Cougar Counseling Corner
by Kira Gangsei, Department Chair
This year’s new Journalism class took onan exciting and challenging task as thefounders of
The Paw Print
, HMBHS’s offi-cial student news site. Students spentfirst semester building the website fromthe ground up, choosing everythingfrom the name of the paper to its missionstatement. Each week, students brain-storm topics that concern the studentbody, select their own news to cover, write articles, and collaborate to turntheir classroom into a functioning news-room.Now that second semester is well on its way, students are focusing on utilizingtheir social media expertise to helpbranch out to more readers and gainmore student input for the paper. Thereis a place on the website to write Lettersto the Editor, submit photos and artwork,or ask questions for our resident advicecolumnist, and
The Paw Print
staff en-courages you to contact them with youropinions. We look forward to producingour first print edition soon, so keep youreyes peeled!
Students Create Online News Site for HMBHS
by Alyssa Neilsen, Journalism Teacher
Editor in Chief
: Domenica Domiray
: Anya Skinner
: Marci Springer
Krishan Mithal, Stephen Yogi,Kyla Kemp, Chelsea Cardenas, HaileyThrone, Grace Lundberg
Alicia Laos, Stephanie Pe-rez, Liliana Chavarin, Carla Moya-Ramirez, Maria Martinez, Monica Maya-Lopez, Elizabeth Acosta, Emma Andrei-ni, Haley James, Eliana Torres, BrandonInglis, James Cartwright, Summer Haa-taja, Haley Novarina, Amy Simanek,Sandra Sencion, Elizabeth Abarca, Amanda Berke, Angelica Jaramillo
Spotlight: New HMBHS Counselingdepartment programs
The counseling department has been working diligently to expand the caliberof services that we provide for our stu-dents. We are pleased to announce theintroduction of 2 new programs and thecontinuation of another that continue to/ will greatly benefit our school commu-nity.
A comprehensive college,career, and future planning data systemthat will revolutionize the services thatHMBHS counselors provide for our stu-dents. All students will have an account with Naviance and will have the ability toplan for their futures using this excep-tional tool.
Students will learn organizationaland study skills, work on critical think-ing, receive academic help, and partici-pate in enrichment activities that makecollege seem attainable. As studentsprogress in AVID, their self-images im-prove, and they become academicallysuccessful leaders and role models.
On Jan 14 HMBHShosted our second annual ChallengeDay. 90+ students participated in this oncampus field trip that addresses bully-ing, school climate, and the emotional &personal needs of students. Thank you toall students, faculty, and communitymembers involved.
Many thanks to PAC, School Site Council,and CEF for funding, consideration, and ongoing support.
HMBHS Course Selection 2013-14
Please refer to the following scheduleand note due dates – forms must be re-ceived on time with parent/guardiansignature. Please keep in mind thatschedule changes cannot be accommo-dated.
We will not be distrib-uting hard copies of the Student PlanningGuide. A complete version of this guidecan be found on the counseling websitelisted under Forms at:
Course Selection PLPs:
Freshmen – Wednesday, January 23DUE: Monday, January 28Sophomores – Friday, January 25DUE: Wednesday, January 30Juniors –Wednesday, January 30DUE: Monday, February 4Cunha 8
Grade – Tuesday, January 29DUE: Monday, February 4
SENIORS! Financial Aid Season ishere
Counselors met with all seniors on Janu-ary 16
to go over financial aid proc-esses and timelines. Copies of the docu-ments distributed are available in thecounseling center.
Complete the Free Applicationfor Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) onlineat www.fafsa.ed.govFAFSA is due onSaturday, March 2, 2013 but someschools are requesting the informationsooner.
Complete the FAFSA with esti-mated figures rather than turning it inlate.
Cal Grant GPA Verification:
Seniorsshould have submitted Cal Grant GPA Release forms to their counselors. CalGrant GPA information will be sent elec-tronically for those who submitted theform.
Financial Aid Workshops:
, 9-11am HMBHS Library (Both Eng & Spansessions offered)
Upcoming Counseling DepartmentEvents January 26
– FAFSA financial aid work-shops in English & Spanish – 9am inthe HMBHS library
and their families will begin meeting with their coun-selors on Mondays beginning Feb 4for freshman family PLP meetings toreview progress, create 4-yearplans, and discuss future opportuni-ties. Look for invitations in the mail.
- FREE SAT prep crashcourse offered by Pete Fingerhut.3:15-4:15pm, D5.
– Senior PLP (Community Col-lege Application Workshop)
- Local Scholarship Night