Counseling Updates

Connecting you to information & opportunities (12/15/2021)

Wishing all NJUHSD families a wonderful winter break. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022 to finish out the fall semester (ending January 21). In this edition of the newsletter, you'll find:


  • Focus on: Health & Wellness
  • Summer Enrichment Opportunities
  • Paying for College - FAFSA and Local Scholarships
  • PSAT Results
  • Resources for Families
Health & Wellness

Winter break is a great time to reflect, relax and renew. Let the NJUHSD Wellness Guide assist you in your journey!

Virtual Calming Room... A healthy escape for students, families and staff.

Recommended Reading for Parents... Many books to support caregivers as they support students.

Steps to Curb Social Media Use... For teens who are glued to social media, this 4-step plan can help.

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

While summer feels far off (especially with this winter storm), now is the time to start thinking about options and making plans. Students may use the summer months for any number of pursuits: working, volunteering, helping at home, traveling, taking a Sierra College class or participating in a summer program. Your school counselors have compiled a list opportunities so that you can explore your interests.


Click here to learn more: Summer Enrichment Opportunities

NJUHSD Local Scholarships - Due on Sunday @ 8:59pm!

Click here for application instructions and materials!

All local scholarship applications are due on 12/19/2021 by 8:59pm.


It's not too late! No matter where you are in the process, you CAN complete and submit your scholarship applications!
Contact Mrs. Melugin with questions or if you need help: lmelugin@njuhsd.com


  • Remember to finish your FAFSA using the FAFSA Made Easier Tool in your Going Merry account. Then upload your SAR (student aid report) to your Going Merry account (Profile -> Documents -> Upload Document -> FAFSA SAR). Your FAFSA SAR is needed for consideration for some scholarships!
  • If you are applying to the William & Marian Ghidotti Academic or Agriculture Scholarships (we hope you will!) you need to complete this Ghidotti Foundation application and ATTACH it to your application. (Upload it to your Going Merry account and attach it to the application as a "Misc. Document.")
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PSAT - The Results Are In!

PSAT scores are in, so students who tested in October may log into their College Board accounts to see their results. Scores are out of 1520 (760 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 760 Math). Check out the video below and this resource: understanding your PSAT score report. For the most updated information on colleges and universities testing policies, please keep checking back to the College and Career Planning Guide Testing page. The precise National Merit Semifinalist and Commended Student cut-offs won’t be available until September 2022; however, here is a projected range by state.

Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report

Resources for Families

Need Help Paying Rent?

CA COVID-19 Rent Relief is a program that can help! There is funding for past due rent and future rental payments!

Need Help Paying Utilities?

Project GO can help! They have funding to provide financial assistance in the form of an annual (once every 12 months) utility payment for gas, electric, propane or firewood.

Holiday Food Distribution

Interfaith will be distributing Christmas meals! Click for dates, times and location!

Nevada County Library - Winter Hours

Be sure to check out the Winter Reading Challenge!

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