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Career Center News 5-15-20

ASU Science and Engineering Experience - SCENE

SCENE provides 10th-12th grade students the opportunity to be a professional scientist by designing and conducting an original research project. Students who are seriously considering a career in science or engineering are strongly encouraged to apply.

SCENE is a continuation of a program created by the Southwest Center for Education and the Natural Environment. Since 1998, more than 200 students from Valley high schools have participated in SCENE.

The application deadline is July 31st each year. Late submissions will not be accepted!

To learn more about SCENE and to apply visit:



Ideas for Summer 

Here are some ideas for ways to spend your time this summer in addition to relaxing and spending time with friends:


  • Teen Lifeline: Interested in being a Peer Counselor?  If you are interested, visit the Teen Lifeline website for more information and to apply. This is a great opportunity for students who like to help others or students who are interested in counseling or psychology.
  • Service Learning: If you didn't get a chance to contact our Service Learning Coach, Ms. Chupp, or forgot to get a time card for volunteering you plan on doing it's not too late. Beginning with the class of 2020, 200 Service learning hours will be needed to receive the seal on your diploma. If a student finds a good volunteer activity after May 21st, it still must be pre-approved. Applications are available all summer long on the Mountain View Service Learning page listed under "More" on the Mountain View Website. Applications must be submitted BEFORE service begins. Allow 48 hours for the application to be approved and the time card to be emailed to you.

High School and College Planning

  • Check out the MPS Prepare to Succeed  website with resources outlining steps to take to prepare for the future. Click your grade level and see a quarter by quarter view of things to take care of each year you are in high school. 
  • Take a look at the MPS Scholarship Page and other scholarship search sites to see what you could apply for over the summer and during your senior year. Scholarships don't change much from year to year. Research scholarships you are interested in. Be prepared with a resume and personal statement.  Create a system to organize your scholarship search and keep track of scholarship applications you have submitted and important deadlines and documents required.
  • Think about teachers who might write good letters of recommendation for you. Make sure to give them at least two weeks notice before you need the letter.
  • Class of 2021 students, create a timeline of tasks to do each month of senior year.
  • Sign up for the ACT or SAT early and do some studying. Make sure to take advantage of sending your scores for FREE (up to 4 schools). Also have your report sent to Mountain View, the school code is 030224.  Check with the colleges that you are interested in and scholarships of interest to you on whether ACT or SAT scores are required for admission and scholarship decisions. If you are on Free/Reduced lunches you are eligible for a Fee Waiver for in-state college applications. You can also receive a waiver for the SAT or ACT, meaning you don't have to pay!
  • Make a list of colleges you plan on applying to.  Make plans to visit college campuses either in person or virtually and also visit college websites to learn about academic programs, activities, admission requirements and deadlines, cost and aid and more.  Visit and other sites that provide tools for finding the right college fit and exploring different career options.
  • Students who will be starting college in Fall 2021 - many college applications open during the summer.  Check out the following admissions sites to learn when their application opens and about various deadlines

Arizona State University:                ASU Admissions 
Brigham Young University:            BYU Admissions
Grand Canyon University:              GCU Admissions
Northern Arizona University:         NAU Admissions 
The University of Arizona:              UofA Admissions

  • Research Honors Colleges at universities and the steps to apply to those colleges. 
  • Planning to serve on a mission after high school?  Be sure to plan on applying for college and financial aid during the summer before your senior year and during your senior year. Check with your college(s) of interest on their deferment process to hold both your spot at the college and your scholarships and grants until you return from your mission.


Seniors - Be sure to Order Final Transcripts 

Seniors - when you have made your final college choice, log in to your Parchment account: Go to Mountain View’s web site ( and click on the red line that says “order transcripts”.

Remember to click on “HOLD FOR GRADES” so they will not go until final grades and ranking is done at the end of the year. This way, you have it done and ordered for when they are ready.

Also in your Parchment Profile-be sure to add a NON-school email so that you can still log-in after you graduate as your school email will not work. 

Please read the flyer below for important announcements from the registrar regarding ordering your final transcripts and also information regarding power of attorney, so that your parents may request information after you turn 18. 

Announcement from the Registrar

You will also need to send transcripts from any community colleges or other schools you attended as part of dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment.


Seniors - Next Steps

  • Seniors, only a few days of high school left to go!  Congratulations on all your hard work this year!! 
  • We encourage you to check in with your admissions representatives if you have any questions on next steps, virtual tools, changes to deadlines etc.  Many reps are offering appointments by phone, answering questions via email and utilizing other tools to meet with students.
  • Be sure to check your email accounts for the college and your college portals frequently for important information and to do items.
  • Contact your admissions rep if you have technical challenges at home that may impact your ability to take any required placement exams.
  • Keep researching and applying for scholarships!  


Additional Assistance for Seniors

The Arizona community has come together to ensure high school seniors have all they need to stay on their path toward a postsecondary education. Led by Be A Leader Foundation, Access ASU, Arizona College Access Network, College Depot, The University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Maricopa Community Colleges, a collaborative effort will be made to ensure students are prepared for their next steps in their postsecondary journey.

College and Financial Aid Resources for Students and Families flyer


MCC Advisor Information - Summer Hours

MCC is committed to providing a one-stop enrollment experience for students at MPS high schools. A full-time, on-site college advisor from MCC is placed in each high school to provide outreach and one-on-one advisement to students and their families.  Mountain View’s MCC advisor, Mr. Alfred Chavez, is available by phone 480-472-7155 or email for students to make an appointment.  If students have questions during the summer, Mr. Chavez will be available.  Starting May 25th, with the exception of holidays, Mr. Chavez will be available Monday - Thursday from 8am to 6pm.  Please contact Mr. Chavez with your MCC questions.

Visit for more information.

MCC MPS Student Assistance Flyer


RISE Leadership Institute

Celebrating and sharing the legacy of Black/African American ASU Sun Devils with rising 11th & 12th grade high school students

Access ASU is very excited to present RISE Leadership Institute

RISE Summer Leadership Institute is a three-day, residential leadership and college readiness program for rising high school juniors and seniors that celebrates and continues the legacy of Black and African American Sun Devils of Arizona State University. The institute gives students the tools to continue as leaders in their schools and communities. With ASU being an inclusive community that is welcoming to people of different backgrounds, students will not only learn about public service from the community and alumni, but will receive resources that will help them navigate the college-going process.

Register today:

Date: July 9th-July 12th

Institute location (tentative): ASU’s Tempe campus 

Deadline to apply June 4, 2020

For more information contact :


Job Opportunity

Dan O'Donnell from Findingking, an internet jewelry retailer, contacted Mountain View regarding job opportunities at their warehouse in Mesa. Seniors who are seeking employment can contact Dan at:

3007 N. Norfolk Mesa (near Greenfield and McDowell road)
Job title/duties:  Shipping and warehouse duties 
To apply:  call 480-222-2005 or email Mr. O'Donnell at


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