Counseling Center News

August 2021

Welcome Back

Each school year brings fresh opportunities and challenges for every LHS student. Despite these trying times, we hope to assist your child in having a successful 2021-2022 school year. We understand that there may be many questions that we do not have the answers to at this time, but assure you that our Counseling Department is working diligently to meet the needs of all of our students. To help students have a successful year, we suggest that students prioritize their attendance, be prepared for classes, get extra help from teachers when necessary, manage their time wisely and get involved in the school community. In addition, because of the stress and anxiety due to the climate of our current world, we encourage you to reach out for support from counselors, psychologists, social workers or other school staff that are here to help. Remember to give yourself time to decompress, take a deep breath or do something that you enjoy. Your social-emotional health is equally as important as your academics. Please visit our Counseling Department website for information about upcoming events and programming. We are looking forward to a wonderful 2021-2022 school year and hope to meet you at Open House this fall being held on October 5th.

Schedule Change Request

If you would like to request a change to your schedule, please fill out the online form. Your school counselor will review your request, make the change if appropriate, and contact you if there is further explanation needed. Please do not email your counselor directly with a schedule change request.

BOCES Students

All BOCES Programs will begin on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021. AM BOCES STUDENTS (mostly Seniors) should report to the Auditorium on September 7th by 7:35 am. Seniors will be given their busing information at that time. PM BOCES STUDENTS (mostly juniors) should report to the Auditorium at the end of 5th period on September 7th. Bus assignments will be posted in these areas. Allied Health Students should report to the Attendance Office NO LATER THAN 7:10 am to sign in and board the bus in the Lincoln Avenue circle.

Parent & Student Portal

Parents and students can use the A+ icon located on every page of our website for quick & easy access to the portals. Parents can have 24/7 access to your child’s academic information. School supply lists are also posted on the district website! During the school year, you can view schedules, progress reports, attendance, assignments, and report cards using our website. In order to create an account, visit our website and look for the A+ icon. In order to create a new account you will select “Parent & Student Portal Instructions / Registration” and supply the requested information.


Tips for the account request page:

If you had access to the Parent Portal last year, YOU DO NOT have to create a new account.

First time users must register and have your child's STUDENT ID# to create an account. Please ask your child for their student number.

You will need only one child's student ID #. It will link up the rest of the children in your family.

Parents or guardians must register using their full legal name. Example: If your name is Michael do not enter Mike.


Once you submit your account request information, district personnel will review your request and send you an email containing a link to activate your account.

SENIOR FOCUS & SENIOR YEAR ANNUAL REVIEW

Senior year always proves to be a very busy year. Along with academic responsibilities, sports, clubs, and possibly employment, students are also expected to focus their efforts on determining their post high school plans. Seniors will meet with their Counselor early in the Fall to ensure that all requirements for graduation will be met on time and to discuss post-secondary plans.

College-bound students should:

  • Develop a list of 5-10 prospective colleges (familiarize yourself with admission req. & deadlines)

  • Build a high school resume/activity sheet

  • Request 3-5 letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches and community members

  • Register to take/retake the ACT and/or SAT tests. Most 4 year colleges require these test scores to be considered for admission.

  • Review the Counseling website for pertinent information (scholarship listing, important dates, etc.)

Military-bound students should:

  • Contact the local recruiting office for the branch you wish to join

  • Make sure that you know the physical fitness & health history regulations

Career-bound students should:

  • Create a resume

  • Develop a portfolio that includes letters of recommendation and a list of references

College Bound Juniors

Junior year grades and standardized tests will significantly impact your college search and selection process. Juniors are encouraged to work hard, stay involved and begin taking the initial steps of the college application process. Juniors should begin attending college fairs, as well as Spring Open Houses. Juniors should also attend important college planning programs offered by the Counseling Department throughout the school year.

THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

There are 3 main ways to apply to college online. You can apply through the Common Application, the SUNY Application, or through the Individual College Applications.


The Common Application allows you to use the same application to apply to over 500 colleges/universities. You should plan to use the Common Application if you are applying to a mix of private and SUNY 4 year colleges. Please be aware that this application is very detailed and takes some time to complete, often a period of a few days. There are evaluations and recommendations for both teachers and school counselors to complete using this application. Please notify them if you plan to use this application.


The SUNY Application (www.suny.edu) allows you to use the same admission application to apply to any SUNY college/university. SUNY Viewbooks are available in the Counseling Office to assist with this application. Each school has specific supplemental requirements so take the time to familiarize yourself with specific admission criteria. You should use the SUNY Application if you plan to apply to only 4 year SUNY Schools.


You should use Individual College Applications for any school not included on the Common Application and for all 2 year schools.


For example, A student applying to Canisius, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, and Niagara University would use the Common Application. A student applying to SUNY Brockport, SUNY Fredonia, University at Buffalo, and Buffalo State would use the SUNY Application. A student applying to Slippery Rock University (not included in the Common App), NCCC, and ECC would use separate individual college applications found at the college's website directly.


IMPORTANT NOTE FOR TWO-YEAR COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS

If you are applying to a two-year college (NCCC, ECC, GCC, etc.) you most likely need to take placement tests (ACCUPLACER and/or COMPASS). Each school sets their own qualifying scores. If you do not meet the standard, you could end up paying for courses that are not credit-bearing. 2-year colleges accept all high school graduates, however not passing the placement tests could end up costing students time and money. Other qualifiers include Regents exam scores and SAT/ACT scores. Please see your counselor if you have questions.

Standardized Testing Dates 2021-2022

SAT

Dates:

10/2/21, 3/12/21, 5/7/22

Registration Deadline:

9/3/21, 2/12/22, 4/8/22

ACT

Dates:

10/23/21, 12/11/21, 4/2/22

Registration Deadline:

9/17/21, 11/5/21, 2/25/22

PSAT

Date:

10/13/21

Registration Deadline: (done in school)

10/8/21


Visit the websites to register. You will need to know the LHS Testing Code: 332870


Pay close attention to registration deadline dates! Students that require testing accommodations should apply early. Fee waivers are available for those who meet the eligibility guidelines. Please contact your counselor with questions.

PSAT/NMSQT

The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be administered on Wednesday, October 16th, during Periods 1-4. It will be offered to Juniors and opened to sophomores depending on registration availability. The PSAT allows students to compare their abilities to do college work with those of other college-bound students across the country. Counselors will visit English classes with registration forms in late September.

NCAA ELIGIBILITY

High school athletes who would like to participate in any sport at an NCAA Division I or Division II school MUST register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Registration is recommended following junior year. Division III athletes do NOT need to register. Students must take at least 16 approved core academic courses and obtain certain SAT or ACT scores. Students should register on the website. There is a fee for this NCAA service. Students eligible for testing fee waivers are also eligible for NCAA waivers. Contact Ms. Catalano with any questions.

Scholarships

Each month LHS publishes a list of scholarships. The central posting area for these scholarships is on the website listed above. All applications will be available for download on the Counseling Department webpage. Students should inquire about specific scholarships offered at their chosen colleges when they apply for admission. Many private schools offer merit based scholarships. The class of 2021 received over $1,000,000 in scholarships, grants, and awards.

Visiting Colleges

Throughout the Fall, college admissions representatives from across the region visit LHS to share information about their campuses. We encourage Seniors to participate in these valuable visits. Listings of visiting colleges are posted on the web. See Mrs. Ruffino with any questions.


Students can also connect with multiple colleges to attend virtual events or schedule individual in-person tours by visiting the Virtual College Tours website.


Niagara Orleans Counselor Association College Fair

The NOCA College & Career Fair Thursday, September 23rd from 10:00 - 11:30 am at NCCC in the Athletic Building (H). Please mark your calendars!!! Representatives from more than 50 colleges will be present. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to attend this informative and free event. A bus will be provided for students leaving Lockport High School at 9:30 am. For a complete list of colleges attending please visit our website or stop by the Counseling Office today! Permission slips will be available the first week of school in the Counseling Office.

LHS College & Career Fair

LHS is hosting a College & Career Fair on Thursday December 16th 2021 during lunch periods In the Auditorium Foyer. Employers will be represented in addition to college admissions personnel. Students are strongly encouraged to attend this informative event. For a complete list of colleges and companies attending please visit our website or stop by the Counseling Office today!

LHS Financial Aid Night

On October 5th at 6:30 PM, the Counseling Department will sponsor a Financial Aid Seminar for parents and students during open house. More information about this informative event to come.

National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act mandates that Lockport High School release

a list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all juniors and seniors to military

representatives. This information will be given to our military recruiters on/about

December 1. Should you wish to have your child’s name removed from this list,

please submit a written and signed letter requesting name removal to Ms. Junke

in the LHS Counseling Office no later than November 30.

Military Recruiters Information

Please check with Ms. Junke in September for the updated schedule.

Selective Service

The Selective Service wants you to know the requirements to register for the military draft did not go away with the end of the Vietnam war. Under the law, virtually all male U.S. citizens, and male aliens living in the U.S., who are ages 18-25, are required to register with Selective Service. sss.gov
LHS Job & Volunteer Website

New job opportunities are posted on a continual basis when we are made aware of them. Please check the website regularly for new opportunities. See Ms. Junke for more information.

Important Dates

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LHS Guidance Counselors

Brian Wilson - A-Coo - bwilson@lockportschools.net

716-478-4462

Krista Isherwood - Cop-Fi - kisherwood@lockportschools.net

716-478-4464

Jillian Ruffino - Fl-J - jruffino@lockportschools.net

716-478-4466

Amy Scapelliti - K-M - ascapelliti@lockportschools.net

716-478-4461

Kelly Junke - N-Se - kjunke@lockportschools.net

716-478-4467

Karen Catalano - Sh-Z - kcatalano@lockportschools.net

716-478-4470

Jeanette Servey - LHS WEST - jservey@lockportschools.net

716-478-6949

Kathryn Celotto - High School Social Worker - kcelotto@lockportschools.net

716-478-4471