STMA HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2021

VIDEO MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL REEVES

Nov Newsletter

CELEBRATE OUR STUDENTS

Sophia is a 10th grader, and this is her second year in art. Sophia has a definite voice in her artwork. The vibrant strokes of color and charcoal in Sophia Apold's images waver separately before coming together to form whimsical and thoughtful imagery. Ms. Apold's use of line, color, and form are reminiscent of artists like Jasper Johns and other abstract expressionist artists.
Sophia is pictured below with STMA Art teacher Kari Halker.
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STMA SPEECH & DEBATE AWARD

We would like to congratulate our STMA Speech & Debate Team. The team earned the National Speech & Debate Associations 100 Club Award. Students earn Honor Society points and degrees based on competition, leadership and service activities which contribute to a the school's strength points. STMA earned over 180 strength points during the 2020-2021 Speech & Debate season, which has earned them a membership to the Association's prestigious 100 Club.

ROTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club is pleased to announce that St. Michael-Albertville High School juniors Julia Dupay, Madilyn Gartner and Alicia Vosberg were recognized as the Rotary Students of the month for November.


“Rotary is very proud to recognize Julia, Madilyn and Alicia as students of the

month,” said Derek Brant, STMA Rotary Club President. “They have demonstrated a

commitment to academic excellence and represent the service above self ideals of

Rotary. We wish them a successful future.” The STMA Rotary Club honors students of the month during each month of the school year. The awards are given during the students’ junior year so they may include them on college applications and scholarship forms.

ARMOR TALK

Knights of the Middle Ages wore heavy suits made of metal for protection against the challenges of battle. Just as those Knights prepared to protect themselves from harm, our students at St. Michael-Albertville High School must be prepared to take on the challenges of their next steps. Leaders are developed and the skills of leadership are highlighted in our #ArmorUp campaign through Armor Talks.


Armor Talks were developed to cultivate effective leadership skills in our students by providing leadership focus points from community and business leaders. Our job as educators is to promote both academic development and development of the whole child. Our students need to graduate equipped to effectively navigate evolving challenges. STMA High School recognizes the importance of developing a foundation of leadership in our students. #ArmorUp STMA!

Armor UP Steve Davis | John Reeves | STMA High School

STMA MUSICAL - MATILDA

STMA is proud to announce that our high school will be performing MATILDA the Musical this November 18-21st. Over 110 STMA students have put in countless hours to prepare and make this show happen.


Tickets are now on sale! Please consider coming and watching this fantastic performance!

To Reserve your seats CLICK HERE


We also are trying to get donations to buy books for any student who comes to the show as a way to encourage reading. To find out more about this campaign PLEASE CLICK HERE.


Show Synopsis:

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and an unforgettable star turn for a young actress, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

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COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Trimester Two Schedule Changes

Please be aware that schedule changes for trimester two are on a very limited basis and only for the reasons listed below as classes are very full. As the trimester approaches we will also be balancing class sizes the best we can. Your schedule on student view will be the most up to date, please do not follow the copy you received at the beginning of the year when the trimester starts.


Requests can only be made for the following reasons:

- The student does not have the

prerequisite(s)

- The student failed a class

- There is an obvious error (two classes at the same time)

- To add a class that is needed to graduate - The schedule is unbalanced

Schedule changes will not be made for:

- Request a specific teacher / to switch sections for the same course to get a different teacher - Request a specific trimester / to switch sections of the same course to change trimester

- Change lunch periods

- Have a class with a friend

- Leave to attend non-school sanctioned

occupational activity


Registration for the 22-23 School year

Registration for next year is right around the corner. Materials for registration will be shared during homerooms in January. Your home room advisor and school counselor will be there to help guide you through the process of class selection.


College Visits

Although finding time to get on a college campus for a tour is sometimes difficult, we have opportunities to connect with college reps through both in person (in the Guidance Office during SNAP) and virtual meetings. This is a great time to get your questions about individual colleges answered directly by their admissions representatives. You can find a list of upcoming college rep visits here.


Trade School/Technical College after high school

Many families forget to check out technical colleges as an option after high school. This is an especially important choice to consider if you are a student who didn’t enjoy the traditional school setting like high school. Visit 15 Best Jobs for Trade School Graduates

for information on the top paying technical careers.

Watch this video to learn the difference!! Technical vs Community College


FAFSA

Seniors should still be continuing to complete the FAFSA



Angela Narducci A-E angelan@mystma.org

Meghan Pettis F-La meghanp@mystma.org

Dan Miller Le-Rh danielmi@mystma.org

Kinsey Essler Ri- Z kinseye@mystma.org

MENTAL HEALTH

Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US, and also very treatable.If you are struggling with anxiety you are not alone, please reach out for help. Click here for helpful strategies and techniques to deal with anxiety.


The following content is provided by Allina Health and includes potentially triggering information about suicide and self-harm. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 to 24. Sometimes the struggle can be underestimated because of age. We hear you and help is available.

Suicidal thoughts are not rare and you are not alone. They show up under predictable conditions. Generally, if a person is feeling down for long enough, they will begin to have thoughts such as “maybe I shouldn’t be here anymore,” “it would be better for my friends, relatives and other loved ones if I wasn’t here,” etc. If these thoughts are not addressed and things continue to be difficult or get worse, these thoughts can turn into planning ways that someone could end their life. This is called “making a plan.” If things continue to be difficult or worsen, some people will act on these plans. This is not a mysterious or unusual situation. Scientists, medical doctors and psychologists have known about this process for decades. A person isn’t “weak” or “bad” if they have such thoughts. It’s a response to tremendous emotional pain that can be treated and things can get better.

STUDENT SUPPORT

STMA High School students have the opportunity for different academic supports.

The Resource Room, that is staffed by a High School teacher, is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school from 3:30pm - 4:30 pm in the High School Media Center.

STMA PARENT COUNCIL

The STMA Parent Council is a group composed of parents or guardians of students and school reps. The Council will meet on scheduled nights throughout the school year in an effort to provide a crucial link with our community related to school programming. If you are interested, please email shannonf@mystma.org.
Meetings will begin in December.

LOCATE STMA HIGH SCHOOL

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High School - @STMAHighSchool

Principal Reeves - @STMAreeves

Activities Director Cornell - @StmaAd