Westview Counseling

April 2021 Newsletter

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Important Dates

Quarter 3 Finals: Thursday, April 1 (Period 1 & 2) and Friday, April 2 (Period 3 & 4)

Quarter 4 Begins: Monday, April 5

Parent Academy: Building a College List & Career Planning (11th grade families): Tuesday, April 6 at 5:30pm, Click Here to access YouTube live link

Spring Break: Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16

Updates & Resources from the Counseling Office

Please join us for our Parent Academy Workshop: Building a College List & Career Planning Night on Tuesday, April 6 at 5:30pm. This event is targeted for 11th grade students and families. Click Here or on the Flyer below to access the YouTube live link.

2020-2021 Virtual Peer Tutoring

The Peer Counseling team has launched our virtual tutoring services! Tutoring will be offered virtually via zoom on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. If you are interested in getting additional afterschool support you can sign up here:

TUTORING SIGN UP FORM – This form is located on the Westview Website under academic support.

See Flyer below for more details!

Tech Boot Camp Videos

Check out these great videos that help you step by step on how to access and navigate several websites you may be using this school year!

Zoom https://youtu.be/DQZpH4DMgr0

Westview High School Website https://youtu.be/PbS1YsC8JJE

GSuite https://youtu.be/PitcjWzqg7I

My Plan https://youtu.be/ucHbPSQKLYw

Canvas/MyConnect https://youtu.be/lasUf0vNsCc

Parent Academy

Parent Academy is a one-stop shop where parents can learn about the numerous educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in their classrooms. These resources will make it easier for parents to understand how teachers engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration.

Visit our Canvas page: Counseling 2020-2021

Counselor Caseloads:

Just a reminder about the changes to our Counselor caseloads this year based on the alphabetical split:

A - Fel - Alisa Berner

Fem - Lim - Vanessa Ho

Lin - Rog - Katie Ramirez

Roh - Z - Christine Cudmore

CTE & Intervention - Ruben Mata

Wolverine Center

While the Wolverine Center may not be physically open at this point, we are still here for you! Need a work permit? Questions for your counselor? Or just want to discuss present and future options?

Students have access to:

Follow the Wolverine Center on Instagram!

Follow the Wolverine Center on Instagram for all the latest updates and news!

Looking for Scholarship Information, Enrichment Programs or Job Opportunities?

Check out our Scholarship Information and Enrichment Programs & Internships newsletters on the Westview Counseling website. These newsletters are updated frequently throughout the year. Check back often for updates!

Plan to attend our Wolverine Parent Academy Workshops this year


Class of 2021

The application for the State Seal of Civic Engagement (SSCE) opened on Tuesday, March 30th. The State Seal of Civic Engagement will be awarded to students who have demonstrated excellence in civics education and participation, and an understanding of the United States Constitution, the California Constitution, and the democratic system of government. All PUSD Seniors are eligible for this award that will be affixed to student transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of completion. The State Seal of Civic Engagement recipients will be announced at the 2021 Senior Awards Night and the application window is open from now to April 23rd! Click Here for more information and access to the application.

Mid Year Reports for College Applications

If you haven't done so already, seniors will want to submit their mid-year transcripts and counselor school reports. These documents are generally required for private colleges and universities especially those applied via Common App. In addition, some CSUs and UCs may specially ask students to submit mid-year transcripts. Only request UC/CSU's if the colleges contact you directly to do so.

Please complete the online Mid-Year report form and once the grades post to the transcripts, counselors will begin to send the materials.

UC - Admitted Freshman

Admitted students will have a range of options to engage with campuses this spring. Campuses are planning multiple virtual events beginning in late March and continuing throughout April. Events may include (but are not limited to) presentations on financial aid and scholarships, choosing a major, student organizations, support resources, and housing. The date ranges are provided below along with the link for more information on the events.

UC Berkeley: April 3, Cal Week: April 24 —30
UC Davis: March 30 — April 3
UC Irvine: March 26 — April 17
UCLA: April 5 —16
UC Merced: March 9 — April 24
UC Riverside: April 5 — 7
UC San Diego: April 10, with other events continuing throughout April
UC Santa Barbara: March 22 — 25 and April 26 — 30
UC Santa Cruz: March 20 — April 10

Accepting a UC admission offer

Students can accept an admission offer by agreeing to the provisions/conditions outlined in the offer and submitting their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) with the SIR deposit to reserve their space at a campus. The SIR deposit is $250. Some important things to keep in mind about accepting a UC admission offer:

1. Students can accept only one admission offer from one UC campus.
2. The SIR deposit is applied to the student's first enrollment term tuition.
3. Students that qualified for the UC application fee waiver will have the SIR deposit deferred until financial aid is disbursed.
4. The SIR deposit is nonrefundable and non-transferable.
5. A Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) for tuition determination purposes may be required.

Withdrawing or cancelling a UC admission application

Each campus has specific instructions for their individual process if an applicant wishes to cancel or withdraw their application from further consideration. This only applies to students cancelling or withdrawing prior to admission.
See campus instructions.

Palomar College: What's Coming Up?

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The Palomar Promise is designed to provide first-time college students with access to an affordable higher education and to increase college-going and completion rates in our community.

The Palomar Promise offers up to two years of free course enrollment and related registration fees, textbook assistance, and access to specialized academic and career planning with related support services to first-time college students who meet the eligibility requirements.

To learn how to apply, click here.

Miramar College

If you are interested in applying to Miramar College you can access the San Diego Promise program application Here

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a regional tuition discount program, which enables students from one of 16 WICHE states and territories in the Western U.S. to enroll as nonresidents in 160+ participating public colleges and universities and pay 150 percent (or less) of the enrolling school’s resident tuition—which annually saves students an average of $9,000 each on the cost of non-resident tuition. Please visit the WUE website for more information

College & Career Updates

All Grade Levels

College2Career Fairs

The College2Career virtual college fairs return this spring with events from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. April 15 and from 9 to 11:45 a.m. April 16.

California, out-of-state, and international college representatives will be presenting in a career pathways format. All high school and community college academic programs and career pathways students and staff are invited. CTE and CTSO students and advisors are always welcome.

Each hour of the fair will feature six colleges presenting for six minutes each on their college and specified career pathway (e.g., STEM, healthcare, business, etc.). You can register for one session or as many as are relevant to your class or group. Classroom and group registrations are available. Individual student registration will open March 22.

Hello from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at New Mexico State University!

Our program has a number of opportunities and benefits to offer students. These could include advance training opportunities, 72+ types of scholarships, and a guaranteed jobs after graduation. Our cadets are just like any of the other students on campus and can choose to study any of the 172 degrees that NMSU has to offer. Unlike most of their peers, ROTC cadets take Military Science courses in addition to their normal college classes. These additional classes help prepare them for their duties as an Army Officer by pushing the cadet’s own expectations and preconceived limitations. These future officers learn valuable skills that they will take with them to lead their soldiers in the near future as the Army’s newest officers.

Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) Virtual College Fairs

WACAC will be partnering with StriveScan to host virtual fairs this spring. This virtual format exposes students to a wide range of colleges while still being time- and cost-efficient for the colleges. These fairs are designed to serve the students in regions of California and Nevada. More detailed information can be found on the StriveScan event site.

Last Session offered on:

  • April 19, 5:00 to 7:45 pm — Pre-session workshops begin at 4 pm

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Virtual College Fairs

At each virtual fair, students attend college presentations, learn about their options, ask questions, and demonstrate interest, all without leaving home. Share a short how-to video with students and encourage them to sign up in advance at virtualcollegefairs.org.

Students may attend as many fairs as they like. Find a list of colleges that will share information about their programs, majors, financial aid, and more on each fair date. Additional colleges will be added throughout the spring.

Some of these events are smaller Focus Fairs, which are designed for students with special interests or residing in specific regions: Western U.S. (April 10), Southeastern U.S. (April 20).

College & Career Night Recordings

If you missed College & Career Night in March, don't worry! The recorded sessions are all available in Catalog of Sessions from the event. This catalog also has a variety of pre-recorded sessions that may be of interest to our students and families. There are a few more pre-recorded sessions that will become available as they are added.

College Visits

Sign up for our Virtual College Visits in SCOIR. For instructions on how to sign up for College Visits in SCOIR, click here or watch the video below.
Student - Visits & Deadlines

How do I log in to SCOIR?

Students can type in scoir.com or click the link to arrive at the SCOIR homepage. Once there, click on the blue "Login" button at the top right of the screen. If students already have an account, enter the appropriate credentials and sign in. If students do not have a login, they can create one by clicking "Don't have an account?" at the bottom of the login screen. This will take students through a step-by-step process to set up an account.

SCOIR: Our new college & career platform

SCOIR is the new one-stop online system that provides students with college and career planning tools to use during their time at Westview. Please note that SCOIR will be replacing our current system, Naviance, for our 9th - 11th grade students. 12th graders will continue using Naviance this school year; however, they will use SCOIR to sign up for college visits.

Visit UC campuses virtually

Campuses offer a range of virtual tours for students and families to explore. Options may include a personalized experience, housing tours, guided student tours, and/or student panels. Campuses may increase offerings or add options as needed.

Links to campus virtual tours and engagements:

UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz

Check out these college virtual tours!

Click on the university you would like to tour to start your virtual tour now!



University of Virginia



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College Entrance Exam Information

Have you checked out the College Entrance Exam page on our Counseling website? Please click here to learn more about the SAT and ACT exams.

For the latest updates on SAT exam registration and information, please visit the College Board website.

For the latest updates on ACT exam registration and information, please visit the ACT website.

Many colleges are reviewing their admissions policies in regards to college admissions exams due to COVID-19. Please check each college's website for the most-up-to-date information. For a list of colleges that are test optional, please click here.

UC - Financial Aid Fact of the Month

California students benefit greatly from federal, state, and university grant and scholarship programs. So much so, that collectively 71% of California students receive grants and scholarships to help cover their education costs, and 56% of California students have their systemwide tuition and fees covered ($12,570 for 2020—21). With the average grant and scholarship award of $18,000, students are able to use scholarship and grant funds to cover additional educational costs; housing, food, transportation, books and supplies. Information on the percentage of undergraduates receiving financial aid and scholarships for each campus is linked below.

UC Berkeley
UC Davis [PDF]
UC Irvine
UC Merced
UC Riverside
UC San Diego [PDF]
UC Santa Barbara [PDF]
UC Santa Cruz [PDF]

Hefar Financial Aid Mini Workshops

The HEFAR Group is a non-profit company with a mission to help make college affordable for everyone. They are a college funding advisor that helps you get more free money for college.

NEW Click here to view the FInancial Aid Mini Workshop #13: Most common questions: 529 Plans!

NEW Click here to view the FInancial Aid Mini Workshop #12: Comparing public vs private schools: Don't Make College Decisions Based on Sticker Price!

Click here to view the FInancial Aid Mini Workshop: Scholarships: Where to look and what to focus on.

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: The importance of College Education: Does a College Education pay off?

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Most Common Questions: Timing of the Base Year

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Most Common Questions: Divorce/Blended Families

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: It's Not What the School Costs; it's What You Pay That Matters!

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: FAFSA-Three things you need to know to get better financial aid packages!

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Understanding the Four Types of Financial Aid: Free Money vs Self-help Money

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Scholarships: Where to look and what to focus on

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Understanding the Financial Aid Equation: How does it all work?

Rady's Children's Virtual Weekend Medical Academies

Registration for the Nursing Academy is full. Only waitlist spots are available.

Registration for Mental Health matters is Open.

To apply click here!

What is the Virtual Weekend Medical Academy?

A 3-day program to help students interested in a career in nursing to understand the education and career requirements, as well as the different possibilities within the field.

What will you do?

Explore the unique and exciting world of nursing during a variety of sessions including:

  • Lectures/Interactive Discussions about the history & importance of the nursing profession.
  • Workshops that outline the steps and process for acceptance into nursing school programs.
  • Hands-on skills clinics to practice key skills.
  • Career panels during which faculty will share their stories, experience, and advice.
  • Team building/Networking activities to learn and engage with peers and future colleagues.

Where: Virtual Format - Zoom

Cost: $350 - $445, - includes course materials and t-shirt

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2021 Congressional Art Competition

Office of Congressman Scott Peters is thrilled to again participate in this exciting opportunity to highlight the talent right here in San Diego! We are accepting artwork from a variety of media (paintings, drawings, print, etc.) from all high school students who attend school in the 52nd Congressional District. The winner (to be announced in early May) will have their piece hung in The U.S. Capitol for one full year.

You can find more information about the Competition by visiting our website here. Interested students must include their high school on the Student Release Form, even if they take an arts class offsite.

All work must be submitted to our office by Friday, April 16th, 2021 by 4:00pm PST. A clear photo of the piece and scan of the release form are to be submitted to RepPeters.ArtComp@mail.house.gov due to COVID-19.

NBC Universal Internship Program

Applications for summer internships at NBCUniversal are now open. All internships will be remote! This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in media, entertainment, and/or technology.

Click here for more information!

The DEA's Operation Prevention Program

The DEA and Discovery Education have created Operation Prevention to provide communities of every kind with proactive digital tools to raise awareness about the dangers of substance misuse. Check out their website here for FREE resources for middle and high school students as well as parents. Resources include zoom presentations.

Summer STEM Institute (SSI)

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) is a six-week virtual summer program for high school students. The program was started last summer by educators, students, and graduates from Stanford, Harvard, and MIT.

The program consists of three main parts:

  • Research and data science bootcamp: Students learn how to design and conduct data science research projects. Students learn about the research process and how to apply statistical and machine learning methods to address scientific questions with real-world impact.
  • Masterclass lecture series: Students are connected to accomplished young adults around the world. Students have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship from Forbes 30 Under 30 recipients, science research from International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) grand prize winners, and other topics from speakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Mentored research project: Students complete a research project through a rigorous, hands-on learning experience under the guidance of mentors. Previously, students have worked in a variety of fields, from computational biology to quantum physics.

Students and families can learn more about SSI and apply on our website here: https://www.summersteminstitute.org/. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2021.

FREE Group Parenting Classes offered by North County Lifeline

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Mental Health & Wellness Resources

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If you were not able to attend the webinar hosted by Westview's ASB and district school psychologists, you can view the entire 40 minute presentation here. Below are the topic time stamps:

1:30 - Meet the Panel

2:30 - Loss

11:15 - Stress

18:10 - Grief

27:05 - Seeking Support & Resources

28:30 - Q & A

Student Support Services

Please let us know if we can help your family with any of the following needs:

- Chromebook

- Food Assistance

- School Supplies

- Standardized Testing Fee Waiver (SAT & ACT)

Rental Assistance Resource

Interfaith Community Services is working with a Community Development Block Grant program to help assist those that may need rental assistance. For more information, please contact Ann Marie Masano a Housing Stability Case Manager that can help screen families for potential eligibility for rental assistance.

760-489-6380, extension 262

More Ways To Stay Connected

Visit www.westviewasb.com for clubs and upcoming events. Don't see something you like? Start your own! Download the application and turn it in to ASB.

Another way to stay connected is to download the Westview App! You will have access to your grades, school schedule, student handbook and a list of events. Also, check out our Instagram pages at the bottom of this newsletter!

You can also stay up to date on scheduled activities by accessing monthly calendars below.

Athletics Calendar

Counseling Calendar

Westview School Calendar