Little Elm High School

Weekly Newsletter - January 9th, 2016

Destiny is Not a Matter of Chance, It is a Matter of Choice

As we gear up for our annual Chart Your Course event, it will be helpful for students and parents to understand how the current state graduation requirements help students better prepare for their post-secondary choices. Most of the very best jobs available now and in the future require education and training beyond a high school diploma. Whether students intend on pursuing a high-demand industry workforce credential from a community or technical college or a traditional four-year degree from a university, the choices made in high school will determine their future options. For students to best prepare now for the transition to post-high school education or quality workforce training, choosing and taking the right classes is essential.

LEHS counselors will be holding informational meetings at Prestwick STEM and Lakeside Middle School to help our Class of 2020 students and parents understand both state and local requirements for graduation before Chart Your Course on Wednesday, January 27. The current state graduation plan called Foundation High School Program is a more flexible program that allows students to pursue their interests. The Foundation Program contains four parts including: 1) A 22-credit core program, 2) Five endorsement options that allow students to focus on a related sequence of coursework, 3) A higher performance category called Distinguished Level of Achievement, and 4) Performance Acknowledgements that note outstanding achievement.

Current LEHS students and parents have a multitude of resources available on our website under Counselors Corner>LEHS Course Planning (click here to be taken directly to this page) to review information about graduation requirement as well as course selection information. LEHS Counselors will be available for students and parents the evening of Chart your Course (Wednesday, January 27) to answer questions related to graduation requirements and course selection.

Chart Your Course is the beginning of our course selection process for next school year. The choices that students make will not only create their schedule for next year, they will also build a foundation of learning that will prepare them for their post-high school pursuits. In the words of William Jennings Bryan “Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

Renee Pentecost


Little Elm High School

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LEISD will host its annual Chart Your Course Secondary Showcase event on Wednesday; January 27th from 6:30-8:30 PM at Little Elm High School. This is an annual opportunity specifically for all 5-11th grade students and parents! Attendees will have the opportunity to view all of the curriculum opportunities offered within LEISD, and begin the planning process for future coursework and success! Last year we had a huge turnout and the general response was that this event was a great way to interact with teachers, ask questions, obtain information, and generally see everything LEISD has to offer for secondary students. This year’s theme will be STAR WARS! Administrators, counselors, staff, students, and translators will be on site to assist you, as needed. Please mark your calendars now and make plans to attend this tremendously informative event designed to help all LEISD secondary students Chart Your Course for success! Make plans now to attend. You can click HERE for more information and the event flyer.

LEHS Fine Arts

The Spitfire Grill

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Something's Cooking...

The final countdown begins this week at Little Elm High School, with the theatre department putting the final touches on the set of their musical, “The Spitfire Grill”. With an impressive two-story diner, featuring a revolving kitchen, this show is sure to satisfy your appetite for good theatre. Every available hand is building, painting and rehearsing as opening night is fast-approaching! The goal? Perfection on opening night.

Come out and see what’s cooking at the Spitfire Grill on January 14th, 15th and 16th at 7pm at the LEHS Auditorium!

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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.

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TWU Scholarship Information

Juniors and Seniors:

Texas Woman’s University is proud to be a Terry Foundation affiliate university and to offer this wonderful opportunity to prospective students.

The Terry Foundation Scholarship covers up to the total cost of attendance for 8 semesters and an additional/options 9thsemester of study aboard funding!

We want to highly encourage you to recommend this opportunity to your students.

Please note, the Terry Foundation Scholarship at TWU has an earlier deadline of January 15, 2016. This scholarship not only requires strong academic ability, but also a record of leadership in school and/or community, and financial need.

Eligibility requirements

· U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

· A record of leadership in school and/or community

· Strong academic abilities, as evidence by grades (minimum 3.0 GPA) and SAT (minimum 1060 critical reading & math combined) and/or ACT (minimum 23)

· Demonstrated financial need (determined by committee)

· Accepted to TWU as a full-time entering freshman in the fall

Click here for the application website.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Diana P. Gomez, M.Ed.

Terry Scholars Program Coordinator
Texas Woman’s University


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.

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.

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 (