School Counselor's Desk

Ms Christine Meng
Patoka CUSD #100 School Counselor
618-432-5440, Ext. 305
[email protected]

Ms Meng


Guidance - - - November

Report Cards

Report cards were sent home Tuesday, October 18.  If you did not see one or would like a copy, please contact me.  If your child had an “F” on his/her report card, please make contact with the teacher to see what can be done to improve your child’s grade for second quarter.  For junior high students, the semester grades determine promotion or retention at the end of the year.  To be guaranteed promotion, a junior high student must pass 12 of 16 semester grades AND he/she may not fail both semesters of the same class.  In other words, he/she must pass at least one semester of every class and have a total of 12 passing semester grades to be guaranteed promotion.  In high school, a student must have a passing semester average to earn credit for graduation.  At the present time, a high school student must pass all “required” classes and have 24 credits to graduate.  If you have ANY questions about your child’s grades or these policies, please call and I would be happy to address your questions.  I can be reached at 618/432-5440 extension 305.

What’s Happening?

November 4       High School Career Fair at Kaskaskia College for the Juniors

November 8       No School – Election Day

November 11    No School – Veteran’s Day

November 17    Midterm

November 18    No School – Teacher’s Institute/Deer Day

November 23-25    No School – Thanksgiving

State Test Dates Listed Below


(These dates will be narrowed down closer to testing time.)




IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness – Replacing PARCC)

Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

March 6 – April 21, 2023

IL Science Assessment

Grades 5, 8, 11

March 1 – April 28, 2023

High School PSAT 9, PSAT 10, and SAT test

Grades 9, 10, 11

Wednesday, April 12, 2023


Selected Students

March 15 – May 10, 2023


Should My High School Student Take the ACT/SAT?

My honest recommendation for this year’s group of seniors, colleges and universities understand that COVID has put a huge damper on these tests.  They have developed different criteria for admittance to their schools.  College merit scholarships have also taken the focus off of test scores.  Most local scholarships are based off of GPA.  Again this year, the state of Illinois will again be giving the SAT test to high school juniors.  For several years prior, the state of Illinois offered the ACT test.  This has left students, parents, and colleges questioning which tests need to be taken.  Basically, the ACT and SAT are both considered college placement tests. They can be used to determine which English class and Math class students should be placed in for college.  Kaskaskia College also offers its own placement test.  Therefore, if a student is planning on attending KC, he/she can take the KC placement test, the ACT, the SAT, or any combination of the three if he/she wanted to.  The main thing is they must take at least one test before they can register for classes.  Students who plan to attend a university, straight out of high school, should either take the ACT or SAT. If a student is not happy with his/her scores, he/she can opt to retake it. The only time the SAT will be free to take is when it is offered as a state test for juniors. Otherwise the ACT and SAT are not free. 

Teacherease and After School Tutoring

Parents and/or students with an e-mail address have the opportunity to check grades and other important information through our Teacherease website (  To get signed up, call or e-mail Jill in the office ([email protected]) and request login information. Also, the school has Social Media pages where announcements and updates are made. If your junior high or high school child could benefit from tutoring, the school offers it on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 3:40. Transportation home is the responsibility of the parent. The tutoring program is a free program. If interested in tutoring, please call the office.

Health Occupations Aptitude Test at KC 

Any senior planning to apply for one of the SICCM programs  (Vet Tech, Surgical Tech, Medical Laboratory Tech, Occupational Therapy Asst) to begin Fall 2023, must complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Test prior to applying.  See Ms. Meng with questions.

Kaskaskia College Jump Start Program

The Kaskaskia College Jump Start Program is available for high school students. The Jump Start program allows high school students to receive a 50% reduction in tuition for up to 4 credit hours. Students are responsible for the remaining half of the tuition costs, all fees, and cost of text books. This is a terrific opportunity for high school students to get a “jump start” on their college education while still in high school, and to benefit from tremendous cost savings!  Registration for Spring classes has started so students may sign up now if interested. High School students can obtain the Jump Start application through their high school guidance office.  All high school students attending a high school within the Kaskaskia College district are eligible to participate in the program. Spring class offerings can be viewed by visiting the website at: A variety of evening, weekend, and on-line sections are available. Students cannot sign up for classes that interfere with the high school day.

Seniors and College

If you plan to attend a 4 year university immediately after high school, apply NOW if you haven’t already.  Right now, many of the application fees are being waived for early application.  I would also suggest taking a college day to go to your university for a tour and meet with an academic advisor.  See Ms. Meng for the College Day approval form in advance!  Also check the university’s webpage for how to apply for scholarships there.  If you are planning to attend Kaskaskia College, a rep usually comes to Patoka to have you fill out an application, and later to sign you up for classes.  You will need an ACT or SAT score for a university and a KC Placement test score, ACT, or SAT score for placement into any of KC’s English or Math courses.       

Senior Parents

I am forwarding all scholarships that I receive to your student’s school email.  If you are interested in receiving those emails, please let me know and I will copy you onto the emails.  Apply for as many scholarships as possible.  Take advantage of the scholarship search engines.  Please reach out if you have any questions!

Christine Meng

[email protected]        

618/432-5440 ext 305

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