Counselor

Staus

Ms. Maria Staus

Phone: 660-366-4621 ext. 404

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Master of Science in School Counseling


 

Hello Otterville Eagles!

I am super excited to be here at Otterville as the school counselor! I started in 2018 and I am so happy that I get to be a part of a caring and supportive school district. I grew up on a farm just south of Sedalia and graduated from Sacred Heart School in 2004. I then went on to the University of Missouri in Columbia where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I then took some time off to figure out what I wanted to do next. I eventually went back to school at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg where I graduated with my Master’s degree in School Counseling. In my spare time, I like to read, go shopping, watch the Kansas City Royals, and spend time with my family, especially with my nephews and new niece.

As the school counselor, I am focused on the academic, career, and social/emotional development of every student. My job is to help students develop skills needed for educational achievement, engage in career exploration and plan career goals, and discover a sense of self. Through classroom guidance lessons, students will learn about character education: respect, responsibility, self-control, honesty, and positive attitude, academic success, and career exploration. I also assist high school students with their Individual Career and Academic Plan (originally called Personal Plan of Study) and with their post-secondary options whether it is college, technical school, military, or career. School counseling helps students understand and make the most of their own learning styles and also promotes a positive and safe learning environment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I am here to help!   

Senior Information

ACT Information

Juniors & Seniors - 

The ACT is a standardized test that is required for admission to most colleges.

To register go to www.act.org. 

The cost is $63 (no writing) and $88 (with writing). If you need help navigating the website or completing your registration, please see Ms. Staus.

Study materials can be found in the school counselor's office or go to www.act.org/academy for free online ACT test prep.

 

ACT test dates:

December 10, 2022                           Register by November 4

February 11, 2023                              Register by January 6

April 15, 2023                                   Register by March 10

June 10, 2023                                   Register by May 5

July 15, 2023                                     Register by June 16

 

District Testing is on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at Otterville School. This is for all Sophomores and Juniors. Those Seniors who are interested in taking the ACT again may do so on this date. Please check with Ms. Staus for more information. 

 

 

 

FAFSA Information

Need Money for College? Complete the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Starting October 1st, all college-bound students and their parents should go to https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa to start filling out their FAFSA application. Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Apply early!

You can fill out the FAFSA on a computer or mobile device. Filling out the FAFSA is free. Never pay a company or service to process your FAFSA. By completing the FAFSA, you are automatically applying for a Pell Grant (Free Money). 

You must fill out a FAFSA to be able to receive the A+ Incentive!  

FAFSA Checklist for students and parents:

  • First create your FSA ID login at https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch

  • Social Security Number

  • Driver's License Number (If you have one)

  • Federal Income Tax Return, W-2s, and other records of money earned. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool can transfer your tax information into the FAFSA. If the "Link to IRS" button is available, click it. 

  • Bank statements and records of investments

  • Information on untaxed income

  • List of schools being considered


It takes about an hour to complete the FAFSA online. 

Missouri Deadline is February 1, 2023. Be sure to check college deadlines as well.

Click on  https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out for helpful information about filling out the FAFSA.   

 

College Information

 Click on the link below for a list of Missouri Higher Education Institutions:

https://dhewd.mo.gov/public-and-independent-colleges.php

Scholarships & Deadlines

SFCC Scholarships:

Go to the SFCC web page - sfccmo.edu

Click on Admissions & Financial Aid

Click on Ways to Pay For College

Click on Scholarships (on the left-hand side)

Go down to the bottom and click on View Scholarship Opportunities


Scholarship Websites

 

 

mocollegecareer.org

 

moslf.org - Missouri Scholarship Foundation

 

masfap.org - Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel

 

 

  • Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development:
    dhewd.mo.gov
     
    Journey to College:
    journeytocollege.mo.gov
     
    Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
    dese.mo.gov
     
    Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
    health.mo.gov
     
    Careers:

  • Missouri Job Center – www.jobs.mo.gov  Follow them on Facebook too!

     

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  • Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) – www.missourieconomy.org

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  • www.jobcase.com

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  • www.ziprecruiter.com

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  • www.indeed.com

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  • State Fair Community College also offers Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Programs – www.sfccmo.edu/apprenticeships.

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  • MissouriHealthCareers.com

  • Missouri Hospital Association - www.mhanet.com

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Missouri Career Connections

http://www.missouriconnections.org/

 

Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling - www.moacac.org

Central Missouri Community Action - https://cmca.us/

Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP)



Mental Health Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255), http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or Dial 988

Missouri Suicide Prevention Network: mospn.org, Burrell Central MO Crisis Line 800-395-2132, Text MOSAFE to 741741

Missouri School Violence Hotline 1-866-748-7047, https://www.schoolviolencehotline.com/

Missouri Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline 1-800-392-3738

Missouri Department of Social Services: dss.mo.gov

Missouri Department of Mental Health: dmh.mo.gov


Burrell Behavioral Health - Sedalia Clinic: 201 W. 3rd St. 660-827-2494

Burrell Behavioral Health - Boonville Clinic: 520 Ryan St. Ste. W 660-882-7573

You can also follow Burrell Behavioral Health on Facebook.

 

Useful Websites

 

 

Legislation

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/school-counseling/legislation

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High School Course Requirements

Eight semesters of high school attendance are strongly recommended for all students. Students must complete all required courses and have earned 24 units of credit. 

 

English (4 units):

English I, English II, English III, English IV, Creative Writing, Short Stories, Science Fiction, Practical English

Dual Credit: English Composition I, English Composition II, Public Speaking

 

Mathematics (3 units):

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra Support, Applied Math

Dual Credit: College Algebra, Statistics, Trigonometry

 

Social Studies (3 units):

American History, World History, Civics/American Government, Geography, Missouri History, Criminal Justice 

Dual Credit: US History Before 1877, US History Since 1877, Psychology, Sociology

 

Science (3 units):

Physical Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, Earth and Space Science

Dual Credit: General Biology, Medical Terminology

 

Fine Art (1 unit):

Band, Chorus, Art I-III

Dual Credit: Music, Art, or Theatre Appreciation

 

Practical Art (1 unit):

Computer Apps, Multimedia, Business Tech, Computer Science, Business Leadership, Sports & Entertainment Management, Accounting, Intro to Business, Graphic Arts

FACS, Foods, Adulting 101, Child Development, Career & Family Leadership, Clothing, Housing & Design

Ag Science I & II, Ag Construction, Conservation, Plant Science, Ag Community & Leadership, Animal Science, Supervised Ag Experience

 

Physical Education (1 unit):

General P.E., Athletic Conditioning, Weight Lifting, Lifetime P.E. 

 

Personal Finance (1/2 unit):

Personal Finance

 

Health (1/2 unit):

Health

 

Electives (7 units):

See Course Offerings

Dual Credit: Spanish I & II, Lifetime Wellness