Counselor Connection

La Canada High School

Schedule Changes for November-December

No Block Days the week of December 7-11


1st Semester Final Exams Schedule:

Finals will be here before you know it. Make these next few weeks count by turning in your work on time and continuing to prepare for your classes through active participation in class, studying and communicating with your teachers.


MON, DEC 14th

Regular Schedule

Periods 0 - 6


TUES, DEC 15th

7:50-9:55 am Period 2 Exam

9:55-10:20 am Break

10:20-12:25 Period 5 Exam

12:25 –12:55 Lunch

12:55-2:47 Study Period


WED, DEC 16th

7:50-9:55 am Period 1 Exam

9:55-10:20 am Break

10:20-12:25 Period 6 Exam

12:25 – 12:55 Lunch

12:55-2:47 Study Period


THURS, DEC 17th

7:50-9:55 am Period 3 Exam

9:55-10:20 am Break

10:20-12:25 Period 4 Exam

12:25 – 12:55 Lunch

12:55-2:47 Study Period


FRI, DEC 18th

TEACHER WORK DAY (NO STUDENTS)


FYI: Mark your summer calendar! The counseling department has confirmed our fall registration dates. Incoming seniors, juniors, and sophomores will register on Monday, August 8th. Incoming seniors will register from 8:00-10:00 am, incoming juniors will register from 10:30 am-12:30 pm, and sophomores will register from 1:00-3:00 pm. Incoming freshman will register on Tuesday, August 9th @ 8:00-10:00 am.

LCHS Students in Action!

CLUB SPOTLIGHTS THIS WEEK:


Gift of Life Club is a group of students dedicated to raising funds and awareness for bone-marrow transplant and leukemia patients through collaboration with the City of Hope Hospital. We hope to aid as many people in need as possible, specifically minority groups who on average have less donors. We meet every other Wednesday in Ms. Hong's room during lunch. As an upcoming event, we are planning on holding a bake sale next week at the school. If you have any questions or would like to join, please contact Ethan Co or Ms. Hong. Thanks!


Sports for Sports Club started this year with the intent of giving underprivileged children worldwide the opportunity to experience various sports. We raise money and donate it to the Sports for the World’s Children Foundation, which buys equipment and pays for the transportation of coaches and volunteers to Nicaragua, Mexico, Uganda, and here in the United States. We recently held a fundraiser, a Slip-and-Slide kickball tournament. We also plan on holding a dodgeball tournament and a bake sale soon.

For more information on club membership, please contact Nolan Sheow at nsheow@gmail.com



Spartan News!

Make sure to check out the Spartan Newspaper´s newest video broadcast outlet, LCTV! Every week we will provide highlights of everything Spartan--from sports teams to clubs to school events, we´ve got you covered. If you would like to be featured in one or more of our videos, please contact lchsspartan@gmail.com

http://www.lcspartan.com/lctv.html


The student voice of La Cañada High School. Check out www.thelclens.com for a community perspective of the student, by the student, and for the student. Contributions and ideas are welcome and all students are encouraged to get involved and share their perspective.

Freshman Forum

Thinking of summer learning opportunities? Start here for some of our archived summer program information (some application deadlines start as soon as January): Summer Programs for High School Students


New SAT: If you missed our presentation on the new SAT given by The Princeton Review, here is a resource of information:

http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-changes


For students who took the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th, please mark your calendar: PSAT results on Jan 7 @ 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium with Princeton Review- students encouraged to come!

Sophomore Scene

Thinking of summer learning opportunities? Start here for some of our archived summer program information (some application deadlines start as soon as January): Summer Programs for High School Students


New SAT: If you missed our presentation on the new SAT given by The Princeton Review, here is a resource of information:

http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-changes


For students who took the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th, please mark your calendar: PSAT results on Jan 7 @ 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium with Princeton Review- students encouraged to come!

Junior Junction

Thinking of summer learning opportunities? Start here for some of our archived summer program information (some application deadlines start as soon as January): Summer Programs for High School Students


***PRESENTATIONS***

Financial Aid Night Part Two -

Our guest presenter, Mrs. Leslie Husa from the University of Southern California financial aid office, will be returning for the second part of the financial aid informational sessions. Mrs. Husa will be presenting explicit directions on completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and be available to answer any questions regarding the process.

Date: January 12, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: IRC



New SAT: If you missed our presentation on the new SAT given by The Princeton Review, here is a resource of information:

http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-changes



***TESTING***

For students who took the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th, please mark your calendar: PSAT results on Jan 7 @ 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium with Princeton Review- students encouraged to come!


Free Resource to prep for the current SAT: https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat


11th Grade STEP Workshop: "Test Taking Timelines: 101"

Overwhelmed at the thought of college entrance exams? Don't know when to take the ACT or SAT? Not sure if you should sign up for subject exams or AP exams? If you have all of these questions and more, then this STEP is for you!


This one day STEP workshop will help you create a testing timeline for yourself so that you have a manageable calendar of test dates at your fingertips. There are two dates left and spots are filling up!


Wednesday, December 2; Thursday, December 3

Please see Mrs. Erickson in the Counseling Office to secure your spot. Space will be limited to 15 students a day and its first come first serve.


Official ACT

The next official ACT test date that’s open for registration is February 6th


Official SAT (current SAT) and Official SAT II Subject Test

Sign up for the January 23rd SAT exam. This will be the last time the current version is offered.


***SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES***

· Sign-up on websites to earn scholarships!

o www.fastweb.com

o www.Scholarships.com

o www.ScholarshipExperts.com

o www.StudentScholarships.org


A great quick scholarship reference sheet.

http://www.csac.ca.gov/training/scholarships_references.pdf


Mascot Design Contest

Ever thought about designing your own Mascot … or bobblehead? You can do both and win great prizes. The 1st prize winner will receive $500 scholarship and a trip to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the unveiling of the new mascot.The deadline is December 31st. Click here for more details: http://www.bobbleheadhall.com/mascot/


Love Your Body Poster Contest

The Love Your Body Poster Contest is open to female students. To enter, you must create a poster that may be used as part of a national campaign to counteract the media's use of narrow, unrealistic, negative images of women; and / or challenge advertisers that profit from women's dissatisfaction with their bodies. Posters should be graphically attractive and use a dynamic message. Images that demonstrate that beauty is not limited by body size, body type, ethnicity, age or physical appearance are preferred. Winning posters will be displayed in schools and other public settings. Scholarship award of $250 and the deadline is January 16th. Please see the website for more details.

http://now.org/now-foundation/love-your-body/posters/contest-guidelines/


Lamber & Goodnow Injury Law Team Scholarship

The College Scholarship is available to students enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university. You must have a minimum 2.8 GPA and submit a 500-700 word essay to qualify for this award. The essay should detail how you are driven to innovate, how you plan to influence progress on any level in any space or how you have already affected positive change with creative thinking. 2 Awards of $1000 are given to winners and the deadline is TODAY December 1st. Check out the website for more details: http://lambergoodnow.com/scholarships/


Make a Video. Win a Scholarship. Save a life.

Targeted towards Juniors and Seniors; Scholarship Award of $1000 - $5000. Deadline is April 1, 2016 - Sponsored by Mazda and U-Haul. For more information check out the website: http://projectyellowlight.com/

Senior Stop

Financial Aid Support

Financial Aid Night Part Two -

Our guest presenter, Mrs. Leslie Husa from the University of Southern California financial aid office, will be returning for the second part of the financial aid informational sessions. Mrs. Husa will be presenting explicit directions on completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and be available to answer any questions regarding the process.

Date: January 12, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: IRC


• Complete the FAFSA worksheet before filling out the online form; it will make the process much easier.


For more information regarding financial aid, please visit www.collegeboard.org. Here are some reminders on what to do now as you continue working through the financial aid process:


•Students need to submit other required financial aid forms after submitting their FAFSA; some colleges require the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®.

•Search for scholarships

•Learn the basics about student financial aid by checking out the Financial Aid Toolkit, recently launched by Federal Student Aid.


Click on this link for financial aid tips and timeline guidelines.


College Application Countdown

We hope you all enjoyed a restful Thanksgiving break and enjoyed your much deserved week off. We know many of you were finishing up your college applications and we hope that the process went smoothly. We also know that some seniors might need that extra nudge to get everything completed on time. If this sounds like you, you might enjoy the following article on completing last minute applications (not that we recommend waiting to the last minute, but we know that procrastination can happen, even to the best of us): Five Tips for Completing Last-Minute College Applications


Final Exam Countdown

If you had a hard time transitioning back to school after the holidays and would rather be snowboarding, watching your favorite Netflix series, hanging at the beach, or playing the new Fallout, you could be suffering from…Senioritis. The counselors are here to help. We want to give you the push you need to get through finals, so please make it a point to stop by and see us any time. Hang in there. Study. Work hard. Don’t let senioritis happen to you. Most importantly, start prepping for your final exams! They are just around the corner so it’s not too early to start your studying now. In the spirit of final exams, we’d like to offer the following test taking strategies:

Help Me Take Tests with Confidence

Ten Ways to Be Test Wise by Edu Guides

1. Review your notes for about five minutes every night. Frequent review helps your brain store

information in long¬term memory.

2. Take notes on assigned readings. Organizing and summing up information helps you remember it.

3. Use mnemonic devices. Words or rhymes can help you remember facts. For example, the word

homes can help you recall the names of the Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior).

4. Find out as much as you can about what the test will cover. Listen carefully for hints in the days

before the test. Teachers often stress and review information that will be worth big points.

5. Ask about the question formats. Will there be multiple-choice questions? Short answers?

Essays? Will you have to draw a diagram? A time line? Make up practice questions about the test material in the format you expect to encounter. Then answer them. If you're not sure what kind of questions will be on the test, assume you will have to write an essay. Pulling together the information necessary to answer an essay question will help you answer a question in any format.

6. How important is the test? If it's a quiz worth a tiny fraction of your final grade, don’t spend days

studying for it. Set your priorities based on a test's importance to your grade.

7. Bring everything you need to the test. For example, if you need a calculator, don't depend on your best buddy to have an extra.

8. Read the test directions carefully. What does the question ask you to do? Compare and contrast?

Show all your work? Give examples? Stick to what the question requires-no more and definitely no less.

9. Answer the easy questions first. Your confidence will rise, and you can use that momentum as you

focus on the harder questions.

10. Ask for help. If you don’t understand a test question, ask your teacher to clarify it for you.

Worksheet retrieved from http://www.jmu.edu/valleyscholars/improvemyhighschoolstudyskills.pdf on 11/9/2015.


More study tips from the counseling office:


  • Listening to music when you study can be very beneficial, but be mindful as to whether or not it is competing for your attention. The music should enhance your surroundings, not interfere with them. For example, lyrics in your favorite songs might compete for your attention when you are reading or writing but not bother you as much during math assignments. Pay attention to the mood the music puts you in. If it relaxes you but also keeps you motivated, then you’ve found the right music for you. Generally speaking, instrumental music works best, though it can vary from person to person.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Think of your classes in the same way you’d think of a sport or activity: the more you practice (i.e. study), the better you will get! Skipping out on studying doesn’t help students any more than skipping out on practice helps an athlete, so don’t skip out! Practice. It’s that simple.
  • If you need help, ask. Your teachers, friends and family are all there to cheer you on, so make sure to ask for help when needed.
  • Don’t rely on extra-credit to “save” your grade. Be consistent in your work habits. If there are opportunities for extra-credit, do take them, but think of it as a way to boost your grade, not save your grade. The points can act as a cushion for small amounts of points you’ve missed throughout the semester.
  • SUNY has some “Big ideas” on studying for final exams, which you can read here: http://blog.suny.edu/2013/12/scientifically-the-best-ways-to-prepare-for-final-exams/
  • Most importantly: breathe. It is the mantra of the counseling office. We know it can be stressful, but try your best to breathe and relax. All that anyone can ask of you is that you give the exam your best shot. Don’t be hard on yourself if it does not go perfectly. Trying your best is what matters most. Sometimes we have a bad test day, and that is OKAY. Pick yourself up and start over for the next time. Celebrate all of your accomplishments. In the words of Lucy Maud Montgomery (who would have celebrated her 141st birthday yesterday and is best known as the author ofAnne of Green Gables): “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”


Important Dates:

• College visits: ongoing (see calendar below).

UC Application Closed on 11/30

CSU Applications: Closed on 11/30

• Students can still meet with their counselors through December 11th to order transcripts or go over any last minute college questions or any other topic

• Final Exams will be the week of December 14th. There will be no school on Friday, December 18th.

• SAT and ACT testing must be completed by December for college admissions

www.collegeboard.org www.actstudent.org

Scores should be sent directly to the colleges from the ACT or SAT websites. Remember: colleges will review your scores and select the highest, therefore you need not stress about which scores to send.

• Challenge Day at LCHS will be taking place January 12-14. Students will be invited to attend if they have not already participated. More information to follow in December

Counseling Corner Resources


  • These short video segments featuring Denise Pope and Madeline Levine are based on current research and offer practical strategies to parents on topics such as How Parents and Kids Define Success Differently, Increased Stress in Kids, Developing Self Regulation, Finding the Best Fit College and many more click here