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
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
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
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
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.)
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?
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/
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%
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
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
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
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: 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
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.