College and Career Newsletter

Visalia Unified/May 2021

The end of the school year is quickly approaching. This year has been like no other year that we have witnessed. It has reinforced the knowledge that those that support and encourage us on our journey are essential to our ability to thrive. Our students have relied on teachers, peers, and family in the new world of online learning. Teachers have exhausted themselves to provide the best education to their students as possible, relying on their peers, tech services, and principals to help keep their heads above water. Whether it is in times of a pandemic or just the daily ins and outs, our support network allows us to achieve our goals.

With this in mind, the College and Career Department would like to take a moment to thank our director, Dr. Jamon Peariso, for his outstanding support and encouragement. It is rare to find a leader who demonstrates integrity, self-awareness, and genuine respect for all those he comes in contact with. Jamon has cultivated an atmosphere that has allowed us to stretch outside the box and create unique experiences for our students. Dr. Peariso and his family will be leaving us to relocate to Colorado at the end of the school year. We are truly sad to see him go and wish him, and his family, nothing but the best in the future.

Best wishes,

Paige Loverin, MA, PPS

College and Career Readiness

Juniors, it is time to think about college applications!

Juniors: This fall begins an exciting journey to planning your future, and we would like to make sure that you feel supported as you start the college application process. To help you, counselors and learning directors ask that you launch your applications for community colleges, CSU’s, UC’s, and FAFSA/Dream Act (financial aid) through It gives you many benefits, including automatically populating your A-G high school courses and grades into your college application. There are videos on how to launch from on our website.

Also, don't forget to use the website page that has been set up to guide you through everything related to college and financial aid. Finally, if you missed the webinar featuring the UC, CSU, and FAFSA representatives discussing the application process Click Here for the video.

Ignite Your Curiosity: Elementary Edition

The career possibilities are endless when it comes to the sciences. So what better way to explore the sciences than to make things blow up and get down and dirty with lots of goo?

It has been a great year exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). We invite you to continue your adventures in science this summer by exploring the following websites and revisiting our events from this year.

Ignite Your Curiosity: Elementary Edition; October

Ignite Your Curiosity: Elementary Edition; December

Ignite Your Curiosity: Elementary Edition; February

Ignite Your Curiosity: Elementary Edition; March

Interactive Bridge Design

National Geographic for Kids

Science Fun

Science! Kids

Mommy Poppins

Science Buddies

Ignite Your Curiosity

Ignite Your Curiosity is a monthly series of webinars for students and parents to hear from various industry leaders. Each month a new industry-themed panel will help your child explore career possibilities.

We have been privileged to have panelists join us from around the United States for this year's Ignite Your Curiosity. If you didn't have a chance to see them live, you can catch the event videos on our YouTube Channel.

Ignite Your Curiosity: Ph.D. candidates from MIT and Harvard

Ignite Your Curiosity: Engineering and Architecture

Ignite Your Curiosity: Medical Careers

Ignite Your Curiosity: Computers and Technology

Ignite Your Curiosity: Agriculture

Ignite Your Curiosity: Arts and Entertainment

Ignite Your Curiosity: Education

Financial Literacy Webinar Series

Financial literacy is a life skill students should master before they leave for college or the workforce. With this in mind, we are excited to be teaming up with Valley Strong Credit Union to do a three-part series on financial literacy. Please join Senior Branch Manager Tosha Pequeno and her associate Mandy Basra, a wealth management adviser, to learn the ins and outs of how to manage your money.

The first webinar covered savings, checking, budgets, and debit cards. Click Here to view the video of March's webinar.

The second webinar covered how to start and maintain good credit. Click Here to view April's webinar.

The third session will cover how to plan for retirement. The earlier a person starts saving for retirement out of college, the more likely they are to reach their retirement goals.

Wednesday, May 12 at 6:00 PM. Click Here to register for the event.

College and Career Readiness at the Elementary Schools.

During the month of April, the fifth and sixth graders were introduced to the world of College and Career Readiness. The students watched three videos, made especially for our students, that discuss how to choose a career, major, and college. The information serves as the foundation for their future career exploration. Students also completed their very own map to their future. To view the videos, and keep those college conversations going at home, click on Video-One, Video-Two, and Video-Three.


Each year our sixth-graders visit COS for an amazing day of hands-on experiences and discovery. This partnership with COS gives students insight into majors, degrees, certificate programs, and their careers. This year, because of COVID restrictions, Maps Day is going virtual for our teachers to showcase in their classrooms. Click here to view the video of this year's virtual visit to COS.

On top of that, we would like to congratulate this year's recipients of The Dan and Rose Bueno Scholarship. The scholarships are normally awarded during MAPS Day. The recipients were chosen based on the following attributes:

  • Strong growth mindset
  • Ability to step outside comfort zone to try new things
  • Willingness to ask questions and receive coaching
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Curiosity
  • Compassion towards others

Congratulations to our winners:

Emaree Bravo from Veva Blunt

Zaccheus Ramos from Four Creeks

Chase Saesee from Global Charter

Malorie Ceballos from Riverway

Bridget Nolen from Pinkham

Horacio Barajas-Barajas from Ivanhoe

Congratulations Seniors! You did it.

Our seniors are getting excited as graduation looms closer, and the adventures of college are about to begin. The College and Career Department wishes seniors the best, and we want to remind you to continue your growth mindset skills in that transition to college. It is normal to have a few bumps along the way, like a low grade or two, roommates issues, fear of talking to professors, etc... Colleges offer so many support systems like tutoring and personal counseling. Be sure to take advantage of these support systems to help make a smoother transition.

Take a moment to listen to past VUSD graduates, as they talk about their college experience.

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