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NCHS Counselors’ ReportOct. 5, 2016

Counselors’ Report

NCHS Counseling Office

FAFSA Completion Night – NCHS: One of the first steps of the college financial aid process is completing the FAFSA form. NCHS will offer a free workshop to assist students and/or their parents in completing the FAFSA form. Those attending should bring the following information (if available): student’s driver’s license, student’s social security card, 2015 federal tax records for both the student and parents, records of untaxed income, and information regarding net worth of family and student assets. The workshop will be at NCHS on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The FAFSA form was available for completion beginning October 1, 2016 at

STEM Day at Kaskaskia College: Kaskaskia College is hosting an event called “STEM Starts Here at KC: Opportunities & Exploration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” The event is targeted at any high school student that is considering a career path in the STEM industry, or is still undecided about a major. It is scheduled for Monday, October 10th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. (This is Columbus Day so students already have the day off.) People working in the field of engineering, nursing, computer technology, architecture, and more will give information on what careers are available, what classes are required, etc… A financial aid workshop will also be held. Parents are encouraged to attend. Seats are limited. To reserve yours, contact Amy Troutt at or 618-545-3048.

Illinois School of Architecture Career/Firm Open House: Students who are interested in the architecture are encouraged to attend a Career/Firm Open House at PGAV Destinations in St. Louis on Saturday, October 22 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. This event provides students opportunity to learn more about career options in architecture along with touring a firm and networking with Illinois School of Architecture faculty, students, and alumni. If interested, RSVP to

Kaskaskia College Cosmetology Overview Day: Kaskaskia College’s Cosmetology Department will be hosting college visit day for junior and senior students on October 26th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Information provided will include an overview of the cosmetology profession, information about the cosmetology department at KC, a campus tour, and financial aid information (FAFSA, loan, and scholarship info). Lunch will be provided so please RSVP to

Psychology Day at Western Illinois University (WIU): WIU will be hosting a Psychology Day on Friday, October 28 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Psychology Day is intended to provide students with information about psychology as a major and minor, as well as many exciting career options that may be available. The day’s events include a mock lecture, information about careers in the field, and much more. Check out Psychology Day on Facebook at . Students should RSVP by October 7 at

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:

Illinois College: October 12

Southeast Missouri State University: October 26

St. Louis College of Pharmacy: October 27

Murray State University: October 27

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 is the next college fair in our region.

Mater Dei College Night

Mater Dei Catholic High School

900 N. Mater Dei Drive

Breese, IL 62230

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


St. Louis National College Fair

St. Louis University

Simon Recreation Center

3639 Laclede Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63108

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Important First Quarter Date: The end of first quarter will be October 14.

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): A five-week class is available beginning on Saturday, November 5 and meets on Saturdays for 5 weeks from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. The cost per session is $175 and includes a pre-test, study guide, handouts, and practice tests. To register contact:

* Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC): Two different three-week classes are available this year. Session 1 begins on October 1, and session 2 on October 29. Each 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.

SAT Prep Class: Webster University will be hosting a one day workshop on Saturday, February 25 from 8:00 AM-2:30 PM.  Cost is $50.  For more information, call 314-246-4214 or 1-800-753-6765 or email

ACT Testing Dates: The next ACT with open registration is October 22. LATE registration is due by September 30. Additional ACT testing dates for the year are December 10, February 11, April 8, and June 10. Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date. Students may register at Our high school code is 143-110.

SAT Testing Dates: The next SAT with open registration is November 5. Registration is due by October 7. Additional SAT testing dates for the year are December 3, January 21, March 11, May 6, and June 3. Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date. Student may register at Our high school code is 143-110.