Poway High Counseling

Fall, Volume 2, Issue 2

Here We Go, Titans!

Settling in to Trimesters

Trimester 1 is beginning to ramp up, and we hope you are getting to know the teachers and subject matter, as well as getting the feel for our new schedule. We are now into the college application and testing season. We are holding some events to aid our students with the process, so check this newsletter for important information and dates. We're going to be quite busy in the coming months!

Dates to Keep in Mind

  • 9/26 - Financial Aid Night at the PCPA, 6PM
  • 9/22 - Common Application Workshop, Student Lunch in the Titan Center
  • 10/1 - The FAFSA application process for the 2017-18 school year opens
  • 10/5 - Family College and Career Night, PCPA, 6PM
  • 10/6 - Letter of Recommendation Request Deadline for November 1st
  • 10/11 - PSAT at PHS, 7:30 AM (Room assignments posted day before)
  • 10/12 - UC Application Workshop, Student Lunch in the Titan Center
  • 10/18 - PUSD College Fair, Rancho Bernardo High School, 6PM
  • 10/19 - CSU Application Workshop, Student Lunch in the Titan Center
  • 10/26 - Palomar College Application Workshop, Student Lunch in the Titan Center
  • 11/17 - Letter of Recommendation Request Deadline for January 1st
  • 11/30 - Last day to submit UC and CSU Applications
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Counseling News

Senior Class Presentations

Counselors will be visiting Senior Homerooms in September and October to provide information about the college application process. During this presentation, seniors will receive a copy of their transcript to assist with self-reporting grades on applications.

Letter of Recommendation Requests

If you need a Letter of Recommendation, please see the Letter of Recommendation process on the Academic Section of the PHS Website here. Letters needed by November 1st, must be requested by Friday, October 6th. Letters needed by January 1st must be requested by Friday, November 17th.

Social Media

The Counseling Office is on Twitter! Follow along as we tweet the latest news, advice, events, and scholarship opportunities! @PHSTitanCenter

Study Aids

Paid Student Tutors

We are now recruiting students who would like to get paid for tutoring. Applications are available in the Counseling office and are due 9/20. Once we have compiled the list, it will be available in the Counseling Office and at the front desk in the office.

Free Tutoring/Study Aids

There are many free options for working to improve your grades and test scores. These are just some of the great resources we have:

Student Tutoring in the Library

Peer Tutoring will be available after school Monday-Thursday in the PHS Library. This service is free for all students. If you need extra help in a specific class come check it out!

SAT/ACT Test Prep

The PHS Library offers access to an excellent study tool through Gale's TERC (Testing & Education Reference Center). They offer personalized online courses for the SAT and ACT, as well as several practice tests and online study books. Access is available through the PHS Library website with the username: powayhs and password: titans17

College Board and Khan Academy have teamed up to help students prepare for their SATs. Once a student has taken the PSAT, they are able to utilize these tools via their College Board accounts. Students can look at their PSAT results and find specific study tools and evaluations for how to improve their skills. There are also video lessons, full-length practice tests, and personalized study plans. Sign up for free today through satpractice.org

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Upcoming College Visits

The following is the list of colleges coming to give presentations to students. These visits are a great opportunity for students to speak to college representatives and get a feel for what college life is like. Seniors are encouraged to come, but all grade levels are welcome. If interested in attending, please signing up with Ms. Oakes in the Counseling Office.

FYI: We were also informed of a College event being held in La Jolla for Boston University. More information can be found here.

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PUSD College & Career Fair

Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 6pm

13010 Paseo Lucido

San Diego, CA

Poway Unified hosts a large College and Career Fair every year. It's a great event and one you shouldn't miss if you're hoping to get a lot of information about college options! This yera it will b held at Rancho Bernardo High School. For more information see their flyer here.

Escondido College and Career Fair

September 21, 6-8 pm
San Pasqual High School
For more information, visit:

Christian College Fairs

October 10, 6-8 pm
The Rock Church
For more information, visit:

Explore Solutions College Showcase

October 21, 2-4 pm
San Diego Town & Country Hotel
For more information, visit:

Cal SOAP College Fair

October 25, 6-8 pm
Scottish Rite Center - Mission Valley
For more information, visit:

Performing & Visual Arts College Fair - NACAC

October 28, 1-3 pm
USD, Hahn Center
For more information, visit:

Service Academy & ROTC Night

Hosted by Rep. Scott Peters
Thursday, September 21st, Marston Middle School Cafeteria
For more information, visit:

College Prep Testing


The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. All 10th grade students are automatically registered and paid for by Poway Unified. This exam is a great opportunity to find out what you can work on to get the best score possible on the SAT.

Taking the PSAT again during the Junior year can help improve SAT scores and provides entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program.

9th and 11th graders register to take the PSAT by paying $18 to the Finance Office.

Note: 11th graders who are on Free/Reduced Lunch may be able to have their exam fee waived. To request a waiver, please see Miss Hughes in the Counseling Office.


Consider taking the SAT and/or ACT tests. Colleges will accept either test and will focus on the higher score. Check with the colleges you are most interested in to see which test they prefer. These tests are not administered during school, so you will need to register for them through their websites. Some SAT dates are available on our campus.

You can find a list of important dates and deadlines to sign up for the ACT and/or SAT on our website here.

Upcoming Counseling Events

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Financial Aid Night

Tuesday, Sep. 26th, 6-7:30pm

15498 Espola Road

Poway, CA

Get information about applying for financial aid and the FAFSA process, presented by UCSD. In the Poway Center for the Performing Arts
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The Common Application Workshop

Friday, Sep. 22nd, 11:30am

15500 Espola Road

Poway, CA

Open to Senior Students: Information about applying to schools that use The Common Application. Presented by USD. In the Titan Center at Student Lunch!

The UC Application Workshop

Thursday, Oct. 12th, 11:30am

15500 Espola Road

Poway, CA

Open to Senior Students: Information about applying to University of California schools. Presented by UCSD. In the Titan Center at Student Lunch!

The CSU Application Workshop

Thursday, Oct. 19th, 11:45am

15500 Espola Road

Poway, CA

Open to Senior Students: Information about applying to the California State University schools. Presented by SDSU. In the Titan Center at Student Lunch! (There is an alternate bell schedule on this day. Presentation begins promptly at lunch.)

Palomar College Workshop

Thursday, Oct. 26th, 11:30am

15500 Espola Road

Poway, CA

Open to Senior Students: Information about applying to Palomar College. In the Titan Center at Student Lunch!
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Family College and Career Night

Thursday, Oct. 5th, 6-7:30pm

15498 Espola Road

Poway, CA

Geared toward 9th-11th graders, this night focuses on the college and career search process. In the Poway Center for the Performing Arts
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There are always opportunities for students to find and apply for college scholarships. Here are two of the websites our students frequently view to explore scholarship opportunities:

Fast Web

Fast Web is the most comprehensive site with thousands of scholarship listings. http://www.fastweb.com/


Scholarships.com also has thousands of scholarships, and frequently offers them in a monthly format by deadlines. http://www.scholarships.com

PHS Counseling Staff


A - Er: Christy Brown

Es - La: Jerrah Smith

Le - Ra: Blanca Arreguin

Re - Z: Jerilyn Padua-Reyes

Student Services: Traci Barker-Ball

Support Staff

Counseling Assistant: Jodie Hughes

Counseling Assistant: Lynne Oakes

Registrar: Michelle Bourget

Scheduler: Barbara Longworth


Assistant Principals:

A-Gih: Peter McKee

Gil-Nel: Catherine Burling

Nem-Z: Aaron Little


Ron Garrett

Please direct all counseling questions to

858-748-0245 x. 5137 or x. 5138