Smarter Balanced Assessment 2017
This Spring, our students will once again be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). CAASPP is the State’s academic testing program and includes the computer-adaptive Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA), California Alternate Assessment (CAA), and the new California Science Test (CAST). It is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress on an annual basis and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.
Our students in grade 11 will take the SBA or CAA. Students in grade 10 will take the CAST.
Teachers have been preparing students for these assessments throughout the year by implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their curriculum. Students have also had the opportunity to take similar types of online tests through the District’s Common Interim Assessments (CIAs) and Common Formative Assessments (CFAs).The administration of the actual tests won’t occur until later in the Spring. Our school is still finalizing the specific testing window and will provide those dates as soon as they have been determined.
Should you wish to provide opportunities for your child to practice these tests prior to the actual administration of the exam; they can be found at this link: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html and clicking on Student Interface Practice and Training Tests. Additional resources for parents are available through the California Department of Education (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/), the California PTA (http://capta.org/focus-areas/education/student-assessments/), and Capistrano USD (http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/CAASPPforParents). For more information regarding the importance of this test, please visit: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/
Results from CAASPP testing this Spring will be available next Fall, except for CAST. The 2016-2017 administration of CAST is considered a pilot so no results will be available. Results from the other CAASPP assessments will be mailed home and available through the Aeries Parent Portal.
As always, the guidance staff is here to support parents and students. Counselors are available to help alleviate testing anxiety students may experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Guidance Office with any questions or concerns.
IMPORTANT DATES - SPRING 2017
Monday, May 29th, 2017
May 30th- June 1st
Last Day of School
June 1st, 2017
Did you know as a CUSD student you have access to 1-on-1 College and Career Counselors? CUSD FutureOLOGY can help answer your questions, provide resources, and give you specific input during the college or career planning process.
A College and Career Counselor is available for all students in room 603 every Monday from 1pm to 3pm. Take advantage of this opportunity to get all your questions answered!
Check out their website for more info: http://www.cusd-futureology.org
CUSD’s Futureology is hosting free workshops for all CUSD students and families. Maximize your chances of college and career success.
- Finding Your Best Fit College – Tues. April 18 @ 6-7:30pm @ San Juan Hills HS
- Secrets of Financial Aid & The Early FAFSA - Mon. May 8 @ 6-7:30pm Online Webinar
- “DO WHAT YOU ARE” Interpretation – The Doorway To Your Future – Thurs. May 25 @ 6-7:30pm @ Local HS
- Stand Out On Your College Essay - May TBD
Register at www.cusd-futureology.org/appointments-events
Is Your Senior on Track to Graduate?
To ensure your senior student is on track to earn their high school diploma in June, you may view your child’s current graduation status via the Parent Portal by selecting “Graduation Status” under the “Grades” tab.
The Graduation Status is comprised of five columns. The first and second columns list the subject requirements and maximum number of credits needed per subject to earn a diploma. The third column, “Credit’s completed,” lists the credits your child completed by the end of their junior year. The fourth column lists the credits that your child is currently enrolled in and needs to complete for the fall semester, and the fifth column represents the credits that will need to be completed during your child’s final semester, spring.
By the end of junior year, students should have completed 170 credits to be considered “on track” to earn a diploma. Students who have fewer than 170 credits are considered “at-risk.” Students “at-risk” of earning their diploma will most likely be enrolled in one or more of the following: 6 or 7 classes, the Academic Intervention class or the CUSD Online Credit Recovery Program.
Please note that the Graduation Status reflects graduation requirements only, not college admissions requirements. To ensure that your child is meeting college admission requirements please refer to the “Grades” tab and select “College Entrance Requirements.”
Please be advised that your child must pass all required courses indicated in the fourth and fifth columns under “Graduation Status” in order to earn their diploma and participate in the commencement ceremony on June. We encourage you and your child to monitor grades via School Loop to ensure success. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s graduation status or college admissions status, please contact your Academic Advisor.
Dana Hills High School Guidance Staff
From the Guidance Department
College Application Deadlines
Both the California State University (CSU) and the University of California (UC) application filing periods have opened.
October 1, 2016 Begin submitting CSU applications
November 1, 2016 Begin submitting UC applications
November 30, 2016 Deadline to submit CSU and UC Applications
November 1, 2016 Early Action Deadline.
Please see your Academic Advisor ASAP.
Letters of Recommendation
The Common Application (as well as many other private and out of state schools) as well as some scholarships will require you to obtain letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers and other professionals who know you well. Be sure to give your recommender plenty of time to write your letter. Please adhere to the following deadlines in submitting your letter of recommendation packet to your academic advisor. Make sure the packet is neat and that you have answered all of the questions thoughtfully and completely.
Click here for Letter of Recommendation packet
Senior Scoop and Scholarships
You can visit the Dana Hills website on a regular basis to read the Senior Scoop and find opportunities to help you finance your college education. Pay close attention to deadlines. Please see your Academic Advisor to obtain a local scholarship application package.
Click here for Local Scholarship application.
Click here for the Senior Scoop!
Saddleback College visits
Beginning soon, a representative from Saddleback College will be available at DHHS outside of the guidance office at lunch every Friday to answer any questions you may have regarding concurrent enrollment, Freshman Advantage Program, Counseling 100, the application process etc.
Saddleback College Counseling 100 (College Success)
This course is offered on the DHHS campus during the spring semester. It meets once weekly and must be taken as a 6th class. Students must be on track to graduate and not need these credits. It is designed to introduce students to college and life success skills. It focuses on the attitudes, habits and behaviors of successful college students.