• Class of 2021 Information

     

    January 2021

    Seniors! Check out the updated scholarship information on the ASD Counseling page, https://www.asdk12.org/Page/5497 
     

    December 2020

    The new year is coming soon.  It’s our hope that as 2020 comes to an end, your student has finished up applications, met deadlines, and is in good standing for what 2021 will bring.  If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check in with your student to determine their progress on college and vocational school applications, committing to final ACT/SAT test dates, completing the FAFSA, and finalizing scholarship applications.  Many college applications are due  January 1st!

     

    Students, please take a moment to look at your Quarter 3 schedule and let your counselor know of any change requests ASAP.  If you are interested in taking a King Tech class quarter 3 or 4, please let your counselor know, here’s a list of  King Tech courses.

     

    Check out ASD’s Counseling website:

    You will find all kinds of information about post-secondary planning, financial aid, scholarships, SAT/ACT testing, letters of recommendation, etc:  www.asdk12.org/counseling/

     

    Dimond Career Resource Center (CRC)

    We are happy to have Mrs. Lauwers working with students virtually from the CRC.  In addition to updating local scholarships, Ms. Lauwers will also be able to assist students with college applications, career searches, financial aid and more.  You can visit the website here for updated information.  You can also send Mrs. Lauwers an email: lauwers_kimberly@asdk12.org for help or even to set up a zoom call with her.  

     

    Senior Pictures and Yearbooks

    You can find more information about senior pictures here. Portraits and quotes are due December 17, 2020

     

    Purchase a yearbook here. Use the school code 14274221 or search for Dimond. Please note, yearbooks must be pre-ordered by April 1st and will not be available for purchase at distribution this year.

     

    SAT & ACT: 

    Most colleges and universities will require that you take either the SAT or the ACT test (or

    sometimes both) to be admitted to their school. Visit www.collegeboard.org (SAT) or www.actstudent.org (ACT) to register online. 

    Frontier Tutoring offers free practice tests for both the SAT and ACT, you can find more info here.

     

    Transcripts:

    For official transcripts, visit https://anchorageak.scriborder.com/  Requests take 10 business days.  You can also request an unofficial transcript from your counselor.

     

    Letters of Recommendation:

    Recommendation letters must be requested at least 2 weeks ahead of time. Please fill out the “Letter of Recommendation Request” form on the ASD Counseling website, and provide it to the individual(s) to whom you are making the request. It is a good idea to have letters from a counselor and 2-3 teachers, coaches, or an employer.

     

    APS: Alaska Performance Scholarship

    To apply for this scholarship, students and their families fill out the FAFSA and make sure to include an Alaska institution when it asks you to list your colleges.  In order for your student to qualify, students must take the ACT/SAT no later than March 2021 and report scores to Dimond High School in time for them to be posted in district records by graduation.  When students register to take the ACT/SAT, it’s crucial they choose to report test scores to their home high school.  Dimond’s CEEB code is 020003. Here is the  SAT testing calendar and ACT testing calendar.  

     

    FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

    There’s no time like the present to start working on the FAFSA!  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the application for the APS and is a vital component to determine your student’s financial aid package for college or career vocational programs.  The application is free to complete and use of an electronic ID is necessary to finalize the application.  The FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature.  For more information on the FAFSA, please visit the homepage,   To create your electronic FSA ID, please check out this site.  More info regarding the FAFSA from the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education can be found here

     

    Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS)

    AKCIS is a valuable tool for students doing college searches as well as scholarship searches.  This website is free to use for all students and because it is funded by the state, there are no annoying pop-up advertisements.  In addition to national scholarships, this website lists many local scholarships not found on other scholarship search engines.  We encourage your student to create a portfolio on the AKCIS website so searches, school sorts, and scholarship sorts can be saved for easy future reference.  Visit  www.akcis.org  Students login in with the username (dimondhs) and password (4Student).  The school sort and financial aid sort features are both helpful resources and are located beneath the Education tab.

     

    Thanks for your time and attention to this email.  Please direct any further questions or concerns to your student’s counselor.  We wish you a safe, festive and relaxed holiday season and winter break.  And, we’ll look forward to seeing you and your student in the new year!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dimond Counselors

     

    Mrs. Buck A-C

    Mrs. Jaasma D-I

    Mr. Hallis J-Mi

    Mr. Higgins Mo-Se

    Mr. Mandel Sh-Z

     

     

    November 16-21

    Order your Cap & Gown

     

Updates from Counseling

  • Hello Dimond High Seniors!

     

    We hope your school year is off to a great start.  Here’s how students are currently assigned to counselors. The best way to get in touch with your counselor is via email.  We look forward to hearing from you and can’t wait to see you when we return to Dimond!

     

    Mrs. Jennifer Buck  (last names A – C) buck_jennifer@asdk12.org

    Mrs. Amber Jaasma  (last names D – I) jaasma_amber@asdk12.org

    Mr. Eric Hallis (last names J – Mi) hallis_eric@asdk12.org

    Mr. Chris Higgins (last names Mo – Sh) higgins_christopher@asdk12.org

    Mr.  Pete Mandel  (last names Si – Z)  mandel_pete@asdk12.org

     

     

     

    Check out ASD’s Counseling website:

    You will find all kinds of information about post-secondary planning, financial aid, scholarships, SAT/ACT testing, letters of recommendation, etc:  www.asdk12.org/counseling/

     

    College Information & Assistance:

    If you would like some help in this process, we are happy to assist you! Please contact your counselor via email to arrange an appointment.

     

    FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):

    Everyone thinking about college or university should apply for the FAFSA! Apply for a FSA ID and then fill out the FAFSA application: www.fafsa.ed.gov

     

    Need help with the FAFSA? Contact the ACPE (Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education) Success Center Email: acpesuccesscenter@alaska.gov or call: 269-7980 they can walk you through the entire FAFSA process.

     

    Financial Aid, Scholarships:

    Look online at the ASD Counseling website under “Scholarships/Financial Aid.” Check with the colleges that you are applying to for scholarships specific to that institution. We are working on posting local scholarship information on the DHS website, stay tuned!

     

     

    SAT & ACT: 

    Most colleges and universities will require that you take either the SAT or the ACT test (or

    sometimes both) to be admitted to their school. Visit www.collegeboard.org (SAT) or www.actstudent.org (ACT) to register online. Be a conscientious student – make a plan to take a test by December 15th.

     

    Transcripts:

    For official transcripts, visit https://anchorageak.scriborder.com/  Requests take 10 business days.  You can also request an unofficial transcript from your counselor.

     

    Letters of Recommendation:

    Recommendation letters must be requested at least 2 weeks ahead of time. Please fill out the “Letter of Recommendation Request” form on the ASD Counseling website, and provide it to the individual(s) to whom you are making the request. It is a good idea to have letters from a counselor and 2-3 teachers, coaches, or an employer.

     

    College Research & Application:

    If you are planning to go to college, you will need to do extensive research about schools of interest, geographical locations, costs to attend, climate, travel, etc. 

     

    Oftentimes, selecting a school takes time and many colleges have a January 31 application deadline. Many California schools have deadlines of November 30!

     

    Be sure to do your homework and then apply to 3-4 schools. You never know where you will get accepted!

     

    The AKCIS is a free program for all ASD students to explore careers, colleges, and what life will cost after you graduate high school! https://acpe.alaska.gov/PLANNING/AKCIS  you can log in with Clever.

     

    39th Annual (Virtual) College and Career Fair October 13th and 14th

    Student registration will open September 28, 2020 and information can be found online at https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/collegefair

     

    Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS)

    Do you qualify? Do you want more information? Visit http://acpe.alaska.gov/FINANCIAL_AID/Grants_Scholarships/Alaska_Performance_Scholarshi

     

    WUE:

    Check out the Western Undergraduate Exchange at www.wiche.edu and potentially earn “resident” tuition rates at select out of state schools!  

     

    NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association www.ncaa.org

     

    Planning to play sports at a Division I or II college/university? Be sure to register with the Eligibility Center! www.eligibilitycenter.org

     

    NAIA - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics www.naia.org

     

    Planning to play sports at an NAIA school? Be sure to register with the Eligibility Center www.playnaia.org

     

    Jobs, Military, Graduation, Non-College-Bound Students:

     

    For those of you who are not planning to attend a 4-year or 2-year college or some kind of technical school, rest assured that there are several other opportunities after high school. You can enlist in the military, find a job and work, complete on-the-job training, or attend a training school.

     

    Check out some of the following career resources:

     

    Alaska Apprentice Training Coordinators Association http://www.aatca.org/

    Transportation Security Administration http://tsajobs.tsa.dhs.gov/

    Alaska Electrical Apprenticeship http://alaskaelectricalapprenticeship.org/

    Alaska Carpenters Training Trust http://www.alaskacarpenterstraining.org/carpenter/

    Environmental Technician Apprenticeship http://www.akforum.org/apprenticeship/

    Alaska Works Partnership http://www.alaskaworks.org/

    Associated Builders & Contractors http://www.abcalaska.org/

    United States Department of Labor https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/apprenticeship

     

    As always, please get in touch if you need assistance or have any questions, stay safe and healthy!

     

    The Dimond High School Counseling Team