February CFHS Counseling Update

2020-21 Registration, ACT Prep and more

Scheduling update for 2021-22 school year

  • The high school counselors have shared the scheduling/registration presentation with ALL juniors and sophomores.

  • If you have not seen the presentation or would like to watch it again, please check out the virtual presentation 2021-22 Scheduling Presentation.

  • If you need to find any other information about courses, forms, or presentations, check the CFHS Course information page.

  • Juniors and sophomores need to have their courses entered in power school by Tuesday, February 23rd. We recommend you write down the courses first on the registration/scheduling 2021-22 sheet before you submit. Once you submit, you will not be able to make changes until the meeting with your counselor. If you need a quick reminder on how to add your courses to power school, please watch PowerSchool Scheduling Reminders.

  • School counselors will start individual meetings with students on February 23rd. Please come prepared with your courses entered in power school.

  • This is such an important process so please take it seriously and make great choices for 2021-22!!

Junior and Sophomore Registration for 2020-21 School Year

Scheduling classes for next year has started!! Please be prepared. This process is SO important and there are many options to choose from!!

2020-21 Registration Timeline

  • The core departments (English, Social Studies, Science, and Math) have been working with students to choose appropriate classes. Students are entering choices in their Xello portal.
  • Links to all of the information are shared below and will also be posted on the CFHS website. Please check out the resources to find videos, course descriptions, and everything you need to know!
  • School counselors will be visiting English classes on Tuesday, February 9th for JUNIORS and Social Studies classes on Wednesday, February 10th for SOPHOMORES. VIRTUAL JUNIORS will be scheduled on Thursday, February 11th and VIRTUAL SOPHOMORES will be scheduled on Friday, February 12th.
  • Students can be entering their classes in the Course Planner in their Xello at this time to figure out their options. Some students may not have accurate credit totals on Xello so just add the classes and we will check the credits later.
  • Starting the week of February 23rd, school counselors will be meeting individually with each student to finalize their requests and enter them in Power School. Copies will be sent home for parental approval.
  • Students need to be visiting with their parents/guardians about their course requests and having discussions about what is the best fit to prepare them for the next step!
  • Please review the requests with your student and help him/her to make good choices. We have so many great options at Cedar Falls High School. Make every class count!! The scheduling and registration process is so important and we are fortunate to have great options for our students. Please take time to check out ALL of the options and make sure students meet CFHS graduation requirements, postsecondary requirements, and allow for exploration!!


2020-21 Course Offerings

2020-21 Course Descriptions

CFHS Course Information Page
CFHS Elective Video

Another resource students can fill out is the 11th and 12th Grade Scheduling/Registration Sheet for 2020-21 first so they know how many classes they need to schedule.

ACT Prep at CFHS

ZAPS ACT Prep Seminar-We are offering this seminar during the school day on Friday, March 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please see the flyer below with information on how to register.

FREE ACT Prep Materials -ACT offers many prep options for free. Please see the website. We also have a hard copy of the practice test that students can pick up in the counseling office.

FREE ACT Prep at UNI-CUE in Waterloo-These free sessions are available to CFHS students and very helpful. Classes are online and time frames are 4-5:30 and 5:30-7 (Mon-Wed) and 3:30-5:30 and 5:30-7:30 (Thursday). Sign up with this link: ACT Prep Application

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Cedar Falls HS Career/College Planning Presentation

How to Pay for College

Register here for the How to Pay for College-Understanding the Financial Aid Process on Monday, March 8th at 6:00 p.m.

How to Pay for College - Understanding the Financial Aid Process

The high school counseling office has invited a representative from the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) to provide a free presentation on financial aid for Juniors and their parents on Monday, March 8th at 6:00 p.m. We will send out the link to register at a later date. Sophomores and their parents may also want to join us! This is the same night as the 1st night of Parent-Teacher conferences. Please join us!!

Topics will include:

  • Financial Aid Process
  • FAFSA Application Review
  • Understanding FAFSA Results
  • Understanding Costs – College Comparisons
  • Financial Aid Options
  • Scholarships Process
  • Where to Go for Help

About ICAN

The Iowa College Access Network is a nonprofit, educational organization. ICAN is the College Access Network for Iowa, and a member of the National College Access Network (NCAN). ICAN has 10 Student Success Centers in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids/Hiawatha, Coralville, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Orange City, Sioux City, and Waterloo, which provide information and support to students and their families as they plan their postsecondary education and apply for financial aid. All ICAN programs and services are provided without charge. For more information about ICAN, call (877) 272-4692 or visit www.ICANsucceed.org
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Virtual Career and College Fair

Save the Date! ICR Future Virtual Career & College Fair 2021 is Virtual on March 28!

Engaging with prospective colleges and learning about potential career opportunities is a vital part of the planning process. To continue to meet the safety needs of our community during COVID-19, the 2021 ICR Fair will be virtual. Each exhibitor will have a virtual booth and be available to talk face-to-face with students and parents online.

We are encouraging sophomores and juniors to attend, however, the event is open to everyone.

Important Recommendations for Students

  • Career Assessment. Students will be encouraged to complete a career assessment to align with the Career Cluster designations for exhibitors. If students have completed assessments at school and can access to the results, please encourage them to review their results prior to the fair.
  • Register to Attend. We have an online registration process to gain access to the fair lobby. Please encourage students and parents to register.
  • Expanded Opportunities. A virtual fair means distance is no longer a barrier for students and parents. Every Iowa high school student should be encouraged to participate. With an expected registration of nearly 100 exhibitors, it will be a day they don't want to miss!

Learn More About the 2021 ICR Fair

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