This week I want to provide you with more information about the supports currently available through the College Corner.
Currently, the College Corner is continuing to meet with students to assist with submitting college applications, provide support with essays, and help our students develop a path and plan if they are not sure what is next. Additionally, our College Corner is busy collecting information about scholarship and financial aid offerings. Each year students at Lamar are offered scholarships and financial aid dollars to make college more affordable. As a school District, and as a campus, we track those offers as one measure of our effectiveness in making college a reality for our students. As your senior begins to receive college admissions, scholarship and financial aid offers, please bring those award letters to Ms. Trendell in the College Corner. It is important that we are able to track offers students receive, even if students do not intend to accept the offer.
I also want to remind current seniors to complete the FAFSA or TAFSA if you have not already done so. We currently have just under 50% of seniors who have completed the FAFSA or TAFSA. Our goal is to have the process completed, or an Opt-Out form on file, for 100% of our seniors.
Junior Neighborhood meetings are happening this month and next month to provide information about how to prepare for the college admissions process. After class meetings, parents and students will have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one meetings with College Corner held later in the spring. You will receive information about how to sign up for time with our College Corner during your Student-Led Conference.
Understanding the Attendance Guidelines
Most everyone understands the reasons that may be approved for excused absences, as well as those reasons that may be considered unexcused. But, do you know that there are other reasons a student may not be at school but could be considered in attendance?
Fieldtrips/School Activities. Students who are attending a field trip, competition or other events with the supervision of certified district personnel may be considered “in attendance”. The teacher will provide a list of students participating.
Mentorship/Internship. Students participating in an approved mentorship or internship to serve as one or more of the advanced measures needed to complete the Distinguished Achievement Program for graduation may be considered in attendance”. Teachers will provide a list of students participating.
Religious Holy Day. Students who miss school for the purpose of observing religious holy days identified in the Interfaith Calendar, including one travel day to and one travel day from, may be considered “in attendance”. Parents should provide a written note with the request for consideration for the religious holy day being observed.
Court Appearance. Students who miss school for the purpose of observing a required court appearance, such as proceedings for adoption or a traffic ticket, may be considered “in attendance”. Parents should provide a written note as well as the court document requiring the appearance.
Election Clerk. Students who miss school for the purpose of serving as an election clerk may be considered “in attendance”. Students should request permission in advance with the appropriate form, and submit a verification document from the election site after the duty.
Citizenship/Naturalization. Students who must miss school for the purpose of appearing at a government office in connection with citizenship or taking part in a United States naturalization oath ceremony may be considered “in attendance”. Parents should provide a written note along with the verification document from the government agency.
Medical Appointments. A student who misses part of a school day for a medical appointment with a health care practitioner may be considered “in attendance” if the student is at school prior to the appointment, or returns to school after the appointment. Full-day absences are excluded from this provision. Parents should provide a letter from the health care providers that states the date/time for the visit.
College Visits. Students in their junior or senior year who miss school for the purpose of visiting an institution for higher education may be considered “in attendance”, however, this provision allows for only two days of absences in the junior year and two days of absences in the senior year. Students should request permission in advance from the school principal via email, print the email and submit it, along with the verification document from the university or college after the visit.
If you have an NG on your report card from the Fall semester, you may be eligible to clear it through Credit Appeal. The deadline to clear an NG through credit appeal is February 27th. After that date, students will be required to retake the course in summer school (June 2020).
If you are zoned to Lamar and currently enrolled in an HISD school, then you do not need to complete the enrollment process. You will enroll on our campus automatically. If you are not enrolled in an HISD school, then you will need to complete the enrollment process on one of the dates March 31, April 1, April 14 or April 15 from 4:30-6 PM. Make sure you bring all the required information to enroll.
Study Abroad in China with other HISD students. HISD students who will be 9th-12th graders in an HISD high school in SY20-21, who want to learn Chinese language and culture in an intensive setting, and who will be recommended highly by their teachers. You do not have to be enrolled in Chinese class to apply.
Attention 10 - 12th graders interested in taking the ASVAB. The ASVAB will be administered at Lamar HS on Wednesday, January 29th . The ASVAB is a multiple choice assessment, administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.