Important Dates for February
- February 5th
- National School Counselor Week
- February 6th
- Parent Teacher Conferences – 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- February 10th
- Capital City Classic – Show Choir at Northwest
- February 19th
- No School
- February 21st
- Honors Convocation – PAC at LNW – Grades 9 – 12: 8:30 – 9:30 am
While social media can be a great tool for connecting with friends and staying informed, it can also be a source of cyberbullying and misinformation. The LPS Key Concepts in Digital Citizenship emphasize students’ ability to “Know appropriate responses to social interactions online that could be considered hurtful to others“ and to “Know appropriate responses to social interactions online that could be considered inappropriate and risky.”
Here are some resources for parents/guardians looking to talk with their children about navigating the digital world safely and responsibly:
- The American Academy Of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends families have thoughtful conversations about the purposes for using digital media and offers an online tool for creating a “personalized family media use plan.” https://lps.org/go/y8ov
- Common Sense Media provides resources and information to help parents navigate the digital world with their children. Check out their resources about social media here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/articles/social-media
By having these conversations and providing resources to our children, we can empower them to make healthy choices and have a positive experience with social media and technology.
Safe Searching Tools
The LPS Key Concepts in Digital Citizenship emphasize students’ ability to “Apply strategies for effective and efficient searches for information” and “Evaluate and select appropriate sources to answer questions.” LPS educators work hard to help students understand that not every search should be a “Google” search. Students can access high-quality digital content from school or home, linked from our library web page. These resources include eBooks, encyclopedias in multiple languages, databases of periodicals and reference resources, streaming media, and more!
- Brooke Sharpe (A-C & LPS Focus Program students), email@example.com
- Margaret Pass (D-MN), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kelsey Dady (MO-Z), email@example.com
Course Request for the 2024-2025 School Year
Course request for next year is now open! All 9th – 11th-grade students must complete the Course Request in Synergy by Sunday, February 25th. School counselors have met with 9th and 10th-grade students and will begin meeting with 11th-graders this week. Parents/guardians can view requests by selecting the Course Request tab in Synergy ParentVUE. Please talk with your child about the classes they’ve requested and contact your child’s school counselor if you have questions or concerns. Counselors will also be available to help with course requests during parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, Feb. 6th, from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.
LPS Focus Programs Information Night – February 20, 2024
LPS Focus Programs are hosting an information night on Tuesday, February 20th, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at The Career Academy. This event is open to all LPS students in grades 7-11 and their families to learn more about the many unique opportunities available. Event details have been posted on the LNW Counseling Center website at https://home.lps.org/
SENIOR Government & Politics Service Learning Hours
All SENIORS who took Government & Politics during 1st semester (Quarter 1 or Quarter 2) must complete the required service learning project by the end of this quarter (Q3) if they still need to do so This project could include volunteer hours, but other options are also available to students. Please check with your child or their school counselor to be sure this LPS graduation requirement is complete.
Federal Student Aid has announced that the FAFSA processing will be delayed until March. What this means for families:
- FAFSA Submission Summaries will be available in the first half of March.
- Colleges will not receive information until March, so financial aid offers will be delayed until April or May.
If you’re applying for need-based scholarships, keep track of the two items listed below, as they will be all you have available to prove financial need until your FAFSA Submission Summary is ready. These documents must include the student’s first and last name and Student Aid Index (SAI).
- PDF of the FAFSA confirmation page. View a sample
- PDF of the confirmation email (subject: We’ve Received Your FAFSA Form). View a sample
Visit the EducationQuest website for more information about the FAFSA.
SCIP provides prevention, education, and early intervention services. We recognize that a child’s behavioral health needs must be addressed early on-set rather than waiting until they have progressed to a more critical level and are more challenging to address. For more information about SCIP, contact Kelsey Dady, our SCIP coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
LPS has a number of Information Nights and Open Houses for our Focus Programs in the coming months.
2023-2024 yearbooks are now on sale for $60. The price increases after term one, so get your book now! Feel free to send us your school-related photos by going to this LINK. The access code to upload pictures is LNW Falcons.
Listen up, SENIOR families! If you want to submit a senior photo for your student, go to the following LINK and upload that photo to the district office. Those photos will then be shared with the yearbook staff to put into the yearbook. The deadline for that photo is October 31st.
SENIOR ads are in full swing. If you would like to dedicate a portion of the yearbook to your graduating senior, please complete the following FORM.
The deadline for senior tributes is Dec. 1st.