September 16, 2016 / Volume 4


  • Senior classroom presentations coming up!
  • John B. Morgan Memorial Bowling Tournament


  • Upcoming College Rep visits
  • College Fairs/Events throughout the Metro & beyond


  • "My 3 cents"
  • Financial Aid Night @ LSN - Tues., Sept. 27th @ 6:30p
  • 2016-17 changes to the FAFSA


  • The Scholarship MASTER


  • ACT
  • PSAT
  • SAT

RESPECT (LSR7 Community of Character)

"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me...all I ask is that you respect me as a human being." ~Jackie Robinson

Check out great RESPECT resources on Common Sense Media!


Link to the Guidance webpage

Senior Classroom Presentations

Wednesday, Sep. 28th, 7:30am to Thursday, Sep. 29th, 2:30pm

Senior English Classes

Your Counselors will be coming around to provide SUPER HELPFUL tips and tricks to navigating your Senior year!

John B. Morgan Memorial Bowling Tournament

Sunday, Oct. 9th, 3-5pm

803 SW Oldham Pkwy

Lee's Summit, MO

Please join us as the Social Studies Dept. and ROTC begin promoting the John B. "Sarge" Morgan 4th Annual Memorial Bowling Tournament on Sunday, October 9th from 3-5pm at Summit Lanes to raise funds for two scholarships - one for an LSN senior and one for a LSW senior - awarded in the spring to at-risk students seeking post-high school training through a college, technical school, or apprenticeship program. These scholarships are awarded in memory of the life and dedication of John Morgan, who taught ROTC and SS at LSN and at LSW for many years. Last year's tourney brought in over $5000!

If you would like to make a donation, directly to the fund, we welcome you to arrange that through Sheryl Franke (checks can written to LSR7 with 'JBM Memorial Scholarship' in the memo).

Many of us had the honor of working with Sarge for many years, and regardless of whether you knew him for years or days, his love of helping young adults was clearly evident. Sarge's wife, Mary, and family have created this scholarship to honor Sarge and to support our students.

Here is the link where you can sign up as an individual or a team (student and staff teams are encouraged to enter). Please come and enjoy this event with the Bronco Social Studies crew and other members of the LSN and LSW families for a fantastic cause!

Internship with the Koster Campaign

The campaign is looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a campaign works and help elect Democratic candidates, headlined by the most competitive gubernatorial race in the country. The Koster for Missouri campaign is a nationally targeted race that will be running one of the largest and most exciting field programs of 2016.

Hours are completely flexible with a small requirement, and the Koster for Missouri Campaign team is a lot of fun. No experience necessary. You will walk out the door at the end of the internship knowing how to run a local field program, as well as having met some really great friends.

Please fill out the APPLICATION and a staff member will be in contact with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (314) 439-1645, or email us at


Link to ALL events and opportunities

Upcoming College Visits

Click here to SIGN UP for any of the visits listed below!

(All visits will be held in Studio 2006 [LMC] unless otherwise noted below.)

M, 9/19 @ 1:00p - University of Missouri-Columbia (MU)

T, 9/20 @ 10:15a - Truman State University in the LMC, 2147

R, 9/22 @ 9:15a - Dartmouth College

R, 9/22 @ 1:00p - Newman University

M, 9/26 @ 1:00p - Rockhurst University

T, 9/27 @ 10:15a - Kansas State University in the LMC, 2147

W, 9/28 @ 10:15a - Baker University

R, 9/29 @ 1:00p - Southwest Baptist University

National College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 9th, 1-4pm

301 West 13th Street

Kansas City, MO

Pre-registration required:

National College Fair

Monday, Oct. 10th, 8:30-11:30am

301 West 13th Street

Kansas City, MO

Pre-registration required:

Blue Springs School District College Fair

Monday, Oct. 10th, 6:30-8pm

2000 Northwest Ashton Drive

Blue Springs, MO

Men of Color Leadership Summit

Thursday, Oct. 13th, 9am-12pm

500 Southwest Longview Road

Lee's Summit, MO

Shawnee Mission COLLEGE CLINIC

Thursday, Oct. 13th, 6:30-8:30pm

7500 Mission Road

Prairie Village, KS


Link to Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage


My 3 cents:

  1. When colleges talk about Financial Aid, they are speaking broadly; it is more of a department or concept than a tangible "thing". The FAFSA, on the other hand, is a "thing"; an application. It requires data and information from the student to determine if a they have "financial need". Financial Aid is a PROCESS.
  2. While grants and scholarships are provided free of cost, an investment of time is going to be required to attain them! They are earned by you; not owed to you.
  3. Being able to answer FAFSA and general financial aid questions ranks right up there with successfully answering "what is the weather going to be like today?" It all depends on your situation, for example:

  • Where are you located? = What school do you want to go to?
  • What season is it? = What is your employment status?
  • What was it like outside yesterday? = Did your parents attend college?

These factors (and SO many more) are things you can and should begin thinking about. In the meantime, this link will help guide you while you're waiting for the FAFSA to become available in October:

To estimate your potential for federal aid, you can visit:

LSN Financial Aid Night

Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 6:30-8pm

LSN Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Save the date!

Angela from UCM will be joining us again as our main presenter.

Free FAFSA Completion Event

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 2-6pm

500 Southwest Longview Road

Lee's Summit, MO

RSVP for this event

High school seniors can complete their 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016. This earlier filing change will allow students to determine their actual cost of attendance much earlier in the college selection process. This event is being held to assist with that process.

Students and parents can enjoy free pizza and complete their FAFSA with assistance from MCC-Longview's financial aid department. Students do not have to plan to attend MCC to participate.

Link to Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The Scholarship MASTER

Scholarship searches can get overwhelming in hurry! Thus, The Scholarship MASTER was born. It is very much a "live" document, as it is updated daily. It is constructed in a Google Sheet, and you are therefore able to access it anytime, from just about anywhere.

I readily admit, this communication tool can also be a bit overwhelming at first. If you start to feel this way, please check out the Quick Tips Guide to give you some pointers on sorting, filtering, reading, and using The Scholarship MASTER.

I hope you will take advantage of this resource - as early as your freshman year of high school! As Mrs. Hillbrand (LSN Counselor) will advise, it is wise to make your scholarship search efforts an "8th hour" during your Senior year (meaning, you will want to spend about 1-3 hours per week searching for and preparing your scholarship documents in order for it to be successful). Nothing in life is free, and while you do not have to pay back scholarship funds, you do have to put forth some extra time and effort to earn them!

Happy Fund-Hunting!


Link to Testing page


ACT Prep courses offered through LSN - see Ms. Meuschke in Guidance to sign up ($35)

Register for the ACT ($42.50)

October 22, 2016 (Registration deadline: September 16, 2016)

December 10, 2016 (Registration deadline: November 4, 2016)

February 11, 2017 (Registration deadline: January 13, 2017)

April 8, 2017 (Registration deadline: March 3, 2017)

June 10, 2017 (Registration deadline: May 5, 2017)

What you need to know for 2016-2017

The score report "look" is changing this year

Where will your ACT score take you?


The PSAT Test will be given during school hours on October 19, 2016 to Juniors who are registered through the Guidance office. ($15)

LSN offers a PSAT Prep course; see Ms. Meuschke in Guidance to sign up. ($35)


Register for the SAT

November 5, 2016 (Registration deadline: October 7, 2016)

December 3, 2016 (Registration deadline: November 3, 2016)

January 21, 2017 (Registration deadline: December 21, 2016)

March 11, 2017 (Registration deadline: February 10, 2017)

June 3, 2017 (Registration deadline: May 9, 2017)


The ASVAB will be given on All-Test Day, Oct. 20th. Email Mrs. Hillbrand for more information (


Rebecca Steele (A-C) 986-3036

Robin Gray (D-He) 986-3020

Paige Murray (Hi-Me) 986-3019

Laura Hillbrand (Mi-Sh) 986-3018

Shelley McCain (Si-Z) 986-3021

Tina Rambo-Faulkner (Social Worker) 986-3003

Karla Barnhill (Registrar) 986-3017

Valerie Meuschke (Admin. Asst.) 986-3003

J. Keltner (College & Scholarship Coor.) 986-3051

Harris Deutsch (ReDiscover) 986-3087

LaShandra Shepard (School Community Liaison) 986-3198