• January 2020 Counseling Department Newsletter

    Upcoming Dates

    1/20 No school: MLK Day

    1/21-1/24 Finals Week (see schedule posted on MIHS website under “Students”)

    1/27 No school for students (offices closed)

    1/28 2nd Semester begins

    1/30 Last day to ADD a 2nd semester course

    2/14 Deadline for registering for a 2nd semester WEB online course

    3/6 Last day to DROP a course without a “W” (withdrawal) grade

    5/19 Last day to DROP a course (seniors)

    6/1 Last day to DROP a course (grades 9-11)

    Events and Information

    Second Semester Schedules – Students: take a moment to check your second semester schedules in Skyward. If there are errors, you don’t have 6 classes or you are missing a graduation requirement, stop by the Counselor of the Day table at lunch or during your off period to get help with this. We want you to have your schedule for 2nd semester lined up and ready to go BEFORE the semester begins on Tuesday, January 28th.

    WEB Course registration is open - For students who need to take a credit recovery course or who want to take a course not offered at MIHS, WEB online courses are available. To find out more information and to register go to https://www.mercerislandschools.org/Page/10061. 2nd semester registrations will be accepted until the February 14 deadline.

    Course Selections for the 2020-2021 School Year - Students in grades 9-11 will be making course selections for next year in February. Here are some highlights of the upcoming activities:

    -Feb 3-7 Ms Brown visits 9th grade classrooms for information about course selections

    -Feb 5 Counselor course selection videos to 9th-11th grade Islander Hour classes

    -Feb 7 Skyward opens for 9-11th grade course selections

    -Feb 12 Islander Hour Curriculum Fair for 9-11th graders (details upcoming)

    -Feb 27 Skyward closes for course selections

    Running Start information for Fall 2020 - Counselors will host an information session for 10th-11th graders who are interested in taking courses at the community college through Running Start in Fall of 2020. These sessions will be held during lunches on Thursday, February 13th in the LPR.

    To register for this event:

    ● log-in to your Naviance account

    ● “What’s New” locate the event and correct lunch

    ● click “Register.” What to expect from this event:

    ● We will review the entrance requirements

    ● What it takes to be a successful college student

    ● How to register, and more.

    ● Bring your lunch.

    For students who ultimately decide they want to sign up for courses at the community college, the colleges require students/parents attend one of their own Information Sessions BEFORE they allow students to register. A flyer for Bellevue College’s required information sessions is attached.

    Current Running Start Students - The Spring course catalog at Bellevue College is posted NOW. Check your email for a message from the Running Start office for an announcement about spring registration. Registration for courses will begin the week of February 10, so call the counseling office or stop by to ask for a meeting with your counselor. with student/parent portions completed to your meeting to save yourself time. EVFs are on the BC Running Start website under “Forms.”

    4th Annual College Bound Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities - Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bellevue College Main Campus, Building C. Students and parents will learn more about how to access and successfully transition to college and other post-secondary options. All grades welcomed and encouraged to attend! For more information and to register go to www.bellevuecollege.edu/ols/college-bound/.

    Gap Year Fair – What is a gap year? Is it a fit for my student? Find out more on Thursday, February 13 from 6:00pm-8:30pm where Roosevelt HS in Seattle will host an annual Gap Year Fair. From 6:00-6:45pm is a general presentation followed by the fair from 6:45-8:30pm. For more information and to register go to https://usagapyearfairs.org/fair/seattle-wa/.

    PNACAC Spring National College Fairs – Did you miss the October College Fair? Do you want to have another opportunity to attend? Or go to a college fair for the first time? PNACAC offers Spring College Fairs where students of any grade and their parents are able to connect with representatives from colleges and other programs from across the country and abroad at one central venue.

    Save the dates for these Spring College Fairs…

    ● Saturday, April 25 at Seattle University

    ● Sunday, April 26 at the University of Portland

    Times and registration information will post in January. For information go to http://www.pnacac.org/college-fairs

    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/

    DO-IT Scholars – The DO-IT Center (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) at the University of Washington serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. The DO-IT Scholars program is open to sophomores and juniors who have an interest in attending college, and who have any type of learning, sensory or mobility impairment or health impairment. Their program offers a one-to-two week live in summer program at the UW Campus. For more information and an application, go to www.uw.edu/doit/Programs. Application priority is given to those applications received before January 30, 2020. For questions, call 206-685-3648.

    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).

    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 check to see if your student is a candidate, go to https://www.mercerislandschools.org/Domain/1954.

    Testing language options currently offered:

    ● Chinese

    ● French

    ● Japanese

    ● Korean (NEW as of 2019-20)

    ● Russian

    ● Spanish

    If you want to test in a language that is not offered in our district, students should see their counselor.