OVHS Counseling Newsletter

November 20, 2020

OVHS Families:

As we head to our Thanksgiving Break, we are looking for some bright spots in a very tough year. Here are some reasons we find to be thankful this season.

We would like to send a heartfelt message of gratitude to our Active Duty and Armed Services Veterans. Their sacrifices in service of our country should be remembered and honored everyday, not just November 11th.

We are thankful for you, to be able to serve such a wonderful group of students and parents and be members of the larger Val Verde USD and Perris communities!

Progress reports for grading period 2 were issued November 5. You should have received second progress report grades in the mail. We are heading to the close of our Semester 1 grading period. That means you only have about 4 weeks to keep your grades up or improve grades before Semester 1 ends on December 18. Semester grades are entered on student transcripts. Don't put your Graduation, A-G status, or credits at risk. Make sure students are balancing class work, using a planner to keep track of assignments, and meeting with teachers during FLEX and Office Hours to get support and pass those classes!

There is still time to work on improving grades. We have implemented Coyote Catch-ups to ensure students can complete assignments that will positively impact grades. Please see the details and schedule of dates for Coyote Catch-ups below. Please encourage your student to attend these sessions so that they can complete missing work that will help improve their grades.

It is very important that you check your VVUSD email and Google Classrooms Daily to stay informed!

Parents: Keep logging in to your parent portal for the most up to date attendance and grades for your students!

Mark your calendar:

School Holidays:

Monday, November 23-Friday, November 27 Thanksgiving Week

Important Dates:

Monday, November 30 UC Application Deadline

Friday, December 4 CSU Application Deadline

OVHS Grading Periods:

September 18, 2020: Progress Report

October 30, 2020: Progress Report

December 18, 2020: First Semester Grades (go on transcript)

February 19, 2021: Progress Report

March 26, 2021: Progress Report

June 4, 2021: Second Semester Grades (9th-11th go on transcript)

College Application Support

Seniors: Please don't miss the deadlines to submit college applications

UC Application 11:59pm Monday, November 30

CSU Application 11:59pm Friday, December 4

Counselors will be available from 9-3pm Monday, November 30-Friday, December 4th all week! Join the Workshops using the Zoom Link, or Meeting ID and Passcode below.

Meeting ID: 845 3233 8279

Passcode: 711148

Introducing our Cal Soap College Success Coach-Mr. Darnell Bailey.

You can read a little about him in the flyer below. He comes to us through Riverside County Office of Education. He is a great resource for our Class of 2021!!!!

Mr. Bailey will be assisting OV Counselors with college applications and FAFSA. Mr. Bailey will be reaching out to Seniors to ask if help or support is needed, so don't be surprised if you hear from him!

Mr. Bailey will be available to help with Senior college applications as the deadlines are quickly approaching. He will be available tomorrow, Friday, November 20 and also November 23, 24, 25 of this coming Thanksgiving week.

You can reach out to Mr. Bailey for College Application Support:

Via email:

Via Google Voice. (909) 521-1551

Academic Support Resources

See the additional newsletter for in depth academic support information. Below are some of the most important resources.

Coyote Catch-Ups

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Coyote Catch-Up Information

  • Students do not have to sign up ahead of time. Click on the Zoom link and it will take them to the Zoom Meeting:
  • Once in the Coyote Catch-Up Session, students will be broken into smaller breakout rooms. Each breakout room will be facilitated by a Coyote Catch-Up teacher.
  • Sessions are two hours long on weekdays and three hours long on weekends. During this time, student expectation is that they stay in the session and complete work assignments.

Coyote Catch-up Dates

Afternoon/Evenings 3:30pm-5:30pm

Tuesday 12/1

Thursday 12/3

Monday 12/7

Tuesday 12/8

Thursday 12/10

Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm



Paper Tutoring

24/7 Online tutoring in all subject areas including essays. Students can access from Class Link.
How Does PAPER Help Students?
PAPER for Parents & Guardians

Teen Mindfulness Series: The Oasis

To address the ongoing attendance concerns and the stressors that contribute to students' struggles, the Language Acquisition Team is conducting a 5 session Teen Mindfulness Series we're calling "The Oasis." The series is open to all VVUSD secondary students but is specifically designed to re engage emerging multilingual students with struggling attendance. The series is designed to provide secondary students with easy and accessible mindfulness practices, meditations, and concepts specifically designed for teens. Participants will receive community service hours for their attendance along with other incentives.

Here is a newsletter with more information:

Mental Health Resources

Resources for Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, or Crisis during the Pandemic

If experiencing a Mental Health Crisis, Seek Immediate Help or Dial 911



National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Crisis Text Line

Text TALK to 741741

LGBTQ Youth Support

The Trevor Project

1-866-488-7386 orText 678-678

Managing Anxiety & Stress

Centers for Disease Control Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Urgent Mental Health Care

Riverside County Suicide Prevention Lifeline


SAFE Alternatives (Self Abuse Finally Ends)



Teen Hotline

(310) 855-4673

Text TEEN to 839863

RAINN-Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

American Pregnancy Helpline


Val Verde Unified School District Mental Health Self Referral Link

We know that times are stressful right now because of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the holiday season. We wanted to make sure you all knew that we have Mental Health Therapists that are working out of the Val Verde District Office available to assist students that are struggling in these difficult times. If you need assistance please fill out the Google Self-Referral Form below and a therapist will contact you and assist you. This is not monitored 24/7 or during school breaks. If there is a mental health emergency, seek immediate help or dial 911.

Meet the OV Counselors

OVHS Counseling Intern

Hello Coyotes! My name is Jeremy Garcia and I am a USC student intern for school counseling with Mrs. Janis (AKA my "Yoda"). I am excited to continue my internship with the amazing Orange Vista school counselor team (AKA my "Jedi Council") and further build my relationship within the Coyote community! Fight on!

Newly Re-Designed OVHS Counseling Website

Please click here to get the latest information from the OVHS Counseling Department. Thank you to Mr. Bice and our Computer Science students for re-designing our Website!

Social Media:

Twitter: @OrangeVistaHS, @OVHSPrincipal, @OVHS_Guidance, @OrangeVistaASB, @OVHS_ATHLETICS

Instagram: @orangevistaasb

Google Classroom Codes

OVHS College and Career Center

Mrs. Romero is our Guidance Tech in the College and Career Center. Mrs. Romero has created a Virtual College and Career Center using Bitmoji. Please check out the College and Career Center and use the icons to find out more about Virtual College Fairs, College Apps, ACT/SAT Tests, Military Recruiters, Trade and Tech Schools, Scholarships, Community Service Opportunities, Work Permits and much more! Use the link below to access the Virtual College and Career Center.

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UC/CSU A-G Requirements

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CA College and Career Readiness Indicator

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College/Career Match Resources

California Colleges Guidance Initiative (CCGI)


The platform provides high school students the tools to match their interests and skills to postsecondary college and career opportunities. They can take career assessments and use search tools to develop college, major, and career lists, write goals and journals, track activities, and read a variety of age-appropriate content to develop and expand their knowledge on all college, career, and financial aid planning topics.

Registering Your Account (Partner Districts)

CCGI Grade 9 Activity-Interest Profile

CCGI Grade 10 Activity-Multiple Intelligences

CCGI Grade 11 Activity- Favorite College

CCGI Grade 12 Activity- College Application and FAFSA/CADAA Launch

CA College Application Opening Dates and Deadlines

CSU Opens Oct. 1st - Deadline: December 4th

UC Opens Aug. 1st - Deadline: Nov. 30th

***SENIORS: Have your Counselor check your application before submitting to make sure everything is correct.*** Once you have submitted, no corrections can be made.

Do not wait until the last minute to submit your applications. The websites can crash and prevent you from submitting on time.

College Search Links:

Scholarship Search Links:

How to Order Official Transcripts

Your first two, free, official transcripts can be requested from our OVHS Registrar, Ms. Joanne Escujuri. Please email Ms. Escujuri with the name of the college or organization where the transcripts should be sent.

After your first two official requests, transcripts must be ordered online using The link is below. See the step-by-step directions document below.

Advanced Placement

Please refer to the Collegeboard AP Central site for the most up to date information.

OVHS Advanced Placement Webpage

Please see the links below for step by step directions on how to pay for AP Exams.