From the Counselor's Office...

Parents, please be checking your students HAC (Home Access Center) for grades. Please email teachers if you have a concern about your child's grade. Marking Period 1 came to a close on 11/1/19. Reports cards will be available to view on HAC on November 13, 2019. 

We do not send out hard copies of this report. If you need a hard copy of the report card, please email your child's counselor after November 13th. Counselors are assigned by first letter of last name, as follows: 

Ms. Sanders A-C
Mr. Wolcott D-F/GIS
Mrs. Neitz G-L
Mrs. Guidry M-R
Mrs. Marino S-Z 

Please check follow the link below to see all One Lunch Tutoring Opportunities & Club offerings

https://schools.smcps.org/lhs/quick-links/one-hour-lunch 

Seniors who have been accepted to a college, please update your Naviance account so we can share your joy of all the schools you have been accepted to! 

Seniors! If you are a senior and applying for college the FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aide, is now open. All students going to a 2 or 4 year college will need to complete the FAFSA. The website provides many checklists for planning and budgeting for college and different types of financial aid. Please follow this link https://studenaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa to find all the information.


Parents, please be checking your students HAC (Home Access Center) for grades. Please email teachers if you have a concern about your child's grade. Interims will be published on HAC on 10/18. We do not send out hard copies of this report. If you need a hard copy of the interim report, please email your child's counselor. Counselors are assigned by first letter of last name, as follows:

Ms. Sanders A-C

Mr. Wolcott D-F/GIS

Mrs. Neitz G-L

Mrs. Guidry M-R

Mrs. Marino S-Z

Please check follow the link below to see all One Lunch Tutoring Opportunities & Club offerings

https://schools.smcps.org/lhs/quick-links/one-hour-lunch

Seniors! If you are a senior and applying for college the FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aide, is now open. All students going to a 2 or 4 year college will need to complete the FAFSA. The website provides many checklists for planning and budgeting for college and different types of financial aid. Please follow this link https://studenaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa to find all the information.

Seniors applying to colleges with a November 1st deadline - please make sure you have everything you need from teachers and your counselor. If you are still in need of a letter of recommendation, please request that by Monday October 21st. SAT or ACT scores need to be sent directly from ACT or College Board. You should allow 2-3 weeks for this delivery to the colleges.

Seniors who have been accepted to a college, please update your Naviance account so we can share your joy of all the schools you have been accepted to!


Senior Class Visits 

Counselors make it to all senior english classrooms. Our presentation included information about senior letters, and post-secondary school plans. If your student was absent, the counselor will meet individually with those students to share the senior letter, and other information. Here is the link for all to view to see what is covered

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mUNjRskTjaanEnrDYiF27aPyvGXhLKzkaZAI2MCfB8s/edit?usp=sharing 

Seniors applying for college the FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aide- is now open! All students going to a 2 year or 4 year college will need to complete the FAFSA. This website provides many checklists for planning and budgeting for college, and different types of financial aid.

Please follow this link https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa to find all the information. 


POSITIVE ATTITUDE MONTH

Positive Attitude Month is an annual designation observed in October. A positive attitude is the best trait you can carry with you, because it makes any difficult or frustrating situation a lot easier to deal with. If you look at most scenarios as “glass half empty,” now is the time to change that! Looking at things with a “glass half full” perspective is a small thought process that makes a big difference. Research suggests there are lasting benefits to keeping a positive attitude.

  1. Longer life span because of overall lower stress levels
  2. Lower chance of depression
  3. More resistance to sicknesses like the common cold
  4. Increased physical and mental well being
  5. Less risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  6. More developed coping skills during challenges.

Finally, your positive energy will result in more overall motivation, more friends, and many more happy memories. Of course, life can be extremely challenging. In our work and personal lives, speed bumps will always present themselves… there’s really nothing we can do about it. So, why not try to make the best of every situation we are thrown into? 

Check out more https://nationaldaycalendar.com/positive-attitude-month-october/


Naviance for Seniors and Parents

Parents should have received a code for a parent log in for Naviance. If you were unable to attend, please follow the link below to see the presentation.   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sPW6m43u3RhSoSZTLPDLcJhNqUmGrTYB/view?usp=sharing 


 Seniors applying to college

The counselors have begun uploading and sending transcript requests. Depending on the college we can send the transcript through the mail or electronically, you do not need to do both, so please look at the college application on how the college would like you to send your transcript. All students should be using their Naviance account to keep track of all schools they are applying too. Students who are applying to a COMMON APPLICATION college or university, must link their Common Application with their Naviance account. If a letter of recommendation is needed for your college applications, please obtain a Request for Letter of Recommendation form from the Guidance Office.

The counselors visit senior english classes to review the process of using Naviance for transcripts and letters of recommendation. We will also be handing out senior letters. These letters include all the requirements your son or daughter will need to complete this year to graduate in May. For students who are completing their english requirements at the college, we will hold a session the week of Sept. 30th, to complete presentation and hand out senior letters. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 18th, Mrs. Hunt provided a Naviance informational session for seniors. Follow the link below to see the presentation.

On Thursday Sept. 19th, you should have received an email that included a Naviance code and log in for parents.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sPW6m43u3RhSoSZTLPDLcJhNqUmGrTYB/view?usp=sharing


How to be Successful!

 College Readiness

No Tolerance/BULLYING

Bullying - Directions/forms for reporting bullying and/or harassment can be found by clicking on the following link: Report Bullying

 Keep Your Mental Health in Check

 Important Forms

Links
NCAA Clearing House
Military/ASVAB

College Search
College Board
CollegeView
CollegeXpress
fastweb!

Financial Aid Resources
FAFSA
Federal Student Aid

SAT/ACT Resources
ACT Information and Registration
ACT Prep
PSAT
SAT Information and Registration
SAT Prep

Scholarship Search
College Board
fastweb!


SMCPS Program of Studies

The SMCPS Progam of Studies is designed to challenge all students, fulfill the high school graduation requirements, prepare students for the High School Assessments and ensure students are prepared for post-secondary programs. Students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to review this Program of Studies and the school registration material carefully with teachers, school counselors, and administrators. It is very important that students select the most challenging and rigorous program to meet their post-secondary and career goals.