12th Graders

Hello, Seniors!
 
You made it!  This is a year to remember.  This is the year to finalize your post high school plans.  Get organized and take care of everything early, so you can enjoy all the upcoming senior activities. 

Click on the blue links for more information on any of the items below.

 

Naviance|Student

Your one-stop shop for college and career information!

http://student.naviance.com/tomballmhs

Username – Student ID #

Password – Click "forgot password."  A temporary password will be sent to your school email.  Be sure to check your spam folder. Avoid using copy/paste to avoid accidentally copying a space. (Login FAQs)

 

Naviance Tasks for Seniors:

  • Add/update your email in Naviance under About Me Tab > My Account – MUST READ EMAILS!
  • Update your resume – under About Me > My Stuff
  • Search for colleges on SuperMatch®
  • Research Careers 
  • x2VOL – Track Community Service – You need 120 approved community service hours to be eligible for the service cord. See the TMHS College & Career page for guidelines, deadlines, forms, and how to track hours.  NOT REQUIRED TO GRADUATE

**These are updated requirements due to COVID.  We will reassess the requirements for class of 2025 and beyond.**

 

Community Service Hours Deadlines

By January 1st of the senior year - must have 100 hours entered AND verified in x2VOL

By March 1st of the senior year - must have the remaining 20 hours entered AND verified in x2VOL

FINAL DEADLINE

By April 1st of the senior year - All hours will be reviewed for final approval

 

Preparing to Apply

 

Still not sure what major? - Click HERE for career exploration information. Explore careers including earning potential and job outlook - Occupational Outlook Handbook (bls.gov/oco)

 

Still not sure which colleges to apply to? 

 
    • Click HERE for college search tools.
 
    • Attend college fairs, open houses, or tours.  Start creating a list of potential colleges using an online tool like Naviance or Cappex.com
 
    • Research academic programs, location, size, cost, activities, etc.
 
    • Research entrance requirements (required test scores, deadlines, essay requirements, scholarship opportunities, etc.)


  • Narrow your college list to include at least one dream school, one target school, and one safety school: Click HERE for more information on dream/target/safety schools.
 
  • College Days - Seniors are allowed 2 absences to visit colleges with pre-approval.  These won’t count against your final exemptions.  See your AP office.
 
 
  • Letters of Recommendation: Ask teachers, coaches, employers who know you well to write you a letter of recommendation for college applications/scholarships.
  • Not all colleges will require these, but many scholarships will.
  • Allow at least 2 weeks
  • Provide a resume/brag sheet
  • Write them a “thank you” note with an update about admission or scholarship offer
 
  • Interested in playing sports in colleges? Checkout the NCAA Eligibility Center online.  Talk to your coaches for tips!  Be sure to send a transcript to the NCAA.
 
 

College Application Process

 

  • Go to the website for all colleges you are interested in applying to and search for their "Freshman Admissions Requirements."
  • Review all admissions requirements.  Many colleges will have checklists.
  • Research deadlines - What is the priority admissions deadline? Is there a priority deadline for the major you are applying to? What is the scholarships deadline? Deadline for supplemental items to be submitted like test scores ?
  • Research scholarships by college - How do you apply? Are you automatically considered for scholarships just by applying or is it a separate application? Do you have to apply to the college first before you can apply for scholarships? What is the scholarships deadline?
  • Submit applications and supplemental items way in advance of the deadline.  Many selective programs have an Oct./Nov. Deadline. Remember - you can always add, but you can never take back what you submit, so be sure to check and double-check before submitting.
 

4 Requirements for a Complete Application

  1. Application (may include essays, short answers, resume information, etc.)
  2. Official Test Scores (from testing agency)
  3. Official Transcript 
  4. Application Fee (may be waived if you qualify for free/reduced lunch)
 

Many colleges include scholarships applications with admissions applications. Be sure to complete before submitting.

 

Common Application Platforms:  Check each college to see what application platform they use/recommend.  Apply Texas and Common App are the most popular.  You can create one profile and copy for use with other colleges.

 
  • For many private and/or out-of-state universities, complete the application at www.commonapp.org. Additional forms and reports will be required for the Common Application.

 

 

Applying to a 2 Year College?

  • Check college website for admissions application
  • Click HERE for a list of community/junior colleges
  • Will need to take a placement test - review minimum SAT/ACT scores required
  • Click HERE for TSI exemptions scores (scroll down toward the bottom of page)
  • If your SAT/ACT scores are not high enough or you have never taken the SAT/ACT, you can take the TSI. It is less expensive, and you may test as many times as needed.
 

Transcripts

Students can now begin ordering through Naviance.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO REQUEST A TRANSCRIPT IF YOU ARE APPLYING THROUGH THE COMMON APP. YOUR COUNSELOR WILL UPLOAD ONE FOR YOU. Please allow the registrar 2-3 days for processing.

 

Lone Star College Transcripts for Dual Credit Students ONLY

Check to see if your colleges require an official transcript to be submitted. Check to see if it is for credits earned or credits in progress. Click on the link for instructions for requesting official and unofficial LSC transcripts in the FAQs section.

 
 

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • Application for federal grants, loans, and work study  
  • Maybe required by colleges and scholarships
  • Opens Oct. 1st - not before!
  • Create FSAID for student and for one parent 
  • Complete using parents’ 2019 taxes
  • May include up to 10 colleges
  • Quick Instructions
 

TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid)

  • May be completed by students who are not eligible for federal aid through the FAFSA
  • Check website for eligibility

 

Scholarships

 
  • Be sure to complete the scholarships section when applying to colleges.  Some are included in the admissions app. Some have a separate scholarships app.
  • Be on the lookout for local scholarships in spring and checkout Scholarships Bulletin.
  • Use a free scholarship search tool to find scholarships for which you might want to apply. Some deadlines fall as early as the summer between 11th/12th grade.  There are scholarships available for every grade but the majority are for graduating seniors.
  • Register for College Board Opportunity Scholarships - enter to win scholarships by completing tasks in College Board
  • Report any scholarship offers HERE - you will be invited to participate in our Senior Awards Ceremony in the spring
 
All Texas college students must satisfy the bacterial meningitis requirement. Check your college to see if you have this requirement.
12th Grade Updates - Click on the links for more info.

Lone Star College will be offering virtual FAFSA/TASFA information sessions to assist students with understanding the application process for financial aid.  Sessions will be held weekly from October 20 through December 10.

Tuesdays – 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Wednesdays in Spanish – 2 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Thursdays 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

 

Registration is required.  Students should click one of the links below to attend a session:

 

Wednesday December 2 at 2 p.m. (Spanish)

Wednesday December 2 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish)

Thursday December 3 at 11 a.m.

Thursday December 3 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Registration links will be updated weekly on our website www.lonestar.edu/financial-aid.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office.

10/23/20

 

Dear Senior Parents,

 

I hope all is going well with you and your seniors.  The end of the first grading period is today and reports cards will be available in the Home Access Center next week.  If you do not have your login name or password please contact the school.

 

If your senior is not doing well in a class, please reach out to your student's teacher as soon as possible.  We want to make sure all our seniors graduate in May!

 

SENIOR CLASS UPDATES

 

The senior class officers are working on designing a 2021 Senior Class shirt that will have the names of all the graduates. We hope to make the shirt available for purchase in November.

Any senior who has not had an opportunity to take their senior portraits with Prestige, can do so on November 2 at TMHS.  Prestige will be on campus from 10 am to 6 pm.  Information on how to sign up will be sent out next week. You can also email me and let me know the time that would work best for your senior.

 

I have not received the presentation from Balfour for cap and gown orders yet.  As soon as I do I will send it out to you.

 

I want to thank everyone who participated in trash bag fundraiser!!  THANK YOU!! The funds raised will used to cover the cost of the prom.  If you missed the opportunity to order trash bags, is not too late.  Please contact me, if you're interested in ordering trash bags.

 

The ASVAB test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be offered to any interested senior on November 5, 2020.  The ASVAB is interest and strength inventory that can help your student determined what their strengths  and areas of interest may be. If your senior is unsure about his future career path, taking this inventory could be very helpful.  The test is free and is offered on campus.  Students can sign up during lunches or click HERE.

 

Senior Parent Organization Information:

 

The Senior Parent Organization would like to invite you to participate in the Denim and Diamonds Casino Night on November 14, 2020.

 

Go to http://www.tmhs-spo.com/denim---diamonds.html to purchase tickets / tables. Your senior will be rewarded with 5 raffle tickets for project prom for every $100 sold in their name or 1 ticket for $25.  This is fun way to help support the senior class and help fund project prom.

 

Thank you - Class of 2021 SPO 

 

I hope all of you have fantastic weekend!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about senior events.

 

 

Ana Bruton

Assistant Principal A-Da

Senior Activities

Tomball Memorial HS

281.357.3230 x 1045

Click HERE to see new featured scholarships for seniors.
Graduation Packages
 
Click HERE for more information about graduation packages and to purchase your cap and gown.  Graduation package prices begin at $99.  Scroll down further on the main page if you want to purchase just the cap and gown for $30.
 
If you have issues with the website, please contact Balfour directly: