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Senior Student/Parent Information Night September 10 th , 2013. Graduating?. You must have 56 credits Required Courses on Credit Check Worksheet Passed all GRAD Assessments Writing Reading *Math

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  • You must have 56 credits
  • Required Courses on Credit Check Worksheet
  • Passed all GRAD Assessments
    • Writing
    • Reading
    • *Math

*alternative options available for the Math GRAD Assessment-see Ms Carlson or our Testing Coordinator, Ms. Lee

missing credits
Missing Credits?
  • Outside Courses (credit recovery, on-line, etc) must be completed by December 31st.
  • Official transcripts documenting the completion of these credits must be turned in to Ms. Carlson by January 30th. Credits turned in after that point may not be counted towards graduation.
life after main street

What are your plans?

  • College/University
  • Vocational or Technical College
  • Military
  • Job/Career
  • “Gap” Year
  • “I don’t have a clue!”
  • Use online resources:,, individual college websites
  • Use college resources: College visits to school, college fairs, call admissions representatives
  • Sign up to meet with Ms. Soskin!
be aware of deadlines
  • Senior year is all about DEADLINES – college apps, financial aid & scholarships, changing courses, ordering your announcements, and completing all your requirements to GRADUATE . . .
  • Research audition requirements and dates/locations
  • Register to retake ACT/SAT/Subject Tests
  • Finalize list of colleges & app deadlines
  • Finalize teacher/counselor recommendations
  • Start working on application essay
  • Research scholarships
act sat tests
  • ACT

Oct 26th—Register by Sept 27th

  • SAT

Oct5th__Register by Sept 23rd (late fee)

Nov 2nd—Register by Oct 3rd

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  • Go to for SAT, or for ACT to rerequest scores to be mailed to colleges. Fee per request for this service
  • SAT Subject Tests: It is your responsibility to check with your colleges to see what (if any) specific tests they require
  • Prepare Early Decision/Early Action applications and turn them in for November deadlines
  • Polish your application essay
  • Visit with College Representatives at MSSPA
  • Attend College Receptions/Fairs
  • Turn in applications with December and January deadlines by Thanksgiving
  • Keep researching scholarships


  • Apply for a FAFSA PIN
  • (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • $4 each
  • Official or Unofficial
  • Includes Mid-Year Transcripts
  • All fees must be paid before Graduation
requesting transcripts
Requesting Transcripts
  • Complete transcript request form and turn into Ms. Connaire in the main office
  • Will be mailed within 2 weeks
  • Attach any counselor forms.
    • Fill out the entire Student Section of any paperwork – forms must have your name on them!
teacher recommendations
Teacher Recommendations
  • Choose a teacher who “knows you”, not just one whose class you got an “A” in.
  • 2 weeks notification
  • Submit an activities resume, and a stamped, addressed envelope for each letter you need.
  • Check back with teachers
  • Recommendation Form

a few college quirks
A Few College Quirks
  • Most schools look for a MINIMUM of two years of foreign language
  • Change of Senior Schedule: Notify colleges of changes to core classes after you have applied and/or been admitted
the application process
The Application Process

You are responsible for:

  • Application & Fee
  • Essays (if required)
  • Having ACT/SAT scores sent to colleges
  • Getting Teacher to complete recommendation letter (provide a stamped, addressed envelope)
  • Requesting a transcript, midyear report and final transcript as needed
  • Verifying that all information, including transcript, arrived at the admissions office
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The Application Process

MSSPA is responsible for:

  • Sending requested transcripts within 2 weeks of request date
resources upcoming events
Resources & Upcoming Events
  • College Reps Visiting MSSPA this fall

  • Groves Academy LD/ADHD College and Post Secondary Opportunities Fair: Sept 23rd

  • National College Fair: Sept 24th & 25th

  • Performing and Visual Arts College Fair:Oct 14th

financial aid scholarships
Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Attend Financial Aid Night

University of St. Thomas- Jan 14th (tentative)

  • Use Scholarship websites:

  • Individual college websites
other resources
Other Resources
  • Listen to Announcements!
  • Utilize on-line resources
  • Talk with Ms. Carlson/Mrs. Soskin, Teachers, Family, Graduates
  • Transition Coordinator-Lesley Ernst (Students with Special Needs)
senior pictures
Senior Pictures
  • Due to Mrs. Schauwitzer/Mr. Mollick by Nov 26th
  • Color OR black and white
  • We will also be asking for baby pictures at that time which will be scanned and returned to you.  
  • You can submit wallet-size head or waist up vertical shots manually or via email to or
  • Baby pictures do not have to be wallet size, but cannot be too big or too small or the picture will not turn out.
graduation committee
Graduation Committee
  • Decide Class Motto
  • Design Announcements
  • Plan the Ceremony
  • See Ms. Carlson/HR teacher--need one rep from each of the Senior HR’s
  • 1st meeting is 9/23 during HR
cap and gown orders
Cap and Gown Orders
  • Nov 20th Herff- Jones will hand out Cap and Gown, Announcement, and other grad product order forms.
  • Each student must order a cap and gown at minimum (approx. $30).
  • Order forms are due back Dec 12th
nyc trip
NYC Trip
  • April 9 to April 13
  • Price $1,150.00 (based on 35 students participating)
    • October 30 $250.00 downpayment due
  • See Mr. Thompson for Details


  • Will be on the Centennial Showboat on May 3rd 8:30-11:00pm
  • Students must be in attendance at school on the Friday before Prom.
senior reception
Senior Reception
  • Tuesday, June 3rd at 7:00pm
  • St. Gabriel’s Reception Hall
  • Students and immediate families are invited
  • Art Stoles are handed out, Scholarships recognized, and JJ Ramsted and Department Awards are given
  • Thursday, June 5th at 6:30pm
  • Only those students who have ALL credits finished may walk in graduation
  • Rehearsal at 1:30pm
  • PTO provides dinner here
  • Gowns collected and diplomas received immediately following the ceremony (all fees must be paid)