Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Great Opportunity - Work-based Learning Construction

Spend a year learning about the construction industry and gain credit doing it.  Students in the Work-based Learning (WBL) Construction class will get a hands-on chance to learn about all of the different trades. Some of the trades the students will learn about include Plumbers, Sheet Metal Workers, Carpenters, Cement Masons, Iron Workers, Steamfitters, Electricians, and Operating Engineers.

Here is how the program works...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Earning College Credit While at IVC

There are two different ways a student can earn college credits while still in high school.  It is a great way to save some money and get a jump start on a college career.  Dual credit classes and taking a part time schedule at ICC give students the opportunity to earn more than one semester of college credit.  Imagine starting college with one semester already completed.

Here is how it works...

Co-op and Work-Based Learning - What are they??

There are two programs available to the students which take them out of the building and give them some hand-on experience, co-op and work-based learning.  Both are extremely beneficial programs. Any interested student should see their counselor as soon as possible.


What is Co-op?

Registration Process Begins

The counselors will be meeting with the student body during homeroom this week to distribute the registration materials.  Yes, we are starting a lot earlier than in past years.  It is our hope that we will have the master schedule and student schedules completed before the end of the school year.

How the process works...

Monday, November 10, 2014

Depression and Suicide Workshop

Approximately 1 in 10 adolescents have a depressive disorder by the time they are 18 years of age. Come join the IVC guidance department for an informational meeting about this issue.  

What is depression?

What are the causes of depression?

What are the symptoms of depression?

What should I do if I suspect suicide?

A list of resources will be provided

Wednesday, November 12th
IVC High School Library
6:30 P.M.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fourth Day Retreat #19

Fourth Day #19
What an awesome and unique four days.  Senior retreat #19 was led by six amazing seniors: Zoe Hulet, Hannah Scherer, Cheyenne Carter, Bailey Ehringer, Dusty Langdom, and Nathan Shull.

Retreat #19 was the second biggest retreat with over 50 students attending.  What made it even more unique

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weekend Service Trip in Michigan

Finished Gaga Pit

What a great weekend!!!

I had the opportunity to spend the weekend with ten current and former Grey Ghosts up in northern Michigan. Along with Tim and Sherri Heth, we traveled to the Grand Traverse Reservation to help with the construction of a Gaga Pit right

Combating Text Anxiety

"I know the material but when the test arrives, I draw a blank."  We hear that quite frequently in the Guidance Department.  Test anxiety can most easily be described as the excessive worrying about performing well on a test.  Test anxiety can be very tough to overcome. With a little bit of work, though, it can be reduced.

  • Preparing for the test is the best way to counter test anxiety.  The #1 reason for test anxiety is that the student is not confident that he or she truly knows the material. Confidence comes from preparation.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bullying in Schools Workshop

Bullying is a problem facing every school and student in the country.  IVC District 321 will be offering a parent workshop this Thursday that addresses many of issues surrounding the topic.

  • What should the student do?
  • What should the parent do?
  • What if my son or daughter is doing the bullying?
  • What are the responsibilities of the school?
Come join us at the high school for this informative workshop.

Thursday, October 23rd
IVC High School Library
6:30 P.M.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Senior Retreat Coming Up!!

Group Picture from last spring's retreat
We are pretty excited about the upcoming senior retreat.  Over 50 students have picked up registration sheets. The retreat will take place Nov. 5-8 at Eagle Crest Camp in Washburn.

Parent Workshop Schedule for 2014-15

The Guidance Department and Administration at IVC will be sponsoring a number of workshops throughout this school year.  There are a variety of topics ranging from college planning to bullying to depression.  We have already completed two of the workshops for this year.  The next two workshops will take place the next two Thursday nights.
  • Thursday, Oct 16th - Financial Aid Workshop
  • Thursday, Oct 23rd - Bullying and Cyberbullying
Please click on the following link 2014 Parent Workshops to download this year's schedule.

Financial Aid Night

IVC will host a Financial Aid Night this Thursday at 6:30 in the library.  The presentation is intended mainly for seniors 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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Welcome to the IVC Guidance Blog!!

It is the goal of the IVC Guidance Department to share with students and parents some important and interesting articles and links, along with info on upcoming events.  Check back frequently!! Contact us with any questions or suggestions for the blog.