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Welcome to the Counselor's Corner!  Please use the tabs below to navigate through my pages.  If the information you are looking for isn't available, please let me know.  I will be happy to help in any way I can!  

Nicole White, M.Ed
O’Donnell ISD School Counselor
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nwhite@esc17.net  | PO Box 487, O’Donnell, TX  79351 | Ph: 806.428.3241 | Fax: 806.428.3395 |


 

Click above tabs to find great information!

 

 

 

What classes do I need to take in high school?

To view the 2017-2018 O'Donnell Course Catalog, click HERE.  

  • This catalog will provide you with graduation requirements, certifications we offer, descriptions of all our courses, and more.

To view the Graduation Toolkit made by the Texas Education Agency that teaches you all about what you need when selecting classes for high school:

  • Click HERE for English
  • Haga clic AQUÍ para Español (Manual de Herramientas 2016)
  • This posting satisfies Texas Education Code § 28.02121 (b). 

To view the 2017-2018 O'Donnell Master Schedule, click HERE.

  • This is the schedule that shows which classes are offered, along with the teacher and time period each class is offered.  You might also check this to see when a teacher has a conference period and is available for parent visits.


 

 

 

Click HERE for information on the TSI, ACT, SAT, PSAT, or EOC.

 

 

 

 

How do I find $$$ to help pay for college?

  • Regularly visit our current list of available scholarships HEREThese scholarships are also emailed to all seniors and parents.  Please do not rely solely on this list; do  your research!  There are many, if not endless, websites that tell you about scholarships.  Ask your employers, banks, insurance companies, etc., if they offer scholarships.

 


  • Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  This is the only way to qualify for federal grants and loans.  Warning: Do not by fooled by websites offering to complete your FAFSA for a fee.  It should always be FREE.

 


  • Look around and find websites like these.  Find your favorites.  Ask your friends.  Applying for scholarships should be your part-time job.
  1. Fast Web - allows you to sign up for scholarships based on questions you answer about yourself
  2. Federal Student Aid - resource provided by the US Department of Education
  3. Fin Aid - the smart student guide to financial aid
  4. LEARN, Inc. - a non-profit educational organization established for the sole purpose of aiding financially deprived students to obtain funds to pursue post-secondary education and or training
  5. Chegg - a college student's one-stop-shop for scholarships that are creative, easy and fun to apply for and win


There are many more; you just need to look around!

 

 

 

 

How can I earn college credit while I'm still in high school?

School districts are required by law to notify parents with children enrolled in grades 9-12 of the availability of programs we offer by which students may earn college credit.  Texas Education Code - EDUC § 28.010. Notification Regarding College Credit Programs

O'Donnell High School students may earn credit through the following:


 

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We offer dual credit courses through South Plains College.  We also offer a $100 reimbursement program to assist with tuition costs.  Some courses will be free to OHS students as well.

Summer 2018 SPC Course Offerings

Fall 2018 SPC Course Offerings

How do I take Summer 2018 classes, what are the deadlines, and which classes are being offered?

If I take SPC classes, which high school classes will they count as?

Is there a checklist of things I need to do to get approved for Dual Credit?

 Dual Credit Agreement

 Which TSI tests do I need to pass for each of the SPC dual credit courses?

 How do I know which South Plains College courses will transfer to my college?  Use this Texas Common Course Numbering System site to compare school course numbers.

Apply for South Plains College HERE

 

 


 

Advanced Placement Courses

 

AP English Literature and Composition

AP English Language and Composition

 

 


 

 

Articulated Courses

 

 BIM 2, Accounting 2

 

 

 

 

It's never too early to start planning for your future!

What do I need to do in the 12th grade?

Click HERE for a College Day Request Form.

What do I need to do in the 11th grade?

Click HERE for a College Day Request Form.

What do I need to do in the 10th grade?

Coming soon!

What do I need to do in the 9th grade?

Coming soon!

What do I need to do in middle school?

  • Click HERE for the 2018 8th Grade Planning Night invitation.
  • Click HERE for the 2018 8th Grade Planning Night parent letter.
  • Click HERE for the 2018 8th Grade Planning Night slideshow.
  • Click HERE for a Personal Graduation Plan worksheet (aka PGP or 4-year plan for high school classes).

 

STUDENTS TO DO:

  • Think about college as an important part of your future. Discuss your thoughts and ideas with your family and with people at school.
  • Start saving for college if you haven’t already.
  • Take challenging and interesting classes to prepare for high school.
  • Ask your parent or guardian to help you research which high schools or special programs will most benefit your interests.
  • Develop strong study habits.
  • Do your best in school and on standardized tests. If you are having difficulty, don’t give up—get help from a teacher, tutor, or mentor.
  • Become involved in school- or community-based activities that let you explore your interests and learn new things.
  • Speak with adults, such as your teacher, school counselor or librarian, relatives, or family friends, who you think have interesting jobs. Ask them what they like about their job and what education they needed for it.

STUDENTS TO EXPLORE:

  • Find out why you should prepare for college now at StudentAid.gov/prepare.
  • Browse My Future, My Way: First Steps Toward College, a workbook for middle and junior high school students, at StudentAid.gov/resources#my-future.

PARENTS TO DO:

  • Use FAFSA4caster at fafsa.gov to find out how much federal student aid your child might receive. This information will help you plan ahead.
  • Continue saving for your child’s college education. If you have not opened a savings account, you can find information about tax advantages and links to state plans at www.collegesavings.org.
  • Talk to your child about his or her interests and help match those interests with a college major and career.
  • Help your child develop good study habits, such as studying at the same time and place every day and having the necessary materials to complete assignments.
  • Stay in contact with your child’s teachers and counselor so that they can let you know about any changes in your child’s behavior or schoolwork.
  • Keep an eye on your child’s grades, and help him or her find tutoring assistance, if necessary.

PARENTS TO EXPLORE:

  • Get tips from the following documents at www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html. Helping Your Child With Homework offers suggestions on how to empower your child to successfully complete assignments. Helping Your Child Through Early Adolescence addresses issues that parents of 10- to 14-year-olds generally find most challenging.
  • Browse Parent Power at www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/parentpower/booklet.pdf for ideas to help you support your child as he or she transitions into high school.

 

What do I need to do in elementary?

STUDENTS TO DO:                         

  • Do your best in school.
  • Read a lot.
  • Have fun learning!

STUDENTS TO EXPLORE:

  • Visit www.kids.gov to learn about jobs and to find fun online games.
  • Check out the Kids’ Zone at nces.ed.gov/nceskids, if you like games like puzzles and math teasers.

PARENTS TO DO:

  • Help your kindergartner develop on interest in reading by reading aloud to him or her.
  • Check your child’s homework and follow his or her progress in school by looking at report cards and attending teacher conferences.
  • Start saving for your child’s college education.  Learn about the tax advantages of college savings plans and prepaid tuition plans at www.collegesavings.org.

PARENTS TO EXPLORE

  • Read Saving Early = Saving Smart! at studentaid.gov/resources#saving-early.  Explains why it’s never too early to save money for college.
  • Check out Helping Your Child Become a Reader at www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.htmlfor advice on how to create a foundation for learning for children up to age 6.

Resource: College Preparation Checklist  by Federal Student Aid and the Office of the U.S. Department of Education

 

 

 

What are Home & School Connection newsletters?

From September through May, elementary students take home a Home &
School Connection newsletter from the counselor.  Families get practical, age-appropriate tips and ideas that today’s busy families can use to:

  • Improve school success.
  • Boost the home and school partnership.
  • Enhance parenting skills.
  • Build positive character traits.
  • Develop healthy eating and fitness habits.

 

Links to Monthly Newsletter

If you would like to read or print the newsletters, please click on each month to get that month's issue.

 

 

 

Where can I go for career advice?

Helpful Career Links

Helpful Links to for Interest and Personality Inventories for You to Take

  • Human Metrics - Fun website for self-exploration; several free personality quizzes
  • 16 Personalities - Free personality test; widely used by schools and businesses
  • My Next Move - an online career exploration site, available with many resource, including career assessment, job outlook, educational requirements, and more; it is also connect to O*Net and the Bureau of Labor Statistics; click HERE to go directly to the Interest Inventory
  • 5 Love Languages - take this assessment to discover your love language that will help you in your relationships and in connecting to others

 

 

 

Questions Commonly Asked About Bullying

  • How do I know if something is bullying?  CLICK
  • How do I report a bullying incident?  Tell an administrator or submit this form:  CLICK
  • How do I deal with a bully?  CLICK
  • Is it bullying if it is on social media, like Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook? Yes, that is called cyberbullying, and it is against the law.  CLICK

 

 

 

I need help.  Where can I start?

Call 2-1-1.

What is 2-1-1?  

2-1-1 Texas is a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. Whether by phone or internet, their goal is to present accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs.

2-1-1 Texas is a free, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community. Whether you need help finding food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment, one number is all you need to know.

 

I need help with: GRIEF.

Grief Resource Links

Hospice of Lubbock

Provides a free support group for individuals who have lost a loved one. They also have specialized groups for children.


Grief Share

A friendly, caring group that will talk through the process with you. Support groups and seminars available.

Combines elements of medicine, psychiatry, poetry, prose, and images to provide resources and support those who have experienced loss

Recover from Grief
Hope and health through creative grieving
 
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
TAPS offers peer-based support, crisis care, and grief and trauma resources for free to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one in the military

 

I need help with: SUICIDE.

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger,
please call 9-1-1.

Resource links coming soon.

 

I need help with: ABUSE or NEGLECT.

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger,
please call 9-1-1.

Resource links coming soon.

 

I need help with: ADDICTION.

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger,
please call 9-1-1.

Resource links coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Notices, Letters, and Forms

  • To view the parent letter regarding College Prep Math & English, click HERE.
  • To view the student handout regarding Dual Credit for Summer 2018, click HERE.
  • To view a Personal Graduation Plan Worksheet (aka PGP or 4-year plan for high school classes), click HERE.


Please contact Mrs. Nicole White, O'Donnell School Counselor, with any questions regarding these pages.
nwhite@esc17.net |  Ph: 806.428.3241 | Fax: 806.428.3395 |

 

Our Mission

The mission of the O'Donnell I.S.D is to provide a well-rounded educational experience that focuses on post secondary success and develops an individual capable of adjusting successfully to life in a changing society.  The district is committed to high expectations, pride in the community,  a safe and inviting environment, and a creative, enjoyable learning experience for all.
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