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La Canada High School

Schedule Changes for November-December

Beginning this week, block days will be switching periods:

Wednesday (2-4-6) and Thursday (1-3-5)


Thanksgiving Break: November 23-27


No Block Days the week of December 7-11


1st Semester Final Exams Schedule:

Finals will be here before you know it. Make these next few weeks count by turning in your work on time and continuing to prepare for your classes through active participation in class, studying and communicating with your teachers.


MON, DEC 14th

Regular Schedule

Periods 0 - 6


TUES, DEC 15th

7:50-9:55 am Period 2 Exam

9:55-10:20 am Break

10:20-12:25 Period 5 Exam

12:25 –12:55 Lunch

12:55-2:47 Study Period


WED, DEC 16th

7:50-9:55 am Period 1 Exam

9:55-10:20 am Break

10:20-12:25 Period 6 Exam

12:25 – 12:55 Lunch

12:55-2:47 Study Period


THURS, DEC 17th

7:50-9:55 am Period 3 Exam

9:55-10:20 am Break

10:20-12:25 Period 4 Exam

12:25 – 12:55 Lunch

12:55-2:47 Study Period


FRI, DEC 18th

TEACHER WORK DAY (NO STUDENTS)


FYI: Mark your summer calendar! The counseling department has confirmed our fall registration dates. Incoming seniors, juniors, and sophomores will register on Monday, August 8th. Incoming seniors will register from 8:00-10:00, incoming juniors will register from 10:30-12:30, and sophomores will register from 1:00-3:00. Incoming freshman will register on Tuesday, August 9th @ 8:00-10:00.

LCHS Students in Action!

CLUB SPOTLIGHTS THIS WEEK:


Literature and Film Club (LAF) is a club dedicated and motivated to give students an outlet for relaxation after a long and tiring week. Meeting on Friday Lunches in Ms. Hong's room (317), LAF is a perfect place to lean back, eat your lunch, and watch a fun movie. Movies stem from best-selling novels and gives you the ability to compare and contrast the book and the movie, reviving your favorite elementary school activity. Movies will be chosen through majority vote, and will be made sure you have a comfortable, fun, and relaxing end to a long week. For our meeting on Wednesday we will be voting on either the Book Thief or the Maze Runner. If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Guan. When in doubt, LAF it out! Thanks!

At Club Food for Thought, our mission is to try many different ethnicity's foods together. We are a group of food zealots who get together once a month to enjoy food from delicious restaurants. There are meetings at lunch in Ms. Kim's room every other Wednesday. Our next outing will be on Saturday, November 28 at Saladang in Pasadena. There we will be trying and evaluating the contemporary and traditional Thai food served there. Come out to the next meeting or outing!!! All food lovers welcome!!! If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Lee. Thanks!!!


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


Spartan News!

Make sure to check out the Spartan Newspaper´s newest video broadcast outlet, LCTV! Every week we will provide highlights of everything Spartan--from sports teams to clubs to school events, we´ve got you covered. If you would like to be featured in one or more of our videos, please contact lchsspartan@gmail.com

http://www.lcspartan.com/lctv.html


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.

Freshman Forum

Financial Aid Night TODAY 11/17! Our presenter is Leslie Husa, a financial aid advisor from the University of Southern California. Ms. Husa will be presenting a general overview of the financial aid process. This presentation is the first part of a two-part series. Part two will be presented in January at a date TBD. The presentation on November 17th begins at 6:30 pm and will be in the cafeteria at La Canada High School.


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


For students who took the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th, please mark your calendar: PSAT results on Jan 7 @ 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium with Princeton Review- students encouraged to come!

Sophomore Scene

Financial Aid Night TODAY 11/17! Our presenter is Leslie Husa, a financial aid advisor from the University of Southern California. Ms. Husa will be presenting a general overview of the financial aid process. This presentation is the first part of a two-part series. Part two will be presented in January at a date TBD. The presentation on November 17th begins at 6:30 pm and will be in the cafeteria at La Canada High School.


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


For students who took the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th, please mark your calendar: PSAT results on Jan 7 @ 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium with Princeton Review- students encouraged to come!

Junior Junction

***PRESENTATIONS***

Financial Aid Night

TODAY 11/17! Our presenter is Leslie Husa, a financial aid advisor from the University of Southern California. Ms. Husa will be presenting a general overview of the financial aid process. This presentation is the first part of a two-part series. Part two will be presented in January at a date TBD. The presentation on November 17th begins at 6:30 pm and will be in the cafeteria at La Canada High School.


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***

11th Grade STEP Workshop: "Test Taking Timelines: 101"

Overwhelmed at the thought of college entrance exams? Don't know when to take the ACT or SAT? Not sure if you should sign up for subject exams or AP exams? If you have all of these questions and more, then this STEP is for you!


This one day STEP workshop will help you create a testing timeline for yourself so that you have a manageable calendar of test dates at your fingertips. You may choose any one of the open available dates to attend.


Wednesday, Nov 18 (FULL); Thursday Nov 19
Wednesday, December 2; Thursday, December 3

Please see Mrs. Erickson in the Counseling Office to secure your spot. Space will be limited to 15 students a day and its first come first serve.


Official ACT

The deadline to register for the December 12th ACT with a late fee is November 20th


Official SAT (current SAT) and Official SAT II Subject Test

The deadline to register for the December 5th SAT test with a late fee is November 23rd


***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


The Youth Noise Scholarship Program

The Youth Noise Scholarship Program is available to students enrolled at an accredited high school, college, university or trade school. You must submit a video no longer than 5 minutes on YouTube in which you explain how new ideas will shape the world around us, and why education is the key to creating a brighter future. Deadline is November 21st and the scholarship award is $1000. Check out the website for more details: http://www.youthnoise.com/scholarship-program


Lamber & Goodnow Injury Law Team Scholarship

Senior Stop

Financial Aid Night is TONIGHT Tuesday, 11/17!

We will be hosting part one of our Financial Aid Night series on Tuesday, November 17th. Our presenter is Leslie Husa, a financial aid advisor from the University of Southern California. Ms. Husa will be presenting a general overview of the financial aid process. This presentation is the first part of a two-part series. Part two will be presented in January at a date TBD. The presentation on November 17th begins at 6:30 pm and will be in the cafeteria at La Canada High School.

In preparation for Financial Aid Night…

Financial Aid 411

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Federally based aid is calculated based on your expected family contribution to college, with the gap (if applicable) being filled in a number of ways based on the calculation performed by the federal government (this may include loans). Financial aid award amounts are typically included with the student’s acceptance notifications from the colleges. While you cannot yet complete the FAFSA, you can get started by creating your Federal Student Aid ID for FAFSA by visiting the FSA ID website: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. Parents and students should request separate FAFSA ID’s.

Cal Grant is State based aid. It requires the filing of the FAFSA in order for families to be considered. When filling out the FAFSA, it is important to list a California college on your FAFSA to be considered for Cal Grant. Students must also submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification form and submit it to Mrs. Waas, Registrar, prior to March 2. LCHS will then submit the GPAs to Cal Grant.

Students must be citizens or eligible non-citizens to be eligible for FAFSA and Cal Grant. If not a legal citizen, eligible non-citizens and/or students who have attended a California high school for at least three years AND who plan to attend college in California, should file a California Dream Act application (as opposed to Cal Grant). More information on the California Dream Act and eligibility criteria can be found here: http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.

For information on non-citizens and FAFSA, please see the FAFSA section on eligible non citizens here:https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/non-us-citizens

Separate from both the FAFSA and the Cal Grant is the “CSS Profile,” which is used by some private schools. It tends to go more in depth with its questioning on the financial background of families. According to an article on www.alltuition.com, “One big way that the CSS PROFILE is different from the FAFSA is the inclusion of non-custodial parent information. If your parents are in some way separated, and your school requires the CSS PROFILE, then you'll need some financial information about your non-custodial parent to include on the CSS PROFILE. There is also a fee to submit the CSS PROFILE.” You can check whether or not the colleges you’ve applied to use the CSS Profile by going towww.cssprofile.org

Net Price

Remember, what you see on the college website is the sticker price of that college, and not necessarily the net price of actually attending. To get an idea of the net cost of attending college, you might consider trying the Net Price Calculator. Keep in mind that the Net Price calculator is NOT an application for financial aid, nor should it be seen as the guaranteed cost to attend. It provides an estimate that families may find helpful. The following are some great Net Price calculator resources:

· https://collegecost.ed.gov/index.aspx

· http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/features/net-price-calculator

· http://www.csumentor.edu/finaid/pais/

· http://netpricecalculator.collegeboard.org/


Scholarships

Some colleges will review students for institutional scholarships upon simply receiving the student’s application for admission, while others will require students to have met a special deadline or submit separate materials. Student’s should be reading their application materials carefully so as not to miss any important information. Colleges will be communicating with students via email once the student has applied for admission. These emails contain important information about their application and financial aid. Please encourage your student to check their email frequently.


Scholarships on Naviance

Please encourage students to review the scholarship section of Naviance, located under the college tab. Mrs. Erickson in the front office will be accumulating scholarship information, updating Naviance as information is received and will be keeping hard copies of any applications we receive on file in the front office. Students can see Mrs. Erickson between the hours of 12 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. with questions. There is also a link to a National scholarship database (Sallie Mae) on Naviance. Students may also make appointments to see their counselor to discuss scholarships on Naviance. Outside of Naviance, Cappex (https://www.cappex.com/scholarships/) and Finaid (http://www.finaid.org/) are two other great resources.

Changing gears…


Campus Highlight: GCU

Grand Canyon University is offering free Discover tours for senior students who have a 3.0 GPA or 19 ACT score or 920 SAT score (reading & math combined). The tour is available for applicants of Grand Canyon University that are considering their options. Discover is free of charge and allows seniors a chance to determine if attending college out of state is a good choice for them. If any senior students are considering GCU and would like to attend a Discover tour, please see the website: www.apply.gcu.edu

Discover upcoming dates: November 23rd-24th

Here is a link to a YouTube video about Discover GCU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7F4Dx3RRI4

Students may contact the admission rep for more details:

Sheriece Isaac, Regional Admissions Representative

(602) 247-4648 Office

(213) 276-9855 Cell

(602) 343-4479 Fax

Sheriece.Isaac@gcu.edu


Just for Fun

Brainteasers are a fun way to spend a few free moments. Khan academy offers step by step instructions that you can pause/play in order to test your knowledge. Whether you need to watch the whole tutorial to get it right or you can solve the brain teaser on your first try without any help, brain teasers can be a fun way to spend some free time!

​ Do you know when Cheryl's birthday is? ​

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/recreational-math/puzzles/brain-teasers

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Important Dates:

Financial Aid Night #1: 11/17/2015 @ 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria
College visits: ongoing (see calendar below).
UC Application Submission: 11/1-11/30
CSU Applications: 10/1-11/30

THANKSGIVING RECESS is November 23-27.

COUNSELORS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN FRONT OFFICE BEFORE SCHOOL, BREAK, LUNCH, AND AFTER SCHOOL ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH FOR ANY LAST MINUTE CSU/UC APPLICATION/DECEMBER 1ST DEADLINES SUPPORT
Students have through December 11 to meet with counselors to request transcripts
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.
Challenge Day at LCHS will be taking place January 12-14. Students will be invited to attend if they have not already participated. More information to follow in December

Counseling Corner Resources


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