Friday, September 17, 2021


All 10th and 11th grade students that will be taking the PSAT exam on Oct. 13th should have received a practice PSAT booklet in their 1st period class yesterday. Please view the video below to get more information on how to best use this before the exam.

Senior Activities will also be available on PSAT Day - Oct 13, 2021(Wednesday)

There will be 2 rotations of  workshops and well as an opportunity to take the ASVAB

To Register for the ASVAB, click HERE.

Workshop Session 1: 10:15AM - 11:15AM
Break 11:15 - 12Noon catch up/lunch
Workshop Session 2 (repeat of session 1) 12Noon - 1PM

Workshop #1: UC, Common App, Personal Statements
Students will receive guidance on the University of California and Common Application admissions process and application. Will provide tips on completing the personal statements from her experience as a former UCSD admissions reader.

Workshop #2: College Research and Resume
Students will learn how to navigate narrowing their college/university search, and what are the key points to consider when researching the “right match school.” Students will receive presentations with resources to help begin the search.

Workshop #3: Community College, Vocational, Resume
Students will get a crash course on our Local Community Colleges including support programs offered, transfer options and certificate programs. Students will also discuss pros and cons of community college versus vocational schools. Questions and Answer Portion and/or Resume building.

Workshop #4: FAFSA/Dream Act, Scholarship
Presentation on overall process of FAFSA/DACA, FSAID and Scholarships
Work time to start the applications/FSAID
Question and answer session

Stanford University Admissions Presentation

You're Invited!

Come meet your South San Diego and Greater Imperial Valley admission officers at Stanford and learn about our admission and financial aid processes, as well as academic opportunities and student life.

Virtual Information Session
South San Diego and Greater Imperial Valley
Monday, October 4, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. PDT

Conducted by:
Danielle Hoffman, Admission Counselor
Soly Lee '20, Admission Counselor

Please click here to sign up.
To maximize our time together, we recommend you submit questions when you register for the event.

Please address any questions about the program to Danielle Hoffman at

We welcome interested high school students, parents, high school counselors, and friends, so feel free to share this invitation. Space is limited, so please register as early as possible. Registration closes 1 hour prior to the event start time.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

October Scholarship Bulletin

Counselor Chat - September 15, 2021

Thank you to our parents for joining us for our first Counselor Chats for this school year. 

Here is the video recording with the Question and Answer responses below. 

Counselor/Parent Chats Q & A

How can I schedule an appointment with my child’s counselor?

The best way is to send an email to your student’s counselor to set up an appointment. You can find all of the counselor’s contact info here:

Are SAT Testing and PSAT still being offered?
We will be offering PSAT to 10th and 11th grade students on October 13th. More information from our administration will be sent out closer to the date.

In regards to SAT’s, we would recommend your student check with the school they plan on applying to as some schools require it for admissions but others do not.

Can a student still request a schedule change?

Schedule changes were at the start of the semester. At this point in the semester, we are not recommending any more schedule changes, but parents and students can still speak to their counselor to see other interventions/supports that can be offered.

What is the counseling center phone number?


Do you offer groups/workshops for students about topics such as drugs, bullying, etc.

Our school is working on partnering with McAlister to offer workshops on drug prevention through Saturday School.

The counseling center will also be starting an anxiety small group after the Fall break

School wide we are collectively looking into ways to support students with social/emotional development due to the pandemic.

Do students still need to do community service?

For the graduating class of 2022, the 30 hours of community service are not required.

For the classes of 2023 and 2024, this graduation requirement is a minimum of 15 hours. These required hours will be re-evaluated as needed once school sites are fully reopened.

Are the community service hours per year?

No, the hours are an accumulated total for all 4 years.

When do the students need to start their community service hours?

Students can start at any point but we always recommend student’s start sooner than later. Total hours are due by May of their senior year. Please see more information on Community Service Resources here:

My student’s counselor only speaks English and I am a Spanish Speaker. What options do I have to navigate the language barrier or can I speak to another counselor?

Please request Spanish translation when scheduling an appointment and we will make sure to coordinate. Counselors all work together to assist in language translation but your child’s assigned counselor does not change.

When will parents receive communication about their student’s progress on requirements to graduate?

Parents with seniors will receive notification of their student’s progress via email by Friday (9/17/21)

Can students complete their community service hours at their place of worship/church?

Some activities may count and others will not. Students are required to fill out a community service form where step 1 is pre-approval. The student should communicate with their social science/history teacher to discuss their community service plan, prior to activity to avoid their activity not counting. You can access the form here:

My child had a class change and submitted their assignments but the teacher did not get to grade them prior to the progress report. Will those grades be updated once the assignments are graded?

Progress reports are just designed to give an update. Once teachers have a chance to grade all assignments, teachers typically update their grades on Jupiter. If you have specific questions, please reach out to the teacher of the class in question. Our next progress report comes out on October 29th, 2021

I have a hard time with technology. Is there a way for me to get a paper copy of the community service form?

Students/parents can pick up a paper copy of the community service form at the front window of the counseling center or can request one from their social science/history teacher.

My student was quarantined due to COVID. He was out for 14 days. Upon his return, he was given all of the work he missed. He was able to make up the work but what is being done to help students who are out due to COVID?

Teachers were instructed to create a google classroom for students that may need to be out for several days. Students have been instructed to check their google classroom while at home to complete work. We will take this concern to our admin team to ensure that this is being communicated to students.

Click the image to join the meeting:


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Careers in Biomanufacturing

Our partners at Thermo Fisher Scientific and their Latino Hispanic Heritage Resource Group kindly invite you and your students to their annual Careers in Biomanufacturing webinar. This will be a virtual event for high school students and educators on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 9am -10am.


While this event is a celebration of Manufacturing Month, Thermo Fisher Scientific extends the invitation to students in ALL PATHWAYS. The panel will include scientist and employees from different departments within the company.


Event Details

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Where: virtual; zoom webinar

Audience: this event is for high school students & educators only

Attached flyer with registration link


For questions, please contact Monica Rosas at

Wellness Wednesday: Make your Thoughts a Reality

Happy Wellness Wednesday Red Devils!

You have the power to make your thoughts a reality. 

To change the world with your thoughts, you must think with coherent intention.

This means you must...
Think the same thing every day
Fully believe in your thoughts
Match your actions to your thoughts, and more importantly...
Conduct your life in a manner that is entirely congruent with your thoughts

Read more here

Self-Care Tip:
Make a list of things you are grateful for today.

Kindness Challenge:
Leave positive messages for others to find.

We all need someone to talk to, someone who listens, and someone who understands. Your Sweetwater High School Counselors are here for you.

Click here to find our contact info:

Virtual Wellness Room
Please visit our Virtual Wellness Room to take a break from your daily routine. Do some breathing exercises, stretch, or play a game. It's OK to take a time out for a "brain break".

COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Get the latest information on specific 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.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. You are not alone in helping someone in crisis. There are many resources available to assess, treat and intervene. Crisis lines, counselors, intervention programs and more are available to you, as well as to the person experiencing the emotional crisis.

To read more, visit: or