COUGAR COUNSELING NEWS
COUGAR COUNSELING NEWS
We hope you all have had some time to enjoy the lazy days of summer! The counseling office is buzzing already in preparation to welcome back Cougar Nation later this month. We have some new faces joining our team, and the alphabet shuffled a bit, so be sure to check out who your counselor is for this year on the CHS website.
Besides a few new faces, we have some other exciting additions this year! Starting in September, we will be hosting Wellness Wednesday during each lunch period. You can join us for a variety of practical and fun ways to take care of your mental wellbeing. Also during lunches each day, you will find a counselor available to help you in the cafeteria. The Counseling Center office is open each day from 8-5 and we are here to support you!
Cougar Camp: Freshman and new students are encouraged to join us for Cougar Camp on August 18 from 4-6 PM. You will have a chance to view your schedule, walk the building to find where your classes are, shop for spirit wear, and check out the many clubs and organizations on campus.
21-22 Student Schedules: Students will be able to view their schedule in Skyward prior to the first day of school. The district will send out a notification through email when that opens up.
AP Drop Policy: If your student is enrolled to take an AP class, It’s important to know the Comal ISD drop policy. Students may not drop an AP course before the 5th week of the 9 week grading period. (AP Government and AP Macroeconomics are exceptions to this policy. These are semester courses, which are graduation requirements, and students will not be able to drop these courses before the 3rd week of the 9 week grading period.) You can review the complete policy here.
STAAR EOC Scores: Have you checked your STAAR scores from the spring yet? Those became available to view in the Texas Assessment Portal in June. If your student was not here to test or was not successful in the spring, the next opportunity to test is December. Students must meet standard on 5 End of Course exams as part of graduation requirements: English 1, English 2, Algebra, Biology, and US History.
Hi Cougar Nation! We will offer workshops and meetings for our seniors so they can get help with college applications and get financial aid questions answered. We offer college update meetings for juniors and seniors. The ASVAB test is scheduled through the CCC and is available for sophomores, juniors and seniors. And finally, information on colleges, career paths, scholarships, SAT/ACT/College Board assistance and military information can also be found in the College and Career Center.
Individual appointments are available for students/parents. Please email Mrs. Conger at email@example.com if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Next ACT/SAT Testing Dates:
August 28- SAT (register at College Board)
September 11- ACT (register at ACT registration)
Important upcoming events:
Throughout the year, we will have virtual/in person college admissions updates available for our juniors and seniors. The list will update often so check the weekly Cougar Connections and listen for announcements. The College and Career Center. A QR sign up will be available outside the College and Career Center.
SERVICE CORD INFORMATION: Students can earn a service cord for graduation by engaging in a high level of service to the community. Service cord guidelines, letter of intent, and 2021-2022 log forms are available in the college and career center.
If your student or family is in need, we are here to help connect you with community and parent educational resources:
CISD PTA Clothes Closet- Open Wednesdays and one Saturday each month, this is a free clothes closet for students in need. Each student that qualifies can shop for 5 pants and 5 tops. Sign up for a shopping appointment here.
How to help your kids break out of their pandemic bubble and transition back to being with others- article.
Cyber Safety and Digital Responsibility: A Parent’s Guide- video presentation (90 min) exploring the positive and negative ways that youth are using technology and social media.
31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health- article.
Recovery Werks- If you are concerned your student may have a substance abuse problem, or if your teen lives with someone who suffers from substance abuse- this program offers free resources for teens and parents including: group counseling, individual counseling (zoom or in person), coaching, and sober social events. If you would like more information, call 830-310-2456.
CHS Guidance Counselors:
Brandi Boyd (A - Co) Brandi.Boyd@comalisd.org
Kerri Gamez (Cr-Fl ) Kerri.Gamez@comalisd.org
Natalie Austin (Fo - Jo) Natalie.Austin@comalisd.org
Stephanie Melton (Ju - M ) Stephanie.Melton@comalisd.org
Jennifer Simmons (N - Sc) Jennifer.Simmons@comalisd.org
Michelle Lopez (Se - Z) Michelle.Lopez@comalisd.org
Academic & Career Advisor:
Robin Conger- Robin.Conger@comalisd.org
Campus Student Support Specialist:
Alexandra Middleton- Alexandra.Middleton@comalisd.org