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Monday, December 27, 2010

Registration for the 2011-2012 School Year - Informational Meeting

There will be a call made through the school reach phone system on Thursday with the following information.

There will be a meeting in the HS Cafeteria on Jan. 6th at 6 pm for 8th and 9th grade students and parents and at 7 pm for 10th and 11th grade parents. This meeting is being held to explain how the new online registration process will work. Students will be able to input their class requests for the 2011-2012 school year at their home computer or any computer where they can receive internet access. If you cannot attend your designated time slot, you may come to the other time slot (6 or 7pm). If you have two or more children that will be in high school next year, you only need to attend one of the informational sessions. If you cannot attend, your student will receive the information at school on Jan. 7th.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Announcements for the week of Dec. 13th

The Morning Bulletin Thursday, December 16, 2010

Menu: Baked potato bar, veggies and dip, mandarin oranges, hot ham and cheese chips

FFA Fruit money needs to be turned in ASAP! No later than Monday!!

Blood Drive today at St. Rosa from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the St. Rosa Church Basement. Please donate blood if you can.

“Footloose” DVD’s are in. Bring $10.00 to lunch and pick them up from Ms. Elliott.

Stearns County American Dairy Assn.(ADA) is looking for potential dairy princess candidates. If you are a daughter/sister of a dairy farmer or work for a dairy farmer and are between the ages of a senior in high school and under 24, you are asked to share your knowledge of the dairy industry and promote your family’s business and way of life to the public by participating in this year’s Dairy Princess Program

Comgratulations to Bethany Leraas and Paul Lucken. They were chosen EXCEL Award Winners. Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership.

8th grade boys basketball players will work the concession stand Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 5:15 – 9:15. Please see Coach Birch if you cannot be in attendance or if have any other question s call ext. 3226.

Attention boys swim team fans we are now taking orders for Fan T-Shirts. Sign up with Michelle in the Dutchmen Depot by Friday.

Game bibs are here – please pick them up by Friday.

There will be girls and boys soccer offered during the winter and spring 2011. Beginning on Tuesday, January 11, the girls will play from 3-4 and the boys from 4-5. We will meet in the elementary gym. Anyone in grades 7-12 who is interested in playing soccer and staying in shape those cold winter months, feel free to join us. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Rink in room 410.

Girls varsity basketball stop at the Depot to get your clothes

7th grade girls travel team will have practice tomorrow (Friday) at 8:00 p.m. Please have a parent at the end of practice to discuss tournaments and other important items. Nathan Notch

There will be no winter variety show. The will be held on Friday of Snow Days Week.

The school dance on Friday, Dec. 17 is for 9-12 grade only.

Students from other schools may come. There will be form for them to fill out Carol’s office starting Monday.

Winter session classroom driver education starts January 10 – 21 from 3:15 – 6:15.
Spring session starts February 14 – 28 from 3:15 – 6:15. (Note time change)

Renaissance cards are ready for you to pick up. Check the display case in the hallway across from the media center. Grades 9-12 come to the high school office and grade 8 go to the middle school office. If you have any questions see Carol.

Jingle Ball tickets are now on sale! Tickets will be sold before school and they are $4.00 per person if bought during pre-sale and $6.00 at the door. All Proceeds from dance will go to the Ronald McDonald house.

Chain for Change – the MHS student council is now selling paper link chains for $1.00. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald house (see student council members to purchase).

NDSU Winter softball clinics – see Coach Birch for registration information or call ext. 3224.

Students pick up your activity tickets in the office today. Grades 9-12 come to the high school office. Grades 6-8 see Audrey in the middle school office.

The weight room will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s after school from 3:00 – 4:00. All Athletes who are not out for a winter sport are encouraged to attend. See Mr. DeCann if you have any questions.

Seniors – reminder that I put any scholarships I receive out on my web site, make sure to check it frequently. mahscounselor.blogspot.com Ms. Dusha

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
December 16 – NDSU at 9:30
December 17 – Mayville State - 9:00. The head baseball coach will be here.
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Activities This Week
Thursday
/8 GBB at home vs. Albany at 4:00
Hockey at Minneapolis at 7:15
7/8 Wrestling at Albany at 4:00
GBB at home vs. Foley at 6:00
Gymnastics at New London/Spicer at 6:00 at Decision Hills Gym at 6:00
Friday
Wrestling at Holdingford at 5:00
BBB at Foley at 6:00
Saturday
Dance Team vs. Fridley at Commons Park Hill – Fridley High School
7/8 wrestling at St. Cloud Tech at 10:00
Gymnastics at Brainerd at 11:00
Hockey at Long Prairie vs. Bagley/Fosston at 4:00







Students of the Month
High School
Tyler Bussman – math
Samantha Notch, Brooke Olmscheid – Family and Consumer Science
Jamie Pohlmann – Industrial Technology
Emily Scholz – Science
Jill Beuning, Tavis Hoppe, Kim Kuehn – English
Jackie Blomker – Social Studies
Jennifer Scholz – Music
Saulo Ortiz – Physical Education
Travis Hoppe, Andrea Warzecha – Spanish
Hailey Brinkman, Anairami Botello – German
Jacob Pfau – Business/Computer
Anairami Botello, Brittney Lund – Art
Middle School
Zakary Luetmer, Madison Brinkman – Math
Dustin Rademacher, Brooklyn Loxtercamp – Family and Consumer Science
Nathan Maus – Industrial Technoogy
Austin Pundsack – Science
Maci Blommel, Brooklyn Loxtercamp, Tyler Braegelmann – English
Brandon Wehlage – Social Studies
Dillon Haider, Katie Hellermann – Physical Education
Abby Hellermann - Art

Happenings...

If you haven't done so already, please be sure to check out the scholarships that are located on the right side of this post. I just put a CentraCare scholarship on there this morning.

We started using a new school software, Genesis, starting with the 2009-2010 school year. Last week I went with our computer support specialist (who oversees the Genesis program) to a registration conference. Every year in January I have the 8-11th grade students input their requests for the next school year. This year will be no different, however the students will be able to input these requests at home with the help of their parents. The program that students will use for this is called StudentVue, which is similar to ParentVue that parents can use to check on their student's grades. This will be a useful way for parents to assist their child in picking their courses. Again this is just a way to REQUEST what the student wants but will NOT be their schedule. We will have an informational session at 6:30 p.m. in the HS cafeteria for parents and students to learn more information on this process. I hope you will mark your calendars now and plan to attend. I will send a message via the School Reach telephone system the week before the session as a reminder.

Friday, December 10, 2010

College Major of the Week: Graphic Design

This week: Recreation Therapy at Alexandria Technical College.
- Length of the program: 2 years
- Typical Career Name: Graphic Designer, Animators and Multi-media Artists, Art Directors,
Industrial Designers, Web Developers
- What do I do with this? Graphic design programs prepare people to convey ideas and feelings using images and words. Students learn to design and lay out images and text using computers. They study advertising and commercial art. They also learn prepress and printing techniques.
- Things to know: An internship is an important way for you get professional references, add depth to your design portfolio, and get experience working with design teams. In an internship, you may find you are working with people who might hire you when you graduate or who will provide references and professional contacts to you. Graphic designers should begin to develop their professional portfolios during college. You can include examples of work you've done independently or as part of a team. Projects you complete during an internship become an important part of the portfolio. Students of graphic design may need to buy their own computers and graphic arts software. Often, graphic design programs encourage you to use Apple computers. These have become standard in the field. About one-third of all graphic designers are self-employed. In many cases, graphic designers work "in-house" for large companies and nonprofit groups. They help design newsletters, web pages, and new product logos, to name a few.
- Approximate starting wage: $21 per hour. This career path has an "average" employment outlook, which essentially means about 70% of those graduating get a job in their exact field right out of college.

PLAN Test

Yesterday all 10th graders at Melrose took the PLAN test. This is a very useful tool for those students considering going onto a 4 year college as this is what I refer to as the "Pre ACT". In 8th grade they all took the EXPLORE test, 10th grade is the PLAN test and then as 11th graders, if they choose to on their own, they will take the ACT. The ACT is a determining factor to getting into a 4 year college. You can find more information about the EXPLORE, PLAN, ACT by clicking on their highlighted name.

One of the main reasons why I really like this test is that it has an interest inventory as part of the test. After we receive the results, the test takes the results of the interest inventory and compares that with the answers to the subject area test and lets the student know not only what they will enjoy as a career, but also what they will be good at doing.

When the results come in, I will meet with the entire class to go over the results and explain their scores and the interest inventory.

Announcements for the week of Dec. 6th

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, December 10, 2010

Menu: Sloppy Joe on bun, crinkle cut chips, pineapple, chocolate chip cookie bar, chicken nuggets /crinkles

Senior girls meet in the library after school to help decide what we want on our senior girls shirts. Meet Courtney Rieland and Callie Arnzen

9th grade phyed 6th and 7th hour – dress for PE on Monday, Dec. 13.

Knowledge Bowl meeting in Mr. Leraas’ room on Monday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. Anyone in grades 9-12 interested in Knowledge Bowl please come to the meeting or talk to Mr. Leraas.

There will be no winter variety show. The will be held on Friday of Snow Days Week.

The school dance on Friday, Dec. 17 is for 9-12 grade only.

Students from other schools may come. There will b form for them to fill out Carol’s office starting Monday.

Winter session classroom driver education starts January 10 – 21 from 3:15 – 6:15.
Spring session starts February 14 – 28 from 3:15 – 6:15. (Note time change)

The following students need to see Michelle at the Depot today: Alejandra Thompson, Scottie Stone, Craig Steinhofer, Aaron Wehlage, Phil Budde, Kyle Bertram, Cody Olmscheid, Carter Sawyer, Sam Rasmussen.

There will be a short FFA meeting on Friday after school in room 312 regarding FFA Fruit Sales. All members selling to teachers must attend.

Renaissance cards are ready for you to pick up. Check the display case in the hallway across from the media center. Grades 9-12 come to the high school office and grade 8 go to the middle school office. If you have any questions see Carol.

Jingle Ball tickets are now on sale! Tickets will be sold before school and they are $4.00 per person if bought during pre-sale and $6.00 at the door. All Proceeds from dance will go to the Ronald McDonald house.

Chain for Change – the MHS student council is now selling paper link chains for $1.00. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald house (see student council members to purchase).

NDSU Winter softball clinics – see Coach Birch for registration information or call ext. 3224.

Students pick up your activity tickets in the office today. Grades 9-12 come to the high school office. Grades 6-8 see Audrey in the middle school office.

The weight room will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s after school from 3:00 – 4:00. All Athletes who are not out for a winter sport are encouraged to attend. See Mr. DeCann if you have any questions.

Seniors – reminder that I put any scholarships I receive out on my web site, make sure to check it frequently. mahscounselor.blogspot.com Ms. Dusha

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
December 16 – NDSU at 9:30
December 17 – Mayville State - 9:00. The head baseball coach will be here.
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Activities This Week
Friday
Wrestling at Willmar at 4:00
7/8 GBB at Cathedral at 4:15
BBB at home vs. Minnewaska at 6:00
GBB at Cathedral at 6:00
Saturday
Dance Team at Fergus Falls at 12:00
GBB at Pierz at 10:00 (9th grade only tourney)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Change of Formats

I just came to realize that the way I was formatting some of my documents required parents/students to sign into the program I was using to create my documents as a web site. I changed that so now you will not need to sign into anything in order to print off scholarships, transcript request forms, etc. Sorry for any inconvenience this caused. I hope that if something is not "user friendly", please feel free to leave me a comment - even if it is as an anonymous user! Thanks!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

College Major of the Week: Recreation Therapy

This week: Recreation Therapy at St. Cloud State University.
- Length of the program: 4 years (can go on and get a master's for additional career opportunities)
- Typical Career Name: Recreational Therapist, Rehab Counselor
- What do I do with this? Recreation therapy programs prepare people to use leisure activities to promote health and healing in patients. Students learn counseling and leisure program planning. They also learn about human growth and ways to work with people with special needs
- Things to know: Recreation therapists are often called "therapeutic recreation specialists." Most people with a degree in recreation therapy become certified. You must graduate from an accredited program, gain a specific number of hours of direct client contact, and pass an exam. You then become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, or CTRS. Many states require you to be certified before you can work with clients and patients.
- Approximate starting wage: $20 per hour. This career path has an "above average" employment outlook, which essentially means a majority of those graduating in this field will get a job out of college.

Announcements for the week of Nov. 28th

The Morning Bulletin
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Menu: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, peas, pears, chicken nuggets/mashed potatoes.

There will be a Speech meeting Tuesday, December 7th, after school in Ms. Vedbraaten’s room. All speech participants must attend.

NDSU Winter softball clinics – see Coach Birch for registration information or call ext. 3224.

FYI meeting on Monday, Dec. 6th. Please meet Shannon at 3:15 at door #7.

Attention Snowmobilers: If you are intending to ride a sled to school this year, there is a mandatory meeting Monday, Dec. 6th at 7:50 a.m. in the quiet room. If you are not able to attend, please see Mr. Knight.

Students pick up your activity tickets in the office. Grades 9-12 come to the high school office. Grades 6-8 see Audrey in the middle school office.

The weight room will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s after school from 3:00 – 4:00. All Athletes who are not out for a winter sport are encouraged to attend. See Mr. DeCann if you have any questions.

Morning Lap swim information for students: You can swim from 6:45 to 7:15 a.m., you must sign in and you must pay, cost is $1.00 per day, or a maximum total of $7.00 per month. You should pay Stacey in the Community Education Office. Please respect these rules. Thank you

Get your Dutchmen Spirit On! Now taking pre-orders for game bibs – see Michelle at the Dutchmen Depot.

If you signed up for the snowmobile safety class, there is a registration form you need to pick up from the Community Ed. Office. Please stop in ASAP to get the form. Thank you

Seniors – reminder that I put any scholarships I receive out on my web site, make sure to check it frequently. mahscounselor.blogspot.com Ms. Dusha

Albany schools will be sponsoring a free community theatre project for youth and adults.
Auditions will be held on December 9th, for more information, see the flyer on the Community Education bulletin board.

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
December 8 – North Dakota State College of Science – 10:30
December 16 – NDSU at 9:30
December 17 – Mayville State Visit at 9:00. The head baseball coach will be here.
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Activities This Week
Thursday
7/8 GBB at home vs. LP/GE at 4:15
GBB at home vs. Paynesville
Friday
Wrestling Tourney at Melrose at 4:00
Saturday
7/8 Wrestling at home at 9:00
Gymnastics Meet at home vs. Brainerd

Friday, November 19, 2010

Graduating with Honors

Every year I have a hand full of seniors that will not graduate with honors because they are just short one credit of receiving an honors diploma. It is important that as a student and parent you keep honors courses and an honors diploma in mind when you are registering for classes. This means having a plan starting in 9th grade and staying on top of your class choices and requirements. If you are interested in knowing what is required for the honors diploma and the classes that are a part of this program, click on the registration manual link on the right side of this web page and then scroll down to page 6. If you log into ParentVue you can look at your course history so you know what you have taken thus far and compare that with the courses that are included as part of the Honors Program.

Many times students will ask me why they should "bother" with the honors diploma. The answer is simple: it looks good on scholarship and college applications! Colleges and organizations want to know that you went above and beyond just the regular requirements to graduate from high school.

Contact me if you have any questions about this program.

College Major of the Week: Air Traffic Controller

This week: Air Traffic Controller at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.
- Length of the program: 4 years
- Typical Career Name: Air Traffic Controller (Tower Option), Air Traffic Controller (Enroute Option), Certified Professional Controller (CPC), Air Traffic Control Specialist (ATCS)
- What do I do with this? Programs in air traffic control prepare people to direct air traffic. Students learn to use radar and radio communication to talk to pilots. They learn to read flight plans, instruments, and weather conditions. They also get hands-on experience at an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) flight control center during training.
- Things to know: Nearly all air traffic controllers work for the government. Most work for the Federal Aviation Administration, although some work for the Department of Defense. A few work for private companies. Controllers must pass a physical exam each year, so they must be in good shape. Controllers must also pass a job performance exam at least once per year. College graduates with civilian or military experience as controllers, navigators, or pilots have the best chances of entering the air traffic controller program.
- Approximate starting wage: $62+ per hour (or about $128,000 a year!) with a 70% placement.

Announcements for the week of Nov. 15th

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, November 19, 2010

Menu: Nachos, meat and cheese sauce, corn, peaches, jell-o, chicken nuggets and chips.

Morgan Kingston will be diving today she placed in the top 12. Gabi Sawyer and Samantha Rasmussen will compete today also.

Get your Dutchmen Spirit On! Now taking pre-orders for game bibs – see Michelle at the Dutchmen Depot.

All 7-12 wrestlers meet in the high school locker room after school on Monday. Reminder to all winter athletes to pay fees and complete forms before practicing on Monday.

If you signed up for the snowmobile safety class, there is a registration form you need to pick up from the Community Ed. Office. Please stop in ASAP to get the form. Thank you

Boys’ Swimmers: Practice begins on Monday, November 29th. Please turn in all forms and fees to Mr. Ruoff before that day so you can begin practice on the first day. If you have any questions, see Coach Meyer.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Monday, November 22 and Tuesday November 23 from 5:00 – 8:00 and Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Report cards will be given to your parents at the conferences.

Can’t wait for that Hunger games book to be returned in the library? Come to the book fair! It’s going on now in the Elementary Library. All three of the Hunger Games books are there as well as a good selection of other interesting books for teens. The book fair is open from 9-3 each school day until Thanksgiving and during conference hours next week.

Results of Tuesday’s Jingle Jar Collection
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Middle School
Mr. Meyer -$52.41 $44.52
Ms. Schiffler - $30.45
Mr. Noll - $12.55
Ms. Shinkel $27.65
Mr. Baumgard $84.86
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
High School
Mr. Haan - $72.74 $119.55
Mr. DeCann - $48.25 $126.39
Ms. Vedbraaten - $25.67 $108.30
Mr. Nietfeld - $16.86
Ms. Pottratz $183.58

Seniors – reminder that I put any scholarships I receive out on my web site, make sure to check it frequently. mahscounselor.blogspot.com
Ms. Dusha

The National Honor Society at Melrose Area Public Schools is collecting gifts through the annual “Giving Tree” project. Students, teachers, and staff are asked to take ornaments with specific gift ideas off the tree and furnish those gifts before November 23 to the NHS. The tree will be displayed during the three lunch periods in the cafeteria and the gifts will be distributed to needy families in our community. Thanks to all who participate.

The German Advent Calendars have arrived and they are available for purchase. They are being sold by students who are participating in the annual Germany excursion. Quantities are limited, so purchase your calendar now. Thank you for your support.

Albany schools will be sponsoring a free community theatre project for youth and adults. Auditions will be held on December 9th, for more information, see the flyer on the Community Education bulletin board.

There will be a snowmobile safety class at Melrose High School on Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost is $8.00. If you would like to register for this class, please see Stacey in the Community Education Office. If you have already registered fro this class, please pick up your class workbook in the Community Education Office and read all material before class begins. Thank you.

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
December 16 – NDSU at 9:30
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Activities This Week
Friday
Swimming and diving State Tournament at U of M
7/8 GBB at LP/GE at 4:15
Saturday
Swimming and Diving state Tournament at U of M
GBB Scrimmage at Sauk Centre at 10:00

Students of the Month of October
High School
Maria Yurczyk – Math
Nina Steinweg – Science
Paul Lucken, Sheila Poepping, Travis Hoppe – English
Anna Botello – Social Studies
Michelle Rademacher, Kari Middendorf – Art
Grace Brang – Physical Education
Pattie Wollen, Cody Scherping – Spanish
Katlynn Mueller, Emily Schulzetenberg – German
Nick Kerfeld – Business/Computer
Middle School
Canton Matson – Math
Leticia Ambriz, Anthony Welle – Family and Consumer Science
Tylor Graves –Industrial Technology
Hannah Miller, Justin Hoppe, Emily Tschida – Science
Joel Martinez, Shawn Scherping, Jordan Helmin, Kyle Nietfeld – English
Chelsey Malm, Marlene Cervantes – Social Studies
Allie Austing, Kate Hellermann, Hannah Ring – Art
Abby Hinnekamp, Makayla Leraas, Francisco Vazquez – Physical Education

Students of Quarter One
High School
Emily Scholz – Math
Brent Rademacher – Industrial Technology
Melissa Meyer – Science and Business/Computer
Samantha Keller – English
Kelly Kennedy – Social studies
Jennifer Doubek – Art
Amee Leukam – Music
Brittney Budde – Physical Education
Sydney Petermeier – German
Middle School
Neliza Orozco Chavez – Math
Zachary Thell – Family and Consumer Science
Isaac Zink – Industrial Technology
Bailey Van Beck - Science
Hannah Miller – Social Studies

Friday, November 12, 2010

Announcements for the week of Nov. 8th

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, November 12, 2010

Menu: Pizza, corn, pears, cake, hamburger and chips

Good Luck Swimmers at the Section swim meet at Alexandria today and tomorrow.

Jingle Jar starts Tuesday, Nov. 16 and runs until Thursday, Nov. 18. Bring your spare change into your first hour class to help fund Project-Give-A-Gift. The top daily classes will get a prize daily and the top classes over all will get a grand prize.

*The following students need to stop an see Audrey: Tyler Kerfeld, Kenny Warzecha, Meranda Morse, Noah Nelson, Skyler Prill, Mariah Schwieters, Brian Thielen, Georgianna Toenies, Rebecaa Schaefer, Carlos Ambriz.

THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY MEETING ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 AT 3:00 SHARP IN THE LIBRARY QUIET ROOM FOR ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN BEING A SWIMMER OR MANAGER ON THIS YEAR’S SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING TEAM. TRYOUTS WILL BE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH FROM 3:00 UNTIL 6:00. MS. PRIJATEL

The National Honor Society at Melrose Area Public Schools is collecting gifts through the annual “Giving Tree” project. Students, teachers, and staff are asked to take ornaments with specific gift ideas off the tree and furnish those gifts before November 23 to the NHS. The tree will be displayed during the three lunch periods in the cafeteria and the gifts will be distributed to needy families in our community. Thanks to all who participate.

10th and 11th grade football players please sign up for individual meeting outside of Coach DeCann’s office this week.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Monday, November 22 and Tuesday November 23 from 5:00 – 8:00 and Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Report cards will be given to your parents at the conferences.

The German Advent Calendars have arrived and they are available for purchase. They are being sold by students who are participating in the annual Germany excursion. Quantities are limited, so purchase your calendar now. Thank you for your support.

Winter Softball Camps – Olympian Jennie Finch Camp Rochester, MN ( Grades 3-12) and or UND Fighting Sioux Softball Camp, Fargo, North Dakota for grades 6-12). Please see Coach Birch for more details and registration information Ext. 3226.

Albany schools will be sponsoring a free community theatre project for youth and adults. Auditions will be held on December 9th, for more information, see the flyer on the Community Education bulletin board.

SISTERS Club (sponsored by Girl Scouts) for girls in grades K-12, provides girls with academic support, character development and a variety of other activities. Mondays, November 15 – January 31 from 3-4 in Middle School Room 217. Free, but please register in the Community Education Office.

There will be a snowmobile safety class at Melrose High School on Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost is $8.00. If you would like to register for this class, please see Stacey in the Community Education Office. If you have already registered fro this class, please pick up your class workbook in the Community Education Office and read all material before class begins. Thank you.

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
November 17 – U of MN Crookston at 10:00
November 18 – MN State Community and Technical Colleges at 10:30
December 16 – NDSU at 9:30
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Activities This Week
Friday
Swimming and Diving Section Tournament at Alexandria at 5:30
Musical at 7:30
Saturday
Swimming and Diving Tournament at Alexandria at 11:00
Musical at 7:30
Sunday
Musical at 2:00

Monday, November 8, 2010

College Major of the Week: Cardiovacular Technologist

This week: Cardiovascular Technologist offered at St. Cloud Technical College (and a few others in MN)
- Length of the program: 2-3 years
- Typical Career Name: Often you are called an Ultrasound Tech (Sonography Tech) with a specialty in performing Cardiology (Heart and Vascular) Ultrasounds.
- What do I do with this? Programs in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology prepare people to test and help physicians treat health problems of the heart and lungs. Students learn to operate equipment and monitor patients. They also learn to comfort patients and respond to emergencies.
- Things to know: For the clinical part of this program, you're required to buy your own uniforms and provide transportation to get yourself to and from your practicum site. You also need liability insurance. There is some radiation use in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology. The risk of harm from radiation is very small. However, if you are pregnant, you are usually required to tell the program director. That way, arrangements can be made to protect your unborn child. Graduating from an accredited program qualifies you to take a registry exam in cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary technology. Registration is not required in every state, but it shows employers and patients that you are skilled and knowledgeable in this program. Students who complete an electrocardiograph program as part of a cardiovascular program qualify to take the national certification exam administered by the Cardiology Credentialing International. In some cases, EKG programs are offered separately from cardiovascular technology programs.
- Approximate starting wage: $22+ per hour with a 92% placement (which is good!)

Junior Class Meeting

A week and a half ago I met with entire junior class. During that time I talked with them about graduation requirements, applying to college, taking the ACT, the importance of keeping on track with their studying, etc. Along with that information they also received a copy of their transcript. Please ask your student to see their transcript and ask them to explain their transcript. I love our new transcripts because it shows all the subject areas and number of credits required to graduate, how many credits your student has completed, how many they have in progress this school year and how many still needed to graduate. If you have questions about this please contact me.

Scholarships

I just posted two new scholarships off of the right side of this web site. One is the West Central Ag Scholarship and the other is the FRED (DiversiCom) Scholarship. Please take the time to review these two scholarships if you are a senior student to see if you can qualify. Please contact me with any questions.

Friday, October 29, 2010

College Major of the Week: Energy Technical Specialist

This week: Energy Technical Specialist offered at Alexandria Technical College
- Length of the program: 2 years
- Typical Career Name:MANY!!!! Careers are offered in Engineering, Installation and Repair, Production and Construction; one careers example: Power Distributors and Dipatchers
- What do I do with this? Power plant operators adjust controls to distribute power demands among the generators. They also monitor the instruments that regulate the flow of electricity from the plant.
- Things to know: This a very broad college major, but will open many doors. With such an enormous push for things to "go green" this will be a very employable career path with many "in demand" job opportunities. You must like working with your hands, have good communication skills, like working in various conditions (inside and outdoors) and have good problem solving skills.
- Approximate starting wage: $30+ per hour!

Week of Oct. 25th Announcements

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, October 29, 2010

Menu: Pizza, corn, pears, brownie, corn dog

If you are a CNA looking for a job, stop by the Community Ed. Office to see a list of positions available at Mother of Mercy in Albany.

Picture retakes are Monday, November 1 from 10:00 – 11:00 in the theatre. If you did not have your picture taken you must have your picture taken for records. If the photographer is at fault they will retake them but if you just don’t like them you will have to pay a fee of $4.00. Bring your pictures with you to retakes. Also stop by the office and pick up forms.

Yearbook staff cost for sweatshirts is: $30.00 with printing on the back and $26.00 with no printing.

Any 9-12 grade girls who are interested in cheerleading for this winter please sign up in the high school office by Friday. If not enough interest it will be cancelled.

Seniors – turn in senior pictures (color) by November 5th.

There will be a snowmobile safety class at Melrose High School on Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost is $8.00. If you would like to register for this class, please see Stacey in the Community Education Office. If you have already registered fro this class, please pick up your class workbook in the Community Education Office and read all material before class begins. Thank you.

Ms. Dusha’s blog – http://mahscounselor.blogspot.com.

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
November 1 – Northwestern College, St. Paul at 1:30
December 16 – NDSU at 9:30
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Activities This Week
Friday
Saturday
Swimming and diving conference tourney at 10:00 at St. Johns University

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

An Invite to Parents of Seniors

If you are a senior or a parent of a senior, I would like to invite you to set up an appointment with your son/daughter to talk about post-high school plans. This meeting could be quite helpful if your son/daughter is trying to decide where to go to college, which college to attend, what major they are interested in, jobs available after high school, and credits needed to graduate, etc.

I will be taking appointments on a first come, first served basis during conferences. Conferences are Monday, Nov. 22nd and 23rd from 5-8 p.m. and Nov. 24th from 8am-12noon. I can meet with you for one half hour increment. These are the appointments:

Monday, Nov. 22nd:
5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00

Tuesday, Nov. 23rd:
5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00

Wednesday, Nov. 24th:
8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00

If you are most interested in learning more about financial aid, I invite you to attend an excellent informational meeting at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University on Monday, January 24th. This person will discuss all types of financial aid for all types of schools, not just private colleges. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available that evening as well as the opportunity for a question/answer time. Please plan to attend with your student. Information will be mailed to you from St. Ben's (this is just the location, it is not associated with St. Ben's).

Again, this is an optional, yet a very informative meeting. If you are interested in making an appointment, please contact me at 320-256-4224. When you set up the appointment please indicate what information you feel you need the most help with (i.e. your student is interested in attending a college with a major in Engineering, what schools would be best, etc.) Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to visiting with you soon!

Friday, October 15, 2010

College Major of the Week: Culinology

This week: Culinology offered at Southwest MN State University
- Length of the program: 2 years (after your generals are completed) - 4 year degree
- Typical Career Name:Research & Development Chef, TechnoChef,Product Assurance/Development Manager, Corporate Executive Chef, Culinary R & D Chef, Senior Culinary Research Technologist, Savory Lab Manager, Product Formulation Chef
- What do I do with this? Culinology prepares people to cook and present meals in restaurants and other places that serve food. Students learn to plan menus and recipes. They study different cooking techniques. They also learn how to buy supplies and manage kitchens.
- Things to know: You are expected to purchase your own cooking tools and chef's uniform. If your program does not offer a practicum or externship, seek out an apprenticeship on your own. As mentioned above, a practicum gives you working experience and exposes you to different cooking styles. You also make professional contact with potential employers or references. A few different organizations offer certification as a culinary artist or chef. While certification is not required to be a chef, it does show potential employers your competence and knowledge of cooking. Every state has different regulations for food safety and preparation in institutions such as restaurants. Check with your local health department or state restaurant association for more information on specific requirements. You may need to get a certificate in food safety before you can start working.
- Approximate starting wage: $50,000 a year (with 100% placement after graduation)!

Week of October 11th Announcements

he Morning Bulletin
Friday, October 15, 2010

Menu: Nachos, meat and cheese sauce, corn, applesauce, jello, chicken nuggets and chips

The pep band will play tonight at the game.

9/10 JV football team beat the Albany Huskies 38-34.

*6th grade computer 7th hour meet in room 105 high school.

If you sold raffle tickets, please try to tell the people you sold tickets to that the deadline has been extended to December 21st during half time of the boys’ basketball game.

Attention All Dance Team Members: If you are planning on being a part of the dance team for the 2010-11 season, you and a parent must attend the parent meeting. If you and a parent are unable to or if you have a questions, you need to contact Ms. Sykora asap – 256-2246/sarah_sykora11@yahoo.com The meeting is Sunday, Oct. 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The meeting will last no longer than one hour.

Congratulations to Co-Captains Carly Skillings and Hailey Brinkman! They placed 1st at the sub-section tournament yesterday and will continue on to the Section Finals next Tuesday.

US Army lunchroom visit on October 26th.

If you need to make up credits, see Ms. Dusha for the Night School application. Night school begins on Oct. 19th and runs from 4-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday until your credit is completed.

Tailgate party in parking lot(by the football field) Friday, Oct. 15th before the game against the Sauk Centre Streeters – 5:30 – 6:45. Grills will be provided bring your own food and beverage and show your Dutchmen SPIRIT! Prizes will be awarded for the most creative poster. For more information see Michelle at the Depot of Gloria in the Elementary.

If you are interested in being on the 6-8 Memory Book staff please pick up an application form in the middle school office. All forms are due back to Audrey by October 20th.

Looking for certified lifeguards 1,5,6 and 7th hours for 9th grade swim unit. Start October 25 and end Friday, Nov. 5th. Please le Mr. Anderson or Ms. Oberg know if you are interested.



There will be a snowmobile safety class at Melrose High School on Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost is $8.00. If you would like to register for this class, please see Stacey in the Community Education Office. If you have already registered fro this class, please pick up your class workbook in the Community Education Office and read all material before class begins. Thank you.

Students purchase your parking permits in the office. Cost is $40.00. You must have a permit on your car today.

Ms. Dusha’s blog – http://mahscounselor.blogspot.com.

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
October 26 – Alexandria Tech
November 8 – Minnesota Morris
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Seniors – turn in senior pictures (color) by November 5th.

Activities This Week
Thursday
Friday
Football at home vs. Sauk Centre at 7:00
Saturday
Swimming/Diving Section True Team at Alexandria at 12:00

Students of the Month for the month of September were named at Melrose Area High School. The following students have been chosen by their teachers for outstanding work in each subject area.
High School
Hannah Hoeschen – Math
Brent Rademacher – Industrial Technology
Sam Hinnenkamp – Science
Bethany Leraas, Amee Leukam – English
Grace Brang – Social Studies
Blake Loxtercamp -, Courtney Lund, Dustin Sweet – Art
Kim Kuehn – Music
Nicole Hoppe – Physical Education
Jaky Arias, Janette Villanueva – Spanish
Craig Wiechmann, Ashley Zenzen – German
Ethan Klaphake – Business/computer
Middle School
Bailey Van Beck, Jordan Lieser – Math
Rayanne Crosby, Shawn Scherping – Family and Consumer Science
Cody Rohe – Industrial Technology
Emily Peterson, Brandon Wehlage – Science
Alisyn Hoeschen, Emily Peterson – English
Anthony Santana – Social Studies
Neliza Chavez Orozco – Art
Austin Tschida, Hunter Kvistad – Physical Education

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

College Fair for Juniors and Seniors

If you are a junior or a senior you should plan to attend the MN Education Fair at Long Prairie Grey Eagle HS on Thursday from 4:30 to 6pm. Over 60 colleges and universities will be there for you and your parents to visit and ask questions. This is a free event and can be very helpful for you in choosing a college and possibly even a major.

Contact me if you have any questions about this very valuable event!

Making up Credits





















If you are behind on credits, see me ASAP so I can help you get signed up for Night School. If you have 1 credit to make up, 1 credit equals 60 hours of work. That means that you would attend every Tuesday and Thursday until the 60 hours is completed.

Call, email or see me if you have questions!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thinking Outside of the Box - Unique College Majors

Every week I will feature a "unique" college major offered at a college in MN or surrounding states. I think it's important to think outside of the box of the typical majors I hear that students are interested in obtaining.

This week: Nondestructive Testing Technology offered at Ridgewater College.
- Length of the program: 2 years
- Typical Career Name: Civil Engineer or Quality Control Inspector
- What do I do with this? Think of the 35W bridge collapse back in August of 2007. Many "inspectors" of the bridge were people with this time of college major. They needed to study the debris to find out what went wrong and how to avoid this type of catastrophe again.
- Things to know: Nondestructive Testing programs may be part of larger Quality Control programs. Nondestructive Testing may sometimes be called nondestructive inspection or nondestructive evaluation. Nondestructive testing may use some equipment that is used for medical purposes, but is a separate field. You need good communications skills to succeed in this field. A writing course, and probably a public speaking course, should be part of your program even if they are not required. Consider taking some business courses. In this field you work closely with management, so it helps to be able to speak that language. In addition, the skills you learn in these courses may later help you make a career shift into management. You may want to become certified by a professional organization, as it will improve your job prospects. Plan on doing this after you get some work experience. You probably will need to get some additional specialized training before you take the certification examination. The good news is that often your employer will pay for you to get this training.
- Approximate starting wage: $25 per hour or $52,000 a year (pretty good for a two year degree and fresh out of college)!

Week of October 4th Announcements

The Morning Bulletin
Friday, October 8, 2010

Menu: Wedge pizza, carrots and dip, peaches, brownie, hamburger and chicken noodle soup.

Flu shot clinic for students on Monday, Oct. 11 from 4:00 – 7:00 in the elementary cafeteria. Bring your insurance card – if you do not have an insurance card MN Vaccine for Childhood will take care of it. There are permission forms in the high school and middle school offices.
You will need the completed permission form to get the shot.

There will be a snowmobile safety class at Melrose High School on Saturday, Dec. 4. Cost is $8.00. If you would like to register for this class, please see Stacey in the Community Education Office. If you have already registered fro this class, please pick up your class workbook in the Community Education Office and read all material before class begins. Thank you.

Looking for certified lifeguards 1,5,6 and 7th hours for 9th grade swim unit. Start October 25 and end Friday, Nov. 5th. Please le Mr. Anderson or Ms. Oberg know if you are interested.

A representative from the Army National Guard will in the lunchroom Monday, Oct. 11th.

Attention All Dance Team Members: If you are planning on being a part of the dance team for the 2010-11 season, you and a parent must attend the parent meeting. If you and a parent are unable to or if you have a questions, you need to contact Ms. Sykora asap – 256-2246/sarah_sykora11@yahoo.com The meeting is Sunday, Oct. 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The meeting will last no longer than one hour.

Dance team captains practice begins Oct. 11th – every day in the high school cafeteria from 3:00 -5:00.

Needed lifeguards for open swim on Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 13 through December 15. Paid position, please see Stacey if you are interested.

Students purchase your parking permits in the office. Cost is $40.00. You must have a permit on your car today.

If you are a lifeguard and are interested in lifeguarding over the lunch hour (12:15-1:00) please see Stacey in the Community Education Office. This will be a paid position.

Ms. Dusha’s blog – http://mahscounselor.blogspot.com.

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
October 26 – Alexandria Tech
November 8 – Minnesota Morris
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Seniors – turn in senior pictures (color) by November 5th.

Activities This Week
Friday
Tennis – subsection at 4:30
Football at Albany at 7:00
Saturday
7/8 Volleyball tourney at home at 9:00
Volleyball at Perham at 9:00

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Announcements and Misc. Info

Many students seem to be confused about how the process of signing up to visit with a college representative here at Melrose HS works. If you are a junior or a senior you may sign up in the guidance office before 8:15 a.m. on the day the college rep plans to visit. The rep comes to Melrose HS to visit, you aren't signing up to go to the college to visit. This is a great way to learn more about the campus before you make an appointment with the college to visit on-campus. The sign up sheets are located on the bulletin board right inside the guidance office.

If you want to visit the college campus you need to pick up a college visit form from Cheryl in the office a few days before you go to the campus. If you need help setting up your appointment at the college, see me and I can help you set it up.

If you are a parent of a senior, we are having our senior information meeting today during 6th hour. As mentioned in a previous post, the seniors will be receiving information on graduation, college applications, financial aid, scholarships and other miscellaneous info. Please talk with your senior about the information from the meeting today.


The Morning Bulletin
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Menu: meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, steamed carrots, grapes, corn dog and potatoes.

If you are falling behind in a class or just don’t understand a certain subject then join us in Homework Help, after school in room 206 on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:00 to 4:30 starting October 4th. You will receive help from your peers who have taken some of the same classes. You need to have a homework help form signed by your parents before you come. If you need a form or have any questions please stop by HS room 206 and ask Ms. Moundson.

Needed lifeguards for open swim on Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., Oct. 13 through December 15. Paid position, please see Stacey if you are interested.

Seniors – your senior information forms for the yearbook are due . Please return forms to the office. If you do not have a form stop the office and pick one up.

Students purchase your parking permits in the office. Cost is $40.00. You must have a permit on your car by October 1st.

Early Out on Friday – school is dismissed at 12:30.

All NHS members will meet on Friday, October 1 at 7:40 a.m. in Mr. Rink’s room (410).

Congratulations Katlyn Mueller – she was selected a Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.

If you want to be a TA, you must sign up by the end of this week (Oct. 1st).

If you are a lifeguard and are interested in lifeguarding over the lunch hour (12:15-1:00) please see Stacey in the Community Education Office. This will be a paid position.

The preschool program is looking for some student helpers during 5,6 and 7th hour. If you would like to assist in this program, please see Stacey in the Community Ed. Office.

Fastpitch softball clinic at NDSU Sunday, Oct. 10th from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. includes a pitching clinic and all skills clinic. Contact Birch for a brochure. Ext.3226

Meeting for seniors regarding college applications, financial aid, scholarships, etc. will be held today in the auditorium during 6th hour.

Ms. Dusha’s blog – http://mahscounselor.blogspot.com.

Homecoming royalty – pictures are in the office on the window – order forms are on the window sill by the poster. Please check the poster and order your pictures by Friday.

High School Students if you would like to go to the Apperts Food Show and have a chance for input on the menu, please sign up on sheets in the high school cafeteria. Thanks, Renee

The weight room will be open in the fall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00

The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:
October 1 – Bemidji State
October 5 – Ridgewater College at 10:15 – Quiet Room
October 26 – Alexandria Tech
November 8 – Minnesota Morris
Sign up in the counselor’s office.

Seniors – turn in senior pictures (color) by November 5th.

Activities This Week
Thursday
Senior meeting 6th hour in the auditorium
Tennis at BBE at 4:15
7/8 Tennis at home vs. BBE at 4:15
C-squad football at home vs. BBE at 4:30
7/8 Tennis at home vs. BBE
7/8 volleyball at Minnewaska at 4:30
Swim/Dive at Sauk Centre at 6:00
Volleyball at Albany at 6:00
Friday
Early Dismissal at 12:30
Football vs. Cathedral at St. Cloud State at 7:00
Saturday
Conference Tennis Tourney at Foley at 9:00

Thursday, September 23, 2010

That's a Job??

I will likely be blogging quite often about jobs that are either in high demand or rarely heard of (or both) as I think it is so important to "think outside the box" when it comes to picking a career field. I really enjoy reading about new opportunities in the career world and hope it helps you find a path that maybe you never thought of or is something you would like to pursue. I came across this article today on MSN Careers that talks about jobs that a lot of us have probably never even heard about.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Daily Announcements

Well I am officially back and sorting through everything in my office and on my desk. I have appreciated the many "welcome back" comments from students - it's been fun to be back and I came back during Homecoming week - how great is that?!

Once a week I will post the announcements from school here so you as parents can see what is going on at school.

Also, next week I will be meeting with the entire Senior class to discuss transcripts, college applications, applying for scholarships and financial aid as well as answer any questions they may have. Please be sure to talk with your senior about this meeting and ask him/her to see the information I pass out to them at the meeting.

The Morning Bulletin

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Menu: Hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, peaches, brownie, chicken patty and potatoes.


Homecoming royalty – pictures are in the office on the window – order forms are on the window sill by the poster. Please check the poster and order your pictures by the end of next week.


Black Out! Come support the Melrose Volleyball team tonight at home vs. SaukCentre at 7:30. Wear black to the game. Royalty will be introduced.


National FFA Convention information available from Ms.Clifford in room 312.


Student picture day is today – pick up picture information in the high school and middle school offices. All students must have their pictures taken (including seniors) for your records, activity tickets Renaissance cards,etc.


Homecoming Information


Tuesday

Picture Day in the auditorium

Cosmic Ray Day – wear your coolest pair of sunglasses

Volleyball vs. Sauk Centre at 6:00

Wednesday

Seniors – Black, Junior – Camo, Sophomores – Neon, Freshmen– Blue, Staff – Red

Thursday

Alien Day – dress in all green or go out in the craziest alien outfit

Melrose vs. Milaca Swim meet at 6:00

Friday

Spirit Day

Pepfest 12:50 – 1:35 in elementary gym

Homecoming parade – excused at 1:35 – buses are at door #2

Parade will start at 2:00 from the Jaycee Park

Football game at 7:00 vs. Milaca

Homecoming Dance will follow the game – Cost s $3.00


Sign up in Cheryl’s office if you want your group, team,etc. in the homecoming parade.


High School Students if you would like to go to the Apperts Food Show and have a chance for input on the menu, please sign upon sheets in the high school cafeteria. Thanks, Renee


The weight room will be open in the fall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00


Senior class picture will be taken on Wednesday, September29 at 9:00 on the hill by the white schoolhouse.


The following colleges/universities will be coming to Melrose High on the following dates:

September 28 – St. Johns/St. Bens

October 1 – Bemidji State

October 5 – Ridgewater College at 10:15 – Quiet Room

October 26 – Alexandria Tech

November 8 – Minnesota Morris

Sign up in the counselor’s office.


Students purchase your parking permits in the office. Cost is $40.00. You must have a permit on your car by October 1st.


Seniors – turn in senior pictures (color) by November 5th.


Activities This Week

Tuesday

Swim/Dive at Albany at 4:00

7/8 VB at Sauk Centre at 4:00

7/8 Football at Albany at 4:15

7/8 Tennis at BBE at 4:15

Tennis at Mora at 4:30

Junior High Swim/Dive at Albany at 4:00

Volleyball at home vs. Sauk Centre at 6:00

Wednesday

Thursday

7/8 Tennis at home vs. Sauk Centre at 4:00

7/8 VB at LP/GE at 4:15

Tennis at NL/S at 4:30

9th FB at NL/S at 5:00

Swim/Dive at home vs. Milaca at 6:00

VB at Milaca at 6:00

Friday

Football at home vs. Milaca

Saturday

JV VB at Pierz at 9:00

JH Swim/Dive at Sauk Centre at 10:00


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Degrees that Lead to Jobs

An interesting article about what which degrees lead to jobs. I think these types of articles are important in these tough ecomonic times. It's important to do what you love, but also important to know you are employable after paying all that money to go to college as well!

http://education.yahoo.net/articles/whats_hot_on_campus.htm?wid=1

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Welcome Back!

Wow, where does the summer go?! I think it goes by faster and faster every year. I have been busy this summer now chasing TWO kids. I have been on leave from MAHS since my daughter's birth on September 18th, 2009 and I will return to MAHS on Monday, September 20th, 2010. I have had a BLAST at home with my two kids, Teague - 3 and Lola - 11 months, but am anxious to get back to my "other kids" at school.

I set up this website as a way to better communicate with you as parents and students. I will use this website to post upcoming events related to the 9-12 Guidance Office. Hopefully this will help us all stay on top of deadlines and also answer questions you may have.

I encourage you to check this website often (so mark it as a favorite now!). Feel free to send me an email (the email address is included on this site) or leave me a comment at the bottom of each post if you have any questions.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer - I know I will!