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Audience: College & Career Center

Come to the College and Career Center (S7) on Friday, January 19th at 7:15 for coffee and donuts with counselors. 

 

This is a perfect time to ask questions about the college application process in a more personal environment.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 12/13/17




Audience: College & Career Center

If you are currently a junior, now is the time to be practicing standardized testing for college admissions.

 

Practice ACT- Monday, January 22nd

Practice SAT- Monday, January 29th

 

The test will be held in the library starting at 2:45PM. Please bring a calculator and pencils.

 

To register, see Ms. Lowe before school or during lunch in S7. To reserve your spot you must make a $10 deposit that will be returned to you upon completion of your test. Please ask Ms. Lowe about cancellation details loweh@mdusd.net

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 12/13/17




Audience: College & Career Center

 

If you took the PSAT at College Park in October, then your score is available two different ways.

 

It is available in a student's CollegeBoard account OR students can stop by S7 for a hard copy of their score during lunch.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 12/12/17




Audience: College & Career Center, Homepage and Homepage

Hello Senior Parents and Senior Falcons!

As you know, after you apply to a CSU (or any college for that matter) you need to send in your official SAT scores from collegeboard. The deadline to send in your SAT scores is not the same as the application deadline (which is tomorrow), but the deadline for SATs varies between each school.

In order for all of your CSUs to receive your SATs, you do not need to send your SAT to each CSU but instead send it using this code on Collegeboard: 3594.

This is really important, because I just found this out and have been telling students differently in workshops. I apologize, but this year CSUs explicitly stated that CSU mentor would be discontinued as their new application Cal State Apply is in use (3594 is the code for CSU Mentor).

Please stop by before school or during lunch if you need assistance, again I apologize for the confusion.

Best,

Ms. Lowe

PS- If you read this even though you took the ACT, you do not need to send your ACT to CSUs using the code 3594, the original rule still applies that when you send your ACT to one school that it will be shared with all the CSUs you applied to

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 11/29/17




Audience: College & Career Center, Homepage and Homepage

Hello Seniors!

 

If you are applying to any schools using the Common Application, you need to have a well-written personal statement.

 

Come if you need help getting started. Come if you have a draft (bring your essay printed out). We will be  in the College and Career Center from 2:40-4PM on Monday, December 4th.

 

Contact Ms. Lowe if you have questions.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 11/28/17




Audience: College & Career Center, Homepage and Homepage

Hello Seniors!

 

If you filled out FAFSA/Dream Act and applied to California colleges, you could be eligible for a Cal Grant! 

 

To find out  if you received one you need to have filled out your FAFSA/Dream Act by Nov. 20th to allow for enough processing time.

 

I can help you set up a Web Grants account after your FAFSA or Dream Act has processed. You will need to know your Social Security number or Dream Act ID. 

 

Come to the computer lab in the library after school on Thursday, December 14th from 2:40-4PM. It takes under ten minutes if you enter in you personal information correctly. Contact Ms. Lowe if you have questions.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 11/28/17




Audience: College & Career Center

Hello Seniors!

 

Are you applying to schools using the Common Application? If yes and you'd like some help getting started or you have some very specific questions about the application, please come to the computer lab in the library on Monday, December 18th.

 

We will be there from 2:40-4PM. Please contact Ms. Lowe  if you have questions.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 11/28/17




Audience: College & Career Center and Homepage

Hello Parents and Students!

 

The next coffee meeting will be on Friday, December 8th at 7:15 AM in the College and Career Center, S7.

 

Please come if you have questions about the college process and would like to ask questions in a smaller forum than a parent night.

 

Many private schools have January deadlines so this is a perfect time to ask if you have particular questions about those applications.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 11/16/17




Audience: College & Career Center and Homepage

Hello Senior Parents and Students!

 

College Park will be hosting a financial aid night in the Multi-use Room at 5:30 on Wednesday, November 29th.

 

The speaker will be from Diablo Valley Community College's financial aid office, and she will cover many different parts of financial aid--from Cal Grant information to parts of financial aid packages. If you attended the Cash for College Night, this will presentation will cover not just FAFSA, so if you still need more information please attend.

 

Please email Ms. Lowe if you have any questions at LoweH@mdusd.org

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 11/8/17




Audience: College & Career Center and Homepage

Hello Parents and Students,

 

The next coffee with college counselors is taking place on Thursday, November 9th at 7:15 AM in the College and Career Center, S7.

 

Please come if you have questions about college applications and would like more personal feedback around the college process. Counselors will also be focusing on important application details as deadlines are rapidly approaching.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 11/8/17




Audience: College & Career Center

Hello Seniors!

 

Please join me in the computer lab in the library after school on Monday, November 6th from 2:40-4PM.

 

We will go through the UC application screen by screen, and/or you can ask tricky UC questions to get your application done.

- Ms. Lowe

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 11/1/17




Audience: College & Career Center

Please join us for the 10th and 11th grade parent night on November 30th a 6:00pm in the Multi-Use Room.

The agenda will include important things students and families should be planning for regarding college and career goals as well as Naviance and how useful this tool can be during these exploration years. If there are any 9th grade parents, that did not attend the Naviance Parent night, please feel free to join us as well. Those that did attend Naviance night will find they received most of this information at that event.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 10/29/17




Audience: College & Career Center

See how the ACT compares to the SAT after taking the PSAT a few weeks ago. Come to College Park on Saturday, November 4th at 8:30 for a practice ACT with AJ Tutoring. After the test, you will receive your score report and free score breakdown session afterschool on Wednesday, November 16th.

 

Please contact Patrick Hennes at AJ tutoring to register via email pat@ajtutoring or phone 925-278-6311. The exam and score report analysis cost $20.

 

If you think you qualify for a fee waiver, please contact Ms. Lowe either during lunch in S7 or via email loweh@mdusd.net

 

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 10/19/17




Audience: College & Career Center

Hello College Park!!!

 

Come join us for the 5th College Fair at Ygnacio Valley High School on Tuesday, October 24th at 6PM. 

 

See the attached list of attending schools, who could have the very admissions rep who will read your application at the fair!

 

Please sign up to volunteer, thank you!

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 10/18/17




Audience: College & Career Center

The PSAT is being held at College Park HS on October 14th at 8AM. Please arrive early to find your room.

This is a great opportunity for juniors to get nominated for the National Merit Scholarship: a prestigious scholarship for college. It is also an opportunity to practice taking the SAT, and colleges you apply to will not see the score--so there is less pressure.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 10/11/17




Audience: College & Career Center

This Friday will be our first coffee with college counselors in the Career Center at 7:15AM. Come to ask questions about college for your senior and more personalized time.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 10/4/17




Audience: College & Career Center

Attention Senior Students and Parents!!!

 

If you need help filling out FAFSA or Dream Act this is the event for you! (FAFSA or Dream Act are essential forms that your family needs to fill out to obtain financial aid from colleges, INCLUDING MERIT BASED AID).

 

On Thursday, October 12th, Cash for College will do a presentation and then provide financial aid experts to help you and your student fill out FAFSA or Dream Act line by line.

 

Please see the attached flyers for what important documents you need to bring with you and more details.

 

Ms. Lowe will be there to assist. There will be Spanish translators to support families as well.

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Posted by: HEATHER LOWE
Published: 10/4/17




Audience: College & Career Center

Here is the Google powerpoint slideshow that I've been presenting in class for your reference the screenshots are particularly helpful).

 

Cheers,

Ms. Lowe

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Posted by: SHEILA WELSH
Published: 9/24/17




Audience: College & Career Center

The district has changed the format for student logins into their Naviance accounts, we apologize for the confusion this will cause. The new format will match their student MDUSD Google accounts. Here is a sample for reference:

Username: Google username/Network ID  (i.e. 93josmi01@mdusd.net)

Password: Google password (First name initial, last name initial + Student ID, 

i.e. js1234567)

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Posted by: SHEILA WELSH
Published: 9/21/17




Audience: College & Career Center

Here is the powerpoint from the Naviance night for Freshmen parents that took place on September 21st.

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Posted by: SHEILA WELSH
Published: 9/21/17




Audience: College & Career Center

Taking the ACT on April 8?  Join Kaplan’s FREE ACT Prepathon online this Saturday, March 25th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to help you get ready for test day.  Register today at www.kaptest.com/prepathon.

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Posted by: SHEILA WELSH
Published: 3/22/17




Audience: College & Career Center

The PowerPoint presentation that will be shown at Junior Parent Night is available for viewing on the website.  Click here.

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Posted by: SHEILA WELSH
Published: 2/7/17




Audience: College & Career Center

 

**If you already ordered tests on the College Board website, please contact them immediately to cancel your order, because you will not be able to test here.

 

To register for AP tests, students and parents will log on to TotalRegistration (TR), the website we are using for all MDUSD AP test sign-ups.  To access this website, go to www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/050659.

 

If you took AP tests last year, use your same email log-in and password. After you have filled all of the required boxes and chosen your test(s), you can print your confirmation.  TR will collect your test fees, payable with a credit or debit card, or by mailing a personal or cashier’s check, or money order to TR along with a copy of your test Confirmation Page.

 

Test cost: $98.00 per test when you register between January 17 and March 17, 2017. (You are highly encouraged to place your order as soon as you have established your tests.)

 

Late Registration:  $153.00 ($55 late charge) per test from March 18-23.

 

Reduced Fee: Eligible students must use the same TR website to pay $5.00 per test. You must register between January 17 and March 17, 2017 and supply your College and Career Advisor with a signed copy of your Free or Reduced Eligibility form.

 

SSD: All accommodation requests and documentation must be submitted to College Board no later than February 17, 2017  It is recommended that you start this process as soon as possible. If you have been previously approved, check with College Board to make sure your accommodations are up to date.

 

AP Bulletin: please pick up an AP Bulletin from the Career Center after you have registered for the test

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Posted by: SHEILA WELSH
Published: 1/20/17




Audience: College & Career Center

There are substantial changes to the Financial Aid process for the Class of 2017. Click on this link to read about the how the changes benefit you, plus new application deadlines:  2017-18FAFSAupdates.

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Posted by: SHEILA WELSH
Published: 5/3/16