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College Admissions Advice: Open Letter to Students & Parents

A great read from 24 college admission managers. From the "Inside Higher Ed" online newsletter.

PSAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test: Deadline September 19

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019.  7:40 AM - 11:30 AM 
  • Limited seats available. $18.00. To secure a test go to Fee Pay
  • Practice test booklet and info in Counseling Office after fee is paid.
  • Practice for the SAT (optional college admission test; all 11th grade take ACT)
  • National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. ONLY 11th grade scores determine scholarship eligibility. Highly competitive; less than 1% eligible. 
  • Timed achievement test: Reading, Writing/Language, Math. 
  • 11th Grade in top 15% of class are advised to consider taking the PSAT.
  • 10th Grade in top 15% of class may consider taking the PSAT.
  • Click on National Merit Scholarship for more details.
  • Questions? Contact Mike Bartusek at or 952-758-1213.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Open House, Multicultural Students

  • Saturday, September 28, 2019: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Experience a day in the life of a Golden Gopher student.
  • See how you can expand your horizons, discover new passions, accomplish your goals & dreams.
  • Learn about 150 majors and unique opportunities to enhance your college experience. 
  • For more info, including registration details, click here.

Grief Camp for Youth: Camp Oz. Register by September 25

  • Saturday, October 5, 2019: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Camp Patterson, Lake Washington; Madison Lake, MN
  • For youth ages 6 -18 who have experienced the death of someone in their life
  • Fun environment that includes: arts/crafts, games, music, group discussion, new friendships
  • Learn that you are not alone and your feelings are a normal part of grief
  • Free of charge; Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice
  • For more info or to register by September 25, call 507-594-2989 or 1-800-327-3721. Or stop in to see your School Counselor.

National College Fair: October 2 & 3

Minneapolis Convention Center

  • October 2, 2019: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM & 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • October 3, 2019: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. 
  • Two and four year colleges represented. Complete list found here.  
  • Bus transportation offered Wednesday, Oct. 2 for grades 10 - 12 (7:45 AM - 12:00 PM)
  • $8.00 fee; pay on FEE PAY
  • Permission slip turned into Counseling Office; Deadline is September 26
  • Seniors: Attend if unable to visit a college this fall, wish to compare multiple colleges, or are struggling to find a program.
  • Juniors or Sophomores: Attend if you wish to see a representative from an out-of-state college, discuss specific majors offered at different schools or broaden your post-secondary research. 
  • Keep in mind: Numerous regional college representatives visit throughout the school year to meet with students. Local high schools, such as Farmington and Prior Lake, offer smaller college fairs in the spring.





Change to Chill

WHAT IS CHANGE TO CHILL? 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.

The Secret Life of Teens: Anxious, Overscheduled & Getting Sick

Click here to view this 5-minute video clip from KARE 11.

Youth Center in New Prague

Visit The Well website here to see what it's all about!