Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - December 11th, 2015

Can Goals Motivate Students?

While all students recognize that learning is important, some are simply not motivated by academics or love of learning alone. But maybe if learning were reframed as a means to achieve a certain goal, these students would be better able to see its value. We all know people who are especially goal-oriented, whether they’re “type A” people who love crossing things off their to-do lists or big-picture people who dream about future plans and work hard to fulfill them. For some people, simply having a certain end point to aim for is motivation enough. It makes sense that some students would be motivated by setting goals – whether short-term, concrete goals, such as passing a test or achieving a certain grade, or long-term, abstract goals, such as getting into college or pursuing a certain career.

While setting goals comes naturally to some students, most students need help in identifying quality goals and then setting realistic progress checks. Students all start the year with optimism and strong beliefs that they will succeed in all of their pursuits. As the year progresses and they encounter challenges, they can easily lose sight of their goals. Teachers, parents, counselors, and mentors can help students become more successful by teaching them how to set long-term and intermediate goals. Students who have struggled in school especially can benefit from goal setting. When students are able to set reasonable, attainable goals and experience some quick successes, they gain confidence.

There are many ways LEHS is helping students with goal setting. Counselors are meeting with students to talk about current progress as well as long range plans. Mrs. Brown, our college and career advisor is helping students plan their post-secondary pathways by helping them set goals. Programs such as AVID, Student Council, DECA, HOSA, NHS, Academic Decathlon, Athletics, and Fine Arts all have strong goal setting components that help students see the possibilities while giving them a plan or structure to follow. Our counseling department is providing weekly character lessons that use a goal-setting model to help students with decision-making skills.

One of our district core values states, “As Lobos We Value, unleashing every individual’s highest potential.” Teaching students goal-setting strategies is just one of the ways LEHS is striving to help every student unleash their highest potential.

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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Only junior and senior students may earn exemptions in on level and Pre-AP class final exams at the end of the fall and spring semesters. All students in any AP class must take the fall final but may be exempt from the spring final if they take the AP exam for the class and meet the rest of the criteria for exemptions. Exemptions in the on level, Pre-AP and Spring AP classes can be earned if:

*The student has an average of 90 or higher in the class for which exemption is requested; and the student has no more than three (unexcused or excused) absences in the class for which exemption is requested, or

* an 80 - 89 and no more than two (unexcused or excused) absences in the class for which exemption is requested.

Additionally, the student requesting the exemption must not have:

  • An out-of-school suspension for the semester the exemption is requested,
  • An in-school suspension for the semester the exemption is requested.

Courses that require a State End-of-Course exam are not eligible for exemptions unless they pass the EOC and meet the other exemption requirements.

Schedule and Where to go Each Day

Please see the attached document for the schedule of tests and times each day.

Even if you are exempt from an exam, you must come at the beginning of the day on Thursday and Friday and check-in with your third period class at 8:50 am. You must follow the exam schedule, reporting even to the classes you are exempt in and staying until you have taken your last exam for the day. After you have completed your last exam for the day you may leave if you have transportation. You must exit the building and leave campus.

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LEHS Girls' Basketball Team Featured on State Organization's Site

A photo courtesy of Coach Oliphant featuring LEHS student Taylor Johnson was featured on the Texas Girls' Coaches Association website. Click HERE to check it out!


Dear Class of 2016 Parents

When yearbooks arrive each spring, seniors immediately turn to the back of the book to check out the senior recognition ads! The deadline to purchase an ad in the yearbook to honor your senior is quickly approaching. Senior ads must be purchased by December 15. Sizes range from 1/8 page ($40) to a full page ($250) and may be purchased online at OR with a check/cash in room 1229. All content (photos/text) for the ads should be sent directly to or dropped off in the front office for Michelle Gentry. Content must also be received by December 15.

Senior ad purchases and designs are kept confidential, so if you're hoping to surprise your senior with a special message, we've got you covered! Be sure to order by December 15th.

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!

Supporting the Students!

Ana DeLeon braved the cold to support Maecellus Powell and Djuma Mwamba in the parade last week. Thanks for supporting our kids!
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LEHS Fine Arts

Applebee's All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast

December 12th 8AM-10AM - Little Elm Applebees Location Only On Hwy 423.
- Tickets are $10 Each, tickets can be purchased from choir students, Mr. Kassen, Mrs. Mayberry, or from the front office. Proceeds benefit Little Elm Choir. Students are raising money for their choir trip to New Orleans.
- All you can eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, and hashbrowns. Gonna be fun!!

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design visits LEHS

In November, a representative from Santa Fe University of Art and Design visited with Fine Arts and Career and Technology students. She talked with them about how to decide your major, how to pay for college, the admissions process and what SFUAD is like. The students were immediately asking more questions about this school, as well as when they will get to meet with other colleges.
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Choirs to Perform at Six Flags Holiday in the Park

Sunday December 13th
- Tickets were already purchased in advance. If you are free come see us. Performance times will be posted as soon as possible. A detailed itinerary will be sent to parents and students attending the following weekend. Please make sure you have turned in your money and field trip forms.

High School Holiday Choir Concert

Tuesday December 15th 7:30PM in High School Auditorium

Tons of new and old holiday classics, plus a sing-a-long at the end. Please feel free to join us in singing your favorite carols. This is sure to put some magic in your holiday spirit!!!

Administrators and staff are encouraged to join us on stage for the sing-a-long at the end!!

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The Spitfire Grill

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Little Elm High School's New Horizons Theatre program will present The Spitfire Grill, based on the 1996 film about a feisty young woman who follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin. There she finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

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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TWU Scholarship Information

Juniors and Seniors:

Texas Woman’s University is proud to be a Terry Foundation affiliate university and to offer this wonderful opportunity to prospective students.

The Terry Foundation Scholarship covers up to the total cost of attendance for 8 semesters and an additional/options 9thsemester of study aboard funding!

We want to highly encourage you to recommend this opportunity to your students.

Please note, the Terry Foundation Scholarship at TWU has an earlier deadline of January 15, 2016. This scholarship not only requires strong academic ability, but also a record of leadership in school and/or community, and financial need.

Eligibility requirements

· U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

· A record of leadership in school and/or community

· Strong academic abilities, as evidence by grades (minimum 3.0 GPA) and SAT (minimum 1060 critical reading & math combined) and/or ACT (minimum 23)

· Demonstrated financial need (determined by committee)

· Accepted to TWU as a full-time entering freshman in the fall

Click here for the application website.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Diana P. Gomez, M.Ed.

Terry Scholars Program Coordinator
Texas Woman’s University


SFA STEM Scholarship

$10,000 per year for eligible Science, Technology, Engineering and Math majors

Scholarships awarded through SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics

To be considered you must:

1. Enter SFA as either an incoming freshman or a new transfer student beginning fall 2016

2. Complete the SFA STEM Scholarship application and return it to the dean’s office by 5 p.m. April 1, 2016

3. Declare a STEM major

4. Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a STEM teacher

5. Enroll as an incoming freshman with a math SAT/ACT of at least 600/26

6. Advance through the interview process with the STEM scholarship committee

For more information about this scholarship contact Vicki Shimer by email at or by phone at 936-468-5197

Download the application packet at

The Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship

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CTE Student Scholarships


Mahindra USA Inc. and the Career and Technology Association of Texas have announced scholarship opportunities for Texas high school seniors participating in career and technical education to apply for $1000 college scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2016. Please click here for more information.

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Scholarship Opportunity

I would like take this opportunity to invite your students to submit their application to our scholarship program. Texas Farm Credit established a scholarship program for seniors who are graduating and pursuing a college degree in an agriculture-related field of study. This may include agricultural business, animal science, agricultural economics, and others. Our organization awards five, one-time scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00.

Click HERE to access the application.

Wendy Swift | HR Manager | Texas Farm Credit

1307 Dominion Plaza, Tyler TX 75703 | O: (903) 617-5353 | C: (903) 253-2821 | F: (877) 206-8334

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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.

Little Elm High School

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Alen Palislamovic - House Principal A - D (

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Terilyn Thomas-Monday - House Prinicipal Re - Z (