Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Yale Virtual Session & Current Student Conversation

 Our school community is invited to attend an upcoming Yale Virtual Session & Current Student Conversation for students in California & Arizona.

The session will include an overview of Yale undergraduate programs from regional admissions officers and a live panel conversation with Yale students from the area. 

Details are listed below. Please share this information with interested students, their families, and any counselors who may wish to attend. Juniors and seniors who are already on our mailing list will also receive an email directly from our office.

Monday, October 5
5:00 PM PDT
Event Registration

Wednesday, October 7
5:00 PM PDT
Event Registration

Sunday, October 11
2:00 PM PDT
Event Registration

Thursday, October 15
5:00 PM PDT
Event Registration

Advance registration is required.
Yale does not consider demonstrated interest when evaluating applications.

Explore Yale from Home

We also invite you to...

  • Join a Virtual Information Session co-hosted by an admissions officer and a Yale student.
  • Ask Yale students anything in a Virtual Student Forum - a live Q&A session with no admissions officers or parents.  
  • Explore Yale's exceptional science and engineering programs in a Virtual STEM Student Forum with current Yale STEM majors who conduct research in some of Yale's 1,200+ labs.  

Visit for a full collection of Yale online events this fall, including events with other colleges and universities.

Virtual Tour: Explore campus from anywhere in the world with the Yale Virtual Tour. Select stunning 360° panoramic views of Residential College dormitories, athletic facilities, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and more.

College and Career Message for September 2020

Happy College & Career Awareness Day!

At the end of each month, we'll be sending some information on how you can plan for your future college and career goals!

This month's theme is: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Some of us may have heard this once or twice before. It is a simple question, and an all important one at the same time. The importance of it is not so much the specific answer as it is the process used to formulate responses to this question.

Think about it. In order to answer that question, one would have to look to the future at possibilities. For some of us, looking into the future poses challenges. We can be caught in the moment so intensely that we focus more on the “today” more than the “tomorrow”. When that happens, remember that it’s okay if you haven’t figured it out yet.

While the vast majority of high school students want to go to college, most feel unprepared to do so ( . College (4-year institution, 2-year community college) is certainly a future option, but it is not the only option. 

There are a plethora of opportunities for future success through the military, career technical training programs, and other career opportunities as well. For example, did you know you can become an electrician through an apprenticeship program in San Diego (

Whether you are in 9th grade or a senior, now is the time to begin looking into your future. Once you are focused on doing your best in the present to prepare for the future, you can begin goal-setting. Your friendly neighborhood counselors are here to support you on your journey. Reach out to them as soon as you are ready to walk down that “tomorrow” path.

Look out for more information on College and Career Awareness!

Below are a few resources to help you begin your future-planning journey.

Career Education

Get Involved at Sweetwater High


Get involved Red Devils! Many of our clubs and organizations are meeting virtually  during distance learning. Click the image above to learn more about the clubs and organizations available at Sweetwater High

Wellness Wednesday: Find Wisdom

Happy Wellness Wednesday Red Devils!

They say our thoughts create our own reality, that our mind is more powerful than we could ever imagine. If this is the case, negative thoughts and complaining won’t get us far in life. Complaining about the actions of others, and the misfortune in our own life is futile. Why not do something more productive with your time instead of complaining?

Self-Care Tip:
Avoid complaining, instead find something to be grateful for. Gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression.

Kindness Challenge:
Send a text or an email to someone letting them know why you are grateful for them.

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".

Have a great day! #BeWellRedDevils

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

SUHi and University of California, Santa Barbara

Join us for an admissions presentation just for SUHi students from the 
University of California, Santa Barbara. 


Monday, September 28, 2020

Virtual visit from CETYS Universidad

Subject: Virtual visit from CETYS Universidad
Date: Wednesday, October 14 at 3:00 PM (PT)
Zoom Meeting Link:
Zoom Meeting ID: 886 6023 9589
Add to Google Calendar!

Join us in this 30 minute virtual visit lead by a representative for Undergraduate Admissions from CETYS Universidad, that will include a brief activity through Kahoot!

The information is aimed for senior high school students, however students from other grades, parents and counselors are welcome to join too.

The session will be held in Spanish; depending on the reference of the participants, it can be changed to English.

October Scholarship Bulletin


Please click here for past scholarship bulletins

Friday, September 25, 2020

Housing Eviction Moratorium Information - Covid19

 Federal Eviction Moratorium

On September 4, 2020 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) extended the federal eviction moratorium to temporarily halt residential evictions in all 50 states and Washington D.C. The CDC’s recent moratorium update extends the eviction ban under the CARES Act. The CARES Act covered as many as 12.3 million renters in apartment complexes or single-family homes who had federally backed mortgages; that coverage expired in July 2020. 

The new CDC ordinance, which prevents any landlord, owner of a residential property, or other person with a legal right from evicting tenants from their residential property, is effective through December 31st, 2020. By taking action to keep tenants in their homes, more people can maintain social distancing protocols as coronavirus continues to threaten the health and well-being of our population.

To apply for the CDC implemented national moratorium, tenants will have to show:
  • Substantial loss of household income;
  • The inability to pay full rent;
  • Best efforts to pay partial rent;
  • Proof that eviction from their current residence will leave them homeless or force them to live with others in close quarters;
  • That they do not expect to earn more than $99,000 this year or meet other income limits.
If you are a tenant looking to utilize the federal moratorium, you must fill out this Declaration Form from the CDC’s website.

State of California Eviction Moratorium

The state of California has also extended the state’s eviction moratorium order by five-months under 
The Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020. This law applies to anyone who lives in California. Under the new law, tenants who pay at least 25% of their rent from September 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 will be protected from eviction. Those who fail to meet the minimum rent payment could be removed beginning February 1, 2021.

If you were unable to pay all or some of your rent between March 1, 2020 and August 3, 2020:
  • If your landlord gives you a “pay or quit” notice (to either pay your rent or face eviction), your landlord must also provide a notification that explains your rights and obligations. 
  • Under the extended moratorium, you cannot be evicted if you return a declaration form stating COVID-19 related financial distress, returned within 15 days of receiving a notice to “pay or quit”.
  • If your household income is more than 130% of the median household income in your county and more than $100,000, your landlord may demand proof of your COVID-19 related hardships.

If you were or are unable to pay all or some of your rent between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021:
  • All rights and obligations listed above apply.
  • By January 31st, 2021 you must pay at least 25% of the rent due during the period of September 1st, 2020 and January 31st, 2021. You may do this by paying at least 25% of your rent each month or pay a lump sum equaling 25% of your rent due between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.

Other important notices:
  • The extended moratorium in California allows for landlords to sue for unpaid rent during the period between September 1st, 2020 and January 31st, 2021 beginning in March 2021. 
  • Tenants in San Diego can still be evicted by landlords for reasons such as building health and safety violations.
  • Landlords who take action to prevent tenants from comfortably being in their living spaces (locking tenants out, removing personal property, or shutting off utility services to evict a tenant) during this extended eviction moratorium could face fines of between $1,000 and $2,500. This is in effect until February 1st, 2021. 
  • If you believe you have been unlawfully evicted or you are in need of assistance, you may visit the State of California’s Tenant Resources for information about housing and legal resources.

Protections for Homeowners and Small Landlords

Many homeowners and landlords have also suffered a loss of income because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Homeowners may have lost all or part of their income and small landlords have been impacted as tenants became unable to pay their rents.

Federal and state laws provide some relief to homeowners and landlords with four (4) or fewer properties, whether those properties are owner-occupied or not, and who have had difficulty making mortgage payments because of COVID-19.

For information about relief options available to homeowners and small landlords under federal and state law, please 
click here. You can also access a fact sheet outlining protections and guidelines for homeowners and small landlords here

For more information about housing resources for tenants and landlords from the State of California, click here

For housing and other COVID-19 resources from the County of San Diego, click here. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Updates from UCLA

First and foremost, we hope you all are safe and healthy. Whether your work with students continues to be virtual or you have returned to in-person classes or advising, know that we are thinking of you and continue to wish you, your students and their families the best of health as we continue to battle this cruel pandemic.

In a usual year, we’d be travelling to visit schools and engage with counselors and students face-to-face. But as we all know, this year is anything but typical! Although an email doesn’t replace our in-person interactions, we would like to take this opportunity to keep in touch and share some updates from UCLA as the new school year starts.

Engagement Opportunities
We will offer a number of virtual events for counselors and students throughout the fall including Counselor Coffee Chats, info sessions and tours, and our Open House. We hope that you and your students are able to take advantage of some of these programs to learn more about our process and all of the opportunities available to students at UCLA. We will send more information before each event, but key resources and events are listed below:

Admission Requirements
In light of COVID-19 and the move to remote instruction, the University of California has made adjustments to admission requirements. Detailed information about these changes, such as consideration of Pass/No Pass and Credit/No Credit grades, can be found online.

Application Advice
Based on questions and feedback from you, we’ve compiled advice and tips for all applicants. We recognize the impact of COVID on all aspects of the admission process, and we’d encourage you to share this document with your students and families.

Standardized Testing
In March, the University of California system announced it would be test optional for fall 2021. However, a recent preliminary court ruling precluded use of SAT or ACT in admission decisions. However, legal counsel at UC is actively responding to this case. As of publication of this newsletter, UCLA remains test optional, including all subject tests (even for Engineering students), and the essay/writing section is no longer required. We want to reiterate that submission of a test score is NOT required, and optional means optional! Safety of students is more important to us than a test score. We have highlighted this on our website for all students, families, and counselors to see.

We will continue to review all applications holistically, and testing has always been one of many factors considered in our review process. No applicant will be disadvantaged in any way for not submitting an SAT or ACT score.

English Proficiency Note: For applicants whose language of instruction has not been English for the last three years of their high school education, an English language proficiency exam is still required. This can be demonstrated through TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test (DET). Information about English language proficiency can be found here.

New Majors and Minors
We are happy to announce a new major, B.A in Education and Social Transformation, which prepares students to analyze current issues in education through a social justice lens and to emerge as effective advocates for positive change. In addition, we have new minors in Brain and Behavioral Health and Pilipino Studies.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wellness Wednesday: Is Your Cup Full?

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

How full is your cup right now? Maybe you have been telling yourself that you’re just fine, because you have gotten used to being busy during distance learning. Yet at the end of the day, you find yourself completely exhausted. 

Is your body or mind trying to get your attention? Do you need to slow down? 

Cultivate the habit of self-care and check how full your cup really is. 

How do you practice self-care? Here are a few suggestions:
· Go for a walk and breathe in fresh air.
· Take a hot shower or a warm bath.
· Get creative! Do some art, journal or play some music
· Practice gratitude — journal about things your are grateful for
· Light a candle and meditate
· Call a friend. 
· Visit

Self-Care Tip:
Create a self-care box. Collect things that help you relax. Candles, candy, essential oils, pictures, smooth rocks are some ideas.

Kindness Challenge:
It will pass. Remind you loved one, that with help, their feelings of despair and hurt will pass.

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".

Have a great day! #BeWellRedDevils

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

College Vine Student Panel College Fair

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from current students at over 100 universities and learn what the colleges you’re applying to are really like! 

Attend CollegeVine’s Student Panel College Fair, a free online event featuring live Q&As with current college students from over 100 universities, including Harvard, UCLA, Penn State, CU Boulder, USC, Minnesota, Stanford, Baylor, University of Michigan, Morehouse College, University of Miami, and many more.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear unfiltered perspectives from actual college students. 

All events are completely free for students, and you can sign up for as many as you’d like! 

The fair runs from September 21-26. See the full list of colleges and register here:

APPLY NOW: Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) Summer Program

The YYGS application is now open, and we encourage students in grades 10 or 11 (or international equivalent) from all around the world to apply! We hope you will help share this opportunity:

YYGS invites eligible students to join us this coming July! Experience life as a university student at Yale while attending an academic session of your choosing. 

Here's what you need to know:
  • Meet peers from over 130 countries around the world (including all 50 U.S. states), and join discussions where students offer global perspectives.
  • We provide over $3 million USD in need-based financial aid equally to both domestic and international students, offered as discounts covering up to 100% of tuition costs.
  • Apply by our Early Action deadline and hear your decision back by late December. If the fee poses a financial burden, submit a fee waiver to make your application fee $0 USD.
While YYGS is excited to host on-campus sessions, we will notify students by March 5, 2021, if that is not possible. More details are listed on our COVID-19 update page.

Early Action Deadline: November 10, 2020 at 11:59pm ET
Regular Decision Deadline: January 12, 2021 at 11:59pm ET

Apply Today:
Webinar Series:*

*Register to either attend live and/or to view recordings on your own time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your time, and we hope to read your application soon!

Northern Arizona University's virtual NAUnity Day

There's still time to register for Northern Arizona University's virtual NAUnity Day! The event is coming up tomorrow (Sept. 23) at 6 p.m. (Arizona/Pacific time).

NAUnity Day brings students from all backgrounds and identities together to explore a welcoming community that embraces academic excellence, learning, diversity, and inclusion.

This virtual event will feature a student panel, presentations from Admissions, First Generation Programs, and Office of Inclusion: Multicultural & LGBTQIA Student Services. It’s a great opportunity to experience life as a Lumberjack and explore the diverse and inclusive academic environment offered at NAU. All counselors and students are welcome. Visit the link below for counselors and students to register.

Register Today

If you have any questions, call us at (928) 523-5511 or email We hope to see you and your students there...virtually!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Get to Know University of San Diego (USD)

Greetings from the University of San Diego! As our virtual world continues to develop, we wanted to remind you of our upcoming virtual events and also introduce our newest virtual offering, exclusively for counselors like you! We're calling it: Destination San Diego: A City Worth Study. Additional details are listed at the bottom of this email!

First, a few date and event reminders:
Thursday, September 24th - Join USD for two 30-minute presentations as a part of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities' (AICCU) Transfer Day and College Night event. RSVP today (Zoom link will be sent to registrants at a later date).

​Tuesday, September 29th and Thursday, October 15th - Save the date for this year's National Catholic College Admission Association (NCCAA) virtual college fairs. Register today!

Tutoring Through the After-School Program

Click image below for info on tutoring through our afterschool program. 

Parents: How to View Student Grades


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Get to Know Southwestern College

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Interested in the Air Force?

Our partner, the U.S. Air Force, is hosting a virtual Town Hall via Zoom to share with students the many fascinating careers in the Air Force and the variety of options for them to join the service. 

The Town Hall will feature recruiters from each Air Force accessions source: AF Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), Air Force Academy, Enlisted, Reserve, and Air National Guard. See the attached flyers and event details below for more information.

Event Details
Where: Online! Register in advance here -
When: Thurs, Sept 24th; 6 – 7 pm
Who: High school students interested in learning about the U.S. Air Force.

Description: If you're interested in military service, but not sure where to start or what the differences are, this is the perfect zoom session for you! 

For more information about this session, please contact


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Wellness Wednesday: I Need Help

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

I need help. Necesito ayuda. Kailangan ko ng tulong. انا بحاجة الى مساعدة. Мне нужна помощь. Waxaan rabaa caawimaad.

No matter what the language, it's OK to ask for help. And its OK to not be OK. 

In a society that praises self-help and self-reliance, it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to ask our colleagues, friends, and even our family for the assistance we need. Learning how to ask for (and accept) help is perhaps one of the greatest skills you can develop. Luckily, new research shows that asking for and actually getting help is a lot easier and less daunting than it seems. Read more here. 


Ask for help when you need it. It sounds simple, but trying to handle everything without help causes stress and anxiety for a lot people.

Kindness Challenge:

Send an encouraging note, text, email to someone you know who needs it.

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".

Have a great day! #BeWellRedDevils


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

You are invited to UCLA's Annual Fall Open House

Please join us for UCLA's annual Fall Open House for prospective freshman and transfer students! 

Virtually explore UCLA via social media and a series of live interactive events to include:

· Freshman, Transfer & International Admission Sessions
· Live Virtual Campus Tours (English & Spanish)
· Financial Aid & Housing Presentations
· Academic Departments & Programs
· Support Services & Live Student Panels

Recorded sessions will also be available to all registrants.

Registration is required, so please secure your reservation using the link below: 

UCLA Virtual Fall Open House
Monday - Saturday ·
October 5 - 10, 2020
Monday – Friday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM PDT
Saturday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT

Whether this will be your first-time hearing about UCLA or you've connected with us before, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience UCLA and meet our students, faculty, and staff. 

We look forward to meeting you! Go Bruins! UCLA Undergraduate Admission

Monday, September 14, 2020

Solar’s Young Women Academy (SYWA)

Sweetwater High School has a partnership with SDSU MESA and Solar Turbines called Solar’s Young Women Academy (SYWA). This year, the opportunity will be available for 12th grade girls. 

This year long internship can open an opportunity to get a job after graduation with Solar Turbines, a worldwide known company, with salaries starting at $16-18 per hour. If you know of any interested candidates, have them fill out this SYWA interest google form. We have a kickoff event on 9/17 at 5:30 pm that they would need to RSVP for in order to be considered. After the kickoff event, SYWA reps will choose 20 girls to join the yearlong program.

Recruitment Video

Our Safe Space Chula Vista - September Updates

Our Safe Space will have two online sessions per day (including the weekend). Please email us at: to get access to ZOOM codes and Passwords. Our September calendar is attached here.

We will still have staff available for emergency services at 746 Ada St. Chula Vista, CA 91911 in room 105 for youth needing more intensive support or resources.
Our hours will still be from 12PM to 8PM and youth/caregivers/professionals can reach out to us for one on one support, training and resource information through our email (
We are still hosting our OSP Online Open House next Wednesday September 16 at 5:30PM if you are interested in attending that, please reach out to us for the ZOOM code.
Thank you all and we shall send you updates on what the kitchen looks like upon completion J
Isaiah LeDonne
[Pronouns: He/Him/His]
Connections Coach– Our Safe Place
South Bay Community Services
Cell: 619-213-8385

Distance Learning Senior Check Process

 It is the time of the year we do our “Senior Check-In” meetings with our seniors. We encourage ALL SENIORS to participate in this process. Parents are welcome to accompany their seniors.

Our “Senior Check-In” process is two parts:

  • Part One - Video Presentation

  • Part Two - Appointment with your Counselor

    • Please see the links at the end of the presentation to schedule your appointment with your counselor.

    • During this meeting, we will discuss graduation status, college readiness, and plans for after high school. 

SUHi Counselors have set up a Google Classroom for Class of 2021 which can be accessed at: 

If parents would like updates from the Class of 2021 google classroom, please complete this form: 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

If you have any questions, you can email your child’s counselor directly. Emails can be found here: