LHS Weekly Update 10.16.17

Good evening Lee High School families and staff,

This is Nate Collins, principal of Lee High, and this is your Weekly Update for the week of October 16th, 2017.

First, thank you for your understanding last week as we worked to resolve concerns regarding threatening comments and student safety.  Please know that all concerns were thoroughly investigated and resolved last week.  Student safety and well-being are always of primary importance, and we will always work proactively to ensure a safe and supportive school environment.  If, at any time, you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me!

As a reminder, if you haven’t done so recently, take time to check your phone call and messaging settings in Parent Portal, and update them if necessary.  Our Main Office staff can assist you with this, if needed.

Coming up this week at Lee High:

Seniors are reminded that you have a very important meeting with Josten’s representatives at 8:30 am on Monday morning.

Please remember, also, that Report Cards for the first quarter will be distributed on Tuesday, October 17th.

Students currently enrolled in English 11 will take the Writing SOL Test on Tuesday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 18th.  Be sure to be well prepared for these important tests – get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast each day!  Good luck to all who are testing this week!

Interested students and parents/guardians are also reminded that we have a FAFSA Information Session scheduled for 5:30 pm this Tuesday evening.  Please join us if you would like to learn more about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Also, on Tuesday, we will have our initial meeting of the newly-formed Parent Advisory/Academic Boosters Organization at 6:00 pm.  Thank to you all who have indicated an interest in supporting this group!

Please note that we’ll have a Club Day schedule this Friday.  Also, we made improvements to our weekly Club Day schedule that will allow more students to be involved in a variety of clubs and activities.  We’ll be sharing more information about this this week, and we expect the new Club Day schedule to be in place by the end of October.

Finally this week, a few additional announcements:

Students who would like to be a part of the Forensics team should see Mr. Shutt ASAP!!

The Junior Class Council is selling FUDGE from right here in Staunton at the Frontier Culture Museum. Each box is only $5.00!!  Place your order today through November 1st. See a member of the Junior Class Council or Mrs. Zinn in room #111.

The Sophomore Class of 2020 is selling Virginia Diner Nuts.  In addition, they are raffling off an autumn gift basket filled with cans of Virginia Diner Nuts worth $70.00, tickets are only $5.00 each. Help support the class of 2020 and place your order today. See Ms. Avoli-Miller or Ms. Wykes if you need raffle tickets or a Virginia Diner Brochure.

And the Lee High FCCLA is hosting a community service project called Socktober. Please donate new and unused socks for a local homeless shelter. Donations can be made in room #105 with Mrs. Embry, now through the end of October.

Those are all your updates for this week.  Thanks, as always, for your support of Lee High!  Have a great evening!

Nate Collins
Principal
Robert E. Lee High School

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LHS Weekly Update 10.9.17

Good evening Lee High School families and staff,

This is Nate Collins, principal of Lee High, and this is your Weekly Update for the week of October 9th, 2017.

First, this week, please remember that there is no school for students tomorrow, Monday, October 9th.  Monday is a teacher workday.  We look forward to seeing all of our students again on Tuesday morning – let’s get our second quarter off to a great start on Tuesday!

On a related note, please remember that first quarter report cards will be distributed next Tuesday, October 17th.

Coming up at Lee High, please remember that the PSAT will be administered in the morning on Wednesday, October 11th.

This Friday, October 13th, we will have a Club Day schedule at Lee.

Looking ahead, the SOL Writing test will be administered to all current English 11 students on Tuesday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 18th.

There will be a FAFSA event on October 17th at 5:30 pm here at Lee. Seniors and their families are invited to come learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

The Lee Band will begin their annual fruit sale this week. Fresh Florida fruit can be purchased from any band student through the end of October, and fruit orders will be delivered in December.

The National Honor Society will be partnering with Virginia Blood Services to host the fall blood drive on Thursday, October 26th. Anyone interested in donating blood should see Ms. Knoxville in room #103 to schedule a time and receive a permission form.

And, finally this week, another reminder that the 2017 yearbooks have arrived! Seniors can pick up their books in the front office. All other pre-ordered books can be picked up in room 220 with Ms. Avoli-Miller. We have extras available for $60.00.

Those are all your updates for this week.  We’re looking forward to a great start of the second quarter on Tuesday!  Thank you for your support, and have a great evening!

Nate Collins
Principal
Robert E. Lee High School

Lee High Weekly Update 10.2.17

Good evening Lee High School families and staff,

This is Nate Collins, principal of Lee High, and this is your Weekly Update for the week of October 2nd, 2017.

First this week, please remember that Mid-Term Exams for semester-long classes are scheduled for this week.  Mid-term exams for blocks 1 and 3 will be given on Monday and Wednesday, and mid-term exams for blocks 2 and 4 will be given on Tuesday and Thursday.

Please also remember that we will have a two-hour early dismissal on Friday, October 6th.  Students will be dismissed at 12:50 pm.  Also, Monday, October 9th is a workday for teachers.  There is no school for students next Monday, October 9th.

Underclass Picture retakes will be on Wednesday, October 4th. Also, Senior retakes will be on October 4th. Seniors must sign up for a time slot in the main office. Please have your picture taken in order to be in the yearbook and in the newspaper!

Attention Seniors: There will be no FASFA event on October 4th as previously announced. Due to scheduling conflicts, our new date for this event will be October 17th from 5:30-7:00PM. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday October 17th to learn more about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Thanks and see you October 17th.

And, finally this week, the 2017 Yearbooks have arrived! Seniors can pick up their books in the main office. All other pre-ordered books can be picked up in room #220 with Ms. Avoli-Miller. We have extras available for $60.00.

Those are all your updates for this week.  Thanks, as always, for your support of Lee High School.  Have a great evening!

Nate Collins
Principal
Robert E. Lee High School

Lee High Weekly Update 9.25.17

Good evening Lee High School families and staff,

This is Nate Collins, principal of Lee High, and this is your Weekly Update for the week of September 25th, 2017.

First, we would like to say “thank you” to all of our parents and guardians who came out to Parent Conferences and to the College Fair last Thursday.  We appreciated the opportunity to work with you to support your student’s academic progress!  Thanks, also, to all of our Lee parents and guardians who provided snacks for our faculty last Thursday – all were greatly appreciated.

Next, on a related note, we are forming a parent/guardian organization at Lee High that we hope will provide additional support to our students, teachers, and academic programs.  If you would like to be involved in a Parent Advisory and Academic Boosters  group here at Lee High, please respond to this email, or call our Main Office at 332-3926.  We would like to schedule an organizational meeting in early October, and we will directly contact all who would like to be involved.  We look forward to working with you, and, thanks!

Finally this week, please note that the Lee High varsity football game this Friday , September 29th, will be played at James Madison University’s Bridgeforth Stadium, as part of the Shenandoah Football Classic. There will be two games played at JMU Friday evening, with Stuarts Draft playing East Rockingham at 6:00 pm, and our very own Leemen taking on Wilson Memorial, with a start time at approximately 8:15 pm, thirty minutes after the conclusion of the first game.  Admission is $7, and your ticket is good for both games Friday evening.  Pre-sale tickets are available this week, until 1:00 pm on Friday, in the Lee High Main Office, or you can purchase tickets at the gate on Friday.  Please note that only VHSL and VHSCA passes will be accepted for this game.  If you have any questions, please contact our Main Office.

Those are all your updates for this week. Thanks for your support of all our students at Lee High.  Have a great evening!

Nate Collins
Principal
Robert E. Lee High School

Lee High Weekly Update 9.18.17

Good evening Lee High families and staff,

This is Nate Collins, principal of Lee High, and this is your Weekly Update for the week of September 18th, 2017.

First this week, we’d like to say a big “thank you” to all of our students, teachers, staff, parents, and, in particular our SCA for a fantastic Homecoming Week.  It was wonderful to see so much spirit and enthusiasm throughout the week!  Thanks, again, to all who had a hand in our many Homecoming festivities and to all who supported our Heart of Texas school supply drive and our clothing drive!

Coming up this week at Lee High:

Please remember that this Thursday, September 21st we will have a two-hour early release for students, at 12:50 pm, and we will hold Parent Conferences from 2:00 til 7:00 pm on Thursday.  Teachers will be available during this time to meet with parents/guardians and students regarding progress.  Also, our 2017 College Fair will be held Thursday evening, from 6:00 til 8:00 pm, here at Lee High, in conjunction with Parent Conferences.  We will have more than 50 colleges, universities, trade and technical schools and military recruiters here to answer your questions and share information.  Please contact our School Counseling office if you have questions, and we look forward to seeing you Thursday evening!

Please remember, also, that, in addition to the early release on Thursday, there is no school for students this Friday, September 22nd.  We will have a regular bell schedule Monday through Wednesday.

Also this week, Robert E. Lee High School Drama will present it’s fall show, Tartuffe, a wild and witty comedy by Moliere. The show is one of the most famous and funny comedies in theater, and we are giving it a funky 1970’s update, complete with disco glam and dancing. Show times are Friday, September 22nd, and Saturday, September 23rd, at 7:00 PM and Sunday, September 24th, at 3:00 PM. Tickets are only five dollars $5. See you there!

Those are all your updates for this week.  As always, thank you for your support of Lee High!  Have a great evening.

Nate Collins

Principal

Robert E. Lee High School

Lee High Weekly Update 9.11.17

Good evening Lee High families and staff,

This is Nate Collins, principal of Lee High, and this is your Weekly Update for the week of September 11th, 2017.

This week is Homecoming Week at Lee, and we have lots of activities and events coming up.

First this week, our 2017 Lee Homecoming Spirit Days are;
Monday- Vacay Day…….Dress for your favorite vacation spot or as a tacky tourist.
Tuesday- Meme Day…….Dress as your favorite Meme or pop icon.
Wednesday-Twinsday……Dress up with your favorite BFF as a twin.
Thursday- Throwback Day…..Dress according to your favorite decade.
Friday- Spirit Day…..Dress in your class colors!!
Remember that hats are allowed, but please do not wear masks or full face paint.  Also, please remember that on Friday we will have our school-wide Community Service activities and Homecoming Pep Rally!

We’d like to offer congratulations to the 2017 Homecoming Court!

Freshmen Boys: Connor Culpen            Freshmen Girls: Alayia Robinson
Jerrod Meadows                                    Gabby Liccione
Berk Hughes                                           Lena Harris

Sophomore Boys: Kyiam Brown             Sophomore Girls: Alice Cormier
Jonah Robson                                         McKenna Grubb
Brenden Miller                                         Madison Troxell

Junior Boys: Kevin Lewis            Junior Girls: Kara Parker
Zac Curry                                    Katelyn MCDermott
Matthew Wallace                         Mary Elam

Senior Boys: Dylan Culpen                                  Senior Girls: Sophie Kozlowski
Isaiah Elliston                                                       Mausam Mehta
Eston Garber                                                        Kalin Waddy
Nicholas Laterza

The Homecoming Dance will be Saturday, September, 16th from 7:30-10:30 PM at Lee High School in the Paul Hatcher Gymnasium. Outside Date Permission Forms are available in the front office, and must be filled out completely and returned to the front office by Thursday, September 14th.

Beginning on Monday September 11, 2017 there will be a grab-and-go breakfast cart in the Auditorium entry way. We hope that students will take advantage of this new location to pick up a breakfast before first block. Also on Monday, we will begin offering a “Second Chance Breakfast” in the Cafeteria, between 1st and 2nd block.  Thank you for your participation.

Please note that our bell schedules will be different this week.  There will be no Plus Block, but we will have a morning break between 1st and 2nd blocks.  Students can take advantage of the new Second Chance Breakfast at this time, talk with teachers, or just have a few minutes to get ready for the rest of the day.  On Friday we will have a modified class schedule, followed by community service time and the Pep Rally in the afternoon.  Please refer to the attachment to the email version of this Weekly Update.

Are you artistic or creative??? Lee High School’s Counseling Department needs a new school postcard design. Create your own Lee High-themed postcard that shows the best of Lee High. Submissions are due Wednesday September, 13th. The winner receives free admission to all Lee High sporting events for the rest of the year! Turn your design into the Counseling Department and good luck to all!

With the recent devastating floods in Texas, we have adopted Waller High School which is 30 miles West of Houston, and will be collecting school supplies, such as paper, pencils, binders, backpacks, you name it, anything to help these students and teachers get back on their feet for the school year. If you would like to donate any supplies or money towards our “Heart of Texas” School Supply Drive, please see Coach Laase or Ms. Avoli-Miller.

The Lee Band Boosters will have their first meeting and open house on Thursday September 14 at 6 pm. in the band room. The Band Boosters would like to invite parents of all Lee Band students to join us for the open house.

And, finally, attention all Sophomores and Juniors!!! The PSAT will be held at Lee on Wednesday October 11th. For Juniors, this is also the National Merit Scholar Qualifying Exam. Please sign up by paying $16 to Ms. Cash by September 21st. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Todd in Guidance. Students interested in applying to Governor School need to have taken the PSAT before applying.

Those are all your updates for this week.  We’re looking forward to a fantastic Homecoming Week!  Have a great evening!

Nate Collins
Principal
Robert E. Lee High School

Lee High Weekly Update 9.5.17

Good evening Lee High families and staff,

This is Nate Collins, principal of Lee High, and this is your Weekly Update for the week of September 5th 2017.

First, please remember that tomorrow, Monday September 4th, there will be no school for students and staff.  We hope you all enjoy the Labor Day holiday!

With the recent devastating floods in Texas, we have adopted Waller High School which is 30 miles West of Houston, and will be collecting school supplies, such as paper, pencils, binders, backpacks, you name it, anything to help these students and teachers get back on their feet for the school year. If you would like to donate any supplies or money towards our “Heart of Texas” School Supply Drive, please see Coach Laase or Ms. Avoli-Miller. 

Attention all Sophomores and Juniors!!! The PSAT will be held at Lee on Wednesday October 11th. For Juniors, this is also the National Merit Scholar Qualifying Exam. Juniors can sign up by paying $16 to Ms. Cash by September 21st. Sophomores will be required to take the exam, and need to pay their grade level fees by October 10th to Ms. Cash. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Todd in Guidance. Students interested in applying to Governor School need to have taken the PSAT before applying.

All students, please remember that our 2017 Homecoming Week is the week of September 11th through the 16th, with lots of activities for everyone!

The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, September 16th from 7:30-10:30PM at Lee High School in the Paul Hatcher Gymnasium. Outside Date Permission Forms are available in the front office, and must be filled out completely and returned to the front office by Thursday, September 14th.

Also, this week, preparations will be in full swing for Homecoming.  Activities this week include:

Seniors…Order you Homecoming T-shirts now for just $10. See Mrs. Stinespring to place your order. All orders must be placed by noon on Tuesday September 5th. No extras will be ordered. Any Senior who would like to be a Male Cheerleader should sign up with Ms. Knoxville in room #103.  Any Senior who would like to play powderpuff football should sign up with Mrs. Stinespring in room #112.

There will be a meeting of the Senior Class Homecoming float & gym decorating committee after school on Wednesday September 6th in room #103.

Attention Junior Class…Voting for Homecoming Court will take place in the Cafeteria on Wednesday, September 6th. Sign-ups for float decorating and gym decorations start now in Mrs. Zinn’s room #111. Float caps at 10 people; gym at 20 people. Also Sign-ups for Male Cheerleading starts now!!! Sign up in Mrs. K. Swortzel’s room #219.

Attention Sophomores – Class of 2020 – Go to Ms. Avoli-Miller’s room and sign up for powderpuff, male cheerleading, float decorating and order your class shirt that costs $10.00. Show your school spirit!!!

And, finally, Freshmen T-shirts will be on sale in the cafeteria or library. The cost is $10, to be paid when you place your order. Sign-ups are only through Wednesday morning …September 6th.

Those are all your updates for this week.  I hope you all enjoy the Labor Day holiday, and thank you for your support of Lee High.  Have a great evening!

Nate Collins
Principal
Robert E. Lee High School