Poway High Counseling

Fall, Volume 2, Issue 1

Welcome Back, Titans!

Back to School


The school year is upon us and we are busy preparing in the office. We're excited to meet all the new students and get caught up with our returning students. We begin our first Trimester on August 23rd.

Back to School Night - September 5th

Plan to be here September 5th from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. There will be presentations by the Counselors included in the festivities!

Dates to Keep in Mind

  • 8/23 - First Day of School
  • 9/5 - Back to School Night
  • 9/26 - Financial Aid Night at the PCPA, 6PM
  • 10/1 - The FAFSA application process for the 2017-18 school year opens
  • 10/6 - Letter of Recommendation Request Deadline for November 1st
  • 10/11 - PSAT at PHS
  • 10/18 - PUSD College Fair at Rancho Bernardo High School, 6PM
  • 11/17 - Letter of Recommendation Request Deadline for January 1st
  • 11/30 - Last day to submit UC and CSU Applications
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Counseling News

Counseling Staff Changes

You may notice some changes in the Counseling Office. Over the summer, our Counselor for Es-La, Miss McGeorge, became Mrs. Smith! And, our Registrar, Ms. Rowe has taken a job at the District Office! Our new Registrar Ms. Bourget will be starting soon. Transcripts are available through Parchment.

Senior Class Presentations

Counselors will be visiting classrooms mid September to give information about the college application process.

Letter of Recommendation Requests

If you need a Letter of Recommendation, please see the Letter of Recommendation process on the Academic Section of the PHS Website here. Letters needed by November 1st, must be requested by Friday October 6th. Letters needed by January 1st must be requested by Friday, November 17th.

Social Media

The Counseling Office is on Twitter! Follow along as we tweet the latest news, advice, events, and scholarship opportunities! @PHSTitanCenter

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Registration Info

All students should plan to attend a registration day the week of August 14-18, 2017.

8/14 - Junior and Senior Registration, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
8/15 - Sophomore Registration, 1:30 - 5:00 pm
8/16 - Freshman Registration, 1:30 - 5:00 pm
8/17 - Makeup Registration, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

At registration, students will update documents, receive a list of classes (this is not their official schedule), their textbooks, and student IDs. Parent signatures are required on forms, so you may want to attend with your student. They will also be able to purchase items like yearbooks, PE clothes, ASB Stickers, and locks for lockers.

If a student is unable to attend registration, they will have to complete the process at the Attendance Office on the first day they start school before attending class. Parent signatures are required on forms and students won't be able to attend class until this process is complete.

Class Schedules

Class Schedules

You will be given a list of classes at registration, so that you can obtain textbooks. This is not your schedule, and will not have teachers or periods listed. If you do not have the appropriate academic (a-g) classes and graduation requirements, or if a class is listed twice, or a class is missing, a schedule change may be in order. There will be Schedule Change Request forms available at a table outside the library when you get your textbooks. Requests for specific periods or teachers will not be honored.

You will be able to access your schedule on August 22nd at noon on MyPlan/MyConnect.

On the first day of school, if your schedule does not reflect the appropriate academic (a-g) classes or graduation requirements, if a class is listed twice or a class is missing, come to the Titan Center (K-16) during the period that is incorrect on your schedule.

If you didn't receive the changes you requested, follow the schedule as printed to avoid attendance issues. There will be a time after school starts to request elective changes. Again, Requests for specific periods or teachers will not be honored.

Academic Tutors

If you have Academic Tutor listed on your schedule, on the first day of school you will report to the Titan Center (K-16) during the period you have it listed. You must come to the Titan Center to obtain your Ticket to AT. Instructions will be provided for signing up with a teacher.


The PSAT will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. All 10th grade students are paid for by the school district. This exam is a great opportunity to find out what you can work on to get the best score possible on the SAT.

Taking the PSAT again during the Junior year can help improve SAT scores and provides entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program. PSAT/NMSQT registration will begin in September.

Study Aids

Paid Student Tutors

In September, we will be recruiting students who would like to get paid for tutoring. Please keep an eye out for the applications.

Free Tutoring/Study Aids

There are many free options for working to improve your grades and test scores. These are just some of the great resources we have:

Student Tutoring in the Library

Peer Tutoring will be available after school Monday-Thursday in the PHS Library. This service is free for all students. If you need extra help in a specific class come check it out!

SAT/ACT Test Prep

The PHS Library offers access to an excellent study tool through Gale's TERC (Testing & Education Reference Center). They offer personalized online courses for the SAT and ACT, as well as several practice tests and online study books. Access is available through the PHS Library website with the username: powayhs and password: titans17

College Board and Khan Academy have teamed up to help students prepare for their SATs. Once a student has taken the PSAT, they are able to utilize these tools via their College Board accounts. Students can look at their PSAT results and find specific study tools and evaluations for how to improve their skills. There are also video lessons, full-length practice tests, and personalized study plans. Sign up for free today through satpractice.org

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There are always opportunities for students to find and apply for college scholarships. Two of the websites we frequent:

Fast Web

Fast Web is the most comprehensive site with thousands of scholarship listings. http://www.fastweb.com/


Scholarships.com also has thousands of scholarships, and frequently offers them in a monthly format by deadlines. http://www.scholarships.com

PHS Counseling Staff


A - Er: Christy Brown

Es - La: Jerrah Smith

Le - Ra: Blanca Arreguin

Re - Z: Jerilyn Padua-Reyes

Student Services: Traci Barker-Ball

Support Staff

Counseling Assistant: Jodie Hughes

Counseling Assistant: Lynne Oakes

Registrar: Michelle Bourget

Scheduler: Barbara Longworth


Assistant Principals:

A-Gih: Peter McKee

Gil-Nel: Catherine Burling

Nem-Z: Aaron Little


Ron Garrett

Please direct all counseling questions to

858-748-0245 x. 5137 or x. 5138