Counseling Update

WHAT IS GOING ON AT HAWKINS MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL!

GET YOUR UPDATES HERE!

  • Keep updated with the latest information from the HHS & HMS Counseling Center. This newsletter is a way to keep you informed with HHS & HMS news, testing information, College and Career info, etc.
  • Students check your class's Counseling Google Classroom for updates and information!
  • Hawkins Counseling Center Website HERE & Facebook HERE
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Upcoming test dates:

EOC Retest: December 7-10

Semester Exams: December 15-17

STAAR/EOC TESTING

To access your child’s STAAR/ECO results, visit TexasAssessment.Gov


1) Visit TexasAssessment.Gov.

2) Click “Find My Access Code” & log in.

3) Review your child’s STAAR results and the personalized resources to support learning at home.

4) At the beginning of the school year, discuss the results with your child’s teacher and work together to support your child’s learning.

TSIA2

The TSIA2 scores are shown below in comparison to the TSIA. If students have previously taken the TSIA, their scores are valid for 5 years from the date of testing. As of January 11, 2021, students are testing on the TSIA2.


If you need more information on Testing, click HERE for the ACT/SAT. You can also find more information on TSIA2 testing HERE.

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ACT & SAT Testing Dates

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ACT vs. SAT - What's the Difference?
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TEXAS COLLEGE BRIDGE

Online college preparatory courses, strengthening their English and math skills prior to enrolling in college and setting them on a path to postsecondary success.

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GRADUATION TOOLKIT

Click Here for Information for Planning Your High School Years & Beyond.


Click Here for Graduation Requirements and Endorsement Information Presentation.


Click Here for the Hawkins Counseling Center Website for more information.

Programs of Study Guidebook

HISD now has Programs of Study Handbooks available. They are currently in print production, but you can download a digital copy on our website or by clicking HERE.


To download go to Hawkins ISD and choose the Secondary campus. We have a lot of great programs being offered at HHS. Our goal is for all of our students to graduate career or college-ready.

Endorsement Bulletins

This series of bulletins takes a closer look at each endorsement area and connects those endorsement pathways to career opportunities. Each comprehensive issue contains vital information about the guidelines of the Foundation High School program and endorsement selection requirements. In addition, they feature careers that are specific to each endorsement area and the accompanying labor market information for each job title. You can find the Bulletins by clicking HERE!

Balfour Graduation Items

Class of 2022 Students and Parents,

It’s time to order your Balfour Graduation Items!

Click on the link below to start your amazing graduation journey.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qja-nOZ77oM&feature=youtu.be

Click on the link below to view our new lookbook catalog.
https://issuu.com/balfour/docs/sy22-grad-bro_issuu?fr=sNmRjOTM4ODQxODM

The last link takes you to our custom Balfour School page where you will find options and pricing to customize and place your order. (All items will be shipped directly to your home address. Wearable items will be in one shipment and your C&G will be in a separate shipment)

https://www.balfour.com/texas/hawkins/hawkins-high-school/graduation-packages?smi=71930

Please feel free to contact our local Balfour Office at 903-757-6595 or John.Barbe@balfour-rep.com with any questions.

FAFSA Information

New Texas Education Agency (TEA) FAFSA Graduation Requirement Starting for the 2021-2022 School Year
House Bill 3 (HB 3) Implementation: FAFSA Application

Beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must do one of the following in order to graduate:
  • Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete and submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA)
  • Submit a signed opt-out form


The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will make a variety of resources available to support school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in implementing the new requirement.

Parents of Students of the Class of 2022
An important part of students completing FAFSA are parents completing their tax returns. Parents, please be sure to have your 2020 Tax Returns available by October 1 of your student's Senior year.

Texas Tuition Promise Fund

The Texas Tuition Promise Fund, a program that allows students and families to secure current undergraduate tuition rates and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities, is offering several informational webinar options this summer on May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7 and July 21. Click here to register. This program is the state’s newest prepaid tuition plan that is administered by the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board as one of five tax-advantaged plans and programs throughout the state. Other programs include the Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan (formerly known as the Texas Tomorrow Fund), Texas College Savings Plan, Texas LoneStar 529 Plan, and the Texas ABLE Program.

Helping Your Child Complete the Apply Texas Application

It's not too late to help your child apply to college! There are many schools in Texas there are still accepting applications. Texas State has a deadline of March 1st, Texas Southern University isn't due until July, and Tarleton State will accept applications until August! What makes this even easier is that all public universities in Texas use the Apply Texas application.


You may have used or seen the Apply Texas application with your child but it can be confusing. Watch this great video for parents that breaks the applications down into six easy steps. Still, have questions? Reach out to your student advisor or counselor to schedule an appointment.


Six Steps to Completing the Apply Texas Application


And in Spanish! - Ayudando a su estudiante con la aplicación Apply Texas

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Texas Reality Check

(www.texasrealitycheck.com/) There is nothing more motivational for students than showing them the relevance between educational attainment and their earnings power. Reality Check is designed to help students understand the connection between lifestyle aspirations and the importance of postsecondary education.

Endorsement Career Links

Get the information your High School student needs to succeed in their educational endeavors! Foundation High School Program Endorsement Career Links will provide you with information regarding the new graduation requirements established by House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. Click HERE!

My Next Move

My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Click HERE!
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TCHATT at Hawkins MS & HS

Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine, or TCHATT, partners with your child’s school to provide various mental health tools such as referrals and counseling. TCHATT is free for those in need of urgent behavioral or emotional assessment and care. We serve grades first-12th.

SEL & Mental Health Virtual Classroom

Here is a PERFECT way to share information. The office has TONS of info on it for your SEL, Mental Health, and Self Care. Just use it as needed and as often as you want!! I AM SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS AND HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!!


Click HERE to check out the Classroom! Also, check out the SEL & Mental Health page HERE!

Mental Health Awareness Resources

Raising awareness by sharing information and starting conversations about mental health is key in reducing stigma and increasing the likelihood that teens will seek mental health care when they need it. The National Alliance on Mental Illness created Say it Out Loud to get teens talking about mental health. Say it Out Loud gives adults the tools they need to hold conversations about mental health with teens.


The Family Guide to Children’s Mental Health Services was created to help families navigate the Children’s Mental Health System under the Department of State Health Services in Texas. Many children and youth experience life events, biological, environmental, and developmental changes that impact their mental health. Some experience changes in behavior, feelings, social relationships, and academic achievement in school. These changes could be a sign of the need for additional support or the need for mental health services.


Life during a pandemic is complicated. Along with new safety protocols and restrictions, kids and teens are dealing with changes to routines, school, and socializing. It’s normal for kids and teens to have some difficulty getting used to a “new normal.” If a child still seems to be struggling, something more might be going on. Find out more here In addition, here is a link to download the MHA Toolkit.


Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Find a Mental Health First Aid course near you using their webpage (linked above) search tool.


A mental health crisis is formally defined as a time when there’s an imminent risk of a child hurting themselves or someone else. (Imminent means it’s likely to happen right now or soon.) A crisis might also be a time when you or other adults in the situation can’t help the child with their behavior and need help calming things down. If a child is in crisis, consider their safety and the safety of anyone else around. Find more information on mental health crises at Navigate Life Texas.

Kids Health

Check out KidsHealth for free videos, activities, and resources designed to help parents and students better understand health-related topics.
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Beyond the Tassel

Here are the links Beyond the Tassel podcast posted on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Amazon Alexa Store featuring your Hawkins Hawks Flash Briefing


About This Show:

Hawkins Beyond the Tassel is a weekly podcast hosted by education equity advocate and rural communities champion, Craig Williams, featuring insider tips to help families and students prepare for the transition from high school to college.


New episodes for Hawkins Beyond the Tassel will be published every Tuesday morning, starting with September 22nd.

WEATHER-RELATED INFORMATION ALERTS COMMUNICATION

As you know, winter weather can change quickly. Please prepare by noting the following HISD inclement weather practices. In bad weather, you can turn to multiple sources to be notified of school closings or delays.

SOCIAL MEDIA

HAWKINS ISD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HawkinsTXISD

HAWKINS ISD APP

Hawkins ISD has an app. It is easy to download and receive notifications. (1). Go to your app store (2) Search for SCHOOL DOOR (3) Click on it and download. (4) Select Hawkins ISD (5) Turn on notifications.

LOCAL STATIONS

KLTV CHANNEL 7, KETK CHANNEL 56, CBS CHANNEL 19