Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Local Scholarship Information

Seniors met in the auditorium this morning during HR period and were given a list of all the available local scholarships. Last year, over 40 scholarships were awarded totaling over $150,000. 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.

All scholarships due Friday, March 24 at 3:30. No late applications will be accepted.

Helen Jordan Truitt Scholarship 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 $95,000 was awarded to three 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.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

College Funding Workshop

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The College Funding Coach will be hosting a free workshop at Dunlap High School on March 8th. To the right is the flier for the "Little Known Secrets of Paying for College" from The College Funding Coach. The flier has links embedded for parents to be able to register directly for the program. Parents need to register/RSVP for the event so that they know how many parents will be in attendance. The registration will also provide an attendance ticket for the parent, with the information printed on it, this also helps with check-in at the event.

This is a one time opportunity for this workshop. It is a great opportunity for parents to the ins and outs of the funding process.

Friday, February 17, 2017

SAT Test, Prep and Online Resources

SAT Test - The test is April 5th for all Illinois students. As a reminder to all students and parents, the SAT has replaced the ACT as the statewide test offered in Illinois. Registration will be done by the school. All the students have to do is prepare and take the test.

Prep Class - IVC will be offering a prep class for the SAT test. Scores typically improve for students who take prep classes.  The prep class begins Feb. 28th and will last until the end of March. Classes will be after school from 2:45-4:15 two or three days per week. An exact schedule will be out shortly. Students will be able sign up in Counseling Department starting next week.

Online Resources - There are a variety of online options available at no cost to help students prepare for the SAT. A few of those links are below.
  • Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/sat - The Khan Academy is a fantastic resource to prepare for the SAT. The best part is that it is all free. SEVEN full length tests are offered as practice. Students also may upload their PSAT scores and Khan Academy will pinpoint areas where extra practice is needed.
  • Testive - https://www.testive.com/illinois/ - Similar to Khan Academy, Testive offers practice questions in specified areas. It is free to Illinois residents until February 28th.
  • Prep Factory - https://www.prepfactory.com/ - The Prep Factory uses a unique and interactive approach to address all of the aspects of the SAT test. There are videos and written tutorials for each of the areas. Best part - it is all free. Great resource.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Attention All Sophomores- You will be taking the PSAT 10 on March 15th, 2017

Image result for 'COLLEGE BOARD'The guidance department would like to notify you of an important date coming up! On March 15th, all sophomores will be taking the PSAT 10. The district is paying for our sophomores to take the PSAT 10 in preparation for the SAT as a junior. We will complete a pre-administration session prior to the test date during your advisory period. We will send more information out in a few weeks. Please check out the following website for more details about the test and what to expect:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SAT Prep Class

Image result for 'sat prepThe SAT is on April 5th, and IVC will be offering an SAT prep class beginning on Tuesday, February 28th after school from 2:45 - 4:15. A full schedule will be sent out later this week. Meeting dates are set for 2-3 days after school per week. Students will meet with teachers from the Math and English departments to review subject material and discuss test taking strategies for the SAT. The cost for the ENTIRE prep class is ONLY $20. Sign ups are now available in the Guidance office. Please call Mrs. Placher at 274-5481 with any questions.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hidden in Plain Sight Display

Please stop by the Guidance Department display at Ghost Pride Night this Wednesday evening (6:00-8:00). Hidden in Plain Sight is an interactive exhibit that will provide parents with clues to help determine whether or not their child might be experimenting with alcohol or drugs. It is designed to help empower parents and give them tips on how to address the problem.

Within the bedroom are more than 25 warning signs of possible usage. Some of the signs are pretty obvious. Others are things you may have never even considered.

Join the Counseling Department for Hidden in Plain Sight!! You just might be surprised at what you learn.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Peoria Regional College Fair - March 2nd

Mark your calendars!!!

Bradley University
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
Renaissance Coliseum
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

High school students and their families will have the opportunity to learn about nearly 100 colleges and universities during the 3rd annual Peoria Area Regional College Fair on Thursday, March 2 at the Renaissance Coliseum on the campus of Bradley University in Peoria. The fair will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Bradley University, in collaboration with the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling and area high schools, presents this opportunity for students beginning their college search to speak with college and university representatives from around the country.

ICC Placement Test - March 13th

ICC Placement Test

Any student planning to attend ICC next fall is required to take the placement test in order to determine placement for Math and English classes.

Juniors planning to take classes at ICC as a senior next year must also take the test.

Any student who does not take the test on March 13th will need to drive to ICC and take the test after school  so it is to the students' advantage to take the test at IVC.

Exceptions: Check the picture above for the exceptions.

Click below for more info

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A How-to Guide to Register for Freshman Year Classes

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 21st 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...