School Counselor Update

Highland High School- Summer 2019

2019 2020 Events

  • July 1-22- Online Registration
  • August 5-Ambassador's training at HHS
  • August 6- Freshman Day 9:30-11:15am HHS
  • August 7 & 8- Semester 1 schedules available
  • August 13 - Back to School Open House
  • August 14- 1st day of school
  • August 27- College and Career Planning Parent Night 6:30pm
  • September TBD - ASVAB (Military Aptitude) Testing
  • September 6- Club Day- all lunches
  • September 18- Financial Aid/ FAFSA Overview Presentation 6:30pm
  • October 1- FAFSA application opens
  • October 16- PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors
  • October 20- SLU College Fair
  • October 22- SIUE College Fair
  • October/November TBD- ISAC available for 1on1 FAFSA help

Caseload changes for the fall

Due to a shift in student population, School Counselor Caseloads will be changing for the 2019-2020 School year. We will be working together to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Mrs. Amber Spaeth: Last Names A-G

Mrs. Mary Jackson: Last Names H-M

Mrs. Carrie Lieberman: Last Names: N-Z

ID and School pictures

Tuesday, July 9, 8 AM – 3 PM and Tuesday, July 23, 8 AM – 3 PM and 5 PM – 8PM. Voegele Studio will take pictures at Highland Middle School.

There’s no cost for pictures, but if you’d like to purchase copies, a form is on the high school’s webpage:

Students need a current picture for their student ID.

If you have questions, you can reach Voegele Studio at 654-7291.

Cardiac Screening

The Greg Holthaus Memorial Fund is honored to partner with mCORE and Anderson Hospital to provide cardiac screenings and education to area youth ages 12-22. Screenings will be conducted:

Dates: Tuesday & Wednesday, June 11th & 12th

Times: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day

Location: Olde Wicks Factory (1100 5th Ave., Highland, IL 62249)

Cost: $34 (Normally $75. The Greg Holthaus Memorial fund is covering the remaining costs – 34 was Greg’s jersey #)

2019 Semester 1 Schedules

Due to online registration, students may pick up their class schedule in the High School Office on August 7th and 8th from 8:00am-3:00pm. Schedules will be available online through PowerSchool on August 9th. Students needing to make schedule changes can schedule an appointment for August 9th or see their school counselor the first two days of school. Changes can only be made if a student did not request the scheduled course. Level changes require approval from teacher and parent.

College and Career Parent Night

On August 27th, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:00pm counselors will present on the college admission process and career opportunities. A panel of admission representatives and industry leaders will provide tips to help parents navigate successfully through this process. This parent night is designed primarily for Junior and Senior parents but all parents are welcome.

Transcripts- Class of 2020

College bound seniors will be requesting transcripts for both college and scholarship applications. We must have parental/guardian consent in order to release student transcripts and standardized test scores. Please look for the opportunity to provide consent when you are completing the online registration process in July.

Official transcripts may be withheld until all financial obligations to the district are satisfied. Transcripts will be sent electronically through parchment and can be requested online using this link:

Financial Aid night- FAFSA and more

HHS will be hosting a Financial Aid Night on Wed. September 18th at 6:30pm. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about completing the FAFSA, grants, work study and scholarship opportunities available to students.

Our ISAC representative will also be available in Late October/ Early November in our Career Center to help students/parents complete their FAFSA online.

College Fairs

College fairs are a great opportunity for students at all grade levels to start researching and planning for life after high school. You can obtain information from a variety of colleges and programs all at one time. College representatives will also visit during lunch throughout the school year.

The Fall Regional College Fair will be held at SIUE on Tuesday October 22nd, 2019 from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

The National College Fair will be held at SLU on Sunday October 20th, 2019 from 1-4pm.

The Spring Regional College Fair will be held at SWIC on Sunday February 23rd, 2020 from 1:30-3:30pm.

For tips on making the most of your college fair visit check out:

State SAT Scores

Juniors: Scores from your April School day SAT test are available via your collegeboard account:

Please see your school counselor in the fall if you need your test registration number to access those scores. If you are still having trouble accessing your scores, please contact the SAT student hotline at 1-866-756-7346.

Students may chose to retake the SAT on a National Test date. Registration information can be found in a student's college board account.

PSAT/NMSQT- Juniors only

The fall administration of the PSAT is a practice SAT test that can also qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship. The score is not used for college admission purposes. It is highly recommended that any junior in the top 10% take the test for scholarship qualifying purposes. The test is given at HHS on Wed. October 16, 2019. The cost of the PSAT/NMSQT is $22.00. Students may sign up in September to take this test. Registration deadline is September 7th.

PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 Scores

Freshman and Sophomores: Your PSAT 8/9 or PSAT 10 scores are available through your College Board account at

If you do not have an account, you can create one and use the Score Matching Tool. If you need a copy of your registration number, please contact your school counselor in the fall. If you need additional assistance, contact the College Board's help line at 866-315-6068.

Dual Credit- SWIC and/or SLU

Students have the opportunity to take high school courses and receive college credit through Southwestern Illinois College and St. Louis University. This is a great first step to receiving tuition free college credit while still in high school. Credit for these classes is given by the college at the end of the student's senior year. Students will work with the dual credit coordinator and their teacher to register. Some courses may involve fees. Students will need to request their transcript be sent to their university after graduation. School Counselors will share this information with them during their senior exit interview.

AP Scores

AP scores will be posted online only in July. Students may set up their college board account at anytime on

*It's best to provide the same information on your College Board account and each AP answer sheet.

*You will need your AP number from your student pack and the card you received during "bubble in" to receive this year's scores.

ACT National Test and Profile

National ACT test

Sign up online:

ACT Profile delivers powerful, personalized insights to inform individuals as they navigate through life's key decision points. Students are encouraged to utilize the act profile to help with their college search. Answers to your interest inventory can help you decide where to start.

Summer Break

The School Counselors are out of the office for the summer. They will return in August. Please contact them at that time with questions.

HHS School Counselors

Mrs. Amber Spaeth- Student's Last Names: A-G

Mrs. Mary Jackson- Student's Last Names: H-M

Mrs. Carrie Lieberman- Student's Last Names: N-Z