Senior College & Career Newsletter

September 11-17, 2022

Welcome Students & Families

Scroll through for important information regarding College/Career

How to reach us?

For general questions and inquiries please email

Ms Ignaitis:

All HCA, Study Skills Students and Last names A-L


Ms Yeager:

All DAA, ELD Students and Last names M-Z

Please do not use the link at the bottom of this Newsletter to contact us

Important Dates/Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Scroll through for more detailed information!

Important Dates and Deadlines


September- Common App/Common Mistakes Workshops

Sept 13 - College Club continues (see below)

Sept 20 - CSF Application Deadline (see below)

Sept 23 - SR/LOR Form Due for College Deadlines before Dec 15th

Oct 20 - Senior Financial Aid Evening

On Wednesdays, join the College & Career Center in the Quad at lunch.

During September, we will have less availability for students due to important annual conferences on the following days:

- College Conference Sept 13th (all day EXCEPT for College Visits)

- UC Conference Sept 15 (all day)

At this time please come in person to make an appointment.

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Need Help Applying to College? College Club on Tuesdays!

Tuesdays 4-5 PM

This Tuesday we will go over how College Club can help this application period!

If you need help applying to college, please come to College Club every Tuesday from 4-5.

If you have a sport or job after-school, please come see us in the College and Career Center to make other arrangements.

Our goal is to get something done every week and we hope to see you there!

If you have questions, please come to College and Career Center

Missed the Grade Level College/IB Meeting on August 30th - Recordings Available

If you missed the Grade Level 4YR College & IB Meeting on August 30th

Copy the link below to share this recording with viewers:

12th Grade Level College/IB Meeting Recording Part I Passcode: D^$%9yDL (9/30/22)

12th Grade Level College/IB Meeting Recording Part II Passcode: g8^XT%aq (9/30/22)

The grade-level presentation in English and Spanish ( without the recording) and handouts will also be available on the Sequoia College and Career webpage.

CSF Applications Period Now Open for SPRING 2022 Grades

DUE: Sept 20th by 1pm – Don’t Wait! No Late Exceptions!

The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) emphasizes high standards of scholarship and community service for California high school students. For families that do not know about CSF, it is basically a state-wide honor roll organization. The word scholarship has to do with academic performance NOT SCHOLARSHIP MONEY.

You must be a member at LEAST one semester of your senior year to be a Life Member!

For applications, class lists, help completing the form, and general information about the CSF organization please visit the College and Career Center’s CSF webpage or in the bin outside of the College and Career Center

Directions and deadline for submitted Spring 2022 CSF Applications - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY


Only students can complete and submit the application to the College and Career Center/Room 115 from September 6- 20th at 1pm

The submitted application packet must include:

1. A completed CSF application

2. $5.00 application fee in cash or a check made payable to Sequoia High School

3. A copy of the previous semester report card or transcript- A transcript can be obtained through a student’s Infinite Campus account (report tab).


STUDENTS - if you need help, have questions, or have an issue paying please come by the College and Career Center and WE will help you!

Need a Fee Waiver for a College Application? Complete the 2022-2023 Meal Application

We want all families to complete this confidential meal application so that qualifying students can receive reduced cost bus passes, prom tickets, grad night tickets, college application fees and IB testing registration. To complete the meal application, click here.

Working to make up classes?

If you are working on making up classes (D/F grades) for graduation and/or A-G requirements through our online credit recovery program, Edgenuity please know that the lab with Mr. Calles is now open for the 2022-23 school year.

If you are not sure if you need to make-up classes please contact your assigned counselor.

Edgenuity Teacher: Mr. Calles,

Where: Room 210

When: Mondays, 3pm-5pm and Thursdays, 4pm-6pm

**Seniors must be done with their Edgenuity classes by June 2nd, no exceptions.

Fall 2022 Add/Drop Dates

9/28: Last day to add a class or drop a class without penalty.

11/16: Last day to drop with penalty. No drops after this date.

11/1: Last day to drop an IB course in a testing year.

College Events for Students

In Naviance go to the College tab and then click on 'College Visits' for a complete list of visits and to register!

Sequoia High School College Visits

Naviance is currently displaying the incorrect (AM or PM) on the College Visit list - once you register, you can see the correct (AM or PM)

University of British Columbia

Tue Sept 13, 2022 8:00 AM

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

Tue Sept 13, 2022 2:00 PM

Binghamton University

Wed Sept 14, 2022 7:30 AM

Loyola Marymount University

Wed Sept 14, 2022 8:00 AM

The American University of Paris

Wed Sept 14, 2022 8:30 AM

American University

Wed Sept 14, 2022 9:30 AM

Sarah Lawrence College

Wed Sept 14, 2022 10:00 AM

University of Colorado Boulder

Wed Sept 14, 2022 11:15 AM

PLUS Willamette University, Merrimack College, Seton Hall University, Baylor University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, University of Arizona and New York University


Reed College Upcoming Events

WRITING YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT – Wednesday, September 14, at 3 p.m. PDT: The personal statement is like a conversation with the admission committee and a chance for your students to tell their stories. In this interactive session, we’ll explain the dos and don’ts of the essay and share examples from successful applications to Reed.

UNDERSTANDING FINANCIAL AID – Monday, September 19, at 4 p.m. PDT: Sandy Sundstrom, Director of Financial Aid, will demystify financial aid, explain how it works, and show your students how to apply.

CSU College Nights

Wed Sept 21

Meet with all 23 California State University campuses in one location and learn what steps you need to take next to get ready for college. Learn key information regarding applications, financial aid and more. For more information and to register click here.

College Guidance Network “Straight Talk with Admission Leaders”

Thursday, 9/15/22, 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT

As students and families grapple with the complexities of the college search, this program will aim to help you lower the stress and raise the excitement for the self-discovery that lies ahead. In this open-format Q&A, the focus will be on you and your questions, on any aspect of the post-secondary journey. Register here

University of Chicago Virtual Events

Wednesday, 9/14 from 7 – 8 p.m. CDT: UChicago Student Panel UChicago students will talk about campus and student life and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain a greater understanding of the student perspective.

Thursday, 9/15 7 – 8 p.m. CDT: Excelencia at UChicago Join us for a candid conversation between James Nondorf, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Advancement, Dean of College Admissions and Financial Aid, and Antonio J. Gracias, JD’98, where Antonio will talk about his experience through Higher Education and his involvement with the University of Chicago Board of Trustees.

Majors, Minors, and More: The Academic Experience at Liberal Arts Colleges

Tues, September 20 7:00 p.m. EDT

What are classes like? How do students explore academic interests? Faculty and current students will talk about the academic experience at a liberal arts college—from choosing a major to relationship building and research opportunities. Hosted by Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams. REGISTER HERE

Find the College for You at NACAC Virtual College Fairs

October 9th

Hundreds of colleges and universities from the US and worldwide will be ready and waiting to talk with you at these upcoming NACAC Virtual College Fairs will be on Sundays. Go to to see the list of participating colleges and to REGISTER. Then log in on any fair date to attend Zoom sessions, text your questions, and demonstrate interest... all without leaving home.

Lawrence University: (Colleges That Change Lives) Speak to an Admission Counselor

Chat with an admissions counselor in person or virtually

For More Information and Registration

Emory, Rice, University of Michigan, and University of Washington

Sept 28th

Attend a virtual information session for prospective students and their families and learn about these Engaging Distinctive Universities all in one meeting.

Register Here

Interviews Available with Reed College

Reed College encourages students to think of the interview as a casual conversation—a way of sharing about themselves that goes beyond the usual numbers like GPA. Most of their interviews are conducted by current Reedies so they’re also a great way for your students to learn about Reed from the people who know it best.

Now is a great time for your students to interview while availability is high. Although an interview isn’t required to apply it’s a useful supplement that helps us get to know our applicants. Sign-up for a VIRTUAL INTERVIEW SLOT.


Researching Majors

One of the first things asked on an application is your major. Students need to do your research before you start the application

  • Need to know the policy of the school, do they admit by major? If not, how do they admit?

  • A lot of specialty programs have a separate admissions process engineering, visual and performing arts, architecture and nursing

  • “Undecided” is a major

  • Some Good Resources for Researching Majors

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Specific Four Year College Information By Type

CSU What to Do Until Application Opens Oct 1st

One of the first questions on the application is-what the major are you applying for?


All of the CSU are not the same and sometimes they have different names for the same subject area. Figure out HERE what degree you are applying for each school on the CSUapply website.

2022-2023 First Time Freshman Supplemental Factors by Campus

When you figure out what major you will be applying see if it is IMPACTED. If impacted, there will be a multiple measure selection process, again, different for each campus.


Each UC has a different process of selection and majors offered. Below are websites for each UC.

UC Santa Barbara

Majors - List group by college (Letters and Science, Engineering and Creative Studies) with links to the description and requirements for each major. Also includes career pathway information

Eligibility and Selection - Find out which Colleges select by major

UC Los Angeles

Eligibility and Selection - Find out which Colleges select by major

Majors - Find your program

UC Davis

Eligibility and Selection- Freshman Application Tips

Majors - Find your program

UC Merced

Eligibility and Selection - Find out which Colleges select by major

Majors - Find your program

UC Santa Cruz

Eligibility and Selection - Find out which Colleges select by major

Majors - Find your program

UC Irvine

Eligibility and Selection - Find out which Colleges select by major

Majors-Find your program

UC San Diego

Eligibility and Selection - Find out which Colleges select by major

Majors-Find your program (shows Capped Majors with additional requirements)

UC Riverside

Eligibility and Selection - Find out which Colleges select by major

Majors-Find your program

UC Berkeley

Eligibility and Selection - Find out which Colleges select by major

Majors-Find your program


Sequoia School Information for Common Application

For the Education – Grades Section of the Common Application

  • Class Rank Reporting – Do not rank

  • Graduating Class Size – 460

  • GPA Scale – 4

  • GPA Weighting – Weighted

  • Guidance FAX – (650) 306-8893

  • Graduation Date – June 9, 2023

  • Your Official GPA- Overall weighted GPA

Complete Your Common Application Correctly - Ways to Get Help

Take your time and submit the best application possible

College & Career Common Errors on the Common Application Workshops

We are hosting multiple opportunities before, during and after school to go over the Common Application. Click here view the Workshop Schedule and Sign Up page.

New: Instructional application videos (From Updates from Common Application)

Just in time for back to school, we’re excited to launch our instructional applications videos for the 2022-2023 year, featuring members of the Common App team! Topics include a full application overview of first-year and transfer, how to approach each essay prompt, and the most popular questions we hear about the application process.

View the Playlist Their YouTube channel for more videos throughout the application season!


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What’s the real cost of college? How to save, plan, and pay by Sallie Mae

‍Wednesday, September ‍14 at ‍7pm ET | ‍6pm CT | ‍5pm MT | ‍4pm PT

Register Now

Virtual event will cover: Saving for college, How to select a college and how much it will cost, FAFSA - what, why and how, Understanding a financial aid offer, How to find and apply for scholarships and grants – FREE $$$, Education loan options, Free tools and resources to make the process easier.

What are the financial aid requirements at colleges I’m applying to?

Each school has its own financial aid requirements and deadlines. As you research different colleges to apply to, make sure to visit their Financial Aid Page. You can see if they require a separate application for institutional scholarships or have earlier deadlines to submit FAFSA/Dream Act to be considered for merit-based aid, honors programs, etc. For example, check out NYU Financial Aid Explained, a 3-minute video that guides you through the process of applying for financial aid from NYU.

Example - Washington State

  • Priority Admission: January 31st (Scholarship Deadline)

  • Priority First Time Freshman - March 31st

See the Scholarship Section for information about the process at Sequoia if a merit scholarship/program requires a nomination from Sequoia.



FAFSA Opens Oct 1st - Get Your FAFSA ID Now (Student and One Parent/Guardian)

What is an FSA ID?
It is a username and password combination that allows you to sign your FAFSA form electronically. Your FSA ID also can be used to access the myStudentAid app, sign loan contracts, and access certain information online.

Where do I go to get an FSA ID?

Get started here!


For Help creating a FAFSA ID, watch the short video clip on the College and Career How To webpage

Click on the purple buttons below for more information about FAFSA, CA Dream, and CSS Profile

California Dream Act (CADAA)


CSS Profile


Student Scholarships

Updated scholarship list for December deadlines available on the College and Career page on the school website for all grades

Are you applying to a college that requires a nomination from Sequoia for scholarships or programs?

Important Process Below:

When you are researching colleges to apply to, check to see if they have scholarships and programs that require nominations.

For example, Davidson College has the Belk Scholarships which provides 8 full-ride scholarships to students who are selected. Also, Washington University in St. Louis has the Danforth Scholars Program that awards partial and full-tuition scholarships based on merit and does not consider need as part of the award process. Both of these examples require being nominated in order to apply.

After you research your colleges, if you find a scholarship or program you want to be nominated for, complete this form three weeks prior to the nomination deadline to be considered.

QuestBridge:The National College Match

Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship. To find out more visit QuestBridge’s website. Applications due Sept 27th.

GET INVOLVED! Student Opportunities & Contests

click on the images below for opportunities to learn more and get involved virtually on and off campus!

Healthy Cities New Tutor Orientation on Zoom

September 21 or October 5, 7-7:30 PM.

Are you a new volunteer tutor? Interested in becoming a tutor but want to learn more first? Join other new tutors and learn more about HCT and our program, meet our staff and have all your questions answered!

Learn more and RSVP here.

Hackathon - No Coding Experience Required

Sept 24-25

Los Altos Hacks VI is a 24-hour in-person high school hackathon. No coding experience is required; there's a place for everyone at our hackathon! Los Altos Hacks will be 100% free, including prizes, swag, mentorship, and much more! For more information and to sign up.

Star Vista Teen Volunteer

Volunteering with StarVista is an excellent opportunity to learn more about yourself and receive valuable training while making an important contribution to your Community

For more information

StarVista has helped people throughout San Mateo County navigate life’s challenges. Our counseling, crisis prevention, youth housing, and early childhood programs help tens of thousands of people in our community each year.

Project Read- Redwood City Library Volunteer Opportunities

TRAINING - Sept 13th and Nov 8th

Project Read has some upcoming training for teens who would like to volunteer on September 13 and November 8. This is a great opportunity for SHS students to be matched with a younger student to tutor once or twice a week.

If interested contact:

Email -

Phone- 650 780-7077

For more information go to their website and scroll down to the Teen Volunteer Section.

(Flier in College and Career Center)

FREE ONLINE art classes at Foothill College

Take online art classes at Foothill College in Graphic Design, Illustration & digital image, User Experience (UI/UX) Design, Typography. Classes are free to all high school students through the dual enrollment program at Foothill College. Classes start September 26. Go to to find out more.


LaserMaxx Crew Member Part-Time Job

LaserMaxx San Carlos is looking to hire people and would love to have Sequoia High School students be a part of the team! Students aged 16 and up are encouraged to apply for part-time crew member opportunities. See here for more information. If you have any questions, you can email and/or call (650)597-3600.

Goetz Bros. Sporting Goods Customer Service Part-Time Job

Goetz Bros. Sporting Goods is looking for part-time customer service employees. Starting pay is $15.50. Hours are flexible around the student's schedule and average between 3-10 hours per week. For more information or to apply contact Brent Goetz, or 650-366-4082

Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises Food Service Positions

They have open interviews each week on Fridays and Saturday - A flier is available in the College and Career Center or go to their website for more information.

18 Years Old and Like to Play Video Games?

Get paid to test games. Test games for two weeks and get paid $1400.00

Flier in College and Career Center.

Email Justin Steele at if interested

Menlo Country Club is Looking for Servers and Bussers

BENEFITS Competitive Wages Complimentary Meals While on Duty Flexible Scheduling Hospitality Training Fun, Family-Oriented Work Environment Golf Privileges (in accordance with the club’s policies) Holiday Bonus Potential

HOW TO APPLY Please submit your current resume and a cover letter explaining your interest to James Shafer, Clubhouse Manager, at

Studio Host for San Carlos Yoga Studio

Must Be 16yrs old

Yoga Health Center in downtown San Carlos at 677 Laurel Street ia a community-based culture and are seeking a studio host that is a customer service pro with great energy to help our studio soar and provide students with a phenomenal experience.

Part time, minimum of 8-hours / wk

Salary: From $17.00 per hour

If interested, can apply by calling or texting 650-209-0703 or sending an email to

(Flier with more information in College and Career Center)

Hummingbird Music School is looking for talented high school musicians to join our team of Music Teachers!

Part-time work is available teaching private lessons (in all instruments) in-person or online and teaching group Piano Classes or group Ukulele Classes at local San Carlos Redwood City and Menlo Park elementary schools. Pay is $45/hour for private lessons and $60/hour for group classes. Please apply online at

(Flier with more information in College and Career Center)

How To Videos for students now on our website!

Students: visit the website for a number of How-To videos that Sequoia Counselors made for help with common application, scholarships and much more!

Senior Portrait Information

Attention Seniors! It's time to schedule your Senior Photo with Prestige Portraits! The studio is open through January, but appointment slots will fill fast. Use THIS LINK to schedule your session today!
REMINDERS From Previous Weekly Newsletters

Click above for a list of past newsletters links

Past Newsletters

September 4-11 Newsletter Click Here

4YR COLLEGE: - Requesting Transcripts, COMMON APPLICATION/PRIVATE COLLEGE: Application Help, CAREER: Firefighter Program, Motion Graphic Design

COLLEGE: Nomination Process

August 28- September 3 Newsletter Click Here

COMMON APPLICATION: What you can do now for LOR, CAREER: Careers in Art

August 21-27 Newsletter Click Here

CAREER: O'NET Career Resource, 4 YR GENERAL - Importance of College Visit