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Counselors’ ReportOctober 7, 2015

Counselors’ Report

NCHS Counseling Office

Nashville Community High School

Phone: (618) 327.8286 Fax: (618) 327.4513

Web Address: Nashville-k12.org

Tesha Maschhoff X250; Becky Luessenheide X381; Susan Boosinger X251

Parent – Teacher Conferences: All parents are invited and encouraged to attend the conferences. Whether your child is struggling in a class or excelling, you are encouraged to schedule a conference with his/her teacher(s). Conferences will be Thursday, October 15th (12:15-4:00 and 5:30-8:30). Parents may arrange a conference by contacting Terry Disper (327-8286 Ext. 200). We hope to see you on October 15th.

Transition Visits: There are excellent opportunities in the next months for students to make transition visits. Students interested in technical schools, junior colleges, armed services, universities, etc. should consider the following days when Nashville High School is not in session or dismisses early: Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day); Friday, October 23 (School-Wide Testing Day, seniors do not attend); Thursday, October 15 (11:30 dismissal); Friday, October 16 (11:30 dismissal); Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day); Wednesday, November 25 (Teacher Institute). If you need assistance scheduling a visit, please contact Mrs. Maschhoff or Mrs. Luessenheide in the Counseling Office.

This encouragement for transition visits is for all students. It is never too early to make visits, but juniors and seniors should especially take advantage of these days. As a reminder, if students are going to miss any school time for visits, they must fill out a “Request to Visit” form and return it to the Counseling Office at least two days in advance of the visit. “Request to Visit” forms may be obtained in the Counseling Office or from the school website on the Counseling Office page.

SIUE Nursing Explore Academic Excellence Day: SIUE is hosting its annual Nursing Explore Day on Saturday, October 10 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Students will attend a variety of informational program sessions, tour campus, and visit the School of Nursing and the Simulated Learning Center. Nursing specialty areas will also be highlighted. Students will also be able to meet with college advisors, nursing students, admissions counselors, and financial aid counselors. Pre-registration is recommended and is available at http://siue.edu/nursing/nursing-open-house.shtml If you have any questions, contact the School of Nursing at 1-800-234-4844 or (618) 650-2551.

PSAT/NMSQT: On October 14th, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test will be offered to interested juniors. The exam allows students to practice for the SAT, a college admission exam. By taking the PSAT/NMSQT, students who meet entry requirements may enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation's scholarship competitions. For more information about entry requirements, program recognition, and scholarships, visit NMSC's website, www.nationalmerit.org. The test includes two sections on sentence completions, analogies and critical reading, two math sections, and one writing section. The test is approximately three hours long. There is a $15.00 fee to take the PSAT test. Students may register in the Counseling Office through October 7th. Questions concerning the PSAT/NMSQT should be directed to Mrs. Maschhoff.

Kaskaskia College Cosmetology Overview Day – Kaskaskia College will be hosting college visit day for junior and senior students on October 15th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Documents with program information will be provided for the students to take home and share with their families. Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to kmalone@kaskaskia.edu

National Art Portfolio Days: Students who are interested in an education in visual and related arts are invited to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will review your artwork, discuss their programs, and answer questions about professional careers in art. This event will be held Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Washington University in St. Louis from 11:00-4:00. Presentations on Careers in Art and Financial Aid will be held in Steinberg Hall from 11:00-12:00 and Portfolio Reviews will be held in Bixby, Steinberg, ad Givens Halls from 12:00-4:00. If you have questions call 314-935-6500 or email gbinning@wustl.edu

On-site Admission Day: Murray State University will be at the Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights on October 29 from 5-8 PM. If students are interested in applying they should bring their official high school transcript with ACT score and $40 application fee. If requirements are met, students will be admitted on the spot. To register to attend, go to: murraystate.edu/ specialevents

Psychology Day at Western Illinois University: WIU is hosting Psychology Day Friday, October 30 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on the WIU campus in Macomb. Psychology Day will provide information about psychology as a major as well as many exciting career options that are available. Check out Psychology Day on Facebook at www.facebook.com/getpsychedWIU. Interested students should RSVP by October 16 at http://evite.me/P5svCnrSFz

College Representative Visits at NCHS: Students who are interested in visiting with college representatives should come to the Counseling Office to sign up. Currently scheduled college representative visits:

Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) – October 8

Blackburn College – October 13

Lindenwood University–Belleville – October 13

McKendree University – October 19

University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS) – October 22

Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville (SIUE) – October 30

College Fairs: As we encourage students to apply early to college, we also encourage parents and students to be educated about their decisions. An excellent avenue to find out about various colleges is a college fair. Listed below are various college fairs in our region.

Mater Dei High School

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

6:30-8:00

FAFSA/financial aid presentation at 6:30 and 7:15

St. Louis National College Fair

St. Louis University

Sunday, October 18, 2015

1:00-4:00

Illinois Regional College Fair

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Tuesday, October 20

6:00-7:30

ACT Prep Classes: Listed below are various ACT prep classes being offered in our area to help students prepare for the ACT. Contact Mrs. Luessenheide or Mrs. Maschhoff for more specific information.

* Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) –The October session begins Saturday, October 24 and meets on Saturdays for 5 weeks from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. The cost per session is $175 and includes a study guide and pre-test. To register contact: www.siue.edu/educationaloutreach/act-prep.shtml

* Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) – A three-week prep class begins on October 31. The class is held for three weeks from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM. The cost is $162. Additional book fee is $20.40. To register, call: 618-235-2700, ext. 5393 or 5618

* Kaskaskia College (KC) – A two-session workshop will be held on Saturday, November 14th and 21st at the Trenton Education Center from 8:00 AM – 4: 30 PM. The cost is $99.50 and includes a test prep textbook. For more information call 545-3475.

* Webster University – Three different one day workshops: November 21, January 16, and March 19 from 8:00 AM-2:30 PM. Cost is $50. Register online at: webster.edu/actworkshop

ACT Testing Dates: The next ACT test with open registration is December 12. Registration is due by November 6. Additional ACT testing dates for the year are February 6, April 9, and June 11. Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date. Students may register at www.ACTStudent.org. Our high school code is 143-110.

Important Dates:

Deadline for juniors to sign up for PSAT/NMSQT is October 7th.

End of the quarter is October 9th.

PSAT/NMSQT for interested juniors is on October 14th.

Parent/Teachers Conferences are October 15th.

Career Fair is October 16th

Aspire and practice ACT Testing will be on October 23rd.

A College Visit day for seniors will be October 23rd