Senior College & Career Newsletter

September 4-10, 2022

Welcome Students & Families

Scroll through for important information regarding College/Career

How to reach us?

For general questions and inquiries please email

Ms Ignaitis:

All HCA, Study Skills Students and Last names A-L


Ms Yeager:

All DAA, ELD Students and Last names M-Z

Please do not use the link at the bottom of this Newsletter to contact us

Important Dates/Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Scroll through for more detailed information!

Important Dates and Deadlines


Sept 6- Common App/Common Mistakes Workshops begin

Sept 6 - First College Club (see below)

Sept 20 - CSF Application Submitted (see below)

Sept 23 - SR/LOR Form Due for College Deadlines before Dec 15th

Oct 20 - Senior Financial Aid Evening

On Wednesdays, join the College & Career Center in the Quad at lunch.

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Need Help Applying to College? College Club Starts Sept 6th

Tuesdays 4-5 PM

This Tuesday we will go over how College Club can help this application period!

If you need help applying to college, please come to College Club every Tuesday from 4-5.

If you have a sport or job after-school, please come see us in the College and Career Center

Our goal is to get something done every week

Hope to see you there!

If you have questions, please come to College and Career Center

Missed the Grade Level College/IB Meeting on August 30th - Recordings Available

If you missed the Grade Level 4YR College & IB Meeting on August 30th

Copy the link below to share this recording with viewers:

12th Grade Level College/IB Meeting Recording Part I Passcode: D^$%9yDL (9/30/22)

12th Grade Level College/IB Meeting Recording Part II Passcode: g8^XT%aq (9/30/22)

The grade-level presentation in English and Spanish ( without the recording) and handouts will also be available on the Sequoia College and Career webpage.

CSF Applications Period Now Open for SPRING 2022 Grades

DUE: Sept 20th by 1pm – Don’t Wait! No Late Exceptions!

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) emphasizes high standards of scholarship and community service for California high school students. For families that do not know about CSF, it is basically a state-wide honor roll organization. The word scholarship has to do with academic performance NOT SCHOLARSHIP MONEY.

You must be a member at LEAST one semester of your senior year to be a Life Member!

For applications, class lists, help completing the form, and general information about the CSF organization please visit the College and Career Center’s CSF webpage or in the bin outside of the College and Career Center

Directions and deadline for submitted Spring 2022 CSF Applications - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY


Only students can complete and submit the application to the College and Career Center/Room 115 from September 6- 20th at 1pm

The submitted application packet must include:

1. A completed CSF application

2. $5.00 application fee in cash or a check made payable to Sequoia High School

3. A copy of the previous semester report card or transcript- A transcript can be obtained through a student’s Infinite Campus account (report tab).


STUDENTS - if you need help, have questions, or have an issue paying please come by the College and Career Center and WE will help you!

Need a Fee Waiver for a College Application? Complete the 2022-2023 Meal Application

We want all families to complete this confidential meal application so that qualifying students can receive reduced cost bus passes, prom tickets, grad night tickets, college application fees and IB testing registration. To complete the meal application, click here.

College Visits and Beyond and How to Sign Up for a College Visit at Sequoia Signing Up for a College Visit at Sequoia High – READ CAREFULLY

Below are the steps you must follow to attend the visiting college meetings at Sequoia High School:

STEP 1: In your Naviance account, go to the “College” tab on the top bar, click on “College Visits”, to get the complete list OR under “What’s New” on your homepage, select a college you want to visit and click on “Register Now" and it will change to "Registered".

STEP 2: Ask your teacher, of the class you will be missing, permission to leave their class during the time listed on Naviance. IF OK, go to Step 3.


*STEP 4: Have your teacher SIGN THE Confirmation Page or a your pass BEFORE YOU LEAVE CLASS. If you do not a have a signed pass, you will not be admitted.

*You can also show it to your teacher on your phone and have a teacher sign a piece of scratch paper if easier


How To Video - Sign Up for a College Visit at Sequoia

Working to make up classes?

If you are working on making up classes (D/F grades) for graduation and/or A-G requirements through our online credit recovery program, Edgenuity please know that the lab with Mr. Calles is now open for the 2022-23 school year.

If you are not sure if you need to make-up classes please contact your assigned counselor.

Edgenuity Teacher: Mr. Calles,

Where: Room 210

When: Mondays, 3pm-5pm and Thursdays, 4pm-6pm

**Seniors must be done with their Edgenuity classes by June 2nd, no exceptions.

Fall 2022 Add/Drop Dates

9/28: Last day to add a class or drop a class without penalty.

11/16: Last day to drop with penalty. No drops after this date.

11/1: Last day to drop an IB course in a testing year.

College Events for Students

In Naviance go to the College tab and then click on 'College Visits' for a complete list of visits and to register!

Sequoia High School College Visits

Naviance is currently displaying the incorrect (AM or PM) on the College Visit list - once you register, you can see the correct (AM or PM)

Whitman College

Fri Sept 9, 8:30 AM

Lehigh University

Fri Sept 9, 2022, 11:00 AM

University of British Columbia

Tue Sept 13, 8:00 AM

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

Tue Sept 13, 2:00 PM

Binghamton University

Wed Sept 14, 7:30 AM

Loyola Marymount University

Wed Sept 14, 8:00 AM

The American University of Paris

Wed Sept 14, 8:30 AM

American University

Wed Sept 14, 9:30 AM

Sarah Lawrence College

Wed Sept 14, 10:00 AM

University of Colorado Boulder

Wed Sept 14, 11:15 AM

Willamette University

Fri Sept 16, 8:00 AM

Merrimack College

Fri Sept 16, 8:30 AM


Find the College for You at NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Sept 11th

Hundreds of colleges and universities from the US and worldwide will be ready and waiting to talk with you at these upcoming NACAC Virtual College Fairs will be on Sundays. Go to to see the list of participating colleges and to REGISTER. Then log in on any fair date to attend Zoom sessions, text your questions, and demonstrate interest... all without leaving home.

“8 of the Best Colleges” Small Liberal Arts Colleges

Sept 12th or 13th

Learn about 8 Highly Selective Liberal Arts Colleges at one event.

Claremont McKenna, Colorado College, Connecticut, Grinnell, Haverford, Kenyon, Macalester, and Sarah Lawrence College will be hosting an informational meeting for students and parents.

To register and for more information.

A great opportunity to learn about small liberal arts colleges!

Lawrence University: (Colleges That Change Lives) Speak to an Admission Counselor

Chat with an admissions counselor in person or virtually

For More Information and Registration

University of Chicago Virtual Events

Sept 12th & 13th

Monday, 9/12 from 8 – 9 p.m. CDT: Essay Writing Workshop Learn about college essays with UChicago College Admissions.
Tuesday, 9/13 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. CDT: Financial Aid Want to learn more about various forms of financial aid? Learn about the financial aid opportunities and how to apply for aid.

Emory, Rice, University of Michigan, and University of Washington

Sept 13th and 28th

Attend a virtual information session for prospective students and their families and learn about these Engaging Distinctive Universities all in one meeting.

Register Here


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Specific Four Year College Information By Type


The CSU Application YOU NEED AS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL will not be available until October 1st

As a first time freshman, you will need to choose Fall of 2023

If you apply now using Spring of 2023, your application will not be considered.


The UC application for fall 2023 opened August 1. UC encourages students to spend ample time on their application, developing each section to reflect the accomplishments, challenges, opportunities and talents of each student within their own family, school and community context. In addition, the University of California has changed the application filing period. The new filing period will be October 1–November 30. Note: the deadline has not changed.

The UC application provides built-in help and support throughout each section of the application. Applicants can view answers to their commonly asked questions on each page of the application by clicking ‘Help’ on the top navigation bar or by clicking on the blue ‘i’ icons seen throughout the application. Students needing further assistance can contact the UC Application Center via phone or email. The center is available Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Pacific Time).


Complete Your Common Application Correctly - Ways to Get Help

Take your time and submit the best application possible

College & Career Common Errors on the Common Application Workshops

We are hosting multiple opportunities before, during and after school to go over the Common Application. Click here view the Workshop Schedule and Sign Up page.

New: Instructional application videos (From Updates from Common Application)

Just in time for back to school, we’re excited to launch our instructional applications videos for the 2022-2023 year, featuring members of the Common App team! Topics include a full application overview of first-year and transfer, how to approach each essay prompt, and the most popular questions we hear about the application process.

View the Playlist Their YouTube channel for more videos throughout the application season!


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Do you have what it takes to be a FIREFIGHTER?

Sept 8th FLEX

Find out at our upcoming SEQ FIRE EXPLORER Flex!

• learn about careers in the fire service

• apply for on-the-job training in RWC

• for SEQ students and young alumni, ages 14-21


Sign up soon for this upcoming FLEX ELECTIVE — space is limited!

When: FLEX Period, Thursday 9/8, 11:45am-12:30pm

Where: Student Activities Center (SAC), Sequoia

Can’t attend during Flex? No problem! Join us for lunch at our FireExplorer Open House: Sat 9/10 11am-12:30pm

at Fire Station #9, 755 Marshall St., Redwood City.

For more info:

Learn About a Career in Motion Graphic Design From People Who Work for the Warriors

Sept 8th

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula are hosting a Career Exploration Series. This week they will have a couple of volunteers from Golden State Warriors! The topics will be Business/Basketball Operations on September 1st (EPA) and Motion Graphics Design.

From 6:30-7:30 at the Redwood City Clubhouse

A raffle and prizes are included for participating students!

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What are the financial aid requirements at colleges I’m applying to?

Each school has its own financial aid requirements and deadlines. As you research different colleges to apply to, make sure to visit their Financial Aid Page. You can see if they require a separate application for institutional scholarships or have earlier deadlines to submit FAFSA/Dream Act to be considered for merit-based aid, honors programs, etc. For example, check out NYU Financial Aid Explained, a 3-minute video that guides you through the process of applying for financial aid from NYU.

Example - Washington State

  • Priority Admission: January 31st (Scholarship Deadline)

  • Priority First Time Freshman - March 31st

See the Scholarship Section for information about the process at Sequoia if a merit scholarship/program requires a nomination from Sequoia.



FAFSA Opens Oct 1st - Get Your FAFSA ID Now (Student and One Parent/Guardian)

What is an FSA ID?
It is a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA form electronically. Your FSA ID also can be used to access the myStudentAid app, sign loan contracts, and access certain information online.

Where do I go to get an FSA ID?

Get started here!


For Help creating a FAFSA ID, watch the short video clip on the College and Career How To webpage

Click on the purple buttons below for more information about FAFSA, CA Dream, and CSS Profile

California Dream Act (CADAA)


CSS Profile


Student Scholarships

Updated scholarship list for December deadlines available on the College and Career page on the school website for all grades

Are you applying to a college that requires a nomination from Sequoia for scholarships or programs?

Important Process Below:

When you are researching colleges to apply to, check to see if they have scholarships and programs that require nominations.

For example, Davidson College has the Belk Scholarships which provides 8 full-ride scholarships to students who are selected. Also, Washington University in St. Louis has the Danforth Scholars Program that awards partial and full-tuition scholarships based on merit and does not consider need as part of the award process. Both of these examples require being nominated in order to apply.

After you research your colleges, if you find a scholarship or program you want to be nominated for, complete this form three weeks prior to the nomination deadline to be considered.

Interested in Studying Space Science? Scholarship for Juniors and Seniors Facing Financial Hardship and/or Challenging Cultural Circumstances

Application Due: Sept 15th

Applications are open for the The American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) Inspiration Scholarship. The scholarship hopes to inspire students to explore space biology.

Application Link

QuestBridge:The National College Match

Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship. To find out more visit QuestBridge’s website. Applications due Sept 27th.

GET INVOLVED! Student Opportunities & Contests

click on the images below for opportunities to learn more and get involved virtually on and off campus!

Star Vista Teen Volunteer

Volunteering with StarVista is an excellent opportunity to learn more about yourself and receive valuable training while making an important contribution to your Community

For more information

StarVista has helped people throughout San Mateo County navigate life’s challenges. Our counseling, crisis prevention, youth housing, and early childhood programs help tens of thousands of people in our community each year.

Project Read- Redwood City Library Volunteer Opportunities

TRAINING - Sept 13th

Project Read has some upcoming training for teens who would like to volunteer on September 13 and November 8. This is a great opportunity for SHS students to be matched with a younger student to tutor once or twice a week.

If interested contact:

Email -

Phone- 650 780-7077

For more information go to their website and scroll down to the Teen Volunteer Section.

(Flier in College and Career Center)

Youth Advisory Board: Teen Resource Center

This is a student run club focusing on issues that directly impact students at Sequoia. We conduct a school survey to identify issues and topics that are directly impacting the students, then work towards making changes. We meet Thursdays after school. Apply to be part of the Youth Advisory Board by going to this link.

Wellness Peer Advocates: Teen Resource Center

This is a student run club focusing on topics around healthy relationships, boundaries, mental health, conflict resolution skills and more. We focus on the wellbeing of students as a whole- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We meet Tuesdays after school. Join us in bringing awareness to Sequoia High School! To apply go to this link.

FREE ONLINE art classes at Foothill College

Take online art classes at Foothill College in Graphic Design, Illustration & digital image, User Experience (UI/UX) Design, Typography. Classes are free to all high school students through the dual enrollment program at Foothill College. Classes start September 26. Go to to find out more.


18 Years Old and Like to Play Video Games?

Get paid to test games. Test games for two weeks and get paid $1400.00

Flier in College and Career Center.

Email Justin Steele at if interested

Menlo Country Club is Looking for Servers and Bussers

BENEFITS Competitive Wages Complimentary Meals While on Duty Flexible Scheduling Hospitality Training Fun, Family-Oriented Work Environment Golf Privileges (in accordance with the club’s policies) Holiday Bonus Potential

HOW TO APPLY Please submit your current resume and a cover letter explaining your interest to James Shafer, Clubhouse Manager, at

Studio Host for San Carlos Yoga Studio

Must Be 16yrs old

Yoga Health Center in downtown San Carlos at 677 Laurel Street ia a community-based culture and are seeking a studio host that is a customer service pro with great energy to help our studio soar and provide students with a phenomenal experience.

Part time, minimum of 8-hours / wk

Salary: From $17.00 per hour

If interested, can apply by calling or texting 650-209-0703 or sending an email to

(Flier with more information in College and Career Center)

Hummingbird Music School is looking for talented high school musicians to join our team of Music Teachers!

Part-time work is available teaching private lessons (in all instruments) in-person or online and teaching group Piano Classes or group Ukulele Classes at local San Carlos Redwood City and Menlo Park elementary schools. Pay is $45/hour for private lessons and $60/hour for group classes. Please apply online at

(Flier with more information in College and Career Center)

How To Videos for students now on our website!

Students: visit the website for a number of How-To videos that Sequoia Counselors made for help with common application, scholarships and much more!

Senior Portrait Information

Attention Seniors! It's time to schedule your Senior Photo with Prestige Portraits! The studio is open through January, but appointment slots will fill fast. Use THIS LINK to schedule your session today!
REMINDERS From Previous Weekly Newsletters

Click above for a list of past newsletters links

Past Newsletters

August 28- September 3 Newsletter Click Here

COMMON APPLICATION: What you can do now for LOR, CAREER: Careers in Art

August 21-27 Newsletter Click Here

CAREER: O'NET Career Resource, 4 YR GENERAL - Importance of College Visit