Westview Counseling

March 2021 Newsletter

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Courses for 2021-2022 due March 5!

Counselors visited classes via Zoom in February and distributed information about course options for next year. The course request window is open from Feb 19 - March 5. Please visit our Course Registration newsletter for more information:


If you missed our 4-year Planning night, you can watch the recording here:

Copy of 4 Year Planning and Course Selection

Important Dates

Quarter 3 Progress Reports: Friday, March 5, 2021

Course Request Window for 2021-2022 (Current 9-11th graders): Feb 19 - March 5, 2021

8th Grade Family Night: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Updates & Resources from the Counseling Office

2020-2021 Virtual Peer Tutoring

The Peer Counseling team has launched our virtual tutoring services! Tutoring will be offered virtually via zoom on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. If you are interested in getting additional afterschool support you can sign up here:

TUTORING SIGN UP FORM – This form is located on the Westview Website under academic support.

See Flyer below for more details!

Tech Boot Camp Videos

Check out these great videos that help you step by step on how to access and navigate several websites you may be using this school year!

Zoom https://youtu.be/DQZpH4DMgr0

Westview High School Website https://youtu.be/PbS1YsC8JJE

GSuite https://youtu.be/PitcjWzqg7I

My Plan https://youtu.be/ucHbPSQKLYw

Canvas/MyConnect https://youtu.be/lasUf0vNsCc

Parent Academy

Parent Academy is a one-stop shop where parents can learn about the numerous educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in their classrooms. These resources will make it easier for parents to understand how teachers engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration.

Visit our Canvas page: Counseling 2020-2021

Counselor Caseloads:

Just a reminder about the changes to our Counselor caseloads this year based on the alphabetical split:

A - Fel - Alisa Berner

Fem - Lim - Vanessa Ho

Lin - Rog - Katie Ramirez

Roh - Z - Christine Cudmore

CTE & Intervention - Ruben Mata

Wolverine Center

While the Wolverine Center may not be physically open at this point, we are still here for you! Need a work permit? Questions for your counselor? Or just want to discuss present and future options?

Students have access to:

Follow the Wolverine Center on Instagram!

Follow the Wolverine Center on Instagram for all the latest updates and news!

Looking for Scholarship Information, Enrichment Programs or Job Opportunities?

Check out our Scholarships, College & Career newsletter on the Westview Counseling website.

Plan to attend our Wolverine Parent Academy Workshops this year


Class of 2021

Mid Year Reports for College Applications

If you haven't done so already, seniors will want to submit their mid-year transcripts and counselor school reports. These documents are generally required for private colleges and universities especially those applied via Common App. In addition, some CSUs and UCs may specially ask students to submit mid-year transcripts. Only request UC/CSU's if the colleges contact you directly to do so.

Please complete the online Mid-Year report form and once the grades post to the transcripts, counselors will begin to send the materials.

Next Steps to CSUSM

A virtual presentation and live Q&A for newly admitted students! See flyer below for more details.

Note: Spanish-speaking Next Step Presentation. Please register for one of these dates:
  • 3/21/2021
  • 3/30/2021
  • 4/1/2021
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CSU Application Extended Deadlines

Please see the updated message below from CSU about deadline extensions:

Here is a link to the CSU application.

Palomar College: What's Coming Up?

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We are offering Palomar College workshops to help interested students with the enrollment process. During the workshop, Palomar Admission officers will assist you with the enrollment and Scholarship application for Palomar Promise Grant. This grant provides free tuition to eligible students. Don't delay! Once the funding runs out the scholarships will no longer be available.

Please complete this short google form (Links to an external site.)

Enter your information, and a Palomar Admission Officer will contact you with the date and time of the session as well as the zoom link needed to join the session.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Towns, Guidance Technician, at atowns@powayusd.com.


The Palomar Promise is designed to provide first-time college students with access to an affordable higher education and to increase college-going and completion rates in our community.

The Palomar Promise offers up to two years of free course enrollment and related registration fees, textbook assistance, and access to specialized academic and career planning with related support services to first-time college students who meet the eligibility requirements.

To learn how to apply, click here.

Miramar College Workshop

If you are interested in applying to Miramar College you can access the San Diego Promise program application Here

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Towns, Guidance Technician, at atowns@powayusd.com.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a regional tuition discount program, which enables students from one of 16 WICHE states and territories in the Western U.S. to enroll as nonresidents in 160+ participating public colleges and universities and pay 150 percent (or less) of the enrolling school’s resident tuition—which annually saves students an average of $9,000 each on the cost of non-resident tuition. Please visit the WUE website for more information

FAFSA is Open!

Seniors! The FAFSA is now OPEN. Make sure to apply EARLY for financial aid for college.

College & Career Updates

All Grade Levels

BigFuture Days - The College Board's First Ever Virtual College Fair

College Board: BIG FUTURE DAYS

College Board is holding a regional series of virtual college fairs for high school sophomores and juniors to help connect them with hundreds of colleges, admissions officers, and current college students. BigFuture Days are designed to give students a tailored experience so that they can establish connections with colleges and take action on important college planning tasks, like building a college list and identifying scholarships to apply for.

Save the dates!

BigFuture Days Northeast Sunday, March 7

BigFuture Days Midwest Thursday, March 11

Sign up here for free!

College2Career Fairs

The College2Career virtual college fairs return this spring with events from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. April 15 and from 9 to 11:45 a.m. April 16.

California, out-of-state, and international college representatives will be presenting in a career pathways format. All high school and community college academic programs and career pathways students and staff are invited. CTE and CTSO students and advisors are always welcome.

Each hour of the fair will feature six colleges presenting for six minutes each on their college and specified career pathway (e.g., STEM, healthcare, business, etc.). You can register for one session or as many as are relevant to your class or group. Classroom and group registrations are available. Individual student registration will open March 22.

Hello from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at New Mexico State University!

Our program has a number of opportunities and benefits to offer students. These could include advance training opportunities, 72+ types of scholarships, and a guaranteed jobs after graduation. Our cadets are just like any of the other students on campus and can choose to study any of the 172 degrees that NMSU has to offer. Unlike most of their peers, ROTC cadets take Military Science courses in addition to their normal college classes. These additional classes help prepare them for their duties as an Army Officer by pushing the cadet’s own expectations and preconceived limitations. These future officers learn valuable skills that they will take with them to lead their soldiers in the near future as the Army’s newest officers.

Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) Virtual College Fairs

WACAC will be partnering with StriveScan to host multiple virtual fairs this spring. This virtual format exposes students to a wide range of colleges while still being time- and cost-efficient for the colleges. These fairs are designed to serve the students in regions of California and Nevada. More detailed information can be found on the StriveScan event site.

  • March 3, 5 to 7:45 pm — Pre-session workshops begin at 4 pm
  • March 14, 1 to 3:45 pm — Pre-session workshops begin at noon
  • April 19, 5 to 7:45 pm — Pre-session workshops begin at 4 pm

National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Virtual College Fairs

At each virtual fair, students attend college presentations, learn about their options, ask questions, and demonstrate interest, all without leaving home. Share a short how-to video with students and encourage them to sign up in advance at virtualcollegefairs.org.

Students may attend as many fairs as they like. Find a list of colleges that will share information about their programs, majors, financial aid, and more on each fair date. Additional colleges will be added throughout the spring.

Four of these events are smaller Focus Fairs, which are designed for students with special interests or residing in specific regions: STEM (March 7), Performing and Visual Arts (March 16), Western U.S. (April 10), Southeastern U.S. (April 20).

College & Career Night Recordings

If you missed College & Career Night last week, don't worry! The recorded sessions are all available in Catalog of Sessions from the event. This catalog also has a variety of pre-recorded sessions that may be of interest to our students and families. There are a few more pre-recorded sessions that will become available as they are added.

Hefar Financial Aid Mini Workshops

The HEFAR Group is a non-profit company with a mission to help make college affordable for everyone. They are a college funding advisor that helps you get more free money for college.

NEW Click here to view the FInancial Aid Mini Workshop #13: Most common questions: 529 Plans!

NEW Click here to view the FInancial Aid Mini Workshop #12: Comparing public vs private schools: Don't Make College Decisions Based on Sticker Price!

Click here to view the FInancial Aid Mini Workshop: Scholarships: Where to look and what to focus on.

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: The importance of College Education: Does a College Education pay off?

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Most Common Questions: Timing of the Base Year

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Most Common Questions: Divorce/Blended Families

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: It's Not What the School Costs; it's What You Pay That Matters!

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: FAFSA-Three things you need to know to get better financial aid packages!

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Understanding the Four Types of Financial Aid: Free Money vs Self-help Money

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Scholarships: Where to look and what to focus on

Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Understanding the Financial Aid Equation: How does it all work?

College Visits

Sign up for our Virtual College Visits in SCOIR. For instructions on how to sign up for College Visits in SCOIR, click here or watch the video below.
Student - Visits & Deadlines

How do I log in to SCOIR?

Students can type in scoir.com or click the link to arrive at the SCOIR homepage. Once there, click on the blue "Login" button at the top right of the screen. If students already have an account, enter the appropriate credentials and sign in. If students do not have a login, they can create one by clicking "Don't have an account?" at the bottom of the login screen. This will take students through a step-by-step process to set up an account.

SCOIR: Our new college & career platform

SCOIR is the new one-stop online system that provides students with college and career planning tools to use during their time at Westview. Please note that SCOIR will be replacing our current system, Naviance, for our 9th - 11th grade students. 12th graders will continue using Naviance this school year; however, they will use SCOIR to sign up for college visits.

Check out these college virtual tours!

Click on the university you would like to tour to start your virtual tour now!



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Additional Resources

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PUSD Student Board Member Application for 2021-2022

The application period for the 2021-2022 Student Board Member position will be open from March 1-31, 2021. Any high school juniors, in good academic standing, who will be seniors next year can choose to apply. They do not need to be nominated!

The Student Board Member represents all PUSD students at Board of Education meetings, participates in discussions on student-related issues with PUSD District leadership and Board of Education members, serves on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, and learns first-hand about local government.

The application and information page can be found here: https://powayusd.com/en-US/Board/Student-Board

UCSD APSA's Navigating Higher Education Event

The UCSD Asian & Pacific Islander Student Alliance’s LEAP (Learning and Empowerment Academic Program) Committee is hosting a virtual event, “Navigating Higher Education,” this Thursday, March 4th, 2021 from 5:00-6:30 PM.

The first half of this event will be two 20-minute lectures from two UCSD APSA alumni, Dr. Lisa Marie Cacho, and Dr. Brian Chung, who are now professors at other universities. The second half of the event will be Q&A, where high school students and UCSD undergraduates can ask Dr. Cacho and Dr. Chung questions about their experiences navigating higher education. We will also be raffling off 3 copies of Dr. Cacho’s book, “Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected.”

If interested you can register now at https://tinyurl.com/apsahighered

If you or your students have any questions, please feel free to reach out to apsaleap@gmail.com.

SDSU Asian Pacific Student Alliance High School Conference

When: Two day session; Friday, March 5th, 2021 from 4:00PM - 6:00PM & Saturday, March 6th, 2021 from 11:00AM - 3:30PM

Our conference will revolve around workshop sessions centered on academics, leadership, politics, Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, Educational Opportunity Programs (EOPs), and college admissions. The theme for this year’s High School Conference is: “Taking Charge.” Students will also have the opportunity to perform in a talent show in which they can share their self-expression through dance, song, poetry, etc.

Registration for the High School Conference can be found at this link or on our website https://www.apsasdsu.org/

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at academic@apsasdsu.org. This event is completely free to students, teachers, advisors, and parents.

Virtual College Tour of UCSD

Choosing your Major: STEM

NBCUniversal Internship Program

Applications for summer internships at NBCUniversal are now open. All internships will be remote! This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in media, entertainment, and/or technology.

Click here for more information!

The DEA's Operation Prevention Program

The DEA and Discovery Education have created Operation Prevention to provide communities of every kind with proactive digital tools to raise awareness about the dangers of substance misuse. Check out their website here for FREE resources for middle and high school students as well as parents. Resources include zoom presentations.

Summer STEM Institute (SSI)

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) is a six-week virtual summer program for high school students. The program was started last summer by educators, students, and graduates from Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. Applications for SSI 2021 have just opened.

The program consists of three main parts:

  • Research and data science bootcamp: Students learn how to design and conduct data science research projects. Students learn about the research process and how to apply statistical and machine learning methods to address scientific questions with real-world impact.
  • Masterclass lecture series: Students are connected to accomplished young adults around the world. Students have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship from Forbes 30 Under 30 recipients, science research from International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) grand prize winners, and other topics from speakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Mentored research project: Students complete a research project through a rigorous, hands-on learning experience under the guidance of mentors. Previously, students have worked in a variety of fields, from computational biology to quantum physics.

Students and families can learn more about SSI and apply on our website here: https://www.summersteminstitute.org/. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2021.

FREE Group Parenting Classes offered by North County Lifeline

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Teen Positive Parenting Program

This webinar series is designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication.

You may either register through the link provided by clicking on the flyer, or parents can contact the Caring Connections Center to RSVP at (858) 668-4084 or email: vephraim@powayusd.com.

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San Diego County Office of Education Parent Workshops

Mental Health & Wellness Resources

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If you were not able to attend the webinar hosted by Westview's ASB and district school psychologists, you can view the entire 40 minute presentation here. Below are the topic time stamps:

1:30 - Meet the Panel

2:30 - Loss

11:15 - Stress

18:10 - Grief

27:05 - Seeking Support & Resources

28:30 - Q & A

Student Support Services

Please let us know if we can help your family with any of the following needs:

- Chromebook

- Food Assistance

- School Supplies

- Standardized Testing Fee Waiver (SAT & ACT)

Rental Assistance Resource

Interfaith Community Services is working with a Community Development Block Grant program to help assist those that may need rental assistance. For more information, please contact Ann Marie Masano a Housing Stability Case Manager that can help screen families for potential eligibility for rental assistance.

760-489-6380, extension 262

More Ways To Stay Connected

Visit www.westviewasb.com for clubs and upcoming events. Don't see something you like? Start your own! Download the application and turn it in to ASB.

Another way to stay connected is to download the Westview App! You will have access to your grades, school schedule, student handbook and a list of events. Also, check out our Instagram pages at the bottom of this newsletter!

You can also stay up to date on scheduled activities by accessing monthly calendars below.

Athletics Calendar

Counseling Calendar

Westview School Calendar