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Junior English, Senior CCR, and All Things Middle College

Middle College Update 3/16/15

Hello, Families--good things to know below!

This is our last week before spring break. When we get back there's still lots of time before school ends, but it always seems to go by pretty quickly.

Dean's List

We love celebrating our Dean's List Superstars and acknowledging their academic achievement at the college! On Wednesday, after our final Career Day speaker, President Buckley and Vice President Richards will recognize some of our students for earning a GPA of 3.30 or higher in 12 accumulated college credits. Check our Facebook page Wednesday afternoon for photos of this semester's recipients.

Progress Reports

Chris has sent these out to the professors; we are passing on the feedback as it is received to both students and parents.

Career Day

Our last Career Day is this Wednesday during our advisory period (12:30-1:30). Special thanks to Alison for organizing this series for all our students.

Also, on the same day, the college is holding Majors 2 Careers in the Grove. This event will allow students to meet with instructional and counseling staff members to find out about majors and what career paths those majors may lead to.


We strongly encourage all juniors to prepare for college admissions by taking required entrance tests at the end of their junior year. There will be three opportunities to take these tests in the fall of senior year, as well.

Register online using the home school ID (Carlmont 050270, M-A 050170, Sequoia 052605, Woodside 053808).

Fee waivers are available at the home high school in the College and Career Center -- these not only waive the fees for the tests, but will also waive application fees for UC and CSU next year, so it is worth it to ask if you may qualify!

Be sure to remember SAT/ACT account login information, as it will be needed during the college application process.

Wondering which to take? The difference between the ACT and SAT and ACT vs SAT

We suggest the June test dates, as they fall after spring finals and before the summer session starts.


· To test on June 13th, registration deadline is May 8, 2015


· To test on May 2nd, registration deadline is April 6, 2015

There are practice tests in the CCR view folder; also check out Khan Academy SAT prep.


Hit the road! Spring Break is a great time to check out colleges to which you've been admitted. Use this checklist to help plan a visit. Parents, check out these resources for helping your senior choose a college.

Most of the CSU campuses have Preview Days in April, as do the UCs.

Spring dates

Mar 22-28 -- Spring Break

May 25 -- Memorial Day

May 26-June 1 -- FINALS

May 28 -- End of the year recognition celebration!

UC Preview Days

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Course Updates


  • English III: Students are trying their hand at creative writing and finished reading The Catcher in the Rye and are soon moving onto The Things They Carried, a novel concerning the Vietnam War.
  • US History: Students are finishing up their study of the Roaring 20's and moving on to the 30's.
  • CCR 1: Students should be wrapping up their college research and scheduling a time to share their findings with parents. They should have a total of 11 colleges or universities that they've looked at online; they will be organizing these into reach, safety, and target categories, and then discussing options with parents.


  • English IV: 1984 is what they are reading now (don't worry - we'll read something besides dystopias after spring break).
  • Government: Students are finishing up their study of free speech and moving on to political parties
  • CCR 2: Students are continuing their work on a period-long senior presentation for their class, and a contributing project of their choice, such as creating the MC yearbook, planning graduation, designing new MC marketing materials, or creating a senior class video.

Parent Education Series

“Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admission Mania” with Frank Bruni, New York Times Columnist and Bestselling Author

Q & A Moderated by Alice Kleeman, M-A College Adviser

Monday, April 6, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)


Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a stressful and occasionally devastating rite of passage, preceded by test prep, tutors, all kinds of rankings and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say "yes" and which say "no."

That belief is wrong. And in Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new outlook on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.

Frank Bruni has been an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times since June 2011, focusing on a range of subjects including higher education.

School Loop

All MC teachers are posting assignments for our classes— simply click on the calendars for the different courses and you can monitor what we are doing each day.

If students are absent, they should check the calendar to see what they missed.

To register for a parent account:

1) Go to

2) Choose SUHSD Cañada Middle College on left side.

3) Click on Register Now.