School Counselor's Desk

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

Ms Meng

Guidance - - - February


Midterm reports will be sent home Monday, February 5, 2024.


What’s Happening?

                February 1          Deadline for Kaskaskia College Foundation and Hiram Masonic Lodge Scholarships

                February  1         Coast Guard Lunchroom Visit

                February 2          Midterm

                February 9          School Improvement Day – 12:30 Dismissal

                February 16        No School – Teachers’ Institute in Centralia

                February 19        No School – Presidents’ Day


IAR Testing

Students in Grades 3-8 will all be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)Test.  The students testing window ranges from March 4 – April 19.  Grades 3-5 are planning on testing March 18-22 and grades 6-8 are planning March 11-22.  Continue to check the newsletter for updates.


College Visits

As a junior and senior, you are entitled to two college visits that do not affect your attendance.  Use this day to visit a potential school to see if it is a good fit or to take a placement test.  See Ms Meng for further details and to obtain a form to be signed by a college official.  These days can also be used to job shadow, visit a union hall, or do military testing.  Use these days to help plan for your future.



Now that you have completed the deadlines for college admittance, start working on outside scholarships.  Parents, check with your place of employment or places you do business.  So many scholarships go unawarded because no one applies for them.  STUDENTS, be proactive and earn free money!  Check out these websites for additional scholarships.







SAT and PSAT Testing

The SAT(juniors), PSAT 10 (sophomores), and PSAT 8/9 (freshmen) will be testing between April 2nd and April 26th.  It is NEVER too early to start studying.  I would encourage every student to create an account with Khan Academy where they can take 8 full-length, real practice tests, watch videos and lessons, and be given a tailored study plan.  There are also study and test taking tips available.  Studies have shown that with 20 hours of Khan Academy practice is associated with 115-point average score increase.  Khan Academy also has an app that can be downloaded to any device. 


Christine Meng

[email protected]        

618/432-5440 ext 305

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