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Abbie Cochran


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Lisa Johnson

School Social Worker

P 815.875.3308 Ext 1133

Tameran Polowy

School Counselor

P 815.875.3308 Ext 1097

Sydney Markham

School Counselor

P 815.875.3308 Ext 1074

Sara Scruggs

Social Emotional Learning Coordinator

P 815.875.3308 Ext 1110

Jen Smith

School Psychologist

P 815.875.3308 Ext 1094

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2019 Graduates


  • Community College 35% 35%
  • Four Year College 31% 31%
  • Workforce 17% 17%
  • Vocational Tech 4% 4%
  • Military 3% 3%
  • Other 1% 1%


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Princeton High School District 500 prioritizes making data-informed decisions to support students in every aspect of their learning experience. In collaboration with Aperture Education, PHS teachers will utilize a teacher perception DESSA assessment that will support the design of social-emotional practices to best support student needs. 


The results from the assessment data will provide invaluable insights on how we can improve and adapt our teaching to better meet students’ needs. Teacher responses are not made public to ensure student privacy, and will only be utilized by school staff to support our students. Additionally, Aperture Education practices meet all student data-privacy requirements.


Aperture Education was selected because of their alignment to the CASEL framework for social emotional learning. This framework is evidence-based and helps cultivate skills that advance student learning and development. The framework is organized around five competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills.


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College Resources
Career Resources
Career CruisingUsername: phs Password: princeton- to help find career path, colleges, learning styles, majors, and more.

Military information 

Resume and Interviewing Information

ISAC student portal– a resource for college advice, college admission applications, pay for college, financial aid, scholarships, apply online for admission, and career information.

Illinois Career NetworkClick on ‘individual’, useful for job searches.

Quint Careersall the tools to help you succeed in your career, college, and job-search

How to Become a Police Officer– How to Become a Police Officer caters to those who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. We feature several resources for aspiring police officers including a job board, career guides written by criminal justice professors and former police officers, and interviews with leaders in the law enforcement community.

Financial Aid

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  This should be filled out as soon as possible starting Oct. 1st 

Scholarship America– provides scholarship opportunities and educational support to make postsecondary success possible to all students.  

How to read your financial aid letter

Zinch is a website full of college admission information this website show the 17 most popular scholarship search platforms to help students narrow their search to find a scholarship applicable to them.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission website

Bigfuture– a website to search for colleges by major or location, and provides financial aid information.

Fastwebsearch for scholarships, financial aid, and student loan information.

Schools that have some of the best financial aid – Whether you are in high school, college or are a non-traditional student, will help you easily search millions of scholarships & grants that fit you.

Finaid helpful information for financial aid, scholarships, and loans

College Greenlight– get help making the right college choice, search and compare colleges, get detailed information on admission prices and apply for scholarships

College Athletics

NCAA Eligibility Center– this needs to be completed if you are planning to play a sport in a Division I or Division II school

NCAA Eligibility Worksheet– this is helpful to make sure you are taking all of the right courses to be eligible to play.

NCAA approved courses and timeline

NAIA Eligibility Center– this needs to be filled out if you are planning to play a sport that participates in the NAIA.

School Resources

PHS School Profile

Answers to frequently asked questions about PHS

Graduation Requirements


KnowBullying Appa new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can help get the conversation started.

Be More than a Bystander– Take a walk in your kids shoes and learn how they can safely stop bullying.

PHS Wellness Policy

Testing Information

ACT Informationtesting dates, registration, guidelines

ACT prep material

ACT with writing or without? This website has a list of all of the colleges that require or recommend the ACT with writing

SAT Information– testing dates and information

Free SAT prep

2018 School Report Card

Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention Resources:– The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.– No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.– This resource empowers teens by reminding them that there are ways to get through whatever problems they face and directs them to to hear stories from others who successfully conquered their tough times.– This program is dedicated to preventing youth suicide and attempts by making suicide prevention accessible to everyone by removing barriers to help  empower communities and individuals through   leadership, awareness and education.

My3 App– With the MY3 app, you define your network and your plan to stay safe, so you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.

State and National Hotlines for Help:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE/1-800-784-2433

CARES Line: 1-800-345-9049 (Crisis and Referral Entry Services available 24 hours 7 days a week designed to assist individuals in Illinois who are a risk to themselves or others due to a mental health crisis).

Crisis: Text HOME to 741741 Crisis Text Line (free and confidential support for individuals in crisis available 24 hours a day 7 days a week). 

National Helpline: 1-800-622-4357 (HELP)
National Helpline | SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(free and confidential treatment referral and information service available 24 hours a day 7 days a week). 

National RunAway Safeline: 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or text: 66008
National Runaway Safeline This 24-hour 7 day a week national Safeline is for youth at risk of running away or already have and are looking for help. 

Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-892-3375

Self Injury Hotline: 1-800-366-8288

Illinois Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-252-2873

National Substance Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-4375

Parent Hotline: 1-800-840-6537

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Teen Dating Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474 or text “love is” to 22522

Trans Lifeline Hotline: 1-877-565-8860

Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Illinois Helpline for Opioids & Other Drugs:  1-833-2FINDHELP

Anti-Bullying Resources:– This website provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.

cyberbullying/whatiscyberbullying.html Cyber bullying occurs when a child or teen is embarrassed, humiliated, harassed, tormented or otherwise targeted by another person using the Internet or other form of digital communication. Understanding the motives of cyber bullies can assist parents and professionals in developing effective prevention and intervention strategies that are necessary to combat cyber bullying.

Domestic Violence Resources: – Domestic abuse shelter to help victims and provide services for free. – This website offers information for teens on how to prevent and end abusive relationships.  Text “loveis” to 22522 or call 1-866-331-9474 to speak to highly-trained peer advocates who offer support, information, and advocacy to teens who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships.

Community Resources:– Need Help? The following link will direct you to several community-based resources. Click on the Service you need and the County. Click Enter and select the program to find out more information.– Click this link to get moving, literally.  An upcoming, annual event in effort to raise awareness of suicide here in our local town.– Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA) is a not-for-profit community organization with over 40 active members from all areas of the Bureau County and Putnam County community. It is our mission to reduce substance abuse among youth in Bureau and Putnam Counties, and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. – North Central Behavioral Health Systems provides assistance for health promotion, substance abuse, and mental health. Princeton office: 815-875-4458 or LaSalle office: 815-224-1610. – Freedom House provides compassionate, confidential, free services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Phone: 815-872-0087 or Hotline: 1-800-474-6031

Illinois Valley Counseling Services-  IVCS therapists specialize in meeting the needs of  infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. They have therapists who treat both mental health and substance use issues. Additionally, IVCS can provide individual, couples, and family therapy.

Referral Guide– This is a list of other mental health and substance abuse counseling that are a mixture of private, outpatient, and inpatient centers as well as hospital and healthcare centers.