2019-20 SHS College & Career Readiness Speaker Series

The purpose of the speaker series is to offer information and resources to help parents and students be more ready for life after high school. Email Jamie Froman or May Gauvin at collegereadiness@skylineptsa.org if you have additional questions.


ACT, SAT and PSAT Testing

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Speaker: Rebecca Davidson, Huntington Learning Center
Thursday, November 14, 2019 (7-8 pm, SHS Library)

In this session, Rebecca will go over the differences between the ACT and SAT and as well as the key details of each test.  She will address how to identify which test students should take and when, as well as how to identify appropriate school goals based on students’ future college plans. Remember to bring the student’s PSAT results and Rebecca will talk about what they mean and then discuss SAT and ACT planning in light of those results. For students (and parents) in 9th, 10th and 11th grades.

Rebecca is the senior Managing Director at the Huntington Learning Center in Issaquah. Rebecca has over 10 years of experience in tutoring, testing, and college admissions. In addition to her experience at the Huntington Learning Center, she was at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. Rebecca graduated from Simpson University with a BA in Hebraic Studies and Theology. Additional information can be found at: Huntington Learning Center Issaquah


Finding the Right College Fit

Speaker: Karen Edgar, College Consultant 
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (7-8 pm, SHS Library)

Hear from a college admissions professional about how to prepare for college: what high school courses to take and extracurricular/volunteer activities are worth your time, and what Admissions officers look for so that you can become a compelling candidate. Learn how to find and narrow your college list, and determine which schools are a best fit for YOU! Time for Q&A follows. For students (and parents) in 9th, 10th, 11th grades.

Karen is a professionally accredited college consultant who has worked with students for 20 years, helping them to develop strong credentials for college to maximize their chances for admission to their best fit schools. Additional information can be found: here


Managing Stress and Achievement

Speaker: Summer Igaz, Skyline HS Mental Health Counselor
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 (7-8 pm, SHS Library)

More specifics about the session will be shared in the new calendar year.

Summer is a licensed clinical social worker from Swedish assigned to Skyline High School. She provides confidential counseling and skill-building on many topics, including: depression, anxiety and worry, relationship problems, family concerns, grief and loss, and access to community resources. Summer has prior experience in mental health assessment and counseling. As a Swedish employee, she has access to other professionals for consultations, such as child psychologists or psychiatrists at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Additional information can be found:  Teen Health Center, Swedish


Financial Aid Award Letters 101

Presenter: Peg Keough, Way to the Quad
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (7-8 pm, SHS Library)

Your child did the hard work and has college acceptances! Now it’s time to understand the college financial aid award letters. Peg will explain the terminology used by the colleges and identify the different components of an award package through a review of actual award letters. These letters can be challenging to decipher so come and get some great insights on how to interpret the award letters and the appeal process. For students (and parents) of 12th grade.

Peg is a frequent speaker at schools and organizations where she educates families, so they can better navigate the college financial planning process. She helps families create a comprehensive college funding plan to maximize financial aid, minimize taxes, and save for a comfortable retirement at the same time. With this type of planning, Peg hopes to end the student loan crisis one family at a time by helping families make smarter college buying decisions. Peg has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a graduate degree from Indiana University. She holds a Series 66 registration and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation.  Additional information can be found at:  here