Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 SIUE Engineering Summer Camps

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Two identical week-long residential camps are being offered at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville for all current Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors interested in various engineering disciplines as well as computer science and construction management. Session 1 is June 3 - 8 and Session 2 runs from June 10 - 15. The deadline to register for one of these camps is April 30, 2018. More information can be found at

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Local Scholarships Due Friday!!

This is a reminder to all seniors that all of your scholarship applications and supporting materials are due to Mrs. Placher Friday, March 24th at 3:30 - no exceptions! Anything turned in after 3:30 will not be counted toward submission.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Service Academy Night

On April 23rd, Congressman Darin LaHood’s office will host this years’ “Service Academy Night” for students and their families. This is an informational meeting open to all high school students, parents, school administrators, and guidance counselors. The program is held to educate students on general information about all five US Service Academies, how to begin the application process, how to prepare for the physical aptitude test, and the character requirements necessary for applicants. Each of the academies will have representatives on-hand to provide detailed information about qualifications and the application process. These programs are held annually for students interested in attending any of the following prestigious education institutions:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

IVC will host a Financial Aid Night this Tuesday, March 13th at 6:00 in the high school library. The presentation is intended mainly for juniors and their parents. All areas of financial aid will be covered, some in more detail than others. Financing college can be a very confusing topic. Stop by for the hour-long presentation to get a better idea of the different aspects of the process.

Call the Guidance Department with any questions (309) 274-5481 x2.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Helen Jordan Truitt Application and Workshop

The Helen Jordan Truitt Scholarship was established in 1987. Since its inception, the Truitt Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling more than $2 million.  Last year $90,000 was awarded to four IVC students.

Students are invited to apply for a Truitt Scholarship. The criteria for eligibility was established by the Truitt Foundation, not IVC High School.

Local Scholarship Applications Released

Seniors met in the auditorium this morning during HR period and were given a list of all the available local scholarships. Click here for presentation. Last year, over 40 scholarships were awarded totaling over $140,000. Although we do not have exact figures for all of this year's scholarships, it is pretty fair to expect an amount very similar to last year.

To view scholarship list, click here. Although parents are welcome to look at the scholarship list, only students can stop in the guidance office to pick up the applications. The exception is the Cusac application which is available as a link on the right. The presentation listed in Scholarship section includes the projected monetary awards. Most of the amounts are accurate but there are adjustments possible.

Note: Many scholarships ask for ACT score. Students can write in their SAT score also.

All scholarships due Friday, March 23rd at 3:30. No late applications will be accepted.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ICC Scholarship Information

Attention Seniors! If you are planning to attend Illinois Central College during the 2018-2019 school year, you should apply for scholarship assistance now! The deadline is April 1st, 2018. The application can be completed online at Students complete ONE online    application to apply for every ICC Foundation Scholarship. Please see your guidance counselor if you have any questions.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A How-to-Guide to Freshman Registration

Planning a schedule for freshman year can be quite an intimidating process. Hopefully this blog post will help students and parents through the process. Registration sheets are due by Tuesday, February 20th to the student's grade school main office. Class selection should also be inputted into TeacherEase before Monday (for those students with access to TeacherEase.)

The front side of the registration sheet is the demographic portion. It is important that it be filled out completely since the information will be entered into the computer system.

Please click below for further instructions...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Health Career Experience at ICC

Illinois Central College has invited local high schools to their campus on Friday March 23rd for the Health Career Experience. IVC is allowed to take 10 students to explore different health career fields. There will be several hands on activities, including an anatomy dissection. Please see your counselor if you are interested.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CNA Deadline Approaching!

Image result for 'cna'The ICC Nursing Assistant program deadline is Wednesday, January 31st! Any current sophomore or junior interested in a medical field after high school is strongly encouraged to apply to this one semester program. Upon successful completion of these courses, students are eligible to apply to take the Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation Program (NACEP) and become certified in the State of Illinois. See your counselor for the application and with questions.

Class Registration Dates

The meetings with counselors regarding class registration has begun.  Below is a general time frame of when students will be seen. This is just a rough estimate of when students will be called to see their counselor.

To be Seniors  -  January 22 - February 2
To be Juniors  -  February 5 - February 16
To be Sophomores - February 19 - March 2
To be Freshmen - Meeting Feb 2&5, Sheets due Feb 20

Local Scholarship Dates Announced

Each year, over $140,000 is given out in local scholarships. These scholarships range from $250 to $75,000.  Last year, there were 45 different scholarships awarded to graduating seniors.  With the growing cost of college, every penny helps.

Here is a breakdown of the upcoming dates...

Tuesday, February 20th  - Local Scholarship Meeting - Extended HR

Students will see a presentation on all of the available scholarships. They will also receive a handout which lists each scholarship.  That sheet will be posted on this blog on the 20th for all students and parents to view. Students must be the ones to pick up scholarship applications from Mrs. Placher. Parents may not pick up the applications for the student. Students must pick up their own scholarship applications.

Click below for the rest of the dates.

Monday, January 22, 2018

PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9

We will be administering the PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT 10 on Wednesday, February 28th. All freshmen and sophomores will start testing at 8am. They will need two No. 2 pencils (no mechanical) and a calculator. There is no fee associated.

The PSAT 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. It uses the same specifications as the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the PSAT 10. The assessment establishes a baseline for college and career readiness as students enter high school. The PSAT 10 continues to check on students' progress and pinpoints areas for development.

If you have any questions, please see your counselor.

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.