El Modena Counseling Newsletter


Don't Stop Believin'

Don't Stop Believin'

The heaviness of the world is upon us, especially this week. A few weeks turned into months of life restricted, feelings of depression, isolation and weariness. We are ZOOMED OUT and fed up! So what can we do to salvage 2020? Some would say nothing... but my heart says dig down deep, way below the surface of the chaos of this world because there is gratitude and hope to be found in all circumstances. We can do this.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." (Nelson Mandela) Don't give up. Your education is key to finding your purpose and helping our world. Most of us are longing for what was and grieving all that we took for granted: learning face to face with a live teacher, lunch with friends, pep rallies, assemblies, sports, dances, clubs and just hanging with friends before and after school. It's okay if you are grieving; we have lost a lot.

There are multiple stages to grief and finding healing: denial, anger, depression, bargaining, acceptance. Where are you? How can you move to the next and get to a place of healthy acceptance? You are not alone. Your counselors are here to support you and help you process. We love you, care about you deeply and we miss seeing your faces. We will get through this together.

Love and hugs to all,

Mrs. E


Virtual Wellness Room

Have you visited El Modena's own Virtual Wellness Room? Your counselors put this resource together to help you find ways to self-care. Why self-care? You are a beautiful soul and you need to take good care of yourself. There's only one you.

5 Reasons Why Self Care Is Important For Your Health

  • Self care reduces stress.
  • Self care prevents people from giving up.
  • Self care aids in maintaining focus and refocusing.
  • Self care aids with the completion of daily tasks.
  • Self care boosts personal happiness.

Virtual Wellness Room: https://www.elmodenahs.org/counseling/virtual-wellness-room

Mental Health Resources

College Info for Seniors

College application season is in full effect and we don't want you to miss any opportunities! Here are a few important reminders:

Santiago Canyon College

Planning to attend SCC? Dont' miss Family Night, Wednesday, November 18, 6-7pm.

Register here: https://sccollege.edu/StudentServices/Outreach/Pages/Family-Night.aspx

In addition, we have three SCC representatives assigned specifically to El Modena to assist our students personally. Reach out to any one of them to schedule a one on one virtual meeting:

Student Services Specialist:

Career Coaches:

Financial Aid - Have you filed your FAFSA?

The FAFSA opened October 1st and it is important to submit as soon as possible to ensure you have a better understanding of the net cost of college.

Apply at: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

Need help? There are many Cash for College workshops to help through the process of submitting your FAFSA. Our sister community college, SCC, offers many to our community regardless of where you plan to attend:


Other financial aid resources:


Check our El Modena website frequently for scholarships being offered in our local area. These are the ones you don't want to miss as the pool of applicants is much smaller than scholarships you find online. https://www.elmodenahs.org/counseling/scholarship-information

More helpful tips on obtaining scholarships: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-and-scholarships/scholarships-start-here

Scholarships open now:

Requesting Transcripts

Transcripts are requested online through Parchment:


If you need assistance with ordering your transcript, please contact our registrar, Mrs. Gresham, mgresham@orangeusd.org

In addition, if you qualify for free and reduced lunch, you also qualify for a Parchment fee waiver. Please contact Mrs. Gresham to utilize your fee waiver BEFORE you order a transcript.

Class of 2021 Cap, Gown & Grad Announcements Info

Here is our El Modena specific link to all Jostens info: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1005875/El-Modena-High-School/

Graduation packets will also be mailed out at the beginning of October. Here are some easy tips on how to order:

  • Order Online 24/7 @ www.jostens.com
  • Order by Phone: 1-800-JOSTENS (800-567-8367)
  • Order by Mail – PO Box 512 – Owatonna, MN 55060
  • Order in Person – Jostens Local Office – 711 W. 17th Street, suite E-7 – Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Need a Work Permit?

Work Permit Instruction:

  1. Select the work permit link and electronically complete the PDF form. You may also print and fill the form with a blue or black pen. https://www.elmodenahs.org/counseling/college-and-career-information/career/work-permits
  2. Your employer, and parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the form.
  3. Email the COMPLETED work permit to Ms. Sjule, the EMHS Career Guidance Technician at ksjule@orangeusd.org. A scanned image is preferred, but you may take a picture with your phone provided the information is clear. You may also return a physical copy to Ms. Sjule in the library.
  4. Allow 1-2 days for your work permit to be approved and signed.
  5. Follow-up with Ms. Sjule in the library to receive a copy of your signed and approved work permit to provide to your employer.

Tutoring/Academic Support

We know that distance learning is challenging to many and we want you to feel supported! Here are some virtual tutoring/academic support opportunities:

  • Virtual Tutoring Sessions(all subjects): Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30 - 3:30pm. Google Meet code: meet.google.com/uhn-hbko-fue
  • Personal Statement Tutoring Sessions: Mondays and Tuesdays through 12/7, 2:30-3:30pm Google Meet code: meet.google.com/mwf-zibn-obd
  • Math Tutoring: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 3-4 pm

    Google Meet code: ElmoTutoring

  • Paper: 24/7, on-demand, unlimited academic support. Check out your student dashboard for this awesome free tutoring resource!

  • Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Need to fix a D/F grade you received?

Remember, all F grades must be made up to stay on track for graduation and the 4-year colleges do not accept D grades.

APEX online credit recovery is offered to all at any time of the year, not just during summer. Reach out to your counselor to be enrolled if you need to fix a D and/or F grade you received.

13 Free Resources for High School Students to Get Ahead While School Is Out

I love this list compiled by Forbes to support you during distance learning. Personally I have been using Duolingo to brush up on my Spanish! It beats wasting countless hours on social media. So, here ya go! Give one a try:


Distance Learning Tips & Resources

This website offers a wide range of support for parents/caregivers and teachers:

Resources for Students:

Free Educational Resources for Distance Learning:

Need a Device and/or Hot Spot

Laptops and internet hotspots are available for distribution at the District Office Monday - Friday, 12:30 - 3:30, Building J. No appointment is needed.

Resources for Free/Reduced Internet:


Need Tech Help?

Are you experiencing some technical difficulties with distance learning? Get help here:

Community Tech Support can be reached at 714-628-5372 or Email: techsupport@orangeusd.org

Please note that the community tech support line remains open for all OUSD students and parents Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Relief for Those Impacted by COVID-19