SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR
T HE O’C ONNOR H IGH S CHOOL          C OUNSELING O FFICE                 COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS   Head Counselor         ...
S PECIAL G UESTS   Col. Payne (USAF Ret.)/Capt. Stacy Lange –    Military Academy   Larry Ynman – Café College   Sarah ...
D UAL C REDIT – VS - AP        Dual Credit              Advanced Placement   Student must qualify            Students pl...
PANTHER T RACKS    N EWSLETTER
J UNIOR /S ENIOR G UIDEBOOK    2 year booklet    Admissions    Financial Aid    Scholarships    NCAA    SAT, ACT, an...
JUNIOR PLANNING CALENDAR                     PG. 7
J UNIOR P LANNING        C ALENDAR
C OMPUTING A                   G RADE                 P OINT AVERAGE                                                      ...
G RADE AVERAGING FACTS   If you fail a course, your semester averages are    computed in your grade point average (GPA)....
W HAT O PTIONS D O I H AVE ?                       P G . 24           •Work
C OLLEGE V ISITATIONS         Visit several college and          universities that you are          interested in during ...
T HE C OUNSELOR ’ S L ETTER         OF R ECOMMENDATIONHelp the counselor write a powerful letter of recommendation    for ...
I MPORTANT I NFORMATION   Deadlines for colleges and universities are    changing. Ex: UT-Austin and TX A&M. Students    ...
SAT/ACT T ESTS   SAT/ACT are college entrance exams that students are    required to take to be admitted into a 4-year un...
SAT/ACT T EST D ATES
H OW    TO    P REPARE FOR                           THE T EST   Read the preparation booklets   Study and understand th...
T HE S ERVICE A CADEMIES                                               P G . 62   West Point Academy   Naval Academy   ...
WANT TO PLAY COLLEGE             SPORTS?                 PG. 46
R ESOURCES B EYOND OC   Financial Aid   College Applications   One on One Advising   Workshops to fit your needs
S CHOLARSHIP S CAMS                 H OW TO TELL THE GOOD                         FROM THE BAD !Scammer:                  ...
J UNIOR T IPS   Get started NOW!   Sign up and take SAT/ACT in Spring 2012   Write essays now. Go to    www.applytexas....
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  1. 1. SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR
  2. 2. T HE O’C ONNOR H IGH S CHOOL C OUNSELING O FFICE COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS Head Counselor Ivette Bruno A – Cla Janelle Appleby Cle- Gi Debbie Harding Gla – Le Cindy Stanford Li – O Kimberly Schmidt P – Se Debra Roland Sh – Z Kristina Holder Counselor Intern Elizabeth Jablonski Career Center Technician Elsa Cruz Academic Dean Connie Bridges
  3. 3. S PECIAL G UESTS Col. Payne (USAF Ret.)/Capt. Stacy Lange – Military Academy Larry Ynman – Café College Sarah Cardenas – OC Graduate Brittany Haby – OC Graduate College & University Representatives Military Representatives Kaplan College
  4. 4. D UAL C REDIT – VS - AP Dual Credit Advanced Placement Student must qualify  Students placed by teacher recommendation Application is now open  College level course work Go to www.applytexas.org  Student encouraged to Deadline to complete take AP exam in May application- Feb. 10, 2012  3, 4, 5 score- most Test scores must be sent colleges/universities will directly to NVC from award credit for the Agency course. Check with the college for details. Additional paperwork may be required  Course taken at HS Courses taken at HS or NVC
  5. 5. PANTHER T RACKS N EWSLETTER
  6. 6. J UNIOR /S ENIOR G UIDEBOOK  2 year booklet  Admissions  Financial Aid  Scholarships  NCAA  SAT, ACT, and test prep information  Popular Websites
  7. 7. JUNIOR PLANNING CALENDAR PG. 7
  8. 8. J UNIOR P LANNING C ALENDAR
  9. 9. C OMPUTING A G RADE P OINT AVERAGE P G . 23 Freshman Year Sophomore Year1st Sem. 2nd Sem. Honors Pts. 1st Sem. 2nd Sem. Honors Pts.91 85 92 9090 92 81 79 5 + 5 = 1084 80 5 + 5 = 10 93 9181 75 5 + 5 = 10 96 9488 86 87 85 5 + 5 = 1097 95 84 80531 513 20 533 519 20Total Total Total Pts. Total # of GPA as ofFreshman Sophomore For Both Courses to CurrentYr. Yr Years Taken Date+ Honors + HonorsPts. Pts. 531 + 513 533 + 519 1064 + ÷24 89 +10 + 10 + 10 + 10 1072 1064 1072 2136
  10. 10. G RADE AVERAGING FACTS If you fail a course, your semester averages are computed in your grade point average (GPA). If you pass a course and repeat it for strength, the highest averages will be used in the GPA. Averages in courses you do not get credit for are not computed in the GPA. (For example, athletics, after the two credit maximum has been reached.)
  11. 11. W HAT O PTIONS D O I H AVE ? P G . 24 •Work
  12. 12. C OLLEGE V ISITATIONS  Visit several college and universities that you are interested in during second semester and summer.  Check with Mrs. Cruz in the Career Center for college campus visit dates and college representatives visiting OHS  Why visit a college or university?
  13. 13. T HE C OUNSELOR ’ S L ETTER OF R ECOMMENDATIONHelp the counselor write a powerful letter of recommendation for you by supplying the completed: Student Brag Sheet Parent Brag Sheet Teacher Evaluation Sheets Updated Resume “The Packet” is available online on the OHS Counselor Webpage http://oconnorcounseling.weebly.com/
  14. 14. I MPORTANT I NFORMATION Deadlines for colleges and universities are changing. Ex: UT-Austin and TX A&M. Students will have to use 6th semester GPA for admissions. Due to new TREx (Texas Records Exchange) system…Make sure to send your SAT and ACT scores directly to the university you are applying to. New Top 10% Rule (Senate Bill 175)- UT only Class of 2013 = Top 8%
  15. 15. SAT/ACT T ESTS SAT/ACT are college entrance exams that students are required to take to be admitted into a 4-year university Sign up for tests during spring 2012 Fee waivers are available for students who qualify for financial need Visit with Mrs. Cruz in the career center for registration information Prepare for exam by using free SAT/ACT prep websites or fee-based prep classes
  16. 16. SAT/ACT T EST D ATES
  17. 17. H OW TO P REPARE FOR THE T EST Read the preparation booklets Study and understand the test directions Take the sample tests included in the preparation booklets Review PSAT Test See Panther Tracks for free websites
  18. 18. T HE S ERVICE A CADEMIES P G . 62 West Point Academy Naval Academy Air Force Academy Coast Guard Academy Merchant Marine Academy Be on the lookout for “Academy Day” @ USAA in March 2012
  19. 19. WANT TO PLAY COLLEGE SPORTS? PG. 46
  20. 20. R ESOURCES B EYOND OC Financial Aid College Applications One on One Advising Workshops to fit your needs
  21. 21. S CHOLARSHIP S CAMS H OW TO TELL THE GOOD FROM THE BAD !Scammer: Legitimate Service: You’ve won an award for  Sends information about which you didn’t apply. awards when you request it. Does not supply valid contact information.  Makes contact information available Guarantees you will win upon request. an award.  DOES NOT guarantee Requires personal you will win an award. financial information (credit card numbers,  Should not direct you to bank account number) a fee-based provider to “hold” a scholarship. because they know info is available for free. Scam Site - www.fafsa.com Legitimate site – www.fafsa.gov
  22. 22. J UNIOR T IPS Get started NOW! Sign up and take SAT/ACT in Spring 2012 Write essays now. Go to www.applytexas.org, view and complete the essay topics. Practice and fine tune them. Essays are IMPORTANT! Write or update your resume. Update current activities, awards, leadership positions, etc.
  23. 23. Q&A

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