Counseling Center NewsLetter

November

Contact Information

Kristi Gregory (A-C) ext. 4041

Tammy Vogler (D-HEN) ext. 4021

April Marquez (Her-McC) ext. 4019

Greg Swaggart (McD-Sch) ext. 4020

Kerry Stites (Sco-Z) ext. 4018

Carrie Rodebush, Secretary ext. 4103

Melissa King, College/Scholarship Coord., ext 4003

Carrie Guittar, Registrar ext. 4017

Counseling Fax (816) 986-4116

Upcoming Dates

  • Oct. 30th & Nov. 1st - Signs of Suicide Prevention Presentations to Sophomores in English classes
  • Nov. 6th - NO SCHOOL
  • Nov. 14th - Coffee with the Counselors - Library Media Center
  • Nov. 14th - A+ Training - 2:35 PM - Bateman Hall
  • Nov. 15th - ASVAB Testing
  • Nov. 15th - STA/MIC Open House Night (MIC Presentation starts @6:45PM)
  • Nov. 16th - STA here during all lunch shifts
  • Nov. 16th - Sophomore Herndon Showcase Field Trip
  • Nov. 21st - 25th - Thanksgiving Break

Full Calendar Available on the LSW Counseling Website: http://lswhs.lsr7.org/counseling/

The Holidays are quickly approaching

Are you or a family you know in need of help and support this holiday season? These local churches and organizations are ready to assist those in need this holiday season.
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Are you interested in learning more about Innovations Track at MCC?

Stop by the Counseling center to sign up to attend the Innovation Track Visit Day to see and learn more about this program. Number of students able to attend is limited.
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ASVAB Testing

Are you interested in taking the ASVAB test? The ASVAB empowers students nationwide to discover their strengths and interests to then map out post-secondary plans that work. It can also be used by the United States Armed Forces to determine qualifications for enlistment. Start exploring! It's FREE! The test is available to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and will be given on Thursday, November 15th. The test will begin at 7:30 AM in the Lecture Hall. Please sign up in the Counseling Center for the test by November 14th.

Is your student interested in participating in collegiate athletics?

If the answer to this question is yes, there are some key steps you will want to take throughout high school to make the transition to eligibility more seamless. The resources listed below have valuable information and include a recommended list of completion items during each year of high school.


NCAA

College bound athletes first enrolling in an NCAA school need to meet new academic rules to practice, compete and receive scholarships during their first year. Please review the following documents for more information.

http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/CBSA19.pdf


http://www.ncaapublications.com/productdownloads/EB18-19.pdf


For help calculating Core Course GPA, please visit:

https://www.clearinghousecalculator.org/login.php

Click on Free New Member Account to create an account. Enter the following information to register:


School ID: 261903

School Code: 706139006


NAIA


Students planning to attend an NAIA school will need to register with NAIA and meet eligibility criteria for this division of play.

https://www.playnaia.org/


If you have questions about eligibility, please see your counselor for more information.

Herndon Career Center's Sophomore Showcase Field Trip Opportunity!

On November 16th, sophomore students will have the opportunity to attend Herndon Career Center’s Sophomore Showcase. During this field trip, students will be able to select three program areas to learn more about. Students will spend 25 minutes learning about their area of interest through hands on activities. Permission slips are now available in the Counseling Center and need to be returned by November 7th.

Coffee with the Counselors! Save the Date!

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Naviance Student

ATTN: Family Connections is now called Naviance Student and has a different layout. All the same benefits are still there!

Naviance Student Junior/Senior Checklist

Seniors: Are you fully utilizing the benefits of Naviance Student? There are many features available to you that can help you in your post-secondary journey. We have listed just four of many features available to you on Naviance Student. Let Naviance help navigate your future!


Juniors: Now is a great time to start making post-secondary plans! It is also a great time to start making college visits. Most of these can be scheduled by visiting college websites. Be sure you check admission requirements so you can make sure you are prepared for admission to the universities of your choice! (You will not be applying or sending transcripts until you are a senior).


https://student.naviance.com/main


Students log in with the same log-in as PowerSchool.

  • Complete SuperMatch

    • Click on Colleges

    • Click on Find your Fit

    • Click on SuperMatch

    • Complete the Super Match College Search

  • College Representative Visits- Sign up to visit with college admissions representatives when they visit LSW

    • From the home screen, navigate to the middle section under What’s New

    • Click Show More for a full listing

    • Click on more info for a detailed listing

    • Click Register to sign up to visit with the college representative

    • Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to register

  • Check Scholarships

    • Click Scholarships

    • Click Scholarships and Money

    • Check this list weekly and apply for scholarships

  • Send Transcripts

When you submit an application to a university, you will need to request an official transcript to be sent.

  • Click Colleges

  • Click Apply to College

  • Click Manage Transcripts

  • Click the Red + button

  • Click College Application Transcript

Are you looking to complete your Required Community Service Hours?

If you are in need of Community Service Hours, stop by and see Mrs. Ullery in room 2048 to have hours pre-approved or if you have questions. Some Community Service options that are already approved are:


Holly Festival - Sign up via this link to volunteer to help out.

Harvesters

Hillcrest Ministries Thrift

Lee's Summit Social Services

Lee's Summit Animal Shelter

Salvation Army Thrift Store

PTA and Booster Club Efforts

Special Olympics

City and County Parks and Recreation activities such as clean-up efforts and/or children's camps

Titan A+ Program


The A+ Program at Lee’s Summit West strives to ensure that students are prepared for and successful in life beyond high school. The A+ Program works to provide students with continuous and progressive career information throughout the students’ years at Lee’s Summit West. It also focuses on ensuring that students have course offerings that prepare them for their paths after high school. And finally, the A+ Program helps to make courses rigorous and relevant to the world outside the classroom.


Graduates of designated A+ schools who successfully complete the requirements of the A+ Program may be eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of tuition and general fees while attending a Missouri public community college or vocational/technical school on a full-time basis. The A+ Program may provide these educational incentives provided state funds are appropriated by the legislature. The PLUS stands for financial incentives designed to aid students who wish to continue their education beyond high school and prepare for success!

Please contact A+ Coordinator Veronica Scott at: veronica.scott@lsr7.net or 816-986-4056. You can also contact Janice McCunniff, A+ Secretary at janice.mccunniff@lsr7.net or 816-986-4057.


The following link will answer more questions in regards to A+: http://sites.lswhs.lsr7.org/a/

Stay Up To Date - College Representative Visits

ATTN: Juniors and Seniors!


College Reps have been contacting LSW and filling up our calendar! Please keep an eye out for emails and updates on Naviance Student to know when College Reps will be visiting. We request that you sign up through Naviance Student to reserve your spot! Please make sure that you sign up to visit with them no later than the day BEFORE they are visiting. Come down to Mrs. King's desk in the Counseling Center if you have a question!

You Be You - New Student Led Project at LSW!

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Seniors - College Readiness Timeline for Winter!

Are you trying to figure out if you are ahead or behind in the ball game? Here is a check list for you and your parents on what you should be doing during your Fall/Winter semester time frame if you are planning on attending College next year. If you want to plan for the whole year, check out the complete list by clicking here .
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Juniors - College Readiness Timeline for Winter

Junior year marks a turning point. This is because for most students and families, it’s when college planning activities kick into high gear. Here are some things you can do this year to stay on track for college. If you would like to see the entire years list, please click here.


PSAT scores will should be available on December 12th and students should be able to access scores using the email address they reported on their answer sheet. All Juniors at LSW will take the ACT in April, not the SAT.

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Freshman and Sophomores - College Readiness Timeline

Are you wanting to get an idea or head start on what you should be doing to prepare for post high school education? Click here if you are a Freshman or here if you are a Sophomore to see suggestions on how to prepare.

MSEP - Midwest Student Exchange Program

WHAT IS THE MSEP?


The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a tuition reduction program that makes attending out-of-state colleges and universities more affordable for non-resident students. By enrolling in MSEP at a participating institution, you will receive a reduced tuition rate—giving you a wider range of education options for your education dollars. Over one hundred colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each others’ citizens by offering REDUCED TUITION RATES


Questions? For more information and contact information CLICK HERE


Institutions Offering an MSEP Discount

Counseling Center Spotlight!

Meet the Staff of the Counseling Center. Each month we will spotlight a member of our staff to get to know more about them! This month...please meet our new Registrar - Carrie Guittar.


Hello,


My name is Carrie Guittar and this is my first year working at Lee's Summit West High School; I am very happy to be a Titan! I work in the counseling center as the school registrar. I get to help students, parents and staff with record related inquires. Before I came to work at West I worked for the government for ten years in IT. I worked on the payroll systems for the United States Marines. After years of sitting in a cubicle working on data I was ready for a change. I taught preschool while earning my degree and decided I would love to use my IT degree in an educational setting. I really enjoy getting to know the students and learning what their passions are for their futures. It is very exciting to listen to a senior come into my office for a copy of their transcript and hear the plans they are making once they graduate from West.


I am married and have two sons. My oldest son earned his education degree at Northwest Missouri State and is currently working on a film and media degree at UMKC. My youngest son is in 6th grade and will be a Titan in three years!


It has been a joy joining Lee's Summit West and I am thankful to everyone for making me feel so welcome. Not a lot of people can say they truly enjoy what they do for a living and I count myself lucky that I can.

Tutoring Resources

At LSW:

Math Tutoring:

Before school in Room 1228 from 6:30-7:25 AM on Tuesday and Thursday with Ms. Thompson

After school in Room 1213 available 2:30 - 3:30 Monday and Wednesday with Mr. Brummond


English Tutoring:

After school in Room 2138 2:30-3:30 pm Monday - Thursday


Khan Academy: Free, online tutoring for all levels math, science, and history.


Tutoring Available at Mid-Continent Public Library


Tutor.com: For those who may benefit from additional online tutoring, the Library offers free, real-time tutoring services in more than 25 academic subjects, including math, science, social studies, English, and foreign languages, through Tutor.com. In addition to live help, Tutor.com also provides complimentary standardized test preparation services. Watch this brief video to learn more.


Tutors for Hire (list provided by LSR7): Udated List; includes summer tutors.

ACT Dates and Prep Courses


  1. ACT Test Dates and Registration: actstudent.org
  2. NEW! ACT now offering a 7th test date in July.
  3. Family Connections- Students can log onto their Naviance Student (Formerly -Family Connections) Account and access a wealth of free ACT Practice/Prep called "Naviance Test Prep".
  4. Junior and Senior students can take a course called "ACT Prep" as one of their elective classes at LSW. This class is a semester long class and offers content, test strategy, and test practice.
  5. After school ACT Prep Classes Offered in November, January, and March. The cost is $40. Flyers available in the Counseling Center. Register with Ms. King ext. 4003

LSR7 Educational Therapist

LSWHS Educational Therapist: Kristin Scharlau, ext.4032

The Educational Therapist's role is to link students and families with resources and provide support. They also provide educational individual and group therapy to students within the school setting. If you would like to receive more information about how our Education Therapist may be able to help you or your family, please feel free to complete our School Social Work Services Form or print off a downloadable form and turn it into your student’s counselor. Once it is received, our Educational Therapist will contact you.

LSR7 Community Resource Guide

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Looking For More Resources to Help Your Child?

Have you taken a look at the new Student Well-Being Website yet? A team has worked hard to find resources and update what may have already been available and put them all in one spot. Follow this link to see what might be available to you. If you have other questions, feel free to contact your child's counselor or our Educational Therapist for more information.

Stay Connected!

Make sure you stay connected with the Counseling Department by following us on Twitter: @LSWCounseling