• March Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 3/1/2021

    Upcoming Dates and Information:

    • Periods 5-8 begin March 8th (remote day) 
    • Schools Out Meals - Mon.-Fri. March 12-19th. View locations here
    • Jostens - If you still need to order your Cap and Gown you can place your order on their website. If you need support getting a cap/gown please complete this form to connect with our Family Resource Center.
    • Montana University System Honor Scholarship (MUSHS) and Montana’s STEM Scholarship - both applications are now live and due March 15th. If students who want to apply for the MUSHS and have not been able to take the test at least once due to quarantine or site cancellations, please contact Sheila Newlun. PLEASE NOTE: Applications MUST still be mailed by March 15th, if students are awaiting February test scores at that time, INCLUDE A PRINT OUT CONFIRMING THE DATE OF YOUR TEST, AND TO SEND YOUR SCORES VIA EMAIL ASAP TO mtscholarships@montana.edu .
    • Scholarship Reporting Form- Students receiving scholarships and award notifications, please complete the following form by the deadline May 14, 2021 for in-building recognition and the Missoulian special graduation published edition. (Any submissions received after the deadline will not be published in the Missoulian.) 

    College Resources:

    • Tribal Colleges Virtual College Fair - April 7th and 8th. For more information visit https://www.montanacolleges.com/students.html 
    • Apply Montana - there is now one central application to apply to most Montana Colleges for FREE. 
    • FAFSA - The Federal Application for Student Aid opened October 1st, UM can assist you in completing the FAFSA or answering any questions. Please email financialeducation@umontana.edu or call (406) 243.6016 to schedule an individual appointment!
    • Scholarships - there is a database of general scholarships located on the district website by deadline. I also post scholarship information in my Google Classroom.

    Staying Connected: 

    • Semester 2 Calendar
    • Semester 2 Bell Schedule
    • Senior Year Checklist - There is a living document for seniors to use to keep track of the many deadlines throughout the year. You can view that document here .
    • Life After High School Guide - MCPS has a living document that details important information about how to reach your goals after high school. You can view the document here .

    I have a Google Classroom with helpful tools and resources. It has information on College/Career Readiness, Scholarships, Social Emotional Learning, and Senior Projects. The class code is kfczyot. I just added the necessary documents for students taking the Workplace Experience class.

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  • January Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 1/4/2021

    Upcoming Dates and Information:

    • Semester 1 ends January 22nd
    • Jostens - If you still need to order your Cap and Gown you can place your order on their website. If you need support getting a cap/gown please complete this form to connect with our Family Resource Center.
    • Senior Study Hall/ Workplace Experience students -With our schedule changing at semester to 4 class periods you may have a workplace experience or senior study hall during the middle of the day. Both classes require students to be off campus during that time as there is no scheduled room. There is not a space for students to stay on campus during that period, if you need to stay on campus you will need to choose a class to fill that period.
    • Montana University System Honor Scholarship (MUSHS) and Montana’s STEM Scholarship - both applications are now live and due March 15th. If students who want to apply for the MUSHS and have not been able to take the test at least once due to quarantine or site cancellations, please contact Sheila Newlun. PLEASE NOTE: Applications MUST still be mailed by March 15th, if students are awaiting February test scores at that time, we are asking them to INCLUDE A PRINT OUT CONFIRMING THE DATE OF THEIR TEST, AND TO SEND THEIR SCORES VIA EMAIL ASAP TO mtscholarships@montana.edu .

     

    • Scholarship Reporting Form- Students receiving scholarships and award notifications, please complete the following form by the deadline May 14, 2021 for in-building recognition and the Missoulian special graduation published edition. (Any submissions received after the deadline will not be published in the Missoulian.) 

    College Resources:

    • Apply Montana - there is now one central application to apply to most Montana Colleges for FREE. 
    • FAFSA - The Federal Application for Student Aid opened October 1st, UM is hosting weekly online workshops to help you through the FAFSA process. View the flyer for more information. If you can't make these workshops, please email financialeducation@umontana.edu or call (406) 243.6016 to schedule an individual appointment!
    • Scholarships - there is a database of general scholarships located on the district website by deadline. I also post scholarship information in my Google Classroom.
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  • November Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 11/4/2020

    This may sound crazy, but it's time to start planning for graduation. Students were/will be given packets during their 1st or 2nd period classes this week. Your senior should receive a grad packet for you to review. If your student did not receive a packet you can pick one up from the Main Office. Once you have reviewed the packet with your student, we ask that packets be returned to school on Wednesday Nov. 11th or Thursday Nov. 12th.  Jostens reps Bob and Julie Casagande will be here during lunch on both days to answer any questions you may have. In addition, I have attached a video link with information on the ordering process.  Please email the Jostens rep directly if you have any questions about ordering.

    Upcoming Dates:

    • Jostens - If you want to order just the cap/gown/tassel you can select those on the back of the order form individually for a total of $40. If you need a packet you can pick one up from the Main Office. MOA students packets will be mailed home. Packets due back Nov. 11th and 12th. If you need support getting a cap/gown please complete this form to connect with our Family Resource Center.
    • The UM Davidson Honors College - Zoom Recruitment Event will be Wednesday, November 18th from 6:00-7:00PM. Please see the attached invitation for the Zoom Link. The presentation component of each session will be recorded and available for those students who cannot tune in to the live session. Attached is an invitation to the session as well is a flyer detailing the prestigious Incoming Student Scholarships.
    • Apply Montana - there is now one central application to apply to most Montana Colleges for FREE. 
    • FAFSA - The Federal Application for Student Aid opened October 1st, UM is hosting weekly online workshops to help you through the FAFSA process. View the flyer for more information. If you can't make these workshops, please email financialeducation@umontana.edu or call (406) 243.6016 to schedule an individual appointment!
    • Scholarships - there is a database of general scholarships located on the district website by deadline. I also post scholarship information in my Google Classroom.
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  • October Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 10/22/2020

    The College Fair is virtual this year! It will be September 21-27th and October 26-30, 2020, you will still need to register so that colleges will have your information when you sign up for the virtual events. Use this link to sign up - use code MONTANA2020. For more information visit https://www.montanacolleges.com/ .

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  • September Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 9/10/2020

    Senior Year Fall Updates

    Upcoming Dates:

    • ACT Make Up - Oct 6th at BSHS. Students who signed up to take the ACT will received an email with detailed instructions later this week. If you have questions please email myself or Mr. Johnson. Otherwise, October 6th is a remote learning day for students not taking the test.
    • College Application Week - there is now one central application to apply to all Montana Colleges for FREE. More information can be found on their website.
    • FAFSA - The Federal Application for Student Aid opens October 1st, UM Financial Education is hosting weekly online workshops to help you through the FAFSA process. View the flyer for more information. If you can't make these workshops, please email financialeducation@umontana.edu or call (406) 243.6016 to schedule an individual appointment!
    • Scholarships - there is a database of general scholarships located on the district website by deadline. I also post scholarship information in my Google Classroom.
    • Next class block will be periods 5 and 6 starting on September 30th. You can view the updated calendar/schedule here

    Staying Connected: 

    • Senior Year Checklist - There is a living document for seniors to use to keep track of the many deadlines throughout the year. You can view that document here. It's updated throughout the year to reflect any changes.
    • Life After High School Guide - MCPS has a living document that details important information about how to reach your goals after high school. You can view the document here
    • Check out our Counseling Website with all of our information and links.
    • I have a Google Classroom with helpful tools and resources. It has information on College/Career Readiness, Scholarships, Social Emotional Learning, and Senior Projects. The class code is kfczyot. I just added the necessary documents for students taking the Workplace Experience class. 

    Reminders: 

    • Please feel free to make an appointment. This way I can give you my full attention without interruptions. Students and parents/guardians can request an appointment on the Big Sky High School Counseling Website.  Click on the Mrs. Panion button. You may also call or email to schedule an appointment. 

    The Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) opens October 1st 2020. Do you have questions or are having troubles with your FAFSA? Never filled out a FAFSA Application? Please join us as we work through the FAFSA application, highlighting areas that may cause problems.

    WORKSHOPS WILL ALL BE HELD AT 6PM

    • MONDAY, OCTOBER 5TH & 12TH
    • WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
    • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH
    • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH
    • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH & 24TH

    Join UM Financial Educators for virtual FAFSA event. Decide which date works for you - at 6 pm simply copy the Zoom link below into your browser to join the online
    workshop.  https://umontana.zoom.us/j/2482306737 . For more information or can't make these workshops, please email financialeducation@umontana.edu or call (406) 243.6016 to schedule an individual appointment.

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  • August Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 8/19/2020

    ACT Sign UP

    Interested in taking the ACT October 6th at Big Sky? Please complete this survey https://forms.gle/4WPmbZ6J12ZQtZA26 by Thursday August 27th so I can add you to the list. This is the make up date from the missed spring test date.

    *The ACT is optional. Some colleges require the ACT so be sure to check the requirements of the college you plan to attend when deciding if you need to take the ACT.

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  • April Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 4/13/2020

     

    Virtual College Exploration Event : April 20-23rd 

    • Connect with Montana's Colleges, Universities, & Beyond
    • 2 Montana Colleges Live Virtual Sessions on April 21 & April 22 – Connecting you to all 25 Montana Colleges and beyond.
    • 96 panel presentations over 4 days
    • 300+ institutions are participating
    • Colleges and universities from 44 states and 10 countries are represented
    • 360+ college representatives will be sharing their knowledge and expertise
    • Ask your questions to live education professionals!
    • Free attendance to these live sessions!  Save your place today.  Spaces available on a first-come-fist-served basis for students, parents, & counselors.

    If you are interested in finding out more about Montana colleges, plan to attend this virtual event. For more information and to register please visit their website https://mailchi.mp/montanacolleges.com/collegeexplorationweek .

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  • March Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 2/24/2020

    Register for the College Planning 101 workshop held on Thursday March 26th at 6pm at the Clearwater Credit Union. Registration and other information can be found on their website: 

    https://clearwatercreditunion.studentchoice.org/seminar/ . 

    UMSummer Institute

    The UMSummer Institute (SI) invites high school students (entering their sophomore, junior and senior year starting the fall of 2020) to UM for an intensive, hands-on transformational learning opportunity with our faculty in a live-in shared two week experience. They will engage in the classroom during the day and in meaningful social activities in the evenings and during the weekend. Students will be exposed to all aspects of life as a UM student. Students can earn three college credits and have a choice from six course listings. The courses were chosen by UM’s Communities of Excellence . Students will choose one course to participate in for the two week duration. For more information, please contact Dr. Grace Gardner, Director of UMSummer at 406-243-5658 or umsummer@mso.umt.edu .

    The 2020 Summer Schwanke Honors Institute

    Students join a two-week summer honors program and explore university life and academics at the University of Montana’s Davidson Honors College. Participants learn from honors faculty in award-winning UM programs, build connections with other motivated students, and explore honors education at UM, including experiential learning and small class sizes.

    Upon successful completion of the program, students earn three University of Montana credits!
     
    The 2020 Summer Schwanke Honors Institute will focus on the environment and sustainability through an immersive, classroom and field-based program. Students choose one of two options for coursework:

    • HONR 191 – Creative Writing in the Environment
    • HONR 191 – Climate Science, Society, and Solutions

    This year’s program will take place on the University of Montana campus in Missoula from June 14 - June 27, 2020.
    Additional features of the program include:

    • On-campus housing in a University residence hall with fellow pre-college students and university student teaching assistants;
    • Engaging morning class sessions and afternoons spent explore Missoula and the surrounding area on exciting field trips; and,
    • A 3-day excursion to Glacier National Park and the Blackfeet Reservation for an immersive study of the environment and sustainability.

    The application deadline is April 15, 2020. The program is limited to 40 students, and because we accept students on a rolling basis, we encourage early applications.  We have a number of scholarships available and encourage students to consider our March 15th priority scholarship application deadline.
     
    The applications for admission and scholarships can be found on our website: SCHWANKE HONORS INSTITUTE
     
    Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions. We would love to hear from you. You can email or call: bethany.applegate@umontana.edu | 406-243-2537.

     

     

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  • February Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 1/22/2020

     

     

    Scholarships:

    Quest Bridge

    • Scholarship for Academically outstanding high school juniors who demonstrate strength in character. Students from families earning less than $65,000/year for a family of four. For more information visit their website - https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/college-prep-scholars .
    • HOW TO APPLY:
      • The 2020 College Prep Scholars Program application opens in early February and is due March 24, 2020.

    Girls State

    • Welcome to the 72nd year of Montana’s American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program! 
    • ALA Girls State is the premier program for teaching young women about the democratic process and how our republic works at the state and national levels. Applications will be accepted January 1, 2020 until April 30, 2020
    • For more information visit: American Legion Auxiliary Girls State .

    Boys State

    • American Legion Boys State is among one of the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students.  At Montana American Legion Boys State, we emphasize not only the elective democratic process, but also the legislative, bill-writing activities found throughout our government.
    • Application and information can be found at http://mtlegion.org/department/boys-state/boys-state-registration.html .
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  • December and January Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 12/17/2019

    Upcoming Dates:

    • December 19th at 9:30am - Interested in a Military Academy or West Point? Our former student, Gabe Jourdonnais, will be in the Counseling Center to share his experience at the Naval Academy and answer questions about the process.
    • January 20th - No School
    • January 21st-24th - Finals
    • January 27th - No School
    • January 28th - Second Semester starts

    Finals Schedule and customizable study guide: Finals Schedule Document

    Girls State

    • Welcome to the 72nd year of Montana’s American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program! 
    • ALA Girls State is the premier program for teaching young women about the democratic process and how our republic works at the state and national levels. Applications will be accepted January 1, 2020 until April 30, 2020
    • For more information visit: American Legion Auxiliary Girls State .

    Boys State

    Coolidge Scholarship

    • Administered by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, this full-ride scholarship covers tuition, room and board, and expenses for students four year undergraduate study.
    • To apply and learn more visit https://coolidgescholars.org/ . Application closes January 16, 2020.

    Bezos Scholarship Program

    • Year long leadership development program for current juniors in high school. Applications are due January 31, 2020.
    • More information can be found at www.bezosscholars.org/lead .

    Raise Me  

    • A new way to earn money for college. Anyone can earn money for college starting in 9th grade based on their achievements in school and life.
    • Begin tracking in an account starting now on the website https://www.raise.me/ .
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