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  1. 2013 SENIOR Conferences

  2. Who’s Who…. Principal – Jeff Vaughan Counselors : Marianne Rodriguez (A-Ch) Beverly Gonzales (Ci-Garm) Yolanda Cavazos (Garn-Kel) Felipe Cardenas (Kem-Mo) Rose Garcia, Lead Counselor (Mp-Pa/AVID) Cynthia Patterson-Lopez (Pb-Sl) Jeannie Dimaline (Sm-Z) Beth Fox (STAN)


  4. IMPORTANT DATES Oct. 17 - PSAT Movie Day * Oct. 31 - District College Night at BAC 6-8pm Nov 16 - Senior Lunch** Dec. 7 - Josten’s presentation (Dec.11-12 order) April 17 - Summa Reception April 25 - Senior Field Day May 6 – May 17 – AP exams May 8 - Senior Awards June 10 - Graduation 7:30pm

  5. AP Exams AP Exams will be administered from May 6 th – May 17th. 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 2. Click on AP 2. Click “For Students” at top of site 3. In “College Tests”- click on AP 4. Under TOOLS, 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

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

  7. WC - Go Center *Room 8115A *Open before school, after school, and during all lunches Mrs. Abrego can help with SAT/ACT registration, and the College Reps visitation schedule.

  8. CAFÉ COLLEGE • College admission assistance • Financial aid guidance • Career exploration • College applications • SAT & ACT Preparation • Free Wi-Fi Tues-Fri 8am – 8pm • Sat. 8am- 5pm • 207-4528

  9. Post High School Options • Technical or Trade school • Military Service, Military Academies, ROTC Programs • Junior/Community Colleges • 4 year Colleges & Universities

  10. If you are interested in a Trade school, Technical School, Vocational Program… • Visit • 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

  11. If you plan to attend a 2 year college….. • Apply Spring 2013 • Visit the college website for admission details • Plan a college visit

  12. If you plan on attending a 4 year college or university… Admissions deadlines are quickly approaching-many are December 1, 2012 If applying to a Texas Public School- use If applying to a U.S. Private School-use Check college websites for specific admissions information and deadlines

  13. College Visitation • You are allowed 2 days a year for college visitation. • You must bring proof of your visitation to the attendance office.

  14. College Admission #1 Automatic: • Based on rank/test scores • You still need to apply by deadline • UT Austin – top 8% • All other Texas public schools-top 10%

  15. College Admission #2 Under Review: • Submit letters of recommendation • Submit optional essays • Make a phone call!

  16. Resume Tips • Make it easy to read • Use a Chronological format (12th-9th) • List school- related and non school related activities & any leadership positions • community service and activities • volunteer work / work experience / internships • summer activities & special programs • Include awards, honors, GPA, class rank, SAT/ACT scores

  17. Go Center Counseling Clerk- Bianca Abrego

  18. Requesting Official Transcripts • Mrs. Abrego 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 or • PLAN AHEAD SO THAT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS ARRIVE BY THE PUBLISHED DEADLINE.

  19. Requesting Recommendation Letters *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.

  20. Financial AidFree 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 – before January 1 (You can do this now) *Apply online with FAFSA at starting Jan. 1, 2013. ***You cannot fill out FAFSA until January 1, 2013*** Every college/university bound student must complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for money…even if you think you don’t qualify

  21. $$$$ for college: the early bird gets the worm!

  22. Scholarships 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:

  23. 1 2 3 4 5 TOP TEN Differences between High School and College 6 7 8 9 10

  24. Number 10 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 $$$

  25. Number 9 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

  26. Number 8 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!!

  27. WORK 40 hours 30 hours 20 hours 10 hours or less SCHOOL 6 credit hours 9 credit hours 12 credit hours 14-15 credit hours Course Load Suggestions

  28. Number 7 Students select their professors • The good ones fill up fast so register as soon as possible • Ask around…get the scoop!! •

  29. Number 6 Students may withdraw from a college course • You are not required to fill the class hour with another course, not early enough will receive a WF • Most likely, no refund on tuition/fees.

  30. Number 5 Minimum parental involvement • No calls to parents about grades and attendance

  31. Number 4 No designated lunch period • No passes! • No TARDY sweep • Eat where you choose, when you choose

  32. Number 3 Inappropriate behavior is not tolerated • No assistant principal to visit • No calls to parents • You’re an adult and will be treated like one

  33. Number 2 Attendance and punctuality are your responsibility • No bells

  34. #1 Top Difference! 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

  35. Learn to Earn

  36. Final Thoughts… “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.