El Modena Counseling Newsletter


Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop [with lyrics]

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Summer is almost here! Hit play on the classic above and settle in with me for an important read! We have survived this challenging year... some barely! While it was not easy, we have grown in ways we could not imagine and yet, we know we're not finished. Through the hardships we have endured, we are keenly aware of the time it will take our community and our nation to heal. We have more work to do, but we'll take it one day at a time, doing our best to spread kindness and love to those we encounter in our journey. I encourage you to look up, look forward and don't stop thinking about tomorrow. Your El Modena Counseling Team is here to support you as we move forward.

If no one has told you this yet, I feel compelled to let you know: THIS YEAR DOES NOT DEFINE YOU. Whatever happened is repairable and worth healing. We are in this together. Lastly, we are SO looking forward to being fully back together in person in August. Enjoy your summer! We wish you time to rest and recharge and do the things you love! Take good care of yourself and see you in August!

Love and hugs to all,

Mrs. E.


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August Registration - Save the Date!

Save the date for your August registration time. This is an important day to prepare for the upcoming school year and make sure you are all set for the first day of school on August 18th.

  • August 5th (Thursday) ~ SENIORS
  • August 6th (Friday) ~ JUNIORS
  • August 9th (Monday) ~ SOPHOMORES
  • August 10th (Tuesday) ~ FRESHMEN

Please check the following link and click on the registration flyer to see your exact registration time slot based on your last name:


Summer School 6/15 - 7/21

Have you received a D or F grade that needs to be made up? Summer school has been offered to all students in need of repairing a grade, however, if you did not receive notice by email or regular mail and feel you need to attend, please reach out to your counselor as soon as possible. Classes will be offered both in person and virtually.

In addition, as your student finishes the year please note, if they receive a second semester D/F, you will need to contact the front office for summer school enrollment. Counselors last day is June 11th and grades are finalized after we leave for summer break. Please ensure your student attends summer school to stay on track for both high school graduation and the 4-year college requirements.

  • Summer school orientation is June 7th at 3pm and will be held virtually.

Requesting Transcripts

Seniors - Don't forget to send your FINAL transcript in June to the college you plan to attend. Transcripts are requested online through Parchment:


If you need assistance with ordering your transcript, please contact our registrar, Ms. Guzman, aguzman@orangeusd.org.

In addition, if you qualify for free and reduced lunch, you also qualify for a Parchment fee waiver. Please contact Ms. Guzman to utilize your fee waiver BEFORE you order a transcript.

Just for Juniors - Let's Get Ready for College!

Calling all juniors! Summer is a key time in the college-planning process. Many juniors wait to start this process in September and find themselves very stressed and overwhelmed. We encourage you to start now! Here are some important reminders to help you prepare for fall of senior year and the college application season:

  • Register for the SAT and/or ACT: many colleges across the nation are still test optional. If you would like to have the option to submit a test score, register now!
  • SAT: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines
  • ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html
  • Develop a list of 15-20 colleges of interest. The college search is about finding the right fit for you. Use your Xello account, located on your student dashboard, to lead you through the process of learning more about yourself and what colleges may be a great match.
  • Stay open to all possibilities. There are thousands of colleges nation-wide and many of our students limit their options to some of the most selective California colleges. To find the best college for you, you should apply to colleges of varying selectivity. Selective colleges admit a portion of students who apply. Some colleges are highly selective while others are less selective. Make sure to apply to public, private, in-state, and out-of-state schools so that you have plenty of options from which to choose.
  • Work with your high school counselor! Your high school counselor writes your letters of recommendation and fills out the secondary report for the private colleges. While this past year has been challenging, we still want to connect with you, get to know you better and help support you through the college application process. We know it can be overwhelming and we are here to help!
  • Register with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center if you are an athlete planning to continue playing a sport in college. ncaaclearinghouse.net
  • Start to gather documents for financial aid: Be sure to keep a copy of your tax returns handy. You’ll use these to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which opens on Oct. 1.
  • Get your FSA ID: Before you can fill out your FAFSA, you need to get a username and password (also known as an FSA ID).
  • Visit colleges, even virtually. When planning your campus visits, make sure to allow time to explore each college. While you’re there, talk to as many people as possible. These can include college admission staff, professors, and students. Take campus tours and, at colleges you’re serious about, make appointments to have interviews with admission counselors. Many colleges are offering virtual college fairs, visits, tours, etc.
  • Create a résumé—a record of your academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and work experiences since you started high school.
  • Begin to show demonstrated interest. Read the helpful article below to understand the meaning of demonstrated interest and how to use it to your benefit for the purpose of college admissions.

College and Career Planning with Xello

Xello is our new college and career exploration platform that allows students to customize their college and career research according to their individual strengths, interests and goals. Xello is available to all OUSD middle and high school students and can be accessed through your student’s OUSD single sign-on.

This spring we would like all students to complete the Personality Styles Inventory as an introduction to Xello. In addition, there are many lessons and activities students can complete such as researching colleges, careers and creating a college interest list.

Tutoring/Academic Support - Finish Strong!

We know that distance learning is challenging to many and we want you to feel supported! Here are some virtual tutoring/academic support opportunities:

  • Attend you teacher's office hours and communicate your struggles early.
  • Virtual Tutoring Sessions(all subjects): Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30 - 3:30pm. Google Meet code: meet.google.com/uhn-hbko-fue
  • Personal Statement Tutoring Sessions: Mondays and Tuesdays through 12/7, 2:30-3:30pm Google Meet code: meet.google.com/mwf-zibn-obd
  • Math Tutoring: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 3-4 pm

    Google Meet code: ElmoTutoring

  • Paper: 24/7, on-demand, unlimited academic support. Check out your student dashboard for this awesome free tutoring resource!

  • Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Community College Information

Did you know that you can receive FREE tuition for the first 2 years of community college?

This program is called the CA Promise Grant. Find more info in the link below:


Not sure which community college is right for you? There are 116 community colleges in CA and many have specialty programs only offered at their college. Use their helpful website to search colleges and programs to learn more:


Take a College Class While in High School

Would you like to get ahead on your college credits or perhaps explore a subject not offered in high school? This program is referred to as dual enrollment and your counselor can assist you in getting signed up if you find this opportunity right for you. Learn more here:


In addition, we have an SCC representative that is assigned to El Modena and here to assist you. Feel free to reach out to her directly if you have questions about their classes or programs:

Skyler Phamle - SCC Outreach Rep. - phamle_skyler@sccollege.edu

Need a Work Permit?

Work Permit Instruction:

  1. Select the work permit link and electronically complete the PDF form. You may also print and fill the form with a blue or black pen. https://www.elmodenahs.org/counseling/college-and-career-information/career/work-permits
  2. Your employer, and parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the form.
  3. Email the COMPLETED work permit to Ms. Sjule, the EMHS Career Guidance Technician at ksjule@orangeusd.org. A scanned image is preferred, but you may take a picture with your phone provided the information is clear. You may also return a physical copy to Ms. Sjule in the library.
  4. Allow 1-2 days for your work permit to be approved and signed.
  5. Follow-up with Ms. Sjule in the library to receive a copy of your signed and approved work permit to provide to your employer.

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