COUNSELOR CONNECTIONS

VHS Counseling Department Newsletter

November 2018

Plan for your future because that's where you are going to spend the rest of your life. - Mark Twain

College & Career Ready Opportunity

ACT Registration Days for JUNIORS

At NO COST to the students, our building/district will provide our current juniors the opportunity to register for and take the ACT (no writing) test to be given on February 9th.

On October 29th and November 2nd, the junior advisories in the A, B, & C Wings will register. On November 5th and November 9th, the junior advisories in the D & E Wings will register.

Juniors need to have their Chromebooks charged and available for registration.

Here are some reasons to take the ACT:

· It is one of two entrance exams required for admissions to most 4-year colleges/universities in the U.S.

· Multiple-choice tests questions are based on what you have learned.

· The ACT helps you plan for your future with their Interest Inventory and Student Profile Sections.

· The ACT can help make you visible to colleges and scholarship agencies.

To assist students in preparing for the February 9th ACT, our juniors will have the opportunity to take a practice test on November 19th. Juniors must sign-up in the main Counseling Center by November 15th, if they wish to test.

Juniors will also have the ability to sign up for afterschool ACT Prep opportunities (information will be announced as it becomes available).

AP Exam Registration

Registration for May's AP Exams will begin on November 5th! The cost is $65 ($28 for free and reduced); AP Exam fees can be paid via tax credit. Registration forms and fees can be turned into the Bookstore.

Questions or issues can be directed to Mr. Saulsby, Assistant Principal, or Mrs. Mason, School Counselor (D-wing).

College & Career Night

Thursday November 8, 2018

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Millennium & Verrado High Schools’ Counseling Departments invite ALL students and parents to attend our annual College & Career Night. This year, the event will be held at Millennium High School (14802 W Wigwam Blvd, Goodyear, AZ 85395).

The purpose of the evening is to assist students of ALL grade levels and parents/guardians in post-high school planning. You will have opportunities to meet with representatives from:

· 4-year colleges/universities (in-state and out-of-state; public and private),

· Maricopa Community Colleges,

· AZ Skill Centers,

· Career and technical schools,

· West-MEC,

· Goodyear Police,

· Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department (including student involvement programs),

· Goodyear Fire Department,

· Military academies,

· ROTC programs,

· U. S. Military branches,

· Tutoring programs,

· ACT & SAT info/test help,

· Job Corps,

· Summer programs

· Businesses (employment and internship opportunities)

In addition, workshops will be offered on Financial Aid, How to Search for Scholarships, and the Military Academies application process.

We hope you will attend!

FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), www.fafsa.ed.gov, is the form used by the U. S. Department of Education to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). You and your parents’ financial information such as income, assets, and other household information are used to determine your EFC. Once your EFC is determined, the results are electronically shared with the financial aid offices of the schools that you list on your FAFSA.

The FAFSA is used by nearly all colleges to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

The FAFSA opened in October 2018 for current seniors. Seniors need to check their colleges and AZ’s financial aid deadlines or preferred filing dates.

Remember, completing the FAFSA is just one step in the financial aid process! Learn more at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/next-steps.

Juniors wanting to get an early idea of what you may qualify for can go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/estimate to learn about the FAFSA4caster. This is a tool to estimate what you may be eligible for; it is not a guarantee of what you will qualify for.

Be a Leader Club

Be A Leader Club’s mission is to “ignite a college-going culture on campus by developing leaders who empower their peers through community building and college access opportunities.” If you have an interest in attending college after high school, this club is for you! The club meets twice a month on Wednesdays at 3:10 p.m. in the VHS Career Center. See Mr. Navarro for more information.

College & Career Ready

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 1, 2018

West-MEC’s Glendale CC Open House

6 – 7:30 p.m.

www.west-mec.edu

November 5, 2018 - March 8, 2019

AP Exam Registration Window

Forms & fees due to the Bookstore

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

West-MEC’s EMCC Open House

6 – 7:30 p.m.

www.west-mec.edu

Thursday, November 8, 2018

MHS/VHS College & Career Fair

5:30 – 7:30 PM

@ Millennium High School

Thursday, November 8, 2018

West-MEC’s Central Campus Open House

6 – 7:30 p.m.

www.west-mec.edu

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Skilled Trades Expo

10 AM - 2 PM

@ West-MEC's SW Campus

www.estrellamountain.edu/skilled-trades-expo.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Maricopa CCs: Exploring Possibilities

9 AM - 2 PM

Phoenix Convention Center

www.maricopa.edu/exploring-possibilities

ASVAB

The juniors (and a few seniors) will be taking the ASVAB in December 2018. This aptitude test can be a great career exploration tool as it looks at what you have the ability to learn not just what you currently know or are good at.

This assessment is required for students entering the military as it produces a score that will determine what branch of service you may be eligible to join as well as the job you may be able to have within that branch.

As a school, we will not be releasing scores to the military recruiters; those students needing the scores to be released will have to complete a special form. If this is the case for you (or your student), please see Mr. Navarro in the Career Center and he can explain that process.

We encourage ALL juniors to take the ASVAB regardless of their post high school plans as it can provide insight into careers that may be a good fit for each individual student!

2019-2020 Course Selection/Registration

We are scheduled to begin the 2019-2020 course selection/registration process in December 2018! Students should be sure to listen to announcements, get signed up for our department's Remind messaging (if not already), and attend Advisory & Viper Success as more information will be announced this month!

Learn More...

In addition to their work with local agencies in the southwest valley to investigate, treat, manage, and prosecute interpersonal violent crimes, the Southwest Family Advocacy Center provides educational classes for the community. Course topics include healthy relationships, living in a digital world, and more. Visit www.swfac.org (then click on the Education tab) to learn more!

Civics Test

Graduation Requirement

Want to learn more about the Civics Test required for graduation in the state of Arizona? Check out the following site: https://www.azed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/civics-test-administration-manual_final.pdf. Not only will you find background information on how the requirement came to be, you will find a practice test with an answer key!

Want another resource to help prep for the test? Go to https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test.

ACT & SAT

Need information on the next ACT or SAT test date, registration deadline, cost, or test prep materials. Checkout each tests respective website:

Did You Know?

A few years ago, the Arizona Board of Regents adjusted the 1.0 credit fine arts requirement for admission into ASU, NAU, and UofA. Now, the 1.0 credit requirement can be met by an Art or Career & Technical Education (CTE) credit. Please remember that many private and/or out-of-state schools may still only accept credit in the arts.

Our department's website has more information to assist you and your student. Learn about AVID, AP, scholarships, volunteerism, and much more. Our site also links to other resources that may be helpful as you navigate high school and plan for your life after high school.


In Case you missed it...

October was National Bullying Prevention Month and National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Here are some information and resources…

Goodyear Police Department Facebook post (also sent via Nextdoor app): https://www.facebook.com/pg/GoodyearPolice/posts/

Federal Trade Commission sites:

· http://www.onguardonline.gov/

· https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0002-parents

· https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0026-living-life-online

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

· https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/digital-awareness-for-parents/index.html

October Highlights

Tri-University Field Trip #1

Northern Arizona University (NAU)

On Tuesday, October 2nd, the juniors who registered for the Tri-University Field Trip package took their first of three field trips. This one was to Northern Arizona University (NAU). They braved the rain showers during the campus tour, ate in one of NAU's dining halls, and listened to a presentation about the college and admissions process.

Go Lumberjacks!

Next up, University of Arizona on January 24, 2019; then, Arizona State University of February 19, 2019.



Top left: NAU's Cline LibraryBottom left: Students listening to our tour guide in NAU's Recreation Center (next to the 38 ft. climbing wall).

College Goal FAFSA Events

Thank you to those that turned out for our district's two College Goal FAFSA events: October 2nd @ Millennium HS and October 20th @ Agua Fria HS!

EMCC Field Trip

On October 23rd, Mr. Navarro and Mrs. Cappuccilli took 37 seniors to Estrella Mountain Community College. They went on a tour of campus, learned about their programs of study and graduation requirements, as well as addressed resumes and scholarships. These students will have a chance to return to EMCC in the spring to take the placement test and register for classes.

PSAT

We had approximately 300 students (sophomores & juniors) take the PSAT on October 24th! The gym was packed!!

By taking the exam, students will have access to SAT prep resources through Khan Academy, be able to search for colleges/majors/careers with College Board online tools, and (if a junior) qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program! Sophomores will want to test again their junior year to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Programs.

The College Board website shows that scores will be available for AZ students on December 10th. Mrs. Mason will coordinate the return of your test booklet (December/January).