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Friday, December 8, 2017

Juniors: ACT Test

Once again we will offer the ACT test during the school day for high school juniors.  The test will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  Earlier this week a letter with sign up sheet was handed out in the 11th grade World History classes regarding the ACT test.  In addition, the same letter was mailed home to all juniors.  If you need a copy of the letter with the sign up sheet, it is located here.  If there are any questions, please contact myself or Mr. Anderson.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


FAFSA: Just a reminder that if you need help filling out the FAFSA - click here for a few options.  The event at St. Cloud State tomorrow (Oct 19), you must click on the link under the information to RSVP.  The same is true for the event at St. John's/St. Ben's.  By now you should have also received the information regarding the FAFSA completion event we are having here at Melrose HS on Nov. 9th.  A letter was mailed home last week.

Requesting HS transcripts: Here are the steps to requesting a high school transcript (if you haven't already set up an account with Parchment - the electronic delivery service we use to send the transcripts).
1) Student logs into their school email
2) Once logged in, click on "More" on the left side near Inbox
3) Click on Spam
4) Find a message from Parchment - should be from October 4
5) Click on "Display Images Below"
6) Scroll down in the message and click on the green bar
7) Follow the steps to finish setting up the account and requesting the transcript

Free application week!: Next week is the week where a student can apply to all state colleges (click here for the list) for FREE! If you need help on applying to college, I will be holding a meeting in the library computer lab before school next Tuesday, Oct. 24 (starting right at 7:40) and after school (starting right at 3:00).  I will help you go step by step through the application and assist you in requesting your high school transcript.  If you need help with the application - this is for you!  Please attempt to be at one of the sessions and be on time as it will be a step by step presentation and coming late will cause some confusion.

As always, contact me with any questions!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Financial Aid - Information

If you are a senior or the parent of a senior you are likely hearing about FAFSA and that starting October 1st (yesterday) you could start filling out and submitting the FAFSA.  I want to remind you that even though the FAFSA opens on October 1st that's just the earliest you can complete it. It's not a deadline. Usually if you haven't done it by February then it's getting a little late. Most colleges won't start giving awards out for financial aid until March. However they may start giving you a preliminary idea of what you'll receive before then. Again, please don't feel pressure to have it done right away this first week of October.  

Your first step with the FAFSA is to create an FSA ID. The student needs one and one parent needs one before you can do the FAFSA. This is your electronic way to sign your FAFSA. 

To create an FSA ID, go to to create the ID. 

Once that is done you should complete the FAFSA at

Options for help in completing the FAFSA (these events are open to any students regardless of where they are attending college):

At Melrose High School:
We are having a night to complete the FAFSA on November 9 at the HS from 5:30-7:30 pm. A financial aid person from an area college will be here to help people complete it. More information about this will be mailed home to seniors in the next two weeks.  

At College of St. Benedict/St. John's University: 
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University financial aid office is hosting a FAFSA-completion event on Monday, October 23 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in the Saint John’s University Alcuin Library.  Please RSVP using the link below as you will sign up for a one-hour time slot. 

At St. Cloud State University:
Minnesota College Goal is a statewide program that provides FREE assistance to students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can also register to win a $500 educational awardto be used at the higher ed institution of their choice! This event is free and all who plan to attend any college next year are welcome.

Minnesota College Goal events will take place at St Cloud State University in James W. Miller Center Learning Resources Center on the following dates:
·        Thursday, October 193 – 7 p.m.
·        Thursday, November 94 – 7 p.m.
·        Monday, January 224 - 7:30 p.m.
Additional event details are available at

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Apply to College for FREE!

It's what you have been waiting for!  The list of colleges that accept free applications and the list of colleges that have select dates to apply for free!  (You can click on each image if you need to see it larger).  See me if you have any questions.

Monday, September 11, 2017

One Week Down!

Whew!  We made it through the first week!

Things to remember as we start week #2:

- Juniors: PSAT registration and payment of $15 is due to me tomorrow.
- Seniors: Senior meeting is today in the auditorium during 7th hour.
-Juniors and Seniors: Sign up in the guidance office if you would like to visit with a college rep that comes to campus to provide information on their college.  We have quite a few coming - you can always check the guidance bulletin board or the student bulletin in your google drive (it is updated daily).  I will send you a pass on the day of the visit via your school email, just show that to your teacher.

See me with any questions!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Changing your schedule...

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 28th 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 and I will email you back upon my return with a time.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Additional Local Scholarship!

Seniors! If you are planning to go into the education field, please consider filling out this application for the Norb Weiss Scholarship.  It is due on Friday to Audrey - act fast!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Melrose Utilities (Tom Bovitz) Scholarship Extended!

If your family receives Melrose utilities, please consider applying for this $1,000 scholarship.  The requirements are to write an essay and you have the chance of winning an additional $2,000 after the local winner is sent onto the state.  As of today, nobody has applied and the City of Melrose has extended the deadline to this Wednesday, April 5th.  Please submit the application to the City of Melrose office by 4pm on Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What's Happening...

Seniors: Most of the local scholarships are due tomorrow, Wednesday March 22.  One new one, 740 Scholarship, was added yesterday and has a deadline of March 29.

11th-8th graders: We will be starting registration next week.  On Monday 9-11th graders have a meeting in the auditorium to learn more about what they need to take.  On Wednesday March 29th at 6pm there is a meeting in the auditorium for 8th graders and their parents to learn more about HS registration.

Happy Spring!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

2017 College/Career Fair

Next Wednesday, February 15 we will be hosting our annual college and career fair.  This year we have nearly 30 representatives that will be here to talk with our 10-12th graders about their options after graduation.  It's a great and fun day!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Local Scholarships are rolling in!

SENIORS!  The local scholarships (scholarships just for Melrose HS seniors) are starting to come in!  Be sure to check often on the right side of this web site under "Local Scholarships".  See me with any questions.

Monday, January 30, 2017

NEW! Scholarships Posted

Take some time and check out all the new scholarships posted on the right side of my website.  Make sure if you are reading this on a mobile device you switch to full site in order to see all of them.  The local scholarships (just for Melrose seniors) will be available starting sometime in mid-late February.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

ACT Prep Course

If you are interested in taking an ACT Prep course, here is the information from the Melrose Community Education website.  Click here to register for the class.

ACT-1 ACT Prep Course


6 hour class. 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.

Tuition    Resident: $40.00        
Start Time
End Time
Melrose Area High School, Media Center2/12/20171:00 PM4:00 PM
Melrose Area High School, Media Center2/19/20171:00 PM4:00 PM

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Semester 2 Schedule Changes

If you would like to change your schedule you must do a schedule change form.  The form can be found by clicking here.

A copy of the schedule can by found by clicking here.

Students have until Friday, January 20th to make changes to the semester 2 schedule.

If you are unsure how to do this or have other questions, please see me for help.