Upper School Weekly Notes

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but is a means by which we arrive at that goal.
Martin Luther King, Jr.


Dear Upper School Parents,

At our Upper School Unity meeting this past Monday we introduced some Mindfulness practices, particularly the skill of focusing on your breathing to calm and settle yourself when you begin to feel anxious or agitated.  Lake Highland students are a very positive bunch, but many of them carry a lot of pressure around with them.  They feel the pressure to get good grades, to excel at extracurricular activities and to gain admission to a top school.  They carry much more stress with them than most of the adults in their lives.  We will continue focusing on Mindfulness practices to calm students and to help them focus on what is truly important throughout the semester.  I encourage you to ask your child to show you what he/she learned in terms of concentrating on the breath.  It’s a great calming exercise for us all.


Upcoming Events & Dates to Note:

Monday, 1/15:                         MLK Day Student/Teacher Holiday

Tuesday, 1/16:                        Leadership Academy Informational Meetings, 6pm

Tuesday, 1/23:                        College Planning Mtg. for Sophomore Parents, 2pm, LFR

Wednesday, 1/24:                   Junior Class Spirit Day, Compliments of the Michaels Family
                                                Senior Off-Campus Lunch

Thursday, 1/25:                       Upper School Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm, Lakefront Room

Friday, 1/26:                            Deadline to Register for Leadership Academy 2018

Mon.-Fri., 1/29-2/2:                 Senior Speak Out Presentations, HCCA

Wed.-Fri., 1/31-2/2:                 Junior Job Shadowing
                                                Sophomore College Tours                                                     

For a full listing of all Winter sports and their competition schedules please click here.

First Semester Grades are up to date and accessible through PowerSchool.  Simply click on View Report Card on the Grades and Attendance page to view or print report cards.  Hard copies of report cards will no longer be mailed home.

Leadership Academy Informational Meetings
The LHPS Leadership Academy at Outdoor Odyssey is one of the school’s most impactful programs in the development of young men and women, and in their further impact on the rest of the student body.  If you haven’t heard about the Leadership Academy, then you definitely should join us for a parent meeting on Tuesday, January 16th, at 6:00 pm to learn about this unique opportunity for your son or daughter to be challenged mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually for six days, May 30-June 5, 2018.  Parents of young men will meet in the HCCA, and parents of young women will meet in the Lakefront Room.  Students are strongly encouraged to join their parents for the meetings on Tuesday evening.  Registration forms will be available at this meeting.

Attention Class of 2019:  It’s Time to Meet with Your College Counselor!
The College Counselors are eager to meet with their juniors individually as they begin navigating the college search process. It is important that at least one parent be present at the initial college planning meeting. Parents and students please coordinate your schedules and contact the College and Career Center for an appointment with your assigned College Counselor.

SAT/ACT Test Prep
SAT/ACT Test Prep will be offered after school on Tuesdays starting January 16th.  This enrichment opportunity is held on main campus for Upper School students.  Choose either the 4:00 or 6:00 session.  In a small group setting, Mr. Richard Marsh offers instructional practice sessions for standardized test preparation.  The academy includes:
• Introduction to the new PSAT and SAT assessments • Specific SAT and ACT test taking strategies • Personalized, targeted instruction through Khan Academy online • Individual skill coaching • Practice tests and diagnostic score reports to assess progress and identify areas for improvement • Instruction and review of major content topics • Strategies and feedback on essays
For more information and to register, please visit LHP’s Academy site at www.lhps.org/academy.  For academy questions, email academy@lhps.org or call 407-206-1900, ext. 1231.

Shoe Drive
LHP’s New Image Club is hosting a shoe drive fundraiser to benefit New Image Youth Center in Parramore. Please go through your closets and bring in gently used shoes of all sizes. The Upper School collection box will be outside the Upper School Office. The shoe collection days are Tuesday, 1/16 through Tuesday 1/23.


Used Uniform Sale

The Used Uniform sale will take place Feb. 6, 2018 (7:30am - 4:30pm) at the Lower School Commons. We are accepting clean, gently used Dennis Uniforms and spirit/outerwear purchased from The Source from now until January 26. 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

2018-2019 LHPA Events: Looking for Parent Volunteers for Leadership Positions
If you are interested in chairing a Lake Highland Parent Association (LHPA) event next year (2018-2019), please contact Nicole JeBailey at jebaileyn@gmail.com or 407-924-3220 before January 15, 2018.

Sophomore College Planning Meetings
The College and Career staff is presenting two sessions of The College Search: “First Steps to Best Fit” on Tuesday, January 23rd.  A morning session will be presented for sophomore students, and an afternoon session (2:00 pm in the Lakefront Room) for parents of sophomores.  Our guest speaker is Benet Bondi, the Central Florida Regional Recruiter for the University of Alabama. This is part of a four-year plan to make sure that you and your child are ready to kick into high gear by the time college application season starts for you in just over a year.

Save the Date – Application Boot Camp (ABC)
Application Boot Camp is a program for Lake Highland students only and it is strongly recommended that rising seniors attend one Application Boot Camp session over the summer. During Application Boot Camp, students get a head start on the process by completing at least one college application (i.e., Common Application, Coalition Application) and college essay. Please consider the following dates when planning summer travel:

Session A / June 11-14 / 09:00 – 11:30                          Session B / June 11-14 / 01:00 – 03:30         
Session C / June 18 – 21 / 09:00 – 11:30                       Session D / June 18 – 21 / 01:00 – 03:30                                               
Session E / August 1 – 3 / 09:00 – 11:30                        Session F / August 1 – 3 / 01:00 – 03:30

Upper School Parents – Brown Bag Lunch Series
Please join the Lake Highland College Counselors for an informal discussion on the College Application Process: Converging Technologies and Trends. Please bring your lunch. We will provide iced tea, soda, water and cookies.
RSVP to Katie Gallagher at 407-206-1900 x 3242 or kgallagher@lhps.org

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Lake Front Room
12:00 – 01:30


Office 365
LHPS makes available to all students Office 365 accounts for school or home use.  http://www.lhps.org/office365

Student Personal Learning Devices SY 18-19
If you missed the email introducing the student learning device plan for next school year, click here.

Upcoming Admission Events
Current LHP families with prospective Highlanders for the 2018-19 school year are encouraged to attend an upcoming Admission Visitation Day or Playdate. For younger siblings, it helps them to feel more comfortable during testing if they have had an opportunity to visit classrooms and meet teachers prior to testing. For older siblings, it gives them an opportunity to see classrooms and learn about the Lake Highland experience through their own eyes, not just hearing about it from their parents and siblings. Please share this information with friends who may be interested in applying to Lake Highland for the 2018-19 school year.

Pre-K Playdate
Thursday, January 18, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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 3-Day 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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