WHS Student Services

April 2018

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Welcome to the Wheeling High School Student Services newsletter! Here you will find updates on what has been going on in Student Services, what is coming up, important dates to look out for, and other useful information for you from the Student Services department. Thanks!

What's Happening?

Student Services has been busy with College and Career Fairs, College Visits, and meeting with students around social emotional learning and post-secondary planning. On April 5th, WHS hosted a College Symposium during the school day in the Field House. The various career pathways from Harper and Oakton, military, and over 30 colleges and universities were represented. Students had the opportunity to meet representatives, obtain information, and ask questions.

Counselors pushed into Freshman Biology classes on April 17th and 18th to speak about D214 pathways and Harper Promise. There were also discussions led about empathy and creating a safe and supportive school community.

Please Note...

On Saturday, May 19th, 7:30am-11:30am, WHS will be hosting the Class of 2022 Residency Verification and Fee Waiver Day in the main hallway. It will also be Fee Waiver Day for the Class of 2021, 2020, and 2019 in the library.

On June 4th, the Fall registration portal will open, and June 6th will be the first day that fee waivers will be processed in the Main Office. Waivers will only be processed on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30am-3:00pm. The Main Office Summer Hours are 7:30am-3:00pm. More information about these events will be mailed home.

Further, student schedules for the 2018-2019 school year will be available to students via Infinite Campus on August 4th provided students are registered, in medical compliance, and have no outstanding school fines. Counselors will make changes to schedules starting on Monday, August 6th.

College Updates

Freshmen, Sophomore, and Juniors were invited to a special STEM panel that took place at WHS in the theater on April 3rd. Students had an opportunity to listen to representatives from Michigan Technological University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, and Iowa State University about their programs and opportunities for students who choose a career in STEM.

High School District 214's College Fair took place on Tuesday, April 10th at the Forest View Educational Center. More than 225 colleges were available to provide information about course offerings, college life, admission and financial aid. This annual college fair was a great opportunity for District 214 students and their families to learn about their postsecondary options and build a college list.

Freshmen, Sophomore, and Juniors attended a college trip to Eastern Illinois University on April 16th. Students were able to tour the campus, hear a welcome presentation from Dr. Glassman, EIU President, and visit with various academic departments.

In addition, a group of Juniors visited Lewis and Loyola Universities on April 18th to gain knowledge about these schools' programs and majors.

Finally, the last FAFSA completion day for seniors was on April 19th. Representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) helped seniors file the FAFSA, check on their application status, and review financial aid packages from universities.

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Career Updates

Career treks offer a great way to explore an area of interest for future employment. WHS will be taking students to Harper College on April 27th to learn about careers in public safety. Manufacturing offers some great opportunities for employment and WHS had some very cool manufacturing awareness opportunities. On April 18th, the Golden Corridor Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and the Technology and Manufacturing Association hosted a Career Fair for students and parents.

On April 24th, Swiss Precision Machining hosted a table during WHS lunch periods to educate students about the outlook for manufacturing and what employers are looking for. On April 26th, an outside training institute on advanced manufacturing and quality control will also be hosting a table during WHS lunches.

As we narrow down career cluster interest areas together, it is suggested that students do some home-exploring about specific careers. An interest survey is available for students on the Career Cruising website. Come by Student Services and ask for Ms. Czulno or send an email to mary.czulno@d214.org for permission slips, further information, and/or sign-in information for Career Cruising.

AVID Updates

College visits continue for our AVID students! Ms. Gil, Ms. Wanner, and Mr. Varela spent their Spring Break on the AVID Class of 2019 College Spring Break Tour. The trip included visits to Western Illinois University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Illinois- Springfield, Milliken University, Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, and University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign. A total of eight universities in three days!

Mrs. Mugler, Mrs. Rojas, and Ms. Wanner pushed into AVID classes on Friday, March 23rd for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and worked on a communication and teamwork activity with all of the classes. They were also in AVID classrooms for SEL on April 20th.

Mrs. Rojas took juniors and seniors to the Latino Senior Summit at Harper College on Friday, April 13th. This event was aimed to expose students to higher education and allow them to discuss opportunities for success.

AVID students continue to apply for and receive many great scholarships. Senior students are working towards making their final college decisions by Decision Day on May 1st!

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On April 13th, WHS took 16 Sophomores and Juniors to Forest View for a Career Panel Presentation and a Lunch & Learn. The purpose of this event was to expose students to various careers and the paths taken to achieve these careers. All schools in our district participated in this event. WHS had several D214 Alumni that also presented!

Display of Cultures

Display of Cultures is sponsored by Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation Club (SHADES) and was held on April 20th. The primary goal of this event was to help all students become respectful of the multitudes of cultures and people that they interact and will interact with. Display of Cultures aimed to teach students that differences in viewpoint and culture are to be cherished and appreciated rather than judged and feared.

This was a very special day for our students and staff as we embraced what makes WHS a great school- our diversity and acceptance! This day helped students to recognize the value of different types of people and embrace the best of each culture. During the day, the students had an opportunity to present their cultural traditions at the assigned tables for the entire school as well as perform during the show.

Over the Summer...

Summer school registration has begun! Morning classes are at Prospect High School and evening classes are at Hersey High School. First semester is scheduled for June 11th- June 28th, and the second semester is from July 9th- July 26th. Please see your counselor as soon as possible to register or register online on the Wheeling website!

The registration for the EL Summer Academy is also still underway. This is a great opportunity for all EL students to explore college and career options and engage in leadership experiences. Please click on the link below for further information and to register.

What's Next? Important Dates

  • May 19- Class of 2022 Residency Verification & Fee Waiver Day; Fee Waiver Day for Class of 2021, 2020 & 2019
  • May 27- Commencement
  • May 28- Memorial Day- No School
  • May 30- June 1- Final Exams
  • June 1- End of Fourth Quarter, Last Day of Classes
  • June 4- Fall Registration Portal Opens
  • June 6- Start of Fee Waiver processing in the Main Office
  • June 11- Summer School Begins
  • August 4- Student Schedules available on Infinite Campus
  • August 8- Freshman Parent Night
  • August 10- Freshman Orientation