September 21, 2016

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

YOU’VE BEEN CAUGHT SOARING- WAY TO GO!

Guidelines for buying a Homecoming ticket

 NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Silver Hawks, we are now offering extended hours for students to access the C113 computer lab across from the health office. Any Southwest student in need of a computer and the internet to complete school work can stop by anytime between 3:45p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday to get some work done.  Just bring your ID and whatever other materials you need to get some work done.

Homecoming Spirit Week:

 LUNCH FOR: September 21

 SPORTS

Please check our LSW Calendar for upcoming sporting events and for any updates on the events.

http://www.heartlandathleticconference.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=406&school_id=8

SENIORS:

Seniors may join Seniors 2017 in Google Classroom to receive messages from the Counseling Center regarding college visits and other info pertaining to seniors. The code to enter is l9bz726 (lower case letters, starting with an "l" as in lion).

College Visits

 COUNSELING CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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The Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity is a four-year full-tuition scholarship to be awarded to the incoming student, beginning with Wesleyan's Class of 2021 in Middletown, CT, whose work of creative expression is judged to best reflect the originality, artistry, and dynamism embodied in Broadway's Hamilton. For more information, please click here and visit  http://www.wesleyan.edu/admission/apply/hamiltonprize.html 

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 Family Service at 506 S. 7th Street (Lincoln) will host a part-time job fair for high school juniors and seniors on Tuesday, September 27th at 2 to 5 pm. For more information or to apply, visithttps://familyservicelincoln.org/apply/ or call 402-441-7949.

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The Cornhuskers Kiwanis Club offers three scholarships of $1,500 each for graduating seniors from an accredited high school within Lancaster County, NE. For details and to access the Cornhuskers Kiwanis Scholarship  application, please click here or visit ScholarshipQuest. Deadline: March 15, 2017

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LSW is hosting its 2nd annual Apply2College event on Thursday, October 6th in the Media Center Lab. EducationQuest sponsors Apply2College  during the school day to help seniors apply to at last one college.

College admissions reps will be in the Media Center Computer lab at the times listed below to assist seniors with completing their college admissions applications. For seniors who do not have their college(s) represented, Anders Peterson, College Planning Specialist from EducationQuest will be available throughout the day to assist with their applications.

8:30 - 11:30 * Media Center Lab

11:00 - 1:30 * Media Center Lab

1:30 - 3:30 * Media Center Lab

To register for this event, you may sign-up on your own at one of the links below or in the Counseling Center. Please register by Friday, September 30th

Apply2College Checklist, which lists the information you will need for completing your application.

To obtain a Transcript Release Form. A form needs to be submitted to Mrs. Carman in the Registrar's Office. You may also want to request a copy for your own records.

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Kaplan is providing a unique, exciting and free program to help students feel prepared and confident on this milestone, PSAT Prep Live. Beginning October 1st, Kaplan’s highly-rated faculty will cover the most important PSAT content and tackle practice problems in 8 livestreaming, one-hour lessons.  In addition, students will have access to online study content and detailed explanations to the official PSAT practice test. For more details and to register, please visit www.kaptest.com/psatpreplive.

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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.

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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, visit NebraskaCollegeFairs.org 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 article at EducationQuest.org. Visit NebraskaCollegeFairs.org 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 fsaid.ed.gov.

__ 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 NebraskaCollegeFairs.org.

__ 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.

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 ACT NATIONAL TEST DATES –Register online at www.ACT.org.

 Test Date                      Register By                 Late Registration*

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 19: FREE 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:

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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.

 TWO WAYS TO REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP:

 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 lgeisert@lps.org 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!

Recurring Announcements

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Club is participating in bisexual awareness week where here in the U.S. nearly half of all students identify as bisexual are victims of bullying.  SOGI will have information available at the end of the week for those interested in learning more.

 Homecoming tickets will go sale Tuesday, Sept. 20th

 Picture retakes are Thursday, September 22nd.  Students who purchased photos and wish to have their photo retaken should bring their photo packets with them. An announcement will be made as to when students should report for photos.  If your student did not have their picture taken at Locker Check-Out or the first day of school, they should have it taken for the yearbook.  This is the only re-take day, so please plan accordingly.

 Homecoming final voting is here! Around the school you will see QR jump codes. All you need to do to cast your vote is scan the QR code for your grade level, log in with your school credentials and fill out the ballot.  You may only vote once and it has to be for your own grade level. If you vote more than once or you vote for a grade level other than your own then your vote will be voided.  Voting starts now and ends at 3:15 on Thursday. Get your vote in!

 The yearbook staff created Snapchat filters for each day of spirit week.  Add LSW Talon on Snapchat and sent in or add pictures on your story using the filter. Again follow the yearbook on Snapchat at LSW Talon.

Any 9-12th grader at LSW who is interested in being a Student Ambassador for this school year is asked to apply between Sept. 19th and 30th.  The application form and recommendation forms are in the counseling center.  Please submit your forms to Mrs. Way, our counseling center secretary, by 4 pm. on Friday, Sept. 30th.  When you submit your forms, please sign up for an interview as well.

Just a reminder that 10th grade health screening will take place on Tuesday, October 4th in the wrestling gym (D103).  This screening is mandated by Nebraska state law.  Students, please wear your glasses/contacts if you have them.  Teachers, please send students to D103 at their designated times in order to create a smooth flow of about 500 students.  We have many volunteers in the building helping to make this undertaking a success.  Thanks for your cooperation in this process.  10th grade students should come to the wrestling gym at the following intervals as they are called (alphabetical by last name):

A-B  8:15 - 8:51am

C-E  8:54 - 9:30am
 F-H  9:36 - 10:12am
 I-L 10:15 - 10:51am
 LUNCH BREAK
 M-P 12:25 - 12:42pm
 Q-S  12:48 - 1:24pm
 T-Z  1:27 - 2:03pm

Student Council is selling NEST shirts for $10.00 before and after school all this week. Please help support Student Council and show your hawk pride!

AUDITION MATERIALS are NOW available for the winter production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Theatre Box Office. Scripts can be checked out for a 24 hr. period. CREW FORMS need to be returned no later than October 11 at 7:00 p.m. to be considered for this production.

Auditions will be held On Monday, October 10 at 3:15 p.m. or Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. Auditions are CLOSED - only the student who is auditioning needs to attend. For questions or more information - call the Box Office at 402-436-1335

 MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW for the 15th Annual FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR! October 8, 2016   9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.    $2 admission at the door.  Over 60 vendors from across the Heartland will be on hand to handle all of your holiday shopping and gift giving needs! LSW SPEECH AND DEBATE teams will have delicious hot and hearty handmade concessions and various baked good items for sale. To Celebrate the 15th anniversary of LSW and the Silver Hawk Theatre Director's 25th year of teaching ( Silver Hawk Theatre is the sponsor of the Craft Fair) we will be awarding door prizes to the 15, 25,150 & 250 customer to come thru the doors! You WILL NOT want to miss it! Come Shop Till You Drop!

Attention all clubs and activities! If you are interested in helping the school and joining together with other clubs, talk to your sponsors about joining student forum. We will be meeting in the A218 forum the last Thursday of each month at 7:30a.m. Our first meeting is September 22nd!  Come join us!!

United States Senate Youth Program has begun it annual statewide selection process. Two Nebraska students will join 102 other delegates March 4-11, 2017  for the program’s annual Washington Week.  This program provides students with an opportunity to learn about the Senate and the federal government and potentially earn a $10,000 college scholarship. To learn more pick up a brochure in the main office.

Struggling in any of your classes? LSW NHS offers free tutoring for anyone who needs it. Tutoring is available every Tuesday during PLC in the media center. If you are interested in a one-on-one tutor you can fill out a tutor request form on the LSW website and we will match you with a tutor in your area of need as soon as possible. 

STEEL MAGNOLIAS – Tickets are on sale!!  Shows are Sept. 29, 30 at 7p.m.  and October 2 at 2:00p.m.