from the GSFC for more information.
HOPE Scholarship Rigor Requirements
Students must follow these instructions to view HOPE GPA and to view how it is calculated by the Ga. Student Finance Commission for the Zell Miller and HOPE Scholarship.
1. Go to www.gacollege411.com
2. Go to the Shortcut "Your HOPE GPA"
3. Log in using your GACollege 411 password. If you can't remember your password, please stop by Guidance.
4. Make sure your SS# is listed in your profile in GA College 411 (The website will not recognize your SS# if it is not).
5. Select Tift County High School.
6. View Your HOPE GPA!
Governor's Honor Program
The GHP is a four-week, summer residential program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. GHP is fully funded by the Georgia General Assembly and operates at no cost to participants.
GHP continues to look for bright, talented, and creative students in the areas of:
Communicative Arts (English)
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
Agricultural Science (Environmental & Biotechnology)
Students must be current 10th and 11th graders. There is a sign-up sheet in the guidance office for students who wish to come by and sign-up on their own before/after school, during lunches or in between classes.
UGA is hosting its annual recruitment event
on Tuesday, September 24 in Tifton. See the following flyer for more information
TCHS School Activity Recruitment Fair
On Tuesday, August 26-Thursday August 28 during all three lunches, the Guidance Department will be sponsoring a TCHS School Activity Recruitment Fair. Stop by the different club tables and talk to student representatives.
Students get excited about
being a part
of T-Life here at TCHS!
The FFA Table at the School Activity Recruitment Fair. Stop by and visit these student representatives!