School Counselor Update

Highland High School- February 2016

2016-2017 Registration Update

Counselors have been busy meeting with students to complete registration forms for the 2016-2017 school year. Next steps include: tally course request numbers, making staffing decisions and building next year's schedules. Students will receive their courses this summer. Current juniors will meet with school counselors one-on-one to finalize senior schedules in April. It's important that juniors research potential college admission requirements so we can ensure they will be enrolled in needed courses.

SWIC College Fair

Sunday, Feb. 28th, 1:30-3:30pm

2500 Carlyle Avenue

Belleville, IL

Looking for tips on making the most from the college fair? Check this out:

AP Exams

Students currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement Course may choose to take the exam. Each exam is $92.00. Sign up will begin the first week of February. Deadline to sign up including the first payment will be Friday, March 4th. All payments will be due Friday April 8th.

Be sure to research your college to see what score you need to qualify for credit there. Check out for more info.

Seniors: FAFSA- Financial Aid info

Now is the time for current seniors to be completing their FAFSA form. Once submitted this gives the colleges information and they should be sending information about financial aid packages. ALL students need to complete the FAFSA so the university can process scholarships and aid.

Complete the form online:

For help completing the form check out: or call 1-800-4FED-AID

$$$ Scholarships- Deadlines Approaching

There are lots of opportunities for students to get money to help pay for college. A scholarship database for those opportunities is available for seniors and a separate for juniors. These can be found on the counseling department webpage on the right hand side. Applications are available in the school counselors office or by clicking the link in the database. It is the STUDENT'S responsibility to research scholarships they are eligible for and complete the applications on time.

PSAT scores

PSAT/NMSQT scores and test booklets were distributed to students who participated in testing. We will find out which students are selected for the National Merit Scholarship Program in September. For additional information on what test scores mean or to set up an account visit:

ACT/SAT Testing for Juniors

At this time, the state of Illinois still has not made an announcement on statewide college admittance testing for our juniors. Typically our students have taken the ACT during the school day. Students may want to consider taking the ACT on a National Test date. They must sign up for a National Test date so scores are ready when students apply for college their senior year. For testing dates, registration deadlines, more information and to sign up visit

The deadline to register for the April 9th test is March 4th.

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.

We will let you know if Illinois offers the SAT to juniors at school.

ACT Profile- Class of 2017 and 2018 is a great tool for college and career exploration. Students who create an account can complete interest inventories, search majors, college and compare schools. Student who create accounts are also encourage to "Connect" with their HHS Counselor.

Class of 2017- Start researching college options so you are ready to apply at the beginning of your senior year.

PARCC Testing

At this time, student enrolled in all levels of English 2 and Geometry will be participating in the State PARCC testing. More information about test dates and times will be sent home from administration.

Meet School Counselor Last names: Po-Z: Mrs. Staci Brown

Mrs. Brown attended SIU-Edwardsville right after high school and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. After working several years in the accounting, banking, and customer service areas, she decided that she wanted a career that allowed her to make an impact on children and teenagers. She pursued a teaching certificate and then a Master's in School Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. She has worked at HCUSD for the past 10 years--one year as a school counselor at HMS and the rest as a school counselor at HHS. She has earned her National Board School Counselor Certification and is currently the Department Chair for Student Services. She enjoys working with students with their career and college choices and encouraging them to meet their goals. Mrs. Brown is married and has a son who is a senior at HHS.

HHS School Counselors

Sherry Thomas- last names A-G

Mary Jackson- last names H-Pl

Staci Brown- last names Po-Z

Amber Spaeth- Intern