Westview Counseling Newsletter

February 2021

Welcome to Term 2!

Congrats, Wolverines! You have made it through the first half of the 2020-2021 school year! We certainly miss seeing all of you on campus!


Monday, February 1st is the start of the second term. Most students will be receiving a new schedule with new classes for Term 2. Please remember to check your Synergy/StudentVue and Canvas accounts for your new class information.


AN IMPORTANT UPDATE: Westview's daily schedule is changing for Term 2, starting on Monday, February 1. Please see our new daily schedule below:

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Important Dates

Quarter 3 Begins: Monday, February 1, 2021

4-Year Planning Night: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Presidents' Day (No School): Monday, February 15, 2021

Lincoln's Birthday (No School): Friday, February 19, 2021

Mid Year Transcript Request Due: Friday, February 19, 2021

Course Request Window for 2021-2022 (Current 9-11th graders): Feb 19 - March 5, 2021

8th grade Family Night: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Updates & Resources from the Counseling Office

Courses for 2021-2022

It's already time to start thinking about your courses for the 2021-2022 school year! This year, students will be submitting their course requests online from Feb 19 - March 5. Counselors will be visiting classes via Zoom in February and distributing information about course options for next year. We will also have time slots available for families to meet with a counselor virtually.


More information will be coming out soon!

Wolverine Parent Academy: Developing a 4-year Plan to Include Balance

Please join the Counseling department on Tuesday, Feb 9 at 5:00pm (note time change from previous flyer) for our 4-year Planning night. This event will help walk you through the steps of creating a 4-year plan with your student.

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!

Tech Boot Camp Videos

Check out these great videos that help you step by step on how to access and navigate several websites you may be using this school year!


Zoom https://youtu.be/DQZpH4DMgr0

Westview High School Website https://youtu.be/PbS1YsC8JJE

GSuite https://youtu.be/PitcjWzqg7I

My Plan https://youtu.be/ucHbPSQKLYw

Canvas/MyConnect https://youtu.be/lasUf0vNsCc

Parent Academy

Parent Academy is a one-stop shop where parents can learn about the numerous educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in their classrooms. These resources will make it easier for parents to understand how teachers engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration.

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

While the Wolverine Center may not be physically open at this point, we are still here for you! Need a work permit? Questions for your counselor? Or just want to discuss present and future options?


Students have access to:

Follow the Wolverine Center on Instagram!

Follow the Wolverine Center on Instagram for all the latest updates and news!

Looking for Scholarship Information, Enrichment Programs or Job Opportunities?

Check out our Scholarships, College & Career newsletter on the Westview Counseling website.

Plan to attend our Wolverine Parent Academy Workshops this year

SENIOR REMINDERS!

Class of 2021

Mid Year Reports for College Applications

As we set to begin Quarter 3, seniors will want to submit their mid-year transcripts and counselor school reports. These documents are generally required for private colleges and universities especially those applied via Common App. In addition, some CSUs and UCs may specially ask students to submit mid-year transcripts. Only request UC/CSU's if the colleges contact you directly to do so.


Please complete the online Mid-Year report form and once the grades post to the transcripts, counselors will begin to send the materials.

CSU Application Extended Deadlines


Please see the updated message below from CSU about deadline extensions:


Here is a link to the CSU application.

We are offering Palomar College workshops to help interested students with the enrollment process. During the workshop, Palomar Admission officers will assist you with the enrollment and Scholarship application for Palomar Promise Grant. This grant provides free tuition to eligible students. Don't delay! Once the funding runs out the scholarships will no longer be available.


Please complete this short google form (Links to an external site.)


Enter your information, and a Palomar Admission Officer will contact you with the date and time of the session as well as the zoom link needed to join the session.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Towns, Guidance Technician, at atowns@powayusd.com.

PALOMAR PROMISE 2021-2022 APPLICATION NOW OPEN!

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 Workshop

We are offering Miramar College workshops to help interested students with the enrollment process. The workshop will be conducted on Wednesday, February 24th from 3:00-4:00 PM and will walk interested students through step 1 of the enrollment process (create a CCCApply account) and complete the Miramar application. They will also provide an overview of the rest of the enrollments steps at the end of the workshop.


Please sign up in advance Here


Also you can apply for San Diego Promise program Here


If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Towns, Guidance Technician, at atowns@powayusd.com.

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

FAFSA is Open!

Seniors! The FAFSA opened October 1. Make sure to apply EARLY for financial aid for college.

College & Career Updates

All Grade Levels

BigFuture Days - The College Board's First Ever Virtual College Fair

College Board: BIG FUTURE DAYS

College Board is holding a regional series of virtual college fairs for high school sophomores and juniors to help connect them with hundreds of colleges, admissions officers, and current college students. BigFuture Days are designed to give students a tailored experience so that they can establish connections with colleges and take action on important college planning tasks, like building a college list and identifying scholarships to apply for.


Save the dates!


BigFuture Days West + Southwest Saturday, February 6

BigFuture Days Southeast Tuesday, February 23


BigFuture Days Northeast Sunday, March 7

BigFuture Days Midwest Thursday, March 11



Sign up here for free!

Black College Expo

Students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds can learn more about postsecondary options while possibly getting a scholarship or on-the-spot college admission by participating in next month’s Black College Expo.


As part of the San Diego County Office of Education’s commitment to equity, we have partnered with the National College Resources Foundation for this event, which will be from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 18.


The expo will include representatives from about 50 historically black colleges and universities. It will be completely virtual this year, giving even more students the opportunity to take part. Students will get all the advantages of the in-person event without having to worry about transportation.


High school students and education professionals can register for free.


Students who plan to attend also have the chance to win a scholarship from the National College Resources Foundation by submitting a short essay by Feb. 8.

College & Career Night Recordings

If you missed College & Career Night last week, 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.

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: 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?


Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Public vs. Private: Don't Make College Decisions based on Sticker Price!

College Visits

Sign up for our Virtual College Visits in SCOIR. For instructions on how to sign up for College Visits in SCOIR, click here or watch the video below.
Student - Visits & Deadlines

How do I log in to SCOIR?

Students can type in scoir.com or click the link to arrive at the SCOIR homepage. Once there, click on the blue "Login" button at the top right of the screen. If students already have an account, enter the appropriate credentials and sign in. If students do not have a login, they can create one by clicking "Don't have an account?" at the bottom of the login screen. This will take students through a step-by-step process to set up an account.

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.

Check out these college virtual tours!

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

Harvard

Princeton

University of Virginia

Wellesley

Yale

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Additional Resources

SDSU Asian Pacific Student Alliance High School Conference

When: Two day session; Friday, March 5th, 2021 from 4:00PM - 6:00PM & Saturday, March 6th, 2021 from 11:00AM - 3:30PM

Our conference will revolve around workshop sessions centered on academics, leadership, politics, Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, Educational Opportunity Programs (EOPs), and college admissions. The theme for this year’s High School Conference is: “Taking Charge.” Students will also have the opportunity to perform in a talent show in which they can share their self-expression through dance, song, poetry, etc.



Registration for the High School Conference can be found at this link or on our website https://www.apsasdsu.org/

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at academic@apsasdsu.org. We have high hopes that your students will attend this empowering event as it is completely free to students, teachers, advisors, and parents.

UCSD IEEE Pandemic Relief Design Competition

The UCSD IEEE Pandemic Relief Design Competition is an opportunity for middle and high school students to demonstrate their ability to pursue interesting projects outside of the classroom and build solutions to problems in the real world. Over the course of a few weeks, students will work either in groups virtually or by themselves researching and designing a solution to a consequential problem resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Selected participants will have the chance to present their ideas in front of a panel of engineers to win prizes!


Students of all different interests are welcome and encouraged to compete! Applications are due by February 13, 2021.


For more information about the competition as well as the sign-up link, please refer to their website.


See flyer below for more details.

NBCUniversal Internship Program

Applications for summer internships at NBCUniversal are now open. All internships will be remote! This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in media, entertainment, and/or technology.


Click here for more information!

The Global Health Leaders Virtual Conference at Johns Hopkins University

Who: 9-12 graders interested in global health and medicine

Price: $39 USD

What: The international conference is a Johns Hopkins University student and faculty-led program within the JHU Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies. At this conference, students learn about issues in global health, public health, and medicine directly from world leaders in these fields, forge friendships and connections with like-minded exceptional students, and share their own work and ideas on global health-related topics by presenting in our student speaker series. Additionally, this conference is a unique opportunity for students to include in their future interviews, essays, applications, and resumes. The purpose of the program is to develop the next generation of leaders in global health, public health, and medicine.


Virtual conference programming (such as featured speaker presentations, student presentations, etc.) will be held throughout the spring/early summer of 2021. The fee for this year’s conference is still to be determined, but it will be no greater than $39 USD. If this fee places a significant financial burden on a student’s family, we ask the student to inform us upon their acceptance to our program, as we do not want our conference fee to be a barrier for any deserving student. There is no conference application fee.


Application: https://glohea.org/

Application Deadline: February 28th

For questions please email ghlcjhu@glohea.org

The DEA's Operation Prevention Program

The DEA and Discovery Education have created Operation Prevention to provide communities of every kind with proactive digital tools to raise awareness about the dangers of substance misuse. Check out their website here for FREE resources for middle and high school students as well as parents. Resources include zoom presentations.

Summer STEM Institute (SSI)

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) is a six-week virtual summer program for high school students. The program was started last summer by educators, students, and graduates from Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. Applications for SSI 2021 have just opened.

The program consists of three main parts:

  • Research and data science bootcamp: Students learn how to design and conduct data science research projects. Students learn about the research process and how to apply statistical and machine learning methods to address scientific questions with real-world impact.
  • Masterclass lecture series: Students are connected to accomplished young adults around the world. Students have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship from Forbes 30 Under 30 recipients, science research from International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) grand prize winners, and other topics from speakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Mentored research project: Students complete a research project through a rigorous, hands-on learning experience under the guidance of mentors. Previously, students have worked in a variety of fields, from computational biology to quantum physics.


Students and families can learn more about SSI and apply on our website here: https://www.summersteminstitute.org/.

To learn more about the Rady's Children's Hospital Weekend Academy visit their website here.

FREE Group Parenting Classes offered by North County Lifeline

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Parents are able to enroll/sign up online at Poway Adult School for the classes they are interested in attending!

Please visit our website for the parent education workshops that will be coming up at https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Parents/Active-Parenting. Parents can view and enroll in the courses they are interested in!

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Mental Health & Wellness Resources

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LOSS, STRESS & GRIEF DURING COVID

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

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)

Rental Assistance Resource

Interfaith Community Services is working with a Community Development Block Grant program to help assist those that may need rental assistance. For more information, please contact Ann Marie Masano a Housing Stability Case Manager that can help screen families for potential eligibility for rental assistance.

760-489-6380, extension 262

More Ways To Stay Connected

Visit www.westviewasb.com for clubs and upcoming events. Don't see something you like? Start your own! Download the application and turn it in to ASB.


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