M.A. Counseling Newsletter

September 2019

In This Issue

  • Upcoming Events
  • Counseling in the Commons
  • Financial Aid Night
  • MISP College Fair
  • Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Wash U - St. Louis Information Session
  • Experience Minnesota: An Open House for Multicultural Students

  • Changes in AP Registration
  • Four Cases Of Severe Lung Injury Among Teens Who Reported Vaping
  • They're here!
  • Wellness Corner

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars!

  • Financial Aid Night (for junior and senior parents) - Thursday, September 19 - 6:30-8 PM - Campus Room - Guest Speaker: Brian Lindemann, Dir. of Financial Aid at Macalester College
  • MISP College Fair (for 10-12th graders) - Sunday, September 22 - 12:30-3 PM - Mounds Park Academy
  • Junior Parent Night - Tuesday, November 12 - 6:30-7:30 PM - Campus Room
  • Sophomore Parent Night - Monday, February 10 - 6:30-7:30 PM - Campus Room

Counseling in the Commons

We recognize that the demands of the school day can sometimes interfere with students making it down to meet with their counselor. In order to meet students where they're at - literally - on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week one of the counselors will be seated in the Commons area during all three lunch periods. We are looking forward to connecting with students during that time.

Financial Aid Night

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Junior and Senior Parents: Join us on Thursday, September 19 from 6:30-8 PM in the Upper School Campus Room for our annual Financial Aid Night. Brian Lindemann, Director of Financial Aid at Macalester College, will be our guest speaker. He will discuss the FAFSA, CSS Profile and scholarship options. He is a fantastic resource and will happily answer any questions you might have as you navigate this part of the application process.

MISP College Fair

We invite and encourage students and parents from the senior, junior and sophomore classes of the six MISP schools to attend the annual MISP College Fair. This event is a valuable opportunity for students in all three grades to connect with college representatives.

This year's MISP Fair will be held at:

Mounds Park Academy

2051 Larpenteur Ave E

St. Paul, MN 55109

on Sunday, September 22, 2019

12:30-3:00 for MISP School Students

Closer to the fair you will be able to click on the following links for important information to help you achieve a valuable fair experience.

  • Program Flyer 2019
  • Spreadsheet that is sortable by college name, city or state - Registered Schools 2019

Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Emory, Wash U - St. Louis Information Session

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If your student is interested in Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Emory or Washington University in St. Louis, consider attending an information session this fall.

Here are the details:

St. Paul Academy & Summit School

Sunday, September 15, 1:00 pm

To register, RSVP here: https://admission.emory.edu/portal/nwhe

Experience Minnesota: An Open House for Multicultural Students

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This year Minnehaha Academy will be hosting the ACT exam on Saturday, February 8, 2020. All other testing dates will be offered at area high schools and can be found on the respective examination websites - act.org and collegeboard.org.

Juniors 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).

Seniors 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.

We will be offering a practice ACT exam for juniors, as well as test prep courses for the ACT. Information about these offerings will come at a later date. In the mean time, if you are looking for outside prep (for the ACT or SAT), we recommend Breakaway Test Prep.

If you are curious to know the differences between the two exams, this is a worthwhile article: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/act-vs-sat-how-to-decide-which-test-to-take

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

Changes in AP Registration

College Board has made changes to the AP test registration and ordering process. This will have a minimal impact on our students at Minnehaha Academy, however there are some changes to be mindful of. Students will "join" their AP classroom on the first day of class and thereby register for the test. Tests now need to be ordered by mid fall.

Payment will collected from students in February. If your student wants to take an AP only exam, for a course we do not offer at Minnehaha Academy (i.e.) AP Psychology, students need to register with Diane Rahm in student services no later than November 1st, and pay a $40 test fee to hold their spot. An additional final fee will be collected in February. Any questions contact Christine Paton or Diane Rahm in the counseling office.

Four Cases Of Severe Lung Injury Among Teens Who Reported Vaping

Did you know that one vape pod is the equivalent to an entire pack of cigarettes? Many students go through multiple vape pods in a day. This is alarming and needs to be on your radar.

Vaping might seem a popular thing to do, but it’s sending kids to the hospital. Minnesota’s Department of Health has a strong warning to parents and teens about serious lung damage due to vaping.Children’s Hospital is now treating at least four teens for serious lung damage. And in Wisconsin, 25 more kids are getting medical care for similar symptoms. As WCCO’s Bill Hudson explains, experts are calling it an epidemic. When E-cigarettes first came on the scene, many saw a safer alternative to smoking tobacco. Inside Children’s Hospital lies proof that they’re not.

Click on the link below for a video with further details.

They're here!

Mrs. Overton, her husband Jesse, and their son Jesse IV, welcomed Mattis Paul and Henry Charles on Saturday, August 24. Born at 31 weeks and 2 days, the boys will be spending the next 6-8 weeks in the NICU and are in fantastic care. They are grateful for the continued well wishes and prayers from the Minnehaha community!
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Wellness Corner

Phillipians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Psychologist and author of Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life, Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility.
The gift and power of emotional courage | Susan David
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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