School Counselor Update

Highland High School- September 2019


Quarter 1 midterm is September 13th- Parents can access grades at anytime via PowerSchool. Please contact the office if you need help setting up your PowerSchool account.

Quarter 1 ends on Oct. 11th.

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 our updated list.

Financial Aid/ FAFSA Parent Night

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 6:30pm

12760 Troxler Avenue

Highland, IL

A representative from Washington University's Financial Aid office will be present to provide information on the FAFSA and a general overview of the financial aid process. School Counselors will also talk about local scholarship opportunities. Students and Parents are all welcome to attend.

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: on the red "Request a Transcript" button and set up an account through Parchment.

If you need an application fee waiver please see your school counselor.

College Changes Everything Raffle and College Mondays

In an effort to raise awareness about completing college applications and the FAFSA early, staff at HHS will be participating in College Mondays during September and October. Staff will be wearing college T-shirts and briefly discussing our favorite colleges and universities.

Seniors- when you complete a college application or your FAFSA online, bring in proof and be entered for a chance to win gift cards or other college prizes. The more applications you complete the greater your chance to win!

SIUE College Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 6-7:30pm

1 Hairpin Drive

Edwardsville, IL

Register before the fair with this makes sharing contact information with potential schools easy and efficient.

College Visits and search

Columbus Day and Parent Teacher Conferences are great days to get on campus without missing school. Juniors and Seniors get 2 total college days to visit that won't count towards final exams. You must complete a college visit form and turn into your school counselor 1 week before you visit. Forms are available in the School Counselor's Office or on the HHS Website.

Can't make it to campus? Don't know which campus to visit? Start your college search at a college fair or utilize the Illinois Career Information System to gather more info:

SLU NACAC College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 20th, 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.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid- Opens October 1st

Documents for the FAFSA

  • Your Social Security Number

  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)

  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

SAT Testing

Juniors will be taking the SAT at HHS in April as part of state testing.

Students who would like to take the SAT on a national test date can register at

Study materials are available through Khan Academy:

ACT testing

For National Testing dates, registration deadlines and more information visit

NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fair

Monday, Oct. 7th, 6:30-8:30pm

470 East Lockwood Avenue

Webster Groves, MO

National Visual and Performing Arts College Fair at Webster University-

For more information check out:

Mark your calendar

Sept. 18th- FAFSA/ Financial Aid Parent Night

Oct. 1st- FAFSA opens

Oct. 3rd- Early Grad applications due

Oct. 16th- PSAT/NMSQT test

Oct. 18th- ISAC Available for FAFSA 1 on 1 help

Oct. 20th- SLU College Fair

Oct. 22nd- SIUE College Fair

Highland High School Counselors

Students Last names A-G: Mrs. Amber Spaeth

Students Last names H-M: Mrs. Mary Jackson

Students Last names N-Z: Mrs. Carrie Lieberman