Lakota West High school will be providing the PSAT/NMSQT for its 10th and 11th grade students on October 14th, 2015, from 8:05 to 11:50. The purpose of the test is to give all students an opportunity to experience taking a college readiness test and to identify students who might benefit from advanced coursework.
By taking the PSAT/NMSQT® your child will have access to resources that will help prepare him/her for the future. Two resources that will be a benefit to all students are
Other resources that will be provided to all 10th graders who participate in the test include the following:
Please note that 10th graders are not eligible for the National Merit Qualifying Scholarships. Only 11th grade students may be identified as National Merit Scholars based on the PSAT/NMSQT®.
Your student’s Score Report for the PSAT/NMSQT®will arrive here at school early this winter for distribution.
If you would like additional information about the PSAT/NMSQT® and how it will be administered at our school, please contactyour student’s counselor. If you would like additional information from The College Board, you may sign up for a newsletter at http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/.
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.
Internships provide incredible opportunities for high school students to gain significant work experience and make informed decisions about future career goals.
For information regarding internship opportunities, CLICK HERE.
Below are links to applications and brochures:
New Social Work Internship Opportunity – Applications Due October 2
Lakota seniors are invited to apply for a new internship with Community First Solutions. Students interested in social work, geriatrics/aging, mental health, and behavioral health counseling should submit their application by Friday, October 2. The internship will take place on October 12, 13, and 14. Please see the brochure, description of the learning experience and student application below for more information.
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.
Graduates must have outstanding fees or any other financial obligations paid in full in order to receive a diploma.
Links to important 2015-16 forms and documents for Lakota West High School.
Lakota West High School
“Working together for Excellence and Opportunity”
Orientations – Students will get their schedules, locker assignments, important forms, have their school photos taken and receive important information during orientation.
Freshman: Lakota West Freshman School, MONDAY, August 3rd (A-L) and TUESDAY, August 4th (M-Z)
from 6:00 PM until 8 pm. The principal’s presentation will begin at 6:30 in the auditorium. Schedules will be available AFTER meeting.
Sophomores: Lakota West High School, THURSDAY, August 6th at 10 AM, 1:00 PM or 6:30 PM. Please attend whatever session is most convenient to you. Schedules will be available to you after the principal's presentation.
The first day of School is Thursday, August 13.
Freshman Campus: The student day will begin at 7:15 a.m. and conclude at 2:25 p.m. Students should report to homeroom as outlined on orientation night – copies of schedules will be redistributed during the “0” period. Classroom supply lists will be handled by teacher on first day of school.
Main Campus: The student day in will begin at 8:05 a.m. and conclude at 2:40 p.m. If you are a student with a “0” bell, class will begin at 7:15 a.m. Class lists will be posted on Main Street
Emergency Medical Forms (EMF’s)
Freshman Campus: Individual EMF’s will be part of the orientation packet and must be returned by the first day of class.
Main Campus: Your current EMF will be mailed to you. You are encouraged to complete the form before orientation and return it to the schedule table on orientation day.
Coats and Book bags
Main and Freshman Campus: 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 given to students on Friday, September 18th. 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 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. beginning August 4th. After school starts, passes are available in the office during regular school hours. Photocopies of your vehicle registration and driver’s license need to be submitted before the parking pass will be issued. There will be a nominal fee for parking passes. Students must pay all back-fees before receiving a parking pass.
Freshman Campus: Pictures will be taken during their orientation sessions on August 3rd & 4th. Students who do not get their pictures taken during orientation will have them taken on August 17th.
Main Campus: Sophomores will have their photos taken on Thursday, August 6 during any of the three orientation sessions. Juniors, seniors, and any sophomores who did not have their photos taken at orientation will be photographed on August 18.
Final picture retake for both campuses is October 5th.
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 www.lakotawesthigh.com and click on Senior Photo Submit at the bottom left part of the page.) 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. If a senior portrait is not submitted, their ID photo will be used in the yearbook.
Please join us for our Open House/Academic Nights:
Freshman Campus: Monday, August 17th from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
Main Campus: Wednesday, August 19 from 6:30 until 8 p.m.
Communication – Our webpage, www.lakotawesthigh.com carries a great deal of information. You will find required forms to start the school year, news and daily announcements, the school calendar, and important links to resources such as Naviance, HAC, Athletics and clubs. We also provide a weekly electronic newsletter, scholarship bulletin, and send out frequent informational text and tweets.
Please visit the INFORMATION module on the Lakota West website for important back to school forms and information. If you do not have internet access, please pick up a packet from your school’s main office.
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 at (513) 874-5469 (main campus) or (513) 874-8390 (freshman campus.)
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.
See you soon!
Lakota families looking for assistance with their children's athletic fees are encouraged to apply for grant consideration. A Fund, held at The Community Foundation has been established by private donations to cover half of the athletic fee assessed to students participating in sports within Lakota Schools.