Midlothian High School Guidance Center
"Creating A Better Future, One Student At A Time"
Please see the sections (left) for grade level specific information.
COUNSELING OFFICE NEWSLETTER
We would like to congratulate Brianna Mendoza as our selected DAR Good Citizen Recipient for 2019-20. Brianna will be attending the annual Patriot's Tea held to honor all
Ellis County High Schools DAR Good Citizen recipients in February.
Senior scholarships will be posted in a new location this year. Each student has access to a program called NAVIANCE. What is Naviance? Naviance is a college and career readiness program to help students in our district to get involved in the planning and advising process, research colleges and careers, and plan for the future. Naviance also lets us share information with students about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information.
To Sign onto Naviance:
- On your device, go to “Hello ID” icon.
- Click AD midlothian-isd.net (in middle of page)
- Username (ID #) and password (google mail password)
- Choose “Naviance” icon.
- Choose “COLLEGES” in tabs at top of page
- Choose “SCHOLARSHIPS/MONEY in drop down
- Choose “SCHOLARSHIP MATCH” in drop down
You will notice there will be “National” and “Local” scholarships. The Local will be our Memorial Scholarships, Sports and local organization scholarships.
Please follow the directions completely! Please see Mrs. Oliver in the College/Career Center for your GPA and rank and other info needed.
QUESTIONS: see Mrs. Oliver, Room 620-College/Career Center or email: Becky_oliver@misd.gs
College Day Visits
Juniors and Seniors are allowed two (2) school days, per year to visit colleges, universities and/or trade schools. All college visits must be pre-approved to be considered an excused College Day Visit.
At least one (1) week prior to the college visit the student must:
- make prior arrangements with the college Admission's Office.
- go by the attendance office and request a "College Day Visitation" form.
- obtain all required MHS signatures on the "College Day Visitation" form and return to Mrs. Girman or Mrs Heit.
During the college visit the student must obtain a signed letter (on college letterhead) stating the student's name and date of visit. Upon returning to MHS the student must turn in the signed letter to Mrs. Girman or Mrs. Heit for the absence to count as a college visit.
Community Service Hours Available
All Midlothian High School students must complete at least 10 hours of community service over their high school career. This community service is a graduation requirement for Midlothian Independent School District. The program is administered through social studies and details are explained in the community service program flyer and service form.
You may get the transcript form from Mrs. Oliver in the College/Career Center or download and print the form from the resources page. Most college/universities prefer the transcript to go electronically, however,some may need to be mailed by the student.
Allow for a few days once the request has been turned in, and notice that there are several options, and that a parent signature is required, if the student is under 18.
TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM (CURRENT STUDENT)
SCHOLARSHIP INFO FOR ALL STUDENTS STARTING 2020
Turn Your Efforts Into Scholarships
The College Board has launched a new scholarship program with $5 million of scholarships each year, beginning with the class of 2020.
ACT is giving away a scholarship for those registering for testing that are Sophomores or Juniors.
More Scholarship Info from College Board
Counselor Update: College Board Opportunity Scholarships
We want to continue to provide you with timely and relevant resources about the College Board Opportunity Scholarships. This unique program guides your juniors and seniors through the college planning process and offers them a chance to earn money for college for each action they complete. Important reminders for you and your students are below.
Take the Pledge
If you haven’t already pledged, get involved by joining more than 10,000 counselors, like Janine Birchard and Gessica Neilson in Flagstaff, Ariz., who've pledged to spread the word about the scholarship program. Take the counselor pledge and receive a free resource kit to help you support your students as they take these actions.
New for the Class of 2021
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program opens in December for your juniors. Save the getting started steps below and schedule a kick-off activity before winter break.
Early efforts will get rewarded! Students who've already taken action to build their college list on BigFuture™ and link their College Board and Khan Academy® accounts to practice for the SAT® on Official SAT Practice will automatically earn a scholarship entry when they join the program once it opens next month.
Getting Your Juniors Started in December
They should click on the yellow Earn Scholarships button at the top of the homepage.
They should review the official rules on the Opt In screen and click Agree. Then they’re ready to start turning their efforts into scholarships!
Priority Action Steps for the Class of 2020
The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program will remain open to the class of 2020 through the end of February.
Complete the FAFSA: $1,000
Now Open for Seniors Through February
Students should complete the FAFSA® form to apply for financial aid. They must provide a screenshot of their FAFSA confirmation email if selected for the scholarship (undocumented and international students are exempt).
Pro Tip: Check out these additional resources for counselors, including two helpful on-demand webinars: “FAFSA Updates” and “National College Access Network: Supporting Communities and Students in FAFSA Completion.”
Apply to Colleges: $1,000
Now Open for Seniors Through February
Students should apply to at least two colleges they want to attend and submit the names of the colleges to earn an entry for the scholarship. Students may earn one additional entry for every additional college application after their first two, up to a maximum of six total applications.
Pro Tip: Demonstrate to your students how to log in and create accounts in Common Application, Coalition Application, and/or Universal College Application, so they can apply to multiple schools with a single application. Learn more about these application services.
JUNIORS: Do you have a desire to serve your community and develop your skills as a leader? Then the MYLC is just the program for you!
The City of Midlothian, REACH Council and the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce are jointly hosting the MYLC program.
The Midlothian Youth Leadership Council will offer monthly leadership training, as well as experiential service learning in areas such as nonprofit/social service, business, city governance, etc.
An information meeting for students and parents will be held on Tuesday evening, September 10th @ 7pm at the Midlothian Conference Center. Students interested in applying are strongly encouraged to attend, and preference may be given to applicants who come to the information session.
APPLICATIONS and RECOMMENDATIONS are Due on 9/16/19 by 5pm, and notifications will tentatively be made by 9/23/19.
Parents/Guardians,Your student has access to a web-based college and career readiness tool called Naviance. This platform allows students to explore interests, research post-secondary options, and set personalized goals. Throughout the year, your student will be assigned tasks in Naviance that can be completed at school or at home on their own time. Tasks will consist of surveys, college searching, career interest exploration, resume building and goal-setting. These tasks will show on your student's dashboard once they are logged in. We encourage parents to partner with their student and engage in conversations related to specific interests and post-secondary plans. To learn more about Naviance and its features, click on the link below.
If your student is interested in athletics after high school, please make sure to attend!
UPCOMING ACT TESTING DATES
Register at: www.actstudent.org
UPCOMING SAT TESTING DATES:
MHS Counseling Office
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