School Counselor Update

Highland High School


Quarter 1 midterm was September 11th- Parents should have received an email if your student had a D or F in any course at that time. Quarter 1 ends on Oct. 9.

Semester grades are calculated and reported on a Student's Transcript.

Q1 (40%) + Q2 (40%) + Final Exam (20%)

If your student is struggling they should contact his/her teacher during Floating Tutor Time for additional support. If you are interested in hiring a tutor, please contact a school counselor for a list of tutors. You can access current grades by checking PowerSchool or contacting teachers via email.

College Applications

Seniors, NOW is the time! You should be completing your College applications online NOW!!! Make sure to include all supporting documents and meet with your school counselor to complete forms and get transcripts sent. Don't wait! The earlier you apply the greater your chance is to receive Institutional Scholarship Money!

College Application Tips

Tips from our Admission Representatives Panel:

*Use your legal name on your application, not a nickname

*Meet your deadlines for both Admittance and Scholarships (sometimes the scholarship has a separate application)

*Out of State Residency Requirements vary by institution- work with that school's admission representative to clarify rules and requirements

*If completing a paper application-SIGN IT

* If completing an online application- make sure you answer all questions and have completed all steps including clicking any final submit buttons

*Check your "Portals" and Institutional email so you do not miss Financial Aid, Housing, Scholarship, etc. information or deadlines

*Make sure to use a valid and professional email address as most information is sent via email

Did you miss our parent night? Here are the links to the packet and powerpoint:

Please be sure to request your transcript 2 weeks before the deadline so our office has time to process them.

College Visits

Columbus Day and Parent Teacher Conferences are great days to get on campus and learn about any college or university you are interested in. Visiting a College does count towards the days you can miss for final exam exemptions- take advantage of days you are already off school!

Can't make it to campus? Don't know which campus to visit? Start your college search at a college fair!

SIUE College Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 20th, 6-7:30pm

1 Hairpin Drive

Edwardsville, IL

Webster University Performing/Visual Arts College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 4th, 1-3pm

470 East Lockwood Avenue

Webster Groves, MO

SLU NACAC College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 18th, 1-4pm

1 North Grand

Saint Louis, MO

ACT testing

Juniors- at this time we are unsure if the state is going to offer the ACT test as part of state testing. The ACT test is important in determining the types of college in which a student will have the best chance for gaining admission. For testing dates, registration deadlines and more information visit

Early Graduation

Any senior who is planning to apply to graduate at the end of his/her 7th semester of high school may pick up an Application for Early Graduation from a school counselor. You must have completed all specific HHS graduation requirements and have earned 26 credits. Applications should be submitted to the school counselors as soon as possible, but no later than October 6.

Parent Advisory Council needs you!

We are in the process of bringing back the Parent Advisory Council. This group meets quarterly with the school counselors to discuss processes and procedures of our department.

Club Day that was held on September 3rd was an idea brought about during a Previous Parent Advisory Council meeting.

We are looking for parents from each grade level. If interested please contact Mrs. Jackson- 654-7131 ext. 4113 or by October 9th.

Freshman Success Program

School counselors are meeting with 9th grade students who had 1 F or 2 D's at midterm. Students are completing surveys to help us get a better picture of why these students may be struggling. From this data we will plan activities to incorporate into our program to improve their success.

Mark your calendar

Oct. 6th- Early Grad applications due

Oct. 14th- PSAT/NMSQT test

Oct. 24th- ACT National Test Date

Nov. 18th- Financial Aid night (Financial Aid Overview) 6:30pm- HHS Kennel

Jan. 6th- FAFSA Line by line presentation 6:30pm- HHS Kennel

Meet our Intern: Mrs. Amber Spaeth

Mrs. Spaeth is a student at University Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) completing her Master's degree in School Counseling. Mrs. Spaeth is originally from Zalma, Missouri and has completed previous internship hours at Construction Career Charter High School in St. Louis. Mrs. Spaeth has an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and has taught Social Studies in Zalma, Missouri. She resides with her husband in Belleville, IL.

Highland High School Counselors

Sherry Thomas- last names A-G

Mary Jackson- last names H-Pl

Staci Brown- last names Po-Z