Cushing Independent School District Counselor Vision:
All students at Cushing ISD will acquire the academic, career, personal and social skills to reach their fullest educational potential and be well-prepared to meet the challenges and high expectations of the 21st century. All students will be supported by the comprehensive school guidance and counseling program that facilitates skills to successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive community members who respect themselves and others. As productive, life-long learners, our students achieve their fullest potential, making a positive difference in our school and community.
- Deliver Guidance/Counseling Curriculum
- Planning for your future (Registration/Course Selection)
- Responsive Services
- Brief Solution-Focused Counseling
- Parent Consultations
- Community Resource Referrals
*Please note, school counselors do not provide "therapy" or "traditional counseling."
Referrals for outside counseling services are available for children experiencing grief, divorce, family separation, deployment or mental health concerns.
School counselors attempt to help all children get the most out of school. Your support and cooperation can help make your child’s school years a rewarding experience. It is our hope that parents and students feel free to use these services.
I look forward to working with you!
For the rest of OCTOBER, we will be discussing the value of INTEGRITY. Integrity means choosing to be truthful in whatever you SAY and DO. It sounds good in theory, but not always easy to do. When is it hard to show integrity??
During the month of NOVEMBER, we will be talking about gratitude. Gratitude is letting others know you see how they’ve helped you. Listen to the morning announcements for more!
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA®, is the most important step you can take to get money to help pay for college. All federal financial aid programs, many state aid programs, and some programs offered by individual colleges require students to complete the FAFSA®. Because the FAFSA® unlocks so many types of financial aid, students from families of all incomes should complete the FAFSA®.
The FAFSA® opens to seniors for the 2021-2022 academic year on October 1st and remains open through June 20, 2022, but the sooner you fill out the FAFSA® the better so that you don’t miss out on qualifying for aid you are eligible for.
The YFL Scholarship Program is available for current high school seniors and first year college freshman.
Applicants with the highest exam scores and strongest essays will receive the following scholarships:
1st place - $30,000
2nd place - $27,500
3rd place - $25,000
4th place - $22,500
5th place - $20,000
6th - 15th place - $15,000 each
16th - 25th place - $10,000 each
26th - 35th place - $7,500 each
36th - 65th place - $5,000 each
Fill out the required Scholarship Application Entry Form. Please make sure your contact information is accurate, as it will be used to contact scholarship recipients.
Once you hit the “submit” button, you will be presented with a pdf download that contains 30 multiple choice questions and three essay questions. Print the document and answer all questions in the financial exam by circling the best answer.
Then, choose one of the three essay questions provided and respond with a maximum of 500 words.
When you’re ready to apply, you can do so through mySFA by following these steps:
- Log in to mySFA
- Select the Financial Aid tab
- Select SFA Scholarship Application
- Within the application, you can:
- Request references by submitting names and email addresses
- Complete essays, when required
NOBLE SCHOLAR INFORMATION - Forms also available in the counselor's office.
NOBLE Scholar Scholarship - Open to students attending SFASU. Deadline: 04/23/21
The PB&J Scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed.
If you are planning to take DUAL CREDIT classes the second semester (SPRING 2021), you must complete the following as soon as possible.
1) Complete and sign the Student Agreement by NOVEMBER 13. Print,
email, screenshot, etc. to Gina Greshamfirstname.lastname@example.org. After filling out the form online, you must go to File,
Save As and save the file to your computer as "Your
Name." If you do not File, Save As, the form will revert back to the
blank version. COPIES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE COUNSELOR'S OFFICE.
2) Choose you classes from the list of available classes (attached).
3) Students that took ENG 131 in the Fall will take AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE in the Spring. Students that took ENG 132 in the Fall will take COLLEGE READINESS AND STUDY SKILLS COURSE in the Spring. These classes are not Dual Credit.
1) Submit an application through Apply Texas (video instructions provided below)
2) Complete and sign the Student Agreement by NOVEMBER 13. Print, email, screenshot, etc. to Gina Greshamemail@example.com. After filling out the form online, you must go to File, Save As and save the file to your computer as "Your Name." If you do not File, Save As, the form will revert back to the blank version. COPIES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE COUNSELOR'S OFFICE.
3) Choose you classes from the list of available classes (attached).
5) If you have NOT taken the TSI, you will still be allowed to begin registration process. You will be required to pass the necessary TSI test by November 20 to avoid being dropped. I will make arrangements with the students that need this done.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION THROUGH APPLY TEXAS:
Below is the link for the Apply Texas tutorial for new DC students and their parents.
COPING WITH STRESS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
If you have concerns that your child may be using or is in danger of experimenting, using, or abusing illegal drugs or other prohibited substances, the school counselor can provide you with a list of community resources that may be of assistance to you. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) maintains information regarding children’s mental health and substance abuse intervention services on its website: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/transition/mhsa.aspx
Cushing ISD is committed to partnering with parents to support the healthy mental, emotional, and behavioral development of its students. If you are concerned about your child, please visit Texas Suicide Prevention or contact the school counselor for more information related to suicide prevention services available in our area.
ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texas and non-Texas students to apply to the many outstanding post secondary institutions available in Texas.
On ApplyTexas you can accomplish a multitude of tasks including:
- Apply for admission to any Texas public university, as well as to participating community and private colleges.
- Apply for undergraduate, international and graduate admission.
- Copy a submitted application to another institution.
- Submit your application essays online.
- Apply for scholarships from participating universities.
- Search for and view both general and university specific information.
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