BRONCO CONNECTION

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

COLLEGE HAPPENINGS

  • Upcoming College Rep visits
  • College Fairs/Events throughout the Metro & beyond


FINANCIAL AID

  • "My 3 cents"
  • 2016-17 changes to the FAFSA
  • FAFSA Frenzy dates/sites

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • The Scholarship MASTER


TESTING

  • ACT
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • ASVAB

RESPONSIBILITY

(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


https://sites.google.com/a/lsr7.net/character-education/

OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES

Link to the Guidance webpage

SMILE FOR A LIFETIME

http://www.fryorthodontics.com/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.

FIRST FRIDAYS

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 dance...er..."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!

COLLEGE HAPPENINGS

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)

SENIOR VISIT DAY

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

500 Southwest Longview Road

Lee's Summit, MO

MIZZOU ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM - OPEN HOUSE

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
FINANCIAL AID

Link to Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

GENERAL FINANCIAL AID THOUGHTS

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: 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

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

PAC

SCHOLARSHIPS

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!

TESTING INFORMATION

Link to Testing page

ACT

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?

PSAT

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)

SAT

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)

ASVAB

The ASVAB will be given on All School Test Day, Oct. 19th. Email Mrs. Hillbrand for more information (mailto:Laura.Hillbrand@lsr7.net).
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LSN GUIDANCE TEAM

Rebecca Steele (A-C) 986-3036 rebecca.steele@lsr7.net

Robin Gray (D-He) 986-3020 robin.gray@lsr7.net

Paige Murray (Hi-Me) 986-3019 paige.murray@lsr7.net

Laura Hillbrand (Mi-Sh) 986-3018 laura.hillbrand@lsr7.net

Shelley McCain (Si-Z) 986-3021 shelley.mccain@lsr7.net

Tina Rambo-Faulkner (Social Worker) 986-3003 tina.rambofaulkner@lsr7.net

Karla Barnhill (Registrar) 986-3017 karla.barnhill@lsr7.net

Valerie Meuschke (Admin. Asst.) 986-3003 valerie.meuschke@lsr7.net

J. Keltner (College & Scholarship Coor.) 986-3051 jessica.keltner@lsr7.net

Harris Deutsch (ReDiscover) 986-3087 harris.deutsch@lsr7.net

LaShandra Shepard (School Community Liaison) 986-3198 lashandra.shepard@lsr7.net