School Counselor Update

March 2018- Highland High School

American Welding Society Show

March 22, 2018- 5:30-8:30pm

The Hill Bax Technical Center- CEE KAY SUPPLY

5835 Manchester Ave- St. Louis, Mo 63110

The American Welding Society- St. Louis Section's Mini-Weld Show has become an important AWS technical function. This event promotes the science of welding technology, showcasing the latest equipment, safety apparel and post weld testing equipment, plasma cutting, laser welding, positioning equipment and mechanical cutting systems. Factory representatives will be on hand to provide live demos and expertise. For more info:

They also offer scholarships. For more info:

SAT Testing- Juniors

All HHS Juniors will take the SAT with Essay at school on Tues. April 10th as part of State testing. Students will complete the pre-bubble in sometime in late March. During this time they will designate where their scores should be sent (Universities, NCAA, Military, etc.)

Testing will start at 7:40 and end at approximately 1pm.

For more information about the SAT:

Practice tests and material is available free of charge at

Be sure to get a good night's sleep and eat a filling breakfast to best prepare yourself for a good testing experience. More information will be coming out from Dr. Gauen soon.

PSAT Testing- Freshman and Sophomores

All HHS Freshman and Sophomores will take the PSAT on Tues. April 10th. This will serve as a practice SAT test.

Testing will start at 7:40am. For more information visit:

More information will be coming home from Dr. Gauen soon.


Seniors and Juniors: Lots of free $$ is available for you. Please be sure to check our scholarship databases for information- apply early and often. We have many local groups and agencies that want to help ALL types of our students.

Seniors access the database here:

Junior level opportunities:

Remember also to send a Thank You note to those donors after you win.

AP Testing

Students who signed up and paid fees will be completing tests for Advanced Placement Courses May 7-11 and May 14-18. Final payment is due April 6th.

Be sure to contact potential college admission representatives to find out required transfer scores. You can also utilize College Board's AP credit policy Search at:

Registration Update

In late April, Counselors hope to meet with current juniors to finalize their schedules for senior year.

All other students will receive a class list this summer. Schedule changes will occur the first three days of school. Changes can only be made if a student did not request the scheduled course. Level changes require approval from teacher and parent.

SWIC Dual Credit reminders

Students enrolled in Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications or Statistics can earn dual credit at SWIC as long as they pass the appropriate portions of the ACCUPLACER test or receive the required SAT/ACT score.

ACCUPLACER testing will be offered to students requesting these courses for the 2018-2019 school year on March 27 and 28. Students must complete a New Student Enrollment form to obtain a SWIC ID in order to test. *Counselors will be meeting with students to help them complete this.

Practice test information can be found at

Senior Exit Meetings Coming Soon

Counselors will be meeting with Seniors in groups for senior exit meetings. During this meeting students will be completing a form letting us know their future plans. They will also complete a final transcript request.

Students who have taken a dual credit course will receive information on how to request a SWIC or SLU transcript

Final transcripts will be sent out as soon as grades are finalized, posted and transcripts are processed. This is typically completed by June 15th.

Summer- A Great Time to Visit Colleges

Students at every grade level should utilize summer months to focus on career and college searching. Summer is a great time to visit campuses and meet with admission representatives to get questions answered so decisions can be made during the Fall of Senior year. For more information about career and college opportunities utilize

Set up a free account and "connect" with your HHS Counselor.

Summer School

Typically we offer English during the summer for credit recovery only. Driver's Ed is also usually offered the month of June. More information regarding dates, fees and registration will be posted on the HHS Website. Please check often for the latest information.

ACT testing

The ACT test is no longer given during the school day. Students who wish to take the test on a National test date must sign up online at and pay the registration fee.

Many students choose to take a June test. Sign up early to secure a seat. Registration is due by May 4.

If you can't afford the registration fee for the ACT or ACT with writing, you may be eligible for an ACT fee waiver. See your school counselor for additional information.

Mark your calendar:

March 9- End of Q3

March 14- Donkey Basketball

March - SAT pre- "Bubble in" meetings

March 22- Mini- Weld Show

March 27-28- Dual Credit ACCUPLACER testing

April 10- State SAT testing (juniors)

April 10- PSAT testing (freshman and sophomores)

April 13- Q4 Midterm

April 28- Prom

HHS School Counselors

Mrs. Amber Spaeth- last names A-He

Mrs. Mary Jackson- last names Hi-O

Mrs. Carrie Lieberman- last names P-Z