STARS Connection - Week of Feb 11, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of Feb 11, 2019

STARS Connection - Week of Feb 11, 2019

STARS CONNECTION

Parent Newsletter from Academy of Holy Angels
Week of February 11, 2019

IN THIS ISSUE

Coming up this week: Course Registration Deadline is Friday, Wed Feb 13 is PLC & Junior College Planning Day, Lunar New Year, State Table Tennis Tournament, Graduation Announcements 

We want you to know: Virtus Training, Register for Dinner Dances, Summer Experience Camps, Boston History and College Tour, Spring Sports Info, State Hockey Tickets, AP Test Cost, Drivers Ed

A look ahead: London Meeting, Upcoming Dates

From the College & Career Center: Jr College Planning Day, Jr meetings, ACT Prep classes, Career Speakers Request, Transcript request deadlines, Star on the CCC board, Senior Grades Count, SAT deadlines

Extras: Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this weekCOMING UP THIS WEEK

Deadline for 2019-20 Course Registration is Friday, Feb 8th

Please make sure your student has completed their requests for next year's classes in NetClassroom. Stop by the Guidance offices on the 3rd floor with any questions or problems. In order for students to request courses, you must respond to the email you received from TADS in early January and re-­enroll your student for the 2019-20 school year. The deadline was January 19, 2019. If you haven't received email from TADS, please call them directly at 612-­548-­3320. Viewable copies of documents are available on the AHA website, including a tutorial on how to request courses online.

Wednesday, Feb 13 is PLC and Jump Start your College Planning day for Juniors

Wednesday, Feb 13 is a PLC (Professional Learning Community) day at AHA. Teachers will gather for early morning professional meetings. Classes begin at 8:25 am. Buses run at their regular times, and there's supervision for students who arrive at school early. February 13th is also Jump Start your College planning day for all AHA juniors. Read more in the College and Career section below.

Lunar New Year celebration is Friday, February 8th at 6 pm

Come celebrate Lunar New Year 2019 on Friday, February 8, 6 -8:30 pm in the AHA commons. There will be dinner, games, and fun. All are welcome. Cost is $10 per person for food. RSVP to LJ You with $10 payment by Thursday, Feb. 7th.

State Table Tennis is this Sunday, Feb 10

On Sunday Holy Angels will host the State Table Tennis Tournament.  This day long tournament begins at 9 a.m. and consists of an open team competition and a women's team competition. Some of the best student players is the state will be competing.

Graduation Announcements 

Senior Parents: Your senior ordered their cap and gown this fall.This has already been paid for using the senior fee you were assessed this fall with the graduation fee included in tuition. If you want to order announcements or other graduation themed items directly from Jostens, you may do so at http://www.gradsmn.org/academy-of-holy-angels. THE DEADLINE TO ORDER GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15.

We want you to knowWE WANT YOU TO KNOW

Virtus Training

On Thursday February 28th, AHA will be hosting a Virtus training from 6-9pm. Virtus is the Archdiocesan required training for anyone working or volunteering within a Catholic school or parish in any capacity. Registration is required through the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: http://safe-environment.archspm.org/essential-3/

Register now for the 20th annual AHA Dinner Dances

It is time for the 20th annual Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dinner dances. This year they will be on Friday March 29 (Father/Daughter) and Saturday March 30 (Mother/Son). The dances will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest (same location as 2018!) Join us for a delicious meal, dancing to great tunes, games, and chatting. For your convenience, this year there is an option to pay online via paypal. Registrations are due by March 22. Get more details and register now for both dancesIf you would like to volunteer to be part of this awesome event, email AHAdinnerdances@gmail.com

Registration for Summer Experience Camps Now Available

We are excited to be hosting our Summer Experience Camps again this June. We have reduced camp prices this year and changed the schedule to allow campers to participate in multiple camps (convenient for busy parents). Check out all of the new and available camps at https://www.academyofholyangels.org/news-and-events/summer-experience.html. We can't wait to see you this June!

Sign up for the Boston History and College Tour

The 2019 BOSTON HISTORY & COLLEGE TOUR (October 17-21) has a few open spots remaining. All current AHA students are eligible to participate. If you are interested in finding out more about this wonderful opportunity, please contact Steve Werle at swerle@ahastars.org or Ann Kjorstad at akjorstad@ahastars.org.

Spring Sports Information

Spring Sports registration begins on February 1st. Concussion testing dates are February 13th, 20th and March 11th. Testing is at 3 pm in room 2495. All students planning to play a spring sport must have a current physical on file. Physical on file must be dated after 6/15/16. Register for Spring Sports hereSpring Sport Start dates:

  • March 11th: Softball and Track
  • March 18th: Baseball, Girls Golf, Boys Golf
  • March 25th: Boys Tennis
  • April 1st: Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse

State Class AA Boys Hockey Tickets

The school has some additional State Class AA Hockey Tickets available for sale. The tickets cover all State Class AA Boys Hockey games played at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul from March 6th - 9th. Adult tickets are $104.00 and student tickets are $66.00. Email Athletic Director Michael Kautzman if interested: mkautzman@ahastars.org.

AP test cost will be added to TADS billing process this month

This is a reminder that if your son or daughter has an AP class, he/she will be taking an AP test in May. The cost for each test is $60.00 and was collected for the majority of students via TADS in January. For International Students and those who have not yet paid, please pay or contact Nancy Cullen in the business office directly (612-798-2615). Nancy's office is in the business area on the 2nd floor's administrative wing. Test fees need to be collected by the end of February for test ordering.

Spring Driver Education Dates Announced

Spring classroom driver education dates are April 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 23, and 25. Classes are held Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 – 6:15 p.m. AAA has a comprehensive teen driver education program that includes: Classroom, Parent/Guardian Night, Driver Impact Panel and Behind-the-Wheel Lessons. Students receive an AAA How to Drive Textbook and the Minnesota Driving Manual.

Already completed classroom at AAA Driving School and looking for Behind-the-Wheel Lessons? We have opened daytime lessons during Spring Break in addition to our regular after school and weekend lesson times. You can schedule directly via the online Student Portal https://www.myeform3.net/AAAMN/Student/StudentLogin.aspx.

For more information about all AAA Driving School programing, or to register for classes, call (952) 927-2602 or visit AAA.com/driving school For residents outside of Hennepin County, use zip code 55416 to access the AAA Minneapolis website.

A Look AheadA LOOK AHEAD

British Isles Trip Meeting! 

All seniors and juniors going on the March 1-10 trip and their parents/guardians need to attend the final informational meeting before we depart.  This meeting is set for Thursday, February 21st in the Library from 5:00-6:00.  Important information and instructions will be shared.  If you cannot attend contact Mrs. Boston at pboston@ahastars.org and your individual faculty chaperone.  Cheeeeeerio!

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Upcoming Dates

  • Feb 8: Lunar New Year 6 pm, Stars on Stage 9 pm
  • Feb 12: Sophomore Career Assessment in Homeroom
  • Feb 13: PLC Late Start; Jr College Planning Day
  • Feb 15: No School; Professional Day
  • Feb 18: No School; President's Day
  • Feb 20: 9th Grade Registration 4:30 pm
  • Feb 22: E Schedule; Dismissal at 1 pm
  • Feb 24: Sacred Choral Concert and Winter Band Concert
  • Feb 27-28: Trimester 2 Finals
  • Feb 28: Virtus training 6 pm
  • March 1-10: Spring Break
  • March 11: School Resumes and Tri 3 begins 

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College and CareerFROM THE COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

Junior College Planning Day is Rescheduled to Wednesday, February 13.

Jumpstart Your College Planning Day is a school day devoted to helping AHA juniors get started on the college planning and application process now, so they’re ready when they become seniors. Since the senior year is such a busy, important, and special time for students, getting a head start on college planning will provide a lot of benefits when next fall’s activities get underway. This important event is a requirement for juniors. They should have their laptops charged and with them that day.

The event begins with a presentation in the theater at 8:25 a.m.(We are on a PLC schedule that day.) Throughout the day, juniors will attend a series of sessions about college planning—including what happens when an admission file is reviewed, essay writing, finding a college fit, resume writing, career exploration, and the Family Connection/college search. At the completion of the event, students will receive an assignment to complete a college planning portfolio, which is a requirement that is reflected on a student’s official transcript. The portfolio will now be due on Friday, April 12 at 7:45 a.m. and will be reviewed and returned to students with feedback by the end of the school year. This allows them to make revisions over the summer and begin to apply to colleges before school starts in the fall.

Junior meetings are in full swing

Junior Parents: Junior meetings have begun! The college counselors are enjoying the opportunity to meet with you and your junior to discuss college planning. Our time together is most productive when you and your junior have completed the student and parent surveys ahead of the meeting so we are prepared to discuss the issues most pressing to your family. Thank you in advance for your time! If the letter sent to you in December got lost among the Christmas letters and you are not sure of your meeting date and time, please contact your college counselor right away to find out about your assigned meeting time.

ACT prep classes available

Junior Parents: If you were not able to attend the Practice ACT Score Back session in November, you should have received scores in the mail. There are several ACT Prep Classes available in the coming months. If you are interested in the Sylvan ACT Prep Class, here is a link to information about the course. The Sylvan ACT Prep class taught at Holy Angels is $799. If you are interested in the AHA Test Prep class taught by AHA faculty, the cost is $200 and here is a link to that registration form. Please contact Ms. Kjorstad if you have questions.

Career Speakers needed throughout school year

Parents: Are you interested in sharing your career with AHA students? The College and Career Center hosts career speakers in the CCC January-April. If you would be interested in speaking to interested students in the CCC for a class period, please contact Ms. Kjorstad at akjorstad@ahastars.org and she will get you on the calendar! All juniors must complete an interview with someone in the career field of their interest for the Junior College Planning Portfolios. Your participation is appreciated!!

Transcript request deadlines

Senior Parents: Seniors applying to colleges with a deadline of February 15 need to request their transcripts by January 31st. Remember: It is school policy that we do not submit test scores to colleges. Students need to have their test scores sent to colleges directly from the testing agency. They can request this online through actstudent.org or sat.org. Be aware that many schools are beginning to allow self-reported test scores as part of the admission process. Students should check the websites of their colleges for the policies of each school.

To get a STAR on the CCC Board

Senior Parents: Remind your student to bring in their admission and scholarship letters to their college counselor to get a STAR on the board. We need to know about scholarship awards for Celebration Day in the spring.

Senior grades count

Senior Parents: Please remind your senior that every college admission decision is conditional upon successful completion of high school. The college counselors will be sending a final transcript to the college your son or daughter decides to attend after graduation. Colleges DO review these grade reports and if they note dropped classes or decreased grades, they will and do reconsider admission decisions and in some cases, rescind admission. Any schedule changes for third trimester must first be approved by colleges as students have applied and been accepted to schools with the understanding your student was enrolled in certain classes. Any changes to those classes could also impact their admission decisions. We absolutely believe the work seniors are doing now will help them be prepared for a more successful transition to college in the fall.

SAT deadline

The deadline to register for the March 9 SAT is Friday, February 8. AHA is not a test site for the SAT but students can register and find a test center location at sat.org Please note that the ACT and SAT are accepted at all colleges and while most students take the ACT (which can be taken at Holy Angels) and it is not necessary to take both tests, some students choose to do so.

Extras

EXTRAS

We pray for and offer support to the family of Michelle Lynch who passed away last week. Michelle, mother of Troy '22 and Collin '16, was an active AHA parent and member of the AHA Board of Trustees. 

Kudos to Alyssa Wilgenbusch '20 and her synchronized skating team.  They finished 1st at the Midwestern Sectional tournament last weekend and will be competing at the US Synchronized Skating Championships later this month.

Is my team in action this week?

Go to tri-metro.org for the sports schedules.

What's for lunch?

Get lunch information, including menus as available.

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