LC Counselor Connection Newsletter

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021

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MSDLT 2021-2022 COVID-19 Information

This COVID-19 page is part of our ongoing effort to provide stakeholders with the latest information regarding the student and staff experience during the pandemic.

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Yahya Amjad - National Merit Semifinalist

Congratulations to Yahya Amjad for being named Semifinalist in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program! He represents less than 1% of high school students who will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for scholarships worth nearly $30 million!

LC College Board National Recognition Program Scholars

Congratulations to our LC students for being selected as College Board National Recognition Program Scholars! The Recognition Programs help students stand out during the college admissions process and connect them with universities nationwide!
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LC Hispanic Heritage Month Gear

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at LC this year by purchasing our NEW limited edition collection. All proceeds will go towards helping fund our 1st Annual LC Latin Dance, Saturday, October 2. Shirts are available in short sleeves with “Hispanic Heritage Month” in Spanish, too! Link to LC Hispanic Heritage Month Shirts. Shirt sale ends September 22nd.

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Book Fee Statements

Statements went out a couple of weeks ago for “Book Fees” for the entire school year. Please note that though we use the term “Book Fees” these funds are used to purchase textbooks, workbooks, class books, online book subscriptions, online resource subscriptions, and supplies for all student classes.

This year Lawrence Township Schools will not charge supply fees. If your family has been approved for textbook assistance, textbook/workbook fees have been discounted... and the balance due is your responsibility. General fees are not covered by the state.

  • If your statement shows that there is a $50 amount as past due, please disregard the due date. Our computer generated the Curricular Resource Fees with the due date of 8/24 instead of 9/30 and we printed statements out on 8/25. I
  • f your statement shows an amount higher than $50, this means that there is an Arrears balance on your account from previous years that is still owed.
  • Note that school fees do accumulate from school year to school year and any unpaid balance after mid-April may be forwarded for further collection efforts.

Seniors are reminded that all fees due to the school including book rental, performing arts, and athletics, must be cleared before graduation.
Pay by Credit Card for Book Fees Here!

You can pay as little and as often as you would like with this new online payment feature.

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LC Bear Wear Online Sale!

Just a few days left to purchase your LC BEAR WEAR online until Sept. 19th.

  • Shipping is free!
  • Items will be delivered to school for pick up the week of October 4.
  • BEAR WEAR items include t-shirts, hoodies, stadium seats, blankets, hats, windbreakers, 1/4 zips, and more.
  • Some of these items will ONLY be available through this store so be sure to check it out!
  • All proceeds go to Bears Athletic Club which helps fund/support LC Athletics.

See the link below to purchase!

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Algebra I Tutoring for 9th Grade Students

All the Freshmen Algebra I teachers will be taking turns staying after school to tutor students from
4-5 pm. This will start on Monday, September 20. The schedule below will help the student know where to go on certain days. Any student from any class is welcome to attend any session, even if it is not their teacher leading it.

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"Bear for a Day" Shadow Program

Eighth graders and potential transfer students are invited to spend a day in the life of an LC student! Students will receive a personal tour guide and experience LC's environment, tour our

state-of-the-art facility, meet students and teachers and experience high school life first hand.

Interested students and families should complete the "Bear for a Day" Shadow Request Form

to get registered.

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College GO! Week @ LC --------------------------------------> September 20th - 24th

Next week, September 20th through the 24th is College GO! Week at LC and we have some fun activities planned to help you understand the value of higher education and explore which path is right for you after high school!
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Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School!) --------------------> September 23rd

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Financial Aid Night ------------------------------------------> September 23rd

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Circle City Classic® Education Day -----> September 25th

The provides middle and high school students with opportunities for college admissions, scholarships, face-to-face interaction with university representatives, and information about various campus programs and student life.

The fair is open to all middle school, high school, and non-traditional students. Approximately 40 colleges and universities (traditional and HBCUs) participate in the event.

September 25th from 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Lucas Oil Stadium

500 S. Capitol Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46225

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LC Latin Dance ----------------------------------------------> October 2nd

LC's 1st annual dance will be "Travel Latin America: Carnaval & Fiesta" themed! We have a Latin DJ booked (LC Alumni and former member of LC Latinos, DJ Chroma) and our LC Latinos club is helping make this happen.

  • Tickets will be $10 and will be available to Lawrence Township high school students after receiving approval from their grade level administrator.
  • All guests must fill out an electronic guest request form and be approved by September 30, 2021.
  • Ticket sales will begin on September 22 and end on October 1. Tickets can be purchased during all lunches during that time.
  • LC students can reserve tickets ahead of time starting Friday by paying with credit/debit card HERE.
  • Once you have completed your purchase, you must check-in with Mrs. Vega during lunch between September 22 and October 1 to receive your physical ticket.
  • Do NOT lose your ticket! No replacement tickets will be issued but your name will be on the list.
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Senior Information - August 30th

Includes info about Senior Canvas Page, Senior Pictures, Senior T-Shirts, Distinguished Scholar and Postsecondary Planning

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Colleges Waiving Application Fees for College GO! Week

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Postsecondary Planning Resources

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Class of 2022 Postsecondary Planning Presentation

Seniors have been shown the Class of 2022 Postsecondary Planning video in their senior English classes. This presentation introduced students to the 3 components of college planning, including researching postsecondary institutions and finding your "best fit", the 4 steps for successfully completing college applications, and the various ways to fund a college education. Key points from the LC Postsecondary Planning Handbook were also be highlighted. Please view the Class of 2022 Postsecondary Planning Presentation below.
Class of 2022 Postsecondary Planning Presentation
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Postsecondary Planning Handbook

The Class of 2022 Postsecondary Planning Handbook includes Important Dates for Seniors, Researching Colleges, Naviance, College Application, Process, Requesting Transcripts, Planning College Visits, College Re Presentations, SAT & ACT Testing, Financial Aid & Scholarships, NCAA Eligibility, Additional Postsecondary Options, College Fairs, College Catalog Vocabulary
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Individual Senior Conferences

Individual Senior Conferences will take place now through October this semester. Students will have one-on-one meetings with their school counselor to discuss their progress towards graduation and their diploma type, as well as their individual postsecondary plans.

These mandatory meetings are crucial to make sure students are informed about graduation and what needs to be done to solidify their next steps after graduation.

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Postsecondary Planning Help Sessions

In addition to meeting with school counselors individually for personalized senior conferences, the guidance department will offer Postsecondary Planning Help Sessions every Wednesday in August, September, and October.

Counselors will be available in the guidance office to help with college and scholarship applications, SAT/ACT registration, completing 21st Century ScholarTrack activities, and answering any questions students may have about life after high school.

Morning and afternoon sessions will be available, and students are encouraged to bring their Chromebooks!

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IU Groups Scholars Program

The Groups Scholars Program is a proven program of information, support, and guidance that

helps provide students with the academic and emotional support necessary to excel in the

classroom and beyond.

  • Students will begin the program in June 2022 on the IUB campus.
  • Students will reside on the campus for seven weeks.
  • In the first week, students will become familiar with the IUB campus and its facilities, the computer system, and the points or places of interest to students in the town of Bloomington.
  • Following the first week of orientation, students are enrolled in three classes, for college credit, for the remaining six weeks.
  • Tuition, room/board, books, tutorial services, etc., for the summer program, will be provided at no charge.
  • Upon completion of the summer program, those students who have maintained at least a 2.3 Grade Point Average will be allowed to continue in the fall at IUB.
  • The financial aid arrangements that were provided as a result of filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will then go into effect for the Fall Semester.


  • 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum College Prep Courses as required by IU
  • Be a legal resident of Indiana and the US
  • Meet income guidelines
  • FAFSA Completed by the deadline

If you have any desire to attend Indiana University AND participate in the IU Groups program, please make an appointment to see Mr. Brian Maloney in room 215 or email him at

See the flyer below for application instructions, requirements, and deadlines!

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Are you Applying to USI?

The University of Southern Indiana invites you to apply to their university for FREE! USI is waiving their $40 application fee during the entire month of September!

On the payment screen, students should enter the promo code: collegego21

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November 1 is our early action (non-binding) and scholarship deadline. For the highest scholarship consideration, students must submit a complete application for admission by November 1, including the following:
  • IU-specific essay
  • Official high school transcript and full senior year schedule (not just fall courses)
  • SAT and/or ACT scores, if applicable (IU is test-optional)
  • Application fee or a fee waiver
  • Please note: Electronically submitted materials must be received by November 1, and hard copy materials must be postmarked on or before November 1.

Learn more about our application process on our How to Apply page.

Two ways to apply.

  • Students can apply to IU using the Apply IU or Common Application.
  • There are two options to choose from, but students should submit only one application for admission to IU Bloomington.
  • Please note: IU is no longer accepting the Coalition Application.

Students can apply test-optional.

  • At IU Bloomington, students choose at the point of application whether to have SAT and/or ACT test scores considered as part of their application review.
  • All students who submit a complete application for admission by the November 1 early action (non-binding) deadline will be considered for both IU Academic Scholarships and Selective Scholarship Application eligibility—regardless of test-optional status.
  • Additionally, academic scholarship eligibility is based solely on performance in academic coursework. Learn more about our test-optional policy.
  • If a student ends up taking the SAT or ACT and would like to have their application reconsidered with those scores, we have a process for students to change their test-optional selection after they apply.
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All College-Bound Students in the Class of 2022 Should Register for an ACT and/or SAT NOW!

Any junior or senior who receives free/reduced lunch is eligible for 2 SAT and 2 ACT Fee Waivers!

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Khan Academy Official SAT Practice

Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy provides free, high-quality, and personalized SAT practice to all students.

  • More time on Official SAT Practice is associated with higher SAT scores and could lead to college scholarships.
  • The free practice includes personalized study plans, interactive problems, video lessons, 8 full-length practice tests.

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ACT Learning Resources

Free Practice Test and Study Guide

  • Includes a full-length practice test (including writing prompt)
  • Get an overview of the ACT test and what to expect on test day
  • Access general test-taking strategies

Free ACT Official Online Practice Test

  • Take official ACT practice tests in all 4 subject areas
  • Know exactly what you missed and what you didn't with a score report
  • Access related resources to improve your skills based on what you missed
  • Retake the test as many times as you want

Free Online Test Prep with Kaplan

Free Online Test Prep Events with Kaplan

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Register for College Rep Visits 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.

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NACAC Virtual College Fairs

There will be several virtual fairs this fall for students to engage with hundreds of institutions from across the country. NACAC Virtual College Fairs are great opportunities for your students (and families) to explore institutions near and far.

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Prospective Student Information Sessions

Students and families are invited to learn about Harvard, Princeton, University of Virginia, Wellesley, and Yale by attending one of the Prospective Student Information Sessions below. Admissions representatives will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions, and financial aid.

Sunday, September 19, 2021
7pm EDT/6pm CDT/5pm MDT/4pm PDT
Event Registration

Monday, September 20, 2021
7pm EDT/6pm CDT/5pm MDT/4pm PDT
Event Registration

Sunday, September 26, 2021
7pm EDT/6pm CDT/5pm MDT/4pm PDT
Event Registration

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
7pm EDT/6pm CDT/5pm MDT/4pm PDT
Event Registration

Sunday, October 3, 2021
7pm EDT/6pm CDT/5pm MDT/4pm PDT
Event Registration

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
7pm EDT/6pm CDT/5pm MDT/4pm PDT
Event Registration

Sunday, October 10, 2021
7pm EDT/6pm CDT/5pm MDT/4pm PDT
Event Registration

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Penn State Fall Scholars Day Virtual Open House

The Schreyer Honors College at Penn State will host a virtual Fall Scholars Day Open House on Friday, Sept. 24 from 12-2 p.m. This is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn more about the Schreyer Honors College and Penn State through current student panels and presentations by deans and the Admissions staff. The event also includes opportunities for prospective students to engage with the University's academic colleges.
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Purdue Polytechnic Anderson Preview Days

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Butler University Open Houses

Open House is our cornerstone visit program for high school seniors and transfer students in the college search process. This year, you can choose to attend Open House on campus or virtually.

Both events will include information about all of our academic and student support programs, student life, and admission and financial aid. You’ll have many opportunities to connect with current Butler students, faculty, and staff, and will experience most of the campus through an engaging campus tour.


Saturday, September 25th - All-day Event

Saturday, October 30th - All-day Event

Register Here!


Thursday, November 11th @ 6:30 PM

Register Here!

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2021 STEM Roundtable with Vice President Kamala Harris

The Vice President hosts a roundtable discussion with STEM students at Hampton University to discuss the value of HBCUs in training the next generation of STEM professionals as part of the U.S. Department of Education's National HBCU Week.

Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable at Hampton University with HBCU Leaders
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HBCU Corner, Volume 13

Check out the HBCU Corner newsletter below for important information, updates, and highlights from Historically Black Colleges & Universities throughout the country!

Please contact Ms. Lavonnya Mickens by email at, if you are interested in attending an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or would like to learn more about HBCU’s.

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HBCU Virtual College Fair ----------------> September 20th - 23rd

A DiGiTAL WORLD Returns with the 2021 Virtual College Fair!

  • 60 HBCU Virtual Rooms on YouTube
  • Monday, September 20, 2021 – Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • Scholarship Opportunities (9-23 & 9/24) 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM ES
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IBAC HBCU College Fair -------------------------------------> October 6th & 7th

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Pre-Collegiate Program Resources

Includes links to scholarship websites, scholarship search engines, and scholarship programs.

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IU Wells Scholars Nominee Application Now Open!

Applications are now open to be one of LC’s two nominees for the Indiana University Wells Scholars Program.

The Wells Scholarship is IU’s most prestigious scholarship, covering all expenses for four years of study.

  • Successful nominees are generally in the top 5% of the senior class with strong test scores.
  • IU is looking for “outstanding students with exceptional academic accomplishments who have shown excellent leadership, significant commitment to extracurricular activities, a concern for their communities, and interest in the larger world”.
  • LC can nominate two students for the scholarship.

IU Wells Scholars Program Information

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College Board Opportunity Scholarship Program for JUNIORS & SENIORS!

Applying to college is a complicated process, so College Board has created a program that guides you through it.

This scholarship program is open to all students and it does not require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards students' efforts and initiative.

All students have to do is complete key steps along their path to college for chances to earn scholarships. The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program provides a chance for students to earn scholarships for each step they take.

With so many more steps ahead, college planning can quickly become overwhelming. But with the College Board Opportunity Scholarships, you can simplify the process—and get chances to earn money for college!

Introducing the College Board Opportunity Scholarships
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Gates Scholarship is Now Open!

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.

To apply, students must be:

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)

Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US-accredited, not-for-profit, private, or public college or university.

Seniors may view the Gates Scholarship here and if interested in pursuing it, contact their assigned counselor, Ms. Koebcke or Ms. Mickens.

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QuestBridge Scholarship Program

High school seniors: Apply by September 28 for full four-year scholarships to top colleges through the 2021 National College Match. Find out if you're eligible and apply for free at

The National College Match
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Heisman High School Scholarship

The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors hundreds of the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes each year.

This year, the college scholarship amounts have been doubled, increasing support for each student-athlete’s education.

  • The program will recognize a winner from each high school that has student participation.
  • The top male and female applicants from each state will be awarded $1,000. State winners will move on for the chance to become national finalists and win at least $2,000.
  • Of the national finalists, a male and a female will be selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Heisman High School Scholarship.
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Act Six Scholarship

The Act Six scholarship is a full-tuition, full-need scholarship awarded to seniors attending Oakland City University or Taylor University after graduation. There will be FOURTEEN scholarships awarded. Open to ALL seniors, the Act Six scholarship seeks those who want to make a difference on campus and in their communities after they graduate from college. The deadline for submission is NOVEMBER 1st.

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100 Black Men of Indianapolis Beautillion Militaire Scholarship

The mission of the Beautillion Militaire is to further develop African American young men who have demonstrated the capacity to be critical thinkers, culturally grounded, globally conscientious and purpose-driven in their pursuit of productive relationships

The application is due at 11:59 PM on September 24th.

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Anit-Defamation League First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest

ADL Midwest invites 6th – 12th-grade students in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to participate in the 2020 First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest!

First Place winners in each grade category will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Second Place winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Plus, the teacher with the most entries will receive $1,000!


Using a personal example or experience, describe or portray how one of the five freedoms in the First Amendment affects your daily life

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Student Employment Opportunity with LT Schools!

MSD of Lawrence Township is in need of Caregivers for before and after school. All high school students who are at least 15 years of age are encouraged to apply! See the flyer below for details.
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Another Broken Egg Cafe is Hiring Hosts/Hostesses!

Another Broken Egg is a daytime-only breakfast and brunch cafe so you never have to work evenings! Learn more about us at Earn $14-$16 per hour!!!

Contact Seth Little at 317-617-5848 or e-mail to apply!

Job Responsibilities

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Hiring Ministry Teachers!

Call 317-986-6995 for additional information.

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Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Team Member

Ready to Join a FUN, fast-paced, culture-driven work environment? Are you ready to serve your community and at the same time be a part of the largest swim school system worldwide? Come join Aqua-Tots Swim Schools!

Team Members may work in both of the following roles: Front Desk Associate and Water Safety Instructor.

No competitive swim experience? No previous teaching experience? NO WORRIES! We are looking for the right PEOPLE, let us teach you the skills! Come make lifelong memories while SAVING LIVES in your community!

Currently offering a $250 sign-on bonus!

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Job Descriptions

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Honors Program in Foreign Languages

The IU Honors Program in Foreign Languages (IUHPFL) is a summer study abroad program for Indiana high school students with a minimum of three years of foreign language instruction.

Since 1962, IUHPFL has been sending gifted students abroad during the summer to immerse

themselves in the host culture, achieve greater language proficiency and grow into well-rounded

young adults.

  • Participants have opportunities to further their language studies through "total immersion" programs in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
  • Students spend five or six weeks in their respective host countries during the summer after their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.

Learn more at

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Host an Exchange Student for the 2021-2022 School Year!

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Skyward Family Access

Please make sure you sign up for skyward access to follow your students' school records. Below you will find information on how to enroll.
Watch the videos below to learn more:

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Parent Access to Canvas

Parents/Guardians, you can act as an OBSERVER in the Canvas course so you are aware of the class assignments, lessons, and Zoom meetings. Check the email that goes along with this call to review the instructions on how to become an observer in your student's course.

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Stay Connected with ParentSquare!

MSD of Lawrence Township uses ParentSquare for school communication, primarily with email, text, and app notifications.

ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number. We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified.

Here’s what you can do with ParentSquare:

  • Receive messages from the school via email, text, or app notification
  • Choose to receive information as it comes or all at once at 6 pm daily Communicate in your preferred language
  • Comment on school postings to engage in your school community Direct message teachers, staff, and other parents
  • Participate in group messages
  • Sign up for parent-teacher conferences with smart online technology
  • Send payments, sign forms & permission slips, receive report cards, sign up to volunteer, and more all from your phone or web portal

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Thank you in advance for your continued support of our students and staff!

The LC PFO supports students and staff at LC by organizing volunteers and raising money to enhance student experiences and recognition (Homecoming, Winter formal, prom, etc) as well as provide for the care and feeding of our amazing staff through teacher classroom grants and various hospitality events (back to school, staff appreciation, mailbox treats, etc).

The students and staff appreciate your generous donations of time, items, or money when we send out event notices. YOU decide the best way for you to support LC.

2021-2022 LCPFO Parent Volunteer Form

Sign up to volunteer at Questions? Please contact us at

Show your pride in a few ways to support LC!

Sign up for AmazonSmile and select Parent Faculty Organization of Lawrence Central High School as your preferred charity at

Remember to shop for deals at, or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon app, and AmazonSmile will donate to us at no cost to you.

Hey Bears! Show your LC pride with an LC or MPLT garage sign and yard sign!

Garage signs ($35) and yard signs ($24) are now available to order for performing arts, athletics, and other school-related activities!

Do you have a Kroger Plus card? If so, you can support LC at no extra cost to you just doing your regular grocery shopping!

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

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Bear Nation Athletic Newsletter - Volume 1

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Lawrence Central Guidance Department

Fostering the academic, career, and personal-social development of ALL students, so that they may become productive and contributing members of their communities.
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