Counseling

Counseling

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) and Career and Technical Education Options

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade students to earn both high school and college credit while still in high school, through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level, nonsectarian courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions. Most PSEO courses are offered on the campus of the postsecondary institution; some courses are offered online. Each participating college or university sets its own requirements for enrollment into the PSEO courses. Eleventh and 12th-grade students may take PSEO courses on a full- or part-time basis; 10th graders may take one career/technical PSEO course. If they earn at least a grade C in that class, they may take additional PSEO courses.

There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Students must meet the PSEO residency and eligibility requirements and abide by participation limits specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.09. Funds are available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. Schools must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 and their families by March 1, every year. Students must notify their school by May 30 if they want to participate in PSEO for the following school year. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

Choosing to Participate

Choosing to participate in the PSEO program is an important decision. Because of that, students should start by planning early. If an OSH student wishes to enroll in the PSEO program he/she should attend an informational PSEO meeting which is held in either January or February. The student’s parent/guardian is highly encouraged to attend as well.

Students participating in the PSEO program should be:

  • Responsible
  • Self-starting
  • Independent learners

Interested

Discuss this option with your parent(s) or guardian. Then make an appointment with your counselor to determine eligibility. If eligible, your counselor will assist you in the completion of the application process for the institution you are interested in attending. A 3-part PSEO form must be completed and signed by your parent/guardian before you register each semester. Ultimately, students are responsible for ensuring that their application materials arrive at the college by the college’s stated deadline.

Books

The books you receive belong to the college, and are to be returned to the location determined by your college/university.

Keep In Mind

This is an opportunity to take actual college courses. You will be expected to effectively manage your time, study more outside of class, and meet deadlines without reminders. Colleges have the right to restrict the number and kinds of courses PSEO students may take. Additionally, once you register for courses, you have started an official college transcript. If you wish to drop a course, it is essential that you discuss this with your counselor. Although colleges have a designated drop/withdrawal period (meaning if you drop a class your college transcript will show “withdrawn”), dropping a college course will result in an “F” grade on your high school transcript.

Involvement in High School Activities

The Minnesota High School League rules allow you to participate in high school athletics and/or extra-curricular activities at either the high school or the post-secondary institution, but not both.

Expectations

You will be responsible for meeting the graduation requirements of Osseo Senior High. Working with your assigned counselor ensures that the college courses you take will meet the high school requirements. The high school grants the number of credits that you will receive for courses taken in PSEO. Therefore, check each trimester to determine your continued credit and graduation needs. It is your responsibility to set up appointments and to sign up for the appropriate classes to meet your graduation requirements.

Credits

For every college semester credit completed, you will receive .75 credit for a high school trimester. Credits will be transcribed as follows:

College Credits High School Credits
1 Credit 0.75 Credit
2 Credits 1.50 Credits
3 Credits 2.25 Credits
4 Credits 3.00 Credits
5 Credits 3.75 Credits

Last but not least…

  • Work closely with your high school counselor.
  • After completing college registration, students must bring in proof of registration to their counselor. Students must bring in a copy of their PSEO course schedule to their counselor prior to the beginning of each semester. 

Students must inform the district (their Osseo Senior High School Counselor) by May 30, 2016 of their intent to enroll in a PSEO course for the following school year.   Please contact your school counselor if you have questions about this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why would I need to see my counselor?

A: You may need to see your counselor for a variety of reasons. We are trained to help students in 4 broad areas: Personal - chemical use, eating issues, stress, etc. Social - family concerns, friendship or dating issues, etc. Academic - study skills, tutors, scheduling, transcripts, etc. Career/College - future planning, test preparation, applications for schools, etc. We may not be able to help you with all of your questions and concerns, but we will try our best to direct you to someone who can help.

 

Q: How do I contact my counselor?

A: You can contact your counselor by phone, email, an appointment or drop us a detailed note in the colored folders located on our office doors.

 

Q: How do I make an appointment?

A: You can either schedule an appointment or fill out an appointment request before school, after school or during your lunch by speaking to the counseling secretary. Please make sure to schedule appointments during any study halls or a period that is most convenient. Parents can also make appointments to see their son's/daughter's counselor by calling the counseling secretary at (763)391-8675. We are generally available between the hours of 7am and 3pm for appointments however each counselor's hours will vary.

 

Q: What if I made an appointment and I still haven’t been called down?

A: Make sure and stop into the counseling office to check for the timing of your appointment. It may be that your appointment was scheduled on a day that you were absent.

Welcome to Osseo Senior High School

Home of the Orioles!!

Welcome to Osseo Senior High ( OSH)! We are excited for you to be a part of our school. It is important to us that your transition into OSH be a good one so please let us know how we can support you here. On this website you will find resources and tips to help you get off to a good start. We know it takes time to get used to a new school so please stop by the counseling office (located across from the main gym and kiddy corner to the Oriole’s Café) if you have any questions.

Enrollment Center First Day at OSH Past Student Advice Resources Important Phone Numbers

 

Enrollment Center

If you happen to be exploring Osseo Senior High as a possible school for you it is important that you get connected with our Enrollment Center. Here you will need to fill out the necessary enrollment papers to get you enrolled in our school district. You can also download the Enrollment Center Flier (PDF) which includes additional information such as hours of operation, location and contact numbers.

 

What to expect on your first day…

First things first you should report to the Counseling Office. Here you will:

  • be given your class schedule.
  • receive a school planner obtaining the student handbook. (You will be asked to take a handbook quiz – not to worry it is easy!)
  • be matched with a Student Ambassador who will give you a tour of the school as well as assist you in finding your classes. This student will also pick you up and drop you off from your classes and eat lunch with you.
  • sign up for a lunch account where you are assigned a pin number.
  • get your photo taken for your school identification card.

New Student Check List

Just a couple things to consider before your first day at OSH:

  1. Be prepared with school supplies (pencils, pens, highlighters, paper, folders, etc.) You will also need to check with your individual teachers for specific supplies needed for their class.
  2. Bring a combination or keyed lock for your locker. (You will need an additional locker for any PE classes).
  3. Bring along money to deposit into your lunch account. (If you have filled out an application for free or reduced lunch we can check on the status for you.)
  4. If you would like to purchase a parking permit you will need to pick up a card to be signed by your parents in the Student Services Office.

A Bit of Advice from Past New Students….

  • Come to school!! Attendance is very important. It is just too easy to fall behind. If you are not feeling well when you wake up – come anyways and if you still are not feeling well you can go see the school nurse.
  • Stay organized!! You may think it is not the “cool” thing to use a planner to keep yourself organized but, seriously it is a habit that will help you be successful. With six teachers an advisor and a million other pieces of information thrown at you daily, your planner will save you from insanity!!
  • Know your resources!! Administrators, counselors, teachers, career resource specialists and paraprofessionals – we have all been high school students at one time and have a wealth of information to help you be successful.
  • Get involved!! We have sports, clubs, teams, groups etc. Research shows if you are involved in the extra-curricular activities at school you are more likely to be a successful student. At OSH we have just about everything – if you can find something of your interest and want to start something – let us know!! (Money shouldn’t be an issue either – let us know if you need help).
  • Have FUN!! High school should be fun! High school goes very fast before you know it you will be walking across that stage getting your diploma. Enjoy yourself and the opportunities that you have access to.

 

Resources

School Map
(PDF)
School Calendar
Daily Schedule
School Profile
(PDF)
Student Handbook
(PDF)
Course Catalog
(PDF)
Extra-Curricular
Activities
(PDF)



Important Phone Numbers

Osseo Senior High Main Number 763-391-8500
Osseo Senior High Staff Voicemail 763-391-7200
Attendance 763-391-8511
Counseling Office 763-391-8675
Athletic Office 763-391-8600
Health Services 763-391-8518
District Transportation 763-391-7044
District Food Service 763-391-7129

Parents!!

Whether you and your student are new to Osseo Senior High or you have a current student - we NEED your involvement! Your role as a parent is very important to the success of your student and we want to work with you to make sure that their high school experience is a good one.

Tips for Parents

  • Know when grades and progress reports come home
  • Get your children to evaluate their own progress
  • Help students set goals for classes
  • Check out teacher websites
  • Sign up for SchoolView
  • Keep a copy of your child’s schedule and syllabus for each class
  • Expect children to attend school every day (make appointments after school hours)
  • Monitor activities and jobs

Encourage your Student

  • Be positive when commenting about school, subjects, and teachers
  • Letting children struggle and overcome obstacles builds confidence
  • Encouraging statements:
    “You’ll figure it out.”
    “This is challenging, but I know you can do it.”
  • Praise the effort rather than focusing on the results
    “You have put a lot of work into that report. It looks like your effort is paying off.”

Planning Calendars

Throughout your high school career you will be faced with many decisions that will affect your future. The decisions you choose to make can open the doors to many opportunities and close doors to others. The calendars provided here are to help you organize some of the important decisions you will face at OSH and help you maximize your future opportunities.

If you have any questions about items on the calendars, contact your school counselor.

 

"Once you have a clear picture of your priorities- that is values, goals, and high leverage activities- organize around them."
-- Stephen Covey

Senior Year
Planning Calendar
Junior Year
Planning Calendar
Sophomore Year
Planning Calendar
OSH School Calendar OSH Advisory Calendar

 

Seniors!!

It is your senior year and graduation is in site!! Make sure to remember it is very important that you keep challenging yourself. In other words, don’t slack off (senior slide is an urban legend)! Work hard but don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way and try to leave a positive legacy behind at OSH.

Calendar by Month

September

  • Make sure you are registered for the classes that your prospective colleges require.
  • Refine the list of schools for which you wish to apply.
  • Write for (or download) catalogs and applications.
  • Arrange for letters of recommendation—give recommendation requests, any forms, and stamped addressed envelopes to teachers 3 weeks prior to the deadline.
  • If your counselor needs to complete a written recommendation letter, complete the Pre-Recommendation form and return to your counselor.
  • Attend college representative meetings.

October

  • College visits
  • Attend college representative meetings.
  • Make sure you have all college applications that may be needed.
  • Meet with your counselor as needed.
  • Minnesota National College Fair, Minneapolis Convention Center. For additional information visit the NACAC website: www.nacac.com.
  • Arrange for your ACT and/or SAT I/II scores to be sent to colleges.
  • Work on essays and personal statements, if needed.
  • Submit completed applications to the CRC.

November

  • Continue your college visits
  • Attend college representative meetings.
  • Meet with counselor, if needed.
  • Register for ACT.
  • Continue to submit applications as completed—most applications should be completed by the end of the month.
  • Continue working on essays and personal statements.
  • Investigate scholarship opportunities.

December

  • All applications (with a January 1 st or earlier deadline) that need to be completed before the holiday break must be turned into the Counseling Office by the first week of December.
  • Attend college representative meetings.
  • Some colleges reply.

January

  • Late application DEADLINES!
  • Submit financial aid application (FAFSA cannot be filed before January 1).

February

 

March

  • Watch for local scholarship information in the CRC.

April

  • Colleges will begin to reply.
  • Continue College visits.
  • Meet with your counselor, as needed, to discuss options if you have been denied.

May

  • Students reply to colleges—May 1 st is the final reply date for most schools. Make sure you return housing contracts and pay fees by deadline.
  • Notify the other schools you applied to that you will not be attending.
  • Final check with counselor.

June

  • Commencement!!

 

Juniors!!

You’ve made it through your sophomore year!! This year you should really start looking into different careers you may be interested in and what colleges offer programs in support of your interests. A good junior year is crucial in the eyes of many colleges. It is very important that you stay focused and choose classes that will enhance your abilities.

Calendar by Month

September

  • Check class schedule to make sure you are scheduled for appropriate classes needed for graduation and for the colleges you may someday wish to attend; keep in mind that colleges will look for challenging coursework, a strong GPA or class rank, and involvement in extra-curricular’s like music, athletics, service or church involvement.
  • Attend college representative meetings; these are fall visits that are primarily for seniors, but if a junior has a strong interest in a school they may want to attend. Check the CRC for more information.
  • Consider registering for the PSAT.

October

  • Attend college representative meetings. Check the CRC for more information.
  • PSAT
  • Minnesota National College Fair, Minneapolis Convention Center. You may want to attend with your parents. It is a great way to learn about many colleges at once. For additional information visit the NACAC website: www.nacac.com.

November

  • All juniors will be taking the ASVAB, which is a career exploration inventory. This will give you an idea as to what careers may match your interests, skills, and values.
  • Attend college representative meetings.

December

  • Attend college representative meetings. Check the CRC for more information.
  • Start planning to take the ACT and/or SAT I/II exams in the spring, if necessary. Check with colleges where you are planning to apply to in order to find out specific testing requirements. You may want to check with your counselor or the CRC regarding testing recommendations.
  • Talk with students (older brothers and sisters, relatives, other OSH graduates, etc.) who are graduates of colleges or who are home on break from colleges and ask about their experiences.

January

  • ASVAB results are returned. You will examine your results and what areas you are interested in (in regards to career exploration).
  • Discuss the ASVAB results with you parents. You may also want to discuss the results with your counselor.
  • Register for the ACT and/or SAT I/II.
  • Register for senior classes—keep in mind credits and classes needed for graduation and colleges.
  • College representative visits in the CRC. Representatives are now coming especially for juniors.
  • Begin discussions about college plans—especially financial considerations, distance from home, etc.
  • If you haven’t already start registering for the ACT and/or SAT I/II. The counseling office strongly recommends that four-year bound college juniors take either the ACT and/or SAT during the spring of their junior year.

February

  • Visit the CRC and familiarize yourself with books, materials, catalogs, videos, etc.

March

  • You may want to complete practice tests or take test preparation courses.

April

  • Set up college visits to some of the top schools you are interested in. A good time to do these college visits is during spring break. If possible, meet with the college representative assigned to our area and perhaps a financial aid officer at the school. It may be a good time for an interview.
  • By the time you leave school in June, develop a working list of schools that you may want to investigate.
  • Meet with your counselor, if needed, to discuss options.
  • Investigate potential summer experiences: work, summer school, special workshops, and college enrichment programs designed for college students.

May

  • AP exams

June – August (Summer Break)

  • If you are a prospected NCAA athlete, you may want to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. For more information visit- www.ncaa.org or www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
  • Make college visits. Plan and call ahead for appointments.
  • Summer jobs that may be related to your career interests are a plus.
  • Obtain and review admission materials and applications from colleges that interest you.
  • Begin preparing essays for college admissions.
  • You may want to develop a resume of activities, honors, involvement, etc.
  • If you have identified a career area, arrange an interview with someone in that area—just to find out more information about that career and that career path.



Sophomores!!!

Welcome to OSH! This is one of the most important years of your high school career but also one of the most difficult. Because this is a transition year for you and at times may be tough, make sure to know who your resources are in the school. Most importantly, know that we are here to help!

Tips from past graduates to sophomores:

  • Stay caught up with homework—it’s too hard to catch up. If you do all the work, you’ll make it. Homework is key!
  • Don’t get too stressed out or overwhelmed. Ask for help.
  • Don’t slack off your 1 st year – take it seriously. It will affect you for the rest of high school. Start off strong! 10 th grade counts!
  • Now matter how much you want school to be over with, enjoy it because it is the best time of your life and three years will fly by.

Calendar by Month

September

  • Try to get off to a great start academically. You are on your way to establishing a GPA and class rank that will be key factors for college admission.
  • Explore various clubs and activities both in and out of school that will offer you a chance to develop your interests, talents, and leadership skills.
  • Consider registering for the PSAT. This is good practice for the SAT I.

October

  • Consider taking the PSAT.
  • Visit with your counselor to map out your academic career.
  • Work on your study skills and time management.
  • Look for chances to talk to people in careers that might interest you.
  • Minnesota National College Fair, Minneapolis Convention Center. You may want to attend with your parents. It is a great way to learn about many colleges and what they offer. For additional information visit the NACAC website: www.nacac.com.

November

  • All sophomores will take the PLAN test. This is a practice test for the ACT.

December

  • Review your 1 st trimester grades and make a list of areas to improve.

January

  • Results from the PLAN will be returned. You will examine the test results; go over questions to identify areas that you need to work on.
  • Discuss the PLAN results with you parents. You may also want to discuss the results with your counselor.
  • Begin discussions with your parents about college plans—especially financial considerations, distance from home, etc.

February

  • Register for your junior year. Think carefully about your course choices. Consider the advice of your parents and teachers. Make sure you are scheduled for the appropriate classes needed for graduation and for the colleges you may someday wish to attend; keep in mind that colleges will look for challenging coursework. See your counselor if you have questions.

March

  • Students in HP courses may want to register for AP exams, if appropriate.

April

  • Start to investigate potential summer experiences: work, summer school, special workshops, and college enrichment programs designed for high school students.

May

  • AP exams

June – August

  • Find a summer job and start saving for college! Summer jobs that might be related to your career interests are a plus.

 

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Osseo Senior High
317 2nd Ave NW
Osseo MN  55369
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School Hours
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Office Hours
7:00 am - 3:30 pm

 

Phone & Fax

School Office
763-391-8500
Attendance
763-391-8511

General Fax 
763-391-8501

 

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