Westview Counseling

February 2016

Stress Relief Ideas and Strategies

Everyone gets stressed at some point in their lives, which makes it even more important to find strategies that help relieve some of these feelings when they arise. For some, stress is relieved through exercise and physical activity, for others it is spending time with family and friends. A good way to evaluate what would help you relieve stress is to ask yourself, "what brings me joy?" This can be anything from watching YouTube videos of babies laughing, going for a run, watching a movie, practicing yoga, among many other things. Dealing with stress is a constant struggle but the more coping skills you have in your "toolbox" the better prepared you will be.

2016-2017 Course Request Process Starting Next Month

Counselors will be visiting classrooms during the week of February 29th to provide all 9th - 11th grade students with their course options for next year. Below is an overview of what to expect:

Classroom Visits: February 29th - March 4th, During Class

Student Elective Fair: March 10th @ Lunch

Course Request Window Available: March 16th - April 1st

Parent Open House for 9th-11th Grade Families: March 16th (2-6pm) & March 17th (1-4pm)

Counselors are available to answer questions by phone or email and students are encouraged to meet with their counselor at lunch, during wolverine time, after school, or by appointment if they have questions or need help selecting courses. Please note that counselors are not available to meet individually with families to discuss 4 year plans or course request options, aside from the open house dates listed above.

Creating a 4 Year Plan

While we know that 4 year plans change due to shifts in interest, the need to retake courses, or other unforeseen circumstances, it is recommended that students create one to start thinking about their goals for after high school. It is important for students to understand their graduation and college entrance requirements in order to take ownership of their education and feel empowered to perform their very best. Counselors are happy to meet with students during lunch, wolverine time, and by appointment to review their 4 year plans and make suggestions based on their goals. Students and families are encouraged to view the various 4 year planning resources available online (4 Year Planning Presentation, Worksheet, course offerings list, and sample 4 year plans). Once students have a draft of their 4 year plan, they can either send it to their counselor by email or meet with them in person to review.

Tutoring is Available

APES/Peer Tutoring - Any Subject Area (Tues/Wed/Thurs at 3:15 - D101)

Lunchtime Tutoring - Any Subject Area (Daily in Student Services, Wolverine Center)

Honors English 1-2 & Humanities Tutoring via HAWC (Tues & Thurs at 3:15 - L118)

Spanish Tutoring (Tues & Thurs, Wolverine Time – G111)

French Tutors (Tues & Thurs, Wolverine Times - J113)

AP US History Tutoring (Tues at Wolverine Time - L112)

Chemistry Tutoring (Thursday, Wolverine Time - E104)

One-On-One Peer Tutoring available by request HERE

Summer Opportunities

The following are just a few of the many summer enrichment opportunities that can be found on the Family Connections site, once you login.

Special note: Westview does not necessarily endorse the program described on this page. The information provided serves merely as a resource for students and families.

COSMOS UCSD

Application Deadline: February 19, 2016. Must request official transcript from registrar no later than 2/15. Students who excel in mathematics/science and are completing grades eight through twelve by the summer they are applying for are eligible.

Santa Clara University Summer Engineering Seminar

Application Deadline: March 4, 2016. Available to students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school by July 1, 2016. Students who are interested in broadly exploring the field of engineering and its various disciplines.

Senior Information

Check Your Admissions Status Online

You have written your essays, requested letters of rec, filled out every form, and hit submit. Now you just wait... and wait... to find out if you got in. During this time you should be creating accounts with each college/university that you applied, to ensure they have received all required documents. This will also be their main way of informing you of their admissions decisions. Also, let your counselor and teachers who wrote you recommendations know of the places you have been accepted, we'd love to know!

Palomar College Placement Testing

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 8:30-10:30am

13500 Camino Del Sur

San Diego, CA

February 2nd

8:00am - 10:30am in A101

Space is limited, sign up with Ms. Cruz in the Wolverine Center

Scholarships

The following are just a few of the many scholarship that can be found on the Family Connections site, once you login. Scholarships are updated regularly so check often.

Special note: Westview does not necessarily endorse the program described on this page. The information provided serves merely as a resource for students and families.

Athena Pinnacle Scholarship

Application Deadline: Feb. 22nd. Applicants must be female graduating high school seniors; reside in San Diego County; planning to attend a 4-year college in 2016; planning a career in the sciences (including math, engineering or computer science)

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: February 29, 2016. Available to those who plan to major in a specified course of study focused on engineering, technology or design, with an interest in the automotive industry.

San Diego County Citizens' Scholarship Foundation

Application Deadline: March 2, 2016. Available to senior high school students in San Diego County, who plan to attend an accredited college in San Diego County (2 & 4 year colleges). Students must demonstrate financial need.

The Gayle Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1, 2016. Applicants must: plan to pursue a career in education, demonstrate an interest in community service, show financial need, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, have good moral character, attend a college in the US

Upcoming Events

Winter Formal

Saturday, Feb. 6th, 7-10pm

2100 Costa Del Mar Road

Carlsbad, CA

PTSA Mock Testing

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 9pm

13500 Camino Del Sur

San Diego, CA

Information can be found HERE

PTSA Budget Class

Monday, March 7th, 6:30-8:30pm

Westview High School, Classroom D102

Information can be found HERE

College & Career Highlights

College Highlight: Montana State University

Montana State University (Based on the Carnegie Classification, MSU is one of only 108 colleges and universities in the nation (out of more than 4,600) that maintain “very high research activity.” Of those 108 only 51 are also classified by Carnegie as having significant commitment to community engagement. Of those 51, MSU is the ONLY institution whose Carnegie enrollment is “very high undergraduate.” This means that MSU students have unique access to cutting-edge research and creative opportunities- and to an engaging educational experience that fully integrates learning, discovery and service. Facts & Stats- freshman average HS GPA 3.43, more than 150 academic programs, total student enrollment 15, 421, 47% of student come from out of state. Learn more on their website.

Career Highlight: Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not. In 2014, the average annual wage in California was $83,120 with most people making between $50,320 and $120,870

You can find more information HERE