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  • Overview of Sessions - 2016-17

          The Holly Springs High School Golden Hawk Parent Academy is designed to provide parents with additional information on a variety of topics.  Our hope is to provide a base of information that will support parents in guiding their students to a successful high school experience.

    Junior/Senior College Night

    Date:  Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6pm in the HSHS Auditorium
    General Description:  This presentation is designed to give parents the basic "nuts & bolts" of the college application process.  Representatives from several colleges, universities, and the military are on hand to give details about admissions to their organizations.
    Documents from the Event:  PowerPoint Presentation

    An Athlete's Flight to College

    Date/Location:  Monday, September 19, 2016 at 6pm, HSHS Auditorium
    General Description:  Calling all student athletes and parents!  Join us to learn the best path to follow throughout high school to soar into college athletics.  Learn what you need to do with your academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities to achieve your dream.  Learn how to market yourself to recruiters and more.  
    The speaker will be Mr. Phil Moses.  With over 25 years of experience on the academic side of intercollegiate athletics Moses boasts a career filled with leadership, team building, partnering, building relationships and quality programming experience in higher education. Positions at Florida International University (almost 2 years), NC State University (over 16 years), Texas A&M University (5 years) and Arizona State University (2 years) provided a pathway for Moses to be a national leader in the field of athletic academic advising. Moses served on the Executive Board of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) for over 10 years and was elected to lead the national organization as president in 2002-2003. In 2006 Moses received the N4A's Distinguished Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and dedication to the association. Moses also received NC State's Academic Advisor Administrator Award (2003) in recognition and celebration of exemplary support and development of quality advising programs for North Carolina State University. In 2008 under Moses' leadership, NC State's Academic Support Program for Student Athletes was recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) as an "Exemplary Program." In 2004, Moses was selected as the "Tar Heel of the Week" by the News and Observer. Prior to entering the field of higher education, Moses had five years of experience as a Reading Specialist, two years of experience at a private school in Puerto Rico (teacher and principal), one year as a private tutor for the children of former New York Governor, Hugh Carey, and two years of experience as a Youth Program Counselor. Currently, he is owner of Your Best Shot Leadership Academy located in North Raleigh.
    This program is brought to you by the HSHS PTSA and sponsored by Wake Futbol Club. If you have questions about this event, please contact Ms. Baratta (PTSA President) at ebaratta1@nc.rr.com.

    College & Career Promise Information Session

    Date/Location:  Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 6pm, HSHS Auditorium
    General Description:  Attention 10th , 11th and 12th graders- are you interested in earning college credit tuition free while still in high school? You can do so through the Career and College Promise program. In order to participate in the program, you must attend a mandatory information session and receive the necessary paperwork. There will be an information session held on Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00 pm at Holly Springs High School. You can register to attend this session at ccp.waketech.edu. See student services for details.

    Financial Aid Night

    Date/Location:  November 3, 2016 at 7pm in the HSHS Media Center
    General Description:  During this session, Financial Aid Advisor Tori Sharpe (vsharpe@wcpss.net) presented information on financial aid.  Key details and/or messages from her presentation include:
    • Financial aid is made up of grants, employment, scholarships, and loans.
    • Forms of student aid include (1) Merit-based student aid which focuses on academics, talent, athletics, etc., and (2) Need-based student aid which takes financial needs into consideration.
    • College costs are both direct and indirect.  Direct fees will include tuition, fees, room, meals, books, and supplies.  Indirect costs include transportation, personal expenses, loan fees, study abroad costs, etc.  It's important when you are looking at aid packages that you consider all possible costs that will weigh into the situation.
    • Applying for federal financial aid starts with submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  It is available after January 1 of the student's senior year.  It is required for all types of federal aid including most major state programs.  This looks at student income/assets, parent income/assets, and number in the household.  The FAFSA will be based this year on the 2015 tax information.  There is no fee involved.  You will resubmit this every year that your student is enrolled in college.
    • Applying for non-federal aid requires a CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service Profile).  Only certain schools require this.  NC schools who do are UNC Chapel Hill, Davidson, Duke, Elon, and Wake Forest.  This is also based on 2015 taxes.  There are fees involved in this application and it must be submitted every year the student is in school.
    • Individual schools may also have their own financial aid forms for you to submit
    • Pay attention to submission deadlines!
    • Don't pay anyone any money for help with financial aid!

    College Planning for 9th & 10th Grade Families

    Date/Location:  November 30, 2016 at 6pm, HSHS Auditorium
    General Description:  The goal of this session is to talk with 9th and 10th grade parents about the path to college.  In general, we hope that parents leave with some "best practices" around what they can be doing now to help the college application process in the senior year.  While all parents are welcome, we are building this session with a focus on the parent who has never been through the college process before.  If you have questions, please contact your student's counselor.

    Overview Document from the Presentation
    Four Year Plan Form


    Drugs Uncovered

    Date/Location:  January 10, 2017 at 6pm / HSHS Auditorium
    General Description:  A presentation by the Poe Center, this session is for parents only.  Presenters will share with parents common warning signs of drug and alcohol use.  If you plan to attend, please be sure to sign up using this link.  Questions about the presentation.

    Curriculum  Fair & Advanced Placement (AP) Night

    Date/Location:  February 16, 2017
    General Description:  This is great night to explore the curriculum offerings at Holly Springs High School.  During this event, parents and students care explore a "fair" type of environment.  Departments will highlight their various electives.  On this evening, we will also offer opportunities to learn more about options of Advanced Placement courses at Holly Springs High including an overview of our AP Capstone Program.  Special informational sessions will be held for rising 9th grade parents as well.  A specific schedule for this event will be posted on the HSHS website in late January.