Lee High Weekly Update 12.18.17

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 December 18th, 2017.

First this week, please remember that we have Final Exams scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday.  First and Third Block exams will be administered tomorrow, Monday, December 18th, and Second and Fourth Block exams will be given on Tuesday, December 19th.  Please remember also that Tuesday, December 19th is an Early Dismissal day for students.  Students will be dismissed at 12:50 pm on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, Lee Drama cordially invites students to be a part of the Spring Musical, GREASE!! Everyone is encouraged to join us Tuesday, December, 19th from 1-4PM in the Auditorium to start learning the first dance number “The Hand Jive”. Information about auditions will be given out at that time!! Hope to see you there!!!!

Later on Tuesday, at 7:30 pm in the John Lewis Auditorium, the cast and crew of the State Champion One-Act Play, Mackers, will present an encore performance of their show.  Admission is by donation, and all proceeds will support the purchase of state championship rings!  Come out and support a great show!

Please also remember that applications for both Valley Career and Technical Center and the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School for the 2018-2019 school year are now available.  Students, please see your school counselor for more information.

Looking ahead a bit, we would also like to make you aware of two opportunities for community involvement in early January.  First, the Staunton School Board has scheduled three opportunities for public comment regarding budget priorities for the 2018-2019 budget.  Public comment opportunities are scheduled for Monday, January 8th at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall and for Tuesday, January 9th and Thursday, January 11th, in the Commons at R.E. Lee High School at 5:00 pm.  Please see the letter attached from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Garett Smith for more information.

Also, on Saturday, January 13th, Blue Ridge Community College, Mary Baldwin University, and Staunton City Schools, in partnership with local businesses and education providers will host Opportunity is Knocking, a community outreach event, at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, from 1 til 4 pm.  This event will   help connect current students and adults with local employers and higher education opportunities in a fun, informative atmosphere with door prizes and free food!  Come out to learn more about employment and education opportunities in our area!

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And, finally, good luck to all of our students on your exams this week!  And, from all of us at Lee High, best wishes to all for a peaceful, joyful Winter Break! 

Those are all your updates for this final Weekly Update of 2017, have a great evening!

Nate Collins
Principal
Robert E. Lee High School

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Lee High Weekly Update 11.27.17

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 November 27th, 2017.

First, we hope you all had a pleasant and peaceful Thanksgiving Break, and we look forward to seeing all of our students again tomorrow morning!  As December nears, it is important for us all to remember that the next few weeks are critical to student success, with first semester SOL testing, final exams and and the conclusion of first semester courses coming soon.  Let’s all come to school everyday prepared to give our best and finish the semester strong!

We will have an Advisory Block schedule this Wednesday, November 29th, and please remember that this Friday, December 1st will be an Early Dismissal day for students.  Lee High students will be dismissed at 12:50 pm this Friday.

Looking ahead, please note that first semester SOL testing will be in full swing beginning next Tuesday, December 5th and will continue through the rest of next two weeks.  First semester Final Exams are scheduled for December 18th and 19th.

Also, please note that the next Lee High Parent Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 5th, at 6:00 pm.  All parents and guardians are invited to be a part of this group.

Finally this week, we’d like to offer good luck and best wishes to our One-Act Play cast and crew and to our football team, as both will be competing in state competition next week.  We’d also like to say good luck to our winter sports teams as the winter season gets underway this week.  Let’s go Lee!

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

Nate Collins
Principal
Robert E. Lee High School

Lee High Weekly Update 11.13.17

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 November 13th, 2017.

First, please remember that we will have a Club Day #2 schedule this Wednesday, November 15th.

Also, Meet the Team night for our Winter VHSL sports teams is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 pm. Meet the Team Night will begin in the John Lewis Auditorium.

Next, this is an appropriate time of year to remind our students of the importance of being of service to others in our community. We have several upcoming opportunities for students to give to those in need:

The SCA is sponsoring our 2017 Salvation Army Angel Program. See your 4th block teacher to see what needs to be donated. Let’s show Lee Pride, and donate as much as possible to help the less fortunate children in our Staunton community. All donations are due Tuesday, November 21st.

Lee High Key Club is sponsoring the Toys For Tots toy drive for underprivileged children in the Staunton area. (Only new, packaged and unused toys are accepted). Donations are collected in the box located in the main office until December 17th. Make a child happy this Christmas season and DONATE!!

And, finally, looking ahead a week, please remember that we have school next Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st, but there is no school for students or staff Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th, in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Those are all your updates for this week. As always, thank you for your support, and have a great evening!

Nate Collins
Principal
Robert E. Lee High School

Lee High Weekly Update 11.6.17

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 November 6th, 2017.

First this week, please note that Winter Sports tryouts begin this week. Interested student-athletes must have a completed VHSL physical form and must meet VHSL eligibility requirements to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Activities Director David Tibbs, or your sport’s coach.

Winter sports tryouts times and locations for Monday, November 6th are as follows:

3-5:30pm Wrestling Lee Wrestling Room
3-5 Girls JV & Varsity Basketball Lee Gym
6:30-9 Boys Basketball All Levels @ Shelburne

Our newly-formed Parent Advisory Council/Academic Boosters group will meet again on Tuesday, November 7th, in the Lee High Library at 6:00 pm. All parents and guardians are welcome to join the group. Please contact me or Assistant Principal Lori Swortzel if you have questions.

Next, there will be a brief information meeting on Wednesday November 8th at 3:00pm in the Lee Cafeteria for those students and parents who wish to learn more about the Summer Residential Governor’s School and the application process. These programs in STEM, Fine Arts, and Foreign Language are not affiliated with the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School program that occurs during the school year. Applications are available to anyone, however, admissions preference is given to current 11th grade students.

Finally this week, we would like to say congratulations and best wishes to our fall season VHSL sports and activities that are continuing onto Regional and State competition in the next two weeks. Our One-Act Play cast and crew, our girls volleyball team, our football team, and our cross country individuals will continue to represent our school with distinction. Let’s Go Lee!

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

Lee High Weekly Update 10.29.17

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 30th, 2017.

We have just a few reminders this week:

First, please remember that we have an Advisory/Club Day schedule on Wednesday this week. Club Day #1 Clubs will meet this week.

Also, please remember that this Friday, November 3rd is an Early Dismissal day for students. Students will be dismissed at 12:50 pm this Friday.

Also, we would like to offer continued best wishes for our fall season VHSL teams as they conclude their regular seasons and proceed to the post-season. Good luck to both the volleyball team and our cross country teams as they compete in the post-season this week. Best of luck, also, to some of our VHSL academic activities programs as their performances and competitions get under way, with both the Scholastic Bowl team and our One-Act Play cast and crew in action this week. For full schedules, please check the calendar on our school website.

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

Lee High Weekly Update 10.23.17

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 23rd, 2017.

First this week, we’d like to say thanks to all of our Lee High parents and guardians who came out to our initial Lee High Parent Advisory/Academic Boosters Meeting.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:00 pm in the LHS library.  All are invited to be a part of this group that will help support our students and teachers at Lee High.  We’ll be sharing a list soon of activities the Parent Advisory will be coordinating, please consider pitching in to help support our school!

Next, please note that we will be implementing a new Wednesday Advisory and Club Day schedule beginning this Wednesday, October 25th.  This schedule will take the place of the former Friday Club Day schedule.  The new Wednesday bell schedule will include a 40-minute Advisory/Club Block that will meet after second block each Wednesday.

Beginning this Wednesday, October 25th, each student will be participating in an Advisory Block. The Advisory Block is designed to help our students feel more connected to the school community, increase involvement in school activities, and increase positive interactions with adults in the school. In addition, advisors will help students improve their own school performance and responsibility as well as help students develop their goals for life after high school.  Each faculty advisor will stay with their students as they progress through high school. The counseling department and administration will be working with the faculty advisors to provide appropriate lessons and activities to make this time meaningful and productive for our students. The Advisory Block will meet for 40 minutes, twice a month for the remainder of the school year.

Also, we will have Club Day on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.  During the Advisory Block on Club Days, students may choose to attend club meetings or go to a study hall for additional academic help.  Please see the attachments to this email for the new Wednesday Advisory Block bell schedule and for a listing of the current Lee High clubs and student organizations that will meet each first or third Wednesday of each month.  Teachers will share more information with students this week about clubs, sign ups, and Advisory.

Also this week, please note we will also conduct an Earthquake Drill on Wednesday.

Seniors, please remember that Jostens will be at Lee High this Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th for cap and gown and senior item orders.

All students, please note that, beginning on November 1st, any student can sign up to shadow any program at Valley Career and Technical Center in Fishersville.  Please see your counselor if you’d like to sign up to shadow a program.

Finally this week, if you would like to receive the Lee High daily announcements by email, please reply to this Weekly Update email to request to be added to the Daily Announcements email list.

Those are all your updates for this week.  As always, thanks 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 10.16.17

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