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ARCHIVED LIST OF OFFERINGS

AUGUST 2015-APRIL 2016



​August 18 - FINDING AFFORDABLE COLLEGES
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Federal Building Conference Room in Moscow, Idaho
The free session is designed for students and parents, open to everyone, and will give you tools to find schools that best fit for your budget. This answer is going to depend a lot on your family’s individual financial situation and your student’s strengths and interests, but we’ll show you how to use available tools to find the best financial fit schools, before submitting a single application.  Bring a tablet or laptop if you’d like to explore some of the online tools as we go.
 
August 24 - Pizza and College Night
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Fiske Room in the 1912 Center
This is an opportunity for families to share information about colleges they’ve visited or learned about.  There are so many great schools out there and  we can really build or knowledge base by working together.  I will tell you about schools I learned about If you want to share information about schools, or just want to learn about schools that others have seen, or both.  Please join us, and bring your friends.  


September 19 -  Future Cougar Day at WSU
You can experience the game day energy of campus and attend a Cougar football game during your tour of campus.  Find more information here https://admission.wsu.edu/visits/

October 3 - WSU Fall Preview
There will be tours and opportunity to meet faculty, and events for parents too.  There will be another Fall Preview October 24th.  Find out more here: https://admission.wsu.edu/visits/

October 5 - Exploring College Options Fair in Spokane
7:00 p.m.

It will feature representatives from some of the Country’s most selective colleges: Harvard, Georgetown, Penn, Duke and Stanford.  According to the website, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application. http://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/  If you are interested in attending, message me, we could perhaps work on a car pool.October 7 - How to Pay for College talk by


October 7 - Carol Wager CPA
7:00 p.m. - UI Law School Room 104

Carol Wagar, a Certified College Planning Specialist, will present information and resources to help parents and students plan for college.  Carol has 25 years’ experience in financial planning, nine years specializing in paying for higher education.  Since her first presentation in 2011, she has helped hundreds of families through this very popular event.  Limited seats available on a first come, first serve basis, with $10 per family accepted at the door to cover Carol’s travel and copying expenses (scholarships available).


October 14 - PSAT
Area High Schools

The PSAT test is given to MHS 10th and 11th graders during the school day.  (Your school might have a different date, please check with them.)  You sign up at school. In Idaho there is no charge for tenth graders and a small charge for juniors, which can be waived. 

October 14 - College Essay Brainstorming Workshop
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Federal Building Conference Room

This FREE event is for SENIORS who will be writing essays for COLLEGE or SCHOLARSHIPS.  Jamaica Ritcher, who is a writing instructor, writer and editor, is putting on the class using the well-regarded Storyfinders curriculum.  She’ll provide good tips for writing, some examples of what to do and what not to do, and an opportunity for you to brainstorm essay topics and themes.  

October 14 (and 28) - Essay Writing Workshops
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Moscow High School Library

Interested in receiving feedback on your college essays?  The MHS Counseling Center will be hosting three opportunities (November date to be determined) for students to meet with community members for this purpose.


October 21 - LARGE college fair at the Spokane Convention Center
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
1050 North Highland Street, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 800-822-6285 | Fax: 703-243-9375

On Wednesday night there will be a big college fair in Spokane. It will include admissions representatives from schools all over the country, including several University of California campuses, Washington University in St. Louis, Whitman and many others. There is a list of participating schools and other information here. If you browse the list and find schools of interest, it might be worth your while to make the trip into Spokane Wednesday. Remember, too, that MHS is hosting a college night for all area students with representatives from a number of colleges on the following night. If the admissions representatives from the schools that interest you are coming to Moscow, you can save yourself a trip!

October 22 - Moscow High School College Night
5:30-7:30 p.m. - Moscow High School

Meet college representatives from local and national colleges, view presentations, and gather information.  Open to all students and families on the Palouse.  

October 25 - “Why Do You Want to Go to this College” Essay Writing Session
2:30-4:00 p.m. - Federal Building Conference Room, Moscow

Palouse Pathways will host a special session on how to brainstorm for different college essay prompts and how to write for the college essay.  Here's some good advice to get you started: 
www.theprospect.net


October 28 - Essay Writing Workshop
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Moscow High School Library

Interested in receiving feedback on your college essays?  The MHS Counseling Center is hosting the second of three opportunities (November date to be determined) for students to meet with community members for this purpose. Peggy Jenkins will also be there to help with some resources for students still at the brainstorming stage or who need some help writing their "why us" essays.

October 30 - "Why us?" Essay Writing Workshop
MHS Seniors - On Friday at 2:30 during collaboration time, Peggy Jenkins will be at school (in the Counseling Center) to give you helpful hints on how to write your "why us" essays. It is really worth your time to come!!

Colleges want fresh answers to 'Why Us' essay | College Admissions Strategies
www.collegeadmissionsstrategies.com


November 3 - Meeting of Palouse Pathways Scholarship Club
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. - Federal Building Conference Room

This student-led group will provide students with an opportunity to share tips and inspiration and work together on scholarships.

November 6  - U of I Women in Engineering Day for Juniors and Seniors
Find out more here: http://www.uidaho.edu/news/news-articles/news-releases/2015-october/102815-wieday

November 6   - Fall Warrior Discovery Day at Lewis and Clark State College
High school juniors, seniors and their families invited!  http://www.lcsc.edu/discovery-day/  This is a great opportunity to learn about alternatives to four-year liberal arts degrees!


November 6  & 13  - Why Whitworth Day at Whitworth University in Spokane
Tours, lunch and classes.  https://www.whitworth.edu/cms/administration/admissions/visit/why-whitworth-days/


November 7 - Envision Idaho at UI for seniors and their families
For more information:  www.uidaho.edu/events/envision/


November 9- 13  - College Application Week
College Application Week is a nationwide program to help every high school student apply for a post-secondary degree.  MHS will have computer labs reserved for students to fill out college applications as well as staff there to assist students in filling out their applications.  Seniors can work on their applications during an elective class with permission from their teacher.  If students cannot come in during the scheduled times, they can always use the counseling and career center computers before school, at lunch and after school to work on their applications as well.

November 10 - Enroll Idaho
7:00 p.m. - 1012 Center in Moscow
The University of Idaho will host Enroll Idaho events at 43 locations across the state. In Latah County, the event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the 1912 Center in Moscow, hosted by Latah County Extension Office. The free, one-night information sessions are open to high school students, their parents or guardians, and high school counselors, teachers and staff.  University representatives will be at each local Enroll Idaho event to answer questions and explain the state’s new program that provides students a direct path to college. Attendees will learn how to put this program to work for them. Information will include: 
• The long-term benefits of going to college 
• University of Idaho academics and experience 
• How to apply for admission and financial aid 
• Information on the State Board of Education’s Direct Admission program 
Light refreshments will be provided. To learn more about the event, visit:

www.uidaho.edu/events/enroll-idaho

November 11 - Moscow High School College Application Night and Financial Aid Workshop
5:00 - 7:00 p. m. 

Counselors and others will be available to help students and families with college application questions.  PalousePathways will be there with essay help.  Stop by before attending Dan Davenport’s presentation!
7:00 p.m. - MHS Auditorium
 UI Financial Aid Director Dan Davenportwill give a presentation on Financial Aid and the FAFSA.  This annual presentation is free and open to all students, families and others interested in financial aid.  Dan is a tremendous community resource and this event should not be missed!

November 14  - Experience WSU
For admitted students.  https://admission.wsu.edu/visits/fall/experience-wsu/why-attend/


November 6 & 20  - University of Montana Days
Tours and presentations.  http://admissions.umt.edu/experience-um/um-days.php

November 25 - MHS Class of 2015 Breakfast Reuinion
Fiske Room at the 1912 Center (Moscow) 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Do you know a freshman from the fantastic Moscow High Class of 2015 who will be home for Thanksgiving? Palouse Pathways has reserved the Fiske Room of the 1912 Center so they can all reconnect over breakfast. The breakfast will be on Wednesday, November 25th, from 9:30-11:30 am. Palouse Pathways will deliver donuts and coffee (and healthy items too) and leave the students from near and far to compare notes and recharge and see old friends. If you know a MHS class of 2015 student, please extend an invitation. And ask him or her to rsvp to palousepathways@gmail.com so we have rough idea of how many donuts we need. Not coming home for Thanksgiving? Enjoy your adventure!! We can do this again over winter break.


​December 2 - All About Honors Night
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Fairfield Inns & Suites, 1000 W Pullman Road in Moscow

Palouse Pathways will host an “All About Honors Night.” Join us to meet deans, admissions representatives and students from the following great honors colleges and programs in our region: UI Honors Program, WSU Honors College, Central Washington University William O Douglas Honors College, Eastern Washington University Honors College, Boise State University and the American Honors Program at the Community Colleges of Spokane.  Learn how an honors program or college offers the best of a selective small college and a bigger university.  Meet students, ask questions, speak with Honors Program admissions staff.  This is a first-time event in our region, and it would be great to have all local students considering selective college come learn more.  This event is free and open to high school students in all grades and their families.


December 2 - All About Honors Night
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Fairfield Inns & Suites, 1000 W Pullman Road in Moscow

Palouse Pathways will host an “All About Honors Night” with representatives and students from the UI Honors Program and the WSU Honors College (and maybe some other schools too).   Join us to meet deans, admissions representatives and students from the following great honors colleges and programs in our region: UI Honors Program, WSU Honors College, Central Washington University William O Douglas Honors College, Eastern Washington University Honors College, Boise State University and the American Honors Program at the Community Colleges of Spokane.  Learn how an honors program or college offers the best of a selective small college and a bigger university.  Meet students, ask questions, speak with Honors Program admissions staff.  This is a first-time event in our region, and it would be great to have all local students considering selective college come learn more.  This event is free and open to high school students in all grades and their families.

​December 3 - Alternative Giving Market of the Palouse
4:00 - 8:00 p.m. -  Moscow 1912 Building

Come and visit us at the Alternative Giving Market!

December 4  - Explore North Idaho College​
http://www.nic.edu/admissions/visit/

December 4 - “Why Whitworth Days”

Full day events for prospective students and parents, with tours, classes, presentations and lunch
www.whitworth.edu/cms/administration/admissions/visit/why-whitworth-days/


December 6-7  - Eagle Preview at Eastern Washington University
Presentations, overnight for prospective students.
www.ewu.edu/undergrad/visit/events/eagle-preview-december-2015


January 7 - Moscow High School Returning Student Day 
There will be two opportunities to hear about and learn from the experiences of recent MHS graduates now in college. 

o   There will be a lunch forum from  11:53 to 12:38 that will feature a panel with students from the class of 2015 now attending University of Idaho, University of Puget Sound, Pacific University, University of Montana, Boise State University, and University of North Carolina.

o   There will be an after-school forum from 3:15 to 4:15 that will include a range of students at different points in their college school career from a wide variety of colleges and universities.  This forum is open to students from all over the Palouse.  More information on the speakers will be provided when it’s available.


February 4 - Eastern Washington University Nursing Information Session


February 12 & March 11 - Why Whitworth Days  

February 19, March 24, April 1 - Gonzaga Spring Preview 


February 10 - Moscow High Career Fair Visit
​8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - MHS Gymnasium
The Career Fair will feature representatives from area colleges, including representatives from programs and majors, as well as area employers and military recruiters! This event is open to all area students! Contact your school counselor if you’d like to attend.  Find out more at the MHS Career Center website.

February 10 - MHS Juniors and Families: Gear up For Careers and College
6:30 p.m. - MHS Band Room
MHS Junior class counselor Diana Hicke will be hosting a planning and informational meeting for juniors and their parents. The subject will be college and career planning!  Don't miss it!!​


February 13, 20 & 27- Central Washington University Preview Days 


February 24 - North Idaho College Tech Tour and Tech Open House


February 27 - Palouse Pathways Scholarship Marathon!!!
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Federal Building Conference Room, Moscow

Hey students (especially seniors), mark your calendars for the Palouse Pathways/College Greenlight Scholarship Marathon on February 27th!!! You can log on at home or come down to the Federal Building conference room for refreshments, friends and help completing scholarship applications. College Greenlight will have drawings and prizes all day. They can provide you suggestions for scholarships that are match for you, including some local scholarships they've added to their data base. They also have some tutorials for how to write a great application. And Palouse Pathways will have real live mentors available to help you get your application ready to go!!! Contact palousepathways@gmail.com for more information.


March 6-7 - Eagle Preview at Eastern Washington University
Presentations and overnight visit
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February 24 - SAT Prep Session at Moscow High School
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

The first session will be February 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. This class is for students who want to devote a fair amount of time on their own to studying for the test. Cathy and Rachel will help the students establish a good study plan using Khan Academy resources (in addition to providing SAT instruction). If you want to attend selective colleges or hope to secure merit scholarships, this would be a great opportunity to prepare. The cost is $20, but scholarships are available. We ask that students register early to give us a sense of space requirements. They can register at palousepathways@gmail.com or at MHS in Room 200 before or after school.


March 23 and 30 - SAT Prep Session at Moscow High School
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

This is the second set of prep sessions offered at MHS this semester. Each session will address different aspects of the test; we recommend students attend both to learn about the structure of the test and how to prepare for each section. Cost is $20 per class or $30 for both and scholarships are available. Students can register at palousepathways@gmail.com or at MHS in Room

200 before or after school. 


Opportunities for Sophomores and Juniors to Explore Colleges.

The Moscow course occurred in January.  The Pullman course will begin on March 28th.

Classes meet Monday night (excluding Spring Break) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Pullman Regional Hospital Conference Room D.  If you'd like to learn more or sign up, email palousepathways@gmail.com. Or just come on the 28th!

The key to making great college choices involves figuring out what your student is looking for, what  your family can afford and then which of the thousands of colleges and universities out there match those needs.

It sounds daunting, but it can actually be fun and creative, especially if your student starts early.  Palouse Pathways’ College Exploration Sessions are designed to give juniors and motivated sophomores tools to explore their own interests and preferences and a wide range of colleges, so that in the end they have made a list of schools that are appealing and worth more consideration.  Along the way we’ll also meet with students and parents together to talk about how each family can find colleges that are affordable (it’s not one-sized-fits-all, but there are tools that can help each family make the best choices given their financial profile).   Here’s what the College Explorations Sessions Entail:

Six or Seven 1 ½ hour weekly sessions
The opportunity for individual feedback 
Use of the Book “College Match” by Steven Antonoff (These are available for a suggested donation of $10 - scholarships available.)
Class size limited to 12-15
The classes are free (but you can always make a donation to Palouse Pathways)

If you’d like to participate, please let me know.  If you know other students who might benefit (especially students who are looking at selective colleges and/or need additional support through the college process), please share this information.  And if you have any questions, please email or call 208 882-5857.

March 5, April 2 and 16 - Experience WSU for admitted students 

April 1- Gonzaga Spring Preview 


April 8- Whitman College Spring Visitors Day


March 5, April 2 and 16 - Experience WSU for admitted students 

April 12 - SAT administration!
NPR shares information on the new SAT.


April 17 - Selective College Workshop
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Federal Building Conference Room in Moscow

Palouse Pathways is hosting a Selective College Workshop that you won't want to miss if your student is interested in attending a highly selective college.  You can learn about requirements for admission and also hear from experts who offer a range of perspectives on selective colleges, including an admissions representative from the most selective college in our region (Whitman College), an admissions interviewer from Harvard University, community members who graduated from selective colleges, and a high school student who was recently admitted to a number of selective schools.  We hope students will come hear about Whitman and explore steps they can take to shine in the selective college admissions process.  If you'd like more information email palousepathways@gmail.com.


April 25 - Whitman County Finding Affordable College Presentation
6:30-8:00 p.m. - Pullman Regional Hospital conference Room D

Palouse Pathways' Whitman County College Exploration Course is underway!  One unit of the class is a presentation on how to look for colleges that will be affordable for your family.  You can't just look at the sticker price.  Many schools are generous with aid, and their awards may depend on a number of factors, including family income and/or  grades and/or test scores and/or other factors that make a student desirable.  There are tools that can help you find out in advance if a school is likely to offer your student a good aid package. The presentation is designed for parents and students to attend together (which is a great way to get your family on the same page about college costs).    We have room for a few more families to attend the presentation  (we'll give a preference to juniors if we run out of space) so email me at palousepathways@gmail.com if you would like to attend.