School Counselor Update

Highland High School- September 2018


Quarter 1 midterm was September 7th- Parents can access grades at anytime via PowerSchool. Please contact the office if you need help setting up your PowerSchool account.

Quarter 1 ends on Oct. 12th.

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 a list of tutors.

Need help with your Resume?

The School Counselors will be hosting a Resume Workshop. If you need help starting, updating or finishing your resume please sign up in the school counselors office or use this link:

Based on interest we will schedule the workshop for FTT the end of September.

Financial Aid/ FAFSA Parent Night

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 6:30pm

12760 Troxler Avenue

Highland, IL

A representative from Washington University's Financial Aid office will be present to provide information on the FAFSA and a general overview of the financial aid process. School Counselors will also talk about local scholarship opportunities.

College Applications

Seniors, NOW is the time! You should be completing your College applications online now!!! Make sure to include all supporting documents. Don't wait! The earlier you apply the greater your chance is to receive Institutional Scholarship Money!

Use this link to request your transcript: Click on the red "Request a Transcript" button and set up an account through Parchment.

SIUE College Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, 6-8pm

1 Hairpin Drive

Edwardsville, IL

Register before the fair with this makes sharing contact information with potential schools easy and efficient.

College Visits and search

Columbus Day and Parent Teacher Conferences are great days to get on campus without missing school. Juniors and Seniors get 2 total college days to visit that won't count towards final exams. You must complete a college visit form and turn into your school counselor 1 week before you visit. Forms are available in the School Counselor's Office or on the HHS Website.

Can't make it to campus? Don't know which campus to visit? Start your college search at a college fair or utilize Act profile. is a great tool for college and career exploration. Students who create an account can complete interest inventories, search majors, college and compare schools. Students who create accounts are also encourage to "Connect" with their HHS Counselor.

SLU NACAC College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 21st, 1-3pm

1 North Grand

Saint Louis, MO

Early Graduation

Any senior who is planning to apply to graduate at the end of his/her 7th semester of high school may pick up an Application for Early Graduation from a school counselor. You must have completed all specific HHS graduation requirements and have earned 25 credits. Applications should be submitted to the school counselors as soon as possible, but no later than October 4th.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid- Opens October 1st

Documents for the FAFSA

  • Your Social Security Number

  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)

  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

SAT Testing

Juniors will be taking the SAT at HHS in April as part of state testing.

Students who would like to take the SAT on a national test date can register at

Study materials are available through Khan Academy:

ACT testing

For National Testing dates, registration deadlines and more information visit

Mark your calendar

Sept. 19th- FAFSA/ Financial Aid Parent Night

TBA- Resume Workshop (FTT)

Oct. 1st- FAFSA opens

Oct. 4th- Early Grad applications due

Oct. 10th- PSAT/NMSQT test

Oct. 26th- College Application Workshop- 7:30-11:30

Oct. 21st- SLU College Fair

Oct. 23rd- SIUE College Fair

Oct. 25th- FAFSA Workshop (6pm)

Highland High School Counselors

Students Last names A-He: Mrs. Amber Spaeth

Students Last names Hi-O: Mrs. Mary Jackson

Students Last names P-Z: Mrs. Carrie Lieberman