AHS Counseling Update

Back to School 2020-2021

Welcome back!!!

We are so excited to be back in person with you all for a new and exciting school year! No matter what this year holds, whether we are in the building or at home, the counselors are here for you when you need us. If you have a question or a concern, don't be afraid to send us an email or just pop by to say hello.


Mrs. Manuel - 11th & 12th Counselor

Mrs. Millington - 9th & 10th Counselor

AHS COUNSELING CANVAS PAGE

We are excited to announce we have created a course in Canvas as a one-stop-shop for all of your counseling related needs. There are sections for each grade level, as well as each of the school counseling domains (academic, social/emotional, and college/career prep) with information specific to each topic. We will be manually enrolling all students into the Canvas page, so stay tuned and watch your Canvas and email for more information!

ACT Test information

If you are a sophomore or junior and plan to take dual credit courses, you should begin looking at taking the ACT. ACT scores are required for some universities to admit students for dual credit courses. Your ACT score can also be tied to scholarship offers when you apply to college your senior year. You can take the ACT 12 times in total, so if you want a higher score, it's advisable to take it the first time during your sophomore year.


AHS will not offer the ACT until December. Marionville High School will offer the test in October. If you wish to take the test at Marionville, you will choose that testing site during registration.


Click here to register for the ACT.


National ACT test dates are listed below.

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MOACAC Show Me My Future Event

Students & Families: Sign-up now for Show-Me My Future, Missouri’s ONLY Virtual College & Career Event for ALL high school students!


More than 180 sessions from which to choose: local, national, and international colleges and universities, skilled trades, military branches, 1st responder training, career exploration, financial aid & scholarship organizations, non-college training programs and more!


Attend as many sessions as you want. This is YOUR opportunity--don’t miss out!


How does it work?

  • What: Attend FREE 45 minute virtual sessions on a variety of college and career topics via individual Zoom links. Session options include: individual college, military, & career information sessions as well as panel sessions composed of multiple organizations.
  • Who: All high school students, families, and counselors
  • Dates: Sept. 13-Oct. 8
  • Times: M-Th: 4:00-9:00 pm; Sunday 2-4:00 pm & 7-9:00 pm


All sessions secure--your information will only be shared with the college/organization for which you register. VIEW the SCHEDULE and REGISTER


Sessions cover topics such as how to apply to college, essay writing tips, high demand career fields, skilled trades, military options, non-college options, financial aid, scholarships, college student life, and more. Watch, learn, and get your questions answered about academics, athletics, diversity, study abroad, and other topics.


Register for EVERY session of interest and you will receive a ZOOM link to the session. Then log in to your session using your phone or computer. Can’t make the live session? No problem--go ahead and register for the session and then view the session recording at your convenience. Parents invited, too. Don't miss this opportunity to learn, connect, ask questions, and discover your best college and career fit and how to finance it!

PSAT - NMSQT Time!

What is the PSAT?

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math.


When do I take it?

AHS is scheduled to give this test on October 14, 2020. The fee to take this test is $17.00.


If you would like to take the PSAT/NMSQT you need to sign up with Mrs. Traci in the counselor’s office and bring the payment with you when you sign up. Sign up deadline is October 1.


How to see your school counselor

There are a few ways in which you can have a meeting with your school counselor.



  1. Just stop by in person! We have an open door policy and are always okay with walk-ins. Keep in mind that someone else may already be in our office, so you may need to wait until we are free.

  2. Send us an email requesting a visit. If you do not have an urgent need, an email may be the best route so that we can call you down at a time that works for you and when we do not have another student in our office.

  3. Fill out the Student Self Referral form. When you fill out this form it automatically sends an email to both counselors, and we will call you down as soon as we can.



Please know that if you are in a crisis or have an emergency, do not wait to send an email or fill out the form. Just come by the office. If your counselor is with a student and the other counselor is free, you can always visit with the other counselor.

AHS Counseling Department

Mrs. Manuel - 11th & 12th Counselor
dmanuel@aurorar8.org


Mrs. Millington - 9th & 10th Counselor
mmillington@aurorar8.org