Friday, September 22, 2017

College Isn't For Everyone


College isn't for everyone...How about a career in the skilled trades? We will be featuring a weekly video created by Dirty Jobs' Host Mike Rowe which hopefully sheds a bright light on the skilled trades.

Click below for a list of skilled trade careers that do not require a four year degree.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Reminder: Only Way to Send Transcripts is through Parchment

Just a reminder that the only way to send transcripts is through the Parchment website. Students who have signed up have reported that once they were signed up, it was pretty simple to order transcripts. We have only experienced a few difficulties so far.  At this point 76 of 158 seniors have registered for Parchment. We need to get that number up.  Students can check their email to access one of the many (5+) reminders that they have received from Parchment.

Feel free to contact any counselor with questions.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Golden Apple Scholarship for Education Majors

The Golden Apple Scholarship is available for any senior who is hoping to study in the education field. Students can trade up to $23,000 of tuition support for beginning their career in a high - need school. More information on this scholarship program can be found at with the application found here.

ACT Retake - Deadline to Register is Friday

Any senior who plans to take the ACT in October is reminded that this Friday, September 22nd is the deadline.  Testing sites include ICC and Bradley. Students wishing to take the test should go to

HEY HEY.............Each class has started working on their homecoming floats.....

ATTENTION IVC Grey Ghosts!!! Each class has started building their class float for the homecoming parade. Check in with your class sponsor to find out schedule/location. GET INVOLVED!!! The following people are class sponsors:

Freshmen: Harley Williams & David Beck
Sophomore: Shana Placher & Lindsay Bogner
Junior: Mark Kosinski & Sherri Heth
Seniors: Josh Clarke and Tim Cech

Overview of the Financial Aid Presentation (9/18)

Image result for 'financial aid'We had a great turn out at the Financial Aid Presentation last night. ISAC's representative Natalie Irwin gave us an overview of different types of financial aid such as grants, loans, and scholarships. We went over FAFSA, and why it is so important to be file as soon as the application process opens (October 1st, 2017). There was a lot of information presented in a short amount of time so we are attaching her presentation. If you have any questions contact your child's guidance counselor.

Financial Aid Presentation

Friday, September 15, 2017

College Visit Day Procedure

Seniors wanting to take a college visit should take these steps:

Image result for 'college visit days'1) Bring a note to your counselor from a parent stating the date and location of the college visit. This must be at least two days in advance.

2) Take the College Visit Request form to the teachers of the day you will miss to sign off on and return completed form to your counselor.

3) During your college visit, get the College Visitation Confirmation form filled out and return to your counselor.

See your counselor or Mrs. Placher in Guidance with questions.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Schools Visiting IVC

Throughout the school year, many schools will be visiting IVC. More schools are added every day. In order to stay updated of which schools are visiting, check out the Guidance Calendar on the upper left portion of the homepage.

It is to the student's advantage to meet with the admission reps when they visit. Many schools actually keep track of how many times a student has met with them whether it be at a college fair, campus tour or school visit. Students can sign up for school visits in the Guidance Office.

Some upcoming school visits include:
Sept 18th - Monmouth College
Sept 19th - Illinois College
Sept 21st - MacMurray College, Eureka College
Sept 26th - Millikan University
Sept 28th - McKendree University
Oct 3rd - Bradley University, Truman State University
Oct 5th - Illinois State University
Oct 10th - Illinois Wesleyan University
Oct 11th - SIU Carbondale
Oct 13th - Knox College
Oct 16th - Western Illinois University
Oct 23rd - U of I Urbana-Champaign
Oct 30th - Drake University

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Attention Juniors!!! PSAT/NMSQT is October 11th

The PSAT/NMSQT is a great way to preview and practice for the SAT. It will test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT.

In addition, when you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you’re automatically screened for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. For more information, visit NMSC's website or see the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT or the Guide to the National Merit® Scholarship Program(for educators). The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a cosponsor of the PSAT/NMSQT.

There are 30 spots available. You can sign up with Mrs. Placher in the guidance office. The test will cost $16.00. Checks can be made out to IVC. Payment must be received before test day. We will test on October 11th, 2017 at 8:00 am

Lastly, please visit the following website for additional information:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Off to College Guide

All seniors received this year's Off to College Guide at the senior meeting last week. The guide is packed information such as: timelines, factors to consider, college open houses, keys to the process, important website links, and steps to writing a great essay.

The guide can be accessed by clicking this link.

To see the powerpoint of the whole senior class presentation, click here.

Start the College Exploration Process Online

College exploration can be a daunting task. Many websites help bring that college exploration to your fingertips.  Here are a few sites that hopefully ease the process a bit.

U.S. News and World Report - Great starting spot for exploration process. Well known for their college rankings, U.S. News has great information about college. New rankings come out next week on September 13th. Check them out at

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) - We highlight ISAC in the college links on the right side of the blog because of what a great resource it is for students and parents. Contains a ton of information with regard to financial aid and scholarships.  Descriptions of different loans and grants available to students.  There is also help available for filling out FAFSA.

Big Future by The College Board - This website is so jam packed with information that you could spend days and days looking at valuable info. Categories include: Finding Colleges, Exploring Colleges, Paying for College, and Getting In.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

University of IL Hosting a Number of Events

The colleges at the University of Illinois are hosting a number of events both on and off campus this fall. These are a fantastic opportunity to get a close look at the programs available at U of I.

Click below to get a full listing of all the events.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ICC Announces Visit Days for 2017-18

Illinois Central College has released this year's Friday Campus Visit Days.What a great way to visit campus ICC campus and learn about different programs offered. 

Reserve your spot online at

The full list of visit days is as follows:

Sept. 29 - Health Careers
Oct. 6 - Financial Aid (including FAFSA)
Oct. 13 - Engineering
Oct. 20 - POWER Programs (automotive, diesel, GM ASEP, and CAT)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

$500 Up for Grabs to an IVC Student

One IVC student will walk away with $500 in this year's Voice of Democracy Contest sponsored by our local VFW. Students need to create a 3-5 minute oral essay on the topic "American History: Our Hope for the Future." The competition is open to all IVC students. Deadline is October 31st. Students should see their counselor for registration sheet and rules.

Topic: My Responsibility to America
Grades: 9-12
Top Prize: $500
Second Prize: $200
Due Date: October 31st
For more details: Ask a Guidance Counselor

Basically students will need to write an essay and then transcribe it to an audio file. It is actually quite simple. The teachers at the high school use many different programs to save audio. Students should ask their English teacher if they are unsure what program to use.

Link to Rules/Application

Parchment - What is it?

Parchment is the electronic transcript site that makes sending transcripts simple. It is completely free for all students currently in high school.  The best takes about 2 minutes to go on the site and request a transcript.  The counselors then click an approve button and the colleges have the transcript. It is the only way that transcripts will be sent to colleges, universities, NCAA, etc.

Reminder to seniors: You must register using the email that was sent to your school email from Parchment. Registration takes about 5-10 minutes but will only need to be done once. After you are registered, ordering transcripts couldn't be simpler.  

Note to Parents: The student must sign up for Parchment using the link to his/her school email address. Any accounts using other email addresses will not work because the account will not be properly linked to our school.  Please encourage the students to set up the account as soon as possible. It is the only way transcripts will be sent.

SAT Registration Deadline is Friday

Just an FYI to any senior wanting to retake the SAT, the deadline to register for the October 7th test is this Friday.  Students can go to to register. The closest testing center offering the October test is ICC.  The test costs $46.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Financial Aid and FAFSA Presentation Dates Set

Save the Dates!! Our annual presentations for general financial aid information and FAFSA have been set. Illinois Student Assistance Commission representative Natalie Irwin will be at IVC to discuss all things financial aid on Monday, September 18th at 6:00 PM in the IVC Library. She will return on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 PM to the IVC Library to discuss and answer questions pertaining to FAFSA. More information to follow.

Financial Aid: Monday, September 18th at 6:00 at IVC Library
FAFSA: Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 at IVC Library

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Homecoming is happening soon!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Homecoming week will be here soon (September 25th-29th to be exact)!!! This is a great way to meet new people, get involved with your class, and have FUN!! Float building starts two weeks before homecoming . If you want to help your class, reach out to the class sponsors for schedules (float, hall decorations, & skit). 
The following people are class sponsors:
Freshmen: Harley Williams & David Beck
Sophomore: Shana Placher & Lindsey Bogner
Junior: Mark Kosinski & Sherri Heth 
Senior: Josh Clarke & Tim Cech

Monday, August 28, 2017

Say Cheese!!

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Don't forget to wear your biggest smiles tomorrow, August 29th, for our annual Picture Day at the high School!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

YOU!!! Yes, YOU!!!!

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Did You Know??

IVC has dozens of sports, clubs, groups, and activities for students of all ages and interests. Check out the list below to see many of the great options IVC has to offer!

NCAA Guide for Student Athletes

This guide covers all the information necessary to play DI, DII, or DIII athletics.  All student-athletes who plan on playing at the NCAA level need to read through this guide.  Step by step instructions are detailed for all athletes who will need to register for DI and DII eligibility.

Click here for the guide in PDF form.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Freshman Orientation...A Day of Transition

What a fantastic day at Great Oaks for the Freshman Orientation.  Over 30 Link Crew leaders (juniors and seniors) put on a great event, hopefully putting some freshmen at ease and helping them understand the inner workings of IVC High School.

In the morning, the freshmen were led through a series of team-building activities.  Each activity had a specific purpose. They included:

Duct Tape Stretcher - teams had to construct a stretcher to transport their "injured" teammate.
Trustwalk - Members of team were blindfolded while one sighted member led them on a walk through the camp.
Helium Stick - A challenging activity requiring the team to work together to lower a stick to the ground.
Duct Tape Transport - Teams had to create a device to transport water from the lake to a bucket roughly 50 yards away.
Mousetrap Minefield - Blindfolded team members are guided through a maze of mousetraps.

The awesome Chillicothe Police Department came out and grilled hot dogs for lunch.  After lunch, students rotated to four different 20 minute seminars during which they heard about the following topics:

Seminar 1 - Reading a Schedule, Good Start, Agenda
Seminar 2 - Getting Involved, Managing Everything
Seminar 3 - Brand New Start, Rules, Who’s Who at IVC
Seminar 4 - Fitting In Story, Bullying, Reaching Out for Help

Click below for some tips for freshmen

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Welcome Back!

Image result for welcome from your counselorsWelcome to an exciting start to the school year! IVC Guidance is here to help you throughout the school year is excited to see what the year brings. As a reminder, your counselors are as follows:

Mr. Kosinski - Students last name A-H
Ms. Lee - Students last name I-L, IEPs, 504s
Mrs. Davis - Students last name M-Z, IVC Learning Center

Have a great 2017-2018!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Materials Engineering Camp

Image result for 'materials engineering camp'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 24 - July 27 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Applications are due May 5th and can be found here. Contact Laura Davis at or by calling 274-5481 with questions.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Summer Service Trip for Students

For the past six years, a group of IVC students and faculty have traveled up to Kewadin, MI for a week-long service on the Grand Traverse Native American Reservation. The trip is open to any IVC student.  Over the past six years, the people on the reservation have become an extended family. Any interested student stop by the guidance office for more information. There will be an informational meeting for all freshmen and sophomores in the auditorium on Thursday.

The particulars of the trip are as follows:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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. Reminder that no parents may turn in applications for students.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

CLEP Testing Parent Workshop

Image result for 'clep testing'IVC Guidance will be hosting a parent workshop on Wednesday, March 15th at 6:30 PM in the IVC Library to discuss the financial and academic benefits of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP exams are offered in many different areas and are similar to the AP tests. This may allow a student to post-secondary education with college credits. This workshop is great for seniors and their parents. Call Mrs. Placher in IVC Guidance with questions at 274-5481.