MHS Counseling

October News

Important Dates

  • Oct. 9: FAFSA/ORSAA Completion Workshop, 6pm
  • Oct. 11: No School - State Inservice
  • Oct. 14: PTSA Meeting, 6:30pm - "How to support your student w/ college-prep"
  • Oct. 16: PSAT for 10th grade, all grades special schedule
  • Oct. 28-31: College Application Week
  • Oct. 31: End of 1st Quarter
  • Nov. 1: No School - Teacher Planning Day

Financial Aid Season

The do-to item for seniors & their families this month is completing their FAFSA/ORSAA. Any senior planning on continuing their education next year (university, community college or trade program) should be completing the necessary forms to get aid & support to help pay for school.

This month counselors are helping seniors complete this process with two events:

  • Oct. 9 - Completion Workshop (see below)
  • Oct. 17, 18 & 21 - In-class support during Government or Senior Inquiry

FAFSA/ORSAA Completion Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 6-7:30pm

3905 Southeast 91st Avenue

Portland, OR

Senior students & families - Need help completing & submitting your financial aid paperwork? Join us in the library where we'll have access to computers & volunteers available to help answer your questions.

If translation services are needed, students should connect with their counselor.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Freshman Interventions

Counselors are visiting freshman classes (CCE & AVID) for the 2nd time this year during the week of Oct. 21. We'll be reviewing grades, credits, GPA and graduation requirements. Each counselor will connect with their freshman individually to review their grades & attendance as the end of the quarter is Oct. 31!

Students & parents can monitor their grades online to ensure they're passing all their classes.


The State of Oregon pays for all 10th grade students to take the PSAT during the school day on October 16.

Many students take the PSAT, not only as preparation for the SAT taken in Junior year and widely used as a major benchmark for college admissions, but also to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

The test helps students to improve the skills they already have and make progress in the areas that they struggle in. The PSAT helps determine which aspects need more practice, and which are perfectly fine. Why practice reading four times a week and science two, if the area that needs more studying is math?

Students can take a practice test online to prepare.

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College Application Week Oct. 29-31

Oct. 28 - CommonApp Work Session, 10am

Oct. 29 - OSAC Workshop, 10am

Oct. 30 - PCC Future Connect & PSU Instant Viking

Oct. 31 - Scholarship Search Workshop & OSU Application Workshop

National College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 27th, 1-5pm

777 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

Portland, OR

NACAC National College Fair

Check out their website to see a list of colleges. Students need to register online prior to attending.

Restorative Justice

As a restorative justice school, Madison is happy to announce the addition of our full-time RJ coordinator Sam Thompson. Sam will be supporting Madison full-time.

Restorative Justice is a philosophy grounded in the belief that positive, healthy relationships help us thrive. When we do things that impact others and create harm to those relationships, it is our individual and collective responsibility to make things right.

Restorative Practices are the skills and processes that help us build, maintain, and repair relationships to form healthy, supportive & inclusive communities.

College Entrance Testing


Test Nov. 2...Register by Oct. 3

Test Dec. 7...Register by Nov. 8


Test Dec. 14...Register by Nov. 8

LEDA - Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America

LEDA is dedicated to helping exceptional young people overcome challenging circumstances to reach and succeed at the most selective colleges. Our support guides them from the admission process through graduation and beyond.

Juniors, check out the LEDA website & application.

Due Dec. 11, 2019.

College Visits Sign Up

To receive a pass to see one of the above college reps, sign-up online...

Students login to Naviance account

Free SUN Tutoring

SUN Tutoring is drop-in, and open to all students.

Mon, Wed & Fri in the Library

Tues in B13


Get help with Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Languages, College Apps & Study Skills

Student & Parent VUE

Help your student stay on-top of their grades. Email teachers with the click-of-a-button. The end of 1st quarter is Oct. 31!

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

Open to all Juniors & Seniors

Complete key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships.

No minimum GPA or essay required.

The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Complete all six, and you’re eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action.

Introducing the College Board Opportunity Scholarships