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Notes from the Counseling Department

Throughout the school year, I will be sending updates to keep you informed about what is happening in the Counseling Department here at Merritt Academy. Focus will be placed on our Character Education Program, Community Events, and College and Career Prep.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Witkowski at any time. 

CHARACTER EDUCATION

Throughout the school year Mr. Witkowski will be going into classrooms to discuss various character traits, as well as talk to students about current social issues such as bully prevention, peer pressure, and making positive choices and healthy habits. 

At the end of each month, one student from each classroom will be chosen as "Student of the Month" by their teacher.  This student is chosen based on how well they demonstrated good character throughout the month.  The Student of the Month will receive a certificate, Merritt Academy T-shirt, and a pizza lunch as a token of appreciation for their good character.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Later in this school year, Mr. Witkowski will be working directly with students in grades 7-12 on career exploration and development.  Students in 7th grade will begin to take career interest inventories and in 8th grade they will create an EDP (Educational Development Plan) which is a basic four year plan that will assist them in selecting their classes for high school. Students in grade 9-12 will specifically be focusing on their chosen career paths and I will be helping them with looking into their options beyond high school. Merritt Academy will be utilizing Career Cruising to assist students with finding their career paths and goals. 

COLLEGE VISITS

The first two months of school are usually a busy time for helping Seniors with college applications and helping to decide their plans for after graduation.  Colleges from around the State of Michigan have come, or will be coming, to talk to students about their respective colleges, the programs they offer, and to answer questions about admissions, financial aid, and overall college life. Here is the list of colleges that have already visited Merritt Academy this year:

Michigan State University                 

Oakland University

University of Michigan

Wayne State University

Kettering University

Saginaw Valley and Macomb Community College are scheduled to come in November.

FAFSA INFORMATION

The FAFSA form to be eligible to receive federal assistance to pay for college is currently online and ready to complete. All Seniors planning on attending college next year should complete this form.  Here is the website: www.fafsa.ed.gov.  

Our goal this year is to have ALL 45 graduating Seniors complete this form before leaving for Winter Break.

If you would like assistance in completing this application, contact Mr. Witkowski to schedule a time to meet (please see below).

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

Mr. Witkowski held our annual financial aid night on Wednesday October 16th. He was able to assist several families in completing the FAFSA form to ensure that students get a fair shot at obtaining grants and loans for college. This event was open to all seniors and their parents.  If you are a parent of a graduating senior and would like assistance in completing this form, or have additional questions about the financial aid process, please do not hesitate to call the counseling office to set up an appointment or to get your questions answered. 

DUAL ENROLLMENT

High School students interested in taking dual enrollment classes in the Winter of 2020 may start applying now.  Classes are set to begin January 6th.  The application needs to be completed online at https://www.macomb.edu/future-students/apply-admissions/high-school-students/index.html.  Please see Mr. Witkowski for information and please let him know when you apply, as there are forms in the Counseling Office that also need to get filled out along with the online application.  Registration for classes begins November 13th, so students would need to be accepted by this date to better ensure they get the class they desire. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Oftentimes, there are events in the community that offer parents and students a chance to learn more about current trends that are students are facing.  Here are some events that are open to the public that you may be interested in checking out:

Vape Awarenes: November 6th, 2019 6:30-8:30 at Dakota High School Atrium. Learn the latest trends, news, and updates of this growing youth epidemic. No charge to attend.  Dinner will be provided.  RSVP to Stephanie Lange by November 4th at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (586) 723-2872.  This event is open to any adult in the community and for students in grades 6-12.

Macomb Community College STEAM days: December 4th and 5th at Macomb Community College South Campus in Warren. An opportunity for Middle and High School students to learn about careers in automotive design, robotics, manufacturing, and the technology that makes it happen!          Registration deadline is November 12th.  Register at www.macomb.edu/autosteam.  Questions call (586) 445-7117

MACOMB COUNTY CRISIS UNIT

The Macomb County Children's Mobile Crisis Unit is available to Macomb County families experiencing a crisis situation with their child (21 and younger).  Examples include, but are not limited to having suicidal or homicidal thoughts, physical aggression, uncontrolled tantrums, and anything a parent/guardian feels is a crisis.  Within one hour of the initial call, a master's level therapist and parent support partner will come to your home/place of crisis to assist in resolving the situation. They also offer follow up support and referrals for ongoing services.  There is NO COST to the families for this service.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:30am-9:00pm, Saturday's 10:00am-6:00pm.

Phone: (586) 307-9100

SENIOR SHOUT OUTS:

Congratulations to the following Seniors that have already been accepted into college:

Mason Richards: Saginaw Valley State University

Alexis Pizor: Saginaw Valley State University

Devin Madaus: Oakland University

Aubrey Grundy: Oakland University           

Mya Landis: Oakland University and Saginaw Valley State University