From the Sophomore Counselor - March 20th

Dear Sophomores and Parents,
Hope you are all doing well and keeping up in all your classes. Mr. Calden's Cougar Mail is definitely worth reading and gives you useful pieces as we all navigate online learning. I am so proud of our students and our community. We are ahead of the curve. The rest of Santa Cruz County will join us next week with online learning but you all are doing an incredible job making this happen and we will forge on and do what we need to do to make this a successful learning experience for all of you.
Here's some important tips for sophomores:
Grades: We were able to freeze grades this week so we have a record of where you were before online learning started. Teachers can also do grade changes for students who make up missing work and this is an opportunity for some of you to get grades up to passing or even better. Teachers can send Katrina and I grade changes when you do the make up work. I will be reaching out to some of you and your teachers to help support in this process. Bottom line: We can all work together towards getting all grades up to passing during this time.
AP Test update: AP tests are on, given at home, more info to come. Kids can cancel for free
I'll send out more information next week as they update us.
Naviance homework: I would love for each of you to go into your Naviance accounts and update your career interests and possible majors. If you didn't finish the career surveys, please finish those and indicate careers and fields you are interested in as your favorites. This will be helpful next year when we do searches for post-secondary options like colleges and trade schools. I'll include directions next week for navigating Naviance but for now, just checking in and sharing your career interest surveys with your parents will be a great start.😁
Cabrillo: All classes have gone to online formats. Those of you with Cabrillo classes need to contact your teachers and make sure you are on track with your college classes. 
Summer School Referrals: I'm going through my lists and putting together my recommendations for those of you that need summer school. I may be reaching out to check in with parents and students about your plans and what would work best for you.
Credit Recovery Classes: Available at home! You can email Jakeh Hall to unlock tests when you need to take them.
Know that I am available by email and will reach out to you by email too to work on grades, participation and any issues that come up. Please check frequently to make sure you are doing what you need to do to move towards passing your classes, graduation and your plans beyond. Take care, be safe and let me know if there is anything we can do as a school to help you out. 
Leslie Burns
College, Career and Academic Counselor