Counseling Corner

La Costa Canyon High School / September 2015

Welcome back to school!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year at La Costa Canyon! We look forward to helping you with all your counseling and guidance needs in the weeks and months to come. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach us via email, voicemail, or with a personal appointment. Generally, email is our preferred method because we are able to check our emails throughout the day and provide a timely response. If you need to schedule an appointment, please contact Kathy Veraldi, our counseling secretary, at 760-436-616 ext. 6012.

Class Changes/Drop Dates

Keep in mind, the last day to drop a class this semester without it appearing on your transcript is

September 23rd. After that, students may drop a class for a “W,” Withdrawal, on their transcript and may not add any other class. This option is available until October 7th. Please have your student see their counselor as soon as possible if they are looking to drop a class this semester as changes can only be made if space is available. The drop form is available on the counseling webpage. We always recommend that the student talk with their teacher if they are considering dropping a course.

Senior Parent Night

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 6:30pm

LCCHS Theater

This is a special night for parents of seniors! We invite you to join the LCC Counselors for an informative night to discuss college admissions, testing, letters of recommendation process, Naviance and much more!

Remember, Naviance is a great tool to research college options, view college visits and scholarships, interpret college scattergrams, and take career inventories! Please visit our counseling website to access the Naviance program and input your parent ID (your students ID and with a "p" at the end) to register.

Senior Information and Letter of Recommendation

Counselors will visit senior English classes to conduct Senior Class Presentations on

Monday, September 21st and Tuesday, September 22nd. We will discuss transcripts, graduation status, Naviance and planning for post-high school options including four-year college admissions.

For those of you planning to apply to a 4 year college/ University that requires a counselor letter of recommendation, please remember to first contact your counselor to ask them if they could write you a letter of recommendation. Next, provide your counselor with a copy of the FERPA agreement and complete the counselor brag packet in Naviance. Both can be found under the "About Me" tab on your Naviance Family Connection page. Your registration code to log in is your student ID if you do not already have an account.

Once you have completed the letter of recommendation packet, please go to the "colleges" tab on your Naviance Family Connection Page, and click on the "colleges I'm applying to" link and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on "add teacher requests." Select your counselor's name and this will allow your counselor to be notified of your request. Please email your teacher and/or counselor with any specific questions you may have regarding your letter of recommendation.

October 15th, 2015 is the deadline to request and submit your brag packet for a LOR for all colleges/scholarships with an application deadline that is Dec.1st, 2015 or before.

December 6th, 2015 is the deadline to request and submit your brag packet for a LOR for all colleges/scholarships with an application deadline after December 2nd, 2015.

Colleges Visit LCC's College and Career Center

College visits have begun! Juniors and Seniors, sign up for college visits on Naviance and in the Counseling Office and join us in welcoming over 75 college reps to LCC. You must get a permission form from the counseling office and have your teacher (during that period) sign off on it for you to attend. Visit schedule and times are posted on Naviance.

Counseling Department

The Counseling Office is located in the Administration Building, located at the front of the school. Counseling office hours are 7:15 am - 3:00 pm on regular school days.

Please call to confirm office hours during non-student days.

Danielle Martinez (A, F, L-O) Ext. 6015

Lisa Levario (B, P-So, English Learners) Ext. 6017

Lori Musel (C, D, Sp-Z) Ext. 6023

Randa Fast-Medley (E, G-K, AVID) Ext. 6048

Kathy Veraldi, Counseling Secretary Ext. 6012

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

-UC/CSU online Application: November 30th

-Be sure to check your college application deadlines! Some regular decision deadlines will begin Dec.1st.

-FASFA: Can begin accessing application: January 1, 2016