Student Services: FALL 2020 News

A newsletter provided by Sandburg's Guidance Department

Table of Contents

.............Message from Guidance Director

.............Welcome to the Class of 2024

.............Senior News/College Information

.............Junior News

.............Sophomore News

.............Social-Emotional Resources from the Sandburg Social Workers/School Psychologists

A message from the Guidance Director, Mrs. Augustyniak

Welcome Back Eagles! The Sandburg Guidance Department would like to wish all students and families the very best as we navigate our new normal throughout the 2020-21 school year. Our department remains committed to supporting students and families during remote learning in areas including academic planning and college and career exploration, as well as providing timely resources to students when personal and social issues arise. We utilize a team model to support students throughout their time in high school. The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Teams ensure that all students have access to and receive the best services possible. I have included the link to our PPS Teams which identifies the counselor, dean and social worker that work collaboratively to support students so please do not hesitate to reach out at any time. The Sandburg Guidance Department will continue to communicate with our students and families throughout the school year using social media, CANVAS, REMIND, quarterly newsletters and our Guidance Department Webpage so be on the lookout for continually updated information. Everyone in the Sandburg Guidance Department looks forward to a great school year!


Release of Student Information

From time-to-time, military recruiters and postsecondary educational institutions request the names, telephone numbers and addresses of our high school students. The school must provide this information to the military unless the parent(s)/guardian(s) request that it not be disclosed without their prior written consent. If you do not want military recruiters or institutions of higher learning to be given your secondary school student’s name, address and telephone number, please email or send a letter to inform the Director of Guidance, Mrs. Michelle Augustyniak (


Welcome to Sandburg Freshman Overview

Advice for Freshmen:

  1. Get organized! Get a planner to keep track of your assignments and activities!
  2. Stay focused! Grades count for your future plans! Don’t put something off for another day!

  3. Get out of your comfort zone! Get involved, go to events, try out for a sport!

  4. Make connections! Make new friends, build relationships with your teachers, counselor, coaches and other staff members!

  5. Work hard! Do your best and you will have no regrets!



Your senior year of high school makes up a crucial piece in the college planning process. You’ll need to decide which colleges and universities to apply to, send in your applications, and explore financial aid and scholarship options. The following checklist will not only help you retain your academic good standing, but will also help you keep on top of college applications, standardized testing, and financial aid deadlines.


  • Your guidance counselor is here to help you navigate the college application process and will be reaching out to discuss your plans for life after high school.
  • Senior Information Packet & Senior College FAQ document
  • Finalize the list of colleges/universities you plan to apply to for the 2021-2022 school year..
  • Check admissions & application requirements through each college/university website.
  • D230 Fall Virtual College Admission Rep Visits- D230 Students (only) can sign up to virtually meet with a college admissions rep HERE!
  • Start applying to colleges through each school's website. Colleges will use their own application on their admissions website or they could use the Common application.

Helpful Websites:

  • EAGLECAST COLLEGE & CAREER PODCASTS - great database of podcast interviews with college admissions representatives.
  • College Snapshots -115 college admission representatives from all over the country that have visited Sandburg over the past few years filled out a 4 question survey providing key information about the college/university. This is a general reference document. Please verify any information listed here directly with the college/university by contacting them
  • BIG FUTURE "Finding your College Fit"
  • Chicago Area Regional College Admission Reps will be offering virtual lunch college visits starting Sept. 9th. Students need to pre-register to get the zoom links to attend these visits.
  • FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIP information- FAFSA opens October 1st, 2020
  • Conquering College Costs Video
  • NETPRICE Calculator
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission college application virtual workshop via Webex will be on Wednesday, September 16th from 9:00am to 9:30am (Link will be shared at later date)
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission Virtual Financial Aid night via Webex will be on Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00pm. (Link will be shared at a later date)

Junior News

Junior Year is the time to really begin to plan for your future! Along with continuing your academic success, college and career research becomes crucial when determining your post-secondary plans. Below you will find a checklist of things that will help you along the way. Counselors are here to help every step of the way!

  • Prepare for the SAT utilizing a variety of SAT Prep Options
  • NEPRIS is our new Career Research program. Information coming soon for all students.
  • Utilize BigFuture in order to begin creating a list of Colleges that fit your interests. Also, search Career Interests.
  • Attend Virtual College Visits before class or during lunch hours. This will help you gather admission information from colleges of your interest.
  • Interested in the Military? Take the ASVAB exam. Contact your Counselor or Branch Recruiter for more information.

Sophomore News

Welcome to Sophomore Year! This is a year of balance, healthy risk-taking, and continued academic milestones! Continue to keep an open communication with your teachers, give 100% to your course of study, and keep an open communication with your teachers and support staff. With Freshman Year in the books, it's time to discover your interests and passions outside of the classroom. We encourage you to find a club/sport/activity that you can pursue. In addition to getting involved, we strongly encourage you to check out community service opportunities.

Sophomore Information for 2020-2021


During times of uncertainty and stress you may find the below free APPs to be beneficial to you and your teen. These resources also help to promote a healthy lifestyle in general that we should all strive to achieve.