Counseling Weekly 09.06.16



Peak to Peak College Counseling Weekly News and Announcements

High School Counseling News and Announcements

REMINDER Parent Curriculum Night for parents and guardians of 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students on Wednesday, September 7th





All Grades

4:30 -7:00

FOOD TRUCKS - Great food available for purchase.

Main circle in front of the building


5:00 -6:15

6:15- 6:30



7:15- 8:15

Senior College Planning Night – Nuts and Bolts of the Application Process - mandatory

Graduation information – order cap and gown etc. – Jostens - mandatory

Financial Aid/FAFSA Workshop - optional

Financial Aid/CSS Profile - optional

Rosalind Wiseman - Nationally known speaker offering advice and strategies to parents on how to navigate the teen years - suggested, but optional

New College Counseling Center

Northeast (New) Gym


6:00 – 7:00

7:15- 8:15

College Admission Trends – mandatory

Rosalind Wiseman - Nationally known speaker offering advice and strategies to parents on how to navigate the teen years - mandatory

Northeast (New) Gym


5:45 – 7:00

7:15- 8:15

Introduction to sophomore year with a parent panel from past parents who share lessons learned in the college process. – mandatory

Rosalind Wiseman - Nationally known speaker offering advice and strategies to parents on how to navigate the teen years - mandatory


Northeast (New) Gym

NEW Community Service Opportunity (see attached flyer for more information)

Flowers for Service Hours

Learn the Art of creating paper flowers for this year’s P2P Gala Event and Silent Auction and earn Service Hours

Next Class: Thursday, September 22nd (early release day) at P2P from 1-5pm.

Future classes will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and most Thursday early release afternoons.

Location: In/near Ms. Downey’s Art Studio (between Auditeria and Cafeteria). Look for signs giving exact locations.

NEW Pacific Northwest College Tour - Spring Break 2017

Peak to Peak Counseling Center staff Ms. Bostic and Mr. Rauscher are excited to lead Peak to Peak’s first college tour excursion with high school students in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. A maximum of 10 students will visit seven colleges and explore local sites in the Pacific Northwest next year during spring break, from Sunday, March 25th to Friday, March 30th 2017. Aninformational meeting for students will be held on Wednesday, September 7th during lunchtime in the Counseling Center. Projected costs are around $1000 for five nights and six days. Students will get to visit a range of public and private, large and small, liberal arts and research institutions during the trip to explore their best fit. Admission presentations, tours, and a meal on campus will give students a good overview of each college!

NEW College Exploration Throughout High School

Though high school students don't actually apply to colleges until their senior year, the College Counseling Center recommends that younger students and their parents/guardians explore, visit, and learn about colleges throughout the four years of high school. Seniors then have much more knowledge and insight into what they do and don't want in an ideal college, and they can articulate what's important to them. We want students to choose a college where they will be healthy, happy, and successful, and we recommend some of the following ways to start the college exploration process:

  • Sign up for college visits at Peak to Peak. We suggest that Freshmen attend at least 1 college visit (in addition to College Day panels), Sophomores attend 2-3, Juniors attend 3-5, and Seniors attend all colleges you are considering applying to. Note that school day college visits are for students only.
  • Attend local college fairs - check Naviance and our weekly digest for upcoming fairs around the Denver Metro area. Students can pre-register for some fairs here.
  • Visit colleges on school days off - we highly recommend that you visit colleges when their students are on campus! While weekend, holiday, and summer visits are still helpful, seeing a campus that's full of students provides a much more meanginful picture.
  • Talk to current college students. Whether it's a neighbor home for the holidays, older family members, or Peak to Peak alumni, current college students often provide the most realistic, unfiltered picture of a college experience.
  • Research attending schools before signing up for College Day. All 122 schools are now listed in Naviance, so we recommend that students look over the list with parents/guardians in the next week.

NEW Article of the Week

Check out this article on the importance of sleep and the use of music to ease early wake up time.




2016 College Day - Wednesday, September 28th

122 colleges have registered, and we have a fantastic group of colleges coming to talk to Peak to Peak students this year. The full list of schools is now posted online in Naviance, and includes 14 colleges in Colorado, 6 international colleges, and colleges from 39 different states. Please make sure your student doesn't miss this important school day.

Students will sign up for College Day presentations on the following schedule:

  • 12th Grade: Tuesday, September 13th

  • 11th Grade: Friday, September 16th

  • 10th Grade: Monday, September 19th

  • 9th Grade: No sign up - all students attend college panels

  • Make Up Day: Tuesday, September 20th

Parent/Guardian Opportunities:

  • Volunteer for College Day! If you are interested in helping set up or run College Day, please email

  • New Parent/Guardian Workshops on College Day - four colleges will be presenting to parents only this year, from 8am to noon. Schedule to be released next week!

Other College Counseling Center Events

In State College Fair Tue September 6, 2016 6:00 PM Centaurus High School
10th/11th/12th Parent/Guardian Curriculum Night Wed September 7, 2016 See schedule above Peak to Peak
Warren Wilson College Wed September 7, 2016 9:40 AM P2P College Counseling Center
Pacific Northwest College Tour Information Meeting Wed September 7, 2016 12:30 PM P2P College Counseling Center
Savannah College of Art and Design Thu September 8, 2016 1:35 PM P2P College Counseling Center
Jesuit Excellence Tour Fri September 9, 2016 10:40 AM P2P College Counseling Center
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Tue September 13, 2016 1:20 PM P2P College Counseling Center
Majoring in Music Panel Tue September 13, 2016 7:00 PM BVSD Education Center - 6500 Arapahoe
The College of Wooster Thu September 15, 2016 12:45 PM P2P College Counseling Center
Hampshire College Wed September 21, 2016 8:00 AM P2P College Counseling Center
Wartburg College Wed September 21, 2016 11:15 AM P2P College Counseling Center
9th Grade Parent/Guardian Night and Freshmen Only Homecoming Event Tue September 27, 2016 6-8 PM Peak to Peak