Counselor Connection

La Canada High School

Freshman Forum

PSAT is taking place tomorrow during third period. Students should report to their designated area at the start of 3rd period. All 9th graders report to Back Bungalow on football field. What to bring: Two No.2 pencils, a scientific calculator (optional), Student ID#



LCHS will be hosting mock ACT, mock old SAT, and mock new SAT tests here on campus on November 7th. Sign ups will be from October 12th to November 4th with Mrs. Hicklin and the cost is $20. Click here for more details.



New SAT: If you missed our presentation on the new SAT given by The Princeton Review last week, here is a resource of information:

http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-changes


Math Tutoring Available: Wednesdays after school by Ms. DiFiore in Room 213. (2:45-4:00). Tutoring is open for all math levels.


Are you interested in the Universe, Galaxies, solar system, and Earth's place within all of it? Click here for information on Astronomy Institute with Mr. Traeger !


The student voice of La Cañada High School. Check out www.thelclens.com for a community perspective of the student, by the student, and for the student. Contributions and ideas are welcome and all students are encouraged to get involved and share their perspective.


Here is a list of LCHS 2015-2016 Club Offerings here on campus!


http://www.lchsspartans.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?type=d&uREC_ID=359671&pREC_ID=779845


Tip #6 for a successful beginning to High School--Advice from a counselor

  • Start thinking about college and your future plans: Even though college is down the road for you, it is good to start thinking about how the classes you choose will have an impact on your college admissions. Remember getting a D or F in the semester grades may not qualify you for a 4 year college. If you find yourself struggling in a class, seek out help from your teacher and/or counselor.

Sophomore Scene

PSAT is taking place tomorrow during third period. Students should report to their designated area at the start of 3rd period. Tenth graders with last names A-Lau report to Auditorium Foyer, and tenth graders with last names Laz-Z report to IRC. What to bring: Two No.2 pencils, a scientific calculator (optional), Student ID#


College Rep Panel - October 20th (6:30pm-8:00pm)

Are you interested in learning about the different college systems? Then mark your calendar! We'll be hosting a panel night where admissions reps from a UC, CSU, Community College, and private school will provide an informative overview on admission requirements. Admissions reps will be available for Q&A afterwards.


LCHS will be hosting mock ACT, mock old SAT, and mock new SAT tests here on campus on November 7th. Sign ups will be from October 12th to November 4th with Mrs. Hicklin and the cost is $20. Click here for more details.


New SAT: If you missed our presentation on the new SAT given by The Princeton Review last week, here is a resource of information:

http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-changes


Math Tutoring Available: Wednesdays after school by Ms. DiFiore (2:45-4:00). Room 213 starting on September 8th. Tutoring is open for all math levels


The student voice of La Cañada High School. Check out www.thelclens.com for a community perspective of the student, by the student, and for the student. Contributions and ideas are welcome and all students are encouraged to get involved and share their perspective.


Are you interested in the Universe, Galaxies, solar system, and Earth's place within all of it? Click here for information on Astronomy Institute with Mr. Traeger !


Here is a list of LCHS 2015-2016 Club Offerings here on campus!


http://www.lchsspartans.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?type=d&uREC_ID=359671&pREC_ID=779845

Junior Junction

***PRESENTATIONS***

College Rep Panel - October 20th (6:30pm-8:00pm)

Are you interested in learning about the different college systems? Then mark your calendar! We'll be hosting a panel night where admissions reps from a UC, CSU, Community College, and private school will provide an informative overview on admission requirements. Admissions reps will be available for Q&A afterwards.

New SAT: If you missed our presentation on the new SAT given by The Princeton Review, here is a resource of information:

http://www.princetonreview.com/college/sat-changes


***TESTING***

PSAT is taking place tomorrow during third period. Students should report to their designated area at the start of 3rd period. All eleventh graders with last names A-Chm report to IRC, and all eleventh graders with last names Cho-Z report to cafeteria. What to bring: Two No.2 pencils, a scientific calculator (optional), Student ID#


LCHS will be hosting mock ACT, mock old SAT, and mock new SAT tests here on campus on November 7th. Sign ups will be from October 12th to November 4th with Mrs. Hicklin and the cost is $20. Click here for more details.


SAT II Subject Test

Certain Subjects Tests are only offered once. Please plan accordingly.

The Late Registration deadline for a November test is October 27 (additional fee applies)

o November administration: French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean (need to purchase a cd player)

The registration deadline for a December test is November 5th.

o December administration: Latin

For more information on the SAT II Subject Tests, visit https://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests


***EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES***

· Continue involvement with your favorite sports/clubs or activities. Pick the ones you’re most passionate about, you don’t need to do 10 activities – you’ll burn out!

· Consider taking on leadership roles to challenge yourself

· Here is a list of LCHS 2015-2016 Club Offerings here on campus! http://www.lchsspartans.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?type=d&uREC_ID=359671&pREC_ID=779845

Astronomy Institute

Are you interested in the Universe, Galaxies, solar system, and Earth's place within all of it? Click here for information on Astronomy Institute with Mr. Traeger !

2016 Leadership Conference

Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project Applications available now! This is a great leadership program held at our state capitol from March 17th-20th. The deadline is November 17th and students will be notified beginning February 1st. The program is free for all high school juniors and seniors. Click this link for more details - http://www.apylp.net/hs-conference/

The student voice of La Cañada High School. Check out www.thelclens.com for a community perspective of the student, by the student, and for the student. Contributions and ideas are welcome and all students are encouraged to get involved and share their perspective.


***ACADEMIC SUPPORT***

Math Tutoring Available: Wednesdays after school by Ms. DiFiore (2:45-4:00). Room 213 starting on September 8th. Tutoring is open for all math levels.


***SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES***

· Sign-up on websites to earn scholarships!

o www.fastweb.com

o www.Scholarships.com

o www.ScholarshipExperts.com

o www.StudentScholarships.org

· “Voice of Democracy Program” - Speech Contest – Grand Prize $30,000 (Deadline November 1st, 2015)– https://www.vfw.org/VOD/

· “Bluetooth Breakthrough Award”- Invention Contest - $5000 - (Deadline Nov 4, 2015) -https://www.bluetooth.org/en-us/news-events/bluetooth-breakthrough-awards

Senior Stop

APYLP Leadership Conference (open to Asian Pacific youth in grades 11 and 12)

“APYLP offers leadership conferences for Asian Pacific youth in the state of California interested in developing their leadership potential and pursuing active community and public service.

APYLP was established in 1990 to build new foundations for Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth to become involved in community and public service in California. A memo from Tom Torlakson (State Superintendent of Public Education) states that the program is especially looking for Asian Pacific Islander students who have leadership potential but who have trouble achieving this potential due to economic, cultural, language, or other barriers. 50 students from across the state will be selected. The APYLP will pay for all conference expenses for selected students.”

Conference Dates: March 17-20, 2016

Location: Sacramento, CA

Deadline: November 17, 2015

Applications will be available soon by visiting the website: http://www.apylp.net/


LCHS students are invited to the Lyles College of Engineering at Fresno State Open House on November 13 (Friday) and November 14 (Saturday). Please click the link below for the event flyer.
http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs//outreach/documents/LCOE%20Open%20House%202015.pdf


Naviance Feature Highlight: Counselor Meeting Checklist

· Students needing counselor letters of rec and/or transcripts, should use the “Counselor Meeting Checklist” as their guide for the final college meeting they have with their counselor. This is the meeting in which your counselor will be activating your FINAL list of schools, which allows the teacher and counselor to send supporting documents to colleges on your behalf (transcripts, letters of rec., school profile and counselor reports). This is also the time when students will be paying for transcripts. Students can find the checklist by following these steps:

o Log into Family Connection. http://connection.naviance.com/lchsca

o Read the “Welcome Message”

o Click on “Document Library” on the top right hand side of the homepage

o Open the “College Forms” folder and print the “counselor meeting checklist” as well as the instruction sheets and transcript request form. The checklist should be complete PRIOR to your final college counseling meeting, and you will bring the checklist and all corresponding documents with you to your meeting.

o Any time you need to update your final college list AFTER your official meeting, you must make an individual follow-up appointment with your counselor.

o Meetings for requesting letters of rec. from the counselor must take place by Nov. 6.


College Application Resources

· Common Application YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CommonAppMedia

· Presenting yourself on the UC App: UC APP HELP

· The CSU Application: CSU APP PPP


Performing Arts College Fair: Oct. 24, 2015

Location: University of California, Los Angeles

Ackerman Union, Grand Ballroom

308 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90024

310/206-0832

Fair Hours:

Saturday, October 24, 2015

1:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/PVA-College-Fairs/Pages/Los-Angeles.aspx


Career Information

The nation’s most comprehensive Career “Warehouse” can be found in the “Occupational Outlook Handbook.”

This resource contains information on every job imaginable, including what type of salary you can expect to make, what type of education is required and what the job prospects look like for each specific job: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm

There are also quizzes and fun activities to help you explore the website: http://www.bls.gov/k12/


Resource Highlight: Collegewise Blog

Collegewise recently posted a blog entry urging students to stop shopping for schools by name and instead focus on fit. Colleges can see the passion you have for wanting to attend their school, so it doesn’t help your chances of attending said school when you apply “just because.” Colleges want to find fit within their students in the same way you want to find fit within the colleges. Read more on the Collegewise blog:

http://wiselikeus.com/collegewise/2015/10/does-attending-an-ivy-league-school-really-matter.html


Resource Highlight: SafeSmartSocial

“At SafeSmartSocial, we are hosting a FREE College Prep Social Media Webinar on Oct. 13th and 27th that your students, colleagues and parents will find very valuable. Regardless of their student's age, this free event will open their eyes and show them the positive side of social media.”

Here are the event details:

Event link to share: https://medialeaders.leadpages.co/college-prep-social-media-webinar/

What: 60-minute training to learn the best practices that will build a positive online image (and how to motivate your kids to be smart online).

Who: Parents, educators and students

Where: Online training webinar at SafeSmartSocial.com

When: October 13th or 27th at 5PM PT (8PM ET)

How: Use your phone or a computer to join in

Why: This event will help parents to go from confused about social media, to comfortable in 60-minutes. You will find out what networks are safe and how colleges will search for your kids online. You’ll be ahead of the pack and know how to talk with your kids (and their friends) about their online reputation.


STEP College Advisory Workshops

· STEP College Advisory Workshops for the remainder of October will focus on College Application Support.

· Sign up on Naviance and come to the IRC ready to work on your applications. You may also come as a walk-in.

· Counselors will be available to answer any questions you have or you may simply work independently.

· If you are planning to attend a STEP College Advisory workshop, please notify your STEP teacher to inform them of your absence.


Important Dates:

· College visits: ongoing (see calendar below).

· The deadline for requesting a meeting for the counselor letter of recommendation is November 6. Sign-up for your appt. in the front office. For quick questions, please continue to either sign-up on the clipboards, do a walk-in at break or lunch, or join us during STEP through the end of October.

· Early Action/Early Decision due dates are just around the corner; check Naviance for dates. Most are Nov. 1-15, but it can be earlier in some cases. It is your responsibility to know your deadlines!

· UC Application Submission: 11/1-11/30

· CSU Applications: 10/1-11/30

· USC Scholarship Deadline: 12/1 NOTE: Other schools may have separate scholarship deadlines as well; be sure to check your deadlines!

· SAT and ACT testing must be completed by December for college admissions:

www.collegeboard.org www.actstudent.org

Scores should be sent directly to the colleges from the ACT or SAT websites. Remember: colleges will review your scores and select the highest, therefore you need not stress about which scores to send.

· College Rep Panel Night (to discuss the various systems): 10/20/15 6:30 p.m.

· Financial Aid Information Night #1: 11/17/2015 6:30 p.m.


Campus Explorer: As they become available, new events will be added to the top of the Campus Explorer Document (open houses, campus events, etc…). This list is not all inclusive, but it is a good starting point to get you thinking about visiting campuses. Click here to view our Campus Explorer .


Special Notes from Teachers:

· Senior yearbook ads are available. Click here for details. Deadline is December 15, 2015

· Are you interested in the Universe, Galaxies, solar system, and Earth's place within all of it? Click here for information on Astronomy Institute with Mr. Traeger !

Counseling Corner Resources

  • LCHS Parent Workshop on Bully Prevention: This Thursday, October 15th @ 7:00 in the cafeteria! As part of LCHS 7/8 character development week, STAND UP 7/8, community speakers and educators will provide the latest research on bullying, strategies for preventing bullying, and how to support your child during their high school years. All LCUSD families encouraged to attend. Click here for more information.


  • Is your high school student active on social media?
    Join this 60 minute webinar to learn social media techniques which open up college admissions opportunities. Click here for webinar information