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La Canada High School

DAILY LCHS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Can't hear the PA Announcements in class? Did you know that all of the announcements are posted on the school website? Just go to the Student Portal on the upper left corner of the website, then "PA Announcements" on the right gold bar. (Or, you can click here for the link.) Stay informed and never miss an announcement again!

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Youth Financial Literacy Workshop

Join the City of La Canada Flintridge Youth Council for a free financial literacy workshop! All 9th-12th grade students and families welcome to attend! Workshop is on Thursday, March 9th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Click here for more information. Deadline to sign up is March 1st.


College Admissions Today: Fact vs Fiction, presented by Paul Kanarek, CEO Collegewise

THIS THURSDAY, March 9, 6:00pm LCHS Auditorium - All LCHS 9-12 students and families invited! Our guest speaker Paul Kanarek is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on testing and admissions. He has been widely quoted in all the major papers, has appeared on multiple television shows, and has spoken about US college admissions all over the world. Before he became the CEO of Collegewise, he founded The Princeton Review in California in 1983. Mr. Kanarek’s talks are lively, insightful and inspiring. In College Admissions Today: Fact vs Fiction, Mr. Kanarek will debunk some of the more painful mythology surrounding college admissions, while also being entertaining and informative.


MOCK ACT AND SAT OFFERED AT LCHS

Take a practice SAT or ACT test here at LCHS for only $20. The Princeton Review, in partnership with La Canada High School, is offering a practice test fundraiser on March 18th, 2017 on campus at La Canada High School. Click here for details.


COURSE REGISTRATION FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Counselors have begun the course registration for the 2017-2018 school year. All parents and students will receive an e-mail outlining the new course registration process, along with resources to help guide students in their course selections. Here are the grade level dates for class presentations and initial online course requests:

Class presentation: Initial online course selections due

Current 11th: Jan 31 Feb 5

Current 10th: Feb 13 Feb 20

Current 9th: Feb 27 Mar 5

Current 8th: Mar 13 Mar 19

An individual student/counselor meeting will then take place to review and/or adjust course selections and collect the Course Selection Contract with parent/guardian signatures. Counselors can answer questions and provide further guidance or changes to student requests at these meetings.

Individual student/counselor meeting dates (during English classes - Students need to bring their parent-signed Course Selection Contract form to school this week):

Current 11th: Week of Feb 6 - 10

Current 10th: Week of Feb 21 - 24

Current 9th: Week of Mar 6 - 10

Current 8th: Week of Mar 20 - 23



Attention AP Students

AP Exam Sign-Ups will be February 6th – March 24th

Step 1: Print and complete the AP form under “Counseling” on the school website (lchsspartans.net).

Step 2: Take completed form and payment to Mrs. Hicklin in the counseling office before school, after school, lunch and break only – Mrs. Hicklin is not available during class time. Checks should be made out to LCHS-AP Exams. If paying cash, please have exact change.

· Fee is $100 per exam February 6th-February 24th

· Fee increases to $115 from February 27th – March 17th

· Fee increases to $130 from March 20th – March 24th

Tests will take place from May 1st through May 12th.


"Water is Life" Student Art Contest

Foothill Municipal Water District (located in La Cañada Flintridge, CA) is sponsoring its 6th annual K-12 student art contest this year.

Deadline for entries is Monday, April 3, 2016 and must be submitted to 4536 Hampton Road, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. Click here for more information.


OMEGA YEARBOOK STAFF APPLICATIONS FOR 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Interested in becoming a part of the Omega Yearbook staff next school year? Click here to apply! https://goo.gl/forms/6Gj4tHAHEhgnGDUL2


Stuck on a homework assignment?

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TEST PREP AND TUTORING RESOURCES

With SAT and ACT testing season upon us, the counseling department would like to share a list of test prep and tutoring programs available, both locally and online. Click here for details.

Freshman Forum

Follow Link Crew this year!

Instagram: @LCHSlinkcrew / Snapchat: LClinkcrew / Twitter: LCLinkcrew


Remind 101 Counseling Text Reminders

  • If you would like to receive text reminders and valuable information from your counselor this year, text @yourcouns to 81010 to join the Freshman Forum Remind 101.

SOPHOMORE SCENE

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship Program Application and Information is available under the Scholarship List in your Naviance account. The paid Internship runs for six weeks and is a terrific opportunity for students to learn about career opportunities and the world of work. The Application is due by March 15.


NEW POST: College Visit Road Trip

Are you planning a college visit road trip for summer or spring break? Read here for some valuable advice: http://ctcl.org/practical-advice-for-a-college-road-trip/


PASADENA TOURNAMENT OF ROSES STUDENT AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

The Student Ambassadors Program is sponsored by the Tournament of Roses to promote volunteerism among high school students. Students are given the opportunity to work alongside Tournament Members for a minimum of 40 community service hours assisting with a variety of events and activities related to the Rose Parade. Activities include interacting with the public at Tournament of Roses events including float decorating venues, assisting band members at Bandfest, during the Parade as ushers in the official Grandstands and float island helpers at the Post Parade float viewing venue. Click here for more information. Deadline for applying is April 28th, 2017.


Remind 101 Counseling Text Reminders

  • If you would like to receive text reminders and valuable information from your counselor this year, text @yourcoun to 81010 to join the Sophomore Scene Remind 101.

JUNIOR JUNCTION

UPDATED POST: JUNIOR COLLEGE/CAREER LAUNCH

Junior College/Career Counseling Launch. All juniors must attend school on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 7:30 am. Please report to the auditorium. Attendance will be taken. This is typically a late start date but counselors will meet with the Class of 2018 to go over the college admission process and to discuss how to use Naviance to find a good college fit and to use as part of the application process.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship Program Application and Information is available under the Scholarship List in your Naviance account. The paid Internship runs for six weeks and is a terrific opportunity for students to learn about career opportunities and the world of work. The Application is due by March 15.


NEW POST: College Visit Road Trip

Are you planning a college visit road trip for summer or spring break? Read here for some valuable advice: http://ctcl.org/practical-advice-for-a-college-road-trip/


NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR AT PASADENA CONVENTION CENTER

Kick off your college search by attending a national college fair on April 20, 2017. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center, admission representatives from colleges across the country will be on hand to encourage you to learn more about their institutions and to help you sort through the qualities you’re looking for in a college.

Use your visit to:
Explore your options. Typically representatives from 175 to 400 colleges attend. The schools are located throughout the US, and from around the globe.
Ask questions. What’s college life like? What majors are popular on campus? Chatting with representatives from a variety of colleges can help you cement your own preferences.
Gather information. Pick up brochures and other materials about the schools that interest you. Ask admission reps to scan your barcode—an easy way to help colleges follow up with you after the fair.

To get a barcode, you must register here in advance. Fair is free and open to the public from 9 am to noon, and 6 pm to 8:30 pm.


PASADENA TOURNAMENT OF ROSES STUDENT AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

The Student Ambassadors Program is sponsored by the Tournament of Roses to promote volunteerism among high school students. Students are given the opportunity to work alongside Tournament Members for a minimum of 40 community service hours assisting with a variety of events and activities related to the Rose Parade. Activities include interacting with the public at Tournament of Roses events including float decorating venues, assisting band members at Bandfest, during the Parade as ushers in the official Grandstands and float island helpers at the Post Parade float viewing venue. Click here for more information. Deadline for applying is April 28th, 2017.


2017-2018 Common Application Prompts Announced

The Common Application has announced the essay prompts for the 2017-2018 season. There are prompts that are exactly the same as last year, some changes, some similarities, and a few more options. High school juniors with their sights on college can start thinking about what they want to share with colleges. However, they will not be able to submit their applications until late summer when the 2017-2018 application cycle opens. Click here for more information.


Remind 101 Counseling Text Reminders

  • If you would like to receive text reminders and valuable information from your counselor this year, text @juniorjun to 81010 to join the Junior Junction Remind 101.

SENIOR STOP

NEW POST: GCC is coming to LCHS THIS FRIDAY

Are you interested or planning to attend Glendale Community College in the fall of 2017? This Friday, March 10th, GCC representatives are on campus to provide application support. Click here for more information.


ATTENTION CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY APPLICANTS

EPT and ELM Placement Tests

The California State University (CSU) requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam prior to enrollment in the CSU. Your scores will determine which Math and English courses you should take to begin your career at CSU. You may be exempt from taking the EPT or ELM based on your scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT®, ACT®, or Advanced Placement® (AP). Check to see if you are EXEMPT from taking the EPT/ELM at: http://www.calstate.edu/sas/ept-elm-exemptions.shtml

If you are not exempt, please sign up to take your EPT and/or ELM exams at a CSU location today! https://ept-elm.ets.org/CSU/


PASADENA CITY COLLEGE

PAWS Assessment (English and Math placement tests)

When: Wednesday March 15, 2017

Location: Cafeteria

Time: 7:30AM – 11:00AM

PCC will be on campus to administer the PAWS assessments and will provide counseling services. The exam will take approximately two hours to complete. At the end of the testing session, you will be issued a pass to class. The test is not timed.

Students must register in advance via Naviance: Sign up as you would if you were attending a college visit → Naviance - College Tab - College Visits - then select the PCC Assessment and sign up.

You will need to bring the following on test day:

  1. Bring a valid Photo ID (High School ID or Driver’s License) – copies are not accepted

  2. Bring your Lancer Point ID # - this is the number you received when you completed the PCC application

  3. Bring a valid email address to receive your exam results

  4. Bring a pencil or a pen

  5. Doors to the cafeteria will be open at 7:00AM and check in will begin promptly at that time.


NEW POST: LCTA SCHOLARSHIPS

The LCTA Scholarship Applications are now listed on the Naviance website under 'Scholarship List'. Please read the descriptions carefully and apply by the deadline of March 24.


GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Glendale Community College at La Canada High School

Meet with a GCC representative Thursday’s at lunch in the LCHS Quad on 3/10 , 3/24, 4/21, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19

On March 10th, GCC admissions representatives will be providing application support for any student who plans to attend GCC next fall 2017. Students who are interested in attending GCC for fall 2017 are encouraged to join the admissions counselors on this date to complete their application.

Please sign up in Naviance if you are interested by doing the following steps:

1. Log in to your Naviance account

2. Click on the Colleges Tab

3. Click on view all upcoming college visits

4. Sign Up on March 10th Glendale Community College visit

5. Admissions representatives will be outside in the Quad area to meet with students

6. The application will be completed in the CCRC – the College and Career Center located in the main office building. The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. Students are encouraged to complete this process to ensure meeting the priority deadline of April 28th.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

NEW POST: LCTA SCHOLARSHIPS

The LCTA Scholarship Applications are now listed on the Naviance website under 'Scholarship List'. Please read the descriptions carefully and apply by the deadline of March 24.


UPDATED POST: Click here for current scholarship opportunities with deadlines in March through May. For a more extensive list of scholarship opportunities, check Naviance under Colleges tab, and click on "Scholarship List."


EARNING MONEY FOR COLLEGE DURING HIGH SCHOOL!

There is a new opportunity to start earning money towards college as a freshman, through micro-scholarships for various colleges. The program is called raise.me, which is funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. There are over 100 colleges that are partnering with this organization and you can follow that college like an Instagram account. It is easy and free to register on raise.me. You can earn money for every A or B you earn, doing community service, earning your Eagle Scout or Gold Award, taking an AP test, etc… Check it out and let your counselor know if you decided to register. When you are a senior and you are accepted to one of the partner schools (that you have been following and earning money for), you can use this money towards college tuition and expenses.

College/Career Resources

HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES AT GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Interested in studying abroad over the summer in Bali, Sydney, Ireland, or England? Visit www.glendale.edu/studyabroad to learn about opportunities available through Glendale Community College. Interested in taking Armenian, Japanese, or Italian language classes for college credit? GCC has Foreign Language courses open to high school students. See your counselor or call the GCC Language Arts division (818-240-1000 ext5767) for more information.


LOCAL COLLEGE FAIR OPPORTUNITIES IN APRIL

Free California Out-of-State & International (COSI) College Fairs in Southern CA in April 2017


Last Minute Applications

Last minute tips for anyone who may be a little behind on college apps...

http://www.wnyc.org/story/five-tips-completing-last-minute-college-applications


CollegeBoard.org - information available to learn about tools and resources to support students and families throughtout the financial planning process: Financial Aid Essentials


8 Tools & Resources for Writing The Best Scholarship Essays

https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/2016/11/04/8-tools-resources-for-writing-the-best-scholarship-essays/#more-8106


PARENT ACTION PLAN FOR SOPHOMORE COLLEGE/CAREER PLANNING:

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/for-parents/parent-action-plan-10th-grade


COLLEGE PLANNING APP:
Students can now get college planning advice and guidance right from their phones, with the College Board’s CollegeGo mobile app. The app is available for free in the Apple and Google Play stores.The app guides students through the essential steps they need to take in order to find, apply to, and attend the right college for them. The interactive, step-by-step platform uses game, video, and search features to help students plan their college journey.


FAFSA Submission Deadlines:

From the FAFSA Website (www.fafsa.ed.gov)

Deadlines 2017-2018
State Deadline
California - For many state financial aid programs – March 2, 2017 (this is the deadline for FAFSA submission with Cal Grant consideration. Students are encouraged to apply no later than this date).

Federal Deadline
Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2018.
Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 15, 2018.

Students are encouraged to submit early (no later than March 2), as federal deadlines fall far later than the state deadline.

College Deadline
Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed. Some colleges will be looking for FAFSA submission as early as October/November. When in doubt, submit early.

Additional Financial Aid Information/Tips:

  • Cal Grant also requires submission of a school certified GPA by March 2, 2017 (LCHS does this automatically → for more info, see below). For additional community college Cal Grants - deadline September 2, 2017 (date postmarked).

  • If you are a non-citizen holding a Social Security card issued through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or for some other work authorization, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at www.caldreamact.org. Do NOT fill out a FAFSA. Contact the California Student Aid Commission (www.csac.ca.gov) or your financial aid administrator for more information.

  • Additional forms may be required (such as the CSS Profile → more information below).

  • Applicants are encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA.


CSS Profile:

From the CollegeBoard CSS Profile Presentation (http://css.collegeboard.org/)

WHAT is the PROFILE?

The PROFILE is an online application that collects information used by certain colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds. (All Federal funds are awarded based on the FAFSA, available after Oct. 1 at fafsa.ed.gov.)

Some colleges may require additional information, such as tax returns or an institutional application. If your parents are divorced, some colleges will also require your noncustodial parent to complete the Noncustodial PROFILE.

WHEN do I file the PROFILE?

You may file the PROFILE as early as Oct. 1, 2016. However, you should file no later than two weeks before the EARLIEST priority filing date specified by your colleges or programs. WHO must file the PROFILE? Check your colleges’/programs’ information to determine whether they require the PROFILE. A list of colleges that require the PROFILE from at least some of their applicants can be found by clicking on Participating Colleges, Universities, and Scholarship Programs on the PROFILE Homepage.


CSS Profile Website

CSS Profile Student Guide

CSS Profile Instructions

COUNSELING CORNER

Resources:


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40 Developmental Assets


Books by Challenge Success and Its Founders


Registration 2017-18

Save the Date Reminder - August 7, 2017 for grades 12-10, August 8, 2017 for grade 9.

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