February 5, 2016 (Volume 18)

Opportunities & Resources

  • Local Career Center Open Houses & Applications
  • MAKE IT! Contest

Summer Experiences/Opportunities

  • Leadership in Practice

College Happenings

  • College Visits
  • MCC - COMPASS Testing @ LSN - Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016
  • College Fairs/Events Throughout the Metro & Beyond

Financial Aid & FAFSA

  • FAFSA Frenzy's in the Area

Scholarship Information

  • The Scholarship "MASTER"
  • Scholarships with Feb./Mar. Deadlines & "JUST-IN's"


  • SAT
  • ACT - Next test date is April 9th; registration due March 4th!


R7 February Character Trait: Cooperation

"Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there." ~Virginia Burden


Link to the Guidance website

Tech Programs: Applications due by Feb. 10th!

Attention current 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, you 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 and are due by Feb. 10, 2016.

Summit Technology Academy

Application with instructions:

Herndon Career Center

Application with instructions:

Cass Career Center:

Applications can be obtained from Ms. Seitz in the LSN Guidance office.

Jobs Available @ Paradise Park

*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 College Fairs & Events (including Summer Opportunities)

Summer Experience Deadlines Approaching Quickly!

Check out the LSN Guidance website, by clicking on the button above, which contains a listing of ALL summer experiences that have been shared with us thus far. Non-institution specific opportunities are highlighted below.

Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy

*See Ms. Keltner in Guidance for an application

  • Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016 (program will be held June12-17, 2016)
  • Age 16-18
  • Min. 2.0 GPA (or C average)
  • Applicants must be in excellent physical condition and able to participate in a rigorous physical program

Leadership In Practice

Developed by the Missouri Chamber Foundation

Deadline to be nominated & apply: Apr. 1, 2016

  • Open to Freshman (Class of 2018)
  • $25 application fee / $250 cost of attendance
  • Program to take place at Westminster College (Fulton, MO) from Sunday, June 26 thru Wednesday, June 29, 2016
  • If you are interested in the being nominated or you would like to nominate a student, please contact Ms. Keltner (

Link to ALL events & opportunities

College Visits - Spring 2016

Please sign up in advance via the link below. Be sure to note the date/time in your planner!! All visits are held in Studio 2006, unless otherwise indicated.
  • University of Central Missouri (UCM): W, 2/10 @ 10:15a
  • Missouri Southern State University (MSSU): F, 2/12 @ 10:15a
  • Truman State Univ.: T, 2/23 @ 10:15a in Guidance
  • University of MIssouri-Columbia (MIZZOU): W, 2/24 @ 10:15a
  • MidAmerica Nazarene Univ.: W, 3/2 @ 10:15a in the Think Tank

Paris II Educational Center Open House

Saturday, Feb. 13th, 11am-2pm

6840 North Oak Trafficway

Gladstone, MO

(Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, and Instructor Training)

Be a Longview LAKER! (AM program)

Monday, Feb. 15th, 9-11:30am

500 Southwest Longview Park Drive

Lee's Summit, MO

We welcome you for Senior Day 2016. Join us for campus tours, financial aid workshops and presentations highlighting degree/program options and services to ensure your future success.

Register @

Be a Longview LAKER! (PM program)

Monday, Feb. 15th, 6-8:30pm

500 Southwest Longview Park Drive

Lee's Summit, MO

We welcome you for Senior Day 2016. Join us for campus tours, financial aid workshops and presentations highlighting degree/program options and services to ensure your future success.

Register @

MCC COMPASS Placement Testing

Wednesday, Feb. 17th, 8:45am

(LSN) LMC Rm. 2148

This opportunity is for seniors who are considering enrolling in classes at any of the MCC campuses in the Fall (2016). Save time & transportation by completing the COMPASS test here at LSN! This test will last approx. two hours and will assist you in determining which Reading/English/Math classes to start with. Be sure to complete the MCC application at least 1 week PRIOR to testing (

You must reserve your seat by completing this form:

Note: If you have taken the ACT, Ms. Keltner can assist you in determining if any portion of the test is necessary; please submit this form to spark that conversation.

Enrollment in MCC Fall classes will occur on April 20th - you will receive additional details after testing; sign-ups for this field trip will be required.

Contact Ms. Keltner or Ms. Hillbrand in Guidance for more information ( or

Future Teacher & International Advocacy Day @ Avila University

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

11901 Wornall Road

Kansas City, MO

Southern Preview (MSSU)

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 6:30-8pm

1901 Northwest Blue Parkway

Unity Village, MO

Prospective students and families are encouraged to attend to learn about our admissions process, scholarships, financial aid, academic programs, student activities and MUCH MORE.

To register, call 417/499-0059 or visit

UMKC African American Youth Day

Friday, Feb. 26th, 9pm

5100 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO

Our Youth Days are geared toward African American high school students who are sophomore age and older. Our goal is to provide students with steps for success while experiencing a day in the life of a college student at UMKC.

To be considered for this field trip, see Ms. Gray in Guidance.

UCM 101

Sunday, March 13th, 3-5pm

UCM-Lee's Summit, 850 NW Chipman Rd. Door 54, Lee's Summit, MO 64093

Learn more about: admissions, campus life, financial aid, next steps before orientation. RSVP by Mon., Feb. 29, 2016 at

Women of Color Leadership Conference *SAVE THE DATE*

Thursday, March 24th, 8am

5100 Cherry Street

Kansas City, MO

Save the date for the 2016 Women of Color Leadership Conference: High School Collegiate Connection! (Updates will be made as soon as they are available.)

To be considered for this field trip, you must see Ms. Gray in Guidance.


Link to Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The FAFSA is Open!

As of January 1, 2016, seniors considering higher education options can (and should) begin completing their FAFSA. My advice to you: just get started. It can be overwhelming when you get in and see the six tabs of information to complete... but the first two tabs you could likely do in your sleep. Starting now will give you more time to call FAFSA with any questions (800/433-3243: M-F, 8a-11p & S/S, 11a-5p), get all your tax information gathered/filed, and just breathe a bit in between sections. Just don't forget to "save" each time you go in!

Below this box are links to the following steps in this process (and it is a p.r.o.c.e.s.s!):

1. Get your FSA ID

This is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your FAFSA documents. Both parent(s) and students will need their own individual FSA ID.

2. Begin completing your FAFSA

For the best results, complete what you can now and begin asking questions early; easing stress and anxiety over upcoming deadlines.

3. Get your/your parent's taxes filed ASAP

Set a goal of filing taxes by early/mid-February.
4. Use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)
Approx. 3 weeks after filing your taxes, most students/parents will be able to log in the to FAFSA and use this tool to electronically complete the tax section(s). The DRT retrieves your tax information from the IRS website and "dumps" it all into the correct fields in that section fo the FAFSA - takes all of about 30 seconds! It's awesome (and extremely efficient)!!
5. Submit the FAFSA

Double check the information throughout the form, and submit it by the college's deadline. Some institutions have a March 1st deadline; the [MO] State Aid deadline is April 1st (most MO colleges/universities go by this deadline as well). If you are unable to get taxes done and your FAFSA submitted by April 1st, call the college and ask about additional options for your situation.

Parents: as tempting as it is to do your student's FAFSA for them, it is advisable to encourage your student to do as much as they can on their own, first, and then follow up on any lingering questions TOGETHER. Your student will need to know why certain information was input on the form so they can answer potential questions from their future college/financial aid advisor. In higher education, the student is expected to be able to speak for themselves. Due to privacy laws, colleges cannot speak to parents like we can at the secondary level. You will need to complete the parental tax section for them, I'm not asking you to hand over that information to your student. I am simply advising that it be the only section you complete on your own, on their FAFSA. This is an excellent opportunity for student growth and for your child(ren) to show off everything you've taught them about independence and self-advocacy!!

FAFSA Frenzy 2016 @ Herndon Career Center

Monday, Feb. 8th, 5-7pm

11501 East State Route 350

Raytown, MO

To be held in the Resource Room of Building C.

FAFSA Frenzy makes applying for financial aid easier for students and their families by providing FREE assistance with completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, you can visit:

FAFSA Frenzy 2016 @ UCM Summit Center, Lee's Summit

Sunday, Feb. 28th, 2-4pm

850 Northwest Chipman Road

Lee's Summit, MO

Enter thru Door 54

FAFSA Frenzy makes applying for financial aid easier for students and their families by providing FREE assistance with completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, you can visit:


Link to the Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The Scholarship MASTER

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

Scholarship searches do take a considerable amount of time but can pay off big-time in the long run. I challenge you to make this your "8th class", starting as early as your Sophomore year all the way through your final semester in college. Consider dedicating a minimum of two hours per week to your search. This way, you can break it into manageable chunks and get familiar with the process early on, easing the stress of last minute searching. Statistics show that, on average, you will earn one scholarship out of every 10 applications. Ready....and.... GO!

Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce
  • Deadline: Feb. 10, 2016 (Ms. Keltner will hand-carry to the Chamber office)
  • $1,000
  • HS Seniors
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic, a commitment to community involvement, an endless pursuit of continued growth and improvement in all facets of their lives

RiSe Scholarship

  • Deadline: [postmarked between] Jan. 1 - Feb. 10, 2016
  • $2,500
  • Min. 2.5 GPA
  • Must have a documented learning disability*
*see website for their definition & criteria


Executive Women International Scholarship Program (EWISP)

*See Ms. Keltner to request nomination* (only one applicant per school allowed)

  • Deadline: nominations must be submitted to Ms. Keltner by Thurs., Feb. 12, 2016
  • $3,500
  • HS Senior
  • Min. 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need and commitment to community

USCAA Youth Scholarship Award

  • Deadline: Feb. 20, 2016
  • $1,500
  • HS Senior
  • Min. 2.5 GPA
  • Student must reside in Jackson, Clay, or Platte County

Phil Roberts Scholarship

*See Ms. Keltner in Guidance for Application
  • Deadline: Feb. 22, 2016
  • $2,000
  • HS Senior
  • Majoring in business, science, math (consideration also given to performing arts or music majors)
  • Non-user of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
  • Demonstrate financial need, academic ability, goal-attainment, perseverance, meritorious character and leadership potential

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

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 (

1,000 Dreams Fund
  • Deadline: Feb. 28, 2016
  • Up to $1,000
  • High school age female
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Funds can be used for educational conferences, instructional programs related to creative or artistic pursuits, or tuition
*Greater KC Community Foundation

Metheny Music Foundation "Knight Award"
  • Deadline: Feb. 29, 2016
  • $2,000
  • HS Senior
  • Planning to major in music

Steward Scholars Program (Univ. of Central Missouri)
  • Deadline: Mar. 1, 2016
  • RENEWABLE, FULL-RIDE (including tuition, fees, housing, meals, travel-abroad assistance)
  • Incoming, first-time, full-time freshman (HS Senior)
  • Min. 3.0 GPA
  • Majoring in Computer Information Systems at UCM

Lee's Summit Educational Foundation 2016 Scholarships
  • Over a dozen LOCAL scholarships available to LSN students, specifically
  • Deadline: Mar. 9, 2016
  • Various $$$
  • HS Senior
  • Various core criteria, including: academic merit, community service, character, athletics, etc.

Lee's Summit CARES

*See Ms. Keltner in Guidance for application
  • Deadline: Mar. 16, 2016
  • $750
  • HS Senior
  • Min. 2.5 GPA (cumulative)
  • Min. 50 hrs. community service submitted to Guidance
  • Adhere to the belief of Lee's Summit CARES of no alcohol or drug use

Coolidge Scholars Program (JUNIORS!!!)
  • Deadline: Mar. 18, 2016
  • $$$ FULL-RIDE!!! (covers tuition, room/board, and expenses for FOUR years of undergraduate studies and leadership training)
  • HS Juniors

Lakewood Garden Club, Inc.

*See Ms. Keltner in Guidance for the application
  • Deadline: Mar. 18, 2016
  • $750
  • (Grade-level not specified; will update ASAP)
  • For students planning to study Botany, Horticulture, Ecology and/or allied subjects

Hawthorn Bank Scholarship
  • Deadline: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Min. 3.0 GPA
  • HS Senior
  • Majoring in Business or Finance
  • Bank affiliation not required to apply

*JUST IN* North American Savings Bank (NASB)
  • Deadline: Mar. 31, 2016
  • Min. 3.0 GPA
  • HS Senior
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Cannot be an employee or a relative of an NASB employee

Rotary Club of Lee's Summit

Application available at: For candidacy consideration, all scholarship materials, including the application, must be submitted to Ms. Keltner in Guidance.
  • Deadline: Apr. 8, 2016
  • $1,000
  • HS Senior planning to attend MCC (any campus; part-time students eligible)

Link to Testing webpage

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)

April 9 / March 4 / March 5-18

June 11 / May 6 / May 7-20

See below for LSN Prep Course Info!


Link to Guidance website

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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