October 14, 2016 / Volume 8


  • 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


  • ACT
  • PSAT
  • SAT


(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


Link to the Guidance webpage


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

the Commons

Your counselors will be in the Commons to answer questions, chat, and maybe even break out in song or"demonstrate some outside-the-box stress relieving techniques". Be sure to stop by and say hi!

Trivia Night @ LSHS

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 6:30pm

LSHS Lecture Hall, 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee's Summit, MO

Information & details

  • Trivia Night To benefit LSHS Scholar Bowl
  • Ages 14 and up, no small children please
  • Cash prize for 1st place team!


Link to ALL events and opportunities

Upcoming College Visits

Click here to SIGN UP for any of the visits listed below!

(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)


Thursday, Oct. 20th, 6-8:30pm

500 Southwest Longview Road

Lee's Summit, MO


Friday, Oct. 28th, 2-5pm

600 East Stadium Boulevard

Columbia, MO

The Athletic Training Program (ATP) at the University of Missouri is hosting their annual Open House to introduce upper-level high school students and transfer students to athletic training as a health care profession. Please RSVP via email

Link to Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage


My 3 cents:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

To estimate your potential for federal aid, you can visit:

Free FAFSA Completion Event

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 2-6pm

500 Southwest Longview Road

Lee's Summit, MO

RSVP for this event

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.

LSN Financial Aid Night

Tuesday, Jan. 17th 2017 at 6:30pm



Link to Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The Scholarship MASTER

Scholarship searches can get overwhelming in hurry! Thus, The Scholarship MASTER was born. It is very much a "live" document, as it is updated daily. It is constructed in a Google Sheet, and you are therefore able to access it anytime, from just about anywhere.

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!

Happy Fund-Hunting!


Link to Testing page


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)

What you need to know for 2016-2017

The score report "look" is changing this year

Where will your ACT score take you?


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)


Register for the SAT

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)


The ASVAB will be given on All School Test Day, Oct. 19th. Email Mrs. Hillbrand for more information (
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Rebecca Steele (A-C) 986-3036

Robin Gray (D-He) 986-3020

Paige Murray (Hi-Me) 986-3019

Laura Hillbrand (Mi-Sh) 986-3018

Shelley McCain (Si-Z) 986-3021

Tina Rambo-Faulkner (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

LaShandra Shepard (School Community Liaison) 986-3198