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Milan Messenger - News from Milan High School Guidance - October  2020
Milan Messenger - News from Milan High School Guidance - October 2020
Tammy Wiegand
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Mutz's Must Reads

COVID-19 Safety Measures - The Governor announced that Indiana is now in Level 5 with businesses able to operate at full capacity. This does not change much with our daily educational routine, but it will positively impact athletic and extracurricular events! Masks and social distancing will still be required. Thank you for your continued support!

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 continue to stop in as needed throughout the process.

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.

Seniors - 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 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 year's taxes). Visit www.fafsa.gov 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>#/p###

Fall Break (October 5-9) - No School.

SAT School Day (October 14) - Students that signed up to take the SAT will be taking it at school on October 14. The exam will begin at 8:00 am and will run until approximately 1:00.

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!

Juniors and Sophomores - 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.

Seniors - 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.

Seniors - FAFSA Completion Night (November 17) - This event for seniors only will be held at the High School Library on November 20. 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 (2018 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 www.fafsa.org to file!

Teen Reader Advisory Board - The Osgood Public Library is looking for teen readers to be a part of their NEW teen advisory board! They are hoping to get a few interested students from the local area schools to participate as active members. If you are an avid reader, your voice will be important to our local libraries. Check out the letter attached for who to contact for more information!

Juniors and Seniors - ISTEP+ ELA and MATH Exam - The state has determined that passing the ISTEP (English and Math) is still the primary graduation requirement for students in the Class of 2022 and 2021 (grade 11 and 12). All juniors will be required to take the exam this winter with the intent to pass both sections for graduation purposes. Seniors that have not previously passed the ISTEP or do not have a designated graduation pathway will also be required to take the exam for graduation purposes. The good news is that the juniors have the advantage of higher levels of coursework experience. Usually, this exam is administered as sophomores, and they have not yet reached those higher levels of Math and English concepts. I am confident that the students will do even better than if they were able to finish the exam last year!

Freshman - ILEARN - Biology - All students in Biology will be required to take the ILEARN Biology exam in April. More details will be provided closer to exam time.

Big Savings! Scholarships Social Emotional Learning

Big Savings!

21st Century Scholars - Remember that all scholars must login to their scholartrack accounts and complete the required activities each year to remain eligible for the FULL TUITION scholarship for public IN schools. Scholars must earn an overall GPA of 2.5 so striving for A's and B's is important. Hard work will pay off! You can login here: https://scholartrack.che.in.gov/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f

College Application Fee Waivers - On top of College Application Week, many Indiana colleges offer application fee waivers to encourage students to apply, regardless of financial difficulty or other circumstances. If you can’t find information about fee waivers on a college’s admissions web page, contact an admissions representative. Below are some common fee waivers your students may be eligible for.

  • 21st Century Scholars - If a student is a 21st Century Scholar, he or she may receive automatic fee waivers at some Indiana colleges.

  • Campus Visits - Some colleges award an automatic fee waiver to students who have participated in a campus visit day. Encourage your students to ask about fee waivers during their visits.

  • Children of Veterans or Veterans - Some colleges offer fee waivers to children of veterans or veterans. Encourage your students to ask their admissions representative.

  • Financial Need -Students who show financial need often qualify for a fee waiver. If your student is concerned at the cost of a fee waiver, reach out to an admissions representative to find out if he or she qualifies.

  • Foster Children - Foster children, orphans and wards of the state can receive a fee waiver through the NACAC fee waiver, which must be approved by a school counselor.

  • Free and Reduced Lunch - If you student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, he or she may also automatically qualify for a fee waiver. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can also take the SAT and ACT for free.

  • NACAC/School Counselor Waiver - The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) offers a fee waiver for students whose families have an income below federal poverty level, who participate in the 21st Century Scholars program, who live in federally subsidized public housing, whose families receive public assistance or who meet other criteria.

Scholarships

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: http://in.gov/che/4680.htm

Ivy Tech EdOpp Scholarship – Ivy Tech Community College – Lawrenceburg/Batesville Campus is offering an EdOpp Scholarship to 2021 seniors in our service area, who attend Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg for the 2021 academic year. We are awarding students on a first-come, first-served basis, up to $5,000 per student, per year. Scholarship funding will be distributed once a student registers for an academic semester. Contact R11Express@ivytech.edu for more information.

Social Emotional Learning

Information and Coping Tips for Anxiety

Occasional anxiety is a natural part of life and is a reaction to stressful or frightening situations. For most people, our bodies react by an in increase heart rate or heavy breathing that goes away after the initial fear has passed.

Some people experience persistent anxiety which may present itself as excessive worry or fearfulness, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, or feeling irritable, restless, and on edge.

Ways to cope with occasional or persistent anxiety are as follows:

  • Take Deep Breaths - close your eyes, take slow breaths, and relax your muscles.
  • Practice Mindfulness - focus on the here and now to prevent worry for future events. Focus on sights, smells, and sounds around you.
  • Get Plenty of Sleep
  • Exercise - physical exercise reduces stress and releases chemicals that make you feel better.