Student Services Newsletters

STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER- February 2017

 

The MHS Student Services staff looks forward to working with you and your child. We empower students to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We promote a healthy self-concept, decision-making skills, career exploration, and academic achievement for students. As a team, we encourage personal, academic, and social/emotional growth by helping students build strong relationships with teachers, administrators, and other school personnel, as well as bridge communication and student support between home and school.  Student services are also an integral part in the development and implementation of academic and behavioral programming so that all students learn, grow, and succeed.

 

REGISTRATION FOR 2017-18 & COURSE INFORMATION NIGHT

Students were given information on registration for next year’s school courses the first week in January.  Students viewed a registration video which is posted on the school website.  The Infinite Campus portal to register for courses will be open January 4 - February 6th. Course Information Night occurred January 26th to give students and parents an opportunity to ask questions specific to courses and academic programs.  Researching courses prior to registration is critical, as opportunities to change classes after the registration portal closes will be very limited.  

 

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION

Summer school registration will take place via Infinite Campus in December 19 - February 6. More information can be found by clicking here

 

GREATER MILWAUKEE COLLEGE WORKSHOP - It’s FREE!

March 5, 2017  Concordia University-Mequon  1:00 pm -4:00 pm

Presentations Include:

  • ESSAY WRITING: Learn Important Tips on Writing Effective and Competitive College Essays for Applications!

  • START SAVING NOW!: Learn How To Potentially Save THOUSANDS On College!

  • COLLEGE ATHLETICS: Understand the Recruiting Process!

  • GET READY NOW!: How To Prepare Your Student For College Life!

  • MAXIMIZE YOUR FINANCIAL AID: Learn How To Get More For College!

  • SCHOLARSHIPS: Proven Strategies to Find and Secure Private Scholarships!

  • PAYING WITHOUT FINANCIAL AID: Learn Money Saving Techniques To Use Even If You Don’t Qualify For Financial Aid!

To learn more and to register go to:  www.GMCollegeWorkshop.com

 

SENIORS – FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                                  

Scholarships - Seniors are encouraged to start the scholarship search process early in the senior year.  Scholarship information, including scholarship search engines and the MHS Scholarship List,  is on the district’s web site or through the link    MHS Scholarship List

 

SENIORS - UW SYSTEM REGIONAL PLACEMENT TESTING

Registration for math, English, and foreign language Regional Placement Testing for next year’s college freshmen opens February 1. You’ll be able to find the updated schedule, contact list, and FAQ document at: testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/regionaltesting.html

 

2017 GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Coolidge Scholars Program - Full tuition scholarship program for juniors in high school.  The scholarship can be used at any college or university.  Deadline for application is Feb. 22, 2017 and the application is available at Coolidgescholars.org

 

MHS SENIORS – COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

We have a detailed process outlined on our web site that you may access by clicking here.

 

SENIORS - BE AWARE OF IMPORTANT COLLEGE INFORMATION SUCH AS:

Application Deadlines - This varies from college to college.

Confirmation Deposit  - Many colleges require admitted students to submit a $100 confirmation deposit that is refundable until May 1, 2017.

Housing Applications and Contracts - On campus housing fills early on many campuses. Pay special attention to deadlines contained within housing applications and contracts.

College Scholarships - This varies from college to college.  Some colleges have a separate scholarship application process with deadlines.

 

SENIORS/JUNIORS – ACT TEST DATES

All students graduating in 2018 will be required to take the ACT test on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at Muskego High School.  This test will be able to be used for college admission purposes.  Students are able to take additional ACT tests throughout the year.  You may register online at www.actstudent.org.  You must register well in advance of the test date.  Colleges/universities will use your best ACT composite test score for college admission.

 

There is an optional writing assessment included with the ACT.  Some colleges will require the writing assessment.  Please see ACT’s website at www.actstudent.org for a listing of which colleges require the writing assessment.  Some colleges, including  UMN-Twin Cities will require the writing assessment for all college freshmen.

 

Test Date                    Registration Deadline    Late Registration (late fee applies)

April 8, 2017        March 3, 2017            March 17, 2017

June 10, 2017        May 5, 2017            May 19, 2017

 

ACT PREPARATION OPPORTUNITIES

A list of ACT preparation opportunities is available in the Student Services Office and on the district’s website and linked at ACT Preparation Resources.

 

Doorway to College (formerly ZAPS Learning Company) will be hosting an ACT Preparation Seminar at Muskego High School on February 6th and 7th, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., in room 230. This 5 hour seminar teaches students strategies for answering specific question types and general test taking tips.  Hands on practice allow students to understand their strengths and weaknesses and offer suggestions for post workshop test preparation.  Students will receive a Study Guide and 27 practice tests.  Students can enroll for the seminars at www.doorwaytocollege.com and the cost is $89.99.

 

Additional seminar dates and location can be found on the Doorway to College website.

 

SENIORS/JUNIORS SAT and SAT SUBJECT TEST DATES

Students planning to attend college out of state may decide to take this test.  Register online at www.collegeboard.com – you must register well in advance of the test date.

 

Test Dates        Registration Deadline    Late Fee Required

March 11, 2017        February 10, 2017    February 28, 2017

May 6, 2017        April 7, 2017        April 25, 2017

June 3, 2017        May 9, 2017        May 24, 2017

 

Additional  SAT Registration and Test Dates

 

SENIORS – FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                                  

Muskego High School hosted a Financial Aid Information Session on September 20th.  If you were not available to attend the presentation, you can view the recorded session on the district web site by clicking here and view the PowerPoint slides by clicking here- For the class of 2017 families will be able to begin applying for financial aid after October 1, 2016.   Families can apply for financial at at  https://fafsa.ed.gov/

 

Free, on-site professional assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available in January.  Go to www.collegegoalwi.org to learn about dates, times, locations, and what you need to bring to the meeting.  This is a great opportunity to complete the FAFSA before college deadlines.  Also, attendees are eligible to receive a $1,000.00 scholarship!

 

Scholarships - Did you know that last year’s senior class reported receiving more than $2,850,000 in scholarships?  Seniors are encouraged to start the scholarship search process early in the senior year.  Scholarship information, including scholarship search engines and the MHS Scholarship List,  is on the district’s web site  Scholarship list link

 

Freshmen - Junior Families  - If you are interested in learning if you will qualify for financial aid you can complete a financial aid estimator at    https://fafsa.ed.gov/

YOUTH OPTIONS

The deadline for submitting completed Youth Options applications for fall 2017 is March 1, 2017. All paperwork must be submitted to the high school counselor by Tuesday, February 28th, at 2:30 p.m., and students will be notified of approval or denial by May 15th.  Youth Options information was mailed out at the beginning of the year and can also be found by clicking here.  This program allows public school juniors and seniors who meet certain requirements to take postsecondary courses at a Wisconsin technical college or institute of higher education.

 

ABSENT WORK

Please look at Infinite Campus regarding any missing homework.  If homework is not posted in Infinite Campus, please have your student contact teachers by email to request information about homework that was missed due to absence. We ask that homework not be requested for students who are absent for only one day.  Please allow at least 24 hours for teachers to gather missing work. Requested homework can be picked up in the Student Services Office between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Please inform the Health Office and/or school counselor of extenuating circumstances that have caused an extended absence.

 

FEE WAIVERS AVAILABLE FOR ACT, AP TESTS, COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

Families that meet the total income at or below the USDA levels for free or reduced-price lunches listed in the chart below may be eligible for fee waivers for the ACT and SAT tests, AP tests and college application fees.    Please see your student’s school counselor who will confidentially provide the fee information.

 

Number in Household (Including student)

Total Annual Income Before Taxes (in last calendar year)

1

$21, 775

2

$29, 471

3

$37, 167

4

$44, 863

5

$52,559

6

$60, 255

Each additional

plus $7,696 each


 

STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - Rosecrance Substance Abuse Treatment Center

The Rosecrance Substance Abuse Treatment Centers and the Muskego Norway School District have partnered for the 2016-2017 school year.   Rosecrance will be providing a Student Assistance Program Counselor at the high school 1 day per week.  The program provides individual screening and referral for students identified at risk of substance abuse, support groups for students who are at risk of using substances, actively using substances, or concerned with others who are using substances, and prevention education for students, staff, and the community.  For questions, please contact Jen Gigl, School Social Worker, at 262.971.1790 ext. 4560.         

 

MHS STUDENT SERVICES STAFF

Administrative Assistants:

Ms. Bong

x4509

rissa.bong@muskegonorway.org

Mrs. Andrews

x4510

colleen.andrews@muskegonorway.org

 

School Counselors:

Mrs. Sobczak (A-F)

x4514

jessica.sobczak@muskegonorway.org

Ms. Wiesbrock (G-Le)

x4511

christine.wiesbrock@muskegonorway.org

Mrs. Merg (Li-R)

Intern:

Samantha Van Zeeland

x4525

jean.merg@muskegonorway.org

Ms. Schuett (S-Z)

x4513

susan.schuett@muskegonorway.org

 

School Psychologists:

Mrs. McKeever (part-time)

x4524

pamela.mckeever@muskegonorway.org

Mrs. Rutkowski (full-time)    

x4512

julia.rutkowski@muskegonorway.org


 

School Social Worker (district-wide, at MHS part-time):

Ms. Gigl

x4560

Cell (262) 422.1154

jennifer.gigl@muskegonorway.org

 

District Nurse (district-wide, at MHS part-time):

Mrs. Hynning

x4535

teryn.hynning@muskegonorway.org

    

MHS Health Office:

Mrs. Steiner and Mrs. Wieting

x4516

mhshealthoffice@muskegonorway.org

        

 

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