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GenTX Week 2018

GenTx Week 2018
November 12-16, 2018

GenTX Week 2017 at THS!!

November 13-17, 2017


Our students will be doing daily activities this week as we promote College & Career Awareness!  


This week you will learn about several aspects of becoming college and career ready.

Everyone has the opportunity to go to college to expand their knowledge, learn new skills or trades, and become a productive member of our society.

There are many ways to get an education after high school.  Tech or trade school, military, community college, or universities.

What ultimately matters is that you strive for some type of continued education after high school.  So, no matter what your plan we are here to support you!

We hope you enjoy the activities this week and take away something new!


November 13, 2017
5 Ways Education Pays by College Board

Dream Wall

Each 2nd period class is creating a Dream Wall.  Students write down their dream job, career, or college.  What is the first step in making your dream a reality?  Write it down!

November 14, 2017

Each class period today announcements were made with a few myths and facts about college and financial aid.

We hope you take away some knowledge today and break the myth cycle!



Myth - Community college is lesser than traditional college.

Fact - The degree earned is what matters, no the school in which it was earned.

Myth - Private colleges are more challenging that public colleges.

Fact - Some of the most prestigious and challenging universities are public institutions.  Students should determine a school’s value by what they get out of it, not be its exclusivity.

Myth - Majors set or determine your future.


Fact - Many college students don’t know what they want to do with their lives, which is OK because there is plenty of time in college to explore your interests.  Many students end up in a career that doesn’t fall under their designated major.  Your major is, however, more likely to determine your career path if it’s in a math or science field.

Myth - Cost and value are the same thing when looking a college.


Fact - Just because a college costs more, doesn’t mean it’s a better school.  There are many factors that go into the cost of a school - including aspects other than academics.  So make sure you don’t equate expense with academics.

Myth - College isn’t the real world.

Fact - College students are learning to balance increased freedom with academic responsibility, practicing money and time management, and interacting with diverse people on a daily basis - all of which are important life skills.  Sure, there are differences between the two, but not enough to classify real vs. fake.


Myth - My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for financial aid.  I don’t need to file my FAFSA.

Fact - This is one of the biggest and most believed myths about financial aid.  While there are students with parental income income that won’t receive financial aid, it’s important that ALL students file their FAFSA.  Aid dollars can never be predicted, and many scholarships will require FAFSA information.  Circumstances in your family finances may change, so it’s always best practice to file your FAFSA.

Myth - I didn’t qualify for financial aid the first time, so I won’t qualify again.

Fact - Again, just as circumstances change, so does financial aid.  For example, maybe before you graduate from college your parents will have two students in college at the same time.  

Myth - I’ve filed my FAFSA, but my parent has now lost their job.  I can’t change my FAFSA information.

Fact - If a family financial circumstance happens after you’ve filed your FAFSA, contact your college and let them know about the situation. You can complete a personal statement for them, and the college can make adjustments to your FAFSA and financial aid offer.

Myth - You must bring a car to college.

Fact - Many college campuses are set up so that students don’t always have to have a car on campus.  College offer transportation for students, and many campuses are set up so that you can walk or use a bike and be fine.  

Myth - Only students with good grades get financial aid.

Fact - While a high GPA will help a student get into a good school and help with academic scholarships, most federal aid programs don’t take grades into consideration.  All students need to file their FAFSA during college.

Myth -  I support myself, so I don’t have to include parent information on the FAFSA.

Fact - This is not necessarily true.  Even if you support yourself and file your own taxes, you may still be considered a dependent student for federal student aid purposes.  The FAFSA will ask a series of questions to determine your dependency status.  Dependent students need to provide parent information, independent students do not.

Myth - The published price of a college education is the amount you will pay.

Fact - It’s the net price that matters.  Net price is the published cost minus financial aid.  Only after completing the financial aid process can you truly know what the cost will be.

Myth - Going to college is not worth the cost.

Fact - A college degree is worth more than ever.  Employers are 2.6 times as likely to hire a college graduate as one without the credential.  It’s imperative that students keep pace with an ever-changing job market.

Each lunch had the opportunity to play GenTX Trivia and win prizes!
Seniors who have completed a college application or their FAFSA could also get a prize!
November 15, 2017

Each class period, students had a different Warm Up activity to learn more about college & career readiness and enjoy some motivating stories.

1st period

Joseph G’s story

Get inspired!  Anything is possible if you really want it.
2nd period

How much does college cost? The categories of college costs.

*Tuition and fees - the cost of instruction and facility use at an educational institution.  Tuition can be quoted as a cost per credit hour, or as a flat rate for a range of credit hours.  Fees include general fees such as libraries and student activity costs, and may include course-specific costs such as lab fees.
*Room and board - the cost of living and eating on campus
*Estimated personal expenses - costs that are not billed by the college.  These may include laundry, meals not covered under a meal plan, or personal items such as soap and shampoo.  They also include academic supplies, such as calculators and computers.  These costs vary based on an individual’s habits and course selection.
*Transportation expenses - the estimated cost of going to and from campus during the academic year.  These costs vary based on the distance you live from your chosen educational institution and your travel decisions, such as the number of trips to and from school and means of transportation.
*Books and supplies - the estimated cost of purchasing the textbooks and course supplies. These costs vary based on the courses taken and books and supplies required.

A Few Helpful Tips to Save Money

*Rent books instead of buy when possible

*Try and split some of the transportation costs with friends

*Set a budget and do your best to stick to it

*Lock in your tuition rate at your college (if possible)

*Attending community college? Live at home

3rd period

Veronica’s story

You CAN overcome any obstacle!
4th period

Financial Aid - Terms you need to know

*Grants are often based on financial need and do not need to be repaid unless you do not complete the requirements.
*Scholarships are a type of gift aid that are awarded based on merit, need or other criteria.
*Work study is a type of aid that allows a student to earn money while enrolled in school that can
*Loans are a type of financial aid that must be repaid with interest.
*The FAFSA is a free application for federal aid.  It is required for all types of aid from the U.S. government and used by many other financial aid providers.
*The money that you or your family have earned and not spent is called savings.  The money can be used for educational and other expenses.
5th period

Heriberto’s story

Can you really go from building Legos to building robots?
6th period
Classroom Discussion - What do colleges really look at?
7th period

Verniecia’s Story

Beyond and above. Setting goals, aiming high.

Each lunch had the opportunity to play GenTX Trivia and win prizes!
Seniors who have completed a college application or their FAFSA could also get a prize!
November 16, 2017

Students took a few minutes to learn about their teacher's college experiences each class period.

*college(s) attended *major(s)/minor

*college involvement *what was their college like?

*advice to you *any struggles overcome



Financial Aid & FAFSA Night

Thursday, November 16th

6 to 7 pm

THS Auditorium

Presented by Texas A&M University

Students entered a drawing to win a leather satchel from the New York Film Academy this week.


Cristian Medina!!! Congratulations!



November 17, 2017

It's the premier of our TISD GenTX videos!! THS students shine in the College Application Video!