Upper School Weekly Notes


Dear Upper School Parents,

Nearly each Monday morning the upper school students and faculty gather in the Harriett for a Unity meeting.  During this time we celebrate student and faculty milestones, discuss character building, and make general announcements.  One of the highlights this past Monday was recognizing two of our students who recently took the Oath of Allegiance to become Naturalized U.S Citizens.  Thiago Pinto (10th) and Alexa Murillo Gonzalez (12th) became citizens in the past few months.  Mr. Davis read the Oath of Allegiance that Thiago and Alexa had pledged, for the benefit of the student body.  It is a very serious and weighty oath (click here to reference it.)

We also got to enjoy a “flash mob” performance as members of the cast of Les Miserables, playing here at school this weekend, commandeered the assembly, popping up all over the auditorium,  and presented one of the musical’s songs as an advertisement for the production.  They dazzled the student body and we left the auditorium in great spirits. Tickets are available at the door, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00p.m.  (MJ)

Upcoming Events & Dates to Note:

Thurs.-Sun. 4/12-4/15:            Upper School Spring Musical, Les Miserables

Wednesday, 4/18:                   Arts Festival Spirit Day (must wear this year’s t-shirt)

Friday, 4/20:                            Spring Physicals (by appt. only)

Saturday, 4/21:                       Junior/Senior Prom at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Monday, 4/23:                         Senior Day of Reflection (no school for the senior class)
                                                Freshman Celebration at Islands of Adventure

Friday, 4/27:                            Grad Bash

Tuesday, 5/1:                          State of the School, 8:30 am, Lakefront Room
                                                All Strings Spring Concert, 7pm, HCCA

Thursday, 5/3:                         All Band Spring Concert, 7pm, HCCA

Friday, 5/4:                              Highlander Chorus Concert, 7pm, Blackbox Theatre

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

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

2019 National Merit Program Qualifiers Announced      
Based upon October’s PSAT results, TWENTY of this year’s juniors have qualified for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition! These students represent 10% of the Class of 2019. This is a very high level of intellectual dedication by each of these hard working students; it also represents an educational experience that provides the challenge and support necessary for educational excellence.  In the fall the National Merit Corporation will announce those from this group of qualifying students who will advance to become semi-finalists.   Congratulations to all of them on such a high level of achievement!

1.       Varun Aggarwal                        11.  Raegan Machado

2.       Parnika Agrawal                       12.  Cyrus Newquist

3.       Grace Allen                               13.  Jaren Nobie

4.       Jacob Fadool                            14.  Christina Pilip

5.       Joshua Fu                                 15.  Christine Rafferty

6.       Paul Hughes                             16.  Sachin Shah

7.       Lucas Kamal                             17.  Alexander Stewart

8.       Pooja Kanumalla                       18.  Sydney Sypko

9.       Grayson Kim                             19.  Julia Wu

10.     Sarah Kind                                20.  Jackson Zboril

ProjectART is coming!!
ProjectART is an annual initiative that builds an artistic collaboration between our students, parent volunteers and the Central Florida community and is an integral part of The Arts Festival. This year we are thrilled to be partnering with the University of Central Florida who are looking forward to installing our student-created art piece this fall. Following in the genre of Folk Art, students will be creating a series of 3 fabric quilts. All students, pre-k through 12th grade, are invited to participate! Consult the Arts Festival schedule online to check dates and times. ProjectART – building commUNITY through art!

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.

Junior/Senior Prom Information
Prom will be held on Saturday, April 21st at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819.   

Students may arrive and register any time after 7:00 pm, but must arrive by 8:00 pm for dinner seating.  The dance officially ends at midnight.  Students are required to stay until 11:30.  This has the dual purpose of honoring the hosts (junior class) who have put lots of work into designing a wonderful evening, and assuring you that you know where your children are for the better part of the evening.  In case of emergency, you can contact a chaperone during the evening at 407-402-9176.  Please be reminded that the school community expects that no parent will host or allow any associated activities where alcohol or other substances are supplied or allowed.  Any student who would bring substances to the party, or arrive under the influence, would be subject to dismissal from school.  Thankfully it’s been over 15 years since we’ve had such an occurrence.  We are anticipating a really beautiful and joyful evening!

Global Online Academy Summer Courses
Summer GOA courses are starting to fill. Please contact Jennifer D’Andrea via email jdandrea@lhps.org if you want to register your child for a course.

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.

Seeking Donations for the “Blessing Boutique” Event—Final Week!
LHP ladies, it’s time to do some "spring cleaning" again this year, for a good cause!!  The Upper School Service Leadership and Student Government Organizations are assisting Orlando World Outreach Center in hosting their 10th annual "Blessing Boutique", where less fortunate ladies throughout the city of Orlando get to experience a free day of shopping! 

On Saturday, April 21st, the church will transport ladies from various shelters and missions to the "Boutique", at the Englewood Neighborhood Center, and let them shop, for free, until they drop!  You can help support this event by donating your gently used "ladies" clothing, jewelry, shoes, and handbags right here on campus.  Simply drop off your items in the "Blessing Boutique" bins at either school and help make a difference in the lives of many ladies in our community! 

If you would like to volunteer yourself or a group to serve at this event, please go to www.orlandoservefoundation.org and sign up!  If you have questions contact Mrs. Regina Stokes at regina.stokes81@gmail.com or at 912-246-1380.

Spring Physicals
The physical sign-ups are now live!  Physicals will be on Friday, April 20th from 3:00pm-6:00pm by appointment only.  You are able to sign up on SignUp Genius at the following link:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e48a9ae29aafd0-spring3

Physicals will be held in the Weng Family Gymnasium located on the main campus of Lake Highland Preparatory School.  The cost will be $20 per student.  If you have any questions, please contact the Lake Highland Athletic Training staff.

Orlando Magazine “Best Of” Voting
We are all familiar with Orlando Magazine’s annual issue that features the BEST OF in dozens of categories- including Best K-8 School and Best 9-12 school. Lake Highland is proud and grateful that our school is consistently selected by Orlando Magazine readers as our region’s best school in those categories. There are three school categories:

We encourage you, our employees/families/alumni, to vote in each of these categories! Let your school – our school - be recognized in Central Florida as being the most outstanding place of learning for K-12 students.   Please:

      1.    Vote yourself- now is the time! (until May 1)

      2.    You must vote in at least 7 categories to have your ballot count- have fun voting for your fave restaurant, coffee stop, plant shop, mall or retailer!

      3.    Forward to small groups of family or friends so they can vote, too.

Visit this link to vote: http://www.orlandomagazine.com/Best-of-ORL-Ballot-2018/ 
Only one ballot per e-mail address will be counted; all ballots must include the voter's complete name, address and phone number to be valid.

Dance Master Class Series for 6th-12th Graders
We have one last Master Class for the semester. The class is free for all 6th-12th graders.
April 15th from 2-4pm- Broadway Dance with Myles Thoroughgood. 
This class will be held in The Blackbox Theater.
*To register, please e-mail the Dance Instructor, Ms. Korte, at rkorte@lhps.org with your student’s name, grade and a contact number.


2018-2019 JV and Varsity Dance Team Auditions
Open to all rising 7th-12th graders.  The Dance Team auditions will be held on Tuesdays, May 1st and May 8th from 3:30-5:30pm.  *BOTH DAYS ARE MANDATORY.
May 1st will be held in the Dance Studio at the Annex.  No need to sign up in advance, just show up ready to dance.
May 8th will be held at the HCCA Theater on the main stage.
An optional practice day will be held May 3rd from 3:30-5pm in the Dance Studio.
Please e-mail the Dance Instructor, Ms. Korte at rkorte@lhps.org with any questions.

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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