Counseling Communications

East High School Counseling Office

February 19, 2021

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Tuesday, Feb 23rd - Financial Aid Virtual Presentation For Junior Families

Please see the information below from ICAN Advisor Mary Joan Dougherty. She will be doing a virtual presentation on Tuesday, Feb 23rd to help you prepare for Senior year. We have attached some information that will help you be prepared for the meeting.

Ready to File the FAFSA - English: ICAN__ReadytoFile__FAN_handout_2020_D148C53E54D03.pdf (

Ready to File the FAFSA - Spanish: ICAN__ReadytoFile__FAN_handout_2020_50C2A0700B80F.pdf (

Paying for College - A Guide to the Financial Aid Process: ICANFinancialAidGuide28101129_272DCD3D3B383.pdf (

There is still time to sign up for this virtual opportunity if you are interested in learning more and attending.

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February 22nd and 23rd Spring Conference Information

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will look different this year because of COVID-19. All conferences must be scheduled through Conferences will be on Monday, February 22nd from 8:00 AM -8:00 PM and Tuesday, February 23rd from 3:05 PM -5:45 PM.

Families will have three conference options: a TEAMS virtual meeting, a phone conference, or a face to face conference. We highly recommend the TEAMS virtual or phone conference option to reduce the amount of contact. Conferences are scheduled for 10 minutes, with 5 minutes in-between (to disinfect for face to face conferences). If you choose face to face, only two adults and the student will be allowed into East High School. Also, everyone must wear a mask.

Conferences with the Career Academy or Virtual teachers can be book through this link.

Navigating Wellness: Youth Mental Health Support Group

Please see the information below regarding Virtual Mental Health Support Group. This is available thru a partnership with Grand View University Social Work and Al Éxito. During the sessions, students will learn about the different aspects of wellness and will have an opportunity to give and receive peer support.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Mariana Villa-Drees, Al Éxito Facilitator and Intern at

Space is limited. Sign up at:

Updated Scholarship Information

Check your Homeroom Course in Canvas for updated Scholarship Information and deadline dates.

**Morningside College Nursing Scholarship

  • Deadline date: 3/18/2021
  • Criteria includes the student's academic and co-curricular achievement and potential for professional nursing practice.

**Richard & Linda Harrell Foster Care Scholarship

  • Deadline date: 4/30/2021
  • African American HS student, resident of Iowa, currently or have been in foster care (w/ verification through DHS) and have a 2.0 or higher GPA

Siouxland Sportsmanship and Jan C. Koenig Memorial Scholarships

  • Deadline date: 3/26/2021
  • HS Senior who has participated in at least one sport for the last three years of HS career including Senior year. Have 3.0 GPA, applied at a qualified post secondary educational institution, and demonstrated the highest level of sportsmanship and a role model for all students.

Castle On The Hill Scholarship

  • Deadline date: 4/1/2021
  • High School senior who has demonstrated service and leadership to the school and community.

A.G. and Rosalee Ireland Scholarship

  • Deadline date: 4/9/2021 - Turned into the EHS Counseling Office
  • HS Senior who will pursue a post HS education at a non-profit educational organization or an accredited college or university. Student must not currently be in the top 10% of their class.

Sunnyside Shines Scholarship

  • Deadline date: 4/16/2021
  • Must have been a student at Sunnyside or Nodland Elementary for at least 3 yrs. In need of financial support and agree to use the funds for tuition, books, or other cost of education.

Fall 2021 Children's Cancer Connection Empowering Scholarships

  • Deadline date: 5/28/2021
  • Applicant must be directly affected by childhood cancer (including individuals who currently have or have had cancer before age 18 or a sibling of that individual.) Must be living, treated, or diagnosed in the state of Iowa and plan to attend trade school, college or university.

How To Find The Scholarship List In Canvas.

February, March, April and May Scholarship lists have been updated. If the scholarship is highlighted in gray, we are waiting for updated information and will get it in as soon as it is received. If it is Yellow, we have posted updated information.

We have now listed Scholarships in their date due/ deadline date month. Please look thru the upcoming months to come to see if you can start working other scholarships and submit when you before the date.

If you have any questions, please visit your Counselor in the Main Counseling Office.

A little time spent now will return great dividends for your future.

Other Scholarship Opportunity Websites:

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Sioux City Community School District will be having a Free ACT Test Day for ALL Juniors on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 7:55 - 1 pm. The test will take place at East High for EHS Juniors.

Counselors will be going into the classrooms in March to assist the Juniors with their ACT Test day registration. Preparing for the ACT Test booklet is available in the counseling office to help prepare for the test.

More information to come as the day draws closer.

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If you are interested in attending any of the following visits please come to the Counseling Office to Sign Up. All Visits will be held in the Media Center and Attendance will be taken. If the visit is noted as virtual you will need to bring your laptop and headphones when you attend.

Wayne State College Virtual Visit

  • March 3rd @ 9:30
  • Sign up in the counseling office to receive your meeting invite to attend.

Little Priest Tribal College Virtual Visit

  • March 4th @ 9:30
  • Sign up in the counseling office to receive your meeting invite to attend.

Buena Vista University

  • March 6th at 11:00
  • BVU is offer a Virtual Sophomore & Junior Visit day. This 30 minute event will provide a glimpse at what BVU can offer them in furthering their education and gaining new experiences, as well as will receive our exclusive guide for college planning and winning the college search process.

  • Click link to sign up to attend on Saturday -

** Mt. Mercy University

  • March 10th @ 9:30
  • Sign up in the counseling office to receive your meeting invite to attend.

WIT - offering In Person or Virtual Campus Visits.

Schedule an on-campus visit to Western Iowa Tech! Visit campus and meet with instructors, get a tour of campus facilities, and learn about campus resources and academic programs.

Schedule an on-campus visit HERE. Contact Andrew Jessip at the below number if you prefer to do a Virtual visit instead.

Andrew Jessip, Recruitment Specialist

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Phone: 712-274-6477


If you are interested in visiting with a certain college and would like to get a Virtual College visit set up, please talk to Ms. Danelle in the counseling office.

APRIL 17th ACT Registration Is Open

If you plan to take the April 17th, ACT here at East High the registration is open. The deadline date to avoid late Fees is March 12th.


Next EHS Test Date & Registration Deadline

April 17, 2021 -Testing available @ EHS

Registration Deadline date: March 12, 2021

Other Upcoming 2021 ACT Dates:

April 17, 2021 -Testing available @ EHS

Registration Deadline date: March 12, 2021

June 12, 2021 - Testing available @ EHS

Registration Deadline date: May 7, 2021

July 17, 2020

Registration Deadline date: June 18, 2021

Go to to register.

Preparing for the ACT Test" booklets are available on the Counseling Office table. Come in and pick one up. It is designed to help assist and prepare you for this years upcoming test.

Questions, please email your Counselor.

FYI Information from

ACT test cancellations can happen for a variety of reasons. If your registration status changes before test day, here's how you will know:

- We're sending emails up until 9:00 p.m. CT the night before the test.

- Check your MyACT account.

- Before you leave on test day, please check the cancellations page for morning-of updates.

Reminder that WIT is offering FREE ACT Prep Sessions on Saturday mornings. See below for the schedule.

After School Study Sessions

East High offers ALL students the opportunity to attend the After School Study Session. The sessions are available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday’s every week. From 3:05 – 6:05 pm. Students have the opportunity to make-up assignments, re-takes quizzes or tests, credit recovery, and the best part is you have one-on-one help.

There are always teachers there for assistance. If you are looking for assistance from a specific teacher or type of class, check out the calendar below. There is a 5:00 pm bus available to take students who require transportation. Any questions can be directed to Ms. McCaslen-Hibbs


SILVER CORD – A Service-Based Student Organization here at East High.

SILVER CORD CHANGES: The silver cord volunteer required hours for 2020/2021 have been changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You will be required to have 30 volunteer hours, instead of 40 hours, for the 2020/2021 year. Student’s that graduate in 2021, 2022, and 2023 will need a total of 110 service hours to earn their silver cord. This decision was made by all three high school principals. If you have any questions, please stop by Mrs. Benson’s desk in the main office.

**Juniors and Seniors looking for Silver Cord hours - here are a couple of great opportunity for hours.

SILVER CORD RESOURCES: There is a terrific resource for students who are working on earning their Silver Cord or meeting community service requirements. This is an online volunteer center for Siouxland, there are now more than 100 nonprofit organizations on, with more than 50 active needs for volunteers on any given day. It is absolutely the EASIEST way for students to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities. It’s also the easiest way to track their volunteer hours – confirmed by the organization. We’ve even added a field to volunteer profiles so they can identify which school they attend, allowing us to provide reports to the schools. And, it’s completely free for the organizations and the volunteers! Finding volunteer opportunities has NEVER been easier!*

Please see Ms. Benson in the Main Office for Silver Cord ( opportunities.


If you are a current East High Student and need a transcript sent to a college please use


Click the Current Student Transcript Request button and follow the directions that are posted below.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

The Sioux City Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas: Business & Marketing, Family & Consumer Science, Health Science, and Industrial Arts, Technology, & PLTW.

The Sioux City Community School District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (for employment), national origin, religion, age (for employment), disability, socioeconomic status (for programs), marital status (for programs), or veteran status (for employment) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

The District is required by Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs, activities, or employment. Inquiries or grievances under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to Jen Gomez, Director of Student Services & Equity Education/Title IX Coordinator at 627 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101, (712) 279-6075, Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, or both. Please see District Board policies 103 and 504.4 for additional information on available grievance procedures.