Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - April 9th, 2016

LEHS: Building for Growth

Little Elm ISD is planning several needed updates and expansions for Little Elm High School. With the fast growth of our community the need to increase the capacity at our high school is evident. The board of trustees and district administration has committed approximately 15 million dollars to projects that will be open for business in the Fall of 2017. The front entrance and reception area will be one of the first things that parents and visitors notice. These areas will be expanded and designed to provide a welcoming first impression to all who visit. The fine arts area will be gaining a new band hall that will accommodate rehearsal space for the full marching band as well as an indoor practice area for the color guard. The classroom additions will include additional science labs, an industrial grade culinary arts lab with attached Bistro which will support the newest CTE career cluster Hospitality & Tourism, as well as classrooms designed to accommodate a future ROTC program. The library will also receive a facelift by gaining a maker space area and reconfigured layout designed to encourage collaboration. The cafeteria will receive a major expansion and updated look. In addition to the brick and mortar changes, the district will also provide aesthetic changes that will include updated paint, flooring, and furniture.

The campus was originally designed for expansion knowing that growth was coming. Currently LEHS is gaining approximately 200 students a year so these additions are badly needed. We are thankful for the foresight of those who originally planned for growth and for the current district leadership who are making sure that our facility will accommodate the growth as well as be something we can all be proud of. A recent Little Elm Journal article on the new additions at the high school can be found here.

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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Art Show

I just wanted to give a BIG THANKS to all of those who made it out to the Art Show this past week!! It was a huge success. At one point, you couldn't even walk down the hallway, lots of families and students in attendance. The students were great! They held themselves up in a professional manner through dress and talking to others about their artworks. We're extremely proud of all of our young artists. If you know any of them please continue to encourage them to keep CREATING. Below are some pics from the show. Again, Thank y'all for your support!

If you couldn't make it out last night please stop by before the 20th to check it out.

Chris Melia

LEHS Art Teacher

UTD's Theatre Department visits campus

Last week, a couple of professors from the Theatre program at University of Texas at Dallas were on campus visiting with interested LEHS theatre students, pitching their program and gauging interest in our students. Our upcoming Seniors are pumped to start preparing for college admissions next year.
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District Tennis Results

Varsity District

Girls Singles:

After securing a 3rd seed, Alli Ziehm (freshman) played into the semi-finals and lost to the eventual runner up. In the other semi-final the 4th seed took the top seed to the limit, and eventually lost 7-5 in the 3rd set (really close for the non-tennis peeps). That set up a 3rd round match between Alli and Hannah who lost the other semi-final. Alli came out Wednesday morning on a mission and dismantled the young lady 6-2, 6-1. Meanwhile in the final, the young lady that beat Alli lost 6-0, 6-0 to th e#1 seed. Naturally this means that had Alli won the Semis, she would have won overall right? Kidding aside, Alli came off the court after her loss and simply said, she beat me. And she did, no way around it. We watched that player all week and she played her best match against Alli, and that happens. Judging by Alli's won't happen again. Love her drive, and Alli will represent LEHS as a Regional Alternate next week at the Regional tournament.

SENIORS: Ela Detecio (Mixed Doubles), Brady Longeway and Dylan Gulliksen (Boys Doubles), Ryan Webb (Boys Singles), Karen Moreno (Girls Singles), Alex Sladecek (Boys Doubles), and Talia Gonzalez (Girls Singles) have all played their last tournaments at LEHS and they will be missed immensely.

JV District and the Future:

The future looks bright as players like Elisabeth Adamus, Keren Cordon, Maura Elskamp, Keila Valladares, Kim Velasquez-Villatoro, Vanessa Guzman, Josh Buliga, Eli Webb, Josiah Spencer, Ashley Rodriguez, Jennifer Rodriguez, Andrea Muzaurieta, Leslie Osorio and countless others are ready to head to our new district and establish ourselves quickly.

I'd also like to thank Coach Roth for stepping in this year as our assistant and making this one of my favorite seasons, a sentiment echoed by our players as well.

Thanks for supporting Lobo Tennis, have a great weekend. Here's some pics from the week at district!!

Craig Drenowatz

LEHS Tennis Coach

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LE Boys and Girls Track Results Frisco Invitational

Frisco Meet Resutls


Pole Vault- Sean McClelland 1st place

800m- Zach Smith 7th place

4x200m- Marcelo Robreno, Jamal Mwamba, Daelen Ramirez, Marsean Scott 6th place

4x400m- Caleb Briscoe, Isaiah Harris, Daelen Ramirez 6th place

High Jump- Kevin Terry 6th place

Discus- Roy Goins 8th place


3200- Stephanie Lopez 2nd place

Haley Lindeman 4th place

1600- Stephanie Lopez 5th place

Shot Put- Uche Oguh 4th place

Tinashe Gandhle 5th place

Tinaye Gandhle 6th place


800m- Teddy Kamara 3rd place

110 Hurdles- Jarel Yeager 4th place

Braylen Parker 5th place

Gerson Espinoz 7th place

400m- Tommy Chau 5th place

300 Hurdles- Gerson Espinoza 6th place

Pole Vault- Phillip Bolle 4th place

Adam Brigandi 7th place

Discus- Jacob Kimball 7th place

4x400m- Tommy Chau, Gerson Espinoza, Juan Ponce, Xander Robles 7th place

4x200m- Juan Ponce, Matthew Batson, Brandon Crossley, Obinna Oguh 8th place


4x100- Megan Brazier, Faith Goins, Randee Mendez, Grace Tekodo, 8th place

100m- Megan Brazier 7th place

4x200m- Emily Boatwright, Madison Bray, Randee Mendez, Grace Tekodo 4th place

400m- Faith Goins 5th place

300 Hurdles- Madison Bray 7th place

4x400m- Emily Boatwright, Megan Brazier, Samolly Chhor, Faith Goins 7th place


Last weekend UIL Academics competed at Lone Star for their district competition.


Coach: Gentry

2nd place team (alternate and potential wild card team)

Copy Editing

Coach: Gentry

1st place: Ryan Webb

6th place: Ela Deticio

Journalism Team: 6th place overall

Current Events

Coach: Gentry

4th place Team


Coach: Middelton

4th place - Alex Willis (alternate)

Poetry Interpretation

Coach: Zimmerman

5th place: Diego Raygoza (alternate)

Ready Writing

Coach: Zimmerman

6th place: Amy Lanberson (alternate)


Last Saturday morning 3 amazing Juniors participated in the Region 11 Texas Citizen Bee. The Texas Citizen Bee is a competition over U.S. History and Government, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas.

While we did not come away with a first place victory and a repeat trip to Austin for state; we did amazing taking 2nd and 3rd places. It was so close between the top 3.

Please congratulate

Joshua Arrojado - 2nd Place

Nabihah Shah - 3rd Place

James Robinson - (best oral response answer of the competition, ask him)

Jeremy Dawson

US History Teacher

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Students will be using recycled materials such as cardboard, wood, insulating materials, aluminum foil, glass, etc. to build their solar devices: solar ovens, solar dehydrators or solar water purifier. Students with electric, electronic and programing background will be planning and building solar motors, magnetic motors, electric motors, solar cars, and their own inventions!

The solar devices must collect and store as much of the sun's energy as possible. During the final presentation students will be able to demonstrate their research by cooking and dehydrating vegetables and fruits from their solar devices. Students building electromagnetic devices will demonstrate it by making them work transforming mechanical energy to electric or electric to mechanical. Also they will explain the Physics behind those devices.

Students will apply Physics concepts like heat transfer through conduction, insulation, radiation, photoelectric effect, electromagnetic waves, etc.

Students will be researching, planning, designing their Solar devices during class and also at home.

We will work in class in the planning, design of the device, data analysis, and writing a conclusion. Students will work at home on the blueprint and the building.

Some students will have electric, electronic, carpenter, or drawing skills, but they also will need a little help. If you have knowledge of or a background in engineering, carpentry, electronics or electricity and you are willing to offer some help on the designing and/or building part, we would love to have you as a team mentor for this project. This would be during the weeks of April 12 through May 02. Please contact me at . We would greatly appreciate your help.

And finally you are invited to see the hard work and creativity of my Physics students during the testing of their devices on May 5th at the high school during their lunch times.
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How to Create a Parent Portal Account

Parent Portal accounts allow you to see your child's grades, attendance, etc.

ACAP Program

Applications are now being accepted through April 15 for the 2016 Dallas ACAP.

ACAP (Accounting Career Awareness Program) is a weeklong residency program for high school students (all grade levels) who are interested in going to college and majoring in accounting or other business-related disciplines. ACAP Week will be held on the campus of SMU during the week of June 12-17, 2016. The program is FREE to the students; we estimate the cost of the camp to be approximately $1,100 per student.

Eligibility requirements: Students must:

*Be a current high school student (all grade levels)

*Complete the online application (see

*Submit two (2) letters of recommendation

*Have at least a 3.0 GPA

*Submit a copy of the high school transcript

*Submit a 100-word essay

*Participate in an onsite interview

If you know of high school students who may be interested in applying, please direct them to the ACAP website to complete the online application at Also included on the website are ACAP videos, pictures, testimonials, and the Schedule of Activities.

Keisha Brown

College and Career Readiness

Texas State University Bus Trip

Good afternoon,

My name is Lexi Meador and I am the Dallas Admission Counselor at Texas State University. On Saturday, April 16th, we will be hosting Bobcat Trails, a free bus trip from Dallas/Fort Worth to Texas State for our open house, Bobcat Day. We will spend the day touring and dining on campus in San Marcos and will return to D/FW that evening . Our goal is to showcase Texas State to your junior students in hopes that they will join our Bobcat Family in Fall 2017.

If you would, please promote this opportunity with your college-bound juniors, as well as their teachers and families, as we have capacity for 50 students. The more the merrier!

· Saturday, April 16, 2016

· Bobcat Trails bus trip to Texas State University for Bobcat Day

· Departing from & returning to Mountain View College

· Load bus at 5:00am - Return to D/FW at 7pm

· Prospective Texas State students from Class of 2017

· 3 Texas State University Admission Counselor chaperones

· Transportation, lunch & a TXST t-shirt will be provided by the university

Here is the application for the trip for you to share with your students.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you or your students/families have about the day trip. I look forward to meeting your students and sharing the Texas State Bobcat experience with them!

Bobcat Proud,

Lexi Meador
Admission Counselor

Dallas/Fort Worth Region
Texas State University
429 N Guadalupe
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 469.269.6721
Fax: 512.245.8100

"It's a great day to be a Bobcat!"

Welcome to Texas State University
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Click here for information on what's going on in the LEHS library.


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All questions concerning prom go to Mrs. Bausher. :)

Prom Tickets Selling Out Fast

Less than 100 left

There are a limited number of tickets sold for

PROM 2016 and you don't want to miss out on lifelong memories!


Little Elm High School Prom 2016


Gourmet hors d'oeuvres

Chocolate Fountain

S'mores Bar

Desserts, Desserts, Desserts

Gourmet Mocktails

Professional Photography


Raffle with Dorm/Apartment Ready Prizes

Photo Booth

DJ and Dancing

Valet Parking

Beautiful and Upscale Venue in Dallas

7forParties - 150 Turtle Creek Blvd


$85 each / $160 a couple


Free valet parking

Free professional photographer

See Mr. Palislamovic for non LEHS Student form.


This folder contains many of the handouts and presentations given at Chart Your Course Night. Some require downloading in order to see the correct formatting.


The LEHS yearbook program is on Twitter!!! Follow us @leb16deal and tag your friends at school events (#lehsbigdeal), and your pictures may be used in this year's book!

DECA information

DECA meets Thursday's after school in the lecture hall. If you would like to receive information about DECA events, please e-mail Mr. Hutley at from your High School e-mail account.

Help Needed

Little Elm High School offers several different programs to facilitate student learning in the community. These include earning class room credit for paid employment and for unpaid internships (especially health care related). If you are a Little Elm area employer please consider working with our Little Elm High School students. Any students placed through our coop or intern programs will receive industry specific training and oversight from a teacher. E-mail Rodger Hutley, Marketing Teacher at for more information.

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Attendance Reminders

. Official Attendance-Taking Time: 3rd period (10:40 – 11:30 regular schedule; 10:30 – 11:15 activity schedule)

· A Parent’s Note after an absence must be submitted within 3 days after returning to school.

· A Doctor’s Note is required after an Absence for five or more consecutive days. A doctor’s note is required for any absence beginning with the 6th absence within any semester.

· A Doctor’s Appointment where the student attends school for part of the day and returns with a doctor’s note is not counted as an absence. Please avoid scheduling doctor’s appointments during the official attendance period.

· Excused Absences - A student who is absent (excused) shall be permitted to make up work and will receive one day/class meeting for each consecutive day/class meeting’s absence to turn in make-up work or to obtain any information covered during the absence. In general, absences will be excused for the following reasons:

o Personal Illness.

o Doctor’s Appointments

o Court Appearance

o Family emergency if the principal is contacted prior to the absence.

o Death in family

o Religious holy days.

In order for a student to receive credit in a class, they must be in attendance at least 90% of the time the class is offered. If they fall below 90% but are above 75%, they may participate in a plan approved by the district to regain credit. This means in the fall semester, students cannot accrue more than 8 unexcused or excused absences and in the spring semester, students cannot accrue more than 10 unexcused or excused absences. Medical absences excused by a doctor's note are not counted against the student at this time.

Little Elm High School

Renee Pentecost - Principal (

Ruben Molinar - Associate Principal (

Alen Palislamovic - House Principal A - D (

Randall Ball - House Principal E - K (

Chris Reza - House Principal L - Ra (

Terilyn Thomas-Monday - House Prinicipal Re - Z (