College & Career Newsletter

Week of August 28- September 3, 2022

Welcome Students & Families

Scroll through for important information regarding College/Career

How to reach us?

For general questions and inquiries please email

Ms Ignaitis:


Ms Yeager:

Please do not use the link at the bottom of this Newsletter to contact us

College Visits at Sequoia Start This Week! (see below)

Important Dates/Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Scroll through for more detailed information!

Important Dates and Deadlines


Aug 30 - First College Visit at Sequoia!

Sept 8 - Junior Grade Level IB/4 Year College Meeting

Sept 15 - Sophomore Grade Level IB/4 Year College Meeting

Sept 29 - Freshman Grade Level IB/4 Year College Meeting

Oct 5th - College Day (9th grade only)

Oct 12th- PSAT (11th grade only)

College Day Permission Slips

All ninth grade students attending College Day on October 5th need to submit a permission slip to their English teacher. Extra copies of the permission slip outside the College & Career Center (Room 115).

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Complete the 2022-2023 Meal Application

We want all families to complete this confidential meal application so that qualifying students can receive reduced cost bus passes, prom tickets, grad night tickets, college application fees and IB testing registration. To complete the meal application, click here.

Annual Grade Level IB/4 Year College Bound Meetings

Junior: Thursday, September 8th

Sophomore: Thursday, September 15th

Freshman: Thursday, September 29th

The annual college/IB/ICAP meetings are specifically focused on the requirements, deadlines of the IB Diploma, the IB/ICAP program, and the college application process for attending a four-year college. Ms. McCahon (IB Coordinator) and Ms. Ignaitis/Ms Yeager (College/Career Counselors) present specific information and a different focus for each grade.

Meetings are for students and parents.


  • On Zoom from 6pm -730pm in English

  • Presented separately for Spanish speaking parents/guardians at 7:00pm

  • Recorded and posted on the SHS College and Career website

  • Links will be available on the SHS Calendar and in the Weekly Newsletter

Zoom links are below and on the Sequoia Homepage Calendar.

English Presentation Zoom Link

Spanish Zoom Link

College Visits and Beyond and How to Sign Up for a College Visit at Sequoia Signing Up for a College Visit at Sequoia High – READ CAREFULLY

It is a good practice to look at the list of schools visiting Sequoia (or the area) on a regular basis.

  • If you want to attend you must follow all the procedures in a timely manner in order to leave class and listen to a thirty-minute presentation in Room 115.
  • Students need to sign up at least ONE SCHOOL DAY (ends at 3:45) before the visit.
  • There is a deadline on Naviance to avoid students leaving class at the last minute out of respect for the teacher.
  • Students who attend should be prepared for the visit.
  • If you do not have a class during the visit time, register on Naviance, and let us know when you enter the room
  • Colleges visits are updated on Naviance. If there is a college you want to speak to, email and we will try to schedule a visit.

Below are the steps you must follow to attend the visiting college meetings at Sequoia High School:

STEP 1: In your Naviance account, go to the “College” tab on the top bar, click on “College Visits”, to get the complete list OR under “What’s New” on your homepage, select a college you want to visit and click on “Register Now" and it will change to "Registered".

STEP 2: Ask your teacher, of the class you will be missing, permission to leave their class during the time listed on Naviance. IF OK, go to Step 3.


*STEP 4: Have your teacher SIGN THE Confirmation Page or a your pass BEFORE YOU LEAVE CLASS. If you do not a have a signed pass, you will not be admitted.

*You can also show it to your teacher on your phone and have a teacher sign a piece of scratch paper if easier


  • If you are not on the list, you will not be admitted EVEN THOUGH your teacher signed a pass.
  • If you know you might have printer problems, print the pass in the College and Career Center at lunch the day before the visit.
  • The College and /Career Center does not excuse students from a class, only your teacher can allow you to visit

How To Video - Sign Up for a College Visit at Sequoia
College Events for Students

In Naviance go to the College tab and then click on 'College Visits' for a complete list of visits and to register!

Sequoia High School College Visits

Naviance is currently displaying the incorrect (AM or PM) on the College Visit list - once you register, you can see the correct (AM or PM)

Washington State University

Tue Aug 30, 8:30 AM

University of Utah

Tue Aug 30, 11:30 AM

Boston University

Fri Sept 2, 10:00 AM

Whitman College

Fri Sept 9, 8:30 AM

Lehigh University

Fri Sept 9, 2022, 11:00 AM

University of British Columbia

Tue Sept 13, 8:00 AM

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

Tue Sept 13, 2:00 PM

Binghamton University

Wed Sept 14, 7:30 AM

Loyola Marymount University

Wed Sept 14, 8:00 AM

The American University of Paris

Wed Sept 14, 8:30 AM

American University

Wed Sept 14, 9:30 AM

Sarah Lawrence College

Wed Sept 14, 10:00 AM

University of Colorado Boulder

Wed Sept 14, 11:15 AM


“8 of the Best Colleges” Small Liberal Arts Colleges

Sept 12th or 13th

Learn about 8 Highly Selective Liberal Arts Colleges at one event.

Claremont McKenna, Colorado College, Connecticut, Grinnell, Haverford, Kenyon, Macalester, and Sarah Lawrence College will be hosting an informational meeting for students and parents.

To register and for more information.

A great opportunity to learn about small liberal arts colleges!

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Do’s and Don’ts For High School Juniors by

DON’T: Take it Easy - Challenge Yourself

DO: Attend College Fairs

DON’T: Ignore the PSAT, SAT, or ACT

DON’T: Avoid Your Counselor and Teachers - They could be writing your Letters of Rec

DO: Get Involved - Quality over quantity

DON’T: Wait to Plan Your Summer - To meet summer program deadlines

DO: Have a “Money Talk” With Your Parents - Make financial fit part of your research

DO: Start a College Resume - Update your Naviance resume

DON’T: Put Off College Research

Link to Full Article

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Careers for Art Majors: Four jobs people are doing with their degrees

Art Therapy – Work with children and adults with disabilities and/or have gone through a traumatic experience. “Art therapy is a way for people to express emotions when they don’t have the word”

EDUCATION: Master of Science, Major – Art Therapy

Graphic Designer – Companies either hirer their own or contract one to design everything from websites to emails

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Exhibit Designer – Designing and maintaining exhibits. Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured goods for everyday use.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design

Video Game Art Director – Work with game writers and designer to create 2D and 3D visual concepts

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration and Graphic Design

Resource Profiles for all Careers

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I Can Afford College - Website Resource

The “I Can Afford College” campaign is a statewide, financial aid awareness initiative sponsored by the California Community Colleges. The campaign got its start back in 2004 shortly after enrollment fees were increased. The governor and the state legislature wanted to make sure Californians knew how to make college affordable, so they set aside money to create an awareness campaign about financial aid. The site offers information about Grants, Loans, Scholarships and more!

GET INVOLVED! Student Opportunities & Contests

click on the images below for opportunities to learn more and get involved virtually on and off campus!

Project Read - Redwood City Library Volunteer Opportunity

Project Read has some upcoming training for teens who would like to volunteer on September 13 and November 8.

This is a great opportunity for SHS students to be matched with a younger student to tutor once or twice a week.

If interested contact:

Email -

Phone- 650 780-7077

For more information go to their website and scroll down to the Teen Volunteer Section.

(Flier in College and Career Center)

Youth Advisory Board: Teen Resource Center

This is a student run club focusing on issues that directly impact students at Sequoia. We conduct a school survey to identify issues and topics that are directly impacting the students, then work towards making changes. We meet Thursdays after school. Apply to be part of the Youth Advisory Board by going to this link.

Wellness Peer Advocates: Teen Resource Center

This is a student run club focusing on topics around healthy relationships, boundaries, mental health, conflict resolution skills and more. We focus on the wellbeing of students as a whole- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We meet Tuesdays after school. Join us in bringing awareness to Sequoia High School! To apply go to this link.

FREE ONLINE art classes at Foothill College

Take online art classes at Foothill College in Graphic Design, Illustration & digital image, User Experience (UI/UX) Design, Typography. Classes are free to all high school students through the dual enrollment program at Foothill College. Classes start September 26. Go to to find out more.
Student Scholarships

Updated scholarship list for December deadlines available on the College and Career page on the school website for all grades

Interested in Studying Space Science? Scholarship for Juniors and Seniors Facing Financial Hardship and/or Challenging Cultural Circumstances

Application Due: Sept 15th

Applications are open for the The American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Inspiration Scholarship. The scholarship hopes to inspire students to explore space biology.

Application Link


Menlo Country Club is Looking for Servers and Bussers

BENEFITS Competitive Wages Complimentary Meals While on Duty Flexible Scheduling Hospitality Training Fun, Family-Oriented Work Environment Golf Privileges (in accordance with the club’s policies) Holiday Bonus Potential

HOW TO APPLY Please submit your current resume and a cover letter explaining your interest to James Shafer, Clubhouse Manager, at

Studio Host for San Carlos Yoga Studio

Must Be 16yrs old

Yoga Health Center in downtown San Carlos at 677 Laurel Street ia a community-based culture and are seeking a studio host that is a customer service pro with great energy to help our studio soar and provide students with a phenomenal experience.

Part time, minimum of 8-hours / wk

Salary: From $17.00 per hour

If interested, can apply by calling or texting 650-209-0703 or sending an email to

(Flier with more information in College and Career Center)

Hummingbird Music School is looking for talented high school musicians to join our team of Music Teachers!

Part-time work is available teaching private lessons (in all instruments) in-person or online and teaching group Piano Classes or group Ukulele Classes at local San Carlos Redwood City and Menlo Park elementary schools. Pay is $45/hour for private lessons and $60/hour for group classes. Please apply online at

(Flier with more information in College and Career Center)

How To Videos for students now on our website!

Students: visit the website for a number of How-To videos that Sequoia Counselors made for help with common application, scholarships and much more!
REMINDERS From Previous Weekly Newsletters

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Past Newsletters

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