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Today: 8/16/17

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Ms. Cooper

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Ms. Kruse

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Ms. Larez

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Ms. McJimsey

Ms. McJimsey

Ms. Velhagen, College & Career Counselor

Ms. Velhagen


EHS Counselors 2017-18

Student Last Name                     Counselor                     E-Mail                                     Phone

A-Di                                             Ms. Casey Cooper        casey.cooper@aps.edu          296-4871 x35038

Dj-Gl                                            Ms. Megan Larez          megan.larez@aps.edu           296-4871 x35047

Go-Man                                       Ms. Maddy Kruse          madeline.kruse@aps.edu      296-4871 x35044

Mar-Ro                                        Ms. Brenna McJimsey   brenna.mcjimsey@aps.edu   296-4871 x35010 

Ru-Z                                            Ms. Nora Ellis                nuran.ellis@aps.edu              296-4871 x35009

College & Career Readiness      Ms. Valerie Velhagen     velhagen@aps.edu                296-4871 x 35013

Crossroads (substance abuse)   Ms. Tay MacIntyre         tay.macintyre@aps.edu          296-4871 x35190

Sign up for important counseling/college & career updates from Ms. Velhagen

Get important counseling/college & career updates on your phone:

Class Instructions
Class of 2018: Seniors Text @msvelh to the number 81010. (If that doesn't work, text @msvelh to (505) 903-5382.)
Class of 2019: Juniors Text @4gk3f to the number 81010. (If that doesn't work, text @4gk3f to (505) 903-5382.)
Class of 2020: Sophs Text @26hgf to the number 81010. (If that doesn't work, text @26hgf to (505) 903-5382.)
Class of 2021: Freshmen Text @c9k932 to the number 81010. (If that doesn't work, text @c9k932 to (505) 903-5382.)


miss the daily counseling announcements?

ecademy online classes: Fall 2017

Registration for eCADEMY online fall classes:  speak to your counselor starting Aug. 7 at registration. Register ASAP to ensure a spot!

College Information Night for Seniors & Families

College Information Night for SENIORS: seniors & families invited!  Come to College Information Night with Ms. Velhagen: Thurs., Sept. 7 @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM, EHS Lecture Hall (at north end of Media Center). I'll cover college applications & timelines, scholarships & financial aid/FAFSA, ACT/SAT testing, much more. No need to RSVP. Light snacks provided.  Evening meetings are tough if you're hungry; feel free to grab dinner before and bring it with you! 

Military Service Academy Night: August 2017

All students & families are welcome at Military Service Academy Information Night: Tues., Aug. 29 @ 6 PM, UNM Student Union Building Ballroom C. Click here for flyer

college visits at EHS 2017-18

All college visits take place in the Counseling Department unless otherwise announced. There are two ways to sign up:

2017-18 College Visits

  • The University of New Mexico: Thurs., Sept. 14 @ 11 AM (juniors & seniors welcome)
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN: Mon., Oct. 2 @ 11 AM
  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ: Mon., Oct. 2 @ 12:05 (lunch)
  • The University of Colorado @ Boulder: Tues., Oct. 3 @ (lunch)
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA: Oct. 17 @ 11:30 AM
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, AZ: Oct. 31 @ 12:05 PM (lunch)
  • University of New Mexico: onsite admissions for seniors only: Nov. 1 @ 8 AM - 12 PM: schedule appointment time directly w/Ms. Velhagen!

*Check back regularly: many more to come!*

College Fairs & ABQ events: Fall 2017

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) Fair:  Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 @ 7 PM, Marriott Pyramid Hotel. All students & families welcome. Meet with representatives from the outstanding small colleges that comprise the CTCL group. Info here.

Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, Notre Dame University, The University of Virginia & Washington University St. Louis
are hosting a joint college information evening for students & parents: Aug. 28 @ 7 PM, Marriott Pyramid.  Registration & RSVP here.

Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Rice University & The University of Chicago: Wed., Sept. 13. Info and RSVP here.

College Days Fair:  Wed., Sept. 20 in the AM at EHS:  opportunity for SENIORS to meet with representatives from ALL in-state New Mexico colleges & universities, along with a small group of out-of-state schools and military representatives. This traveling fair comes to many NM high schools, and we won't know who's participating until this September. ALL seniors will visit the fair with their classes that morning. 

The New Mexico College Fair at ABQ:  NM's largest & most comprehensive college fair, with admissions representatives from over 130 colleges. Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Dates & details to be posted in this space in early fall. All grades & family members welcome! Colleges participating will be posted here in the fall: http://rmacac.org/college-fairs/fall-albuquerque-nm/

UNM Senior Day: Sat., October 7, 8 AM - 2 PM. Click here for details and to RSVP.

UNM Fall Preview Day (all grades): Sat., November 4, 8:30 AM - 12. Click here for details and to RSVP.

PREPARE FOR COLLEGE FAIRS!  Visiting college fairs is an excellent opportunity for students and their families to talk with representatives from colleges & universities from across the country. To maximize efficiency -- in other words, work smarter, not harder -- you can preregister for both of these fairs here ( https://register.gotocollegefairs.com/Registration/StateSelect )  You'll generate a barcode containing your name, email, address and some basic personal information You can access this barcode on your smart phone or print it out and bring it with you to the fair(s); reps from colleges you're interested in can quickly scan your bar code and voila, they can mail/email you information and keep you updated, and you don't have to take the time to fill out information cards at every table.


The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the online application for college financial aid for college. FAFSA for the Class of 2018 opens on OCT. 1, 2017 at fafsa.ed.gov. The sooner seniors apply, the better. Many colleges have FAFSA priority deadlines: many are March 1. UNM's is January 5, 2018.

Ms. Velhagen will offer FAFSA Help Workshops in the EHS Media Center this fall/winter. Dates to be announced soon!

ap exam results

AP exam results were available here (https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores) starting July 8. Students should check the inside front cover of their AP Student Pack (the booklet with the labels in it) for detailed instructions on how to create a College Board account and check scores. AP questions? Contact Valerie Velhagen: velhagen@aps.edu

class of 2017 postsecondary plans & scholarships

The EHS Class of 2017 was awarded over $8 million in scholarships! Click here to see where our grads are headed after graduation.

Final Transcripts for Class of 2017

Seniors, still need to order a final transcript for your college? You have 2 options:
1) Create a free account and order one at Parchment.com

2) Contact EHS Registrar, Ms. Carol Ellis, at ellis_cl@aps.edu to see when she'll be in the office this summer, and order one in person from her.

fafsa: it's never too late to fill it out!

What is the FAFSA, and how & when do we fill it out? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- FAFSA -- is an online application for federal government aid for college. Colleges use the FAFSA ...more

ACT & SAT 2017-18

Click on the tab at left for ACT & SAT dates and registration info.
Eldorado is NOT a test site for the ACT or the SAT. When you register online, you will select a local test site convenient to you.

College Advice

Click here for a college counseling website interview with Ms. Velhagen.

For college search websites and advice, click the "College Resources" and "College Preparation" links at left.  
For career information and links to career interest inventories, see "Career Resources" link at left.

bridge and lottery scholarships: how do they work??

See FAQs below!  

careers with ABQ Police department

Considering a career on the police force?  Police Service Aides are paid $14.12/hour to assist police officers, and along the way are trained in the process to enroll in the Police Academy when old enough.  You can qualify to apply for the PSA Program at age 18 with your high school diploma.  Click here for information. 


Considering studying abroad?  We have information on several international programs. Studying abroad -- whether for a semester or a year -- involves a great deal of planning and can be a challenge in terms of earning credits toward graduation. Ask your counselor for details.

class of 2016 scholarships & postsecondary plans

The Eldorado Class of 2016 was offered over $10,275,000 in scholarship awards!

Our grads will attending the following 4-year colleges:

Adams State University
Allegheny College
Arizona State ...more

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