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Counselors’ Report: NCHS Counseling OfficeMay 11, 2016

Counselors’ Report: NCHS Counseling Office

Semester Exams: Semester Exams for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are May 13 (periods 1, 2, 3), May 16 (periods 4 and 5, 2:10 dismissal), and May 17 (periods 6 and 7, 11:30 dismissal). Students are encouraged to begin studying early.

1. Students are to attend each exam period at the scheduled time appropriate to their classes. An exception to this would be students who have 7th period study hall or P.E. These students will not have to report to that exam period. These students will be required to obtain an off grounds permit for 7th period. (Students must bring in a note with parental permission.) Another exception would be students who have 6th period P.E. or study hall and 7th period P.E. or study hall. They will not be required to report to school on the third day of exams. (Students must bring in a note with parental permission.)

2. Students will remain in the classroom for the length of the exam period. Students should not be in the hallways for any reason during the exam periods.

3. Exams must be given during the scheduled time. Any deviation from this must be cleared by the administration in advance.

4. The semester exam is worth 20% of the semester grade.

5. Exams are a course requirement. All students must take the final exam to pass the class. 

6. Each exam period will be 90 minutes in length.

7. Students (except for seniors) are not allowed to leave the building during breaks.

Tutorial for Semester Exams: Students are encouraged to sign up with teachers for tutorial sessions on the Friday and Monday mornings of exams. Teachers may also assign students to report to a tutorial time.

Seniors and Semester Exams: Seniors are required to be at school only for the exams they are taking. Seniors who are exempting out of an exam or have study hall or PE must sign out in the office or report to the Media Center for a place to study.

Summer School: There are two types of summer school offered in our area. Students may take summer school classes to compensate for graduation deficiencies. Parents and students are encouraged to contact the counseling office about registering. Summer school fills quickly and space is limited.

Summer school for enrichment purposes is also available; however, high school credit will not be awarded for these classes. Kaskaskia College offers summer scholarships (Jumpstart program) for current high school freshman, sophomore, and junior students. Students can take a class with 50% tuition waived. Students are responsible for all fees, textbook cost, and half of tuition. Applications for the scholarship and Kaskaskia College’s summer course schedule are available in the NCHS counseling office.

Healthcare Career Camp – Kaskaskia College, Illinois Area Health Education Center Network (AHEC), and Salem Township Hospital are partnering to host a free two-day healthcare camp for incoming high school juniors and seniors. The opportunity will allow students to learn about health careers by attending fun and interactive sessions. Highlights of the camp include information on health careers in the fields of: surgical technology, nursing, radiology, physical therapy, dental assisting, respiratory therapy, and many others. Participants will spend June 22 at the main campus of KC learning about health careers and program opportunities and then will be invited to bring a parent to day 2 at Salem Township Hospital on June 23 to interact with members of the health care team. Spaces are limited and application is required. Spots will be filled on a first come basis. Email Amy Troutt at KC for information: See the NCHS counseling office for applications. Deadline for application is June 8, 2016.

Challenge of Excellence Summer Program – Academically-talented students (achievement test scores of at least 90th percentile or above) entering 9th, 10th, and 11th grades are eligible to participate in this program at SIUC. The program focuses on experiences designed to improve a student’s higher-level thinking skills in math, science, and creative writing, as well as in other skill and content areas. The program is June 19-24. The cost for students who stay on campus is $400. The cost for students who commute from home is $325. Information is available at on the “Camps” page. Deadline to register is June 10, 2016

ACT Testing Dates: The next ACT test with open registration is June 11. Late registration is due by May 20. Students may register at Our high school code is 143-110.