Reflection Sheet for Parents of Juniors
This is a reminder that Parent Reflection Sheets are due to the counseling office by Friday, March 9th
. Click here
to view the document in PDF and Word format. In addition, parents have the option to print
the document and complete it by hand. After completing the parent
reflection sheet, please print the document and ask your daughter to
bring it to Ms. Maher or mail it directly to our office to Ms. Maher's
Attention Senior Parents!
If you intend for your daughter to receive a financial aid package from the colleges or universities where she has been accepted, please be sure to have your FAFSA filled out no later than March 15. This is the standard deadline for higher institutions. Please go to www.fafsa.ed.gov
to being the FAFSA. It is best to have your current year taxes completed to avoid being chosen for a verification process.
As always, you should never pay to have someone help you fill out this form. Please see your daughter's counselor with any questions. Junior Scholarship Opportunities
As juniors dive into the college search, they should also be dipping their toes into the scholarship search. While It is true that the majority of scholarships are for students in their senior year, there are a few for juniors (or younger).
One example is the Triple Impact-Competitor Scholarship
offered by The Positive Coaching Alliance
. This athletic based scholarship is for students residing in Houston and surrounding areas. Students with at least a 2.5gpa who can show personal mastery of a sport, leadership and good sportsmanship have a chance to earn this scholarship. Full details are available here
. The scholarship accepts applications from Jan 1 to May 1. Please see the website for official rules and how to apply.
While the counseling department works diligently to post all scholarships that come to their attention on Naviance, there are many scholarship search sites, such as www.fastweb.com
and others that can help students compile their scholarship search. Naviance features a list of these scholarships and search sites. You may access Naviance by going to the counseling department section on our website and signing in as a "guest" with the password, veritas. As always, never pay for a scholarship search site or program and do not hesitate to contact your daughters counselor with questions. Students and Time Management: How is Your Daughter Managing Her Time?
Do you tend to lose
track of time?
Is it difficult for
you to estimate how long a task will take?
Do you have
difficulty scheduling your time?
Do you sometimes
feel as if you have little control over your use of time?
Answering yes to
a majority of these questions may mean you have issues with time management.
The causes of time management /awareness issues may be many - from lack of
practice, to brain based issues such as ADHD or depression. High school and college students often
become aware of time management difficulties for the first time because they
are experiencing more demands on their time, both socially and
academically. Furthermore, parents and
teachers are naturally and correctly lessening the external management they
previously provided. The consistent organization and structure needed to
manage a schedule successfully can be a daunting task for a student who has
not had the need for, or the practice of managing a daily/weekly/monthly
schedule. Following are a few
strategies for creating a more efficient and effective schedule for managing study
time. For more in depth assistance
with time management, students are welcome to contact Lisa Crank in the
Academic Services Center on campus.
your best time of the day
at your best time of the day, whether that is morning, afternoon, or early
evening, will enable you to complete your assignments in less time.
difficult or boring subjects first
your more challenging subjects first when you are less fatigued. Save subjects
you like to study for later, when you may be more tired but need to continue
to study to keep up with your work.
the same place to study every time
in the same place each day is a good strategy for study and time management. Associating
a particular activity with a particular location can allow you to focus on
the task at hand more quickly. Studying on your bed or in your bedroom
is not advised because you probably associate your bed and bedroom with
sleeping, not studying.
are good study places because we already associate reading/study with this
environment. Other similar locations that are relatively free of distractions
are a good alternative (book stores, for example).
loves distractions. The more "time wasters" or distracters in the
environment, the easier it is to procrastinate. Try to find ways to reduce
the frequency with which distracters are interfering with study time and keep
track of the biggest offenders. Those distractions are the ones to
spent in traffic, or waiting in an office for an appointment are great times
to study discrete pieces of information such as learning vocabulary for a
foreign language class or memorizing a chemical reaction sequence.
Write this information on note cards and carry them with you so you can study
your cards during your waiting time.
To read more about the teenage brain, check out this National Geographic article
by David Dobbs