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NHS Texan Counseling Newsletter 2020-21

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.

Meet the Counselors

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September/October

September 30: SmartTrack College Funding Webinar (Flyer below)

September 28-October 9: Senior Meetings with Counselors

October 9: End of 1st Quarter and Early Release Day

October 12: Student Holiday; Staff Flex Day

October 13: New Student Lunch-invitation to be emailed by your counselor

October 14: SAT/PSAT/TSIA/ASVAB Testing Day

October 19: NISD College Con and Career Fair (Flyer below)

November

November 23-28: Student/Staff Holiday

Welcome New Texans!

Northwest High School has welcomed 163 new Texans this school year so far! The Counselors will be having new student lunches and meetings to help them acclimate to NHS.


New students and parents, we are glad to have you here! We know there can be many unknowns when starting a new school year in a new school. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your counselor with your questions. Please check your email for upcoming events and invitations.

#StayReady

Ready for School

Class News/Goals

Seniors
  • Counselors will be providing Classroom Guidance to Seniors to go over applying for college and requesting transcripts
  • Senior Meetings (individual guidance with your counselor) start in October
  • Apply to 3-5 colleges
  • Request transcripts through Parchment
  • See Senior Checklist under flyers


Juniors

  • Research potential career options and/or college majors in Major Clarity
  • Prepare for SAT and ACT
  • Go to college fairs and college-preparation presentations by college representatives
  • Take the PSAT in October. You must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for scholarships and programs associated with the National Merit Scholarship Program. This is also the qualifying test for the National Achievement and the National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program
  • If you are not involved in extracurricular activities it is time to look at clubs/organizations. Try volunteering. Take leadership roles in your activities
  • Study and solidify your GPA. Your transcript with GPA and class rank and the end of your junior year will be the transcript sent when you apply to colleges

Sophomores/Freshmen

  • Explore Major Clarity to determine your strengths and what you're looking for in your college experience.
  • If you are not involved in extracurricular activities it is time to look at clubs/organizations. Try volunteering. Take leadership roles in your activities.
  • Study and solidify your GPA. Your transcript with GPA and class rank and the end of your junior year will be the transcript sent when you apply to colleges.

Ready for College

NISD College Fair is Virtual!

Due to the Covid Pandemic, NISD is planning their annual College and Career Fair Virtually this year.


On the NISD Fair Day (October 19th) you will have the opportunity to communicate LIVE with college reps during these times: 9-11 AM, 1-3 PM, and 6-8 PM (and/or at 6-8 PM on Thursday October 22nd during the all-access time.)


Visit this Google Site for registration and more information: NISD College Fair Info

Parchment

NISD has a new System for Requesting Transcripts.


The link can be found on the NHS Counseling Website under Transcripts and Records.

FAFSA

Seniors, don’t forget to start your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! The 2020-2021 FAFSA will be available on October 1 and can be completed as early as then.


FAFSA website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

Ready for Life

Social and Emotional Learning

NISD SEL Focus: Self-Awareness

NHS is continuing the focus on Social and Emotional Learning this year by providing focused guidance and practice in the following SEL Competencies:


Self-Awareness

Self-Management


Lessons and practice will be given during iNvest times.


This month's focus on Self-Awareness included a guidance lesson on Suicide Awareness. Please see the Learn to ACT flyer below for more information.

Flyers

SmartTrack College Funding Webinar Flyer

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College and Career Fair Flyer

Senior Checklist Handout

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Learn to ACT Suicide Awareness for Parents Flyer

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