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Student Services Department Newsletter Muskego High School I January Edition

Welcome!

The MHS Student Services staff looks forward to working with you and your child. We empower students to become responsible citizens and lifelong learners so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We promote a healthy self-concept, decision-making skills, career exploration, and academic achievement for students. As a team, we encourage personal, academic, and social/emotional growth by helping students build strong relationships with teachers, administrators, and other school personnel, as well as bridge communication and student support between home and school. Student services are also an integral part in the development and implementation of academic and behavioral programming so that all students learn, grow, and succeed.

Confidentiality

School Counselors, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, and School Nurses keep information confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the student/counselor or others or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed. The Pupil Services Staff may consult with other appropriate professionals when they deem it necessary. All of the above is in keeping with legal and professional ethical standards.

Course Registration for 2019-20

Students will be given information on registration for next year’s school courses the second week in January. Students will view a registration video which will be posted on the school website. The Infinite Campus portal to register for courses will be open January 10th - January 31st (January 21st deadline for incoming 9th graders). Course Information Night is scheduled for January 16th from 5pm-8pm to give students and parents an opportunity to ask questions specific to courses and academic programs. Students and parents are encouraged to attend Course Information Night to gain valuable information about courses available. Researching courses prior to registration is critical. Course change requests after the registration period will not be honored as student course selections impact district staffing decisions for next fall.

Class of 2020 Registration Power Point

Class of 2021 Registration Power Point

Class of 2022 Registration Power Point

Class of 2023 Registration Power Point

Summer School Registration

This year, summer school will begin on June 18th and run through July 26th. Students will have off the week of July 1st - 5th. Registration for summer school will begin on February 4, 2019 and end on February 8, 2019. Please make sure you are in the Summer School calendar when registering. Click here for Summer School information on our website. Registration for failed/Credit Recovery courses will occur in May.

Course Information Evening

Please mark your calendars for Course Information Night on Wednesday, January 16th, 5pm - 8pm. Students and parents will have the opportunity to learn more about all classes offered at MHS to make informed course choices for next year. All teachers will be present that evening to answer questions about the courses they teach. Students will have until January 31st to register for next year’s courses. Researching courses prior to registration is critical. Course change requests after the registration period will not be honored as student course selections impact district staffing decisions for next fall.

New Mural at the high school!

New Courses

CONNECT ACADEMY! Connecting Every Student to Learning with a Purpose

What is CONNECT? CONNECT is an opportunity for students to gain insight and experiential learning from classroom exploration to extensive two-year apprenticeships which support the exploration of interests identified through a students Academic and Career Plan (ACP). Receiving first-hand experience with potential fields of study has proven to be a powerful learning opportunity for students as they strive to become college and career ready (CCR)! Students use their interests and pathways identified through their ACP to guide what to explore further. There are various CONNECT options to choose from at MHS, including school year and summer offerings. Students may enroll in various levels of CONNECT throughout their high school experience as they are not limited to one experience. 4 new courses through Connect Academy! listed on pg. 17 of Academic Guidebook

Questions? Please contact Mr. Michlig james.michlig@muskegonorway.org or x4614

Science Department

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, grades 11-12, page 46 Academic Guidebook

This course focuses on the studies of the natural world in which we live and dominate; no other creature has the impact on our planet that we humans do. Emphasis is placed on individual, environmentally friendly decisions made in our daily lives. Areas of investigation include: basic ecology, various ecosystems, environmental management techniques, overpopulation and the problems it causes; air pollution, water pollution, solid waste problems, and the production and use of various forms of energy. Additionally, students will be required to perform community service on topics of environmental science that are pertinent in Muskego, which will foster civic awareness.

ACT Parent Information During Course Information Evening

Course Information Night is January 16th from 5pm -8pm. There will be 2 half-hour presentations for parents on the ACT. Sessions will be held at 6pm - 6:30pm and 7:15 - 7:45pm. Juniors will be taking the ACT in February, but parents of all students are welcome.

Academic and Career Planning Using Career Cruising

Our goal in MNS is to develop academically prepared, highly engaged students with the capacity to be college, career, and community ready. Academic and Career Planning will produce responsible graduates who have the knowledge, skills, motivation, and a self-directed plan for career and lifelong success.

We encourage families to review your student’s Career Cruising account together and ask questions about the activities they’ve completed so far. Reviewing your student’s information together can begin meaningful conversations related to academic, career, and personal goals. Academic and Career Planning is a process and the reflection and conversation that occur may be essential in the shaping of your student’s future goals. Please sit down with your student and have them share what they’ve done so far on Career Cruising as well as create a parent Career Cruising access count.

Future business leaders of america officer team

Planning for College and Career Junior Evening

On November 13th, the school counseling department hosted a Planning for College and Careers Evening for all juniors and their parents. UW-System, Wisconsin Private Colleges, Wisconsin Technical Colleges representatives and Mr. Michlig, Career Development Coordinator for MNS, presented important information about the post-secondary planning process for two year schools, four year schools, and apprenticeships. The presentation can be viewed here or on our website (under Academics > Student Services > Presentations).

MHS Seniors – College Application Process

We have a detailed process outlined on our web site that you may access by clicking here.

Why is Rigor Important?

From Dr. Alan J. Tuchtenhagen, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services, UW-River Falls

You have heard many times about the need for students to build rigor into their high school curriculum. Some students are motivated to take these courses if they feel they need them for admission. However, admission aside, there are good reasons to pursue a curriculum that exceeds the minimum requirements for college admission:

1.) It will make college easier. Taking advanced courses while in high school will make it easier for students to succeed when they enroll in college. Are your students ready to take college-level courses in composition/literature, math, science, and/or social students in their first semester of college?

2.) It prepares them for their major and career. These courses also provide the broad-based skills and background students will use when making informed decisions regarding their college major and career area.

3.) It will save them money. Being academically prepared for college means that students can handle a full load of courses so they can graduate on time and not have to enroll for additional terms. If students have to take remedial coursework, it will likely delay their graduation. Rigorous high school courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) often carry college credit which can speed up their time to graduation.

Students showing holiday spirit before winter break

Dual Enrollment Academy

Looking to earn college credit while still in high school? Consider WCTC’s Dual Enrollment Academy. This program involves spending the majority of your school day, both fall and spring semesters, at WCTC. You are required to provide your own safety equipment (e.g. shoes or goggles), school supplies and transportation to and from campus. After successfully completing the program, you’ll earn a WCTC certificate or diploma along with high school credits. The Dual Enrollment Academy gives you a head start in these in-demand fields:

Automation Systems, Building Construction Trades, Firefighter/EMT, Hospitality Specialist, IT Systems Specialist, Preschool Credential, Tool and Die/CNC, Welding/Fabrication. This program is open to Seniors in good Academic Standing with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

If interested you must RSVP for and attend a Information Night at WCTC:

February 13: Information Night register here, Richard T. Anderson Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

February 21: Information Night register here, Richard T. Anderson Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

March 8: Deadline to submit the Dual Enrollment Academy Application linked here.

There will be a Dual Enrollment Academy informational session for interested student at MHS on Thursday, January 10th, at 12:40pm in Student Services. If students are interested in attending this informational session they must come to Student Services prior to January 10th and sign-up for the session with Mrs. Andrews.

Early College Credit Program

Early College Credit Program (ECCP) allows a student in grades 9-12 to apply to enroll in a UW System institution or a participating private/nonprofit institution of higher education (IHE), to take one or more courses up to 18 credits, for which the student may earn high school credit and post-secondary credit. Students must meet certain criteria. The website with FAQs and more information can be viewed here. For more information on the ECCP at it relates to the UW System, please click here. For more information on the ECCP at it relates to WAICU (Private Colleges & Universities), please click here. The deadline for submitting completed ECCP applications for Fall 2019 is March 1, 2019.

Start College Now

Start College Now allows a student in grades 11-12 to apply to enroll in a Wisconsin Technical College, to take one or more courses up to 18 credits, for which the student may earn high school credit and post-secondary credit. Students must meet certain criteria. For more information on Start College Now, please click here. For information about Start College Now and Waukesha County Technical College please click here. The deadline for submitting completed Start College Now applications for Fall 2019 is March 1, 2019. Students cannot be enrolled in both ECCP and Start College Now at the same time.

Career Coaching

Muskego High School will be partnering with Career Coach Chris Mancheski from WCTC. Chris will be providing one-on-one student meetings and classroom presentations at MHS throughout the 2018-19 school year. Chris will help students who are interested in attending WCTC with the application and enrollment process. Chris will refer students to partnering post-secondary institutions, military and/or apprenticeships if a student’s area of interest is specifically not offered at WCTC. If you’d like your junior or senior to meet with Chris, please contact your student’s counselor and a time will be scheduled. We’re happy to welcome Chris here to assist our students with college and career planning.

ACT Test Dates

All students graduating in 2020 will be required to take the ACT test on Wednesday, February 20, at Muskego High School. This test will be able to be used for college admission purposes. Students are able to take additional ACT tests throughout the year. You may register online at www.actstudent.org. You must register well in advance of the test date. Colleges/universities will use your best ACT composite test score for college admission.

There is an optional writing assessment included with the ACT. Some colleges will require the writing assessment. Please see ACT’s website at www.actstudent.org for a listing of which colleges require the writing assessment. Some colleges, including UMN-Twin Cities, will require the writing assessment for all college freshmen.

ACT Preparation Opportunities

A list of ACT preparation opportunities is available in the Student Services Office and on the district’s website and linked at ACT Preparation Resources.

Free ACT Academy, Personalized Learning

ACT Academy is a free, personalized online learning tool and test practice program at www.act.org/academy. ACT Academy is designed to help students master the skills they need to improve their ACT scores.

ACT Prep Course, Feb. 4 & 5 at MHS

Doorway to College (Formerly ZAPS) will be holding an ACT Prep course at MHS on Feb 4th and 5th, 3pm-5:30pm. Register at www.doorwaytocollege.com Cost is $95 Two scholarships are available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stop in Student Services if you are interested.

French club!

SAT and SAT Subject Test Dates

Students planning to attend college out of state may decide to take this test. Register online at www.collegeboard.com – you must register well in advance of the test date. MHS is not a testing location, although this test is offered at nearby high schools. Please check the link for registration details..

Additional SAT Registration and Test Dates

The students of the month!

Free Money Friday

Do you or your student(s) have questions about scholarships? A counselor will be available in the cafe during all lunches on the fourth Friday of every month to answer scholarship questions!

Scholarships

Did you know that last year’s senior class reported receiving more than $2,000,000 in scholarships? Seniors are encouraged to start the scholarship search process early in the senior year. Scholarship information, including scholarship search engines and the MHS Scholarship List, is on the district’s web site Scholarship list link.

Seniors - Financial Aid and Scholarships

Muskego High School hosted a Financial Aid Information Session on Tuesday, September 25th. The presentation can be viewed here or on our website (under Student Services > Presentations) for those who were unable to attend. For the class of 2019, families will be able to begin applying for financial aid after October 1, 2018. Families can apply for financial aid at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.

Freshman - Junior Families - If you are interested in learning if you will qualify for financial aid you can complete a financial aid estimator at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/estimate

College and Military Rep Visits at MHS

The chambers choir visted Muskego Lakes Middle School

Milwaukee Bucks 3.0 Club

Students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA are invited to be a guest at a Bucks game with an offer of a complimentary student ticket with the purchase of at least 1 additional ticket. Please view information at www.bucks.com/3pt to order your tickets.

Summer CNA Courses for Youth Apprentices at WCTC

This summer, WCTC will again be offering a Certified Nursing Assistant course for students seeking to participate in the youth apprenticeship program. Students interested in the opportunity to enroll in these courses will be asked to attend a mandatory information session to be held in the Richard T. Anderson Center on the WCTC main campus on Tuesday, February 19th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or Thursday, February 28th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

*Students must be 16 years of age before the first day of class or they will not be eligible to enroll.

Student Assistance Program- Rosecrance Substance Abuse Treatment Center

The Rosecrance Substance Abuse Treatment Centers and the Muskego Norway School District have partnered for the 2018-2019 school year. Rosecrance will be providing a Student Assistance Program Counselor at the high school 1 day per week. The program provides individual screening and referral for students identified at risk of substance abuse, support groups for students who are at risk of using substances, actively using substances, or concerned with others who are using substances, and prevention education for students, staff, and the community. For questions, please contact Jen Gigl, School Social Worker, at 262.971.1790 ext. 4560.

MHS Student Services Staff

Do you have any questions or concerns? Please reach out to our staff who will be happy to help! The phone number to the high school is: 262-971-1790 and each individual extension is listed below.

Administrative Assistants:

Ms. Bong

Extension x4509: rissa.bong@muskegonorway.org

Mrs. Andrews

Extension x4510: colleen.andrews@muskegonorway.org

School Counselors

Mrs. Sobczak

Extension x4514: jessica.sobczak@muskegonorway.org

Mrs. Knapp

Extension x4511: christine.knapp@muskegonorway.org

Mr. Smith

Extension x4525: paul.smith@muskegonorway.org

Ms. Fleischmann

Extension x4527: tiana.fleischmann@muskegonorway.org

Ms. Schuett

Extension x4513: susan.schuett@muskegonorway.org

School Psychologists

Mrs. McKeever

Extension x4524: pamela.mckeever@muskegonorway.org

Mrs. Rutkowski

Extension x4512: julia.rutkowski@muskegonorway.org

School Social Worker

Ms. Gigl

Extension x4560: jennifer.gigl@muskegonorway.org

District Nurse

Ms. Staudacher

Extension x4535: tracy.staudacher@muskegonorway.org

MHS Health Office

Mrs. Steiner and Mrs. Wieting

Extension x4516: mhshealthoffice@muskegonorway.org

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