Kern's Counselor Corner

October 23-27 is FREE College Application Week! See the list on this page for information about colleges in MN that are participating. Mrs. Kern will be working with all seniors on Tuesday, October 24th to get applications completed.

M State Open House Opportunities!

Moorhead campus: 4-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23

• Meet our instructors and learn more about the programs that interest you!

• Take a guided tour and explore our campus.

• Learn about the resources and services offered to our students.

• Complete your M State application at the Open House (free with promo code CKM2017)!

• Enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

• Register to win door prizes.

• Check out many of our unique program booths.

Wadena campus: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25

• Enter the grand prize drawing: a one-year membership to the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center.

• Complete your M State application at the Open House (free with promo code CKM2017)!

• Enjoy some fresh-popped kettle corn and an ice cold slushy provided by the Wadena Student Government Association.

• Spin the prize wheel, everyone's a winner!

• Check out the campus by touring classrooms and facilities (tours offered every hour at 4, 5 and 6 p.m.).

• Get information about financial aid, transfer degrees and local resources.

• Bring the kids! They can color a picture, go trick-or-treating at our booths or pose for a picture with our scarecrow.

Detroit Lakes campus: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26

• Stop by admissions, ask questions and apply to M State - remember, the app fee is waived this week (promo code CKM2017)!

• Financial aid questions? We have answers!

• Snack on fresh popcorn while you tour the campus.

• Enjoy slushies and appetizers.

• Snap a selfie or take a group photo at the photo booth!

• Planning to start at M State, then transfer? Learn about your transfer degree options.

• Spin the prize wheel for a chance to win!

• Learn more about the programs that interest you from our instructors and current students.

Fergus Falls campus: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26

• Spartan athletes are hosting kid-friendly games, including a bounce house!

• Children's books are free at the bookstore while they last … so get there early!

• Ready to apply? Stop at the admissions office to apply for free AND enter a bookstore gift card drawing.

• Go trick-or-treating and enjoy hands-on activities along the way.

• Hungry? Munch on free hot dogs and popcorn at our Spartan concession stand.

Copy of CKM_2017-18FreeAppOpportunities.pdf

October is College Knowledge Month! Many colleges and universities in Minnesota are providing FREE college applications during the month of October. Check out the list to see participating schools - and see Mrs. Kern for help applying!


The FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) may be filled out or submitted after October 1st. BEWARE OF OF PHONY FAFSA WEBSITES!! Use ONLY!


There really is no deadline to apply for the FAFSA. However, the earlier the better. Think of financial aid like a big pot of money – first come, first served and once its gone, its gone. For your best opportunity at getting the most aid possible, it is important to submit your information as early as possible.


Step 1: Go to to get started.

Step 2: Select the FSA ID icon. Both parent AND student need a FSA ID, which is a username and password that allows you to save your information electronically. Be sure to write down your FSA ID username and password as well as any security questions/answers so you can access these in upcoming years.

Step 3: Return to and select "Start a New FAFSA". The FAFSA will require your tax information from the previous year, social security numbers, and birthdates. It is critical that accurate information is provided on the FAFSA - including full names (not nicknames) - or the FAFSA will process with errors, which will slow down the award process.

Step 4: Keep an eye on your email. After the application has been submitted, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within a few weeks.


Applying for financial aid can be confusing and sometimes frustrating. You may call the financial aid office at the college you plan to attend to ask questions - they are the professionals and can give you accurate answers. I’m certainly not an expert, but I can also do my best to help you find the answers to your questions. Feel free to call me at 218.837.5101 ext. 217.

Copy of Spring 2018 eCHS Courses

Juniors and Seniors who would like to take an online college course next semester need to notify Mrs. Kern of their class choice no later than MEA break.


  • The October scholarship list is available to seniors outside Mrs. Kern's office door - and can also be found under the Scholarships tab on this page!
  • Students in grades 9-12 are invited to participate in the Voice of Democracy contest. This year's topic is "American History: Our Hope for the Future." The top 3 essays from Sebeka School will receive a cash prize. See Mrs. Kern for more information. Deadline: October 24
  • Students in grades 7 & 8 are invited to participate in the Patriot's Pen contest. This year's topic is "America's Gift to My Generation." The top 3 essays from Sebeka School will receive a cash prize. See Mrs. Kern for details. Deadline: October 24

Credit Checks

Juniors and Seniors recently had credit check meetings to make sure they are on track for graduation. Letters will be sent home to parents indicating where their students are in terms of meeting the credit requirements to receive their diplomas. Any students who have classes to make up should see Mrs. Kern ASAP about credit recovery options. We want to see all of our students graduate on time with their classmates! More information can be found on the Graduation Requirements tab on this page!