Senior College & Career Newsletter

Week of August 21- 27, 2022

Welcome Students & Families

Scroll through for important information regarding College/Career

How to reach us?

For general questions and inquiries please email

Ms Ignaitis: tignaitis@seq.org

and/or

Ms Yeager: tyeager@seq.org

Please do not use the link at the bottom of this Newsletter to contact us


College Visits at Sequoia Start Next Week! (see below)

College Club Information Next Week!

Students Applying to Four-Year Colleges?

Are you confused or do you have a lot of questions about the process for submitting your letters of recommendation and/or just about general requirements and procedures at Sequoia for submitting your applications and school documents???

PLEASE ATTEND the Grade Level Meeting on Zoom , Tuesday, August 30 for students and families More information below.

Important Dates/Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Scroll through for more detailed information!

Important Dates and Deadlines

UPCOMING EVENTS/DUE DATES:

Aug 26 - Last day to contact counselor about errors on your current transcript

Aug 26 - Last day to turn-in concurrent enrollment transcript to add to your current transcript

Aug 30 - Senior Grade Level IB/4 Year College Meeting

Aug 30 - First College Visit at Sequoia!



Oct 7 - Senior Financial Aid Evening

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Senior Annual Grade Level IB/4 Year College Bound Meeting

August 30th - 6-730 PM


The annual Four-Year College/IB meeting for students and parents/guardians is specifically focused on senior year application and IB process at Sequoia

Ms. McCahon (IB Coordinator) will go over the requirements, deadlines and procedures for the IB Program and IB Diploma.

Ms. Ignaitis/Ms. Yeager (College/Career Advisors) will present information about applying to Four Year Colleges including UC,CSU, Common Application, Out of State Public Colleges, and Coalition. Some of the other topics include:

How to Officially Request Transcripts if Needed

Early Action/Early Decision

Letters of Recommendation that are specific to Sequoia.


All GRADE LEVEL MEETINGS will be:


  • On Zoom from 6pm -730pm in English

  • Presented separately for Spanish speaking parents/guardians at 7:00pm

  • Recorded and posted on the SHS College and Career website

  • Links will be available on the SHS Calendar and in the Weekly Newsletter



Zoom links are below and on the Sequoia Homepage Calendar.

English Presentation Zoom Link

Spanish Zoom Link

Senior Portrait Information

Attention Seniors! It's time to schedule your Senior Photo with Prestige Portraits! The studio is open through January, but appointment slots will fill fast. Use THIS LINK to schedule your session today!

College Visits and Beyond and How to Sign Up for a College Visit at Sequoia Signing Up for a College Visit at Sequoia High – READ CAREFULLY

It is a good practice to look at the list of schools visiting Sequoia (or the area) on a regular basis.


  • If you want to attend you must follow all the procedures in a timely manner in order to leave class and listen to a thirty-minute presentation in Room 115.
  • Students need to sign up at least ONE SCHOOL DAY (ends at 3:45) before the visit.
  • There is a deadline on Naviance to avoid students leaving class at the last minute out of respect for the teacher.
  • Students who attend should be prepared for the visit.
  • If you do not have a class during the visit time, register on Naviance, and let us know when you enter the room
  • Colleges visits are updated on Naviance. If there is a college you want to speak to, email sequoiaccc@seq.org and we will try to schedule a visit.


Below are the steps you must follow to attend the visiting college meetings at Sequoia High School:


STEP 1: In your Naviance account, go to the “College” tab on the top bar, click on “College Visits”, to get the complete list OR under “What’s New” on your homepage, select a college you want to visit and click on “Register Now" and it will change to "Registered".

STEP 2: Ask your teacher, of the class you will be missing, permission to leave their class during the time listed on Naviance. IF OK, go to Step 3.

*STEP 3: EITHER PRINT YOUR CONFIRMATION PAGE from your Naviance account

*STEP 4: Have your teacher SIGN THE Confirmation Page or a your pass BEFORE YOU LEAVE CLASS. If you do not a have a signed pass, you will not be admitted.

*You can also show it to your teacher on your phone and have a teacher sign a piece of scratch paper if easier


PROBLEMS –


  • If you are not on the list, you will not be admitted EVEN THOUGH your teacher signed a pass.
  • If you know you might have printer problems, print the pass in the College and Career Center at lunch the day before the visit.
  • The College and /Career Center does not excuse students from a class, only your teacher can allow you to visit



NEED HELP
How To Video - Sign Up for a College Visit at Sequoia

From The Counseling Office

Seniors Please Check your Transcript for Errors

By August 26th

If needed, contact your counselor to make changes.


Seniors Submitting Concurrent Enrollment Transcripts

Due Aug 26th

Seniors, if you want a concurrent enrollment course added to your Sequoia High School transcript, you have until Friday, August 26th.

Please submit an official transcript from the institution where you completed your concurrent enrollment course to the Counseling Office.

Please email your counselor if you are not sure if you need to add your concurrent enrollment course to your Sequoia High School Transcript.

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!

Sequoia High School College Visits

Naviance is currently displaying the incorrect (AM or PM) on the College Visit list - once you register, you can see the correct (AM or PM)


Washington State University

Tue Aug 30, 8:30 AM


University of Utah

Tue Aug 30, 11:30 AM


Boston University

Fri September 2, 10:00 AM


Whitman College

Fri September 9, 8:30 AM


Lehigh University

Fri September 9, 11:00 AM

OTHER COLLEGE EVENTS

“8 of the Best Colleges” Small Liberal Arts Colleges


Sept 12th or 13th

Learn about 8 Highly Selective Liberal Arts Colleges at one event.

Claremont McKenna, Colorado College, Connecticut, Grinnell, Haverford, Kenyon, Macalester, and Sarah Lawrence College will be hosting an informational meeting for students and parents.

To register and for more information.

A great opportunity to learn about small liberal arts colleges!

Expert College UC PIQ Tips from Alice Kleeman at the RWC Public Library

Aug 24th @ 6 PM


From Alice Kleeman, presenter: "My emphasis is always on lowering students’ stress level in relation to applying to college." The session is for high school seniors only, not students at other grade levels or parents. Students who plan to attend must pre-register, click here.

GENERAL FOUR YEAR COLLEGE INFORMATION

Visiting Colleges is a Great Way to Figure Out What Type of College Is Best for You!

There are some highly selective small colleges visiting SHS in the coming weeks. It can relieve a lot of stress going into your senior year if you understand what TYPE of college would be best for you. They are all different and many offer merit aid to make it more affordable.


It doesn't matter if you go to that school, you are just learning about the differences

Apply by major? Core Curriculum v Open Curriculum? % of graduates who get into Medical School? Schools where 75% of the students double major? How these schools prepare you for a job.


College Visits are 30 minutes but you can learn a lot


Specific Four Year College Information By Type

CSU INFORMATION

The CSU Application YOU NEED AS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL will not be available until October 1st

As a first time freshman, you will need to choose Fall of 2023


If you apply now using Spring of 2023, you application will not be considered.

UC INFORMATION

The UC Application is now open for the Fall of 2023

Students can submit the application between Oct 1-Nov 30 2022

There will be workshops available

Every UC has great information and tips on completing the application - Check out UCSB page

COMMON APPLICATION INFORMATION

If planning on applying to schools require LOR or a School Report by your counselor you should;


  1. Create a Common Application account
  2. Add in Sequoia High School (052605) on the Education tab
  3. Add at least one college to your account on the College tab
  4. Sign FERPA Waiver located on the left hand side of the individual college



Our recommendation is that you Waive Your Rights because that is what colleges want you to do. Counselors and some teachers will not write a letter if you do not waive your rights.


What is the FERPA Waiver? (From Common Application website)

Since FERPA is a complex law, we want to provide some key information before you respond to the FERPA waiver question.


1. How does FERPA relate to your college application?

FERPA regulates the privacy of student education records, which could include your application to the college where you enroll. FERPA also gives you the right to review confidential letters of recommendation provided as part of that application after you enroll.


2. In the application you'll be asked if you want to waive the right to review confidential letters of recommendation. What you should you know about this waiver?

  • Waiving your right lets colleges know that you do not intend to read your recommendations, which helps reassure colleges that the letters are candid and truthful.

  • Some recommenders may decline to write a letter for you if you do not waive your rights. Check with your counselor or teachers to see if any of them follow such a policy.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE INFORMATION

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Thinking about “I want to be a….” O’NET Can Help You Figure Out Your Future Career

O’NET Online is a great resource to help you try to figure out your future career. Their database nation’s primary source of job information that gives you detailed and updated information about the world of work. It also has some assessments to help you learn about your interests and skills.

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FAFSA Opens Oct 1st - Get Your FAFSA ID Now (Student and One Parent/Guardian)

What is an FSA ID?
It is a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA form electronically. Your FSA ID also can be used to access the myStudentAid app, sign loan contracts, and access certain information online.


Why do I need one, if I haven’t started the FAFSA Application?
Getting it ahead of time and using it to begin your FAFSA form on fafsa.gov or on the myStudentAid mobile app cuts down on errors and delays.


Does my parent(s)/Guardian(s) need to get one too?
If you’re a dependent student, one of your parents whose information is reported on the FAFSA form will also need an FSA ID so that he or she can sign your application electronically. (It is ok if your parents/guardians do not have SSN)



Where do I go to get an FSA ID?
Get started here!


FAFSA opens Oct 1 but it is quicker to complete if you have a FAFSA ID before you start.

The most important step is that you physically have your Social Security Card with you to make sure create your FAFSA with the exact name and number on your card!


RESOURCES

For Help creating a FAFSA ID, watch the short video clip on the College and Career How To webpage


Click on the purple buttons below for more information about FAFSA, CA Dream, and CSS Profile

FAFSA

TWO AND FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE BOUND SENIORS, COMPLETE THIS FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID ONLINE TODAY REGARDLESS OF YOUR FAMILY INCOME. Other Resource: 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA: click here

California Dream Act (CADAA)

CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT ALLOWS UNDOCUMENTED AND NONRESIDENT STUDENTS TO RECEIVE CERTAIN TYPES OF FINANCIAL AID FUNDED THROUGH PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, STATE ADMINISTERED FINANCIAL AID, UNIVERSITY GRANTS, COMMUNITY COLLEGE FEE WAIVERS, AND CAL GRANTS.

CSS Profile

THE CSS PROFILE IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION THAT COLLECTS INFORMATION USED BY NEARLY 290 PRIVATE COLLEGES AND SOME PUBLIC UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS TO AWARD NON-FEDERAL AID.

Student Scholarships

Updated scholarship list for September deadlines will be available soon on the College and Career page on the school website for all grades

Interested in Studying Space Science? Scholarship for Juniors and Seniors Facing Financial Hardship and/or Challenging Cultural Circumstances

Application Due: Sept 15th


Applications are open for the The American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Inspiration Scholarship. The scholarship hopes to inspire students to explore space biology.

Application Link
GET INVOLVED! Student Opportunities & Contests

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

Project Read - Redwood City Library Volunteer Opportunities

Project Read has some upcoming training for teens who would like to volunteer on September 13 and November 8.

This is a great opportunity for SHS students to be matched with a younger student to tutor once or twice a week.

If interested contact:

Email - rclread@redwoodcity.org

Phone- 650 780-7077

For more information go to their website and scroll down to the Teen Volunteer Section.

(Flier in College and Career Center)

CONTESTS

Menlo Country Club is Looking for Servers and Bussers

BENEFITS Competitive Wages Complimentary Meals While on Duty Flexible Scheduling Hospitality Training Fun, Family-Oriented Work Environment Golf Privileges (in accordance with the club’s policies) Holiday Bonus Potential


HOW TO APPLY Please submit your current resume and a cover letter explaining your interest to James Shafer, Clubhouse Manager, at JShafer@menlocc.com

Studio Host for San Carlos Yoga Studio

Must Be 16yrs old

Yoga Health Center in downtown San Carlos at 677 Laurel Street ia a community-based culture and are seeking a studio host that is a customer service pro with great energy to help our studio soar and provide students with a phenomenal experience.

Part time, minimum of 8-hours / wk

Salary: From $17.00 per hour

If interested, can apply by calling or texting 650-209-0703 or sending an email to mila@yogahealthcenter.com

(Flier with more information in College and Career Center)


Hummingbird Music School is looking for talented high school musicians to join our team of Music Teachers!

Part-time work is available teaching private lessons (in all instruments) in-person or online and teaching group Piano Classes or group Ukulele Classes at local San Carlos Redwood City and Menlo Park elementary schools. Pay is $45/hour for private lessons and $60/hour for group classes. Please apply online at http://hummingbirdmusicschool.com/about

(Flier with more information in College and Career Center)


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

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