Counselors' Corner

January 2021

Welcome to Spring Semester!!

Can you believe we are already to second semester? This has been a school year like no other, and we are so proud of how far you have come! Hang in there, and remember, your counselors are here to support you!
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Goal Setting in the New Year

Often at the beginning of a new year, we set goals that we would like to accomplish or create a new habit. Planning your goals using the SMART acronym will help make achieving your goals a reality:

S - Specific

  • Be specific about what you want to accomplish. This is the "who, what, when, where, which and why" of your goal.

M - Measurable

  • How will you determine when you have reached your goal? Instead of making a goal to run faster, your goal might be to run an 8-minute mile.

A - Attainable

  • Making sure your goal is realistic will actually help you be more motivated to accomplish it.

R - Relevant

  • Focus on something that truly matters to you.

T - Time-Bound

  • Giving yourself a deadline or milestone dates will help you stay focused. Is your goal for the long- or short-term? Long-term goals can be broken up into smaller deadlines to help you stay on track!

Important Updates

Introducing C.A.R.E. Squad (Student Connections Group)

Conversations Acceptance Respect Empathy

Connecting with one another is something we need all the time. With everything going on in our world and our school community, connection with others is even more important. Every Thursday at 11 am, your counselors would like to invite you to join us for conversation, games, and time to just hang out with one another. If you are interested in joining us or would like to hear more, contact your counselor!

Registration for Classes for Next Year

Believe it or not, it is that time of year again! The Counseling Department will begin Course Registration starting on February 2nd for 11th grade students. This year, with distance learning, we will be meeting with our students virtually for Registration. The students will be invited to a “presentation” via Zoom and given their Registration Form through a Counseling Google Classroom (it will be an assignment). One week after their grade level presentation, each student will be given an individual appointment time to meet with their counselor via Zoom (not during their Cohort time). All students will receive an email the day after the presentation with their appointment time. The grade level presentation dates are as follows during scheduled Office Hours:

  • February 2nd @ 11:00 am: Current 11th Grade Student Presentation
  • February 16th @ 11:00 am: Current 10th Grade Student Presentation
  • March 2nd @ 11:00am: Current 9th Grade Student Presentation

The students will receive an email with the Zoom information for these grade level presentations the week before the presentation. We understand that during this time there are many questions and potential issues with technology and we are happy to work with you. Please reach out to us if you have any concerns.

Mid-Year Transcript (Seniors)

Does your college application require a mid-year transcript? If so, please make sure you request one through Naviance! (Here is a link with instructions.) This is the same process as requesting your initial transcripts. The only difference is that you will select "Midyear" for transcript type!

Mental Health Summit (Royal High School)

Students from Royal High School are hosting a Mental Health Summit. If you would like to attend, register here.
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Helpful Resources

Getting Connected at SSHS

There are so many creative ways that staff and students are staying connected, even when we are not physically at school. Here are some suggestions if you are looking for more ways to get involved and feel connected to our school:

  • Join one of the many clubs hosted by our students!
  • Follow your class and ASB on Instagram (and check out their website!) (@santasusanaasb, @sshsleadership2021, @sshs_class_of_2022, @sshs2023, @sshs2024)
  • Watch KSSH News!
  • Join C.A.R.E. Squad on Thursdays at 11. (Contact your counselor for the Zoom link!)
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From the CCC

Moorpark College

Students, if you will be attending Moorpark College, please fill out the attached googleform, indicating any and all events you'd like to attend to help you with the application and registration process. There are also events that will help you gain a better understanding of MPCC, programs and services they offer, and other pertinent information. Additionally, sessions are available that will help you understand general education courses, class selection for your major, and preparing to transfer from a community college to a four-year university. Starting community college with a plan is imperative, especially if you are intent on transferring within two years.


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Financial Aid

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) deadline is March 2nd-file asap; over $100 Million is left unused simply because students do not apply
  • It is a free application
  • Skipping it does a major disservice to your potential financial aid opportunities (You may not qualify for need-based aid, but most colleges need the FAFSA to be completed in order to consider the student for any merit aid, scholarships, and loans)
  • If you need assistance, all students (university, community college, or vocational school bound students) are welcome to attend a free workshop that will help you fill out the FAFSA, line-by-line (hosted by Ventura County Community College District)
  • California Promise Grant for eligible community college students--must file the FAFSA

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