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Scholarships for The Class of 2023 will begin to be posted on the guidance webpage under the scholarship tab beginning in January!





 

ACT Testing Information

Click on the link below to find out everything you need to know about the ACT test:

Career Resources



OhioMeansJobs K-12 is a new, no-cost, online career planning tool that helps students discover career interests, explore future job options, build a future budget, create a resume and more.Click the link below to use this resource!


Career Coach is a career assessement that helps you learn about yourself and will give your career suggestions based on your interests.  Click the link below to access Career Coach on NCSC's website!


Careers and Employment Trends  - This on-line resource represents RIT’s continued commitment to providing concise and relevant career guidance and outcome information to students, families, members of the guidance and counseling communities, and any interested individuals who wish to explore the relationship between career opportunities and college-level academic preparation. Assembled and organized by RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education, the site includes both Job Outlook 2024 and a summary of career outcomes for each’s year graduating class from RIT. Click the link above to utilize this resource!

Mapping Your Future is a nonprofit organization committed to helping students, families, and schools navigate the higher education and student loan processes through trusted career, college, and financial aid counseling and resources.  This site will help students assess skills and interests, research careers, develop a career plan, explore skills needed for specific careers, and write resumes.  Click the link above to explore this website!

The O*NET Program is the nation's primary source of occupational information.  The O*NET database contains hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptions of almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation.

O*NET information is used by millions of individuals every year, including those taking advantage of O*NET Online, My Next Move, and other publicly and privately developed applications. The data have proven vital in helping people find the training and jobs they need, and employers the skilled workers necessary to be competitive in the marketplace. Click the link above to explore this website!


Mapleton Local Schools BOE policy related to Career Advising can be found here:

7.33 - Career Advising - Adopted 09-11-17 (00215375xD83CC) (1).pdf.

Collegiate Athletics

Potential College Athletes - Students with specific questions regarding NCAA Eligiblity can contact Adam Bracken at Ashland University.  He has graciously offered his services to all Ashland County students.

Adam Bracken
NCAA Compliance/Business
Ashland University
Kates Gymnasium, 106
Office:  419-289-5297
Cell:  330-466-4140


The NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse is an organization that works with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to determine a student’s eligibility for athletics participation in his or her first year of college enrollment.  Students who want to participate in college sports at a Division I or Division II school must register with the Clearinghouse.  (NCAA Division III requirements are left up to the individual schools.  Contact the college/university of interest for more information.)

Guidelines:

  1. Initial eligibility requirements for each division can be reviewed at:  www.ncaaclearinghouse.net  

  2. Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse online at the beginning of your junior year. 

  3. Sign the transcript release forms after registering with the Clearinghouse and return them to the Guidance office.

  4. When taking the ACT/SAT, the scores must be sent directly to the Clearinghouse.  Test scores on transcripts will not be used.

  5. Continue to check your grades, classes, and ACT/SAT scores against the NCAA requirements as you go through your senior year.

There are a variety of excellent resources from the NCAA Eligibility Center on the NCAA website.  If you are considering collegiate athletics, please take the time to explore this link devoted to potential future athletes!


CCP/College Credit Plus

The state of Ohio requires students wishing to participate in CCP to receive counseling about the College Credit Plus program concerning the rules and regulations for both their high school and their college. This is to ensure that students and families understand their responsibilities, as well as the benefits and possible risks of participating in the College Credit Plus program. Students may not participate in CCP programs without this counseling.  

Mapleton's College Credit Plus meeting/counseling will take place on ... ***date to be determined****



1.  Find out more information about CCP at NCSC here:


2.  Find out more information about CCP at LCCC here:


3.  Find out more information about CCP at AU here:


4.  Find out more information about CCP at OSU here:


5. Find out more information about CCP at OSU ATI here:



Financial Aid and the FAFSA

The videos linked below should answer many questions and concerns students have about filing the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid: 

Financial Aid Facts

The first mistake many students and families make is assuming they can't afford college. Don't be discouraged by the sticker price of college until you know how much financial aid may be available to you. Financial aid can significantly reduce the cost of college, but it can be tricky to estimate how much student aid you will get. Two factors are generally used to determine who gets student aid and how much they get: need and merit. 

  • "Merit-based" aid is given to students who do something exceptionally well (like music, athletics, or academics) or to students who plan to have a career in an area that will benefit the community or the country (like teaching, science, math, and engineering). 
  • "Need-based" aid is given to students who demonstrate a lack of financial resources to pay for college.

Some student aid programs use a combination of need and merit to determine eligibility.

It all starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is linked here. With this one application, you can apply for financial aid at multiple colleges and from multiple funding sources (federal, state, institutional and private providers of assistance). Mistakes can delay your application, potentially limiting the amount of aid you are eligible to receive. 

As you prepare to fill out your FAFSA, keep this list of FAFSA Tips and Common Mistakes To Avoid handy.

Completing Your FAFSA

You will need to fill out the FAFSA once for each academic year that you will attend school. The farther in advance you do it, the better! 

Resources

• StudentAid.gov—planning for college, paying for college, and repaying student loans: StudentAid.gov

 • College Preparation Checklist—a student’s or parent’s first stop for information on academic and financial preparation: StudentAid.gov/resources#checklist 

• Federal Student Aid at a Glance—quick glimpse outlining the federal student aid programs, eligibility criteria, and application tips: StudentAid.gov/glance 

• Avoiding Scams—finding financial aid without being a victim of fraud or identity theft: StudentAid.gov/scams 

• Fact sheets, videos, and infographics on various financial aid topics: StudentAid.gov/resources 

• FAFSA4caster—early estimate of aid eligibility: fafsa.gov 

• Federal Student Aid’s Twitter feed: Twitter.com/FAFSA 

• Federal Student Aid’s YouTube site: YouTube.com/FederalStudentAid

• Federal Student Aid’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/FederalStudentAid

Graduation Requirements

Ohio law enacted new, long-term graduation requirements for the class of 2023 and beyond. Guidance is now available for these long-term graduation requirements here. The guidance document provides more information on the competency scores and detailed information about each of the state-defined seals. Updates will be made to the document as more information becomes available and additional guidance is finalized. Please note the version date at the bottom of the document.
 
Ohio law directed the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, to establish a competency score on the English language arts II and algebra I end-of-course tests. The Ohio Department of Education, after gathering feedback from Ohio’s education stakeholders and business communities, determined that “competency” would be set at a score of 684 for both the English language arts II and algebra I tests. 

The following link provides graduation requirements:

Classes of 2023 and Beyond Graduation Requirements


Honors Diploma Criteria

Honors Diplomas


What are Honors Diplomas?


High school students can gain state recognition for exceeding Ohio’s graduation requirements through an honors diploma. Students challenge themselves by taking and succeeding at high-level coursework and in real-world experiences.

Ohio students have the opportunity to choose to pursue one of six honors diplomas.  The criteria for each are listed on the links below:


  1. Academic Honors Diploma
  2. International Baccalaureate Honors Diploma
  3. Career Tech Honors Diploma
  4. STEM Honors Diploma
  5. Arts Honors Diploma - this includes dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual arts
  6. Social Science and Civic Engagement Honors Diploma 


PE Waivers

Here is the PE Waiver packet.  Waiver forms will be distributed by coaches to athletes near the end of each season. You may also find waiver forms in the packet linked below.

Waivers WILL NOT be granted and placed on official transcripts until TWO seasons have been completed and TWO forms are completed and returned to the guidance office!


Scheduling Information


Please find the 2022-2023 Course Selection Guide here: 


And registration sheets for the 2022-2023 school year here:  


Registration forms are also located outside the Mrs. Shafer's office!



Scholarship Information



ALL scholarship Information will be added here as it is received for the 2022-2023 school year.  Please understand that it is impossible to list everything. Scholarship information will be listed according to the scholarship's DUE DATE.  Scholarships will be removed from this list after their due dates have passed.

Scholarships will also be divided into two categories LOCAL and STATE/NATIONAL.  STATE/NATIONAL scholarships are more competitive since there will be many more applicants.

Please do not wait until the due date to turn things in to the guidance office!  Doing so may make it impossible for necessary tasks to be accomplished and for everything to be turned in to scholarship committees on time.

LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS


February 10, 2023 by 4:00 p.m.Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Children of Members Scholarship  Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative awards $10,000 in scholarships each year to outstanding high school seniors who reside in a home served by the co-op. The young man or woman chosen as the top overall applicant is also eligible to compete for an additional scholarship, worth up to $4,100, at the statewide contest sponsored by Ohio's Electric Cooperatives.  The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors whose parents/guardians are members of LMRE and receive electricity at their primary residence from the cooperative. The applicants must have at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or better. Winners must also be accepted and then enrolled in the accredited college or proper vocational or technical school of their choice. Please find the link here. 

 

February 10, 2023 by 4:00 p.mLorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Trade Scholarship As part of our ongoing support for our youth programs, LMRE now offers a $500 trade scholarship to high school seniors pursuing further education and enrolling at a technical or trade school following graduation. Some career courses that may qualify for the scholarship include industrial electricity, heating, air conditioning, masonry trades, allied health science, auto technology, nursing, welding and fabrication, and carpentry. Applicants must be graduating seniors carrying a grade point average of 2.0 or above who reside in homes served by LMRE.  Please find the link here

 

February 10, 2023 by 4:00 p.mLMRE Touchstone Energy Adversity Scholarship The Touchstone Energy Adversity Scholarship offers students who have committed themselves to the pursuance of a college education despite unique and substantial personal challenges outside of work or extracurricular commitments that may have befallen them the opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship. This special scholarship rewards students expressing the same values in their lives as the Touchstone Energy® brand: Accountability, Integrity, Innovation, and Commitment to Community. To qualify, applicants must be graduating seniors with a grade point average of 2.75 or above who reside in homes served by LMRE and should include the completed form, a copy of the applicant’s high school transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Please find the link here


March 15, 2022 Ashland County Community Foundation  - One application.  Hundreds of Scholarships. 

Ashland County Community Foundation administers a scholarship program for Ashland County students and residents.  We have opportunities for graduating high school seniors, continuing college students and non-traditional students. Because scholarship funds are created and designed by individual donors with varying eligibility and selection criteria, no two scholarships are the same.  Most scholarships are for Ashland County students only.  You may apply between January 1st and March 15th every year. You may apply online here.  With questions, contact Educational Programs Director Lanie Hartge at lanie@ashlandforgood.org.


April 14, 2023 Ashland County Retired Teachers Scholarship - This $500 scholarship is open to Ashland County graduates who will be pursuing a degree in education. Please find the application here: Ashland County Retired Teachers Scholarship 2023.pdf


May 1, 2023 - The Jack S. Kelley Memorial Scholarship The Jack S. Kelley Memorial Scholarship will benefit students from the following school districts: Ashland City Schools, Crestview Local Schools, Hillsdale Local Schools, Loudonville/Perrysville Schools, and Mapleton Local Schools. The Scholarship will be given to a student whose parent/guardian, immediate family member, or self has had a cancerous condition. The scholarship will be given to a student in need of funds for college.  A family member or a chosen representative will award the scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded on a year to year basis. The amount of the scholarship will be a minimum of $300. Proof of admission must be supplied in order to receive this award.  Please include a current high school transcript. All applicants should be received by the scholarship committee before May 1st, 2023. Please find the application here: Jack S. Kelley Scholarship.pdf

STATE/NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS



 

Applying for scholarships requires you to be aware of the deadlines and requirements associated with each scholarship.  Allow yourself plenty of time to complete applications, write essays if required, and request recommendations.  Early submission of materials is strongly encouraged!


Tips for Completing Scholarship Applications:

  • Start Early!  Do not wait until the week the scholarship is due.
  • Check the Eligibility Requirements.  Look at areas such as GPA and intended major to make sure you qualify.
  • Follow Instructions Carefully.  Include all requested materials, get every required signature, submit as many copies as required, formatted exactly as requested, and keep the essay relevant.
  • Neatness and Accuracy Counts!  Check your spelling.  Print carefully with black ink – no pencil!  If your handwriting is difficult to read, consider typing the application.  Answer questions as completely and correctly as you can.  Avoid abbreviations that are not easily recognizable.
  • Proofread Your Application Carefully.  Enlist the help of other people to proofread your application.
  • Request materials or letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers, or community members at least 2 – 3 weeks before the deadline.  (See Letters of Recommendation Guidelines below.)
  • Ask Questions.  If you are unsure about how to complete an application, stop by the Guidance Office for assistance.

Useful scholarship links:



School Profile


Mapleton High School
1 Mountie Dr.
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Phone: (419) 945-2188   Fax: (419) 945-8166
 
Corey Kline, Principal
Matt Stafford, Athletic Director
Sherri Shafer, School Counselor
                                            
_________________________________________________________________________________________
 
 

School and Community: With an enrollment of 868 students, the Mapleton Local School District covers 100.62 square miles and borders on Wayne, Huron, Medina, and Richland counties.  It is comprised of an elementary school (Preschool-5), one middle school (6-8), and one high school (9-12).


Mapleton High School is a four-year, comprehensive high school located in Ashland County about 7 miles northeast of Ashland. Enrollment (grades 9-12) is 302 students. 16% of the student body attends The Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.  Mapleton High School offers students the opportunity to participate in post-secondary educational options through partnerships with several institutions of higher learning, or students may attend the International Baccalaureate program offered through the Tri-county International Academy.  



Staff:  The Mapleton High School staff includes one administrator, one school counselor, and 20 faculty members.



Requirements for Graduation:  For the current senior class, 21 credits are required for graduation including 4 credits of English, 4 credits of math, 3 credits of science, 3 credits of social studies, ½ credit of physical education, and ½ credit of health in addition to 6 elective credits. One of the 6 elective credits must be a fine arts credit. 



Grade Point Average/Class Rank:  GPA is weighted. Mapleton High School courses are weighted on a 4.0 scale.  Mapleton High School CCP/Dual Credit courses are weighted on a 5.0 scale.  All courses for which grades are given are used in the figuring of the GPA.  GPA is figured by computer and carried out 3+ decimal places which will determine class rank. The cumulative GPA is computed at the conclusion of each semester. 



Current Grading Scale:


Mapleton High School Courses

Mapleton High School CCP/Dual

Credit Courses

%

Letter

GPA

%

Letter

GPA

93-100

A

4.00

93-100

A

5.00

90-92

A-

3.67

90-92

A-

4.67

87-89

B+

3.33

87-89

B+

4.33

83-86

B

3.00

83-86

B

4.00

80-82

B-

2.67

80-82

B-

3.67

77-79

C+

2.33

77-79

C+

2.33

73-76

C

2.00

73-76

C

2.00

70-72

C-

1.67

70-72

C-

1.67

67-69

D+

1.33

67-69

D+

1.33

63-66

D

1.00

63-66

D

1.00

60-62

D-

0.67

60-62

D-

0.67

00-59

F

0.00

00-59

F

0.00


*Please note that Mapleton High School's grading scale was changed for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond.  All grades earned prior to 2019-2020 are calculated into a student's GPA using the prior grading scale.  That grading scale was A+ 4.0, A 3.95, A- 3.75, B+ 3.25, B 3.0, B- 2.75, C+ 2.25, C 2.0, C- 1.75, D+ 1.25, D 1.0, D- 0.75, F 0. 


Scholastic Recognition: Mapleton High School publishes an honor roll each grading period. Achievement is recognized with three honor rolls.

    Distinguished Scholar Roll        3.750-4.000+

    High Honor Roll            3.500-3.749

    Merit Roll                3.000-3.499



ACT Results:  Average ACT scores for the Class of 2023 from the March 2022 State-Wide testing  (68 students tested) are: 16 English, 17 Math, 17  Reading, 18 Science, 17 Composite



Post High School Education:  Approximately 54% of the 2022 graduating class had plans to move on to some form of higher education. 22% intended to attend a 2-year community college and 32% a 4-year college or university.



Transcript Requests

Transcript Requests

Former students may request official transcripts through the Guidance Office.  Requests can be made by calling the Guidance Office secretary at 419-945-2188 ext 5088 or by emailing mapl_ckeener@tccsa.net , mailing, or faxing the transcript release form attached below.   

Transcript requests will be processed within 3-5 business days.

Please note that transcripts sent directly to students are considered "unofficial."  A third party may not accept these transcripts.

There is no charge for transcripts.

Guidance Staff

Sherri Shafer
Guidance Counselor 
mapl_sshafer@tccsa.net
419-945-2188 ext. 5093 
 
Cassie Keener 
Guidance Secretary
mapl_ckeener@tccsa.net
419-945-2188 ext. 5088

The Mapleton Guidance Department welcomes the opportunity to help Mapleton students (grades 9-12) and their families navigate academic, personal and social development during the high school years.  This website provides students and their parents with comprehensive and current information on numerous topics pertaining to student academic success, course scheduling, college/career preparation, the college and scholarship application process, testing, and the wide variety of opportunities for students.  Use the navigational panel to the left to view available resources.  Please let us know if we can offer assistance or if you have feedback to share. 
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