CHS Counselor Monthly Update
Coppell High School, Counselors' Newsletter
Happy Spring! We hope you all are doing well! As you know, we have one month left in our registration process for the 2021-2022 school year! Current 9th, 10th & 11th graders please make sure you have signed up to meet with your counselor. Links are below on each counselors name to sign up!
Schoology Access Codes
Juniors - V4K4-KWZB-9QNH6
Sophomores - GCZ5-M45C-CHVCC
For information on the CISD's COVID Response.
Virtual Counseling Department
Check out the Virtual Counseling Department. Live links embedded throughout!
3/3 - School Day SAT For Juniors
3/10 - Course Verifications delivered to students
3/12 - Student Half Day
3/12 - End of 3rd 9 weeks
3/15-3/19 - Spring Break
3/22 - 4th and final grading period begins!
3/23 - Dual Credit Registration CLOSES Summer & Fall
3/24 - Student Verify classes for 21-22 School year
4/1 - Last Day to make schedule changes for 21-22 School year
4/5 - No School
4/6 - English 2 EOC for most Sophomores
5/26 - Last day of School!
5/28 - CHS Graduation
- Admission Information and Applications
- SAT/ACT Registration
- FAFSA Help
- TASFA Help
- Residency & In State Tuition
- College Readiness and Access
- Scholarship Searches
- Career Exploration
UTD Admissions update!
We have some great virtual events for this spring. I am going to link some more information and registration down below. We have Discover UTD Week which is geared for our incoming freshmen students. This event provides some information about the university, gives students a chance to ask admission counselors any questions they may have, and they can speak to someone in the department they are most interested in. We also have Preview Friday which is geared for transfer students. This event provides some more information about the university, students can ask admission counselors their questions, and students will have the chance to learn more about the department they are interested in. The cherry on top for both of these events, they include application fee waivers when you register and attend.
We are also offering virtual pre-admission counseling appointments. This gives students a chance to meet with an admission counselor and ask any questions they may have. The link below is to set up an appointment.
Texas A&M - Chevron Engineering Academy at Dallas College - ZOOM MEETING MARCH 4th
I hope you are well and are having a great start to your semester. My name is Paul Oñate and I am with the Texas A&M Engineering Academies in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. If you are not familiar with the Academies, briefly, this innovative co-enrollment partnership provides a pathway to students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at Texas A&M University. Students admitted to the Engineering Academy are Texas A&M engineering students co-enrolled at Texas A&M University in the College of Engineering and at Dallas College. They enroll in math, science and core curriculum courses through the Dallas College campus of their choice and have the unique opportunity to enroll in Texas A&M engineering courses taught by Texas A&M faculty on the El Centro campus. Students can spend a minimum of one year up to a maximum of two years co-enrolled before transitioning full time to College Station to finish their bachelor’s degree.
I am reaching out to you today to invite you and your students to a virtual information session I will be hosting on the Texas A&M Engineering Academy, tomorrow, March 4th @ 3:30PM Please feel free to send this invite flyer along with the registration link below to your seniors.
- The Links Inc Dallas Chapter
- Taylor Storch Memorial Scholarship
- Knights of Columbus Scholarship
- Republican Women Association Scholarship
- Ronald McDonald House
- Swim4Elise Foundation
- Coppell Lions Club
- Communities Foundation of Texas
Need help with Naviance?
We will also be hosting a number of webinars and zoom calls to go over the college process!
Mentoring Roundtables take place at House of Shine in Grapevine from 6:30 – 8:00pm. The evening begins with a dessert reception and concludes with the mentoring discussion. To refer students to this program, direct them to www.houseofshine.com/mentoring. Students will then select the date they are available to participate and register for the program. These discussions are paid for by the mentor and free of charge to students.
Registration for 2021-2022 School Year
Feb 3rd - Online Registration closes all course selection requests due for 2021-2022 school year
Feb 8th - Dual Credit Registration OPENS
Feb 8th - 11th - 1:1 Registration meetings with in person learners (sign up not needed)
Feb 12th-Mar 4th - Counselor Meetings with Virtual students
March 23rd - Dual Credit Registration CLOSED
March 24th - Course selection verification sheets available
April 1st - Course selections verification closes (Current 9th-11th)
April 1st - Final date to make course requests changes
SPRING 2021 Dual Credit Registration
Spring Dual Credit
1/19 - 1st day of Spring DCCCD Classes
2/24 - Drop Date for January - March 1st 8 week classes
3/22 - 1st day of classes 2nd 8 weeks March-May
4/15 - Drop Date for 16 week classes
4/28 - Drop Date for 2nd 8 week March-May classes
Thank you for your continued patience and communication through the dual credit process.
SAT / PSAT / ACT / AP
Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Youth Suicide Warning Signs
- Talking about or making plans for suicide
- Expressing hopelessness about the future
- Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress
- Substance use & abuse
- Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:
- Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations
- Changes in sleep (increased or decreased)
- Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
- Recent increased agitation or irritability
How to Respond
If you notice any of these warning signs in anyone, you can help!
- Ask if they are ok or if they are having thoughts of suicide
- Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
- Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
- Reflect what they share and let them know they have been heard
- Tell them they are not alone
- Let them know there are treatments available that can help
- If you are a student, report your concerns to a trusted adult (parent, teacher, counselor, administrator.)
Parents Can Make a Difference
Parents can help prevent suicide by recognizing warning signs, identifying risk factors (characteristics that may lead a young person to engage in suicidal behaviors), promoting protective factors (characteristics that help people deal with stress and reduce their chances of engaging in suicidal behaviors), and knowing how to talk to their children and seek mental health services. You can empower yourself and your teen by following these 7 steps.
- Know your facts
- Recognize the warning signs
- Know the risk factors
- Know the protective factors
- Take preventive measures
- Talk to your teen about suicide
- Last but not least, seek mental health services
To read the complete blog post from the American Psychological Association go to
A New Type of Help: Crisis
Text 741-741, ANYTIME YOU ARE IN A CRISIS
With today's teenagers living in the age of texting, the Crisis Text Line has noticed they feel more comfortable texting rather than calling into a helpline when they are in need of help. The great thing about this support is it is available 24/7 to anyone in any type of crisis. You can text confidentially between classes, in the middle of a situation without anyone knowing who you are talking to. Crisis counselors are on stand by 24/7 to help you from the heat of the moment to until you are calm.
Crisis doesn’t just mean suicide: it’s any painful emotion for which you need support.
Financial Aid & FAFSA
FAFSA Opened on October 1st.
To view the presentation from October 20th please use this link.
Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. This financial assistance covers educational expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study and loans.
WHY SHOULD I FILL OUT THE FAFSA?
Don't leave money on the table. Here's why it's worth the effort to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA helps determine whether students are eligible for federal loans, grants or work-study programs. Many colleges also require it to be on file for their own need-based or merit-based aid packages.
Scholarships - FREE MONEY
Foundation and DEA to co-host “Opioid Epidemic” event on March 5
This complimentary event is ideal for clinicians, physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, community health workers and community members/consumers. Speakers will include Dr. Artee Gandhi, director pain management at Cook Children’s; and Lisa D. Sullivan, diversion program manager of the USDEA Dallas Field Division.
Join the DFWHC Foundation’s Community Mental Health Program to discuss the opioid epidemic and what strategies are being employed to ensure patients and communities are better prepared. This program will be the first of a series of opioid education and best practices events over the next two years through the DFWHC Foundation’s Mental Health Grant Program.
You can register here at MHFANTX@dfwhcfoundation.org.
Coppell High School Counseling Staff
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