THE COUNSELORS' CORNER
NEWS FROM THE GHS COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
Counselors in Action
As September comes to a close, we want to share a snapshot of some of the items the counseling department has been working on. We wish to extend our gratitude to our students, parents, and colleagues for their tremendous partnership and support during the beginning of the school year!
-Enrolled new students
-Processed 4-week level down requests
-Presented Signs of Suicide (SOS) curriculum to grades 9-12 through science classes
-Began college application season! (writing letters of recommendation, completing secondary school reports, updating the school profile, assisting with transcripts)
-Presented senior curriculum through English classes (Sept 29 & 30)
-Continuing college application season! (writing letters of recommendation, completing secondary school reports, updating the school profile, assisting with transcripts)
-Hosting ASVAB Career Assessment (Oct 5)
-Presenting freshman curriculum through English classes (Oct 6 & 7)
-Collect and process 9-week level down requests submitted Oct 18-20
-Host Red Ribbon Week (Oct 25-29)
-Preparing for GCISD College & Career Night (Nov 2)
ASVAB Career Exploration
The ASVAB Career Exploration test will be administered at GHS on Tuesday, October 5th at 8:40 AM in the GHS Lecture Hall. The ASVAB Program is an aptitude and interest inventory, for students in 10th-12th grade, aimed at helping students evaluate their skills, strengths and vocational interests so they can begin to explore and pursue a highly satisfying career. Whether you’re planning on college, technical school, the military, or you are just not sure yet, the ASVAB CEP can put you on the right path toward finding a career that’s right for you. Sign up is limited to 40 students. If you are on the waiting list, you will be notified. Please use the following link to sign up: ASVAB Sign-Up.
OCTOBER 1st - College Financial Aid (FAFSA) Application Opens
Attention NCAA ATHLETES
Level Down Information
The final opportunities to level down during the 2021-22 school year will be at 9 weeks and at the end of 1st semester.
Click here for Schedule Change Timelines.
Click here for information on the GCISD GPA scale.
9 week level down window - October 18-20.
Semester level down window - December 1-3.
ALL YEAR INFORMATION:
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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
Salina Friend - Data Secretary
Geri Clayton - Registrar
Student Advocate Jennifer Lemke