October 2021


October 1: Deadline to Request Letter of Rec needed by November 1

October 1: AP Exam Registration Open

October 1: PC Applications Open

October 1: FAFSA & DREAM ACT Application Open

October 5: Community College 101, 3PM, Zoom Sign Up!

October 7: CSU 101, 3PM, Zoom Sign Up!

October 16: PSAT

October 20: PUSD College and Career (Virtual) Showcase, 6PM

October 21: Trade Day for Construction at lunch. Come see our Tiny House!

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College Applications and Financial Aid

Now is a great time to get more familiar with colleges and universities across the country. At PHS we offer many opportunities for students to speak with College Admissions Reps. All grade levels are encouraged to attend these zoom meetings. Students can access College visits through their counseling canvas page, or on the PHS website through the bulletin. October is also the time for Seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All Seniors are encouraged to complete this application to determine what grants or loans they can qualify for. The FAFSA application opened October 1st, so start your application today! Seniors can also contact colleges Financial Aid department directly to see if they have scholarships or other aid available for students.

Virtual College Visits

With the recent COVID restriction changes, college visits fall 2021 will be virtual during break, lunch, and after school on Mondays. We are trying to reduce the number of visitors involving external organizations on our campus. College Admission Reps are looking forward to connecting with your students online. Have students bring their electronic devices with them on college visit days. Students can stream the presentations in the Titan Center Room K-16 or Library Room L13.

Senior Workshops

Our Community College 101 and CSU 101 workshops are Tuesday Oct. 5th and Thursday Oct 7th at 3PM via Zoom. Sign up here to join. Recordings of Common App 101 and UC 101 App are available on the PHS website under Counseling/Titan Center College and Career College/Workshop Presentations or click here to view now. We hope to see you online for our last two college application workshops this fall.
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The PSAT is on Saturday, October 16th. Registration is now closed. Students taking the exam will need to bring two #2 pencils, a College Board approved calculator, and a valid ID.

AP Exams

Registration for some AP Exams is NOW OPEN. If you are planning to take an AP exam and want to avoid late fees, be sure to visit our AP Class Information newsletter.

Tutoring Options

Learning Lab in the Library

Free tutoring is available after school in the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm. The tutors are PHS students in Peer Counseling and NHS. For more information, see their flyer here.

Paid Student Tutors

We also maintain a list of students who are approved by PHS Teachers to tutor students. Please contact Jaime Brown in the Titan Center for the list.

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PUSD 2021 College & Career Virtual Showcase

We are excited to announce the 2021 College & Career Virtual Showcase will be held Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 6pm to 9pm.

High school students and families can attend a variety of live presentations that will cover topics such as financial aid, navigating the college search process, the benefits of apprenticeships, discovering community college pathways, taking career and strength assessments, STEM and Engineering majors, Careers in the Arts, and more.

Also, be sure to check out the Upcoming Events & Workshops newsletter for detailed information on other events happening this month.

Build a Tiny House

Get hands on construction experience! Open to all PHS students. No experience required. Potential to earn 2.5 credits. Poway High CTE is offering a 5.5 class to continue building a Tiny House. Complete this form to be considered for our after school Construction Technology (5.5) course held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Poway High from November 29th-March 4th (2nd trimester).


We are merging our Instagram accounts, so now you will find all the PHS Counseling news and updates at @counseling_phs. Follow us to keep up with our events, weekly Wednesday Wisdom posts, tips and tricks on getting the most of of your education, and staying healthy.

Counselor Contact Information

The counselors have open office hours for students at Break, Lunch, and After School. Parents can schedule appointments with their student's counselor by emailing them.


A - Em: Christy Brown

En - Lea: Jerrah Smith

Leb - Ra: Blanca Arreguin

Rb - Z: Jerilyn Padua-Reyes

Intervention/CTE: Karly Wardwell

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Scholarship Deadline Log

Check back for updates

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SAT/ACT Test Policy for College Admissions Fall 2022

You may be asking, with so many changes, what should I do about the SAT/ACT?

The UC system will not be requiring SAT/ACT scores up until Fall 2024. Students can still submit scores for placement purposes (English and math), however the scores will not be used when considered for admissions.

The CSU system has stated they will not require SAT/ACT for Fall 2021, but has not said anything further for future classes. They also will use SAT scores for math and English placement but will not be using them for admission purposes.

Many, but not all, private schools have stated they will not require SAT/ACT. FairTest.org provides an updated list of 1,400+ four year colleges not requiring ACT/SAT scores. Collegelifetoday.com provides a list of test optional colleges. Here's an article by CollegeWise with helpful information to help you with this decision.

Whether you decide to submit your scores or not, the decision is completely up to you. If you did really well, and feel your scores will help your application, then you should submit them. If you are not happy with your test scores or if you were unable to take the exams, then many colleges will accept you without scores, and you do not have to submit them. Remember that your college apps are where you want to put your best foot forward!

SAT/ACT Testing Dates 2021-22

Please note if a test center decides to close, students will receive direct notification from the College Board. Check directly with the test center.

Juniors! If you plan to take the ACT or SAT this school year, please pay close attention to the dates to avoid late fees or missing the test entirely. You can register for the SAT at the College Board website here. You can register for the ACT at the ACT website here.

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A Message from Mrs. Struck

Mrs. Struck, our Student Services Specialist is here to listen to students and answer questions in a safe atmosphere of acceptance, non-judgment, and confidentiality concerning the challenges students are facing. Come on into the Counseling Building, K, contact Mrs. Struck at sstruck@powayusd.com, or leave a message at 858-748-0245 x5394.

Teen Guide to Mental Health and Wellness

Check Your Mood Day, Oct 7th

Check Your Mood Day is Thursday Oct 7th during lunch, in conjunction with National Depression Screening Day! The purpose of this annual event is to engage and encourage Titans to monitor and assess their emotional well-being. Getting screened for depression is an important part of healthcare checkups! Look for instructions on the message boards and visit one of the green tables to:

  • Pick up a FREE and anonymous Check Your Mood screening form (screening, not clinical diagnosis)

  • Get information on mental health resources available in San Diego

Staffed by our amazing Peer Counselors

Sponsored by Mrs. Struck & PUSD Student Support Services

Save the Date

Watch for the activities following the theme:

“Drug Free Looks Like Me”

during lunch each day October 26th - 29th, 2021

Reporting Suspicious Behavior

Public safety is everyone's responsibility. If you see suspicious activity, report it to law enforcement or contact 911.

Counseling Newsletter Feedback Survey

What would you like to see in the Counseling newsletter? Please feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions here so that we can provide you with the information you need to feel connected to the Titan Community. We value your input!