Thursday, December 17, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

TRIO Talent Search Tutoring

If you would like to apply for the TRIO program, stop in or email Mrs. Brechwald, Mrs. Petrich, or Mrs. Poole for an application!!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ACT Math Test Prep!

During 8th hour study hall, Miss Condon will be offering ACT Math Test Prep help.  Students should sign out of their normal study hall, and come to Miss Condon's room with a pencil and paper.  Calculators will be available to use during this time for those who don't already have one.  We will go through test example problems and talk about test taking strategies.

Friday, October 16, 2015

ILCC Spring 2016 Classes

The course offerings for Iowa Lakes for Spring 2016 are out! 

Check them out at:

Some things to remember when considering taking a college class:

High School students wishing to take college classes through ILCC must be juniors or seniors OR be a freshman or sophomore who is TAG identified in order for the high school to pay for the classes.  Students must also meet ILCC eligibility guidelines, as well as the Senior Year Plus guidelines.  Mrs. Brechwald can help determine if you qualify for classes

- If you plan to attend a college other than ILCC it is your responsibility to check with the colleges on transferrability of those courses.  We can offer you suggested "general" electives that tend to be safe classes to take, but each college has their own guidelines on what they will accept for transfer credit and they are all different.

-The high school cannot monitor grades for ILCC classes.  If you choose to take a college class, you are treated as a college student.

- You cannot miss a high school class for a college class (except on Wed. 2 hour early out schedule).  You must make your college courses work with your high school classes.

- Online college classes aren't for everyone.  Are you prepared for an online class and will you be successful?

- Once you take a college class, you have a college GPA!!!

- We offer many "in-house" classes for college credit.  Western Civ I, Western Civ II, Intro to Computers, Human Relations, Computer Generated Blueprint & Design, Welding Tech.

-These cannot count towards required high school classes for graduation.  You receive elective credit for them at ELC.

If you have questions, contact Mindy Brechwald!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Youth Enrichment Program

Check with Upper Des Moines for more info.  Can help with other items, such as RWC memberships, chromebook yearly fees, etc!!  Great resource.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Wendy's Heisman

Wendy's® High School Heisman® Deadline: October 2, 2015

There is still time to refer students for the 2015 Wendy's High School Heisman awards!

Every year Wendy’s recognizes more than 5,000 of the best male and female high school seniors and rewards $120,000 in donations to schools across the country. Wendy’s is looking for the next class of remarkable students who excel in academics, athletics, and community involvement to receive the Heisman honors. The class of 2016 graduating seniors can apply at through this Friday, October 2, 2015

Please tell eligible students to apply or refer students using this online form.

To be eligible, a student must have:
  • Maintained at least a ‘B’ grade point average
  • Participated in one of 43 eligible school sponsored sports
  • Demonstrated active involvement in his or her community
Winners are identified at the local, state and national level.

Students receive the recognition they deserve and their school can be one of 100 high schools who receive up to $5,000 in donations.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman program is truly a stepping stone toward high achievements, and with college admissions growing more selective, a national award of this caliber can help students stand out. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to tell students to apply or nominate someone today.

The Wendy's High School Heisman program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America.

You are receiving this email because you opted in to receive information about the Wendy's High School Heisman program.

Scholarship America, Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
St Peter, MN 56082

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


ELC will be testing on Wed. Oct. 28th from 8-12:00.

Please go to the following link for more information on the PSAT/NMSQT test.  


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.  This test also has the capability of giving you feedback on your readiness to take AP (Advanced Placement) classes while in high school.
The PSAT/NMSQT measures:
  • Critical reading skills
  • Math problem-solving skills
  • Writing skills
Sophomores are allowed to test, however only Juniors can be entered in the Nation Merit Scholarship portion. 

 See the link provided above for more details on the test:  why test?, dates, times, cost and other information. 

We recommend those ranked in the top 10% of their class take the test.  There is a $15 cost to test.  See Mrs. Brechwald to sign up!!!!  Registration deadline is Thursday, September 24th.

Friday, September 11, 2015

John Deere Tech - Calmar Visit Day Opportunity


We are inviting all SENIORS and JUNIORS to attend the College Visit at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) for the John Deere TECH Program on Thursday, October 8th, on the Calmar Campus .
Attached is a flier giving a basic agenda for the day. As you can see, the majority of the time is spent touring and checking out the hands on facility and talking with instructors, which is very beneficial for students deciding if this is the right career choice for them.
Transportation will be provided, but we must know which students are planning on attending by Monday September 28th.  We will contact students with pick up points and time after we know who is all planning on attending.  Will need the following information from interested students:
·        First Name
·        Last Name
·        Phone Number
·        Grade
·        DOB (asked for by NICC)
·        Address
There is limited space available.  We will only be able to take 30 students.  Please call or email your student’s information as soon as they consent to go, so that they can reserve their seat. 
I hope to see your students Thursday, October 8th for the John Deere TECH visit day!


Jamie Wubben
Human Resources
Ernie Williams LTD & JEWILCO LTD
Cell: 641-590-0110

Let Mrs. Brechwald know asap if you are interested in attending!!!!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Grief Camp - Okoboji

Grief Camp Opportunity for Students.

Click HERE for more info

Welcome Back!!

Reminder that Monday is 9th grade orientation day.  9th graders will report to the gymnasium on Monday morning no later than 8:15.   You will receive a new copy of your schedule this day. 

All other students (10-12) will begin on Tuesday.  You will receive an updated copy of your schedule when you arrive at school Tuesday morning.  

Monday will be considered Day 1.  Tuesday will be Day 2.  This will be important for PE classes/OLC.

See you soon.  Enjoy the end of your summer☀

Sunday, August 2, 2015

ACT Registraton

Deadline for Sept test is soon!!  I have fee waivers if you are free/reduced eligible.  I will be in tomorrow (Mon.) from 11-6!!!!  If you are considering a 4 year college you will need ACT scores.

For all test dates AND to register go to

All registration is done online.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


ELC Registration- 
ALL grades ELC HS Media Center
Friday, July 31 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, August 3 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Please fill out and submit your registration forms electronically to the building secretary OR fill them out, print them off and bring them with you to registration. You may access your child's registration forms online

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Resources and Information

Students and Parents:
During this very difficult time in our community, I'm sure there are many who are experiencing wide varieties of emotions- from anger, fear, guilt, shock, denial, questions and other strong emotions.  I have attached two articles on grief you may find helpful. 

Students, I do not have set office hours in the summer, but I would like to let you know that I would be happy to set up a time to meet with you, either in individually or with a group of students if you would like to visit.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you in any way.

I would also like to provide you with some community resources that you could access if needed:
Local clergy/pastors
Seasons Center - Estherville
Hope Haven - has a Therapist based out of Estherville - call the Emmetsburg office.  

Death and Grief
If someone close to you has died, you probably feel  overwhelmed with grief. Read about some things that might help you cope.

​Another Article​

Friday, April 17, 2015

Career Day

ELC students had the opportunity to attend Career Day at ILCC in Emmetsburg on Tuesday, April 14th.  Students had the opportunity to visit with individuals in a wide variety of career fields.

Friday, March 27, 2015



Scholarship Work Sessions!

The "C" wing computer lab will be open on Monday and Tuesday during 7th and 8th hour for students to come in and work on their scholarship applications.  

Reminder:  Most local scholarships are due April 15th to the counseling office.

ILCC online scholarship due April 1st.

Other colleges:  check with colleges on deadlines or scholarships still available to apply for.

Make sure to complete your FAFSA if you haven't already done so.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

$1000 Scholarship for Juniors

Juniors considering ILCC, don't pass up the opportunity to earn a $1000 scholarship.  If you are considering ILCC and have a 2.5gpa take the time to fill this application out!  It does not commit you to ILCC, only gives you the opportunity to get a jump on paying for college, IF you end up attending ILCC after high school.  Make sure when you get to the application that you complete the Sanborn Junior Scholarship.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Reminder:  ILCC Scholarship Deadline is approaching quickly!  April 1st!  If you haven't completed the FAFSA, please do so ASAP!!!

Other local scholarships are being updated weekly.  There has been a couple of additions in the last week.  Please continue to check the site for those.  There are a couple with deadlines this week.

Keep filling out those applications!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Hopefully you are busy working on  your scholarships applications!  Thank you to those who attended the meeting on Thursday last week.  We went over important information regarding our local scholarships and other information regarding the college planning process.

The FAFSA is a CRUCIAL component of this process.  All students going to college next fall should file the FAFSA!!  See my "FAFSA" page of this blog for more info and links to get your pin and to the application.  Only 8 ELC students have completed it so far!!

For the local scholarships, the format has changed.  These are in google docs.  You must go to "file" and then "make a copy" in order to edit the applications.  If you wish to do them in Microsoft Word, you can download them in a word document and save them that way also.  Please see me if you have any questions.

Go HERE for the slideshow we went through at the meeting

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

ILCC Scholarship Help Session

SCHOLARSHIP WORK DAY A rep from ILCC will be in the "C" wing computer lab today from 2-3:30 to help students fill out there ILCC online scholarship application. This is for JUNIORS and SENIORS! I encourage all seniors to attend and to fill out this scholarship!!!