LC Counselor Connection Newsletter
February 14, 2021
NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15th!
E-Learning Day on Tuesday, February 16th ------------------> MAROON Synchronous Learning Day!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2021 TOP 30!
Justin Hoffer Named National Merit Finalist!
Congrats to LC's 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Competition Award Winners!
It’s essential that LC students and families visit the LC Scheduling Site to access important resources that will help students select classes for next year and make sure that they're fulfilling graduation pathways and diploma requirements.
Students who do not complete their online scheduling form and/or do not attend their scheduling conference with their counselor will have their 2021-2022 courses selected by their counselor based on teacher recommendations, course sequencing, and graduation requirements!
- Ms. KaNeasha Koebcke (10th-12th U-Z, Director of Guidance)
Testing Make-Up Dates February 19th and February 26th
Contact Assistant Principal Corey McGarrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or test coordinator Maggie Youngblood (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns regarding make-up testing.
Ivy Tech Virtual Technology Week
RSVP at IvyTech.edu/IndyTechnologyWeek
Vincennes University Virtual Open House -------------------> February 24th
Mark your calendars for February 24th from 2-4 p.m. Vincennes University (VU) is going virtual with an Open House! If your student is interested in learning more about a specific VU program, please use the direct link to the "landing page" to enter the open house. Please sign up on the registration link below. This is a true "open house" format—you are able to pop in and out of sessions any time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Registration - https://www.vinu.edu/web/guest/virtual-open-house-registration
Landing Page - https://www.vinu.edu/web/guest/virtual-open-house
Please contact Dr. Brett Stocksdale, Regional Assistant Dean (located at MCIT) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue Polytechnic Anderson College Night -----------------> February 23rd
Join Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Shawn A. Smith for the January 2021 edition of Lawrence Live!
Next, he speaks with regional music specialists, Ms. Julie Gray (Indian Creek Elementary) and Ms. Kayla Smith (Lawrence Central High School) about the importance of arts education and their roles as district performing arts leaders.
Finally, listen in as Dr. Smith speaks with Chief of Operations, Mr. Rodger Smith about the exciting facilities improvements taking place across the district!
Many thanks to the production team at Crestview Elementary for their ongoing support.
Create a ScholarTrack Account!
Complete Your Scholar Success Program Tasks!
The Scholar Success Program helps students in high school and in college as they prepare for college and career success and stay on track to earn and maintain the 21st Century Scholarship. In high school and in college, each grade level has activities that should be completed each year. Scholars must complete the specific steps and track their progress online using ScholarTrack.
Access Grade-Level Scholar Success Guides and Magazines!
These guides and magazines will help connect 21st Century Scholars to the resources and information needed to complete 9th-grade, 10th-grade, 11th-grade, and 12th-grade requirements and stay on track toward graduating high school and succeeding in college!
Distinguished Scholar Application Is OPEN!
A couple of things to know as you are working on your information:
- Once you have started in the form, you need to keep it open until you complete it, so give yourself time to do so.
- Be sure that you complete everything accurately. You will need to resubmit in the event that you enter information incorrectly.
- All information will be verified by coaches, sponsors, and counselors, so be honest in your entries.
- Use the Distinguished Scholar Application Worksheet to guide you through the application. ONLY online submissions will be considered, but this document will help you prepare to enter your information.
If you have questions, email Dr. Davis directly at email@example.com.
Submissions accepted January 17th through March 19th.
Got Questions? Bring Them to Senior Friday Forums!
Then join Dr. Davis and Mrs. Koebcke for Friday Forum office hours, every Friday from 2-3. The Zoom link is located in the Announcements area of the "Lawrence Central Class of 2021" Canvas page. Hop in and ask questions as you need to, this time will be designated to be available for whatever is on your mind.
With over $350 million in state financial aid available, as well as billions of dollars in federal aid, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education reminds Hoosiers that filing the FAFSA by April 15, 2021 is imperative for securing money for college.
Step 1: Create Your FSA ID
Step One: Students and parents are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education online systems. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.
Step 2: Gather Required Info
Gather all the information you need to complete the FAFSA. INvestEd has created a FAFSA Checklist to help you identify what you’ll need, and a place to write down your FSA ID. Some helpful information includes Social Security Number/Alien Registration Number, W2's, tax returns, and current bank statements.
LC Financial Aid Night Presentation
FAFSA Online Workshop ------------------------------------> February 27th
College Goal Sunday: FAFSA Filing Event --------------------> March 7th
Post-Secondary Planning Resources
Make note of these important dates and deadlines regarding college applications, scholarship and financial aid. Important Dates for Seniors
Please view this "Post-Secondary Planning Presentation" to receive information about how to navigate the college and career search process, as well as the college application process. Post-Secondary Planning Presentation
Be sure to reference the "Post-Secondary Planning Handbook" for important senior dates, timelines, college admissions testing information, college and scholarship application processes, and financial aid. Post-Secondary Planning Guide
This electronic checklist must be completed and submitted for every college/university that you are applying to. This is how your school counselor knows that you've applied to a school and that you need your records sent. LCHS College Application Checklist
Take some time to read through the Indiana NEXT magazine. This guide to life after high school provides resources and advice on your options for education after high school, exciting careers in Indiana and how to find a career you'll enjoy, as well as how to cut the costs of higher education with financial aid. Indiana NEXT Magazine
Seniors enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars program must complete specific tasks each year of high school through the Scholar Success Program in order to remain eligible to receive their scholarship after graduation. The Grade 12 Scholar Success Guide will help you complete your required activities as a senior so that you can stay on-track toward graduation high school and succeeding in college and your future career. Grade 12 Scholar Success Guide
Check out this comprehensive guide to planning for life after high school. Learn about how to choose your career and major, how to save for college, finding scholarships, choosing your post-secondary school, completing the FAFSA and more in with this very informative resources for students and parents. INvestEd College Planning Guide
View the INvestEd virtual presentation to LC students and families on college financial aid, selecting a major & college, completing the FAFSA and planning for life after high school. INvestEd College Planning Presentation
LC Breakfast Club
The LC PFO Breakfast Club table is available every morning before school from 8:30-8:50 in the Commons. Grab items for breakfast or stock up on snacks for the day.
- Most items are 50 cents each with a few 75 cents and $1 items.
- There is a variety of granola and cereal bars, fruit snacks, Rice Krispie Treats, Pop-Tarts, peanut butter crackers, cookies, bagged snacks, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Takis, and MORE as well as bottled water and juices.
- Profits from the morning sales help fund things like Homecoming activities, the Prom, and teacher grants which help you in the classroom. So not only are you buying reasonably priced snacks, but you’re also helping support student experiences and academic resources which benefit all students at LC.
So stop by, look around and say “Hi” to the parent volunteers who look forward to seeing you each morning in the Commons! Your support is greatly appreciated!
Indiana's Call & Learn Tutoring Service
Call 1-877-45-STUDY (1-877-457-8839) toll-free Tues-Thurs, 1pm to 5pm EST,
and connect with a real teacher for FREE!
- Grades 7-12 connect with a teacher with expertise on specific subjects: math, science, language arts and social studies.
- The educators are volunteer retired teachers. All calls are anonymous and recorded.
- There is no limit to how long calls last or the number of times you can call!
Please contact Trish Whitcomb with your questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812.767.2050.
Check out the flyers below to learn more!
Tutoring Support for LC Students!
The IUPUI Tutoring, Mentoring, College and Career Readiness Program will be providing FREE tutoring services virtually via IU Zoom to LC students! The tutoring group does include bilingual student support and will focus on helping students with Math, Science, English, and some World Language support. The tutors themselves are college students, but they are employed through the program and their support and abilities are regularly monitored to ensure that they are up to the various demands of our students.
Currently, tutoring will be available virtually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM. Students must complete the enrollment process at https://portal.iuinkids.org, then will be assigned a time slot.
"Why Choose An HBCU?" Virtual Presentation
Students and Parents, please join us for a Virtual Presentation on “Why Choose An HBCU” on Wednesday, February 17th or Thursday, February 18th at 6:00pm.
Meeting ID: 975 8370 3889
LC GARAGE & YARD SIGNS
Hey Bears! Are you looking to show your LC spirit and highlight your activities? Garage signs ($35) and yard signs ($24) are now available to order for the following sports and activities:
Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming/Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
LC PERFORMING ARTS
Band, Choir, Extreme Dance, Orchestra, Show Choir, Theatre, MPLT, Color Guard, Marching Band, Winter Percussion
Show your BEAR PRIDE and order your garage sign or yard sign today!
Support Lawrence Central when you shop online! AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Lawrence Central every time you shop, at no cost to you.
- AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.
- When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the LC PFO!
To support LC while you shop online, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/31-1207082
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS!
Do you have a Kroger Plus card? If so, you can support LC just doing your regular grocery shopping! It does not cost you a penny, and the LC PFO benefits. All you need to do is register your Kroger card by going to:
- Sign-in to your account
- Select Kroger Community Rewards under the Save tab
- Select I’m a customer, view details
- Type in Lawrence Central High School PFO in the Search
- Select Lawrence Central High School PFO
- And you are enrolled!
DAILY BREAKFAST CLUB
Hey parents! Did you know that the LC PFO sets up Breakfast Club in the Commons every day before school between 8:30 am-8:50 am?
Students can purchase a variety of breakfast items like granola bars, Pop-Tarts as well as snacks they can enjoy throughout the day like Rice Krispie Treats, fruit snacks, cookies, bagged snacks, and MORE as well as water and juices. Most items cost 50 cents with a few 75 cents and $1 items. There's something for everyone!
All profits from the breakfast table sales help the LCPFO fund student experiences such as Homecoming activities and the Prom, teacher grants that in turn benefit student educational experiences, and hospitality events that show appreciation to our amazing staff. Every purchase at the breakfast table helps enhance the overall experience for students and staff and LC.
So, give your student a couple of dollars before they head out the door and remind them to check out the Breakfast Club table in the Commons when they get to school. Thank you for supporting the LCPFO Breakfast Club!
DONATE TO THE LCPFO WITH PAYPAL
The LC PFO helps raise funds and organizes events to help enhance the overall experience for the students and staff at Lawrence Central. Your contribution will make an impact whether you donate $5 or $500!
The LC PFO is a 501c3 charitable organization so make your tax-deductible donation today! You may donate to us via Paypal at Paypal.me/LCPFO
Thank you for your support!
College Rep Presentations Scheduled in Naviance
College-bound juniors and seniors MUST make a habit of checking the College Rep Visit list each week in NAVIANCE. College rep presentations may be live or virtual this fall.
Register for College Rep Presentations in Naviance. If you have forgotten your Naviance Username or Password, contact Tim Taylor at email@example.com.
U.S. National Guard February 18th @ 11:00 AM
Kentucky State University February 19th @ 1:30 PM
Hanover College March 17th @ 11:00 AM
CICF General Scholarship Application Available Now!
1) READ THE CICF SCHOLARSHIP GUIDEBOOK
- HERE you will find detailed information about each scholarship and the application process.
2) GATHER INFORMATION NEEDED TO CREATE YOUR PROFILE FOR THE ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PORTAL
- Your basic contact information
- A digital copy of your latest transcript
- Test scores (SAT and/or ACT)
- Financial information (FAFSA SAR, award letters, income information, etc.)
- Contact information for two references
3) CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON THE CICF SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL
4) COMPLETE YOUR PROFILE
5) SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR ANY SCHOLARSHIP YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR BY THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Phi Delta Kappa Book Scholarship
The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa - Tau Chapter's $500 book scholarship application is now available! The deadline for submission is MARCH 5th. Students must complete and submit the PDK APPLICATION with all required components to be considered for the award.
The Evans Scholarship - Full Tuition!
Amy Beverland Scholarship
Seniors are encouraged to complete and submit the application for the Amy Beverland Scholarship, which awards $2500 to an LC senior in April.
Students must submit a completed application AND four evaluation forms to Ms. Koebcke, firstname.lastname@example.org by March 19th.
Your counselor will complete the school record and submit a transcript on your behalf once all evaluations are received.
USDA 1890 NATIONAL SCHOLARS
The goal of the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is to increase the number of students studying agriculture, food sciences, natural resource sciences, and other related disciplines. The program is open to high school seniors, college freshmen and sophomores who exhibit exemplary leadership traits and demonstrated community service.
The Scholarship is highly competitive and provides for full tuition payment, among other benefits, for up to 4-years to selected students enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an 1890 Land-Grant University.
Interested? Access information and the USDA/1890 application here.
Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships
In 2020, SYF awarded scholarships valued at $1 million to 283 students. Since its inception, SYF has awarded $19 million in post-secondary scholarships to nearly 5,600 students. Scholarship recipients are eligible for a one-time scholarship of up to $1,500, which may be applied to tuition at an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. Students who will be graduating high school in 2021 and live in the community surrounding Castleton Square.
Indiana State Teachers Association Scholarships
ISTA Foundation District Scholarships – Deadline to Apply is April 1ISTA Foundation District Scholarship – One $700 scholarship will be awarded by each District Council. The District Council decides on the selection process. They may grant the entire amount to one applicant or divide it between selected applicants.
ISTA Foundation Retired Scholarship – Two scholarships will be awarded.
- Candidate must be a child, stepchild, grandchild, or step grandchild of an ISTA member.
- Candidate must have at least a C average in high school.
- Candidate graduated from a public high school in December or will graduate in May/June of current school year.
- Candidate will continue his/her education at a formal accredited training program (apprenticeship, trade school, cosmetology, etc.) or will attend a 2 to 4 year accredited college or university.
- Candidate does not have to attend high school in the same ISTA district where the member teaches.
- Candidate does not have to live with the ISTA member.
Other ISTA Scholarships – Deadline to Apply is March 1
Each ISTA scholarship listed below is a $1,000 renewable award. (Additional Information.)
Career Scholarship - Dependent of an ISTA member.
Damon P. Moore Scholarship - Ethnic minority student planning to pursue a teaching license.
Educator Scholarship - Dependent of an ISTA member who is planning to pursue a degree in education.
Justine M. Harrell Scholarship - Student planning to pursue a degree in education.
Louis B. Russell Scholarship - Ethnic minority student who plans to pursue industrial arts, vocational education or technical preparation at an accredited post-secondary institution.
Vincennes University Scholarship
Vincennes University is offering its CTE-Housing scholarship. Any student who took any class at McKenzie, at any time during high school, will be eligible for at least a partial housing scholarship provided they meet the required GPA.
Unlike years past, this year's scholarship does not include a meal plan, however, there is now a minimum award of $1,000 ($500 per semester for the first year). The minimum award was added because the scholarship is last dollar, and previous students, whose expenses were completely covered by other scholarships/grants, did not receive any financial benefit from the housing scholarship.
Students can apply for the scholarship by visiting:
Students will need to also apply to VU (or update their application if they are a VU dual-credit student) by visiting: vinu.edu/apply
The deadline is May 1st. If anyone has any questions please contact Dr. Brent Stocksdale at MCIT.
Regions Riding Forward Scholarship
- Be a high school senior
- Be a legal U.S. resident of one of the Eligible States
- Be age 13 or older
- Be enrolled in 12th grade in a public or private school (or home school) located in one of the Eligible States
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (as calculated on a 4.0 scale)
- Plan to attend an accredited college during the 2021-2022 academic school year
Complete the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship application here.
Scholarships Updated Weekly in Naviance!
Any and all scholarship opportunities that LC becomes aware of will be listed in Naviance!
- Most colleges and universities have need and merit-based scholarships to offer.
- All scholarship information should be provided for free! Never pay for a scholarship search service.
- Find national scholarships on www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com.
If you recieve mail/email about a scholarship opportunity that feels like a scam, speak to your school counselor to determine its validity!
If you have forgotten your Naviance Username or Password, contact Tim Taylor at email@example.com.
DePaul University Info Session & Application Workshop --------------------> February 15th
Ready to learn more about DePaul and complete your application?
- This online session will provide you with an overview of the DePaul experience as well as tips for working through your Common Application to apply to DePaul.
- Your admission counselor will lead the session and cover many of the aspects that make DePaul unique as well as answer any question you may have.
- Please note: The start time is 2:00 pm Central Time.
Pathway to Purdue ------------------------------------------> Agriculture Careers
Students pursuing the Pathway to Purdue enroll at Ivy Tech to complete required courses in a small classroom setting, close to home and with greatly reduced costs for tuition. When coursework is complete, qualified students may be enrolled into the Agriculture course of study at Purdue University in West Lafayette.
Watch the video linked above and direct all questions to Christine Hamby at 765-269-5421.
Hoosier Health Academy Application: Now Open!
The application for HCOP Hoosier Health Academy is NOW OPEN! This is a 6-week summer program for entering 11th graders through graduating 12th-grade students in Marion County who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career or are interested in the STEM field.
The program runs Monday-Thursday on June 14-July 22, 2020 from 9 am-3 pm.
The link to apply is below: (Application deadline May 14, 2021)
Nina Scholars & THRIVE at IUPUI
THRIVE is a first-year transition program for independent students coming to IUPUI for the first time, who are under age 25.
- New students are invited to join a learning community that includes scholarship funding, a Summer Bridge program, peer mentoring, success coaching, priority access to on-campus housing, and credit-bearing coursework covering skills and knowledge supporting growth and self-discovery as students make the transition to college, and beyond.
- THRIVE is mutually-supportive, inclusive, encouraging, affirming, and empowering. Together, we THRIVE!
Students eligible for THRIVE may also be eligible for the Nina Scholars Program, which provides substantial scholarship funding and support for students who have traditionally had difficulty gaining access to higher education.
- The program serves lower-income students who have dependents, who have experienced foster care or have been disconnected from parents, or who have physical disabilities.
- Feel free to visit our website to hear stories about the program from students here. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.
Ball State Summer Interior Design Workshop
For the past twelve years, Ball State’s Interior Design program has offered a high school workshop where high school students of all grade levels (including graduating seniors) learn about interior design in a hands-on way. The workshop explores fundamentals of 2D and 3D concepts, basic drawing skills, the use of color and light, and how interior environments affect human behavior.
This year BSU will be offering two options for workshops:
· A ten-day on-campus workshop during the summer
· And (2) four-week online workshops during the summer
For more information and registration, visit www.bsu.edu/designforum.
IUB Balfour Pre-College Academy
The mission of the Balfour Scholar's Program is to diversify higher education and help students transition into college. In the summer, BSP hosts the Balfour Scholars Pre-College Academy (BSPA). The Pre-College Academy is a free summer program for high school students that helps cultivate students' academic and career development while connecting students to useful resources and networks.
This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Pre-College Academy will be held fully online. In addition, the Balfour Scholars Pre-College Academy is accepting applications from current high school students (9th-12th grade).
The program takes place Tuesday, July 6th, 2021-Thursday, July 10th, 2021. We encourage all students to apply by Sunday, May 2nd, 2021.
For more information on the program, please follow this link:
The virtual application can be found here: