Metea Valley High School

Indian Prairie School District 204

Guidance Department

Guidance Department

Metea Valley High School's Guidance Department is organized on the House system. Essentially, each class has its own "go to place within the school building where the grade level's guidance counselors, dean, and social worker are located. Guidance services (including academic advising, social/emotional, and counseling, and post secondary planning), attendance, and discipline are conducted through the class house.


General Guidance News

 

 

 


For more information, please contact Darcy Hutzler, Director of Guidance, at darcy_hutzler@ipsd.org or (630) 375-5905.



        Class of 2017

        Counselor A-K
        Bob Vozza
        (630)375-1124
        Counselor L-Z
        Amanda Pyzik
        (630)375-3943
        Social Worker      
        Kevin Wynard
        (630)375-1522  
        School Psychologist Dwayne Williams 630.375.3986

        dwayne_williams@ipsd.org  

        Dean   
        Jennifer Rodriguez
        (630)375-3387
        Guidance Secretary
        Linda Veitch
        (630)375-3388
          
        Dean's Secretary
        Kathie Anderson
        (630)375-2056
         

        Class of 2018


        Counselor A-La
        Javier Polavieja
        (630)375-3386
        Counselor Le-Z
        Lisa Lassandrello
        (630)375-3694
        Social Worker      
        Kevin Wynard (A-Go) Deepak Santhiraj(Gr-O) Lara Polavieja (P-Z)

         
        School Psychologist Janine Wange 630.375.8317

        janine_wange@ipsd.org  

        Dean   
        Jim Klauppauf
        (630)375-3664
        Guidance Secretary
        Barbara Yonkers
        (630)375-3306
          
        Dean's Secretary
        Michelle Carter
        (630)375-3384
        michelle_carter@ipsd.org 
         

        Class of 2019

        Counselor A-Kn
        Mark Jager
        (630)375-3889
        Counselor Ko-Z
        Nicole Liska
        (630)375-3983
        Social Worker      
        Lara Polavieja
        (630)375-3891  
        School Psychologist Dwayne Williams 630.375.3986

        dwayne_williams@ipsd.org

        Dean   
        Matt Walpole
        (630)375-3981
        matthew_walpole@ipsd.org 
        Guidance Secretary
        Kari Newingham
        (630)375-2054
          
        Dean's Secretary
        Bunny Brown
        (630)375-2055
         

        Class of 2020

        Counselor A-Le
        Katie Kulak
        (630)375-3982
        Counselor Li-Z
        Tom Daugherty
        (630)375-3984
        Social Worker      
        Deepak Santhiraj
        (630)375-3985  
        School Psychologist Janine Wange 630.375.8317

        janine_wange@ipsd.org  

        Dean   
        Jennifer Rowe
        (630)375-3609
        Guidance Secretary
        Charlyn Scott
        (630)375-2473
          
        Dean's Secretary
        Rosalinda Sosa
        (630)375-2536
         
         
        Class House Hours:  7:00 am - 3:30 pm
         
         

        Community Service

        Community Service is highly valued as a means of expanding and enriching the high school experience. District 204 students are strongly encouraged to seek service opportunities. While community service hours are not recorded on transcripts, students should provide this information to college admissions counselors and scholarship review committees through their application, personal statements/essays, and resumes.
         

        Looking for volunteer opportunities

        • Talk with your team’s coaches or activity’s sponsors about how to start up a community service project or become involved in an existing project.
        • Check out organizations at Metea such as Key Club and MVStuGO which provide members with opportunities to perform service and develop leadership.
        • Visit the KidsMatter website and click on the “Volunteer Fair Booklet” in the Programs and Education section.
           

        Share your experiences with college, scholarship committees, and employers:

        • Keep a log of your volunteer activities and hours.
        • Clearly outline your community service activities on a resume or activities list.
          • Include what you have done and the number of hours completed
          • Avoid using abbreviations or acronyms for organizations.
          • Indicate if you’ve held any leadership roles or created a service project.
          • Be prepared to share how your service has impacted others and changed you for the better.

        Helpful College-Related Websites

        Choosing a college and other miscellaneous college and/or career information

        Naviance- Metea's primary tool for career assessments, college profiles, college visit schedules, a scholarship database, college application tracking, course planning, and more.

        • Username: Full School Email Address (firstname+last 3 letters of last name+last four digits of ID#+@k12@ipsd.org)
        • Password: Computer network password

        Adventures in Education- Many good sources and tools for college planning, financial aid, career guidance, etc. Available in Spanish.

        Career Information-Career descriptions, qualities, education and skills needed.

        College Confidential- Discussion forums about college searches, financial aid, testing, etc.

        College Rankings-Compiled by UIUC, this site offers different ranking categories.

        College Results-Check graduation rates for nearly any four-year college or university.

        Colleges That Change Lives-Based on the book, this site offers more insight into forty schools.

        College View-Includes college searches, financial aid, career planning, test information and students links.

        College Zone- Illinois Student Assistance Commission - Information on financial aid and scholarships.

        Common Application-College application used by over 415 colleges in 2010-11.

        Council for Higher Education Accreditation-Excellent list of accredited programs.

        Education Planner-Lots of information about finding, choosing, and paying for college. Available in Spanish.

        First in the Family-Comprehensive information for first generation college students.

        Occupational Outlook Handbook-Employment and job information - includes job descriptions, salaries, majors.

        Peterson's-Includes college searches, financial aid, career planning, test information and student links.

        Princeton Review-Includes college searches, financial aid, career planning, test information and student links.

        Unigo -Several different college resources.

        Work Colleges-Links to the colleges that integrate work and education. Some are TUITION FREE!


        Athletics

        NAIA- National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Information on NAIA teams and NAIA athletic scholarships.

        NCAA- This is the National Collegiate Athletic Association's website. In includes statistics, divisions listed by sport (Division I, II, and III), athletic schedules and links to the clearinghouse site.

        NCAA Clearinghouse- For college bound DI & DII athletes. This is the site where students register with the clearinghouse; includes initial eligibility and requirements.


        Culturally Specific

        ASPIRA- Resources specifically designed for Puerto Rican and Latino students and parents. Type in College Opportunities on the site's search engine.

        Center for Student Opportunity- Clearinghouse of college programs and admissions information serving first generation and historically under served student populations.

        Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities-List of member institutions and HACU programs.

        Hispanic Caucus Institute- Excellent resources for Puerto Rican and Latino students.

        Historically Black Colleges- Links to home pages of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


        Financial Aid/Scholarships

        College Answer- Lots of information about planning and paying for college, owned and operated by Sallie Mae.

        College Athletic Scholarships- Information about how to pursue an athletic scholarships.

        CollegeToolkit- Comprehensive scholarship site.

        Education Planner- Lots of information about finding, choosing and paying for college. Available in Spanish.

        FAFSA- Free application for federal student aid information. Available in Spanish.

        FAFSA4CASTER- Direct link to the FAFSA estimator.

        FASTWEB- Free searchable scholarship database.

        Financial Aid- Financial aid, scholarship information and early financial aid estimators.

        Hispanic Scholarship Fund- Scholarship information for Latino students.

        Latino College Dollars- Scholarship search. Available in Spanish.

        Managing College Costs- Overview of financial aid process, affordable college options, scholarship information, etc.

        Questbridge- Connect low-income students to some highly selective universities as well as scholarship opportunities.


        Testing

        ACT-ACT registration, sample tests, additional test scores report requests.

        College Board- Useful information on colleges, AP tests and SAT registration. Click on "Find your Match" to search for colleges that are a fit for you. Lots of other great college planning resources on this site.

        Test Optional Colleges-Lists of all test score optional colleges and universities.

        See Metea's ACT/SAT Test Prep Resource Sheet test prep options and testing dates and deadlines.


        Virtual College Tours

        Virtual Campus Tours-Virtual tours of college campuses.

        eCampus Tours- Tour campuses using virtual images. Requires registration.

        Four Year Course Planning
        Click here to view and Print a Four Year Planning Worksheet.   
         
         
        Graduation Requirements
         Credits
        English  4 Credits
        Mathematics  3 Credits
        Science   3 Credits
        Social Studies*  2.5 Credits
        PE  3.5 Credits
        Health        .5 credit
        Driver Education  .5 Credit.
        Consumer Education     .5 Credit
        Elective**art, music, world language or career & tech ed  1 Credit   
        Subtotal of Requirements  18.5 Credits
        Additional Elective Credits  5.5 Credits
        Total Credits Required  24 Credits
        *Social Studies requirement includes 1 credit of either Honors World History, AP World History. AP Human Geography or  World Geography, and 1 credit of US History, AP US History, American Society or American Studies, and 1 semester of Government.   All students must pass the State and Federal Constitution Exam.*
        **State graduation requirement is 1 credit (2 semesters) chosen from music, art, world language, or career and technical education**
         
         
        Minimum Public University Requirements

        4 years of English

        3 years of Math (through Algebra II)
         
        3 years of Lab Science
         
        3 years of Social Science
         
        2 years of the same Foreign Language, Music, Fine Arts, or Vocational Education
         
        NOTE:  College admission requirements will vary.  Please contact specific colleges for their requirements.
         

        College Representative Visits to Metea Valley are now being publicized through our postsecondary planning tool -Family Connection by Naviance.

        The visit calendar is updated as new visits are scheduled. Please check Family Connection frequently! College Visits are also advertised on the hallway TVs during the school day.

        To access Family Connection, visit the Naviance website:

        • Username: Email Login (firstname+first 3 letters of lastname+last 4 digits of ID#+k12.ipsd.org)
        • Password: your computer network password.

        Once you are logged in to Family Connection, access a full list of scheduled visits by clicking on the "Colleges" tab and then "View All Upcoming Visits." Juniors and Seniors can sign up for college visits in the College and Career Center.

        College Visit Procedure

        • Attending a collge visit during a class? Please sign up in the College and Career Center and pick up a teacher permission slip at least 24 hours in advance. Bring the signed teacher permission slip with you to the visit.
        • Attending a college visit during Lunch or ACCESS? Sign up 24 hours in advance in the College and Career Center and bring your student ID card to the college visit.

        Scholarship Information

        All scholarship opportunities that are sent to Metea are being publicized through our postsecondary planning tool -Family Connection by Naviance.

        Please check the scholarship list frequently. It is updated as we are made aware of scholarships. The winter months are typically when many of the scholarship opportunities come out.

        To access Family Connection:

        • Username: Email Address  (firstname+ first 3 letters of last name+ last 4 digits of ID#+@k12.ipsd.org)
        • Password: your computer network password
        • Click on the “colleges” tab and then “scholarship list” towards the bottom of the page.

        Metea Unified Scholarship Application

         

        Over $20,000 in scholarships exclusively for MVHS seniors

        Apply to any of the scholarships using one application at www.meteaunified.org

        Please check in late February for information on how to apply for these scholarships 

        Registration Information
        Advanced Placement Exam

        NEW FOR THIS YEAR: ONLINE PAYMENT

         

        AP TESTING SCHEDULE 2017

        Advanced Placement Students and Parents:  Please carefully read through this page and the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents. It is essential that both students and parents understand the registration process and AP testing.

        Online AP Exam Registration Process

        Metea Valley High School is pleased to offer online AP test registration again this year. Students can complete the registration process at: WWW.TotalRegistration.net/AP/140187
         

        Online registration will open Tuesday, January 30 and be available through Tuesday, February 28 at 11:59 pm. AP Exams will cost $97.00 per exam.  Students eligible for free or reduced lunch please see Ms. Craft in the College and Career Center for instructions.  Students must answer all of the required questions on the registration site in order to complete the exam registration process.  A confirmation page indicates that the exam registration has been successfully completed. Please print a copy of this confirmation page for your records. If you do not register for your test by February 28, you can still register online from March 1 through March 6th for a $10.00 late fee PER EXAM (not per student). It is very important to understand that we CANNOT accept test registrations after March 6th, regardless of the circumstance.

        Online Payment 

        Online payment at the time of registration.  Please be sure to have your credit or debit card available before beginning the registration process.  If you are unable to pay online by debit or credit you must print an Exam Fee Payment Stub to be mailed with your payment.  Instructions for mailing in payment are located on the Exam Fee Payment Stub. Payments will not be taken at MVHS this year.  Registrations that are not paid by 11:59 PM Friday, March 6, 2017 will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.

        Important Deadlines

        • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 28 at 11:59 pm
        • Late Registration Deadline: Monday, March 6 at 11:59 pm (additional fee of $10 per exam). Online Registration closes at 11:59 PM on March 6. We CANNOT accept test registration after 3/6/16 regardless of circumstances. This ensures that we have pre-administration materials for each student.
        • Registration not paid by March 6 will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered

        Cancellation Policy

        If a student registers for a test and later decides not to take the test, he/she needs to put the cancellation request in writing, have it signed by a parent, and submit the request to Ms. Craft in the College & Career Center.   Refunds of $50.00 per test can be issued if requested by 3:00 p.m. on April 21. 

        No refunds will be issued after 3:00 p.m. April 21. 

        Test Security/Test Administration Policies:

        You are responsible for reading the College Board guidelines regarding the testing environment and standardized testing protocol in the Bulletin for AP Students

        Mandatory Pre-Administration Session

        All students taking AP exams must participate in a mandatory pre-administration session on Thursday, April 13.

        Students with last names beginning with A through L will attend during 1st period and students with last names beginning M through Z will attend during 2nd period.Details about room assignments and procedures for testing will be distributed at that session.

        Preparing for your AP Tests

        Earning College Credit or Placement

        With qualifying AP exam grades, you can earn credit, placement, or both at more than 90% of colleges in the U.S.Individual colleges, grant course credit and placement.For further information go to www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy

        Additional Advanced Placement

        Questions about AP Exams? Contact the teacher for the AP class.

        Question about online registration? Contact Ms. Craft (College & Career Center) or Mrs. Liska (Sophomore Class House) or Mr. Polavieja (Junior Class House)

        Do you have two AP exams at the same time or a conflicting school function? See Mrs. Liska (Sophomore Class House).

        Do you require testing accommodations? See Ms. Davis in Student Services.


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        Contact Info

        Principal: Dr. Darrell Echols

        1801 North Eola Road (map)
        Aurora, IL 60502

        Office Phone:
        630.375.5900

        Office Fax:
        630.375.5901

        Attendance Hotline:
        630.375.5900 (then press 3)

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