On Wednesday, October 15th the PSAT will be administered to sophomores and juniors.
Testing Time: 2 hours and 10 minutes (plus 45 minutes for administrative duties)
· Critical reading, mathematical reasoning, and writing skills that are important for success in college
· Knowledge and skills developed through years of study in a wide range of courses
· Ability to reason with facts and concepts rather than the ability to recall them.
The PSATallows students to:
· Prepare for the SAT
· Enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions for recognition and scholarships
· Access personalized college and career planning resources in My College Quick Start
· Request information from colleges and universities
· Assess your critical reading, mathematical reasoning and writing skills
· Improve your academic skills.
A copy of The 2014 Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT was distributed to students on 9/17/2014 during their XH bell.
Students must be on time and in the classroom to begin testing at 8:05 AM on the day of the test. Students arriving late will not be able to enter testing site.
More information about the PSAT can be found at www.collegeboard.org/psat
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty
WHAT ARE CAREER SHADOW DAYS?
Our Career Shadow Days program enables you to have a comprehensive learning experience within a vocational area of interest, in or near your community. These quality opportunities are provided in the hopes of influencing your future career path.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
· Are you passionate about a particular career?
· Do you value the opportunity to be connected with a professional who will allow you to “shadow” what they do and answer your questions?
· Many shadowing opportunities require one of more visits. Are you willing to give up a half-day or up to two-or three-days throughout the school year to learn about a specific career choice? And are you willing to shadow on the weekends?
· Can you arrange for your own transportation?
HOW DOES THE PROGAM WORK?
The Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty will facilitate the process of connecting highly motivated students with a local business or community organization in your chosen area of vocational interest. As the organizations will be requested to provide a comprehensive learning experience for you, we ask that you commit yourself to the program, be willing to see it through to its conclusion and be willing to focus on applying yourself to gain the intended benefits.
WHAT IS REQUIRED?
Your guidance counselor and the Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty must feel that you are sincerely interested in participating in this program, and will be willing to apply your energies and thoughts to see this program through.
· You need to have a minimum accumulative average grade score of 2.0.
· You must present yourself in a professional manner, dressed appropriately and arrive a few minutes prior to their requested starting time on days of your visits.
· You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation.
· At all times, you will adhere to the schedules provided by your host organization.
· You will have time to ask questions, however much of your time will be spent shadowing and attentively listening.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Pick up an application from your guidance counselor or online HERE. Decide on one vocational area that you are the most interested in shadowing. You must also be willing to commit to at least a half-day up to a two- or three-day commitment during your school year. Visits are encouraged to be scheduled during weekdays, and are limited to your days off.
Take time to share your thoughtful comments when filling out your application and return it to the contact listed on your application or to the Rotary club of West Chester/Liberty.
Once approved, you will be notified and sent information about the program. Your parents will need to sign a consent/waiver form and return it to the Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty. The organization will be requested to provide specific areas of information to you about what it is like working in their field. The opportunities for advancement, compensation, and requirements essential to qualify for a career will also be included.
AFTER SHADOWING, WHAT’S NEXT?
Upon completion of each shadow visit, please write to your designated contact thanking them sincerely for their time. Please also share with them what you’ve learned.
Upon completing your visit, you are requested to prepare an evaluation of your experience and submit it to your counselor and to the Rotary Club of West Chester/Liberty. This evaluation is intended for you to internalize what you’ve observed and the knowledge you have gained and then for you to ask yourself if your attributes are a good match for this career. In addition, your response will assist our evaluation of the program and help up to improve the program in the future.
STUDENT FEES- All students will receive a Billing Statement on Friday, 9/26/14.
Student fees are due at this time and can be paid with cash or check at the school. You can also view and or pay them online @ www.lakotaonline.com click on the quick link that reads EZPay. If you have any questions please contact one of the following and we will be happy to help.
High school students will have access to their schedules through the Home Access Center (HAC) on the following dates:
Incoming juniors and seniors - Monday, August 11 at 3:30 PM.
Incoming freshman on Thursday, August 14 at 3:30 PM.
Incoming sophomores on Friday, August 15 at 3:30 PM.
Schedules and locker information at the freshman campus will be available during freshman orientation.
Schedules and locker information at the main campus for sophomores will be available at sophomore orientation.
Locker numbers and combos for juniors and seniors may be picked starting Monday, August 11 during office hours.
Lakota West High School
Freshman Campus: The students' day begins at 7:15 a.m. and concludes at 2:25 p.m.
Main Campus: The students' day in will begin at 8:05 a.m. and concludes at 2:40 p.m.
Coats and Book bags – For security and safety reasons, coats, book bags, and string bags MUST remain in student lockers throughout the school day. This includes nylon bags.
Class Fees – Class fees will be printed on an invoice and attached to students’ interims on September 30. EZ Pay information is available on the Lakota Local School District web site.
Student Parking (Main Campus ONLY) – All student parking is reserved. Students can obtain their reserved parking pass in the main office. Photocopies of your vehicle registration and driver’s license need to be submitted before the parking pass will be issued. A parking pass is $40 for the year. Students must pay all back-fees before receiving a parking pass.
Picture Days Final picture retake for both campuses is October 16.
Students who lose their identification cards will be assessed a replacement charge. Students need their student I.D. for lunch and computer use in the media center.
Senior Pictures – Seniors who have not yet had their senior portrait taken need to do so in order to be in Lakota West’s Yearbook. Seniors must submit a wallet portrait to the yearbook committee by January 6th in order to be in the yearbook. (Please visit the Lakota West High School Website and click on Senior Photo Submit.) Because all Lakota West students are required to have a student identification card with them at all times, seniors will also have their pictures taken on September 8. This does not take the place of their senior portrait.
Communication – Our webpage, www.lakotawesthigh.com, will carry a great deal of information. Documents to start the school year, daily announcements, monthly calendar, news and upcoming events are but a few of the items found. In addition, our weekly electronic newsletter, scholarship bulletin and guidance calendar are all found on the webpage. You will find the following information/forms online by clicking on the link above. If you do not have access to these forms online, please pick up a packet from the main office at Lakota West.
Welcome Letter from Karen Mantia, Superintendent
West High Bell Schedule
West Freshman Bell Schedule
Open House/Academic Night Information Letter
Lakota West High School Map
Lifetouch Picture Forms
Who’s Who among the Staff?
Lakota West Clubs and Activities
Child Nutrition Department Information and Forms
Establishing Academic Integrity
Lakota West PTSO Membership Form
Please sign up for Txtwire – Text WEST to 91011. You can narrow down your interest by texting the words/numbers. More information is available on the website or in the Front Office.
Look for Lakota West on Twitter- firebirdtweets
***In addition, we communicate weekly via email. Email addresses for parent communications will be collected via the Lakota West or Lakotaonline web page. To sign up, please go to http://lakotaonline.com/emailsignup.cfm
Home Access Center- Home Access Center (HAC) will again be used to communicate grades. If you encounter problems logging into HAC please contact us: Freshman Campus (513) 874-8390 or Main Campus (513) 874-5469.
Academic Reporting – Progress reports and Report Cards will be on line. You can access them through your HAC account. We strongly encourage all parents to utilize this tool.