CHS Counselor Monthly Update

Coppell High School, Counselors' Newsletter

November 2020

Happy Fall

Welcome! Thank you for all your support this year! We love providing families and students with the most up to date information.

For information on the CISD's COVID Response.

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

Virtual Counseling Department

Check out the Virtual Counseling Department. Live links embedded throughout!

Important Dates

10/29 - PSAT for Sophomores

10/30 - Homecoming

11/1 - Early Decision & Early Action College Deadline

11/6 - Progress Report grades available in HAC

12/10 - Semester Level down opens

12/16 - Semester Level down closes

12/18 - End of the 2nd 9 weeks and 1st Semester

12/21-1/4 - Winter break

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  • Admission Information and Applications
  • SAT/ACT Registration
  • FAFSA Help
  • TASFA Help
  • Residency & In State Tuition
  • College Readiness and Access
  • Scholarship Searches
  • Career Exploration
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College Deadlines

The deadlines are quickly approaching. Please make sure you have requested your transcripts BEFORE your deadline. WE DO NOT SEND DOCUMENTS ON WEEKENDS

Please request your transcript for the November 1st deadline before FRIDAY 10/30 @ 4pm.

Class of 2021 Post High School Information

Need help with Naviance?

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!

Interested in joining the Military?

If you are interested in enlisting in the military or going to a military academy we are here to help!

Please reach out to your counselor so we can help point you in the direction you want to go!

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.

Need help writing your college essay?

The Red Jacket Ambassadors have split into four value groups this year: Collective Engagement, Great Teaching, Invest in Each Other, and Individual Contributions. Since we are in the midst of the college application season, the Great Teaching value group has taken an initiative to provide some help and support to the seniors who are completing their college essays. The purpose of Great Teaching is to academically support the school district by tutoring, helping with college applications, hosting educational events for elementary schools, and encouraging students to actively participate in school clubs and organizations. In the form, the students will be able to paste a link to their essay in which the red jackets will make comments and suggestions that will help improve upon it. This form keeps the writer anonymous and provides unbiased and constructive feedback.

You can sign up here!

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SPRING 2021 Dual Credit Registration

Spring Dual Credit registration is only available for current students. We are waiting for the course catalog to come out for DCCCD to complete registration. New students to DC are unable to register at this time.

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.

CHS College Visits

Hosted through Naviance!

Please check Schoology for directions on how to sign up via Naviance.

Upcoming schools included:

  • University of Texas at Austin (10/28)
  • US Navy (10/29)
  • University of Dallas (11/10)
  • Belmont University (11/10)
  • Arizona State University (11/12)


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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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As a companion to the NCAA Eligibility Center’s recent COVID-19 response, we will be hosting a webinar for your student-athletes and their families. Your students can register to join us on Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a discussion on these important initial-eligibility adjustments. Click here to share this promotional message and encourage them to attend this important event.

Due to operational changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eligibility Center will be closed for three weeks. Click here for specific dates and additional information.

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Financial Aid & FAFSA

FAFSA Opens on October 1st.

To view the presentation from October 20th please use this link.

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

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