November 24, 2017

FC Barcelona’s Shaky Future -

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gordon Hayward Injured -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mrs. Tribuzi, Dance Teacher Extraordinaire -

Monday, October 30, 2017

theSkimm: The Millennial Generation of News -

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cross Country Runs into the 2017 Season -

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Should You Attend the Women’s Marches? -

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Counselors Begin Next Year’s Course Selections

At the beginning of February San Mateo High School counselors begin offering courses to students for next year. Seniors are lucky because they are exempt from the process. A variety of courses are offered for students at San Mateo varying from art to computer science. In addition the school offers fifteen AP (advanced placement) classes for students who excel at a specific subject or want to take a class taught at a college level.

Counselors begin the course preview process with course preview day. This is a day where students get to choose three classes from a list and visit them. Each class they visit comes with a brief presentation covering what the course covers, requirements, and any questions that are left unanswered by the end. Later on in the month counselors visit each class and host a collective presentation. This presentations covers more in depth about what the school district requires for students to graduate and how to receive the necessary credits. On the week of February 20 counselors begin the time-investing process of student’s course selections.

While selecting courses for next year, students are required to meet with their college counselor one-on-one. Ms. Booth, a college counselor, said, “Students know what they want (classes) and we give them”. On the course selection sheet students are offered to have a sixth and/or a seventh period off. Seniors must have at least five periods. Although seniors have fulfilled their math requirements by senior year Booth encourages them to take a fourth year of math.

AP classes are also offered at San Mateo for students who are good at time management and want a challenge. Booth warms students that, “senioritis is a real thing”. Therefore, students are not recommended to take more than three AP classes during their last year of high school. Booth knows that, “students have jobs, internships, and busy family lives”. AP courses also must be signed off by a counselor, the student, and a parent of guardian. This AP contract warns students that the course they choose to take is more vigorous and is taught at a college level. These advanced classes are not easy to drop out of after signing off on the contract.

If a student find themselves requesting to change classes this should be done before spring break. In addition at the beginning of next year college counselor are more than happy to adjust schedules if a legitimate reason is given.

When choosing classes for next year make sure you choose classes that will challenge you but in addition are interesting. Attempt to get your credits as soon as possible and don’t wait to get them all at the last minute. Good luck next year! booth

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