Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - May 21st, 2016

LEHS Class of 2016 Top Ten Graduates

It is my pleasure to announce the Top Ten graduates for the Class of 2016. We celebrated these accomplished young ladies and men at a luncheon last week. Each one of these students invited a special teacher who had the most impact on their K-12 years in school.

#1 – Valedictorian

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Our 1st ranked senior and Valedictorian of the class of 2016 is Lisa Cifuentes, daughter of Victor & Nancy Cifuentes.

Lisa is involved in the Spanish National Honor Society and the National Honor Society, she is Vice President of Chorale Choir and a member of the LEHS Wind Ensemble.

Honors and Awards she has received are: National Hispanic Recognition Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor Award, National Spanish Gold Medalist, TMEA All Region band member all 4 years, Superior rating on UIL State Vocal solo, Superior rating on Class 1 UIL All Region flute solos all 4 years.

Lisa plans on attending TWU where she has received the presidential scholarship and will major in Music Therapy.

Lisa’s honored teacher is Mrs. Sara Zimmerman. Here are her thoughts on Mrs. Zimmerman’s influence. “It has been an absolute blessing to have Mrs. Zimmerman as my English teacher for this past year. Her open-mindedness and empathetic insight has made me feel comfortable talking to her about anything. I truly admire her beautiful ability to focus on the qualities and the potential of her students, as well as her genuine desire to help them grow, not only as writers, but as people. Throughout the past year her example has helped me realize that it is all right to express myself freely so long as I always acknowledge and respect the opinions of others, and I will always be grateful to have been able to learn from her example."

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#2 – Salutatorian

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Our Salutatorian for the class of 2016 is Macey Farnell. Macey is the daughter of Marc & Kim Farnell.

Some organizations Macey belongs to are both National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, Band and HOSA.

Honors and awards include: Student of the Year for Physics, Chemistry, English and Spanish. Homecoming Queen and Superior ratings at UIL Solo and Ensemble.

Macey will be attending Dallas Baptist University and plans to major in Biology with an emphasis on pre-med.

Macey’s honored teacher is Mrs. Kelly Shackleton. Here is what Macey had to say about Mrs. Shackleton. “I’ll begin by saying that I have had Mrs. Shackleton as a teacher twice, for pre-ap Biology and AP Biology, and she is an amazing teacher. I do not have the words to fully explain the impact she has had on me but I will try. She is beyond compare. Going to her class is never a drag because you’re always guaranteed the sweet smell of coffee and her smiling face. She’s always happy and has the cutest dresses. She also keeps us on task, which is a tough job in a class that tells so many stories that are not usually related to biology. She is so effective because she couples her teaching with her coach mentality. She pushes you to work hard while having full confidence in your ability, and it kills you to even think about letting her down. She has played a key role in my educational journey, not only because she teaches what I plan to major in, but because she inspires me to be better and work harder. Overall, she rocks and I’m so glad she was a part of my senior year.”

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Our 3rd ranked senior is Alex Willis, son of Rick and Terrie Willis.

Alex belongs to National Honor Society, the Academic UIL Team and DECA.

Some of his honors include: 4th in Academic UIL Science, 1st in section at DECA State and a DECA International qualifier.

Alex plans to attend UT Dallas and major in Biomedical Engineering.

Alex chose Mr. Michael Horvath as his honored teacher. Alex shared these thoughts about Mr. Horvath. “I had Mr. Horvath for Science in the 7th grade. By that point I had started to like Science a little, but it was more of a side thing then. The class itself covered the same material that any other science class did, but what made his class different was that if you didn’t like science yet, you were going to. He was so interested in it that you couldn’t help be intrigued along with him. I can remember a few classes where we postponed whatever we had planned - accidentally or otherwise - to talk about some scientific topic of interest. Even on the days that were devoted to lecturing, you could always count on the fact that it would be interesting and relevant; it was hard not to look forward to his class each day. Since that year, I’ve taken every Science class I could get my hands on and can’t wait to take more at college. I attribute a lot of that love for Science to his teaching and I am honored to have been his student.”

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The 4th ranked senior is Mikkie Chin, daughter of Joe & Percy Chin.

Mikkie is a member of National Honor Society, Band and HOSA.

Her honors are: Top 10 ranking all throughout high school, National French Exam Bronze Medalist. Mikkie has earned scholarships to both Texas A & M Corpus Christi and University of Texas at Arlington.

She plans to attend University of Texas at Austin majoring in Kinesiology Health Promotion.

Mikkie selected Mrs. Chelsea Nicoli as her honored teacher. She shared these reasons that Mrs. Nicoli has had a positive impact on her years at LEHS. “As a student aspiring to go into the medical field, I can say that Mrs. Nicoli has shown me that I am making the right decision. From watching videos of dissections and coloring diagrams to looking at cadavers, she can make learning about the human body more fun and interesting than it already is."

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The 5th ranked senior is Sydney Dodson, daughter of Dan & Teresa Dodson.

Sydney is a member of National Honor Society, HOSA, Student Athlete Leadership Council, Varsity Soccer and Varsity Volleyball.

Some of her honors are: Top 10 all 4 years, Numerous All District Awards in Soccer including a Lobo Spirit Award her Junior Year along with a list of All Disrict Awards for Volleyball and was awarded team MVP her Senior year.

Sydney plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in Kinesiology Health Promotion with a focus in medical fitness and rehabilitation.

Sydney chose Craig Drenowatz as her honored teacher. Sydney shared these thoughts on his influence. “Throughout all of my years in high school, I have had a lot of favorite teachers. I remember my sophomore year signing up for classes, all of my upperclassmen friends told me to take Drano’s class because he was one of the cool teachers, but after taking and surviving APUSH with a surprising ‘A’ and being apart of NHS for two years I found out that he was so much more. Drano has had such a positive impact in my life and I guarantee that my life would be completely different if Drano had not been a part of it.”

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Our 6th ranked senior is Alexa Peterson. Alexa is the daughter of Brian and Jennifer Peterson.

Alexa has been a member of both the LEHS Band and Jazz Band. She is also a member of National Honor Society and UIL Academic Team.

Some of her honors include Student of the Month, President of NHS, Section Leader for 2 years, member of Macy’s Great American Marching Band.

The college Alexa plans to attend is the University of Arkansas to major in Marketing.

Alexa’s honored teacher is Mr. Frank Felice. Her thoughts on why Mr. Felice is her most influential teacher, “Mr. Felice didn’t set out to inspire me. However, he presented me with so many opportunities to grow as a person and find myself, which I did in our band program. Band is my passion and if anyone were to ask me what I want to do with my life, I’d tell them I’m not really sure, but I do know that I want to march drum corps until I can’t anymore and then I want to perform with the met winds for the rest of my life. Mr. Felice inspired me not only to succeed and grow academically, but spiritually through music and performing for others, and for that I’ll never have enough words to thank him, and I don’t think he knows just how much he means to me, but I am forever grateful for the opportunity to learn from someone as amazing as him.”

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Our 7th ranked senior is Aleezah Balolia. Aleezah is the daughter of Igbal & Shaida Balolia.

Aleezah is a member of National Honor Society, HOSA, Little Elm Marching Band Color Guard and Varsity Winter Guard.

Aleezah has been awarded 3rd place WGI Scholastic A Medalist, 4th place WGI Winter Guard International Scholastic Open Finalist along with scholarships totaling $95,198.

Aleezah plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and study Biomedical Engineering.

Aleezah chose Ms. Kristen Zotti as her honored educator. Aleezah shared these reasons for selecting Ms. Zotti. “Ms. Zotti forced me to learn to believe in myself and my ability to succeed, no matter how daunting and unachievable anything may seem. Her insight and advice throughout our four seasons together gave me the power to truly understand that life is what you make it, and that hard work always pays off.”

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Our 8thth ranked senior is Jordin Freeto, daughter of Karen Freeto Rutherford and the late Officer Dwayne Freeto.

Organizations that Jordin belongs to include: National Honor Society and Little Elm High School Band.

Some honors include: A Honor Roll

Jordin is planning on attending Texas A & M University and majoring in Physiology.

Jordin selected Mrs. Lindsay Lee as her honored teacher. Jordin shared these thoughts about Mrs. Lee’s influence. “Mrs. Lee is not only an incredible teacher; she is also a caring, loving mentor. Having her as my psychology teacher made the experience both fun and challenging. Even as we prepared for our AP exam, she left room for excitement and good humor. Although the work was brutal some nights, it was always worth it in the end. I feel confident in my scoring on the AP exam and I give all my thanks to such an amazing psychology teacher.”

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Our 9th ranked senior is Hannah Lang, daughter of Stan and Barbara Lang.

Organizations Hannah belongs to include: NHS and Lobo Varsity Cheer where she serves as Captain.

Her honors include: Pre-Cal Student of the Year, A Honor Roll, All American Cheerleader

Hannah plans to attend Texas A&M University and study Biomedical Sciences.

Hannah selected Mrs. Michelle Gentry as her honored teacher. Hannah shared these thoughts about Mrs. Gentry, “Mrs. Gentry has not just taught me how to read and write, but she has also taught me valuable life lessons. I have known Mrs. Gentry since the fourth grade and had her as my teacher in my sophomore and junior years. She has inspired me to be the best I can be and look at things from different perspectives.”

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Our 10th ranked senior is Ryan Ong. Ryan is the son of Gerry & Carmelita Ong.

Ryan is a member of National Honor Society, Gay -Straight Alliance, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Varsity Winter Guard

Some of Ryan’s honors include: Head Drum Major, All Region Band, National French Exam Medalist, Wind Ensemble Outstanding Brass Musician and member of the WGI World Championship Finals Winter Guard Team.

Ryan plans to attend University of Texas Dallas and study Psychology.

Ryan chose Mr. Celestino Sosa as his honored teacher. Ryan shared the ways that Mr. Sosa inspired him. “Six years ago, I was a 12 year old sitting in front of Mr. Sosa, fascinated by how he randomly twirls sticks while getting me to play the Flintstones theme song. Since then, he has taught me how to be somewhat proficient at a brass instrument, how to be confident in myself, how to perform, how to blow a whistle, and how to take charge of an entire marching band. The list might never end, but most of all, he has taught me to truly treasure the people in your life. I’m forever thankful for the small things and life lessons that Mr. Sosa has taught me. He’s made an everlasting impact on my life. Little Elm will miss you.”

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LEHS Class of 2016 Graduation FAQ’s

Where is graduation?

  • Allen Event Center – 200 E. Stacy Road, Allen, TX 75002

When is graduation?

  • Friday, June 3 at 7:00 PM

Where can we park?

  • There is a covered parking garage south of the arena. Parking is FREE! Parking map and driving directions can be found here.

Do I need a ticket?

  • No, all arena seating is open seating. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.Suites are available for rental and tickets are required for all suite seating. Call Randell Holmes at 972-912-1077 for rental information.

Will there be a live streaming video feed for family members who cannot attend?

  • Yes, Allen Event Center will provide the link the week of graduation. We will post the link on the school’s and district website as well as send it out to senior parents through School Messenger.

Can I buy a picture of my senior receiving their diploma?

  • Yes, Flash Photography is the official photographer for graduation. Order forms were given to seniors on May 2nd and the packet was also emailed to all senior parents on the same day. If you need an order form, you can pick one up at the LEHS main office.

Can I purchase a DVD of the ceremony?

  • Yes, DVD’s are available for purchase ($30 pre-order and day of, $35 after event) from Allen Event Center. Order forms were given to seniors on May 2nd and were emailed to parents on the same day. Additional order forms are available in the LEHS main office.

Can I bring flowers for my graduate to the event center?

  • For safety reasons, flowers cannot be brought into the event center. Flowers in a variety of price ranges will be available for purchase at the event center.

Is there a dress code?

  • Graduations are formal events. Please dress with this in mind. Allen Event Center is also a hockey arena. The ice rink is covered by a floor so the arena stays cold. A sweater or jacket might come in handy.

Can we bring noise makers to celebrate our graduate’s walk across the stage?

  • No, noise makers such as air horns are prohibited by the arena. Persons in possession of such items will be escorted out. Graduation is a formal ceremony. Each student and their family look forward to the moment their name is called. Noise makers can drown out the name of the next graduate. Please respect all participants and leave noise makers at home.


Dramaturgy Guest Speaker

On Tuesday, May 17th, Theatre hosted a guest speaker from Water Tower Theater, one of the major Regional Equity Theatres in the Dallas area. The topic of the day? Dramaturgy. Over 40 students showed up to hear Mr. Bradford speak on the topic of theatrical research as a possible career path. They learned about the role and value of this field, how it relates to all of the different jobs in the theatre, how it connects with modern technology and social media and what direction to go in college if this is something they are interested in pursuing. It was a truly inspiring class, both because of Mr. Bradford's passion, but also because it was a testament to how engaged our students can be in getting deeper into learning.
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DARN College Search Series

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Interested in high paying jobs in Construction?

The Texas Contractor Magazine wants to inspire young people to choose careers in construction because of the shortage of skilled labor in our state. We need more people to go into this field to help build our infrastructure. If you are interested in a career in the Construction Trades we have many CTE courses that can give you a jump start on preparing for this field. See your counselor if you have any questions. Click HERE for more information about the different careers available.

How to Create a Parent Portal Account

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

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Click here for information on what's going on in the LEHS library.


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.


Every school year CareNow provides a significant amount of sports physicals to students in your community. Again this year, we are sending you our Sports & School Physicals promotion with a discounted price for you to distribute to your athletes and students. We highly encourage you and your students to take advantage of this affordable offer while it’s available:

  • 25 convenient locations. Visit us at for a detailed map to all locations.
  • Open 7 days a week with extended evening and weekend hours.
-Weeknights until 10 p.m.

-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

-Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m

  • No appointment necessary.
  • Remind students to bring all necessary forms with them. All students must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian if they are under the age of 18 for school physicals.
  • Students who wear glasses or contacts must bring them to the physical.
  • There will be a $6 charge for any additional forms such as summer camp, etc.
  • Price is good for students grades K – 12.

Download the flyer HERE.

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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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For any questions or additional information, contact Mallory Gaeth @

Scholarship Opportunity

The Rosenthal & Wadas Scholarship is for all graduating seniors who have been accepted to college for the Fall 2016 semester and live within and around Collin County. Details of the scholarship are below:


- Be a graduating senior.

- Be accepted to and plan to attend college for the Fall 2016 semester.

- Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.


- The application deadline is May 31, 2016.

- LATE and INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered.

Award Amount: $1,000


Only online applications will be accepted. The application can be found at:

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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.

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