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SLHS Counselors

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Morningstar, Patti

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



Fisher, Kristina

Counselor 10, 11-12 
Last name (Corn-Izim)

Email Fisher, Kristina Contact


Petersen, Shannon

Counselor 10, 11-12
Last name (Jad-Mos)

Norrell, Patty

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



Janda, Theresa

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



Ward, Denise

Counselor 9 
Last name (A - L)

Email Ward, Denise Contact


Castellucci, Mary

Counselor 9
Last name (M - Z)



Ashley Burgeson

Testing Facilitator



Jennifer LehaneSecretary
Email Lehane, Jennifer Contact
Stephanie Cox
Secretary​​Email Cox, Stephanie Contact
Whittington, Lori
Secretary (9th) 



Gifted and Talented Program


Students who have not already been screened this school year and wish to be screened for G/T classes for the 2020-2021 school year can pick up a Parent Checklist from the counseling office beginning Nov. 4th. Once your parents have completed and signed the form, return it to the counseling office.

To download a form click on the Secondary Parent Checklist.

This QR code is for the Katy ISD web page where you can download a Secondary Parent Checklist and find more information about the Secondary GT Program.

The Request for Additional Screening form needs to be picked up from the counseling offices or e-mail your facilitator for one.

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If you are already in some G/T classes and wish to add more for next year, pick up a Request for Additional Screening from the counseling office, and return the completed, signed form to the counseling office. 

GT Awareness sessions for parents in both English and Spanish are scheduled on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at the Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494. 

The FIRM DEADLINE for return of these forms is

2:30 p.m. December 4th, 2019.

Requests will not be accepted after the deadline.


General Screening for the 2020-2021 Katy ISD Gifted and Talented Program:

All interested students who have not already been screened this school year for the G/T program may pick up a Parent Checklist from the Counselors' office beginning Monday, November 4, 2019.

At the secondary level, students are screened based upon specific subject matter aptitude in one or more content areas. In the screening phase of the identification process, multiple quantitative measures (standardized test scores) and qualitative measures (data gathered from parents and teachers) are examined. Students who meet district criteria for GT placement are eligible to participate in the subject area for which they qualify for the GT program. Screening is available for GT service in the areas of language arts, math, science, and social studies.

The Parent Checklist must be returned to the counseling office no later than 2:30 pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.  Please note that this is a firm deadline. Once all the forms are in, previous test scores will be reviewed, and a testing schedule will go home with students who need to be tested. 

You may also download the form by clicking on the link

Secondary Parent Checklist

This QR code is for the Katy ISD web page where you can download a Secondary Parent Checklist and find more information about the Secondary GT Program.

The Request for Additional Screening form needs to be picked up from the counseling offices or e-mail your facilitator for one.

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Additional Screening for GT Students:

Students who are already in some GT classes, but wish to add other GT courses for next year should pick up a Request for Additional Screening form in the counseling office from November 4, 2019 through December 3, 2019.  You do not need a Parent Checklist.

The Request for Additional Screening forms are also due to the counseling office by 2:30 pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

GT Awareness sessions for parents in both English and Spanish are scheduled on Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m. at the Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494. 


If you have questions about the Gifted and Talented Program, please email GT Facilitator for SLHS, MRHS, KHS, OTHS, PHS



If your student receives testing accommodations for the SAT/ACT:

1.     Students/parents must check on counselor availability prior to registering for a test.   Counselors have a                limited number of students they can test at a time.

 2.     The following test dates are not an option for SLHS students.

  • ACT -  December 14, 2019 test date.  Counselors are not available for testing for this test.  The testing window would be the week of your semester finals.
  • SAT – March 14, 2020.  Counselors are not available for testing. 
  • SAT – May 2, 2020.  Counselors are not available for testing.
  • These dates are blocked for SLHS students by College Board.


 3.     Students who register for tests when counselors are not available will be responsible for rescheduling                     through either College Board 


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Information and Application



PreAP/AP Level Changes

First ten days of the course

In the correct class by Tuesday, 8/27/19.

Change requests due to counselors 8/21

Petition may be granted by the campus given input from the teacher and availability of space in the replacement course.

Upon the first progress report


Petition may be granted by the campus given input from the teacher and availability of space in the replacement course.

At the end of the first grading period. For one-semester courses, this grading period would be the first grading period of the semester.


End of the first 6 weeks-9/20

Petition may be granted by the campus given input from the teacher 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.

Students who remain in a yearlong course for the second semester.Only students who have earned an "F" at the end of a grading period may exit the course. Exceptions require principal/designee approval of petition for exit.
At the end of the semester.

Students may request a schedule change from the course for the second semester of a full-year course after completing the first semester. 

*Students who earn an "F" at the end of a grading period will be removed from the class unless otherwise recommended by the teacher and administrator. 



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.

.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  


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!



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!


Calling All 11th Grade Girls!!!!!!

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Deadline to get applications in is Nov. 22nd

See Counselor's Office for Application
and click here to learn more!

Flyers have also been placed in all 11th grade English class rooms.






Rice University Neuroscience Society....

Is planning on hosting the annual Houston Brain Bee Competition for the 2019-2020 school year during the spring semester. We would like to invite high school students to participate in this fun and challenging neuroscience competition at Rice campus. Our tentative time for the competition is Saturday, 02/08/2020, from 8 am to 12 pm. We would also like to host a workshop, designated to help prepare for this competition, on Saturday, 01/25/2020



Brain Bee Competition and Workshop                                    Registration Form
The Houston Brain Bee will be held at Rice University on February 8th, 2020 in Brockman 101 (tentatively). The deadline to register for the Brain Bee is JANUARY 19TH, 2020.

Brain Bee is a world-wide, neuroscience competition for high school students with the opportunity to win prizes and advance to the next level of national competition. The Brain Bee motivates students to learn about the brain, captures their imaginations, and inspires them to pursue neuroscience careers in order to help treat and find cures for neurological and psychological disorders. The International Brain Bee was founded by Dr. Norbert Myslinski and is a program of MIND, Inc (Mankind for International Neuroscience Development, Inc)

Submitting this form commits you to attending the competition for the entire program. More information about the competition (and the optional workshop) will be sent to after you register by turning this form in.



We are excited to announce The University of Alabama's Free App Week, running November 4-10, 2019. This is your students' opportunity to build off their hard work and dedication to their futures without the pressure of cost. Spread the word and the excitement of this opportunity!

Senior students and their families need to visit: FREE APP WEEK
Students complete the form and receive a link directly to the application with their individual code beginning November 4. They then have until 11:59 p.m. CT on November 10, to complete their application. During this week, please assist your students with acquiring transcripts.


Miller Career


Technology Center Orientation

                                                                                                     Tuesday | 6:30 PM 
                                                               January 21 
                                         For students in 9th, 10th & 11th
                                                         Tuesday | 6:30 PM
                                                                 February 4
                                              For students in 6th, 7th & 8th

             Courses Offered

                             •  Architecture •  Automotive Technology 
• Cisco Computer  Maintenance • Cisco Network Engineering
             •  Cyber Security • Cosmetology • Criminal Justice 
                 •  Culinary Arts • Digital Audio • Education • Film
                              Health Science Clinical Rotation  Dental                                               • Assisting   EMT Basic  Pharmacy Tech
               •  Hospitality Services •  Manufacturing Engineering 
      • Online Independent Study – PreAP/GT •  PACE-PreAP/GT
                              •  STEM-PracticumVeterinary Medicine



Military Academics Night

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Seven Lakes High School
Main Comons



Are you a High School Student in Grade 9 – 12?

YWE offers students, parents and educators a jump start to college and career planning with its signature mentoring circle format and interactive sessions for all attendees.

Join us on Saturday, November 9, 2019 for our event from 10am to 3pm at the University of Houston Downtown.

YWE sessions include:

  • A discussion on the next generation of students advancing in energy
  • Ask the experts — engineers, scientists, technology professionals, lawyers, accountants, and more
  • Mapping your own career
  • Freshman/Sophomore students special session
  • Q&A session for parents, educators, and career & college counselors

2018 YWE was a great event! Congratulations to our scholarship winners and thank you to our speakers, volunteers, partners, and sponsors.

For more information Click here


Texas Tech-Costa Rica

Informational Meeting

Come join us and learn about all the reasons why Texas Tech- Costa Rica is the best place for you!

About this Event

Discover our degree programs, learn about our campus and its amazing facilities, and also what it’s like to live in a tropical paradise.

Don’t let another day pass you by. Register now and learn about your future.

Texas Tech University - Costa Rica offers the following degree programs:

Industrial Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Computer Science


Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management

Retail Management

Date And Time

Sat, October 19, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

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Free FAFSA Workshops this Fall 
in Sugar Land, Katy, or Houston



Information and Reservation
Create You Now 

Welcome to the second edition of A&M-SA's Counselor Connection e-Newsletter. This month is all about financial aid and paying for college.


TAMUSA FACT: Did you know that A&M-SA awarded more than 2.5 million in scholarships last year?


In this edition:






he Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open for Fall 2020! Students should use their 2018 tax information and submit their FAFSA as soon as possible.

Use the federal school code 042485 to submit your FAFSA to A&M-SA!

 TAMUSA FACT: Of the 74% of FAFSAs submitted to A&M-SA, 7 out of 10 students paid $0 out of pocket for tuition and fees.




A&M-SA offers an incredible value with the A&M excellence. In fact, our tuition and fees are among the lowest for public 4-year universities.


TAMUSA FACT: On average, A&M-SA costs $1000 less per semester than other Texas public universities.

A&M-SA 2019-2020 Tuition & Fees


Over the summer, Communications major Joel Valadez, completed an internship at Univision KWEX 41, a Univision owned-and-operated television station licensed to San Antonio.

 While interning, Joel had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a diverse and professional staff, gaining a vast amount of exposure to the industry. He credits A&M-SA for providing him with this opportunity to network with people that will help him achieve his career goals.

 Here at A&M-SA, the Mays Center for Experiential Learning & Community Engagement strives to connect many students like Joel with internships that help pay out more than just professional real-world experience. Here, our students are able to earn real money for school while getting a unique hands-on experience in the process. Go Jaguars!


Nov. 9 - CORE 4 STEM Family Day at TAMUSA

 Nov. 16 - Jaguar Day Freshmen Campus Visit Experience

 Dec. 3 Paying for College Info Night

 Jan. 22 Paying for College Info Night

 Important Dates

 Nov. 1 - Transfer Spring 2020 Application Priority Deadline

 Jan. 15 - Freshmen Fall 2020 Application Priority Deadline


Katy Summer 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 waitlist.  Students that have been placed on the waitlist 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.


Win a Roundtrip Flight to San Francisco

Are you looking for an opportunity to further develop your idea? Look no further than Leangap. A beloved Diamond Challenge partner, Leangap powers high school student startups through an immersive 4-week journey to build scalable companies. Learn more and apply  Apply Here October 31. Make sure to write in your application that the Diamond Challenge Team sent you!

World Series of Innovation Now Open

The NFTE World Series of Innovation is back, with nine new challenges for young innovators ages 13-24. Enter the competition and advance the #GlobalGoals



Shana Castillo

Campus visits are a great way for students to experience Rice culture on their own. Below are our upcoming fall program dates.

  • Explore RiceSept. 15 or Sept. 22
    Our annual fall open house program for high school seniors. Students and families will have the opportunity to interact with current faculty and students in ways that go beyond a normal campus visit. It's truly the best time to visit our beautiful campus before applying. If your seniors are considering Rice, we hope to see them in September. 
  • Preview RiceNov. 25
    A campus visit opportunity for students in grades 10 - 11. This is a short half-day program packed with must-have information for students starting their college search. We schedule it for the week of Thanksgiving to accommodate high school calendars. 

If you are unable to attend a fall event, please schedule a campus visit.


Shana Castillo
Shana Castillo
Assistant Director

Territory manager for:
TX (Greater Houston)



Katy ISD 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.

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