Class of 2021

    Nicole Castro
     (951) 696-1408  Ext. 5772
    A little bit about me...I graduated from 
     San Diego State (2001) with Bachelors Degree in Psychology
    then continued my studies at
     University of San Diego (2003) Masters in School Counseling. 
    I have been a School Counselor for 15 plus years and loving it :)
    *Need an appointment with the Counselor?
    Use this link to sign-up for an appointment https://calendly.com/ncastro-3   

      News and Important Dates 
    August 14: First Day of School 
    September 2: Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)
    September 20: First semester six week grading period
    October 1: Registration opens for PSAT sign-ups  
    October 5: AP Readiness @ UCR
    October 7: MVHS Counselor Parent Night in PAC @ 5 PM
    October 9-15: Junior Guidance Lessons in Library thru History Classes
    October 12: SMART Saturday
    October 16: College Kickoff (PSAT offered for 11th graders must sign-up)
    October 23: ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery Test) sign-up in Counseling Office
    November 1: First semester twelve week grading period
    November 2: SMART Saturday
    November 5:Twelve week grading period ends
    November 11: Veterans Day (NO SCHOOL)
    November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)
    December 20: First semester final grading period
    December 23-January10: Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)
    January 13: First day of second semester 
    January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)
    February 21: Second semester six week grading period
    February 14: Lincoln Birthday (NO SCHOOL)
    February 17: Presidents' Day (NO SCHOOL)
    March 30-April 3: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
    April 10: Second semester twelve week grading period
    May 25: Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)
    June 5: Second semester final grading period
    Also check out our Guidance Activity Calendar for up to date     
    College/University site visits

    Nighthawk Frequently Asked Questions bird
    I will be updating this section with typical questions I receive from students and parents
    bird  What supports/tutoring is available for my child?
    bird  What is the difference between SAT and ACT?

    Many students and parents begin the college prep process by comparing the ACT and SAT tests. The SAT and ACT generally cover the same topics. Both ACT and SAT scores are used for college admissions decisions and awarding merit-based scholarships. Most colleges do not prefer one test over the other.

    ACT vs SAT Score info

    Compare the ACT and SAT tests

    • ACT includes a Science section
    • SAT includes one SAT Math Section on which you may not use a calculator
      SAT ACT
    Why Take It

    Colleges use SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

    Colleges use ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships.

    Test Structure
    • Reading

    • Writing & Language

    • Math

    • Essay (Optional)

    • English

    • Math

    • Reading

    • Science Reasoning

    Essay (Optional)
    • 3 hours (without essay)

    • 3 hours, 50 minutes (with essay)

    • 2 hours, 55 minutes (without essay)

    • 3 hours, 40 minutes (with essay)


    5 reading passages

    4 reading passages



    1 science section testing your critical thinking skills (not your specific science knowledge)

    Math Covers:
    • Arithmetic

    • Algebra I & II

    • Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis

    • Arithmetic

    • Algebra I & II

    • Geometry, Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics

    Calculator Policy

    Some math questions don't allow you to use a calculator.

    You can use a calculator on all math questions.


    Optional. The essay will test your comprehension of a source text.

    Optional. The essay will test how well you evaluate and analyze complex issues.

    How It's Scored

    Scored on a scale of 400–1600

    Scored on a scale of 1–36


    bird  Should I Take the ACT or SAT?

    Students are increasingly taking both the SAT and ACT . Changes made to the SAT in 2016 have made it easier than ever to prep for both tests concurrently — and earn competitive scores on both!  

    The best way to decide if taking the SAT, ACT, or both tests is right for you is to take a timed full-length practice test of each type. Since the content and style of the SAT and ACT are very similar, factors like how you handle time pressure and what types of questions you find most challenging can help you determine which test is a better fit. Try our QUIZ: SAT, ACT, or Both? to learn more. 

    Take a Free Practice Test

    bird  What should I be doing to best prepare myself during my 11th grade year?       Click on this LINK for the 11th Grade Timeline 

     bird What is the College Kickoff Event happening on October 16?  

    On October 16 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.



    We Utilize CaliforniaColleges.edu for all our Guidance Activities including:

    • High School Planning
    • College/Career Planning
    • PSAT/SAT/ACT prep
    • Scholarship Search Tools
    • FAFSA-Financial Aid 



    Parents:  We will continue to utilize CaliforniaColleges.edu 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 May 18, 2020