Thursday, January 21, 2021

Help with the FAFSA/Dream Act Workshops

Our school, Sweetwater High School, with the help of Cal-SOAP will be offering help filling out the FAFSA or Dream Act application. We have a workshop coming up Saturday, January 23, 2021.

Please sign up early and make sure you have all your information/documents ready.

If you have any questions make sure you email, Jupiter Message or call your school counselor.

Click these links to sign up:

January 23, 2021 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

February 6, 2021  - 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

February 20, 2021  - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

For the FAFSA, plan to join the Zoom meeting with a parent/guardian and bring:

• Student’s Social Security Number and Driver’s License

• Parent’s Social Security Number (if applicable)

• Parent’s Federal tax return from 2019

• Bank account records, investments

• Student’s W-2 forms, income records from 2019 and business records

• If NOT a US Citizen, bring alien registration card(s)

• List of colleges of interest

• Your FSA ID for FAFSA—Apply for FSA ID at FSA ID

Please have your FAFSA already started (name, address, etc.) as time is limited; thank you.

For the Dream Act (CADAA), plan to join the Zoom meeting with a parent/guardian and bring:

• Parent and student federal tax return and wage information for 2019

• Bank account records, investments and business records

• List of colleges of interest

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wellness Wednesday: Be Wise and Confident

Happy Wellness Wednesday Red Devils!

Today's quote says: “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” – Alfred North Whitehead

Think about your journey through distance learning and the stay-at-home orders because of Covid-19. Who has helped you get through these times? Who has been helpful to you? Take time today to say thank you to that person. Because of that person you have been able to be the best version of you, despite the challenges you have faced. 

Self-Care Tip:
In your gratitude journal, write about someone you are grateful for and why. If you don't have a gratitude journal, use the "notes" app in your phone. I have heard of others who put a calendar reminder on their phone every day with the subject "What are you grateful for today?". They then answer the question on that same calendar entry - thus becoming a digital gratitude journal. 

Kindness Challenge:
Leave a thank you note, letter, or text for someone you are grateful for today.

Virtual Wellness Room

Please visit our Virtual Wellness Room to take a break from your online classes. Do some breathing exercises, stretch, or play a game. It's OK to take a time out in the middle of the day for a "brain break".

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Get the latest information on specific SBCS programs and services as well as efforts to support the wider community and additional resources as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Interested in Being a Doctor?

The Future Minority Doctor Podcast aims to empower and inspire under-represented minority high school and college students to become doctors. We know that under-represented minorities (including Hispanics, Blacks, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans) often face many unique challenges on their educational journey. 

You can learn more about the podcast and access it through the website,  

There is also resource page specifically targeted to high school students, which you can access here: Advice for High School Students

The podcast can also be accessed through various podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher. 

We also have a Facebook page (Future Minority Doctor) and Instagram account (futureminoritydoctor) that students can follow for updates.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

North Island CU Annual Scholarship Program

North Island Credit Union is pleased to announce our Annual Student Scholarship program is now available. The credit union will award 10 students with a scholarship of $1,000 each.

High school seniors and community college students transferring to a four-year university who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 are eligible to participate.

Selection criteria include academic performance, school or community involvement, a letter of recommendation, and an essay submission.

Applications are available through Friday, March 26, 2021.

Interested students can find more information and apply online at

Wellness Wednesday: Say Thank You

 Happy Wellness Wednesday and Happy New Year!

January is National Thank You Month. Amidst troubling times, gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

Take time today to say thank you to someone who has made a difference in your life, big or small. You kind words will definitely uplift their spirit.

Self-Care Tip
Start a gratitude journal. Start with “What makes you feel loved and why?”

Kindness Challenge:
Smiling signals friendliness and encourages positive interactions.

Virtual Wellness Room

Please visit our Virtual Wellness Room to take a break from your online classes. Do some breathing exercises, stretch, or play a game. It's OK to take a time out in the middle of the day for a "brain break".

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Get the latest information on specific SBCS programs and services as well as efforts to support the wider community and additional resources as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

$75,000 Available in Scholarships From Cox Charities

San Diego, Calif– December 21, 2020 – Cox Charities is offering $75,000 in college scholarships to high school seniors in the San Diego area. The Cox Scholars scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000. Recipients must be a 2021 graduating high school senior living in Cox’s Southern California service area. 


Applications are now open. Deadline to complete and submit the online application is Friday, February 3, 2021. For more information, visit 


“Now more than ever, students in our community are working hard to achieve their educational dreams amid new learning circumstances and tough financial times due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a company founded by a teacher, we continue to support local students and education in San Diego and look forward to awarding our annual scholarships in the new year,” said Chanelle Hawken, vice president of government and public affairs for Cox Communications in California. 


Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on their scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, volunteerism, and staying focused on their educational goals despite facing adversity in their lives. 


Here are some helpful tips for students when applying for a Cox Scholars scholarship: 

1.      Before you apply—Review the scholarship requirements carefully and make sure you’re eligible before spending time putting an application together. If you don’t meet the requirements such as G.P.A. or place of residence, your application will not be considered. 

2.      Financial information—Use tax forms to declare income or give your best estimate if tax forms are unavailable. To be most effective, don’t leave any sections blank. 

3.      Extracurricular activities—The scholarship committee wants to know what applicants are interested in. Make sure to provide an accurate timeline that includes all activities from the previous four years. Make sure not to repeat information in multiple places.  

4.      A personal statement—Don’t wait until the last minute to put this together. Give yourself time to think about the topic, and answer from your own personal experience. The more passionate you are, the better your statement. Ask someone you trust to read it and give feedback. And don’t forget to run a spell check. 

5.      Submit your application and supporting documents before the deadline – If you wait until the last minute, you may encounter issues that prevent you from submitting the application on time, such as computer issues or gathering financial information from a parent. 


Funded by employee payroll donations that are matched by the company, Cox Charities provides support to communities in Cox Communications’ service area by awarding scholarships to high school seniors and grants to non-profit organizations. 


A volunteer advisory board of Cox employees oversees the foundation and its giving programs. 


In 2020, 25 Cox Scholars from San Diego were recognized for their successes in the classroom and in the community. 


About Cox Communications 

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.  

Career Exploration Videos and Online Events

Hello 2021!

To help ease into a new semester, Nepris has plenty of upcoming live, virtual Industry Chats spanning STEAM topics plus conversations about life, college and business skills from experts. This New Year, check out some of our favorite speakers, opportunities for hands-on art activities, and more.

We hope 2021 brings you good health, lots of learning and many helpful industry connections to come.

Happy Connecting!

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