W ELCOME S ENIOR PARENTS!!!The Journey Begins Here!!!
PARENTS… Is this your first child entering college? Are you nervous? Overwhelmed? Don’t know where to begin? WE are here to help!!! Use your resources! Start Early! Watch those deadlines! They are closer than you think!
I MPORTANT P EOPLE !!! Janelle Appleby- A-Cla Debbie Harding- Cle-Gi Cindy Stanford- Gla-Le Kimberly Schmidt- Li-O Debra Roland- P-Se Kristina Holder- Sh-Z Counselor Intern- Elizabeth Jablonski
M ORE I MPORTANT P EOPLE !!! Elsa Cruz- Go Center Technician Monica Bennett- Counseling Secretary PTA/Project Graduation OC Graduates College Representatives Military Representatives
S ENIOR S CHOLARSHIPS… Monica Bennett- Counselor Secretary- Turn in awards to Mrs. Bennett Copy of confirmation letter with dollar amount is required Dollar amounts are not listed or announced at graduation or in addendum One scholarship will be announced at graduation Listen to announcements for deadlines!!! Report all awarded scholarships EVEN if you do not accept.
P ROJECT G RADUATION… PTA- Lt Col.Tommy Fisher Safe place to celebrate night of graduation Time Warner Park Transportation provided to and from event Fun games, food and prizes Cost- $40 (Until May 30th); $65 (May 31st) Sign up tonight !!! Register by Dec. 31st to be eligible for $100. gift card drawing
2011-2012Sandra Day O’Connor High SchoolHelotes, Texas
I MPORTANT I NFORMATION Graduation Status Report (GSR) and Transcript Diploma Forms AAR/Transcript Release Forms Career Information JR/SR Guidebook SAT/ACT Dates Senior Portfolio Visits to Career Center begin this week!
NISD C OLLEGE N IGHT When: Monday, October 24, 2011 Where: UTSA Time: 6:00pm-8:30pmCome speak to College Representatives for the schools you are interested in applying.Wear your favorite college t-shirt to school on Oct. 24th.
SAT TESTING DATES OHS Testing Dates: October 1, 2011 December 3, 2011 March 10, 2012Sign Up Today sat.collegeboard. on:
OHS ACT TEST DATES ACT DATESOctober 22, 2011April 14, 2012 SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ACT NOW!You Can Sign up for the ACT at: www.actstudent.org
F EE WAIVERS Fee waivers are available for students who cannot afford the fees associated with the SAT or ACT. Fee waiver also good for college application. Please see Mrs. Cruz in the Career Center if you think you qualify.
Texas Higher Education Assessment www.thea.nesinc.comAll students entering a Texas 2 or 4 Year public collegeor university must take the THEA PRIOR to enrolling in college level courses. If you feel you are eligible for an exemption from this test, visit the testing or advising office of your college choice(s) before you register for the test so that your status for exemption can be determined.Accuplacer is the alternate form of the test. The test is available online with immediate results.
COLLEGE APPLICATIONSThe Common Application Apply Texas www.commonapp.org www.applytexas.org Accepted by over 400 private Accepted by every Texas Public and public college and University, plus some private and universities nationwide two-year schools. REMINDERS:*Check websites of individual schools for deadlines & specific information regarding scholarships, housing, etc. *Application fees apply for each school
C OLLEGE E SSAY A Reflection of You… Communicate effectively. Don’t lie, exaggerate, or make things up. Always read and follow instructions. Avoid submitting your application late. Proofread your essay.
L ETTERS OF R ECOMMENDATION Complete “The Packet” (available in the counseling office or online). Include as much specific information as possible (unique experiences, overcoming difficult circumstances, etc.). Include a resume, student brag sheet, parent brag sheet, teacher evaluation sheets. Request a letter at least two weeks in advance. Only send if the application requires it.
T RANSCRIPTS Request transcripts in the registrar’s office. Consent for Release forms must be signed by a parent if student is under 18 years old. Senior Schedule will be included with transcript. SAT/ACT/AP test scores will NOT be included on transcript (only included for scholarship purposes). Know your deadlines: 3-5 day processing time for transcripts. 1st transcript is free, after that they are $2.00 each. 6th semester GPA & rank used for applications will be released in October. Mailing transcripts is the student’s responsibility.
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION All Student-Athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse Requirements: - Graduation from high school - Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in 14 core academic courseswww.NCAA.org - Must take SAT or ACT
N ATIONAL C OLLEGIATEATHLETIC A SSOCIATION NEW: Credit Retrieval, Night School and other non-traditional courses will not be accepted by the NCAA. Check with your college for more information.
T YPES OF F INANCIAL A IDEGrants ScholarshipsLoans Work Study
F REE A PPLICATION FOR F EDERAL S TUDENT A ID (FAFSA) The FAFSA is your key to getting financial aid. Here are some things you should know in order to be ready! Fill out a FAFSA even if you think you won’t qualify for federal aid. Some schools won’t consider a student for the school’s merit scholarships until the student has submitted a FAFSA! Most scholarships require you to fill out a FAFSA! Before January 1st: Get a Federal Student Aid PIN www.pin.ed.gov Write it down! You need this to “sign” your online FAFSA. Keep it safe! After January 1st: Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov FREE Workshop – TBD in February 2012 – Watch OC webpage
S ENIOR P ORTFOLIO Courtesy of the O’Connor Counseling Department Stay Organized!! Don’t miss deadlines!! College Information Personal Statement/Essay Applications Campus Visits Standardized Test Scores Career Planning Scholarships NCAA Financial Aid Resume
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OC CAREER CENTER RESOURCES:eDiscover:Interest InventoriesCollege SearchesCareer ExplorationSAT/ACT InformationScholarship InformationCollege ApplicationsFinancial AidMilitary CareersAnd Much More!!!
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O THER O PTIONS A FTER H IGH S CHOOL Going for Further Training Going into the Military Private trade Can provide career skills training Technical Can provide funding for college Business Vocational Schools Going Immediately to Work Research job outlook and future marketability
S ENIOR Y EAR R EMINDERS Know your college application instructions & deadlines. Know SAT/ACT registration deadlines. Request test scores from testing agency. Know your financial aid application requirements & complete your FAFSA after January 1st. Request transcripts (3-5 days to process). Request letters of recommendation in a timely manner. Complete scholarship applications. Avoid Senior Slack!!!