Greeting from the Counseling Office,
 
Ready or not…it’s hard to believe the first semester is already over! With the new semester beginning in January students currently have an opportunity to attempt to change their schedule if they want. All requested changes must be made before Winter Break. Students have received instructions on how to change their schedule through the daily bulletin. If your child would like a new class next semester, encourage him/her to get in to see me before December 14th. Please keep in mind that not all classes are open to new students. Some classes will have done too much work during the first semester for new students to catch up. Every effort will be made to accommodate your child’s request, but changes are not guaranteed.
 
On the horizon: While we’re discussing second semester schedule changes, believe it or not, it’s also time to start thinking about courses for next year as well. I will be meeting with students in their English classes early in the spring to help them select courses for the 19-20 school year. While we are a little ways out from starting this incredibly important process, I want to mention it now so students and parents are prepared once we begin those discussions.
 
Way to go! Many of our seniors worked hard to meet the November 30th application submission deadline for the California public university systems. Campuses should be contacting students now that their applications have been received to give them instructions on how to set up an online account. This is how the universities communicate with students and request any additional documentation. It is VERY important that seniors create these accounts with ALL colleges they are interested in attending and check them regularly. Missed deadlines can prevent a student from being accepted to the school of their choice. A lot of private universities are still accepting applications so seniors who are interested in applying still have time to do so. Students who plan to attend a community college will begin the application process in the spring. Assistance will be provided as needed.
 
Next steps for seniors: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been open for a few months now and must be submitted no later than March 2nd, although it is recommended students file as soon as possible. When completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA, 2017 taxes will be used to determine aid amounts. Additionally, senior GPAs have been submitted to the California Student Aid Commission to determine Cal Grant eligibility. If your child has not completed his/her FAFSA and needs help, please see me as soon as possible.
 
College Credit: High school students who are interested in earning college credit can take classes at Yuba College during the spring semester. The Spring Schedule of Classes is available online at yc.yccd.edu. Copies are also available in the Counseling Office. For more information about the process, please have your student come by the Counseling Office. Classes begin the week of January 14th.
 
Congratulations to Petra Nabi, the MCAA Student of the Quarter for 2nd quarter! She and eight other students from area high schools were recognized by the Marysville Exchange Club for their academics, involvement in school/community and leadership ability. Way to go Petra!!
 
Happy Holidays,
 
Christy Spade
Counselor
(530) 749-6157 x6232