May 2019

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Google Classroom Info from the Counseling Center

  • Seniors – Class of 2019
  • Juniors – Class of 2020
  • Sophomores – Class of 2021
  • Freshmen – Class of 2022

May Calendar

  • Week of May 6th * Summer school registration at LSW for all current LSW students
  • May 15th * Last day of summer school registration at LSW
  • May 26th * LSW Graduation @ Pinnacle * 6:00 PM
  • May 28th * Open registration at North Star Summer School Office * 12:30 – 3:00 pm
  • May 29th * Summer school classes begin * 8:00 – 9:50 am, 9:56-11:46 am
  • May 29th * Late registration at North Star Summer School Office * 1:00 – 3:00 pm

2019 Summer School

The 2019 Summer School will be held at North Star High School from Wednesday, May 39th through Thursday, July 11th. Tuition for summer school this year will be as follows:

  • $  65 * 2.5 Credit hours
  • $130 * 5.0 Credit hours
  • $  60 * Each additional 5.0 Credit hour course

To learn more about Summer School and to view information about the courses being offered, please click here or visit

LSW students will register for summer school at LSW, using the following schedule:

  • Week of April 22: Registration for current 12th graders
  • Week of April 29th: Registration for current 11th and 12th graders.
  • Week of May 6th: Registration for all current students
  • May  15th: Last day to register at LSW

Summer School Calendar

  • Monday, April 22 * Registration begins in each school for students
  • Wednesday, May 15 * Last day for registration in student’s high school
  • Monday, May 20 * Schedules mailed home
  • Tuesday, May 28 * Open registration at North Star Summer School Office @ 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 29 * Late registration at North Star Summer School Office @ 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 29 * Classes Begin:
    • Period 1 * 8:00-9:50 a.m.
    • Period 2 * 10:00-11:50 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 30 * Last day for rate registration at North Star Summer School Office 1:00-3:00 p.m
  • Thursday, June 20 * Second 3-week session begins
  • Thursday, July 4 * No school
  • Thursday, July 11 * Last day of Summer School
  • Friday, July 12 * Final Grades Mailed Home

LSW Graduation

Graduation for LSW’s seniors will be held at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday, May 26th at 6:00 pm. Students and families are reminded that the Clear Bag Policy which will be enforced during graduation. Lincoln Public Schools offers the following tips for enjoying this event:

  • Be patient. This works with the actual graduation ceremony and all the activities surrounding it:  Friends and family who want those extra pictures, drivers who want in your lane, students who take too long to get ready, and so forth.
  • Traffic could be busy and slow in the downtown areas. Give yourself plenty of time to get to, park and walk to the venue. Doors open one hour prior to the ceremony
  • Identify the best parking places and directions to them (especially those one-way streets).
  • Likewise, arriving too soon could create additional slowdowns as traffic leaving the venue might not have left suitable parking spots. So find the right balance.
  • Consider not holding a family-and-friends celebration party immediately before or after the graduation ceremony, as it may cause extra stress in trying to get to or leave the venues.
  • Get creative. Ask other families to consider joint celebrations. Hold your celebration a week ahead of time – or a week after.
  • Enjoy! This is a once-in-a-lifetime event for our graduating seniors.

For more information about all of the 2019 Lincoln Public Schools’ graduation ceremonies, please click here.

Say Thank You

Graduation is a time for seniors to  say a genuine Thank You to their parents, family, teachers, coaches, administrators, scholarship providers, college admissions reps, those who wrote recommendation letters, and others who helped them navigate their high school journey. According to, “‘Thank You‘ has something truly magic about it….Thank you shows our appreciation and conveys our gratitude.” However, thank you is more than just that, “…it is a sign of respect to the person who has helped you (or given you something). It is an indication you do not take them for granted, and an acknowledgement that they matter. And that is why saying thank you matters.” As John F. Kennedy said, “We must stop and find time to thank those who made a difference in our lives.”

Final Reminders for Seniors

The May issue of the EducationQuest College Planning Bulletin offers seniors the following reminders as they complete their high school journey and prepare for their transition to college or other post-secondary option:

  • Borrow only what you need rather than the entire amount offered in your award letter
  • Use student loan money only for such necessities as tuition, room and board, books and fees
  • Complete the FAFSA each year to apply for financial aid every year you are in college
  • Maintain a part-time job to help with additional expenses
  • Search for scholarships throughout college
  • Keep track of your student loan at college using the info found at
  • Visit the College Students section at

Seniors and their families are encouraged to check out the following blogs for a quick prep course on preparing for college:

Summer To-Do List for Juniors

 Juniors wanting to get an early start on preparing for their senior year are encouraged to check out the  the list below of post-secondary planning activities they can complete during the summer:

  • Narrow college choices to top 3 to 4 considerations
  • Schedule campus visits with top choices
  • Research info needed to complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Update Activities Resume at
  • Begin scholarship search using ScholarshipQuest, LSW Counseling Center website, and Counseling Center Google Classrooms
  • Use JELO (Job & Extended Learning Opportunities for LPS Students) to find a summer job
  • Go beyond completing the 15 hours of GoPo community service  are required for graduation as the majority of colleges and scholarship committees are looking for students who have an interest in social justice
  • Attend a summer camp
  • Participate in a summer apprenticeship or internship
  • Practice writing essays for college admissions and scholarship apps

For more ideas review suggestions in the May issue of the EducationQuest College Planning Bulletin.

Is Attending a Trophy School Worth the Cost?

After news broke about the recent Varsity Blues scandal, many families have been wondering is the cost of their students attending elite schools worth that much extra money. According to Lynn O’Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college expert, who is a higher-ed journalist, speaker, author,  and educator, there are many students with a false sense of entitlement feel that if they are admitted to an elite “trophy” school, their parents should finance it. O’Shaughnessy explains, Studies have shown repeatedly that where high-achieving, high-income students attend college doesn’t matter!! The odds are great that these students will fare well financially regardless of whether or not they attend the so-called golden ticket schools.”  She added, “Admission to elite schools typically only make a difference for low-income and first-gen students. These underprivileged students usually attend community colleges and nearby state universities (”

In her blog at, O’Shaughnessy provides the following suggestions to parents whose children may be guilting them into paying for a trophy school:

  • Set college expectations early by clarifying that excelling in high school doesn’t mean  parents will pay for expensive college their students are admitted to.
  • Don’t give tell children they can apply to the schools that they want and you’ll find a way to make it happen unless you want “…it to turn into a six-figure mistake”
  • Don’t consider a school until using the school’s net price calculator  (available on school’s financial aid website) to determine applicable costs
  • Avoid becoming as mesmerized by elite schools as your children

O’Shaughnessy states it has been proven that “…admission directors do favor the wealthy and privileged, which was documented in a New York Times article.” This article highlighted 38 “trophy” schools, including some involved in the recent Varsity Blues admissions scandal, have more students enrolled from the top one percent of the income scale than from the entire bottom 60 percent. This article also allows you to type in the name of any state or private college to view how many one percenters attend that school.

Summer Activities for Sophomores and Freshmen

Your summer vacation is the perfect time for college prep and to explore potential careers. All summers in high school are important, so getting a head start during the freshmen and sophomore year is a great way to begin preparing for post-secondary options. Check out the following summer activity ideas:

  • Participate in college special interest programs/camps available to high school students
  • Enroll in a college class offered to high school students
  • Join and/or volunteer for summer programs in the community
  • Explore research opportunities
  • Work part-time and/or become an entrepreneur such as baby sitting, pet sitting, etc.
  • Start job-shadowing possible career interests
  • Begin prepping for PreACT, ACT, PSAT or SAT
  • Visit college campuses in person or virtually
  • Pursue opportunities in areas of interest such as visual arts, music, athletics, writing, etc.

Students are reminded that summer opportunities for community volunteer activities, internships/apprenticeships, summer programs, etc. are posted in the Daily Announcements, Counseling Center website, and Counseling Google Classrooms. You can also access info by using the JELO jump code at to view Job and Extended Learning Opportunities for LPS Students.

World of Work

In The Conversation, Kate Torri, Policy Analyst at Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, explains why “…all students need to experience the world of work, particularly work of the future, long before they leave school…” This is especially true in STEM careers, where knowledge and skills “… are transforming at an unprecedented rate. For these career pathways, students will need digital and transferable skills, like collaboration, problem solving and communication…in addition to core skills like literacy and numeracy. Torri states, “Exposure to the world of work provides opportunities for students to build connections with professionals outside their usual family networks, and to learn by ‘doing‘ in real world.” contexts.

Due to spending more time in formal education settings, many students do not connect with the world of work until their 20s. The author says, “For these students, once they complete their education, the ‘new work reality‘ is the average transition time from education to full-time work is now up to five years, compared to one year in 1986.”  Additionally, because students’ “pathways are formed early – with career aspirations often following traditional gender stereotypes, and tending to reflect students’ interest and achievement in traditional school subjects. A lack of interest in STEM subjects at age 10 is unlikely to change by age 14.”  includes a variety of articles and links to resources for students and parents who would like to start exploring and discussing career options this summer.  The three main categories are as follows: Teen Career Exploration, Early Career Planning, and College Planning. A partial listing of topics is listed below:

To access additional articles, please click here.

Click on the World of Work Map, to explore different career clusters. The interactive World of Work Map also shows how occupations relate to each other based on work tasks.