February 2020

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February Calendar

    • Tuesday, February 4th
      • ASVAB @ 8:00 to 11:30
      • Online Course Selection Session @ LSW from 3:30-6:30
    • Thursday, February 6th
      • Online Course Selection Session @ LSW  from 3:30 – 6:30
    • Tuesday, February 12th
      • P/T Conferences @ 4 – 7 pm
      • Online Course Selection Make-Up Session @ 4 – 7 pm
    • Tuesday, February 18th
      • End of Sophomore Interviews


Beginning at 8:00 am, on the morning of Tuesday, February 4th, LSW will offer the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test to interested students. This test may be taken by students who are not interested in the military as well as those who want to join a branch of the Armed Services.

Students may register for this free career assessment in the Counseling Center. According to Military.com,  “The ASVAB is an aptitude test that doesn’t just tell you what you are currently good at, it will also tell you what you may be good at learning. You may know nothing about electronics but your scores may say you have the ability to learn electronics.” ASVAB test scores are broken down by the individual sub-tests and composites of the sub-tests. One of the most critical of these scores is the Armed Forces Qualification Test, which is used to determine if an individual is qualified to join the military service. Each service determines the qualification AFQT score for enlisting in their service.

If you have additional questions about the ASVAB, please contact Mr. Feeken, who coordinates the ASVAB for the LSW Counseling Center. Resources to assist with preparing for this test, include the links below:

2020-2021 Online  Course Selection

The online course selection process for the 2020-2021 school year is now accessible to students through February 9th. The online course selection process may be completed online using Synergy StudentVUE or ParentVUE.

Online course selection sessions will be held on Tuesday, February 4th and Thursday,  February 6th in the Media Center Computer Lab from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.

Students and families are reminded that selecting courses now does not guarantee these classes will be in the 2020-2021 schedules as there are times when schedule conflicts occur, classes are not offered, or pre-reqs have not been met. Course selection does ensure that students have the opportunity to select the coursework that will best meet graduation requirements and post-secondary options.

Online Course Selection Guidelines for Current 9th-11th Grades:
  • Visit the Google Classroom for appropriate grade level
  • Read the 2020-2021 Course Request Instructions and Resources
  • Select courses using the online course request system located in the Student VUE or Parent Vue
    • Select courses that total 80 credit hours
    • Choose two alternates for the alternate category in case there would be a time conflict, or the class is filled or not offered
    • Use the non-departmental section to select extra-curricular activities that are of interest

EducationQuest’s February College Planning Bulletin

The February College Planning Bulletin offers seniors and their families information about the financial aid process, including information about submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you haven’t, complete the form at FAFSA.gov. Before you start, both the student and a parent must each get an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. You’ll need the FSA IDs to access and sign your FAFSA.

If you DID submit a FAFSA, here’s what happens next:

  • Expect a Student Aid Report (SAR) via an email link. The SAR acknowledges that your FAFSA was received and lets you know if you need to take further action before the form can be processed.
  • You might receive a “verification” notification. The college(s) you listed on your FAFSA may contact you requesting documents to verify information you included on your FAFSA. You must provide those documents before your financial aid can be processed.
  • Watch for an award letter from the college(s) you listed on your FAFSA. This will detail the types and amounts of financial aid they are offering you. You must have been accepted for admission before the college will send an award letter.

It’s necessary to check your email and/or student portal carefully to ensure you don’t miss important information about admission and financial aid.

Click here to access the remainder of the February issue of EducationQuest’s College Planning Bulletin to learn more about the different types of scholarships that are offered.

LSW students and families are also reminded that R.J. Vega, a bilingual EducationQuest College Planning/Financial Aid Specialist, is at Southwest High School on Wednesdays. To schedule an appointment, please click here or contact Mrs. Janene Way in the Counseling Center at jway@lps.org or 402-436-1306 Option #3.

Juniors Meetings Completed in January

Counselors recently met with all juniors to share information regarding the upcoming ACT in April and assist with course requests for next year.  Click here to view the presentation that was shared with juniors during this meeting.

Now is a great time for juniors to start preparing for the upcoming ACT test.  A few resources students can access include:

LPS Workshops

Lincoln Public Schools offers high-quality, affordable workshops to help students prepare for the PSAT, ACT, and SAT college exams.

March 2 Success

This online course features a full-length diagnostic test in English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing, a personalized learning path with lessons and quizzes, and three full-length practice tests, with detailed answer explanations for each question. Scoring is scaled in accordance with ACT and provided by content area and overall score. The course’s subject areas includes all of the areas tested on the actual ACT exam. The self-paced online course features interactive games, exercises and flashcards.

Varsity Tutors

Explore the Varsity Learning Tools free diagnostic tests for ACT to determine which academic concepts you understand and which ones require your ongoing attention. Each ACT problem is tagged down to the core, underlying concept that is being tested. The ACT diagnostic test results highlight how you performed on each area of the test. You can then utilize the results to create a personalized study plan that is based on your particular area of need.

Our completely free ACT practice tests are the perfect way to brush up your skills. Take one of our many ACT practice tests for a run-through of commonly asked questions. You will receive incredibly detailed scoring results at the end of your ACT practice test to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Pick one of our ACT practice tests now and begin!

The Critical Reader

Erica Meltzer posts helpful, though sometimes short, blog posts about the Reading, English, and essay sections of the ACT. They are accessible and offer tips and tricks beyond what you would find on the official ACT website.

Reading this blog will expose you to different strategies so you can determine which ones work best for you. For instance, Meltzer suggests that students read entire passages before answering questions, which is slightly different advice than you’ll get from other ACT prep sites. By exploring content across various sites, you can learn more than one approach and customize the advice to best fit your learning style and needs.

Sophomore Meetings Currently Underway

Counselors are currently in the process of conducting individual sophomore meetings.  During these meetings, counselors are reviewing Pre-ACT results with students, assisting students in completing their 4-year plan, and assisting students in completing their course requests for the 2020-2021 school year.

This is a great opportunity for students to have a discussion with their counselor about future plans.  It’s also a good chance to select courses that tie into possible areas of academic and future career interests as shown through the Pre-ACT results.