Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - February 6th, 2016

Sport of the Arts

Program Spotlight: Color Guard and Winter Guard

Music and dance, costumes and props, twirling and tossing all come together in a synchronized display of art and athleticism. Color guard has been dubbed "The Sport of the Arts" because it doesn't fall entirely into the sport or art category.

A color guard is a costume company of four to 30 members trained in dance, drama and the signature skill of color guard - synchronized tossing, twirling and spinning of rifles, sabers, flags and other props. Each color guard's program is designed as a mini-musical: the soundtrack is interpreted through movement and drama, then tied to a theme. The emotional impact can be breathtaking for observers.

A color guard competition is conducted like a gymnastic event. Each color guard unit is allotted eight to ten minutes to set up a floor mat, place props, perform its program and exit the arena. Units that fail to meet this time may lose points. Guard is a spectacular event, even though it is virtually unknown outside its small, but growing number of devoted fans.

If you enjoy music, dancing, acting, and performing live in front of an audience then Colorguard/Winterguard may be your calling. The LEHS Guard program has been a two time Scholastic National A Bronze and Gold Medalist at the WGI World Championships, 5 Time WGI Regional Finalist, and 8 time NTCA Medalist with 4 of those being the State Champions respectfully. If you would like to be part of a Coed competitive organization at Little Elm High School, then please inquire with the Lobo Band Staff. You will learn to spin a Rifle, Sabre, Flag, and various other pieces of equipment. Training begins at the end of the year. If you would like to be part of a great organization, travel and be well recognized, we ask that you contact us. Come be part of the LEHS Winter Guard. Guard is part of the LEHS Band program and Fine Arts at LEHS. They perform at all football games, marching contest, pep rally’s, play-off games, parades, and various other community events. Guard will replace your PE Credit for graduation. Come be part of an organization that is nicknamed “Sport of the Arts.”

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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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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February 9th 6:30-7:30 in the LEHS Lecture Hall Dual Credit Information Meeting for 2016-2017

LEHS Academic Decathlon - State Bound!!

We are honored to announce that your inaugural Academic Decathlon team won the Region IV championship this past weekend, automatically qualifying us for the state competition! We unseated 9 time consecutive regional winner, Sam Champion High School for top honors, and are currently ranked 9th in the state! I want to express my sincerest gratitude to the teachers of Little Elm and the administration who helped make this team and our accomplishment possible. To all of the teachers who volunteered their time to judge speech and interview and scores essays at our practice meet, we are in your debt! We are not done, however. We leave for state in less than a month to represent Little Elm ISD at the state meet and better our ranking.

Most importantly, I hope that if you see any of the AcDec students in the hall or are lucky enough to have them in class, you please congratulate them on a job well done. I cannot express to you the enormity of this accomplishment. These students did not even know what Academic Decathlon was six months ago, and now they are a contender for the state title.

Your 2015-16 Academic Decathlon Team


Emily Garcia

Ryan Wong

Elanna Merrill


Jake Mooney

Blake Warner

Tinashe Gandhle


Tessa Castellow

James Cope

Matthew Musteen


Josh Arrojado

Lizbeth Gutierrez

Trevor Jackson


Sean Duffey and Julie Brown

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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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UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest -

Congratulations to the ​LEHS Band ​ students participating in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest this past Saturday​ at Liberty High School​. In all, forty-four students were awarded a "Superior" rating on solos, with another forty-four students earning a "Superior" rating in ensembles. Eighty-eight ​superior ​medals are the most ever earned by students at LEHS. This is a tremendous achievement by our Lobo Band students!

LEHS Winter Guard Results -

Over the past two weekends, the LEHS Winter Guards have competed in their first competitions of the year in their respective classes. The Winter Guard program is a part of the LEHS Band. The Varsity Guard, competing in the Open Class division, won 1st Place at the Arlington Martin Contest. Their score placed them ahead of Coppell, Forney, and Flower Mound​ High Schools to finish 1st. The JV Guard competed this past Saturday at Lewisville High School in the Regional A division. The JV Guard had a wonderful performance as well, helping them to finish 3rd in their classification. Congratulations to these two outstanding groups of students and their director, Ms. Kristen Zotti.

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Please congratulate our varsity squad on an awesome opening tournament last weekend. First off...realize the scope of this tournament, 5A and 6A schools were well represented and powerhouses such as Argyle, Guyer, Iowa Park, Trinity, Bell, and Aledo all brought their A-squads, and we stood toe-to-toe with them all day.

Boys Singles: Ryan Webb and James Robinson have played doubles together, this year they're testing their mental side with singles. Both players came out on fire, but both learned you can't let your guard down for a second in singles. They played into the afternoon and eventually lost to players that got either 1st-2nd or 3rd in their bracket.

Boys Doubles: Dylan Gulliksen and Josh Buliga played for the first time and they both are slated on our JV squad at this time. I was proud of them for not only accepting each other, but also playing hard in what is a different level from the JV environment.

Mixed Doubles: Ela Detecio and Jacob Genuise played together for the first time and ended up 3rd place in the main draw. This is the brains and brawn of our decide which is which on that team. Talia Gonzalez and Brady Longeway also played into the afternoon in their debut as well...something that will help them in the near future.

Girls Doubles: Keila Valladares and Maura Elskamp, also from our JV squad, stepped in and learned that this level is very different, they won a match in the main draw and can't wait for their next tourney.

Girls Singles: Kimberly Velasquez-Villatoro played up from JV also and was able to gain experience by playing 3 total matches, something Coach Roth is really excited about for a rising star. Karen Moreno is playing singles as well this year (after 2 in doubles at varsity level), she played a number of matches as well and progressed into the main draw in the afternoon. Alli Ziehm (yes coach Ziehm's daughter) is a freshman...and she decided to haul off the first place trophy for girls singles. The schools in attendance probably initially said...who's Little Elm, Alli made sure they will remember from now on.

Please congratulate these players if you have them in class or know them.

I've said it before...I'll say it again, we have the greatest team on earth because of the word TEAM that they represent. Once again...teams are spread near and far while their players are on the court...and where are our players, they are glued to the match and rooting on our athletes!! I'm so proud that I never ask WHERE IS OUR TEAM, they're right next to the court where the Lobos are kicking booty, that's where!!

Coach Drenowatz

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Lady Lobos Soccer - Teacher Appreciation Night

On January 29th, the Lady Lobos Varsity Soccer Team celebrated and honored teachers by having a Teacher Appreciation Night at our game vs. Independence at the LEAC. If you were there, you know it was a hard fought game and our girls competed well ending in a 2-2 tie.

At halftime, LEHS teachers were honored on the field at half time being escorted across the field by a Lady Lobo Soccer player that nominated them recognizing and honoring them for all they do!

We hope if you attended this event, you enjoyed yourself, and became a Lady Lobos Soccer Fan!

Teachers honored were: Mrs. Kidder, Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Goldsmith, Mrs. Quint, Mrs. Whitley, Mrs. McCarroll, Mrs. Felice, Coach Hamlin, Mr. Parker, Mr. Parr, Mrs. Zimmerman, Coach Drano, Coach Shirey, and Mrs. Ramirez. Thank you for coming and making this event a success.

Thank you to everyone for all you do for students day in and day out!!

Go Lobos!!

Coach Woods

Prom Information

PROM 2016

Starry Night

April 23, 2016

7:30 - 10:30pm

Location: 7forParties

150 Turtle Creek Blvd #107, Dallas, TX 75207


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

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 (