Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - January 30th, 2016

Light a Lamp for Someone: Teens as Mentors

Program Spotlight – PAL’s

One of the new classes offered at Little Elm High School this year is called Peer Assistance and Leadership or PAL’s. The PAL’s class uses the potential of youth to make a difference in their lives, schools and communities. PAL’s recognizes an innate capacity for social understanding, personal well-being, and community participation within every student. PAL’s nurtures and builds capacities to help youth increase resiliency and build protective factors to help them achieve school and social successes which lead to a productive life.

PAL’s students learn to adapt the power of peer pressure to influence others positively and, ultimately, they make a difference in the lives of others! Positive peer influence is utilized as a central strategy for addressing issues like bullying, low achievement, at-risk youth, drop-out prevention, substance abuse prevention and other community issues.

PAL’s students work with at risk students and serve as mentors in Little Elm ISD. PAL’s develop a close and trusting relationship with each other, along with their mentees. Mentoring has been proven to help youth better express their feelings, improve school grades, expect more from themselves, get along better with others, and become more involved in enrichment programs and after-school activities.

Mentoring doesn’t just benefit the one being mentored. There is a shared growth between mentor and mentee. According to, some benefits for mentors include: Increased self-esteem, a sense of accomplishment, increased patience, and improved supervisory skills. Teens who can’t seem to find their fit in their normal, everyday lives may discover their sense of belonging by leading others. Guiding others helps teens and the ones they mentor to reach their full potential in school and life. Students who like to help others, who are good listeners and who are wanting to make a difference, need to talk to Mr. Olenski about joining PAL’s. According to a Buddhist proverb, “If you light a lamp for someone it will also brighten your own path.”

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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Chart Your Course A Great Success!!!

LEISD hosted its annual Chart Your Course Secondary Showcase this past Wednesday, January 27th at Little Elm High School. This was an opportunity for all 5-11th grade students and parents to view all of the curriculum opportunities offered within LEISD, and begin the planning process for future coursework and success! The theme this year was STAR WARS! Administrators, counselors, staff, students, and translators were on site to assist as needed.

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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.

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February 9th 6:30-7:30 in the LEHS Lecture Hall Dual Credit Information Meeting for 2016-2017

Blue Angels Drill Team Tryouts

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"Tentative" Summer Band Camp Schedule

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LEHS Cheer Tryouts Information

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UNT Eagle Advantage Program

What a great day to be a Lobo! Our top 20% juniors and seniors took part in our UNT Eagle Advantage Kick-Off event today! The Eagle Advantage Program comes with many benefits for our students but most exciting is the automatic admission for top 20% students and the scholarship offer to attend UNT! During the program the students witnessed Dr. Strike, Ms. Pentecost and Dr. With from UNT sign the agreement, they learned the UNT fight song and alma mater, received inspiring words from UNT student ambassadors, and an encouraging message from Dr. Strike. Each student in attendance left the event with some cool UNT swag!

Thanks to the LEHS family for all the support!

Keisha Brown

College and Career Readiness

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Prom Information

PROM 2016

Starry Night

April 23, 2016

7:30 - 10:30pm

Location: 7forParties

150 Turtle Creek Blvd #107, Dallas, TX 75207


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.

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Scholarship Opportunities

See the flyer below and click HERE for more information.
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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

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 (