Monday, August 31, 2020

University of California Campus Weeks

Want to know more about the University of California campuses? Check out their virtual events happening over the next few weeks. 

September 14th, 2020
UC San Diego
5:00 – 5:30 pm
Capacity: 5,000 participants
Registration Link:

UC Santa Barbara
6:00 – 6:30 pm
Capacity: 1,000 participants
Registration Link:

September 15th, 2020
UC Davis
5:00 – 5:30 pm
Capacity: Unlimited
Registration Link:

UC Santa Cruz
6:00 – 6:00 pm
Capacity: 1,000 participants
Registration Link:

September 16th, 2020
UC Los Angeles
5:00 – 5:30 pm
Capacity: 1,000 participants
Registration Link:

UC Irvine
6:00 – 6:30 pm
Capacity: Unlimited
Registration Link:

September 17th, 2020
UC Riverside
5:30 – 6:00 pm
Capacity: 1,000 participants
Registration link:

UC Merced
6:00 – 6:30 pm
Capacity: 1,000 participants
Registration Link:

UC Berkeley
7:00 - 7:30 pm
Capacity: 5,000 participants
Registration Link:

Additional Information

1) Are the registration links being used to determine who has access to the live sessions? If so, will there be a wait list? 

Yes, the link will grant students access to the individual UC campus presentation. All campuses will offer waitlists if their sessions have met capacity limitations. The waitlist is automatic.

2) If a student tries to register but the session is already full, will they receive a message letting them know to view the recorded session when it is available?

The majority of campuses will have this feature. All students will see a message that tells the student the virtual room is full. If it is they can request the video recording.

3) Will students be able to ask any questions during the session?

All the virtual platforms allow students to ask questions live. Each UC will have staff dedicated to text chat or a Q&A box.

4) If there are schools that are still having their fairs on one of the days during the UC week, will there still be someone available to attend the district/school college fair?

All the UC's will commit to the UC week as an addition to what is already confirmed. UC campuses will NOT pick the Campus Weeks OVER the high school or CCC events already scheduled on the TDCN 2020 calendar.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Virtual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Tour & Summit Series

We are excited to announce the Virtual HBCU Tour & Summit Series this Fall. 

Students and parents will have an opportunity to hear and engage with HBCUs and ask questions "LIVE" as well as attend workshops that both the students and the parent will enjoy!!

 There will also be workshops specifically for seniors and HBCUs accepting on the spot! 

When the registration is made available, you will receive the information in advanced.

Support for Students in Foster Care and Youth in Transition

 For more information, contact:

Counselor Dinnah B. Donato-Palmore 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Seniors: FAFSA and CaDA Coming Soon

Counselors will be setting appointments with seniors soon to discuss graduation status, post-secondary plans, and financial aid options for college.

In the meanwhile, please visit our FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIP page for more info.

Please take note of the documents and information needed to complete your financial aid applications. We share this information with you now to give you ample time to collect the information you need.

If you have any questions, we can address those during your senior check-in appointment with your counselor in the next couple of weeks.

Wellness Wednesday: Making Connections

Happy Wellness Wednesday Red Devils!

The start of the school year has had us finding new and different ways to make connections with others. Being socially distant challenges us to create "new-school" and "new-fashioned" ways to make new friends and acquaintances. 

Red Devils After-Dark (our after-school program) and our clubs/organizations are having virtual events, these are great opportunities to build new friendships. 

Here are other great tips to stay connected but staying socially distant:

Self-Care Tip:
Unfollow negative people from social media and follow positive people. Some of our favorites include @ShineText @chibiart @wellbeingstrust @mentalhealthcoalition 

Kindness Challenge:
Hug someone special (whom you've been practicing social distancing with) and tell them how much they mean to you. You can send virtual hugs too through emojis and GIFs.

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".

Have a great day! #BeWellRedDevils


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Tips for Parents During Distance Learning

Hello parents! 

Distance learning is definitely a different way of learning and teaching. Although we are all feeling the pressure to do well, we also have to be patient and understanding of one another as we support each other during this time. 

Here are some tips to help you support your children through distance learning.

1. Establish routines and expectations

2. Choose a good place to learn

3. Stay in touch with school staff.

4. Help students ‘own’ their learning - No one expects parents to be full-time teachers or to be educational and content matter experts. Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part. 

5. Begin and end the day by checking-in

In the morning, you might ask:

• What classes/subject do you have today?
• Do you have any assessments?
• How will you spend your time?
• What resources do you need?
• What can I do to help?

At the end of the day you might ask:
• How far did you get in your learning tasks today?
• What did you discover? What was hard?
• What could we do to make tomorrow better?

6. Establish times for quiet and reflection

7. Encourage physical activity and exercise

*Adapted from

Friday, August 21, 2020

September 2020 Scholarship Bulletin

 Click here for the updated scholarship bulletin

Contact our Scholarship Counselor Mrs. of you have any questions. 



Saturday, 08/29/20 | 1 PM - 4 PM Central Time

Register for the FAPA Virtual Future Pilot Forum to learn about pathways to professional pilot careers. Students of all ages, their parents, school counselors, non-aviation separating military personnel and career changers are invited. If you have less than 250 hours or no commercial certificate, this is the right event for you. The event is FREE.

Delta Private Jets and FAPA will be giving presentations and taking Q & A starting at 1 PM Central Standard Time.

You will receive a Zoom Webinar registration link upon registration.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Coast to Coast Admissions Presentations Goes Virtual


Admissions officers from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University invite you and your students to learn about our institutions, hear advice about the college search and application process, and get your questions answered.

Meant as a brief introduction to the signature aspects of each institution, we'll spend the bulk of our time sharing application advice, financial aid insights, and answering questions submitted by students in advance.

We appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your students if at all possible. You and your colleagues are certainly welcome to attend. The Coast to Coast group is planning on holding a set of counselor events this fall.


Sunday, August 30, 2020
3 p.m. Pacific Time

Webinar link sent upon registration.


Thursday, September 10, 2020
5 p.m. Pacific Time

Webinar link sent upon registration.

An RSVP is required.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Wellness Wednesday: Have Grace

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Distance learning has definitely challenged our resiliency and flexibility. Yet, we are doing it and we are meeting the challenge in our own individual ways. Let us all have grace, for ourselves and others, during this time. 

Self-Care Tip:
Treat yourself like you'd treat your best friend. When you start negative self-talk, ask yourself if you’d say that same thing to your best friend. Be positive and encouraging to YOU first and foremost.

Kindness Challenge:
Talk to someone you don’t normally talk to. Make a phone call, send a text, or leave a message on social media. Say “hi” and let them know you were thinking about them.

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".

Have a great day! #BeWellRedDevils

Monday, August 17, 2020

Virtual College Information Session

Join the Quest for College virtual information session. The session will guide students through the process of making a college list, applying for admission and financial aid, and keeping the search process in perspective.

Saturday, September 12
4pm EDT/3pm CDT/ 2pm MDT/1pm PDT
Event Registration

Learn more and register at
Registration is required; friends and family are welcome to attend.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Upcoming Dates College Admission Test Dates


If you are planning to apply to a 4-year university, we encourage you to take the SAT/ACT. 

SAT and ACT is now optional for  many 4-year universities. It is NOT required for community college.

Upcoming Dates College Admission Test Dates

September ACT Test
  • Test Dates: September 12, 13, 19, Registration Deadline: August 28
  • Test Dates October 10, 17, 24, 25 Registration Deadline: September 17
  • Test Date December 12, Registration Deadline November 6
  • Register

September SAT Test Dates
  • Test Date 9/26/2020, Registration Deadline 08/26/2020
  • Test Date 10/3/2020, Registration Deadline 9/04/2020
  • Test Date 11/7/2020, Registration Deadline 10/7/2020
  • Test Date 12/5/2020, Registration Deadline 11/05/2020
  • Register

If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you may qualify for a FEE WAIVER for the SAT and ACT. Contact your counselor for more details.

Please make sure you list the schools you are applying to on your SAT/ACT registration. This will ensure your scores are sent on your behalf. If you send to one UC, all UCs will receive your scores. If you send to one CSU, all CSU's will receive your scores. 

Counselors will be setting appointments with seniors in a few weeks to discuss graduation status and post-secondary plans. Please be on the look out for additional information soon.

Please reach out of you have any questions.

University of Pennsylvania Virtual Fly-In Program

 Dear High School Senior,

Hello from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university in the city of Philadelphia. We would like to invite you to apply to participate in one or both of our fall virtual programs: the Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP) and/or Penn in Focus (PIF).

PIF (September 17 & 19) is a very exciting program that focuses on celebrating cultural identity and engagement at Penn for students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. PEEP (October 10 & 12) is an excellent opportunity to strengthen your college applications in general, and focuses on serving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds or who will be the first in their families to graduate from a 4-year college. Both programs offer the opportunity to learn more about Penn, and to interact with other high-achieving students from around the country. Students may participate in one or both programs. 

Learn more and apply today! The application deadline for both programs is 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 16. Please contact us with any questions at We hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer, and we wish you the best for a great senior year. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Wellness Wednesday: Get Up and Move

 Happy Wellness Wednesday Wednesday!

Wellness Wednesday is not only about mental wellness, but physical wellness too. With distance learning, it is easy to find ourselves sitting in front of a screen all day. Make sure you get up every hour to stretch and walk a bit. I try and get 200 steps in every hour during the school day during distance learning. 

Remember to place equal importance into your physical wellness and mental wellness. 

Self-Care Tip:
Get regular exercise. 30 minutes a day is suggested. A round of basketball, a walk around the block, or a YouTube dance workout can improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety.

Kindness Challenge:
Give sincere compliments to three people today.

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".

Have a great day! #BeWellRedDevils

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Email Etiquette from SUHi Counseling

Since we are doing a lot of communication through email these days, SUHi Counseling wanted to give you a few tips on sending emails. Check out our Email Etiquette video. 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Virtual Columbia Engineering Experience (CE2)

On behalf of Columbia Engineering and Columbia Undergraduate Admissions, we are pleased to inform you and your students about the Virtual Columbia Engineering Experience (CE2). As a counselor and adviser, you are invited to share this opportunity with your organization's outstanding seniors (based on our recommendations below) who demonstrate a strong interest in engineering, science, math and technology. 

Your students may apply for this selective program via our online application.

Application Deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020

CE2 was created to encourage high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented backgrounds to explore an engineering education at Columbia; it is our only selective virtual program, designed for high school seniors. This year CE2 will take place in two sessions: September 19 - October 3, 2020, or October 3 - 17, 2020. Students selected for the program will be placed in a session based on capacity and student preference.

Program Highlights Include:
World-class faculty and research: Learn and ask questions with members of Columbia’s renowned faculty, including an introduction from Mary C. Boyce, Dean of Engineering.

Inside look at life as a Columbia student: Work with an undergraduate student mentor, learn about campus life and hear from current students, including leaders from a variety of student organizations.

Exclusive career and entrepreneurship opportunities: Hear from Columbia Engineering alumni, including alumni of the Columbia Engineering Experience.

The NYC advantage: Learn about the cultural, professional, research and intellectual opportunities at our doorstep.

Admissions 101: Participate in comprehensive college admissions and financial aid workshops and office hours conducted by members of the Columbia Admissions Committee.Due to the selectivity and limited size of the program, an application with a transcript is required. Students may self-report their transcripts.

CE2 is designed for high-achieving high school seniors who have:
Exemplary academic records, particularly in math and science, including coursework in calculus, physics and chemistry
Sincere interest in pursuing an engineering education
Genuine appreciation for the educational value of diversity in all its forms - ethnic, geographic, religious, political, intellectual and so on

CE2 is designed to serve students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in engineering and applied science fields, including:
Low-income students
Underrepresented students of color
Students who will be the first generation in their family to attend college
Students from underserved and rural communities

Please direct your students to our website for the online application and instructions. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Happy Wellness Wednesday Red Devils!

We'd like to say thank you to everyone for their patience during the first few days of school. We have all have been working hard to make distance learning work. There will be good days and there will be bad days, but know that YOU CAN DO IT and if you need help, reach out and ask.

In an effort to increase our social/emotional support on campus, various groups on campus will be sharing Wellness Wednesday messages and coordinating activities for all students and staff. Because yellow stands for happiness, positivity, energy, optimism, and joy, we are asking for our campus community to wear YELLOW on Wednesdays to help promote our Wellness Wednesday efforts.

Our Wellness Wednesdays messages will consist of SELF-CARE tips and a KINDNESS CHALLENGE:
•Self-care is crucial for our physical, emotional and mental well-being. In order for us to be the best we can be for our students, we have to take care of ourselves.
•Kindness is very important in creating a sense of community and belonging. One act of small kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events. We hope our weekly challenge will encourage our entire SUHi Family to “choose kindness”.


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".

Have a great day! #BeWellRedDevils