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Class of 2017

Graduation and Honors Assembly Information

There are things that all seniors must do before graduation and there are mandatory events that all seniors need to attend. See below for details.

 

Required Tasks

These items need to be completed before you can pick up your Cap and Gown and participate in the Honors Assembly/Graduation Ceremonies.  Try to get these done before May 16th so you can move through the process quickly.

 

1. Complete Final Next Step Plan

All seniors must complete a Final Next Step Plan.  These were given out at the end of February. A list of students who have not turned one in is posted outside the Registrar's (Mrs. Ade) Office.  If you need to turn one in you can pick one up from Mrs. Bash in the Counseling Office.

 

2. Order your Final Transcript

If you are going to college next year, you must send a final transcript showing your graduation date to the school you will be attending.  You need to order this before graduation.  Go to http://lacueva.aps.edu/, click on Order My Transcript icon (half way down page on right) and follow the steps to order your final transcript.  

 

3. Complete the Senior Exit Survey

All seniors will be required to complete the Senior Exit Survey. This survey collects information on what students plan to do after high school (college, military, career). It also collects scholarship information.  This information is used for the Honors Assembly so it is important that it is completed and accurate.  Click here to complete the survey  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LCHS2017.

 

4. Pay Fines

After you turn in your textbooks, you will want to check with Mrs. Cogan in the bookroom to take care of any missing books and/or book room fines. Then you will want to check with Mrs. Larson, the bookkeeper who is located back by the Principal's office, to make sure you don't have any class or club fines that need to be paid.  You will NOT be able to pick up your Cap and Gown until your fines are paid.

 

 

Required Events

These are the events that seniors need to be at leading up to graduation.

 

1. Cap and Gown Distribution (YOU MUST BRING A PHOTO ID)

You will go through stations to make sure all of the items listed above have been taken care of.

May 16th

8:00 - 9:00 am   Last Names A-L

9:00 - 10:00 am Last Names M-Z

 

2. Honors Assembly Rehearsal (Mandatory...this is also our only time to practice for graduation)

May 16th

10:00 am - Noon in the Main Gym

 

3. Honors Assembly

May 16th

6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Main Gym - you must arrive at 5:45 pm

 

4. Graduation

May 17th

6:30 - 7:45 pm - Tingley Coliseum - you must arrive at 4:30 pm

 

 

 

Optional Activities

1. Senior Day 

The Senior Assembly will be on Friday, May 12th during the school day, following that the Seniors will receive their yearbook if already purchased or have the opportunity to purchase.  Following the distribution of yearbooks, there will be activities and lunch provided for the Seniors.  The Senior shirt with names, will be your ticket to activities and lunch.

 

2. Graduation Walk

Mrs. Easton is looking for students to participate in a Graduation Walk at our local elementary schools on May 12th before the Senior Assembly. Participants will wear a Cap and Gown and walk through the halls of a local elementary school to encourage the kids to work hard so they can graduate on time. See Mrs. Easton in the Counseling Office if you would like to participate  

 

3. RAD GRAD

RAD GRAD is a safe and controlled alcohol/drug free event for LCHS senior students to celebrate their graduation night together.  This year's RAD GRAD is being held at Hinkle Family Fun Center.  This event provides a way for seniors to party and feel they made the most of their big day. RAD GRAD takes place the night of graduation. The PTA will be selling tickets at least one day a week at lunch. Contact Michelle Jensen for more information michellejenson5@yahoo.com.

 

 

Important Dates and Deadlines (aka Scholarship List) - April 2017

Here is your April edition of our Important Dates and Deadlines! This includes scholarships, college admissions deadlines, FAFSA (financial aid) dates and much more.  

 

Important Dates and Scholarship List - April 2017

Updated 4/18/17

Graduation Meeting and Transition to College Presentation

Thank you to everyone who attended our presentation on Monday, April 3rd. Below is a copy of the PowerPoint that we presented along with some information on parking for graduation. We will post more graduation information soon.

 

Graduation and Transition to College Presentation

 

Graduation Parking Information

Scholarship Applications

These are scholarship applications that were mailed to me. I have scanned them in so you can easily print and complete them if you are eligible to apply.

 

C&D Scholarship

 

Neil Isbin Scholarship

Announcements

Here are some important announcements related to scholarships, financial, a CNM On-Site admissions event and Field Trip and upcoming events that include mandatory meetings.

 

Financial Aid

Please don’t forget that you can fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at any time by going to https://fafsa.gov/.  This is the application that is required to receive federal grants, federal work-study and federal student loans.  Even if you don’t think you will qualify for the need-based aid that is available, please know that some schools require you to have a completed FAFSA on file in order to qualify for certain scholarships. These are not need based scholarships they just need to have the application on file. For instance, the Bridge scholarship at CNM and the UNM Success Grant require a completed FAFSA. The FAFSA has become easier than ever this year.  One of the big changes for the 2017-18 academic year is that you will use income from two years ago for which your taxes have already been completed.  For this year’s seniors you will use 2015 income tax information. Therefore you do not need to wait until your taxes are complete to apply. If you need help feel free to reach out to me and we can set up a time to meet.

 

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, May 10th and Thursday, May 11th – Senior Finals

Tuesday, May 16th 8:00am – 10:00am – Cap and Gown Distribution

Tuesday, May 16th 10:00am – 12:00pm – Mandatory Honors Assembly Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 16th 6:30pm – Mandatory Honors Assembly (report time for seniors will be earlier than 6:30pm)

Wednesday, May 17th 6:30 pm – Graduation (report time for seniors will be earlier than 6:30pm)

 

Financial Aid Information Night Presentation

Thank you to everyone who attended the Financial Aid Information Night.  Below is the PowerPoint used during the presentation to use as a reference as you work through the process of getting your FSA ID, filling out the FAFSA and looking for scholarships. If you have questions or would like help completing the FAFSA don't hesitate to email me or call Mrs. Bash to set up an appointment. She can be reached at 505-823-2327 ext 33002. 

 

Financial Aid Information Night Presentation

 

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Senior Meeting Presentation and Resources

Counselors met with all seniors and held two senior parent meetings over the last two weeks.  Information on the college application process, important dates/deadlines as well as an overview of financial aid and scholarships was presented.  Below you will find the PowerPoint used for the parent presentations (which included a little bit more than the student presentation) and the handout that was provided to all students and parents in attendance.  

 

Senior Meeting PowerPoint

Senior Meeting Handout 

 

Also, don't forget to sign up to receive important senior messages through our Remind.com account. See below for information on how to opt in to receive the messages.

Letters of Recommendation

If you need a letter of recommendation for a college application or scholarship, please visit our Letter of Recommendation page to get more information. 

 

Remember, we ask that you give us a minimum of 10 business days so we can spend an appropriate amount of time on your paperwork and meet the application/scholarship deadline. 

Sign Up to Receive Important Messages through Remind.com

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It's Time to Take Senior Pictures for Yearbook!

Moji Studios serves as La Cueva's official yearbook photographer. You must take your senior yearbook photo with them prior to October 31 to be in the yearbook. In order to do this, you have to make an appointment to get your photo taken.  See Senior Portraits 2017.pdf for more information. Please don't wait until the last minute as sessions fill up quickly.

Testing: College Entrance/Preparation

If you have not taken an ACT or SAT you need to sign up ASAP!  You will need these scores to complete your college applications. If you qualify for Free or Reduced Priced Lunch please see your Counselor to get a fee waiver to take the test for free.

ACT Registration Site

http://www.actstudent.org/

SAT Registration Site

http://sat.collegeboard.org/home?navid=gh-sat

Khan Academy & SAT Prep Program

https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat

College Search Site

Scholarship Search Sites

Big Future – College Board

www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
 

UNM’s General Scholarship Resource:

http://scholarship.unm.edu/Resources/scholarship-websites.html  (general list, don’t have to be going to UNM)

 

Texas Tech's External Scholarship Search:

https://www.depts.ttu.edu/scholarships/ExternalScholarships/ScholarshipSearch.php  (general list, don’t have to be going to Texas Tech)

 

New Mexico State University Private Scholarship list

https://fa.nmsu.edu/scholarships/private-scholarship-opportunities/ (general list, don’t have to be going to NMSU)


New APS Website

http://www.aps.edu/students-parents/scholarships-awards-and-opportunities-for-students-1


https://www.scholarships.com/


http://www.fastweb.com/


https://www.cappex.com/


http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/

Get Ready to Apply Presentation

Thank you to all the parents and students who attended my presentation on January 29, 2016.  As promised here is the PowerPoint and handouts that will be helpful to all of you throughout the rest of this semester, the summer and the beginning of the senior year.  

 

One reminder, please make sure you/your student is signed up to take the ACT or SAT in March or April.  They can also take the exam(s) in June but if they wait until September or October we sometimes don't get scores back in time to meet some admissions and scholarship deadlines.  To sign up for the exams visit http://www.actstudent.org/ for the ACT or https://sat.collegeboard.org/home for the SAT.

 

PowerPoint Presentation
Get Ready to Apply

 

Resources

College Search Worksheet - use this to track everything you learn about each college you are interested in. The file is a Word document so you can delete and add information based on what you want to know.