College & Career Newsletter

Week of 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 8 - Junior Grade Level IB/4 Year College Meeting

Sept 15 - Sophomore Grade Level IB/4 Year College Meeting

Sept 20 - CSF Application Submitted (see below)

Sept 29 - Freshman Grade Level IB/4 Year College Meeting

Oct 5th - College Day (9th grade only)

Oct 12th- PSAT (11th grade only)

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Annual Grade Level IB/4 Year College Bound Meetings

Junior: Thursday, September 8th

Sophomore: Thursday, September 15th

Freshman: Thursday, September 29th

The annual college/IB/ICAP meetings are specifically focused on the requirements, deadlines of the IB Diploma, the IB/ICAP program, and the college application process for attending a four-year college. Ms. McCahon (IB Coordinator) and Ms. Ignaitis/Ms Yeager (College/Career Counselors) present specific information and a different focus for each grade.

Meetings are for students and parents.


  • On Zoom from 6pm -730pm in English

  • Presented separately for Spanish speaking parents/guardians at 7:00pm

  • Recorded and posted on the SHS College and Career website ASAP

  • Links will be available on the SHS Calendar and in the Weekly Newsletter

Zoom links are below and on the Sequoia Homepage Calendar.

English Presentation Zoom Link

Spanish Zoom Link

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.

CSF Applications Period Now Open for SPRING 2022 Grades (10th-11th Graders)

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 Ms Ignaitis in the College and Career Center/Room 115 from September 6- 20th by 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 WE will help you!

9th Grade College Day

Oct 5th

College Day Permission Slips

All ninth grade students attending College Day on October 5th need to submit a permission slip to their English teacher. Extra copies of the permission slip outside the College & Career Center (Room 115).

Juniors: PSAT Information

The morning of October 12th all Juniors will take the PSAT at Sequoia.

This is the only date we will offer the PSAT.

There will be more detailed information in the coming weeks

During the Week of Sept 11-17th, juniors will receive a PSAT Study Guide in their history classes.

This year, only Juniors will take the practice exam.

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? UPDATED HOURS

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 210Edgenuity Teacher: Mr. Calles,

Where: Room 210

When: Mondays and Thursdays, 4pm-6pm

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!

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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Thinking About What to Major in After High School?

One of the first things asked on an application is your major Students need to do your research before you start the application

  • Need to know the policy of the school, do they admit by major? If not, how do they admit?

  • A lot of specialty programs have a separate admissions process engineering, visual and performing arts, architecture and nursing

  • “Undecided” is a major

  • Some Good Resources for Researching Majors

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College Websites Offer Great Financial Aid Help - Both General and Specific to their School - Financial Aid vs Financial Education from NYU

Figuring out how to finance your college education can be stressful. At NYU, we're here to help -- our goal is to empower you to navigate your financial options, so you can spend more time enjoying your college experience and less time worrying about paying for it.

Financial aid is the type and amount of funding offered to you and your family -- at NYU, the Office of Financial Aid is responsible for packaging students with these funds. If you're accepted to NYU, you'll receive a letter about your financial aid package that explains the types and amounts of aid for which you're eligible.

Some basic categories of financial aid include:

  • Institutional: Non-government funds, commonly known as "scholarships" (although there are other types of institutional aid, too) from NYU. You need to submit the CSS Profile to be eligible for this kind of funding at NYU.

  • Federal: Funds provided through the U.S. government, such as loans that typically have lower interest rates than private loans (e.g., FAFSA) and grants

  • New York State (NY residents only): Funding from New York State, including the NY Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other sponsored scholarships

(For schools in California it would be the Cal Grant Programs)

Financial education is understanding the ins and outs of your financial options -- at NYU, the Office of Financial Education is your partner in understanding these options, and clarifying your college financial plan.

Check out NYU Financial Aid Explained, a 3-minute video that guides you through the process of applying for financial aid from NYU

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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!

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 Opportunity

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.
Student Scholarships

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

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


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!
REMINDERS From Previous Weekly Newsletters

Click here for a list of past newsletters links

Past Newsletters

August 28-Sept 3 2022 CAREER: Careers for Art Majors, COLLEGE TIP: Do's and Don'ts for High School Juniors

August 21-27, 2022 CAREER: O*NET