Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - November 14, 2015

Preparation is the key to success

What does it mean for students to be College and Career Ready? It is no longer enough for schools to just teach students reading, writing, and arithmetic. Schools are expected to prepare students for their post-secondary pursuits but what does that mean? Whether students will enter the workforce or choose to enter a two or four year college, they will need to be able to read, write, perform computations with numbers but most of all they will need to be able to think analytically and logically. We live in an age of rapid change and instant information so students need to be able to organize and prioritize tasks which require self-management. So what are we doing at LEHS to prepare our students for their college and career choices?

Students are learning to use a proven focused note-taking method called Cornell Notes. This is a strategy that teachers in all content areas are using to help students learn to organize their notes, summarize their learning, and generate questions for clarification. Cornell notes allow students to easily find main points of a lecture including vocabulary words, important dates and people, theories, and steps to math problems. This method of note taking provides an efficient way to take notes during any kind of lecture. You can see a fun animated description of Cornell Notes here.

LEHS students are also participating in college prep activities every day during advisory time such as learning academic vocabulary, practicing for college entrance exams such as PSAT, SAT, and ACT, and using an on-line tool called Naviance. Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. This on-line tool empowers students and families to connect learning and life. It allows students to create a plan for their future by helping them discover their individual strengths and learning styles, which then helps them explore college and career options based on their results. Check out a short video about Naviance here.

Regardless of the post-secondary choices that our graduates make, it is our job to make sure that all doors are open to our students and ultimately that we have prepared them to be successful in all of their post-secondary pursuits. In the words of Alexander Graham Bell “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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LEHS STudent council and Vynami Cafe honors campus veterans

Yesterday 11/12 Student Council provided lunch for Little Elm ISD military veterans as part of our Veterans Day celebrations. Student Council members assisted our students in our Life Skills program at Vynami Cafe. This was a great opportunity for all of our students to work and interact together to help serve of military veterans. Little Elm High School is proud to acknowledge our veterans

LEHS Veterans

Dawn Ramirez - United States Army

Michelle Alley - United States Army

James Olenski - United States Army

Toni Nelson - United States Air Force

Tex Milner - United States Marine Corps

Kent Brennecke - United States Navy

Walter Bengston - United States Navy

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LEHS CRoss country and track fundraiser




All proceeds will go towards the Scholarships and Banquet for both teams. Last year was awesome as we sold over 1000 tamales and our goal this year is to sell 2000.

If you would like to order a dozen (or more), just email Todd Dailey or Kirk Johnson then send us a check for your amount (Campus mail).

Orders are due by November 18th. Delivery date is Dec 11th.

3 Types of Tamales: All orders are by the dozen, No half orders please.











Todd Dailey (

Kirk Johnson (


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Texas A&M visits LEHS

Wednesday, about 60 Little Elm High School students attended a presentation by Texas A&M University regarding admissions, scholarships, academic programs and the core of cadets. The A&M representatives were very impressed with the students, and complemented them on having great questions and being focused on their college plans. We even had a a surprise visit from one of our favorite Aggies!

Keisha Brown

College and Career Readiness Counselor

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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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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!


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 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!

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veteran's day surprise visit

Yesterday one of my dance students, Selena Stanley, asked her dad to come speak to my dance class about the military. HIs name is Sergeant Eric Stanley (former Marine Corp, Navy, Army) and the class was intrigued by his talk. He not only explained what he does (including swimming off shore to protect our country) but gave great details about missiles. Just wanted to share this special moment.

Julia Smith

LEHS Blue Angels Director and Dance Teacher

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We are happy to announce that we have 7 LEHS Lobo Band Students marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City. The students have been raising money for the past 3 months. We raised over $2000.00 to defray the cost of the trip. Thank you to al the Administrators, Teachers, and Staff who donated, Flocked, and purchased "Flocking to NYC" shirts. This would not have been possible without your contribution.

The students are:

Gabi Acevedo

Cameron Gregg

Kendal Hallmark

Jordan Marbry

Jared Miller

Alexa Peterson

Ryan Webb

help needed

We are underway on our musical for the Dallas Summer Musical Awards competition. It's called The Spitfire Grill and is a heart-touching story about a young woman and a small town who heal each other after hard times.

The reason we need your help is because that small town grill is in Wisconsin! We are looking for a lot of diner and winter gear that we don't currently have. We're hoping you can help us out or know someone who can. In general, we're looking for:

  • anything you might find in a diner/restaurant that was established in the 1950's (decor, ketchup bottles, cash register, etc.)
  • anything you might find in a diner kitchen (pots/pans, utensils, small appliances)
  • tools you need in the far north during winter (shovels, ice picks, ice rod, etc.)
  • clothing you need when it's below 30 degrees and below

If you want to see a more specific list of the props that we need, you can find them here:

Our show runs Dec 10-12. We would need to borrow these items until then, so please make sure it's something you can part with for a while. Because of the amount of things we need for this show, anything you can send helps.

Thank you for considering us during this busy time of year. We appreciate your support.

LEHS CHOIR craft fair

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

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.

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.

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

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 (