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    Junior Calendar
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    August
    • Make sure this fall's classes are as rigorous as you can handle. Take Advance Placement (AP), and/or PreAP (Honors) classes. The level of difficulty of student coursework is one of the most important factors college admissions officers analyze when deciding on accepting applicants for admission.
    • Continue to compete in contests, matches, and challenges. Earn honors and awards to build your student résumé (brag sheet). Consider participating in UIL Academic Teams at MHS and perhaps tryout for Academic Decathlon.
    • Earn the best grades this year to have the highest possible GPA and class rank.

    September

    • Check on your graduation plan for high school graduation and college admission. Take AP and PreAP courses. Check with your counselor on your progress and revise your plan as needed.
    • Join groups and organizations that recognize high-achieving students. Joining organizations that require student members to earn excellent grades will look good on your college applications. See your counselor for instructions on membership. Beginning looking at National Honor Society criteria.
    • Take on leadership roles in some of your extracurricular activities. Leadership is one of the most valuable student qualifications sought by college admission officers.
    • Register for the PSAT given in October at MHS. Cost is $15. Pay the bookkeeper. You may register on Open House from 6-7PM.
    • Prepare for the PSAT in October. Consider taking support classes to prepare for the PSAT with help from the MISD Partners for Excellence using Princeton Review. Look for Saturday Prep Classes at MHS at no cost to students. Juniors pay $15 for testing.
    • Know the CEEB code for Midland High School (also known as the high school code). It is 444740. This code will be used wherever either the CEEB code or the high school code is needed. Again, for MHS it is 444740.

    October

    • Attend College Forum in the middle of October at Midland College.
    • Go here to find dates for SAT and ACT testing this year. You may want to take these tests a couple of times this year.
    • Keep thinking about your interests and possible college majors.
    • Develop teacher and upperclassmen relationships. Plan to use teachers and older high school students as mentors.

    November

    • Research the types of colleges and universities you may wish to attend and discuss college costs with your parent(s).
    • Learn about financial aid. Many scholarships are awarded based on your GPA, so do well in your coursework..
    • Look to attend the UTPB summer bridge program.
    • Look for opportunities to take the TSI Assessment at MHS.  The TSI Assessment  may be required for Dual Credit courses offered at MHS.   For list of courses and requirements, see Midland College Dual Credit website.
    • Once you complete the TSI Assessment, you have immediate access to your individual score report, which gives you details on your test results. Use the score report to understand your academic strengths and areas for improvement.

    • Continue working on Texas Scholar's Hours.

    December

    • Review your PSAT results. Identify areas of academic weakness. Work with your teachers, counselors, and parents to register for courses that will help improve your weak areas so you earn the highest scores possible on ACT and SAT tests you will take next year.
    • Investigate summer programs for high school students. Start filling out application materials for programs you wish to attend.
    • Do well on your final exams this semester. Earn the impressive grades needed for admission to college and to receive scholarships.
    • Visit with high school friends who are home from college on winter break. Try to get an overall picture of what to expect from college life.

    • Instruction now will prepare you for the STAAR/EOC tests. Find more information on the STAAR/EOC US History for eleventh grade.

    January

    • Update your student resume (brag sheet). Include all accomplishments and activities from fall semester. Begin looking for teachers, employers, mentors and community members that you may ask to prepare a letter of recommendation for you. Prepare copies of your brag sheet for those that you ask for a letter of recommendation.
    • Study hard this spring semester to earn top grades so you can have the highest possible GPA and class rank.
    • Continue to develop respectful, hard-working relationships with your teachers. Good relationships result in superior letters of recommendations when you apply for college admission and scholarships.
    • Continue participating in extracurricular activities both inside and outside of school. Dedicate yourself to a few extracurricular activities and work toward leadership positions.

    • Instruction now will prepare you for the STAAR/EOC US History test. Students must pass all five STAAR/EOC tests in order to graduate. The STAAR/EOC US History test is in May.

    February 

    • Prepare to register for next year’s junior level courses. Make sure to follow your four-year plan for high school graduation and college preparation. Sign up for the most AP and Dual Credit courses that you can handle. See your counselor for registration instructions and deadlines.

    • Prepare to take AP tests in May. All MHS students in AP classes will take AP tests.
    • Look and listen for announcements for times and locations of sessions at MHS with college representatives. Visit with college representatives who come to MHS this spring. Read information and ask questions to see if their school may be a good fit for you. 
    • Look for opportunities to take the TSI Assessment at MHS.  The TSI Assessment  may be required for Dual Credit courses offered at MHS.   For list of courses and requirements, see Midland College Dual credit website.  
    • Once you complete the TSI Assessment, you have immediate access to your individual score report, which gives you details on your test results. Use the score report to understand your academic strengths and areas for improvement.

    • BE PROFESSIONAL when visiting with all college representatives.

    March

    • Register for the SAT's. You should take Subject Tests in June. Register for the Reasoning test in May.
    • Register for the ACT in April.
    • Consider asking your family to visit campuses of colleges you would like to attend. Begin with local two year and four year universities.
    • Prepare to add to your student resume (brag sheet) with summer jobs and college summer bridge experiences.
    • Instruction now will prepare you for the STAAR/EOC US History test. Students must pass five STAAR/EOC tests in order to graduate.
    • Begin the process now if you are interested in attending a United States Military Academy.

    April

    • High GPA’s open college admission doors.
    • Become a candidate and run for office in your elective and extracurricular classes. Look at student council and other prominent organizations to become a part of.
    • Continue to research career options and consider possible college majors.
    • Continue to research colleges of your choice. Do not narrow or limit yourself to just a few. Find at least eight colleges to begin looking at admissions.

    May

    · All AP tests are this month.
    • Prepare to take SATs next month.
    • Do well on your STAAR/EOC US History test this month.
    • Do well on your final exams.
    • Take action to insure you will receive excellent recommendations from teachers, counselors and coaches. Say goodbye before you leave school for the summer and demonstrate some of the personal qualities college admission officers are seeking - be engaged and caring.
    • Update your brag sheet to include junior year activities and accomplishments.
    • If you want to play collegiate sports, take the steps necessary to increase your eligibility. Begin looking at the NCAA Eligibility Center.
    • Parents should plan to help your student with the college preparation and admission process over the next two years. Get informed and help with the important decisions ahead.
    • Campaign for a leadership position in organizations or clubs you will be involved with next year (become a club president, run for class office, create and lead a new club, be the student leader in a community organization, etc.).

    June-July

    • Attend Dawg Days at MHS. Get your parking, schedule, ID and "stuff" taken care of now.

    • Take the SATs and/or the ACT during the summer.
    • Attend summer school to get ahead.