LNHS Counselor Connection
Friday, May 22nd, 2020
Celebrating Our Wildcats
We Made It!
No one could predict the spring of 2020 would unfold as it has. The entire world has grappled with and is continuing to battle a microscopic virus that has brought complete and total change to the way all of humanity is functioning. Unreal.
And yet...with a one-day notice, the teachers and administrators throughout Lawrence Township reworked education to provide ongoing academic education...and food support...and emotional/mental health support to our students and families during a global crisis.
We are certainly smarter and wiser today than we were on March 13th...and as we wrap up this incredible school year, we simply must pause to acknowledge and celebrate the ingenuity, resilience, creativity, dedication, compassion and community we experience in Lawrence Township. We have lost treasured members of our community to this virus and we know families have suffered immeasurably due to lost loved ones, lost jobs, food and housing insecurity and a loss of security. And yet we still stand...and we look forward.
Our community is amazing.
Our leadership is steadfast.
Our educators are spectacular.
Our students are awe-inspiring.
No one can predict what comes next, but looking back on the last 9 weeks, we can feel assured that when the most unbelievable circumstances fell upon us, our school and community rose to the challenge. #ItsWhatWildcatsDo
Summer break begins NOW!
Wildcats of the Month
Students...you are INCREDIBLE and we thank you for all you do to make Lawrence North the inspiring place it is.
Report Cards and Honor Roll
Report cards for Term 4 and Semester 2 will be available in Skyward on or about May 29th.
Honor Roll will be posted at that same time.
Graduations are Set!
Parents and Seniors...thank you for your patience as we waited for guidance from the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis
Lawrence North High School will offer TWO graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020
~Virtual Graduation June 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm This will be a televised event with no graduates in attendance
~Live Graduation Ceremony - July 28, 2020 - LN Football Field This will be an in-person graduation with seniors in their caps and gowns
Additional details will be forthcoming for both events. As we all know, changes to national, state and local health and safety procedures may result in changes to our planned ceremony on July 28th. As of now, LN GRADUATION IS ON!
Cap and Gown Distribution ~~ READ CAREFULLY
Seniors unable to pick up cap & gown on Thursday, May 21st, will have two additional opportunities next week:
Wednesday, May 27th
Thursday, May 28th
~Time to be determined (listen to Mr. Crousore's Sunday Night message for updates)
~Delivery will again be conducted in a drive-through format using DOOR #1
~Please follow these instructions to assure you receive your items AND we keep the line moving:
- Have a sign taped to the windshield of your car with the student’s name (first and last)
- If you didn’t pick up your yard sign, please write “Need Yard Sign” under the student’s name.
- Stay in your car
- Put your car in park and pop your trunk
- Chromebook return--proceed to Door #4
Locker items – will be available to those students who submitted a locker clean out request on the Google form from Mr. Crousore last week. Students will NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE BUILDING and staff members will not retrieve items for students during cap & gown pickup.
PAYMENT INFORMATION - From Herff Jones
- All payments must be made online 72 hours prior to distribution day. Please visit www.highschool.herffjones.com to pay any remaining balances, including rings.
- Only accounts that are paid-in-full will be available on distribution day. This is a Herff Jones requirement, not an LN requirement. Please visit the website to pay your account or speak with a Herff Jones representative.
- To minimize direct contact, representatives from Herff Jones will not accept any payments during distribution.
- If your account is not paid-in-full 72 hours prior to distribution day, there will be a $10 charge to ship your items, as we will only be delivering on the specified date.
- Protecting our customers and staff remains our top priority. Consistent with this priority items may not be picked up at our office.
Please contact us at email@example.com with questions. We are observing irregular office hours and will get back to you as soon as we can.
One More Thing...Very Important
At Lawrence North High School, we do NOT allow caps to be “decorated” for the ceremony. Please keep your cap in its original condition for the ceremony in July.
And Go Cats Food Pantry
If YOUR FAMILY NEEDS FOOD SUPPORT, LN is able to and would like to help. Please EMAIL PASCALE SOCKS and she will add your family to our Friday delivery schedule. The food pantry is here for YOU.
If you would like to donate to the And Go Cats Food Pantry, you may VENMO any cash donation to:
You may also mail a check to:
c/o And Go Cats Food Pantry
7802 Hague Road
Indianapolis, IN, 46256
All donations will be used to resupply the food pantry with food and toiletry items for our families, including fresh produce and meats/protein.
Updates and Reminders
Government officials released new information on May 1st regarding the phasing to reopen the State of Indiana. Please pay attention to phone calls from LN and postings on our social media sites for updates and information specific to Lawrence Township Schools.
LT School buildings will remain closed to students and staff through June 30th, and eLearning will continue through the end of the school year (May 21st) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please visit the LT Schools website for official updates and information regarding the LT response to the quickly changing directives we are all experiencing.
There will be NO Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch on Monday, May 25th.
Intent to Employ/A-1 - State Form 896 (The Indiana Dept. of Labor has suspended enforcement of the requirement for employers to have on-file work permits for minor employees until further notice.)
Work permits will not be processed at Lawrence North until further notice.
Resources for Families ~~ Ongoing Access
- Families in need of Food, Clothing, Health Care, Housing Assistance, Utility Assistance and more—DIAL 2-1-1 from your phone (24 hours a day) to be connected to the resource(s) you need. Information/resources also available online at https://in211.communityos.org/
- Mental Health Support--these unusual times are leaving many feeling isolated and unsure. Please REACH OUT if feeling overwhelmed or in NEED OF SUPPORT
- Lawrence Township Communication regarding COVID-19 impact, eLearning, and more: https://www.ltschools.org/announcements/coronavirus-preparedness-(1)
Resources for Mental, Social and Emotional Support
Student Scheduling for 2020-2021
THANK YOU for your efforts in reviewing your student's schedule for the
upcoming school year!
Counselors have received the requested schedule changes and will continue to work on those schedule requests, as well as balancing classes for optimal enrollment, making adjustments based on student performance and correcting any errors.
*Schedule change requests are now closed.
Even though a student may have submitted a request to the counselor,
###Some changes CANNOT be made###
Both diploma REQUIREMENTS and graduation pathway REQUIREMENTS determine a large part of the student schedule. Prerequisite courses, grade level requirements and class maximums also impact the ability to make a schedule change.
***STUDENTS SHOULD CHECK EMAIL ACCOUNTS REGULARLY as counselors are corresponding via email with questions and updates about scheduling.***
LTec Summer School
Join our "BAND" to stay connected to LN updates
Remember the "Remind" app? Ah, the LN counselors really liked the convenience of Remind for texting information out...because teenagers DO text when they don't always read email. Unfortunately, Remind went from FREE to expensive, forcing us to move on.
And then...along came "BAND"...
"BAND" is a FREE APP for your phone (works on computers, too) that will connect you with information, calendars, updates for whatever "BAND" you choose to follow.
Download the app--available for Apple and androids--and then JOIN OUR LN BANDS to stay connected to information important for your high school student...PARENTS...you are invited to JOIN OUR BANDS, too:
Final Transcript Reminder
You do not have to wait until June 2nd to place your order. You may ORDER NOW and select "HOLD FOR GRADES" as your option. LN will forward your transcript to the school you indicate when grades are finalized June 2nd.
NOTE***LN WILL NOT SEND A TRANSCRIPT UNLESS YOU PLACE AN ORDER.
COLLEGE and CAREER INFO
Summer Programming and College Campus Visits
Visit the ADMISSIONS WEBSITE(S) of the colleges of interest to see how you can make a VIRTUAL VISIT and keep your college planning on schedule. Some colleges are making plans to reopen campus for prospective student visits in the fall. If you are interested in a particular college, make it a goal to track their updates and be informed regarding their policies as things change over the summer.
JUNIORS -- College Application Boot Camp
Juniors...you are going to be SENIORS in just a few short weeks and many of you are starting to think about the college-going process and the next steps for you as you prepare for college searching and applications.
The LN Counselors have held a Senior Boot Camp--College Apps 101 the last several summers, but with current restrictions to get together in person, we will not hold the IN PERSON boot camp this summer.
We've got a great alternative...it's FREE (usually a steep entrance fee) and it is QUALITY help for you as you prepare for college applications. There are several sessions available the first week in June and all you have to do is SIGN UP. You'll get instructions about HOW to log in and WHEN to log in...then you'll get information about writing the ESSAYS needed for college applications.
Do you HAVE to do this? NO...BUT...it is recommended if you are planning to apply to more competitive colleges/universities OR you are applying to competitive programs at universities. Be wise...and take all of the information and insight you can...helping YOU put together a STRONG application for the colleges important to you.
LN submitted an application for this program and was approved, so our LN students may participate for FREE. Interested? SIGN UP using the link below.
JUNIORS ~~ Rising SENIORS
Senior year is such an exciting time and the year will go by quickly...so we want to provide for you as much information as we can to help you explore, research, ask questions, network and prepare for what comes next in your journey.
- College--visits, choosing your colleges, applications, timelines, tips and more
- Military--next steps for pursuing a career or experience in the military
- Career--technical, vocational, trades--what do you need to do to pursue training and certifications in a career of interest
If you missed the Zoom meetings this week, you may access the information for the "Hey...Seniors" workshop here or in your Canvas account. Please...take a few minutes to review the options and take ownership in your next steps.
Purdue Info Session -- Polytech
"No Sweat" Scholarship
Balanced Man Scholarship
SigEp knows many families are struggling with finances as a result of the pandemic closures and the cost of college can create even more stress. With college right around the corner, we want to do our part to help. Open to SENIOR MALES, the Balanced Man scholarship will be awarded at many different college and universities, including IU, Purdue and the Univ of Cincinnati. A full list of schools and the application for the Balanced Man Scholarship is available here.
Indiana Career Explorer
It's FREE...it's INFORMATIVE...and it's a solid planning tool for your child as s/he makes plans about the future.
College Admissions Testing
June SAT has been cancelled.
The JUNE SAT will be rescheduled for SEPTEMBER. Visit your College Board account for information about transferring your testing registration.
Please know, LN administration and counselors are working on SCHOOL DAY SAT TESTING for Fall 2020 to help our SENIORS secure testing for their college admissions needs. Details will be shared as soon as we have confirmed testing dates and approval.
To reschedule either the SAT or ACT, please use the contact information below.
SAT: https://www.collegeboard.org/ or 866-630-9305
ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html or 319-337-1270
We understand the many frustrations and fears you are likely facing, including the uncertainty associated with potential closings of test centers administering the ACT. Please be assured the health and safety of students and testing staff is our top priority.
ACT is closely working with test site administrators and monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state government and local public health guidelines. We are preparing to support test centers who are cleared to administer the ACT on June 13, 2020.
During the week of May 26, we will notify students and announce all test center closings and cancelations for the June 13 test date. However, as ACT and other agencies navigate ongoing developments, testing at any test center is subject to change at any time between now and June 13, 2020.
Programs and Opportunities
Calling Aspiring Architects
Youth Violence Prevention Fellowship Seeks Students
Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears is encouraging local high school students to elevate their role in reducing violence among peers by becoming Youth Violence Prevention Fellows with his office. The Prosecutor’s Youth Violence Prevention Fellowship will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about existing programs, policies and networks designed to improve safety and reduce youth involvement in the criminal justice system while promoting a platform for young advocates in these public discussions.
The Prosecutor’s Youth Violence Prevention Fellows will be able to draw on resources and opportunities across the agency, along with meeting local political leaders and community activists, through virtual conferencing.
*To be eligible, applicants must be Marion County residents and high school Sophomores or Juniors, ages 15-18.
*Students must commit to virtually attend the summer immersive learning sessions held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week from Tuesday, July 7 through Thursday, July 27, 2020.
*The application can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/2020YVPFellows.
*The deadline to apply is Friday, May 29.
Awesome Summer Outings for your Children
School is ALMOST out for the summer and parents everywhere are starting to think about the hours of time to be filled for students who no longer have eLearning to focus upon!
It's a great time to start stock-piling some fun (and, shhhh, educational) activities for students eager to get out and see things. Here are a few for you to bookmark for some adventure days over the summer break:
LN Wildcats Online Store
Get your officially licensed LN Wildcats gear at the LN Sideline Store! Lawrence Township has teamed up with Adidas and Team Pride Athletics to provide our athletes and fans officially licensed Lawrence North apparel. Check out the official online store right here or on our website: