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WELCOME TO THE COLLEGE/CAREER March/April EDITION!!!
SENIORS...REMEMBER TO LISTEN TO THE DOWNEY’S DAILY BULLETIN, READ UPDATES/REMINDERS AND CHECK THIS WEBPAGE REGULARLY…ULTIMATELY IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO STAY ON TOP OF ALL UPCOMING EVENTS AND DEADLINES
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- Pay attention and respond immediately to all emails sent from colleges/universities that you’ve applied to!!! Failure to do so, could cause your application to be dropped!
- MJC New Student Days: Senior, if you didn’t take advantage of Downey’s MJC application, assessment, orientation & advising workshops and you still plan to enroll at MJC in the summer/fall 2017, then you must now attend NEW STUENT DAY. In order to receive a priority registration appointment for summer or fall classes, completion of application, assessment, orientation and/or advising must be done. NEW STUDENT DAY session will take place Saturday, April 8, at 8:00 am and Saturday May 20 at 8:00am. There will be counselors, financial aid advisors and lots of help there to answer all of your questions. No cost to attend, no pre-registration required. If you need further information about these sessions call (209) 575-6788
- EPT & ELM: If you plan to attend a CSU, you must take an English and/or Math placement test unless you’re exempt from taking it (See more detailed information below under “TESTING”). If you’re using your SAT/ACT or AP exam scores to determine your exemption status, then make sure you send them to your CSU as proof. You can also check your “To Do List” on your college portal account or call the college you’re applying to, to find out whether or not you will need to take the EPT or ELM placement exam for admission acceptance.
- UC Writing Exam: UC will notify you via letter, if you need to take the Analytical Writing Placement Examination. If you are required to take the exam, the test and location will be stated in your letter. More information at http://www.ucop.edu/elwr/index.html
- Naviance: All seniors will be required to take a Senior Exit Survey on Naviance in May before being cleared for graduation, so it’s a MUST that all seniors register for Naviance. To get started, stop by the career center to get your registration code and instructions from the Naviance Binder on the counter.
- Naviance: Seniors please make sure your college list (including MJC) is up to date on your Naviance Account (see Naviance link under “other information”). Once you commit to attending a college for next year, set it as your attending college in Naviance. This information is important data that has to be sent to the district office at the end of the year.
- Cal Grants: Wondering if your Cal Grant GPA has been received by the California Commission? Now that you’ve filed a FAFSA, you can go on-line and check the status of your Cal Grant application by logging on to Web Grants for Students www.csac.gov and creating an account. Once you’ve created an account, click on Cal Grant then click on Award Detail. In addition to viewing the status of your Cal Grant, this secure site will also allow you to update your address, view payment history or report your college of attendance to the commission.
- MAY 1st! If you have made a decision about where you plan to go college next year, make sure you “accept” admission on your college portal and pay any housing deposits and/or enrollment fees required by May 1. You will also need to sign up for the earliest orientation dates to ensure the best pick of classes.
- Dorms/Housing: If you’re heading to a 4 year college or university, now is the time apply for housing and get your dorm or apartment situation in order!
- GRADES: Seniors need to continue to maintain a high level of academic performance. Remember your acceptances are CONDITIONALY based upon the assumption you will pass all your A-G courses with a grade of C or higher. IF you received a “D” in a core class as a final grade in the 1st semester or you changed an A-G class on your schedule, you MUST report it to the colleges you applied to as it may affect your admission status.
- If you've been awarded a scholarship, it's important to bring a copy of any/all scholarship confirmations to Ms. Hammell in the career center. Downey would be pleased to honor & recognize you at our Senior Awards program in the spring.
- Mind your Manners! Be sure to write a note of thank to the teachers and counselors who wrote your letters of recommendation. Let them know the colleges you were accepted to and how much you appreciated their help.
Juniors, what should you be doing NOW to prepare for college?
►Keep earning high grades! When you begin to submit college applications, you will only have 9th-11th grades to submit, so this is the last year you’ll have to raise your GPA.
►Attend college fairs & college preview days.
►Review your transcript NOW to be sure you are on track to meet A-G college entrance requirements. Enroll in summer school in April & May to retake classes that you earned F’s in, or enroll in a class needed for A-G college entrance requirements.
►Learn your Downey High School Code (052000) as you will need to know it for college entrance exams
►Spring SAT/ACT is right around the corner. Sign up to register NOW!!! (see SAT or ACT link below under “Testing”).
●Oregon Private College Visit Week: Juniors interested in any of the private colleges in Oregon may want to visit their campuses this summer. If you visit 4+ campuses, they will waive your college application fees next year. July 24—28, register at http://oregonprivatecolleges.com
●How to select a college major? Juniors, this seems so far away, but it’s coming very quickly! Some colleges will ask you to declare a major on your application, and in many cases it can be quite difficult to change your major in college. Start doing some research now at www.collegemajors101.com
JUNIORS—there are many universities that offer summer enrichment programs. I’ve listed a few, but there are more out there. Simply attending a summer program doesn’t necessarily help you get into a competitive college, but the experiences you gain may improve your personal statement for the college application. If participating in a collegiate summer program doesn’t work out for you, be sure to expand your experiences locally during the summer. Basically: don’t sit around on social media and watching tv all summer!
► UC Davis Pre-College program: http://precollege.ucdavis.edu
►UC Davis Summer Opportunities for High Achieving Students: http://ysp.ucdavis.edu
►Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies: https://summerinstitutes.stanford.edu/
► Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP): http://www.princeton.edu/pupp/
►Yale’s Young Scholar Summer program: http://globalscholars.yale.edu
►Duke University: http://summersession.duke.edu/highschool-students
►University of Chicago Summer Session for high school students: http://summer.uchicago.edu/
►COSMOS is a four week summer program that focuses on the science and math field. The program is taught by UC professors on UC campuses. To learn more and obtain additional information visit: www.ucop.edu/cosmos
►USC Summer Program: Students currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade will learn to balance challenging academic coursework with college life. Visit https://summerprograms.usc.edu/about for more information.
►UOP Summer Enrichment Program: The application and a dynamic schedule of summer course offerings can be found on the Summer Sessions website at: www.go.pacific.edu/summersessions
►Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP): Only students in 10th and 11th grade are eligible to apply. All CLYLP high school programs are FREE to students. (Room and board, and transportation are included). To learn more visit: http://clylp.org/programs/high-school-program-application
►Smithsonian Latino Center -Young Ambassadors Program (YAP): Yap is a college preparatory and leadership program that encourages Latino participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience. Selected students will participate in a weeklong all expenses paid interdisciplinary training seminar in Washington DC. To learn more visit: http://latino.si.edu/Education/YAP
►Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Program: Are you going to be a junior or senior in high school? If so, consider spending the summer with Carnegie Mellon and enroll in courses such as architecture, art/design, drama, music and game academy. For more information visit: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college
►Cornell University has a 3 and 6 week summer program. Visit: www.summercollege.cornell.edu for more information.
►Boston University Summer Pre-College Summer Program: Experience college life in a number of fields of study. Visit www.bu.edu/summer/highschool for application and more information.
►George Washington University Pre-College Summer Program: To learn more and obtain additional information go to: www.precollege.gwu.edu
►Harvard Summer School Secondary School Program: Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will have the opportunity to experience college life in a number of fields of study including those offered online as well. Visit www.summer.harvard.edu/ssp to learn more.
►Marist Pre-College Summer Programs: Open to high school sophomores and juniors who want a taste of college life in NYC, both in the classroom and on campus. Visit www.marist.edu/precollege for more information and application (accepted on rolling/space available basis)
►Barnard’s Pre-College Summer programs: Junior and Senior girls will be challenged and stimulated while living and learning like a college student in NYC. Visit www.barnard.edu/summer to learn more.
►Air Force Academy Program: For students who will be graduating from high school between 2018 and 2022 register for Air Force Future Falcons Program. For more information about this program and other opportunities available through the Air Force visit: http://www.academyadmissions.com
►California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSA) is looking for talented teen artists, writers, and performers. To learn more about CSSSA summer program or obtain application forms and instructions, visit www.csssa.ca.gov or call the Sacramento headquarters at (916) 229-5160.
UPCOMING EVENTS, OPPORTUNITIES, REMINDERS AND DEADLINES
Quick checklist of A-G Requirements to attend CSU or UC: (all grades earned must be “C” or better) For more detailed information, see Downey A-G college checklist/worksheet link under “other information”. See your counselor for a copy of your unofficial transcript.
4 years of CP English
3 years of Math (Algebra, Geometry, Advance Algebra or Secondary Math I, II, III)
2 years of Lab Science (CP Bio, CP Chem)
2 years of Social Studies (CP World History, CP US History)
2 years of SAME Foreign Language
1 year of Visual Performing Art (Art, Dance, Drama, Photo, Ceramics, Band, Music, Choir)
1 year of CP elective
●Scholarships: Scholarship season is upon us! Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Applying requires quite a bit of work on your part so follow their instructions and pay attention to deadlines. Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin on a regular bases for posting of monthly scholarships (see link under “Scholarships”)
●MJC New Student Days: Seniors, if you didn’t take advantage of Downey’s MJC application, assessment, orientation & advising workshops and you plan to enroll at MJC in the summer/fall 2017, then you must now attend NEW STUENT DAY. In order to receive a priority registration appointment for summer or fall classes, completion of application, assessment, orientation and/or advising must be done. NEW STUDENT DAY session will take place Saturday, April 8, at 8:00 am and Saturday May 20 at 8:00am. There will be counselors, financial aid advisors and lots of help there to answer all of your questions. No cost to attend, no pre-registration required. If you need further information about these sessions call (209)575-6788
●MJC Nursing Career Day: The MJC nursing program is hosting a Career Day that focuses on nursing and all the opportunities available to become an RN. This Career Day is scheduled at MJC on Friday, April 21th. It will be a great opportunity for students to attend who are interested in the nursing field.
●Seniors, Were you one of the lucky ones to attend the Hanshaw Scholarship presentation given by Mr. Vidal? If so, it's time to submit a copy of your transcript & college acceptance letter. Bring to career center and place it in Hanshaw Scholarship box by 2:00 on Friday, March 3rd. Late documents will NOT be accepted!
●Senior Awards Ceremony: Downey welcomes all students and parents to attend this special ceremony celebrating senior accomplishments. Be sure to let the college counselor know of the scholarship(s) you received so you can be recognized on this day. This event will be held in the Downey High School Auditorium on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:30. SAVE the DATE!!!
●ASVAB Career Exploration Exam: The ASVAB test is the most comprehensive, widely used multiple aptitude test in the world. It includes an interest inventory and other activities and resources designed to help students explore the world of work and gain confidence in making career decisions. Check out the website at www.asvabprogram.com. Downey will host this free test on Friday, April 7th in room 1 (open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors). To sign up, see Mr. Lankford in the career center.
●To All Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors: University of Pacific (UOP is hosting a (WACAC) College Fair on Friday, May 5rd. More than 100 representatives from colleges across the US will be there. College representatives will be at the fair to answer your questions about their schools and to recruit students. There will be a financial aid workshop, and general information session about the overall college application process in Spanish & English. This event is free and open to the public!!! For more detailed information visit UOP website at go.pacific.edu/collegefair. NOTE: It is strongly advised that students pre-register for the event.
●United States Military Academy – West Point: Juniors, sophomores, freshmen! USMA is looking for top exceptional students who stand out as strong academic performers, excellent athletes and having the highest level of personal/moral character. If accepted you can receive a fully funded four year education including room & board, medical & dental care and a monthly salary. Start early, start now if your goal it to attend USMA – West Point!!! Visit www.discover.usma.edu/guide to request a brochure that explains how you can best prepare for applying to USMA.
●Annual Hispanic Education Conference: On Saturday, March 18th, Modesto Junior College will be hosting its Annual Hispanic Education Conference. There will be a bus available to take you to and from the conference. If you are interested in attending, please stop by Healthy Start in the Family Resource Center to pick up a permission slip and/or get more information.
●Junior Jump Start: Spring SAT/ACT is right around the corner. It’s recommended you take it once in the spring of your junior year and again in the fall of your senior year. Take them both, since the tests are different and you may find that you do better on one test. Sign up to register NOW!!! (see SAT or ACT link). Fee waivers are available, if you’re on free or reduced lunch program (see college counselor in the career center during your lunch hour).
SAT link: www.collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register
ACT link: www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html
Check out Modesto City Schools Scholarship Bulletin!
Scholarship searching??? Naviance also has a great feature called “ Scholarship Search”. Log into your Naviance account, click on “Colleges” tab, scroll down, then click on Scholarship Search.
Scholarship Tip: Once you've decided what college you will attend in the fall, be sure to check out the scholarships that are being offered by the college/university you chose. The single largest source of scholarships comes for the colleges themselves. Always check the financial aid/scholarship link at the websites of the colleges you want to attend. It might make a difference in which college you choose.
Scholarship Tip: Corporations or unions that your parents work for often sponsor scholarships for dependent children. Ask your parents to check with their company or union to see if scholarships are offered through their workplace.
Research and apply for all the scholarships you can! Check out MCS Scholarship webpage regularly for posting of new scholarships (see MCS Scholarship link)
Net Price Calculator: Every college is now required to post a net price calculator on their website. For each of the colleges you apply to, check out the net price calculator. This is a great tool to help you and your family estimate the cost of attendance.
CSS Profile: Some private universities require that you fill out the CSS Profile instead of the FAFSA to be considered for financial aid. It requires your parents’ financial information and must be updated every year. (CSU and UC do NOT require this form!). Please visit www.collegeboard.org to see if your college requires this form and then check individual college websites for deadlines.
Do you need to take the ELM and/or the EPT placement tests??? First of all, to find your EAP results look for the CAASPP test scores you received during the summer. Included with your CAASPP test results, are your EAP results which tell you whether or not you need to take the CSU placement tests. Seniors who have been accepted to a CSU must show proof that they are ready to take college level coursework in English and Math. However you may be exempt from having to take one or both of these tests IF you:
1. Already earned READY status on your EAP report, taken during your junior year.
2. Already earned CONDITIONALLY READY status on your EAP report AND complete accepted
coursework with a C or higher both semesters of your senior year. For English, the accepted classes are ERWC or AP English. Acceptable classes for Math are any higher level math course beyond Adv. Algebra. NOTE: In the spring, you will need to submit a form signed by your teacher verifying that you are meeting this requirement.
3. SAT score of 500 or higher in Critical Reading, 550 or higher in Math.
4. ACT score of 22 or higher in English, 23 or higher in Math.
5. Score a 3 or higher on appropriate AP exam.
6. Take the placement test. Tests are $20 each (no fee waivers available) and can be taken at
CSU Stanislaus. Regardless of what CSU you attend in the fall…. your test results will be shared with all other CSU’s. Test dates can be found at: www.ets.org/csu/registration/dates/. Register at www.ets.org/csu/registration . NOTE: Upcoming test dates are 2/11, 3/4, 3/18, 4/8 and 5/6
NOTE: Many colleges have a deadline as to when you need to complete the test, so follow through otherwise your college acceptance will be revoked.
SAT & ACT Testing: Seniors, you’re done with this! Juniors—it’s your turn! Sign UP to register NOW!!! Oh and don’t forget to print your admission ticket and bring a photo I.D. to the test!
SAT Test Date: January 21 March 11 May 6 June 3
Register By: December 21 February 10 April 7 May 9
ACT Test Date: February 11 April 8 June 10
Register By: January 13 March 3 May 5
►NOTE: If you want your SAT scores sent to multiple CSU's, use the CSU Mentor code 3594 when you register or on the answer sheet of your test and your scores will be sent to all 23 campuses (it only counts as 1 of the 4 you get to send for free).
►NOTE: If you want your SAT scores sent to multiple UC's, all you have to do is enter one UC campus code when you register or include it on the answer sheet of your test and it will be sent to all 9 campuses (it only counts as 1 of the 4 you get to send for free).
►NOTE: CSU’s will “Super Score” and take the highest math and verbal SAT test score from multiple test dates. UC’s will ONLY take the highest SAT test score from one sitting.
►NOTE: Your ACT scores will have to be sent individually to each CSU/UC you applied to.
AP testing: Here's a question that often gets asked: Will my AP test scores earn me college credits at every university? Many UC and CSU campuses accept AP exam scores of 3, 4 or 5. Some private colleges handle these scores differently. It's strongly recommended you check individual college websites to determine how credit is awarded. To view AP credit policies by universities, go to: www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy
Athletes planning to enroll in college as a freshman and want to participate in Division I or Division II sports must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse (see NCAA link to register online). Seniors should already be registered! Juniors should register now! It’s recommended that interested students start this process no later than the spring of their junior year in high school. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the Clearinghouse has the following documents:
●A signed student release form and payment fee
●An official transcript mailed directly to Clearinghouse from every high school attended (see Debbie in Records Office room 8 for your official transcript)
●SAT or ACT scores have to be sent to the Clearinghouse by the student
SENIORS and JUNIORS: If you plan to play a Division I or Division II sport in college, you MUST register with the NCAA Clearinghouse and meet their course & test requirements (see NCAA link). Their high school course requirements are a bit different than the college A-G course requirements. NOTE: NCAA will NOT accept ESS or SS classes to help meet required coursework. Download the online form, fill it out, then send it with your official transcript to NCAA office or take a copy of the completed form to Debbie Garrett, our registrar in room 8. She can forward the form and a copy of your official transcript to the Clearinghouse. It’s your responsibility to request the registrar to send follow up transcripts as needed by NCAA Clearinghouse. NOTE: You can have your SAT/ACT scores sent directly to the NCAA clearinghouse by using code 9999, otherwise it’s your responsibly to submit an order through ACT/SAT website to have them send all your SAT/ACT test scores to the Clearinghouse. We do NOT send them from Downey.
Naviance is a powerful resource to help guide you through the sometimes confusing path of college and careers. It is designed to help you plan and prepare for YOUR future! For example, you can create your student profile, research colleges and careers, create a resume, find scholarships and learn more about yourself and what interests you through our career and personality inventories. Naviance can also track the colleges you applied for and have been accepted to. Whether you plan to attend a college or vocational/trade/tech school, go into the military or work right after high school, visit the Naviance site regularly and become familiar with the many resources available to help you stay at the top of your year.
REGISTER FOR NAVIANCE! All Downey students are required to register for Naviance. In fact, seniors will not be cleared to graduate unless their Senior Exit Survey is completed on Naviance in May. To get started, stop by the career center to get your registration code and instructions from the Naviance Binder on the counter then go to web link and register (see Naviance link)
Here's a question that gets asked often: How do I find colleges that will best fit my major and areas of interest? Visit Naviance!!! (see link on this webpage) If you take the "Career Interest Profiler" it will match you to careers that best suit your personality and colleges that have majors which match your interests. Career Interest Profiler is an interest inventory that will give you information describing your personality, strengths and a list of career possibilities.
►Every single student on this campus should have a Family Connection Naviance account! To get started, stop by the career center to get your registration code and instructions from the Naviance Binder then go to web link and register (see Naviance link). Make sure you’re accessing your account and using all that Naviance has to offer! Listed below are some things you can do on Naviance:
*Create a personal profile
*Research colleges and careers
*Create a resume
*Take a personality test that will match you with careers
*Scholarship search (local & national)
*Scattergrams allow you to view your chance of acceptance at the college of your choice
*SAT test prep (FREE!)
*ACT test prep (FREE!)
*And SO MUCH MORE!!!
►Don’t forget in Naviance, under the “Colleges Tab”, is a Scholarship list and search tool. You’ll see all the scholarships available from local, state and across the nation! This is a GREAT resource at your fingertips!!! USE IT!!!
Spring Semester goes from 1/ 11—4/ 29
Registration for summer courses will begin in early April
Registration for fall courses will begin in May
Seniors: It’s too late to register for spring semester, but NOW it’s the time to enroll for summer and/or fall semester! Before you can register for classes after graduation, you must complete all entrance requirements. Yes…even if you’ve already taken classes at MJC you must still complete the following:
- Application - done online. Visit: www.mjc.edu or call 209-575-6491
- Orientation - done online. Visit: www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/orientation.php
- Assessment Tests – done at MJC campus. www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/testing
- Meet with MJC academic advisor – done at MJC campus
NOTE: Once you’ve applied, you will receive email confirmation of acceptance & submission of your application which will later be followed by instructions on the next steps, which include: orientation, testing, advising, email activation, registering for classes and paying for fees.
●General information - www.mjc.edu
● Assessment Test Information & Dates - www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/testing
●Click on MJC application directions: http://downey.monet.k12.ca.us/documents/HOW%20TO%20APPLY%20TO%20MJC%20revised%2015-16.pdf
►Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors…Interested in taking MJC coursework to get a jump start on college credit? If so, then first make sure you first apply on MJC website at www.mjc.edu then print out & complete the following high school petition form at www.mjc.edu/studentservices/specialparttime0116.pdf Once the form is filled out, give it to the Counselor or Principal for approval/signature, then submit the form to MJC Enrollment Office for processing. Remember classes taken at MJC are free while you’re still in high school, but only students who are on track to graduate and have demonstrated that they can handle the additional coursework, will do well with dual enrollment. Most courses in 100 level are transferable to CSU’s, UC’s and many private universities. Suggested courses to take: Guidance 110, Health 110, Music Appreciation 101, History 101 or 102, College Skills 100, Public Speaking 100 and various elective classes. To find MJC course schedule (click on the “magnifying glass” in upper right hand corner of MJC homepage) to view what is being offered each semester.
►If you still have questions about MJC, stop by the career center on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s during your lunch period to speak to our MJC TRIO representative.
►Taking the SAT and/or ACT is NOT required if you plan to attend MJC or any other California Community /Junior College. You MUST however, take the Math & English assessment in the spring, if you plan to apply in the fall. (See below for NEW MUTIPLE MEASURES NOW IN PLACE AT MJC)!
►NEW Multiple Measures for Assessment at MJC!
MJC is now accepting new assessment options which may exempt students from having to take the Math and English placement tests. Your EAP, SAT, ACT or AP test scores may also show you’re ready for college level Math and English classes at MJC. Visit the following website for more detailed information: www.mjc.edu/studentservices/enrollment/testing/multiplemeasures.php
●MJC Nursing Career Day: The MJC nursing program is hosting a Career Day that focuses on nursing and all the opportunities available to become an RN. This Career Day is scheduled at MJC for Friday, April 21th. It will be a great opportunity for students to attend who are interested in the nursing field.
●MJC New Student Days will be held on April 8 & May 20 at 8:00 am. If students didn’t take advantage of the MJC workshops at Downey, then they will now have to attend “New Student Days” to complete the application, orientation, assessment and/or advising steps in order to completely register for MJC. There will be counselors, financial aid advisors and lots of help there to answer all of your questions. No cost to attend, no pre-registration required.
Modesto City Schools Career Tech Education
Jumpstart Reality Check
Vocational/Trade/Tech School Search
Bureau of Labor Occupational & Career Handbook
Mapping Your Future
Who Do U Want 2B? Career Guide
California Career Center
California Career Cafe
CA Career Zone -Assessment Tool
California Careers -Overview
Personality Test 1
Personality Test 2
NCAA Registration/Eligibility Center
NCAA - Guide for College Bound Athlete
(eligibility, requirements, worksheets, forms)
NCAA -Quick Reference Guide
Eligibility Requirements 2016 & later
NAIA Registration - Eligibility Center
NAIA Homepage - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Downey's CSU/UC Approved A-G Course List
TDHS Grad Requirements & CSU/UC Requirements
Video - How to Read TDHS Transcript
National College Search Tool
National College & Career Exploration
Western Undergrad Exchange (WUE)