May 2021


May 3-25 - AP Exams

May 5 - Enrollment for 2021-22 Opens

May 13 - Careers in Entertainment & Creative Arts

May 14 - Deadline to submit Senior Scholarship Survey

May 26 - Career Technical Education Expo (Online)

Counseling News

In the Home Stretch

It's time to focus on finishing this year strong. Just like the Counseling Office, students are going to have a lot going on in the next few weeks. Hard to believe, but there are just under 50 days until graduation/summer break. What does that mean? It's a great time to go over class notes and find places you need support. If you find areas that aren't solid, seek out help from your teachers or register for after school tutoring. Take a deep breath and schedule some breaks into your study time. We still have a way to go.

Senior Events & Graduation Information

We are getting ready to wrap up our school year and have a number of events coming up. Please read the information on Graduation and Senior Events Click here to view.

Senior Scholarship Survey

Senior scholarship information is important data that we are required to collect on behalf of PUSD. Seniors who have been awarded or received any scholarship money for college should fill out this survey, even if they rejected the scholarship.

Seniors and their families have access to our google form to share their grants/scholarship offers. In the case your student did not receive grants/scholarships, the survey offers a question for you to share that information with us. Please let us know if you have any questions! We appreciate your time and effort with this end-of-the-school-year request.

Senior Scholarship Survey Link


The deadline is May 14. Thank you!


Enrollment will open on Wednesday, May 5!

For families who already have students in the district, or who were previously in the district, you will use your parent log-in for the process. If you can’t remember your password or username, you can retrieve or reset them at https://password.powayusd.com. Families who will be new to Poway Unified will create a log-in during the process.

The district shows 5 learning options for students, but there are actually only 2 options for high school. They can be on campus full time, or they can enroll with New Directions, which offers independent study. With either option, your student can opt to take Poway Virtual Courses in conjunction. If you would like your student to be virtual next year, you will choose New Directions. Students who choose Poway High and Poway Virtual Courses, will have to be on campus for at least 3 classes per day. You can find more information on our Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/COTBaeunFlu/?igshid=1kr1dlwl8o8gf. New Directions students will still have Poway High listed as their school on their transcript and they will be allowed to participate in our sports teams and clubs.

Documents you will need for enrollment:

1. Birth Certificate

2. 2 Proofs of Residence

3. Valid Parent ID

4. Immunization Records

5. Transcript of all high school courses taken, or most recent 8th grade report card if your student is still in 8th grade

6. If your student has an IEP or 504, you will need your most recent copy of the plan.

The computer gives you an option to turn in paperwork at a later time, but I want to give you a heads up that any documents missing from the online submission will hold up the enrollment process, so you will need to turn them in as soon as possible.

The enrollment page on the website is here:


AP Exams

Please check your student's My AP account to make sure you know whether your student has selected On-Campus, or Digital for their AP exams. We had students not show up to the paper exam they paid for today. When the student logs into My AP, if there is a little house icon, they are signed up for a Digital exam.

On Campus AP Exam Schedule:

Wednesday 5/4 - English Lit

Thursday 5/6 - US History; Computer Science A

Friday 5/7 - European History

Monday 5/10 - French

Tuesday 5/11 - Spanish Language; Psychology

Wednesday 5/12 - English Language

Friday 5/14 - Biology; Environmental Science

Monday 5/17 - Computer Science Principles

Monday 5/24 - Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Physics

Monday 5/25 - Chemistry; Statistics

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month. It is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.

The Counselors are available for any student seeking help.

Mrs. Struck in our Student Services office shared self-help tools and is available on-campus or online to help. You can contact her at 858-748-0245 x5393 or by email: sstruck@powayusd.com.

For resources and information, you can visit the following sites:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Mental Health America

American Hospital Association - Mental Health Awareness Month

Counselor Zoom Office Hours

The counselors will have open Zoom Office Hours for students to drop in to ask quick questions twice a week during student lunch. To find your counselor's office hours Click Here.


A - Dom: Christy Brown

Don - Kon: Jerrah Smith

Koo - Ramj: Blanca Arreguin

Ramk - Z: Jerilyn Padua-Reyes

Intervention/CTE: Karly Wardwell

Audits Happening Now!

Counselors are wrapping up meeting with all of our 9th-11th grade students to go over their course selections for next year and make sure they are on track for their goals and to graduate. Any students who were not in social science or PE classes that already met with the counselors will receive an email from their counselor to set up a time to meet.


Be sure to follow us on Instagram @counseling_phs for up-to-date information about the Counseling Office, enrollment, and events and to see our weekly Mental Health Monday and Wednesday Wisdom posts with great tips and tricks on getting the most of of your education and staying healthy.

Poway Virtual Courses - 2021-2022

The district sent out communication about the Poway Virtual Courses option for next year and we'd like to clarify. Poway Virtual Courses are to be taken in conjunction with one of the two learning options for high schoolers in 2021-22 school year. Students can choose to be back on campus full time, or they can choose to do Independent Study with New Directions.

With either option, they are able to take Poway Virtual Courses, but only New Directions offers a fully virtual setting. If you would like to be virtual next school year, please contact your counselor to go over the options.

PHS & Community News

Interested in learning what Peer Counselors do?

Are you interested in learning what Peer Counselors do? Join a counseling workshop to experience techniques of mentoring and active listening. There will be fun activities where you can learn how to counsel and you may learn something about yourself and your unique counseling style! Sign up here: https://forms.gle/F6uMWEvrnxQkduuUA . The workshop will be held on May 7th, asynchronous Friday from 11:00 am-12:00 pm.

PUSD Career Technical Education (CTE) Expo Online

Poway Unified is taking its Career Technical Education (CTE) Expo online Wednesday, May 26th, 4-6 pm! This annual showcase of learning outcomes will feature an unprecedented variety of our pathway programs, including details about early college credit opportunities, and featuring live student testimonials!

The CTE Expo is always a "can't miss" event, and we think you'll enjoy the virtual version even more. By registering early, you'll have access to preview sessions and learn about pathway offerings. (If you've never attended an in-person CTE Expo, check out this video created by PUSD interns. Register HERE.

Tutoring Available

Students who need some help with their classes can sign up for after school tutoring with student volunteers on Zoom or Discord. Please visit the following link to sign up and see dates and times available:


North County Lifeline - FREE Group Parenting Classes

North County Lifeline offers FREE Parent Education workshops in English and Spanish. The parenting classes are an 8-week course via a virtual setting and parents are asked for full participation. Parents that are interested need to call them directly for more specific information and the start dates for the new series.

Interested in attending Bates, Davidson, Oberlin or Occidental College?

Learn more about four top liberal arts colleges and meet Admission Directors from the colleges.

Cafecito con Colegios #2 – Financial Aid

¡Vuelve Cafecito con Colegios! En la segunda instancia de la serie de seminarios web en español de WACAC, los delegados de WACAC Nitzya Cuevas-Macias y Julio Mata moderarán un panel de discusión con expertos sobre ayuda financiera de varias instituciones y organizaciones. En este evento, los expertos hablarán sobre cómo la pandemia de COVID-19 ha impactado la ayuda financiera, y compartirán consejos sobre cómo las familias pueden prepararse mejor para el proceso de solicitud de ayuda financiera.

El seminario web de una hora está programado para el sábado 15 de mayo a las 10:30 de la mañana. Si tiene familias en su comunidad que les gustaría asistir a este programa, comparta este enlace con ellos para que se registren a este evento. El seminario web también se grabará y se compartirá con los miembros de WACAC para que se pueda distribuir a las familias como un recurso adicional. Para obtener más información sobre este programa y acceder a materiales promocionales, descargue este folleto o comuníquese con Julio Mata o Nitzya Cuevas-Macias.

¡Esperamos recibir nuevamente a sus familias en esta presentación en español, el sábado 15 de mayo a las 10:30 AM!

Explorar Miramar

Upcoming Event at Miramar in Spanish: "Explorar Miramar" - Seminario web para padres, 27 de Mayo de 3pm-3:30pm. Registracion:


Seniors Interested in Miramar College!

Financial Aid Assistance

May 19th 3PM - 3:30PM

This is an overview of Miramar’s programs, support services, SD Promise program, and new student steps.



College Application Assistance

May 20th 3PM - 4PM.

Outreach team will first provide a walkthrough of the CCCApply account creation & then highlight areas in the Miramar application that students may need extra guidance in.



Miramar College Financial Aid Specialists are here to help!

Miramar College Financial Aid Specialists are available this semester via Zoom to any student that has questions about general aid information and assistance with their application process for the upcoming 2021-22 year. Zoom Invite Link

Seniors, I've Applied to Miramar College, Next Steps!

Fall 2021 registration will begin sometime in late June/early July. Your next step is to attend a Pre-Enrollment Workshop. This workshop will cover A LOT of helpful information for new students. You only need to attend one workshop.

Registration details:

May 19th at 1:30 pm


June 8th at 1:30


Miramar Digital Catalog

Seniors, I've Applied to Palomar College, Next Steps!

Summer and Fall registration begins on May 3rd. Check your email for a "Welcome to Palomar" email with your student ID and Palomar email address. Once you have this information, schedule an appointment for an educational plan at https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/counseling/appointments/. It's a good idea to start checking your Palomar email once a week for important information.

Titan Center

Students and parents are invited to join 1:1 Zoom appointments with our Career Guidance Tech, Ms. Jaime Brown, to complete community college applications, apply for the Promise grant program, and review career plans. The Promise Grant program is free tuition for at least one year with no income requirements for first time college students. Take advantage of this unique opportunity by reviewing community college resources on our website.

Local Scholarships

Three scholarships only available to PHS students:

Kiwanis Scholarship: Seniors, Poway Kiwanis Club members and family are ineligible to apply, Short Application, No Essay, This is a handwritten application. Print, scan and email it to jbrown@powayusd.com or visit the Titan Center for a printed copy. Submit the application to your counselor or the Titan Center. The deadline is May 7th.

Bowersox Scholarship: Seniors, Interest in Public Service, Application, Essay, One LOR, Unofficial Transcripts, This is a handwritten application. Print, scan and email it to jbrown@powayusd.com or visit the Titan Center for a printed copy. Submit the application to your counselor or the Titan Center. Public Service includes majors related to healthcare, mental health, education, first responders, Military, environmental services, etc. The deadline is May 14th.

PTSA Scholarship: Seniors, Member of the PTSA, No Grade Point Average requirement recognizes volunteer service in school and community, online app. The deadline is May 15th

Scholarship Resources

Scholarship Deadline Log

Summer Opportunities Newsletter

Summer opportunities while improving your resume!

Careers in Entertainment & Creative Arts Session

Titans, join us for our virtual Careers in Entertainment & Creative Arts session on May 13th at 3:30PM. Open to 9-12 graders interested in learning about jobs in the Entertainment & Creative Arts industry. You will hear from many different roles within film, digital media, and animation, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. At this point, we have a Disney animator, a brand manager for Warner Brothers, the CEO for Poway on Stage, and a Broadway Actor/Producer/Singer. The Brand Manager for Warner Brothers is currently working on Mortal Kombat and his role is to partner with content creators to make digital media marketable. Use this opportunity to learn about different roles within an industry that you find interesting. If you want to participate, register here for the career session. Zoom access information will be emailed directly to you one day prior to the event.

Employment Opportunity - Paid Student Tutors

Students…If you are qualified and are interested in earning money tutoring other students, please email Ms. Jaime Brown at jbrown@powayusd.com for more information to become a student tutor. You will be required to have a teacher recommendation for each subject area you wish to tutor.

Employment Opportunity - Poway Equestrian Center

Are you thinking about a summer job? The Poway Equestrian Center is looking for high school students to help with their summer camps. If you enjoy working with elementary-aged children, being outdoors, and helping with animal care, then this is the job for you. Visit https://www.powayequestriancenter.com/ for contact information and future fun at work. Applicants must be 16 years of age.

UCLA MedReach - Healthcare Career Learning Opportunity

UCLA MedReach is an on-campus volunteer organization that aims to provide mentorship to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in healthcare. MedReach will be hosting three identical healthcare seminars scheduled for May 1st, May 15th, and May 29th from 10AM-12PM held over Zoom for free. If your student is interested in learning about healthcare careers, register click here today!

Faith-Based Internship Opportunities

Looking for faith-based internships? Dynamic Church Planting International has opportunities that can be researched for local and remote (digital) internships. Check it out!

Stay in the know: Titan Center on Social Media

You can follow the Titan Center on Instagram @phstitancenter for information about scholarships, internships, and college and career tips.

Options for taking the ASVAB this year!

ASVAB testing will be available in the 2021-22 school year. We are unable to host ASVAB testing in Spring 2021. Students interested in taking the ASVAB immediately should contact a local military recruiter who will schedule their test off-campus.

ACT/SAT Test Policy for College Admissions

This document has a list of schools that have announced their ACT/SAT Test policy for college admissions for the 21-22 school year.

SAT/ACT Testing Dates 2020-21

Please note if a test center decides to close, students will receive direct notification from the College Board. Check directly with the test center.

Juniors! If you plan to take the ACT or SAT this school year, please pay close attention to the dates to avoid late fees or missing the test entirely. You can register for the SAT at the College Board website here. You can register for the ACT at the ACT website here.

ACT Testing Amid Covid-19

List of SAT, ACT, and PSAT Testing Dates
Student Services

Student Services Open Office Hours

Students! If you would like to stop in for a quick chat with Mrs. Struck, our Student Services Specialist, she has Open Office Hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:15. Email sstruck@powayusd.com for the Zoom ID.

Parents, you are the anti-drug. It may seem like students don't listen, but they do. If you’d like some assistance with having these types of conversations, contact Mrs. Struck, CADC II, CCPS, Student Services Specialist, at sstruck@powayusd.com or 858-748-0245 x5393. And be sure to check out these helpful sites for parents & caregivers.

Natural High for Parents


Natural High has made talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol easier. Watch a short video by a storyteller they're interested in, and have a conversation…

Drug Free Partnership


The teen and young adult years are confusing, complicated and formative. Understanding what's happening socially and developmentally — and how it can intersect with substance use — is fundamental to setting the stage for healthier outcomes.

National Suicide Prevention Resources

Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Available 24 hours everyday


Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

Free 24/7 support at your fingertips

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