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Counseling News for April 2017

This is Scholarship Season for our Seniors!  There are still some scholarships available this month for seniors to apply.  Check the District Scholarship Bulletin on the Placer High Counseling webpage for local scholarships. You of course are welcome to pursue others at specific universities or just “google” scholarships.  Do not delay and possibly miss a scholarship opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact Counselor, Katy Chamberlin

 Senior Scholarship Award Night will be held on Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 pm in the auditorium.  This event celebrates seniors who have received school, community, and college scholarships; this is for monetary awards.  To assist us in recognizing these accomplishments, we ask that seniors bring copies of their scholarship letters/print-out of email as soon as they get them to Mrs. Smith in the counseling office, so we can include them in the event’s program.  This includes any college specific awards that students have received, i.e. a Merit Award or Honor Award in their junior and senior year.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 1st in order to build the program.

 Recognition Rally for 9-12th is Wednesday May 17th at 10:45-11:30am.  9-11th will be in Earl Crabbe Gym and Seniors in Auditorium.  These are for non-monetary awards; they are scholastic and athletic recognition.  If your student is to be awarded that morning, parents will receive a mailed invite to attend.

 College Acceptance:   Now is the time when seniors receive college acceptance letters.  As you are notified of acceptance be sure to let us know by filling out a college acceptance form on Mrs. Smith’s counter in the Counseling Office.  With this information, students can be added to our College Board in the Counseling Office and on the Counseling Website.  With this display, we can all share in the pride of having our students go on to attend some of the best colleges and universities in the country!

 Sierra College   Seniors who plan on attending Sierra College in Fall 2017 should have applied at this time.  Go to the Placer High website, select the Counseling page, then select (from the left side margin) “Applying to Sierra College”.  This will take you through the process step-by-step with links to Sierra College.  After you have applied, received your MySierra account and completed online orientation, then you are ready for the assessment process.  Use the Placement/Assessment Tool to help determine which assessments you need.  If you are still unsure, check with your counselor to see which assessments you need to take. Remember that students must have completed the application process and online orientation before making an assessment appointment at Sierra College (if you even need one)  and any assessments need to be completed before a college counseling appointment is made--Priority registration starts in April and you need to have completed all the steps before you can sign up for classes.  If you do not need an assessment, based on the Placement Tool, make the Counseling Appointment and take a copy of your transcript with you.   Be sure to order an official transcript for admissions and send an unofficial transcript for the Placement process. 

 UC Personal Statement--Class of 2018: 

The University of California application changed the Personal Statement for the class of 2017, so it still applies to you.  Students will respond to 4 of the 8 questions and each response limited to 350 words. You can never start thinking about it too early.

 1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.

2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side. 

3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?

4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?

6.  Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.

7. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place? 

8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?

 AP Testing:  Registered students will receive reminders showing times and test locations closer to the testing dates.  See testing schedule below.

Week 1

Morning (8am)


Afternoon (12 noon)

Monday, May 1


Environmental Science



Tuesday, May 2



Art History

Physics 1

Wednesday, May 3

English Literature & Comp.



Thursday, May 4

U. S. Government & Politics



Friday, May 5

United States History



Week 2

Morning (8am)


Afternoon (12 noon)

Monday, May 8



Physics C

Tuesday, May 9

Calculus AB / BC



Wednesday, May 10

English Language & Comp.



Thursday, May 11









Friday, May 12

Human Geography



SAT and ACT Tests: Juniors who plan on attending a 4-year college Fall of 2018 must take the SAT or ACT.  Deadlines for testing registration are listed in below boxes.  Don’t miss the deadline and pay extra for late registration.  We encourage all students to take the test once in Spring 2017 and then again in Fall for score improvement.  All testing must be completed by December of 2017, but some schools require tests by November (SDSU, Cal Poly, SJSU and others).  Make sure to select colleges you may potentially be attending when you register for a test. For Example, for  a CSU, select CSU, Mentor Long Beach or put in code #3594, and your scores will send for free to all CSU’s.  If applying to the UC schools, select one school and all the UC schools share the results.  All Athletes who hope to participate in college athletics should send scores to NCAA by entering code 9999.

Fee Waivers for both tests are available for those on our Free/Reduced Lunch Program; see your counselor for the waiver.

Athletes--note the test dates for winter or spring and plan ahead around activities and sports.  See the testing schedule that follows:

 SAT Test Dates 2017                                    (Register at:

Test Date

Tests Offered

Regular Registration Closes

Phone/Online Late Registration Closes

May 6, 2017

SAT & Subject Tests

April 7

April 25

June 3, 2017

SAT & Subject Tests

May 9

May 24


ACT Test Dates 2017   (Register at:  ACT. org)

Test Date

Registration Ends

Late Registration Time Frame

June 10, 2017

May 5

May 6- 19










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