Poway High Counseling

March 2021


2nd Week of March - Book and CRF Drop Off

March 16 - 8th Grade Family Night

March 15 & 16 - Book Pickup, Last Chance to Drop Off CRF

March 19 - 8th Grade CRF Presentation Live with Counselors

March 22 - CRF Audit Meetings Begin

March 31 - LAST day to apply for Inter/Intra District Transfer (IDT) for 21-22 School Year

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Counselor Zoom Office Hours

The counselors will have open Zoom Office Hours for students to drop in to ask quick questions twice a week during student lunch. To find your counselor's office hours Click Here.


A - Dom: Christy Brown

Don - Kon: Jerrah Smith

Koo - Ramj: Blanca Arreguin

Ramk - Z: Jerilyn Padua-Reyes

Intervention/CTE: Karly Wardwell

Academic Planning for 2021-2022

If you haven't already, please submit your signed Course Request Form (CRF) and any applicable AP Agreements. You can send it to powayhighcounseling@gmail.com, return it to the box in the front office, or bring at Book Drop Off. If you did not submit your requests electronically, make sure you submit your signed CRF so we can honor your course requests. If you do not submit a CRF, we will assign courses based on the classes with the most availability, so be sure to get your CRFs turned in as soon as possible!

For information about how to choose courses and important dates, please see our Academic Planning/CRF newsletter: https://www.smore.com/d7ztu

Trimester Shift

Now that course selection for next year is over, it's time to focus on finishing this trimester strong and preparing for the changes coming in Tri 3. Just like the Counseling Office, students are going to have a lot going on in the next few weeks. Hard to believe, but we are about 15 weeks from graduation/summer break. What does that mean? It's a great time to refocus. Start making steps toward your goals. But also, pace yourself. Take a deep breath and schedule some breaks. We still have a way to go.

Practice Masking Up!

It is looking more and more like those who selected On-Campus Learning will be returning to campus with us March 15 and 16. Masks will be required all day. Those of us who have already been on campus know that getting used to wearing masks takes a while!

We recommend students start practicing now by wearing a mask while in their zoom classes for short periods of time, then gradually increasing the amount of time they wear them. Most of us have figured out that some mask types don't work for us, while others do. Now is the time for students to find the mask that works for them.

Tips for Preventing Mask Anxiety

If you have ever felt panicky or like you can't breathe while wearing a mask, you are probably experiencing mask anxiety. Here are some tips for calming that impulse so that you can comfortably wear a mask when required.

1. Every time you have to wear a mask, do some breathing exercises. Before you put your mask on, take five quality breaths. In through your nose for 4 counts, out through your mouth for 6 counts, hold for 2 counts. Then repeat this breathing exercise again when you put the mask on, and any time you start to feel anxious.

2. While wearing your mask, try to breathe longer, slower breaths. Try to avoid quick short breaths.

3. Keep your body as cool as possible. Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing. Stay in the shade when outside on sunny days.

4. Choose a mask that is appealing to you, but also comfortable. You can sew your own, or just choose masks with colors you like. Masks that are fun to wear are harder to hate.

5. Keep masks clean and smelling fresh. If you use reusable masks, wash your masks after each use. Many of us on campus bring two masks so that we can switch them up mid day. Coffee breath is not a fun thing to inhale in your masks.

Biliteracy Seal

Applications for the California State Seal of Biliteracy are due to counselors by April 1, 2021. If you are looking to complete this process, please visit our website for instructions. https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Schools/HS/PHS/Academics/Academic-Honor-Designations/Biliteracy-State-Seal

AP Exam Registration

The AP Exam Registration Window is open for anyone who would like to register for the 2nd Tri AP Courses and/or complete late registration for 1st Tri courses.

Find information on how to apply here.

For students who qualify, AP Exam Fee Reductions are available. Please fill out the form here and email it with proof you qualify (Free/Reduced Lunch approval, most recent filed tax forms) to johughes@powayusd.com.

Cancellations: Students who order and pay for an exam but decide to cancel before April 30, 2021 will be eligible for a refund of $95. To cancel your exam, send an email to cancel@aptsusa.com before 11:59pm PST on April 30, 2021 and include your name, name of your school (including city and state), and name of the exam you would like to cancel. Credit card fees are non-refundable. Exams cancelled from May 1 onwards as well as no shows on exam day are not eligible for any refund and forfeit their fees.

No exchange or re-selling of tests.

21-22 Enrollment and Inter/Intra District Transfers

Poway High School enrollment generally opens in May, but the Inter/Intra District Transfer (IDT) Application is from February 1-March 31. If you have students in 8th grade, who are not currently in Poway Unified, or who are not in our boundaries, here is some information you will need:

Students who are in PUSD middle schools, but who do not live in Poway High boundaries, will need to apply for an IDT here. Even if you have an IDT to attend the middle school, that will end when they transition to high school.

If your student is attending a Non-PUSD school for 8th grade, and you would like to be added to our Enrollment Information Wait List, please fill out the form here. When we have information about the upcoming enrollment process, we will send an email to the address you provided.


Be sure to follow us on Instagram @counseling_phs for up-to-date information and our weekly Mental Health Monday and Wednesday Wisdom posts with great tips and tricks on getting the most of of your education.
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Engineering Career Session with Sony Engineers

March 24, 2021

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Student Registration Form: https://forms.gle/z5huQY7yLzScScfz6

A zoom link will be sent out to students who register the day before the event.

Nursing Career Session: SDSU Student Nursing Association

Students interested in a nursing career have an opportunity to hear from the SDSU Student Nursing Association. They will have three committee members presenting on nursing careers next Friday 3/26/21 at 2:00 -3:00 pm. They are really helpful so come with your questions.

Join Zoom Meeting

Fri., March 26, 2021

2:00 - 3:00PM

Zoom Meeting ID: 949 7903 0798

Passcode: 574184

Questions? Email jbrown@powayusd.com

Cal Poly SLO Information Session: March 24

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo invites you to an information session on Wednesday, 3/24 at 3 pm that all 9-11th grade students are welcome to join. https://calpoly.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qdeqopjgvGtA-TEd-vdxC6K223IPhaCOT

For admitted Seniors, SLO will be hosting all sorts of virtual events. Details coming soon.

Tutoring Available

Students who need some help with their classes can sign up for after school tutoring with student volunteers on Zoom or Discord. Please visit the following link to sign up and see dates and times available:


Free Virtual Teen Positive Parenting Program

This 3-series webinar is back by popular demand! It's designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication.

Mar 17, 24 & 31, 2021

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

RSVP at (858) 668-4084

North County Lifeline - FREE Group Parenting Classes

North County Lifeline offers FREE Parent Education workshops in English and Spanish. The parenting classes are an 8-week course via a virtual setting and parents are asked for full participation. Parents that are interested need to call them directly for more specific information and the start dates for the new series.

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The SDSU Femineer and Women in Engineering Programs are excited to announce their three virtual STEM Talks of the semester featuring Northrop Grumman on February 26th, Motorola Solutions' Women of the West on March 5th, and Navair on April 16th, all from 2:00-3:15pm!

WACAC College Fair: March 3, March 14, & April 19

WACAC College Fair provides students with the opportunity to meet college reps from colleges and universities from the comfort of your home! Start your college list this spring by attending one or more event dates: March 3rd, March 14th, & April. Register soon.

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

NACAC Virtual College Fairs is a signature service offered by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and sponsored by Common App. All students are welcome. This short video and quick start guide provide an overview of how students can make the most of their fair experience. Students are encouraged to sign up at the links below and look around several days before each fair date. To learn more, go to NACAC Virtual College Fairs to log in and explore.


Mar. 7th 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET/10:00 am - 2:00 pm PT

Performing & Visual Arts Fair

Mar. 16th 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET/1:00 pm - 5:00 pm PT

College Fair

Mar. 21st 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET/10:00 am - 4:00 pm PT

Western US Fair

Apr. 10th 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT

Southeastern US Fair

Apr. 20th 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET/12:00 pm - 4:00 pm PT

College Fair

May 2 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET/10:00 am - 4:00 pm PT

Big Future Days College Fairs Coming Soon!

Who: This event is meant for high school sophomores and juniors, but younger and older students are welcome. We also encourage parents/guardians to join along with their students.

When: Click the events below to learn more about the colleges and states included in that region.

BigFuture Days Northeast
Sunday, March 7, 4:00-8:00 PM ET/1:00-5:00 PM PT

BigFuture Days West + Southwest
Tuesday, March 30, 5:00-9:00 PM ET / 2:00-6:00 PM PT

BigFuture Days Midwest
Sunday, April 18, 4:00-8:00 PM ET / 1:00-5:00 PT

BigFuture Days Southeast
Thursday, April 29, 5:00-9:00 PM ET / 2:00-6:00 PM PT

This is an excellent opportunity to connect with admissions representatives and current college students from a long list of colleges! If you're interested in attending, create an account and register to join.

New Miramar College Outreach Opportunities for Prospective Students!

  • Miramar College Financial Aid Specialists are available this semester via Zoom to any student that has questions about general aid information and assistance with their application process for the upcoming 2021-22 year. Zoom Invite Link

  • Las familias que estén interesadas en aprender más sobre el Programa Promise en Miramar College se unanse a la Noche de Padres Promise el 17 de marzo a las 6:00 pm. Es necesario registrarse. El programa de San Diego Promise ofrece dos años de matrícula gratuita y apoyo académico a lo estudiantes que asisten a los colegios de San Diego City, Mesa o Miramar ¡Asista a este seminario a través de la web para aprender cómo su estudiante puede ir al colegio GRATIS!

Look what's coming up at Palomar College!

“What Does Our American Community Ask of Us?" Essay Contest

The 2021 Ninth Judicial Circuit Civics Contest is open to 9-12th grade high school students. The top winners of the local contest in both the essay and video categories can win $1000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. 2021 Civics Contest Information. The theme of the contest is “What Does Our American Community Ask of Us?” Students are encouraged to discuss the issues and to consider the examples identified or other relevant events in American history described in the attached Contest Rules. Additional information is available online at https://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/civicscontest/. The entry deadline is March 17, 2021.

The California Armenian Legislative Caucus Essay and Visual Arts Contest

California essay and visual arts contest. Scholarships to raise awareness of the Armenian Genocide. Awards offered to 9th -12th grade. Essay and Visual Arts Criteria available and students may enter both contests, but submissions must be entered separately. Deadline is April 9, 2021.

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Our students and parents are invited to join 1:1 Zoom appointments with our Career Guidance Tech, Ms. Jaime Brown to complete a community college application and apply for the Promise grant program. The Promise Grant program: free tuition for one year with no income requirements. More community college resources are available on our website.

ACT/SAT Test Policy for College Admissions

This document has a list of schools that have announced their ACT/SAT Test policy for college admissions for the 21-22 school year.

SAT/ACT Testing Dates 2020-21

Please note if a test center decides to close, students will receive direct notification from the College Board. Check directly with the test center.

Juniors! If you plan to take the ACT or SAT this school year, please pay close attention to the dates to avoid late fees or missing the test entirely. You can register for the SAT at the College Board website here. You can register for the ACT at the ACT website here.

ACT Testing Amid Covid-19


Our scholarship deadline log is available in a new format! Watch this slideshow Finding Local Scholarships using Xello for more information. Regularly check Xello for local scholarship updates and websites for national and institutional scholarships.

Scholarship Resources - A long list of websites to use for your scholarship search

Scholarship Deadline Log - Quick glance of scholarships available in Xello

Options for taking the ASVAB this year!

Students interested in taking the ASVAB should contact a local military recruiter who will schedule their test off-campus.

Employment Opportunity - Paid Student Tutors for hire

Students…If you are qualified and are interested in earning money tutoring other students, please email Ms. Jaime Brown at jbrown@powayusd.com for more information to become a student tutor. You will be required to have a teacher recommendation for each subject area you wish to tutor.


You can follow the Titan Center on Instagram @phstitancenter for information about scholarships, internships, and college and career tips.
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Student Services Open Office Hours

Students! If you would like to stop in for a quick chat with Mrs. Struck, our Student Services Specialist, she has Open Office Hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:15. Email sstruck@powayusd.com for the Zoom ID.

Parents, you are the anti-drug. It may seem like students don't listen, but they do. If you’d like some assistance with having these types of conversations, contact Mrs. Struck, CADC II, CCPS, Student Services Specialist, at sstruck@powayusd.com or 858-748-0245 x5393. And be sure to check out these helpful sites for parents & caregivers.

Natural High for Parents


Natural High has made talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol easier. Watch a short video by a storyteller they're interested in, and have a conversation…

Drug Free Partnership


The teen and young adult years are confusing, complicated and formative. Understanding what's happening socially and developmentally — and how it can intersect with substance use — is fundamental to setting the stage for healthier outcomes.

Say Something Week - March 29-April 2

Gratefully provided for you by PHS SAVE/Promise Club, Student Services and PUSD

Students will learn to:

✔ Apply the three Say Something steps: Identify Warning Signs and Threats; Act Immediately & Take it Seriously; Say Something to a Trusted Adult.

✔ Become upstanders to help make the community safe.

✔ Be proactive to help prevent school violence.

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National Suicide Prevention Resources

Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Available 24 hours everyday


Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

Free 24/7 support at your fingertips

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FAFSA and Dream Act Reference Materials

Federal Student Aid Assistance

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