Westview Counseling

May 2021 Newsletter

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Important Dates

AP Testing: May 3 - June 11

Staff Appreciation Week: May 3 - 7

Quarter 4 Progress Notice: Friday, May 14

Mental Health Awareness Week: May 17 - 21

Memorial Day (No School): Monday, May 31

Updates & Resources from the Counseling Office

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2020-2021 Virtual Peer Tutoring

The Peer Counseling team has launched our virtual tutoring services! Tutoring will be offered virtually via zoom on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. If you are interested in getting additional afterschool support you can sign up here:

TUTORING SIGN UP FORM – This form is located on the Westview Website under academic support.

See Flyer below for more details!

Visit our Canvas page: Counseling 2020-2021

Counselor Caseloads:

Just a reminder about the changes to our Counselor caseloads this year based on the alphabetical split:

A - Fel - Alisa Berner

Fem - Lim - Vanessa Ho

Lin - Rog - Katie Ramirez

Roh - Z - Christine Cudmore

CTE & Intervention - Ruben Mata

Wolverine Center

Questions for your counselor? Need a transcript? Or just want to discuss present and future plans? Come see us in the Wolverine Center!

Students have access to:


Class of 2021

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Senior Survey is Open!

The senior survey is now open for students to begin their first step of the checkout process. To access the survey, please log onto your Naviance account

  • You can find the Senior Survey in About Me -> My Surveys -> Surveys Not Started
  • It is titled 2021 Senior Check-Out Survey

You will see it on the front page of your Naviance account. If you have not yet registered for a Naviance account, your registration code is your student ID#.

Students submitting completed questionnaires by May 21st, who have been offered scholarships, will receive more information regarding the Senior Awards event that will be hosted on June 10, 2021.

We want to congratulate you all on your hard work, flexibility, and determination!

Palomar College: What's Coming Up?

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The Palomar Promise is designed to provide first-time college students with access to an affordable higher education and to increase college-going and completion rates in our community.

The Palomar Promise offers up to two years of free course enrollment and related registration fees, textbook assistance, and access to specialized academic and career planning with related support services to first-time college students who meet the eligibility requirements.

To learn how to apply, click here.

Miramar College

If you are interested in applying to Miramar College you can access the San Diego Promise program application Here

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a regional tuition discount program, which enables students from one of 16 WICHE states and territories in the Western U.S. to enroll as nonresidents in 160+ participating public colleges and universities and pay 150 percent (or less) of the enrolling school’s resident tuition—which annually saves students an average of $9,000 each on the cost of non-resident tuition. Please visit the WUE website for more information

College & Career Updates

All Grade Levels

Select a date below to register for the Bates, Davidson, Oberlin, Occidental - Student Program:

Tuesday, May 4 at 8:00 PM

Wednesday, May 12 at 8:00 PM

Thursday, May 20 at 8:00 PM

Seminario en español de WACAC: Cafecito con Colegios

La Asociación Occidental de Consejería de Admisiones Universitarias (o WACAC) organizará un panel de discusión con expertos en ayuda financiera de varias instituciones y organizaciones sobre cómo la pandemia COVID-19 ha impactado la ayuda financiera. Además se compartirán consejos sobre cómo las familias pueden prepararse mejor para enfrentar el proceso de solicitud de ayuda financiera. Haga clic AQUÍ para registrarse para este evento.

El seminario web de una hora está programado para el sábado 15 de mayo a las 10:30 am.

Para obtener información adicional sobre este programa y tener acceso a más materiales promocionales, visite el sitio web de WACAC o comuníquese con Julio Mata o Nitzya Cuevas-Macias.

UCSD APSA College Day

UCSD SPACES (Student-Promoted Access Center for Education and Service) and Asian-Pacific Islander Student Alliance’s access programs committee is hosting an upcoming Virtual College Day on Saturday, May 15th from 12:00-3:00PM! This program is open to all high school students. We will have current UCSD students and staff participating in various panels and Q&A sessions to talk with high school students about the different academic departments at UCSD, and about navigating the transition from high school to college. We will also have representatives from our campus community centers share some information about the resources they offer.

If you are interested, registration is now open at: https://tinyurl.com/apsacollegeday

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to apsaleap@gmail.com!

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Wolverine Parent Workshop: Building your College List (11th grade families)

Did you miss our workshop on "Building your College List"? Please click HERE to view the presentation.

Tips for Juniors who are building their college list:

Junior Jumpstart

Learn how to start your college search as a high school junior, featuring admission directors from Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams. To view the presentation, click HERE.

Hello from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at New Mexico State University!

Our program has a number of opportunities and benefits to offer students. These could include advance training opportunities, 72+ types of scholarships, and a guaranteed jobs after graduation. Our cadets are just like any of the other students on campus and can choose to study any of the 172 degrees that NMSU has to offer. Unlike most of their peers, ROTC cadets take Military Science courses in addition to their normal college classes. These additional classes help prepare them for their duties as an Army Officer by pushing the cadet’s own expectations and preconceived limitations. These future officers learn valuable skills that they will take with them to lead their soldiers in the near future as the Army’s newest officers.

College & Career Night Recordings

If you missed College & Career Night in March, don't worry! The recorded sessions are all available in Catalog of Sessions from the event. This catalog also has a variety of pre-recorded sessions that may be of interest to our students and families. There are a few more pre-recorded sessions that will become available as they are added.

SCOIR: Our new college & career platform

SCOIR is the new one-stop online system that provides students with college and career planning tools to use during their time at Westview. Please note that SCOIR will be replacing our current system, Naviance, for our 9th - 11th grade students. 12th graders will continue using Naviance this school year; however, they will use SCOIR to sign up for college visits.

Visit UC campuses virtually

Campuses offer a range of virtual tours for students and families to explore. Options may include a personalized experience, housing tours, guided student tours, and/or student panels.

Check out these college virtual tours!

Click on the university you would like to tour to start your virtual tour now!



University of Virginia



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College Entrance Exam Information

Have you checked out the College Entrance Exam page on our Counseling website? Please click here to learn more about the SAT and ACT exams.

For the latest updates on SAT exam registration and information, please visit the College Board website.

For the latest updates on ACT exam registration and information, please visit the ACT website.

Many colleges are reviewing their admissions policies in regards to college admissions exams due to COVID-19. Please check each college's website for the most-up-to-date information. For a list of colleges that are test optional, please click here.

UC Financial Aid Fact of the Month

The average California student attending UC borrows $21,000 to complete their degree. It may seem that it’s a lot of money to borrow. Nationally, the average amount of student debt is $28,350. Nevertheless, students should look at student loans as an investment and here is why it is a good investment:

  1. Most UC students that choose to borrow find their student loan payments to be manageable with an average of 6% of post-graduation earnings going towards student loan payments.
  2. College graduates earn more over their lifetime: The Social Security Administration reports that bachelor’s degree holders will earn between $630,000 and $900,000 more than their high school graduate counterparts will over a lifetime.
  3. College graduates have a lower unemployment rate: The Bureau of Labor & Statistics data shows that the unemployment rate for bachelor's degree holders is nearly half of that of those with a high school diploma and no college.

UC also offers information regarding employment outcomes and earnings data from actual UC graduates. Check out the UC Information Center: Alumni economic mobility page for more information which can be filtered by UC campus, graduation year, undergraduate discipline, major and more.

Hefar Financial Aid Mini Workshops

The HEFAR Group is a non-profit company with a mission to help make college affordable for everyone. They are a college funding advisor that helps you get more free money for college.

NEW Click here to view the FInancial Aid Mini Workshop #13: Most common questions: 529 Plans!

NEW Click here to view the FInancial Aid Mini Workshop #12: Comparing public vs private schools: Don't Make College Decisions Based on Sticker Price!

Click here to view the FInancial Aid Mini Workshop: Scholarships: Where to look and what to focus on.

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: The importance of College Education: Does a College Education pay off?

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Most Common Questions: Timing of the Base Year

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Most Common Questions: Divorce/Blended Families

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: It's Not What the School Costs; it's What You Pay That Matters!

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: FAFSA-Three things you need to know to get better financial aid packages!

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Understanding the Four Types of Financial Aid: Free Money vs Self-help Money

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Scholarships: Where to look and what to focus on

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Understanding the Financial Aid Equation: How does it all work?

Women Speak UCSD Career Conference

On Sunday, May 2, Women Speak at UCSD will be having a conference to cultivate a dialogue with the younger generation of females, and to provide them with empowering female role models they can look up to. While this conference is geared towards women, everybody is welcome!

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SDSU Engineering Design Day

This is the largest College of Engineering event and it showcases the exciting and innovative design projects that our undergraduate Engineering students conceive, design and build during the academic year. Each of our Senior Design classes in Aerospace Engineering, Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering will be participating.

Please register for the event HERE.

Careers in Creative Arts & Entertainment Session - May 13, 2021

Are you interested in an Entertainment & Creative Arts career? Join this Career Session to learn about the many different opportunities for students to explore. Guest speakers include a Broadway Actor/Producer, Disney Animator, an industry professional from Warner Brothers Entertainment Marketing and Development, currently working on Mortal Kombat, and the CEO of Poway on Stage. Please register here for the virtual career session on May 13th at 3:30pm. Zoom access information will be emailed directly to you one day prior to the event. All PUSD students may participate. Be sure to register using your non-pusd email address.

Girl's Day Out Event

Girls Day Out is a day-long outreach event open to 9-12 graders interested in learning about the computer science field. Participants will learn about college life via student panels and have an opportunity to ask questions. Furthermore, participants will get a glimpse at computer science research from UCSD CSE’s own Professor Nadia Polikarpova. Lastly, participants will be introduced to the industry with information about internships and personal experiences from WIC alumni working at companies such as Google.

Sign ups for the Girls Day Out are now open, and students may apply through this form. Sign ups will close on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST.

UCLA MedReach

UCLA MedReach is a volunteer organization that aims to provide mentorship to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. MedReach will be hosting three identical healthcare seminars scheduled for May 1st, May 15th, and May 29th from 10AM-12PM held over Zoom for free.

To register click HERE.

CTE Expo

Did you know PUSD has career pathways in media, business, medical, engineering, public service, and more? Find out more at the upcoming CTE virtual expo! This event is especially helpful for current 7th-9th graders thinking about future high school courses. Pre-register for this virtual event by going to: www.bit.ly/pusdexpo21 and you can learn more about the different CTE courses offered at each high school here.
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Looking for Scholarship Information, Enrichment Programs or Job Opportunities?

Check out our Scholarship Information and Enrichment Programs & Internships newsletters on the Westview Counseling website. These newsletters are updated frequently throughout the year. Check back often for updates!

Mental Health & Wellness Resources

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If you were not able to attend the webinar hosted by Westview's ASB and district school psychologists, you can view the entire 40 minute presentation here. Below are the topic time stamps:

1:30 - Meet the Panel

2:30 - Loss

11:15 - Stress

18:10 - Grief

27:05 - Seeking Support & Resources

28:30 - Q & A

FREE Group Parenting Classes offered by North County Lifeline

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Student Support Services

Please let us know if we can help your family with any of the following needs:

- Chromebook

- Food Assistance

- School Supplies

- Standardized Testing Fee Waiver (SAT & ACT)

Annual Food Drive

A BIG thank you for everyone in the community who donated to our Annual Spring Food Drive.

We were beyond thrilled with so many donations and outpouring of generosity.

Thank you Westview Community!

Pam Roth

Student Support Services

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More Ways To Stay Connected

Check out the following Instagram pages below for information and updates.

Another way to stay connected is to download the Westview App! You will have access to your grades, school schedule, student handbook and a list of events. Also, check out our Instagram pages at the bottom of this newsletter!

You can also stay up to date on scheduled activities by accessing monthly calendars below.

Athletics Calendar

Counseling Calendar

Westview School Calendar