Graduating Class of 2016

Senior E-News Bulletin - December 2015

Quarter 2 Final Grades & Parent/Student Portal Access

Quarter 2 final grades will be posted on Parent Portal by December 21 and will be sent home via email shortly after. To access academic records, progress and final grades, attendance history, and all other student information, please go to the Steele Canyon web site, click on the Parents or Students tab and scroll down to the Parent Portal or Student Portal link.  Students should login with their Moodle username (student ID number) and password given to them last year. If you can't remember your login info, please come see me. Parents should contact Bettina Papciak at to get the access code to register. 

Athletic Clearance & Sports Eligibility

If you are playing a Winter sport such as Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, or Girls Water Polo eligibility to continue playing will be determined when Quarter 2 final grades get posted on December 21.  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 Winter sports until progress grades for Quarter 3 are posted and improve. 

Senior Exhibition Preparation

Seniors will be presenting their binder and powerpoint for their Senior Exhibition soon. Here are some tips to help you get started preparing over the holiday break:

  • Binders must be completed and signed off on before seniors will be scheduled for a presentation time in March.
  • All seniors must be prepared to present their completed binder to a teacher on Wednesday morning, January 20. Seniors will be assigned a teacher and specific time slot to bring their binder so keep an eye out for an email about that.
  • Instructions about what is required in the binder and teachers who can help you with it before submission are listed on the Senior Exhibition web site which can be found in the Students tab on the SCHS home page.
  • Ms. Achenbach in the library and Ms. Koller in room E205 can assist you before submission as well.
  • Senior Exhibition presentations will take place during the first and second week of March. Please work on your binder over the break, get it completed and signed off on in January, then start preparing for your presentation.

College Application Reminders

Here are some important reminders about your college application process:

  • Look at your email! Colleges will communicate important information to you through email, like things that are missing on your application, verification of classes taken, reminders to send additional documents, deadlines to submit your intent to register. 
  • Send your SAT and/or ACT test scores as soon as possible! If you are waiting for test scores to come, as soon as they do login to you accounts on Collegeboard or ACT and send your scores to your colleges. If you have applied to CSU schools, only send your scores to CSU Mentor (#3594) and all CSU schools will get them. If you applied to any UC schools, only send your scores to one UC school and they can all access them. 
  • If you change schools, add or drop a course, or fail to earn a C or better in a course after you submit your application, you must notify the UC Application Center by email or postal mail. Your correspondence must include your name, UC Application ID number and your signature (if you mail a letter), and will be available to  all the campuses to which you applied. Email:
  • If you need to cancel an application go to this link for instructions:
  • Keep your Family Connection list of colleges you are applying to updated and accurate. If you are not applying to certain colleges, delete them from your list, if you have applied to colleges, update that info in the results column.
  • Final transcripts will be sent to all colleges that students have indicated on Family Connection they will be attending. 

Financial Aid (FAFSA) Workshop & Deadlines

All students planning to attend a 2 year or 4 year college or university should apply through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify for financial aid, which includes Grants, Loans, Scholarships, and Work-Study. You can set up your account now and create a FAFSA ID by going to . You cannot submit the FAFSA for next school year until January 1. The deadline to complete your FAFSA is March 2. 

Attend our Financial Aid/FAFSA Workshop coming up on January 28 at 6:00 pm in the Steele Canyon Theater to get important information about how to fill out and submit your FAFSA application.

  • January 1 - FAFSA Application for Financial Aid opens

  • Financial Aid/FAFSA Workshop - Thursday, January 28 @ 6:00 pm in the theater

  • March 2 - FAFSA Application for Financial Aid closes

Graduation Cap/Gown & Grad Announcements

Cap/Gown and graduation announcement order forms will be given out to seniors at the end of January. Keep an eye out for an email with more information.

New Scholarship Opportunities

Don't forget to login to Family Connection to see the new scholarships that have been posted in the Colleges tab under the Scholarship List section. Here are some of the newly posted scholarships:

  • Jackie Robinson Foundation – Deadline 2/15  $6000  
  • The San Diego Foundation Scholarships – Deadline  2/3  $1,000 - $5,000 
  • SportQuest Playing With Purpose Scholarship – Deadline  2/1  $2,000  
  • Princeton Prize in Race Relations – Deadline 1/31  1,000    
  • Distinguished Young Women of San Diego – Deadline  1/26   up to $40,000    
  • Native American/Alaskan Natural Resource Students – Deadline  1/22    $4,000
  • California Association of Collectors Scholarship – Deadline  1/20    $1,500 - $2,500 
  • Educational Scholarship Foundation – Deadline  1/20       $1,500 - $2,500 
  • SAE International Engineering Scholarships – Deadline   1/15   $1,000 - $5,500 
  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program – Deadline 1/13                      
  • Les Hart Memorial Scholarship – Deadline 1/10   $1,000  
  • Ron Brown Scholar Program – Deadline 1/9     $10,000 annually              
  • Carson Scholarship – Deadline 1/8    $1000   
  • GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship – Deadline 1/7                        
  • Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award– Deadline 1/6    $ 36,000  
  • Profile in Courage Essay Contest 2012 – Deadline  1/6    $500-$5,000
  • Young Entrepreneur Foundation Award  - Deadline 12/18     $2,000 - $15,000
  • California Association of Educational Office Professionals Scholarship – Deadline  12/15   $1000

New Community Service Opportunities

Murdock Elementary School is seeking volunteers for a variety of events. The activities range from an all school, free Book Swap to a Father/Daughter Dance.  Monster Mash is our Fall Halloween celebration.  It's actually going to be on Halloween, 10/31, this year from 2-5.  We will be needing help with step-up, running activities like face painting and costume contests, and especially clean up. Other events volunteers are needed for: Book Swap - Jan.11-15, Father/Daughter Dance - Feb. 12, Science Night - Feb. 18, Spring Fling - April 8, Art Fair - April 14

New Counseling Twitter Feed!!

Counseling and Career Services has created a Twitter account to keep students and parents informed of college and career information, 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 all for now. We hope you have a wonderful winter break!