Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, all Hart District schools will be cancelling the administration of the PSAT on January 26, 2021. We encourage families to take advantage of one of the alternatives listed below to participate in the benefits of the PSAT. As a reminder, the purpose of the PSAT is to provide students with an opportunity to practice for the SAT, access scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Competition, and connect with colleges and universities through the Student Search Service.
- Students taking the PSAT to practice for the SAT are encouraged to access the free test preparation from Khan Academy. Students can take free, full-length, timed, online SAT, and PSAT practice tests. Practice tests provide students with detailed feedback on their performance and access to personalized practice tools based on their results. For more information, please visit: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
- Students taking the PSAT for scholarship consideration may enter the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC) based on SAT scores instead of PSAT scores. For more information, please visit: https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/images/gid2/editor_documents/alternateentry2022.pdf?gid=2&pgid=61
- Students taking the PSAT to access college information through the Student Search Service may opt into the Student Search Service by checking the box on any SAT registration. Students who select this option provide colleges and scholarship organizations with limited personal information linking them to a database of information on college scholarships and programs. Students may also utilize the Xello platform provided to all Hart District students for free to access information on colleges and universities. Please visit https://login.xello.world/portfoliolinking/US:af67a10e-36c4-4a9f-adba-038fd9da793d for more information.
For further information on the PSAT, please contact your counselor.
SCV Foundation Scholarship
The Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship application is now available! There are many scholarships awarded through this application and many that are guaranteed to be awarded to Valencia High School students. If you are a senior who has attended school in the Santa Clarita Valley for at least 11th and 12th grade, have a 2.0 or higher GPA, and plan to continue your education, then you qualify to apply for this scholarship. Applications are due by 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 28th, 2021, but don't delay. Winter break is the perfect time to work on your application. Be sure to read all instructions! Visit SCV Scholarship Foundation's website for more information: https://scvsf.org/ Paper applications are required and must be dropped off to Mrs. Switaj or Ms. Galdi in the Counseling office. To get instructions and the application, click HERE.
Wellness "Warm Line"
Did you know that the Hart District has a "wellness warm line" for students? The Wellness Warm-Line is a non-emergency resource for all Hart School District students seeking emotional support as a result of the "Stay at Home" order and culmination of Distance Learning. The Wellness-Warm-Line's goal is to provide support prior to a mental health crisis. Some concerns callers share are stress, anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationship issues, panic, corona blues or are just having a bad day and need to talk to someone. Complete the Google Form request, and someone will reach out to you via telephone! You may access support from the wellness warm-line during school days (Monday through Friday 8:00 am-3:00 pm). You will receive a return phone-call within the school day. If needed during after-hours, you may contact the CA Peer-Run Warm-Line- 855-845-7415. If this is an emergency, please contact 911 immediately. If you know someone who needs immediate help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
To access the request, click HERE
The VHS Counseling department wants you to know that we are still here for you! Although we know that most of our valuable communication is in person, in this time of uncertainty and distance learning, we are still available, in many ways, to continue communication. The best way to initiate communication with your counselor is going to be through email or phone.. Counselors will be regularly checking and responding to emails and phone calls during school hours. If a situation arises in which communication may need to be through other means, your counselor will communicate with you and/or your parent and determine the best method of communication to arrange with you.
Unfortunately, we are not able to take care of all issues and situations remotely. If there is a situation that arises in which you may need immediate assistance or is considered an emergency situation, please refer to the resources below.
Crisis, Harm to Self or Suicidal Thoughts
For more/varied resources, visit the VHS Counseling Important Links HERE
Requesting Credit for grade due to COVID-19
Grades 9-11 Deadline to Request - DECEMBER 17, 2020
If you have a student at Valencia High School, you can receive up-to-date information on current happenings and events. To receive this monthly email communication, please make sure your email address is listed correctly in the Infinite Campus Portal. To see current or past issues, click here.
Parent Portal (Infinite Campus)
Parents, remember that you can check your student’s grades, attendance, assignments, etc. on the campus portal. It’s a great way to stay on top of your student’s success! To log in or create a new account, click HERE.
Grades and College Eligibility
Colleges do not accept any grades below a “C” for required classes. If your student receives a “D” or an “F” in any required class, he/she MUST retake that class to be eligible to apply to college during his/her senior year. For tips to helping students be and stay successful, click here.
If you have a junior or senior student who plans on being an athlete at the college level, he/she must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. The registration website can be found at: www.ncaaclearinghouse.com. Students/Parents should be very careful when reviewing this website, as there are many details that the students must adhere to in order to be eligible. If your student needs additional help with eligibility issues, he/she can contact Mrs. Rosenast in the counseling office or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.