STMA HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER 2021

VIDEO MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL REEVES

Sept. Newsletter 2021

CELBRATING OUR STUDENTS

We would like to congratulate Sarah DeMatteis as one of this year's National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. To be named a Semifinalist, you need to score in the top 1% of your state on the PSAT test. The National Merit Scholarship Program is a United States academic scholarship competition for recognition and university scholarships administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


Sarah is a senior at STMA High School. Congratulations Sarah!

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STMA OPERATING LEVY

On November 2, 2021, STMA residents will be asked to maintain our tradition of excellence by voting on a operating levy. For information regarding the upcoming levy, please click HERE for the districts levy webpage.

SENIOR CLASS PHOTO

The 2021-2022 Senior Class Photo will be held at STMA High School stadium on Friday, September 24th at 10:00am.

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Please use the information below, if you need to contact a member of our administrative team.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Welcome back STMA families, we are so excited to have you back in the building and see your smiling faces. STMA Counselors are here to help all students with their academic, personal/social, and career planning needs. We are divided by student last name and will follow each student all four years. We look forward to getting to know you.


Seniors

Class of 2022!! The counselors have a ton of valuable post high school planning information available at STMA Guidance Office including timelines, ACT/SAT, FAFSA, MCIS college sort and short “how to” videos. Please set aside time to view along with your senior as some college application deadlines are right around the corner on November 1st.


Starting the week of September 27th the counselors will start meeting with each senior to individually plan and review college and career planning materials. Each senior will receive a senior planning folder that includes great information about the college application, scholarship, and the financial aid process. Keep an eye out for it!


We 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.


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 during the week of October 11th in the Career Center to help students with applications & sending transcripts. More information on this week will be advertised as the date approaches.


College Visits

A MN Virtual College Fair for all students! The counselors encourage students in all grades to visit https://www.mn-acac.org/virtualcollege to explore college opportunities between October 5-7th.. This is an excellent resource to learn more about post high school options, FAFSA, college applications/essays and much more!


How to request an official and unofficial transcript

To send or view transcripts we use an electronic delivery system called Parchment. To begin the transcript ordering process you must first create an account through Parchment. Here is the link, which can also be found on the Guidance Office web page under transcripts.

http://www.parchment.com/u/registration/15103/account

***DO NOT use your student issued email when setting up your Parchment account. It is best to use your personal email account since you will no longer have access to your school account after you graduate from STMA.

  • For official transcripts choose the College, NCAA and/or the Common Application and send the transcript directly to the institution. The fee is $4.15 per transcript.

  • Unofficial free self-view transcripts can be ordered from your Parchment.com dashboard page. Click on Order my transcript, then choose to email it to yourself. Simply arrow back and cancel the order when asked to pay and a self-view order will automatically be generated.

  • Transcripts both official and unofficial are released daily during school hours.


PSAT- Junior information

On Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 your student will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) at St. Michael-Albertville High School. The test will be administered from 7:45am-11:30am. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to school. To learn more about the test and why your child may choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT please visit www.collegeboard.org/psat. Students can sign up for the PSAT at https://user.totalregistration.net/PSAT/242209 . The fee for the test is $20.00. Seats are limited and the hard registration deadline for the PSAT/NMSQT (can’t register after this date) is Tuesday, September 21st at midnight.


Angela Narducci A-E angelan@mystma.org

Meghan Pettis F-La meghanp@mystma.org

Valerie Williams Le-Rh valeriew@mystma.org

Kinsey Essler Ri- Z kinseye@mystma.org

MENTAL HEALTH

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health please reach out. We recognize these are hard times for all and we are here to help. Click here for additional information on school based therapy and mental health resources.


STMA High School recognizes that the return to school brings about a variety of feelings and emotions for our students. It is important that we continue to speak to the mental health of students and continue to provide mental health resources for our students and families. Please see the included resource from Allina Health related to teen anxiety.


https://www.changetochill.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/16178_Teen_Anxiety-2.pdf

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.

PARENT CONTACT INFORMATION

With the new school year upon us, there will be messages sent via telephone, cell phone, email and text. Please take a moment to login to your ParentVUE account and verify your email addresses and phone information are accurate.


Click HERE to access ParentVue and use these step by step instructions on how to make changes to your contact information.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

The conference dates and times are:

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

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


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 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.

STUDENT SURVEY

This year STMA will be participating in the Minnesota Student Survey. This survey asks students about their activities, opinions, behaviors and experiences. Students respond to questions on school climate, bullying, out-of-school activities, health and nutrition, emotional and mental health, relationships, substance use and more. Surveys will only be administered to students in grades five, eight and eleven. More specific information regarding the survey will be sent out later in the year.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Jonah Barten (District Assessment Coordinator): jonahb@mystma.org; 763-497-6505.

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