M.A. Counseling Newsletter

March 2018

In This Issue

  • Upcoming Events at Mendota
  • Senior Retreat Recap
  • Spring College Rep Visits
  • FREE ACT Exam
  • Reminder: Yoga Tuesdays
  • Best of UK Consortium - College Fair
  • MN Business Venture Summer Camp
  • Colleges That Change Lives - College Fair
  • College Application Bootcamp
  • Wellness Corner

Upcoming Events at Mendota

SAT Exam
  • Saturday, May 5 - Minnehaha Academy (Mendota)
Mock Application Night for Junior Parents
  • Tuesday, April 10 - More info to come.

Senior Retreat Recap

Broomball, s'mores and friendship bracelets - oh my! Seniors had a great time up north at Covenant Pines Bible Camp last week playing capture the flag, crate stacking, throwing impromptu dance parties and participating in our first annual ice fishing tournament (though no fish were actually caught - bummer!). The time together was a celebration of friendship as they prepare to enter this next phase of their lives post-high school. A great time was had by all!

Spring College Rep Visits

Over 100 college admissions reps visit Minnehaha each year. These visits provide a great opportunity for students to learn more about colleges they may be interested in, create a strong first impression, and get their questions answered by a direct source.

College visits are posted on the conference room door (next to Dr. DiNardo's office), on Naviance, and announced each Monday via text. If students are interested in attending please have them see Mrs. Rahm for a counseling pass.

To sign up for text message alerts text the following message to the number 81010:






On Saturday, March 10th, together with Breakaway Test Prep, Minnehaha Academy is offering a practice ACT from 8:00am - 11:05am. The practice test will be available free of charge. Students will be asked to arrive at 7:40am, and testing will begin at 8:00am sharp. Results will be delivered via email within 24 hours.

On March 13th, three days after the practice test, Breakaway is offering an optional comprehensive review session to zero in on areas of opportunity. This group review will be led by expert instructors, and it will be available from 6:00pm - 8:00pm for a modest fee of $25.00 per student. Not only will the review session cover the important concepts from the practice test, but it will also introduce critical test-taking techniques, time management strategies, and an overall approach to the ACT to help you maximize your score.

To REGISTER for the class please have your student see Diane Rahm, Registrar. The $25 payment can be made to Breakaway the night of the review session on March 13. Any questions? Contact Diane directly at rahmdiane@minnehahaacademy.net.

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Reminder: Yoga Tuesdays

Yoga will be offered Tuesday mornings during Enrichment Hour (7:55-8:40 AM) from Feb 6th - March 13th. The class will take place in Jennifer Tillman's classroom, 1023. Mats will be provided. Wear comfy clothes. All levels welcome. No yoga experience necessary.

Best of UK Consortium - College Fair

Breck School will be hosting the Best of UK Consortium on Monday, March 12 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm in Breck School's Chapel. The event consists of information and guidance for students thinking about applying to a UK university, about the UK UCAS application system, as well as an introductory presentation about the advantages of studying in England, and short presentations about each represented university (Bristol University, Durham University, Southampton University, and the University of York), before breaking out to a mini fair where students can gather materials and speak to the individual university representatives.

To REGISTER click here.

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MN Business Venture Summer Camp

Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) provides students a taste of new skills, careers, and opportunities before they graduate in order to prepare them for whatever their future holds.

If you know students dreaming of starting their own business, searching for career direction, heading for college, or just eager to enter the workforce, MBV will give them a big head start! MBV is an opportunity for engaged students to meet and work with business professionals and peers who are eager to jumpstart their futures.

St. Cloud State University:

July 8-13

St. John’s University:

July 22-27

Who goes to Minnesota Business Venture (MBV)?
MBV is open to all Minnesota high school students completing grades 9-12. MBV is perfect for students dreaming of starting their own business, searching for career direction, heading to college or just eager to network with other students who share similar interests. The world revolves around business; here is a chance to learn more from talented business people who want to see students succeed!

Why should I attend MBV?

  • Learn how to plan for a successful future – develop a career focus, leadership, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Gain experience that can be used when applying for college or jobs – make valuable resume contacts with members of our state’s business community
  • Improve financial literacy skills – learn more about investing, money management and how to save
  • Experience living on a college campus for a week and meet students from all over Minnesota

To learn more or to REGISTER click here: https://bestprep.org/programs/minnesota-business-venture/attendees/

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Colleges That Change Lives - College Fair

Date: Monday, August 20, 2018

Time: 7 PM

Location: St. Paul RiverCentre

Since 1998, CTCL has offered a national series of information sessions and college fairs for students, parents, and college counselors. Each session begins with an enlightening 30-minute presentation on today’s college search process, which is followed immediately by a college fair that lasts for approximately 1.5 hours.

During the college fair, students and families are invited to collect information from and speak directly with admission representatives from the colleges and universities that inspired the book Colleges That Change Lives.

All CTCL events are free to the public, and pre-registration is not required.

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College Application Bootcamp

Juniors, mark your calendars now! Our annual College Application Bootcamp will be held August 6-10, 2018 at the Mendota campus. More registration info to come.
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Wellness Corner

Psalm 34:17

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,

and rescues them from all their troubles.

We as a nation mourn the loss of the 17 young people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a caring Christian community we rally behind the families in thought and prayer.

At Minnehaha we are as vigilant as ever, working to create school environment that not only has top-notch safety protocol in place, but also supports students in their mental health.

Here are two resources for parents worth noting:


M.A. Counseling Team and Services


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



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