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December Updates

Dear CVHS Students and Families,

Please see below for updates from the Counseling team and the College and Career Center!


The first semester is almost over and with it can come a higher level of anxiety as students prepare for finals.  We are here for support.
Resources for Students:
Drop-in Free Tutoring 2022-23
Open Trojan Time is offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:16-10:58am.  There is Open Trojan Time on December 6, 7, 13, and 14.  Students can log on through their TeachMore accounts for teacher offerings. For more information on Trojan Time please click here.
Students can also reach out to their teacher to set up an appointment to obtain additional support in their classes. 
The Library is open after school until 6:00pm Monday through Thursday. With Students get homework help, writing feedback, and study support on demand. Anytime you need help in ANY school subject, you can always ask a professional Paper tutor. This is an unlimited 24/7 service, so you can go to them for help during Trojan Time, during work time in class, after school, on the weekends, before Finals, over break, or whenever you have time and a need.  Paper tutors offer homework help, writing assignment feedback, & study support in 4 languages (English, Spanish, Mandarin, and French).
Link to Paper Tutorial
Link to Login through your student “Clever” account. 
Select the link for Paper. The link is located towards the bottom, under “More Apps (district)”
Learning Ally is provided by our Augmentative/Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology Services.  Learning Ally is a service that allows students to download their own audiobooks.  Some of the books come in ebook format so that students can read along and some are purely audio.  For more info go to: Learning Ally CVUSD AT Website
Academic Online Resources:
Khan Academy: 
AP Central: Students of Advanced Placement courses access resources through their College Board login and teacher Join Codes.
Online homework help through the Alameda County Library Brainfuse. Tutors are available from 1:00pm - 10:00 pm
CVHS Resources and Supports:
CVHS Counseling Department:
CVHS Wellness Center:
Dual Enrollment 
Chabot College is once again offering FREE college classes just for Castro Valley students.  
Click here for Flier
3 courses to choose from!
SOCI 3 - Sociology: Intro to Race & Ethnicity (Asynchronous online) - 3.0 UC/CSU Transferable General Education units
KINE 1 - Intro to Kinesiology & Physical Education (Asynchronous online) - 3.0 UC/CSU Transferable Elective units (some CSUs will grant credit towards KINE major!)
PSCN 15 - College Study Skills (Tues/Wed 3:30-4:30, room 105) - 2.0 CSU Transferable General Education units
For more information and to sign up go to

Students can learn more and get help applying at the following times:
Tuesday December 6 - Trojan Time
Tuesdays 12/6 and 12/13 at lunch
Thursdays 12/8 after school
Students and families can also view the presentation and recording from Ms. Zuckerbrow.

Seniors: Save the Date!  CVUSD/CVEF Scholarship Night
For seniors and their families to LEARN about local scholarships and how to apply!
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: CVHS Cafeteria
RSVP recommended, especially if you need language interpretation.  
For more information on the CVEF Scholarship program: 

College Application Deadlines
CSU: Although the priority deadline was November 30, some CSUs are still accepting applications for most majors (but not all)! 
Check the full list of majors that each campus is still accepting applications for at this site: 
Channel Islands: January 31
Chico State: December 15
Dominguez Hills: January 15
East Bay: February 15
Fresno: January 2
Humboldt: December 15
Los Angeles: December 16
Maritime: Rolling admissions until full
Monterey Bay: December 16
Pomona: March 1 (Hospitality Management ONLY)
Sacramento: December 15
San Bernardino: December 16
San Diego: December 15 (Imperial Valley Campus ONLY)
San Francisco: January 15
San Marcos: December 15
Sonoma: December 31
Stanislaus: January 15
Private/out-of-state colleges: deadlines vary!  Regular decision deadlines vary December through March or even later; some have rolling admissions!  Submit by priority deadline for most scholarship opportunities.  Check with individual colleges for dates and info.

Letters of Recommendations
Need a letter of recommendation for private colleges or scholarships?  Please talk to your teacher(s) / counselor at least 3 weeks prior to the earliest application deadline date!  Complete and share your request form ("brag sheet") with your teacher(s) and counselor at least 2 weeks prior to the earliest application deadline date!   More info can be found here.
**Many colleges have a deadline of January 1 or 2 - during the holiday break.  Students need to ask for letters of recommendation by December 8 at the very latest.  

Community College: Deadlines are in the Spring but students can apply early to Chabot, DVC, and Las Positas now! 

Financial Aid
All seniors must apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA or CA Dream App.
There will be an opt-out form provided in January for families who wish to opt-out*.
*If you think you / your student may not qualify for financial aid, it is still worth submitting the application.  By doing so, a student may be able to get their first year free at community college (no income requirement!) and/or qualify for low interest / no interest loans or work study!

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - for US Citizens and eligible non-citizens - 
CA Dream Application - for undocumented or AB540 students - 
Deadline: March 2nd for Cal Grant (but the sooner the better); some colleges may have earlier deadlines

Deadline: March 2nd
Students must submit FAFSA or CA Dream App by March 2nd to be considered for Cal Grants (including Middle Class Scholarship).  Our school has already submitted GPAs for all seniors - students do NOT need to submit a separate GPA verification form.

For more info about FAFSA, CA Dream App or Cal Grant:

Equitable Excellence Scholarship - Due December 15, 2022
Chevon Black Employee Network Scholarships 
CV San - Due February 10, 2023 
And check out the scholarships page for other scholarship opportunities!

The Counseling and College & Career Center teams wish you and your family a joyful Holiday season, a restful break, and a Happy New Year.  Finish this year strong and see you in 2023!

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