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Friday, April 29, 2011

Announcements for the week of April 25th

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, April 29, 2011

Menu: Chicken fajita, cheesy blend veggies, corn, broccoli, pineapple, oranges, sugar cookie, cheeseburger on a bun


All students planning to walk in the Special Olympic Fundraiser must turn in their money and permission slip by May 6th to Carol or Audrey.

MCA Science Test for Sophomores May 19 and 20.

Attention seniors who are members of St. Mary’s: The planning meeting for St. Mart’s Senior Baccalaureate Mass is Monday, May 2nd at 3:00 at the parish House. We need you there to help plan this Mass.

Seniors – bring in your permission forms and money for the senior class trip and graduation party by Friday.

Seniors bring in your green form and picture for the Beacon By Friday.

Seniors – your cap and gowns will be distributed on Tuesday, May 3 during lunch in the cafeteria. You will need to pay $7.00 for your tassels at that time.

Any 8th graders artwork that was displayed for arts night may be picked up in the Middle School Office. Great work. Thanks Ms. Dettler

Congratulations go out for Senior DAAA award winners. Devin Middendorf 3rd place, Brittney Lund 2nd and Lucero Vasquez for 1st. They may have been judged the top but all eleven participants are WINNERS. Their set ups were Beautiful!! Thanks to ALL for the support, assistance, and loaning of space to help make Arts Night a Fantastic Show. Ms. Dettler.


Congratulations to the Girl State Representatives: Bethany Leraas and Jackie Blomker. The alternate is Jordan Doetkott.

Congratulations to the Boy State Representatives: Paul Lucken and Tyler Schmidt. The alternate is Ethan Klaphake

Deadlines for applying for jobs at the pool this summer is today! Please get a letter of application in to Mr. Meyer today.

Anyone interested in applying for a job at the pool this summer should turn in a letter of application to Mr. Meyer by Friday, April 29th. Jobs available include WSI, WSI Aide, Lifeguard, and locker room supervisor. Either turn your letter in to Mr. Meyer in person or place a letter in his PO box in the middle or high school office.

Grand March Participants: An updated lineup has been posted in the Library window. Please check your number and verify the time you will need to be here for pictures.

Seniors your parents should have received a packet of information regarding graduation, class trip, graduation party, information for the Beacon, permission forms that you need to return.
Your class trip is May 25th - you can start signing up for the class trip – bring your money and permission slip when you sign up. See Carol

Please check the guidance window for the seniors I have as graduating with honors. If you feel your name should be on there and it is not, please see me By Friday, April 29. After this date the honors cords and graduation handouts will be ordered for those on the list.

New Scholarship – Sauk River Watershed District Scholarship Program. Applications are in the white folder on the table in Carol’s office.

Grand March Tickets are on sale in Cheryl’s office for $3.00. Your can purchase them at the door the night of prom. Grand March will begin at 8:00.

Summer Classroom Driver Education
June 9 – 20 : 12:30 – 3:30 and June 21 and 22: 8:30 or 9:00 ? for 3 hours
July 25 – Aug. 5: 12:30 – 3:30.
If you are interested – sign up with Carol – cost is $285.00 - they ask that you pay the whole amount or $50.00 down when you sign up. Write checks payable to Central Lakes Driving School.

Looking for a summer job June 1 – August 31? Camp Lebanon in the Burtrum area is looking for lifeguards, housekeepers, Zip Line Staff. Check the poster on the high school office window for more information.

Naming the Mascot – we are taking suggestions for a name for the mascot until May 2nd. There is a suggestion box in Cheryl’s office.

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
7/8 girls golf at Sauk Centre at 4:30
Baseball vs. Cathedral at Dick Putz and Faber field at 7:00 and 9th grade and JV at 4:30 at Whitney
Boys golf at LP/GE at 9:30
Softball tournament at Rocori (doubleheader vs. Sartell and Rocori)
Prom Grand March 8:00

Medical Career Camp

If you are interested in pursuing a medical career, check out the information for this camp.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

College Major of the Week: Crop and Weed Science

This week: Crop and Weed Science, offered at NDSU

- Length of the program: 4 years (Bachelor's Degree)

- Typical Career Name: Agricultural Inspectors, Agricultural Scientists, Agricultural Worker Supervisors, Conservation Scientists, Farmers and Farm Managers, Food Scientists

- What do I do with this? Programs in agronomy and crop science teach people the science of raising crops. Students learn how plants and soils interact. They also learn about plant growth and behavior. In addition, they learn how to prepare and maintain soils to cultivate healthy plants.

- Things to know: It helps to grow up living on a farm or working with crops and plant life. Internships or supervised work experience may lead to employment or better job prospects and recommendations.

Due to some program's locations, you can focus on a particular crop or plant. For instance, programs located in Iowa may concentrate on corn production. This is because corn is the predominate crop grown there.

For information about farm occupations, opportunities, and 4-H activities, contact your local county extension service office.

Many states require you to be licensed before you can practice. Even when licensing is not required, a potential employer or client wants assurance of your professional competence and educational background. Passing the certification exam given by the National Council for Interior Design shows these things about you; it also qualifies you for licensure where necessary.

- Approximate starting wage: $18.47 per hour with a high growth (meaning a good job outlook)!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Think Twice About Dropping Out...

Did you know....

At A Glance…

Fact Sheet on the Costs and Consequences of Dropping Out of School

Employment and Income

§ Students who dropped out of high school were three times more likely than college graduates to be unemployed in 2004 (Silent Epidemic, 2007).

§ According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the unemployment rate for high school dropouts is more than 30 percent higher than that of graduates. When employed, those without a diploma earn close to 30 percent less (Orfield, Losen, Wald, & Swanson, 2004).

§ The U.S. Census estimates that high school dropouts will earn $270,000 less than high school graduates over their working lives. Census data also show that the earnings gap between high school graduates and dropouts has grown over the last two decades – in 1975, high school graduates earned 90% as much as high school graduates; in 1999, high school dropouts earned 75% as much (Orfield, Losen, Wald, & Swanson, 2004).

§ Dropouts earn $9,200 less per year than high school graduates and more than $1 million less over a lifetime than college graduates (Silent Epidemic, 2007; National Center for Dropout Prevention, 2007).

§ The number of jobs offering livable wages for individuals without high school diplomas grows less each year, as demonstrated by the rapid shrinkage of the industrial work force, which lost 2.3 million jobs since 1991 (Orfield, Losen, Wald, & Swanson, 2004).

Costs to Society

§ Dropouts are four times less likely to volunteer than college graduates, less likely to vote or participate in community projects, and represent only 3 percent of actively engaged citizens in the U.S. today (Silent Epidemic, 2007).

§ The financial benefits of dropout prevention are 2.5 times greater than the costs of implementing programs (Levin, Belfield, Muennig, & Rouse 2007).

§ The government would gain $45 billion in extra tax revenues and reduced costs in public health, crime, and welfare payments if the number of high school dropouts among 20-year olds in the U.S. today (more than 700,000 individuals) were cut by half (Silent Epidemic, 2007).

§ Three-quarters of state prison inmates have dropped out of school (Martin & Halperin, 2006; National Center for Dropout Prevention, 2007).


§ Individuals who dropped out of school are more likely to be in poor health than individuals who completed high school (Silent Epidemic, 2007; Happel, 2006).

§ Individuals who do not complete high school are less likely to have jobs that provide health insurance (Levin, Belfield, Muennig, & Rouse, 2007)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Juniors: Take the ACT Test!

This Saturday is the first ACT test that is offered at Melrose HS for the 2010-2011 school year. The ACT is not affiliated with Melrose HS, but is just offered here through the ACT Corporation.

This test, on Saturday, is typically the first time a junior in HS will take the ACT. It is offered again on June 11, 2011 at Melrose HS. I recommend that juniors planning to attend a 4 year college take the ACT either this Saturday or June 11th. This gives the the juniors an opportunity to receive one set of scores before their senior year starts to enable them to apply to college right away in the fall. If they are not happy with their score, or would just like to see if they can do better, they can re-take the test again on September 10 or October 22, 2011. Neither of these test dates are offered at Melrose HS, however. The dates of the 2011-2012 school year test can be found here.

If you are a junior and would like to still take the test this Saturday, click here for an option to test.

It is important to prepare for the ACT test, but I am just as quick to point out that it is very difficult to "study" for the ACT as it tests what you already know. Now of course you can take test prep courses which are designed to review the information that will likely be on the test and to give you helpful "tips" for testing. The ACT website does have some useful information for preparing for the ACT.

If you have any questions about the ACT, please feel free to contact me. Good luck if you are testing on Saturday!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Announcements for the week of March 28th

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, April 1, 2011

Menu: Cheese pizza, green beans, carrot sticks, pineapple, apple, banana bar, hamburger on bun.


If you are interested in running for Student Council next year and your in grades 8-11 this year there will be a candidate meeting Friday, April 8th at 7:45 in the high school library.

Renaissance cards are ready to pick up. - 9-12 grades see Carol and 7-8 see Audrey. Check the list in the display case across from the media center.



Students working for the Stearns Electric Breakfast on Saturday – remember to be in St. Mary’s Church basement at 7:30 no later. You will work until 11:00 and you will be paid $10.00 per hour. Girls working for the breakfast - see Carol today.

Synchronized Swimming tickets are on sale in the office. Tickets are $6.00 and are available only from Carol in the high school office. Show dates are Friday, April 1 at 8:00, Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 and Sunday, April 3 at 1:00. Students will not be selling tickets this year.

Junior High Golf practice for boys will start on Monday, April 4 in Mr. Droogsma’s room 205.

All 7th and 8th grade softball players return your eligibility forms and pay your fee prior to Monday, April 11. Weather permitting softball practice will begin Monday, April 11th. Bring your practice wear and glove, meet your coaches outside of the middle school locker rooms after school.

7th and 8th grade track starts Monday, April 4th. If you want to join, you still can, speak to Ms. Olson or Mr. Knight.

Girls’ basketball B-squad and varsity banquet on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 at Charlies.

FYI meeting on Monday, April 4th. Please meet Shannon in the quiet room right after school.

Seniors – scholarship applications are due today.

Seniors bring a graduation picture to the office by April 1st. The junior parents need a picture for your graduation lock in party. There is a box on the table in the office for your pictures.

Any students interested in a one-time volunteer opportunity with the Great River Regional library, see Stacey in the Comm. Ed. Office. They need 4 assistants on April 14 from 3:30-5:00 to help students preschool to age 10 with some craft projects.

Make a video and you could earn $3,000 for our library! Enter the Why I Need my Library teen video contest. Deadline is April 18th. Rules and entry information can be found at also linked on the Media Center homepage under Contests.

Mrs. Osterberg has Inpulse CD’s available for $10.00.

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
Sub section Speech Meet at BBE at 4:00
Sync Swim Show at 8:00
Sync Swim Show at 8:00
Sync Swim show at 1:00