• JUNE

    I will be off for the summer, June 5th- July 22nd. If you need assistance during this time, contact the school directly.  

     

    MAY

    Summer School Information was given to students who have failed courses required for graduation. Here is the information that was sent home.   

     

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    Here is your Summer To Do List Video https://youtu.be/SJXWAos10W8

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    If you received a level 1 or level 2 on your State Assessments and do not want to wait until next year to retake them for graduation requirements, you can take the ACT or SAT this summer.  

     

    FAST ELA PM 3 Passing Cordant Scores

    SAT  480 on the English test 

    ACT  18 average on Reading and English tests (take your English and Reading scores and add them together, then divide by 2. It needs to be 18 or higher) 

     

    BEST Algebra 1 EOC passing concordant scores 

    BEST Geometry 1 EOC (level 3)

    SAT Math 420

    ACT math 16

    PSAT 420

    CLT quantitative reasoning 11

     

    Sign yourself up.  There are NO fee waivers this summer. You will have to pay for the test.  

    www.collegeboard.com

    www.act.org 

     

     

     

     

    APRIL

    college tour

     

     

    summer driver's ed

    Volunteer Opportunity

    MARCH

    Spanish Flyer

    Spring Academic Conference Virtual Tutoring

     

    9 weeks until the end of the year. Check out this opportunity for paid training 

    Future Leaders

     

    FEBRUARY 

     

    Image preview

     

    IT's time to select classes for NEXT YEAR! 

    I'm visiting English classes to help you select classes for next year.  I'll see you soon. 

    Selecting Classes for 11th grade Presentation

    Course Request Sheet

     

    DUAL ENROLLMENT AT THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

     

    Students with a 3.0 GPA and passing test scores can begin taking college classes for free!  Dual Enrollment is a great opportunity and a big responsibility. You need to be able to work independently.  You are treated the same as an adult student.  To help prepare you for this, it is your responsibility to sign up for dual enrollment. I can NOT do this process for you. However, here are the steps you need to take, and I can answer your questions.      

     

    First, sign up to take the PERT.  You can sign up by emailing audrey.leiker@marion.k12.fl.us 

    or you can take it at the college https://www.cf.edu/academics/academic-services/testing-and-assessment/test-directory/placement-testing/

     

    Second, Review this information sheet. https://pr.cf.edu/files/SA-DE9_Dual_Enrollment_Program-InfoDates.pdf



    Third, Read EVERYTHING on this webpage about dual enrollment. Click all the links and read it all.   https://www.cf.edu/admissions/information-for-students/dual-enrollment-high-school/traditional-dual-enrollment/



    Fourth, complete the application. The steps are here:  https://pr.cf.edu/files/SA-DE13_Online_Application_Steps.pdf

     

    Fifth, (after you get your CF student ID number) Complete these forms and bring them to me. 

    https://pr.cf.edu/files/SA-DE16_Dual_Enrollment_Student_Registration_Agreement.pdf

    https://pr.cf.edu/files/SA-DE10_CF_Dual_Enrollment_Application_Checklist.pdf

    https://pr.cf.edu/files/SA-DE4_Dual_Enrollment_Signature_Page.pdf

     

    6th Then you will select your classes with the dual enrollment advisor at the College.  Once you have been admitted you will receive an email with the instructions on how to sign into your CF portal and register for a session under the Start Smart tab.  Orientations are held here on the college campus.

     

    7th After you pick your classes at the college, we will adjust your schedule here at LWHS to accommodate your college class meeting times.  Most people do LWH in the morning then go to CF in the afternoon or take college classes online.  



    If you don't have access to print these forms at home, you can do so in the media center, or I can print them for you in the Guidance office. 



    TIP:  When you go to the application page, scroll down to the very bottom section.  The very bottom left side section is the application for Dual Enrollment students.  

     

    January 2024

    Happy New Year!  

    THIS MONTH, STUDENTS WILL BE TAUGHT TO WRITE SMART GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.  WE HAVE AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING HERE AT SCHOOL AND CREDIT RECOVERY BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL TO HELP STUDENTS ACHIEVE THEIR ACADEMIC GOALS.  AS YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR FOR MORE DETAILS.  

     

     

     

    December  2023

    The School Counselor title was changed over ten years ago in legislation, yet many still use the outdated term "guidance counselors."  I'm proud to serve as a School Counselor at LWH.  Feel free to read below if you are curious about our title change and our purpose in schools.  

     

     

     

     

    We have three more weeks until the end of the semester. Students will earn 1/2 credit for each class they pass with a semester average of a D or higher. Students still have time to pull up their grades. 

     

    I am visiting world history classes to briefly check in with students about their grades and to give them time to complete career exploration using the Xello app on the students' desktop.  They can also access this app at home and share the results with family members.    

     

     

    November 2023

     

     

     

     

    Here are the slides for tonight's Pathways to Graduation information session.  Feel free to email or call me if you can't attend and have questions.  Pathways to Graduation Slideshow

     

     

    Parents, I know the struggle is real. So here are a few articles on how to motivate teens.  

    https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/motivating-underachievers-part-i-when-your-child-says-i-dont-care/

     

    https://www.parentingforbrain.com/my-child-is-not-motivated-to-do-anything/

     

    https://threepeakstreatment.com/residential-treatment/how-to-motivate-teens/

     

    October

    Need a Parent, Student, Teacher Conference? 
    You can email teachers anytime if you have questions. https://www.marionschools.net/domain/23410

    If you want to meet face to face, call the guidance office at 671-4820 and ask Mrs. Stuart to schedule a conference.  We hold them before school from 8:30-9:00am.  

     

    HOW ARE YOUR FIRST QUARTER GRADES LOOKING? 

    Sign up for tutoring if you are falling behind. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=cJx5FTLBu06xAkjDueUvEvSGBqPZnM1BnRXJ9btQB69UQ05UQVBFQVFBRDBUOEwxMU40MUZRVFc5Ny4u

     

    HOW's THAT GPA (GRADE POINT AVERAGE)? 

     

    Your GPA changes at the end of each semester AND after you finish an online course.  If you want to play sports, join a club, park on campus, or attend prom in the spring, you MUST have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 2.0  Get your grades up before we leave for winter break. Ask your teachers for help.  Sign up for tutoring.   

     

    SEPTEMBER

    Start Planning for Life After High School

    Students are encouraged to use the XELLO app on their MCPS desktop to explore college and career options.  I recently also visited 10th grade English classes to talk about the three E options for after high school: Enroll, Enlist, and Employed. We also started talking about how to get free money for college via Scholarships like the Florida Bright Futures and Pell Grant.  Learn more here    https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPHome/SAPHome?url=home  and here  https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

    CREDIT RECOVERY OPTIONS : 

    AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING is now available. Sign your child up here Tutoring

     

    I will be visiting English 2 and AICE classes over the next few weeks. This is the lesson I will be delivering. The slides have links for you to explore more. See you soon.  

    10th Grade Fall Slideshow

    10th grade fall slideshow

     

    OPEN HOUSE: Parents can see your students' classrooms and meet their teachers on Thursday, September 7th at 5:30pm. I will also be available to talk that night.  

     

    AUGUST

    The annual College and Career Expo will be August 23rd, from 5-7pm at the Ewer's Center at the College of Central Florida in Ocala.  Representatives from dozens of colleges, universities, technical schools and military branches will be there to talk to students and parents.  The expo is free to attend.  

     

     

    Open House will be August 29th at 5:30pm.  You will follow your child's schedule class by class. Bring your child or their schedule.  Also, I will be availble 4-5:30 if you have questions about your child's progress towards graduation.  We hope to see you there.  

     

    Check out the video we are showing students today to help them learn about email, skyward, canvas, empathy, and grounding with the 5 senses.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEZTH1C3zr4

     

    Welcome to the New School Year

    Schedules will be ready for viewing in skyward approximately August 3rd.  You may request changes via email to kimberly.martin-donald@marion.k12.fl.us through August 7th.  Remember, I can not drop intensive reading classes as they are based on assessment scores and are required by the state and district.  

     

    Summer 2023

    Report cards can be veiwed on skyward.  Grades for classes with EOC (e.g. Algebra 1) could possibly change (grades go up) after we get scores back over the summer.  

    Summer school for credit recovery is now in session. Please call the Guidance office to enroll. 

    I will be on summer break from June 9th to July 17th.  However, a counselor will be available Monday-Thursday during summer to help you. 

    Check out my summer slideshow here for more details. Sophomore Information Summer 2023 

     

    If you are bored this summer, consider volunteering in your community.  Volunteer experience can help you earn scholarships, future jobs, and college acceptance.  Make sure you log hours on the official form and get the required signatures from the adult supervising you (non-relative). Volunteer log  

     

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    Do you need help with homework or credit recovery at night?

    We are here to support you!  Starting Monday, April 10th, we will offer Night Tutor through Canvas and Microsoft Teams.  Between the hours of 6 and 8 pm, we will have a teacher available to support students with core classes. 

    Here is the schedule:

    Mondays ELA and Reading -6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Tuesdays Math - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    Wednesday Math & Spanish - 6:00-8:00 pm

    Thursday ELA & Social Studies - 6:00-8:00 pm

     

    https://marionschools.instructure.com/courses/84293

     

    Once you get to the Lake Weir High School Night School Tutoring Canvas course, Click the link to join the Teams meeting.  The teacher will let you join the class.

     

    We are here for you! Go Canes!

     

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    DUAL ENROLLMENT AT THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA 

    If you are interested in taking college classes while still in high school, check out the following information. 

    https://www.cf.edu/admissions/information-for-students/dual-enrollment-high-school/

    DE presentation

     

     

    Check out these great resources for dealing with stress, anxiety, and depressive feelings.  COPING SKILLS TOOLBOX

     

     

    SAVE THE DATE!  Please join us February, 21st for Parent Information Night.

    Parent Night Flyer

     

     

     

    January Extended Office Hours 

    I will be hosting extended office hours, Monday, January 23rd from 4pm-6pm. If you would like to make an appointment to come by or chat by phone, please email me kimberly.martin-donald@marion.k12.fl.us   

    January News 

    Dear Parents,
     
    Report cards went home January 6th. The students can also pull up their grades on skyward, and if you have a parent portal, you can see the grades there as well.  I am mailing letters to parents if their child received a D or F 2nd quarter.    
     

    We would like to see students earn a C or higher in every class. Students earn ½ credit for each class they pass during the first semester. Students receive no credit for failed courses.  However, first and second semester grades are averaged together. If a student earns a high enough grade in the second semester, he or she could still pass the class for the year and earn full credit. Another option is for students to take PLATO credit recovery before school to repeat failed courses. Students will need to provide their own transportation and arrive by 8:10am. 

     

    To help students become more successful, we are offering tutoring after school Monday-Thursdays from 3:50-5:00pm. Some bus transportation to hub stops is available. You can sign your child up for tutoring by completing the Student/Parent Tutor Contract form. You can keep up with your child's progress throughout the year by viewing their grades using the parent portal. I encourage you to check their grades weekly if possible. To sign up for the parent portal, please see Mrs. Stuart in the guidance office.

     

     If you would like to contact any of your child’s teachers, teacher emails are listed on our LWHS website in the Faculty and Staff Director. Please allow teachers 24-48 hours to respond to emails.   https://www.marionschools.net/domain/23410

      If you would like to schedule a parent teacher conference, please call Mrs. Stuart in the guidance office.  

     

    To be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities like clubs, sports, and school dances, students must have a 2.0 grade point average (a C average). D and F grades place students at risk for falling below a 2.0 and potential loss of credits. To be on track, 9th grade students need to pass all 6 classes and earn all 6 credits this school year.  Please feel free to email or call me at the school if you have any questions or concerns. Together, we can help your child to have a successful 9th grade year.   

    November News

    November is a great time to be thankful.  But you can practice gratitude all year round. Gratitude is taking time to notice and appreciate the good things in your life.  Gratitude can make people happier, increase self-esteem, decrease depression, and help you sleep better.  Try gratitude at meal times, at bedtime, in the morning, or when you feel down or stressed.  You can use a journal, an app on your phone, share with a friend or family member, or just reflect by yourself.  Ask yourself, what blessings do I take for granted?  Who am I thankful for?  Has something good happened to me today?  Give gratitude a try.  

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOm8qZ1brP8

    https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/video/item/what_teens_are_actually_thankful_for

    October News

    We have tutoring Monday-Thursdays 3:50-5:30.  Complete the contract and return to LWHS Tutoring

    The first quarter ends Friday, October 7th.  Report cards will go home Friday, October 14th.  You can view your child's grades at any time through skyward. You can have the student log in to their account or get parent portal access by seeing Mrs. Stuart in the guidance office.  I will be sending home letters soon to any student who received a D or F on their first report card.  The letter looks like this  D F Letter  I will be hosting extended office hours Friday, October 21st from 4-6pm.  You can call me at 671-4822.  

    I am still finishing up Problem Solving Like a Pro classroom guidance in the environmental science classes.  Next month, i will begin lessons on Conflict Resolution.

    I am going to offer a new small group lesson on mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.  We will meet during select cane times/club days.  Interested students can email me for more information.   

     

    Click here to view the summer 2022 slideshow Summer Information

    Hello Freshmen!

    You can view your upcoming 2022-2023 schedule on Skyward on July 31st.  You may request changes July 31st through August 5th. 

    To request a schedule change, please email me kimberly.martin-donald@marion.k12.fl.us with the following information:  

    Student Name

    Student ID

    Phone number to reach you

    What would you like to discuss about your schedule?  What class do you want to drop?  What class would you like to add?  

    Some requests can not be honored due to graduation requirements, test scores, grades, class size, and other issues or policies.  

     

     

    Important Note:

    Communication does not mean your schedule change is approved.  There are class size amendments, teacher qualifications, and graduation requirements that must be met when considering schedule changes.

     

     

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