Welcome to 2019-2020  School Year

    Categories of this bulletin include:  college visits and/or other meetings scheduled in the College & Career Center, SAT/ACT test dates and other testing information; leadership, volunteering/community service and/or job opportunities; scholarship deadlines, college events scheduled off campus (or pre-college summer programs).   Please contact me with questions. Thanks. ~ Mrs. Paula Friedman, College & Career Center Technician  

     OPHS Seniors, be sure to consult your Naviance Family Connection pages, prepare questions to ask when you meet with your counselor for your senior appointment, and keep checking updates that I will be posting almost daily on this College & Career Center’s bulletin page.  I wish you the best for your senior year!  ~ Mrs. Friedman

     College Applications:

     Some reminders about the UC applications: Recommendation letters not needed (unless specifically requested by a particular campus). Send your SAT/ACT scores to one campus and all of the campuses will receive your score report. Application fee is $70/campus. For more information, visit http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu

     The California State University (CSU) application for 2019-20 opens on October 1st. Submission of your completed application is November 1-30 and application fee is $55 per CSU campus. Application can be accessed at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply You will be asked to list the courses you have taken during your high school career and/or are scheduled to take during your senior year, grades you received in those courses, as well as the scores received on your ACT and/or SAT.  No letters of recommendation required. In general, no essays or summary of your extracurricular activities are submitted for these CSU applications, but some campuses may require short answers. Send your SAT/ACT scores to one CSU campus and they will all receive the score report.


    • The Common Application for 2019-20 (for Seniors/Class of 2020) went online August 1 and the essay prompts have not changed. Seniors should start working on their CommonApp essay and begin to complete the CommonApp application now. More than 900 colleges and universities will accept the CommonApp.  For more information, go to: http://www.commonapp.org 
    • The Coalition Application: A different application platform similar to the CommonApp, with over 140 college/university members. Students can open an account now by visiting: http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org

    College-bound athletes:  If you are considering playing your sport in college--and, if you have not registered already--you must register ASAP with the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).  Information is available at: https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/High_School_IE_Standards.pdf To register, go directly to www.eligibilitycenter.org 


    Tues. 10/1: CommonApp application

    Thurs. 10/3: Coalition Application/Other applications

    Thurs. 10/10: CSU/UC Applications

    Fri. 10/11: Supplemental Essays/Other Essays or Personal Statements


     ALL GRADE-LEVEL STUDENTS and FAMILY MEMBERS: Some important reading (recommended by OPUSD Board member Allen Rosen and Dr. Tony Knight) from Stanford's Challenge Success project:  http://www.challengesuccess.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Challenge-Success-White-Paper-on-College-Admissions-October-2018.pdf

     TESTING: SAT/ACT TESTING Registration Deadlines for 2019 -20Download your own schedule of dates & deadlines: 2019.20_ACT/SAT dates

    All colleges and universities generally accept either the newly revised SAT with essay or the ACT Plus Writing (Although the University of California still requires that seniors applying for Fall 2020 must still submit the SAT with essay or the ACT Plus Writing, a large majority of universities and colleges no longer require the essay portions of either exam. To keep your options open, take each test with the essay portions.  

    If you are applying for an engineering major, the Universities of California campuses “highly recommend” that you submit two SAT Subject Test scores—1) Math Level II (NOT Level I) and 2) a science subject test (biology, chemistry or physics).  Many top tier and/or Ivy League colleges also require SAT subject tests, so be sure you do your research on those college websites. Submitting an SAT Subject Test score when you apply to certain colleges may also “demonstrate your interest” in certain subjects in which you wish to major, such as history, literature, science, or foreign language.  Consult College Board’s website for more information about these SAT Subject Tests (www.collegeboard.org).


    • All colleges/universities accept either the ACT and/or SAT for admissions. Make sure to take advantage of your 4-FREE score reports. The last date accepted for most college applications is the December test date. Plan your schedule accordingly to allow taking the test 2-3 times. Colleges will always take the best score & some even Superscore (taking the best composite math/critical reading scores from different test dates). It is highly recommended that all students include the “optional” writing section for both the ACT & SAT. Many schools, including all of the UC campuses, require the writing section as part of the application for admission.

     TWO websites that offer FREE practice SAT tests:

     FREE ACT test preparation online is available at:

    You can sign up for either the ACT or the SAT "Question of the Day" online:



    • UCLA's new "Project Welcome" program for all freshmen, sophomores, juniors:  sign up to receive college prep tips via SMS text and email from UCLA Admission at ucla.edu/getcredit/signup or test TIPS or LEARN to 82521


    • Moorpark College's Guided Path to Success Program (GPS), the First Year Experience Program, offers priority registration, a student success coach, access to an academic counselor, computer access, and free printing. To learn more, be sure to visit:   www.moorparkcollege.edu/gps


    Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, & Freshmen:  Looking for scholarships? Register with any of the following sites:







    BEWARE:  Some "no essay" scholarships are being offered.  These so-called "sweepstakes" scholarships are merely attempts to collect your personal information, such as email and/or cell phone number, home address by promising to draw a winner each month from the pool of names.  



    Applications are now open for 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, honoring students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), are presented annually on the local, state, and national level.

    Eligible students:

    -In grades 5-12 as of 11/5/2019 and legal resident of one of the 50 states or D.C.

    -Engaged in volunteer activitiy that occurred at least in part after 9/1/2018

    -Completes an application and submits it to a school principal or head of an officially designated local organization bu 11/5/2019


    Applicants must submit completed applications to one of the following:

    -Middle school or high school

    -Girl Scout council

    -County 4-H organization

    -American Red Cross chapter


    -Points of Light Global Network Member


     Students who have volunteered over the past year can apply for a 2020 Award at spirit.prudential.com or nassp.org/spirit. Deadline is 11/5/2019.

    The top middle school and high school youth volunteer in each state are named State Honorees in February, and 2-10 runners-up in each state are named Distinguished Finalists.

    Ten of the State Honorees are named America's Top 10 Youth Volunteers of the Year by a distinguished national selection committee at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.



    The ACLU is pleased to offer the first California Advocacy Institute  for high school students, developed in partnership with the Close Up Foundation. This four-day program on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles, CA, is designed to bring high school students’ advocacy skills and passion for community engagement to the next level.  Students will learn strategies for grassroots organizing and begin building an activist network across the state as they explore the most important social justice and civil liberties issues facing California today.


    • The California Advocacy Institute will take place Friday, October 11, through Monday, October 14, 2019 at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. This takes place over the Indigenous Peoples’ Day holiday. 
    • Students will enhance their knowledge of civil liberties, social justice issues, and advocacy campaigns through electives and seminars led by lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and ACLU experts.


    • High school students in California who will be in grades 10, 11, or 12 in the 2019-20 school year are welcome to apply. Must be a current student in California to attend.
    • An interest in civil liberties issues and social justice advocacy.
    • Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.



    The application can be found here and application deadlines are as follows:

    • Regular Decision: Applications are due September 2nd* and successful candidates will be notified by September 13, 2019.
    • Financial Aid: Financial aid awards are based on need and students must apply for Financial Aid at the same time as the Program Application. Separate form for financial aid can be found here.


    Contact Info:

    Advocacy Institute Team

    American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

    125 Broad St., New York, NY 10004

    703.706.3555 | institute@aclu.org


    Supported By:

    Close Up Foundation



    Medea Creek Middle School (MCMS) students and their parents are seeking tutoring support from high school students. Contact MCMS counselor Rob Sitomer via email (RSitomer@opusd.org  or at 818.707.7922 ext. 5032).


    The Stadium and Camp Westlake has the following positions (all paid at $11.50/hour) available:

    Tech Position: Perfect for juniors/seniors interested in STEM and similar to a paid internship.

    Party Host Position: Great opportunity for students who live working with children.

    Front Desk Position: For someone who is very organized, can manage tasks assigned on a daily basis, and has great customer service and people skills. Must be at least 18 years old and proficient with Microsoft Office.

    Contact Information:

    Robin Wolff-General Manager

    The Stadium and Camp Westlake

    31293 Via Colinas

    Westlake Village 91362





    Career Chats, a series of meetings with professionals, was started by OPHS senior Rachel Lin to aid students in their college and career decisions. This is an opportunity for students to meet a variety of professionals who share their career experiences and insights. This program to allow students to learn more about different career options that they could pursue during and after college. Students can come and listen to the speakers and ask any questions.


    When are the meetings held?

    All meetings will be held on Fridays from 12:05-12:40 in the College and Career Center (C6).


    Who can attend?

    All grade levels are welcome and highly encouraged to attend!


    Missed past meetings?

    Information from past meetings is recorded on https://career-chats.webnode.com/ and also includes supplemental information not included at meetings. 


    Upcoming meetings for 2019!

    Session #1: October 4

    Wastewater public relations and corporate communications management (Mr. Sandy Warren)


    Session #2: October 18

    Psychology/college counseling/public policy (Dr. Cindy Lewis)


    Session #3: November 1



    Session #4: November 15

    Nephrologist (Dr. Eric Tong)


    Session #5: December 6



    Stay connected with Career Chats:

    Join the email list: https://career-chats.webnode.com/

    Receive notifications: Instagram



    •  Juniors and Seniors may register to vote by filling out a paper form (available in the College & Career Center) that can be mailed or by going online to RegisterToVote.ca.gov (Note: you may pre-register to vote at 16-years-old in order to vote at 18-years-old)!



    • Exploring College Options, a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, & Stanford University.


    • Welcome to Coast to Coast, a joint travel partnership among Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley, Vanderbilt University. Check out “Coast to Coast Tour” online at https://www.coasttocoasttour.org/ 
    • Harvard, Princeton, University of Virginia, Wellesley, & Yale also travel together. Remember these initials (HPUWY) that are in alphabetical order to find the schedule for this group of colleges: http://www.hpuwy.com/ 
    •  “Exploring Educational Excellence” includes Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, and Rice University in one joint information session for prospective students and their families. Sessions include a brief overview of each institution, information on admissions and financial aid, and a chance to speak informally with admissions representatives. Register to attend at:


    • “Eight of the Best Colleges” 

    (https://8ofthebestcolleges.org/ ) This is a group of eight highly selective, nationally recognized liberal arts colleges known as Eight of the Best.  The 8 colleges include: Claremont McKenna College, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Grinnell College, Haverford College, Kenyon College, Macalester College, & Sarah Lawrence College.  Upcoming events:

    Sat. 9/7 at 2pm: Hilton Los Angeles in Universal City

    Sun. 9/8 at 2pm: Hilton Pasadena in Pasadena

    • “Colleges That Change Lives” is an organization of 40 colleges first reviewed by the late Lorne Pope, education editor of the New York Times  https://ctcl.org/   There is an annual college fair with of most of these colleges attending at the Hilton Universal City, usually held in July.
    • Check out the 9 different campuses of the University of California system (www.universityofcalifornia.edu) for specialized majors (such as UC Riverside’s entomology major) and the 23 campuses of the California State University system (including Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management with a restaurant and hotel on the campus of the former Kellogg estate) www.calstate.edu



    All grade-level students are encouraged to attend college visits with admissions counselors that are held in the College & Career Center. These college admissions professionals choose between four different time options:  8 a.m. before school; 10:05 a.m. nutrition; 12:05 p.m. lunch; or 7th period beginning at 2:25 p.m.  Last year, almost 150 college representatives scheduled meetings at OPHS! 

    These meetings are extremely valuable because students can ask questions and listen to explanations. Plus, almost all of these admissions counselors who visit OPHS are the ones who will be reading your college application if you decide to apply! If you are unable to attend a visit because of a club meeting, make-up test, etc., please stop by to greet our college visitor quickly, get his/her college contact information, and then send an email later.  This will make a very positive impression!

    How do you find out which college admissions counselors are scheduling visits to OPHS?  I do my best to publicize these college visits in multiple ways:  

    • Check your Family Connection of your Naviance college visit list. If you have listed certain colleges in your “colleges I’m thinking about” section, you will receive a Naviance email reminder.
    • Check the College & Career Center’s calendar and/or bulletin online on the OPHS website.
    • Listen to the Tuesday/Thursday bulletins read in class after nutrition and posted around campus and on the OPHS website.
    • Check the white board outside the College & Career Center (C-6).
    • Watch the marquee at the front of OPHS
    • Read the Parent Faculty Association’s eNews


    College visits are generally held in the College & Career Center (Room C-6) unless otherwise indicated and open to all grade-level students.  If you have questions, see Mrs. Friedman AND check your Naviance list!


    • Collegewise, an independent college consulting firm, offers some great FREE webinars and guides with step-by-step instructions for completing the CommonApp and UC Application.
    • For honest, practical, and common sense advice on the entire college application process, check out Collegewise resources at: www.collegewise.com. For tips on the UC Application, visit
    • Consider subscribing to Founder, Kevin McMullin’s daily blogs at http://wiselikeus.com/. These blogs/information are totally FREE and give sound advice. (NOTE: Collegewise is a private, for-profit college consultant business and OPHS does not endorse their services, but encourages families to utilize FREE credible resources.)
    • CaliforniaColleges.edu is an all-inclusive guide for college, career, financial planning and exploration for California colleges.
    • California Career Center:  Visit www.CalCareerCenter.org, a FREE site for career options, education & training choices, getting a job, life’s challenges, salaries/budgeting, apprenticeships, etc.


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