Upper School Weekly Notes

Dear Upper School Parents,

Congratulations to your children for a great first nine weeks!  Finalized first quarter grades will be available on PowerSchool next Friday; grades are not mailed home, so be sure to print them out if you wish to keep a copy for your records. We hope your students enjoy this three day weekend, and that some of you also get today to enjoy with them.  LHP faculty are here sharpening their skills for a great rest of the school year. 

Upcoming Events:
Sunday, 10/14:  Orlando National College Fair, 1-4 pm at the OC Convention Center

Monday, 10/15:  Start of Second Quarter
                           Deadline to order Veteran’s Day T-Shirts

Tuesday, 10/16:  College T-Shirt Day

Wednesday, 10/17:  Heart of a Highlander Spirit Day (any year’s HOH t-shirt is acceptable)
                                 US Visitation Day for Prospective New Families

Thursday, 10/18:  Independent School Health Check Survey Administration
                             US Drama Production, Our Town, HCCA, 7pm

Fri. & Sat, 10/19-20: US Drama Production, Our Town, HCCA, 7pm

Sunday, 10/21:  US Drama Production, Our Town, HCCA, 2pm

Wednesday, 10/24:  PSAT Testing & Early Dismissal (1:00 pm), Grades 9-11
                                 Spirit Day Attire.  No School for Seniors.

Thursday, 10/25:  LS/US Yearbook Photo Retakes

Friday, 10/26:  Early Dismissal Day (1pm)
                        LS Halloween Carnival

For a full listing of all Fall sports and their competition schedules please click here
For a month by month view of all Varsity sporting events, click on Athletics Calendar.

The NACAC National Fair in our area will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2018, 1pm to 4pm, at the Orange County Convention Center.  It is free and open to the public. Register at WWW.NACACFAIRS.ORG/NCF to receive fair details, avoid lines onsite, and share your contact information with your choice schools.

Every two years Upper School students participate in a 100+ question survey taken by thousands of Independent School students across the nation. The ISHC (Independent School Health Check) is an anonymous survey that asks students about their overall health and happiness in a large number of areas: friendships, relationships, homework, sleep, weight, happiness/depression, volunteerism, time on screens, drugs, and more.  The results go directly to the Center for Survey Research at Indiana University. Lake Highland receives results in an aggregate form, so we have no way of tracing specific answers to a specific child.  Our Guidance Counselors use the results to develop programs that address the needs of our students, and to advise administrators of student needs.  It has been very helpful in the past to help us guide and support our student body.  All students should bring an iPad or Laptop to school in order to complete the online survey.  We have had 100% participation in the past, but students may choose to opt out completely or to skip any question they do not care to answer.  Parents should contact a guidance counselor if for any reason they wish their student not to participate.  The survey will take place in sixth period classrooms this Thursday, October 18th.

If your son attended the dance on Saturday and returned home without his jacket, we may have it in the front office.  There is also a chance that your son returned home with someone else’s jacket.  Please take a moment to check to see if your son brought home his own jacket or a strikingly similar one.  If you find one that isn’t his, please have him bring it to the front office and check to see if we have his jacket.  We have three sports coats (one black and two navy blue) that have not been claimed. 

On Wednesday, October 24th, Lake Highland will administer the PSAT to all 9-11 graders. All students should be in their assigned test classrooms by 7:55 with two #2 pencils and a calculator.  While the test is fairly low stakes, especially for freshmen and sophomores, it is important that students arrive rested, hydrated and ready to do their best.  Juniors who do well (in the top 1% of students nationally) may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. For all students theses test scores are one of the criteria we look at when considering placement for advanced courses.  This is a national test date; we cannot offer make-up exams, so please make every effort to have your children at school that day unless they are ill. 

Dress code for PSAT testing is spirit day attire.  Upper School students will be dismissed at 1:00, after testing is complete.  Seniors do not have classes at all on that day.

Parents of sophomores and juniors interested in learning more about the Leadership Academy program need to mark their calendars for an informational parent meeting on January 15th at 6:00 pm.  If you are already making summer plans and you know your child wants to attend this year’s trip, be sure to block out June 4-10, 2019 now!

Parents picking up MS or US students are required to utilize the Main Campus as the location to pick up their precious cargo. The main campus is organized and supervised to mitigate risk to injury of our students. Please also observe the 7 MPH speed limit and no cell phone use policy. The Annex building parking lot and side streets are not properly organized nor supervised and put our students, employees and parents at risk. Thankfully we’ve only had damage to employee vehicles and not injured a student…yet. If parents will delay picking up until 3:30 or later, you will experience a nearly clear path to pick up your son or daughter. Thank you for complying and keeping our Highlanders safe.

Our Wednesday dress code was implemented to give our students the opportunity to dress in professional, business-like attire. Standardization for that attire is enumerated in the US Student Handbook. One trend that continues to be an issue is our girls’ skirt length. Girls are to purchase and wear the “Dennis grey skirt or skort - Top of the knee in length.” To clarify, the length of the skirt should rest at the top of the kneecap (or longer) when standing. While we do understand that skirts have a tendency to ‘hike up’ when walking or sitting, if they start at the top of the knee, is should still create a modest and professional appearance. Please help us teach the “why” and enforce this policy.

Please check out the resources our Safety and Security Team have made available on their updated school webpage.  The link under the parent section of our website includes information about our efforts to keep a safe campus, as well as many resources for parents, such as links to the Florida Department of Children and Families, the FDLE Sexual Predator List, the National Hurricane Service, Orlando Road Closings, I-4 Ultimate, and much more.  Click here to review.

As per FHSAA Policies 40.1.1, 41.1, and 42.1.1, all student-athletes are required to watch the following FREE NFHS Learn courses annually:  

Please sign up for a viewing session at Lake Highland Preparatory School.  The last session will be held in the Lakefront Room of the Guernsey Building.

If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled viewing sessions with your team, please click here for instructions on viewing at home.  If viewed at home, completion certificates must be submitted electronically to AthleteConnection.

The LHPA presents an exclusive fashion and fundraising event hosted by Bloomingdale’s at The Mall at Millenia. Join us for La Mode VIP Runway Show on Thursday, November 15 to kick off a spectacular weekend of shopping for a cause. Support Lake Highland with every Bloomingdale’s purchase you make, as 10% of sales will be donated back to LHP!

Tickets to La Mode VIP Runway Show will go on sale October 8; seating is limited. No ticket purchase necessary to shop for a cause all weekend, Thursday, November 15 through Sunday, November 18.  For more information, please visit www.lhps.org/LaMode.

Sign up has begun! Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Students learn about humanities topics while traveling and visiting historic sites, seeing original artwork and architecture, and experiencing global cultures. Humanities Abroad satisfies the required humanities semester credit. Two trips are offered: Spring Break to Oxford University & England and Summer to Scotland & Ireland. For info contact Cindy Wray cwray@lhps.org Spring trip or April Wanex awanex@lhps.org Summer trip or Kathy Taylor ktaylor@lhps.org

Preparations by our administration, faculty, staff, and students are well underway as we look forward to our 21st Annual Veterans Salute this fall. This celebration entitled “FREEDOM” will be on Friday, November 9th, 2018.

The program will include beloved and inspiring patriotic songs, a variety of Lake Highland talent, and an entertaining “canteen” reception in the Johnny Holloway Blackbox Theatre.  The salute provides an opportunity for us to honor and remember our United States veterans. It also facilitates a greater understanding and thanksgiving for the freedoms we enjoy as a result of their endeavors, sacrifice, and courageous dedication.

You and your family are invited to this enlightening salute.  You will not want to miss it so invite your family members and mark your calendar – Friday, November 9th, 8:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., or 1:00 p.m. in the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts (HCCA) on the Lake Highland Main Campus

New this year, LHPS President, Vice Admiral Alfred G. Harms Jr., USN (Ret.), invites all veterans to join him for a special reception before each show to recognize their service to our country. If you have a family member who is a veteran, please invite them and let us honor them at the show and at this amazing reception.

THE 2018 VETERANS SALUTE T-SHIRT is the shirt that keeps on giving!
It’s time to order your FREEDOM T-Shirts!  You have the opportunity to buy one shirt and give one shirt to our U.S. Veteran guests.  You will not want to miss out on wearing your FREEDOM t-shirt on the special Spirit Day, Wednesday, November 7th. Go online today to order at https://www.lhps.org/campus-life/veterans-day-salute#order  or click the “Veterans Salute T-Shirt” button on the LHPS website. Deadline to order is Monday, October 15th.

The LHPS Dance Department will be offering three (3) Master Classes this semester. This is free of charge for all 6th-12th graders.  All classes will be held in the Dance Studio at the Annex (across Highland Avenue from US).  All classes will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. To register for the class please e-mail the Dance Instructor, Ms. Korte, at rkorte@lhps.org with your student’s name, grade and a contact number.
Master Class #2: Sunday, October 14th - Contemporary with award winning choreographer, Ariel Clarke
Master Class #3: Sunday, December 2nd - Hip Hop with the Artistic Director of the NoMads and USA Hip Hop International gold medalist, Clarissa Turner

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

Enjoy the long weekend!

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
Charmaine Schreiber, Upper School Athletic Director





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