Texans at Work with G.R.I.T

Growing Resilient, Inspiring Texans

NHS Counseling Newsletter - September 2022

Mission

The Northwest High School Counseling Department strives to inspire, motivate and guide students in their journey of self-discovery and planning their futures. Using a comprehensive counseling program, we will foster an empathetic, safe space for students to explore opportunities in their personal, academic, and social emotional growth. Students will be equipped for their future and leave better today than yesterday.
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Natalie Eddleman: Lead Counselor, students last names A-Bri

Ashley Gaither: students last names Bro-Fl

Kelly Wallace: students last names Fo-J

Will Flanagin: students last names K-M

Michelle Delongchamps: students last names N-Sb

Jessica Wallace: students last names Sc-Z

Natalie Johnson: Intervention Counselor

Rachel Walker: Attendance Counselor

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September

September 12-30: Senior Meetings with Counselor

September 15: CCMR Parent Presentation: What Parents Need to Know About Paying Less for College (flyer below)

September 16: Twin Day

September 19: Open House

September 23: UIL First Six Weeks Grade Check

September 26-30: SEL/Character Traits Lesson: Your Story

September 27: Texoma Area Wide College Fair (Flyer Below)

September 29: NISD College and Career Fair, 6:30 pm @ BNHS (Flyer Below)

September 30: Jersey Day

October

October 5: Club Rush

October 5: Southeastern Oklahoma State University Open House Recruitment Event (flyer below)

October 7: Disney Day

October 7: End of 1st Quarter/Early Release Day

October 10: Student Holiday/Staff Flex Day

October 12: PSAT Day, Senior Blitz Day, UTI Field Trip

October 12: Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally

October 13: Texas A&M Admissions Event (flyer below)

October 14: Homecoming!

October 17-21: SEL/Character Traits Lesson: Your Choices

October 21: Pajama Day

Oct 24-Nov 4: Freshman Meetings with Counselor

October 28: Pink Out Day

Oct 31-Nov 1: Student Holiday (Nov. 1 staff workday)

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Texans at Work with G.R.I.T.

Our NHS Counseling Theme this year is G.R.I.T: Growing Resilient, Inspiring Texans. After conducting our Counseling End-of-Year Needs Assessment and talking with students, staff, and parents, NHS Counselors wanted to really focus our year on helping to build students with stronger grit, motivation, and citizenship.


This also ties in nicely with the NHS Theme of Texans at Work, reflecting on the idea that our campus is starting a long construction process leading to a beautiful, student-centered, and intentional new building design. Our students and staff are working on becoming better, stronger, more focused. Texans at Work celebrates the process and growth happening all around.


The NHS Counseling Department will be providing opportunities for teachers and staff to recognize students for being a “Texan at Work”, showing positive character traits: Trust, Respect, Kindness, Citizenship, and Responsibility. Staff members nominate students demonstrating one of the character traits and NHS Counseling celebrates these students with positive emails, shout-outs, and recognition on our Texans at Work Bulletin Board.

Senior Guidance/Senior Meetings

Counselors presented the Senior Guidance Lesson: Traveling Into Your Future! This presentation is packed full of information for seniors about their next steps to be taking for their after-high-school plans. Information includes college applications, transcript requests, resume building, and military readiness. Find this Guidance lesson and more College, Career, and Military Readiness information on our NHS Counseling Website linked below.


Then, September 12-30, Counselors will have individual meetings with all seniors to go over post-graduation plans and next steps. We will share the Senior Checklist with our Seniors to provide further information. Students will be coming to the Counseling Office with their Senior English class.

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NISD College and Career Fair

The NISD College and Career Fair is September 29 at Byron Nelson High School and is open to all NISD students and parents.


  • Talk to hundreds of representatives from Colleges, Universities, Trade Schools, Armed Services, and more
  • Attend breakout sessions for students and parents

FAFSA Opens October 1!

Before each year of college, apply for federal grants, work-study, and loans with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. Your college uses your FAFSA data to determine your federal aid eligibility. Many states and colleges use FAFSA data to award their own aid. After submission, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report.


The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a necessary requirement for all students seeking Federal and State financial aid for higher education in the United States. This application determines how much financial aid a student is eligible to receive from the government based on need, and often, students are required to fill out the FAFSA when applying for private scholarships and grants.


www.studentaid.gov

Nitro College

This site breaks down the FAFSA question by question.


Nitro Link

Club Rush

NHS Club Rush will be October 5 during iNvest! Students will get a chance to learn about all the clubs at NHS and join in to meet with staff and students with similar interests. More information about Clubs to come.

Senior Blitz Day

While underclassmen are taking the PSAT on October 12, Seniors get a day to spend on preparing for life after high school. Senior Blitz is just for Seniors and all about your future plans. Seniors will have the opportunity to attend sessions related to college, career, and military goals. Sessions include: Meeting Military Recruiters, Employer Panel, College Applications, Applying for Scholarships and Financial Aid, Texas Reality Check, Searching for a Job, and more.


Additionally, Seniors will have the choice to attend a field trip to Universal Technical Institute (UTI) instead of attending sessions. Seniors will sign up with their counselor if interested.


Lunch will be provided for all Seniors who attend Senior Blitz or the UTI Field Trip.

NHS to give ASVAB November 14th

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. Participation in the ASVAB CEP (Career Exploration Program) is voluntary. If your student participates they are not obligated to the military in any way. ASVAB CEP is designed to help young people explore their options and make a plan


NHS will give the ASVAB on November 14 for Juniors and Seniors that sign up. To sign up, please use the link below.

Social and Emotional Learning

September's SEL Theme focuses on Your Story:


Your Story

  • Self-Awareness: Identifying emotions, self-concept, strengths
  • Relationship Skills: Communication (including non-verbal)
  • Citizenship: Concern for the common good and the community
  • Suicide prevention (Secondary campuses)
  • Personal Well-being: Coping skills

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Comfort Corner

A student from Steele Early College High School created a website designed for comfort. This website includes sensory videos, art websites, and relaxing breathing techniques to help students develop daily calming practices or to use when in an emotional state.


Please visit the website to explore and bookmark for future use.


Comfort Corner Webiste

STAAR / HB4545 Information for Parents & Students

Texas Education Agency has set Accelerated Instruction requirements for students who do not pass the STAAR exam. Knowing how important it is for students and parents to understand the significance of STAAR, our Student Services team has together slides regarding STAAR/EOC HB4545 and Summer School Accelerated Instruction Opportunity. Please review the link below for the information.

Flyers/More Information

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Texoma Area Wide College Fair

The Texoma Area-Wide College Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, 2022 from 9:00 AM -11:00 AM. We hope you will join us for this exciting event!

Students, with their guidance counselors and college/career prep advisors, will have the opportunity to network with university representatives throughout the morning. (Representatives from a variety of public and private colleges and universities will be in attendance to answer questions regarding admissions, scholarships, financial aid, and programs of study.)

Colleges/universities confirmed to attend the event so far:

Bethany College, Cameron College, Carl Albert State College, East Central University, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Mid-America Christian University, Midwestern State University, Murray State College, Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Rose State College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Southern Arkansas University, Southern Nazarene University, Southwest Baptist University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, University of Arkansas, University of Central Oklahoma, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma’s Gallogly College of Engineering, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, & Westminster College!

The Texoma Area-Wide College Fair will be held on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Additional registration links, with details regarding this event & upcoming SE events, can also be found on our website, https://www.se.edu/experiencese/.

Please email your counselor if you are interested in attending.

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