- Community Resources
- Financial Aid
- Saving for College
- Cyber Bullying
- Test Taking and Study Skills
- Counselor Information
- Help Lines for Midland County
First Call for Help(989) 835-2211
Family & Children's Services(989) 631-5390
Department of Human Services(989) 835-7040
Ten Sixteen Recovery Network(help with Drug Addiction & Gambling)
Ten-16 Recovery network
Pregnancy Resource Center(989) 835-1500
- Pregnancy Testing
- Options Counseling
- Community Referrals
- and more....
Pre and Post Natal Services(989) 631-5390
Family and Children's Services Offering
- Referral Services
The Open Door(989) 835-2291
Midland's Open Door
Midland Area Homes(989) 496-9550
Good Samaritan(989) 893-5973
Good Samaritan - Bay City, MI
House of Mercy Shelter (Women Only)(989) 631-2346
Shelterhouse (Women Only)(989) 835-6771
Some Tips for Parents
Be generous with praiseObserve your child carefully and comment on the things that are done well. When you see an area that needs improvement, find a positive way to talk about it with your child.
Encourage "personal best"Help your child by encouraging him or her to do the best in school and at home. Remember, "personal best" does not mean "perfect", and learning is not the same as high grades. Children, like adults, need the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from them.
Make Learning a PriorityYour attitude toward school attendance, education and involvement in the school makes a strong and lasting impression on your child. Show your child, by example, that learning is a priority.
Show Interest in School Work
- Talk about school each day.
- Ask to see classwork.
- Have your child read aloud to you.
- Read to and with your child from a variety of material in your first language.
- Encourage your child to discuss new ideas and pinions.
- Show appreciation for good efforts.
Offer Suggestions for SuccessHelp your child use the following strategies to improve performance in school:
- Read the assignment when it is given.
- Keep a list of new vocabulary.
- Proofread assignments to catch errors before writing a final draft.
- Review notes before a test.
Schedule Study TimeSet up an area for homework away from noise and distractions. Post a family calendar that schedules school project deadlines, after-school activities, mid-term dates, exam periods and report card dates.
Midland Area Community FoundationWebsite (click here)
Michigan Competitive Scholarship
Michigan Tuition Grant(based of financial need - determined by
Children of Veterans Tuition grant(natural or adopted child of veteran who is disabled or deceased due to service connected causes or is listed as missing in action in a foreign country.)
Police Officers & Firefighters Survivors Tuition(waives tuition for child or spouse who demonstrate need - determined by FAFSA)
GEAR UP Michigan! Scholarship
(one nominated student per high school per year)
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
There are TONS of scholarship opportunities available for ACEA students!
- Midland Area Community Foundation
- MI Blood Scholarship
- AAUW "Women in Transition" Scholarship
- Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
- Detroit News/CATCH Outstanding High School Graduates Scholarship
- And many, many more!
DON'T GET HOOKED BY MISLEADING SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS!
- High application fees
- Guaranteed money
- Everybody is eligible
- Masquerading as federal agency
- Claims of government approval
- Time pressure
- Unusual requests for personal information
For more helpful information on how to spot a scam, visit:
Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams
Mapping Your Future
For more information, Click here
Free Application for Federal Student Aid
For state or college aid, the deadline may be as early as January 2015. See the table to the right for state deadlines. You may also need to complete additional forms. Check with your high school guidance counselor or a financial aid administrator at your college about state and college sources of student aid and deadlines.
If you are filing close to one of these deadlines, we recommend you file online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/ This is the fastest and easiest way to apply for aid.
Be sure to respond promptly to requests for information - delays can mean losing funds for which a student is eligible!
Parents -If you have already completed the FAFSA for one of your college students, you can transfer data from your original application to another new application.
Saving for Your Child's Education
What is cyberbullying, exactly?
Cyber Bullying Research Center
How can you stop it once it starts?
What's the Parents' Role in this?
Parents need to be supportive of your child during this time. You may be tempted to give the "stick and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you" lecture, but words and cyberattacks can wound a child easily and have a lasting effect. These attacks follow them into your otherwise safe home and wherever they go online. And when up to 700 million accomplices can be recruited to help target or humiliate your child, the risk of emotional pain is very real, and very serious. Don't brush it off.
Let the school know so the guidance counselor can keep an eye out for in-school bullying and for how your child is handling things. You may want to notify your pediatrician, family counselor or clergy for support if things progress. It is crucial that you are there to provide the necessary support and love. Make them feel secure. Children have committed suicide after having been cyberbullied, and in Japan one young girl killed another after a cyberbullying incident. Take it seriously.
Parents also need to understand that a child is just as likely to be a cyberbully as a victim of cyberbullying and often go back and forth between the two roles during one incident. They may not even realize that they are seen as a cyberbully.
We have a quick guide to what to do if your child is being cyberbullied: Your actions have to escalate as the threat and hurt to your child does. But there are two things you must consider before anything else. Is your child at risk of physical harm or assault? And how are they handling the attacks emotionally?
Typical assessments taken by ACEA students include:
- 9th Grade: MEAP Social Studies
- 11th Grade: MME (this combines the ACT and the Michigan Merit curriculum assessments)
ASVAB (optional) an assessment to look at military and career options.
- 12 Grade: ACT retakes (optional)
Before the Test
- Eat well. Studies show that you need good nutrition to concentrate and perform your best.
- Bring the right supplies. Bring your pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, compasses, calculators or whatever else you need on test day.
- Review the whole test before you start. See how many sections and what types of questions are on the test. Determine how much time to allow for completing each section.
- Jot down your first thoughts. During your first scan of the test, make quick notes about your thoughts. For example, you may want to outline your answers to written-response and essay questions right away.
During the Test
- Read the directions. It’s important that you follow the instructions exactly. For example, some questions may have more than one correct answer.
- Answer easy questions first. Doing this can jog your memory about useful facts. You may also come across information that can help you with other questions.
- Answer every question. Unless there is a penalty for wrong answers, try to answer every question; you may be able to get partial credit for those you begin but don’t complete correctly.
- Ask questions. If a question isn't clear, talk to your teacher. If that's not possible, explain your answer in the margin.
- Identify key words. This helps you focus on the main idea of challenging questions.
- Rephrase difficult questions. To understand questions better, rewrite them in your own words. Be careful not to change the meaning.
- Organize your thoughts before you write. Take time to organize your responses to short-answer and essay questions. You'll reduce the time you need to revise.
- Write neatly. Be sure you don't lose points on answers the teacher can't read.
- Use all the time you're given. If you finish early, don't leave. Use the extra time to proofread and review your answers.
Test taking tips taken from: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/testing/how-to-prepare-for-admission-tests
For more help with: Test Taking, Study Skills, Note Taking, Test Anxiety and How Parents Can Help with Test Taking, visit:
ACEA School Counselor InformationDan Simonds email me
Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding credits, support services, scholarships, FAFSA and/or resources available.
Understanding the School Counselor
What do school counselors do? Today's school counselors:
- Counsel students individually and/or in groups
- Provide systematic and developmental classroom guidance to all students
- Respond to student needs in crisis situations
- Orient students to new school settings
- Work with absentees, potential dropouts and other at-risk students
- Refer students to special programs and/or services when necessary
- Analyze test results to provide information about abilities, achievement, interests and needs
- Help with individual school, college, and career plans; coordinate school-to-work initiatives and with post-secondary institutions
- Coordinate efforts with other school specialists
- Conduct conferences with parents and facilitate parent discussion groups
- Coordinate staff support activities
- Adhere to ethical and legal standards
- Pursue continuous professional growth and development
- Conduct an annual evaluation of the guidance program
Following are some questions you might want to ask your child's school counselor:
- How is my child doing in school?
- What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
- Are there any areas of concerns?
- What are my child’s goals for this year?
- What are some suggestions for action at home?
- What programs are available to help my child to do better?
- Does my child get along well with adults?
- Does my child get along well with his/her peers?
- What can I do to improve discipline at home?
- Are there ways I can improve communication with my child?
- What can I expect after a change in the family (death, divorce, illness, financial status, moving)?
- If my child is (running away from home, being disrespectful, having other problems), what should I do?
- What resources are available at school?
- What resources are available outside of school?
- What do I need to do to prepare my child for college admission?
- What are the best resources for information on financial assistance and scholarships?
- What do I do? My child is (sad, not sleeping, not eating, overeating, has temper tantrums, etc.)
Studies have shown that children have greater academic achievement when their parents are involved in their education.
|24 Hour First Call for Help||835-2211|
|Family and Children's Services||631-5390|
|Community Mental Health||631-2320|
|24 Hr. Crisis Line||631-4450|
|Partners in Change||832-2165|
|Medical Clinics & Health|
|Midland County Health Department||832-6655|
|Mid Michigan Medical Center||839-3000|
|Youth Emergency Services||631-5390|
|MI 24 Hour Runaway Assistance||1-800-292-4517|
|Sexual Assault, Rape & Family Violence|
|Shelterhouse/Sexual Assault Counseling||835-6771|
|United Way First Call for Help||835-2211|
|Temporary Food & Housing|
|Youth Emergency Services||631-5390|
|Midland Emergency Food Pantry||835-2211|
|House of Mercy Woman's Shelter||631-2346|
|Good Samaritan Rescue Mission||839-5973|
|Midland Area Homes||496-9550|
|Family and Children's Services||631-5390|
|Midland County ESA||631-5892 ext. 131|
|Success by 6||631-5892 ext. 173|
|North Midland Family Center||689-7770|
|West Midland Family Center||832-3256|
|Alcohol & Drugs|
|Circle of Health Partnership||835-8699|
|Community Mental Health||631-2320|
|Midland Cancer Services/Tobacco Cessation||835-4841|