Upper School Weekly Notes

Dear Upper School Parents,

Next week is a big one for underclassmen.  On Wednesday we are administering the PSAT.  I feel like I’m speaking out of both sides of my mouth when I say that it is both low stakes, and important.  It is low stakes in that the test scores do not go to colleges.  It is simply practice.  It is important for several reasons: students who take the test seriously can get great feedback on their strengths and weaknesses, juniors who score especially well can be considered for National Merit Scholarships, and LHP uses the tests as one (just one) of the indicators for course placement.  

After the test most students (9-11) will see the film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.   This will be a great way to relax a bit after the exam AND gain some perspective on their lives as “digital natives.”

Upcoming Events:

Fri. & Sat, 10/19-20: US Drama Production, Our Town, HCCA, 7pm

Sunday, 10/21:  US Drama Production, Our Town, HCCA, 2pm

Wednesday, 10/24:  PSAT Testing & Early Dismissal (1:00 pm), Grades 9-11
                                 Spirit Day Attire.  No School for Seniors.

Thursday, 10/25:  LS/US Yearbook Photo Retakes

Friday, 10/26:  Early Dismissal Day (1pm)
                        LS Halloween Carnival

Tuesday, 10/30:  National Honor Society Induction, HCCA, 7pm

Friday, 11/9:  Veteran’s Day Programs, HCCA, 8:45am, 10:45 am and 1:00pm

For a full listing of all Fall sports and their competition schedules please click here
For a month by month view of all Varsity sporting events, click on Athletics Calendar.

Report cards are now accessible through PowerSchool.  Simply click on View Report Card on the Grades and Attendance page to view or print report cards.  Report cards will not be mailed home.

On Wednesday, October 24th, Lake Highland will administer the PSAT to all 9-11 graders. All students should be in their assigned test classrooms by 7:55 with two #2 pencils and a calculator.  While the test is fairly low stakes, especially for freshmen and sophomores, it is important that students arrive rested, hydrated and ready to do their best.  Juniors who do well (in the top 1% of students nationally) may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. For all students theses test scores are one of the criteria we look at when considering placement for advanced courses.  This is a national test date; we cannot offer make-up exams, so please make every effort to have your children at school that day unless they are ill. 

Dress code for PSAT testing is spirit day attire.  Upper School students will be dismissed at 1:00, after testing is complete.  Seniors do not have classes at all on that day.

Admission applications for new Highlanders for the 2019-2020 school year are available on our website. For Key Admission Dates including application deadlines and additional information, please click here.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! There are only a few spaces left before the trips are closed. Students learn about humanities topics while traveling and visiting historic sites, seeing original artwork and architecture, and experiencing global cultures. Humanities Abroad satisfies the required humanities semester credit. Two trips are offered: Spring Break to Oxford University & England and Summer to Scotland & Ireland. For info contact Cindy Wray cwray@lhps.org Spring trip or April Wanex awanex@lhps.org Summer trip or Kathy Taylor ktaylor@lhps.org

Parents of sophomores and juniors interested in learning more about the Leadership Academy program need to mark their calendars for an informational parent meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 6:00 pm.  If you are already making summer plans and you know your child wants to attend this year’s trip, be sure to block out June 4-10, 2019 now!

Support LHPS's Troop 148 during their annual Christmas tree sale. Trees, garlands and wreaths are available to purchase.  The deadline to order is November 7th. Pick up or delivery on Sunday, November 25th.  Go to https://shop.troop148.us/ for ordering and details. 

The LHPA presents an exclusive fashion and fundraising event hosted by Bloomingdale’s at The Mall at Millenia. Join us for La Mode VIP Runway Show on Thursday, November 15 to kick off a spectacular weekend of shopping for a cause. Support Lake Highland with every Bloomingdale’s purchase you make, as 10% of sales will be donated back to the school!

Tickets to La Mode VIP Runway Show are on sale now. Just a few tickets remain and seating is limited. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance at www.lhp.org/lamode . No ticket purchase necessary to shop all weekend, Thursday, November 15 through Sunday, November 18. Hope to see you there!

Preparations by our administration, faculty, staff, and students are well underway as we look forward to our 21st Annual Veterans Salute this fall. This celebration entitled “FREEDOM” will be on Friday, November 9th, 2018.

The program will include beloved and inspiring patriotic songs, a variety of Lake Highland talent, and an entertaining “canteen” reception in the Johnny Holloway Blackbox Theatre.  The salute provides an opportunity for us to honor and remember our United States veterans. It also facilitates a greater understanding and thanksgiving for the freedoms we enjoy as a result of their endeavors, sacrifice, and courageous dedication.

You and your family are invited to this enlightening salute.  You will not want to miss it so invite your family members and mark your calendar – Friday, November 9th, 8:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., or 1:00 p.m. in the Harriett Coleman Center for the Arts (HCCA) on the Lake Highland Main Campus

New this year, LHPS President, Vice Admiral Alfred G. Harms Jr., USN (Ret.), invites all veterans to join him for a special reception before each show to recognize their service to our country. If you have a family member who is a veteran, please invite them and let us honor them at the show and at this amazing reception.

The Lake Highland Parent Association cordially invites you to be a part of Starlight Soiree, our biggest fundraising event of the year. Join us on February 23, 2019 at the Fabulous Four Seasons Resort Orlando for an unforgettable night of fundraising and fellowship. All of the event details are available at www.lhps.org/starlightsoiree including how to join the amazing group of sponsors, donate a show stopping auction item or get involved in a way that suits your family. We hope you can join us at Starlight Soiree!

If your son attended the Homecoming dance and returned home without his jacket, we may have it in the front office.  There is also a chance that your son returned home with someone else’s jacket.  Please take a moment to check to see if your son brought home his own jacket or a strikingly similar one.  If you find one that isn’t his, please have him bring it to the front office and check to see if we have his jacket.  We have three sports coats (one black and two navy blue) that still have not been claimed. 

Our Wednesday dress code was implemented to give our students the opportunity to dress in professional, business-like attire. Standardization for that attire is enumerated in the US Student Handbook. One trend that continues to be an issue is our girls’ skirt length. Girls are to purchase and wear the “Dennis grey skirt or skort - Top of the knee in length.” To clarify, the length of the skirt should rest at the top of the kneecap (or longer) when standing. While we do understand that skirts have a tendency to ‘hike up’ when walking or sitting, if they start at the top of the knee, is should still create a modest and professional appearance. Please help us teach the “why” and enforce this policy.

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
Charmaine Schreiber, Upper School Athletic Director







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