April 2020

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Counseling Center Calendar

April Calendar

  • April 10th * No School
  • April 15th * Parent-Teacher Conferences from 4:00 – 7:00


Counselor Availability

Throughout the school closure, counselors will be available via email on Monday through Friday from 7:45-3:15 and will respond within 24 hours or during the next work day.  If you need immediate assistance, we encourage you to access the following resources that are available any time of the day or night:

  • LPS Updates: lps.org/covid19
  • CenterPoint Help Line (Lincoln): 402-475-6695
  • Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • National Crisis Text Line: text START to 741741 (text charges from your phone carrier may apply)
  • Lincoln Police Department: 402-441-6000 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency)
  • MyLNK is a website (https://mylnk.app) and a mobile app (for Apple and Android – search MyLNK) that has information about community resources.  It can be downloaded in a wi-fi environment and then used when wi-fi is not available.  The website provides translations in Spanish, Vietnamese and Arabic.

Students should continue to check their Google Classroom pages and their school email as we go forward.

Seniors: Counting Down

As this year’s grads countdown their final weeks of high school, they also need to make a final decision about which college to attend, the April edition of EducationQuest’s College Planning Bulletin suggests that seniors compare their college acceptance letters, financial aid award notifications, and campus visit notes. College Board offers a free online tool for comparing financial aid awards, which is available here. It’s also helpful to list the pros and cons of each school using the following criteria:

  • Location
  • Cost
  • Academic Program
  • Student Life

For additional details, please click here.

Seniors have the month of April decide which college they will be attending as National College Decision Day is May 1st.

CollegeConfidential.com explains that students may lose their admissions spot if they do not respond with their final choice by the May 1st deadline. “If, by May 1, you are not ready to make a commitment (e.g., you are on a waitlist at another college or are appealing a financial aid package), you must still confirm your place somewhere by the deadline or risk forfeiting it.” College admissions rarely give an extension beyond the May 1st deadline, but if an extension is granted, students need to request a written confirmation (or one by email).

Google Drive Reminder for 2020 Grads

LPS Seniors (graduates) with data on Google Drive that they wish to take with them need to retrieve this data prior to leaving LPS.   Even if they are unsure if they will ever want it, it is very important to grab it NOW.  Once they leave LPS, their files are no longer available to them.

ALL GRADUATING SENIORS are encouraged to click here and follow the instructions prior to graduation in order to export their LPS Google Drive data.

Juniors: Planning Time

This term is a great time for juniors to begin planning for their post-secondary options, such as searching for colleges and scholarships. When entering their senior year, students should have a list of 3-5 colleges/universities they plan on applying to, which include one realistic choice, one or two dream schools, one or two target schools, and at least one stand-by realistic choice. Students may sign up in the Counseling Center to visit with college reps. EducationQuest’s College Planning Bulletin for April suggests that juniors ask themselves the questions listed below to help them narrow their college choices now, so they will be better prepared to apply for college admission and financial aid next year.

  • What do you want to study?
  • What kind of school do you want to attend?
  • Where do you want to go to college?
  • What can you afford?

For more details, click here as well as review Selecting a College at EducationQuest.org.

ScholarshipQuest is a search site that includes info about local, regional, and Nebraska scholarships. There are also several national scholarship search links available on the ScholarshipQuest site as well as the LSW Counseling Center website and the Google Classrooms for current seniors and juniors.

Juniors are also encouraged to review examples of published college essays, such as those listed by Prep Scholar, John Hopkins, Tufts, Hamilton, and C2Education.

Juniors are reminded to have a strong finish during Term 4 as it is the end of their 6th semester GPA, class rank, and transcript that are reviewed by college admissions personnel, scholarship committees, etc. to determine if they will be accepted to college, honors programs, specific majors, scholarships, and much more.