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CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
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Spark #2: The Pursuit of Happiness Continued

May 27 from 1-2:30 pm at the Uma Center in Moscow

Jay Feldman and Luisa Graden will present and moderate the discussion.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES


Palouse Pathways' FREE College Exploration Course

Starts in Moscow January 31, Lewiston February 5 and Pullman February 11
College exploration is the most important step on the path to college.  That is the time students get in touch with their plans, dreams and interests and decide what they are looking for in a college.  In Palouse Pathways' free college exploration course, we give students tools to discover their college must-haves, and show them how to find schools that have what they are looking for.  Students explore schools in the greater Northwest and beyond. We help students compare options, including the possibility that they can find all they are looking for in a college close to home.  We also help students understand the college admissions process, so they can be strong candidates at whatever school where they choose to apply. The course also includes a session for parents and students on finding  affordable colleges.  Believe it or not, there are bargains for families of modest means and for those who might not qualify for financial aid.  This class will give students tools to find them.  
 
1. The class will meet once a month for four months. We will repeat the each session three times (in Moscow, Lewiston and Pullman) so students who miss a date can attend another session in the area.

  • The Moscow classes will be offered Wednesday night from 6 to 8 pm in the federal building conference room. Classes will be January 31, February 21, March 28 and April 25.
  • LC Valley classes will be offered Monday night from 5:45 to 7:45 pm at the Lewiston City Library. Classes will be February 5, March 5 , April 9 and May 7.   
  • The Pullman classes will be offered Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm, at the Pullman Regional Hospital Conference Room. Classes will be February 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13.   


2. We will use the terrific book "College Match" by Steve Antonoff.  The Book has great information for students and parents.  You can find out more about it here: 
www.schoolbuff.com/college-match.asp  We'll be asking students to do a little advanced preparation before coming to the class, so that the time we spend together is meaningful.   

3. The class is perfect for Juniors.  But it will also benefit tenth graders who are curious about college and/or need to start their preparations early, either because they are interested in attending a selective college and/or want to pursue college athletics and/or plan to study abroad or have a super full schedule during their junior year of high school.

4. Please contact Palouse Pathways at palousepathways@gmail.com if your student would like to attend!  You can also call or text Peggy Jenkins at 208-301-5099.  


GET READY FOR SAT PREP AT MHS
For the past four years Moscow High School has partnered with Palouse Pathways to offer SAT Prep sessions at the high school.  MHS English Teacher Rachel Lyon and Math Teacher Cathy Hannon are the presenters; they have prepared new materials so that they are offering the latest SAT information to instruct students.  Their course uses the test prep materials available on Khan Academy and will help students make the best use of those materials for self study.  This spring, three sessions will take place: February 28, March 7 and April 4 in the MHS Band Room.  The course is open to juniors from other schools as well as MHS students.  The cost is $20 for one session, $30 for two sessions and $40 for all three sessions.  Thanks to a grant from the United Way, Palouse Pathways will offer full scholarships for students who need them.  Stay tuned for more information here, or at MHS.  


Check out these dates to visit nearby colleges!
In our region we are fortunate to have a wide range of colleges. You can experience the feel of  large and medium sized public universities and a range of small and mid-sized private colleges. You can arrange a visit on almost any weekday; or better yet, you can take advantage of one of the special visit days offered to students in the fall and spring.  Here's a partial list of upcoming events:
     
Vandal Sneak Peak for Juniors and Sophomores on April 20
     
WSU Preview for Juniors, April 21
     
Whitman College Spring Visitors Day, April 6
     
Why Whitworth Days, Fridays in March and April and April 4
     
Gonzaga Preview Days, March 23 & 29, April 9 & 20


COLLEGE ESSAY AND APPLICATION WORKSHOPS

To be scheduled at your convenience!

Seniors - could you use help with essays or college applications? Palouse Pathways is here. We're happy to offer a college essay workshop to help you with anything from brainstorming to organizing to editing. We'll also offer a college application workshop, to help you navigate the common app or other application.  You can also just use the session as a time to work on your application.  Just email palousepathways@gmail.com for more information and to let us know you are interested.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

JUNE 26 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm – FINDING AFFORDABLE COLLEGES
Federal Building Conference Room - Moscow

The secret to making college work financially is finding schools that will provide you with the best aid package. We’ll teach you how to do that. This FREE presentation is for designed for parents and students to attend together.  

 

JULY 11 from 10:00 am-noon  - COLLEGE ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP
Federal Building Conference Room - Moscow

Ms. Lyon will help you write a great personal statement for college and scholarship applications. She’ll also offer an individual editing session later to give you feedback on your draft.  Cost is $40 which includes the private editing session.  Full and partial scholarships are available to any student who needs one. (We’ll probably try to add another date in August.)

JULY 12 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm - COLLEGE EXPLORATION WORKSHOP
Eureka Palouse Science Center - Moscow
We’ll give you the tools you need to build a great college list!  Figure out what you are looking for in a college and how to find it.  This FREE workshop is great for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. (We might add an August date.)

JULY 13 from 10am – noon - COLLEGE APPLICATION BOOTCAMP 
Eureka Palouse Science Center - Moscow
In this FREE workshop we’ll help seniors with their tough application questions, like: “Will I get in?” “Should I apply early?” “How many essays do I have to write?” and “What about a gap year?”  We’ll also help seniors get organized and ready to start the application process.  (We’ll probably try to add another date in August.)

 

JULY 15 from 10am - noon - Scholarship Workshop

Federal Building Conference Room - Moscow

I'll provide you with scholarship tips and ideas AND time to work on scholarships AND Cliff Bars. I am happy to put the time into this if you want to take advantage of it!!!

 

JULY 10 & JULY 17 from 10:00 am-noon - SAT/PSAT TUTORING
Federal Building Conference Room - Moscow

Ms. Lyon and Ms. Hannon, hosts of Palouse Pathways’ SAT Prep Classes, will tutor students using KHAN ACADEMY resources.  Cost is $20 per session but scholarships are available to any student who needs one. 

 

AUGUST 14 from 5:15 - 7:00 pm

Eureka Palouse - Moscow

Scholarship workshop, SAT prep and essay help at Eureka Palouse (Laptops will be available.)
 

Get College Ready this Summer!!!

Palouse Pathways has some GREAT summer offerings for students who want to get a jump on college exploration and planning. Here’s what we have scheduled so far. Sign up for our newsletter so you can find out about more offerings!

 

August 16 from noon to 2:00 pm

College Exploration Class
 

August 17 from noon to 2:00 pm - COLLEGE EXPLORATION CLASS

Federal Building Conference Room - Moscow

Find great colleges/build a great college list 
 

August 18 from noon to 2:00 pm - COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOP 

Federal Building Conference room


August 18 from 2-3:30 pm –  INTERVIEW WORKSHOP

Federal Building Conference Room

Learn to conduct a great college admissions or scholarship interview with Portland State University VP John Fraire.


August 21-25 - FINDING AFFORDABLE COLLEGES/FAFSA
Pullman High School

August 23 in the evening – FAFSA AND PAYING FOR COLLEGE PRESENTATION
Featuring Brian Dixon, assistant vice president for the Office of Student Financial Services at Washington State University at Pullman High School.
 
Also Luisa Graden, a student at Yale will be available in August to talk about essays and other things.

 

SEPTEMBER 13 from 6:00 -7:15 - MOSCOW HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE 
MHS Auditorium

Palouse Pathways will be available to answer questions about our organization and offerings.

 

At 7:15, in the MHS Auditorium, come learn about UI Financial Aid and the FAFSA
with Dan Davenport.
Dan Davenport, the Director of Student Financial Support at University of Idaho, will give a FREE financial aid presentation. Dan is a an expert in financial aid at University of Idaho, and also has a wealth of information about the FAFSA, state grants and programs and scholarships.  He'll be there to give you a road map and answer questions.  The event is open for all area students and even adults interested in going back to school.  This is an annual event put on for families and for the whole Palouse community by the terrific Moscow High School Counseling Staff.  

 

​​SEPTEMBER 27 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm - HONORS COLLEGE FAIR
1912 Building Great Room

We are honored and excited to be hosting our third annual honors fair in Moscow!  This year we'll have representatives from the honors colleges and programs at University of Washington, Western Washington University, Portland State University, University of Portland, Central Washington University, Washington State University, University of Idaho and Boise State University.  If you are a good student interested in a selective college experience, you need to come to the fair and learn more about what honors colleges and programs have to offer.  They offer all the benefits of a selective college much closer to home. You'll be able to learn about honors colleges and programs, and speak to honors representatives.  Open to students in all grades, and parents.

SEPTEMBER 28 at 7:00 pm - IDeal College Savings Program
Moscow Middle School Multi-Purpose Room

Are you interested in starting a college savings fund for your child but don’t know where to start? Do you know a child you’d like to help with college costs when the time comes? IDeal – Idaho's 529 College Savings Plan – can provide you with information and a chance to win $100 to open a new account! A representative will be in Moscow on Thursday, September 28, to answer all of your questions. If you’ve been putting this off, or didn’t know where to start, come to this event and discover all the benefits of opening an account today. It's not too late!

 

October 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm - Path to College Presentation for Ninth Graders
Moscow Middle School Music Room

This year, Palouse Pathways will be offering its first Path to College Presentation for Ninth Graders students and their parents.  This program will give families a timeline  for some of the important college preparation events and some information and inspiration about  college options.  We'll have break out sessions for students and parents, with fun activities and important information.  There will be handouts and folders, and candy.  This is a FREE session. We'll schedule additional sessions (in Pullman or Lewiston or ???) if there is interest.  (Tenth graders and their families are also welcome to attend.)

OCTOBER 26 - MHS COLLEGE NIGHT
Moscow High School

 

FAFSA WORKSHOP at PULLMAN HIGH SCHOOL

November 7 from 6:30-8:00 pm
Pullman Families - need help completing your FAFSA?  Palouse Pathways and Washington State University have teamed up to offer a workshop for families needing help!  We have WSU student volunteers trained by the Office of Financial Aid, who will be there to help you navigate the application process. You should apply for your FSA ID now, so you'll have it for the workshop. Here's how.  If you've got questions about what to bring to the workshop, or other questions, email palousepathways@gmail.com.  Due to space limitations this event will be for PHS families only.  If you are not from PHS and could use a FAFSA workshop in your community, let us know and we will try to make it happen!


Returning Student Brunch!
Wednesday, November 22 at 10:00 am
Fiske Room 1912 Center
This is our third annual a potluck brunch for recent MHS graduates!! 
It's a chance for members of the class of 2017 who are taking their holiday break from college or other pursuits to reconnect and share stories! Please come and tell your friends!!

FAFSA WORKSHOP AT PULLMAN HIGH SCHOOL
Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Pullman families - need help completing your FAFSA?  Palouse Pathways and Washington State University have teamed up to offer a workshop for families needing help!  We have WSU student volunteers trained by the Office of Financial Aid, who will be there to help you navigate the application process. You should apply for your FSA ID now, so you'll have it for the workshop. Here's how.  If you've got questions about what to bring to the workshop, or other questions, email palousepathways@gmail.com.  Due to space limitations this event will be for PHS families only.  If you are not from PHS and could use a FAFSA workshop in your community, let us know and we will try to make it happen!


PALOUSE PATHWAYS OFFICE HOURS!!
November 18: 12-3:00 @ Pullman Library
December 2: 11-2:00 pm @ Moscow Federal Building

December 9: 12:00-3:00 pm @ Neil Public Library (Small Conference Room) - Pullman
Seniors, need help with your essays, application or finaid? Come to Palouse Pathways Office Hours for Assistance! We can help:

  • Brainstorm essay topics, organize essays, and help with editing and feedback
  • Navigate and complete college applications
  • Finalize your college list
  • Fill out the FAFSA
  • Think about scholarships

There is great wifi. We can provide laptops if you need one. (If you need a laptop, please RSVP.)

Returning Student Brunch!
Wednesday, November 22 at 10:00 am
Fiske Room 1912 Center
This is our third annual a potluck brunch for recent MHS graduates!! 
It's a chance for members of the class of 2017 who are taking their holiday break from college or other pursuits to reconnect and share stories! Please come and tell your friends!!

FAFSA WORKSHOP AT PULLMAN HIGH SCHOOL
Tuesday, December 5 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Pullman families - need help completing your FAFSA?  Palouse Pathways and Washington State University have teamed up to offer a workshop for families needing help!  We have WSU student volunteers trained by the Office of Financial Aid, who will be there to help you navigate the application process. You should apply for your FSA ID now, so you'll have it for the workshop. Here's how.  If you've got questions about what to bring to the workshop, or other questions, email palousepathways@gmail.com.  Due to space limitations this event will be for PHS families only.  If you are not from PHS and could use a FAFSA workshop in your community, let us know and we will try to make it happen!


RETURNING STUDENTS EVENT
Friday, December 22: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
1912 Center - in the Great Room

We will be hosting returning college students from all over the country to meet with high school students from the area for discussions about college: choices, applications, life on campus, etc. There will be pizza and holiday refreshments.  Spread the word! If you would like to help with the event or if you know a returning student who would like to participate, email palousepathways@gmail.com.  

NEED HELP WITH YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY?
Are you still working on essays for college applications or scholarships?  Need some inspiration?  You are in luck!!! LUISA GRADEN, a member of the Moscow High class of 2016 and Yale University Class of 2020, has offered to do an essay workshop over break.  If you need help, email palousepathways@gmail.com and we will put you in touch.  Or come to the Returning Student Presentation on Dec. 22 and meet Luisa there!!!!


Scholarship Workshop and Office Hours
Saturday, January 13
Noon - 3:00 pm
Neill Public Library in Pullman

Seniors are you ready to start looking for scholarships?  Come to Palouse Pathways Office Hours on January 13 and we will show you how to do it!  We've got great resources and tips, and we can help you come up with a plan to apply to scholarships to help you pay for college!  Juniors, Sophomore and Freshman can also come and learn how to apply for scholarships, and fill out applications for great summer programs!  We'll have experts available to help you edit your scholarship essays!


Saturday, JANUARY 20 - "Office Hours"
Noon - 3:00 pm
Neill Public Library in Pullman

Take advantage of this opportunity to work on scholarship applications!


Moscow High School Career Fair

Wednesday, February 21

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

​MHS gymnasium

Students from the area are invited to attend. Read all about ithere.


Dream It Do It Conference
Wednesday, March 14
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
University of Idaho
"The University of Idaho and the Dream It Do It Partners will be hosting a one-day conference attracting 500 high school students and 60 school counselors to the University of Idaho campus. Students and counselors will be immersed in local job and career oppertunities. Over 240 occupations from manufacturing to health care, skilled trades, high technology construction, transportation, and tourism will be highlighted." 
Click here for more information and to register.


FREE AFFORDABLE COLLEGES PRESENTATIONS IN MOSCOW, PULLMAN AND LEWISTON!
Moscow: March 28, 6-8:00 pm - Federal Building Conference Room
Pullman: April 8, 3-5:00 pm - Pullman Regional Hospital
Lewiston: April 9, 6-8:00 pm - Lewis-Clark State College, ACW 132
Who should attend: all college bound 10th and 11th graders and their parents
Why: College is EXPENSIVE but there are still many opportunities to attend great public and private colleges and to graduate debt free. We'll give you the tools your family needs to find college bargains.​ Bring a tablet or laptop if you've got one!

FREE PATH TO COLLEGE WORKSHOP AT PHS WILL HELP YOU PLAN SMART
April 16: 6-8:00 pm
Pullman High School Community Room

Who should attend: PHS ninth graders and parents (tenth graders are also welcome)
Why:  If you are college bound, it really helps to have a timeline so that you'll be ready for important events, like college admissions tests, college visits, applying for financial aid and scholarships and more!  We'll give you the information you need to plan, and some inspiration too!

Spark starts April 21!!!!
3:30-5:00 pm - Neill Public Library in Pullman

Spark is a once-a-month free workshop/presentation/meet-up for high school students, a place where students from all over can share cool ideas and start interesting discussions. The events will feature scholars, scientists and experts in a wide variety of fields. There is nothing to prepare, no grades or homework, just stuff that's fun to discuss and to know. Our first session will focus on "The Pursuit of Happiness."  Please come and bring your friends.

FREE SELECTIVE COLLEGE WORKSHOP
APRIL 22: 3-5:00 PM
Federal Building Conference Room in Moscow

While a large majority of colleges admit most of the students who apply, several dozen schools are highly selective, and admit fewer than a quarter of applicants. Some might be looking for students just like you! If you are wondering whether a selective school might be a good option, you should come to Palouse Pathways' FREE Selective College Workshop. We'll be joined via teleconference by representatives and students from some of the most selective colleges in the country. They'll tell you what you can expect and how to stand out in the admission process. We'll also have small group discussions with alumni from Harvard, Stanford and other selective schools who live in our communities.  This fun, informative workshop is open to students in all grades and parents.


LEARN HOW TO SHINE IN THE ADMISSION PROCESS!
May 7 from 6-8:00 pm in Lewiston (LCSC ACW 132)
May 20 from 3-5:00 pm in Pullman - Location TBD 

Juniors, you've worked hard to be a good student.  But do you know how to show your strengths on your college application?  The first step is learning about what colleges are looking for and how admissions decisions are made.  We'll pull back the curtain on the process and show you how to be the strongest applicant you can be at our final college exploration class.

PAYING FOR COLLEGE IS POSSIBLE
May 14 from 6-8:00 pm
Federal Building Conference Room in Moscow

While the sticker price of college has shot through the roof, there are still ways that your family can make it work. We'll give you the information you need to find the schools that will make the most financial sense for you. If you are a low or moderate income family, this may be a school that meets 100% of financial need. If your family is unlikely to qualify for need based aid, this may be a school that gives generous merit aid. These schools could actually end up costing about the same as your in-state institution-- or even less! We'll explain the possibilities and more at our presentation. All parents of high schoolers are welcome. And your student is welcome too -- this can help start some important and necessary conversations. The best time to find the best college bargains is long before your student applies!!! ​​

 

​​Click here for an archived list of July 2016 - June 2017 offerings.