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, ii:i k , : :Hays Free Press September 8, 2010 ,y- 00What college selectivity means for your child Aii COUNSELOR'S College admissions of- ricers across most of the na- tion report the same news: The number of applicants is rising, making admissions more competitive. Talking to your child about his interests early is an important topic. Students and parents should consider a range of schools, rather than focus- ing on a single institution. Two-year colleges allow a student to spend two years improving grades or select- ing a career focus before transferring to a four-year. university. There are also . certifications and licensure programs for students who want to start a career soon - after high school. Larger universities allow , more research and students will stay 4-5 years at the same university to build relationships and increase career opportunities. It's important to help your child determine his needs and interests and select 8 to 10 schools that fit his profile and academic needs. Selectivity: At one extreme are open admissions col- leges. These schools require only a high school diploma and accept students on a first-come, first-served basis. Many community colleges have this policy. At the other extreme are very selective colleges. They admit only a small percentage of ap- plicants each year. Most colleges fall somewhere in between. Selective colleges focus on whether applicants meet minimum require- ments and whether there's room for more students. Ac- ceptable grades are often the only requirement beyond an interest in college study. Entrance exams may be required, but test scores "are usually used for course placement, not admissions compared to a very selective 'college, which uses entrance exam scores, essays and even interviews for admissions. There's no general agree- -ment about which admis- sion factors are ranked more :important. However, most admissions officers place the most weight on your child's high school record. As part of the college search, your child should compare his academic and personal qualifications to those of students typically admitted to the colleges to which he wants to apply. Applying to college is one of the first steps to adult- hood. It involves the same uncertainties, and some- times disappointments, that adult life offers. Helping your child navigate these circumstances with pride and a sense of independence will be powerful preparation for life on his own. SCHOOL BRIEFS Open houses offered Hays High School offers its annual "Howdy Hays" Open House next Monday, Sep- tember 13. Parents receive their student's schedule at 6:10 p.m. and a short general session follows in the cafete- ria at 6:30 p.m. Lehman High School also holds its Open House the same evening, starting with a 6:30 p.m. meeting with administrators in the cafeteria, followed by a brief bell schedule to visit their students' classes. Dahlstrom Middle School's Open House is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 13, as well, starting at 5 p.m. See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 4B PHOENIX AWARD Local emergency personnel is recognized for life-saving efforts - Page 1C Page 3B Chapa, CIS makeover Simon Communities In Schools rooms get makeovers BY JIM CULLEN Those familiar with local schools' Communities in Schools services know full well the positive impact those services have on students' lives and educa- tion. Students utilizing those services at both Chapa and Simon middle schools had an even more positive surprise last week when they returned to find brightly remodeled rooms. Communities in Schools, Inc. is a dropout prevention program. Its self-described goal is to create "a net- work of volunteers, social services, businesses, and community resources that work together to break down barriers and help students succeed." What local school district personnel know is that on campuses where CIS has a presence, students naturally gravitate to wel- coming staffers and a safe environment. Still young as school cam- puses go, Chapa and Simon middle schools' CIS rooms nonetheless lent themselves to the CIS Room Makeover Program, overseen by Alissa Magrum, the organization's director of volunteer servic- es and community partner- ships. Magrum matched the schools with volunteers from Austin New Church and North Hills Community Church and the results were remarkable. Volunteers turned out on a Sunday afternoon in large enough numbers to create noticeably "new and im- proved" CIS room environ- ments for the students un- der Chapa's Aileen Hays and Simon's Melissa Sustaita. The wish list, for instance, that Sustaita had submit- ted was for "softer lighting, greenery, separate places for group and individual meet- ings, privacy for those areas and an inviting place with some color." Chapa principal Lisa Walls and Simon principal Michelle Chae expressed COURTESYPHOTO Volunteers spent a recent Sundayafternoon at Simon Middle School (seen-here) and Chapa Middle School, giving the Communities in School rooms in those two campuses a complete makeover. The volunteers were from Austin New Church and North Hills Community Church in Austin. " / similar sentiments of ap- cozy looking room where ful to the many volunteers preciation for the make- our kids can feel safe and who helped." Chae echoes overs. Walls says, "They comfortable. We're thankful Walls and adds that "CIS is a completely turned our to be part of the CIS com- a key part of what we do at CIS room into a warm and munity and we're so grate- Simon." PHOTO BY JUUE JEROME Student volunteer Rebecca Sarai Nochez surveys a pile a back- packs and school supplies that was donated for distribution to Hays CISD students. Students receive donated backpacks and supplies From Hays County to Korea COURTESYPHOTO supplies from the annual "For the Children" supply drive helped fill the packs. The Kyle Chamber of Commerce, Buda Lions, Coves of Cimarron neigh- borhood drive, Broad- way Bank, Devries Fam- ily Chiropractic, Starbucks, and a long list of local churches, including St. An- thony's Catholic Church, Buda Methodist, Genera- tion Church, Connection Church and San Marcos Methodist also donated backpacks or supplies. The College and Young Adult Ministry headed by associate pastor Ryan ]en- son and youth pastor Holly Buda Elementary School's Jayne Baker visited her son, English teach- er Adam Hanly, in South Korea this summer. Baker says of Adam, "He has been such a wonderful ambassador for our country with the Korean people. They love him, so my whole trip was colored with a positive at- mosphere." Here, Baker and her son pose in front of Seoul's Myogaksa Temple on Mt. Naksan. STAFF REPORTS More than 160 local stu- dents received donated backpacks and school sup- plies to begin the school year, thanks to the generos- ity of the community, ac- cording to Angie Mendez, Hays CISD Director of De- velopment and Community Partnerships. "With our school district growing so fast, we had more students in need this year," Mendez says, adding, "Our community, business- es, churches and friends were anxious to help get our students ready for school. We are thankful for their generous donations and time." Student volunteers helped with assembly and distribution of the back- packs. A truckload of school Hood at San Marcos Meth- odist worked with its stu- dents and Texas State Um- versity students to match up supply fists from both Hays CISD and San Marcos CISD. LU.C.m..S HCISD ELEMENTARY LUNCH MENU September 10-16 Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily Friday, 9/10 Pepperoni pizza Chicken tostadas BBQ beef sandwich Pasta primavera Steamed broccoli Monday, 9/13 Bean/cheese burrito Chicken patty sandwich Beef dippers/brown rice Garden chicken salad Steamed peas Tuesday, 9/14 Hamburger Chicken nuggets Corn dog Vegetarian quesadilla Wedge fries Wednesday, 9115 Pepperoni pizza Macaroni/cheese Lemon pepper chicken/rice Ham/turkey/cheese wrap Steamed vegetables Thursday, 9116 Bean/cheese enchiladas Beefy macaroni Beefy BBQ sliders Turkey/cheese sandwich Baby carrots HCISD MIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCH MENU Fresh fruit and vegetable bar available daily Friday, 9/10 Chicken tostadas BBQ beef sliders Hamburger or cheeseburger Cheese or BBQ chicken pizza Steamed broccoli Monday, 9/13 Beef dippers/brown rice Bean/cheese burrito Chicken patty sandwich Cheeseburger Cheese or supreme pizza Italian vegetable blend Tuesday, 9/14 Chicken nuggets Vegetarian quesadillas Corn dog Hamburger or cheeseburger Wedge fries Wednesday, 9/15 Baked chicken/brown rice BBQ beef sandwich Ham/turkey/cheese wrap Cheeseburger Cheese or peppe[oni pizza Steamed vegetables Thursday, 9/16 Beefy macaroni Bean/cheese enchilada Garden chicken salad Hamburger or cheeseburger Baby carrots HCISD HIGH SCHOOL LUNCH MENU Luigi's Eatery, Gourmet Greens, Adobe Grill, Ballpark Classics, The Dell offer daily pizza, fresh salads, Mexican, burgers, subs, fresh fruit and veggie bar Friday, 9/10 Rotisserie chicken Chicken nachos Pasta primavera Chicken teriyaki Monday, 9/13 Beef dippers Bean/cheese burrito Cheese ravioli Vegetable Io mein Tuesday, 9/14 Rotisserie chicken Soft chicken taco Rotini/meat sauce Sweet-n-sour chicken Wednesday, 9/15 Baked chicken Beefy nachos Macaroni/cheese Chicken teriyaki Thursday, 9116 Beefy macaroni Bean/cheese enchiladas Spaghetti/marinara Beef & broccoli