Students must sign up for any of the visits that are not held during lunch.  If no students sign up the visit will be canceled so please make sure to sign up if you are interested.
Sign up sheet is outside of Mrs. Dixon's window.

WHEN: Mon, March 19th at 9am
WHERE:  Room 305 in the High School Hall

WHEN: Mon, March 19th at 10:30am
WHERE:  Board Room

WHEN: Mon, March 19th at 1:30pm
WHERE:  Board Room

WHEN: Sat, April 7, 2018 from 9am - 1pm
WHERE: College of Pharmacy, 1601 Parkview Ave, Rockford, IL
The UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford will host a High School Pharmacy Camp.
The HSPC allows students to explore the field of pharmacy through instruction and activities led by current pharmacy students.

High school students must apply by March 1, 2018.

Students may access the application via go.uic.edu/hspc

Because of the support from Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Grant, selected students from Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties will be charged a reduced rate of $10 to attend.


WHEN:  Summer 2018 (8 week summer internship)
WHERE:  Both Thermo Fisher Scientific and the College of Medicine in Rockford, IL
The major mission of the Summer Science Internship Program is to motivate area high school students to consider careers in science. Understanding what is involved in medical research, how the research can make an impact in new discoveries that help cure diseases or discovering the impact of industrial science where novel innovations and products are developed can help students decide if a science career is challenging enough for them to want to pursue it.

The Summer Science Internship Program offered through the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Medicine Rockford is a long-standing collaborative undertaking between the Thermo Fisher Scientific Pierce Protein Biology of Rockford and the College of Medicine Rockford to serve the students in the Rockford School District and nearby communities. The program has been going on for over 32 years and aims at imparting new laboratory skills to the selected students. Research laboratories at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford conduct cutting-edge research to find a cure for cancer, develop vaccines, and design and develop new drugs.

Another major mission of this program is to provide invaluable experiences to the students by working side-by-side with leading scientists in the field at the University of Illinois. One of the great experiences the students learn is to work as part of a research team. During this process, the students develop a mentor relationship that often goes well beyond the summer internship. Mentors often guide students on  college admissions and career interviews as well as write letters of reference.

Each year the program receives approximately 40 applications from the area high school students for the five (5) internship positions available. The students receive various career-building training such as preparation of resume, interviewing skills, oral and poster presentation skills, leadership skills and ability to work as a team all during the two months of internship training. Each student is paid a stipend sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford and Thermo Fisher Scientific Summer Science Internship is an opportunity for local high school students to interact closely with professionals in either an academic or industrial research environment.  Students who are selected for the eight-week program gain valuable hands-on laboratory skills using a variety of scientific techniques.

Both Thermo Fisher Scientific and the College of Medicine provide the ideal environments and opportunities for performing research in today’s exciting biotechnology and medical industries.

You must be 16 years of age by June 1, 2018 to apply.

Applications are due March 15th.

For an application and more information go to: http://rockford.medicine.uic.edu/education/programs-high-school-college-students/summer-science-internship-program-high-school-students/

WHEN: June 25th - June 28th, 2018
WHERE:   Rockford University
The 13th annual Rural Health Careers Camp will be held June 25-28, 2018 at Rockford University.
Current rural high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from the following counties are eligible to apply to the camp: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Henderson, Henry, JoDaviess, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside and Winnebago. Seniors as well as students outside of these counties may be considered, pending availability.
Cost of the camp is $100 and is due after notification of camp acceptance. The $100 is all-inclusive: meals and housing will be provided by Rockford University.
Applications are due by April 1, 2018. You can access the application HERE.
For more information, contact Vicky Rhine at 815.395.5854 or by e-mail at rhine1@uic.edu.

WHEN:  Mon, March 19, 2018 at 1:30pm
WHERE:  Board Room

SAT / PSAT / NMSQT Information:
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REGISTER yourself on the College Board at:

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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.

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Stacie Dixon

Academic Advisor

815.248.2171 x  115