Counseling Center NewsLetter


Contact Information

Kristi Gregory (A-C) ext. 4041

Tammy Vogler (D-HEN) ext. 4021

April Marquez (Her-McC) ext. 4019

Greg Swaggart (McD-Sch) ext. 4020

Kerry Stites (Sco-Z) ext. 4018

Carrie Rodebush, Secretary ext. 4103

Melissa King, College/Scholarship Coord., ext 4003

Carrie Guittar, Registrar ext. 4017

Counseling Fax (816) 986-4116

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct. 2nd - A+ Training - 2:35 PM - Bateman Hall
  • Oct. 8th - Deadline to sign up to take the PSAT
  • Oct. 9th - New Student Social during Titan Time in Bateman Hall
  • Oct. 10th - PSAT Testing
  • Oct. 11th - FAFSA Financial Aid Night - 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Oct. 15th - LSR7 College Night @ John Knox Pavilion - 6:30 - 8:00 PM
  • Oct. 17th - All School Testing Day & Early Dismissal
  • Oct. 17th & 18th - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Oct. 23rd - Application Day during Titan Time (MCC and LSW Counselors will be available to help with applications) In the Library Collaboration Room
  • Oct. 23rd - 31st - Red Ribbon Week (Drug-Free America)
  • Nov. 14th - A+ Training - 2:35 PM - Bateman Hall
  • Nov. 16th - Sophomore Herndon Showcase Field Trip

Full Calendar Available on the LSW Counseling Website:


WHO: Any interested 10th and 11th grade student. (Students in the top 10-20% of their graduating class are encouraged to register to take this test.)

WHEN: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. We will start the test at 7:30 AM.

WHERE: Testing will occur in the LSW Auxiliary gyms.

COST/Registration: $16.00 (Check or Cash ONLY) - Sign up in the Counseling Center during Titan Time or after school. Students MUST register by Monday, October 8th.

WHAT: What is the PSAT/NMSQT you ask? This is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. For juniors, the test is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program. For sophomores, it will be used for qualification to the Missouri Scholars Academy. These tests focus on what you learn in high school and what you need to be successful in college.

** There will be NO Make Up test available for the PSAT at LSWHS

Herndon Career Center's Sophomore Showcase Field Trip Opportunity!

On November 16th, sophomore students will have the opportunity to attend Herndon Career Center’s Sophomore Showcase. During this field trip, students will be able to select three program areas to learn more about. Students will spend 25 minutes learning about their area of interest through hands on activities. Permission slips will be available in in the Counseling Center beginning November 1st.

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Parent/Guardian FAFSA Financial Aid Night for the Class of 2019

Please mark your calendars to attend Lee’s Summit West's annual Financial Aid Night, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, 6:00pm-7:00pm (Batman Hall).

Ms. Kim Jarrett, UMKC’s coordinator of Financial Aid & Scholarships Services, will facilitate the presentation and provide pertinent information regarding the FAFSA/Financial Aid process. An RSVP is not required.

Purpose: To provide parents and seniors information regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The completion of the FAFSA is required for A+ eligible students, as well as students that intend to apply for federal and/or state aid for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Financial Aid Resources:

As a supportive measure, please find helpful information regarding Financial Aid:

Hosted by: LSW Guidance Department

Titan A+ Program

The A+ Program at Lee’s Summit West strives to ensure that students are prepared for and successful in life beyond high school. The A+ Program works to provide students with continuous and progressive career information throughout the students’ years at Lee’s Summit West. It also focuses on ensuring that students have course offerings that prepare them for their paths after high school. And finally, the A+ Program helps to make courses rigorous and relevant to the world outside the classroom.

Graduates of designated A+ schools who successfully complete the requirements of the A+ Program may be eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of tuition and general fees while attending a Missouri public community college or vocational/technical school on a full-time basis. The A+ Program may provide these educational incentives provided state funds are appropriated by the legislature. The PLUS stands for financial incentives designed to aid students who wish to continue their education beyond high school and prepare for success!

Please contact A+ Coordinator Veronica Scott at: or 816-986-4056. You can also contact Janice McCunniff, A+ Secretary at or 816-986-4057.

The following link will answer more questions in regards to A+:

College Representative Visits

ATTN: Juniors and Seniors!

College Reps have been contacting LSW and filling up our calendar! Please keep an eye out for emails and updates on Naviance Student to know when College Reps will be visiting. We request that you sign up through Naviance Student to reserve your spot! Please make sure that you sign up to visit with them no later than the day BEFORE they are visiting. Come down to Mrs. King's desk in the Counseling Center if you have a question!

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A look back at Suicide Prevention Week Activities!

You Be You - New Student Led Project at LSW!

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Trying to figure out if you are ahead or behind in the ball game? Here is a check list for you and your parents on what you should be doing during your Fall Semester if you are planning on attending College next year. If you want to plan for the whole year, check out the complete list by clicking here .
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Juniors - College Readiness Timeline for the Fall

Junior year marks a turning point. This is because for most students and families, it’s when college planning activities kick into high gear. Here are some things you can do this year to stay on track for college.
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MSEP - Midwest Student Exchange Program


The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a tuition reduction program that makes attending out-of-state colleges and universities more affordable for non-resident students. By enrolling in MSEP at a participating institution, you will receive a reduced tuition rate—giving you a wider range of education options for your education dollars. Over one hundred colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each others’ citizens by offering REDUCED TUITION RATES

Questions? For more information and contact information CLICK HERE

Institutions Offering an MSEP Discount

Counseling Center Spotlight!

Meet the Staff of the Counseling Center. Each month we will spotlight a member of our staff to get to know more about them! This month...please meet our newest School Counselor - Tammy Vogler.


I’m very excited to join the counseling team at Lee’s Summit West High School! My name is Tammy Vogler This is my 8th year as a school counselor and my 18th year in education. Before becoming a counselor, I worked as a high school agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor. Additionally, I taught FACS classes for a few years. I have two teenage sons, both whom are freshmen! My oldest is at Mizzou and my youngest is beginning his high school journey.

I truly believe that there is no better field to work in than education! I loved being a teacher and coming to school daily to work with students. One day I realized that the students in my class were far more important to me than any subject matter I would ever teach them. That’s when I decided to further my education and become a school counselor. Now I’m even more confident that I have the best possible career!

I am extremely grateful to all of the staff, parents and students who I have met in my short time at LSW. There are a great community of educators in this building and I’m fortunate to be part of an outstanding team.

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination”

-Carl Rogers

Naviance Student

ATTN: Family Connections is now called Naviance Student and has a different layout. All the same benefits are still there!

Tutoring Resources


Math Tutoring:

Before school in Room 1228 from 6:30-7:25 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with Ms. Thompson

After school in Room 1213 available 2:30 - 3:30 Monday - Wednesday with Mr. Brummond

English Tutoring:

After school in Room 2138 2:30-3:30 pm Monday - Thursday

Khan Academy: Free, online tutoring for all levels math, science, and history.

Tutoring Available at Mid-Continent Public Library For those who may benefit from additional online tutoring, the Library offers free, real-time tutoring services in more than 25 academic subjects, including math, science, social studies, English, and foreign languages, through In addition to live help, also provides complimentary standardized test preparation services. Watch this brief video to learn more.

Tutors for Hire (list provided by LSR7): Udated List; includes summer tutors.

ACT Dates and Prep Courses

  1. ACT Test Dates and Registration:
  2. NEW! ACT now offering a 7th test date in July.
  3. Family Connections- Students can log onto their Naviance Student (Formerly -Family Connections) Account and access a wealth of free ACT Practice/Prep called "Naviance Test Prep".
  4. Junior and Senior students can take a course called "ACT Prep" as one of their elective classes at LSW. This class is a semester long class and offers content, test strategy, and test practice.
  5. After school ACT Prep Classes Offered in November, January, and March. The cost is $40. Flyers available in the Counseling Center. Register with Ms. King ext. 4003

LSR7 Educational Therapist

LSWHS Educational Therapist: Kristin Scharlau, ext.4032

The Educational Therapist's role is to link students and families with resources and provide support. They also provide educational individual and group therapy to students within the school setting. If you would like to receive more information about how our Education Therapist may be able to help you or your family, please feel free to complete our School Social Work Services Form or print off a downloadable form and turn it into your student’s counselor. Once it is received, our Educational Therapist will contact you.

LSR7 Community Resource Guide

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Transcript Release

Sending Transcripts: Students must have a completed transcript release form on file with Ms. King before a transcript can be sent to a college, college coach, or otherwise. Hard copies of the release form are available in the Counseling Center or they can be accessed at- transcript release.

Seniors - How to request a transcript for a college application. Students needing a transcript sent for college applications need to do so using Naviance Student. Click here for instructions.

Stay Connected!

Make sure you stay connected with the Counseling Department by following us on Twitter: @LSWCounseling