Counselor Newsletter




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AP Family Night - November 13th

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

We welcome current Advanced Placement (AP) students and any student that wants to learn more about AP classes to our third annual AP Family Night. The event will begin in the auditorium where we will recognize students that earned a passing score last school year. Students received an email to RSVP for the event. The evening will conclude in the library where we will host the AP Fair to give families the opportunity to meet AP teachers and discover the possibilities of AP coursework.

** We will have a drawing that night and will be giving away FOUR FREE AP TESTS ($94 value)! All families are welcome to this event.

AP Testing Update

The fees for AP tests this year are as follows:

Students that qualify for a reduced fee: $15 per test (actual cost - $53)

Students that will pay the standard fee: $25 per test (actual cost - $94)


Students had to decide by November 1st, 2019 if they wanted to take any AP test. All students should have access to the AP Online Classroom in each course they are currently enrolled in. It is the responsibility of each student to indicate their choice on this platform. Our AP Coordinator, Mr. Gironi, visited all AP classrooms and has been communicating with AP teachers and students throughout the semester to prepare for test registration.

* There is a $40 late fee, per College Board, that applies to any student that orders a test after the school places the initial order with College Board in November. Additionally, there is a $40 unused test fee, per College Board, for any student that signs up for a test, but does not take the test.

All AP testing related fees will be payable at the book store beginning December 1st.

Please email Mr. Gironi if you have any questions -


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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - It's not too late!

Seniors (Class of 2020), this is for you!

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I submitted the FAFSA: What happens next?

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next


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West-MEC applications are now available online

Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) is a public school district which provides one-year and two-year career training programs for high school students and adults. Agua Fria Union High School District has a partnership with West-MEC, providing students with the opportunity to enroll in career training programs while completing their high school coursework.

Students can view programs by accessing

Applications are available on the West-MEC site. Once an application is completed, a student must bring a signed copy (student and parent signature) to the counseling office. All applications are due by January 17th. Most programs are geared toward current 10th and 11th graders, but make sure to view eligibility requirements for each program. More information will be shared via Google Classroom, along with counselor visits to 10th grade classrooms in the near future.

* Make sure to check out the Open House dates that Wes-MEC is offering. Students and parents can hear directly from West-MEC representatives and you will have a chance to visit the campuses.

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The next time Agua Fria will host the ACT will be on Saturday, April 4th.

Test dates and registration deadlines are listed below. Students may register for any of these test dates throughout the year.

* See your counselor to determine if you are eligible for a fee waiver.

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Test dates and registration deadlines are listed below. Students may register for any of these test dates throughout the year.

* See your counselor to determine if you are eligible for a fee waiver.

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Start Planning for College


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AFHS Scholarship Marathon

November 12th

2:30 - 4:00 pm

The Agua Fria Scholarship Marathon will be hosted in the library. This is an event for seniors interested in finding resources and getting assistance in creating (or enhancing) a personal statement for scholarships. Scholarship applications and resources will be available.


Concurrent Enrollment

The district has implemented new procedures that need to be followed any time a student plans to take a course outside of our school district (while still enrolled at Agua Fria):

1 -- Student and parent must meet with the student’s counselor regarding the online course taken outside of our school district and then complete the concurrent enrollment form.

2 -- Upon completion of the course, the student must inform his/her counselor and schedule an End of Course Assessment through Agua Fria High School.

3 -- To receive core credit to meet graduation requirements, the student must complete the AFUHSD EOCA within 30 days of the completion of the online course.

4 -- Student must pass the EOCA with a 70% or better.

** If a student does not take and pass the EOCA, he/she will be granted an elective credit instead of the core credit for the specific content area.


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enrichment programs for high school students

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The Bezos Scholars Program is a year-long leadership program for juniors to accelerate your leadership skills, collaborate and build your network and make a difference in your community. Click here for more information. The application deadline is January 31st, 2020.


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During the school year, the school counselors will use Google Classroom as a primary tool for sharing important information with our students.

Students will receive information regarding colleges, universities, programs of study, scholarships and so much more!

The Google Classroom code for each cohort is:

Seniors (Class of 2020): vdo5bm

Juniors (Class of 2021): 7e46j2

Sophomores (Class of 2022): 8vgdfx

Freshmen (Class of 2023): 75wfsm


Make an Appointment to see your School Counselor

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This year, we implemented a new process (Google Calendar Appointment Slots) for scheduling appointments with the counselors. Students, parents/guardians or anyone with the appointment link can make an appointment.

* Important information for students when scheduling appointments during the school day

Making an appointment online reserves that time slot, but you still need to bring a paper pass with you to the office. Paper passes are available in the counseling office (counseling staff can verify that you made the appointment) or you can request the pass from a teacher. Students are always required to have a pass when they leave the classroom.

Here are the links to make an appointment with the counselors:

Mrs. Ferrante-Jackson (Student last names A - Co):
Mrs. Goodall (Student last names Cr - Ha):
Mr. Lucas (Student last names He - Mi):
Mr. Gironi (Student last names Mo - Ro):
Ms. Talamante (Student last names Ru - Z):

School Counselors help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they can achieve success in school.


Counseling Department Contact Information

Every Agua Fria High School student is assigned to his/her counselor based on last name. Get to know your school counselors! We are here to support our students with all the necessary resources to be college and career ready. Make sure to stay informed and follow us on social media as well!

Jennifer Ferrante-Jackson
623-932-7300 x. 1036
Student last name: A-Co

Jill Goodall
623-932-7300 x. 1237
Student last name: Cr-Ha

Bill Lucas
623-932-7300 x. 1035
Student last name: He-Mi

Oscar Gironi
623-932-7300 x. 1042
Student last name: Mo-Ro
English Acquisition Program

Analy Talamante
623-932-7300 x. 1038
Student last name: Ru-Z

Terry Sparks
Counseling Office Specialist
623-932-7300 x. 1041

Katherine Alvarado
Counseling Office Specialist
623-932-7300 x. 1040

Rosemarie Laur
623-932-7300 x. 1039

Toni Mueller
Data Specialist
623-932-7300 x. 1046

Mary Ciulei

College and Career Specialist

623-932-7300 x. 1044