Senior College & Career Newsletter

Week of August 28- September 3, 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:


Ms Yeager:

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

College Visits at Sequoia Start This Week! (see below)

College Club starts Tuesday Sept 6th at 4pm.

Students Applying to Four-Year Colleges?

Are you confused or do you have a lot of questions about the process for submitting your letters of recommendation and/or just about general requirements and procedures at Sequoia for submitting your applications and school documents???

PLEASE ATTEND the Grade Level Meeting on Zoom, Tuesday, August 30 for students and families More information below.

Important Dates/Deadlines & Upcoming Events

Scroll through for more detailed information!

Important Dates and Deadlines


Aug 30 - Senior Grade Level IB/4 Year College Meeting

Aug 30 - First College Visit at Sequoia!

Sept 6th- Common App/Common Mistakes Workshops begin.

Oct 20 - Senior Financial Aid Evening

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

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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.

Senior Annual Grade Level IB/4 Year College Bound Meeting

August 30th - 6-730 PM

The annual Four-Year College/IB meeting for students and parents/guardians is specifically focused on senior year application and IB process at Sequoia. Ms. McCahon (IB Coordinator) will go over the requirements, deadlines and procedures for the IB Program and IB Diploma.

Ms. Ignaitis/Ms. Yeager (College/Career Advisors) will present information about applying to Four Year Colleges including UC,CSU, Common Application, Out of State Public Colleges, and Coalition. Some of the other topics include:

- How to Officially Request Transcripts if Needed

- Early Action/Early Decision

- Letters of Recommendation that are specific to Sequoia.


  • On Zoom from 6pm -730pm in English

  • Presented separately for Spanish speaking parents/guardians at 7:00pm

  • Recorded and posted on the SHS College and Career website

  • Links will be available on the SHS Calendar and in the Weekly Newsletter

Zoom links are below and on the Sequoia Homepage Calendar.

English Presentation Zoom Link

Spanish Zoom Link

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!

College Visits and Beyond and How to Sign Up for a College Visit at Sequoia Signing Up for a College Visit at Sequoia High – READ CAREFULLY

It is a good practice to look at the list of schools visiting Sequoia (or the area) on a regular basis.

  • If you want to attend you must follow all the procedures in a timely manner in order to leave class and listen to a thirty-minute presentation in Room 115.
  • Students need to sign up at least ONE SCHOOL DAY (ends at 3:45) before the visit.
  • There is a deadline on Naviance to avoid students leaving class at the last minute out of respect for the teacher.
  • Students who attend should be prepared for the visit.
  • If you do not have a class during the visit time, register on Naviance, and let us know when you enter the room
  • Colleges visits are updated on Naviance. If there is a college you want to speak to, email and we will try to schedule a visit.

Below are the steps you must follow to attend the visiting college meetings at Sequoia High School:

STEP 1: In your Naviance account, go to the “College” tab on the top bar, click on “College Visits”, to get the complete list OR under “What’s New” on your homepage, select a college you want to visit and click on “Register Now" and it will change to "Registered".

STEP 2: Ask your teacher, of the class you will be missing, permission to leave their class during the time listed on Naviance. IF OK, go to Step 3.


*STEP 4: Have your teacher SIGN THE Confirmation Page or a your pass BEFORE YOU LEAVE CLASS. If you do not a have a signed pass, you will not be admitted.

*You can also show it to your teacher on your phone and have a teacher sign a piece of scratch paper if easier


  • If you are not on the list, you will not be admitted EVEN THOUGH your teacher signed a pass.
  • If you know you might have printer problems, print the pass in the College and Career Center at lunch the day before the visit.
  • The College and /Career Center does not excuse students from a class, only your teacher can allow you to visit

How To Video - Sign Up for a College Visit at Sequoia

Counselors in 12th Grade Social Studies Classes

Counselors will be visiting IB History Year 2 & Government classes on August 31st and September 1st to review post-secondary options. Please try not to miss class!

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)

Washington State University

Tue Aug 30, 8:30 AM

University of Utah

Tue Aug 30, 11:30 AM

Boston University

Fri Sept 2, 10:00 AM

Whitman College

Fri Sept 9, 8:30 AM

Lehigh University

Fri Sept 9, 2022, 11:00 AM

University of British Columbia

Tue Sept 13, 8:00 AM

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus

Tue Sept 13, 2:00 PM

Binghamton University

Wed Sept 14, 7:30 AM

Loyola Marymount University

Wed Sept 14, 8:00 AM

The American University of Paris

Wed Sept 14, 8:30 AM

American University

Wed Sept 14, 9:30 AM

Sarah Lawrence College

Wed Sept 14, 10:00 AM

University of Colorado Boulder

Wed Sept 14, 11:15 AM

Willamette University

Fri Sept 16, 8:00 AM

Merrimack College

Fri Sept 16, 8:30 AM


“8 of the Best Colleges” Small Liberal Arts Colleges

Sept 12th or 13th

Learn about 8 Highly Selective Liberal Arts Colleges at one event.

Claremont McKenna, Colorado College, Connecticut, Grinnell, Haverford, Kenyon, Macalester, and Sarah Lawrence College will be hosting an informational meeting for students and parents.

To register and for more information.

A great opportunity to learn about small liberal arts colleges!


Do I Need a School Report/Letter of Recommendation (SR/LOR) Form? Depends

It is the student’s responsibility to do the research and find out the APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for each college he/she is thinking of applying to this fall. Counselors and Ignaitis/Yeager do not know all the due dates and requirements for each school. If you asked us, we would most likely have to go to the college/university’s website.

Some Guidelines to Help:

If it is a Common App College exclusive school, yes

If it is a California Public College, no

If it is a Coalition College that needs a school report (SR) and LORs, yes

If it is a Private College with its own application that needs a school report (SR) AND letters of recommendation (LOR), yes

NON Common Application Out of State Public Colleges VARY- have to read requirements

Sometimes the school asks for LORs that do not go through Naviance (teachers will be sent a link) if this is the case, no.

The tricky ones are public colleges that have their own online application and are on the Common App AND do not require a school report (LORs are optional). IF these are the only schools you would list on your SR/LOR Form, then it is less work to not use the Common App. Notables: Univ of Oregon, Oregon State, Univ of AZ, and AZ State

If after reading the requirements on the college’s website and looking at the information on Naviance (submission status), you still need help deciding if you need to use this form, come in and see Ms. Ignaitis or Ms. Yeager.

Specific Four Year College Information By Type


The CSU Application YOU NEED AS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL will not be available until October 1st

As a first time freshman, you will need to choose Fall of 2023

If you apply now using Spring of 2023, your application will not be considered.


The UC application for fall 2023 opened August 1. UC encourages students to spend ample time on their application, developing each section to reflect the accomplishments, challenges, opportunities and talents of each student within their own family, school and community context. In addition, the University of California has changed the application filing period. The new filing period will be October 1–November 30. Note: the deadline has not changed.

The UC application provides built-in help and support throughout each section of the application. Applicants can view answers to their commonly asked questions on each page of the application by clicking ‘Help’ on the top navigation bar or by clicking on the blue ‘i’ icons seen throughout the application. Students needing further assistance can contact the UC Application Center via phone or email. The center is available Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (Pacific Time).


Letter of Recommendation Information - What Can You Do Right Now!

At this point, if you know you need a LOR, there are a few important things you can do.

1. Make sure you understand any specific LOR requirements for each college on your list (how many and do they have grade level or subject area requirements?)

2. Ask your teacher in person if possible or in an email.

3. If a teacher agrees, you can complete the Teacher LOR Survey on Naviance (it is a good practice to write your responses on a Google doc and transfer the information)

More specific information about officially requesting teachers on Naviance will be explained at the meeting on August 30th.


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Careers for Art Majors: Four jobs people are doing with their degrees

Art Therapy – Work with children and adults with disabilities and/or have gone through a traumatic experience. “Art therapy is a way for people to express emotions when they don’t have the word”

EDUCATION: Master of Science, Major – Art Therapy

Graphic Designer – Companies either hirer their own or contract one to design everything from websites to emails

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

Exhibit Designer – Designing and maintaining exhibits. Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured goods for everyday use.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Industrial Design

Video Game Art Director – Work with game writers and designer to create 2D and 3D visual concepts

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration and Graphic Design

Resource Profiles for all Careers

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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.

Why do I need one, if I haven’t started the FAFSA Application?
Getting it ahead of time and using it to begin your FAFSA form on or on the myStudentAid mobile app cuts down on errors and delays.

Does my parent(s)/Guardian(s) need to get one too?
If you’re a dependent student, one of your parents whose information is reported on the FAFSA form will also need an FSA ID so that he or she can sign your application electronically. (It is ok if your parents/guardians do not have SSN)

Where do I go to get an FSA ID?
Get started here!

FAFSA opens Oct 1 but it is quicker to complete if you have a FAFSA ID before you start.

The most important step is that you physically have your Social Security Card with you to make sure create your FAFSA with the exact name and number on your card!


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

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!

Project Read- Redwood City Library Volunteer Opportunities

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)

Youth Advisory Board: Teen Resource Center

This is a student run club focusing on issues that directly impact students at Sequoia. We conduct a school survey to identify issues and topics that are directly impacting the students, then work towards making changes. We meet Thursdays after school. Apply to be part of the Youth Advisory Board by going to this link.

Wellness Peer Advocates: Teen Resource Center

This is a student run club focusing on topics around healthy relationships, boundaries, mental health, conflict resolution skills and more. We focus on the wellbeing of students as a whole- physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We meet Tuesdays after school. Join us in bringing awareness to Sequoia High School! To apply go to this link.

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.


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!
REMINDERS From Previous Weekly Newsletters

Click above for a list of past newsletters links

Past Newsletters

August 21-27 Newsletter Click Here

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