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DAILY LCHS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Can't hear the PA Announcements in class? Did you know that all of the announcements are posted on the school website? Just go to the Student Portal on the upper left corner of the website, then "PA Announcements" on the right gold bar. (Or, you can click here for the link.) Stay informed and never miss an announcement again!

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

PSAT Sign-ups

The PSAT will be on Saturday, October 15th. Sign-ups began, for juniors only, on September 6th. Sophomores and freshmen could sign up beginning September 19th. The cost will be $25 until this Friday, September 23rd. Please have your student see Mrs. Hicklin before school, during break, during lunch, or after school, NOT DURING CLASS. Please note that the price will increase to $30 on September 26th. The last day to sign up is September 30th. Have your student sign up early, as space is limited.. When paying, please use check or cash only. If paying cash please have exact change. Make checks payable to LCHS, include your student’s name, ID number and PSAT on the memo line at the bottom of the check.

On the day of the exam, please bring the following:

· #2 pencils with good erasers

· A photo I.D.

· A four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator

Please arrive at school between 7:30 and 7:45 AM. The test starts at approximately 8:30am and is a two-hour test. You should be finished at about 11:00am.


ASB News This Week:

On Thursday, there is a home football game and the theme is Pajama Party.
Also, Homecoming tickets went on sale this week. They are for sale at lunch in the ASB room. You must present your ID card (and your date’s if applicable), and if you want the $5 discount, bring the number you got when you voted for homecoming court. Tickets this week are $25 w/ ASB, $30 w/o. They will increase $5 each week ending up to the dance on October 15th.


Math Tutoring Available

Math support is available on campus every Wednesday after school by Ms. DiFiore in Room 213. (2:45-4:00). Tutoring is open for all math levels.


SAT/ACT Testing Dates

Click below for important SAT and ACT dates and deadlines.


2016-2017 SAT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines


2016-2017 ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines


"Harvard, Berkeley, or Bust"

LCHS families are invited to a special presentation by Collegewise Head Counselor and Vice President Arun Ponnusamy on "Highly Selective College Admissions"

Have you ever wondered what it really takes to get into a school like Stanford? While this presentation alone will not get students into Stanford (if it could, we’d need a LOT more seats), Arun Ponnusamy, head counselor and vice president of Collegewise, will discuss how schools like Columbia, USC, MIT, and the rest of the nation’s most selective colleges make decisions from pools full of the most qualified applicants. He will also explain what those admitted students do to set themselves apart from the rest of the applicant pool. Mostly importantly, he’ll reveal some Collegewise strategies to improve a student’s chances of admission to such schools as well as offer some wisdom on why hundreds of other colleges might actually make more sense to be on a college list as opposed to only those with admit rates in the single digits. And finally, this is a process that can be joyful and offers opportunities for self-reflection and growth. He’ll explain how.

Arun has personally reviewed the college applications of over 8,000 high school seniors and read approximately 20,000 college essays. If that sounds mathematically impossible (it did to us the first time he said it), here’s how it worked. Before he became a college counselor at Collegewise, Arun was an assistant director of admissions for five years at the University of Chicago (his beloved alma mater). He then held the same post for two years at Caltech and spent two final years as an admissions reader for UCLA. If you’re still with us and doing the math, that’s nine admissions cycles for three highly selective colleges in two states. But Arun doesn’t believe that the most prestigious colleges are necessarily the best. In fact, he was raised in Ohio where it is apparently a state law that residents not only fanatically love Ohio State, but also treat anyone who loves the University of Michigan with great contempt (it’s a college football rivalry thing, for the uninitiated).

You are invited to a special presentation by Arun Ponnusamy on "Highly Selective College Admissions"

Location: LCHS Audtiorium

Time/Date: September 29th 6:00 p.m.


UCLA Open House

Come and learn more about UCLA! You will have an opportunity to tour the campus, learn about applying for admission and financial aid, and hear about academic programs and student life at UCLA. Event takes place on October 8th. Click here for more information and to register: UCLA Open House Information



ACT, SAT, and College Application Fee Waivers

The college application process can quickly become expensive, but fee waivers for the ACT, SAT, Common Application, and NCAA are available for students who qualify.

General eligibility information can be found at the following links: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/fees/fee-waivers

http://www.lcusd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=455497&type=d&pREC_ID=985769

If eligible, your counselor can provide you specific information about each waiver.

Freshman Forum

Follow Link Crew this year!

Instagram: @LCHSlinkcrew / Snapchat: LClinkcrew / Twitter: LCLinkcrew



Remind 101 Counseling Text Reminders

  • If you would like to receive text reminders and valuable information from your counselor this year, text @yourcouns to 81010 to join the Freshman Forum Remind 101.


"Lies People Tell High School Freshman" by Kevin McMullin

Kevin McMullin is the founder and president of Collegewise and the author of If the U Fits: Expert Advice on Finding the Right College and Getting Accepted.

SOPHOMORE SCENE

Remind 101 Counseling Text Reminders

  • If you would like to receive text reminders and valuable information from your counselor this year, text @yourcoun to 81010 to join the Sophomore Scene Remind 101.

JUNIOR JUNCTION

Remind 101 Counseling Text Reminders

  • If you would like to receive text reminders and valuable information from your counselor this year, text @juniorjun to 81010 to join the Junior Junction Remind 101.

SENIOR STOP

Upcoming Events:

  • Sept. 21: Senior College Advisory Workshops begin (See details below)
  • Sept. 28: Christian College Fair 6:00 p.m. at Maranatha High School (see details below)
  • Sept. 29: "Highly Selective College Admissions" presentation 6:00 p.m. La Canada High School Auditorium

  • Sept. 29: St. Francis College Fair 7:00 p.m.

  • Oct. 1: FAFSA application available online

  • Oct. 8: UCLA Open House Information

  • Oct. 12: "Financial Aid" Night 6 pm LCHS Auditorium (see more information below)

  • Oct.22: Performing and Visual Arts College Fair at UCLA 1:00-3:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

  • Nov. 30: UC Applications Due -->Access the application starting NOW

  • Nov. 30: CSU Applications Due

  • Dec. 1: USC Scholarship Deadline



Upcoming College Visits*:


  • University of Washington 9/21
  • Grand Canyon University 9/21
  • California Institute of Technology 9/21
  • Brown University 9/21
  • Portland State University 9/21
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering 9/22
  • Trinity College 9/22
  • Boston College 9/22
  • Pennsylvania State University 9/22
  • Claremont McKenna College 9/22
  • Drexel University 9 23
  • Georgia Institute of Technology 9/23
  • Bucknell University 9/23
  • Oregon Institute of Technology 9/27
  • Mount Saint Mary's University 9/27
  • University of Michigan 9/27


View College Visits Fall 2016 calendar

*Visit sign-ups will take place through Naviance. Please remember to ask your teacher in advance, prior to the visit. When you sign up on Naviance you will be prompted to print a permission slip. You MUST bring the signed permission slip with you to the visit in order for it to be an excused absence.


College Application Support

There are many steps in the application process, but don't fret! Counselors will be hosting a variety of workshops during STEP and/or lunch. STEP College Advisory Workshops will begin on September 21st in the IRC. See dates and topics below. You must sign up in Naviance under "College Visits."


  • September 21, 22: "Finding the Right Fit and Refining Your College List"
  • September 28: "Naviance Tasks Workshop"
  • October 5, 6: "Essay Writing Workshop"
  • October 12: "Common App Support"
  • October 13: "UC Application Workshop"
  • October 19: "CSU Application/CSU Mentor Workshop"
  • October 26, 27: "Open Workshop" Use this time to work on any aspect of your application. Counselors will be available for questions.
  • November 2, 3: "Scholarships and Financial Aid"


Christian College Fair- Pasadena

This college fair program will bring admissions professionals from over 30 regional and national Christian colleges and universities to the Pasadena area. Also, a free financial seminar and college planning information will be available at this event. Details:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Maranatha High School

169 South Saint John Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91105


Financial Aid Night at LCHS

The La Canada High School Counseling Department is pleased to offer a parent information presentation on financial aid here on our campus. "Financial Aid Night" is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the LCHS Auditorium. We have a special guest presenter. Leslie Husa from the University of Southern California Financial Aid office will be presenting information on the following topics:

FAFSA

CSS Profile

Types of Financial Aid Eligibility

Determining Financial Aid Eligibility

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Common Scholarship Application Errors to Avoid


UC Preview Days

Interested in applying to a UC school? Please use link below regarding UC campus tours and preview days. This list is not all inclusive, but it is a good starting point for exploring the UC college campuses. Some preview days are scheduled as early as October 8th, so don't wait! UC Preview Days 2016


Facing the College Application Process

The "Facing the College Application Process" presentation was delivered to students via their Gov/Econ classes on Sept. 7th and 8th and was presented by the LCHS Counseling Department. Students who took Gov/Econ over the summer were invited to attend via individual invitations to one of the sessions. The slide presentation can be accessed online and has live hyperlinks to various resources: Facing the College Application Process. Also, our parent evening presentation can be found here: Facing the College Application Process Parent Presentation.


The student handouts can be accessed on Naviance, or can be printed from the following links:

The counselors explained the transcript request process as part of the presentation. This form was not part of the student handouts, but can be accessed via Naviance or in the front office at Mr. Erickson's desk. It is also available for you HERE. Official transcripts are $5 each, payable by cash or check. Students must obtain the counselor's signature prior to submitting the form and related fees to Mrs. Waas, Registrar.

We continue to see all students on a walk-in basis during non-class hours or via appointment sign-ups using the clipboards in the front office. Seniors were instructed on how to use "Signup Genius" for their final college counseling meeting. The link to Signup Genius will soon be delivered to students via remind 101. Those appointments begin on Monday, Sept. 19th and will conclude on Nov. 4th.


Senior Counselor Appointments

Seniors, you should have received a Remind101 text with the link to your counselor to sign up for your senior meeting; however, the links are also listed below.

A few reminders:

Please sign up with at least one day notice to give time for your counselor to prepare.
Be sure to complete the checklist of items on Naviance before your appointment.
Get a pass the day before from Mrs. Erickson in the counseling office.


Zooi A-Cha link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E4CAFA92AA4FC1-senior


Hays Che-Ga link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090F45ACA923A0FD0-senior1


Kukta Ge-Kh link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090F45ACA923A0FD0-senior2


Maljian Ki-L link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090F45ACA923A0FD0-senior3


Rogers M-Pa link:

www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F45ACA923A0FD0-senior


Lauxen Pe-Sm link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090F45ACA923A0FD0-senior4


Basmajian Sn-Z link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090F45ACA923A0FD0-senior5






Remind 101 Counseling Text Reminders

  • If you would like to receive text reminders and valuable information from your counselor this year, text @seniorstop to 81010 to join the Senior Stop Remind 101.


College Applications

College application season is here! Commonly used websites include:


If you are applying to even one private school or out-of-state school, the GREAT majority of those schools will want a counselor letter of rec, a.k.a. the "Secondary School Report". This is in ADDITION to teacher letters of rec. Make contact with your teachers and counselor early, especially if you are applying Early Action or Early Decision. It is imperative that your Naviance account is up-to-date. Be sure to finish any summer tasks that were assigned during the Junior College Project.


Know your deadlines! Naviance is a great tracking tool. Be sure to use your Google calendar to track important events as well. Colleges have deadlines ranging from October 1 through May 31, and everywhere in between. It is your responsibility to know your deadlines.


Financial Aid-Changes to the FAFSA Process for 2017–18:
SUBMIT A FAFSA EARLIER: Students will be able to submit a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit their FAFSAs as early as October 1 every year. Be on the lookout for "Financial Aid Night" hosted at LCHS in October- Date and Time TBD.
USE EARLIER INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION: Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income and tax information, rather than their 2016 income and tax information. For more details and to sign up for a FAFSA ID number: https://fafsa.ed.gov/


Essays and Personal Insight Questions

Think about your college essays. Brainstorm ideas and look for common themes so that you do not reinvent the wheel with every essay. The earlier you begin your essays, the better. It allows for a calmer approach and more time to proofread and gather input from teachers and friends.

College/Career Resources

COUNSELING CORNER

Resources:

From LCF Community Prevention Council: "The Small Book of Big Issues"

40 Developmental Assets

Books by Challenge Success and Its Founders


Registration 2017-18

Save the Date Reminder - August 7, 2017 for grades 12-10, August 8, 2017 for grade 9.

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