If you would like to purchase Cougar apparel and accessories, you can now do so online! Visit the Belfield Booster Club website by clicking HERE or on their link on our home page.
If you would like more information about the Booster Club, you are welcome to attend their meetings. Meetings take place in the Belfield gymnasium on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm.
**Update: The October 5th meeting has been cancelled. The next Booster Club meeting will be on November 2nd.
I am excited to share some exciting opportunities for our seniors, along with other pertinent information. On September 19th, they will be attending the College Fair at DSU. Vendors from colleges, universities and other accredited programs will be present from MT, ND, SD, & MN. We will leave at 10:00 and return at approximately 11:30. This is a great opportunity for students to explore their options and ask pertinent questions
Next month, the Bank of North Dakota will be providing one voucher per senior to be used as payment for their post-secondary application fee. BND has arranged for three community business member volunteers to assist students in the application process. I have reserved time on the morning of October 18th for all seniors to apply for one school of their choice. This voucher may only be used for in-state applications only. I do realize that some seniors will not be attending school in ND, while others plan to pursue full-time employment upon graduation. During the registration time, they may explore scholarship or employment opportunities. I will also be present to assist seniors. This is part of a national initiative known as College Application Month. What a great opportunity for our kids!
Some seniors have already begun their post-secondary applications. North Dakota is now linked up to Etranscripts. This new electronic resource allows counselors and principals to send official transcripts electronically to participating schools. All seniors will be provided with a current copy of their transcript so they may use the information when applying for schools. Copies sent via Etranscripts will show any completed dual-credit courses.
When students apply for schools, the admissions team will look at the scores listed on their transcripts. However, they do require an official copy to be sent directly from ACT. When students completed their tests last spring, they were given the opportunity to list up to four schools of choice. They may not remember which schools they listed. I do believe those schools are listed on the score report they received in the mail. Students can also go online and access their scores, etc. They will need to create an account.
I posted ACT testing dates near my office. This is significant to note for several reasons. The first relates to college admissions. Universities such as UND and NDSU require a composite score of 21 or higher. This year UND is using a ‘super-score’ selection for admissions purposes. This means they will look at the highest sub score. In the past, the highest overall ACT score was used for admissions. Students should also check their school’s website for scholarship opportunities. Most offer monies based on GPA and ACT scores. The deadline to apply ranges from December to March. Students should check on their school’s website for up to date information. Schools sometimes offer scholarships that are not posted on their webpage. They encourage students to contact the department in their pursued discipline for further information. The North Dakota Scholarship also requires a cut-score of 24 on the ACT. That application window is available online and typically becomes available in February. The last date to re-take the ACT is April 8th. All test dates fall on a Saturday and are available at testing centers in both Dickinson and Bismarck. Students may register online at ACT.org. I will be happy to assist students apply; they should bring a credit card with them.
Lastly, it is still early in the year with regards to scholarships. As they become available to me, I will email links or forms to all seniors. I typically send weekly email reminders, along with updates about other pertinent information. I will be in Belfield this year on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me.
Recently, I spoke with juniors about taking the PSAT/NMSQT exam in October. This test is the first step in qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Program. It is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Approximately 1.5 million students take it every year. 50,000 students with the highest scores qualify as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. In November, more than 2/3 or about 34,000 of the 55,000 high scorers will receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their academic ability. Commended students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index Score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the scores of those, who are named as semifinalists. Students who are commended may still be eligible to receive scholarships from corporations and businesses. The selection process continues from there, with a final step of taking the SAT before graduation. 7,600 finalists will be selected, meeting the criteria for three types of scholarships: National Merit, Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships and College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships. The information regarding the program is quite vast, far more than can be summarized in this letter. I have included the link below for your review. Information packets were also given to your child.
I must order the tests in advance. The cost is $15.00 and checks or cash are payable to the school on the day of the test. The date is set for Wednesday, October 19th. This is a national test date and cannot be moved. We will begin at approximately 8:30 and end just a little after 10:30. In the event that your child registers and becomes ill that day, there is a make-up date set for November 2nd. This is an elective test but students who do not take it, will not be eligible for the program. It is a great opportunity to test their skills and see how their scores compare, in preparation for the upcoming ACT this spring. If you have questions, please feel free to email me. I am asking that any students interested confirm a ‘YES’ BY Tuesday, September 13th. PSAT does not allow test orders past the deadline. Thank you for your continued support!
Along with the PSAT/NMSQT, juniors may also qualify for the North Dakota Scholars Program. This program provides merit-based, full-tuition scholarships to qualifying North Dakota high school graduates who choose to earn undergraduate degrees in North Dakota.
Amount: The amount of the scholarship is equal to the tuition rate charged at the scholar’s institution, not to exceed the highest regular resident undergraduate tuition rate in the North Dakota University System. Scholars may receive the award for no more than eight semesters or twelve quarters of full-time undergraduate study, or until the attainment of a baccalaureate degree, whichever occurs first. Stipends may be awarded in an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars annually. Scholarships and stipends, if awarded, will be sent directly to the institution the student is attending.
Who is eligible for consideration: High school students who score at or above the ninety-fifth percentile among those who took the ACT prior to July 1st in the calendar year preceding the individual’s enrollment in college will be considered for the award. Students will be awarded in descending rank order until available funds are expended or until the pool of applicants has been exhausted.
How to apply: Take the ACT Assessment prior to July 1 in the calendar year preceding the student’s full-time enrollment in college. No separate application is required.
In conclusion, only exam scores received during their junior year will be considered. I have posted ACT testing dates near my office. They can also be found on act.org. In year’s past, a 32 or higher typically fell within the ninety-fifth percentile. However, I often share with students not to let that be a deterrent. There may be several students within that percentile who opt to attend schools out of state. In that case, they continue to move down the ranking until all monies have been awarded. I will be happy to assist students in the online application process (act.org). All test dates are on a Saturday and do not vary by state. Our local testing center is DSU. The next closest centers are located in Bismarck. When the students test in March, the state covers the cost of the exam and I handle all the necessary paperwork.
Please let me know if you have questions or need further clarification. I am in Belfield on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can also reach me at my email address listed below.
I would like to announce the opening of our new school store! The store (More creative name coming soon!) will carry goods like apple sauce and zip drives and everything in between. For now, the store will be open after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We will also open some mornings and lunch periods. Check out the school store link (coming soon) on the school website for more information.
You now have direct access to daily school announcements! Simply click “DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS” on the right side of the home page. A new window will open with the school’s daily announcements! You no longer need to log in to Powerschool to view the announcements.
The law states you must not pass a school bus from any direction when it’s stop arm is extended. You may be pulled over by law enforcement or reported to them by the bus driver and receive a hefty fine. This law is vital to the safety of our students–spread the word!
You can now access Belfield Public School’s 2016-2017 calendar here, or on the “Calendars” drop down menu.
The security system at Belfield Public School locks the doors during school hours. All visitors wishing to enter during this time can only be let in by appropriate personnel via the intercom next to the door. Please do not be offended if staff or students do not open the door for you–they are not allowed to. These security measures are in place to help keep our kids safe. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lorge at the school.
Do you need help with lunches? Contact the Belfield Food Pantry–they have lunchbox items. For more information call: 575-4405
As parents/guardians it is often a difficult task to keep track of all the events that our children are active in. Heart River co-op provides web access to the most current events and changes in our activities schedules through rSchoolToday scheduler. It is also possible to receive automatic, up to date changes and information by signing up for the instant alert feature. Here is how to do that:
1. Go to www.belfield.k12.nd.us (You can also go to www.southheart.k12.nd.us and click “calendars”).
2. Click on SPORTS CALENDAR (this takes you to the rSchoolToday calendar site)
3. Click on NOTIFY ME! Icon in the upper right corner.
4. Choose the sports that you wish to be notified about (you may choose as many as you want) and click the CONTINUE BUTTON.
5. Check the practices schedules or any other events you want to be notified about and click the CONTINUE BUTTON.
6. You can then set up reminders for upcoming events and also if there are schedule changes. Click the CONTINUE BUTTON.
7. Fill in the necessary information to receive either email notification or text message notification, or both. Click the SAVE SETTINGS button and you will now receive all the information about upcoming events, practices, and activities.
(Information provided by Mr. Jung of South Heart School)