March - 2023
Over the past month counselors have been meeting 1-1 with each student to review & verify their class choices for next year. Students & parents can review their course requests in Parent & StudentVUE under the "course request" button. If your student has yet to forecast, they should connect with their counselor ASAP.
2nd Semester Reminders
Midterm grade reports should be arriving by mail in the next week. A reminder about grades:
- A, B, C & D = passing to earn high school credit
- NP = not passing but the student should continue to work towards proficiency in the class learning targets, please review Canvas & connect with the teacher
- NG = not passing & student has not been present in class enough to demonstrate their knowledge or completed enough work, please connect with the teacher
Additionally, we are now past the deadline for any class changes or class drops. Students should connect with their counselor if there is a rare or unique circumstance that should be considered outside of this policy.
Family Info Night: Substance Use Awareness
Thursday, March 9
5:30-8:00pm @ McDaniel
Open to all PPS families, our Substance Use Awareness Info Night (in English & Spanish) will include:
- Overview of substances & how youth are accessing them
- Strategies to parent for prevention
- Information about school & district resources
- Overdose information
6:30-7:30 pm Presentation in Spanish & English
7:30-8:00 pm Q&A
**Interpretation available in Spanish, Vietnamese & Somali**
College & Career
Portland Parks & Rec Job Application Workshop
Portland Parks & Rec is looking to hire hundreds of young people for their summer opportunities!
Join us in the College & Career Center to get help application help directly from Portland Parks/City of Portland staff. Learn all about their summer camp, aquatics, and city nature positions. Food will be provided. Bring your chromebook!
March 15th at 3:30pm in Rm 227
Space is limited sign up to attend here.
McDaniel College Night - Thurs. March 23
College Fair 5:30-6:00 pm
Presentation 6:00-7:00 pmIdeal for 9th-11th graders (but open to all) & their adults, our college night will provide time to connect with colleges (12 colleges have confirmed) & learn about the following topics:
- Why go to college?
- What type of college is right for me?
- How can I pay for college?
Senior Updates - College & Scholarships
College admissions results should be added to student MaiaLearning accounts.
Students can forward email notifications of scholarship awards to their counselor.
- Ms. Morrison - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms. Hale - email@example.com
- Ms. Crissy - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms. Navarro - email@example.com
- Mr. Rawls - firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselors & our College Coordinator Esthera Magda are also happy to help review financial aid award letters; they can be confusing! If students plan to attend a 4-year college next year, the deadline to commit to a college is May 1.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Zeta Sigma Omega chapter and P.I.N.K IVY Foundation Incorporated offer the following scholarship opportunities:
LaVerne B. Brown scholarship - African American female seniors, attending HBCU
Roberta C. Vann scholarship - African American female seniors
Due March 25
SAT Test for All Juniors
The SAT can be used by some colleges/universities for admission and/or scholarships. Since the Pandemic, there are some colleges/universities who have decided NOT to require the SAT, here is a link to the list & more information on the topic.
Pre-ACT for All Sophomores
On March 22 all Sophomores will be taking the Pre-ACT exam.
This is a practice ACT exam and the scores do not go to colleges nor do they count towards graduation requirements. Here is a summary of what the Pre-ACT offers students.
Horatio Alger Scholarship - JUNIORS
As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.
Scholarship Award $10,000 - 25,000
Due Date - March 15
Juniors Interested in Law & Civil Rights
The Haggerty Scholars Program seeks to provide high school juniors with an opportunity to engage with and within Oregon’s legal and civic community. Students attending underserved schools, or who are members of historically underrepresented communities, are especially encouraged to apply.
Benefits of participating:
- Students work 1-on-1 with an attorney mentor getting help w/ college essays, observe courtroom proceedings & provide networking assistance on topics of interest
- Those who complete the program are awarded $500 stipend for computer purchase or to use for college studies.
Students must be willing to meet with an attorney mentor on a regular basis and attend on-line meetings or panel discussions related to law and civil rights during the 2023-2024 school year.
Application Due April 5
EAGLE Caddie Program - Freshman Applicants
The EAGLE Caddie Program (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment) seeks currently enrolled 9th grade high school students for a unique internship –which offers summer employment & a pathway to a full college scholarship @ the University of Oregon. The 3-year program is a partnership between PP&R, the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation, and local high schools.
Students who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, non-binary, or immigrants or refugees are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for the program application is Friday, April 28.