CHS Counselor Monthly Update

Coppell High School, Counselors' Newsletter

March 2021

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!

Seniors! Scholarship season is in full swing! Please check Naviance for local scholarships! We recommend using & for other scholarship opportunities.

Schoology Access Codes

Juniors - V4K4-KWZB-9QNH6

Sophomores - GCZ5-M45C-CHVCC

For information on the CISD's COVID Response.

Counseling Department & links to schedule meetings

Virtual Counseling Department

Check out the Virtual Counseling Department. Live links embedded throughout!

Important Dates

3/3 - School Day SAT For Juniors

3/4 - @ 3:30 Texas A & M Engineering information session

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

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FAFSA & TAFSA Completion Help

Representatives from TWU's Go Center are hosting meetings with students and families to help complete the FAFSA or TAFSA! Sign up using the QR Code on the right!
The Go Center is a FREE service for juniors and seniors! The center focuses on creating a college-going culture and promotes college awareness and accessibility. You can meet with a Go Center advisor for... register with the link here!

  • Admission Information and Applications
  • SAT/ACT Registration
  • FAFSA Help
  • TASFA Help
  • Residency & In State Tuition
  • College Readiness and Access
  • Scholarship Searches
  • Career Exploration
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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. (Discover UTD Week)

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.

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Coppell Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Please click on the image to view available scholarship. The deadline is March 12, 2021
We have officially entered scholarship Season! Please check Naviance for a list and applications. We update DAILY! Some recent add are:

  • 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?

If you have started the college process and are wondering how to send transcripts, request letters of rec from teacher/counselors or how to see your GPA information. Please use this helpful step by step guide.

We will also be hosting a number of webinars and zoom calls to go over the college process!

Interested in joining the Military?

If you are interested in enlisting in the military or going to a military academy we are here to help!

Please reach out to your counselor so we can help point you in the direction you want to go!


House of Shine’s Mentoring Roundtable program is a unique leadership experience offered to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. At each Mentoring Roundtable, nine students are paired with a mentor, allowing them to learn and be inspired by the mentor’s journey and life lessons. The goal is to inspire these students and help them envision their future path by exposing them to paths taken by accomplished professionals from various fields and industries.

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 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.

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Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

Thank you for all of your participation and questions so far through out registration process. I know doing so much of this virtually is a challenge. Please see the important dates below!

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

Ms. Abreu (A-Chan)

Mrs. McMillin (Chao - Gz)

Mr. McKean (Ha-Kon)

Ms. Guevara (Koo-Nak)

Mrs. Oh (Nal - Roc)

Ms. Cinelli (Rod - Som)

Mrs. Garcia (Son-Z)

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

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SPRING 2021 Dual Credit Registration

Spring Dual Credit

Important Dates

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

North Lake College Student Resources

Thank you for your continued patience and communication through the dual credit process.


All Registration information is in Schoology

Need Help registering? Please view the video for help


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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

With Suicide being the third leading cause of death among youth 10–24 years of age, Coppell ISD along with Coppell High School is committed to taking a proactive stance to STOP SUICIDE. Whether it is in teaching school faculty, engaging students with guidance lessons or providing parents with information on suicide recognition, intervention and reporting, it is always best to approach the subject from a proactive stance. If teachers, students and parents are empowered by understanding suicide and equipped with the tools to address it, the problem can often be addressed before there is an unnecessary death. Together, all of us can provide a support system to help our students find a safe haven when they are troubled.

Youth Suicide Warning Signs

  1. Talking about or making plans for suicide
  2. Expressing hopelessness about the future
  3. Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress
  4. Substance use & abuse
  5. 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!

  1. Ask if they are ok or if they are having thoughts of suicide
  2. Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
  3. Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
  4. Reflect what they share and let them know they have been heard
  5. Tell them they are not alone
  6. Let them know there are treatments available that can help
  7. 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.

  1. Know your facts
  2. Recognize the warning signs
  3. Know the risk factors
  4. Know the protective factors
  5. Take preventive measures
  6. Talk to your teen about suicide
  7. Last but not least, seek mental health services

To read the complete blog post from the American Psychological Association go to

7 Essential Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Suicide

A New Type of Help: 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.

See how the Crisis Text Line Works

See the Article about Crisis Text Line in USA Today

Financial Aid

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.


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.

Fill out the FAFSA here

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Scholarships - FREE MONEY

Start your Scholarship hunt early!! Below are some resources for scholarships. We also keep a list with links in Naviance for all scholarships.

Fast Web

College For All Texans

US News - 11 Private Scholarships to Help you Pay For College

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Pre-College Summer Programs

Many colleges and universities offer summer programs for high school students to get real college experience in a field they are interested in. Below are a few that CHS students have done in the past.

Boston University

UPenn / UPenn Robotics

UT Natural Sciences

UT Business

Foundation and DEA to co-host “Opioid Epidemic” event on March 5

The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation and the Dallas field division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (USDEA) will co-host the live virtual event “Strategies for the Opioid Epidemic” on Friday, March 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., CDT.

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
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Coppell High School Counseling Staff

Ms. Abreu A - Chan

Mrs. McMillin Chao - G

Mr. McKean H - Kon

Ms. Guevara Koo - Nak

Ms. Oh Nal - Roc

Ms. Cinelli Rod - Som

Mrs. Garcia Son - Z

Ms. Ruedi - Counseling Secretary