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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Federal Grants for Aspiring Teachers

Taken from the MOHE's web site:

Federal Grants for Aspiring Teachers

Beginning fall 2008, the federal government offers the TEACH Grant program, which provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in an elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, students must agree to serve as a fulltime teacher in a public or private school serving low income students for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which they received a TEACH Grant.

Eligibility Requirements: To receive a TEACH Grant, students must meet the following criteria:

  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (although financial need does not need to be demonstrated)
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student at a participating institution
  • be enrolled in coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching and meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
  • sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

IMPORTANT: Students who fail to complete the four-year service obligation will have the total amount of their TEACH Grants converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Students must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education and will be charged interest from the dates of the grant disbursement. Application Process: Students apply to their college financial aid office. Each year that students receive a TEACH Grant, they must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve available from the U.S. Department of Education at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Announcements for the week of November 28th

The Morning Bulletin

Wednesday, November 30

Menu: Hamburger Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Fresh Broccoli, Pears, Fresh Oranges, Chicken Patty/Potatoes

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Cheerleading Banquet: This Sunday, December 4th @ 6:00pm: Location: Greenwald Pub: Please invite your family! If you haven’t turned your cheer uniform in, please do so.

Student Council meeting Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 in the Quiet Room.

There has been a change of time for the 8th grade girls basketball meeting on Thursday. The new time will be at 3:30. Still in room E403. Thanks

The following students need to stop and see me (Audrey) today: Jordan Winter, Madison Blommel, Lydia Butkowski, Abigail Hellermann, Ktelyn Hellermann, Blake Hemker, Alisyn Hoeschen, Alexus Jungles, Drew Kingston, Matt Kluempke, Hunter Kvistad, Isaac Lieser, Zakary Luetmer, Brooke Lund, Kody Ronning, Gabriel Sawyer, Bailey Arnhalt, Erik Barten, Brent Blommel, Alex Borgerding, Jailyn Brinkman, Olivia Droogsma, Nathan Goebel, Michaela Kellen-Van Zee, Brian Klaphake, Gentry Middendorf, Morgan Notch, Dana Overman, Sydney Rasmussen, Dallas Rieland, Caleb Rothfork, Briana Schmiesing, John Schwieters, Zach Zink, Cole Arnzen, Audrey Blommel, Wesley Dickhaus, Jeremy Harms, Johsua Harren, Jacob Hinnenkamp, Krista Klassen, Ty Reller, Tyler Revermann, Gaven Sand, Scott Stone, Shelby Uphoff, Abby Wessel, Corey Wiehoff, Chelsea Atkinson, Karrie Becker, Katelyn Becker, Jordan Doetkott, Jeremy Goebel, Shelby Goodrich, Jenna Orth, Sydney Petermeier, Samantha Rasmussen, John Reimann, Dylan Schmiesing, Morgan Tschida, Abby Walz, Andrew Welle, Jordan Welle, Zach Duevel, Alex Thompson, Lisa Weber, Jewell Budde and Abby Moening.

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T-Shirts for Maggie’s fundraiser are in! Pick them up in the Dutchmen Depot. You must pay first. Cost $15.00

There will be a speech meeting/practice (7-12) on Thursday, December 1st in room 302 (Ms. V's room). All must attend. Treats will be served.

Attention students! On Thursday Dec. 1st we are looking for volunteers to help tie 150 fleece blankets for our troops. We will be starting immediately after school in the high school cafeteria please come and help as this is a big project. See Michelle at The Depot to let her know you are coming, you can stay for as long as you would like, come after practice if you want we will be there with plenty for EVERYONE to do. Thanks in advance for your help!

Students: Activity tickets are here. 9-12 graders pick them up from Audrey and 6-8 grades pick them up from Cheryl in the office. You will need your activity ticket with picture ID when you enter any of the winter sporting events.

Bracelets for Maggie Lieser are on sale for $5.00. All money will be donated to the Lieser family. Any questions talk to Hannah Hoeschen, Kiersten Atkinson or Kristin Weber.

All 1st hour teachers should have received their Jingle Jar and money bag. Please let me know if you still are in need of one.

Jingle Jar will run this week Thursday (12/1) during 1st hour. Student council members will be collecting the money from each MS/HS classroom before 9am these mornings. We will do our best to keep interruptions to a minimal. The top 3 classes in MS and the top 4 class in HS will get a daily prize given to the class the following morning. There will be a grand prize given to the overall top 3 classes in MS and the top 4 classes in HS.

We want to thank all of you for your flexibility and support during these few days. We understand that this does interrupt class time, but we also know that there are students that walk our halls each day that will benefit from our schools generosity.

Please let Erma or I know if you have any questions or concerns.

Only one more day left to participate in this year's "Giving Tree" project sponsored by the Melrose chapter of National Honor Society. If you haven't participated yet, please take an ornament with specific gift ideas off the tree during your lunch and furnish those gifts before Friday, December 2 to the NHS. The tree will be displayed during the three lunch periods in the cafeteria and the gifts will be distributed to needy families in our community. Thanks to all who have already participated and those who will participate this week!

Last opportunity to buy a yearbook or be guaranteed one, now until the end of the year yearbooks are $55.00. See Ms. Halbert or order online.

If you are interesting in tutoring after school for Homework Help please see Ms. Mounsdon. More tutoring positions have come available. The hours are Monday and Wednesday from 3-4:30 and Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4:15. This is a paid position and you make great relationships with many students. Thanks, Ms. Mounsdon

I have added many new scholarships on my web site, be sure to check them out! mahscounselor.blogspot.com ~Ms Dusha

Middle school students who are interested in being on the memory book staff please see Ms. Mounsdon or Ms. Sakry for more information.

Students, you are not allowed to pick up your brothers or sisters in the round about area by door #2 after school.

St Mary's is looking for a student 16 years or older to help with their kids time program. Hours are from 3:30-5. If interested they should call St Mary's at 256-4257 and talk to Amanda Hellermann.

Ms. Rush and Ms. Clifford are seeking high school students interested in working in an after school program for elementary students. Hours will range from 2-4 hours per week. These are paid positions. If interested, please pick up an application in the high school office.

The weight room will be open for all students after school from 3:00 – 4:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays during the fall.

PAID POSITION: If you would be interested in working in the nursery during church services at 1st Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre on Sundays, see Ms. Dusha. It would be from approximately 7:30-11:30 a.m. These are PAID positions.

College Rep Visits:

Events this Week

Thursday, December 1

7th & 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball-------Melrose & Albany – There – 4:15

Band Concert – Auditorium – 8:00 PM

Friday, December 2

Wrestling--------------Melrose Invitational – 4:00 PM

Girls’ Basketball---------------Melrose & Cathedral – There – 6:00

Hockey----------Prairie Center & Alexandria – at Sauk Centre –5:15

Saturday, December 3

Gymnastics----------------Invitational at Becker – 12:00

Monday, November 14, 2011

National College Application Week (and a free application fee opportunity)!

This week (Nov 14-18) is National College Application Week (NCAW). This is the information that was provided to me by the Collegeboard regarding NCAW. States are being encouraged to support and promote “National College Application Week,” planned for Nov.14–18, 2011. This national campaign is modeled after North Carolina’s College Application Week, which aims to provide every graduating high school senior with the opportunity to apply to college online. A focus is placed on first-generation students and students who may not otherwise apply to college. (For application fee waivers, all 110 North Carolina colleges and universities accept the College Board fee waiver for students with financial need as determined by the school counselor.) Some institutions waive application fees for all students during National College Application Week.

With that said, I received the following email from the admission counselor at St Cloud Technical and Community College with an opportunity for students to apply THIS WEEK for free!!

Hello,

St. Cloud Technical and Community College is participating in the MN Dept of Education Minnesota College Application Week.



SCTCC is waiving the application fee beginning:

Monday November 14, 2011 @ 7:30AM through Friday November 18, 2011 @ 4:00PM

· Student application must be received by Friday November 18th 2011 @ 4PM

· High School Transcript should be received shortly after.

· Student must follow letters and check-list information to avoid cancellation.



Please encourage students interested in SCTCC to apply this week to avoid the application fee.

Feel free to share this information with colleagues!



Thank you,

Susan



Susan Brunn

Admissions Representative

St Cloud Technical & Community College

1540 Northway Drive

St Cloud, MN 56303-1240

320.308.5927

sbrunn@sctcc.edu


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Health Professions Loan Programs

Health professions continue year after year to be a popular area of study for students. Here is some information on a loan program specifically for students interested in this area. The following was taken from the MN Office of Higher Ed's publication "Paying for College".

Various federal scholarship and loan programs are available for students interested in health professions, such as nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry or medicine. Campus-based programs include the Health Professions Student Loan Program, the Primary Care Loan Program, Loans for Disadvantaged Students Program and Nursing Student Loan Program.
Additional health loan repayment programs may be available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Application Process: Students should contact the financial aid office at the school where they are enrolled or intend to apply for admission. Visit www.bhpr.hrsa.gov to learn more. Contact flrpinfo@hrsa.gov with questions.

Financial Aid

I just returned from the MN Office of Higher Education's annual financial aid meeting. It's always good to hear what is new in the world of financial aid and hope that you all will keep Monday, January 23rd free to attend the meeting sponsored by the MN Office of Higher Ed for parents and students at the College of St Benedict. There will be a mailing sent to you if you are a senior/senior parent during the month of Decemeber. The letter will be coming from the College of St Benedict, so please don't just throw it out thinking it won't apply to you! It's being held at St Ben's but is NOT affiliated with St Ben's - it's a meeting for ALL senior students who plan to attend some type of college after high school.

Between now and the meeting I will have a once a week post on different types of financial aid to help familiarize you or help you recognize some new types of aid that you may not have thought about before.

As always, feel free to contact me of the college you plan to attend if you have questions about financial aid.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New Scholarships

Make sure to check out the new scholarships listed on the right side of this blog!! I add scholarships as I get them and so it is important to keep checking regularly to see if there is a scholarship for you!

Announcements for the week of October 31st

The Morning Bulletin

Thursday, November 3

Menu: Nachos, Meat & Cheese Sauce, Romaine Lettuce, Steamed Peas, Peaches, Fresh Oranges, Chicken Patty/Chips

New Items

The following students need to stop and see me (Audrey) today: Tara Ostendorf, Brenna Pierskalla, Rayanne Crosby, Georgianna Toenies, Vinny Zirbes, Mitch Niehaus, Ryan Elfering, Scottie Stone, Isaac Sawyer, Ty Reller, Mitchell Moening and Nathan Goebel.

The German Advent Calendars have arrived and they are available for purchase. They are being sold by students who are participating in the annual Germany excursion. Quantities are limited, so purchase your calendar(s) now. Thank you for your support.

Middle School ZAP tonight from 2:50 – 3:30 in room J105.

St Mary's is looking for a student 16 years or older to help with their kids time program. Hours are from 3:30-5. If interested they should call St Mary's at 256-4257 and talk to Amanda Hellermann.

All seniors and sophomores are invited to the matinee of “Anything Goes” on November 9th. It will begin at 12:15 and go to 2:50. Report to your class for attendance and turn in your ticket to your 5th hour teacher. Tickets are $2.00 and available during lunch Friday, November 4th and Tuesday, November 8th.

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All NHS members: Please pick up your permission forms for the Senior Matinee from Audrey today and place the signed form in Mr. Rink's box by Friday. Thank you.

"Any students interested in playing high school hockey please see Coach Wehrman at your earliest convenience."

Hailey and Jailyn Brinkman, Christine Wiechman, Kayla Uphus, Michaela Worms, Grace Brang please return warm ups and uniforms to Ms. Schiffler.

Friday is the end of 1st quarter and there is no school on Monday, November 7 – Teacher Workshop.

Yearbooks are now $50.00. The next 100 people to buy one get this price. After 100 buyers or starting November 14th the price goes up to $55.00. See Ms. Halbert or buy one online. (Click on the link on the school web page.)

Sign up for the “King of the Court” basketball fan t-shirts in the library. Cost is $14.00.

Ms. Rush and Ms. Clifford are seeking high school students interested in working in an after school program for elementary students. Hours will range from 2-4 hours per week. These are paid positions. If interested, please pick up an application in the high school office.

Show your support for the Melrose Dutchmen while looking cool. Buy a pair of Dutchmen Sunglasses for only $4.00. Wear them with your “King of the Court” basketball fan T-Shirt. The sunglasses should not be used during class. Mr. Baumgard

The following jacket was left in the library: Black ZeroXposure with white and blue strip on the side, Size Large. See Karen in the library if it’s yours.

There is a free college fair with busing provided for all Latino/a students on Friday, December 16th. Sign up in the Guidance Office by Nov. 7th!

The weight room will be open for all students after school from 3:00 – 4:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays during the fall.

PAID POSITION: If you would be interested in working in the nursery during church services at 1st Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre on Sundays, see Ms. Dusha. It would be from approximately 7:30-11:30 a.m. These are PAID positions.

College Rep Visits:

MSU Moorhead -- Wednesday, Nov 9th @ 10 AM

NDSU – Wednesday, Nov 9 @ 1:00 PM

NDSCS -- Wednesday, Nov. 16th @ 11:30

St. Cloud State University –Monday, November 21 @ 9:00 AM

Events this Week

Friday, November 4

End of 1st Quarter