Winter Newsletter

LAHS School Counselors

NACAC Virtual College Fair 2/28/21

On each fair date, hundreds of colleges will offer Zoom sessions for high school students like you. Students everywhere can log in, drop in, and ask questions. To Sign up here

They provide you with a short video to make the most out of your experience.

College Access Fair

Part of the mission of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) is to support your efforts to help students and their parents/guardians navigate the college process. This year we produced a series of six workshops for students and their parents/guardians to learn more about applying and paying for college. These free workshops, including one in Spanish, are available to watch on demand at cicu.org/CAF2020Event. They were recorded as part of our annual College Access Fair.

PACCAO Spring College Fair 3/1/21

Please click here for information about the PACCAO College Fair on March 1st. 4-6pm.

AP reminder

March 10th has been set as the deadline for students to register for exam for second-semester AP courses, In order to register for an exam, students must "join" the appropriate AP class. Students are asked to "join" the AP classes online through their College Board account. They will then be asked to indicate if they want to register for the exam. This did not work well in the fall, but teachers should be able to edit the student responses,. This year, we are encouraging all students to indicate that they want to participate in AP testing.

Please read the statement below from College Board:

We encourage every AP student to register for 2021 AP Exams by the exam ordering deadline—we’ll waive the unused/canceled exam fee for any student who later decides not to test. . Exams ordered after November 13, 2020, for full-year and first-semester courses and exam only sections, are subject to the late order fee.

The cost of each exam is $95. Money will be collected in the Guidance Office in early spring. Fee reductions/waivers are available by contacting Mrs. Fennell.

March 10, 2021 is also the deadline to make changes to fall orders.

PSAT 10 for Sophomores

Because we were unable to offer the PSAT to sophomores in the fall, we are pleased to offer the PSAT 10 this year. The PSAT 10 is a practice SAT exam that debuted in the 2015-16 school year. It is aligned to the SAT, meaning it has similar question types and the same Reading, Writing, and Math sections. Its scores are based on a total scale of 320-1520.

The PSAT 10 will be offered to sophomores during the month of March. Due to the many changes in the schedule due to Keystones and weather, we will be in touch in the near future with specific dates. The cost of the exam is $17. Fee waivers will be available for eligible students. Please see Mrs. Fennell.

It's essential to know that the PSAT 10 is the same test as the PSAT/NMSQT, which was administered to juniors. In other words, all questions, sections, and time limits are the same for these two tests.

To register, please bring $17 to the Guidance Office (checks can be made out to LAHS or Lewisburg Area High School). At that time, you will receive some practice materials to help familiarize you with the exam. Testing will be done in small groups and dates/times will be announced.

PHEAA updates/Webinar options

To warm up the month, PHEAA is offering a webinar on Understanding the Financial Offer/Award Letters as many students and families are receiving their offers, or have, and want to understand and review options for paying their balances. Both of these webinars will address those questions. Please share this information with your families, colleagues, and students.

REGISTER HERE

Or Copy/Paste: http://pheaa-events500.webex.com/

Understanding the Financial Aid Offer & Balances: The Financial Aid Offer, or Financing Plans, that you receive to provide an idea of the costs associated with attending post secondary education can be confusing as each school formats their information differently. PHEAA, represented by Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PA Forward are offering a one hour webinar to assist in understanding and navigating through the types of Aid listed, what you are being offered and identifying the balances and next steps needed. Q&A interaction is encouraged. Event Dates
Thursday, February 25 – Noon (ET)


PHEAA will offer webinars on the FAFSA on Wednesday, March 3rd and Wednesday, March 24th – both starting at 6:30 PM.

I have attached a flyer that you may forward or post. Families may register for either FAFSA Overview Webinar by using the link on the flyer or by using the below links.

Wednesday, March 3rd: Click here to register

Wednesday, March 24th: Click here to register

Walter and Esther Sauvain Scholarhip due March 9th

Information was distributed to seniors for an important scholarship opportunity: The Walter and Esther Sauvain Scholarship. Application information is given directly to each in-person senior and is mailed to students in eSchool, ACE, and SUN Area Technical Institute. Attached please find the instructions for applying for this scholarship.

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP PACKET

The Lewisburg Area High School Scholarship Applications will be distributed in early March.

Stay tuned :)

Sun Area Technical Institute applications due 3/1/21

Attention juniors - Please stop by the guidance office for an application if you have any questions. This holds your spot and assures your ability to get a shop of choice for the 2021-22 school year. The applications are due but we will continue to collect through the end of the year. The earlier you get your application can best assure you a spot.


Check out their new video here and learn more about Sun Area Technical Institute here

Dual Enrollment at Bloomsburg University and Susquehanna University

The full time, dual-enrollment program at Bloomsburg University, the ACE program, offers students the ability to take their senior year credits at Bloomsburg University. This offers students to get college credits at a significantly reduced price (75% off!!).


Please visit the Bloomsburg ACE website and see your school counselor if you have questions.


Course preview will be available approximately March 19 at http://adminapps.bloomu.edu/coursesearch/search for both Summer and Fall 2021 semesters.

Scheduling begins for Summer 2021 on March 29, open enrollment.

Scheduling begins for Fall 2021 on April 12 with the ACE director, Karen Murtin at Bloom.


See your counselor with questions about Susquehanna University classes. These are FREE for juniors and seniors and count for credit on your LAHS transcript!!!

Bloomsburg ACE Program options for all students

Traditionally the ACE program has been used by our seniors as a dual enrollment program. Bloomsburg does offer the ACE classes to ALL high school students at the reduced rate, but the LAHS only recognizes the courses on the LAHS transcript for dual-enrollment for senior year. Therefore, any high school student can take a class or two during the summer or school year at the reduced rate. We recommend summer due to the demands during the regular school year and class loads.

Student can apply at the above link and must alert their counselor if they plan to do this and understand if they are not in the full time program senior year will not get LAHS credit on their transcript.


**Please note that not all colleges and universities will accept dual-enrollment courses. You would want to contact the schools about transfer credit status.**

Bloomsburg STEM and Education Magnet information zoom

LAHS students have the opportunity to take Bloomsburg courses at LAHS and then Bloomsburg half day. Students/families are responsible for transportation and the cost of the Bloomsburg courses.


The info sessions were in the month of February but you can email Kim Bolig at kbolig@bloomu.edu with questions.

SAT Dates - March deadline 3/2/21

Register for SAT online with College Board. You will need to create an account. Stop by the Guidance office with questions/directions.


Despite all the new changes with SAT Optional Application, we encourage all students to take the test.


March 13th deadline Feb. 12th and late registration/online March 2nd

May 8th deadline April 8th and late registration/online April 27th

June 5th deadline May 5th and late registration/online May 26th

Junior Scholarship opportunities - start saving now!

Scholarships are a type of financial aid that help make college more affordable. Unlike loans, you don’t have to pay back a scholarship award. It’s never too early to start thinking about how to make college affordable, so we created a tool to match you to scholarships based on your background, achievements, and future plans.


Scholarship opportunities to start saving now. These scholarships are randomly selected each month under your College Board account.


Raise.me is a site that allows you to bank scholarships for the future. Don't wait till senior year on this one!


Join a mailing list for email scholarships updates like this site

Quest Bridge Scholars


As the Co-Founder and CEO of QuestBridge, I'm reaching out to let you know that the 2021 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program for high school juniors opens in early February. QuestBridge is a nationally recognized nonprofit that equips academically outstanding, low-income students to gain admission and full four-year scholarships to 45 top colleges.

We recently mailed you a flyer about the College Prep Scholars Program so you can help spread the word. If your school is meeting virtually, we also have an online Student Outreach Toolkit with social media posts and more.

We will be in touch when the application opens with details about referring qualified high school juniors. The deadline for students to apply is March 24, 2021.

United Way Free Tutoring by SU and BU students

The United Way has partnered with Bucknell University and Susquehanna University to offer tutoring for students via zoom. All tutors have professor supervision and have clearances.

Questions see attached flyer and Lois Passi at 570-988-0993 lpassi@gsvuw.org

Fill out the form here

Dream It, Be It Virtual Event 3/10/21 10am

Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls conference. The Soroptimist International of Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties, Inc. (SI of SUN) have partnered with MYNDDSET Virtual Event Services of Danville, and are excited to offer an interactive conference to help students explore careers, overcome obstacles, and manage stress.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Via Zoom: Participants will receive the link via email after they register

Pre-College Summer Programs

Summer programs are going virtual this summer. Programs at colleges and universities offer opportunities to expand and explore your interests, meet other students that share your interests or network with university officials, and develop new skills. As colleges and universities continue to pivot to offer new experiences for student, now more than ever these programs are significantly cheaper as they are offered online. We have listed some examples below, but we encourage you to visit school websites for most up to date info.


Summer Study Programs Virtual Fairs

Sponsored by the Association for Pre-College Program Directors

Current high school students, parents, guardians, and education professionals are invited to register for the 2021 Summer Pre-College Virtual Program Fairs, taking place beginning in January 2021. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from leading US colleges and universities to learn more about Summer 2021 academic programs for high school students.

  • Visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via video or text chat with summer program representatives.
  • View helpful webinars on how to choose a summer program, how to strengthen your application, how to make the most out of your summer program experience.

Registration is FREE to all attendees. Limit one event registration per household.


For more details and the most up-to-date information, please visit nyu.edu/precollege


Cornell University Precollege Summer Program, which, due to COVID-19, is offering courses exclusively online this summer.

As one of the nation's longest running and most highly regarded precollege academic programs, it gives motivated students the chance to

  • Get a head start on college by earning 3 to 6 credits and a Cornell transcript
  • Immerse themselves in rigorous university courses taught by top Cornell faculty
  • Prep for college applications with one-on-one admissions counseling
  • Connect with a diverse group of high school students from around the world

Students choose from undergraduate Cornell courses in Arts and Architecture, Business and Hospitality, Health and Humanities, International Relations, Science and Technology, Social Change, Veterinary Medicine, and more. You can also create your own six- or nine-week program.

Courses are offered between June 1 and August 3, 2021. Limited financial aid is available.

Please contact us if you have questions.


Pre-College Programs at Illinois Tech.

Want to develop leadership skills, complete a design project, or understand how Google Maps works? High school students interested in STEM can choose from dozens of ways—online and in-person—to experience these fields up close.

Check out our program selection and prepare to discover with us at Illinois Tech—Chicago’s only tech-focused university—this summer.

Learn about topics in:

  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Science
  • Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Design Thinking

Check out our full listing of programs on our website.

Wilkes University Scholarship opportunities

Wilkes University Admissions will be awarding a pre-scholarship granted to high school juniors who demonstrate academic and leadership potential. Any student interested in this opportunity should see Mrs. O'Connor or Dr. Zack to be nominated. Any nominated student would be guaranteed a minimum of $10,000 per year at Wilkes University.

PA School Counselor's Scholarship due 4/2/21

Eligibility & General Guidelines:

Participants should be high school seniors planning to pursue a post-secondary education.


Please submit a one (1) page essay of no more than 500 words (single spaced, double spaced between paragraphs) on a School Counselor who has made a difference in your academic, career and/or social-emotional development.The School Counselor you are writing about must be a certified School Counselor, employed as such in Pennsylvania. ALL Essays must be submitted with a PSCA Essay Competition Entry Form (attached).


Questions can be directed to:

Mrs. Nicole Levis, School Counselor

Email: nlevis@avonworth.k12.pa.us

Phone: 412-847-0940

Job Shadow Apprenticeship

BAYADA Habilitation is an accredited program that helps clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) lives safely at home and participate in their communities with comfort, independence, and dignity.

As part of a team dedicated to bringing safety, comfort, independence, and dignity to people at home. If you share our passion for healing and helping, you belong at Bayada.

Bayada is offering an apprenticeship program that allows High School Graduates to gain hands on experience in the client’s home and virtually under the supervision of our clinical team.

To learn more, call 814-867-2603 or email abechdel@bayada.com

Looking for a part-time job?

Search the here for jobs.


Most businesses will put "Hiring" signs in their windows or have applications on their websites.

Remember you will need a work permit that you can get in the front office from Mrs. Dittmar.

Filmmaking competition and other Film Production opportunities

Creativity Marathon for high school students celebrates creativity and the hope for a brighter future around the globe. This filmmaking competition invites students to create a three-minute video based on one or more of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals, including:


· Clean Water and Sanitation

· Quality Education

· Gender Equality

· Climate Action

· Reduced Inequalities

The Creativity Marathon is a chance for students to build skills in scriptwriting, film production, editing, critical thinking, and teamwork – all while developing creative solutions for worldwide issues.


Each team must include 3-5 students and an adult sponsor. Visit our Creativity Marathon 2021 page to learn more about rules, prizes, and sign-up details.



The deadline for an adult sponsor to enroll a team is March 6, 2021. After the adult sponsor enrolls a team, each student will receive a link and must individually confirm registration by March 13.


Boston University's Academy of Media Production summer program

Maine Coast Academy at Chewonki

Videos to Share: If we weren't able to give a presentation at your school, please feel free to share this 5-minute video with your 10th graders. In addition, you are welcome to share this 2-minute intro video with your school community.

Naviance Career Activity


“Do What You Are” Activity – This is a personality inventory that will allow you to see what types of careers match your personality type.

Log into Naviance using your Clever account.

At the top right-hand side click “About Me”

Under “Assessments” click on “Do What You Are

LAHS Guidance

We welcome your communication with questions or concerns.


Mrs. O'Connor oconnor_e@dragon.k12.pa.us (A-K)

Mrs. Fennell fennell_v@dragon.k12.pa.us (L-Z)

Dr. Zack zack_b@dragon.k12.pa.us (K-12 Career Counselor)

Mrs. Aikey aikey_t@dragon.k12.pa.us (Student Services Secretary)