Class of 2015-present: Request your HS transcript!

Class of 2015-Present

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Semester 2 Schedule Changes

It is getting to be that time in the semester that students are thinking about changing their semester 2 schedules. 

If you need to make a change to your schedule you can find the schedule change form by clicking here.

If you need to see what classes are offered and their hours, please click here

As a reminder, I will not process your requests without all proper signatures from parents and teachers.  Once your form is completely filled out, you may turn it into the orange box outside of my door.  If you need assistance or do not understand how to fill out the form, please make an appointment to see me.  You can sign up on my door or you can email me at mdusha@isd740.org and I will email you back with a time.
Have a great day!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Juniors: ACT Test

Once again we will offer the ACT test during the school day for high school juniors.  The test will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  Earlier this week a letter with sign up sheet was handed out in the 11th grade World History classes regarding the ACT test.  In addition, the same letter was mailed home to all juniors.  If you need a copy of the letter with the sign up sheet, it is located here.  If there are any questions, please contact myself or Mr. Anderson.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happenings...

FAFSA: Just a reminder that if you need help filling out the FAFSA - click here for a few options.  The event at St. Cloud State tomorrow (Oct 19), you must click on the link under the information to RSVP.  The same is true for the event at St. John's/St. Ben's.  By now you should have also received the information regarding the FAFSA completion event we are having here at Melrose HS on Nov. 9th.  A letter was mailed home last week.

Requesting HS transcripts: Here are the steps to requesting a high school transcript (if you haven't already set up an account with Parchment - the electronic delivery service we use to send the transcripts).
1) Student logs into their school email
2) Once logged in, click on "More" on the left side near Inbox
3) Click on Spam
4) Find a message from Parchment - should be from October 4
5) Click on "Display Images Below"
6) Scroll down in the message and click on the green bar
7) Follow the steps to finish setting up the account and requesting the transcript

Free application week!: Next week is the week where a student can apply to all state colleges (click here for the list) for FREE! If you need help on applying to college, I will be holding a meeting in the library computer lab before school next Tuesday, Oct. 24 (starting right at 7:40) and after school (starting right at 3:00).  I will help you go step by step through the application and assist you in requesting your high school transcript.  If you need help with the application - this is for you!  Please attempt to be at one of the sessions and be on time as it will be a step by step presentation and coming late will cause some confusion.

As always, contact me with any questions!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FAFSA Completion Night

A letter was mailed to seniors and their parent/guardian today - here is what it said:
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YOU’RE INVITED!!  


What: FAFSA Completion Event
Who: Seniors and their parent/guardian
Where: Melrose High School Media Center
When: 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday evening, November 9th (during the same time as parent-teacher conferences)
More Info:  There will be financial aid representatives here during this event that will help you complete the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid). The FAFSA is required if you are hoping to get grants or loans from a college.  There is one form that you need to fill out ahead of time and bring with you the night of the event, including other forms for your information.  They are included with this letter.  Also, there are two videos that will help you in the process of getting ready for this event and for completing the FAFSA.  They can be viewed on my website at: mahscounselor.blogspot.com

**Please make sure that you (student) and one parent have created an FSA ID before the FAFSA completion night at least 3 days beforehand.**
Click here for the FSA Website 

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The videos discussed in the message above are here:





AGAIN! Please make sure that you (student) and one parent have created an FSA ID (video instruction is above) before the FAFSA completion night at least 3 days beforehand.   

Monday, October 2, 2017

Financial Aid - Information

If you are a senior or the parent of a senior you are likely hearing about FAFSA and that starting October 1st (yesterday) you could start filling out and submitting the FAFSA.  I want to remind you that even though the FAFSA opens on October 1st that's just the earliest you can complete it. It's not a deadline. Usually if you haven't done it by February then it's getting a little late. Most colleges won't start giving awards out for financial aid until March. However they may start giving you a preliminary idea of what you'll receive before then. Again, please don't feel pressure to have it done right away this first week of October.  

Your first step with the FAFSA is to create an FSA ID. The student needs one and one parent needs one before you can do the FAFSA. This is your electronic way to sign your FAFSA. 

To create an FSA ID, go to www.fsaid.ed.gov to create the ID. 

Once that is done you should complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Options for help in completing the FAFSA (these events are open to any students regardless of where they are attending college):

At Melrose High School:
We are having a night to complete the FAFSA on November 9 at the HS from 5:30-7:30 pm. A financial aid person from an area college will be here to help people complete it. More information about this will be mailed home to seniors in the next two weeks.  

At College of St. Benedict/St. John's University: 
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University financial aid office is hosting a FAFSA-completion event on Monday, October 23 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in the Saint John’s University Alcuin Library.  Please RSVP using the link below as you will sign up for a one-hour time slot. 

At St. Cloud State University:
Minnesota College Goal is a statewide program that provides FREE assistance to students and their families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can also register to win a $500 educational awardto be used at the higher ed institution of their choice! This event is free and all who plan to attend any college next year are welcome.

Minnesota College Goal events will take place at St Cloud State University in James W. Miller Center Learning Resources Center on the following dates:
·        Thursday, October 193 – 7 p.m.
·        Thursday, November 94 – 7 p.m.
·        Monday, January 224 - 7:30 p.m.
Additional event details are available at https://scsu.mn/2xO7U8q

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Apply to College for FREE!

It's what you have been waiting for!  The list of colleges that accept free applications and the list of colleges that have select dates to apply for free!  (You can click on each image if you need to see it larger).  See me if you have any questions.


Monday, September 11, 2017

One Week Down!

Whew!  We made it through the first week!

Things to remember as we start week #2:

- Juniors: PSAT registration and payment of $15 is due to me tomorrow.
- Seniors: Senior meeting is today in the auditorium during 7th hour.
-Juniors and Seniors: Sign up in the guidance office if you would like to visit with a college rep that comes to campus to provide information on their college.  We have quite a few coming - you can always check the guidance bulletin board or the student bulletin in your google drive (it is updated daily).  I will send you a pass on the day of the visit via your school email, just show that to your teacher.


















See me with any questions!