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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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Seniors: SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Earle North Parker Essay Contest

Seniors are encouraged to apply for the Air Force Association-Texas Earle North Parker Essay Contest.  Prizes include $2000 for 1st place and $1000 for 2nd place.
Applications are available in the Counseling Center.
Deadline:  Postmarked by December 15, 2017.

Seniors: University of Texas Scholarship Opportunity

Seniors planning on attending UT @ Austin are encouraged to apply for Texas Advance, a scholarship initiative aimed at supporting the success of hard-working, economically disadvantaged Texas high school students.
Texas Advance programs include the University Leadership Network and Presidential Scholars Scholarship awards.
In order to qualify for consideration, students must:
Submit an application to UT for admission by December 1st.
Submit the FAFSA by December 1st priority consideration, or no later than March 15, 2018.

Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity: Texas Student Housing Scholarship

This scholarship is open to seniors who have been accepted to colleges in:
These scholarships are awarded for the full or partial cost of an OFF-CAMPUS room for one academic year at:
Town Lake in Austin; the Ridge at North Texas; and the Cambridge in College Station.
Interested students should see Ms. Cartwright for an application.

Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity: The Sons of the Republic of Texas History Scholarship

Seniors who wish to apply for the Sons of the Republic of Texas Scholarship Essay should pick up an application in the Counseling Center in the racks.
Deadline is January 31, 2018.
Apply today!

Seniors: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

If you have made a difference in our community through volunteering, you are encouraged to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
Application can be found on the E-Scholarship Website--due date November 7, 2017.
Apply today!

Juniors and Seniors: Finding Financially Friendly College

Finding Financially Friendly Colleges
What is a financially friendly college?
Some colleges are simply more generous when it comes to financial aid, and they do a better job of reducing your cost to attend. You can find "financially friendly" colleges on COLLEGEdata. Just use College Match to search for schools using these factors:
    • Financial need met. Your "financial need" is the amount that colleges calculate you can't afford to pay. Some colleges cover 100 percent of your financial need, but many cover much less.
    • Merit aid offered. Merit aid is money you don't have to pay back. You can search for colleges based on the percent of freshmen receiving merit aid -- overall or only freshmen without financial need.
  • Student loan debt. What is the average student loan balance students have when they graduate? If the average loan balance is lower, it may mean that the college is more generous with grants and scholarships.
Is financial aid reduced after freshman year?
To avoid an unpleasant surprise after your first year of college, see how the financial aid awards for freshmen compare to those offered to other undergraduates. They should be similar. Check the Money Matters page of any school's College Profile on COLLEGEdata for details.
For more signs of financial friendliness, including clues you can find on the college's website, read the full article at:

Seniors: FAFSA Information about Your Expected Family Contribution

Your Expected Family Contribution
See how your EFC impacts your financial aid award.
If you understand what your EFC means and how colleges use it, you can make more informed -- and possibly more affordable -- college choices.
    • What is your EFC? Your Expected Family Contribution is the amount you and your family will be expected to pay for a single year of college.
    • Where does your EFC come from? Your EFC is calculated each year based on information you provide on your financial aid application -- the FAFSA (and the CSS PROFILE, if the college requires it).
    • How does your EFC affect how much aid you get? Colleges subtract your EFC from the cost of attendance to calculate the amount of financial aid you are eligible for.
Is it really that simple?
Definitely not. Your EFC is not necessarily what you will wind up paying. Your real cost -- called your "net price" -- is likely to be different.
To learn more about EFC -- including why you might have more than one -- and how to understand what your real cost of college might be, read the full article at:

Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity and AG Student of the Month

Scholarship Information!

Texas Farm Credit would like to take this opportunity to invite your students
to submit their application to our Ag Student of the Month program
and Marsha Martin Scholarship program. Students may apply for both
programs by completing one simple application.

To learn more and download the application packet, go to:

Texas Farm Credit Services has a mission to support agriculture and rural communities today and tomorrow. Our customer-owned cooperative proudly offers two programs that recognize high school seniors who excel in the classroom and in the FFA chapters and 4-H clubs. 

AgStudent of the MonthEach of Texas Farm Credit's 20 branches will recognize one outstanding student per month from January to April 2018. Winners will receive $100 Visa gift cards and will advance to the selection process for the Marsha Martin Scholarship.

Texas Farm Credit will continue to award five Marsha Martin Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for graduating seniors who are involved in FFA or 4-H and are pursuing a college degree in an agriculture-related field of study. These five scholarship recipients will be selected from the monthly AgStudent of the Month winners. 
Our application deadline and requirements have changed from previous years so please ensure you review eligibility requirements, you are using the 2018 application, and note the
December 1, 2017 deadline.

Sophomores: It's HOBY application time!

The Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program (HOBY) is the nation’s foremost youth leadership development organization.  HOBY programs provide youth with unique leadership training to make a better world.  The conference is open to sophomores.

This  year’s conference location and date of conference has not been set yet.

Interested sophomores can apply by:

  1. In 100 words or less, describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader in your school and community.
  2. Turn in the completed essay no later than Friday, November 10th to Ms. Cartwright.
  3. A committee will choose SAHS’s ambassador.
  4. The chosen ambassador will be notified no later than Friday, December 1st.

If you have further questions or for more specific information, please see Ms. Cartwright.

Juniors and Seniors: New Discover*Website for College Planning

Discover Card is happy introduce the new - a premier resource to help plan for college. This helpful FREE resource features compelling multimedia editorial, insider tips and interactive tools on the college planning process.

Seniors!!  Get ready! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) will be available on October 1 for the 2018-19 academic year. Completing the FAFSA is the first step in determining a student’s eligibility for financial aid. Our  can help you and your parents get ready and help ensure you have the right documents on hand when completing the FAFSA.

Seniors: Texas A&M Admissions Fee Waiver Informatin

Seniors planning on attending Texas A&M, please note the following:


Students who qualify for a fee waiver based on one of the criteria below will be given an opportunity to certify their eligibility on the ApplyTexas or Coalition applications and will not be required to provide additional documentation of need in most cases. However, Texas A&M University reserves the right to verify the information provided on the application and may request additional documentation in some instances. Once the application has been submitted and access to the Applicant Information System (AIS) has been provided by Texas A&M (allow 2-3 business days from date of submission), applicants should check AIS to verify the application fee is marked as received.

          Student is eligible for ACT or SAT/College Board fee waiver

·         Student is enrolled in a TRIO program (Upward Bound)

·         Student is eligible for federal free/reduced lunch program

·         Student is in foster care or homeless

·         Student is a ward of the state or an orphan

·         Student lives in federally subsidized public housing

·         Student’s family receives public assistance


Applicants may request a fee waiver by submitting one of the following documents if they did not request one when they applied:


·         An SAT/College Board/ACT Application Fee Waiver Request Form (must have the applicant'ssignature and the counselor's signature where applicable)

·         A NACAC Admission Application Fee Waiver Request Form (must have the applicant's signature and the counselor's signature where applicable)  

·         A memo on school letterhead, signed by the high school counselor, verifying the student is on the federally funded free/reduced lunch program



Students can apply for the Cass Acosta Music Scholarship Award. This is the Local 116 Music Foundation’s annual music award available to all high school seniors that plan to major in music while attending college.  All band oand choir students are encouraged to apply. 

This year’s awards will be presented at the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra concert on January 13, 2018 during intermission.  


For more information on the award and to obtain a copy of the application please visit:


 Applications are due December 8, 2017 and can be mailed to:

Cass Acosta Scholarship Award

517 Creswell Ave.

Shreveport, LA 71101





Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: College Websites

Mining for Gold on College Websites
Wondering if a college is a fit? Check out its website.
A college's website contains more than just facts about the school. It can be a window into what it's like to be a student there. Here's how to take a deeper look at a college through its website.
See what students are talking about.
Read the student newspaper online and review literary magazines and student blogs. These can tell you a lot about campus politics, the social scene, and the college's collective sense of humor.
Look at what it's like to be a freshman.
Pages devoted to incoming freshmen will give you an idea of how the college supports its newest students. Look at areas of the website for "current students" to find out about what services are available, such as health care, technology support, and housing.
Check out the faculty -- and more.
Make an effort to explore the college's website for all the factors that matter to you, from the faculty in the majors you're interested in, to the college's traditions and values.
For more ways to explore a college through its website, including the key web pages you shouldn't miss and why, read the full article at: