Student Services Spring Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring edition of the Student Services Newsletter. Spring is always a very busy time for our department. Senior scholarship season is in full swing, the ACT is coming up and there are many other activities that we want you to be aware of. Please read on for more information!

Senior Scholarship Information

On Thursday, January 28th all Seniors were invited to an informational meeting where they were given the Local Scholarship Information packet. This packet contains over 100 scholarship options for our graduating seniors. All scholarships in the packet are due on Wednesday, February 24th. Absolutely no late applications will be accepted. Any Senior who would still like a scholarship packet can pick one up in the Student Services Office.

Tech Exploration Days

These events provide hands-on experience in high demand careers. The events are open to high school Juniors and Seniors. Students are required to register to attend these sessions. Registration forms can be picked up in the Student Services Office. For questions/concerns, please contact Katie Lange at Blackhawk Tech (
  • Wednesday, February 24th, 8:30-10:15am -Central Campus - Nursing
  • Wednesday, February 24th, 1:15-3:15pm - Central Campus - Business and IT (Accounting, IT-Web/Network, HR and Business Management)
  • Wednesday, February 24th - 8:45-10:15am - Beloit Campus - Early Childhood Education

Manufacturing Showcase

Come and see the new, state-of-the-art manufacturing classroom space at the Milton campus!

When: Saturday, Feb. 20th, 9am-12:30pm

Where: Advanced Manufacturing Training Center -15 Plumb Street, Milton

Students must sign up ahead of time to attend. Forms can be found in the Student Services Office.

One-Stop Admissions Events at Blackhawk Technical College

Complete the entire admissions process in one morning!

Date: Saturday, March 12th or Saturday, April 23rd

Time: 9am-1:30pm

Location: BTC Central Campus (6004 Cty Rd. G, Janesville, WI)

Schedule of Events:

  • Information on filling out Federal Financial Aid Form (FAFSA)
  • COMPASS (entrance exam) testing
  • Admissions Workshop
  • FREE lunch will be provided

You must RSVP by contacting Katie Lange:

608-743-4463 or

Financial Aid Presentation for Junior and Senior Families

A representative from Great Lakes Higher Education is coming to MHS to give families more information on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the form that allows students, who will be attending college in the fall, to apply for Federal Financial Aid. The presentation will be an opportunity for students/families to get more information and helpful hints on filling out the form. You will also be able to get questions answered by the Great Lakes representative.

Date: Monday, February 22nd

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Performing Arts Center (PAC) at MHS

College Goal Wisconsin is an opportunity for students to get FREE help filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA). These events are held throughout our state on different days so families have a variety of options to choose from. The location closest to Monroe is listed below, along with a list of informational items you will want to bring with you.

Wednesday, February 24th, 6:00pm

Beloit - Beloit Public Library (605 Eclipse Blvd)

You will need the following items in order to complete your 2016-2017 FAFSA. If you are considered a dependent student for financial aid purposes, you will also need these items for your parent(s).

  • 2015 Federal Tax Return and W2s, or income estimates - you can fill out the FAFSA before your taxes are completed. You may use an estimated income.
  • 2015 Untaxed Income Records, such as child support or veteran's non-education benefits
  • Information on savings, investments, business assets and farm assets (if applicable)
  • Driver's License (if you have one)
  • Social Security Number
  • Alien Registration Card or Permanent Resident Card (if you are not a U.S. Citizen)
  • Date of birth for parents, and month and year of parents' marriage, divorce, or separation

See for more information

2016-2017 Course Scheduling Information

Current 9th-11th grade students will have homeroom days 2/23-2/26. During those homerooms students will get more information about class opportunities available to them. On Friday, 2/26 students will get a Course Registration Form that they will use to select the classes they want to take for the next school year. Students will have from 2/26-3/3 to make their choices and enter them online in Skyward.

Students can get updated information and course descriptions for all courses that will be offered next year through the Course Guide on the MHS webpage

If your student has questions about which classes to take, we encourage them to make an appointment to meet with their counselor.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

  • When students choose a class during this process, they are essentially "making a reservation" for a spot in that class for the coming school year. Student requests are part of the way MHS determines which classes we will offer and how many sections of each class will be available. If students don't request a class now, it is unlikely they will be able to switch into the class in the fall due to space restrictions. We expect that the classes students sign up for now will be the classes they take in the fall.
  • On the Course Request Form there is a section for students to write down 5 alternate course choices, in the event we are unable to enroll students in their first-choice options. This happens most often with elective courses. If students do not put five alternate course options down, counselors will be required to guess which classes the student might want and enroll them accordingly. Once this happens, it may not be feasible to change the classes, so we expect all students to fill out FIVE alternate course requests so we can be sure to enroll students in courses they are interested in taking.

ACT Information for Juniors

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, and Wednesday, March 2, 2016, all junior students in the state of Wisconsin are required to participate in the ACT assessment system. The ACT Plus Writing will be administered on March 1, 2016, and the ACT WorkKeys will be administered onMarch 2, 2016. Please review the following table for information regarding how your student’s schedule will be impacted:

Tuesday, March 1st - ACT plus Writing

  • Grades 9, 10, 12 - School will not be in session for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors
  • Grade 11 - Juniors must report to their assigned testing rooms by 7:55 a.m. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will be completed by 12:30 p.m. Juniors will be dismissed after testing. Buses will not run at 12:30 so please plan accordingly. Lunch will not be served. If your child must remain at school in order to take the 3:30 bus, please contact the main office so that staff are aware and we may plan accordingly.

Wednesday, March 2nd - ACT WorkKeys

  • Grades 9, 10, 12 - Classes will be held as usual for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors
  • Grade 11 - Juniors must report to the Practice Gym by 7:55 a.m. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will be completed by 11:00 a.m. Juniors will resume a shortened schedule for the remainder of the school day. Lunch will be served.

The ACT Plus Writing consists of four multiple choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science, as well as a test that measures writing skills. The test provides information about your student’s current academic skills and college and career readiness. The test is free of charge and the results can be used for a variety of purposes. For example, the scores can be used for the college admission process, scholarship applications, and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility.

The ACT WorkKeys is an applied skills assessment that measures “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. There are three components: Locating Information, Reading for Information, and Applied Mathematics. Many companies require applicants to complete the ACT WorkKeys assessment during the application process to evaluate their practical job skills.

Important Information Regarding the ACT Assessments:

  • Attendance is required. It’s critical that all juniors are present on both days, as there are only two make up days: Tuesday, March 15, 2016, for the ACT Plus Writing and Wednesday, March 16, 2016, for the ACT WorkKeys. Please consider moving any appointments that are scheduled for your student on these days.
  • No cell phones or electronic devices are allowed in the testing room, nor are they allowed during any break from testing. Cell phones should be left in vehicles or at home on testing days.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the testing room.
  • Bring photo identification (e.g., school ID, driver’s license, passport)
  • Bring sharpened lead No. 2 pencils. No mechanical pencils or pens are allowed.
  • Bring a permitted calculator (
  • Information about the ACT Plus Writing:
  • Information about the ACT WorkKeys:

Thank you for your help in creating a positive testing experience for your student. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Saycha Basken

School Psychologist


Chris Medenwaldt



Additional ACT Information

In addition to the required March 1st test date for all class of 2017 juniors, students may retake the ACT. Visit to register. When requested, provide the Monroe High School Code 501-545 to send scores to MHS and use the MHS Test Center Code 186910 to test at MHS. Test fees are $39.50 without writing and $56.50 with writing.

Test Date

  • April 9, 2016 - Deadline to Register is March 4. Late registration period is March 5-18 April 1.
  • June 11, 2016 - Deadline to Register is May 6. Late registration period is May 7-20.

Junior Conference Information

Beginning in March and going through April, each Junior student and their parent(s)/guardian(s) will be invited to meet with their counselor to go over college/career plans and details of Senior year. We will discuss planning for next year, college application processes, applying for jobs and a number of other important topics.

Families will be receiving a letter in the mail with the date/time of their student's scheduled conference. If that time does not work for you and you would like to reschedule, please contact your student's counselor.

Colony Brands Career Expo for Seniors

The 2016 Colony Brands Career Expo exposes seniors to the diversity of careers available in southwest Wisconsin. Every senior who attends will be eligible for a $350 Scholarship payable to any accredited (2 or 4 year) college. The event will be hosted at Colony Brands the mornings of April 14th and 15th. Watch for future communications with details for advanced registration in which students can request their date preference on a first come first served basis.

Advanced Placement Testing Information

Students who take the Advanced Placement (AP) classes can earn college credits through taking AP exams. Visit to search for college and universities that offer credit or placement for AP exams. AP courses are high school classes taught at the college level to prepare students to take specific AP subject exam.

College Board charges a $92 fee for AP exams; $15 of this fee is due when ordering the exam for materials, the remaining $77 is due at the exam administration.

Students interested in taking an AP exam need to order an exam in Student Services between February 22nd and March 4th. A required pre-administration session will be held at 7:30 am April 5th in the LMC to complete student identification information and communicate exam dates, times and locations. AP exams are administered May 2 - 13.

Important information about Graduation for Seniors

Seniors, if you DO NOT plan on participating in the graduation ceremony, please contact the MHS office at 328-7117 and let the office know. All Seniors need to continue to have good attendance if they wish to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Contact Information for Student Services Staff

If you have questions or want more information about any of the items above, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Saycha Basken - School Psychologist - 328-7243 or

Alicia Ziolkowski - School Counselor (students with last names A-L)

328-7123 or

Debbie Schmidt - School Counselor (students with last names M-Z)

328-7258 or