March 2019 Counseling Department Newsletter
Upcoming Academic Dates
March 8 - Last day to DROP a course without a “W” (withdrawal grade) on transcript.
April 5 – 3rd Quarter Ends.
May 21 (grade 12), June 3 (grades 9-11) – Last day to DROP a course.
WANIC Open House – The WANIC open house that was postponed from February has been re-scheduled for Thursday, March 19 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology commons. WANIC offers career and technical education for high school students. Registration for current 10th-11th graders is now open. For more information go to https://wanic.lwsd.org/ and check out the open house.
Language Proficiency – Starting with the class of 2019, students must complete at least two years of a World Language to meet graduation requirements. One way students can meet this requirement is by completing a proficiency exam where, depending on their results, students can earn up to 4 years of high school credit. To check to see if your student is a candidate, go to https://www.mercerislandschools.org/Domain/1954. Spring testing is March 20: students must register online by March 13. See your counselor if you want to test in a language that is not offered in our district.
Mock SAT/ACT Practice Tests are offered at MIHS through the PTSA. For more information go to https://mihsptsa.org/college-prep/sat-act-prep/.
AP Registration – Registrations for Advanced Placement (AP) exams are now closed. However, LATE registrations are being accepted through our Counseling Office. There is an additional $55 fee for late registration. See Mrs. Brintnall in the Counseling Office for assistance.
Summer School Update – Mercer Island School District will be offering summer school this year for credit recovery and other courses. The Summer School Office will be sending information to counselors in mid-April, at which time we will communicate this to families. Stay tuned for more information.
Colleges That Change Lives – CTCL is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of a student-centered college search. Its program is designed to offer students and parents a new perspective on college admission, to address some of the misconceptions about college admission, and to help students connect with representatives from CTCL-member colleges. This free program will be on Thursday, August 1 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel at 7:00pm. The program consists of a 30-minute information session followed by a 1.5 hour college fair. For a list of member colleges and to register go to https://ctcl.org/seattle-wa-august-1-2019/.
Class of 2019 Graduation Information – Graduation information is now posted on the Counseling Department website at https://www.mercerislandschools.org/Page/15456.
Scholarships – Spring is when scholarship opportunities start to heat up! An updated list of local scholarships is maintained on the Counseling website under the “Current Scholarships” tab.
Student Wellness Resources – The Resource and Referral Place (R&R) at MIHS provides convenient student access to mental health professionals. Help is available for all types of issues including stress, relationships, depression, eating issues, alcohol and drug issues, anger and legal difficulties. Students can stop by the R&R offices opposite the Attendance Office to make an appointment with either Cathy Gentino or Chris Harnish. Parents also can inquire about services and resources at 206.236.3290 (Cathy) or 206.236.3363 (Chris).
Mercer Island High School Counseling Team