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— SCHOOL NEWS

Book fair

Pea Ridge Intermediate School will hold its book fair in the library Monday, Oct. 19, through Wednesday, Oct. 28. The hours are:

• Monday 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

• Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

• Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

• Friday 7:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Lisa Kirkwold, media specialist, at 451-1555.

Conservation District Scholarship

As part of a statewide education program, Benton County Conservation District is offering a $250 scholarship for a local high school student, according to Ronnie McGhee, chairman of the district. As well as receiving the District Scholarship, the winner will be eligible to compete at both the area and state level.

The Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts awards three scholarships ($1,000, $750 and $500) based on the student’s essay and oral presentation.

The rules are simple, and the contest is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors with a minimum 2.0 grade point average who are Benton County residents and will follow a conservation related course of study. Contest entries must be submitted by January 15, 2010, to the Benton County Conservation District at 1401 NE McClain Road, Suite 5, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Those interested should call the Benton County Conservation District office at 273-2622, ext. 3. LUNCH MENUS

PEA RIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mon., Oct. 19 — Sub sandwich, pickle spear, strawberry shortcake. Breakfast — French toast stick. Tues., Oct. 20 — Hot dog, pork and beans, corn on the cob, chips. Breakfast — Cinnamon toast, pizza Wed., Oct. 21 — Oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, biscuit.Breakfast — Pop Tart. Thurs., Oct. 22 — Taco salad, corn, crispito, tortilla chips.Breakfast — Cereal and muffin. Fri., Oct. 23 — Pizza, salad, fruit, cookie.Breakfast — Biscuit and gravy.

Salad bar and ala carte offered in junior high and high school. Milk served with all meals. All breakfasts are $1. Elementary and upper elementary lunches are $1.50; junior high and senior high lunches are $1.75.

GARFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS Breakfast Grades K-5 Mon., Oct. 19 — Cereal, powdered donut, juice, milk. Tues., Oct. 20 — Pizza, cereal, chocolate graham bears, juice, milk. Wed., Oct. 21 — Cereal, toaster pastries, French toast sticks, juice, milk. Thurs., Oct. 22 — Pizza, cereal, yogurt cup, grape juice, milk. Fri., Oct. 23 — Cereal, toast with jelly, sausage biscuit, juice, milk.

Kindergarten Lunch Mon., Oct. 19 — Mini corn dogs, French fries, fruit cup, milk. Snack: Fresh carrots. Tues., Oct. 20 — Chicken and noodles, broccoli with cheese, fruit cup, milk. Snack: Graham crackers. Wed., Oct. 21 — Taco salad, refried beans, fruit cup, milk. Snack: Cinnamon knots. Thurs., Oct. 22 — Beef fingers, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, roll. Snack: Apple wedges. Fri., Oct. 23 — Pizza, side salad, fruit cup, milk. Snack: Chocolate pudding.

Lunch Grades 1-5 (grades 4 and 5 get second option) Mon., Oct. 19 — Corn dogs, French fries, broccoli and carrot dippers, mixed fruit, milk. Choice No. 2: Ham and cheese sandwich. Tues., Oct. 20 — Chicken and noodles, broccoli with cheese, cole slaw, fruit cup, milk. Choice No. 2: Deli turkey sub. Wed., Oct. 21 — Taco salad, refried beans, fruit cup, cinnamon knots, milk. Choice No. 2: Hot pocket. Thurs., Oct. 22 — Chicken fried steak, mashes potatoes with gravy, green beans, roll, apple wedges, milk. Choice No. 2: Ham and cheese sandwich. Fri., Oct. 23 — Pizza, breadsticks, side salad, fruit cup, chocolate pudding, milk. Choice No. 2: Charburger. COUNSELOR ADVICE

Ninth Grade Year

Fall

• Take the most challenging course of study available (Smart Core/ Honors)

• Join clubs and activities in areas of interest

• Build relationships with peers, teachers, counselors, adult activity leaders and employers

Choose a mentor

• Select a service area in the community to be a part of

• Check out the standardized testing policies/opportunities at your school

• Develop good study habits and keep your grades up- GPA counts!

Spring

• Job shadow or participate in career day, if possible

• Choose an academy with major career areas of interest

• Begin constructing a resume

• Utilize your student portfolio

• Discuss post high school plans with counselor and parents/guardians

• Begin to discuss college costs with parents/guardians

• Keep your grades up- GPA counts!

10th Grade Year

Fall

• Take the most challenging course of study available (Smart Core)

• Begin to look for leadership roles in clubs/activities

• Continue development of service activities

• Strengthen relationships with peers, teachers, counselors, adult activity leaders and employers (they will be writing recommendations for you in the future)

• Testing

Check out policies/opportunities at your school

Take the PSAT as practice for your junior year

Take the PLAN

• Go to college fairs

• Continue working on study habits and note-taking skills

• Utilize the Student Portfolio

• Keep your grades up- GPA counts!

Spring

• Job shadow or participate in career day, if possible

• Revise/rework/update your resume

• Continue discussing post high school plans with counselor and parents/ guardians

• Attend AP/Pre-AP informational meetings (students and parents)

• Transcript credit check- verify accuracy of transcript

• Keep your grades up- GPA counts!

11th Grade Year

Fall

• Take the most challenging academic program available (Smart Core)

• Demonstrate leadership and responsibility in community and school

• Begin a list of colleges

• Gather career information- job shadow or see if your school offers a career day

• Make the most out of your part- time job

• Talk with college reps and ask them questions

• Attend evening information sessions about colleges

• Go to college fairs

• Discuss testing plan with your counselor

• Register, prepare for and take the PSAT/NMQT-(National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)

• Check out free scholarship searches

• Make college visits if your high school permits them

• Begin to consider which teachers, adult activity leaders or employers you might use if you need recommendations

• Continue talking with your parents/guardians and your counselor about your plans

• If you plan to pursue performance-related scholarships (theatre, music, athletics), consider taping your performances and submitting them to your target institutions

• Utilize the Student Portfolio

• Keep your grades up- GPA counts!

• Take the ACT/SAT at least once junior year- check with your potential colleges about which standardized test is preferred

Spring- March

• SAT offered

• Request information from colleges

• Spring Break - consider visiting colleges

• Research scholarship opportunities

Spring- April

• ACT offered

• Athletes- sign up with NCAA Clearinghouse and get NCAA Guide

• Look for summer job opportunities

• Keep grades up- GPA counts!

Spring- May

• SAT offered

• Finalize summer plans (work, volunteer, class, college visits)

Summer- June through August

• ACT and SAT offered

• Update resume

• Seek additional experience in a career field that interests you with a job, internship or by volunteering

Save summer earnings for college

Visit www.fafsa4caster. ed.gov to get an early estimate of federal student aid available to you

12th Grade Year

Fall- September

• Talk with counselor/ parents and college representatives at your school

• Attend college fairs

• Request college information from colleges you are interested in

• Keep copies of applications and forms sent to colleges

• Write essays/line up recommendations

• Send test scores and transcripts to college

• Request financial aid applications from colleges

• Keep a checklist – MEET DEADLINES

• Register for October ACT

• Utilize the Student Portfolio

• ASVAB is given

• Athletes- if seeking athletic scholarships, register with the NCAA Clearinghouse

• Visit the high school scholarship office

• Go to www.fafsa4caster. ed.gov to get an early estimate of federal student aid available to you

Fall-October

• ACT offered

• Finish early decision applications

• Complete the Local Scholarship Application

• Visit the high school scholarship office

Fall- November-December

• ACT offered

• Local Scholarship Application Deadline

• Receive early admission/early decision

• Finish regular admission applications

• Apply for financial aid

• Visit the high school scholarship office

Spring- January

• Send seven-semester transcripts, if necessary

• Submit all financial aid documents to the college

• Complete FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible – www.fafsa.ed.gov

• Visit the high school scholarship office

Spring- February through March

• Keep grades up- it matters!

• Review SAR (Student Aid Report) carefully

• Review financial aid packages

• Apply for Arkansas Academic Challenge if qualified

• Visit the high school scholarship office

Spring- April

• Make final decision – mail deposit to one school

• Notify, in writing, all schools of your choice

• If wait-listed, contact admissions office if still interested

• Contact financial aid office if you have any special financial aid circumstances

• Make sure you meet all deadlines

Spring- May through June

• Request final transcript to be sent to college

• Follow procedure for college housing and orientation

• Review first year college budget

• GRADUATION! Congratulations!

Summer- June through August

• Write thank you notes to scholarship donors

• Send proof of enrollment and other requirements to scholarship donors

• Attend freshman orientation SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship

National 500 @ $4,000-$60,000 over 4 years Deadline: Nov. 2, 2009 Eligibility: High school senior, U.S. citizen, leadership, financial need, essay, financial statement, transcript, test scores, counselors report, two letters of recommendation, copies of exhibits in achievement. www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs Application must be submitted to Rogers-Bentonville Lodge 2144 by deadline date.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

National $1,000- $5,000 Deadline: Dec. 15, 2009 Eligibility: High school senior, Hispanic heritage, U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, minimum 3.0 GPA, enroll full time at a U.S. accredited college or university, must apply to FAFSA. www.hsf.net

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

National $1,000-$10,000 Deadline: Jan. 15, 2010 Eligibility: High school senior, intend to earn degree in engineering or related science at an accredited college, U.S. citizen, meet minimum requirements for individual scholarships. http://students.sae.org/ awdscholar/

Burger King Scholars

National $1,000 each Deadline: Feb. 1, 2010 Eligibility: High school senior, minimum 2.5 GPA, work an average of 15 hours a week, community service activities, financial need, plans to enroll at an accredited two or four year college, university or vo-tech, U.S. citizen, do NOT have to be employed by Burger King to be eligible http://www.haveityourwayfoundation.org

R. Preston Woodruff, Jr. Scholarship- Arkansas Student Loan Authority

State Several @ $1,000, one renewable @ $1,000 per year Deadline: April 1, 2010 Eligibility: Arkansas resident, plans to attend college or technical institute Fall 2010, random drawing www.asla.info/collegeplanning Winners are required to submit a 500-word essay to remain eligible to receive the scholarship, the outstanding essay will receive a renewable scholarship

Elks National Foundation Legacy Scholarships

National 250 @ $4,000 over 4 years Deadline: Jan. 8, 2010 Eligibility: Child or grandchild of a living Elk’s member who joined the Elk’s on or before April 1, 2007, high school senior, ACT scores, plans to attend an accredited college or university, judged on knowledge, charity, community and integrity www.elks.org/enf/scholars/legacy

VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition

Local, District, State, & National Up to $30,000 for the National Winner Deadline: Oct. 29, 2009 Eligibility: Grades 9-12 eligible, enrolled in public, private or home schools in the U.S., under 20 years old Essay recorded on cassette tape or CD in your own voice and typed, entry form

AXA Foundation- AXA Achievement Scholarship

National One in each state @ $10,000 – ten of those receive an additional $15,000 Deadline: Dec. 15, 2009 Eligibility: U.S. citizen or legal resident, letter of recommendation, high school senior, plan to enroll in accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the U.S., outstanding achievement in an activity in school, the community or the workplace www.axa-achievement. com

School, Pages 8 on 10/14/2009

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