Academic Alert: Steady Wins the Race


2016-2017 Theme:  Steady Wins the Race!

PYO Parent Information:

  • There will be no school on Tuesday, November 8th due to a DPS Teacher Workday and no school on Friday, November 11th due to a DPS Holiday (Veteran’s Day).
  • The North Carolina School of Science and Math is hosting a college fair November 9th 3:30-5:00 p.m. featuring several Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Check out PYO’s College Fair Do’s and Dont’s attached!  If you have questions contact: Counseling Services Pam Oxendine [email protected] for a map and directions visit
  • Please plan to attend the parent meeting (parents of seniors), Monday, November 14th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It will also be the Free NC Application Party for our Seniors.  This is the day they can fill out any application to a North Carolina college/university without having to pay the application fee.  Food will be provided!
  • Parents of PYO Seniors! Please plan to start filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form online at  If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Amy or Ms. Dosali!
  • Parents! Please encourage your children to select a school-based mentor for the school year.  We only have 10 students so far who have chosen one.  Remember school-based mentors are student selected.  They are available to talk with your child about any issues with school as well as help identify any resources needed at school.
  • Here are a few tips on how to use your child’s school counselor (adapted from the article “3 Ways High School Counselors Can Help Students & Parents” by Alexandra Pannoni:
  • Academic support/college support: Services for students who are struggling academically often go underused.
  • Parental counseling and support: Counselors can offer families strategies on parenting and helpful advice on how to connect with their children.
  • Individual counseling:Students can seek one-on-one help from their school counselor to discuss personal issues, such as bullying, or seek crisis counseling.

Download the information now: How to approach your school counselor!

All PYO Students:

  • Remember to choose your school-based mentor! Only 10 students so far have chosen a mentor.  If you have any questions or are feeling uneasy about selecting someone, please don’t hesitate to let Ms. Dosali know!
  • Remember to check your Powerschool Accounts daily or weekly (especially after a big test or project)! This is an excellent way to keep track of your grades.  If you are having trouble accessing Powerschool, please see the records specialist at your school to help!

8th Grade Information:

  • You don’t have to go to your district-based high school—there are other options! Go to and check out these magnet high schools:
    • City of Medicine Academy
    • Hillside New Tech High School
    • D. Clement Early College High School
    • Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
    • Durham School of the Arts
    • The School of Creative Studies

The application period for these schools will open in January 2017!

Freshman Information:

  • Do you have Freshman Academy at your school? Not sure?  Go to your counselor and ask!  Freshman Academy is designed to help you understand high school and how to succeed.
  • Have you joined a club or sport, yet? Go to your school’s student services department and find out what clubs interest you or find out information to start a club!  I know I loved being in SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) when I was a freshman!  We had bake sales and a step team!

Sophomore Information:

  • Make sure your coursework is on track!  Take some time out to meet with your counselor to ask how many credits towards graduation you have.  Also, talk with them about taking some Honors or AP classes.
  • Are you involved in any extra-curricular activities at your school? What about community service?  This looks great on a college application!  I have an idea—find out if there are any efforts to send canned food, toiletries and other supplies to victims of Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, NC.  You and your friends can purchase some items from the dollar store and donate!

Junior Information:

  • Go to and set up an account to start preparing for the free ACT test they will be giving to all high school juniors in March 2017! If you need help setting things up, see Ms. Dosali or Ms. Amy at tutoring!
  • Start researching colleges you would like to attend! Use the college chart that Ms. Amy gave out during Camp Connect this summer.  If you need a copy, ask Ms. Amy!
  • Have you ever thought to sign up for your school’s student government? This would look great on a college application!  Also, you would gain a lot of experience working with others to help solve issues or enhance services at your school!  Election Time is around the corner!

Senior Information:

  • Check out for scholarships and college advice!
  • Keep your eyes on the prize! Advice from Campus Explorer:
  • When you feel less motivated to study, remind yourself that every good grade gets you closer to finding a college that offers a great program in the major you want.
  • You can’t take care of your responsibilities unless you take care of yourself: That means sleeping well, eating right and exercising regularly.
  • Scholarships!

    • The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Students have the opportunity to win up to $30,000. The 2016-2017 theme is “My Responsibility to America”. Students should write their speech, and then record it to an audio CD or flash drive. The speech should be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes. Deadline: November 1st
    • Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships: The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall. The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.  Deadline: November 13th

College Entrance Test Dates (last dates for 2016):


Test Date:

  • 11/05/16
  • 12/03/16

Regular Registration:

  • 10/07/16
  • 11/03/16

Late Registration:

  • 10/21/16
  • 11/18/16


Test Date:

  • 12/2016


  • 11/4/16
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