Jen P's Advising Group

Senior English, Junior CCR, and other MC news

Update #17: 5.1.15

Hello, students and families!

Happy May Day! We are thrilled to welcome May and celebrate with seniors Decision Day! April was a very long month for us teachers, but at the end of it all we have a very full junior and senior class for next year and all students' schedules figured out (now we just need to catch up on grading). We're ready for registration to open on Monday - remember that I will enroll all current juniors in their college classes, but seniors who plan on continuing here will need to register themselves for their summer and fall courses. Only three weeks of instruction left, then a short week of finals. Here comes summer!


Juniors continuing here

I should finish meeting today with current juniors to plan summer and fall schedules. Courses available HERE. Students should check their proposed schedule on the worksheet in their advisory folders and confirm the proposed schedule with parents this weekend, prior to our May 4 priority registration date. We can always make changes, but I prefer to solidify plans sooner rather than later.

Juniors returning to high school

For students returning to their home high school for their senior year, please make an appointment as soon as possible with your guidance counselor at your home high school -- they need to schedule you for senior year classes!

Seniors staying here and transferring

Seniors who will continue here need to complete the college application as if they are a first time student and indicate that they are graduating from high school in June. They should also make an appointment to meet with a college counselor to update their SEP. They will register themselves for summer and fall classes on May 4 (websmart opens at 7am!).

Seniors going on to a 4 year

A gentle reminder that college admissions offers may be rescinded if grades drop in spring semester. Sadly, we've heard from students who had their offers of admission cancelled in July once the college received their final transcripts. Read these FAQs from UCSC, for example. So work hard for 3 more weeks, crush your finals, and then you can celebrate!


Time to register for the SAT and/or the ACT!

Register online using the home school ID (Carlmont 050270, M-A 050170, Sequoia 052605, Woodside 053808).

Fee waivers are available at the home high school in the College and Career Center -- these not only waive the fees for the tests, but will also waive application fees for UC and CSU next year, so it is worth it to ask if you may qualify!

Be sure to remember SAT/ACT account login information, as it will be needed during the college application process.

Wondering which to take? The difference between the ACT and SAT and ACT vs SAT


· To test on June 13th, registration deadline is May 8, 2015


· To test on June 6th, registration deadline is May 8, 2015

There are practice tests in the CCR view folder; also check out Khan Academy SAT prep.

College Fairs

WACAC’s annual College Fairs provides students with the opportunity to meet representatives from colleges and universities from all over the country and beyond.

Mission College is hosting the College Fair on Thursday, May 7th, 10am-noon and 6-8pm in the gym.

Cal State East Bay is hosting the WACAC College Fair on Friday, May 8th from 9:30am-noon.

More info here.

Mark your calendar

May 26-June 1 -- FINALS

May 28 -- End of the year recognition celebration! Everyone invited! 3pm in the Theater.


5/25--Memorial Day holiday--no school


College Finals

8:10-10:40 FINAL for 9:35/9:45/10:10 M-Th, T Th, T, Th classes

MC FINALS: English


College Finals

8:10-10:40 FINAL for 9:10 MWF, MW, daily classes

11:10-1:40 FINAL for 11:10 MWF, MW, M-Th, daily classes

MC FINALS: Social Studies


College Finals

8:10-10:40 FINAL for 8:10 T Th, T, Th classes

11:10-1:40 FINAL for 11:10 T Th, T, Th classes

End of year celebration!

Theater, 3-5pm


College Finals

8:10-10:40 FINAL for 9:35/9:45/10:10 MWF, MW, daily classes


College Finals

8:10-10:40 FINAL for 8:00/8:10 MWF, MW, M-Th, daily classes

11:10-1:40 FINAL for all other classes

2:10-4:40 FINAL for 8:00/8:10 F classes

Return ALL college texts to the bookstore by 6/1 -- contact Chris Brandin if you have any questions about college texts (

Summer Reminders for Continuing Juniors

The summer session is from June 15- July 23. Students need to keep in mind that in the summer the drop date comes very quickly--in many cases, the drop date is June 16. Make sure you notify me immediately if your plans change.

Students enrolling in online classes should check their my.smccd email accounts and WebAccess for the syllabus, course information and materials.

A reminder for those taking summer classes: during summer tuition is waived, but families are responsible for the cost of the college textbooks - you may rent books from the bookstore or purchase used copies there or online.

Our fall semester begins on Aug. 10. College classes begin the following week, on Aug. 17, so those first few days we will have orientation, get books, and discuss the summer reading, My Beloved World.

Counselors are assigned to students alphabetically by last name. Right now it looks as if I will working with students with last names beginning with A-E. For a few students on the cusp, keep in mind that if the alphabet shifts a bit you may have another counselor next year; however, each of us is always available to counsel students about anything at any time. The assigned counselor is mainly responsible for keeping track of graduation requirements and submitting schedules.

Course Updates


  • English III: Students are reading Tortilla Curtain.
  • US History: Students are studying the Cold War.
  • CCR 1: Students giving 10 minute presentations on a topic of their choice and preparing for finals.


  • English IV: Students are wrapping up a satire unit in which they read two plays by Moliere.
  • Government: Students are studying the Presidency.
  • CCR 2: Students continue to work on their end-of-year projects.