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Weekly Update [November 22, 2019]

Today is the last day for Late Registration to take the December 14th ACT at ACHS.

Saturday, November 23rd

Glen Drury Classic this weekend

Girls Varsity 12 pm

Boys Varsity 7:30 pm 

Attention Juniors who are applying to GSP: Your applications are due to Mrs. Hanks by Tuesday, November 26th at 3:30! You must print them off and have them completed when you turn them in. No late applications will be accepted!!!   

No school November 27-29th for Thanksgiving.

ACT Prep Sessions for

ACT National Test Date – Dec 14, 2019


7-7:50 AM

3:30-4:20 PM


Dec 2


SCI-Snodgrass (151)


Dec 3

READING - Potter(119)


Dec 4

MATH - Smith (537)



Dec 5

READING - Potter (119)

MATH - Smith (537)


Dec 6


SCI-Snodgrass (151)


Dec 9



Dec 10

READING - Potter (119)

SCI-Snodgrass (151)


Dec 11

MATH - Smith (537)

SCI-Snodgrass (151)


Dec 12


MATH - Smith (537)


Dec 13


READING - Potter (119)


As we go into the last few weeks of 2019, I wanted to send a reminder to all counselors to share with students interested in Craft Academy:


The last ACT opportunity to apply for the Class of 2022 is the December test.  We are currently in late fee registration, and registration for this test will close this Friday, November 22. 

For more information and to register for the ACT visit


Students who are going through the application process will find step by step instructions here:


January 31, 2020 – our deadline to submit all application materials is only a quick 73 days away!


By the deadline the applicants must have submitted their online application, and have their supplemental items packet postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2020.


I would love the opportunity to host a presentation to go over details about our program with your interested sophomores before Winter Break begins.

Our presentation can be tailored to any timeframe.  Please let me know if there is a date and time that works for you and your students, and we would be glad to schedule this.

Our current available dates include:

=        November:  22, 25, 26,

=        December:  2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13


Please feel free to share the ACT registration date, our deadline and my contact information with your students who are applying for the Class of 2020.


In the spring semester, we would love the opportunity to talk with freshman students about our program, and will offer the opportunity for schools to bring groups to Morehead State for a campus tour and to hear our presentation.  

Thank you!




Sunshine Stamper
Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics

Assistant Director Admissions, Public Relations and Recruitment

Morehead State University
260 University Blvd 
Morehead, KY 40351




Attention Senior Parents!! It isn't too late to buy an ad in the 2019-20 yearbook for your senior.  Deadline will be December 20th.  Please email or for information.


On Tuesday, November 26th ACHS would like to encourage ALL students to invite a "Special Person" to join them for lunch.  It's the season of thanks so we want to give you the opportunity to honor a special person in your life.  This could be your parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, or another important person in your life.  In order to assist with food preparation, we are asking that you sign up in either the main or east wing office to let us know you will be bringing a guest.   Cost for the meal will be $3.75. 

Give back some love by recognizing your special person on November 26th!

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Late registration for the December ACT is still open for your students! Need help encouraging your students to register? Here are five reasons they should take the test on December 14:
  1. Students can order a Test Information Release (TIR) during registration to receive a copy of the multiple-choice test questions, the student's answers, and the answer key. TIR can be as a helpful study tool for the next ACT. (The next TIR opportunity doesn’t occur again until the April ACT!)
  2. Students can enjoy winter break!
  3. Students can send 4 score reports to colleges for free.
  4. Sophomores and juniors can explore how their interests align with college and career goals.
  5. Seniors can get scores back in time to apply for schools with rolling admissions deadlines.

Help your students end the year on a high note. Registration officially ends on November 22, so encourage your students to register today!


This is Erin Field following up one last time on the project I sent you last week. It is a project I created to help high school seniors and college students become more aware of the risks of alcohol abuse. 

I see many people whose lives have been ruined alcohol abuse in my practice, and my goal with this project is to try to help students avoid abusing alcohol in the first place.

The project explains the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse, how to get help for yourself or a friend, the places on college campuses where alcohol abuse is most likely to occur, the risks of alcohol abuse, and more.

You can take a look at the project here:

If you would consider sharing this with your students, I'd appreciate it. I'm trying to get this out to people who will be helped by it.

Hope your week is going well so far!
Erin Field


We are reaching out to let you know that we have a new scholarship available to incoming and/or currently enrolled high school and college-aged women for $1,000. All majors are welcome to apply, and the topic of the required essay is female entrepreneurship. As The Hair Bow Company was started and continues to run because of powerful women, we want to encourage young ladies to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. 


They will need to submit a 250-500 word essay on female entrepreneurship.

Here is a link to the scholarship page with more information on how to apply:

You are welcome to link to this page and share this scholarship opportunity.

Thank you for your time, and we hope this scholarship will benefit one of your students!


The Hair Bow Company Team


Democratic Woman's Club of Anderson County "Jill Hurst Memorial Scholarship"/Democratic Woman's Club of Kentucky Scholarship available in the guidance office.  Due date is February 3, 2020.



CHA is an exciting three-week residential opportunity for rising high school seniors (this year's juniors). During the three weeks, students earn 6 hours of college-level honors credit, have the opportunity to take 6 additional hours tuition free during their senior year, and earn a $2,000 housing scholarship for four years if they attend Murray State. More importantly, they have the opportunity to meet motivated, high achieving students from across the region and learn from some of the best faculty we have to offer. 

This year, we celebrate our 20th anniversary, and our theme "Growing into Ourselves" will ask everyone to reflect on where they've been and look towards the future. 

Our applications are up and running on the CHA website, and this year they are in an easy-to-fill-out Google form. 

Interested students should have approximately a 3.5 GPA, a 25 composite on their ACT (or similar score on PSAT/SAT), and be at least 16 years old when CHA occurs (June 6-27). If you have students on the borderline, encourage them to apply. 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I would be more than happy to talk with you over the phone, or use Zoom/Skype/Google Hangouts to chat with your students and answer any of their questions. 


Commonwealth Honors Academy
Murray State University Honors College
304 Lowry Center
Murray, KY 42071-3385




Seniors....  Please note that this year's gown is unique so everyone must order a new gown.  Order form is attached and instructions for ordering online.
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The following is special joint message from Kentucky's Commissioner of Public Health and Kentucky's Commissioner of Education regarding the dangers of youth vaping and e-cigarette use. 

Dear Superintendents, Principals and Counselors:

The skyrocketing popularity and use of vaping products by children and youth has resulted in a recent outbreak of severe lung injury. We are writing to share important educational information and links to resources for school administrators, teachers, parents and students about the dangers of youth e-cigarette use and vaping.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has been investigating 30 potential cases of possible severe lung injury due to vaping. Of these 30 cases, three have been confirmed as vaping related illnesses, nine are probable cases and seven have been ruled out. Eleven cases are still under investigation. Of the nine probable cases, two of them were under the age of 18. As of Oct. 22, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of more than 1,600 cases in 49 states, and is reporting that there have been at least 34 deaths including a 17-year-old victim.  

The unprecedented increase in vaping by youth and young adults between 2017 and 2018 prompted the U.S. surgeon general to issue a public health advisory, which is an action taken only four times in the past 20 years. High school students increased tobacco use by 78% and middle school students increased tobacco use by 48% within a year.  

E-cigarettes are harmful to youth and young adults who may develop a nicotine addiction more easily because their brains are still developing. Additionally, there is substantial evidence to suggest that when youth are introduced to electronic vaping products, they are more likely to try traditional tobacco products. This increase in youth use is halting the progress made over the past decade to prevent new life-long addictions to tobacco.

Schools with tobacco-free policies that include e-cigarettes promote a reduction in youth vaping. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, or if you would like additional resources on tobacco prevention or maintaining a tobacco-free school environment, please contact the Kentucky Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program at or (502) 564-9358.

Thank you so much for your commitment to keeping our children and youth healthy.


Angela T. Dearinger, M.D., MPH
Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Public Health


Wayne D. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D.
Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education


Resources on Electronic Cigarettes

Youth Cessation Options (All Free of Charge)

  • Quit Now Kentucky - This tool provides free cessation services to youth and to young adults. Visit or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • INDEPTH: An Alternative to Teen Nicotine Suspension or Citation - The American Lung Association offers a new program that helps schools and communities address teen vaping. INDEPTH is an interactive program that teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the addiction.

Youth Prevention Programs for Educators

  • "Know the Risks: A Youth Guide to E-Cigarettes" (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - This presentation is intended to inform youth about e-cigarettes.
  • CATCH My Breath: Youth E-cigarette Prevention Program (CATCH Global Foundation) - CATCH My Breath™ is a youth e-cigarette, vape, JUUL and vape prevention program specific to grades 5-12.
  • Stanford Medicine’s Tobacco Prevention Toolkit (Stanford University) - This tool is an educational resource that can be adapted to fit the individual needs of students in all settings, including elementary, middle and high schools; community-based organizations; and health-related agencies. Click here for more information about Stanford Medicine’s Prevention Toolkit.
  • ASPIRE (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center) - This is a bilingual, online tool that helps middle and high school teens learn about being tobacco free. It explains the dangers of tobacco use and offers information about ways to quit.

Sources for Parents

Resources for Students and Young Adults

General Research and Information



Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

Operation Gratitude Group from 2019 Scholars Retreat
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute awards more than $1 million in college scholarships to exceptional student leaders each year. High school seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Help put promising young leaders in the running to join our 10th class of Scholars. Share this news with candidates who exemplify these characteristics inside and outside the classroom and encourage them to apply.
Applications for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program are accepted until Jan. 3, 2020. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online. You may also follow us on Facebook and learn more about the Foundation’s other programs for students and educators.
We look forward to honoring these deserving student leaders next spring.

Student Leadership Program

Our Student Leadership Program is a week-long leadership camp for high school students, on-site here at the Reagan Library.
Leadership and the American Presidency

Administrators from each U.S. high school can recognize one outstanding graduating senior with a  
Ronald Reagan Leadership Medal.
Great Communicator Debate Series

High School students can compete for college scholarship money with our 
Great Communicator Debate Series.


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Attention Sophomores: Anyone interested in applying for the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) may pick up an application in Mrs. Thacker's office. The seminar takes place at Berea College, June 19-21, 2020. Applications are due by Friday, November 25th. Once applications have been collected, a committee will select one student to attend the seminar, free of charge. 
For more information on HOBY:

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October 2019 Update

Just Announced: Dates for 2020 GSE

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Change to the GSE Application

GSE will no longer accept team applications. All applicants will apply as individuals and teams will be built by GSE. More information to come upon the release of the 2020 GSE application. The 2020 GSE application opens on November 15th, 2019


______________________________________ Duke University Summer Session’s 2020 Programs NOW LIVE!

Heads up, students! The 2020 Duke University Summer Session info is ready for you! Check it out here.

Ask yourself: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Are you conducting ground-breaking research? Maybe you’re already a leader crafting policies that have a global impact. Or, are you tackling the world’s most complex challenges? At Duke University Summer Session you will take a thrilling first step toward your future success!

See you at Duke this summer!

Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Duke University
Director of Summer College and Summer Academy for High School Students


Steps2College Resource Page:

October 1st the FAFSA opens for seniors to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 school year.


ACT 2019-2020 Test Dates (National) to register
Test DateRegistration Deadline(Late Fee Required)


December 14, 2019November 8, 2019November 9-22, 2019  given @ ACHS
February 8, 2020January 10, 2020January 11-17, 2020
April 4, 2020February 28, 2020February 29-March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020May 8, 2020May 9-22, 2020
July 18, 2020*June 19, 2020June 20-26, 2020

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