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Two high school seniors have the opportunity of a lifetime - participation in the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). Students receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds. The nearly month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on research projects presented by scientists from across the nation; overnight expeditions into a national forest; and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.
The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to its participants so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge. The tentative dates are June 27-July 21, 2018.
The NYSC is held near Bartow in the eastern mountains of West Virginia, within the Monongahela National Forest. Application forms are available on the NYSC website http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nysc/.
Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2018.
The Eshelman Institute and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018 Young Innovators Program!
What is the Young Innovators Program?
The Young Innovators Program is an eight-week paid summer internship for high school students offered by the Eshelman Institute for Innovation and the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Interns work side-by-side with faculty on cutting-edge and innovative research in an immersive laboratory environment. Interns may work on developing new therapies to cure cancer, designing a virtual patient to enhance the education of health professionals, using 3D printing technology to deliver drugs that prevent the transmission of HIV, and so much more.
Why the Young Innovators Program? Beyond getting paid to gain hands-on laboratory and research experience, interns participate in various team building, career development and interdisciplinary activities. Interns will tour innovative spaces like Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies and BeAM Makerspaces, participate in roundtable discussions with STEM professionals and explore the many academic and research opportunities available at UNC Chapel Hill.
How to Apply Students can submit an online application for the 2018 Young Innovators Program now through February 2, 2018. Please visit https://unceii.org/programs/young-innovators-program/how-to-apply/ for more information on how to apply.
For more information on the Young Innovators Program, visit our website at http://unceii.org/programs/young-innovators-program/. You can also watch our program trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB_FuAuT_oc. Please feel free to forward this email to other teachers, administrators, and educators to pass along to their students.
For the upcoming 2017-2018 award year, the SECU People Helping People Scholarships will no longer be provided to each regular public high school as they have been in the past. Instead, SECU Foundation will be providing a total of 435 scholarships to be allocated among the 115 North Carolina Local Education Agencies (LEAs). Each scholarship will be valued at $10,000 payable for full-time undergraduate tuition and fees at $1,250 per semester for 8 consecutive semesters for North Carolina public high school seniors attending one of the 16 constituent campuses in the UNC System.
Summer Ventures Program applications are now open at
Applications are due January 15, 2108.
Seniors who have signed up to attend the ASU field trip, your money is due on MONDAY October 16 by 10:00.
Juniors and seniors who will be attending the UNCC field trip on Thursday Sept 21, please remember to dress for the weather, wear tennis shoes/comfortable walking shoes. We will be eating at UNCC. The bus will pull out at 8:30 from the student lot near the Auto/Carp. labs. Any questions see Mrs. Atkins
October 23rd will be Fall Makeups and SENIOR MAKEUPS.
There is a $10.00 setting fee for SENIORS.
AFSA Day 2018 will take place on Saturday, October 28th. We have an awesome new interactive map at www.cfnc.org/fafsaday - check it out and share with your students!
August 9, 2017
Dear Parents of 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade students:
I am writing to share some information regarding an opportunity that the state has made available for your child: Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM). Starting with the 2015-2016 school year, through CDM, your child has the option to attempt to earn credit for a course without spending a specific number of hours in the classroom. More specifically, under the new CDM option, uniquely-qualified students may “test out of,” or “bypass,” a course if they have already mastered the content.
The CDM program provides an opportunity for students to learn new content, be challenged with the next level of rigor in a subject area, and possibly pursue early graduation from high school. However, this option is not designed to replace existing accelerated pathways (such as Honors courses, Advanced Placement courses, or College and Career Promise courses). Instead, it is intended to provide students with an opportunity to “test out of,” or “bypass,” a course in which they already excel in terms of the mastery of its content. This option is available to all high school students in the Randolph County School System, as well as current 8th grade students in the school system, with regard to earning credit for high school level courses offered in grades 9-12.
Parents and students are encouraged at this time to consider options for the use of the CDM program, in terms of potential courses, during the 2017-2018 school year. During the Fall 2017 semester, students will be able to apply for, and attempt to complete, CDM for courses to be taken by them during the Spring semester of 2018. Applications for the fall 2017 CDM cycle are due to your child’s principal no later than September 8, 2017.
To earn credit for a high school course through this process, students shall demonstrate mastery for the course through the successful completion of the following two phases:
Phase 1: A standard examination
Phase 2: An artifact
More information about the CDM process and a list of eligible courses can be accessed on the Randolph County School System’s website at http://www.randolph.k12.nc.us/Pages/CreditbyDemonstratedMastery.aspx. Nonetheless, it is important to note that the CDM process only can be used to earn credits in standard (non-honors level) courses. Please feel free to call your child’ school counselor, (insert counselor’s name), at (insert phone number) for more information.
Seniors who are applying to colleges can start! The Common Application is now available for students who are applying to schools such as NCSTATE, UNC, High Point University, UNC-Wilmington, just to name a few.
The CFNC- College Foundation of North Carolina is also open for students to start to apply.
Transcripts must be requested to schools either by using CFNC or the SCRIBEorder function that is located on the left hand side of the Wheatmore Homepage under TRANSCRIPT request.
If you have any questions please see Mrs. Atkins in Guidance.
We will hold an informational meeting for seniors and their parents/guardians on August 22, 2017 at 6:30 in the Theater. It is important that students and parents attend this opening meeting to receive information about applying to colleges, financial aid and several other important senior dates,-College Night/Career Night, field trips to colleges/universities, plus other important information. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Atkins at sdunphy-atkins @randolph.k12.nc.us or 336-476-1500 ext 4140
Attention class of 2018, if you are going to use the COMMON APPLICATION to apply to colleges (UNC, NCSTATE, UNCW just to mention a few) here are the essays they want you to answer.
2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]
2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]
3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]
5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]
6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]
7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]
As of 9/1/2016 all transcript requests must be made through the Randolph County Schools website.
Follow the link below to be directed to Randolph County Transcript Request page.
North Carolina has some of the best public and private colleges in the country. According to The USAToday College report our state offers everything from large to small colleges. Here are the top 10 colleges listed by this report.
(1) Duke University
(2) Wake Forest Univeristy
(3) Davidson College
(4) UNC Chapel Hill
(5) Elon University
(6) NC State
(7) UNC School of the Arts
(8) Meredith College
(9) Appalachian State University
(10) Salem College
There is some AWESOME information on their website about paying for college. The information is listed under the tab Plan Ahead. Great tips for all students in grades 9-12 and parents too!