Counselor Courier

Updates from the Counseling Office

Welcome Back to School for 2015-16!

In an effort to keep parents and learners informed about information pertinent to what is going on with College and Career Coaching at STEM, I will be putting out this brief flyer every couple weeks. Please feel free to contact me or visit my website for more information.
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Freshmen Convocation - Sept. 17

I get to spend an hour every few weeks with one of the grade level Advisory groups during a period we call Convocation (on early release days) and this past Thursday, I met, along with the Freshmen teachers, with the 9th grade groups. We focused on 'refueling' for the remainder of this 9 weeks: Reviewing grades, building spirit and developing leadership. It was a busy, fun but informative time. For myself, I showed the 9th grade how to calculate their grades and reviewed graduation requirements. We talked briefly about the difference between a traditional diploma and an Honors diploma and how it is important to put in the extra effort now in 9th grade. The minimum requirements to graduate from APS are (for a current 9th grader):

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of Math (incl. Algebra II)
  • 3 units of Science (incl. 1 life science and 1 physical science)
  • 3 units of Social Studies (incl .5 US History and .5 Government)
  • .5 units of P.E. (2 semesters x .25 each)
  • .5 units of Health
  • 6 units of electives - including foreign language, fine/visual arts, career-technical courses, or additional core subjects
  • 18 points earned over a series of 7 exams given in grades 9-11

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Senior Year Checklist: What to do this Fall

  • Visit Colleges (there are lots of Visit Days and Open Houses in the fall)
  • Start to narrow down college choices
  • Remember - Senior Dues payment due to Coach Graber by 9/28
  • Apply to colleges (watch deadlines - most should be in by Nov. 15)
  • Start to draft some essays for future scholarship applications
  • Make a FSA ID and put it away for safe keeping until January 2016

Check the Senior Year Tab on Coach Howard's webpage for tools to handle all these things.

Financial Aid Resource Fair - September 24 @ Lawton Street Community Center 4:30-8:00 p.m.

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Scholarship Updates on the Counseling Webpage

New Links to Scholarships are up on the webpage. Go to the Senior Class webpage and follow the tab to Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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