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    Counseling Bulletin Oct 2, 2020
    Posted on 10/02/2020

    World Language Credit Testing for Students in Grades 9-12

    Students in grades 9-12 can take a competency-based World Language test in order to earn up to 4 HS credits for World Language.   Seattle Public Schools is offering World Language Credit testing opportunities remotely this year.

    To learn more about World Language Credit testing, use this link.

    To register for World Language Credit testing, use this link.


    October 5 SPS Districtwide Virtual Financial Aid Presentation: Monday, October 5: 7 - 8:30 p.m. October 5 Meeting Link

    October 20 and November 4 SPS Virtual Financial Aid Filing Support Events:

    • Tuesday, October 20, 5 - 7 p.m. (Languages: Amharic, Somali, Spanish)
    • Wednesday, November 4, 4 - 6 p.m. (Languages: Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese)

    Registration links for the above SPS events will be available and posted to this page soon.

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


    COLLEGE VISITS. Don’t forget to obtain permission from your teacher if a college visit coincides with an instructional class. You can always reach out to the respective college representatives via email. They are always open to questions and requests for material from students. If you cannot locate the rep’s email then contact Nif Unterschute, the Counseling Secretary, at  

    Colorado Mesa University, Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado State University Pueblo, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and the University of Colorado Boulder are collaborating to offer ‘Celebrate Colorado,’ a presentation for students about the higher education options at five public universities in the state. You can register with one of the links below. Questions? Contact Aviva North/Admission Counselor/University of Colorado Boulder

      October 14th, 3:00 PM PT - 4:00 PM PT

      November 18th, 3:00 PM PT– 4:00 PM PT

    University of Idaho is offering Women in Engineering Day Virtual Sessions Wednesdays, Oct. 21 and 28 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. PST. Both sessions will be held remotely via Zoom. Deadline to register is Thursday, Oct. 15. Students of all gender identities in the 11th and 12th grades are invited to participate in this event. Space is limited, and participants must attend both sessions to earn a scholarship.

    WIE Day is a FREE virtual workshop for all students, held in two short sessions designed to build on your student’s existing interest in math and science. Students will learn more about what engineers do and how to take the skills they already have and turn them into successful college experiences and future careers!

    Students will:

    • Participate in a hands-on, team-based design activity, mentored and delivered remotely, that makes engineering, computer science and design concepts fun and easy to understand
    • EARN A SCHOLARSHIP toward a U of I undergraduate degree in engineering
    • ENGAGE WITH CURRENT WOMEN STUDENTS AND INDUSTRY LEADERS through discussions and breakout sessions
    • GAIN CAREER INFO and insight into the many engineering degree paths at U of I
    • TOUR LABS AND LEARNING SPACES and learn about student life at U of I

    Questions? please email or visit their webpage.


    Army ROTC scholarships are available and students should begin their applications now. Deadline: March 4, 2021. Army ROTC provides full tuition and fees (or $10K for room and board) scholarships to over 2000 high school students each year. They intend to continue to sustain that same level of commitment into 2021. In addition to the tuition and fees, the scholarship pays $1200 annually for books and a stipend of $420 per month (for up to 10 months a year.) Click on the following link for more information  Army ROTC Information


    The City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management is seeking volunteers for their ALERT Program. Applications due by 10/9/2020.  Alert Seattle is the official emergency notification system used by the City of Seattle to communicate with the public during emergencies. People signed up for Alert Seattle receive emergency notifications via text, phone, and email, with critical life safety information during events such as fires, gas leaks, and public health emergencies. Currently there are over 55,000 people signed up for Alert Seattle, but we want that number to grow during 2020!

    How can you help?

    • Learn about Alert Seattle and the various ways to sign up for the system through a one-hour virtual orientation

    • Distribute Alert Seattle promotional materials (posters and business cards) to businesses and other community locations throughout the city

    • Track where you have distributed promotional materials using an online form accessible via phone or PC.

    If interested read the full position description at this link.

    To apply to this volunteer position, please fill out the volunteer form.

    If you have a resume and/or other certificates, training, or portfolios you would like to share, please email them to  once you have completed the volunteer application.

    Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối  is recruiting volunteers! Helping Link is a community-driven organization, dedicated to helping Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in the Greater Seattle Area.  Their volunteers include students, professionals, and retirees. They currently have openings in search of volunteers interested in and/or have experience with Programs Support, Graphic Design, Marketing, IT, and/or Communications. Volunteers are not required and/or limited to come from a Vietnamese background. Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối volunteer opportunities are open to all individuals regardless of age and ethnicity! Visit their website to learn more about Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối volunteer opportunities and to apply.


    ACE Mentoring Program. Are you interested in Architecture, Construction or Engineering?  ACE Mentors is a free after-school program which pairs high school students with professional mentors from the building industry.  They are committed to having a virtual ACE program for the 2020-2021 school year.  During your Zoom meetings – they are anticipating three 6-8 week blocks of weekly 90-minute sessions – you will participate with other students and your mentors in activities ranging from virtual construction site visits to actually designing a unique building project. 

    The program runs from the beginning of November through May and is open to students in grades 9-12.  At the end of the year, your team will have the opportunity to present their project to other teams, mentors, professionals, and parents.

    Seniors in the program are also eligible to apply for scholarships.  Last year 14 students received a total of $100,000 in scholarships in the ACE Washington chapter. 

    Sign up for ACE today! Please submit your application online by Friday, October 16th

    Western Aerospace Scholars Applications are Open and are due by October 30, 2020!

    If you are a current high school junior, are interested in the aerospace industry, have Internet accessibility and are a resident of Washington, Oregon or Montana then you may want to apply.  The application form is found here.

    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. The online curriculum is a University of Washington college course focused on NASA’s space exploration program as well as topics in Earth and Space Science. If scholars successfully complete the online curriculum, they are invited to participate in multi-day summer experiences that provide them the opportunity to work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students, and STEM educators.

    The online course will run from the first of November until early March consists of seven bi-weekly lessons and a final project. If they successfully complete the online curriculum students can be invited to participate in a six-day summer residency experience that provides them to the opportunity to work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators. Students can also apply to receive five University of Washington natural science credits for their work during the online course.

    Acceptance into the online course is based on a completed application and student interest. They value diverse voices and ideas and believe in the importance of bringing multiple perspectives to their discussion of topics related to human space exploration. There are no math or science requirements for participation, but pre-algebra and essay writing coursework will be helpful. There will be academic support provided during the online course.