Friday, November 6, 2020

PLU announces Nurse and Educator Dependent Commitment

 Pacific Lutheran University has made an extraordinary commitment to the dependents of nurses and educators who chose to attend PLU by committing to covering at least 50% of the cost of tuition through PLU scholarships and grants. Here it is, direct from PLU:

"Greetings from PLU! I have exciting news to share about our new Nurse & Educator Dependent Commitment, which guarantees that at minimum half of the tuition of dependents of nurses and K-12 educators will be covered by PLU-funded scholarships and grants. 

The fields of nursing and education have been fundamental to PLU throughout our history, and preparing our students to serve their communities as thoughtful, highly-trained, and effective nurses and educators reflects our mission of service, leadership and care. This commitment to incoming first-year students who have a parent or legal guardian working as a nurse or K-12 educator is just one of the ways that we are continuously striving to honor our community and ensure that a PLU education is affordable and accessible. In fact, LendEDU recently ranked PLU the #1 college in Washington for financial aid, and #9 nationally. 

There is no separate application needed for students to be considered for the Nurse & Educator Dependent Commitment, as our free application for admission includes questions about the occupations of parents/guardians. Students do NOT need to major themselves in Education or Nursing to be eligible for this commitment. 

You'll find details about the Nurse & Educator Dependent Commitment here. I encourage you to share this email with your colleagues and the communities in which you work - we're excited to spread the news about this new resource for students."

Monday, October 12, 2020

Conducting a College Search in the Time of COVID-19

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 6:30PM – 7:30PM

 Join KCLS online to gain perspective on the current state of college admissions, including: conducting a college search, researching colleges, preparing to apply. Please register by 5pm on October 12 to get a Zoom link. If you haven't received the Zoom link by 5pm on October 13, please contact Carrie,

Friday, September 18, 2020

World Language & Leadership with OneWorld Now

Registration for OneWorld Now's 2020-2021 Afterschool Program is NOW OPEN! This year, OWN has 3 tracks to choose from: the World Language Track - where you can study Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, or Russian two days a week and earn high school credit; the Leadership Track - where you can develop your personal, societal, cultural, and global awareness and build skills to enact positive social change (credit option pending); or BOTH, which is called the Global Citizen Track. The deadline to register is September 27th, but all classes will be capped at 17 students and are first-come, first-served. 

Detailed info about the 2020-2021 After-school Program

Video (1:39 min) that outlines the program

Interest Form, for students who are interested

Registration Form - Deadline September 27th

Contact Caitlyn Lamdin:

Monday, September 14, 2020

Flipping the question of Why Now? in college admission...

 There's an insightful article in Forbes that provides some ideas about how seniors can re-contextualize those plans, internships, and participations that have been upended by the changes wrought by the COVID19 pandemic. It's worth a read!

Why Now in College Admission?

Thursday, September 10, 2020

AP Test Registration

 Gibson Ek student who plan to take AP exams in the 2020-2021 school year must first register for those tests through Issaquah High School at this link:

Please note the following deadlines!

September 27th

Registered for College Board Class, Rosters will be checked by Teachers. (Does not apply for GEHS students)

October 4th

Registered for Total Registration and the amount of Exams Taken.

October 30th

Fully registered on both College Board and Total Registration. If not registered for this date, any registration after this point will incur a late fee.

November 15th

Must be Paid on Total Registration, otherwise exams will not be ordered.

March 11th

Last day to cancel or register late for AP Exams. There will be a $40 fee for this.


Monday, August 24, 2020

Coast to Coast College Tour


Admissions officers from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University invite you and your students to learn about our institutions, hear advice about the college search and application process, and get your questions answered.

Meant as a brief introduction to the signature aspects of each institution, we'll spend the bulk of our time sharing application advice, financial aid insights, and answering questions submitted by students in advance.

We appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your students if at all possible. You and your colleagues are certainly welcome to attend. The Coast to Coast group is planning on holding a set of counselor events this fall.
Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
5pm Pacific Time
Webinar link sent upon registration.

An RSVP is required.

Can't make it that evening?
Visit the Coast to Coast Tour website for a full list of programs. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Feeding Yourself: Meal Planning & Cooking Basics

My last post before leaving for Summer Break concerns the basics of how to feed yourself: meal planning and preparation. Cooking can be immensely rewarding, and at a minimum cooking for yourself will save you money, support healthy nutrition, and minimize your reliance on highly processed foods. Hot Pockets are fine once in a while, but it's no replacement for whole foods that you prepare yourself. Even if you're heading off to college and plan to live on campus with a meal plan, knowing a few go-to dishes will put you miles ahead when you decide to cook dinner for your date, bring something to a department potluck, or just break the monotony of dining hall pizza.

Food writer Michael Pollan has an excellent list of Food Rules that you would do well to internalize. It all boils down to this: Eat food, mostly plants, not too much.

Meal Planning and Prep
The Beginners Guide to Meal Planning
The Best Way to Use a Weekend for Meal Planning Success
10 Best Tips for Meal Planning for One
5 Things Expert Meal Planners Do Before Going to the Grocery Store

Cooking Basics
12 Cooking Basics Everyone Should Know
Gordon Ramsey: How To Master 5 Basic Cooking Skills -- knife skills! Stay out of the ER!
How To Cook For Beginners - The Essentials

What to cook?
Tools and techniques are great, but you still need to know what to cook. Leanne Brown's free 'Good & Cheap' cookbook is a great place to start. The recipes are delicious, the techniques are basic, and it's oriented around eating well on the cheap. Great for starting out!
Leanne Brown's Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day

Want to take your cooking to the next level? Check out Stephane's 'French Cooking Academy' on YouTube. It's the complete Auguste Escoffier method of French cooking, from soup to nuts, and you can learn it all for free. Here is his Online Cooking Course for Beginners.

Food is the world on a plate: history, culture, language, travel... it's literally endless. If you just want to learn how to make tasty food for yourself and your friends, it's all that too. Dig in!