Lakeland Counseling News

Week of November 16-20

Holiday Assistance

The Counselors at Lakeland High School are collecting donations for the annual Holiday Assistance program. The donations are used to provide gifts, clothing, and gift cards for food. The program supports approximately 20-25 Lakeland families. Please consider making a donation to the program in one of the following ways:

1) MONETARY DONATION - Cash or Check (payable to Lakeland HS-Holiday Assistance)

2) Select an item or multiple items from a STUDENT'S WISH LIST (items are listed on paper ornaments & available in staff lounge beginning Nov. 16th)

3) ADOPT A FAMILY (provide gifts for all items on a families' wish list)

If you would like to make a donation or need assistance with making arrangements to select paper ornaments, please contact Jenny Alfano at or (P) 248-676-8329. All gifts and monetary donations are due by December 7th.

College Exploration

College Week Live

College Week Live is a free, online college fair which features approximately one hundred colleges and universities worldwide. These online college fairs offer a convenient way for students, parents, counselors to interact with colleges. On average, more than 50,000 people visit the College Week Live website each month. College Week Live hosts online admissions events throughout the year where online visitors can watch video presentations which feature admissions experts, and participate in live video and text chats.

College Scorecard

College Scorecard allows you to search for colleges based on a chosen major, state/ region, size and other valuable criteria. You can then compare colleges based on criteria such as annual average cost, graduation rate and salary after graduation. This is a great tool for those students who are deciding between a couple of colleges and would like more information.

Big Future

This website has a plethora of information regarding colleges and careers. Students can go here to explore various careers and colleges more in depth. This is a valuable resource if you are just starting your college and career exploration or if you just want more information!

Senior E-mails

Seniors have been receiving e-mails from Mrs. Roberto regarding scholarships and college information. These e-mails contain valuable information and should be reviewed by students who are considering their higher education options. Be on the lookout for them! We will continue to include a notable scholarship opportunity in each of our newsletters.

OSTC Reminder

Sophomores and juniors interested in attending Oakland Schools Technical Campus (OSTC) next year will need to complete the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest Request for Consideration by December 10th.

The counselors will then determine if the program students are choosing is a good fit. It is important that students update their Educational Development Plan, as well as the Indispensable Skills and Essential Functions of the program they are considering. Please see Ms. Creed in the Career Center or sign up to see your counselor prior to December 10th if there are any questions or concerns about your Educational Development Plan (EDP) or Indispensable Skills and Essential Functions.

Oakland Dance Festival

The Oakland Dance Festival (ODF) offers college recruitment auditions, master classes, workshops, and performance opportunities for dancers of high school age. The festival is open to individuals and groups affiliated with private studio and high school dance programs. This unique experience will allow multiple colleges to observe potential recipients for awards and scholarships. College representatives and professional dancers will teach master classes and judge high school performances throughout the day.

2015 Participants include:

Colleges & Universities
Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University,*University of Michigan, *Wayne State University, Marygrove College, Hope College, Ball State University
Professional Companies
DDC Dances, *Artlab J Dance, Pure Existence Dance Company, ConteXture Dance Detroit, Harge Dance Stories, *Take Root, Kristi Faulkner Dance Company

Fri, Nov 20 & Sat, Nov 21

Harrison High School

29995 West 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Scholarships of the Week

2015-2016 RARE Everyday Hero Scholarship

Scholarship opportunity for seniors. There is no GPA or test score requirement so it is a great opportunity for any student pursuing a Michigan college, university, or post-secondary education.

For more information and to apply visit:

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarships

Pontiac - Waterford Elks Lodge 810

Local winners will compete at the national level for scholarships up to $50,000. Open to all high school seniors living in Oakland County. Applications will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

DUE: Application must be submitted to the Waterford Elks Lodge, 2100 Scott Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328 on or before December 4, 2015

Applications available at:

Important Dates

November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break- No School