WHS College & Career Center News
September 30, 2022
October 1: FAFSA & ORSAA Open
October 1: Oregon Promise Opens
October 10: Advanced College Credit Registration Opens
October 12: PSAT & SAT School Day
October 14: Statewide In-Service - No School
October 31: Teacher Work Day - No School for Students
We'd like to remind students and families about the Grade Level Google Classrooms, maintained by the Counseling Department. Students and families will find announcements and information ranging from job postings to college and career information to mental health resources.
Once a student joins using the join code below, they are able to invite their guardians to join.
12th Grade (Class of 2023): z3kam72
11th Grade (Class of 2024): 3vifzqz
10th Grade (Class of 2025): ujbz6xc
9th Grade (Class of 2026): 3wugnvo
Small Group College Planning
Seniors who indicated that they were applying to four-year colleges met with their counselors this week to learn more about the process. They learned how to use Naviance and were able to ask any questions they may have had in regards to the process. Students and families are welcome to contact their counselor or Lyndi Tucker in the College & Career Center with any questions they may have.
Small groups for those who have indicated that they may attend community college will take place in October. Those students will be invited to join groups to complete Oregon Promise and to talk about the different community colleges and the programs offered.
Jostens Cap & Gown Ordering
On Wednesday, September 28, Jostens was at WHS to distribute cap and gown ordering information. Seniors who do not have the packet, should stop by the College & Career Center to pick one up.
Jostens will then return next week, on October 6 & 7, to accept orders.
All graduates must have a cap & gown to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students for whom cap & gown price is a barrier should see Mrs. Tucker in the College & Career Center. We do have caps & gowns that can be borrowed, on a first come first served basis.
First Generation College Group
Seniors who are the first in their family (parents did not go to four-year college) to attend college may want some extra guidance with the college research and application process. Students who indicated that they were 1st Gen have been invited to join us on Fridays at lunchtime in the College & Career Center. During these meetings, we talk about applications, scholarships, and financial aid, and even take some field trips. Students with questions should see Ms. Meza or Mrs. Tucker (both of whom were 1st Gen students).
College Rep Visits
Each Fall reps from colleges all over the country visit Wilsonville High School to share the best traits of their respective institution. These visits take place during the school day and are the perfect time for juniors and seniors to learn more about some of these schools. Students are encouraged to log into Naviance to check the list often. Juniors and seniors can sign up if they are interested in being invited to any of these sessions.
The list is growing daily, but here are a few that we have scheduled:
9/19 U of Alaska - Fairbanks
9/19 University of Portland
9/22 Grand Canyon University
9/22 Stevens Institute of Technology
9/26 University of the Pacific
9/26 Cal Baptist
9/26 U of Illinois - Urbana
9/27 University of Oregon
9/29 University of Redlands
10/3 University of Chicago
10/3 Pacific University
10/4 Eastern Oregon University
10/5 University of Nevada - Las Vegas
10/5 Oregon State University
10/6 Portland State University
10/6 Western Oregon University
10/10 Linfield University
10/15 University College - Dublin
10/15 Texas Christian University
10/13 Central Oregon Community College
10/13 Northern Arizona University
10/17 University of San Francisco
10/18 San Diego State University
10/18 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
10/19 Seattle University
10/19 Willamette University
10/20 Boise State University
10/20 U of Idaho
10/21 Pacific Lutheran
10/21 Warner Pacific University
10/24 Clackamas Community College
11/3 George Fox University
11/4 Southern Oregon University
11/10 University of Arizona
11/14 Portland Community College
11/15 University of Puget Sound
FAFSA and ORSAA Opens for Class of 2023 on October 1
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) becomes available for the class of 2023 on October 1. The FAFSA is a federal document completed by the student and parent, with information from the parents’ 2021 tax filing. It assesses the student’s and their family's financial situation to determine how much you can afford to pay for college. The FAFSA is the financial aid form for accessing grants, federal student loans and work-study funds (need-based financial aid).
The ORSAA (Oregon Student Aid Application) is the document to be completed by students who do not have a Social Security Number.
The WHS Counseling team members are all well-versed in the FAFSA and the ORSAA and we will be providing information and resources regarding FAFSA and financial aid in the coming weeks. Families should feel comfortable contacting their student’s counselor or Lyndi Tucker with questions.
We will be posting the recorded versions (English & Spanish) of the webinars, “Paying for College” as soon as we receive them from the presenters.
PDX Area High School Financial Aid Seminar
Learn about 2023-2024 FAFSA tips, scholarships, financial aid timelines and more.
When: Saturday, October 1, 10 AM – 12 PM
Where: University of Portland Campus – Buckley Center Auditorium
Financial Aid Bootcamp
Federal Student Aid, the folks responsible for the FAFSA, will host a free financial aid webinar on October 18 and 20th. The sessions will provide an in-deptth guide to the FAFSA, and tools and resources that will help families navigate through the Federal financial aid process. See the attached flyer for registration information.
Scholarships applications for the class of 2023 will start becoming numerous in late fall, and many will be posted in Naviance and in this newsletter as they become available. Students are welcome to start their search for scholarships by visiting some popular search engines now. Some of our favorites:
Do I Need to Test?
Not all colleges require the SAT or the ACT. Many are test-optional and some are even test-blind.
At its most basic definition, test optional means that you do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission to a particular school. So while you may submit test scores if you want, you are not actually required to do so.
Test blind means that SAT/ACT test scores are not considered during the admission process, even if you include them in your application.
We encourage students and families to discuss the need for testing with their counselor or Lyndi Tucker in the College & Career Center.
SAT/ACT Registration Information
College Board has posted their test dates and deadlines: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/registration/dates-deadlines
ACT's test dates and deadlines can be found here: https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/pdfs/Test-Date-Schedule-National-2022-2023.pdf
SAT Prep - Khan Academy
Did your student take the PSAT or SAT this year? If so, and they are planning to take another test, they should link their scores to Khan Academy to receive a personalized preparation program, based on their test results in each subject area. Students wishing to link their scores to Khan can simply log in here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice. Follow instructions for linking...and start preparing for the next test! Students are welcome to stop into the College & Career Center for assistance in this process.
Monthly Military Visits to WHS
Each branch of the military visits WHS at lunchtime one time per month. Representatives can be found at a table in the Pointe on their designated day.
U.S. Army -- 1st Wednesday of each month
Army National Guard -- 1st Thursday of each month
U.S. Navy -- 3rd Tuesday of each month
U.S. Marine Corps -- 4th Tuesday of each month
U.S. Air Force -- 1st Tuesday of each month
Family Military Night - October 25
The WHS Counseling Department will host its first ever Military Night. Representatives from the US Marine Corp, US Army, US Army National Guard, US Navy, and the US Air Force will all be in attendance. The evening will begin with brief introductions and highlights from each branch and then they will each welcome students and families to a designated area of the Pointe to learn more and to answer any questions.
ABC Craft Championships Field Trip - October 7
The Craft Championship is an incredible opportunity for students to see construction in action and to witness what the future could hold for them. There will be live skills competitions by skilled workers, hands on activities for students, career fair, photo booth with freebies, and lunch.
Open to 10th-12th graders, students who are thinking about a career in construction should see Mrs. Tucker for a permission slip to attend this all day field trip to Camp Withycombe in Clackamas. Participation will be first come, first served, as we have a limited number of spots available to us.
Job Opportunities for Students
Many local businesses are in need student workers. We post job opportunities as a benefit to employers and students. These job postings can be found in the 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade Google Classrooms and on the College & Career Center webpage.
The following is a current list of Wilsonville businesses who are currently hiring. Students who need assistance or have questions should stop by the College & Career Center
The Human Bean
Le Sucre Desserts
The Springs at Wilsonville
Noodles & Company
SpringRidge at Charbonneau
Brookdale Senior Living
Got a student who wants or needs to do some career exploration ideas? We've got some suggestions!
- Click on the Careers tab to find information about thousands of careers
- Click on Self-Discovery tab to work on some self-assessments that will help with exploration
2. Check out these great career exploration websites and tools:
As always, questions can be directed to Lyndi Tucker or your student's counselor.
C-TEC Clackamas Youth Services
C-TEC Youth Services can assist the emerging workforce successfully prepare for a career. For those who will go directly to work after high school, assistance is available to help with the transition. Explore what is offered at the following link: https://www.c-tecyouthservices.org/
Virtual Career Events
Portland Workforce Alliance provides Career Talks for students through the school year. Below are some great opportunities!
To see what's coming up or to view recordings of past events, click here.
Naviance is a web-based college & career planning resource provided to families by the West Linn Wilsonville School District. Every student at WHS has an account and within that account students are able to research virtually every college and career they could possibly think of! Tools include interest and skills inventories, personality assessments and the careers and majors that match those results.
Seniors who are applying for college use Naviance to keep track of applications, request transcripts, and letters of recommendation. See below to access your student's Naviance account.
Student Log-in to Naviance
- Sign in to your school Google account
- Go to school website
- Click on Naviance under Quick Links
- If you have never logged into Naviance on your current computer, it will ask you what school...find Wilsonville High School on the dropdown
- Choose your user type: All users should click on Student
- Click on the green bar - CONTINUE WITH SINGLE SIGN ON
Parents will follow the same steps...they must log in as the student.
Questions? Contact Lyndi Tucker (email@example.com or 503-673-7628)
Stay Connected With Your School Counseling Team
Students and families are encouraged to join their grade-level google classroom and follow us on social media:
12th Grade: z3kam72
11th Grade: 3vifzqz
10th Grade: ujbz6xc
9th Grade: 3wugnvo
Students and families are also encouraged to join Remind. Remind is a program that allows us to send short texts to those that subscribe or enroll. Those that receive texts cannot reply and phone numbers stay private.
Class of 2023
Text @whs2023A-G to 81010 if your last name begins with letters A - G
Text @whs2023H-P to 81010 if your last name begins with letters H - P
Text @whs2023Q-Z to 81010 if your last name begins with letters Q –Z
Class of 2024
Text @whs2024A-G to 81010 if your last name begins with letters A - G
Text @whs2024H-P to 81010 if your last name begins with letters H - P
Text @whs2024Q-Z to 81010 if your last name begins with letters Q –Z
Class of 2025
Text @whs2025A-G to 81010 if your last name begins with letters A - G
Text @whs2025H-P to 81010 if your last name begins with letters H - P
Text @whs2025Q-Z to 81010 if your last name begins with letters Q –Z
Class of 2026
Text @whs2026A-G to 81010 if your last name begins with letters A - G
Text @whs2026H-P to 81010 if your last name begins with letters H - P
Text @whs2026Q-Z to 81010 if your last name begins with letters Q –Z
The school counseling team is here to support you! Below are the best ways to connect with us.
School Email: We will respond within 24 hours
Text: Via our Google Voice phone numbers listed below during school hours (7:30 am- 3:30 pm)
Phone Call: Via our office phone listed below. Voice mails will be returned within 24 hours
Alyson Leatherman (A-E)
Google phone/text: (971) 267-2734
Lucia Meza (F-K)
Google phone/text: (503) 597-8850
Andre Abraham (L-Ra)
Google phone/text: (971)267-5011
Christine Moon (Re-Z)
Google phone/text: (503) 897-0209
Lyndi Tucker (College & Career Coordinator)
Google phone/text: (971)267-2694
Colleen Loonstyn (Registrar)