Welcome Back MCAA Students and Parents,

It is hard to believe another school year is well underway! All first semester schedule changes have been made so students will need to keep their current classes until second semester at which time they will have the opportunity to request a change.

The fall is a busy time of year, especially for seniors. I have reviewed senior transcripts to make sure students are on track for high school graduation. I will also be meeting with seniors over the next few months to review their plans for after graduation and offer support as needed.

The application window for seniors who plan to apply to a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) school is just around the corner. The CSU window opens October 1st and remains open until November 30th. UC applications are currently available online; however, the submission window is only open November 1st through November 30th. Private universities and out-of-state schools set their own deadlines so students should research the specific schools they are interested in to ensure they meet all deadlines. Students who plan to attend a community college next year will not need to start the application process until the spring semester.

Yuba College will be hosting College Information Day on Wednesday, October 3rd. Seniors will have the opportunity to attend this free event where they will be able to meet with college representatives from Yuba College, as well as other universities from around the state and beyond. I will be visiting the Civics classes to give students an opportunity to sign up. If your senior does not have Civics, please have them stop by the Counseling Office as soon as possible if they are interested in attending this event.

Students who are 4-year college bound must take the SAT and/or ACT entrance exams. Seniors who plan to apply to a university this fall must have completed at least one of these tests by no later than December 2018. Juniors who plan to be eligible for a 4-year university should consider taking the SAT and/or ACT in the spring. Upcoming SAT test dates are October 6th, November 3rd and December 1st. Upcoming ACT dates are October 27th and December 8th. Registration deadlines are typically about a month prior to the actual test date, so sign up now. Fee waivers are available based on income. Stop by the Counseling Office for more information about fee waivers, practice tests or how to register. Students who want official SAT practice tests or a tailored practice plan should visit www.khanacademy.org for free resources.

In order to prepare for the SAT, MCAA will be offering juniors the opportunity to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 10th. The PSAT is an exam geared toward helping students prepare for the SAT. Students who will be taking the test will be given more information and a study guide later this month.

Fall is always a busy time of year, but please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you or your student.

 
Christy Spade
Counselor
(530) 749-6157 x6232