From the Principal's Desk

Excellence Persists!

It is hard to believe that we are in the final month of the school year. Fortunately, after all of the twists and turns of the past nine months, we still have much of the same excitement that permeates LSW every spring. As activities begin to celebrate end of the year honors, several Silver Hawk scholars have already been recognized for the great work they accomplished while navigating the ever-changing landscape presented by this past year. Here are some notable celebrations that occurred in April:

At State Journalism several LSW scholars were recognized for their outstanding work –

  • Isabel Diaz was named the State Champion in Yearbook Feature Writing
  • Emma DeShon was the Runner-Up in News/Feature Photography
  • Yearbook Sports Feature Writing
    • Haleigh Flynn – 3rd
    • Maggie Winklepleck – 5th
  • Sports/Action Photography
    •  Kole Schenaman finished 4th
    • Isabel Diaz finished 7th
    • Olivia Ulrich finished in 8th
  • Yearbook Layout
    • Olivia Ulrich – Runner-up
    • Isabel Diaz – 8th

LSW FCCLA represented LSW well at their state convention with the following awards

  • Tracy Way – Advisor Committed to Excellence Award
  • Gold Star Chapter Award
  • Feed Nebraska Award
  • Katie Chandler – Silver in Interior Design Level 3
  • Danielle Manning – Silver in Chapter Service Project Portfolio

The LSW Team “Silver Strike” consisting of Ali Bengston, Kate Dilsaver, Caleb Cecava and Dylan Niemeyer placed 2nd in the Lincoln Regional of the Nebraska Finance Challenge. Their outstanding performance also netted each of them $100 prize courtesy of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education.

LSW Theatre’s production of Disney’s Newsies was also selected as one of the six shows from across the country to be shown as a main stage performance at the International Thespian Festival in June. This is the third time LSW Theatre has had a production selected for this honor and we are the only Nebraska school to be invited to do so in thirty years!

These examples are just a few of the many outstanding ways that our students are representing LSW this spring. I share these examples as reminders of the great work out students are doing and as evidence that, despite the challenges of the past year, the Silver Hawks are still representing the standard of excellence we take such great pride in. Hopefully this is just the beginning as our spring athletic teams are all poised for a strong finish to their seasons as well.

None of this would be possible without the incredible support of the entire Lincoln Southwest community to help us along. Thank you for everything you have done to support our Silver Hawks throughout the 20-21 school year. You are appreciated!

Sincerly,

Mike Gillotti – Principal

Dates to Remember

  • May 17-18 – LSW Student & Faculty Cabaret @ auditorium
  • May 19 – Final Exams blocks 1 and 2
  • May 20 – Final Exams blocks 3 and 4
  • May 21 – Remote learner material return day (district-wide)
  • May 29 – Graduation @ Pinnacle Bank Arena, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Finals Schedule

May 19th

Final Exam Preparation: 7:50-8:55 a.m.
Block 1 Exam: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Block 2 Exam: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Make-up if Necessary: 12:15-3:30 p.m.

May 20th

Final Exam Preparation: 7:50-8:55 a.m.
Block 3 Exam: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Block 4 Exam: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Make-up if Necessary: 12:15-3:30 p.m.

2020-2021 School Readiness Dates

Tuesday, July 27th

12th Grade: 12:30-3:00 p.m.
9th Grade: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 28th

10th Grade: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
11th Grade: 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 3rd

Make-up Day: 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Students who cannot make it on their designated date and time are welcome to attend another session. Students will just need to notify staff working what grade level they are. If either of the two dates listed do not work, please try and attend the Make-up School Readiness Day Session.

On School Readiness Days students will get their photo taken for the yearbook and student id and will be able to purchase a yearbook, athletic icon, a parking permit, and get a locker. (There is a $5 fee for 9th grade students or new students for a locker. This is a one-time fee the entire time the student is at LSW.)

Parent Information

End-of-Year Chromebook Information

New this year, only graduating students will return their Chromebooks at the end of the school year. As the end of the year draws closer, please make sure your student can locate the charger (2 pieces), the bag/carrying case, and the Chromebook that was issued to them at the beginning of the year. More details will be shared with students and families through official communications in the coming weeks.

All other, returning (current 9th, 10th and 11th grade) students will retain their Chromebooks during the summer.

Support for Students Learning Remotely

Remote Learning Supports: Stop by the LPS website and enter the word “remote” into the Search, Keyword field in the top-right. 

The “Student Support” page on the Remote Learning site has links to valuable resources to support your student  while learning from home. Make sure your students are familiar with the information about how to successfully  connect with their teachers using StudentVue. 

The “Parent and Guardian Support” page on the Remote Learning site is filled with valuable information  designed to help you help your student. Be sure to look through the “10 Remote Learning Things to Know.” 

LPS Help Desk is available: Is your student having trouble connecting to their classes? The LPS Help Desk is  available to help! Call 402-436-1735 between 7:00am-4:30pm Mon-Fri.

Access to 4th Quarter Grades in Parentvue

We wanted to alert you that starting on May 25th, the district will switch the student information system to the Summer School term. This means that up to May 25th, you can review final grades in the ParentVUE Grade Book tab. After that date, you can access final grade information from the Documents tab or Course History tab.

Lost and Found

Just a reminder: new lockers are assigned each school year. Students should clean out all items from their academic  and PE lockers. Anything left after Thursday, May 20 will be removed and donated. Students should check lost and  found in the Security Office for any items they are missing. Any unclaimed items will be donated.

Health Office

Please remind your student to pick up any medications they may have in the Health office the last two days of school!

Summer Office Hours

The main office will be open daily from 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; however, there may be a day or two that it is closed. Please feel free to call before you make a special trip into the office.

Pass/Fail Course Grade Requests

A mark of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) can be recorded on the transcript when specifically requested by the student with approval from the student’s parent/guardian and LSW school counselor. Students in all grades can opt to receive an S/U mark rather than a standard letter grade for any course. Requests must be made and approved in writing (or electronically) by December 22nd for term two courses classes at Southwest. 

You can find the form to submit a request to take a course for an S/U grade here on the counseling center website.

Please reach out to your counselor if you have any questions as there are considerations that should be taken into account prior to deciding to take a course Pass/Fail.

Senior Information

Graduation

2021 Graduation is at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Saturday, May 29 at 4:30pm.

Lincoln Public Schools has worked with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and Pinnacle Bank Arena to update graduation attendance in light of the recent changes to the Directed Health Measure. Tickets will no longer be needed to attend graduation and admission will be general seating. It will be first come, first serve up to
75% capacity. Spectators will still be required to wear face masks while inside PBA attending the graduation ceremony, and groups are encouraged to practice physical distancing as much as possible. The ceremony will also be livestreamed.

More information with updates will be sent out soon.

We also must follow Pinnacle Bank Arena’s clear bag policy. You may read about that policy here.

A more letter will be sent to all graduating students and families with more detailed information about the ceremony as the end of the school year approaches.

Google Drive Information

This message is very important for LPS Seniors (graduates) with data on Google Drive that they wish to take with them. EVERY Senior is encouraged to retrieve this data prior to leaving LPS. Even if you are unsure if you will ever want it, it is very important to grab it NOW. As soon as you leave LPS (even the day after leaving) your files are no longer available to you.

Lunch Accounts

Seniors should monitor their lunch account balance. If a refund is needed on their account, they need to contact the cafeteria prior to May 18th. Any balance left in their lunch account is absorbed by Nutrition Services.

Immunization Records

Immunization records for graduating students will be placed in their graduation packets. Please keep them in a safe place for future reference. It is also recommended that senior parents and seniors go into ParentVue or StudentVue and print several copies of their immunizations before graduation as seniors will need this for future use…college admission, employment, etc. Once seniors graduate they will not be able to print their immunizations.

Diploma Facts

Students attending the LSW graduation ceremony will receive a blank diploma cover when walking across the stage.Providing all requirements have been met, the diploma itself will be given to them in a white packet after they walk across the stage and make their way back to their seat. Students attending summer school will receive their diploma upon successful completion of summer school.

PLEASE DO NOT DISGARD THIS PACKET!! Not only does it contain the diploma, we have included the following:

  • Diploma
  • Immunization record (please keep for future reference)
  • Counseling folder
  • Honor awards previously not picked up
  • Final Transcript Request form
  • Graduation ceremony program

Only 1 diploma is given to the graduate and cannot be duplicated. If the diploma is lost, the grad can request a Final Transcript which will have the graduation date listed. All LPS 2021 graduate’s diplomas will list May 20, 2021, the last day of school, as the graduation date.

Final Transcript Facts

A Final Transcript is a transcript that has a student’s date of graduation listed. The student must request a Final Transcript be sent to the institution they will be attending. Sending a transcript to a college during a student’s final year that does not have a grad date does not fulfill the college’s requirement of a Final Transcript. Many colleges will put a hold on future registration and/or financial aid if they do not receive a Final Transcript. Athletes are also reminded to request a Final Transcript for NCAA or NAIA—they, too, require a Final Transcript.

2021 Graduates

  1. It is YOUR responsibility, if you are transferring from outside LPS, to provide documentationregarding Honor Roll from another school in order to be eligible for LSW 7 Semester Honor Roll. Do NOT wait until the last minute to address this issue.
  2. If you are graduating early as a JUNIOR, please let Brianne Wright (main office) know if you would rather be honored at the LSW Honors Convocation with the junior class, or if you would rather be honored at the Senior Honors Program.
  3. Any academic achievement awarded at the senior honors convocation and/or at graduation are based on a student’s GPA through their seventh semester. Academic achievements are subject to change after the final semester grades are included in the overall GPA. It is important to remember that taking a lighter course load in your final semester could affect your GPA and academic standing.

Government and Politics

GOPO service-learning hours for all students who will take the course during the 20-21 school year are waived.

SOAR Rewards

Would you like to be a part of promoting a positive culture at LSW? If so, please consider donating to our SOAR Rewards student acknowledgement system. Our goal is to help incentivize and recognize students who are “caught SOAR’ing” by demonstrating that they are being Safe, Open-Minded, Accountable, and Respectful. Students who are recognized by staff for modeling SOAR expectations are eligible to receive prizes such as (Gift cards to restaurants, movie passes, Husker/LSW apparel, etc).

If you would like to be a part of this please contact Laura Runge (lrunge@lps.org) or Brett Schuster (bschust@lps.org) to ask about which items students enjoy the most and how to donate. Donations can be dropped off in the main office here at school. Thanks for helping our Silver Hawks SOAR!

Theatre News

Our 14th Annual Faculty Play has morphed into the, LSW STUDENT & FACULTY CABARET. For the first time in school history, this show features several different singing, acting, and dance performances by BOTH Silver Hawk Students and Faculty on stage TOGETHER.

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Students

To support these amazing acts, all you have to do is go to www.showtix4u.com and purchase either an in-person ticket or an Individual Live Stream Viewing or a Family/Group Live Stream Viewing.

Mark your calendars now for this is a show you simply WILL NOT want to miss. This is a benefit performance that is sure to bring the family together through the magical power of song and dance!

Monday, May 17 & Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM

Questions? Call the Silver Hawk Theatre Box Office at 402-436-1335

With the ongoing pandemic, please watch for updates and changes to scheduling. Also Please note the following:
Due to lessoning pandemic restrictions, our seating capacity has been raised from 200 to 451 people that are allowed at the in-person performances here at school, and ANYONE can attend both the in person as well as the professionally live streamed performances.

Counseling Center

LSW Student Opportunities Database: Please visit our new LSW Student Opportunities Database for the most current information on college visits, scholarships, and community opportunities for students! 

Virtual Counseling Center: Visiting the LSW Virtual Counseling Center (VCC) is an interactive experience that mirrors what students and families might experience if they were to stop by the LSW Counseling Center in person.

Library News

Library Books are Due by the End of the Year

The end of the school year is approaching and that means that it is time to return books to the school library. To see the titles that your student needs to return before the end of the year follow these steps:

  1. Begin at portal.lps.org
  2. Enter your student’s ID and password (If you don’t have this information, the school office can provide it for you).
  3. Select “Destiny Discover” from the alphabetical listing in the portal.
  4. From the upper right hand corner of the screen, select login and enter your student’s ID and password once again.
  5. In the upper left-hand corner of the Destiny Discover page select the icon of the three parallel lines.
  6. Select “Checkout” from the dropdown menu to see the books that are currently checked out.

Digital Citizenship Tips

The fifth and final piece of Digital Citizenship is Access and Evaluation. Students have learned how to search for information effectively online, and how to evaluate online sources. Students also learned how audience, purpose, and perspective can influence media sources. Discuss at home what your favorite sources of reliable information are, and encourage your student to think critically about what they read online.

Yearbooks

2020-2021 Yearbook: Yearbooks for the year 20-21 may be purchased through MySchoolBucks.

Yearbook Prices by Term:

  • Term 1: $60
  • Term 2: $65
  • Term 3: $70
  • Term 4: $75 

Last Year's Yearbook Sale

If you would still like to purchase LAST YEAR’s yearbook, they are now on sale for $30. This price will last until 19-20 yearbooks are gone and is only available for LAST YEAR’S yearbook. If you ordered a 2019-2020 yearbook last year and have not picked it up yet, please stop by room C110 or the bookkeeper to pick up your book.

Driver's Education Courses

Driver’s Education is NOT offered through Lincoln Public Schools. However, there are several organizations here in Lincoln that do offer courses at various times during the fall. They are:

LSW Boosters

Silver Hawk Authentic Booster Store: Now Online!

Please visit lswsilverhawks.com for additional details and to place your order!

Silver Hawk Authentic Booster Store is part of the Lincoln Southwest  Booster Club. All store personnel are volunteers and all profits go to the Lincoln Southwest Booster Club for support of LSW school programs, student activities, athletics, and performing arts. New volunteers are always welcome; please inquire at the store! Thank you for supporting your school!