• Counseling Department Newsletter

    March 2020

    Upcoming Dates

    ➢ March 6 - Last day to DROP a course without a “W” (withdrawal) grade

    ➢ April 5 - 3rd Quarter Ends

    ➢ May 19 - Last day to DROP a course (seniors)

    ➢ June 1 - Last day to DROP a course (grades 9-11)

    Events and Information

    WANIC – WANIC offers career and technical education for high school juniors and seniors. Half-day programs that earn students high school credit include:

    ● Auto tech

    ● Cisco Networking

    ● Culinary Arts

    ● Digipen Art & Animation

    ● Digipen Music & Sound Design

    ● Digipen Video Game Programming

    ● Fire and EMS

    ● Foundations of Manufacturing

    ● Health Science Careers (Nursing)

    ● Medical Careers

    ● Sports Medicine

    While the WANIC open house that was scheduled for March 10 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled, students interested in the program are encouraged to visit the WANIC website at https://wanic.lwsd.org/ and contact instructors directly with questions. Registration for current 10 th -11 th graders for 2020-21 is now open: spaces are limited and registration closes April 15.

    Running Start Information for Fall 2020 - Counselors recently hosted an information session for 10th-11th graders with interest in taking courses at the community college through Running Start in Fall of 2020. In case you missed it or want to access the slide show go tohttps://www.mercerislandschools.org/Page/14564

    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.

    Summer School Update – Mercer Island School District will be offering summer school this year for credit recovery and other courses. The dates are June 30-July 31st. The Summer School Office will be posting details in mid-April, at which time we will communicate this to families. Stay tuned for more information.

    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

    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 July 30 at the Westin Seattle 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 tohttps://ctcl.org/seattle-wa-july-30-2020/.

    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/

    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.

    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:

    ● Arabic

    ● Hebrew

    ● Hindi

    ● Italian

    ● Mandarin Chinese (simplified and traditional)

    ● Polish ● Portuguese (Brazilian)

    ● French

    ● German

    ● Japanese

    ● Korean

    ● Russian

    ● Spanish

    The next test date is April 1 with a registration deadline of March 19 at 5:00pm. Details at 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