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Class of 2019

Important Graduation Dates and Deadlines

Below is the PowerPoint that we went over with Seniors on April 1, 2019 and Senior Parents on April 8, 2019. Below the link is more of the narrative that we talked about as well.

Senior Meeting PowerPoint - 4/1/19

Transition to College Presentation - 4/8/19

 

GRADUATION INFORMATION

2019 Graduation Information

APS Graduation Ceremony Parking and More

Post Commencement Meet and Greet Site Diagram

AP Graduation Ceremony Layout

Below is a step-by-step guide to help you get everything done that we need before the Senior Honor Ceremony and Graduation. Please make sure to take care of everything before the deadline.

REQUIRED TASKS
These items need to be completed before you can pick up your Cap and Gown and participate in the Senior Honor Ceremony and Graduation. Try to get these done by May 10th.

1. Order your Final Transcript
Everyone must order a 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. If you are not planning to go to college, order one to be sent to yourself. You need to order this before graduation. Login or create your Parchment account and order your transcript. Please make sure you select HOLD FOR GRADES in the dropdown menu so Mrs. Ade knows it is your Final Transcript request. If you do not do this, she will send it now and you will have to order another one to be sent as your final. If you have any questions on this process, see Mrs. Ade in the office.

2. Complete the Senior Exit Survey
All seniors are required to complete the Senior Exit Survey. This survey collects information on what students plan to do after high school (college, military, career) as well as scholarship information. This information is used for the Senior Honor Ceremony, so it is important that it is completed and accurate. Use this link to access the Senior Exit Survey 

3. Pay Fines
Student fines will be loaded into the fees section on StudentVUE. You must have all fines paid before you will be allowed to pick up your Cap and Gown. Check StudentVUE often as fines will be added by different entities on campus from now until graduation.

 

MANDATORY ACTIVITIES

All seniors must attend unless they have talked to Mrs. Metzgar or Mrs. Chandler about being excused.

1. Senior Day (you must attend school or the Senior Day - it is not a day off of school)
May 3rd
Must buy a Senior Shirt $15 which will serve as your ticket for the day. Shirts will be on sale the first two weeks of April only. ~ No Shirt = No Activities ~
All students wearing the Senior Shirt will get free breakfast at 8:15am in the cafeteria, free lunch in the SWAMP and be able to participate in the games and activities in the afternoon.  The Senior Assembly will start at 9:00am and Yearbook pickup will be immediately following the assembly.

As part of the assembly, we will be showing the Senior Video. We want all students to submit three pictures by emailing them to cueva2019seniorvideo@gmail.com.

2. 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. If you are taking an AP exam during this time, Mrs. Chandler will get your Cap and Gown for you.

May 13th in the Main Gym - Enter through the Concourse
8:00 - 9:00 am    Last Names A-L
9:00 - 10:00am   Last Names M-Z

3. Senior Honor Ceremony Rehearsal
May 13th in the Main Gym
10:00am - 12:00pm
If you are taking an AP exam during this time, you are excused and Mrs. Chandler will walk you through the process after your exam.

3. Senior Honor Ceremony
May 13th in the Main Gym
6:00 - 8:00pm - students must arrive by 5:15pm with their rober

4. Graduation
May 14th at Tingley Coliseum
2:30 - 3:45pm - student must arrive by 12:30pm (if you are taking an AP exam in the morning you will be allowed to arrive late and Mrs. Chandler will tell you what time)
Parking map and more information can be found on the links above.
Tickets are not required as there is plenty of seating at Tingley Coliseum.

 

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

1. Graduation Walk
Mrs. Goodman is looking for students to participate in a Graduation Walk at our local elementary schools on May 13th after the Rehearsal. Participants will wear their 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. Sign up by sending a text to 81010 with the message @gradwalk19. Mrs. Goodman will send out more details when we get closer to the event.

2. RAD GRAD
RAD GRAD is a safe and controlled alcohol/drug free event for LCHS seniors 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 from 11:00pm to 4:00am. The PTA will be selling tickets on campus but you can also contact Michelle Jensen for more information michellejenson5@yahoo.com.

 

Scholarship List - Dates and Deadlines - College Visits

Linked below is the latest version on our Important Dates and Deadlines. This list includes our scholarship list with deadlines, upcoming college visits and other important dates.

Scholarship List - April 2019

 

Scholarship Applications:

2019 The Dawn M. Witiuk Memorial Scholarship (La Cueva only)

2019 Allen Krumm Memorial Scholarship (La Cueva only)

 

New APS Foundation Scholarship 

APS Foundation Varsity Award Scholarship

No application necessary! All students graduating in May 2019 from an APS comprehensive high school (La Cueva is one) will be entered to win one of 5 - $1000 scholarships if they have completed their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and/or have taken and ACT or SAT. A student can receive more than one entry. The College and Career Readiness Counselor at each high school (Mrs. Chandler at La Cueva) will submit a list of students to the Foundation in April. Again, no application is necessary to apply for the scholarship. 

If you have taken the ACT or SAT a report will be run at the beginning of April and those names will be submitted.

A report will also be run for those who have completed the FAFSA. If you have not completed your FAFSA, please set a goal to get it completed by April 1st so your name will appear on the report when it is generated to give to the foundation. You do not need to have financial need, you simply have to fill out the FAFSA. The website to apply is (www.fafsa.gov). If you have questions or need help completing the FAFSA, just email Mrs. Chandler at debra.chandler@aps.edu.  She can set up an appointment to meet with you one-on-one to complete the application.

Senior Meeting Resources and Important Dates

Below is a copy of the Senior Parent Meeting PowerPoint that I presented on September 10th. I have also included a copy of the Senior Information handout that was provided to seniors during their Senior Meetings also held on the 10th.

Senior Parent Meeting PowerPoint
Senior Information Handout

 

Important Dates

April 1, 2019 - Mandatory Senior Meeting - 9:15am

April 8, 2019 - Parent Meeting (Graduation and Transitioning to College

May 13, 2019 - Cap and Gown Distribution (8-10am)

May 13, 2019 - Mandatory Honors Assembly Rehearsal (10am-12pm)

May 13, 2019 - Mandatory Honors Assembly (6pm)

May 14, 2019 - Graduation - Tingley Coliseum 2:30pm

Financial Aid

Starting on October 1st, you can apply for Federal Financial Aid for the 2019-20 academic year through the FAFSA.gov website.  Make sure you are using 2017 taxes and are using the .gov site.  NEVER pay money to file the FAFSA which stands for FREE Application for Federal Student Aid.  If you need help, email Mrs. Chandler at debra.chandler@aps.edu and she can set up an appointment to meet with you and complete your application.

Mrs. Chandler presented information on FAFSA and Financial Aid process on October 1st and a copy of the PowerPoint can be found here

Paying for College Presentation (including walk-through of FAFSA application)

Also, don't forget to use the image below to determine which parent's information to use on the FAFSA if your parents are not married to each other.

who-is-my-parent
 

Scholarship Search Sites

Big Future – College Board - Scholarship Search

UNM’s General Scholarship Resource (general list, don’t have to be going to UNM)

Texas Tech's External Scholarship Search (general list, don’t have to be going to Texas Tech)

New Mexico State University Private Scholarship List  (general list, don’t have to be going to NMSU)

Scholarships.com

Fastweb.com

Finaid.org

Cap and Gown

Campus Specialties was on campus on Wednesday, October 24th and presented information on ordering Cap and Gowns.  If you did not return your order to them in October when they came during lunch, you will need to contact them directly to order your Cap and Gown. Make sure you place your order by December 15th.

Welcome to Your Senior Year!

Welcome to your Senior Year Class of 2019!  I will be communicating with you and your parents a lot this year to let you know about important dates, deadlines, special events and scholarships. To do this I need a quick and easy way to get information to all of you at once. I will utilize the School Messenger program that allows me to send emails out to parents who have email addresses in our system but I also like to use remind.com. This service allows anyone to sign up to receive text message and/or email messages. I never see your phone number or email address but you will receive my messages and you can opt out at any time.  To get started follow the instructions below.

Counselors will be meeting with all Seniors on Monday, September 10th during senior English classes and I will hold a parent meeting that same night to share the information with parents. This meeting will be in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) starting at 6:00 p.m.

As always, if you have any questions please send me a quick email at debra.chandler@aps.edu and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

 

I sent an email to all parents through School Messenger on August 23rd. If you did not get it, please read message below  and check your contact information in your ParentVUE account. 

August 22, 2018 Welcome Email

 

Make Sure You Take Your ACT/SAT

 

Seniors, if you have not taken an ACT or SAT yet, now is the time to sign up!  There are a lot of schools and scholarships that have December 1st deadlines and they often require an ACT/SAT score.  It typically takes 3-5 weeks for colleges to receive your scores so we really want students to take the exam at least once by November. 

The next available ACT is on October 27th and the deadline to sign up is October 27th. There is an ACT on September 8th but you will need to pay the late fee to sign up for that one. 

There are two upcoming SATs, October 6th and November 3rd. The deadline for the October 6th is September 6th and the deadline to sign up for the November 3rd is October 5th

Students need to sign up to take these exams via the organization's websites (see below), they do not sign up for these at the school.  

If you qualify for Free or Reduced Priced Lunch, there are fee waivers available.  Students who qualify can take each test two times for free, they just need to ask their Counselor for a fee waiver.  

Finally, the LCHS PTA will be holding an ACT prep class and practice test at the end of September. The prep class will be on Tuesday, September 25th from 6:00-8:00pm and the practice test will be on Saturday September 29th from 8:00am-12:00pm.  This opportunity allows students to experience how the test is laid out/how the questions are asked, determine what they need to work on and learn test taking strategies. The cost is $20 and the PTA will be signing students up on September 24th and 25th during lunch outside the Counseling Office.  Students can pay with cash or check made payable to LCHS PTA. 
 

ACT Registration Site

ACT Test Prep and Practice Tests

ACT Academy - Test Prep

SAT Registration Site

SAT Practice Tests

Khan Academy & SAT Prep Program

Communication Through Remind.com

One of the primary ways we communicate with Seniors is through Remind.com. Parents and students can sign up to receive messages by following the instructions below.  We do not see your phone number or email address and the messages will be relevant to the senior year (college visits, application deadlines, presentation reminders, scholarship lists, etc.) 

  

Simply text @lacueva19 to the number 81010

Class of 2019


    Don't have a mobile phone? Go to rmd.at/lacueva19 on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications

 

College Search Site

Get Ready to Apply Presentation Information

Thank you to all the parents and students who attended my presentation on February 26, 2018.  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 the ACT Registration site or the SAT Registration Site.

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.