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College & Career Center Overview

Senior Announcements, Dates, and Scholarships Jan 2018



Important Senior Dates



-Students MUST COMPLETE their FAFSA application in order to be considered for Cal Grant.  Once you’ve finished FAFSA, create a CA WebGrants account at


-SENIORS ORDER CAPS AND GOWNS - REQUIRED TO PLACE ORDER - Free for Seniors through, By January 15, 2018


-Graduation: June 6th 9:00am @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium


E4FC Scholarship Database: Working with Dreamers/Undocumented students who are looking for scholarships!



Career, Internship, and Summer Job Fair

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm at ALHS Cafeteria



Senior Awards Night Ceremony: May 24th

-If you receive any scholarships/awards, please notify Ms. Thieu in room 149 so you can be recognized at this night!



WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018 (PERIODS 1, 3, 5)

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 (PERIODS 2, 4, 6)


Graduation: June 6th 9:00am @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium




You will attend a field trip on March 9th to complete your MATH AND ENGLISH placement test. Please see Ms. Thieu for field trip forms.

  • If you are enrolled as a highschool student now, you will still have to complete an application as a graduated high school student.

What to sing or make a speech during graduation? Auditions will be happening in APRIL! Keep an eye out for the dates!


June 1st - Cap and Gown pick up


New Common Application Essay Questions for 2017-2018

Attention Current 11th Graders:


This message was sent via e-mail on 2/17/17 to all counselors:


We are pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you. The changes you see below reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent survey respondents (59%), followed by school counselors (23%), and teachers (11%).


Read The Common App Essay Prompts Are Changing 


We were gratified to learn that 91% of members and 90% of constituents agree or strongly agree that the current prompts are effective. In addition, the narrative comments we received helped us see areas for improvement in three of the prompts. Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.


The word limit on the essay will remain at 650.


The goal of these revisions is to help all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, see themselves and their stories within the prompts. They are designed to invite unencumbered discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration. To this end, we will be creating new educational resources to help students both understand and approach the opportunities the essay presents for them.


2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

NEW UC Personal Insight Questions for Fall 2017 Undergraduate Freshmen Applicants

NEW UC Personal Insight Questions for Fall 2017 Freshmen Applicants.  Applicants must respond to 4 out of the following 8 Insight Questions.  Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.

  1. Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.
  2. Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few.  Describe how you express your creative side.
  3. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill?  How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
  4. Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.
  5. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge.  How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?
  6. Describe your favorite academic subject and explain how it has influenced you.
  7. What have you done to make your school or community a better place?
  8. What is the one thing that you think sets you apart from other candidates applying to the University of California?

Writing tips

Here are some tips and techniques to help you get started.

Start early.

Give yourself plenty of time for preparation, careful composition and revisions.

Write persuasively.

Making a list of accomplishments, activities, awards or work will lessen the impact of your words. Expand on a topic by using specific, concrete examples to support the points you want to make.

Use “I” statements.

Talk about yourself so that we can get to know your personality, talents, accomplishments and potential for success on a UC campus. Use “I” and “my” statements in your responses.

Proofread and edit.

Although you will not be evaluated on grammar, spelling or sentence structure, you should proofread your work and make sure your writing is clear. Grammatical and spelling errors can be distracting to the reader and get in the way of what you’re trying to communicate.

Solicit feedback.

Your answers should reflect your own ideas and be written by you alone, but others — family, teachers and friends — can offer valuable suggestions. Ask advice of whomever you like, but do not plagiarize from sources in print or online and do not use anyone's published words but your own.

Copy and paste.

Once you are satisfied with your answers, save them in plain text (ASCII) and paste them into the space provided in the application. Proofread once more to make sure no odd characters or line breaks have appeared.


This is one of many pieces of information we consider in reviewing your application. Your responses can only add value to the application. An admission decision will not be based on this section alone.

Additional instructions for active military, veterans and dependants

Because UC is interested in knowing about your or a family member's military service, you may wish to use this section to communicate the following:

  • Describe how your military service has been instrumental in developing your educational plans.
  • Indicate if you're affiliated with the military, such as the spouse or dependent of someone who is on active duty or a current participant in an ROTC-type program.

What about the “Additional comments” section?

After you complete the personal insight questions, you will see another section called “Additional Comments.” This is an optional section and should not be used as a continuation of your responses to the personal questions. Instead, you should use this section to:

  • Provide additional clarification on important details in your application, such as honors, awards, activities.
  • Share information regarding a nontraditional school environment or unusual circumstances.
  • Describe anything else that you HAVE NOT had the opportunity to include elsewhere in your application.

There is a 550 word limit to this section.



Instructions for Viewing CCSF Placement Test Scores

Attention 10th, 11th & 12th Grader that attended the March 16 CCSF Placement Test & Orientation Field trip:


Many of you have been asking me how do I view my CCSF Placement Test Scores?


Only the students that submitted a CCSF On-line Application and received a CCSF ID # via CCSF Admission Office will be able to view their Placement Test Scores by logging in to their WEB 4 Student Account.  Below are instructions that can be found on page 5 of your CCSF Concurrent Enrollment Instruction Packet.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  10th graders who submitted their paper applications to Ms. Martinez, should have received e-mailed indicating your CCSF ID # via school loop.  If you did not receive it, you will need to send an e-mail Ms Martinez at, to let her know. If you received your CCSF ID #, but are unable to access your WEB 4 Account, please send Ms. Martinez an e-mail to let her know, so she can contact CCSF to fix it.




First you must go to click on "Register for Classes (WEB 4)"located on the middle of the page.


To log in to your WEB 4 Account you:


USER ID =  Write in your CCSF ID # (You must include the W or @ symbol, which ever appears on your assigned CCSF ID #)

PIN=  Date of Birth Month/Day/Year in two digits only, which means you will enter 6 numbers for your pin.  (Example: April 7, 1999 will be entered as 040799).


Once you have logged in you will be asked to change your PIN.  You must create a NEW 6 Digit PIN #.  Make sure to write it down.  



Select "Student Services & Financial Aid & EOPS"

Select "Student Records"

Select "View English & Math Placement and Other Course Eligibility"


Print out this page and bring it with you when you come to see Ms. Maria Martinez, so that she can approve and complete your High School Concurrent Enrollment Permission/Consent Form, page 6 of your CCSF Instructional Packet.


If you have any additional questions feel free to e-mail Maria Martinez, College & Career Counselor at

Lincoln School Code: 052-910

2017-2018 IMPORTANT MESSAGE RE: College & Career Center

August 2017


Attention Lincoln Students, Parents & Staff:


The College & Career Center is now OPEN for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.  Ms. Erika Thieu will be the College and Career Counselor. Any questions, please email Ms.Thieu: or call 415-759-2885



Mrs. Adrienne Smith, Counseling Office Assistant Principal or Ms. Thieu, College and Career in Room 149


College Representative that would like to set up a Visit to Abraham Lincoln High School please contact Ms. Thieu Via Email.