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