Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - November 24, 2019

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November - A Month of Thanks

Thanksgiving Break - A Time to Make Memories of a Lifetime

Students and staff have been anxiously awaiting the Thanksgiving Break. This is an important time for recharging, refocusing, and reflecting. The first semester is coming to a close in a few short weeks when we return from break. The month of December is traditionally busy and full of activities but there are still lessons to learn, exams to take and assignments to finish. So before the hustle and bustle of the last few days of the semester, we should all take the time to think about all we have to be thankful for. Take the time this week to have lunch with a friend that you haven't seen in awhile, spend time with a family member making a special memory, perform a random act of kindness, volunteer to help someone less fortunate. All of these selfless acts will make someone else's day but best of all, it will create memories of a lifetime that will sustain us through the tough times.


From my heart to our FamiLE, I hope you have a Thanksgiving Break full of memories of a lifetime.


Renee Pentecost

Principal

Little Elm High School

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Lobos In The News

Mia Rebello and Tamia Thompson

Little Elm Guard Keith Smith

School Board Adds Wrestling for LEHS

Lobo Alums Making Their Mark

Karrington Jones Helps Texas Tech Volleyball Defeat TCU

Karrington Jones, LEHS Class of 2018 Alum, was a key defensive player in Texas Tech's 5 game set win over TCU on Saturday in Ft. Worth. Karrington Jones had her own Little Elm cheering section in the stands as she continues to make an impact as a Sophomore on the Division I stage. Congratulations to Karrington and her teammates on a well played win on Saturday!
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LEHS Class of 2019 Alums to MCRD San Diego Marine Gradates Delta Company

Private Adam Brigandi and Private Brandon Johnson both graduated from LEHS a mere 6 months ago and now they have graduated from the United States Marine Boot Camp in San Diego, California and earned the respected title of United States Marine! Congratulations to these two LEHS graduates who are achieving their goals and making their mark!

November Students of the Month

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Chloe Hill and Max Geiser

Chloe Hill - Chloe is a current LEHS Junior. She has participated in Academic Decathlon and Octathlon and the Lobo Marching Band all three years at LEHS. Chloe has been accepted to the NASA’s High School Aerospace Scholars program. Students in the program are able to learn about different STEM related fields of study they might want to pursue in college. Following a series of online lessons, the highest achieving students will be invited to an all-expenses-paid, week-long visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer. Good luck Chloe! Here are what Chloe's teachers had to say about her contributions in their classrooms -


Ms. Adrienne Meade - Chloe is an amazing student; from her dedication to her studies to her leadership in band, and especially how she is a leader amongst her peers. In AP Research, Chloe often takes the time to coach the AP Seminar students and help them understand the concepts of this course. She is patient, kind, and hardworking. She has even helped me become better at understanding logical reasoning puzzles! Chloe is so deserving of this award! I cannot say enough wonderful things about her.

Mrs. Marcia Gaston - Chloe is a student leader in the class and always has a smile on her face. I appreciate her hard work ethic and how she actively participates. What an awesome young lady!! I'm so proud of her.

Mr. Frank Felice - Chloe served as a junior Drum Major this year with the Lobo Band. She took on this responsibility and gave it 100% to help our band program be the best it can be. She gave selflessly of her time and energy to help other band members be successful. Without ever complaining, she demonstrated what it means to be a selfless leader in our band. Chloe is a good musician and a model student for our band and school.

Mr. Jason Hiller - Chloe is doing great work in academic decathlon. She has been a true leader by developing notes on all the material in our packets. If you get a chance, then you should also ask her about her skills at rock, paper, scissors in order to break a tie. Academic Decathlon would not be as successful without Chloe.

Mrs. Julie Brown - Chloe is a wonderful student. She is very intelligent as well as such a caring person. When I needed a student to help out at Chart your course, she quickly volunteered and did such an awesome job. I know she is determined and has her goals in place, and because of all of her amazing characteristics, she will achieve them.


Max Geiser - Max is a current Junior student at LEHS. Max is Vice President of the LEHS Student Council and a class representative for the Class of 2021. As Vice President of Student Council, Max has been the organizer of the Superintendent's Advisory Council. He worked closely with Hannah Smith (last year's Student Council President) who first started the Superintendent's Council. As a class representative he has helped organize the class's first annual Color Run last year and is involved in planning this year's Color Run. Max has also joined DECA this year and plans on competing with fellow DECA members. Here are what Max's teachers had to say about his contributions in their classrooms -


Ms. Hollie Henry - Max is the perfect choice for Student if the Month. He is motivated, hard-working, and has a great attitude in BIM. What makes him stand out from the rest are his special qualities. He problem solves on his own, and is a natural leader. Max takes it upon himself to research the solution to computer issues, and has always been successful in BIM. Additionally, he is the first student willing to help others who are struggling. I know he will be a big success in life as well as in the classroom!

Ms. Florence Agbota - Max is an excellent student.He is the best student I have ever had. He is the student that every teacher would like to have in their class. I have had him since French 1 and he is awesome. There no words to describe his behavior nor his work habits. He is a perfect student. He is hardworking and a gentleman of a unique kind.

Mrs. Jessi Vericker - I have had the pleasure of being Max’s teacher his freshman and junior year. When I think about the ideal student; honest, trustworthy, determined, prepared, empathic to others, involved and overall enthusiastic towards school, that would be Max. Max always has a happy disposition, willing to help, and great outlook on life. Where Max really shines is his compassionate heart. He has always gone out of his way to make others know he cares, not just for his peers but teachers as well. He truly is a class act.

Mr. Brad Howard - I'm so happy for Max! He is truly a credit to our school. Max makes an impact in my classroom by consistently modeling the Lobo values of excellence, integrity, and respect. He brings his best game to class every day and elevates the performance of other students by doing so. No matter what the distractions of the day are, I can always count on him to be engaged, inquisitive, and goal-driven. When class or group discussions bog down, Max typically helps by stepping in with a comment or question that challenges his fellow AP students to think about topics at a deeper level or in a novel way. And to top it all off, Max is able to do all of the above in a relaxed and amusing way that shows other students that achieving doesn’t have to be boring and tedious.

Mrs. Dawn Ramirez - Max is the kind of young man that you wish every student could be like...he has a smile on his face every day when he arrives to my room, is the most soft-spoken, yet commanding presence in the room. I always look forward to seeing Max everyday, as he is an outstanding student who strives for nothing but the best!

Mr. Kale Stubblefield - Max is a leader in the classroom. He leads by example and his work ethic inspires others to do their best. I have had students tell me they work harder, and I have seen them work harder and do better in class when working with Max. He is definitely deserving of this honor.

Mrs. Julie Brown - Max is such a positive person to have in class. I can always count on his smiling face even if he doesn't like the concept we are studying that day. And although math may not be his favorite subject, no one could tell by his demeanor or attitude. I really appreciate his leadership and willingness to go to the board to present problems.

Congratulations to Four LEHS Teachers Receiving the LEISD Education Foundation Grants

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Ms. Hailey Vail

2nd Annual LEHS Dinner Theatre Tickets on Sale NOW!

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Dinner theatre tickets are for sale!! Get them before they are all gone. To get said tickets please contact Mr. Foutz jfoutz@littleelmisd.net
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Fall 2019 Semester Exam Bell Schedule

Please note: Exam Schedule has been CHANGED!

FamiLE Exemption: Community Service Hours Form

To claim FamiLE Exemption completed form should be completed and turned into House Office by December 6, 2019.

Attendance Matters: Semester Exam Exemptions

Fall Exams are Almost Here!

It is time to start checking your exemption status for our upcoming semester exams. Please reference the Exam Exemption Criteria document linked above and read the following procedures carefully.



2019-20 LEHS Exam Exemptions


  • Students are eligible to earn semester final exam exemptions based on academic performance, attendance, citizenship and community service.
  • The start date for exam exemption eligibility was August 19, 2019.
  • US History courses are excluded from Fall exam exemptions. Dual Credit, OnRamps, AP and Online Languages courses may also be excluded from exam exemptions in order to meet their program requirements.
  • The final eligibility report will be run through the house offices and posted by December 13, 2019.
  • It is extremely important that all parent and doctor notes be turned in to your house office by December 6, 2019. Notes turned in after this date will not impact students’ eligibility for exam exemptions.
  • Students wanting the FamiLE exemption must turn in their documented 30 hours to house offices by December 6, 2018.
  • House offices will generate the official list of students eligible for exam exemptions.
  • House offices will provide exemption cards through 3rd period classes to students listing the number of exam exemptions for which they are eligible.
  • Students choose which class(es) they want to request an exemption and notify the teacher. Exemption cards will have eligible classes printed on the card.
  • Teachers will have final approval of exemptions if the use of the exemption could result in a failing grade.
  • ANY absences after exemptions have been printed can void the exemption. Teachers will verify eligibility if absences occur December 13 - December 19.
  • Students must be present on exam days even if they are exempt.
  • Each teacher will initial the exemption card to verify the exemption has been used and collect exemptions used in their class. Cards will be turned into Mrs. Chesnut's office on January 6.
  • A MISSED EXAM will be averaged as a zero and can impact whether a student earns credit for the course.
  • Transfer students must attend school in district for a minimum of one full quarter to be eligible.


Attendance on Exam Days -


  • Monday, December 16th and Tuesday, December 17th are FULL attendance days. You may leave after 5th period if you are exempt for your exam on that day and if you have transportation (walk, drive, or parent pick-up). If you stay on campus to wait for a ride, you must still report to scheduled classes.
  • On Wednesday, December 18th ALL students must attend 1st period (7:20 AM to 7:25 AM) for attendance purposes. If you have exemptions for the remainder of the day (3rd, and 5A periods) you may leave after 7:25 AM if you have transportation (walk, drive, or parent pick-up). If you stay on campus to wait for a ride, you must still report to all scheduled classes and should bring something to study or read. Late Arrival Students will report to 3rd period (8:40 AM to 8:45 AM) for attendance purposes and may leave if exempt from 3rd and 5A exams.
  • On Thursday, December 19th ALL students must report to 2nd period (7:20 AM to 7:25 AM) and if you have exemptions for the remainder of the day (2nd, 4th, and 5B periods) you may leave after attendance has been taken if you have transportation (walk, drive, or parent pick-up). If you stay on campus to wait for a ride, you must still report to all scheduled classes and should bring something to study or read.Late Arrival Students will report to 4th period (8:40 AM to 8:45 AM) for attendance purposes and may leave if exempt from 4th and 5B exams.
  • On any exam day a student may leave when they have finished the exam period of their last exam for the day if they have transportation (walk, drive, parent pick-up).

Driver Education Course - Enroll Now!

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Driver Education Registration Form

Form must be completed and turned in with fee to Coach Rhoades in Room 2212

A driver’s education course will be offered second semester at LEHS, starting on January 8th. It will include classroom and behind the wheel instruction. Successful completion of the course will enable the student to apply for their driver’s license. Enrollment will be limited so it will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Classroom instruction will be after school from 3:00 -5:00 pm Monday -Friday. The driving instruction will be on a schedule of your choosing. More details to follow. Students must be 15 years of age or older as of January 20th to enroll. Fee for the class is $400 made out to Little Elm High School. Print the registration form linked above. Bring the completed registration form and payment ASAP to Coach Rhoades in room 2212 as this class fills up very fast.

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SAVE Application

This form must be turned into House Counselor to request dropping Levels Only at semester.

Healthy Habits Lead to a Healthy Life

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LEHS Partnering with the American Heart Association for Healthier Lifestyles

We are proud to partner with the American Heart Association for the American Heart Challenge at Little Elm High School! Through this program, students are encouraged to take heart healthy challenges and raise money for The American Heart Association. All money raised will go towards life-saving research in the areas of heart disease and stroke, education, and advocacy.


So far, 142 students have taken the challenge to say no to smoking/vaping—just one of the three challenges students can take while participating in the program—and we have raised $690 to fight heart disease—the leading cause of death globally.


We raised $2500 last year and are looking to beat that number but need your help!


Many students have already signed up for our school’s online fundraising page! If you receive a text message or email from a student about American Heart Challenge, just click on the link in the message to donate! If your student hasn’t already signed up, go to heart.org/americanheartchallenge to sign up for our school’s online fundraising page and donate!


We are excited to partner with the American Heart Association for this event! Our school and students benefit from the money raised and the resources provided through American Heart Challenge! We hope you will support our students as they help others and raise awareness for heart disease and stroke.


You can review the presentation on heart health and the dangers of vaping at the link below.

Teens and Vaping

We continue to see a rise in the use of vaping by students. This is a national epidemic and there is a lot of information available for parents and students on the harmful effects of this trend. The Child Mind Institute website is full of current information on health related topics for families. Their recent article titled "Teen Vaping: What You Need To Know" gives parents current information on why parents should be concerned and how to talk to teens about vaping.
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Do You Need Some New 19-20 Spirit Wear?-

The Lobo Athletic Booster Club has a new on-line store for your convenience. Click here to order your Lobo Gear on-line.


Also don't forget to download the official Little Elm Lobos App. We hope every Lobo Fan will download the app which allows live streaming, access to online schedules, news, and push notifications for scores for all of your favorite Lobo teams! See graphic below on all that the app has to offer!

Did you know that students who qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program can also receive financial assistance in other areas such as:


  • Reduced device protection fee to use a district issued laptop.
  • Fee waiver to take the SAT and/or ACT for free
  • Dual Credit tuition for free at NCTC
  • AP Exam Test fee reduction


High school students often do not want to participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. The Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program is the standard used by many programs to qualify students for financial assistance. Even if a student never uses their eligibility in the lunchroom, they can benefit greatly in other areas if they qualify for the Lunch Program. Eligibility has to be reestablished each year. You can fill out the application here. We highly suggest that all families fill out an application to see if you qualify.

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Thank you for serving at Prestwick Maddie, Faith, Lauren, Kenny, and Ryan! We appreciate you.

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Girl's Basketball Action from Last Week

Newman Smith - Varsity Wins!

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Varsity Defeats Frisco HS 57-31!

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JV Logs several Wins in Prosper Tournament

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Freshmen Putting In the Work at Prosper Tournament!

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Boys Basketball is Back!

LEHS vs Liberty HS

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November Student Athletic Trainer's of the Month

Students, Parents, Coaches, & Administrators:

Please congratulate the November Student Athletic Trainers of the Month: Genelle Smith, Cadence Hernandez, April Juarez, Michelle McKee, and Ashlyne Smith. SATs cast their votes on Rookie & Veteran Student Athletic Trainers to be recognized. Please read over what their Favorites are about November, Thanksgiving and Fall Scents.


The LESMD-LC (Little Elm Sports Medicine- Leadership Council) coordinates monthly to send out themed questionnaires to the winners of the Student Athletic Trainers of the Month’s votes. This month Senior April Juarez (LESMD-LC 2nd year Rep) designed the questions & presentation for the November winners and did an incredible job! Thank you April!


Thank you Genelle, Cadence, April, Michelle, and Ashlyne for your hard work and commitment to the LE Sports Medicine Program -“The Pack Behind The Pack”!


Coach Cox & Doc Stine

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Time to Order Graduation Products!

The Class of 2020 received information from Balfour on ordering graduation products on Wednesday. Seniors should bring home a brochure with all needed information.
Order your Senior Yearbook Ad
Senior Yearbook Personal Ad Information

Deadline to Submit - December 20, 2019

List of Fall Senior Events

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Prom will be on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Knotting Hill Place. Stayed tuned for more information.
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Class of 2020 Graduation at UNT

Save the Date:


Thursday, May 21, 2020

10:00 AM

Report Harmful, Harassing, and Bullying Behavior

LEISD has an on-line tool called "Anonymous Alerts" that students, parents, and teachers can use to report harmful, harassing, and bullying type behaviors. Anonymous Alerts bullying reporting mobile app helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressures are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome. Anonymous Alerts encourages students, parents and staff to quickly, easily, and anonymously report bullying, cyber-bullying, gang-related issues, and other sensitive topics through private messages to school officials by building. All reports remain completely anonymous even during a two-way email conversation, although submitters have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion.


To send a report from the Web/Internet go to: www.anonymousalerts.com/littleelmisd/

To send a report from your phone:


  • Download the Anonymous Alerts® app for free from the Apple Store, Google Play store, and the Chrome store
  • Start the App, enter login: leisd and password: leisd
  • Send important reports to school officials
  • Add a screen shot or photo about the incident
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LEHS Traffic Flow Map

19-20 Traffic flow and parking map

19-20 Parking Permit Application

Vist the LEHS Website for all details on student parking. https://www.littleelmisd.net/domain/1726

College Readiness Newsletter

Fall 2019 President's Volunteer Service Award Recipients

Mr. Gallagher, LEISD's Superintendent, came out to award our first three recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Award with LEHS as the Certifying Organization. While LEHS has honored several students who have met the high standards of the President's Volunteer Service Award, these three students, Karmen Brown (Bronze Award), Lantana English (Silver Award), and Adria Flores (Bronze Award) are the first three to apply and be awarded this prestigious award through LEHS as the Certifying Organization. Mr. Gallagher also surprised our initial recipients with an additional honor of receiving a district Excellence Coin. The Excellence Coin is the Superintendent's special award given to staff and students for exemplifying our district values.


We are proud of these recipients and their service and hope that they will be the first of many to give back and be recognized for their service.

President's Volunteer Service Award Details

Details on how to earn the President's Volunteer Service Award while at LEHS.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Texas Student Housing Scholarship

The Texas Student Housing Authority offers $2,500 per year housing scholarships at the locations listed below. The Texas Student Housing Authority owns student housing properties near the University of Texas in Austin, the University of North Texas in Denton and A&M University in College Station. The properties owned are the Town Lake in Austin, The Ridge at North Texas in Denton and the Cambridge at College Station. To view each property click on the Gallery page. The Texas Higher Education Authority Act specifically permits Texas Student Housing Authority to offer lodging scholarships in the student housing facilities owned by the Corporation.


Click on the link below for the fallible application.

Current National Honor Society Members - Scholarship Opportunity

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2019–20 NHS Scholarship!


How to Apply

  • Senior members of an active NHS chapter who are in good standing are eligible to apply for an NHS Scholarship.
  • NHS Members must first create a student account before they can access the NHS Scholarship application.
  • Their NHS adviser must verify the student’s membership before the student can begin the application. Applicants should not log into the application until the verification process is complete.
  • Verified NHS members may start the NHS Scholarship application. Click HERE to access the NHS Scholarship Application after your membership has been verified.
  • All applications require two recommendations, and certification by the NHS adviser in order to be considered complete. Incomplete applications are not evaluated.


Deadlines

11:59 pm PST on December 6, 2019
The student portion of the application is due.

11:59 pm PST on December 10, 2019
All recommendations (two) and adviser certification is due.


View detailed information in the NHS Scholarship Application Guide:


NHS Scholarship Student Application Guide

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Terry Scholarships

The Terry Freshman Scholarship, known as the Terry Traditional Scholarship, is awarded to Texas high school seniors who have been accepted for admission to one of the Terry-affiliated public universities in Texas. This is a prestigious scholarship that seeks to create a community of educated leaders who utilize their talents to strengthen the state of Texas and impact the world.


For more information: https://terryfoundation.org/future-scholars/freshman-scholarship/



Selection Criteria

  • Academic Achievement
  • Demonstrated Leadership
  • Financial Need


Affiliated Universities

  • The University of Texas- Austin
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Houston
  • Texas State University
  • The University of Texas- Dallas
  • The University of Texas- San Antonio
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • Texas A&M University- Galveston
  • Sam Houston State University
  • The University of Texas- Arlington
  • The University of Texas- El Paso

Scholarship Search Site - Provided by College Board

College Covered

Sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 40 eligible students and parents will be randomly selected to win a $2,500 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses.


While you are there, check out the website College Covered. Do you want to know what you need in a winning college essay, what college entrance test score you need, or what makes a top notch college application? Get what you need to help get into the college of your dreams with the help of College Covered.

Read this article from the Smithsonian.org about an App that matches students with college scholarships.


An App Matches Students with College Scholarships They Can Use

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LEHS is a testing site for BOTH the ACT and SAT.
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Little Elm High School

Renee Pentecost - Principal (rpentecost@littleelmisd.net)

Misty Chesnut - Academic Dean (mchesnut@littleelmisd.net)

Michelle Gentry - Lead Counselor (mgentry@littleelmisd.net)

Gerald Muhammad - House Principal A - E (gmuhammad@littleelmisd.net)

Michael Absher - House A - E Counselor (mabsher@littleelmisd.net)

Ruben Molinar - House Principal F - Li (rmolinar@littleelmisd.net)

Kaitlyn McGuire - House F - Li Counselor (kmcguire@littleelmisd.net)

Kyle Heller - House Principal Lo - Ri (kheller@littleelmisd.net)

Amy Chamberlin - House Counselor Lo - Ri (achamberlin@littleelmisd.net)

Terilyn Thomas-Monday - House Principal Ro - Z (tthomas-monday@littleelmisd.net)

Juan Schmidt - House Ro - Z Counselor (jschmidt@littleelmisd.net)

Adriana Beck - Intervention Counselor (abeck@littleelmisd.net)

Ana Kibbe - CIS Site Coordinator (akibbe@littleelmisd.net)

Marisa Flores - Parent Liaison and Translator (mflores@littleelmisd.net)