Lincoln High Guidance and Counseling Mission Statement
To systematically provide Guidance and Counseling services to all students which facilitate growth and development toward their full potential.
LINKZONE – Homework Help
The LINKZONE is now up and going. The purpose of this after school program is to help students be more academically successful. Held in the Media Center everyday from 3:15 – 5:00, LINKZONE is a quiet zone where students can study, access computers, and get help with their homework from peers and community volunteers. If you have questions please see Ms. Carlson, Ms. Grant Colson, or Ms. Patterson.
UNL RED LETTER DAYS
UNL Red Letter Days are an all‐day open house for high school seniors at the University of Nebraska‐Lincoln that feature: • academic sessions presented by college representatives • student life sessions focusing on student opportunity & campus life • the chance to tour campus & visit academic facilities • information on admissions, scholarships, & financial aid Program Fee: $10.00 per person. See Ms. Tegeler in the Counseling center for more info! Red Letter Day Open House Dates: September 28, 2012 ‐ All‐Majors Red Letter Day October 8, 2012 ‐ Pre‐Health Red Letter Day October 19, 2012 ‐ All‐Majors Red Letter Day October 22, 2012 ‐ All‐Majors Red Letter Day October 26, 2012 ‐ All‐Majors Red Letter Day October 29, 2012 ‐ All‐Majors Red Letter Day November 2, 2012 ‐ All‐Majors Red Letter Day November 9, 2012 ‐ Undecided Red Letter Day* November 16, 2012 ‐ All‐Majors Red Letter Day November 30, 2012 ‐ All‐Majors Red Letter Day *This day is designed for students who are unsure about what they want to major in
Future Engineer? Over the next four months Dream It Do It and Aerotek have partnered with the Outdoor Education Center to bring students a fun and educational experience to learn the inside scoop of what an Engineer actually does day to day. There will be informal presentations, tours, and hands on activities presented by Schneider Electric, Teledyne Isco, Lincoln machine, Lincoln Industries, TMCO, and Design Data. To register go online at http://www.cornhuskercouncil.org/Event.aspx?id=2531 or CornhuskerCouncil.org and click on Explore What YOUR Future Holds.
JUNIORS…IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!
The process for accessing local and regional scholarships has changed. Lincoln Public Schools is working with EducationQuest to provide scholarship information to students.
Please follow the following steps:
- Create a profile at www.educationquest.org/scholarshipquest
- Visit the ScholarshipQuest site weekly for a listing of new scholarships. Only scholarships which match your profile will be listed each time you log in. You may update your profile at any time. This site is a secure site and your personal information will be kept confidential.
- Continue to check the Lincoln High School Counseling web site for other student opportunities, listing of upcoming college representative visits and other important information.
Other scholarships (without specific Nebraska ties) can be searched for at the following recommended sites:
TRANSFER CREDITS FROM SOUTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO UNL
Mary Bartels is an Academic Adviser at Southeast Community College. This is information she provided in regards to rumors that SCC credits will no longer transfer to UNL.
Here are the facts in regards to the rumors:
…The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is lowering the number of credits needed to earn a bachelors degree to 120 hours. It is currently anywhere from 125 to 132 depending on the college. This is being done to help assure that students can graduate in four years. The maximum number of hours that UNL will accept from a community college was 66, half of what was required. Starting August 1, 2012 the number they will accept will be 60 credits, half of the new requirement.
…The UNL College of Business Administration will no longer accept Principles of Marketing or Business Law as meeting those requirements at UNL since at UNL they are 300 Level classes. They will accept those classes as elective credit.
…The UNL College of Business Administration will only accept Accounting I, Accounting II, Micro Economics, Macro Economic and Business Statistics if the grade is a B or higher.
Most students in the Academic Transfer program at Southeast Community College are taking general education classes that will not be affected when transferring to UNL.
LEARN TO DREAM SCHOLARSHIP
Southeast Community College (SCC) and Lincoln’s high schools are partnering with Union Bank & Trust and Nelnet to offer a scholarship program for low-income Lincoln youth to attend SCC. With funding from Union Bank & Trust and Nelnet, the innovative Learn to Dream Scholarship program pays tuition and fees for up to 45-quarter credits at SCC for eligible students. All Lincoln high school students who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch (as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) are eligible for the scholarship.
The Learn to Dream Scholarship program has the potential to make college possible for nearly 600 students each year in our community. Through the program, students will be able to attend SCC for approximately one year of classes without having to pay for tuition and fees. The program will be offered to eligible students who graduate from one of Lincoln’s public, private or parochial high schools on or after January 1, 2008. To encourage participation, Nelnet and Union Bank & Trust will work closely with the Lincoln schools and community organizations to promote the scholarship program to parents and students as early as the 8th grade to provide an incentive to students to plan and prepare for post-secondary education.
U.S. SERVICE ACADEMIES
Any juniors interested in one of the U.S. Service Academies after graduation should see Ms. Brestel in room 203 for more information.
BEWARE OF SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID SCAMS!
As a junior or senior, you’ll receive solicitations for scholarship and financial aid services. Don’t ever pay for these services! You may also want to check out these helpful web sites:
COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTING! WHAT? WHEN? WHERE?
Students who plan to continue their education after high school will usually need to take a college entrance examination. All colleges in the Midwest prefer students take the American College Test (ACT), schools on the East and West Coast and some other highly selective colleges prefer students take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). LHS Counselors recommend that students take the ACT and/or SAT for the first time in April, May or June of their junior year. Registration materials are available in the Counseling Center. Both exams are given on Saturday mornings. The ACT may be taken at Lincoln High or several other sites in Lincoln. The SAT Exam is offered only at Lincoln East.
*ACT has a 30-minute Writing Test as an optional component to the ACT Assessment.
The ACT Writing Test complements the English Test. The combined information from both tests will tell post secondary institutions about student’s understanding of the conventions of standard written English and their ability to produce a direct sample of writing.
Some colleges will require the Writing Test; others will not. Most colleges will accept scores from the Writing Test even it they do not require the test. At this time no Nebraska institutions are requiring the Writing Test.
ACT and SAT have their own web sites where students can register on line, take practice tests, access college information etc. To visit these websites go to:
Lincoln Public Schools offers both ACT and SAT Test Preparation Sessions at an affordable rate. For more information go to:http://isite.lps.org/lgeisert/index.html
This test is designed specifically for juniors planning to attend a 4-year college. Reasons students might want to take the PSAT:
- practice for the “real” admissions tests (SAT and ACT) which they will take in the spring of the junior year and fall of the senior year;
- have college information sent to them “automatically”
- get information about how their skills in critical reading, math reasoning, and writing compare to other students who plan to go to a 4-year college;
- plan courses to take before they graduate from LHS;
- enter the National Merit Scholarship Competition.
Although the PSAT is designed for juniors, sophomores and freshmen often take it in order to give themselves practice for the test during their junior year. As a result, they might be in the running for National Merit Scholarships, if they receive high scores on the PSAT as juniors. Again,the main purpose in taking the test would be to prepare students to do better on the PSAT when they take it in the junior year, increasing the possibility that they could qualify for a National Merit Scholarship.
It is also beneficial to take the test to get a head start on improving academic skills needed for success in college and beyond. Classroom learning is the basis for test questions, so the best way students can prepare is to involve themselves in rigorous courses and become familiar with the test and its format. Students should review the PSAT/NNSQT Official Student Guide, which is full of useful information, including a full-length Practice Test. The Guide and the Practice Test will help students understand all the directions and be familiar with the types of questions that will be asked.
If students don’t do well on this test, it will not hurt their chances of getting into college. However, it will provide personalized information on the types of skills that the student needs to improve to prepare for college. PSAT scores are not sent to colleges.
This computer-adaptive test is used at Southeast Community College. It measures skills in writing, reading English and mathematics and is used for placement in all SCC programs. There is no test fee, the test is untimed, and you receive your results immediately after testing. A variety of times are available. It is recommended that students take the COMPASS as soon as they decide to attend SCC. You can schedule your test or obtain more information by calling 437-2715. All students must take the ACT, SAT or COMPASS for admission to a program.
INTERESTED IN STUDYING ABROAD?
The following programs have 800 numbers and websites that parents and students can visit.
- The Youth for Understanding USA
- EF Foundation for Foreign Study
- AFS Intercultural Programs USA
- Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI)
- Rotary International Youth Exchange Program
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS THROUGH 2014*
Lincoln Public Schools Graduation Requirements
*230 credits required
|Credit Area||Courses and Special Conditions||Credits|
|Applied Arts||Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Industrial Technology
|15 total (with at least 5 credits in Fine Arts & 5 credits in Applied Arts)|
|Fine Arts||Dramatic arts, music and visual arts|
|Educational and Career Planning||2.5|
|Mathematics||20 * Complete Algebra|
|Science||*20 credits- a minimum 5 each of GeoScience, Physical Science, Life Sciences|
|Social Studies||Civics & Intro to Geography||10 (5 + 5)|
|In addition to accumulating the required number of credit hours, students will also be required to demonstrate that they have necessary math, reading and writing skills. Demonstrations and standards for successful completion of these skill areas will be developed. Demonstrations may be completed in a particular class or through testing.|
|Credit Area||Graduation Demonstration|
|Mathematics||Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to apply basic computational skills to problem-solving situations, numeracy, statistics, correlation and cause/effect, recognize how numbers are used to influence decisions, and demonstrate the skill of first-year algebra.|
|Reading||Demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend newspapers such as the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald.|
|Writing||Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to write consistently at a predetermined level.|
COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Now is a good time for students and parents to see if college entrance requirements are being met. The requirements for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are: English: 4 years or 8 semesters. Math: 4 years or 8 semesters including one year beyond Advanced Algebra Science: 3 years of science. Social Studies: 3 years of social studies World Language: 2 years of the same world language. See a Lincoln High Counselor if you have any questions.
For more specific University of Nebraska-Lincoln admissions requirements please visit:
If you are applying to a number of selective colleges, the Common Application will save you valuable time. The Common Application is the recommended form of many selective for admission to their undergraduate programs. Details, schools participating, and application form available at www.commonapp.org .
NCAA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
A student who wants to compete in either Division I or II sports must complete 14 core academic courses and must achieve a minimum grade point average in those courses. The student must also take the ACT and/or SAT College entrance exam. A sliding scale is used to determine the minimum a student-athlete can score.
Students who are potential Division I or II athletes should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center after completing their junior year in high school. To register, prospective student-athletes should access the registration materials by visiting the new clearinghouse Web site at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. From the home page, the prospect should click on “Prospective Student-Athletes”, which will link the student-athlete to the necessary information. Students who have received a payment waiver for the ACT or SAT can have the Clearinghouse fee waived as well. Students must also have their ACT or SAT scores sent to the Eligibility Center, either from the testing agency or from the high school.
Lincoln High students who are planning to register with the Eligibility Center are urged to check with one of the counselors in the Counseling Center so that a preliminary check of eligibility can be made.
Student’s who enroll in a Division I college in 2008 or later and want to participate in athletics or receive athletic scholarships, must meet all NCAA requirements for 2005-2007 and have completed two additional core courses (new total of 16). See a Lincoln High counselor for more information.
For more specific information on eligibility information please visit: