Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - May 7th, 2016

Finishing Strong - End of School Celebrations

With the beginning of May comes the winding down of the school year. May also plays host to many end of year celebrations, recognition ceremonies, and ultimately the passing of the torch with graduation. Students, teachers, coaches, and staff have worked hard this year to make this the best year yet at Little Elm High School. We have many accomplishments to celebrate. Please make note of these important dates:

Thursday, May 19 – Class of 2016 Top Ten Graduate Banquet, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, The Tribute, by invitation only

Thursday, May 19 – Class of 2016 Scholarship Recognition Program, 2:40 PM – 3:30 PM, LEHS Auditorium

Thursday, May 19 – LEHS Career and Technology Clubs Cookout and Awards Program, Little Elm Park by the beach, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, contact Mr. Hutley ( for tickets

Sunday, May 22 – LEHS Class of 2016 Baccalaureate Service hosted by CrossRidge Church (1701 Walker Lane, Little Elm), 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, May 24 Underclassmen Awards (9, 10, and 11 grades), 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, LEHS Auditorium

Tuesday, May 31 – Senior Class of 2016 Awards, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, LEHS Auditorium

Friday, June 3 – Class of 2016 Graduation, 7:00 PM, Allen Event Center

In everything we do, whether we choose it or not, there is a finish point:

The day we promote from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school.

Our graduation day from high school and college.
The moment we pack up our desk from a job.
The time we put a completed check mark next to a goal or a to-do.

In everything we do, how we finish our seasons is important.

If we quit before it’s finished or run defeated to the finish line, we might miss the strength that awaits us from the feeling of accomplishment. Beneath the layers of fear when a season is ending, or not going according to our plans, is a prepare us to move to the next stage. Every assignment or season offers an opportunity for growth. Please plan on joining us for these celebrations as we finish strong acknowledging a record breaking year.

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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Octathlon Regional Meet

Please congratulate your Academic Octathlon students on a successful regional competition! Little Elm placed 6th out of 33 teams last weekend at Wakeland High school. Centennial High school was the only team in our district to place higher. Below is a list of students who competed and the medals they won.

Jared Seifert

Joey Hill

Mirna Ordonez

Hope Holguin (2nd Place Economics, 2nd Place Music, 5th Overall)

Christina Zank (3rd Place Literature)

Robert Suarez (2nd Place Economics)

Nathan Dougherty

Annie Sookdeo

Natacha Nikbakht

A special thanks to Ms. Lloyd, Mrs. Zimmerman, and Mr. Perry for volunteering to grade essays!

Thank you for all of your support!

Mr. Duffey and Mrs. Brown

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State VASE Report


As many of you know Ms. Hidalgo and I accompanied a small group of students down to San Antonio on the weekend of April 22nd to participate in the State VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event). Unfortunately we did not advance this year with our two students that were accepted, but it was an incredible and unforgettable experience for the students and staff alike.

I do have to say that we are extremely proud of both Abigail Katinga and Sophia Willis for getting this far. The numbers alone were mind blowing to have made it this far, they were 2 of of 2000 entries that were accepted to State. Now that doesn't sound very impressive until you consider that there were 32,000 entries across the state competing to go to State. They choose 200 of the 2000 at State to receive awards and scholarships..... This will be our goal from now on, to get within that 200!! Looking forward to 2017.

Chris Melia

Art Teacher

Our first stop on the way to State was to the "Eye of the Dog" in San Marcus. This is a center that has a large ceramic following of students and professionals alike. They are some of the most generous and humble people I know and I was so thrilled to show the students artists in real life scenarios. They are on about 10 acres and have multiple buildings for firings, workshops, apartments for residencies, a gallery, personal studios, community garden, chickens, etc. It is a magical place for any ceramic artist to visit and to get involved with. We were invited to hang around that evening for their Clay Club Meeting and Potluck. Everyone there was so excited to meet the young HS Artists and share their stories with them. The students were thrilled to see how artists came together and supported one another in their creations. They were also invited to participate in decorating tiles for the center and we all got complimentary t-shirts from Billy and Beverly Mangham (owners of the center). I couldn't be happier about this visit, an impact that will remain in the students memories forever.

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Our next stop was to check out the amazing Ceramic Shop "Armadillo Clay" in Austin. Here the students got a tour of the facilities, they learned how clay is made on an industrial scale, how kilns are fired and how much rigorous testing goes into the the making of clays and glazes....They are always changing depending on the materials and if the mines supplies have been altered. They also got to check out and purchase their own set of materials and tools. It was great to see them take ownership of their own personal tools. They were extremely excited about this place, like kids in a candy store.

After the clay store we got a personal tour at the Barn Pottery (Formerly known as Buck Pottery) and not to be confused for "Pottery Barn" : ) The owners are some personal friends of mine and were more than happy to talk to them about their production pottery business and show them around.

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Then we stopped at the McNay (First Museum of Modern Art in Texas). Here we were able to catch up on some Modern Art History in their beautiful museum. We saw a variety of art mediums ranging from oils, pencil, sandstone carvings, mixed media, metal, glass and we got to walk around their sculpture yard. And we got to relax and sketch in their wonderful courtyard with Koi Pond included.
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Our attempts to get to another Art supply (2D) store and the San Antonio Museum of Art was foiled do to catching the tail end of the parade. At first we were excited that we were able to see the end of the Fiesta - Flower Parade BUT little did we know that it was going to shut down all of the businesses in its path and close the museum for the day. We had somewhat of a disappointing hour long walk all around downtown :(
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At the VASE location (James Madison HS) we all got an eye full of inspiration and were able to see over 2000 pieces of the best artwork produced by High Schoolers from all over Texas. The students were able to interact with other art students, sketch, buy supplies from art vendors, attend workshops, and go on tours of their choosing. It was an incredible experience for everyone!! Looking forward to next year.
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Interested in high paying jobs in Construction?

The Texas Contractor Magazine wants to inspire young people to choose careers in construction because of the shortage of skilled labor in our state. We need more people to go into this field to help build our infrastructure. If you are interested in a career in the Construction Trades we have many CTE courses that can give you a jump start on preparing for this field. See your counselor if you have any questions. Click HERE for more information about the different careers available.

For interested seniors and families. The event below is not a school sponsored event.

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Attention Parents of Seniors!

Senior parents need to email 5 pictures of their child having at least one of them be from their senior year. Please complete this by May 18th to if you want these pictures included in the senior picture slideshow that will show at the senior breakfast.

Also, any donations of gifts or money for the Senior Breakfast can be dropped of in Mrs. Gentry's room 1228.

How to Create a Parent Portal Account

Parent Portal accounts allow you to see your child's grades, attendance, etc.

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


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.

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.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Rosenthal & Wadas Scholarship is for all graduating seniors who have been accepted to college for the Fall 2016 semester and live within and around Collin County. Details of the scholarship are below:


- Be a graduating senior.

- Be accepted to and plan to attend college for the Fall 2016 semester.

- Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.


- The application deadline is May 31, 2016.

- LATE and INCOMPLETE applications will not be considered.

Award Amount: $1,000


Only online applications will be accepted. The application can be found at:

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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 (