Westview Counseling

February 2019 Newsletter

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February is Black History Month, a time when we can give special attention to the history of African Americans. It is a great time to learn and acknowledge the contributions that many individuals have made in society.
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National School Counseling Week

February 4 - February 8, 2019 is National School Counseling week. School counselors provide academic, college/career, and social/emotional support to all students at Westview High School. See all that your Westview School Counseling Program has to offer on the Westview Counseling Website.
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Course Selection for 2019-2020

The counselors will be visiting 9th, 10th, and 11th grade classes the first three weeks of March to discuss course selection for the 2019-2020 school year. Students will be provided with a transcript, four year plan and instructions on how to use the course request system in MyPlan.

There is a 4-year Planning Workshop to give an in-depth look at how to use the 4-year plan to review credits, graduation requirements, and college entrance requirements.

Watch for more information coming soon!!

Attention Seniors: Seal of Biliteracy Information

The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) is a form of recognition from the California State Superintendent of Instruction of graduating high school seniors who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing, in one or more languages, in addition to English. It is an indicator of accomplishment for future employers and college admissions. The SSB consists of a gold, embossed, seal affixed to the student’s diploma, and it is also reflected on the student’s transcript.

To receive the SSB you must meet the following requirements:

  • REQUIRED - Completion of four years of English coursework with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • REQUIRED - SBAC/ELA in 11th grade – Standard Met or Standard Exceeded
  • REQUIRED - Demonstrate proficiency in an additional language through ONE of the following: a. AP World Language exam score of 3 or higher OR b. SAT II Subject Test for an additional language with a score of 600 or higher OR c. Complete a four-year high school course of study in a world language with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in that course of study. Years of language taken in middle school do not count. Students using this eligibility requirement must also: i. Complete the PUSD Oral Language Proficiency Verification form.
  • ELL STUDENTS ONLY - If you are currently identified as an ELL student, you must have attained an overall scale score of 1558 or higher on your most recent ELPAC test.

To apply, submit the application to your counselor by April 1, 2019.

For more information, check out the PUSD's Frequently Asked Questions page.

Upcoming Opportunities and Events

Summer Enrichment Programs

Looking to find a fun and productive way to spend your summer? Summer enrichment programs are a wonderful way to explore your interests, experience life of a college campus, earn college credits, and demonstrate your interest in a field of study to college admissions officers. Applications for many summer enrichment programs are now open. Check out the Summer and Enrichment Programs newsletter for details on upcoming opportunities.

College & Career Corner

Mid-Year Reports and Transcripts

Mid-Year Reports & Transcripts

Seniors, many of the colleges you have applied to may require a mid-year report. If you applied to colleges using the Common Application, they will most likely require a mid-year report, which includes your term 1 grades. For all other colleges please check your individual student portals to see if there are any application items still needed to complete your application. Mid-year reports are also be referred to as semester 1 grades, updated senior year transcript, etc.

In order to have your counselor submit your mid-year report, please complete the request form and submit it to your counselor ASAP. Please ensure that all questions on the form are answered. If you have questions please see your counselor.

You're half-way done with your senior year! Enjoy these last few months, they will go by fast!

Community College Information for Seniors

Seniors, if you are thinking about or planning on attending community college, we have some information to share with you about free tuition resources and events we will be hosting to assist with your transition.

FREE TUITION: California legislation was passed that provides funding for students to attend selected local community colleges under this program for 1-2 years. Click here to access a document we created providing a brief summary of benefits, eligibility requirements and more for local schools.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOP: During these workshops, we will discuss how to transfer to a 4-year college, go over required forms, help prepare you for the placement assessment and provide you with an opportunity to complete your college application online. This is intended for students planning on attending any community college.

CAMPUS FIELD TRIPS: In addition, we have historically taken seniors to the Miramar campus to participate in assessment testing, go on a tour and meet with a counselor for educational planning. The students who have participated really enjoyed this opportunity to see their future campus in person and to receive information on becoming a student there for the next school year. We also hope to add a campus visit to Palomar College. Availability is based on student feedback.

NEXT STEPS: If you are interested in participating, please click here to complete a short questionnaire on your plans for community college to help us develop an interest list. We will then schedule workshops and field trips based on feedback we receive. Please submit your responses by Friday, February 15, 2019.

College Board Parent Webinars

The College Board is offering one-hour parent webinars covering seven college planning topics. The webinars will cover the following topics:

  • College Planning for Parents of 8th, 9th, and 10th Graders
  • Building a College List
  • Understanding PSAT/NMSQT® Scores
  • Paying for College: FAFSA, Financial Aid, and More
  • Searching and Applying for Scholarships
  • Getting Ready for College Applications
  • Helping Your Child Make a College Decision

The webinars can be view on the College Board's YouTube channel. Additional resources are available at parents.collegeboard.org.

Miramar Career Education Signing Day


Success in the New Economy

30 million jobs in the United States that pay an average of $55,000 per year don't require bachelor's degrees. For more information about the changing economy check out this PBS article and the video below.

Get inspired!

Tips for keep up with your New Year's - or new term's - resolutions!

Vaping: Know the Risks!

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