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    Counseling Bulletin Oct 23, 2020
    Posted on 10/23/2020

    Seattle Public Library and (a Service of The Princeton Review) are partnering as of NOW. has over 3,000 highly vetted expert tutors, who can help students with schoolwork, tutoring and academic coaching in a variety of subjects in a safe and secure online classroom. 1-1 help is available in math, writing, science, history, foreign languages, college essay writing, Advanced Placement (AP) courses and more. In fact, Ms. Brennan, Ingraham’s librarian, said you can even “upload an entire research paper so that the tutor can look it over and make suggestions for improvement”. 

    • Service is available 7 days a week, 2-10 p.m. in Spanish/English and 4-7 p.m. in Vietnamese
    • Students can use their microphone to communicate with tutors, we hope this will be easier for English language learners
    • Teens and adults can use this service to get help with filling out job applications and writing a cover letter and resume

    Log in with your SPL Library card and PIN or Library Link number and PIN to request a tutor. Visit SPL Library Link to find out how to log in with your student ID number. And learn more about virtual tutoring powered by

    Middle School Curbside Info. Have you unearthed some middle school library books and/or textbooks in your home? Schools are offering times when these materials can be returned to them (see schedule below). Please call the respective school to confirm that the time is still accurate before going there.

    Hamilton Intl. MS  Thur  4-6PM

    Madison MS  Thur 3-5pm

    McClure MS Tues noon-5pm (mostly 12:30-1:30, 3:30-5)

    Robert Eagle Staff Wed/Thur: Wed 11am-1pm, Thurs 4-6pm

    Mercer MS  T, W, TH:  T, TH pickup only

    Whitman MS T, W, THTu 10-12/W 2:30-3:30/Th 2-4

    Eckstein MS W, Th: W 4:30-5:30 /Th 3:30-6pm

    Jane Addams MS  Wednesdays 11:00-1:00

    Drive-through Flu Shot Clinics. From Oct. 19 to Oct. 30 the Student Health Services Department of Seattle Public Schools has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide additional “drive-through” flu shot clinics for the public.

    •The flu shot clinics are open to any adult, and to children who are four years old and up.

    • All insurance is accepted, but uninsured children and adults can also get a free flu shot.

    • Pre-enrolling for an appointment on the SVNA website is required.

    Drive-through clinics can also accommodate those who walk up or ride a bike.

    For more information and to sign up for a flu shot, click here.

    CAREER CONNECTED LEARNING. Earn .5 credit for 180 hours worked in your job or earn one full credit for 360 hours! The hours are earned in one semester and you can get credit of two or more semesters of work. You qualify if you are 16 or over and have completed/are enrolled in a qualifying CTE class. You can also receive help finding a job. An information TEAMS meeting will be held on Wed, Oct 28 at 12:30PM. You will learn how to enroll and what is required from you to get the credit. Contact Ms. Smith, CCLC:


    November 4 SPS Virtual Financial Aid Filing Support Events:

    Wednesday, November 4, 4 - 6 p.m. (Languages: Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese)

    Statewide Financial Aid Filing Support Events: The 12th Year Campaign is partnering with high schools and colleges to provide virtual events to help students take the first steps to fund post-secondary goals.


    Remember to register in Naviance to attend a virtual meeting. Be sure to receive permission from your teacher if a visit falls during a synchronous class time. And did you know, that when you list ANY college in your Naviance account, you will automatically be notified about their virtual visit?

    Visits scheduled for the week of October 26 – 30, 2020:

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020

    Goucher College 11:30AM-12:00 College Rep: Christopher Wild  Meeting Link

    Central Washington University 1:00-1:30PM College Rep: Laura Miyatake  Meeting Link

    University of Arizona 1:30-2:00PM College Rep: Lillian Do-Tran  Meeting Link

    Oregon State University 2:00-2:30PM College Rep: Jarrod Larse  Meeting Link

    University of Southern Maine 2:30-3:00PM College Rep: Julie Gurney  Meeting Link

    Beloit College 3:00-3:30 College Rep: Erin Guth  Meeting Link

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020

    Southwestern University 11:30AM-12:00PM College Rep: Rebecca Rother  Meeting Link


    Seattle Promise Scholarship Workshops. Graduating Seniors Qualify for Free Tuition for College! 

    Learn how Seattle Public Schools 2021 graduates can apply for the Seattle Promise scholarship. Students and families are welcome to attend an upcoming Seattle Promise scholarship workshop. 

    Workshop Date   Time  Languages

    Thursday, November 5, 6-7:30pm Spanish & English

    Monday, November 9, 6-7:30pm Amharic & English

    Tuesday, November 10, 6-7:30pm Somali & English

    Thursday, November 12, 6-7:30pm Vietnamese & English

    Monday, November 16, 6-7:30pm Tigrinya & English

    Tuesday, November 17, 6-7:30pm Cantonese & English

    Join the workshops online  

    Join the workshops by phone: Call 253-215-8782 Enter meeting ID: 792 536 1900  

    RSVP here. Questions?: Email 

    About the workshops: 
    We will give an overview of the Seattle Promise scholarship, which provides up to two years or 90 credits of tuition at the Seattle Colleges. All Seattle Public School graduates from the class of 2021 are eligible for Seattle Promise, regardless of GPA, income or country of birth. We will help students to complete the first steps in the scholarship process. We will also describe the required program milestones and answer any questions that you have. These are evening workshops with interpretation and are open to the whole SPS community.

    For more information about Seattle Promise, click here

    Can’t attend a workshop?
    If you cannot attend a workshop, you can click here for additional workshop opportunities. You can also watch the Seattle Promise application video.

    Verto Education is hosting a college fair on Wed, October 28 from 3PM-6PM (PST) that includes representatives from 50+ colleges and universities that partner with their program. Some of the colleges represented are University of Oregon, Case Western, The College of Wooster, Temple, and University of Denver. Verto is a program that provides students “with the opportunity to explore the world [for a semester or for a year] and consider their path forward, while simultaneously earning transferable college credit, keeping students on their original 4-year graduation timeline.” To register for this event go to Virtual College Fair


    Many scholarship opportunities are listed in Naviance. Check it out.

    Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship award. Deadline: November 15, 2020. Award: $1000. The Ballard Elks Lodge awards three local girls and three local boys $1,000.00 each to be used towards college tuition. This scholarship is available to high school seniors.

    For more information and to apply online go here.  

    Be sure to select “Ballard Elks” during the application process. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks.  Applicants may also advance and be considered for state and National Elks scholarships. Questions? Please contact

    the Ballard Elks office at 206-784-0827.

    The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia is now accepting nominations for the Jefferson Scholars Class of 2025. Jefferson Scholarships provide the entire cost of attendance at the University of Virginia and many supplemental enrichment experiences. The total value of the Scholarship exceeds $293,000 for non-Virginian students and $157,000 for Virginia students. To learn more about the scholarship, the selection criteria, and the selection process visit the Foundation's website.  Please contact your school counselor if you are interested in being nominated.

    Seattle University invites applications for the Sullivan Leadership Award, a four-year scholarship equal to tuition, housing and meals for each of four years of undergraduate study. Recipients are selected on the basis of a commitment to academic excellence, service, leadership, community, global engagement and spirituality.


    PHONE: 206-220-8040 or 800-426-7123

    APPLY: Apply to Seattle University by the Nov. 15 early action deadline, then submit the Sullivan Leadership Award application by Nov. 30

    VFW - Voice of Democracy National Audio Essay by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Deadline: October 31, 2020, 08:59PM PDT. Award: $1,000 - $30,000 per recipient

    About Award:

    Voice of Democracy Award was established in 1947. Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2020-21 entry form application, as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.

    How to Enter:
    Download the Voice of Democracy entry form and brochure to submit your essay to your local VFW Post.

    Students should record their reading of the draft to an audio CD or flash drive. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds). Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to an audio CD/flash drive, they can submit their typed version, CD/flash drive and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Judging Criteria:

    • Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest.
    • Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.
    • Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.


    Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program reminder. Application Deadline: October 30, 2020

    Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is an online distance learning course and summer experience specifically designed for high school students interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pathways through the exploration of space and space travel. Students Apply Here Questions? Please contact:

    FAPA (Future and Active Pilot Advisers) offers Virtual Future Pilots Forums to learn about pathways to professional pilot careers. Students of all ages and their parents and others are invited to attend. The event is FREE.

    Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 1PM-4PM Central Time. FAPA, Delta Private Jets and Aquiline Drones will be giving presentations and taking Q & A starting at 1PM Central Standard Time. Once you register, you will receive a Zoom Webinar registration link. Additional forums are scheduled for November 21, 1-4PM CST and December 19, 1-4PM CST. For more information about FAPA go to their website.