Friday, January 23, 2015

General Information:
Attention students and parents: This Friday, January 23, at 4:00 PM, the PowerSchool Parent Portal will be unavailable. The site should be up and running by noon on Satruday, January 24.  During this time there will be no access to the student accounts on PowerSchool
Attention NHS members:  Need service hours?  See Mrs. Becher or Caite Miller for an opportunity available in the district next Saturday, January 31 from 10am-2pm.
Miss Neff has information about two paid employment opportunities.  One is a student internship with the Cuyahoga National Recreation Area, the other is an after school position in Strongsville Industrial Park.  Both pay considerably higher than minimum wage.  Stop in the guidance office for more info.
Student Council will host Winter Formal 2015, on Saturday, February 21, 2015, here at CHS.  Stay tuned for more details.

Guidance News: 
Attention Seniors: You may sign up in the guidance department for individual FAFSA appointments. Parents are encouraged to attend and may email Miss Spicuzza at if they would like to set up an appointment. Available appointment dates are Thursdays, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12. Miss Spicuzza can accommodate approximately 7 appointments a day.
*Parents and students do not need to have their 2014 taxes completed in order to fill out the FAFSA. They may use their last pay stub of 2014, or their 2013 taxes. However, they must update their student's FAFSA once they have their 2014 taxes completed, which can be done using a very simple tool called the "IRS Data Retrieval Tool," which is on the FAFSA website.
Other items needed to fill out the FAFSA:
-Social security numbers for parents and students
-Bank statements (value of cash, checking and savings accounts)
-Value of assets (stocks, bonds, certificates, rental property, other securities)
-FAFSA PIN numbers
The early deadline for the FAFSA is February 15. Once the money is gone, it's gone!
College Now scholarships are available, however in order to apply, students must qualify for the Pell Grant. The only way to find out if you qualify for the Pell Grant, is by completing the FAFSA. The deadline for the CollegeNow scholarship is March 6. 

Meetings for the Week:
Key Club meeting: Monday, January 26 at 2:35 in the library.
Articles posted but not read each day: 
The Columbia class of 2018 is hosting its first Vendor and Craft Fair on March 21, 2015. If you would like to participate in this year’s craft fair please fill out the bottom of this form and return along with your registration fee to secure your spot. Complete Craft and Vendor fair information can be found on thisform
Please continue saving your pop tabs for Key Club. The holidays are a great time to collect these! So tell your family and friends as well. You may bring them to the main office and Key Club will collect them for Cleveland’s Ronald McDonald House which houses free of charge families of seriously ill children. It can be an easy way for you to make a big difference in the life of a family in crisis.
Did you order a yearbook last year? Well, if you did order the 2014 Emerald, it has finally arrived to CHS! Please pick up your copy of the yearbook after school this week in Mr. Tullos' classroom (room 1). you can still order a yearbook for the current year as well.
Senior Jostens ordering information: Contact Jostens directly to order your graduation items including your cap and gown for the commencement ceremony. After December 20, 2014 late fees apply  for the cap and gown of $50 plus tax. You may use a gown from a sibling (white-girls, green-boys) and may choose only to purchase the cap and tassel for $15.00 or just the tassel for $10.00. 
Attention all baseball players: Open Hit will continue today after school and will continue every Tuesday & Wednesday until the season begins.  Any questions see coach Ramsey.
Attention all students and community members: Please stay off all Athletic Fields until further notice due to seeding and lawn maintenance.
School Fees: All current year and past year school fees were due on WEDNESDAY, October 1 These fees must be paid before students can use school transportation for extracurricular activities. You may pay your school fees through the payforit system online through the school’s website. You may also pay in the main office at CHS. If you have questions about your school fees, please see Mrs. Kobe in the main office.

Guidance News:
If you are junior or senior and you have first period study hall second semester, you must fill out the late arrival form to be excused and come in at announcement time. If you were approved for late arrival first semester and your schedule is the same you do not have to fill out another form.  See Mrs. Hechko for a late arrival form if you need one.
Miss Neff has several scholarship opportunities from various county agencies.  Stop in and see her for more info.  Anyone planning on majoring education can apply for the Wayne Ross Scholarship.
Seniors: It is FASFA season!  You can make an appointment with Miss Spicuzza from College Now to complete your FAFSA.  Sign up in the guidance office.  Miss Spicuzza will be here on Thursdays in January. The early deadline for FAFSA is February 15.  You must have the necessary forms to complete the FAFSA.  If you did not get a list of the forms you need in your English class, you can pick one up in the guidance office.
February/Early March Scholarships
*College Now of Greater Cleveland and Case Western Reserve Partnership – Local
-Deadline: Feb. 20
-Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
-Must have a minimum 18 ACT or 860 SAT
-Must complete the FAFSA
-Award: $5,500 annually, in addition to $1,500 annually
-See or email Miss Spicuzza for more details!
*College Now of Greater Cleveland Scholarships – Local scholarships!
-Deadline: March 6, 2015
-Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
-Must have a minimum 18 ACT or 860 SAT
-Must complete the FAFSA
-Award: varies
-See or email Miss Spicuzza for more details!
*Community Foundation of Lorain County – Local scholarships!
-Deadline: March 2, 2015
-Must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA
-Must complete the FAFSA
Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation
-Deadline: Feb. 1
-Numerous scholarships based on state of residency
-Award: up to $7,500
National FFA Scholarship Program
-Deadline: Feb. 1
-Award: varies
Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship Program
-Deadline: Feb. 3
-Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
-Award: up to $5,000
Society of Civil Engineers
-Deadline: Feb. 10
-A variety of scholarships available based on engineering interest
-Award: varies
*Cleveland Cavaliers/First Merit Scholarship – Local scholarship!
-Deadline: Feb. 13
-Interview if selected
-Award: (10) $2,000 awards
*Lila M. Sweringen Student Scholarship – Ohio scholarship!
-Deadline: Feb. 13
-Pursuing an office-related career
-Award: $1,000
Daughters of the American Revolution
-Deadline: Feb. 15
Military Commanders Scholarship Fund
-Deadline: Feb. 17
-Must be a dependent child of an active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired member of the United States military
who hold valid Exchange & Commissary shopping privileges
-Minimum 3.5 GPA
-Award: multiple $5,000 awards
Create a Greeting Card Scholarship Contest
-Deadline: Feb. 18
-Submit original artwork
-Award: $10,000
Miscellaneous information: 
Chick-fil-A Strongsville is currently hiring Outstanding, Enthusiastic, Service Oriented, Team Members!  If you love being a part of a Winning Team, have a strong desire to Impact others, Serve and Grow, come in and talk with us during our Open Interview times every Tuesday from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Strongsville location at 16584 Royalton Rd.
The Columbia Band Boosters are selling custom made CHS pillows to support The Columbia High School Marching Band. They are $25 a piece of two for $40. Check them out in the band case in the front hall. Orders will be taken in the main office.
The Parent Portal in PowerSchool is now open and can be accessed. Parent/Student logins and passwords remain the same as last year.  A new version of the Mobile App is now available and will prompt you for a District Mobile Registration code which is ZZGS.  The link for the App can be downloaded from the Parent Portal or found on the App store.  If you have trouble accessing your account please call the school at 440-236-5001 for assistance.
Attention all students who would like to drive to school.  If you have a valid driver’s license and have not met with Mr. Jump, turned in a completed parking permit form or paid the fee, you should not be driving to school and parking on the premises. All students who have a permit have an assigned spot. Make sure you are in it. If someone else is in your spot come see Mr. Jump. No one without a permit is to be parking in the high school lots or at Copopa.