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Weekly Update [December 6, 2019]
Balfour will be here Wednesday, December 11th during lunch to deliver class rings and collect any cap & gown orders.  If you owe a balance on your rings please contact Balfour for your amount total.  

1st semester final exams:

1st, 3rd, and 5th period will be on Thursday December 19th

2nd, 4th, and 6th period will be on Friday December 20th. 

Christmas Holiday break is December 23 to January 3.  Students come back on January 6, 2020.

An article I came across and thought I would share with fellow parents of teenangers:-)

Attention Juniors and Seniors:

The Sixth District Youth Ambassador Leadership Conference Applications from the office of Congressman Andy Barr are now available in the guidance office.

The Youth Ambassador Leadership Conference is a non-partisan, educational experience designed for high school juniors and seniors who attend schools within Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District. This conference provides a unique opportunity for students to hear directly from Kentucky leaders, while also serving as an ambassador to their school.

The program will consist of breakout sessions with speakers who serve as top leaders in the Commonwealth covering several important topics. This year's conference will be held in or near Lexington, KY on a Saturday in February. It is a goal that our Youth Ambassadors will return to their schools and communities and share what they learn with their classmates and fellow Kentuckians.

Each applicant should provide basic contact information, a copy of his or her resume, and a 250-word essay outlining why he or she wishes to be a part of the program. Students should complete and return the application by January 13, 2020 to the mail, email, or fax listed on the bottom of the application. Participants will be notified of acceptance by email by January 20, 2020.

If you have any further questions regarding the Youth Ambassador Program or its application process, please do not hesitate to contact McKinzii Todd at my District Office at (859) 219-1366 or

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)

Thank you for promoting the Bezos Scholars Program to eligible students at your school. The upcoming holiday break is a key time for students to work on their application for the 2020 Bezos Scholars Program. We want to make sure you have everything you need to share this opportunity and support students in completing a strong, competitive application.

This year-long leadership development program is open to high school juniors at Anderson Co High School – along with an educator they nominate.

Below are some resources that support students, and the adults who are helping them, through the application process:Successful applicants demonstrate academic rigor, maturity, curiosity, and community leadership. Do you know a student that would be a great fit? Encourage them to apply! Applications are due January 31, 2020. 
Our team is here to help with any questions so don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for helping us identify and support the incredible students you work with as they become the leaders we all need!

Happy Holidays,
Molly Pencke
Manager, Bezos Scholars Program


Updates from the web

The U.S. Department of Education recently released updates to the College Scorecard, which is designed to help students as they are weighing education options after high school.

For the first time, students can find important information on potential debt and what they can expect to earn one year after completing their education based on what they choose to study – including for two-year programs, four-year degrees, certificate programs and some graduate programs.

Students also can use College Scorecard’s comparison tool to compare up to 10 school options to see how they stack up.

This video provides an introduction to the updated features of the new College Scorecard:

College Scorecard  



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.



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.


Copyright 2018 The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

Copyright © 2019, All rights reserved.

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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

Attachments Available To Download:
Cap and Gown order form 20204.pdf