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NEWS - JUNIORS - CLASS OF 2025

 

Junior Newsflash

THIS JUST IN.....Applications for the 2024 - 2025 Texas Bank and Trust Student Board of Directors will be accepted Monday, January 22, 2024, through Friday, March 1, 2024 (due by 11:59 PM). Apply online.

https://www.texasbankandtrust.com/applysbod

Students:  You will need to complete your portion of the application in one sitting, so have ALL of your letters of recommendation ready to upload when you are completing the application.  Before you begin the application process, you will need the following:

  • Personal email address
  • Parent/Guardian email address
  • School Counselor email address
  • Two signed letters of recommendation.  Letters should be from school faculty and/or a non-relative in your community.  You will need each letter as an individual file (PDF or image) to upload during the application process. 

Before starting to complete your application, you will need to verify your identity.  To verify your identity, you will enter your physical address.  This information is not stored, nor collected.  It is only utilized for verification purposes.  You must verify your identity before accessing the online Student Board of Directors application.

Once you, the student, have completed all parts of the application, electronically signed and uploaded your two letters of recommendation, you will enter an email address for your parent/guardian (Participant 1) and an email address for your school counselor (Participant 2).  You will then complete your application by submitting it.  It will be routed to your parent/guardian, via email.  They will sign and submit it to route to your school counselor for entering your GPA and their signature.  After your school counselor submits your application with their signature, your final application is routed to the Student Board team.

The student will receive email notification once their completed application has been received.
The interview portion of the application process will begin in mid-March.  Students will be notified via email of their interview schedule.  Interviews will be conducted mid-March through March 31.
The selection process begins at the completion of the interviews and will take 6 to 8 weeks.  Students will be notified of their acceptance status via a mailed letter.
If you have any additional questions, please email [email protected].
 
Application Checklist:
  • Section 1:  Bio
  • Section 2:  Current Activities
  • Section 3:  Future Goals
  • Section 4:  Essay
  • Section 5:  Consent
  • Section 6:  Educational Background
  • Letter of Recommendation 1
  • Letter of Recommendation 2

 

 

 

UPCOMING DATES OF IMPORTANCE:

TSIA2 – January 24

TSIA2 – February 14

CHOICE SHEET PRESENTATION – February 23

TSIA2 – March 20, 27

ACT SCHOOL DAY TESTING – APRIL 9th

TSIA2 – April 17

STAAR US HIST – April 23

TSIA2 – May 1

AP EXAMS – May 6 – May 15

 

Welcome to the Spring Semester of your Junior Year!  IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING GRADE TROUBLE…THIS WILL LEAD TO CREDIT TROUBLE.  GO TO MORNING TUTORIALS!  STUDY!  TURN IN YOUR WORK!  TURN IN ALL PROJECTS!  ATTEND THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY!  TAKE CARE OF YOUR BUSINESS!

 

THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY - is available to all students for tutoring, make-up work, earning back time for absences, and access to online credit recovery.  Take advantage of this FREE opportunity every Thursday from 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm in the high school library

 

ACCESS TO MY WEBSITE:  Go to www.shisd.net and follow the link to High School/Faculty Pages/Counselors.  You will need to access my website daily, every other day, weekly, in other words…OFTEN.  I am constantly updating information that you NEED to know. It is your responsibility to access the counselor’s website to learn of scholarship opportunities.  Email is the preferred method to communicate along with the daily announcements but many scholarships are only offered electronically and are accessed/submitted online.

 

ATTENDANCE – It is your responsibility to come to school.  If you are absent from class for whatever reason, get with your teacher to make up your work.  State Attendance laws require you to attend school at least 90% of each semester to earn credits.

 

TSIA2 ASSESSMENT:  All first-time-in-college students are required to take the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment if not previously tested and enrolled, TSI Complete or exempt.  See Mrs. Williamson to get on one of the monthly TSIA2 tests.  The cost is $20.00

 

WRITE AN ESSAY:  Almost every scholarship application requires an essay as to “why you are deserving of the _______________ scholarship.”  This is a common theme in many scholarship applications that will be available to you during your senior year.  This is your time to shine.  DO NOT be LAZY and miss out on the opportunity for scholarship monies because you do not want to write an essay.  Save the essay and tweak it for various scholarship opportunities that may come up in the future.  College is very costly and every little bit of money you can get COUNTS!  Don’t get into the mind set of, “I will never be awarded this scholarship….or “This is only a $500.00 scholarship.” Scholarship committees are looking for a very diverse group of students to award monies to. Plus, you might just be the only student that applies! One scholarship for $500.00 can pay for books for a class.

 

Get the Spring Hill ISD app!  It will provide access to the school website, Skyward Grades etc.
Some of you have experienced credit trouble due to poor grades in the past.  Make sure you are taking care of your business here at school to get your average up to earn the credit for the year.  Morning tutorials 7:45-8:05 am & many teachers will have after school tutorials.  Look for their tutorials that are posted outside their classroom door.
 
Many of you were able to enjoy the Exemption Policy!! What a wonderful thing to take advantage of at the end of a semester. Keep in mind for Absences count per class from DAY ONE.  Juniors are able to participate in the Exemption policy both FALL and SPRING.  If you are out of class for over 10 minutes, you will be counted absent.  Yes, this is considered an ABSENCE in case you are confused.  Bring a doctor’s note within 3 DAYS of being absent. Read the Exemption policy posted online for the most up to date details relating to exemptions...Check this link for information related to the exemption policy https://hs.shisd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1649807&type=d&pREC_ID=1793784
 
Listen daily to the announcements!  You might miss an opportunity to sign up for something fun, a volunteer opportunity, a scholarship opportunity, NHS, STUCO or a change in a practice. 
REVIEW/AUDIT your high school transcript and make sure you know what credits are required/remaining for your senior year. Don’t forget about your endorsement!!!!!
We have 138 juniors enrolled when this transcript was printed.  The TOP 10% would be #1-#14.  If you’re in the top 10% of your high school graduating class, you’re eligible for automatic admission to any public university in Texas.  If you’re admitted to college through the Top 10% Rule, you will still be required to provide SAT or ACT scores, but these scores are not used for admissions purposes – check with your specific college or university about test scores needed.  Additionally, in Texas, you will be required to take the TSIA2 Assessment (unless you are exempt based on your ACT or SAT scores) After you’re admitted, the university may review your high school records to determine if you’re ready for college-level work. If you need additional preparation, you may be required to take a developmental, enrichment or orientation course prior to your first semester of college. Please keep in mind that admission to a university does not guarantee acceptance into a particular program of study (major) or academic department.
Remember, you must pass ALL 5 EOC exams to graduate high school. (Alg1, Biology, English 1, English 2, and US History)
  • Subject:  The University of Texas at Austin Automatic Admission Policy -Senate Bill 175, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature allows The University of Texas at Austin to limit automatic admission to 75 percent of the university’s enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students. The University has determined that it will automatically admit all eligible 2024 fall freshman applicants who rank within the top 7% of their high school graduating classes, with remaining spaces to be filled through holistic review. Each fall, the university notifies Texas school officials of the class rank that current high school juniors need to attain by the end of their junior year in order to be automatically admitted.  This percent is TBD for the Class of 2025.
  • AP Students:  Your scores are available to view online at  www.collegeboard.com. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law HB 1992, legislation requiring all Texas public colleges and universities to award credit to students who submit scores of 3 and higher on AP Exams.  This applies to entering freshmen at Texas public institutions of higher education beginning in the fall of 2016. Students planning on attending out-of-state institutions must find out if your institution will accept a 3, 4, 5 and which courses you will get credit for. Log on to www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy. Click on “AP Credit Policy Info,” type in your college’s name, click on the college, and click on the “click here for this Institutions AP credit and placement Policy on the Web.”
  • Continue to take the most rigorous courses offered that you can handle academically.  Push yourself; don't take the easy route.  Your GPA began in the 9th grade year and all of your core-classes count in the overall GPA.  (see the following SHHS school website- http://www.shisd.net/hsinfo.html and go to the COURSE DESCRIPTIONS for more information about GPA)  Remember to visit with your current teachers about decision making for next year courses especially MATH and any HONORS/AP…Take the right courses for YOU. 
  • PROSPECTIVE COLLEGE ATHLETES: Register online with the NCAA Clearinghouse if you want to play college athletics. http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.html
  • Participate in activities that are important to colleges.  Colleges are interested in seeing that you chose a challenging curriculum, including good electives.  They will also look at your non-academic activities.  This is where your clubs, leadership positions, and community involvement will help.  It is better to show you were truly involved and committed to a few organizations than to compile a long list of clubs in which you had membership. 
  • Continue to update your resume and update it often as you have events to add.  On this resume, you should list all of your school activities, community activities, church activities, honors, awards, volunteer hours and projects, work experience, technology skills, and advanced courses you have taken.  Don't leave out a thing!  Then when you are ready your senior year to compile a professional resume to attach to your scholarship applications, you won't need to try to recall all that information. You will have it at your fingertips!  Also, you will need to provide anyone who will write you a letter of recommendation for college or scholarships a copy of this resume.
  • Now is the time to seriously begin thinking about what college or technical school you would like to attend.  Start planning your College Visits.  During your Junior and Senior years, you may be granted up to 2 college days each year to visit a college campus.  College days cannot be taken in December, the week prior to Spring Break, nor in May.  This absence is excused and will NOT count against your exemptions as long as you fill out and turn in the proper paperwork.  In order to take a college day, you must complete and return the College Day form ONE WEEK prior to the college day. Get this sheet from the wire rack in the high school office.  If you are on the failure list at any time with an "I" or a grade of "69" or less, or if you have failed a semester course you cannot take an excused college day.  You must bring an official note from the college you visited (on college letterhead) to excuse the absence for exemption purposes.  Spring Break and summer are also good times to arrange a visit your top colleges.  Be sure to make appointments ahead of time for a tour of the campus and set up time to visit with the financial aid officer and/or the Freshman academic advisor.
  • JUNIOR YEAR:  It is important that you register for and take either the ACT or SAT sometime during your junior year - get the study guide for the test you plan to take and begin preparing.  It has been suggested (but not required) to take both the ACT and SAT at least once to determine the one on which you perform better. See Counselor’s website subpage on "College Entrance Exams" for more information about dates/costs etc.  Flyers and free practice booklets are available in the College & Career Center in the High School Office.  Do not wait until your senior year to take these tests, especially if you want to qualify for your school's early admissions.  Colleges begin notifying prepared students of admissions in December (of the Sr. year) but only if you have applied and have all the requirements in place during the first semester of your senior year.  **** You are responsible for sending your ACT, SAT and TSI scores to the college or university of your choice. I do not send them because they won't accept them from me!  Be sure to use the "Free" score reporting option when signing up for either the ACT or the SAT.
  • Protect your ONLINE REPUTATION
  • Meningitis Vaccination now required for all students entering college in Spring of 2012 or after….This is for new & transfer students under 30 years of age...   Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, Texas state law (Senate Bill 1107) requires the following:  All entering students under 30 years of age must provide documentation of receiving an initial bacterial meningitis vaccination dose or booster within the last 5 years. This includes all new and transfer students, as well as former students who are re-enrolling after a break in enrollment.  Students must show proof of having the vaccination at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester
  • JUNIOR MALES: You must register with the Selective Service within 30 days of your 18th birthday.  IT IS THE LAW!!!!  Men can now submit their registration information when they turn 17 years 3 months and will automatically be registered upon turning 18.  Pick up a registration form at the post office or go to www.sss.gov
 

 

Interested in Dual Credit - Apply Online to Kilgore College:

STEPS TO TAKE IF PURSUING ENROLLMENT IN A KILGORE COLLEGE DUAL CREDIT COURSE AND ARE TSI TESTING ON THE SPRING HILL CAMPUS OR ON THE KILGORE COLLEGE (LONGVIEW) CAMPUS.

Apply Online to Kilgore College:

  1. Go to kilgore.edu
  2. Highlight FUTURE STUDENTS
  3. Highlight NEW STUDENTS- START HERE
  4. Highlight ADMISSIONS FOR DUAL CREDIT STUDENTS
  5. Scroll down and click button for DUAL CREDIT APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
  6. Fill out application and WAIT for your KC ID# to be EMAILED to you (Use an email address you check often)
  7. Check your email often for your KC ID#
  8. When you receive your KC ID#... put the number in the “Notes” of your phone or somewhere SAFE! You will need this number over and over again!
  9. While Waiting on Your KC ID#:
  10. Go to your counselor and get a DUAL CREDIT CONTRACT. This contract must be signed by you and your parent – Turn the Dual Credit Contract in to your Counselor.

After You Receive Your KC ID#: FOLLOW EITHER OPTION 1 OR OPTION 2 BELOW

Option 1:

1.       Go see your counselor to sign up to take the TSI test at SHHS.

2023-24 Tests Dates:      

Oct 18

Nov 15

Jan 24

Feb 14

Mar 20, 27

April 17

May 1

2.      Complete the PAA Assignment and bring your completion certificate to Mrs. Williamson before test day.

3.      Pay for your TSI Test:

$20.00 (WHOLE TEST)

$10.00 (SINGLE SECTION/RETEST)

Option 2:

     1.       BE AT A COMPUTER THAT YOU CAN PRINT FROM

     2.       Got to www.tsipreview.com/welcome/KilgoreCollege

     3.       Click the GET STARTED button

     4.       Click the NEXT button

     5.       Fill out the demographic information USE THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS YOU USED ON YOUR DUAL CREDIT APPLICATION AND YOU MUST KNOW YOUR KC ID# IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THIS STEP.

     6.       Make sure you accept the TSI PAA User Agreement and go to STEP 2

     7.       Complete the TSI Pre Assessment Activity (PAA) and PRINT a copy of your certificate (This will be emailed to you at the email address you entered. You must turn in this certificate when signing up to take the TSI)

 

Show up on time on your scheduled test day to C105/C103 Computer Lab

Go IN PERSON TO KILGORE COLLEGE To Schedule your TSI Test – COST $40

*Once you have proven college readiness with your TSI SCORES- see your counselor for registration paperwork. 

YOU will take this registration paperwork to KC to enroll into the courses.

After you have registered…you will need to pay for your courses (see payment info)

On Test Day - BRING WITH YOU THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION/ITEMS:

1.       KC ID #

2.       PAA CERTIFICATE (You printed this out when you took the TSI pre assessment)

3.       $40.00 if you are taking both parts of the TSI/$20.00 if you are taking only one part of the TSI

4.       PICTURE ID- OR YOUR PLAN TO GET AN ID (You must have a picture ID on testing day. IE: Driver’s License, Permit, etc)

5.       You are now signed up and ready to take the TSI AT KILGORE COLLEGE (Longview or Kilgore Location)

 

 

TSI TUTORIALS – https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org

TSI LEARNING RESOURCES: https://accuplacer.pearsonperspective.com/perspective/home?passCode=ACCUPLACER_family

 
 

TSI: Passing Standards: Math- 950          ELAR - 945 with Essay Score of 5

  • If you passed the TSI Assessment you are now ready to see your counselor for registration paperwork and a copy of your transcript (You cannot register for any Kilgore College class while in high school without this paperwork from your counselor!) 

TSIA2 Scores:

The College Board has graciously created a portal for students to use to retrieve their TSIA/Accuplacer test scores: 

 

Student Portal

https://studentportal.accuplacer.org/?SFMC_cid=EM106580-&rid=47693047#/home

 

To access your TSIA2 Scores online after you leave the testing room, you will need to know your unique SHHS Student ID.  This ID is different from your KC ID.  Please put this into the notes of your phone so that when you graduate from high school and move on you will be able to pull up your TSI scores to show your prospective college/university your passing TSI Scores. You would have also used a PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT.

 

2023-24 ACT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines: 

Register online at www.act.org

Test Date

Deadline

Late Deadline

September 9, 2023

August 4, 2023

August 18, 2023

October 28, 2023

September 22, 2023

October 6, 2023

December 9, 2023

November 3, 2023

November 17, 2023

February 10, 2024

January 5, 2024

January 19, 2024

April 13, 2024

March 8, 2024

March 22, 2024

June 8, 2024

May 3, 2024

May 17, 2024

July 13, 2024

June 7, 2024

June 21, 2024

2023-24 SAT Test Dates & Registration Deadlines - Register online at collegeboard.com

Test Date Registration Deadline Online/Phone Late Registration Deadline
Aug 26, 2023 Jul 28, 2023 Aug 16, 2022
Oct 7, 2023 Sept 8, 2023 Sept 20, 2022
Nov 4, 2023** Oct 6, 2023 Oct 25, 2022
Dec 2, 2023 Nov 3, 2023 Nov 22, 2022
Mar 9, 2024 Feb 23, 2024 Feb 28, 2023
May 4, 2024 Apr 19, 2024 Apr 25, 2023
June 1, 2024 May 17, 2024 May 23, 2023

 

SHHS GPA SCALE The GPA is the cumulative numerical average of final semester grades earned for completion of a high school diploma. The GPA provides a profile of a student’s overall performance in high school.

 

Numerical G.P.A TABLE:

100 4.0                 90   3.0                 80   2.0                 70   1.0

99   3.9                 89   2.9                 79   1.9

98   3.8                 88   2.8                 78   1.8

97   3.7                 87   2.7                 77   1.7

96   3.6                 86   2.6                 76   1.6

95   3.5                 85   2.5                 75   1.5

94   3.4                 84   2.4                 74   1.4

93   3.3                 83   2.3                 73   1.3

92   3.2                 82   2.2                 72   1.2

91   3.1                 81   2.1                 71   1.1  

 

CLASS RANK:  The following courses if taken in high school shall carry grade points and be included in the calculation for class ranking:

ENG 1 (regular/honors)

ALG 1

Biology(regular/honors)

World Geography (regular/honors)

Spanish 1, 2, 3

 

ENG 2 (regular/honors)

Geometry(regular/honors)

Int. Physics & Chemistry

World History (regular/AP)

AP Art (Drawing/2D Design/3D Design)

ENG 3 (regular/AP)

Financial Math

Algebra 2(regular/honors)

Ind.Study in Math 1 (if used as a 4th or 5th Math Credit)

Ind. Study in Math 2 (Dual credit Math 1314/1342)

AP Calculus

 

Chemistry (regular/honors)

Physics (regular/honors)

Forensic Science

Astronomy

Anat & Physiology

AP Chemistry

AP Biology

 

US History (regular, Dual Credit and AP)

Govt (regular, Dual Credit and AP)

Economics (regular, Dual Credit and AP)

All Dual Credit College Courses that substitute for a core-course listed: (HIST1301/HIST 1302, ENGL1301/ENGL1302, GOVT2305/ECON2301)

 

ENG 4 (Regular/AP/Dual)

 

 

 

AP Seminar

AP Research