Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - March 19th, 2016

Equipping Students to Handle Stress

Everyone deals with stress. It is an unfortunate reality of life. There are expectations that aren’t always met and events that occur outside of our control. Teens deal with many sources of stress. Tests, homework, parents, siblings, friends, job, body-image, money, peer-pressure, and extra-curricular activities are just some of the pressures that create stress for teens. Not all stress is bad, there are stressors that activate the right hormones to enhance and quicken our responses to stressful situations. A car that pulls out in front of you will power up your fight or flight response and help you to slam on your brakes. Poised at the starting line at a track meet and your nervousness will initiate your body to become taut and ready for action. Stressors can really help you out in a pinch, however, when stressors are a constant draining part of your life, then you need to learn how to control and combat them. Adolescence is an important time to learn to deal with stress because teens can then deal with it better in college and in their adult lives.

How do parents and teachers create the right kind of environment for teens in which teens are preparing for the stresses of life but aren’t killing themselves in the process? Parents can help their kids cope and find balance, even in their most stressful times, by encouraging them to schedule down time and helping them find coping strategies that work for them. Sometimes, parents who address their child’s stress head-on find themselves reevaluating their family values by asking, “What is really the most important thing for my child?” Teens especially need to make time to sleep. Sleep deprivation affects your ability to cope with stress and parents can help teens by insisting they get enough sleep. Teachers can help teens learn to deal with stress by intentionally teaching skills such as time-management, goal-setting, role-playing, collaboration, and the importance of healthy habits such as nutrition and exercise.

The mission of Little Elm ISD is to Equip, Engage, and Empower each student to realize their full potential. Teaching students how to cope with stress is one way we are equipping them to become the best that they can be.

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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LEHS Track - Scorpion Relays Results 2016

Here are the results from the March 11th meet - Scorpion Relays. Overall a good meet for the LOBOS. With wet conditions and just being spring break the kids competed hard. There were 17 teams at this meet and JV Girls finished 7th, Varsity Girls 2nd, JV Boys 2nd, and Varsity Boys 3rd.

Saturday, March 19th is the LOBO INVITATIONAL. Please come support these student athletes.

Todd Dailey

Head Boys Track Coach

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Feeding Your Mind

What's the best way to learn new vocabulary like "periphrasis" or "apophasis?" With burgers, of course!

In a show of support for the LEHS International Thespian Society and its In-N-Out Burger fundraiser, students from the AP English Language and Composition course combined their AP test study session with one of their favorite things: dinner with friends.

"This study session was fun AND educational," junior Kenia Zarate said. "We should definitely do this again."

Students are preparing for the Advanced Placement exam they will take in May for the opportunity to earn college credit.

Following the study session, students were invited to support their peers at a preview of the one-act play they will perform for next week's UIL competition.

Michelle Gentry

Little Elm High School

ELA Department Head

AP English Language, Yearbook

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The students finished the project in Ms. Rosa's Physics class described below and had a showcase of their instruments Friday night. Please see the photos and video that follow.
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Conversation With the Colleges

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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

LEHS Student Part of Championship Winning Polo Team

We wanted to share Ronnie Puente's pictures with you. He is a current LEHS student who plays Polo in our community and his team won the Open National Interscholastic Polo Championship! He is the young man on the left in the photo below. Very proud of this young man!

Ruben Molinar

Associate Principal

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Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Little Elm High School desires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition.

For the 2016 AP exams, students at Little Elm High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.

This year each AP exam costs $92.00. Little Elm High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance can download the application through the registration website. The completed application is due by 4 pm March 23rd in Mr. Ball's office.

Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 6:00 AM and end on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM. In order to register, students should visit to register .

To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 6:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM - Online Registration Ends
  • Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $55 late fee per exam.

Contact Mr. Ball at or in Room 1216 with any questions.



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


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Free valet parking

Free professional photographer

See Mr. Palislamovic for non LEHS Student form.

"The Best Me I Can Be" Girls Conference

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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.

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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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 (