Ponderosa High School

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General

College/A-G Information

CEEB School Code 053373
 
UC San Diego
 
UC Santa Barbara
 
UC Davis 
 
UC Santa Cruz
 
UC Los Angeles - Please visit our Admissions website to connect with us.
 
UC Irvine
Video Link: Pending
 
UC Riverside
 
UC Merced
 
UC Berkeley
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpWGKaHmVBI&feature=youtu.be
 

Virtual College Rep Visits

Normally, throughout the Fall semester, admissions representatives from colleges across the country would visit the Ponderosa College and Career Center. This year, they will offer virtual visits via zoom or google meet on Mondays. Feel free to join in! 

CLICK HERE for the schedule

 

PSAT/ACT/SAT

SAT Test: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing (some colleges need the writing portion)
 
CLICK HERE FOR ACT DATES AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES
ACT Test: Reading, English, Math, Science plus Writing (some colleges need the writing portion)
Register: www.act.org
Click here for ACT Fees
 
Fee Waivers are available for those who qualify. Please see your school Counselor.

Study & Practice

Ponderosa HS is partnering with Revolution Prep to provide our students with the opportunity to practice taking college admissions exams while remaining safely at home.  A proctored practice exam is the best way to get a real-time snapshot of testing performance in order to create a testing plan and timeline. 
  • When:  
    • Choose ACT or SAT: Saturday, February 20, 2021
    • Choose ACT or SAT: Saturday, February 27, 2021 
  • Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm PT 
  • Where: Live Online
  • Cost: FREE
  • Register here: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/3199/
  • Deadline to register: Thursday before the exam
  • Materials and instructions will be emailed to students 24 hours before the exam.
  • Every Revolution Prep practice exam comes with a free 30-minute score report review to assess specific strengths and areas of improvement. We highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity. Our school’s dedicated liaison, Andrew Jensen, will help you understand the score report and develop a custom plan to prepare for the official exam. To schedule time for your score report review, click here:  www.revolutionprep.com/andrew-jensen.

Khan Academy:

FREE Practice Available
  • 4 official full length practice tests
  • 8 short diagnostic quizzes
  • Thousand of practice questions, video lessons, and hints
  • Instant feedback
  • If you took the PSAT, Khan academy will create personalized practice for you for FREE. Click for how-to video

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PSAT

About the PSAT

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a great tool for students considering college. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills. Ponderosa High School recommends that students take the PSAT/NMSQT in order to receive feed back about strengths and weaknesses, enter the competition for National Merit Scholar scholarships (11th graders) and to help prepare for the SAT.
 
For students wishing to study for the PSAT, Collegeboard's official study materials are available from Khan Academy. Students can also stop by the College & Career Center and pick up their PSAT Study Guide. 
 

Registration Info

For the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT, students at Ponderosa High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access. PSAT test registration is open to Ponderosa High School 9th, 10th & 11th graders as well as home school students living within Ponderosa boundaries.  The cost is $20.00. Ponderosa High School desires that students be able to take the test regardless of their ability to pay. Students requiring financial assistance should see below. 

Online Exam registration will begin on Sunday, Sep 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM and end on Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link provided on the school website or click here. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end.

Ponderosa High School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a debit or credit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Sun, Sep 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
  • Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM - Registrations that have not been paid for or post-marked by this date will be canceled.
  • Wed, Oct 16, 2019 at 8:00 AM - PSAT Test Date

Please contact Mrs Cammie Escobar, cescobar@eduhsd.net, if you have questions.                                                                          

Fee Reduction Info

In order to be eligible for a reduced fee for your PSAT exam, you must meet income-eligibility guidelines.
  • If you have already been accepted to the Free/Reduced Meal program, you will indicate that when you register online. Your AP test registration will be placed on hold while we verify your Free/Reduced status.
  • If you are not currently in the Free/Reduced Meal program but feel that you would qualify, please access the EZMealApp website to apply. If you are approved, you will receive a letter stating this. You will need to give a copy of this letter to Mr. Spratling in the Counseling Office before being approved for the PSAT fee reduction.

Community College

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  • FREE TUITION AT FOLSOM LAKE COLLEGE!! There is no income requirement, students are eligible of they are first time freshman taking a minimum of 12 units. CA Promise Grant
  • There are four colleges in the Los Rios Community College District:
 
Other local Community Colleges: 
 

Folsom Lake College

  • Folsom Lake College Application Workshop   
    •  Friday, February 1, 2019
    • at 12:15 pm in the CCC
     
  • Folsom Lake College Parent Info Night
    • Monday, February 4th @ 6pm @ FLC.  More info here
  • Folsom Lake College Registration Workshop
    • Thursday, May 2, 2019
    • at 12:00 pm in the CCC
  • Registration Process    PDF

Sierra College

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
 
* Email cescobar@eduhsd.k12.ca.us to set up a 1 on 1 appointment for help with your FAFSA/FInancial Aid Application.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Hello my name is FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a federal form for financial aid that is accepted by most schools. The information you provide will be used to figure the amount your family can afford to contribute toward your education (also known as your EFC: estimated family contribution).

The FAFSA for college attendance beginning Fall of 2018 can be filed beginning October 1, 2017, using your 2016 tax year information. 

If your financial or living situation has significantly changed since 2016, you will still be required to use your 2016 information, then follow up with a call to each of your colleges' financial aid offices to explain your situation. You will be asked for documentation.
 
Financial aid deadlines vary by college, but if you file your FAFSA by December you should be in no danger of missing a deadline. If you are unsure, check your college's website.

Fill out the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Families wanting to get a preliminary EFC before they are eligible to fill out the FAFSA can use the FAFSA4caster.

Cal Grant

Cal Grant

Your Cal Grant GPA will be uploaded to the California Student Aid Commission in December. This gpa is calculated differently than most gpa's you've seen, but should be close to what you normally know as your cumulative gpa. There is nothing you need to do, no paperwork to fill out.

What you DO need to do is follow up! It is important for you monitor your Cal Grant status and make sure your GPA actually made it all the way into the state's database. Remember, a missed deadline is a missed deadline, even if it wasn't your fault. After you file your FAFSA. visit webgrants4students to verify your status - you'll need to create a profile. If anything you see (or don't see) worries you, ask Mrs. Bastian or your Counselor to help you figure it out.

Loans / Work Study

Loan
Stafford Loan
This is a federal student loan. With the unsubsidized loan, the interest accrues while you are in school, but you don't pay it until after you stop attending. With the subsidized loan, the government pays the interest while you are in school.

Work Study
A college might offer Work Study (on-campus employment) as a way for you to meet your cost of attendance. It is important to know that these offers can vary widely from college to college. Work Study is very similar to having an off-campus job, but with Work Study your pay in considered financial aid rather than income.

Other Loans
If you still have unmet need, the PLUS loan is a popular loan for parents of students. Some families choose to use a home equity-type loan. Shop around for best interest rates and repayment options.

Scholarships

 

Find Local Scholarships Here: 

Video Tutorials
 
Intro to the Scholarships.edcoe.org website
Run Time: 2:20


Video link for Intro to the Scholarships.edcoe.org
How to Register for an Account
Run Time: 1:40
Video link for "How to Register for an Account"
How to Create a Student Profile & General Application
Run Time: 2:55
Video link for How to Create a Student Profile and General Application
How to Search, Filter, & 'Favorite' Scholarships
Run Time: 1:39
Video link for How to Search, Filter & Favorite
How to Upload Required Documents
Run Time: 4:36
Video link "How to Upload Required Documents"
How to Apply for & Submit Scholarship Applications
Run Time: 4:27
Video link "How to apply for and submit scholarship applications"
 
In addition to the scholarships listed below, do not forget to log on to https://scholarships.edcoe.org/ and create an account to apply for our local scholarships!
 
Horatio Alger State Scholarship (worth $10,000) is due 10/25/20
 
   

Regional/National scholarships:

 

CTE/ROP

Career Exploration

 

*Check out the EDUHSD Career Website HERE

 
Research careers and take interest & skills inventories here: 
Log in with your school email.
 

Military

ASVAB
PHS MILITARY RECRUITERS:
Air Force: Lorenza Taylor
lorenza.taylor@us.af.mil
(916) 856-8862
Careers available in the Air Force: https://www.recruiting.af.mil/Resources/
 
Army: James Marceron
james.c.maceron.mil@mail.mil
(916) 985-8830
 
CA National Guard: Dalton Thomason
dalton.w.thomason.mil@mail.mil
(831) 224-2715
 
Marines: Christopher Hankins
christophe.hankins@marines.usmc.mil
(209) 283-0608
 
Navy: Rogelio Hernandez
rogelio.d.hernandez1@navy.mil
(916) 367-9092
 
ASVAB 
  • Military Enlistment requires an ASVAB score for entrance and job placement
  • ASVAB can be taken either at the school site, or at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station)
  • The ASVAB test is offered twice during the school year
    • Fall - usually in November
    • Spring - usually in February

Volunteer Information

Work Permits

Work Permit Info 

How to submit a work permit request over summer break:

The PHS College & Career Center will be closed until August 2nd, 2021. If you need a Work Permit over the summer, please follow the instructions below.

 
Follow the instructions below to submit a work permit request:
  • Download and print the Request for Work Permit or pick one up in the PHS Counseling office. 
  • Complete pg. 1 of the permit, as well as all three sections on pg. 2 (minor’s information, parent signature, and employer information). These sections must be complete before submitting your work permit. 
  • Turn in your completed work permit to the PHS Counseling Office.
  • The permit will be processed and returned to you.  
Dates Available:
Permits can be processed at the PHS Counseling office during the following dates:
  • June 2nd - 23rd
  • July 19th - 29th
    The Counseling Office will be closed on Fridays during the summer.

How to obtain a Work Permit when the Counseling Office is closed:

The PHS Counseling Office will be closed to the public June 24th - July 18th, 2021 and will be unavailable to process work permits.  During this time students can obtain a work permit by visiting the El Dorado Union High School District Office located at 4675 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, CA, Student Services Building D. Their summer hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am  - 4:00 pm
 

How to submit a work permit request when school is in session:

Note: All three sections on pg. 2 of your work permit (minor’s information, parent signature, and employer information) must be complete before submitting your work permit.
 
  • Download the Request for Work Permit
  • Email option: Scan and email completed work permit to cescobar@eduhsd.k12.ca.us
We will complete your request and email the completed work permit form back to you for you to give to your employer.

College Athletics

Forms

  • Letters of Recommendation: 
    Personal Data Form:
    WORD  |  PDF
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      Resume example 1 (editable google doc: choose file->make a copy to customize)
Resume example 2
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Resume example 3
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Grade Level InformationGo To Top of Page

General

Seniors

 
Flyers/Presentations:
 
 
2020 Senior Slideshow Presentation - Please take the time to look through the presentation as it is full of information and important dates and deadlines for senior year!
 
 
Initial Senior Survey- Click here - We are also asking all seniors to please fill out the attached google survey (its quick!) and if you would like to schedule a time to meet with us, there are options at the end of the survey to sign up for drop-in zoom meetings.
 
Video Tutorials
 
Intro to the Scholarships.edcoe.org website
Run Time: 2:20


Video link "Intro to the scholarships.edcoe.org"
How to Register for an Account
Run Time: 1:40
Video link "How to register for an account"
How to Create a Student Profile & General Application
Run Time: 2:55
Video link "How to create a student & general application"
How to Search, Filter, & 'Favorite' Scholarships
Run Time: 1:39
Video link "How to search, filter & favorite scholarships"
How to Upload Required Documents
Run Time: 4:36
Video link "How to upload required documents"
How to Apply for & Submit Scholarship Applications
Run Time: 4:27
Video link "how to apply for & submit scholarship applications"
 
 
STUDENT SQUARE TEXT REMINDERS
Sign up to receive communication from the Counseling Office & College & Career Center via text message to ensure you don't miss out on any important deadlines and opportunities. 
  • Sign in to Student Square HERE and click on sign in with Google
  • Click on your name in the upper right hand corner then click 'My Account'.Student square sign in
  • Within your account click on the 'Edit' button and enter your cell phone number and click save.
  • Under 'Post Notification Setting' click 'change this' and check the box for text notifications. Post notification settingsHow would you like to be notified? Email, Text, App Notification
 
 
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Juniors

 
 
Middle Years Presentations:
 
Junior Newsletters:
 
Fall FBI Teen Academy Application: Deadline to apply is Oct. 18
 
 
Juniors:  10 Tips for a Productive College-Bound Summer
 
STUDENT SQUARE TEXT REMINDERS
Sign up to receive communication from the Counseling Office & College & Career Center via text message to ensure you don't miss out on any important deadlines and opportunities. 
  • Sign in to Student Square HERE and click on sign in with Google
  • Click on your name in the upper right hand corner then click 'My Account'.Student Square sign in
  • Within your account click on the 'Edit' button and enter your cell phone number and click save.
  • Under 'Post Notification Setting' click 'change this' and check the box for text notifications. Post notification settingsHow would you like to be notified? Email, Text, App Notification

Sophomores

 
SOPHOMORE COUNSELING PRESENTATION - Click HERE
 
 
STUDENT SQUARE TEXT REMINDERS
Sign up to receive communication from the Counseling Office & College & Career Center via text message to ensure you don't miss out on any important deadlines and opportunities. 
  • Sign in to Student Square HERE and click on sign in with Google
  • Click on your name in the upper right hand corner then click 'My Account'.Student Square log in
  • Within your account click on the 'Edit' button and enter your cell phone number and click save.
  • Under 'Post Notification Setting' click 'change this' and check the box for text notifications. Post notification settingsHow would you like to be notified? Email, Text, App Notification
 
 

Freshmen

 
FRESHMEN PRESENTATION FROM COUNSELING- Click HERE
 
 
STUDENT SQUARE TEXT REMINDERS
Sign up to receive communication from the Counseling Office & College & Career Center via text message to ensure you don't miss out on any important deadlines and opportunities. 
  • Sign in to Student Square HERE and click on sign in with Google
  • Click on your name in the upper right hand corner then click 'My Account'.Student Square log in
  • Within your account click on the 'Edit' button and enter your cell phone number and click save.
  • Under 'Post Notification Setting' click 'change this' and check the box for text notifications. Post notification settingsHow would you like to be notified? Email, Text, App Notification

CAREER/JOB OPPORTUNITIES WEBSITE: Click HERE

 

STUDENT SQUARE TEXT REMINDERS
Sign up to receive communication from the Counseling Office & College & Career Center via text message to ensure you don't miss out on any important deadlines and opportunities. 

  • Sign in to Student Square HERE and click on sign in with Google
  • Click on your name in the upper right hand corner then click 'My Account'.Sign Out
  • Within your account click on the 'Edit' button and enter your cell phone number and click save.
  • Under 'Post Notification Setting' click 'change this' and check the box for text notifications. Post Notfication SettingsHow would you like to be notified? Email, Text App Notification

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

 

Virtual College Rep Visits

Normally, throughout the Fall semester, admissions representatives from colleges across the country would visit the Ponderosa College and Career Center. This year, they will offer virtual visits via zoom or google meet on Mondays. Feel free to join in! 

CLICK HERE for the schedule

 

College Fairs

Since we are unable to host an in-person EDUHSD College Fair this year, we encourage you to participate in several virtual College Fairs, hosted by groups of colleges. Please save the following dates and check the links below for instructions on how to join these fairs. 

UC San Diego
 
UC Santa Barbara
 
UC Davis 
 
UC Santa Cruz
 
UC Los Angeles - Please visit our Admissions website to connect with us.
 
UC Irvine
Video Link: Pending
 
UC Riverside
 
UC Merced
 
UC Berkeley

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpWGKaHmVBI&feature=youtu.be

UC Personal Insight Questions Zoom

Thursday, August 27, 2020 @ 6pm & Thursday, September 3, 2020 @ 2:30pm
 

Financial Aid Night

TBD
 

Middle Years Event: UC, CSU, & FLC guest speakers

Thursday, November 5, 2020 @ 6:30pm
 

ASVAB

Monday, November 2, 2020 @ 1pm
Location Cafeteria
 

Cash for College (Complete your FAFSA)

Registration with Mrs. Escobar is REQUIRED in order to attend 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 6:00pm
 
PSAT Parent-Student Information Night
TBD
 
Community College Fair
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
in Quad outside of Counseling Bldg
 

Folsom Lake College Info Night

(PHS Families only)

TBD
 
Folsom Lake College Application Workshop
TBD 
at 12:15pm in the N4 computer lab 
 

ASVAB

Monday, February 22, 2021 @ 1pm
in the Cafeteria
 
EDUHSD Career Expo & Job Fair
Open to all grades 
Wednesday, March 11, 2021 @ 6:30pm
@ UMHS
Career Expo Flyer
 

Military Service Academy Night

Date TBD
in the PHS Cafeteria
 
Folsom Lake College Registration Workshop
TBD
at 12:15pm in N4 
 

Scholarship Night (invitation only)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
at 6:00pm
 

Military Send Off

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
@ lunch in the Large Gym 
  
CCC Photo for website

Cammie Escobar
Phone: 530.677.2281, ext 2224