OHS Compass October 7, 2020

Owatonna High School Counseling Dept

Counseling and Career Center Newsletter


Welcome to the OHS counselor bi-monthly newsletter!


Information will be updated on a regular basis so stop by so you're up-to-date on the latest and greatest information on colleges, careers, social emotional supports, and academic planning!


Compass (formerly known as TMM) will not meet until at least second quarter so this will be it's replacement.

Academic Planning

Any issues with technology, you can reach out to: 444.8630


AP Exam sign up is happening now through October 27, hybrid students stop down in the career center to sign up. Virtual only students, please email Ms. Craig at scraig@isd761.org


PSAT Sign Up (Test date: Oct 14) - The first 100 students to sign up (hybrid students bring $ to Roxi in the career center. Virtual Only students can pay Joe at the front desk) are given priority. Those students who are top 25% of their junior class are encouraged to take the test as it can potentially qualify you for a National Merit Scholarship. The test is mostly for juniors, but some sophomores also test. Cost of the test is $17, check (made out to OHS) or cash will be accepted. DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9!


College knowledge month - free applications to various MN colleges and universities are offered during this time.


FAFSA Night (for seniors only) - October 28 - Financial Aid reps from local colleges/universities will be here to assist in the process. Students AND Parents should plan to attend and bring tax information from 2019. Three time slots to choose from (4-5pm, 5-6pm, 6-7pm) and groups will be limited to 10 students for each time slot. Click here to sign up.


Tutors- if you need help in a class, NHS students are available. If you're interested in meeting with someone, please fill out this form: Request a Tutor


Questions??? Reach out to your counselor!

College & Career Readiness

ACT -

  • many colleges and universities are moving away from ACT as a requirement for admissions. Colleges and Universities know that high school academic performance is a better indicator of college success.
  • However, Seniors who are planning to play a sport or do an activity in college will need to see if the ACT is a requirement as NCAA rules indicate that you will need to still test.
  • More information and registration for ACT can be found: actstudent.org



College Gear Tuesdays and Thursdays - wear your favorite college sweatshirt!


SENIORS: If you're requesting transcripts to be sent to the college/university you are applying to, here is the information on how to send: Transcript Information



Virtual College Exploration- Check out all kinds of information on MN schools, out of state schools, Financial Aid, Community College Options, STEM Schools, Being a student athlete, etc. Sign up for various sessions: https://www.mn-acac.org/virtualcollege




Interested in learning more about careers in Marketing, Business Administration, Finance, and Entrepreneurship - check out the information below regarding Made in Owatonna Day. We will be doing virtual panels for this event that should last about 45 minutes to an hour. Sign up here: Made in Owatonna

  • Wednesday, October 21 - 1:00 pm Marketing (possibilities are Owatonna Tourism, Marketing at Profinium Bank, and Corporate Recognition)
  • Wednesday, Oct 28 - 1:00 pm Business, Administration, and Finance (working on Federated and C.L.A)
  • Wednesday, November 4 -1:00 pm Entrepreneurship - (possibilities are foam craft, a local boutique, Solid fitness or other fitness)
  • This is a great opportunity for students to learn about careers in Owatonna. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions during the panel and presenters usually invite students to follow up with them to learn more so it can serve as a great way for students to make connections.
  • Connect with Ms. Baird (sbaird@isd761.org) to help answer any questions and please look for more information on signing up next week. It is open to students in grades 9-12 and students can attend one or all sessions.


A reminder that Anisha Zak with Workforce Development is meeting with students this year to assist with career planning. Stay tuned for more information to come! azak1@isd761.org

Social Emotional Learning

Task #1: Needs Assessment Survey

Counselors and Social Workers are looking for your input on what topics you would like to discuss this year at OHS - perhaps during advisement (COMPASS) or potentially 1-on-1 meetings. Please take time to let us know what you would like us to offer. Your responses will only be seen by counselors and social workers. Thank-you!

Log in to Naviance to take the survey

Login: student school email address

Password: lunch pin #

~ About Me

~ My Surveys

~ Needs Assessment


If you are in crisis, please reach out to the Crisis Response Team: 1-844-CRISIS2 www.crisis2southeastmn.com



How is social media impacting our youth?

Have Netflix? Check out the documentary "Social Dilemma" - The documentary drama hybrid explores the dangerous human impact of social networking with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. More information can be found here:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-social-dilemma

Compass

Virtual College and Career Fair - Coming November 6!

Owatonna High School in partnership with colleges and local businesses are putting together a virtual college and career fair. Other topics will also be offered - Financial Aid, PSEO, College in the Schools, ACT Prep, etc. Stay tuned for more information!


Needs Assessment Survey

Those of you that still haven't done the needs assessment survey, please take 2 minutes to complete!

~ Counselors and Social Workers are looking for your input on what topics you would like to discuss this year at OHS - perhaps during advisement (COMPASS) or potentially 1-on-1 meetings. Please take time to let us know what you would like us to offer. Your responses will only be seen by counselors and social workers. Thank-you!

Log in to Naviance to take the survey

Login: student school email address

Password: lunch pin #

~ About Me

~ My Surveys

~ Needs Assessment

Contacts

Secretary: Roxi Stewart - rstewart1@isd761.org

Last names A-E: Tami Langlois - tlanglois@isd761.org

Last names F-K: Sara Craig - scraig@isd761.org

Last names L-R: Amy Lageson - alageson@isd761.org

Last names S-Z: Margo McKay - mmckay@isd761.org