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Thompson High School Senior Parent Night . October 28, 2013. Counselors’ Contact Information. Mrs. Pam Vickers College & Career Counselor pam.vickers@alabastercityschools.org 205.685.6734 Counselors by Last Name Ms. Kadrian Delaine (A-D) Mrs. Kristen Blanton (E-K)

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counselors contact information
Counselors’ Contact Information
  • Mrs. Pam Vickers

College & Career Counselor

pam.vickers@alabastercityschools.org

205.685.6734

Counselors by Last Name

  • Ms. Kadrian Delaine (A-D)
  • Mrs. Kristen Blanton (E-K)
  • Mrs. Traci McGee (L-Ri)
  • Mrs. Heather Myles (Ro-Z)
connecting to counselors
Connecting to Counselors
  • Students
    • Before/after school
    • Lunch
    • Make an appointment
    • Utilize email
  • Parents
    • Email (preferred method)
    • Phone
    • Counseling newsletters and school website
graduation requirements
Graduation Requirements
  • 24 credits required for graduation
  • Must pass all core subjects (4x4) and required electives
  • Must pass all five parts of AHSGE
    • Students completing all course requirements for the standard diploma and passing only 3 of 5 parts of the AHSGE (including Reading and Math) may receive an Alabama Credit-Based Diploma.
important senior dates
Important Senior Dates
  • November 1 – Baby picture due for yearbook
  • November 1 – Deadline for yearbook ads
  • November 4 – Senior meeting to receive cap/gown information
  • November 13 – Cap & Gown/Announcement orders due
    • Fee ($100) includes cap, gown, tassel, stole, diploma
    • May not borrow regalia from a former graduate
  • April 4 – Prom (Hyatt Regency)
  • May 15 – Senior Awards Night (6:30pm)
  • May 19– Senior Day/Senior Breakfast/Graduation Rehearsal
  • May 20 – Graduation, 6:00pm (Bartow Arena)
    • All guests must have a ticket (Seniors will be issued 10 tickets)
    • Additional tickets available for purchase at rehearsal

For more information, contact Mrs. Sanford, Senior Sponsor (ronna.sanford@alabastercityschools.org)

additional costs optional
Additional Costs (optional)
  • Graduation t-shirt ($10)
  • Senior video ($15, pre-order in May)
  • Graduation video ($15, pre-order in May)
  • Honor Society stole/cords
    • National Honor Society ($35)
    • Quill & Scroll Cord ($15)
    • French/Spanish Honor Society Cords ($15 each)
    • Thespian Cord ($15)
    • Mu Alpha Theta Cord ($18)
important forms available in student services
Important Forms Available in Student Services
  • Official transcript request form
    • Must submit to counselors’ office at least one day in advance
  • College visit form
    • Must follow proper procedures
  • Senior Questionnaire
    • Received through English classes in September
colleges and universities
Colleges and Universities

Where to go from here

qualities to consider
Qualities to Consider
  • Size
  • Location
  • Academic Environment
  • Degree programs offered
  • Extracurricular Offerings
  • Cost (have a frank discussion about this!)
  • Best fit for student
developing the college list
Developing the College List
  • Consider these options
    • Public universities (The University of Alabama; The University of Montevallo; Auburn University)
    • Private colleges/universities (Samford University, Birmingham-Southern)
    • Community colleges (Jefferson State Community College)
    • Vocational/Technical (ITT, Herzing, Virginia College)
  • Apply broadly
    • 2-3 “Reach” schools
    • 4-6 “Target” schools
    • 2-3 “Safety” schools
college applications
College Applications
  • Create and regularly check a professional email address
    • i.e., johnstudent@gmail.com
  • Send applications NOW to colleges and universities
  • Many application deadlines are December 1 or earlier!
  • Know the deadlines for the schools you are most likely to attend
  • Most application deadlines are “received by”; not “postmarked by”
  • Online applications will expedite the admissions process and will sometimes save money
common application
Common Application
  • Common Application enables students to apply to multiple schools using one application form.
  • A listing of the schools that will accept the Common Application may be found at www.commonapp.org.
  • Deadline for applications is November 1.
  • Requires essays and multiple recommendation letters.
admission factors
Admission Factors
  • Grades/GPA/Class rank
  • Standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)
  • Extracurricular activities and leadership positions
  • College essays
  • Recommendation letters
college entrance examinations
College Entrance Examinations
  • ACT – Administered at Thompson High School
    • Math, critical reading, writing, science reasoning
    • ACT plus writing (includes essay)
    • Highest score is 36
    • No penalty for guessing
    • Register online at www.actstudent.org
    • Cost is $50.50 for ACT Plus Writing (includes four score reports)
    • Next opportunity to test is December 14
    • December test may be too late for some scholarships!
    • ACT fee waivers available for students receiving free/reduced lunch
      • Inquire in Student Services
college entrance examinations1
College Entrance Examinations
  • SAT
    • Includes math, critical reading, writing (includes essay)
    • Highest possible score is 2400
    • Penalty for guessing
    • Subject area tests (two in different subjects required by many private schools)
      • Options include English, History, Math, Science and World Languages)
    • Register online at http://sat.collegeboard.org
    • Cost is $50.00 for SAT and $23.00 for subject tests
    • Next opportunity to test is December 7
    • December test may be too late for some scholarships!
    • Fee waivers available for students receiving free/reduced lunch
      • Inquire in Student Services
college essays teacher recommendations
College Essays & Teacher Recommendations
  • Essay topics vary by college or university
  • Do not procrastinate on this portion of the application
  • Ask teachers or administrators about recommendation letters now!
  • Check the requirements at the schools of your choice
  • Sophomore, junior and senior year teachers are preferred
  • Be sensitive to the time provided for this part of the application
college recruiters
College Recruiters

Fall Visits to

Thompson High School

procedures for recruiter visits
Procedures for Recruiter Visits
  • Announcements are made prior to each visit
  • Students are to sign up in advance in Student Services
  • Be open-minded
  • Students will be provided a pass for 25 minutes of time in which to meet with the recruiter
  • Come to the meeting with questions in mind
  • Get a business card from the recruiter
  • Recruiters will remember those students who made an effort!
college visits
College Visits
  • Students are allowed two excused absences per year
  • Students must complete the college visit form in its entirety and in proper sequence BEFORE the visit
    • Form is available in Student Services or in the Guidance section of the THS website
  • Bring back something from the college/university to show you attended the visit (letter, business card, etc.)
  • Mrs. Vickers can help schedule college visits
  • Ask to sit in on a class and take a campus tour
  • Speak with current students and faculty members
visit to university of alabama campus

November 14, 2013

  • 8am until 3:30pm
  • Chartered bus service to and from Tuscaloosa
  • Opportunity to tour campus, hear from admissions representatives, learn more about Honors College, and enjoy lunch
  • Must have “C” average to attend, good attendance and clean discipline record
  • Register in Student Services no later than November 7
  • Excused field trip (not a college visit)
Visit to University of Alabama Campus
transcript requests
Transcript Requests
  • Must submit to Student Services at least one day in advance.
  • Cost is $3.00 per transcript; $10.00 for unlimited.
  • Must include parent’s signature if the student is under 18.
  • Transcripts include grades for all courses since 9th grade; class rank, and GPA (weighted and unweighted).
  • Colleges will require transcripts for admissions purposes as well as scholarship applications.
resume information
Resume Information
  • Name
  • Diploma Type/GPA
  • Work Experience
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Awards/Certificates
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Hobbies/Skills/Abilities
a word about social media
A Word About Social Media
  • Utilize websites, Facebook and Twitter to research potential colleges
  • “Like” or “Follow” those schools that interest you
  • Many college recruiters will ask you to “Follow” them for more information about events and the admissions process
  • Research suggests that 80% of potential colleges and employers check your Facebook or Twitter accounts before offering admission or employment
    • Keep your accounts clean, refrain from posting inappropriate content or photographs
ncaa eligibility clearinghouse
NCAA Eligibility/Clearinghouse
  • If your child plans to play a sport in college, make sure he/she is registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
  • Web application at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
  • $60 fee, payable online
  • Submit two high school transcripts
    • One transcript as soon as web form is complete
    • Second transcript at final graduation
  • See Mrs. Vickers or your child’s coach for details
military
Military
  • We will have recruiters from all branches of the Armed Forces on campus this fall.
  • Interested students must take the ASVAB (November 6).
  • ROTC programs and National Guard offer scholarships for college.
  • After graduation, 4-6 years of military service may be required.
  • Contact Mrs. Vickers if you wish to speak with a recruiter.
    • Involve family in this process.
scholarships
Scholarships
  • Scholarship information is posted on the Guidance portion of the THS website (under “News”).
  • Announcements are made about scholarship applications on morning announcements and THS-TV.
  • Many local scholarships are awarded in the spring.
  • Pay attention to deadlines.
  • Contact Mrs. Vickers for specific information.
college recruiters1
College Recruiters

University of Alabama (Christy Hudgens)

Jefferson State Community College (Rodney Thompson)

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Next steps:Financial Aid Seminar planned for early springThis presentation will be uploaded to the THS website under “Guidance”