School Counselor Connection

Shakopee High School Spring Update

We've Moved!

For the remainder of the year, our offices will be in SW 300. Stop in to check out our new space!

Upcoming Events

Moving to MCIS

We are excited to announce that for the 2018-2019 school year, we will be transitioning to use Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS) in place of Naviance/Family Connection. MCIS is a planning tool that offers a wealth of career, educational and labor market information. Each student will have an individual MCIS account. MCIS includes: learning styles, employ-ability, interest and skill assessments and information on colleges, program requirements for various occupations and much more. Students build a portfolio so they can plan and track progress toward their educational and career goals and create a Personal Learning Plan.

Our Naviance/Family Connection subscription will expire on June 30, all materials and information housed in this program will no longer be available. Prior to June 30, please save any information that is valuable to you. Naviance Test Prep will also end on June 30; MCIS has a test prep program that will become available on September 1.

If you would like to view the new system, go to MCIS and login with our general account: username: Shakopeehs

password: Sabers720

Skilled Trades Week

Next week, students will have the opportunity to meet with skilled trades professionals including an Electrician, Facilities Engineer, Plumber, Manufacturer & CAD/Drafter, Welder, HVAC, and Construction Manager. Students can sign up to meet with professionals in a small group here or with Ms. O'Connell in the Career Center, or stop by to meet them during lunch.
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College Financial Planning Workshop

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ASVAB Testing

Shakopee High School will be offering the ASVAB test to any interested student on May 14, 2018. This test is typically taken for two reasons

  1. Students are interested in joining the military.
  2. Students are unsure of what they'd like to do as a career and would like to use the test to match their skills and interests with potential careers.

Permissions slips are available in the Career Center or here. Talk to Ms. LaRue if you have questions.
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Summer School

Summer school is an excellent opportunity for students to recover required academic credits that were failed during the school year.

Students who received an “F” for required English, Math, Science, or Social Studies classes during the school year and who have NOT already recovered their failed credit(s) should register for summer school in order to stay on track to graduate.

Summer school courses are facilitated by licensed teachers using a self-paced independent learning model with the APEX digital curriculum software. Most APEX courses are prescriptive, meaning, students are able to test out of coursework already mastered by scoring above 80% on unit pre-tests. In addition, a few courses will be offered using a traditional, teacher –directed format. For these courses students will be required to complete all assigned coursework and meet the summer school attendance requirements. Most students can complete one semester credit per summer school session. Due to construction at the High School, all summer school will be located at East Junior High.


High School Location: East JH

Time: 8-11AM & 11:45-2:45 PM (Tentative)

June 11 - 14

June 18 - 21

June 25 – 28

July 9 – 12

Information to register for summer school will be coming soon!!

Class of 2018

Walking for Graduation

In order to walk at the graduation ceremony, students must be able to say “yes” to the following:

1. I have completed at least 46 credits at the end of senior year

2. I am not missing more than two required courses at the end of senior year

If you aren’t sure if you meet the requirements, please make an appointment with your counselor. Personalized letters with this information will arrive within the next two weeks.

Final Transcripts & Senior Survey

The Senior Exit Survey was emailed on April 18. Students will be able to request their final transcript via this survey. Seniors must complete this survey to pick up their cap & gown. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 11.

Senior Awards Night


The evening of Wednesday, May 23 will be Senior Awards Night. Invitations will arrive via mail beginning of May.

May 1st: Decision Day

Seniors, wear something that represents what you're doing after high school! Find the Counselors at lunch for a special treat! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished and are excited to hear about your plans for next year!

Class of 2019

Looking Ahead

Congratulations class of 2019! You are almost done with junior year! Some of you may be thinking ahead and wanting to prepare for college application season next fall/winter. If that’s you, here are a few things that you can be doing:

1. Narrow down your list of options. Whether this is colleges, community or technical colleges, career training, or gap year programs, start pairing down your list of potential options. Use the tools in this presentation to help you research options.

2. Gain first-hand knowledge. Go on college visits (in person or virtually), set up informational interviews with professionals in a career field that interests you, try a job shadowing experience.

3. Know what college admissions test you need. Whether it is the ACT, the SAT, SAT subject tests, or the ACCUPLACER, know which test(s) you might need next fall, and work to earn a score that will make you a competitive applicant. Not sure what score you might need? Try looking at the Scattergram tool in Family Connection/Naviance (before June 30) or here (after July 1).

ACT Information

Your scores are in! The counselors gave a brief presentation to all juniors on Monday, April 16 to help students read their score report and plan their next steps. In addition, the Counseling Department is happy to offer 2 additional ACT mini-sessions on Registering for your Next ACT and Creating a Study Plan for the ACT during all lunches April 17 and April 24 in the Innovation Lab (located adjacent to the Commons).
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Class of 2020

Do What You Are Lesson

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? Ask your student how their personality type impacts their friendships, how they do in school, and how it might help them in a future career.

From the Counselors Desk

College Fair Success

We had over 800 students & families meet with 120+ colleges during our College Fair in March. It was such an amazing turn out! Thank you to all of the families that took advantage of this opportunity! We plan to host this college fair again in 2020.

STRIVE Celebrates Reading

On April 17, the SHS STRIVE Rotary & senior students partnered to welcome 1st grade students from around the district to participate in the Shakopee Celebrates Reading by stuffing bags full of books and handing them out to first graders! Thank you SHS STRIVE students, you made a difference.

Thank you to the STRIVE Rotarians for your partnership and work with our students!

STRIVE is a group for invited seniors that aims to support and inspire seniors to finish high school strong and create a plan for their future.

Eating Disorder Training from the Emily Program Foundation

Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, and School Psychologists were invited to attend a training from the Emily Program Foundation. The session updated support staff on new statistics and resources, as well as reviewed the warning signs of eating disorders.

If you are interested in learning more about the Emily Program or Emily Program Foundation, feel free to explore their websites.

If you are worried about a friend, family member, or yourself, please make an appointment with your counselor or speak to a trusted adult. If you are not sure if you or someone you know has disordered eating you can learn more here.

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Shakopee High School Counseling Department

Erica Lang (A-D/Arts & Communication):

Kelsey LaRue (E-Ji/Human Services):

Beth Cordes (Jj-Mi/Science & Technology):

Nicole Drangstveit (Mj-Sc/Business & Entrepreneurship):

Jenny Severson (Sd-Z/Engineering & Manufacturing):