LHS Student Services

November Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Return of the Bobcats: Monday, December 20 - Lansing alumni return to speak with upperclassmen


Student Services 9 & 10 Parent/Guardian Night (Virtual): Wednesday, February 2; 6:30pm


College Night for Juniors and Families (Virtual): Wednesday, March 23; 6:30pm


PreACT: Administered to sophomores; spring date to be announced later


AP Exams: May 2-13

Need some extra support?

We can't believe it is mid November already and we have completed one quarter of the school year. Please know that if students need support, they can meet with teachers, Excel Academics (peer tutors), school counselors, or our school psychologist. All faculty are available from 2:30pm – 3:00 pm unless they have another meeting. This is an excellent time for students to ask questions regarding homework, tests/quizzes and to establish a positive working relationship with a teacher. Your counselor can assist with test-taking strategies, studying tips, how to effectively communicate with teachers, or support your social/emotional/behavioral well-being. Contact your teachers directly regarding their specific availability.

Study Tips for School Success

Plan and Organize: Make a daily schedule, keep a monthly planner, and review all course material to plan sufficient study time before tests (McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Princeton University, 2018).


Reading is NOT Studying: Think of reading, whether it is the textbook itself or your class notes, as simply reviewing or pre-studying (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018).


Limit Technology: Unplug and turn off distracting technology by silencing your cell phone, and close any open browsers to avoid unwanted notifications. Plan time for internet/social media breaks (McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, Princeton University, 2018).


Engage: Effective studying requires actively engaging with the material. Try strategies such as becoming the teacher, creating a concept map, or creating your own test questions – then swap your mock questions with a classmate (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018).


Use the Study Cycle:

• Preview: View material and read

• Attend: Go to class and take notes

• Review: Reread notes and review key concepts

• Study: Devote focused study time for each class

• Check: Do you know the material? Could you teach it to someone else? Was your studying effective enough to meet test expectations?

(Center for Academic Success, Louisiana State University, 2018)

Tips for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Sue Rosenthal - Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.


The 11 tips below are general suggestions for wellness. If you need more help, reach out. It is a normal and courageous thing to do.


Be Nice to Yourself: When you are feeling down, it is easy to be hard on yourself. While you might not be of the mind to congratulate or compliment yourself, try being compassionate. And here is a little bonus hint: If you really are struggling to be nice to yourself, do something nice for someone else. Then, compliment yourself on doing it!


Exercise: Even taking a short walk or climbing a flight of stairs can reduce stress and increase alertness. A regular exercise routine can boost one's mood, increase concentration, and even help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Eat Healthy: Vegetables and fruits? Absolutely! Nutritious foods. Sure. Don't drink 10 cups of anything in a day, unless it's water. But healthy eating also means having a healthy attitude toward food. Enjoy meals with friends, try new foods and try not to obsess over food. If you do find that your relationship to food is affecting your mental or physical health, get the facts on eating disorders and take the important step of finding help.


Sleep Well: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends between 8–10 hours of sleep per night for teenagers and over 7 hours for those ages 20 and up. But sleeping well also refers to when you sleep and the quality of that sleep. Sleep health expert, Dr. Eleanor McGlinchey recommends that you wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends and holidays. This simple trick will help you fight that feeling of jet lag on Monday morning (also known as "social jet lag") and ensure that you are functioning and feeling your best.


Put the Screens to Sleep Before You Go to Bed: Studies have shown that looking at screens before bedtime can affect how quickly you fall asleep and the quality of that sleep. Blue light from your smartphone affects the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep/wake cycle. Reading, texting, posting, etc. keep your mind active when it should be winding down instead. Oh, and then there are those texts in the middle of the night….


Breathe Deep: Just try it. Take in a nice slow breath. Start from your belly; expand through your ribs, chest, and lungs. Breathe out just as slowly. Counting can help ("1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ...") Repeat.


Connect With Others: Friends, family, pets...even a casual friendly hello to a stranger can boost positive feelings, help ward off depression and anxiety, and make you feel that you are connected to others. Focus on the quality of your friendships and relationships, not the quantity. If someone helps you feel supported, happy, useful, liked or loved, or any other positive feelings, keep the connection going.


Write Down Ways to Relax: Relaxing is one of those things that's easy to say and harder to do. Unwinding and staying calm can take practice. Write down a list of ideas for positive ways that you can de-stress. Try them out, one step at a time. When something works, try it again. Just remember that you're going for wellness. Those short-term fixes (we're talking pills, alcohol, and other forms of substance abuse) aren't going to help in the long-run. So cross them off the list. Add a mental image or a photo of a beautiful place that you'll visit someday.


Find Support (and Be Supportive): If you or someone you know is struggling, find support. This might be a friend or a family member. Or it could be reaching out to a counselor, a primary care doctor, or a mental health professional. If the person you find isn't giving you the kind of support you need, look for another support option that is better for you and your needs. Likewise, if a friend, family member, or someone you know is feeling down, ask yourself if there is something you can do to be nice or supportive.


Take Small Steps: If you try to do everything at once, you will probably get nowhere. Set goals, and then draw that dotted line from point A to B to C. Stop and rest along the way. You will thank yourself for it.


Be Nice to Yourself: Yes, we already said that. But it is worth repeating.

Juniors

There are many tasks to be considered during your junior year. Although many colleges are test optional this year, we still encourage students to take the ACT and/or the SAT. If you have specific questions about which exams to take, reach out to your counselor. Lansing also provides FREE test preparation through Naviance. Please click on these links for dates and registration deadlines: ACT and SAT


Junior Year to do List:

  • Start researching colleges in Naviance
  • Use weekends and breaks to visit colleges (virtually or in person)
  • Register soon if you plan on taking the SAT/ACT
  • Make a list in Naviance of 10-15 colleges that hold your interest (this list will be much smaller by senior year)
  • Talk to your counselor about any questions regarding colleges, careers, and your future plans
  • Ask family members and teachers about where they went to college and how they decided on their current career

Seniors

November:

  • Communicate with your counselor regarding which colleges you are applying to
  • Apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and start filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): fafsa.ed.gov
  • Fill out the CSS/ Financial Aid PROFILE if required by your colleges: css.collegeboard.org
  • Remember to also apply to New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) while filling out the FAFSA


December:

  • Finish your college applications with deadlines up to Jan 1
  • Work with your counselor to make sure all application materials are complete and that all of your materials have been received. Do not panic if the answer is no. There are MANY reasons this could happen
  • Do you have plans after high school other than college? Be sure to check in with your counselor to work on next steps

Important Deadline for Seniors!

If students have a January 1, 2022 college admission deadline, ALL school related materials MUST be ready no later than December 17, 2021 to allow processing time. PLEASE see your school counselor if you have any questions.

Naviance

All students use Naviance each year to select courses for the next school year, update their resume, take career and personality surveys, and organize the college search and application processes. Click on this link to access Naviance .

College & Career Thursdays!

For the last few years the faculty and staff have participated in College and Career Thursdays by wearing clothing that represents colleges or careers. It would be fun for students to participate as well! So let's see some college or career related clothing on Thursdays this year! Starting in November, we will raffle off some gear, so who knows, you may just win something new! Tag us on Intagram with a picture of you wearing your college and career gear to enter the raffle!

The Learning Web

Are you interested in an doing an apprenticeship or participating in a tour of a local business? LHS partners with The Learning Web to give students an opportunity to explore career interests in a more in-depth way. In the next month they are doing tours on animal rescue (SPCA), coding (Singlebrook), molecular testing (Rhoenix labs), comic book writing and artwork (Ethan Young local author/artist), and Baking & Cake-Making professionally (Serendipity Catering).


If you are interested in participating make sure to check out the website, fill out the intake form below, and return the completed form to your school counselor.

"Be The Good" recognition

We are continuing the tradition of recognizing students for BEING AWESOME! If teachers see you doing something awesome, they simply fill out a card and give it to you. You then bring the card to Student Services to enter your name into our monthly prize drawing.
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Stacey Hern

Administrative Assistant

SHern@lcsd.k12.ny.us


Beth Evener

School Counselor (A-K)

EEvener@lcsd.k12.ny.us


Steve Jones

School Counselor (L-Z)

SJones@lcsd.k12.ny.us


Dana Robson

School Psychologist

DRobson@lcsd.k12.ny.us