11/2 Counselor's Corner

posted Nov 2, 2011, 10:47 AM by stephensteach   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 10:47 AM ]

BVSD ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES
CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT (Please read below for important changes to the policy!!!)

Are you interested in taking a college course this spring and having the district pay for it? Colorado law provides juniors and seniors with this opportunity if you have exhausted the curriculum in an academic class at our school in the subject you want to take. This means you have met or exceeded the 4-year college credit requirement in this subject. Registration materials for the SPRING are available in Diane’s office. Please see Diane with questions ASAP. (We really encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity, as this is the last chance to take classes at a non-community college and get fully reimbursed. See below policy change.)  DEADLINE to return papers to Diane: I have changed the deadline from MONDAY NOVEMBER 8th  to THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10th

NEW LEGISLATION: Due to new legislation, this will be the last semester the district will be able to cover tuition for non-community college courses (CU Boulder, Metro, etc.). Starting Fall 2012, BVSD will only be able to cover student tuition at the community college tuition rate, or $105.85/credit hour, regardless of which college the student attends. Students will be responsible for any tuition costs above and beyond this amount, as well as any fees and books associated with the college-level course. (This means tuition for courses taken at Front Range will be fully covered.) The approval process for courses will not change.

 

BOULDER TEC
Interested in taking classes at Boulder TEC this spring? The programs listed below have openings, but will fill up quickly. See Diane ASAP for more information and application.
Auto/Collision (AM and PM); Nursing Assistant (AM); Forensic Technology (PM); Graphic Applications (PM); Computer Information Systems/Web and Gaming Applications (AM)
***There will be a tour of Boulder Tec on the morning of Thursday, January 12 for New Vista students interested in taking classes in the fall of 2012

COLLEGES AND ORGANIZATIONS VISITING NEW VISTA

ALL STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND VISITS. SENIORS SHOULD SIGN UP ONLINE AT http://connection.naviance.com/newvista. See Diane or Julie if you need help. All other students sign up ahead of time on the bulletin board in the Post Grad/Counseling Center and get a pink ticket from Diane, Tracie or Julie.







School                                                                        Date                                        Time
Colorado Mountain College, Timberline          Wednesday November 2   10:00am

Johnson & Wales                                                     Monday, November 7        9:00am
Redstone College                                                    Thursday, November 10    1:00pm
Community College of Denver                            Monday, November 14      10:00am

Prescott College                                                       Tuesday, November 15      10:30am
University of Northern Colorado                         Friday, November 18          9:30am
Front Range Community College                        Monday, November 28      10:00am
LEWIS AND CLARK: For students who signed up for Mondays, Lewis and Clark visit, which was cancelled, we are hoping to reschedule and will let you know of the new time.


Because New Vista is a small school, we are unable to host as many college visits as the larger high schools. If a college of interest is visiting another school, students can contact that high school’s counseling office to find out about attending the visit. Most high schools post their “College Visit Calendar” on their websites. Many colleges will also offer nighttime visits at local coffee shops and hotels, as well as private interviews. View “Upcoming College and Post-Secondary Events” for a list of those opportunities.

 

UPCOMING COLLEGE AND POST-SECONDARY EVENTS

The biggest online college fair this week, November 2nd & 3rd!!!
More than 300 colleges and universities from across the country through live chats. Students can connect with admission representatives, financial aid administrators and current undergraduate students from schools. There will be live hourly presentations from experts offering advice to future college students, including: Ted Fiske, author of the Fiske Guide, Harlan Cohen, author of The Naked Roommate and Alan Gelb, author of Conquering the College Admissions Essay.

Go to  http://www.collegeweeklive.com/ for more information.

MINORITY STUDENT MEDICAL CAREER AWARENESS WORKSHOPS & RECRUITMENT FAIR                                                                                                                     Saturday, November 5 11:00am-6:30pm at the Colorado Convention Center Denver, CO                                                                                          By attending, you can meet with admissions representatives from medical schools and other health professions schools, find out about summer opportunities and additional resources that can help you prepare for a career in the health professions. All are welcome! Online registration Oct.3-Oct. 21. For more information visit: https://www.aamc.org/students/minorities/63080/minorities_medicalcareerfair.htm   

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT FOR SENIORS AND PARENTS
November 15th at 6:30 at New Vista High school
Do you need help paying for college? Join us for an informative evening on the ABCs of college financial aid and scholarships. We are pleased to have a financial aid expert help you and your family gain a better understanding of the ins and outs of paying for college. (Though this presentation is geared towards seniors, anyone wanting to get a head start on understanding this process is welcome to attend)

ADELANTE EMPOWERMENT LATINA CONFERENCE
Saturday, November 19 8:30am CU Boulder, University Memorial Center room 235
The purpose of this conference is to encourage Latina students in high school to further their education and to inform them of the opportunities found in an institution of higher learning after graduation from high school. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Daycare will also be provided during the conference upon request. Please RSVP by November 4 by emailing PiLambdaChi.Alpha.Adelante@gmail.com or by phone at 303-332-5391.

DEVRY UNIVERSITY - HER WORLD
Thursday, December 8 7:30am-2:30pm at the Denver Merchandise Mart
A full day event designed to introduce high school junior and senior women to careers in business and technology. Register at http://www.wes.devry.edu/herworld_registration.html or call (303) 280-7570 for more information.

GAP YEAR FAIR                                                                                                                 
Sunday,
February 05, 2012 from 1-4pm at the Denver Academy 4400 E. Iliff Avenue Denver, CO 80222 For more information visit: http://www.usagapyearfairs.org/index.html

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING EXPLORATION DAY

Saturday, February 11 9:00am-3:00pm CSU Engineering Building and Lory Student Center

The program includes an overview of engineering majors and careers, laboratory demonstrations, discussion sessions with current students, information about financial aid, scholarships, and residence halls, and information on engineering admission, advising, and scholarships. Register online at www.engr.colostate.edu/explore.

WESTERN STATE COLLEGE OF COLORADO 2011-2012 PREVIEW DAYS
February 24th, March 23rd & April 20th
For more information or to schedule your visit online go to www.western.edu.


COLLEGE WEEK LIVE is a provider of the world's largest online college fairs. This school year College Week Live will feature more than 30 online events, including virtual open houses for individual schools, regional shows, and large national and international college fairs. Go to www.collegeweeklive.com for more information!

LEAPNOW

Academic year and gap semester learning adventures that bring together international travel, academic credit and mentoring exploration of the whole human being. Visit leapnow.org for information on the 2012-2013 opportunities.

 

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTING

ACT Test                                                                                                                          

All Juniors are required to take the state-mandated ACT on April 24th. This test does not include the “writing section.” To retake the ACT or for info about the test, go to www.actstudent.org  

                                                                                                            Late Registration

Test Date                                Registration Deadline                         (Fee Required)__

December 10, 2011                           November 4, 2011                                                November 5–18, 2011

February 11, 2012*                            January 13, 2012                                                                January 14–20, 2012

April 14, 2012                                      March 9, 2012                                                     March 10–23, 2012

June 9, 2012                                         May 4, 2012                                                         May 5–18, 2012

 

 

 

SAT                                                                                                                       

For more info and to register, visit www.collegeboard.com. Fee waivers are available. See Diane for more info.

                                                                                                            Late Registration

Test Date                                Registration Deadline                         (Fee Required)__

November 5, 2011                              October 7, 2011                                                   October 21, 2011

December 3, 2011                               November 8, 2011                                              November 20, 2011

January 28, 2012                                                December 30, 2011                                             January 13, 2012

March 10, 2012                                   February 10, 2012                                               February 24, 2012

May 5, 2012                                         April 6, 2012                                                         April 20, 2012

June 2, 2012                                         May 8, 2012                                                         May 22, 2012

 

Students with disabilities: If you plan on taking the ACT, PSAT or SAT, please see Diane or your case manager ASAP to set up accommodations.







PREP CLASSES

DOME SAT PREP: A free SAT Prep program online that includes a catalog of over 100 strategic study guides, an interactive vocabulary builder with over 5000 common SAT words, practice quizzes with explanations, and simulated practice tests. http://domesatreview.com

 

KAPLAN: Kaplan is holding many test prep classes in our area. Go to www.kaptest.com for more info. New Vista may host a Kaplan ACT course. The cost will be about $500. We will keep you posted.

 

BVSD CLASSES: There are many prep classes available for the ACT and SAT. Check out www.bvsd.org/LLL for those offered through BVSD.

 

LEADERSHIP, COMMUNITY & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
2011 Native Women & Youth in Ag Annual Writing Competition

ESSAY TOPIC: “What Should Indian Agriculture Look Like 25 Years From Now?” Research & talk to your elders about what the past 25 years of agriculture was like and then write about what you think the next 25 years will be like.  Winners & Prizes: Three (3) finalists will be announced the second week of November 2011 & provided an all-expense paid trip (including one (1) chaperone) to the 2011 Intertribal Agriculture Council annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV December 5-9, 2011. Finalists will be awarded several other special prizes presented at the Awards Luncheon & will serve as Ag Ambassadors in 2011/2012. Each finalist is required to read a short introduction and their original essay at the Awards Luncheon.

Deadline: November 4th at 5pm. SEE DIANE ASAP FOR ESSAY GUIDELINES AND INFO

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CONTINUING EDUCATION - JOURNALISM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

USC is offering six online journalism classes for high school students. Enroll in individual courses or take all six and earn a certificate. Various courses offered from October 2011 to February 2012. $100 per course. Visit continuingeducation.usc.edu for more information or to enroll.

SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL WRITING CONTEST
Submission period open from 9/1/11 until 12/1/11
Looking for the best high school Poetry, Fiction & Non-fiction writers! Open to all juniors and seniors. 1st place prize in each category will receive $500; 2nd place in each category will receive $200; 3rd place in each category will receive $100. For more information visit
www. sierranevada.edu/writer.

PASSPORT2COLLEGE PROGRAM- DEVRY UNIVERSITY WESTMINSTER CAMPUS
October 24 – December 18, Two Days/Week: 3:30-6:30 pm
1870 West 122nd Avenue Westminster, CO.

Get a head start on your college education by earning tuition-free college credits while still in high school. Classes offered: Introduction to Business and Technology, Logic and Design, and Psychology. Students are responsible for paying for books, technology fees, supplies and transportation. Space is limited- Register early! For more information and to register visit http://www.wes.devry.edu/passport2college.htm.


MAKING A DIFFERENCE ESSAY CONTEST
Must be postmarked by Saturday, November 5
The Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania invites high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to submit engaging and thoughtful essays in which students reflect on their own experiences with community service. One submission per high school will be accepted.  The winning essays will receive a $1000 first prize, $500 second prize, and ten honorable mention essays will receive $50 prizes. For more information visit www.iup.edu/honors.

CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG YOUTH EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Application due Saturday, December 18
The U.S. State Department funded Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to fully immerse themselves in German culture by living with a host family and attending a local high school. No previous German language experience is required. Most students are eligible. For more information or to apply visit www.usagermanyscholarship.org.

THE PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS

Must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes students who are helping to improve race relations in their schools and communities. Winners are awarded up to $1,000 and invited to Princeton University for an expense-paid weekend symposium on race. Visit www.princeton.edu/pprize for more information and to apply.

OUT BOULDER’S BOLD YOUTH PROGRAM
Out Boulder’s BOLD Youth program empowers youth through art, activism and community. This program offers LGBTQ & Allied Youth ages 13-20 a space to connect through creative endeavors. Fall of 2011 will consist of the three programs: creative writing group, a back-to-school event with open mic and art show, and our famous filmmaking project!
Creative writing group will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 5-6:30 at Out Boulder’s Pride House (2132 14th St). This is a drop-in group with a casual atmosphere. Creative writing group is a youth-created, youth-led activity. Each week a youth volunteers to lead in writing prompts and sharing. It’s fun!
The Back-to-School event is going to be held Saturday, September 24, and will include a youth art show, open mic, and BBQ social. Planning meetings for this event will be held Tuesday afternoons from 4-5 at the Out Boulder Pride House August 23-September 20. All youth are welcome to participate in the planning and/or the event!
Out Boulder’s BOLD Filmmaking project is a great opportunity for young people to voice their experiences, learn about LGBTQ influence in film and film in general, and to learn a fierce and useful skill. Youth will write, direct, film and edit their own short film with the guidance of a professional videographer. This project is a time-commitment, and totally worth it! The filmmaking project will be held 12-3 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Oct 8 thru the end of December. Space is limited!!! Cameras, tapes, and editing software are all included!! ALL PROJECTS ARE FREE!!!!! More info? B. Mann, BOLD Program Coordinator. bmann@outboulder.org . 720-248-8183

 

YMCA of Boulder Valley Teen Programs

The Y gives young people a safe place to call their own. Caring, dedicated adults are there to listen to them and help them navigate the stresses, changes and choices that come with adolescence. Building relationships with these responsible adults and with other young people from different backgrounds helps give teens the inner strength to avoid destructive behavior. Young people have more fun and learn more when they can take the lead in planning and directing their own programs, and Ys often provide this opportunity. For more information visit http://www.ymcabv.org/ymcaweb/after-school.html

Some of the YMCA programs for teens include:

·         Breakthrough Arts Program (13 – 18 years) Looking for something to do after school? Come check out some of our FREE Y BreakThrough Arts Classes! Classes meet between 3:30-6pm in Boulder, Louisville/Lafayette. All classes are free of charge. We prefer that students register in advance for classes, though we do accept drop-ins. For more information please call 303-443-4474 ext. 4650 or email Jessica.england@ymcabv.org.

·         Y-Riders:  The Y-Riders program is dedicated to supporting cyclists of all ages in achieving their potential and goals. Y-Riders strives to produce honest, responsible, respectful and caring riders of all ability levels and in every aspect of cycling: for fitness, fun, recreation, competition and alternative transportation. This group organizes the Y entry in the Lights of December Parade, volunteers in the Learn to Bike classes and provides other cycling related service opportunities. Contact George Sharman at 303-443-4474 x4614 or george.sharman@ymcabv.org

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

In effort to save paper we will now be keeping a “Jobs” binder in the counseling center instead of listing them in the Counselor’s Corner. Please stop by to check out the latest employment opportunities! New jobs are listed every week!

 

WIA – WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT
Purpose: To aid 14-21 year old youth who meet specific income guidelines and have other educational and/or employment barriers.                                                                  
Description: This is a year-round, multi-faceted program. Its approach is designed to help youth develop workplace success skills, strengthen basic skills while encouraging school and work retention and achieve career goals.                                                                                                
How do I get started? Youth ages 14-21 are referred to WIA by parents, schools, social services agencies, and community based organizations. Call Claire Callahan @ at WorkForce Boulder County (303) 301-2924 and set up an appointment! http://www.wfbc.org/youth/youth2.htm


Looking for a job? Try these websites:

·    www.wfbc.org/: Boulder County job resources; help with resumes, job skills, job seeking

·    http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDLE-EmployTrain/CDLE/1248095317847 State of Colorado Youth Employment

·    http://www.snagajob.com/ Hourly employment

·    http://www.groovejob.com/   Summer, part time, hourly, teen and student jobs

·    http://www.coolworks.com/ Seasonal and camp jobs

·    http://www.teens4hire.org/ Teen jobs and resources

·    http://www.jobdoggy.com/ Part time jobs for teens and students

·    http://www.monster.com/

·    http://mappingyourfuture.org/  Career planning, selecting and paying for school

 

SUPPORT RESOURCES

Counseling groups and workshops and parent support events can be found at: http://boulderpsychotherapistsguild.com  

www.parentengagementnetwork.org

www.BoulderPsychologicalServices.com

 

Toyota Teen Driver

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for US teens. That’s why Toyota and Discovery Education have teamed up to create Toyota Teen Driver, a comprehensive program to help teens avoid distractions and help them stay safe behind the wheel. Go to

www.Toyotateendriver.com  for information and resources.

 

TEEN CLINIC

We’re here to answer your questions, give you options, and make sure that you are comfortable with your choices about sexual health. Services are free and confidential. Call 303.442.5160 or visit http://www.teenclinic.org/ for more information.

 

JUST FOR SENIORS

SCHOLARSHIPS

APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS NOW!!!!!

Some Upcoming Scholarships are listed below. Scholarships can be found in Julie’s office, as well as, on Naviance (http:://connection.naviance.com/newvista).

 

ALERT MAGAZINE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST
No deadline.

You can help others become more alert by speaking out against the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. All eligible high school seniors may enter the Alert college scholarship essay contest. With each edition of Alert magazine, a $500 college scholarship will be awarded to the writer of the best drug and/or alcohol abuse-related essay received for that state/region. Visit www.alertmagazine.org/scholarship.php for more information.


FOUNDATION FOR INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS IN EDUCATION (FIRE)
“FREEDOM IN ACADEMIA” STUDENT ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
Deadline Saturday, November 5
High School Seniors are invited to write an in-depth essay explaining why free speech and First Amendment rights are crucial to higher education and how abuses of these rights harm the college experience. The first place winning essay will receive a $5000 college scholarship and an all-expense paid invitation to the 2012 Campus Freedom Network Conference in Philadelphia, second place will receive a $2,500 college scholarship, five runners up will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. For more information and to apply visit www.thefire.org/contests.

THE COMCAST LEADERS & ACHIEVERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Essays must be submitted to Diane by Tuesday, November 16 for consideration.
New Vista can nominate one senior for a $1,000 grant from Comcast. Nominees should exhibit commitment to community service, academics, and demonstrated leadership. Interested students will have to complete a one-page, double-spaced essay describing how they meet the scholarship requirements. Stop by the counseling center to pick up your “Nominee Request Instructions.”

INTERESTED IN GOING TO CU BOULDER??? Check out this great opportunity.

CU BOULDER – TASTE OF THE PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP CLASS
Tues. Nov 29 4:00-9:00pm at CU Boulder, University Memorial Center - Glenn Miller Ballroom
The Presidents Leadership Class is a nationally renowned program that has guided the leadership development of Colorado’s most talented undergraduate students. CU will be hosting their annual Taste of PLC event on November 29, 2011 for students interested in applying for the program. If you would like to attend please RSVP at plc@colorado.edu by November 21. For more information on the PLC visit presidentsleadershipinstitute.org. Applications to the program are due by February 15, 2012.

 

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING - WESTERN UNDERGRADUATE EXCHANGE (WUE) SCHOLARSHIP

UW application materials must be submitted by Thursday, December 1for consideration.

The University of Wyoming will recognize a select group of students from 15 western states for their academic excellence to receive a discounted tuition rate equal to 150% of in-state tuition rates.  Amounts awarded vary depending on course-load taken. This scholarship is only available to first-time, entering freshmen seeking their first bachelor's degree, but is renewable for up to 8 semesters (4 years). Students must maintain full-time enrollment in Laramie campus courses (12 semester hours) during the fall and spring semesters each year and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. For more information visit uwyo.edu/admissions/scholarships.


GATES MILLENIUM SCHOLARS

Deadline: Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Renewable, need-based, merit scholarship given to 1,000 students studying computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science. For more information visit http://www.gmsp.org/

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING - ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCHOLARS AWARD

UW application materials must be submitted by May 1, 2012 to be considered.

The University of Wyoming Rocky Mountain Scholars Award provides one of five amounts 

($3,000 to $6,000) of annual scholarship support to incoming non-resident freshmen students based on their cumulative high school GPA and composite ACT or SAT score. This scholarship is only available to first-time, entering freshmen seeking their first bachelor's degree, but is renewable for up to 8 semesters (4 years). Students must maintain full-time enrollment in Laramie campus courses (12 semester hours) during the Fall and Spring semesters each year and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. For more information visit uwyo.edu/admissions/scholarships.

 

CSU – COMMITMENT TO COLORADO PROGRAM

The Commitment to Colorado Program covers 100% of base tuition and standard fees for Colorado resident students who are eligible for the federal Pell Grant or at least half the cost of base tuition for all admitted, eligible Colorado resident students who family adjusted gross income is $57,000 or less. For complete eligibility requirements, visit sfs.colostate.edu.

SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITES

Naviance website: http://connection.naviance.com/newvista  (See Diane or Julie if you forgot your login)

You can also access up to date scholarship info on Fairview’s website: http://bvsd.org/schools/FairviewHS/CounselingDepartment/PostGradCenter/GeneralInformation/Pages/Scholarships.aspx  http://bvsd.org/schools/FairviewHS/CounselingDepartment/PostGradCenter/Documents/Schps/Scholarships_FullList.htm?keepThis=true&TB_iframe=true

 

Other Websites:

·         http://www.collegeanswer.com/index.jsp  Provided by SallieMae, federal loan group

·         http://www.cksf.org/hschool.cfm  Includes non-traditional scholarships  

·         http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/

·         www.zinch.com  (blocked at school)

TRANSITION YEAR (www.transitionyear.org) Whether you need help picking a school that is the best fit, are looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or want guidance in making a smooth transition for a student dealing with an issue like depression, this site has the tools and information you need. The Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition. Check it out!

FAFSA

Parents be prepared to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, 2012. For more information visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

 

ARE YOU GOING TO COLLEGE IN COLORADO?

If you are going to college in Colorado, register for the COLORADO OPPORTUNITY FUND. This is free money that is taken off your tuition. https://cof.college-assist.org/COFApp/COFApp/Default.aspx

 

If you need help figuring out what you are going to do next year,

 please see Diane!

 

(New Vista does not endorse any particular school, program, organization or company.  Do thorough research to determine the legitimacy, appropriateness, and usefulness of any school, program, organization, or company described in this document.) 

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