Mrs. Pamela Willis, School Counselor


pamelawillis@vpsb.k12.la.us


Announcements

Credit Recovery and Saturday School

Students in grades 3-12 who have a failing grade in a core class (math, science, social studies, or English) at the end of the six weeks (no lower than a 50% average) may participate in Credit Recovery in order to reach a "D" and avoid the possibility of failing the course for the year. 


Saturday school is available as a make-up day for students who have too many unexcused absences. Saturday school lasts from 8:00 AM to noon.

For more information, contact Mrs. Perkins.

More
Diploma Options and Requirements

Subject

Credits for 
LA Core 4

Credits for 
Basic Core

Credits for Career Diploma

 Jump Start TOPS Tech
(Career Diploma) ***

English

4

Math

4

Physical Education

 1.5 

Health

0.5

Science

4

3

3

2 

Social Studies

4

3

3

2

Foreign Language

2

-

-

Arts

1

-

-

Electives

3

8*

7**

 Jump Start Credits  -  - 9

Total

24

24

23

23 

 *Students who pursue a Basic Core course of study must complete six credits in career area of concentration.

**Students who pursue a Career Diploma must complete nine credits in career area of concentration.

***Incoming freshmen for year 2014-2015

For additional information about Jump Start TOPS TECH (Career Diploma) log in to Louisiana Dept. of Education, Click on "All Things Jumpstart". 

Senior Notes
Time to begin applying for federal financial aid ...pell grant, student loan, work study, etc.  LOG IN TO https://fafsa.ed.gov to apply.  Remember you will first need your 2015 income tax information to apply (W-2's, or completed copy of income tax for the 2015 TAX YEAR.  (POSTED  JANUARY 4, 2016)
  • Senior conferences start on September 17, 2015. Check with Mrs. Perkins for your scheduled time.
  • Admission Application Deadlines: Check with each university as to application/scholarship deadlines.  See Mrs. Perkins for additional information on each university in Louisiana. 
  •  .LOUISIANA COLLEGE'S PREVIEW DAY:  Saturday, October 17, 2015

            Check in 8:30-9:00 A.M. at Hixson Student Center
            Sign up today at www.lacollege.edu/previewday

  • Log in to www.act.org/readinesscampaign to apply for an exemplary status in college and career readiness.   Deadline for Louisiana is October 23, 2015.     
  • VERY IMPORTANT:  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016  AT 1:00 AT PITKIN HIGH   THIS MEETING IS FOR SENIORS AND THEIR PARENTS WHO MAY QUALIFY FOR ASSISTANCE THROUGH VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR DOCUMENTED MEDICAL CONDITIONS.  PLEASE ATTEND THE MEETING, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT CERTAIN THAT YOU QUALIFY UNDER CURRENT MEDICAL PROBLEMS.         

ACT Information2015-16
Test Date Regular Deadline
September 12, 2015 August 7
October 24, 2015  September 18, 2015
December 12, 2015      November 6, 2015
February 6, 2016 January 8, 2016
April 9, 2016 March 4, 2016
June 11, 2016 May 6, 2016


 You must send in a picture ID to ACT or you will not be able to test.

 Pitkin High School Test Center- 190820
PHS H.S. Code- 192365
TOPS code- 1595

*Always have scores sent to TOPS

Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)
Standard Eligibility Requirements Opportunity
Award
Performance
Award
Honors
Award
High School GPA 2.50 3.00 3.00
Core Units 17.5 17.5 17.5
ACT Composite 20 (currently) 23 27
Maximum Award Equal to tuition & certain fees Equal to tuition and fees, plus $400 per year Equal to tuition & certain fees, plus $800 per year

 

TOPS Core Curriculum
*
courses offered at PHS*

4 English I,II, III, IV
1 Algebra I
1 Algebra II
1 Geometry
1 Algebra III (CVC) or Advanced Math
1 Biology
1 Chemistry
2 Physical Science, Environmental Science, or Biology II
1 American History
1 Western Civilization
1 World Geography
1 Civics
1 Fine Arts Survey
2 Spanish

Scholarships

    •   Horatio Alger Scholarship application is open until OCTOBER 25, 2015.  Students may apply by going to application.horatioalger.org.  More information about the scholarship program can be found at https://scholars.horatioalger.org
    • log in to Louisiana Connect and complete student profile, then click on scholarship search for possible scholarship matches to your preferences in your student profile.  See Mrs. Jan if you have forgotten your log-in.
    • PAY ATTENTION TO EARLY DEADLINES FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AT EACH OF YOUR COLLEGE PREFERENCES.  REMEMBER, YOU MUST APPLY FOR ADMISSION IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED!!

                Burger King Scholar Scholarship:  Apply today!  www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/What WeDo/ScholarsProgram      DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS DECEMBER 15, 2015

  1.                               
    • 2016 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program: Looking for students with :  leadership, drive, integrity, citizenship.  Recipients receive $10,000 renewable scholaarships-up to $40,000 per student.  APPLY ONLINE THROUGH www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships or http://facebook.com/GEReaganScholarships.  DEADLINE IS JANUARY 7, 2006.

    • Louisiana AFL-CIO will be awarding three $1,000 scholarships at the 61st Annual Convention in March 2016.  DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 29, 2015.  SEE MS. JAN FOR INFORMATION!!!.

  •  DEADLINE!!!  MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS:  DECEMBER 1    APPLY ONLINE AT www.mcneese.edu      APPLY NOW!!!!!!!!!
  •   SEARCH  SCHOLARSHIPS.COM   FOR ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
  •  
  •   BUICK ACHIEVERS SCHOLARSHIPS...UP TO $100, 000.  APPLICATION DEADLINE:  FEBRUARY 29, 2016  APPLY AT www.buickachievers.com


  • Foundation for Rural Service  Scholarship--DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY  16  TO MRS. PERKINS!!! SEE MRS. PERKINS FOR APPLICATION  ($2000.00 TO $5000.OO)

  • SCHOLARSHIP FOR EDUCATION MAJORS:  DEADLINE IS MARCH 10, 2016; AWARDED BY LOUISIANA ALPHA SIGMA;  SEE MRS. PERKINS FOR APPLICATIONS;$500 FOR FRESHMAN YEAR
       -FORT POLK SPOUSES' CLUB SCHOLARSHIP; APPLICANT MUST BE AN IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER OR LEGAL WARD OF ACTIVE DUTY, ACTIVE DUTY RETIREE, ACTIVE DUTY GUARD/RESERVES, OR GOLD STAR FAMILY MEMBER.  COMPLETED APPLICATION AND ALL ATTACHMENTS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN 14 MARCH 2016.  APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO STUDENTS.

      LOUISIANA ALPHA SIGMA CHAPTER ALPHA DELTA KAPPA SCHOLARSHIP FOR EDUCATION MAJORS; MUST BE POSTMARKED  NO LATER THAN MARCH 10 2016!!!!

       THE LEADER STEM SCHOLARSHIP;  FOR STUDENTS PURSUING CAREERS IN THE AREAS OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING OR MATHEMATICS.  APPLICATION DUE NO LATER THAN APRIL 10, 2016 TO MRS. PERKINS.

         BECI SCHOLARSHIP; MUST BE A MEMBER OR CHILD OR LEGAL WARD OF A BECI MEMBER; APPLICATION MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MCARCH 4, 2016 TO QUALIFY.  SEE MRS. JAN FOR APPLICATION