Friday, January 19, 2018

ICC Honors Program - Deadline for Fall Approaching

ICC established an Honors Program to recognize those who exhibit academic excellence. Consisting of enriched forms of existing courses, Honors sections are based on active student participation through research assignments, in-depth class discussion, group projects and independent study. Students may also enhance leadership skills in community service activities.

This program is limited to fifty participants, selected by a faculty-staff committee. Honors students receive a waiver of tuition (not including books or fees) for up to 64 credit courses in which they are enrolled and receive recognition on his/her academic transcript and at our commencement ceremony.

Qualifications to Apply

Acceptance into the program is competitive and based on ACT (composite score of 27) or SAT scores and other factors including but not limited to: high school GPA, extra-curricular involvement, a letter of interest and recommendations.

Candidates must be an in-district student who has not yet earned an associate or bachelor degree.

To remain in the program, Honors students must maintain a full-time course load, a GPA of cumulative 3.35 or better and must enroll in two Honors sections of general education courses per semester.

The application for the Honors Program is due February 15th. More information can be found at

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Student Election Judges Needed

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Peoria County is looking for qualified students to serve as election judges at the upcoming 2018 election cycle. These students must be a US citizen, be a high school junior or senior in good standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and complete a mandatory 2 hour training class. This is a paying position for students! Students do not have to be old enough to vote to apply to work as an election judge. Interested students should click here for more information including a link to the application. See your guidance counselor with questions.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Finals Week

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Here are some tips for preparing for final exams:

*Start studying early...cramming causes anxiety
*Practice and then review material so you truly understand it 
*Complete study guides/make your own study guides
*Ask questions
*Get a full night's sleep before the exam
*Eat a big breakfast before the exam

If you have any questions at all, talk to your teachers! We are here to support you! Happy Finals Week! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Scheduling 101 Presentation

We had a great turnout for Parent Scheduling 101 Presentation last night. For those 8th grade and freshman parents who were unable to attend, we have attached the presentation from last night, including many of the discussion points. Just click on the link to the right.

If you have any questions about the presentations, feel free to contact the Counseling Department by calling (309) 274-5481 or by emailing any of the counselors.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Scholarship Listing Updated

Seniors should be checking out the 2017-18 scholarship listing. New scholarships are added every few days.  There are currently almost 20 active scholarships listed.

Scholarship listing may be accessed by clicking on the button on the right column or by clicking here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Registration Meetings Complete!!

The Counseling Department presented registration materials last week. The attendance for the three meetings was fantastic. Topics covered included graduations requirements, new courses, Co-op, Work-based learning, and more.  Click below to see the PDF of all three class presentations. Remember to look at the presentation of next year's grade level.

Senior Presentation - Class of 2019
Junior Presentation - Class of 2020
Sophomore Presentation - Class of 2021

Sunday, December 10, 2017

How to Explain a Bad Grade or GPA on a College App

When applying to college, it is quite common for a student to find himself or herself in a situation where a bad grade or GPA needs to be explained. It may be the difference in being accepted or denied admission.  This US News article gives some great advice on how to handle such a touchy subject.

US News Article

Friday, December 8, 2017

Scheduling 101 for Parents - December 14th

The scheduling process for the 2017-18 school year is beginning. The Guidance Department would like to give parents an opportunity to learn more about the process. Scheduling 101 is geared for parents of current 8th graders or freshmen. The presentation covers a wide array of topics regarding scheduling. Topics to be covered include selection of classes, choosing a balanced schedule, which classes are required, options for the future, plus more.

What:  Scheduling 101
When: Thursday, Dec. 14th   5:00-6:00
Where: IVC Library
Who: Parents of current 8th graders or freshmen

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Voice of Democracy Contest Winners

We would like to thank the VFW for their continued support of the Voice of Democracy Contest. IVC students are given the opportunity to enter a 3-5 minute oral essay for a chance at winning prizes. This year's theme was American History: Our Hope for the Future. The winners of this year's contest:

$500 First Prize - Josalyn Guariglia
$200 Second Prize - Isaac Peterson
$100 Third Prize - Ashley Horn

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

15 Days Until Finals..............Are you Ready for it?

Image result for you've got thisHopefully, everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving break! We are on day two of our return, and the question we all have is.....when is Christmas break? As much as we love being at school, spending time with our families and friends was so nice! We are sure a few of you enjoyed sleeping in as well. The answer to "when is Christmas break" is SOON! We have 15 days until semester finals. So, with that being said, we want to highlight different resources we have in our building to maintain or raise your grades. For example, if you are borderline between two letter grades, talk to your teacher. Ask about extra credit. Attend after school tutoring in the school library on Tuesdays and Thursday. It is crunch time, and we are here to help! Please see your guidance counselor for assistance. It has been a great year to be a ghost! Happy Tuesday!

2018-2019 Registration Meeting Dates Set

Meetings for next year's class registration are as follows:

Dec. 4th - Juniors
Dec. 5th - Sophomores
Dec. 7th - Freshmen

Jrs and Frosh will meet in the auditorium and Sophs will meet in the auxiliary gym.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Nurse for a Day - IVC Students Featured on the News

During your childhood you're asked what you want to be when you grow up. However, you rarely get the chance to experience anything before giving an answer. Our students had the chance to explore the nursing field when they attended Nurse for a Day at OSF. We were very proud of our students who represented IVC. The students learned everything from how to insert tubes to dressing wounds. 

For future opportunities please see your guidance counselor.

Check out the video to see Parker Clevenger on the news!!

Nurse for a Day News Story

Thursday, November 2, 2017

College Isn't for Everyone - Week 5

Rebuilding America's Pool of Construction Workers... Recently, a story aired on CBS Sunday Morning that addressed the need for skilled workers in the U.S. This 8 minute video gives a great insight into the shortage of workers in the skilled trades industry.

Bradley University - Charley Steiner Symposium

Great opportunity for students interested in sports communication, PR, broadcasting, and journalism.

Bradley University Department of Communication's Third Annual Charley Steiner Symposium is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The symposium offers an excellent opportunity for high school students to visit Bradley University and sit in on some of the best sports communication, PR, broadcasting, and journalism panels throughout the day.

Joining Bradley graduate and current LA Dodgers announcer Charley Steiner will be Peoria natives Rick Telander (Chicago Sun Times, Sports Illustrated) and 2006 Olympian Matt Savoie.

The Steiner Symposium is free and open to the public.

Please see Mr. Kosinski if you would like to attend, as all high school students have preferred seating during the symposium.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Parents' Guide to Teen Depression

Teenagers face a host of pressures as they navigate their way through some tough years. With all this turmoil and uncertainty, it isn’t always easy to differentiate between normal teenage growing pains and depression. But teen depression goes beyond moodiness. It’s a serious health problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Fortunately, it’s treatable and parents can help. This article from is a fantastic resource for recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression and a list of ways to help your teen.

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