• May 2019 Counseling Department Newsletter

    Upcoming Academic Dates

    May 21 (grade 12), June 3 (grades 9-11) – Last day to DROP a course.

    May 28 Senior Clearance Slips available at the Counselor of the Day Table.

    June 7 Senior Clearance Slips due to the Counseling Center by 3:30pm.


    Autism and STEM: Fostering Balanced and Inclusive Communities at School and at Work - For autistic high school and college students, and those who support them. This conference will explore the skills and resources needed for collegiate and workplace success, including considerations such as self- advocacy, internal motivation, and organizational and executive functioning abilities. Environmental resources for educational and workplace professionals will also be explored, including understanding autistic culture and communication, and the value of neurodiversity in the workplace. Bellevue College STEM faculty will share best practices and Bellevue College STEM students will discuss the college experience. A professional panel from Microsoft’s Autism community will talk about career experiences. Hosted by Stairway to STEM (STS) in collaboration with Bellevue College’s RISE Learning Institute and Autism Spectrum Navigators Program. The conference is at Bellevue College on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00am-4:00pm.


    Post-Secondary Exploration in May – CREST is sponsoring two field trips for students interested in technical colleges and hosting a panel for students interested in working in the nonprofit sector, with at- risk youth, with the immigrant community, or with the queer community.


    *Field Trip to Lake Washington Tech Wednesday, May 8, 8:00AM-1:00PM Limited space available!

    *Field Trip to Renton Technical College Wednesday, May 22, 8:00AM-1:00PM Limited space available!

    *Nonprofit & Community Work Panel* Wednesday, May 29, 8:45-10:10AM @ CREST


    *The panel features Raul Alvarez (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project), Andrea Goodman (Gage Academy of Arts, various work with the youth/queer community in Seattle), Heldáy de la Cruz (Illustrator, designer, community organizer; Portland, OR).

    Students interested in any of the post-secondary exploration opportunities at CREST should see Mr. Harper or their counselor to sign up.

    Summer School – Registration for Mercer Island School District Summer School is open with courses offered on a space available basis. For registration information, a course catalog, and contact for questions go to https://www.mercerislandschools.org/Page/13809.

    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/.

    Test Optional Colleges – Did you know that there are currently over 1,000 Bachelor’s Degree-granting colleges and universities that do not require applicants to submit an ACT or SAT? The University of San Francisco will be test optional starting with applicants for Fall of 2020, joining the ranks of institutions such as the University of Chicago, Brandeis, Wake Forest, and George Washington to name a few. For a complete, up-to-date listing of test optional colleges go to https://www.fairtest.org/university/optional.

    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/.

    Sophomores and Fall PSAT - If you have an IEP or 504 that provides testing accommodations and you have not done so yet, e-mail Mike Neff, School Psychologist (mike.neff@mercerislandschools.org) to initiate the process. Once approved by the CollegeBoard, accommodations will be in place for the PSAT in Fall and any future SAT and/or AP exams to be taken.

    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 “Seniors” tab.

    Running Start Fall 2019 Registration Information- Current sophomores and juniors who are planning to enroll for courses for the first time at the community college in Fall need to take the following steps in this order:

    1.View the Running Start Presentation on the MIHS Counseling website

    2. Complete the online registration to the community college (via community college website).

    3. Following step 2, you will receive a verification e-mail from the community college outlining next steps.

    4. Request an appointment with your MIHS counselor in the counseling office, indicating you are new to Running Start. Bring your Enrollment Verification Form (found on the college’s Running Start website) with completed student/parent sections to your appointment.

    Registration for new Running Start students at Bellevue College closes on May 10 at 5:00pm. For more information go to https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/runningstart/. Deadlines for other community colleges vary.

    May/June Assessments

    State assessments and AP exams are upcoming in May and June. We ask that parents especially make efforts to avoid pre-planned absences and appointments during the testing windows.

    SBAC English/Language Arts (ELA) and Math Exams

    All Sophomores and some Juniors (by invitation only) will take Smarter Balanced exams the week of May 20th-May 23rd. Freshmen, Juniors and Seniors will have a two hour and fifteen-minute late start on testing days. Bus transportation will run as normal. A modified bell schedule and late start will be in place for Freshmen, Juniors (who are not testing) and Seniors. Freshmen, Juniors and Seniors who rely on district transportation can come to school during their regular school time and will be directed to the commons to wait until classes begin. The SBA schedule for May 20-23, 2019 can be found on the MIHS website.

    For frequently asked questions about testing, please visit the state assessment pages at: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/default.aspx

    Student practice and training tests can be accessed here: https://wa.portal.airast.org/training- tests.stml

    SBAC testing is a state requirement for graduation. For student specific questions, please contact Jenny Foster at jenny.foster@mercerislandschools.org

    State Science Exams

    All Juniors will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science Test (WCAS) on Monday, June 3rd. (See modified bell schedule.)

    8:00-10:15 AM – WCAS Testing

    10:15-10:30 AM – Passing Time

    10:30-11:00 AM – 1st period

    11:05-11:35 – 2nd period

    11:40 AM-12:10 PM – 3rd period

    1st Lunch 12:10-12:40/4th period A 12:15-12:45PM

    4th period B 12:45-1:15 PM/2nd Lunch 12:45-1:15 PM

    1:20-1:50 PM – 5th period

    1:55-2:25 PM – 6th period

    2:30-3:00 PM – 7th period

    Advanced Placement Exams

    AP exams will take place from May 6 to May 17. For any students planning to take an AP exam, please remember to bring with you your Student ID or Driver's License, a warm layer (the gyms can get cold), wooden #2 pencils (not mechanical pencils), pens with blue or black ink, and an appropriate calculator (if applicable). Do not wear any clothing with subject-related material on it. Make sure you pack a hearty lunch on the day of the exam, as you may not have time to order food before or after the test. You may bring a snack, with all manufacturer's packaging removed, in a clear Ziploc bag or clear container and water in a transparent, fully-sealed receptacle. A list of where you will be testing will be posted in the main hallway of MIHS; make sure you know where you need to go before the day of your exam. Morning exams begin at 7:30 AM, and afternoon exams begin at 12:00 PM. Study hard in the coming weeks and get enough sleep the night before! Each exam runs approximately 4 hours, so plan transportation and work schedules for afternoon exams accordingly. The exam schedule is listed below, and room assignments are posted on the walls between the counseling office and the library. Good luck, everyone!

    AP 2019 Exam Schedule

    Week 1

    Monday, May 6                                               

    7:30 AM - Government and Politics

    12:00 PM - Chinese Language and Culture / Environmental Science

    Tuesday May 7                       

    7:30 AM - Spanish Language and Culture

    12:00 PM - Japanese Language and Culture

    12:00 PM - Physics1: Algebra-Based                                                                                                      

    Wednesday, May 8                 

    7:30 AM - English Literature and Composition

    12:00 PM - European History

    12:00 PM - French Language and Culture

    Thursday, May 9

    7:30 AM - Chemistry

    7:30 AM - Spanish Literature and Culture                   

    12:00 PM - German Language and Culture

    12:00 PM - Psychology

    Friday, May 10

    7:30 AM - United States History

    12:00 PM - Physics 2: Algebra-based

    AP Studio Art and AP Art Drawing portfolios due to Mr. Vasquez by 2PM

     Week 2

    Test Date                              Morning (7:30 AM)                                                    Afternoon (12 PM)________________

    Monday, May 13

    7:30 AM -  Biology

    12:00 PM - Physics C: Mechanics (12-2 PM)

    12:00 PM - Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism*

    (2-4 PM) AP Phys C: E & M is the only exam with a 2 PM start time

    Tuesday, May 14                     

    7:30 AM - Calculus AB

    7:30 AM - Calculus BC

    12:00 PM - Art History

    12:00 PM - Human Geography

     Wednesday, May 15

    7:30 AM - English Language and Composition

    12:00 PM - Macroeconomics

    Thursday, May 16

    7:30 AM - Comparative Government and Politics

    7:30 AM - World History     

    12:00 PM - Statistics

    Friday, May 17

    7:30 AM - Microeconomics

    7:30 AM - Music Theory

    12:00 PM - Computer Science A

    12:00 PM - Latin


    Go Islanders!

    MIHS Counseling Team