Counseling Updates

Connecting you to resources & opportunities (10/28/2020)

Dear NJUHSD Students and Families,

We hope you had a relaxing, rejuvenating fall break and are stayed safe during the power shut off days. In this edition of the newsletter, you'll find information on:

  • AP Exam registration
  • Academic Enrichment - Earn college credit while still in high school
  • Upcoming college events and opportunities (grades 9-12 and parents)
  • College reminders for seniors
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • NEO - Virtual and in-person events
  • "National Block It Out Day" to end bullying/cyberbullying
  • Resources for parents
  • School site updates

AP Exams - Registration must be complete by November 8, 2020

BEAR RIVER HS - Register for exam(s)

NEVADA UNION HS - Register for exam(s)

Fee waivers are available for qualified students!

Earn College Credit While in High School!

Sierra College offers students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school - for FREE! Taking college classes in high school can save you time and money, and it helps prepare you for college. Interested? Follow these steps:

  1. Review this information and meet with your high school counselor to discuss your class options and to verify that you qualify.
  2. Apply to Sierra College. Apply online through OpenCCC and indicate that you are a high school student. We recommend using a personal email and not a school email. Learn how to apply to our Academic Enrichment program using this step-by-step video!
  3. Set up your mySierra account. Refer to your Welcome email and use the password reset tool to create your account. If you have not received the Welcome email, contact Admissions and Records.
  4. Complete the Academic Enrichment Program Application.
Sierra College Nursing Program

Virtual informational workshop for high school students and their parents. Tuesday, November 10 @ 6 pm.

7 Colleges for Innovative Students

How do you prepare for a successful career and meaningful life in a time of rapid change? Learn from colleges reimagining an undergraduate education with your future in mind.

The Seven Colleges for Innovative Students will help you develop the skills and the agency to continuously shape your own life and the world in imaginative and meaningful ways.

Join admissions leaders from: Beloit College - Bennington College - College of the Atlantic - Earlham College - Goucher College - Hampshire College - Warren Wilson College

REGISTER for information session on November 5 @ 3:30 pm

REGISTER for information session on November 12 @ 5:00 pm

Verto Education - Open House!

Ready to turn your freshman year of college into an incredible opportunity to travel + find yourself + earn credits? Hear from partner colleges and learn how to fund a Verto experience at their Open House on Tuesday, November 10 @ 11 am.

What is Verto Education?
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

LEDA is searching the nation for the next Cohort of 100 exceptional students to become LEDA Scholars. Click for more information and the application. Deadline is December 14.

The Future of College Admission: More Questions, A Range of Answers?

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 12pm

This is an online event.


Dr. Angel B. Pérez and Alice Kleeman provide perspectives from both sides of the desk on college-admission-related issues. The two will discuss a wide-ranging set of admission issues, from student stress to testing to technology to trust to equity and access - all in light of the uncertainty introduced by COVID-19.

Angel’s recent appointment as CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) makes him uniquely qualified to represent the broad and varied perspectives of all stakeholders in the college-admission process. He will be interviewed by Alice Kleeman, retired Menlo-Atherton High School College Advisor.

Parents, educators, clinicians and community members welcome! Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided (via Zoom).


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Important Reminders for Seniors

Timeline – Pace yourself and ensure you don’t miss a deadline

  • California State University (CSU) – Deadline to apply is December 4
  • University of California (UC) – Deadline to apply is November 30
  • UC Readers – Schedule your 1:1 session with an essay expert to get feedback on your Personal Insight Questions:
  • Common Application – Most private, some out-of-state public and some international colleges/universities (deadlines vary)
  • Other college applications – Check college websites for application and deadlines
  • SAT/ACT – NUHS is a testing site for upcoming exams

Financial Aid – There are THREE important applications to access money for college. Depending on your plans, you may need to complete 1, 2 or possibly all 3.
  1. FAFSA – Complete your FAFSA with ease using the Going Merry FAFSA Made Easy tool (; students planning to attend college (community college or 4 year college/university) need this application to get need-based financial aid (including Cal Grant) and/or access to student loans.
  2. Scholarships – Use Going Merry ( to apply for the district scholarships as well as other scholarships; all students who are continuing their education are encouraged to apply – no matter what their grades or family’s financial situation
  3. CSS Profile – Required by some private colleges; check college financial aid web page for more info.
Seniors & Scholarships!

Remember to get your requests for letters of recommendation in now! Don't wait - it takes minutes inside Going Merry! You will need your letters of recommendation to apply to any local scholarship, so get them now and apply away!

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Red Ribbon Week!

This year's Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 23-31) theme will help amplify the campaign's mission to encourage children, families and communities to live healthy, happy and drug-free lives. It also serves as a reminder that we are all empowered with shaping the communities around us through positivity, bravery and strength.

Nevada County's TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) organizers have created some great ways to engage students remotely and in-person. They are holding a photo contest and encouraging youth to sign the drug-free pledge.

NEO Events!

Virtual pumpkin carving, after school hang-outs, in-person guitar lessons and painting workshops & a Rainbow Social hosted by PFLAG.

National Block It Out Day!

Last year the second National Block It Out Day (#BlockItOutDay) was observed. An initiative of STOMP Out Bullying, the goal of this day is to block negativity from our digital lives and, by doing so, end cruelty, homophobia, LGBTQ+ discrimination, racism, hatred, shaming and online violence: How to block it out. Save the Date! November 14 (Saturday)
About STOMP Out Bullying
For Parents: Child Mind Institute

Follow Child Mind Institute for information and guidance about children's mental health.

Site-Specific Updates

Ghidotti Early College High School

Important information specific to GECHS students and families.

Nevada Union High School

Important information specific to NUHS students and families.

North Point Academy

Important information specific to NPA students and families.

Follow Us on Instagram!

Your NJUHSD Counselors are on Instagram! You won't want to miss any of our updates and announcements.

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