CCC Updates

9th - 12th grade

Senior Updates

FAFSA/ TASFA

The state priority deadline for the FAFSA/ TASFA was January 15. All seniors are encouraged to complete the application if you have not done so to ensure you will be reviewed for all awards (need-based scholarships, grants, loans, and work study) eligible. If you do not plan on completing the FAFSA, we do ask that you complete this waiver form. Waiver is due by March 2 to Ms. Valverde here. If you are enlisting in the military please email Ms. Valverde for the military waiver. We will be assigning students a FIT for those who have not completed the FAFSA within the next couple of weeks to check in.

(You will notice the waiver says "Draft" because this is a new District process that we are beginning to implement with this year's graduating class and will remain in "draft" format until we receive final approval by TEA.)

Please see the following helpful resources for more information:

FASFA overview: http://bit.ly/2QFCnhY

Guide to completing the FAFSA: http://bit.ly/2NcUPMB

TSI Re-tests

The TSI is the Texas Success Initiative which determines a student's college readiness for college coursework. It is required to ensure all students even if you're taking a gap year, enlisting in the military, or attending an out of state school, meet the college ready standards by graduation. Remember, this isn't used for college admission, however, some in state and private universities will want these test results before you are able to register for classes in the Fall. We will be administering the TSI to ALL seniors who have not met requirements Feb. 24 - 27th. Ms. Valverde will be emailing students their assigned date and time for that week in February.


Test scores will be emailed to you immediately following testing (from Accuplacer) so please make sure to download those results to keep for your records.


If you took the SAT recently and have your scores that meet the requirements, please dowload them here to be exempt from taking the TSI.: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfr98q-6oxkyXvdzn1ftn1n9OAL0ncTMKVYr4atL9uCpxNDYA/viewform?usp=sf_link


ACC TSI practice tests: http://sites.austincc.edu/tsiprep/tsi-practice-tests/reading-practice-test/.

Scholarship Opportunities

Several scholarship opportunities are listed in Naviance, however, I wanted to highlight a few below. ** To search in Naviance, click on "Colleges", "Scholarships and Money", and "Scholarship List". Additional scholarships can be found here: https://www.smore.com/bdf03.


EGIA Foundation Scholarship - Jan. 30: https://egiafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarship.


ACET Scholarship - Feb. 14, 2020:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xc1zIfueU5yX_X9HBGYHtCR7avQ08uYO/view?usp=sharing


The A+ FCU Scholarships - Deadline for one of the scholarships is Feb. 17th at 11:59pm. More information can be found here: https://aplusfcu.org/community-involvement/?tab=scholarships.


The Domain w/ Simon Youth Foundation Comm. Scholarship - Feb. 19th: syf.org/scholarships


The Rotary Club of Austin Scholarships - Feb. 21 -

There are 3 applications: a general scholarship application, an app for a student committing to attending Baylor University, and an app for a student committed to attending an automotive or tech school. Each participating high school may submit up to four applications this year: two general scholarship applications, one Baylor specific scholarship application, and one autotech scholarship application. All required documents to be submitted are identified on the app checklist. The deadline for submitting the application packet to Ms. Valverde in the CCC is Feb. 21.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1JleON2_GnozlThyxxy41ncScH7oBRHfO?usp=sharing


ASCE Austin Branch Scholarships - March 6, 2020: https://www.austinasce.org/awards-and-scholarships


Highland Park Elementary PTA Service Award - 3/20: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11icSUwzp7LAlak_OCcs177AQCo3lT7uX/view?usp=sharing


CGCS - Bernard Harris Scholarship - April 6, 2020:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11T_YMg9YKs-S5VlncPRK-n0gHEqQV9vU/view?usp=sharing.


American Society of Civil Engineers - April 20th: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SPWm9p2n-vrdkd1bM_EHn6bEiL-WvVm7/view?usp=sharing


Oak Hill Elementary School PTA Award - April 24th:

High school seniors in AISD who attended Oak Hill Elementary are eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship from the Oak Hill Elementary PTA. Three scholarships will be awarded. The scholarship announcement with all requirements is posted on Naviance. Applications must be received in the Oak Hill Elementary Office by 3 pm Friday, April 24th. Campuses may send application through AISD school mail. However, applications must be received by April 24th. Please note that applications will not be picked up from the AISD high schools; they must be delivered to Oak Hill Elementary. Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the Oak Hill Elementary May 15th morning assembly at 7:30am to receive scholarship awards

Brentwood Elementary Senior Walk - May 26th

Calling all graduating seniors who attended Brentwood Elementary:


What: Star Walk - Wear your cap/gown, and a smile!

When: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:15pm

Where: Brentwood Elementary School (meet in the cafeteria at 2:00pm)

Why: To honor the graduating seniors and to show the elementary students that they can graduate high school someday if they work hard to reach their dreams!


If you are interested, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/SKBFCA61TjY3h8ik9

Application Help Nights

We are starting back up with our evening application help nights for those seniors who are needing additional help with college, scholarship, or FAFSA applications. Seniors will need to sign up using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4BA9A82DA4FB6-college.


Parents, if you have questions about the application process please don't hesitate to email or call Ms. Valverde


AISD Career Fair

Friday, Feb. 28th, 9:30-11:30am

4601 Pecan Brook Drive

Austin, TX

AISD will be hosting their annual Career Fair for seniors on Feb. 28th. Seniors who are unsure what path to take following graduation are encouraged to attend this event. If you are interested in attending, please sign up through Naviance. More information can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1i3l3Ytnr08SBvNQkn1f9SPnNq1h5UoG2/view?usp=sharing.

11th grade updates

All Junior SAT Day - March 4

All juniors will be taking the SAT on Wednesday, March 4th. The district is covering the cost for this exam for the Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math sections. Students will be able to use these scores for college admission. Any other SAT or ACT tests students would like to register for can be done through Collegeboard.org or actstudent.org. Fees for these exams start at $46. For more information about the tests, additional testing dates, and mock tests please click here.



*Mock ACT Exam

  • WHAT: The More Than A Teacher test prep company will proctor and review a practice ACT
  • WHEN: Jan. 25, 2020 | 3:00 - 6:30 pm
  • WHERE: Bowie Cafeteria
  • WHO: Juniors and highly motivated Sophomores
  • WHY: Try an alternate college entrance exam and compare results to official PSAT results to see if one exam or the other would be more beneficial to the student. It's Free!
  • REGISTER (seats are limited): http://www.morethanateacher.com/practice-test/bowie-act-1-25-2020/


*Mock SAT Exam

  • WHAT: The More Than A Teacher test prep company will proctor and review a practice ACT
  • WHEN: Feb. 1, 2020 | 9:00 am - 12:30pm
  • WHERE: Bowie Cafeteria
  • WHO: Juniors and highly motivated Sophomores
  • WHY: All Juniors will take the SAT in March, so take a practice SAT ahead of the real exam.
  • REGISTER (seats are limited): http://www.morethanateacher.com/practice-test/bowie-sat-2-1-2020/


*Mock SAT Exam

  • WHAT: The More Than A Teacher test prep company will proctor and review a practice ACT
  • WHEN: Feb. 29, 2020 | 1:00 - 4:30pm
  • WHERE: Bowie Cafeteria
  • WHO: Juniors and highly motivated Sophomores
  • WHY: All Juniors will take the SAT in March, so take a practice SAT ahead of the real exam.
  • REGISTER (seats are limited): http://www.morethanateacher.com/practice-test/bowie-sat-2-29-19/

College Fair for Juniors

Wednesday, Feb. 12th, 9:30am

425 Woodward Street

Austin, TX

Ms. Valverde will be taking a group of juniors to this college fair to learn more about several local universities. The sign up has closed but there are still a few spots available. Please stop by the CCC for more info.

10th and 11th Grade Updates

ACC Dual Credit Reminders

We offer a few ACC courses here on campus during junior and senior year. Traditionally for juniors we offer U.S History 1301 & 1302 (some students take this the summer before junior year) and for seniors English 1301 & 1302, (this is an option for those students who are not enrolled in the Rhetoric UT OnRamps course their junior year. This course cannot be taken during the summer) and Government 2305 (some will take this course over the summer before their senior year along with Economics 2301 which is not offered at Bowie).

Enrolling in an ACC course is a multi-step process and can be a little confusing so we have scheduled two mandatory FIT sessions for returning and new students to ACC; the first one is an info session which will go through the steps to enroll, the second session will go through the registration process. Students who do not attend these sessions will not be able to enroll in the course. For more information about the enrollment process please click here.

One of the biggest steps to enrolling is meeting the testing requirements. Students must meet the requirements listed below before enrolling in the course. If they do not meet any of the requirements we will be offering the TSI here at Bowie on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 from 8am - 12pm. Space is limited so this testing is only for students in 10th - 11th grade who do not meet the requirements below. Register for the test here. Students, If you have questions about your scores for the following assessments please stop by the College and Career Center.

TestScores

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)Reading - 351Math - 350Writing - Essay 5 or 4 with 340 objective score

ACT Composite 23 Math- 19English-19

SATEBRW - 480Math- 530

PSATEBRW - 460Math 510

Save the Dates:

Jan. 13 - 5:45 - 8:00pm : Academic Planning Night

March 2-6 - FIT: ACC Info Session (Mandatory for all new and returning ACC students). *Students only need to attend 1 this week

April 9th- 10th (Summer) May TBD (Fall): ACC Registration FIT (mandatory for all new and returning students. If you are taking a summer and fall class you will be required to attend the FIT in April and the one in May)

All Grade Levels

Summer Programs

Please click below to view some of the summer programs/internships that are available to our students. I will be updating this page as I receive information for additional summer programs.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mfrhUql7DR_LLBsBs-0GhtXueFu_vGaHsa1x_4EO_P4/edit?usp=sharing

College Readiness FIT Sessions

Ms. Valverde will be hosting several FIT sessions throughout the semester to help 9th - 12th graders prepare for that next step. Topics for some of these upcoming sessions will be; Understanding your Financial Aid, Naviance 101, College Search Help, Career Search Help, etc. All FIT sessions for the month of Feb. have been added to the FIT portal so if students are interested in attending, please sign up!


Feb.

3rd - Naviance 101

4th - College Search Help

5th - College Search Help

6th - Career Search

7th - Career Search

10th - Naviance 101

12th - Naviance 101

13th - College

Austin Gap Year Fair

Saturday, Feb. 1st, 1-4pm

5901 Southwest Parkway

Austin, TX

Parent Naviance Login

If you have been able to access Naviance before the student log in change you will continue to login the same way you have been before.


If you do not have an account, we'll be sending your registration code by email next week. *Please note all parents will receive a code but if you've already accessed your account you can disregard the email.

Austin National College Fair

Thursday, April 16th, 6-8pm

900 Barton Springs Road

Austin, TX

College Presentations

We will be hosting several college, military, and career representatives throughout the spring semester. To access the most up to date list students will need to log in to Naviance, click on "Colleges", "Research Colleges" and "College Visits". If there is a presentation or event you'd like to attend click "Register Now". Below is our current list:
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Contact Ms. Valverde

Social Media

Stay in the loop with any updates, reminders, and additional information through our social media pages!


Twitter: @BowieCounseling

Instagram: @JBHSCollegeandCareer


You can also reach Ms. Valverde via email at carli.valverde@austinisd.org or by phone 512-414-2356

Text Reminders

If you would like to receive text reminders, please sign up for our Remind class. Reminders about college presentations, deadlines, etc are typically shared through this service.


12th Grade

Seniors sign up here: https://www.remind.com/join/b36kdc

Parents sign up here: https://www.remind.com/join/2hf8eb


11th Grade

Juniors: https://www.remind.com/join/dc2c93

Parents of Juniors: https://www.remind.com/join/4a6k3a


10th grade

Sophomores: https://www.remind.com/join/3c4ek7

Parents of sophomores: https://www.remind.com/join/6c669b


9th grade

Freshmen: https://www.remind.com/join/mscvalve

Parents of Freshmen: https://www.remind.com/join/9cakgc