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  • K-5 Students are currently operating in full in-person learning.
  • NPMS, NPHS, and Compass Learning Center will transition to full in-person learning on March 8. 

For more information, please visit our COVID-19 page.

For more information related to how NPAS can directly support your family in the areas of self-care, wellbeing and/or academics, please contact us at the following email address: NPASSupportServices@isd721.org.

Current News

UPDATED 2-27-2021

 

MN Conservation Corps Opportunities

Conservation Corps MN & IA offers many positions for youth (age 15 - 18) from learning technical field skills to running community events. If you are interested in serving outdoors this summer, please check out the following opportunities:

Summer Youth Corps: 
This is our summer residential program. For five weeks, mid-June to mid-August, youth will work on a crew with five other youth and two crew leaders, camp in parks throughout Minnesota, and work to restore natural areas by maintaining and creating trails, removing invasive plants, restoring natural habitat, and completing basic construction projects. Review details or apply here. For more information, please contact the Program Manager:Teresa Butel (she/her/hers), teresa.butel@conservationcorps.org or 816-824-4639

Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC)  
This is a program open to high school seniors with an interest in natural resources who plan to enroll in an accredited two- or four- year institution in MN this fall and pursue a STEM degree. The IDEC program provides a unique opportunity for underrepresented students, specifically, women, racial or ethnic minorities, and/or individual with disabilities to develop a career path through three components:

    • Fellowship: The fellowship provides students with a supportive community, yearly academic scholarship, and professional development.
    • Mentorship: The mentorship aims to enhance college success, encourage personal and professional development, and promote career advancement by pairing fellows with employees at one of the participating state agencies.
    • Internship: The full-time paid internship, which runs from May to August, allows fellows to learn more about environmental and natural resources career paths through paid, on-the-job experience.

We are actively accepting applications until May 28, 2021 and free online information sessions are offered throughout the application period!
For information, contact May Yang (she/her/hers) at may.yang@conservationcorps.org or at 651-785-6209

Duck Cup Memorial Fund Speaker: March 11, 2021, 1:30 pm

Please join us to view this encouraging presentation together, at a time when many students can use an emotional boost! 

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

  • The ASVAB will be given at the high school on Tuesday, March 16th in the Lecture Hall,  8:00 AM.  (Report to first period as usual.) 
  • Any junior or senior considering joining the military is encouraged to take the ASVAB. 
  • Information regarding the ASVAB here
  • Email your counselor or stop in the Counseling Office to sign up by Wednesday, March 10.
 

Health Careers Exploration Opportunity

Discover Mayo Clinic allows students the opportunity to gain experiences in career exploration, life skill development, service learning, character education, and leadership opportunities. Due to the success of the 2020 Discover Mayo Clinic, we are offering a second session in March!!

This pop-up event will be entirely virtual and is dedicated to students interested in pursuing a career as a medical doctor. Students in the 10th-12th grade who are interested in health-related careers are encouraged to apply.

Please make sure to attach the signed media release form when you register.

If interested register by February 25th, 2021 : Register

Highlights Include

1.    Surgery

2.    Family Medicine

3.    Pediatrics

4.    Emergency Medicine and Q & A

MEETING DATES AND TIMES

ZOOM – Link provided after registration and the recording will be sent out the next day.

·         Monday, March 1 at 7 pm

·         Monday, March 8 at 7 pm

·         Monday, March 15 at 7pm

·         Monday, March 22 at 7pm

Please direct program questions to: careerawareness@mayo.edu

 

February is Career & Tech Ed Month -- Career Exploration Opportunities!

Click here to sign up for one of a variety of webinars hi-lighting opportunities in the career and tech ed industries.

Webinars included are:

Transportation, Automation Robotics,  Video Production & Interactive Design, Business, Blacks Rising in the MN Workforce, and Women Building Success. 

New Article: How to Keep Technology From Disrupting Your Happiness

Click here for revealing perspective on using technology in a healthy way. 

JUNIOR CAREER EXPLORATION TOOLS

Please click here, and refer back throughout the year, to the career exploration tools and resources suggested for juniors. 

Financial Aid Presentation

If you missed the Financial Aid Information session December 9, here is a link to the power-point presentation. 

Virtual Calming Room Available

Thank you to the Middle School Counselor and Social Worker for sharing their Virtual Calming Room with us! Check it out!!

COUNSELING OFFICE NEWSLETTERS

Coping Skills / Stress & Time Management Newsletter from December. 

Junior/Senior College Update Newsletter from November/December. Details about scholarship search methods, ACT prep and more! 

Senior Newsletter from October.  Must-have info for seniors! 

Junior Newsletter from October. 

Freshman/Sophomore Newsletter from October. 

Distance Learning Newsletter from November 17. GREAT tips that will help you in distance learning. Brief, relevant, applicable. 

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Virtual Visits

Click here to see numerous options for virtual tours and info sessions. 

Chromebook Issues?

If you are experiencing issues with your chromebook, please contact the Help Desk at the options below.

For Parents, Staff, and Students...

  • HoursMonday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Phone: (952) 758-1790

For Staff and Students only...

  • Emailhelpdesk@isd721.org (must have an isd721.org account to send to this address
  • Web Help DeskStaff Resources Page > Web Help Desk button
  • NoteUse your school computer login (not your Google or Chromebook login).

MN Private College Virtual Visits/Tours Calendar

Click here for all the virtual options to visit Minnesota private colleges. 

Make a Virtual Appointment With Your School Counselor

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The Well Youth Center, Active Now in New Prague

Click here. The Well's mission is to end hopelessness among teens. 

Mental Health and COVID - 19: Fantastic Resource!

This link has just about everything you might need to navigate the mental health and wellness of you and your loved ones during the Corona Virus Pandemic. There is a ton of information here, so don't try to look at it all at once. But pick one or two topics to get started. You'll be glad you did! 

The site is provided by Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. 

Scott County Mental Health Crisis Support, Telehealth Appointment

During this difficult time, this is a great resource as many people are experiencing an increase in mental health symptoms.  One does not have to be in significant crisis for this service to be used.  Also, due to COVID-19, telehealth assessments and stabilization appointments are available. If a family or individual does not have health insurance, the cost is covered by the county. For those with insurance, the insurance company would be billed, but any additional costs would also be covered by the county.  Scott County Crisis is available 24/7. The crisis line is 952-818-3702.
 

Change to Chill: Great Resource About Stress for Teens

Change to Chill is a free online resource offered by Allina Health aimed at improving mental well-being among teens. Through collaboration with teens, parents, schools and community partners, the program:

* Provides easy-to-use information and resources about stress for teens

* Addresses what stress is, what triggers it and how to recognize its signs

* Equips teens with tools for coping with stress, such as meditation, mindful movement, how-to videos and guided imagery.

Parent Resource: Helping Kids Cope (Mayo Clinic)

Easy to understand, recommended strategies for talking with kids about the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Resource for Violence in Home

The Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women wants communities to know that their services are still available during the Corona Virus pandemic. Reach out to them for help, questions, support.