Thursday, November 29, 2012

Financial Aid Meeting for Parents of Seniors

The CHS Guidance department will host its annual financial aid night for parents of college bound seniors on Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the lecture hall.   Melanie Weaver, a college financial aid counselor, will guide parents through the process of filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (FAFSA) and will highlight other types of assistance available. Nearly all colleges and universities require a completed FAFSA prior to awarding scholarships, grants, or other types of academic assistance.  CHS guidance counselors will provide information about  local scholarships.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thanksgiving is Right Around the Cornerr

Seniors:  Remember that you should be getting your college applications finalized and submitted!  Pay attention to the deadlines set by the colleges you are applying to.  Many colleges now have a December 1 deadline, which is quickly approaching!  

Friday, Nov. 16th is the last day to request a transcript if you want it to be mailed out before the Thanksgiving break.  Of course, you may still request transcripts after this date, but we cannot guarantee that they will be processed and sent before the break.  Be sure you have already submitted your application before you request your transcript.  If you college has a counselor or college prep. form, you will need to download it and bring it to the guidance office when you request your transcript.

Remember that if you are applying to a college that uses "The Common Application"  or "Send EDU" you will only need to provide your counselor's contact information when you submit your application.  You will NOT need to request a transcript for these colleges. Your counselor will receive a request from the agency and will submit your information online.  Please refer to the following contact information:
  • Students w/last names A-L    Mrs. Gabes
  • Students w/last names M-Z   Mrs. Carmean
Feel free to stop in the guidance office with any questions!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Smart Habits of Freshmen #3: Know how to get Good Grades

If you came to school everyday and make the most of your class time, you should be able to get good grades.  The following are tips from CHS Seniors that can help you do your best in classes:

  • Be Organized:  Use your agenda to keep track of your assignments.  Have a separate folder for each of your classes.  Keep your notebooks and locker neat and free of clutter so you can easily locate the things you need.
  • Manage your time:  If your teacher gives you time in class to start homework, USE IT!  Set aside a time and place each day to do your homework and study.  Break large assignments into smaller chunks.  Don't wait until the last minute to start big assignments and projects.
  • Be Successful in the Classroom: Be in class everyday and arrive on time!  Bring all of your materials to class.  Always do your homework.  Be an active learner:  participate in class discussions, interact with classmates and teacher, ask questions when you do not understand.  Pay attention to what is going on!  Don't zone out!!
  • Use Test-Taking Strategies:  Be ready for all tests by studying ahead of time!  Be sure to LISTEN to all directions given by your teacher before the start of the test.  Look over the entire test and develop a plan.  Mark questions you want to return to.  Use all of the time available to check or revise your answers.
  • Use Available Resources:   Take advantage of the study sessions offered every afternoon, and on Thursday evenings.  ASK your teacher questions if you do not understand.  Schedule a time to meet with your teacher if you need extra help.  Most teachers are willing to help you before or after school or during advisory period.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Remind 101 for Juniors

Juniors may now sign up to receive text or email reminders about:

  • ACT Testing Dates, Sign-up information & Deadlines
  • College Visit Opportunities
  • ACT Test Preparation
  • Parent Meetings
  • Scheduling Information
To sign up for text messages:   text  @info4jrs  to (424) 543-7098  

OR email:

Remind 101 is a safe way for educators to communicate via text or email with students and parents.  Standard text message rates apply, but there are no other charges for this service.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Smart Habits for Freshmen #2: Understand Academics

It is important that all students understand the academic requirements for graduation, honors diploma, and college admission.  You should also know what information is included on your permanent academic record.

Graduation Requirements:
 All students need 21 1/2 credits to graduate from Celina High School.  In addition, you will need to pass all 5 parts of the Ohio Graduation Test:  Reading, Math, Writing, Science and Social Studies.  The class of 2016 also falls under the new Ohio Core requirements, which means you need to earn credits in the following areas:

    • 4 credits of English  
    • 4 credits of mathematics (which must include Algebra 2 or the equivalent)
    • 3 credits of science (which must include Physical Science, Life Science and Advanced Science)
    • 3 credits of social studies
    • 1/2 credit of health
    • 1/2 credit of physical education
    • 1/2 credit of computer literacy
    • 6 credits of electives     
College Entrance Requirements:
In addition to the basic requirements for graduation, many 4-year colleges will also require two years of a foreign language and a credit of fine arts.  It is important to think about your goals so that you can plan your schedule over the next three years.  Colleges will also require an entrance test such as the ACT or SAT.  This is typically taken for the first time during the junior year.

Your High School Transcript:
Your transcript is a document that details your academic performance beginning in the 9th grade and continuing until you graduate.  It is important for freshmen to understand that GRADES START COUNTING NOW!!  Even these grades you earn during the first trimester will be on your transcript and will be included on your grade point average.  Here is all that will be included on your transcript:
  • Grades taken and classes earned
  • Attendance 
  • Current Grade Point Average (the average of your trimester grades on a 4.0 scale)
  • Class Rank (where you rank with the other students in your class...for example, the student who is ranked #1 would have the highest Grade Point Average)
  • State Test Scores
  • College Test Scores
  • Graduation Date
Colleges and scholarship organizations will eventually use this transcript to evaluate you for admission or for awards.  Each year at registration time you will receive a copy of your current transcript.  It is important to check it carefully and see your counselor if you have any questions.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Helping your Child Choose a College

On Wednesday, October 2nd the guidance department will host Mr. Van Wright, who will talk with parents about the college search process.  Mr. Wright is a college admission specialist from Bowling Green State University.  The presentation will include tips on what to do during your college visit and how to determine which college is the best fit for your child.  Mr. Wright also outlines the process of applying to college, and offers tips on getting the most financial aid available.  CHS Guidance counselors will also speak about  ACT testing, and other necessary preparations for college.  Although the evening is geared toward parents of current juniors, all parents are welcome to attend.  The presentation will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the high school lecture hall.

Friday, September 28, 2012

REMIND 101 for Seniors

CHS Seniors can now receive reminders from the guidance office via phone or email.  This service will be provided through the website "Remind 101", a secure site for teachers and other educators to communicate with students.

  Throughout the year guidance counselors and other office staff will use this service to remind seniors about: scholarship opportunities & deadlines, college application deadlines, ACT Testing Information, Graduation order information, and other business related to the senior year.

 To sign up text: @mrsgabe  to  424-543-7098    OR email:  Standard text message rates apply, but there are no other charges associated with this service.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Smart Habits for Freshmen #1 Know Your School

To help freshmen get off on the right foot, counselors will be sharing some "tips" that can be a big help if they are followed.  Today's tip is "Know Your School".

Be sure you know the school calendar AND make yourself aware of some of the important dates.  For example, When does the Trimester end?  When are trimester exams?  When can you request a schedule change?  You can find many of these dates on the guidance website:  Once you find out the important dates, it may be a good idea to write them into your agenda.

Make sure you are familiar with the attendance and tardy policies.  Check out page 25-26 of your agenda for specific information.  If you are going to be absent, be sure to request homework and have someone pick it up so that you don't fall too far behind.  If you have a health problem or extended illness have a parent contact the attendance office to explain the situation and arrange to have books and other materials sent home on a regular basis.  The best plan of action, if possible, is to be in school everyday!

Know the school rules and code of conduct.  When can or can't you use your cell phone?  What is the appropriate length of shorts?  What constitutes plagiarism?  All of the rules are in place to help maintain  a safe and productive environment for everyone.  All you need to know can be found in the student handbook section of your agenda.  Be sure to make yourself familiar with these rules.

If you want to play a sport be sure you know the rules for athletic eligibility.  You can check out your student handbook to find out things you need to know such as:  what happens if your GPA falls below a 1.5?  What if you fail one class?  What happens to your eligibility if you drop a class?  

Know what resources are available.  Many people in the school are available to help you with a problem.  Your teachers are your best resource if you are struggling in a class.  The principals can help if you are having a conflict with another student.  And each student is assigned a guidance counselor to help you with academic planning, future planning and personal problems.    Mrs. Gabes is the counselor for students with last names A-L, and Mrs. Carmean is the counselor for students with last names M-Z.  To schedule an appointment with your counselor you may come to the guidance office. 

Above all, don't be afraid to ASK if you don't know something, or if you need help.  There is always someone who can find an answer, or guide you in the right direction. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


As you begin exploring options beyond high school, you enter the world of educational jargon...which often uses a series of letters to represent important items or concepts.  One such mysterious example is the ACT, or more simply the "American College Test".  The ACT is an assessment used by colleges to measure student readiness for post-secondary education. It is only one piece of the puzzle that colleges and universities use to piece together a portrait of student applicants when they are evaluating them for admission.  As you begin preparing to move out of high school and on to college you may have lots of questions about the ACT.  Below are the top 10 questions we most often get from students and parents regarding the ACT:

1.  What is the ACT?  The ACT is a standardized exam that measures skills in English, mathematics, reading and science.  It also has an optional writing section.  ACT also collects information from students about educational plans and needs, and provides feedback about potential career fields of interest.

2. Does my child have to take it, and if so, Why?  Students planning to attend a four-year college will be required to submit an ACT or SAT score in order to be considered for admission.  In Ohio the ACT is the test of choice for 95% of students.  Some two-year colleges will also require the ACT for admission to certain programs.  The ACT is NOT required for graduation.

3.  When should my child take the ACT?  ACT recommends testing in the Spring of the junior year.   Spring test dates are available in February, April and June.  Additional fall test dates are available in September, October and December.  These test dates work very well for seniors who may want to take the ACT a second or third time.

4.  How do we get signed up?  Students will need to register for the ACT test online at  New security standards are in place, and students will be required to upload a picture of themselves.  The test fee will need to be paid with a credit card.

5.  How can my student prepare for the ACT? The very best preparation for the ACT is a strong high school curriculum, however, it is also a good idea to look at some practice materials to become familiar with the types of questions and overall format of the test.  Practice tests are available on the ACT website and  in the Guidance Office.

6. Should I take the test a second time?  If a student feels that he/she can improve their score it is a good idea to take the test a second time.  Be realistic in your expectations for improvement.  It is unlikely that your score will go up 5 points, but an increase of 1 or 2 points is not uncommon.  Remember that a higher score is not a guarantee, your score could go down!  Your best plan of action is to do some preparation with a practice test, especially if you did nothing to prepare the first time.

7. Where is the test offered?  The test is offered at Celina High School in September, October, December and April.  If you are testing in February or June you will be able to locate testing centers when you register online.

8.  Should I take the Writing Test?  It is a good idea to take the writing test at least once.  While not a lot of colleges require this test for admission, more and more colleges are using it for placement in classes.  To find out what colleges require the writing test go to:

9.  What if my student is on an IEP?  Students who receive services through an Individualized Education Plan may be eligible for accommodations on the ACT.  Please contact Mrs. Gabes in the guidance office for more information.

10.  What should I bring on test day?  Students will need to print out an admission ticket once they finish the registration process.  Students must present this ticket, along with a picture I.D. to be admitted to the test.  Students will also need a calculator for the mathematics test, and several sharpened #2 pencils.

For more information about ACT testing, college readiness, and career information check out the ACT website at:

Monday, September 17, 2012

College Fairs to be held this Week

Two college fairs will be offered in our area this week:

Monday, Sept. 17th
Coldwater High School
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19th
Fort Loramie High School
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to begin your college search OR to finalize college plans before you start applying.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Watch for Information in the Mail

Parents of current juniors and seniors should be receiveing some information from the CHS guidance office in the mail sometime within the next few days. 

 Parents of seniors will be receiving a copy of their student's current transcript. Please review this with your student to see if you feel there are any errors or omissions from the transcript. The current transcript will be sent to colleges once your student begins the application process. In addition, counselors have included a letter that tells what courses your student still needs to pass in order to meet graduation requirements. Also included is a page of additional information helpful for the senior year.

 Parent of juniors should be receiving a letter to help get you and your student started with the college search process.

 If you have any questions regarding the information please feel free to contact our office.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Schedule Changes for Third Trimester

Beginning on Monday, Feb. 27th students may request schedule changes for the third trimesters. Please note the following guidelines when changing schedules:
Students may not request changes for teacher, trimester, or class period preference.
Seniors may not drop a class to obtain early release.
Required courses may not be dropped.
The class students are requesting to add must meet the same period as the course being dropped. Classes will not be moved on the current schedule to accommodate the changes. Course sections will not be overloaded or added to accommodate course change requests.

Students may pick up a schedule change request form in the guidance office. There will be a copy of the master schedule on display to assist students with course options. These forms must be signed by a parent and returned to the guidance office by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2. NO SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.

All students will receive a new copy of their schedule on Tuesday, March 6th.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Career Spotlight: Actuaries

Actuaries use math and statistics to calculate the odds that an event will happen. They design insurance programs and pension plans.

You might be surprised to learn that in 2002, actuary was listed by the Jobs Rated Almanac as one of the ten best jobs to hold. In fact, it was listed second, only behind biologist! In 2007, it was ranked highly by a major news magazine. Jobs were studied based on factors including stress, income, and security, among others.

Actuaries have different duties depending on whether they work in insurance, finance, or employee benefits. Actuaries who work for insurance companies predict insurance risk by using statistics. They figure the odds of fires or other natural disasters occurring. They calculate death, accident, and unemployment rates. They also estimate the rates at which disabilities and retirements occur. Actuaries determine how much insurance should cost. They do this by comparing the cost of providing coverage with the money needed to cover expected losses. Then they set insurance rates accordingly.

Actuaries who work for banks or other financial companies also calculate odds. They design pension plans by calculating the amount of money that can be made on investments. They calculate how much people need to pay into their pension or retirement plans to offset pension payments. Some price corporate stock offerings.

Actuaries may help decide company policy or develop new financial or insurance products. They are sometimes called on to testify at public hearings or in court on issues that affect their companies.

Consulting actuaries provide advice and services to clients on a contract basis.

*Use statistics to calculate odds
*Often work for insurance companies
*Most often work alone
*Must hold at least a bachelor's degree
*Take a series of exams over 5-10 years
*Ohio Median salary: $87,260 per year
To find out more about a career as an Actuary, or about hundreds of other careers go to the Ohio Career Information System website. User name:celinahs Password: ohiocis03

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

College Goal Sunday

Do you feel lost or overwhelmed at the prospect of completing your student's FAFSA form?
Are you confused about the process of applying for financial aid?

WHAT: College Goal Sunday: Individualized assistance to get your financial aid questions answered!

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 12th 2:00p.m.

WHERE: Wright State Lake Campus

BRING: Your 1040 tax return and W2s
Student's 1040 and W2s
Social Security Card and Driver's License
Any other information about income or other benefits.
REGISTER: You may preregister at the College Goal Homesite OR call 1-800-233-6734, OR just show up! No preregistration is necessary!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Special College Visit Opportunities

Check out the college visit opportunities listed on the right side of our blog. Many many area colleges are offering special visit days in Feb. & March. This is a great chance for juniors to get started with their college search, and also helpful for those seniors who may still be undecided. Juniors and seniors may use two college days per year. College visit forms are available in the guidance office. For more information about getting the most out of your college visit, check out the tab at the top of this blog.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Career Spotlight: Computer Engineer

Computer engineers design and test computer hardware and software.

Look around. There are computers everywhere. Well, of course. You see a lot of desktops inside office buildings. There's always someone with a laptop inside the local coffee house. But did you know there's a computer inside your DVR? Your car? Inside the x-ray machine at the hospital? The ATM? Cash registers?

Computer engineers are behind all these computers. They are part of a team of workers who develop computer equipment (hardware) and programs (software).

Computer engineers are the team members who solve theoretical problems. They apply their knowledge of math and science to computer design. They help solve technical problems and pass that information on to team members who do the programming or create the equipment. However, engineers sometimes are involved in the hands-on part of the job.

Regardless of whether they develop software or hardware, engineers have some tasks in common. Before starting a project, they talk to clients to find out more about their needs. They also learn about the time line, security needs, and cost limitations. During projects, engineers test or supervise those who test their work. Once they complete projects, engineers may train clients how to use software or maintain hardware. They also monitor systems and repair those that are not functioning properly. Hardware and software engineers work together on some tasks. For example, they make sure that the hardware is able to handle the demands of the software.

Software engineers develop computer software systems, such as those that control manufacturing processes. They research, design, and test all parts of the software. For example, they look at the current operating system and determine how the new software will work with it. These engineers have strong programming skills. However, they spend more time analyzing and solving programming problems than doing programming. They supervise workers who do much of the programming and documenting. Engineers examine work as it is completed and suggest modifications. When the software is finished, engineers coordinate its installation on the client's system.

Many hardware engineers are involved in the development of hardware such as computer chips. However, some hardware engineers put together systems that will handle clients' needs. After gathering information from clients, engineers determine the best way to upgrade or replace the client's current hardware. They make sure the system is installed in a good environment. Thus, they may recommend that clients purchase equipment that controls the dust and temperature in the computer area. They may also require clients to rewire the computer area so that computers have a stable power supply. Engineers supervise the installation of the system and monitor its performance.

Computer engineers usually work together on projects. It is also very important that they stay up to date on advancements in the field.

Quick Facts:

*Work with Computer hardware or software
*Apply math and computer knowledge to computer design
*Interact with clients (including training them on new equipment)
*May work overtime to meet deadlines
*Must have at least a bachelor's degree (most have a master's degree)
*Average salary in the state of Ohio ranges from $79,000 - $87,000

Check out the Ohio Career Information website to find out more about computer engineering and other up and coming careers.

Post Secondary Option Meeting

The guidance department will hold an informational meeting about Ohio's post-secondary option program. This program allows CHS students to attend classes at Wright State Lake Campus while still in high school. Students earn both high school and college credits for the courses. Featured speakers at the meeting will be CHS counselor Lynne Carmean, as well as a representative from the lake campus.

The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18th in the high school lecture hall. Detailed information about this program was sent home with students last week.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

TriStar to hold Open House



See the great career technical programs we offer.

WHEN: Monday, January 9th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

WHO: Students (especially grades 8-11), parents, school staff and the public are invited.

WHERE: Visit one or all locations in Celina, Montezuma, Coldwater, and St. Marys. All classrooms will be open with teachers available. Maps to each location can be found under the contact tab on this website.



• Visit the Engineering Technology/CAD program in Celina only.

• Representatives from Rhodes State College and The University of Northwestern Ohio will be available at the St. Marys Dennings Building.

• Information about the programs we offer can be found in the program catalog on this website.

Questions? Call the Tri Star office at 419-586-7060.