Counselor Newsletter

AGUA FRIA HIGH SCHOOL

October

2021

Make sure to read through the entire newsletter. We have information for ALL students.


* Financial aid/FAFSA


* West-MEC


* College fairs


* Testing information


* College visits


* And much more!

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October 4th - 8th

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available beginning October 1st

Seniors and parents/guardians have two opportunities to attend FAFSA workshops. The first workshop will be hosted in the Agua Fria High School Library on October 19th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. If you are unable to attend this workshop, we will be hosting a district-wide FAFSA workshop at Millennium High School on October 21st, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. We will have staff from the high school, along with college and university representatives available to assist our families in completing the FAFSA.


* Spanish-speaking assistance will be offered for our families.


RSVP is not required, but it is encouraged.

FAFSA Workshop @ Agua Fria High School

Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 5:30-7:30pm

530 East Riley Drive

Avondale, AZ

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

FAFSA Workshop @ Millennium High School

Thursday, Oct. 21st, 5:30-7:30pm

14802 West Wigwam Boulevard

Goodyear, AZ

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Create your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID before completing the FAFSA

Seniors and their parents/guardians need to create an account to complete federal student aid tasks. The FSA ID is used to electronically sign the FAFSA.


Click HERE to create your FSA ID.

FAFSA Overview

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Choose from several virtual sessions to learn more about admission, financial aid and the college search process at Arizona’s public universities.

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Wednesday, October 13th

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) measures what you're learning in school, determines if you're on track, and opens doors for opportunities to prepare and pay for college.


* Registration is now open for 11th graders!


The cost for the PSAT is $18 and can be paid at the bookstore or at this link.


Juniors who qualify for free/reduced meals may contact their counselor to inquire about a fee waiver.


Registration is also open for 10th graders.

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Test dates are available HERE.


Students who qualify for free/reduced meals may contact their counselor to inquire about a fee waiver.

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Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Registration Deadline is November 5th

Any student that is enrolled in any AP class is responsible to sign up for AP tests through their College Board account. Mr. Gironi, AP Testing Coordinator, visited ALL AP classes on 9/27 and 9/28 to explain the test registration process, fees and deadlines.


The regular cost for each AP test is $15.


Students that are eligible for free or reduced meals will have a cost of $0 per AP test. The meal application has to be turned in every year to determine eligibility. Mr. Gironi provided copies of the application to each AP class. The application must be turned in to the cafeteria as soon as possible.


We will start collecting payments next semester.



Questions??? Please contact Mr. Gironi at ogironi@aguafria.org.

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National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

NACAC is offering several virtual college fairs through November. Connect with colleges and universities from all over the country. The quick video introduction (below) will help you find your way around the NACAC Virtual College Fairs. Start exploring!
Welcome to NACAC Fairs!

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Ten of the top public research universities around the country have partnered to help students and parents/guardians navigate a national college search process in a virtual world.

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West-MEC Applications open on Monday, October 18th!

West-MEC offers a variety of career and technical education programs at an affordable price. These programs can lead to a career after high school or help give students a head start on their path to college.
West-MEC - A Better You

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Fulton Fundamentals - Find the engineering major that's right for you!

Arizona State University is offering a series of workshops dedicated to helping prospective students find the Fulton Schools degree that is right for them! Workshops are offered for each of the seven Fulton Schools.


The workshops are FREE and available for current 11th and 12th grade students.

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Senior Launch Guide

The Senior Launch Guide includes a wealth of information about career exploration, FAFSA help, scholarship and job tips, selecting and applying for colleges, and more.


Each senior has access to a digital copy of the Launch Guide, however, we have a limited number of physical copies in the counseling office and College and Career Center. If a senior wants a copy, please stop by to pick one up while supplies last.

Arizona GEAR UP Senior Launch Guide Video

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The College and Career Center

Students should become familiar with our College and Career Center, located in the library. Mrs. Ciulei, College and Career Specialist, is available for student and parent appointments. She can assist with applications for colleges, scholarships, financial aid and much more!


Mrs. Ciulei can be reached at 623-932-7300 x. 1044 or by email at mciulei@aguafria.org.

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How to Avoid Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams

Please be aware that there are several scholarship and college search scams out there. DON'T pay for college and scholarship information! You can get all your resources right here at AFHS through the counseling department. Make an appointment to speak with your counselor and/or Mrs. Ciulei in the College and Career Center.

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Check out our AFHS Scholarship List and College Depot Scholarships!

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Mrs. Burton, EMCC Advisor, is on campus each Tuesday in the College and Career Center to support students who plan to enroll at EMCC. Her email address is rachel.burton@estrellamountain.edu.


Mrs. Ciulei, College and Career Specialist, can also assist in connecting students with Mrs. Burton.

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Students can sign up to meet with college and university representatives through Naviance. This slideshow will guide you through the registration process.


Most college representative visits will be hosted in the College and Career Center or Auditorium during EOT.

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Military Representatives on Campus

Our military reps are on campus and available during both lunches.


Mondays - Navy

Tuesdays - Army

Thursdays - Marines

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AFHS Website

Check out our AFHS website for news, updates and resources throughout the school year.

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  • For the 2021-2022 school year, all enrolled students will receive one (1) reimbursable breakfast and one (1) reimbursable lunch, at no cost, each school day. Students are not required to submit a Free/Reduced application for the daily free meal.


  • Even though students will receive their meals at no cost, it is still vital for parents to complete and submit a Free/Reduced application. Students who qualify for free or reduced meal benefits are eligible to receive P-EBT funds, reduced registration fees for ACT/AP/SAT tests, reduced registration for athletic fees, discount rates for college application fees, discounted rates on internet services, etc.

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2021-22 Bell Schedule

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Make sure to visit the Parent Hub!


Parents/guardians can explore resources, video explanations, ask questions, learn about the educational technologies your students use in class, and much more!

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During the school year, the school counselors will use Google Classroom as a primary tool for sharing important information with our students.


Students will receive information regarding colleges, universities, programs of study, scholarships and so much more!


The Google Classroom code for each cohort is:



Seniors (Class of 2022): pso7u4f

Juniors (Class of 2023): hkyb745

Sophomores (Class of 2024): mv2dsq7

Freshmen (Class of 2025): p5b7ryr

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School Counselors help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they can achieve success in school.

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In partnership with the Agua Fria Union High School District, Touchstone Behavioral Health Services is offering comprehensive behavioral services for our youth and their families.


Please see the flyer below for more information about School Based Services (SBS).


Learn more about social/emotional health at our Parent Hub.

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Counseling Department Contact Information

Every Agua Fria High School student is assigned to his/her counselor based on last name. Get to know your school counselors! We are here to support our students with all the necessary resources to be college and career ready. Make sure to stay informed and follow us on social media as well!


Jennifer Ferrante-Jackson
jferrantejackson@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1036
Student last name: A-Co

Jill Goodall
jgoodall@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1237
Student last name: Cr-Ha

Bill Lucas
blucas@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1035
Student last name: He-Mi

Oscar Gironi
ogironi@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1042
Student last name: Mo-Ro

Analy Talamante
atalamante@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1038
Student last name: Ru-Z
English Acquisition Program


Katherine Alvarado
Counseling Office Specialist
kalvarado@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1040


Selena Felix
Counseling Office Specialist
sfelix@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1041

Rosemarie Laur
Registrar
rlaur@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1039

Toni Mueller
Data Specialist
tmueller@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1046


Mary Ciulei

College and Career Specialist

mciulei@aguafria.org

623-932-7300 x. 1044