Counseling Department Newsletter
GENERAL INFO FOR ALL GRADES
9th, 10th and 11th Grade Course Selection Night & Dr. Boran's School Address
Monday, Feb. 11th, 6:30pm
30 Ash Street
Course Selection for 2019-20
If you miss class on the day of the presentation, please review the grade-level presentations posted HERE following the presentations. Stop by the Counseling Office, Rm. 2003, to pick up a course card if you did not receive one.
Students should be discussing next year's course choices with their current teachers, school counselor, and parents. Course card due dates are listed below:
UPDATE: In order to make up for lost instruction days due to the cold weather closures, students will no longer be entering their course selections into Xello. SCHOOL COUNSELORS WILL BE HAND-ENTERING ALL COURSE CARD REQUESTS. Please ensure that your card is accurate and includes COURSE NUMBERS as well as your COUNSELOR'S NAME on the top of your card.
9th grade students should bring completed course cards to their Biology class on Thursday, Feb. 21st.
10th grade students should bring completed course cards to their Health/PE class on Tuesday, February 19th. **students who do not have Health or Phy Ed this semester can drop off course cards in the counseling office, Room 2003.
11th grade students should bring completed course cards to their Social Studies class on Monday, February 18th.
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
Registration closes March 1st at 6 pm CST.
IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO SIGN UP FOR THE AP EXAMS THEY PLAN TO TAKE PRIOR TO THE DEADLINE!
AP Test Accommodations: If your student qualifies for accommodations, please contact Mike McGarry for IEP accommodations or Brook Gard for 504 accommodations. Accommodation application window closes February 22nd.
Any student that receives Free/Reduced lunch will not need to submit a payment upon registration, the fee will automatically be waived.
To register and for more information, visit:
New this year: Transportation will be provided for students to and from the Alliant Energy Center during testing. See your counselor if you need transportation.
Early College Credit Options
More information on Early College Credit Options, as well as the application can be found HERE
Looking for things to do this SUMMER?
Check out the list of possible activities, events, camps and & experiences HERE. (this list is continually being updated, so check back often!)
SMAHRT: Summer Research Scholars Program at UW Madison
Applications now open!
Each summer, the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) hosts the Summer Research Scholars program. This week-long program provides 9th – 12th grade students with the opportunity to conduct their own research project.
These research projects are centered on teen health and social media. Scholars will learn different types of research methods, discover a variety of career paths in research and health-related fields and practice their public speaking and presentation skills.
The Summer Research Scholars program aims to engage students who may not have other opportunities to engage with topics in research and health-related fields.
SMAHRT strives to…
- Teach the research process in an interactive, hands-on and enjoyable way
- Mentor Summer Research Scholars toward creating a research poster to present by the end of the session
- Provide the opportunity to learn about future careers involving research
Find out more information HERE
GSAFE Leadership Training Institute (LTI) 2019 Application
GSAFE's summer Leadership Training Institute (LTI) is a four day, three night camp for LGBTQ+ high school students who are interested in activism. Campers participate in workshops on queer and racial justice, disability justice, and how to create change in their schools
Scholarships are available. Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 can apply for LTI.
Click HERE to view and complete the application.
INFO FOR SENIORS
Schools Asking For Your Mid-Year Transcripts?
If your school is NOT on the Common Application, students are required to request their mid-year transcript via parchment.com .
West HS Scholarship Application Closes Feb. 11th at 4 PM!
LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS? CHECK BACK OFTEN, THIS RESOURCE IS CONTINUALLY UPDATED!
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Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy - Applications are open!
Are you a current Junior or Senior interested in a future career in Law Enforcement? Be sure to check out The Wisconsin American Legion’s 2019 Law Enforcement Career Academy! The deadline to apply is February 26, 2019.
The application is available on-line https://wilegion.org/view/document/2019_walleca_fillable_form_application.pdf. The academy is available to current high school juniors and seniors. The application will need to be printed, completed, signed by a parent/guardian and signed by the student’s school counselor, then mailed or scanned and emailed to Sheri Hicks, Program Coordinator at The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin. Her email address is Sheri@wilegion.org. The cadets chosen will be notified via email and US mail in March 2019.
WALLECA is for students who are interested in a career in law enforcement. 50 cadets will be chosen to attend WALLECA.
WALLECA consists of class room instruction and physical training. Some of the classes are Crime Scene Investigation, Computer Crimes, Firearms Training, Ethics, Tactical Response and many more. The physical training portion of the academy is required. The academy instructors are current or retired law enforcement professionals.
WALLECA will be held at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy at Fort McCoy from June 24 – 28, 2019. The cadets will stay in the academy dormitory. All meals are included. Registration will be Monday, June 24 at 10:00am, dismissal will be Friday, June 28 in the afternoon after the graduation ceremony. Graduating cadets will be able to invite family and friends to attend the graduation ceremony.
There is no cost to the cadet.
Any questions regarding WALLECA can be directed to Sheri Hicks, Programs Coordinator at The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin.
INFO FOR JUNIORS
ACT February 20th
Looking for FREE TEST PREP?
Don't forget that students have access to Method Test Prep through your student Xello account (formerly Career Cruising). To access your Xello account, visit the West High School Website and find the Xello link at the bottom left-hand side of the page. Use your MMSD gmail account and you will automatically be directed to your Xello account.
ACT Academy on the ACT website also provides FREE test prep. You can sign up for an account HERE
- Transcript Review
- Course selection for Senior year
- Discussion of post-high school plans
A summary page will be shared with student and family following the conference. Included in this summary is a timeline of next steps for post-high school plans.
INFO FOR SOPHOMORES
UW-MADISON LEAP FORWARD INTERNSHIP
THE LEAP FORWARD APPLICATION WILL NOW OPEN ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH AND CLOSE ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH.
UW Madison's Business Emerging Leader (BEL) Program
The Business Emerging Leaders (BEL) Program is designed for promising students who come from diverse backgrounds and have strong academic records and demonstrated leadership skills. Program participation gives students a distinct competitive advantage when adjusting to college life, learning in classes, and applying for internship opportunities, ultimately preparing them for successful careers in business.
BEL Program students who are admitted to UW–Madison and major in business are granted a full-tuition scholarship for four years of attendance. (Completion of the program does not guarantee admission into the university.) The BEL Program meets every summer for three years, beginning the summer after tenth grade. Learn more on the Program Details page.
Students are selected based on their demonstrated academic success, leadership skills, commitment to diversity, and potential to excel in business at the university.
BEL applicants must:
- Be a current 10th grade student
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Have and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (unweighted on a 4.0 scale)
BEL applicants must identify as at least one of the following:
- African American
- Southeast Asian American (Hmong, Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian)
- Native American
- Low-income student (defined as a student who receives free or reduced lunch benefits at school)
Find out more information on the BEL Program and access the application HERE.
Note the application deadline of February 8, 2019.