Class of 2018

Nicole Castro
 (951) 696-1408  Ext. 5772
A little bit about me...I graduated from SDSU with my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Science in Psychology and continued my studies at University of San Diego to receive my Masters in Counseling.  I have been a School Counselor for 13 years now, working in San Diego, Vista, and Moreno Valley Unified School Districts prior to coming to Murrieta Valley High School. 

  News and Important Dates 
September 16: End of 6 week Grading Period 
September 21: 17th Annual Historically Black College/Universities Recruitment
                      Fair @ Vista Del Lago H.S United College Action Network
September 24: College Fair, Temecula Promenade Mall 
September 28: Counseling Parent Night 6-7:30 
October 3-13: 1 on 1 meetings with counselor thru English Class
October 4: Spanish Financial Aide Parent Night  
October 19: PSAT/NMSQT **Must pay $25 with book keeper by 10/10
October 19: College Kick Off, School Wide Activity 
October 20-28: Junior Guidance Lessons in the Library thru History  
October 28: End of 12 week Grading Period
November 8: ASVAB
November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break (use this time to go on CCGI and explore Colleges 
December 20: Final Grading Period**Official Grades post on Transcript**
January 10: First Day of 2nd semester 
January 11: Murrieta Canyon Informational meeting @ 3:00
February 21: 6 week Progress Report
March 1-15: AP Exam Payment DUE
March 13: Open House 
March 20-31: Spring Break 
April 8, Saturday: ACT (must sign up by March 3)*
April 19: Inland Empire Spring College Fair (Ontario Convention Center) 
April 21: 12 Week Progress Report
May 1-May 12: AP Exams Schedules
May 6, Saturday: SAT (must sign up by April 7)*
June 3, Saturday: SAT (must sign up by May 9)*
June 6-10: Final Exams Spring Final Exam Schedule 2017
June 9: Final Grading
June 10, Saturday: ACT (must sign up by May 5)* 
Aug 26, 2017 Saturday: SAT (must sign up by July 28)*
 *Late sign-up for Exams are available up to 2 weeks after deadline but must pay fee)
Also check out our Guidance Activity Calendar for up to date  College/University site visits  
Nighthawk Frequently Asked Questions bird
bird Where do I find out information about SAT/ACT and when should I sign-up? 
CCGI ( has a link with SAT or ACT information about College Planning including free test prep.  Shmoop and Khan Academy are 2 FREE Test Prep resources. BeSATwise and Kaplan provides Local paid Bootcamp for SAT or ACT. By the end of your Junior year, students should take SAT/ACT at least once.
FOR SAT: a score range of 550 or higher for English and 570 or higher for Math
FOR ACT: a score of 23 or higher 
reflects your readiness for college level curriculum.
Nighthawk  What is FAFSA and who needs to apply? 
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  EVERY 12th grade student (beginning in October) should complete it because it allows students to apply for more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds. Check out this video for info about the FAFSA and the resources VIDEO

What activities should I be focusing on during my Junior year? 

Check out the TIMELINE available on CCGI (

bird  What should I do if I am struggling in a class?

-The first thing you need to do is TALK to you teacher and share your struggles.  (Many teachers offer their own tutoring before/after school and or during lunch. 

-We have tutoring available in the Library Mondays' before school (on late start), Wednesday and Thursday's after school. 

You can also use Weekly Progress Report to get update progress directly from teachers

 bird What is the College Kickoff Event happening on October 19th?  

On October 19th, various schools throughout Riverside County will be partnering up to host this event.  The purpose of this district-wide high school event is to provide another opportunity for our students (grades 9-12) to receive guidance in planning for college and/or career by completing college applications, personal statements, FAFSA, Dream Act, Senior Culminating Project and/or practice for a college entrance exam with taking the PSAT for 10th grade.  The  goal is to provide all high school students the opportunity to participate in college readiness activities.
bird When should I be signing up to meet with College representatives?
NOW!! You should be signing up to meet with many college and universities who come visit our campus. Click on the Calendar, and sign-up with Mrs. Tarabilda in the Counseling Center.

bird  What is the Middle Class Scholarship?



SAT and ACT Info  


 SAT Exam Date 2017-2018      ACT Exam Date 2017-2018  
 Exam Date Registration Deadline     Exam Date Registration Deadline 
 8/26/17  7/28/17    9/9/17  8/4/17
 10/7/17  9/8/17    10/28/17  9/22/17
 11/4/17  10/5/17    12/9/17  11/3/17
 12/2/17  11/2/17    2/10/18  1/12/18
 3/10/18  2/9/18    4/18/18  3/9/18
 5/5/18  4/6/18    6/9/18  5/4/18
 6/2/18  5/3/18    7/14/18  6/15/18

College and University Information

There are 4 main types of University/College in California
University of California   California State University Private/Independent University  Community College 

Parents:  We will continue to utilize to help ALL students identify their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, as well creating a course study plan linked to the A-G college subject requirements.  Do not be deceived by the name, students can search for College/University in ALL states, outside of California on California Colleges.
Please check out this website with your student.  There are timelines, scholarship, and FAFSA information also on this site. 



Last Modified on June 2, 2017