Merrill College Access Newsletter

December 2015 Edition

Merry Christmas Everyone!

December can certainly be a hectic month for us all. While most of us look forward to the holiday festivities, we all know that our schedules are exceptionally busy. So, it's no wonder that many of our students find it difficult to stay on target with their college and future plans during the month.

This newsletter is dedicated to making sure each senior is on track to move into the next phase of their education following graduation. Please pay special attention to events calendar at the end of this newsletter, as there are several events scheduled this month.

Don't Forget Our Scholarship Newsletter

Seniors, remember that our College Scholarship Newsletter is updated weekly. So, remember to check for new scholarships every week. If you need help, see Mr. Kitzmiller in the high school office.

Even Santa Needs Training!

What kind of credentials does one need to become Santa Claus?

How about gray hair and a beard, poor vision (must own gold wire frame spectacles), overweight (greater than 200 lbs.), jolly personality…and oh yes, must have completed certification training?

But, it's not enough having Santa's physical qualities.

To be a ‘real’ one, you must be well trained in his skills. The role of Santa is one of the most influential characters to a child in their lifetime. The person who portrays that role should be trained in how to deal with children who are scared, having a temper tantrum, and not knowing what he or she wants for Christmas. Curriculums include the History of Santa, Voice Training, Etiquette, Costumes, Makeup, Role Playing and more.

The first training classes for Santas were held in 1937 in Midland, Michigan and are still on-going today. The Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School is the longest continuously running Santa Claus School in the world and Thomas Valent is the current dean of the Santa Claus School, who conducts Santa training all over the globe.


Reviewing the Financial Aid Process

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 10:45am

Media Center

All 12th grade students are to meet with Mrs. Mager in the media center to begin the college financial aid process.

The Saginaw Community Foundation Scholarship Application

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 10am

High School Lab

LeeAnn Martuch from the Saginaw Community Foundation will be present to assist seniors in filling out the online application for SCF Scholarships.

Financial Aid Night

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 6pm

Media Center

A college representative will be present to discuss college financial aid with senior students and their families.

FAFSA ID Meeting for Seniors

Friday, Dec. 18th, 10:45am

Media Center

12th grade students will be meeting to discuss FAFSA and ID during advisory in the Media Center. Again, please remind students to have their social security numbers memorized!!! We will try our hardest to conclude by the end of advisory, but may run into 5th hour.