School Counselor Update

Highland High School- September 2016

Grades

Quarter 1 midterm was September 9th- 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. 14th.

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 their teacher during Focused 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.

FAFSA Opens Oct. 1st- NEW DATE

The FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid now opens on Oct. 1st. All seniors who plan to attend college fall of 2017 need to complete this online at http://fafsa.ed.gov


More info from our recent parent night: http://hs.highlandcusd5.org/home/counseling-department

Click on 2016-17 Financial Aid Presentation in the Resources box

FAFSA/ College Application help during P/T Conferences

Our ISAC representatives will be available during Parent Teacher Conferences if you need help with your FAFSA or College Applications. They will be in our career center- just off the school counselors offices on Oct. 27th from 4pm - 7pm and Oct. 28th from 9am-11am. Please feel free to stop in for help. Computer access will be available as well.

College Applications

Seniors, NOW is the time! You should be completing your College applications online now!!! Make sure to include all supporting documents. Don't wait! The earlier you apply the greater your chance is to receive Institutional Scholarship Money!

Use this link to request your transcript: http://hs.highlandcusd5.org/home/counseling-department Click on the red "Request a Transcript" button

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? Click the links under resources to the 2016-17 College Admissions Night powerpoint and 2016-17 College Admissions and Application process on our webpage: http://hs.highlandcusd5.org/home/counseling-department

College Visits and search

Columbus Day and Parent Teacher Conferences are great days to get on campus. 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 or utilize Act profile.


http://www.actprofile.org is a great tool for college and career exploration. Students who create an account can complete interest inventories, search majors, college and compare schools. Students who create accounts are also encourage to "Connect" with their HHS Counselor.

SIUE College Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 6-7:30pm

1 Hairpin Drive

Edwardsville, IL

SLU NACAC College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 16th, 1-4pm

1 North Grand

Saint Louis, MO

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 25 credits. Applications should be submitted to the school counselors as soon as possible, but no later than October 3rd.

ACT testing

For National Testing dates, registration deadlines and more information visit www.actstudent.org

Parent Advisory Council needs you!

We are in the process of scheduling this year's Parent Advisory Council meetings. This group meets quarterly with the school counselors to discuss processes and procedures of our department.

Club Day that was held on September 9th 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. 4112 or mjackson@highlandcusd5.org by October 13th.

Mark your calendar

Oct. 1st- FAFSA opens

Oct. 3rd- Early Grad applications due

Oct. 19th- PSAT/NMSQT test

Oct. 22nd- ACT National Test Date

Highland High School Counselors

Students Last names A-He: Mrs. Amber Spaeth

Students Last names Hi-O: Mrs. Mary Jackson

Students Last names P-Z: Mrs. Carrie Lieberman