• October 2019 Counseling Department Newsletter

    Upcoming Events and Announcements

    Thanks to all who were able to attend Beyond High School Night last week!  In case you missed it, the next event listed provides for a similar opportunity. 

    Bellevue College’s High School and Beyond Event – Saturday, November 16 from 9:00am- 12 noon at the BC Cafeteria Building C.  Information sessions will include: College and Career Pathways, Financial Aid, Advising and Educational Planning, BC’s 2- and 4-year programs, along with a college fair of various post-secondary institutions including 4-year universities.  Free and open to the public.     

    Juniors: National College Fair Field Trip is on Friday, November 1.  Field trip forms were collected last Friday, but you may still turn your forms in on Monday, October 14 to the Counseling Center.  If you need an additional form they were posted in Schoology by Mr. Jones last week.  We do need a few more parent volunteers to attend: if you are interested stop by the Counseling Center anytime weekdays from 7:30am-3:30pm to complete background check forms.


    National Portfolio Day - Saturday, November 9th 11:00am-3:00pm at Cornish College of the Arts.  National Portfolio Days are annual events held in multiple locations across the United States, Canada and Europe. They are designed to provide a unique opportunity for visual arts and design students to meet individually with professional representatives of accredited colleges and universities and receive valuable feedback and guidance on their portfolios before you submit it as part of your application.  For more information go to https://nationalportfolioday.org/. 

    Academic Tutoring Schedule – The Academic Tutoring Schedule is now posted on the MIHS website under “Students.”  Check it out and take advantage of the support that is offered.

    PSAT Information

    PSAT - On Wednesday, October 16th, MIHS will be administering the PSAT to all 11th grade students. Testing will occur from 8:45 AM to approximately 12:00 PM. All 9th, 10th, and 12th graders will be participating in other educational activities and opportunities during this time.

    There is a special school schedule for all students that day: MIHS PSAT Schedule.  If you are unable to view the link, the schedule can be found on the MIHS site under “Students” and “Schedules.”

    PSAT test takers (juniors):

    ➔ No registration required (All 11th graders are already registered but if you have not completed the demographic information on an answer sheet, stop by the Counseling Center before or afterschool, on your off period or lunch to do so).

    ➔ PSAT Student Guides were provided on the week of September 23rd to students through their MIHS English classes. A digital copy was also sent to all 11th graders via Schoology.  Here’s the link:   https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-student-guide.pdf

    ➔ Posters with student names and testing rooms will be displayed starting October 14th in the school's main entrance.

    ➔ Testing begins promptly at 8:45am

    ➔ Bring a photo ID

    ➔ Bring an acceptable calculator (See student guide)

    ➔ Bring #2 Pencils with erasers (no mechanical pencils)

    CLASS of 2020 College Application Process Information

    College Application Process: Videos to support seniors with the college application process are now posted on the Counseling Department website under the “Post-Secondary Application Process” tab. These videos show how to order official transcripts for college applications, how to use Naviance for official school documents, etc.

    Unofficial Transcripts & Rank: If you have not done so yet, stop by the Counseling Center to pick up your unofficial transcript and obtain your school rank.

    Naviance: Please be sure your Naviance is updated with your final college list. Your final list should include all Early Decision, Regular Decision and Public WA colleges.

    Transcripts are ordered via the online system.  Go to the MIHS homepage and click on the “$.”  In order for counselors to meet deadlines, students must order transcripts at least 20 days in advance of a deadline.

     HINT-HINT: If there is a slight chance you may be applying to a college, add the college to your final college list. It is easier to delete a college than add a college later. 

    How can I get more help with my college planning and applications?  Stop by the Counselor of the Day Table.  Counselors will also be available during lunches on Fridays in the Fall.

    Advanced Placement Exam Information

    Advanced Placement exam registration and payment is now underway.  To learn more, check out the video posted on the MIHS website: https://www.mercerislandschools.org/mihs.

    November 1st will be the last day to register and pay for your AP exams online without incurring late fees.

    AP Exams will take place May 4 - 15th, 2020.

    If you have any questions about registration or payment, contact Debbie Hanson, MIHS Assessment Coordinator at debbie.hanson@mercerislandschools.org

    Accommodations for AP exams:

    If you seek accommodations for AP tests in May and have not been approved previously by the College Board, contact: Mr. Mike Neff, School Psychologist, at mike.neff@mercerislandschools.org by January 10th, 2020.

    If you have already been approved by the College Board for accommodations for PSAT or SAT, these accommodations will apply for any AP exams: no additional action is needed. If you have been approved for ACT accommodations only, these do NOT apply to AP/SAT/PSAT testing.