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College Information

PSAT/ACT/SAT

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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 2017 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. 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 Friday, Sep 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM and end on Sun, Oct 8, 2017 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:

  • Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 1:00 AM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $5 late fee .
  • Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
  • Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Registrations that have not been paid for or post-marked by this date will be canceled.

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

There are four colleges in the Los Rios Community College District:
Other local Community Colleges: 
 
Folsom Lake College
Sierra College

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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

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

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

Most Local Scholarships are due March 1, 2018!!!
In addition to the scholarships listed below, do not forget to log on to www.CaLocalScholarships.org and create a User Profile to apply for our local scholarships!
   

Regional/National scholarships:

 

CTE/ROP

  • Post-secondary links for students interested in diesel programs:
  1. Video about ARC Diesel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy4XgP7jYx8 
  2. Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Army:  https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/mechanics/wheeled-vehicle-mechanic.html
  3. UTI Diesel & Industrial Technician Training:  https://www.uti.edu/programs/diesel

 

Career Exploration

EDUHSD Career Expo & Job Fair 
March 14, 2018
6:30-8:00 pm
Union Mine High School
 

Military

Fall ASVAB will take place on Monday, November 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 in the N4 computer lab. Sign up in the College & Career Center if you would like to take the test.  
 
Military Basics:
 
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

Summer work permits can be turned into the PHS Counseling Office through June 20, 2017. After June 20, work permit applications must be taken to the District Office. We can start processing them again at Ponderosa on Monday, July 17, 2017. 
 
Summer Work

NCAA

Forms

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

10/11th Grade "Middle Year's" Parent Night Presentation

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Freshmen

 

Freshman Success Night Presentation

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

 

NROTC Scholarship Talk
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ Lunch
in College & Career Center
 
EDUHSD College Fair
Monday, October 2, 2017 @ 6:30pm
at Union Mine High School
 
Financial Aid Night
Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 6:30pm
at Oak Ridge High School
 
Middle Years Event
Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 6:30pm
in Big Gym
 
ASVAB
Monday, November 6, 2017 @ 1pm
N4 Computer Lab
 
Military Academies Night
Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 6:30pm
in the PHS Theater
 
PSAT Parent-Student Information Night
Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 6:30pm
in PHS Cafeteria
 
 Community College Fair
TBD
in College & Career Center
Flyer & Participant List
 
 Folsom Lake College Application Workshop
Thursday, February 1, 2018  
at 12:30pm in the N4 computer lab
 
NROTC Scholarship Information
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ Lunch
in College & Career Center
 
ASVAB
Monday, March 5, 2018 @ 1pm
in N4 computer lab
 
 EDUHSD Career Expo & Job Fair
Open to all grades 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 6:30pm
@ UMHS
Career Expo Flyer
 
 Folsom Lake College Registration Workshop
Monday, May 7, 2018
at 12:15pm in N4 
 
Scholarship Night (invitation only)
Thursday, May 3, 2018
at 6:30pm
  
 
Cammie Escobar
Phone: 530.677.2281, ext 2224