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2012 SENIOR. Conferences . Who’s Who …. Principal – Jeff Vaughan Counselors : Marianne Rodriguez (A-Ch) Beverly Gonzales ( Ci-Garm ) Yolanda Cavazos (Garn- Kel ) Felipe Cardenas ( Kem -Mo)

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Who’s Who….

Principal – Jeff Vaughan

Counselors : Marianne Rodriguez (A-Ch)

Beverly Gonzales (Ci-Garm)

Yolanda Cavazos (Garn-Kel)

Felipe Cardenas (Kem-Mo)

Michelle Howard, Lead Counselor (Mp-Pa/AVID)

Olympia Torres (Pb-Sl)

Jeannie Dimaline (Sm-Z)

Beth Fox (STAN)

Go Center Counseling Clerk- Carol Gines

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Oct. 12 - PSAT Movie Day

Oct. 26 - District College Night at BAC 6-8pm

Nov 18 - Proposed date for Senior Lunch

March 7 - Senior Field Day

April 19 - Summa Reception

April 30-May 11 - AP Testing

May 9 - Senior Awards

June 3 - Graduation 7:30pm

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AP Exams

  • AP Exams will be administered from April 30th through May 11th.

  • A score of 1 – 5 is given on an AP exam

  • Colleges may award credit based on AP score

  • To check AP scores / College credit awarded

    1. Go to www.collegeboard.org

    2. Click “For Students” at top of site

    3. In “College Tests”- click on AP

    4. Click on “AP Credit Policy Info” (on the left)

    5. Enter the college name

    6. Click here for the institution’s AP credit and placement policy

    7. You will be able to see what score you need on an AP exam and what course (s) it will replace at the college

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Graduation is just around the corner……what should I be doing to get ready for life after high school ??

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WC - Go Center

*Room 8115A

*Open before school, after school, and during all lunches

Ms. Gines can help with searching for colleges, majors, SAT/ACT registration, and the College Reps visitation schedule.

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  • College admission assistance

  • Financial aid guidance

  • Career exploration

  • College applications

  • SAT & ACT Preparation

  • Free Wi-Fi Tues-Fri 8am – 8pm

  • www.cafecollege.org Sat. 8am- 5pm

  • 207-4528

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Post High School Options

  • Technical or Trade school

  • Military Service, Military Academies, ROTC Programs

  • Junior/Community Colleges

  • 4 year Colleges & Universities

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If you are interested in a Trade school, Technical School, Vocational Program…

  • Visit http://www.trade-schools.net

  • This will allow you to search by trade/area/interest

  • Now is the time to begin visiting the Trade schools in which you are interested and talking to the admissions counselors about requirements

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If you plan to attend a 2 year college….. Vocational Program…

  • Apply Spring 2012

  • Visit the college website for admission details

  • Plan a college visit

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If you plan on attending a 4 year college or university Vocational Program……

Admissions deadlines are quickly

approaching-many are December 1, 2011

If applying to a Texas Public School- use www.applytexas.org

If applying to a U.S. Private School-use


Check college websites for specific admissions information and deadlines

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College Visitation Vocational Program…

  • You are allowed 2 days a year for college visitation.

  • You must bring proof of your visitation to the attendance office.

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College Admission #1 Vocational Program…


  • Based on rank/test scores

  • You still need to apply by deadline

  • UT Austin – top 9%

  • All other Texas public schools-top 10%

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College Admission #2 Vocational Program…

Under Review:

  • Submit letters of recommendation

  • Submit optional essays

  • Make a phone call!

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Resume Tips Vocational Program…

  • Make it easy to read

  • Use a Chronological format (12th-9th)

  • List school- related activities and leadership positions

    • community service and activities

    • volunteer work / work experience / internships

    • summer activities & special programs

  • Include awards, honors, GPA, class rank, SAT/ACT scores

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Requesting Official Transcripts Vocational Program…

  • Ms. Gines processes all transcript requests.

  • First transcripts are free, any additional are $5.00.

  • All official transcripts must be sent electronically or must be mailed directly by the Churchill

  • Make sure to allow at least 3 working days for processing.

  • Transcripts cannot be mailed via overnight services.

  • SAT/ACT scores must be sent directly from

    Collegeboard.org or act.org.


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Requesting Recommendation Letters Vocational Program…

*Students - Be sure you have filled out the “Senior Information Sheet”. This provides teachers/counselors with valuable info for letters. The information sheet will be available in the Counseling Office.

*When you request a recommendation letter from your counselor be sure to indicate the destination of the letter.

*Allow at least 2 weeks for recommendation letters to be written.

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Financial Aid Vocational Program…Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • You must complete and submit a FAFSA to apply for federal student financial aid

    *Apply on-line for a Federal Student Aid Pin Number –www.pin.ed.gov before January 1 (You can do this now)

    *Apply online with FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov starting Jan. 1, 2012.

    ***You cannot fill out FAFSA until January 1, 2012***

    Every college/university bound student must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for money…even if you think you don’t qualify

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$$$$ for college: Vocational Program…the early bird gets the worm!

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Scholarships Vocational Program…

Be sure to check once a month with the Counseling Office

or your English teachers, this is where you can get valuable

scholarship info through the Jr/Sr Bulletin.

Some websites you can check out:





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1 2 3 4 5 Vocational Program…

TOP TEN Differences between High School and College

6 7 8 9 10

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Number 10 Vocational Program…

Students pay for college textbooks

Go ahead and write in your book.

YOU own it!!

After you’re done – sell it back and get some $$$

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Number 9 Vocational Program…

There is much less

professor supervision

  • Read the book!! You’re responsible for info. whether it’s discussed or not

  • Know it before you enter class

  • Study on your own time

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Number 8 Vocational Program…

Students create their own schedule

  • Not a morning person? Choose PM classes

  • Want M/W/F only classes?

  • Work afternoons?

  • Need a break after a class? Schedule gaps in between.

    Schedule it your way!!

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WORK Vocational Program…

40 hours

30 hours

20 hours

10 hours or less


6 credit hours

9 credit hours

12 credit hours

14-15 credit hours

Course Load Options

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Number 7 Vocational Program…

Students select their professors

  • The good ones fill up fast so register as soon as possible

  • Ask around…get the scoop!!

  • www.ratemyprofessor.com

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Number 6 Vocational Program…

Students may withdraw from a college course

  • You are not required to fill the class hour with another course

  • Most likely, no refund on fees

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Number 5 Vocational Program…

Minimum parental involvement

  • No calls to parents about grades and attendance

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Number 4 Vocational Program…

No designated lunch period

  • No hall monitors

  • No TARDY sweep

  • Eat where you choose when you choose

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Number 3 Vocational Program…

Inappropriate behavior is not tolerated

  • No assistant principal to visit

  • No calls to parents

  • You’re an adult and will be treated

    like one

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Number 2 Vocational Program…

Attendance and punctuality are your responsibility

  • No bells

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#1 Top Difference! Vocational Program…

You must study at least three hours outside of class for every hour in class!

Less time spent sitting in class and more time spent studying out of class

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Learn to earn Vocational Program….

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Final Thoughts… Vocational Program…

“Perseverance is not an issue of talent. It is not an issue of time. It is about finishing. Talent provides hope for accomplishment, but perseverance guarantees it.”

Dr. John Maxwell

Finish high school strong – by finishing strong- you are better equipped to begin your next race which begins after graduation.