Westview Counseling

September & October 2016

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

We hope your year is getting off to a great start. Whether this is your first year in high school or your last, make sure you challenge yourself and try something new. Westview has wonderful clubs and activities on campus to fit anyone's interests. The key to making the most out of your high school experience is getting involved. If you need some ideas, come see your counselor, we're happy to help.

Sign Up for Text Alerts

Stay in touch with counseling events! Sign up for text reminder:

Seniors, text “@wvhs-2017” to 81010

Juniors, text 81010 “@wvhs-2018” to 81010

Sophomores, text “@wvhs-2019” to 81010

Freshman, text “@wvhs-2020” to 81010

Scholarship alerts text “@whs-schol” to 81010

Get Involved. Join a Club!

Are you looking to get involved with Westview Clubs? Visit www.westviewasb.com for the most up to date information on current clubs or click here to see which clubs are already meeting. The list is updated daily so check back if you do not see the club you are interested in. We invite you to apply to start a new club. Click here for application..

Need Tutoring?

There are various resources for tutoring on Westview's campus. Speak with your teacher to inquire about tutoring options and make sure to attend Wolverine Time. If you would like to be assigned a 1-on-1 or small group peer tutor, complete THIS online form.
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Westview PTSA Art Reflections

PTSA is now accepting student submissions of work around this year’s theme of: What is Your Story? In the reflections program our students are able to submit films, music, dance choreography, poems, short stories, paintings, pictures that relate to the theme for the year. The due date for this National competition is in one month -- October 25th. Find more information HERE.

Explore Family Connections!

Family Connections is an incredible tool that all Westview students and families have access to from 9th - 12th grade. You should have received an information sheet about Family Connection in homeroom, asking you to update your information. Please complete the form, if necessary, and turn it into Ms. Bloomfield in the Wolverine Center. Below is a short video giving you a brief introduction to Family Connections. We will post a new tool/resource available on Family Connection in each of our Newsletters. We encourage you to log on and browse around, there are great tools available!

College Visits


College Visits @ Westview

Westview hosts several college representatives on our campus throughout the fall semester. All Westview students are welcome! Take advantage of this opportunity to meet admissions representatives to colleges & universities you are interested in and event to ones you have never heard of. The list of colleges changes everyday and can be found on Family Connection, the Westview website, and in the bulletin. You can reserve your spot on Family Connection. A permission slip must be signed by a parent/guardian and your teacher (if you are missing a class) in order to attend. Permission slips can be found on Family Connection or in the Wolverine Center.
Discover Duke

Wednesday, October 5, 6:00 pm High Tech High International 2855 Farragut Rd., San Diego

New York University

Saturday, October 8, 11:00-12:30 San Diego Marriott La Jolla 4240 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla

Cal Tech

Sunday, October 9, 2:00-3:30 pm Reuben H. Fleet Science Center 1875 El Prado, San Diego

Solutions College Showcase Event (60 Colleges)

Saturday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 pm SDG&E Energy Innovation Center 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., SD

Upcoming Events

Firefighter Career Expos

Saturday, Sep. 24th, 10am-1pm

10440 Black Mountain Rd. San Diego, CA 92126

Are you a student athlete? A member of a club or team? Or just curious about a career in the fire service?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s Career Expos are for you!

More information HERE

Congressman Scott Peters Hosts: Service Academy & R.O.T.C. Information Night

Monday, Oct. 3rd, 6-8pm

4150 Ute Drive

San Diego, CA

Admissions counselors from each service academy will be present. Plus representatives from all college R.O.T.C. Programs and Congressional office representatives. Available to answer questions about the service academy nomination process. More information found HERE.

PUSD College & Career Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 6-8:30pm

13010 Paseo Lucido

San Diego, CA

The College Fair is a great opportunity for students and parents to speak to university, college and technical school representatives. There are over 125 colleges represented at this fair, along with workshops on financial aid and learning about different college options. PUSD high school students and their parents are invited to attend our college fair. More information can be found HERE.

Senior Information

Counselor Letter of Recommendation Appointments

Please schedule your LOR appointments with your counselor by accessing our calendars through MyConnect's Counseling class. If you are unable to attend please cancel at least 24 hours in advance to give others an opportunity to sign up and allow your counselor to plan their schedules accordingly.

Please note that appointment times range from 7:30am to 4:00pm and if your appointment time falls outside of that range, you may want to ensure your timezone is set to Pacific Standard Time. Thank you so much and we look forward to meeting with you.

Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits are to be taken at Visual Photography's studio in Sabre Springs. Deadline to be photographed is September 1st. For more information call 858-679-9721 or CLICK HERE here to view the session options. CLICK HERE for the brochure.

Missed a Counseling Presentation?

That's okay! You can find all counseling presentations and information from presentations on the Westview website or in the Counseling class on MyConnect.

College Information

Campus Highlight: Bowdoin College

Bowdoin is a vibrant residential college nestled in a small, active New England town in Maine. A liberal arts education at Bowdoin isn’t about being small and safe—it’s about having the support to take surprising risks. Students undertake this journey with faculty members who are scholars and artists of distinction who actively shape their fields.Unique program and majors that partner with other Universities and institutions to broaden students' opportunities.

Bowdoin has eliminated the application fee for all applicants who would be the first generation in their families to attend college. The fee would also be waived for any student seeking financial aid assistance from the College. We continue to be need blind in our admissions process, we meet 100% of demonstrated need, and our financial aid packages contain no loans. Apply for Bowdoin's fall fly-in program, a funded visit opportunity for students unable to visit on their own.

Learn more HERE!

UC Personal Insight Questions

The personal insight questions are about getting to know you better — your life experience, interests, ambitions and inspirations.

UC Recommended SAT Subject Tests

While SAT Subject Tests are not required, some campuses recommend that freshman applicants interested in competitive majors take the tests to demonstrate subject proficiency.

Financial Aid Changes for 2017-2018

Advice for students and parents on changes for the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CA Dream Act Application (CDAA):

1. Apply in Fall - The 2017-18 FAFSA and the CDAA will open on October 1, 2016. This allows students to apply three months earlier than in the past.

2. Applying is Easier - Completing forms for both the FAFSA and the CDAA is easier because applicants will provide income and tax information filed for tax year 2015 (they don't have to estimate). Many students and parents will find completing the FAFSA easier since they will be able to provide income-tax information directly from the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) that is linked to the FAFSA.* Info on the DRT

*Please note the CDAA does not support the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Unchanged: The priority filing deadline is still March 2 for both applications. Students may receive information regarding Cal Grant eligibility in the fall, but will still receive their UC financial aid offer(s) after notification of admission in the spring.

Click here for more information on FAFSA Changes