2021 PSAT Tickets are on Sale

The PSAT Test will be offered Saturday, October 16th at Lincoln Southwest. Any junior or highly motivated sophomore that wants to take the PSAT must register with the Counseling Center secretary, Whitney Franklin. Tickets are on sale now and the deadline to register is Friday, October 8th, or until all test spots are taken. The cost to take the test is $30.

For helpful hints and to take the practice test visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice

Juniors who take the PSAT this year will be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. All Juniors will have a seat guaranteed as long as registration and payment is received by October 9th. This test will also help prepare for the SAT and/or ACT.

Highly motivated Sophomores may take the test for practice, but results this year will not be considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sophomores who take the PSAT this year may still test their Junior year to be considered for the scholarship program next year. Limited seats are available for Sophomores; registration for these seats is on a first come, first served basis.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (Pass/Fail) Grade Request Deadline Extended

Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, students may choose to receive an S/U mark rather than a letter grade until December 22, 2020. In addition, there will not be a limit on the number of courses a student can select for S/U grading during the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year (Term 2). Please note the following if considering this option:

 

  • The LPS Board Regulation regarding Honor Roll qualification still applies: Students with a 3.5 or higher weighted GPA on the previous semester’s coursework, including at least 30 graded credits (not included S/U) in a block school and 25 graded credits (not included S/U) in a non-block school are eligible for the Honor Roll.

 

Students may request S/U grading for any/all classes by completing the appropriate form located in the FORMS section above. If you have questions about this process or whether it’s right for you, please contact your counselor.

 

 

Student Tutoring at Southwest is Back!

National Honor Society and other qualified LSW students will once again be offering individual and drop-in tutoring for students who need help in one or more class this quarter. The option to Zoom with tutors will be available for both individual and drop-in tutoring. Students needing to meet regularly with a tutor should submit the Individual Tutoring Request Form, which can be found on our Resources for Academic Support page or in student’s grade level Google Classrooms. Any student is welcome to stop in the Media Center during PLC time on Wednesdays for drop-in tutoring – no sign up needed. Please contact your counselor with questions!

Upcoming! LPS ACT Test Prep Workshop

Did you know Lincoln Public Schools offers high-quality, affordable workshops to help students prepare for the ACT test? The October 5th registration deadline for the next LPS ACT Workshop is approaching quickly! This workshop is timed specifically to support students who will be taking the December 12th test, but is open to any student interested in preparing for the ACT. Tuition for LPS ACT workshops is $125 (reduced tuition is available for students who qualify for free or reduced meals). Please visit the LPS ACT Test Prep website for more information or to register for an upcoming workshop.

*ALL 2020-2021 test prep sessions will be taught via synchronous Zoom instruction and will utilize Google Classroom. Students are expected to attend during scheduled class hours and have camera on to participate fully in class.*

The EducationQuest Virtual College Fair is Coming Soon!

The EducationQuest Virtual College Fair is September 27-30!

During these four days, students and their families can virtual visit college booths, chat with college representatives in real time, and watch live or recorded college-prep sessions. This event is free to attend, but you must register — visit the EducationQuest Virtual College Fair website for all the details and to register!

Here’s a sneak peek at the College-Prep Sessions this year! Live sessions will be held Sept. 27 and will be broadcast via Zoom.
3:00-4:00 p.m. – What It Takes to Get Admitted to College
4:00-5:00 p.m. – What Are You Going to Major In?
5:00-6:00 p.m. – The Campus Visit – Your Key to Finding the Right College
6:00-7:00 p.m. – How to Find and Earn Scholarships
7:00-8:00 p.m. – How to Pay for College

Ruth Hill Elementary School PTA Scholarship

Current high school seniors who attended Hill Elementary school for at least 4 years may be eligible for one of two $500 scholarships toward college expenses. Access this scholarship application and many others on the ScholarshipQuest website (if you don’t see this scholarship in your list on ScholarshipQuest, be sure your profile lists Ruth Hill Elementary as one of your elementary schools!).

Selection is based on:
• Grade Point Average
• Work and Volunteer Experience
• Extracurricular activities during 9th-12th grade only

Scholarship Application Deadline: March 27, 2020

ACT Test for all Juniors on Tuesday, April 2, 2019

On April 2, 2019, all 11th grade students will take the ACT. Many students and their families are thinking ahead to preparation for this test, the nation’s most popular college entrance exam. All LPS students take the ACT exam, at no cost, as part of statewide testing.

LPS-approves the following ACT preparation opportunities and college planning resources. This information has also been posted in students’ Class of 2021 Google Classroom.

ACT Academy

Student Access is obtained by:

  • Login to this website: https://academy.act.org/
  • Username: ######@class.lps.org (LPS Email)
  • Password: lpsstudent (all lowercase)

ACT Practice Tests

ACT Practice tests are located at actstudent.org. Click here to access those resources (scroll to the bottom of this webpage for free resources)

LPS-sponsored ACT-SAT-PSAT workshop

LPS-sponsored ACT-SAT-PSAT workshop is available for a fee of $125 (fee adjusted for those who qualify for free or reduced-price meals). More information is available at wp.lps.org/testprep/ or by contacting Michelle Fonck at mfonck@lps.org.

EducationQuest

EducationQuest – www.educationquest.org – Free college planning resources, including scholarship searches, college profiles, and assistance with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Headquarters in Lincoln at 1300 O Street – phone: 402-475-5222.

Denton Dollars for Scholars

The Denton Dollars for Scholars application is open and is due by April 1. The application may be accessed through the Denton Dollars for Scholars Facebook page, or by searching scholarshipamerica.org or dollarsforscholars.org. In either of the latter sites, find your local affiliate by entering your zip code. Any student who works, volunteers, attends church, or participates in the Denton community in some way is eligible to apply. Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $2000.

An optional informational meeting to support the application process on March 5 at 7pm in the Denton Community Center.