Well here we go. The excitement begins. It is only our second day back and we already are having weather delays. I understand the Ohio instant alert system is not working again, so I hope everyone got the message on the 2 hour delay. Remember, if the weather doesn't look good outside, then turn the radio or television on and check the school information scrolling along the bottom. We also try to have it on our webpage as soon as possible.
This is the start of our second semester. Seniors, I hope you believe me when I say this will be the fastest semester of your entire school career. Before you know it you will be walking across the stage to receive your diploma. There is still a lot for you to do before that time though, so please don't start slacking off and falling behind. Those of you that are going on to college, I hope you have decided on where you are going by now and have already applied. You now need to start on your FAFSA application. Remember from our presentation, the first "F" in FAFSA stands for FREE. This is the free application that you need to fill out to receive government money (grants), or loans or even scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop by my office and we can discuss your concerns. Also, I would like to remind you there are still presentations upcoming at the home schools. Parkway is having their financial aid night tomorrow at the high school. Paulding, Jennings, Kalida and Ottoville have all scheduled their financial aid nights for January 12th, HOWEVER, I understand there is a BIG football game that night so stay tuned to the morning announcements or twitter to see if the date or the time will change. I will keep you posted. Seniors, continue checking the scholarship page for upcoming dates of any scholarships. I posted to twitter yesterday about the Midwest Electric and the Paulding-Putnam Electrical scholarships. Those have to be turned in by January 22nd for the Midwest Electric one and February 6th for the Paulding-Putnam scholarship. Please take the time to look into these scholarships and all our local ones. Even though you may think a scholarship is only $200 or $300 and it isn't worth your time, wait until you see the cost of books and other cost when you go to school. Plus, if it takes you an hour to fill out the application and you get $300, that is a pretty good hourly rate. Finally, seniors please continue to work hard on your grades. So many of the colleges tell me that they definitely look at the last semester of the senior year. Even though you may get an offer from your favorite college, they can take that offer away if you bomb the final semester. Take it seriously and work hard.
Well once again, welcome back. I hope all of you have a great 2015 and enjoy the rest of the school year. Remember to enjoy each and every day and treat others with kindness and respect.