CHS Counselor Monthly Update

Coppell High School, Counselors' Newsletter

August 2020


We hope you all had a healthy and restful summer! Your CHS Counselors are ready to kick off the 20-21 school year! Our department is excited to welcome two friendly faces, Ms. Guevara and Ms. Oh are new counselors to CHS. Their alpha breakdown as well as the other counselors are listed below!

To prepare for the school year we are finalizing schedules, helping our seniors start the college process and enrolling new students! Please reach out to us with any questions you may have. For information on the Return to School Plan please use the district website.

Counseling Department

  • Ms. Abreu A - Chan
  • Mrs. McMillin Chao - Gz
  • Mr. McKean Ha - Kon
  • Ms. Guevara Koo - Nak
  • Mrs. Oh Nal - Roc
  • Ms. Cinelli Rod - Som
  • Mrs. Garcia Son - Z

Important Dates

7/20 - CHS Counselors return to Campus

8/17 - 1st day of the 20-21 School Year

8/24 - End of 1st week of school schedule changes (see course guide for approved changes)

8/24 & 8/25 - Senior College Presentation (students)

9/9 - Level down period opens

9/11 - Level down period closes

9/17 - CISD College Fair * Stay tuned for virtual fair information

10/3 - Financial Aid Parent Presentation

10/5 - First 9 week level down opens

10/8 - First 9 week level down closes

Virtual College Visits

You Visit is a great site that has compiled many virtual college tours!

Class of 2021 Post High School Information

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How do I....

If you have started the college process and are wondering how to send transcripts, request letters of rec from teacher/counselors or how to see your GPA information. Please use this helpful step by step guide.

We will also be hosting a number of webinars and zoom calls to go over the college process!

DFW Admissions Regional Network

Each summer DARN hosts our signature event, the College Search Series, in the DFW area. The College Search Series is a program for high school students where we provide them with all the information they need to navigate their college search as well as the opportunity to meet admissions representatives from institutions all over the country during the college fair portion of the event. This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, all events will be held virtually via Zoom. Students will receive the appropriate links via email prior to the event(s).
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Dual Credit News

  • Dual Credit Enrollment for the fall is CLOSED. All courses for fall will be online only.
  • Fall courses are listed in students EConnect accounts. IF you show a balance ($) and it is your first time taking the course DO NOT PAY. This is an error and DCCCD will work to get it resolved.
  • Over the summer we had issues where students were dropped unexpectedly please keep an eye out to make sure your courses are listed in EConnect. If something changes please let your counselor know immediately.

Students new to Dual Credit please think of your Econnect account like Home Access and your Ecampus like Schoology. Courses are independent from Coppell ISD and you must communicate any issues with your professor. Classes do not typically show in ECampus until the 1st day of class or just before.

North Lake College Student Resources

Thank you for your continued patience and communication through the dual credit process.

Dual Credit Course Verification

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Students & Parents - Many schools are "test optional" due to COVID-19. If you were unable to test this spring or fall please do not panic. Reach out to admissions officers and ask what accommodations can be made. Please click on the picture to the left to view an article about admissions changes.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

With Suicide being the third leading cause of death among youth 10–24 years of age, Coppell ISD along with Coppell High School is committed to taking a proactive stance to STOP SUICIDE. Whether it is in teaching school faculty, engaging students with guidance lessons or providing parents with information on suicide recognition, intervention and reporting, it is always best to approach the subject from a proactive stance. If teachers, students and parents are empowered by understanding suicide and equipped with the tools to address it, the problem can often be addressed before there is an unnecessary death. Together, all of us can provide a support system to help our students find a safe haven when they are troubled.

Youth Suicide Warning Signs

  1. Talking about or making plans for suicide
  2. Expressing hopelessness about the future
  3. Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress
  4. Substance use & abuse
  5. Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:

  • Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations
  • Changes in sleep (increased or decreased)
  • Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
  • Recent increased agitation or irritability

How to Respond

If you notice any of these warning signs in anyone, you can help!

  1. Ask if they are ok or if they are having thoughts of suicide
  2. Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
  3. Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
  4. Reflect what they share and let them know they have been heard
  5. Tell them they are not alone
  6. Let them know there are treatments available that can help
  7. If you are a student, report your concerns to a trusted adult (parent, teacher, counselor, administrator.)

Parents Can Make a Difference
Parents can help prevent suicide by recognizing warning signs, identifying risk factors (characteristics that may lead a young person to engage in suicidal behaviors), promoting protective factors (characteristics that help people deal with stress and reduce their chances of engaging in suicidal behaviors), and knowing how to talk to their children and seek mental health services. You can empower yourself and your teen by following these 7 steps.

  1. Know your facts
  2. Recognize the warning signs
  3. Know the risk factors
  4. Know the protective factors
  5. Take preventive measures
  6. Talk to your teen about suicide
  7. Last but not least, seek mental health services

To read the complete blog post from the American Psychological Association go to

7 Essential Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Suicide

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Financial Aid & FAFSA

FAFSA Presentation from 10/16

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. This financial assistance covers educational expenses including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study and loans.


Don't leave money on the table. Here's why it's worth the effort to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA helps determine whether students are eligible for federal loans, grants or work-study programs. Many colleges also require it to be on file for their own need-based or merit-based aid packages.

Fill out the FAFSA here

Seniors, as you may know the FAFSA is available to complete beginning as early as October 1st of your Senior Year.

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Scholarships - FREE MONEY

Start your Scholarship hunt early!! Below are some resources for scholarships. We also keep a list with links in Naviance for all scholarships.

Fast Web

College For All Texans

US News - 11 Private Scholarships to Help you Pay For College

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Coppell High School Counseling Staff

Ms. Abreu A - Chan

Mrs. McMillin Chao - G

Mr. McKean H - Kon

Ms. Guevara Koo - Nak

Ms. Oh Nal - Roc

Ms. Cinelli Rod - Som

Mrs. Garcia Son - Z

Ms. Ruedi - Counseling Secretary