Middle School Weekly Notes

January 17, 2020

Middle School Parents,

Our students here at The Charles Clayton campus are global citizens.  This was clearly demonstrated yesterday as we hosted the annual Geo Bee!  We are so proud of all who qualified for this competitive final round.  In the end, our winner was 8th grader Kamal Elbabaa.  He will go on to represent LHPS in the state competition. Congratulations! 

If you are a parent of an 8th grader, please be sure to read the email that was sent out this week.  We are less than 100 days away from our exciting North Carolina trip, and there are some new traditions in the making!

“Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education." These are the powerful words of Dr. Martin Luther King.  At Lake Highland, we are driven to challenge our students academically and inspire them to become men and women of character.  As you and your family enjoy this three-day weekend, please know how thankful we are that you entrust us with inspiring your child to reach their highest potential academically while also learning to be an individual of true character. 

See you around campus!

Upcoming Dates and Events


Martin Luther King Day - Student / Teacher Holiday


Re-enrollment Contracts Due


Miami University Glee Club Performance - 1pm CCC


Rising 7th Grade Parent Coffee


Lower & Middle School Art Contest Submission Deadline


National History Day/ Optional Workday/ CCC 8:30-11:00am/ Room 224 & 225


Share a Snack Day -Donation for Ivey Lane Elementary/ Spirit Dress with Donation


Lower & Middle School Art Contest / Lower Lobby of HCCA 4:00pm


National History Day/ Optional Workday/ CCC 8:30-11:00am/ Room 224 &225

Please note the following reminders and items of interest.  For more detailed school-wide announcements and calendar items, please also check the Week at a Glance (WAAG), which can be found on the LHP website. On the far right side of the black drop-down bar, click on the red horizontal lines icon which will take you to a 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 also can be found here: Week at a Glance.


8th Grade Parents

The planning for this year’s trip to North Carolina is well underway! This year’s trip runs from Thursday, April 16th, 2020 through Tuesday, April 21st, 2020. Our entire class of nearly 200 students, upper school mentors, and teacher chaperones will be staying at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina for an exciting five nights and six days. We will be holding a parent information meeting on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 at 3:45 PM in the Bourne Chapel, and will continue to remind you of important dates as the year progresses.

To maximize our team-building time, ensure safety, and bolster student readiness for the week’s activities, we will be flying from the Sanford Airport to North Carolina on two separate Allegiant flights. Specific details about times and procedures will come out at a later date. 

With that in mind, it is time for us to start gathering student body information for our vendors. On Monday, January 13th, 2020, all eighth-grade students were informed about details of the trip in a special Unity Meeting. At this time, they were added to the NC Canvas Course that houses all information about our trip to Black Mountain. 

Please complete all forms below no later than Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

Registration Forms: https://tinyurl.com/wkh7jym 

Password: qaFt9tnV

The trip is an integral part of the eighth-grade curriculum and is already paid for through student tuition. It is expected that all students attend the trip. If there is a significant conflict due to LHPS extracurricular events, illness, injury, or religious practices, please contact Alison Murphy (amurphy@lhps.org). We do ask, however, that everyone fill out the forms regardless of conflicting schedules. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at nc@lhps.org

Used Uniform Sale

Cleaning out your closets? The Used Uniform Sale will take place Feb. 20th (2:30 – 4:30 pm) & Feb. 21st (7:30 am – 4:30 pm) at the Lower School Commons. We are accepting clean, gently used Dennis Uniforms and spirit/outerwear purchased from The Source from now until Feb. 7th in the yellow collection bins (located at the Annex Lobby & entrances of the Upper, Middle, & Lower School). Questions? Please contact Mitzy McKenzie at mitzymck@gmail.com 

Miami University-Oxford Glee Club

Alumnus Danny Overmeyer ’18 will visit the Middle School next Thursday, January 23 at 1pm with his College (Miami University-Oxford) Glee Club. The Club will perform for Middle School students and then travel to the main campus to work with Upper School Chorus students.   

Lower and Middle School Art Contest

Calling all artists! This year’s Art Contest is partnering with emmabean, a local company that makes fresh lunches and more daily. Help your students get creative and design artwork influenced by this year’s Arts Festival theme, which is Street Art! Original street art creations can incorporate paint, charcoal, pastels, pencils, crayons or markers and should be submitted on 8 x 11 sheets of paper. All submissions should be turned into the Lower or Middle School offices by Friday, January 24.

All art will be displayed in the Lower Lobby of the HCCA on Friday, January 31, at 4:00 p.m. with street-food inspired snacks provided by emmabean. Prizes will be awarded!

Please contact Courtney Steinhaus with any questions atcourtneybsteinhaus@me.com

National History Day: Optional Work Day

8th Grade students are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, January 25 and/or February 1, at the Charles Clayton Campus from 8:30am -11:00am. Our 8th Grade History Teachers will be available to assist with research, project selection and design planning. We will be meeting in Room 224 and 225. Please contact Alex Hujik (ahujik@lhps.org) or Lee Pope (lpope@lhps.org) with any questions. 

Share a Snack Day - Student-Led Charity

 “Share a Snack Day” will be on Wednesday, January 29th.  Students can bring individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes or small water bottles to donate to a child attending Ivey Lane Elementary. One hundred percent of the students attending Ivey Lane are receiving meals from their school and are in need of further nutrition. These children are hungry during school, and that hunger is connected to poor academic performance. This is a student led project.  The Lower, Middle and Upper school student governments are collectively working to help these students. If a student brings a snack to donate on Share a Snack Day, he/she will be allowed to wear spirit day attire that day. Students are encouraged to bring in healthy snacks like goldfish, dried fruit, pretzels, boxed cereals, whole-wheat crackers, graham crackers, etc. Although individually wrapped snacks are preferred, bulk snacks are absolutely welcomed! Together we can help feed the children of Ivey Lane one snack at a time.

LHPS Community Connection

Thank you to those who have already committed to contributing goodies and assembling gift boxes for the upcoming LHPS Community Connection! We are in need of additional volunteers to help us deliver the gift boxes on February 4th to our worthy recipients—those who provide valuable services and in-kind gifts to Lake Highland throughout the year. Please sign up and help provide a small token of appreciation to those who support our children and our school: Click Here to Volunteer for Community Connection. Questions? Please contact Christy Chen (craettig@hotmail.com) or Seema Patel (seemapatelOD@aol.com).


Re-enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is now open.  To re-enroll your child, please access the admission email sent to you on January 6th, or contact the Admission office at admission@lhps.org.

LHPA Leadership Opportunities

Thank you parents for the countless volunteer hours you provide each year! Are you interested in a leadership role for next school year? If you or someone you know would like to serve in a leadership role for the 2020-2021 school year, please send nominee name and position of interest to lhpa@lhps.org.  We are seeking recommendations for the following positions:

LS Grade Level Coordinators -

These individuals work directly with the Lower School Liaisons and teachers to organize classroom activities and communicate information to the room parent teams. Nominees should be experienced room parents or grade level coordinators.

MS and US Grade Level Coordinators -

Middle School and Upper School Grade Level Coordinators work directly with administrators to help with volunteer needs and events throughout the school year.

2020-2021 LHPA Event Leaders -

Numerous LHPA events are planned for 2020-2021.  Event chairs are needed for each event and we welcome your involvement! Contact us at lhpa@lhps.org to nominate an LHPA leader or find out more information.

LHPA Executive Board -

We are seeking nominations for the positions of President-Elect, First Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer-Elect, and Member-at-Large.  Nominees should have significant LHPA leadership and volunteer experience.

Please submit nominee names and position of interest tolhpa@lhps.org by January 10th.  THANK YOU!

Free Girls Lacrosse Clinic! 

Who: Sol Blazers Lacrosse


Where: Lake Highland Turf (901 Highland Ave)

When: Sunday, January 26th, 1:00-2:30pm

Who: All girl’s K-8th grade

Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate

For questions & to register email: Melissa.Villanti@SolBlazers.org or visit SolBlazers.org

MS Sports Announcements 

Congratulations to the MS Boys and MS Girls Soccer teams for advancing to the GOAC Championship to be hosted by Trinity Prep on Friday, January 17th. The MS Girls earned a spot in the finals after beating Windermere Prep (2-0) and will play at 5:00pm tonight against Orangewood Christian. The MS Boys gained a semi-final victory over The First Academy (7-1) and will play at 6:30pm tonight against Orangewood Christian. Good luck to all the coaches and players!

Basketball games will continue this weekend with the MS Boys hosted by The First Academy and the MS Girls hosted by Foundation Academy. Game times are posted on the team page and MS Athletic Calendar. The MS Basketball programs will be entering the GOAC tournament next week with the Championship to be held on Saturday, January 25th. 


MS Baseball

Middle School Baseball tryouts will begin Tuesday, January 21st. Please contact Steve Nicholson at snicholson@lhps.org  to sign up or if you have any questions about the baseball season. 

  • Dates: January 21 - 23
  • Time: 5:00 - 6:30pm
  • Location: LHAC / Baseball Field
  • Contact: Steve Nicholson 

MS Tennis

Middle School Tennis for boys and girls in grades 6 through 8 will have tryouts during the week of January 27th. If your child is interested in trying out for the team, please FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM. If you have any questions, please email dschaeffer@lhps.org.

  • Dates: Week of January 27 - 31
  • Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm
  • Location: LHAC Tennis Courts
  • Contact: David Schaeffer

MS Track & Field

Middle School Track & Field will be starting up the week of February 3rd. Track & Field has a NO CUT policy. Track events include 100, 200, 400 sprints and 800 and 1600m distance runs. Field events include discus, long jump and high jump. Come out and represent LHPS! 

Please contact Gretchen Allidi for sign ups at gallidi@lhps.org

  • Dates: Week of February 3rd
  • Time: 3:30 - 5:15pm
  • Location: CNL Stadium Track - Bradshaw Campus
  • Contact: Gretchen Allidi 

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Have a great weekend and Go Highlanders!!!

Dustin Bowlin
Director of the Middle School
Charles Clayton Campus
407-206-1900 ext. 2000 | dbowlin@lhps.org

Lauren Maxwell
Associate Director of Curriculum/Instruction
Dean of Students
Charles Clayton Campus
407-206-1900 ext. 2000 | lmaxwell@lhps.org

Alison Murphy
Associate Director of Student Life
Charles Clayton Campus
407-206-1900 ext. 2000 | amurphy@lhps.org



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