Counseling Weekly 09.06.22

Upcoming Events:

9/9 Early Release and Peak Week Sign Up

9/12 Professional Development Day (no school for students)

9/13 HS Counseling Team Presents the 2022 Parent/Guardian Night 

  • New: Event Program with Panelist Bios
  •  Senior Parent/Guardian Night: Navigating Senior Year, College Admissions, and Financial Aid  with Josten's 5:00-6:30 pm in the College Counseling Center 
  • Optional Financial Aid presentation: FAFSA & CSS Profile 6:30-7:05 pm in the CCC 
  • Junior Parent/Guardian night: Final Countdown: The Changing College Admissions Landscape   6:00-7:00 pm in the South (Elem) Gym
  • 10th Grade Parent/Guardian night: Be Ahead of the Game on All Things College-Prep 6:00-7:00 pm in the Cafeteria
  •  9th Grade Parent/Guardian night: The Roadmap to a Successful High School Experience 6:00-7:00pm in the Auditeria
  •  9th Grade Students only: ‘Chuck the Chicken’ 6:00-8:15 N Turf Field


 An important reminder about Peak Week 2023!

  • Please see our Course Descriptions again for instructions on procedures and registering for this important week in March. 
  • Students must look at these options with their parent(s)/guardian(s) before Friday, September 9th to avoid signing up for a course for which they do not have permission. 
  • Students, if you are absent on Sept. 9th, please look for an email mid morning with a Peak Week registration link to complete. 
  • We are looking to get placements completed as soon as possible, and not completing a registration by 1pm. on that Friday could affect our ability to place you in a course of your preference.  

College Visits 

Upcoming in-person visits at Peak to Peak this week (more may be added):

University of Arizona

Wed September 7, 2022

8:45 AM

Dartmouth College

Wed September 7, 2022

10:25 AM

Jesuit Excellence Tour

Fri September 9, 2022

10:50 AM

University of Oregon

Tue September 13, 2022

10:25 AM

Amherst College

Wed September 14, 2022

8:45 AM

Beloit College

Wed September 14, 2022

10:25 AM

Trinity College

Wed September 14, 2022

11:15 AM


The Jesuit Excellence Tour will be in the CCC on Friday at 10:50! It’s a mini-college fair featuring the below schools. The institutions range from major research universities to comprehensive universities; from smaller colleges and universities that combine the liberal arts and professional studies to one strictly liberal arts college. AJCU institutions are part of the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU):  a network of regional associations representing Jesuit institutions of higher learning throughout the world.


Attending Schools:

Creighton University (NE)

Fordham University (NY)

Gonzaga University (WA)

John Carroll University (OH)

Loyola Marymount University (CA)

Loyola University Chicago (IL)

Loyola University Maryland (MD)

Marquette University (WI)

Regis University (CO)

Rockhurst University (MO)

Saint Joseph's University (PA)

Saint Louis University (MO)

Santa Clara University (CA)

Seattle University (WA)

University of San Francisco (CA)

Xavier University (OH)


College Day

College Day, a required day for all high school students on Wednesday, September 28, will be here soon! Next week’s Counseling Update will include the list of colleges attending.

New: College Day Sign Up Information

  • 12th Grade Students will sign up for College Day Sessions on Tuesday, 9/13 and Wednesday, 9/14 during lunch and 7th or 8th Period. See the Senior Update tomorrow for more details! Contact Ms. HF with any questions.
  • 11th and 10th Grade Students will sign up for College Day Sessions during classroom counseling lessons in the coming weeks.
  • All 9th Grade Students will attend College Day Panels and will not pre-register for College Day sessions. 

NEW: Volunteer Opportunities for College Day on Wednesday, September 28!

  •  We are excited to welcome community members back into the building to support an in-person College Day!
  • There are two ways to support this day (see the two tabs on the spreadsheet):
    • Donate items to help welcome the more than 150 college representatives and make the day a success
    • Spend the day with us as a day of volunteer
      • There are multiple roles to be filled, if you have any questions about the responsibilities, please ask!
      • It is a requirement that all volunteers go through the Peak to Peak Volunteer training and complete the background check process.
      • Please see the Volunteer Page of the Peak to Peak website for more information.  
  • Thank you for considering supporting the College Day event!

College Visits and Events outside of Peak to Peak:

  • Tulane University (who will be visiting on College Day!) Denver Information Session Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 7:00. This is a great opportunity to meet with our admissions counselor,  hear more about Tulane, and ask questions about the application process.
  • See attached for an informational flyer about the EHL Business Case Competition. Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual EHL Business Case Competition. This is a great opportunity for any students interested in a Global Career, Business, Hospitality, or who  identify as “people-people”
  • Johns Hopkins (who will be visiting in-person later this semester!) is hosting virtual info sessions and other workshops including a Financial Aid 101 Session
  • Bennington College’s twenty-third annual Young Writers Awards competition is now accepting submissions.
  • See attached for information about the ACE Mentor Trades Day on 10/21. The mission of ACE is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

Student Clubs: 

National JUNIOR Honor Society: (open to 7th, 8th and 9th graders):

Applications for new members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are open! The application is HERE  and on the NJHS page of the Peak to Peak website. You must be eager to be involved and demonstrate Leadership, service, character, and citizenship and have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher from prior middle school year(s). Existing members do NOT need to reapply. Last day applications will be accepted is Tuesday, Sept 13th at 3:30pm. 

The Puma Paper is looking for new talent! Do you want to be a part of the best newspaper staff at Peak to Peak? Come to an informational meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, September 7th) at 12:55 p.m. in The Inn (the classroom under the CCC) to learn about the exciting role you can play in the future of The Puma Paper.