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Counselor's Corner

October 13th, 2021  |  SOPHOMORES

 

All Sophomores will be taking the PSAT, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, on October 13th in the morning at the junior high building. This is a good preparation for the SAT and can also yield college scholarships for top scores. There are practice tests on Collegeboard.com and we will be meeting with the sophomores on Tuesday, October 12th to give them an idea of what to expect and to complete their registration to test the next day.

 

October 18th, 2021 |  JUNIORS/SENIORS

**Parent or Guardian will need to be present.

 

We will have a Junior / Senior meeting on October 18th at 6pm in the HIGH SCHOOL multipurpose room to cover many items in regards to graduation planning. Midland College will be here to give more information on LEGACY scholars and a Q & A session to ask any questions in regard to college preparation. Please put these dates on your calendars to attend.

November 1st, 2021  |  SENIORS

**Parent or Guardian will need to be present.

 

All seniors in the state of Texas are required to fill out a FAFSA to graduate. The process of getting your students ID and parent ID are explained in the attachments and videos attached which is the first step. We will have Midland College here on November 1st at 6pm in the HS multipurpose room for parents and students to complete their FAFSA's with Midland College here to help. However, the ID for your student and yourself must be in place before that night. Please put these dates on your calendars to attend if you are wanting help with the FAFSA.

 

If you complete your own FAFSA outside of us, please just send me a completed screenshot with the date and that will be what I need to place on the transcripts. I understand that your student may not be college bound following high school but, the completion of the FAFSA is something that has been mandated by the state and Texas Education Association for graduation, it is not a TLCA "thing.”

 

The due date for the FAFSA to be completed is January 14, 2022. See links to the FAFSA in the senior google classroom. See helpful links below in reference to the FAFSA.

 

How to Create an Account Username and Password (FSA ID) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj1Pn-shze8

 

How To Fill Out The FAFSA  |  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK0bbu0y5AM

 

Troubleshooting Your Account Username and Password (FSA ID) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIwnEbOXSGg

 

FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEbxaRjlLus

 

 

 

Community Resources Are Also Available In The Counselor’s office

 

 

Big Brother Big Sisters

(432) 687-0195

http://www.bbbsmidland.org

 

2-1-1 Texas Permian Basin (dial 211)

http://www.211texas.org

 

Community Children’s Clinic

(432) 686-8593

http://www.communitychildrensclinic.org

 

Midland County Housing (HUD)

(432) 570-4155

CLICK HERE

 

Centers for Children & Families

(432) 570-1084

http://www.centerstx.org

 

Safe Place

(432) 570-1464

http://www.safeplacenow.com

 

Eagle Families, please find the following documents attached:

 

NAFEPA Student Scholarship (1 document)

Info and Application

 

ACET Adult Scholarship (4 documents)

Letter

Application

Scoring Rubric

Timeline

 

ACET Student Scholarship (4 documents)

Letter

Application

Scoring Rubric

Timeline

 

This information will also be posted on the ACET website which can be accessed by clicking this link: https://www.acetx.org/scholarship-application

 

 

Mail completed applications to:

Tami Knight

ACET Region 15 Director
612 S. Irene St.

San Angelo, TX 76903

* No fax applications will be accepted.

 

We understand the significant impact COVID-19 has had on our schools, our students, and our families. We want you to know that Test Prep Seminars is committed to providing safe alternatives for test preparation as we practice safe distancing… but continued learning… during this difficult pandemic.

 

The ACT April 4th date has been moved to June 13th and July 18th (9 am. - 3 p.m. CST). We are offering a live, virtual ACT Boot Camp on Tuesday, June 2nd that all students can participate in from home!

 

The SAT May 2nd test date has been cancelled and has been tentatively re-scheduled for the following dates:

August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

 

  • 92% of students report an average increase of 2 points on their ACT Score after our One-Day  ACT Boot Camp
  • 88% of students report an average increase of 107 points on their SAT Score after our One-Day SAT Boot Camp
 
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This Boot Camp is a 6-hour seminar that covers test taking strategies that are specific to the SAT or ACT, along with time management tips, and testing anxiety management. Each student will have the opportunity to take several mini-practice tests so they can apply the strategies real time and see the impact the strategies have b/w pre-test and post-test.  Listed below is all that is included with the Boot Camp:

 

  • Full day instruction including very specific testing strategies and time management tips, as well as ways to reduce testing anxiety.
 
  • Each student receives an E-Workbook that includes 26 Practice Tests along with an answer guide and explanations.
 
  • Each student will create an Individual Action Plan based on their personal performance from the practice test included in the day.
 
  • 90-day access to our Education Cloud, which has resources for testing, application, and scholarships.
 
  • Each student will receive one FREE 3 Credit College Course worth $2,000 (transferable to most colleges in the US).
 
  • Schools that are participating independently will receive an overall Essential Knowledge Assessment, which provides a deep dive analysis for the school relative to student performance for each subject, discipline and sub-discipline tested on the exam.
 
  • This is an excellent tool for teachers and specific departments as they look to analyze, improve or tailor coursework covered in the daily curriculum.

We have a fun treat for our students! It's a book that was written and recorded by our very own Ms. Beth Taylor (our School Guidance Counselor). It's called: "Willis the Worry Bee"
 
We hope you enjoy!
 
Willis The Worry Bee: https://youtu.be/mFadVMKzLjc

We have a great resource to share with you from ChildMind.org, and encourage you to reach out to us if you need help or support.

 

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With protests over the violent deaths of black Americans dominating the news, it’s understandable that many kids are feeling scared, confused or angry about the situation. How can parents, many of whom are struggling themselves, help children process what they’re seeing and manage their feelings?

 

There’s no one right answer. That said, there are a few guidelines parents can keep in mind to help kids deal with troubling news about race and violence.

 

https://childmind.org/article/racism-and-violence-how-to-help-kids-handle-the-news/#.Xtesc4qZk-I.mailto

Homeless students are significantly more at risk of losing services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are information and resources that will help students experiencing homelessness during these uncertain times.

 

https://www.theotx.org/covid-19/

 

Contact TEA with any COVID-19 specific questions at:

 
Parenting Teenagers in isolation can feel challenging, and we want you to know that you aren't alone! While young children may love parental attention 24/7, adolescents might not be as thrilled. To support teenagers we suggest:
 
  • Emphasize the importance of 'social distancing,' if not for them, for you.
  • Acknowledge their frustration and disappointment and find workable solutions TOGETHER.
  • Promote remote learning by helping them create a study schedule.
  • Promote sleep, healthy eating habits and exercise.
 
For more helpful tips we encourage you to check out the Child Mind Institute

 

'Runway Course' helps students navigate the path to college during the pandemic is a great interactive tool that the state has put into place to assist Seniors.

 

https://collegewiserunway.thinkific.com

 

College Admissions Data Across the State of Texas Resource