In this issue:
FAFSA Update I Transcript Request Deadline I PSAT ResultsUpdated AP Exam Information I Dollars For Scholars I YCAL Spring ProgramsCounseling Office "Communication"NCAA General Information I Using Naviance to Apply to Colleges I Check and Connect I TutoringScholarship Bulletin I Career and College Lunch FairsUpcoming College Visits I Get InvolvedCanvas Parent App InstructionsStudent Assistance Program (SAP)Calendar of Events

FAFSA Update
Attention Seniors! This year, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is opening December 31! Join the SHS Counselors and PHEAA representative, Diona Brown, on January 3, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. Details, including location, will be shared prior to winter break.
Notice on Transcript Request Deadlines

Deadlines are quickly approaching for applications, and the SHS Counseling Office will be closed from December 22nd at 3:00 pm until January 2nd at 7:35 am. 

Any seniors planning on requesting transcripts for college applications and scholarships prior to January 2nd need to have requests entered into Naviance by 3:00 pm on Monday, December 18th. Any requests entered after that time may be delayed until after January 2nd. 
Students that took the PSAT at SHS gained access to their scores on Monday, November 6th, 2023.Students can view their score on BigFuture School. If a student provided their mobile number on test day, they received a text message with access to the BigFuture School mobile app

As always, students may also view their scores online if they have a personal College Board account. If students plan to eventually take the SAT then it is strongly advised that they activate their College Board account. 

Students' digital PSAT/NMSQT score report provides a lot of feedback as they prepare for the SAT and for their future after high school – college, career, or wherever their path leads them.

If a student’s next steps include taking the new digital SAT in March or later, they can use their PSAT results to help prepare for that exam. More information on how you can use the information from this administration of the PSAT to prepare for the SAT can be found in the Understanding Your Digital PSAT/NMSQT Scores video. Registering for the March SAT at SHS can be done on the College Board website

The deadline to order AP exams without a late fee has passed; however, if you or your child would like to order an exam you can notify Mrs. Kate Miklos (kate.miklos@sycsd.org) in the SHS Counseling Office prior to March 15, 2024. A late fee of $40 will be charged in addition to the regular fee of $98 ($146 for AP Seminar & AP Research.) If you have not yet paid the registration fee of $40 per exam, please do so in MySchoolBucks. 

Direct Link to AP Registration in MySchoolBucks

All remaining payments ($58/$106) will be invoiced through MySchoolBucks sometime later in the spring semester. Final payments are due by April 29, 2024. 

Even though the regular ordering deadline has passed, if you believe you may be eligible for AP exam fee assistance, you are encouraged to take a minute to review the benefits for families that qualify for the free/reduced lunch program. By completing the online application and attached sharing form (forms can also be picked up in the SHS Counseling Office), your student becomes eligible for other reduced or free services if your family qualifies. This includes a reduced fee for the AP exams. Below are a few examples of additional benefits that may be available to your student:


College Board- PSAT, SAT, and AP Testing

  1. Free Tests and Feedback

  2. Reduced and/or waived fees

  3. Free College Benefits



  1. Free Tests

  2. Access to Free Prep Tools

  3. Free College Benefits


An application can be found at on the school website, in addition to completing the sharing form.  If you have questions about the application or the free/reduced program please contact Ms. Autumn Armstrong at 717-235-4811 x7222 or autumn.armstrong@sycsd.org. The deadline to receive these benefits for AP testing is April 30, 2024.

The Southern York County School District Foundation Dollars for Scholars application is open on January 5, 2024 and will close on February 5, 2024. Students can start to develop their profiles now! 

*click the image for more information

YCAL Career Exploration Programs in the Spring: 

On Monday, January 22, 2024, York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL) will open registration for 24 of their spring career exploration programs. These programs are held at various sites in the county and allow students an opportunity to learn more about a specific career field, interact with professionals in that field, find out about the education needed for success in that career, see various positions and pathways within that field, and ask questions to help clarify their interest in that career.  These programs can also be used by juniors to meet a field experience requirement for the graduation project.  More information regarding the specific programs, as well as a registration link, will be provided in January.
Counseling Office "Communication"

It has been brought to our attention that some parents/guardians believe that they are not receiving all of our communications. For those that are unaware, the SHS Counseling Office sends out a weekly “Next Week in the Counseling Office” blurb on Friday afternoons to make parents/guardians aware of goings on in our office that may impact their students. Additionally, we send out a monthly newsletter with information pertaining to upcoming events, college and career information, academic help, parent/guardian information and more. In the event that you are not receiving these communications please feel free to sign up for them using the link below. 

Are you interested in playing collegiate sports? The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) determines and oversees academic eligibility to participate at the Division I and II levels. There are specific core courses that a student must choose from at SHS in order to meet the eligibility requirements. Students and families should make their high school counselor aware they have an interest in competing at the collegiate level ASAP. The SHS school counselors will make sure student-athletes are scheduled for the proper core courses to ensure eligibility status is not jeopardized.

To visit the student-parent NCAA website and set up a FREE profile page or an official certification account, click HERE.

*Interested in a Division III school or currently are not sure in which division you want to compete.
*Transition to a paid Certification account at any time to pursue a Division I or II path.
*No registration fee to create a Profile Page account.
*Must be certified by NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at a Division I or II school.
*Before you take official visits or sign an NLI, you must have a complete Certification account.
*Registration fee: $100
Check and Connect
Check and Connect is a voluntary program that uses attendance, grade, and behavior data to look at a student’s ability to succeed in graduating high school. Informally, the Check and Connect program is designed to better the student’s success in school by helping them to improve their routines around the academic setting. By using weekly check-ins, the Check and Connect Mentor helps the student see their potential success if they apply themselves to their schooling. Often times, the Mentor can act as a counselor, tutor, and person who holds the student accountable for their actions.

Check and Connect is not just for students. The program Mentor works with teachers, administrators, and caregivers to find ways to help the student. It is a team effort to help the student succeed.

Teachers and Administrators look out for students they believe would be a good fit for the program, but there might also be concerns that they aren’t able to see. If you believe your student is not finding the motivation to come to school or stay in school, Check and Connect might be a way of helping them forward. Please contact your student’s counselor or an administrator if you would like to learn more about the program, or are interested in signing them up.
Tutoring is available for any student that would benefit. This year there are eighteen tutors for all subjects and writing. Below is the link for students to sign up for tutoring: Tutoring Form 23-24.
Every month, the SHS Counseling Office will create a scholarship bulletin with a list of scholarship opportunities.
*Click image to view the December Scholarship Bulletin 

As always, SHS is proud to partner with many colleges to offer visits from admissions representatives to provide our students valuable information about different schools. We are resuming in-person visits this school year, but will also be conducting virtual visits as well.

Students can sign up on Naviance for these visits. For a list of colleges that are scheduled to visit and when please click here.
Click on the image to see the complete list and additions! 
Canvas Parent App Instructions

Canvas is the Learning Management System that most SHS students will use to view and submit their classroom assignments for their in-person and digital days. All SHS students are assigned an account and parents are eligible to have an “observer” account which gives them access to view their student’s courses, assignments, due dates, etc. It is highly encouraged that parents set up this account. Additionally, this year the SHS Counseling Office also has a page on Canvas which parents can access through an observer account.  For more information and instructions on how to create your observer account, please click here.
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is continuing to offer services and assistance to students and their families. There are a variety of interventions and programs available, including counseling assessments through True North, school-based counseling through Pennsylvania Comprehensive Behavioral Health (PCBH), and monitoring and mentoring programs through the school. If you are interested in any of these services, please contact your child's school counselor. 

*Click image for more information and referral form
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