August 19, 2016




SOGI will meet next Wednesday, the 24th at 3:15p.m. in A207

The Science Olympaid Team would like to announce that they are having a meeting Monday at 7:30a.m. in room A109.

Students remember to check out the LSW website under the “student Life” tab to learn about the clubs and activities that are available here at Southwest. Listen to announcements to hear more information about opportunities to get connected with others who share your hobbies and interests.

Applications for the first semester principal advisory council is a group of students who meet once a month to share ideas, provide input and offer Mr. Gillotti insight from their perspective on the student experience here at LSW/ Applications and more information regarding dates and meeting times are available in the main office. If you are interested but may be to busy this semester, there will be another opportunity to participate during second semester.

LUNCH FOR: August 19th



College Visits



The 2016 "Draw Your Dreams" scholarship contest details are available from Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plan, known as NEST.

Use your artistic skills to create a 9” X 12” landscape drawing of what you dream of becoming when you grow up.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible. The Nebraska Art Teachers Association will select 12 winners (from the first 400 entries received) who will receive $1,000 each. Submit entries August 5-September 30, 2016. The contest is sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust. Contact the State Treasurer’s office – College Savings with any questions.


Students who apply for accommodations on the ACT test due to diagnosed disabilities will soon benefit from a new system that will simplify and speed up the application process. ACT's new Test Accessibility and Accommodations System that will debut next month. The new system will streamline the process, providing a faster and more user-friendly experience for students who apply for accommodations on the college readiness test.

The improved benefits of the new system will include the following:

With the new system, students who apply for accommodations on the ACT will be able to register online first and then work with a school official to request accommodations. As they complete the online request form, school officials will be prompted to provide only the documentation needed for the student’s particular diagnosis, eliminating the need to send unnecessary support materials.

ACT officials believe the changes will speed up the application process considerably, getting decisions to students approximately 10 days sooner, on average, than what is currently possible. The new system was successfully piloted in state testing programs where the ACT is administered to all students. Approximately 200,000 students applied for accommodations on the ACT during the 2015–2016 school year, a 13 percent increase from the year before. Students who apply for accommodations represent 3.5 percent of all students who register for the test.

Accommodations provided by ACT to qualified students with a documented disability include extra time, large print and alternate test formats such as Braille, reader, DVD and scribe.


New important items from Cornell University's Admissions Office includes: 1) New SAT policy information for Cornell, 2) Cornell’s new College of Business, and 3) the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. 

With the introduction of the new SAT, we have developed two new websites that will be useful to students in regards to how changes to the test affect Cornell’s SAT policy: and

The new College of Business at Cornell comprises the university's three exceptional, accredited business schools: the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Dyson), and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson). The College of Business brings together the excellence and breadth of Cornell’s leading undergraduate, graduate, and professional business programs to create a more collaborative and comprehensive business management program, while preserving the individual excellence of the three schools. The new college will launch during the upcoming 2016-17 academic year. Students who want to study business can use the Common Application or the Universal College Application to apply to Cornell, choosing from the following options:Business – School of Hotel Administration (Major: Hotel Administration)

Note that the Applied Economics and Management major is the same program regardless of whether you select the College of Business or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. You can learn more about the College of Business at:

Cornell University is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success and it will have a landing page and university profile available on the Coalition Application website this summer. We will begin utilizing the Coalition Application feature beginning with the Class of 2022 (2017-2018 admissions cycle). For the upcoming year, Cornell will continue to use the Common Application and the Universal College Application. You and your students can learn more about the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success at:


This year, Columbia will accept both the Common Application and the Coalition Application for admission. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions:

You are encouraged to explore Columbia University's website for more information about the application deadlines and admissions process, as well as its new standardized testing requirements.


Test prep workshops are free to High School students enrolled in Wesleyan Honors Academy Classes. To reserve your spot or for additional details please contact Carrie Holloway or 402-465-2218.

Fall John Baylor Test Prep Workshops


What: 5th Annual Tabitha Carnival – Check out last’s year’s event here:
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016 3-5pm – Grandparent’s Day
Where: Tabitha Health Care, 47th & J Street

How you can help
Grab a few friends, co-workers and family members and put a smile on an elder’s face by “adopting” a game booth. What does that mean? We have 30 games for our elders and their families, and we need exceptional volunteers like you to help make them fun. There is no cost involved, just a commitment to help setup, PLAY, and breakdown your assigned booth. Simple right?

If your organization has a carnival game booth or marketing tchotchkes (prizes) that you would like to bring just let us know and we’ll work to make it happen.

Next steps

1. Reply to confirming that you want to volunteer.  
2. Get your team together and share these details
3. Setup begins at 1:30pm teardown begins at 5pm               

Last day to sign up: August 29, 2016

For additional info, please contact:

Kelsie Bonow
Volunteer Coordinator


Wendy's is looking for graduating seniors like 2015 National Winner Taylor Campos, a cross country and track and field star who pushes herself to excel on a daily basis and who never settles for less than perfection. Applying for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program is your chance to gain local, state, and even national recognition for all that you’ve put into your high school career. If you’ve maintained at least a B average, participate in at least one school-sponsored sport, are a leader in your community and role model at your school, then you’ve got what it takes to be a Wendy’s High School Heisman. To learn more and download an application, please visit

Deadline: October 3, 2016.


Landmark College helps students discover their own “best way” to learn and achieve their goals. For over 30 years, faculty have been transforming the lives of bright, motivated students who learn differently. It offers baccalaureate degrees in computer science, studio art, and liberal studies, as well as associate degrees in such fields as business and life sciences. There is still time to apply for Fall 2016. Generous scholarships are available. To learn more about what a Landmark College education can do for students, watch the highlights of our May 2015 graduation ceremony, where proud graduates have the chance to tell their own stories. Do you have questions? Contact us at 802-387-6718 or Admissions counselors will be glad to tell you more—and to link you to a student who can talk about the distinctly unique LC experience.

To apply online, visit our website at


The Senior Family Meeting and Financial  Aid Night will be held on Wednesday, August 24th @ 6:30 PM. Important new FAFSA info for seniors and families will be included in EducationQuest's Financial Aid Presentation. Seniors and their families are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn how thePrior Prior FAFSA deadline will affect your college application and financial aid process.


This year's Summit will be held on October 24, 2016, in Kearney, Nebraska at the Younes Conference Center. The 2016 Summit purpose is to provide information for students on the importance of graduating and how to graduate career or college ready. This event is limited to the first 600 registrations.

To register for this event and to apply for a $500 scholarship, please visit


The online admissions application for UNK launched on August 1 and is available to students now. This application will be used by students who will graduate in 2017. Students now have the option to self-report their high school coursework, GPA, class rank and test scores. Your students can conveniently upload their transcript either in PDF or TIFF format directly into the application for admission. If you do not upload a transcript, they will manually enter their coursework - both completed and in-progress. Also, when applying for admission to UNK, students can also choose to share their application with UNL, UNO, and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

The UNK Admissions Office will require an official (final) copy of the transcript after the student graduates in addition to an official ACT/SAT scores sent directly from the testing agency.

For more info, visit


Seniors…it’s time to prepare for the early FAFSA!

Beginning October 1, you can apply for federal, state and college-based financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a change from previous years when students had to wait until after January 1 to apply.

Here’s how you can prepare:

Attend a College Fair this fall!

This fall, EducationQuest will sponsor five College Fairs across the state. Before you attend, to register for a barcode. Print the barcode and take it to the fair so that college reps can scan it. You should also register for a barcode if you plan to attend an Educational Planning Program (see article below).

2016 College Fairs

 Lincoln Area College Fair, Sunday, October 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Southeast Community College

Omaha Area College Fair, Sunday, October 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m. – University of Nebraska at Omaha

 For more details and for a list of colleges that will participate in each fair, see the College Fair articleat Visit to register for a barcode. Print the barcode and take it to the event so that college reps can scan it.

Senior students and parents…start preparing for college admission!

Admission deadlines will start hitting later this fall. Follow these steps to stay on track:

  1. Contact your top colleges and ask about application deadlines for admission, college-based scholarships and financial aid.
  2. Visit with college representatives at College FairsEducational Planning Programs, during campus visits, and when they visit your high school.
  3. Apply to your top 3-4 colleges before the deadline. Along with your application, the colleges will require your high school transcript, class rank, GPA and ACT/SAT score. They may also request a list of your extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, an essay, and an interview.
  4. Ask if your school is holding an Apply2College event this fall. If so, you can complete your college applications during the school day and get help from school, college and community volunteers.

September “To Do” List

Juniors and seniors ... complete these college planning tasks during September:

__ Seniors, create an FSA ID for you and one for a parent at

__ Juniors and seniors, attend a Financial Aid Program.

__ Juniors and seniors, attend a College Fair or Educational Planning Program (EPP) in your area.

__ Before you attend a College Fair or EPP, register for a barcode at

__ Seniors, register by September 1 for the October 1 SAT.

__ Seniors, register by September 16 for October 22 ACT.

__ Juniors, ask your school counselor about PSAT registration deadlines and test dates.


Nebraska Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its annual statewide selection process. The two Nebraska students will join 102 other delegates March 4 —11, 2017 for the program’s 55th annual Washington Week.

The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 as stated in supporting Senate testimony from that year, “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationship of the three branches of government, the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”   

More than 5,500 students have participated in this unique leadership program which brings two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to Washington each year to experience an intensive week-long educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall. USSYP is sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations — no government funds are utilized. Each of the 104 student delegates will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship in addition to the all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital.

Senator Roger F. Wicker of Mississippi is serving as the 2017 USSYP Republican Co-Chair and Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota is serving as the 2017 USSYP Democratic Co-Chair.  The Senate majority and minority leaders and the vice president annually serve as the program’s Honorary Co-Chairs.

In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to volunteer work, the student delegates generally rank academically in the top one percent of their states among high school juniors and seniors.  Alumni of the program continue to excel and develop impressive qualities that are often directed toward public service. Among the many distinguished alumni are: Senator Susan Collins, the first delegate to be elected U.S. senator; Senator Cory Gardner, the second alumnus to be elected U.S. senator and the first to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the first delegate to be elected governor; former Chief Judge Robert Henry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; former Ambassador to West Germany Richard Burt, and former presidential advisors Thomas "Mack" McLarty and Karl Rove.  Additional notables include former Lt. Governor of Idaho David Leroy, former president of the Progressive Policy Institute Robert Shapiro, military officers, members of state legislatures, Foreign Service officers, top congressional staff, healthcare providers and university educators.

The student delegates will visit Capitol Hill, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Supreme Court and other historic sites in Washington. The agenda routinely includes meetings with senators, the president, Cabinet secretaries, a justice of the Supreme Court, senior members of the national media and other policymakers.

The delegate selection is administered by each state’s chief school officer in cooperation with high school principals. Delegates must be juniors or seniors and elected student officers for the 2016-2017 academic year, and they must reside in the state where they attend school.  Eligibility considerations may also be made for student representatives elected or selected (by a panel, commission or board) to district, regional or state-level civic or educational organizations where the delegate is serving a constituency in a high-level leadership position for the entire 2016-2017 academic year.     

Names of students selected will be formally announced mid-December. Interested students can find more information and the download an application at:

Questions about the program can be sent to the state-level selection administrator indicated below:

Mr. Harris C. Payne
Social Studies Specialist
Nebraska Department of Education
(402) 471-2449

The United States Senate Youth Program received notification that the Nebraska selection deadline is: October 06, 2016.

The 2017 program brochure with detailed rules, selection process and the annual yearbook may be accessed on the USSYP website

UNL College of Architecture Open House: September 16th, 8am – 3pm

High school students will have the opportunity to learn about College of Architecture academic programs, lunch with faculty and students, tour the College facilities, and participate in a design activity. To register for the Open House, visit Check out the College of Architecture Please register by September 13, 2016 to secure a seat.

Students who cannot attend the Open House are encouraged to contact us for a campus visit! Please contact Leslie Gonzalez, Admissions Coordinator or call 402-472-9233.

Starting with Academic Year 2017-18, the traditional FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submission date of January 1 will change to October 1. In addition, families will be able to use tax information from the prior year. The January 1 start date made it difficult for families to get their tax information gathered in time to complete the application. By moving the start date up three months earlier to October 1, students will have more time to fill out this vital information, they’ll have tax information at hand, and families will have more time to evaluate the school’s financial aid award package.

To learn more about the FAFSA changes, please click here.


Perhaps you heard there is a "new" FAFSA but aren't really sure what is going on. Financial aid is changing. Colleges will expect families to be ready for the new process. will present an online session on August 9th @ 11 AM Central Time that will review changes associated with the Prior Prior FAFSA process:

To register for this event, visit


The Inspire Future Business Leader and Scholarship Award is valued at $5,000. The criteria is as follows:

A Lincoln area female currently enrolled in a Lincoln area school who has contributed exceptionally in school activities, her local community and philanthropy or girls groups over the past year. She has a strong sense of self, a success-driven work ethic and great career aspirations.

Nominations for this award may be made at:


In recent years, as the popularity of online higher education has exploded across the country, financial aid options to explore are available at's financial aid for online classes. There has been a 263% increase in students enrolled in online courses since 2004, and in 2012, approximately 5.5 million college students took at least one online class. According to the Babson Survey Research Group’s 2015 Survey of Online Learning, the percentage of students taking classes online is still growing. The study found that more than one in four students now takes at least one online course. Even more striking, distance education enrollments account for nearly all recent enrollment growth at two-year institutions.


Any course taken during the summer that a student would like to have listed on their LPS transcript and included in class rank and cumulative

GPA for the 2015-16 school year must be entered into Synergy by the school registrar by the end of the first week of school - Friday, August 19, 2016. 


Below is a list of dual credit classes that will be offered at LSW through Southeast Community College during Terms 1 and 2 of the 2016-17 school year:

For more information, please contact Mr. Feeken in the Counseling Center.


Below is a list of classes that will students may earn dual enrollment credit at LSW through Nebraska Wesleyan University. Tuition will be $90 per credit hour. For more information about the Wesleyan Honors Academy, please visit:


AP Chemistry

Greg Cooper

AP US History

Russ Raatz

AP US History

Russ Raatz

AP US History

Ted Larson

AP US History

Ted Larson

AP Literature and Composition

Teresa Abrahams

AP Literature and Composition

Teresa Abrahams

AP Language and Composition

Teresa Piper

AP Language and Composition

Teresa Piper

AP Language and Composition

Toni Dutton

AP Language and Composition


For more information, please contact Mr. Feeken in the Counseling Center.


ACT NATIONAL TEST DATES –Register online at

Test Date                      Register By                 Late Registration*
Sept. 10, 2016               Aug. 5, 2016                Aug. 6-19, 2016
Oct. 22, 2016                 Sept. 16, 2016             Sept. 17-30, 2016
Dec. 10, 2016                Nov. 4, 2016                 Nov. 5-18, 2016
Feb. 11, 2017                Jan. 13, 2017               Jan. 14-20, 2017
Apr. 8, 2017                   Mar. 3, 2017                 Mar. 4-17, 2017
June 10, 2017                May 5, 2017                 May 6-19, 2017
*$25 late registration fee applies

LPS ACT TEST FOR ALL JUNIORS APRIL 19FREE for all juniors! These test scores may be used for college admission and scholarship applications. Each high school will register its juniors for this test.

OPTIONAL ACT WRITING TEST – National ACT test only (not the LPS ACT): If a college requires the writing test, your student must register and pay for this optional test when registering for the ACT test.

SAT NATIONAL TEST DATES – Register online.

                                                                     Late Registration**

Test Date                   Register By               Mail          Phone/online
Oct. 1, 2016               Sept. 1, 2016             Sept. 13           Sept. 20
Nov. 5, 2016              Oct. 7, 2016               Oct. 18             Oct. 25
Dec. 3, 2016              Nov. 3, 2016               Nov. 15            Nov. 22
Jan. 21, 2017             Dec. 21, 2016            Jan. 3               Jan. 10
Mar. 11, 2017             Feb. 10, 2017            Feb. 21             Feb. 28
May 6, 2017               Apr. 7, 2017               Apr. 18              Apr. 25
June 3, 2017              May 9, 2017              May 16              May 24
**$28 late registration fee; $15 phone registration fee

PSAT TEST DATE: Oct. 15To be considered for National Merit Scholarships, a junior must take the PSAT. Students MUST register through the schools’ counseling offices; no online registration is available.

For more information, including fee schedule and information for parents of students with IEPs about applying for testing accommodations:


Lincoln Public Schools offers high-quality, affordable workshops to help students prepare for the PSAT, ACT and SAT I college exams. Both LPS and non-LPS students are welcome to register.


1)  Register Now online.

2)   Register by mail: Print the 2016-17 ACT-SAT-PSAT brochure. Complete the form and mail it to: LPS Test Prep, Box 19, LPSDO, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510.

TWO PAYMENT OPTIONS (Your student does NOT have a reserved spot until payment is received):

1)   Mail check to: LPS Test Prep, Box 19, LPSDO, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510
(payable to LPS; write your student’s name on the “Memo” line).

2)   Call Accounting and pay $125 via credit card – $.70 fee applies.
(402-436-1700 or -1701, M-F, 8 am to 4:30 pm)

Workshop Cost: $125 for each workshop. If a student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, tuition is reduced (contact your school counselor or Linda Geisert at for tuition information). To qualify, we need a note or e-mail from your school verifying your student’s lunch status, or a copy of the District letter granting the lunch status.

Workshop Refund Policy: Cancellation requests must be received before the first class date. A $20.00 handling fee will apply.

Late Registration Fee: $20 (applies to students not registered by the deadline)

Late Fee For Unpaid Registrations: The late fee also applies to registrants who have not paid the tuition by the “pay by” date. Your student does NOT have a reserved spot until payment is received. If a workshop is full, unpaid registrants may lose their spot in the workshop to paid registrants on the waiting list.

Registering for an LPS workshop DOES NOT register your student for the national test. You MUST also register separately for the national test!


With the free H&R Block Budget Challenge, students encounter real-world personal budgeting situations through an online simulation. Just for playing, students could win one of ten $20,000 college scholarships! By learning strong budgeting skills and fiscal discipline early, students gain the knowledge and confidence to manage their own financial future! It's fun. It's free.  Check out this video to learn more.



New this year; 10-12 graders will not be issued planners. Teachers will have passes or their own system for passes.

9th and 10th graders will not be able to leave the building at lunch, unless parent signs them out personally in the attendance office.