MHS Counseling

October - 2020

Important Dates

  • Oct. 21: Tools to Build Your Future, College & Career Day
  • Oct. 21: Paying for College Webinar
  • Nov. 5: End of 1st Quarter
  • Nov. 6: No School - Teacher Planning Day

Understanding Our Schedule & Credits

Classes students take earn credits that are added to their transcript, and the grades they earn impact their overall GPA. The credit system for this year at MHS is different than in previous years. This is how credits on transcripts will work this year:

  • Classes earn 0.5 credit each quarter (First quarter ends November 5)
  • 4 classes = 4.0 credits at the end of each semester (First semester ends January 28)
  • Classes will change to another 4 classes second semester Feb. 1.

If you have questions about grading or credits please reach out to your teachers or counselor!

Add'l Student Support Canvas Page

We have created a page for all students to access through Canvas titled "Add'l Student Support". Please visit the page to:
  • connect w/ a counselor or other support staff
  • find grade-specific material being shared (academic, college/career, social/emotional)
  • join the live meeting links for drop-in help or grade specific meetings

Tools to Build Your Future 2020

PPS has organized our first virtual college & career event for Wednesday, Oct. 21. All high school students have been invited to register and attend a variety of college & career workshops that have been created to help students make plans for after high school.

Sessions include:

  • Career presentations delivered by industry speakers
  • Information about advanced training & job readiness options
  • Financial aid & scholarship options
  • Apprenticeship & pre-apprenticeship programs
  • 2 & 4 year colleges (including supports for first generation college students)
  • College sessions for Black, Latinx and Native students
  • College test preparation and updates
  • Gap year programs
To register, students signup online.

Financial Aid Season

The do-to item for seniors & their families this month is completing their FAFSA/ORSAA. Any senior planning on continuing their education next year (university, community college or trade program) should be completing the necessary forms to get aid & support to help pay for school.

Counselors & the college/career center supports are ready to help students complete this task.


  • Weekly Drop-In Support - Every Wednesday @ 1:00 (student join meeting link on Add'l Student Support Canvas page)
  • Oct. 21: Paying for College Webinar (register online HERE)

Freshman Support

Counselors typically meet with freshmen monthly providing workshops & meeting individually with students. While in distance learning we will be inviting freshmen to grade-level meetings to share important info. This month we'll be sharing tips on finding academic success, explaining credits, GPA and graduation requirements.

Freshmen should plan to attend one of the two meetings.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 @ 12:30 OR 1:30
The meeting link will be on the Add'l Student Support Canvas page

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College Possible Junior Recruitment

College Possible is looking for college-bound Juniors. The program at Madison supports students with:


  • college exploration
  • SAT/ACT preparation & registration
  • completing college applications
  • financial aid & scholarship search
Students admitted to the program are supported through 11th-12th grade with a coach as well as into their college years.


Applications are due Oct. 23 & can be completed online HERE.

For further information students & families can contact Muhammad Shareef 510-346-6179

LEDA - Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America

LEDA is dedicated to helping exceptional young people overcome challenging circumstances to reach and succeed at the most selective colleges. Their support guides students from the admission process through graduation and beyond.

Juniors, check out the LEDA website & application.

Due Dec. 14, 2020.

Virtual College Visits

Between now and the end of October, there are over 30 virtual college visits that students can sign up for. Colleges from all over the country (& some international) are meeting with interested students, sharing about their school & answering questions.

Students should login to Maialearning.com using their school google account.

Under the "university" tab, the scheduled visits can be found.

Student & Parent VUE

Help your student stay on-top of their grades. Email teachers with the click-of-a-button. The end of 1st quarter is Nov. 5!

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Open to all Juniors & Seniors

Complete key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships.

No minimum GPA or essay required.

The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Complete all six, and you’re eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action.

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