Student Service Connection

Monthly Newsletter- February Issue

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Course Selection Night- Grade 9-11 Parents

Thursday, Feb. 1st, 7pm

201 South Gammon Road

Madison, WI

Counselors will review key items to think about for Student Course Selection for Fall-2018. There where also be some teachers available from various subject areas to answer questions.


-Febraury 5th- Course Selection Cards Handed Out in Homeroom

-February 16th- Course Selections handed in to Math Teachers

-February 20-23rd- Course Selection input to Career Cruising in Math Classes

Feel free to log into Career Cruising on your own time if you would like to get a jump start in the COURSE PLANNER tool. Some things to keep in mind:

  1. Choose your own destiny - pick classes w/ your own interests in mind.
  2. Consider your career interests and choose classes that will help you explore those. Career Cruising can be helpful.
  3. Remember Graduation Requirements, which can be viewed on Page 7 of our 2018-2019 CURRICULUM GUIDE.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION is February 5th- March 9th

Click here to find out more about signing up for your AP Exam.

ACT for Juniors at JMM!

Tuesday, Feb. 27th, 8am

201 South Gammon Road

Madison, WI

Memorial High School will be hosting the ACT for all juniors on Tuesday, February 27th. Students should arrive promptly at 8:00 AM; students will not be admitted after 8:30 AM. Before testing begins, a breakfast will be held in the cafeteria at 7:45 AM. Snacks and water will be provided for students during testing breaks. Testing will finish shortly after 1PM and buses will pick up after this.


  • School ID or Driver's License

  • #2 Pencils

  • ACT Approved Calculators

  • DO NOT BRING: Backpacks, books, cell phones or other distractions

It is crucial that students are at school Thursday, February 15th for the pre-test bubbling session, which MUST be completed before testing. If students are not present for bubbling on the 15th, make-up bubbling days are scheduled for Friday, February 16th and Monday, February 19th. For students who do not attend the testing on February 27th, a makeup testing day will be on Tuesday March 20th.

**There is nothing students OR parents need to do to register for this ACT at JMM outside of what we are doing at school Thursday February, 15th - where students will be filling in their pre-test bubbling forms.**

ACT Preparation:

Paper prep booklet by Ms. Kosloske's desk in Student Services or Electronic Copy HERE

Check out big ACT study book from library


BEST OPTION: Career Cruising (click link)

Login: mmsd-123456 (your ID #)

Password: 021700as (6 digit birthday and first and last initial)

Directions once logged into Career Cruising: Click MY PLAN at top, then click METHOD TEST PREP on left. Do evaluation quizzes to see where you're at. Do specific lessons or take full length tests!

Let your counselor know if you have other questions!


Madison Memorial is fortunate to have an educational program for students who can benefit from improved emotional coping and stress management. Social and emotional difficulties can impact a child’s life and academic performance in different ways.

Starting second semester, this 15-week rotating group will focus on helping your child manage difficult emotional situations, cope with stress, and make better decisions by learning important social-emotional skills. The group is being facilitated by our school psychologists using a curriculum called “Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (STEPS-A)”. Please contact either Deb Conway (663-6066) or Morgan Anderson (663-6053) if you feel your child could benefit from participation in the group.


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To see what's happening with ACP at JMM, CLICK HERE.

DO YOU NEED HELP with academic, personal, or college & career planning?

Click on your counselor's name to book a time with them for assistance.

Fox Neighborhood:

Amy Olson (A-Sn) (also PATHWAYS COUNSELOR)

Andrew Stendahl (So-Z)

Rock Neighborhood:

Dan Maloney (A-Sn)

Andrew Stendahl (So-Z)

Wolf Neighborhood:

Troy Arneson (A-Sn)

Andrew Stendahl (So-Z)

Wisconsin Neighborhood:

Emily Cochran (A-Sn)

Andrew Stendahl (So-Z)

AVID Students:

Len Mormino (students)

ELL Students:

Ying Vang

People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it.

~~ Howard W. Newton


Encourage your student to prepare for exams early by reviewing notes, meeting with teachers about questions, and creating study groups with friends to prepare and re-teach each other concepts. Explore your interests, creativity, and future paths that seem interesting to you. Visit our Learning Experiences Beyond The Classroom or Career Exploration Pages on the JMM Website. Need to improve your Academic Game? Click Here.


-This is a great year to consider job shadowing someone in a career of interest to you for

an hour or two.

-Consider exploring Pre-College programs at this link.

-Wondering about some Work-Based Learning Experience? Click here.

-If you want to get hands-on experience, there are some careers that offer a Youth

Apprenticeship. CLICK HERE to see information about it and applying for next year.

-Explore course options and your 4-year plan in Career Cruising with someone at home!

-Don't forget to explore your interests outside of the classroom as well. Ideas HERE.


This is the year to visit programs, colleges, and options you are thinking about for after graduation. Continue work on your POST HIGH SCHOOL PLAN that was shared with you during your Group Junior Conference during your English Class during 1st quarter. If you feel that preparation for the ACT/SAT might be helpful, this semester is a great time to do it. Start with METHOD TEST PREP in Career Cruising, and see your counselor if you need more help.


Schedule and do a 15 minute conference with your counselor to inform them of your plans following graduation, and any help you need.

FINISH COLLEGE APPS or MAKING OTHER PLANS with your counselor.. and work on SCHOLARSHIP Applications

  • Do not use school email for ANY matters related to life after high school. Examples: college apps, parchment account, ACT, FAFSA, scholarship applications, etc **School Email is deactivated soon after graduation.
  • Work on Application Essays - this is often the hardest and most critical piece of your application! Fresh off the press: The UW System essay prompts
  • Request any transcripts you need at

  • Prepare to submit your FAFSA on and after October 1st to help pay for college costs.

  • Send your ACT/SAT/Subject Test scores directly from those testing websites.
  • Complete the Activity Sheet (Shared w/ you by your counselor in an email following your Junior Conference.) Share w/ the teacher whom you would like to write you a letter of recommendation and to reference for college and scholarship application essays.
  • Join the UW System Texting Campaign to receive text messages that assist with the transition to your senior year. Topics include:
    • Choosing a rigorous senior year schedule
    • Taking the ACT/SAT
    • Making the most of summer
    • Visiting campuses
    • Applying for admission
    • And more!

    Join by texting PREPARE to 99000.

Experiential Learning Credit

Interested in earning credit for "Experiential Learning"? See your counselor with questions.

"I know that luck has a way of happening to people who shoot high, who never sell themselves short" Teri Teachout


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