M.A. Counseling Newsletter

November 2019

In This Issue

  • Parent Meetings
  • ACT Class through Breakaway Test Prep
  • College Deadlines
  • Teen Vaping: What You Need to Know
  • Book Recommendation
  • Wellness Corner

Parent Meetings

Parent Night Meetings ~ Mark your Calendars!

  • Junior Parent Night - November 12th, 6:30-7:30 in the Campus Room
  • Sophomore Parent Night - February 10th, 6:30-7:30 in the Campus Room

ACT Class through Breakaway Test Prep

Beginning Monday, November 18th, Breakaway Test Prep will provide an intensive four-week, 12-hour program designed to help get your student ready to take the ACT. Breakaway will provide three hours of ACT instruction on four consecutive Monday afternoons in November and December (November 18th, November 25th, December 2nd, December 9th). Each class will be held from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, and will take place at Minnehaha Academy Upper Campus.

This is a perfect class for 11th graders who are about to take the ACT for the first time and for 12th graders who are trying to reach a higher ACT score in order to qualify for more merit based scholarship money at the schools to which they are applying.

For more information and to register, copy and paste the following link.

College Deadlines

The November 1st deadline has come and gone. Now what?

The next major deadlines will be November 15th, December 1st and January 1 or 2.

Students' transcripts and letters of recommendation have been sent by our counseling office to the schools on their list. Please allow time for colleges to match up this documentation with your students account.

It is the student's responsibility to submit their completed application and ACT/SAT test scores by the appropriate deadline. (Remember test scores can take up to 1-2 weeks to be delivered)

If your student is making any changes to their college list, please remind them to make those changes on their pink sheet in the counseling office.

Teen Vaping: What You Need to Know

Although e-cigarettes have been around for more than a decade, vaping rates have skyrocketed in recent years, especially among teens. With vaping-related deaths popping up in the news it is important to understand what you as a parent can do to support your teen. Here is a great article from Child Mind Institute that will empower you to do just that.

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Book Recommendation

Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.

In Brainstorm, Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts teenagers' behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children's lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide. A must-read for parents of teens!

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Wellness Corner

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime | Nadine Burke Harris
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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