Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - October 9th, 2015

Chronic Absenteeism: All of Our Kids are All of Our Kids

As Lobos we value embracing all of our kids as all of our kids. With this value comes a responsibility to make sure all of our kids have maximum learning opportunities which means we must make sure they attend school. A growing and compelling body of research demonstrates that chronic absence from school, typically defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days in a year for any reason, excused or unexcused is a primary cause of low academic achievement and a powerful predictor of which students will eventually drop out of school. By high school, irregular attendance is a better predictor of school dropout than test scores. A study of public school students in Utah found that a student who is chronically absent in even a single school year between the eighth and twelfth grades is over seven times more likely to drop out of school than a student who is not chronically absent. Improving attendance is a campus goal for LEHS. We will be working with individual students and parents utilizing attendance contracts, counseling, problem solving, goal setting, mentors and home visits. As a campus we will be employing incentives and rewards for students who have perfect attendance. Providing parents with information on how to submit the required documentation for excused absences is one of the services that our Attendance Clerk, Jennifer Lambright, provides for LEHS families every day. Her contact information is jlambright@littleelmisd.net and 972-947-9443 x20026.


Please contact her with any questions about attendance. A recent parent comment regarding the customer service that they received from Ms. Lambright said: “Ms. Lambright was patient and kind even with all of the chaos in her office. I want you to know that she provided professionalism and compassion at the highest level.” As you can tell, Ms. Lambright is here to help students and parents with any attendance issues or questions, please do not hesitate to contact her.


Renee Pentecost

Principal

Little Elm High School

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.

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Upcoming Events

  • October 9 - Varsity FB vs. Liberty @LEAC 7:00 pm (Punt, Pass, Kick night)
  • October 12 - Student Holiday
  • October 13 - AP Parent and Student information meeting
  • October 14 - PSAT Administration
  • October 16 - End of the first grading cycle
  • October 23 - Varsity FB vs. The Colony @The Colony 7:00 pm
  • October 26-30 - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 30 - Varsity FB vs. Centennial @LEAC 7:00 pm (Senior/Parent night)
  • November 5 - Varsity FB vs. Heritage @Memorial Stadium 7:00 pm

High School Spirit Dress Up Days

Click HERE for details.

Advanced placement information meeting

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosted a 5k walk this past weekend in Dallas, called Out of the Darkness. The walk was created ten years ago, to connect people who have been affected by a suicide event.


This year, we were fortunate (to bring students and staff members from LEHS) to join as supporters of the event to help spread the word of support needed for mental health.

Halloween Fest 2.0

Sign Up Now!!

This is a community fundraiser hosted by

LEHS Prom Committee. It is an opportunity to

raise money for your club or organization in

addition to getting to know your Little Elm

community and students.


Click HERE for the full flyer.

Clothe-A-child

We're looking for volunteers!


In order to ensure the continued success of the Clothe-A-Child program in Little Elm we need your help! We all know those teachers, parents, and students on each campus that can take something good and make it extraordinary! We need your help to get the word out about volunteering and fundraising to ensure that the Clothe-A-Child event in October is extraordinary! Please pass the volunteer and fundraising information onto any parents, students, and staff members in your school that might be interested! If you are not familiar with the Clothe-A-Child program you can visit www.clotheachildfrisco.com to find out additional information. If you have any questions please let me know and thank you for your support with this fantastic program that helps so many of our Little Elm families!

lehs fine arts

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Driver Safety Assembly

Nissan and Texas FCCLA are sponsoring a ThinkFast Interactive assembly to present an innovative driver safety program. The assembly will be held for students with campus parking permits on Friday, October 23rd from 3:20-4:25 p.m. in the LEHS Auditorium.
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LEHS CHOIR craft fair

LEHS choirs are holding a craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 5. Click HERE for vendor information and the application.

support the lobos!

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lobo band teacher of the week

Please give a round of applause for the Lobo Band Teacher of the Week Mr. Perry! Thank you for pushing our kids to succeed in your classroom. Thank you for your support of the Lobo Band.


We would also like to say congrats to last weeks Teacher of the Week Ms. Gentry! She was out of town thatFriday and we were unable to get a picture.

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 rhutley@leisd.ws 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 rhutley@littleelmisd.net for more information.

lehs teachers raising the bar!

This week the following teachers were recognized for "Raising the Bar" in their classroom and going above and beyond in what they do for our students. Great Job!


Lashell Whitley - Pre-AP/On level English II and Cheerleading

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ALL THINGS YEARBOOK!

School pictures for 9-11 graders were distributed this week. LifeTouch will be on campus next Thursday, Oct. 15, for retakes. Students who would like their picture retaken will need to bring the original proof or prints on Thursday to serve as their hall pass and to return to LifeTouch.


Details about the retake schedule will be emailed to students next week and will be addressed during morning announcements.

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!

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Little Elm High School

Renee Pentecost - Principal (rpentecost@littleelmisd.net)

Ruben Molinar - Associate Principal (rmolinar@littleelmisd.net)

Alen Palislamovic - House Principal A - D (apalislamovic@littleelmisd.net)

Randall Ball - House Principal E - K (rball@littleelmisd.net)

Chris Reza - House Principal L - Ra (creza@littleelmisd.net)

Terilyn Thomas-Monday - House Prinicipal Re - Z (tmonday@littleelmisd.net)