Senior College & Career Newsletter

Week of Jan 9-15, 2022 - Vacation Break Addition

Important Dates/Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Scroll through for more detailed information!

REMINDERS


  • January 14 - Deadline to Submit Community College Transcripts for Fall Semester Transcripts (only courses needed for high school graduation)

  • January 28- Deadline for Counselors to Submit MYR (see Private/Common App Section)

  • Feb 10th - Senior Community College Fair and Information Night (More Info Next Week)

  • January-March- Various CSU Applications Deadlines (see 'CSU Section)

  • March 2 - Priority Deadline for FAFSA/Dream Application

  • March 2 - Deadline for Cal Grant (Last Day to Submit FAFSA/Dream Financial Aid Application for Cal Grant Eligibility)

College Events for Students

In Naviance go to the College tab and then click on 'College Visits' for a complete list of visits and to register!

College Club NOW During Flex Time!

If you need help and/or want to stay on track, PLEASE come to at least one of the Flex Time Sessions EVERY WEEK!

Student Athlete NCAA Eligibility Webinar

Jan 11th

From NCAA Eligibility Center



Encourage your student-athletes to join the NCAA Eligibility Center on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time for our webinar for college-bound student-athletes and their families. Students will learn about the latest initial-eligibility news, requirements they must meet to be ready when they get to campus, and the best resources for them as they pursue their dreams of studying and competing at an NCAA Division I or II school. Please share this link with your student-athletes and encourage them to attend this important event. Can also REGISTER HERE

GENERAL FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE INFORMATION

CHECK YOUR PORTALS! and REMINDERS

Understanding How Colleges Communicate With Applicants

Whether you like it or not, most colleges use both email and portals to communicate with applicants.

They are expecting that you check your email at least a couple of times a week for any college information sent to you AND respond to their requests in a timely manner.

If they do have a portal, most know exactly how many times you login so there are not any excuses about not having enough time to respond to a request on your “To Do” list.

Make sure to carefully read due dates and requests. If you have a question, call the admissions office for clarification. IF you are worried, call the admissions for help.


Past problem examples:

Students on a waitlist to UC Berkeley/Santa Cruz have 5 days to respond and missed the deadline because they did not regularly check their email and did not get into Berkeley.

Students were told to submit 7th semester transcripts, and did not respond and got their applications pulled.


Students were told that the college did not receive their SAT or ACT. Students sent them in so did not respond to request (Should Call if this is the case) and got their applications pulled.



Add All College Applications – To “Colleges I’m Applying To” on Naviance


  • Please list every school that you applied to on Naviance including CSUs and UCs. We can’t submit documents until you list them on Naviance.
  • Make sure you note that you submitted your application as well.
  • Update admission status from Unknown when notified

Colleges I'm Applying To, Click the Pencil Edit Icon for a specific college, Click on the appropriate response under Results, click on SAVE College Application



How to Lookup your Transcript in Infinite Campus:

  • Log in

  • Go to Documents Tab

  • Download Transcript


Report ALL Dual Enrollment Courses taken or planned to take under College Courses

Reminder about the Transcripts Process


Requesting Transcripts

(Common Application Schools or Private Colleges See Section Below)

If you need a transcript sent AT THIS TIME, email tignaitis@seq.org

*There is a five school day turn around for the Guidance Department to send transcripts.

Where do I find my California State ID and What GPA Do I Use?

Specific Four Year College Information By Type

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFORMATION

Transcripts and Mid-Year Reports (MYR) Information

All MYR will be submitted by Friday, January 28th


Common Application Schools Require a Mid-Year Report (MYR) Information

Most MYR include only your new GPA and 7th semester transcripts. They also include any change in course work listed on your School Report (SR).


MYRs will be sent automatically if you requested a SR through Naviance IF YOU HAVE LISTED THE COLLEGE AS A COMMON APP School (if there is a ? mark –EDIT it to Common Application if the school needs a MYR)

If you need to speak to your counselor about some personal situation that should be included in your MYR, please make an appointment right away.

Non Common Application Private Colleges

If you had a school report sent to a non- Common Application college, send an email to your counselor ASAP, if a MYR is required.

UC INFORMATION

Please set up and check portals, and check often!

Do not miss a deadline because you forgot to check your portal!



From UC Berkeley - Random Selection to Submit Letters of Recommendation

Due January 15th

If you were notified in December through Cal Berkeley's electronic portal, please remind your teacher(s) to submit this week. LOR are optional. These LOR do not go through Naviance! Please follow the directions in the notification from UCB.

For more information on this process, please review our Freshman Policy page.

CSU INFORMATION

After You Submit and Some CSU Deadline Extended - REMINDERS

Next Steps: AFTER YOU SUBMIT APPLICATION

Soon after you apply, you will receive an email from the CSU with directions on how to set up its portal. Every school is a little different so make sure to keep track of your login information.


Check Portals and Emails Often

Every school is a little different so make sure to keep track of your login information. To meet all deadlines, check your email and portals weekly and DO NOT WAIT to complete your “To Do” list.


CSU Application Deadline EXTENDED

:


East Bay (2/15/22), Humboldt (2/28/22) and San Francisco (12/30/2021)

Help with Sections of the Common App Below

Specific Community College Information

Applying to a Community College?

1. If you know your Social Security Number PLEASE SIGN UP for Flextime in College and Career Center - it takes 30 minutes!


2. Attend our Community College Fair and Information Evening on February 10th from 7-9pm

(details to come- hoping it is in person)


3. There will also be scheduled college application workshops during the school day with CSM, Canada and Foothill


It is important that all students submit their FAFSA/Dream Application to qualify for the Promise Scholarship - which pays for first two years of college!

Student Scholarships & Contests

Updated scholarship list on Naviance

The TIME IS NOW - START APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!

Scholarship Opportunities

The majority of scholarship opportunities are available from January to the beginning of April.

HIGHLIGHTED LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS DUE in JANUARY


  • 9 scholarships from the Silicon Valley Foundation
  • Al Teglia Jobs for Youth from San Mateo County

HIGHLIGHTED California Scholarships DUE in JANUARY


  • eQuality for students who have done work with the LGBT community
  • Women in Business (PBWC)
  • Students Interested in Studying Law (PEO)



Click on the link below for the updated COMPLETE list of scholarships listed in Naviance

January 2022 Scholarship List

Engineering Scholarships

Click on the link for a website with a list of scholarships for students interested in engineering -

Engineering Scholarships


LegiSchool Project Essay Contest (11th/12th Graders)

Due January 26

As the internet continues to evolve and grow, kids are getting exposed to the digital world at an earlier age. Many resources are available for students to make smart choices both online and offline and to take ownership over the content they post. Why is Digital Citizenship so important today? How can more students protect themselves and their private information online? In what ways can more students learn about the safe use of online information and resources?

All current 11th and 12th graders are invited to cook up an idea and submit their essay response (2 page, typed, 12 point font, double-spaced) to our annual LegiSchool Essay Contest! Selected winners will be chosen to participate in the Virtual Legislative Sum­mit, where they will be able to share their thoughts and ideas with policymakers. Application Here

Safe Jobs for Youth Month Poster Contest

Due January 28, 2022

All youth between the ages of 14-18 who live in California can submit a Safe Jobs for Youth Month poster virtually, focusing on workplace health safety as it relates to teens. Check out 2022 Rules and Tips in the “Contest Materials” for more information.

The prizes are as follows: First Place: $300, Second Place: $200, Third Place: $100

For more information

Love History, Politics and/or Writing? Enter JFK’s 2021 Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

Due January 14, 2022

Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Topic and Information and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.


For More Information

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Get your FAFSA/CADAA Application in!

Seniors, you have only a couple of months left to get either your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application in! Do not wait until the last minute.


If you know your the name and number on your Social Security Card, please sign up for Flextime in the College and Career Center to get your FAFSA ID. Students without a SSN, please come in and start the Dream Application


FAFSA - DUE MARCH 2, 2022

For students with a Social Security Number

-or-

CA Dream Act- DUE MARCH 2, 2022

For students without a Social Security Number.


Click for Financial Aid Information: English or Espanol


Families who would like assistance with the FAFSA or CADAA can make an appointment with Ms Ignaitis - Please have your student come in at brunch or lunch to make an individual appointment.

VIRTUAL Cash for College Events from California Student Aid Commission


The California Student Aid Commission (Commission) is pleased to announce the continuation of statewide Cash for College workshops aimed to provide information to help students and families complete the 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA).

• The webinars are FREE and open to all students and families applying for financial aid. We will have volunteers answering questions throughout the session via chat box (general questions only) and one-on-one assistance on a phone line after the webinar.

• Students can register for the webinars on the Cash for College Workshop Registration site. Current available webinars include:

o Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

o Wednesday, January 26, 2022 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

o Wednesday, February 9, 2022 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

o Thursday, February 24, 2022 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

o Wednesday, April 13, 2022 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

o Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm


GET INVOLVED! Student Opportunities

click on the images below for opportunities to learn more and get involved virtually on and off campus!

Bank of America Student Leaders Program

DUE: January 28th

OVERVIEW: The B of A Student Leader Program is a summer 8-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. It is designed to help students develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience. Also a week-long all-expense paid student leadership summit in Washington DC to introduce students to civic, social and business leadership.

For more information or to apply: https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/student-leaders.html#fbid=hDht81YmR4p


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Yard Work Close to Sequoia High School

$22 per hour,minimum two hours per week. Please text your contact info to Mr.Paul at 650-218-5577

Downtown RWC Job Opportunity: SF Gelateria

SF Gelateria is a gelato shop in downtown Redwood city, minutes walk from Sequoia High School. We have shop attendant positions for ages 16+ for students who love gelato and serving joy to our customers. Shifts are opening or closing shift, 5 hours each. 12pm-9:30pm Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday; 12pm-10:30pm Friday and Saturdays. Apply by sending resume to ciao@sfgelateria.com.

Mathnasium of Redwood City

Looking for high school students with exceptional math skills through Algebra I and Geometry to join our team! We offer competitively paid part-time jobs at Sequoia Station with flexible scheduling and ongoing training opportunities. Our starting salaries are $15.50 - $19.00, depending on what level of math the instructors can teach.


Join us for the opportunity to make a REAL difference in a child’s life by passing on a love for math! If interested, please apply online at www.mathnasium.com/redwoodcity/employment

Crate & Barrel is Busy and Looking for Workers!

Crate & Barrel at Stanford Shopping Center is currently building their team. Sales ~ Stockroom ~ Merchandising ~ Customer Service

Flexible hours. Day shifts & Evening shifts. Weekend availability is important.

Please fill out an application online.


Location: Palo Alto

Put my name down as a referral. (John Durkin)

Please fill out the online application. 16 years old with a work permit is the minimum age.

It’s a fun place to work. If hired, you enjoy a nice 30% off employee discount.


Please ask if you have any questions. Please send an email to johnfdurkin@yahoo.com for more details.

Chick-fil-A in Redwood City

Has open interviews every Monday from 2-5.

Apply at www.cfaredwoodcity.com

OTHER SENIOR INFORMATION

How To Videos for students now on our website!

Students: visit the website for a number of How-To videos that Sequoia Counselors made for help with common application, scholarships and much more!
REMINDERS From Previous Weekly Newsletters

Click here for a list of past newsletters links

All Newsletters Available Online!

Dec 16- Jan 8 2022 CLICK HERE


Dec 5-11 2021

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana


Nov 21-Dec 4 2021

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

GENERAL FOUR YEAR - Advice from University of Chicago and Reminders

UC/CSU - Common Errors Entering Courses

UC INFO: Fee Waivers and UC Help from the UC

CSU INFO- Top FAQ from Cal State Help Center

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO: How are Colleges Assessing Your Application? and REMINDER:Adding or Removing a College After you Submit your SR/LOR Form

COMMUNITY COLLEGE INFO:

SCHOLARSHIPS:

CONTESTS: International Bipolar Foundation High School Essay Contest

CAREER: 10 Questions Your Students Should Ask When Getting Interviewed for a Job


Nov 14-20, 2021

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

Message from IB/Ms McCahon: IB Exam Fees

Message from Counselors: Canada College Application Workshop

UC/CSU - Common Errors Entering Courses

UC INFO: Maximize Your Additional Comment Section, Application Help from UCSB

CSU INFO- Top FAQ from Cal State Help Center

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO: Adding or Removing a College After you Submit your SR/LOR Form

COMMUNITY COLLEGE INFO: See Counselor Message about Application Workshop

SCHOLARSHIPS: Elks Most Valuable Student

CAREER: How to Prepare for a Career in Nursing in High School


FINANCIAL AID -Financial Aid Dictionary


Nov 7-13 2021


Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

UC INFO: Application Help from UCSB

CSU INFO- What is EOP

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO: Adding or Removing a College After you Submit your SR/LOR Form


CAREER: How to Become a Carpenter



Oct 31- Nov 6 2021

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

UC INFO:-Application Tips, Plagiarism Check and Open House Events

CSU INFO- How To Videos on Sequoia High School Website

Release Section of CSU Application in the Personal Information Quadrant

FINANCIAL AID -College Websites Offer Great Financial Aid Help


Oct 24-31

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

GENERAL FOUR YEAR -

Transcript Request Reminders, Adding Coursing for Spring 2020, State ID and GPA Information for College Applications

UC INFO:

Statement of Integrity -UC Expects Applicants to Complete Their Own Application and Open House Events

CSU INFO-

Release Section of CSU Application in the Personal Information Quadrant

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO:

Worried About School Documents Being Sent On-Time? Process of Submitting Application and School Documents

Plus Reminder for Regular Decision Reminder of Required Process Do you need a SR/LOR Form for Regular Decision or Do you Need to Adjust for LOR Requests AFTER Submitting your Pink SR/LOR Form?, Education Section -How to Complete

FINANCIAL AID - Middle Class Scholarship, 7 Easy Steps to FAFSA and Dream Application Resource


Oct 10-23 2021

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

GENERAL FOUR YEAR - Transcript Request Reminders, Adding Coursing for Spring 2020, State ID and GPA Information for College Applications

UC/CSU - Common Errors Entering Courses

UC INFO: Open House Events

COLLEGE INFO: CSU INFO- Supplemental Factors by Campus, Search Majors and Programs on CSUApply

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO: Reminder Plus Added Counselor Calendly Link Summary Reminder of Required Process Do you need a SR/LOR Form for Regular Decision or Do you Need to Adjust for LOR Requests AFTER Submitting your Pink SR/LOR Form?, Education Section -How to Complete


Oct 3-10

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

GENERAL FOUR YEAR - Adding Coursing for Spring 2020, State ID and GPA Information for College Applications

UC/CSU - Common Errors Entering Courses

COLLEGE INFO: CSU INFO- Supplemental Factors by Campus, Search Majors and Programs on CSUApply

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO: Reminder Plus Added Counselor Calendly LinkSummary Reminder of Required Process Do you need a SR/LOR Form for Regular Decision or Do you Need to Adjust for LOR Requests AFTER Submitting your Pink SR/LOR Form?, Education Section -How to Compl


Sept 26-Oct 2

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

Confused About the Process of Applying to Four - Year College? Where to Find Resources to Help You

Follow-Up SR/LOR Meeting from Counseling

GENERAL FOUR YEAR - State ID and GPA Information for College Applications

UC INFO: How to Enter P/NP, UCLA Fall Virtual Open House

COLLEGE INFO: CSU INFO- Supplemental Factors by Campus, Search Majors and Programs on CSUApply

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO: Summary Reminder of Required Process Do you need a SR/LOR Form for Regular Decision or Do you Need to Adjust for LOR Requests AFTER Submitting your Pink SR/LOR Form?



Sept 19-25 2021

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

Follow-Up SR/LOR Meeting from Counseling

Signing Up for SAT/ACT

GENERAL FOUR YEAR - Do you need a SR/LOR Form

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO: Summary Reminder of Required Process


Sept 12-18

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Follow-Up SR/LOR Meeting from Counseling

Signing Up for SAT/ACT

How to Sign Up for College Visit at Sequoia

GENERAL FOUR YEAR - Requesting Transcripts

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO: Sequoia Class Size for Education Section

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:Stanford Residential & Dining, Menlo Country Club, RWC and San Carlos Kumon Tutors


Sept 5-11

Click Here to view this week 's College & Career Newsletter/ Haga clic aquí para ver el boletín de la oficina de Colegios y Carreras de esta semana.

GENERAL FOUR YEAR COLLEGE INFO: Adding Colleges to Naviance

CSU INFO

COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE INFO: SR/LOR Mandatory College and Career Meeting Info

OTHER INFO: Senior Portrait Reminder

August 15-21

COMMON APPLICATION INFO: Letter of Recommendation Info

August 29- Sept 4

COMMON APPLICATION INFORMATION: FERPA Info