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