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The View from the Hill    

          April 2018                   

   Placer High School Counseling Department           

WHO IS MY COUNSELOR? A-G: Katy Chamberlin, H-M: David Ward, N-Z: Karen Garcia


      Placer High School Mental Health Specialist, Jennifer Ward-Dixon, is available to meet with students to provide emotional, academic, social and family support. Mrs. Dixon’s office is located in the Counseling area.


      Visit the PUHSD Scholarship Bulletin, link located below, or visit the PHS Counseling Website for local scholarship information and applications: Placer HS and Local Scholarship Information

        Visit for scholarship research

      Seniors who have not already done so, are advised to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to gain possible access to governmental college financial aid.


      All PHS Seniors are invited to meet with College and Career Specialist, Mrs. Jane Houston, on Wednesday April 11, at lunch, in the Career Center, for assistance pertaining to scholarship applications or job resumes. Bring applications, questions, essays, or run a scholarship search. Walk-ins welcome.

      All students who took the PSAT earlier this year, are invited to a score interpretation and SAT study plan meeting on April 17, 12:15-12:45 in the Library. More information forthcoming.


        Juniors are advised to register for spring college testing immediately. There is time for subsequent testing in the fall. Almost all four-year colleges require completion of the SAT or ACT.

        Next SAT Test:  May 5, 2018. Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018; register at

        Next ACT Test: June 9, 2018. Registration Deadline: May 4, 2018. Register at

        For future test dates and registration deadlines, visit the above links.


        Seniors: April is a big month for college acceptance notification. Please complete the college acceptance form in the Counseling office. Acceptances are listed on the bulletin board in the Counseling area, and on the PHS website.

        Tips for living with a college roommate:  Roommate Tips


      The State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the State of California in recognition of students who have studied and obtained proficiency in English and one or more languages by high school graduation. Those who qualify receive the seal on the high school diploma and transcript. To view the requirements, and access the application, visit the PHS counseling page: Seal of Biliteracy Application Deadline: May 1, 2018.  See Mr. Ward with questions or to turn in the application.


      Seniors planning to attend Sierra College in the fall are encouraged to apply immediately. A link to the application is accessible on the PHS website, under the Counseling tab, or go to directly to the SC website: The SC Promise Program provides on-campus and priority registration. Connie Raynor, Enrollment Specialist, is at PHS on Mondays from 9-12, for enrollment support. Sign up to complete the mandatory Education Plan at PHS, with Mrs. Garcia, Sierra Transition Counselor.


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