Counseling Center NewsLetter


Contact Information

Kristi Gregory (A-C) ext. 4041

Tammy Vogler (D-HEN) ext. 4021

April Marquez (Her-McC) ext. 4019

Greg Swaggart (McD-Sch) ext. 4020

Kerry Stites (Sco-Z) ext. 4018

Carrie Rodebush, Secretary ext. 4103

Melissa King, College/Scholarship Coord., ext 4003

Carrie Guittar, Registrar ext. 4017

Counseling Fax (816) 986-4116

Upcoming Dates

  • Jan. 17th & 18th - 10th Grade Career Planning and 4 Year Planning (Completed through World History Classes)
  • Jan. 23rd - 9th Grade MIC information Night @6:30 PM @STA
  • Jan. 24th - Herndon Career Center Open House 5:00 - 6:30 PM at Herndon
  • Jan. 28th - Counselors meeting with English 11 classes to discuss Enrollment for Senior Year
  • Jan. 30th - Coffee with the Counselors - Topic: Enrollment
  • Feb. 7th - Career Day
  • Feb. 7th - Counselors meet with 9th & 10th grade students to go over Enrollment
  • Feb. 7th - Online Enrollment Opens
  • Feb. 7th - STA/MIC Open House 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Feb. 11th - Herndon Career Center Tour
  • Feb. 12th - Summit Technology Academy Tour
  • Feb. 11th/12th/14th - Advisors work with students on Enrollment
  • Feb. 14th - Online Enrollment Closes
  • Feb. 14th - Deadline for Applications for classes
  • Feb. 15th - Accuplacer testing for current Seniors planning to attend MCC next year as well as students planning on attending MCC for Innovations Track
  • Feb. 19th - Summer School Enrollment Opens Online at 3:00 pm
  • Feb. 20th & 21st - Enrollment Conferences - Schedule your appointment online

Full Calendar Available on the LSW Counseling Website. Click Here

Coffee with the Counselors! Save the Date!

Coffee with the Counselors

Wednesday, Jan. 30th, 7:30am

2600 Southwest Ward Road

Lee's Summit, MO

This Coffee with the Counselors meeting will be focusing on the Enrollment process and answering questions that parents might have. We will meet in the Library Media Center from 7:30 - 8:30 AM. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Are you interested in learning more about Innovations Track at MCC?

Information Nights will occur at each of the high schools. Plan to attend one of these sessions if you are planning to attend classes through the Innovations Track.
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LSW Class Applications and Off Campus Applications

LSW Class Applications are available on the LSW Website.

Click HERE for ON Campus Applications

Click HERE for OFF Campus Applications

LSW Classes requiring applications include: IB Art, SBE CCE and Marketing Internship Programs, College Credit English, Intro. to Broadcasting, Intro. to Yearbook, News for Print, College Algebra, and many more!

Off-Campus programs that require applications include: Summit Technology Academy, Innovations Track, Herndon, and Cass Career Center

ALL Applications are due February 14th by 3:00 PM

Missouri FAFSA Priority Deadline is February 1, 2019

The priority deadline for the FAFSA for the state of Missouri is Feb. 1. Click on the links below to access helpful FAFSA completion information. Students planning on using A+ $$$ must complete the FAFSA!


11 Common FASFA Mistakes

Test Score Reports

Written PSAT scores and booklets were available for students to receive on December 18th. Score reports and test booklets that have not been picked up will be distributed to students in Advisory. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Vogler -

Pre ACT score reports are being distributed to sophomores in World History classes on January 17th and 18th. This test was taken on our All-Testing Day in October.

Herndon Career Center and Summit Technology Academy Tours

  • Students will have the opportunity to visit Herndon Career Center on February 11th. Herndon Career Center offers programs in the following career clusters: Transportation and logistics, Industrial Technology, Creative Sciences and Human Services. Interested students should pick up a permission slip from the Counseling Center. Permission slips are due back to the Counseling Center by February 8th.

  • Students will have the opportunity to visit Summit Technology Academy on February 12th. Summit Technology Academy offers programs for students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Interested students should pick up a permission slip from the Counseling Center. Permission slips are due back to the Counseling Center by February 8th.

Is your student interested in participating in collegiate athletics?

If the answer to this question is yes, there are some key steps you will want to take throughout high school to make the transition to eligibility more seamless. The resources listed below have valuable information and include a recommended list of completion items during each year of high school.


College bound athletes first enrolling in an NCAA school need to meet new academic rules to practice, compete and receive scholarships during their first year. Please review the following documents for more information.

For help calculating Core Course GPA, please visit:

Click on Free New Member Account to create an account. Enter the following information to register:

School ID: 261903

School Code: 706139006


Students planning to attend an NAIA school will need to register with NAIA and meet eligibility criteria for this division of play.

If you have questions about eligibility, please see your counselor for more information.

*Senior News*

Seniors: Have you met with your Counselor yet? It is not too late! Your Counselor can help you with your post-secondary planning: college applications, scholarship searches, and financial aid questions (FASFA)!

  • College will start sending Financial Aid Packages to accepted students early to mid April.

  • Visit the colleges you are considering. More often than not, a campus visit helps students make their final decision as to which college they attend.

  • Continue working on college applications. Don't wait for the "perfect" GPA or ACT Score. Most colleges will take ACT Scores and GPA updates after you have submitted your application.
  • February 1: FAFSA Priority Deadline for Missouri- Students should complete the FAFSA even if you don't think you will qualify for grant money. You must also complete it to qualify for Federal Work Study, low interest/ delayed interest loans, and parent loans.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS: Don't forget to check Naviance Student often for all scholarship opportunities. Click on the Scholarships and Money section and then click on Scholarship List.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Don't forget to give your counselor and teachers at least 3 weeks notice when requesting letters of recommendation. Also, submit an academic resume or a completed information sheet at the time of the request. Counselor Recommendation Letter

Women of Color Conference Approaching

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Naviance Student Junior/Senior Checklist

Seniors: Are you fully utilizing the benefits of Naviance Student? There are many features available to you that can help you in your post-secondary journey. We have listed just four of many features available to you on Naviance Student. Let Naviance help navigate your future!

Juniors: Now is a great time to start making post-secondary plans! It is also a great time to start making college visits. Most of these can be scheduled by visiting college websites. Be sure you check admission requirements so you can make sure you are prepared for admission to the universities of your choice! (You will not be applying or sending transcripts until you are a senior).

Students log in with the same log-in as PowerSchool.

  • Complete SuperMatch

    • Click on Colleges

    • Click on Find your Fit

    • Click on SuperMatch

    • Complete the Super Match College Search

  • College Representative Visits- Sign up to visit with college admissions representatives when they visit LSW

    • From the home screen, navigate to the middle section under What’s New

    • Click Show More for a full listing

    • Click on more info for a detailed listing

    • Click Register to sign up to visit with the college representative

    • Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to register

  • Check Scholarships

    • Click Scholarships

    • Click Scholarships and Money

    • Check this list weekly and apply for scholarships

  • Send Transcripts

When you submit an application to a university, you will need to request an official transcript to be sent.

  • Click Colleges

  • Click Apply to College

  • Click Manage Transcripts

  • Click the Red + button

  • Click College Application Transcript

Naviance Student Parent Information

Students grades 7-12 are busy utilizing Naviance Student. Naviance Student is a comprehensive website that parents and students can use to make plans about colleges and careers. Naviance Student allows students to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process
  • Research colleges
  • Research careers and take career assessments
  • Create plans for the future

Naviance Student also allows sharing of information with parents and students about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information.

Parents should have received an email from Naviance with instructions on how to register for a Naviance Student account. If you do not find the email in your Inbox, please check your Spam folder.

If you have questions about Naviance Student, please contact your child’s school counselor or Tawni Boman-Meek, Career Curriculum Specialist, 816-986-3423.

Are you looking to complete your Required Community Service Hours?

If you are in need of Community Service Hours, stop by and see Mrs. Ullery in room 2048 to have hours pre-approved or if you have questions. Some Community Service options that are already approved are:


Hillcrest Ministries Thrift

Lee's Summit Social Services

Lee's Summit Animal Shelter

Salvation Army Thrift Store

PTA and Booster Club Efforts

Special Olympics

City and County Parks and Recreation activities such as clean-up efforts and/or children's camps

Titan A+ Program

The A+ Program at Lee’s Summit West strives to ensure that students are prepared for and successful in life beyond high school. The A+ Program works to provide students with continuous and progressive career information throughout the students’ years at Lee’s Summit West. It also focuses on ensuring that students have course offerings that prepare them for their paths after high school. And finally, the A+ Program helps to make courses rigorous and relevant to the world outside the classroom.

Graduates of designated A+ schools who successfully complete the requirements of the A+ Program may be eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of tuition and general fees while attending a Missouri public community college or vocational/technical school on a full-time basis. The A+ Program may provide these educational incentives provided state funds are appropriated by the legislature. The PLUS stands for financial incentives designed to aid students who wish to continue their education beyond high school and prepare for success!

Please contact A+ Coordinator Veronica Scott at: or 816-986-4056. You can also contact Janice McCunniff, A+ Secretary at or 816-986-4057.

The following link will answer more questions in regards to A+:

Stay Up To Date - College Representative Visits

ATTN: Juniors and Seniors!

College Reps have been contacting LSW and filling up our calendar! Please keep an eye out for emails and updates on Naviance Student to know when College Reps will be visiting. We request that you sign up through Naviance Student to reserve your spot! Please make sure that you sign up to visit with them no later than the day BEFORE they are visiting. Come down to Mrs. King's desk in the Counseling Center if you have a question!

You Be You - New Student Led Project at LSW!

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Seniors - College Readiness Timeline for Winter!

Are you trying to figure out if you are ahead or behind in the ball game? Here is a check list for you and your parents on what you should be doing during your Fall/Winter semester time frame if you are planning on attending College next year. If you want to plan for the whole year, check out the complete list by clicking here .
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Juniors - College Readiness Timeline for Winter

Junior year marks a turning point. This is because for most students and families, it’s when college planning activities kick into high gear. Here are some things you can do this year to stay on track for college. If you would like to see the entire years list, please click here.

PSAT scores will should be available on December 12th and students should be able to access scores using the email address they reported on their answer sheet. All Juniors at LSW will take the ACT in April, not the SAT.

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Freshmen and Sophomores - College Readiness Timeline

Are you wanting to get an idea or head start on what you should be doing to prepare for post high school education? Click here if you are a Freshman or here if you are a Sophomore to see suggestions on how to prepare.

MSEP - Midwest Student Exchange Program


The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a tuition reduction program that makes attending out-of-state colleges and universities more affordable for non-resident students. By enrolling in MSEP at a participating institution, you will receive a reduced tuition rate—giving you a wider range of education options for your education dollars. Over one hundred colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each others’ citizens by offering REDUCED TUITION RATES

Questions? For more information and contact information CLICK HERE

Institutions Offering an MSEP Discount

Counseling Center Spotlight!

Meet the Staff of the Counseling Center. Each month we will spotlight a member of our staff to get to know more about them! This month...please meet our Counseling Center Secretary - Carrie Rodebush.

Hello, my name is Carrie Rodebush. This is my 2nd year at Lee's Summit West High School as the Counseling Secretary. I'm very proud to be a Titan and absolutely love my job! I feel so fortunate to have the chance to work with the great staff at West and enjoy my daily interaction with students, parents, teachers and all staff. My job is many things, but mostly a customer service type of position: enrolling new students, managing the counselors calendars, assist the Registrar with her needs and all around support for the office. I started at West as Building Clerk three years ago.

I grew up in California and moved to Lee's Summit in 2004. I earned my Bachelor's in Business Management degree through the University of Arizona accelerated program. After starting a family, I always worked in some capacity that still allowed me to be home with my kids: cafeteria prep assistant, preschool teacher, small business owner and before starting a family as an Executive Assistant for 20+ years.

I am married and have two sons (10th grader and 7th grader) and a dog. The other awesome thing about my job is it allows me to be able to work the same hours as my kids and still be home for all their activities.

Tutoring Resources


Math Tutoring:

Before school in Room 1228 from 6:30-7:25 AM on Tuesday and Thursday with Ms. Thompson

After school in Room 1213 available 2:30 - 3:30 Monday and Wednesday with Mr. Brummond

English Tutoring:

After school in Room 2138 2:30-3:30 pm Monday - Thursday

Khan Academy: Free, online tutoring for all levels math, science, and history.

Tutoring Available at Mid-Continent Public Library For those who may benefit from additional online tutoring, the Library offers free, real-time tutoring services in more than 25 academic subjects, including math, science, social studies, English, and foreign languages, through In addition to live help, also provides complimentary standardized test preparation services. Watch this brief video to learn more.

Tutors for Hire (list provided by LSR7): Udated List; includes summer tutors.

ACT Dates and Prep Courses

  1. ACT Test Dates and Registration:
  2. NEW! ACT now offering a 7th test date in July.
  3. Family Connections- Students can log onto their Naviance Student (Formerly -Family Connections) Account and access a wealth of free ACT Practice/Prep called "Naviance Test Prep".
  4. Junior and Senior students can take a course called "ACT Prep" as one of their elective classes at LSW. This class is a semester long class and offers content, test strategy, and test practice.
  5. After school ACT Prep Classes Offered in November, January, and March. The cost is $40. Flyers available in the Counseling Center. Register with Ms. King ext. 4003

LSR7 Educational Therapist

LSWHS Educational Therapist: Kristin Scharlau, ext.4032

The Educational Therapist's role is to link students and families with resources and provide support. They also provide educational individual and group therapy to students within the school setting. If you would like to receive more information about how our Education Therapist may be able to help you or your family, please feel free to complete our School Social Work Services Form or print off a downloadable form and turn it into your student’s counselor. Once it is received, our Educational Therapist will contact you.

LSR7 Community Resource Guide

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Looking For More Resources to Help Your Child?

Have you taken a look at the new Student Well-Being Website yet? A team has worked hard to find resources and update what may have already been available and put them all in one spot. Follow this link to see what might be available to you. If you have other questions, feel free to contact your child's counselor or our Educational Therapist for more information.

Stay Connected!

Make sure you stay connected with the Counseling Department by following us on Twitter: @LSWCounseling