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.