April 23, 2020
Greetings From Your LHS Counseling Team
Hello, Loveland High families! The LHS counseling team has decided to continue to send timely updates via newsletters until the end of the school year. Newsletters will be used to communicate important information to students and parents, so please read each newsletter carefully. As always, please feel free to reach out to your counselor directly through email (listed below). We hope our newsletter finds you and your family well.

Mandatory Senior Surveys
Seniors will receive an email on Monday, April 27th with information on how to access two senior surveys. Surveys must be completed no later than Monday, May 4th

One survey question will ask students to indicate their plans for the fall of 2020. We understand that many colleges and universities have extended their commitment deadline and you may still be waiting to make your final decision. Please answer the survey with the most accurate information possible. If you change your plans after completing the survey, please email your counselor with your update.
Attention Juniors and Parents
As you may know, junior year is the time for you to be thinking about college.

As this year winds down, we encourage students to do four main things: 

  • College research: Learn about different colleges and which ones might be a good fit. Potentially begin going on campus visits. (Or, given the coronavirus, check out videos and virtual campus tours.)

  • Study for standardized tests: If your child is applying to a college that requires the SAT or ACT, it’s normally wise to take it in the spring semester of junior year. This way, if your child wants a better score, he/she can always study over the summer and retake it at the beginning of senior year. However, given that standardized tests have now been canceled, we encourage your student to study now to take the SAT/ACT in the fall, and/or consider applying to test-optional colleges.

  • Apply for scholarships. High school juniors are eligible for plenty of scholarships, and it’s never too early to begin earning money toward your child’s college tuition! Plus, it’s pretty easy to turn common scholarship essays into college essays, when the time comes. We recommend your child sign up for Going Merry, Fastweb.com, Scholarships.com, and/or College Board Big Future, which are all free scholarship searches and application platforms. We will also work closely with you next year on how to access scholarships through Naviance.

( Here’s an overview of how the Going Merry platform works, and here are some previous winning essays for inspiration.)

This may seem like a lot to keep track of, so you might also find this Junior Year Calendar/Checklist to be quite helpful. Parents, we recommend you print it out, review it with your child, and check things off as they’re completed. Please note, this list is only a guideline, and should be customized by each individual student and family to fit your needs.

Senior Awards Night
Even in this time of quarantine and social distancing, it is important to celebrate all the achievements and accomplishments of our amazing senior class. The counseling department is pleased to announce that a video presentation will be created and shared with families of honored students. We expect to share the video sometime during the week of May 18th - 22nd. Specific information will be sent by email to those families in the near future.
AP Testing Information
AP Students & Parents: It is ESSENTIAL that you are checking your email during this time.  
AP Exam Information:

AP exams will be 45 minutes and will be taken online at home
  • You will have the opportunity to practice with the online format prior to the test
  • You will have an additional 5 minutes to upload your answers
  • You will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.

AP exams are scheduled for May 11-22 with some make up testing June 1-5. It is highly encouraged to take your exam on the regularly scheduled exam date in case anything goes wrong in your submission. If you test on the make up date you will not have another opportunity if there is an error.

Mark your calendar or set a reminder for your exam dates and time. Exams will be at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., or 2 p.m. 

Here is the schedule:  

Monday, May 11th
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics @ 10 a.m.    
  • AP Studio Art @ 11 a.m. 
  • AP US Government @ 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12th
  • AP Calculus AB @ 12 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13th
  • AP English Lit @ 12 p.m.

Thursday, May 14th
  • AP Chemistry @ 12 p.m.

Friday, May 15th
  • AP US History @ 12 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 19th
  • AP Psychology @ 12 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20th
  • AP German @ 10 a.m.             
  • AP English Lang @ 12 p.m.

Thursday, May 21st
  • AP French @10 a.m.                  
  • AP Macroeconomics @ 2 p.m. 

Friday, May 22nd
  • AP Statistics @ 12 p.m.

You will be sent a code that will provide you access to your exam. There will be several steps you have to take before you get to your exam. This is for exam security.
Just as you would in the traditional exam setting, you must work on the exam BY YOURSELF! Exam security measures are in place to detect cheating and if a student is found to be cheating it will be reported to any college that they send AP or SAT scores.

AP Central gives you exam specific information on dates & times, descriptions of what you will be asked to do on the exams, exam features, scoring and security. Students can access daily online review and training on the exams at youtube.com/advancedplacement

Students with ACCOMMODATIONS approved in the College Board system will receive those accommodations on the AP Exams.

You will receive an At-Home Testing Guide that outlines all exam information 

AP Test Cancellations: At this point, I am not able to issue refunds for test cancellations until the second week of June. If you have questions about canceling a test, please email Laura Anderson at laura.anderson@thompsonschools.org .
SAT Testing for Class of 2021
All schools in Colorado are awaiting an announcement from the College Board and/or Colorado Department of Education regarding a statewide SAT exam date during the 2020-2021 school year. We anticipate a Colorado SAT to be scheduled sometime in the fall, which would allow students to test early in their senior year. As soon as more information is available, it will be shared with students and parents.

The College Board continues to post updates at the following link: https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates . Please note that most information posted on this site references national SAT exams. Information about Colorado SAT testing can be found here: https://www.cde.state.co.us/assessment/coloradosat .
Summer School Opportunities
Loveland High School students have two summer school opportunities, both of which will be available online via FuelEd. Classes will be held from June 1 through June 25. Registration closes on Friday, May 1 . To register, please visit  https://www.thompsonschools.org/SummerLearning . As noted on the site, students can enroll with the following intent:

  • Credit Recovery - open to students who failed a graduation requirement (no cost)
  • Get-Ahead Credit - a variety of courses that meet graduation requirements are available ($100 per class or $175 for 2+ classes)

Please contact your student’s LHS counselor with questions about summer school course selections. If you have additional questions regarding summer school, contact Ashley Blair, summer school coordinator, at ashley.blair@thompsonschools.org .
Attention Sophomores: Peer Counseling Spots Still Available
The application deadline for peer counseling has been extended through May 1st The peer counseling program requires a semester-long training course during junior year. Following training, peer counselors maintain yearlong office hours as seniors. Students who complete the program earn 1.5 elective credits toward graduation. If you are interested in supporting other students at LHS and want to be a part of our counseling team, please consider applying! 
Sophomores, Juniors Can Still Apply to be Peer Ambassadors
Tenth and eleventh graders, if you have applied to be a Peer Ambassador for the 2020-2021 school year, THANK YOU! Notifications of acceptance will be coming soon; we appreciate your patience!

If you are still interested in becoming a peer ambassador next school year, there is still time to fill out an application. Peer Ambassadors  give building tours to new students, work with 9 th  graders on transition day, speak to 8 th  graders about the transition to high school, present on healthy relationships in health classes, and assist with a variety of school events throughout the year.  Application deadline is May 1st!
Are You Looking for a Job?
The Larimer County Workforce center is posting available positions for teens on its Facebook page each week. A wide variety of resources are available through the CareerRise program. Students can also receive assistance with resume writing and interviewing skills. Check out the information at the CareerRise Facebook page .