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1 Report Regarding College Readiness Activities October 2015

2 Planning for Higher Education Senior Parent Nights September 14, 2015 Nikki Rowe HS September 15, 2015 Memorial HS, Achieve ECHS & IB/Lamar September 17, 2015 McAllen HS

3 Planning for Higher Education Senior Parent Nights Attendance Totals Campus Students and Parents McAllen High School 157 Memorial High School 95 Nikki Rowe High School 101 Lamar Academy 2 Achieve Early College High School 20 District Total 375

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6 PSAT PREP Redesigned PSAT for 2015 Focus on Knowledge, Skills and Understandings for college readiness Right only scoring no penalty for guessing Juniors (11 th grade) PSAT/NMSQT: Qualifying Test for National Merit Scholarship and National Hispanic Recognition PSAT Critical Reading and Writing Prep during English III class PSAT Mathematics during Algebra II, Pre-Cal and Calculus Personalized online prep at Khan Academy: Sophomores (10 th grade) are taking the PSAT not for scholarship competition. Exam scores used for AP Potential and measure college readiness. PSAT Critical Reading and Writing during English II class PSAT Mathematics during Algebra II, Pre-Cal and Geometry Personalized online prep at Khan Academy:

7 PSAT 8 for 8 th Grade All 8 th Grade Middle School Students Wednesday, December 9, 2015 PSAT 8 is the first step on the College Board series of exams for high school and college. Measures skills students need to be on track for college success Establishes a baseline for college and career readiness for students as they enter high school. Tools are available after exam for students to begin college and scholarship searches.

8 On October 14 th, Seniors will attend sessions provided by UTPA, STC, VAMOS and McAllen ISD staff on the following topics: Take the Leap to College Success Senior Activities College Admissions Financial Aid Apply Texas Applications Scholarships Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Academic Advisement Getting Ready for College

9 October/November Senior Activities October 5 th 9 th Senior have opportunity to complete their Apply Texas on-line College application at their respective campuses with the help of UTPA, STC and McAllen ISD Staff Senior College Advisements College Representative Visits College Application Drives (UTRGV & STC) NCAA/NAIA Application Drive

10 October/November Senior Activities Senior Top 10% Meeting Early Decision/Action Application Drive Take the Leap for College Success ASVAB Essays for College Applications and Scholarships Sign Up for SAT and ACT Exams Scholarship Searches and Applications

11 Information Session With Dartmouth College The University of Pennsylvania Princeton University and Stanford University Important Senior Dates October 21, :00 PM - 9:00 PM Wednesday, October, 21, 2015 McAllen High School Auditorium 2021 La Vista Avenue key.admissions.upenn.edu/register/jointinfomcallen2015

12 Important Senior Dates UT Early Application and Scholarship Deadline- October 15 Nov 5 SAT Testing Registration Deadline for January 13 th Test Date Nov 6 ACT Testing Registration Deadline for February 6 th Test Date

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16 Lamar Academy- lb 2015 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 4 5 Exploring College Options Y Convention 7: WEATHER DAY- (No School) UTPA (UTRGV) Ms. Morse- TOK Essay writing / SENIORS: YOU SHOULD BE FINISHING ESSAYS, AND SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS. Keep working on scholarships. Start of 3rd Six Weeks UTRGV Scholarship Opens: UTRGV.edu/applyscholarships 2:00-3:00 2:30-3:30 10:00 11:00am 1:30 2:30 SENIOR LEAP DEADLINE Early Decision 9 End of 2nd Six Weeks DEADLINE to register for Nov 7 th SAT Cont essay writing 10 EXAM EXAM Corporate Scholarships: 1:30-2:30 HEB, Olive Garden, Target, Kohl s, DEADLINE Foot Locker Coca Cola $20, :30-9:30 10:00-11:00 NO TRICK-OR-TREAT, TIL YOU COMPLETE! Zombie Apocalypse $2,000

17 Achieve Early College High School 2015 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 4 5 Exploring College Options Y Convention 7: WEATHER DAY- (No School) UTPA (UTRGV) / SENIORS: YOU SHOULD BE FINISHING ESSAYS, AND SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS. Keep working on scholarships. Corporate Scholarships: Chick-Fil-A, HEB, Target, Kohl s, Olive Garden, etc. Start of 3rd Six Weeks UTRGV Scholarship Opens: UTRGV.edu/applyscholarships TAMUCC Priority Scholarship Deadline End of 2nd Six Weeks College Application essay writing- DEADLINE to Mrs. Limas & Mrs. Martinez (Eng. IV) register for Nov 7 th SAT DEADLINE Early Decision 16 UTRGV Presentation 3 17 EXAM EXAM DEADLINE Coca Cola $20,000 All day All Day All Classes 30 NO TRICK-OR-TREAT, TIL YOU COMPLETE! Apply to UTRGV Zombie Apocalypse $2,000

18 Senior Checklist September October November Make sure your senior has: Registered for SAT and ACT Applied to 4 or more colleges Signed up for college representative visits at high school Recorded username/passwords in college workbook Attended College & Career Night (with you) If playing collegiate sports: NAIA - or for NCAA. Begun to request teacher/counselor letters of recommendation (if applicable) As a parent, also: Attend Senior PARENT meeting Make sure your senior has: Registered for SAT and ACT Requested 4 or more transcripts at registrar s office (college /scholarship applications) Completed a resume Completed a LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP application by Feb 1 st Researched at least 4 colleges/universities CSS/Financial Aid Profile Created portal with colleges Applied for scholarships Signed up for college representative visits at high school NOTE: Priority deadline for the University of Texas at Austin is October 15 th. Make sure your senior has: Registered for SAT and ACT Researched / applied to housing and meal plans for university of interest Finished admission application (Apply Texas and/or Common Application) Completed college / scholarship applications / sent all required documentation (some deadlines as early as Dec. 1) Checked portals daily Applied for scholarships Signed up for college representative visits at high school TSI tested (exempt?) Submitted ALL acceptance & scholarship award letters to their College Specialist (whether you accept them or not).

19 Senior Checklist December January February Make sure your senior has: Registered for SAT and ACT Requested 4 or more transcripts at registrar s office (college /scholarship applications) Sent transcripts to colleges Created/checked portals daily Applied for scholarships Signed up for college representative visits at high school Submitted ALL acceptance & scholarship award letters to their College Specialist (whether you accept them or not). Make sure your senior has: Requested 4 or more transcripts at registrar s office (college /scholarship applications) Sent transcripts to colleges Created/checked portals daily Applied for FSA ID ( Applied for scholarships Signed up for college representative visits at high school Submit UTRGV Scholars scholarship application (over 300 scholarship opportunities), VAMOS/UTPA and Coca-Cola Scholarships (DUE Jan. 15) Submitted ALL acceptance & scholarship award letters to Ms. Garcia (whether you accept them or not). As a parent, also: Attended MISD Senior PARENT Financial Aid meeting on January 28, 2016 Filed your Income Tax Return ASAP Applied for YOUR FSA ID ( account required from student & parent) Make sure your senior has: Requested 4 or more transcripts at registrar s office (college /scholarship applications) Sent transcripts to colleges Created/checked portals daily Applied for FSA ID Applied for scholarships As a parent, also: Applied for YOUR FSA ID Filed your Income Tax Return ASAP Attended Financial Aid Transmittal Night (Feb. 25 Rowe HS, 6:00pm)

20 March April May Make sure your senior has: Completed FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid); REGARDLESS of INCOME. PRIORITY DEADLINE: March 15 th Requested 4 or more transcripts at registrar s office (college /scholarship applications) Selected or narrowed down to which college he/she will be attending Registered for college orientation or new student conferences Begun HOUSING and MEAL plan process Applied for scholarships Sent TSI scores or proof of exemption Make sure your senior has: Completed FAFSA, if not yet submitted. Requested 4 or more transcripts at registrar s office (college /scholarship applications) Selected or narrowed down to which college he/she will be attending Registered for college orientation or new student conferences Submitted Meningitis Vaccination record Begun HOUSING and MEAL plan process Applied for scholarships Sent TSI scores or proof of exemption DECISION DAY: MAY 1 ST Make sure your senior has: Notified FINAL decision to COLLEGE OF CHOICE by registering for college orientation or new student conferences Finalized HOUSING and MEAL plan Applied for scholarships Senior Scholarship/Awards Ceremony Scholarship Awards Ceremony: Please be sure your child has submitted ALL scholarship offers to their College Specialist BY MAY 1 ST so they may be honored at this ceremony AND in the Graduation Program. GRADUATION!!!

21 June July Make sure your senior has: Registered for college orientation or new student conferences Finalized HOUSING and MEAL plan Applied for scholarships Make sure your senior has: Registered for college orientation or new student conferences Finalized HOUSING and MEAL plan Applied for scholarships

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23 Student and Parent College Preparation Checklist Parents: Take an active role in assisting your child with these important activities. 9 th Grade 10 th Grade 11 th Grade 12 th Grade Fall *Submit summer coursework grades. *Review transcripts and credits with counselor. *Attend College and Career Night and speak with college business representatives. * Investigate colleges and careers through interest surveys and questionnaires. *Enroll in rigorous and challenging courses. *Read widely, write frequently and develop problem solving skills. *Become involved with extracurricular activities and take leadership roles. *Volunteer for community events and activities. *Review your four year graduation plan in with your counselor. *Create a Resume and add all activities into a College Portfolio. *Ask for extra help in subjects where support is needed. *Attend tutoring sessions. *Develop good study habits. *Attend classes each day to keep up with assignments. *Study hard and keep grades as high as possible. *Note: Grades go on the permanent transcript and are reviewed by universities. *Attend PSAT Study Sessions *Take PSAT very seriously and do the best possible. Scores could qualify you for scholarships. *Take the PSAT October 14, *After taking the PSAT, go to My College QuickStart for more college information. Pay close attention to AP Potential based on PSAT scores. *Determine a date to take the SAT and ACT in the Spring. Note the registration deadline. *Take the TSI Exam if needed. *Continue to keep your grades high. *Attend classes each day to keep up with assignments. *Meet with your counselor to review credits, grades, and test scores. *Meet with the college specialist to discuss the college process. *Complete the Apply Texas Application and other applications early. *Note application and Scholarship deadlines in your Senior Calendar. *Submit Early Decision applications on time. *Schedule the SAT/ACT if needed. Note registration deadlines. *Take the TSI exam if necessary. *Schedule a meeting with your counselor & parents to review your graduation status. *Schedule a meeting with the college specialist to discuss the college process.

24 Student and Parent College Preparation Checklist Parents: Take an active role in assisting your child with these important activities. 9 th Grade 10 th Grade 11 th Grade 12 th Grade Fall *Attend all Parent Nights, Presentations and Orientations. *Attend college representative visits on-campus. *Speak with your counselor and/or teachers about your course of study and endorsements selected. *Choose electives that support your interests and course study. *Learn about different occupations through various activities; guest speakers, field trips, part time jobs, classwork, career fairs, and volunteer activities. *Review/take an interest survey and discuss the outcome with your parents and counselors. *Research occupations based on your course of study and endorsements. *Explore technical, two-year, and four-year postsecondary education options. *Choose your top 5 postsecondary options and continue with in-depth research. *Create a listing of colleges you are interested in. Continue research as to location, cost, scholarships, and major area of study. *Review Education plan and graduation requirements. *Make occupation and postsecondary education plans. *Learn about the kind of education you will need to pursue the occupations; technical school, two-year college, or four-year college/university that fits your plan. *Request Letters of Recommendation early. *Create a Senior Calendar with deadlines for admissions, scholarships, and financial aid. *Submit at least five college/university applications. *Apply for FAFSA pin.

25 College Deadlines are Closer Than They Appear! Many College and University Application and Scholarship Deadlines are December 1 st

26 Saturday, November 7 th Date: Saturday, November 7 th Time: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Location: McHi, Rowe, Memorial Lamar & Achieve Don t miss the opportunity to complete and submit your college applications. Priority Deadline for institutional scholarships is December 1 st. Like they say, The early bird gets the worm! For more information contact your College Specialist.

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