Counseling Connection

May 4th 2020

In a time of such uncertainty we want to make sure you stay informed and connected to Plano High School. We will continue to update you with information and resources as they become available. Please feel free to reach out to any of our team members if needed and we will do our best to answer any questions or point you in the right direction to have your questions answered!

PHS Student Services Team

School Counselor - Mrs. Elgersma (A-K):; 630-552-3178 ext. 7508

School Counselor - Ms. Voise (L-Z):; 630-552-3178 ext. 7504

School Social Worker - Ms. DeGarmo (A-K):; 630-552-3178 ext. 7506

School Social Worker - Ms. Pierson (L-Z):; 630-552-3178 ext. 7510

School Psychologist - Mrs. Still:; 630-552-3178 ext. 7512

Assistant Principal for Student Services - Mrs. Adelmann:; 630-552-3178 ext. 7507

Director of Special Education at PHS - Kari Pyle:; 630-552-3178

ISAC College Coach - Ms. Gutierrez:; 630-946-3688

GRIT Counselor - Mrs. Easely; 630-552-3178


Facebook: PHS School Counselors AND Plano 88

Instagram: Plano High School Counselors @phs_counselors

Twitter: Plano C.U.S.D. #88 @PlanoCUSD88 AND Plano HS Counselors @PHS_Counselors

Download the Plano 88 App from the Apple App store OR get the app on Google Play. See the District website for more information!

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Be The Light!

PHS honored our Seniors this week by joining the "Be The Light" movement.

PHS honored our class of 2020, first responders & essential workers this past Friday Night. This was a sign of support and recognition for our seniors, first responders, and all essential workers.

Breakfast/Lunch Distribution Days and Times!

Free breakfast and lunches will be distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30am - 12:30pm at Emily G Johns and Plano Middle School. Students will receive 2 breakfasts and lunches on Monday and 3 on Wednesday.

IMPORTANT SAT Exams and AP Exams Updates:

  • All current Juniors are still required to take the SAT. The SAT that was going to be offered during the school day at Plano High School on Tuesday, April 14th is CANCELED. Juniors will now be testing in the fall of their senior year (the 20-21 school year). Specific date TBD!

  • The May 2, 2020 SAT test has been cancelled. Registered students will be refunded.

  • A new SAT Test date has been added in September. Students may register for the SAT for Saturday, September 26th. (This will not be administered at PHS. Students will select their own testing location).

  • Free remote/online resources are available for those students planning on taking AP exams in May.

  • Students scheduled to take an AP exam can choose to take their AP Exams at home either during the May 11-22 window OR the June 1-5 window. Please contact Mr. Denny ( with specific AP questions.

Updates: Computer Science Principles Course

This year, there will be no end-of-year multiple-choice exam in Computer Science Principles—your AP score will be computed from the Create and Explore performance tasks only. The scoring guidelines for the performance tasks are the same as the 2019 scoring guidelines

The Create and Explore performance tasks should be submitted to Ms. Chavez by May 20th!

For more information, please visit AP CSP Coronavirus Update link or email Ms. Chavez at

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Call 4 Calm Mental Health Resource

A new, free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, is now available for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division launched the hotline, which connects people with the mental health services and other support systems they need.

Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 552020 to connect with a counselor. The service is also available in Spanish by texting “HABLAR” to the same number.

Student Services Support for Students and Families

Attached are resources from your Student Services Team during this time away from school. Please feel free to contact us with any questions after reviewing this information.

Student Services Support

Community Resources

Comcast is offering FREE internet! Please go here for more information.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1800-273-TALK OR Text CONNECT to 741741

Free 24/7 Confidential National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1800-799-7233


Kendall County Health Department - 811 West John St., Yorkville - 630-553-9100

Linden Oaks at Edward Hospital - 801 South Washington St., Naperville - 630-305-5500 or 630-305-5027

Mercy Behavioral Health - 1325 North Highland Ave., Aurora - 630-801-2657

Joi Counseling Center - 674 Veterans Parkway Suite D, Yorkville - 630-553-9686

SASS - 22 South Spring Street, Elgin - 847-695-3680

Centennial Counseling - 106 Countryside Parkway, Yorkville - 630-553-9686 OR Centennial Counseling at 1 County Line Rd, Sandwich - 815-786-8606

Family Counseling Services - 70 South River Street #2, Aurora - 630-844-2662

Suicide Prevention Services - 528 South Batavia Avenue #1, Batavia - 630-482-9696

What Parents Need to Know About: Zoom

With E-Learning in full swing here are some tips on helping your student(s) navigate Zoom safely and tips for parents as their student(s) accesses Zoom to interact with teachers, peers, etc. during this time away from school.

IVVC Remote Learning

IVVC Students - Please visit IVVC's Remote Learning Plan here to find your IVVC course work during this time away. All instructors have posted their plans and coursework required during this time.

If you have any questions please reach out to your IVVC instructor or contact Laura Edwards at IVVC ( OR 815-786-9873

ISAC College Coach

Our ISAC College Coach, Ms. Gutierrez, is still available to ALL of our students and families via email and phone. Please feel free to contact her during this time away from PHS.

Martha J Gutierrez

ISACorps Member (Waubonsee Community College)

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Phone number (630) 946-3688


Xello is still available to ALL students during this time. Xello is a great way to explore career pathways and plans for after high school. Students already have lessons assigned and can access their lessons, interest inventories, etc. from home.

Students can easily access Xello by logging in to their PowerSchool first. If you or your student have questions about Xello please feel free to reach out to their counselor via email.


Freshmen - Decision Making

Sophomores - Biases and Career Choices

Juniors - Explore Career Matches

Seniors - Work on Scholarships! There are a lot of scholarships due TODAY! Email the completed scholarships to your counselors!

In case you is how to log in to your Xello account!

In case you missed it...TikTok Tuesday!

Check out this TikTok Tuesday featuring our very own Mrs. V and her family!

Many Scholarships Still Available!!

2019-2020 Scholarships

If the scholarship says to turn in at the Main Office please Email your completed application (scan or take a picture) to your counselor!