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From the Director of Counseling

Congratulations you have made it--first quarter complete! What's next for you? What will you keep doing and what will you do different? Counselors will be pulling all Class of 2023 students this month to discuss Quarter goals and finishing up applications for the Class of 2020.  Also remember Eagles you can schedule a meeting anytime with your counselors by email, calling or stopping into our offices.  Check out the new resources I will be posting in our newsletter by grade level. I am hoping by breaking items out by Class, this newsletter will continue to be a great resource for you and your family. 

Best wishes this week on the PSAT for all of our 9th through 11th graders! 

All the best, 
Mrs. Stephenson 

Calendar Link
Class of 2020 Resources
FAFSA Assistant

Applying to Texas A&M, University of  Texas-Austin or University of Houston, join Mrs. Stephenson for a Brown Bag Luncheon to review upcoming deadlines and more about TAMU AIS upload and Be a Longhorn transcript process. Seniors-you do NOT want to miss this! If you cannot make it, see Mrs. Stephenson during your study hall.  Resources of suggested deadlines
Underclassmen Resources
Did you see the new ACT testing policy that will go into place next Fall 2020? This is exciting--Class of 2021--Read!!

NEW Naviance Tasks: Need money for college and want to be rewarded for what you are already doing, then go complete the Raise Me Task assigned to all 9th-11th graders in Naviance under the my Planner Tab>Tasks Assigned to me


If you plan to attend, please sign-up in Naviance. If a college visit is during lunch, please bring a lunch from home; and if a college visit is during class, please get a Notification Form of College Visit (blue form) from the counseling office to get your teacher's approval and signature to miss class.  These dates are subject to change due to last minute cancellations/changes from the college.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs.Garza in the Counseling Department at extension 107 or email 

College Knowledge 

Are you looking for a small school with amazing internship opportunities? Let's check out Drake University

Location: Des Moines, IA
Size: 3015
Average SAT/ACT: 1290/24
Top Programs: Pre-Professional Programs, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Business, Public Administration, Mass Communication
Mascot: Griff the Bull Dog
Fun Facts:  More Internships exist in Des Moines, IA than there are undergraduate students to fill the positions, active participation in Iowa Caucus on campus, NCAA Division I Athletics, 98% of graduates have a job within 6 months.

Have you added any of our featured schools to your "Colleges I'm thinking about" list on Naviance?  Add them to learn more and check out Scattergrams to see what it takes to be admitted!

Purdue University
Saint Louis University
Ithaca College
United States Military Academy at West Point
University of Dallas
Creighton University.
Trinity University.
Truman State
Bucknell University.

And more to come! 

Around Town:

Preview Rice
Nov. 25
A campus visit opportunity for students in grades 10 - 11. This is a short half-day program packed with must-have information for students starting their college search.  

Giving College-Bound Students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics the opportunity to interact with Admission Representatives from a wide-range of Postsecondary Institutions to explore the college admissions process; and connect with Industry Partners to learn about STEM Careers and internships.

Bayou City Event Center
9401 Knight Rd
Houston, TX 77045
Sunday, October 20, 2019
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact Us:
Email or call 703/836-2222 ext. 14.

Careers, Resumes, oh my!

Cool Career- Fish and Game Warden

With bow season well underway and regular deer season right around the corner, hunting is on the minds of many of the men of St. Thomas.  As the weather gets more comfortable, many students and families will be spending more time in nature hunting over the next few months.  Did you know that there is a career related to hunting?  Students who enjoy hunting or are interested in wildlife conservation may find fulfillment as a Fish and Game Warden.

Fish and Game Wardens protect and preserve native wildlife, plants, or ecosystems through educational programming and the enforcement of game laws.  They educate the public on conservation and hunting safety.  They investigate both hunting accidents/infractions as well as wildlife damage to crops/property.

The majority of Fish and Game Wardens hold Bachelor's degrees in majors related to Ecology or Criminal Justice.  They usually work for national, state, and local governments and make on average $57,710 annually.  Learn more about what Fish and Game Wardens do on O*NET.

Want to gain experience in this area before college to see how you like it?  Texas Parks and Wildlife offers a wide variety of volunteer activities across the state.  Click here to learn more.

Hey STH parents!  Do you have a "cool career" that you would like to share with the young men of St. Thomas?  We are looking to feature parent careers in our upcoming newsletters and would love your input.  If you would like to have your career featured, click here to complete the Google form!

Paid Service Learning Opportunity- 
Did you know that in Texas, high school students aged 16 years and older can work the polls on Election Day? The Harris County Step Up to Serve campaign encourages civic participation and gives students an inside look at the elections process. They are looking for students to apply to work in the upcoming November 5, 2019 Joint General and Special Elections.   If you have any interest in a future career in government or politics, this would be a great opportunity for you!

If selected for this opportunity, you would have to be at the polls all day and would miss school.  The Dean of Students Office has graciously offered to count this participation as an "academic absence" that would not count towards exemptions, etc.

Application/Permission Form

Here’s how much college ost the year you were born???

What does it take to fund a college education? Unless you work in the admission field or have a college student in your household it’s easy to lose track. Inflation also complicates matters, making it difficult to see how the cost of tuition, fees, room, and board have changed over time. To make comparisons easier, The College Board crunched the numbers using 2018 dollars. A new list published by CNBC uses that data to chart college costs for each academic year between 1971-72 and 2018-19. Check out the link below to see the cost to fund a college education the year you were born.

Trends and Points of Interest

The Role of School Size in the Overall College Experience

There are small, medium, and large size colleges, but how does a St. Thomas High School student know what is the right choice for them?  Each type has its plusses and minuses that he should consider when building his college list.

For a school to be labeled "small", it would typically have a total enrollment of fewer than 5,000 students.  A "Medium" school is between 5,000 and 15,000 and a "Large" school is 15,000 and up.

Linked below are some helpful sites which explore the advantages and disadvantages of each:

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