Students must sign up for any of the visits that are not held during lunch.  If no students are signed up that visit will be canceled so please make sure to sign-up if you are interested.
A sign-up sheet is outside of Ms. Waggoner's office window. 
WHEN:  Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Lunch Period
WHERE: Cafeteria

WHEN:  Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Lunch Period
WHERE:  Cafeteria

WHEN:  Tues, September 17, 2019 - 9:45am
WHERE:  Board Room

WHEN:  Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:30am
WHERE:  Board Room


WHEN:  Monday, September 23, 2019 - 6pm

WHERE:  Durand School Cafeteria

Durand School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night on Mon, Sept 23rd for all high school seniors and their parents. 

A Financial Aid Advisor from RVC will be presenting on the importance of FAFSA and the financial aid process. 

FAFSA opens on Oct 1st and it is important to apply for FAFSA on that date or as close to that date as possible.


WHEN: Wed, October 2, 2019

WHERE: FHN Memorial Hospital - Freeport, IL

FHN is hosting a Career and College Fair on Wed, Oct 2nd for anyone interested in pursuing educational/career opportunities in healthcare. There will be healthcare employers as well as several colleges there to ask question and get information.

Make sure to sign up outside of Ms. Waggoner’s Office Window.  A bus will leave Durand School at 8:20am and we will be back by 11am. 



WHEN:  Wed, October 2, 2019

WHERE: Rock Valley College - Physical Education Center (PEC)

Visit booths to speak to admissions representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. You will need to provide your own transportation for this event.  Sign up here: https://app.strivescan.com/students


WHEN:  Thurs, Oct 3, 2019 

WHERE:  Highland Community College

Please sign up outside of Ms. Waggoner's office window.

Experience Highland is a trip to Highland Community College in Freeport where you can explore campus and get information on opportunities available at HCC.

We will leave Durand School at 8:20am and we should be back to the school by 1:40pm. Lunch will be provided so if you have any food allergies please make sure to write that on the sign-up sheet outside of my office window. 

WHEN:  Monday, October 7, 2019 - 2pm
WHERE:  Board Room

SAT / PSAT / NMSQT Information:
PSAT 8/9 for all 8th & 9th graders will be held Wed, October 19th.

PSAT/NMSQT for all 10th & 11th graders will be held Oct 24th.   

Prepare for the PSAT/NMSQT

Take charge of your education and learn as much as you can! Go to the College Board website to find out about the new SAT. 

REGISTER yourself on the College Board at:

You can get Official SAT Practice at:
Log in and set up an account and when prompted agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board accounts. When you sign up for an account at College Board hit "Send" to send your test results to Khan Academy.

Another website to go for SAT/PSAT Practice is:


Attention Male Students:

SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION is the law and you should register within 30 days of your 18th birthday. A valid social security number is required for online registration.

You can register with Selective Service at: https://www.sss.gov/

If you do not have a social security number, you must register by filling out a paper registration form, signing, and mailing it.

Male students who fail to register with Selective Service are ineligible for Federal student loan and grant programs, including Pell Grants, Federal Work Study, and Stafford Loans. Several states have also made Selective Service registration a prerequisite for state financial aid as well as the application process at public colleges and universities.

Students are always welcome to stop in to see Mrs. Dixon with questions.

Planning for college can seem overwhelming, but it's a lot easier with the right tools just a click away. And it’s even better when those tools are free! Use the ISAC Student Portal to help you choose a college, learn about careers, find scholarships, simplify the financial aid process, learn how to budget your money, and much more. You can even connect with one of our ISACorps counselors for one-on-one help or to find a workshop in your area!
Go to:

More Useful Links:

Mapping Your Future:  http://mappingyourfuture.org/
This site was built to help students plan for higher education by offering reliable and unbiased money management advice and counseling for college and beyond.

College Xpress


What's Next Illinois
Federal Student Aid

Career Resources:

Illinois WorkNet
Occupational Outlook Handbook

Career Guide to Industries

Career Cruising

O*NET Resource Center

Illinois Student Assistance Commissions

Public Service Careers

Career Vision's Newsletter - free but there is a charge for their services that is the responsibility of the individual student/family.

Job Resources:
Illinois WorkNet

America's Job Bank

(check back often for updates!

Click this link to watch an informational video on CFNIL (Community Foundation of Northern Illinois)

Other Useful Scholarship Sites:
Scholarships.com - Free College Scholarships

Fastweb.com - Offers registration for both scholarship and college searches.

Scholarship PowerPoint

Stacie Dixon

Academic Advisor

815.248.2171 x  115