Westview Counseling

March 2016

The Course Selection Process

It is that time of year again, when students begin thinking about their courses for next year. Counselors and administrators have been in classrooms all this week providing students with the information and resources they need to select a challenging and balanced schedule for next year. Please encourage your students to look beyond just next year and create a 4-year plan that takes into consideration their passions, interests, and possible career goals to help prepare them for more than just the grades they earn. A link to all course selection materials on our website can be found below. Here are some important dates for you to be aware of:

Classroom Presentations - February 29th - March 4th (throughout the school day)

Elective Fair - March 10th (during lunch)

Course Request Window Opens - March 16th (on Synergy)

9th - 11th Grade Parent Open House - March 16th from 2:00 - 6:00 pm (Staff Lounge)

9th - 11th Grade Parent Open House - March 17th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Staff Lounge)

Course Request Window Closes - April 1st @ 4:00 pm (on Synergy)

Course Request Materials

Information for current 9th - 11th grade students

Finding Balance

It is important for all of us to cultivate a healthy life balance. Establishing a balance in life can help all people find success and happiness. Ensuring that all aspects of oneself are satisfied help in fostering this balance. This is especially important as students select courses for next year and consider what their lives will look like with academics, athletics, extracurricular involvements, and social/familial commitments. We know that the most successful and fulfilled students are the ones who get 8+ hours of sleep a night, spend social time with friends and families, and are engaged in the classes they take and activities they are involved in. We encourage students to plan what their typical week would look like as they select classes for next year.

Knowing firsthand the stress high school students face, Jimmy Thai, A Westview parent, developed a wonderful resource for our students to help them visualize and manage their schedule, based on their potential courses next year. Over the last 3 terms, Westview students have been surveyed on the amount of time they spend outside of class for each of their courses. This data helps students understand what to expect in regards to their schedule and time commitments.Check out this online tool by clicking HERE and creating an account!

Junior Presentation

If you were unable to attend our Junior Parent Night on February 9th or the Junior Meeting on February 10th, you can view the presentation here. If you have questions please contact your counselor.

New SAT Interactive Webinar

Free webinars for the New SAT. Going over strategies and content for the exam to help your students.

Here are the links to register.

SAT Bootcamp Day 1:Writing & Language, Reading
Tuesday, March 1st, 4pm PST / 7pm EST


SAT Bootcamp Day 2:Essay, Math
Wednesday, March 2nd, 4pm PST / 7pm EST


SAT Bootcamp Day 1:Writing & Language, Reading
Thursday, March 3rd, 4pm PST / 7pm EST


SAT Bootcamp Day 2:Essay, Math

Friday, March 4th, 4pm PST / 7pm EST


Senior Information

UC FAQ: Will grades below "C" earned this academic year and/or dropped courses affect my chances for admission?

We often get the questions "If I get a grade below a C..." or "If I drop a class this academic year...will that affect chances for admission?" In general terms, these are difficult questions to answer because the admission decision depends on a number of factors and is not based on one piece of information alone. While we cannot provide answers for the student during the review process, it is very important that students inform us of grades below a C and class schedule changes immediately. more on updating UC
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Upcoming Scholarships

The following are just a few of the many scholarship opportunities that can be found on the Family Connections site, once you login.

Special note: Westview does not necessarily endorse the program described on this page. The information provided serves merely as a resource for students and families.

National Association of Women in Construction

Due: March 10th. Seniors pursuing any college degree, has a parent in the San Diego construction industry or a female student pursuing a college degree in a construction related profession (Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management)

Sunflower Scholarship: Chelsea's Light Foundation

Due: March 11th. This scholarship is an opportunity for academically successful students who are passionate about inspiriting positive change in their communities.

Change a Life Foundation

Due March 16th. Open to current seniors.

Ronald McDonald House Charities-HACER

Due March 18th. Open to graduating seniors; one parent must be of Latino/Hispanic heritage; eligible and planning to enroll at an institution of higher education at a 2 year or 4 year college/university or vocational/technical school. Min 2.7 GPA.

Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council Youth Community Service Award

Each year the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council recognizes one outstanding student

from each of our PQ schools for their community service efforts throughout the past

year with a Youth Community Service Award. At the high school level, we recognize

these students with a $500 cash scholarship.

The deadline for applications is Friday March 18th. Please email your application (below) and any questions to education.rptc@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest.


Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council

Youth Community Service Award

2016 Scholarship Application

Please include the following information in your scholarship application email:

1. Name

2. School

3. Home Address

4. Email & Phone

5. Reference Name & Phone: Please provide this information for at least one

adult who can comment knowledgably about your service contributions.

6. Applicants may include the following optional items: resume, newspaper

articles, evidence of community service, letter(s) of recommendation.

7. Essay (suggested length 500 words or fewer): Please describe your community

service efforts performed during the last 12 months and how they have

contributed to a better Rancho Peñasquitos community.

Cal Coast Cares Foundation Scholarship Program

Due March 31st. Must be a member of Cal Coast Credit Union and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Upcoming Events

Westview PTSA Grad Nite 2016 Fundraisers

Help support Grad Nite 2016 by eating, drinking, and playing trivia! Trivia Nite is this Friday, March 4th from 6:00 - 9:30 pm. 21 and older only, great date night! Koi Zen Cellars Urban Winery is partnering with Grad Nite 2016 to raise funds!

Computer, Technology and Engineering

Wednesday, March 16th, 6-8pm

11520 West Bernardo Court

San Diego, CA

At Solutions’ career night you can meet professionals in these dynamic fields. This year we will have some amazing careers and companies represented: software engineering - Qualcomm; cyber security and aerospace engineering - Northrop Grumman; 3d animation and motion graphics - PixelPlex; audio and sound engineering - Image Sound; mechanical engineering - LifeProof and Combustion Parts Inc., and more.

Click HERE for more information and to register.

Call 858-750-5729 if you have any questions.

Hosted by Solutions: Exploring Success Post High School

Financial Aid Presentation

Tuesday, April 19th, 6pm

13500 Camino Del Sur

San Diego, CA

This presentation is open to current 9th - 11th grade families who are interested in financial aid options and best ways to prepare for financing your student's higher education. Whether their plan includes state, private, out-of-state, or community colleges, this information is relevant to you. Presentation will be held in Westview's Theater. Presented by the HEFAR Group.

Westview High School Counseling

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