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2018-2019:

September 2018: Grade 12: Counselors will begin sharing information to brief all seniors on critical post high school planning issues. Each senior must be sure to see their counselor individually in September/October to confirm post-graduation plans. If there are college materials your counselor needs to process, make sure they get them between

September 13, 2018 : Grade 12 Parents: You will be briefed on the material covered in Senior Presentations. Questions & Answer sessions will be available.

September 24, 2018: All Grades: Go To School Night: Meet teachers and experience what it is like for your student to go to Memorial High.

October 3, Financial Aid Night: This night is moved from December to the fall due to the major changes in FAFSA completion. Come and find out how to file your FAFSA. Applications can be submitted starting Oct 1, but most schools have their own priority deadline sometime after this date; check with your schools individually!

October 6, 2018: Grade 11 Post High School Options Night: Counselors will present to 11th grade families about the post-secondary search and application process and then families will attend 2 College, program, etc presentations (presenters include: UW Madison, UW Systems, Madison College, Wisconsin Private Colleges and Universities, and more). 

October 13, 2018: PSAT Exam at JMM for Juniors (Grade 11)

October 18, 2018: Scholarship Night: A representative from the Great Lakes Higher Education Board will discuss how to search for and apply to private scholarships. Juniors and Seniors and their families are welcome.

October 25, 2018: Post High School Options Night: All students are encouraged to come with their parents to learn about the numerous opportunities available after high school (2 year, 4 year, Tech Schools, Apprenticeships, Military, Volunteering, and more!)

November 7, 2018: College Goal WI: Come and get help completing your FAFSA for college from experts in the field! Please bring all your necessary documentation

November 13, 2018: Parent Teacher Conferences

Also in October and November:

-College applications will continue to be processed

-12th Grade Conferences will continue, by appointment

 

FRESHMAN: YOU WILL CREATE SUCCESS FOR YOURSELF IF YOU:
  • Stay organized! Follow teacher recommendations for organizing your notebooks, folders, and materials.
  • Manage your study time! Keep up on your homework. Use the assignment notebook.
  • Improve your study habits. Visit the homework help and study skills webpage. Ask your teachers for suggestions about studying for their particular classes. See your School Counselor.
  • Remember that every grade counts during high school. Your grade point average starts now.
FRESHMAN PARENTS/GUARDIANS: MAY WE SUGGEST,...
  • Monitor and encourage the above recommendations for success.
  • Maintain regular communication with teachers by following up on progress reports (sent out the sixth week of each quarter) and on report cards (sent out after the ninth week of each quarter). USE THE INFINITE CAMPUS system regularly!
  • Attend Go To School Night
  • Attend Parent Teacher Conferences in November
  • Call teachers with questions/concerns @ 663-5990, and follow-up with the assigned School Counselor as needed.

JMM SPORTS AND AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS: CHECK IT OUT! CLICK HERE!

TEACHER AND DEPARTMENTAL WEBSITES: CLICK HERE!

WANT TO GET AN EARLY START EXPLORING SOME FASCINATING CAREERS???  

INTERESTED IN COLLEGES/POST HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING ALREADY?  

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BALANCE:

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”   Thomas Merton
 

It’s easy to get swooned by competitive college admissions standards, the idea of “resume-building”, “looking good on paper” for scholarships, and maybe even the old  notion of “keeping up with the Jones’s”.  These things, or plain ambition and a thirst to “do it all” can sometimes land us overcommitted to a class schedule and extra-curricular life that is too strenuous.  Most college admissions counselors and employers will tell you it’s quality, not quantity, when it comes to reviewing candidates.  

Deeper levels of involvement with fewer activities shows more commitment than surface level involvement with many activities.  To understand this, think of how you might describe an acquaintance vs. a good friend.  Which relationship will make a better story?  As well, what we would define as a “rigorous” course load is different for every student.  “Rigor” doesn’t have to mean the hardest class offered in EVERY subject.  In a more humane sense, it means a course selection in EACH subject that challenges a student to work hard towards mastery with the following caveats:

1)      the student’s mental and physical health needs are not compromised to meet course demands

2)      the student’s overall course schedule is still “manageable” within the time and energy they have to give, and

3)      the student’s commitments and passions out of school are not compromised.  In other words, they can be at their best both in and outside of the classroom, and are happy with the balance, and getting sleep! 

It will take discipline to not load a schedule up beyond what is healthy, and often, some support!  If your student is concerned about under-challenging themself in their course selections, or perhaps having over-challenged themself, have them share their feelings about it.   It can also help to have them talk to their teacher of the subject in question, or their counselor.  If they are trying to map out an overall load (in and outside of the classroom) that makes sense, their counselor can also help. 

The world will usually ask more of us than we can give, and finding the boundaries and balance is an art that takes a lifetime to master.  The habits to take care of ourselves that we practice in high school can follow us into the college and work setting.   We want to support you in helping students practice habits they can rely on to find the balance in life when they leave home.  Beyond the transcripts and resumes, our students are human beings with full lives, and different temperaments, skills, and life situations.  They can only be themselves, and through learning how to fully be that, they WILL shine.