VHS Student Services Newsletter

September 2022

Hello Viking Families

The Student Services team is excited to share with you our monthly newsletters for the 2022-2023 academic year! As we continue to look for ways to share important information with our Viking Family, we hope that this newsletter assists you throughout the school year. Our school counselors and social workers look forward to bringing you the latest and greatest from graduation information to college and career highlights. Any questions on what you find here? Please see our contact information at the bottom!
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Seniors - College Application Season

Attention Seniors! As your Fall Meetings are concluding, we wanted to share a few reminders...

  • Don't forget to review your Senior Fall Packet - information on the college application process is in there! Remember, students/parents are responsible for deadlines on applications, scholarships, NCAA requirements, and your individual college's requirements.
  • Make sure to thoroughly research each of your prospective colleges' requirements - all schools are different.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to request transcripts, recommendation letters, or submitting any application materials - deadline for most is November 1st, so you should aim to have all items submitted 2 weeks prior to this date - October 15th
  • High school graduation comes first! Remember to review your graduation requirements, make sure you are on track, and keep your grades up. Colleges will eventually see your final transcripts.
  • Make sure to watch all video links/steps to the Common App & Naviance parts of your application from your counselor. Many of your questions can be answered by first reviewing these important items.
  • Don't forget scholarships! You can start applying for national scholarships now on Naviance, but most local scholarships will open at the end of January.

Helpful Links:

Sending SAT Scores to Colleges:


Sending AP Scores to Colleges:


Sending ACT Scores to Colleges:


Application Video:

Transcript Video: https://www.screencast.com/t/Eibj9gqU

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Juniors - Fall Meeting Information

Attention all juniors - your Fall Meeting will be occurring later this month with your assigned counselor. Please look out for a pass and make sure to stop by during your assigned time! We will be reviewing your graduation requirements, SAT information and post-secondary plans.
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If you are interested in taking the SAT or ACT at VHS, please register at the below links:

SAT - October 1st - https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/sat/registration

ACT - October 22nd - https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html

Military Night @ VHS - October 20th

Please save the date for Military Night which will be held in the VHS cafeteria on October 20th. The event will begin at 5:30 pm. Representatives from the Army, Navy, and Marines will be at the event to answer questions for parents and students regarding the careers, scholarships, and programs available in the armed services.

ASVAB Information

The ASVAB will be given on October 14th for seniors needing to complete Box 3 of the Graduation Pathway requirements. A score of 31 is needed for a passing score. Students can utilize the free Army ASVAB app to study for the test by downloading it. In addition, students can take practice tests to prepare themselves at Asvabtutor.com. Also, the website www.march2success.com is an interactive online test preparation system that can be utilized as well for review. Please check your email and Canvas for upcoming test information!
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Attention Seniors! Applications for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are now in your Naviance account under "Scholarship Search". Your responses must be typed, and all materials must be printed and turned in person to Student Services by September 12th at 3pm. Late applications after 3pm on that date and email submissions will NOT be accepted. If you have any questions, please reach out to your counselor.

Scholarships Available on Naviance:

  • No Essay Smart Owl Scholarship... due 09.29
  • Don Quijote Scholarship... due 09.30
  • Make a Difference Scholarship... due 09.30

*Applicants are solely responsible for the directions listed for each scholarship!

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Scholarship Fair @ IUN - October 18th

Register at this link: https://www.infinitescholar.org/student-registration

*Under the "Scholarship Fair you plan to Attend", select Gary, IN October 18, 2022

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Dual Credit Information

Attention Dual Credit Students: Purdue University Northwest will be here to assist our CEP (Concurrent Enrollment Program) students to activate their accounts, assist them in setting up their Boilerkey, walk them through the myPNW student portal, and go through the pros and cons of concurrent enrollment.

Representatives from PNW will be in Ms. Sparks' classroom all day on Monday, October 3, so please make sure you have your device with you so you may participate in this essential program.

This is for students taking dual credit courses in the following classes: Spanish III, Spanish IV Honors, Spanish V, Calculus with Ms. Coffin, and US History.

Questions? Contact us!


(A - CU) Mr. Dan McKibben - dmckibben@valpo.k12.in.us

(CV - HOL) Mrs. Jessica Kus - jkus@valpo.k12.in.us

(HOM - MILK) Mrs. Sarah Deakin - sdeakin@valpo.k12.in.us

(MILL - SCHV) Mrs. Tori McCaleb - tMcCaleb@valpo.k12.in.us

(SCHW - Z) Mrs. Kari Owney - kowney@valpo.k12.in.us

(V.A.L.E. Students) Ms. Gordana Sormaz - gsormaz@valpo.k12.in.us


(A-L) Ms. Natalie Miller - nmiller@valpo.k12.in.us

(M-Z) Mrs. Jody Kristoff - jkristoff@valpo.k12.in.us