Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - November 10, 2019

November - A Month of Thanks

Thankfulness - How Practicing Gratitude Can Keep You Healthy

Gratitude is more than a buzzword. It’s a habit and practice that may actually change our perception of well-being. Do you ever feel like nothing is going right? You forgot your best friends birthday or you're late for work but your car won't start? Do circumstances lead you to think that everyone and everything is against you? We all can be overwhelmed and have similar thoughts at times, but doing it a lot can lead to depression, which is linked to poor heart health, more inflammation, and even a weaker immune system.

After years of research, we know that gratitude is a key to psychological well-being. Gratitude can make people happier, improve their relationships, and potentially even counteract depression and suicidal thoughts. Some studies have associated gratitude with physical benefit as well—from fewer aches and pains to improved sleep to better cardiovascular health. People of all ages who have more grateful dispositions report fewer health complaints than their less grateful peers. In one study, more grateful participants reported fewer health problems (such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory infections, and sleep disturbances); in another, they reported fewer physical symptoms (including headaches, dizziness, stomachaches, and runny noses).

Cultivating a regular practice of genuine appreciation for the good things in life can do wonders for your health and even the health of those around you. Research shows grateful people are more likely to have positive social interactions, experiencing more sensitivity and empathy toward others and a decreased desire to seek revenge. And in times of uncertainty or suffering, gratitude can be the thing to get you through to the other side, reminding you that there is good in the world, even when things seem hopeless.

As we count down to the Thanksgiving break, take time to slow down and count your blessings. Even when times are tough we all have people, places, and things to be thankful for. When you start counting your blessings instead of challenges, the challenges will fade into the background.

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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Class of 2023 Individual Planning Meetings Will Begin This Week

Every freshman will have an opportunity to meet with a counselor beginning this week to review their four-year-plans and course selection for the 2020-21 school year. Counselors will meet individually with students during health and Lobo Leadership classes beginning on Nov. 11 and wrapping up on Dec. 5. Students will bring home notes from the meeting as well as instructions on how to access their course selections online and record a parent signature.

More information about this year's course selection process and timeline was emailed to parents a couple of weeks ago and is available on the Counselor's Corner section of the LEHS website.

Michelle Gentry, M.A., Professional School Counselor

Little Elm High School

Lead Secondary Counselor


Course Selection Letter to Parents

Details on the 20-21 Course Selection Process enclosed.

SAVE Application

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

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Alternate Schedule: November 13 & 14

In preparation for our state End of Course Exams, we are participating in TEA's on-line Interim Assessments. These benchmark assessments will give students the opportunity to practice with authentic STAAR assessments and the results will give teachers important information on what areas students need more help on before the actual tests in the Spring. The Interim Assessments are not full length STAAR exams but they do require more time than our standard 50 minute class period. To complete the exams in one class period, students need 90 minutes. We have used a special block schedule with 4 classes meeting on the first day and the other four classes meeting on the second day to facilitate these exams last year and it was successful. In our current schedule, we have one period (5th) that is already on a block schedule (meets every other day). Please see the bell schedule below that we will use on Wednesday, November 13 (A Day - classes 1, 3, 5A, and 7 will meet) and Thursday, November 14 (B Day - classes 2, 4, 5B, and 6 will meet).

A days odd periods; B days even periods - See bell schedule below.

***Students who have late arrival or early dismissal will need to adjust on these two days.

This schedule allows for extended time (1 hour 45 minutes each period) on a single day. While this extended time will allow EOC courses of English 1, English 2, and Algebra the opportunity to give the Interim Assessment for their course, all other teachers will have the opportunity on these dates to plan other extended time projects needed in their content area. All classes will meet in their regular classrooms.

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Beauty and the Beast

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LEHS Students bond with Prestwick Students at The DECA Elementary Business Fair

By: Janessa Sumpon and Gabrielle Necastro

The DECA Elementary Business Fair was staged November, 1 at Prestwick STEM Academy. The fair was the brainchild of LEHS seniors Gabi Necastro and Janessa Sumpon in response to the prompt; “Use the project management process to promote/educate the knowledge and skills needed for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and entrepreneurship.” This is the event Gabi and Janessa will use to write their Advanced Marketing Semester project and DECA competition presentation. The purpose of the Fair was to educate 4th and 5th graders on the key aspects of careers in business. Although this was the first-ever Elementary Business Fair, to quote Janessa, “it went amazing!” Advanced Marketing is a capstone class for the Marketing cluster at LEHS and is also the home of the Little Elm DECA chapter Junior and Senior leadership team.

The 4th and 5th graders were divided into five groups of 35-40 and rotated through five stations, escorted by High School student guides. The stations were Marketing, Finance, Management, Hospitality, and Entrepreneurship. For each station, Gabi and Janessa recruited an expert adult guest speaker to talk about their experience in their career field and assigned students from LEHS DECA to help the students by effectively leading the planned interactive activities at each station. Over 70 LEHS students arrived in a cheery manner, excited to spend time with the wonderful students of Prestwick Stem Academy.

Throughout the day, the elementary students impressed the volunteers and the guest speakers with their preliminary knowledge of business and amazing participation! Our most interactive session was Management where the High School volunteers taught the Elementary students to tie ties. Once everyone had their tie, students were given an opportunity to think about their future and get their picture taken with a sign they wrote on saying “what they want to be when they grow up”. The smoothest running section was the Finance group, which was led by Mr. Necastro, who taught the students about the differences between credit and debit. The Marketing section saw two of our very own DECA members take over when our adult guest speaker got stuck at the airport. DECA Co-Presidents Andrew Mendoza and Tyler Deponte taught the students “Snake Oil” a game designed to bring out their creative product development side! Then there was the Hospitality group, led by Mr. Corrales, where Prestwick students did a simplified DECA role-play with a high school student judge. The Prestwick students did great and hopefully, this will encourage them to join DECA in the future. Our last station was Entrepreneurship where the students got to think about what they are passionate about and work with a high school student on the outline of a business plan for success.

The most important part of the fair was making sure that everyone learned and had a wonderful time, which is why we are happy to say the event was an overall success! The younger students enjoyed learning about options for the future and the older students enjoyed acting as mentors, guides and teachers. We hope that this event becomes a tradition for our DECA chapter to recreate and improve on for years to come.

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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 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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Pep Rally - LE vs TC

LEHS Step Team PRIME 2019 Pep Rally
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Class of 2020 Senior Night: LEHS vs TC
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Congratulations to LEHS Girls golfer Grace Frei for finishing 1st Place in Girls Division at Bridlewood Chill Tournament hosted by Flower Mound Marcus. Grace shot a round of 77!
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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.
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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:

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.

College Readiness Newsletter

President's Volunteer Service Award Details

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

Scholarship Opportunities

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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:

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

Emory Scholars

What kind of student is an Emory Scholar?
At Emory, we believe the criteria for a merit scholarship goes way beyond GPA and test scores. We invest in students who have creative minds, are intellectually curious, and are engaged with their communities and areas of interest.

More than just a merit scholarship
In addition to full tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board, Scholars often enjoy many of these benefits:

  • university grants beyond what is typically available for research, internships, service, and study abroad opportunities
  • additional mentoring and networking opportunities with top-tier faculty connected to the Scholar programs
  • a community of active, engaged Emory Scholars on campus and across the globe

Application deadline

The Emory Scholars application deadline is November 15. But if students are applying Early Decision I and for Emory Scholars, they need to apply by November 1.

Important details

  • Applicants do not need to be nominated by their high school counselor.
  • Selection as an Emory Scholar is nonbinding.
  • There are three paths into the program: Emory Scholars, Oxford Scholars, and Goizueta Scholars.
  • There is no separate application or additional Scholars essay.
  • All students, regardless of citizenship, can be considered.


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 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 (

Misty Chesnut - Academic Dean (

Michelle Gentry - Lead Counselor (

Gerald Muhammad - House Principal A - E (

Michael Absher - House A - E Counselor (

Ruben Molinar - House Principal F - Li (

Kaitlyn McGuire - House F - Li Counselor (

Kyle Heller - House Principal Lo - Ri (

Amy Chamberlin - House Counselor Lo - Ri (

Terilyn Thomas-Monday - House Principal Ro - Z (

Juan Schmidt - House Ro - Z Counselor (

Adriana Beck - Intervention Counselor (

Ana Kibbe - CIS Site Coordinator (

Marisa Flores - Parent Liaison and Translator (