October Break Edition - 10/6

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Thank you to all the students and parents who attended Thursday night's FAFSA workshop.  The event was held in order to help families start (and complete) the FAFSA. We had financial aid experts here to answer questions and give help.  Filing the FAFSA is one of the most important steps in the whole admissions process for seniors.  Not only can students qualify for Federal PELL grants, there are many scholarships that require students to have at least submitted a FAFSA (not necessarily qualify for a PELL grant).  If you were not able to attend and would like help please reach out to us.

Remember to use FAFSA.gov 

Here is just one example of a great reason to file the FAFSA: 

The ASU College Attainment Grant Program will provide tuition and fees to qualifying students for up to eight, full-time, consecutive fall and spring semesters as long as students continue to meet eligibility criteria and maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. The ASU College Attainment Grant Program covers tuition and fees during the fall and spring semesters only. Summer sessions are not covered.

New student eligibility:

  • Open to Arizona residents, admitted to ASU in the fall who are degree-seeking, full-time freshmen (pursuing first undergraduate degree). 
  • You must enroll at ASU at the beginning of the fall semester immediately after Arizona high school graduation. If you do not enroll at ASU for the fall, you will forfeit eligibility for any future participation in this program.
  • You must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant.
  • ASU Online degree programs are not eligible. If you change your major to an ASU Online major, you will be removed from the ASU College Attainment Grant Program and adjustments will be made to your awards.
  • There is no additional application for this program. Students that submit their FAFSA and have a complete ASU admissions application on file (application, transcripts and application fee) by July 1st, 2018 will be automatically considered.

If students or parents have questions after reading about the program or any other questions please contact Mrs. Warren in the College and Career Center, 472-7150 or email at acwarren@mpsaz.org 


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MCC Parent Meet & Greet Breakfast

Parents, after you drop your students off at school, join Jessica Wong, the MCC representative at Mountain View, for breakfast in the library on Tuesday, October 17th at 8:00am. We will discuss academic programs, transfer partnerships, scholarship opportunities, and much more! This breakfast is open to parents of students in all grades, not just seniors. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Wong at jessica.wong@mesacc.edu or 480-299-0495.


October 2017 PSAT Testing

Alternate Bell Schedule

If students signed up to take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 25th room assignments will be posted outside the library by October 17th and all teachers will have a copy. Students will also be receiving a paper, in their English class, reminding them what to bring on testing day.  Click here to see the alternate bell schedule.   On test day there will be two bus runs, one at the normal time, and then one 4 hours later for those students who are not taking the test.


Test Prep and MORE!!

Whether you're prepping for the PSAT or SAT CollegeBoard.org is a great resource for students. Check out the website. Besides test prep there is also Big Future - College Search that has information about any college you are researching.  Looking for even more scholarships than what we have on the Scholarship Bulletin? Take a look at their Grants and Scholarships  page!  



10th grade students interested in attending EVIT, East Valley Institute of Technology, for an exploration field trip of the main campus programs on October 23, can sign up in the Career Center, room 235. Permission slips must be returned to confirm your participation. Limited space is available. Any questions, see Ms. Hess in Counseling.



If you have dreams of Achieving a College Education and believe there could be some obstacles that will keep you from doing so, learn how you can begin the path to achieve your dream of being a college graduate. The ACE Program is not a GPA based Program.


Student must meet one or more of the following:

  • Be a current 10th grader / Sophomore (Fall 2017)
  • First Generation to graduate college
  • Work 10-30 hours per week
  • Evidence of Single Parent home
  • Underrepresented Group
  • Environmental Factors: Foster Care, Teen Parent, Large Family Low Income
  • Transitional living situation
  • Have had a sibling participate in ACE

Interested?  We will be having an informational meeting on Thursday, November 2nd at 11:15 am. Stop by the Career Center to sign up to attend.


Major Update to BYU Application

The application for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2018 will include these major updates.

What's new?
A summary list of what's new is listed below. Please follow the links for full details.

  • A Common Application. Students can use the application at Apply.lds.org to apply to BYU, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho and LDS Business College.
  • No Priority Deadline. There is no longer a priority deadline, but housing is offered in the order in which applications are received. Deadlines
  • Self-reported and auto-reported transcripts. We can import transcripts from most Utah schools automatically. Applicants from non-Utah schools can self-report grades and send the official transcript in when accepted. High School Transcripts
  • Online form to replace letter of recommendation. BYU will not require a traditional letter of recommendation, but we do have new policies about recommendations in the new application. Recommendations
  • One overall submit button! Learn more about the implications of a final, all-powerful submit application button. Submitting the Application

Stay tuned, I hope to have the BYU rep here at Mountain View the week of October 23rd if it works with his schedule


Marching at the Mountain Invitational

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer and have fun at the same time?!

The Toro Marching Band is hosting an invitational called Marching at the Mountain, on Saturday, October 28th.  Many volunteers will be needed to do various jobs.  If you would like to receive service hours please go to Marching at the Mountain Volunteer Sign up and sign up to volunteer and help us make this event a huge success. Volunteer check-in will be at the stadium next to the spectator entrance. Thank you for your support!

Students remember to fill out a service learning application from Ms. Chupp's Service learning page. if you plan on getting service hours.


Help Wanted


FindingKing.com is seeking talented individuals for Warehouse Associate positions. See the flyer for full details. The business is located just off McDowell Rd near Greenfield. Call 480-222-2005 once you've read the job description and are interested in applying.

Citadel Senior Living Community

The Citadel Senior Living Community on Higley Rd in Mesa is hiring for their Dietary department.  Shifts work well for students, 3:30 pm - 7 pm Monday thru Friday or weekends from 6:30-1:30 or 3:30-7pm.

Any interested students can go in to fill out the application. Be prepared to take a drug test (including Marijuana), background test and TB test if hired.



We always are open to having volunteers for our events and activities if students looking for hours. Most of the volunteers work in the Activities Department. Please send those interested in Volunteer Activities in to fill out an application as well. Speak with the Activities Director, Shana.

The Citadel
Senior Living Community

520 South Higley Road
Mesa, AZ 85206


Model UN Yard Sale

Our Model UN class & team will be holding a garage sale here at Mountain View in the Student Parking lot. The sale will be on Saturday, October 21st from 7am - Noon.  If you are cleaning out closets and garages over break and would like to donate to the cause email wlvelarde@mpsaz.org.  Students can also take donations to either Mr Davis's room (211) or Mrs. Verlarde's room (215).  Let's help out this great group of students!!


U of A Med-Start Program

The Med-Start program, coordinated by The University Arizona Health Sciences has been an academic enrichment and health career exploration program. It is designed to provide a real-life college experience for 11th grade high school students and expose them to various health careers.

 The program in hosted at the University of Arizona -Tucson for six weeks and the dates are from June 3, 2018 to July 7, 2018 at the University of Arizona Tucson campus.

 A limited number of spaces in the program are available and  participants  will be selected from those who have completed a detailed application. The Med-Start application and instructions are available ONLINE effective October 15th at https://diversity.medicine.arizona.edu/med-start

 Med-Start accepts Arizona students who have a strong interest in the health professions and are currently juniors. We welcome applications from all Arizona students. Students who are economically disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged, and/or from groups underrepresented in the health care professions (Hispanic, Native American, or African American), are especially encouraged to apply.

 DUE DATE: All completed applications and materials must be completed ONLINE by 5:00pm on  Wednesday, February 1st, 2018

This includes:

1. Complete online Med-Start application

2. Two (2) recommendation forms online (preferred) or mailed

3. Official high school transcript

4. Copy of Immunization Records

5. Extracurricular Form

6. Signed Parent/Guardian Consent Form (mailed or hand-delivered)

ONLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED!  Notice of acceptance by early April 2018

Keys Research Internship Program

A unique summer opportunity for motivated Arizona high school students with a strong interest in bioscience, engineering, environmental health, or biostatistics to work side-by-side with top faculty in University of Arizona laboratories.

About KEYS Research Internship

A summer opportunity for motivated Arizona high school students with a strong interest in bioscience or biomedical science.

This 7 week, 40 hours per week program includes:
• 1 week of training in bioscience techniques and science literacy
• 6 weeks of research in a UA faculty member’s laboratory
• Presenting a professional research poster at the Research Showcase

Internship Requirements

• High school GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale
• 16 years of age or older on the first day of the program
• Arizona resident
• U.S. citizenship or legal residency
• Chemistry and Biology recommended

KEYS Experience

KEYS interns will:
• Conduct laboratory research
• Master basic laboratory techniques
• Develop scientific writing skills
• Learn to communicate challenging  scientific concepts
• Work closely with UA researchers and lab staff
• Develop lasting friendships and professional relationships

If you are interested in becoming a KEYS intern the application is now open. The application deadline is December 3, 2017.  Take a look at the website to see if it's for you!



Mesa Public Schools College Fair

MPS College Fair

Monday, October 23, 2017 MPS College Fair 
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Dobson High School, Gym

We have over 150 colleges and universities for students to choose from.  
This is a great event for all high school students to attend.

Exhibitor List


Washington and Lee University 

Join Washington and Lee University representatives, admissions counselors, and alumni to

learn what W&L University has to offer!

When: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North

(3838 E. Van Buren St. Phoenix, AZ 85008)


University of Alabama

Scottsdale Student Reception

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Scottsdale Hilton (6333 N. Scottsdale Rd.)

Come join the University of Alabama for the student reception which connects students with faculty, staff, current students, other prospective students, and great food! This is a great way for families to determine whether The University of Alabama is the right fit for them. 

Students can register here


Spotlight on Scholarships

As always, all the scholarships listed below (and more) can be found of the MPS Scholarship Bulletin


  • Elks Scholarship: Seniors may now go on-line and apply for the Elks scholarship. Criteria for the scholarship is: Scholarship, Leadership, and Financial need.  If you do apply for this scholarship please let Mrs. Warren know.
  • NAU Lumberjack Scholarship: This merit-based scholarship is a full tuition scholarship. The eligibility requirements are: 3.5 Core GPA, complete all 16 core classes with a B or higher, and have no deficiencies. Once you are accepted to the university you will receive a letter regarding which merit scholarship you are eligible for.
  • Looking for a small liberal arts college in the East? There are several colleges that offer full cost of attendance scholarships. These scholarships are very competitive and are looking for students who rank in the top 10% of their class. Here is a list of a few of them: 
  1. Ithaca College - Park Scholars
  2. Washington & Lee University - Johnson Scholarship
  3.  Davidson College - John Montgomery Belk Scholarship 
  4. Georgia Tech -  Stamps President's Scholarship
  • Seattle University: Sullivan Leadership Award is a full cost of attendance to this Catholic university. Leadership is obviously a huge component.
  • Dorrance Scholarship: This scholarship is looking for students who are first-generation college students, meaning neither parent has a four-year college degree, and plan on staying in-state for college. The scholarships is worth $12,000/year and covers a semester abroad.  We recently had a representative from the foundation come and speak. Mrs. Warren can answer any of your questions or she can make sure to get the answers for you. Website:  www.dorrancescholarship.org
  • Mahnah Club: Demonstrate commitment to community service, financial need and leadership skills. Intended for a student not in the top 10% of class, but must rank between 11% - 40% of graduating class.  Must intend to go to an Arizona university, community college, or vocational school. Application must be turned into Mrs. Warren by January 15, 2018. Five applications will be chosen to move on. Website: Mahnah Club


Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Grade: 12
Deadline: October 31, 2017
The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, formerly known as the Undergraduate Training Program, facilitates the recruitment of individuals, particularly minority high school students, who have demonstrated skills critical to NSA.  Stokes is open to high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering.  As an NSA employee with the Stokes Program, participants will attend college full-time, receive up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees, and work during the summers at NSA for 12 weeks in areas that are related to your course of study, and acquire real-world experience and receive a year-round salary.  Participants must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter in the freshman year and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter after the freshman year.  If selected as a program participant, you are required to work in your area of study for NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study.  If you leave NSA employment earlier, you must reimburse the government for your tuition. Application opens September 1st


Arizona School Counselors Association Scholarship
Grade: 12
Deadline:  November 13, 2017 (postmarked by)

Website:  http://www.azsca.org/pr-scholarships 
The association awards three - $1000 scholarships to assist with post-secondary education.  Applicants must write an essay not to exceed 500 words and answer one of the two prompts shown on the website application.  Essay should not list the student's name, name of the school, or name of the student's counselor within the essay.


Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Grade: 12
Deadline: November 27, 2017
Online Application: 
The ENF awards 500 four-year awards of varying amounts annually to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and need financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of attending college. Applications will be judged on academics, leadership and financial need. 

These are just a few of the scholarships that are available. Be sure to check out the MPS Scholarship page for many more!! Stop by and see Mrs. Warren if you need any help searching for scholarships.


Wow! If you got all the way to the end thanks for reading!! 

Have a Great Fall Break!!


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