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Monday, December 12, 2016


Seniors: Take moment to check out the scholarships on the right hand side of this blog.  Make sure if you are on a mobile device that you are viewing the desktop version and not the mobile version.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Juniors: ACT Sign Up

The school sponsored ACT test for any interested juniors will be on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017.  There is no makeup date.  This is free to any juniors that sign up.  Additional test dates and information can be found at, but you must sign up and pay for those dates separately from the school test.

Sign up is on Ms. Dusha's door and will be open until Friday, December 2.  We won't take any sign ups after this date.

A letter is being sent home with every junior in their World History class this week.  Please look for this or ask your junior about it.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me.

Need Help with the FAFSA?

Here is a flyer about workshops being offered for free to help you fill out the FAFSA.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Reminder on Schedule Changes

Some of you are thinking of changing your schedule for second semester.  As a reminder, please use this blog post to get the change form and a copy of the schedule.  Also, all changes require a signature from every teacher you are adding or dropping with the exception of study hall.

See me if you have questions!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Tonight is the Financial Aid Meeting.  The speaker will address various topics in regards to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and most of it will pertain to filling it out online.  If you would rather do a paper application, you can print it off by clicking here.

I hope to see many of you at the meeting tonight - 6:30 in the ITV room.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Financial Aid Presentation

Seniors: remember to RSVP to if you're planning to attend the Financial Aid Presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the ITV room at 6:30p. The presenter is Valerie Knopp from the SCSU financial aid office.  She offers a wealth of knowledge to all students regardless of what college you plan to attend.  I hope you and your parent(s) can attend!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Diversity Conference

If you would like to attend the Diversity Conference for students (grades 9-12), sign up on the guidance window and pick up a permission form from the guidance table.  The conference will be held at St Cloud State University from 10-1 on Friday, December 2.  You will have an opportunity to hear from various colleges, employment news, and various other information that is helpful for your future.  Sign up by November 18.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Free Applications!

Seniors!  Now is the time - if you are interested in applying to any of the colleges below, it is free during all of October.  Just go to their website (google their name if you don't know the website) and apply.  Remember that you must send your high school transcript as well.  Transcripts can be requested through your Parchment account.  You have received an email from "mdusha" in your inbox or spam; this is a direct link to your account.  Otherwise use the link at the top of this webpage to set up your account.  If you have questions, let me know.


Monday, October 3, 2016


Juniors: If you signed up to take the PSAT test on October 19th, please stop in the guidance office and pick up the PSAT Student Guide booklet on the guidance office table.  The test will begin 1st hour in the auditorium and will go through 4th hour.  Plan to bring two #2 pencils and a calculator.  If you have questions, see me.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Apply to Alex Tech for Free!!

Apply to Alex Tech for free between now and October 31!  Click on the picture to enlarge it and learn more.  The rep from Alex Tech will be at school on Sept 28, sign up in the guidance office.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Free College Applications

Click here to learn about the various MN Colleges that don't charge an application fee, waive it during certain times of the year or allow a fee waiver form.

If you have any questions, let me know!

Path to College Opportunity

Here is a good opportunity for you to learn more about the college search process (click on the picture to view it larger).

Monday, August 29, 2016

First Day!

Welcome back!  Here are a few things to keep in mind as we start another year:

- Senior meeting (parents are invited) is at 9:15 a.m. in the Marit Elliott Performing Arts Center (Auditorium) next Tuesday, September 6th at 9:15am.  We will talk about applying to college, graduation procedures, how to stay informed, financial aid, etc.
-All schedule changes are due no later than Friday at 3pm
- Logging into your StudentVue: you no longer use the username you set up.  Instead the username is your school email and the password you created.
- Please make sure you know how to log into your school email.  I send a lot of communication to you, students, at your school email.

Have a GREAT year!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New 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 22nd and I will return any emails after this date.

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!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Awards Night

One of the most exciting events of the year for seniors occurred last night, Awards Night.  It is so fun to be able to honor all of the top earning student's hard work.  Great job to those deserving students!

Seniors: as a gentle reminder, if you were awarded a scholarship, please take the time to write a thank you note to the people/business that awarded you the scholarship.  Without their generous donations, these scholarships won't continue.  We want to show we appreciate their generosity.  If you are unsure who or where to send a thank you note, please see Audrey or I.

Have a great rest of the school year!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Job Opportunity

If you are interested in doing fieldwork, milking and feeding cows, contact Mike at 320-292-5482.  The hours are after school and summer work.  Pay is negotiable and the farm is located near St. Rosa.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Preparing for Graduation

Starting next week I will be seeing all seniors to talk about graduation, requesting transcripts, honors diplomas, financial aid, scholarships, and any other questions they may have.  This will provide you with all the information you need to complete your senior year.  One of the main "issues" after graduation is that a senior did not request their HS and/or college transcripts.  This meeting will provide you with all of the information you need to be able to do this very important task.

If you are a senior and have not yet signed up for a meeting with me, check your school email for a message from me on how to sign up.

All Expenses Paid Trip to DC? Yes, Please!

If you are interested in learning more about earning an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC provided by Arvig, visit this site:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Career and College Fair

This Wednesday is the College and Career Fair at Melrose Area HS.  It will be in the HS cafeteria from 1:30-3:00.  During 6th hour all 11th graders will attend and during 7th hour all 10th and 12th graders will attend.  Here is a list of the colleges and career reps that will be present.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Requesting Transcripts for Scholarships

Seniors: if you are applying for scholarships that require an official transcript to be sent with your application, please use this form.  If you are needing to have a transcript mailed, please use your Parchment account.  Any questions, please let me know!

Free Tuition Opportunity!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Local (Melrose Senior) Scholarships are Available NOW!

Seniors - make sure to take some time to look through our local scholarships on the right side of this blog under "Local Scholarships".  These are scholarships available only to Melrose High School seniors!  Good luck!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Become an EMT!

Here is an email I received from a Melrose ambulance employee last week.  Contact Randy (phone number in the email below) if this is something that interests you.

This is Randy Dufner and I’m an EMT that works on the side for the Melrose Ambulance for 20+ years.  Our city owned department covers the communities of Melrose, Freeport, Albany, New Munich, Grey Eagle, Meier Grove and Greenwald.  With Albany losing their Hospital which was very unfortunate also opens up doors for more Ambulance members with the additional responses / transfers we have been receiving.  We are also getting to be an aging bunch whereby some of us are looking for our replacements  J.

At this time, we are currently seeking community residents in our Ambulance area and High School students (preferable seniors what want to go into a medical related field) to enroll in an EMT class that will be taught in Melrose at the station typically two nights a week for three months (about).  The City of Melrose will pay the tuition as long as the student commits to working for the ambulance department no less than three shifts per months for 1-full year.  The student, once passing the class and the national test, will be paid for both standby time and run time while working for the ambulance.  Clothing (shirts / sweaters) with ambulance logo will be furnished by the city as well.  We have an apartment at the station where out-of-towners can reside while on call can stay complete with bed, kitchen, television, internet, and a workout room.

Personally, I started working for the ambulance while I was in school to cover a lot of my college tuition…. 24 years later, I’m still at it J

So I guess what I’m asking is, do you know of any students that you feel would be a great fit for the department and a great opportunity for the student to launch their medical related career at no cost to them?

I am willing to meet with a group of students or 1 at a time if they have any additional questions concerning this opportunity.

Please let me know in the next few weeks, we are wanting to get a class going by this coming March 2016.

Thanks for your consideration,


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Semester 1 Grades Are Posted

Seniors: If your college requires you to send semester 1 (S1) grades, they have been posted.  You need to request to have your new high school transcript sent via Parchment (online transcript request system).  You can log in with the link at the top of this website or by clicking here.

Any questions, stop by and see me.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Seniors: Another Financial Aid Meeting Opportunity

Seniors: If you were unable to attend the Financial Aid Night at Melrose HS last week, there is another opportunity for you to attend a similar meeting being held on the College of St. Benedict.  This is not a St. Ben's meeting, this is just where the meeting is being held.  It is for all students, regardless of where they are planning to attend college.  Here is the information I received:

Meeting: Monday, February 1

Just a reminder to ask any seniors planning to attend Monday night’s financial aid program at Saint Ben’s to contact our office to register.  The phone number is (320) 363-5388.  Walk-ins will certainly be welcome, but it helps to have an estimate of the number of attendees.

The event starts at 7:00 and takes place on the CSB campus in the Gorecki Center.

Here is a link to a campus map if needed:

Let me know if you have any questions.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Seniors: Do you need help filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)? Please plan to attend one of these events.  What a great opportunity if you don't know how to fill out it out!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Semester 2 Starts Tuesday!

Remember to take time to print off/review your semester 2 schedule from your StudentVue account before Tuesday. It's best viewed from a desktop and not mobile device. For whatever reason a mobile device does not show your study hall, if you have one. The link to sign into your StudentVue account is here.

You have through Friday, January 22 to make changes to your semester 2 schedule.

Monday, January 4, 2016

PSAT 10 Opportunity

If you are a 10th grader and interested in taking a free test during school time on February 17th that will help prepare you for college, help in your career planning process, learn about scholarship opportunities and how to improve your test scores, check out this website to learn more about the PSAT 10.  In addition, here is a link that will help you to study for this test if you decide you want to take it at our school.

There was a letter sent home regarding this test.  You must contact me via email, phone - or just stop in to see me, no later than January 13th to sign up.  There are only 50 spots available.

See me with any questions.