Student Support Services:

March Newsletter - 2021

Student Social Emotional Learning and Support:

As a school, we want to respond to the need to support social-emotional learning with our students. We are excited to share that this year there is a team of hard-working staff members meeting throughout the year to develop and implement ways to bring awareness to this highly important subject. In advisory, students have been learning about how to handle and deal with stress and have been given opportunities to join a virtual stress management group. Through Grade Level Google Classrooms, the Student Support Service team is also checking in on how students are feeling and how they are managing stress with follow-ups for those who need it. We recognize the importance of supporting our student's social and mental health and want to let students and families know they can reach out to their academic dean at any time for extra support.

Seniors & Credits:

Letters to families of students who are credit deficient will be mailed home during the next week to update families on any credit recovery needs. All credit recovery will need to be completed by May 27th at 5pm in order to participate in commencement.

Senior Class Meeting:

We will be hosting IN PERSON Senior Class Meetings in the auditorium on March 16th (Tuesday) & March 18th (Thursday) and have it live stream via google meets for students who are distance learners. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending during advisory.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021. This is the official college reportable ACT test. Prior to the test date, students will have the opportunity to choose 4 colleges that they want their test score sent to. Please start talking to your child about schools they are interested in attending.

How to send a High School Transcript:

All college applications will require the student’s high school transcript to be sent after the application is submitted and again after graduation. All transcripts are sent through our electronic service called Parchment. Students need to create an account. They will keep this account even after they graduate to request their transcript. For more information and help with parchment you can also visit the HS website:

1. Go to the Fridley Parchment website:

2. Create an account. Registration codes were sent to each student (Fridley gmail). If they do not use the code, students need to make sure they are linked to Fridley High School and choose the correct graduation year.

3. Students may request a transcript. They search for the college, then click “Order”.

4. The order is not automatically sent. Our office secretary reviews the order, uploads the most current transcript, then sends the transcript.

5. Transcripts are almost always sent electronically. Students can log into Parchment and track the progress.

6. Colleges are sometimes slow to pull the transcript from Parchment and link it to the application. Please contact the college directly if you have questions about whether they have received the transcript.

7. Before graduation, we will ask students where they want their final transcript sent. Students may also log into Parchment over the summer or beyond if they want a transcript sent to their college or employer.

8. Transcripts are free while the student is enrolled at FHS. There is a small fee for FHS Alumni.

Scholarship Applications Due In March:

Due by Mar. 8th

MnACC Scholarship

$500 - $2,500

Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color is excited to provide scholarships for students of color who are in pursuit of higher education. Students who are awarded this scholarship will receive a one-time award ranging between $500 to $2,500 to be used towards their education during the 2021-2022 academic year.

· Identify as a student of color

· Enroll as a full-time, first year student for the 2021-22 school year at a MnACC member institution (found online)

Due by March 12th

McKinsey Diverse Young Leaders Scholarship


The McKinsey Diverse Young Leaders Scholarship was established with the goal of supporting and building relationships with promising and diverse students from Chicago, Denver and Minneapolis and their surrounding areas.

· Be of Hispanic, Latino/Latina, African American or Native American race or ethnicity

· 3.5+ GPA

· 27+ GPA or 1740+ SAT

· Have plans to enroll at a four-year college

Due by March 15th

Denny Sanford Scholarship


The Denny Sanford Scholarship, a target scholarship through the Horatio Alger Association, is for students attending the U of M-Twin Cities, South Dakota State, Augustana, University of Sioux Falls, and University of South Dakota.

· 2.5+ GPA

· Critical financial need ($55,000 family adjusted gross income of less)

Due by Mar. 15th

William C. & Corinne J. Dietrich Scholarship

Up to $10,000

Up to 8 competitive awards in the amount up to $10,000 each will be given to applicants from any public high school in Minnesota, if funds are available.

· Attend a public high school in Minnesota

· Demonstrate financial need

Deadline last year was March 2020.

Catch a Break! Scholarship

Up to $10,000

Catch a Break! has established a renewable scholarship program to assist high school seniors or graduates residing in Minnesota who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study for the first time at an accredited public four-year college or university in Minnesota. Students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible.

· High school senior

· United States citizen and resident of Minnesota

· Applied to a public four-year college or university in Minnesota

· Plan to live on campus for the first year

· 24+ ACT and 2.5+ GPA

· Have financial need

Due by April 1st

Page Grant

$1,000 to $2,000

Page Grants are awarded to Minnesota students of color who attend Minnesota post-secondary schools and agree to complete annual service projects with young children. The selection process highlights an applicant’s attitude toward education, willingness to provide service to children, and financial need.

· Student of color

· Willing to complete 50 hour service project

· Going to college in MN

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SSS Directory:

Jim Cummings

Dean of Students

Last names A-F


Amy Engler

Fridley High School

Academic Dean G-M

Office Phone: (763)502-5610

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."- Gandhi

Call or text me at (612)405-9760 (Google Voice Number)

Darian Winslow

Fridley High School

Academic Dean N-Z