• Mrs. Lund-- Counselor for students' last name A - L
    Mrs. Kelley--Counselor for students' last name M - Z
    Mrs. Chavez-- Dean of Students- Testing Coordinator, Dual Credit
     
     Welcome to the Counselors' Corner!
     

     

    For the June 2017 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) exit level tests, out-of-school (OOS) examinees (including former TAAS and TEAMS examinees) must register online at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos. Registration opens April 10, 2017, and ends May 26, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. (CT). Examinees who do not register by May 26, 2017, must be registered by campus personnel at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them. A list of participating campuses can be found at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/takstestsites.

     

     
    The June TAKS exit level tests will be administered as follows:
    • June 19, 2017
    • June 20, 2017
    • June 21, 2017
    • June 22, 2017
    Because the TAAS tests are no longer being administered, former TAAS examinees (including former TEAMS examinees) will take the TAKS exit level mathematics and/or appropriate part of the English language arts test(s). TAKS scores will be matched to the appropriate TAAS passing standard.
     
    On the day(s) of testing, examinees should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated testing time. Examinees must present picture identification, such as a driver’s license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID, or resident alien card to test. Examinees will not be allowed to take the test(s) without a picture ID.
     
    If you have any questions about TAKS OOS registration, call the Customer Service Center at 800-627-0225.
     
    March and May 2017 STAAR EOC administrations. 
     
    March and May 2017 STAAR EOC OOD and OOS Examinee Registration Out-of-district (OOD) and out-of-school (OOS) examinees may now register to take the March and May 2017 STAAR EOC administrations.
     
    Examinees must register online at https://forms.texasassessment.com/out-of-district-form/.
    The deadline to register for the March 2017 STAAR EOC administrations (English I and/or English II) is February 3, 2017.
    The deadline to register for the May 2017 STAAR EOC administrations (Algebra I, Biology, and/or U.S. History) is March 3, 2017.
     
    The assessments will be administered as follows: English I (March 28); English II (March 30); Algebra I (May 2); Biology (May 3); U.S. History (May 4).
     
    Examinees who are not registered online by the deadline may still participate on the day of testing, but must be registered by Springtown High School on the day of testing. On the day(s) of testing, OOD/OOS examinees should arrive at Springtown High School by 7:30 a.m. Examinees must present a picture identification to test. Examinees will not be able to take the assessment(s) without a picture ID. For more information about STAAR OOD and OOS registration, contact the high school campus testing coordinator. 
     

        
    College and Career Fair Highlights Gerneration TX week 
    Tips for Scholarship/College Essay Writing- ppt by Mrs. Mitchell ppt for Essay writing
     
     
    New Security Guidelines for SAT and ACT Testers
    You are required to have the proper information when going in to take the SAT or ACT tests at ANY testing center.  You MUST have your admission ticket printed out -- not on your phone -- plus an acceptable photo IDThis is non-negotiable and you will be turned away from the test center without it.  Read here for details.  SAT Security  //   ACT Security
     
      
    4 Super Websites!
    To find colleges that offer your major:  www.texascollegeandcareer.org
    To find out what you can do with your major:  www.shs.myplan.com
    To learn about college and financial aid:  www.collegeforalltexans.com
    Want to make your college dream a reality?  www.ownyourownfuture.com
     

     College Planning:
     
     
     Apply Texas
     
     
    College Planning
     

    College Portraits
    Students, here's a new resource for you!  College Portraits provide reliable information on more than 300 public colleges and universities.  You can learn about costs, majors, campus life, by linking to each college.  Check it out soon!  www.CollegePortraits.org

    Medical Schools
    The link below takes you to a listing of medical programs offered by several medical schools across the country, including a website so that you can read more.
    Early Acceptance/Decision for Medical Schools

    Diploma Mills
    Often students think that any school offering a diploma is the same.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  The chief difference is accreditation.  Of course, to complicate the matter, not all accrediting bodies are equal.  Some schools promote themselves as accredited, when in reality, the accrediting agency itself is bogus. The link below shows the legitimate accrediting organizations.  If a college isn't on this list, avoid it.  http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg6.html#NationallyRecognized

    Get A Life!  
    This is a cool site - http://getalife.tx.gov/ - to help you make decisions about college, career and life in general.

    Websites for Students!
     
     Generation TexasCollege Compare Texas
     
     
     
    You REALLY should check out some - or all - of these websites.  They cover everything from college to work. 
    www.collegeforalltexans.com(a complete college resource)
    www.everychanceeverytexan.org (college resources)
    www.50states.com/cc/texas.htm  (2-year colleges)
    www.achievetexas.org (career clusters)
    www.fastweb.com(scholarship search)
    www.workintexas.com (Texas Workforce Commission)
    www.fafsa.ed.gov(starting point for all financial aid)
      
    Online security.  Internet safety.  Cyberbullying.  
    These are concerns for anyone who cares about children.  And with even our youngest students learning to navigate to their favorite websites, it's vital that their caring adults be educated about the dangers of online activity.  View the handout Internet Internet Safety Websites / Cyberbullying and learn more than can help protect your little (or not so little) ones. 
     
    Financial Planning for College
    It takes a lot of work to get ready for college!  The financial side is just as important an aspect of the process as choosing the college to attend.  The information at this link can be quite valuable to you, so click and browse. http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/publications.jsp
     
     
    A Word of Caution!
    Students can be seduced into thinking that there's a shortcut to getting a college diploma. With the advent of online educational opportunities, "diploma mills" are becoming more prevalent.  Some online colleges are legitimate; some are not.  Institutions have to be accredited for them to be considered legit.  For more information on accreditation, read the information at this link:  http://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/college/diplomamills/index.html
     
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    The Guidance Department at SHS offers every student ongoing assistance to enhance educational development.  Our services are designed to provide personal, academic, and career guidance to students.
     
    The scope of the guidance program addresses the following content areas:
    • self-confidence development
    • motivation to achieve
    • decision-making, goal-setting, planning, and problem-solving skills
    • interpersonal effectiveness
    • communication skills
    • cross-cultural effectiveness
    • responsible behavior

    Please view the Guidance Content Areas & Skill Levels chart and the 4 Components of a School Guidance & Counseling Program chart.

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