College & Career Newsletter

Week of September 11-17, 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:

All HCA, Study Skills Students and Last names A-L


Ms Yeager:

All DAA, ELD Students and Last names M-Z

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

Important Dates/Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Scroll through for more detailed information!

Important Dates and Deadlines


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

Sept 16 - Freshman College Day Permission Slips DUE

Sept 28- Last day to add a class or drop a class without penalty

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

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

Oct 12th- PSAT (11th grade only)

Nov 1st - Last day to drop an IB course in a testing year

Nov 16th - Last day to drop with penalty. No drops after this date

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College & Career Center: Where to find us?

On Wednesdays, join the College & Career Center in the Quad at lunch.

During September, we will have less availability for students due to important annual conferences on the following days:

- College Conference Sept 13th (all day EXCEPT for College Visits)

- UC Conference Sept 15 (all day)

At this time please come in person to make an appointment

Annual Grade Level IB/4 Year College Bound Meetings

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 ASAP

  • 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

11th Grade IB/4 Year College Bound Meeting Recording Available on Website

If you missed the 11th Grade 4YR College & IB Meeting on September 8th

11th Grade Level College/IB Meeting Recording Passcode: X.a28T0#

Class of 2024 Fall 11th Grade Presentation Only

Haga clic aquí para ver una grabación de la presentación. Contraseña: fr1@2k8k

The grade-level presentation in English and Spanish and handouts will also be available on the Sequoia College and Career webpage.

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.

CSF Applications Period Now Open for SPRING 2022 Grades (10th-11th Graders)

DUE: Sept 20th by 1pm – Don’t Wait! No Late Exceptions!

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) emphasizes high standards of scholarship and community service for California high school students. For families that do not know about CSF, it is basically a state-wide honor roll organization. The word scholarship has to do with academic performance NOT SCHOLARSHIP MONEY.

You must be a member at LEAST one semester of your senior year to be a Life Member!

For applications, class lists, help completing the form, and general information about the CSF organization please visit the College and Career Center’s CSF webpage or in the bin outside of the College and Career Center

Directions and deadline for submitted Spring 2022 CSF Applications - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY


Only students can complete and submit the application to Ms Ignaitis in the College and Career Center/Room 115 from September 6- 20th by 1pm

The submitted application packet must include:

1. A completed CSF application

2. $5.00 application fee in cash or a check made payable to Sequoia High School

3. A copy of the previous semester report card or transcript- A transcript can be obtained through a student’s Infinite Campus account (report tab).


STUDENTS - if you need help, have questions, or have an issue paying please come by the College and Career Center WE will help you!

9th Grade College Day

Oct 5th

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). English Permission Slip Spanish Permission Slip

Juniors: PSAT Information

The morning of October 12th all Juniors will take the PSAT at Sequoia.

This is the only date we will offer the PSAT.

There will be more detailed information in the coming weeks

During the Week of Sept 11-17th, juniors will receive a PSAT Study Guide in their history classes.

This year, only Juniors will take the practice exam.

Working to make up classes? UPDATED HOURS

If you are working on making up classes (D/F grades) for graduation and/or A-G requirements through our online credit recovery program, Edgenuity please know that the lab with Mr. Calles is now open for the 2022-23 school year.

If you are not sure if you need to make-up classes please contact your assigned counselor.

Edgenuity Teacher: Mr. Calles,

Where: Room 210Edgenuity Teacher: Mr. Calles,

Where: Room 210

When: Mondays and Thursdays, 4pm-6pm

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)

University of British Columbia

Tue Sept 13, 2022 8:00 AM

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

Tue Sept 13, 2022 2:00 PM

Binghamton University

Wed Sept 14, 2022 7:30 AM

Loyola Marymount University

Wed Sept 14, 2022 8:00 AM

The American University of Paris

Wed Sept 14, 2022 8:30 AM

American University

Wed Sept 14, 2022 9:30 AM

Sarah Lawrence College

Wed Sept 14, 2022 10:00 AM

University of Colorado Boulder

Wed Sept 14, 2022 11:15 AM

PLUS Willamette University, Merrimack College, Seton Hall University, Baylor University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, University of Arizona and New York University


Find the College for You at NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Oct 9th

Hundreds of colleges and universities from the US and worldwide will be ready and waiting to talk with you at these upcoming NACAC Virtual College Fairs will be on Sundays. Go to to see the list of participating colleges and to REGISTER. Then log in on any fair date to attend Zoom sessions, text your questions, and demonstrate interest... all without leaving home.

CSU College Nights

Wed Sept 21

Meet with all 23 California State University campuses in one location and learn what steps you need to take next to get ready for college. Learn key information regarding applications, financial aid and more. For more information and to register click here.

College Guidance Network “Straight Talk with Admission Leaders”

Thursday, 9/15/22, 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT

As students and families grapple with the complexities of the college search, this program will aim to help you lower the stress and raise the excitement for the self-discovery that lies ahead. In this open-format Q&A, the focus will be on you and your questions, on any aspect of the post-secondary journey. Register here

University of Chicago Virtual Events

Wednesday, 9/14 from 7 – 8 p.m. CDT: UChicago Student Panel UChicago students will talk about campus and student life and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain a greater understanding of the student perspective.

Thursday, 9/15 7 – 8 p.m. CDT: Excelencia at UChicago Join us for a candid conversation between James Nondorf, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement, Dean of College Admissions and Financial Aid, and Antonio J. Gracias, JD’98, where Antonio will talk about his experience through Higher Education and his involvement with the University of Chicago Board of Trustees.

Majors, Minors, and More: The Academic Experience at Liberal Arts Colleges

Tues, September 20 7:00 p.m. EDT

What are classes like? How do students explore academic interests? Faculty and current students will talk about the academic experience at a liberal arts college—from choosing a major to relationship building and research opportunities. Hosted by Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams. REGISTER HERE

Emory, Rice, University of Michigan, and University of Washington

Sept 13th and 28th

Attend a virtual information session for prospective students and their families and learn about these Engaging Distinctive Universities all in one meeting.

Register Here

Lawrence University: (Colleges That Change Lives) Speak to an Admission Counselor

Chat with an admissions counselor in person or virtually

For More Information and Registration

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Eligibility v. Selectivity

In college admissions, eligibility means you meet the minimum requirements to be admitted. In the Bay Area, two local universities (San Francisco State and Cal State East Bay) are in our local area and as long as you meet minimum eligibility, you are guaranteed admission to those two schools.

Selectivity means the: % of admits/applications

  • Lower %, harder to be admitted

  • Highly Selective 4-20%

  • Selective 20-30%

If planning on going to an selective school must go beyond the minimum eligibility.

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What’s the real cost of college? How to save, plan, and pay by Sallie Mae

‍Wednesday, September ‍14 at ‍7pm ET | ‍6pm CT | ‍5pm MT | ‍4pm PT

Register Now

Virtual event will cover: Saving for college, How to select a college and how much it will cost, FAFSA - what, why and how, Understanding a financial aid offer, How to find and apply for scholarships and grants – FREE $$$, Education loan options, Free tools and resources to make the process easier.

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GET INVOLVED! Student Opportunities & Contests

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

Healthy Cities New Tutor Orientation on Zoom

September 21 or October 5, 7-7:30 PM.

Are you a new volunteer tutor? Interested in becoming a tutor but want to learn more first? Join other new tutors and learn more about HCT and our program, meet our staff and have all your questions answered!

Learn more and RSVP here.

Star Vista Teen Volunteer

Volunteering with StarVista is an excellent opportunity to learn more about yourself and receive valuable training while making an important contribution to your Community

For more information

StarVista has helped people throughout San Mateo County navigate life’s challenges. Our counseling, crisis prevention, youth housing, and early childhood programs help tens of thousands of people in our community each year.

Project Read - Redwood City Library Volunteer Opportunity

TRAINING: Sept 13th and Nov 8th

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)

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


Hackathon - No Coding Experience Required

Sept 24-25

Los Altos Hacks VI is a 24-hour in-person high school hackathon taking place on September 24-25th, 2022. No coding experience is required; there's a place for everyone at our hackathon! Los Altos Hacks will be 100% free, including prizes, swag, mentorship, and much more! For more information and to sign up.

LaserMaxx Crew Member Part-Time Job

LaserMaxx San Carlos is looking to hire people and would love to have Sequoia High School students be a part of the team! Students aged 16 and up are encouraged to apply for part-time crew member opportunities. See here for more information. If you have any questions, you can email and/or call (650)597-3600.

Goetz Bros. Sporting Goods Customer Service Part-Time Job

Goetz Bros. Sporting Goods is looking for part-time customer service employees. Starting pay is $15.50. Hours are flexible around the student's schedule and average between 3-10 hours per week. For more information or to apply contact Brent Goetz, or 650-366-4082

Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises Food Service Positions

They have open interviews each week on Fridays and Saturday - A flier is available in the College and Career Center or go to their website for more information.

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

Click here for a list of past newsletters links

Past Newsletters

Sept 4-10, 2022

August 28-Sept 3 2022 CAREER: Careers for Art Majors, COLLEGE TIP: Do's and Don'ts for High School Juniors

August 21-27, 2022 CAREER: O*NET