HPHS Counseling

Q4 Newsletter

Making Course Request Changes | 2021/2022 Courses

By now all students have made their course requests for the 2021/2022 school year. Students can expect to receive their schedules tentatively on August 9th approximately one week before the Fall Semester begins. The counseling department will host our Virtual Schedule Change Review & Request Event tentatively on August 10 & 11. Students that require a schedule change will be able to make virtual submission via a Google Form and hear back via email. Please know that not all requests can be granted. More details about this event will be sent out via email along with the release of student schedules.


Seniors 🎓 🎉

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Graduation updates can be found HERE. Please watch your email for updates and details. We are so proud of you and look forward to honoring and celebrating all that you have accomplished!!

Senior Sunset Signup

Senior Prom

FAFSA | Graduation Requirement:

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, Illinois public high school students must complete the FAFSA or, as eligible, the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. However, there is a waiver provision allowing a parent, guardian, or the student – if 18 or emancipated – to opt out for any reason. If you do not plan to enroll in college next year, or plan to enroll but will not be applying for financial aid, please complete the waiver below and email it to Rob Becker at rbecker@dist113.org.

FAFSA Nonparticipation Form

Solicitud de FAFSA - No Participación


College Planning & Letters of Recommendation ✅

Juniors! This is a reminder that there is still time to work on your Post-Secondary planning. We have a Post-Secondary website that we encourage you to explore. You can still reach out to your Post-Secondary counselor to speak with them about plans for after high school. Please head to Maia Learning to find out which Post-Secondary counselor you are working with over the next year. If you already know, you can click below and schedule a meeting with one of our amazing Post-Secondary Counselors:

Dr. Gilbert appointment link

Dr. Morrison appointment link

Ms. Pendergast appointment link

Also, remember to complete a LOR Questionnaire if you require a Letter of Recommendation from your counselor for a college application. The following links will take you to the student and parent questionnaires:

Student LOR Questionnaire

Parent/Guardian LOR Questionnaire


Wellness + Mental Health 📋

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and May will be here before you know it! The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.

The Drop In Center continues to operate virtually and is working with students both individually and in a variety of counseling groups. Please take a minute to check out the Drop In website where appointments are available within a 2 hour window.

In addition, we have created a site entitled DIY Mental Health where students can explore their own moods and resources are linked to reinforce healthy coping strategies.

Resources 💻 + ⏯ + 📄

CASEL Resources for Parents: An informational video by CASEL and Chicago Public Schools for parents on social and emotional learning (SEL). The video aims to inform parents on SEL in schools and provide them with insights on SEL in their own parenting practices in order to support their children’s social and emotional know-how. Funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Produced by: First Gear Productions. Also available in Spanish.CASEL (2017). SEL for parents. Chicago Public Schools, McCormick Foundation, Marshall Square Resource Network. 💻

View the video in English.
View the video in Spanish.

Additional Videos 🎥

By Your Side
Introduction to SEL, Mental Health & Trauma

Online Articles + Information 🎙

What Is Mental Illness

Resource from Mental Health America

Own Your Feelings

Resource from Mental Health America

We Have Hit A Wall

Article from The New York Times


If I'm back at school in person how do I...?

make an appointment with my counselor?

Visit your counselors Calendly page or visit the counseling office and scan your counselor's QR code to schedule a 1:1 meeting.

visit The Learning Center (TLC)?

Visit this website an learn more: TLC Website

go off campus for lunch?

Have your parent/guardian email your counselor to provide consent for Open Campus.

get lunch at school?

There are several options for getting food while in the building. If you need some snacks stop by the CLC (in the counseling office) and pick up a bag of nonperishable food items and snacks.

  • All students who are on campus for in-person learning will have the option/opportunity to take a free grab-and-go meal during the lunch break. Highland Park High School students can pick up their lunch at the front entrance or the hallway near the cafeteria and entrance H.
  • Students who are learning remotely will be able to pick up seven free grab-and-go meals on Mondays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • Highland Park High School students who are on campus for in-person learning will be able to pick up their free lunch between 11:20 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • All on-campus lunches will include an entrée and breakfast. Entrées will be served hot, except when there is a cold sandwich on the menu.

find my bus route?

You can find transportation information and bus route schedules HERE.

how does Study Hall work now?

All free periods and off-lab periods have been replaced with study halls. Students do NOT need to attend their study hall if that period is the first period of the day, right before or after lunch, or the last period of the day. In such instances, students may arrive late or leave early. However, please note - students will be assigned to do their COVID test during their study hall - see below.


De Padre a Estudiante Workshop Flyer 📄

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Important Dates 🗓

Last Day for Seniors = May 17

Final Exams = May 24-27

Graduation Rehearsal (tentative)= May 26 from 8AM-12PM

Graduation (tentative) = May 26 (evening)

Last Day for ALL Students = May 28


More Helpful Links + Resources for Students & Parents

Drop In Center

Make an appointment for a virtual meeting with someone from our Drop In Team.

Program of Studies

Learn all about the variety of courses offered at HPHS



The HPHS Counseling Team + Contact Information