MHS Senior News

October 2016

Class of 2017

3211 47th St.

Lubbock, TX 79413

(806) 219-1900

Welcome to Senior Year!

Senior Students & Parents,

Welcome to a very fast semester. Senior year is a busy time for students and parents. Currently seniors are finalizing SAT/ACT scores, applying to universities and beginning the scholarship search by enrolling in various search sites.

Please stay informed by checking out the Monterey website/counselor page on a regular basis. All senior news, university information and scholarships are updated and posted continuously. Also, work closely with your house counselor to help prepare you for the next step in life.

Currently alpha counselors are busy working individually with seniors. This is the time where counselors are finalizing credits, aligning final coursework with graduation, getting names correct for diploma orders, and other important information. One important item that counselors and seniors are working together on is their “PLAN AFTER HIGH SCHOOL”. Our goal is for students to have a plan beyond high school and the resources to achieve the plan. Whether it be applying to a two or four year university, looking into vocational/technical training or entering the workforce, counselors will help students connect to the appropriate resources for getting their plan in place prior to graduating. Please feel free to visit with your alpha counselor should you have questions.

How to Survive Senior Year

Graduation Cap & Gown Information

West Texas Graduation Services


November 3rd

10:15 a.m. – MHS Auditorium

Herff-Jones will visit with seniors about purchasing cap and gowns, graduation announcements and other senior-related items. Cap & Gown Packets will be given to seniors during the assembly. The earlier you purchase your cap and gown, the cheaper it is.

Cap & Gown Order Days on Campus:

November 10th 12:00-4:30 MHS Cafeteria

December 1st 12:00-6:00 MHS Cafeteria


2016-17 SAT Testing:

Cost: $57 With Essay

Registration Website:

Upcoming Testing Dates:

Test Date: November 5th - Registration Deadline: October 7th

Late Registration: October 21st

Test Date: December 3rd - Registration Deadline: November 4th

Late Registration: November 18th

2016-17 ACT Testing:

Cost: $$56.50 with Writing

Registration Website:

Upcoming Testing Dates:

Test Date: December 10th - Registration Deadline: November 4th

Late Registration: November 5th-18th

Test Date: February 11th - Registration Deadline: January 13th

Late Registration: January 14th-20th

End Of Course (EOC) Exam Dates:

English I - December 5th

Algebra I - December 6th

English II - Decmeber 7th

Biology - December 8th

U.S. History - December 9th

Seniors who still need to pass one of the five required EOC tests for graduation will have another opportunity this semester. Your counselor will be contacting you regarding room assignments. It is crucial that seniors take advantage of this testing opportunity so they will not be at risk of not graduating.

Websites for helping students study and prepare for EOC testing:

To view your scores online, go to:

Enter the “Unique Access Code listed at the bottom of the confidential student report along with your date of birth. (EOC Resources Link) (Texas Assessment Data website for families)

Calendar of Events

October 19th: PSAT - All Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors who registered will be participating in PSAT.

October 19th: Delayed start due to PSAT. Students not testing will report to school at 12:00 p.m.

October 22nd: ACT Test Administration.

October 24th: No School for Students. Staff Professional Development Day!

November 3rd: Herff-Jones Cap & Gown Assembly, 10:15.

November 4th: End of 2nd Six Week Grading Period.

November 5th: SAT Test Administration.

November 5th: Eastern New Mexico University Senior Preview Day.

November 10th: ASVAB Interest Inventory Testing.

High School Handbook -

The High School handbook which is located on LISD website has everything you need to know about high school and senior year.


GPA & Rank: Class ranks and GPA’s are now available. Visit your alpha house to request your current GPA and rank.

Transcript: Where do I request an official transcript? Mrs. Marquez, Registrar in the main office handles all transcripts. The first transcript request is free. Each additional copy is $1.00. If you need a transcript sent to a college, or for scholarship applications, instructions for requesting a transcript are on the counter in the main office.

LEARN, Inc. TRIO Education Talent Search: Monterey has had a long-standing partnership with Dept. of Education-funded program that offers free services to our students and parents. Our LEARN counselor, Mrs. Lola Coppage is on our campus each Tuesday & Thursday to visit with students about ACT, SAT, college admissions process, scholarships, financial aid, FAFSA, universities and technical education. To visit with Mrs. Coppage, sign up in the A-D counselors Office. She will call for you when she is on campus.


October 18th or October 20th

Sign up for a 45 minute session with Mrs. Coppage.

See Mrs. Holdridge in the A-D Counselors Office to reserve a session.


Scholarships slowly surface during the fall semester of a student's senior year. However, by spring semester, keeping up with the scholarship application process can be a bit overwhelming. As the year progresses, MHS receives much information regarding available scholarships.

All scholarship information is available on the MHS/Counselor website page, Scholarship Folder . Counselors post all scholarships that come across the guidance office. However, there are MANY more scholarships available than what we post. It is important that students and parents begin their scholarship search now. Below are many great resources to assist you in your scholarship search. These are free sites and allow students to set up a profile to help with the scholarship search process.

This site is the source of many scholarship opportunities. You can complete a profile and fastweb helps match eligible scholarships to you.

This great site can help you uncover many scholarships from colleges, universities, private companies, foundations and more.

Recently Posted Scholarships:

Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program-

Visit the website for more information and scholarhip application:

Texas Student Housing Scholarship-

For students attending colleges in Austin, College Station, or Denton TX.

Visit their website:


Mid-Term Graduation: Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Mid-Term Graduation is held at Monterey High School and includes all LISD campuses.

If you are planning to complete all graduation requirements this semester and graduate in January, see your alpha counselor as soon as possible!

Counselors need to know your intent so we can order your diploma and help you plan. Cap and gowns MUST be ordered by November 1st for January grads.

May Graduation Exercise:

Friday, May 26th, 6:00 p.m. United Supermarkets Arena.

See the senior schedule and graduation information on the counselor website.

Graduation rehearsal is scheduled for the same day as graduation, Friday, May 26th from 4:00-5:30. Seniors MUST be present at the rehearsal in order to walk in the ceremony on Saturday. Students will be at the USA from about 3:00 until after graduation that evening. Please plan family gatherings accordingly.

Summer Graduation: Thursday, August 24, 6:00 p.m.

Senior Names on Diplomas:

Counselors are in the process of completing verification of senior names and correct spelling for graduation, diplomas, and the ceremony. When you are making decisions about how you want your name presented and written on your diploma, it is important to communicate with your parents/guardians.

It’s important to respect how mom and dad want your diploma to read. Students will be encouraged to use their full given name for graduation. See your alpha counselor for questions.

Taking Courses Pass/Fail...

Juniors and Seniors may take course work as pass/fail by declaring their intent prior to the end of the second six weeks period. The following criteria must be met:

* Graduation requirements must be fulfilled with the core area where pass/fail is requested.

* Pre-AP and AP courses may not be taken as pass/fail.

* Student must have a minimum of 4.0 grade point average.

Deadline to turn in pass/fail forms to your counselor is

Friday, November 4th , 4:10 p.m.

ASVAB Interest Inventory Test

Thursday, Nov. 10th, 8:30am

MHS Library

Interested in the ASVAB Interest Inventory Test?:

The ASVAB assessment is a great Career Exploration instrument. This test is a valuable tool to help your student with his/her future educational and career plans. This tool will help students:

—Learn more about themselves and the world of work.

—Explore occupations in line with their interests & skills.

—Develop an effective strategy to realize their career and educational goals.

—Determine eligibility for a military career.

Although used for military enlistment, the ASVAB is a great way for Juniors and Seniors to identify their career interests and abilities. Monterey will be conducting the ASVAB assessment on:

Thursday, November 10th 8:30 a.m.

To register for the ASVAB, visit with Mrs. Holdridge, Lead Counselor in the A-D Counselors Office, OR see Mr. Thomson in room 252.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR ASVAB IS...Wednesday, November 2nd.

Learn more about the ASVAB: .

Contact Information

MHS Counselor Contacts:

Gail Holdridge, A Alpha & LeadCounselor

Kristen Lewis, B-D

Kim Brinkley, E-I

Kylie Prather, J-N

Katina Carlile, O-R

Crystal Scott, S-Z

Tom Thomson, Special Services