FAFSA Completion Night Monday, October 30th!
IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND SHS' FAFSA COMPLETION NIGHT, THE ILLINOIS STUDENT ASSISTANCE COMMISSION (ISAC) WILL BE HOSTING ANOTHER COMPLETION WORKSHOP SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH FROM 10:00AM-12:00PM AT LINCOLN PUBLIC LIBRARY ON THE 2ND FLOOR.
We will have the FAFSA Completion Aid night on Monday, October 30th from 6:00-7:00pm. Please join us in the commons with the representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and our post secondary coach Mrs. Lauer to receive assistance in completing and/or finalizing your student’s FAFSA. Computers will be provided. You and your student will need the following to complete the FAFSA:
- Social security number (Be sure it’s correct! #1 error on FAFSA is people entering the incorrect SS#!)
- Your Alien Registration Number, if you (the student) are not a U.S. citizen
- Your 2016 federal tax returns, W-2’s and other records of income
- Banking statements and records of investments (if applicable)
- Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
- An FSA ID to sign electronically (This can be created beforehand at said.ed.gov, or at the time of application)
- List of colleges your student would like to attend
Letters of Recommendation Information
Please use the information on the right to request letters of recommendation.
Your transcript is your official educational record. It lists all classes you have taken, your semester grades, class rank, ACT/SAT test scores and GPA. You DO NOT have access to your transcript, only your guidance dean and the secretaries in the guidance office. Transcripts can be official (sealed in an envelope) or unofficial, not sealed or signed. Most colleges and universities will want to see your transcript before they make a decision to admit you.
You can receive 3 free transcripts, not including a free unofficial copy for your review. After we have sent 3, they are $1 each until the first of August after your graduation. This does not include Parchment.
Parchment is an online transcript service. You can easily create an account and order your transcripts through Parchment. They are then electronically sent to the destination requested. If you do request from Parchment, make sure you put Grad/leave year as 2018!! If you do Parchment and are charged a fee, you have made an error. Parchment will not charge current students for their service.
If you are applying to Lincolnland, you must request your transcript through Parchment.
Dual Credit transcript. If you have taken a dual credit class, the college credit does not show on your high school transcript. You must request a copy of your “college” transcript directly from LLCC. For information on ordering your LLCC transcript, please check out the LLCC website.
Common App. All Common App students must go through their guidance dean.
FINAL TRANSCRIPTS. This is the MOST important piece of information you will need to know. Prior to graduation, you MUST give Mrs. Kontio an addressed, stamped envelope to have your final transcripts sent to your school of choice. ALL schools require a final transcript. Failure to send your final transcript will result in possible expulsion, failure to register, etc. Trust me, you do not want to be sitting in your class and receive the email that your school has never received your final transcript. If your school also needs your immunization record it is imperative that you request it to be sent and provide a separate envelope if needed.
Below is the proper way to address an envelope. ALWAYS USE INK. DO not address an envelope to a college in pencil.
Envelope must be business size, 9.5”x 4”. Do not put a return address on the envelope. Your name must be on the inside flap.
CLASS of 2018 DATES TO REMEMBER
Senior year is upon us and there will be many important dates and deadlines. Please check the daily announcements on the home page for updates and reminders. Here are some dates to remember:
Meeting in Auditorium: Wednesday, October 11th 8:25am
Orders taken in Commons: Tuesday, October 17th, 7:30am - 12:40pm
Delivery of Graduation Announcements: Thursday, March 15th 11:00am - 12:40pm
Delivery of Caps/Gowns (Commons): Tuesday, May 8th - 8:30am
Senoir Honors NIght, Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 in the Schnirring Auditorium
Graduation Practice... Saturday, June 2, MANDATORY, 8:00 am at BOS Center
Graduation Saturday, June 2, 2018. Line up at 4:30, ceremony begins at 5:00 pm.
Free information and resources for students taking the PSAT. Great information! Check it Out! Click on the above header for more information.
The CollegeBoard has partnered with Khan Academy to provide a personalized SAT test prep program for every student. Select this link to learn more about FREE SAT diagnostic quizzes, interactive practice questions, and full-length practice tests that are available to all students.
JUNIORS and SENIORS- Please check the "College Visit Calendar" tab on the left hand-side for colleges that are coming to visit SHS. Please see Mrs. Lauer or Mrs. Kontio for a pass.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in the financial aid process for post-secondary institutions. Parents of SENIOR STUDENTS- Please do not forget to apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Click on the link to take you to the FAFSA Website. Please call or email Mrs. Lauer with any questions. ** New as of Fall of 2106* Families can submit the FAFSA earlier. Students enrolling in college for Fall 2018 can file the FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017 instead of waiting intil January. On the FAFSA, students and families will report tax information from two years earlier instead of the previous year. Additional information is availble on the the FAFSA website.
Final Exam dates and times 2017-18
The final exam schedule will be availble in the newsletter coming out later in August.
SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL SEMESTER EXAM EXEMPTION POLICY 2016-2017 All freshmen, sophomore, and junior students will take first semester exams. Seniors may be exempt from 3 exams per semester. This exemption policy applies to all courses offered at Springfield High. Qualifications for exam exemptions are as follows: FRESHMEN: 1 final exam exemption, second semester only SOPHOMORES: 2 final exam exemptions, second semester only JUNIORS: 3 final exam exemptions, second semester only SENIORS: 3 final exam exemptions per semester On the exam exemption permission slip, the student will identify from which exam(s) he or she expects to be exempt. (Simply having the form does not guarantee exemption; all criteria must be met and maintained.) Exam exemption is based on absences, discipline, and quarter grades. 1. Absences: • Student must have 4 or fewer excused absences per class. • In-house counts as an excused absence. • School activities do not count as absences. • An un-excused absence will cause students to take exams. • College visits in excess of two total days will count as excused absences for purposes of exam exemption policy. • The number of absences from each individual class (not total days absent) and the grade from that particular class is used to determine the student’s eligibility. A student may be exempt from one exam, but required to take another. 2. Discipline: • If a student receives any type of out of school suspension, he/she is required to take the exam. 3. Grades: • Exemption is determined per class. A student must have a “B” or better as his/her final grade for both quarters. Semester Grades • If a student has an “A” for one quarter and a “B” for the other quarter, and chooses not to take the exam, the lower of the two grades will be the semester grade. • If a student has an “A” for one quarter and a “B” for the other quarter, and elects to take the exam, semester grades are figured using all three grades, according to the current system. Parental Consent Parents/guardians have three options if their student qualifies for exemption from an exam. The parent/guardian may: 1. Require his/her student to take the exam. 2. Allow the student to be exempt from the exam, but require him/her to attend school that day. The student would then report to an assigned location. 3. Allow the student to be exempt from the exam and also excuse him/her from school during the time for the exempted exam. IF A STUDENT DOES NOT RETURN A SIGNED FORM FROM HIS/HER PARENT BY THE DUE DATE , HE/SHE MUST TAKE THE EXAM. *CACC students do not attend CACC during finals. *Lunch will be served all three days.
ACT Testing Information
Springfield High School is an ACT testing center. We do not register or keep log in information for the ACT, CollegeBoard or SAT websites. Please refer to www.actstudent.org for all questions or information regarding the ACT. ACT test dates are:
National Test Dates
National test dates are for the United States, United States territories, Puerto Rico, and Canada. If you have missed the late registration deadline for a test date, you may be able to request standby testing.
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||(Late Fee Required)|
|September 9, 2017||August 4, 2017||August 5-18, 2017|
|October 28, 2017||September 22, 2017||September 23-October 6, 2017|
|December 9, 2017||November 3, 2017||November 4-17, 2017|
|February 10, 2018*||January 12, 2018||January 13-19, 2018|
|April 14, 2018||March 9, 2018||March 10-23, 2018|
|June 9, 2018||May 4, 2018||May 5-18, 2018|
|July 14, 2018*||June 15, 2018||June 16-22, 2018|
Please contact the guidance office to receive parent access to your student's electronic cumulative file.
2016-2017 School Profile
The school profile for 2017-18 will not be available until early fall.
Guidance News 2017- 2018
Guidance Center - Phone: 525-3106 - Room 104 (Mrs. Gordy, Mr. Kyes, Mr. Williams, Mr. Schurman) and in room 153A, (Mrs. Lauer). Personal, college, career, athletic academic coaching and vocational guidance activities are found in this office. Matters related to student class schedules, transcript requests and testing are also located in this area. This is the office area for the SHS Guidance Administrators: Freshmen - Mrs. Gordy Sophomores - Mr. Kyes Juniors- Mr. Williams, Seniors - Mr. Schurman Post Secondary Coach - Mrs. Lauer, Secretaries - Mrs. Kontio and Ms. Hurley
Dates for the 2018 AP tests are posted on the sidebar. Please check the website for updates. If the student qualifies for a fee waiver, please see Mr. Schurman. The Springfield High deadline for registering will be announced at a later date. To register, students need to bring the check/cash to the Guidance Office and sign up. More information is available at http://www.collegeboard.org/ and look under the AP section.
Upcoming SAT Test Dates
Some colleges and universities require that you take the SAT to be considered for admission. Please check with your intended school or consult your guidance dean to see if indeed SAT"s are required. Please refer to the SAT website for additional information, testing dates and registration at http:/sat.collegeboard.org/register/. ****PLEASE NOTE IF YOUR STUDENT NEEDS ACCOMMODATIONS*** https://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities
2017-18 SAT Dates
Deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S. To see international SAT test dates, visit International Registration.
|SAT Date||SAT Subject Tests Available||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline||Deadline for Changes|
|August 26, 2017
|See SAT Subject Tests available on this date||July 28, 2017||
August 8, 2017 (for mailed registrations)
August 15, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|August 15, 2017|
|October 7, 2017
|See SAT Subject Tests available on this date||September 8, 2017||
September 19, 2017 (for mailed registrations)
September 27, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|September 27, 2017|
|November 4, 2017
|See SAT Subject Tests available on this date||October 5, 2017||
October 17, 2017 (for mailed registrations)
October 25, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|October 25, 2017|
|December 2, 2017
|See SAT Subject Tests available on this date||November 2, 2017||
November 14, 2017 (for mailed registrations)
November 21, 2017 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|November 21, 2017|
|March 10, 2018
|SAT Subject Tests not offered on this date||February 9, 2018||
February 20, 2018 (for mailed registrations)
February 28, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|February 28, 2018|
|May 5, 2018
|See SAT Subject Tests available on this date||April 6, 2018||
April 17, 2018 (for mailed registrations)
April 25, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|April 25, 2018|
|June 2, 2018
|See SAT Subject Tests available on this date||May 3, 2018||
May 15, 2018 (for mailed registrations)
May 23, 2018 (for registrations made online or by phone)
|May 23, 2018|
Juniors and seniors are encouraged to visit colleges they may be considering attending after high school graduation. Students are permitted to take a half-day to visit a local college and a full day to make a visit out of the city. Students must call schools to make an appointment. They must also get a "college visit" form from their dean. A parent must call the attendance office if a student is going to be absent.
College Administrators Visit SHS
Just a reminder, juniors and seniors should take advantage of meeting with college administrators as they make their visits to SHS. Announcements are made letting students know of the visits. A list of the visiting schools can be found under College and Military Recruiter Visits on the Guidance web page, in the glass case outside the guidance office and on Mrs. Lauer's bulletin board. Students must get a pass from guidance at least the day before in order to be dismissed from class to visit with a college representative.
College Bound Juniors
Juniors who are planning on attending/making application to four-year colleges/universities after high school graduation should be registering to take either the ACT or SAT I college entrance test. The registration information can be obtained from the guidance office or online at Collegeboard.com and ACTstudent.org.
Juniors who are interested in applying to any of the military academies need to begin the process now. Applications to military academies involve many steps. Among them are determining whether you meet the basic requirements, applying to a congressman for nomination, completing ACT and SAT tests, as well as medical and physical tests. Please see your dean/asst. principal for further details.