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Distance Learning Instruction will take place for all students beginning Monday, March 30th through Monday, May 4th. Communication will continue to be sent as the district receives information from the Governor.

The Fitness and Aquatic Center will be closed starting Monday, March 16 until further notice. Members, please watch emails for further communication. If you are not receiving email notifications from the FAC, please email us at fitandaqua@isd721.org to get signed up for notifications.

Current News

UPDATED APRIL 4, 2020

 

NEW: Make a Virtual Appointment With Your School Counselor

document-form.gif Make a virtual appointment with Mr. Bartusek, Last Names A - Fe
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NEW: 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. 

NEW: College Support for High School Seniors

We have noticed numerous colleges have responded to the Corona Virus limitations with a variety of encouraging messages to high school seniors.

For example, the University of Minnesota Duluth states: " With an understanding of the challenges associated with distance learning in the high school setting, UMD is exploring opportunities to provide extra support for students entering the University in the fall of 2020. These include the addition of foundational courses and the expansion of UMD tutoring services."

If you have not already heard from the colleges you are considering, or the college you have selected, get in touch with them about any questions you may have. 

APRIL 4 UPDATE: Important Updates about AP Tests

The College Board has made a substantial change in the administration of AP Tests this spring. Read about it here.   

Look at the April 3 "Information for Students" section:  "AP Exam Schedule" and "Taking the Exam." 

Reach out to any AP teacher or counselor for help! 

NEW: 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.

NEW: Parent Resource: Helping Kids Cope (Mayo Clinic)

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

NEW: JUNIORS: ACT CANCELLED for Tuesday, March 24, 2020

While the March 24 ACT is cancelled, and we do not yet know the date it will potentially be given at NPHS, juniors may still take advantage of the ACT Prep online resources, such as On To College and MCIS. Click here for more details. Ask your counselor for help with account login info or other support. 

NEW: Need Tech Help For Your Chromebook?

For Staff, Students, or Parents:
Location: Lower-level of CEC / District Office (door #15 by the Aquatics & Fitness Center loading dock)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Phone: (952) 758-1790

For Staff or Students only: 
Email: helpdesk@isd721.org (must have an isd721.org account to send to this address)
Web Help Desk: Staff Resources Page > Web Help Desk button
Login with school computer login (not Google or Chromebook login)

NEW: 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. 

Guidelines for transfer from community college to private 4-year college

This article details the needed preparation for students desiring to transfer from a community college to a private 4-year college in Minnesota. A full 22% of students earning 4-year degrees at these private institutions transferred in. Of those, 42% came from Minnesota State community and technical colleges. See the entire article here, including links to helpful resources. 

Grades vs ACT Scores: Recent Findings

This recent research study found that grades in school are 5 times stronger as a predictor of who will graduate from college than ACT scores. Find the brief article plus link to complete synopsis here.

4 Year College Admission Process: Video and Resources

This video is from the breakout sessions held on conference night, November 7, 2019.  This power-point, with links to numerous resources, accompanies the presentation. 

Career Trends of the Future: Video and Resources

This video is from the breakout sessions held on conference night, November 7, 2019. This power-point, with links to numerous resources, accompanies the presentation. 

Technical and Community College Admission: Resources

This power-point, with links to numerous resources, was presented in breakout sessions held on conference night, November 7, 2019. 

Timelines & Understanding Post-Secondary Options: 9/10th Grade Resources

This power-point, with links to numerous resources, was presented in breakout sessions held on conference night, November 7, 2019.

College Admissions Advice: Open Letter to Students & Parents

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

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!