Today's Student Announcements
Lowell High School Announcements - Friday, January 18, 2019
New ~ Please be aware the dress code proposal change was approved by the school committee last night.
This means head wraps and scarves will now be allowed. Everything else is still not allowed; hoods, hats, doo-rags, skull caps etc. There will be an announcement this morning.
New ~ There will be a mandatory NHS meeting on Thurs., Jan. 24 in the Little Theatre @ 2:30 for ALL current members. More details are on our GoogleClassroom.
~ The senior portraits are hanging outside of room 249 and available to be proofed by the seniors. Please stop by and check that your photo and spelling of your name is correct. This is not a time to change your photo, but a time to correct any mistakes. If you find a mistake please see Mrs. O’Leary during advisory this week. If your photo is correct, sign your name next to your photo.
~ Informational Meeting: Wed. Jan 30th during Advisory in room 248. We are looking for students & staff to perform a dance, song, poem, etc… from another country or culture in our show on March 14th. For more info please come to the meeting, or see Ms. Ameduri in 223 or Mr. Quiles in Room 250.
~ Are you graduating and unsure of your next plans? Join us in JANUARY for our WEDNESDAY CAREER SERIES
January 23 Careers as FIRST RESPONDENTS( Firemen, police, Nursing) Little Theatre @ 2:30 pm
Offered by The PALS program, the Career Center and our Community Partners
see Ms Correa R209 for more information or early sign ups
~ National Honor Society is collecting brand new socks throughout Jan. Drop off in Rm. 204.
~Essay contest - $10,000 prize. The Kennedy Library runs a national essay contest every year to Celebrate the birth of President John F. Kennedy. The essay is on political courage, with a top prize of $10,000 awarded, with other substantial awards, as well. If you are interested in details, please see Ms. Keefe, English Department Chair, in the Teacher Center. The deadline is January 18, 2019.
~ Pep Club will meet on Wednesday January 23rd at 7:30am in Student Activities.
~The student book club is reading “The Impossible Knife of Memory” by Laurie Halse Anderson. Copies of the book are available in the school library. We will be meeting on Tuesday, January 22 immediately after school in the library. All are welcome.~Have a Hat” Program is a service Club, which donates hats that we knit and crochet to area hospitals. Come and learn how to knit and crochet! We will meet Mondays until 3:15 p.m. and we serve snacks! All Staff is invited! Fulfill your service hours for volunteering in Room 019!
~Business Professionals of America will meet on Wednesday in Room 629. New members are welcomed to find out more about this club for any student as well as our National Leadership Conference in California in April 2019!.
~Join the Rainbow Alliance every Monday after school in Room 325 for snacks and fun. Please join us, and follow us on Instagram @LHSRainbow for news and updates.
~ Students interested in traveling to Spain in April 2020 please see Mrs Dyson in room 101 or Mr Gervais in Student Support for more information.
~ Students interested in traveling to Dublin, Ireland, Belfast No. Ireland, Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England please see Mr. Thornton in the Student Activities for information.
COLLEGE & CAREER
- College & Career Representative Visits:
- College representatives will be available during the school day to meet with any 11th/12thgrader who would like to research their college options. Sign-ups are required, by logging onto your Naviance account or visiting Rm. 116.
- The following college & career representatives will be available in Room 116:
¯ Thursday, Jan. 10:
- Marines, All lunches, Cafe
¯ Friday, Jan. 11:
- Coast Guard, All lunches, Café
¯ Monday, Jan. 14:
- UMass Lowell Application Days, 8:00-11:00am, Rm. 116
¯ Thursday, Jan. 17
- Army National Guard, 10:45am, Cafeteria, All lunches
¯ Wednesday, Jan. 23
- MCC Application Days, 9:30-10:30am, Rm. 116
*****Upcoming College/Career Rep Visits:
- Mon. Jan. 28: UMass Lowell Application Days, 8:00-11am, Rm. 116
- Naviance College Application Information (SENIORS):
- Any senior who plans to apply to college will use their Naviance accounts to build a college list and request letters of recommendations and transcripts from counselors and/or teachers
- College applications will be sent separately, by using Common Application (for those who accept it) or the college’s specific admission application; most applications are submitted online
- For those using Common Application, you must link this account to your Naviance account, using the Common App Match; watch the video on the guidance website, which explains how to do this
- If you are using Common App, you MUST indicate this in Naviance, by answering the question, Are You Applying via Common App?—if you do not complete this section, teachers & counselors cannot send their letters
- Fee waiver eligible students will find their college app fee waivers in their CollegeBoard account; Common App colleges do not require fee waiver eligible students to send the card, unless instructed to do so, double check your application status online or contact admissions to know for sure
- Print out the Naviance College Application Procedureshandout on the guidance website & stop by the CCC, Rm. 116 for additional help
- Letters of Recommendation for 12thGraders:
- Students should make their teacher request in person, followed by the Naviance request, which will generate an email to the teacher
- Students should use the Teacher Recommendation Request Form to help with the letter writing process, available in guidance & College & Career
- Students must list their colleges in Common App & complete the Common App Match in Naviance before staff can send documents
- Students will need to notify their teachers when they have added a new college to their list to request the teacher resend the letter to the new school
- Common Application:
- 12thgraders will need to complete the Common App Match before teachers/counselors can send documents to your colleges
- If you add an additional college to your list, you MUST SEE YOUR TEACHER/COUNSELOR TO RESEND LETTERS OF REC AND TRANSCRIPTS
- Be sure to add your colleges in your Common App list or your teachers/counselors cannot send your letters of rec
- If you are using Common App to apply, you must indicate this in your college list in Naviance
- Financial Aid/Scholarship Information:
- FAFSA: Students should log on beginning Oct. 1 to fafsa.govto begin the 2019-20 FAFSA financial aid application & create their FSA ID number; transfer 2017 tax information directly into your FAFSA application using the IRS retrieval option; check FAQ’s for required documents
- CSS Profile: If you are applying to a private college you may need to submit the CSS Profile financial aid form; beginningOct. 1this form is available online at
collegeboard.org; fee waivers are automatically granted to eligible students; for additional info, please view the 2017-18 CSS Profile Guide online
- Scholarships: A list of general scholarships is available in students’ Naviance accounts; to apply you must log-in, click on the colleges link, then “Scholarships & Money” to review each scholarship’s eligibility criteria
- 12thGrade LHS Honors Night Scholarships: Honors Night applications will be available to all eligible 12th graders beginning Thurs. Jan. 17, 8:45am, LHS Cyrus W. Irish Auditorium. Students who have a 2.5 GPA or higher, attended LHS junior year, and plan to continue their education in the Fall 2019 will be invited to attend the Honors Night Info Session. Students will receive the scholarship bulletin and review the online application procedures.
All scholarship applications must be submitted online no later than Tuesday, Feb. 19, 4:00pm; no late applications will be accepted, unless noted by the individual scholarship. Completed scholarship applications must include all HN scholarship materials, including completing all required fields in the online application, uploading an ID only transcript, completing the primary essay & other writing requirements as stated by the specific scholarship. Letters of recommendation are only required by those scholarships that request them.
HN application materials will be available in students’ Naviance accounts and posted on the Guidance Department website page. For additional information, please contact Karyn Cassidy, College & Career Ctr., Rm. 116 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 11thGrade Scholarships:
- QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program (summer program): QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program gives outstanding, low-income high school juniors in the top 5-10% of their class with 1280+ PSAT/SAT scores an early advantage in college admissions with their summer program; College Prep Scholars are uniquely prepared to gain admission and full scholarships to top-tier colleges through QuestBridge; the majority are also selected as Finalists for the National College Match, a full, four year college scholarship during senior year
- PSAT Information:
- All 10th/11thgrade students who tested on the PSAT should have received an email in Dec. with their access code to log into collegeboard.org to check scores
- Don’t forget to link your collegeboard account with Khan Academy--once your PSAT scores are loaded, you will have a personalized study guide & FREE SAT prep
- Questions? Please contact Mr. Smith, Rm. 116
- SAT Information:
- The registration deadline for theMar. 9 SAT is Feb. 8; register at collegeboard.org; fee waivers can be used to cover the late fee
- Remember to add your colleges to your registration- you have 4 free score reports from the time you register until 9 days after you test, thereafter you will pay an $12 fee; fee waiver eligible students unlimited lifetime score report credits in your SAT account, check this before you pay the fee
- Visit Rm. 116 to pick up your free study guide, register for a collegeboard.org account, and/or request a fee waiver (available to eligible students)
- ACT Information:
- The registration deadlinefor the Feb. 9 ACT is Jan. 11; register online at www.act.org; fee waivers are available for eligible students, but will not cover the late fee
- The registration deadlinefor the April 13 ACT is Mar. 8; register online at www.act.org
- Visit Rm. 116 to pick up your free study guide, register for an act.org account, and/or request a fee waiver (available to eligible students)
- TOEFL Information:
- Computer based English-language test for non-native English speakers who have taken ELL courses in high school
- Ongoing registration and test dates available; register onlinehttp://www.ets.org/toefl
- Visit Rm. 116 for free study materials, register for an toefl.org account, and/or request a fee waiver (available to eligible students)
- UMASS Lowell Application Days:
- Jan. 14 & 28, Rm. 116- UML will be available to help seniors with their UML/Common Application & juniors who have questions about the process
- MCC Application Days:
- Jan. 23, Feb. 27, Mar. 20 & Apr. 24, Rm. 116-MCC will be available to help seniors complete the MCC application
- FREE FAFSA Day Financial Aid Appointments at MCC:
- Saturday, Feb. 9, 1:00pm-Middlesex Community College, Lowell Campus, 33 Kearney Square
- Seniors who need help completing the FAFSA can register online at www.fafsaday.orgfor a free appointment to meet with a financial aid counselor to complete the FAFSA form
- 11thGrade Parent MEFA College Planning Night
- Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6pm, Helen Gilbride Droney Little Theater
- All 11th grade students and families are invited to attend theJunior Parent MEFA College Admissions Planning Seminarto learn more about current trends in admissions, college applications, the college essay, and financial aid process
- Volunteer Opportunities:
- United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley
- Volunteer Match https://www.volunteermatch.org/search?l=Lowell,%20MA,%20USA
- Pre College Summer Programs
- MA 4 Yr. College Summer Programs (visit admission website)
Babson, Bentley, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Brandeis, Emerson, Hampshire, Harvard, MIT, Smith, Springfield College, Tufts, WPI
- Check listings in Naviance under Colleges Home/Enrichment Programs
- Career Information:
- MassHire Greater Lowell Career Centeris available every Wednesday, from
9-11:45am, ages 16+, for part time job assistance; sign up in the College & Career Center in Rm. 116 or see your guidance counselor
- Resume Writing Workshops: Jan. 23 & 24, 2:30-3:30p, Rm. 116; sign up in Naviance under “What’s New”
- Military Information:
- US Navy, Army, Marines & Army National Guard available each month in the cafe Jan-May; see dates listed in Naviance
- Serious about joining? Study now for your ASVAB test which includes Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension & Mathematics Knowledge—a higher score improves your chances of getting the specialty/job & signing bonus you want
- ASVAB test prep:https://www.march2success.com/main/index-login to create an account & focus on the “high school math & verbal skills” section