Jen P's Advising Group

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Update #8: 1.18.16 First update of the semester!

Hello, families!


Happy New Year! We made it through the first week back and were rewarded with a three-day weekend to recover. That was nice (and much appreciated)!


Starting on day one, we jumped right back into curriculum and are off and running. Semester two has officially begun! We did not add any new students at the semester, but several students did return to their home high schools or transfer to other programs.


We celebrated last semester's strong academic performances in our Wednesday advisory group. I'm very proud of my group and how hard they worked last semester! I'm looking forward to recognizing their efforts next month when the college leadership team honors them at our Dean's List Ceremony (date TBD).


After several technical issues, grades were posted in Infinite Campus and I was able to update all transcripts last week. As you know, neither the college nor SUHSD sends home report cards, so Chris will mail home the updated transcripts this week.


Chris was in the bookstore on Thursday and Friday of last week to help students with textbook rentals. Students should try to secure their college textbooks on Tuesday so they can avoid the long lines later this week. Please direct all bookstore/textbook questions to Chris -- brandinc@smccd.edu.

So proud!

Four students in my advisory group earned straight A's in their college classes and their MC classes! That means their combined weighted GPA for fall semester is at or near 4.5! Wow! Congratulations to Delaney (11), Teagan (12), Rebecca (11), and Anie (11)! Outstanding! Also, Pedro (11) earned straight A's in his college classes. Well done!


Additionally, nine other students earned A's and B's in their college classes, giving them the extra GPA points as well for any transfer-level courses taken! Congratulations to Diana (12), Tino (11), Ethan (11), Lesly (12), Adam (11), Luis (11), Andrew (12), Bryce (11), and Noelle (11)! Great job all around!

What's Going On

Schedule

  • There were no classes on Monday in honor of the MLK holiday
  • On Tuesday we will hold MC classes from 12:30-3:05
  • Wednesday is the first day of college classes -- be prepared for lines in the bookstore and crowded parking lots
  • I have made some schedule changes for some students (they should know who they are), but most college schedules were set in November and are the same
  • We have shown students how to look up their college schedule in their WebSmart account (look for Class Schedule Summary). This is important, as this schedule shows the class title, room number, time, and all pertinent information needed (CRN number) to get the correct books for the class. I also distributed hard copies of their schedules in our Wednesday advisory meeting.
  • The last day to add/drop college classes is Feb. 2.


Seniors

If you changed your schedule, or if you earned a D/F in any class, you must contact all of the college admissions offices where you've applied to let them know. If you applied to UC, check out these reminders on what to do after you hit submit.


Spring Semester

Jan. 19 MC classes from 12:30-3:05

Jan. 20 college classes begin

Feb. 2 Last day to ADD/DROP a semester length course

Feb.12, 15 Presidents Holiday

March 3, 4 Staff Days (No MC or college classes)

March 28-April 1 Spring Break

May 23-27 FINALS

May 26 MC recognition celebration 3pm Cañada Theater


FAFSA

Seniors should be completing (if you haven't already) the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (see also FAFSA Information below.)

The deadline for completing is March 2, but completing it sooner is better than later as some schools are "first-come, first-served."

Also check out the Cash for College Workshop.

Spread the word!

18 years! I can't believe we are recruiting for our 18th year of Middle College. Over the years, we've found that our best method of recruiting is word of mouth -- students and parents telling other students and parents about Middle College. Our first information meeting is this Thursday, 1/21. The meeting is at 6:30pm at the SUHSD Board Room, located at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City. If you know of any sophomores who might be interested in MC, please send them the flyer linked below or let them know about our upcoming information meetings.

Thank you!

Course Updates

JUNIORS


  • English III: Students are beginning the most challenging unit of the semester, Invisible Man. This unit will challenge their thinking about race relations, self-discovery, and imposed ideologies. Invisible Man is a 587-page AP-level novel they will study from now at least through the end of February.
  • US History: Students are exploring history of the 20's, including the Harlem Renaissance to coincide with their unit in English.
  • CCR 1: Students will begin exploring college options, discussing study strategies, and doing some SAT prep practice as well this semester. Many topics we covered in our College Info Night will be explored with students this spring.


SENIORS


  • English IV: Students began with a short unit, When the Emperor Was Divine, which focuses on Japanese internment during WWII. This week they will move on to 1984, the classic by George Orwell.
  • Government: Students have just gotten started with a new class this semester, switching from Economics to Government. Plenty to discuss with the upcoming elections.
  • CCR 2: Second semester seniors in Middle College work on two big projects: a period-long senior presentation for their class, and a contributing project of their choice. Students chose from among such options as: creating the MC yearbook, planning graduation, designing new MC marketing materials, creating a senior class video.
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