Counseling News for May 2016


Congratulations Class of 2016!   As this is the last newsletter of the school year, the counseling staff would like to congratulate the class of 2016 and wish them the best as they embark on the next stage of their lives.  Graduation Practice is on Friday, May 27 at 8am starting in gym. Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 28 beginning at 9:00a.m. in the stadium.  Graduates must report to the E.C. Gym no later than 8:00a.m. There are no tickets to Commencement, just first come first serve.

 Senior Survey:  All Seniors are required to fill out the 2016 Senior Survey online.  It can be found on the Placer High homepage and on the PHS counseling page.  It only takes a few minutes and students will not be cleared for graduation until it is filled out and submitted.

 Final Transcripts:   On the Senior Check Out Form (handed out on Tuesday, May 24th ) there is a spot where students can indicate where a Final Transcript should be sent.  All seniors who are going on to a 4-year college in the fall must have their final transcript sent to the college.  We do not automatically send a final transcript unless you indicate it on the Senior Check Out Form.  Failure to do so could jeopardize your acceptance and/or prevent registration for fall classes.  

 Summer School:  Placer School for Adults is offering a three week credit recovery program for incoming juniors, incoming seniors and non-graduating 2016 seniors.  Students can earn up to 10 credits.  The courses available are English, Government, Economics, Math Review, Algebra, U.S. History, World History, Health, Tech Essentials, Mythology, Art,  Life Science and Physical Science.  Classes will be held Monday through Friday, June 6 to June 24 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  Students should meet with their counselor as soon as possible to get the registration information.  Students or Parents with all appropriate paperwork signed and completed can register beginning Thursday May 26th through Thursday June 2nd at the Placer School for Adults Office, 390 Finley Street.   This will be a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED until all classes are full.  There are no spots reserved for graduating seniors or soon-to-be Seniors.

 Academic and Department Recognition Awards:   At these events, academic achievements for Honors, High Honors, and Scholar (GPA 4.0+), athletic achievements, and departmental recognitions will be presented.  The awards ceremonies will be held on Wednesday, May 18h at 10:40am.  The awards for 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will be presented in the Earl Crabbe Gym and the awards for seniors will be presented in the auditorium at the same time.

 Senior Scholarship Award Night; also known as our Money Night-- will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:30 pm in the auditorium.  This event celebrates seniors who have received monetary school, community, and college scholarships..  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 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. The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 4th; this is so you can be recognized before your parents and peers.

 Class Registration for 2016-2017-- Course selection by students was completed in March and the Master Schedule of classes is still in the process of being built.  Students whose schedules have conflicts will be summoned by counselors at the end of May.  All student schedules will be available through the Portal at the end of July.  

 AP Exams:   AP exams begin on May 2nd and continue until May 11th.  Please be sure to consult the AP Exam Schedule for your specific time and location.  Schedules are also posted in the AP classrooms, the counseling office and online on the PHS Counseling website.  Also remember to bring canned goods on testing day to the churches that provide Placer High the space to administer the exams so that they can pass these food items on to the community in need.


AP Testing Schedule:

Week 1

Morning (8am)

Afternoon (12 noon)

Monday, May 2

Chemistry - Bethlehem Lutheran

Environmental Science - St. Lukes


A-L    Bethlehem Lutheran

M-Z   St. Lukes

Wednesday, May 4

English Literature & Comp. (12th grade)

A-K   Bethlehem Lutheran

L-Z   St. Lukes


Thursday, May 5

Calculus AB/BC Bethlehem Lutheran


Friday, May 6

US History - Bethlehem Lutheran


Week 2

Morning (8am)

Afternoon (12 noon)

Monday, May 9

Biology - Bethlehem Lutheran


Tuesday, May 10

U. S. Government & Politics - Bethlehem Lutheran


Wednesday, May 11

English Language & Comp. (11th grade)

A-K    Bethlehem Lutheran

L-T     St. Lukes

U-Z    PHS Career Center

Macroeconomics - Bethlehem Lutheran


College-bound Juniors   Students who plan on attending a four-year college upon graduation from Placer High School should take the SAT or ACT at this time.  See the schedules below.   It is highly recommended that all testing be completed by June and perhaps a 2nd test be taken in the Fall. Subject tests are no longer required for the UC system unless specified for an impacted major.  For private and out-of-state colleges, check out their requirements and dates online.

Spring 2016 SAT Test Dates

Test Date

Tests Offered

Regular Registration Closes

Phone/Online Late Registration Closes

June 4, 2016

Not on PHS campus

SAT & Subject Tests

May 5

May 25

Register at:

2016  ACT Test Dates

Test Date

Registration Ends

Late Registration Time Frame

June 11, 2016

May 6

May 7 - 20