M.A. Counseling Newsletter

November 2017

In This Issue

  • Counseling Office Services
  • Education First College Tour
  • National Substance Abuse Awareness Month
  • FAFSA Reminder
  • College Rep Visits at M.A.
  • Text Message Alerts from M.A. Counseling Department
  • Wellness Corner

Counseling Office Services

A friendly reminder of what we do...

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
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Education First College Tour

In cooperation with Education First College Tours, and the college counselors at Saint Paul Academy and Mounds Park Academy, we have put together a Pacific Northwest college and university tour for the week of June 11, 2018. This college tour is especially useful for students entering 11th and 12th grades who are considering college in the Pacific Northwest, but it will be an eye opening and informative experience for students no matter where they think they want to attend college. If you were unable to attend the informational meeting in October, feel free to reach out to us with questions.
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National Substance Abuse Awareness Month

October was National Substance Abuse Prevention Month!

Student Services facilitated a chapel in October, dedicated to discussing the reasons for and risks of substance abuse. We referenced Jeremiah 2:13 and talked about how people often fill their lives with things of this world that are not life giving.

Here are further resources for you to continue this conversation at home with your family, and to access some great substance prevention tips:


FAFSA Reminder

Reminder for seniors and their parents:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available. We recommend that all families fill out the FAFSA as part of their financial aid profile. The FAFSA will be based upon your 2016 taxes and takes roughly 30 minutes to complete. Best part? It's FREE!

It is important that families complete registration for the FAFSA ID as well. Be sure to write down your log-in information! https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid

Here, again, is a helpful how-to video:


College Rep Visits at M.A.

November 1 at 2 PM: Carleton College

November 6 at 9 AM: Unity College

November 14 at 1 PM: Ohio Wesleyan University

December 4 at 10 AM: United States Air Force

If students would like to know who is coming to visit when, they are encouraged to check their Naviance account (Click on "Colleges," then "View all upcoming college visits") as well as subscribe to text message alerts (a text will be sent out each Monday with that week's scheduled visits).

Visits are subject to change. Other visits may be added.

Check your Naviance homepage often for an updated list of visits.

Don't forget to ask for a pass from Mrs. Rahm prior to the college visit!

Text Message Alerts from M.A. Counseling Department

Haven't signed up for text message alerts from the M.A. Counseling Department yet? What are you waiting for?

You and your student will receive pertinent information about upcoming events, college representative visits and college fairs, as well as important deadlines. If you have students in multiple grades you may want to subscribe to both of their classes as some texts will be grade-level specific. We promise not to overload you!

Here's how to sign up:

  • Class of 2018 - text @minne2018 to the number 81010
  • Class of 2019 - text @minne2019 to the number 81010
  • Class of 2020 - text @minne2020 to the number 81010
  • Class of 2021 - text @minne2021 to the number 81010

Any questions? Let us know!

Wellness Corner

Philippians 2:2-4

Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Our counseling team recently discussed resources sent out by the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) regarding digital citizenship and empathy, as well as how the use of technology can impact anxiety. We wanted to share the articles and video with you as well, as we found the information to be all too relevant. We hope you find them to be helpful and informative.

Article: Digital Citizenship and Social-Emotional Skills Are Inseparable

Article: How Does Technology Affect Teen Health and Well-Being?

Article: Transforming Our World Through the Lens of Gen Z


M.A. Counseling Department Team

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