KMHS Guidance Office Newsletter

January Edition

Greetings

Happy New Year, KMHS Parents and Families! We hope all of you have been able to stay warm with these extremely cold temperatures lately.

As we welcome in 2014 we want to use this newsletter as a reminder for you and your students of some items coming up at the high school to be aware of. We hope you find this newsletter useful. As always, please call us if you have any questions.

Shelly Bielen, Kerri Snyder, and Karen Wetzstein

Sophomore News - Class of 2016

The sophomores are currently receiving valuable information from the PLAN (pre-ACT) test they took in October. Ms. Snyder is meeting with small groups of students to review their scores and if students are interested, they will have an individual meeting with Ms. Snyder to talk specifically about their post high school plan. There will also be a 10th grade parent night to review the results. This meeting will be on March 3, 2014 @ 5:30 in the South Gym.


As soon as all the small group meetings are complete, we will be working in Advisory to learn about a valuable career and college planning tool called Family Connection-Naviance. This system will help you and your child make important decisions over the next 2 plus years!


Finally, 10th graders will be working with Mrs. Bielen, our 11th and 12th grade counselor, during the first week of February to discuss junior year registration. It’s hard to believe that their 10th grade year is already half way over!

Junior News - Class of 2015

In December, Mrs. Bielen spoke to all juniors for a classroom presentation on post-secondary options discussing full-time work, military, two-year college, and four-year college. All juniors received a book called, Options Beyond High School to assist them with research and further career and college exploration. If you haven’t seen this book make it a point to ask your son/daughter- it is quite helpful.

Mrs. Bielen also visited with juniors in advisory to reintroduce them to the web-based career and college site called Naviance-Family Connections. Juniors filled out a survey asking about their post-secondary plans. In addition, they received direction and tips on how to best navigate the Naviance-Family Connection website.

Mrs. Bielen will begin junior individual meetings in January and will go through May. These individual meetings last about 30-45 minutes each. Topics covered include reviewing graduation credits, grade point average/ranking, discussing registration options, college admission requirements, projected ACT scores, and career and college options.

In the spring Mrs. Bielen will also have juniors complete a career interest inventory on the Naviance-Family Connection website to help students explore career options. Juniors will also begin to create an activities resume.

If you haven’t spoken with your child about their plans for after graduation, we encourage you to do so soon.



Seniors - Class of 2014

Tips for Completing the FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • Complete your tax return. If you complete your tax returns first, completing the FAFSA will be much easier. Plus, you won't have to correct the tax information later. Even if you are not required to file taxes you’ll still need to complete a FAFSA to get financial aid.

  • Apply for a PIN prior to completing the FAFSA.With a PIN, you can electronically sign your application, make corrections to your submitted application, and review your processed application data on the web. http://www.pin.ed.gov. Each student and one parent need a PIN.

  • Determine the federal codes for the schools you'll enter on the FAFSA. You can also search for Federal School Codes from the FAFSA on the Web home page at www.fafsa.ed.gov by clicking School Code Search. Select the school year for which you are applying and select the state, then click Search. To narrow your search, you may enter the City and/or School Name..

  • If you need help, ASK! Contact the Financial Aid Office of the colleges your child is considering attending.


Financial Aid Meeting

Mark your calendars for the Financial Aid Meeting which will be held on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the High School Choir Room. Scott Roelke, Financial Aid Director at Dakota County Technical College, will be here presenting on FAFSA information, the types of financial aid, and tips for filling out the FAFSA.

Scholarships

All campuses offer scholarships for incoming freshmen.

Apply early for admission. Usually students must be admitted before being offered scholarships. Qualifications vary but primary consideration tends to focus on academic achievement and leadership. Other criteria may include community service, artistic talent, financial need, extracurricular activities, your major, and geography (for example, where you graduate from high school).

Do your homework:

  • Research scholarships. Start with websites listed below. Many campuses link to online scholarship searches that you can use.

* Mncis.intocareers.org login: komets password: 204 click on “financial aid sort”

* Naviance/”How to Pay for College” students must use Naviance


* login/password. Students can log in from KMHS Guidance Office website.


www.scholarships.com

www.collegeboard.com

www.collegenet.com

www.fastweb.com


  • Applying for a scholarship my require any or all of the following: application, official high school transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, essay, letters of recommendation, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)-found at www.fafsa.gov, audition/portfolio, or something else. Note requirements and deadlines.
  • Never pay someone to research scholarships for you, even if they “guarantee” results.
  • Parents should check their employer for scholarship opportunities.
  • Continue to check KMHS Scholarship Bulletin on our Guidance Office website (under scholarships) for current scholarships which range from national, state, and local scholarships.
  • If you need further advice check out the scholarship powerpoint on the Guidance Office website under “parent presentations”. You’ll find some good tips/tricks on there.



Coming to Advisory for Seniors... "Mindset: Real World Safety" Program Kick-Off: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 1-2PM

Real World Safety is a new leadership program being taught to all senior girls and boys consisting of bi-weekly learning sessions in advisory. The program will be introduced by the MINDSET instructors/creators, Larry & Anne Yatch, then facilitated by seniors’ advisory teachers. The Real World Safety curriculum addresses specific age appropriate issues such as personal responsibility, situational awareness, personal safety, and life transition. We are excited to be able to offer such important life skills to our seniors before they graduate and become more independent.

For more information about this program go to: mymindsetmatters.org

ACT Dates

February 8th Registration Deadline: January 10th

April 12th Registration Deadline: March 7th (note: this is PROM)

June 14th Registration Deadline: May 9th


Juniors planning on applying to a four-year college are highly encouraged to sign up to take (a minimum of) one of the ACT test dates listed above.


Cost

ACT: $36.50

ACT + Writing: $52.50

www.actstudent.org

KMHS School Code: 241-245 Use this code to complete your ACT registration

Important Dates for Seniors

January 1st

FAFSA Applications can begin!

February 13th

Financial Aid Meeting 6PM in High School Choir Room

March 4th

Senior Pictures due to Mrs. Enders for yearbook

March 25th -28th

Senior Survey, during Advisory

April 9th

Jostens handing out graduation announcements during advisory

April 12th

Junior/Senior Prom

April 15th/16th

Seniors follow 2-Hour Late Start Schedule due to 10-11 grade students taking MCA/GRAD tests

All Senior Dates can be found on the KMHS homepage in the blue box labeled, “Senior/Graduation Info”