• 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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  • November Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 10/29/2019

    Upcoming Dates:

    • All of November - I will be doing a Career Exploration unit in the History classes utilizing the Montana Career Information System . 
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences are November 13th and 14th.
    • November 20th - Life After Graduation Fair 8-11am. Local education, military, business, and job prep vendors will be present to discuss options for post-secondary planning.
    • November 25th - President Bodnar from the University of Montana will be at Big Sky to speak with the junior class about opportunities after high school. This event will take place in the Auxiliary Gym at 12:40pm. 

    Helpful Resources for Post Secondary Education: 

    • 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 - a 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/ .
    • For information on all Montana colleges, events, and financial supports visit https://www.montanacolleges.com/
    • The University of Montana Trio/Upward Bound Program serves students with need for academic support in order for them to reach their dream of attending college. Upward Bound serves students in low income families and/or families where neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree. After school tutoring and summer programming at U of M are among the programs provided, to learn more visit their website at https://www.umt.edu/trioub/default.php . 
    • Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee from the MSU Honors College will be hosting an event the evening of Thursday, November 14 for students and their parents/families to learn more about the wonderful opportunities available through the MSU Honors College. The event will start at 5:30pm in the Blackfoot Banquet Room at the DoubleTree Hotel; 100 Madison St.
    • The Davidson Honors College has rescheduled their event to take place on Thursday, November 14th between 4-6PM.

    Stay Connected: 

     

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  • October Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 10/4/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Questions about Dual Enrollment? Jordan Patterson from Missoula College will be at Big Sky to answer questions and help students register from 9am-1pm in the Counseling Center on:

    • 10/23/19

    • 11/6/19

    • 11/26/19

    • 12/18/19

    2019 InnovateHS Conference at the University of Montana

    • Juniors in the IB History of the Americas class will attend the InnovateHS event on Friday October 11th. Students will spend the day immersed in presentations and discussions surrounding innovation, imagination and problem solving. Throughout the day-long event, innovation will be discussed as the way in which to apply skills with creativity, collaboration, and analysis to develop novel solutions to complex problems.
    • Events include inspirational speakers, active learning, peer engagement and small group presentations by UM faculty. The students will be active participants throughout the day, considering how innovation applies to their lives and to the issues that most concern them.

    PSAT

    • The PSAT will take place in the auxilliary gym on Wednesday October 16th from 7:50am until 12pm. There will be a pizza lunch provided for students in attendance.

    Project Bridge

    • The Mansfield Center is seeking juniors in search of multicultural leadership and networking experiences to apply for Project Bridge, a yearlong educational enrichment experience, featuring a fully-funded 12-day trip to Korea! For more information visit umt.edu/mansfield. Application closes October 25th.

    Davidson Honors College

    • DESSERT AT THE DHC! Tuesday, October 28th from 7-8:30pm.
    • Davidson Honors College Invitation

    Post Secondary Month

    • Every November the Big Sky Counseling Department hosts events to help students learn more about various post secondary options. This year we will have a keynote speaker to kick of the month. Throughout the month grade level counselors will give class presentations on career and college options in Science and History classes. On November 20th there will be a Life after Graduation Fair including local businesses, apprenticeships, and colleges for students to speak with.
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  • September Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 9/3/2019

     

    • The College Fair - Big Sky juniors and seniors are invited to attend the College Fair at the University of Montana on September 24th  during 6th period. This is an optional field trip for students who want to explore post-secondary options and get information from colleges, the military, Job Corp and other agencies. It is an unstructured setting where students are able to meet and greet institution representatives. For more information about registration and the event visit https://www.montanacolleges.com/ .
    • The PSAT is coming soon! The Preliminary SAT is a test that Juniors can choose to take on Wednesday October 16th. The PSAT can help students practice for the SAT. They will get a detailed report that instructs them on how to improve their score on the SAT based off their performance. Students who take the PSAT can opt-in to the College Board’s free Student Search Service. This service allows colleges to identify students based on several factors including GPA, state residency, and intended major. Finally, the PSAT is the opportunity to earn free money for college. Juniors who take the test during their junior year may be selected to participate in one of the scholarships and/or recognition programs directly linked to the exam.
    • The free ACT for Juniors will be taking place March 24th. College bound students should also begin preparing for this exam. More study resources are listed on the counseling department website.
    • U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program (USSYP) is accepting application. Visit the Office of Public Instruction State of Montana Website for more information.
    • Check our website! In case you have not seen it, the counseling center has a website. This wonderful resource is available to both students and parents to find information on everything counseling related. 

     

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