Tuesday, April 24, 2018

To be or not to be.....isn't that the question Seniors? How do you pick a college major?

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Choosing a college major can be quite the task! Your guidance counselor, the Department of Awesome, has probably encouraged job shadowing, or different career expos. In addition, we have suggested researching different areas. There are many college major quizzes online that can give you a general idea of where your interests lie. For example, check out College Major Quiz! Other ways to align a college major to your interests is to consider the following:

Service Trip to Michigan

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Each year a group of students head to northern Michigan to do service work on a Native American Reservation. This year will be our 7th year taking the trip. Click link to the right to see the presentation.

Who:    Open to all IVC Students
When:  June 20-29
Where: Kewadin, MI (Grand Traverse Reservation)
Why:    Gives students a chance to learn about another culture while helping a group of people who could use our help.
Cost:     $250 (scholarships are available. Contact Mark Kosinski at mkosinski@ivcschools.com)

Below is a video from the trip that was produced a few years ago.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Transitional Math Class

For the upcoming school year, IVC will be offering a transitional math for seniors.

What is a transitional math class? 

This class will be offered to seniors who have taken Algebra II but may not feel prepared to take Pre-Calculus class. It is intended to bridge the gap between high school and college mathematics.

What are the benefits?

  • Students will have a math class senior year. A year off of math is very difficult for students when taking math in college, trade school, etc. This class gives them an option that is not Pre-Calculus or AP Calculus.
  • Students will successfully complete the class will not have to take a math placement test if attending a junior college. This class is the equivalent of MATH 099 at ICC.
  • Students successfully completing the class will automatically be placed in a credit bearing class if attending a junior college. This will save students the money and time of taking a non-credit bearing math class.
The counselors are strongly encouraging ALL seniors to take some type of math class now that there is a level for everyone. In the next few weeks we will be chatting with all of next year's seniors about math.

Early Graduation

The early graduation process at IVC has been formalized for this upcoming school year. This morning, the Guidance Department and Administration met with the current junior class to explain the idea of early graduation and what the process of early graduation looks like.

The early graduation process will include an application and interview for interested students. To better explain the process, a list of frequently asked questions follows.

What are the requirements to graduate early?

Students must have completed all graduation requirements, have a specific post-secondary plan, and provide documentation of authenticity of a post-secondary plan. Students must complete and submit the Early Graduation Application Form by June 1st prior to senior year.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Materials Engineering Camp


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Attention all students entering their Junior or Senior year! The Peoria chapter of ASM Materials is hosting a week long summer camp for students who are interested in Engineering. This camp is FREE to all selected participants. Camp runs from July 23 - July 26 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Applications are due May 11th and can be found here. Contact Laura Davis at ldavis@ivcschools.com or by calling 274-5481 with questions.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

The Guidance Department will be featuring all of the places the seniors will be heading off to next year. Whether it is college, the military, or the workforce, we want to know.

Seniors are encouraged to fill out the one question form that was emailed to them this morning. They can also just stop by Guidance and let a counselor know. Their names will be added to the bulletin board.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Calling all Parents - Career Fair

On September 12th, the Guidance Dept. will be hosting the first annual Job & Career Fair at IVC High School. Our goal is to expose and educate students to possible careers and jobs available to them.

Career portion of fair - Share info with students about what it takes to go into a specific career. What other careers are similar or related to chosen field?

Job portion of fair - Area businesses share procedures with students on how to apply for job openings at their business.

How can parents help? - We would love to have parents participate in the event in either portion of the fair. We are looking for a wide variety of careers and businesses to be represented.

September 12, 2018    9:00-1:00
IVC Auxiliary Gym

Please call the Guidance Department to reserve a spot. (309) 274-5481 x2

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 http://www.siue.edu/engineering/summercamps/.

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 icc.edu/scholarships. 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...