Sandburg Pride

Student Services Edition - September 30, 2020


Michelle Augustyniak, Guidance Director

Andrew DeCraene, Head Dean

October 14th SAT Administration

Some senior students are scheduled to take the SAT on October 14th. We will send targeted communication to those students about the SAT. October 14th is an attendance day for all other students. In following the Stage 2 schedule, all students will attend classes remotely on October 14th (exception - students taking the SAT will not attend remotely and will take the SAT at Sandburg).

College and Career Center Canvas Page

All Sandburg Students have received an invitation to join the College and Career Resource Center Canvas Page. This is a great resource that the Guidance Department utilizes to share information as it relates to college and career planning. For more information about this resource, please have your student log in to the Canvas account or contact your student’s school counselor.

College Representatives (Virtually) Visiting Sandburg

This fall, the Guidance Department will be virtually hosting a variety of college and university admissions representatives from around the country for students at Stagg, Sandburg, and Andrew High Schools. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet admissions counselors and ask questions directly related to admission and life as a student on campus. These group presentations will be held virtually before school and during student lunch periods. Students, click here to sign up. Please note that students may only attend these college rep visits during times when they do not have classes scheduled.

College Bound Senior Checklist

Be sure to ask your senior student about their individual Senior Meeting with their counselor. Points of interest include:

  • View the list of colleges -- are they appropriate for your academic and personal needs?

  • Complete college admissions applications

  • Send your transcripts via Parchment HERE

  • Watch the deadlines! All application materials must be submitted to your counselor two weeks prior to the deadline!

  • Visit college campuses

  • Sign up to meet with any college representatives visiting Sandburg virtually

Ordering Transcripts

After submitting your college applications, go to Parchment HERE to set up a New Learner Account or use an Existing User account to request your official transcripts. Be sure to check out the Guidance YouTube Video for a short tutorial on how to use the Parchment website. NOTE: Counselors will submit all transcripts for students using the “Common Application” and will assist students with any questions about the transcript process.

College Bound Athletes

If you wish to participate in college sports in Division I or II, you need to qualify academically by taking the right “High School Core Courses” (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language), earn above average grades, and do well on your ACT or SAT college entrance exam. You can learn how to qualify and when to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by going to The NAIA Eligibility Center website is Be certain to discuss your intent to play sports with your coach and with your guidance counselor. You will need to send your official high school transcript to the Eligibility Center when you register.

Financial Aid Updates

Federal Financial Aid forms are recommended to be completed in the month of October. The FAFSA form will be available for completion beginning on October 1, 2020 at Parents and students are required to use their tax information from 2019 while completing the form. Completion of the FAFSA form is now a requirement for graduation in the State of Illinois. Those choosing not to complete, will be required to sign a waiver form which will be available soon.

The Sandburg Guidance Department will be hosting four events for parents who would like assistance with financial aid planning and preparation:

  • Virtual FAFSA Completion Seminar (For Parents and/or Students) - 10:00am-1:00pm on the following dates: Thursday, October 8; Thursday, October 22; Thursday, November 12; and Thursday, December 10. Please contact Mr. Moran at 708/671-3144 for a reservation.

A representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission will be available to help parents and students with their FAFSA Completion.

Students/parents should bring the following items to this virtual workshop:

  • Social Security Numbers (parents & student)

  • Records of Income (i.e., Income tax return 2019, Child support payments)

  • Information about assets (savings, investments stocks, college savings plans)

  • Drivers License number (parents & student)

  • Dates of Birth (parents & student)

  • Month and year of Marriage, separation, divorce, etc.

  • FSA ID (apply at least 3 days in advance at

  • List of colleges in which the student is applying

  • We will host a virtual Question and Answer session with Mr. Palmasani on Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 P.M. The link will be advertised as we get closer to the event.

More information on the Financial Aid process can be found at, and

Release of Student Information

From time-to-time, military recruiters and postsecondary educational institutions request the names, telephone numbers and addresses of our high school students. The school must provide this information to the military unless the parent(s)/guardian(s) request that it not be disclosed without their prior written consent. If you do not want military recruiters or institutions of higher learning to be given your secondary school student’s name, address and telephone number, please email or send a letter to inform the Director of Guidance, Mrs. Michelle Augustyniak (

Free Social-Emotional Resources

During times of uncertainty and stress you may find the below free APPs to be beneficial to you and your teen. These resources also help to promote a healthy lifestyle in general that we should all strive to achieve.


The Deans' Office would like to take the opportunity to welcome back all of our students for the 2020-2021 school year. Even through this year is very unique, we would like to remind students that all D230 policies regarding attendance, discipline, and safety are still in effect.

Attendance Information

If a student is going to be absent from in-person or remote learning, a parent or guardian must call the Attendance Office at (708) 671-3195 to report the absence.

As students’ time on campus during Hybrid learning is limited, please limit appointments to remote days or after school hours. Off-campus passes should only be used in emergency situations.


All D230 policies are in effect and can be found in the Parent/Student Handbook. The handbook is posted on the D230 web page under the ‘Resources’ tab. All students are reminded to wear their current student ID and mask at all times. Replacement IDs and lanyards can be purchased in the cafeteria before school and during lunch hours. IDs and lanyards are $2 each.


Carl Sandburg High School has always, and remains committed to the safety of our students and staff. Our Deans’ Office works collaboratively with the Orland Park Police and our PPS teams to insure the physical, social, and emotional health and safety of our students and staff. We encourage all members of our community that if they, “see something, say something”.