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2018 Parents of Seniors

Senior Checklist at the end of Semester - January

Senior Checklist at the end of Second Semester – January:

Good communication, discuss expectations with parents – grades, behavior, financial contribution, money management and visits home.

Be aware of adjustments, both practical and emotional, that you will face in college.

ACT Tests, etc.

Stay focused on grades and extracurricular activities.  Leadership roles?

Start a file.  Keep every document for financial aid or admissions in its proper folder.

Career Fairs, Job Shadows, etc.

Help for deciding on a career path –, see Mrs. Nelson about your career folder and assessment results, ask yourself these questions:

                What classes do you enjoy?

                What type of job or career appeals to you?

                What are your strengths, interests, skills, passions, likes?

                How much education or training do you want to take?

                What’s important to you and what do you want to accomplish in your life?

Find a fit –           Does the college you are considering have the major you are interested in?

                                Do you want to be close to home?

                                What are the costs and average student debt?

                                Do you want a small or large campus?

                                What is the job placement rate?

                                Do they offer internships?

                                What is the school’s graduation rate?

                                What activities, sports and organizations are available?

                                What is the student-to-professor ratio?



College applications –

                Pay close attention to deadlines.

                Write important dates in your planner.

                Make copies of all the college applications you send.

                Think about letters of recommendations.

                Have official test scores mailed directly to the colleges on your list.

                Request copies of your transcript be sent to college choices.

                Monitor your applications.

                TALK TO YOUR PARENTS.

FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION –                 FAFSA IS A free application.  Through the FAFSA you are applying for a variety of student financial aid programs such as grants, work-study and student loans.

                Apply EARLY

                Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.govas soon after October 1st as possible.

                File income taxes as soon as possible.  In order to successfully use the IRS Data Retrieval option when completing your FAFSA application, you must have filed a federal tax return.  Information from electronically filed returns will be available within 2 weeks; paper tax returns will take up to 8 weeks.

                Keep the Personal Identification Number (PIN) you use to sign your FAFSA.  You can use it in the future to sign for loans.

                Follow up with financial aid offices.

                Get an early estimate with FAFSA4caster.  This free online tool outlines the type and amount of federal aid you could be eligible to receive.  Visit

                Financial Aid Sessions will be scheduled at the high school according to interest and need.

Other financial aid: 

Scholarships, employer or military assistance, vocational rehabilitation, web searches, school website   ND Academic and ND Career and Technical Scholarships – ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?   

Dollars for Scholars

Do not ever pay money for scholarship applications, etc.

Talk to Faye Brosy Nelson – Lakota School Counselor 

Things I Wish My College Counselor Had Told Me - taken from College Express Website

2012 Seniors and Parents:

It's almost Chrsitmas break, stop in and visit with me about your college/scholarship/testing needs and anything else I may I can help with.  You might want to think about job shadow and after January 1, 2012 financial aid will be of importance.  Remember to consider completing the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid).  Let me know how I can help.  Enjoy each and every day.   Faye Brosy Nelson - Lakota School Counselor

Things I Wish My College Counselor Had Told Me

By Kris Healy, Editorial Assistant, Wintergreen Orchard House



Dual Credit Classes - Financial Aid Opportunity

North Dakota College Access Network (NDCAN), administered by Bank of North Dakota (BND), is accepting applications from eligible students for financial assistance to pay for Dual Credit courses.


Please promote this new program to eligible students! The attached document provides information and the official application. Information and application are also available on our website Funding is limited. Applications will be considered by date submitted to BND. Approved students may receive assistance for one (1) course per semester.


To be eligible, student must:

1) Be a current junior or senior attending a North Dakota high school

2) Receive approval from school district superintendent or designee to take a Dual Credit course

3) Qualify for Free or Reduced Price Lunch


Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and North Dakota University System (NDUS) worked with NDCAN to update the existing Dual Credit Enrollment Application to include information about the financial assistance program. All students enrolling in dual credit courses must fill out this application. This combined application is a great collaborative effort that simplifies and stream lines the process for eligible students. Please share this information with the school district superintendent or designee who signs the application.


Please note that the instructions for the Dual Credit Enrollment Applicationtell students they must submit a copy of their completed application to BND to be considered for financial assistance. An application is considered complete when all fields in Parts I, II, and III have been completed. See the application for important details.


The college application fee is the responsibility of the student. Please contact me if you have an extreme situation in which paying the application fee will prevent a student from taking a Dual Credit course.


Thank you for assisting students in this process. We are excited to kick off this program with the upcoming Spring semester. Let me know if you have questions.


Sincerely, Laura



Laura Entzel

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Bank of North Dakota

1200 Memorial Highway

Bismarck ND 58504

(701) 328-5653 or (800) 554-2717

Excellent Career Planning Information

Excellent Information from Claire at the DPI State Office:

2)  WorkKeys Prep

3)  Parents accessing Test Gear

4)  Job Service Info Via Kathy Holle

5)       Crisis Intervention tool From Brendon Parsley and Jackie Hodny

6)      Employers Favor State Schools for Hires   (From Career Headlines – 10/25/10)

7)     Regarding “Green” Jobs: From 11/23 Career and Tech Update

8)     Career Headlinesis a complimentary, weekly update on career-related topics

9)  “Campaign to stop Bullying”- From 10/26/10 Career Update



1)  NDACTE NewsletterThank you Bobbijo Jelinek for the excellent article –(see attachment)


2)  WorkKeys Prep:  I did a little additional Googling - here is what I have found – most have sample questions – some have sample tests – some have copywrites - some not. CF:


Preparing for the WorkKeys® Assessments  

(If you control click on the preceding link – you get to a WK prep book – Googled and found this.)

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
Preparing for the WorkKeys Assessments08. 3. Test Taking Tips. You will be taking the Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information ...

Preparing for WorkKeys

Preparing for WorkKeys another link

Preparing for WorkKeys another source


For applied math - again I thought this looked good.  (I think these questions are pretty similar to those on the test.)


Of course there are sample questions, explanations and answers at the ACT/WorkKeys site


No WorkKeys, but lots of free test prep here for a wide variety of assessments (and other stuff – check it out carefully) it looks like a useful

resource.  Actually pretty awesome.


3)  Parents accessing Test Gear – Leah Dockter queried Test Gear folks about parents accessing Test Gear and asked that I forward their response on to all of you.  See below:


“I checked into the reason for the student only access and I was told that it had been decided not to allow parents access because that would use up the enrollment numbers.


Test gear is allotted in series of enrollment numbers and each school is limited in these enrollment numbers for this product.


Parents could log in as the student themselves to see what the program looks like without doing any of the work within the program or follow along with their child.


Donalda Hunt

Customer/Tech Support

XAP Corporation

Phone 1-800-281-1168 Ext: 4224 Fax: 1-888-349-3437”


4)  Job Service Info Via Kathy Holle – You probably received this from Kathy in August – But I thought this was so good – I wanted to be sure you got it:


“There is an exciting new resource from Job Service.  I will let them explain…


Careers in North Dakota is a comprehensive publication that covers nearly everything you ever wanted to know about career opportunities in North Dakota including employment projections, wages, core tasks, work activities, skills, knowledge, and typical education/training requirements. Additionally, we’ve tagged those occupations that are high demand, high wage, and belong to one of five skill clusters. Also, there’s the ability to cross-reference each occupation with a Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code, career cluster, or general interest area. This publication should be used as a general guide for career exploration, not as the sole determinant of a career direction or choice.


Go to ND Workforce Intelligence and click on the red cover graphic.  One word of advance warning – they made a decision to change the career clusters a bit so you will see that when you get to this publication.  I don’t think it will be too difficult to find what you need in spite of that change.


Enjoy and, if you like this resource, be sure to let Job Service know!  Duane Broschat ( and his Labor Market Information team work hard to get this data in a readable and understandable form.


Good day, everyone!




5)  From Brendon Parsley and Jackie Hodny:  Business Card with contact information for Crisis Intervention


We hand out a business card that says in case of emergency... If you need to visit w someone related to any issues that requires immediate attention or simply a concern that you may have, talk to:

We list both of our principals and our counselors, numbers... we then say if you cannot get a hold of any of them please try any other staff member that you feel comfortable with. We also list a 24-Hr Crisis line 1-866-746-8900, and or areas number Northeast Service Center Crisis line 701-775-0525.


Hope this helps, Brendon Parsley



6) Employers Favor State Schools for Hires   (From Career Headlines – 10/25/10)

U.S. companies mostly favor graduates of big state universities over Ivy League and other elite liberal-arts schools when hiring to fill entry-level jobs, a recent Wall Street Journal study found.

Jennifer Merritt examined a Wall Street Journal survey of 479 of the largest public and private companies, including nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The results showed that Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ranked as top picks for graduates best prepared and most able to succeed.

Of the schools rated in the top 25 by these employers, 19 were public colleges or universities, one was Ivy League (Cornell University), and the rest were private, including Carnegie Mellon and the University of Notre Dame.

Recruiters say graduates of top public universities are often among the most prepared and well-rounded academically, and companies have found they fit well into their corporate cultures and, over time, have the best success record in their firms.

7)   Regarding “Green” Jobs: From 11/23 Career and Tech Update:

“Despite Training, Green Jobs Prove Elusive For Some.

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter(11/23, Fletcher) reports for some, despite having trained for work in areas such as "solar installation, sustainable landscape design, recycling and green demolition," job offers have still been scarce. "The huge federal investment has run headlong into the stubborn reality that the market for renewable energy products - and workers - remains in its infancy." The market has also "been undercut by the simple economic fact that fossil fuels remain cheaper than renewables." Some experts say that, lacking "government mandates dictating how much renewable energy utilities must use to generate electricity, or placing a price on the polluting carbon emitted by fossil energy cannot begin to reach its job creation potential." Some are pessimistic about the future of green energy and technology. Others "are optimistic for the long term, even if the spending will not significantly ease the nation's unemployment crisis in the short run."

8)    Career Headlinesis a complimentary, weekly update on career-related topics from Career Solutions Publishing. Visit us at or call 888-299-2784.

9)   “Campaign to stop Bullying”- From 10/26/10 Career UpdateWe all work to stop this – harder to stop than anyone (who does not work in educations realizes) – however the more support on this issue the better.  CF

Obama Administration Launches Campaign To Combat School Bullying.

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter(10/26, Anderson) reports, "The Obama administration is launching a campaign to prevent anti-gay bullying and other harassment at school, advising educators that federal law protects students from many forms of discrimination." According to the Post, Administration officials say a new advisory from the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights is "the federal government's most comprehensive guidance to date on how civil rights law applies to the sort of campus situations that in some cases have led persecuted students to commit suicide. President Obama is expected to help promote the initiative."

According to the New York Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter(10/26, Dillon), Administration officials said the move "took on new urgency in recent weeks because of a string of high-profile cases in which students have committed suicide after enduring bullying by classmates. ... 'I am writing to remind you that some student misconduct that falls under a school's anti-bullying policy also may trigger responsibilities under one or more of the federal anti-discrimination laws,' says the letter, signed by Russlynn H. Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights." The Times adds that data collected by ED researchers last year indicated that "one-third of all students ages 12 to 18 felt that they were being bullied or harassed at school, Ms. Ali said in an interview."

ND Academic and Career and Technical Education Scholarships


Dear Seniors and Parents of Seniors:
The 2009 State Legislature established two new merit scholarships for North Dakota students. The scholarship application is now available online through June 7. The application may be found at DPI. The be eligible for a scholarship a student must be a North Dakota resident and graduate from a high school in North Dakota. The Academic Scholarship requires a student earn a 24 or higher composite score on the ACT. The Career and Technical Education Scholarship requires a student earn a 24 or higher on the ACT or earn three 5’s on the WorkKeys Assessments. The North Dakota Academic Scholarship and the North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarship were authorized by the 2009 Legislature, in House Bill 1400, to encourage and reward high school students for taking more challenging course work in preparation for college and to prepare them for entering the workforce.
I have enclosed a paper copy of the application for your information. The application must be completed online.
More information is available at NDUS or feel free to contact me at 247-2992 in the a.m. or 247-2955 in the p.m.
This is in exciting time for seniors and their families please visit with me about any questions you may have concerning your seniors’ future plans.
Faye Brosy Nelson
Lakota School Counselor

2010-11 On-line Reciprocity Form Now Available

The 2010-11 North Dakota/Minnesota on-line tuition reciprocity application is now available.  Students can access the on-line application at: or


Letter to Parents of Seniors

October 16, 2009
Dear Parents of Seniors:
As you may have heard, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education, and the North Dakota University System are pleased to announce two new scholarship opportunities for high school seniors. The opportunities derived from House Bill 1400 legislation to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging course work in preparation for college and preparation for entering the workforce. These scholarships will also help reduce loan indebtedness after college graduation.
The amount of each scholarship is $750 per semester or $1,500 for the academic year based on full-time enrollment in an accredited higher education institution in North Dakota, both public and private. This scholarship is renewable provided the student maintains a 2.75 grade point average based on a 4.00 scale. The students may be eligible for up to $6,000 within six academic years (do not have to be consecutive years) of undergraduate study after graduation from high school.
Academic year 2009-2010 high school graduating seniors may qualify for either the North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarship or the North Dakota Academic Scholarship based upon an ACT score of 24. An optional  way to qualify for the Career and Technical Education Scholarship is to achieve a WorkKeys score of at least 5 on each of 3 career readiness WorkKeys assessments. The specific WorkKeys assessments are Locating Information, Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics. 
The first day for the WorkKeys test is Saturday, November 14th at 8:30 a.m. at UND. The UND test coordinator, Cindy Stromme, is asking for a confirmed list of students by Wednesday, October 21, in order to have adequate test materials by November 14th. The cost of the assessment is $40, they will only accept cash or checks made out to the University of North Dakota, the morning of the test. The test will begin at 8:30 a.m. so students would need to register between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and will be required to have a current photo ID. Testing will take place at Witmer Hall on the University of ND campus. The address is 101 Cornell Street in Grand Forks.
If you have questions please feel free to contact Cindy or myself using the contact information listed below.
Cindy Stromme – , UND Counseling Center, McCannel Hall Room 200 2891 2nd Ave. No Stop 9042, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9042 (701)777-2127
Faye Brosy Nelson –, Lakota School, 247-2992 a.m. 247-2955 p.m.
·         Attaining a score of 24 on the ACT or 5 on each of three sections of the WorkKeys is one of the requirements to qualify for the new ND Scholarships (totaling $6000 over four years of college if all requirements are met). DPI Resource (for more information).
WorkKeys Test (for more information)
·         Connects work skills, training and testing for education and employers
·         Three required sections include: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information
·         May qualify the student for the National Career Readiness Certificate, which connects employers with the most skilled employees
Please let me know if you have questions, comments, and/or concerns. I look forward to working with you and your senior.   
Faye Brosy Nelson

Monthly Planner for the College Bound Family

The Bank of North Dakota provided Lakota High School with " Monthly Plnners for the College Bound Family".  Each junior and senior student received this calendar.  The calendar has excellent information about things to do each month to help our students prepare for life after high school.  Please review the calendar. 

Parent of 2010 Seniors Fall Letter


September 14, 2009
Dear Parents of Seniors:
Congratulations to you and your senior. The senior year is one of great excitement and apprehension. I look forward to working closely with you and your student. There are a few new opportunities available to your senior, thanks to the ND Legislature and HB 1400 your students are being provided with additional scholarship opportunities contingent upon their ACT score. I’ve included information in this packet regarding the changes. I would like to encourage you to utilize the wealth of services and resources available through the counseling department at Lakota High School when planning for the future. I am also available to families for individual planning sessions. During an individual planning session, we will address issues pertinent to the senior year and post-secondary plans. The individual meetings provide an opportunity for us to address your specific needs.
You are invited to call the school (247-2992) or my home (247-2619) or
e-mail me ( to schedule an individual meeting. I will be available before the school day, during the school day, possibly during your student’s study hall hour, and into the evening hours. The length of the meeting is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Meetings may be scheduled at your convenience.
If a family planning session does not meet your needs, I will be scheduling individual sessions, as soon as possible, with the seniors. 
I also encourage seniors to communicate with me weekly, this will help ensure a smooth transition from high school to post-secondary options.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
Faye Brosy Nelson
Lakota School Counselor
Enc. : Senior Fall Review List
                Parent Checklist/Timeline
                HB 1400 Scholarship Information/Scholarship Flyer