March Update

In This Issue....

  • FAFSA/CADAA Deadline, March 2nd
  • Class of 2023: I submitted my FAFSA, now what?
  • Grade Level Course Selection
  • Summer School Enrollment
  • Saturday Success Academy
  • Office Hours: College Applications
  • College & Career Spotlight
  • Scholarship Information
  • Mental Wellness Resources


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Class of 2022: I submitted my FAFSA, now what?

1. Create a Webgrants4Students Account

WGS will allow you to manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee account(s) online by letting you:

  • View Updates
  • Make Address Changes
  • Make Corrections
  • Make School Changes

It is important for you to understand that your WGS account does not replace your School or FAFSA accounts. Each account must be monitored and managed independently.

2. Watch your school portals

You will be getting lots of information through each school portal for the schools that you applied to. Be sure to log into them weekly to see if there are any "to dos." Also, watch your emails for any "to dos." Do not miss deadlines because it may cost you admissions. Know that your admissions decisions will come in ahead of your financial aid packages. In fact, financial aid packages may not be in for weeks. Remember to wait until you have all decisions and packages before making a decision. Most schools do not require a decision until May 1st. If you need help understanding your packages, do not hesitate to see your school counselor at lunch or Ms. Villalobos in the College & Career Center (Room 303).

3. Don’t wait until you receive your financial aid offer. Continue applying for scholarships.

Many schools may not be able to fulfill your financial need. You’ll need a way to pay the difference between the financial aid your school offers and what the school costs. There are thousands of scholarships, but deadlines vary. Make scholarship applications your focus while you wait for your financial aid offer. The applications may take some time, but the possible payout makes it all worth it. If you need help, see your school counselor or Ms. Villalobos in the College & Career Center (Room 303).

Grade Level Course Selection

During the month of January, all Centennial Students were provided with registration presentations that covered high school graduation requirements, post-high school planning, and course selection information. They were informed of the courses offered during the following school year. Following the grade level presentations, students have had the opportunity to input the courses that they desire for the following school year. The course selection for students ended on Friday, February 4th through Student Connect, but do not fear. If a student missed the opportunity to input the courses they most desire, a student's school counselor will meet with each student to review their Individual Learning Plan (ILP) through their English courses. School counselors value the one to one support that we offer students as they explore their post-secondary aspirations and match them to their ILPs. If, after multiple attempts to reach the student, a student is unable to complete their ILP course requests, then the counselor will select courses for him/her/them. We continue to encourage students to sit with their parents and/or guardians to select the courses they prefer prior to meeting with the school counselor. Please encourage your students to see their school counselor at lunch (no appointment needed) should they have questions about the planning process.

Summer School Enrollment

Parents, if your student has been enrolled in Summer School by their school counselor, be sure to save your student's seat! In order to save your child's seat in Summer School and complete their enrollment, parents are required to confirm and approve their Summer School enrollment within Q Parent Connect.
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How To Accept Enrollment

1. Go

2. Login with your PIN & Password

  • If you do not know your Parent Connect login information, contact our site for assistance.

3. Select the (Online Registration) button (upper right-hand corner)

4. Select (Edit) next to your student's name.

5. Go to the (Summer School-Registration) section

6. Review the guidelines then sign & date the section, then (Submit)

7. A confirmation email will be sent to your email on file at the end of the day upon completion.

Saturday Success Academy

The return of Saturday Success Academy (SSA) is here! Please join your school counselors on March 5th, 12th, and 19th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for academic support. Centennial's esteemed International Baccalaureate and Middle Years Program students will be in attendance providing peer support for all students. If your student(s) plan to attend, please be aware that they are committing themselves to stay for all four hours of SSA. We look forward to seeing you there!

March Office Hours

Every Tuesday and Thursday during office hours, join Ms. Villalobos, your school counseling team to complete your college applications, sign-up for Fall Dual Enrollment courses, and take part in small groups.

College and Career Spotlight

Every month, your school counselors will highlight a college and/or career. If you would like more information regarding the month's "spotlight", make sure to reach out to your counselor or Ms. Villalobos, our College and Career Specialist. For more information, click on the picture to access the College & Career Center Smore.
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Riverside City College Promise Program

The RCC Promise program helps recent high school graduates remove a barrier to pursuing higher education — by making it affordable. Full-time students who hold to their “promise” receive free tuition (even if they’re not eligible for financial aid), receive support for textbooks, and a dedicated community.

Announcing Big Future Scholarships for the Class of 2023

Beginning December 6, 2021, all juniors in the U.S. and U.S. territories in the Class of 2023 can earn chances at $500 and $40,000 scholarships by taking steps on BigFuture to plan and pay for college. BigFuture Scholarships will award more than $3 million to more than 4,000 students in the Class of 2023. At least half of the scholarships – more than $1.5 million – will be awarded to students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year. Start planning for your future today!

For student mental health resources, click on the picture:

Your school counselors value being part of the school based mental health professionals team, which encompasses your school counselors, school psychologist, and school nurse. We honor the trust that you place within us to ensure that our students remain happy, safe, and healthy. School counselors are often the first line of defense when it comes to student mental health and if there is ever any concern, then we encourage our parents, families, teachers, and staff to reach out to the appropriate school counselor for support.

To visit our CNUSD Virtual Calming Room, please click on the picture:

This has a wealth of resources for students, parents, and families alike!

Centennial School Counseling Department Vision Statement

Centennial High School graduates are assertive, global citizens who accept challenges, embrace diversity, overcome obstacles, and work toward leaving a lasting legacy for the next generation. They reach their full potential in their communities as life-long learners who eagerly pursue knowledge and continually develop their skills. Our students meet the demands of the 21st-century workforce through problem-solving, collaboration, and effective communication.

Centennial School Counseling Mission Statement

As Centennial High School Counselors, our students are the highest priority. Our team is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program that meets the academic, social-emotional, and post-secondary needs of all students. While working with stakeholders, we continually improve our direct and indirect services to ensure they are responsive to student needs, encourage academic success, and support the personal growth and well-being of all students. It is our duty to treat every student equitably with respect and dignity, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or educational needs. We advocate for student access to promote success for all students. We guide our students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century while empowering them to pursue their college and career aspirations.

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