LAS VEGAS HIGH SCHOOL

September 2015 Vol 14 Issue 1

A LETTER FROM OUR LEADER

Welcome to another exciting school year, and whether you are a continuing student or new to our campus, we truly hope you find success and enjoyment at Las Vegas High School! As a school community, we will continue to support the vision of the Clark County School District, working to increase the academic achievement of every student, every day. In support of our own mission of ensuring every student gets the education necessary to reach their future goals, Las Vegas High School will continue to enroll all students in courses that will challenge them intellectually, while preparing them for their future endeavors. At the same time, we will make sure we provide the necessary supports to ensure they can be successful in all of the courses.


We in turn will ask for your help in ensuring the following:

  1. Make your child attend every class, every day! No student should exceed five excused or unexcused absences, as every day missed is a day further behind in meeting the standards!
  2. Stay involved by checking their progress through the Infinite Portal on a regular basis, assisting them with their schoolwork, and maintaining open communication with the school.
  3. Require your child to challenge themselves by taking courses that are out of their comfort level. A rigorous curriculum not only stretches your child’s mind, but without the everyday challenge of academics it is easy for a child to become bored, leading to attendance and behavior issues.
  4. Encourage your child to find a club, activity, sport, or organization that they find enjoyable. This is very important, because students that are involved in school activities have a higher graduation rate, better attendance, and increase their chances of receiving scholarships for college.


As the principal, I thank you and look forward to a continued partnership to ensure the academic and emotional success of your child!


Your partner in your child’s education,

Debbie Brockett, Principal

GREETINGS FROM YOUR NEW ASB PRESIDENT


Welcome back, Wildcats, to another electrifying school year! To walk the halls that unite us all once again and that bring numerous opportunities is truly comforting. We would especially like to give a warm welcome to the newest members of the Wildcat Family: the Class of 2019! Las Vegas High School is overcome with excitement to watch every one of you engrave your mark this school year.

The theme for the 2015-2016 year is, “Roar as One!” At Las Vegas High School, we aspire to become truly connected with one another through community and spirit activities. Our school is the oldest school in our city, so the importance of joining together is essential to keep pursing countless traditions. As a family, it is our responsibility, to uphold these traditions with your wildcat support. We take pride in our academic program that exceeds excellence, our phenomenal performing arts, our countless clubs, and our outstanding athletic department.

United as Wildcats, together, we will conquer the halls of Las Vegas High School and become successful in our journeys-whether they are big or small. I am honored and indefinitely grateful to serve as your Student Body President. Our Student Council and I are utterly committed in executing another memorable and sublime year. We love and appreciate all of your feedback, so please do not hesitate to approach us with any of your concerns, comments, or ideas. As Las Vegas High School becomes our home away from home, we promise that worthwhile friendships will be created and your successes achieved. Let’s make this school year the best one yet, with an overwhelming amount of spirit and priceless memories by “roaring as one.” Remember, once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.

Kindest regards,

Gianna Mata, Student Body President


President Gianna Mata

First Vice Falynn Dunkelberger

Second Vice Camdyn Barney

Secretary Anna Dobbins

Historian Taylar Williams

Treasurer Cruz Littelfield

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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS By Derek Stafford

Attention Students-


Las Vegas High School adheres to the CCSD student dress code policy. If you are out of compliance you will be sent to the dean's office. If it becomes a habitual problem you will be placed on RPC.


Headphones are NOT allowed during passing period. If they are visible, they will be confiscated.


Hats are NOT allowed on campus at any time unless permitted by the administration.


Dear Parent:

We in the Clark County School District (CCSD) place a high priority on protecting the safety of our students and employees. In emergency situations, if everyone knows what to do, all involved can Stay Calm and Stay Safe. This letter will inform you of how you and your child can stay safe in an emergency.

The CCSD Crisis Response Plan includes the following elements:

· A detailed plan, coordinated with national, state and county emergency action plans, with detailed procedures for protecting the welfare of students during an emergency event.

· School based and District-wide Crisis Teams, integrated with community emergency and mental health resources.

· Site-Based Crisis Plans, including drills for Evacuation, Soft Lockdown, Hard Lockdown, Shelter-in-Place, Reverse Evacuation, and plans for other potential emergency situations.

· School–based and District-wide Health Services, integrated with community health and medical resources.

· A reunification site to reunite parents and students if off-school site evacuation is necessary. All community media outlets will communicate site of reunification immediately after confirmation of need for reunification off-site.

As the parent of a Clark County student, you are a vital part of our plans to protect your child. You can assist the various school police and fire personnel, or others engaged in the protection of your child and others by remaining calm and following the steps outlined below.

BEFORE A CRISIS

· Practice family crisis response at home: have a plan and supplies organized, and discuss remaining calm and asking for help when needed.

· Make sure the school has updated information regarding your child, including contact names and numbers and your child’s medical history.

· Discuss with your child the school’s rules during drills for fire and other emergencies. Be sure your child understands correct procedures and that they take the drills seriously.

· Teach your child to stay with school staff and follow their directions.

· Tell your child NOT to try to contact you by cellular phone or land line, thus allowing communication channels to remain open for emergency responders.

· Tell your child that you will remain at work or home and watch for information from CCSD Media and Parent Link as to where and when you and your child can reunite.

· Assure your child that the school staff will follow procedures to keep them safe.

DURING A CRISIS

· Stay calm and do not come to the school so emergency responders can complete their mission.

· Keep phone lines free so school personnel and community responders can communicate with each other.

· Listen for information from CCSD over TV, radio, Parent Link, or the internet as this information will help you reunite your child in an orderly and safe manner.

· Make sure you bring legal identification (driver’s license or passport) to the designated reunification site (may be at a location other than the school).

· For the safety of your child, students will not be released to anyone who is:

1. Not listed on the enrollment form as a parent or guardian or

2. Who is on the enrollment form but has no identification.

WHEN YOU REUNITE WITH YOUR CHILD

· Be a model of Calm, Control, and Comfort: let your child know you will protect them.

· Listen to your child and watch for temporary changes in behavior like being clingy or angry, having trouble sleeping, acting younger, or acting scared.

· Seek assistance for negative behavior changes that persist after two weeks: you may need to contact your child’s school, your family doctor, or community counselors/psychologists.

· Keep in contact with your child’s school and follow recommendations from CCSD and community experts.

We in CCSD take pride in responding to the needs of our students and employees. Training and awareness activities continue in all areas of crisis response and school safety in an effort to stay current with national, state and county response plans. We appreciate your efforts in doing all you can to help us protect your child in an emergency.

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE BONE GAME?

Sir Herkimer's Bone

Las Vegas High School versus Rancho High School

Friday, September 25, 2015 @ Rancho High School


The oldest tradition in Nevada high school football is the rivalry between the Rancho High School Rams and the Las Vegas High School Wildcats. The annual game is played for “Herkimer’s Bone” also known as “Sir Herk.” The Wildcats won the first game of the series in 1957; the Herkimer Bone tradition began.


The “Bone” is actually a large cow bone proposed by the Rancho Lettermen’s Club as the annual trophy for the Rancho-Las Vegas football game. The father of a Rancho player owned a butcher shop and several members of the Lettermen’s Club went to the butcher shop, obtained the bone, and boiled it in water for a full day. One end of the bone fell off during boiling, so they glued it back on, and one of the guys painted it silver to hide the crack. Since then, it has been preserved in bronze. The first “Bone” game ended in a 13-13 tie. Each school agreed to keep “The Bone” for one semester; however, some Rancho students stole “The Bone” from Las Vegas during the semester Las Vegas was supposed to keep it. Since then. it has been agreed that the “Bone” trophy is kept by the winning school for one year.


We are proud to report:

  • the Wildcats have kept the "Bone Home" for 19 straight years!

  • the overall record: Wildcats = 32 wins, 25 losses, 1 tie


Bone Game Tickets will be on sale both Lunches on Wednesday September 23rd in the Cafeteria. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.


SPIRIT LINKS

It’s time for our annual Spirit Link competition. Every year we compete against Rancho to see who can raise the most money for a great cause. This year we are raising money for Ellie who is in need of a heart transplant. Help out and buy a Spirit Link from STUCO.

LVHS ATHLETICS

FALL ATHLETIC PASSES

Family passes for fall athletic events are available for purchase. The cost of the pass is $60 and allows six (6) immediate family members entrance to all regularly scheduled athletic events during the fall season. The passes will not be honored at tournaments, post-season play or Gorman home games. The passes can be purchased at any home game or at the school bank. Contact the athletic office for more information about Wildcat Athletics call

799-0180 X4206


SPORTSMANSHIP

Encouraged by coaches, administration, and staff, Las Vegas High School athletes have a strong tradition of character and good sportsmanship based on the following traits:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

Student athletes are taught to “win with grace and lose with dignity”.

We also strongly request and encourage Wildcat parents/ spectators to display good character and citizenship in the following ways:

  1. Generally respect players, coaches, and officials.
  2. Give encouragement to all student athletes.
  3. Recognize outstanding performances by either team with applause.
  4. Take part in positive cheers and follow the directions from cheerleaders.
  5. Stay off the playing surface at all times.

TRACK AND FIELD

Eric Williams, Tre James, and Coach Sellers show off the new banner for the gym for winning the 4x200 meter relay at the Nevada State Track & Field championships last Spring! The Wildcat men's relay team time of 1:27.56 was a top 40 time in the United States in 2015. The Wildcats lost Elias Miller and Kalin Qualls to graduation but should be very competitive in both the men's and women's relay teams this year.

Homecoming Dress-Up Days and Parade

Homecoming Dress-up Days: Homecoming week is next week! This year's theme is Hollywood Homecoming. With that in mind, here our the dress up days:

• Monday is Fashion Disaster Day

• Tuesday is Old Film Day

• Wednesday is Red Carpet Day

• Thursday is Celebrity of the Year Day

• Friday is Extreme Spirit Day


Homecoming Parade This year's homecoming theme is Hollywood Homecoming. Show your Wildcat spirit and attend the Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 2nd at 5:00 pm. The parade starts in the parking lot, heads north on Treeline, circles around the park, and returns to the school. Bring your kids, as we will be giving out candy and goodies!

Game begins at 7:00 pm

Vote for your Homecoming Court

Hey wildcats! Don't forget to cast your vote for Homecoming court! Voting is today through Friday. Log in to www.tallyspace.com/vote/Lvhs and elect your top 5 candidates for court.

PAL PROGRAM TURNS 20!

Time Flies with Hard Work & Play


The LVHS PAL (Partnership at Las Vegas) Program has certainly grown up! Starting as an experimental program in 1996, PAL is now nationally-recognized and a permanent fixture on campus. PAL marked the beginning of its 20th year with an overnight, team-building trip to Zion National Park in Southern Utah during the first week of the school year. This tradition dates back to PAL’s beginning. Approximately 185 students, teachers, staff, PAL graduate chaperons, and friends of PAL traveled northward to enjoy hiking, camping, and sleeping beneath the stars in the splendor of Zion. PAL’s Counselor, Ms. Megan Mitchell-Dunkelberger, and Assistant Principal Mr. Chris Welch joined the energetic crew. Many of the students experienced their first camping trip or hike.

The PAL program is designed to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and employment. PAL students are juniors and seniors who complete semester-long, unpaid internship at over 100 Las Vegas business, non-profit, and government job sites. During the fall semester, PAL students will intern at Las Vegas City Hall, Sunrise Hospital, UMC, Culinary Training Academy, Regional Justice Center, Mi Familia Vota, and Nevada Federal Credit Union, just to name a few. The U.S. Department of Education selected the PAL Program as an example of educational excellence.

If you know of a job site that could use a hard-working, ready-to-learn, unpaid PAL intern, please call PAL Teacher Robert Bray at (702) 327-6915.

"JAG IS UP AND RUNNING!"

The 2015-2016 JAG Program is off to a great start and we are so excited about our students and what they are going to accomplish this year!


UPDATES:

We are selling 6" SUBWAY Sandwiches every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in front of the Cafeteria for ONLY $3.50. We have 1.) Ham on white with provolone, lettuce, tomato, and bell peppers OR 2.) Turkey on wheat with provolone, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber... Mayo and mustard is also available!


ALSO, look out for our SPECIAL HOMECOMING THEMED Subway Sandwich Combos for just $3.00 that we will be selling during Homecoming Spirit Week! AND BE SURE to see JAG featured in this year's Homecoming Parade as we have teamed with Findlay Fiat towards some special "convertible" additions to this year's festivities. See you there!"

NO PLACE FOR HATE

The No Place For Hate Club had a ceremony on September 16th to celebrate and receive a star from the Anti-Defamation League for the 2014-2015 school year. The requirements for re-certification is to hold three different activities that help promote anti- bullying to the school and our community. Students are always welcome to join the Club, which meets every Wednesday at 1:30 in Room 800. Any questions, feel free to contact, Mrs. Lords, Mr. Lords and Mr. Klus.

FROM THE COUNSELORS OFFICE

The morning of October 14, 2015 will be the annual Preliminary SAT (PSAT) for 10th graders and for 11th graders. 10th graders are automatically registered and there is no fee. 11th graders who wish to take the PSAT in preparation for the real SAT and/or consideration for the National Merit Scholarship need to register. Eleventh graders need to pay a test fee of $15 unless the Junior qualifies for a fee waiver. Juniors paying the $15 fee can get the registration form and study guide from the school banker during the test registration window of Friday, September 25th to Friday, October 2nd. Juniors who think they qualify for a test fee waiver need to see Mr. Alex or Mrs. Dunkelberger between September 25th and October 2nd.

SENIOR CLASS NEWS

The senior class will be hosting a fundraiser at Sprinkles Cupcakes at the Linq the week of October 5th-9th. Make sure to go to Sprinkles and say you're supporting LVHS! Thanks!

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