Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!
Dear Junior Parent/Guardian,
Welcome back to the new school year! The junior year is often considered the most challenging and exciting year of high school. This is the time for students to make a personal commitment to do their best academically and to experience new extracurricular activities. We have some important programs, dates, and information that will help in your family’s planning for this year.
Information about your student’s attendance, grades, progress reports, and transcript records are available online. You may access this information through the Aeries Browser Interface (ABI) by going to http://parents.spusd.net and logging in using your email and password. For account information or my.spusd.net, please contact the main office.
Please also refer to the “Fridge-Friendly” school calendar you received at registration for upcoming school events and important dates to remember.
We hope you have been able to attend one of our PTSA parent nights to learn more about Naviance. We will host one of these nights at the next PTSA meeting on Monday, September 24 at 7:00pm. Naviance is a web-based program that helps our students assess their learning styles, skills, and interests, research post-secondary and career opportunities, track the college application from start to finish, and learn about scholarships and financial aid. We encourage you to meet with your student to review their Naviance profile. For more information, you may go to the counseling website at sphstigers.org.
PSAT test information
The PSAT will be offered at SPHS on Wednesday, October 10 @ 7:30am. The test and the results will assist you in planning for college entrance requirements and serve as the qualifying assessment for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sign up on the ASB portal at sphstigers.org or go to the student bank at lunch. The online registration portal will be open from September 1 to October 1. The cost is $25. On test day, students need to arrive at 7:30am, bring student photo ID Card, a calculator and pencils. Test results will arrive sometime during December 2018.
Students applying to four year colleges and universities may need to take the ACT with writing, the SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject tests. The most common time for juniors to take these tests is in the spring of the junior year. Test date and registration information for the SAT, can be found on www.collegeboard.org. and the ACT on www.act.org. Most colleges accept either the SAT or ACT scores for admission. Many colleges and universities are now test-optional and may not require these tests. Please be sure to check with the college/university to determine if they require the SAT or ACT.
Test Prep Night
Test Prep Night is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16th, 7:00 PM in the Auditorium; you and your student will receive valuable PSAT information and will learn about how the scores relate to the SAT as well as information about the ACT.
College Representative Visits
As a junior, your child can attend College Representative Visits in the Counseling and Career Center. During the fall months, about 100 college representatives visit our campus to promote their colleges. These visits are posted on Naviance and announced in the school bulletin. We encourage your student to input potential colleges to their list so they can receive notification of when the college will be on our campus. College events occurring off the SPHS campus are numerous. These events are also announced in Naviance and the school bulletin.
We will be hosting two College information sessions this year:
Road Trip Nation - October 9 at 7pm in the School Auditorium. You will get information on determining how to select colleges.
College Night/RACC College Fair - We will be hosting a College Fair and College night for the juniors on Wednesday, March 20 at 6pm. We will have over 25 colleges visiting and the students and parents will have the opportunity to participate in a mock admissions evening known as Case Studies. You will benefit by understanding how college applications are reviewed and decisions are made for admission to the colleges.
We look forward to a great year with your student!
The SPHS Counselors,
Olinda Cazares, Marylin Garcia, Tracy Ishimaru, Maria Long, and Nan Ng
Counseling Office: (626)441-5820, extension 2994, Patty Dominique, Counseling Clerk