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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Semester 2 Schedules and Changes

It's almost the end of semester 1!  With that comes wanting to adjust schedules.  Please refer to this blog post for copies of the schedule and a schedule change form.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Accuplacer Testing

11th and 10th graders: Accuplacer (College) testing will take place on Jan. 5, 6, or 7th.  Please check your school email to learn when and where to test.  In addition, you will find a link for how to study for the test.  Any questions, please see me before Christmas break!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Melrose Student Receives National Honor

How wonderful to open up our local paper and read an article on a very deserving student, Brooklyn Loxtercamp.  WAY TO GO, BROOKLYN! (click on the image to view it larger)

ACT Prep Opportunity

Juniors! If you are interested in taking an ACT Prep Course, one will be offered through Melrose Community Education.  Here is the description:

This is a 6 hour class (2 3-hour classes). All four test sections will be covered: Reading, Writing, Math and Science. Students will also take a sample test and score that test. The course will include test taking strategies that will help improve scores.  Instructors have been offering this course for 15 years.

Dates are:
Sunday, February 21:  Scott (Science) and Kevin (Math)
Sunday, February 28:  Steve (English, Reading, and Writing)

Cost will be $40 

You can sign up with Melrose Community Education.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Accuplacer Testing for College Credit Courses

11th and 10th graders:

Eligible students for the college credit courses were mailed a letter and application explaining the program this week.

If you have previously tested but need to re-test, please check your school email for more information.  If you believe you should have received a letter and do not receive one by the end of this week, please see me.

If you passed the Accuplacer test, you do not need to re-test.

The dates for Accuplacer testing will be January 5, 6, and 7, 2016.  You will receive an email at your school email with your place and time of test a few days before Christmas break.  Please watch your school email.

Remember, you should study for this test.  The prep website is located here.

See me with any questions!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Scholarships

Seniors: Be sure to keep an eye on the scholarships listed to the right.  There were 3 new ones added just this week.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Melrose Senior is a National Merit Scholarship Qualifier!

Melrose student Hannah Miller, a senior at Melrose Area High School, recently was named a semifinalist in the 61st Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hannah is among 16,000 semifinalists to advance and have an opportunity to earn the 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.  About 1.5 million high school juniors entered the competition, and the scholarships are awarded in the spring.

Hannah is extremely motivated and dedicated to her academics as well as extra-curricular activities. A few of the activities that she participates in at Melrose are Student Council, National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, Speech and Varsity Swimming.  Of these activities, she is the captain in swimming, Knowledge Bowl and Speech.  Of special significance, Hannah was voted and participated in the American Legion Girl’s State Program as well as the MN House of Representatives High School Page Program.  In addition to all of her involvements Hannah has been recognized and/or volunteered with various activities such reading time at our local library in the summer, working with children during the community wide Riverfest and Barley Days summer celebrations, packing food for Kids Against Hunger, church choir and American Red Cross Blood Drives.  These are just a few of the many things that Hannah has participated and been recognized in our school and community. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and had a near perfect ACT score during the state wide ACT test examination in April 2015.  Hannah’s high level of academic, leadership, and athletic achievements are a direct result of her work ethic, inquisitiveness, and positive rapport with her peers and teachers.

Students enter the 2016 National merit Scholarship program by taking the Preliminary National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants.

Semifinalists must next submit a detailed scholarship application that includes academics records, school participation and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors received.

Announcements of National Merit Scholarship recipients begin in April and conclude in July.  Scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished students who have earned the National Merit Scholar title.

National Merit Scholar designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

For more information about the competition, visit the National Merit Scholar Competition website at

Monday, October 19, 2015

Two weeks left of College Knowledge Month!

You have all of this week and next week to apply FOR FREE to any state school, see the list here.  Please plan accordingly if you will need my help.  I am out all of next week (last week of October) for family reasons.  

This is a great opportunity for you to apply to a college, even if you only have a slight interest in it - it's FREE!

See me by THIS THURSDAY if you have questions or need help.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Free College Application

I think this is super fun and exciting - College Knowledge Month is here!  As part of this program, all MNSCU colleges will waive the application fee Oct. 26-Nov 1.  This is a perfect time for you to apply to as many MNSCU colleges as you want, free of charge!  WOOT WOOT!

Some are even offering a free application the whole month of October.  Here is a participating list.  See the key to know if they are accepting applications for free the whole month or only the last week of October.


* = Application fees waived all month
** = Never charge an application fee
Alexandria Technical and Community College
Anoka Technical College**
Anoka-Ramsey Community College**
Central Lakes College**
Century College
Dakota County Technical College
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Hennepin Technical College**
Hibbing Community College
Inver Hills Community College**
Itasca Community College**
Lake Superior College
Mesabi Range College**
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Normandale Community College
North Hennepin Community College
Northland Community and Technical College (fee waived for high school seniors only)
Northwest Technical College
Pine Technical and Community College**
Rainy River Community College**
Ridgewater College*
Riverland Community College
Rochester Community and Technical College**
St. Cloud Technical and Community College*
Saint Paul College**
South Central College
Vermilion Community College
Bemidji State University
Metropolitan State University**
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Southwest Minnesota State University
St. Cloud State University*
Winona State University

For more information, contact any of these MnSCU colleges and universities.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ACT Prep

This is a reminder that you can study and prepare for the ACT by using Study Island.  Here is an explanation on how to do that:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ACT Test

If you are a junior and would like to take the ACT test for free one time, you need to sign up by Sept 2nd at 8 am on the guidance window.

Things to keep in mind:
      - this is NOT required for graduation
      - this test is typically taken only by those wanting to attend a 4 year college
      - there is no make up take - the date is March 15th.  Any other tests are taken on your own time and you pay for it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Electronic Transcripts

Melrose HS is now offering you the ability to order your high school transcript electronically!  This will take the place of signing up for these in the guidance office. When you are ready to order your transcript you can do it anytime online. There is a blue link on the top of this blog that you would click on when you are ready to send to the college or other institution of your choice. This is a link to the service as well.

Once you create your account you will be able to track your transcripts to make sure they arrived to their institution via this service as well.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Welcome back, students and parents!

If you need to make a change to your schedule you can find the schedule change form by clicking here.

If you need to see what classes are offered and their hours, please click here.

I, along with teachers, will return the week of August 17th.

As a reminder, I will not process your requests without all proper signatures from parents and teachers.  Once your form is completely filled out, you may turn it into the red box outside of my door.  If you need assistance or do not understand how to fill out the form, please make an appointment to see me.  You can sign up on my door or you can email me at

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

College Physics

We have received confirmation from M State that they will allow us to do Chemistry for a semester (fall) and College Physics for a semester (spring).  Both are offered during 3rd hour.  Please notify Ms. Dusha by noon on Thursday if you would like to be in one or both.  Chemistry currently has 3 seats left.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

College Chemistry

This message is mostly for next year's juniors, if you did not sign up for Chemistry and would like to take it - this is your chance.  We MAY not offer Chemistry your senior year, so if you are wanting it there are 3 seats left!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Seniors: Requesting College Transcripts

Seniors, if you want a transcript sent from M State Fergus Falls or Fond du Lac College, you need to request these as they are the property of the college and are sent to the college you are planning to attend from the college.  M State handles all of your college courses with the exception of Spanish/German and College Economics - those are from Fond du Lac College.

Who does NOT need to request to send their college transcripts? Only those students are attending a MN public colleges.  Here is a list of MN public colleges.  The colleges on this list have access to your college transcripts already.

Make sure that you request that these are sent AFTER final grades are submitted (when this semester is over).

Here is the Fond du Lac College transcript request.  You will need to print it off, fill it out and mail it in yourself.

Here is the link to the M State Fergus Falls transcript request.  This one is free and is submitted online.  Directions: once on the page, scroll to the bottom of the Graduation and Transfer section and click on the Transcript Request link.  You must have Java up to date and installed on your computer for this to work.  If it doesn't work at home, the computers in the guidance area will work.

Questions?  Let me know!

Master Schedule Listing

Here is a list of all of the 2015-2016 courses being offered by hour.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Online Registration due 1st Hr TOMORROW!!!

Your online registration is due tomorrow, 1st hour!  Make sure to make the time to get this done - those who have not entered their request online will be entered into whatever is remaining after the other students have registered.  Email me with questions!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

2015-2016 Course Changes

2015-2016 Registration

Please note the following:
Semester 1 Changes
Trigonometry is now 1st hour
Algebra II is 3rd hour instead of 1st hour

Basic Auto Body has the wrong course number - it should be 6100

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Reminder: Registration is Beginning!

This is just a friendly reminder that tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium there will be a parent and student registration meeting for new students and 8th graders.  I hope to see you there!

On Thursday your student will be receiving the materials needed to register for classes for the 2015-2016 school year.  It is required that parent's sign off on their student's registration sheet.  The registration sheet is required to be turned in by Monday, May 4th to your student's 1st hour teacher.  Three things to remember:
1) Input your schedule into your StudentVue Account
2) Have your parent sign your registration sheet
3) Return your completed registration sheet to your 1st hour teacher by Monday, May 4th

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Senior Scholarship - Future Educator?

If you are a senior and will be pursuing an education degree, please check out this scholarship.  This is for the Norb Weiss Scholarship.  Norb was a former educator and his family set up a scholarship to be given to one Melrose senior who is going to enter the education field in college.  This application is due on April 16th.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happenings at Melrose HS

Last week I met with all 8th and 10th grade students to review their Explore and PLAN test results. The students were sent home with their test results and booklets.  Please take a moment to review your student's test with them and contact me with any questions you may have.

Seniors: Local scholarships will be due within a week.  Please take the time to fill out and submit the scholarship applications and get those into Audrey.  Also, mark May 13th on your calendars.  This is the Awards Night at 7p.

Registration: We will be registering for classes towards the end of April, more information will be sent home with students.

Juniors: The required ACT test (needed to graduate) will be held on Tuesday, April 28th.  Please make plans to be in school that day, this is very important.

8th graders/Parent: There will be a meeting for all 8th graders and their parents the end of April.  This will be a time to discuss what is required for high school, what to register to take in the 2015-2016 school year and to answer questions for student and parents.

A lot is going on - spring is around the corner!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Seniors! Local Scholarships Are Here!

Seniors, now is the time to take a look and take the time to apply for local scholarships.  As a reminder these are scholarships just for Melrose seniors.  Last year around $30k was given out to our seniors.  This is worth it, so take the time to sift through the applications on the right side of this web page under "Local Scholarships".

Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 College and Career Fair

On Wednesday, February 4th we will host our annual College and Career Fair in the HS Cafeteria from 1:25-2:50.  Parents are welcome to attend with their students or alone.  We would welcome and encourage your attendance!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Semester 2 Schedules and Changes

If you need to make changes to your schedule and you need a master schedule to see what hours the classes are offered, please click here for this.

Remember you have until the Friday of the 1st week of second semester to change your schedule.

I will not accept schedule change forms that do not include all signatures.  You can pick up a schedule change form on the guidance office table.

If you need a copy of your second semester schedule, please log into your StudentVue account to print it off.