November 2019

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  • Month of November
    • Freshmen Small Group Meetings Continue
      • Contact Person: Mrs. Sharpe
  • TBA
    • Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship Workshop
    • Contact Person: Mr. Peterson
  • Thursday, November 7th
    • Pre-ACT for Sophomores
    • Contact Person: Dr. Brady
  • Wednesday, November 13th
    • P/T Conference @ 4 – 7 pm
  • Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th
    • Thanksgiving Break

Mid-Year Survival Tips for High School Freshmen

Counselors will continue to meet with small groups of freshmen throughout the month of November to check in on their progress, review sophomore course selections in January, and discuss post-secondary possibilities.

According to CollegeVine, the first year of high school is a time to explore classes, a new building, and interests. However, for those freshmen who are nearly halfway through their first year of high school and still wondering what it is that they are supposed to be doing, the following survival tips are guidelines to make their high school experience the best it could be:

Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship

The Susan T. Buffett Foundation has offered scholarships to college students in Nebraska for over 50 years. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time, entering freshmen who are residents of Nebraska, graduates of a Nebraska high school with plans to attend a Nebraska public college, and who have demonstrated financial need. There are a limited number of scholarships, so the Foundation is unable to provide awards to all eligible candidates. The application opens on November 1st, 2019 and the deadline is February 1st at 5 pm CT/4 pm MT.

To learn more about eligibility requirements, please click here. View this link to learn about the application requirements.

Students who plan to apply for the Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship will need to check the Daily Bulletin for details about the upcoming STB Scholarship Planning Workshop that will be offered at LSW in November.

For more information about this scholarship, contact info is below:


The PreACT test provides students with practice for the ACT test and measures of progress towards college readiness. Schoolwide adoption of the PreACT improves ACT test scores, interest-major fit, and college score-sending behavior. LSW sophomores will be taking the PreACT test on the morning of Thursday, November 7th.

Two significant reasons for students taking the PreACT test are listed below:

  1. Simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science.
  2. Predicts future success on the ACT test, and provides both current achievement and projected future ACT test scores on the 1-36 ACT score scale.

To learn more about the PreACT, review the Infographic. If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Travis Brady at

EducationQuest’s November College Planning Bulletin

The November issue of the EducationQuest’s College Planning Bulletin shares how to download the EducationQuest app for easy access to tools like Activities ResumeCollege Profiles, College Timeline, Reality Check, and ScholarshipQuest. There’s also a calendar that will guide you through college-planning steps – and you can personalize it with your own tasks.Below are the links for downloading the app:

In this month’s issue, there is also a timeline for FAFSA completion, college applications, and other tasks that seniors need to complete this fall as well as suggestions for juniors who are researching post-secondary options, visiting with college reps, scheduling campus visits.

Students and families who wish to schedule an appointment at LSW with RJ Vega, College Planning and Financial Aid Specialist with EducationQuest, may select a date and time using Sign-Up Genius, which is available on the LSW Counseling Center’s website.

LSW Counseling Website 

Students and families are reminded to check the Recent Posts page on the LSW Counseling Center website for student opportunities, scholarships, post-secondary planning, and much more.  There are also specific web pages for online tutoring, academics, potential college-bound student-athletes, community resources, parent info, and much more.