Counselor: Grades 11 & 12
Welcome to grades 11 and 12. I am Teresa Brown, and I will be your academic Guidance Counselor for the next two years. I attended Fort Hays State University where I earned my BA in Secondary English Education. I then taught Language Arts at Sacred Heart High School in Salina, KS, for three years. I returned to school to earn my MS in School Counseling & Personnel from Kansas State University. I have been a Guidance Counselor at MHS for twenty years. I believe that there is no problem in life that is too big to be solved with determination and some help when needed. Working with young adults inspires me to be better. Let me know how I can help.
- Mulvane High School Counseling Center Information
Welcome back to the 2016 - 2017 school year. The Counseling Office is excited to begin a new school year. We want students to feel welcome to come in to visit with either Mrs. Henke or Mrs. Brown about problems they are having at school or at home. We want to help them find a direction in life or answer a question they are having about the often confusing process of post-secondary education and training.
Reasons to see a counselor:
- If you have questions about or need your schedule addressed
- If you have problems getting along in school
- If you have questions about College/Career planning
- If you are having personal or family issues
- If you have good news to share
- If you have questions about college scholarships or admissions
- If you just need an adult to bounce things off of (an ear or shoulder)
We will use this website to share important information and resources.
Please click on the links below to see additional information that you may need.
ACT Test Prep websites
College Visit Opportunities and General Information:
Cowley County Community College Visit Days: http://cowley.edu/cevents
Financial Aid Information and Helpful Websites:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid Filing website: www.fafsa.gov
(An ID number is required for the parent and a separate ID is required for the student when filing the FAFSA. You can authenticate an old PIN # from previous years of FAFSA use with other children in your family at this site. Students should not use their school email address for the FAFSA or FSA ID site because the school district will disable school email accounts at some point after graduation, and students will use these websites throughout college to file for financial assistance.
Financial Aid Information: NEW filing date starting fall 2016
MHS will host a Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. This event is for Seniors and Juniors and their parents. An area Financial Aid Officer will review important information about the Federal Financial Aid System and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Seniors and their parents may file their online FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) by going to the website www.fafsa.gov. The online form may now be filed starting October 1, 2016. The application is free, and students must complete this form to qualify for financial assistance like student loans. Post-secondary institutions recommend that students complete their FAFSA form no later than March 1, 2017. The money is distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Brown in the Counseling Office. For specific questions about your financial situation and advice on what to do, please contact the Financial Aid Office at your student's choice of schools.
This site contains useful information and links to other websites you can use for testing information and scholarships Here is the website. http://www.testprepreview.com/college-scholarships.htm
Junior Year Timeline:
*Take the PSAT/NMSQT in October
*Start your college search - start with you: Make lists of your abilities; preferences (in-state vs. out-of-state; rural vs. city; consider cost if this is an issue; personal qualities. List things you may
want to study and do in college. Read about majors and careers on collegeboard.com or KS Career Pipeline (the career/education program MHS uses).
*Learn about colleges: use a college search engine you prefer and talk with parents and teachers.
*Plan your spring testing schedule. Register for the ACT or SAT test date of your
*Review your PSAT results in December.
*Continue to attend college visits when reps come to MHS.
*Visit colleges outside of MHS. Juniors have 3 days that can be exempt from finals if they complete a college visit form prior to taking their visit. College visit forms are available in the Counseling Office.
*Juniors can start applying for admissions to the schools of their choice after they complete their 6th semester of attendance in high school. To apply: complete an application for admission (located on all college websites); have transcript sent from school (see Mrs. Dinkel); and pay the admissions fees if required (community colleges don't require a fee to apply).
*Visit online websites to start searching for scholarship opportunities. Some deadlines are early in your senior year.
Fall of senior year:
*You will continue to look at colleges and narrow your list down to 3-5 schools.
*Apply to these schools by completing an Application for Admissions, sending an official high school transcript (see Mrs. Dinkel in the main office), and sending the registration fee if one is required.
*Visit your top 3 schools if you have not already done so.
*Keep your grades up.
*Take the ACT in October for the 2nd time, or take it for the 1st time if you have not taken it yet.
Students cannot apply for financial aid until after Jan. 1 of their senior year. It is still a good idea to talk to a Financial Aid advisor during all college visits. Some colleges follow slightly different procedures, and you do not want to miss any deadlines.
What You Can Do Now to Plan for the Future. . .
Study hard and maintain or raise your overall GPA because many schools look at GPA, class rank, and ACT scores as a basis for admittance and/or scholarships. This includes community colleges and vocational schools.
Go to colleges on weekends when they are hosting special events. Begin to think about where you want to attend. Do not simply listen to what other people say; check it out for yourself.
Read the information you receive from colleges. You are shopping for the right school for you!
If you hope to attend one of the armed forces academies, like Westpoint, or the Air Force Academy, start the procedure your junior year. This process takes time.
Take the ACT test in December or after. Schools will not consider ACT scores in terms of scholarship eligibility before December of your junior year. We offer the June test at MHS. Area schools also offer the April test. It is a good idea to take the test once during your junior year and again during your senior year to try to improve your score. There is no limit to how many times you take it, but you must pay for it each time.
Talk with Mrs. Brown if you have questions or concerns about school issues or career choices.
Take this home and share it with your parents. If they ask me about these issues, I tell them that you received the information. Planning for your future should be a joint decision.
Discuss with your parents who is going to pay for your education. Do not assume they will
Do not wait until your senior year to start thinking about your future. You will be too busy
filling out all of the paperwork to think about it then.