Parents & Students,
Hope you all had a wonderful break and are easing back into the school routine nicely.
Please note that it is common practice amongst the counseling department to not make class switches at the semester, as all of our classes are designed to be year long. Jumping into a class at the semester is difficult to manage because the student would be missing the entire first half of the curriculum that was taught during that previous semester. In addition, we do not honor teacher requests.
1/10-1/12 Counseling Presentations: This week I met with every freshman English class where I reviewed both SLVHS graduation requirements and college admission requirements. Students were also able to access Naviance, a very useful website where students can create their 4-year high school plans, do career assessments, personality assessments, and explore potential colleges. In addition, during these presentations students selected preliminary course requests for the following academic year, 2017-2018.
1/17 & 1/18 Counseling Packets Due: All students will turn in their packets from my presentation to their English class for class credit. Please note that most students were not able to get onto PowerSchool to input their requests. I will do this manually for students, so if you are struggling to access PowerSchool, that is okay, I will take care of it. Therefore, the first item on your “Checklist” can be checked off as I will be doing it for students. In addition, the Freshman Personal Learning Plan (PLP) will be something I will review with students when we meet individually, simply fill out what you can and do not worry about not completing it entirely. I have attached the handouts in the event any student have lost their packet. Please let me know if you have any questions.
1/19 College Night @ 6:30 pm in MPR: We urge parents and students to attend this informational evening which features short presentations by AP teachers about their respective classes and representatives from each of the three public college systems: the University of California, the California State University, and Community College, plus a private college. It is never too early to start considering your options!
1/23 AOS Begins Again: The library is still open after school, but there will not be AOS until this date.
1/26 AP Physics Lunch Meeting: This meeting will take place in room B1 with Mr. Schafer. Sophomores can take AP Physics if they are concurrently enrolled in Chemistry. Freshmen who want a significant challenge in their sophomore year can consider this, but teacher recommendation will be heavily considered prior to enrollment. In addition, it has just been confirmed that we will be offering Honors Chemistry next year for sophomores, so please consider that option as well. Those interested in Honors Chemistry please let me know.