PHS Guidance & College and Careers

November Updates

Important Dates Coming Up!

College Acceptance Letter Project

PHS Seniors! We will continue the "College Acceptance Letter Project" tradition this year! What does that mean for you? Read on to learn more.

Have you started to receive acceptance letters yet? Bring them into Guidance & we will make a copy and remove your personal information so it is not shared. These acceptance letters will make up the outline of "2017" in the lunch room on the Senior side!

Please note: these acceptance letters do NOT need to be ONLY from the school you think you will attend, but instead ALL acceptance letters. We will also be taking letters or documentation if your plan is to go into the military or start a full-time job. Anything that shows confirmed opportunities after high school.

Let's fill the Senior side of the lunch room with the opportunities for 2017 PHS Graduates!
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Plainfield High School was bustling on October 19th when all those in grades 9-12 engaged in activities geared towards preparing them for life after high school. This day, which has been dedicated to administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders, expanded it’s programming for 9th and 12th graders. We had 847 students who took the PSAT.

Freshmen heard from representatives from Butler, Franklin, IU, IUPUI and Ivy Tech on topics ranging from how to prepare for applications to what to expect once on campus. College majors and how to prepare for them were also covered. Next up, they heard from local business leaders from Duke Energy, Eli Lilly, WalMart e-Commerce, Hendricks Regional Health and the Area 31Vocational Career Center. The business leaders talked about careers, how to work towards long-term career goals, skills needed for today’s hottest jobs and many more topics.

After getting the students excited about what comes after high school, freshman met with their school counselors to review their 4-year course plans and look at the necessary steps to accomplish their goals. PHS Seniors selected from three options to explore or confirm their post-secondary plan. They spent the day either visiting a college campus, completing a job shadow experience, or taking the ASVAB Career Assessment.

Following lunch, when upper-classmen had completed the PSAT, all students took part in two convocations. One featured someone from the Department of Justice, who prosecutes crimes that include anything involving a cellphone or the Internet. The other convocation featured Indianapolis Colts spokesperson Josh Bliell, a former Marine who lost both legs during active duty. Bliell now speaks to groups about overcoming hardships and disappointment and finding the positive in difficult situations.

Based on the day’s success, “Preparing for College & Careers Day at PHS” will likely become an annual event for the high school!
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ZAPS Online Test Prep

ZAPS is now offering online test prep sessions for the ACT and PSAT/SAT! Numerous test prep dates are available now throughout December. This is a great opportunity for students to receive strategies for enhancing their test-taking skills and improve their scores on college entrance exams.

College Goal Sunday Dates Have Been Set!

ISFAA’s College Goal Sunday 2017 leadership team is pleased to announce that the 28th annual event in Indiana will take place on November 13, 2016 AND February 12, 2017! At locations all across Indiana, financial aid experts will once again give free FAFSA filing help to students and families!

The best way to stay connected with College Goal Sunday Indiana is to check its website (, follow on Twitter (, and like on Facebook (

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Plainfield High School will host the ACT on December 10th. Students can register for the ACT at Registration deadling is November 4th.

Students can register for the SAT at

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Grade Level Meetings

Counselors have met with all Freshmen and Seniors to touch base with each student individually about this academic school year. This week Counselors have started meeting with the Sophomores and Juniors.

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Keep Informed via Naviance!

Students and parents are encouraged to log-in to Naviance regularly to stay up-to-date on important updates and reminders from the guidance office. In addition to various college and career resources, current scholarship opportunities, college rep presentations, as well as college preview days are provided are Naviance.

For students, your Naviance username is your student ID number, and your password is your 8-digit birthday. Parents logging into Naviance for the first time must enter a registration code to create an account and gain access to the site. For parents with only one student at PHS, your registration code is your student’s PHS student ID number. For parents with two or more students at PHS, your registration code is your 10-digit home telephone number (including area code). Please contact the guidance office with additional questions/concerns regarding Naviance.

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Mrs. Spillane - Out of Office

As some of you may know, Mrs. Spillane will be on maternity leave very soon until the beginning of February. While she is out of the office, please contact your school counselor with any questions you may have about college applications, scholarships, financial aid, military resources, career exploration, etc. She will notify students and families upon her return, and she looks forward to helping support PHS students and families as they prepare for life after high school!