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Welcome to the THS College & Career Center page!  My name is Emily Nichols, the College and Career Counselor for THS.  I have been in Tomball ISD since 2007, and began my career in education in 1999.  I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising, and a minor in Business.  In 2004 I received my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Sam Houston State University.
I am here to meet your students college and career needs.  Students are always welcome in Cougar Corner (College & Career Center).  Parents may simply contact me and schedule an appointment.  I work with all grade levels in different areas of college and career readiness throughout each year.  Many events will be held each year for students to learn more about post high school options, careers, financial aid, and much more.  Make sure you check out the many resources I have posted for you.  The Links section is organized by area of interest with many helpful links for students and parents.
I am the Dual Credit Coordinator for our campus.  You will find helpful information on Dual Credit for our campus. We partner with Lone Star College, Tomball.  Our LSC Dual Credit Advisors are Latoya Lewis, Katerina Wingfield, and Donna Fitzpatrick.
We also work closely with our Lone Star College, College Connections Advisor, Heidi Ewing.  Heidi comes to THS several times a month, and works with our students interested in attending Lone Star College after graduation.
Please keep checking back on the Important Event Dates section and watch for many important announcements and event dates being posted!  




Naviance Login Update

Naviance has changed the student password requirements, and students can now set their own password.  Students will be prompted to set up the new password when they log in. All student accounts now have their TISD student email imported into Naviance.  Students will be prompted to use this email to receive a temporary password, then they will enter their new password.  

We ask that students update the email with their personal email. Please DO NOT use the parent email for this update, as the parent email is ALREADY in the system.  Using the student’s personal email will ensure they receive important information and updates from THS.

Steps to Log Into Naviance

  1. Go to www.tinyurl.com/thsnaviance or www.student.naviance.com/tomballhs
  2. Enter your previous login information.  Your username has not and will not change.

Username - Student ID

Password - tisd + date of birth (ex. April 6, 2001 - tisd04062001)

  1. You will be prompted to check your email (school email JUNK/SPAM folder) with instructions and a temporary password. The email title will be Naviance Student Account Information.
  2. Log into Naviance with your username (hasn’t changed), and temporary password.
  3. You will be immediately prompted to change your password.
  4. Log into Naviance with your username and new password.
  5. Update your email: Click on the About Me tab, then click on My Account.
  6. In the Contact section, click the pencil icon to edit the email. Change your school email to your personal email. Click save.

Thank you for updating your Naviance account! 


Helpful Websites

College Board (SAT) - Register for the SAT, use the College Board Big Future for college & career searches, scholarships & more



ACT - Register for the ACT



Khan Academy - Free online tutoring for your academic courses, SAT/ACT, and more!



THS Testing Center Resources - Prep Step and TERC






You don't want to miss this


Our amazing HARN (Houston Area Recruiters Network) got together to bring you a Q&A Session about the college admissions process, and more!  Learn more about some college and universities, meet your local college admission representatives, and get answers to some questions that may be on your mind about applying to college in this unknown time.  Upcoming seniors, YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS! Great advice, and tips from the representatives who are here for YOU!  You're not in this alone, and we're all here to support you!
The session is just over an hour, but WELL worth your time! The questions discussed are below the representative contact information. Click the link below to get started!

HARN Representatives Q&A Session


Presenting Representative Contact Information


Questions for Q&A Session

  • We’re not able to start taking the SAT and ACT again until late summer, so can I submit my application even if I haven’t tested?
  • If I need to retest, will there be enough time to do this?
  • If your college/university doesn’t have early action or early decision, when is a good time to apply to indicate to the college/university that they are at the top of my choice list?
  • Will there be any adjustments made to admissions consideration since we were not able to finish our extracurricular activities this spring?  
  • What are some up and coming majors at your college/university? So many of my friends are majoring in business, engineering and nursing. I’m looking for something different.
  • What are the top things colleges look for in applicants?
  • What is your best advice on essays? Getting started? What college/universities are really looking for through essays?
  • Looking for scholarships can be overwhelming, what is the best way to look for scholarships to apply to that come from the college/university?
  • I’m a Tomball Star Academy student, and will receive my Associates degree from Lone Star College when I graduate. Will I apply as a first time freshman or transfer student?
  • How many letters of recommendations are good to submit?
  • What are some common mistakes that students make when they’re applying?
  • Do I have to send everything at one time (application, transcript, test scores, letters of recommendation) or can I send the application, then send everything else?
  • What are some of the fun traditions on your campus?
  • How do you help incoming freshmen get acquainted on campus?
  • Since we can’t visit campuses in person, how is the best way to approach a virtual visit?
The more you know, the more you grow

As you go into summer, some things to think about...

  • Big Future by College Board is a wonderful resource to find colleges, explore careers, search for scholarships, and more. It’s quick and easy to register, and it’s all free!
  • Do your homework on researching colleges, as well as college majors with these helpful resources.
  • Upcoming seniors (class of 2021) will need to prepare to file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2021-2022 (please do not complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA) school year that you’ll be attending college. Learn more about the FAFSA here. Studentaid.gov  The FAFSA application will open to begin completing in October 2020.
    • If you aren’t eligible to file a FAFSA, you will be able to apply for TASFA (Texas Application for State Aid). Find more information here. College For All Texans: TASFA or FAFSA?
    • *2021-2022 TASFA will be available in October, please do not complete the 2020-2021 TASFA.
Road Trip Nation

Let’s take a ROAD TRIP

It’s been a long semester, and we all need to take a road trip, but we need to stay safe, so….you can take a virtual trip to explore your future with Road Trip Nation!  Did you know you have access to Road Trip Nation through Naviance?  

Are you feeling stuck in your future plans?  You’re not alone, it’s completely normal to not have it all figured out. Road Trip Nation has some AWESOME ideas on how to get those idea wheels turning, to help you keep moving forward in discovering who you are, what’s out there in this big world, and how to find yourself and a career that is designed just for you (maybe you design your future yourself!).  You’ll definitely want to check out this video.  Feeling stuck? This three-step process will help you move forward.

Ready to Road Trip and get started?  Log into Naviance, click on Careers, then Road Trip Nation Interview ArchiveWhat are you waiting for? There’s no better time to get started than today.

Naviance Link - www.tinyurl.com/thsnaviance

Username: Student ID

Password: *If you’ve not already updated your password enter tisd and birthdate (you’ll be prompted to check your email for a temporary password. Check your school email JUNK FOLDER for your temporary password.)

Virtual College Visits - Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Washington University and Emory University

Though they cannot come in person this semester to the Houston Area, they're sharing information virtually!
Johns Hopkins University
Notre Dame University
Washington University
Emory University

Because this is a new format for our consortium group, here are a few notes:

  • All the events will be live, not prerecorded.
  • While we are offering six sessions, each one will cover similar content. Students are encouraged to attend only one session, allowing space for as many viewers as possible.
  • Due to large crowds anticipated, we will not be taking live questions. Students can submit questions ahead of time on their registration form, and our representatives will do their best to cover them through the session content.

Sunday, May 17
4:00 - 5:00 pm ET (3:00 pm CENTRAL TIME)
RSVP for May 17

Tuesday, May 19  
4:00 - 5:00 pm ET (3:00 pm CENTRAL TIME)
RSVP for May 19

Wednesday, May 20
7:00 - 8:00 pm ET (6:00 pm CENTRAL TIME)
RSVP for May 20

Sunday, May 31
4:00 - 5:00 pm ET (3:00 pm CENTRAL TIME)
RSVP for May 31

Tuesday, June 2
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET (3:00 pm CENTRAL TIME)
RSVP for June 2

Wednesday, June 3
7:00 - 8:00 pm ET (6:00 pm CENTRAL TIME)
RSVP for June 3

Virtual College Fair!

Virtual College Fair

We are excited for you to join us in a Virtual College Fair with some of our Houston Area Recruiters from universities in Texas and surrounding states!  We were scheduled to hold a College Fair at the end of April, and our representatives wanted to be able to still connect with you to share information.

Simply click on the links below to watch a short video to learn more about the university, as well as meet our local university representatives.  They are here to help answer any questions you may have, and would love to hold a Q&A Session.  The link to submit your questions for the Q&A Session is below as well.  Please post your questions by the end of the week, so that we can have our representatives get together to bring you the Q&A Session before school is out.  Enjoy!

Stephen F. Austin State University with Nick Terrell

Art Institute of Houston with Lakeshia Petty

Texas State University with Kelly Tallerine

The University of Alabama at Birmingham with Tiffani Hoot

The University of Texas at Austin with Veronica Pena

Texas Tech University with Chandra Morgan

Wichita State University with Matt Zecchin

The University of Mississippi with Roquee Forson

Mississippi State University with Jay Mcillece

The University of Arizona with Christina Dominguez

Click here to submit your questions for a Q&A Session for college!


If you’d like to connect with one of the representatives, their emails are listed below.

Stephen F Austin State University

Nick Terrell


Art Institute of Houston

Lakeisha Perry


Texas State University

Kelly Tallerine


The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Tiffani Hoot


The University of Texas at Austin

MiSchelle A. Edwards


Texas Tech University

Chandra Morgan


Wichita State University

Matt Zecchin


The University of Texas at Dallas

Karla Bownds


The University of Mississippi

Roquee Forson


Mississippi State University

Jay Mcillece


The University of Arizona

Christina Dominguez



We need you
ALL seniors need to complete the Final Transcript Form at the link below. This is required for ALL seniors, and important for our Registrar's office. This lets them know your post high school plans, and where to send your transcript once you complete this semester.
Also, if you've received any scholarships, academic awards or honor cords, please complete this form.  We are still going to hold a Senior Awards and Scholarship Ceremony (more details coming soon!), and WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE YOU! If we don't know about it, we can't share it!  Please complete this form to share your good news!

Strive Virtual College Exploration Program for Juniors

What: The Strive Virtual College Exploration Program

Who: Current High School Juniors

When: Monday, April 20 – Thursday, April 23, 2020

Where: Virtual via Zoom
(join from any desktop, laptop, Chromebook, tablet, or phone)

How: Register at

Note: Students should register for each panel that they want to attend. Once they register, they’ll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar. Parents can attend with their student.

Click here to learn more!

To do:

Seniors Attending Lone Star College

Have you met with Mrs. Nichols & Mrs. Heidi this year?

If NOT, please complete the form at the link below. We want to make sure you get on the LSC Senior list, and get through the application and registration process before you graduate.


Thank you!

Boom. You're awesome.


Make sure you're submitting your Local Tomball Scholarships for Seniors applications!

They're online, and easy to submit!

Deadline: April 17, 2020

**One scholarship has an EARLIER deadline**


Click here to get started!

As always, if you have any questions or need any assistance, please reach out to Mrs. Nichols.

New Activity Posted: Spring 2020 College & Career Center Activities


I hope you're having a great week so far!  I've updated the Spring 2020 College & Career Center Student Activities for you. The activities are divided up into one for seniors (listed first(, then 9th-11th grade (scroll down).  Here is a quick summary.


  • Virtual Showcase Wall (NEW from Mrs.Nichols & Mr. Jesse!)
  • Scholarships, Academic Awards & Senior Information - Needed for the Senior Awards Ceremony! (Due by May 1)
  • Final Transcript Request Form (Due by May 1)
  • *Make sure you've joined Mr. Vierkant's Senior Google Classroom!


  • Exploring Career Interests & Choosing a Major
  • Virtual College Fair - Ask your questions!

Click here to access the information



As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

TISD Service Cord - April 1 Deadline for SENORS

The deadline to submit your community service/volunteer hours in x2VOL is April 1, 2020.  Please make sure all of your hours are submitted before April 1. An email was sent to you this morning as well.
You can access x2VOL through Naviance at www.tinyurl.com/thsnaviance or through the x2VOL app (free).  
Thank you!

SAT and ACT Update Links

I know many of you are and have been working hard to prepare for your SAT and ACT.  I don't want you to worry that you won't get to take your exams.  College Board and ACT are working diligently to make sure you test in a timely manner, but also in a safe and healthy situation.  I have the upmost confidence in college and universities to work with upcoming applicants, as this situation is out of your control. Please remember to be patient, be calm, and use this time to keep studying so that when you do test, you are more than prepared. You got this!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.
~ Mrs. Nichols


If you were scheduled to take the March 14th or May 2nd SAT, please keep watching the College Board website at the link below:


If you were scheduled to take the April 4th ACT, please keep watching the ACT website at the link below:

Great Study Resources


Local Scholarship and Dual Credit Deadlines

We are working on adjusting the local scholarship and dual credit deadlines, and will share those in the next few days.
Seniors - Those who are working on your local scholarship applications, please make a list of items you will need upon return (letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.).  You should have time to get the application sections and essays ready before we return on the 23rd.
Thank you!

Job Fair Update

The Job Fair that was scheduled for March 17, 2020 will be rescheduled to a future date.  
My apologies for the automated email that was sent as a reminder. It was scheduled to send prior to school closing for the week. 
Thank you for your understanding!