Breakthrough Central Texas is a long-term academic program that provides a path to college for students who will be first-generation college graduates. From the end of their 6th grade year until 6 years after they graduate high school, Breakthrough works closely with these students, their families, and the school staff to support their success in school. We do this by providing a 6-week summer program after their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade school years, providing academic enrichment during the school year, hosting after-school tutorials, and assigning each student an academic adviser to provide individualized support, as well as so much more. While the student is in high school, we also provide test prep, individualized advice about careers and colleges, and help with applications and financial aid. In college, we continue to support our students by helping them navigate the complex world of college admissions, classes, internships, and finding a job. The best part is that this program is 100% free to our students; we only ask that they pay with their hard work!
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All AISD High Schools were represented at the high school fair last week during lunch. High school representatives were here during every lunch on October 23rd-25th. Students enjoyed visiting their zoned school as well as schools with special programs.
The Kealing Guidance Department is making presentations to all 7th grade students through advisory beginning on November 7th thru the 9th. The goal is to instruct them on how they can “Be the One” to help a friend who is struggling with depression or hurting themselves. The presentation goes over the signs of depression and the ways to help friends cope. We will also discuss what to do when friends are hurting themselves and/or are having suicidal thoughts. Counselors will encourage all students to tell an adult if someone expresses thoughts of hurting themselves; this includes telling their parents, especially if they learn of a student’s thoughts outside of the school setting.
Counselors will share the number to a help hotline, the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine, at 1 (800) 273- TALK. or to text CONNECT to 741741 to chat with a crisis counselor. Please feel free to pass this information onto others. If your student communicates to you that one of their friends is having suicidal thoughts. Please either contact their parents or the police, who have mental health officers that can check on them in their home. Other resources can be found under the HELP tab on the Counseling Website: http://kmsguidance.weebly.com/ All it takes is one person to “Be the One” to save another’s life.
All 8th grade students and their families are invited to celebrate the end of their middle school careers at the 8th Grade End Of Year Ceremony. At this event, we will recognize each student individually and they will receive a certificate of completion.
The ceremony will be held on, May 30th at 6:15pm at the AISD Delco Center. Registration will open May 1st on the guidance department website (kmsguidance.weebly.com). Please expect an invitation to arrive late April and plan on attending this ceremony!
Thinkery offers the Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program for teenagers (ages 13–18) to work in Thinkery Camps. CITs work closely with staff mentors to lead fun, STEAM-based activities in Thinkery summer camps. Individual goals are set to ensure each participant develops new skills and gains valuable work experience that is transferable to future academic and career endeavors. While volunteering, CITs facilitate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) focused activities in Thinkery’s camps and inspire the next generation of problem solvers through being a STEAM role model!
Below you’ll find a link to the CIT website where you and your teens can find more information as well as our application for the summer which is NOW OPEN!!!
Please visit the link below to help you complete your choice sheet.
Please click on the link below to learn about the various Austin High Academy choices.
Counselors will be going to 6th and 7th grade social studies classes to complete choice sheets beginning today February 12th and ending February 22nd. Please look online at the choice sheet and course descriptions in advance to make the process run smoothly.
We look forward to seeing you in class and answering any questions you may have!
Please follow the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page to access PDF copies of the choice sheet.
Welcome Back!! With the new semester comes new electives for many of our students.
Elective Schedule Change Request Forms will be available Tuesday, January 16th through January 19th in the program office. Available courses will be posted on large signs by the main stairwell. The posters will have the name of the course available, period and the number of seats available. Requests do require a parent signature.
Counselors will try their best to honor requests in the order they are received if the space is available in the requested course. Students will be receiving schedules as they are changed. Students will be notified by January 26th if the change was unable to be made.
Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee a change will be made. Only lateral changes and semester long course changes will be considered.
Currently the only changes that are being made are for 7th and 8th graders who are interested in being teacher aides or office aides.
8th Grade Students and Parents:
Plan to attend the highly engaging Maroon and White Showcase Night at Austin High on November 29th! This one-of-a kind event will allow future Maroons to explore all of the College and Career Ready programs that Austin High has to offer. Tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, the KAHS Film Studio, or learn more about the exciting opportunities in Project Lead the Way. Visit with teachers and students about our Academies. The event will begin at 6:30pm in the Austin High Performing Arts Center, with a special performance featuring the many award-winning programs that Austin High has to offer. Families will then have time to visit with teachers and students representing all aspects of Austin High academics, electives, sports, and clubs. Mark your calendars for this exciting night!
Christopher Aparicio, 8th grade counselor