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Counseling News December 2017 / January 2018


Katy Chamberlin, Counselor “A-G”

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

Karen Garcia, Counselor “N-Z”

Jen Dixon, Mental Health Specialist

Chandler Tinucci, Mental Health Specialist Intern

 Cal Grants:  The State of California funds financial aid through the Cal Grant program which can be used at colleges (2-year and 4-year) in the state.  This is “free money” that does not need to be paid back.  In order to apply for a Cal Grant, a FAFSA must be filled out by the student and GPA verification is sent by the high school.  Each year we submit student information including the GPA verification to the Cal Grant program for all of our seniors.

 Sierra Placement and Assessment: An online placement tool has been developed as a resource to help determine if an incoming student to Sierra College is 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 sidebar.  Class Registration is not until April/May.

 Sierra College Applying for Fall 2018 Semester: Students can now start applying for admission to the college during Fall 2017 and Winter 2018. 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.

 District Scholarship Bulletin: 

A district-wide spreadsheet is available for current seniors to check and see about possible scholarship opportunities. February/March/April is scholarship deadline season.  District web site posts mostly local scholarship offerings, but anyone can google State or Nationwide opportunities. They range from Vocational/Trade, Community College and 4 year university opportunities.   Please access the Site by going to Placer Counseling Webpage and clicking on District Scholarship Bulletin along left side.

 Class Changes for Spring Term:  Students requesting changes in their spring term classes should fill out a Class Change Request Form in the counseling office December 1-14.   Juniors and Seniors who want to be a T.A. must have teacher approval before turning in the change form.  As always, changes will be made on a space available basis only, not for teacher preference or to be with friends.  Please note that all elective changes must be completed before we leave for winter break.  After we return in January, the only requests we will be able to accommodate will be for students wanting to add a TA, drop a class for an unscheduled or fix a scheduling error due to misplacement.  We thank you for working with us with schedule changes.  Taking care of changes beforehand will reduce class disruptions during the first days of the new term.

 2017-2018 Course Selection for 9th-11th grade students:  January 31st Placer will be hosting Elective Preview Day for students to visit 4 different 15 minute presentations on classes and gather information about what they need or want to take next year.  On-line Course Registration will take place between Feb.2nd -Feb.11th.  In Feb. & March Counselors will meet 1:1 with students to verify correct classes needed for graduation & college-career readiness have been selected. 

 SAT and ACT Tests: Juniors planning to attend a 4 year college in Fall of 2019 need to take either the SAT or ACT or both.  We encourage they do at least one in Spring Junior Year and Repeat in Fall of Senior year.   Don’t miss the deadline and pay extra for late registration.  Make sure to send test scores to all colleges where you may apply--send to 1 UC or 1 CSU and it goes to ALL UC’s and CSU’s.  See the testing schedule that follows:

SAT Test Dates 2018   Register at:

Test Date

Tests Offered

Regular Registration Closes

Phone/Online Late Registration Closes

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 2018   Register at:  ACT. org

Test Date

Registration Ends

Late Registration Time Frame

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 b

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