September 2018

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Counseling Calendar

From now through the end of Term 1, the counselors will be meeting with seniors on an individual basis to review the Senior Information Packet. Families of seniors are encouraged to ask their students to bring this information home as it includes materials for post-secondary planning.

  • Wednesday, September 12th * Term 1 P/T Conference @ 4-7 pm

Sunday, September 16th & Sunday, September 23rd *                    EducationQuest College Fairs

    • College Fair Tips
      • Visit NebraskaCollegeFairs.org to register for a barcode. Print the barcode, or save it to your smartphone, and take it to the fair so college reps can scan your demographic information.
      • Arrive early enough to visit all colleges that interest you.
      •  Stop by the EducationQuest booth to get free college planning materials and for a bag to collect college view books.
      • Come prepared with questions for the college reps:
      • What are admission requirements and deadlines?
        • Does the school offer academic programs that meet my interests?
          • What is the cost of tuition and fees — and room and board?
            • How do I apply for college-based scholarships?
            • How many students attend the school?
            • What are the housing options?

5. Attend a financial aid program offered during the College Fair.

* PSAT Registration

Beginning Monday, September 24th through Friday, October 5th, juniors will have the opportunity to register for the PSAT/NMSQT that will be given at LSW on Saturday, October 13th. Click here to view a list of tips for parents/guardians of students taking the PSAT.

The Princeton Review explains, “The PSAT won’t count towards college admissions applications, but it is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Some of the highest scoring students may win scholarship money, so while students shouldn’t stress out about the PSAT, they certainly shouldn’t ignore it either.”  Students can also use the PSAT as practice for the SAT and ACT.

New Additions to the LSW Counseling Team

The LSW Counseling Center welcomes Shannon Cornell as the school’s new Registrar. Her office is located in the Attendance Office.  Students who need a transcript must submit a completed Transcript Release Form to Mrs. Cornell. Students who are younger than 18 need a parent signature and those who are older may sign the Release Form. Ms. Cornell’s contact information is scornel@lps.org and 402-436-1306 Ext 66025.

The newest addition to the LSW Counseling Team is Neo, a nationally certified therapy dog through the Love on a Leash Therapy Program. Neo is a Teddy Bear Shih Tzu Bichon, who turned 1 this past April, and passed the AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test earlier this year. His list of favorites include making new friends, playing ball, taking walks, and eating baby carrot sticks. Neo will be in the Counseling Center 1-2 days each week. When not at work, he stays home to take care of his little sister, Trinity, a Shih Tzu.

ACT Registration for Seniors

Seniors registering for the ACT after they’ve taken the Nebraska STATE ACT in April come to the Counseling to request your ACT ID# If you have taken the test in the spring of your junior year. They will need to set up a new account. Answer “yes” that they have registered, and “yes” that they have taken the test before. Use the ACT ID number on top of their student report to link the data from that test to their new account.

Seniors who are registering for the ACT National test ( on a regular Saturday test date) are encouraged to use their ACT Student Accounts created with the scores from the Nebraska State test. The advantage of doing so is that the student’s scores from various test dates will be available in one account. Students can contact ACT Customer Care to complete this process.

Contact information below:

Must-Do’s for Seniors

EducationQuest’s September College Planning Bulletin includes the following 3 Must-Do’s for Seniors who are working on post-secondary plans:

  • Apply to top college choices
    • Attend the LSW’s Apply2College Event on October 4th
    • Click here to view college app checklist and other helpful resources
  • Create an FSA ID username and password at fsaid.ed.gov
    • The FSA ID serves as Federal Student Aid (FSA) IDs for the FAFSA
    • Student and parent each need personal email address
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on or after October 1st
    • The FAFSA is the application for federal, state, and college-based financial aid
    • Colleges listed on the application will use that info to determine types and amounts of financial aid they award, which may include Pell Grants, Work Study, and Federal Loans

EducationQuest also offers the following post-secondary planning tips for seniors and their families:

College-Bound High School Juniors

International College Counselors provides the following guidelines for college-bound high school juniors:

  1. Prepare and take standardized tests
  2. Consider possible majors
  3. Research colleges
  4. Search for scholarships
  5. Plan to maximize summer between junior and senior year
  6. Get good to great grades

To read more about each of these guidelines, please click here.

10 Tips for Parents of High School Sophomores

College Vine Blog offers parents 10 tips for parents of high school sophomores to work on with their students throughout the school year, which are listed below:

  1. Begin talking about life after school
  2. Consider preliminary testing
  3. Explore careers
  4. Take personality or career tests
  5. Attend career days
  6. Delve into the college search
  7. Learn about the college app process
  8. Get more involved in extra-curriculars
  9. Brose online college tours
  10. Review scholarship searches

For additional information about each of these tips, please click here.

 Freshmen Transition

For freshmen transitioning to high school, College Vine Blog offers 5 pieces of helpful information listed below to make a successful adjustment to high school:

  1. Find your niche
  2. Try new opportunities
  3. Get organized
  4. Think about the future
  5. Use your system

Click here for more details about each of the items listed above.