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Principal's Message

Thank you for visiting our new website. The Thelma Salinas STEM Early College High School community is proud of our students’ accomplishments.  Our students are making significant progress towards accomplishing their goal of receiving an associate’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field. In addition, our students are excelling in many other activities as well including UIL Academics, Robotics, Community Service, and Intermural Sports at STC.

Thelma Salinas STEM is a fully designated early college high school, and also received Texas STEM Academy designation by the Texas Education Agency for the 2016-2017 school year.

T-STEM Mission Statement

T-STEM Academies at La Joya Independent School District will empower students to think critically, reflectively and apply their knowledge and skills to a greater context.  T-STEM students will experience rigorous, relevant, and hands-on learning opportunities that will provide them with a unique education.  Students will receive project-based instruction via a highly integrated curriculum.  T-STEM students will develop relationships with the school community, higher education, technical, and business partners.

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Thelma R. Salinas T-STEM Early College High School
801 N. College Dr.
La Joya, Texas 78560
Schedule:

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone: (956) 323-2240
Fax: (956) 323-2241
Counselor's Corner

 

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Javelina Preview Days!

 

TAMU Kingsville

 

Javelina Preview Days gives you and your family the opportunity to take a sneak peek at Javelina Nation and all that being a Javelina has to offer. Javelina Preview Days also helps you prepare for college and gain insight into life as a college student. We understand college is more than academics, and by attending Javelina Preview Days, you can get an up-close and personal look at the well-rounded experience Texas A&M University-Kingsville provides for its students.

Click here for more information!

 

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OpenEd for ACT

 

ACT

 

With your OpenEd account, you can access your personalized resources and start practicing for the ACT.

Click here to start practicing now!

 

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ACT Practice Tests

March2Success

7 full-length practice tests for the ACT - Peterson’s ACT practice tests mimic the structure and timing of the actual ACT exam. Additionally, each section within the practice tests can be reviewed after the section is scored. While reviewing the sections, students will be presented with their results along with the correct answer and a detailed explanation of the problem.

Test topics include:

  • English-tests knowledge of grammar, usage, and organization
  • Math-includes topics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and trigonometry
  • Reading-assesses reading comprehension skills
  • Science-tests ability to analyze and interpret scientific information
  • Writing-requires student to write an essay that expresses his or her position on the issue presented

Click here for full article

 

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High School Aerospace Scholars

Video

 

NASA wants today’s students to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and innovators of tomorrow. High School Aerospace Scholars offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Texas high school students to explore the possibilities of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related major or career. Learn more about the program by viewing "High School Aerospace Scholars: A Journey of Discovery." The adventure starts this fall with an online course and culminates - for students who earn the opportunity - with an onsite summer experience at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Click here to apply

 

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Colleges That Claim to Meet Full Financial Need

Amherst College in Massachusetts

Of the 1,388 institutions that submitted financial aid data to U.S. News, 66 reported covering full need.

A generous financial aid package can make the difference in whether some students can attend a certain college – especially if that school comes with a hefty price tag.

Financial aid packages are one way that schools reduce the net price for some families and entice prospective students. For the 2016-2017 school year, only 66 out of 1,388 ranked colleges and universities reported meeting students' full financial need, according to data submitted to U.S. News in an annual survey.

Click here for full article

 

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CollegeBoard

 

*** Early decision versus early action ***

Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1. Counselors need to make sure that students understand this key distinction between the two plans.

Click here for more information.

 

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US News

Best Engineering Schools

Ranked in 2017 | Best Engineering Schools Rankings Methodology

Before you can make your mark as an engineer, you need to find the graduate school that can best help you build your skills. With the U.S. News rankings of the top engineering schools, narrow your search by location, tuition, school size and test scores.

Click here for more info

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Tufts School of Engineering

Applying to the School of Engineering

Engineering applicants follow the same application process as any first-year applicant to Tufts. Here are some ways to tailor your application to successfully demonstrate your fit for our School of Engineering.

Click here for Tufts School of Engineering

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LEDA

 

The 2017-2018 LEDA application is now open. To start or continue your application, please click here.

To gain admission to the LEDA Scholars Program, students must complete a competitive application. The three-round process requires academic information and test scores, a personal statement and supplemental essay, a writing sample, biographical information, information on extracurricular activities, family financial information, and an interview for finalists.

Click here for more info

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Harvard

How to Get Into Harvard and the Ivy League, by a Harvard Alum

Getting into elite schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and others is a goal of many high school students. How exactly to accomplish this is often a mystery to students and parents going through the admissions process. Lots of unhelpful and vague advice abound, especially from people who have never gained admission themselves to these schools.

Click here for more info

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TACRAO Registration

As you may all be aware, TACRAO College Fairs are right around the corner. It will be a busy but productive time for everyone involved. We are all looking forward to meeting your students and helping them obtain all the information they need to better prepare for the next big step in their educational career. 

Students can simply register online where they will receive a printable barcode. Completing the registration and having this barcode with them at the college fair will greatly enhance the students’ experience. Please see the link below and the attached flyer that we created for your schools.

Click here to register

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South Texas College

 

The Division of Nursing and Allied Health

The South Texas College Division of Nursing and Allied Health is a learner centered division committed to the education of healthcare professionals. STC's Nursing and Allied Health programs combine the highest quality instruction with clinical experience in both hospital and community settings.

Our Programs:

Choose one of our academic programs to learn more about the variety of healthcare careers available through South Texas College. Learn about the requirements, prerequisite courses, the application process and special clinical requirements needed for participating in your program of choice.

Click here for more info

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PSAT Test

 

3 Reasons Your PSAT Scores Matter

Most high school students are familiar with the SAT and spend considerable time getting ready for the exam. However, before they ever sit for the SAT, many will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a standardized test cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Click here to find out

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How to Create Your FSA ID

This video will show you how to create your FSA ID.

Click here to watch the FSA ID video

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How to Fill Out the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Check out this video for info about the FAFSA and the resources available to help fill out this important application.

Click here to watch the FAFSA video

 

FAFSA

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After the FAFSA:  What Happens Next

Have you filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are wondering what happens next?  Check out the video below to learn what to expect after completing the FAFSA.

Click here to find out

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TACRAO College Fair Event 2017

Please click on the link below  to view the de:

Click here for TACRAO College Fair Info

 

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National CO-OP Scholarship Program

Please click on the link below:

National CO-OP Scholarsip Program

 

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Big Future College Search Engine

Please click on the link below:

Big Future College

 

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Small Liberal Arts Colleges

Please click on the link below  to view the list:

Liberal Arts Colleges

 

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QuestBridge Partner Schools 

Please click on the link below  to view the list:

QuestBridge Partner Schools

 

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List of Fly-In Programs

Please click on the link below  to view the list:

Fly-In Programs

 

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Map Out Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Please click on the link below for information:

Map Out Your Financial Aid Award Letter

 

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How to Appeal a Financial Aid Award Letter PODCAST

Please click on the link below for information: 

College Essay Guy

 

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How to Use Technology More Responsibly

Please click on the links below for information:

Contemplative Computing

Bored and Brilliant

 

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Master These Skills Before College

Please click on the link below for information: 

Skills to Learn Before College

 

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Tips To Help Students Stay Safe While On Spring Break

Please click on the link below for information:

Staying Safe During Spring Break

 

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10 Questions Every Parent/Sudent Should Ask About Campus Safety

Please click on the link below for information: 

Campus Safety

 

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CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE

Please click on the link below for information:

CSS / Financial Aid PROFILE

 

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Dealing with Stress During College

Please click on the link below for information:

Dealing with Stress

 

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Scholarship Scam Red Flags

Please click on the link below for information:

Scholarship Scam Red Flags

 

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Financial Aid Lingo

Please click on the link below for information:

Financial Aid Lingo

 

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The College Scorecard for Choosing Colleges!

Please click on the link below for information:

College Scorecard

 

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Texas OnCourse – Pathways to Postsecondary & Career Success for Texas Students

Please click on the link below for information:

Texas OnCourse

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What is FAFSA?

Please click on the link below for FAFSA information:

What is FAFSA?

 

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College Survival Vocabulary

Please click on the link below to view the College Survival vocabulary list on Quizlet:

College Survival Vocabulary

 

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Please click on the link below for the steps on how to request an STC official transcript:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/1157/steps_to_request_an_stc_official_transcript.pdf

 

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 In response to the change in the FAFSA schedule, colleges participating in ApplyTexas have chosen to move the opening date for admission applications up to July 1 (from August 1). 

This will start on July 1, 2017 with the opening of the 2018-19 application cycle (which includes applications for summer 18, fall 18, and spring 19).  

 

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Important Links

 

ApplyTexas was created through a collaborative effort between the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the colleges and universities represented on the site. The goal of the project is to offer a centralized means for both Texans and non- Texas students to apply to the many outstanding postsecondary institutions available in Texas.

https://www.applytexas.org/

 

The Common Application is a not-for-profit, member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process

http://www.commonapp.org/

 

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.  

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

 

What is JagNet is a registration Portal as well as a place to get the current news and events that are happening at South Texas College.  JagNet is where you can access the library services from home or anywhere you have access to a computer and internet.  JagNet can also be used for some class enhancements depending on the classes that you are taking you instructor will let you know what you need to do inside of JagNet and where to go.

 

https://jagnet4x.southtexascollege.edu

 

You probably know Blackboard as the company that makes the learning management system used by thousands of institution. Sure, we build education technologies and engaging interfaces focused on the learner. But we also offer services, analytics, and communication tools to support everyone’s learning

https://southtexascollege.blackboard.com

 

Website which provides information on Texas Colleges and Universities

http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/


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