Upper School Weekly Notes

February 21, 2020

Dear Upper School Students and Parents,

We are back in the swing of things on campus this week after a much-needed winter break. Our faculty and staff returned to campus on Monday for a Professional Development day where presenters led sessions on topics such as “Supporting Student Academic Conversations”, “Learning Through Play”, “Ready, Set, Go-ogle”, and “Accessing the Auxilium”. These days are so important for the professional growth and development of our faculty as they are always eager to learn new strategies to give their students an unparalleled moral, academic, and spiritual education. Thank you to our Professional Development Committee Members for designing these impactful days for our faculty: Ms. Bowlin, Mr. Fonnett, Ms. Goodman, Ms. Jones, Ms. Krot, Mr. Lauer, Ms. Miller, Mr. Murphy, Ms. Oliva, and Mr. Sprouse.

The Hazmat Robotics team recently earned an opportunity to advance to the FIRST Florida State Championship. At the event, Coach Glynn Dettman was nominated for the FIRST Compass Award. The Compass Award recognizes an adult coach or mentor who has given outstanding guidance and support to a team throughout the year and demonstrates to the team what it means to be a Gracious Professional. With this nomination, Mr. Dettman is a state semi-finalist in the FIRST Florida State Championship. The team will travel to Jacksonville on February 27th for a chance to advance to FIRST World Championship.

Congratulations to Pierce Hipp who was recently recognized by the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Region-at-Large program. Pierce received an honorable mention for his work titled Washed Up Wizard, a Silver Key award for On the Value of Pen and Paper, and a Gold Key award for A Life Not Lived

Lake Highland has three students competing in The English-Speaking Union’s Shakespeare State Competition on February 24th. The students have a chance to win scholarships as well as a chance to compete at nationals in New York City. Our three winners are: 1st place – Sofia Stuart; 2nd place – Lila Midkiff; and 3rd place – Alex Carnes

Our Lake Highland Sports teams have been dominating in District competitions. Congratulations to Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Boys Basketball, and Boys Soccer who have all been crowned District Champions! 

A big shout out to our Boys Varsity Soccer team for an amazing post-season run.  They faced a tough loss at home in the Regional Championship to end their season.  Our Girls Varsity Soccer team made it to the Final Four, playing in the State Semi-Final Championship, and ended their post season with a tough loss in Miami.  We are so proud of the tremendous commitment and strength of both teams.

Our Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball programs are still going strong in post-season play.  Check out our website for their schedule as well as the schedules for all of our amazing Spring Sports. 

Upcoming Events

Monday, 2/24: US Curriculum Night – HCCA, 6 pm

Tuesday, 2/25: College T-Shirt Day

Tuesday, 2/25: SGA selling pizza at both lunches

Tuesday, 2/25: Night of Jazz Concert – The Abbey, 7 pm

Wednesday, 2/26: Italian Renaissance Art & Architecture Parent Info Session – Hale Hall Rm. 206, 6 pm

Thursday, 2/27: Brown Bag Lunch Series – Lakefront Room, 12 pm – 1:30 pm

Friday, 2/28: MS & US Strings Spring Concert – Bourne Chapel, 7 pm

Saturday, 2/29: Special Olympics

Saturday, 2/29: Central Florida College Fair – Univ. of Central Florida, 11 am – 1:30 pm

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.


LAST CHANCE TO JOIN THE LAKE HIGHLAND 50TH ANNIVERSARY SCOTLAND TOUR! May 31 – June 8, 2020. Final deadline to register: March 1, 2020 

Lake Highland’s 50th Anniversary Scotland Tour provides an amazing opportunity for students and their families to strengthen our Lake Highland community as we experience the rich heritage and culture of Scotland, and learn about the customs and traditions of the Scottish people.

This 10-day, celebratory cultural tour of the Scottish Highlands is designed exclusively for Lake Highland families. All Lake Highland students, faculty, administration, staff, and families (including extended family members) are invited to learn about Scotland and its fabled Highlands – the land that continues to inspire our school’s noble and enduring culture. Information and details: www.lhps.org/scotland2020 or contact Cheryl Sims at csims@lhps.org

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! There are only a few spaces left in the new Honors Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture in Italy summer course and trip. Students learn about the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance in the classroom and then travel abroad as a class to experience their learning in real life! Be on campus from June 10th through 18th and then depart for Venice, Florence, and Rome. This course will satisfy a semester credit of Social Studies or Humanities. For information contact Lauren Oliva at Loliva@lhps.org Students must register online with ACIS before March 15th, 2020. There will be a parent informational meeting for those interested in attending or to gain more insight into how the program works on February 26th at 6 PM in Hale 206.

There are still spaces left for this summer Guatemala mission trip. If you would like more information, please join Mrs. Blomquist for an information session on Wednesday, February 26th at 2:30 pm in the Lower School Commons.

Lake Highland families are invited to attend the annual Central Florida College Fair, sponsored by the Central Florida Consortium of Private School Counselors. The college fair will be held on Saturday, February 29th from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at the University of Central Florida, Student Union – Pegasus Ballroom. Information for the college fair can be found at: 

All Highlander Summer camps are now available to view on our website. We are offering over 100 programs this year that will include Highlander Day Camps, specialty camps, sports camps, STEM/Technology camps and academic courses! Highlander Summer will run for 7 weeks that begin on June 8th and end on July 24th. Registration will open on Thursday, 2/27 at noon. If you have any questions, please contact the Auxiliary Office at 407-206-1900 x1176 or email us at summer@lhps.org

Attention all parents of seniors - In keeping with tradition, a video showcasing our Senior Class of 2020 will be shown at the Senior Parent Baccalaureate Dinner.

Here's What We Need from You:
1.)  3 (three) - NO MORE, NO LESS - pictures of your child in a group or alone from their high school years. 

2.) The pictures must be sent in digital, jpeg format and be sent from a computer not a mobile device. Please make sure the pictures are full size and not thumbnails. 

3.) All 3 pictures must be sent in ONE EMAIL to Mr. Kostura at seniorvideo@lhps.org

4.) In the email subject line, please note your child's full name and label each picture with your child's name followed by 1, 2 or 3. (Example: John Smith 1, John Smith 2, John Smith 3)

The DUE DATE for these pictures to be submitted is Friday, April 3, 2020 by the end of the day. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Thank you for helping us include your child in this memorable video which will be playing during the Senior Parent Baccalaureate Dinner. Your prompt attention is greatly appreciated. 

Sunday, March 22nd, 2-4pm- Jazz with Angelique Martinex, Disney performer and on-air personality with iHeart Radio.
Sunday, April 26th, 2-4pm- Hip Hop, teacher still to be determined.

This is free of charge for all 6th-12th graders. The classes will be held in The Dance Studio at the Annex. To register for the classes please e-mail the Dance Instructor, Ms. Korte, at rkorte@lhps.org with your student’s name, grade and a contact number.

If you like to dance hip hop and/or have break dancing skills, we want you! The dance department is looking for Upper School students who would want to be a part of a Hip-Hop group and show off their skills during Art Festival Week. The first meeting will be on Thursday, February 27th at 3:30pm in the Dance Studio at the Annex. E-mail Ms. Korte at rkorte@lhps.org with any questions.

Registration is now open. It is an opportunity to get a jump start on college applications; creating Common App or Coalition accounts, developing resumes, and brainstorming ideas for college essays. For more information, drop into the College & Career Center. To register, click 
Application Boot Camp 2021 (student lhprep email required).

Application Boot Camp Dates and Times

Session A     June 9 – 12, 2020 : 9 – 11:30AM, Calkins Library

Session B     June 9 – 12, 2020 : 1 – 3:30PM, Calkins Library

Session C     June 15 – 18, 2020 : 9 – 11:30AM, Calkins Library

Session D     June 15 – 18, 2020 : 1 – 3:30PM, Calkins Library

Session E     August 5 – 7, 2020 : 9 – 11:30AM, Calkins Library

Session F     August 5 – 7, 2020 : 1 – 3:30PM, Calkins Library

Have a great weekend and Go Highlanders!



The Upper School Administrative Team


Derek Daly, M.Ed.
Director of the Upper School 
407-206-1900 ext. 3274 


Jacqui Collazo, M.Ed.
Associate Director for Student Services
407-206-1900 ext. 3283 


Jennifer D’Andrea, M.S.
Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction
407-206-1900 ext.3283 


Mick Davis, LtCol, USMC (Ret), M.M.A.S.
Associate Director for Leadership Development/Dean of Students
Varsity Football Defensive Line Coach

407-206-1900 ext. 3271  


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