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New Salem - November 28, 2007

Counselor’s Corner

Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School

North Dakota State Assessment!
Thanks to the entire school staff in helping our students do their best on the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA). By entire school staff I mean teachers, cooks, custodians, secretaries, administrators, and most importantly the students!

In the past our students have done very well. Every year since the start of the new state assessment system under the No Child Left Behind Act has been passed, Prairie View Elementary School and New Salem High School have made “Adequate Yearly Progress.” This means that not only did the schools each have a high enough percentage of students who scored at or above the proficient level but so have the sub-populations such as economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, students with limited English proficiency, and the various ethnic groups. This year our students again appeared to do their best on the tests. This is a reflection of the school, parents, and New Salem community!

I want to give special thanks to cooks Sandy Heid and Gail Norton who each year go out of their way and prepare an energy snack for our students during the 3 days of testing. The students appreciate the mid-morning energy boost – so does the testing coordinator. Thanks to everyone for helping our students do their best on the test!

Guest Speaker!
On Thursday November 15th Mr. Bob Owens, Elm Crest Manor Administrator, spoke in Mr. Dan Olienyk’s classroom to students in 3 different math classes. Mrs. Tammy Gilstad also brought her English class in to listen.

Mr. Owens communicated to them an interesting lesson on some things to expect when working with others from various generations. He explained some characteristics of what the traditionalists, baby boomers, generation X, and generation Y (also known as the millennium generation).

(For photo, please see a copy of the New Salem Journal)

Thanks to Mr. Owens for taking your time and helping our students to better understand others. Also thanks to Mr. Olienyk for arranging to have Mr. Owens come in to talk to the students during Education Week.

Financial Aid Night
Do you have a student who will be attending college in the fall of 2008?
Do you wonder how you can help them finance their college education?
Want them to qualify for federal grants and loans?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then plan to attend this year’s Financial Aid Night. This meeting is for all high schools seniors, their parents, and any community members who want to learn more about the financial aid process for attending post-secondary education. We will meet in the high school ITV room at 7:00 P.M. on December 9, 2007. Mrs. Sandy Klein – DSU Director of Financial Aid - will be our guest speaker. See you there.

If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610 or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!