Fatima Counseling Department

Counseling Department

Ms. Kary Brunnert, High School Counselor

Is a High School Diploma Worth It?

Believe it or not, some students do not eagerly rush to school each day wanting to learn all they can to earn their high school diploma.

Sometimes we need to be reminded about the importance of what we are trying to achieve, so what is a high school diploma worth?

  1. Those with a high school diploma earn more. According to 2021 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals who do not have a high school diploma earn around $619 a week, and the unemployment rate among those without a high school diploma is 11.7%. Individuals with a high school diploma earn around $781 a week, and the unemployment for those with a high school diploma is 9%.

  2. It opens military and college opportunities. The military and colleges require that individuals have earned either a high school diploma or completed the HiSET/GED test.

  3. It makes job offering benefits more available. A high school diploma can help individuals get jobs with companies that offer additional benefits to their employees.

*Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Daniel Boone Regional Library.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

On July 16, 2022, Missouri will join the rest of the United States in beginning to use the 988 dialing code. 988 will be the new three-digit number for call (multiple languages), text or chat (English only) that connects people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where compassionate, accessible care and support are available for anyone experiencing mental health–related distress. The chat feature will be available through the Lifeline’s website. People can use 988 if they are having thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Selective Service Reminder: It is a requirement that men register with the selective service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. They only need to go to SSS.gov. They can preregister at 17 years and 3 months of age and their registration will be held until they reach age 18.

The registration door permanently closes when men turn 26, and that means they are unable to receive federally funded college loans and grants and are ineligible for many state and local government jobs. It takes just 45 seconds!

Selective Service Flyer.pdf

Selective Service Flyer

Selective Service Information.pdf

Selective Service Information

Selective Service Quick Links.pdf

Selective Service Quick Links

Announcements for Everyone!

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

These are free, virtual events open to students and parents. They contact students to a variety of colleges in order to help students pick their best fit! See the flyer to the left and visit this website for more information and to register: https://www.nacacattend.org/fairs.

NACAC Virtual College Fairs - These are free, virtual events open to students and parents. They contact students to a variety of colleges in order to help students pick their best fit! Visit this website for more information and to register: https://www.nacacattend.org/fairs.

Bright Flight increase to include awards for 4th and 5th percentile for first time in program’s history!

2018-2022 seniors scoring 30 on their ACT may be eligible for award payments!

The Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development will be issuing Bright Flight awards to potentially thousands of additional students after a funding increase made to the FY 2023 budget signed last week by Gov. Mike Parson. The Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program, known as Bright Flight, has historically awarded scholarships to students scoring in the top 3 percent of ACT test takers. Statutory provisions require those students must be fully funded at $3,000 per year, before any payments are made to the students scoring in the 4th and 5th percentiles. The FY 2023 budget increases the amount the department has to spend for this program by $3.5 million, enough that Class of 2022 seniors scoring a 30 on the ACT will be eligible for an award of up to $1,000 this year.

Any Class of 2018 to Class of 2021 seniors who also scored a 30 on their ACT, may be eligible as well. Bright Flight is a renewable scholarship for students who maintain eligibility for up to 10 semesters or until a student completes their bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. Students in the 4th and 5th percentiles who have maintained eligibility and are still enrolled at a Missouri college or university will be eligible for an award, also up to $1,000, this year.

“This type of funding increase is exciting,” Leroy Wade, interim commissioner of higher education said. “However, we need help from both our colleges and universities, and from these eligible students in order to make these payments happen.”

MDHEWD needs to know where these eligible students are currently enrolled in order to issue the scholarships to their student accounts. The best way to help the department understand this information is for all Class of 2018-2022 seniors who scored a 30 on their ACT to log on to the Missouri State Student Financial Aid Portal and to update their number one school choice to their current college or university. MDHEWD will also be reaching out to potentially eligible students as well as institutions to ask for their help in communicating with their students that fit these eligibility requirements.

Students can find the link to the Student Portal at journeytocollege.mo.gov or go directly to the site at https://web.dhewd.mo.gov/studentportal/. Students who have not logged on in recent months may be asked to reset their passwords. From the homepage of the portal, users can select the “My School Choices” from the top menu bar. They’ll need to select the academic year 2022-2023, and then select the school in which they’ll be enrolled this year from the dropdown selection, hitting “Add school” and then “Save” before navigating from that page.

Funding for the 4th and 5th percentile test takers has never happened in the history of the program. Whether or not the increased funding will continue will be subject to appropriation next year.

Army National Guard Information.pdf

The Army National Guard wants to share information about future career opportunities with students and parents.

Please see the info to the left.

Financial Aid and FAFSA Nights

Click here to view the recording of the virtual Financial Aid Night with William Woods' Financial Aid Department.

If you need help completing your FAFSA or have questions regarding the FAFSA, you are welcome to contact Ms. Brunnert. Another avenue for assistance would be the Financial Aid Department at the college you plan to attend.

Dual Credit for Spring 2022

Lincoln University - This includes Computer Apps II, College English, Physics, Psychology, Graphic Design, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. In order to take any of these courses for dual credit, a student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered with permission from parents and the high school counselor. Registration will be completed once fall classes begin.

For returning DC students, this is just the paper registration form. For students new to DC at Lincoln, this includes the online application (student and parent portions) and the paper registration form. The paper registration form should be turned in to Ms. Brunnert, the HS Counselor. A student is able to take any of these courses for Fatima credit without receiving and paying for dual credit. Please visit Lincoln's Dual Credit Page for help with how to pay and other frequently asked questions: https://lincoln.instructure.com/courses/3014553.

This link takes you directly to the How To page Lincoln created for students and parents: https://lincoln.instructure.com/courses/3014553. Once you are on this page, you will scroll down and select "Making a Payment" under the "Paying Your Bill" heading. This page will give you options for how to pay your bill at Lincoln.

Here is a list of contact information for various departments at Lincoln:

Issue Email Phone Number

Login Issues Helpdesk@LincolnU.edu 573-681-5888

Payment Johnsony@lincolnu.edu 573-681-5085

Canvas LUOnline@LincolnU.edu 573-681-5208

Human Resources HumanResources@Lincolnu.edu 573-681-5021

Tutoring AcademicSupport@lincolnu.edu 573-681-5124

Missouri Valley - This includes any online course through Missouri Valley. Registration information will be mailed to students in July and must be completed and returned to Ms. Brunnert by Friday, August 5th. The fall courses start August 23rd. Payment will be sent with the registration to Missouri Valley, so students only have a payment now if they do not pay the full amount at the time of registration.

Missouri State University - This includes DC Chemistry I and II courses. Registration will be completed in the fall once classes begin. Here is the link for the MSU Dual Credit page: https://dualcredit.missouristate.edu/. It has helpful information about how to pay and other frequently asked questions.

State Tech - This includes the DC Speech course. Registration will be completed in the fall once classes begin. In order to take Speech for dual credit, a student must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, a Math ACT score of 15 or higher, and a Reading ACT score of 18 or higher. Students with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 may be considered. A student is able to take this course for Fatima credit without receiving and paying for dual credit.


New Dual Credit Scholarship!

Students taking dual credit courses at Fatima should check out the new Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment Scholarship offered through the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. The flyer is attached below with information about qualifications, where to find the application, and more.

This is a new program that just started this month, so if you have any questions, please let me know and I will try to figure them out for you.

Starting June 15, 2021 families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school can once more apply for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to help cover food costs they experienced while their student was not doing in-seat learning due to the pandemic. However, the P-EBT 2020-2021 program is very different from last year's program. Please review the P-EBT Letter to Families. Here are highlights of those changes:

* All families must apply to get the P-EBT benefit, regardless of whether or not they receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamp benefits.

* A child may be eligible for P-EBT only if the school was closed, not doing in-seat learning, or had reduced attendance or hours at least five school days in a row due to COVID-19 (in most cases, this includes hybrid modes of learning).

* P-EBT benefits are available for the months of September 2020 through May 2021.

* The P-EBT benefit is based on the school's report of how much of the month was not in-seat learning. If most of the school's month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $129.58. If only some of the school's month was not in-seat learning, the monthly P-EBT benefit amount is $77.75.

* Families download the P-EBT application<https://dss.mo.gov/covid-19/pdf/P-EBT-Application%20-%20English.pdf> (aplicación en Español<https://dss.mo.gov/covid-19/pdf/P-EBT-Application%20-%20Spanish.pdf>)

· Families must directly email or mail the P-EBT application to the Family Support Division address listed on the application by July 31, 2021.

* Families must not submit the application to the school district.

* Each eligible student will get an EBT card in his or her name with the lump sum P-EBT benefit amount for the 2020-2021 school year. Ineligible families will receive a denial letter.

The application can be found on the https://mydss.mo.gov/ website. Please read the P-EBT FAQs<https://mydss.mo.gov/covid-food-stamp-info>.

If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov<https://mydss.mo.gov/> or call 855-373-4636.

NROTC Flyer Meadows.pdf

Job Opportunities

Reading Buddies fillable volunteer app osage.pdf

Volunteer Opportunity - The Missouri River Regional Library Osage Branch Reading Buddies Program is a literacy-based program that pairs struggling readers from kindergarten through second grade with teen/adult volunteers. They will meet once a week to read together and do group activities. Reading Buddies is designed to give children extra reading practice one-on-one with a teen or adult mentor and make the reading experience fun. The teen volunteers develop responsibility, leadership, and communication skills while they serve their community and make a difference in children’s lives. By the end of the program, the children will have increased their reading skills.

Interested students can email the application to Sarah Falter at falters@mrrl.org or drop it by the Osage County Library in Linn. The program at the Osage County Library runs from July 14 through August 4. If you would prefer to volunteer in Jefferson City in June or July, you can contact Angie Bayne at baynea@mrrl.org.

Here are a couple links to check out for more information: https://www.mrrl.org/reading-buddies and https://www.mrrl.org/osage-county-library/osage-reading-buddies.

Weather Craft Roofing Contractors is looking to hire! See the poster to the right for more information.

Weather Craft Roofing Job Flyer.pdf

Osage River Property Maintenance

We have a part-time position available for someone to help maintain our properties located approximately four miles from Westphalia.

The job responsibilities will include but not be limited to the following:

* Cleaning out flower gardens and applying mulch.

* Trimming shrubs and bushes.

* Mowing grass and edging walkways with a trimmer.

* Painting trim on out buildings.

* Cleaning windows and decks.

* And, multiple other tasks as required.

Hours will vary but will average 25 to 30 per week. Salary ranges from $10.50 - $18.00 per hour, depending on your experience and skill level. Specific Job Benefits will be discussed during your interview.

Please send your resume or a list of your prior experience to:


Attention of D. R. Jordan

Wolken Custom Cabinets is looking to hire seniors who would like a full-time job building cabinets after graduation. If you are interested, please call 455-2215.

Miller Farm Supply really needs some help in the tire shop. If you are interested, there are full-time and part-time opportunities. Please call Rick Bonnot at 455-9666 for more information and to apply.

The Department of Corrections is looking for interested students looking for a job after high school. Check out the flyer to the right. Business cards are available in Ms. Brunnert's office if you would like one.

JC Correctional Center Job Flyer.pdf

Job Opportunity - Modern Litho in Jefferson City is looking for quality applicants to join their production team. Full-time, entry level positions start at $14/hr. and include employer sponsored benefits and a 401k retirement plan. No prior printing experience is required as they will train on the job. Their ideal production employees are mechanically inclined, detail oriented, and hard working. If you are interested in learning more or applying, please visit: https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Modern-Litho-1.

Sharp Copier_20210317_150520.pdf

Check the flyer to the left for more information about a job opportunity!

Below is some information from the Mid-America Carpenters Regional Council about their apprentice and training programs.

Carpenters Apprentice Training Description 3-2022.pdf
Carpenters Information 2022.pdf

Below are flyers for current positions open at MO Farm Bureau.

Mo Farm Bureau - Claims Certifier Position.pdf

Claims Certifier Position

MO Farm Bureau - Claims Specialist I Position.pdf

Claims Specialist I Position

MO Farm Bureau - Claims Technician I Position.pdf

Claims Technician I Position

MO Farm Bureau - Customer Service Representative Position.pdf

Customer Service Representative Position

STEM Work Experience Opportunity - Programs are available for students to explore STEM careers by working with professionals in those fields. For more information and registration info, please follow this link: https://investin.org/pages/stem?mc_cid=f4796d18d7&mc_eid=2b52fa0a07.

Nichols Social Media.pdf

To see what is going on at Nichols and learn about the programs they offer, check them out on social media.

For any students considering joining the National Guard, here are a few informational videos about the National Guard.

What is the National Guard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pAnefxEENs&feature=youtu.be.

Why join the National Guard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLSHnQCYPFU&feature=youtu.be

How to Join: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9zLcVzepyo&feature=youtu.be

Programs Offered by the Marine Corps for Students

If you have questions, see Ms. Brunnert.

Military Programs.pdf

FREE Act Help

This site is offering free ACT and SAT help! To check it out, click the link below.


JUULs and E-Cigarettes: News articles, letters from school officials, and anecdotal evidence indicate that JUUL has gained popularity among youth and young adults across the country, from middle schools to college campuses. A 2018 study found that nearly one-fifth of youth (ages 12-17) surveyed reported having seen JUUL used in their school. (Article found at: https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/assets/factsheets/0394.pdf). Here are links to a couple videos explaining the trend, the effects, and concerns: https://youtu.be/9dZS_Rniak0 and https://www.today.com/video/how-teens-are-hiding-their-vaping-habits-in-plain-sight-69131333600.

Parent Movement 2.0

This website contains a great deal of information for parents about the drug use of students, the effects, and how parents can help their children.

Here is the link: https://parentmovement2-0.org/.

Courage2Report is Missouri's system used to report school safety concerns. Signs are posted around school with information about how students can report any safety concerns. This link is to a video that gives an overview of the system and its purpose - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbktVyxPzQ8.

Each year the state of Missouri runs a report to identify jobs in which there will be a high demand. This year list has been published, and you can find it below.

MO Top Job Openings.pdf

For more details and the chance to see more data, please visit this link: https://meric.mo.gov/workforce-research/occupational-projections.