• March Parent Email

    Posted by Dave Hansen on 3/7/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Students and staff are anxiously waiting for the arrival of Spring.  In the meantime, however, the 3rd quarter is winding down and preparations for MCA testing continues.  I want to take a few moments of your time to highlight a few things for the remainder of the month.

     Students in grades 8, 9, 10, & 11 had registration presentations in their classrooms during the last week of February.  They have reviewed their course plans, made any necessary adjustments, and finalized their course selections for next school year.  Students were encouraged to speak with their parents regarding their course choices before registering.  The registration window closes at 11:59 pm on Friday, March 8. Students in 7th grade will complete their registration soon.  Speak with your child/children regarding their registration plans. 

     MCA testing begins next week March 11-15 with the Reading MCA being given to 7th grade students on March 13, 8th grade students on March 14, and 10th grade students on March 12.  Please help us by making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and has a nutritious breakfast to start out their day.  Also, please avoid scheduling appointments and other conflicts during these testing dates.  Doing well on these state mandated tests is important not only for your child, but also for the school district as well.  Let us work together to support and encourage your child.  The 7th, 8th, and 11th graders will be taking their Math MCA tests April 15-18.  Science MCA tests will take place May 2 & 3. More information on those tests will be included in the April email. 

     *Be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep prior to testing day.

    *Encourage your child to do his/her very best and to answer all the questions.  The MCA tests are not timed so they can go back to respond to questions if needed.

    *Avoid undue stress about the testing.

    *Keep a positive attitude about these tests!

     

    The make-up ACT test for those juniors and seniors previously signed up will take place on Tuesday, March 12. 

     7th and 8th graders in PE will be bowling during their PE classes the week before spring break.  It is $2.00 a day or $10.00 for the week.  We will be walking to the bowling alley, have your child dress warm.    Thanks, ML PE teachers! 

     Due to the large amount of snow days, late starts for staff development have been cancelled for March, April, and May.  Classes will begin at 8:10 am on March 12, April 9, and May 14.

     The last day of 3rd Quarter is March 22.  Many classes will be conducting tests to wrap things up prior to the end of the quarter.  Please help us encourage your child/children to do their best and finish the quarter strong. 

     There will be no school March 25-29 due to spring break.  Classes will resume Monday, April 1.  The High School and District Offices will be closed the week of spring break with the exception of Monday, March 26.  Students that need to pay for and/or pick up their blue or white cards for permit or driving tests must take care of this before 1 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

     Attention parents of seniors:  Local scholarship applications for seniors are due in the high school office by 3:15 pm Tuesday, March 19, 2019.  Applications turned in after the deadline will not be considered.  If you are the parent of a senior, please encourage your child to get his/her application turned in. 

     The Choir/Drama fieldtrip to Ordway Performing Arts Center has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 1 during the school day.

     7th Grade Spring Choir Concert date has been change to Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.

     

    It's time for Spring Sports Season!!  

     Register online if you haven't already registered for Spring sports. 

     https://maplelake-ar.rschooltoday.com/

    Payment can be made on eFunds https://payments.efundsforschools.com/v3/districts/55117 or cash/check to the MLHS office.  Be sure you have a current sports physical on file...they are good for 3 years!

     

    Activity Fee's:  7th & 8th Grade:  $90 ($45 if this is their 3rd MLHS paid activity)

    9th-12th:  $115 ($58 if this is their 3rd MLHS paid activity)

    Family Max: $500 per year

    If you are unsure what you owe contact Heather @ 320-963-5991 or email haneyh@maplelake.k12.mn.us 

    ALL payments and registrations need to be completed before athletes are able to begin practice! 

     SPRING SPORTS SEASON START DATES:

    March 11th:  7-12 Track, 9-12 Softball 

    March 18th:  7-12 Golf, 9-12 Baseball

    April 1st:  7th & 8th Baseball & Softball, Girls Lacrosse (Buffalo Co-op)

     To view schedules, get the mobile app and sign up for “notify me”: www.centralmnconference.org  

     Thank you to everyone that donated at the blood drive on Feb 22.  Our goal was to collect 60 pints and we exceeded that and made it to 65 with 23 first time donors.  We are very grateful to all of you for helping make this a successful drive.

    Sincerely,

    The Irish Mentors & Celeste

     Does your teen get enough sleep? Sleep is essential to health, both mental and physical, although most teens don't get the recommended 9-10 hours per night. Take some time this month to chat with your teen about the importance of sleep. Change to Chill's "Head to Toe Relaxation" meditation is a great resource to help your teen unwind at the end of the day.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1z4Nq_N2do

     Attached to this email you will find information regarding the Wright Technical Center Open House, Wright County’s need for foster families, Club 881 information, and more.

     

    Have a great rest of the month!

     

    Upcoming dates:

                    March 22             End of Quarter 3

                    March 25 - 29      Spring Break

                    April 1                 Classes resume

     

    Attachments:

    Wright Technical Center Open House

    Wright County’s need for foster families

    Club 881 

    Donate to Club 881 online

    Prom Attire

                                                   

     

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  • February Parent Email

    Posted by Dave Hansen on 2/15/2019

    We are halfway through February, which means spring must be just around the corner.  As always, there are many events going on during the month that we want to make sure you are aware of.

     

    Mid-quarter was schedule to be on Friday, February 15.  Due to the number of snow days, the date for mid-quarter has been moved to Tuesday, February 26.  Current grades will be provided to parents at parent-teacher conferences on February 21.  It is important to note the grades shown at conferences are not mid-quarter grades and may change by the mid-quarter date.

     

    Juniors and sophomores will have registration presentations in their classrooms in the next few weeks.  They will review their course plans, make any necessary adjustments, and finalize their course selections for next school year.  Students are encouraged to speak with their parents regarding their course choices before registering.  Freshmen will complete registration in their 9th grade Civics classes on March 1. Students in 7th grade have completed their registration, and 8th grade will register in the next few weeks as well.  Speak with your child/children regarding their registration plans. 

     

    Snocoming is next week, February 19-22.  Dress up days are planned each day of the week.  Battle of the Grades competitions will also take place every day next week as well.  To wrap up the week, students will have an activity hour on Friday during 7th hour.  We are looking forward to a fun atmosphere to chase away the winter blues.  See the attached sheet for more information on the activities.

     

    High School Parent-Teacher Conferences will be taking place on Thursday, February 21, from 4-7 pm.  Please plan to attend!

     

    The Irish Mentors are hosting a blood drive in the high school for students, staff members, and their families on February 22 from 7:45 am – 12:45 pm.  It has been very successful, and we are excited to offer this opportunity again.  If you are interested in giving blood on Friday, February 22, please see the attached information sheets.

     

    NEWS FROM THE COUNSELOR’S CORNER!

    PAYING FOR COLLEGE:

    Seniors should be pursuing scholarship opportunities!  A few places to look:

    • The “Counselor’s Corner” webpage on the Maple Lake High School webpage – I list all scholarship opportunities that come across my desk and email!
    • MCIS – all of our students use the Minnesota Career Information System throughout high school. There is a great financial aid sort on the site.  If students do not remember their log in information, see me!
    • Employers and everywhere possible – ask around. There are scholarships out there!
    • Local scholarship information will be coming out soon!

    JUNIOR PARENT & STUDENT MEETING

    On spring conference night, February 21, I will be offering an informational meeting for junior parents and students on helping our students make decisions about life after high school.  At that meeting, I will review the information I will present to students and offer parents the opportunity to ask questions, etc.  The meeting will start at 6:00 pm in C10 (Life Studies room)!  See the attachment for more information!

     

    Mrs. Sloneker is always happy to meet with parents and students to help plan and answer questions!  Please contact her if you want to set up a meeting time!

     

    ACT INFORMATION

    It is the time of year for juniors to get ready for the ACT test!  The ACT will be offered here at MLHS on Wednesday, February 20, for those juniors who previously signed up.  There are many ways to prepare for the test.  Suggestions are available at the ACT website:

    http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation.html

     

    The Maple Lake/Annandale community education program is hosting another ACT Prep class.  This class has been very helpful!  The class is Saturday, March 9, at Annandale Elementary School.  Please check the Community Ed website for more information and sign up!

                   

    The senior class is looking for pictures for the senior DVD.  If you have some to share, please go to Mrs. Durst’s webpage and look under “Senior Info 2019” near the bottom of the page to see where to email pictures.

     

    The 9-12 Choir will be participating in the Large Group Contest on Wednesday, February 27.   Anyone is welcome to attend the performance at HLWW.  The MLHS choir will be performing at 12:15 p.m.  in the HLWW HS auditorium.

     

    It is time to register for Spring Sports! 

     

    Register online if you have not already registered for spring sports.  

    https://maplelake-ar.rschooltoday.com/

    Payment can be made on eFunds  https://payments.efundsforschools.com/v3/districts/55117 or cash/check to the MLHS office.  Be sure you have a current sports physical on file...they are good for 3 years!

     

    Activity Fees:  7th & 8th Grade:  $90 ($45 if this is their 3rd MLHS paid activity)

    9th-12th:  $115 ($58 if this is their 3rd MLHS paid activity)

    Family Max is $500 per year

    If you are unsure what you owe, contact Heather @ 320-963-5991 or haneyh@maplelake.k12.mn.us 

    ALL Payments & registrations need to be completed before athletes are able to begin practice! 

     

    SPRING SPORTS SEASON START DATES:

    March 11th:  7-12 Track, 9-12 Softball 

    March 18th:  7-12 Golf, 9-12 Baseball

    April 1st:  7th & 8th Baseball & Softball, Girls Lacrosse (Buffalo Co-op), Maple Lake Trap Team

     

    To view schedules, get the mobile app and sign up for “notify me:”  www.centralmnconference.org  

     

    There will be a sign up sheet in the high school office next week for the Maple Lake Trap Team. Sign up ends Friday, February 22. The cost is $250 and students must have completed gun safety through the MN DNR. Limited spots available. Priority will be given to last year's team and then by grade. Questions? Contact: Suzee Schaunaman, Head Coach @ 612-219- 1623.

     

    Attached to this email is information regarding snocoming week, the blood drive, Club 881, and post-prom information.

     

    Upcoming events…

    Monday, February 18                     No School! President’s Day

    Wednesday, February 20                ACT test for pre-registered jrs & srs

    Thursday, February 21                   Parent-Teacher Conferences, 4-7 pm

    Friday, February 22                       Red Cross Bloodmobile

    Friday, March 22                           End of 3rd Quarter

    March 25-29                                 Spring Break

     

    ATTACHMENTS

    Snocoming 2019 Schedule

    Red Cross Blood Drive

    Club 881

    Donate to Club 881 Online

    Junior and Senior Parents

    ACT Class

    Prom Attire

    Junior Parent and Student Meeting

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