11th Grade Updates SEPTEMBER

CHS Counseling Office

College Prep

It's time to start thinking about college! We know that not all students are planning to attend college, so look for future newsletters about other post-secondary options. However, if your student is thinking about going to college after high school, now is the time to start planning!

This process can feel overwhelming, and sometimes families don't know where to start. One great resource to check out is Naviance. Students can fill out surveys to learn more about their career interests and personality as well as begin the college search.

Visit https://student.naviance.com/chestertonshs to check out all that Naviance has to offer and choose "Sign On With Clever".

You can consider visiting a college or university when you are traveling. This is a great way to start the college process. It will give your student a chance to imagine what it might feel like to go away to school.

If your student plays sports, please familiarize yourself with the NCAA and NAIA athletic recruiting requirements.

Study Skills and Homework Help

We offer a variety of resources for students to utilize before and during the school day if they need help with their coursework. Students can reach out to their teachers directly to arrange a time for extra help, either before school or during SRT. We also have a tutor lab where students can go and get assistance.

There are a number of online resources that are helpful to families and students.

PSAT Coming Soon!

Students will take the PSAT in October. Strong test scores as a junior may qualify your student for academic honors, including National Merit as well as programs and recruitment for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, rural, first-generation and low-income students.

Also, your student can link their College Board Account with Khan Academy to get a personalized study plan! This is an excellent resource for students, it can give them tutorials in areas where they need to improve. Have your student log into their College Board account to link it with Khan Academy.

Linking College Board with Khan Academy


Most students who are thinking about attending college take either the SAT or the ACT. Some schools are now "test-optional" and it can be confusing navigating all of this information. Here's a very useful guide that can help you and your student learn more about college entrance exams.

Compass Guide to Admissions Testing

Your student can register to take the SAT and the ACT by clicking the links below. Juniors will take the SAT at CHS this year during the school year.



College Rep Visits

The Counseling Office at CHS regularly hosts college admissions reps as well as recruiters from each branch of the military. Students can sign up to attend college rep visits by logging into Naviance. In Naviance choose Colleges-then in the drop-down list and choose College Visits. You can see which schools are coming to CHS and register to attend. Don't forget to come to the counseling office to pick up a pass to attend the meetings.

College Fairs

Purdue Northwest is hosting 2 college fairs this fall. They will host one on Thursday, September 16th at their Hammond Campus and another on Tuesday, October 5 at their Westville campus. More than 60 colleges and universities will be represented at these college fairs! Click here to learn more about the College Fairs.

Social Media Tips

Young people really enjoy social media, however it is important to remember that anything that is posted online can never truly be deleted. It isn't common, but colleges and universities have been known to rescind admissions offers if students have posted questionable or offensive material on their social media accounts. One good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn't want your grandmother to see it, don't post it!

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This can be a difficult topic to discuss, but it is an important one. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth in the state of Indiana. Approximately one in five high school students have thoughts about suicide and nationwide one out of every eleven high school students have made a suicide attempt in the past twelve months.

To learn more, please visit the following websites.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide

School Counseling Office Staff

Mrs. Jenni Smoker-Office Manager jesmoker@duneland.k12.in.us

Mrs. Jill Balcerak-Registrar jbalcerak@duneland.k12.in.us

School Counselors

Get Involved!

Get involved in a couple of clubs, sports or other extracurricular activities either at your school or in your local community. Keep track of your engagement over time on this simple spreadsheet.

Check out the many clubs and sports offered at CHS! If you can't find a club that you are interested in, consider starting one!