FAFSA, Cal Grant, and the California Dream Act Application (2018-19)

For many California state* financial aid programs, the FAFSA is due on March 2, 2018 (date postmarked).

Cal Grant also requires submission of a school-certified GPA by March 2, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to obtain proof of mailing their GPA and to retain a copy of their GPA form.

For additional community college Cal Grants, the due date is September 2, 2018 (date postmarked).

If you are a non-citizen without a Social Security card or had one issued through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application. You do not need to fill out a FAFSA to be eligible for California student financial aid.

Contact the California Student Aid Commission  or your financial aid administrator or counselor for more information. Additional forms may be required. Applicants are encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA.

*If you plan to attend an out-of-state university, check with your school for their specific deadlines.


Important Senior Information and Dates for Semester II


Sweetwater High School 

Office of the Assistant Principal of Student Activities

2900 Highland Avenue

National City, CA 91950

Phone: (619) 474-9751


Non-Privileged List: Seniors, please continue to perform and behave as the model students for the entire student body. Please remember, students who display conduct that violate school policy will face disciplinary action. Any senior student who faces disciplinary action runs the risk of losing his/her senior privileges. The loss of senior privileges will include but not be limited to participation in Prom, GradNite, and our Graduation Ceremony. In some cases, the severity of the situation will result in alternate school placement for the rest of the year. Lastly, if you owe textbooks or have outstanding fines, you will end up on the non-privilege list. There are a lot of textbooks from semester I that have not been returned, please return them to the library! Make sure to take care of those textbooks and fines. Seniors, continue to do the right thing, the Red Devil thing!

Prom: Prom this year will be held at the beautiful Corky McMillan Venue in Liberty Station. This year’s prom will take place on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. Price of tickets will be $45 dollars and will go on sale March 1st. We promise to make it a beautiful night and worthy of our class of 2018. Remember, to say off the Non-Privilege List.

GradNite: GradNite and Disneyland have significantly increased their prices. We will have the hopper pass that will allow our students to go to both parks—California Adventure and Disneyland. This year, we will leave anywhere from 1:00pm – 1:30pm from Sweetwater High School and return to the school the following day at 5:00am. The date of GradNite will be Friday, June 1st, 2018. Approximately 350 tickets will be available and cost per ticket will be exactly $199. Tickets will go on sale March 1st. Again, remember to stay off the Non-Privilege List.

Graduation: Graduation this year falls on the 1st full week of June. We will graduate on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018. Graduation will be held at Southwestern College, and we have been given the 6pm slot. At the beginning of 2nd semester, we will start publishing information regarding the purchase of Caps and Gowns (Week of January 22nd through our Social Science classes and the ASB). Cap and Gowns do not have to be purchased (optional), but since they are custom fitted, ALL STUDENTS MUST ORDER A CAP AND GOWN. Students have received their cap and gown order forms from their social science teachers. Students can order there Cap and Gown on January 30th, in the senior lawn with Glenn Millen from San Diego Graduate Supply. 

YEAR BOOKS: You can purchase your Yearbooks at the ASB for $65. We are open during nutrition break and lunchtime.

CSF: Our interim CSF Advisor is Mrs. Meg Garcia in room 324. The window to turn in applications for CSF will be January 24th – February 9th. CSF Dues ($8) can be paid from February 20th – March 2nd. All application and dues can be made to Mrs. Garcia.

Seniors, parents and guardians, if you have any questions, please email me at: alexander.salazar-arbelaez@sweetwaterschools.org. Allow me 24-48 hours to return your email.



Sweetwater High has been selected to participate in a free eye clinic that will provide students with free eye exams and eyeglasses.  The program will provide 1,500 San Diego students with free eye exams and needed eyeglasses.  This eye clinic is sponsored by Luxottica’s One Sight Program in collaboration with the National School District, National City Host Lions Club and selected public schools in San Diego County.


Sweetwater High School students are scheduled to attend the clinic on October 30th @ 8:00 a.m. at the Camacho Gym at Las Palmas Park located at 1810 East 22nd Street, National City 91950.


To allow your student to participate, please pick up a consent form from the School Nurse as soon as possible.


Only students with a signed consent form will be able to participate in the program.


The LAST day to register is October 25th


PSAT October 11, 2017

Dear Sweetwater Parents,

On Wednesday, October 11th we will have our PSAT College and Career day. We have a variety of activities that support our efforts of having a college and career school culture for all grade levels. On this day, we will have a modified PSAT bell schedule from 7:30am-1:15pm.

ALL students from 9th-12th grade are expected to attend their first period class and participate in a school wide assembly from 7:30am-8:25am. After Nutrition Break, students will be able to go to their assigned areas. In addition, important activities are planned for students from 9th -11th grade who do not take the exam.

From 8:50am-12:40pm students will participate in the following:

9th graders

Students will have the opportunity to participate in team building activities and explore different hands on activities that are offered in our after school program and elective classes. Students will receive a call slip with information about the classrooms they will report to.

10th and 11th graders

We are offering the PSAT exam to 10th and 11th graders at our school. The PSAT is a practice exam for the SAT college entrance exams that students usually take in the 11th or 12th grade years.  This exam challenges students to think critically measuring their math, reading, and writing skills. Students should receive a score report in January that gives information about their strengths and areas of growth. In addition, students are able to use their results to continue to practice with the Khan Academy program.  Tomorrow, Friday, students will receive a goldenrod call slip with information about the classrooms they will report to. The testing will take place from 8:50am-12:40pm.

12th graders

Seniors will have two options.  They can be released early at 8:50am to complete community service on their own, or attend a workshop with their counselor to work on their 4-year university application. Tomorrow, Friday, students will receive a pink of blue call slip with information about the classrooms they will report to.

Lunch will be served from 12:45pm-1:15pm.

We encourage students to get a good night sleep the night before and arrive to school early to get breakfast from the cafeteria. Reminder that attendance for 1st period is mandatory for all students. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cuellar-Martinez at 619-474-9741. Thank you for your support.

Estimados padres de Sweetwater,

El miércoles, 11 de octubre tendremos el dia de PSAT, Colegio y Carreras. Tenemos una variedad de actividades para todos los niveles de estudiantes que apoyan nuestros esfuerzos de tener una cultura de preparer estidiantes para la universidad y carreras. En este día, tendremos un horario modificado de campana de 7:30 am a 1:15pm.

Se espera que TODOS los estudiantes de los grados 9 a 12 asistan a su primera clase y participen en una asamblea para toda la escuela de 7:30 am a 8:25 am. Después de el recreo Nutrition Break, los estudiantes podrán ir a las áreas asignadas.

De 8:50 am a 12:40 pm los estudiantes participarán en lo siguiente:

Estudiantes de 9º grado

Los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de participar en actividades de liderazgo de equipos y explorar diferentes actividades que se ofrecen en nuestro programa después de la escuela y clases electivas. Los estudiantes recibirán una hoja con información sobre la clase en donde se tienen que reportar.

Estudiantes de 10º y 11º grado

Estamos ofreciendo el examen PSAT a estudiantes de 10mo y 11vo grado en nuestra escuela. El PSAT es un examen de práctica para los exámenes de entrada a la Universidad. SAT que los estudiantes usualmente toman en el 11 o 12. Este examen desafía a los estudiantes a pensar críticamente midiendo sus habilidades de matemáticas, lectura y escritura. Los estudiantes recibirán un inforne en enero que da información sobre sus fortalezas y áreas de crecimiento. Además, los estudiantes pueden usar sus resultados para seguir practicando con el programa de Khan Academy. Mañana, viernes, los estudiantes recibirán una hoja con información sobre la clase en donde se tienen que reportar. Las pruebas se llevarán a cabo de 8:50 am a 12:40 pm.

Estudiantes de 12º grado (tendrán dos opciones)

Pueden salir temprano a las 8:50 am para hacer el servicio de la comunidad por su cuenta, o asistir a un taller con su consejero para trabajar en su solicitudes de universidad. Mañana, viernes, los estudiantes recibirán una hoja rosa o azul con información sobre la clase en donde se tienen que reporta

El almuerzo será servido de 12:45 a 1: 15pm.

Animamos a los estudiantes a dormir bien la noche anterior ya llegar temprano a la escuela para tomar el desayuno de la cafetería. Les recordamos que la asistencia para el primer período es obligatoria para todos los estudiantes. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con la Sra. Cuéllar-Martínez al 619-474-9741. Gracias por su apoyo


Beyond Safe Havens live stream event: Sept. 22, 2017

An important message from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson:

Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg will join me and other top leaders and experts to discuss ways educators can help students and parents who are anxious and fearful about current immigration policies at a panel discussion on Friday, September 22, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They will talk about how to create a welcoming environment for all students, regardless of immigration status, and how to help these vulnerable students thrive and succeed.


The panel, part of a “Beyond Safe Havens” event at CDE headquarters, will be moderated by Viviana Paez, an anchor at Univision 19, Sacramento.


Educators, parents, and members of the public are invited to watch the live stream of the panel discussion at http://cde-ca.videossc.com.


The discussion will build on work done by educators throughout the state to create Safe Haven school districts. For more information, please visit our Safe Havens Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/safehavens.asp.




Tom Torlakson

State Superintendent of Public Instruction


Jupiter Grades

Sweetwater High will be using Jupiter Grades as its uniform grading system. By using one grading system, this will make it easier for parents to monitor student grades and communicate with teachers effectively. You can also change the language and set up weekly alerts.


Here is a link to a video that provides a student/parent tutorial:



If you need assistance with your account, please contact Ms. Sonia Tanner or Ms. Cuellar-Martinez in the Intervention Office in room 208 or call 619-474-9744.

Thank you!


Sweetwater High utilizará Jupiter Grades como su sistema de calificación. Usando un sistema de calificación, sera más fácil para que los padres puedan monitorear las calificaciones de los estudiantes y comunicarse con los maestros de manera efectiva. También puede cambiar el idioma y configurar alertas semanales.

Aquí hay un video de como usar JupiterGrades para estudiantes / padres:



Si necesita ayuda con su cuenta, comuníquese con la Sra. Sonia Tanner o la Sra. Cuéllar-Martínez en la Oficinade Intervención 208 o  llame al 619-474-9744.



Back to School Night is August 10th!


Thursday, August 10, 2017



Schedule of Events:

4:30pm – AP Parent Meeting (Theater)

Advance Placement (AP) Program Parent Meeting

5:00pm – Community/Club Fair (600 Quad)

5:15pm – 6:00pm:  Student Performances/Principal’s Message

6:10 – 7:55pm:  Classroom Visitations


Student Performances/Princpal’s Message Classroom Visitations
Advanced Dance

MCJROTC Presentation of Colors

Pledge of Allegiance

Principal’s Message

Parent School Site Council Candidates

JV/Varsity Cheer

Baile Folklorico



Advanced Dance


1st  Period:  6:10 – 6:20

2nd Period:  6:25 – 6:35

(Parent Voting)***3rd Period:  6:40 – 6:55

4th Period:  7:00 – 7:10

5th Period:  7:15 – 7:25

6th Period:  7:30 – 7:40

7th Period:  7:45 – 7:55



***Parent voting for school site council parent representatives


Email Questions to:  alexander.salazar-arbelaez@sweetwaterschools.org or @alex_Salazarr (Twitter)


2017-18 New Student Enrollment

Please complete the following steps to get a student registration appointment during the week of 07/24/17 – 07/28/17. Please call 619-474-9710 with questions.

First, verify your school of residence here. Then fill out this form.

Be prepared to attach or bring the following:


  • Bring a Verification of form (English | Español) and turn it in along with supporting documents (for a list of valid documents, click here).


  • Bring in shot record or a copy of shot record showing all shots, including Tdap.

School Records

  • Bring a check-out sheet with current grades from last school
  • Bring a transcript with all 7th to the current grade credits earned.
  • Bring a copy of current IEP, if applicable.