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Monday, February 28, 2011

Information about College Courses at Melrose HS

Well I fell off of the blogging bandwagon for a while there. It's been very busy in the guidance department with pre-registration in January and then Accuplacer testing the past 3 weeks.

What is Accuplacer testing? The Accuplacer test is a test that is required by M State Fergus Falls and Fond du Lac Community College in order to take college credit courses. So essentially in order to take the college credit courses for credit that we offer at Melrose HS you must take and pass the Accuplacer test (as outlined by the colleges).

In order to be able to take the Accuplacer test you must be a junior or senior (in the 2011-2012 academic year), as a junior you must have a 3.2 CUM GPA and as a senior you must have a 2.8 CUM GPA. This GPA must be attained by the end of fall semester of the 2010-2011 school year. In addition, check the registration manual (link is off to the right of this blog) as some courses have additional criteria (higher GPA, teacher recommendation, etc.)

It's not an easy test. It's very important that students are studying for this test. I list a web site under Useful Websites (listed off to the right of this blog). In addition students can study just by Googling "Accuplacer Practice Tests".

Here is a breakdown of the tests required by the college for the following courses:

Fond du Lac CC - for all of their classes students must pass the reading and sentence skills test
Spanish III
Spanish IV
German III
German IV

M State Fergus Falls
Composition and Literature (teacher recommendation and pass the reading test)
Psychology (pass the reading test)
College Biology (pass the reading test)
College Chemistry (pass the reading and math tests)
College Physics (pass the reading and math tests)
College Algebra (teacher recommendation and pass the math test)
College Statistics (teacher recommendation and pass the math test)
College Trigonometry (complete College Alg and Stats and pass the math test)
College Calculus (complete Trigonometry and pass the math test)

Things to keep in mind: if you do not get into a course that you requested and passed all the required tests, make sure you have talked to the teacher of that course as many of them (again, check the registration manual) have additional criteria besides meeting the minimum criteria.
If you do not pass the test and will be a junior, you will have the opportunity to re-test again as an incoming senior (next school year). As a reminder, you can test once and then re-test once. This is a rule set up by the colleges, not Melrose HS. I wish I could let everyone pass and take the classes for credit, but there are criteria that the colleges are very strict about.

If you have questions, feel free to email or call me!

College Major of the week: Cartology (Mapping)

This week: Cartology (Mapping) at SCSU in St Cloud, MN or Ridgewater in Willmar, MN
- Length of the program: 4 years (bachelor's degree) or 2 years at Ridgewater
- Typical Career Name: Cartographers and Photogrammetrists, Drafters, Geographers, Geospatial INformation Scientisits and Technologists, Photographers, Precision Agriculture Technicians, Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists, Social Science Research Assistants, Surveying and Mapping Technicians, Surveyors
- What do I do with this? Cartography programs teach people to make maps. Students learn to use math and computers to aid them in reading and designing maps. They also learn to interpret geographic information from photos.
- Things to know: Students use computers for research, map design, word processing, and running statistical packages.

You can combine your cartography studies with a major in history, archeology, biology, or many other fields.

There are few graduate programs in cartography alone. However, you can study cartography further by attending a graduate program in geography.

- Approximate starting wage: $26.97 per hour with a high growth (meaning a good job outlook)!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Announcements for the week of Feb 22nd

The Morning Bulletin
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Menu: Shrimp Poppers, cheese slice, hash brown, green beans, hot dog and potato

Congratulations to the Gymnastics Team –they won the section meet on Saturday – they will compete in the state Gymnastics Tournament on Friday and Saturday of this week. There will be more information at 2:00 about tickets and the bus.

Students your Renaissance cards expired on Friday – Bring your cards to the office this week to enter the drawing next Monday. There will be box on the table in Carol’s office.

Basic Skills Art 1st semesters may pick up your mosaics out of the library Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

If you would like to see the re-test schedule for the Accuplacer college test, check the guidance window.

Snow Days pictures are posted in the office – if you would like to place an order – stop by the office and pick up an order blank. Please place your order by February 25th.

The Melrose Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) invites Melrose Area students to apply for membership. The National Honor Society (NHS) is a national organization established to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. The Melrose chapter of the NHS not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Requirements for Induction into NHS are: Member of the sophomore, junior, or senior class, a GPA of at least 3.5, participation in various leadership activities, and a student must show exemplary character.

There will be a Lifeguarding class at Rocori on Saturdays March 12, 26, April 2 from 9:00 – 5:30 and a Sunday class on March 27 from 12:30 – 6:00. The cost is tentatively set for $150. register by calling 320-685-8631, or e-mailing Mark at Melrose will also be holding a Lifeguarding class in May.

SCSU will be here on March 1st at 9:00. Sign up in the guidance office.

To see if you bought your yearbook – there is an updated list outside of Ms. Halbert’s room.

ACT Prep Course, Sunday, March 20, Melrose High School. Cost is $129. See Stacey in the Community Education Office to register.

Seniors – reminder that I put any scholarships I receive out on my web site, make sure to check it frequently. Ms. Dusha

Activities for This Week
No School
7/8 BBB vs. Cathedral at home t 4:15
BBB at home vs. Sauk
Centre at 6:00
GBB at Sauk Centre at 6:00
Section Hockey Tourney
KB at Eden Valley –Watkins at 9:00
7/8 BBB at Minnewaska at 4:30
GBB at Osakis at 6:15
State Team Gymnastics at U of M at 11:00
Section Swimming and Diving
Section Wrestling Ind. Tourney at Melrose at 4:30
BBB at St. Cloud Cathedral at 6:00
Section Ind. Wrestling Tourney at Melrose at 11:00
State Individual Gymnastics Meet at U of M
Section Swimming and Diving Meet
Speech Meet at Dassel-Cokato at 9:00
Section Hockey Tourney

Friday, February 4, 2011

College Major of the Week: Nuclear Medicine

This week: Nuclear Medicine at SCSU in St Cloud, MN
- Length of the program: 4 years (bachelor's degree)
- Typical Career Name: Nuclear Medical Technologist, Radiologic Technologist, Radiation Therapist
- What do I do with this? Nuclear medical technology programs teach people how to use radioactive atoms to diagnose and treat health problems. Students learn health physics. They learn how to operate equipment and maintain radiation safety.
- Things to know: Working with radioactive atoms means exposure to radiation. Part of this program involves learning the proper safety procedures to protect yourself. Following these procedures gives you an excellent chance of avoiding danger. And as an extra precaution, you wear a badge that keeps track of how much radiation you've been exposed to.

For your clinical education assignments, you're responsible for your own transportation as well as your uniform, shoes, and name badge.

Graduating from a nuclear medical technology program qualifies you to sit for the certification exams given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

Currently, 21 states in the country require you to be licensed to practice nuclear medical technology.
- Approximate starting wage: $81,000 per year with a high growth (meaning a good job outlook)!

Announcements for the week of Jan 31st

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, February 4, 2011

Menu: Pizza, green beans, fresh oranges, chocolate chip cookie, corn dog

A reminder to high school students who will be helping with the Father/Daughter ball, please be at the elementary cafeteria no later than 6:00 on Saturday, wear black pants and white shirt. See Stacy if you have any questions.

FYI meeting on Monday, Feb. 7. Please meet Shannon at door #7 at 3:00

Snodaze is the week of February 14th. Masquerade is the theme this year. Coronation is Monday, Feb. 14th.

All NHS members who will participate in the Tri-County Animal Shelter/Petsmart activity on Saturday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 12, must come to a short meeting tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 4 at 7:50 in the Quiet room. Please be punctual.

Congratulations to the middle school spelling bee winner, Mitchell Welle. He will advance to regionals at St. John’s University

Spring Session Driver Education is scheduled for Feb. 14-28 from 3:15 – 6:15. See Carol to sign up.

Seniors – local scholarship information will be available to you about February 18th. I will have applications for you in the office. The deadline will be April 1st. Carol

Buy a carnation for someone special for Valentine’s Day. Buy yours at lunch February 1st – 11th for $2.00. Flowers will be delivered to 7th hour classes on Feb. 14. (Love, Friendship, Secret Admirer, Just Because).

SCSU will be here on March 1st at 9:00. Sign up in the guidance office.

Looking for student help tutor for a 4th grade student on Tuesday and Thursday for one hour after school. If interested please see Wendy Barutt.

If you would be interested in going to an open house at the MN School of Business on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 12:30 – 2:00, free transportation will be provided if there are 20 or more students. See Ms. Dusha to sign up.

Dutchmen Softball Players 7th-12th- Looking for an inexpensive softball camp located near by? St. Scholastica is offering a camp that will be hosted in Wadena, MN and 100% of registration fees will go directly to the WDC Softball program. This money will be used to replace equipment and uniforms damaged in the June 17th tornado. The camp is Saturday, February 19th, contact Coach Birch for more details. Ext 3226

Tryouts for the Talent Show are going to be on Wednesday, Feb. 9th and Thursday, Feb. 10th. Remember to sign up! The talent show will be the 18th.

To see if you bought your yearbook – there is an updated list outside of Ms. Halbert’s room.

Activities for This Week
GBB at Foley at 6:00
BBB at home vs. Foley at 6:00
Hockey at Mora at 5:30
KB at Kimball
KB at North Branch at 9:00
7/8 Wrestling at Fertile-Beltrami at 9:30

ACT Prep Course, Sunday, March 20, Melrose High School. Cost is $129. See Stacey in the Community Education Office to register.

Seniors – reminder that I put any scholarships I receive out on my web site, make sure to check it frequently. Ms. Dusha

The following students see Carol today:
Grade 12 – Richard Milla, Emily Scholz, Mechelle Turner, Kyle Welle

Grade 9 – Jackie Arias, Jailyn Brinkman, Nathan Goebel, Amanda Kemper, Ben Klaphake, Blake Loxtercamp, Cristian Martinez, Kate Maus, Morgan Notch, Dana Overman, Sheila Poepping, Sydney Rasmussen, Madison Rausch, McKayla Roske, Caleb Rothfork, Brooke Scherping, John Schwieters, Shannon Steinhofer, Elizamar Valencia, Megan Viere, Kyle Wiechmann, Kelli Wielenberg, Patricia Wollan