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New Salem - September 28, 2005

Counselor's Corner
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem & Hebron High Schools

College Career Fair!
When is the best time for seniors to apply for college admission? Now is the best time to apply to the college(s) of a student's choice. Students who apply now get preference over those who apply later for residence hall assignments not only for the freshman year of college but for the following years they attend college as well.

Last Thursday September 22, 2005, we took the seniors to the College Career Fair at Century High School in Bismarck. This trip provided the seniors with an opportunity to obtain college application forms for admission, residence hall housing, and scholarships. In addition, seniors were able to pick up college catalogs as well as ask college representatives questions. This was a great opportunity for seniors to get a good jump on the college application process.

Thanks to Principal Keith Jacobson and Wade Schulz for assisting me in getting the seniors there. It was very enjoyable taking the seniors on the trip. What a great group of students we have representing the New Salem and Almont communities.

Career Development Advisory Committee Meeting
The New Salem, Hebron, and Glenn Ullin Career Development Advisory Committee met via ITV last week Wednesday, September 21, 2005. This committee provides input to the career counseling programs at the various high schools. The committee consists of teachers, administrators, parents, counselors and of course the most important component students.

Thanks to Kendra Thompson, Brekka Thompson, Bryce Tellmann, Robin Doll, and Ron Schulz for attending the meeting and representing Almont and New Salem. Our next meeting is scheduled for March 29, 2006. If you have any feedback on the Career Counseling program at New Salem High School, please contact any members of the advisory committee or myself.

During the past 2 weeks I've demonstrated TestGEAR to the juniors and seniors in Mr. Vander Wal's American Government classes and Mrs. Gilstad's Junior English Classes. TestGEAR is an internet based ACT Test Preparation program which is being provided free of charge to all high schools in North Dakota for the next few years. The Student Loans Division of The Bank of North Dakota is funding it. The program is designed to improve student ACT scores by providing pretests, practorials, minicourses, labs, and curriculums custom made for each student. Improved ACT scores improve student scholarship opportunities which in turn can mean fewer college loans to repay for students who take advantage of this great opportunity.

Mrs. Gilstad (English), Mr. Kuntz (mathematics), Mrs. Morrell (science), and I attended a TestGEAR Training session on Friday, September 23, 2005 in Bismarck. The training was conducted by Dr. Dan Marrs of the North Dakota Career Resource Network and Mr. Warren Wolfe of Bridges. TestGEAR can be accessed by students at Students then need to supply their usernames, passwords, and universal code and follow the directions on a handout I gave each of them.

If students misplaced the handout, they can receive another handout from me. The usernames, passwords, and universal code are unique to each high school and should not be provided to those who do not attend New Salem High School. Parents are encouraged to view this great website with their students. We hope to implement some portions of TestGEAR into some portions of the curriculum where possible without missing any of the content area curriculum. If you have any questions about TestGEAR, please contact me.

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 academic day!