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    Happy New Year! Back by popular demand: the film ANGST. On Wednesday, Jan 22 students will have the opportunity to see the documentary "Angst," raising awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents and a very special interview with Michael Phelps. According to the filmmakers: "Our goal specifically is to help people identify and understand the symptoms of anxiety and encourage them to reach out for help. Angst screens in schools, communities, and theaters around the world. The film and corresponding materials provide tools, resources and above all, hope."
    Students with parent permission may see the film either 2nd or 6th hour on January 22nd. In the evening the film will be shown at North's Performing Arts Center at 6:30 pm followed by a panel discussion with Q & A. "Angst" is not rated and is 46 minutes long.  Students that would like the opportunity to discuss and share their reactions may stay for the following period for discussion with members of South's mental health team.
    If you would like your child to participate in this upcoming film experience, please complete the form here: https://forms.gle/x2Tt6kKtuu5QYCEV9 . Your child will not be permitted to be present at the showing without your permission. 

    The showing of this film is sponsored by The Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods


    I went to a professional development session on resilience and, wow, was it powerful!  I was reinforced in the message that our current culture is building anxiety with obstacles in technology, isolation and developmental challenges of adolescence.  Here is a powerful clip to think about with regard to social media. Check out Dr. David Walsh, a strong parent resource here: http://drdavewalsh.com/ I have read his book Why Do They Act That Way? A survival guide to the adolescent brain for you and your teen.  I thought it was fantastic.


    Senior Parents

    As college admissions are trickling in for the early birds, many students (especially in the arts communities) are just getting their college applications sent out.  Other students may still be unsure about where to apply or what steps to take next. Remember that we are always happy to help!  Just send your student in to see us and we will be more than happy to sit down and talk post-high school options.

    As we move into the second semester, we begin to shift our senior focus from admissions to financing college.  We strongly encourage parents to apply for federal student aid via FAFSA.  Some schools may require the CSS Financial Aid Profile.    

    Parents can only apply for the FAFSA online. FAFSA worksheets are available online to print in PDF form to prepare. In order to apply for financial aid you must go online to http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/  Step one is to apply for your financial aid ID (FSA ID) now at the website. Once you get your FSA ID, you will be able to fill out the application immediately. If you are not sure that the FAFSA will be fruitful, we recommend that you complete it anyway as an opportunity to trigger institutional aid offers that you may not otherwise receive.  Colleges will start awarding money as soon as they receive your information from the federal processing center, so don’t delay.  Some schools may require the CSS Financial Profile.  Click here to see the list of schools on the profile.

    When we met with kids at the end of November we introduced them to a variety of different financial Aid meta search engines including Fastweb and FinAid Finding scholarships is all about the search.

    Tips on Applying for Financial Aid

    1. If you are in doubt as to whether or not to apply for aid…apply.
    2. Students will need their social security number.
    3. Secure the necessary forms. Check which form is needed by each college.
    4. Always read the entire form carefully.
    5. Download (or pick up from the counseling center) the FAFSA Worksheets and use them as a rough draft.
    6. Double-check that proper code numbers are used. PROOFREAD!
    7. Keep a copy of everything you send (electronically or via mail).
    8. Do not send a copy of your taxes with the FAFSA or Profile, colleges will ask you to submit them directly to them if they are required.
    9. Investigate possible outside sources of aid.
    10. Read carefully any responses you get and respond.
    11. Call the college’s financial aid office for help with forms or problems.
    12. Develop a personal calendar.
    13. Meet all required deadlines.
    14. Do not get distracted by frauds that guarantee aid in return for an enrollment fee.


    Junior Parents

    Junior Meetings!  Each year we attempt to meet individually with each Junior (and parents if they would like to join us) to have an in-depth, personalized discussion about college searching, applying, and financing.  In efforts to meet with more students, we have moved these meetings up from Spring to Winter.  So make your appointments now!  We are anxious to get started.

    Students should register now for the ACT and/or SAT tests that will be given in the second semester. Keep in mind dates for AP testing and final exams.  Remember, that your child will take a free SAT at South in April as a part of the state tests. This score is official and may be used for college applications. Taking an April or June ACT is a great idea since students will have addressed the entire Algebra II math curriculum required for the test.

    You can go directly to the testing companies’ websites (www.actstudent.org and www.collegeboard.org ) to register and to obtain more information about the tests.

    We recommend that you register early to secure a spot at your preferred testing center. Please pay attention to deadlines; there are financial penalties for late registration. When you register, you will need to use the Grosse Pointe South school code: 231-802.  

    Sophomore & Freshman Parents

    We spoke with freshmen on December 3 about suicide prevention and awareness. They are an impressively informed group! We challenged them to share with a trusted adult the information that we provided on signals that someone may be hurting and considering suicide. Also, add to their phone contacts the 24/7 text line for help 741741.  Just text “Hello” to engage someone to help!  In addition, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a great resource for both the individual that is hurting and their supporters.  Free 24/7 help is available.

    Mid-Winter break you may find yourself loading up the family car for places near and far to visit and vacation.  Consider taking a detour to a convenient college on the way and doing a short tour.  This is a great opportunity for students to learn about some new options that they may never have thought of for college.  It can be so valuable to get a sense of priorities and possibilities for College.  Even if the student dislikes their visit that is time well spent because they can continue to hone their wish list for the perfect college match.  If you don’t have any travel plans consider taking a “Gas Tank Tour” to a few local colleges.  At this point, it is all about exposure to develop that sense of desire and motivation for the next steps in education!

    Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).

    ~ James Baraz

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    Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).

    ~ James Baraz


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