December 2018

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  • 6th * Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship Workshop
    • B100 @ 3:15 PM
    • Contact Person: Mr. Peterson

Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship Workshop

The Susan T. Buffett Foundation has offered scholarships to college students in Nebraska for over 50 years. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time, entering freshmen who are residents of Nebraska, graduates of a Nebraska high school with plans to attend a Nebraska public college, and who have demonstrated financial need.

On Thursday, December 6th, beginning at 3:15 pm in the B100 Forum, Kelli King, Director of the William H. Thompson Learning Community at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be presenting a workshop to LSW seniors interested in applying for the Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship. She will present information about the application process and the William H. Thompson Learning Community.

To learn more about the Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship and review eligibility requirements, please click here. For additional questions, please contact Mr. Peterson in the Counseling Center.

4 Year Course Planning Guide

Prior to completing their 2019-20 course selections  in January,  current 9th-11th graders are asked to complete the 4 Year Course Planning Guide that is located in the Google Classrooms for each of the classes as shown below:

Students will use the information in the Course History section of StudentVUE – ParentVUE to complete the  4 Year Course Planning Guide.

When reviewing the Graduation Status in the Course History section, students will be able to check their progress in completing graduation requirements.

Students can then click on each Graduation Requirement, such as Electives, to see what classes they have taken to meet that specific requirement.

To check on what classes students are enrolled in for the remainder of this school year, students may go to the Class Schedule section of StudentVUE – ParentVUE to click on the term they want to review their classes.

Students will go to the Assignments section in Google Classroom to make a copy of the 4 Year Course Planning Guide, which creates an interactive document that can be accessed by students and their counselors.

On their 4 Year Course Planning Guide, students will enter the information about their courses from the Course History and Class Schedule sections to show what they have completed, in progress of finishing, and what they will need to include in their 2019-20 Course Selections.

Frequently Asked Questions/Answers for the 4 Year Course Planning Guide include the following:

  • What if I have completed enough classes to meet a specific graduation requirement (i.e. Music to meet Fine Arts)?
    • Classes will then be considered electives.
  • What if I have completed a class such as Families & Crises during 10th grade in a different grade level than the one shown on 4-Year Course Planning Guide?
    • The class will be included in the grade level that the requirement is listed for such as Human Behavior in the 11th grade for Families & Crises.
  • What if I am doubling up in a subject area this year or next (i.e. Biology 1st & 2nd Term & Chemistry 3rd & 4th Terms)?
    • Use columns for two grade levels when four terms of the same subject area will be completed during one school year.
  • If  I am going to try to change something in my schedule for the upcoming terms (i.e. Terms 3 & 4), should I write what is currently on my schedule in Synergy or write what classes I want to take?
    • Unless there is an actual schedule change made, write down what is currently in your class schedule as there may not be openings in the classes you want to take.
  • What should I do if I want to take a class (i.e.English 11) that says enrollment is by recommendation only?
    • You will only list a class that is by recommendation if your counselor is notified that you are being recommended to take that class & makes that change for you to see in your StudentVue.
  • Is World Language required every year for graduation?
    • World Language is not needed for graduation but two years of the same world language is required to attend a 4-year college. If you complete four years of the same world language, many colleges will waive you from taking more world language classes at the college level unless you are going to major or minor in that language. It is always best to check with the colleges you are interested in attending.

SCC’s 2018-19 Accuplacer Change: Next Generation Accuplacer

In January 2019, Southeast Community College (SCC) will transition to the Next Generation Accuplacer. This transition is due to changes being implemented at The College Board. The Next Generation Accuplacer will still include assessments in the areas of mathematics, reading, and writing.

Southeast Community College will continue to offer the Classic Accuplacer throughout the transition and will accept existing Accuplacer scores within five years of the test date. Once the transition is complete, the Next Generation Accuplacer will be available at all of the SCC campus based testing centers and the six Learning Centers.

In addition to Accuplacer scores, SCC also accepts ACT and SAT test scores. Students can also submit official college transcripts showing the completion of math, English, and reading intensive coursework with a grade of a C or higher to meet the placement requirements. If you have questions, please contact the SCC Testing and Assessment Centers ( with questions!


According to the December issue of EducationQuest’s College Planning Bulletin, the FAFSA opened October 1, so many of you have already completed and submitted your form. Here’s what happens next:

  • Expect a Student Aid Report (SAR). You’ll receive it via an email link if you provided an email address on your FAFSA. The SAR acknowledges that your FAFSA was received and lets you know if you need to take further action to process your FAFSA.
  • Make sure you applied for admission to colleges you listed on your FAFSA. Colleges who receive your FAFSA results typically won’t send you a financial aid package until you’ve applied and have been accepted to the school.
  • Watch for verification requests. The college(s) you listed on your FAFSA might request verification of your FAFSA information. If so, send the required documents to the colleges’ financial aid office.
  • Watch for financial aid award notifications. The colleges you were accepted to – and listed on your FAFSA – will send you financial aid award notifications detailing the types and amounts of aid they’re offering based on your financial need. This EducationQuest Blog article has more details about what happens after you submit your FAFSA.

2018 Holiday Resources

For students/families in need of resources during the 2018, holiday season, the Lincoln Housing Authority has provided a list of programs that are currently available in Lincoln. If you have questions, please contact Michael Barber, LSW School Social Worker, at

Participating organizations include the following:

  • Catholic Social Services
  • Center for People in Need
  • City Impact: Gifts of Love
  • Community Action
  • KFOR Operation Santa Claus
  • Malone Center
  • Matt Talbot
  • Peoples City Mission
  • Salvation Army

Please click here to view additional details.

Clinic With A Heart

Clinic With A Heart is a free walk-in healthcare clinic (no appointments). Walk-in clinics are held every Tuesday and Thursday, as well as the first Monday of each month. Patients are seen first come, first served.  Our waiting room doors open at 2:00 p.m. and we begin accepting patients into the clinic at 4:00 p.m.  Patients under 19 years of age MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. All clinics are held at:

To view the 2019 Clinic With A Heart Patient Schedule, please click here.  A special Dermatology clinic will be held in December. For more information, please click here.

Holiday Blues

According to WebMD, the holiday season for most people is a fun time of the year filled with parties, celebrations, and social gatherings with family and friends. For many people, it is a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety. The cause for the holiday blues is a truly personal feeling. What makes one person feel sad may not affect another person. Balancing the demands of shopping, parties, family obligations, and house guests may contribute to feelings of being overwhelmed and increased tension.

WebMD offers the following 19 tips for coping with holiday stress and depression:

  1. Make realistic expectations for the holiday season.
  2. Set realistic goals for yourself.
  3. Pace yourself. Do not take on more responsibilities than you can handle.
  4. Make a list and prioritize the important activities. This can help make holiday tasks more manageable.
  5. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do.
  6. Do not put all your energy into just one day (i.e., Thanksgiving Day, New Year’s Eve). The holiday cheer can be spread from one holiday event to the next.
  7. Live and enjoy the present.
  8. Look to the future with optimism.
  9. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and sadness by comparing today with the good old days of the past.
  10. If you are lonely, try volunteering some time to help others.
  11. Find holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday decorations, going window shopping without buying, and watching the winter weather, whether it’s a snowflake or a raindrop.
  12. Limit your drinking, since excessive drinking will only increase your feelings of depression.
  13. Try something new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way.
  14. Spend time with supportive and caring people.
  15. Reach out and make new friends.
  16. Make time to contact a long-lost friend or relative and spread some holiday cheer.
  17. Make time for yourself!
  18. Let others share the responsibilities of holiday tasks.
  19. Keep track of your holiday spending. Overspending can lead to depression when the bills arrive after the holidays are over. Extra bills with little budget to pay them can lead to further stress and depression.

To read the entire article, please click here. Along with adults, students may also be impacted by the holiday blues. For students who would like additional information, they are encouraged to visit with a trusted adult such as a parent, family member, friend, pastor/clergy, administrator, teacher, therapist, counselor, or  social worker, etc. Additional resources are included on the LSW Counseling Center’s website, which you may access by clicking here.