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Milan Messenger - News from Milan High School Guidance - September 2020
Milan Messenger - News from Milan High School Guidance - September 2020
Tammy Wiegand
Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Mutz's Must Reads

COVID-19 Safety Measures - Dr. Welsh gave Milan an A+ in our efforts to stop the spread. Thank you parents, students, nurses, all staff, coaches and visitors! Keep up the good work!

Individual Senior Meetings - Mrs. Mutz is currently meeting with seniors individually to review transcripts, provide post-secondary guidance, offer career exploration tips and discuss the college application and FAFSA process. Students are encouraged to stop in as needed throughout the process.

Register for Dual Credit Classes - Ivy Tech (September 4) - Students taking dual credit courses offered here at Milan MUST register with Ivy Tech to be eligible for college credit. Students will need their SSN in order to apply. If students do not enroll, they will only receive high school credit for the course. Deadline to enroll is September 4th.

This is for students in the following classes:

DC Intro to Engineering,

DC Principles of Engineering,

DC Civil Engineering,

DC Adv. Math College Algebra MATH 135 (PreCalc. S1)

DC/AP Calculus

DC/AP Physics

DC/AP Lang. ENGL 111,

DC/AP US History HIST 101

Graduate Services Parent Order Night (September 8)- A representative from Graduate Services was here on August 25 and met with seniors and freshman about graduation materials (cap/gown) as well as class rings. Parents are encouraged to attend to place orders on September 8 from 4:00-7:00 to place the order. Prices increase when order deadlines are missed. Get the best price by attending the parent night!

Character Counts Week (September 10th - 17th) - Join us in showing that character counts. Wear blue on 9/10 for Trustworthiness. Wear yellow on 9/11 for Respect. Wear green on 9/14 for Responsibility. Wear orange on 9/15 for Fairness. Wear red on 9/16 for Caring. Wear purple on 9/17 for Citizenship. We would love to see pictures of our families dressed in the corresponding colors! #weRMilan

SAT School Day (September 23) - Students were given the opportunity to sign up for the SAT on Wednesday, September 23. The exam is being offered during the school day. The cost is $55 or $15 for Free/Reduced Lunch students. Students that signed up must submit payment promptly!

PSAT 8/9 ( Signup September 30) - We will be offering the PSAT 8/9 on October 29 at 8:00. Students in grade 9 that are interested in taking the exam can sign up in guidance. Cost is $15. The deadline to sign up is September, 30th. Test day is the same day that the upperclassmen are taking the PSAT exam and will be a great opportunity to get a head start for what they will see on these exams in the future. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.

FAFSA Opens (October 1) - All seniors should complete the FAFSA to determine what type of financial assistance they will receive if they wish to attend a trade school, take classes for a certification, or attend college. This information is used to award need based grants/scholarships. Indiana's deadline has been pushed back to April but many colleges still prefer earlier deadlines as a priority deadline. File early to maximize the amount awarded! 21st Century Scholars MUST file by the April 10 to receive their scholarship. To file, you will need to create a FAFSA ID, set up an account and use the 2019 tax information (last years taxes). Visit to file online.

End of 1st 9 Weeks (October 2) - Continue to check grades in Powerschool and encourage your student to do their best! Tutoring is available after school as an additional support if needed. Quarter 1 grades are worth 42.5% / Quarter 2 grades are worth 42.5% / Final Exams are worth 15%

Fall Break (October 5-9) - No School.

ELearning Day (October 15) - Students will be participating in an ELearning Day on October 15. Assignments are due by 8:00am the next morning. Assignments must be turned in for attendance purposes.

Q1 Report Cards (October 16) - Report cards will be sent home with students. Please be sure to ask to see their report cards!

PSAT/NMSQT (October 29) - All Sophomores and Juniors are required to take the exam this year. This exam can qualify students for dual credit opportunities. The exam is free. Testing will begin at 8:00 and run until approximately 12:00. Attendance is important! There is not a makeup test date available.

Early College Admission Deadline (November 1) - Early applicants are considered for additional funding provided by the college/university. It is also important to know that programs and spots fill up. Make it a goal to apply to your top colleges by this date.

10th Grade SCC Presentations (November 10) - A representative from the career center will be at Milan from 10:00-11:00 presenting about the different programs offered at the SCC. This is a great time for students to consider if the career center is the right path for them. Remember students must not be behind on credits needed to graduate in order for the career center to fit in their schedules..

FAFSA Completion Night (November 17) - This event for seniors will be held at the high school library on November 17. Representatives will be available to assist with filing the FAFSA. Prior to the night, students should create their FAFSA ID and pin, gather the required tax documentation (2019 taxes), SSNs, and other required information. It is important to have already started the FAFSA in order to maximize your time with the representative. Visit to file!

Student "To Do" List Google Classroom Scholarship Information

Student "To Do" List

NAVIANCE - My favorite website to research multiple occupations, colleges and do career interest inventories. It is great for all grade levels!

Graduate Services - Cap and gown orders must be placed before December 6 to lock in the cheapest rate. Orders made after that time will have the increased rate.

SAT - Seniors interested in college should take the exam immediately. Juniors should take the exam by the end of the year. Register online at

ACT - Register online at

Parchment - Seniors applying to colleges should request transcripts through We can send official transcripts to almost any college instantly!

FAFSA - All seniors MUST file the FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid at You can file as early as October 1. See google classroom for helpful tips.

21st Century Scholars - Scholars must complete the required activities each year to be eligible for their scholarship! Login to your ScholarTrack account at

College Visit - Juniors and Seniors are permitted 2 college visits each year that do not count against their attendance. Many college visits are also offered on weekends. Start exploring now to see what is right for you!

Google Classroom

Google Classroom Codes:

  • Class of 2021 Access Code: ycyqr7h

  • Class of 2022 Access Code: h2jxyuh

  • Class of 2023 Access Code: abxf4iu

  • Class of 2024 Access Code: 64zgc4r

Parents - Feel free to contact Mrs. Mutz with your preferred email address to get set up for notifications.

Scholarship Information

Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship Future Teachers- Check this out! This scholarship is up to $7,500 each year for four academic years. Let me repeat that: $7,500 each year in scholarship dollars. In exchange, students agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school. Visit this link to apply:

Archways to Opportunity Scholarship - Need a part time job to pay for college? All part-time McDonald's employees are eligible for an annual $700 scholarship to the school of their choice! They must be employed 9 months before receiving the scholarship. Apply to McDonald's today for a paycheck and a scholarship!

Workforce Readiness Grant - Want to enter the workforce quickly after high school as a WELL PAID employee? This grant is for you! The Indiana Workforce Ready Grant will pay the cost for independent students to earn a high-value certification at a technical school in Indiana. Applications and information can be found at Students must also file the FAFSA by the Indiana deadline in April.

Social Emotional Learning - 5 Stages of Grief

Studies have shown that an increase in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and awareness leads to improvement in school performance and future success.

This month I would like to bring awareness to the 5 Stages of Grief. Grief does not only happen when we lose a loved one. We also experience grief when there is a major change in our lives. Hello, 2020! We have all experienced many changes this year!

The following link shows the 5 stages of grief. Each of us experience this at different paces. Some move through the stages quickly, some bounce around before finding acceptance, and some may find themselves stuck in single area. Check it out to better understand what you or your student may be feeling is natural and okay.

Tina Mutz

Tina Mutz

HS Guidance Counselor
609 North Warpath Drive, Milan, IN,