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Counseling Department Archives


January 2020


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On Monday, January 27 in TA, the students who took the PSAT in October (Sophomores & Juniors who paid to take the PSAT) will receive their Test Booklets & their Summary Score Reports. They will also watch the two following videos with the first explaining how to read their Summery Score Report and the second showing how to navigate and view more testing information on the CollegeBoard website once the student has created their account.  All current juniors took the exam as 10th graders, so they will all watch the videos for knowledge on how to access free, individualized SAT preparation for the SAT exam they will take at HHS in April 2020.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxgEr63RzZ4    3:53

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie6WBDzjtGA    2:43

Please contact Christa Santos-Smith in the Counseling & Career Center with questions.

Boys state and Girls State

Junior students-A Boys and Girls State meeting will be held on January 29, during lunchtime in room C-28. Senior students that attended State last year will present information and applications will be handed out at that time.

►Boys and Girls State are among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students.  One week at Girls or Boys State could change your life while also developing in you a deep understanding of how the government system works.

►The program is one in which participants learn about rights, privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizens in a one-week program. Most programs are held on a college campus and students live in the dorms.

►Students in attendance come from all different areas within the state, and they come with various levels of understanding of how the government works.

If your student has additional questions after attending the meeting, please have them see the appropriate counselor listed below.

Boys State-Tricia Harvala, Counselor         Girls State-Christa Santos-Smith, Counselor


Child Care

For our older students and their guardians, The Shoshone-Bannock Vocational Rehabilitation Program invites you to attend their 6th annual JOB & RESOURCE FAIR.

●         Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 3pm to 8pm

●         The fair will be held at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel in Fort Hall

●         Regional employer booths & resources will be available providing a variety of services and on the spot hiring.

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In the past few weeks, counselors visited health classes to discuss the topics of Healthy Relationships & Suicide prevention. 

Healthy Relationships was presented by Tricia Harvala, Highland counselor & representatives from Family Services Alliance.

Suicide Prevention was presented by Christa Santos-Smith, Highland counselor. Students were given handouts and cards with warning signs & what to do in the situation.  They were asked to list a trusted adult that they can go to for help out of school and one in the school setting. They then placed those names on the classroom walls. All health classrooms have both Idaho’s and the National Suicide hotline numbers posted in them. Highland’s staff received Suicide Prevention training from Kim Kane, Idaho Dept. Health & Welfare Suicide Prevention Manager on January 17th .


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Idaho Congressional Delegations presents Service Academy Days

Listen to Academy Liaisons, Cadets and Midshipmen talk about the US Military Academies. Have your questions answered & learn how to get a congressional nomination from a member of the Idaho delegations to qualify you to apply to an Academy.

South Idaho                                                             Eastern Idaho

April 14, 2020—1pm-3pm                                      April 11, 2020—1pm-3pm

Boise location TBA                                                 Idaho Falls location TBA

For more information about the academy nomination process, please visit: http://simpson.house.gov/constituent-services/serviceacademynominations.htm or contact Craig Quarterman from Congressman Mike Simpson’s Office at 208-334-1953.



You were sent an email either to your personal email account or your ISU email on December 31 with the following information

As part of ISU’s switch to a new Identity Management System, you need to use the following link and account claim string to claim your ISU username and set up a new password. This system controls access to ISU systems such as BengalWeb, Moodle, and ISU’s email.
**Click on the claim link and follow the instructions.
**Claim Link: https://iam.isu.edu/identity/self-service/isu/acctclaim.jsf?type=Banner%20User

IT Service Desk        https://isu.edu/media/top-level/images/ISU200x67.png            (208) 282-HELP (4357)     https://tigertracks.isu.edu





  1. “Show Me the Money!” will be held on January 13th from 6:30-7:30 in the Highland Media Center. Food is provided.  We encourage both students and parents/guardians to attend this scholarship information event.
  2. Nextstep.idaho.gov has not only a list of several scholarships, but students and guardians can download a Scholarship Application Tracker to help organize the scholarships applied for.

●Click on “For Families” at the top of the page. Then you can access “Paying for School”, “Scholarship Search 101”, “National Scholarship Search Engines”, as well as many other helpful topics for senior students and their families.

  1. Once a student is admitted to a college/university, he/she can access that school’s scholarship system to explore more scholarship opportunities.

Many scholarships require that the student & guardian complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). REGARDLESS of a family’s financial status, it is essential that the FAFSA is completed online. The process is to first establish your FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.

Once both the student and guardian have FSA ID numbers, the forms that need completed can be found at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.  If you have questions or need help with this process, please contact  Sarah clarkssa@sd25.us or Sean at briggsse@sd25.us.

Priority deadlines for university’s academic scholarships (primarily look at GPA and ACT and/or SAT scores to award) are as follows:

Feb. 1st        BYU-Idaho

Feb. 15th     Idaho State

Feb. 15th     Boise State

Mar. 1st       Dixie State

Mar. 1st       Lewis-Clark State

Christmas Resources & Activities

SEICCA Christmas Programs- Bannock Civitan Party for ages 0-18 at St. Anthony Place on December 14th. Chance to see Santa and receive a goodie bag. Following for 14-18 year olds will be a snowmobile party, which will include cutting down a Christmas tree for each child involved.

Toys for Tots- Must complete an application. You can call or text 208-242-8949 or email ToysforTotsDetachment698@gmail.com.

ISU Physical Therapy Assistant program Holiday Fun-Pictures with Santa, fun games & crafts. This is on Dec. 16th from 4-8pm in ISU’s Ballroom. The cost is $3.00 for kids & $1.00 adults.



ASVAB military or career information

The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

It also helps students who are not planning on military service and who are not sure of the area of study or career they may be suited to.  When the aptitude results are combined with the career interest inventory, it gives the student a clearer picture of their career interests and strengths.

To take the ASVAB, please sign up in the Counseling & Career Center. The test date is Dec. 4th and the test will start at 9:00AM.  Students who take the ASVAB will need to check with teachers to receive information missed in class and students will be school excused.