CG Counselor Update

September 2020


  • Naviance and Common App - Did you miss the College Planning and Application Zoom meeting? If you're applying to college, but you're not sure what needs to be done next, click HERE. You will need to use your D155 email and password to access the presentation. If you're using Common App this year, you might want to check out this guide. Counselors are always available if you have questions.

  • Credit checks - Are you set to graduate? Have all your credits? Computer and Consumer Ed? Need to double check? Counselors will be meeting with seniors this month to talk graduation and post-secondary plans. Schedule your appointment HERE.

  • Transcript Request - click HERE
  • College Rep Visits - click HERE
  • File FAFSA starting October 1 - click HERE

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

The Chicago National College Fair has been cancelled for this year, but the virtual fair can be the next best thing! Click HERE for dates and times of upcoming events.

Virtual College Exploration for Illinois Students

The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC) will be presenting the Virtual College Exploration Program for all Illinois students, September 15 - October 22. For more information, click HERE.

News from the College and Career Center

The College and Career Center will be hosting virtual college visits and informational sessions all semester. Weekly emails will be sent out with dates, descriptions, and Zoom links. This information can also be found on the College Visit Calendar which can be found on the CGHS website, or on Naviance. If you cannot attend a virtual visit that you are interested in, then please reach out to the college rep directly. Their information is on the College Visit Calendar, HERE.

September Presentations

MCC - Connect with McHenry County College...virtually! A representative from MCC will be presenting the most up-to-date information on the opportunities available at their school. Monday, September 14, 8:30 - 10:30am. Click HERE for the zoom link.

Small School / Large School Presentation - Augustana and University of Illinois will be discussing the benefits of attending institutions of their respective sizes. Wednesday, September 16, 1:30 - 3:30pm. Click HERE for the zoom link.


Don't forget, Friday Zoom sessions with Ms. Hayes! Need help with that college application? Stuck on a Common Application question? Just need to make sure you filled something out correctly? Ms. Hayes will be available every Friday between 8-3 pm, starting 9/4 through 10/9.

Click HERE for the link.

Meeting ID: 943 1091 7060

Passcode: COLLEGE

Should I Submit My Test Score?

Most colleges and universities are now test optional, at least for the fall of '21. If you're not sure what route to go, have your student meet with their counselor. If never hurts to talk to the college rep either. Colleges want to be able to admit students, so they won't steer you wrong. HERE is a recent article on test optional admissions.


Counselors are virtually meeting with freshmen during PE classes this week. We want to introduce ourselves and briefly discuss what our role will entail over the next four years. To view our Google slide, click HERE.

Social/Emotional Supports

As we continue to navigate the world of remote learning, we want you, parents and students, to know that CG Student Services is here for you. We will continue to reach out, sometimes through canvas or our newsletter, other times a quick email, but if you prefer to meet virtually, we can do that too! Below is our Student Services team contact information. We look forward to seeing you all real soon.

Student Services Coordinator

All Students: Dr. Hank Harvey

School Counselors

Last Name A-Dep: Ms. Kratzke

Last Name Deq-Hop: Dr. Chianakas

Last Name Hoq-Mat: Mr. Berg

Last Name Mau-Sch: Ms. Kline

Last Name Sci-Z: Mr. Hurley

School Social Workers

Last Name A-K: Ms. Sanchez

Last Name L-Z: Dr. Fisher

School Psychologist

All students: Ms. Lada

School Nurse

All students: Nurse Manno

Students can book appointments (virtually for now / in-person when we return) HERE.

Mental Health Minute

This will be an on-going section of our newsletter. Let's start with a little background...

Please don't forget that we have three mental health professionals working here at Cary-Grove to support our students and their families. Mia Sanchez LSW, is starting her 4th year here at CGHS and works with students with last names starting with A-K; Dr Shelley M. Fisher DSW, LCSW has been a CGHS social worker for the past 12 years and works with students with last names beginning with L-Z; Ellen Lada, M. Ed., Ed. S, Nationally Certified School Psychologist at CGHS for the past eight years lends her expertise through 504 plans and IEP evaluations. All three, who work closely together, provide counseling, consultation, resources, and referrals to all students and their families. Please feel free to reach out to them directly, especially during these challenging times!

Meet Our Two Interns!

Upcoming dates...

  • September 14 - MCC Virtual Visit
  • September 14 - Deadline to register for the PSAT
  • September 16 - Small School / Large School Virtual Presentation
  • September 23 - SAT w/ essay for seniors
  • October 17 - PSAT/NMSQT

CG Counseling Staff 2019-20

Ms. Meghan Kratzke (A-Dep, ELL Language Academy)

Dr. Dori Chianakas (Deq-Hop)

Mr. Matt Berg (Hoq-Mat)

Ms. Katy Kline (Mau-Sch)

Mr. Patrick Hurley (Sci-Z)