Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Parents' Guide to Teen Depression

Teenagers face a host of pressures as they navigate their way through some tough years. With all this turmoil and uncertainty, it isn’t always easy to differentiate between normal teenage growing pains and depression. But teen depression goes beyond moodiness. It’s a serious health problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Fortunately, it’s treatable and parents can help. This article from helpguide.org is a fantastic resource for recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression and a list of ways to help your teen.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Great FAFSA Video - For those who have not completed it

Last year, FAFSA released a pretty funny video designed for those students who have not completed their FAFSA yet. Please take the time to finish the FAFSA as soon as possible so you do not risk missing out on any available MAP Grant money.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

College Isn't For Everyone - Week 4

College isn't for everyone...How about a career in the skilled trades? Each week we will be featuring a 2 minute video created by Dirty Jobs' Host Mike Rowe which hopefully sheds a bright light on the skilled trades.

The topic this week... White Collar Jobs are better than Blue Collar Jobs

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Voice of Democracy - Due Tuesday

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

Test Anxiety - Strategies to Overcome It

A little nervousness before a test is common; a panic attack is not. Frequently students come to the counseling office to talk with us about test anxiety. Since this anxiety has such a broad range, it is often very difficult to pinpoint what strategies can help a student through this difficult situation.  I recently ran across an online article which does a very nice job outlining strategies that might be successful with many students. It serves as a great starting point to relieve the anxiety.

Link to website

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

10 Sites to Kick Off Your Scholarship Search

If you’re hoping to fund some, or all, of your college career with scholarships, you’re in luck: There are billions of dollars in scholarship and grant money awarded each year.

You don’t need to be a valedictorian or football star to win scholarship money – there are scholarships for all types of students. But you do need to put some effort into your search.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Senior Retreat - Coming Up Soon

We are very excited about the upcoming senior retreat.  Over 50 students have picked up registration sheets. The retreat will take place Nov. 1-4 at Eagle Crest Camp in Washburn.

Some neat facts about the retreat...

-- The retreat is four days in length and nearly 100% led by a group of six seniors.

-- This is the 25th retreat. Over 800 students have attended the retreat over the past twelve years.

-- Ms. Laura Davis, one of the counselors, will be attending as an adult leader.  She was a retreatant on the very first retreat twelve years ago. How cool is that!?!

-- If a student would like to attend but cannot afford the retreat ($90), there are some partial and full scholarships available if the student comes to see one of the counselors.

Please see one of the counselors for a registration sheet.  The sheets are due by this Friday but can be turned in early next week. See any counselor with questions.

College Isn't For Everyone - Week 3

College isn't for everyone...How about a career in the skilled trades? Each week we will be featuring a 2 minute video created by Dirty Jobs' Host Mike Rowe which hopefully sheds a bright light on the skilled trades.

The topic this week... The myth that the trades are no place for a woman

FAFSA Workshop

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid workshop will be on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00 pm in the IVC Library. Seniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop as financial aid as well as most scholarship opportunities require the completion of FAFSA. Our ISAC representative will be present to walk students and parents through the FAFSA process.

Tuesday, October 17th
IVC High School Library
6:00 P.M.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Student and Parent Alert: Parchment is Free

To clear up any confusion, Parchment is free for all current high school seniors in Illinois. You should not be charged to send your transcripts to colleges.  There is no limit to the number of transcripts that you send. If you are being charged, contact one of the high school counselors. Be sure to check the following first:

  • The transcript must be ordered from a student account using the IVC student email address.
  • Be sure your year of graduation is correct in your account. It must say 2018 or you will be charged.
  • There may be an extra fee to attach a schedule. The counselors can do it for free. See a counselor.

Colleges Doing More to Help Freshmen Adapt

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​Consider this shocking stat as you shop for a college: One-third of freshmen don’t return for sophomore year. And only 61 percent of undergraduates get a degree within six years.

Colleges have gotten the message and are trying their best to do more to help freshmen feel comfortable during their first year in school. 

When considering a college, be sure to ask what events are held to help ensure a successful transition to college.  How does your potential school engage students from the first day they are on campus?

Attention Seniors....Experience College for a Day!

Western Illinois University is hosting College Days this fall. Attend lectures in multiple subjects, meet faculty and students, and learn about careers in multiple majors! College Days are October 27th & November 10th. Please use the following link to view the schedule for both days and to register:

If you decide to attend one of the College Days, let your guidance counselor know as soon as possible so we can count it as a college visit. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

College Isn't For Everyone - Week 2

College isn't for everyone...How about a career in the skilled trades? Each week we will be featuring a 2 minute video created by Dirty Jobs' Host Mike Rowe which hopefully sheds a bright light on the skilled trades.

The topic this week... The Myth that Trade Jobs are Dead End Jobs

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nurse for a day: November 2nd, 2017

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This year's Nurse for a Day is being held at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing on Thursday, November 2, 2017. The event starts at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. We will provide transportation. This event encourages students to seek high-skilled, high-wage careers in the nursing profession! Students will engage in hands-on activities and gain real world experience from current nursing students and nursing professionals. We are limited to taking 5 students so please email or visit Ms. Lee in the guidance department if you are interested.

Avoid These Common FAFSA Errors

Mistakes can delay your application and limit the amount of aid you are eligible to receive. To avoid errors, carefully read all of the questions on the FAFSA. Some of the most common FAFSA errors are:
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  • Leaving blank fields. Enter a '0' or 'NA' instead
  • Using decimal points. Round to the nearest dollar
  • Listing an incorrect Social Security or driver's license number. Triple-check these
  • Failing to use your legal name. Avoid nicknames
  • Listing incorrect marital status or failing to include the appropriate parents. If custodial parent is re-married, you will need to include your step-parent's information
  • Failing to count yourself as a student
  • Failing to count an unborn child. Number in household is for the upcoming school year, so, for example, if your mom is pregnant, she is counted a '2' people
  • Forgetting to list the colleges you have applied to. Make sure the schools receive your information!
A WONDERFUL service is offered to Illinois students through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Our representative, Natalie Irwin, will schedule a meeting with parents and students who are filling out the FAFSA free of charge to answer any questions you may have. Contact your Guidance Counselor for more information.

Questions to Ask on a College Visit

Image result for question marksOne of the best ways to learn more about a college is to visit their campus. When you're visiting, it is to your advantage to slow down and ask several questions. While it is helpful to talk to the admission staff (individuals who are paid to talk up a school), it also very insightful to talk to students about what they like and don't like about their school (individuals who will give their honest opinion). Here is a list of questions to ask while on a campus visit:

Monday, October 2, 2017

Congratulations to all homecoming participants

Great job by all who participated in Homecoming week. It was a ton of fun. Results from homecoming are as follows...

       Hall Decs
1.  Juniors
2.  Freshmen
3.  Sophomores
4.  Seniors
     Class Comps
1.  Seniors
2.  Juniors
3.  Sophomores (Tug-o-War Champs)
4.  Freshmen

Grand Champion...Faculty Skit (LOL)
1.  Seniors
2.  Sophomores
3.  Juniors
4.  Freshmen

1.  Juniors
2.  Sophomores
3.  Seniors
4.  Freshmen