[BHS Etree] COLLEGE-CAREER BULLETIN - Week of May 30, 2011

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Sat May 28 21:21:53 PDT 2011

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*New or updated information


SAT WORD OF THE DAY: Sumptuous -lavish or extravagant, especially a meal




1. Parents of Seniors.  Don't forget to take a moment to fill out the survey on the Senior Handbook.  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SRF88KP 


2. *Food And Drink Donations Needed For Senior Awards Ceremony -  The Senior Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Theater.  This is a wonderful tradition where we honor seniors for all of their accomplishments and successes.  The ceremony is followed by a reception.  If you can donate baked goods (finger foods only, please) or drinks (water, juice or soda), paper plates, napkins, or cups please e-mail  or call Sakuntala Yaramala  at  (510) 644-4583 or Sakuntala_Yaramala at berkeley.k12.ca.us 


3. Thursday, June 2 – Senior Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Community Theater.


4. Wednesday, June 1 – Last day for student to turn in a Transcript Request Form to Ms. Mellion in D173 so that we can send an official transcript to the school they will be attending in the fall.  Write “FINAL TRANSCRIPT” in capital letters across the top of the form and paper-clip it to a stamped business-size envelope addressed to the college, with Berkeley High School (1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704) as the return address.  If your student is under 18, a parent signature is required.  All colleges require that students send them a final transcript confirming their senior-year grades.


*5. If you’re attending UC Berkeley in the Fall 2011, you can apply to the Freshman Edge program, which gives incoming freshmen a chance to take up to 2 courses this summer, get to know the campus and facilities, make friends, and save money. You can get a head start on required courses and pay the same per unit rate as a continuing UC Berkeley student. Apply by May 31 at



*6. Wednesday, June 1 – Last day for student to turn in a Transcript Request Form to Ms. Mellion in D173 so that we can send an official transcript to the school they will be attending in the fall.  Write “FINAL TRANSCRIPT” in capital letters across the top of the form and paper-clip it to a stamped business-size envelope addressed to the college, with Berkeley High School (1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704) as the return address.  If the student is under 18, a parent signature is required.  All colleges require that students send them a final transcript confirming their senior-year grades.


*7. BERKELEY CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE INFORMATIONAL MEETING – Tuesday, June 24, at 2:30pm to 3:30pm in the College Career Center for all seniors planning on attending a community college in the fall.   BCC has put together a new program that offers AAs or certification in three different areas, all of which have UC/CSU transferable courses. This is a First Year Experience designed to help students get a good start in college in courses linked together for optimal scheduling and work flow. Jump-start your college career and get onto the fast-track to a job or transfer by joining one of these programs.   


*8. You can access your AP scores starting July 1 and send them to colleges using the AP Automated Grade Reporting Service. Students can call (888) 308-0013 (toll free in the United States and Canada) or (609) 771-7366, 24 hours a day. You will need their AP numbers to use the service, so please hold on to your AP Student Packs. ( Keep in mind you not have to send an AP score if you did not achieve a score of 3 or above)


*9. *HIGH SCHOOL LATINA SCHOLARSHIP: Open to female seniors who are of Latino Heritage or able to demonstrate dedication to community service and empowerment of the Latino community, are a graduating senior from a high school in Alameda County, will be attending Cal State East Bay in the fall and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. Applications are available in the College and Career Center.  Application Deadline: June 3, 2011.


*10. Salvadoran-American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF) – Open to graduating seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 who are of Salvadoran, Central American, or other Latino ethnicity, have financial need, and have a history of community service and involvement.  Students may be either graduating high school seniors or current undergraduate, graduate and professional students.  Community college students are eligible if they are AB540 students.  Students must reside and study in the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles Area (specifically South Central Los Angeles, Pico Union, East Los Angeles) and San Fernando Valley. Recipients must be able to help other students through mentoring, community service, or tutoring after receiving the award.  The application is available at  <http://www.salef.org/> www.salef.org and in D221. The scholarship is open to all students regardless of immigration status. Scholarship:  $1000-$5,000.  Deadline:  June 3.  




1. Junior college advising appointments are available!  Sign up for junior advising appointment in the college center, D221.


2. Free SAT Prep Class:  People's Test Prep (PTPS) will conduct a free SAT/ACT prep class on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 -5:30pm beginning Feb. 7 in room D220 for Berkeley High School juniors only.


3. ATHLETES – Juniors who want to play Division I or Division II sports in college need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.eligibilitycenter.org <http://www.eligibilitycenter.org/> . They also need to instruct College Board or ACT to send their SAT or ACT scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Finally, they will need to turn in a Transcript Request Form to our registrar, Barbara Mellion (D173).  Mark “FINAL JUNIOR TRANSCRIPT” across the top of the form and paperclip the request to a stamped business size envelope addressed to the NCAA Eligibility Center.  You must use Berkeley High School (1980 Allston Way, Berkeley 94704) as the return address on the envelope or the Eligibility Center will not accept them.  If you have any questions about how to complete any of these tasks, see your College Advisor/ Athletic Coach. 


4. Dartmouth Bound Visitation Program: This program is for first-generation college-bound students, or those facing financial barriers to their pursuit of a college degree, or students from populations that have historically been under-represented in higher education. Students are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, personal character, and potential for college success.  The Dartmouth Bound programs are designed to provide opportunities for students to visit the campus, gain exposure to academic life and opportunities in an Ivy League setting, and learn about the admissions and financial aid process. For more information and to apply go to:  www.dartmouth.edu/admissions/bound  The application deadline for the summer program is Thursday, May 19.  Applications to the fall session, which has a special focus on the Native American community at Dartmouth, are due by August 15, but application materials can be submitted starting May 19.


*5. Colleges That Change Lives College Presentations:

Sunday, July 31, 2011 @ 3:00 p.m., Santa Clara Convention Center, Mission City Ballroom, 5001 Great American Convention Center, Santa Clara, Ca 95054 and Monday, August 1, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m.  Marin Center, Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, Ca 94903. (Preregistration is not required) Attending these presentations is a great way to learn more about the colleges below and the college process in general. Ms. Sandberg and I encourage students and families to attend one of the above presentations if you are interested in learning more about these colleges. For more information please go to www.CTCL.org <http://www.ctcl.org/>  and clink on CTCL events.


*6. Join Brown, MIT, and Yale for an information session on July 9, 2011, 3 pm, Lowell High School Auditorium, 1101 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco, Ca  04132. You must RSVP at https://apps.admissions.yale.edu/register/  The Deans of Admission from Brown, MIT, and Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid. 


*7. SAT REASONING AND SUBJECT TESTS • Register at www.collegeboard.com

SAT TEST - The last test date this school year is June 4 (too late to register). To register as a standby, you must show up early with a paper registration form ( available in College Center D221), but this does not guarantee there will be room for you on test day. It is sometimes possible to talk with a Customer Service Rep at College Board for registration issues- 866-756-7346. 

ACT TEST - The last test date this school year is June 11 (too late to register). You can register as a standby by downloading the Standby Request Form available on  ACT website, but this does not guarantee there will be room for you on test day. 




1. Test Preparation Resource: The Berkeley Public Library has Learn a Test database, which provides free access to SAT practice tests and AP practice exams.  Students can take the tests and get them scored online.  The resource can be accessed by going to: http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/services_and_resources/online_resources.php#education 


2. Free SAT/ACT Preparation Service: Berkeley High students now have access to a free online test preparation service. Students can access this service by logging in to www.berkeleyhigh.us <http://www.berkeleyhigh.us/>  and then click "More" from the top navigation and select "Grockit".  They will then be directed through a few registration steps and into the site. Logins to www.berkeleyhigh.us <http://www.berkeleyhigh.us/>  are as follows:

     username: full name (first + last)

     password: Berkeley + student id


*3. The 2011 Siemens Competition (for grades 9-12) is now open for registration. Project receipt deadline is Oct. 3, 2011. The Siemens Foundation established the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology to promote excellence by encouraging students to undertake individual or team research projects. It fosters intensive research that improves students' under- standing of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. You can compete as an individual or as a member of a team. Individual projects promote independent research.Team projects foster collaborative research efforts, as well as individual contributions to the cooperative endeavor. Scholarships for winning projects range from $1,000 to $100,000. Full info is at http://www.collegeboard.com/siemens/


SCHOLARSHIPS - For a list of scholarships go to the BHS website or moodle or come to the College Center and pick up a hard copy!


The Berkeley Public Library has acquired a new database of scholarships.  Anyone who has a Berkeley Public Library card can go to http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org/services_and_resources/online_resources.php Tuition Funding sources are listed in the Grants & Scholarships section. The database is also available from the online catalogs inside the public library locations, regardless of whether users have cards.




 A complete list of summer opportunities can be picked up in the College Center D221.


1. Oxbridge Academic Programs: Experience the learning environment in Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, Barcelona and Montpellier, France. They offer 65 different courses to choose from. For information, please visit www.oxbridgeprograms.com <http://www.oxbridgeprograms.com/> . 


2. UCLA World Music Summer Institute – This week-long intensive music study program (June 26-July 2) is available in one of four areas: Chinese, Mexican, Korean and African-American.  The program is open to students/musicians ages high school through adult.  Supervised housing is available for high school students.  For more information, go to http://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/WorldMusic/overview.htm 


3. Volunteer Center of the East Bay:  Visit http://www.volunteersolutions.org/vccc/volunteer/ for opportunities to help your community in a wide variety of fields and interests.


4. Don’t know what to do in the summer?  Go to http://enrichmentalley.com/ to find and  research different summer programs.


*5. *World Affairs Council offers a Summer Institute on International Affairs in SF, cost is only $50. Students meet from 3-7 p.m., once a week for 8 weeks, to “learn about international affairs through direct dialogue with key policymakers, journalists and scholars who are shaping our world”. Students attend Council programs, meet privately with speakers, engage in dialogue with their peers and are responsible for weekly reading and written assignments. Past Council speakers include General David Petraeus, Mexican President Vicente Fox and writer Michael Pollan. Full info is at http://www.itsyourworld.org/wac/Student_Opportunitites.asp. or email education at wacsf.org. Applications are due by June 3.


*6. Medical Immersion Summer Academy is for students interested in pre-med or pre-health careers. It’s a selective 2-week program based in Oakland in which students shadow health professionals in ER and outpatient settings, tour Alameda County Medi- cal Center and other Bay Area hospitals, learn hands-on techniques/procedures, receive one-on-one career advising from health professionals, and are mentored by UC Berkeley pre-med students. Program is July 11-22, applications are due by May. 31. Application and full info are at http://www.misahealth.org/, or contact Gwen Simmons at coordinator at mimhealth.org, or 510-355-8127.


*7. Outward Bound West - This program offers many options for short and long term programs.  Cost varies with the program, but they offer many scholarships.  Information at  <http://www.obwest.org/> www.obwest.org .  Rolling admission.   




Want to work on the College Application Handbook?  Any parent, guardian or friend who is interested in working on the college application handbook series, please contact druyffelaere at gmail.com. Working on the handbook series is a great way to keep up on the ever changing world of college applications, and to participate in working on this series which will be in its 12th year.




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