Counselor Newsletter

AGUA FRIA HIGH SCHOOL

SEPTEMBER 2016

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

COLLEGE VISITATION DAY

The College Visitation Day will be held Monday, September 26, 2016 from 7:45am - 9:00am. This is a Senior only event. It is a browsing format that will take place in the New Gym.


Seniors attended the Tri-University Tour early this month where they had a chance to meet with representatives from Arizona State University, The University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University. Now they can meet with the community colleges, plus some out-of-state and technical schools.


This event is coordinated by the College Relations Committee through the Arizona School Counselors Association. Colleges that are a part of the Committee are allowed to attend. The following schools have confirmed their attendance:


Arizona Christian University

AZ Transfer

Central Arizona College

Colorado Mesa University

Eastern Arizona College

Glendale Community College

Grand Canyon University

New Mexico State University

Phoenix College

Universal Technical Institute

University of New Mexico

Trine University

Benedictine University - Mesa

Prescott College

Wilkes University

Marines

Army

Navy

Army Reserves

National Guard


In order to make the experience more efficient and enjoyable, students are encouraged to register for the event. The registration process for a student is simple. Each student has received an email to their school account with instructions on how to finish the registration online. Students will provide their information, elaborating on their academic interests and more. Gotocollegefairs.com will then encrypt their profile data and generate a personalized barcode that identifies them. They can then use the barcode at the fair, and the college admissions representative that they speak to can simply scan the barcode; subsequently, their profile data will automatically be sent to them in a secure, electronic format for future follow-up. The School Counselors will print the barcode for them a few days before the event. This is another great opportunity for seniors to meet with representatives from in-state and out-of-state colleges, universities and technical schools. Please encourage your students to register!

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ATTENTION 11TH GRADE STUDENTS!


The PSAT is Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 and will be administered at Agua Fria High School.

You may sign up in the bookstore. The fee is $15. Fee waivers are available. Please speak with your school counselor if you have any questions.
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Seniors applying for scholarships and financial aid should plan to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1, 2016. If you choose to file the application online, both the student and a parent will need to have a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) number for their electronic signatures. You may apply for this at any time at http://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. Having your FSA ID number in advance will simplify the application process in October. You will need tax information from 2015 to complete the form.

FAFSA Forms


http://www.fafsa.ed.gov


FAFSA Checklist


FAFSA Resources

FAFSA NIGHT

Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 5:30-7:30pm

1481 North Eliseo Felix Junior Way

Avondale, AZ

All families are invited to attend our annual FAFSA Night, held at the Agua Fria Union High School District office. This is a great opportunity to receive assistance with completing the FAFSA. Professional support will be provided and district staff will be available for assistance.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Career and Technical Education - District Event for 10th Grade Students and Families

Thursday, Oct. 6th, 6-7:30pm

1481 North Eliseo Felix Junior Way

Avondale, AZ

Representatives from West-Mec and Estrella Mountain Community College's ACE Program will provide families with information about their respective programs.



West-MEC


West-MEC’s primary focus is to provide career and technical education to high school students. West-Mec offers the following programs:



· Aesthetician

· Automotive Collision Technology

· Automotive Technology

· Aviation Maintenance Technology

· Avionics / Electronics

· Climate Control Technician

· Coding

· Cosmetology

· Emergency Medical Technician

· Energy & Industrial Technology

· Fire Science

· General Construction Technology

· IT Security

· Law, Public Safety & Security

· Massage Therapy

· Medical Assisting

· Medium/Heavy Diesel Technology

· Pharmacy Technician

· Precision Manufacturing

· Veterinary Sciences

· Welding Technology




Please visit www.west-mec.org for more information!




ACE- Achieving a College Education


The ACE program at Estrella Mountain Community College targets high school sophomores who are interested in receiving their associates degree before transferring to a university. Students in the ACE program can earn 24 college credits, attend workshops and receive internship/scholarship opportunities. ACE students are provided with support and guidance to have a successful college experience.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

PARENT VUE

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS:


Would you like to stay informed regarding your student's grades, attendance, class schedule and more? Sign up for ParentVUE. ParentVUE is a great tool to use as a parent to stay informed with up-to-date information. You must have an email address to sign up. If interested, please email Toni Mueller at tmueller@aguafria.org with your full name, your student's full name and the best email to use for activation.

SCHOLARSHIP NEWSLETTER

Make sure to check out our monthly scholarship newsletter!


Please visit tinyurl.com/AFHSscholarship

GET INVOLVED @ AGUA FRIA HIGH SCHOOL

Stop by the Counseling Department or speak with your teachers about extracurricular activities!

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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
jferrantejackson@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1036
Student last name: A-C

Jill Goodall
jgoodall@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1237
Student last name: D-J

Bill Lucas
wlucas@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1035
Student last name: K-N

Oscar Gironi
ogironi@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1042
Student last name: O-R
English Acquisition Program
Department Chair

Analy Talamante
atalamante@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1038
Student last name: S-Z

Terry Sparks
Counseling Office Specialist
tsparks@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1041

Yesicka Felix
Counseling Office Clerk
yfelix@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1040

Rosemarie Laur
Registrar
rlaur@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1039

Toni Mueller
Data Specialist
tmueller@aguafria.org
623-932-7300 x. 1046

Counselor Cart Wednesdays

Agua Fria High School Counselors strive to be accessible to our students. Counselors are available most Wednesdays during both lunches. Look for us near the Old Gym. We have many resources to share with our students. Stop by and see what your counseling team is doing to support our culture of college and career readiness.
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