Senior Parent Letter
September 13, 2018
Dear seniors and Parents/Guardians of Seniors:
Congratulations, you have made it to your senior year! This year is full of anticipation and excitement as you look forward to the future. Keep in mind that 26 credits are required for graduation. Please review your son/daughter’s transcript on infinite campus to see if your son/daughter is on track for graduation. We also review this but ultimately it is the student’s responsibility.
Seniors who are considering college, either a 2 or 4 year, should be working on applications at this time. The majority of college applications are available online. Once you apply online please let me know as we still need to send an official transcript.
Financial aid applications (FAFSA) will be available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA forms can be submitted any time after October 1, 2018. Financial aid workshops are held at local community colleges to assist parents in this process. To find dates and times go to www.mafaa.org. Our local community scholarship booklet will be available in March.
I will be meeting one on one with each senior within the next month to make sure they have a plan for life after high school and assist them with any questions they might have.
Seniors should also sign up for the Remind app that Ms. Klein and Ms. Kennedy, our senior advisors, use to notify you of important deadlines and information. You can register to receive text or email. Parents/Guardians can sign up as well. See the attached page for instructions, or visit https://www.remind.com/join/zm2019.
Included is a list of important dates. Dates are approximate and you will receive further information in the future. If there are any questions please feel free to contact me.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR SENIORS 2018/2019
*Yearlong-College representatives visit our high school. These will be in announcements a week prior to the visit and you may sign up with Ms. Hunstad. These are also posted on the website.
*A College Transitions Coordinator from Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) visits every other Wednesday, starting September 19th from 8:45-11:00. She is here for anyone who is undecided on what they might want to do after high school, can answer financial aid questions, assist with choosing a college, etc. You do not need to be applying to RCTC to visit with her.
*October is College Knowledge Month. Seniors can apply to various colleges for free during the week of October 22-26. There are also College Fairs throughout the area. More information can be found at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us
*October 9-Mayo Clinic Healthcare Festival. If you are interested in the healthcare field and would like to attend this festival see Ms. Hunstad for information.
*October- Start bringing in senior pictures. Ms. Kennedy or Ms. Stumm need 3 from each senior: 1 for Yearbook-must be vertical (preferably digital,) 1 for newspaper (preferably digital,) 1 for senior board (MUST be hard copy that won’t be returned). They may all be the same picture, or different!
-Begin filling out senior profiles for the News Record.
-Large group Senior picture-October 10
*October 27-next ACT test date if you would like to retake it. Registration deadline is September 22. Register online at www.act.org
*January-seniors meet with the Josten’s representative regarding graduation information such as gowns, invitations, etc.
*Mid-January-Josten’s will be picking up orders.
*End of February/Beginning of March-Voting for Senior Superlatives
*March 1-Deadline for senior pictures for the yearbook (digital copy), graduation board (hard copy that won’t be returned) and for senior profile (digital copy).
*March - Applications for Community Scholarships can be found on School Website.
*Early April-Prom registration
*April 1-Reciprocity applications available online at www.getreadyforcollege.org
*April/May-Graduation materials from Jostens arrive. Payment due in full before students allowed to pick up.
*Beginning of May-community scholarships due. Applications available in March on school website.
*May 15, 7:00 p.m.- Community scholarship banquet.
*April 27 Prom
-Grand March is at ZMHS
-More details to come later
*May 31-Graduation Practice in the high school gym at 10:00am (More information will follow throughout the year, date and time may change). Senior Picnic to follow.
*Friday, May 31-Graduation in HS Gym. 7:00 p.m. (More information will follow throughout the year).