Welcome to FCHS Guidance & Counseling
Office Hours: Monday - Friday
7:45am - 4:00pm
School Code: 110920
Course Registration -
Students will be meeting with their counselor between March 10 - March 23 for a quick follow up about their electives and course selections. Rising seniors who are interested in a shortened school day need to get the paperwork from their counselor and return it signed by a parent no later than April 13. We can give students that paperwork during the individual meetings that will be held. We will be seeing students during the following class times - American Literature / AP Language, 10th Lit Honors / 10th Lit/Comp, or personal fitness and health. Please make sure students have entered in elective choices and at least three alternate elective choices no later than Friday, March 6 at 4:00pm.
Rising freshmen - we are having Bulldog 101 Freshmen Festival on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10am - 12:00pm. This is an excellent time to see the campus and ask questions to teachers.
Rescheduled Tour Dates for Middle School students...hopefully no more snow days :) Counselors at the middle schools have all the details.
Lakeside & Little Mill Middle school + Out of District / Homeschool students (contact a counselor to get added to the tour) will receive tours on April 1.
Otwell Middle school students will receive tours on April 2.
Parenting Expo @ NFHS -
Forsyth High School is hosting a FREE Parent Expo on March 24, 2015.
The event will begin @ 6 p.m. with a free dinner for the first 200 people. Child care will also be
take a look at the informational flyer attached and feel free to share it with
anyone in our community.
The event will
begin with an amazing keynote speaker, Tim Elmore, author and founder of Growing
Leaders (link about our speaker: http://growingleaders.com/tim-elmore/).
After Tim’s talk with the entire group, we will have breakout sessions that
parents can attend based on their specific interests/concerns. Breakout
session topics will address mental health (suicide, self-harm,
depression/anxiety), technology (social media, cyber bullying), and
drug/alcohol awareness (identification, warning signs, resources for support).
Please look over the flyer for additional information.
Parenting Expo Flyer
Financial Aid Night -
Mrs. Natasha Powell was our speaker last night at Financial Aid Night. She is our representative from Georgia Student Finance Commission. If you missed the information, you can access the power point presentation here: Financial Aid Night Presentation
Also, if you need assistance completing the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) then you can go to this website: www.collegegoalsundayga.com for locations/dates/times for free assistance. The location of the free help does not have to be a university you plan to attend. They are just available for assistance if you need it and it is free help! The dates/times may not be available just yet as they are still working on the schedule; however, check back often to this site as it will be updated in the coming weeks. College Goal Sunday is sponsored by Georgia Student Finance Commission.
Forsyth County is also sponsoring some FAFSA workshops. Please click here for the upcoming dates!
Financial Aid Workshops
Monday, February 16, 2015
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Forsyth County Schools – Professional Development Center
1120 Dahlonega Highway - Cumming, GA 30040
Hosted by: Forsyth County Schools
Thursday, February 19, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
University of North Georgia – Cumming Campus
300 Aquatic Circle - Cumming, GA 30040
Hosted by: University of North Georgia
Tutoring Opportunities -
Students who need extra assistance can sign up for free tutoring through our graduation coach, Mr. Calabro. We even have Saturday tutoring options! See the attached flyer: Tutoring Flyer 2015 Revised
Community Service Form
Students who need to document their community service hours for a club or coach should use this form! It is a great way to write down all the ways you have been involved during high school. Community Service Form
FCHS Bell Schedule for 2014 - 2015
School Bell Schedule 14 -15
Senior Information Night
September 4, 2014 at 6:30pm in the East Cafeteria.
All seniors and parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Counselors will provide copies of transcripts, HOPE preliminary grade point averages, courses needed to graduate, and other pertinent information pertaining to senior year activities. Please make plans to attend.
For parents/students who cannot attend: Counselors will get the information to the individual student in the coming weeks if they are not able to make it to the parent night. The information that is covered is included in the packet as well as through the power point that is linked here. After reading over the information, if you still have remaining questions, please give your counselor a call or send an email to find time to talk. Senior Night - Class of 2015 Power Point Presentation
Hispanic Parent Night
September 11, 2014 at 6:30pm in the East Cafeteria.
Parents are invited to join the counselors for a night of pizza and information! Come learn about the nuts and bolts of your student attending high school. We will cover topics such as attendance, behavior, grading policies, language supports, translator resources, conferences, and ways to assist you in helping your child. We look forward to meeting you there!
Junior Information & Classroom Guidance
We will be meeting with all junior classes during the week of October 6 to review information they need for this year. It will include information about planning for post secondary opportunities, HOPE and Zell Miller scholarship criteria, and what they must have in order to graduate. Please ask your student to share that information with you at the end of that week (October 6).
Here is the power point that we will cover during classroom guidance: Junior Classroom Guidance Power Point
Here is a list of things your Junior student should be working on to prepare for senior year: Eleventh Grade Checklist
PSAT & ASVAB Day 2014
October 15, 2014 during the school day.
All 10th graders take the PSAT for free on October 15, 2014. If any 9th or 11th graders would like to take the PSAT, they must pay the testing fee. Information regarding the PSAT will be distributed to students on September 3 during Instructional Focus. Students will have until September 22 to turn in the registration form and payment. 11th and 12th graders who do not want to take the PSAT will be allowed to go on a college visit that day, if approved by their parents. They must bring back documentation to Ms. Alexander showing documenation of their college visit which includes a signature, date, phone number and must be on the college letterhead. 11th graders should be advised that if they want to try and qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, they are required to take the PSAT in their 11th grade year. Scores from previous years are not accepted. 11th and 12th graders also have the option of taking the ASVAB test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) which is designed to help students explore potential careers. It is a free test. 9th graders who do not sign up to take the PSAT will be doing activities in their instructional focus class that day until testing is completed.
Financial Aid Night 2014
December 4, 2014 at 6:30pm in the East Cafeteria.
This night is geared for seniors who will enter college in Fall 2015. All questions about the financial aid process as well as avenues for obtaining financial aid will be discussed. The Georgia Student Finance Commission will be presenting information as well.
Central STARS (Students Taking Academic Responsibility Seriously) Day 2015
March 25, 2015 - Invitations to specifics students will be sent home with the student.
The Central STARS program (Students Taking Academic Responsibility Seriously) is sponsored by the FCHS Counseling department. This 14th annual program will honor students who have a combined score utilizing the Critical Reading and Math scores on the SAT of an 1100 or higher and a composite score of a 24 or higher on the ACT. Awards are presented based upon the student's academic achievement which may include a certificate of accomplishment, a school patch, a hoody, a TOP DOG jacket and a scholarship to the school of his/her choice. All 9th - 12th grade students and faculty as well as parents of the award recipients will be invited to attend this program. Member of the Board of Education are also invited to attend.
Senior Scholarship Night
May 7, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Performing Arts Center
Seniors will be invited to this awards program. Invitations will go out in early May. This is a night of celebration for our senior students.
May 23, 2015 at 10:00am at the Cumming Fairgrounds.
There is no limit on the number of guests who can attend the ceremony. All parents, friends, family, etc are welcome to attend.
In accordance with the Forsyth County Board of Education, FCHS is in the process of implementing the guidance and counseling model outlined by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA).
The mission of the Forsyth County Counseling Program is to promote educational performance, providing all students with the opportunities to acquire the academic, career, personal, and social competencies necessary to achieve quality learning and life-long success.
Who is your counselor?
Counselors are assigned based on the last name of the student. The list below details which last names are assigned to each counselor. You may also click on the name to send an email to the counselor. You may contact your child's counselor by phone or email. If the counselor is not available, please leave a message and she will return your call at the earliest possible time (typically within 24 hours, please allow for a few days during our peak times at the beginning of the school year and the end of the school year). If your call is an emergency, please notify the counseling secretary.
Student Support Services
Curriculum & Instruction
FCHS uses a hybrid schedule.
All FCSS high schools will be operating on a modified schedule that is a blending of a traditional seven-period day and a block schedule.
Classes will remain year-long, and each class will meet for the same amount of time as they would on a normal seven-period schedule. However, Wednesdays and Thursdays will be block-schedules, in which students will attend only a portion of their classes in double-length periods.
If you need to withdraw your student from school, please notify our registrar ahead of time at 770-887-8151 ext. 110171 in order to shorten the amount of time you will need to wait at the school for the process to be completed. The registrar will prepare withdrawal forms and have them ready for the parent/guardians signature. Students must return all textbooks and media center books to the EAST campus media center before records can be released to the new school. Any fees owed will also have to be paid before records are released. We ask that students needing to withdraw come to the registrar’s office between the hours of 8am and 4pm to accomplish this task. The student's parent/guardian who enrolled the child must also be present. Students cannot withdraw themselves.
Grading Calculations for courses WITH an End of Course Test (EOCT):
Course Average will be 40% (1ST Sem. Course Work) + 40% (2ND Sem. Course Work) + 20% EOCT
Grading Calculations for courses WITHOUT an End of Course Test (EOCT):
Course Average will be 50% (1st semester Course Work) + 50% (2nd Semester Course Work), final exam will count as a summative grade.
1ST & 2ND Semester Course Work = 75% Summative + 25% Formative
Numerical grades will be used on all report cards and on permanent records. Any grade below 70 is considered failing. Report Cards are given to students every 9 weeks. Only the final report card is mailed home. All grades can be accessed through Parent Portal, as well as an unofficial transcript.
Credit will still be awarded at the end of the course (May for yearlong classes; December or May for semester long classes).
Exam Exemption Policy
In order for students to exempt exams the student must have earned a 90 or above in any given class. This includes a semester or year long course. There are no attendance requirements for an exam exemption.