• Counseling Department Newsletter

    February 2020

    Upcoming Dates

    ➢ 2/12 Islander Hour Curriculum Fair for 9th-11th grade

    ➢ 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

    Seniors and Mid-Year Transcripts- Transcripts that include first semester grades will be sent to colleges the week of February 10. These “Mid-Year Reports” will also include your updated GPA and class rank. If you have changed your schedule since you first applied to schools, it is up to you as the student to inform college(s) of this. Counselors will send mid-year reports and transcripts to the colleges you have already paid the $5 processing fee for through the school website. Stop by the Counselor of the Day Table if you have any questions.

    Registration for Courses for 2020-21 - Current 9th-11th graders will be making decisions about courses for next year. Selections must be made in Skyward by February 27th at 11:59pm. For more information see the attached “Important Registration Information” sheet and consult the Counseling website on the “2020-21 Course Registration Info” tab. Last week, Skyward and Schoology messages were sent regarding Wednesday’s Islander Hour Curriculum Fair for grades 9-11. Additional information about this event will be sent in separate messages.

    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. (Bring your lunch).

    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:

    ● A review of the entrance requirements

    ● What it takes to be a successful college student

    ● How to register

    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. Bring a copy of your Enrollment Verification Form with student/parent portions completed to your meeting to save yourself time. EVFs are on the BC Running Start website under “Forms.”

    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.

    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

    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/

    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.

    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).