March 2019

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March Calendar

  • Junior ACT Inventory Assessment * Date & Time TBA
  • 31st * Deadline to Apply for EducationQuest’s $500 Scavenger Hunt Scholarship

LSW’s Prom Market

Student Council will be hosting the Prom Market from April 1st to May 3rd. Until then, starting next week, Student Council members will be collecting donations of the following items:

  • Suits
  • Men’s dress shirts
  • Ties
  • Dress shoes (Men’s & Women’s)
  • Dresses
  • Jewelry

For more information, please contact Mrs. Hammers, Student Council Sponsor, at shamme@lps.org.

March EducationQuest College Planning Bulletin

According to the March EducationQuest College Planning Bulletin, seniors who plan to enroll in college this fall need to complete the following steps:

  • Complete the financial aid process
  • Compare financial aid awards
  • Watch your grades
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Make your final college selection
  • Be aware of deadlines

For more details about each of the above steps, please click here.

The March EducationQuest College Planning Bulletin also includes the following guidelines for current juniors who plan to attend college:

  • Narrow college choices
    • Sign up in the Counseling Center to visit with college reps
    • Schedule campus visits
    • Attend the Spring College Fair at SCC on April 28th
    • Check out the college-search resources at EducationQuest.org                                  About Nebraska Colleges provides cost and contact information for Nebraska college College Profiles has information about colleges in Nebraska and across the country
  • When taking the ACT at LSW this April, provide a list of colleges that you want to receive your ACT scores
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) starting October 1st
  • Attend LSW’s Apply2College event in October 2019

Post-Secondary Options Other than College

familyEducation.com  provides alternatives to attending college for those students who are not planning on attending college immediately after high school. familyEducation.com acknowledges that “attending college after high school isn’t for everyone. Some teens choose to take a year or two off before continuing their education, while others jump right into the workforce.” For students interested in exploring options other than college, below is a list of possible alternatives for students and their parents to explore.

  • Get a job
  • Start a business
  • Travel abraod
  • Serve in the military
  • Learn a trade
  • Be an intern or an apprentice
  • Volunteer
  • Take adult ed/continuing ed classes
  • Earn a vocational or career training certificate
  • Turn a hobby into a moneymaker

For more information about the options above, please click here. Students interested in these options often try them out as a gap year, which means that take a year off between high school and college. For students who are undecided, but have applied and been accepted to the college of their choice, they should check with the admissions office to see if their acceptance and financial aid package is guaranteed for the year following a gap year.

Resources for students interested in a gap year experience are available at the sites listed below:

Trending Teen Topics

The following links highlight current trending topics in the news that involve teens as reported by US News & World Report during the past few months.

Cannabis Linked to Teen Depression: Adolescents who use cannabis are at an increased risk of depression and more likely to attempt suicide in adulthood.

Marijuana Policies’ Impact on Teen Use: The number of teenagers smoking marijuana was 1.1 percent less in states that had enacted medical marijuana laws compared to those that hadn’t.

Vaping Increasing Tobacco Use: The frequency among high school e-cigarette users using these products increased by nearly 40 percent between 2017 and 2018.

School Homicide Rate on the Rise: According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of multiple-victim school killings – nearly all of them shootings – rose significantly from July 2009 to June 2018, following 15 years of decline.

Gun Ownership’s Impact on Suicide Rates: A new study shows the share of households that have guns is the single strongest predictor of how many young people commit suicide in a state.

Jobs for Teens: While some teens are cashing in on being social media influencers, there are there other suggestions  for teens and young adults to make some serious money.

Electronic Devices Depriving Sleep: Only three percent of girls get enough sleep and exercise and don’t exceed screen time recommendations, compared to seven percent of boys.

Parenting Teens in the Digital Age: From cyberbullying to sextortion, evolving online issues make parenting more difficult in the digital age. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “sextortion is by far the most significantly growing threat to children.”

Benefits of the Selfie Phenomenon: Taking selfies is now recognized as having some beneficial and even mentally healthy aspects for adolescents.

Assumptions About Boys: Rather than assuming the worst about boys based on their gender, clothing or skin color – or even, frankly, immature behavior, offer boys compassion and grace as we guide them to full maturity.

Please click the link for each of the above topics, to view what the US News & World Report’s staff writers have shared about each issue and the relevant information provided for students and their families.