December 18, 2015 (Volume 13)

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Opportunities & Resources
  • Enjoy break.... and do something meaningful!
  • Local Career Center open houses & applications
  • Summer experience deadlines approaching quickly!
  • MAKE IT! contest

College Happenings

  • MDHE monthly reminders (Nov./Dec.)
  • College fairs/events throughout the Metro & beyond

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial Aid Night @ LSN - Jan. 14, 2016
  • FAFSA Frenzy - Feb. 28, 2016
  • The Scholarship "MASTER" (+ NEW Tips & Tricks for using it)
  • Scholarship highlights


  • SAT
  • ACT


R7 December Character Trait: Kindness

"The best way to knock a chip off your neighbor's shoulder is to pat him on the back." ~ Author unknown

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon will be too late." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Link to the Guidance website

"Do you wanna build a snowman?"

What can you do over break that is meaningful, that could positively impact someone's life...and maybe even create warm fuzzies for you, too?? Below are a few ideas off the top of my head.

But first, let me be clear: M (TC+PP+Ee)!

Translation: "Meaningful" does not require that your actions be Time-Consuming, Pre-Planned, or Elaborately executed. (See? Your teachers were right! You really WILL use algebra well into your everyday adult life...dang-it!)

  1. Make a pinecone bird feeder with a younger sibling, a neighbor kiddo, etc. It's super simple, and they LOVE watching how appreciative the birds are! Directions: 1) Find a handful of pinecones, 2) Tie brightly colored string around the top row of "scales" 3) with a spoon, smear peanut butter all over the pinecone, 4) roll in a plate of birdseed until all of the PB is covered, and 5) hang on a tree branch (preferably outside).
  2. Write a sincere, personalized holiday card to your neighbor and leave it on their front doorstep. (Yes, it has to be the FRONT door, unless you feel like getting arrested for stalking; and yes, you can "ding-dong ditch", but only between the hours of 10a-5p - otherwise, kinda defeats the pleasantries.)
  3. While you're out shopping, pop over to a row of parking meters and start feeding them dimes (or whatever you have on hand - they gobble up all coin currency).
  4. Conduct a scholarship search... or, at the very least, create a plan to get started. (You had to know I was going to sneak that in there, right?!?!) This process is for all HS student grade levels, not just seniors; and not just 4.0+ GPA students, either! May I recommend starting with LSN's very own Scholarship MASTER?? (
  5. Help by bagging the next customer's groceries after checking out at the store (assuming all of the "baggers" are otherwise engaged).
  6. Do some soul-searching or daydreaming about life after high school. This tool is a great way to get started:
  7. Keep working on your community service hours... or, in some cases, start working on your community service hours - the most recent list is located on the Guidance website:

**Actually building a snowman was intentionally left OFF of the list; this lady needs new tires before it snows, and Santa hasn't confirmed my spot on the "nice" list yet. :)

Sometimes, the most impactful, positive memories are those that were built in the moment you chose to act on a spontaneous opportunity. Feel free to tweet your own ideas or evidence of meaningful interactions @LSNGuidance ( I would LOVE to see what you come up with! (Just remember, if someone copies you, it's a compliment to your character and/or actions.) :)

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:

*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 and opportunities

Columbia College Scholarship Day

Monday, Jan. 4th, 8am

1001 Rogers Street

Columbia, MO

To RSVP for Jan. 4th - Click here

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

Future Teacher & International Advocacy Day @ Avila University

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

11901 Wornall Road

Kansas City, MO


Link to Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

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!

The Scholarship MASTER

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

I challenge you to take some time over the December break to complete as many scholarship applications as possible. Statistics show that, on average, you will earn one scholarship out of every 10 applications. Ready....and.... GO!

"Top Ten List" Scholarship Contest

You will need to create a Unigo account/profile in order to apply for this scholarship - this is where a "college-only" email address would come in handy! :)

  • Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
  • $1,500
  • Must be at least 13 yrs. old
  • Write a CREATIVE, UNIQUE, MEMORABLE "Top Ten List" of reasons you should be chosen for this scholarship (in 250 words or less)

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. 1st - Feb. 10th
  • $2,500
  • 2.5+ GPA
  • Must have 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

*JUST IN* 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 page

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 home page

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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