O'Connor Counselor Connection

October 2021

Welcome October!!

The Counselor Connection continues to be a great source of information for the O'Connor community. Remember to periodically check back as the information is always being updated. As always, please contact your counselor with any questions.

Important Campus Testing Day

October 13, 2021

10th & 11th graders: All students will be taking the PSAT

9th graders: Practice PSAT test & group classroom activities

12th graders: Choose either SAT, TSI or ASVAB


Free Test Prep:



ABOUT World Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. To signify its importance, STOMP Out Bullying™ created WORLD BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH™ which is observed throughout October.

Throughout October, students and adults alike are encouraged to #BlueUp by wearing our blue shirt or their own to make that the month that bullying prevention is heard around the world.

We chose blue because in many diverse cultures blue brings peace. The color conveys importance and confidence. For 15 years, this campaign has been so successful that it has gone global.

Each year we are so proud of the youth, schools and others who support our work to Make Bullying History. Please join us in wearing blue to STOMP Out Bullying worldwide.

Source: https://www.stompoutbullying.org/world-bullying-prevention-month

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Financial Aid Night

Attention Senior Families! Financial Aid Night is scheduled for October 18th at 6:00 pm in the O'Connor auditorium. The presentation will include information on the financial aid process including how to complete the FAFSA application.
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PTSA Reflections Contest

O'Connor students are very creative and this gives them an opportunity to shine! Any student may participate at the campus level.
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OC Counselors visited English 4 classrooms on September 14th & 15th. Counselors discussed important information in regards to post-secondary planning. Throughout the remainder of September, counselors will be following up with each senior individually. English 4 classes will also be visiting the Career Center for a presentation from Mrs. Vaughn.

All materials covered are available in the student's Counseling course tile in Schoology. Parents can create a Parent Schoology account to also access the information. https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/articles/201000823-Sign-Up-Parent-

College Planning checklist

Please utilize the checklist to help with the college application process.


Freshman Howdy Visits

Counselors met with all 9th graders on September 23rd & 24th through Biology classes to talk about how the Counselors can help them throughout high school. We also discussed all of the available resources available on campus. Please review the Freshman Folder in the Counseling Schoology tile for all of the information. If you missed the 9th grade parent presentation, please click on the presentation below. As always, you can contact your student's counselor with any questions.
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Request to Speak to Counselor

Complete the Request to Speak to your Counselor Google form and your counselor will reach out to you.

O'Connor Counseling Department Website & Directory

Click here to find out who your counselor is. We also have links to our department website, a request form to visit with us, and how to follow us on Twitter!

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Career Center Resources

(Must use your NISD Gmail account to view) *College Applications *FAFSA *Scholarships *Military *SAT/ACT *Career Exploration And more!

Transitioning Back to In-Person Learning

It's okay to be both excited & a little anxious about returning to in-person learning. This article shares some great information about the challenges students face as they transition back to a school setting. Remember, the OC Counselors are available for students.

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Test Prep Resources

Mental Health Resources

Have a #RealConvo

Some Quick Tips for Having a #RealConvo About Mental Health include:

  • When someone is struggling, just listen
  • Let the other person share at their own speed
  • Don’t pass judgment or offer advice — just be there
  • We all experience mental health differently, and that’s okay
  • Check back in, and offer to connect them to help if they need it


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