COUNSELING DEPARTMENT UPDATE
TVHS DISTANCE LEARNING April 14, 2020
Hello Temecula Valley High School families,
We wanted to take this opportunity to send you a quick note to let you know that supporting our students and families is still our priority. In this time of uncertainty and transition, we remain committed to our Golden Bear families and we are available to help you as we begin our distance learning adventure.
This newsletter includes some helpful resources for maintaining mental and emotional health and well being during these uncertain times, as well as ways to contact us as needed. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are available via email and will respond during our office hours as quickly as possible. We look forward to continuing to support you for the remainder of the 19-20 school year.
COUNSELING OFFICE HOURS:
Monday - Thursday 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 11:15am
COUNSELOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES AND PHONE NUMBERS:
Mental & Emotional Health Support
If you are in need of extra support Mental Health Support: TVUSD is in partnership with Care Solace to accessing mental health and substance abuse services. They provide online and virtual therapy resources and are uniquely equipped to support our students and families. Those in need of support may contact Care Concierge team 24/7 at 888-515-0595, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our district's link care solace.com/tvusdfamilies. Care Concierge is available in multiple languages and can be reached by email, phone, or video chat.
What to do in case of an emergency:
SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Line: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Teen Line: Call (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6pm to 10pm PST or Text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST to receive person teen-to-teen education and support.
The Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 1-855-845-7415 for peer-run non-emergency emotional support.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): Call 1-800-273-8255.
Counseling Frequently Asked Questions:
Will we be extending school into Summer?
Due to the passage of Senate Bill 117, we will not need to extend school into summer.
Will there still be testing for TVUSD?
No, all State Testing has been waived by the Federal Government.
College and Testing
We know you have many questions around SAT, ACT, and AP testing as well as college applications, NACAC and College Board direction, so do we! Here is the information we do have:
State testing has been waived by the Federal Government. See below for up-to-date information.
College Admission Testing - SAT/ACT
Cancellations - Check directly with College Board and/or ACT
Tip: Register early for future test sittings
As of March 24, 2020 - for updates, please visit our TVUSD AP website
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:
Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course.
To access the live classes and recordings, visit the AP YouTube channel or find your course schedule below. We'll be adding more courses soon.
Download the daily schedule for 32 courses (.pdf/151 KB).
For additional information from College Board on the Coronavirus, please visit:
Home Testing Tips and Support
SAT/ACT cancellations - How to work around and what you need to know
The March SAT and April ACT have been canceled due to COVID-19 and the health and safety of others. If you're a junior and have had a set game plan or were just planning on winging it as a start (we get it!), you might be a bit unsure as to how to even take your next step.
First, take a breath. What is important to remember is that ultimately colleges will be mindful of global pandemics and unforeseen events that can cause a major rift in access to completing a piece of the admission process. College Board announced they will be adding more SAT testing dates, we don't know when, but there are also future test dates well into the fall of senior year that will still be acceptable for college applications. ACT is also offering to shift your testing date for free if you signed up for the April exam to June or later. For example, the UCs will accept test scores up until December of senior year (safely most students can take up until the October exam for a majority of deadlines).
Second, think about your specific testing plan.
If you were already studying and planning on taking the March or April exams and now have a break, create a consistent strategy to maintain the preparation you have done for these exams.
Keep in mind, as you are home learning, you will need to balance an entirely new schedule of all of your classes from home, homework, your sanity and wellness, a.k.a getting some Vitamin D when you can (all while maintaining social distancing).
It is important to weave in SAT/ACT prep that maintains the work you've done so you can stay prepared for an exam now further than you expected. This could look like one hour a week of home SAT/ACT learning. You can use free online services such as Kahn Academy or Number 2 ACT. Incorporate one or two full practice exams as well. There are free downloadable ones online, or you can see if a local test prep company offers it online as well and will time you remotely.
Remind yourself that a bulk of your knowledge surrounding these exams has come from your school curriculum. So rather than thinking you'll lose all of the knowledge, continuing fine-tune studying/practicing on the problems or areas that you need growth. This could look like practicing those Algebra equations or reading comprehension.
If you were planning on taking the SAT or ACT later that is okay too! The same rules apply, build consistent testing momentum, work on the areas most needed and incorporate practice exams.
If you were planning on taking SAT Subject Tests, keep in mind that you may shift those until later to prioritize the SAT or the other way around. Remember, testing is unique to EACH student. So what one student is doing doesn't necessarily something you might need to you.
BTW, subject tests are by and large NOT required by most universities, read this post from Compass to gain a better perspective.
Lastly, don't forget to check out test-optional colleges. These are colleges that do not require SAT/ACT for admissions. Not grade optional, so do ensure you keep up your home learning.
Information, dates, and news will continue to change, so do check reputable sources (College Board and ACT) directly for information. Search ACT or College Board in your email search bar to sift through the clutter.