Valencia HS PTSA Newsletter
Vol. 80, No. 2
Valencia High School
Principal: Jim Bell
PTSA President: Marcia Garten
VHS PTSA President's Message:
Thank you to all the amazing Valencia PTSA members and volunteers who have made this spring a great success. We have had many new Parent Nights and events. Here's a brief update,
Upcoming free Parent Only events presented by the Orange County Sheriff's Office:
Thank you for your membership and support for our fundraisers, Angels Night, Cinema City Movie Tickets, Tanaka Farms and Ralph's. See below for information for the Annual VHS PTSA $500 Senior Scholarships.
We wish all Valencia High School families a wonderful rest of the school year and a great summer!
2013-2014 VHS PTSA President
VHS Counseling Corner
Current 12th grade students
- All seniors must maintain passing grades in order to ensure graduation. Seniors must also complete all community service hours by May 1, 2014 in order to walk in the graduation ceremony.
Now is the time for seniors to start applying online if they plan on attending a community college in Summer 2014 or Fall 2014:
Cypress Community College- www.cypresscollege.edu
Fullerton Community College - www.fullcoll.edu
Orange Coast Community College- www.orangecoastcollege.edu
Mt. Sac Community College- www.mtsac.edu
Santa Ana Community College- www.sac.edu
Santiago Canyon College- www.sccollege.edu
Seniors who have been accepted into CSU's, UC's or Private schools must maintain grades of "C"s or better this final semester. Also, please be sure to follow the school's guidelines/ deadlines for submitting final transcripts and SAT scores.
Seniors: Sending Final Transcripts to Colleges/ Universities
If you would like the counseling office to send your student's final 8th semester transcript to the college or university your student will be attending in the fall, please send them to the counseling office with an envelope stamped and addressed to the college they will be attending with the student's name written on the inside flap. No return address needed, the counseling office will label with Valencia's address.
Current 11th grade students
- Grades, grades, grades. This will be the last semester that grades count for college. This is also the last summer school offering to make up credits for failed courses. If a junior is planning on attending a 4-year college or university after graduation please log on to www.collegeboard.org to register for SAT exams. Juniors should also begin researching colleges and majors. Please visit www.assist.org to view majors offered at community colleges, UC's and CSU's.
Current 10th grade students
- Focus on getting good grades. Attend PCHS online summer school to make up a "D" or "F" grade in a college prep class. Take a PSAT prep course. You will be taking the PSAT in October 2014. The PSAT is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship Competition.
Current 9th grade students
- Focus on getting good grades. Consider taking the PSAT in the fall for practice. Remember, four-year universities do not accept "D" grades. "D" or "F" grades need to be made up through PCHS online summer school.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO THIS SUMMER?
The summer season is the perfect time to take care of meeting the 40 hour community service graduation requirement. Also, consider visiting potential college campuses.
If nothing else, consider taking an SAT or PSAT prep course to gear up for the upcoming year.
If your senior son or daughter submitted the FAFSA:
Verify that all of the data on the SAR (Student Aid Report) is accurate. Submit updates at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Revise student and parent SAR data with final 1040 tax numbers, if necessary.
If your senior son or daughter submitted the CAL GRANT:
Using WGS (Web Grants for Students), students can see their Cal Grant application status, confirm and update their postal and e-mail addresses, provide the required high school graduation confirmation once they graduate and change their college of attendance. WGS can be accessed 24/7 and is an easy and efficient way for students to stay on top of their application and, if awarded, their Cal Grant award. To establish a WGS account, students should go to www.webgrants4students.org and follow the instructions.
The Counseling Office publishes a monthly Senior "Scholarship Bulletin" throughout the spring with the application criteria and due dates for each scholarship available to Valencia students. Community groups and private businesses are looking for students who have proven their potential for college success with a strong academic performance in high school. Earning good grades is the best way to ensure success in the search for college scholarships.
Generally speaking, the critical period for scholarships are the months of April and May. During these months students should plan on checking the Scholarship Bulletin in their senior classes or in the career center weekly for scholarships they may be eligible for. All scholarship applications are available in the career center, which is open during break or lunch. The Valencia Counseling Office can provide families and students with all the information and help they will need regarding scholarships.
AVID students visited Cal State San Marcos on April 8 and April 10. Students were able to tour the campus with a CSUSM student as their tour guide. This was a new experience for all AVID students as this was the first time the AVID program visited CSUSM.
Valencia High School PTSA
2013-2014 SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS
The VHS PTSA is very pleased to be able to award scholarships of $500 each to selected graduating seniors. There is no GPA requirement to be eligible for this scholarship. All seniors who are graduating in June 2014 and who are current VHS PTSA members are eligible to apply.
If you are not a current PTSA member you can become one by completing a membership envelope (available in the Administration office), enclosing $7.00 and returning it to the Administration Office. PTSA membership must be in the student's name to be eligible for a scholarship.
Application deadline: May 5, 2014
For questions about PTSA membership or Senior Scholarships, contact Susan Guerrero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Chemistry Olympiad
Congratulations to Valencia seniors Collin Amano, Nikhil Shah, Chad Atalla and Lisa Jian for obtaining a second place team score among the forty-one competing county high schools in the first round of the International Chemistry Olympiad Competition. This is the fourth consecutive year that Valencia's team has finished either first or second in this competition. No other county school has had similar success.
All four of these students will be honored at the annual American Chemical Society's high school awards dinner at the University of California, Irvine on May 19.
Additionally, Lisa Jian individually qualified for the second round of the competition. That competition will be at Vanguard University on April 26. Eleven students from other county schools (Troy(2), University, Sage Hill, Canyon, Edison, Beckman(2), Northwood, Mission Viejo and Corona Del Mar) were also invited. She will be among approximately 1,000 students from across the nation who will take this exam on that date at various sites throughout the country.
The top twenty scorers in the nation on the second round test will be invited to attend two weeks of study camp at the Air Force Academy in early June. The top four at that camp will represent the U.S. against over 70 different countries at the International competition held in Hanoi, Vietnam this July.
Thank you to the students and parents who give generously of their time and resources to support the Valencia High School PTSA.
Please visit the PTSA web pages of the VHS website www.vhstigers.org for additional information about PTSA meetings, events, prior/related newsletters, and a complete list of Board Member information. If you change your email address, please notify me so that you will continue to receive Tiger Tales.
VHS PTSA President