School Counselor Update

Highland High School- October 2019

Seniors: FAFSA is now Available

FAFSA- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is open and available now.

The FAFSA requires students and parents to each complete a portion.

What you need to complete your FAFSA:

-Social Security Number

-Your Alien Registration Number, if you (student) are not a US Citizen

-Your 2018 federal tax returns, W-2's and other records of income

- Banking statements and records of investments (if applicable)

-Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

-An FSA ID to sign electronically

- List of colleges.

The earlier you complete your FAFSA the earlier you will get award letters from the colleges regarding grants, loans and work study. This info can help you make your college decision. Listing a college on your FAFSA does not mean you have applied there. Be sure to complete each School's application as well.

AP Exam changes

College Board has changed their AP (Advanced Placement) test ordering deadlines. Students must order and pay $40 of the exam fee by November 6th to secure an exam seat in May.

For more information see the AP Parent letter or contact your student's AP Teacher.


Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 6-7:30pm

1 Hairpin Drive

Edwardsville, IL

Seniors- College Application deadlines approaching

College applications need to be completed and submitted ASAP. Don't forget to request your transcript thru parchment after you have completed your online application- use the link below or see your school counselor for help.

SLU National College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 20th, 1-4pm

1 North Grand Boulevard

St. Louis, MO

Free and Open to the public

Click the link for more info and a list of participating schools:

college changes everything raffle and college mondays

In an effort to raise awareness about completing college applications and the FAFSA early, staff at HHS will be participating in College Mondays throughout October. Staff will be wearing college T-shirts and briefly discussing our favorite colleges and universities.

Seniors- when you complete a college application or your FAFSA online, bring in proof and be entered for a chance to win gift cards or other college prizes. The more applications you complete the greater your chance to win!

Q1 ends Oct. 11th

Oct. 11 is the end of First Quarter.

Semester grades are calculated and reported on a Student's Transcript.

Q1 (40%) + Q2 (40%) + Final Exam (20%)

If your student is struggling they should contact their teacher during Focused Tutor Time for additional support. If you are interested in hiring a tutor, please contact a school counselor for our updated list.

You may also want to schedule a Parent- Teacher Conference on Oct. 24 or 25. Please call the HHS Office to schedule.

Semester 2 schedules

At this time Semester 2 schedules are not complete- classes are still being balanced. Student schedules will be complete and accessible via PowerSchool in late December. Listen to daily announcements for more information.

Schedule changes will take place the first 3 days of the semester only.

Junior College and Career Appointments This Week

Counselors will be meeting with Juniors regarding College and Career planning on Oct. 9th and 10th. They will be taking an interest inventory and starting to think about life after high school. Be sure to check out the upcoming college fairs, visit schools or job shadow on days off like Columbus day or Parent Teacher Conferences.

If you want to take a career or college day and miss school see your school counselor for a form. Students get 2 days total to be used either Junior or Senior year.

Can't make it to campus? Don't know which campus to visit? Utilize the Illinois Career Information System to gather more info:

PSAT/ SAT Testing

State testing will be taking place in April. Juniors will take the SAT. Freshman and sophomores will take the PSAT- a practice SAT test. Students can create college board accounts to use Khan Academy for practice.

These accounts will be used to see and send scores later. Please keep track of username and password- we do not have access to those.

ACT testing

The ACT is important in determining the types of colleges in which a student will have the best chance for gaining admission. It is also one component of a students college application.

For testing dates, registration deadlines and more information visit

Mark your calendar

Oct. 9th-10th- Junior College and Career Presentations

Oct. 11th- End of Q1- Grades posted Oct. 16th

Oct. 14th- No School- Columbus Day

Oct. 16th- NMSQT/PSAT at HHS

Oct. 20th- College Fair at SLU

Oct. 22nd- College Fair at SWIC

Oct. 24th-25th- Parent- Teacher Conferences

Highland HS Counselors

Last names A-G: Mrs. Amber Spaeth

Last names H-M: Mrs. Mary Jackson

Last names N-Z: Mrs. Carrie Lieberman