Counseling Corner: November
- Join us for our upcoming workshops on technology and addiction. This workshop will be facilitated by a clinician from Hoag ASPIRE.
- Encourage your students to attend the upcoming Lunch & Learns discussing goal setting strategies, understanding social justice, and ways to meditate and relax for finals!
- Lastly, if your child needs additional support or tutoring, all Beckman students have access to free virtual tutoring by visiting www.paper.co and logging in using their “mytusd” login information.
- Please see the attached flyers for more information and ways to RSVP for workshops.
College and Career Resources
Community College Weekly Virtual Office Hours for BHS Seniors
Santiago Canyon College:
Every Tuesday from 1:30-3:00 pm, Griselda Morones from Santiago Canyon Community College will be available virtually to meet with Beckman students to assist with applying to SCC, exploring SCC programs and services, support with general community college exploration/questions and help completing FAFSA/Dream Act applications.
Students or parents can schedule a meeting with here: https://griselda-morones-scc.appointlet.com/b/beckman-high-school.
If you have any questions please contact Ms. Rosas firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irvine Valley College:
Every Thursday from 1:30-3:30 pm, Denice Perez & Rick Chan from IVC outreach and matriculation will be available to answer IVC application questions, explore programs, and discuss the matriculation process with Beckman seniors via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94048261701.
Interested in taking a Coastline ROP class?
Coastline ROP is now enrolling students for the spring semester 2021. Many options for career focus electives are available, some including working with animals, construction, learning to cook and working in a dental office as a dental assistant.
Students can register for Coastline ROP classes by grade level
- November 16th for grade 12
- November 30 for grade 11
- December 7 for grades 9 & 10
We're Looking for Career Speakers
Starting in January, the counseling department will be hosting a series of virtual career speaker sessions. We’re looking for parents (or community members) who would be willing to share information about their professions or careers, how they got there, what they like or dislike about their jobs and other relevant information about the world of work.
These “Industry Chats” will be held virtually via Zoom once a month on Wednesdays, from 1:00 to 1:45 pm.
We’re looking for parents or (may know someone) with jobs in:
1. Health Sciences & Medical Technology (January)
2. Business, Management & Administration (February)
3. Audio/Video Technology & Communications (March)
4. Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security (April)
5. Marketing, Sales & Service (April)
6. Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (May)
If you would like to participate or know someone, please fill out the career interest form. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Be thankful your senior has almost made it through half of their senior year!
- Be sure your student applies to colleges by their posted application deadline
Most colleges' early admissions happen in early November, UCs are November 30th, CSUs are December 4th, and many colleges have deadlines for regular admissions into January.
- Encourage them to attend college planning events or college fairs
It’s helpful to attend workshops that give information about what types of colleges might be good for you or guide you in choosing a major. Here is an updated list of upcoming BHS College Visits.
- Double-check they have recommendation letters secured if required by their colleges.
The CSUs and UCs don't require any recommendation letters to apply.
- Begin working on their financial aid forms, including scholarships.
Check out this Khan Academy video series to help you understand the process. Remember the CA deadline to submit the FAFSA or CADAA is March 2nd!
- Enjoy Thanksgiving!
And make sure you don’t get too full on the turkey so you can still enjoy the pumpkin pie!
Senior mytusd Email Notification
We would like to share with you some important information regarding your student's mytusd.org email address.
- As they are working on college applications and are exploring opportunities available after high school, it is important they are using a personal email address when completing these applications and not the mytusd.org email.
- Once students graduate high school, the Tustin Unified email address will no longer be available to use. Using a personal email address when applying will allow students to continue to receive communication once graduated.
- We wish your family all the best during this application season. The Beckman High staff is here to support you throughout this process!
CSU and UC Application Tips
- If your child is working on their CSU application and has questions, the Cal State Apply Freshman Guide 2021-2022 is a great place to get their questions answered.
- Take a look at the Top Freshman Application Do's and Don'ts before completing the app.
- If your family has had a significant change in income you may qualify for an application fee waiver appeal. Fee waiver appeals are handled by the individual CSU campuses. Your students would need to contact each campus(es) they are interested in applying. Contact information for campuses can be found at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/Pages/contact-a-campus.aspx
- The UCs recognized this is an unusual year so they have offered these tips when completing their application:
- Apply to multiple UCs. Remember that the fee waiver allows students to apply to up to four UCs for free.
- Select “No Selection” when asked for citizenship status if they are undocumented, including those with DACA and AB540 status.
- Research majors at the different campuses, as programs vary, and consider selecting an alternate major.
- Work from unofficial transcripts when completing the Academic History to ensure accuracy of courses, credits, and grades. If a student has a repeated course, both the original grade and the repeated grade must be included in the application.
- Use the Additional Information section in Academic History to explain any key academic changes, including gaps in education or unique changes in grading systems. UC understands that students have experienced changes in course delivery and grading options during the pandemic. Students can use the Additional Comments section to explain these academic changes.
- Start working on the Personal Insight Questions (PIQs) early and make sure it’s their own, original work. If students would like to share how they or their family have been impacted directly by the COVID-19 pandemic, UC recommends that they use the “Additional Information” sections on the application rather than the PIQs.
- Consider activities and awards from a broad perspective, since a lot has changed in 2020. Work experience, family responsibilities, online activities, and individual activities will help readers get to know the student. Students should focus on their role, time commitment, and responsibility for activities, and should include information about the selection process for all awards and honors. While students can enter up to 20 items, quality is more important than quantity!
- Apply for all scholarships for which they meet the criteria. There is no limit to the number of scholarships students may select.
Managing Election Stress
- Are you experiencing stress related to the election? Yes or no, check out this great article from the New York Times that highlights strategies for managing stress (no matter what the cause.)
Exploring Careers and Colleges on Naviance
- Get a refresher on how to log-in and utilize all the career and college exploration tools available to you on Naviance.
Free Study Apps for Academic Success
- Looking to up your study game? Check out this article that outlines some of the best free study apps.
AVOID THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP!
We understand that high school can be tedious. However it is important to stay focused and maintain goals. Work hard to keep up your grades. Grades and class rank are a key factor in college admissions. If you need help, make sure you talk to your teacher and counselor. Take a look at these online resources to help you study and review important concepts.
It is not too early to begin thinking about college planning. From a college admissions point of view, Sophomore year is one of the most important years. Now is the time to explore colleges, majors, as well as take steps to prepare for the SAT. If nothing else, pick up a good book and read!!! Enhancing your reading skills will not only help you on college entrance exams, but also prepare you for success in college.
On November 18th, Freshman Counselor, Erin Charles will provide opportunities for freshman students to be exposed to Beckman’s culture, graduation requirements, and counseling/school support resources.
ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors standards addressed:
- M 3. Sense of belonging in the school environment
- B-LS 4. Apply self-motivation and self-direction to learning
- B-LS 10. Participate in enrichment and extracurricular activities
- B-S 3. Create relationships with adults that support success
1. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of high school graduation requirements, support resources on campus, and strategies for improving mental health
2. Students will learn about and explore the academic, social-emotional, college/career, and extra-curricular resources available.
3. Students will create a paper.co account, sign up for a lunch and learn, download the student resource card, join the career center google classroom, and sign up for a virtual college tour.
11/16: ROP Course Registration Begins
11/18: Lunch & Learn: Goal Setting
12/2: Lunch & Learn: Understanding Social Justice
12/9: Lunch & Learn: Meditation and Relaxation
Parent & Student Evening Dates:
12/2: Technology and Addiction Workshop