Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - February 13th, 2016

Feeding the Heart and Soul – Fine Arts Education

Research has found that Fine Arts Education is closely linked to many things we as a nation demand from our schools – academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Student involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. The fine arts also provide learners with non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity. The arts promote the understanding and sharing of culture. They promote social skills that enhance the awareness and respect of others. The fine arts enhance perceptual and cognitive skills.

In today’s Information Age, learning is not limited to what you know, but is dependent upon how to find information and how to use that information quickly, creatively, and cooperatively. Today’s students are inundated with data but are starving for meaningful learning. To be successful in post-secondary pursuits, students must understand how to solve problems, know what makes arguments plausible, be skillful at building teams and coalitions, and be able to incorporate the concept of fairness into everyday decisions. Students need to be thinkers, possess people skills, be problem-solvers, demonstrate creativity, and work as a member of a team. The arts provide all of these.

Little Elm High School offers comprehensive Arts programming. Successful completion of one year of Fine Arts Coursework is a Texas graduation requirement. LEHS students may choose to complete their Fine Arts requirement in the area of Choir, Band, Dance, Theater, or Visual Arts. Each area of Fine Arts offers multiple courses that are listed in the LEHS Course Guide that can be found here. One of the new Fine Arts courses being offered in the 2016-1017 school year is piano keyboarding. LEHS students will have the opportunity to take group piano lessons as part of the fine arts curriculum next year. Lessons will be in a group setting and students will be taught how to read music as well as how to play using the primary chords of several different keys. Students will see improvement because they will have the opportunity to practice every day during class. Piano is listed on the course offerings for LEHS and will count as a fine arts credit. For more information, contact Karen Mayberry, 972-741-0726. Please check out all of our Fine Arts offerings as part of the course selection process for next year.

An effective education in the fine arts helps students to see what they look at, hear what they listen to, and feel what they touch. Engagement in the fine arts helps students to stretch their minds beyond the boundaries of the printed text or the rules of what is provable. In the words of Julie Garwood, “Education isn’t just about feeding the brain. Art and music feed the heart and soul.”

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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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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LEHS Sculptors Selected for National Exhibition

I’m back and I am thrilled to announce that two of our LEHS Sculptors made it into the K12 Exhibition. As stated several weeks ago, this is a National Juried Competition that happens once a year in conjunction with NCECA (National Council on Education For the Ceramic Arts), which is having their 50th anniversary this year. The exhibition/conference will be held in Kansas City on March 16-19.

Here’s the Breakdown:

There were 1344 entries nation wide ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade, 150 were accepted in to the exhibition. We got THREE out of that 150 into the exhibition!!!

Further Breakdown: Entries per Grade Level

Grades K-5 = 66

Grades 6-8 = 60

Grades 9-10 = 252 (Mariah Donohoo 1 piece)

Grades 11-12 = 966 (Kathrine Neves 2 Pieces)

Those accepted from LEHS were Mariah Donohoo and Kathrine Neves. Mariah’s “Anatomical Heart”, and Kathrine’s “Howling Wolf” and “Gore Guy”

If you know them please congratulate them. This is a huge accomplishment for them and our District. Fingers crossed that I will return one more time to announce awards/scholarships from the exhibition.

From the acceptance letter: "The ceramic work you created, has been selected by the juror for inclusion in this year's Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition in Kansas City, MO from 3/16/2016 to 3/19/2016. There it will be seen by thousands of visitors from all over the world, many of whom will be in Kansas City for the NCECA conference. The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition occurs while the NCECA conference is in session.

The decisions of the juror were based upon and examination of 1344 entries for this year's exhibition. The work that you completed was selected and now will be included among the best from our country. The catalog, poster and website will include this work. You will receive a copy of the poster and your school will get a catalog when the work is returned to you after the exhibition.

Again, congratulations upon your acceptance into the national exhibition! We expect a wonderful display of fine work, large crowds, and much satisfaction on the part of students and faculty. We are glad to welcome you as a contributor and hope to see you at the show.

The National K12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation"

Chris Melia

Art Teacher

K12 Clay Accepted Students Mariah Donohoo on Left and Kathrine Neves on Right.

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Choir Students Excel at UIL Solo/Ensemble Contest

Saturday, February 6th, twenty-six students competed in the UIL solo/ensemble contest at The Colony High School. We had 20 students who qualified for the state competition that will be held at the University of Texas in Austin in May.

Listed below are the students and their rating and solo classification.

Superior Ratings; Class One Solos, Qualified for State

Dalton Shields, Victoria Rhodes, Alyssa Lynch, Hannah Smith, Brandon Sears, Abigail Katinga, Sergio Padilla, Julia Aguirre, Hailey Graham, Zaria Caballero, Stephanie Herrera, Destiny Dudley, Lisa Cifuentes, Sam Kirchner, Anna McNutt, Elanna Merrill, Paitlynn Thorpe, Makenzy Hennick, Karen-Nisa Muro, Ashley Cruz

Superior Rating: Class Two Solo

Joey Hill

Excellent Rating: Class One Solo

Ryan Bentley, Thomas Watkins, Madeline Pope, Jace Wagley

Excellent Rating: Class Two Solo

Trinity Willis

Karen King Mayberry

Director of Choirs

Psych and Theatre Flipped Classroom

Theatre and Psychology crossed paths these past couple weeks. Mrs. Carothers and the Theatre Productions students worked with Psychology students and Mrs. Lee to help teach about the body language and facial expressions that humans use to communicate thoughts and feelings. We analyzed text, applied it to performance preparation and then Psychology students analyzed the performances for what they thought the actors were trying to communicate.

Attached are pictures from Mrs. Lee's time in the theatre classroom.

We really loved this activity and are looking for more opportunities to collaborate with other teachers and other subjects.

Rachel M. Carothers

Fine Arts Chair & Theatre Director

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HOSA Spring Leadership Conference

This past weekend HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) took 22 kids to Abilene to compete and participate in the spring leadership conference. This conference allowed students to build their leadership skills and participate in events that show off their medical skills. They will be able to take what they learned and apply it to their future in their medical career! When we all retire I know we will be in great hands!

We had some impressive kids who studied hard and competed well! We came away with 7 who have advanced to state! If you see the following please congratulate them on their hard work!

Miranda Gill received 1st place in Personal Care

Deba Elaiho placed 4th in Sports Medicine

Bianca Godoy, Kayla Smith and Patricia Villaluz placed 4th in Community Awareness with their project over the Controlled Substance Abuse

Keren Cordon and Nabihah Shah placed 2nd in Community Awareness with their project over Postpartum Depression

I am very proud of how these students represented Little Elm with great pride!

Never in my time have we had this many advance!

Goooo HOSA!!

Chelsea Nicoli

Health Science Technology

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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


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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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.

Conditional Grant Program

I am reaching out to you regarding an opportunity for your students with the Texas Department of Transportation. Our agency administers a Conditional Grant each year to eligible students. The Conditional Grant Program is available to eligible students pursuing a degree in civil engineering or a department approved operational business discipline. The Conditional Grant Program will consider students enrolled in both Texas public and private four-year institutions. Students accepted into the program receive up to $3,000 per semester or $6,000 per academic year, based on financial need. Also, upon completion of the degree, students will have an opportunity to work for Texas Department of Transportation for two years.

Click HERE for a flyer that provides additional information about the conditional grant program. Please follow the link below for eligibility requirements. If your students are eligible, we encourage them to complete an application.

Conditional Grant Program Information

For questions/comments or more information, feel free to contact Griselda Clark-El or LaTashia Miller at 214-320/6109.

Kind Regards,

Griselda Clark-El

Human Resources Technician-Dallas District

HRD – Putting People First, Making Connections that Count.

Office (214) 320 - 6109

Fax (214) 319 - 3520

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.

March 1st Deadline approaching!

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

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