Counselor Connection

Clemens High School Counselors Newsletter - October, 2020

Dear Buff Family-

Happy Fall! It’s hard to believe it is October already! This year has started differently than any other and has come with many adjustments for everyone. We appreciate your support as we work through these times together.

The end of the 1st 9-week grading period will be here next Friday, October 16th. Please be sure your student is working with his/her teachers on any missing work or opportunities to re-do work before next week. If your student does not earn a 70 in each class for this grading period, your student will have an opportunity for grade recovery from their teachers.

Counselors have been meeting with seniors and are finishing up those meetings. Next we will be meeting with juniors to discuss future plans as well as update their 4-year plans with their classes for next school year. Our newsletter also contains info that sophomores and freshmen may find helpful as they move through high school.

October also means the FAFSA is open for seniors to apply for financial aid. Additionally, this month our sophomores will take the PSAT on October 14th. See below for more info about both.

Counselors are available to speak with students and parents about concerns they have. We encourage students and parents to submit an appointment request through our website. We are still here to support you no matter the location. We are all in this together!

Best wishes continued success!

Clemens Counselors

Senior Information:

So what about that FAFSA....

The basic facts: the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the document you must file each year to get financial aid. Colleges use this information to determine financial aid packages. You and a parent/guardian fill out and file this document one time and then each school accesses it to make awards.

STUDENTS CAN START APPLYING OCTOBER 1st! It is strongly recommended that you file the FAFSA as soon as possible after it opens on October 1st. Many times students will hold off until applications to college are done but this is not necessary. We urge this because student aid does run out and so getting it done early positions you towards the front of the line when financial aid is distributed.

More on the process below.

Overview of the Financial Aid Process
Apply Texas

The goal of Apply Texas is to offer a centralized means for students to apply to the many post-secondary institutions available in Texas.


We want to celebrate with you! Send us your acceptance letters and come by for a picture! #CollegeReady

Sophomore & Junior Information

How to Link Your College Board + Khan Academy Accounts

Freshmen Information:

As you embark on your high school journey, there are several things to keep in mind over the course of your freshmen year. Take high school seriously right from the start! Your freshman grades do matter. That means what you do in your ninth grade year has a direct impact on the opportunities available to you in your senior year. It is up to you to "hit the ground running" as you begin your high school career. Start off the school year strong by following these tips.

  • Time management is crucial in high school. You’ll have more homework and more activities to balance- find ways to get organized!
  • Stay on top of your homework and see your teachers for extra help. They are happy to schedule time to meet with you.
  • Get to know your teachers! They want you to be successful in high school.
  • Set short and long term goals. Discuss your goals with your parents and/or your counselor.
  • Play a sport, join a club, and do the things you love best! Be an active participant in the SEHS community.
  • Get to know your counselor. We are here to answer any questions you might have about high school and to help you reach your goals. Stop by to say hello.

It's not too late to begin talking about college. Freshman year is one of the most important years for making good choices and motivating yourself to think ahead. This about the following list of To-Do's this semester:

  • Talk to your counselor about a 4-year plan
  • Make a list of academic and personal goals. What do you want to have achieved in 1 year? 4 years?
  • Start to look at colleges and become familiar with admissions criteria
  • Begin to keep a log of involvement in and outside of school. Sports, jobs, clubs, volunteering...all these things will become important as you apply to colleges and scholarships
  • Identify potential career options. Don't worry, they will change as time goes one, but it is important to start to think about what type of careers might fit you!
Overview: Making high school count
10 Most Common High School Freshman Mistakes

Click button to help avoid these common freshman mistakes


Start researching colleges, careers and majors at this site. Get an early jump on determining your college criteria and understanding what colleges are looking for in candidates.

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Social Worker - Raquel Rodriguez

To reach our district social worker during this time regarding McKinney Vento (homelessness), Foster Care Status, Pregnancy Related Services, or Migrant Programs questions you can contact her by phone or email as shown below:

Raquel Rodriguez phone: 210-945-6523 email:

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College, Career & Military Readiness Center

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