May 2020

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Google Classroom Info from the Counseling Center

  • Seniors – Class of 2020
  • Juniors – Class of 2021
  • Sophomores – Class of 2022
  • Freshmen – Class of 2023

May Calendar

  • April 27th – May 21st * Seniors can complete summer school course requests
  • May 4th – May 21st * Seniors and Juniors can complete summer school course requests
  • May 11th – May 21st * Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen can complete summer school course requests
  • May 20th * Term 4 Finals
  • May 21st * Term 4 Finals and Last Day of School

2020 Summer School

2020 Summer School will run from June 3rd through July 16th. Summer school will be virtual with remote and E-Learning options.

Remote learning is direct instruction with a teacher during Period 1 (8:00-9:50) and Period 2 (9:55-11:45) with lessons and assignments on Google Classroom that are graded.  Attendance is required.  Teachers expect students to join in on Zoom meetings.

E-Learning is a class with no direct instruction.  It is self-paced learning and students will be tested on materials and graded.

The first step in registering for 2020 Summer School is for students to complete this Google Form.  Students will then be given access to complete course requests for summer school through their StudentVue.  Students will need to log on and complete their course requests during their course request time.  Those times are:

  • Seniors: April 27th – May 21st
  • Juniors: May 4 – May 21st
  • Sophomores and Freshmen: May 11th – May 21st

If students would like to take E-Learning courses during summer school, they need to email their counselor to submit their final E-Learning course selections after they have completed their course requests on StudentVue.

There will be no tuition fees for 2020 summer school.

For more information about 2020 Summer School, please visit the LPS Summer School Website. This document also explains the registration process.  Counselors are also available to answer questions about summer school.

4th Term Grading

During 4th term, all grades will be Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory based on work completed and a special Coronavirus Pandemic Closure designation will be noted in student transcripts. To switch the grade to a letter grade (A-F), students will need to complete this form. Parents will then need to email counselors to confirm the student’s choice to take the letter grade.

Grading at LSW is slightly different than the other LPS high schools due to our block scheduling.  LSW grading will be based on the following:

Semester long courses:
These are very rare at Southwest. These are courses that run from January through May for a total of 5 credits and one final grade at the end. This is how courses work in traditional, non-block, high schools. For these courses semester one runs from August through December, and semester two runs from January through May. Most of our students refer to these courses as “skinnies” in their schedule.

In these courses, students will have the option of using the grade they had at the end of third quarter for their final semester grade by completing a google form that they will find on their grade level (9,10,11,12) Google Classroom, managed by the counseling center. Students can wait until closer to the end of the semester to complete this form if they wish to.

Term 4 Courses:
The vast majority of courses at Southwest right now are Term 4 courses. These courses start in March and run through May for five credits and receive a final grade based on work completed during that timeframe. For example, Chemistry Semester 2, Pre-Calculus Semester 2, English 10 semester 2, Economics, Civics, Biology, and Geography would all be considered Term 4 courses if they are a student’s schedule.

These courses have no grades that carry over from Term 3. These are new, separate courses that students are just beginning during 4th term. To earn grades in Term 4 courses, students will need to work through remote learning. Students can wait to see how things go during remote learning and, at the end, decide if they want to take the letter grade or if they wish to take the course “Pass/Fail” for a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Students can wait to make this decision until closer to the end of the term. If they want the letter grade, they can fill out the grade request form that can be found in their grade level (9,10,11 or 12) Google Classroom, managed by the counselors. If they do not wish to take the letter grade, they can do nothing and they will automatically receive a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory by default.

If you have questions, please ask your counselor.

Final Transcript Requests

Seniors needing to request a final transcript can do so by completing this Google Form.  If you have questions, please contact Shannon Cornell, LSW Registrar.

Social and Emotional Supports

Our current global situation has left many processing information differently. You may be concerned or anxious about COVID-19, or this transition into remote learning. It is our hope as school social workers and counselors that all of our families will stay safe and healthy. While a lot has been communicated on what we can do to protect our health, we want to make sure we address good mental health practices during these unprecedented times. If you need any support during this time please visit the LPS Social and Emotional Supports page, or email your counselor or social worker.

EducationQuest Resources and Tips for Seniors

The May issue of the EducationQuest College Planning Bulletin offers students the following resources to help with college planning through Covid-19:

  • Free help from EducationQuest – Even though our offices are temporarily closed, our college-planning specialists are available to help you. Contact the location nearest you for a free appointment via phone or computer.
  • Weekly Countdown2College emails for juniors & seniors – Sign up to stay on track to college.
  • Virtual campus tours – Since you can’t visit college campuses right now, check out this list of Nebraska schools that provide virtual tours.
  • The college you plan to attend – Check the college’s website for COVID-19 information, and contact the school if you have questions. Most colleges are providing one-on-one assistance via tools like Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime.

Financial Tips for Seniors

  • 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

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
  • Attend a summer camp
  • Participate in a summer apprenticeship or internship

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

Summer Activities for High School Students

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.