Counselor Connection

10/2/2020

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Parents of Seniors

Counselors are conducting weekly zoom informational sessions with seniors regarding college application information.

The topic for Wednesday, October 7th at 1:00 is:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Past videos:

College Application Process

Common Application

Scholarships


Counselors are also hosting open student zooms for any college application questions each Wednesday 2:00-2:30. The zoom links are located in Resources of the Schoology Class of 2021 group.


Minnesota State Week!

October 12-16, 2020

Fall is a great time to explore Minnesota State and learn more about your 37 state colleges and universities!

Over the MEA break, each of the 30 colleges and 7 universities of Minnesota State will be offering special visits — including virtual visits — for high school students. Get a feel for what college is all about and receive a promo code to use the week of October 25-31 to waive your application fee when you apply!

All Minnesota State colleges and universities are waiving their application fee October 25-31.

RaiseMe Scholarship Opportunity- Senior Deadlines Approaching

RaiseMe is a platform that helps 9-12th grade students prepare for college by earning scholarships for their achievements in high school. Over 2,000 Colleges and Universities have partnered with RaiseMe, and award micro-scholarships for both academics and extracurricular activities.

How does it work?

Students create a portfolio and select colleges they’re interested in attending. As they add achievements to their portfolio - grades, club or sports participation, even college visits - they can see the micro-scholarships add up. Partner colleges assign a potential dollar amount to certain achievements, which shows students how much they’d be guaranteed in scholarships if they are accepted to that school. For example, one college may offer $100 for an A, and another may offer $500. As long as students meet the college’s eligibility requirements and any deadlines, and are accepted to the university, they can count on at least that much in scholarship awards on a per year basis. By following a college, you indicate that you would like to earn scholarships from that college, learn more about them, and allow the college to learn more about you. They will gain access to basic information about you when you Follow them.

Why is Following so important?

Following a college is the crucial first step in earning micro-scholarships. If you are Following a school, you'll be able to see what potential micro-scholarship dollars you'd earn based on the achievements on your Portfolio.

Colleges have earning deadlines – Many colleges have November 1st of their senior year as the following deadline.

You must be Following a college by their earning deadline in order to be eligible for Micro-Scholarships at that school.

Examples of schools that EHS students commonly follow: University of St. Thomas, University of MN- Duluth, Gustavus Adolphus, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin- Stout, Creighton University

Visit www.raiseme.com to create a portfolio and start following colleges.


EHS Job Opportunities Bulletin Board

The information from the bulletin board we normally post local job opportunities for high school students is now available online here.

Attention Junior Parents: PSAT offered at EHS on October 14

Juniors students have the option to take an exam called the PSAT-- Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The PSAT is a practice SAT exam.

The PSAT is not a college admissions test. Juniors who earn exceptionally high scores (within the top 1% in the country) could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship. Taking the test as a junior is the only way to be considered for National Merit Scholarships.

The test is divided into four multiple-choice sections covering critical reading, mathematical, and writing skills. The testing portion will take 2 hours and 45 minutes. We will spend another 40 minutes on related activities.

The cost of registering for the PSAT is $25.00. Students should register on My Payments Plus Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch will automatically have the fee waived when they register.

Registration will begin Monday, September 21st on MyPaymentsPlus. We can test a maximum of 200 students and registration will be on a first-come basis.

Test room assignments will be posted outside Counseling the day of the test.

The test will begin at 8:00 sharp. Students may enter the school beginning at 7:30. Students will be dismissed around 11:30.

If you have questions or want to discuss the appropriateness of the PSAT for your student, please contact your student’s counselor.

For more information about the PSAT, click here.


MN Virtual College Fair

Hear from Admission professionals on topics such as paying for college, application essays, college athletic recruitment and more. Learn more about 150 different colleges from all over the country in live information sessions! Virtual College Explorations take place from September 28th to October 14th. FREE for students and families. Register at www.mn-acac.org. Students should register for each session they want to attend. Once they register, they'll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join the Zoom webinar. When students register, they are sharing their registration information only with the colleges presenting on that particular panel. StriveScan does not sell or share personally identifiable student information with any other third parties. Parents can register using their student's information.


Super College Saturday- October 3, 2020

Get ready for the first-ever Super College Saturday. This is a virtual college readiness experience where underrepresented and first-generation Minnesota high school students will learn about applying to college, financial aid, finding a school that is the right fit for them, and more! Sessions are 45 minutes each and students can pick and choose which sessions they attend throughout the day. Topics will include:

· Financial Aid & Paying for College

· "Hot Topics" Panel with College Admission Representatives

· The Value of Two Year Colleges/Transfer Process

· The College Search

· Understanding Holistic Review in Highly Selective Admissions

· Being Undecided!

Each session will last for 45 minutes and you can pick and choose what sessions you attend throughout the day! Register Here Made possible by: The Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee of the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC)


EHS College/Military Visits

The admission representatives that visit Eagan high school are the same people that review college applications. EHS College visits will be hosting virtual visits this year.

Students can view scheduled visits by logging into their Naviance Student account. We highly encourage students to register ahead of the meeting on their Naviance Student account. A link for the virtual visit will be available to join the day of the college visit. We ask that students do not miss class for these visits. More visits will be added soon to Monday - Thursday evenings starting at 4:00 p.m.! College visits are added daily, so students are encouraged to log into Naviance to see updates.


Virtual College visits for the Week of October 5th:

Monday, October 5:

Hillsdale College - 8:30 am

Macalester College - 9:30 am

Savannah College of Art and Design - 10:30 am

Chapman University - 12:30 pm


Tuesday, October 6:

Finlandia University - 8:00 am

University of Maryland, College Park - 8:30 am

University of Wisconsin, Superior - 9:30 am

California Lutheran University - 10:00 am

Texas A&M University - College Station - 10:30 am

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology - 12:30 pm

Washington University in St Louis - 1:00 pm


Wednesday, October 7:

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - 8:30 am

Concordia University - St Paul - 9:30 am

University of Minnesota Rochester - 10:00 am

Elon University - 12:30 pm

Adelphi University - 4:00 pm


Thursday, October 8:

Emerson College - 9:30 am

Baylor University - 10:00 am

Michigan Technological University - 10:30 am

University of Southern California - 12:30 pm

Minnesota State University - Mankato - 1:00 pm


To attend any of these virtual visits, sign up and register on Naviance!



Naviance Student - Parent/Guest Access for Post-Secondary Planning

Naviance Student is a tool for college, career, academic planning and research. Counselors engage students in specific grade lessons each year using student’s Naviance Student accounts. Parents can access important college and career information from our Naviance Student site via Guest Access- password is wildcats (case sensitive). Students should still use their individual Family Connection accounts. Visit: https://student.naviance.com/eagan and select “I’m a guest.”


Basics of Financial Aid Videos - The FAFSA becomes available on October 1st.

Join the Ripon College (Wisconsin) Office of Financial Aid staff as they walk you through the basics of the financial aid process including how to fill out your FAFSA in a 6 part series.


Wisconsin Private Colleges Resources

WAICU has many online resources to assist students with their college search on WisconsinsPrivateColleges.org. Information includes:

Mental Health Services Available at EHS through Water’s Edge Counseling & Healing Center and Associated Clinic of Psychology

District 196 and Eagan High School offer Co-Located Mental Health Services to our students. EHS has teamed with Water’s Edge Counseling & Healing Center and Associated Clinic of Psychology to provide an office space within the school and a convenient way for students to access therapy however, the clinic is separate from EHS.


Grief Support

Eagan High School co-facilitates a grief group at EHS with the Park Nicollet Growing Through Grief program. This group is for students that have lost an immediate family member. Please contact your son/daughter’s counselor for more information on the grief group beginning later this fall.

Free Virtual Event for Families and Professionals on Supporting the Mental Health of Children During Unsure Times

When: October 10, 2020

Join PACER Center for a special virtual event with Dr. Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya and PACER’s Children’s Mental Health Project staff on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Garrett-Akinsanya is a clinical psychologist and nationally recognized expert in mental health, diversity, and multiculturalism. At this free webinar, she will discuss strategies that families and professionals can use to support the emotional wellness of children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This virtual event is sponsored by PACER’s MN Statewide Family Engagement Center and the Children's Mental Health Project.

Register Here


Eagan High School Counseling

For more details about our program and resources visit the Eagan High School Counseling Website.


EHS Counselors:

Susan Olsen (A-B) AVID

susan.olsen@district196.org

651-683-6929

Jolaine Haider (C-Gr)

jolaine.haider@district196.org

651-683-6924

Beth Streit (Gu-Kt)

beth.streit@district196.org

651-683-6928

Michelle Lehmann (Ku-Ne)

michelle.lehmann@district196.org

651-683-6923

Dave Fritze (Ng-Sh)

david.fritze@district196.org

651-683-6926

Norah Krohse-Hermon (Si-Z)

norah.krohsehermon@district196.org

651-683-6930

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