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SLHS Counselors

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Morningstar, Patti

Lead Counselor,
10, 11-12  
Last name (A - Cog)



Mata, Vicky

Counselor 10, 11-12 
Last name (Coh - Holla)



Petersen, Shannon

Counselor 10, 11-12
Last name (Hollo - Millh)
 Contact       281.237.9542

Norrell, Patty

Counselor 10, 11-12
 Last name (Mills - Schl)



Janda, Theresa

Counselor 10, 11-12 
Last name (Schm - Z)



Linwood, Dedrick

Counselor 9 
Last name (A - L)



Castellucci, Mary

Counselor 9
Last name (M - Z)



Ashley Burgeson

Testing Facilitator



Jane WelbornSecretary Contact281.237.9180
Shaun LesterSecretary​​ Contact281.237.2832
Whittington, Lori
Secretary (9th) 





Katy S​ummer Academic Term

Applications will be Online starting on Thursday, April 4th. Students will register for summer courses through an online application. Once a student is accepted and enrolled in the summer course, they will receive an email confirmation!  Registration for the Original Credit courses is on a first come, first serve basis.  Once a course has met the maximum seat count, students may only register to be on a wait list.  Students that have been placed on the wait list will not be guaranteed a seat in the class. Detailed information about the high school summer program can be found at: Once you receive your email confirmation, payment can be made in your My Payments Plus account – the amount will appear in the “Other” category at the bottom of the screen (do not submit the payment into the meal account).  If you are not wanting to pay online, please bring your email confirmation letter to your respective Counselors’ Office with either cash, a cashier check or money order payable to Katy ISD.

Course Selection

    • Course selection will be shared - Wednesday, 1/23, during Spartan time.
    • Students will receive a course catalog, 2019-20 course selection sheet and a course request worksheet 1/23/19.
    • The course request worksheet is due to the students' English teacher by Friday, 1/25/19.
    • Counselors will not be able to meet with students or parents before the course requet sheets are due.
    • 1/28 - Courselors will begin meeting with all students about the courses for the 2019-20 school year during their English classes.
    • Adjustments can be made during these meetings if necessary.
    • Math and Science recommendations are made by student's current teachers.
    • The course catalog is available on the right column under Course Seleciton.
    • Course Selection slideshow that students viewed is also under Course Selection on the right column.

AP Exam Schedule

​Morning (8:00 AM)​Afternoon (12:00)
​Monday, May 6​AP United States Gov. and Poitics​AP Chinese Language and Culture
AP Environmental Science
​Tuesday, May 7​AP Seminar
AP Spanish Language and Culture
​AP Japanese Language and Culture
AP Physics1: Algebra Based
​Wednesday, May 8​AP English Lit. and Composition​AP European History
AP French Language and Culture
​Thursday, May 9​AP Chemistry
AP Spanish Lit. and Culture
​AP German Language and Culture
AP Psychology
​Friday, May 10​AP United States History​AP Computer Science Principles
AP Physics 2:  Algebra Based
​Monday, May 13​AP Biology

​AP Physics C: Mechanics
IMPORTANT ALERT AFTERNOON (2 p.m.)  Special Exam time.

APPhysics C:  Electricity and Magnetism is the only exam given at 2:00 p.m.

​Tuesday, May 14

​AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC

​AP Art History
AP Human Geography

​Wednesday, May 15​AP English Language and Composition​AP Italian Language and Culture
AP Macroeconomics
​Thursday, May 16​AP Comparative Gov. and Politics
AP World History
​AP Statistics
​Friday, May 17​AP Microeconics
AP Music Theory
​AP Computer Science A
AP Latin



Summer Internship for students interested in Politics!!

It is critical for young adults to have their voices heard, even if they aren't quite old enough to vote. Past interns have found the program to be particularly helpful in enhancing their resumes for college applications. In my experience, campaign interns have even parlayed their experiences into opportunities on Capitol Hill, with state government, legal work, and fundraising! We already have 11 summer interns from local schools, but we are still conducting interviews and would love to have applicants from a school like Seven Lakes.

 Interns will learn about grassroots, digital and TV advertising, fundraising, and be provided with a platform to discuss important issues that Michael works on every day, such as childhood cancer, opioid abuse, human trafficking and lowering the cost of college. Letters of recommendation are available and if there are any concerns you have given the nature of the internship please do not hesitate to voice those concerns, and I could even point students in the direction of other campaigns regardless of their ideology.


Evan Albertson

Campaign Manager McCaul for Congress



Perspectives on Pomona

As you meet and interact with juniors, please feel welcome to share with them that Pomona College hosts an annual fly-in program, Perspectives on Pomona (POP!), and the application will open on May 15. Applications are due August 4, 2019.

POP! will be held on two weekends this fall: September 21-24 and October 5-8, 2019, giving students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education (including rural and first-generation, as well as those from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups) the opportunity to experience being on campus, meeting students and faculty, and exploring academic and social opportunities at Pomona. Participating students receive on-campus housing, meals and shuttle transportation between local airports and Pomona College. Travel grants are available to cover airfare expenses.

Please feel free to reach out to a member of the Access Team (909-607-3028) with any questions. 

Warm wishes,
The Pomona College Access Team


Exploring College Options


Informational meetings in Houston are on 5/20 and 5/21.

*Please see website for locations.

Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. During the spring or fall of each year, the Exploring College Options group will visit all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI and the District of Columbia. At each event, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions.

You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.The programs start promptly at 7:00pm unless otherwise noted. We suggest arriving 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. Programs typically last one and a half hours. Please feel free to bring your parent or guardian to the program, and if you have a friend who you think might be interested, please direct him/her to this website for registration information.

For more information go to


Discover Swathmore

Discover Swarthmore is an all-expenses-paid visit to one of the best liberal arts and engineering colleges in the country. Prospective students get a taste of the college experience, including the opportunity to meet current students, learn from faculty members, eat in our dining hall, and spend a few nights in our residence halls with student hosts.

Selection Criteria

Discover Swarthmore is open to all rising high school seniors. The selection committee prioritizes applications from students with the following characteristics:

  • Underrepresented students (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino/a, Middle Eastern and North African, and Native and Indigenous American)
  • First generation in their family to attend college
  • Low-income students (Pell-eligible, free/reduced lunch, etc.), and students who might not otherwise be able to afford a trip to campus
  • Rural and small town students
  • Undocumented and DACA-eligible students

Additionally, we invite applications from any rising senior (U.S. citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students attending school in the United States) who is interested in attending, regardless of demographic or economic background. Swarthmore supports all forms of diversity, including—but not limited to—racial, ethnic, ideological, sexual/gender identity, geographic, and religious diversity.

Swarthmore College Highlights

  • Swarthmore provides need-based financial aid that meets 100% of determined need with loan-free financial aid awards. The average aid award for 2018-19 was $52,814. 
  • Small class sizes enable faculty to provide the support students need. We have about 1,640 students, and nearly 75% of our classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Located just outside of Philadelphia, Swarthmore is about a 25-minute train ride from downtown.
  • Swarthmore is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts and engineering colleges in the country.

Visit our website to learn more about Swarthmore's commitments to affordability and access.

If you are interested in applying, please contact your counselor by April 30, 2019.



Our annual Open House is coming up on March. 22nd from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the TSTC in Fort Bend County campus and you're invited! 

Open House is a great opportunity to explore our state-of-the-art labs, meet our faculty members, and see for yourself why TSTC really is "technically better". We are opening our doors for a day of fun and self-guided exploration of our campus with game rooms and college workshops. During the event, we will be giving away door prizes and scholarships - also, lunch will be on us. You really won't want to miss out on this year's Open House! So what are you waiting for? 

Register today at We hope to see you there! 

KatyISD Parent Centers

As part of the Title III requirement to provide parent engagement activities that enhance language instruction for English learners, the district provides adult English classes to Katy ISD parents of English learners. Day programs are offered at Parent Centers located at Hayes, Hutsell, Mayde Creek and Sundown elementary schools. An evening program is provided at Morton Ranch High School. Classes and childcare services for children 18 months through pre-school age are offered at no cost to the parent.

Parent Center enrollment is open throughout the school year. If you have any questions about enrollment please contact  Sharon Malazzo at 281.237.7998 or with questions.

Child Find

* What is Child Find?  -   The process by which districts and public charter schools identify and locate children needing evaluation.  All children birth-21 with disabilities or suspected of having a disability, regardless of the severity, and who are in need of special education and related services, must be identified, located, and evaluated.

* Who can be part of Child Find?  -   Any child age birth-21 with a disability or suspected of having a disability.  Anyone concerned about a child can contact their home campus for additional information and next steps.  Districts are responsible for finding those parentally-placed in private schools, children who are homeschooled and children who are homeless.

* Disabilities & Services  -   If a student qualifies for district special education services, these services are provided at no cost.  Children are evaluated to determine the presence of one or more of the following disabilities:  Physical Disability, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Visual Impairment, Deaf-Blindness, Intellectual Disability, Emotional Disturbance, Speech and/or Language, Autism, Other Health Impairment.

Deadline Dates

October 15th Deadline – must have paperwork turned into counselor by September 14th

November 1st Deadline – October 3rd

December 1st deadline – October 26th

Legacy Parent Academy 

The Legacy Parent Academy is a new initiative designed to support Strategic Plan Goal 8, which focuses on supporting the emotional well-being of all learners. The Academy is intended to provide parents with information on current topics that impact students and schools district-wide. Academy sessions are supplemental to campus-based programs and initiatives, selected based on expressed need, in response to concerns that we see on our campuses and in our community.

The first session, "Emotional Well-being and Referral Processes," is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Legacy Stadium from 6:00 PM-8: 00 PM, with capacity for 325 attendees. This is the first of eleven Legacy Parent Academy sessions planned for the 2018-2019 school year. Five of the academy sessions focus on social-emotional learning topics and six focus on academic topics. The schedule for the year is attached.

The Legacy Parent Academy webpage, which includes session descriptions and a link to register for the first session is accessible at  

SAT and ACT Information

Attention Students who take the SAT and ACT with accommodations at SLHS; the following test dates are not available. 

Do not register for the following dates:

SAT:  8/25/18 and 03/09/19 Counselors are not available to test students on those dates.

ACT:  12/08/19 – week of finals

Parent Night by Class:

  • Senior & Parent Night, September 13 at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center.
  • Junior & Parent Night, January 24 at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center
  • 9th and 10th Grade Student Parent Night, September 27 at 6:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center

All seniors applying for college should be aware of these important dates!

December 1st deadline for applications and letters of recommendation is Thursday, October 25th.

January 1st deadlines for applications and letters of recommendation is Thurs day, November 8th.

Remember that the counselors need 21 school/business days to write the letters. 

Weekends and holidays should not be counted.  If you need any information please come by the counselor's office.

Introducing Micro-Scholarships

Looking for Scholarship Opportunities? Check out, a website where you can apply for "micro-scholarships" for up to 237 select colleges and universities in the United States. Students can earn a micro-scholarship for attending college fairs, getting a good grade in a class, or even filling out the FAFSA application. You can start accumulating scholarship awards as early as 9th grade!

1. Schedule Change Requests

Thursday, August 23 – Last day to turn in schedule change request to counselors offices by 3:00.  Remember no elective changes!  Students must in their correct classes by August 28th.

2. AP/Pre AP Course Entry/Exit Procedures

A student may exit within the following timelines:

First ten days of the course

Students may change levels during this time without grades going with them. Availability of space in the replacement course is considered.

Upon the first progress report

The petition may be granted by the campus given input from the teacher, student performance in the course and availability of space in the replacement course.

At the end of the first grading period (for semester courses, this grading period would be the first of the semester).

The petition may be granted by the campus given input from the teacher, student performance in the course and availability of space in the replacement course. Students who earn an "F" at the end of a grading period will be removed from the course unless otherwise recommended by the teacher and administrator.

*The decision to remain in the class is determined by the teacher and/or AP; not by the student or parent.

**This is a level change, not a course change.

During the second grading period and throughout the remainder of the semester.

Only students with extenuating circumstances may exit the course.



Your counselor needs at least 21 working days advanced notice to write a Recommendation Letter! Pick up a Personal Data Sheet and Counselor Checklist in the Counselors' Office, or print one off (tab to the right under College Applications and Other Information ). This is your first step in obtaining a letter of recommendation. 

Please notify the Counselor's Office of all scholarships received by sending us a copy of the award letter.  This information is needed whether the scholarship is accepted or not.

In addition to the scholarship bulletin, please check individual college websites for school-specific scholarships. Check back often on this website and with colleges. The University of Texas and Texas A&M have early deadlines for their freshman scholarships, check their website!

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