January 2020

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January Calendar

  • Monday, January 6th
    • Teacher Work Day
  • Tuesday, January 7th
    • Term 3 Begins
  • Thursday, January 9th
    • 8th Grade High School Information Night (Future Hawk Night)
  • Tuesday, January  14th
    • Online Course Request Help Session – Current 9th-11th grade students during PLC (2:05-3:05)
  • Monday, January 20th
    • No School – MLK Day
  • Tuesday, January 21st
    • Individual Sophomore Interviews Begin
    • Online Course Request Help Session – Current 9th-11th grade students during PLC (2:05-3:05)
  • Wednesday & Thursday, January 22nd-23rd
    • Junior Class Forum Meetings
  • Tuesday, January 28th
    • Online Course Request Help Session – Current 9th-11th grade students during PLC (2:05-3:05)

Course Request for the 2020-2021 School Year

Each LSW student has created an individual 4-year graduation plan to help ensure that the best academic plan is in place to meet LPS graduation requirements.  In addition, this plan will prepare his/her post-secondary plans, whether that be attending college, enlisting in the military, or entering the workforce. This plan should be used as a guide in requesting classes for the next school year, and students are encouraged to review and update their individual 4-year graduation plan at this time every year. The 4-year plan can be found in each student’s grade-level Google Classroom, or by searching their Google Drive (search “4 year”). If your student hasn’t yet completed his/her 4-year plan, this is an excellent time to do so! Detailed instructions for completing/updating this plan can be found here

The window for current students to complete their course requests for the 2020-2021 school year opens January 7th, 2020, and will be accessible until February 9th, 2020. Please make sure that you and/or your student(s) request their courses for the next school year during this window of time. Course requests must be completed online through Synergy ParentVUE or StudentVUE. Detailed instructions for completing the Synergy Course Request, as well as a list of current LSW course offerings at each grade level, can be found at the links below. Help sessions will also be available for current students during PLC on Tuesdays in January (see dates above).

Incoming Seniors
Incoming Juniors
Incoming Sophomores
Incoming Freshmen – LSW counselors will be visiting all middle schools to help our future Silver Hawks complete Synergy Course Request for their first year of high school.

Finally, students and families are reminded that completing the course request does not guarantee that those classes will be in the student’s 2020-2021 class schedule. There may be schedule conflicts, classes that don’t end up being offered due to low interest, or prerequisites that haven’t been met. It is important that the initial course requests are as accurate as possible. These requests determine how the master schedule is built. Entering the correct courses helps to ensure that students have the opportunity to enroll in courses that best meet their needs and interests. Your course requests represent an inventory of courses and the corresponding resources needed to fulfill those requests during the 2020-2021 school year. They will then be used to build a schedule that can accommodate the highest percentage of course possible.  We appreciate your help with this process as we work to ensure that we can continue to provide a strong variety of course offerings in an effort to meet a diverse range of student needs and interests.

Please note that all course requests completed within the designated window are processed at the same time. In other words, students who complete this task on the first day of the window opening are no more likely to receive requested courses than a student who completes course request on the final day. 

For more info, please click here.

Reminder: Synergy Course Request must be completed using a computer. This process cannot be completed using a cell phone

For more info, please contact Ms. Sharpe at bsharpe@lps.org.

Future Hawk Night

Future Hawk Night will be held at LSW on Wednesday, January 15th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This is an informative evening for current 8th graders and their families who are interested in learning more about Southwest High School. The LPS Preparing for High School website has been created as a one-stop location for current 8th graders and their families to find basic information about each high school. Click here to visit this site, or go to LPS.org and enter BIBW in the Search, Keyword box. If you have questions about Future Hawk Night, please contact Ms. Sharpe at bsharpe@lps.org.

Sophomore Interviews

Starting January 21st, counselors meet individually with their assigned counselors. Using the students’ Pre-ACT test results, counselors will be discussing graduation requirements, post-secondary plans, and online course selection. For additional insight about the Pre-ACT, watch the video, Understanding the Pre-ACT and/or visit the Prep Scholar Blog’s Pre-ACT Review. For more information, please contact Mr. Feeken @ efeeken@lps.org.

Junior Class Forum Meetings

On January 22nd, counselors will host Junior Class Forum Meetings to review guidelines for finishing junior year, taking the ACT in April, preparing for transition to senior year, and requesting courses for next year. If you need additional info, please contact Mr. Peterson at apeter11@lps.org.

EducationQuest’s January College Planning Bulletin

In EducationQuest’s January College Planning Bulletin,  seniors are reminded to complete the following tasks if they have not already done so.

To read the January College Planning Bulletin, please click here.

Thank You

Thank you to the LSW students, families, and staff for the opportunity to serve as a counselor the past 15 years. I will be retiring in mid-January to begin a new venture as the Assistant Director for the TRIO’s Student Support Services Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

~ Joyce A. Lehn