STMA HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

February 2021

VIDEO MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL REEVES

Feb. Newsletter

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is Black History Month and at STMA HS we value and recognize the influence, impact, and importance of Black Americans throughout history.
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CELEBRATING OUR STUDENTS

On Saturday, January 16, the MSHSL State Debate Tournament was held.

STMA had two students participate in the tournament.

Trinity Hanif competed in Congress and earned 5th place. This was Trinity's second trip to the State tournament - last year she took 7th place.

Cobin Szymanski returned to the State tournament for the fourth and final time - taking 2nd place in Lincoln Douglas. Cobin also won the prestigious Tamar Kaplan Student of the Year Award which is presented to one exceptional debater based on their competitive success, academic success, and citizenship/community service.

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Congratulations to both Trinity and Cobin!

ROTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

The St. Michael-Albertville Rotary Club is pleased to announce that St. Michael-Albertville High School juniors Brooke Beck, Allison Jaeger and Caleb Thoennes were recognized as the Rotary Students of the month for January.


“Rotary is very proud to recognize Brook, Allison and Caleb 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 HIGH SCHOOL COURTESY AND RESPECT AWARDS FOR TRIMESTER 1

The STMA staff is proud to announce the following students as the recipients of the St. Michael-Albertville courtesy and respect award for Trimester 1. This is an honor presented to students who exhibit excellent qualities as a student, and more importantly, show courtesy and respect to fellow students and staff at the high school.


Seniors

Kaitlyn Braun
Frederick Booker

Emma Strait


Juniors

Ian Strusz

Rachael Shedlov

Olivia Brill


Sophomores

Drew Bushard

Ava Young

Alyssa Nehring

Guangzehng Zheng


Freshmen

Judsona Chea

William Kassem

Thomas DeVries

SCHOLASTIC ART AWARDS

The Art Department is pleased to announce the result of the Minnesota Scholastic Awards!

STMA had a total of 112 winners! Senior Raya Decker won the American Vision Nominee. Only five works of art were selected from across the state of Minnesota for this award. We had 27 gold key awards, 36 silver key awards, and 49 honorable mentions. There were around 2000 entries statewide.


Please click HERE to see the full list of students and their awards.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Juniors and the ACT


  • All Juniors will have the option to take the ACT Plus Writing on Tuesday, March 30th at STMA HS for free. The test will run from 8:30am-1pm. Your junior was sent an email with a link directly from the school district to sign up. Deadline to sign up is February 9th.

  • You do not have to take both the ACT and SAT. Admission Offices are very open that they accept either the ACT or SAT. MN students traditionally take the ACT.

  • Many students will take their selected test two or even three times.

  • NEW!! Some colleges have been making standardized test scores an optional part of their admission application. Please check with specific colleges regarding their admission test requirements.


Juniors and Post High School Planning


During the month of February the counselors will be sharing information about options after high school virtually. We are disappointed it won’t happen in small groups in the Career Center like usual. However, with spacing and the limited time students are in the building, it is not possible to pull all 560 juniors out of class. If you would like to meet with your school counselor after viewing the online tutorials, please reach out! We’re here to help!


Scholarships


We know that seniors are in the midst of finalizing plans for life after high school and there may be some worries about how to pay for college!! Local Scholarship information will be shared with seniors in early March. If they are interested in looking for additional scholarships they can find more information on the guidance website under scholarships and financial aid.

MENTAL HEALTH

Teen Depression


Clinical depression is a serious medical condition. It is not something you have made up in your head. It is more than just feeling “down” or “blue” for a few days.


Symptoms can include:

  • feeling sad, anxious or “empty”
  • feeling hopeless, negative or both
  • feeling guilty, worthless, helpless or all three
  • feeling irritable or restless
  • losing interest in activities or hobbies you once enjoyed
  • feeling tired or having less energy than normal
  • trouble concentrating, remembering details or making decisions
  • trouble falling asleep, waking up early or sleeping too much
  • change in appetite and weight
  • thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
  • aches and pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not go away with treatment.


https://www.changetochill.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/16824_Teen-Depression.pdf

TRANSITION TO IN PERSON LEARNING

Information was shared regarding the return to in person learning on January 21st. The information is linked here for your convenience.

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ENROLLED STMA STUDENTS

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STUDENT RESOURCES

The High School Student Resources webpage has been updated for the 2020-2021 school year. Students can find access to accurate, evaluated and authoritative information through our academic databases. Remote access pass codes were updated as well and are available in a Google doc, retrievable to the patron who is logged in to their school Google app account, the @mystma.org domain. Many other helpful tools are available on the Weebly site including our school & public library catalogs, news links and project collaboration pages.

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High School - @STMAHighSchool

Principal Reeves - @STMAreeves

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