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Monday, January 21, 2013

College Class Testing

Numerous juniors and sophomores will take the ACCUPLACER the week of February 4th.  The ACCUPLACER test is provided by M State Fergus Falls as a way to determine if you are eligible to take college level courses.  Please click here to study for the test.  You are also welcome to Google "ACCUPLACER Practice Test" and use any other links you may find.  I also list other links on the right side of this blog under "Useful Web sites".  If you don't study the test could be difficult for you.  You will receive a note with your test date and time one week before the test.  The test is un-timed and does NOT allow for calculator use.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

What's Happening here in Guidance?

I just want to keep you updated of what the next month looks like here in the Guidance Office.

- Students who are wanting to change their schedule for semester 2 should be making arrangements to do that as the end of semester 1 is Jan. 24th.  Students can print/view their schedules on their StudentVue accounts otherwise they will need to sign up by next Thursday to get a copy of their schedule on the guidance window.
- Starting next week (week of Jan. 14) I will be meeting with each class (8-11th grade) to instruct and review logging into their StudentVue accounts and give instructions on requesting classes for the 2013-2014 school year.  This is only to request the classes they would like to see offered, it's not creating their schedules.  The 10th and 11th grade students will receive a copy of all the 2013-2014 classes being offered for 2013-2014 in April and will create their schedules then. 8th and 9th graders won't create their own schedules as they only have a choice of 2 electives in comparison to many more in their upperclassmen years.
- This week, if a 10th or 11th grader had an eligible cumulative (not current) GPA, they received an application that needs to be filled out and returned to me by tomorrow to test to take college level courses in the 2013-2014 school year.  All 10th graders with an eligible CUM GPA (3.2) received the application and all 11th graders that either weren't eligible to test last year, or didn't pass one or more tests last year, were given the application (2.8 GPA).  It is very important that this application is returned to me by tomorrow as the applications need to be sent to Fergus Falls for review in order to test (remember all rules in regards to the college courses are set up by M State Fergus Falls college, not Melrose HS).
- All 2013-2014 class requests are to be completed on students' own time (either on a computer at home, at the library at school or a computer elsewhere).  If the student has any problems or questions, they are asked to set up an appt to see me. 9th and 11th graders will receive their packets on January 22 and 10th graders will receive their packets on January 24.
- College testing will take place the week of February 4, 2013.  You can find study materials (which is necessary) on the right side of this blog under ACCUPLACER practice tests.
- On Jan. 14 I will review with the 8th graders, their EXPLORE test results.  On Jan. 24th I will review with the 10th graders, their PLAN test results.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Master Schedule

For those of you that are looking at making changes to your schedule, you can find a copy of the schedule with all classes offered by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

REMINDER SENIORS: Financial Aid Meeting

By now you should have received a letter from the College of St Benedict inviting you to their campus to learn about the financial aid process (again, as a reminder, this is an event hosted by the MN Office of Higher Education for all colleges state and nationwide, not the College of St Benedict).

Here is a recap of the blog post I had on here back in September.

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.  To reserve your spot, call (320) 363-5388.

Also, there are various scholarships listed on the right side of this web site under "Scholarships" - make sure you are checking this web site periodically for updated scholarships.  The local scholarships will be available on here starting in mid-February.