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Middle College Update 9/16/2016

Hello, Students and Families!

It is beginning to feel like fall, and with fall comes the season of college applications. Juniors in their CCR class are doing lots of exploration of majors, careers, and future possibilities, while the seniors have jumped right in and are busy with applications and personal statement essays and academic resumes. This is the time of year you as parents may be getting questions like, Wait, what exactly what is your job title? while we are getting questions like, So, even though I live in Menlo Park, I put down that I live in San Mateo (County)? (yes). If you are curious about some of the information we've been covering in in our College & Career Readiness courses with regard to these types of questions, you are welcome to attend our College Information night (see info below).

After reading through all newsletter information, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us--best contact information is:

For general information, Mayra Rios, our staff assistant can be reached 11:00-3:00 Monday-Thursday at 306-3120 and at riosm@smccd.edu.

If you need to contact one of us teachers/advisers directly, please use the emails linked below:

Jen P: A-Donovan

Marin: Dornik-Kibre

Jen B: Kron-Ricci

Halo: Roberts-Zabaneh

A note again on absences:

Absences for the MC high school classes must be cleared by parents/guardians within five days. Please call the office at 306-3120 or email your student's adviser to clear an absence. Parents cannot excuse absences for college classes; there are no excused absences for college classes. Students should let the professor know they will miss class and get the notes from a classmate; students should also consult the course syllabus to make sure they understand the professor's attendance policy and aren't missing an exam.

Tech tools newsletter (info about most tech sites used for MC)

Last Newsletter (sent 8/31--includes PSAT/SAT info, FAFSA, etc))

College Info Night

On September 29th from 6:00-7:00 pm in Building 3, room 148 on Canada's campus, Middle College teachers will present some information for parents regarding the college applications process.

If you attended this meeting last year, you are more than welcome to attend again, though much of the information will be repeated.

Bits & Pieces

Need more FAFSA advice/help? Click here

Some interesting information to consider about the validity of college ranking

UC at a Glance Facts Document

If your student has checked out a Chromebook for the year and it becomes damaged, here's what to do next:
Use this link to access the insurance claim form.
Enter the email address you used to purchase coverage. Use the password that you received in the payment processed confirmation email. If you can not find the confirmation email there are steps on the website to have a password reminder sent.

Class Updates

English 3: Juniors have finished Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, and are currently writing their first full-length essay (due Monday morning)

English 4: Seniors are finishing Life of Pi and will begin analyzing the text from multiple critical approaches (psychoanalytical, formalist, jungian, etc)

US History: Juniors this week were engaged in a Socratic seminar discussing the failures and promises of the Reconstruction Era

Government: Seniors are currently studying parties and politics--this week studying the California propositions on the 2016 ballot

Junior CCR: Juniors are engaged in a three-week career exploration project and also working on academic writing, using They Say, I Say as a reference

Senior CCR: Seniors are immersed in all aspects of the college applications process--teachers are answering as many questions as possible while students are actively working on applications

Parent Education Series

The SUHSD sponsors a wonderful Parent Education program with free, informative presentations throughout the year. Check it out!

2016-2017 Important Dates


11/11 Holiday: Veteran's Day

11/23-25 Holiday: Thanksgiving

12/12-17 FINALS

Winter break 12/18-1/10

1/11 Middle College begins

1/16 Holiday: MLK day

1/17 College classes begin

1/30 Last day to add/drop college classes

2/17-20 Holiday: Presidents' Weekend

4/3-4/7 Spring Break

5/22-26 FINALS

5/25 MC end of the year ceremony