School Counselor Update

Highland High School- September 2017


Quarter 1 midterm was September 8th- Parents should have received an email if your student had a D or F in any course at that time. Quarter 1 ends on Oct. 14th.

Semester grades are calculated and reported on a Student's Transcript.

Q1 (40%) + Q2 (40%) + Final Exam (20%)

If your student is struggling they should contact their teacher during Focused Tutor Time for additional support. If you are interested in hiring a tutor, please contact a school counselor for a list of tutors. You can access current grades by checking PowerSchool or contacting teachers via email.

Financial Aid/ FAFSA Parent Night

Wednesday, Sep. 20th, 6:30pm

12760 Troxler Avenue

Highland, IL

The Illinois Assistance Commission will be presenting about the financial aid process and FAFSA. School Counselors will also discuss local scholarship opportunities.

The FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid now opens on Oct. 1st. All seniors who plan to attend college fall of 2018 need to complete this online at

College Visits and search

Columbus Day and Parent Teacher Conferences are great days to get on campus without missing school. Juniors and Seniors get 2 total college days to visit that won't count towards final exams.

Can't make it to campus? Don't know which campus to visit? Start your college search at a college fair or utilize Act profile. is a great tool for college and career exploration. Students who create an account can complete interest inventories, search majors, college and compare schools. Students who create accounts are also encourage to "Connect" with their HHS Counselor.

SIUE College Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 6-7:30pm

1 Hairpin Drive

Edwardsville, IL

Register before the fair with this makes sharing contact information with potential schools easy and efficient.

FAFSA help during P/T Conferences

Our ISAC representatives will be available during Parent Teacher Conferences if you need help with your FAFSA. They will be in our career center- just off the school counselors offices on Oct. 25th from 6pm - 7pm. Please feel free to stop in for help. Computer access will be available as well.

College Applications

Seniors, NOW is the time! You should be completing your College applications online now!!! Make sure to include all supporting documents. Don't wait! The earlier you apply the greater your chance is to receive Institutional Scholarship Money!

Use this link to request your transcript: Click on the red "Request a Transcript" button

Did you miss our parent night? Find the information on our website under Resources and Applying for College:

SLU NACAC College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 1-4pm

1 North Grand

Saint Louis, MO

Early Graduation

Any senior who is planning to apply to graduate at the end of his/her 7th semester of high school may pick up an Application for Early Graduation from a school counselor. You must have completed all specific HHS graduation requirements and have earned 25 credits. Applications should be submitted to the school counselors as soon as possible, but no later than October 5th.

SAT Testing

Juniors will be taking the SAT at HHS in April as part of state testing.

Students who would like to take the SAT on a national test date can register at

Study materials are available through Khan Academy:

ACT testing

For National Testing dates, registration deadlines and more information visit

Mark your calendar

Sept. 20th- FAFSA/ Financial Aid Parent Night

Sept. 22nd- Resume Workshop (FTT)

Oct. 1st- FAFSA opens

Oct. 5th- Early Grad applications due

Oct. 11th- PSAT/NMSQT test

Oct. 20th- College Application Workshop- 5th hour

Oct. 22nd- SLU College Fair

Oct. 24th- SIUE College Fair

Oct. 25th- FAFSA Workshop (6pm)

Highland High School Counselors

Students Last names A-He: Mrs. Amber Spaeth

Students Last names Hi-O: Mrs. Mary Jackson

Students Last names P-Z: Mrs. Carrie Lieberman