Paly Guidance Update

Friday January 15, 2021

Happy New Year Viking Families!

We hope your student's semester 2 has gotten off to a good start. Should they have any questions or concerns, please encourage them to reach out to their teacher, teacher advisor or grade-level school counselor. Wishing you and your families a wonderful 3-day weekend.


Paly Guidance

Guidance Office - Zoom Drop-in Hours

Guidance will continue to offer daily drop-in hours, hosted by Pamela Garcia. Students can reach Ms. Garcia using the following zoom link. She can help direct your student to the right person or set up a meeting with your school counselor. (Zoom: You can also reach Ms Garcia at


Daily drop-in hours:

Monday- Wednesday from 8:30-12:00 and 1:00-3:30

Thursday-Friday from 8:30-1:00 and 2:00-4:00

If at any time the Guidance drop-in zoom is unavailable, please contact the main office drop-in zoom.


Welcome back to 2nd semester!

This is a busy time in Advisory as we begin to plan for the ‘21-’22 school year. In the coming weeks, students will be updating their 4-Year Plans after reviewing their grades from 1st semester. They will also reflect on their daily routines by using a Time Management tool that will help them see where they might need to make adjustments for continued success in their studies. These tasks will all culminate with Course Selection for next year. Freshmen and Sophomores took a look at what this semester has in store during last week’s Advisory on January 8th.

9th Grade:

This week, the Freshman learned how to order a free self-view of their transcript in Wednesday's Advisory. We use a company called Parchment for transcript delivery. Parents - please remember that even though this is an automated system, our registrar still needs to release each order to Parchment. Keep in mind when ordering, the delivery will not be immediate. Friday's lesson will guide them through how to read it.

12th Grade:

Seniors had Advisory this week as well. The main focus was on Mid-Year Transcripts-- which need to be ordered by the student and which will automatically be uploaded by the TA (for Common App colleges). If you‘d like to see that information, click here. Time was allocated for any student wanting to talk to their TA and individual check-ins.

College & Career Center


Some CSUs Still Accepting Applications

Many CSU campuses have extended their application deadline due to the pandemic. For more information, see:

Checking College Application Status

After applying, many colleges will send students an email with information about how to login to their websites (i.e. portals) to track the application status. This is vitally important because any messages with requests for more information will be communicated through these websites. So, students should check email often and be sure messages don't get lost in the SPAM folder. But, please be aware that there is typically a delay in processing time for portals to be updated; during COVID, college campus staff are often working remotely which might impact updates as well. So, it’s important to check the portals but please don’t panic if it’s not up-to-date. Seniors should contact their College Advisor with any questions.

Admitted Early Decision (ED)? Withdraw Your Other Apps! A Reminder from the Last Advisory...

If you were admitted to college Early Decision, congratulations! According to the terms of the ED agreement students signed (as well as their parents and TA), students must contact other campuses to which they have also applied (e.g. each UC) to withdraw pending applications. If you applied for financial aid (i.e. filed the FAFSA), first review your need-based award; not receiving enough aid is the only condition under which you can break the ED agreement--by forfeiting your admission to that ED college, to continue to pursue pending college decisions from Early Action (EA)/regular applications. If you have questions, please contact your College Advisor.


We enjoyed meeting with juniors during their US History classes for orientation this week; the presentation has been uploaded to the C&CC Class of 2022 Schoology course.

Students, please share the contents of the Post High School Planning folder you picked up at Paly prior to orientation with your parents; the packet includes the following and more:

  • Community College information (application process, certificate and degree programs, transfer agreements)

  • California State University eligibility index, impacted program matrix, and admission averages info for impacted campuses

  • University of California packet with eligibility criteria, admissions review processes, and admission statistics

  • Tips for planning a college campus visits

  • SAT and ACT test registration brochures

  • NCAA Eligibility information

  • Naviance highlights of functions and features

  • Colleges' Net Price and financial aid information

For those students who didn’t pick up their Post High School Planning folders last week, you can pick up at the PAC ticket window on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 pm - 4:30 pm. To view electronic versions of the folder and its documents:

  • The cover of the folder was updated (very minor edits) but isn’t online yet; last year’s is here

  • The folder contents can be accessed, here

Juniors may now schedule an appointment to meet with a College Advisor. Students will be required to first complete the Post High School Planning survey in Naviance; after doing so, they can sign up for a one-hour appointment, directly in Calendly. Details about this process can be found in the C&CC Class of 2022 Schoology course. Students can meet with college advisors during their prep period, after school, and before school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Juniors with quick questions can also sign up in Calendly for a 15-minute appointment with an advisor during brunch and lunch or any non-Junior Advisory.

  • Students with last names starting with A-K will meet with Ms. Cernobori -

  • Students with last names L-Z will meet with Ms. Cochrane -

  • Students interested in community college (for career/vocational training, Associates degrees, or preparation for transfer), the military, or gap years will meet with Mrs. Laguna -

Since the months of April and May are very busy in the C&CC, it is advisable to make an appointment soon after orientation. During the first meeting with a college advisor, we meet with just the student (parents might want to attend subsequent meetings).

Students using an email provider that offers a calendar feature (like Yahoo or Google) should verify the calendar is set to the Pacific time zone, rather than another default time zone, so the emailed appointment from Calendly indicates the correct time. In addition, they should add Calendly email address (<>), as well as their College Advisor's, in their email contact list so email doesn't get filtered to their email provider's SPAM folder.

Upcoming 2021 Events

Mark Your Calendars!

The Guidance Dept will be hosting these upcoming virtual Parent Nights. To join these virtual events, watch for an email via Infinite Campus the Sunday night before the event with the Zoom ID included. At that time, the ID will also be found on the main Paly Google Calendar.

Freshman Parent Night

Thank you for taking some time to join us via Zoom Webinar for our semester 2 Freshman Parent Night this past Wednesday (1/13/21). Here is the slide deck. Please reach out via email if you have any questions.

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