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FROM THE DESK OF MS. NOONKESTER

Global parents and students follow me on twitter @ChristieNoonkes for the most updated information on current events, potential scholarships and program opportunities.  I love to promote our school and students!  If you have good news you'd like to share with our Global family about your Global student, please let me know!
 
Our counseling goals for students 9-12:
  • self-confidence development
  • motivation to achieve
  • decision making
  • goal setting
  • planning
  • problem-solving
  • interpersonal effectiveness
  • communication skills
  • cross cultural effectiveness
  • responsible behavior
Intelligence + Character = True Education
College Readiness
 
Accuplacer (Texas Success Initiative)
Global students must take the Accuplacer at the time of entrance into Global High.  They do not have to pass the first time they are tested.  Students take courses the first two years at Global that are TSI exempt.  Students that do not score high enough to be eligible for college courses must retake the test each year.  The test is free and will be offered during the school day.  Follow the link below to gain access to practice material.  Students will need to pass the Reading and Writing portions during sophomore year to begin taking core dual-credit classes.  The Math section will be needed during the academic year that students are taking Algebra II.
 
 
PSAT (Pre-SAT) What is it?
The PSAT is a comprehensive assessment program that measures college and career readiness and
gives students tools for planning their future.  The exam measures skills in three academic areas: reading, writing and language, and math.  At Global High we offer the exam during the school day in the fall for 9-11 grade students.  The exam is used for 11th grade students for National Merit Scholarship Corporation to identify candidates for the National Merit Program. This program allows students to compete for college scholarships.  Global uses the exam to measure performance, get feedback related to standards, and build a college-going culture.
 
Congratulations to Global High 2018 graduate Kevin Asirvadam for being named National Merit Finalist!  
Congratulations to this year's seniors Tom Ball and Savannah Lewis for being named National Merit Finalist!
Yay, for senior Nicole Olson on your commended performance on the PSAT/NMSQT!  Let the scholarship offers begin!
 
Want PSAT/SAT practice? 
Students can get a personalized SAT study plan based on their PSAT/NMSQT® performance by linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts.
(free online practice with explanation of answers)
 
 
Pre-ACT What is it?
The PreACT™ offers 10th-graders the opportunity to practice for the ACT® test with a shortened version of the test. It provides scores on the ACT 1-36 scale, as well as a full view of students’ college and career readiness by identifying areas of strength and improvement for student success.  Global offers this opportunity to help students determine which college entrance exam to take.
 
Learn more at:
(free online practice with explanation of answers)
 
 
College Entrance Exams (Junior Year)
 
Answers to common ACT and SAT Questions:
 
Should you take the ACT or SAT?
All colleges accept both ACT and SAT scores.  You can therefore take either test.  While some students take both the ACT and SAT, admissions counselors often recommend that you take a practice test for both, and then spend your energy preparing for the test you are likely to score higher on.
 
When should you take ACT or SAT?
You should take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring of your junior year.  Whether you're planning to meet early or regular deadlines for admissions, you want to know what your scores will be.  If you need to improve your scores, you will still have time in the fall of senior year to retake if needed.  Merit scholarships from your intended college or university are often tied to these scores.    
 
How do I sign up?
You can sign up for the ACT at www.act.org and for the SAT at www.collegeboard.org
Test dates are available on the respective websites.
We do have fee waivers available for those students served in the free lunch program.
 
How do I prepare for ACT or SAT exams?
In order to become familiar with the types of questions asked and the test formats, take advantage of the free resources available on their websites.  For free SAT practice you can link your Khan Academy account and your PSAT scores for a personalized study guide at www.studentscores.collegeboard.org.  For ACT practice remember to look at your Pre-ACT test and their practice resources online at www.act.org/prepare.
 
 
 
College Application Process for Seniors:
 
Global students generally use one of two different applications while applying for colleges.  For most Texas Universities they will build on their ApplyTexas application.  Our students already have an account since they applied freshman year to both Navarro College and the University of Texas at Tyler. 
 
Some students want to leave the state for college.  Those students are more than likely going to need to use the Common Application. This is the accepted application to most out of state colleges or universities.
 
To learn deadlines and details about which application to use, please see the website of the colleges/universities which you are interested.  Make yourself familiar with their programs and entrance requirements. Make a calendar that includes application deadlines and scholarship deadlines
 
College Visits:
 
Schedule campus visits with your parents to those that are most interested.  You may have up to 2 excused absences each year for college visits.  Make sure you schedule your visit with the college on a prospective/preview day for future students.  Things to consider:
  • size
  • location
  • academic programs
  • cost
  • admission requirements
 

Financial Aid Overview:

 

Financial aid is money that is given, earned or lent to help students pay for their education.  Financial aid often makes it possible for students to attend colleges that would otherwise be too expensive.

 

The four categories of financial aid are grants, scholarships, loans, work-study.  Grants and scholarships are considered "free money."  Loans and work-study are considered "self-help" programs.

 

  • Grant-$ given, usually because of financial need
  • Scholarship-$ awarded for merit
  • Loan- borrowed $ that must be repaid
  • Work-Study-$ earned by working at a part-time job
 
Financial aid is most often awarded in the form of a package.  Packages, consisting of grants, scholarships, loans, and/or work-study, are put together by the college's financial aid office.  Aid is often awarded on a first come, first served basis, so complete applications early.
 
Except for merit-based scholarships, financial aid is generally awarded to students with financial need.  A student has financial need when the cost of attending is more than the amount a family can afford to pay.  To find out the estimated financial need to you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Information about FAFSA will be provided to students and parents during the student's senior year.  To discover scholarship and financial aid opportunities you may research the following sites: 

 

Financial Aid Information and Scholarship Searches:

 A Scholarship Program For Graduates of Texas Early College High Schools

Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) Scholars was established to increase the number of Texas Early College High School (ECHS) graduates who successfully transition to a four-year institution of higher education and complete a baccalaureate degree. The program is the first of its kind in Texas. Beginning in the fall of 2012, approximately $3.32 million in scholarships will be awarded to five four-year institutions over a six-year period.

The participating institutions committed to creating a comprehensive program that includes both financial and non-financial retention components, which are based on evidence of success or promising and effective practices. Current GTF Scholars institutions are Texas A&M University, University of Houston, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and University of North Texas. At each university, the scholarship funds will be awarded to select graduates of Texas ECHSs. 

This past year The University of Texas at Tyler (our partner) received this grant.  The application can be found at:

 https://www.uttyler.edu/university-college/gtf-scholars.php

check out the qualifications to apply!

Note:  Local scholarships will be listed on the scholarship link above.  Also, you should never have to pay for scholarship opportunities so, don't fall for scams!
 
 
Earning your associates degree through Navarro College
 
Global High students will meet with Ms. Noonkester each semester to plan for college courses for the next semester.  Ms. Noonkester works closely with Navarro College and UT Tyler to plan courses for our students.
 
There are two directions a student could go with this degree in our program.  There is the A.S. (Associates of Science)
and the A.A. (Associates of Art).  Both in General Studies.  Each number on the chart below that is highlighted blue represents a college course that your Global student will pursue for both high school and college credit. Courses that are not highlighted are not required for our students to complete their degree.

 

General Studies A. S. (Associates of Science) and A.A. (Associates of Arts)

  

ENGLISH-6 hrs

ENGL

1301

1302

 

 

 

 

HISTORY- 6 hrs

HIST

1301

1302

 

 

 

 

GOVT- 6 hrs

GOVT

2305

2306

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTS- 3 hrs

ARTS

1301

1305

1304

1311

 

 

 

 

1312

1316

1317

2316

2317

 

 

DRAM

1310

1351

1352

2366

 

 

 

MUSI

1301

1306

1308

1310

 

 

SPEECH- 3 hrs

SPCH

1311

1315

1321

 

 

 

HUMANITIES- 3 hrs

ENGL

2322

2323

2327

2328

 

 

 

 

2332

2333

2341

 

 

 

 

PHIL

1301

1304

1316

1317

2306

 

 

HIST

2311

2312

 

 

 

 

 

HUMA

1301

 

 

 

 

 

SOC/BEHAV- 3 hrs

ECON

2301

2302

 

 

 

 

 

PSYC

2301

2315

2319

 

 

 

 

SOCI

1301

2301

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE- 8hrs

BIOL

1406

1407

2401

2402

 

 

 

CHEM

1405

1407

1411

1412

 

 

 

PHYS

1401

1402

1411

1412

 

 

 

GEOL

1403

1405

 

 

 

 

COSC- 3 hrs

COSC

1301

 

 

 

 

 

MATH- 3 hrs

MATH

1314

1316

2342

2413

2414

1332

 

                                                                                                                                              45 hours

These courses are what Texas Universities call the "common core".  The common core are approved courses that will transfer to Texas Universities and Institutions.  

 

To earn the Associates degree students will need an additional higher level math for 3 hours (1 course) and 13 hours (5 courses) of dual credit electives.  These courses are planned with the counselor looking at their plans or interests of study at the university level.  This will help with it comes to transferring these courses into a degree plan.

 

Global students pursuing the degree will graduate with at least a total of 61 college hours.

 

 

 
 
Summer Courses through Navarro College
visit the summer college schedule summer.navarrocollege.edu
Please do not attempt to register your student.  I've provided this information for you to look at possible times.  Global students must register through Ms. Noonkester!
 
Navarro offers two different summer semesters.  Classes will run Monday-Thursday (no classes on Friday during summer) The first summer session begins June 3-July 9th.  The second semester begins July 11-August 14th.  Students are not required to attend summer college courses, but they may choose to free of cost.  During advising with Ms. Noonkester and Navarro College Counselor,  students will learn about the classes that are options.  Students will sign up for needed coursework during that time.  There is nothing that you as a parent needs to do to initiate this process.  Please communicate with your student for summer planning purposes.