OHS Compass October 21, 2020

Owatonna High School Counseling Dept

Counseling and Career Center Newsletter

Welcome to the OHS counselor bi-monthly newsletter!

Compass (formerly known as TMM) will not meet until at least second quarter so this will be it's replacement.

Academic Planning

FAFSA Night (for seniors only) - October 28 - Financial Aid reps from local colleges/universities will be here to assist in the process. Students AND Parents should plan to attend and bring tax information from 2019. Three time slots to choose from (4-5pm, 5-6pm, 6-7pm) and groups will be limited to 10 students for each time slot. Click here to sign up.

Tutors- if you need help in a class, NHS students are available. If you're interested in meeting with someone, please fill out this form: Request a Tutor

Questions??? Reach out to your counselor!

College & Career Readiness

College Gear Tuesdays and Thursdays - wear your favorite college sweatshirt!

SENIORS: If you're requesting transcripts to be sent to the college/university you are applying to, here is the information on how to send: Transcript Information

SENIORS: Free application day is happening next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (depending on your group). Students have the opportunity to apply to participating MN colleges and universities. Students can also request transcripts for free. Non-College bound students can meet with our workforce development coordinator, Anisha Zak to discuss local opportunities. Click here for the link to participating colleges.

Interested in learning more about careers in Marketing, Business Administration, Finance, and Entrepreneurship - check out the information below regarding Made in Owatonna Day. We will be doing virtual panels for this event that should last about 45 minutes to an hour. Sign up here: Made in Owatonna

  • Wednesday, Oct 28 - 1:00 pm Business, Administration, and Finance (working on Federated and C.L.A)
  • Wednesday, November 4 -1:00 pm Entrepreneurship - (possibilities are foam craft, a local boutique, Solid fitness or other fitness)
  • This is a great opportunity for students to learn about careers in Owatonna. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions during the panel and presenters usually invite students to follow up with them to learn more so it can serve as a great way for students to make connections.
  • Connect with Ms. Baird (sbaird@isd761.org) to help answer any questions and please look for more information on signing up next week. It is open to students in grades 9-12 and students can attend one or all sessions.

A reminder that Anisha Zak with Workforce Development is meeting with students this year to assist with career planning. Stay tuned for more information to come! azak1@isd761.org

Social Emotional Learning

Why do I need to have a routine each day?

The importance of a routine is critical during these times - getting the right amount of sleep and exercise, eating healthy foods, are all just a few factors in helping maintain balance. Having a routine also combat boredom too. Read more here from Psychology Today:

Resilience and routines for families during the pandemic

How is social media impacting our youth?

Have Netflix? Check out the documentary "Social Dilemma" - The documentary drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. More information can be found here:


If you are in crisis, please reach out to the Crisis Response Team: 1-844-CRISIS2



Virtual College and Career Fair - Coming November 4!

Owatonna High School in partnership with colleges and local businesses are putting together a virtual college and career fair. Other topics will also be offered - Financial Aid, PSEO, College in the Schools, ACT Prep, etc. Stay tuned for more information!

Needs Assessment Survey

Those of you that still haven't done the needs assessment survey, please take 2 minutes to complete!

~ Counselors and Social Workers are looking for your input on what topics you would like to discuss this year at OHS - perhaps during advisement (COMPASS) or potentially 1-on-1 meetings. Please take time to let us know what you would like us to offer. Your responses will only be seen by counselors and social workers. Thank-you!

Log in to Naviance to take the survey

Login: student school email address

Password: lunch pin #

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Secretary: Roxi Stewart - rstewart1@isd761.org

Last names A-E: Tami Langlois - tlanglois@isd761.org

Last names F-K: Sara Craig - scraig@isd761.org

Last names L-R: Amy Lageson - alageson@isd761.org

Last names S-Z: Margo McKay - mmckay@isd761.org