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Counseling Newsletter for October

Katy Chamberlin, Counselor “A-G”

Dave Ward, Counselor “H-M” (Spanish speaker)

Karen Garcia, Counselor “N-Z”

Jen Dixon, Mental Health Specialist

 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT):  The PSAT is a “practice” SAT test as well as the qualification exam for the National Merit Scholarship competition. It is primarily designed for juniors.  Sophomores may also take the PSAT, but they are not qualified for the NMSQT competition until their junior year. The test will be given at Placer High School on Wednesday, October 11th 7:45 – 12:00 am in the lower gym. This is a regular school day and students will miss Periods 1-3.  Registration is now open to October 6th. There is a limited number of tests that are ordered, so interested students should sign up as soon as possible. There is no guarantee that there will be enough tests for students who wait until later in the registration period.  The fee for the test is $20.00 payable in cash, check to Placer High School, or on the Webstore.  A limited number of fee waivers are available for juniors on Free or Reduced Lunch.  Please sign up with Mrs. Smith in the Counseling Office.

Free Academic Tutoring is available Tues/Wed/Thurs 3-4pm in the library for English (with a Teacher) and math/science (Senior Tutor), along with a Spanish teacher available on Wednesdays only. Paid Academic Peer Tutoring is available starting at $10 an hour.  Please email Katy Chamberlin at if you want 1:1 for your student in a specific subject.  Placer students have been screened for ability to tutor in most academic areas: math, science, English, World Language, but contracts are done from parent to peer-tutor.

The ASVAB Assessment: This is a Multiple-Aptitude Battery Test that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military or workforce. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students. This is Free and is being offered to 10-12th grade at Placer High on October 23rd at 1:45 in the PHS Library. Students can sign up from Oct.9th to Oct.20th in Counseling Office.

Parent Portal: We strongly encourage you to use the Parent Portal to access your student’s grades, assignments and attendance. Progress Report Grades are now to be accessed through the portal; there will be no more hand carried Grade Reports.   If you have any questions on how to access this valuable tool, please contact the counseling secretary Lisa Smith at  In addition to the Parent Portal, we urge you to check the Placer High website at  Here you will find the daily bulletins, information about upcoming events, class information, teacher contacts and so much more.   The counseling page includes information about colleges, scholarships, financial aid, CTE programs and more.

College Information Night Open to all grade levels!  RESERVE THE DATE ASAP--  Placer High will co-host a county-wide college information night called the Consortium at Del Oro High on Thursday, October 5th from 6-8pm.  100 college booths will be available for parent/student visits with representatives as well as 20-30 minute informational sessions from UC/CSU/Private Speakers.  Flyers have been emailed to every 10-12th student.

 College Application Deadlines: Seniors applying to either CSU or UC campuses must submit their completed applications online by November 30th!  Online applications are available beginning October 1st for both the CSU & UC.  CSU applications can be submitted online October 1st to November 30th. (  Even though the UC application window opened in August for students, completed applications can only be submitted November 1st – 30th.  Since the UC applications are very detailed and include 4 essay prompts, we suggest that students start as early as possible. ( Seniors applying to private or out-of-state universities and colleges should verify the specific registration deadlines by contacting the individual college or university. Students planning on attending Sierra College should apply beginning in November 2017.  Seniors should keep their transcript they received during their Counselors Academic Planning meeting in September, so they can accurately report their classes and grades on their college application.

Sierra College Applying for Fall 2018 Semester: Students can now start applying for admission to the college during Fall 2017. This allows us more time to assist students with the enrollment process. Also, on Monday’s a Sierra College Counselor, Mrs. Connie Raynor, will be available to assist students with application/FAFSA/class choices.  Students should email their alphabet counselor, who will summon them on Monday’s during her office hours.  The online admission application is on the website at   Contact also Sierra College Outreach office at with further questions.

Sierra Placement and Assessment: An online placement tool has been developed as a resource to help determine if an incoming student to Sierra College are required to take the college placement exam.  Both the application steps and the placement tool can be found through Placer’s Counseling Webpage along the left side-bar.  Class Registration is not until April/May.

 Paying for College:  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened early for the first time on October 1st and will be using the prior year’s taxes--2016.  You can apply now for Fall 2018, and if you need more information, there is an informational meeting on Tuesday Oct. 3rd from 6-7:30 in Placer’s Career Center (upstairs of office) with Counselors--find out what it all means and what you need to do.  If you still need help, a FAFSA Workshop (line by line) will be held on Tuesday Oct.10th 6-8pm in the Placer Library. Please bring your laptop/chromebook if you have it though computer lab is open.  Spanish speaking aid will be available.

 Scholarships: A District Scholarship web site is available by accessing the Placer Counseling webpage.( Scholarships are posted by all sites and specify qualifications, amounts, deadlines, etc. There are a few fall local scholarships, but the true season is Jan.-April.  Please check it weekly for updates.  There are a number of National websites as well which we encourage parents and teachers to Google since the District site tends to focus on local & state scholarships.

Four Year Planning for 9th & 10th Grades:  This fall the Counselors will meet  with half of the 10th grade in their English classes (the other half in spring), to do academic planning and career interest surveys, and then they will meet with half the 9 grade students in their Tech Essentials this term and the rest next term to do academic planning. This is designed to assist students in determining what courses to take, what sequence should be followed, what classes are required to be college eligible, and to help plan for goals after graduating from high school.

EAP Scores for our Seniors:   EAP Test results that were mailed home for our seniors had a section on the lower left of the backside entitled Early Assessment Program (EAP).  Listed there is an English Status and a Mathematics Status.  This information is used by the California State University System and some California Community Colleges to determine college readiness.  Explanation of the statuses can be found at  If you need more information contact our counselors.

College Visits:  College Reps visit Placer High throughout the school year. Students are encouraged to sign up in the counseling office to attend a presentation. Here are the upcoming events.







October 2nd, 9:30 AM

Oregon State University

Kelly Pjesky-Rempfer




October 3rd, 8:15 AM

University of Oregon

Moriah Dunning




October 3rd, 10:00 AM

CSU Maritime Academy

Jessica Sotuyo




October 4th, 12:00 PM

University of Nevada, Reno

Norie Omiya




October 5th, 11:00 AM

Boise State University

Olivia Sandquist




October 6th, 10:00 AM

William Jessup

Jared Yttrup




October 12th, 10:00 AM


Megan Sterling




SAT and ACT Tests: Seniors who plan on attending a 4-year college next year must take the SAT or ACT (see your counselor for questions).  Deadlines for testing registration are listed on the next page.  Don’t miss the deadline and pay extra for late registration.  All testing must be completed by December, but some schools require tests by November (SDSU, Cal Poly, SJSU and others).  Make sure to send test scores to all colleges where you apply.  See the testing schedule that follows:

SAT Test Dates 2017-18   Register at:

Test Date

Tests Offered

Regular Registration Closes

Phone/Online Late Registration Closes

Nov.4, 2017

SAT and Subject Tests

Oct. 4

Oct. 25

Dec. 2, 2017

SAT and Subject Tests

Nov. 2

Nov. 21

March 10, 2018

SAT only

Feb. 9

Feb. 28

May 5, 2018

SAT and Subject Tests

April 6

April 25

June 2, 2018

SAT and Subject Tests

May 3

May 23

 ACT Test Dates 2017 - 2018   Register at:  ACT. org

Test Date

Registration Ends

Late Registration Time Frame

Oct. 28, 2017

Sept. 22

Oct. 6

Dec. 9, 2017

Nov. 3

Nov. 17

Feb. 10, 2018

Jan. 12

Jan. 19

April 14, 2018

March 9

March 23

June 9, 2018

May 4

                            May 18

New Test Date--July 14, 2018--register by June 15/ late June 22

Fee Waivers available to those on Free & Reduced Lunch Plan for both SAT & ACT

Subpages (1): PSAT Info