January 8, 2015 (Volume 14)

Opportunities & Resources
  • Local Career Center Open Houses & Applications
  • Summer Experience Deadlines Approaching Quickly!
  • Job Opportunities
  • MAKE IT! Contest

College Happenings

  • MCC - Mobile Enrollment @ LSN - Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016
  • College Fairs/Events Throughout the Metro & Beyond

Financial Aid & FAFSA

  • Financial Aid Night @ LSN - Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016
  • FAFSA Frenzy - Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Scholarship Information

  • Scholarship Application and Essay Tips
  • The Scholarship "MASTER"
  • Scholarships with Jan/Feb Deadlines & "Just-in's"


  • SAT
  • ACT


R7 January Character Trait: Courage

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." ~Winston Churchill

"All things are difficult before they are easy." ~Thomas Fuller


Link to the Guidance website

Tech Programs: Applications Available + Open House Information

Attention Sophomores & Juniors!

Can you believe it is already time to begin thinking about course selection for the 2016-2017 school year?!?! As a junior or senior at LSN, students have the opportunity to apply to one of our three surrounding career centers: Summit Technology Academy, Herndon Career Center, and Cass Career Center. Applications are now available!

Summit Technology Academy (STA) in Lee’s Summit and Herndon Career Center in Raytown will be holding open houses in January, and February. Students interested in any STA or Herndon programs and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend these events.

Summit Technology Academy

Application with instructions:

Open Houses*:

Come check out the amazing opportunities @ Summit Tech Academy during any of the STA Open House Nights: Thurs., January 14, 2016, OR Tues., February 2, 2016. Sessions run as follows:

  • 6:00-6:30 PM "Early Planners" session for Middle School students and their parents
  • 6:30-8:00 PM STA Classroom Open House (come-and-go style)
  • 6:30-7:00 PM & 7:00-7:30 PM Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC) Program Presentation**
*Although not required, RSVP is encouraged for STA Open Houses @

**At each of these open house events, current sophomores and their parents will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Missouri Innovation Campus. Students that fit the MIC profile...Algebra I in 8th grade, interest in STEM careers, great attendance, and the desire and determination to take college courses while in HS and complete at 3-year, paid internship with a great corporate partner...should attend these informational sessions.

Herndon Career Center

Application with instructions:
Open House:
  • Wed., January 20, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Parents/students are not required to RSVP for the event. They can come and go as they like. Students are encouraged to tour the program(s) that most interest them.

Cass Career Center:

Students interested in any Cass Career Center programs should visit with their counselor; applications can be obtained from Ms. Seitz in the LSN Guidance office. There will be opportunities to tour Cass Career Center in the spring.

Summer Experience Deadlines Approaching Quickly!

Check out the LSN Guidance website, which contains a listing of all summer experiences that have been shared with us thus far:

Jobs Available @ Paradise Park

*Contest* MAKE IT!

Avila University Film & Digital Media is sponsoring this high school film/video contest.

  • Deadline: Mar. 25, 2016
  • Prizes include (2) HD Digital Camcorders + more
  • Rules:
  1. Music Video, Narrative, Documentary, Animation
  2. 1-10 mins. in length
  3. Original Material of from the Public Domain
  4. You may submit more than one project

Additional details:


Link to ALL events & opportunities

College Visits - Spring 2016

Please sign up in advance via the link below. Be sure to note the date/time in your planner!! All visits are held in Studio 2006, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Columbia College: W, 1/27 @ 10:15a

Columbia College Scholarship Day

Saturday, Jan. 16th, 8am

1001 Rogers Street

Columbia, MO

To RSVP for Jan. 16th - Click here

You would be competing for

Columbia College Scholarship (5) = full tuition, room and board

Presidential Scholarship (5) = full tuition

See what other scholarships are available with the Scholarship Finder.

Who is eligible to participate?

· Incoming Freshman (HS Senior)

· Minimum 26 ACT (1170 SAT) and 3.6 GPA

To compete

If you are interested in attending Scholarship Day, you must be admitted and submit all application materials two weeks prior to the day you compete. This includes:

  • Completed application for admission with $35 fee (fee waived if you applied prior to January 1st)
  • High school transcript
  • Any college transcripts (this includes dual credit)
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Resume of high school, community and leadership activities
  • Two letters of recommendation

Music auditions

Auditions will be held at the end of scholarship day for students interested in competing for music talent award scholarships. If you are interested in auditioning, please indicate interest on the RSVP form and we will schedule an audition time for you.

For complete details, visit; call 573/875-7352, or email

University of Tulsa Spring Visit Line-up

Monday, Jan. 18th, 8am

800 South Tucker Drive

Tulsa, OK

TU Up Close for Juniors – January 18 – open to high school juniors and their parents
· Financial Aid Workshop – January 31 – open to parents of high school seniors
· Tulsa Time Overnight Visit Program – February 14-15 – open to high school seniors and their parents
· Tea & Talk for Parents – March 6 – open to parents of admitted students
· TU Up Close for Juniors – March 25 – open to high school juniors and their parents

MCC Mobile Testing

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 8:45am

(LSN) LMC Rm. 2148

This opportunity is for seniors who are considering enrolling in classes at any of the MCC campuses in the Fall (2016). Save time & transportation by completing the COMPASS test here at LSN! This test will last approx. two hours and will assist you in determining which Reading/English/Math classes to start with. Be sure to complete the MCC application at least 1 week PRIOR to testing (

You must reserve your seat by completing this form:

Note: If you have taken the ACT, Ms. Keltner can assist you in determining if any portion of the test is necessary; please submit this form to spark that conversation.

Enrollment in MCC Fall classes will occur on April 20th - you will receive additional details after testing; sign-ups for this field trip will be required.

Contact Ms. Keltner or Ms. Hillbrand in Guidance for more information ( or

Future Teacher & International Advocacy Day @ Avila University

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 9am-2pm

11901 Wornall Road

Kansas City, MO


Link to Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The FAFSA is Open!

As of January 1, 2016, seniors considering higher education options can (and should) begin completing their FAFSA. My advice to you: just get started. It can be overwhelming when you get in and see the six tabs of information to complete... but the first two tabs you could likely do in your sleep. Starting now will give you more time to call FAFSA with any questions (800/433-3243: M-F, 8a-11p & S/S, 11a-5p), get all your tax information gathered/filed, and just breathe a bit in between sections. Just don't forget to "save" each time you go in!

Below this box are links to the following steps in this process (and it is a p.r.o.c.e.s.s!):

1. Get your FSA ID

This is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your FAFSA documents. Both parent(s) and students will need their own individual FSA ID.

*Attend Financial Aid Night at LSN, Thurs., Jan. 14th @ 6:30p in the PAC

2. Begin completing your FAFSA

For the best results, complete what you can now and begin asking questions early; easing stress and anxiety over upcoming deadlines.

3. Get your/your parent's taxes filed ASAP

Set a goal of filing taxes by early/mid-February.
4. Use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)
Approx. 3 weeks after filing your taxes, most students/parents will be able to log in the to FAFSA and use this tool to electronically complete the tax section(s). The DRT retrieves your tax information from the IRS website and "dumps" it all into the correct fields in that section fo the FAFSA - takes all of about 30 seconds! It's awesome (and extremely efficient)!!
5. Submit the FAFSA

Double check the information throughout the form, and submit it by the college's deadline. Some institutions have a March 1st deadline; the [MO] State Aid deadline is April 1st (most MO colleges/universities go by this deadline as well). If you are unable to get taxes done and your FAFSA submitted by April 1st, call the college and ask about additional options for your situation.

Parents: as tempting as it is to do your student's FAFSA for them, please take a moment to consider "why" you feel the need. In most cases, it is advisable to encourage your student to do as much as they can on their own, first, and then follow up on any lingering questions TOGETHER. Your student will need to know why certain information was input on the form so they can answer potential questions from their future college/financial aid advisor. In higher education, the student is expected to be able to speak for themselves. Due to privacy laws, colleges cannot speak to parents like we can at the secondary level. You will need to complete the parental tax section for them, I'm not asking you to hand over that information to your student. I am simply advising that it be the only section you complete on your own, on their FAFSA. I don't mean to be harsh, I'm just trying to prepare you for what to expect in this phase of you and your student's lives. :) This is an excellent opportunity for student growth and for them to show off everything you've taught them about independence and self-advocacy!!

Financial Aid Night @ LSN

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 6:30-8pm


Join us for an evening full of financial aid/FAFSA tips and information! No registration required.

6:30p - Presentation by Angela Karlin, Director of Financial Aid at UCM

7:30p - Q & A

FAFSA Frenzy 2016

Sunday, Feb. 28th, 2-4pm

850 Northwest Chipman Road

Lee's Summit, MO

(Enter thru Door 54)

Join us to get FREE assistance completing your FAFSA!


Link to the Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

Scholarship Application Tip of the Week

ACT Scores

If a college or scholarship is asking for your "official" ACT score (or a copy of your "official" ACT score results), they are requesting that you send them a ACT score directly from ACT (or a copy of the score sheet ACT send to directly). Typically, they will not accept the ACT scores listed on your transcript IF they have stated this in their requirements for candidacy. HOWEVER, I always recommend that you call them directly and clarify this before paying the $12+ to have each copy sent from ACT. Many times, they will end up accepting your transcript as verification of the ACT scores, but you don't want to assume that.

The Scholarship MASTER

I'm so excited to see so many of you utilizing this tool! We are working diligently to update it regularly and to make it as user-friendly as possible. As always, if you have suggestions and/or questions, feel free to email me anytime:

Scholarship searches do take a considerable amount of time but can pay off big-time in the long run. I challenge you to make this your "8th class", starting as early as your Sophomore year. Consider dedicating a minimum of two hours per week to your search. This way, you can break it into manageable chunks and get familiar with the process early on, easing the stress of last minute searching. Statistics show that, on average, you will earn one scholarship out of every 10 applications. Ready....and.... GO!

DECA/FBLA Scholarship(s)



  • Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016
  • $1,000-$5,000
  • Must be a current DECA/FBLA member
  • Plan to major in: Hospitality Management, Accounting, Business/Consumer Services, Fashion Design, Finance, Marketing, Food Service/Hospitality, or Education

RiSe Scholarship

  • Deadline: [postmarked between] Jan. 1 - Feb. 10, 2016
  • $2,500
  • 2.5+ GPA
  • Must have a documented learning disability*
*see website for their definition & criteria establishing a "documented learning disability"

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

  • Deadline: Feb. 25, 2016
  • $10,000
  • Must be at least 14 yrs. old and attending an accredited educational institution
  • 1 entry per person

Missouri Society of CPA's Scholarship

  • Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016
  • $500
  • HS Senior, MO resident (or child of an MSCPA member)
  • Majoring in Accounting at a Missouri higher education institution

  1. Must be an MSCPA member (join here:
  2. Complete application (
  3. Recommended by teacher or administrator (

Link to Testing webpage

New SAT March 2016!

See all of the details in one document by clicking on the link below. Or you can visit these separate links:


(Test Date / Registration Date / Late Registration Date ($25 late fee)

February 6 / January 8 / January 9-15

April 9 / March 4 / March 5-18

June 11 / May 6 / May 7-20

See below for LSN Prep Course Info!


Link to Guidance website

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Rebecca Seitz (A-D) 986-3036

Robin Gray (E-La) 986-3020

Laura Hillbrand (Le-R) 986-3018

Shelley McCain (S-Z) 986-3021

Tina Faulker (Social Worker) 986-3003

Karla Barnhill (Registrar) 986-3017

Valerie Meuschke (Admin. Asst.) 986-3003

J. Keltner (College & Scholarship Coor.) 986-3051

Harris Deutsch (ReDiscover) 986-3087