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LCHS Students in Action!

CLUB SPOTLIGHTS OF THE WEEK:

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is an organization dedicated to inspire our youth to learn more about the national economy and develop the leadership skills necessary in the modern world. We compete in state and nationally, attending conferences around the globe. We meet every Monday at lunch in Mr. Beaty's room, room 301. Our next meeting will be next Monday, and we will be discussing the upcoming conference in March as well as the one in summer. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, please contact Averi Suk.


LiNK raises money to support refugees from North Korea by providing them the basic necessities that they lacked in North Korea to live. As a club part of the larger organization LiNK, our main goal is to raise approximately $3,000 by the end of this year to save one refugee. We are able to do this with multiple fundraisers throughout the year. Not only do we raise money, but we also raise awareness about the situation in North Korea to provide them further support. We meet every

other Tuesday during lunch in Mr. Beaty's room, Room 301. Our next meeting is the Tuesday after next week, and we will be discussing Spring Festival and the possibility of another bake sale. If you have any questions, please contact Lina Lim or Jennifer Yoon. Thanks!

9th-11th Grade Announcements

Challenge Day

If you have received an invitation for Challenge Day, please submit your permission slip ASAP. Priority will be given to students on a first-come basis.


For students planning on taking the March 5th SAT, The Princeton Review will begin their prep course starting on January 16th. Sign up now to learn strategies and take practice exams leading up to the SAT on March 5th. Click here for details.


For all future college athletes, LCHS will be hosting an NCAA information night on January 19th at 6:30pm in the auditorium. We will present on the changes to NCAA eligibility and how parents can help in their student's recruitment process. We look forward to seeing you on January 19th.


The LCHS Student Showcase is coming up: February 4 in the IRC 4:30-6:00

FOUR great reasons to go:

1) you can support your fellow LCHS students and mentors

2) you can find out about the inspirational projects and opportunities available to LCHS students

3) you can practice and promote your own (or your group's) presentation (during STEP classes in January "Showcase" student ambassadors will be circulating through STEP classes giving information on registering, or students can ask their STEP teachers for a pass to Room 323 throughout January to get registered)

4) you can "shmooze" with other interested students, teachers, parents, school board and chamber of commerce members in the community

Presentation topics from the past have been: Astronomy Institute, Biotechnology Institute, Medical Institute, Yosemite Institute, Fashion Design, Business, Architecture, “Teach Science Labs” Institute, and Independent Projects for first semester of 2015-16 school year.

New Presentation topics: This year, we are inviting presentations from ASB leadership, TEDx talks, Engineering Club, Sports Medicine, Equestrian Club, Culinary Arts, Drama/Theater, Choral Music, Jazz Band, Drum Line, Art Portfolios, Yearbook, LIterary Arts Publication, Debate, Graphic Arts, Photography, Day of Code, and Computer Science topics.

For more information, click here or email Patty Compeau: pcompeau@lcusd.net


Please be advised that the PSAT results night event on January 7th has been rescheduled for February 9th at 6:30pm in the LCHS theater. Due to the changes in the testing format, The College Board is delaying the distribution of test results to ensure the accuracy of the scores for this new test. We look forward to having you and your student join us on February 9th to receive your score report, analysis and interpretation of scores, next steps for students, and a question and answer session with Princeton Review. Please join us for The Princeton Review PSAT score results night on February 9th at 6:30pm in the auditorium. Please note this is a change in date. We apologize for any inconvenience. Students will receive score packets and a breakdown of what those scores mean. We look forward to seeing you on February 9th.



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.


Are you wanting to learn interesting things from Claremont College students? Splash is a one-day weekend event (February 28th) where you will come to Harvey Mudd College and take some super-cool classes of your choosing taught by students from the Claremont Colleges. The 2015 course catalog can be found here. Link for further information: https://claremont.learningu.org/learn/index.html


For scholarship and other financial aid opportunities, please visit http://connection.naviance.com/lchsca Click on the college tab, then click on scholarships. Mrs. EricKson will also keep hard copies of any local scholarships on file in the counseling office. She is available in the front office between the hours of Noon-3:45 p.m.


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


SAT and ACT Prep Opportunities Click here for a list of local options and La Canada student discounts.


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.

Senior Stop

Get the Most Out of Your College Visits

As published by Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com)

College visits are probably the most fun part of the college application process . When it comes to researching potential schools, there’s no better substitute for figuring out if a campus will feel like home.

If possible, visit every college that you are strongly considering. No website, guidebook, or testimonial will give you a better feel for a school than you'll get by seeing it for yourself. Many students change their minds after a campus visit. This is obviously preferable to changing your mind after you enroll! Get the most out of your time on campus with our college visit checklist:

Mind the calendar.

Schedule your visit while school is in session. You won't get a realistic idea of student life in August (or if you attend during a special event like Spring Fling).

Meet the experts.

Talk to the current students—they may soon be your peers. If they have a problem or complaint, they will probably share it with you. If they love their school, they won't be shy about it either. Come prepared with some questions to ask —specific ones will get you more interesting (and helpful) answers.

Meet the other experts.

Stop by the admissions office and introduce yourself. Let them know what interests you about the school so they can direct you to the best place for further investigation. Collect contact information and send a brief, friendly email thanking them for taking the time to talk to you.

If there is a sign–up sheet, add your name! Colleges do keep track of which applicants have demonstrated genuine interest in the school. A visit is a great way to demonstrate your interest.

Some schools will let you interview with an admissions rep during your campus visit. If this opportunity is available, don't pass it up.

Take the campus tour…

While it's the most obvious thing to do, the official campus tour is worth your while. (Find out if you need to register to get a spot.) It gives the school a chance to show off its best features, like the newly-built theater or their rooftop planetarium. While you're walking around, check out the flyers and bulletin boards and pick up a school newspaper to get a sense of what's going on.

…then venture out on your own.

The official tour will probably steer you clear of the school's less attractive features, like the shoddy dining hall or the tiny gymnasium. Take your own un-official tour by wandering around campus. If there are any facilities that are important to you, find them and have a look for yourself. Make sure your destinations include the library and the first-year dorms.

Be a student for a day (or night).

Some schools sponsor overnight programs in which you can stay with a current student. This is a great opportunity to get a deeper sense of campus life and interact with your potential future friends and roommates.

Even if you don't stay over, most schools will allow you to sit in on lectures. Browse the course catalogue before you arrive, or ask the admissions office what classes are in session that day.

Save the best for last.

You'll get better at visiting colleges with practice. As you compare schools, you pick up on the aspects you like and the aspects you're not so fond of. You also figure out the right questions to ask, as well as the best campus spots to gauge student life. For that reason, visit your favorite schools last, so you'll be in the best position to make comparisons to the others on your list.

Keep a record of every college visit.

If you visit many schools, your memories of them are bound to overlap. Use a note-taking or voice-recording app on your phone, or plain old notebook and pen, to keep track of the details you like and the stuff that you don't like. When more questions arise (as they most definitely will), you can fire off an email for an answer rather than visiting a second time.

Don't rush to judgment.

Try not to base your opinion of a school on bad weather or one boring class. There are bound to be sunny days and more interesting classes. Same goes for overnight visits—you might end up staying with a student who has very different interests than you do.

At the same time, trust your gut. Sometimes it's love at first sight. Other times, something feels wrong (even if you can't put your finger on it).

Retrieved from http://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/college-visits



Looking ahead to Mid-Year Transcripts

A mid-year transcript is a transcript that includes all of your grades through the first semester of senior year. Schools on the Common Application REQUIRE a mid-year transcript; colleges outside of the Common Application will each have their own individual requirements, and therefore some may require it, some may not. You do not need to send a mid-year transcript to UC or CSU schools unless the school specifically requests it from you. Be sure to check your email and/or application portals DAILY.

Some seniors pre-ordered mid-year transcripts during the college meeting with their counselor, and therefore transcripts for these students will automatically be sent to the colleges in their Naviance list. No further action is required.

If you did not pre-order your mid-year transcripts, the counselors will be taking appointments when we return from winter break in January. Mid-years can be ordered during the window of January 4-15. Mid-year transcripts are $5 each, payable by cash or check made out to LCHS. The transcript request form can be found HERE.

If you are unsure as to whether or not to send a mid-year, please refer to the website for the college in question and/or check your application portal. If you cannot remember if you ordered mid-year transcripts, please email your counselor or make an appointment when we return in January.

Mid-year transcripts will be mailed once grades are finalized after winter break.


I was deferred from Early Action, so now what?

First of all, don't panic! There are some things you can do to stay on the radar at your early action schools, such as drafting a letter of interest, sending additional letters of rec (first check with the school to make sure they will accept them), sending updated test scores, grades and awards earned, visiting the campus to make sure it is still one of your top choices, etc., etc. This is also a good opportunity for you to make sure you are on track with your applications to your back-up schools. It is always good to have a solid "Plan B." While your early action school(s) might have been your top choice, we know you will end up at a school that meets all of your needs, even if it is a "plan B" school! For more tips on what to do when you've been deferred, please review the following links:




APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID:

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)opens on January 1, 2016. www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the California Dream Application are available online beginning January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 for the 2016-17 academic year. In California the priority filing deadline for both applications is March 2, 2016. Applying after March 2nd may reduce the availability of funding.


Financial Aid Night Part 2: Filling Out Your FAFSA will be on January 12, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m. at LCHS in the IRC and is intended for an audience of seniors and their parents who will be filing a FAFSA for the 2016-17 college term.



The LCHS Student Showcase is coming up: February 4 in the IRC 4:30-6:00

FOUR great reasons to go:

1) You can support your fellow LCHS students and mentors

2) You can find out about the inspirational projects and opportunities available to LCHS students

3) You can practice and promote your own (or your group's) presentation (during STEP classes in January "Showcase" student ambassadors will be circulating through STEP classes giving information on registering, or students can ask their STEP teachers for a pass to Room 323 throughout January to get registered)

4) You can "shmooze" with other interested students, teachers, parents, school board and chamber of commerce members in the community

Presentation topics from the past have been: Astronomy Institute, Biotechnology Institute, Medical Institute, Yosemite Institute, Fashion Design, Business, Architecture, “Teach Science Labs” Institute, and Independent Projects for first semester of 2015-16 school year.

New Presentation topics: This year, we are inviting presentations from ASB leadership, TEDx talks, Engineering Club, Sports Medicine, Equestrian Club, Culinary Arts, Drama/Theater, Choral Music, Jazz Band, Drum Line, Art Portfolios, Yearbook, LIterary Arts Publication, Debate, Graphic Arts, Photography, Day of Code, and Computer Science topics.

For more information, click here or email Patty Compeau: pcompeau@lcusd.net


Are you wanting to learn interesting things from Claremont College students? Splash is a one-day weekend event (February 28th) where you will come to Harvey Mudd College and take some super-cool classes of your choosing taught by students from the Claremont Colleges. The 2015 course catalog can be found here. Link for further information: https://claremont.learningu.org/learn/index.html


Scholarship Links

· http://connection.naviance.com/lchsca Click on the college tab, then click on scholarships. Mrs. Ericson will also keep hard copies of any local scholarships on file in the counseling office. She is available in the front office between the hours of Noon-3:45 p.m.

· www.fastweb.com

· www.Scholarships.com

· www.ScholarshipExperts.com

· www.StudentScholarships.org

· Quick scholarship reference sheet

· Financial Aid 411 (from Newsletter #13)


Important Dates:

· Make sure to submit all supplemental materials to your colleges. Test 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.

· FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)opens on January 1, 2016. www.fafsa.ed.gov

· Financial Aid Night Part 2: Filling Out Your FAFSA will be on January 12, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m. at LCHS and is intended for an audience of seniors and their parents who will be filing a FAFSA for the 2016-17 college term

· Challenge Day: January 12-14 (no block schedule that week)

Counseling Corner Resources


  • LCHS has been talking about "Developmental Assets" including a recent staff training/refresher presented by Wendy Sinnette and Jim Cartnal



  • 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