Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - December 15, 2019

Countdown to the End of the Semester

New Year and New Semester only a Few Weeks Away

It’s a common practice to set goals at the start of a new calendar year, but for students it can also be beneficial to come up with some resolutions for the new school semester. This is an opportunity to reflect on the first semester and assess what is working and what could improve. By setting clear goals and expectations for the next semester, students can propel themselves onto a new path or just refine the things that are already going well. When setting back to school resolutions, it’s important to create small, manageable goals that won’t leave students overwhelmed. Small changes can reap big rewards.

Can Goals Motivate Students? While all students recognize that learning is important, some are simply not motivated by academics or love of learning alone. But maybe if learning were reframed as a means to achieve a certain goal, these students would be better able to see its value. We all know people who are especially goal-oriented, whether they’re “type A” people who love crossing things off their to-do lists or big-picture people who dream about future plans and work hard to fulfill them. For some people, simply having a certain end point to aim for is motivation enough. It makes sense that some students would be motivated by setting goals – whether short-term, concrete goals, such as passing a test or achieving a certain grade, or long-term, abstract goals, such as getting into college or pursuing a certain career.

While setting goals comes naturally to some students, most students need help in identifying quality goals and then setting realistic progress checks. Students all start the year with optimism and strong beliefs that they will succeed in all of their pursuits. As the year progresses and they encounter challenges, they can easily lose sight of their goals. Teachers, parents, counselors, and mentors can help students become more successful by teaching them how to set long-term and intermediate goals. Students who have struggled in school especially can benefit from goal setting. When students are able to set reasonable, attainable goals and experience some quick successes, they gain confidence.

There are many ways LEHS is helping students with goal setting. Counselors are meeting with students to talk about current progress as well as long range plans. Mrs. Brown, our college and career adviser is helping students plan their post-secondary pathways by helping them set goals. Programs such as AVID, Student Council, DECA, HOSA, NHS, Academic Decathlon, Athletics, and Fine Arts all have strong goal setting components that help students see the possibilities while giving them a plan or structure to follow.

One of our district core values states, “As Lobos We Value, unleashing every individual’s highest potential.” Teaching students goal-setting strategies is just one of the ways LEHS is striving to help every student unleash their highest potential. In the words of Carl Bard, “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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Semester exams are here and we need your help. Parents, please note that during an exam period our campus is closed and we will not be able to call into a classroom to dismiss a student. Students may be picked up during these time periods only:

Monday, December 16 - before 1:10 PM and after 2:55 PM

Tuesday, December 17 - before 1:10 PM and after 2:55 PM

Wednesday, December 18 - 8:35 AM - 8:40 AM

9:55 AM - 10:00 AM

after 11:20 AM

Thursday, December 19 - 8:35 AM - 8:40 AM

9:55 AM - 10:00 AM

after 11:20 AM

Please schedule appointments accordingly.

Fall 2019 Semester Exam Bell Schedule

Please note: Exam Schedule has been CHANGED!

Fall Exams are Here!

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).
  • A MISSED EXAM will be averaged as a zero and can impact whether a student earns credit for the course.
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AP Human Geography Culture Night

AP Human Geography students researched a country and their culture. Each student put together a presentation including traditional food selections and customary clothing. These projects resulted in an energetic cultural festival where students eagerly shared what they had learned about their country. The pictures below will give you a glimpse into the culmination of this learning experience. Job well done!

Congratulations to Mrs. Rinehart's 7th Period Class!

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Congratulations to these All-Region Band Students!

Please congratulate the following LEHS Band students who have placed in the 2019-2020 Region 24 All-Region Band. Over 2000 students auditioned for membership in the All-Region Band from across North Texas, with less than 20% placing into an ensemble. This is an impressive accomplishment and we are proud of the work these students have put in to be recognized as one of the best in our area!

Lucero Morado - Piccolo (1st Chair - Advances to AREA)

Hayden Ingram - Piccolo (Symphonic Band)

Ysabella Ocampo - Flute (Symphonic Band)

Anthony Florentino - Clarinet (Concert Band)

Jasmine Thoek - Clarinet (Concert Band)

Aaron Dickerson - Trumpet (Concert Band)

Bryce Humphress - Bass Clarinet (Freshman Band)

Tyson Kendrick - Clarinet (1st Chair - Freshman Band)

The following students were selected as alternates:

Cayven Yi - Alto Sax (Alternate)

Kevin Santana - Clarinet (Alternate)

The following student placed in the All-Region Jazz Ensemble:

Zeshan Farooq - Trumpet (Jazz 2)

CONGRATULATIONS!! We are proud of each of you!

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Sydney Russell, Allison Hernandez, and Mia Baker are participating in a HOSA project to raise community awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. They have created a google doc with information about the disease. Their goal is to educate students about this devastating disease. Please see the attached the doc below with important facts on Cystic Fibrosis. Thanks for taking a few minutes to learn about a condition that affects more than 30,000 people in the United States and more than 70,000 people worldwide. Please contact Sydney, Allison, or Mia if you have any questions!

Lobo Honors: Students Recognizing Teachers

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Call for Lobo Honors Letters of Nomination

Nominations are now open for a new very special award to be given to one teacher on each LEISD campus based on student nominations. How does it work? Students write a letter about their most impactful teachers, librarians, instructional specialists, or other professional teaching staff, explaining why they mean so much to them and why they should be honored for the great work they are doing. Letters, in order to be considered, must contain the student’s name, campus, grade level, and LEHS teacher's name. Letters can be typed or handwritten but must be physically submitted.Letters are due by Friday, January 31 by NOON. LEHS students will turn their letter (nomination) in to their house office secretary. Late entries will not be accepted so get your letter in early!

Students - if your letter and ultimately your honorary teacher are selected, you both will attend the awards banquet on March 27, 2020!

See the letters linked below for more information.

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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New Podcast available! Denton County experts share information about how our children and parents can recognize, resist, and report potential online dangers. Take a listen!

Tuesday Talks is an in-person session that has also made its way to podcast format. We believe the information shared at these evening meetings should be heard by more of our Lobo famiLEs!

Healthy Habits Lead to a Healthy Life

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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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Boy's Varsity Basketball: Big Win Over Plano 50-47

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Girl's Basketball Starts District Play This Week!

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Soccer Season is Underway!

Lobo Boy's Soccer defeat Frisco Liberty 2-0 in the first scrimmage of the year!

Lobo Girl's Soccer was tied at the half with Coppell on Saturday in their first scrimmage but the final score was not at publishing time of the newsletter.

Both of our soccer teams are poised to build off their success from last year. Check out their schedules and come out to cheer our Lobo's to victory!

Boy's have no scheduled games this week but the girl's play Frisco Centennial on Friday 7:15 PM at Lobo Stadium.

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Football Banquet Recognizes Excellence

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Ryan Watts - Lobo Team MVP and Defensive MVP

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Volleyball Banquet Awards Leaders

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Academic All District

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Varsity Awards

3D Awards -Brooke Russell and Shakia Spates

Defensive Player of the Year-Taylan Traylor

Offensive Player of the Year-Faith Miller

Most Valuable Players: Kennadi Harris and Jordan Johnson

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Junior Varsity Most Improved

Shelby Legros

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Freshmen Awards

Most Improved-Alex Gallegos

Hustle Awards- Destiny Carraby, and D’Kota Gibbs

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December and January Student Athletic Trainers of the Month

Students, Parents, Coaches, & Administrators:

Please congratulate the December & January Student Athletic Trainers of the Month: Claire Stevens, Andreya Garces, Delaney Miller, Aja Washington, and Evelin Torres.

SATs casted their votes on Rookie & Veteran Student Athletic Trainers to be recognized. Please check out what their plans are for the upcoming Holiday Season, their favorite things about Winter, & their New Years’ Resolutions.

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 Ashlyne Smith (LESMD-LC 4th year Rep) designed the questions & presentation for the December and January winners and did an extraordinary job! Thank you Ashlyne!

Thank you Claire, Andreya, Delaney, Aja, and Evelin 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.

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.

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Scholarship Opportunities

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The Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers is available to prospective teachers who are currently in, or plan to enter, an eligible teacher preparation program at a Raising Texas Teachers partner university. Aspiring Teachers can apply in the fall of any year between their senior year of high school and junior year of college. See below for the list of eligible programs at each university and the application deadline for each university.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be committed to teaching in a majority-economically disadvantaged school or in a shortage subject area (in a school where more than 50% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch, or as a math, science, bilingual, or special education teacher) in a Texas public school. Preference is given to Texas residents.

Click on the partner universities listed below to view eligible programs:

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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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

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 (