The Lion Report
Let's Get Rolling, 2023-2024!
September 29, 2023
🏈 VARSITY FOOTBALL TONIGHT IN VILLA RICA 🏈
Homecoming Dance Notice to Parents
The homecoming dance is tomorrow, Sept. 30 from 7:00-11:00 P.M. If you drop your child off or if you are picking your child up, please make sure you are here prior to 11:00 P.M. If you are allowing your child(ren) to ride home with someone else, please check with your child(ren) via their cell phone prior to 11:00 P.M. to ensure that ride is secured. Thank you!
🔊 REVISED HOCO SPIRIT WEEK
🏈 IT'S HOMECOMING SPIRIT WEEK!! 🏈
OCTOBER 2-6, 2023
Ms. Cheryl McLeroy's Foundations of Algebra class learns how to find the slope and write a linear function equation using data with Prisms VR. Prisms VR is a STEM education platform that utilizes virtual reality. Prisms VR uses immersive tactile environments to connect 3D, 2D, and 1D representations of core Algebra and Geometry concepts for deep understanding, retention, and long-term standards-aligned proficiency. Prisms are used in all math, science and STEM classes. Ms. McLeroy's students visited Antarctica and gathered data on the melting of three icebergs. They will then begin to turn the data into usable information to write their equations.
STEM Coordinator and science teacher, Ms. Jada Vinsang's AP Environmental Science class estimates a population (using beans to represent fish) using tagged samples.
Bringing Anatomy to Life with the Anatomage Table
Pictured below are students in Mrs. Debbie Vinsant's STEM Biomedical Science class who are engaged in an anatomy lesson with the help of the world’s first virtual dissection table, the Anatomage Table, a revolutionary teaching tool that uses virtual reality to teach anatomy. The state-of-the-art technology has quickly become a valuable resource in medical schools, hospitals, and institutions around the globe. Having a table here at LSHS in one of our STEM classes gives students an edge on a possible career they could have in the medical field, as well as learn the study of the bones, joints, muscles, and other systems within the human body and the different functions of organs and how those functions impact parts of the body.
Since 2020, students who have come through this class have had the opportunity to learn the world of human anatomy while utilizing this table to complete assignments. The table allow students to interact with life-size, three-dimensional representations of human organs and body systems. Students can manipulate the images and zoom, rotate, dissect, and overlay multiple systems at once. To learn more about the world' first virtual dissection table, click the button below.
NoRedInk is an adaptive learning tool that helps students improve their grammar and writing skills. This learning tool generates personalized content based on students’ interests, adapts to their abilities with instant feedback, and provides actionable performance data to teachers, schools, and districts around the world. Pictured above, our English Language Arts Teachers are showing their support and appreciation of the learning tool by wearing their NoRedInk t-shirts!
From Left: Ms. Audrey McLaughlin, Ms. Robin Thompson, Mrs. Shelly Mitchell and Mrs. Courtney Foresta.
Another Lithia Lion Has Become a Douglas County Youth Commissioner
Congratulations to the Nahzell Moody who will be representing LSHS as a Douglas County Youth Commissioner. The Douglas County Youth Commission is a student leadership and enrichment program for high schoolers in Douglas County. The program runs parallel to the school year and twice a month, Youth Commissioners learn through a county-developed interactive curriculum with Douglas County government and community leaders on government operations, law, the process of community planning, and economic development, community art and creativity, and much more. The Youth Commission will also be developing a community project during their time in the program. This will be the first time LSHS has had representation in the program. We know you all will represent the school and yourself with grace, dignity and respect. Congratulations to you Nahzell!! He will be joining the other Lithia Lions pictured below who are also Douglas County Youth Commissioners who will be representing Lion Nation. Pictured from Left: Ryan Samples, Ashley McLaughlin, Ayomide Balogun & Afia Adade. Congratulations to the 2023-24 Lithia Lion Youth Commissioners! We are proud of you all!
🎷📯🥁🎺The Lion Pride Marching Band 🎼🎵🎶🎷
The LSHS band will be performing at "The Gathering" a marching competition hosted by Douglas County High School on Saturday, October 7th starting at 1:00 P.M. LSHS band will be the second band to perform. Tickets can be purchased by clicking this link: The Gathering 2023 - Silver Division Marching Band Competition Tickets, Sat, Oct 7, 2023 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite
FLAG FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY AND WITH A PURPOSE!!
ATHLETICS COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
ON A MISSION TO KEEP OUR CAMPUS CLEAN
KUDOS TO COACH PLEASANTS AND ALL OF OUR ATHLETES
💛 AUGUST STUDENT OF THE MONTH 💚
💚 AJA GIANA 💛
Aja Giana is a very hardworking student who always strives for her goals. Her loyalty to her education is inspiring. Her incredible work ethic, unwavering dedication, and constant pursuit of excellence in her studies make her the perfect candidate for student of the month. She's truly an inspiration, always going above and beyond to achieve her goals and to help her peers. Congratulations Aja on being the August Student of the Month!!
💚 AUGUST TEACHER OF THE MONTH 💛
💚 MS. TONYA CLEMONS 💛
Ms. Tonya Clemons, English teacher, regularly goes beyond the call of duty in executing her role. She is a mission-oriented and compassionate educator who demands excellence from her students while making them feel valued. She is an invaluable member of our faculty who works hard all year long behind the scenes to develop the yearbook, to ensure senior portraits and underclassmen pictures are scheduled, and handles all the logistics of the prom. In addition, Mrs. Clemons has been present at every home football game this school year to show her support of the LSHS Varsity Football Team. Thank you Ms. Clemons for all you do and congratulations on being the August Teacher of the Month!
💚 AUGUST CLASSIFIED STAFF OF THE MONTH 💛
💛 MRS. CAROLYN HORNE-ROBINS 💚
Mrs. Carolyn Horne-Robins has done an exemplary job of managing substitute teachers and handling teacher absences daily. She also covers classes when subs are not available and instructs students. Her dedication to helping staff and students is admirable. Mrs. Robins goes above and beyond in her role to ensure classes are covered each day. Thank you for all you do and congratulations Mrs. Robins on being the classified staff member of the month!
😍 SHOUT OUT TO OUR CAFETERIA WORKERS 😍
From Left: Misty West, Sabrina Gaskin, Jennifer Butler, Lindsey McTyre, Chris Lambert, Tiffany Potter and Jackie Giammarco
👩🎓 SENIOR C/O 2024 ORDER YOUR CAP & GOWN 👨🎓
Lithia Springs High School to be Razed, Rebuilt on Same Site
WE ARE NOT CLOSING OUR DOORS
IT WILL BE BUSINESS AS USUAL DURING THE REBUILDING OF THE NEW SCHOOL
The 47-year-old high school that is known as Lithia Springs Comprehensive High School will be demolished and replaced with a modern upgraded facility. it will be business as usual during this process. All students zoned for LSHS will continue to attend LSHS.
One of the architects currently working on the new state-of-the-art facility is a Lithia Springs High School graduate, Mrs. Misti Higdon Melara! Mrs. Melara graduated from LSHS in 2006. When asked what does working on this project mean to her, she replied, "I feel humbled to serve Lithia Springs and the community I was raised in. It's a full circle experience being a piece of my alma mater’s journey this long after graduating. The ability to use my experiences at the existing school has given me a unique perspective on this project and I’m excited to see Lithia’s future campus come to life. I am honored to continue Southern A&E's long standing commitment to serving the needs of the Douglas County School System."
LSHS is the second oldest high school in the Douglas County School System. Under a five-year plan drafted by the Georgia Department of Education, the school system will demolish the campus. A new Lithia Springs High School will be rebuilt on the same site in phases.
Douglas County School System Board of Education members approved a resolution to phase out the school. While the Lithia Springs campus has supported the educational needs of generations of Douglas County scholars, architects say the 1975 building has reached its life expectancy. Because of its architectural design, the building can no longer be reconfigured, repaired, or renovated.
Superintendent Trent North says this is an exciting chapter in the school’s history.
“Lithia Springs High School is a tremendous source of pride for our community,” he explains. “Lithia Lions graduate high school prepared to impact their community and the world. We are delighted that future graduates will have the opportunity to continue thriving on a more updated campus.”
Superintendent North says the new facility will meet the needs of students living in a technology-rich world. A planning phase must begin before construction starts on the new Lithia Springs facility. “The two-year strategic planning process involves meeting with principals, staff, and students. Their input will help us assess the present and future needs of our students,” explains Superintendent North.
He says Douglas County Board of Education members have long held a vision for the future of Lithia Springs High. The signed resolution moves the board’s shared vision one step closer to reality. The modern learning facility will soon offer students the added space and resources needed for academic success.
The upcoming transformation also underscores the school system’s commitment to investing in high-quality infrastructure. Regularly evaluating campus facilities ensures the school system makes the best use of resources and ensures every student has a high-quality educational experience.
“We’re celebrating a new beginning for Lithia Springs High School,” says Superintendent North. “Partnering with Southern A & E architects will allow us to embrace modern infrastructure. This new campus will allow students to continue soaring in an updated learning environment.”
Lithia Spring High School’s East County Line Road campus houses 1,470 students. The school is also home to Douglas County’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet program.
DCSS Students Encouraged to Speak Up for Safety
Parent Portal Login
To access your student's progress report, report cards, attendance, and grades, click the "Infinite Campus Parent Portal Set Up" link above for directions on registering for a Parent Portal account. All progress reports and reports cards will only be accessible via the Parent Portal. Paper copies will not be sent home.
If you need assistance with Parent Portal, contact the Douglas County Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (770) 651-2330.
Click link below for Instrucciones del Portal Para Padres de Infinite Campus (Espanol)
September 30: Homecoming Dance @ 7:00-11:00 P.M. in Cafeteria
October 2-6: HOCO Spirit Week
October 4: Class Ring & Letter Jacket Order during lunch period & 4-6 P.M.
October 5: 10th Grade Parent/Student Night 6:00 P.M. in Theatre
October 6: Homecoming: LSHS vs. Tri Cities HS 7:30 P.M.
October 7: The Gathering Band Exhibition 12:00 P.M. @ Douglas County HS. LSHS band will perform second on the roster
October 9-13: Fall Break, NO SCHOOL
October 18: Progress Reports viewable in Infinite Campus Parent Portal
October 26: Senior Portraits
October 26: PSAT/SAT Day
October 26: SOAR Parent Meeting 5:30 P.M. in Media Center
October 26: One Act Performance 7:00 P.M. in Theatre
November 7: Teacher Workday, NO SCHOOL
November 8: Apply-to-College Day
November 20-24: Thanksgiving Holidays, NO SCHOOL
If Your Child is 16 Years of Age and a Junior, please click on button below:
All Google Classrooms from the counselors have been set up and you should have received an invite via your school email. If you did not receive the invite via email, no worries, just join using the codes below:
Class of 2024 (Seniors) 4xxs63j
Class of 2025 (Juniors) 34aqeb2
Class of 2026 (Sophomores) tjstxjs
Class of 2027 (Freshmen) wesfy4p
Pertinent information pertaining to your grade level will be placed in these classrooms from the counselors. Special events such as field trips, college fairs, scholarships and community service opportunities will also be placed in the Google Classrooms. You don't want to miss anything so join today!
NEWS YOU CAN USE
News from the Counseling Dept!
Are you wondering who your school counselor will be? Well wonder no more! Below is a breakdown by alphabet that will help you in identifying your school counselor:
Lead Counselor: Mitzi Blackstone; email@example.com; 770-651-6807
- Off-Campus Programs
- 12th ACTIVITIES
Last Names A, D-J: Shimirrah Rembert; firstname.lastname@example.org; 770-651-6774
Last Names B, K-Q: Jonathan Reeves; email@example.com; 770-651-6862
Last Names C, R-Z: Angel Richmond; firstname.lastname@example.org; 770-651-6714
If you need to meet with your counselor, please make an appointment with him or her directly by scanning a QR code that will be posted throughout the school building.
Clear Bag Policy at All Athletic Events
DCSS has a clear bag policy at all sporting events. The policy is similar to policies in place at college and professional stadiums and coliseums.
"The clear bag policy will help us keep dangerous or illegal items, including weapons, out of our venues," said Superintendent Trent North. "By allowing only clear bags, we can monitor what's coming into our stadiums and gyms and keep everyone safer with only minor inconvenience to those in attendance."
The following types of bags will be permitted inside DCSS sporting events:
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12"x6"x12"
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags
- Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5"x6.5"
No outside food or drink will be permitted. Bottled water will be acceptable under special circumstances. Thank you in advance for adhering to this policy.
🥎🏈 FALL SPORTS SCHEDULES 🏆🥉
HERE COMES THE BUS APP!
Available to parents of students who are enrolled in the Douglas County School System
• View the real-time location of your child’s bus
• Access the app from your smartphone, tablet or computer
• Receive push notifications or email alerts
• Send your child to the bus stop at just the right time
How to Get Started
1. Download the Here Comes the Bus app or visit herecomesthebus.com
2. Click the sign-up button
3. Enter school code 79003 and click “Next” followed by “Confirm”
4. Complete the “User Profile” box
5. Under “My Student” click “Add.” Enter your child’s last name & student ID#
6. Once you confirm your information, you are ready to begin using Here Comes the Bus!
Email questions, concerns or comments to: email@example.com
NEED A PARKING PASS?
See Ms. Bobbie Johnson in the main office.
Bring your driver's license and a copy of your insurance and registration.
Cost is $50 payable online (RevTrak) or by check or money order.
Parents, if your child drives to school, then they must have a parking pass.
Click here for the Student Parking Application and Vehicle Registration Form.
DCSS Attendance Zones
Use our attendance zone maps or web address search tool to know which DCSS school your student will attend. Both tools show which school or schools your address is zoned for in this school year.
Click here and enter your address to access the online web address search tool.
To view the district's attendance zone maps, click the appropriate level listed below.Elementary School Attendance Zone Map
Middle School Attendance Zone Map
High School Attendance Zone Map
DCSS Registration Department
We strive to make the registration process as easy as possible for all families in Douglas County. No matter if your student is new to the Douglas County School System of if they have attended a DCSS school before, you can use this site to find information about enrolling your student into one of our schools.
For all new students, DCSS is currently using an online registration process. Click here to access the online registration portal, or visit the DCSS Enrollment Process page to learn more about the enrollment process.
If online registration is not possible, contact DCSS' Registration Department at 770-651-2083 to schedule for an appointment.
Satchel Pulse Surveys
As a school we want to get better at improving our school culture and get a pulse on the issues that matter to you. We've signed up for a service that will send you regular, short, anonymous surveys making it quick and easy to get your voice heard. The first survey will be sent around August 17th.
Please click on this link to sign up https://app.satchelpulse.com/parents?country=us
Please use the school ID 229155 when prompted to join the school.
Technical College System of Georgia
Did you know there are 22 technical colleges in the state of Georgia? The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) offers technical education, custom business and industry training, and adult education programs. Chattahoochee Technical College is the largest technical college in Georgia with an enrollment that exceeded 14,000 students in the past academic year.
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