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1 CHECK IT OUT SENIORS & PARENTS: LHS Guidance Gazette COLLEGE OVERVIEW FOR SENIORS ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH 7:00-8:00P.M. ( PRESENTED BY NHHEAF THE CEN- TER FOR COLLEGE PLANNING) Check out the Guidance page of the school website for ongoing and updated information. V O L U M E 1, I S S U E 1 Fall 2010 Senior Guidance Meetings Guidance will be setting up individual senior appointments to plan for your senior year. Together we will double check your credits and courses needed for graduation. We will discuss your post-secondary plans, including the college application process, military or work. Parents are invited and welcome to attend these meetings. Please contact your child s counselor if you would like to be part of this meeting. Meeting dates and times will be posted in guidance. Seniors it s time to: F A L L Ask 2 teachers for letters of recommendation Register for the fall SAT Write a draft college essay Start your Common Application Tour Colleges/attend open houses on weekends Attend LHS Mini College Fairs: Friday, Sept. 17th - 7:30-8:30 am in Cafe Tuesday, Oct. 26th am in Gym Thompson Hall - UNH UNH is both a 4 year University and a 2 year college. The 2 year division is called the Thompson School. Check out the Thompson School and the 14 hands-on programs at their Open House on Sunday, October 31st. Register at SIGN UP FOR EDLINE TODAY! Who is my child s guidance counselor? CHECK YOUR CHILD S GRADES ONLINE AT A-D E-K L-P Q-Z FOR EDLINE HELP CONTACT: JUDY ROBERT AT K12.NH.US Mrs. Vieten Mr. Reed Mrs. Diorio Ms. Creed Guidance Services are open to all students. Counselors work with students on academic, personal, social, career and post-secondary planning. All counselors are certified by the State of N.H.

2 PAGE 2 Juniors PSAT s Juniors it s time to sign up for the PSAT s. Sign up in Guidance Cost is $13 cash The test will be held on Wednesday, October 13th This winter counselors will review PSAT results individually with students and invite parents to be part of this junior planning meeting. Juniors are invited to attend the two upcoming college fairs at LHS on Friday, 9/17 & Tuesday, 10/26. College Prep for Juniors Coming this Spring! Mark your calendar parents & students for Tuesday, April 5th, during Block One, for a college presentation by NHHEAF & the Community College System of N.H. Sophomores College Access Convention Friday, October 22, :30 am-1:00 pm Lakes Region Community College, Laconia Sophomores from around the Lakes Region are invited to LRCC to learn how to plan and pay for 2-year college and 4-year college opportunities. Students will learn from college admissions experts, a college student panel and a new workshop titled Show Me the Money for College. Guidance invites all interested sophomores to attend. Space is very limited. First-come, first-served. Sign up in Guidance. Field trip permission form required. Freshmen Welcome to LHS! We encourage you to get involved and become part of your high school community. Guidance will be visiting freshmen classes to get to know you better and to give you information about high school, graduation credits, N.H. Scholars, etc. Guidance helps students with academic and career planning, as well as social and personal concerns. Freshmen need 26 credits to graduate and should start building their extra-curricular activities today. Do you know what most local college scholarships will require from you? Good grades and community service. Start today on both! Open House Lakes Region Community College in Laconia October 6, :00pm LRCC offers a variety of certificate and two year college programs. Check it out! Seniors: Student & Parent Evening Programs If your child is planning on attending a 2-year college, 4-year college or technical/trade school after graduation, please plan on attending the following: Thursday, September 30th College Overview for Seniors 7:00-8:00p.m. in the LHS Auditorium. Appropriate for students attending a 2 or 4 year college. Thursday, December 9th Financial Aid Night for Seniors 6:30-8:00p.m. in the LHS Auditorium. Appropriate for students attending 2/4 year colleges or a trade, technical or beauty school. Thursday, April 14th Understanding the Financial Aid Award Letter 6:30-7:30p.m. in the LHS library. Appropriate for students attending 2/4 year colleges or a trade, technical or beauty school. These programs are presented free of charge by The NHHEAF Network Organizations & Center for College Planning in Concord. LHS GUIDANCE GAZETTE

3 VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 PAGE 3 SAT s & ACT s - Every test date offered at LMS New! Every SAT & ACT Date will be offered at Laconia Middle School. Laconia High School will continue to offer the December and June SAT date this year. Register for the SAT s at Register for the ACT s at Fee Waivers are available through the guidance office for students participating in the free/reduced lunch program. Prep for the test at these sites: (free prep course) Register today! Remember to have the question of the day ed directly to you! Test Day Tips: Bring Photo I.D. (Required) Bring SAT admission ticket Bring a calculator Arrive by 7:45 a.m. Leave cell, ipod, blackberry and all electronics at home. They are NOT allowed. Bring water/food, students are not be allowed to leave the building. What is Test Optional? Many colleges are moving away from standardized tests results for admissions. However, in place of an SAT or ACT, students must have an extremely solid high school record. Check out to learn more about test optional colleges. E-Start - College & H.S. Credit for Juniors and Seniors E-Start is a partnership between the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). Credits earned through estart are dual credits - high school and college. The online courses are taught by CCSNH faculty. estart courses are only available to high school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in a public school, private school, alternative school or home school program. The Community College System of New Hampshire estart tuition is $100. The college credits may be used for degree programs at CCSNH or transferred to other post secondary institutions. Check out E-Start Courses at: & Get Involved - LHS offers.. Baseball Hockey Art Club Drama Club HOSA GSU Basketball Lacrosse Drama FBLA Interact Band Cheerleading Cross Country Skiing Soccer Color Guard/ Flags FCCLA French Club Key Club Literary & Art SADD Spanish Club Field Hockey Softball Math Team Student Council Football Track & Field National Honor Society Student Newspaper Golf Volleyball National Technical Hon. Society Yearbook

4 The Common Application Fill out one college application and send it to multiple colleges. The Common App can streamline the application process. All three State Schools (Keene, Plymouth & UNH), use the Common App exclusively Set up a username & password and access the common app. as many times as needed Access the essay question and start a draft essay today. Essay s are easily uploaded. Remember to invite your counselor and chosen teacher(s) to upload their recommendations Guidance will demo the Common App through senior advisory on October 6th & December 8th As with all college applications, spelling and grammar is noticed. Please submit your best work. LHS Homecoming - Sept. 24 & 25 Enjoy Homecoming 2010 by getting involved in decorating your class float. Your class needs you! The parade will be held on Friday, September 24th. Attend the football game on Friday night 9/24 or a field hockey, volleyball or soccer game on 9/25. Listen for upcoming announcements. NH Scholars - New Hampshire Scholars is a federally funded program developed and administered through a partnership between the New Hampshire College and University Council, the New Hampshire Forum on the Future, the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National State Scholars Initiative Network. View information about N.H. Scholars at The NH Scholars program requires a core course of high school study, which is required for acceptance at most 4-year colleges and recommended for students pursuing 2-year Degrees and Certificate Programs. It is also recommended by employers for most, if not all, potential employees entering the workplace upon graduation from high school. Research shows a strong posi- tive correlation between the academic rigor of a student's high school course of study and the completion of a postsecondary program of study, be it a 2-year or 4-year or certificate program. The New Hampshire Scholars Program depends on the business community for success. The program is unique because leaders in the busi- ness commu- nity deliver the message directly to students about the impor- tance of high school coursework and its impact on their future success. Guidance plans to enlist the help of local businesses to mentor and speak with our state scholar students this year. All LHS students are welcome to participate. In order to participate students must take the following courses/credits at LHS: 4 English Courses 3 Math -including Algebra1, Geometry & Algebra 2 3 Science -including Biology, Chemistry & one additional lab science 3.5 credits in Social Studies 2 credits in a foreign language Contact Guidance if you have any questions regarding this program. Access the student application on the guidance page of the LHS website.

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