Let’s be thankful

Hi Falcons!

We’re only days away from some much-needed time off. And with that in mind, I know there are a few of you who need some time off to get caught up. With eCredit, and class work and finals looming this next week should be a time to see your family, and finish your school work!

It’s really important to check in with your teachers NOW! After we return, we only have two full weeks of school before finals, so time is running out.

I’m thankful for all of you! I love my job, and I’m happy I’m here at SHS! Have fun and be safe! We’ll see you in December!

Do you really want to earn scholarship money?

Here are three of the most important things you need to know to earn scholarships.

1. You need to be a leader. A leader doesn’t mean you have to have the best grades, but it means you saw a need in your school, community, home, etc. and you stepped up to fill that need. Does the school need a weekly cleanup outside on the grounds? Can you organize a team to pick up trash? Does your siblings elementary or middle school need help with daycare activities after school? Can you organize a weekly activity for them (game day, basketball skills, reading groups)? Think outside of the box – what are you passionate about. Start leading in that activity, and get involved A LOT.

2. Start getting volunteer hours NOW! If you are a 9th, 10th and 11th grader you have time now. If you’re a 12th grader you kind of missed the boat, but you can still start plugging away. The big scholarships: Boettcher, Daniel’s Fund, Greenhouse Scholars, Coca-Cola etc. all want LOTS and LOTS of volunteer hours. these organizations want to see that you are invested in your community and will give back. If they give you money, how are you going to improve the world (cheesy but true) after college graduation?

3. The more scholarships you apply for the more you may get. Think of it like a job. If you spend five hours working on a scholarship, and you earn a $1,000 scholarship, you just earned $200/hour. I’m not sure there are a lot of jobs out there paying $200/hour. At least, I don’t make that.

US Naval Academy Summer STEM programs

****APPLICATIONS OPEN JANUARY 2014****

Did you know that the United States Naval Academy invites over 3000 students per year to participate in our summer programs? These programs offer your students a chance to visit Annapolis and experience the Naval Academy first-hand.

Our Summer STEM program is designed for rising 8th-11th graders who are interested in pursuing education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. During the STEM program, students will be exposed to world-class lab facilities and have the opportunity to learn from some of the best college professors in the country. In addition, they will meet fellow students from all over the country that share a similar passion for learning.

SUMMER STEM SESSION DATES

Rising 8th & 9th Graders

June 2-7, 2014

Rising 10th Graders

June 9-14, 2014

Rising 11th Graders

June 16-20, 2014

The Summer Seminar program, designed for rising 12th graders, gives students the opportunity to find out if they have what it takes to be a midshipmen. The program allows students to experience the rigorous academics, physical challenges and student life at the Naval Academy. Summer Seminar is perfect for students who have no prior exposure to a service academy as well as those who are trying to decide if a service academy is right for them.

SUMMER SEMINAR SESSION DATES*

Session 1

May 31-June 5, 2014

Session 2

June 7-12, 2014

Session 3

June 14-19, 2014

*All sessions rising 12th graders

We hope you will share this information with your students and encourage them to check out our website at www.usna.edu/admissions. We also encourage you to share the link to our summer programs informational pamphlet in your school newsletter. Please contactdmontgom@usna.edu if you have additional questions or would like program brochures mailed to your school.