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Parent Email News - Sent June 11, 2013
Congratulations to our seniors – graduation was a hot topic around here last week. It has been a joy to work with our graduating seniors and I wish them great success as they leave Rocklin High. I am also always eager to hear about their college adventures, so please stay in touch! 

I also wish to thank our Rocklin High Assist-a-grad Scholarship sponsors who donated over $60,000 in locally sponsored scholarships this year. A list of scholarships and their recipients is available on our website. 

Summer is a perfect time for students to complete community service hours. The community service contract, used for recording those service hours is available on our website.  Remember when volunteering, to receive graduation credit, volunteer work must be done with a non-profit organization. Volunteering to help private businesses or individuals, while may indeed, be worthwhile and meaningful, it will not count toward your graduation requirement of 25 hours. You can usually verify if an organization is a nonprofit by visiting their website under the “About Us” button. 

Summer is also a great time for teens to find a job. A first-job resume’ template is available under the Resources button on our website. We also have a few job listings, located under the Employment button. 

But the BEST summer activity for a college-bound student, is college visitation. No matter where your travels take you this summer, if there’s a college where you’re going, budget an hour or so to take a tour and learn what you can about the school. Summertime is usually less busy on a college campus, but you can still get an idea if the college is too big, too small, has your major, or is a good fit for you otherwise. Even visiting to decide the college is NOT for you, is a good reason to visit! Most admissions offices are open, with limited hours during summer, so if you are serious about the school, you might contact the outreach office prior to schedule a tour. 

College bound graduates are strongly encouraged to check their college portal account for critical information for matriculating into the first year of college. Most colleges will not email, text or telephone students regarding orientation, registration or anything that might be needed prior to attending classes. Students should log on to their portal account at least twice a week to check for messages or tasks (to do) . Failure to  respond to these requests can result in rescinded admission. 

Sierra College bound students are especially encouraged to check their “My Sierra” accounts after they have registered for classes. Failure to follow through with the final steps of course registration (such as payment of fees), will result in being dropped from the classes. 

College bound graduates, headed toward four year schools are almost always required to send a graduation transcript to their colleges. Students can arrange to have an official transcript sent by visiting our registrar’s office, located in the administration building. 

AP summer reading lists are available on our school website. Students who are planning to take AP classes next year, are strongly encouraged to check out the list and get started early on the reading. AP is rigorous course work and requires a serious mindset for success. 

Rocklin High will be offering our annual SAT Summer Seminar August 12 – 16, 2013 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in our tech lecture hall. This class usually fills up, so I recommend registering for the seminar now. For complete information visit www.rocklintestprep.com 

College Night will be October 10th at Whitney High next fall. Watch for more information as it becomes available. 

The College & Career Center will be closed during summer break. We will reopen in early August. Summer work permits may be processed at our summer school office, and after summer school, work permits will be processed at the district office. All minors need work permits, unless they have graduated from high school. (17 year old graduates, do not need a work permit.) Work permit applications are available for download on our website. 





May 17, 2013

It’s been a busy week at Rocklin High School. Here’s what’s new from the College & Career Center.

 

Summer jobs

Many college applications contain a section  on employment. Top tier colleges expect students to have held a job prior to arriving at college. Being able to balance a part time job along with rigorous course work shows maturity and time management skill.

 

Summer is the perfect time for students to work. Students who are seeking their first job will find a sample resume’ on our website, under the Resources button.  Job seekers are encouraged to take an updated resume’ with them whenever they are job hunting. It’s also important to dress in appropriate business attire for the job setting when personally inquiring about a job.

 

Many businesses have on-line applications that must be completed at home. After students complete the on-line application,  I strongly recommend that students take a resume’ in to the business, advising the management that they have completed the on-line application. Dressing appropriately for this visit is also important.  Students should also note that it is common for employers to do a thorough search on social media (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, etc.) of prospective employees. 

 

We have a few job listings on the College & Career Center website. The information on this site is updated as jobs are announced to us. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/employment/job-listings

Placer County Youth Commission deadline May 31st
The Placer County Youth Commission is now accepting applications from students in all grade levels. This is an opportunity for students to advise County officials on issues that affect teens in Placer County. It requires commitment to attend regular meetings, along with other training meetings and serving on sub-committees.  Deadline to submit your application is 5 p.m. May 31st. The application is available at the bottom of the Community Service webpage. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities

Senior Awards Survey deadline extended to Monday 

It is impossible for me to remember all of the awards our seniors have told me about over the school year. Seniors who wish to be recognized for their achievements, scholarships, college admission must complete a senior awards survey. The deadline was May 10th, but I will still take them on Monday.

 

Scholarships are often announced to students and not to the school. Please fill out the form and return to the College & Career Center by Monday.    If you need a senior award form it’s on our website at: https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/forms

 

Senior Awards Night

Senior Awards Night is June 3rd at 6 p.m. in the gym. Senior awards night is an elegant evening of celebration for all seniors. To be recognized, seniors must turn in a survey. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring to Awards Night, and there are no tickets or admission involved.

 

 

SAT News

Today (May 17) is the final late registration day for the June 1st SAT.  There is no longer standby testing offered for the SAT. Register at www.collegeboard.com and be prepared to find that Rocklin is not a test site option, since we usually fill up long before the deadline. Search for other test sites by city, such as Auburn, Carmichael, Orangevale, Yuba City, etc. Searching “Sacramento” will skip the suburban cities in between.  Remember that you must upload a photo when registering for the SAT, and the photo must match your photo id that you bring to the exam.

 

ACT News

Today (May 17) is also the final late registration date for the June 8th ACT. Register at www.actstudent.org  .  It is highly unlikely that Rocklin will still have seats available.  I recommend that you try Lincoln as an alternate city, however, be prepared to drive much farther than that for a late registration testing site.

 

 

Sacramento State Summer Opportunities

Sacramento State is offering a series of week long academies so high school students can get hands on, in-depth career exploration. 

 

Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19 and July 22 - 26, 2013

 

Explore the Colorful World of Biotech

Explore the Colorful World of Biotech

July 22 - 26, 1 - 5 p.m.

Students will learn basic biotechnology concepts and skills by experimenting with DNA and proteins in the laboratory to study biofluorescence.

Fire Academy

Fire Academy

July 15 - 19, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Students will learn about the history, equipment and specialties in fire service and become CPR certified.  Clear career pathways will be explored including ROP programs, associate degrees, paramedic training programs and bachelor's degree programs.

Robotics

Robotics

July 22 - 26, 1 - 5 p.m.

Study the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation and application of robots and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback and information processing.

Health Careers 101

Health Careers 101

July 15 - 19, 1 - 5 p.m.

Students can determine whether a career in the healthcare industry is suitable to their interests, talents and skills by researching various health professions and developing academic and career goals. CPR certification included.

Fashion Academy

Fashion Academy

July 22 - 26, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Learn how an idea becomes a product, get hands-on experience in fashion illustration and learn how products are marketed and merchandised to the public.


Career Assessment Courses that include personality assessment will also be offered as an add-on during the two weeks of the academies.

 

www.cce.csus.edu/acads

 

Sierra College for High School students

High school students may attend classes at Sierra College through the Academic Enrichment Program. The college has announced new guidelines to the Academic Enrichment Program beginning in Fall 2013.

Students must meet all of the following:

·         be at least 15 years of age

·         have completed the tenth grade

·         have a 3.0 GPA or higher

·         have assessed into the appropriate transfer level courses

o   English

o   Reading

o   Mathematics (if required for course placement). If the college course does not have a specific mathematics requirement then they just have to have the appropriate college level English and reading requirement.

 

Students will be unable to enroll in pre-collegiate (remedial) courses and some other courses based on health and safety considerations.

 

The student must submit the following documents to the Sierra College Admissions Office:

·         a completed Sierra College application (completed online).

·         a completed Academic Enrichment Permission Form – available from the college website and signed by a Rocklin High School counselor.

·         official high school transcripts.

 

 

Blog Update

Spring and Summer are Important for College Applicants” – that’s the topic of my new blog entry. You can subscribe to the blog by visiting the C&CC website,  use the “Mrs. Cutts’ Blog” button and enter your email address on the bar at the top of the blog. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/blog

 

 

Finish the year with gusto

As the school year winds down (we have 20 days untilsnoopy push ups animated.jpgschool is out, but who’s counting?), students are tempted to get into the summer mind-set prematurely. A word of encouragement and caution to all grade levels.. Take pride in the next three weeks of school.

 

1.     Juniors are reminded that this is the final semester before they complete college applications. The grades from this semester are your best evidence of your potential as a college applicant.

 

2.    Sophomores and freshmen who aspire to enroll in advanced, honors or AP level classes next year need to complete the year in top form, to meet pre-requisites for those rigorous courses.

 

3.    Seniors are again reminded that offers of admission can be rescinded if the graduation transcript does not reflect the success projected on the original college application.

 

 

Happy Friday!




May 10, 2013
It’s been a wild week filled with Assist-a-grad interviews and senior awards surveys. Here is a brief list of news from the College & Career Center. 

Senior Awards Surveys – due May 10th.  If you missed the deadline, bring the form to the College & Career Center before school on Monday.

Please list any scholarships, grants, awards, honors, etc. along with your college plans. The survey is available on the C&CC website at the bottom of this page. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/forms  

We use the senior awards survey to compile all the scholarship information for the graduation program and for senior awards night. Please be sure to turn in this form, because it is impossible for me to remember everything students and parents have told me throughout the year. If you don’t put it on the survey – it won’t be on the senior awards program or the graduation program. 

Senior Awards Night
All seniors and their families are invited to Senior Awards Night– June 3rd 6 p.m. in the gym. Seniors may invite as many guests as they wish. There are no tickets or admission required. Seniors who turn in their surveys will be honored for their achievements, Assist-a-grad scholarship winners will be announced as well as dozens of other awards students might not even know about yet. This is NOT a mandatory event for seniors. 

Final SAT & ACT Dates
The last SAT for this school year is June 1st. You may still register with a late fee at www.collegeboard.com 
The last ACT for this school year is June 8th. You may register late for this test at www.actstudent.org 
Leadership Opportunities
Students who aspire to attend top tier colleges, can benefit from stepping into leadership roles both on campus and off. The following are current leadership openings for students.
Rocklin Library Teen Advisory Group
The Rocklin Library is accepting applications for a teen advisory group. Students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to apply. The application is at the bottom of the Community Service webpage. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities
Thunder Galleria Board of Directors
Applications are now being accepted for 2013 Thunder Galleria Board of Directors. This is a great leadership opportunity for students to get involved in creating our annual school-wide charity event, where we turn our cafeteria into a shopping mall for low income kids. The application is available on the Thunder Galleria webpage on the C&CC website. Deadline to submit is May 15th. 
Placer County Youth Commission
The Placer County Youth Commission is now accepting applications from students in all grade levels. This is an opportunity for students to advise County officials on issues that affect teens in Placer County. It requires commitment to attend regular meetings, along with other training meetings and serving on sub-committees.  Deadline to submit your application is 5 p.m. May 31st. The application is available at the bottom of the Community Service webpage. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities



May 3, 2013
Sierra College News
Class registration for Fall 2013 will open on May 8, 2013. Students will be able to register for classes online through their mySierra portal beginning at 10 a.m. To be eligible to register for classes, students must have applied, assessed, met with a counselor and completed orientation. Sierra-bound students who have not completed those steps will not be able to select classes. Sierra College is also offering a new waitlist option, if a particular class is full.  

To check out the Summer and Fall schedule visit this link: https://ssbprod.sierracollege.edu:8810/PROD/pw_sigsched.p_Search

Note – be sure you are looking at the correct semester and campus (Sierra College has 4 campuses!) when choosing your classes. 


Reminders for Seniors
Senior Awards Surveys – due May 10th. Please list any scholarships, grants, awards, honors, etc. along with your college plans. The survey is available on the C&CC website at the bottom of this page. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/forms  

We use the senior awards survey to compile all the scholarship information for the graduation program and for senior awards night. Please be sure to turn in this form, because it is impossible for me to remember everything students and parents have told me throughout the year. If you don’t put it on the survey – it won’t be on the senior awards program or the graduation program. 

Assist-a-grad interviews are May 7 and May 8 in the evening. All interviewees have been notified. Winners of Assist-a-grad scholarships will be announced on June 3rd at senior awards night. 

Senior Awards Night – June 3rd 6 p.m. in the gym. Seniors may invite as many guests as they wish. There are no tickets or admission required. Seniors who turn in their surveys will be honored for their achievements, Assist-a-grad scholarship winners will be announced as well as dozens of other awards students might not even know about yet. This is NOT a mandatory event for seniors. 

Complete senior year strong! While you might have an offer of admission in hand – all college admissions offers are “conditional” on completing everything projected for senior year. Basically – the college assumed that you would complete every course on your senior year schedule, at the same level of proficiency (and grade) as you have in previous years. 

When your graduation transcript shows up in your college admissions office, it will be audited compared to your application. If you haven’t completed a strong academic senior year, it can (and often does) result in admission being cancelled. Offers of admission can be cancelled as late as October, when students are already living in the dorms. 

If you are in doubt about your senior year academic performance, contact your admissions office and ask to speak to an evaluator. 

New Scholarships

Mayor Joe Serna Jr. Scholarship 
Students are selected and awards are distributed based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. Students must be majoring in studies leading to a degree in business, computer science, engineering, health services or a vocational program leading to a professional career. Students must be of Hispanic origin. 

Applications are available on the C&CC website or at www.sachcc.org. DEADLINE IS May 15th 2013.
Kid’s Chance Scholarship  
Applicants must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the California Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. Application is available at http://kidschanceca.org/scholarships/kidschancecaapplication_january-2013/
The scholarship application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2013.

Final SAT & ACT Dates
The last SAT for this school year is June 1st. The deadline to registration deadline has been extended to May 7th. Register at www.collegeboard.com 
The last ACT for this school year is June 8th. The deadline to register is today. Register at www.actstudent.org 

Community Service Opportunities
There are many new community service opportunities available for students. Several elementary schools have events with service options, as well as non-profit organizations. You can find them all on the Community Service webpages.
 https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities

Rocklin High School Leadership Opportunities
Students who aspire to attend top tier colleges, can benefit from stepping into leadership roles both on campus and off. The following are current leadership openings for students.
Rocklin Library Teen Advisory Group
The Rocklin Library is accepting applications for a teen advisory group. Students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to apply. The application is at the bottom of the Community Service webpage. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities
Thunder Galleria Board of Directors
Applications are now being accepted for 2013 Thunder Galleria Board of Directors. This is a great leadership opportunity for students to get involved in creating our annual school-wide charity event, where we turn our cafeteria into a shopping mall for low income kids. The application is available on the Thunder Galleria webpage on the C&CC website. Deadline to submit is May 15th. 
Placer County Youth Commission
The Placer County Youth Commission is now accepting applications from students in all grade levels. This is an opportunity for students to advise County officials on issues that affect teens in Placer County. It requires commitment to attend regular meetings, along with other training meetings and serving on sub-committees.  Deadline to submit your application is 5 p.m. May 31st. The application is available at the bottom of the Community Service webpage. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities





April 26, 2013
RHS Assist-a-grad Interview schedules are ready for pick up
The Rocklin High School Assist-a-grad interviews will be May 7 and May 8 from 6 – 10 p.m. Seniors who applied for Assist-a-grad scholarships, must pick up their individual interview schedules from the C&CC. Not all Assist-a-grad scholarships require interviews and not all applicants will be interviewed. Assist-a-grad winners will be announced on Senior Awards Night. 

Community Service
Our website has several great opportunities coming up for students to volunteer. Juniors are reminded to have a minimum of 25 hours completed by the end of the school year. Current opportunities include several events at local elementary schools, a track meet and volunteering with a local animal shelter. RUSD’s Elementary Summer School is now taking applications to volunteer all summer. Check them all out on our website. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities


SAT & ACT Final Test Date Deadlines
The last SAT date for the year is June1st. The deadline to register is May 2nd (that’s next week!). Register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com 

The last ACT date for the school year is June 8th. The deadline to register is May 3rd. Register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org  Students are encouraged to include the writing section of the ACT when testing. 

Please note – registering this late will probably result in Rocklin High NOT being an option for your test site.  We are a very popular test site and always fill up before the deadline. Alternate options will most likely be in Sacramento. Search for other test sites by city. If you do not want to drive to Sacramento or Elk Grove, you might try other smaller cities such as Lincoln or Yuba City. 

We will offer an SAT Summer Seminar August 12 – 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the tech lecture hall. Registration will be available at www.rocklintestprep.com 

University of California Admission News

UC Preliminary Admit Data for fall 2013
On Thursday the UC released preliminary data for fall 2013 admissions that showed a record number of students — 82,850 — admitted.  For the full report and data, see http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/29349.

Admission offers: What to do if a student had/has late changes to the class schedules
In general, there is an expectation that students will complete all senior year courses reported on their application.  Documentation of past changes to course enrollments should have already been submitted to the UC Application Center; however, students who did not report course changes or have future changes, and have or will receive an admission offer need to know the following:

Each UC campus provides conditions/provisions of the admission offer, and failure to meet these will make the offer subject to cancellation.
However, the admission offer will not be automatically rescinded.  The student must immediately contact the admissions office at the campus from which he received an admissions offer to determine if the change in class schedule will negatively impact the admission offer. The student must do so prior to submitting the Statement of Intent to Register by the May 1 deadline. 
Generally, the appropriate admission office contact method and/or person is included in the campus web portal that the admitted student can access.


Reminder: UC Waitlist process for freshmen 
The waitlist opt-in deadline was April 15 (for all participating campuses).
Waitlist notification status will be made no later than June 1.
Students can be on more than one waitlist, but they will be allowed to accept only one offer for admission if selected from a waitlist.
Even if a student accepts a waitlist, they should submit a SIR to a UC campus or other institution prior to the posted SIR deadlines to ensure they have a place to attend in the fall. 
o If the student is offered admission after being on the waitlist and the student accepts the offer, the enrollment deposit to the original UC campus will be forfeited.
SIRs of waitlisted students will be considered on time for purposes of housing and orientation, provided they are submitted by the deadline stated in the offer of admission.
Rocklin High School Leadership Opportunities
BREATHE California Youth Advisory Board Applications
Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails is accepting applications for their Youth Advisory Board (YAB), which is a program aimed to expand youth involvement in our projects and enhance Breathe California’s mission of: clean air, healthy lungs and the elimination of lung disease. YAB represents youth in our nine county service areas and is a great opportunity for students to acquire valuable professional and leadership skills. 
The application deadline for 2013-14 is coming up on April 30th, 2013. Interviews will be conducted in mid-May. Please visit www.sacbreathe.org/YAB.html for applications and to learn more.
Rocklin Library Teen Advisory Group
The Rocklin Library is accepting applications for a teen advisory group. Students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to apply. The application is at the bottom of the Community Service webpage. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities
Thunder Galleria Board of Directors
Applications are now being accepted for 2013 Thunder Galleria Board of Directors. This is a great leadership opportunity for students to get involved in creating our annual school-wide charity event, where we turn our cafeteria into a shopping mall for low income kids. The application is available on the Thunder Galleria webpage on the C&CC website. Deadline to submit is May 15th. 
Placer County Youth Commission
The Placer County Youth Commission is now accepting applications from students in all grade levels. This is an opportunity for students to advise County officials on issues that affect teens in Placer County. It requires commitment to attend regular meetings, along with other training meetings and serving on sub-committees.  Deadline to submit your application is 5 p.m. May 31st. The application is available at the bottom of the Community Service webpage. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities
Senior Reminders – 

Turn in your Senior Awards Survey! Deadline is May 10th.   
The Senior Awards Survey Form is available on the website. It was also included in the graduation information packet which was mailed to all seniors over Spring Break. This survey must be completed for seniors awards to be listed in the graduation program, and/or mentioned on Senior Awards night. Please return the senior awards survey by May 10th. If you can’t find the form that was mailed, you can download another one here.   https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/forms  

It is impossible for me to remember all of the awards students have told me about over the school year. Please complete the form, regardless of how sure you are that we already know about your student’s award, scholarship, college plans, etc.  I currently have 12 surveys turned in, so it might be a short senior awards night! 

Senior Awards Night
Senior Awards Night is June 3rd at 6 p.m. in the gym. All seniors are invited, but to be recognized, seniors must turn in a survey. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring to Awards Night, and there are no tickets or admission involved. 

News from Sierra College
High school students may attend classes at Sierra College through the Academic Enrichment Program. The college has announced new guidelines to the Academic Enrichment Program beginning in Fall 2013.
Students must meet all of the following:
be at least 15 years of age
have completed the tenth grade
have a 3.0 GPA or higher
have assessed into the appropriate transfer level courses
o English
o Reading
o Mathematics (if required for course placement). If the college course does not have a specific mathematics requirement then they just have to have the appropriate college level English and reading requirement.

Students will be unable to enroll in pre-collegiate courses and some other courses based on health and safety considerations.

The student must submit the following documents to the Admissions Office:
a completed Sierra College application (completed online).
a completed Academic Enrichment Permission Form – available from the college website.
official high school transcripts.
Sierra College Welding Demonstration
On April 27th  Sierra College will hold a Welding Expo from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the new Welding Training Center. This is a great opportunity for anyone to "test drive" the field of welding.  The Department Of Labor projects that we will need more than 269,000 welders in the next seven years.  The average age of a welder today is 58 years old and the entire nation is in need of infrastructure replacement and retrofitting. The Bay bridge project was over a 2 billion dollar project, all done with Chinese architects and welders due to this shortage.  If you attend the Welding Expo, I would love some feedback from you! 

Summer Internship

Kaiser Summer Internship Update
If you have already applied for the Kaiser Summer Internship program for 2013 and you received your application from our website, you might be missing several pages of the application. The folks at Kaiser have provided the missing sections and these pages are now available in two new additional files on our website, on the Summer Opportunities page. The complete application contains about 15 pages! 
 
https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/summer-opportunities      I apologize for the glitch caused by technical difficulty.


The Kaiser Summer Internship is a 40 hour a week, paid internship with Kaiser at various facilities. It’s open to Juniors and Seniors and very competitive. The complete application must be in the Kaiser Arden Way office by 3 p.m. on May 6th.  Note – this is NOT a postmark deadline. If you mail your application, you must mail it with plenty of time for it to arrive by 3 p.m. on May 6th. 



April 18, 2013
Kaiser Summer Internship Update
If you have already applied for the Kaiser Summer Internship program for 2013 and you received your application from our website, you are missing several pages of the application. The folks at Kaiser have provided the missing sections and these pages are now available in two new additional files on our website, on the Summer Opportunities page.  
https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/summer-opportunities      I apologize for the glitch caused by technical difficulty.


The Kaiser Summer Internship is a 40 hour a week, paid internship with Kaiser at various facilities. It’s open to Juniors and Seniors and very competitive. The complete application must be in the Kaiser Arden Way office by 3 p.m. on May 6th.  Note – this is NOT a postmark deadline. If you mail your application, you must mail it with plenty of time for it to arrive by 3 p.m. on May 6th. 


Summer Job Listings
We have a few job listings that are worth checking out for students who are looking for summer employment.  Employment is a section on the University of California application, as well as on the Common App, which applies to nearly 500 colleges across the U.S. Employment demonstrates a variety of qualities in a competitive college applicant. You can check out job listings on our website:   https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/employment/job-listings


Volunteer News
The UC application, the Common App, along with nearly every private college application, includes information regarding an applicant’s volunteer efforts. Students who become engaged in community service areas bolster their college applications and are far more competitive at top tier colleges than those who complete the minimum 25 hours of service. 

Students who graduate from Rocklin High must have served a minimum of 25 hours of community service and this should be completed by the end of junior year. Students earn the Rocklin High Distinguished Community Service Award when they serve 150 hours of volunteering. It is common for Rocklin High students to complete hundreds of hours of service over four years of high school. Please continue to turn in community service contracts for volunteer hours after you have met the 25 hour minimum. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Rocklin High Parent/Booster Club needs help with a fund raiser Saturday. Students can wave signs and recruit test drivers for the Driven to Give event in our parking lot. There are 3 shifts available, 9-11, 11-1 and 1-3. Just click on the link below to sign up. 
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094EACAD2DAA8-driven1

RUSD Elementary and Special Needs Summer School is looking for volunteers. Summer School will be at  Rock Creek Elementary June 17th – July 12th. email the Summer School Principal, Jennifer Kaiser jkaiser@rocklin.k12.ca.us by May 3rd. Include student name, current grade level, and a brief message about why you want to volunteer at summer school. 

Rocklin Library Teen Advisory Group
The Rocklin Library is accepting applications for a teen advisory group. Students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to apply. The application is at the bottom of the Community Service webpage. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities




SAT & ACT News
There is still time to register LATE for the May 4th SAT. www.collegeboard.com  The deadline to register for the JUNE 1st SAT is May 2nd. 

The deadline to apply for the June 8th ACT is May 3rd. www.actstudent.org .  Be prepared to choose another test site - registering this late will likely result in being assigned outside of Rocklin. Choices are usually in Sacramento, Yuba City or perhaps Nevada City. 


Assist-a-grad Scholarship interviews May 7 & 8 
The Rocklin High School Assist-a-grad interviews will be May 7 and May 8 from 6 – 10 p.m. Seniors may pick up their individual interview schedules on April 24th. Not all Assist-a-grad scholarships require interviews and not all applicants will be interviewed. Assist-a-grad winners will be announced on Senior Awards Night. 

News from the UC

Future Opportunity to Enroll at UC
For freshmen applicants who have their sights set on UC for the future, UC has an excellent tool, the UC Transfer Admission Planner (UC TAP), to assist students in preparing to transfer to UC from a California Community College.  Students can use the UC Transfer Admission Planner to enter their course work (completed and planned) from the very beginning of their college careers, or at any point when they decide to transfer to a UC campus. The planner helps students track their progress toward meeting UC's minimum requirements and allows UC staff to communicate important information to prospective transfer students.  For more information, visit http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/transfer/transfer-admission-planner/index.html.

Several UC campuses guarantee transfer admission to students transferring from a California Community College.  By participating in a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program, student can receive specific guidance about major preparation and general education coursework.  For more information, visit http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/transfer/guarantee/index.html.  Each participating UC provides detailed information on requirements to qualify for the guarantee.  



Support the Garden Grant
Rocklin High has a chance to win a grant for up to $25,000 to improve our school garden.  Some of you probably don’t know we have a garden!  That’s why we need the money.  Seeds of Change is an organization that sells organic and heirloom seeds.  They are starting a public voting portion of their grant process on April 22nd on Facebook.  Please go to Facebook, search for Seeds of Change and look for the “Grant” tab which should be there on April 22nd.  Vote for the Rocklin High School Garden once per day from April 22nd to May 17th.  The top 50 vote getters move on to the next portion of the process.  Feel free to share this with everyone you know!

WACAC Spring College Fair
Over 150 colleges will showcase their schools at Mira Loma High School, April 21st from 1 – 3:30 p.m.  Admission is free.  It is never too early to begin exploring colleges. 

American River College Art & Tech Festival
May 3rd at the Fine & Applied Arts and Tech Ed Complexes on the north side of the ARC campus. Register at www.arc.losrios.edu/Programs_of_Study/FAA.htm

Sierra College Applied Art & Design Photography departments will hold an open house on April 18th from 5 – 7:30 p.m. in Weaver Hall. 

Seniors – 
Turn in your Senior Awards Survey! Deadline is May 10th.   
The Senior Awards Survey Form is available on the website. It was also included in the graduation information packet which was mailed to all seniors over Spring Break. This survey must be completed for seniors awards to be listed in the graduation program, and/or mentioned on Senior Awards night. Please return the senior awards survey by May 10th. If you can’t find the form that was mailed, you can download another one here.   https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/forms  

It is impossible for me to remember all of the awards students have told me about over the school year. Please complete the form, regardless of how sure you are that we already know about your student’s award, scholarship, college plans, etc.  I currently have 2 (Yes TWO) surveys turned in! 

Senior Awards Night
Senior Awards Night is June 3rd at 6 p.m. in the gym. All seniors are invited, but to be recognized, seniors must turn in a survey. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring to Awards Night, and there are no tickets or admission involved. 




April 5, 2013
We have begun our last quarter of school, and summer is on the horizon. This final quarter of the school year is a big one for college bound students.  

Last Quarter is Important! 

For seniors, it’s the final push to be ready to do college level work next fall – and no time to slack. Offers of admission are often rescinded if seniors fail a class spring semester, or if the overall gpa at graduation, drops below the gpa used for admission evaluation. It happens every year at colleges across the U.S. and “Senioritis” is not an acceptable reason for wimping out senior year. Colleges expect results – not excuses from admitted students. 

For juniors – this is the final opportunity to show colleges how well-prepared and serious they are about college. Most college applications will be submitted before any senior grades have been reported. So spring semester for juniors is the most important academic piece of their college application – definitely NOT the time to become distracted from studies. 

For sophomores and freshmen this quarter is the final opportunity to earn the right to advance into higher level subject areas. Advanced or AP course enrollment placement are often decided based on academic performance, so spring semester has the potential to “make or break” a student’s options for college prep course work at the highest levels. 

So, while the weather beckons us outdoors, students are encouraged to take their books with them! (okay – their kindles, nooks, tablets, laptops, cell phones, etc.)

Here’s what’s new in the College Planning World. 

Sierra College News: Next month Sierra College will start new student registration for the Fall 2013 semester. It will begin on May 8, 2013 and students will be able to register for classes online through their mySierra portal starting from 10.00am on May 8. For the first time we will also be offering a waitlist option if a particular class is full. 

Seniors who intend to enroll at Sierra College and have not completed the assessment and/or the new student counseling workshop must sign up as soon as possible. These services are starting to book up quickly.

Current juniors, or sophomores who are already 16, may follow similar enrollment steps, but must also provide an Academic Enrichment form, signed by our counselors. Registration for current high school students will begin May 9th. 

WACAC Spring College Fair
Over 150 colleges will showcase their schools at Mira Loma High School, April 21st from 1 – 3:30 p.m.  Admission is free.  It is never too early to begin exploring colleges. 

American River College Art & Tech Festival
May 3rd at the Fine & Applied Arts and Tech Ed Complexes on the north side of the ARC campus. Register at www.arc.losrios.edu/Programs_of_Study/FAA.htm

Sierra College Applied Art & Design Photography departments will hold an open house on April 18th from 5 – 7:30 p.m. in Weaver Hall. 
 

Senior Awards Survey  
There was a Senior Awards Survey Form in the graduation information packet that was mailed to all seniors over Spring Break. This survey must be completed for seniors awards to be listed in the graduation program, and/or mentioned on Senior Awards night. Please return the senior awards survey by May 10th. If you can’t find the form that was mailed, you can download another one here.   https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/forms  

It is impossible for me to remember all of the awards students have told me about over the school year. Please complete the form, regardless of how sure you are that we already know about your student’s award, scholarship, college plans, etc. 

Senior Awards Night
Senior Awards Night is June 3rd at 6 p.m. in the gym. All seniors are invited, but to be recognized, seniors must turn in a survey. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring to Awards Night, and there are no tickets or admission involved.  

Scholarship and awards application season is winding down. But there are a few things popping up for all grade levels. If you don’t see a link, please pick up a paper application in the College & Career Center. 

Assist-a-grad Scholarship interviews will be May 7 and May 8 from 6 – 10 p.m. Not all Assist-a-grad scholarships require interviews and not all applicants will be interviewed.  Congratulations to the 108 Rocklin High seniors who applied for Assist-a-grad. Winners will be announced on Senior Awards Night. 

Big Sun Scholarship $500 – Open to athletes. Essay to the prompt: What are you most important extracurricular or community activities? What made you join these activities? What made you continue to contribute to them? Submit via email to athleticawards@bigsunathletics.com   Deadline June 21, 2013. 

Bloodsource Scholarship - $500 - Open to seniors who have chaired or participated on a school blood drive committee. Deadline postmark April 19, 2013. 

Youth Environmental Award 
The Earth Island Institute Brower Youth Award recognizes young people for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy.  Maximum Award: $3,000, a trip to California for the awards ceremony, and a wilderness camping trip. Eligibility: youth ages 13-22. Deadline: May 13, 2013. 
To apply click  on: Earth Island Institute: Brower Youth Award

Juniors - Scholarship Nomination Opportunities

Wells College
We have an opportunity to nominate one junior for the Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award. This is  $40,000 leadership scholarship (four years @ $10,000) to Wells College. Juniors may submit a one page request for this nomination, that includes their leadership background and their desire to attend Wells College.  Deadline to return to the College & Career Center  is April 15th. 
http://ousearch-3.omniupdate.com/query.html?qt=21st+century+leadership+award&charset=utf-8&style=WellsCollege&view=wells


Fresno State Smittcamp Family Honors College
Current juniors may request a nomination for this four year, full ride academic scholarship to Fresno State University. Juniors may submit a request for this nomination that includes a cover letter, list of activities, leadership experience, community service, intended major, career interest. Deadline to submit nomination request to the College & Career Center is April 17th.   http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/honors/

College Admission Decisions
This has been a tough year for college admission. Many fine academic achievers have been denied admission or wait listed. For many students, this is the first time they have ever been turned down and it is heartbreaking. To make it more complicated, the CSU and UC have denied some students, while wait-listed others.

Appeals are rarely granted, but students who wish to appeal an admission decision will find information on how to support their admission appeal on our website. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/college-application-window

Waitlisting is a very confusing status for students. A waitlist status is NOT an offer of admission. Students who have not received an official admission offer, should make plans to attend a college where they have been admitted, even if they plan to accept a delayed offer (by appeal or wait list). This includes applying to a community college, completing assessment, counseling, etc. 

Students who wish to appeal or hold on to hope with a wait list, should read the enclosures with their application status carefully and follow the instructions to the letter. 

Seniors still have four year options
While admission is closed for all California public universities, there are many four-year colleges still accepting applications. Our friends at University of Nevada, Utah State University, William Jessup University, Boise State, Montana State, Southern Oregon, Linfield College and many more, would be delighted to review an application for Fall 2013. 

Students who were devastated with a denied admission from a CSU or UC, may still achieve their goals by choosing the Community College Transfer option, which is mandated by our State legislature. This basically states that the UC and CSU must give California Community College transfer students the highest priority for admission at the junior level. For more information on the Transfer Agreement Guarantee (TAG) with the U.C. visit this website: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/transfer/guarantee/

All California Community Colleges have transfer centers that can help students plan for a transfer to a CSU , UC or hundreds of other colleges across the U.S. The great thing about the California Community College transfer options is that they are not limited to the UC and CSU. For example, Brigham Young University, receives more transfers from Sierra College, than any other school in California!  

Seniors who have been denied admission are invited to drop by the College & Career Center to explore their options for Fall 2013. 

Summer Activities
Here are some possibilities for all of our students for fun and learning this summer.

Kaiser Summer Youth Internship
Juniors and seniors are invited to apply for the Kaiser Summer Internship Program. The application is available on our website, under Summer Opportunities. Deadline to arrive in the Arden Way office is 4 p.m. May 6, 2013.  This is a paid, full time internship at various Kaiser facilities. It is highly competitive, and all participants are expected to work 40 hours per week, all summer. 

Sacramento State Real World Civics Summer Internship Program
Juniors and seniors are invited to apply. Internship runs June 20 – July 26th and students may earn a $350 stipend upon successful completion of the program. Deadline to apply is April 26. www.csus.edu/calst/real_world.html 



Sacramento State is also offering a series of week long academies so high school students can get hands on, in-depth career exploration. 

Monday – Friday, July 15 – 19 and July 22 – 26, 2013
 
 
Explore the Colorful World of Biotech
July 22 – 26, 1 – 5 p.m.
Students will learn basic biotechnology concepts and skills by experimenting with DNA and proteins in the laboratory to study biofluorescence.

 
Fire Academy
July 15 – 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Students will learn about the history, equipment and specialties in fire service and become CPR certified.  Clear career pathways will be explored including ROP programs, associate degrees, paramedic training programs and bachelor’s degree programs.

 
Robotics
July 22 – 26, 1 – 5 p.m.
Study the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation and application of robots and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback and information processing.

 
Health Careers 101
July 15 – 19, 1 – 5 p.m.
Students can determine whether a career in the healthcare industry is suitable to their interests, talents and skills by researching various health professions and developing academic and career goals. CPR certification included.

 
Fashion Academy
July 22 – 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Learn how an idea becomes a product, get hands-on experience in fashion illustration and learn how products are marketed and merchandised to the public.


Career Assessment Courses that include personality assessment will also be offered as an add-on during the two weeks of the academies.

www.cce.csus.edu/acads

For more information: 
cce.csus.edu | Email us | 916.278.4433
3000 State University Drive East, Sacramento, CA 95819


UC Berkeley Lair of the Golden Bear ALUMNI Camp
(Please note – this camp will NOT guarantee admission to UC Berkeley. It is run by Cal Alumni and NOT the university)

Cal’s historic Lair of the Golden Bear alumni camp in the Sierra presents its annual College Prep Camp. Register with a friend and save $195 on each fee. Camp to be held June 11-15 and June 15-19, 2013.

Located in Pinecrest, California, this is a college search and application workshop for high school juniors and seniors. The cost is $695 and includes all instruction, food, and lodging. If students register with a friend they can save $195 on each fee. For more information call  510-642-0221 or email: lair@alumni.berkeley.edu  Web: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/college-prep-camp
(Students can start the registration process by clicking on the "Book a Tent" logo.)





March 22, 2013
The Rocklin High School Assist-a-grad Application period is now closed. One hundred eight seniors submitted applications! Local sponsors are now reviewing the applications and paper screening to determine who will be interviewed. Not all Assist-a-grad scholarships require interviews, but all Assist-a-grad applicants should keep the evenings of May 7 and May 8 open for interviews. Students will be able to pick up an interview schedule on April 24th.  Good luck to all entrants. 

Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project is now accepting applications. 
2013 PROGRAM DATES 
The Sacramento Leadership Conference  
Saturday, July 20th - Saturday, July 27th.
LOCATION 
Students are housed at California State University, Sacramento, and all activities take place in the City of Sacramento. Transportation to and from Sacramento is provided by CLYLP. Students selected to attend the SLC will receive further information.
The CLYLP is an all-volunteer-run, non-profit, non-partisan organization.
Students attend the conference at no cost to themselves or their families. 
(Room and board, and transportation are included).

REQUIREMENTS
Participants MUST ATTEND THE ENTIRE CONFERENCE WEEK. No partial attendance allowed.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to apply, students must:
Currently be enrolled in a California high school for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Currently be in either 10th (Sophomore) or 11th (Junior) grade.

Deadline to apply online or by mail is: APRIL 1, 2013

http://clylp.org/programs/sacramento-leadership-conference-application.php

New Scholarships for SENIORS
Scholarship for children of public employees
Civil Service Employees Insurance company Youth Auto Safety Scholarship.  $250 - $1500. Essay contest open to seniors who are children of full time or retired public employees. Visit
www.cseinsurance.com/community/youth-scholarship.asp  Deadline is May 3, 2013. 

Esperanza (Hope) Scholarship $100
Open to seniors who have been touched by cancer within their families. The application and essay prompt is available at the bottom of the C&CC webpage  Financial Aid & Scholarships. Due April 4th.  https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships

Work permits may be processed at the District Office during spring break. The work permit application is on our website. 

Community service forms are also available on our website. Spring break is a perfect time to complete community service hours.



Sent March 15, 2013
News and friendly reminders from the College & Career Center this week…

Assist-a-grad Deadline
There are six days left, until the deadline for the 2013 Rocklin High School Assist-a-grad Scholarships. Complete details, the application and the catalog of scholarships are available on our website. ALL Rocklin High seniors are encouraged to apply. Remember the deadline is next THURSDAY, (not Friday) March 21st by 3 p.m. 

Cal Grant Web Chat
Students are invited to join a California Student Aid sponsored online chat between 2 PM and 6 PM on Tuesday March 19.   Experts will answer questions about Cal Grants, Pell Grants, and Dream Act financial aid. 

Register today at Register at the CollegeWeek event link.

One  $500 scholarship will be offered randomly, to students participating in the live chat sessions between 2 and 6 pm.
LegiSchool Project Internship
Juniors and seniors are invited to apply for the LegiSchool Project, a Sac State sponsored  summer internship experience at the State Capitol. This is a five week commitment, giving students an inside look at state government careers, work environment and lifestyle. A $350 stipend will be issued at the end of successful completion to cover costs such as parking and transportation. This is a competitive opportunity that includes an application, essay and letter of recommendation. Deadline postmark is April 26th. Students must be available to work every week day from June 20 – July 20th 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (except July 4th). http://www.csus.edu/calst/legischool_project.html  This is an amazing opportunity for a student who is seriously interested in our state government. 

Juniors RYLA Camp Application
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is now accepting applications from juniors, to attend their annual RYLA Leadership Camp. This is an all expense paid leadership conference, for top juniors across the region. The application is available on the C&CC Website, under Summer Opportunities.  https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/summer-opportunities  Mail the application to meet the April 1st deadline.

Community Service Opportunities
There are currently several great service opportunities available on our website. Juniors are reminded that their 25 hours of service to meet graduation requirements, must be documented by the end of this school year. The community service form is available on our website for download. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities


Sierra College Academic Enrichment is back! 
I am delighted to announce that Sierra College will be offering more summer classes in 2013 than it has been able to in recent years. This means more opportunities for high school students to take classes at Sierra College this summer. The academic enrichment form for interested sophomores and juniors is on our website under Sierra College. Seniors will not need to follow the Academic Enrichment guidelines for summer. 

Sierra College has added a number of sections, including English, History and Spanish. Full details of the summer classes available can be found at https://ssbprod.sierracollege.edu:8810/PROD/pw_sigsched.p_Search  (Select summer 2013 from the drop down box and hit submit)

Details of the enrollment process for high school students are available at http://www.sierracollege.edu/admissions/future-student/academic-enrichment/register.php

Details of the enrollment process for graduating seniors are available at http://www.sierracollege.edu/admissions/future-student/new-student.php 

Important points to remember:

Students interested in taking summer classes are able to apply for admission to the college today (registration begins for Academic Enrichment students May 9) 
Assessment testing must be completed to confirm the student is at the appropriate college level
Sierra College Admissions Office must have a completed academic enrichment form on file (if the student will still be in high school during summer).
Class registration opens for new students on May 8 and academic enrichment students on May 9, 2013
Summer schedule is available online  
Summer Session - June 10 to August 2, 2013
One final reminder… whenever Sierra College mentions the “Rocklin Campus” they mean the main campus on Rocklin Road – NOT Rocklin High School… 

SAT & ACT
Register NOW for May and June test dates. www.collegeboard.com www.actstudent.org . If you wait until the registration deadlines, you probably will not receive Rocklin High as your test site. 

College Admission Decisions
Seniors are beginning to hear from many of the top tier university admissions offices, (including the University of California and  Ivy Leagues) about admissions decisions. Students who are denied admission often want to know how to appeal. I have addressed how to appeal on both our website and in my monthly blog. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/blog   

It’s very exciting for us to celebrate admission to top schools. All seniors are encouraged to share their experiences with us in the College & Career Center and to post their names with the colleges where they have been accepted on our “Wall of Fame.” 

UC Waitlist Information

All UC campuses, except Merced and possibly Berkeley, will use waitlists for their freshman pools.
 
What students need to know:
They might receive waitlist offers from more than one campus. Students can be on more than one waitlist, but they will only be allowed to accept one offer for admission. Waitlist offers will be made by the end of March for freshman applicants and the end of April.
Once offered a spot on a waitlist, students must opt in by the stated deadline. Instructions for doing so will be included with the waitlist notification. 
o Freshman applicants:
Waitlist offers will be made by the end of March. 
The waitlist opt-in deadline is April 15 (for all participating campuses).
Waitlist notification status will be made no later than June 1.
It is important that all waitlisted students make plans to attend another college while they wait. Being waitlisted, is NOT an offer of admission. 
One final reminder for seniors…. 

Don’t forget – Rocklin High Assist-a-grad deadline is 
THURSDAY, March 21st at 3 p.m.!


March 8, 2013
Juniors College Application Workshop Monday
Mr. Wirth and I will hold a college application workshop for current juniors on March 11th in the Tech Lecture Hall at 1 p.m.  We will go over a highly selective, top tier college application. Juniors will have an opportunity to evaluate how competitive their college applications will be and formulate a summer plan to strengthen those applications for next fall. 

Juniors FBI Academy Application
Juniors are invited to apply for the FBI Teen Academy. This is a one day event at FBI headquarters in Sacramento. Students will have a first person look at a career with the FBI, tour the facility and meet FBI agents. The application is available in the College & Career Center. 

Juniors RYLA Camp Application
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is now accepting applications from juniors, to attend their annual RYLA Leadership Camp. This is an all expense paid leadership conference, for top juniors across the region. The application is available on the C&CC Website, under Summer Opportunities.  https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/summer-opportunities

Sophomore Leadership Opportunity
Current sophomores are invited to apply for the Northern California Youth Leadership Seminar. Rocklin High is allowed to nominate one sophomore. The application is on the RHS website https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/summer-opportunities   The deadline to request a nomination is March 14th. 

Rocklin High 2013 Assist-a-grad 
There are 13 days until the 2013 Rocklin High Assist-a-grad Scholarship Program deadline. A complete catalog of scholarships is on the College & Career Center website, along with the application.  The deadline to submit applications is March 21, 2013 by 3 p.m. All seniors are encouraged to apply. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/a-rocklin-high-assist-a-grad-1

University of Nevada Tuesday
The admissions rep from Nevada will visit the College & Career Center on March 12th at 12:10 (plus period). Students in all grade levels may request a plus period pass to attend. Parents are also welcome. This event will be for admitted students and also for prospective students. If you want to know why over 20% of the RHS senior class has been admitted to UNR, this is the meeting to attend.  Note – Nevada is still accepting applications for Fall 2013.  www.unr.edu 

College Admission Decisions
Seniors are beginning to hear from the UC and other highly selective colleges about admissions decisions. Students who are denied admission or “waitlisted” often want to know how to appeal. I have addressed how to appeal on both our website and in my monthly blog. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/blog   Being denied admission to college is often the first time a strong academic student has been unsuccessful. And that hurts. Colleges frequently turn down class valedictorians, National Merit Scholars and other outstanding academic achievers. Students are welcome to share their experiences with us in the College & Career Center as they try to make sense of admissions decisions.  

University of California Writing Placement Test
Students who are admitted to the UC will need to take a Writing Placement test. The test is scheduled for May 11, 2013. The UC will advise students of their assigned test site (Usually our students test at Placer High in Auburn) and other details. 

Saturday is SAT Test Day
Students who are taking the SAT Saturday must bring a photo ID and the admission ticket from the College Board website. Here are a few other tips for SAT test taking:
Before Test Day
Get organized. Know what to bring and what NOT to bring to the test center.
          Review the ID requirements to make sure your ID is acceptable.
          You must have your Admission Ticket on test day. Print it now.
Prepare yourself like an athlete. Get plenty of sleep the night before the test. Your brain works better if you're well rested. Eat a good breakfast that morning.
On Test Day
Leave your cell phone at home, or lock it up in your car. If you must have it to call for a ride home after the test, turn the phone completely off and bury it in the bottom of your bag. If your phone rings during testing, it could cost you your scores. This policy applies to any prohibited digital and/or electronic device such as a BlackBerry, pager, iPod, MP3 player, camera or other photographic equipment, or separate timers of any kind. 

Leave early. Get to the test center no later than 7:30 a.m. If you are not testing at your home school, MapQuest the location, print a copy and give yourself an extra 30 - 60 minutes to find the school, a correct parking spot and the building where you report. Many students take a “practice drive” to an unfamiliar location the day before. If you are late, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund. 

Cartoon Contest
FIRST AMENDMENT CARTOON CONTEST Open to students nationwide -- high school, middle school, and elementary school. Since the earliest days of the American republic, cartoonists have entertained us, drawn attention to the issues of the day, and provoked discussion. In short, cartoons contribute to our civic life. We invite students to contribute to this great tradition and celebrate Bill of Rights Day by entering the Fourth Annual First Amendment Cartoon Contest ( http://www.courtsed.org/cartoon_contest ) . Six winners will each receive a $50* cash card. In addition, up to five entries in each category will receive honorable mentions. For more information and to download the contest rules/entry form, click here: http://www.courtsed.org/cartoon_contest.htm
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MARCH 15, 2013.

Rocklin High School Booster Club is hosting a Job Fair and interview workshop.
The workshops will cover: interview techniques, dress code, interview pitfalls, and selling yourself. 20+ local businesses reps, who hire students, will be present to discuss their employment opportunities; full time, part time, summer jobs, and internships (i.e. Cal Fit, Big Spoon, Sun Splash, Sports Authority, and internship with Senator Jim Nielson).  Tickets go on sale March 11th, 12th, and 13th during break and lunch.  If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. 

March Scholarships
A new scholarship list is out for March. You can find it on our website. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships/current-scholarship-list

Here are scholarships of interest to specific populations that just arrived:

Kids Chance California Scholarship
To be eligible, applicants must have a parent who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a work related accident that meets the criteria of the California Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. 
Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
Age 16-25 at the time of the full disbursement of the scholarship.
Student applicant and/or deceased/injured worker are not required to be a legal resident of California.
Demonstrated financial need.
Achieved a high school diploma by the time of the first disbursement of the scholarship award.
Enrolled, accepted or applying for acceptance as a full-time or part-time student at a university, college or technical school.
May not have already attained a bachelor’s degree.
Download the application http://kidschanceca.org/scholarships/kidschancecaapplication_january-2013/    Or go to the bottom of the C&CC website scholarship page for the pdf.

Scholarship for dependents of law enforcement or fire fighters
CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship is open to seniors with parents or guardians in law enforcement or fire fighting. Awards range from $1500 to $10,000. Apply with the paper copy in the C&CC or visit www.caaonling.org Deadline is March 30, 2013. 

California Department of Veterans Tuition Fee Waiver for Dependents of Service-Connected Disabled Veterans    
Tuition Fee Waiver for Veterans’ Dependents waives tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. To be eligible, the student must:
Have a parent who is a disabled veteran
Be a child earning less than $11,945 per year (student’s income, not parents’). 
To obtain complete eligibility requirements and assistance in applying for these valuable benefits visit http://www.calvet.ca.gov/vetservices/CollegeFeeWaiver.aspx



March 1, 2013
Rocklin High 2013 Assist-a-grad 
The 2013 Rocklin High Assist-a-grad Scholarship Program is now accepting applications. A complete catalog of scholarships is on the College & Career Center website, along with the application.  The deadline to submit applications is March 21, 2013 by 3 p.m. All seniors are encouraged to apply. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/a-rocklin-high-assist-a-grad-1

Cal Grant Deadline is tomorrow – March 2nd. 
Seniors must file a FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov) and a Cal Grant gpa verification form with our registrar’s office by March 2nd to qualify. To verify your Cal Grant status visit this website: https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp    The FAFSA is the application for Cal Grant. However a second piece of applying is submitting your gpa, which must be done by our registrar.

Dream Act Applicants
Yesterday afternoon we became aware of an email sent from the California  Student Aid Commission informing students that some of the California Dream Act applications had been deleted. Students who completed a Dream Act application must check the email account they used in their Dream Act application for an email from CSAC (California Student Aid Commission).  If they received a message notifying them of the deletion of their application, they must resubmit an application immediately.  http://students.berkeley.edu/finaid/news/detail49.htm

Physicians for Social Responsibility Essay Contest
Seniors are invited to compete in this annual essay contest for $15,000 in prize money. Visit www.sacpsr.org for the essay prompt and details. Deadline to submit is March 13th. 

Protect American River Canyons Essay Contest
Open to seniors in Placer and El Dorado County only – The 500 word essay prompt and complete details are available at www.parc-auburn.org  Deadline must arrive by April 12, 2013. 

Scholarship for dependents of law enforcement or fire fighters
CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship is open to seniors with parents or guardians in law enforcement or fire fighting. Awards range from $1500 to $10,000. Apply with the paper copy in the C&CC or visit www.caaonling.org Deadline is March 30, 2013. 

Sierra College Assessment March 4
Seniors who are Sierra-bound may take the assessment exam with their classmates at the Rocklin Road campus (not at Rocklin High) on March 4th. Students must call for a reservation. Complete details are on the C&CC website, under the Sierra College Assessment.  

Sierra Assessment Location
Please note – the Sierra College assessment test is in the Winstead Center at Sierra College, not Rocklin High. Many people are confused, whenever Sierra College lists their “Rocklin” campus. There are FOUR Sierra College campuses, Grass Valley, Truckee, Roseville and the one in Rocklin on Rocklin Road. Please make a note – whenever Sierra College lists at “Rocklin” they mean the campus on Rocklin Road, in Rocklin and NOT Rocklin High School. 

Video Contests

Water Spots Video Contest is open to all students. Visit www.sacbee.com/water-spots for all the rules and the specific water conservation topic. 

Parker Whitney Elementary School is sponsoring a video contest to promote their Scrip program. Students create videos to the specifics of the contest to win $50 gift cards. The details are on the C&CC website https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships at the bottom of the page. Deadline to submit video entries is March 29th. For more information email Teresa.A.Roberts@gmail.com 

College – Making it Happen
On April 13, in the Sac State University Union Ballroom, Sacramento State and UC Davis are sponsoring a workshop for parents and students in grade 6 – 9 designed to prepare families for college in California. For more information visit www.csus.edu/cmih 

University of Oregon
March 24th from 11 a.m. to noon the University of Oregon will hold an admissions information session at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. RSVP at www.admissions.uoregon.edu/jduck

University of Nevada
The admissions rep from Nevada will visit the College & Career Center on March 12th at 12:10 (plus period). Students may request a plus period pass to attend. Parents are also welcome. 

Booster Club Job Fair
Rocklin High School Booster Club will host the first annual Rocklin High School Job Fair/Workshop on March 13th from 6:00pm –9:00pm.   The purpose of the workshop is to provide training to the students so they are more prepared for the application and interview process. The students will receive training on the do‘s and don’ts of interviewing.  They will also learn how to sell themselves in an interview with their limited job experience.  

After the workshop, local companies and organizations will be set up in the gym to discuss what job/internships they have available for the students. Some of the companies scheduled to attend are Sports Authority, Big Spoon, California Family Fitness, Golfland Sunsplash, and Sky Zone.  Internships will also be available. 
 
Purchase tickets for $10 during break and lunch March 11th – 13th.  All grade levels are welcome to attend, but this is of particular value to our seniors. Questions about the job fair can be emailed to  rgregg@starstream.net  .

Juniors RYLA Camp Application
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is now accepting applications from juniors, to attend their annual RYLA Leadership Camp. This is an all expense paid leadership conference, for top juniors across the region. The application is available on the C&CC Website, under Summer Opportunities.  https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/summer-opportunities

College Application Workshop for Juniors
Mr. Wirth and I will hold a college application workshop for current juniors on March 11th in the Tech Lecture Hall at 1 p.m.  We will go over a highly selective, top tier college application. Juniors will have an opportunity to evaluate how competitive their college applications will be and formulate a summer plan to strengthen those applications for next fall. 

Juniors must sign up to attend, so we know how many packets to prepare. Parents are welcome to attend, but be sure to register in the administration office before coming on campus.

Juniors FBI Academy Application
Juniors are invited to apply for the FBI Teen Academy. This is a one day event at FBI headquarters in Sacramento. Students will have a first person look at a career with the FBI, tour the facility and meet FBI agents. The application is available in the College & Career Center. 

Summer Opportunities
Speaking of Summer Opportunities – we have several active ones listed on our website that are now accepting applications. The interest areas range from fashion to aerospace. A note of caution - There are hundreds of youth camps, conferences, programs offered around the world. Be sure to do your “homework” to confirm the event is a good value and confirm the actual sponsor. Many summer events happen on college campuses, that are NOT affiliated with the college. 

Career Exploration Opportunity with Sac County Probation
Sacramento County Probation will host a Juvenile Hall Open House April 6th at the Juvenile Hall on Branch Center Road in Sacramento. This will also provide information on a career working in the probation department. For more information email SvetichK@saccounty.net  This might be especially interesting for students interested in a career in law or law enforcement. 

Community Service 
Juniors are reminded that the minimum 25 hours of community service must be completed by the end of this school year. Students who need help finding volunteer opportunities are invited to check out our website for recent opportunities. These include, but are not limited to: 

Holy Cross Dinner & Auction on April 13th – Volunteers are needed for set up, help with the auction and clean up. Contact Chris at (916) 624-2123.

One More Dog Rescue needs volunteers to help with the animals. Email Cathyduer@yahoo.com with your availability. 

Twin Oaks Elementary needs volunteers for Casino Night & Silent Auction at WJU on March 23rd. Contact Meg and Jen at twinoaksgraham@gmail.com 

Bloodsource needs volunteers. A volunteer application is available at www.bloodsource.org 

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser needs volunteers for their April 5th event. Contact myrocklinrealtor@gmail.com for more information. 

NCAA News
The NCAA has announced new rules that go into effect with our current Freshmen class. NCAA  has increased the minimum gpa and test score combination AND they are initiating a 7th semester deadline for the academic foundation. 

This is the news from NCAA in a nutshell:

•         To play Division I sports, you must earn 16 NCAA approved core courses. 
•         Ten of them must be completed prior to the seventh semester. Those ten courses are “locked in” and can’t be retaken to improve the grade-point average. 
•         Seven of those 10 must be a combination of English, math or natural or physical science that fulfills the overall distribution requirements listed below. 
•         If you don’t earn 10 courses before your seventh semester, you are still eligible to practice and receive a scholarship, but you can’t compete. 
•         For a complete list of your high school’s NCAA core courses, visit www.eligibilitycenter.org.

4 years of English. 
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher). 
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). 
1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science. 
2 years of social science. 
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy).

Prospective DI NCAA athletes who are choosing classes for next year, need this information. The basic advice is to learn the “hard stuff” before the 7th semester.  You can no longer pad senior year to make up for slacking the first three years of high school. 

It’s also important for California athletes to understand that NCAA academic eligibility is not the same as the UC eligibility. The 16 Core Course requirement does not include VAPA or UC  electives (it never has, but this always shocks students). Not all UC courses are on the NCAA approved course list. Athletes should confirm their course selection from the NCAA approved list. (Ours is close, but not exact.) https://web1.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/hsAction

More on Rocklin High School Assist-a-grad Scholarships
Here is a list of the 2013 Assist-a-grad Scholarships. Please refer to the catalog for complete details including additional criteria, qualifications and supplemental material needed (such as an essay, etc.) for each scholarship. All scholarships are open to Rocklin High seniors. The common application is also available on the C&CC website.  

https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home/a-rocklin-high-assist-a-grad-1



2013 Rocklin High 
Assist-a-grad Scholarships

Vince Amado Memorial Scholarship                                 $1,000 
 Students must plan a career in Public Administration, Forest Service, or Protective Service. 

American Legion Scholarship                                                    $500
A monetary award given to a student who will be attending a Trade School Or Community College pursuing a career in any trade. 

Nancy Archibald D.D.S. Health Scholarship                                                   $500
A monetary award given to a graduating senior who plans to study health science. 
John Brophy -  Challenge of Change Award                                         2 @ $250
Seniors who moved to Rocklin after the freshman year. 

Dr. Kevin Han, Pharm D Scholarship                                                    $1000
Seniors of Asian American background who has competed in athletics. Minimum 3.0 gpa. Based on school and community activities, leadership and service.

Mark Hardy “Invest in People” Scholarship                                          2 @    $1000
Seniors who have shown a strong tendency to invest in other people. 

Barb Heirigs Memorial Scholarship                                                                  $500

Jesse Leimbach Memorial Scholarship                                                           $250
Seniors who participated in the RHS football program. 

Officer Matt Redding Memorial Scholarship                                                   $1000
Seniors who plan a career in protective service.

Jerry Keenan Memorial Scholarship                                                    $500
Students must have been involved in high school athletics, service and leadership. 

Prone Family Trust Scholarship                                                                        4 @ $5000
Seniors who plan to pursue careers in the health services field. 

Rocklin Association of Professional Administrators                                   $500
Student must have demonstrated leadership in school sponsored activities. Student must have demonstrated involvement in community youth activities.

Rocklin High Booster Club Scholarship                                                         $500
Seniors who have been involved in Rocklin high School activities and community service. 

Rocklin Lions Club Scholarship                                                                        $500
Student must have exceeded more than 25 hours of service. Citizenship and attitude.

Rocklin Police & Fire Volunteers                                                                       $1000
Open to students interested in careers in public safety.

Rocklin Police Officers Association                                                                  $1000
Open to students planning any career field. 

Rocklin PTC Scholarship                                                                                    $600
Based on leadership, service, character and work ethic recommendations. 

Rocklin Teachers’ Professional Association                                                 2 @     $750
Seniors who plan to pursue a career in education. 

Rocklin Test Prep Scholarship                                                                          $400
Applicants do not have to have taken an SAT Prep course to be eligible to apply. 

 Rocklin Wave Scholarship                                                                                 $250
Seniors who have participated at least on year on the Rocklin Wave swim team and is currently on the RHS swim team. Minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Rotary Club of Rocklin Loomis Basin Scholarship                                      2 @ $1,000
Applicants must Have a complete understanding of  Rotary International’s mission and what all Rotary members have in common. 

Stephen and Cynthia Sampson Peer Counseling Scholarship                $500
Senior peer counselor who has been unselfishly dedicated to serving and supporting fellow students in emotional, academic and social needs, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Phil Spears Honorary Staff Scholarship 
Sponsored by the Rocklin High School Staff                                                            4 @ $500
Based on complete application including activities, awards, service and interview. 

Springfield at Whitney Oaks Scholarship                                                        3 @ $1000
This scholarship is awarded to a student who has excelled in the classroom and has either performed outstanding community service or has been active in extra curricular activities. 

Springfield at Whitney Oaks Louise Bachtold Memorial Scholarship     $1000
This scholarship is awarded to a student who is interested in a career in teaching. 

State Farm Insurance Mash Tutor Scholarship                                             10 @ $500
Open to seniors who serve as  Rocklin High School MASH tutors. 

Katie Taylor Memorial Scholarship for Performing Arts                  $1000
Seniors who have been active in the theatre or dance departments while at Rocklin High School. ============================================
Application Submission Deadline - 3 p.m. March 21, 2013 by 3 p.m.


Yes! There are a lot of locally
sponsored scholarships!
We live in an amazing
community that supports
our students’ goals. 
If you see any of our local
scholarship sponsors,
please be sure to thank them for
their support of our 
scholarship program. 

Have a wonderful weekend!





February 22, 2013 Second Edition
Sierra College News
Scholarships: Students can still apply for Sierra College Scholarship thru their mySierra account until February 24, 2013 @ 11.59pm

Summer 2013: The class schedule is now available to view online. Students can apply for admission for summer right now and registration for classes opens on May 8. The summer session is from June 10 to August 2.

Fall 2013: The class schedule will be available to view online in early March. Students can apply for admission for  Fall right now and registration for classes opens on May 8. The fall semester is from August 26 to December 13.

Parent Information Nights: This semester we still have spaces available for the sessions on February 27, March 6, March 13 and March 20. These seminars take place in the college library, room 212. To make a reservation please email outreach@sierracollege.edu 

FAFSA applications 2013-14:  The Sierra College Financial Aid home page now has a video tutorial link to Seven Easy Steps to Complete the FAFSA for the 13-14 school year.  Navigate to the college financial aid webpage and you will see the tutorial  on the left side of the page or go straight to the link at  http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/fafsasimplification/  UC Santa Barbara created this video for all aid offices to use.  

Summer Bridge: The Summer Jump Start program is targeted at new students placing into pre-college English and will involve taking English 571( English 501 and 570 together) and a Personal Development 8 (Introduction to College). It will run for 5 weeks. Students will then be eligible for English N ( English A and 50 together) in the Fall.  

One more thing, not related to Sierra College….

Juniors – College Application Workshop 
On March 11th, at 1 p.m. (Articulation Monday) in the Tech Lecture Hall, Mr. Wirth and I will hold a college application workshop for current juniors. This workshop is designed to help juniors understand the strategy of applying to a highly selective, impacted or top tier college. We will help students find where applications might be “weak” and help them to make plans for summer to bolster those areas. Juniors should sign up in the College & Career Center, so we know how many packets to prepare. Parents are welcome to attend as well. 



February 22, 2013
College related deadlines are not suggestions. There are two big deadlines coming up for seniors.

FAFSA DEADLINE 
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid filing deadline is March 2, 2013. All college-bound seniors are encouraged to apply. www.fafsa.gov is the official FREE website. 

CAL GRANT DEADLINE
The Cal Grant filing deadline is March 2, 2013. Cal Grant filing is 2 part – the FAFSA and also the gpa verification form. This form is on our website. It must be completed and returned to the Rocklin High registrar’s office before the end of the month. The gpa is submitted electronically and must be sent by March 2nd.  To confirm the status of a Cal Grant gpa verification use this website:  https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp
 
FBI Teen Academy
Juniors are invited to apply for the FBI Teen Academy. This is a one-day session for top juniors to get an inside look at a career with the FBI. Applications are available in the C&CC and must be returned by March 11th. 

Assist-a-grad Workshop      
I will hold an Assist-a-grad Scholarship workshop last block and again after school on February 26th. This workshop will give seniors a preview of the scholarships offered and the application. 

Assist-a-grad opens March 1st
The Rocklin High Assist-a-grad Scholarship program will open March 1st on the C&CC website. Seniors will have an opportunity to apply for thousands of locally sponsored scholarships using a common application. The deadline is March 21st, the Thursday before Spring Break. 

Sierra College Assessment
February 25th at 1:30 p.m. at the Sierra College Assessment Center, RHS seniors may take the assessment  tests together. Students must register ahead of time. Complete details are on our Sierra College webpage on the C&CC website. 

University of Nevada Reno
March 12 – University of Nevada Reno will hold an admissions presentation during plus period and lunch. Admitted students and prospective students are invited. 

Aerospace Camp
The McClellan Aerospace Camp is now accepting applications for a four day summer camp. This camp is open to all high school students. For complete details, registration, cost, etc. visit www.aerospaceca.org   

Rotary Club Speech Contest
The Rotary Club Speech Contest is open to students in all grade levels. This is a fun way for students to gain valuable public speaking experience, meets some interesting local leaders and win cash prizes. Currently I have ZERO students signed up! The contest is March 13th, but students must sign up by March 11th . Complete details including the speech prompt, time limit, etc. can be picked up in the College & Career Center.  I strongly encourage our juniors and underclassmen to get involved in Rotary Club speech contests! 

SAT & ACT
Register NOW for spring SAT and ACT test dates. www.collegeboard.com  or www.actstudent.org 

Community Service
Juniors are reminded that community service graduation requirements must be completed by the end of Junior year. Juniors who need help finding service opportunities are encouraged to check out our web pages or drop by the College & Career Center. Volunteering must be done with a non-profit organization to meet our graduation service guidelines. 

Homework Help
We continue to offer Homework Help on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during lunch and after school. We have discontinued the early morning sessions. All students are invited to drop by. 






February 14, 2013
Happy Valentine’s Day and welcome to another newsletter from the College & Career Center. 

Cal Grant GPA Verification Deadline
Cal Grant requires filing a FAFSA AND submitting a qualifying gpa to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2013. This is a hard and fast deadline.  To be considered for a Cal Grant, students must file a FAFSA www.fafsa.gov before March 2nd. Seniors must also complete a Cal Grant gpa verification form and take it to our Registrar’s office before the end of February. The form is located under “forms” on the C&CC website. You can check your Cal Grant status at https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp   .  
   
FAFSA Deadline – March 2, 2013.  
Cal Grant gpa verification deadline to our registrar – February 28, 2013. 


Sierra College News
Sierra College bound seniors should be sure to apply for admission NOW for Fall or Summer 2013. There are five steps that must be completed before admitted students may register for classes. Since Sierra College is severely impacted, it is important to be cleared and ready to register for classes the very first day. New student registration begins on May 8th. For complete details visit: http://www.sierracollege.edu/admissions/future-student/new-student.php

Sierra College Scholarship Deadline February 24, 2013 – 11:59 p.m.
The Sierra College 2013-2014 Scholarship application is now available – online. You must have a Sierra College student ID number to apply for scholarships. Please log into your mySierra account and go to the Financial Aid tab. You will see a link under the Scholarship channel.
Deadline to submit the application is: February 24, 2013 – 11:59 p.m.
http://www.sierracollege.edu/student-services/financial-aid/scholarships/index.php

Sierra College Parent Nights
There are a few nights left this spring for Sierra College Parent information nights. Complete schedule is on our website at: https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/sierra-college-news


February Scholarship List
A new scholarship list is now available on the C&CC website. There are three opportunities for students who are not seniors!  
https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships/current-scholarship-list  


Here are a few examples of some great opportunities! 

Rotary Club Speech Contest
All students are invited to compete in the Rotary Club Speech Contest. The topic is “Peace Through Service” and students are invited to compete with a five to eight minute speech.  Students can sign up to compete in the College & Career Center. The contest is early morning (7 a.m.!) at Whitney Oaks Country Club, and students must have their own transportation. This is a great opportunity for underclassmen to begin building their college resume’, gain some great experience, meet community “movers and shakers,” and even win cash prizes. Students do not need to be in the Speech & Debate class or on the competitive team to participate. Sign up by March 12th.  The contest is March 13th. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships/rotary-club-speech-contest

PARC Essay Contest is open to seniors in Placer County. The topic is relative to the goals of the Protect American River Canyons association. www.parc-auburn.org . All seniors interested in the local environment are encouraged to enter. 

Society of Women Engineers has several scholarships for young women seeking engineering degrees. Check them out at  http://swe-goldenwest.org/sfs

Golfers will find several great scholarships opportunities with Morton Golf Foundation http://www.thefirstteesacramento.org/club/scripts/filelib/filelib_download.asp?FILENAME=MGFScholarshipAppl422794.pdf
and the Northern California Golf Association Foundation Scholarships.
www.ncgafoundation.org/grants/scholarships  Deadlines are early April. 

Ethnic heritage scholarships this month include the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival Scholarship and the Italian Catholic Scholarship. Applications for both can be picked up in the C&CC. 

Free and Accepted Masons of California Mike Winnett Scholarship - $500 – Open to seniors in the Rocklin Unified and Roseville Joint Union High School Districts. Comprehensive application based on the tenets of Free Masonry. (Brotherly love, relief, truth).  Application is available in the College & Career Center.  Deadline postmark April 30, 2013. 

Assist-a-grad coming soon! 
The Rocklin High School Assist-a-grad Scholarship Program will open the application window on March 1st. Seniors have until March 21st to complete the applications. The application will be on the C&CC website, but paper copies must be turned in to the College & Career Center by 3 p.m. on March 21st .

Assist-a-grad Workshop
February 26th I will hold an Assist-a-grad Workshop in the College & Career Center at 1:30 p.m. (last block) Seniors who have a last block class will be able to attend the same workshop at 2:40 p.m. on February 26th. The workshop will cover all the facets of the Assist-a-grad Application. Seniors are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to be the best candidate for local scholarships. 

Video Contest
The Regional Water Authority’s video contest is open to all  high school students in our area. Videos must focus on the selected 2013 water efficiency them, “Check sprinkler systems every month for water-wasting problems and make repairs within 48 hours.” Winning spots will be presented on the River Cats jumbotron. This isn’t a large cash amount, but it’s an excellent award for a budding scientist or film-maker to put on a college application. Complete details are available at www.sacbee.com/water-spots 

Homework Help – We continue to offer Homework Help Tuesdays and Wednesdays before and after school. But we are also piloting Homework Help during lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday for the next few weeks. Students who need help with homework are invited to drop by and our trained peer tutors will be happy to assist them. We have a small computer lab available for students to complete homework or research as well. Don’t be shy – bring your homework and drop by! Everyone needs help with homework now and then! 

SAT & ACT Spring Dates
There are a few testing dates left this school year for SAT and ACT. Register NOW to receive Rocklin High as your test site. 
SAT – www.collegeboard.com 
ACT – www.actstudent.org 

Sophomores who are currently enrolled in an AP subject or high level Math classes, and who intend to apply to a highly selective college, are encouraged to take the SAT Subject Exams in their high level subjects in May or June. (Usually World History and Math IIc) The SAT Subject Exams are NOT the same as the AP exams, however they are both administered by the College Board. 

Please note – 
Do not take SAT Subject Exam Math Ic, since most colleges will only accept Math IIc. 

 Juniors who plan to apply to the UC or other highly selective college, are encouraged to take at least two (you can take up to three in one sitting) SAT Subject Exams in courses they are finishing and are doing well in. AP courses are usually a good choice for SAT Subject Exams. 

While the UC no longer requires SAT Subject Exams for admission, we know that they use SAT Subject Exam scores when they are presented on an application. 

William Jessup Preview Day
Anyone interested in learning more about Rocklin’s very own private university, is invited to William Jessup Preview Day,  February 22nd from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register on-line at www.jessup.edu/undergrad  or email admissions@jessup.edu.   

Cindy Cutts  




February 7, 2012
FAFSA Deadline Looms
Seniors – Official FAFSA deadlines are March 2, 2013 for Cal Grant and most federal and university aid. However, the earlier you file the better. Cal Grant gpa verification must be recorded by our registrar prior to March 2nd. Students must complete both a FAFSA and submit a Cal Grant gpa verification for to our registrar before the end of the month to qualify. File your FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov . There are many other FAFSA websites out there, which charge students and parents to file a free form. Use fafsa.gov to be sure you are filing correctly and for free. You DO NOT need a credit card to file a FAFSA.  

Cal Grants
Cal Grants are entitlements and California students, who plan to attend California colleges are encouraged to apply. The FAFSA is the application for a Cal Grant, but you must also provide a verification of enrollment form to the California Student Aid Commission. This is done with a form you can download from our website. Complete the form and take it to our registrar’s office. 
There are new income ceilings for Cal Grants. To confirm the status of a Cal Grant gpa verification use this website: https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp 

Assist-a-grad 2013 will kick off March 1st
Seniors will have an opportunity to apply to dozens of locally sponsored scholarships with a common application. The application and scholarship catalog will be available on the College & Career Center website on March 1st. The Deadline to submit applications (students must submit paper applications, we are not able to accept them electronically) is March 21st, at 3 p.m. Please note – the Assist-a-grad deadline is the Thursday Before we leave for Spring Break. Information on the 2012 Assist-a-grad program is on our website. 

Heald College
Heald College will hold an admissions presentation in the College & Career Center on February 21st during plus period (12:15 – 12:45 p.m.). All grade levels are invited. Parents are welcome to attend as well, just be sure to register as a visitor before coming on campus. 

COSMOS
The California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science (COSMOS): Now accepting applications for 2013. COSMOS is a four-week residential program for talented and motivated students who are completing grades 8-12. Students who love math and science have a chance to spend four weeks at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz or UC San Diego this summer, learning about astronomy, biomedical sciences, computer games, engineering, robotics and more.  Students will work side-by-side with outstanding UC researchers and faculty, exploring advanced topics that extend beyond the typical high school curriculum. COSMOS courses are hands-on and lab-intensive, emphasizing current research underway at the University of California campuses.

COSMOS Information Webinars
Interested students can participate in upcoming informational events. Topics include COSMOS eligibility, tips for a successful application, a tour of the application system and financial assistance:

•      Webinar:  Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. hosted by COSMOS UCSD www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/cosmos/prospective_students/docs/Virtual_Info_Session_Flyer_Final.pdf 
•      Webinar:  Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. hosted by COSMOS-UCSC http://cosmos.ucsc.edu/resources/events/Virtual%20Session.html 
 
Applications must be in by Feb. 22.  For more information, please visit www.ucop.edu/cosmos.

Sierra College Assessment 
Sierra College has reserved two dates for Rocklin High seniors to take assessment tests at Sierra College. Both February 25th and March 4th afternoons are reserved at Sierra College for our students. All testers much call the Assessment Center to reserve seating. Complete information on Sierra College assessment can be found on our website at: https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/sierra-college-news/sierra-college-assessment
Please note – assessment is at the Sierra College Assessment Center and NOT at Rocklin High School. 

Rocklin High Academic Planning Guide
Students and parents are encouraged to check out the 2013 – 2014 Rocklin High Academic Planning Guide, located on the Counseling Department website. The APG includes information on all of the courses offered at Rocklin High School, along with information relative to college planning. The APG is updated as new information develops such as new ROP classes or an additional course offering at Rocklin High. All RHS students (and parents) are encouraged become familiar with our Academic Planning Guide! https://sites.google.com/site/rocklinhighschoolcounseling/Home/academic-planning-guide

Job Fair
Booster Club is planning a Job Fair for March 13th. This is a creative way for students to gain an “edge” in the teen job market. Two workshops are offered, plus an opportunity to chat with local employers who hire teens.  Complete details can be found on our website under Employment https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/employment

SAT Deadline
February 8 is the deadline to register for the March 9th SAT. Register at www.collegeboard.com 

Since Rocklin is a very popular SAT and ACT test site, it is strongly recommended that students register NOW for spring test dates. Register for ACT at www.actstudent.org  and SAT at www.collegeboard.com  



January 25, 2013

FAFSA WORKSHOP (Daytime event)
January 28  – 1 p.m. Tech Lecture Hall – FAFSA Workshop (juniors & seniors, parents welcome)

UTAH STATE ON THE SPOT ADMISSION
January 30 – Utah State On-the-spot Admission Event
                   Application fee waived, Scholarships Awards, Admission Offered on-the-spot

Lunch & Plus - Info Session - College & Career Center 
(open to all grade levels & parents) 
On-the-spot Admission/Scholarships - 6 – 8 p.m. - Lincoln High Library 
(seniors & parents only)

LIONS CLUB SPEECH CONTEST
January 31 - Lions Club Speech Contest – open to all grade levels
          Students must sign up to compete by January 30th. Topic and rules are available on the College & Career Center website link: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxyaHNjY2N8Z3g6MTM5YjEyNTc5MGNjM2M4ZA
There are cash prizes and  those who advance to the national level can win as much as $10,000!  Don’t be shy – enter! This is a GREAT opportunity for freshmen and sophomores to begin building their college application.  Be sure to sign up for a time slot to compete. 

BOYS STATE – GIRLS STATE NOMINATONS
Boys State and Girls State nomination applications are now being accepted in the College & Career Center. Open only to top juniors, Boys and Girls State are both highly regarded government/leadership camps sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary respectively. 

SAT PREP CLASS
Our final SAT Prep Class of the school year begins February 25. Students may take just the Math or just the English prep classes, or both. Costs are significantly less than with off-site prep classes. This class will finish just before the March 9th SAT. For complete registration information visit www.rocklintestprep.com  . 

VIDEO CONTEST
If you are a budding film maker, this might be your chance to shine. The Water Spots Video Contest is open to students in all grade levels. Complete information can be found at www.sacbee.com/water-spots . 

CIF Spirit of Sport
Spring sport senior athletes are invited to apply for the CIF Spirit of Sport award. This is a comprehensive scholarship application that focuses on the CIF motto of “Pursuing Victory with Honor.”  Packets are available in the C&CC. Deadline back to the C&CC is March 15th. 

CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year
Seniors who excel at their CIF Sanctioned sport AND who excel in the classroom are invited to apply for the CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year. The application is available in the College & Career Center. Packet must be mailed to the CIF by the student with a deadline postmark of February 15th. 

ASVAB Score Review
February 4th - Students who took the ASVAB earlier this month, will have an opportunity to review their scores on February 4th at 1 p.m. in the College & Career Center. 

SAT & ACT
Register NOW for spring SAT and ACT test dates, to be sure you are assigned Rocklin High as your test site. RHS is a very popular testing center for both SAT and ACT. If you wait to register until the deadline, (or try late registration) you are highly unlikely to be assigned to test at Rocklin High. New SAT policies prohibit changing test sites or testing standby. 

There are three SAT dates left this school year, March 9th, May 4 and June 1st. 
Register for SAT at www.collegeboard.com

There are two ACT dates left this school year, April 13th and June 8th . 
Register for ACT at www.actstudent.org 

Please note – be sure to book other events around your SAT or ACT dates. Refunds are NOT granted for any reason by both testing agencies. 

Community Service
There are plenty of service opportunities coming up in the spring. Juniors are reminded that the 25 hour community service graduation requirement must be completed by the end of this school year. If you need help finding a place to volunteer, please check out our website or drop by the College & Career Center. 

Homework Help
We continue to offer before and after school Homework Help on Tuesday and Wednesday in the College & Career Center. Students in any grade level are invited to bring their homework and our student tutors will be happy to assist them. Students are not required to stay for the entire time we are open and there is no charge for Homework Help services. Our student tutors are warm and kind and all students are welcome to join us. 





January 24, 2013
Parent Planning Night
Parent Night – January 24th 6 – 8 p.m. Various Locations Across Campus
Parents of juniors, sophomores and freshmen are invited to a full night of information, planning information for next year and presentations from CSU, UC, Sierra College, William Jessup and Financial Aid. 
You can plan your schedule now based on the following: 

Rocklin High Counseling Department – Theatre – RHS Counselors      
6 p.m.             Freshman Parents
                                    Planning for the Next 3 Years
6:40 p.m.        Sophomore Parents 
                                    Planning for Junior Year 
7:20  p.m.       Junior Parents Planning for Senior
                                    Year

University of California - Small Gym      
6 p.m.             UC admission process
Information and review
6:40 p.m.        UC admission (repeat)
7:20  p.m.       UC admission (repeat)

California State University - Cafeteria  
6 p.m.             CSU information       
6:40 p.m.        CSU information (repeat)
7:20  p.m.       CSU information (repeat)

Sierra College - Library
6 p.m.             Sierra College information   
6:40 p.m.        Sierra College information (repeat)
7:20  p.m.       Sierra College information (repeat)

Private & Independent College -  Tech Lecture Hall  
William Jessup University
6 p.m.             Private College information 
6:40 p.m.        Private College  information (repeat)
7:20  p.m.       Private College information (repeat)


Important News from Sierra College

FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS

The Financial Aid office at Sierra College will once again be providing drop-in workshop assistance to students who are looking to apply for financial aid and wish to complete a FAFSA application for the 2013-14 academic year. No reservation is required for these drop-in sessions. 

SIERRA COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

New students are encouraged to apply directly to Sierra College for individual scholarships through their mySierra accounts. The online application process means a student only needs to complete one application and the software will determine their eligibility for any Sierra College scholarships they may qualify for.  Students will need to provide the name and email address of 3 recommenders. Deadline for these scholarships to be submitted online will be February 24, 2013 @ 11.59pm

FALL 2013 ADMISSION APPLICATIONS

Sierra College opened up admission application for Fall on January 7, 2013. Students can now submit online applications for the Fall 2013 semester at 

http://www.sierracollege.edu/admissions/future-student/new-student.php

Students are then encouraged to take the placement test and schedule a new student counseling session. The college also continues to accept other test scores for placement purposes, such as the EAP, SAT, ELM and AP. See attached flyer for further details.  

UTAH STATE ON THE SPOT ADMISSION
Next week, January 30th Utah State will hold an admission event in Placer County. Students (and parents) will be able to visit with an admissions rep during plus period and lunch (also during AVID class) on January 30th in the College & Career Center. That night, from 6 – 8 p.m. Utah State will hold an on-the-spot admission at the Lincoln High Library. Application fees will be waived, admission granted on-the-spot to qualified applicants and scholarships awarded to those meet scholarship criteria. More information is available on the College & Career Center website. Utah State is located in Logan, Utah and offers dozens of unimpacted majors. www.usu.ed. 

Homework Help
Students are invited to drop by the College & Career Center before or after school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for help with homework. We have several students trained and ready to help with nearly every subject. There is no charge for our homework help program and students are not required to stay for any specific length of time. 

Assist-a-grad kicks off March 1st
Our Rocklin High Assist-a-grad Scholarship Program will begin accepting applications March 1st. The Deadline is March 21st, which is the THURSDAY before we leave for spring break. Seniors can begin gathering items for Assist-a-grad now, such as letters of recommendations, copies of community service reports or unofficial transcripts. 

CIF Spirit of Sport
Spring sport senior athletes are invited to apply for the CIF Spirit of Sport award. Complete details are available in the College & Career Center. 

PEO Sisterhood Scholarship
Senior girls are invited to apply for the PEO Sisterhood Scholarship. This is a locally sponsored scholarship that honors the leadership and service efforts of top senior girls. Pick up the application in the C&CC. 

WJU Creative Arts Major
William Jessup University is opening a Creative Arts Major. Students who are interested in fine arts will find this major to have a fresh approach with not only an opportunity to develop their talents, but also learning about marketing themselves. For more information visit www.jessup.edu .   Please note – WJU is still accepting applications for fall 2013. 





January 11, 2013
ASVAB is Monday
There are a few spots open for the ASVAB which will be on January 14 at 1 p.m. Students must sign up by 10:30 a.m. I strongly encourage students to bring their lunch and eat prior to the test, since they will not be finished until about 4 p.m. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

Sierra College On the Spot Admission
On January 16 Sierra College will hold an on-site admission event in the College & Career Center next Wednesday. If Sierra is your destination college or your backup plan – you need to attend this workshop. Not only will there be help with admissions steps (application, assessment, orientation, counseling, registration) but also with scholarships. Do not miss this if you are Sierra bound!

January 24 Parent Night
Parents of freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to a parent information night on January 24th. Our counselors will talk about academic planning for next year, I will present on scholarships and financial aid. Reps from Sierra College, William Jessup University, UC Davis and Sacramento State will also hold presentations. This is a great way to gather a lot of information in a two hour block, right here at our school. Parents and students are welcome. 

Utah State On-the-Spot Admission
Seniors and their parents are invited to attend a Utah State University presentation in the College & Career Center January 30th. That evening USU will hold an On-the-Spot Admission event in the Lincoln High library. This free admission process will also include awarding scholarships. Utah State is probably the most affordable public university in the nation, with dozens of unimpacted majors, from Aviation (pilot training) to Wildlife (forest rangers).  USU will waive the application fee at this event, which makes it a wonderful option as a backup plan for our 4-year bound seniors. http://catalog.usu.edu/content.php?catoid=3&navoid=244

For more information on the USU On-the-Spot Admission event check out our website at:
https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/college-news/utah-state-university

Juniors – Boys & Girls State Nominations
Juniors are invited to submit an application to be nominated for Boys State or Girls State. Drop by the College & Career Center for an application. Both programs are week long events for juniors with an interest in government. Deadlines are soon. 

Lions Club Speech Contest
The Lions Club Speech Contest is January 31st. Students must sign up to compete. This contest is open to all grade levels. 

New Scholarship List
The January Scholarship list is now available on the College & Career Center website. Check out all the great ways to win money for college. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships/current-scholarship-list

Sierra College Scholarships
Sierra College Scholarships are now completed on-line. Incoming freshmen have several to choose from! http://www.sierracollege.edu/student-services/financial-aid/scholarships/index.php

Assist-a-grad Kicks off March 1st
Rocklin High Assist-a-grad will begin accepting applications on March 1st. The deadline is March 21st by 3 p.m. This deadline is the day before we leave on Spring Break.  I am still accepting Assist-a-grad sponsors for 2013, so if you know of anyone who might like to sponsor a scholarship, please ask them to contact me soon.

Look for College Application Status Information
College Admission replies are beginning to arrive. It is extremely important for college applicants to check their portal accounts and their email in boxes for information on the application status from each school. Frequently students forget to submit their SAT or ACT scores, or fail to follow through with “tasks” or “to do” items emailed to them. This will usually result in the application being cancelled.

Conditional Admission
Students are often confused with the term “conditional admission.” All college admission is conditional, based on the final graduation transcript. 

A conditional admit letter, is a real “Yes! You got in!” letter, but it is reminding students that senior year counts. Students are admitted under the “condition” that senior year course work will be completed and that the student will graduate with the same academic rigor, grades, etc. as in previous years. Students who receive letters of admission that say, “conditionally accepted” just simply need to finish senior year strong and graduate to maintain that admission status. 



January 9, 2013
If you applied to the UC this past fall, this is important information from the UC Admissions Office: 

UC Application Updates & Reminders

Ordering test score reports for the UC

If your students have not already submitted their official ACT and SAT test scores, please have them do so immediately.  As a reminder, students who have not submitted official scores should do the following:  
 
1.      After receiving their scores, students should log into their My UC Application and self-report their examination scores.  The test scores submitted on the application for undergraduate admission are considered unofficial.
2.      Students should request that an official score report be sent by the College Board (for the SAT) and by ACT to at least one UC campus to which they applied.  UC does not recommend applicants use the College Board's Score Choice function or Rush Score delivery. All official test scores can be submitted to one campus, as test scores are disseminated to all campuses to which the student has applied.

If a student has recently ordered official reports sent to the university, he should log onto the My UC Application website http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/after-you-apply  to check the most current scores we have on file.

If a student is missing official scores, he should contact the respective testing agency as follows:

ACT: (319) 337-1313 or www.actstudent.org/scores/send/   
SAT: (866) 756-7346 or www.collegeboard.com/sat/html/students/adlscor.html 
 
Updating the UC application

Freshmen UC applicants:  If there are changes to a student’s academic record (if a student changes schools, adds or drops a course, or fails to earn a C or better in a course after submitting the application), the student must notify — by mail — the UC Application Center.  We encourage students to explain the reason(s) for the academic record updates in the letter. The letter must also include the student’s name, UC Application ID number and signature, and will be shared with all the campuses the student applied to. Mail to:

UC Application Center
P.O. Box 1432
Bakersfield, CA 93302

More information on how to report changes to a college application, can be found on the College & Career Center website, under College Application. 




January 8, 2013
ASVAB January 14
The ASVAB will be administered on Monday, January 14th at 1 pm in the College & Career Center. 
Students must sign up by Friday at noon to secure a spot. The ASVAB is the “Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery” – which is a career aptitude test. It is often helpful for students in discovering a career interest. There is no obligation to the military for taking the ASVAB. 

WJU Creative Arts Major
William Jessup University’s new Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts is a new degree program designed to prepare students for careers in the arts. Check out their website for more information.  http://www.jessup.edu/academics/creative-arts

Princeton University Contest
Princeton University continues to sponsor contests and prizes for juniors. Currently they are accepting application for the Ten-Minute Play contest promoted by the Program in Theater at Princeton.  Post mark deadline is March 31, 2013. First prize is $500.  
http://www.princeton.edu/arts/lewis_center/high-school-contests/

Sierra College On-the-spot Admission
Seniors are invited to participate in an on-the-spot admission event on January 16th in the Rocklin High College & Career Center. This is a courtesy offered to us by the Sierra College Outreach Office. Students must sign up for an appointment now.

Sierra College Scholarships
Sierra College is now receiving applications for 2013-14 scholarships.

The deadline to submit the application is February 24, 2013 @ 11.59pm. The application is submitted online through a student mySierra account.

Students log into their mySierra account and go to the Financial Aid Tab.  The application link is located in the scholarship section.  The online application process means student only need to complete one application and the software will determine their eligibility for any scholarships they may qualify for.  Students will need to provide the name and email address of 3 recommenders.  A generated email will be sent to those of you selected by the student to recommend them for a scholarship.  The email will provide you with step-by-step instructions to complete the on line process for the recommendations.  

Further general details about the scholarships that are available can be found at 

http://www.sierracollege.edu/student-services/financial-aid/scholarships/index.php

Information on scholarships specifically for incoming freshman can be found at 

http://www.sierracollege.edu/student-services/financial-aid/scholarships/incoming-student.php

Utah State University
Utah State University will hold an on-the-spot admissions event on January 30th at Lincoln High School library from 6 – 8 p.m. In an attempt to recruit more Northern California students to USU, this event will waive the application fee and also immediately offer scholarships to qualified students. Anyone who is concerned about paying for a four year degree may want to look into the affordability and plethora of unimpacted majors at USU.  www.usu.edu . The USU reps will hold a recruiting presentation in the College & Career Center during plus period and lunch on January 30th. Parents are invited to attend. 

FAFSA Workshop January 28
If you missed the December FAFSA workshop, a second workshop is planned for January 28th at 1 p.m. in the Tech Lecture Hall. Rhonda Mohr, our FAFSA expert, will walk students through the FAFSA and explain how financial aid works. This workshop is designed for students, but parents are encouraged to attend. 

Seniors who did not pass a first semester class
Receiving No Credit for a class, or dropping a class can impact your admission to college. Your best chance for keeping your admission status is to report the change to the college immediately. The college can identify your options. Waiting to report changes or not reporting them at all can increase the chance of your admission being cancelled or rescinded.  Report the information in writing. Some schools will accept this in an email; others will require a letter sent through the post office; we recommend that you do both.  

For complete instructions on how to notify a college visit our website at: https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/college-application

One More Dog Rescue 
Volunteer with One More Dog Rescue to help walk dogs, clean kennels, help with adoption events and work at the rescue facility located near Rocklin High School. If you are at least 15 and you’re a dog lover, this might just be the perfect community service project for you! Contact Cathy at Cathyduer@yahoo.com for more information. 

PSAT Score Reports
PSAT Score Reports are available for pickup in the College & Career Center. The score report contains a website and access code that offers a FREE on-line SAT Prep course – valid for a full year. 

Spring SAT Prep Course
An SAT Prep class will be offered in late February and early March that will finish right before the March 9th SAT. For complete registration information visit www.rocklintestprep.com. Students may take the Math class or the English class (or both) and must register with both teachers independently. The class is in the evening, allowing spring athletes to attend. 

Sacramento River Cats Hiring
Anyone interested in a job or internship in baseball might want to check out the Sacramento River Cats job listings for upcoming season at: 
http://pclbaseball.teamworkonline.com/teamwork/jobs/jobskey.cfm?s=sacramento

Senior Year Counts
Just a reminder that second semester of senior year counts. All college admission is “conditional,” and based on the final graduation transcript.

Happy New Year! 





December 20, 2012

Faculty Follies Tonight
Each year our staff sponsors an Assist-a-grad Scholarship for seniors. To fund-raise for the scholarship, we present the annual Rocklin High Faculty Follies. Tonight we have two shows 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the door. 

College Application Results
A few colleges have begun to admit students who submitted applications in October and November. Many colleges have begun to communicate with students through their college portal accounts, with reminders about sending test scores, transcripts or paying the application fee.

If you applied to college and received an email acknowledging your application, be sure to follow the instructions in that email.  Open a portal account, if you were directed to, on the college website. Many colleges use the portal account as the only way to communicate with applicants. Some colleges even use the portal account activity as a means to evaluate admission. The rationale is that students show potential for success in college if they can read and follow directions.  

Check your portal account regularly (at least once a week, once a day might be better) to determine your application status and be sure to follow up with whatever is requested. Common tasks or “to do” items on a portal account include reminders for official SAT or ACT scores, transcript requests or payment of application fees.

Remember that you must have your SAT or ACT scores sent by the testing agency to the colleges.  Listing test scores on your application is not an official test score. 

If you chose to pay your application by check, rather than with a credit card when you applied, you must pay your application fee. Most schools have a deadline that will cancel your application for non-payment of the application fee. 

If your college did not direct you to open a portal account, check your email and junk mail accounts regularly for information regarding your application.  You can also check the college admissions website for general information. 

Send Transcripts
Colleges have different policies regarding when they want official transcripts. 

Official Rocklin High transcripts cost $1 each and must be ordered through our registrar’s office. Some colleges will direct you to send an official transcript immediately when you have submitted your on-line application. 

It is easier to tell you which colleges do not need an official transcript at this time. 

All UCs and all Common App schools do not need an official transcript sent unless you receive a specific request for one. 

Most CSUs do not require a transcript with the application. But some CSUs will request a transcript in fall or winter. Check each of your CSU portal accounts regularly to see if you have been asked for a transcript. Don’t be surprised if one CSU wants a transcript and another does not. 

Most private colleges and nearly all out-of-state schools (which are not using the Common App) will require an official transcript sent before the application deadline. Failure to send a transcript might result in your application being cancelled.

Many colleges will request a 7th semester transcript, also called a “Mid Year Report.”  The Common App will generate a midyear report without any directive from you. If you receive a request for a Mid Year Report, be sure to check with Mrs. Morgan (email is usually best lamorgan@rocklin.k12.ca.us) to confirm that she has also received that request and to see if she needs any additional information from you. 

Common App users - Submit Application, Supplement & Payment Separately
The Common application, supplement, and payment submissions are three distinct processes.  Despite instructions and reminders, some students mistakenly believe that the application automatically follows a supplement and/or payment.  If you have applied to a college using the Common App, please confirm the status of  your submissions within My Colleges section of your Common App account. 

Send Test Scores
All colleges need to have official SAT or ACT score reports sent directly by the College Board or ACT. 
Send ACT or SAT scores to one UC and they are shared among them all. 
Send ACT scores to one CSU and they are shared among them all. 
Send SAT scores to CSU Mentor and they are shared among all the CSUs. The CSU Mentor code is 3594. If you search the College Board “send scores” website the CSU Mentor code is listed as “CSU Mentor Long Beach.”  

At this time the Common App does not offer a “common code” and all schools within the Common App must have scores sent individually. This means – yes – you must pay the fee for test scores to be sent to each of the Common App schools.  

Finish senior year strong!
As the semester ends, seniors are often tempted to try to drop classes they do not “need” to graduate. Please remember that college admission includes the expectation that senior year classes will be completed at the same level or better than previous years. 

If you drop a class, or if you do not pass a fall semester class – you must let the college know. You can find details on how to communicate this information with your college on our website, under College Application. Offers of admission are rescinded every year from colleges across the U.S. if the graduation transcript does not match what was presented on the application. 

Sierra College On the Spot Admission
As a courtesy to Rocklin High School, Sierra College will offer On the Spot Admission to students on January 16th. Students must sign up for an appointment in the College & Career Center.  There is no application fee.  If Sierra College is your “backup plan” for Fall 2013, this workshop is important for you! 

FAFSA Workshop January 14
We will hold a FAFSA workshop for seniors on January 14th at 1 p.m. in the Tech Lecture Hall. Parents are welcome to attend, just be sure to register as visitors in the front office, before coming out to the Tech Lec Hall.  Seniors should sign up in the C&CC for this workshop, so I know how many flyers, handouts, etc. to plan for. The workshop is free.

Utah State On the Spot Admission January 30
Utah State University will hold a recruiting event in our region on January 30th. The rep will hold an admissions information session during plus and lunch in the College & Career Center.  

That night  – January 30th - from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Lincoln High Library - On-the-Spot Admission will be offered, application fees waived and scholarships awarded on-the-spot. 

This is a non-binding agreement and students can wait until May 1st to commit to USU.  For more information on Utah State visit www.usu.edu . 

Our College Night Consortium is sponsoring this event. Students are asked to sign up in the C&CC for planning purposes only. 

CSSSA Summer School for the Arts
The California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) is now accepting applications. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2013. This program is competitive and students must be selected to attend, pay the tuition, housing fees, etc. It will be held at California Institute of the Arts campus in Valencia, July 13th  – August 9th.  For more information visit www.csss.ca.gov 

January 24 – “Planning for Next Year” Night
Please save the date – January 24 – Planning Night for parents of current freshmen, sophomores and juniors. We will host a comprehensive event with our counselors and regional college professionals to talk about academic and college planning for next year. Details will follow after Winter Break. 

Juniors SAT & ACT
Current juniors are reminded to register now for spring SAT and ACT exams. Rocklin High School always fills up and students are often dismayed and distracted when they test at locations as far away as Yuba City, Nevada City or Elk Grove. 

Register for SAT at www.collegeboard.com and 

Register for ACT at www.actstudent.org 

Students who plan to apply to the University of California or other highly selective colleges are encouraged to take the SAT Subject Exams. Subject Exams can not be taken on the same test date as the SAT Reasoning Exam. The SAT Subject Exam is not the same as the AP exam. 

Students who plan to apply to the University of California or other highly selective colleges are encouraged to include the WRITING exam when they register for the ACT. Unlike the SAT, the ACT allows students to skip the writing section and the cost is reduced. The UC will not accept the ACT without the Writing exam. 

PSAT Scores
PSAT Score Reports are ready for pick up in the College & Career Center. The PSAT score report includes a website link, along with an access code. This is for a FREE SAT on-line prep class, based on the student’s performance on the PSAT.  

Spring SAT Prep Class
We will offer a spring SAT Prep class that finishes right before the March 9th SAT. Students may take the English prep or the Math prep or both. This is an evening class and begins late enough for most spring athletes. Details for registration and costs are available at www.rocklintestprep.com . 

Special Interest Scholarships to Note
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund    http://www.apiasf.org/
Deadline January 11, 2013

Tzu Chi Scholars Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Scholarship $1000  http://northerncal.us.tzuchi.org/images/report/2012TzuChiScholars_Application_Form%20final.pdf  
Deadline March 9, 2013

Italian Catholic Federation Scholarship $400  www.icf.org 
Deadline March 15, 2013. 

Closed for Break 
The College & Career Center will be closed for Winter Break. Most questions regarding College Application, SAT and ACT, Community Service, etc. can be answered with our website. 

Work Permits
During Winter Break work permits may be processed at our District Office on Sierra Meadows Drive. The work permit application is available on our website. The District Office will be open with limited hours over Winter Break. Please call to confirm their hours (916) 624-2428. 


Wishing you safe and happy holidays and a prosperous new year,

December 14, 2012

PSAT Scores
PSAT Score Reports are now available for pick up in the College and Career Center. Test takers are welcome to drop by before or after school, during break or lunch to pick up their score reports. At the bottom of each score report you’ll find a website link and an access code for a free SAT on-line prep course, based on the individual student’s performance on the PSAT. I have also posted a power point on our website that explains PSAT scores. 

Score reports are not in yet, for students who took the PSAT at another campus.  I expect those reports to arrive early next week. Please check back regularly if you were an off-campus PSAT tester. 

FAFSA Night – December 17th – THAT’S NEXT MONDAY! 
FAFSA night is coming December 17th. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the only way students can access state and federal money for college. We will hold a workshop on December 17th in the theatre at 6:30 p.m. Seniors must wait until January 1, 2013 to file the FAFSA for Fall 2013 semester. The official FAFSA website is www.fafsa.gov Other websites will charge to file this free form.  This meeting is primarily for seniors, but parents of juniors are also invited. 

Utah State Admission Event & Merit Scholarships January 30th 
Utah State will hold an admissions event in Placer County on January 30th. USU is doing a Northern California recruiting promotion, waiving the application fee, awarding sizeable merit scholarships and even arranging housing on-the-spot for our seniors! With the benefits from this promotion, attending Utah State is a financially competitive option compared to California public schools.

This event is sponsored by our College Night Consortium of schools which sponsors our annual College Night in October. It will be held in the Lincoln High library, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and all Rocklin High seniors are invited to attend.  This will be a “walk in” format, but we are asking students to sign up with me, just so we know how many to expect. The offer of admission from USU is a “NON-biding” agreement. 

Utah State is a four year public university, located in Logan, Utah. They have a wide variety of majors, from Aviation (pilot training) to Wildlife (outdoor careers). To learn more about Utah State visit www.usu.edu .

Faculty Follies December 20th!
Join our staff as we present our annual “show” to raise money for our Assist-a-grad scholarship. There is a 6 p.m. show and an 8 p.m. show. Cost is $6 per person. What we lack in talent, we make up for in enthusiasm, so please bring the whole family for an evening of fun. 

ASVAB 
The ASVAB will be offered at Rocklin High on January 14th at 1 p.m. Students must sign up to reserve a spot. The ASVAB can be an effective career assessment tool. Our military recruiters coordinate the ASVAB and help with score reviews. But there is no obligation to the military for test. To learn more about the ASVAB visit http://www.asvabprogram.com

Paper Drive
Our school is in the midst of a paper drive. REAMS of printer paper to be exact. RHS Booster Club is helping us with a promotion to retire our weary old copy machine, which has faithfully produced over 9 million copies – by gathering donated reams of white printer paper. This will allow us to use the budgeted money for paper to replace the copy machine. Students are invited to bring reams of paper to school and enter a raffle contest for some wonderful prizes. Families, businesses and organizations are welcome to donate paper in any quantity. Paper should be delivered to the ASB office before school through December 19th. 

January Parent Night January 24th 
Our Counseling Department will hold a Parent Night for parents of freshmen, sophomores and juniors on January 24th from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The agenda will include academic planning for next year and college prep to assist students with decisions about classes the 2013 – 2013 school year. Please save the date - watch for more details.  

Bank of America Leadership Opportunity
Bank of America is looking for junior and senior community leaders. The B of A leadership program’s goal is to develop the next generation of community leaders through two components:

An eight-week paid internship in the summer of 2013 with selected nonprofit organizations designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Nonprofit Host Organization. 

A weeklong all-expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., July 8-12, 2013. 

Current juniors and seniors may apply by going to www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders  Deadline is January 25, 2013.

Volunteer!
Community service opportunities continue to pop up each week. Many of our elementary schools are seeking volunteers, as well as non-profit groups in the area. We also currently have an opportunity for a budding film-maker to volunteer with the basketball program. Students are welcome to peruse the RHS community service binder or our website for more details. 

Thank You
Thunder Galleria was a wonderful success this week. We had over 300 high school students involved in the event and about 150 children came to shop. Thanks to the countless individuals, families, organizations and businesses that donated items or time. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

Senior Year Counts!
Most college admission offers are conditional, based on successful completion of senior year. Failure to complete everything that was listed on the application at the same performance level or better as previous years, can result in the offer of admission being rescinded.  All final transcripts are reviewed and compared to the application after students have enrolled at college.

Seniors and changes on their spring schedule
Seniors who make changes on their spring semester schedules, or who did not pass a course fall semester must notify the colleges where they have applied. Students are encouraged to notify each college admissions office individually via email and also follow up with a U.S. Postal Service letter. Complete details are available on the C&CC website under College Application. 

Scholarships
We are in our peak scholarship season with dozens of scholarships open for application. New this week is the Italian Catholic scholarship, Beale Officers’ Spouses Club Scholarship (military dependents) and Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship. Applications are available in the College & Career Center.

Homework Help Available
We continue to offer before and after school homework help, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This is a drop in volunteer service by several of our finest students. Students in all grade levels are welcome. We are on our final countdown for first semester. Students who need help with an assignment are encouraged to drop by. 

Sacramento Kings Offer to Rocklin High School
The Sacramento Kings would like to reward students for academic success. They invite you to kick off the holidays early on Sunday, December 16 as the Kings take on the Nuggets with a special offer. Join other students and faculty at the game for only $5!  The "Family Night Out" offer below is for an exclusive $5 ticket in select upper and lower level locations.
Securing your tickets is easy. Simply follow the link below and enter the promo code “school” to access your $5 tickets. You will be able to pick your seats and print your tickets right from home! There will also be no additional fees on this special offer.
https://oss.ticketmaster.com/html/go.htmI?l=EN&t=sackings&o=13465559&g=5005
Use Promo Code: school
If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to contact Ticket Sales and Services at (916) 928-3650, or reply@kings.com    Please note - This is NOT a fund raiser for Rocklin High School, but simply a special offer from the Sacramento Kings.





December 7, 2012

College Application News
Students who missed the CSU and UC application will be happy to know that many California private colleges, and many public and private out-of-state colleges are still accepting applications. Check out specific college admissions websites for details. 

Two CSU campuses have extended application deadlines for fall 2013 freshmen. Cal Maritime and CSU Bakersfield will continue to accept applications. The deadline for both colleges can change at any moment. Apply at www.csumentor.edu .

A few colleges have begun to reply to students’ application for admission. Seniors who are offered admission to college are invited to write their name and school on the bulletin board in the College & Career Center. This is a Rocklin High tradition and students love to see where their classmates have been admitted. 

College Portal Account
If your college requires that you set up a portal account on their website, you will receive information on how to do that via email after you have submitted your application. This email will contain a link, and log in instructions. Save this email!  Follow the instructions and set up your account as soon as possible. Check this portal regularly for your  “to do” list.  This will be the only way the university will contact you if they want further information, or have questions about your application. Failure to respond to requests sent through the portal account, can be the way a college decides to decline offers of admission.

ACT Tomorrow
The ACT will be given at Rocklin High School this Saturday, December 8. Testers should arrive at 7:30 a.m. for check-in.  Bring a calculator, a number 2 pencil, your admission ticket, and a photo ID. Admission ticket AND photo ID are required to test. 

SAT & ACT Registration
Students are strongly encouraged to register NOW for spring SAT and ACT test dates. Rocklin High always fills up before the registration deadline. 
Register for SAT at www.collegeboard.com 
Register for ACT at www.actstudent.org 

We will be offering an SAT Prep Class this spring that finishes right before the March 9th test date. I do not have complete registration details yet. Updates will be available first, on the SAT Test prep website www.rocklintestprep.com  .   

Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT and ACT at least once this winter and re-test in spring if the first scores are not to their satisfaction. 
UC bound sophomores and juniors are encouraged to take SAT Subject exams in at least two different subjects, and especially in your AP subjects. While the UC does not require Subject exams, we know they use them when presented. If you elect to take the Math Subject exam, do not take SAT Subject Math Ic, since the UC will only review Math IIc. 

Most top tier schools will either require Subject exams, or prefer to have them on the application.  If you have questions about SAT Subject exams, please email them and I will do my best to clarify the information. 

FAFSA Night
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the only way to access state and federal money for college. Many universities also use FAFSA data for processing merit based scholarships. 

On December 17th  at 6:30 p.m. we will hold a FAFSA workshop in the theatre. You must wait until January 1st to file a FAFSA for fall 2013. The deadline to file is March 1st, but we always recommend that you file as early in the year as possible. 

Be careful that you are filing on the .gov website. There are several FAFSA clone websites that charge as much as $100 to file a free form! This is the official FAFSA website:   Www.fafsa.gov 

Cal Grant
The application for Cal Grant is the FAFSA, however students must file a second form with our registrar to provide a qualifying gpa to the California Student Aid Commission. Cal Grants are entitlements that pay fees (tuition) to a public school in California and up to $9300 per year to private California colleges. There is an income cap for Cal Grant, and recently Cal Grant income cap levels have increased. The Cal Grant gpa verification form is available on the C&CC website or students can pick up a paper form from me.  The deadline to file both the FAFSA and the gpa verification form is March 1st . 

Community Service
Our local elementary schools have many opportunities for our students to volunteer. The city of Rocklin and the Rocklin Fire Department also offer ways for our students to volunteer during the holiday season. Please check our community service webpages for details. 

Thunder Galleria
Thunder Galleria is Monday, December 10th. Set up begins immediately after school in the cafeteria. Students are welcome to help with setup and clean up and we still have a few openings for store managers of donated inventory. 

Parents are invited to help with bottled water or finger foods during set up. If you’d like to donate sandwiches, pizza, cookies, bottled water, etc. please let me know. We also need parents to help with security that night. If you’re willing to brave the cold and keep watch at the doors, please let me know via email. We call this group the SWAT team (Security with Attitude Team) and I promise that you will have a lot of fun. 

We will continue to accept donations for Thunder Galleria on Monday. Please bring them to the College & Career Center by noon. 

Scholarships
We are in our peak scholarship season. Please check our scholarship webpages for the most recent scholarship list. I also recommend that seniors check the financial aid/scholarship webpages of colleges where they have applied for scholarships. This is particularly important if you plan to attend Sierra College because... 

Sierra College Foundation scholarships are now accepting applications! 
http://www.sierracollege.edu/student-services/financial-aid/scholarships/index.php

Students in all grade levels are encouraged to open a free College Board FastWEB account, which will search for scholarships based on your personal profile. www.fastweb.com 

Dates to Remember
December 17 – FAFSA Night – 6:30 p.m. in the RHS Theatre. 
December 20 – Rocklin High Faculty Follies  6 & 8 p.m. in the RHS Theatre. This is a fund raiser for our Staff Scholarship
January 14 – ASVAB  - Juniors and seniors are invited to sign up now to reserve a seat.  ASVAB testing is free. 
January 16 – Sierra College On the Spot Admission.  Seniors may sign up for an appointment between 8 a.m. and noon. Appointments are required. 

Email Address
Please add my email address to your email address book. Each week when I send this newsletter, I receive about 150 automated messages back, advising me that my message is delayed, or sometimes refused. My distribution list has grown to include hundreds of parents and students, and your email filters are fiercely guarding email accounts from spam. If you add my email address to your address book, it might eliminate a few of those bouncing emails... 





Sent November 30, 2012

Deadline for UC & CSU Today – 
November 30th is the deadline for UC application and also for CSU application. 

Send test scores – Be sure to have the testing agency (College Board or ACT) send official scores to your college.  

Transcripts – 
Do not send transcripts to the UC.  

Do not send transcripts to the CSU, unless they are specifically requested by an individual admissions office. 

Do not send transcripts to a college that uses the Common App, unless requested. 

Do send transcripts to any college that requests it with the application or after the application has been received. (Verify this on the admissions website. If you are unsure, please 

Portal Account
If your college requires that you set up a portal account on their website, you will receive information on how to do that via email after you have submitted your application. This email will contain a link, and log in instructions. Save this email! Check this portal regularly for your  “to do” list.  This will be the only way the university will contact you if they want further information, or have questions about your application. Failure to respond to requests sent through the portal account, can be the way a college declines offers of admission. 

Note – not all colleges require a portal account, until you are admitted. 

SAT on Saturday
The SAT will be administered on Saturday, December 1st at Rocklin High. Students must bring a photo ID and a printed copy of their registration confirmation. The new SAT policies are now being enforced and there are no exceptions, even for students that we know. Standby testing is no longer allowed. You can try to get on the Wait List, by registering on the College Board website. Standby testers are not guaranteed a test. www.collegeboard.com . 

ACT December 8
The ACT will be administered on December 8th at Rocklin High. To register for ACT Standby Testing, you may sign in to your ACT account to request and pay for standby testing through December 3rd.  www.actstudent.org  
Please note, there is no guarantee that standby ACT testers will receive a test. 

Sierra College On the Spot Admission
As a special courtesy to Rocklin High School seniors, Sierra College has offered to hold an
 On the Spot Admission Day in the College & Career Center. Seniors will need to sign up for a 20 minute appointment, prior to this date. We will fill up, so I strongly encourage seniors to secure an appointment time now. If Sierra College is your “backup plan” – this is an important appointment for you. 

PSAT Results
We expect to have our PSAT results arrive in late December. Since the PSAT is processed through a New Jersey center, it is quite likely that the recent Hurricane may have delayed the process. We will let students know through their English teachers as soon as scores are available for pickup. 

Scholarships & Contests
We have several scholarships and contests on our new December Scholarship List, which is posted on our website. Most of our scholarships are open only to seniors, but I have included several for lower grades as well. For the complete list visit the C&CC website. 

Here are a few of our current scholarships: 

Morton Golf Foundation $2000 –  Seniors Only - Open to participants in NCGA, TFTGS or high school golf programs for at least one event, program or membership year – or worked at a golf facility. Minimum 3. 0 gpa. Based on character, sportsmanship and leadership. Deadline postmark April 4, 2013. 

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship $50 - $60,000 – Seniors only - Includes academics, activities, leadership, service, etc. http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm        Deadline to the Roseville Elks Lodge by December 7, 2012.

Rocklin Youth Soccer Club Scholarship $1000 – Seniors only - Must have been a member of Rocklin Youth Soccer Club at least one season. Minimum 3.0 gpa. Based on character, sportsmanship and leadership.  Deadline March 1, 2013.  

Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program. www.rmhc.org  Seniors only. Comprehensive application includes leadership and service. Deadline December 20, 2012.

Schwab Rosenhouse Scholarship - $1000 - $5000  open to seniors  who live within 100 miles of Sacramento. Students must attend a two or four year college, university or vocational/technical institution located within 100 miles of the Sacramento County Courthouse. Comprehensive online application. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation, but students do not need to be Jewish to qualify.  https://www.applysrp.com/ets/applyNow.jsf?foppID=72      
Deadline February 1, 2013. 

Sierra Nevada College High School Writing Contest - $100 - $500 – Open to juniors and seniors. Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction. www.sierranevada.edu/submission    Note – this is NOT Sierra College in California, Sierra Nevada College  is a four year private college in Nevada.  Deadline December 1, 2013.  

Speech Trek – AAUW Contest - $250 - $1500. Open to all grade levels. Competitive speech contest to the prompt “Sexual Harassment in Schools – Big Deal?”  Pick up the paper registration packet in the College & Career Center. The contest is in February - students must register to compete by December 14, 2012. 

CIF Spirit of Sport Nomination - $TBA –  Seniors Only - Athlete and academic performance, leadership, service, letters of recommendation, service record and essay on sportsmanship.  Winter Sport Deadline January 15th, Spring Sport Deadline March 15th.  

Compassion & Choices Writing Contest - $250 - $1000. Open to Juniors & Seniors. Essay contest to the prompt, “Why do I need an advance directive when I turn 18?” Deadline May 15, 2013.   

B. Davis Essay Scholarship - $1000 –  Open to juniors and seniors. 1000 word essay competition to the prompt: “Discuss what you would consider to be the most important issue that society has to deal with in the next 10 or 20 years? Why do you think this issue so important?” Submissions emailed at awards@studentawardsearch.com Deadline May 27, 2013.

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award – $36,000 – Open to Jewish teens age 13 – 19.  Based on leadership and service projects which embody the values of tikkun olam (repair of the world.) www.jewishfed.org/teenawards    Deadline January 6, 2013. 


National Sojourners 2013 Essay Contest - $500 - $2000 Savings Bond – Open to grades 9- 12.  Essay to the prompt, “What does the American Creed mean to you today?” 300 – 500 words.  Deadline postmark January 15, 2013.

Profiles in Courage Essay contest - $5000 - $10,000 – Open to all grades. describe an act of political courage by an elected official that happened after 1956.    http://www.jfklibrary.org  January 5, 2013. 

FASTweb
Students in all grade levels are invited to open a FREE account at the College Board’s FASTWEB – a search engine that will locate scholarships based on your profile. Visit www.fastweb.com to get started. 

Dates to remember:
December 10 – Thunder Galleria – set up begins at 1 p.m. in the Cafeteria 
December 17 – FAFSA Night – 6:30 p.m. in the RHS Theatre. 
December 20 – Rocklin High Faculty Follies  6 & 8 p.m. in the RHS Theatre. This is a fund raiser for our Staff Scholarship
January 14 – ASVAB  - Juniors and seniors are invited to sign up now to reserve a seat.  ASVAB testing is free. 
January 16 – Sierra College On the Spot Admission.  Seniors may sign up for an appointment between 8 a.m. and noon. Appointments are required. 

Assist-a-grad Scholarship Program
Our local scholarship program is seeking sponsors. Individuals, families, groups, neighborhoods, businesses, clubs, organizations, etc. are invited to sponsor a scholarship. Scholarship amounts range from $100 to $5000 and sponsors can be as involved in the selection process of the recipient as they choose to be. Please email if you have any questions about our simple process for being an Assist-a-grad sponsor. 

Speaking of Assist-a-grad scholarships – we will begin accepting applications for Assist-a-grad in March. In the meantime, students are invited to check out our Assist-a-grad webpages. 

Thunder Galleria
We are still seeking new or like new items for Thunder Galleria. If you have already donated, we are extremely grateful for your support. The incredible generosity of our Rocklin High family shines during this season. Please bring new or like new gift items appropriate for a child to give to a family member to the College & Career Center before December 7th. We especially need Dad’s and Big Brother gift items, sporting goods, dolls, toy trucks and stuffed animals. 

Thunder Galleria offers plenty of opportunities for students to volunteer. We need “shop keepers,” students to set up “stores” and “sell” the items to the children. (Everything is donated and given away, but we still create a shopping experience for the children who come to shop at Thunder Galleria.) We also need help with set up and clean up. 

Parents are invited to help with finger foods during set up. If you’d like to donate sandwiches, pizza, cookies, bottled water, etc. please let me know. We also need parents to help with security that night. If you’re willing to brave the cold and keep watch at the doors, please let me know via email. 




November 27, 2012

Scholarships
We are in our peak scholarship season with dozens of great opportunities for students. I’ve posted the new list on our website, under the Financial Aid & Scholarships button. The scholarship paper applications are available in the College & Career Center. Students are invited to drop by to pick up any additional information or if there are questions about how to apply. 

FAFSA Night
FAFSA night is December 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre. We will walk you through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the 2013 – 2014 school year. We’ve scheduled it a bit earlier this year for your convenience. You will file your FAFSA for current seniors, after January 1st, using your 2012 income taxes. This workshop will provide answers to all your questions, so please save the date! Students are encouraged to attend. 

Thunder Galleria is December 10th!
Thunder Galleria is coming soon and we need donations! Please send your new or like new items to the College & Career Center. We especially need stuffed animals this year… Movies (nothing stronger than PG13 please), games, books, puzzles, toys, dolls, candles, picture frames, jewelry, sporting goods, Dad’s gifts, etc. are needed. We are unable to accept donations of clothing, electronics or furniture. The Thunder Galleria Board of Directors (20 dedicated students who have been planning since May) and the Thunder Galleria Freshman Council (Another handful of students learning how to build a Thunder Galleria) thank you for your support, from the bottom of their hearts. 

And if you are one of the wonderful Santa’s helpers who has already donated items to Thunder Galleria – we are very grateful for your support. 

Faculty Follies December 20th
Our annual Rocklin High Faculty Follies is December 20th with two shows – one at 6 p.m. and an encore performance at 8 p.m., both in the RHS theatre. This is our staff fund raiser for Assist-a-grad scholarships. Please join our silly staff as we do our best to entertain you and raise money for our seniors. 

Apply to the CSU by November 30
The CSU application deadline is November 30th. Students must apply to any of the 23 CSU campuses online at www.csumentor.edu . Computers are available in the College & Career Center if students need support with their applications. We open at 7 a.m. and close each day about 3:15 p.m. SAT scores can be sent to all 23 campuses by using the CSU Mentor code 3594. ACT will share test scores among the 23 CSUs by simply sending an ACT score to one campus. 

Apply to the UC  by November 30
The UC application cycle is in its last week with the November 30 deadline fast approaching. This can be a highly stressful time for students and I want to provide a few last-minute reminders: 

Students must use the UC on-line application: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html

Students have until 11:59 p.m. PST on Nov. 30 to submit their applications. After the application is submitted, an applicant can make changes to contact information, update self-reported test scores and complete application fee payments. 

The UC Application Center should be the go-to resource for applicants with any application questions this week:
Nov. 26-28: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. PST   Extended hours: Nov. 29-30, 10 a.m. – midnight PST
Email: info@applyUCsupport.net
Phone: (800) 207-1710 – toll free in the U.S.; (661) 336-5723 – outside the U.S.

UC and Test scores: Applicants planning on taking or retaking SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests after the application deadline can list planned test dates on the application and submit their official scores by the end of December. 

To expedite the delivery of these test scores, UC does not recommend applicants use the College Board's Score Choice function or Rush Score delivery. All official test scores can be submitted to one campus, as test scores are disseminated to all campuses to which the student has applied.

Sierra College News
Fall 2013 admission: Students will be able to complete the online application for the Fall 2013 semester starting from January 7, 2013. New students will be able to register in classes from May 8, 2013 for Fall 2013.  

Assessment
We have two dates reserved with Sierra College for our seniors to take the Assessment Tests – February 25 or March 4 at 1 p.m. These are held at the Sierra College Assessment Center and students must call ahead to reserve a spot. (916) 660-7430. Either date is reserved for RHS students, and students are only required to take assessment tests once. There are other test dates available, but students should complete assessment before the end of March.

Waitlists coming in 2013: Starting in the summer of 2013 the college will introduce an official waitlist for classes. Once a class becomes full a student will be able to enroll on a waitlist for that class. If a space then opens in that class, before the semester starts, the student will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to register and take advantage of that open space.

Sierra College Scholarship Workshops: Sierra College-bound students who want advice and guidance on applying for Sierra College scholarships are invited to attend two upcoming presentations. 
Workshop#1: December 6 (Thursday), 3:30-5:00pm in D-12 
Workshop#2: January 9 (Wednesday), 3:30-5:00PM in D-12   
Space is limited and students must sign up to confirm a spot. (916) 660-7380 

ASVAB 
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be administered at Rocklin High on January 14, 2013. Juniors and seniors are invited to register now for a space. The ASVAB can provide valuable insight into natural aptitude for careers. It is the test all military recruits take for job placement. Our ASVAB is administered by our military recruiters, but there is no obligation to the military for taking the ASVAB.  The ASVAB is free. 

Community Service
If your student needs community service hours, the approaching holidays offer many opportunities. Check out the website for various listings with the City of Rocklin or Rocklin Fire Department. And….don’t forget Thunder Galleria always needs volunteers for set up and clean up. Students may sign up for Elf Training (all elves must have earned and Official Elf License) or to coordinate their own stores (all shopkeepers must attend a meeting to earn their Official Thunder Galleria Business License).  We also need parent volunteers to help with security. If you’re interested, please email your contact information. 

SAT on Saturday
The SAT will be given at Rocklin High School on Saturday, December 1. The College Board’s new rules are being followed. 
 
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. to check in and get your room assignment.  Bring a calculator, a number 2 pencil, a government or school ID, and your admission ticket. ID and Admission Tickets are both required to take the test. 
 
No stand-by's or test center changes are allowed.  If you still have not registered and want to sign up to take the test, you must go online and register for the WAIT-LIST and bring a copy of that ticket with you on Saturday. www.collegeboard.com   Wait-listed testers are NOT guaranteed a test. Wait-list registration is exactly what it sounds like – you are standing by – waiting for a no-show. 
 
If you are testing at another school site, follow the same protocol listed above. Give yourself extra time for traveling, to find parking and the check-in location. Late arrivals are not allowed to test. Testing center issues are usually referred to the student’s school of record, so please be kind to your test center personnel when visiting another campus. 





November 16, 2012

SAT & ACT Deadlines for December

Today, November 16th is the late registration deadline for the December SAT. Register at

www.collegeboard.com

November 16th is also the final late registration deadline for the December ACT. Register at

www.actstudent.org.

December is the final ACT and SAT testing option for seniors.

Common App

Seniors who are applying to colleges that use the Common App will be distressed to discover that once the application is submitted, they can not go into the application and make changes, such as new SAT scores, new awards, new activities or other updates (such as if a student just began a new job).  Once you have submitted the Common App, you can not make changes on it. Updates or new information will need to be sent to the college via email or snail mail and include the student’s full name, social security number, and application number that was assigned in the email that confirmed the application.

The good news is that students can create an "alternate" Common App and make changes, updates, corrections, etc. and submit that to other colleges. You can create an "Alternate App." Instructions are on the Common App website and also on the College & Career Center website under the Common App button.

Community Service

Thanksgiving break is a great time to complete community service hours. Many non-profit organizations will be working on holiday projects next week. Check with your favorite service club, church, agency, or support center to see who needs help. Remember – to count toward graduation credit, your service must be completed with a non-profit organization. Non-profit status should be available on the organization website.

CSU & UC Application Deadlines Approaching

November 30th is the application deadline for the CSU universities and the Universities of California.  Please note – December 1st is not the same as November 30th - application deadlines are not suggestions.

Donations needed

Thunder Galleria donations are being accepted in the College & Career Center. New or like-new items, suitable for children to give as holiday gifts for family members are needed. We always need books, games, toys, dolls, stuffed animals, sports equipment, jewelry, accessories, Mom & Dad’s gifts, mugs, picture frames, candles, bath & body products. We can not accept electronics, furniture or clothing.  Thunder Galleria is December 10th.

FAFSA Night

December 17th is FAFSA Night. A representative from California Student Aid will walk us through the 2013 FAFSA.  This event will be in the RHS Theatre at 6:30 p.m. All parents are welcome, and students are also encouraged to come. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the form to access all federal and state financial aid. Students and parents must file a FAFSA each winter, prior to a school year. The FAFSA website is

www.fafsa.gov but the form that is currently up, is for 2012-13. Seniors will need to wait until January 1 to file the 2013-2014 FAFSA.  I recommend that you do not use FAFSA.com because that website will charge you $100 to file a free form.

ASVAB

January 14th – ASVAB -  1 p.m. in the College & Career Center -After Winter Break, the College & Career Center will offer the ASVAB  (The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). The ASVAB can be a great career aptitude test for juniors and seniors. It is hosted by our military recruiters, but there is no obligation to the military for testing. Students will be able to sign up to take the ASVAB in December in the College & Career Center. Testing is free.

Scholarships

Scholarships are in full "season." All students are invited to open a FASTweb account, which will search for scholarships based on your personal profile. This site is sponsored by the College Board and students from Rocklin High have received thousands of dollars through scholarships they located on the FASTweb.

www.fastweb.com   I also encourage everyone to check out the Scholarship page on our website.

College applicants should be sure to check the college financial aid webpages to determine scholarships and their deadlines for individual schools. Sierra College scholarship application will probably be available before we return from Thanksgiving break. Students with a specialized talent should also check the department of their talent to determine if scholarships are available. For example a dance scholarship will probably not be offered through the scholarship office, but more likely be advertised through the Dance Department.

Work permits

The College & Career Center will be closed during Thanksgiving Break.  Work permits may be processed through our District Office. All C&CC forms such as work permit applications, community service forms, scholarship forms, etc. can be accessed on our website.

 
 
Sent November 9, 2012
FAFSA Night will be December 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the RHS Theatre. This is a workshop designed to walk parents through the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid. www.fafsa.gov 
Parents of seniors will want to attend this event, but parents of juniors are also invited. All federal and state funding begins with the FAFSA.  You can not file a FAFSA for the 2013 – 2014 school year before January 1, 2013. 

The CSU and UC application deadline for Fall 2013 is November 30, 2012. Both systems require on-line application. 

Complete information on applying to CSU is available at www.csumentor.edu  

Send your SAT scores to all 23 CSUs with the CSU Mentor code 3594. Send your ACT scores to one CSU and they will be shared among the other CSU campuses. 

Complete information on the University of California application is available at www.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply  

Send your SAT or ACT scores to one UC campus and they will be shared with all UCs. 

Both the CSU and UC admissions office encourage students not to use “score choice” when sending SAT scores, since it slows down the process. 

Sending transcripts – 
The UC does not want students to submit transcripts. 
The CSU will request transcripts on a case by case basis.  
Common App transcripts are sent electronically by the counselor. 
Out-of-state and some California private colleges will request transcripts as soon as the application is submitted. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm the college policy regarding transcripts. Most colleges that require a transcript will expect it to arrive by the application deadline. 

Official transcripts that are mailed from Rocklin High School must be ordered in advance through the registrar’s office. Cost is $1. 

Private and/or out-of-state colleges have various deadlines and testing requirements. Do not assume that the UC or CSU policies, deadlines etc.  will be the same. Research individual campuses for deadlines, testing requirements, transcript policies, etc. If you need help, please feel free to contact the College & Career Center. 

Sierra College Admission Information: 
Students who plan to attend Sierra College in Fall 2013, are encouraged to apply for admission now at www.sierracollege.edu and complete the steps required to be cleared for registration. This includes assessment, orientation and counseling.  
January 5th is the deadline to apply to Sierra College for Spring Semester classes.

Sierra College Parent Information Nights are being held this winter on the Sierra College campus. November 28 or December 12  both from 6 – 7 p.m. Email outreach@sierracollege.edu for reservations. 

Community Service opportunities are listed on the College & Career Center website. Students can volunteer with the Rocklin Fire Department and Santa, a dog wash (yes – DOG wash – it’s a fund raiser for the Roseville Dog Owners Group RDOG), The City of Rocklin’s Breakfast with Santa, and of course Thunder Galleria – our school-wide charity event where we turn our cafeteria into a shopping mall for low income kids. Check out these opportunities and more on the flyers on the website.

Thunder Galleria needs donations! New or like-new items, suitable for children to give family members as holiday gifts are requested. We need Mom’s gifts, Dad’s gifts, books, jewelry, candles, movies (nothing stronger than PG13), board games (new or like new with all the pieces and boxes in good condition), sporting goods (clean and in new or like new condition), picture frames, fashion accessories, toys, stuffed animals, dolls, gift wrap and gift bags, etc. We are unable to accept donations of clothing, electronics or furniture.  Please bring donations to the College & Career Center or the RHS front office.

Thunder Galleria Stores – Students may now sign up to run a Thunder Galleria “store.” This requires the students to set up and decorate their stores with a theme (toys, jewelry, sporting goods, etc.) and to display and “sell” their items. While Thunder Galleria donations for your theme will be distributed to your store, you are also expected to acquire more inventory for your store by canvassing your neighborhood, or purchasing your items as your donation. 

Please note - We strongly discourage soliciting donations from businesses for Thunder Galleria. Thunder Galleria is a gift from Rocklin high students to the community and we do not want it to become a burden on our business community. 

Thunder Galleria Parent Volunteers – We need parent volunteers for Thunder Galleria to help with security. Please let me know if you are available to man one of the doors for Thunder Galleria throughout the evening.  We also need finger food for the student volunteers who set up Thunder Galleria. If you’d like to donate pizza, sandwiches, cookies or bottled water, our student volunteers will be extremely grateful. Please email me with the specifics of your donation. All donated items must be brought to the RHS cafeteria between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on December 10th. We do not have access to heating or re-heating items, so donated items must arrive ready to eat.  

Employment opportunities are starting to trickle in for teens, and those are posted on our website. Currently we have a listing for temporary recreation aides for the City of Rocklin and help at an Autism center. 

The November scholarship list is now available on the C&CC website. While most scholarships are only open to seniors, this month we have several contests open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Contests are great ways for students to earn honors and recognition for college applications.  Here is a sampling of what you’ll find on our list: 

Speech Trek – AAUW Contest - $250 - $1500. Open to all grade levels. Competitive speech contest to the prompt “Sexual Harassment in Schools – Big Deal?” The Contest is in February, but students must register to compete by December 14, 2012. 

National Sojourners 2013 Essay Contest - $500 - $2000 Savings Bond – Open to grades 9- 12.  Essay to the prompt, “What does the American Creed mean to you today?” 300 – 500 words.  Deadline postmark January 15, 2013.

Rocklin Youth Soccer Scholarship $1000 – Seniors Only - Minimum gpa 3.0. Based on character, sportsmanship, leadership. Must have been a member of RYSC at least one season.  Deadline March 1, 2013. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program. Seniors Only -  www.rmhc.org  Comprehensive application includes leadership and service. Deadline December 20, 2012.

Speaking of scholarships – There have been updates to the Cal Grant program. You can check out your senior’s status with Cal Grant at this website: https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp
Recent updates for Cal Grant include an increase in the income cap. Seniors must submit a verification of gpa form to our registrar’s office to be Cal Grant eligible. 

Cal Grants pay for fees (tuition) at a public college or university in California and about $10,000 toward tuition at a private California college or university. The Cal Grant application is the FAFSA, but students must also have a qualifying gpa, which must be submitted with our verification form. 

The Cal Grant gpa verification form is available on our website. The deadline to submit the FAFSA and the gpa verification is the end of February. Cal Grants are entitlements, and are not competitive. If you qualify for a Cal Grant, (meet the FAFSA filing date, submit qualifying gpa and attend a California accredited college) it will be awarded.

If you are tired of SAT and ACT information – you can stop reading here. For those who need more clarification, please read on: 

SAT – December is the final test date for the CSU and UC for most campuses. If you test after the application deadline, it is your responsibility to send official test scores through the SAT or ACT office, AND to also notify the colleges of the new scores in writing. Email is the preferred way to notify, however some of the campus applications will allow you to go into the on-line application and make updates to the test score boxes. 

Official score reports should be considered “due” by the application deadline for most colleges.  Just putting scores on your on-line application is not “official.” A report must be generated by the testing agency – either College Board or ACT - and sent to the college, much the same as an official transcript. 

SAT & ACT – Juniors should plan now to take the spring SAT and ACT. By registering now for spring dates, you should receive Rocklin High as your test site. Rocklin High always fills up prior to the registration deadline. Save money and stress by registering now for SAT and ACT, put the test dates on your family calendars and plan around them, to have all of your college testing completed by the end of junior year. The senior year fall test dates should be considered an opportunity to increase a test score, not test for the first time.

SAT Subject Exams – Highly selective campuses use the SAT Subject Exams for admission and/or major selection. Juniors and sophomores who are planning to apply to the UC, Ivy League Schools or other top tier schools, should plan now to take at least two SAT Subject exams in current AP subjects or high level math and science classes. 

Note – SAT Subject Exams are NOT the same as AP tests, but taking them at the same time of year is advisable. 

Register for SAT Subject Exams at www.collegeboard.com . Students may take up to three SAT Subject Exams in one sitting. You may not take both SAT Reasoning and Subject Exams on the same test date. Please note – while the UC no longer requires the SAT Subject Exams – we know that they are using Subject Exam scores when students place them on an application. Some UC majors rely heavily on SAT Subject Exams in selection of qualified applicants. Anytime you can give the UC more evidence of your potential, you are advised to do so. 

ACT with Writing or Not?  The UC, and other highly selective schools will use the ACT if students elected to include the Writing exam. It is recommended that juniors take the ACT with Writing to be sure the score will be accepted at any college. Since students often change their minds about UC or other highly selective application, we always recommend that prior to senior year, everyone include the ACT writing section of the test when registering.

I’d like to extend a  special thanks to our U.S. Veterans and current U.S. military personnel for their service to our country. I believe that military service is a noble career and I thank you for protecting freedom…





Sent October 19, 2012
PSAT tomorrow
The PSAT is Saturday, Oct. 20th. Students who have registered must arrive at Rocklin High by 7:30 a.m. and report to the library, where they will receive their room assignments. The test will begin at 8 a.m. Students can expect to be finished by 11:30 a.m. We are sold out of PSAT exams and there is no standby testing allowed.

Please note – all PSAT test takers must present a photo ID. Student body card, driver’s license or passport are accepted. 

College Application
The CSU is now accepting applications for Fall 2013. Seniors who hope to attend any of the 23 California State Universities must complete an on-line application at www.csumentor.edu by November 30th.  Remember to release your SAT and/or ACT scores to your colleges.  The SAT can be released to all 23 CSU schools with the CSU Mentor code 3594.  Release your ACT scores to all of the CSUs by sending it to any one of the 23 campuses. 

The University of California application is “live” but students will not be able to submit an application until November 1st. The UC deadline is November 30th, the same as the CSU. 
The link to the UC application is:
 http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html

College Planning Blog
I have updated my monthly college planning blog, located at the bottom of the College & Career Center’s website homepage. To subscribe to my blog, just enter your email address in the bar at the top of the blog. 

SAT & ACT News
The College Board is now implementing the new rules for registration. Students must upload a photo and they must present photo ID at the testing center. This ID must match their registration name.  There is no longer standby testing and students may not change their SAT site. For a complete list of the changes, visit the C&CC website:  https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/sat-act/new-changes-for-the-sat

October 19th is the “late” deadline to sign up for the Nov. 3 SAT. www.collegeboard.com 
November 2nd is the regular deadline to sign up for the Dec 8 ACT. www.actstudent.org 

Juniors should plan to take the SAT & ACT at least once in the fall/winter and again in the spring. Register NOW to be assigned Rocklin High School as your testing site, since we always fill up long before the registration deadlines. 

Rocklin High SAT & ACT sites always fill before the registration deadline. Rocklin High is a very popular test site and always fills up prior to the registration deadline. It is wise to register NOW if you plan to take a spring SAT or ACT exam. The College Board no longer allows for standby testing or for students to switch testing sites. ACT has a standby procedure, but it is expensive, and there are no guarantees that standby testers will actually test. 

Register now for spring SAT & ACT dates
Juniors (& sophomores) who are currently enrolled in AP classes AND plan to apply to top tier colleges, are encouraged to register NOW for the May SAT Subject exams in the same subjects as their AP courses. The SAT Subject Exam is NOT the same test as the AP exam. However, students who complete AP courses are usually well-prepared for the SAT Subject exam in that subject. 

Seniors final SAT & ACT dates
Seniors officially have until December of senior year to take both the SAT and ACT – HOWEVER – many colleges have earlier deadlines, and students may find it difficult to add scores to an application that has been electronically submitted.  It is our recommendation that all SAT and ACT testing be completed by November of senior year. 

Community Service
There are several elementary school options for service this month. Many of our RUSD elementary schools are holding fall carnivals, concerts or festivals. We also have a Dog Wash fund raiser, a REEF event set up and other lively activities for students to earn community service hours. Flyers for these opportunities are available in files on the bottom of the Community Service webpage. Students can find the volunteer coordinator to contact on each of the flyers. 

Thunder Galleria Board of Directors, who coordinate our school-wide charity event, will continue to accept donations at our home football games. If you have new or like-new items to donate for children to give as gifts to their family members, you are welcome to bring them to the game. We are also accepting donations here in the College & Career Center. Thunder Galleria is scheduled for December 10th. 

Freshman Photo Contest
The National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids invites students to enter their photographs in four categories: animals, people, scenery, and humor. Maximum award: 16.1-megapixel digital camera; an 8GB memory card; a copy of the books National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013, Weird But True 4, Everything Dogs, and Ultimate Weird But True. Eligibility: legal residents of the United States between the ages of 6 and 14 on October 31, 2012. Deadline: October 31, 2012.
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/contests/photo-contest/

Voice of Democracy is due by noon November 1st. All grade levels are invited to compete in this national essay contest. Students must also create a recording of themselves reading their essays. This recording must be within  3 – 5 minutes. Applications, including the essay prompt, are available in the College & Career Center. 

Common App Workshop & USF Admissions Presentation
Oct. 22 is our Common Application workshop at 1 p.m. in the Tech Lecture Hall. This workshop will feature an admissions rep from University of San Francisco, who will help us understand how the university receives the Common App. Following the Common App workshop, the rep will be available to talk about the University of San Francisco. 

Sac State Honors Program
Oct. 23, during plus period, Sacramento State will hold an Honors Program presentation in the College & Career Center. Anyone applying to Sac State is strongly encouraged to attend. 

Oregon State Admissions Presentation
Oct. 25th - Oregon State will hold an admissions presentation in the C&CC during plus period. This presentation is open to all grade levels.

Scholarship Workshop
Oct. 29 Scholarship Workshop will be held at 1 p.m. in the Tech Lecture Hall. Learn how to find scholarships and how to win scholarships at this workshop. Juniors and seniors are invited. 

Southern Oregon
Oct. 30th the admissions rep from Southern Oregon will hold a presentation in the College & Career Center during plus period. All grade levels are welcome. SOU is a WUE friendly campus, so check out just how affordable Southern Oregon is for California students! 

Sierra College 
Nov. 5 – Sierra College application workshop. If you are definitely planning to attend Sierra College OR Sierra College is your backup plan, you do not want to miss this important workshop. Alistair Turner, Sierra College Admissions & Outreach specialist will walk you through the five steps toward enrolling at Sierra College. 

University of Redlands
Nov. 6 – University of Redlands will hold an admissions presentation in the C&CC during plus period. 

U.S. Marine Corps
Nov. 8 – The Marines are “first in – last out” in U.S. defense. Find out what it means to have a career in the United States Marine Corps. All grade levels are invited. Parents are encouraged to attend – but please remember to register as a visitor before coming on to campus. 

Enjoy this beautiful autumn weekend.



Sent October 12, 2012
It’s been an exciting week in the College & Career Center. Not only did we extend our API Title for an 8th year, (Go Thunder!!) we also hosted a very well-attended College Night. Nearly 150 college reps have been on our campus in the past three days,  Students have enjoyed dozens of information sessions and it’s clear that our students are interested in a college education! 

Here’s what’s new and/or coming up in the next few weeks.

SAT & ACT 
The final “late” date to register for the November 3rd SAT is October 19th. SAT no longer has stand-by testing. 

The deadline for the December 1st SAT is November 1st. www.collegeboard.com 

The deadline for the December 8th ACT is November 2nd. www.actstudent.org 

Seniors must have the testing agency officially release their scores to colleges. This is done by the SAT or ACT, not Rocklin High School. Login to your SAT or ACT account and use the “send scores” option. 

October 20 – PSAT at Rocklin High School
The PSAT will administered on October 20th. Students who have registered should arrive by 7:30 a.m. and report to the Library, where they will receive their room assignments. PSAT test takers must have a photo ID to test.  The PSAT will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and students will be ready to go home around 11:30 a.m. Bring two number 2 pencils and a calculator. Don’t forget a photo ID  is required – Rocklin High Student ID card, driver’s license, etc.  Please note – we are unable to provide refunds on PSAT.  We are sold out. 

The Society of Women Engineers in Roseville is hosting an Engineering Awareness Program for high school girls. Register at http://swe-goldenwest.org/sfs/pages/EAP.php  This is a nationally recognized all-day workshop, designed for girls to explore a career in engineering. 

The October Scholarship list is on the C&CC Website. This list also contains contests and many contests are open to students who are NOT seniors. 

The Biletnikoff Foundation Scholarship is due this week; postmark deadline is October 15th . The Biletnikoff Foundation was established in memory of Oakland Raiders football great Fred Biletnikoff’s daughter, Tracy. The scholarship criteria is comprehensive and includes an essay. 
http://www.biletnikoff.net/#!scholarships

The Voice of Democracy is an essay contest open to students in all grade levels. This year the theme is “Is our constitution still relevant?” Students must complete an entry form (in the C&CC) and also make a recording of themselves reading the essay. The entire packet is due in the College & Career Center by noon on November 1st.  There is no word limit on the essay, but the recording must be between 3 – 5 minutes. 

Another great scholarship is the Christermon Foundation Scholarship, which is open to seniors who have a parent or grandparent employed by a company that holds a California liquor license. This includes restaurants, grocery stores – even airlines. Rocklin High School students have been very successful in this competition, so check it out if you qualify. www.Christermon.com

Seniors leaders are invited to apply for the Elks Most Valuable Student competition. The application can be downloaded but the paper packet must be taken to the Roseville Elks Lodge by the deadline. http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/downloadmvs.cfm

College Application! 
The CSU is now accepting applications. www.csumentor.edu  Deadline for all 23 CSUs is November 30th. 

The UC application will begin to accept applications on November 1st. http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html
The Deadline for UC application is also November 30th. 

October 16 – Brigham Young University (Provo) will hold an admissions presentation in the College & Career Center during plus period. Mark Larsen, Director of Admissions will chat with prospective students, outline admission strategies and answer questions. This meeting will be limited to students only.  Grades 9 – 12 are welcome to attend. Students who need a plus pass should drop by to see me before school on Tuesday. 

October 17 – FIDM will hold an admissions presentation during plus period. Students who are interested in the fashion industry will find this meeting very valuable. Plus passes are available. 

October 22 – Common Application Workshop 1 p.m. in the Tech Lecture Hall. Not only will we be discussing how to complete this application, Richard Cooper, from University of San Francisco will talk about what the application looks like from the college perspective. Following this workshop, Mr. Cooper will also talk about admission to USF. 

October 22 – University of San Francisco information session – 2 p.m. in the Tech Lecture Hall. 

October 23 – Sacramento State Honors Program will be outlined during Plus Period in the College & Career Center. Students who are interested in Sac State, are strongly encouraged to look into the Honors Program, which provides many benefits. 

October 25 – Oregon State University admissions presentation during Plus Period in the College & Career Center. Go Beavers!

October 29 – Scholarship Workshop in the Tech Lecture Hall at 1 p.m. Scholarships are often awarded based on far more than just academics. Find out how to find and win scholarships. 

October 30 – Southern Oregon University admissions presentation in the College & Career Center during Plus Period. 

November 1st – Voice of Democracy entries are due by noon. This is a great essay competition, open to all grade levels. 

November 5 – Sierra College Application Workshop – 1 p.m. in the Tech Lecture Hall. All students are invited to learn about the five steps to admission to Sierra College. If Sierra College is your backup plan – this is an important workshop for you. Seating is limited, so sign up today. 

November 6 – University of Redlands will hold an admissions presentation in the College & Career Center during Plus Period. 

November 8 – U.S. Marine Corps presentation during plus period in the College & Career Center. All grade levels are invited to learn about a career in the Marines. Parents are also welcome to attend. 

December 10 - Thunder Galleria will be December 10th. Students will turn our cafeteria into a shopping mall for children to purchase holiday gifts for their family members. The Thunder Galleria Board of Directors is busy working on the details and you can help. We need donations of new or like new items suitable for children to give as gifts. The Board of Directors will have a booth at our home football games and they welcome your donations right at the game. You may also bring donations to the front office at Rocklin High.  

We also need students to be thinking about sponsoring a Thunder Galleria store. We usually have specialty stores such as Sporting Goods, Candles, Books, Toys, Pet Store (stuffed animals only), Mom’s Gifts, Dad’s Gifts, Jewelry, Accessories, Dolls, Candy and just about anything else you might want to collect and “sell” at the Thunder Galleria. 

The Thunder Galleria Board of Directors will also be training students to be Thunder Elves for the event. Every shopper is assigned an RHS student chaperone to take them through Thunder Galleria, since no parents are allowed. Students must complete Elf Training and earn en “Elf License” to participate. More information will be coming soon on Thunder Galleria Elf Training.



October 5, 2012
College Night is coming Oct. 10th  from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Both of the RHS gyms will be filled with college reps from around the U.S. 

Breakout Information Sessions - We also have six breakout sessions planned on College Night. Please see the website for the breakout session schedule. Parents of athletes will want to note the NCAA Compliance Breakout session,  there are also sessions on financial aid, private college, CSU, UC, Sierra College and ROTC. All events at College Night are Free. 

The CSU application is now open. Students have until November 30th to submit applications to the 23 California State Universities. Remember to release your SAT scores to the CSU with the CSU Mentor code of 3594. This will send your scores to all 23 CSUs with one code and one fee.  ACT scores may be submitted to one CSU and will be shared by all of the campuses. www.csumentor.edu 

The UC application is now “live” but students will not be able to submit an application until November 1st. http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html
Like the CSU, the UC application deadline is November 30th. Students may release their SAT or ACT scores to one UC and scores will be shared among the others. 


SAT & ACT
SAT and ACT scores should be formally released by the testing agencies by the application deadline. To release scores, log in to the SAT or ACT student account and choose the “send scores” option. There is a fee for each school selected. 

The late registration is open for the November 3rd  SAT. www.collegeboard.com 

Today is the final day of late registration for the Oct. 27th  ACT. www.actstudent.org

The Society of Women Engineers is hosting a full day Workshop on October 27th. This event is open to female high school students interested in exploring engineering. Students must register in advance at  www.swe-ap.eventbrite.com  and pay the $10 registration fee by October 20, 2012. This is a wonderful opportunity for girls to explore what has traditionally been a male-dominated career, with women who are successful professionals in the field of engineering.

Volunteer opportunities are now available at many of our elementary schools. Fall carnivals and festivals offer students a chance to earn service hours and have fun. See our community service webpage for specific school requests. 

Scholarship season has arrived. While most of our scholarships are only open to seniors, there are a few opportunities open to students in all grade levels. The complete list is on the C&CC Website, under Financial Aid, Scholarships, Awards & Contests.

Voice of Democracy - $TBA - Open to all grade levels. Students must submit entry form, along with essay to the prompt, "Is our constitution still relevant?” They must also provide a 3 – 5 minute CD recording of the essay.  Deadline to bring a complete packet to College & Career Center is NOON November 1, 2012.  This contest has been around since the end of WWII and national winners receive up to $30,000.  It’s a great way for freshmen to break into scholarship competition. http://www.vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy/

Contests for Everyone! The following essay contests are also open to students in all grade levels. Students can pick up an application information packet from me in the College & Career Center. 

National Sojourners 2013 Essay Contest - $500 - $2000 Savings Bond – Open to grades 9- 12. Essay to the prompt, “What does the American Creed mean to you today?” 300 – 500 words. Deadline postmark January 15, 2013. 

Profiles in Courage Essay Contest - $5000 - $10,000 – Open to all grades. describe an act of political courage by an elected official that happened after 1956. http://www.jfklibrary.org January 5, 2013. 

Fresno State Full Ride - High achieving seniors may want to check out the full-ride academic scholarship at Fresno State University. The Fresno State Smittcamp Family Honors College provides full tuition, books and on-campus room & board for four years. Candidates must apply to CSU Fresno by November 30, 2012. And also complete a competitive application. Finalists must attend a personal interview on the Fresno State campus. Deadline must apply to CSU Fresno by November 30, 2012 must apply for Honors College by December 13, 2012. This is an amazing opportunity for students who wish to attend Fresno State. http://honors.csufresno.edu/about/scholarship_info.shtml

Gates Millennium Scholars Program – Full Tuition award which is open to African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander or Hispanic American ethnicities. Minimum 3.3 gpa, and students must meet federal Pell Grant eligibility. http://www.gmsp.org/   Deadline January 16, 2013. 

University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Yusko Scholars Program – $25,000 per year for four years at Notre Dame. This award is based on leadership, academics, character and service. Students must apply under early action at NDU. http://hesburgh-yusko.org/
Deadline Early Action application November 1, 2012. Deadline for The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars November 15, 2012. 

Please check out all the great scholarship opportunities for our students on our website, under the Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage. 

See you October 10th, 6:30 p.m. for College Night!



Sent September 28, 2012
Autumn is a busy time for college planning. Seniors are beginning to submit applications to college this month and more scholarships are arriving in the C&CC each week. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the College & Career Center.

UC Application Workshop
Monday, October 1st we will hold the UC application workshop in the tech lecture hall at 1 p.m. Seniors applying to the UC are strongly encouraged to reserve a seat. Parents are welcome to attend. The UC application is scheduled to go “live” on October 1st, but applications cannot be submitted until November 1st.  The deadline for UC and CSU application is November 30th. 

ACT – There is time to register “late” for the October ACT. Register at www.actstudent.org

SAT Changes 
Just a reminder, there are several new policy and procedure changes with SAT this fall. One of the changes requires that students are now required to upload a photo when they register for an exam, and present photo ID on test day. The photo ID must match the name on the registration. Before students register for the SAT, please confirm that the name used on the registration, matches the name on the school ID or driver’s license.  Another change is that students may no longer change their test sites or switch from SAT Reasoning to SAT Subject Exams on test day. For a complete list of changes, visit the SAT webpage on the C&CC website. 

SAT – Deadline to register for the November SAT is October 4th. Register at www.collegeboard.com  

College Rep Visits
Plus Period college presentations coming up include:
October 3 – University of Oregon – Go Ducks!
October 4 – Pacific University
October 5 – Azusa Pacific University & also University of Idaho
October 11 – Dominican University – Go Penguins!
October 16 – Brigham Young University – Go Cougars!
October 17 – FIDM
October 22- University of San Francisco Note -this will be part of the Common App workshop
October 25  - Oregon State University – Go Beavers!
October 30 - Southern Oregon University 

College Night
October 10 – COLLEGE NIGHT! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. We have several great breakout sessions on CSU, UC, Sierra College, Private College, Financial Aid, ROTC and NCAA as well. You can find the list of colleges we expect to attend, as well as the breakout session schedule on the C&CC website. 

We are expecting a large group of college reps from around the U.S. to attend. This event is sponsored by the Placer County Foothills High Schools Consortium and includes eight regional high schools. We usually have a very large crowd in attendance, so please carpool if possible.

Military Academy Night
Military Academy Night will be held at Whitney High and all RHS students are welcome to attend. It’s October 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the WHS Theatre. Admission is free. 

Sac State Honors Program
October 23 - Sacramento State Honors Program will visit with prospective students during plus period on October 23rd. There are many advantages to participating in the Honors Program. Sac State applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Thunder Galleria Donations
Thunder Galleria will continue to accept donations of new or like new gift items for children to give their family members at our Friday night football games. Thunder Galleria will be December 10th. 

College Preview Days
There are dozens of preview days ahead for colleges across the country. If you are interested in a specific college, check out their outreach schedule. You might be surprised to see Ivy League schools holding preview meetings in the Sacramento or Bay Areas. Here’s what’s coming up with our local schools. 

October 13th - Sacramento State University invites prospective students and their parents to the fall preview day “Future Hornet Day” on October 13th. Please register in advance to take full advantage of the day.   http://www.csus.edu/student/futurehornet/

October 20th – UC Davis Preview Day – Get to know UC Davis on a student-led campus walking tour. Speak with advisers from academic departments at the Majors & Activities Fair.
Talk with current students about life at UC Davis. Learn about academic opportunities offered by each of our four colleges. Enjoy lunch in one of our residence hall dining commons, or at popular student gathering spots on and around campus. Learn about admission and financial aid.  http://admissions.ucdavis.edu/previewday/
                                                   
November 16 – William Jessup University preview day. Enrollment is on the rise at WJU and so are programs, majors, facilities and more. You can check out the only private college in Placer County at Jessup Fall Preview Day.  
http://www.jessup.edu/undergrad/visiting-campus/preview-day
 
Sierra College Parent Information Nights
Sierra College parent information nights are taking place in the Sierra College library. Parents can reserve a space via email outreach@sierracollege.edu indicating which date they would like to attend. There are several being offered in October, November and December. The entire schedule is posted on the C&CC website, under Sierra College.  Please note – When Sierra College refers to the “Rocklin” campus, it does NOT mean Rocklin High School. The “Rocklin Campus” for Sierra College is the main campus, located on Rocklin Road. 

While most of the U.S. is experiencing autumn and bracing for winter, here in Rocklin, we seem to be in the season of “Extended Summer.” Enjoy. 





Sent September 21, 2012
It’s been a great week of Homecoming celebration. Next week is filled with equally exciting events for our seniors. 

CSU Application Workshop
Monday, September 24th we will kick off our fall college planning workshop series beginning with the CSU Application Workshop. It starts at 1 p.m. and seniors are encouraged to sign up to reserve a seat. This workshop will be held in the Tech Lecture Hall. Parents are welcome to attend, but must register as visitors in the main office before coming on campus. 

Nevada – On the Spot Admission – is Thursday, September 27th. Seniors must sign up for an appointment (there are only 5 spaces left). Students will meet with the Nevada rep, complete an on-line application and pay the $60 application fee with a check or credit card (make checks payable to UNR). Students who are not eligible for immediate admission, will be given options for a second evaluation. This might include a 7th semester transcript, a personal statement or other documentation later in the senior year.  Application fees are NOT refundable. 

Fall Carnival Community Service - We have several great community service opportunities with Rocklin elementary schools. Students may volunteer to help with school fall carnivals. Details are available on the C&CC webpage under the “Community Service” button. 

October 9th – Yale University will hold an information meeting for parents and students at McClatchy High. Registration is encouraged at www.apps.admissions.yale.edu/events.


October 13th - Sacramento State University invites prospective students and their parents to the fall preview day “Future Hornet Day” on October 13th. Please register in advance to take full advantage of the day.   http://www.csus.edu/student/futurehornet/

October 19th – Humboldt State University will hold “Fall Application Review Day,” which is essentially an “On the Spot” admission day. This event takes some pre-planning, including have an application completed prior to attending. Students must also schedule an appointment. While an offer of admission can be extended on this day, it is not a binding agreement and students are free to wait until spring to make their commitment to attend. http://www.humboldt.edu/fall/

October 20th – UC Davis Preview Day – Get to know UC Davis on a student-led campus walking tour. Speak with advisers from academic departments at the Majors & Activities Fair.
Talk with current students about life at UC Davis. Learn about academic opportunities offered by each of our four colleges. Enjoy lunch in one of our residence hall dining commons, or at popular student gathering spots on and around campus. Learn about admission and financial aid.  http://admissions.ucdavis.edu/previewday/

October 20th  - Chico State will hold their annual “Preview Day.”  This is an opportunity to visit Chico State to experience firsthand a true college town environment. Activities include an information fair with all academic programs and student services office representatives available to answer questions. Check out university living options and look inside a residence hall. Learn about financial aid, tour the campus and its various programs and departments. http://www.csuchico.edu/admissions/documents/cpd2012.pdf
                                                   
November 16 – William Jessup University preview day. Enrollment is on the rise at WJU and so are programs, majors, facilities and more. You can check out the only private college in Placer County at Jessup Fall Preview Day.  
http://www.jessup.edu/undergrad/visiting-campus/preview-day
 
There are hundreds of preview days scheduled at colleges across the country this fall. You can find yours by searching “College Name Fall Preview 2012.” 

The FBI Teen Academy application deadline has been extended to September 24th. This program is open to juniors only. 

Thunder Galleria will be accepting donations at the Rocklin home football games. Feel free to bring your new or like-new gift items to the game. Or if you prefer, bring them to the front office or the C&CC during regular business hours. 

Homecoming is a magical night at Rocklin High School. It’s great fun to watch our students having fun. Don’t miss it! Go Thunder! 




Sent September 14, 2012
It’s an exciting time in the College & Career Center. Along with Homecoming festivities, we have guests coming with great information and …. Scholarship “season” has begun! 

Next week guests during plus period include: 
Sept. 19 – Whitworth College
Sept. 20 – William Jessup

Parents are always welcome to attend our college rep presentations. Be sure to register as a visitor in the main office before coming on campus. 

The Fall SAT Prep Class will begin on September 24th. These are two week, 7 – 9 p.m. classes. For complete registration information, visit www.rocklintestprep.com  Space is limited. 

FBI Teen Academy application deadline is Sept. 20th. Juniors with an interest in the FBI are encouraged to apply. Rocklin High is allowed to nominate one student to attend this prestigious teen conference. 

University of Nevada will hold on-the-spot admission on Sept. 27th. Students must sign up for an appointment and bring the $60 application fee. This is a courtesy offered to Rocklin High by Nevada. 

Sierra College is hosting a series of parent information nights this fall. Parents can reserve a space via email outreach@sierracollege.edu indicating which date they would like to attend. There are several being offered in October, November and December. The entire schedule is posted on the C&CC website, under Sierra College. (Please note, when it says “Rocklin campus” it means the Sierra Campus on Rocklin Road – NOT Rocklin High.) A complete list of dates and times is on our website under Sierra College. 

A great health career conference is happening at UC Davis. The AMSA ARC/UCD Pre-Med and Pre-Health Professions national conference is Oct. 6 – 7 at UC Davis. This event is open to both high school and college students. Pre-registration is required. For complete details visit www.amsaarcucd.org  Space is limited and it usually sells out. 

Whitney High will host the ASVAB on Sept. 24 at 1:15 p.m. Rocklin High students are invited to take the ASVAB at Whitney. Students must pre-register by emailing pfloyd@rocklin.k12.ca.us to request a reservation. Students must provide their own transportation to Whitney High for the test. The ASVAB is free. 

We are almost out of PSAT exams. Students may register for the PSAT at the Storm Cellar. Cost is $25. Make checks out to RHS, but please put PSAT and student’s name on the memo line of the check. 

College Night is coming Oct. 10th. Both of the RHS gyms will be filled with college reps from around the U.S. We also have six breakout sessions planned. Parents of athletes will want to note the NCAA Compliance Breakout session, held in the library at 7:30 p.m. All events at College Night are Free. We also have breakout sessions on financial aid, private college, CSU, UC, Sierra College and ROTC. 

A Community Volunteer Fair will be held Sept. 22nd from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Lonetree Blvd in Rocklin. This is a great place for everyone to find community service opportunities in our area. 

Speaking of community service – our RUSD elementary schools are looking for volunteers for various fall events. We keep an updated list on our website, or students are welcome to contact their former elementary school office to find out how they can help. 

CIF Spirit of Sport nomination forms are now available in the C&CC. Senior athletes are invited to submit a nomination request. Deadlines vary, depending on the sport. 

The Elks Club Most Valuable Student Award is now accepting applications. This award is based on leadership, service, academics, and some financial need. www.elks.org/enf/scholars 

Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award entries are now being accepted in the C&CC. This competition is open to all seniors (boys and girls). Students enter with a resume’ and essay to a specific prompt. Applications available in the C&CC. 

SAT Policy & Procedure Changes – There are several new policy and procedure changes with SAT this fall. One of the changes requires that students may no longer register as a “standby” tester. The new policy allows for “wait listing” only, which must be done on the College Board website prior to the test date. 

Another new change is that students must upload a photo when they register for an SAT exam, and present photo ID on test day. The photo ID must match the name on the registration. Before students register for the SAT, please confirm that the name used on the registration, matches the name on the school ID or driver’s license.  If students opened a College Board account with a name that does not match their driver’s license or school ID, it is important to correct it on the College Board site, prior to registering for an exam.  A complete list of other College Board changes is available on our website, under SAT.

Our fall senior college application workshops are nearly filled. Seniors should sign up to reserve a space for any of the seven workshops offered: 
September 24            CSU Application Workshop
                                                October 1                   UC Application Workshop
October 8                   UC Personal Statement Workshop
October  22                Common Application Workshop
October 29                 Scholarship  Workshop
November 5               Sierra College Application Workshop
January 28                 FAFSA Workshop
Each workshop will be held in the Tech Lecture Hall, 1 – 2:15 p.m. 

KCRA Game of the Week – Rocklin High is one of the four football games competing to be the KCRA “game of the week.” If Rocklin High receives the most “votes” and photo uploads, our students will be featured on KCRA TV’s “Game of the Week.” If you’d like to “vote” for Rocklin High, you can follow this link: kcra.com/highschoolplaybook 






Sent September 7, 2012
University of Nevada Reno will hold On-the-Spot admissions in the College & Career Center on September 27th. Seniors must sign up for an appointment time. Application fee is $60 and must be paid with credit card or electronic check at the appointment. This is a courtesy offered to us by UNR. For more information visit www.unr.edu  Go Pack! 

College Night
College Night is coming October 10th. Over 100 college reps are scheduled to visit our gym and showcase their schools. We also have breakout sessions scheduled on the CSU, UC, Private Colleges, Sierra College, Financial Aid and NCAA Eligibility. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Wendy’s High School Heisman Award
High achieving senior athletes are invited to apply for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. Complete details, including the on-line application can be found at http://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/  The Deadline is October 2, 2012. 

Thunder Galleria 
Freshman are invited to apply to be members of the Thunder Galleria Board of Directors. The application is available on the Thunder Galleria webpage on the C&CC website. 
 
PEO Star Scholarship
Senior girls are invited to apply for the PEO Star Scholarship. It’s a $2500 scholarship, based on leadership, academics, activities, service and potential. http://www.peointernational.org/sites/www.peointernational.org/files/star-fact-sheet_0.pdf

Volunteer this Weekend! 
Community Service opportunities this weekend include Relay for Life at Granite Oaks http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=36363 and Patriot Day with the Rocklin Police Department http://www.rocklinpatriotday.com/  (how to volunteer info on the C&CC Community Service Webpage – at the bottom of the page). 

U.S. Naval Academy liaison visit – The Naval Academy rep will hold an information presentation during plus period on September 13th. Students may request a plus period pass from me, and parents are welcome to attend. The Naval Academy is one of the finest educational institutions in the world and extremely competitive. Don’t miss you opportunity to find out first hand how to apply. Parents must register as visitors in the main office before coming up to the College & Career Center. 

PSAT registration is still being accepted for the Oct. 20th PSAT National Test Day. This test is primarily a sophomore and junior test. Register at the Storm Cellar – cost is $25 until Oct. 1st or until we run out of tests. Please make checks payable to RHS and put the student’s name and PSAT on the memo

UCLA Theater and Film Program Information Sessions
Learn about the Theater and Film Programs at UCLA.  Our presentation includes information about our two departments, the application process for our graduate and undergraduate programs, the portfolio/audition/interview requirements, and other UCLA resources. These events are FREE and are open to all prospective students, parents, and counselors. RSVP REQUIRED http://tftrecruitment.eventbrite.com/
For more information about these events, call (310) 206-8441 or e-mail recruit@tft.ucla.edu.

Sierra College Parent Information Nights
There are still a few spaces available for the first Sierra College fall parent information night taking place in the college library on Wednesday September 12, 2012. Parents can reserve a space via email outreach@sierracollege.edu indicating which date they would like to attend. There are several being offered in October, November and December. The entire schedule is posted on the C&CC website, under Sierra College. 

Christian College Fair
The Christian College Fair will be September 10th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Bridgeway Church. Please note – this event has moved to a new location from previous years.  Bridgeway Christian Church, is located at 3735 Placer Corporate Drive in Rocklin. This is near William Jessup University, on the west side of Highway 65. 

JUNIORS – FBI Teen Academy
Juniors with an interest in the FBI are invited to apply for the prestigious FBI Teen Academy. Applications are available in the College & Career Center. The FBI Teen Academy is an extraordinary opportunity for students to see the inside of an FBI headquarters and learn about a career in the FBI. Deadline is September 20, 2012. 

Horatio Alger Scholarship
Seniors who have overcome a life challenge are invited to apply for the Horatio Algers Scholarship. This is a $5000 award, renewable for four years. Along with a life challenge, applicants must have financial need. www.horatioalger.org  Deadline is October 10, 2012. 

Senior College Planning Workshops – College planning workshops are scheduled for Monday afternoons this fall through winter. Seniors should sign up to attend in the C&CC, since seating is limited. A complete list of dates and topics is on the C&CC home page.  While these workshops are designed primarily for students, parents are welcome to attend. 

Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Nominations
Rocklin High may nominate one student for the Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Award. Seniors may request a nomination by submitting a packet to the College & Career Center. Seniors with strong leadership background are encouraged to pick up the instructions from the C&CC.  Deadline is October 12, 2012. 

Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Students who have an extensive volunteer history, are invited to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Rocklin High is eligible to nominate one student for this prestigious service award. To request a nomination, students can pick up the instructions in the College & Career Center and then submit a nomination packet. Deadline is October 12, 2012. 

The Fall SAT Workshop is now taking registration. The class runs two weeks, Monday – Thursday, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. For complete information visit www.rocklintestprep.com 

College Planning Crash Course – For those of you who prefer a structured information setting, Placer Adult School will offer an overview of college application. Beginning next Monday, you can attend four Monday evening sessions in a lecture style format. This course is open to anyone in Placer County. Couples or parent/child may enroll, with one registration. Complete information can be found at this link – just put “college” on the search bar. http://register.asapconnected.com/default.aspx?org=1626

SAT Policy & Procedure Changes – There are several new policy and procedure changes with SAT this fall. One of the changes requires that students are now required to upload a photo when they register for an exam, and present photo ID on test day. The photo ID must match the name on the registration. Before students register for the SAT, please confirm that the name used on the registration, matches the name on the school ID or driver’s license. 





August 31, 2012

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August 24, 2012
 We are gearing up for a great fall of College Planning events. 

College Fair – October 10th 6:30 – 8 p.m. RHS Gyms – Breakout sessions across campus. Mark this date on your calendar. We have already had confirmation from dozens of college reps across the U.S. who plan to showcase their schools in our gyms.  Breakout sessions will also be offered on various college related topics. This event is sponsored by 8 regional high schools, and students and parents from outside of Rocklin will be attending. 

PSAT – Rocklin High National PSAT test day is October 20th . The test will be from 7:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Students may still register at Storm Cellar for $25. Please make checks out to RHS and put PSAT and the student’s name on the memo line of the check. The registration deadline is October 1st. 

Fall Workshops - College Planning Workshops are scheduled for Monday afternoons beginning September 24th. Topics are CSU, UC, Common App, Scholarships, Sierra College, Personal Statement and FAFSA. Seniors should sign up to reserve a space as seating is limited. All workshops are held in the RHS Tech Lecture Hall – 1 – 2:15 p.m. 

SAT Workshop - The Fall SAT Workshop is scheduled for 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. beginning September 25th. Students may take Math or English or both classes. Fall athletes can usually work the class around practice and game times. For more information on cost, registration, etc. visit www.rocklintestprep.com  Space is limited and these classes usually fill up. 

Wendy’s High School Heisman Award - Senior athletes are invited to apply for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. Open to senior athletes who excel in the classroom and in sports. www.WendysHeisman.com 

Danforth Scholars Program - Rocklin High School many nominated two students for the Danforth Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis. If Washington University at St. Louis is a prospective school for you, check out the benefits of the Danforth Scholars Program and see me to apply as one of the RHS nominees.  http://admissions.wustl.edu/scholarships/programs/pages/danforth.aspx
  Deadline to request a nomination is October 1st. 

ASVAB – The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be held at Whitney High School, September 24th at 1:15 p.m. RHS students are welcome to test at WHS, but they must provide their own transportation and arrive at WHS by 1:10 p.m. To register as an ASVAB test taker, please email pfloyd@rocklin.k12.ca.u with a request. Please include student name, grade level, age and high school. 

After School Tutors – We are now accepting applications for after school tutors. Students who excel in one or more subjects and wish to help others with homework are invited to apply. After school tutors receive community service credit for their service. We especially need sophomores and juniors. Applications are available in the C&CC or on the website under the Homework Help page. The deadline is August 31st. 

National Anthem Auditions – Musicians are invited to audition to sing or play the National Anthem at RHS sports events. There will be an information meeting next Thursday, (August 30th) during plus and lunch in the choir room. All grade levels are welcome and students do not have to be enrolled in RHS music classes to be eligible to sing. National Anthem performers earn community service hours. 

Job Listing – The City of Rocklin is hiring students for Kid’s Junction. Applicants must have experience working with children. Students may apply at www.rocklin.ca.us or at the Recreation Department at 5460 5th Street. 

College Planning Crash Course - Placer Adult School will offer a College Planning Crash Course. The class meets Monday nights for four weeks and covers the college application process. Couples or parent/child may enroll, with one registration. You can register at this link: http://register.asapconnected.com/default.aspx?org=1626   Put ‘college’ on the search line and the class will pop up.   The first class begins September 10th.  




Sent August 17, 2012
College & Career Center Hours
We are geared up and ready to begin another great year at Rocklin High School! The College & Career Center will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students are welcome to drop by before and after school, break, lunch and plus period. We can also make appointments for individual students and parents if requested. Our computer lab has been refurbished with upgraded FASTER computers to assist students with technology homework issues. All students are welcome to drop by! 

Community Service Opportunities
We already have three great community service opportunities for students. Flyers are posted on our website for the following: Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Springfield Scholarship Club Breakfast Fund Raiser and Wolfstock 2012, an animal rescue group fund raiser event. These are lively, fun-filled activities for our students to volunteer and interact with some influential leaders in Placer County. Students must contact the organization coordinators to sign up to volunteer, so check out the flyers for details. 

Scholarships, Competitions & Contests
We have two essay competitions currently open:
The California Association of Collectors essay competition is open to seniors. Scholarships range from $1500 to $2500. The essay prompt and complete details are available at http://www.cacesf.org/pdfs/2011/2011-2012_cacesf_rules_and%20_application.pdf
Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science International Science essay Competition for high school students in all grade levels (this means freshmen may enter!).  Cash prizes are awarded, but more importantly for those resume-builders, winners will be published in the Fall 2012 issue of Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science.  http://dujs.dartmouth.edu/high-school-competition-materials

SAT & ACT
Students who plan to take the SAT or ACT this year should register NOW for either test. Rocklin High School is a very popular test site and we always fill up before registration deadlines. The recommended schedule of testing is:
Juniors – both ACT and SAT at least once in the fall and perhaps again in the spring if fall scores were not satisfactory. SAT Subject exams in the spring
Seniors – ACT and SAT completed by November test dates. While most colleges state they will accept SAT scores through December, it is very difficult to attach a test score to an electronic application that has already been submitted. Seniors should plan to have all testing completed prior to submitting applications.  The CSU and UC application deadline is November 30, 2012. Private, independent and out of state colleges have varied deadlines and must be researched individually. 

PSAT Registration
If you missed the PSAT registration on schedule pick up day, there is still time to order. Students may bring a check to the Storm Cellar (our student store) to reserve their PSAT. Cost is $25, please make checks out to Rocklin High School. Put PSAT on the memo line. Also, a reminder - as with all checks you send to our school, please put your student’s name on the memo line. 

Don’t miss our events!
Our school calendar is already packed with dozens of great opportunities. College reps are booking C&CC presentations during Plus Period through the autumn months. Our College Night will be October 10th, and I expect well over 100 college reps to attend. Mrs. Morgan and I will host six college planning workshops this fall/winter, specific to individual university systems or college related topics. A complete list is on the main C&CC website and seniors should sign up to reserve a spot as seating is limited.   
I am looking forward to another wonderful year of working with our students.

Go Thunder!

Sent August 10, 2012
Welcome back to another great year at Rocklin High School and the first edition of the College & Career Center Email News for 2012 – 2013. If you no longer wish to subscribe to this newsletter, please reply to this email with “delete my name” on your subject line. I will be happy to remove you from the list. But if your student is enrolled at Sierra College, please read the next paragraph before you leave us. 

Cal Grant filing window now open for Community College Students 
IF YOUR GRADUATE is attending Sierra College and missed the Cal Grant filing deadline, a new window is currently open for California Community College students to apply. Students must submit a FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov) and a Cal Grant gpa verification form. This form is available on the C&CC website and must be completed and returned to the Rocklin High School registrar for processing. The deadline is September 2, 2012. http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=105   Students are ineligible for Cal Grants without the verification of the gpa. 

College & Career Center Website https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/
The College & Career Center is now open and the website is up and running with current information. My College Planning blog is located at the bottom of the main page. 
Our website contains all sorts of information regarding college planning, preparation, application, scholarships, work permits, community service and much more. You might want to bookmark the website for easy access to everything from community service forms, work permit request forms, SAT registration information, or College & Career Center sponsored events. 
You are also invited to subscribe to my college planning blog, which will give you more in-depth information on specific topics than this newsletter. Subscribe by clicking on the top of the blog, located on the C&CC home page. 

College Application Workshops Scheduled
If your student is a senior this year, we have several college application workshops scheduled. Monday afternoons in September, October, November and January we will cover topics such as the CSU application, the UC application, UC personal statement, Common Application, Sierra College, Scholarships and FAFSA application. Your senior will need to sign up in the College & Career Center to secure a reservation. 

SAT Prep in September
If your student missed the SAT course this summer, don’t worry – we are offering an SAT Prep course in the evening beginning September 24th. It’s from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. here at RHS. Complete registration information is available at www.rocklintestprep.  We expect this class to fill up, so you might want to register now.  This class will be completed just in time for the October 6th  SAT, so if you enroll in the class, be sure to register now for the SAT. 

Register NOW for SAT or ACT
Speaking of registering now – it’s time to register for SAT and ACT exams this year. Rocklin High is a very popular test site and we nearly always fill up before the registration deadline. Statistically your student will do better on the exam testing in familiar surroundings. If your student plans to take the SAT or ACT this year, register NOW for those exams and mark those dates in stone on your calendars. 
To register for SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject Exams visit www.collegeboard.com 
SAT or ACT? 
SAT and ACT are both accepted at colleges across the nation. The SAT is a logic and reasoning exam. The ACT is a subject area exam. Colleges use a conversion chart and use whichever score is higher if both are presented for admission evaluation. Some students do significantly better on one test over the other, but it is common for both ACT and SAT scores to be in the same range. 

ACT
All colleges will use either the SAT Reasoning or the ACT if it includes the writing exam. The University of California and many other highly competitive schools require the writing score from the ACT. 
To register for the ACT visit www.actstudent.org 

Last Test Date for Seniors
SAT and ACT testing should be completed by the submission date of the college application. Many of our California colleges publicize that they will accept SAT or ACT scores through December of the senior year. However, the electronic application makes attaching a score after submission challenging. We recommend that students complete SAT or ACT testing by November. Some colleges require SAT or ACT to be completed no later than October or so seniors must make SAT or ACT a priority on their fall schedules. Seniors should not be waiting to take the SAT or ACT until December. 
UC and Subject Exams

There is a great deal of confusion regarding the University of California’s revised policy that no longer requires the SAT Subject Exams for eligibility. Keep in mind that the UC will continue to use the SAT Subject Exams for application review.  All UC applicants are strongly encouraged to take at least two SAT Subject Exams in at least two different subjects (example while here at RHS Chemistry and Physics are considered different subjects, the UC considers them both to be Science). Applicants to UC Engineering majors are strongly encouraged to take SAT Subject Exams in Math and Science.

PSAT Registration during Schedule Pickup Day
 The PSAT will be administered at Rocklin High on October 20th. Cost is $25. I will be taking registration for PSAT at schedule pick up day for sophomores and juniors. The PSAT is not an exam for seniors. Please make checks out to RHS and put PSAT and your student’s name on the memo line of the check. 

College Application Class for Parents
I am always happy to meet with students and parents regarding students’ college plans. For those who prefer a classroom format, I will be teaching a College Application “Crash Course” for parents through Placer Adult School again this fall. 

The class meets four Monday nights beginning in September and outlines the college admission process. It is a lecture-style class with plenty of time allowed for individual questions.  For more information visit http://puhsd.k12.ca.us/adult/  choose “register for classes” and put ‘college’  in the course line. Placer Adult School courses are open to anyone who lives in Placer County. 

Wishing you a cool new school year! 



Sent June 6, 2012

Work Permits

Summer work permits will be issued in the RHS Summer School Office. After summer school is over, work permits will be issued through the RUSD District Office on Sierra Meadows Drive. Students under 18 are required to have a work permit to legally work.  The application for a work permit is available on the C&CC website. High school graduates are not required to have a work permit to be employed. This means that current seniors no longer need a work permit. 

Prep Books Wanted

The C&CC is happy to accept College Planning, SAT, ACT or AP prep books that seniors may be ready to discard. Students can drop them off at the C&CC or the main office. We are happy to add them to our library and share them with students next year.

SAT Summer Seminar

The SAT Summer Seminar is filling up fast. This is a 20 hour week-long course held the week before school starts. For complete details on registration, times and cost visit

www.rocklintestprep.com
.

Thunder Galleria

The 2012 Thunder Galleria Board of Directors has been selected. Students are already making plans for the December 10th event. If you are cleaning closets this summer, please remember Thunder Galleria can use anything new or like new that is a suitable gift for a child to give a family member.

College Night 2012

College Night will return to Rocklin High on October 10th. Over 100 colleges usually showcase their schools at our College Night, so mark that date on your calendar now.

PSAT 2012

PSAT will be October 20th. The PSAT is a practice SAT and sophomores and juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT. The junior PSAT score is how students qualify for National Merit awards. Cost is $25 and students will register beginning on schedule pickup day in August.

Fall Workshops for Seniors

Juniors can plan now to attend five different senior college planning workshops next fall, all held on Articulation Days (Monday afternoons) in the tech lecture hall. Separate workshops will be held on the CSU application, UC application, Common Application, UC Personal Statement, and Scholarships and Financial Aid. These workshops are interactive and allow for individual questions. Parents are welcome to attend. A complete list of times and dates will be published in August.

Community Service

Summer is a great time to complete community service. Students are encouraged to volunteer with non-profit organizations wherever they are this summer. There are a few summer opportunities listed on the community service webpages on the C&CC website. The Community Service Contract to report service hours for graduation credit, is available on the C&CC website.

 
 
 
Sent May 31, 2012
Senior Awards Night is June 4th beginning at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5:40 p.m. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring. Various awards will be announced that night, and some will be surprises. Bring your camera and be prepared to be amazed at the many outstanding students from the Class of 2012. 

The Assist-a-grad Scholarship Re
cipient List is posted at the College & Career Center. Seniors who applied for Assist-a-grad should check the list. Please note – the list does not tell students what scholarship they have received, just that they will be awarded a scholarship through Assist-a-grad. Winners of each Assist-a-grad scholarship will be announced at senior awards night, and all Assist-a-grad winners must be present. If you need to verify a name on the list, please feel free to ask. Email is always the fastest way to reach me. 

Senior Awards Night is not just about Assist-a-grad. We have dozens of national, state and community awards to present. Students who are NOT Assist-a-grad winners, will still be recognized for their achievements based on what was submitted by their senior awards surveys. 

Please feel free to email me if you have questions about individual student awards.  

Senior Awards Night is a wonderful celebration of achievement for all seniors. I look forward to meeting parents and congratulating our seniors on their college admission and their accomplishments during high school. 



Sent May 18, 2012
There’s GOLD on Thunder Hill!
I am pleased to tell you that U.S. News and World Report has awarded the distinguished Gold Medal to Rocklin High School, recognizing Rocklin High as one of the top 100 high schools in California and also the top 500 high schools in the United States.  Criteria for the ranking was based on data gathered from public sources that included California state proficiency standards and College Board statistics, which determine how well- prepared Rocklin High students are for college. Rocklin High School is the only Placer County high school to receive a gold award, and one of three in the Sacramento region. Go Thunder!! 

Full Circle Treatment Center Benefit Rock Concert 
A Rock Revival benefit concert for Full Circle Treatment Center will be held on May 25th at Adventure Christian Church. This event will support programs for the only teen drug rehabilitation center in Placer County. The event is free and family-friendly. For more information visit the College & Career Center website. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities

Rock Concert Volunteer Training
If you want to volunteer with the Full Circle Treatment Center Rock Revival Concert please attend a planning meeting at 7 p.m. Monday night at Adventure Christian Church. Details available in the C&CC or on the website. 

Senior Awards
Senior awards night is June 4th at 6 p.m. in the gym. Seniors may invite as many family members to attend as they wish. It is the student’s responsibility to report scholarships, honors, awards, etc. to us. Even though the deadline has passed, I am still accepting senior awards surveys. The senior awards survey form is on the website, or just email me back and I’ll be happy to send you another form. Awards that are not reported to us on the form, will probably not be listed in the senior awards night or graduation programs. All seniors are invited to the senior awards night, but attendance is voluntary. 
 
Assist-a-grad Scholarships
Assist-a-grad scholarship winners will be announced at senior awards night. On Thursday, May 30th I will post a list of names of students who will be recognized through Assist-a-grad. The list will not reveal which scholarships the students have won, but will be an indicator that those students will be called to the podium to accept an Assist-a-grad scholarship and to personally thank the Assist-a-grad sponsor for their award. Students who applied for Assist-a-grad scholarships should check this list. I will also send an email advising that the Assist-a-grad winner list is posted. 
The Placer County Youth Commission is now accepting applications. Commissioners are formally appointed by the Placer County Board of Supervisors to research youth issues in Placer County and advance youth voice in local decision making.  To be eligible youth must be between the ages of 14 (or 9th grade) to 21 and live in Placer County.  The Youth Commission aims to represent a wide diversity of youth.  It is looking for young people enthused and ready to tackle the hard work of creating positive community change. Further description of the Commission is found in the attached application which is also online at http://ucanr.org/pcyc   . The deadline for youth to apply is May 31st at 5 pm.  
Placer Youth Summit 2012 is also looking for participants. This is a camp experience for youth with a vision.  The goal is to create awareness and understanding, friendships, leadership, and mutual support between the diverse, upcoming youth leaders of Placer County. This is an opportunity not only for individual teens, but also for community groups, school clubs, school leadership or peer counseling, etc.  For more information visit: www.ucanr.org/pcyc or contact placercoyouthcommission@gmail.com or call 530-889-7179 or 530- 718-0049.   
Volunteering at the Library this Summer
The Rocklin Library will hold training sessions for summer volunteers. Visit our Community Service webpage for details. 
Seniors – Time To Finish STRONG
A reminder to seniors – College acceptence is contingent upon completion of the courses listed on the original admission application. The next two weeks often “make or break” a senior’s final grade. Stay focused and complete senior year with enthusiam to avoid an admission offer being rescinded. 





Sent May 15, 2012
University of Nevada, Reno – THIS WEDNESDAY
Nevada-bound seniors (that’s those who plan to enroll at University of Nevada Reno next fall) are invited to an important admitted students meeting on Wednesday during plus period. Quenton Owens, the UNR Rep, will be in the College & Career Center with important information about “joining the wolf pack.” Quenton usually arrives with UNR promotional items, for those who attend the meeting. 

UNR is still accepting applications, so undecided seniors are welcome along with all other RHS students in all grade levels to check the prospective student information Quenton will provide. Go Pack!  Parents ARE welcome to attend.

ROP Fashion – This THURSDAY 
Students interested in a career in the fashion industry are invited to visit with Diane Miles, the 49er Regional Occupation Program Fashion Merchandising instructor. Diane will visit the College & Career Center during plus period and lunch on May 17th to chat with students. Students who need a plus period pass, should drop by the C&CC prior to the event. Parents are welcome to attend. 

Community Service
Help out at a free Rock Concert sponsored by Full Circle Treatment Center and earn community service hours! Or – clean up after an event and snack on fancy desserts to earn community service hours! Or wash dogs and earn service hours! Or attend a training session now to be qualified to volunteer at the library this summer. There are dozens of ways to volunteer, have fun and earn community service hours for graduation. Drop by and check out the Service Binder in the College & Career Center, or check the C&CC website. 


The Placer County Youth Commission is now accepting applications!
Commissioners are formally appointed by the Placer County Board of Supervisors to research youth issues in Placer County and advance youth voice in local decision making.  To be eligible youth must be between the ages of 14 (or 9th grade) to 21 and live in Placer County.  The Youth Commission aims to represent a wide diversity of youth.  It is looking for young people enthused and ready to tackle the hard work of creating positive community change. 
  
Further description of the Commission is found in the on-line application at http://ucanr.org/pcyc.    The deadline for youth to apply is May 31st at 5 pm.  

Placer Youth Summit 2012 is a camp experience for youth with a vision.  The goal of the summit is to create awareness and understanding, friendships, leadership, and mutual support between the diverse, upcoming youth leaders of Placer County.  All students are invited to apply. Visit: www.ucanr.org/pcyc or contact  placercoyouthcommission@gmail.com or call 530-889-7179 or 530- 718-0049.  Or contact Lacy Davis at lbdavis@placer.ca.gov.  




Sent May 10, 2012
Thunder Galleria Board of Directors
Thunder Galleria is seeking a Board of Directors for 2012. The application is available on the College & Career Center website. The deadline to submit an application is May15th. All freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to apply. This is a great school leadership role and community service activity.  Applicants who are not selected to be on the Board of Directors will be invited to help with Thunder Galleria in other areas.
 https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxyaHNjY2N8Z3g6MWNiMjg1Y2I0YjNjNDUzOA


Allied Health Learning Community Opportunity
Seniors who were not able to register for their preferred classes at Sierra College, AND who are interested in pursuing a career in health care, may be interested in a program through the Los Rios Community College District. Allied Health Learning Community (AHLC) is a new grant-funded program. It provides classes that meet prerequisites for health care related Associates degrees. One of the most significant perks of this program is priority registration. Check out the details on the College & Career Center website at:       http://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/college-news/allied-health-learning-community   The deadline to apply is May 11th. 


Full Circle Treatment Center Event
On May 25th, Full Circle Treatment Center will hold a FREE benefit Rock Concert event at Adventure Christian Church. This is open to the public and all ages are invited. Full Circle Treatment Center is the only teen drug rehabilitation center in Placer County and has received national recognition for their successful programs. www.fullcircletreatmentcenter.com 


Community Service Opportunities
We have several fun opportunities on our website for students to volunteer. Complete details can be found in the fliers available at the bottom of the Community Service webpage. These include, but are not limited to Full Circle Treatment Center Rock Revival Concert, Valley View Art Show and Cobblestone Elementary School 20th Birthday Celebration. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities


Next Week 

May 14
Senior Awards Surveys!
Seniors who wish to have their college scholarships or awards recognized, must turn in a senior awards survey. Since tomorrow is the senior field trip, I have extended the deadline to May 14th. The senior awards survey was mailed home with the senior activities packet. If you need a replacement, you can find it on the C&CC website under “forms” or just email me back and I’ll send it to you as an attachment. (Most email filters return mass emails with attachments, so I am unable to put attachments in my newsletter.) 
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxyaHNjY2N8Z3g6NTFhOTc3OTUwNmQ5ZjUz&pli=1

Seniors are encouraged to list all of their awards including things like Distinguished Community Service, American Citizenship Awards, AP Scholars, etc. Even if you or your senior has told me about their achievements, please complete the survey.


May 16
The University of Nevada Reno Rep will visit the College & Career Center for both Admitted Students information and Prospective Students information during plus period and lunch. (This event was previously scheduled for this Friday, but we found the senior field trip to be a conflict.)  

Nevada-bound students will learn what’s required next to “Join the Pack.” The UNR rep typically arrives with Wolf Pack promotional items, so if you are planning to attend the University of Nevada, you don’t want to miss this meeting.

Prospective students will be happy to learn that UNR is still accepting applications for Fall 2012. Juniors and sophomores will have an opportunity to learn why 10% of the Class of 2012 was admitted to UNR! This meeting is also open to parents.  www.unr.edu 

May 17
The ROP Fashion Merchandising instructor will visit the College & Career Center during plus period. This is a great chance to learn more about the ROP Fashion class and a career in the fashion industry. All grade levels (and parents) are invited. 
http://placercoe.k12.ca.us/StudentsandParents/Pages/49erROPCourse_FashionMerchandisingCareers.aspx?dept=rop

Sent May 8, 2012
Sierra College class registration began today for fall 2012. All graduating seniors should have today as their registration date for Fall semester.  If seniors find that they have been assigned a registration date of May 9th, it is because they have completed a combined Summer & Fall admission application (for the summer they are still technically a high school student as Sierra College start dates overlaps with our graduation date). The summer academic enrichment date has then followed the student’s record for Fall. This can be changed. 

Current seniors who have been assigned May 9th to register can contact Sierra College Admission Department to have their Fall semester status updated to Freshman so they can register today for Fall.

The direct number they should use for today is (916) 660 7352 or (916) 660 7346. The staff at Sierra can update the individual record over the phone allowing students to log back into mySierra to sign up for classes.

Other News….

William Jessup University will hold an admissions presentation today during plus period and lunch in the College & Career Center. Students in all grade levels are welcome. www.jessup.edu 

The University of Nevada Reno Admitted Students meeting has been rescheduled to May 16th during plus period and lunch. 

Students who are Nevada-bound should attend this important presentation to outline what’s next to “Join the Pack.”  Seniors who are still undecided for next fall may be interested to know that Nevada is still accepting applications for Fall 2012. 

On May 16th UNR will also provide prospective student information, which is open to all grade levels. www.unr.edu 

University of New Mexico still taking Fall 2012 applications and also offering  scholarships for Fall 2012. They will begin to accept applications from current juniors for Fall 2013 in June.  http://www.unm.edu/admissions/

Thunder Galleria is now accepting applications for the 2012 Board of Directors.  The application is on the C&CC website under the Thunder Galleria button.  Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to apply to be a leader of this school wide charity event.  Thunder Galleria will be December 10, 2012 in the RHS cafeteria. 

We have several community service opportunities this month with our elementary schools. Please visit the C&CC Community Service webpages for complete details. Most of the items listed are fun as well as great service commitments. 

Sent May 4, 2012
College & Career Center news this week:

May 8 – William Jessup University – Plus Period & Lunch
 Admissions Presentation (all grade levels)
 WJU is accepting applications for Fall 2012 (attention seniors)

May 17 – ROP Careers in Fashion – Plus Period & Lunch
49er ROP instructor, Diane Miles will visit the C&CC to talk about her Fashion Merchandising class for next year. Students interested in careers in the fashion industry are encouraged to attend. If you’re a prospective Project Runway competitor, this might be a perfect fit for you!  Check it out in the C&CC during Plus Period and Lunch on May 17th. 

Sierra College News
This is just a friendly reminder that new incoming college students who have applied to Sierra College will be able to begin registering for Fall 2012 classes from May 8, 2012 at 10.00am.  High school students that are interested in the Academic Enrichment program, and have already applied for admission, will be allowed to register on  May 9. 

All registration will take place through mySierra. Students can right now log onto their account and on the left side select “registration status” to confirm they are eligible to begin registering and do not have any assessment or counseling holds.  www.sierracollege.edu 

SUMMER 2012: On these same registration dates new students can potentially register for summer classes, but I would like to make you aware that unfortunately most of those summer classes are already closed. I am afraid all online classes for summer are currently showing as full  and over 80% of Rocklin summer classes are already full.

Senior Awards Surveys
The senior surveys for senior awards night are due May 11th. This form was mailed home with the senior activity packet, but if you need another one, you can find it on the College & Career Center website under “forms” on the left side buttons. I am also happy to email an attachment individually Seniors should list all of their college scholarships, school awards, etc. While many seniors have celebrated scholarships and recognition with me, I will never remember them all – so please, please, please turn in a form!  May 11th is the senior field trip – so please send that form back to me early next week! Don’t be shy – we want to recognize all of our seniors’ achievements. 



April 27, 2012
ACT Deadline
May 4th is the deadline to register for the final ACT of the school year – June 9th. College bound juniors are strongly encouraged to take the ACT with Writing at least once this year. Technically, most colleges will accept ACT scores through December of senior year. However, it is risky to try to add test scores after the electronic application has been submitted.  Serious college-bound juniors should plan to have all testing completed by the October test dates of senior year. Register for ACT at www.actstudent.org    

SAT Deadline
May 8th the deadline to register for the final SAT of the school year – June 2nd. College bound juniors are strongly encouraged to take the SAT Reasoning and/or the SAT Subject exams at least once this year.  College-bound sophomores who plan to apply to highly selective colleges are encouraged to take the SAT Subject Exam in subjects in high level classes such as AP World History or PreCal.  Please note, if taking the SAT Subject Exam in math, the Math IIC is the only Math Subject Exam highly selective schools will accept. 

Serious college-bound juniors should plan to have all testing completed by the October test dates of senior year. Register for SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject exams at www.collegeboard.com .   

It is likely that you will not receive Rocklin as your test site when registering for SAT or ACT  this close to the deadline. Be prepared to search for other options by area cities (such as Roseville, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Yuba City) and not just Sacramento. Standby testing might be available at Rocklin High, but it is not the recommended way to take either SAT or ACT since there is no guarantee you will receive a test as a standby tester.  Please check out the information on our website regarding standby testing for SAT or ACT. 

SAT Summer Seminar
We will offer an SAT Summer Seminar here at Rocklin High School, the week before school starts in August. For complete registration information, etc. visit www.rocklintestprep.com .

Scholarship Interviews
Assist-a-grad interviews are Tuesday and Wednesday nights next week – May 1 and May 2. Students have received their interview schedules and our scholarship selection committees are eager to meet them. Not all scholarships require interviews. All scholarship winners will be announced at our senior awards night on June 4th.  

Senior Awards Survey
All seniors are invited to submit an awards survey to commend and celebrate their awards for our Senior Awards Night. The survey was mailed home with the senior activities packet, but if you need another form, you can find it on the C&CC website under “Forms.”  We would like to celebrate all of our seniors’ achievements, scholarships, college awards, grants, etc. Please don’t be shy – let us know; with 400 seniors, I am certain I will miss someone if I rely on my memory. 

ASVAB @ Whitney High
Monday – the ASVAB will be administered at Whitney High. Rocklin High juniors and seniors are invited. The test begins at 1:15 p.m. and RHS students must arrive by 1 p.m. and register as visitors in the WHS main office. Students must provide their own transportation. This is the final ASVAB for this school year. 

College Application Crash Course
Monday, April 30th is the College-bound juniors College Application Crash Course. Mrs. Morgan and I will host a workshop to help juniors prepare for their college applications. Space is limited, and students must sign up for a spot in the College & Career Center by 10:30  a.m. on Monday. Parents are welcome and may reserve a space via email. However, all students who plan to attend, must find the C&CC and register in person. Part of what we are teaching is how to use our resources – so we want the students to find us! The workshop will be held in the Tech Lecture Hall. Parents must register as visitors in the main office before coming on to our campus.

May 8 Sierra College Class Registration for Fall 2012
May 8th is the day for Sierra College bound seniors to register for classes. Prior to being eligible to register students must have applied for admission, taken the assessment tests, completed an orientation and met with a counselor. Classes are expected to fill up quickly, so seniors should be prepared and have all steps completed prior to May 8th for best options.  

May 8 – William Jessup University
Coming up May 8th the rep from William Jessup University will hold an admissions presentation in the College & Career Center. WJU is the only private university in Placer County. The presentation will be held during plus period and lunch. Students in all grade levels as well as parents are invited to attend. 

May 17- ROP Fashion
Interested in a career in the fashion industry? On May 17th  during plus period and lunch, the Regional Occupation Program’s Fashion Merchandising instructor will discuss careers in fashion and the ROP Fashion Class that is open to juniors and seniors next year at the Rocklin High annex. All grade levels are welcome to attend, and of course, parents are welcome. 

Twitter
In an effort to fully embrace our students’ communication style, the College & Career Center has joined Twitter. Not only will you be able to access all plethora of information on the College & Career Center website, but now regular tweets will be sent to subscribers. You can follow us on Twitter @RocklinHighCnCC . 

 Monthly Blog
I will continue to send timely emails to subscribers, but along with following the C&CC tweets I invite you to subscribe to my monthly blog, to stay updated on current information.  You can find the blog on the C&CC website, at the bottom of the main page. There is a box on the header of the blog to enter your email address to subscribe. 




Sent April 20, 2012
ASVAB
Whitney High will host the ASVAB on April 30th beginning at 1:15 p.m. Rocklin High juniors or seniors who wish to take the ASVAB may reserve a space by signing up with me in the RHS College & Career Center by noon on April 27th  .  Students must register as visitors on the WHS campus the day of the exam, before entering the testing center. The score review will be two weeks after the exam at WHS. 

Assist-a-grad Interview Schedules Ready Thursday
The Assist-a-grad Interview Schedules will be available for seniors on April 26th. Not all applicants will be interviewed and many of our Assist-a-grad scholarships do not require interviews. All Assist-a-grad interviews will be May 1st or May 2nd from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Assist-a-grad applicants should ask for those days off from work or other evening commitments, in advance. 

College Bound Junior Workshop
Monday afternoon, April 30th, Mrs. Morgan and I will hold a college application workshop we refer to as a “crash course”  for our current juniors. Seating is limited, so juniors should drop by the College & Career Center to reserve their seat. Our workshop will cover the college application and what students can do this summer to bolster their applications to highly selective schools. Parents are welcome to attend and may make a reservation via email. Students must come by and sign up in person. 

Freshmen – Sac State Academic Talent Search
Current freshmen are invited to apply for the Sacramento State Academic Talent Search program to be held this summer. This is a competitive program for high achieving students who are currently fifth – ninth grade. Classes are held on the Sacramento State campus. There are various associated fees and students must arrange their own transportation. The deadline to apply is April 24 by 4 p.m. www.edweb.csus.edu/Projects/ats  

Student employment
We have a few job listings on our website. If your student is looking for a summer job, be sure to check out the employment section of our website. Reminder – summer employees must have a valid work permit, unless they are 18 years old or have graduated from high school. This means that 17 year old graduates, do not need work permits the day after graduation.

REEF Logo Contest
The Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation (REEF) is looking for a new logo. All RUSD students are invited to enter a design. This is a chance to win $100 in prize money and the prestige of having your logo on REEF T shirts, letterhead, website, etc. Complete details can be found on Facebook by entering “Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation” on the search bar. Entries must be submitted via email. The deadline is April 30, 2012. 

Aerospace Summer Camp
The Aerospace Museum of California is offering four day summer camps at McClellan. There are several dates offered for students age 13 – 17. Contact Linda Payne at (916) 564-3437 or visit  www.aerospaceca.org .

Fresno State Smittcamp Family Honors College
High achieving juniors are invited to explore this prestigious President’s Honors Scholarship at Fresno State. It includes  full tuition and fees and free housing in a university residence hall. This is a competitive award, requiring a minimum 3.8 gpa and high test scores. http://www.fresnostate.edu/honors/ Rocklin High has an opportunity to recommend students for the Smittcamp Family Honors College, if students request it. Qualified juniors should drop by the College & Career Center if they wish to be evaluated for qualifying to be on the RHS recommended list. 
Southwestern Oregon Community College
The Music Department at Southwestern Oregon Community College has announced a new $4.2 million performing arts center. The Music Department is actively recruiting California students to the Coos Bay campus. SOCC has full tuition waiver scholarship opportunities, on-campus housing and this Oregon Community College does not charge out-of-state tuition. For more information visit www.socc.edu/music. 
Summer Employment
We have a few job listings currently available on the College & Career Center website. 
Summer Internship for Students with Life Challenges
Students who face life challenges and wish to develop employment skills can apply for a the Pride Industries Youth Services Program. Students  in foster care, who are homeless or have other significant life challenges are invited to participate. Students must be 17 – 21 years old, meet income guidelines and face one or more qualifying hurdles such as disability, substance abuse, poor work history, mental health issues, etc.  http://www.prideindustries.com/?navId=115   If you know students who can benefit from this program, please encourage them to check it out. 



Sent April 13, 2012
SAT Prep
Our Spring SAT Prep Class begins this month. There are a few spaces left.  www.rocklintestprep.com has all the registration information, along with the days and times of the classes. The classes are held in the evening here at Rocklin High, and are late enough that most athletes can attend. 

Utah State Rep
The rep from Utah State will visit Rocklin High on Monday, April 16th at 10: 30 a.m. Students will need to pick up a pass before school to attend this presentation. Utah State is still accepting applications, so seniors are encouraged to attend, as well as other grade levels. 

Juniors & SAT/ACT Testing
It’s wise to complete the SAT and ACT testing by the end of junior year. This leaves the fall test dates open to test if students think they can improve their scores. Register NOW for June SAT and ACT dates. SAT www.collegeboard.com  ACT www.actstudent.org 

Summer School Volunteers
Applications are now being accepted for RUSD Summer School volunteers. Pick up your application in the Counseling Center. All grade levels are welcome to apply. 

TV Internship
The RUSD TV station is looking for a TV Station Intern. Students who have experience in videography are invited to submit a letter of introduction and a resume to rheath@rocklin.k12.ca.us  This is a paid position and requires a significant amount of responsibility, skill and initiative. 

Kaiser Summer Launch Program
The Kaiser Summer Internship is accepting applications. Students must complete a comprehensive application. This is a full time commitment with Kaiser for the entire summer. The application can be found on the Summer Activities webpage on the College & Career Center website. There are three files for the complete application. The deadline is April 18th by 4 p.m. in the Kaiser Arden Way office. 

Assist-a-grad Interviews
Students who applied for Assist-a-grad may pick up their scholarship interview schedules on April 26th. Interviews will be May 1 and May 2 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Rocklin High School. Students should plan now to keep May 1 and May 2 open in the evening in anticipation of being selected to interview.  The winners of all Assist-a-grad Scholarships will be announced at senior awards night on June 4th. 

Senior Awards Survey
The senior activities packet contained a senior awards survey. Please return that survey to be sure all awards are recognized at senior awards night and in the graduation program. This includes things like NCAA National Letters of Intent, Scholarships, Merit awards, etc. I just can’t remember everything students tell me, so please write it down so we can celebrate with you on senior awards night. If you need a new copy of the senior awards survey, it’s on the C&CC website under forms. Or email me and I’ll email the file back to you. 




Sent April 9, 2012
Welcome back from Spring Break! 
Scholarships
The new April Scholarship list is available on the College & Career Center website. While we have past the scholarship peak season this year, there are still plenty of interesting scholarships available for our students.  https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships/current-scholarship-list   
Kaiser Summer Internship
Kaiser Permanente in the Sacramento Facility is seeking qualified high school students between the ages of 15 and 20 for our L.A.U.N.C.H.* High School Summer Youth Employment Program. This is a paid internship in which students will receive $ 8.00/ hour.  The application is available on the College & Career Center Website under Summer Opportunities. Applications must be returned to the Arden Way Kaiser Office by April 18th.  This is a RECEIVED BY deadline, not a postmark deadline.   https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/summer-opportunities   Please note – you must download all three of the files on the website to have the complete application.
College housing communication through college portal account
Seniors who plan to attend a four year college next fall, or a school away from home, will need to make housing plans. Check your college portal account for information on housing, deposits, meal plan options, etc. 
Slacking could mean rescinded admission
his is also a critical quarter for our seniors, as they finish up their high school careers. It’s important to finish academically strong, especially if you are planning to enroll in a competitive college next fall. Offers of admission can be rescinded if seniors do not complete their senior year course work, or if grades drop dramatically. Just because you have an offer of admission, does not mean you can “slack off” for the rest of the school year.  Eventually the graduation transcript will be evaluated and students who do not fit the academic expectation at a college can be asked to leave college.  No one wants this to happen! 
How to appeal denied admission
Admission denied? Seniors who did not receive offers of admission to their first choice schools, often wish to submit an admission appeal. Most universities strongly discourage appealing an admissions decision. For more information on submitting an admissions appeal, check out the C&CC website https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/college-application-window/how-to-appeal
Still accepting applications

Seniors may be interested to know that many colleges continue to accept applications for fall 2012. The following is a brief list from the Regional Association of College Counselors:

 University/College Accepting Apps/Deadline
Arizona State Yes- Rolling Admission
Bennington College No 
Brandeis University No
Colorado Mesa College Yes - rolling enrollment
Columbia College Yes-8/20/12
Connecticut College No 
Cornish College Yes 
Culinary Institute Yes - rolling enrollment
Drew University Unknown
Drexel University No
Global Links Unknown
Gordon College Unknown
Grand Canyon University Yes – 8/1/12
Hastings College Unknown
Hawaii - Hilo Unknown
Hawaii Pacific YES  - 8/1/12
High Point University YES- No Deadline
Hillsdale College Unknown
IUPUI Yes- 5/1/12
Johnson and Wales YES rolling admissions
Lake Forest College Yes- 8/1/12
Lasell College YES- No Deadline
Lawrence University Yes – August 1 
Loyola - Chicago  Yes - rolling enrollment
Loyola - New Orleans YES- No Deadline
Maryville University Yes – Late August
Miami University No
Michigan State Yes - rolling enrollment
Milwaukee Sch of Engineering YES  - 7/1/12
North Park University Yes – 8.01.12
Northeastern No 
Ohio State University Yes -
Oklahoma City Univ. YES- No Deadline
Oregon State Yes – 8/27/12
Purdue University Yes - May 1 
Regis University Yes – Rolling enrollment
Saint Louis University Yes - rolling enrollment
Samford University YES
Sarah Lawrence Unknown
Seton Hall Special circumstance only
Southern Utah Univ. Yes – May 1
Southern Methodist U No
Syracuse Univ. Unknown
Texas Christian No
U. of Alabama Yes 
U. of Arizona Yes – May 1 /Trans June 1
U. of Colorado – Boulder  No
U. of Colorado-C. Springs Yes – May 1
U. of Michigan Unknown
U. of Minnesota Yes
U. of Nevada-Reno Yes- 6/1/12
U. of New Mexico Yes – August 31
U. of Rochester No 
U. of South Carolina No 
U. of the Arts Yes - rolling enrollment
U. of WA Bothell Yes – August 1
U. of Wyoming Yes – August 1
Whitman College No
William Woods Univ. Yes, 8/2012
Xavier University YES-Rolling
Assist-a-grad Interviews
Assist-a-grad application closed March 29th. Ninty-eight seniors are competing for about $50,000 in scholarships this year. Applications are now being reviewed by the scholarship sponsors and students will find out if they are being interviewed on April 26th. Interview nights are May 1 and May 2 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. and begin in the College & Career Center.  
Senior Awards Survey
Seniors are encouraged to return the Senior Survey that was mailed home with the graduation information packet. Students must submit the awards survey to have awards, honors, scholarships, etc. recognized at senior awards night and in the graduation program. You can find it under “Forms” on the College & Career Center website. 
Only 60 more days until the Class of 2012 graduates! 




Sent March 28th
This message is for Seniors 

The Assist-a-grad Scholarship applications are due THURSDAY, March 29th by 3 p.m. in the College & Career Center. 

This is a firm deadline. 

The College & Career Center will be closed Friday, because I will be delivering Assist-a-grad applications to scholarship sponsors around our community. 

Students can access the Assist-a-grad scholarship application and catalog of scholarships on the College & Career Center website under the Financial Aid and Scholarships section. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships/2011-assist-a-grad

We have about $50,000 to give away in the Assist-a-grad Scholarship Program this year.

Good luck to all competitors!  



Sent March 9, 2012
The Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Conference is now accepting applications from current sophomores and juniors. This is a week long event at Sacramento State University July 21 – July 28. Applications must be postmarked by April 2, 2012.  www.clylp.org/programs/sacramento-leadership-conference-application.php   Students who have attended this event in the past have come back with very favorable comments. 

Cal Day - UC Berkeley’s annual open house, known as CAL DAY is coming soon. More than 300 unique events will be held on April 21st at the UC Berkeley campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Newly admitted students will receive an invitation to Cal Day, but all prospective students are invited. http://calday.berkeley.edu/

Scholarships  - Seniors who are dependents of law enforcement or fire personnel are invited to apply for the California Alarm Association scholarship. The deadline is March 31st. www.caaonline.org 

Assist-a-grad Scholarships are available on the C&CC website. Deadline is March 29th at 3 p.m. 

The May SAT deadline is coming up. Register for the SAT by April 6th at www.collegeboard.com 

The deadline for the April 14th ACT is March 9th. www.actstudent.org 

Kaiser’s Don’t Buy The Lie tobacco prevention campaign is now accepting entries. This billboard design contest is open to students in all grade levels. Pick up an official entry form in the C&CC. 

National Leadership Awards - This time of year we have many students inquiring about national awards, leadership programs, etc. that they have been invited to apply for. These usually come in large envelopes on expensive stationary. While I never tell parents how to spend their money, I do have some insight into how college admissions view national programs that parents pay for. It’s important to realize that many national awards or  leadership conferences, that are held at universities, are not affiliates of the university. 

Participation in the programs that solicit participation for a fee, will not guarantee admission to a highly selective college. And any award that requires a membership fee, will not impress a scholarship selection committee or a highly selective college admissions office.    For more information, visit my latest blog on the College & Career Center website at the bottom of the home page. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc

Summer Programs - There are several summer programs to explore in my summer binder that offer opportunities for students.  These range from space camp to fashion camp and depending on the maturity level of your student, these experiences have the potential to inspire and encourage career exploration. Some of the opportunities in our binder are affiliated with the campus where they are held, some are not. Parents and students are welcome to peruse this binder any time, but I encourage everyone to do extensive homework and research before sending a teenager off to an unknown program far from home. 




Sent March 2, 2012
Kaiser’s Don’t Buy the Lie Billboard Design contest is open to students in all grade levels. Students design a billboard to prevent tobacco use. The official application form must be used, and is available in the College & Career Center. Deadline to turn in to the College & Career Center is March 23, 2012. 


Aerospace Summer Camp is now accepting applications for week long sessions at McClellan Aerospace Museum. All grade levels are welcome to apply. This is a great way to introduce aviation to students. Complete details can be found on the C&CC website on the Summer Activities page. 



Our SAT Prep Class for April/May is filling up. If your student wishes to enroll, I encourage you to register now. www.rocklintestprep.com  Students may take just the Math class or just the English class, or both classes. The prep classes are held in the evening from 7 – 9 p.m. and athletes are welcome to come to the class directly from the game or practice. 



A new scholarship list is on the website for March. Along with Assist-a-grad, we have plenty of scholarships to choose from. 



Assist-a-grad Scholarships can be found on the C&CC website. The application is a “fillable box” pdf. Students may apply for as many of the Assist-a-grad scholarships as they qualify for. The deadline to submit Assist-a-grad applications is March 29th. 


The University of Oregon will hold an information session in Sacramento on March 24th from 11 – noon at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. Register for the event at: www.admissions.uoregon.edu/jduck  or call 1 (800) BE A DUCK.



March 9th is the deadline for the April 14th ACT. Register at www.actstudent.org  .




March 1, 2012
The deadline to apply for a Cal Grant is tomorrow. Students must submit a FAFSA www.fafsa.gov and Cal Grant gpa verification form (available under ‘forms’ on the C&CC website. 

The FAFSA is the application for Cal Grant, but the qualifying gpa must be verified with the official form submitted electronically by our school registrar. The deadline is March 2, 2012. 

Students can confirm their FAFSA filing at www.fafsa.gov 

To confirm the status of a Cal Grant gpa verification use this website:

https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp  
         
There have been some changes for Cal Grants, including a raise in the income cap for 2012 2013.  



Sent February 28
The clock is ticking for filing your FAFSA and Cal Grant gpa verification forms. March 2nd is the drop-dead deadline for filing. www.fafsa.gov is the correct site to file your FAFSA.  The Cal Grant gpa verification form is available on the C&CC website and that form must be taken to our registrar in the main office before March 2nd . 

Assist-a-grad 2012 Scholarship Program is now open. The Scholarship catalog and the application are on my website. Seniors are encouraged to use the fillable box pdf application. There is no limit to the number of scholarships students can apply for – but a separate paper application must be submitted for each scholarship. (I take the paper applications out to the various selection committees for review).  Students may not submit the application electronically.  The deadline to apply is March 29th by 3 p.m. 
March 9th is the deadline for the April 14th ACT. Register at www.actstudent.org   Students who are planning to apply to a UC or other highly selective college, should register for the additional writing portion of the ACT. 
Sacramento State University is holding an information program on the Honors Program on April 20th  5 – 6 p.m. in the Honors Lounge, AIRC 4003 at Sac State.  This is open to all prospective students and parents who wish to meet honors students and faculty and learn more about the Honors program. 
The Aerospace Museum is offering a Summer camp at McClellan Air Force Base. www.aerospaceca.org  Students age 13 – 17 are welcome to apply. 
Top juniors are invited to apply for the Smitcamp Family Honors Program at Fresno State University. This program offers full tuition and free housing for four full years! Juniors are welcome to drop by the College & Career Center to request to be placed on the recruiting list for this program. 
Current sophomores and juniors are invited to apply for the Chicano Latino leadership conference at Sacramento State University this summer. I have the paperwork in our scholarships files. Students are encouraged to drop by for more information.




Sent February 17, 2012
Coming up on February 29th – Oregon Institute of Technology will hold an admissions presentation during Plus Period. This session is open to students in all grade levels. Seniors will have an opportunity to discuss admission for FALL 2012. www.oit.edu  

Assist-a-grad will kick off March 1st. The application and catalog of scholarships will be available on the C&CC website. Seniors may apply for as many scholarships as they feel qualified for. 

We are still looking at lots of scholarship opportunities. I have uploaded a February/March Scholarship list on our website, with dozens of interesting scholarships. Here are just a few samples of what is available on our website:

Seniors who play on a golf team or work at a golf course are invited to apply for the Morton Golf Foundation Scholarship. The deadline postmark is April 4th . 

CSE Insurance is offering a scholarship to promote traffic safety for dependents of public employees. (School personnel count!) This is a $250 - $1500 award based on the merit of an essay that proposes ways to reduce the accident rate among teens.  www.cseinsurance.com 

Juniors are invited to apply for the Nordstrom scholarship – www.nordstrom.com/scholarship  and also for the Hamilton Award which is a scholarship and a conference http://www.hamiltonfriends.org/awards.php

All students are invited to compete in the Rotary Club speech contest on February 22nd at Sunset Whitney Country Club at 7 a.m.  Students must present a 5 – 8 minute speech on the topic, “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.”  Competitors must arrive at the Country Club 10 minutes prior to the 7 a.m. start time for registration. Yes – this is an early morning event. 

College-bound Juniors - Register NOW for the SAT or ACT spring dates. www.collegeboard.com for SAT; www.actstudent.org for ACT. 

College-bound Sophomores who are enrolled in high level classes such as AP classes or Pre-Calculus may want to take the SAT Subject exam in their high level subjects this May or June. Register NOW for spring test dates as Rocklin High always fills up before the deadline. 

SAT Subject exams are used for admission and major selection at the UCs, even though they are not required for eligibility.  The SAT Subject exam is NOT the same exam as the AP exam. 

SAT Prep - We are also taking registration for the SAT prep class in April/May. This is an evening class at Rocklin High and runs Monday through Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Students are welcome to come to the class directly from practice. www.rocklintestprep.com contains all the details on cost, how to register, etc.  This class usually fills up, so don’t wait to send in your registration. 

Since SAT and ACT always sparks dozens of questions, I am including SAT & ACT information along with a list of frequently asked questions regarding the SAT and ACT. 

 Nearly all colleges accept SAT or ACT and will use whichever score is higher for admission purposes. Some schools prefer one test over the other. 
The SAT is administered by the College Board; the ACT is a different test company. Both organizations use the same school code. 

Rocklin High School code is 052-609    (This code is also known as the CEEB code.) 

The SAT Reasoning exam consists of Reading, Math and Writing. It is considered a logic and reasoning test. 

The ACT is a multiple subject exam in the areas of English, Math, Reading, Science and optional Writing. This is a subject information test. 

The SAT Subject Exams are one hour tests and are different than the SAT Reasoning. They are offered in several Foreign Languages, Literature, History, Science and Math. For more information on SAT Subject exams check out this link: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about/SATII.html 
Students can take up to three SAT Subject exams in one sitting. 

Students can not take both SAT Subject Exams and SAT Reasoning in the same sitting. 

What colleges require scores from the SAT or ACT? 

Community Colleges – No SAT or ACT scores are required. However, some community college bound students may want to take the SAT or ACT to use the scores for scholarship applications, or for transferring to a four year school after one year of community college. We also know that students often change their minds, so taking the exams will keep “doors of opportunity” open as graduation nears. 

CSU – Students applying to any of the 23 California State Universities are required to take the SAT Reasoning or the ACT. 

UC – Students applying to any of the nine UCs are required to take the SAT Reasoning or ACT with Writing and also two different subjects from the SAT Subject Exams. 
Note - The UC will not accept the ACT without the Writing Score. 
Note - The UC will not accept Math IC. The UC will only accept Math IIC. 

Private or Independent California Colleges – All require the SAT Reasoning or ACT, however students will need to do their homework regarding the need to take SAT Subject exams. The more selective the college, the more likely the school will want to see SAT Subject Exam scores. Specific majors may require Subject Exams, so again, doing the homework is critical when applying to a highly selective private college. 

Out of State Schools – All will most likely require the SAT Reasoning or ACT. Students must research specific requirements regarding SAT Subject Exams, or if the school requires the Writing portion for the ACT score to be valid. Specific majors at out of state schools may also require specific Subject Exams. 

Test deadlines – For most California schools (public and private) the final test date is the December exam of the senior year. However, some selective CSUs (example Cal Poly or San Diego State) have required a test score by October of the senior year in past years. 
For Out of State schools test deadlines vary. Students will need to research individual schools to confirm the final date for testing. It is most likely December of the senior year, but it could be another date. Do your homework! 

Sending your Scores to Colleges 
Releasing scores – Most colleges, some scholarships, and the NCAA require that the College Board or ACT submit official scores to them directly. This can be done when a student registers for the exam (four schools included in the exam fee), or after the test, for a fee of about $10 per school. 

Withholding scores - Starting in March 2009 –The College Board will allow Score Choice, the option to withhold some SAT Scores. For example if a student tested in May with a lower score than in June, the student will have the option to send only the June SAT scores. If a student doesn’t exercise Score Choice, the SAT score report will include all SAT scores in the student’s file. 

When should I take the SAT or ACT? 
Sophomore year – SAT Subject Exam in AP or high level subjects in spring if UC bound 

Junior year – SAT Reasoning & ACT with Writing at least once in fall, winter or spring, 
SAT Subject Exams Spring if UC bound 

Senior year – Fall dates only. December is usually the official last test date accepted by colleges. October is often the final test date that will provide scores prior to application deadlines. 

How many times should I take the test? 

Juniors should test at least once during the junior year, and then re-test if they are not satisfied with their scores. Most students do not take the SAT Reasoning or ACT more than three times. 

Should I take a prep class? 
If the SAT score or ACT score is not reflective of a student’s classroom performance, sometimes a prep class will help a student raise test scores. We will be offering SAT Prep in April and again in August on the Rocklin High campus and students have been enthusiastic about their score results after taking the course. Sierra College offers an SAT Prep class through their Community Education office. There are also several private vendors that offer SAT Prep in our region. Please remember that taking a prep class is not a guarantee of score increase. 

Which should I take, SAT or ACT? 
Both - Schools will accept either, and use whichever is highest, so unless the first testing experience provides completely satisfactory scores, students are encouraged to take both SAT Reasoning and ACT with Writing. 

How do I register to take the SAT? 
Online – www.collegeboard.com 

How do I register to take the ACT? 
On-line – www.act.org



Sent February 3, 2012
I have just posted the February Scholarship List on the C&CC website under Financial Aid & Scholarships. Be sure to check it out, because it’s packed with great opportunities for money for college.

Some of our scholarships have interesting qualifications such as the Sacramento Tall Club’s scholarships which are open only to girls 5’10” or taller and boys 6’4” or taller. Of course there is other criteria, but it’s still a great option for our taller students. 

There are scholarships open for students who have played soccer or golf, or for students who work at a golf course. 

We also have the Italian Catholic Scholarship, the Society of Women Engineers Scholarship, Blood Source Scholarship, and many other options. A reminder the Sierra College Scholarship Foundation Scholarships are now available on-line. Their deadline is coming up soon. www.sierracollege.edu 

Assist-a-grad 2012 will kick off March 1st. Students will access the Assist-a-grad Scholarship application on the C&CC website. Assist-a-grad is a collection of local scholarships and uses a common application for all scholarships, so once the student has completed it, he or she just makes copies of it, and then adds anything additional the individual scholarship criteria might require. The deadline for Assist-a-grad is March 29th.  

Coming up in the C&CC
The rep from Sierra College will hold an Application workshop February 7 and February 8 to assist students will applying for admission to Sierra College. Students must sign up for a time slot. This is a courtesy offered to us by Sierra College and I strongly encourage students to take advantage of it. Applying to Sierra College is not difficult, but when students hit snags in the application process, often I am unable to help them. Having an expert in the room while you complete the on-line application is a great benefit. Please encourage all Sierra-bound seniors to attend. 

Sierra College has also reserved an assessment test just for Rocklin High students. Once students have applied to Sierra College, they can call the Assessment Center to register for the February 13th date. The test is AT Sierra College and begins at 2 p.m. 

Future Foundation of Sacramento is now accepting applications from Sophomores for a mentoring and scholarship program. Students must meet specific standards regarding low income, high achievement (over 3.0 gpa), first generation to go to college and be highly motivated. www.futurefoundationsacramento.org 

The US Navy rep will hold a pizza lunch during his Navy Nuclear Engineering presentation on February 16th at 12:15 p.m. Students are required to sign up in advance to be eligible for the free lunch. RSVP at the College & Career Center. 

February 10th the ROP instructor in Fashion and also the instructor for Careers with Children will be in the College & Career Center during Plus Period to talk about their programs for next year. Sophomores and Juniors are encouraged to chat with the instructors in anticipation of signing up for classes next year. You can check out all the ROP programs at www.49errop.com 

Sophomore Parent Night is February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre. Mr. Wirth will be outlining all you need to know about preparing for junior year. 

Junior Parent Night is February 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre. Mrs. Morgan will be outlining all you need to know about preparing for senior year. 

The rep from Oregon Institute of Technology will be in the College & Career Center for an admissions presentation on February 29th. OIT is accepting applications for Fall 2012. You can check out their website at www.oit.edu 



Sent January 27, 2012
Juniors – Boys and Girls State nomination applications are now available in the C&CC and on our website under Scholarships. Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion and Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Both programs are held on California college campuses, where top juniors from across California enjoy a fast-paced week long session. Students live in college dorms while they participate in mock government proceedings and learn about California legislature. Most all of the expenses are scholarshipped. 

Students who attended the 2011 Boys and Girls State sessions will hold an information meeting on January 31st during plus period for any interested juniors. The deadline to submit Boys or Girls State nomination requests is February 1st.  


Juniors – The Alexander Hamilton Award is now accepting applications. http://www.hamiltonfriends.org/awards.php The purpose of the Hamilton Award is to recognize high school students for their academic, personal, service and entrepreneurial achievements and to select students for the Hamilton Leaders Academy.

FAFSA Filing Period is now open. www.fafsa.gov is the official website to file this financial aid application for both federal and state aid. Students applying for a Cal Grant will file the FAFSA as the application, but must also submit a verification of enrollment form to our registrar.  The gpa verification form is available on the C&CC website. Cal grant deadlines require that both FAFSA and gpa forms be submitted by March 2nd.  

There are countless companies out there selling services to help you with financial aid for college. I never tell parents how to spend their money, but please be assured you do not need a financial wizard to help you file a FAFSA. If you receive any mailing or phone calls regarding financial aid, be assured that our school did not release your contact information.

To file your FAFSA, Simply use your adjusted gross income from your 2011 income tax returns and it will take less than 20 minutes to fill in the boxes on the on-line form.  If you missed our workshop, all of the handouts and power point slides are posted on the C&CC website.   Remember – the first letter in FAFSA  is FREE. (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)   www.fafsa.gov 

Sierra College is offering Financial Aid Fridays. Students and parents are invited to drop by the Rocklin campus LRC building, 3rd floor room 301 for drop in assistance with financial aid questions. Dates are February 3, February 17, February 24, March 2, March 9 and March 16. For more information contact (916) 660-7310. 

Sierra College will hold Application Workshops February 7 and 8 in the College & Career Center. Students must sign up for an appointment, and the rep will walk them through the Sierra College application during their appointment. Seniors who have Sierra College as a “back up plan” for Fall are encouraged to attend. There is no application fee to apply to Sierra College. Students must come to the C&CC to schedule their appointments – no parent email requests please. 

The ASVAB will be Monday, January 8 in Room H1, beginning at 1 p.m. Students who are scheduled to take the ASVAB should plan to bring their lunch to school that day. The test will conclude at 4 p.m. Score reports should be back in Mid- February. 

We have many scholarships available with deadlines approaching rapidly. If your student is looking for gift aid, now is the time to apply! Check out the C&CC website under Scholarships for the latest information. 



Sent January 20, 2012 
FAFSA NIGHT - Monday – January 23 is our annual FAFSA workshop and Scholarship night beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the RHS theatre. We will walk through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid which the application for all federal and state college funding. We will also review Cal Grant application. Following that presentation, I will review scholarships here at Rocklin High. This is a free workshop. 

For those of you who want to get a head start on your FAFSA, be sure you are on the correct website. www.fafsa.gov  Other sites have cloned FAFSA filing, but will charge to file a free form. You must use your 2012 federal income tax returns on the FAFSA. 

The Rotary Club Speech Contest is open to students in all high school grade levels. Complete information, rules, etc. are available in the College & Career Center. 

The ASVAB will be held January 30th at 1 p.m. in Room H1 (Next door to  the College & Career Center). I have one spot left for anyone who still wants to sign up. (Students must sign up personally for that final slot, so no phone calls or emails requesting that I sign up a student.) Open to juniors and seniors, the ASVAB is the military’s career aptitude test, which can be very helpful for students who are uncertain about their career goals. The ASVAB is free.  

Senior athletes are encouraged to apply for three CIF scholarships open only to athletes who have played at least two seasons of varsity sports. Students with a 3.75 gpa and who excel in CIF sanctioned sports can compete for up to $5000 in scholarships. 

Juniors who are interested in a career with the FBI are invited to apply for the FBI Teen Academy. This is a full day conference at the Sacramento FBI campus. Applications are available in the C&CC.

Senior girls are encouraged to apply for the P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholarship. This is a regional scholarship. A comprehensive application is available in the C&CC.

Sierra College Foundation Scholarships are now available on-line. You will find several different kinds of scholarships on this website – RHS students apply for scholarships as incoming fall 2012 full time students, even if they have not yet applied for that semester.   The deadline is February 20th. 
www.sierracollege.edu/studentservices/financialserv/scholarships.html. 

The Schwab Rosenhouse Scholarship is open to students who live and attend college within 100 miles of Sacramento. The application is on-line, but students need the access codes to begin, which are located in the C&CC. Scholarships range from $1000 to $5000 and are renewable for up to four years.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to apply for the Christian Athletes – Playing with Purpose Award. www.playingwithpurpose.org    




Sent January 13, 2012
FAFSA Night is January 23, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the RHS Theatre. I will also hold a short session on scholarships. Parents and seniors are encouraged to attend. We also welcome junior parents who might want to get a head-start on FAFSA planning. 

Sierra College will hold an admissions presentation on January 27th during plus period. This session is open to all grade levels who are interested in taking a class at Sierra College or enrolling full time after high school. Things are changing rapidly at our public colleges, so this is a great opportunity to get up-to-date information and be pro-active about attending Sierra College. 

The ASVAB will be administered here at RHS on January 30th. I have two seats left to fill. Juniors or seniors who wish to take the ASVAB this month must register now to secure a reservation. The ASVAB is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam  and is what military recruits take for career placement. It can also be a great tool for high school students doing career exploration. The ASVAB is free. 

February 7 and February 8 – we will have Sierra College application workshops from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The rep from Sierra College will be in the RHS College & Career Center to walk students through the on-line application process and preparation for assessment. This is open to any student planning to enroll at Sierra College.

February 13 at 1:45 p.m. Sierra College has reserved an assessment session for Rocklin High students. Seniors who plan to enroll at Sierra College in the fall or underclassmen who plan to take a single class at Sierra College in the summer or next fall, should plan to attend an application workshop and complete the assessment. Students may assess at any of the many dates available, but as a courtesy to Rocklin High School, they have reserved a session for students to test with their friends. Reservations must be made through the assessment center to test, AFTER students have completed an on-line application and have their Sierra College identification numbers. Students must call the Assessment Center directly and identify themselves as Rocklin High Students to register for the February 13th assessment (916) 660-7432.  https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/sierra-college-news/sierra-college-assessment

For Sierra College assessment on dates other than February 13th, students register on-line for assessment. https://sc40.sierracollege.edu/ESARS/RocklinAssessment/eSARS.asp?WCI=Init&WCE=Settings

February 29 – the rep from Oregon Institute of Technology will hold an admissions presentation during plus period. OIT offers some great tuition discounts and access to programs that are largely impacted in California. Open to all grade levels. http://www.oit.edu/

We have a new scholarship list updated and posted on the C&CC website. I encourage all seniors to look for funding for college both on my site and on the individual colleges financial aid websites where they have applied.  I would call your attention to the new on-line scholarship application for Sierra College, the Schwab Rosenhouse scholarship open to students who live and plan to attend college within 100 miles of Sacramento (all Bay Area schools qualify); CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year, CIF Dale Lacky and CIF Spirit of Sport awards for athletes.

The Rotary Club Speech Contest is open to all grade levels. Students do not need to be enrolled in speech & debate class to participate. 

Juniors are invited to apply for the Sacramento FBI Teen Academy. This is a one-day event on the FBI Sacramento Campus for juniors who are seriously interested in a career with the FBI. Applications are available in the C&CC. 

Seniors are now on their final semester of high school. If classes were dropped or changed for spring semester, seniors should report those changes to the universities where they have submitted applications. It’s also important for seniors to remember that spring semester is important. If grades drop dramatically this semester or if students receive NC in courses at the end of spring semester, offers of admission can be rescinded.

College-bound juniors should register NOW for spring SAT or ACT dates. www.collegeboard.com  or www.actstudent.org 
All colleges accept whichever is higher between SAT and ACT and many schools use test scores for assessment. Students planning to apply to highly selective colleges, such as the UC or Ivy League schools should also register now for the SAT Subject exams in at least two subjects (note – if choosing math – do not choose Math I, colleges will only accept Math IIc).  Students can take up to three subject exams in one sitting and are not able to take both SAT subject exams and SAT reasoning on the same test date. 

Sophomores, who are planning to apply to a highly selective college and are currently enrolled in an AP class might consider taking the SAT Subject exam in the AP subject. Sophomores will have the end of junior year to complete any SAT Subject exams they need for college application. 

Juniors who aspire to apply to a military academy are encouraged to apply to attend a military academy summer seminar. The summer seminar is not a guarantee of admission to a military academy, but it does offer the student an inside look at what it means to be a military academy cadet. You can find the summer seminar information for Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard and West Point on their individual websites. Deadlines are soon, and it is recommended that students apply for more than one summer seminar, since space is limited and competition is tough. 

If your student is interested in an academic summer enrichment, we have dozens of possibilities in a summer activity binder. I caution you to do your homework when sending your child to a college campus far away from home. Not all programs held on a college campus are actually sponsored or endorsed by the host campus. Facilities are often rented by private parties to host enrichment events and advertising brochures can lead parents to assume that a program is actually articulating with the host college. 



Sent December 16, 2011
PSAT Score reports are now available in the College & Career Center. Students may drop by before or after school, during lunch, plus or break to pick up their score reports. The PSAT Score report is a large 11 x 17 sheet with lots of information. It even includes the answers to every test question and we return the original test booklet!

Improving SAT Scores - At the very bottom of the PSAT Score Report students will find an access code for My College Quick Start, which is an on-line SAT prep course designed by the College Board for individual students, based on their PSAT scores. Students have a full year access to this college prep program.

The ASVAB will be given at Rocklin High on January 30th. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is a series of career interest tests used by the military to determine job placement. It can also be a good tool for high school students for career exploration. Reservations are required for this free test and we have six seats still open. 

FAFSA Filing time approaches! – The Free Application for Federal Student Aid application window will open January 1st for college bound seniors. We will hold a FAFSA workshop on January 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the RHS Theatre.  The deadline to file a FAFSA is March 2, 2011. 

Cal Grant gpa verification deadline is March 2, 2012.  The actual application for a Cal Grant is the FAFSA. But to qualify, students must submit an official gpa verification. This is done through our registrar’s office. The Cal Grant gpa verification form is available on the C&CC website under “forms.”  Complete the form and take to our Registrar’s office ASAP. Waiting until the end of February is risky, since our registrar can not process hundreds of gpa verification forms on the day of the deadline. 

Sierra College Scholarships are now open – For the first time ever, students will apply for Sierra College scholarships on-line. Complete details are available on my website or also on the Sierra College website. Deadline -  February 20, 2012 – 11:59 p.m.
http://www.sierracollege.edu/studentservices/financialserv/scholarships.html

Thunder Galleria was an amazing success. About 250 children shopped at Thunder Galleria and over 300 of our students participated. Students who volunteered just the night of Thunder Galleria have already had their service time entered for graduation credit. Students who created stores or worked on lengthy projects for Thunder Galleria should complete a community service form and bring it to the College & Career Center for my signature. Completed forms should be returned to the Counseling Center to be recorded for service credit.  

If you were a parent volunteer, brought food items, donated goods or any of the other dozen ways parents have supported Thunder Galleria, thank you! Our community is so blessed to have enthusiastic volunteers and Rocklin nor Rocklin High School would be the same without generous service efforts.

Thunder Galleria will begin accepting applications to serve on the Board of Directors for 2012 after Spring Break. All juniors, sophomores and freshmen are welcome to apply. 

The Lions Club Speech Contest is open to students in all grade levels. Students must sign up to compete in the College & Career Center for the Rocklin High entries. The preliminary contest is January 18th and the official contest is February 7th.  I’ve posted a flyer on this contest on our website under Scholarships, Contests and Financial Aid. 

Faculty Follies is Tuesday, December 20th in the RHS Theatre.  All proceeds go toward the RHS Staff Scholarship. We usually sell out, so if you want to attend, please plan to purchase your tickets in advance. Our staff has been working hard on a show that may not be loaded with talent – but certainly will be entertaining. 

No tutoring next week  December 19 – 21 we will NOT be offering before or after school homework help or tutoring. We will return to our regular schedule for after school homework help when we return from winter break in January.  We will most likely be discontinuing before school homework help in January. 

The January 2012 Scholarship list has been posted on our website early for your convenience. Most of the opportunities are open only to seniors. Seniors should also be checking the financial aid pages of the colleges where they have applied to find scholarship announcements. Sometimes scholarships will also be available through the department where the major is housed (example – usually a dance scholarship is only available through the Performing Arts or Dance Department – not the financial aid office.) so don’t be shy about searching for scholarships. Once you find an opportunity – apply! 

Work permits over holiday break may be obtained at our District Office. You can download the application from our website. Be sure to call the District Office before driving over since they will be on reduced hours over the winter break. 

Community Service -  Winter break is a great time for students to volunteer. If your student is looking for opportunities, I have just recently loaded a list of websites on the community services page of our website. https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/community-service-opportunities   The page with the list of websites is titled “Volunteer Possibilities” and includes places that might be needing volunteers without a lengthy approval process or commitment. Remember - volunteer work must be done with a non-profit organization for hours to count toward graduation credit. 




Sent December 12, 2011

Thunder Galleria is tonight – December 12th! Students will begin setting up immediately after school today at 1 p.m. All stores must be complete by 5 p.m. Everyone must be in place by 6 p.m.  (Elves, SWAT Team, Store Owners, Santa, et al.) 

Parent Helpers – If you are bringing food items for the high school set up team, please have it here between 4:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Finger foods only, that will not need to be heated. Bottle water is always welcome! 

If you are helping with registration or security please arrive in the Staff Lounge by 6 p.m.  And if you want to help with setup please arrive about 1 p.m.  Cleanup begins at 8:00 p.m. 

Doors open for little Thunder Galleria shoppers at 6:30 p.m. Children ages 4 – third grade are invited to shop at the Thunder Galleria for free. Each child will be assigned a high school age “elf” to take them shopping for holiday gifts for their immediate family members. Parents must wait in the parent waiting room, because there are no grown ups allowed in Thunder Galleria – Santa’s orders.  Doors close at 8 p.m. for all shopping. 

All Rocklin High students are welcome to be involved in this student-run community service project. If you know children, ages 4 – third grade who need a little help with their holiday budget, please invite them to shop! Just print the Thunder Galleria invitation on the bottom of the Thunder Galleria web page and have the children here before 6:30 p.m.

PSAT Score Reports will be available TOMORROW (Tuesday, December 13th) during break and plus period in the College & Career Center. 

Each PSAT registration included a free year-long SAT prep course available on the College Board website, and it’s tailored to individual students, based on their PSAT performance. The score report is an 11 x 17 colorful sheet that includes a great deal of information such as individual subject scores (Reading, Math, Writing) as well as all the questions, the student answers and the correct answers. I encourage you thoughtfully review the score report then visit the College Board website, enter the prep code located at the bottom of the sheet to find a personalized SAT prep program.

A new scholarship list is now available on the College & Career Center website. There are several contests open to students in all grade levels including the AAUW speech contest and the Lions speech contest. Both have interesting topics. Seniors will find some very specific ethnic scholarships right now, including the Japanese American Citizen scholarship and the Italian Catholic scholarship. I also encourage our top athletes to apply for the CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year. And if your student is planning to attend a college within 100 miles of Sacramento, the Schwab Rosenhouse Scholarship is an excellent opportunity. 

Send Test Scores! Just a reminder for all seniors who have applied to college, be sure to have the College Board or ACT send your official test scores to the colleges. And if you elected to mail a check for your application fee, rather than pay with a credit card, it’s important to send the check ASAP. Colleges have different deadlines for payment, so do not neglect to pay application fees, simply because you have not received an invoice – because you will NOT be invoiced, your application will be withdrawn if you do not pay. 

Portal Accounts  With each electronic application, students should receive a confirmation and information on how to open a portal account. This account is how the college will communicate with students. It’s critical that you check this portal regularly – especially checking the “to do” list. If the college needs additional information, clarification, or something is missing on the application, the portal is how you will be notified.  Last year at least two colleges used portal communication as a means to eliminate students from impacted programs. (If students did not provide information requested via the portal account, they were not admitted.) 

The portal communication has startled a few students who have applied to multiple schools. But regardless if you applied to several schools within the CSU, UC or around the country – you must check the portal accounts for each school to be certain that you are maintaining communication with each college. 

If your college did not provide you with information regarding a portal account, or you are unable to open the portal account, contact the admissions office at your college for information on how to expect communication from them. 




Sent November 29, 2011
 

Wednesday, November 30th is the deadline for California State University and University of California undergraduate admission deadline for Fall 2012.  Students have until midnight to submit applications on November 30th for both CSU and UC.

Students (or parents) who wish to send Christmas or Holiday cards to California Disabled Veterans

should bring their cards to the College & Career Center no later than 3 p.m. on December 1st. Cards should be unsealed, signed with first names only and include a hand-written positive message. No return address or phone number may be included with the cards. The cards will be delivered to hospitals in California before Christmas.

Thunder Galleria donations are still needed.

December 12th we will turn the Rocklin High cafeteria into a shopping mall for low income children to purchase holiday gifts for their family members for free. Each child will be taken to shop with a Rocklin High student. All merchandise in the Thunder Galleria will be provided by Rocklin High students, families and staff members. If you have new or like new items to donate, please bring them to the front office or the College & Career Center anytime from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.   Also -  If you know a child age 5 – third grade who might need a little help with the holiday budget, please let me know and I will provide an invitation for you.

Parent volunteers are needed for Thunder Galleria.

We especially need adults to help with security of the cafeteria throughout the night.

Food donations for Thunder Galleria

- We can also use finger foods to feed the teens that are helping with Thunder Galleria set up and don’t have enough time to go home before the Thunder Galleria doors open. If you’d like to provide ready-to-eat finger foods, please let me know. Food items will need to be delivered to the RHS cafeteria by 4:45 p.m. on December 12th.

The December Scholarship list

is now posted on the website. Students will find many opportunities to compete for money for college under the scholarship pages at
https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships

Community Service

- As the holiday season approaches, there are many opportunities for students to volunteer. The community service contract used to claim volunteer hours for graduation credit, is available on the C&CC website. To claim service for graduation requirements, volunteering must be done with a non-profit organization.

Sierra College Parent Information Nights

– Sierra College will be offering six separate sessions (each from 6pm to 7pm) in the college library room 212 on the following dates (parents just need to sign up for one session):
  • Wednesday January 18
  • Thursday February 9
  • Wednesday February 29
  • Wednesday March 14
  • Wednesday March 28
  • Wednesday April 11

Make your reservation via email

outreach@sierracollege.edu with your name and date you wish to attend.  These FREE sessions are designed for both parents and students and are very informative. All prospective Sierra College students (and their parents) are encouraged to attend.

December 30th is the deadline to register for the January 28th SAT

. www.collegeboard.com

January 13th is the deadline to register for the February 11th ACT

. www.actstudent.org

January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre will be our annual FAFSA workshop.

This is a financial aid presentation that will walk parents through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Parents and seniors are invited to attend this important part of planning for college.

The ASVAB will be given at Rocklin High School on January 30t

h at 1 p.m. in the College & Career Center. Open to juniors and seniors, this is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery – a career evaluation exam that is given to military recruits to determine job placement. It can also be helpful for students to determine aptitude in a career.  Students must register to take the ASVAB in the College & Career Center. This is a free exam.

And finally – our

Homework Help Club before and after school on Tuesday and Wednesday is available. Students can receive help with their homework as early as 7:15 a.m. and after school from 2:40 – 3:30 p.m. This is a free service, provided by qualified, trained students who volunteer their time. We offer support in nearly every subject taught at Rocklin High. Please encourage your student to drop by and meet our friendly student tutors if they are struggling with homework.

 
 
 
 
 
Sent November 18, 2011

CSU & UC Application Deadline Looms

Seniors are on the final countdown for CSU and UC application. The deadline for both systems is November 30, 2011.

The final SAT or ACT test date for seniors

is usually December. Students can still register "late" for both. SAT
www.collegeboard.com
  and www.actstudent.org .  It is unlikely that you will receive Rocklin High as your test site at this late date. Auburn usually has space available and is often a better "drive" for students than venturing into Sacramento, especially in holiday traffic.

Juniors - register for winter and spring SAT and ACT test dates now

. By registering in advance of deadlines you are more likely to receive Rocklin High as your test site. College-bound juniors are advised to have SAT and/or ACT exams completed by the end of junior year. While fall dates are accepted by colleges, it’s advisable to keep those fall dates for score improvement.

Sophomores and juniors who plan to apply to a highly selective college,

such as the University of California, Stanford, Ivy League schools etc. should register now for SAT Subject Exams in May or June. Students may take up to three SAT Subject exams in one sitting. Most colleges want to see SAT Subject Exams in more than one subject.

You may have heard that the UC no longer requires the SAT Subject exams for eligibility. This is true. However, we know that the UC uses SAT Subject exams when presented on the application for both admission purposes and major selection. Any time you can give a highly selective college more information about your qualifications for enrollment, it is a good idea to do so.

PSAT Score Reports

will be sent to us by the College Board sometime in mid-December. I have to process them when they arrive which takes a few days. (This year I have 425 to process!) Usually we do not distribute PSAT Scores until January. As soon as the PSAT Score Reports are available, I will notify our students through our morning announcements, staff email and this newsletter.

The ASVAB will be administered at Rocklin High on January 30th

beginning at 1 p.m. Juniors and seniors are invited to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery for free. The ASVAB is used by the military for career aptitude and can be beneficial for students who are unsure of their career interests. Students must register for the exam in the College & Career Center. This is a FREE test.
http://www.asvabprogram.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=overview.test

Contests!!!

Juniors and seniors are invited to enter the Sac State LegiSchool Project’s Annual Essay Contest. The topic is "Bullying in California High Schools." Complete details are available at

www.csus.edu/legischool

Students in all grades are welcome to enter the Letters About Literature contest.

http://www.lettersaboutliterature.org/

This is a national competition and a great way to begin building a high school resume. And all grade levels are also invited to compete in the Profiles in Courage essay contest.

www.jfklibrary.org

All grade levels are also invited to enter the AAUW speech contest. Students must register to compete by December 16th. The actual contest is in February. The topic is also about bullying and before beginning the speech, students need the packet of information and guidelines, available in the College & Career Center.

Scholarships!!!!

Seniors – the November scholarship list includes the Schwab Rosenhouse Scholarship, The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship, CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year and CIF Spirit of Sport, Rocklin Youth Soccer Scholarship, and much more! Check out the list on the C&CC website, as it is updated regularly.

Community Service

The holidays offer many opportunities for students to earn community service hours. Students who volunteer over the holidays often forget or discount their service hours. The community service contract, for turning in hours for graduation service credit is available on the C&CC website. Once the contract it completed and signed by the supervisor and parent, it should be returned to the Counseling Center.

Thunder Galleria

RHS Thunder Galleria is a school-wide charity event and every RHS student is invited to participate.  Students can help with set up, clean up, be an "elf" to take a child around to shop, or create their own store in the Thunder Galleria shopping mall.  We are currently looking for "store owners" who are responsible for collecting donated inventory within a theme (toys, jewelry, books, games, movies, etc.) and then setting up a store front to "sell" the items to children. Store themes should be within the scope of gifts for Mom, Dad and siblings.

The Thunder Galleria has no budget, so all inventory must be provided by the store "owner." Since Rocklin businesses already donate plenty during the holidays, we strongly discourage students asking businesses for donations.  However, we love it when you canvas your neighborhood for donations – it’s a great way to get motivated to clean out closets!

Speaking of donations

– we are desperate for your donated items for Thunder Galleria. New or like new items, suitable as parent, sibling, grandparent gifts are needed. Items can be left in the front office or brought to the College & Career Center. Candles, jewelry, books, games, movies, sporting goods, toys, stuffed animals, accessories, picture frames, coffee mugs, bath & body products, wallets, purses, etc. Anything that a child would like to give as a gift – we welcome. Donations left over after Thunder Galleria are donated to the Lincoln Salvation Army’s Salt Seller and recycled in a program similar to Thunder Galleria.  We are unable to accept donations of clothing, electronics, furniture or anything too large for a child to carry.

Santa Breakfast

The City of Rocklin is looking for volunteers to help Santa at an event in December. Contact Jim Crosthwaite to volunteer at

jim_crosthwaite@yahoo.com to register as a volunteer. Complete details are available on the C&CC website.

Christmas Cards for Veterans

The College & Career Center will be gathering Christmas or other holiday cards to be distributed to patients at California Veterans Hospitals. Students can submit one card, or encourage a whole group of friends to send a giant stack of cards. 

Please use these guidelines: 

  1. Positive,  handwritten messages thanking veterans for their military service
  2. Sign with first names only and NO Return Addresses, phone numbers, etc.
  3. Envelopes should be unsealed
  4. Deadline to turn in all to the cards at College & Career Center is December 1st.

    Work Permits over Thanksgiving Break

     –  Students may have work permits processed at the RUSD Office on Sierra Meadows Drive during Thanksgiving break. The Work Permit application is available on the C&CC Website. Office hours will be reduced at our District Office next week, so be sure to call ahead to confirm hours of availability.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sent November 4, 2011

    Sierra College Presentation Next Week

    Next Tuesday, November 8th during Plus Period, the rep from Sierra College will outline the steps to enrollment. Students who intend to enroll at Sierra College are strongly encouraged to attend. The rep will outline the new policies and procedures at Sierra College, which include admission deadlines, assessment requirements and other important information. Seating is limited, so please sign up soon. Open to juniors and seniors.

    SENIORS

    The CSU continues to accept applications for fall 2012.

    Apply at
    www.csumentor.edu

    The deadline to apply to all 23 CSUs is November 30th.

    The University of California began accepting applications November 1st.

    Students can apply to all 9 UCs at 

    www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html

    The deadline to apply to the UC is November 30th.

    Please note that November is a very "short" month here at Rocklin High School. With Friday November 11th and November 21 – 25 being non-school days, students are encouraged to be pro-active and start their applications early in this month. Servers often crash on the day before the CSU & UC deadline.

    December is the final test date

    for seniors who are applying to college for Fall 2012.

    The deadline to register for the December 4th SAT is November 8th.

    www.collegeboard.com

    The deadline to register for the December 10th ACT is November 5th.

    www.actstudent.org

    Nearly all colleges accept both SAT and ACT and use the highest equivalent.

    JUNIORS

    Juniors are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT at least once in the fall/winter and then depending on their goals and scores, test again in the spring.  Rocklin high is a very popular testing site, and we nearly always fill up before the registration deadline. Juniors are encouraged to register now for future test dates to be assured of receiving Rocklin High as their test site. 

    www.collegeboard.com  or www.actstudent.org

    SOPHOMORES & SAT Subject Exams

    Sophomores who are currently enrolled in high level Math, Science or World History classes (AP), and who intend to apply to the University of California or other highly selective colleges are encouraged to take the SAT subject exam in their high level subject. This is NOT the same test as the AP exam, but it is administered by the College Board, the same as the AP exams. 

    SAT Subject exams are no longer required by the UC; however we know that the UC admissions offices uses SAT Subject Exam scores when they are presented on the admissions application. SAT Subject exam scores are also used for major selection at some of the UCs. Sophomores can take up to three SAT Subject exams in one sitting; but it is completely appropriate for a sophomore to simply take one or two SAT Subject exams, if they are not prepared for higher levels in other subjects. Register NOW for the SAT Subject exams in May, to be sure that you receive Rocklin High as your test site.  

    www.collegeboard.com

    Thunder Galleria Donations

    Plans are well underway for our annual Thunder Galleria on December 12th. Donations are now being accepted in the College & Career Center for new or like-new items that children can give to their family members as holiday gifts.  We especially need Mom and Dad gifts, stuffed toys, sporting goods and board games. Donations can be brought to the College & Career Center from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. If you are cleaning closets – please think Thunder Galleria.

    Homework Help

    If your students need a bit of help with homework, please encourage them to drop by the College & Career Center Tuesday or Wednesday before or after school. We have several trained, responsible and kind students ready to help with homework, concepts, organizational skills or even just reviewing for a test. All of our tutoring services are free.

     
     
    Sent October 28, 2011
     

    College & Career Presentations Next Week

    The Wedding Planning Institute will hold an admissions presentation in the College & Career Center during plus period Tuesday, November 1st. Students may request a plus period pass from me ahead of time. This presentation is open to all grade levels.

    http://www.theweddingplanninginstitute.com/

    Free Tutoring

    Rocklin High peer tutors are available Tuesday and Wednesdays before and after school. Students who need help with homework or study skills are welcome on a drop-in basis. We begin at 7:15 a.m. til the first block bell rings; and after school at 2:40 p.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. both days.

    SAT & ACT News

    December of senior year is the final date to take the SAT or ACT for most colleges.

    The deadline to register for the December 3rd SAT is November 8th.

    www.collegeboard.com  Rocklin High always fills up prior to the deadline so register now if you plan to take the December SAT.

    The deadline to register for the December 10th ACT is November 4th.

    www.actstudent.org  Register now if you plan to take the December ACT.

    Seniors should have the testing agency (ACT or College Board for SAT) release their test scores

    to their prospective colleges by November 30th. (December scores should be sent when you register for the test or immediately when you find out your scores). 

    Students can send their SAT  scores to all 23 CSUs with one code for CSU mentor – Code 3594. The code defaults to CSU Mentor Long Beach – but scores are received by all of the CSUs. 

    College-bound juniors should register NOW

    for the SAT and ACT for winter and spring test dates.
    www.collegeboard.com or www.actstudent.org . Students who are planning to apply at impacted schools or programs should plan to test once in fall/winter and then a second time in the spring/summer, so that most of their admissions testing is complete before senior year. Seniors can test in the fall, but those dates should be reserved for score improvement and not initial testing.

    Juniors who plan to apply to the University of California

    or other highly selective schools should plan now to take SAT Subject exams in at least two different subjects in the spring.
    www.collegeboard.com .  While the UC no longer requires SAT Subject exams for admission, they are using Subject Exam scores for admission when presented on an application. This is the reason we strongly recommend SAT Subject Exams for UC application.

    California State University

    CSU Application is now active for Fall 2012.  The deadline to submit a CSU application is November 30, 2011.

    www.csumentor.edu

    Students who are applying to CalPoly are finding a gpa glitch in the CSU Mentor application. CalPoly uses grades 9 – 12 to calculate the admission grade point average. However CSU Mentor defaults to the 10 – 12 gpa, which is how all of the other CSUs factor the admission gpa. I have confirmed with CalPoly admissions office that they will re-calculate the admission gpa using all a – g course grades, regardless of what is showing on the CSU mentor application.

    University of California

    The University of California will begin accepting applications on Tuesday, November 1st. Students may submit applications to all nine undergraduate UCs at the same time. Application fees have increased to $70 per school for Fall 2012 application.  

    http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html

    Scholarship updates

    A new November Scholarship List is now available on the RHS website. November is a big scholarship month, so be on the lookout for updates throughout the month for new and exciting opportunities for students. Here’s one many of our seniors will not want to miss:

    The Schwab Rosenhouse scholarship

    is open to Rocklin seniors who plan to attend a college within 100 miles of Sacramento. Scholarships range from $1000 to $5000 and are renewable. All Bay Area colleges are classified as within 100 miles of Sacramento for this scholarship (please remember that Sierra College is within 100 miles of Sacramento :-0>)    
    http://www.jewishsac.org/page.aspx?id=186106   Please note that while this scholarship is administered through the Jewish Federation, students do not need to be Jewish to qualify.

    Contest updates

    Students in all grade levels are invited to compete in the AAUW speech contest. The topic is on "Bullying." Pick up your entry form in the College & Career Center. There are cash prizes and lots of fun planned.  Students must register to compete in December but the contest is in February.

    Sierra College Admissions Presentation

    Did you know that Sierra College is ranked #1 in California Community Colleges?

    Sierra College admissions will hold an information meeting during plus period on November 8th. Students can sign up in the C&CC to reserve a seat. Sierra College has deadlines and requirements before students are able to sign up for classes and all prospective Sierra College students need this information.
    www.sierracollege.edu

    Community service

    The Rocklin Fire Department is teaming up with Santa

    to take some holiday cheer on a fire truck into Rocklin neighborhoods. Our students are invited to help. Contact 625-5302 and leave student’s name, phone number and date you wish to volunteer to secure a time on the schedule to help. You must wait for a return call to confirm your participation. Dates are December 5 – 8 and December 12 – 15.

    Thunder Galleria

    Speaking of Community Service – our annual service event here at Rocklin High is getting into high gear. It’s time to get involved with Thunder Galleria – Rocklin High’s premiere holiday event.

    On December 12th, Rocklin High students will turn the cafeteria into a shopping mall for low income children to shop for holidays gifts for family members – all for free. Students donate all the inventory for Thunder Galleria and children are invited to shop through our local elementary schools.  Thunder Galleria sign ups begin in the College & Career Center November 1st.

    Be an elf or run your own store, collect inventory or help with set up. If you want to be in – you’re in!

    Parents are welcome to get involved!

    We are seeking donations for Thunder Galleria. New or like-new items that children would like to give to their family members are welcome. We need stuffed toys, sporting goods, candles, coffee mugs, picture frames, jewelry, toys, books, movies (G & PG rating), games, bath & body products (unopened), Mom’s gift items, Dad’s gift items, etc.  We are unable to accept clothing, electronics, furniture or items too heavy for children to carry.

    We also need snacks to feed about 100 hungry teenagers setting up for the event. If you’d like to provide finger foods or bottled water for the Thunder Galleria set up crew, please email me. Pizza, cookies, sandwiches, etc. anything simple that doesn’t need to be heated and isn’t too messy is welcome. Food items should arrive at the cafeteria by 4:45 p.m. so we can be sure that everyone eats and all is cleaned up by 5:30 p.m.

    If you have a holiday decorating theme that your family will not use this year and your student would like to set it up for the night of Thunder Galleria, please let me know.

    And finally - we always need parent help with security the night of the event. 

    Cindy Cutts

    Rocklin High School College & Career Center

    5301 Victory Lane, Rocklin, CA 95765

    (916) 632-1600 x 424 FAX (916) 435-4399

    https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/

    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information.  Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited.  If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies of the original message.  Thank you.

     
     
    Sent October 21, 2011
     

    Monday, October 24th is the deadline for the Voice of Democracy essay/recording contest. Students must submit an essay and a recording of the essay being read by noon on Monday. Entries must be brought to the College & Career Center.

    Monday, October 24th is also the deadline for the VFW Teacher Award nominations to be turned in at the C&CC.

    Today (October 21st) is the last date to register LATE for the November SAT.

    www.collegeboard.com
      There is still plenty of time to register for the December SAT and ACT.  For most colleges, December is the final test date for seniors.

    We will hold the Every 15 Minutes Program in March 2012. Every 15 Minutes is a drunk driving prevention program that dramatizes the consequences of teen drinking and driving. Applications are now available on the C&CC website for juniors and seniors to apply to be members of the Every 15 Minutes cast. Application deadline for EFM is October 27th.  If you or your business is interested in being a sponsor of the Every 15 Minutes program, please contact me.

    An updated October scholarship list is now on the C&CC website. Included are several contests and competitions for students who are NOT seniors. Academic competitions (essays, speeches, videos, etc.) may offer cash prizes or simply honor or recognition. Regardless, these are great ways for underclassmen to begin building their high school resume’s. These awards can be listed on a college or scholarship application senior year. If a scholarship or contest is open to all grade levels it will be notated on the scholarship list.

    The DAR Good Citizen Award application is due October 25th. This contest is open to senior boys and girls.

    Humboldt State University will hold on-site admissions day tomorrow, October 22nd. Register on-line prior to arriving.

    http://www.humboldt.edu/falladmissionsday/faq.html

    The Society of Women Engineers is holding a conference for young women interested in a career in the engineering field. There is a $10 fee.

    www.swe-eap.eventbrite.com

    All students are welcome to apply for the Profiles in Courage essay contest. 

    www.jfklibrary.org

    Senior girls are encouraged to apply for the PEO Sisterhood State Scholarship. The applications are in my office and the deadline is October 27th.

    Monday, October 24th we will hold the Common Application workshop in the College & Career Center. This will be the final college workshop for seniors. The workshop begins at 1:15 p.m.

    I have updated my blog on the College & Career Center website to include the option to subscribe to it. Simply add your email address and you will be emailed whenever the Blog is updated. (Please be patient as I’m learning how to use the Blog options.)  Today’s title is "There are No Guarantees with College Application" and explains the competitive nature of highly selection college application.

     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sent October 19, 2011
     

    The City of Rocklin needs help with the Halloween Festival.

    www.rocklinfamilyfestivals.com
       If your student would like to volunteer call 768-9781 or email jim_crosthwaite@yahoo.com

    The RUSD Family Tutoring Center is looking for volunteers

    . Prospective volunteers can check out the details in the College & Career Center.

    There are several fall carnivals scheduled at the RUSD elementary schools and our students are invited to volunteer. Check with your neighborhood elementary school secretary or our community service webpage for specific information.

    An updated scholarship, awards and contest list is

    posted on the College & Career Center website. While most scholarships are only open to seniors, there are several opportunities on the new list for students in all grades.

    The Voice of Democracy is an essay contest open to all students. To enter students must write an essay and make a recording of themselves reading the essay. Prizes are up to $10,000! All the details are in the scholarship & award file in the College & Career Center. Deadline is October 24th.

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars annual Teacher Award is now accepting applications. Students can receive national recognition and their teacher might win a cash award. Nomination forms are available in the College & Career Center. This contest is open to all grade levels. The deadline is October 24th.

    Students in all grade levels are invited to compete in the Sierra Nevada College writing contest. Cash prizes are offered.  Details at this link:

    http://www.sierranevada.edu/1266

    Students in all grade levels are also invited to participate in the AAUW Speech Contest. The deadline to register is December 16 and the contest is in February. The topic is current and interesting, so all students are encouraged to participate for their cash prizes ranging from $250 - $500.

    There are a few other contests currently accepting applications for essays, posters, film entries, etc. Students are encouraged to drop by to check out the opportunities to compete for cash, prizes and recognition.

    The CSU  is now accepting applications. Seniors – your deadline for Fall 2012 is November 30th. 

    www.csumentor.edu

    The UC on-line application is now live. Students can begin their applications at

    http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html  Students are unable to submit a UC application until November 1st. The deadline to file is November 30th. 

    Seniors – SAT or ACT final test date for most colleges is in December

    . Register NOW if you plan to take the ACT or SAT in December.

    Juniors – Register now for ACT & SAT

    winter and spring dates to be sure that you are assigned Rocklin High as your test site. RHS always fills up well before the registration deadlines for both SAT and ACT. Register for SAT at
    www.collegeboard.com and for ACT at www.actstudent.org

    The Common Application Workshop

    will be held next Monday at 1:15 p.m. in the tech lecture hall. Seniors who are applying to a college that uses the Common Ap are encouraged to attend.

    Does your student need help with your homework?

    The College & Career Center offers free tutoring and homework help on Tuesday and Wednesday both before school beginning at 7:15 a.m. and after school from 2:40 to 3:30 p.m. No reservations are required and it’s all free. The C&CC is in room H2. If your student needs an invitation, please let me know and one of our tutors will send one.

    Thunder Galleria is coming December 12th.

    Our students will turn the RHS cafeteria into a shopping mall for low income children to purchase holidays gifts for their families – all for free. If you have new or like new items to donate, it’s time to send them to the College & Career Center. We can accept anything suitable for a child to give as a gift – except no clothing, electronics or furniture. We especially need items like jewelry, candles, mugs, bath & body products (unopened), picture frames, stuffed toys, children’s books, puzzles and board games (new or like new – no missing pieces please), G or PG rated movies, or sporting goods. Items can be brought to the College & Career Center before school any day of the week. Thunder Galleria will begin accepting sign ups for "shopkeepers" – students to create a store in the Thunder Galleria beginning November 1st.  Thunder Galleria is a wonderful way for students to get involved in a community service project.

    Sierra College offers a variety of workshops

    that our students are welcome to attend. There are two scholarship workshops scheduled:

    Workshop #1: Dec. 6 (Tuesday), 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Weaver 110

    Workshop #2: Jan. 13 (Friday), 12:00-2:00 p.m. in Weaver 110

    Sierra College also offers Parent Information nights

    that outline the admission process and explain the wide variety of options students have at Sierra College. These are evening events held on the Sierra College campus. October 19, November 16 and December 7. To reserve a space simply email
    outreach@sierracollege.edu   Since procedures are ever-changing at Sierra College, it’s a good idea to attend an information session if your student is planning to attend Sierra College. http://www.sierracollege.edu/ApplyRegister/assessment/outreach/index.html

    Regards,

    Cindy Cutts

    College & Career Center

    Cindy Cutts

    Rocklin High School College & Career Center

    5301 Victory Lane, Rocklin, CA 95765

    (916) 632-1600 x 424 FAX (916) 435-4399

    https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/

    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information.  Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited.  If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies of the original message.  Thank you.

     
     
     
    Sent October 7, 2011

    October is a GREAT month in the College & Career Center!

    We have a new

    October Scholarship list on the College & Career Center website. There are several opportunities for students who are not seniors such as Voice of Democracy, VFW Teacher Award Nomination, Letters about Literature, Profiles in Courage and Freedom Founders Youth Summit. (These are also open to seniors)

    Seniors have many options including DAR Good Citizen, Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership, Prudential Community Spirit, Rocklin Youth Soccer, CIF Spirit of Sport, PEO State Scholarship, and many, many more. Scholarships have varying criteria, deadlines and requirements. Don’t disqualify yourself – apply!

    We have several activities coming up.

    October 10th

    UC Personal Statement Workshop – 1:15 p.m. in the tech lecture hall

    October 11

    Azusa Pacific College Rep Visit – 12:10 p.m. in the C&CC – This is during plus period, students may request a plus pass to attend

    October  13

    COLLEGE NIGHT – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in both RHS gyms – For a list of colleges that have confirmed attendance check out the College Night webpage.  This is a perfect way to gather information from nearly 100 colleges across the country all in one setting.

    October 13

    – College Night Breakout sessions will also be offered throughout the evening. 

    College Night Breakout Sessions

    will be offered in the

           Theatre         Library

    6:45    Sierra College            NCAA

    7:20    CSU                        Private College

    7:45    UC                          Financial Aid

    October 15 –

    PSAT Test takers should arrive by 7:30 a.m. and report to the amphitheatre. The test will begin promptly at 8 a.m.  The test will be completed around 11:30 a.m.  Students need to arrive with two number 2 pencils, a calculator with new batteries and photo identification. Cell phones must be turned off and may not be used during breaks.

    October 18 –

    Military Academy Night – Whitney High Theatre 6:30 p.m.  Presentations from all the U.S. Military Academies as well as information on how to obtain a congressional appointment.

    We have some great community service opportunities coming up:

    Springfield at Whitney Oaks Scholarship Club

    is looking for volunteers for their pancake breakfast on Oct. 15th. Contact Kathy Coder at 435-1080 or
    kac817@aol.com
       The pancake breakfast is a fund-raiser for the Springfield Scholarships.

    The City of Rocklin is hosting a Community Service Day

      October 22nd. Students and adults can volunteer with a wide variety of clean up or spruce up projects in Rocklin. Sign up on the city’s website
    www.rocklin.ca.us/CommunityServiceDay  or contact Patty Tash at 625-5058.

    Several of our district elementary schools are holding fall carnivals and are seeking volunteers. Check our website for the different schools and contact numbers.

    The Doggy Wash

    Fund Raiser for RDOG, a Roseville non-profit organization, is looking for volunteers on November 13th. This is a hilarious wet activity that our students have enjoyed in the past. If you like dogs and are not afraid to get wet, this is a fun activity. Get involved by contacted Micki at 435-1482.

    Tour de Rocklin

    needs volunteers for their bike race on October 15th. Contact Shelly Rabe (530) 308-2298 to sign up to help.

    Rocklin Youth Soccer Club

    needs volunteers the afternoon of October 8th to help with their awards presentations. To volunteer contact
    sponsorcoord@rocklin.soccer.org

    The Keaton Raphael Memorial Crabtobertest

    is seeking volunteers for this charity event. Visit
    www.childcancer.org for more details.

    Ruhkala Elementary PTC

    is looking for volunteers to help with child care during meetings. Contact Amy Skultety to volunteer
    amy.skultety@yahoo.com  .

    Colleges are offering preview days

    throughout the state this month. Here is just a sampling of possibilities:

    UC Davis

    Preview Day – Oct. 15 – space is limited so register in advance
    www.admissions.ucdavis.edu/previewday

    UC Berkeley

    is holding Picture Yourself At Berkeley on October 30th. Registration information is available at: 
    http://students.berkeley.edu/admissions/general.asp?id=5516

    UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

    Info Session – October 15 in Emeryville. For more information call (310) 206-8441 or email
    recruit@tft.ucla.edu

    Chico

    Preview Day – October 22nd  register at
    www.csuchico.edu/admissions

    Humboldt State

    is offering on-the-spot admission on their preview day, October 22nd. You must register ahead of time at 
    http://www.humboldt.edu/falladmissionsday/faq.html  Humboldt State University is the only CSU campus offering a fall admissions day this year.

    This past week, some of the college reps that held admissions presentations in the C&CC offered application fee waivers to the students who attended their presentations. While this doesn’t always happen, it’s just a sample of the many benefits of meeting with college representatives. There are several opportunities planned this next week for students to chat with professionals from various colleges who can help students decide which school is the right place to meet their goals.

    Don’t miss out!

     
     
     
    Sent September 30th
     
     

    Monday, October 3rd, Mrs. Carr and I will hold the UC application workshop at 1:15 p.m. This workshop is specific to the University of California’s on-line application.

    The following Monday, October 10th,  we will talk about the UC Personal Statement. While that workshop will be specific to the UC prompts, the basic strategy of writing a Personal Statement can be applied to all college essays.

    Also scheduled are:

    On October 17th - Scholarship workshop.

    On October 24th – Common Ap workshop.

    All Monday workshops are held in the tech lecture hall and begin at 1:15 p.m.

    Students who need help with homework are invited to drop by the College & Career Center before and after school on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sessions are 7:15 – 7:45 a.m. and 2:40 – 3:30 p.m. Drop ins are welcome, and all tutoring is free.  

    Coming up in October we have the following college presentations.

    Oct. 4 – Saint Marys and Arizona State reps

    Oct. 5 – Linfield College and University of San Francisco Rep

    Oct. 6 – Humboldt State Rep

    Oct 7 – Portland State rep

    Oct. 11 – Azusa Pacific rep

    Oct. 18 – FIDM rep

    Oct. 19 – Academy of Art rep

    Oct. 20 – U.S. Navy ROTC Scholarship

    All of the above will be during Plus Period, which is 12:10 – 12:40 p.m. Students who are scheduled for Plus Period, may pick up a pass to attend. Parents must register in the administration office, if they wish to attend.

    A new scholarship list is now available on the College & Career Center website. While most scholarships are open to seniors only, there are several opportunities for students in all grades. Being recognized for an essay or poster contest early in high school can give students an edge on scholarship or even college applications senior year so freshmen, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to enter.

    Voice of Democracy is now accepting entries. This essay contest is open to all grades levels. It’s the same contest that has been in schools since the end of WWII and is recognized as an impressive honor across the country. The prompt and application form are available in the scholarship file box in the College & Career Center.

    The Freedoms Foundation is looking for applicants for their Youth Summit to be held next spring I Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Students can apply for full or partial scholarships for the conference and travel grants.  Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.    

    http://www.freedomsfoundation.org/Youth-Education.cfm

    College Night is coming October 13th. We are pleased to host the Placer County Foothills High Schools Consortium College Night. Students and parents from Placer, Del Oro, Colfax, Foresthill, Wheatland, Lincoln, Whitney and Rocklin High Schools will all be invited to attend an arena style format in both of the Rocklin High gyms. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. Admission is FREE. Athletes are welcome to attend directly from their practice or playing fields/courts, etc. This is a great opportunity to visit with college reps from around the country about specific programs, admission requirements, or any question you may have about college.

    Oct. 1st is the final deadline to register LATE for the October 23rd ACT.

    www.actstudent.org

    Oct. 7th is the deadline to register for the November 5th SAT.

    www.collegeboard.com

    Most colleges will accept SAT or ACT scores through December of the senior year. However, some colleges such as CalPoly or San Diego State require testing to be completed by November of senior year. Check your preferred college SAT policy if you plan to test after November.

    There are many volunteer opportunities available with our elementary school fall carnivals. If you student is looking for a fun way to earn a few hours of service, be sure to check out the listings on our website.

    Colleges are offering fall preview days across the country. I keep a binder of all the notices we receive and students are welcome to check it out.

    Some of the most popular events coming up are the Humboldt State On-the-spot admission day in mid-October (the only CSU to offer an early admission day)

    http://www.humboldt.edu/falladmissionsday/

    and the FIDM Runway Show in November

    http://fidm.edu/en/News+and+Events/Prospective+Student+Events/FIDM+Open+House/

    Nearly every campus will offer some kind of information event in the fall, and they can be found by searching admission events on the individual websites.

    If your student is NOT a senior, it’s NOT too early to begin planning for College on the CSU Mentor website.

    www.csumentor.edu  This is the California State University application website, where students can use the "High School Planner" to plot out how they will meet the subjects required for admission to the CSU. There are also many other tools for students to search majors and careers. 

    Beginning with the class of 2012, the CSU will begin requiring all remedial work to begin prior to admission. Admitted students who do not meet college readiness standards in Math or English will be required to enroll in community college classes during summer. Standards can be met with SAT, ACT or AP scores, the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Math test (ELM), or with the EAP results through the junior year Statewide assessment scores. Pay careful attention to any steps outlined for placement when admission letters arrive.

    Cindy Cutts

    Rocklin High School College & Career Center

    5301 Victory Lane, Rocklin, CA 95765

    (916) 632-1600 x 424 FAX (916) 435-4399

    https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/

    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information.  Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited.  If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies of the original message.  Thank you.

     
    Sent September 26, 2011
     
    The Sacramento State University rep will hold an admissions presentation in the College & Career Center on Tuesday September 27th at 12:10 p.m. (Plus Period).  Students may request a plus period pass to attend, if they are required to remain in Plus Period.

    Also this week we will host William Jessup University and High Point University, both at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, September 29th.

    And a friendly reminder that the University of Nevada Reno will hold On-the-spot admission in the College & Career Center on Friday, September 30th

     
     
     
    Sent September 23, 2011

    CSU Application Workshop - next Monday, September 26th - 1:15 p.m. in the tech lecture hall. This is the first of five workshops planned in the next few Mondays on topics related to college application. Seniors should sign up to reserve a seat.

    We have two outstanding leadership awards seeking nominations this week:

    All grade levels are invited to apply for a nomination for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. This is based on a community service project. Pick up the flyer in the C&CC or check the attachments on the bottom of the C&CC scholarship webpage to apply.

    Seniors with strong leadership background are invited to request a nomination for the Herff Jones Principal’s Leadership Award. Information is available in the College & Career Center or check the attachments on the bottom of the C&CC scholarship webpage.

    The American Leaders Youth Summit is now accepting applications. This is a full tuition scholarship to attend a youth conference in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania sponsored by the Freedom Foundation. Students who are interested in American history may find this to be a great opportunity. It’s open to grades 10, 11 and 12. Visit

    http://www.freedomsfoundation.org/Youth-Education.cfm
    for more information.  Applications available in the C&CC.

    September 29th William Jessup University

    will host a presentation during Plus Period. All students and parents are welcome to attend. Plus period is at 12:10 p.m. Parent must register as visitors before coming up to the C&CC. WJU is one of the most affordable private colleges in the country.
    www.jessup.edu

    Arizona State University offers our New American University scholarships

    to incoming freshmen students based on their un-weighted GPA, class rank and test scores (SAT or ACT) which range from $4-13,000 per year. Deadline is Feb 1, 2012.  Students can see what they may be eligible to receive by going to the link below.
    http://students.asu.edu/scholarships/estimator

    University of Nevada Reno will hold On the Spot Admission

    in the College & Career Center on Sept. 30th. Seniors can sign up for an appointment now to be admitted to UNR right here at Rocklin High. Application fee is $60. UNR has a wide variety of majors and is a thriving Division I campus.
    www.unr.edu

    College Night is coming up October 13th

    – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the RHS gyms.  Dozens of college reps will be here to showcase colleges from across the country. Open to all grade levels and of course their parents.

    Humboldt State is offering on-the-spot admissions on their campus

    October 15th. HSU is the only CSU that is offering an on-the-spot admission this fall. A full day is planned that includes a campus tour. For more information visit
    http://www.humboldt.edu/falladmissionsday/faq.html    .

    Students who are looking for community service opportunities

    will find plenty of fall events to choose from. Please visit the C&CC webpage dedicated to community service. At the bottom you will find attachments that include all the flyers that are in our community service opportunity binder.

    The last date for seniors to take the SAT and/or ACT for most schools is December 2011

    . However, some schools require a test date by November or even October.

    You can still register for the November 5th SAT at

    www.collegeboard.com

    You can register "late" for the October 22nd  ACT at

    www.actstudent.org

    Both SAT and ACT currently offer December test dates

    at the regular test fee price. It is wise to register early for any SAT or ACT you plan to take this school year well in advance of the deadline to be sure that you receive Rocklin High as your test site. We are a very popular testing center and we often fill up before the registration deadline.

    College & Career Center Blog

    – At the bottom of the C&CC website main page, you will find a College Planning Blog. It’s been updated today.

    This has been a very exciting week at Rocklin High School with Homecoming activities building each day toward our big game tonight that includes pageantry and fun. If you have never been to a Rocklin High football game, tonight is the night to arrive early and stay late.

    Go Thunder!

     
     
     
     
     
    Sent September 8, 2011
     

    SAT Prep classes begin Sept 12th. There are a few spots left in the class. Register at

    www.rocklintestprep.com
      Since the class begins on Monday, I suggest that you email the teachers with the student information but plan to bring payment to the first class. Math is on Tuesday/Thursday and English is on Monday/Wednesday and registration is separate for them. This is the final SAT Prep offered for fall.

    University of Nevada Reno will hold On the Spot Admission

    in the College & Career Center on Sept. 30th. Seniors can sign up for an appointment now to be admitted to UNR right here at Rocklin High. Application fee is $60. UNR has a wide variety of majors and is a thriving Division I campus.
    www.unr.edu  UNR offers On the Spot Admission as a courtesy to Rocklin High School. Aside from being a great choice for many students in California for their wide variety of majors, small class sizes and affordable WUE discounted tuition, UNR is an excellent "backup plan" for students who plan to apply to highly selective colleges.

    Arizona State University offers our New American University scholarships to incoming freshmen students

    based on their un-weighted GPA, class rank and test scores (SAT/or ACT) which range from $4-13,000 per year. Deadline is Feb 1, 2012.  Students can see what they may be eligible to receive by going to the link below.
    http://students.asu.edu/scholarships/estimator

    Coca Cola Scholars program

    is now accepting applications. Seniors who excel in academics, activities (including sports) and service are encouraged to apply.
    www.cocoa-colascholars.org  The deadline is Oct. 31st.

    There are several events happening this weekend in observance of Sept 11th ten year anniversary.

    If your student volunteers at a 9-11 Memorial event sponsored by a non-profit organization, be sure to have a community service contract completed and signed by someone from the organization.  Rocklin Patriot Day will be held in the RC Willey parking lot and Run to Remember will be held in Sacramento – these are just two opportunities among many in Northern California.

    NEXT Friday – Sept. 16th the rep from Western Oregon University

    will visit the College & Career Center during Plus Period (12:10 p.m.) Students are invited to attend. Plus Period passes will be available in the College & Career Center.


    Current Scholarship List – is now on the C&CC website under the scholarship section, with a separate page titled "Current Scholarship List."  At the bottom of that page I have also attached the document for your convenience. It’s been updated since my last message.

    Voice of Democracy

    is now accepting entries for their annual essay contest. Complete information is available in the College & Career Center. The contest is open to all grade levels. Winning even a local competition for VOD is considered a national award, since Voice of Democracy winners’ entries continue to move on to regional and state competition. If your student is a freshman or sophomore, I strongly encourage them to enter the Voice of Democracy. This is a wonderful opportunity for juniors and seniors as well.  Deadline to submit entries (including the audio recording of the student reading the essay) is Oct. 24th.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sent September 2, 2011
     

    Lots of great things are happening in the College & Career Center this month.

    Our September Scholarship List is now available on the C&CC website.  Most scholarships on our lists are open only to seniors, but we do have three opportunities on the list that are open to all RHS grade levels.

    The Voice of Democracy

    , a national competition, is sponsored by the VFW. Students submit and essay and an audible copy of the essay to a patriotic topic. Open to all grade levels. Applications are available in the C&CC.

    The VFW also offers an opportunity for students to nominate a teacher for the annual VFW Teacher’s Award. Having your nomination selected is a national honor so all Rocklin High students are encouraged to nominate a teacher who has inspired them.  Open to all grade levels.  Applications and rules are in the C&CC.

    The Fall SAT Prep class will begin on Sept. 12th. Classes meet Monday – Thursday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. here at Rocklin High. Students may enroll in Math or English or both classes. Time is running out to register, so please visit

    www.rocklintestprep.com
    if your student is interested in taking this class.

    Mark your calendar for College Night, Oct. 13th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in our gyms. This is a regional event and sponsored by the Placer County Foothills High Schools Consortium. Students and parents from Colfax, Foresthill, Placer, Del Oro, Wheatland, Lincoln, Whitney and Rocklin High Schools are invited to attend. We expect about 100 colleges to showcase their schools in our gyms, along with breakout sessions on the CSU, UC, Sierra College, Private and Independent Colleges, Financial Aid and NCAA eligibility.

    Admission to everything is FREE.

    College rep visits

    will be held during Plus Period this year. On September 16th, the rep from Western Oregon University will be in the College & Career Center during Plus Period (12:10 p.m.) . Students can pick up a  "Plus Pass" from me to attend this meeting.

    If your student is interested in a health care related education, the AMSA (American Medical Student Association) is sponsoring a conference at UC Davis October 8th & 9th. The conference fees are $40 for both days. There are more than 70 workshops students can attend, along with a host of impressive speakers, presentations, etc.

    www.amsaarcucd.org

    All work permits expired August 27th. (Even summer work permits). If your student is working, please submit a new application to renew the work permit for this school year. The application is available on our website.

    Community service

    opportunities are popping up all over. Please review the list of options on the Community Service section of the C&CC website. Students can volunteer with 9-11 Memorial events coming up, elementary school carnivals, cancer research fund raisers, and much, much more!

    If you belong to a non-profit group and have an opportunity for our students to volunteer, please send the details to me in a one page word document flyer and I will be happy to share it with our students.

    FREE Homework Help will begin next week

    . Tuesdays and Wednesdays before and after school, students can come to the College & Career Center for help with homework. Morning sessions begin at 7:15 a.m. and afternoon sessions begin at 2:45 p.m. We encourage all students to take advantage of our Homework Help program and we will do our best to have tutors available in all subjects. Our peer tutors are very excited to try the morning sessions, since many of our student athletes are not available for afterschool help.

    Thunder Galleria

    will be December 12th. This Rocklin High’s annual charity event where our students will turn our cafeteria into a shopping mall for children. In October we will begin collecting donations for this event. I will share other needs and opportunities for Thunder Galleria as we get closer to the event.

    I am always happy to help parents understand the college application process. I have five college application workshops planned in the tech lecture hall for September & October on Monday afternoons. The schedule of topics is on our website. Seniors are encouraged to sign up in the College & Career Center so I know how many students to prepare for.  

    For those of you who prefer a formal class on applying to college, I will begin a new class, on Sept. 12th,  Monday evenings through Placer Adult School. If you would like to attend, please register at

    www.placeradultschool.org and put "college" on the search bar for the fall schedule of classes.

    The rest of this email today is applicable to seniors only:

    Senior athletes are invited to apply for the CIF Spirit of Sport award. Applications are available in the C&CC. The deadline is Oct. 15th for Fall Sport Athletes.

    Senior athletes are also invited to apply for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.  It’s based on leadership on and off the playing field, along with community service, character, leadership, citizenship. Apply on-line at

    www.wendysheisman.com  Deadline October 2, 2011.

    The Placer County Bar Association Tim Coffin Scholarship

    is an essay competition for seniors. See information flyer in the C&CC for prompt, format, rules, etc. Deadline- must be received by December 1st.

    Seniors who have overcome a life challenge or hardship are invited to apply for the  Horatio Alger California Scholarship Program -  this is a renewable $4000 scholarship. www.horatioalger.org/scholarships Deadline October 30, 2011.

    Senior girls are invited to apply for the P.E.O. Sisterhood state level P.E.O. scholarship. It’s based on activities, community service, academics, essay and interview. Applications are in the C&CC and must be returned to me by October 27th.

    Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship is now open. The application includes academics, activities, leadership, service, etc. Deadline to the Roseville Elks Lodge by December 1, 2011. http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm

    Christermon Foundation Scholarship

    is open to students with parents or grandparents who are employed or affiliated with the California licensed beverage industry and hold a valid liquor, beer or wine license. Retailers, airlines, restaurants, hotels, suppliers, grocery stores, distributors, are a few that qualify. www.christermon.com  Deadline February 1st.

    Dare to Make a Mark on History Challenge - $5000 –

    www.dreamerschallenge.org   seniors can enter this state-wide contest with an essay, video, audio recording, artwork, etc. to tell how you will change the world. Deadline October 15th.

    Several universities are offering seniors an opportunity to apply this fall for major scholarships specific to their schools. Here is a sampling of possibilities:

    Seattle University – Sullivan Leadership Award - $Full 4 year Ride –

    Based on leadership, social justice, communication, & academics. Good only at Seattle University.
    http://www.seattleu.edu/sullivan/inner.aspx?id=52325  Deadline November 15, 2011.

    University of Nevada Reno - $1000 - $5000 per year – 

    New freshmen scholarships, based on gpa and test scores.
    http://www.unr.edu/Documents/student-services/financial-aid/schl_matrix.pdf

     Deadline February 1, 2012.

    Fresno State Smittcamp Family Honors College – Full Tuition, books, on-campus room & board for four years.   

    Must apply to CSU Fresno by November 30, 2011. Guarantees students many Honors Program advantages including small class sizes, use of the Honors College Center and priority registration. Competitive application, finalists must attend a personal interview on the Fresno State campus.   Deadline Must apply to CSU Fresno by November 30, 2011, must apply to Smittcamp Honors College TBA (usually mid November). http://honors.csufresno.edu/about/scholarship_info.shtml

    Montana State University non-resident scholarships - $60,000 - $8000 – 

    high achieving non-residents are invited to apply for significant scholarships and financial aid. Fall 2012 Non-Resident Freshman Scholarship Program Deadline early fall. 

    Have a safe and restful weekend.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sent August 19, 2011
     

    Parents of seniors are invited to a 30 minute "crash course" on the college application this next Monday, August 22nd at 6 p.m. just before our Back to School Night begins. We will meet in the theatre. If you are a parent of a senior, concerned about the details of applying to college, please join Mrs. Carr, Senior Counselor, and me as we try to take some of the stress out of college planning for the class of 2012.

     
     
     
    Sent August 18, 2011

    Welcome back to a new school year. We have already discovered some great opportunities for our students. Please refer to the websites that are listed for further information.

    Discover Wellesley for FREE

    – Wellesley College is located 12 miles west of Boston. They are offering travel grants to select high school girls  who wish to visit the campus during Discover Wesley Weekend. Applications are due by August 31, 2011. (781) 282.2270
    www.wellesley.edu/admission/falltravelgrant
     Be sure to research Wellesley College before you apply for the grant. It is an all-girls school with limited majors.

    AMSA Pre-Medical and Pre-Public Health Conference

    at UC Davis. Open to high school students (and college students) planning a career in medicine. $35 registration fee for this two day conference featuring workshops in:

    How to Succeed on the MCAT

    Women in Medicine

    Financing Your Medical Education

    Getting Involved in Your Community

    Osteopathic Medicine

    Summer Programs

    Personal Statement

    Over 70 Other Workshops!

    This conference is an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about preparing for a career in medicine. Visit

    www.AMSAARCUCD.org to register or for more information. Deadline for the $35 fee is August 31, 2011.

    BYU Education Night –

    September 14 at 7 p.m. Rocklin LDS Stake Center on Sierra Meadows Drive in Rocklin. In previous years, the BYU west coast admissions rep has made a high school visit to Rocklin High College & Career Center and talked with our students personally. Since their regional meeting is in Rocklin this year, BYU admissions will not visit Rocklin High. If you want to talk to an admissions director from BYU this event is your chance!

    Community Volunteer Fair

    is coming to Rocklin. Saturday, September 17th 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at St. Matthews Lutheran Church 5901 Lonetree Blvd. Rocklin  Non-profit groups from throughout the region will be present to share opportunities for our students to volunteer.  Find out where and how you can make a difference in our community!

    SAT Prep Class -  

    Our fall SAT Prep Class will begin September 12th. It meets here at Rocklin High from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Students can elect to take just the Math, just the English or both classes with this format. Seating is limited. Register at www.rocklintestprep.com

    Military Academy Night at Whitney High –

    Rocklin High students are invited to attend WHS Military Academy Night, September 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the WHS Cafeteria. Representatives from five academies will be available. Admission is free.

    ASVAB -  

    Whitney High School College & Career Center will host the ASVAB on September 26 at 1:15 p.m.  To register contact Patrick Floyd at pfloyd@rocklin.k12.ca.us . Rocklin High will host the ASVAB second semester TBA.

    College Night

    – October 13th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. RHS Gyms. Over 100 colleges will showcase their schools in our gyms. This is an amazing opportunity to talk personally with college reps from colleges all over California and also from across the country. Don’t miss it!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sent August 9, 2011
     Welcome back to another great year at Rocklin High School and the first edition of the College & Career Center Email News for 2011 – 2012.

    Cal Grant filing window now open for Community College Students

    IF YOUR GRADUATE is attending Sierra College and missed the Cal Grant filing deadline, a new window is currently open for California Community College students to apply. Students must submit a FAFSA

    www.fafsa.gov
    and a Cal Grant gpa verification form. This form is available on the C&CC website and must be completed and returned to the Rocklin High School registrar for processing. The deadline is September 2, 2011. http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=105 Students are ineligible for Cal Grants without the verification of the gpa.

    College & Career Center Website   https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/

    The College & Career Center is now open and the website is up and running with current information. My College Planning Blog is located at the bottom of the main page.

    Our website contains all sorts of information regarding college planning, preparation, application, scholarships, work permits, community service and much more. You might want to bookmark the website for easy access to everything from community service forms, work permit request forms, SAT registration information, or College & Career Center sponsored events.

    College Application Workshops Scheduled

    If your student is a senior this year, we have several college application workshops scheduled. Monday afternoons in September and October we will cover topics such as the CSU application, the UC application, UC personal statement, Common Application and Scholarships. Your senior will need to sign up in the College & Career Center to secure a reservation.

    SAT Prep in September

    If your student missed the SAT course this summer, don’t worry – we are offering an SAT Prep course in the evening beginning September 12th. It’s from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. here at RHS. Complete registration information is available at www.rocklintestprep. We expect this class to fill up, so you might want to register now. This class will be completed just in time for the October 1st SAT, so if you enroll in the class, be sure to register now for the SAT.

    Register NOW for SAT or ACT

    Speaking of registering now – it’s time to register for SAT and ACT exams this year. Rocklin High is a very popular test site and we nearly always fill up before the registration deadline. Statistically your student will do better on the exam testing in familiar surroundings. If your student plans to take the SAT or ACT this year, register NOW for those exams and mark those dates in stone on your calendars.

    To register for SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject Exams visit www.collegeboard.com

    SAT or ACT?

    SAT and ACT are both accepted at colleges across the nation. The SAT is a logic and reasoning exam. The ACT is a subject area exam. Colleges use a conversion chart and use whichever score is higher if both are presented for admission evaluation. Some students do significantly better on one test over the other, but it is common for both ACT and SAT scores to be in the same range.

    ACT

    All colleges will use either the SAT Reasoning or the ACT if it includes the writing exam. The University of California and many other highly competitive schools require the writing score from the ACT.

    To register for the ACT visit www.actstudent.org

    Last Test Date for Seniors

    If your student is a senior, many of our California colleges will accept SAT or ACT scores through December of the senior year. However, that is NOT true of all schools. Some schools require SAT or ACT to be completed no later than October or November. Seniors should not be waiting to take the SAT or ACT until December.

    UC and Subject Exams

    There is a great deal of confusion regarding the University of California’s new policy that no longer requires the SAT Subject Exams for eligibility. Keep in mind that the UC will continue to use the SAT Subject Exams for application review. All UC applicants are strongly encouraged to take at least two SAT Subject Exams in at least two different subjects (example while here at RHS Chemistry and Physics are considered different subjects, the UC considers them both to be Science). Applicants to UC Engineering majors are strongly encouraged to take SAT Subject Exams in Math and Science.

    PSAT Registration during Schedule Pickup Day

    The PSAT will be administered at Rocklin High on October 15th. Cost is $25. I will be taking registration for PSAT at schedule pick up day for sophomores and juniors. The PSAT is not an exam for seniors. Please make checks out to RHS and put PSAT and your student’s name on the memo line of the check.

    College Application Class for Parents

    I am always happy to meet with students and parents regarding your students’ college plans. For those who prefer a classroom format, I will be teaching a College Planning course for parents through Placer Adult School again this fall.

    The class meets four Monday nights beginning in September and outlines the college admission process. It is a lecture-style class with plenty of time allowed for individual questions. For more information visit www.placeradultschool.org and put 2510000 in the course line or simply type in ‘college’. Placer Adult School courses are open to anyone who lives in Placer County.

     
     
    Sent May 27, 2011
     
     

    It’s been a  very busy week with seniors completing their final week of classes at Rocklin High.

    Senior Awards Night

    - Our senior awards night is Tuesday, May 31st at 6 p.m. in the gym. Seniors who turned in a senior awards survey will be recognized for scholarships and other  awards they have received during high school.  Senior Awards night attendance is not mandatory, but Assist-a-grad winners must attend to accept their scholarships. You are welcome to bring guests to senior awards night. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

    Assist-a-grad winners

    will be announced at senior awards night. If your senior applied for an Assist-a-grad scholarship, be sure to have him or her check the list of winners that I posted this week. All Assist-a-grad winners must be present to accept their scholarships on Tuesday night. If you are unsure if your student turned in a survey or if he or she is on the Assist-a-grad list, please don’t be shy – just ask!  Students who turned in surveys will be asked to stand and  be recognized for their awards, regardless of Assist-a-grad results. Senior awards night is a time for the class of 2011 to celebrate all achievements. Please let me know if you have questions.

    Juniors who are college bound

    are welcome to drop by next week during break or after school to inquire about summer opportunities to enrich their college applications.

    Students of Latino background, with an interest in politics are invited to apply for a summer internship

    at the State Capital. Eligibility criteria for the internship includes having junior or senior status in a high school in the Sacramento area, a flexible summer schedule and being available 10-15 hours per week to intern for a Senator or Assembly member.  Students must also have an interest in public policy, government, or community service and be in good academic standing, with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

    The dates of the internship are tentatively set for July 1-August 5, 2011. No previous work experience is necessary to apply. More information can be found on our website under Summer Opportunities.

    Juniors - Future mathematicians, scientists and engineers are invited to apply to Harvey Mudd College’s Fall Future Achievers Program to be held on the Claremont campus September 16 & 17.  The program is designed for "under represented populations," but encourages all applicants. For complete information and eligibility requirements visit

    www.hmc.edu/fastprogram
      .   

    SAT Summer Seminar

    – Rocklin High will host an SAT Summer Seminar August 1 – 5 from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sophomores and juniors are invited to register now, as this class is expected to fill up. For complete registration and payment information visit
    www.rocklintestprep.com .

    Summer is a great time for students to complete their community service hours

    . Just a reminder that volunteer efforts must be performed with a non-profit organization. Nearly all non-profit organizations will have information about their non-profit status on their websites under "about us."
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sent May 4, 2011

    There are several great volunteer opportunities now available. Students can volunteer at the Valley View Art Show, with  an Earth Day event, or even the Doggie Wash Fund Raiser! These are great ways for students to have fun, learn something new and gain volunteer hours. Complete details are available on the College & Career Center website.

    Seniors – who played football

    are invited to apply for the Jesse Leimbach Memorial Scholarship. Applications are available in the College & Career Center or on the C&CC website.

    Senior Awards

    – it’s time to report senior awards for our Senior Awards Night and also for the graduation program. The Senior Awards survey was distributed through senior English classes, but parents can also find it on the College & Career Center website. I can not possibly know all of the awards our seniors have received, so please complete the application and return to me this week.  Awards that are not reported will not be recognized, so don’t be shy – we want to celebrate your senior’s achievements!

    Juniors  who have a minimum 3.8 gpa and are looking for a full ride scholarship

    , are encouraged to explore the Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State University.    
    http://honors.csufresno.edu/
        This is a four year, full scholarship that includes housing and even a new laptop computer each year! It’s competitive, so if your student is interested, follow the instructions on the website and get your application in early.

    May 6th is the deadline to register for the June SAT or June ACT

    .  
    www.collegeboard.com  for SAT  and www.actstudent.org for ACT.  The June ACT is not offered at Rocklin High, but students can test at several other Sacramento region schools.

    Thunder Galleria is accepting applications

    for the 2011 Board of Directors. Thunder Galleria has "gone green" this year and the application is available on the C&CC website. The application is due by May 16th. Freshmen and sophomores are strongly encouraged to apply.

    If your student is confused about a career or a college major

    , check out the Career Exploration pages on the C&CC website. I am especially pleased with the  "Reality Check" website that helps students explore lifestyles, careers and related education.

    If your student is looking for a job this summer

    , it’s a good idea to prepare a resume’.  You’ll find an example of a resume’ for a "first job" under the Resources Section of the C&CC website.  We also have sample resume’s for prospective college athletes, military academy applicants and scholarship applicants.
     
     
     
     
     
    Sent April 27, 2011
     

    Assist-a-grad Interviews - Seniors who applied for Assist-a-grad Scholarships can drop by to pick up the interview schedules. Interviews are next week, May 3 and May 4 in the evening. Please ask your seniors to drop by to find out if they have been selected to interview for our Assist-a-grad scholarships.

    Sierra College class registration

    – Today is the first day for class registration for Sierra College summer AND fall semesters. There has been a huge demand and the MySierra portal is currently experiencing intermittent log in issues. The college IT department is working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If your students are having difficulty registering for classes, first confirm that they have no "holds" on their accounts – assessment, counselor meeting, etc. If they have applied, assessed, met with a counselor and completed the on-line orientation, then you are experiencing a "glitch" in the system that Sierra College IT hopes to have corrected soon. Please be patient and continue to try to register for your classes.

    If your student is a

    Sierra College  Academic Enrichment student – (a current RHS sophomore or junior) – be certain that you have given Sierra College your Academic Enrichment form (signed by both an RHS counselor and a parent).  If you have provided all the extra paperwork required for Academic Enrichment and there are no "holds" on your account, keep trying to get into the Sierra College system to register for your classes. Be patient! They are trying to fix it.

    Thunder Galleria 2011 Board of Director applications

    – We are now accepting applications from freshmen, sophomores and juniors to be on the 2011 Thunder Galleria Board of Directors.  The application is on the C&CC website, under the Thunder Galleria button on the lower left side of the main page. If your student would like to take on a leadership role for this school-wide charity event, please encourage applying. Deadline is May 16th.

    SAT & ACT

    - There is still time to register for the June SAT. Students can register at
    www.collegeboard.com
       You can also register for the June ACT, however that exam will not be given at Rocklin High School. Register for ACT at www.actstudent.org

    Seniors are invited to apply for t

    wo new scholarships:

    The Jesse Leimbach Memorial scholarship

    is open to seniors who have participated in football. The Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic scholarship is open to seniors who will plan a career in health care. Applications are available in the College & Career Center, and also on the RHS website.

    May 1st is the SIR date

    for 4-year college bound seniors. A formal Student Intent to Register must be sent to the college where your student will attend, and probably submitted through your student’s college portal account. Please note that failure to submit your SIR to your college by May 1st, will likely result in your admission being rescinded. In the flurry of spring activities, it’s easy to forget! Submit your SIR today and make your decision "official."  

    Enjoy the sunshine!

      
     
    Sent April 13
     
     

    Today, April 13th is the deadline to register for the June SAT.  Register for SAT at

    www.collegeboard.com

    Juniors who plan to apply to a UC or other highly selective college

    are advised to take at least two different SAT Subject Exams, (example – Chemistry & Biology are both considered one subject – Science) along with the SAT Reasoning and ACT with writing. While you may have heard that the UC no longer requires the SAT Subject Exams – the UC will continue to use SAT Subject Exams when presented. Students can take up to three SAT Subject Exams in one sitting. You can not take both the SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject exam on the same test date.  Register for SAT Subject Exams at www.collegeboard.com

    May 6th is the deadline for the June ACT

    . All colleges use the SAT Reasoning or the ACT provided the ACT includes the Writing test (when you register for ACT, the writing test is optional and costs an additional $20). Register for the ACT at www.actstudent.org  .

    Cal Grant Deadline for Community College

    - If your senior plans to attend a California Community College and missed the Cal Grant deadline, there is good news!  A new application window has opened just for community college students. You must file a FAFSA (file at www.fafsa.gov) and submit the Cal Grant gpa verification form (which can be located on the College & Career Center website under ‘forms’) to the RHS registrar’s office.

    Sutter Roseville Junior Auxiliary

    held a presentation in the C&CC yesterday, which was very well attended. However, with the CST schedule, I know that many students missed it. Volunteering at Sutter Roseville Hospital requires an application process, which will begin again the end of April. Prospective volunteers must complete an on-line application, be interviewed and go through a training. Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of two hours per week of volunteering for a full year. High school students must be at least 16 years old to be eligible.

    To learn more about being a Sutter Roseville Hospital volunteer

    and to get started on the process visit http://www.sutterroseville.org/about/volunteering.html

    Homework Help on Hiatus

    - This week, our after school homework help will not be held, due to the CST schedule. We will resume our regular Tuesday and Wednesday meetings from 2:40 – 3:30 p.m.  the week we return from Spring Break. All students are invited to drop by for help on any homework. This is a free service provided by the RHS Afterschool peer tutors.

    The University of Nevada Reno Admitted Student Day

    has been rescheduled for April 28th at noon. Last week, our UNR rep was unable to make it over the Sierra due to the blizzard conditions for travel. Students planning to enroll at UNR for fall 2011, will find the meeting on April 28th  important for planning all the details required prior to arriving at UNR in the fall.

    Work permits

    - Students who need work permits over spring break can download the forms from the C&CC website and take them to the District Office for completion. Be sure to call the District Office for hours of availability over spring Break.

     

     

    Cindy Cutts

    Rocklin High School College & Career Center

    5301 Victory Lane, Rocklin, CA 95765

    (916) 632-1600 x 424 FAX (916) 435-4399

    https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/

    CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information.  Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited.  If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy all copies of the original message.  Thank you.

     
     
     
    Sent April 7, 2011
     
     
    Juniors and seniors are invited to apply for a summer internship at the State capital. Juniors or seniors interested in learning mroe about State governmnent and California's political life with hands-on experience will find this to be a great opportuniyt.  Applications are due by April 22, 2011.
     
     
     For more information visit www.csus.edu/calst/real_world.html
     
     
     
    Sent April 5, 2011
     
     

    Juniors with a minimum 3.8 gpa may sign up to receive more information from Fresno State about the Smittcamp Family Honors College. This is a full ride to Fresno State, that includes housing and even a new laptop computer. It’s a competitive process, but former RHS students who have been accepted, highly endorse the program. You can check it out first at

    http://honors.csufresno.edu/about/index.shtml
    If it’s something your students are interested in, encourage them to drop by the College & Career Center and sign up to receive additional information.  Fresno State has a high expectation for Honors College students, so please make sure your student comes in to sign up – I am unable to do that for them via parent request.

    The Kaiser Internship application is available in the College & Career Center. This is a paid summer-long internship. Students can work at a Kaiser Facility and experience what it’s like to be a member of the medical profession. The deadline is soon, so don’t delay. Open to ages 15 – 19.

    This week we have 2 admitted student events in the College & Career Center. UNR will be here after 3rd block on Thursday. Sac State will be here on Friday  at noon. This is an important meeting  for students planning to enroll at either school. Seniors can drop by to pick up a pass to attend.

    William Jessup University will hold an admissions meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, April 6th) at 12:10 p.m. (Plus Period). All students are invited to attend – seniors should note that WJU is still accepting applications for Fall 2011. Students can pick up a plus period pass from me during break.

    A new April scholarship list is now available on the C&CC website. It includes scholarships for seniors with asthma who have excelled in sports, VAPA, Science or Community Service. You’ll find it at the bottom of the Scholarship page on the C&CC website, listed as "April 2011 Scholarship List."  Most scholarships are open to seniors only, but lower level grade students are encouraged to check out the list to see what might be available to specific age groups.

    If your senior has asthma and excels in sports, VAPA, science or community service, check out the Will to Win Scholarship, offered to students who manage asthma and still succeed in their chosen area.

    www.willtowin.com

    Students who are interested in volunteering for summer school can find the application on the C&CC website under Community Service. This is a summer-long commitment and students can expect to earn a significant amount of service hours and help children in our district.

    We had 101 seniors submit Assist-a-grad applications this past week, with the average student submitting 10 applications! I am so pleased with all the applications and how eager our scholarship sponsors are to review them. If your senior applied for Assist-a-grad, the interview schedules will be available for the students on April 27th. Interview nights will be May 3 and May 4, so seniors who are working should be sure to ask for both days off in advance, anticipating an interview. Not all scholarships require interviews and not all applicants will be required to interview, so this is just a suggested pro-active step toward our scholarship process. Assist-a-grad recipients will be announced at senior awards night on May 31st, beginning at 6 p.m. in the gym.

     
     
     
    Sent March 28, 2011
     

    Over the past month or two, many of our students have been invited to become members of national award societies, or to attend various leadership conferences across the country. The invitations and "awards" look very impressive and allude to the great honor it is for the student to have been included. Prices range from $60 for a "one time membership fee," or $500 to as much as $5000 for a conference fee that usually doesn’t include travel expenses. Some are "free" to put your name in a book, but then, when they have all your information, pressure parents to buy the book along with other memorabilia at extraordinary prices.

    Parents often ask if these are legitimate awards for their students. They also want to know if we think students should attend these conferences to give them a competitive edge with college or scholarship applications. And they want to know who nominated their students in the first place.

    I’ve posted a blog on the College & Career Center main page, located on the bottom of the page that addresses this topic. Please let me know if you have any questions.   

    https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/
     
       You will need to answer "yes"  if the pop-up asks you about non-secure options.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sent March 23, 2011
     
     

    The Kaiser Summer Internship Program is now accepting applications. Students age 15 – 20 can apply to work for Kaiser Permanente in a wide variety of areas. The application is comprehensive, requires a resume’, two letters of recommendation and an interview for finalists. Students must commit to working Monday – Friday from June 13 through August 6th. The application is available in the College & Career Center and due in the Arden Way Kaiser office by the close of business on April 11th.  Students must come by the C&CC in person to pick up the application.

    If your student needs community service this week end, the Gem Show needs volunteers. Phone (530) 367-5108 to sign up to volunteer Saturday or Sunday (or both) at the Placer County Fairgrounds.

    We have many volunteer opportunities this spring with Rocklin elementary schools. If your student would like to get involved, please check our website or drop by the College & Career Center for more information.

    Sacramento State will hold an admitted students day on April 8th. If your student was accepted at Sac State, this is a very important meeting.

    University of Nevada Reno will hold an admitted students day on April 7th. This meeting will outline the next steps toward joining the Wolf Pack.

    UNR is also offering an on-the-spot admission event on April 7th for any qualified senior who would like to apply. Simply sign up for an evaluation time, bring a check for $60 and you can join the Wolf Pack right in the College & Career Center for Fall 2011. With none of our four year public universities offering admission until Fall 2012 now, UNR might be a good fit for seniors who missed deadlines last fall.

     
     
     
    Sent March 21, 2011
     
     

    Prone Family Foundation Scholarships - $5000 – Deadline April 13, 2011.

    I am pleased to announce that Rocklin High has another new scholarship for our seniors. The Prone Family Foundation is offering three scholarships – each $5000 and they are only open to Rocklin High graduating seniors who plan a career in health care.  Students use the 2011 Assist-a-grad application, which is available on the College & Career Center website. Check out the details for the Prone Scholarship on the C&CC main page and also on the Scholarship page.  Since we are offering this later in the application cycle, the deadline to apply is April 13th, but students can turn it in with the rest of their Assist-a-grad applications. For more information check my website.

    PTC Clubs Scholarship $375 – Deadline April 13, 2011.

    We have another new Assist-a-grad scholarship, sponsored by several Parent Teacher Clubs in Rocklin. It’s a $375 scholarship and details can also be found on the C&CC website. Deadline for the PTC Scholarship is April 13th.

    SAT Prep starts tonight!

    Our SAT Reading & Writing Prep class begins tonight. There are a few spaces left if your student is interested. The SAT Prep for Math begins in April. Visit

    www.rocklintestprep.com
    and print the registration form. Bring the form and a check to the Reading/Writing Class tonight. Mail the form and check to the Math instructor for that class to save your spot.

    Assist-a-grad

    is in the final week of application. If your seniors are is applying, (and I sure hope they are!) remember that they need signatures on their forms BEFORE they make the copies. They also need unofficial transcripts and a print out of their community service forms. Transcripts can be copied from the ones recently mailed home, or students can request one from the registrar’s office. I am happy to print their community service records, but honestly, I can not print 400 forms in one day, so please ask the students to drop by early this week if they still need their community service report.

    Assist-a-grad deadline is 3 p.m. on March 31st

    (except for the Prone Family Foundation & RUSD PTC Scholarships).

    The Kaiser ‘Don’t Buy the Lie’ tobacco prevention billboard design contest

    is in full swing. Students have until Friday, March 25th to turn in their entries to me. All entries must be submitted on an official entry form, so encourage your student to pick one up today.

    Sierra College bound students

    – Registration for both summer semester and fall semester will open April 27th. In order to be eligible to register for classes you must 1. Apply for admission
    www.sierracollege.edu  2. Take the assessment test – call (916) 660-7430  3. Meet with a Sierra College counselor (916) 660-7400  4. Complete on-line Orientation .  After all four of these steps are completed Sierra College will open your account for on-line class registration.  Both summer and fall schedules are available on the Sierra College website. Rocklin High students, who are at least 16 years old, can also take classes at Sierra College while enrolled at RHS, but must bring a completed Academic Enrichment form, signed by both parent and high school counselor, with them to the mandatory counseling appointment.   

    Speaking of Sierra College –

    Sierra College is hosting a series of parent information nights

    on the Rocklin campus in the spring semester.

    These are primarily aimed at seniors, but the parents of juniors would probably find the information extremely useful.

    Sessions will be held in the college library on the following dates:

    • Wednesday March 30
    • Tuesday April 12

    To reserve your seat, please email your preferred

    date and number of guests at

    outreach@sierracollege.edu

     

     
    Sent March 17, 2011
     
     

    We have a new Assist-a-grad scholarship for seniors. It’s a $375 award from several Rocklin Unified School District PTC clubs. Students can apply using the Assist-a-grad application. For complete details, check the main page of the College & Career Center or the Scholarship page.

    All students are invited to enter the Greenwise poster contest.

    The entry form and criteria are both listed on the C&CC website under the Scholarship page. This is a wonderful opportunity for creative students to use their artistic talents and begin a portfolio. Winners will have their designs used for May event.

    The Chicano-Latino Leadership

    conference is now accepting applications from sophomores and juniors. I have the applications for this all expense paid summer program in Sacramento.

    Nordstrom Fashion Board is now accepting applications

    . Students who are interested in the world of fashion marketing are welcome to apply at the Brass Plum in Nordstrom at the Galleria. I have a flyer with information that students can drop by to pick up.

    Just a reminder, the Assist-a-grad deadline is March 31st

    . Students apply with a common application. A complete list of scholarships and the application is on the main page of the C&CC website.

    William Jessup University will hold Preview Day on March 18th.

     This is a great way to see all the Jessup has to offer our students. As the only private university in Placer County (or the Sacramento Region) Jessup is striving to meet the needs of our students. RSVP at
    www.jessup.edu/undergrad
      or call Katrice Hernandez 916 577-2222 or email khernandez@jessup.edu.

    The WACAC Spring College Fair is coming up April 10th.

    That’s the Western Association for College Admission Counseling and it’s going to be at Mira Loma High School Gym on April 10 from 1 – 4 p.m. Pre-register at
    www.wacacollegefair.com

    And for you long-ranger planners, the Placer County Foothills High Schools College Night will be October 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    April 8th is the deadline to register for the May 7th SAT.

    Rocklin High School is a very popular spring testing site, so be prepared to choose an alternate site when you register. The deadline to register for the June 4th SAT is May 6th.
    www.collegeboard.org

    May 6th is the deadline to register for the June 11th ACT.

     Please note - the June exam will not be given at Rocklin High School. You can still register LATE (through March 18th)  for the April 9th ACT which will be offered at Rocklin High.
    www.actstudent.org

    University of Nevada Reno will hold two events with us on April 7th.

     

    At 9:30 a.m. a second UNR On-the-spot Admission Event will be held. Students can complete an application, pay the $60 fee and if qualified receive immediate admission to UNR. Students will need to sign up for an appointment time slot.  If your senior missed deadlines last fall, or denied admission, this is a great opportunity to attend a fine university next fall.

    UNR will hold an Admitted Students Meeting at 10:30 a.m.

    This will give students an update on registration, orientation, housing and other items of interest for students planning to join the Wolf Pack. Students who were admitted to UNR last fall or on April 7th should attend this event.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Assist-a-grad Scholarships are now available on the C&CC website. Seniors are invited to apply for dozens of locally sponsored scholarships with a common application. If students use the pdf on the website, they will find “fillable boxes” to enter data on the forms. Please encourage students to drop by to see me if they have any questions about their Assist-a-grad application. The deadline to submit the applications is March 31, 2011 at 3 p.m.

     

    The rep from WYO Tech will visit the College & Career Center this Wednesday, March 16th during Plus Period and Lunch. Students in all grades are invited to drop by to learn more about training for a career in the automotive industry.  You can check them out on-line at www.wyotech.edu 

     

    The Kaiser Don’t Buy the Lie billboard contest is open to students in all grades. Students are invited to create a bill board for a Sacramento campaign to prevent smoking. Entries must be submitted on official entry forms, which I have in the College & Career Center. If your freshman or sophomore is planning to apply to a highly selective college, this contest is a great way to begin building the awards and recognition section of their college application.

     

    The University of Oregon will hold an information session at the Hilton in Sacramento on April 9th. You can register to attend this free session at www.admissions.uoregon.edu/jduck .

     

    Nordstrom invites students to apply for their Fashion Board.  Applications are now being accepted at the Brass Plum in the Nordstrom Galleria store in Roseville. The Fashion Board offers students an inside look at the world of fashion merchandising.  BP Fashion Board will accept applications from all grade levels.

     

    Chicano Latino Youth Leadership - Current sophomores and juniors of Hispanic descent are invited to apply for the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project Summer Conference. This week long all-expense paid conference will be held at Sacramento State July 23 – 30. The applications are available in the C&CC and must be postmarked by April 15thwww.clylp.org

     

    LSAMP - Admitted students to Sacramento State, who have chosen a major in science, technology, engineering or math are invited to apply for LSAMP -  a Math Honors Program. The Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program is a state-wide summer program designed to broaden minority participation in science, math, engineering and technology disciplines. LSAMP is a three week Math Honors Program at Sac State designed to enhance a student’s math level. It includes full tuition and fees, books and a $225 per week stipend for taking the class! Students must be individuals who have faced social, cultural, educational or economic barriers to careers in science, technology, engineering or math.  There is a lengthy application. If your students would like more information, please ask them to drop by and ask about the LSAMP. The deadline is June 30, 2011.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    This has been an exciting day as over 40 seniors participated in Sierra College on-the-spot admission. If your senior missed it, the Sierra College website has complete instructions

    http://www.sierracollege.edu/applyregister/admissionsrecords/first.html

    It’s important that students complete the steps outlined on this webpage to be ready to register for classes beginning April 27th.

    March 14th is a designated RHS Sierra College Assessment Day. Rocklin High has a reserved lab at Sierra College Assessment Center, beginning at 1 p.m. All admitted students must take placement tests and this is a great day to do it with their peers. Call the Assessment Center at (916) 660-7430 to reserve a spot and be sure to tell them you are from Rocklin High.

    March 16th  is the deadline for the May 7th SAT.  Register at

    www.collegeboard.com   Students who are planning to apply to a highly selective college such as the UC or Ivy League should register for either the May or June SAT Subject exams in courses they are completing.

    March 18th is the LATE deadline for the april 9th ACT. Register at

    www.actstudent.org  . All colleges use either the ACT or SAT provided you take the optional writing portion of the ACT.

    The Assist-a-grad Scholarship Program is off to a great start. Seniors can apply for thousands of dollars in locally sponsored scholarships. All the information including the list of scholarships and the application are available on my website.  The deadline is March 31st at 3 p.m.  If you have a senior – please encourage him or her to apply! Just click on my website and all the information is on the home page.

    If your student is looking for a summer enrichment opportunity, I encourage you to check out the many opportunities list on the C&CC under the "Summer Opportunities" section. A wide variety of possibilities, ranging from fashion design to rock climbing can be found. Always do your homework on activities that do not happen on the Rocklin High campus, to be sure this is a good fit for your student.

    Parents who would like to learn more about the College Application process are invited to sign up for a class I am teaching this month through Placer Adult School. This is a four week lecture format of 2 hours on Monday nights. Parents and students can enroll for one fee. Please note, I am always happy to help RHS parents, and you do not have to take the class to receive the information from me -  but many parents prefer the evening format that breaks down all the steps, requirements, etc. to successfully apply to college. To learn more about the class visit:

    http://www.placeradultschool.org/Classes.asp?txtAction=LoadSections&txtCourseGroupID=3&txtCourseCode=25100

    Juniors are invited to participate in the Princeton University 10 Minute Play contest. First prize is $500.  The deadline is March 30, 2011.  Applications and details are in the College & Career Center.

    All students are encouraged to participate in the Kaiser Tobacco Prevention campaign "Don’t Buy the Lie." This is a bill board design contest, where students submit a billboard designed to prevent smoking. Winners receive cash prizes and have their design turned into a Sacramento Region billboard. Submissions must be on official entry forms, which are available in the C&CC.

    Freshmen & Sophomores - CHP is looking for applicants for the FBI Academy this summer in at Quantico, Virginia.  Students must be current sophomores and freshmen to qualify. The complete application is in the College & Career Center. Deadline – must be in the Sacramento CHP Office by March 15th.

     

     

     

    Sent February 17, 2011
     
     
     

    Sierra College Summer and Fall schedule of classes is now available on the Sierra College website.

    Students can visit the Sierra College home page

    www.sierracollege.edu
    and then select schedule of classes.

    New incoming college students will be able to start registering in those classes starting April 27.

     

    It is very important that Sierra-bound students complete all the necessary admission steps prior to April 27th to be eligible to register for classes: 1.  Apply 2. Assess 3. Counseling 4. Orientation.  We still have spots open for our Sierra College On-the-Spot Admission on March 8th.

     

    Don’t Buy the Lie

    – Kaiser is offering a creative opportunity for all RHS students to design a billboard for a tobacco prevention campaign. Winners receive cash prizes and have their design made into a billboard in the Sacramento region. Entries must be submitted on an official entry form, available in the College & Career Center.

    Juniors who aspire to attend a U.S. military academy

    can now apply for the military academy summer seminar. Each of the academies, West Point, U.S. Air Force, U.C. Naval and U.S. Coast Guard offer week long residential programs for students to explore what it means to be an academy cadet. Simply google the academy you are most interested in along with "summer seminar."

    There is also information on the C&CC website.

    https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/information/academy-summer-seminars

     

    There are many other summer opportunities for students.

    If your student is looking for enrichment this summer, or just wants to explore a career or major, drop by the College & Career Center and check out the many entries in the summer activities binder.

    Examples of summer activities include:

    UC Davis - Young Scholars Program

    http://ysp.ucdavis.edu/

    Saint Mary's Summer Math Camp

    http://math.stmarys-ca.edu/SMC2.html

    FIDM - Four Days of Fashion Summer Program

    http://fidm.edu/news-events/days-of-fashion/index.html

    Academy of Art Summer Art Experience

    http://www.academyart.edu/degrees/summer_artexperience.html

    Aerospace Summer Camp at Mather Field in Sacramento.

    http://www.aerospacemuseumofcalifornia.org/pdfs/2011camp.pdf
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    News for Freshmen & Sophomores – Apply now for the FBI National Summer Academy Youth Leadership

    program. This is an all expense paid trip to the FBI Academy in Virginia. Future lawyers, politicians and FBI agents are encouraged to apply. The deadline is early March. Applications are available in the College & Career Center.

    Just for Juniors – Apply for the

    Alexander Hamilton Leaders Scholarship & Academy – a week long fully paid leadership academy this summer in Seattle. Students with strong community service and top grades are good candidates.  
    http://www.hamiltonfriends.org/

    Seniors – You have just a few days left to

    file your FAFSA and Cal Grant gpa verification form. This can mean the difference between paying high tuition or someone paying you to go to college. Find all the info you need on the C&CC website.  www.fafsa.gov   and the Cal Grant gpa verification form is on the C&CC website under forms.

    Furlough week is a great time to complete community service hours. If you’re confused about how to volunteer, visit the College & Career Center. We love to help students volunteer.

    Seniors –

    Assist-a-grad kicks off March 1st. Thousands of dollars in local scholarships will be available

    with one application.

     You’ll find all the details you need on the C&CC website on March 1st

    Don’t miss out on your chance to win local scholarship money, exclusively reserved for Rocklin High seniors. 

     The application will be on our website with fillable boxes this year. Students will print out as many applications as they decide to apply for scholarships and there are lots of them! The Assist-a-grad catalog will also be on the website on March 1st.

    There are still some slots open for our On-the-Spot admission to Sierra College on March 8th.

    Students just need to sign up and the Sierra College will meet with them to walk through the application, assessment, counseling and orientation process. All four of those steps must be completed prior to registering for classes.

    Sierra College registration for Fall 2011 will open on April 27th,

    so there is no time to spare to have everything completed by that date. On-the-spot admission is a courtesy Sierra College offers to Rocklin High and I strongly encourage our students to take advantage of this great offer.

    Speaking of Sierra College –

    Sierra College is hosting a series of parent information nights on the Rocklin campus in the spring semester.

    These are primarily aimed at seniors, but the parents of juniors would probably find the information extremely useful.

    Sessions will be held in the college library on the following dates

    • Wednesday March 2
    • Wednesday March 16
    • Wednesday March 30
    • Tuesday April 12

    To reserve your seat, please email your preferred

    date and number of guests at

    outreach@sierracollege.edu
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Sent February 11, 2011
     

    Seniors are invited to attend a Sierra College information presentation Monday, February 14th at noon. This is last block of the articulation schedule. Find out why we love Sierra College. Students who have a last block class should drop by my office Monday morning and pick up a pass. This meeting is open to students in all grade levels. Seniors do not have to attend this meeting to qualify for on-the-spot admission coming up March 8th, but the information presented will certainly be helpful.

    March 8th Sierra College will hold an On-the-spot admission event in the RHS College & Career Center. Students must sign up for an appointment time slot. Sophomores and juniors who wish to take a class at Sierra College this summer are also welcome to participate in this special event. Sierra College offers On-the-spot admission to Rocklin High students as a courtesy. This option is not available at all area high schools.

    CHP and the FBI National Academy Associates are looking for current freshmen and sophomores to apply for their summer youth leadership program. This is an all-expense-paid conference in Washington D.C. Applications will be available Monday, February 14th in the C&CC. The deadline to have all paperwork in the CHP Office is March 15th.

    All students are invited to participate in Kaiser’s Don’t Buy the Lie billboard design contest. This is a tobacco prevention promotion and winners receive cash and have their designs turned into a regional billboard! What a cool thing to put on a college application! Students must enter on an official Kaiser entry form, which is available in my office.

    Seniors – we have dozens of scholarships available. Check out the listings on the website regularly, as I update the list as often as necessary. Assist-a-grad will kick off March 1st on the C&CC website.

    Sophomores who are enrolled in an AP or high level math or science class, and who also plan to apply to the University of California or other highly selective college may register now for the SAT Subject exams in May or June.

    Juniors who are enrolled in AP or high level math or science classes and plan to apply to the UC or selective college, should also register now for SAT Subject Exams for the May or June sitting. Students are encouraged to take subject exams in courses they are doing well in and are near completion. You may have heard that the UC is no longer requiring SAT subject exams. This is true, however we have been told that the UC will continue to use the SAT Subject Exam scores for admission evaluation when presented. For this reason, we strongly recommend that all UC applicants continue to take at least two SAT Subject Exams in two different subjects.

    Juniors may also register now for spring SAT Reasoning exams. We will offer the May and June SAT.

    Register for SAT at

    www.collegeboard.com

    Juniors are also encouraged to register now for the April and June ACT. Rocklin High will not offer the June ACT, but there are several other Sacramento ACT test sites. Students who take the ACT are advised to include the Writing exam when registering, since not all colleges will accept the ACT unless it contains the writing. The ACT with Writing is accepted by all colleges.

    Register for ACT at

    www.actstudent.org

    College Planning Class Coming Up!

    Next month I will be teaching a class through Placer Adult School for parents of college-bound students. Anyone in Placer County is eligible to attend.

    This four week course is held in the evening at Del Oro High School (sorry – that was my compromise because they wanted me to come to Auburn) and is designed to help parents learn more about how to prepare to apply for college, navigate the college application process, choose a major, understand financial aid policies and how to apply (and win!) scholarships.

    Parents and children may enroll for one fee. For complete information visit

    http://www.placeradultschool.org/ Put "college" in the search bar and the course will pop up. The class begins March 14th and runs through April 4th.

    Junior parents – Next Tuesday, February 15th is our Junior Parent Night in the Theatre at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see all of you as we help you plan for senior year.

    Sent February 4th

    Many opportunities are available for our students this time of year. Here are a few samples:

    Sophomores & Juniors are invited to apply for the American Legion Environmental Conference. This is an all expense paid 4 day conference in May, held in the Tahoe area for serious environmental science students. Applications are available in the College & Career Center.

    Juniors are invited to apply for Boys and Girls State. Applications are now available in the C&CC.

    Juniors who are seeking a military academy appointment, can register now for the military academy summer seminar. Four branches offer opportunities for students to live on their campuses for a whole week. Details on the C&CC website.  

    https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/information

    The Rotary Club speech contest is open to all students. Please sign up if you intend to compete on February 9th. This is a great way to earn a regional award, win money and meet great community leaders.

    UC Davis Young Scholars Program is now accepting applications. June 19 – July 30, students can work with research faculty in the labs at UC Davis. For complete information visit

    http://ysp.ucdavis.edu  Summer offers many academic enrichment opportunities for students. If you’re looking for something "cool" to do this summer, I have a summer binder with several opportunities.

    Senior girls involved in RHS activities, have an impressive community service record and are a strong leader, should apply for the PEO Sisterhood Scholarship. Applications are available in the C&CC.

    Sierra College scholarship deadline is February 9th. All Sierra-bound seniors are encouraged to apply for several in-coming scholarships available at

    http://www.sierracollege.edu/STUDENTSERVICES/financialServ/scholarships.html

    Seniors – Sierra College will hold On the Spot Admission here in the College & Career Center on March 8th. Sign up for an appointment time as space is limited.

    The rep from Wyo Tech will visit the College & Career Center on February 17th. This is a great chance to learn more about exciting careers in the automotive industry.

    ROP Fashion Merchandising and ROP Careers with Children will hold an information session on February 11th during Plus and Lunch.

     

    Here’s a reminder of what’s coming up

     in the College & Career Center

    ASVAB Monday, January 31st

    - Just a reminder we will be administering the ASVAB on Monday, January 31st at 1 p.m. Students should report to the College & Career Center immediately after last block. Students who have a last block class should plan to bring a sack lunch to eat in the C&CC. The exam will begin at 1:15 p.m. and finish at 4:15 p.m.  The ASVAB is a vocational aptitude test and can be taken by juniors and seniors. Cost is Free.

    National Anthem vocalists

    - Students who are talented vocalists and would like to earn community service hours singing the National Anthem at school sporting events, should attend an information session Tuesday, February 1st during Nutrition Break.

    AP Computer Science

    – on February 2nd, we will host an information session on the AP Computer Science course planned for 2011 – 2012 during Plus Period or Lunch. All students are invited to attend.

    February 8th Sophomore Parent Night

    – 6:30 p.m. in the RHS Theatre.

    ROP Fashion Merchandising & ROP Child Development

    – February 11th during Plus or Lunch – Visit with the teachers from both of these programs if you are interested in enrollment.
    www.49errop.com

    February 14 – Find out why we love Sierra College

    -  Information Session at 10:30 a.m. Seniors with a last block class will need to pick up a pass to attend.

    February 15 – Junior Parent Night

    – 6:30 p.m. in the RHS Theatre.

    February 17 – WyoTech

    Information Session during Plus Period or Lunch.

    Girls and Boys State

    applications are now available in the College & Career Center. The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary will select one boy and one girl from Rocklin High to attend the summer program. Complete details on how to apply are available in the C&CC.

    March 1st – Assist-a-grad Scholarships

    will be available. Seniors from Rocklin High will be able to access the application on the College & Career Center Website. The deadline to submit applications is March 31st by 3 p.m.

    Sierra College On the Spot Admission

    – March 8th  8 a.m. – noon by appointment. If your student plans to attend Sierra College this summer or next fall, take advantage of this wonderful courtesy Sierra College offers Rocklin High School. Students can be admitted to Sierra College right in the RHS College & Career Center. It’s by appointment only, so have your student drop by and sign up for an appointment that works with their class schedule.

    March 14 – Sierra College Assessment

    – 1 p.m.  Rocklin High has a special Assessment Day when Rocklin High students can test together. Students must call to reserve their spot by calling the Sierra College Assessment Center (916) 660-7430. You must provide your Sierra College ID number (available after you have applied for admission) and tell them that you are a Rocklin High student.

    SAT & ACT

    - Juniors  who plan to apply to a four year college next fall should register NOW for the spring dates for either SAT, ACT or both. If you wait until the registration deadlines you probably will not receive Rocklin High as your test site. Register for SAT at www.collegeboard.com  and ACT at www.actstudent.org  .    While you may have heard that the UC is no longer requiring SAT Subject Exams, it is advisable to take at least two different SAT Subject Exams in two different subjects, if you intend to apply to the UC. The UC has told us they will continue to USE the SAT SUBJECT EXAMS when presented.

    Seniors – FILE your FAFSA  and Cal Grant gpa verification

    form by Valentine’s Day.  You can file the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov and the Cal Grant gpa verification can be downloaded from our website and once completed taken to the RHS registrar’s office in the administration building.  You can find the Cal Grant gpa verification at the bottom of the page on our website: https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/scholarships

    Verify your verification

    J - Once students have turned in their Cal Grant forms, they can confirm gpas have been verified at this California Student Aid website:   https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp 
     
    Sent January 21, 2011
     
     

         There are great things happening this month in the

                                   College & Career Center

    FAFSA - Monday – January 24th we will hold our annual FAFSA workshop at 6:30 p.m. in the RHS Theatre.

    This is a step by step "walk through" of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for seniors and parents of seniors. Filing a FAFSA is the only way your student can access federal or state financial aid. FAFSA money can be used at accredited institutions across the U.S. I will also hold a scholarship presentation that night.

    Cal Grant

    – Cal Grant GPA verification forms are available for seniors and college freshmen from the class of 2010. Find the form on the C&CC website or drop by to pick one up.  The deadline for Cal Grant is March 2nd.

    You must file a FAFSA and the GPA verification form to qualify.

    ASVAB

    - Monday – January 31st we are hosting the ASVAB for juniors and seniors. This is a  the Armed Services

    Vocational Aptitude Battery, a career aptitude test. It’s the same exam given to all U.S. military recruits. Students will begin the exam Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. and they will test for three hours.

    Girls State Nominations

    - Junior Girls are invited to apply to be a delegate to the 2011 California Girls State. The American Legion Auxiliary will interview their top five applicants based on a paper application and essay. From that interview they will choose the Rocklin High Girls State delegate. The applications are available in the College & Career Center. FYI – Boys State nomination packets will be available later in the spring.

    Scholarships!

    We have an updated Scholarship List on our website. While most scholarships are open only to seniors, there are a few things open to underclassmen and juniors this month. Those are noted on the list. I strongly encourage students who are not seniors to take advantage of these opportunities, because they can strengthen a college application to a selective school. They are also excellent examples of awards that can bolster the next scholarship application.

    Military Academy Summer Seminar

    - The application window is now open for all military academy summer seminars. Any juniors who are considering an appointment to a U.S. military academy will find the summer seminar a great tool in helping with the application process and for confirming that a military academy is a good fit for the individual. The links are on my website, or students can simply google "summer seminar" along with the branch of service they are most interested.

    Summer Enrichment

    - Students who are looking for educational enrichment will find a whole binder of possibilities in the College & Career Center. Students can study at colleges across the country in anything from art to zoology. I caution you to do your homework on some of the offerings, since not everything that is offered at a college is actually sponsored by the college. A good place to measure the quality of a program is to compare it with the UC Davis Scholars Program. This summer program for high school students is sponsored by UC Davis school of education, and allows students an opportunity to do research with UC Davis faculty and research groups. You can find complete information on who is eligible and how to apply at
    http://ysp.ucdavis.edu
     

    Who’s Who??

    - It is the time of year when parents begin to receive "Who’s Who" or "American Scholar" or a similar group solicitations for their child to join. This usually amounts to the organization putting your child’s name in a book and then trying to sell you the book. I never tell parents how to spend their money. What I can tell you is that membership in these organizations will not impress a competitive college.

    ROP Fashion

    - If your student is interested in a career in the fashion industry, the ROP Fashion Merchandising teacher will hold an information session in the College & Career Center on February 11th during Plus Period or Lunch. All sophomores and juniors are invited.
    http://www.49errop.com/course.aspx?id=35 Parents are welcome, but be sure to register as a visitor before coming up to the College & Career Center.

    ROP Child Development

    - Also on February 11th, the ROP Careers with Children will hold a presentation in the C&CC during Plus Period or Lunch. This is a great way for sophomores and juniors to gather information about this wonderful class, offered through 49er ROP.
    http://www.49errop.com/course.aspx?id=18  Parents are welcome, but be sure to register as a visitor before coming up to the College & Career Center.

    WyoTech

    will hold a presentation on February 17th during Plus Period or Lunch. Students in all grades are invited to learn more about the exciting world of the automotive industry.
    http://info.wyotech.edu/?dmredirect=ISGB1212&gclid=CMn3s5rwy6YCFRhCgwodMUsYJA   Parents are welcome, but be sure to register as a visitor before coming up to the College & Career Center.

    Assist-a-grad Scholarship Program

    will kick off March 1st. This is a scholarship program made up of locally sponsored donors and most of the scholarships are open only to RHS students. The application will be available on the C&CC website on March 1st. The deadline for all Assist-a-grad scholarships is March 31st. It’s not too late to sponsor an Assist-a-grad scholarship, and I promise to make it a painless process, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested.

    Sierra College

    - Seniors  planning to attend Sierra College next year, should apply for admission now. Once they have opened an account on the Sierra College website, seniors can contact the Sierra College Assessment Center to arrange for the Assessment Exam. Students should take a copy of their SAT score report  (or ACT) and an unofficial transcript with them when reporting for Assessment. Since classes fill up quickly, it’s advisable that all of our students complete the steps required prior to registration NOW, so they are cleared and ready to register on opening day April 27th.
    http://www.sierracollege.edu/ApplyRegister/admissionsRecords/first.html

    SAT Stuff

    - If your student plans to take the SAT or ACT this spring, register NOW to be sure that you receive Rocklin High as your test site. Rocklin is a very popular place for students outside of our district to test, and seats are filled on a first come, first filled basis by the College Board. Register for SAT at
    www.collegeboard.com and for ACT at www.actstudent.org

    The deadline to register for the March SAT is February 11th.

    www.collegeboard.com

    If your sophomore or junior is enrolled in an AP class, and planning to apply to the UC or other highly selective college, it’s time to register for the SAT Subject Exam in that subject for the May or June sitting.

    www.collegeboard.com  

    PSAT Scores

    - I still have a hefty stack of PSAT Score Reports. If your student took the PSAT in October, please encourage him or her to pick up the report. It includes a summary of scores, but also an access code to an SAT prep class available on-line at the College Board website. It’s tailored to the individual’s PSAT performance. This is a free course for a full year and can truly give students an edge on the SAT.

    SAT Prep

    I’m pleased to report that we will offer an SAT Prep class again this spring in the evening. There is a fee for the course, but you will find it much more affordable than many of the other offerings in our area.
    www.rocklintestprep.com .

     

     

    Parent Email News - Sent December 16, 2010
     

    FAFSA & Scholarship Night is coming January 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the RHS theatre. A CSAC representative will walk us through filing your free application for federal student aid. It starts at 6:30 p.m. in the RHS theatre. Parents of seniors are strongly encouraged to attend, but parents in all grade levels are welcome. I will hold a brief scholarship presentation that night as well.  Seniors must wait until January 1, 2011 to submit a FAFSA. If you file now, you are filing for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Remember to file your FAFSA on the government website

    www.fafsa.gov
     There is a fafsa.com website, but fafsa.com charges you to file a free form.

    CAL Grant gpa verification forms can be submitted now. All seniors who plan to attend college in California are strongly encouraged to submit a Cal Grant gpa verification form to our registrar’s office. With that form, Mrs. Olsen will submit our seniors’ gpas to the California Student Aid Commission for Cal Grant evaluation. The actual application for Cal Grants is the FAFSA.  The Cal Grant gpa verification form is available on the College & Career Center website.

    PSAT Score Reports will not be available until we return from Holiday Break. I’ve scheduled PSAT Score review sessions for January 5 and January 6 during plus period and lunch in the computer lab of the library. Students who took the PSAT are invited to any of the four sessions to pick up their score reports. They will have an opportunity to visit the College Board website and access their "My College Quick Start" which is an on-line SAT prep course designed based on their PSAT performance. Students have access to the site for free for the next year.

    The ASVAB test will be administered in the C&CC on January 31st  beginning at 1 p.m. Seating is limited so students should sign up soon.  The ASVAB is open to juniors and seniors only. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery can help students discover their natural talents for a job. This is the same exam given to new military recruits. There is no obligation to the military for taking the ASVAB, however the military recruiters will help us with interpreting the scores.

    2011 – 2012 Sierra College scholarships are now available. Scholarships can range from $150 to $2,500. The deadline this year to apply is February 7, 2011.   To find the scholarships, visit this website.

    http://www.sierracollege.edu/StudentServices/financialServ/scholarships.html   The application and budget form for Sierra College scholarships can be found on the College & Career Center website or on the Sierra College website.

    Seniors – the Schwab Rosenhouse Scholarship  is open to students who live and attend college within 100 miles of Sacramento. All Bay Area schools qualify. These are $1000 awards that are renewable.  (Parents, please remind your students that Sierra College is within 100 miles of Sacramento!)

    http://www.jewishsac.org/page.aspx?id=186106

    The Italian Catholic Scholarship is now available. Seniors who are both Italian descent and Catholic are encouraged to pick up an application in the C&CC. The deadline is March 15th.

    http://www.icf.org/forms/1styearapp.pdf

    All students are invited to participate in the Lions Club speech contest. Sign up in the C&CC to be one of two RHS students to enter the city competition.  Freshmen and Sophomores are encouraged to compete.

    Students in all grade levels are invited to enter the Olive Garden essay contest – Pasta Tales. Grand prize is a $2500 savings bond and better yet, winning a national competition looks great on a college application.  

    http://www.olivegarden.com/company/community/pasta_tales.asp

    All students are invited to enter the Optimist Club’s Essay and Oratorical contest. Cash prizes range from $50 to $2500 in savings bonds. Pick up an application in the College & Career Center.

    Parents and students can now subscribe to my college planning blog, located on the College & Career Center website home page. I try to update the webpage as new information arrives as well as provide in-depth information on specific topics in the blog. Check it out at

    https://sites.google.com/site/rhsccc/Home

    Work permits can be processed over break at the Rocklin Unified School District office on Meadows Drive. Be sure to call the District Office for hours of availability if you need a work permit processed. The Work Permit application is on the C&CC website.

    Winter Break is a perfect time to complete community service hours. If students volunteer with any non-profit organization in the next two weeks, be sure to encourage them to turn that time in for community service credit. The community service contract to record service hours is on the College & Career Center website.

    Thunder Galleria was a terrific success last Monday. Students who volunteered are encouraged to turn in their community service forms as soon as possible.

    I hope Santa sprinkles a bit of pixie dust over your home this season and I look forward to working with your students in a prosperous new year.

    Cindy Cutts

     
     
    Opportunities for students in all grades

    Lions Club Speech Contest is open to students in all grades. Competitors first compete at the Rocklin High level and the top two contenders will move on to the city competition, which includes entries from Whitney High. Details are available in the C&CC. Cash prizes at the city level. Sign up today for your time slot to compete as one of two from Rocklin High in the city contest.

    The AAUW are sponsoring a speech contest. Students in all grades are invited to participate. Students must register in December for the contest which will be held in January. Pick up an information packet in the College & Career Center. Students can win cash at the local and regional levels.

    http://www.aauw-ca.org/assets/resources/Speech_Trek_Toolkit_2010-11.pdf

    Olive Garden Essay Contest - All grade levels are also invited to compete in the Olive Garden’s Pasta Tale contest. Winners receive a $2500 Savings Bond and a trip to New York. You’ll find complete information in the scholarship file at the College & Career Center or visit  

    http://www.olivegarden.com/company/community/pasta_tales.asp

    Jewish Teens – Changing the World – Tikkun Olam Award $36,000 – Open to all Jewish teens between 13 and 19 years old who have demonstrated remarkable leadership and are actively engaged in service projects which embody the spirit of Tikkun olam (repair of the world).

    www.jewishfed.org/diller/teenawards       

    Max Preps Citizen Athlete Program - $2500 – Nominate top athletes for off-the-field reasons.

    www.maxpreps.com/citizenathlete.  http://www.maxpreps.com/events/citizenathlete/default.aspx

     

    Open just to seniors:

    NROTC - $180,000 – Full tuition, some colleges also offer free room and board. All majors accepted. No military commitment until sophomore year.

    www.nrotc.navy.mil

    Placer county Bar Association Lawday/Tim Coffin Scholarship - $250 - $1000 – Essay contest: Write and critique a modern-day example of a lawyerly exemplar of adherence to the rule of law and defense of the rights of the accused in a case where an advocate represents an unpopular client or an issue that has generated public controversy. Example found at

    www.abanet.org    

    Rocklin Soccer Club Scholarship $1000 – Open to seniors at Rocklin or Whitney High who were members of Rocklin Youth Soccer Club at least one season. Minimum 3.0 gpa. Character, sportsmanship, leadership, service, letters of recommendation and essay questions.

    Schwab Rosenhouse Scholarship $1000 - $5000 – Open to students who will attend college within 100 miles of Sacramento (all Bay area schools qualify). Comprehensive application. Apply on-line with Sponsor ID number 9982 and Security Code (case sensitive) SRMS2010

    http://www.jewishsac.org/page.aspx?id=186106        

     

    Open to Juniors (and a few sophomores)

    We would like to bring to your attention to Saint Mary’s College math camp planned for this summer (2011). Saint Mary’s College of California has been given a grant by the Math Association of America (MAA) to run this enrichment program and will offer the camp entirely for free to students (except for a small deposit, which students will get back.)

    The camp will run from June 26th to July 1st and will be residential. Participating students will stay on campus in the Saint Mary’s Science Residence Hall and we will focus on strengthening and inspiring students’ interest in Mathematics. Saint Mary’s faculty members are looking for current high school juniors, with exceptional sophomores being considered. If you know of a student who might be interested, visit the website and download the application:

    http://math.stmarys-ca.edu/SMC2.html

    If you have any questions, please contact the program director via email at

    mathcamp@stmarys-ca.edu.

    November 19th is the LATE registration deadline for the December ACT and SAT exams. For seniors, this is your last date to take either exam for applying for fall 2011.  SAT www.collegeboard.com

      ACT www.actstudent.org

    All colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT with writing.

    Students who decide to apply to the UC at the last minute, might be able to meet the testing requirements by taking the December ACT with writing and the December SAT Subject Exams in two different subjects. While this is not the preferred method of college application testing, students are welcome to drop by to confirm this option.

    The CSU and UC are now accepting applications for Fall 2011.
    The deadline is November 30th
     
    www.csumentor.edu  for CSU Application.
     
    for UC application.
     
    November 19th is the registration late deadline for both the December ACT and the December SAT.
     
    To register for the December 4th SAT, go to www.collegeboard.com
    To register for the December 11th ACT go to www.actstudent.org
     
    Seniors who have decided to apply to the Students who wish to apply to the UC , and have not completed testing requirements, can still meet the UC testing eligibility by taking two different SAT Subjects on December 4th and the ACT with WRITING on December 11th.

    Students who test in December, must have the testing agency release their scores to the college where applications are being submitted. If the December scores are higher than previous attempts, it is also recommended that December scores be mailed directly to admissions offices the old-fashioned way, with a note asking the college to be sure to use the new scores for admission evaluation. Always include your student ID number that was assigned when you submitted your application.

    November 30th is the CSU and UC admission deadline for fall 2011.

     I am available before and after school, break during Plus Period and lunch for your students to drop by with help on their applications. Please encourage students to come by for help. There are no "dumb questions" in the C&CC!
     
    A new scholarship  list is out. See the attachment below.

    Next Tuesday, November 9th the rep from Sierra Nevada College

    will visit the College & Career Center at 9:30 a.m. This is a great chance for students who love the Sierra lifestyle to learn about a college in some of the world’s most beautiful landscape. Parents are welcome to attend, but be sure to check in as a visitor before coming to the C&CC. http://www.sierranevada.edu/about

     

    Thunder Galleria is scheduled for December 13th

    and plans are well underway. If your student would like to get involved, the time is now! We are still in need of several "shopkeepers" to build stores in the Thunder Galleria and collect items to stock it. We will be training our "elves" right after Thanksgiving break.

    This year Thunder Galleria is looking for help with security at the cafeteria doors.

    The parents of the little shoppers are asked to wait outside the Thunder Galleria and we have a very nice reception area for them, complete with refreshments. However, each year, we have a few parents that still manage to sneak in. This is a safety concern. Our Board of Directors is asking for parent volunteers to help patrol the doors of the Thunder Galleria. They have specifically asked me to ask DAD’s or BIG Brothers to consider volunteering to be part of Thunder Galleria SWAT (Security With Attitude Team). Please reply if you are available to help with SWAT from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on December 13th. You just need to show up, stand at the door, and kindly (but firmly) stop adults from entering the Thunder Galleria doors.  Of course Moms and BIG Sisters are also welcome to be on the SWAT Team.

    Donations for Thunder Galleria are accepted every day

    in the College & Career Center. New or like new gift items, suitable for a child to give a family member are requested. We accept almost anything since children will be "purchasing" gifts for siblings ranging from infant to adult, parents, grandparents and sometimes even pets. We are unable to accept clothing, electronics or furniture.

    Schwab Rosenhouse Scholarship

    - Seniors who plan to attend a college with 100 miles of Sacramento, should definitely apply for the Schwab Rosenhouse Scholarship. All Bay Area schools qualify, as well as community colleges. Please note – Sierra College is within 100 miles of Sacramento! J  Awards range from $1000 - $5000 and they are renewable. www.jewishsac.org/page.aspx?id=186106  (sponsored by the Jewish Federation, but applicants are NOT required to be Jewish.) Deadline is February 1, 2011.
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