• November 2019 Counseling Department Newsletter

    Important Dates

    November 1 – First Quarter ended

    November 8 – Last day to register and pay for an Advanced Placement exam (see “AP Exams” below)

    November 4-25 – Students may elect to take one (1) course as Pass/Fail.  Students must consult with a counselor, contact any colleges they plan to apply to and complete a Pass/Fail Permission Form

    December 20 – Last day to drop a course with a “W” withdrawal grade (no drops allowed after that date)

    Upcoming Events and Announcements

    National College Fair Field Trip in Review – On November 1st 299 juniors attended the National College Fair at the Washington State Convention Center.  Our students were consistently observed having direct interactions with the various college and post-secondary representatives, networking and getting answers to their questions direct from the source.  Feedback from a parent: “My son came home excited about sharing all the college flyers and information he picked up at the fair. So, thanks for taking the juniors. It’s a great thing!”  A big thank you to PTSA for funding this annual event, to the 8 staff members who chaperoned buses, and to the 20 parents who volunteered in support of the field trip.  We look forward to providing this opportunity to the Class of 2022 next fall.

    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/.

    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.     

    Language Proficiency – 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 find out if your student is a candidate, go to https://www.mercerislandschools.org/Domain/1954.  If you want to test in a language that is not offered in our district, students should see their counselor.


    AP Exams The clock is ticking... We've now entered the late registration period, and this Friday, November 8th is the LAST DAY to register and pay for MIHS AP exams (with a $40 late fee per exam).

    Students will NOT be able to register/pay for AP exams in Winter or Spring due to new College Board deadlines.  NOW IS THE ONLY TIME

    • Note: AP exams will only be ordered for students who have both registered AND paid for their exam(s).

    Need more information? See the attached flyer for details, including how to pay at                     https://wa-mercerisland.intouchreceipting.com/  Students may also drop in to see Mrs. Hanson in the MIHS Library or email her at debbie.hanson@mercerislandschools.


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

    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 Ariel Schachter or Chris Harnish.  Parents also can inquire about services and resources at 206.236.3290 (Ariel) or 206.236.3363 (Chris).

    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/.


    Testing Accommodations - If you are a JUNIOR with an IEP or 504 that provides testing accommodations, you plan to take an SAT/ACT and/or AP exam this year and you have not done so yet, e-mail Mike Neff, School Psychologist (mike.neff@mercerislandschools.org) to initiate the process of submitting a request for accommodations. Please let Mr. Neff know which test(s) you plan to take along with the test date(s).  If you are a SOPHOMORE with an IEP or 504 that provides testing accommodations, contact Mr. Neff by the end of the school year so that accommodations will be in place for the PSAT in Fall and any future SAT and/or AP exams to be taken.