Westview Counseling

May/June 2016

Bring on the Sun!

With summer quickly approaching, now is the best time to get outdoors while simultaneously improving your mood. Research shows that spending time in the outdoors can increase people's happiness and decrease stress levels. As you unwind from AP tests or your most recent on demand/test, take a moment to soak up some sun and breathe in some clean air on a hike at Torrey Pines. Do some reading on a bench or just indulge in some nostalgia on a swing set at your local park. Check out these articles that highlight more of the benefits of sunshine and happiness: Article #1 & Article #2

Westview Student Production: Welcome to Westview!

See what Catheryn Mallari and her Broadcast Journalism team put together for our incoming Wolverines. It highlights all the things that make Westview such a wonderful place to be. Keep an eye out for her upcoming Lip Dub production on campus, it's not too late to sign up and take part in it!
Welcome to Westview!

How to Ask for Letters of Recommendation for College Applications (for next year)

Hello Juniors! You may already be thinking about which teachers you will approach next year for a letter of recommendation. You may be wondering who would be best to ask, how to ask them, and what you need to provide them when you ask... Click HERE to view a short article with some tips about this process.

Here at Westview, it is important to give your teachers adequate notice when requesting a letter of recommendation, at least 2 weeks is suggested but more would be great. While most teachers will want you to wait to ask them for recommendations next year in the fall, you can gather information now by finding out what their process for requesting recommendations is and what you would need to provide them. This will give you the opportunity to put things together over the summer, including a list of which teachers you plan on asking.

You may also need a letter of recommendation from your school counselor. If you are applying to any schools through the Common Application, a counselor recommendation is usually required. In order to request a letter of rec from your counselor you will need to complete the LOR Packet and schedule an interview with your counselor in the Fall. More information will be available about this in the Fall and the counselor LOR Packet will be available before the end of the year so you can work on it over the summer.

California Association of Student Councils Application

Great opportunity to be a leader in a statewide non-profit organization. Students come together to learn leadership skills and work with one another to make improvements in their education. CASC's legislation was able to help eliminate the CAHSEE.

Summer School Information

Summer school is only for remediation. Students who are eligible to attend have been notified and provided a summer school form. These students include those who have received an F in a core academic class that is being offered in summer school. Contact your child's counselor if you have questions regarding summer school, do not contact Rancho Bernardo High School.

Location: Rancho Bernardo High School

June 15th - July 7th for session 1

July 8th - July 29th for session 2

Classes are held from 8:00am - 12:15pm

Palomar College Classes at Mt. Carmel This Summer

Palomar College at Mt. Carmel High School will be offering three classes this summer and a variety of classes this fall.

Summer open registration begins on May 5th.

Students can stop by our Mt. Carmel Office for questions, Monday - Thursday, 5-9pm.

Summer Classes Offered:

American Sign Language (ASL 100)

Calculus/Analytic Geometry 3rd Level (Math 205)

Calculus/Differential Equations (Math 206)

* Please visit Palomar College website for a full list of course offerings.

Junior Summer Assignment: Work On Those College Essays!

Summer is the perfect opportunity to work on your college essays. This article provides some tips for the various essays and prompts that you may need to answer.

New! Changes to UC Application Essays

The UC Personal Statement has changed!

Changes to the FAFSA

If you are the parent/guardian of a current 11th grade student, this information is very important for you to be aware of. FAFSA filing date has changed for next year's seniors.

How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much?

As student's research colleges or get ready to enter their 1st year in the Fall, it is important to consider the real cost of student loan debt in either deciding where to apply or where to attend.

Senior Information

Senior Check Out Questionnaire

All seniors must submit the senior survey in order to complete the graduation check out process. By completing your survey before May 20th, students may be invited to attend the senior awards reception on June 7th. Senior Survey must be completed on Family Connection by logging in and finding the survey on the About Me tab. If you need assistance logging into Family Connection, please contact your counselor.

*If you would like your name listed with your post-high school plans in the last issue of the Nexus, your survey needs to be completed no later than Monday, May 16th.

Request Final Transcript For College

Seniors attending an educational institution (4-year college/university, community college, vocational school, etc.) after high school will need to request their final transcripts be sent after graduation. Complete form and submit to registrar.

Senior Activities Schedule

Complete list of senior activities can be found HERE

Saturday, May 21st

7:30 - 11:30pm - Junior/Senior Prom "Moonlight Voyage" - USS Midway

Tuesday, June 7th

Senior Breakfast - Cap & Gown Retrieval - Front of Theater

5:30pm - Senior Awards Ceremony - Theater

Wednesday, June 8th

12-2pm - Senior Picnic (Graduation Ticket Distribution) - Canyonside Park

Thursday, June 9th

8:30 - 10:30am - Graduation Rehearsal (Mandatory) - Westview Football Field

1:30pm - Graduation!!! - Report to check in location with cap, gown, and tassel in hand (leave cell phones, cameras, purses, flowers, leis, ipods, and all electronics at home).

9:00pm - 5:00am - PTSA Grad Nite - All school rules apply and no early departure will be allowed. No entrance allowed after 10:30pm.

Medical Career Night for High School Students

Wednesday, May 18th, 6-8pm

11520 West Bernardo Court

San Diego, CA

Do you enjoy the life sciences? Are you interested in making an impact on the health and lives of others, yet you are not sure what career path to take? Spend an evening with our professionals who are the heartbeat of the medical field.

Seating is limited - RSVP is required.

To RSVP and find more information click HERE.

8 of the Best Colleges - College Fair

Thursday, May 19th, 6:30pm

8757 Rio San Diego Drive

San Diego, CA

Claremont McKenna College, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Grinnell College, Haverford College, Kenyon College, Macalester College, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) College Fair

Saturday, July 30th, 10am

7450 Hazard Center Drive

San Diego, CA

For more information click HERE

Westview Counseling

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