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Milan Messenger - News from Milan High School Guidance - November 2020
Milan Messenger - News from Milan High School Guidance - November 2020
Tina Mutz
Thursday, November 05, 2020

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COVID-19 Safety Measures - Ripley County has moved to the orange coded guidelines regarding COVID precautions. While the color coding does not impact our daily educational routines, these fluctuations may impact the amount of spectators permitted at extracurricular events. Continue to watch for any updates prior to events.

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 - 8th and 9th grade students that took the exam did an excellent job! I am very impressed by the dedication of the class of 2024 and 2025! Watch Google Classroom for more information about when to expect scores to be available and how to access them.

SAT School Day (September and October) - Students that took the SAT at school in September or October can access their scores via their College Board accounts. October 14th exam scores will be released later this week. All students that took the exam should login to access these scores and use the resources available to improve skills. Students can send scores directly to colleges they have applied from their College Board accounts if they did not send scores directly on test day.

Juniors and Sophomores - PSAT/NMSQT (October 29) - All Sophomores and Juniors were required to take the exam this year. These scores are used to determine dual credit and dual enrollment eligibility along with being used on scholarship applications. This is a very valuable exam for students as it helps them prepare for the SAT. I am very happy with the effort the students gave on test day. Scores are typically released in December. Watch Google Classroom for details.

Seniors - Early College Admission Deadline (November) - 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 soon!

10th Grade SCC Presentations (November 10) - A representative from the career center will host a virtual meeting with Milan during GP presenting 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.

Q2 Midterms (November 12) - Check Powerschool for current grade reports.

Seniors - 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 event, 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 these tasks in order to maximize your time with the representative. Visit to file!

ACT (December 12) - The ACT is offered on Saturdays at a variety of local locations. Students must register online by November 12. Register early to save your spot as seats may be limited. Students that are strong in Science and/or STEM may prefer this exam over the SAT because it assesses a variety of content areas.

S1 Final Exams (December 16 - 19) - Final exams are scheduled for December 16, 17, 18. Final exams are worth 15% of your final grade calculation. It is important to take the exam seriously and be in attendance. Any absences must be pre-approved by Mr. Langferman or students may not be permitted to make-up the exam.

S1 Grade Calculations - Milan High School has a unified grade calculation for semester grades for all classes. Quarter grades are worth 42.5% of semester averages. Final exams are worth 15%. The semester average is what is used to calculate GPAs and is the only grade that shows on transcripts.

ISTEP+ ELA and MATH Exam (Juniors and Seniors) - 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 in February with the intent to pass both sections for graduation purposes. Seniors that have not previously passed the ISTEP and do not have a designated graduation pathway will also be required to take the exam for graduation purposes. The good news is that the students 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.

Scholarship Money Coming Soon! Indian Support

scholarship money

Dollars For Scholars - A big THANK YOU to Gayle Healy for working with our seniors during the PSAT Day to set up their Milan Dollars For Scholars accounts. This scholarship fund holds thousands of dollars in scholarship money and is available only to Milan students. This includes the very popular $40,000 Mortara Scholarship! Students should take their time to complete this application to the best of their ability. We will finish the transcript information in January after grades have been stored. The deadline to submit the application is January 31.

21st Century Scholars - All 21st Century Scholars were given time to work on the ScholarTrack accounts this week. This is a very important step for approved scholars. Students are expected to complete 3 required tasks each year in order to remain eligible for the FULL TUITION scholarship. Other requirements are to graduate with a Core 40 or higher and earn a 2.5 GPA. Be sure to check in with your scholar to make sure they are meeting these requirements.

Google Classroom - Be sure to continue to check Google Classroom for the latest scholarship postings. All scholarships and other opportunities are posted in Google Classroom!

coming soon!

Football Sectionals Championship Game - Good luck to our football coaches and players as they take on North Decatur in the championship round of sectional playoffs. Game is this Friday, November 6th at North Decatur. 800 tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

FAFSA Completion Night - November 17th at 6:00 in the HS Library. Come file your FAFSA with the help of a financial expert. All seniors should consider filing the FAFSA to determine how much financial aid they are expected to receive. This does not mean they have to attend college if they complete the FAFSA. It just means they will receive the maximum funding available if they choose to.

Veteran's Day - Our student council is hard at work preparing for our virtual Veteran's Day Program this year. This program will be held virtually due to COVID restrictions and limitations on visitors.

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Milan CARES - The Milan CARES program received the Project AWARE grant this fall that has allowed us to grow our counseling department. We welcome Candice Feller as part of our team! She has already begun to do great things for our students.

Tutoring - The Milan C.A.R.E.S. program has expanded our current tutoring program. Tutoring is available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 in the library. Trained staff will be available to provide assistance with homework for FREE! Encourage your students to attend if you are searching for ways to help them. Feel free to contact guidance for more information.

CARES Bears - CARES students in grades 7-12 will be launching their CARES Bears initiative in the next week or two. This initiative will allow an older CARES member to mentor a younger peer and provide uplifting weekly messages to younger students.

Join CARES - CARES meetings are held on Tuesday and Thursday during GP. Interested students should contact Stephanie Schwing-Stamper for more information.

Social Emotional Learning - Having a Growth Mindset

social emotional learning - having a growth mindset

Our mindset defines how we look at everything - successes, failures, talents, or shortcomings. A fixed mindset is the belief that you are just not good at something, and it is better to stick with what you know rather than chance any type of failure. A growth mindset means believing that with effort, we can develop and improve all skills. By having a growth mindset, you can create opportunities to grow, improve, and discover things beyond what you thought possible!

Take a moment and look back on all the things you have learned and accomplished throughout the years. We are capable of more than we have ever dreamed of. Let's continue to push forward, celebrate improvements, encourage each other, and grow as individuals!

Ways to build a growth mindset:

  • Turn off the voice that tells you you’re going to fail.

  • Don’t get frustrated or give up when things do not turn out. Instead, think of ways to accomplish it differently.

  • Know the power of “yet.”

    • "I do not understand…yet!”

    • "I’m not good at that…yet!”

Milan High School Guidance Department

milan high school guidance department

Ryan Langferman, HS Principal

Tina Mutz, HS Guidance Counselor

Stephanie Schwing-Stamper, 7-12 SEL Coordinator

Bonnie Walker, Guidance Secretary

609 North Warpath Drive, Milan, IN,