M.A. Counseling Newsletter

June 2018

In This Issue

  • College Application Workshop
  • Senior Parents Night
  • MN Private College Week
  • Season 2: "13 Reasons Why"
  • Vaping Prevention Webinar
  • Wellness Corner

College Application Workshop

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A friendly reminder that juniors are invited to our annual College Application Workshop. Work on your college applications, craft a strong essay with your individual writing coach, hear from MA alums about their first year in college, get firsthand advice from admissions counselors, and more!

Dates: Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10, 2018

Time: 9 AM - 4 PM (9 AM -12 PM on Friday)

Location: Chapelteria, Mendota Heights Campus

Cost: $125 - Checks can be made to "Minnehaha Academy" and turned in to Diane Rahm, Registrar.

To register complete the following Google Doc: https://goo.gl/forms/7hJ3h8y5vcJ7Qpa23

Please note: An email was sent to students and parents via Naviance with identical information.

Senior Parents Night

Mark your calendars! The Senior Parents Night will be held on Thursday, August 9 at 6:30 PM at the Mendota campus. More info to come late summer.

MN Private College Week

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Monday, 06/25/2018 to Friday, 06/29/2018 | 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT

Find out what Minnesota private colleges and universities have to offer!

Come on your own or with your parents. These introductory campus tours and informational meetings can serve as a first step to help students discover just what they're looking for in a college — especially if they are early in their search. Sessions are held twice daily, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central Daylight Saving Time), on our 17 campuses across the state.

STEP 1: Check out each college’s profile or use the college finder to search by majors, sports and the arts.

STEP 2: Decide where you want to visit. View a map to see where our 17 campuses are located around the state.

STEP 3: Register for free online — and mark your calendars.

Register for free or add or change your visits.

Season 2 of "13 Reasons Why"


Season 2 of the popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” was recently released. In light of the new season and the popularity of the series by young people, we wanted to provide some resources that may be valuable to you and your student as the series depicts some very real and difficult topics. These topics include the following:

  • Bullying

  • Grief

  • School violence

  • Mental health concerns (stress, depression, anxiety, etc.)

  • Sexual assault

  • Unhealthy peer relationships

  • Teen suicide

As a result of these topics, we also want to caution parents that although the series is widely popular among students, it is not appropriate for many viewers, particularly young teens and/or those whom have struggled with mental illness, self-injury or thoughts of suicide. It is our recommendation that students refrain from watching the series due to the mature content, however if you choose to let your child watch the show, please consider watching alongside your child and having discussions around the episode content.

To begin the discussion with your student, below are some sample conversation starters you can present before or after watching each episode of “13 Reasons Why.”

  • What do you think about what happened in this episode?

  • Do you think the characters in the show are behaving in ways that are similar to people you know? How so? How are they different?

  • Did parts of the story make you think about how people who are struggling do not show the full picture of what they are dealing with to others?

  • What did you learn about “so-and-so character’s” situation from this episode? For example, what did you learn about what happened to Jessica and sexual assault?

  • How does what you have seen change how you view some things that happen in real life?

  • Do you think the adults did anything wrong? What could they have done better?

Additional conversation starters can be found in the “13 Reasons Why” discussion guide at: https://afsp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/TipsForParents_2017.pdf

We also encourage you to take a look at What Parents and Educators Should Know About the 2nd Season of ‘13 Reasons Why.’

Vaping Prevention Webinar

The counselors attended a webinar put on by FCD Prevention Works, an outreach program through Hazeldon and Betty Ford Center, that focused on ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) and vaping. The presentation can be found by clicking HERE. It highlights current trends, types of ENDS and vapes, health risks and how you can have preventative conversations about drug use in your home. It runs about 45 minutes long and is absolutely worth viewing.
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Wellness Corner

Isaiah 41:10: 'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

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