High Point Parents & Seniors,
Graduation from high school is a significant milestone for all young adults. This will be an exciting and memorable 2018-2019 school year for students and parents. Each senior will wrestle with big decisions throughout the year like college visits and senior projects but hopefully not senior-itus. The life of a senior can be a busy one. To ensure that you and your student stay informed we have set up a class in the Remind App. You can sign up using the group code CBF8BFB. The app is free. However, you must sign up for an account. Through it all, my staff and I will remain committed to seeing your student complete this final year of high school successfully.
Upcoming Important Dates:
Monday, July 23 – Senior Pictures (you should have received a postcard with scheduling information).
Thursday, August 16 – 2019 Grizzly Statue Donation Day. Each family is asked to donate or help raise a minimum of $75 for this legacy gift. This class of 2019 will help determine the design and location of a grizzly statue that will hold the name of each senior. Last year’s bear is carved out of wood, stands 7 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds. I fully endorse any feelings of competition between classes.
Thursday, August 16 – Meet the teacher open house drop in between 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. There will be an optional parent meeting at 6:00 pm in the PAC.
Monday, August 20 – First Day of school.
Tuesday, September 4 – Seniors order for graduation supplies. This event will take place during the student’s lunch. Seniors will be fit for cap and gowns, and order forms will be sent home.
As you begin to think ahead to this school year, I recommend that you keep the suggested schedule below from SCCANGO.org.
One Last Time: Finish making campus visits, or use this time to go back to a particular school that your child liked.
Apply Here: By December, your child should complete and submit college applications (maybe earlier if they are applying for early admission), so use the fall season wisely.
Ask Around: Your child should be asking for materials like recommendation letters that will accompany their application — and be sure to allow plenty of time for teachers, counselors, and coaches to write and mail them given their busy schedules.
Bottom Line: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after January 1 with your child to lock in your family’s financial aid profile. (Remember to review your child’s Student Aid Report (SAR) when it arrives in case there are any errors.)
No Senioritis: Remind your child that colleges don’t stop looking at grades after applications are in, so encourage your senior to stay focused in school and keep their grades up.
Watch the Mailbox: April is the most common time when admission decisions and financial aid award letters arrive, so keep an eye on the mail and know your child will be, too.
My team and I look forward to working with you during this exciting time!
John E. Hurley
High School Principal
High Point Academy is a community-centered school built on the principles of honor, integrity, and service where academic excellence, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education, and a project-based, applied learning instruction builds tomorrow’s leaders. Visit hpaspartanburg.com where you’ll find a complete overview and all of High Point Academy news. Through a partnership with family and community, each student will strive to achieve their highest potential academically, socially, and personally.