Junior Newsletter

Important Info from the Counseling Department

Hello junior parents!

As the fall semester is winding down we wanted to take a moment to let you know about some important dates and resources available to your students:

PSAT Score Back Night: Thursday, January 8th at 6pm in the Multi. If your student took the PSAT in October, come to this night to learn what their scores mean and how to prepare for the actual SAT. Come before 6pm to pick up test results.

Junior Registration: Counselors will be coming to US History classes on January 13th & 14th to present course options for next year and will then be helping students register ONLINE for their senior courses. Parent sessions will be held on January 15th & 16th from 8am-930am to answer any questions. Start talking to your child over the winter break to discuss potential courses for their senior year as well as potential Honors & AP classes they may be interested in. Your student will also need their own AERIES student portal account, visit the district website under Parent/Student Portal Info to set one up: http://www.petalumacityschools.org/

SAT & ACT: If your junior is planning to apply to 4 year colleges, they should start taking the SAT and/or ACT test to prepare. Here are the upcoming dates:

ACT: 2/7, 4/18, & 6/13 Visit http://www.actstudent.org/ to sign up!

SAT: 1/24, 3/14, 5/26/6 Visit https://www.collegeboard.org/ to sign up!

College Searches, Community Service, Jobs and more: Has your student met Ms. Stoll in the College & Career Center? Now is a good time if they haven't yet! She can assist with researching schools, applying for jobs, and any upcoming community service opportunities. Her office is in the library and she is here M-Th from 8am-2pm.

Finals Schedule: Lastly, don't forget finals are next week, make sure your child is studying in advance, seeking help from teachers, eating breakfast in the morning and comes to Cookies & Cram this Monday, December 15th from 3pm-5pm in the Library.

Wednesday: 3 & 6

Thursday: 4 & 5

Friday: 1 & 2

Congratulations to your child on another semester completed at Petaluma High School and we wish them lots of success as they continue their junior year!

Have a happy holiday season and a happy & safe New Year!

Scholarships/Leadership Opportunities:

  • 2015 Hamilton Award: $500 cash + leadership training in Seattle (2016) & Central America (2017) + college application assistance + scholarship/financial aid assistance + internship & mentorship opportunities. Visit http://www.hamiltonfriends.org/apply.php for more information. Deadline is 3/4/2015.
  • Bezos Scholars Program: Leadership opportunity in Aspen, CO, must have 3.5 GPA or higher, scored high on PSAT/PLAN or ACT/SAT, and taking AP courses or course at the JC. Visit http://www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/scholars for more information. Deadline is 2/17/2015.
  • Camp RYLA: Week long camp in June. Juniors with leadership qualities, strong academics is a plus, and involvement in Interact club is preferred. Visit your counselor for more information, a lunch meeting will be held in the Spring.
  • American Legion Boys & Girls State: summertime educational programs for high school juniors focusing on participation & personal experience in mock government. Students with outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship, character, loyalty and service to their schools should apply. Deadline is 3/1/2015, see your counselor to be nominated and fill out paperwork. For more information visit: http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/