GUNN COUNSELING NEWSLETTER

12TH GRADE - WINTER

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WELCOME TO 2ND SEMESTER

Graduation is a little less than 5 months away, and the counseling department is here to help you make this final semester of high school as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your counselor with any questions, concerns, or exciting news to share!

ACADEMIC STANDING

Counselors are currently reviewing first semester transcripts and the graduation status of each senior. If we discover any credit deficiencies that may affect graduation status, we will notify you. As a reminder, while a grade of a "D" in a class satisfies high school graduation requirements, most colleges require a grade of "C" or better for college entrance requirements.


If you are unsure of your graduation status, or would like to review your schedule in light of your college goals, please contact your counselor.

Counselors will begin uploading Midyear Transcripts to all colleges the week of January 20th

CAMPUS RESOURCES

  • The Wellness Center is a great place to access counseling services or take a few minutes to reflect and catch your breath
  • Visit with your teachers during FLEX

  • Peer Tutoring is available through The Academic Center

  • Some departments offer afternoon tutoring - ask your teachers about this!

USA GAP YEAR FAIR

Saturday, Jan. 25th, 6-8:30pm

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The USA Gap Year Fairs is a national circuit of events that bring together reputable gap year program providers, interested students, and parents, high school college counselors, and the gap year experts. These events are designed to provide students with a broad exposure of gap year and summer opportunities programs and the opportunity for face to face conversations with the people who work in the field.

FINANCIAL AID PRESENTATION

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 7-8:30pm

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Concerned about how to pay for college? Carl Gotbrecth, Stanford's Assistant Director of Student Awards, will be presenting on the many ways to make college more affordable.

COLLEGE & NAVIANCE UPDATES

COLLEGE LIST

All seniors should continue to keep their “Colleges I’m Applying To” list accurate and up-to-date. Please notify your counselor and teachers writing recommendation letters if you add any schools to your list. In addition, please delete any schools from your list that you choose not to apply to.


FINANCIAL AID

Be sure to complete the FAFSA and the CSS profile as applicable if you intend to pursue any financial aid or merit awards from colleges. The FAFSA deadline is March 2, 2020.


SCHOLARSHIPS

  • For need-based and/or merit-based scholarship information, please visit the College and Career Center.

  • Notify Mr. Lang if you would like to be alerted to special scholarship opportunities. He is also available to help you through the scholarship application process.

  • Naviance Student is an excellent resource for finding scholarship opportunities. A scholarship listing is compiled and updated weekly in Naviance Student under Colleges>Scholarships and Money.


EMAILS

Seniors, please continue to check emails and college portals regularly for important information and updates.

SPRING CLUB FAIR

The Spring Club Fair will be taking place on January 31st at lunch in the quad. There are over 100 active clubs to participate in on campus! Clubs can be a great way to try something new, continue pursuit of your interests, and make/build friendships.

EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP?

Please reach out to your student's counselor to learn about financial assistance opportunities we offer on campus to help students access Gunn school items and be able to participate in student activities.

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