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					            ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
                                                                      WEEK OF: [5-25-2009] — [5-29-2009]

NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: MAY 29, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I drove students to LLCC to take placement exams, speak with
    an academic adviser, and/or register for classes. I was fed up with students’ failed promises to go
    to LLCC. Once a student had his/her schedule in hand, I said, “See, you are all set! By the way you
    look different.” Everyone responded with, “how?” or “what do you mean?” I’d reply, “It must be
    the new college thing you have going now.”

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

My kids are so great! They are thankful and appreciative for all that is done for them. Taking students
to LLCC was not a huge burden, but my students were so grateful for my effort. Some were nervous to
go alone, several worked after school, and the rest were simply confused. Going during the school day
was convenient and efficient. My kids were wonderfully kind with their “Thank you”.

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) Three more students completed a FAFSA in the College Room!

 (-) One of my kids has a textbook “helicopter” parent. Unfortunately, her need to be a part of
    everything is delaying his registration process.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 Thanks to my frequent visits to LLCC this week, I am now very familiar and friendly with the
   Academic Advising, Office of Financial Aid, Registrar Office, and Placement Office staff.

                                                                                     DATE: MAY 29, 2009
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [5-18-2009] — [5-22-2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: MAY 22, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    I have identified tentative and concrete plans for ALL my seniors!!!!!!!!!! Ms. Blackwell and I
    worked diligently the last two weeks to locate certain seniors and assure none were intentionally
    avoiding us. This week I took some students to LLCC to finalize—or for others—start the
    application and registration process. Next week, I am taking another group of students.

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

At the Senior Recognition Ceremony, the senior class honored me and Ms. Blackwell for our work. It
was SOOOOO sweet. They gave us a bouquet of flowers and a gift card. Apparently, it had never been
done before—to honor the Post-Secondary coach OR Ms. Watkin. The next day seniors visited the
College Room to say thank you. It felt very genuine!

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) Overall, it was a successful week!

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 I continued my work with the NAACP students and am waiting for a phone call from the Ombudsman
     Program coordinator to speak with two of my students who were transferred there earlier this
     year.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     In preparation for the Senior Recognition Ceremony, I gathered and confirmed specific data for
     Ms. Watkin. Also, I am helping with the set-up for graduation. Because Ms. Blackwell and I are
     most familiar with the students, we were asked to line them up alphabetically. One of the
     assistant principals commented on how well I knew the students. In my half of the alphabet, I
     was unable to remember maybe eight names 

                                                                                       DATE:
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [05/11/2009] — [05/15/2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: MAY 15, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    Ms. Blackwell and I are SEVEN people away from meeting the entire senior class (a total of 275
    students)!! I sent passes to students all week to get an update on their plan for “Life after
    Southeast.”

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) I helped two students complete the FAFSA.

 (-) Several of the students I’ve met this week have an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Most of these
    students want to enroll at LLCC. Before they can register for classes, they need to take placement
    exams. They are eligible for special recommendations during the exams due to their IEP. I am
    having difficulty organizing a date for my students to visit LLCC and take the placement exams
    with the necessary recommendations.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 There are several schools students can be transferred to for behavioral problems in Springfield; the
   NAACP is one of those. This week I visited the school building and helped two of my seniors who
   were sent there. It was a WONDERFUL learning experience. I familiarized myself with the
   program and the others that District 186 offers.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     In order to meet the rest of the seniors, I looked to teachers for help. Some of the students on my
     list to meet have poor attendance records. The teachers notified me when a student actually
     came to school.

                                                                                       DATE: MAY 15, 2009
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [5/4/2009] — [5/8/2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: MAY 4, 2O09

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    Those students who were unable to attend Decision Day stopped by the College Room throughout
    the week to declare their plan and sign the banner.

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

I have been working closely with an early graduating junior. Because she has two children, she
enrolled at LLCC and intends to complete a nursing degree. This week, she received her Financial Aid
Award Letter. She received enough grants to cover the cost of attendance, books, fees, and then some!
I was touched that she shared that letter with me.

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) A student found a scholarship and rushed to complete the application by Thursday. She had to
    get three letters of recommendation and managed to collect them by the deadline. For her hard
    work, I agreed to hand-deliver the application. She has no form of transportation, and it was an
    simply and effortless request.

 (-) Some of my senior boys are taking advantage of the “College Days” policy. They are allotted
    three days and many have not taken them. So with the year almost over, I have a line of boys
    pleading with me (it’s rather entertaining actually) to give them an excused form. They just want
    a day or afternoon off!

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 I met with a parent of a December graduate. She wanted to discuss any scholarship opportunities
    still available for her son.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     A number of teachers congratulated Ms. Blackwell and I for the success of Decision Day. They
     were impressed by the news coverage and the genuine enthusiasm of the Senior class. Some
     asked if the other high schools in the city had/ or were getting a person like me. I said, “Possibly,
     the program is definitely growing.” A few responded with, “Good, but you’re not going
     anywhere!” 

     Mr. Wind, the principal, shared some excellent news with me yesterday. He was told by a
     committee member of a local scholarship that the foundation was most impressed by the
     Southeast applicants!! Additionally, the committee is awarding most of the scholarships to
     Southeast students. They asked Mr. Wind to relay the message to those who help students with
     the scholarship applications. Ms. Blackwell and I are very proud of our kids too.

                                                                                       DATE: MAY 8, 2009
ILLINOIS ADVISING CORPS WEEKLY REFLECTION
Week Of: [3/9/09]— [3/13/09]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: MARCH 13, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    Ms. Blackwell and I took a group of students to SIU-E for a college trip. Although the college was
    on spring break, my students really enjoyed the trip. Many commented on the size of the campus;
    “It’s not too big, but not too small.”

    The next round of regional scholarships is due March 16, 2009. I have collected completed
    applications all week. After school today, I intend to hand-deliver them to the Sangamon County
    Community Foundation.

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

I wrote a letter of recommendation for a student applying for WIU institutional scholarships. He was
genuinely surprised I had so many nice things to say. He’s intelligent, responsible, and proactive
about his post-secondary plans; the letter was simple to write. After he read it, he couldn’t stop
thanking me. He was genuinely surprised I had so many nice things to say. He seemed touched by my
efforts.

This job comes with delayed rewards. You don’t if you’ve made an impact or influenced someone until
they inform you of such or you notice a change in behavior or attitude, which usually comes after
some time. It was a rare treat to taste instant gratification.

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) A student completed her FAFSA after coming to the College Room three times this week during
    her lunch period.

 (-) A student who has avoided applying to college finally completed the application! Why is this
    bad? Well, after MONTHS of waiting for him to submit the application, I took matters into my
    own hands. I filled out the application for him. I know this is bad, but we were running out of
    time. Once I completed the application, I went to look for him to get his signature. He was
    shocked I did this. He said, “wow, Ms. Hernandez, I didn’t intend for you to fill it out, sorry.” I
    joked, “You better be; that will cost you $5.” He said, “really?” 

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

  A parent asked to help chaperone the SIU-E trip. She’s a typical millennial’s parent (helicopter—
    hovering over the student). I loved her! She was so interested in my program, asking a lot many
    questions.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     Due to the upcoming scholarship deadlines, Ms. Blackwell and I work closely with the Guidance
     secretaries gathering transcripts.

                                                                                       DATE: 3/13/09
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [3/30/2009] — [4/3/2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: APRIL 3, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    Bradley University trip: This was our ninth and last college visit of the school year  Tom, the
    Admissions Director (and graduate of SSHS), gave the admissions presentation. The students
    REALLY LIKED him. He was personable, friendly, and even wore his blue and gold. It was clear
    that a number of students were inspired by Tom’s presentation.

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

I have been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. I have a student who can’t seem to get to school and
another who may be clinically depressed. Although the senior dean and social worker are speaking to
these students, I still feel inclined to reach out to them.

I don’t have the qualifications to speak with them. Should I stop offering a listening hear??

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) April 1 was the scholarship deadline for three local scholarships. Ms. Blackwell and I reminded
    students and received almost 20 applications. She and I hand-delivered all of the applications.

 (-) I’ve been trying to help a student with her FAFSA, but she continues to “forget” the necessary
    documents. I’ve informed her that ISAC may be out of money come May 1 and have explained the
    importance of filling the FAFSA.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 I answered several FAFSA questions for a parent who was completing the application from home.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     To prepare for Decision Day ’09, I have been brainstorming with Nzinga West, the 21st Century
     Program coordinator. She referred me to a printing place for customized bags and lanyards.

                                                                                       DATE: APRIL 3, 2009
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [03/23/2009] — [03/27/2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: MARCH 27, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    Because a number of my students choose to enroll at LLCC, Ms. Blackwell and I are organizing a
    trip to give incoming freshman an opportunity to meet with advisors and register for classes early.
    LLCC agreed to allow our students to register for classes before open registration. Too frequently
    during my outreach, I hear students say, “oh I’m just going to go to Lincoln Land.” However, they
    either don’t begin the application process or register for classes (I noticed this with my December
    graduates), this trip serves as my way of forcing them to carry out their “promise.”

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

At one point, I ask myself, am I doing too much for these kids? Am I doing too much hand-holding?
This week those insecurities were eliminated. FOUR students took the time to thank me for my
persistence. Students know they can’t ignore me or assume I’ll forget a deadline. It’s nice when my
efforts were acknowledged and appreciated.

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) The senior guidance counselor referred me a student. By the end of the day, he completed a
    college application, and I submitted a transcript for him.

 (-) I’ve sent for a student three times this week, but she has yet to come see me. She was absent
    twice, and that’s her biggest problem—attendance. Her record for the school year is getting
    worse. I need to explain to her the importance of coming to school and doing well in class!

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 The last college trip of the school year will be to Bradley University. I received two phone calls from
   parents asking to help chaperone. Ms. Blackwell and I agreed to have them join us on the trip.
   Aww…the wonder of “helicopter parents…” 

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     I continually update my tracking sheets. Before my performance review, I emailed Jason and
     Theresa the spreadsheets to familiarize them with my tracking methods.

                                                                                       DATE: MARCH 27, 2009
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [3/16/2009] — [3/20/2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: MARCH 20, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    Building relationships with students have many benefits, one of which is servicing them better.
    Scholarships continue to come in the mail. As I read the eligibility requirements, names come to
    mind who I know qualify for the scholarship. In addition to posting them on the “Scholarships”
    bulletin board, I hand deliver scholarships to students. This week, three new scholarship
    opportunities came in the mail, so I rushed to distribute them accordingly.

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

This morning I had a conversation with a senior suddenly contemplating enrolling at RMC or DeVry
University. She has been accepted to ISU, UIS, and Illinois Wesleyan; needless to say, her current
college options are excellent. I asked her why she was considering these schools, and she simply
smiled with uncertainty. Because I know she is a very shy person, I prodded to get the real answer out
of her. After a lengthy discussion, she admitted that her fears are getting the best of her. She’s afraid
to meet people. Her family has moved so frequently that she’s never had the time to make friends in
the past, and it’s difficult for her now. I shared my 22- year-old wisdom  and gave her a small pep
talk. Afterwards, she thanked me for being concerned and my willingness to help.

I intend to be there for her on April 4 at UIS for an essay contest. She has no one to go with her, so I
volunteered to attend.

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) Last week, Ms. Blackwell and I continually reminded a student of two scholarship deadlines.
    Monday morning she walked into the College Room with completed applications!

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 Two parents stopped by the College Room asking for help. One needed a transcript for a scholarship
   his son applied for, and the other parent had a few questions about SIUE.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     I agreed to chaperone a trip with Ms. Hap, the JILG teacher. She thought I’d be a good chaperone
     given that I’ve developed relationships with most of her students.

                                                                                       DATE: 3/20/2009
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [3/2/2009] — [3/6/2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: MARCH 6, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    On occasion I work with Ms. West, the 21st Century program coordinator. I help her students with
    homework or offer a listening hear. While I do so, I make sure to put in a plug for the value of a
    college education 

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

A sour note accompanies this week’s “ah-ha” moment:

A senior has recently applied to three schools, so we are waiting for responses. Unfortunately, his
attitude about college has changed. He is worried about paying for college and questioning whether
he may be able to succeed once there. His uncle agreed to take on most of the financial responsibility
but has threatened to withdraw his offer. Needless to say, this possibility has really brought my
student down. Now, he is seriously considering joining one of the Armed Services. He spoke to the
Navy and Army recruiters this week. As I watched him speak with them, I sensed a fear and
disappointment in his demeanor. I felt completely helpless! Here is an 18-year-old senior trying to do
the “right thing” and go to college but is faced with the reality of finding the money to pay for it. I
explained that a loan should be seen as an investment for his future….that he should wait for the
acceptance letters and financial aid award letters before making any rash decisions. He said okay, but
I can’t help and feel the way I do.

How is this an “ah-ha” moment? Well, it shows how unpredictable my students’ lives can be. We may
have post-secondary plans, but they can quickly change for ANY reason.

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) One of my seniors is SUPER shy. Within the last few weeks, he has finally opened up to me. He
    says hi in the halls and even stops by the College Room to share how his day has gone. Thursday
    he stopped by excited to show me his college acceptance letter.

 (-) A student who intends to go to SCI has yet to complete an application. He will easily get accepted
    to that school. For that reason, he has procrastinated!

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 Terri, the LLCC Public Relations and Marketing representative, is working closely with Ms. Blackwell
    and I to gather a group of students for a pre-registration event. It is open to all SSHS students
    who have received an acceptance letter and have taken the placement exams. This is GREAT
    opportunity for our students to register for classes in a stress-free way.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     Parents have called me asking for help on the FAFSA. Some ask relatively easy questions while
     others are a bit technical. For the latter, I return their phone call after speaking with a Financial
     Aid representative. This week, I have only had about five parent phone calls.
                                                                                       DATE: 3/2/2009




ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [06/01/2009] — [06/05/2009]



NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: JUNE 8, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    As finals week, few seniors came to the College Room asking for college assistance.

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:
    My first class of seniors graduated on June 6! It was embarrassingly emotional. As names
    were read, I recalled different moments I shared with students. It was a continuous flashback of
    my first year at Southeast. After the ceremony, students sought me out. They asked for hugs
    and introduced me to their family. It was unbelievably touching!

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

      Overall, it was a success. I helped complete a couple of FAFSAs and assured certain students had
     registered for classes at LLCC.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:
    A parent called me several times this week to finalize her son’s college and housing plans.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:
    I helped with all the graduation events.


ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE?
    I am sad my students graduated, but looking forward to working closely with the
    Class of 2010.

     My first year is over 
                                                                                       DATE: JUNE 8, 2009
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [4/27/2009] — [5/1/2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: MAY 3, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

     DECISION DAY 2009…DECISION DAY 2009…DECISION DAY 2009…DECISION DAY 2009 

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

Decision Day was a huge hit! Students really liked the bag and lanyard. Also, the press coverage the
event received impressed students (and faculty/staff).

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) I helped four students collect the necessary documents for FAFSA verification. They all brought
    the documents to school, and I prepared the paperwork before mailing it off.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 I parent called asking for help understanding her son’s award letter. After a long phone
    conversation, she comprehended the details of the financial aid letter. More importantly, she
    understood the difference between a subsidized, unsubsidized, and PLUS loan.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     A number of teachers and staff participated in the Decision Day festivities. Some wore an alumni
     or military t-shirt, others volunteered during the event, and many encouraged seniors to
     participate in the event.

                                                                                       DATE: MAY 3, 2009
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [4/20/2009] — [4/24/2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: APRIL 24, 2009

SCHOOL:
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    Decision Day 2009— Advertising for the event was my priority this week. The posters were
    posted around the school, and I’ve had students approach me curious to know more about the
    event.

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

For the past month, I NAGGED almost 10 students to go to LLCC to take their placement exams and
create a schedule for the Fall semester. Today, 8 of them informed me that they went to campus
yesterday to get their paperwork done. They excused themselves from senior Olympics to do this.

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) A student was chosen for FAFSA Verification. I helped him compile all the necessary documents
    needed by the school.

 (-) I reminded several students of a scholarship deadline that is approaching. When I mentioned
    that a short essay is required, they all said, “oh I’m not sure about that.” Sometimes, these kids
    are so lazy! They WILL complete the scholarship application; I’ll make sure of that.

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 I continually help Dr. Meeks stay connected to our students; in essence, I’m the liaison. This week
     the M.S.S program had an event for its new inductees. I informed our students of the opportunity.
     Two of the SSHS members attended the event. Also, Ms. Blackwell and I helped three additional
     students gain acceptance into the program!

 Jimmy Rice, the Communications person for District 186, agreed to try to get some press coverage
    for the event 

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     An email was sent to all Southeast to wear a military t-shirt or one from their alma mater on May
     1 for Decision Day. In the same email I attached the DDAY2009 flyer and asked teachers to print
     and post it in their room. Because my room holds one of the main printers, I noticed several
     teachers ACTUALLY printed the flyer 

                                                                                       DATE: 4/24/2009
ILLINOIS COLLEGE ADVISING CORPS REFLECTION
Week Of: [4/14/2009] — [4/17/2009]
NAME: CATALINA HERNANDEZ                                 DATE SUBMITTED: APRIL 18, 2009

SCHOOL: SSHS
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE SEARCH PROCESS THIS WEEK:

    A small group of students went to LLCC to pre-register for Fall semester classes. They all returned
    to SSHS with a certain level of excitement that was not there when we arrived on the LLCC
    campus. With a schedule in hand, my kids were one step closer to being a college student.

    In preparation for Decision Day 2009, I have asked for student input on the details of the event.
    My students seem impressed by the “rewarding” nature of the event; or as some have said, “Ms.
    Hernandez, you’re doing the class of ’09 real good.”

DESCRIBE ANY “AH-HA” MOMENTS:

While asking a few students to make a poster advertising Decision Day 2009, one replied with, “Of
course I’ll help; you got me into College!” ………..AWWW!!!!!!!!!

DESCRIBED AN ACTIVITY OR INTERACTION THAT WENT REALLY WELL AND ONE THAT COULD HAVE GONE BETTER:

 (+) Several students completed the FAFSA using the computers in the College Room.

 (-) A student promised to complete the FAFSA with my help but failed to show up TWICE 

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO ENGAGE FAMILIES & THE COMMUNITY THIS WEEK:

 Parents stopped by the College Room:

      To ask for FAFSA help
      To submit supplemental documents for a scholarship
      To ask to encourage their daughter (an 11th grader) to research college over the summer
 In terms of Decision Day 2009:
      Called local printing companies to finalize an order (Ideal Business—lanyards, Five Star
        Graphics—bags, All-American T-Shirt Company—pending final banner estimate)

DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DID TO INVOLVE TEACHERS , ADMINISTRATORS AND OTHER SERVICE SITE STAKEHOLDERS:

     Decision Day 2009!!! I am sending an informative email (TODAY) regarding the event to all SSHS
     faculty/staff and forwarding the national program’s press release to Jimmy Rice—the new liaison
     to the Communication Director of District 186. In the email, I am asking
     teachers/administrators/staff to wear something from their alma mater on May 1. I intend to
     stress the importance of making this a SOUTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL, not a College Room event.
     Working with Ms. Watkin, the Assistance Principle and senior class counselor, has given me
     confidence. She is 100% supportive of the event.

                                                                                       DATE: APRIL 18, 2009

				
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