Ranchview Counselor Corner – December 2017

Upcoming Events at Ranchview!

12-4 English 1 EOC retest

12-5 Biology/US History EOC retest

12-6 English 2 EOC retest

12-7 Algebra 1 EOC retest

12-7 UNT visit with juniors/seniors during Advisory

12-12 9th grade Finish Strong Day

12-12 ASVAB interpretation day in English classes

12-14 Cap/Gown order pickup during lunches


12-19 2nd and 6th period finals

12-20 3rd and 7th period finals

12-21 1st and 8th period finals, Early Release

12-22 4th and 5th period finals, Early Release

Upcoming College lunch visits:

12-7     University of Arkansas/University of Alabama/ Loyola University of Chicago

12-12   Chairside Dental Assisting

Winter break is almost upon us!  But first, we have our semester finals!

Parents below are suggested tips on how to help your students’ prepare for finals.

  1. Use the teacher’s final reviews: Most RHS teachers will give students a final review prior to finals. Please encourage your student to utilize old tests and reviews as a study tool.
  2. Create the Perfect Study Area: The place where your student studies should be quiet, comfortable and free from distractions.  Remove as many distractions as possible – like music, television, and even the internet and phone.
  3. Get it All Out: Before you digging in to study, make sure all the books, notes, study guides and writing utensils are in front of them. Don’t give them another excuse to get up and rummage around.
  4. Turn the Notes into Flash Cards: As they read through the important facts, rewrite them in Q&A form on the cards.  For instance:  to study historical facts, write the historical fact on one side of the card and the key details on the other side.  To study geometry formulas, right the name of the formula on one side and the formula itself on the other side. This would be a great way for parents to assist in the studying process!
  5. Snack Healthy While You Study: If you want your student to stay sharp while you study, stay away from junk food.  Instead, snack on studying-friendly foods like dark leafy greens, whole grains, peanut butter, milk and seafood.  Feeling sluggish?  Caffeine or energy drinks won’t help you in the long run.  Get an energy boost instead by eating a banana or an apple.
  6. Narrow it Down: If your student tries to study every single thing their teacher’s ever said, they’ll go crazy. Instead, focus on the most important topics. If they aren’t sure what those are, read the study guide (if there is one), or ask their classmates..
  7. Take a Break : The brain can only take so much hard work at one time. For every hour that your student studies, give them about 15 minutes to do something mindless, like taking a walk, listening to music or playing a computer game. Keeping the stress level down and gives the brain a chance to let all that information sink in.
  8. Get Some Sleep: They might be tempted to pull an all-nighter, but if they do, students will only be hurting their chances of getting an A.  Encourage them to get a full 8 hours of sleep so their brain is in good shape on test day.

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Five Things your students should do after filling out the FAFSA

The Department of Education recently published a list of 5 things students should do after filling out the FAFSA. It is a nice list of tips so we are republishing it here for you:

  1. Review the FAFSA Confirmation Page

After you complete the FAFSA form online and click “SUBMIT,” you’ll see a confirmation page like the one below. This is not your financial aid offer. You’ll get that separately from the school(s) you apply to and get into. Your school(s) calculate your aid.

The confirmation page provides federal aid estimates based on the information you provided on your FAFSA form. It’s important to know that these figures are truly estimates and assume the information you provided on the FAFSA form is correct. To calculate the actual amount of aid you’re eligible for, your school will take into account other factors, such as the cost to attend the school. Additionally, these estimates only take into account federal aid and not outside scholarships or state and institutional financial assistance you may also be eligible for.

TIP: Each school you are accepted to and include on your FAFSA form will send you a financial aid offer. Until you receive this notification, it may be difficult to know exactly how much aid you might be eligible to receive from a specific school. To get an idea of how much aid schools tend to give depending on your family’s income, visit CollegeScorecard.ed.gov and type in the school(s) you want to look up.


  1. Review your Expected Family Contribution (EFC):

The information you report on your FAFSA form is used to calculate your EFC. It’s very important to note that the EFC, in most cases, is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college.  Instead, the EFC is an index number used by financial aid offices to calculate your financial need. The formula they use is:

Cost of attendance
 Expected family contribution
  =  Your financial “need”

Each school will do its best to meet your financial need. Some schools may meet 100% of your financial need, and other schools may only meet 10%—it just depends on the school and the financial aid they have available that year. You should complete the FAFSA form annually because there are many factors that can change from year to year.

NOTE: Contrary to popular belief, the EFC formula considers more than just income. Factors such as dependency status, family size, and the number of family members who will attend college are just a few of the additional factors considered.


  1. Apply for as many Scholarships as you can:

As I mentioned previously, many schools won’t be able to meet your full financial need, so you’ll need a way to pay the difference between the financial aid your school offers and what the school costs. Scholarships are a great way to fill the gap. (Who doesn’t like free money?)

But don’t wait until after you receive your financial aid offer to start applying for scholarships. There are thousands of scholarships out there, but many have early deadlines. Set a goal for yourself; for example, maybe you aim to apply to one scholarship per week. There’s tons of free money, but you can’t get it unless you apply. Make scholarship applications your focus while you wait for your financial aid offer. The applications may take some time, but the possible pay out makes it all worth it.

If you still don’t have enough money to pay for school after financial aid and scholarships, consider these options.


  1. Be on the Lookout for your Aid (Offers):

The 2018–19 FAFSA form was made available on Oct. 1, 2017. Even if you submit it early, that doesn’t mean you’ll get an aid offer right away. Each school has a different schedule for awarding and paying out financial aid.

Remember that your school disburses your aid, not the “FAFSA people” (Federal Student Aid). Contact your school’s financial aid office for details about when they send out aid offers. If you want to see an estimate of your school’s average annual cost, use the College Scorecard. If you want to report significant changes in your family or financial situation, contact your school’s financial aid office.

TIP: After your FAFSA form has been processed successfully, it’s a good idea to make sure the schools you listed on your FAFSA form have received everything they need. You should find out if your school requires additional applications or documentation and submit any required documentation by the appropriate deadlines.


  1. Make FAFSA Corrections if you need to:

Lastly, after your FAFSA form has been processed (which takes about 3 days), you can go back and submit a correction to certain fields. This includes correcting a typo or adding another school to receive your FAFSA information. Log in with your FSA ID, and then click “Make FAFSA Corrections.” You can add up to 10 schools at a time.