For a comprehensive website to navigate the college planning process, click this link:  College & Career 101.





    Soph/Fresh Parent Night - Wednesday, Sept 25, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Campo Library


     August Newsletter

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    Sign up for Academy Periods for help with UC, CSU, and Common Application help.

    Check out College 101 for a checklist of things to do.

    Naviance Things to Do - NAVIANCE





    Any Junior considering attending college should begin working on the process this spring.  There are several smaller tasks that you can do now to make your life easier in the Fall.  The entire process may seem daunting, but you have plenty of time provided you don't procrastinate.  Set a goal to work on college apps about 1-2 hours each week between now and the Fall.  We even have a special "Summer Before Senior Year Checklist" so that you know what to do over the summer.  Some of your tasks include:


    • College list:  Try to build a solid college list by early summer.  From there you'll know what types of applications, essays, letter of recommendations, and Subject Tests are needed.  (Note:  Not all colleges require letters of rec or Subject Tests.  Check individual college admissions websites for their requirements.)  Use the "Research Colleges" tab in College & Career 101 to learn more about various colleges, and the "SuperMatch" and "Scattergram" features in Naviance to find colleges that fit you.


    • Letters of Rec:  This Spring ask a teacher (in person) if they can write your letter of recommendation (if one is required by your colleges). Click the “Naviance How-To Guide” link below.


    • Naviance items:  Before the Fall, complete these tasks in Naviance:  resume, student/parent brag sheets, request a letter of rec.  Click the “Naviance How-To Guide” link below.


    • Essays:  Over the summer, you should draft your college essays.  See the "Essays" tab in College & Career 101 for essay writing tips.   We can review them with you in the Fall.


    • Financing:  Understand the cost of the colleges you will be applying.  Click the “Financial Aid & Scholarships” link below to learn about financial aid and how to qualify.   


    Details about these tasks are located in the links below.  We highly recommend Juniors complete these tasks before the beginning of the Fall semester.  Then in the Fall, we can assist you by reviewing your college list, reading your essay drafts, and helping you complete the application process.  We have a variety of resources available to help, including Spring and Fall Academies (see Spring dates below), College & Career 101 website, 1-on-1 appointments with Joan Batcheller, and college fairs and college visits on our campus.


    Click these links for more information:

    Junior Checklist

    Summer Before Senior Year Checklist

    Naviance How-To Guide

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    College & Career 101  (includes all of the above, plus tools to help you research colleges, write essays, apply to college, prepare for the ACT/SAT,  choose a major, explore careers, and much more)


    Presentation:  Time to Plan for College Apps


    PLAN FOR SUMMER NOW:  If any student is interested in exploring a field of interest (art, science, technology, etc.), consider attending a summer program.  Registration for these programs usually begins in the winter.  See College & Career 101 for a list of various Summer Programs.




    PLAN FOR SUMMER NOW:  If any student is interested in exploring a field of interest (art, science, technology, etc.), consider attending a summer program.  Registration for these programs usually begins in the winter.  See College & Career 101 for a list of various Summer Programs.


    GENERAL GUIDANCE:  The College & Career Center works hard all year to help students and families.  In the Fall, we are assisting seniors in navigating the college application process.  After January, we schedule a time to meet with every student in grade-level groups to discuss college and career planning.  In the meantime, I am happy to meet with you, but be mindful that my top priority now is Seniors and my schedule is full until January when college applications are completed.  




    UC applications are down for the first time in 15 years.  Read the LA Times Article.





    Orinda Day Camp:  Come work at Orinda Day Camps! We are now accepting applications for the 2019 summer camp staff! We're looking for energetic, responsible counselors that want to make a difference in the Orinda community. If you enjoy working with children and love to have fun and stay active during the summer, the camp is the perfect place to work. Flexible schedules, June 10-August 9, 16+ years old, $13/hour. For applications, email jstearns@cityoforinda.org.


    Orinda Hardware: Cashier for weekends and after school. Starting at $11/ hour. If interested, contact via Facebook, email at orindatruevalue@yahoo.com or pick up an application at the store.


    Dolphin Club at Del Rey Elementary Schools after school program. Positions open: 

    M-F 2:45-5

    M/W/F 2:45-5

    T/Th 2:45-5

    Interested? Email dolphinclub@orinda.k12.ca.us


    Rossmoor in Walnut Creek - Searching for Part-Time Lifeguard and Golf Course Range Worker.  See more details here:  lifeguard and golf course range worker.  If interested, email your resume to recruiting@rossmoor.com


    Sherman Swim School - Part-time after school in Lafayette, 2 or more weekdays. $12-14 per hour. If interested, contact Steve Sherman at 925-283-2100 or by email at sherman243@comcast.net. 


    Patxi's Pizza in Lafayette - Part-time cook. If interested, either call 925-299-0704 or email lafayette@patxispizza.com or drop by the location for an application and interview!


    Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation: Part-time Humane Education Assistant in Walnut Creek. This is an excellent job for an outgoing and enthusiastic teen who loves animals, is comfortable with public speaking, and would like to gain some work experience working with kids! This position is 7 hours per week, every Saturday year-round. The primary responsibility is working with our other Humane Ed Assistants to host our animal-themed birthday parties and events for kids. The full job description and details on how to apply can be found here.


    Tutorfly - Become a tutor. Positions start at $15 an hour, and you can choose to accept payment or donate to a charity of their choice — email info@tutorfly.org.




    Please contact me via email at jbatcheller@auhsdschools.org.  I am usually busy meeting with students or families, so I cannot quickly answer my phone.  Please understand that it may take some time to get back to you. Thank you for your patience.   


    The College & Career Center, room E13, is an information resource center of Campolindo’s Counseling Office.  Please feel free to email me to set up a 20-minute appointment to discuss the college application process.  Students and parents are welcome to visit and are encouraged to use the many resources of the Center, some of which can be checked out for home use. These include information on the following: Colleges and universities, college-related guides and selection information, career information, financial aid and scholarships, testing information, community service opportunities, job listings.