Student Service Connection

Monthly Newsletter- May- 2021


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So much of getting through COVID as students is a mental game. If you can learn to love yourself now (without the thrills from life's usual activities) and keep your head in the game while taking extra care of yourself and family, you'll be even better at life when we finally are back to normal. We believe in you!

Spartans, we realize that this strange, tough time continues of virtual learning, quarantining, and going WITHOUT so many important connections and activities we need. Student Services wants to remind you that we are here to support, encourage, and at your request- problem-solve WITH YOU. This hardship is temporary, but we can continue to build skills, coping strategies, and relationships that will last a lifetime. THANK YOU to all parents, staff and community who collaborate to support the success and achievement of Memorial HS students!
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  • MMSD COVID-19 Updates
  • Links to Important Events this month, Daily Schedule, & Calendars
  • Student Service Staff
  • Infinite Campus and Sending Transcripts
  • College-Career-Community Readiness Information (ACP)

SUMMERSCHOOL Registration Continues

Summer school will run Monday-Thursday from June 21 - July 29, 2021 with no school on July 5. Virtual and in-person options are being planned. Be sure to reach out to your child’s counselor to get enrolled in summer school 2021 for credit recovery. Here is the course catalog. Students interested in first-time credit need to complete this form by May 14, 2021. Please note this form does not enroll you/ your child in a first-time credit course, rather it informs us of your interest. If we have more students interested in taking a course than seats available, we will hold a lottery. For students interested in Personal Fitness, priority will be given to students in grades 10-12 who have not yet taken any of the 1.5 required PE credits for high school graduation. Students who have V-PHY4040 recorded on their transcript are not eligible for this summer PE course. Families will receive an email confirmation by early June if these online courses are definitely running and if your child has been offered a seat or placed on a waitlist.

May 5th and 6th- ASPIRE (Practice ACT) for 9th and 10th grade students

Aspire testing will be administered to freshman and sophomores on May 5th (cohort 1) and May 6th (cohort 2) at all high schools. The school day will be extended for freshman and sophmores on these dates and lunch will be provided. Testing for students with extended test time accommodations would be on May 7 and 11, one date for each cohort. Freshmen and Sophomores are asked to attend on this day to take their practice ACT. More info. about the ASPIRE test HERE

JUNIOR CONFERENCES with Counselors- It's not too late!

If your junior hasn't signed up for their junior conference with their counselor to start exploring plans, please have them put themselves on their counselor's calendar using THIS LINK.

Competitive Colleges Night

Thursday, May 13th, 6:30-7:30pm

Planning to apply to a highly competitive college? A panel of JMM students who just did that will be available to share their experience, as well as a college representative to help lend some strategies.

Late May- Sophomore Post HS Options Exploration

Counselors will visit Sophomore Social Studies Classes to facilitate 10th graders in exploring post HS options in XELLO and other resource websites. Exploring Options can help students make meaningful choices about their CLASSES, EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, REAL WORLD LEARNING EXPERIENCES, and FUTURE-PLANNING. Have your student LOG INTO XELLO (with their student gmail open) to show you about this powerful tool.

Time to Consider Summer Learning Experiences

Here is a growing list of summer learning opportunities


Continue to email, call, make appointments, or reach out to your Student Service Team as you always have electronically when we return to school in late April. Counselors, Psychologists, Social Works, Nurses, Deans, and our Minority Achievement Coordinator will also be in the building to meet with students in safe spaces.

Continued Individualized SENIOR SUPPORT

Counselors continue to be available for their seniors to help them complete applications to their post hs destinations (I.E.- colleges, apprenticeships, military, Americorps, gap year options, etc.), as well as to complete their FAFSA (free application for federal student aid).

-Don't forget to keep checking XELLO for Local Scholarship Opportunities

-Ask us if you need help interpreting your FINANCIAL AID AWARD LETTERS

-Let us know if you need assistance preparing for MAY 1st COLLEGE DECISION DAY

Important opportunities on 3CR Google Classrooms for each graduating class

Make sure your student has joined their graduating cohort's College-Career-Community Readiness (3CR) google classroom for their graduating class to receive important updates and opportunities about summer camps, precollege opportunities, and scholarships:

Class of 2024- 9th Grade Code: 33n5fbo

Class of 2023- 10th Grade Code: mmvyrla

Class of 2022- 11th Grade Code: hhebfcr

Class of 2021- 12th Grade Code: gtubgns


The 2020-21 Schoolyear Calendar is HERE.


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"It always seems impossible until it's done." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nelson Mandela~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

DO YOU NEED HELP with academic, personal, or college & career planning?

Click on your counselor's name to book a time with them for assistance.

Fox Neighborhood:

Kristin Kluge (A-Sn) (also Health and Wellness PATHWAYS COUNSELOR)

Amy Olson (So-Z)

Rock Neighborhood:

Omefa Liverpool (A-Sn)

Amy Olson (So-Z)

Wolf Neighborhood:

Troy Arneson (A-Sn)

Amy Olson (So-Z)

Wisconsin Neighborhood:

Emily Cochran (A-Sn) (also Information Technology PATHWAYS COUNSELOR)

Amy Olson (So-Z)

AVID Students:

Len Mormino (Intro. Video)

ELL Students:

Ying Vang

Sending Transcripts

CURRENT SENIORS: To send your transcript, log into your account. Reminder that counselors do not send transcripts, it is the student’s responsibility to request them via parchment and send them to their college. Contact your counselor with questions. Find more information about requesting transcripts HERE. All Senior students should make sure they use a personal email to log into their Parchment account. If you are currently using your school email address, please go to your Profile, account and add another email to this account and make your personal email the primary email. School email addresses are deactivated after graduation.

GRADE REPLACEMENT: If you have RETAKEN any classes to improve your understanding and grade, make sure to see your counselor about requesting any grade replacements on your transcript.


Free or Low Cost Internet Service Providers

Several ISP's are offering free or low cost access options access in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. MMSD does not sponsor or endorse any particular provider.


Email Mrs. Delorme in the LMC with concerns.
People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it.

~~ Howard W. Newton

Urban League of Greater Madison COVID-19 Workforce Relief & Recovery Initiative


Urban League CAN HELP!

Madison Area Employers Are Hiring!

Click on the flyer below for details.

Contact the Urban League for additional support: (608) 347-4623

Recursos Comunitarios Para Familias

Informacion para familias sobre recursos incluyendo: Despensas de Comida Gratis, Trabajadores Sociales por Vecindarios, Salud Mental y mas

Mental Health

Helping Your Teen with Social Distancing

Article from Mayo Health Clinic

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5 Ways to Help Children Cope

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people are experiencing a range of emotions—uncertainty, anxiety, distress. Children in particular are susceptible to fears during this time. Here are five strategies, adults can use to help children cope with anxieties

Free Mental Health Apps for your Phone


BellyBioInteractive Breathing

Take a Break! Guided Meditations for Stress Relief


Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (TBA- Spring Semester)

To learn more about this support, for which we assess the need with all of our 9th graders at JMM- click here



Are you struggling with organizing your day now that school has gone virtual? Make a copy of this handy daily planner and fill it out for each weekday to help you stay on track and not miss an important zoom meeting or assignment due dates! It also allows you to incorporate important self care moments during your day.


To see how Memorial is helping students to be College-Career-Community Ready, CLICK HERE.

(Formerly referred to as Academic & Career Planning-ACP)


Explore your interests, creativity, and future paths that seem interesting to you. Visit our Learning Experiences Beyond The Classroom and Career Exploration pages on the JMM Website, and spend some time in Xello to explore your interests, skills, and related paths for the future. Consider exploring Pre-College programs at this link. Check out College Planning: 9th/10th Grade


-Job shadowing someone in a career of interest to you for an hour or two.

-Consider exploring Pre-College programs at this link.

-Wondering about some Work-Based Learning Experience? Click here.

-If you want to get hands-on experience, there are some careers that offer a Youth

Apprenticeship. CLICK HERE to see information about it and applying for next year.

-Explore course options and your 4-year plan in Xello with someone at home!

-Don't forget to explore your interests outside of the classroom as well. Ideas HERE.

-Check out College Planning: 9th/10th Grade

-Considering another education path to your diploma, talk to your counselor about Capital HS, Shabazz, Gateway to College, Night School, and more...


-Meet with your counselor for your JUNIOR CONFERENCE to plan for graduation, and BEYOND. Put yourself on their calendar here.

-Visit programs, colleges, and options you are thinking about for after graduation. Evaluate them before making the trip with THIS WORKSHEET

-Article on closed campus and EXPLORING COLLEGES during COVID 19

-Continue work on your to do list with your counselor, and attend your JUNIOR CONFERENCE this year

-Register for the ACT HERE. If you feel you are eligible for a tuition fee waiver, see your counselor before school ends. Limited sites available during COVID.

-If you feel that preparation for the ACT might be helpful, start with METHOD TEST PREP in Xello

-Check out College Planning: 11th Grade

-If you want to get hands-on experience, there are some careers that offer a Youth

Apprenticeship. CLICK HERE to see information about it and applying for next year.

3 Things Juniors Can Do NOW for College Apps

11th graders can use their time wisely RIGHT NOW to prepare for the busy college application season next fall. Check out these three things you can get started on now.


-Article on closed campus and EXPLORING COLLEGES during COVID 19

-Schedule and do a 15 minute conference with your counselor to inform them of your plans following graduation, and any help you need.

-Complete an application for colleges or training programs after graduation that will help prepare you for your long term careers of interest.

-Make sure to fill out the FAFSA if you plan to attend a college that you'll need financial aid for.

-Continue to explore careers and visit schools and/or programs of interest if you're not sure about what option is best for you.

-Check out College Application Timeline: 12th Grade

Virtual Job Shadow Zoom Sessions for Students

Besides lots of job shadow videos on XELLO that you can look up, register here for sessions that interest you and learn the ins and outs of each profession.


This brief activity will be rewarding as you get to know something you might not have about someone close to you.

Experiential Learning Credit

Interested in earning credit for "Experiential Learning" as you work or volunteer? See your counselor with questions. More information HERE.

"I know that luck has a way of happening to people who shoot high, who never sell themselves short" Teri Teachout


Help your student prepare for college with these resources

Memorial High School has a goal for all of our students to graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful within their college, career, and community. It is never too early to start helping your student prepare for college. Did you know that college can be more affordable than you think? Nationally, $2.6 billion of financial aid went unclaimed in the United States in the 2018-2019 school year. Check out these resources at Madison Metropolitan School District’s College Planning Website to help support your students in planning, and this special COVID-19 Edition. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s counselor for more information. Here are some resources on how to pay for college.

ACT Method Test Prep

Free! Online! Available to all students through your Xello account.

This ACT preparation program is offered through Xello to all MMSD students. It's FREE & students can log-in and start reviewing/practicing for the ACT test which most students start taking in the Winter or Spring of their Junior year. You can access your Xello account from the main Memorial HS Website, scroll to the bottom. Xello is the first link under the blue bar. Log in using your school gmail account (having your school email open in another tab helps speed up the login!)

Instructions on How to Create Your ACT Account

For Juniors who took the March ACT that was administered at school

Experience Madison College

We offer two ongoing events that meet students where they are in their college decision process:

  • Experience Madison College: High school students spend a Friday afternoon on campus engaged in hands-on activities, visiting classrooms and meeting instructors.

  • Instant Application Station: Students ready to apply can drop in to the campus nearest them for help completing their application. Staff will be available to answer their questions about the entire process.

All of these events include a FREE Madison College application.

UW-Help- News, Updates, and FAQ's due to COVID-19

Application updates & Practices due to Covid-19. Check out each tab to see how campuses are handling admission processes for fall 2020 applicants due to COVID-19 (application fee reduction, transcripts, fee waivers, holistic review process, etc.)

April 6th and 14th- UW Information Sessions for Students

Tuesday, April 6 - Virtual Information Session

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Central Time

Hosted via Zoom

Register Here

Wednesday, April 14 - Admissions Case Study

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Central Time

Hosted via Zoom

Register Here

Fall 2021 UW-System Essay Prompt

Here’s your chance to tell your story based on specific questions or prompts. All UW System campuses now share one common essay question. However, some campuses will require an additional second essay.



Want to know where the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) are? Click HERE to find out. Apply now to any number of 55 HBCUs with the Common Black College Application at for only $20.

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#mmsdcollegebound CAMPAIGN- here to help you with your College Application Process

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WI Education Fair (WEF) will continue to be a virtual resource for our students and schools. We're expecting nearly 100 colleges, universities, military branches, and specialty schools to participate in the college fair portion. Free to attend. Interested students should REGISTER HERE.

Offering a monthly virtual college fair from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., followed by 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. interactive financial aid presentation brought to you by College Goal Wisconsin.

  • Wednesday, 9/16 (Financial Aid 101)
  • Wednesday, 10/7
  • Sunday, 11/8
  • Wednesday, 2/10
  • Wednesday, 3/10
  • Sunday, 4/11

HBCU College Fairs

See THIS LINK for more information on Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fairs this year.

Army-ROTC Virtual College Fair

September 26th- click HERE FOR DETAILS


College Visits can be an important part of the college selection process.

Check out the following resources for exploring a college campus virtually.

Campus Reel

The only College review website with Campus & Dorm video reviews and video walkthroughs from real students


Visit 600+ Colleges Virtually

How Colleges Evaluate Character in the Admissions Process

Galin EDU discusses this article on social and emotional learning, and using it as a predictor of success:

College & Career Information Specifically for LGBTQ Students

Scholarships Specifically for LGBTQ Students:

LGBTQ- Friendly Colleges and Universities:

Campuses that include gender-inclusive housing:

Employers that include Gender-Inclusive Workplaces:

Financial AID

What is Federal Financial Aid?

Financial aid from the federal government can help you pay for education expenses at an eligible college or career school. Grants, loans and work-study are types of federal student aid. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for this aid. Types of Federal Aid video is a helpful video that explains the difference between types of federal aid available to students. Additional information about federal student aid can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

Who Should Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid?

All students should apply for need-based financial aid. Many families mistakenly think they may not qualify for this type of aid based on their income and assets. However, if students choose not to apply for need-based financial aid, they may be closing the door on opportunities that could help pay for college. There are other sources of financial assistance available regardless of need, but most require that the student file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) first, starting on October 1st.

How Does A Student Apply For Need-Based Financial Aid?

  • The FAFSA is the form used to apply for need-based financial aid. The student must complete the FAFSA to apply for need-based grants, as well as for federal financial aid and other aid from colleges. Students must apply every year.
  • The FAFSA4caster is a tool designed to assist families to plan for education beyond high school. Students can receive an estimated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) by entering their information into FAFSA4caster, a simplified version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA4caster also provides guidance on next steps for applying for admission, applying for federal student aid, and paying for education beyond high school. A Spanish version is available.


Fridays from 12-2pm, get help with or ask questions about the FAFSA:


Compare Actual College Prices from Real Financial Aid Offers & Take Control of Your College Search.

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NCAC College Admissions Updates

The National Association of College Admissions Counseling is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.


Part-Time Open Enrollment Wisconsin

Allows you to take certain courses, often online, outside of MMSD with financial assistance and transcripting on your home school's transcript.


If you want to get hands-on experience, there are some careers that offer a Youth Apprenticeship.

Youth Apprenticeship, or YA, is a rigorous one- or two-year elective program for juniors and seniors, that combines academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored, on-the-job training to provide students with industry-established occupational and employability skills. Post-secondary and business partnerships are essential for a successful youth apprenticeship program.

Please note that application to the Youth Apprenticeship program does not guarantee job placement. Full participation in the program and the ability to earn the Youth Apprenticeship certificate requires both on-the-job training and related technical classroom nistruction.

Currently, YA programs are offered in the following areas (click on an individual area to find additional information):

CLICK HERE to see information about various programs and how to apply for next year.