THE COUNSELORS' CORNER
NEWS FROM THE GHS COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
Course Requests and Online Arena Scheduling
Course Requests and Online Arena Scheduling Timeline
Course Selection for the 2022-2023 school year will open January 19-February 4. During this window, students will have access to enter their course requests in Skyward through Student Access. GHS counselors will meet with all social studies classes beginning January 18th to provide scheduling resources and to assist students with the course request process.
Counseling has put together a padlet with resources to assist students and parents with course selection.
Students are expected to share and discuss their courses requests with parents/guardians prior to February 4th.
In April, current 9th-11th grade students will create their preferred schedule through Skyward (student access) during their grade level's designated online arena scheduling window. Click here for the complete online arena scheduling timeline.
The online arena scheduling windows are:
- Current Juniors - April 4-6
- Current Sophomores - April 13-15
- Current Freshmen - April 27-29
All online arena scheduling windows open at 7:30 am on the first day and close at midnight on the last day.
New Resource ~ MUSTANG INFO CASTS
Introducing...MUSTANG INFO CASTS!!!
You will hear a 2-4 minute informational recording from your GHS Counselors covering a range of topics from stress management to college planning.
If there are other topics you would like to recommend, please fill out the google form at the bottom of the site! Keep checking back as more topics will be added! Enjoy listening!
What to Do if Your Child Doesn’t Get Into Their Dream School
Post High School Planning Resources
MUSTANG PARENTS: We are thrilled to share a resource GHS has developed called the Personalized Learning Plan (PLP). This post-high school planning tool has been shared with all GHS students through their grade level Canvas Course (ex. Class of 2025). Once in Canvas, students can find the PLP under the "Assignments" tab. They will need to make a digital copy of the PLP and save it to their Google Drive so they can have access to type in the document. We encourage families to explore the resources included in the PLP together. Some of the features of the PLP include:
- Course planning (Counselors will be visiting classes in January to share course planning information for the 2022-23 school year).
- Career research/interest inventories
- College research
- Trade school, military, and apprenticeship information
- Paying for college
- Financial aid
- Testing Information and resources - SAT/ACT/ASVAB
- journal tabs to keep track of research and interest inventory results
Open Invitation for High School 2022 Senior Girls
Please join Mid-Cities Panhellenic Association
Sorority Recruitment Virtual Zoom Forum
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Have Questions About Joining A Sorority in 2022?
We will guide you through the process and
Help with virtual changes on Greek Life.
Fashion review by current sorority women
Online Registration Opens January 3, 2022
Seniors - RSVP by filling out a PNM Registration Form at
midcitiespanhellenic.com We will send you the Zoom codes in February!
Mothers - Please attend in your daughter’s Zoom room
GHS Take What You Need/Info Center
The window for seniors to apply for FAFSA® opened on October 1st. ALL seniors are encouraged to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA or TASFA (if ineligible to apply for FAFSA).
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, aka the FAFSA®, is the single most important thing your students can do to get money to help pay for college. It’s the only way they can apply for federal or state financial aid. The FAFSA® will determine a student's eligibility for grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and federal student loans.
Misconceptions about the FAFSA and why filing (regardless of income) is important.
Sallie Mae has put a Paying for College Resource that includes information on the FAFSA as well as ways to help students and families pay for college, including helpful guides, free tools, and a video series.
ALL YEAR INFORMATION:
Attention NCAA ATHLETES
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
If class of 2022 seniors are in need of a counselor recommendation for their college application (ex. through Common App, SendEDU, or Coalition app), these counselor recommendations will be started around mid-September once the 2021-22 School Profile is complete. The School Profile gives universities a snapshot of the current senior class. The data needed for the Profile is not available until this time. Letters of recommendation will be submitted prior to the student's application deadline.
Seniors are encouraged to submit their college application(s) as soon as they are finished. Counselor recommendations will follow in a timely manner. Please send your counselor a copy of your activities resume and a completed Brag Sheet when requesting a letter. Reminder-letters of recommendation should only be requested if the college application requires it. Colleges will not read letters submitted if they are not listed as part of the application process.
GHS has streamlined the process for requesting official transcripts by partnering with Parchment. This partnership allows students and alumni to send high school transcripts electronically, securely and confidentially to colleges and universities.
Current students are able to request transcripts for free until August 1 of the year in which they graduate from high school.
Signing up is easy - simply click the Grapevine High School link below to begin!
Request Your Transcript
As a reminder, all seniors should take a moment to ensure their e-mail address listed in their Parchment account is their personal e-mail address NOT their school e-mail address. Seniors will no longer have access to their school e-mail address once they become alumni the August following graduation.
Selective Service System
Males, please remember that you are required by law to register for selective service via sss.gov within 30 days of turning 18. Or you can preregister beginning at 17 years and 3 months of age. Failing to register will result in being unable to receive federally funded college loans and grants, being unable to get into federally funded training and certification programs, being barred from all federal employment, and being ineligible for many state and local government jobs. Immigrants, documented and undocumented, will have a five year delay in processing their citizenship application. Please visit sss.gov to register or for more information.
College applications are open and the Go Center is available for appointments to assist you with your college process or answer any questions you might have regarding the application process. Or, do you have general questions about any post high school plans? We are here to help you make a plan, whether that is heading off to college, joining the military, taking a mission/gap year or jumping into the workforce. Please come by so we can help you with your next steps!
I welcome you to make an appointment to review your post high school plans or help you prepare for your plans if you are not quite sure about your plans for after high school. This is the ideal timeframe to work on a plan to ensure you have options available to you by the time you graduate.
All Students are welcome to make an appointment at the Go Center! Click Go Center Appointments to sign-up or send an email to Yvette.email@example.com. Please check your school email for follow-up communication.
GCISD College Visits:
This year we will be hosting college, military and job reps on our campus and they will be hosted in the cove area by the library during lunches. All visits will be posted on our GCISD GHS College Representative Visits page where you can see who is visiting each day.
Virtual College Visits:
Curious how you can visit schools virtually and take advantage of their online opportunities? Check out this great resource that links you to each college's virtual experience page!
Go Center Assistant, GHS
Although many local scholarships are not open yet, we encourage you to begin checking the GCISD Scholarship website as this will be actively updated with new deadlines as soon as we receive them. If you have not obtained letters of recommendation, please request them now as most scholarships generally require a minimum of two letters.
Seniors also need to research scholarships that come directly from the colleges/universities to which they are applying.
Please reach out to the Go Center if you have any questions about scholarships!
TCC College Access Program
Seniors, if you have a possible interest in attending TCC after high school in the Fall of ’22, please know that TCC College Access facilitates the entire TCC registration process and is done during the school day. In order to participate and be included in this process you must complete an interest form questionnaire that will be provided soon. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you are interested in the program.
Check out our Counseling Website!
- Top 10% Rankings and Quartile Cutoffs
- Google Classroom Counseling Codes
- Transcript Request Information
- Before and After School Tutorials Schedule
- Course Selection Guides
- And much more....Click the link below:
GCISD College Visit Videos
We are thrilled to announce a NEW COLLEGE PLANNING RESOURCE created by GCISD counselors for our student and parent community.
GCISD counselors have had the privilege of traveling to colleges around the state and nation to visit GCISD alumni and admissions officers in order to get an insider's perspective on the college admissions process.
Click here to view the videos from each of our visits. We will continue to add videos as we make more visits. We hope you enjoy this resource!
A-Cr - Marnie Pape
Cu-He - Shelly Ray
Hi-Me - Al Marks
Mi-Sch - Moises Flores
Sci-Z - Katherine Partridge
Lead Counselor - Mary Parsley
Lynn Stilwill - Counseling Clerk
SKYWARD - Login Assistance
PARCHMENT - Student Transcript Assistance
Belinda Foster - Data Secretary
Geri Clayton - Registrar
Student Advocate Jennifer Lemke