Principal’s Newsletter – December

From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF DECEMBER 17, 2018

A Message from the Principal

Dear Ram Fam,

I know that we are all ready for Winter Break!  It is a time for some additional holiday shopping, spending time with family, friends and sleeping in on those days you don’t want to do anything.  No matter how you will spend your time away from school, take time to relax and re-energize yourself.  It is sometimes refreshing just to slow down and appreciate all that is GREAT in life.

Continue reflecting on all that is good, great, and gratifying to you. Never cease in knowing that you control your peace, happiness, and joy in your life.  This holiday season first, take time to reflect on the great things that have happened to you and your family. Second, rest and relax at least 50% of your Winter Break and do exactly what you want to do—it’s well deserved. Finally, reset your goals and press forward into 2019 with the mindset of continued GROWTH. Charles Swindoll once said, Life is 10% what happens to you. And, 90% how you react to it.

Ram Fam, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for choosing to BE GREAT. ON PURPOSE. I look forward to seeing you in 2019.”

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Hollemon

Academic Success

Counseling Corner

  • For Current Early College Seniors: A Parent Meeting will be held on Monday, December 17th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Jamestown High School in the Auditorium. During this meeting, parents will be able to speak with representatives from Williamsburg- James City County Schools and Thomas Nelson Community College regarding pertinent enrollment activities for the spring.
  • Seniors! For any application deadline that falls between December 15th-January 10th, please submit your transcript and recommendation letter requests to your counselor no later than December 10, 2018.
  • The ASVAB will be administered at LHS on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 in room 105. The test begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. Students may sign up for the ASVAB in the counseling office. A required permission slip can be picked up at the time you sign up for the test. The permission slip must be turned in to the counseling office on or before December 08, 2018.

Social Success

The fall non-writing SOL window will start on January 8th and go through January 18th. With the new Profile of a Virginia Graduate there have been some changes to how schools administer SOL tests. All students must take the Reading, Algebra I, and Biology SOL regardless of if they have already met their requirements for that category in order to follow Federal guidelines. Once a student has the number of SOLs needed in each category, the school can no longer test them even if they are sitting in a class that has a SOL associated with it. The chart below should help you discuss with your student the requirements that they have met and the ones that they are still needing. Take a moment before the January SOL window to discuss with your student what SOLs they have already passed and what ones they still need.

Advanced Diploma

9 SOLs Total

Sophomore-Senior

Standard Diploma

6 SOLs Total

Sophomore-Senior

Advanced or Standard Diploma

5 SOLs Total (in high school)

Freshmen

English (both)

·         Reading

·         Writing

English (both)

·         Reading

·         Writing

English (both)

·         Reading

·         Writing

Math (two)

·         Algebra I

·         Geometry

·         Algebra II

Math (one)

·         Algebra I

·         Geometry

·         Algebra II

Math (one)

·         Algebra I

·         Geometry

·         Algebra II

Science (two)

·         Earth Science

·         Biology

·         Chemistry

Science (one)

·         Earth Science

·         Biology

·         Chemistry

Science (one)

·         Earth Science

·         Biology

·         Chemistry

Social Studies (two)

·         World Geography

·         World History I

·         World History II

·         VA & US History

Social Studies (one)

·         World Geography

·         World History I

·         World History II

·         VA & US History

Social Studies (one)

·         World Geography

·         World History I

·         World History II

·         VA & US History

One Student Select One Student Select

Here are some ways you can help prepare your student for a successful SOL testing session.

  • Encourage your student to attend study sessions. Students should ask their teachers when they are offering their study sessions.
  • Encourage your student to study on their own. Some helpful study websites can be found on the Lafayette High School webpage under academics.

https://wjccschools.org/lhs/academics/testing/sol-resources/

  • Encourage your student to replace negative talk and thoughts with positive ones.
    • “I am smart.”
    • “I got this.”
    • “I am prepared and will do well.”
    • “I know this.”
  • Encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep during the testing window.
  • Encourage your student to eat a nutritious breakfast each morning.

Employee of the Month

Mrs. Bibbins

Mrs. Bibbins

Career & Technical Teacher

Congratulations to our December employee of the month, Mrs. Bibbins. She is always incorporating creative and exciting projects into her CTE lessons!

Seniors of the Month

 Lorraine Abreu-Muniz and Jack Barrow

Lorraine Abreu-Muniz and Jack Barrow

Congratulations to Lorraine Abreu-Muniz and Jack Barrow for being selected Seniors of the Month for December 2018. Lorraine and Jack were nominated by staff members as two students that are motivated, dedicated, and respectful. The commitment and focus you show every day to the Lafayette community is amazing.

Kudos Announcements

Assistant Principal Corner

Be Winter Healthy

With the days becoming shorter and weather becoming colder, staying healthy for school is important for all students to focus on in order to maintain success.  Good attendance has a direct correlation with student success, and missing school because of illness will put a student behind in their learning and in completing class assignments.  Students can struggle to make up work when absent from school, because they now have the current assignments to complete as well.  So, keeping healthy during the winter becomes important for students.

There are several steps that students can take to help fight off winter illness.  1. Students should make sure that they are enough and regular sleep, at least 7 to 8 hours.  This helps your body to heal from illness and improves concentration.  2. Eating a well-balanced diet, rather than skipping meals or eating food that lacks the nutrients that your body needs.  3. Regular exercise increases the circulation of antibodies and white blood cells that fight infection.  4. Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.  5. The easiest way to stay away from illness is to wash your hands often, especially before you eat.  Making an effort to maintain your health in the winter will be the first step to making sure that you are in school and ready for success.

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