Student Services Newsletters

STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER- January 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.

 

ORIENTATION EVENING FOR NEXT YEAR’S FRESHMAN CLASS

At 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017, we will be holding an evening orientation for all current eighth grade students and their parents.  Families of eighth grade students should have received an informational letter regarding this important event if you currently have a student in grade 8.  Please call the Muskego High School Student Services Office at (262) 971-1790 ext. 4509 if you did not receive an informational letter.

 

Students last names A-K    PAC – 6:00 p.m.

Students last names L-Z    Salentine Gymnasium – 6:00 p.m.

 

COURSE INFORMATION NIGHT AT MHS

Thursday, January 26 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Students and parents will have the opportunity to learn more about all classes offered at MHS to make informed class choices for next year. All teachers will be present that evening to answer questions about the courses they teach. Students will have until February 6th to register for next year’s classes.  Researching courses and speaking with teachers prior to registration is critical, as opportunities to change classes after the registration portal closes will be very limited. You will not want to miss it!  Special session on courses for incoming 9th graders will be 5-5:20 pm in PAC.

 

REGISTRATION FOR 2017-18

Students will be given information on registration for next year’s school courses the first week in January.  Students will view a registration video which will be posted on the school website.  The Infinite Campus portal to register for courses will be open January 4 - February 6th. Course Information Night is scheduled for January 26th to give students and parents an opportunity to ask questions specific to courses and academic programs.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend Course Information Night to gain valuable information about courses available.  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

WHY IS RIGOR IMPORTANT?

From Dr. Alan J. Tuchtenhagen, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, UW-River Falls

 

You have heard many times about the need for students to build rigor into their high school curriculum.  Some students are motivated to take these courses if they feel they need them for admission.  However, admission aside, there are good reasons to pursue a curriculum that exceeds the minimum requirements for college admission:

  1. It will make college easier.  Taking advanced courses while in high school will make it easier for students to succeed when they enroll in college.  Are your students ready to take college-level courses in composition/literature, math, science, and/or social students in their first semester of college?

  2. It prepares them for their major and career.  These courses also provide the broad-based skills and background students will use when making informed decisions regarding their college major and career area.

  3. It will save them money.  Being academically prepared for college means that students can handle a full load of courses so they can graduate on time and not have to enroll for additional terms.  If students have to take remedial coursework, it will likely delay their graduation.  Rigorous high school courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) often carry college credit which can speed up their time to graduation.

 

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, 2016.

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)

February 11, 2017            January 13, 2017            January 20, 1017

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. MHS will provide a free ACT practice test on November 1 for all  junior students.  Following this test parents will receive a letter with information regarding the student’s ACT score and updated information on ACT review/tutorial sessions at Muskego High School.  

 

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/

 

JUNIORS/SOPHOMORES - PSAT RESULTS

Students who took the PSAT/NMSQT Test in October of 2016 should have received an email from the College Board with their test results on December 12.  Students can also pick up a copy of their test results and the PSAT/NMSQT Test in the Student Services Office.  Accessing your scores online will help you:

  • See all your scores and if you are on track for college readiness

  • Send your scores to Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® for personalized practice recommendations

  • View detailed explanations of skills required to be college ready

  • Search for colleges that fit your needs

  • Access your PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score used for participation in programs conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation

  • Start on your scholarship and college financial aid plan

  • Explore Roadmap to Careers to learn about jobs and college majors that are right for you

  • Get feedback on your readiness for AP courses

Please see your school counselor with questions.  

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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