STMA HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 2021

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2021 STMA HOMECOMING

SENIOR SUNRISE

On September 24th a new tradition was started at STMA. Senior sunrise was an event that took place at the STMA High School stadium and was organized by STMA Student Council. Approximately 170 STMA Seniors came together as a class at 6:30am. Thank you to Impact Nutrition for providing tea bombs for our seniors to purchase.
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ROTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club is pleased to announce that St. Michael-Albertville High School juniors Alexander Boltz, Praise Hanson and Isabella Rice were recognized as the Rotary Students of the month for September.


“Rotary is very proud to recognize Alexander, Praise and Isabella as students of the

month,” said Derek Brant, STMA Rotary Club President. “They have demonstrated a

commitment to academic excellence and represent the service above self ideals of

Rotary. We wish them a successful future.” The STMA Rotary Club honors students of the month during each month of the school year. The awards are given during the students’ junior year so they may include them on college applications and scholarship forms.

STMA OPERATING LEVY

On November 2, 2021, STMA residents will be asked to maintain our tradition of excellence by voting on an operating levy.


WHAT MAY HAPPEN WITHOUT A LEVY?

Our primary goal is to ensure that our stakeholders are informed about the upcoming operating levy. Below is a list of programming specific to STMA HS that will be impacted without an approved levy.


* Elimination of Advanced Courses

* Elimination of lower level activities

* Elimination of academic support courses

* Elimination of programs

* Class sizes in mid 40's across all subject areas.


The school district has provided a variety of resources for our community to explore at https://www.stma.k12.mn.us/domain/4690.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

The conference dates and times are:

Thursday, October 14th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Monday, October 18th - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Conferences will be held in an open house style format.


Virtual Appointments: If you are interested in doing a virtual parent/teacher conference, those will be held on Monday, October 18th from 5:00pm - 6:00pm. Please contact the teacher to set a specific time.

STMA HIGH SCHOOL FLAG PROJECT

This school year flags from around the world are displayed in the STMA HS cafeteria. All of the flags hanging have special meaning as they represent past and present STMA students who have attended our school. School officials also met with the District's American Indian parent group and were able to include five American Indian flags into the display. Thank you to Mr. Nick Shultz and Community Development Bank for making this project possible.
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STUDENT DEVICES

STMA is not a 1:1 school district but values the role of technology in the classroom. Students are encouraged to bring and use their own devices in the classroom. Students are allowed to use personal devices during the instructional day to support their educational activities. Student chromebooks can be checked out through the school for limited amounts of time.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Mental Health Awareness Month

October is Mental Health Awareness month. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health please reach out for help. Click here for additional information on school based therapy and mental health resources. Mental health matters.

Crisis text line- Text MN to 741741

Suicide Prevention

Calming Room


College Knowledge Month

Free College Applications in October! College Knowledge Month is a statewide initiative with the goal of providing every graduating high school senior with the preparation, opportunity, and support needed to apply to college. Many Minnesota postsecondary institutions waive application fees during College Knowledge Month. The list of colleges can be found here.


The STMA School Counselors want to help you with this process! We will be hosting two sessions in the Career Center to help students with applications & sending transcripts. The first session will be on Wednesday, October 13 from 12-3:15. The second session is Thursday, October 14th from 8:00am-3pm.


Financial Aid Updates

The FAFSA is now available online at Fafsa.ed.gov All senior students planning to attend any college next year should fill out the FAFSA. Click here for a helpful article on recent changes to the financial aid application. Additional FAFSA resources can be found here.


Testing

PreACT Parent/Student Letter: All sophomores will have the opportunity to take the Pre ACT on November 10th at STMA High School. This is a good opportunity for students who are planning to attend college or university and plan on taking the ACT test as Juniors. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qeuTJFWTl6xkZtt-yeYmshpZNtrRZ__pPtGFcpz_gPg/edit?usp=sharing


If you are a senior and would like to take the ACT one more time, December 11th is your next option! Deadline to sign up is November 5th. Register at The ACT Test for Students


Juniors will have the opportunity to take the ACT during the school day on Tuesday, April 19th. More information to come but please save the date!


Senior Meetings

Each Counselor has set aside a variety of times over the coming months specifically for senior meetings to plan for your life after high school. No matter what stage of the planning process you are in, setting up a time to meet is helpful. Items covered during this time:


  • College or career planning materials

  • College application help

  • How to start the college/career exploration process

  • Financial aid and scholarships

  • Your questions- bring a list


Use the links below to sign up for a senior planning meeting with your counselor at a time that is convenient for you.


Mrs. Narducci A-E- Schedule Senior Meeting

Mrs. Pettis F-La- Schedule Senior Meeting

Mr. Miller Le-Rh- Schedule Senior Meeting

Mrs. Essler Ri-Z- Schedule Senior Meeting


It is important to note that students will need to make appointments through their school email. If none of the available times work your schedule or if you are having trouble seeing appointment options, stop into the Guidance Office and we will do our best to accommodate.


STMA will also host a Senior College and Career Planning Information Night on Monday, October 18th at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Center during parent teacher conferences. During this time the counselors invite parents to come and learn more about how they can help their senior plan for the future.


MENTAL HEALTH

It is important to recognize that we cannot fill our mind with negative thoughts and expect a positive outcome. Thinking positively, even in the toughest of situations, opens our minds up to more positive thoughts. Subsequently, when we can spread positivity, we are making a difference for others and helping them embrace positivity as well.


The pandemic has been difficult on many levels. Framing intentional conversations with your students about their perspective is important. Below are some questions that can be used to view things from a more positive perspective.


What are some positive things occurring as a result of the pandemic?

How are you thinking positively about this?

How have you seen people showing positivity towards others?


*Information provided by 7 Mindsets*

SENIOR PICTURES

Senior pictures for the yearbook are due Friday, October 22nd. To submit your senior photo, please go to the high school website for instructions. Yearbook portrait requirements: head and shoulder pose only. If you have any questions, please contact our yearbook advisor, Katie Sebens at: kaitlins@mystma.org.

STUDENT SUPPORT

STMA High School students have the opportunity for different academic supports.

The Resource Room, that is staffed by a High School teacher, is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school from 3:30pm - 4:30 pm in the High School Media Center.

STMA PARENT COUNCIL

The STMA Parent Council is a group composed of parents or guardians of students and school reps. The Council will meet on scheduled nights throughout the school year in an effort to provide a crucial link with our community related to school programming. If you are interested, please email shannonf@mystma.org.

LOCATE STMA HIGH SCHOOL

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High School - @STMAHighSchool

Principal Reeves - @STMAreeves

Activities Director Cornell - @StmaAd