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:   mrsgabe@remind101.com.  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:  www.chsguidance.celinaschools.org  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

WHAT'S WITH THE A C T?

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 www.actstudent.org.  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:  www.actstudent.org/writing

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:  www.actstudent.org





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.