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My Mission

As School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students.  I look forward to offering support to students, staff, families, and community members.

My goal is to create a positive and supportive environment conducive to learning and success.  Please know that I am dedicated in making every possible effort to make certain that all students receive as much personal assistance as possible to ensure that their years at San Augustine High School are productive and meaningful.



Como la Consejera Escolar, mi responsabilidad primordial es promover el desarrollo académico, social y personal de todos los estudiantes.  Estaré ofreciendo siempre el mejor apoyo a estudiantes, maestros, familias y miembros de la comunidad.

Mi objetivo es crear un entorno positivo y propicio para el aprendizaje y el éxito.  Quiero que sepan que estoy dedicada en hacer todo el esfuerzo posible para asegurarme que todos los estudiantes reciban la mayor atención como sea posible para asegurar que sus años en la Escuela Preparatoria San Augustine (San Augustine High School) sea productiva y significativa. 

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Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: SFA's Pre-Law Academy

Stephen F. Austin State University invites sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply to the only pre-law academy in Texas designed for high school students.  Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Scholarships are available.  
Students who successfully complete the pre-law academy receive a certificate bearing the seal of SFA and is signed by the dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.
For more information, or to apply visit SFA's website at:

Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity: SFA Smith-Hutson Scholarship

SFA is once again offering this remarkable scholarship to incoming freshmen who can demonstrate financial need and academic potential.
The Smith-Hutson Scholarship awards up to $17, 500 a year for 4 consecutive years---that's $70,000 per recipient!!!!
This year's deadline is February 28, 2018.

Sophomores: HOBY Reminder

Just a reminder that all sophomores are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to serve as San Augustine High School's HOBY Ambassador for the 2018.
Application essays are due to Ms. Cartwright on or before Friday, November 10th.
The seminar will be held June 15-17, 2018 at University of Houston.  Students will arrive early Friday morning and leave Sunday afternoon.  

Seniors: SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Angelina College Scholarship Application is Now Open

The Angelina College Scholarship Application is now open! All applications, including the Smith-Hutson Scholarship are now available online! 
How to Apply:
Apply Online: The application is available online at The application can also be reached from under My Student Tools, Scholarship Application, and clicking on the bright orange link. 
Create an Account: Students need to create an account using their AC email address. After creating an account, the student should receive a confirmation email with a link to open their general application
Complete the General ApplicationThe general application will consider students for a majority of our endowed scholarships. Encourage students to complete the application as fully as possible.
Apply for Opportunities: Once the student completes the general application, they will be prompted to start applying for additional opportunities. These opportunities require supplemental questions not asked in the general application. Students can search these opportunities to see if there are any additional scholarships where they might meet the qualifications. The Smith-Hutson Application is located in this section. 
If students have any trouble creating an account or have questions about the application, please contact me at or (936) 633-4545

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: When Early Action Makes Sense

When Early Action Makes Sense
Want to know sooner whether you're admitted, but still keep your options open?
Consider applying "early action." It's the most flexible early admission option. Here's how it works.
    • There are no strings attached. Unlike "early decision," which requires you to attend the college if admitted, early action has no such commitment. You simply decide by the regular decision deadline if the college is the one you want to attend.
  • You can apply "EA" to more than one college. Most colleges offering EA will allow you to apply early action to other schools. Only a few highly selective colleges have restrictions.
When is early action the wrong choice?
While it's more flexible than early decision, early action isn't the right choice for all students. Many EA deadlines are in November and December. If you need more time -- to determine if you really like a college, to work on your applications, or to improve your grades or test scores -- applying regular decision might be the better option.
To learn more about early action and whether it's a good idea for you, read the full article at:

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Make Your College Application Stand Out

Make Your College Applications Stand Out
Create applications that get noticed!
All college applications have one thing in common -- they're blank at first. So how do you turn an empty form into a testimony to your personality, achievement, and enthusiasm?
Jump into your story.
Many college application readers say that essays with a great opening line and a small "slice of life" story capture their attention and make the applicant memorable.
Show you have researched the college.
Mention specific things that appeal to you about the school, such as its mission, programs in your major, and faculty. Don't write a cookie-cutter application that could apply to any college.
Demonstrate your interest.
Mention any visits you have made to the campus and conversations you've had with college representatives, student leaders, or professors.
To get four more tips for creating stand-out applications, read the full article at:

Seniors: Open House at Texas A&M-Texarkana

Visit our Eagle family on November 4, 2017, at our Eagle Open House! The event will host students, families, and guests on our campus. Texas A&M-Texarkana; will showcase various areas of the University ranging from academics to campus activities. You will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from Undergraduate Admissions, Faculty Representatives from each of our colleges; College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE), College of Business, Engineering, and Technology (CBET), Residential Life, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Veterans & Military Services, and our multitude of student organizations. Our faculty has prepared interactive sessions that will provide a glimpse into the 39 undergraduate degree programs and majors we have to offer. We hope you will join us onNovember the 4th


All prospective students will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship, plus many other door prizes.


Tentative Schedule


10:30-11:00           Registration/Exhibit Hall (University Center 1st Floor)


11:00-11:15           Welcome and Schedule Overview (Eagle Hall)


11:20-12:00           Breakout Session I


12:00 -12:50          Lunch and Exhibit Hall                                                                      


12:50-1:15             Student Life & Housing (Eagle Hall)


1:20-2:00               Breakout Session II


2:05-2:30               Financial Aid & Scholarships (Eagle Hall)


2:30-2:50               Door Prizes/Closing (Eagle Hall)


2:50-3:30               FAFSA Workshop/Resident Hall Tour (optional)


Breakout Session I Options:

  • CASE
  • CBET
  • Transfer Details
  • Student Support (Advising, FYE, Career Development)

Breakout Session II Options:

  • CASE
  • CBET
  • Student Support (Advising, FYE, Career Development)


Exhibit Hall:

  • Visit the booths 
  • Apply for admission
  • Tour labs


Please contact Katelyn Sloan at 903.823.3060 or if you have any questions!

Seniors and Parents: Financial Aid Workshop Thursday, October 26th

Financial Aid Workshop


Seniors and Their Parents


There will be a financial aid specialist at San Augustine High School on Thursday, October 26th to assist seniors and their parents in completing and submitting the FAFSA.  Parents who wish to take advantage of this opportunity must sign-up for an appointment time.  These times are:  8:30 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; Noon; and 1:00 p.m.  Please contact Ms. Sharon Cartwright at 936-276-9603 if you wish to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: College Application Tips

Scholarship Application Tips
Create outstanding scholarship apps!
Applying for scholarships is like applying to college. You match your strengths to the sponsor's needs and make the case for why you should be selected. Follow these pointers to get started.
    • Develop a list of your accomplishments. Refer to it as you complete your applications and give it to people writing your letters of recommendation.
    • Study application requirements. What the scholarship sponsor is looking for is usually spelled out in the application package and eligibility rules.
  • Plan to spend time on your essay. Many scholarships ask for a short piece of writing. Often this is your only chance to highlight your unique strengths.
Get organized before you apply.
Like college apps, scholarship applications contain a lot of moving pieces -- from recommendation letters to financial aid forms. So developing a way to stay on top of the details is crucial.
For more advice about applying for scholarships, including the best ways to stay organized, read the full article at:

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Medical Assistant Career Resources, is a site dedicated to connecting students with everything they need to begin a career in medical assisting. With increasing college tuition and a 23% growth rate projected by the BLS, medical assisting is an excellent choice for students in Texas who are looking for an alternative to a 4-year college degree. As Texas already boasts a workforce of close to 60,000 medical assistants, it is an excellent place for a new medical assistant to begin their career.

To meet this demand, we have expanded our site’s resources for students in Texas, which can be found here:
How do I choose a program? - Our database of accredited medical assisting schools in Texas.
  • How do I pay for school? - A list of scholarships for Texas students in medical assisting.
  • Where should I work? - Employment data for each major metropolitan area in the state, including Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, the greater Houston area, and statewide resources.
There is no cost associated with any of our resources.

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Highly Selective Colleges

If Highly Selective Colleges Are on Your List
Are you in love with a selective college?
Around 60 U.S. colleges are heartbreakers. They admit one-third or fewer of the students who apply. If you are counting on getting into one of them, here's some food for thought.
Being an outstanding applicant is no guarantee.
Many applicants to the most selective colleges have outstanding GPAs, high test scores, tons of honors and AP courses, amazing extracurricular resumes, and compelling essays and letters of recommendation. Truth: Most of them are not admitted.
Getting in may take an "X factor."
Just what gets one stellar student admitted and another denied is hard to pin down. Truth: For almost every student, a highly selective college is a "reach."
How to avoid the heartbreak.
No matter how determined you are to attend a highly selective college, open your heart to other schools. Many colleges offer the same qualities as highly selective colleges, such as beautiful campuses, famous professors, and incredible students who succeed after they graduate. Truth: Many students fall in love with one of their "backups" and never look back.
For more on highly selective colleges and whether one is right for you, read the full article at:

Seniors: Texas A&M Extends Admissions and Scholarship Deadline

Texas A&M University is committed to making sure every student has an opportunity to submit an application to be a part of the Aggie Family. We realize that many prospective students have been profoundly affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey; making it difficult for them to complete their applications and provide supporting documents by the December 1 deadline. We want to extend them a helping hand.

While our original application deadline was December 1we will now be accepting both admissions and scholarship applications through January 2, 2018. Additionally, if the admissions application itself is submitted by the new deadline, we will accept required supporting documents (test scores, transcripts, etc.) throughJanuary 10, 2018.

These new deadlines apply to all prospective students, not just those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We hope this will help as many students as possible make their Aggie dream a reality.


  • Admissions applications:January 2, 2018
  • Scholarship applications:January 2, 2018
  • Supporting documents for admissions applications: January 10, 2018

As a reminder, in this year's application cycle we introduced a new process by which students can self-report whether they qualify for a fee waiver based on information they provide on the ApplyTexas or Coalition application. If you have students whom you believe may need additional assistance, please encourage them to contact our office.

The Aggie family stands with all those affected by this tragedy, and our admissions staff is ready to assist all students in any way possible. Please don't hesitate to contact or 979-845-1060 with additional questions.

Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Improve your Admission Chances

Improve Your Admission Chances
Can you boost your odds of getting in? Yes!
Here are three steps you can take right now to help you become an even more impressive candidate.
    • Challenge yourself. Colleges look for successful students who seek out the most challenging courses available to them. Consider adding some AP courses to your schedule or taking a college class.
    • Get used to standardized tests. Bolster your confidence and test-taking skills: practice, practice, practice. It won't make you perfect, but it can make you a less nervous and more efficient test taker.
  • Learn to write well. Being able to deftly express your educational goals, interests, and dreams (and use proper grammar!) can tip the admission scales in your favor. If writing isn't your forte, work hard now to improve it.
Show them you can succeed.
Tell admissions officers the most important thing they want to know about you: that you're prepared to succeed in college.
For more ways to impress application readers -- and increase your chances of admission -- read the full article at:

Seniors: 2nd Annual East Texas Aggie for a Day Trip Application Open



It is time to apply for the 2nd Annual East Texas Aggie for a Day Trip.  Last year, this trip was instrumental in helping a number of students decide that they wanted to become Aggies!  This year, the trip was moved from November 16th to Tuesday,November 7, 2017.    

 This is a free, all-expenses paid trip to our campus in College Station. Students will be required to meet us and ride the charter bus inTyler, TX to participate on this trip.


On this trip students will:

  • Learn about Aggie Traditions
  • Tour campus
  • Tour the Dorms/Residence Halls
  • Meet with current students
  • Eat in a campus dining hall
  • Learn about student organizations
  • And much more!


To be eligible to apply for this trip students must:

  • Be a Senior (High School Class of 2018)
  • Have a completed ApplyTexas or Coalition Application submitted by October 31, 2017
  • Be ranked in the Top 10% of your class


  • Be ranked in the Top 25% with:
    • combined SAT score of at least 1360 composite scores, with at least a 620 in Math and a 660 in the Evidence-based Reading/Writing Section, 
    • composite ACT score of at least 30 with at least a 27 in the Math and English components


The application deadline is November 1, 2017


Spots are limited and will be awarded to the students who meet the program eligibility requirements.  Preference will be given to 1stgeneration college students and low income students.  **Students will be on a supervised schedule throughout the length of this trip, they will not be allowed to wander off and hang out with friends/siblings. 


Submission of registration does not guarantee/reserve a spot on the trip.  We will communicate with the student if they have been selected to participate.  Students will receive an excused absence form for the trip.       


Please apply at:


Seniors: SFA Showcase Saturday Dates

Seniors interested in attending SFA are encouraged to attend one of the Showcase Saturday open house events.  
Showcase Saturday dates are:
November 11, 2107
February 24, 2018
March 24, 2018
Mark your calendars!