Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - November 17, 2019

November - A Month of Thanks

Making Thanksgiving Perpetual

As we prepare for the week of Thanksgiving Break, I wanted to thank the many people who contribute to our school community.

Thanks to our students who put their faith in us to teach them the things that will prepare them for success in whatever they chose to do after they leave LEHS.

Thanks to our custodians who are continually cleaning up after 2260 teenagers and 200 adults.

Thanks to our food service staff who prepare breakfast and lunch for 2260 teenagers every school day.

Thanks to our teachers who care about kids and work hard everyday to ensure quality learning takes place.

Thanks to our club sponsors who see a need to provide an extra opportunity for students to get involved.

Thanks to our counselors who help kids and families with a wide range of decisions.

Thanks to our office staff who provide excellent customer service to students, parents, teachers, and community members.

Thanks to our maintenance crew who keep our air conditioning working and our lights always glowing.

Thanks to our coaches, band directors, drill team director, theater directors, choir directors, cheer coaches, AcDec coaches, UIL Academic coaches, CTE organization sponsors (DECA, HOSA, FCCLA, Law Enforcement, Culinary, FFA, AV/Media Tech) for providing our students with opportunities to learn leadership, team work, and community service.

Thanks to our Athletic Department who work long hours to provide opportunities for our student athletes to learn and perform in their chosen sport in a quality venue whether that is stadium, gym, or field.

Thanks to our administrators for working with kids, teachers, and parents on academic, social emotional, and basic needs.

Thanks to our SRO's who work tirelessly to keep our students safe.

Thanks to our librarian and media tech aide for making sure students have resources - books, computers, online tools.

Thanks to our College Readiness Coordinator for planning meaningful activities that help students and parents realize that college is more than a dream.

Thanks to our nurse and nurse's aide for taking care of our students medical needs.

Thanks to our hall monitors for helping us keep our hallways safe.

Thanks to our support personnel who provide specialized services to students.

Thanks to our parents who support our school in many ways such as booster clubs, fundraising, attending student events, and monitoring academic progress.

Thanks to our central office administrators who provide support, resources, and leadership.

Thanks to our School Board members who give of their time to make LEISD a district everyone can proud of.

Thanks to our community for showing their support from passing the Bond package which will ensure first rate facilities for our kids to attending the many events all over the district.

The mission of LEISD is to Engage, Equip, and Empower each student to reach their full potential. This is a bold mission that requires a caring and committed community. I will continue to be thankful every day for being fortunate enough to work with just that type of community. Together we will become "The Destination District."

In the words of Henry David Thoreau, "I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual."

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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Fall 2019 Semester Exam Bell Schedule

Please note: Exam Schedule has been CHANGED!

FamiLE Exemption: Community Service Hours Form

To claim FamiLE Exemption completed form should be completed and turned into House Office by December 6, 2019.

Attendance Matters: Semester Exam Exemptions

Fall Exams are Almost Here!

It is time to start checking your exemption status for our upcoming semester exams. Please reference the Exam Exemption Criteria document linked above and read the following procedures carefully.

2019-20 LEHS Exam Exemptions

  • Students are eligible to earn semester final exam exemptions based on academic performance, attendance, citizenship and community service.
  • The start date for exam exemption eligibility was August 19, 2019.
  • US History courses are excluded from Fall exam exemptions. Dual Credit, OnRamps, AP and Online Languages courses may also be excluded from exam exemptions in order to meet their program requirements.
  • The final eligibility report will be run through the house offices and posted by December 13, 2019.
  • It is extremely important that all parent and doctor notes be turned in to your house office by December 6, 2019. Notes turned in after this date will not impact students’ eligibility for exam exemptions.
  • Students wanting the FamiLE exemption must turn in their documented 30 hours to house offices by December 6, 2018.
  • House offices will generate the official list of students eligible for exam exemptions.
  • House offices will provide exemption cards through 3rd period classes to students listing the number of exam exemptions for which they are eligible.
  • Students choose which class(es) they want to request an exemption and notify the teacher. Exemption cards will have eligible classes printed on the card.
  • Teachers will have final approval of exemptions if the use of the exemption could result in a failing grade.
  • ANY absences after exemptions have been printed can void the exemption. Teachers will verify eligibility if absences occur December 13 - December 19.
  • Students must be present on exam days even if they are exempt.
  • Each teacher will initial the exemption card to verify the exemption has been used and collect exemptions used in their class. Cards will be turned into Mrs. Chesnut's office on January 6.
  • A MISSED EXAM will be averaged as a zero and can impact whether a student earns credit for the course.
  • Transfer students must attend school in district for a minimum of one full quarter to be eligible.

Attendance on Exam Days -

  • Monday, December 16th and Tuesday, December 17th are FULL attendance days. You may leave after 5th period if you are exempt for your exam on that day and if you have transportation (walk, drive, or parent pick-up). If you stay on campus to wait for a ride, you must still report to scheduled classes.
  • On Wednesday, December 18th ALL students must attend 1st period (7:20 AM to 7:25 AM) for attendance purposes. If you have exemptions for the remainder of the day (3rd, and 5A periods) you may leave after 7:25 AM if you have transportation (walk, drive, or parent pick-up). If you stay on campus to wait for a ride, you must still report to all scheduled classes and should bring something to study or read. Late Arrival Students will report to 3rd period (8:40 AM to 8:45 AM) for attendance purposes and may leave if exempt from 3rd and 5A exams.
  • On Thursday, December 19th ALL students must report to 2nd period (7:20 AM to 7:25 AM) and if you have exemptions for the remainder of the day (2nd, 4th, and 5B periods) you may leave after attendance has been taken if you have transportation (walk, drive, or parent pick-up). If you stay on campus to wait for a ride, you must still report to all scheduled classes and should bring something to study or read.Late Arrival Students will report to 4th period (8:40 AM to 8:45 AM) for attendance purposes and may leave if exempt from 4th and 5B exams.
  • On any exam day a student may leave when they have finished the exam period of their last exam for the day if they have transportation (walk, drive, parent pick-up).

Driver Education Course - Enroll Now!

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Driver Education Registration Form

Form must be completed and turned in with fee to Coach Rhoades in Room 2212

A driver’s education course will be offered second semester at LEHS, starting on January 8th. It will include classroom and behind the wheel instruction. Successful completion of the course will enable the student to apply for their driver’s license. Enrollment will be limited so it will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Classroom instruction will be after school from 3:00 -5:00 pm Monday -Friday. The driving instruction will be on a schedule of your choosing. More details to follow. Students must be 15 years of age or older as of January 20th to enroll. Fee for the class is $400 made out to Little Elm High School. Print the registration form linked above. Bring the completed registration form and payment ASAP to Coach Rhoades in room 2212 as this class fills up very fast.

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Parent Preview Night

Proclamation 2020 calls for new English language arts and reading instructional materials to be implemented into classrooms for the 2020-2021 school year. A committee of Little Elm teachers and administrators is reviewing the available resources in order to select instructional materials that best meet the needs of our students. The committee welcomes your input and has planned a parent preview night where publishers will have instructional materials available for review. The preview will take place at Zellars Center for Learning and Leadership on Monday, November 18th at 5:30 before the LEISD School Board meeting. If you have any questions regarding the preview night or the instructional materials adoption process, please contact Amanda Rahlf, our Coordinator for Secondary English Language Arts and Reading, at
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Tuesday Talk This Week: Internet Safety

Teenagers use digital technologies for everyday activities like keeping in touch with friends on social media, relaxing and doing schoolwork. They also go online to look for support for physical or mental health problems, and sometimes to experiment with different ways of expressing themselves. Because they’re online so much without your supervision, teenagers need to be able to identify acceptable and unacceptable online content independently. They also need to know how to behave respectfully online and avoid online risks.

If you are concerned that your teen is at risk, come Tuesday night and learn how you can help keep them safe in the digital world we live.

World Kindness Day, Wednesday, November 13

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Course Selection Letter to Parents

Details on the 20-21 Course Selection Process enclosed.

SAVE Application

This form must be turned into House Counselor to request dropping Levels Only at semester.

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Beauty and the Beast Musical was a BIG Success!

Congratulations to the cast, crew, and Fine Arts Directors (Rita Cox, Cooper Foutz, Hailey Vail, Bryce Lewis, and Mallory Minor) who put on a fantastic show this past weekend. Thanks for your hard work and dedication!

Healthy Habits Lead to a Healthy Life

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LEHS Partnering with the American Heart Association for Healthier Lifestyles

We are proud to partner with the American Heart Association for the American Heart Challenge at Little Elm High School! Through this program, students are encouraged to take heart healthy challenges and raise money for The American Heart Association. All money raised will go towards life-saving research in the areas of heart disease and stroke, education, and advocacy.

So far, 142 students have taken the challenge to say no to smoking/vaping—just one of the three challenges students can take while participating in the program—and we have raised $690 to fight heart disease—the leading cause of death globally.

We raised $2500 last year and are looking to beat that number but need your help!

Many students have already signed up for our school’s online fundraising page! If you receive a text message or email from a student about American Heart Challenge, just click on the link in the message to donate! If your student hasn’t already signed up, go to to sign up for our school’s online fundraising page and donate!

We are excited to partner with the American Heart Association for this event! Our school and students benefit from the money raised and the resources provided through American Heart Challenge! We hope you will support our students as they help others and raise awareness for heart disease and stroke.

You can review the presentation on heart health and the dangers of vaping at the link below.

Teens and Vaping

We continue to see a rise in the use of vaping by students. This is a national epidemic and there is a lot of information available for parents and students on the harmful effects of this trend. The Child Mind Institute website is full of current information on health related topics for families. Their recent article titled "Teen Vaping: What You Need To Know" gives parents current information on why parents should be concerned and how to talk to teens about vaping.
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Do You Need Some New 19-20 Spirit Wear?-

The Lobo Athletic Booster Club has a new on-line store for your convenience. Click here to order your Lobo Gear on-line.

Also don't forget to download the official Little Elm Lobos App. We hope every Lobo Fan will download the app which allows live streaming, access to online schedules, news, and push notifications for scores for all of your favorite Lobo teams! See graphic below on all that the app has to offer!

Did you know that students who qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program can also receive financial assistance in other areas such as:

  • Reduced device protection fee to use a district issued laptop.
  • Fee waiver to take the SAT and/or ACT for free
  • Dual Credit tuition for free at NCTC
  • AP Exam Test fee reduction

High school students often do not want to participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. The Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program is the standard used by many programs to qualify students for financial assistance. Even if a student never uses their eligibility in the lunchroom, they can benefit greatly in other areas if they qualify for the Lunch Program. Eligibility has to be reestablished each year. You can fill out the application here. We highly suggest that all families fill out an application to see if you qualify.

Congratulations to these Fall Athletic Collegiate Signings

Softball Players -

Lauren Lucas signed with Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas

Alyssa Adams signed with Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas.

Girls Soccer Players -

Landri Townsend signed with Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas

Bella Lopez signed with Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma

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Girl's Basketball Action from Last Week

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First Varsity WIN for the Lobos against Sherman.

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Boy's Basketball Open with a Thriller!


Our guys pulled together when it mattered most and got the 1 point win over Dallas Madison in a thriller.

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November Student Athletic Trainer's of the Month

Students, Parents, Coaches, & Administrators:

Please congratulate the November Student Athletic Trainers of the Month: Genelle Smith, Cadence Hernandez, April Juarez, Michelle McKee, and Ashlyne Smith. SATs cast their votes on Rookie & Veteran Student Athletic Trainers to be recognized. Please read over what their Favorites are about November, Thanksgiving and Fall Scents.

The LESMD-LC (Little Elm Sports Medicine- Leadership Council) coordinates monthly to send out themed questionnaires to the winners of the Student Athletic Trainers of the Month’s votes. This month Senior April Juarez (LESMD-LC 2nd year Rep) designed the questions & presentation for the November winners and did an incredible job! Thank you April!

Thank you Genelle, Cadence, April, Michelle, and Ashlyne for your hard work and commitment to the LE Sports Medicine Program -“The Pack Behind The Pack”!

Coach Cox & Doc Stine

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Time to Order Graduation Products!

The Class of 2020 received information from Balfour on ordering graduation products on Wednesday. Seniors should bring home a brochure with all needed information.
Order your Senior Yearbook Ad
Senior Yearbook Personal Ad Information

Deadline to Submit - December 20, 2019

List of Fall Senior Events

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Prom will be on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Knotting Hill Place. Stayed tuned for more information.
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Class of 2020 Graduation at UNT

Save the Date:

Thursday, May 21, 2020

10:00 AM

Report Harmful, Harassing, and Bullying Behavior

LEISD has an on-line tool called "Anonymous Alerts" that students, parents, and teachers can use to report harmful, harassing, and bullying type behaviors. Anonymous Alerts bullying reporting mobile app helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressures are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. Anonymous Alerts encourages students, parents and staff to quickly, easily, and anonymously report bullying, cyber-bullying, gang-related issues, and other sensitive topics through private messages to school officials by building. All reports remain completely anonymous even during a two-way email conversation, although submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion.

To send a report from the Web/Internet go to:

To send a report from your phone:

  • Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play store, and the Chrome store
  • Start the App, enter login: leisd and password: leisd
  • Send important reports to school officials
  • Add a screen shot or photo about the incident
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LEHS Traffic Flow Map

19-20 Traffic flow and parking map

19-20 Parking Permit Application

Vist the LEHS Website for all details on student parking.

College Readiness Newsletter

TWU Instant Decision Day

Congratulations to these Little Elm High School seniors who were admitted to Texas Women's University last Monday during Instant Decision Day! April, Constance, Gillien, Adria, Andrea, Madison, and Karlecia were excited to get their acceptance letters and all their TWU swag!
President's Volunteer Service Award Details

Details on how to earn the President's Volunteer Service Award while at LEHS.

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Scholarship Opportunities

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2019–20 NHS Scholarship!

How to Apply

  • Senior members of an active NHS chapter who are in good standing are eligible to apply for an NHS Scholarship.
  • NHS Members must first create a student account before they can access the NHS Scholarship application.
  • Their NHS adviser must verify the student’s membership before the student can begin the application. Applicants should not log into the application until the verification process is complete.
  • Verified NHS members may start the NHS Scholarship application. Click HERE to access the NHS Scholarship Application after your membership has been verified.
  • All applications require two recommendations, and certification by the NHS adviser in order to be considered complete. Incomplete applications are not evaluated.


11:59 pm PST on December 6, 2019
The student portion of the application is due.

11:59 pm PST on December 10, 2019
All recommendations (two) and adviser certification is due.

View detailed information in the NHS Scholarship Application Guide:

NHS Scholarship Student Application Guide

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Terry Scholarships

The Terry Freshman Scholarship, known as the Terry Traditional Scholarship, is awarded to Texas high school seniors who have been accepted for admission to one of the Terry-affiliated public universities in Texas. This is a prestigious scholarship that seeks to create a community of educated leaders who utilize their talents to strengthen the state of Texas and impact the world.

For more information:

Selection Criteria

  • Academic Achievement
  • Demonstrated Leadership
  • Financial Need

Affiliated Universities

  • The University of Texas- Austin
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Houston
  • Texas State University
  • The University of Texas- Dallas
  • The University of Texas- San Antonio
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • Texas A&M University- Galveston
  • Sam Houston State University
  • The University of Texas- Arlington
  • The University of Texas- El Paso

Emory Scholars

What kind of student is an Emory Scholar?
At Emory, we believe the criteria for a merit scholarship goes way beyond GPA and test scores. We invest in students who have creative minds, are intellectually curious, and are engaged with their communities and areas of interest.

More than just a merit scholarship
In addition to full tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board, Scholars often enjoy many of these benefits:

  • university grants beyond what is typically available for research, internships, service, and study abroad opportunities
  • additional mentoring and networking opportunities with top-tier faculty connected to the Scholar programs
  • a community of active, engaged Emory Scholars on campus and across the globe

Application deadline

The Emory Scholars application deadline is November 15. But if students are applying Early Decision I and for Emory Scholars, they need to apply by November 1.

Important details

  • Applicants do not need to be nominated by their high school counselor.
  • Selection as an Emory Scholar is nonbinding.
  • There are three paths into the program: Emory Scholars, Oxford Scholars, and Goizueta Scholars.
  • There is no separate application or additional Scholars essay.
  • All students, regardless of citizenship, can be considered.


Scholarship Search Site - Provided by College Board

College Covered

Sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 40 eligible students and parents will be randomly selected to win a $2,500 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses.

While you are there, check out the website College Covered. Do you want to know what you need in a winning college essay, what college entrance test score you need, or what makes a top notch college application? Get what you need to help get into the college of your dreams with the help of College Covered.

Read this article from the about an App that matches students with college scholarships.

An App Matches Students with College Scholarships They Can Use

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LEHS is a testing site for BOTH the ACT and SAT.
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Little Elm High School

Renee Pentecost - Principal (

Misty Chesnut - Academic Dean (

Michelle Gentry - Lead Counselor (

Gerald Muhammad - House Principal A - E (

Michael Absher - House A - E Counselor (

Ruben Molinar - House Principal F - Li (

Kaitlyn McGuire - House F - Li Counselor (

Kyle Heller - House Principal Lo - Ri (

Amy Chamberlin - House Counselor Lo - Ri (

Terilyn Thomas-Monday - House Principal Ro - Z (

Juan Schmidt - House Ro - Z Counselor (

Adriana Beck - Intervention Counselor (

Ana Kibbe - CIS Site Coordinator (

Marisa Flores - Parent Liaison and Translator (