School Counselor Update

Highland High School- April 2021

State SAT Testing- ALL Juniors-April 13th

ALL HHS Juniors must report in person on April 13th at 7:30am for the State Mandated SAT test.

This is a graduation requirement.

Room assignments are posted on the School Counseling Office Windows. Students should have completed a pre-bubble in with demographic information and selected up to 4 colleges to send their score report.

All other students have a college/career day.

Illinois State Science Assessment- ISA- Juniors

Testing will occur on April 29th.

This is a computer based science test.

Junior testing will occur in the science hallway. Seniors will not attend school- they have a college/ career day. Freshman and Sophomores will attend the regular school day (Red hours: 1, 2, 6 and 7).


The ISA aligns with our new Illinois Learning Standards in science. This assessment helps families understand how well students are performing academically and see whether they are on track to succeed in college. The ISA represents Illinois’ commitment to preparing all students for college and careers, including in the high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The assessment also satisfies federal accountability requirements.

Senior Decision Day- Education, Employment, Enlistment- April 30th

Help us celebrate everyone's future plans- career, college, academic, athletic, apprenticeships, enlistment or employment! There will be photo opportunities at school so wear your college t-shirt, bring your American flag, army boots, hard hat or whatever you can find to creatively announce your plans on April 30th. We are so proud of you and want to celebrate.

Photos can also be emailed to Mr. Houchins- chouchins@highlandcusd5.org prior to be posted on our schools facebook page. Share your own on social media and use #CollegeSigningDay

Senior Exit Meetings

Seniors can request FREE final transcripts through their parchment accounts until July 31. Beginning August 1 they will be charged a nominal fee.


School Counselors will meet with Seniors the end of April to complete their exit interview surveys. At this meeting seniors report plans for after high school and request final transcripts. Information will also be "assigned" in Google Classroom. Dual credit students will need to request SWIC and/or SLU transcripts directly from them as well.


Any remote student who wishes to have a Google Meet needs to reach out to their counselor for an appointment.

Scholarships

Thousands of scholarship dollars are awarded in April and May. Winners are reminded to take a minute to hand write a Thank You note to those scholarship committees and sponsors. HHS students are extremely lucky to have a supportive community that values the diversity in our student population- there is money available to everyone. If you need help on what to write please email your school counselor.


Still looking for scholarship money? Check out the scholarship database on the counseling department of our website:

https://sites.google.com/highlandcusd5.org/hhs-school-counselors/scholarships

Summer School Info

Driver's Education and English summer school will be held in person.

Students who are interested in Driver's Education must turn 15 on or before 07/01/21. Seating is limited.

English is a great opportunity for students who need to recover credit.

Registration information will be available on the HHS website as soon as everything is finalized. Watch for emails, social media posts and the school website for updated info:

https://www.highlandcusd5.org/o/highland-high-school

AP Testing

AP testing is the first two weeks of May.


Curious how your credit will transfer? Check out: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/getting-credit-placement/search-policies

Registration for 2021-2022

Counselors are working to finalize student schedules for next year. Current juniors will meet 1 on 1 with their counselor later this month to finalize senior schedules.


All other students will receive their schedule in August. Schedule changes will ONLY occur the first three 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.

HHS CEEB Code for ACT or SAT: 142265

Illinois Career Information System

https://ilcis.intocareers.org is a great website to start your career and college search.

1. Select the IL Resident Folder on the bottom right

2. Click "CIS HS/COLLEGE"

2. Enter your city and zipcode under IL residents

3. Hover over the "Assessments" folder and use any of the tools under "how do my interests relate to occupations" on the right hand side


There are a lot of fun tools including a reality check and skills inventories available on this website.

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


Google Classroom Join Codes:

Class of 2021: fc4icnr

Class of 2022: lpqojct

Class of 2023: bg6tct6

Class of 2024: odm7j3e

Class of 2025: kbh6n4g