Westview Counseling Newsletter

December 2020/January 2021

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ASB Winter Spirit Week

This week is Westview's Winter Spirit Week (12/14-18) - get excited to participate in this week's spirit days and have fun completing Wally's Wishlist for a chance to win up to a $20 prize. Don't forget to try the special edition Wolverine Drink at Peet's Coffee on Camino Del Sur! Make sure to check the Westview ASB Instagram page for updates all week long!


Link to Wally's Wishlist Information & Submission Form: www.bit.ly/wallyswishlist20

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Important Dates

Winter Recess: Monday, December 21, 2020 - Friday, January 1, 2021

School Resumes: Monday, January 4, 2021

Quarter 2 Finals: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 (Periods 1 & 2) & Thursday, January 28, 2021 (Periods 3 & 4)

Pro Grow Day (Non-Student Day): Friday, January 29, 2021

Quarter 3 Begins: Monday, February 1, 2021

Quarter 2 Finals Schedule

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Updates & Resources from the Counseling Office

2021 ASB APPLICATIONS

Attention all 9th, 10th and 11th graders! ASB applications for the new term will be available this Friday (12/18) and due Friday January 8th. ASB stands for Associated Student Body. ASB is our student government and a leadership class that represents the student body to the administration, creates fun and insightful events for students, manages clubs, makes school wide decisions, plans dances, oversees student-raised funds, and much more!


ASB is a first period class on campus, consisting of a combination of elected, appointed, and selected Westview students. ASB terms run from the start of semester 2 through semester 1 of the following school year. Want to learn more - join us this Wednesday during lunch on zoom.


CLICK HERE to join at 12:05 pm this Wednesday. The application will be on the ASB website. ASB is open to any student desiring to serve and represent their student body.

2020 Virtual Peer Tutoring

The Peer Counseling team has launched our virtual tutoring services! Tutoring will be offered virtually via zoom on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. If you are interested in getting additional afterschool support you can sign up here:

TUTORING SIGN UP FORM – This form is located on the Westview Website under academic support.


See Flyer below for more details!

Tech Boot Camp Videos

Check out these great videos that help you step by step on how to access and navigate several websites you may be using this school year!


Zoom https://youtu.be/DQZpH4DMgr0

Westview High School Website https://youtu.be/PbS1YsC8JJE

GSuite https://youtu.be/PitcjWzqg7I

My Plan https://youtu.be/ucHbPSQKLYw

Canvas/MyConnect https://youtu.be/lasUf0vNsCc

Parent Academy

Parent Academy is a one-stop shop where parents can learn about the numerous educational technology tools that teachers are using with students in their classrooms. These resources will make it easier for parents to understand how teachers engage students in meaningful ways in a virtual environment that highlights student collaboration.

Visit our Canvas page: Counseling 2020-2021

Counselor caseload

Just a reminder about the changes to our Counselor caseloads this year based on the alphabetical split:
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Wolverine Center

While the Wolverine Center may not be physically open at this point, we are still here for you! Need a work permit? Questions for your counselor? Or just want to discuss present and future options?


Students have access to:

Looking for Scholarship Information, Enrichment Programs or Job Opportunities?

Check out our Scholarships, College & Career newsletter on the Westview Counseling website.

Plan to attend our Wolverine Parent Academy Workshops this year

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SENIOR REMINDERS!

For Seniors - Class of 2021

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CSU Application Extended Deadlines


Please see the updated message below from CSU about deadline extensions:


Here is a link to the CSU application.

PALOMAR PROMISE 2021-2022 APPLICATION NOW OPEN!

The Palomar Promise is designed to provide first-time college students with access to an affordable higher education and to increase college-going and completion rates in our community.


The Palomar Promise offers up to two years of free course enrollment and related registration fees, textbook assistance, and access to specialized academic and career planning with related support services to first-time college students who meet the eligibility requirements.

To learn how to apply, click here.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a regional tuition discount program, which enables students from one of 16 WICHE states and territories in the Western U.S. to enroll as nonresidents in 160+ participating public colleges and universities and pay 150 percent (or less) of the enrolling school’s resident tuition—which annually saves students an average of $9,000 each on the cost of non-resident tuition. Please visit the WUE website for more information

FAFSA is Open!

Seniors! The FAFSA opened October 1. Make sure to apply EARLY for financial aid for college.

College & Career Updates

College & Career Night Recordings

If you missed College & Career Night last week, don't worry! The recorded sessions are all available in Catalog of Sessions from the event. This catalog also has a variety of pre-recorded sessions that may be of interest to our students and families. There are a few more pre-recorded sessions that will become available as they are added.

Hefar Financial Aid Mini Workshops

The HEFAR Group is a non-profit company with a mission to help make college affordable for everyone. They are a college funding advisor that helps you get more free money for college.


NEW Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: The importance of College Education: Does a College Education pay off?


NEW Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Most Common Questions: Timing of the Base Year


NEW Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Most Common Questions: Divorce/Blended Families


Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: It's Not What the School Costs; it's What You Pay That Matters!


Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: FAFSA-Three things you need to know to get better financial aid packages!


Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Understanding the Four Types of Financial Aid: Free Money vs Self-help Money


Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Scholarships: Where to look and what to focus on


Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Understanding the Financial Aid Equation: How does it all work?


Click here to view the Financial Aid Mini Workshop: Public vs. Private: Don't Make College Decisions based on Sticker Price!

College Visits

Sign up for our Virtual College Visits in SCOIR. For instructions on how to sign up for College Visits in SCOIR, click here or watch the video below.
Student - Visits & Deadlines

How do I log in to SCOIR?

Students can type in scoir.com or click the link to arrive at the SCOIR homepage. Once there, click on the blue "Login" button at the top right of the screen. If students already have an account, enter the appropriate credentials and sign in. If students do not have a login, they can create one by clicking "Don't have an account?" at the bottom of the login screen. This will take students through a step-by-step process to set up an account.

SCOIR: Our new college & career platform

SCOIR is the new one-stop online system that provides students with college and career planning tools to use during their time at Westview. Please note that SCOIR will be replacing our current system, Naviance, for our 9th - 11th grade students. 12th graders will continue using Naviance this school year; however, they will use SCOIR to sign up for college visits.

Check out these college virtual tours!

Click on the university you would like to tour to start your virtual tour now!

Harvard

Princeton

University of Virginia

Wellesley

Yale

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Additional Resources

PUSD's Caring Connections Center is offering the 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:

The DEA's Operation Prevention Program

The DEA and Discovery Education have created Operation Prevention to provide communities of every kind with proactive digital tools to raise awareness about the dangers of substance misuse. Check out their website here for FREE resources for middle and high school students as well as parents. Resources include zoom presentations.

UCSD Envision

Society of Women Engineers at UCSD invites high school females to join a free conference that will introduce them to career possibilities in engineering, science, and technology!

Click here to register.

The associated Parent Program will also provide parents resources to support their students. Click here to register.

Global Leadership Youth Program: An online enrichment series for High School Students

The Global Leadership Youth Program is a unique opportunity, giving high school students the chance to engage with questions plaguing the world’s most critical thinkers. From global health to justice and equality, this enrichment program has been curated with future leaders in mind.


Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific Time, and will include dynamic speakers, small group discussions, a diplomacy simulation, and cultural offerings.


Module 5 (January 5-14): Not For Sale: The Miscreance of Human Trafficking


Parents and students can find full program description including registration information HERE. They may also directly email Lulu Bonning at lulu@sandiegodiplomacy.org for additional details. Please don't hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.

Summer STEM Institute (SSI)

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) is a six-week virtual summer program for high school students. The program was started last summer by educators, students, and graduates from Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. Applications for SSI 2021 have just opened.

The program consists of three main parts:

  • Research and data science bootcamp: Students learn how to design and conduct data science research projects. Students learn about the research process and how to apply statistical and machine learning methods to address scientific questions with real-world impact.
  • Masterclass lecture series: Students are connected to accomplished young adults around the world. Students have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship from Forbes 30 Under 30 recipients, science research from International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) grand prize winners, and other topics from speakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Mentored research project: Students complete a research project through a rigorous, hands-on learning experience under the guidance of mentors. Previously, students have worked in a variety of fields, from computational biology to quantum physics.


Students and families can learn more about SSI and apply on our website here: https://www.summersteminstitute.org/.

Rady Children’s Virtual Weekend Medical Academy: Mental Health Matters in Medicine

To learn more about the Rady's Children's Hospital Weekend Academy visit their website here.

International School of IDC Herzliya Virtual Information Session

  • Date: Sunday, December 20, 2020
  • Time: 10:00 AM PST – 11:00 AM MDT – 12:00 PM CST – 1:00 PM EST
  • What: This sessions is geared towards prospective students, registered/accepted/confirmed students. This virtual session will enable students and parents who want to learn more about IDC, specifically, the RRIS International School to ask questions, about the IDC International School and the various degrees we offer. Registrars will be participating LIVE during the session to interact with applicants and answer questions.
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • RSVP Here (the Zoom Link will be sent to those who RSVP a day prior to the session)

FREE Group Parenting Classes offered by North County Lifeline

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Mental Health & Wellness Resources

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LOSS, STRESS & GRIEF DURING COVID

If you were not able to attend the webinar hosted by Westview's ASB and district school psychologists, you can view the entire 40 minute presentation here. Below are the topic time stamps:


1:30 - Meet the Panel

2:30 - Loss

11:15 - Stress

18:10 - Grief

27:05 - Seeking Support & Resources

28:30 - Q & A

Student Support Services

Please let us know if we can help your family with any of the following needs:

- Chromebook

- Food Assistance

- School Supplies

- Standardized Testing Fee Waiver (SAT & ACT)

Rental Assistance Resource

Interfaith Community Services is working with a Community Development Block Grant program to help assist those that may need rental assistance. For more information, please contact Ann Marie Masano a Housing Stability Case Manager that can help screen families for potential eligibility for rental assistance.

760-489-6380, extension 262

More Ways To Stay Connected

Visit www.westviewasb.com for clubs and upcoming events. Don't see something you like? Start your own! Download the application and turn it in to ASB.


Another way to stay connected is to download the Westview App! You will have access to your grades, school schedule, student handbook and a list of events. Also, check out our Instagram pages at the bottom of this newsletter!

You can also stay up to date on scheduled activities by accessing monthly calendars below.

Athletics Calendar

Counseling Calendar

Westview School Calendar