Counseling Center NewsLetter


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

  • April 3: Univ. of Minnesota - Twin Cities Representative 1:00 PM
  • April 5: University of Arkansas Representative 9:00 AM
  • April 6: Teen Summit, Let's Get R.E.A.L. - 8:00AM - 1:30 PM @STA/MIC Campus
  • April 8: Pittsburg State University Representative 1:00 PM
  • April 8 - 12: Stress Less/Self-Care Week
  • April 18: Cox College Representative 10:00 AM
  • April 18: MCC Mobile Enrollment Day
  • April 19: No School
  • April 25: Academic Awards Night
  • April 29: Junior Student/Parent Night
  • May 1: Decision Day - During ALL lunch shifts!
  • May 10: Seniors LAST DAY
  • May 10: Cap & Gown Delivery during Senior Check Out
  • May 13: Graduation at Community of Christ Church - Independence 7:00 PM
  • May 27: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Full Calendar Available on the LSW Counseling Website. Click Here


Senioritis is real! The article linked below includes pitfalls of senioritis and a "to do" list of things seniors should be doing this time of year in preparation for college. Worthy read for students and parents!

Senioritis Article Click HERE

LSR7 Teen Summit - Let's Get R.E.A.L.

LSR7 will host Teen Summit for all middle and high school students and families from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Missouri Innovation Campus, 1101 NW Innovation Parkway.

The event is designed to build relationships and increase engagement and awareness about current topics for teens and parents and foster leadership among our students, families and community.

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Stress Less/Self Care Week!

Student Senate & the Counseling Center in collaboration with You Be You, will be hosting activities throughout the week of April 8th to promote Less Stress and Self Care.

Themes throughout the week:

Mindfulness Monday

Take A Break Tuesday

Willpower Wednesday

Thoughtful Thursday

Fulfillment Friday


Academic Awards Night is April 25th. At this time we will recognize the academic scholarships that students have accepted that are $1,000 or more. Please notify the Counseling Department of student scholarships by completing the form available in the Counseling Center or by clicking HERE and returning it to Mrs. King on or before April 9th. You may also email Mrs. King on or before April 9th with this information. Her contact information is: 986-4003 or

May 1st - Decision Day Celebration!

Seniors will be celebrating their decision for post high school opportunities. Whether they are planning to move on to Community College, College, Military, or the Work Force, we will celebrate these decisions! SENIORS will also have the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes!


Current seniors planning to attend MCC-Longview next fall, can travel with Mrs. Marquez to campus to meet with an advisor and enroll in classes for Fall "19. Students must have completed an MCC-Longview application and submitted required Accuplacer or ACT test results.

***Students will need to register and turn in a completed field trip form to the Counseling Center. Listen for announcements closer to time!

Junior Student/Parent Night

Monday, April 29th, 6-8pm

2600 Southwest Ward Road

Lee's Summit, MO

Calling the classes of 2020 & 2021!!


Join the Counseling Department and guests as they present on topics to help you and your student prepare for college admission and beyond. Topics to include: College Applications, Financial Aid and Scholarships, personal statement/essay writing, A+, College Career Resources, Naviance Student, NCAA/Core Course GPA, Freshmen Blues, and so much more!!!

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Are you in need of recovering a class in order to graduate? Do you want to try and get ahead on credits? Click the link to enroll in summer school classes. All summer school information can be found on this website.

Summer School Website

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.


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.

For help calculating Core Course GPA, please visit:

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

School ID: 261903

School Code: 706139006


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

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

*Senior News*

Seniors: Have you met with your Counselor yet? It is not too late! Your Counselor can help you with your post-secondary planning: college applications, scholarship searches, and financial aid questions (FASFA)!

  • College will start sending Financial Aid Packages to accepted students early to mid April.

  • Visit the colleges you are considering. More often than not, a campus visit helps students make their final decision as to which college they attend.

  • SCHOLARSHIPS: Don't forget to check Naviance Student often for all scholarship opportunities. Click on the Scholarships and Money section and then click on Scholarship List.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Don't forget to give your counselor and teachers at least 3 weeks notice when requesting letters of recommendation. Also, submit an academic resume or a completed information sheet at the time of the request. Counselor Recommendation Letter

Naviance Student Spotlight

Roadtrip Nation: The Roadtrip Nation interview archive is a digital career exploration tool that enables students to discover new pathways, interests, and ambitions. The archive includes more than 3,500 full-length video interviews chronicling the diverse personal stories of leaders who have turned their interests into their life’s work.

Naviance Student Parent Information

Students grades 7-12 are busy utilizing Naviance Student. Naviance Student is a comprehensive website that parents and students can use to make plans about colleges and careers. Naviance Student allows students to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process
  • Research colleges
  • Research careers and take career assessments
  • Create plans for the future

Naviance Student also allows sharing of information with parents and students about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information.

Parents should have received an email from Naviance with instructions on how to register for a Naviance Student account. If you do not find the email in your Inbox, please check your Spam folder.

If you have questions about Naviance Student, please contact your child’s school counselor or Tawni Boman-Meek, Career Curriculum Specialist, 816-986-3423.

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:


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: or 816-986-4056. You can also contact Janice McCunniff, A+ Secretary at or 816-986-4057.

The following link will answer more questions in regards to A+:

You Be You - New Student Led Project at LSW!

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Seniors - College Readiness Timeline for Spring!

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 Spring 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 Spring!

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.
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Freshmen 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


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

Tutoring Resources


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 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 In addition to live help, 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 Information

  1. ACT Test Dates and Registration:
  2. NEW! ACT now offering a 7th test date in July.
  3. Naviance Student - Students can log onto their Naviance Student (Formerly -Family Connections) Account and access a wealth of free ACT Practice/Prep called "Naviance Test Prep".

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