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    November is all about gratitude!  Don’t let the opportunity of Thanksgiving pass you by without taking the time to build some gratitude into your life.  Science research shows us that this actually has a positive physiological effect on us. It truly makes us feel good!  In support of the research, we know this from living it and we will practice this wellness all year long. Check out the J-O-Y Just One Year Challenge based on the science of mental health from Greater Good In Action website for some ideas about practical ways to practice Gratitude. We will be highlighting one practice in school each week
    Week One: November 3-8 JUST THREE THINGS: Create a small journal or notecard and remember three positive things that happened in your day. By taking time out to do this, you tune into the sources of goodness in your life, changing the emotional tone of your life, replacing feelings of disappointment with those of GRATITUDE

    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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    The quarter ended November 1st. Report cards will be finalized and available for review on Parent Portal on November 12.  Report Cards will not be mailed home so it is important that you log in and look at your student’s grades.  This is the time to evaluate grades and review class selections.  If students are struggling in an honors or AP level class, please contact the teacher to discuss if a student should consider moving to the curricular alternative.  The school policy always encourages students to challenge themselves to the extent possible with the curriculum, while ensuring that they are not overwhelmed and out-paced.  Students have until November 15 to make a level change without the previous grade penalizing them.  Call the counselor if you have any questions about this policy.

    If you have a question or concern about a class or grade in a particular class, we encourage you to contact the teacher directly via their email or their direct phone number.  Both of these can be found on the school’s website.  Any problem that may not be resolved via the direct teacher contact can certainly be referred to us, but the conversation with the teacher should take place first.   

    Senior Parents:

    Transcripts will not be sent to colleges until students complete the Application Notification form in the CRC.  This is critical and if it is not completed will delay your application review at the university. Students can find this form on the counseling website, in the counseling center, or in the CRC office.

    Our November 1 early action date for some colleges has passed, but it’s not too late to apply to U of M and hundreds of other great schools!  Don’t delay – apply today. 

    We are anxious to talk with seniors who are still undecided about college or other post-graduation choices.  Please encourage your student to make an appointment to see their counselor if they are in this situation.  It is definitely not too late to start the planning process if they have been undecided up to this time. 

    Financial Aid Alert!

    The FAFSA is a gateway to college scholarships and student loans.  File now at www.fafsa.ed.gov The window opened October 1.  Some colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, as part of their financial aid process for some or all of their financial aid applicants. Here is a current list of institutions that use this process: Check with the Financial Aid office at the colleges where your child is applying. If the financial Aid office requires the PROFILE then check the deadline for applying. You can apply here: https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile


    Junior parents:

    Just like last year, the state of Michigan exams (M-STEP) will take place at South in April and include a free SAT. However, that doesn’t mean that the ACT is off-limits for our students.  The ACT is still accepted everywhere and typically the students find themselves well prepared to take this test.  Students can still sign up to take the test at North by going to www.actstudent.org.  We encourage students to sign up and take an additional ACT or SAT before the end of their junior year at Grosse Pointe North. Macomb Community College and U of D High School are good alternatives as the second choice test center.   If he or she has not already signed up to take an additional test, please have your junior student register online. The South school code that they will need to register is: 231-802.  We recommend either April or June test dates.   

    Students wishing to take the SAT (and SAT Subject Tests, if required by a college they intend to pursue) should make sure to register soon for their preferred testing dates so they will be assigned to the test center of their choice.  As with the ACT, students can sign up for multiple test dates now.  They do not need to wait until they have taken the test once before registering for a second test.  Go to www.collegeboard.org or to the Counseling Center for more information. Please remember that students cannot take the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day.  Again, the South school code for the SAT is the same as for the ACT: 231-802.   


    Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Parents:

    We anticipate that the PSAT scores will be available online by the December holiday break. Paper copies of the results will not be sent to schools until sometime in January.

    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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