Class of 2019
Senior year of high school is full of many important events and rites of passage (like sitting in white chairs on your first AND last day at Poway High). You're in the home stretch, so make sure you finish strong! This newsletter has some important dates and information to help you keep up with the activities and duties of graduation preparation.
Calendar for the Class of 2019
3/11/19 - First Day of Trimester 3
Check your email daily for communication from colleges you applied to.
4/4/19 - Military Fair, Senior Quad at Lunch
4/5/19 - CAST Testing in Senior Homerooms
4/8-4/12/19 - Spring Spirit Week
4/9/19 - Senior Info Night
4/15-4/19/19 - Spring Break
4/26/19 - End of Trimester 3 Six-Week Grading Period
4/28/19 - Black Light Dance
5/2/19 - Poway High Eye on Art
5/6-5/17/19 - AP Exams
5/18/19 - Prom
5/20-5/29/19 - CAASPP Testing Schedule
5/30/19 - Senior Scholarship Awards
5/30/19 - Athletics Awards Ceremony, 6:30 PM, PHS Gym
5/31/19 - Finance Office Only Accepting Cash/Credit Card
5/31/19 - Submit Scholarship Survey to Mrs. Oakes and SENIOR EXIT SURVEY DUE!
6/4/19 - Yearbook Distribution Begins
6/5-6/7/19 - Senior Finals
6/7/19 - Final Transcript Request Form Due
6/11/19 - Senior Checkout, Senior Breakfast, Graduation Ticket Distribution <Mandatory>
6/12/19 - Senior Picnic at Lake Poway, Cap and Gown Distribution <Mandatory>
6/12/19 - Grad Nite, 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
6/13/19 - Graduation Day!
Senior Activities Info
Please pay attention to all the Senior Activities and make plans to be there. Attendance IS taken at these events.
Senior Gold Card Checkout - June 10th, Mandatory Attendance. Senior Exit Survey, Book return, etc. Your Gold Card must be signed off in order to participate in Senior Activities
Senior Breakfast - June 11th, Mandatory Attendance. You will receive your Graduation Ceremony tickets at the breakfast.
Senior Picnic at Poway Lake - June 12th, Mandatory Attendance. You will receive your Cap and Gown distribution ticket at this event.
Cap and Gown Distribution - Held under the Home Side Bleachers of the stadium following the Senior Picnic. 1:30-2:30 pm. Your ticket will tell you which time frame to be there.
Grad Nite - June 12th, 6:00pm - 12:00am
Graduation Rehearsal - June 13th 8:30 - 10:30am. Mandatory Attendance. Do Not Be Late.
Diploma Pickup - Counselors will distribute Diplomas on the Football Field immediately following the Graduation Ceremony. NOTE: This is the ONLY diploma you will ever receive. The school district does not reprint diplomas. So, be sure to keep it in a safe place.
Graduation Day Information - June 13th
8:30 AM, PHS Stadium
4:15 PM - Seniors Check in; Girls - Doc Munday, Boys - Pool Deck
4:00 PM - Gates open for guests with disabilities. One family member may accompany and sit with a disabled guest.
4:15 PM - Gates to the stadium open for Ticket Holders
5:00 PM - Gates open to non ticket-holding family and friends
5:30 PM - Graduation Ceremony Begins
Grades (STILL) Matter
**NEW!** Math Tutoring - Wednesdays 2:45-4:00 pm in the Titan Center (Room K-16). An adult math tutor will help with Integrated Math. This tutoring is free and all students are welcome to attend.
Paid Student Tutors - For a list of students who have been vetted by teachers to be able to tutor in various subjects, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The students on this list decide where they are willing to tutor and how much they will charge.
Student Tutoring in the Library - As always, the Poway High School Library hosts free student tutoring for most subjects after school Monday through Thursday. The tutors are generally NHS students who tutor for community service credit. For students who take the buses, there are late buses they can use to get home afterward.
General Senior Year Information
Besides getting a deeper and more thorough education, there are many benefits to attending a college or university. You can discover your passions, challenge yourself, expand your worldview, and, meet new people. Frequently, job searches rely as heavily on who you know as they do on your degree. Below are some helpful links for your college application process. Be sure you are checking your email DAILY for any communication regarding your application process. Don't miss deadlines or requests for information.
Cal State Apply - The application site for the 23 California State University schools
UC Admissions - The application site for the 9 University of California schools
Common App - The application for over 800 private schools
Coalition App - The application for the 140 schools in the Coalition
CA Private Colleges - Connections for California's Private Colleges
Factors Affecting College Admission
- Third Trimester Grades and Course Changes - Be sure to finish strong!
- High school grade point average in A-G classes
- Standardized and College Prep Test Scores
- Number, content, and performance in academic courses beyond the minimum eligibility requirements
- Number of and performance in honors or AP courses
- Quality of the senior year program, as measured by the type and number of academic courses in progress or planned
- Quality of academic performance relative to educational opportunities available in the applicant's school
- Recent marked improvement in academic performance
- Special talents, achievements, and awards
- Academic accomplishments in light of an applicant's life experiences and special circumstances, such as disabilities, low family income, first generation to attend college, need to work, disadvantaged social or educational environment, difficult personal and family situations
Community College Info
Community College is a great option for many students. Seniors are eligible to attend upon the completion of a high school diploma or GED. The SAT or ACT is not required, however may help with the placement of courses. Many students attend for 2-3 years before transferring to a college or university to complete their degrees. There are several transfer programs available and it is recommended to meet with a counselor at the community college to review your options. Please note that each College has an allotted amount of spots for transfer students and will be considered before another student who may want to transfer from a 4-year University. Below are some helpful links for the Community College process.
California Community Colleges - A site with info about the many college options
Palomar College - The application site for Palomar College
San Diego Community College - The admissions site for the SD Community Colleges
Mira Costa College - The application site for Mira Costa College
Grossmont College - The application site for Grossmont College
Community College Assessment and Placement
Because Community Colleges don't ask for SAT or ACT scores, determining placement in classes can be a little more difficult. Many offer free exams for students to figure out which classes they should choose. Be sure to research the college you plan to attend to make sure you know whether an assessment should be taken.
For information about taking Palomar College's EAP, you can visit their website here.
Community College Transfer
College can be expensive. Even Community College can come with unexpected cash flows. Below you will find some sites with information about how to pay the bills. If you have applied for Financial Aid or Scholarships, be sure to check your email regularly for any changes or updates!
FAFSA - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Student Aid - Federal student aid programs
FinAid - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
Saving For College - Get personalized information to help with saving for college
For students who aren't planning to go straight to college, working toward a career may be a good option. These students can get a jump start on building up their bank accounts. Below are some helpful links for finding and starting the career path.
CA Career Resource Network - Resource for career exploration and planning
CA Career Zone - A Vocational Assessment Site
Cal Jobs - A job search website
SD Workforce Partnership - A site with local jobs information
Some students plan to serve the country after graduation. If you are planning to go to one of the Service Academies, click here to get information about getting a nomination for a Service Academy from your congressman.
For students wanting to join the military right after high school, you can find information on the process here.
Poway High Counseling
A - Dom: Christy Brown
Don - Kon: Jerrah Smith
Koo - Ramj: Blanca Arreguin
Ramk - Z: Jerilyn Padua-Reyes
Counseling Assistant: Jodie Hughes
Counseling Assistant: Lynne Oakes
Registrar: Michelle Bourget
Scheduler: Barbara Longworth
A-F: Colin Young
G-M: Brianne Froumis
N-Z: Aaron Little