M.A. Counseling Newsletter

October 2017

In This Issue

  • Counseling Office Services
  • Upcoming Events
  • Financial Aid: FAFSA
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • College Rep Visits at M.A.
  • Pre-ACT/PSAT Exam Information
  • ACT/SAT Exam Information
  • Text Message Alerts from M.A. Counseling Department
  • Parent Night Presentations
  • Parent Coffee Chat
  • Wellness Corner

Counseling Office Services

Academic Advising
  • Guiding toward an appropriately challenging course load
  • Additional support to teachers, parents, and students
Social-Emotional Counseling
  • Safe, welcoming and confidential
  • Addressing issues around anxiety, depression, and general well-being
  • Peer and family relationship challenges
College and Career Readiness
  • College fit
  • Career/personality inventories
  • Counselors visiting various colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to provide firsthand information
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Upcoming Events

MISP College Fair

  • Sunday, October 8 from 12:30-3:30 PM at Breck School

National Portfolio Day

  • Sunday, October 8 from 10 AM-4 PM at Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Great event for students interested in pursuing a degree in visual arts

Christian College Fair

  • Oct 10 at New Life Academy from 6:30-8:30 PM

  • Oct 11 at Southwest Christian High School from 6:30-8:30 PM

Free MN College Application Week

  • October 24-31st
  • Apply to 37 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for free

Parent Conferences

  • Thursday, November 2 from 2-8 PM
  • Friday, November 3 from 8 AM-4 PM

Financial Aid: FAFSA

Attention Seniors:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available. We recommend that all families fill out the FAFSA as part of their financial aid profile. The FAFSA will be based upon your 2016 taxes and takes roughly 30 minutes to complete. Best part? It's FREE!

Check out the videos below for more pertinent information.



We encourage all seniors to begin applying for scholarships now as a way to alleviate some of the costs associated with attending college.

One great resource to locate scholarships is through Naviance.

  • Student should log in to their Naviance account.
  • Click on "Colleges."
  • Scroll down to where it reads "Scholarships and Money."
  • Click on "Scholarship List."

Other worthwhile resources are:

Bear in mind colleges also offer institution-specific scholarships which are highlighted on their respective financial aid websites. Also worth checking out!

College Rep Visits at M.A.

Over 100 colleges and universities visit Minnehaha each year. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about colleges of interest, as well as make a face-to-face connection with their admissions counselor who will ultimately be reviewing their application for admission. Students in 10-12th grade are encouraged to attend.

If students would like to know who is coming to visit when, they are encouraged to check their Naviance account (Click on "Colleges," then "View all upcoming college visits") as well as subscribe to text message alerts (a text will be sent out each Monday with that week's scheduled visits).

Visits are subject to change. Other visits may be added.

Check your Naviance homepage often for an updated list of visits.

Don't forget to ask for a pass from Mrs. Rahm prior to the college visit!

Pre-ACT/PSAT Information

The Pre-ACT exam will be administered to 9th graders, and the PSAT exam will be administered to 10th and 11th graders on October 11.

On September 28th, counselors will be handing out PSAT Student Bulletins.

ACT/SAT Exam Information

Please note:

This year M.A. will be hosting the ACT on February 10, 2018 and the SAT on May 5, 2018.

All other testing dates will be offered at area high schools and can be found on their respective websites - act.org and collegeboard.org.

  • Students in their junior year are encouraged to take the test of their choosing twice, ideally in the spring of their junior year (i.e. February and April test dates).
  • Students in their senior year are encouraged to take the test of their choosing an additional time in the fall of their senior year (by the end of October) on a case-by-case basis.

If there are questions about ACT/SAT testing please contact your student's counselor.

Test Prep Opportunity

Get $250 off online tutoring with Revolution Prep! Call Jeanette Brink at 708.300.9276 and use Redemption code 7250 8465 239 6021. Private one-on-one or semi-private tutoring is available.

Text Message Alerts from M.A. Counseling Department

We encourage you and your student to sign up for Remind text message alerts from the M.A. Counseling Department (no need to download the Remind app unless you like; you will receive texts either way).

You and your student will receive pertinent information about upcoming events, college representative visits and college fairs, as well as important deadlines. If you have students in multiple grades you may want to subscribe to both of their classes as some texts will be grade-level specific. We promise not to overload you!

Here's how to sign up:

  • Class of 2018 - text @minne2018 to the number 81010
  • Class of 2019 - text @minne2019 to the number 81010
  • Class of 2020 - text @minne2020 to the number 81010
  • Class of 2021 - text @minne2021 to the number 81010

Any questions? Let us know!

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Parent Night Presentations

The 9th-12th Grade Parent Night presentations, as well as the Financial Aid Night presentation, are available on the M.A. College and Guidance Counseling website for your reference.

Parent Coffee Chat

Join us for a parent coffee chat on Thursday, Oct 5th from 8:15-9:15 in the Chapelteria. Dr. Wendy Schirvar will be facilitating an informal discussion for parents, themed around how to continue the conversation with our kids after a tragedy such as ours. Discussion will include response to trauma, identifying changes, available resources, and a time for parents to connect with one another.

Dr. Schirvar works with children, adolescents and families who are struggling with developmental and behavioral issues, poor functioning and social skills, emotional dysregulation, and learning problems. With a background in Child Development, Attachment Research, Parent Education and Educational Psychology, she comes with a wide range of experience and knowledge.

Wellness Corner

Romans 5: 3-5

We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame; God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

What Is resilience?

We’d like to wrap our children in our arms and insulate them from every misfortune. But if we could, would it really benefit them?

If we could protect them from all disappointments and stress, would they have the chance to experience the satisfaction of facing a challenge, recovering, and discovering that they are able to cope with tough situations? Would they recognize and appreciate good fortune if they never knew its opposite?

Our goal must be to raise children who can handle the bumps and bruises the world has in store. We need to prepare them to cope with difficult challenges and bounce back.

If we want our children to experience the world as fully as possible—unfortunately with some of its pain, and thankfully with all its joy—our goal will have to be resilience. Resilience is the capacity to rise above difficult circumstances, the trait that allows us to move forward with optimism and confidence even in the midst of adversity.

From: FosteringResilience.com

Check out the video below from Dr. Ken Ginsburg

where he highlights the "7 Cs of Resilience."

Dr. Ginsburg and the Seven C's

M.A. Counseling Department Team

Mike DiNardo, Vice Principal/Director of Counseling


Kristin Overton, College & Guidance Counselor (Last Names A-K) overtonkristin@minnehahaacademy.net

Christine Paton, College & Guidance Counselor (Last Names L-Z) patonchristine@minnehahaacademy.net

Wanda Monroe, Non-Public Counselor


Diane Rahm, Counseling Office Assistant, Registrar