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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

10th and 11th graders: 2013 Career Conference

2013 Career Conference

Do you want to:
-       Learn about in-demand careers in Central MN?
-       Learn how to interview properly?
-       Learn about personal finance?
-       Learn about financial aid opportunities?

The first 40 sophomore and juniors to sign up in the guidance office will be granted this awesome opportunity.

When? Thursday, January 3: Arrive to school by 7:40 and return by 6th hour (at St Cloud Community and Technical College)

Cost? Money for lunch, everything else is FREE!

Deadline? Sign up by November 30th.

Opportunity to Learn More about Financial Aid and the FAFSA

Parents of high school juniors and seniors as well as guidance counselors are urged to attend a complimentary live online video presentation explaining the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM in Minnesota) at

James Copeland, Awareness and Outreach Specialist for Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, will discuss topics such as how to determine if your family is eligible, how and when to apply, options for filing online and newly available information resources. The presentation at is free to attend online.


A live streaming video presentation overview of federal student aid programs available through the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). Topics: FAFSA application process, confirming eligibility, how to apply, options for filing, program changes and new resources.

James Copeland, Jr., Ed. D. , Awareness and Outreach Specialist, Federal Student Financial Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education.

Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 4:00 PM CST.

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(888) 697-0050

Please see this link for more detail on the virtual event. There are also presentations on the GI Bill, college application essays and letters of recommendation and more:

Monday, November 12, 2012

EXPLORE and PLAN Testing

On November 20th all 8th graders will be taking the EXPLORE test and all 10th graders will be taking the PLAN test.  Both of these tests are pretests to the ACT.  They test on the same material of the ACT test. The ACT test is a test required to enter a 4 year college and is typically taken in your junior year of high school.

The thing I like best about these tests is that it takes your test answers and combines them with an interest inventory on the test and gives you an idea of careers and college majors that you would enjoy as well as be good at doing.  I find this test to be very accurate of your abilities and interests (as long as you take the test seriously, of course!).  In addition, the test will give you an idea that if you continue what you are doing academically, what you could receive as a score on the ACT test.

If you have any questions about these tests, feel free to contact me.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


November 12-16, 2012

  November 12-16  is free application week for all MNSCU (MN State Colleges and Universities) schools. This means that any applications submitted online or postmarked between these dates is free. This is a savings of $20 per application. The schools included are listed below.
  See Ms. Dusha for assistance.
MN State Universities
MN State Community and Technical Colleges
Bemidji State University
Alexandria Technical and Community College
Metropolitan State University
Anoka-Ramsey Communtiy College
Metropolitan State University
Anoka Technical College
MN State University, Mankato
Central Lakes College
MN State University, Moorhead
Dakota County Technical College
St. Cloud State University
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Southwest Minnesota State University
Hennepin Technical College
Southwest Minnesota State University
Inver Hills Community College
Winona State University
Lake Superior College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Normandale Community College

North Hennepin Community College

Northeast Higher Education District

Northland Community and Technical College

Northwest Technical College

Pine Technical College

Ridgewater College

Riverland Community College

Rochester Community and Technical College

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Saint Paul College

South Central College

Thursday, October 4, 2012

College Visit Days

If you are looking to do a college visit and don't have any big plans for Education Minnesota Break (Oct. 18 and 19th), the following schools are offering college visit opportunities during these days off from school.  Just follow the links and directions for registering for the event and you are on your way! If you need any help, just stop in and see me.

St. Cloud Tech and CC
St. Cloud State University
Concordia College
U of MN, Morris
U of MN, Twin Cities
Bemidji State
College of St. Benedict / St. John's University
Augsburg College
St. Catherine University

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Help with Funding College

This is an article taken from this web page. Go to this web page for the direct link needed to get connected.

MTV, Get Schooled and the College Board have launched “My College Dollars,” a Facebook application that utilizes information from a user’s Facebook profile – including age, gender and state – to connect students with targeted financial aid opportunities.

The My College Dollars Facebook App integrates the media and messengers that students turn to most for information. It takes advantage of the world’s largest social media platform to meet students where they already spend a lot of time. The app helps them connect with information, guidance and tools that will enable them to make smart decisions about paying for college. The tool is integrated into a larger campaign to encourage college preparation and FAFSA completion, taking place within hundreds of high schools across the country.

To promote the use of My College Dollars, music artists, actors and athletes will inspire students and inform them about the campaign.

My College Dollars:
  • Connects students with the nearly $6 billion in available scholarship aid and $45 billion in federal and state grants.
  • Uses information from a user’s Facebook profile to connect him or her to relevant financial aid opportunities.
  • Features video tutorials from talent and other influential experts on how to get the financial aid students need.
  • Connects to existing social networks for support, guidance and sharing and tracking each other’s progress.
  • Integrates a calendar to help students track important dates and milestones.
  • Features a dynamic “Ask the Experts” FAQ, in which selected user questions will be answered by a panel of experts on a regular basis.

Financial Aid Night: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The following is an email I received from the director of financial aid at the College of St. Benedict:

Hello, high school counselors-

I write to invite your students to this year’s financial aid night at the College of Saint Benedict.

My goal is to inform your seniors and their parents about the financial aid application process and the types of financial aid that may be available to them.   As you will recall, this is a general financial aid presentation – not a Saint Ben’s/Saint John’s program.  The event is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Monday, January 14, 2013 and will take place on the CSB campus in Gorecki Center.

If you are interested in having seniors and their parents from your high school invited, please send labels with the students’ home address to Kari Schroeder, CSB financial aid office coordinator, at the following address:  College of Saint Benedict, Financial Aid Office, 37 South College Avenue, St. Joseph, MN  56374.

Thank you, and let me know if you have any questions.

Stuart Perry

Executive Director of Financial Aid
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

So....make sure you mark this date on your calendar and are keeping your eyes open for a letter from the College of St. Benedict in your mail sometime in December.

Also, there are four scholarships listed on the right side of this web site under "Scholarships" - make sure you are checking this web site periodically for updated scholarships.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Senior Meeting

With the first week come and gone, semester 1 schedule changes are out of the way and now it is time to focus on the seniors!

Today I am meeting with the entire senior class to discuss their senior year.  They will receive a copy of their transcript, the same transcript any college they apply to will receive.  This gives them an opportunity to see the same information as the college and to address any concerns they may have about their transcript.  I will talk with them about applying to colleges, taking appropriate college prep tests, visiting a college, financial aid, scholarships, etc.  It's an excellent time for them to ask questions and set up meeting times with me.

They will be given a packet of information, so if you are a parent of a senior, ask to see this packet and discuss the meeting with them.  It's important to continue to stay on track with the senior year and you as parents can assist with that.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Need to Change your Schedule?

If you need to change your schedule, you will need to fill out the schedule change form located by clicking here.  If you need to know what classes are offered and the hours they are offered, click here.

All TA, Office Aide, and Work Release forms will be put on this web site when I return to my office on August 28th.  Check back then if you need one of these forms.

Enjoy your last few weeks of summer break!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Requesting Final Transcripts

Wow, it's the senior's last week!  This spring has flew by, I think it's been the early nice weather.

I have put an announcement out for all seniors regarding the request of final transcripts.  I wanted to put it on here as well as I know some students don't always get to hear the announcements.

FINAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS: Bring a note to Audrey with your name and the name and address of the college(s) you would like to receive your HS transcript.

FINAL M STATE FERGUS FALLS TRANSCRIPTS: There is a form in the guidance office through Friday that you would need to fill out if you would like a transcript of your final college credits through Fergus Falls sent to your college(s).  After Friday you will need to use this link.

FINAL FDLTCC TRANSCRIPTS: You will receive a copy of the transcript request form in your foreign languages course.  These college credits from FDLTCC are only if you took Spanish 3 / 4 and/or German 3 / 4.  If you misplaced it, it can be found here.

Any questions, contact me.  Happy LAST week, seniors!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Last Minute Scholarship!

Here is a last minute scholarship from Arvig.  The deadline to apply is Friday at 3pm.  Thanks and good luck!

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Already!

Wow, the year is flying right on by! Most of the local scholarships are due either today or sometime this week. Be sure you are checking out all of the scholarships available on the right side under scholarships. Some new ones were even added last week.

Juniors, next week Saturday, April 14th, is one of the two ACT test dates that are offered at Melrose HS. At this point it sounds like if you have not signed up but still want to test via the stand by option, there will be room. If you haven't signed up and don't plan to take the April test, make sure to sign up for the June 9th test offered at Melrose HS.

It's fun to see all of the seniors' plans out in the senior hallway! Starting the end of this month I will start meeting with interested juniors to help them with their first steps towards picking and applying to a college as their senior year is not too far off!

Have a good (short) week!

Monday, March 12, 2012

What's Going on?

Last week and this week I have been meeting with all of the seniors. This is a time for them to ask any questions they may have about financial aid and applying for scholarships. It is important for seniors and parents to complete the FAFSA as most colleges will start sending out financial aid packages this week. The longer you wait to complete your FAFSA the less money there is available.

As you can tell there are A LOT of scholarships (on the right side of this web site) that are just for Melrose seniors. I have been telling the seniors about these scholarships, hopefully they will take the time to apply for this free money!

Lastly, on Thursday I will be giving the practice ACT writing test to all 10th graders. It is optional, so if you are a 10th grader and are not planning to go to a 2 or 4 year college you will need to fill out the letter that was sent home with you to be exempt. This is a good opportunity to learn about what you need to work on with your writing. Your 11th grade English teacher will be using the scores to best help you in your 11th grade English class.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I know I sound like a broken record, but be sure you are checking out the local scholarships for Melrose seniors on the right side of this blog. It looks like there are 26 LOCAL scholarships (and many more non-local scholarships). See me if you have any problems printing any of the applications off.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Local Scholarships are rolling in!

Make sure you are checking out the local scholarships on the right under scholarships. I added quite a few today. Keep watching and apply, apply, apply!

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Message from Mr. Doetkott

February 13, 2012

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian:

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Craig Wiechmann, a senior in our school. Craig died from injuries suffered in a farm accident that occurred Saturday afternoon.

The funeral will be held at St. Rosa of Lima Church in St. Rosa on Wednesday 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at St. Rosa of Lima Church in St. Rosa during the hours of 4-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday and 1 hour prior to the funeral. The school will provide bussing for students that would like to attend the funeral. Students not taking the bus, but wanting to attend the funeral are encouraged to attend with their parents.

Students will have varied reactions to the death of a peer. Any reaction is normal in the grief process and can range from withdrawal, to crying and anger. I encourage you to openly discuss with your child their reactions and feelings regarding the death of Craig. Special counseling services have been made available to students today and will continue to be available throughout the week and longer, if needed.

If you think your child needs additional counseling support, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Dusha or Ms. Nietfeld, counselor and social worker at 320-256-4224.


Chad Doetkott, HS Principal

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tomorrow is the Career and College Fair!

If you are a 10th-12th grader or parent, I hope you are planning to attend the Career and College Fair being held in the HS Cafeteria tomorrow, Wednesday. During 6th hour it is open to only juniors, 7th hour is open to 10th-12th graders and from 2:50-4:00 it is open to 10th-12th graders and their parents. Currently over 20 colleges, Melrose businesses, and military branches will be in attendance. I hope you will be able to make it!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Misc Information

Some important information:

- 2 weeks ago we completed the course requests for the 2012-2013 school year. Sometime around the end of April the master schedule for the 2012-2013 school year will be available and I will be meeting with students to complete their schedules for next year at that time.

- The college and career fair, open to all 10-12th graders, is next Wednesday, Feb. 8th. Be sure to attend - it is open to parents, as well, from 3-4 pm.

- If you are a sophomore or junior and would like to take college credit courses for the 2012-2013 school year, your request to test form must be turned in to me by the end of the school day tomorrow (Wednesday).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Announcements for the week of Jan. 16th

The Morning Bulletin

Thursday, January 19

Menu: Lasagna, Celery & Dip, Corn, Pears, Fresh Oranges, Chicken Nuggets

New Items

Please excuse the following students on Wednesday, Jan. 25 for a Knowledge Bowl meet at Mayer/Lutheran: Sam Braun, Craig Steinhofer, Tim Bullock, Katelyn Kramer, Bethany Leraas, Kevin Wielenberg, Patty Wollan, Michelle Doubek, Alyssa Leraas, and Shawn Wielenberg.

All NHS members who attended the meeting with the Red Cross representative last week will meet on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:40 a.m. in Mr. Rink's room (410).

All NHS members participating in the Tri-County Animal Shelter activity this Sunday will meet on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:55 a.m. in Mr. Rink's room (410).

Weight room will be open for girls only on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. There will be a workout plan for you in the weight room. See your coach if you have any questions.

The talent show will be held on Friday, February 17th. We need 10 acts, so sign up! Tryouts are on Monday, February 13th.

Fusion fan shirts are in – See Michelle in the Depot.

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


All seniors: your 2nd semester schedules are on the table in the guidance office. Pick them up if you need one.

Students need to pick up and pay for both senior shirts and basketball fan shirts by Friday, January 20. If they are not paid for by then both shirt prices will be raised to $15.00

Swim orders are in at the Depot – see Michelle.

Amazing Dutchmen sunglasses now available for only $2.00. Get them while they last!!

The following students need to stop and see me (Audrey) -- Samantha Rasmussen.

Please excuse the following students at 2:30 on Thursday, January 19, for a speech meet.

Allison Funk, Kalie Klaphake, Emily Klassen, Claire Boeckermann, Kylie Primus, Elisha Englemeyer. Aryanna Chelgren. Judges: Addie Mueller and Megan Herdering

Congratulations to the gymnastics team for breaking the school record with a score of 146.85 last weekend at the Lakeville invite. Come support your #1 ranked team by riding the fan bus to the State True Team meet next Saturday, January 28 at Becker. The bus leaves at 10:00 AM and the cost is $5.00

Students of the Month for December : Senior High Students: Kennedy Eichers – Math; Amanda Notch and Nathan Rahn – Family and Consumer Science; Nick Gerads – Industrial Technology; Scott Stone and Andrew Welle – Science; Jose Delgado and Hailey Brinkman – English; Katelyn Wehlage and Charlotte Jacobson – Social Studies; Justine Revermann – Physical Education; Sheila Poepping and Kennedy Eichers - Spanish; and Brian Thielen and Annie Herkenhoff – German.

Middle School students: Sarah Meyer – Math; Barry Hellerman, Anthony Santana and Aryana Chellgren – Family and Consumer Science; Joe Schwieters – Industrial Technology; Ashley Maus – Science; Elise Reller and Andrew Wilwerding – English; Alex Ambriz – Social Studies; Hannah Heinen and Kristen Bussman – Art; Ben Heller and Tyler Moscho – Physical Education.

Congratulations to the Melrose/Sauk Centre Boys' Swimming and Diving Team who qualified for the State True Team Swimming and Diving meet on Saturday. Medal winners from Melrose include John Schwieters, Brent Blommel, Aaron Stalboerger, Jared Von Wahlde, Phil Budde, and Matthew Beste. The team will compete at the State Meet this Saturday at the U of M.

Congratulations Dance Team for a great 2nd place finish in both high kick and jazz at your home meet last night!! Make sure to come watch them this Saturday as they compete at NL-S at noon.

Musical Students: If you ordered a DVD of the musical they are in, you can pick them up from Audrey in the senior high office. Cost is $10.00.

Sign up for the 2012 Miss Melrose pageant will begin today, January 17. Pick up a registration form from Audrey in the office.

The 2012 Community Talent Show is Sunday, March 18. We are looking for performers! If you sing, dance, act, play an instrument, juggle, do stand-up comedy or have other talents to share, please talk to Stacey in the Community Education office about participating in the show! Thank you!

Yearbook staff will be selling Valentine carnations starting Wednesday, February 1st. Red = Love; Yellow = Just Because; White = Friendship; Pink = Secret Admirer. Cost is $2.00 and they will be sold during lunch.

Seniors – if you have not filled out a Dynamic Dutchmen form please pick one up in the office, fill it out and return it to the office

Stearns County American Dairy Assn. (ADA) is looking for potential dairy princess candidates. If you are a daughter/sister of a dairy farmer or work for a dairy farmer and are between the ages of a senior in high school and under 24, you are asked to share your knowledge of the dairy industry and promote your family’s business and way of life to the public by participating in this year’s Dairy Princess Program. Pick up applications in the office. Forms are due back to me (Audrey) by Wednesday, February 8.

The next session of classroom drivers education is February 21 – March 5 from 3:15 – 6:15. If you are interested in this session sign up with Audrey – cost is $285.00 – they ask that you pay the whole amount or $50.00 down when you sign up and the rest by the first day of class. Make checks payable to Central Lakes Driving School.

Four lifeguards are needed during 6th hour on January 27. Please see Stacey in the Comm Ed office if you are able to lifeguard. St. Mary's students will be coming to swim.

Renaissance cards are ready for you to pick up. Also pick up a sheet explaining where you can get discounts and businesses who donated money for the program. If you enter these businesses please thank them for contributing to the Renaissance program. Your Renaissance cards are good from December 5 – February 17. Check the display case in the hallway across from the media center. Grades 9-12 pick your cards up from Audrey in the senior high office and grade 8 see Cheryl in the middle school office. See Audrey if you have any questions.

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.

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

College Rep Visits:

Events this Week

Thursday, January 19

Boys’ Basketball--------------------Melrose & Long Prairie/GE – Home – 6:00

Hockey------------Prairie Centre & Park Rapids – There – 5:00

Gymnastics--------------Melrose & Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta – at Morris – 6:00

Wrestling-----------------Melrose/SC & Albany – Home – 6:00

Boys’ Swimming-----------------------Melrose & Rocori – at Melrose – 6:00

7th & 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball-------------------Melrose & Long Prairie/GE – Home – 4:15

7th & 8th Grade Speech Invitational at South Jr High – 4:00

Friday, January 20

Girls’ Basketball-------------------------------Melrose & New London/Spicer – Home – 6:00

Saturday, January 21

Dance Team----------------------Invitational at New London/Spicer – There

Hockey-------------------------------------Prairie Centre & Bagley – at Long Prairie/GE – 1:00

Boys’ Swimming------------------------State True Team at Univ f MN Aquatic Center

Monday, January 23

No School – Teacher Workshop

School Board Meeting – Sr High Media Center – 7:00 PM

Monday, January 16, 2012

Financial Aid Information

Just a reminder that next week on Monday, Jan. 23rd there will be a financial aid meeting held for all seniors and their parents put on by the Mn Office of Higher Education on the campus of the College of St Benedict. All seniors should have received a letter from St Ben's about this useful night. You must register ahead of time by calling 320-363-5060. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Remember, this event represents all students attending all types of colleges, not the College of St Benedict.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Scholarships Added FREQUENTLY!!

I have added new scholarships on the right hand side - please make sure you are checking them out. There is a lot of free money out there for you, seniors, so take advantage!