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NCHS Counselors’ Report – January 27, 2016

Counselors’ Report

NCHS Counseling Office

January 27, 2016

NCHS ACT Prep Workshops:

NCHS teachers are hosting ACT prep workshops at the high school to assist juniors in preparing for the upcoming ACT tests. Subject, dates, and times are listed below. Students are to sign up outside the main office if interested in attending.

Thursday, March 3, Science 5:00-6:00 PM; Math 6:00-7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 8; English 4:00-5:00 PM; Reading 5:00-6:00 PM

Thursday, March 10; Math 5:00-6:00 PM; Science 6:00-7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 15, Science 5:00-6:00 PM; Math 6:00-7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 22, Reading 5:00-6:00 PM; English 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, March 31, English 3:30-4:30 PM; Reading 4:30-5:30 PM

Tuesday, April 5, Science 3:30-4:30 PM; Math 4:30-5:30 PM

Thursday, April 7; Reading 5:00-6:00 PM; English 6:00-7:00 PM

Monday, April 11; English 3:30-4:30 PM; Reading 4:30-5:30 PM

Thursday, April 14, Science 3:30-4:30 PM; Math 4:30-5:30 PM

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.

* Online ACT or SAT Prep Class – This online ACT or SAT prep class is offered through SIUC’s Division of Extended Campus. The class lasts for approximately 6 weeks and costs $94. Call Dr. Kathy Smith at 618-453-5684 if interested.

* Webster University – One day workshop: March 19 from 8:00 AM-2:30 PM. Cost is $50. Register online at:


An ACT (without the writing portion) will be given for juniors at the high school on Tuesday, April 19th. This test is optional. The cost for students is $39.50. Interested students should sign up in the Counseling Office.

ACT Testing Dates:

The next ACT test with open registration is April 9. Registration is due by March 4. An additional ACT testing date for this year is June 11. Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date. Students may register at Our high school code is 143-110.

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.

St. Louis Metro East Baccalaureate College Fair, Southwestern Illinois College, Sunday, February 28, 2016, College Fair: 1:30-3:30, Financial Aid Workshops: 1:45-2:15 and 2:30-3:00, FAFSA Completion Assistance: 1:30-3:30 (Walk-in)

Illinois Regional College Fair , Lewis and Clark Community College, Tuesday, March 15, 6:00-7:30

Illinois Regional College Fair, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Thursday, March 17, 2016, 10:30-12:00

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:

• Morthland College – February 4

• University of Southern Indiana – March 8


As we receive information on scholarships, they will posted on the Counseling Office webpage at: Here is a list partial list of upcoming scholarships:

Kaskaskia Foundation Scholarships: The Foundation scholarship application is open and ready for students to start applying! Follow the link below to get started: Students will need to create a log in and after that it will take them to the same screen where they apply to be a student.  On the right hand side is the scholarship application button.  Students will need their KC id numbers for their application. The early application deadline is January 30.

Navy/Marine ROTC Scholarships – Applicants must be in the top 10% of their class. Navy and Nurse Option must have a minimum ACT math score of 21 and English score of 22. Marine option must have a minimum ACT composite score of 22. Scholarship can be used at a college or university that has a NROTC program. Applications deadline is January 31, 2016. For more information, visit:

Illinois Society Of Professional Engineers Scholarship – This scholarship is open to high school seniors who plan to study engineering. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a minimum ACT math 29 and English 25. Applications are available in the counseling office and must be postmarked February 12, 2016.

Illinois PTA Scholarships – This scholarship is open to high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or above planning to pursue and education-related degree. For more information and the application, visit the Illinois PTA at The application is due February 15, 2016.

AHEC 2016 Future Healthcard Hero Award – Applicants must be a high school senior pursuing entry into any health science program for the fall 2016 semester and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Applications are in the scholarship file in the counseling office. Applications are due by February 15, 2016.

Farm Credit Illinois – Farm Credit Illinois is awarding scholarships to high school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture. Visit Farm Credit IL at for more information and the application. Applications are due February 29, 2016.