• UPCOMING GUIDANCE EVENTS

     
     
    Guidance Events 2018-2019
     
     
    August 13-14, 2018 – Freshman Orientation Days

    September 20, 2018 – College Information and Financial Aid Night (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

    September 29th, 2018 -- NACAC National College Fair at McCormick Place (11 a.m. - 3 p.m)

    October 10, 2018 - PSAT

    January 22, 2019 – WHS Course Selection Appointments Begin

    February 20, 2019 – Incoming 9th Grade Night (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

    February 26 - February 28, 2019 – WJHS Course Selection Appointments

    March 20, 2019 – Field Trip to College of DuPage for Interested Seniors

    April 9, 2019 - SAT State Testing for juniors at WHS
     
    April 13, 2019 – National ACT Test at WHS 

    May 21, 2019 – Awards Assembly

    May 28, 2019 – Graduation

     
  • Choices College Fair

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 10/16/2018

    The CHOICES Program is a postsecondary planning evening for students with an IEP, 504 plan, or history of a disability. Approximately 60 colleges, universities and college transition programs have signed up for the CHOICES college fair to meet with families and discuss the disability support services available at their institutions.

     This year’s program will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018 from 6:00-8:45pm at Deerfield High School, Deerfield, Illinois.

     Breakout Session Topics 6:00-7:30pm

    • Accessing Support at a Large Public University
    • Managing the Stress of the Transition to College
    • Planning for Success at College for Students on the Autism Spectrum
    • The College Search and Application Process for Students with Disabilities

     

    College Fair 7:00 – 9:00 PM

    For more information, please click HERE

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  • Financial Aid Guide

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 9/25/2018

    This is a reminder for ALL SENIORS that the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application opens on October 1st! Remember, the Illinois MAP Grant is awarded to students on a first come, first serve basis as those funds run out. For any students, parents, or guardians that would like one on one help completing the FAFSA, please contact our ISAC representative below. She is a phenomenal free resource who can advise you on any necessary paperwork you may need and walk you through the process step by step!

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be completed here: http://www.fafsa.gov

    Also, please click HERE for an overview of the FAFSA and for financial aid tips.

    Ilirjana Shemshedini
    ISACorps Member
    Illinois Student Assistance Commission
     
    SPANISH SPEAKING:
     
    Guadalupe Flores
    ISACoprs Member
    Illinois Student Assistant Commission
    (630) 352-9623
    guadalupe.flores@illinois.gov 
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  • International College Fair

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 9/24/2018

    Admission representatives from 39 colleges & universities outside the U.S. will present information about their schools and application processes on Tuesday, November 3rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Place O'Hare. 

    To view the list of institutions attending, please click HERE.

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  • October 10th PSAT/NMSQT at WHS

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 9/10/2018

    Westmont High School will be offering the PSAT exam for all interested sophomore and junior students on Wednesday, October 10th from 9-12pm. The PSAT can qualify students for scholarships including the National Merit Scholar Program. All interested students should sign up with Ms. Grahn in the main office for a $20 fee cash or check. 

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  • College and Financial Aid Information Night

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 9/7/2018
    The Westmont High School Guidance Department will host our annual College Information and Financial Aid Information Night on Thursday, September 20th, from 6:30-8:30 PM in the WHS Auditorium. 
     
    This year's special topic will feature information about our new WHS program called Naviance Family Connection. Additionally, a representative from OMH College Planners, Inc., will provide insight into the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and how students can receive money for college. ALL students and parents in CUSD 201 are encouraged to attend and we strongly recommend that all junior and senior students and parents participate in this event.
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  • Upcoming College Fairs

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 9/6/2018

    Saturday, September 29th from 11 - 3 p.m. — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will sponsor their annual College Fair at McCormick Place. This event is a great opportunity for students to meet admission representatives from hundreds of universities! For more information and to register for the fair, click here. All students are welcome to attend, but juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

    Tuesday, October 16th from 6-8 p.m. — College of DuPage will sponsor their annual College Fair. While this event will not be as large as the NACAC fair on October 1st, it will be yet another opportunity for students to meet with college representatives. More information regarding this fair can be found here.  
     
    Throughout September, October, and November—College representatives will be visiting Westmont High School to meet with current juniors and seniors who are interested in their schools. These meet-and-greets are another great way for students to get more information about an individual school and let that school know they are going to apply. It is always good for a student to get their name and face out to an admission representative who may one day review their application! College visits to WHS are featured in the daily announcements and on Naviance. Students can sign up for a pass to meet the admission representative on Naviance!
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  • Post-Secondary Planning for Seniors

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 9/3/2018

    The WHS Guidance Department is committed to helping seniors prepare for and navigate through the college application and post-secondary process. This process is certainly exciting, but it can also be overwhelming at times. We seek to support students through this by providing classroom guidance, individual planning, and large group presentations.

    Please see below for an overview of our college planning programming: 
     
    September 5th—The Guidance Department presented information about the post-secondary search and application process through workshops specifically designed for seniors. Topics we reviewed included:
    • Finding the right “fit” (i.e. what type of school/program is right for individual students?)
    • Required documents for most college/trade/vocational/military applications
    • Timeline and logistics of the college application process
    • Requesting official and unofficial transcripts 
    • Requesting letters of recommendation and completing necessary "Brag Sheet" 
    • Assisted time to work on applications
    September 6th - For all seniors in Consumer Economics, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) presented on Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and how it relates to their post-secondary plans. 
     
    September 10th—Individual senior guidance appointments begin. During these appointments we will review students' progress towards graduation, discuss post-secondary plans, and set up a timeline and action plan for college/job/military applications. All students should be done with their applications by October 31st!
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  • Updated 2018 ACT/SAT Concordance Table

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 6/18/2018
    ACT and the College Board recently released new concordance tables that allow users to compare scores from the new SAT test (redesigned in 2016) and the ACT test. The 2018 ACT/SAT concordance tables, derived from a joint comprehensive research study conducted by the two organizations over the past nine months, are based on scores of nearly 600,000 graduating seniors in the class of 2017 who took both tests. The 2018 ACT/SAT concordance tables are now the only official concordance tables between the ACT and the SAT and should be used as the single source of reference moving forward when comparing scores on the two tests. These tables replace the concordance tables that were released in 2016. The new concordance tables may be accessed for free on act.org/concordance and collegeboard.org/concordance
     
    A PDF version of this updated concordance table is also attached HERE for your reference.
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  • April 14th ACT at WHS

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 4/10/2018

    Attention all juniors taking the National ACT exam on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Westmont High School! 

     Please remember that this is your final week to prepare for this important exam. In addition to reviewing test strategies and content in your classes, please make sure to remember the following:

    • Students must remember to bring a valid photo ID, an ACT-approved calculator, #2 pencils, and their official ACT admission ticket. Students who do not have a valid ID or admission ticket will NOT be allowed to test. More information is available on www.actstudent.org.
    • Testing room lists will be posted in the Commons, by the Guidance Department, and by the Student Entrance on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 11, 2018. 
    • Students may bring snacks to the ACT exam, but they will only be allowed to access them during the break between Test 2 and Test 3.
    • Students should plan to arrive to Westmont High School around 7:30 a.m.Testing will begin promptly at 8 a.m.Students arriving late will NOT be allowed to test.

    We are confident that all of our juniors taking the ACT exam on Saturday, April 14th will have a great testing experience!

    If any juniors did not register online for the April 14th National ACT exam, please know that there is another opportunity for you to take the exam on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Make sure to register online by the May 4, 2018 deadline.

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  • April 10th Alternate Schedule at WHS

    Posted by Megan Connolly on 4/3/2018

    Please see the attached letter from Mr. Baldermann regarding the alternate schedule on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 - click HERE

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