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Monday, October 15, 2018


Senior Kiddos, bring your Senior Portfolio binders Tuesday night.  We have our first Senior Success Seminar of the Academic Year, and we have LOTS to do. 

I will have a printout of the agenda, but here it is for those who want to look over the information ahead of time.  Senior Success Notes 10/16/2018

This year, it will be MOST CRUCIAL that you take every opportunity to take advantage of the many opportunities that are available for you.  

Here's a link to BUNCHES of scholarships with deadlines in November and December.  JLV Counseling December Scholarships.  When you think you're done, keep scrolling, because there's HUNDREDS of scholarships coming up.
You can also view scholarships at this site by month, major, and circumstances.

Friday, October 12, 2018


We have a SUPER SATURDAY scheduled for this Saturday, October 13th.  And, it's only one of two Saturdays we will have to work on the Smith Scholarship before the December 1 deadline.  
Remember, what you do your SENIOR YEAR directly impacts the funding you will have for NEXT year...and the years to come! Make plans to attend!  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Free College Application Week in Alabama is October 29--November 2.  The full list should come out this next week of colleges and universities offering NO APPLICATION FEE during this week.  As soon as it is available, it will be published here.
In the meantime, look at this list of colleges in Alabama that do not have an application fee year-round:  

Alabama Colleges with No Application Fee

Most of these are private colleges (this can be costly) or Community Colleges, but do the research and see if any of these are a right fit for you!

Spring Hill College
Shelton State Community College
Jefferson Davis Community College—Brewton
University of Mobile
Wallace State Community College—Dothan
Northeast Alabama Community College
Auburn University—Montgomery
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Calhoun Community College
Wallace State Community College—Hanceville
Snead State Community College
Bevill State Community College
J.F. Drake State Technical College
Gadsden State Community College
Lawson State Community College
Southern Union State Community College
Huntingdon College
Jefferson State Community College—Birmingham
Enterprise State Community College
Wallace State Community College—Selma
Northwest-Shoals Community College
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Coastal Alabama Community College
H Councill Trenholm State Technical College



University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound Programs BRIDGE Summer Studies

What is Bridge?  The TRIO Upward Bound program offers newly graduated Seniors to “BRIDGE” their summer after graduation and take a University of Montevallo class for college credit.  At the end of the course, students can transfer this college coursework to any college/university of their choosing.

What are the qualifications for the Bridge Summer Studies Program?  All Bridge students must meet the following guidelines:
  1.  Be accepted to the University of Montevallo for Summer I before March 15th  (usually minimum requirements are an 18 ACT Composite and a 3.0 GPA).  GPA’s below 3.0 require a higher ACT score.
  2. Complete the Bridge application and submit it before October 29th (you can change your mind about participating in Bridge, but without an application by this deadline, that’s it). 
  3.  Have met all Community Service and Cultural Enrichment requirements before April 10th
  4. Have attended 12/16 Academic Sessions (or Super Saturday make up Sessions) per year.
  5. Complete the TRIO Upward Bound Bridge Interview—mid April (You will be assigned a time for your interview once all of the above qualifications are satisfied).

What does the Bridge Summer Studies program cost?  Nothing.  The program pays for your tuition for 1 college class.  The TRIO UB program also provides room and board, fees, meals, books, tutoring, and supplies needed for the class (an approximate cost of $5,500--$7,000), as well as the end-of-summer out of state cultural trip.  You also receive stipends for your attendance and you can also do Work Study to earn extra income.
What do the Bridge Summer Studies’ students do?  The Bridge students are enrolled in a college class—usually English 101, Math 131, Chemistry 100, or History 101 (classes that can transfer to any college the Bridge students plan to attend in the fall).  They attend Bridge tutoring, college classes, personal, academic and professional development classes just like regular TRIO Upward Bound students. 
Are there additional benefits of the Bridge program?  For students planning to attend the University of Montevallo in the Fall, it is wise to complete the Bridge program.  At the completion of the Bridge program, students who have attended UB every summer qualify for the University of Montevallo Tuition Scholarship, which covers one 3 hour course for 8 semesters (approximately $1,200 x 8=$9,600 over four years) as long as you maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


It will be important to actually visit the colleges youmay attend next year.  

TRIO Upward Bound Programs will  provide transportation to the following events:
University of West Alabama—October 13
Auburn University at Montgomery—October 20
University of Alabama at Huntsville—October 27
University of North Alabama—November 10

See Mr. Paul Barnes or email him at  for more details.   

Other College Preview Dates
UMUB will not provide transportation to these colleges on these dates. We encourage you to go with your family.
Alabama A&M University
November 10
Auburn University
October 8 & 22, November 5
Birmingham Southern College
September 22, October 8, November 12
Huntington College
October 7, November 4
Jacksonville State University
September 22, October 13
Samford University
September 15, October 13, November 10
Troy University
September 29
Tuskegee University
September 29
University of Alabama
September 17, October 8 & 29, November 12
University of Alabama Birmingham
November 3
University of Alabama Huntsville
November 3 & 17
University of Montevallo
October 6
University of South Alabama
October 20, November 3
University of West Alabama
October 13, November 10

Monday, October 8, 2018


One of the most important tasks of your Senior Year involves the successful completion of the FAFSA.  Even if you don't think you will qualify for the Pell Grant, many colleges and universities require the completion of the FAFSA before any scholarships can be credited to your account.  
Make plans now to attend Senior FAFSA Day and get assistance with your FAFSA so you have it done CORRECTLY the first time!  All of the TRIO Upward Bound staff and Master Tutors will be available to give you one-to-one attention.  See you there!

Saturday, October 6, 2018


Go to JLV Counseling or my FB page to view weekly scholarship updates. The link is, you can get information about the latest scholarships by the week, month, or by major. 

Get started in your future!  

Friday, October 5, 2018


Here's a Handy Dandy sheet to help you remember who to contact to ask questions/schedule a particular service.  

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Mark your calendars for these Senior Success Seminars!


Tuesday, October 16 
          Senior Success
Monday, October 29
Monday, November 26
          Senior Success
Tuesday, December 4
          Senior Success
Tuesday, January 8
          Senior Success
Tuesday, February 12
          Senior Success
Monday, March 12
          Senior Success
Tuesday, April 2
          Senior Success
Monday, April 15
College Signing Day Comer Auditorium. 
Arrive by 5:15 for pictures!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Did you miss the Parent Meeting, or do you need a place to keep all of the information together?  Follow this link to many of the Handy Dandy Handouts, including The Road to College Powerpoint.


Monday, October 1, 2018


Go to this link for more details:

Are you between the ages of 13 and 25 looking for scholarship opportunities? Then you’re in the right spot. Here's how to apply for a college scholarship in 3 easy steps:
  1. Sign up for a campaign below
  2. Complete the campaign (some take 5 minutes or less!)
  3. Upload a photo to show you completed the campaign
That’s right: no essays, no GPA requirements, no recommendations, no applications. We've given dozens of scholarships away and are excited to continue supporting students! Read Charlotte's inspiring scholarship story here and Will's incredible scholarship story here.
You can enter for multiple scholarships by signing up and completing all of the campaigns listed below. need to wait until you're ready for college -- we'll hold on to your award until then!

Thursday, September 20, 2018




Alabama students who are interested in attending UAB, UAH, the University of Montevallo, Auburn, Troy, South Alabama, Jacksonville State, and Gadsden State can earn up to $15,000 for 4 years.  The application process in INTENSE, so you should START EARLY.  The completed application is due December 1, so you should have your draft ready by November 27.   START NOW!  You can read about the Smith Foundation by following this link:

Your essays need to focus on your goals and how you have overcome obstacles to achieve these goals.

Essay 1:
Applicants own essay on your future plans or goals of accomplishment for yourself. The essay must be written by the applicant. It should be reviewed by a teacher, but the applicant must be the author. It is important that organization, spelling, grammar as well as content be reviewed or proofread. (1,000 words) *

Essay 2:
Write an essay documenting community and civic-oriented activities or assistance to family members. Not only do you need to write about it, but you also should tell how you have LEARNED/GROWN from your service). (at least 1,000 words)

Essay 3: Essay #3
This essay will address your commitment to furthering your education and service to help others.  (at least 1,000 words) *

All essays should be done in Google Docs so Jamaica or I can edit them BEFORE the deadline.

Monday, September 10, 2018


Khan Academy
Khan Academy has thousands of videos on everything in all areas of mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, finance, and history.  Using this site, you can practice skills you have learned but might have forgotten, or learn new skills and concepts at your own pace.   Scroll down on this page and find a free tutorial on ANY mathematics, or academic course!   The UB Homework Helpers can assist you by recommending videos to watch and challenging you to do your best on EVERY math skill! While this site won’t do the work for you, if you understand the concept, you can learn how to do it! 
A great FREE site where you can make your own flashcards you can print and/or play games. You can also see flashcards Mrs. Buff and Upward Bound tutors have made for you to use.  Or, if you prefer, you can make your own flashcards, search for other Quizlet flashcards made by educators, and become an expert in your classes!  (Quizlet is especially great for Spanish, French, Biology, and History).
Mathematics Resources
Of course, it’s great because it’s PURPLE, but this index can also help any student or tutor to understand a particular concept STEP BY STEP!
A link to an online dictionary of mathematical terms.
These sites provide different ways of explaining and examining basic biological processes for introductory classes.
The Biology Project website that provides a wealth of information on biology topics.
This is an AWESOME site used by many of the Chemistry teachers!  Learn how to do your chemistry homework with the help of Khan Academy and watch your grades improve!
This is a great resource to understand and view terms, equations, etc. associated with stoichiometry.
If you’re having difficulty in Chemistry, this is the place to visit!  You can view tutorials to help you with basic chemistry, through AP Chemistry concepts.
Prudent chemistry information that is more detailed and has study guides.
Interactive periodic table and other great basic information for non-science majors.
This site provides an index of different mathematically based chemistry problems with examples for your reference.  It also has links to other chemistry sites.
A helpful chemistry resource with summaries about reactions, stoichiometry, and ions.  
· Punctuation, grammar, mechanics, notes of how to discuss literature, and a handy dandy list of literary terms can be found at this link and will help you to write any English paper using MLA format. 
·  Learn everything you want to know about mythology at this site, which features Bulfinch’s Mythology by topic.
·  Medieval studies scholarly resources compiled and organized from around the world. Contains texts in all European languages, including Latin and Greek.
· This was a handout created by a talented group of University of Montevallo Upward Bound English Honors students during the Summer of 2002.  The information was presented at a Medieval Literature Conference in Kennesaw, GA in 2004 and published on the Arthuriana Pedagogy page as a resource sample for teaching high school students research medieval literature.  
· Classic Notes by Gradesaver allows students to view themes and character lists for most important/classic works of literature.  While it does not replace reading the text, Classic Notes can help students understand novels, plays, and epic poetry. 
· From the British Library, a comprehensive listing of the treasures from the world’s great faiths.
·  Sponsored by Capital Community College, this site offers punctuation and grammar review that can be used to help you with your ACT and/or classes in school.  
Foreign Languages
Access this site on You Tube to view LOTS of Spanish lessons.  These videos are done with a teacher, and cover all aspects of Spanish.
WOW!  Get all the help you need with pronunciation, vocabulary, and key concepts.  Use this site along with a tutor, or access specific lessons to review important areas.
At this site, you can type in a subject area and find all the vocabulary flashcards you will need to make an A every time in EVERY language course!
A fantastic online dictionary for French, Spanish, German, and other languages.
A great site for Spanish grammar information and exercises as well as cultural information.
A lot of excellent general information, quizzes, and activities for Spanish.
An excellent site for reviewing and studying macroeconomic concepts.

· A collection of links to web sites covering all of American History.
·  This link provides students with EVERYTHING related to US History, from Old World to the present.  It is provided by Pearson Education.
·  This site is College Board’s overview of the AP History test. 
A collection of about 1200 web sites focused on all kinds of history.

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Links to information on the US Senate and the House of Representatives that contains current information on issues.
A huge site that provides a wealth of information about psychology in general and resources for tutoring and teaching psychology.
Study Skills Resources
A fantastic resource for tips related to study skills and studying in general.  This information is beneficial for learning HOW to study!
Advanced Collaborative Online Whiteboards
At this site, you can actually work out mathematical equations and/or use it for balancing/computing in Chemistry. FREE.
·       Whiteboards tutor should look in to using for online, emergency tutoring.
·       You Tube (or videos on your phone working problems).  LOTS of videos on any subject. (OR SET UP YOUR OWN YOU TUBE)…just let me know.
ACT Practice tests
· This site is your ultimate source for practice tests for the ACT with 5,000 practice questions, including 18 full-length ACT-style practice tests.  Also, when you're preparing for the ACT, use the list of resources for study tips, subject-specific strategies and more.