School Counselor Connection

Shakopee High School

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College Fair

Monday, March 19th, 3-5pm

100 17th Avenue West

Shakopee, MN

All students and families are welcome to attend the College Fair featuring over 100 colleges, universities, tech schools, and specialty schools. Late buses will be running after the College Fair, see Ms. O'Connell in the Career Center for a bus pass. We encourage students to pre-register for this event at www.gotocollegefairs.com or using the QR code below.

Class of 2018

Dollars for Scholars Scholarships Due

Friday, March 16th, 3pm

Shakopee, MN, USA

Shakopee, MN

Shakopee Dollars for Scholars scholarship applications are due this Friday!

Oh the Places You'll Go!

As you are finalizing your plans for next year, be sure to stop into the Career Center and let Ms. O'Connell know your plans so we can add you to the bulletin board! Balloons will be made for students attending college, community college, tech school, or joining the military.
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Class of 2019

Spring Meeting

We are meeting with Juniors the week of March 12-16 during their English classes to discuss the next steps in planning for their future after high school. We are also talking with them about how to cope with the many stressors that come with the senior year. Families can access this presentation after our meetings wrap up on March 16.


We will speak to students about their personal Board of Directors, or a group of people that support and inspire them. CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION with your student using the ask/share prompts below.

ACT Interpretation

In April , counselors will be meeting with all juniors in homeroom to help them interpret their ACT score results from the February test date and to understand their next steps in college admission testing. They will be made aware of ACT test prep resources and discuss reasons to retest. Families will be able to access the presentation on the College and Career webpage after we have presented the information to our students. CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION with your junior by looking up a potential college using a scattergram tool. Should your junior be registering for another test?

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Class of 2020

Spring Meeting

We will be meeting with Sophomores the week of April 16-20 to give them a personality inventory called "Do What You Are”. This inventory helps students consider how their personality might impact their satisfaction in various careers. The inventory also helps students better understand people with personalities that are different from their own. Students may access their results through Family Connection until July 1, 2018. CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION at home by talking about personalities within your family. How do the personalities at home compliment or complicate your household?

WINTER MEETING

In December, we met with all Sophomores. During the lesson, students reflected on their interests, the classes they have enjoyed (and not enjoyed), and the classes they are interested in to help them choose an Academy.

Shout Out to Saber Pause

Saber Pause is an all encompassing group that works towards the goal to de-stress Shakopee High School students and staff. Saber Pause hosts de-stressing activities on Fridays during homerooms and we understand that everyone has different ways of coping with all different types of stress, so we try to provide to everyone. In the past, we have done therapy dogs, DIY glitter jars, deep breathing and meditation, and so much more.


This semester, Saber Pause interns, Jennie Diep-Nguyen and Ella Karst have been working on all different types of projects—including Mindful Moment Classrooms (MMC). MMC are little stations set up in 20-25 classrooms as a pilot program and include items such as thinking putty, glitter jars, coloring sheets, etc. which has been made possible by a SEEF grant. These simple techniques take under 5 minutes and the main goal is to provide students an outlet to relieve stress during class without having to deal with behavioral referrals to the office.


They have also started an after school club where they host activities specifically for staff to enjoy. They are just getting started and have done snowshoeing and walking on the new fieldhouse track, which was a collaboration with Ashley Walker, our district wellness representative and teacher here at SHS. They have also recently hosted coloring and will have more until the end year.


They will also be hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on April 9th from 4-8pm. Mention them at checkout and they will receive funding for more de-stressing activities.


This has been a partnership with Shakopee CAPS Healthcare and Medicine and we hope to continue this legacy.

Reaching Students through Group Counseling

A great way for students to get support is through small groups. In counseling groups, students learn and practice specific skills, while also benefiting from knowing they are not alone. This year, high school counselors are offering the following small groups:



Grief Group was offered to students who have been significantly impacted by the loss of a loved one. The goals of the group were for students to gain a better understanding of their grief, build a network of support, and have an outlet to talk about their journey through grief.


Mind Up is an evidence-based program that supports academic success by helping students become more mindful of their feelings, behavior, and level of focus. Throughout group, we discuss how the brain and body respond to stress, staying optimistic, the importance of gratitude, and practice coping skills.


Academic Clubs have been meeting throughout the school year. During group, students check grades, talk through school frustrations, celebrate successes, set academic goals, and discuss academic topics like GPA, transcripts, and credits.


STRIVE, Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education, is a program supported by Shakopee School Counselors but provided through Shakopee Rotary Association for selected seniors. During STRIVE seniors go on college visits and listen to guest speakers. The goal of the group is to support and inspire seniors to finish high school strong and create a plan for their future.

Shakopee High School Counseling Department

Erica Lang (A-D/Arts & Communication): elang@shakopee.k12.mn.us

Kelsey LaRue (E-Ji/Human Services): klarue@shakopee.k12.mn.us

Beth Cordes (Jj-Mi/Science & Technology): bcordes@shakopee.k12.mn.us

Nicole Drangstveit (Mj-Sc/Business & Entrepreneurship): ndrangst@shakopee.k12.mn.us

Jenny Severson (Sd-Z/Engineering & Manufacturing): jseverso@shakokpee.k12.mn.us