Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - April 2nd, 2016

Parents: How to Help Your Teen Develop Strong Roots While Learning to Fly

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As kids get older and advance to high school, talking to them about their school life can become more challenging for parents. With younger children, parents stay connected to school because they are often required to sign off on weekly progress reports, attend parent-teacher conferences, or simply drive their kids to school. But when students reach high school connecting with children over school can become difficult. Even if parent involvement in academics is hard, it’s incredibly important. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) surveyed 25,000 students in 8th grade, 10th grade, and 12th grade. The students’ responses along with surveys of their parents and educators, along with academic data indicated that parental involvement in school correlates with higher achievement in school.

The most important way for parents or guardians to get involved is to show interest in the student’s academics at home. Staying informed of important dates by checking the school website here can help parents participate in activities such as Meet the Teacher, College Information meetings, student performances such as concerts and athletic competitions, Parent Booster Club meetings, and Parent Education opportunities. Keeping records updated with change of phone numbers can help keep the lines of communication open between school and home. Another valuable tool that can help keep parents informed is the Parent Portal which provides parents/guardians immediate access to grades, assignments and attendance records in an effort to facilitate and improve communication between home and school. According to one of our teachers who also has a son at LEHS, “This is a great way to check on your son or daughter's progress in their classes each day. You can set up alerts and check grades daily.” Directions for setting up a parent portal account can be found here. I would like to invite all parents to set up an account and begin communicating with your child’s teachers.

One of our core values states, “As Lobos we value open, transparent, and timely communication.” A strong home-to-school partnership requires two way communications that support parents as they navigate the new roles that they are forging with their teens. Little Elm High School is committed to working with parents to support every student in reaching their highest potential. Together we can give our students the roots to grow and the wings to fly.

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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Please congratulate the entire cast and crew of The Women of Lockerbie on being awarded the Alternate from District UIL One-Act Play contest:

Tamayo, Brooke Marie

Weand, Dylan Lamar

Crouch, Baylee Victoria

Bentley, Ryan Jay

Filic, Gabriela

Marbry, James Michael

Aleman, Laurita Raney

Wilson, Ashley Nicole

Pledger, Anthonee Black

Sieffert, Tyler Jon

McGee, Alyssa Michelle

Dudley, Destiny Miracle

Davis, Cassidy Nicole

Cohen, Jessica Gloria

Karichu, Laureen Njoki

Couture, Allyson Elizabeth

The following students received individual awards:

All Star Tech - Ryan Bentley

Honorable Mention - Laureen Karichu

All Star Cast - Anthonee Pledger

Best Actor - Tyler Sieffert

This marks our first year to advance out of Zone since we moved up out of 3A. Not only did we advance out of Zone, but we were 1 point away from 3rd place at District -placing us in a squarely earned Alternate position- and we won Best Actor out of all 6 schools there. Little Elm is on the move!

HUGE thanks again to all of our supporters. You rock our world.

Rachel M. Carothers

Fine Arts Chair & Theatre Director

District Art Show!!!

Mark Your Calendars!!!! Come on out NEXT Thursday Evening, April 7th from 5-7pm, to support our young artists from all around Little Elm. We are having a first in a long time Districtwide Art Show. The event will be held at Zellars.

Each teacher will represent roughly 20 artworks created by their students in the show.

We have roughly 12 Art Teachers 20 x 12 = 240 pieces. That's a lot of Artwork!!

There will be snacks provided by our wonderful students at Vynami Cafe

Awards will be given to students, which include a School Board Awards and The Superintendent Awards.

The mood of the show will be set by several of Mr. Fink's talented Guitar Club students.

Hope to see you there to make this a special night for our students.

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Congratulations to Wendy Ampuero

Thank you for your support and the participation of your student(s) in this year’s Congressional Art Contest. All qualified submissions were posted in a virtual gallery on Congressman Burgess’ website from March 21-25, and the public was able to vote online for their favorite pieces. Over 1700 votes were cast; the artwork earning the most votes was “Warrior Woman” by Wendy Ampuero, a student at Little Elm High School. As the "Texas Choice" winner, Wendy advances to the final judging

Wendy was also selected as the "Best of School" winner which were selected by the art juror, one student artist from each school.

Wendy's work as well as other works from the 26 Congressional District will be on display at a reception. If selected Wendy's work will hang in Congressman's Burgess' office for the next year. It will also advance to the state competition where it will be judged and have the opportunity to be selected to go on to Washington D. C. where it could hang in the Capitol building for a year.

Again, congratulations Wendy.

These works may be viewed at

· Monday, April 25, 5:30-7:00 PM: “An Artistic Discovery” Reception

Patterson – Appleton Arts Center, 400 East Hickory, Denton, TX 76201

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Praises of our Program for #NATM2016

Chris Hall, a fellow Athletic Trainer & soon to be SWATA District Director for 2016-2017, was at our JH District Track Meet last Thursday, and spoke to me on how excited he was to see our student athletic trainers promoting National Athletic Training Month! He asked that I send pictures of our kids to him so he could post our pictures on SWATA's Social Media sites and give recognition to our Little Elm Sports Medicine Program throughout Texas & Arkansas.

Chris was attending as a father of one of the participants from another school and was impressed with our shirts that were visible from the stands. He began asking were he could find the head athletic trainer so he get more information about the program and tracked me down in the first aid station. We are excited to see our program thrive and receive Bi-State recognition for promotion of National Athletic Training Month!


Track Meets

ALL Student Athletic Trainers spend up to 40 hours covering track meets hosted by Little Elm.

Average time spent for the Track Student Athletic Trainers to cover 1 track meet is 12 hours and will total over 125 hours by the end of the track season.

Softball Student Athletic Trainers spend:

72 hours in tournament coverage

80 hours for district games

Total hours = 152 hours

Baseball Student Athletic Trainers spend:

80 hours in tournament coverage

176 hours for district games (between the 4 baseball teams)

Total hours = 256 hours

Attached are pictures from our last 2 track meets that nearly all of the Student Athletic trainers worked to cover the events.

Just an fyi:

SWATA is the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association which governs Texas & Arkansas Licensed Athletic Trainers (also known as Distict 6)

Mrs. Laws Kidwell-Cox, M.Ed., ATC, LAT

Head Athletic Trainer

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Tennis Results

Hey everyone, below are the results from the Prosper Invitational last week...PLEASE make sure you congratulate the students and encourage them as we prepare for district.


--Alli Ziehm wins the Girls Singles after beating an awesome Super Champ from Prosper. This gives Alli an unblemished record as she heads into her first district tournament.

--Ela Detecio and Jacob Genuise won the Mixed Doubles Consolation after losing their only match to the eventual champion.

--James Robinson and Ryan Webb progressed through boys singles draw but lost in the Quarterfinals of main draw and Consolation.

--Brady Longeway and Dylan Gulliksen lost in the Consolation final, but won 3 matches on the day.


--Josh Buliga lost in the consolation Finals

--Keren Cordon and Lizzy Adamus continued to improve in singles as they won key matches.

--Maura Elskamp and Keila Valladares played deep into Doubles draw and lost to eventual champions.

How to Create a Parent Portal Account

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

Scholarship Announcement

Kyle Hoyle - Native American Business Scholars Academy Scholarship Winner. 4 year full tuition awarded. Approximate value $178,432.00.

Kyle was awarded this scholarship based on his personal characteristics and qualifications in the areas of academics, community service and extra-curricular involvement.

Kyle was a member of the LEHS Lobo Varsity Football team recognized with a Pack Leadership Award.

Kyle has multiple awards for Student of the Month and is a Principal Award recipient for Citizenship.

Kyle is a member of DECA and has been honored as student of the Year for Business Information Management.

Kyle is an entrepreneur, Co-owner and Vice President of Delicious Delights Gourmet Olive Salad, a product he manufactures, markets and distributes himself at local farmers markets.

Kyle will be studying Business Administration at Oklahoma City University in the Fall.

Kyle credits his success to his family and the many coaches, mentors and positive influences throughout his educational career in Little Elm ISD.

Kyle is excited to become an OCU Star but in his heart will remain a Lobo 4 Life!

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ACAP Program

Applications are now being accepted through April 15 for the 2016 Dallas ACAP.

ACAP (Accounting Career Awareness Program) is a weeklong residency program for high school students (all grade levels) who are interested in going to college and majoring in accounting or other business-related disciplines. ACAP Week will be held on the campus of SMU during the week of June 12-17, 2016. The program is FREE to the students; we estimate the cost of the camp to be approximately $1,100 per student.

Eligibility requirements: Students must:

*Be a current high school student (all grade levels)

*Complete the online application (see

*Submit two (2) letters of recommendation

*Have at least a 3.0 GPA

*Submit a copy of the high school transcript

*Submit a 100-word essay

*Participate in an onsite interview

If you know of high school students who may be interested in applying, please direct them to the ACAP website to complete the online application at Also included on the website are ACAP videos, pictures, testimonials, and the Schedule of Activities.

Keisha Brown

College and Career Readiness

Texas State University Bus Trip

Good afternoon,

My name is Lexi Meador and I am the Dallas Admission Counselor at Texas State University. On Saturday, April 16th, we will be hosting Bobcat Trails, a free bus trip from Dallas/Fort Worth to Texas State for our open house, Bobcat Day. We will spend the day touring and dining on campus in San Marcos and will return to D/FW that evening . Our goal is to showcase Texas State to your junior students in hopes that they will join our Bobcat Family in Fall 2017.

If you would, please promote this opportunity with your college-bound juniors, as well as their teachers and families, as we have capacity for 50 students. The more the merrier!

· Saturday, April 16, 2016

· Bobcat Trails bus trip to Texas State University for Bobcat Day

· Departing from & returning to Mountain View College

· Load bus at 5:00am - Return to D/FW at 7pm

· Prospective Texas State students from Class of 2017

· 3 Texas State University Admission Counselor chaperones

· Transportation, lunch & a TXST t-shirt will be provided by the university

Here is the application for the trip for you to share with your students.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you or your students/families have about the day trip. I look forward to meeting your students and sharing the Texas State Bobcat experience with them!

Bobcat Proud,

Lexi Meador
Admission Counselor

Dallas/Fort Worth Region
Texas State University
429 N Guadalupe
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 469.269.6721
Fax: 512.245.8100

"It's a great day to be a Bobcat!"

Welcome to Texas State University
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Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Little Elm High School desires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition.

For the 2016 AP exams, students at Little Elm High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.

This year each AP exam costs $92.00. Little Elm High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance can download the application through the registration website. The completed application is due by 4 pm March 23rd in Mr. Ball's office.

Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 6:00 AM and end on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM. In order to register, students should visit to register .

To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 6:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM - Online Registration Ends
  • Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM - Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $55 late fee per exam.

Contact Mr. Ball at or in Room 1216 with any questions.



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


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All questions concerning prom go to Mrs. Bausher. :)

Prom Tickets Selling Out Fast

Less than 100 left

There are a limited number of tickets sold for

PROM 2016 and you don't want to miss out on lifelong memories!


Little Elm High School Prom 2016


Gourmet hors d'oeuvres

Chocolate Fountain

S'mores Bar

Desserts, Desserts, Desserts

Gourmet Mocktails

Professional Photography


Raffle with Dorm/Apartment Ready Prizes

Photo Booth

DJ and Dancing

Valet Parking

Beautiful and Upscale Venue in Dallas

7forParties - 150 Turtle Creek Blvd


$85 each / $160 a couple


Free valet parking

Free professional photographer

See Mr. Palislamovic for non LEHS Student form.


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.


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.

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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 (