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Graduation and Transition to College PowerPoint

Below are very important documents to explain how the graduation ceremony works, expectations, parking and much more. It should answer all the questions you have. Also below is the PowerPoint from our presentation on Monday, April 9 on Graduation and Transitioning to College. This presentation also walks you through the required student activities that are coming up in the next month.


Graduation Information 2018

APS Graduation Ceremony Layout - Tingley Coliseum Diagram 

NM State Fairgrounds - Parking and more

Post Commencement Meet & Greet Site Diagram



PowerPoint: Graduation and Transition to College



Below is a step-by-step guide to help you get everything done that we need before the Honors Assembly and graduation.


There are things that all seniors must do before graduation and there are mandatory events that all seniors need to attend. See below for details.


Required Tasks

These items need to be completed before you can pick up your Cap and Gown and participate in the Honors Assembly/Graduation Ceremonies.  Try to get these done before May 9th so you can move through the process quickly.


1. Complete Final Next Step Plan

We have these for almost every student. If you have not turned one in, please see Mrs. Bash in the Counseling Office.


2. Order your Final Transcript

If you are going to college next year, you must send a final transcript showing your graduation date to the school you will be attending.  You need to order this before graduation.  Go to, click on Order My Transcript icon (half way down page on right) and follow the steps to order your final transcript.  You MUST select "Hold For Grades" in order to signify this is your Final Transcript order. Otherwise, we will send it now and you will have to place another order to be your final transcript. A list of who has completed this process will be posted outside of Mrs. Ade's office this week.


3. Complete the Senior Exit Survey

All seniors will be required to complete the Senior Exit Survey. This survey collects information on what students plan to do after high school (college, military, career). It also collects scholarship information.  This information is used for the Honors Assembly so it is important that it is completed and accurate.  Click here to complete the survey


4. Pay Fines 

Students fines will be loaded into the fees section on StudentVUE. You must have all fines paid before you will be allowed to pick up your Cap and Gown. Check the system often as fines will be added by different entities on campus from now until graduation.



Required Events

These are the events that seniors need to be at leading up to graduation. The links at the top of this section include all the information in more detail.


1. Senior Finals

Senior finals will take place in your classes on Thursday, May 3rd and Friday, May 4th.


2. Cap and Gown Distribution (YOU MUST BRING A PHOTO ID)

You will go through stations to make sure all of the items listed above have been taken care of.

May 9th

8:00 - 9:00 am   Last Names A-L

9:00 - 10:00 am Last Names M-Z

Please note: Students are expected to follow all APS and school policies for all graduation events and activities.


3. Honors Assembly Rehearsal (Mandatory...this is also our only time to practice for graduation)

May 9th

10:00 am - Noon in the Main Gym

Please note: Students are expected to follow all APS and school policies for all graduation events and activities.


4. Honors Assembly

May 9th

6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Main Gym - you must arrive at 5:30 pm


5. Graduation

May 10th

2:30 - 3:45 pm - Tingley Coliseum - you must arrive at 12:30 pm

Parking map can be found on the links above

Tickets are not required as there is plenty of seating at Tingley Coliseum.  




Optional Activities

1. Senior Day 

The Senior Assembly will be on Friday, April 27th. See the PowerPoint above for details. The Senior shirt with names, will be your ticket to activities and for breakfast and lunch.


2. Graduation Walk

Mrs. Easton and Mrs. Goodman are looking for students to participate in a Graduation Walk at our local elementary schools on May 9th after the Rehearsal. Participants will wear a Cap and Gown and walk through the halls of a local elementary schools to encourage the kids to work hard so they can graduate on time. See Mrs. Easton or Mrs. Goodman in the Counseling Office if you would like to participate  



RAD GRAD is a safe and controlled alcohol/drug free event for LCHS senior students to celebrate their graduation night together.  This year's RAD GRAD is being held at Hinkle Family Fun Center.  This event provides a way for seniors to party and feel they made the most of their big day. RAD GRAD takes place the night of graduation. The PTA will be selling tickets at least one day a week at lunch. Contact Michelle Jensen for more information


Scholarship List - Dates and Deadlines - College Visits

Linked below is the latest version on our Important Dates and Deadlines. This list includes our scholarship list with deadlines, upcoming college visits and other important dates.


April 2018 (Version 3) SCHOLARSHIP LIST and Important Dates and Deadlines

Scholarship Applications

If an organization just sends me a paper application for their scholarship, I will scan it in and post a link to the application below. All of these scholarships are also listed on the scholarship list linked above.


CNM Grant

Daisy Rice Annual Scholarship

Gail and Phil Hines Memorial Scholarship Application

Dawn Witiuk Math Department Scholarship

Bart Rutledge Memorial Scholarship

Presentation from April 2nd Senior Meeting

FAFSA Reminders

I sent this email out to all senior parents on 2/22/18 but wanted to post a copy for any parents or students who would like the information as well.


FAFSA Reminders

Scholarship Search Sites

Big Future – College Board

UNM’s General Scholarship Resource:  (general list, don’t have to be going to UNM)


Texas Tech's External Scholarship Search:  (general list, don’t have to be going to Texas Tech)


New Mexico State University Private Scholarship List: (general list, don’t have to be going to NMSU)



Important Reminders for Seniors 1-8-18 

(PowerPoint from Senior Meeting)

Yearbook and Senior Ad Information

The final deadline for ordering Senior Ads in the yearbook is December 8th.  All of the information on prices and requirements can be found on the flyer that was mailed out earlier this year and copied here (Ad Letter.pdf). If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bryant, our yearbook teacher, directly at

Financial Aid

You can now apply for Federal Financial Aid for the 2018-19 academic year through the  website.  Make sure you are using 2016 taxes and are using the .gov site.  NEVER pay money to file the FAFSA which stands for FREE Application for Federal Student Aid.  If you need help, email Mrs. Chandler at and she can set up an appointment to meet with you and complete your application.


Here is the presentation Mrs. Chandler made to parents explaining the financial aid process and how paying for college works. 


Financial Aid Information Night Presentation


Also, don't forget to use the image below to determine which parent's information to use on the FAFSA if your parents are not married to each other.



Senior Meeting PowerPoints and Handout

Below are links to the Senior Meeting PowerPoints for both students and parents, as well as the handout that was given to each student on August 18th.


Senior Meeting PowerPoint for students

Senior Meeting PowerPoint for parents

Senior Meeting Handout

Make Sure You Take Your ACT/SAT

Seniors, if you have not taken an ACT or SAT yet, now is the time to sign up!  There are a lot of schools and scholarships that have December 1st deadlines and they often require an ACT/SAT score.  It typically takes 3-5 weeks for colleges to receive your scores so we really want students to take the exam at least once by November. 

The next ACT is on October 28th and the deadline to sign up is September 22nd

There are two upcoming SATs, October 7th and November 4th. The deadline for the October 7th test has passed, but you can still sign up as a late registrant and pay the late fee. The deadline to sign up for the November 4th SAT is October 5th

Students need to sign up to take these exams via the organizations websites, they do not sign up for these at the school.  For more information, please visit the ACT registration site at or the SAT registration site at  

If you qualify for Free or Reduced Priced Lunch, there are fee waivers available.  Students who qualify can take each test two times for free, they just need to ask their Counselor for a fee waiver.  

Finally, the LCHS PTA will be holding a Practice ACT on Saturday, September 16th.  This practice allows students to take the ACT in a timed setting.  Students will receive their scores back at the Practice ACT Teach back scheduled for September 21st at 6:30pm.  This opportunity allows students to experience how the test is laid out/how the questions are asked, determine what they need to work on and learn test taking strategies. The cost is $20 and the PTA will be signing students up on September 14th and 15th during lunch outside the Counseling Office.  Students can pay with cash or check made payable to LCHS PTA. 

Welcome to your Senior Year!

Welcome to your Senior Year Class of 2018!  I will be communicating with you and your parents a lot this year to let you know about important dates, deadlines, special events and scholarships. To do this I need a quick and easy way to get information to all of you at once. I will utilize the School Messenger program that allows me to send emails out to those who have email addresses in our system but I also like to use This service allows anyone to sign up to receive text message and/or email messages. I never see your phone number or email address but you will receive my messages and you can opt out at any time.  To get started follow the instructions below.


Counselors will be meeting with all Seniors on Monday, September 18th during senior English classes and I will hold a parent meeting that same night to share the information with parents. This meeting will be in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) starting at 6:30 p.m.


As always, if you have any questions please send me a quick email at and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

Communication Through

One of the primary ways we communicate with Seniors is through Parents and students can sign up to receive messages by following the instructions below.  We do not see your phone number or email address and the messages will be relevant to the senior year (college visits, application deadlines, presentation reminders, scholarship lists, etc.) 


Simply text @lacueva18 to the number 81010


Don't have a mobile phone? Go to on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications

Get Ready to Apply Presentation Information

Thank you to all the parents and students who attended my presentation on February 28, 2017.  As promised here is the PowerPoint and handouts that will be helpful to all of you throughout the rest of this semester, the summer and the beginning of the senior year.  


One reminder, please make sure you/your student is signed up to take the ACT or SAT in March or April.  They can also take the exam(s) in June but if they wait until September or October we sometimes don't get scores back in time to meet some admissions and scholarship deadlines.  To sign up for the exams visit for the ACT or for the SAT.


PowerPoint Presentation
Get Ready to Apply



College Search Worksheet - use this to track everything you learn about each college you are interested in. The file is a Word document so you can delete and add information based on what you want to know.

Testing: College Entrance Preparation

If you have not taken an ACT or SAT you need to sign up ASAP!  You will need these scores to complete your college applications. If you qualify for Free or Reduced Priced Lunch please see your Counselor to get a fee waiver to take the test for free.


ACT Registration Site

ACT Test Prep and Practice Tests

SAT Registration Site

SAT Practice Tests

Khan Academy & SAT Prep Program


College Search Site

Letters of Recommendation

If you need a letter of recommendation for a college application or scholarship, please visit our Letter of Recommendation page to get more information. 


Remember, we ask that you give us a minimum of 10 business days so we can spend an appropriate amount of time on your paperwork and meet the application/scholarship deadline. 

Cap and Gown

Campus Specialties was on campus on Wednesday, October 25th and presented information on ordering Cap and Gowns.  If you did not return your order to them in October when they came during lunch, you will need to contact them directly to order your Cap and Gown. Their website is  Make sure you place your order by December 9th.