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New Salem - November 23, 2005

Counselorís Corner

Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
New Salem & Hebron High Schools

Financial Aid Night
We will conduct a Family Financial Aid Night on Monday, November 28, 2005. The session will begin at 7:00 P.M. in the ITV Room. This workshop is for the parents of this yearís seniors who are planning on attending college next year. In addition, any community members who are thinking of attending college in the near future and/or who would like to find out about the financial aid process are welcome to attend.

Sandy Klein, Director of Financial Aid at Dickinson State University, will be our guest speaker. She does an excellent job of explaining the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form that must be completed in order for a student to access federal funds of all sorts. This includes PELL Grants, SEOG Grants, and state grants. The FAFSA is also required for students to receive various subsidized and unsubsidized federal student loans.

This year each person who attends will enter their name or their son or daughters name into a $ 250.00 scholarship competition. The winners were drawn at random. One of the two state winners last year was a student from Hebron. Both of her parents and she attended the workshop and so her name went into the drawing 3 times. So not only is the workshop worthwhile in learning about the FAFSA, students have a chance at a scholarship as well. See you there!

Way To Go Holsteins!
Congratulations to the Girls Volleyball Team! You had a very good season finishing second in the region! Thanks to the coaches for a lot of effort and hard work too. New Salem students excel in both athletics and academics. This is a reflection of the students, parents, teachers, and the entire community. Keep up the great effort!

North Dakota State Assessments
We finished assessing all students in grades 3-8, and 11 with the North Dakota Reading and Mathematics Assessments. The assessment materials were returned to CTB/McGraw-Hill for scoring. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has just sent communication that we will receive the results of the North Dakota State Assessment by February 15, 2006. Again this year, New Salem Public Schools will not receive norm-referenced scores that compare how individual students and New Salem Public Schools scored compared to the rest of the country.

Thanks to the teachers for all their work in teaching and assessing the students, and thanks especially to the students for doing their best. This year the percentage of students who must score at or above the proficient level will increase over last year. Hopefully, New Salem Public Schools will again make adequate yearly progress.

For more information on career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, at Hebron High School at 878-4442, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent Thanksgiving!