SJUSD celebrates countywide college kick-off event districtwide on Oct. 16

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Students at Mtn. View High participated in a workshop completing the FAFSA online.

SAN JACINTO – San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD) will hold its annual College Kickoff on Wednesday, Oct. 16 as part of the Riverside County College Kickoff Day events. College Kickoff is an opportunity to promote the college application season and help students throughout Riverside County recognize the importance of planning for their college and career endeavors. SJUSD is committed to ensuring that all of our students graduate college and career ready. All 13 schools will be participating in activities promoting college and career enabling all of our students to start thinking
about post-secondary plans.

Park Hill Elementary Principal Lanier last year shared prizes at an assembly promoting college.

The Riverside County Office of Education challenged each school district to implement activities for students, parents and community partners to explore and emphasize the importance of planning for post-secondary education, including two- and four-year college, trade school and/or the military.
At the high school level, seniors will focus on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act, as well as completing a college application. Seniors who plan to join the military will have sessions with recruiters to prepare for the next steps. Students in grades 9 through 11 will take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and participate in college and career activities.
The most recent published data for San Jacinto High School’s graduation rate is 94.6%. In 2019, San Jacinto High School seniors had a 85.4% completion rate for financial aid applications, a great indicator of intention for post-high school education. SJUSD’s 2019 graduates earned over $4.5 million in grants and scholarships.
“SJUSD will have college and career activities at all elementary schools for the kickoff event, because planting the seed in all our students to start thinking about future possibilities can be a predictor of student success after high school,” Dr. Vanessa Gomez-Lee, SJUSD’s Coordinator, said.
Plans for October 16 include students and staff adorning their favorite college shirts and attending lunchtime pep rallies or assemblies to hear about various colleges and careers, and participation in office/classroom door decoration contests, just to name a few planned happenings.
“We are up for the challenge from Riverside County to promote college and career readiness in a big way,” Diane Perez, SJUSD Superintendent, said. “This is our vision for all our students, and implementing College Kickoff Day on every campus, from our preschools to high schools, signifies our commitment to preparing all students to be successful as they choose their own unique future.”

Submitted by San Jacinto Unified School District