October 11, 2016

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

Final Schedule

 Oct. 13

Oct. 14

YOU’VE BEEN CAUGHT SOARING- WAY TO GO!

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS:

If you have not picked up your honor packet, please stop in the office to pick it up. 

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club will not meet this Thursday morning.  Our next FCA meeting with be Oct. 20th to kickoff the new term.

Senior Pictures for the yearbook are due, Monday, October 31st 2016

Students/staff and their families are invited to shop at the Hawk Food Mart on Tuesday, October 11th  from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the A118 Forum. The Food Bank of Lincoln provides such items as pasta, canned meat, bread, pastries, and other staples. Gently used clothing will also be available from Rob's Closet. There is no cost and no income restrictions!

Want weekly updates on all the happenings at LSW? Follow us on Twitter@lswstuco or friend or like our page on Facebook. 

LUNCH FOR: October 11

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:

Oct. 27 and 28th Seniors order announcements/cap & gown, 11-1p.m.

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:

Midland University will host its Jump Start Day on Friday, October 14th from 9 am to 2:30 pm. This allows students to get a "Jumpstart" on your college search! The day is designed to give high school sophomores and juniors an up-close look at Midland University! Experience what Midland has to offer in academic programs, athletics and performing arts. Get all of your questions answered about the admissions and financial aid processes, and enjoy lunch on us too!

To register, please visit http://www.midlandu.edu/junior-jumpstart.

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The Four States Regional College Fair will be held next Wednesday, October 12th from 5:30-7pm in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. The fair is an automated fair so students still need to sign up for their barcode at www.gotocollegefairs.com to complete their registration and bring their barcode with them to the fair.

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The ACE Scholarship now has  a new process to reset passwords.  Students will now have the option of answering the three security questions or having a link emailed to them where they can change the password and update their security questions.  This new option is available now.  However, there is an issue with this process you need to be aware of… When registering their account, students many times are providing their school email address. However, students should not use their school email address but rather an email address from another service provider (Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.)

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Explore Innovation at PKI in Omaha, Nebraska. This exciting event is a collaboration of the UNL College of Engineering and the UNO College of Information Science & Technology, hosted at The Peter Kiewit Institute on the UNO Scott (Pacific) Campus. This event offers personal interactions with current students and faculty, all while touring the amazing facilities at PKI. You can learn about the majors offered by these colleges; ask questions about scholarships, housing, and college classes; and talk to individuals about how you can have a successful career in the engineering industry.

Date:

  • Sunday, October 16, 2016
  • 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Location:

  • The Peter Kiewit Institute
  • 1110 S. 67th Street, Omaha, Nebraska

Pre-registration is encouraged at http://engineering.unl.edu/explore-innovation; walk-ins are also welcome. If you have questions, contact Nicole Franta, Assistant Director of Recruitment, at nicole.franta@unl.eduor call (402) 554-3146.

UNL College of Engineering: (Programs offered in Omaha at PKI)

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering

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SCC will be hosting their Discovery Days, where you will receive answers to your questions about a variety of topics, including their Programs of Study, how to pay for college, support services, housing, and activities. You will also take a campus tour. There is no cost to attend, and lunch is provided. Visit www.southeast.edu/discoverSCC to register. 

  • Beatrice Campus * 9 am - 1:30 pm
    • Friday * October 14th
    • Monday * November 6th
  • Lincoln Campus * 9 am - 1:30 pm
    • Thursday * October 20th
    • Friday * November 18th
  • Milford Campus * 9 am - 1:30 pm
    • Friday * October 28th
    • Monday * November 14th

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UNO's Goodrich Scholarship Program application period opened October 1, 2016 and closes March 1, 2017 at 5:00PM (CST).  Applicants can apply online at https://goodrich.fluidreview.com/. Unofficial high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores are directly uploaded by the applicant in their Goodrich application account.

For convenience, please note that the EPPE is now offered online. Directions for this process can be reviewed at  http://www.unomaha.edu/enrollment-management/testing-center/placement-exams/english-placement-proficiency-exam.php. Applicants must have their UNO NetID credentials (username and password) to register for this free exam. The FINAL EPPE date that will be accepted by Goodrich applicants is February 25. Because the EPPE is now offered online, we will only offer the in person and on campus EPPE exam 3 times (February 11, 24 and 25). The February 24 exam will have limited seats.

If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to contact Patty Patton Shearer at:

Goodrich Scholarship Program, Established in 1972

  • Coordinator of Recruitment and Academic Support Services
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha, CB 123
  • 6001 Dodge Street
  • Omaha, NE  68182
  • ppshearer@unomaha.edu
  • (402) 554.2875 or FAX (402) 554.3776

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Juniors and seniors interested in Wartburg College (http://www.wartburg.edu/admissions/) are encouraged to consider one of the visit days listed below. Many of these days have scholarships attached for seniors that attend. Click on one of the days below for more information about the day.

Students are reminded that Wartburg College accepts AP credits with qualifying scores. Students who file the FAFSA before November 1st will receive their packages by Christmas time from Wartburg College. Wartburg's FAFSA code is: 001896

Wartburg College also offers a Fly-In Program that assists you with your travel to visit their campus. Click here and fill out the form if you are interested in visiting. If you would like more information please contact Todd Coleman, todd.coleman@wartburg.edu

Students who received a Regents or Presidential Scholarship upon acceptance to Wartburg are eligible to attend Scholarship Day. Typically these are students who have a high school GPA of at least 3.5, rank in the top 25% of their class, and have an ACT composite of at least 23 (1080 SAT). By attending scholarship day, students will be eligible for additional scholarship money after an interview with a current student, a faculty member, and an alum. Dates for the Scholarship Days are below, if you have a student that is eligible please encourage them to attend

For more information on our Regents and Presidential Scholarships, click here.

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Students/staff and their families are invited to shop at the Hawk Food Mart on Tuesday, October 11th  from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the A118 Forum. The Food Bank of Lincoln provides such items as pasta, canned meat, bread, pastries, and other staples. Gently used clothing will also be available from Rob's Closet. There is no cost and no income restrictions!

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The University of Nebraska's College of Engineering has provided the following answers to common questions/topics.

  • To have guaranteed admission into the UNL College of Engineering on either the Lincoln or Omaha campus, a student must have 1 unit of chemistry, 1 unit of physics, and 4 years of math through pre-calculus/trigonometry as well as an ACT of 24 (or an SAT of 1110). If you have a student interested in engineering, please make sure they are taking the proper courses in order to ensure their admission into the college.
  • A listing of AP/IB courses that Nebraska Engineering accepts is available online at engineering.unl.edu. These courses can be used for a student’s engineering curriculum. If you have a student who is taking an AP/IB course NOT on the list, or a dual enrollment course, please contact the engineering recruitment office before the student enrolls.
  • Nebraska Engineering does offer additional scholarships to incoming engineering freshmen, based on academic merit and financial need. These scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis through a student’s admission application to either UNO or UNL and do not require any additional applications or documentation. This is NOT true for students interested in the Raikes School or the Scott Scholarship program. Both of these entities have scholarships available to engineering students but require additional application materials and have earlier deadlines. For information on the Raikes program, students can visit raikes.unl.edu and for the Scott Scholarship program, pki.nebraska.edu.

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Students are asked to submit a type written platform of no more than 1,000 words. The entry will be judged on the student’s ability to articulate issues, suggest solutions, and argue for their position in a well organized fashion. A digital video of the student reading their presidential platform will also be required.

  • The entry will be judged on the student’s ability to articulate issues, suggest solutions, and argue for their position in a well organized fashion.
  • A digital video of the student reading their presidential platform will also be required.
  • Two finalists will participate in  ‘Presidential Debate’ . The debate will use a question and answer format with political writers from Nebraska newspapers asking the questions. The winner of the recorded debate will win an additional $1,000 scholarship.

Entries are due no later than midnight October 15, 2016

Submit your Platform here!

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Due to overwhelming demand, UNO is opening up a second yearly Immersion Experience! Get ready for more ways to boost computer science education in your schools.

CodeCrush is a FREE immersion experience for 8th and 9th grade girls designed to show them the world of information technology (IT). Part of the UNO College of Information Science and Technology Women in IT Initiative, this program program was created to help show girls all the cool and crush-worthy things you can do with IT. While the IT sector grows every day, there are too few skilled professionals to fill open positions and even fewer women. 

When is CodeCrush? November 9 – 12th.

What does it cost? Nothing! Meals, transportation around Omaha, lodging – it's all free. 

Who is eligible? Students must be in 8th or 9th grade at the beginning of the 2016 school year, have parent permission and be nominated by a teacher/counselor/administrator who will also accompany them to the immersion experience. More than one student may be nominated. 

Application deadline:October 5, 2016

 Check out more information here: codecrush.unomaha.edu

 If you have questions, please  contact:  Amanda Rucker at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Information Science and Technology * 402.554.2070 * arucker@unomaha.edu

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Students who are interested in the Naval Academy, may click here for more information.

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 Students and their families are invited to visit the University of California, Santa Cruz campus for one of its  Fall Saturday Tours on October 29 or November 12, 2016.

 This student-led campus tour event will provide prospective students with a general introduction to academic and campus opportunities. An Admissions presentation covering freshman and transfer admissions will be followed by a brief student panel and an all-walking campus tour.
 
Reservations must be made in advance online. Students need to sign up as soon as possible, since the tours will fill up fast. (Please note that UC Santa Cruz will not be offering a Preview Day in fall 2016.)
 
For students who cannot visit the campus this fall,  UC Santa Cruz will offer an online virtual tour in five languages.

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Students can win Wendy's High School Heisman awards at the school, state and national level. And Wendy's is giving away thousands of Wendy's gift cards and 100 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to up $10,000. 

 Applying is easy. The online application is easy for students to complete. Get the process started by visiting wendysheisman.com to apply.

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 The University of Houston invites students to participate in the Cougar Preview — its largest open house for future students — Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 or Saturday, April 1, 2017!

At #UHCougarPreview, students will be able to:

  • See our 667-acre campus, including a sneak peek of our residence halls
  • Learn about our admission requirements, academic programs and campus life
  • Interact with faculty, staff and current students
  • Experience what it's like to be a Houston Cougar

Students may visit uh.edu/cougarpreview for more information.

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Seniors at LSW will take a critical step in the college preparation process when they participate in a college application event on October 6th, 2016 at the school.

Lincoln Southwest High School is one of over 200 schools conducting events as part of the statewide Apply2College Campaign sponsored by EducationQuest Foundation.  During the event at LSW, seniors will get hands-on help with college applications from school staff and community volunteers.

 “Completing a college application can be overwhelming for many students – especially those from families unfamiliar with the process. This event will help reduce college application barriers students face and should increase the number of seniors who go on to pursue higher education.”

The Apply2College Campaign is part of the American College Application Campaign sponsored by the American Council on Education. All states are now participating in the annual program.

For more information and/or to sign up for this event, please click on one of the following links:

Seniors need to sign up for this event by Friday, September 30th.

Participating colleges include those listed below:

8:30 – 11:30 * Media Center Lab

  • Doane University * Tim Moulton
  • Chadron State College * Kristina Pajeda
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University * Staci Bell
  • University of Nebraska-Kearney * John Gibbs
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln * Ryan Hogan
  • Wayne State College * Nathan Sieler
  • EducationQuest * Anders Peterson

11:00 – 1:30 * Media Center Lab

  • Chadron State College * Kristina Pajeda
  • Midlands University * Bonnie Martin
  • Hastings College * Ashley Sterling
  • Peru State College * Jari Dunekacke (Arrives at 12:30)
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha * Samantha Kruse
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln * Ryan Hogan
  • EducationQuest * Anders Peterson

1:30 – 3:30 * Media Center Lab

  • Creighton University * Grad Student
  • Kansas University * Angie Bass
  • Peru State College * Jari Dunekacke
  • Southeast Community College * Pat Frakes
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln * Ryan Hogan
  • EducationQuest * Anders Peterson

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 The creators of the “Student Award Search Aid” website are offering the B. Davis scholarship for 2017. Please visit  http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm to learn more. This website was developed solely for the purpose of helping students locate and apply for scholarships.  The site is free and there is no fee for the information or the application.

 The deadline for applications is May 22, 2017

Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000

 If you have any questions, please contact awards@studentawardsearch.com

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Landmark College will host an Open House on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016, will provide families of students with language-based learning disabilities, ADHD, and ASD a firsthand look at the college’s innovative approach to helping students achieve a personal understanding of their strengths and learning challenges.

 Some of the highlights of this event:

*Presentations on how Landmark integrates innovative learning strategies and skills into every course
*Introduction to its Associate and Bachelor's degree programs, including our B.S. in Computer Science, B.A. in Studio Art, and A.S. in Life Sciences
*Student panel on life and learning as a Landmark College student
*Presentations on Financial Aid; Transfer, Career & Internship Services; and Summer Programs

Questions? Please contact Landmark College at 802-387-6718 or emailadmissions@landmark.edu.

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 The 12 Scholarships below are currently accepting applications.  Please read the eligibility and application instructions on the website carefully before applying.

1. Coca-Cola Scholarship - October 31, 2016 (1400 Awards - $20,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_cocacola_scholarship_9001.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

2. Carid Scholarship - October 31, 2016 (2 Awards - $1,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_carid_scholarship_9002.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

3. Horatio Alger Scholarship - October 25, 2016 (106 Awards - $25,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_horatio_alger_scholarship_8950.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

4. College Jumpstart Scholarship - October 17, 2016 (2 Awards - $1,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_college_jumpstart_scholarship_9003.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

5. Don't Text and Drive Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_dont_text_and_drive_scholarship_8997.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

6. ShipDig Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_shipdig_scholarship_8943.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

7. Create Real Impact Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (10 Awards - $1,500)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_create_real_impact_scholarship_8945.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

8. Hit the Books Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $500)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_hit_the_books_scholarship_9004.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

9. SP Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (10 Awards - $10,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_sp_scholarships_8953.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

10. VIP Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $5,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_vip_scholarship_9000.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

11. Review It Scholarship - September 30, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_review_it_scholarship_8998.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

12. You Deserve It Scholarship - September 29, 2016 (1 Award - $1,000)
http://scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_you_deserve_it_scholarship_8959.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=cd00cf4bd8635a72b342a627467c40e7

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The Lincoln Community Foundation administers the Helen Roeske Financial Assistance Fund to help LPS high school students who attended Hartley Elementary.  Eligible students must have attended Hartley Elementary (no minimum years required, just attendance) and be at risk of dropping out of high school because of family financial circumstances.  There is approximately $425.00 available from this fund for the 2016-17 school year to help a student remain in school. 

 The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2016.  The Lincoln Community Foundation will select a recipient by November 15, and will inform the student and his/her counselor.  The grant will be made to the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools and instructions for accessing the funds will be sent to the chosen student and his/her counselor.

For more details, or any questions you may have, please email or call  Michelle Paulk at 402-474-2345.

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When writing winning scholarships, students need to be original, creative, and honest along with using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Julie Petersen at College Week's Live Blog recommends using the following 10 steps for writing effective scholarship essays:

  • Review guidelines
  • Perform research
  • Create an outline
  • Be confident, but humble
  • Grab reader's attention with the first sentence
  • Use online resources
  • Demonstrate abilities and personality
  • Use simple, concise language
  • Review that every requirement is addressed in essay
  • Edit and proofread thoroughly

For more details about each of these steps, visit http://blog.collegeweeklive.com/how-to-write-your-winning-scholarship-essay/.

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 Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students at Smith College will follow the procedures and requirements for first-year or transfer admission. They will be evaluated in the same way as U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Undocumented and DACA students may apply under any admission plan, including Early Decision. Please remember, Smith meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students. 

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 The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships, funded by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, recognize students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Applicants must have demonstrated ongoing commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months. Additional consideration is given to students working to fight childhood hunger. Students between the ages of five and 25 are eligible to apply. The winners receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as a $5,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice in their local community. In addition, regional honorees receive a $1,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice. Applications may be submitted online from October 5 through December 5, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program http://us.stop-hunger.org/home/grants.html.

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Learn Adobe Illustrator on October 13

Bring your own laptop and software or use one of our Macs!

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The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) will be given at LSW on October 15th from 7:15 to 11:15 am. Students will have the opportunity to register for this test in the Counseling Center from September 26th - October 7th. Registration does require payment of the $22 fee with checks payable to LSW.

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Seton Hall Application Deadlines

Students can apply online using either the Common Application or the Seton Hall online application. Please make sure students do not start more than one application as this often leads to duplicate records and communications, especially about missing information.

Scholarships

Seton Hall’s Special Scholarship Application deadline is January 5, please encourage students to apply for these awards at shu.edu/go/scholarships.

Tours and Open Houses

Seton Hall’s Open House dates for 2016-17 are:

Tours are offered Mon-Fri at 10 am and 2 pm and on Saturdays at 10 am, noon and 2 pm. Students can sign up for a tour or open house at shu.edu/visiting.

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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

All Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to attend this fall's College Fair sponsored by Education Quest.  Over 120 public and private colleges will be at SCC-Lincoln Campus to share their admissions and opportunities with you on Sunday, October 9th from 1-3 pm.  This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about colleges, the admissions process and financial aid.  There is a barcode you can register for at Nebraska College Fair.org that will allow colleges to have contact information from a scanner!  Do this in advance, please.  Information is available in the main office, media center and counseling center for you to take home!


If you know your academic trivia and want to join what looks like it's going to be a very successful season for Southwest, see Mr. Handelman.  Practices are Thursdays in B109 from 3:15 to 4:15.  We are particularly looking for students who have a strength in literature! 

SW is a Fuel Up to Play 60 school.  To kick off this year's events, we are asking you to take the pledge to improve your wellness by signing the poster posted below the front trophy cases and going to the fuel up to play 60 web-site. If you are interested in getting directly involved with school wide activities focused on wellness sign up in B117 with Mrs. Way.

Food Fight” is a five week food drive that DECA needs YOUR help to accomplish their goals. Last year, our school alone raised 5000 pounds! Please start bringing non-perishable food items within the next few weeks! This week’s food focus is 100% fruit juice! Please bring some juice and any other food items that you want and place it in the blue barrels by the trophy cases! Thank you for helping in the “Food Fight”!

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.

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