West Counseling Dept Newsletter

January 2019

Happy New Year! Read on to find out about upcoming events, deadlines and opportunities available to you in 2019!

info for seniors

Your Photo Could Be Here!

When those college acceptance letters start coming in, be sure to share the good news with your School Counselor. We'll take your photo in front of our "Wheel of Fame" and post it to social media to share your good news far and wide!
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West High Scholarships: Time to Apply!

Each year, many local organizations and individuals generously provide scholarships for West High School Seniors. In recent years, West High has had approximately 45 scholarships to award. Each scholarship donor determines the criteria for their individual scholarship.

The criteria vary for each scholarship, but may include one or more of the following:

  • academic achievement
  • leadership
  • school/community service
  • athletic achievement
  • financial need
  • special interests/talents
  • intended area of study

To be eligible for a West Scholarship, students must have:

  • attended high school in the Madison Metropolitan School District for a minimum of three (3) full semesters
  • the 8th, or final, semester must be at West
  • Students must complete and submit a West High Scholarship application

This application will be accessible through the West High school webpage, between Monday, January 7, 2019 and Monday, February 11, 2019 (closes promptly at 4:00 p.m.).

An e-mail with the application link and the instructions on how to complete the application will be sent to all seniors through their MMSD e-mail account when the application window goes live.Students must complete this application by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11th in order to be considered for any of the West Scholarships.

The Scholarship Committee will begin meeting in March and will use the information provided on the applications to select the recipients for the various scholarships. If you have trouble accessing the application or need any assistance completing it, please contact your counselor. West Scholarships will be announced at the Senior Honors Convocation on May 30, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

info for juniors

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Junior Conferences Are Happening Now!

Counselors are meeting with Juniors now through the end of February for their Junior Conference. Instructions on how to sign up for a conference were emailed to all Juniors and parents on December 7, 2018.

All juniors should schedule an individual junior conference with their counselor to discuss the following topics:

  • reviewing your transcript for graduation progress
  • class selection for senior year
  • develop a post-high school plan, including a list of possible schools and potential majors or areas of emphasis.

Parents will be emailed a Junior Conference Summary Form following the conference which will highlight important topics discussed as well as a step-by-step timeline for students to follow.

The Junior Conference is an important opportunity for your student to work with their counselor in preparing for senior year, and to create a road map for achieving the student's post-high school goals.


No need to pre-register. Students will be called down to the cafeteria a few days prior to the test for pre-bubbling. There is no cost for students to take the February 20th ACT.


Don't forget that you have access to Method Test Prep through your student Xello account (formerly Career Cruising). To access your Xello account, visit the West High School Website and find the Xello link at the bottom left-hand side of the page. Use your MMSD gmail account and you will automatically be directed to your Xello account.

ACT Academy on the ACT website also provides FREE test prep. You can sign up for an account HERE

National Honors Society

The purpose of this organization is “to recognize academic achievement while developing characteristics essential to citizens living in a democracy.” These qualities include leadership skills, good character and commitment to public service. At West, NHS is service-oriented. NHS puts on fall and spring blood drives and does other service projects to improve the West community. They promote service among younger students.

In the spring of each year a new group of members is added at a formal initiation ceremony in the West High Auditorium. All NHS members are expected to follow the NHS honor code, the Madison Metropolitan School District Behavior Education Plan and MMSD Athletic Code. NHS members who have been “active” and have participated in at least two NHS sponsored service projects each semester will have a NHS insignia on their diploma. Membership in the National Honor Society is NOT AUTOMATIC and is not determined by 3.5 GPA alone.

Find out more about the Selection Process Here

High School Science Research Internship Program

The 11th Grade High School Science Research Internship Program is a partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 11th grade students from MMSD are partnered with researchers at UW-Madison each summer. The goal of the program is to provide an authentic science research experience for the intern. As the summer ends, interns design a scientific poster and the concluding event of the program is a scientific poster session. This allows the interns to communicate their findings to a larger audience and also to celebrate the completion of their internship with associates from the university, teachers, friends and family.

Participants will earn:

  • MMSD academic credit

  • One academic credit from UW-Madison which is funded by MMSD

  • Wisconsin Youth Leadership Skill Certificate


  • Junior status at an MMSD high school at the time of application

  • Available for lab work 20-25 hours per week for 9 weeks during the summer

  • Attend an orientation meeting with a parent/guardian in March

  • Attend all group seminars on campus during the summer

  • Complete and present a formal scientific poster

  • Complete all requirements and documentation for the Wisconsin Youth Leadership Skill Certificate

Application Information and Timeline

Applications and two recommendations are due by January 11th, 2019. The forms can be found here:

Please address questions to Amy Jonas, sriprogram@madison.k12.wi.us

info for sophomores


An exciting opportunity for 10th grade students!

Applications are now available! Applications will be accepted until 4:00 pm on February 1, 2019.

MMSD has partnered with Madison College to expand access for students to college courses in science, technology, engineering and math. The Early College STEM Academy is aimed at increasing access to STEM opportunities with a focus on underrepresented groups in the STEM field (female students and students of color) as well as first generation college going and low SES. Students can earn college credit as high school students at no cost to them or their families.

Students would attend 11th and 12th grade at Madison College and be instructed by both Madison College instructors and MMSD teachers, and would have access to state-of-the-art STEM labs and equipment for hands-on learning.

Selection Criteria

Student profile fits groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields

  • Female
  • Student of color
  • First Generation
  • Low Socioeconomic background
  • Special Circumstances

Priority will be given to students that come from low SES background.

To find out more information and access the application, click HERE

info for all grades

Final Exams are January 22, 23 & 24th!

Click HERE for the Final Exam Schedule

9th, 10th and 11th Grade Scheduling Night & Dr. Boran's State of the School Address

Join us for a multi-grade level event on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11th beginning at 6:30 pm in the AUD. NOTE THE NEW DATE!!!

All grades will hear an all-school address from Dr. Boran in the auditorium and then move to grade-level breakout sessions to learn about scheduling information pertinent to each grade level.


Week of January 28th:

Counselors will present course selection information and distribute cards and instructions to students during an academic class.

February 4th -8th:

During class time this week, teachers discuss department course options and recommend appropriate course levels to students. Students review the online curriculum guide and continue discussing course selection with parents and teachers and obtain signatures.

Week of February 11th:

9th grade students will meet with Counselors in the LMC during their Biology classes to enter their course selections in Xello on Monday, Feb. 11th.

Week of February 11th:

10th grade students will enter their course selections in the LMC during their Health/PE classes on Tuesday, Feb. 12th.

Week of February 11th:

11th grade students will enter their course selections in the LMC during their Social Studies classes on Wednesday, Feb. 13th (a few 4th hour sections will enter courses on Friday, Feb. 15th).

2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Readiness & Success Summit

Edgewood College, The College Station, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Madison Alumni Chapter, and the Urban League of Greater Madison, we cordially invite high school students and their families to participate in the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Readiness & Success Summit on Saturday, January 12 from 10:30am-2:30pm. The Summit will be hosted at Edgewood College located at 1000 Edgewood College Dr. Madison, WI. 53711 in the Predolin Humanities Center. Check-in begins at 10:15am.

Get a jump start on college planning by registering for this educational summit in honor and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy and advocacy for equal opportunity for all. The 2nd annual Dr. MLK College Planning & Success Summit is designed to help students navigate the college admissions and financial aid process. In addition, students will learn more about the skills needed to be successful while in college. High school students of color, first-generation students, and parents are encouraged to attend.

Topics will include:

· The College Search Process and How to Choose the Right College

· Financing and Paying for College

· Study Habits & Skills for College

· Self-Advocacy and Adjusting to College

· Leadership & Professional Development

Students will also have the opportunity to have a professional headshot taken during the event. Lunch is provided for summit participants. Spanish interpreters will be available. Space is limited, so please register today! Learn more and register at:http://diversity.edgewood.edu/mlkcollegesummit

Questions: Contact Derek Johnson at 608-663-2324; derekjohnson@edgewood.edu or mycollegestation@gmail.com

8th Grade Parent Night *NOTE THE NEW DATE!*

Monday, Feb. 4th, 7pm

West High School Auditorium

This event is for incoming/prospective Parents & Students transitioning from 8th to 9th grade.

Topics include:

  • transition to West
  • course selection process
  • elective courses

Students are welcome to attend with their family!

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