November 10, 2015: Mid-Year Grade Reports

posted Nov 10, 2015, 1:47 PM by
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
November 10, 2015

Weekly College Update

Dear Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, and Huskies,

I had such a blast at Rainier and Tahoma’s College Application Nights last week, and I can’t wait to attend the events at Summit Prep and Everest this Thursday. Over 40% of you have already applied to at least one college! Keep up the strong work on applications, and be sure to thank your mentors, teachers, and parents for all of their support.

In the excitement of application season, it can be easy to forget to make your senior year classes and grades a priority. Don’t fall into this dangerous trap! Your senior year grades are a very important part of this process because colleges will see them in January.

This week’s focus is mid-year grade reports to colleges.

While Summit has a year-long grading system, colleges request mid-year grade reports for seniors after first semester. We want to make sure that colleges receive a positive mid-year report that helps your chances of admission.

The last day of the first semester is Friday, December 18th. By this date, you need to have turned in your first semester projects with passing scores AND passed enough content assessments to be at or ahead of the blue pacing line in the PLP. Let’s plan ahead now for a successful end to the first semester!


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


Nov 123:15pmCollege Application Night @ Summit Prep and Everest 
Nov 1310:10amCSU East Bay @ RainierCSU East Bay
Nov 1310:10amUC Davis @ TahomaUC Davis
Nov 1311:30amUC Davis @ RainierUC Davis
Nov 1311:30amCSU East Bay @ TahomaCSU East Bay
Nov 14variesPreview Days at CSU Maritime Academy and UC San DiegoMaritime Academy Preview Day

UC San Diego Preview Day
Nov 149:30am-4:00pmFall College Application Workshop @ StanfordFCAW sign up

Western Undergraduate Exchange Information

by Jordyn Gray, Rainier junior*

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program that allows students who are residents of a western state, to attend another college in another western state for in-state tuition, if they qualify with certain requirements. The following are the states that this program lives in.

The following is a list of colleges in these states that offer the WUE.

These represent the official states and colleges that will offer a student in state tuition to attend their college if they have certain qualifications.

The qualifications for this program depends on the certain college itself, and differ between colleges. Most colleges offer very basic qualifications, such as living on campus for the first year, having a GPA or 3 and 3.25 or higher, and taking a certain amount of classes.

*Do you have information that you'd like to share in the weekly newsletter? If so, email Ms. Hannon at

Fall College Application Workshops

Stanford University

The Fall College Application Workshops (FCAW) is a free annual event organized by the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association to guide high school seniors through the college application process.

At FCAW, you will have the chance to attend workshops that will give you useful information about the application process, college life, and other tips to help you complete your apps. You will also have the chance to meet and connect with current Stanford students, who will serve as your mentors throughout the event!

(Note: FCAW is open to ALL students of different backgrounds applying to college.)

WHEN: Saturday, November 14 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

WHERE: Stanford University

Lunch will be provided. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from Stanford University.

Please fill out the following application form if you would like to attend FCAW:

The deadline to submit this form is Wednesday, November 4th at 11:59PM. After the deadline, look out for an information email confirming your status to attend FCAW.

Scholarship Opportunities

Intel Science Talent Search Scholarship
Who can apply: High school seniors who complete original scientific research
Amount of the award: $1,000- $100,000
Information/Application: Intel Science Talent Search
Deadline: November 11, 2015

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (NSA) 
Who can apply: High school seniors planning to major in computer science or engineering and who meet the GPA and test score requirements
Amount of the award: $30,000 per year
Information/Application: Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Deadline: November 15, 2015

CAP Bay Area Scholarship
Who can apply: Low-income high school seniors in the Bay Area
Amount of the award: $5,000 per year + 1:1 college coaching
Information/Application: CAP Bay Area
Deadline: December, 2015

Elks National Foundation Scholarships
Who can apply: high school seniors who are U.S. citizens
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: Elks National Foundation
Deadline: December 4, 2015

AXA Achievement Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors who demonstrate ambition and drive
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: AXA Achievement
Deadline: December 15, 2015

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: Asian American and Pacific Islander high school seniors
Amount of the award: varies
Deadline: January 8, 2016

Gates Millennium Scholars
Who can apply: African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American high school seniors with minimum 3.3 GPA
Amount of the award: full cost of college education! 
Information/Application: Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Deadline: January 13, 2016

Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are interested in studying engineering and meet GPA and test score requirements
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Engineering Scholars Flyer
Deadline: February 3, 2016

The Dream.Us Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are DACA eligible or approved
Amount of the award: up to $25,000
Information/Application: The Dream.US Scholars
Deadline: February 15, 2016

"Finding the Right Fit- A Conversation About the College Search" 

Colleges That Change Lives

Maria Furtado, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL)
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Menlo-Atherton High School

Join Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives, for a conversation about helping your student find the “right fit” for college. Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. CTCL supports the goal of each student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college. 

Click here to register for this free event. 

College Abroad

Are you considering attending a college in another country? Check out this article from the Washington Post, "7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free)"

Changing Education, Changing Lives