Graduating Class of 2020

    Scott Parr                Bettina Papciak      Shannon Roberts       Millie Jaggard                  
Assistant Principal             Secretary                   Counselor           Academic Advisor
   619-660-3527              619-660-3520            619-660-3548            619-660-3542             
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Welcome Back Sophomores!

The 2017-18 school year has begun! We hope you all enjoyed your summer break. We are so excited to see all of our returning and new sophomore smiling faces ready to learn.  Below is the contact information for your grade level team:

Quarter 1 Progress Grades & Parent/Student Portal Access

Quarter 1 progress grades will be posted on Parent Portal and will be sent home via email the week of September 11 . To access academic records, progress and final grades, attendance history, and all other student information, please go to the Steele Canyon website, click on the Parents or Students tab and scroll down to the Parent Portal or Student Portal link.  Students should login with their Google username and password.  Parents should login with their email address and password they created when registering their student. Contact Bettina Papciak at if you are having problems logging in.

Spring Sports Eligibility

If you are playing a Fall sport such as Football, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, X-Country, or Golf eligibility to continue playing will be determined when Quarter 1 progress grades get posted on September 8.  Students who have earned an overall GPA of 2.0 or better will be eligible to continue with fall sports. Students who's GPA has drop below an overall 2.0 will not be allowed to continue in Fall sports until final grades for Quarter 1 are posted and improve. 

What's Coming Up for You this Year?


College-bound sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 11 at 8:00 am in the gym to better prepare for what's coming on the SAT. Sophomores can start to purchase the PSAT for $18 online beginning this Monday, August 28 at . Why take the PSAT? Scores will reveal what areas you still may need to study more for on the real SAT in the junior year, which is required for college admission. You can also see how ready you are to take AP classes in your junior year through Collegeboard's AP Potential report which is provided to your counselor after PSART scores are reported. 

College Presentations

We already have 20 colleges and universities coming to present information about their schools to sophomores, juniors and seniors, including the Naval Academy, Chapman University, USD, and Boise State. To sign up for any of these visits, please login to Family Connection and go to the Colleges tab, then to the College visits section. Students must sign up themselves when they login. Parents cannot sign up for them. Once signed up, students will be sent a call slip to attend the presentation in the counseling office. These presentations are a great way to get your questions answered and meet the person who will be revieing your application when you apply to college!

College & Career Planning in the Classroom

The 10th grade Counseling team will be visiting all Science and English classes in September to get all sophomores back on Family Connection to review/complete career assessments, which is the beginning of the college and career planning process, and to start researching career fields and college majors. Parents can also login to view their student's Family Connection account with a parent access code. Please contact me at for your access code if you haven't yet registered. Once your student has completed their career assessments called Strengths Explorer and Career Interest Profile, which can be found in the About Me tab, please sit down with them and review the results and the careers that were suggested to research, as well as the careers that they have saved to continue researching. This is the first step in the college and career planning process.

Graduation Requirements Reminder

Community Service
Community service is a graduation requirement. You must complete 40 hours in order to graduate. Possible volunteer organizations can be found on the Family Connection homepage in the Community Service link on the right. More details about appropriate volunteer settings can be found on the Senior Exhibition webpage at . Did you know you can Peer Tutor on campus and earn volunteer hours? See your counselor for more details.

Students are required to write 1-2 page reflections on their classes throughout their 4 years at Steele Canyon. For a list of the required reflections, go to on the Senior Exhibition web page. Students should be writing reflections at the end of each term to stay on track to meet graduation requirements.

Work Permits

Sophomores can begin working provided they have a work permit.  To obtain a work permit, pick up the Work Permit Application outside of Ms. Roberts office, interview and get hired for a job, have the employer fill out their portion of the application, students and parents fill out their portion of the application, and then the application should be brought to Ms. Roberts for review.  To qualify for a work permit, students must be maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA and have a good attendance record. Legal hourly and weekly work limits are listed on the back of the work permit application. 

Counseling Twitter Feed!!

Counseling and Career Services has created a Twitter account to keep students and parents informed of college and career information, scholarships, events, deadlines, dates, and more! If you'd like to utilize this great resource, follow us at @CounselingSCHS. Even if you don't have a twitter account, you can still receive a text of all twitter feeds by sending a text message to 40404 with follow @CounselingSCHS in the subject line.

That's it for now! Rah Rah Cougars!