Counseling Newsletter -- January / February 2023
Our focus in February shifts to career exploration as we look toward course selection for the 23-24 school year. I am excited about the new career tech programs that will be offered in the CTE Annex and hope that many students take advantage of them! More information to come about those!
It is never too early to start thinking about the future!
Hillcrest also offers peer tutoring daily during 3rd block enrichment. Contact your student's teacher to ask them to submit a peer tutoring form if your student is struggling.
Finally, National Honors Society tutoring on Wednesdays after school in Room 401 or 403 is free. Students do not need to sign-up ahead of time and should head the math hall right after school to attend.
Shelton State Dual Enrollment: https://www.sheltonstate.edu/instruction-workforce-development/high-school-programs/dual-enrollment/apply-now/
Students can take two free dual courses at SSCC through the dual enrollment scholarship.
UA Early College: https://uaearlycollege.ua.edu/
Students must take the UAEC 200 intro course (5 weeks--and NOW IT'S FREE!) before enrolling in dual credit-bearing courses. For students who wish to take classes this summer, applications must be completed by Friday, February 3 to qualify to start UAEC in time.
UAEC 200 Dates/Information: https://uaearlycollege.ua.edu/online-and-on-campus/calendar/
UAEC is also hosting an information event on Tuesday, January 24 at Bryant Conference Center. Please see the link for more info and to register for the event!
UAEC Tuscaloosa 2023 Information Event: https://adm.ua.edu/register/?id=c6aea1c6-612e-4eb7-a346-f3457427e136
There are ACT and/or placement tests required for English and Math courses.
See the chart below about when students can take specific core classes, per TCSS Student-Parent Information Guide.
Students need a note (doctor or parent) to excuse their absence upon their return to school. Students should bring their excuse notes to the front office in-person before school, and they will be given an excused slip to show their teachers. Unexcused absences add up quickly, so please remember excuse notes to avoid truancy issues!
Teacher email addresses can be found HERE
One of the best ways you can support your student is to be informed about their grades and attendance. Please log in to PowerSchool regularly to check grades and attendance. Encourage your student to check PowerSchool and their school email each week (or each day!). This should be much easier now with student iPads.
Is your student struggling or missing work? Please reach out to your student's teachers individually to address concerns in their classes early.
Can't access PowerSchool? Email me for an access code if you are a first-time PowerSchool user. If you had an account last year, you will need to use your username and password from last year. No one at the school can reset or see your parent portal password; please use the Forgot Password feature if needed.
January 26-29 -- HHS Theatre presents "Band Geeks" musical
January 27 -- In-school presentation of "Band Geeks"
February 10 -- Progress Reports
February 20 -- President's Day -- NO SCHOOL
February 22 -- Unity Black History Month Program
Course Selection for 23-24 school year will begin in late February or early March.
Meet Mrs. Hughes
I have lived in Tuscaloosa for 16 years, and I have a husband and two children. When I am not at school, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family.