October 14, 2016 / Volume 8
OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES
- Smile for a Lifetime - braces for students in need
- The Next "First Fridays" Date - Nov. 4th
- LSHS Trivia Night
- Upcoming College Rep visits
- College Fairs/Events throughout the Metro & beyond
- "My 3 cents"
- 2016-17 changes to the FAFSA
- FAFSA Frenzy dates/sites
- The Scholarship MASTER
(LSR7 Community of Character Trait for October)
"Though I am not always responsible for what happens to me, I am responsible for how I handle what happens to me." ~Zig Ziglar
SMILE FOR A LIFETIME
Founded as a non-profit organization, the Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is an orthodontic organization dedicated to providing care to individuals who otherwise may not receive treatment. Launched in 2008, the foundation has grown to over 37 orthodontic partners across the United States. With local chapters, each having its own Board of Directors to determine awards, the foundation is community focused and locally based. Since starting the local chapter in Kansas City, Fry Orthodontic Specialists has so far donated over $956,950 in orthodontic services to deserving children in our community.
If you, or someone you know, in the Kansas City area could benefit from the gift of a smile, please fill out the application. This is open to the following cities and surrounding Kansas City locations: Overland Park, Olathe,Shawnee, Prairie Village, Blue Valley, Ottawa, Atchison, Hiawatha, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Gladstone, andPlatte City.
Friday, Nov. 4th, 10:30am
Upcoming College Visits
(All visits will be held in Studio 2006 [LMC] unless otherwise noted below.)
M, 10/17 @ 8:30a - University of Dundee [in Scotland] (location TBA)
T, 10/18 @ 10:15a - Missouri Southern State University (location TBA)
T, 10/18 @ 1:00p - University of Southern California
M, 10/24 @ 1:00p - University of Missouri Kansas City [UMKC]
T, 10/25 @ 10:15a - University of Nebraska-Lincoln (location TBA)
W, 10/26 @ 10:15a - University of Kansas [KU] (location TBA)
MIZZOU ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM - OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct. 28th, 2-5pm
600 East Stadium Boulevard
GENERAL FINANCIAL AID THOUGHTS
My 3 cents:
- When colleges talk about Financial Aid, they are speaking broadly; it is more of a department or concept than a tangible "thing". The FAFSA, on the other hand, is a "thing"; an application. It requires data and information from the student to determine if a they have "financial need". Financial Aid is a PROCESS.
- While grants and scholarships are provided free of cost, an investment of time is going to be required to attain them! They are earned by you; not owed to you.
- Being able to answer FAFSA and general financial aid questions ranks right up there with successfully answering "what is the weather going to be like today?" It all depends on your situation, for example:
- Where are you located? = What school do you want to go to?
- What season is it? = What is your employment status?
- What was it like outside yesterday? = Did your parents attend college?
These factors (and SO many more) are things you can and should begin thinking about. In the meantime, this link will help guide you while you're waiting for the FAFSA to become available in October: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/.
To estimate your potential for federal aid, you can visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/estimate.
Free FAFSA Completion Event
Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 2-6pm
500 Southwest Longview Road
Lee's Summit, MO
High school seniors can complete their 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016. This earlier filing change will allow students to determine their actual cost of attendance much earlier in the college selection process. This event is being held to assist with that process.
Students and parents can enjoy free pizza and complete their FAFSA with assistance from MCC-Longview's financial aid department. Students do not have to plan to attend MCC to participate.
The Scholarship MASTER
I readily admit, this communication tool can also be a bit overwhelming at first. If you start to feel this way, please check out the Quick Tips Guide to give you some pointers on sorting, filtering, reading, and using The Scholarship MASTER.
I hope you will take advantage of this resource - as early as your freshman year of high school! As Mrs. Hillbrand (LSN Counselor) will advise, it is wise to make your scholarship search efforts an "8th hour" during your Senior year (meaning, you will want to spend about 1-3 hours per week searching for and preparing your scholarship documents in order for it to be successful). Nothing in life is free, and while you do not have to pay back scholarship funds, you do have to put forth some extra time and effort to earn them!
ACT Prep courses offered through LSN - see Ms. Meuschke in Guidance to sign up ($35)
Register for the ACT ($42.50)
December 10, 2016 (Registration deadline: November 4, 2016)
February 11, 2017 (Registration deadline: January 13, 2017)
April 8, 2017 (Registration deadline: March 3, 2017)
June 10, 2017 (Registration deadline: May 5, 2017)
The PSAT Test will be given during school hours on October 19, 2016 to Juniors who are registered through the Guidance office. ($15)
LSN offers a PSAT Prep course; see Ms. Meuschke in Guidance to sign up. ($35)
December 3, 2016 (Registration deadline: November 3, 2016)
January 21, 2017 (Registration deadline: December 21, 2016)
March 11, 2017 (Registration deadline: February 10, 2017)
June 3, 2017 (Registration deadline: May 9, 2017)
LSN GUIDANCE TEAM
Rebecca Steele (A-C) 986-3036 firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Gray (D-He) 986-3020 email@example.com
Paige Murray (Hi-Me) 986-3019 firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Hillbrand (Mi-Sh) 986-3018 email@example.com
Shelley McCain (Si-Z) 986-3021 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Rambo-Faulkner (Social Worker) 986-3003 email@example.com
Karla Barnhill (Registrar) 986-3017 firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Meuschke (Admin. Asst.) 986-3003 email@example.com
J. Keltner (College & Scholarship Coor.) 986-3051 firstname.lastname@example.org
Harris Deutsch (ReDiscover) 986-3087 email@example.com
LaShandra Shepard (School Community Liaison) 986-3198 firstname.lastname@example.org