Kern's Counselor Corner
College in the Schools
Last week all students in grades 9-11 who are eligible to take college courses next year received a paper from me explaining their next steps to become CIS students.
9th Grade: (must have GPA of 3.5 or higher) - meet on Friday, March 1st during 6th hour in Mrs. Dissmore's room to complete your Central Lakes College online application
10th Grade: (must have GPA of 3.2 or higher) - meet on Friday, March 1st during 7th hour in Mrs. Dissmore's room to complete your Central Lakes College online application (if you haven't done it already). Complete the attached M State application and return it to Mrs. Kern by March 1st.
11th Grade: (must have GPA of 2.8 or higher) - meet on Friday, March 1st during 7th hour in Mrs. Dissmore's room to complete your Central Lakes College online application (if you haven't done it already). Complete the attached M State application and return it to Mrs. Kern by March 1st.
Students requiring the Accuplacer should prepare and practice prior to the test date. Students are only allowed to test twice, so it is important to do your best.
9th Grade: Accuplacer - Thursday, March 7th during 5th & 6th hours in Mrs. Dissmore's room
10th & 11th Grade: Accuplacer - Thursday, March 14th during 5th & 6th hours in Mrs. Dissmore's room
TCHC VolunTEEN Program
Tri-County Health Care is once again excited to offer our VolunTeen program for area teens. This volunteer program runs from March 25th to May 3rd with one volunteer shift, per week, for six weeks. Teenagers 14 years old or older may apply.
Teenagers involved in this program volunteer at Tri-County Health Care and give patients, visitors, and staff a helping hand. They receive a great experience in the health care field by assisting nursing personnel and performing special duties in patient care. New this year, we are planning to have a training session for each shift the volunteers work, with a different department each week. That way they can receive a quick rundown of certain departments like radiology, lab, emergency room, EMS, nursing, and more!!
The VolunTeen application deadline is Friday, March 8th, 2019. An online application can be completed from the TCHC website, www.tchc.org/careers and by clicking on the Volunteer application.
A mandatory orientation will be held Tuesday, March 19th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm for those enrolled in the program. Contact Ryan Damlo, Foundation Executive Director, at 218-632-8148 with any questions.
Still haven't done your FAFSA? Attend a FAFSA Session at any of the M State campuses! You can get help completing your FAFSA and get answers to your financial aid questions!
Washington, D.C....for FREE!
Sophomores and Juniors - want to visit Washington, D.C. for FREE? Todd Wadena Electric Cooperative is sponsoring the Youth Tour contest where you can win a 6 day, all-expense paid trip to DC in June. See Mrs. Kern for more information or check out this link: www.toddwadena.coop/our-community/youth-programs/
As of April 1, 2018, Minnesota’s suicide prevention and mental health crisis texting services are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who text MN to 741741 will be connected to Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line handles 50,000 messages per month and over 20 million messages since 2013 from across the U.S., connecting people to local resources in their community. For callers who are the most in distress, average wait times for a response is only 39 seconds.
APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID NOW!
The FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) may be filled out or submitted after October 1st. BEWARE OF OF PHONY FAFSA WEBSITES!! Use www.fafsa.ed.gov ONLY!
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:
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.
HOW TO APPLY:
Step 1: Go to fsaid.ed.gov to create an FSA ID. 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 2: Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and select "Start Here". 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 3: 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.