M.A. Counseling Newsletter

April 2018

In This Issue

  • Upcoming Events
  • AP Exam Schedule
  • Stress Seminar
  • Parent Coffee Talk
  • Headway Emotional Health Services
  • College Application Bootcamp
  • You've been accepted to college. Now what?
  • Decision Day Lunch
  • Wellness Corner

Upcoming Events

Junior Parent Mock Application Night
  • Tuesday, April 10 from 6:30-8 PM in the Chapelteria

Stress Seminar for Students

  • Tuesday, April 10, 17 and 24 from 8-8:45 AM in Room 1111

Parent Coffee Talk: Stress, Stress, Stress

  • Tuesday, April 26 from 8:15-9 AM in the Chapelteria

SAT Exam

  • Saturday, May 5 at 8 AM at Mendota Heights

AP Exam Schedule

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Stress Seminar

Are your high schoolers stressed out? They are not alone! Over a quarter of all high school students report high levels of stress! Long terms stress increases cortisol and stress hormones in the body and can increase the risk of a myriad of health problems. Here is an opportunity for students to learn healthy ways of coping with the stressors in their lives!

This three week workshop is designed to help students Relax, Rethink, and Regroup! Our time together will be spent learning practical tools that students can use to prevent and combat stress in their lives. Topics will include relaxation techniques, identifying negative self talk, self advocacy and healthy relationships.

The workshop will run on Tuesdays April 10th, 17th and 24th from 8:00-8:45 AM in Room 1111 (not 1050 as indicated in the original email).

In the mean time...

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Parent Coffee Talk: Stress, Stress, Stress

Thursday, April 26th 8:15-9:00 AM in the Chapelteria

MA Counselors are offering a coffee talk on the topic of stress. Come and hear some strategies for de-stressing your teen. Learn practical tips and tools that you can reinforce in your home. Enjoy some time meeting fellow Minnehaha parents and discussing this important topic!

Headway Emotional Health Services

Headway Emotional Health Services is hosting three Community Conversations on the topic of adolescent depression in April. The sessions are free and open to anyone who is interested. The content of the presentations will be the same with the time and location offering options for those interested in attending. The presenters are Hal Pickett, Psy.D, Licensed Psychologist and Jackie Arzapalo, MA, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Both have been with Headway for more than five years and both have more than ten years experience working with adolescents.

The locations and dates are:

Headway Brooklyn Center

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 – 9 a.m.

5910 Shingle Creek Pkwy

Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Brookview Community Center

Tuesday, April 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

316 Brookview Pkwy S

Golden Valley, MN 55426

Headway Richfield

Wednesday, April 25, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

6425 Nicollet Ave So

Richfield, MN 55423

To REGISTER click here:


College Application Bootcamp

Juniors, mark your calendars now! Our annual College Application Bootcamp will be held August 6-10, 2018 at the Mendota campus. More registration info to come at the beginning of May.

You've been accepted to college. Now what?

May 1 is fast approaching! Is your student still struggling to figure out where they want to go next fall? Maybe these questions from USA Today's "The 25-question checklist for choosing a college." can help.

If the student is ready to commit to a college - it's time to deposit! Visit the college's admissions website for more information. Be sure to complete housing information and submit the housing deposit as well to secure a place in the dorms.

Once deposited, it is a nice courtesy for the student to email the admissions counselors from the other colleges on their list to let them know that they have chosen to attend elsewhere. Don't worry - their feelings will not be hurt. If anything they are grateful to get your student off their list in hopes of opening up a spot for another eager student!

Have questions? Reach out to your student's counselor! We're here to help.

Decision Day Lunch

Whether attending a two or four-year college, joining the military, or taking a gap year, we celebrate it all! Seniors are invited for a Decision Day Lunch on Friday, May 4 in recognition of their hard work and plans for the future. Hamburgers, chips and Mrs. Paton's now infamous red velvet cake will all be served. Come hungry, students!

Students are encouraged to wear their college t-shirts. Congrats Class of 2018!

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Wellness Corner

As you may have seen in the news recently, JUUL'ing, vaping, and e-cigs are all the rage amongst teens. Coming in appealing flavors like mint, strawberry and creme brulee, these alternatives to traditional cigarettes are presented as a safer alternatives. What many do not realize, however, is that it is just as addictive and perhaps more dangerous, than its stinky counterpart.

We wanted to share images with you of JUULs, vapes and e-cigs so that you know what to look out for. Both vapes and JUULs often look like USB drives; e-sigs can look like pens and are difficult to detect (many models can be charged by being plugged into a laptop). They are also easily obtained by teens, despite being under the age of 18. Definitely something to talk about with your child. Keep an eye out.


M.A. Counseling Team and Services


Mike DiNardo, Vice Principal/Director of Counseling


Kristin Overton, College & Guidance Counselor (Last Names A-K) overtonkristin@minnehahaacademy.net

Christine Paton, College & Guidance Counselor (Last Names L-Z) patonchristine@minnehahaacademy.net

Wanda Monroe, Non-Public Counselor


Diane Rahm, Counseling Office Assistant, Registrar



Academic Advising

  • Guiding toward an appropriately challenging course load
  • Additional support to teachers, parents, and students

Social-Emotional Counseling

  • Safe, welcoming and confidential
  • Addressing issues around anxiety, depression, and general well-being
  • Peer and family relationship challenges

College and Career Readiness

  • College fit
  • Career/personality inventories
  • Counselors visiting various colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to provide firsthand information