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Miranda Schwickerath - 6 -12 School Counselor


Thad Tussey - Success Coordinator

For further assistance, please contact the East Union MS/HS office at 641-347-8421.


Career and College Planning 


Need help planning for college?

Whether you’ve been preparing for college for a while or just thinking about the possibility, there’s a lot to do before you or your child graduates high school and takes their next steps. Many important steps should be taken during the last few years of high school. This is when families begin to wonder exactly what they should do next and how to go about it.

To help you with the college planning process, the high school counseling office has invited the Iowa College Access Network® (ICAN) to make a free presentation on career and college planning for sophomores, juniors and their parents. This is the ideal opportunity to find answers to your questions about the college planning process. 

Paying for College: A guide to the 2016-2017 Financial Aid process.



Bullying/Harassment/Hazing Complaint FORM

* Our Harassment/bullying/hazing complaint form is now available online for parents and students to access at home.  CLICK HERE to access the online version.

* We will continue to have paper forms available in the Success Coordinator's Office, Principal's Office and Counselor's Office. 




* Ms. Schwickerath's 2017-18 Scholarship List
East Union Dollars for Scholars - East Union students can simply fill out a profile and be matched up with local and national scholarship opportunities.  Easier yet, your profile becomes your scholarship application.  The East Union Dollars for Scholars local chapter is a led by group of East Union Alumni that strives, through scholarships, to provide educational opportunity and support for graduating seniors from the East Union Communty School district.  Please visit our website and create your profile today. Deadline: March 31, 2018
HSC Warranty Scholarship- $2,000 dollar scholarship, details found at Deadline: December 1st, 2017
Hixson AwardHalf-tuition scholarship for student attending Iowa State University. Must have completed FAFSA and Iowa State admission process before application deadline. Website: Deadline: January 1, 2018
Grand Lodge of Iowa Scholarship- for more information on this scholarship, please stop by my office. Deadline: February 1, 2018
University of Iowa Strayer/Rairden ScholarshipThe Strayer-Rairden scholarship provides a $1,000 award, renewable for up to three successive years following the initial award, to an entering freshman from the state of Iowa.  This person is selected by the Department of Physics and Astronomy as the state's best-qualified applicant who has declared physics or astronomy as their major.  This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, not financial need. Website: Deadline: January 31, 2018
Hy-Vee Scholarships - Program guidelines and an application form is available at Deadline: February 10, 2017
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship - IFBF will award 54 $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who are children of Farm Bureau members and furthering their education at college. You can find the application at Deadline: March 1, 2017
IT Leadership Forum Technology Scholarship - The IT Leadership Forum Technology Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to Iowa high school seniors who have been involved in STEM classes or clubs and plan to pursue a technology-related degree at an Iowa college, university or community college. Apply at: Deadline: March 1, 2017
ANN GRIFFEL SCHOLARSHIP- The IGAF awards $2,000 Ann Griffel Scholarships to Iowa high school senior girls who have a passion for golf and intend to further their education at an Iowa institution of higher learning, whether a college, university or trade school. APPLICATION & INFO... Deadline: March 17, 2017
HERMAN SANI SCHOLARSHIPAny graduating high school senior and resident of the State of Iowa with experience or background in golf is eligible to apply. Each recipient receives $8,000 ($2,000 per year) over a consecutive four-year period as long as the student is making reasonable academic progress. APPLICATION & INFO... Deadline: March 17, 2017
* NERD WALLET -- a great website to search for scholarship, click HERE



College Planning 

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     Iowa College Access Network (ICAN) 

The Iowa College Access Network® (ICAN) helps students at all levels reach their educational goals. Free services are available in schools, online and at the ICAN College Planning Centers.
Iowa College Student Aid Commission
This helpful website is a resource for MS students, HS students, parents and educators about Plan, Apply, Pay, and Succeed at preparing for and attending college! Check this resource out for lots of ideas, information and FREE assistance!
Free Application for Financial Aid
This is a free application for student aid service from the Federal Government. Once you fill this form out once, you need only update necessary financial information each year and double check all is correct! Sign the form electroncially and it immediately is sent to all colleges that your student is wanting to attend!!!
Go See Campus

Go See campus is a completely free resource for planning campus visits and making the most of the college search.  The Go See Campus College Trip Planner helps students find the right schools and plan their campus visits. Details on tours, information sessions, and other admissions activities are all in one place, along with maps, directions and travel accommodations.

The "Advice" section guides parents and students through campus visits and finding the right school, while the interactive "Community" answers their college questions. At Go See Campus, students will discover college reviews, campus visits reports and more!



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Practice Test

The LSAT is exceedingly important for your admissions chances and it is the most important admissions factor at most law schools. It is administered by the LSAC (Law School Admissions Council) four times each year and you can take it at a nearby location.

If you took the SAT to get into college, then you know the routine. The test is a similar experience, but the LSAT is much harder.

The Bad News: Taking the LSAT is a marathon. The tests are a total of 175 minutes long (four 35-minute sections plus an "experimental") and the writing sample is 35 minutes long. Add to that some administrative work and a break and the whole LSAT test day "experience" will take you about 4 to 5 hours. You will have to take practice tests in blocks of several hours to simulate the test day experience.

The Good News: The LSAT doesn't tend to change much from year to year. It has been essentially the same test for ten years. This means that if you take enough practice tests and learn the right strategies, you can effectively prepare for the test.
The Praxis Series™ assessments provide educational tests and other services that states use as part of their teacher licensure and certification process. The Praxis I® tests measure basic academic skills, and the Praxis II® tests measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills.
AYES, NATEF, and SkillsUSA have partnered to offer a single National Automotive Student Skills Standards Assessment (NA3SA) program. These tests, developed by ASE, are designed to evaluate students who are near the end of their studies in the areas of Automobile Service and Collision Repair & Refinishing, and M/H Truck.
NCLEX - Registered Nurse
This site will give you information regarding the National certification assessment for being a Registered Nurse.


The American College Testing Assessment (ACT) is designed to test your skill levels in English, math, reading, and science reasoning. On the test, you will have 2 hours and 55 minutes to complete a variety of multiple choice questions divided into four sections: one for each tested subject area. The English, reading, and science sections each include several reading passages with anywhere from 5 to 15 questions per passage. The math section includes 60 questions: each with 5 possible answer choices.

You will actually receive 12 separate scores on the ACT: 1 composite, 4 subject scores, and 7 subscores. However the composite, or scaled, score is the most important. It ranges from 1-36. Nearly half of all test takers fall in the 17-23 range.
The SAT is the most widely taken college entrance examination. It is designed to test your skill level in math, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. The test is divided into seven sections: 3 math, 3 verbal, and 1 experimental section. The math and verbal sections each have their own distinct question types, including quantitative comparisons, sentence completions, grid-ins, and more. The experimental section, used by the test developer to try out new questions, is not scored and can be either math or verbal. You will not know which section is experimental.

The SAT is scored on scale of 200-800 for both the math and verbal sections. The College Board sets the average for all test takers at 500 for each. A perfect score on the SAT is 1600. However, in recent years, fewer than 20% of all test takers achieve a math score of 600 or better. Fewer than 10% score higher than 600 on the verbal section.



The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills

You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are to:

  • Receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.
  • See how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.
  • Enter the competition for scholarships from NMSC (grade 11).
  • Help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.
The ACCUPLACER test at Southwestern Community College is comprised of a series of three placement tests developed by the CollegeBoard. The tests, which cover the areas of reading, writing and mathematics, are designed to help you identify your present strengths and needs so you can build a solid plan for success while you are a student at Southwestern. ACCUPLACER tests are computerized and untimed. An online calculator is available when permitted on the math portion of the test.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

 Bullying can affect the safety and wellbeing of the entire student population. In order to stop bullying, it needs to be addressed at every level of a student's experience. That's why the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a whole-school program aimed at preventing or reducing bullying throughout a school setting. East Union is taking effort step to ensure bullying is prevented and stopped not only in the school but within the community.