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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Miscellaneous Information

Just a few things to remember with the end of the school year:

* If you are a senior who has taken college credit courses, please make sure you have filled out the transcript release forms (see me or your college credit teacher). If you don't fill these out then your college credits will not be transferred to the college you are attending next fall.

* Tomorrow the juniors will be going to their job shadow sites. I have met with all juniors who have study hall, TA or Office Aide to discuss their career choice, what their plans are after they graduate, and answer any questions they may have about their career choice. I like the juniors to go into the summer with a plan of action. If you are junior or a parent of a junior and didn't meet with me but would like to meet with me before the end of the school year, please see me or let Mr. Nietfeld (Careers teacher) and let one of us know that you would like to meet with me to discuss your plans after graduation.

Friday, May 20, 2011

College Major of the Week: Water and Wastewater Technologies

This week: Water and Wastewater Technologies, offered at St Cloud Community and Technical College

- Length of the program: 2 years (Associate's Degree)

- Typical Career Name: Chemical Equipment Operators, Chemical Plant Operators, Engineering Technicians, Science Technicians, Water Treatment Plant Operators

- What do I do with this? Water and wastewater treatment technology programs prepare people to help engineers and others develop water systems. Students learn about water storage and treatment systems. They also learn to inspect, test samples, and write reports.

- Things to know: The technology in this field continues to change constantly, so you should take classes throughout your career to keep your skills up to date, even if your locality does not require it. The good news is that often your employer will pay for these classes.

You may need to pass a civil service exam to be employed by a municipality.

- Approximate starting wage: $21.54 per hour with a high growth (meaning a good job outlook)! I often tell students interested in some type of Natural Resources career path to look at this as this career path has a higher growth of job opportunities.

Announcements for the week of May 16th

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, May 20, 2011

Menu: Pizza, steamed carrots, lettuce, peaches, apples, banana bar, hot dog on bun


Students please pay fees and fines as soon as possible.

Renaissance cards expire today – bring you card to the office by next Wednesday at 3:00. Put them in the box on the table. The drawing will be Thursday, May 26th.

6th Biology students eat first lunch line because of testing.

Seniors if you paid for package 2 ($47.00) – please see me today and tell me if you are golfing or going to the water park. Please see me today – I need a count for ArrowWood

College Credits: Just a reminder to seniors to turn in your Fergus Falls transcript request forms to Ms Dusha ASAP. If you don't turn them in then your college credits will not be transferred to your college next school year.

Students – if you would like to sign Ana Cantero’s yearbook – see Carol in the office.

All library books are due in the Media Center by Friday, May 27. Seniors, make sure you have all fines paid and books returned. The Media Center will be closed June 1-3. No study hall students may be sent without permission from Karen.

All NHS members will meet on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 a.m. sharp in the Auditorium. We will vote for next year's NHS officers and a picture with all NHS members will be taken by the Melrose Beacon. Please be punctual!

Lost an I-Pod – silver – if you found it please bring it to the office.

Locker Clean Out Friday, April 27th
Freshmen – 8:30
Sophomores – 9:25
Juniors – 10:20
Seniors – May 31 beginning of 6th hour

The following seniors pick up our graduation caps and gowns and pay for your tassel:
Rachel Ellering, Samantha Berg.

FFA Members: Banquet is next Monday at 8:00 pm. Please see Ms Clifford ASAP with you banquet number of people attending, including yourself. Also, we will be picking up road ditches next Tuesday after school, with a meal to follow!

Melrose Veterinary Associates of Melrose is looking for someone 16 years or older to walk, feed, and care for pets. Duties will also include cleaning kennels, other cleaning duties, filing and other office duties. Must be available to work a rotation schedule of early mornings, some afternoons, evenings, weekends, and holidays. For more details or any questions please call Karyn at 320-256-4252. Please pick up an application at MN Veterinary Associates of Melrose.

Seniors stop by the office and pick up a Request for Final Transcript release form. Please complete and bring back to Carol’s office. If you are planning to go on to school next year you will need this form signed and returned.

Sign up sheets for St. Rosa Little League are in the office if you would like to sign up.

CPR Recertification for those lifeguards who were on the Spanish Trip will be held on Monday, May 23rd from 5-8 PM in Mr. Meyer's room. Please see Mr. Meyer with any questions.

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.

Activities for This Week
7/8 baseball at home vs. BBE at 4:15
Baseball at home vs. Albany at 5:00
Softball sub-section vs. high seed at high seed
Choir Concert at 8:00

Interesting Article

I am copying and pasting an article I read on the Startribune's web site from today. Interesting and informative!

Trendy three-year degrees gain momentum in Minnesota

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 20, 2011 - 6:01 AM

Colleges weigh whether to make it easier for motivated students to finish early, cut costs.

Minnesota universities could soon cut the price of a four-year degree in a fresh way: by lopping a year off.

National debate about the value of a three-year bachelor's degree has reached the state's two public higher education systems. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is studying the idea. Two of its universities have proposed condensed programs in certain majors. The University of Minnesota, Morris, is quietly debating doing the same.

The idea is gaining traction as families demand relief from ever-increasing tuition.

Some experts say three-year degrees could save students a fourth of the cost of college. Critics point out that they could also miss out on a quarter of the education.

"The three-year degree could become the higher-education equivalent of the fuel-efficient car," Newsweek proclaimed. "The three-year degree is no silver bullet," the Association of American Colleges and Universities replied.

Colleges differ in how they do it. Some rely on students earning college credit while in high school, others on students packing credits in, often during summers. The most radical proposals trim the number of credits required to graduate.

"The more dramatic the innovations, the more that they bump against other things," said Scott Olson, MnSCU's interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Those things include faculty contracts, outside oversight and student interest, he said -- "external forces that might limit the ability to make dramatic changes."

Even without formal three-year paths, more students are compressing their college careers.

About 2.9 percent of students who started at the University of Minnesota in 2002 graduated after three years. Five years later, 4.8 percent of students did. But the numbers are still small. At MnSCU's seven universities, for example, just 135 students who started in 2006 earned a bachelor's degree three years later. That's less than 2 percent.

Natalie Baumgartner took four years to earn her degree -- but paid for two.

She completed her associate's degree through North Hennepin Community College while still in high school, then enrolled at Metro State University in St. Paul.

A MnSCU report shows that students who graduate in three years are much more likely to have entered school with college credits. About 23 percent of them came in with 45 or more credits.

"College is expensive," Baumgartner said, but post-secondary enrollment options, or PSEO, was free. "My mom doesn't have a ton of money, but I knew she wanted to help me pay for college. I just figured that if I could make it easier on her, I would."

Baumgartner graduated from Metro State this month with a B.A. in social science at the age of 20. Next fall, she'll start the University of Minnesota's master's program in social work -- without a dollar of debt.

Some experts worry that three-year programs push colleges to focus on a small pool of hypermotivated students like Baumgartner. Meanwhile, data show, most students struggle to graduate in even four years.

This week, MnSCU's Board of Trustees discussed the pluses and minuses.

Three-year programs could attract motivated students, improve graduation rates and help students avoid future tuition increases. But they could also force students to forgo summer internships, be seen as less rigorous and divert shrinking resources to a small number of students.

Getting students to graduate quickly requires extra advising and early class registration, so "certainly, three-year degree programs have the potential to impact the majority of students in a negative way," a committee that has studied the issue told the board Wednesday.

"It's an advantage to those who take advantage of it," said Leslie Mercer, an associate vice chancellor. "But if you are strapped for resources, and you divert resources for that, one of the consequences could be that students in that middle group ... maybe don't get the courses when they need them. "So it's a bit of a balancing act."

How it might work

So far, no college has shrunk the number of credits needed for a bachelor's degree by a fourth.

Under plans for three-year business and criminal justice programs at Bemidji State University, students would take just as many courses. But they'd take them more quickly. Students on the business track, for example, would have a normal load in fall and spring semesters, then attend summer school in person or online.

Business Prof. Thomas Fauchald said that many of his online students already take courses during the summer.

It's possible for students to graduate early without a formal three-year plan. But creating a program "would require commitment from both sides," he said. "Here are all the things you need to do. We're going to commit to you that you're going to have these courses when you need them."

Designing such a program "wasn't a huge stretch for us," Fauchald said, in part because Bemidji has experience with online programs. "When you come from a place that's a little more alternative thinking, the three-year option wasn't very radical."

Sophomores from the start

More students at the University of Minnesota, Morris, graduate in three years than those at the U's other campuses. That's one reason Morris is considering a three-year option. Such conversations are "very preliminary," spokeswoman Christine Mahoney said.

The campus would not reduce the number of credits required, she said. Instead, it might build on the fact that 15 percent of Morris' last two incoming freshman classes had 30 or more college credits.

"I can think of a half-dozen of my good friends who were sophomores the minute they stepped on campus," said Matt Privratsky, a student leader and political science major who just graduated from Morris (in four years).

He thinks those students would be attracted to a three-year option, especially with parents "more and more saying, what's the dollar value?" But like others, Privatsky worries about how it will affect students' relationships with faculty -- "Morris' biggest value."

"If someone's only there for three years instead of four, you're taking 25 percent of the interaction away," he said. "But I think many of our students are capable of getting out of three years what some students get in four."