Upper School Weekly Notes

Dear Upper School Parents,

Last night we initiated a new twist on an old tradition.  Our annual Senior Parent Lunch became a dinner.  We couldn’t have made this change with a better class.  The scholar/athlete/artists of the class of 2018 have left a special mark on the upper school.  It is a mark of friendship, caring and generosity.  We will miss them.  Last evening was especially beautiful, first for the wonderful work the senior moms did to decorate and attend to every detail.  Special thanks to Kim Pride and Stacey Adams for their work in chairing the efforts.  But even more importantly it was a beautiful evening because of the relationships in the room.  I felt blessed to be a part of the community that came together and know that because of the class of 2018, upcoming classes will also be blessed.

Upcoming Events & Dates to Note:

Tonight:                                 State Championship for Girls Lacrosse, 9pm @ Boca Raton HS
                                              LHP vs American Heritage—Go Highlanders!

Mon.-Fri. 5/7-5/18:                AP Exams (click here for schedule)

Sat.-Wed., 5/19-5/23:           Senior Trip

Mon.-Thurs., 5/21-24:           Semester Exams/Early Dismissal (click here for schedule)

Thursday, 5/24:                     Last Day of Classes
                                              Baccalaureate, First Baptist Church of Orlando, 7pm

Friday, 5/25:                         Graduation, First Baptist Church of Orlando, 10am

Upper School Awards & Accolades 2018
To access the full list of this year’s awards, please visit the LHPS website and click on Students, then Upper School Resources, (http://www.lhps.org/students/upper-school-resources) and you will see the link on the right hand side under Announcements.

Senior Video
The full senior video (highlights were shown at last night’s dinner) has now been posted to the Seniors page at https://lhps.instructure.com/courses/4484/pages/class-of-2018

AP Exams
Students should arrive 20 minutes before the published start time of their exams.  Each AP student received an email notification of their individual testing schedule including which room their test is in and will receive another reminder email today. Students should dress in comfortable Spirit Day attire (what we wear every Friday – no flip-flops, pajama bottoms, etc.)  Students who are easily chilled should bring a sweater in case they find their testing room cold.  All students need two #2 pencils with good erasers.  They should be well hydrated in the days leading to an exam, and should eat a good protein (not carbs) breakfast the morning of the exam. Click here for schedule. Students taking an AP exam are excused from all other classes on the day of the exam.

LHPA Spring Book Fair, May 15-16, 2018
This is not a physical book fair event.  The LHPA wants to take this opportunity to encourage LHPS families who shop for books, or anything else on Amazon to remember to shop on Amazon Smile instead! Lake Highland is set up to receive the designated percentage of purchases for all who select LHPS as their charitable organization to receive it!  The funds go directly to the school, not to the LHPA.  This is a fantastic, easy way to support LHPS while buying the everyday items you need.  You can even ask relatives to designate LHPS to receive a percentage of their purchases.  The prices are the same, so it is a win-win!  Go to smile.amazon.com to set up your account today! 

Reception for Retiring & Departing LS Faculty & Staff
Attention parents and students who had Mrs. Sandy Franz or Mrs. Judi Walker as primary grade teachers or who remember Mrs. Diane Plate a longtime classroom aide!  Thursday, May 17 is the day to say farewell as these three educators are set to retire.  Also being honored at this reception is our Clinic Nurse Supervisor, Mrs. Angela Bellflower, who is resigning at the end of this school year.  The reception begins in the LS Commons at 3:30 p.m. and will continue until 4:30 p.m.  We hope you won’t miss the opportunity to drop in and bid farewell to these teachers and staff members who are leaving us at this time.

Used Uniform Donations
It’s time to purge your outgrown uniforms!  Used Uniform donations will be collected on all campuses beginning May 1 and will continue through the first week of Summer Spectacular. We are accepting clean, gently used Dennis Uniforms and spirit/outerwear purchased from the Source. If you have any of these items to donate, you may place them in a yellow collection bin (Annex lobby, LS/MS/US entrances). Questions? Please contact Lauren Brewer ljrychlik@hotmail.com or Mitzy McKenzie mitzymck@gmail.com

The Auxilium Project Is Looking for Parent Volunteers!
Partner with our Lake Highland faculty to create unique learning opportunities for our students. Share your expertise and professional talents with our students through guest lectures, hands-on learning experiences, workshops, field trip opportunities, and more! Learn more or volunteer now at www.lhps.org/auxilium. Questions? Please contact Kalani Meffe at kmeffe@hotmail.com.

Summer Spectacular 2018 Registration has Begun!
The Summer Spectacular brochure and online registration are available now at www.lhps.org/summer. Summer Spectacular 2018 will offer a wide variety of academic and enrichment courses as well as athletic opportunities.  Traditional favorites will return with numerous new topics and experiences.  Many classes will reach capacity before the May 7th early deadline.  Please register today!  Parents can register and pay online with a credit card for their children’s courses.  Student billing will no longer be used for summer programs. For questions, please email summer@lhps.org or call 407-206-1900, ext. 1231.

Free Audiobook Program
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Returning April 26 2018, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week - pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

Senior Information Page
If you are looking for information involving activities and events for the Class of 2018 (senior trip, Grad Bash, Graduation, etc.) it can be found on our website under Upper School Resources or you can click here for details.  https://lhps.instructure.com/courses/4484/pages/class-of-2018

2018-2019 Key Calendar Dates
The Key 18-19 Calendar Dates are now posted on our website. The calendar can be found under Quick Links at the top or when you scroll all the way down to the Calendar icon or under Parent Resources. http://www.lhps.org/calendar

School Wide News
For more detailed school-wide announcements and calendar items, please also check the Week at a Glance (WAAG) which can be found at the LHP website under the red drop down bar titled “News and Social.” Once there, click on “News”- which will take you to the News & Social media page. There is a direct link to the Week at a Glance at the top of the page, which can also be found here: Week at a Glance

Have a great weekend, Lake Highland!

Mike Jakubisin, Upper School Director
Jacqui Collazo, Upper School Associate Director/Student Services
Jennifer D’Andrea, Upper School Associate Director/Curriculum & Instruction
Mick Davis, Upper School Associate Director/Dean of Students


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