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Happy Holidays - December 2020


December 15th - UC Application Deadline Extended for UC Riverside, Merced, and Santa Cruz

December 15th - CSU Application Deadline Extended

December 15th - Palomar Application Workshop

January TBD - Palomar Application Workshop - sign up here

March 2nd - FAFSA Application/DREAM ACT application priority deadline (Submit as soon as you can. Don't wait until this date, many grants are first-come, first-serve.)

Counselor Zoom Office Hours

The counselors will have open Zoom Office Hours for students to drop in to ask quick questions twice a week during student lunch. Email your counselor for her schedule this week.

PUSD Teen Positive Parenting Program

We are pleased to share that the district is offering a Teen Positive Parenting Program in English and Spanish for FREE via ZOOM! This webinar series is designed for parents and will address raising responsible teenagers while improving family communication. The webinar is offered in separate English and Spanish sessions:

· FREE Teen Positive Parenting Program (English) via ZOOM

Thursdays, January 14th, January 21st, and January 28th 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

· FREE Teen Positive Parenting Program (Spanish) via ZOOM

Tuesdays, February 2nd, February 9th, and February 16th 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

If you are interested in attending, you may either register through the link provided on the flyer, or contact the Caring Connections Center to RSVP at (858) 668-4084 or email: vephraim@powayusd.com.

Tutoring Now Available

Students who need some help with their classes can sign up for after school tutoring with student volunteers on Zoom or Discord. Please visit the following link to sign up and see dates and times available:


North County Lifeline - FREE Group Parenting Classes

This resource is available through North County Lifeline for FREE Parent Education workshops offered in English and Spanish. The parenting classes are an 8-week course via a virtual setting and parents are asked for full participation. Parents that are interested need to call them directly for more specific information and the start dates for the new series. The next series is expected to start in January 2021.

Palomar and Miramar Zoom Chats

Do you have questions about Palomar and Miramar College? Our students and parents are invited to join one-on-one Zoom chats with college representatives. Click the links below for more details.

Steps to Enroll at Palomar

Sign up for 1-on-1 Palomar Outreach

Info about the Palomar Promise

Miramar u-chat M-TH 10 - 4:30PM, Fri. 10 - 1PM

Infor about the San Diego Promise

Need help with your Palomar College application?

For seniors attending Palomar College in the fall of 2021, Palomar College is offering a virtual Application Workshop in January. During this workshop, students will complete the CCCApply application, set-up passwords, activate their Palomar email, review their placement, and apply for the Palomar Promise grant program.

Cal State Apply Updates

Many California State University campuses have extended their application window past December 15th. There are still several CSU options available for Fall 2021.

  • Channel Islands – December 31, 2020
  • Chico – January 15, 2021
    • All First-time Freshman and non-impacted transfer programs
  • Dominguez Hills - January 15, 2021
  • East Bay - March 2, 2021
  • Humboldt – February 28, 2021
  • Los Angeles – January 19, 2021
    • Except for Nursing for transfer students
  • Maritime – January 15, 2021
  • Monterey Bay - January 15, 2021
  • Pomona –
    • Hospitality Management for freshman and transfers until March 1st and
    • Early Childhood Studies for transfers only until January 31st
  • Sacramento – January 8, 2021
  • San Bernardino - February 1, 2021
  • San Francisco - non-impacted programs until January 31, 2021
  • San Jose – January 8, 2021
  • San Marcos – January 31, 2021
  • Sonoma – January 15, 2021
  • Stanislaus – February 1, 2021

Application fee waivers are still available for students who qualify.

Letters of Recommendation Process

The Letters of Rec process has changed this year. You can find instructions on our website here: https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Schools/HS/PHS/Counseling/Letters-of-Recommendation/Letters-of-Recommendation-Main

ACT/SAT Test Policy for College Admissions

This document has a list of schools that have announced their ACT/SAT Test policy for college admissions for the 21-22 school year.

SAT/ACT Testing Dates 2020-21

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.

ACT Testing Amid Covid-19

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Grade-by-Grade College Planning

Freshmen - Consider taking a career assessment in Xello. Every student has a username and password. Focus on keeping up your grades and getting involved with extracurriculars. Start thinking about your career interests after high school and make sure you are taking the classes that will get you there.

Sophomores - Keep those grades up and continue exploring careers that interest you. Narrow your college search focus by finding out which colleges are best to lead toward the careers that interest you. Familiarize yourself with college entrance requirements.

Juniors - First and foremost, focus on school. Junior year can be tough academically. Take the PSAT, and decide which college or career route you plan to take when you graduate. Make a list of colleges you are interested in and focus on what they require for college entrance. Start making plans to take the SAT/ACT if the schools you are looking at still want it.

Seniors - Attend application workshops and college visits to decide on the schools you will apply to. Make a list of application deadlines for the schools you're planning to apply to so that you don't miss out. When in doubt, submit early. If you need Letters of Recommendation, request them early (at least 3 weeks before they are due). Start looking at scholarship deadlines and apply as needed. Buckle down on your classes all the way to graduation.

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Student Services Open Office Hours

Students! If you would like to stop in for a quick chat with Mrs. Struck, our Student Services Specialist, she has Open Office Hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:15. Email sstruck@powayusd.com for the Zoom ID.

Social Host this 2020 Holiday Season

With students out of school and the holiday season upon us, Poway High Student Support Services would like to remind our families of the Social Host Ordinance which applies to Poway Residents. There is a link to the actual document at the end. We all see, far too often, the negative effects of youth using alcohol and other drugs. Please contact us if you would like help for a student and have a safe and sober holiday season. Warmly, Mrs. Sharon Struck, CCPS, (858) 748-0245 ext. 5393 or email: sstruck@powayusd.com

Parents, you are the anti-drug. It may seem like students don't listen, but they do. If you’d like some assistance with having these types of conversations, contact Mrs. Struck, CADC II, CCPS, Student Services Specialist, at sstruck@powayusd.com or 858-748-0245 x5393. And be sure to check out these helpful sites for parents & caregivers.


Natural High has made talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol easier. Watch a short video by a storyteller they're interested in, and have a conversation…


The teen and young adult years are confusing, complicated and formative. Understanding what's happening socially and developmentally — and how it can intersect with substance use — is fundamental to setting the stage for healthier outcomes.

Free Suicide Prevention Webinars for Parents in English, Spanish and Hmong

These webinars are for parents sent via SDCOE that will provide information about suicide prevention, warning signs for suicide, and how to have conversations with teens about this important topic.

National Suicide Prevention Resources

Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Available 24 hours everyday


Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

Free 24/7 support at your fingertips

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FAFSA Reference Materials

The FAFSA/DREAM ACT application opens on October 1st. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Student Aid Assistance

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You can complete the 2021-22 FAFSA form using the new mobile app - myStudentAid App. Download myStudentAid app for iOS or Android. For more info, click here.

Free college! The Palomar Promise application is open!

After completing the FAFSA and CCCApply application, be sure to submit your Palomar Promise application. The Palomar Promise grant offers up to 2 years of free tuition, book assistance and so much more to first-time college students. Students must take a minimum of 12 units per semester, maintain a 2.0 GPA, and must be a California resident. There is NO income requirement, but do your homework and explore the Palomar website for more details. Signing the Palomar Promise Grant application is required in addition to the college application and FAFSA and it is a first-come, first-serve program. Funds will run out so make sure you submit your application sooner than later!

How To Apply to Palomar Promise

Still have questions? Sign up for a 1-on-1 Outreach Zoom Chat (English or Spanish)

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Employment Opportunity - Paid Student Tutors for hire

Students…If you are qualified and are interested in earning money tutoring other students, please email Ms. Jaime Brown at jbrown@powayusd.com for more information to become a student tutor. You will be required to have a teacher recommendation for each subject area you wish to tutor.

Looking for local scholarships?

Our scholarship deadline log is available in a new format! Watch this slideshow Finding Local Scholarships using Xello for more information. Regularly check Xello for local scholarship updates and websites for national and institutional scholarships.

Scholarship Resources:


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