Principal’s Newsletter – Week of April 1, 2019

From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF APRIL 1, 2019

A Message from the Principal

Dear Ram Fam,

It is my hope that you will enjoy your Spring Break! Get out and enjoy some great sunshine with family and friends.  When we get back to school, it will be time to get down to business as we prepare to conclude a great year at RamNation!  Our Ram community is a wonderful place to be and we continue to work hard to be the best in WJCC! Parents and families, thank you for being supportive and partnering as a cohesive team in support of your Ram.  Lafayette continues to be a champion of excellence, a school environment where innovative teaching and learning evolves often and infinite opportunities provided to all students.

I am more than thankful to serve as a school principal in public education, and especially in this community. I often share with others that there is no other institution in the world that has the power to influence the course of individual lives and humanity on the whole as public education. Rams, your continued dedication to our amazing school community is greatly appreciated.

Don’t forget to relax and just simply enjoy your break! See you on Monday, April 8, 2019.

With Ram appreciation,

Principal Hollemon

Academic Success

Counseling Corner

  • AP Exam Registration was from February 18th– March 19th. Registration information was posted on the LHS homepage and counseling page. Be sure to ask your school counselor if you have additional questions. The cost for each AP exam is $98 and a reduced-fee is available for students who qualify (free/reduced lunch).
  • Junior Scheduling Meetings are now complete. Thank you for your support!
  • Seniors, please continue to check the LHS Counseling website for scholarship opportunities! We are adding new scholarships to the list every week. See your school counselor if you have questions. Don’t let scholarship money get away.
  • There will be a TNCC Early College Program Student/Parent Information Night on Thursday, April 11th at 6pm in the LHS Auditorium. ECP applications are available for students in the counseling office and on the LHS counseling website. Applications are due to the counseling office by April 19th.

Social Success

SOL Testing

Our Spring SOL Testing will take place May 14th – June 7th.  Prepare your student for success by encouraging them to study for the SOL by visiting the Lafayette SOL resources webpage (https://wjccschools.org/lhs/academics/testing/sol-resources/) and by getting a good night’s sleep the day before the test.

Attendance

The bowling party for perfect February attendance on March 15th was a huge success! All the students that participated in the event had a blast. Come to school every day on time to be eligible for our next incentive!

Students with perfect attendance for the month of February enjoyed a free game of bowling.

Employee of the Month

Mrs. Gloria Peratsakis

Mrs. Gloria Peratsakis

World Languages Teacher (Spanish)

Congratulations to Mrs. Peratsakis, our Employee of the Month. Thank you for all you do for our students. #begreat #onpurpose

Support Employee of the Year

Mrs. Amanda Weaver

Mrs. Amanda Weaver

Assistant to the Assistant Principals

Thank you for your continued dedication and unyielding support to Lafayette. You not only support our two Assistant Principals. Your assistance to the entire school community never goes unnoticed. Thank you for demonstrating excellence through and through. #atraditionofexcellence

Rookie Teacher of the Year

Mr. Sean Smith

Mr. Sean Smith

Social Studies Teacher

WJCC Schools remains committed to recruiting, retaining, and celebrating high-quality staff, including teachers. The Rookie Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a teacher who is within his/her first year of teaching and demonstrates outstanding performance and superior instructional skills.

Nominees are teachers who:
- Exhibit superior instructional skills
- Collaborate with team/department/staff
- Interact exceptionally well with students
- Visible member of the school community

Seniors of the Month

Terri & George

Terri & George

Congratulations to Terri J. and George H. for being selected Seniors of the Month for April 2019. Terri and George were nominated by staff members as two students that are engaged, respectful, and kind. The hard work and commitment you show every day to the Lafayette community is outstanding.

Kudos Announcements

Assistant Principal’s Corner

As we approach the official start of Spring and the end of the third quarter, a continued focus on quality instruction and preparations for SOL testing will drive our classroom lessons. School attendance is necessary for success. Any amount of time missed, whether it is minutes, hours or days, will have an impact on student learning. However, if we remember that we are RAMS we can successfully complete the year. Students are reminded to Respect instructional time. Be sure to arrive to class on time, schedule appointments for after school hours and stay focused on classroom activities. Be Accountable for your academic progress, social behaviors and time management. This time of year is a busy one and it requires commitment to finish strong. Motivation is key when we are faced with challenges. Remember the goals you set for yourself in September and use the supports around you to reach them. Finally, don’t forget to continue to support a Safe school environment, where all students are welcome and able to learn. Remember to make good choices and be a positive influence to those around you.

As RAMS, you have shown success in and out of the classroom throughout the year and we are here to support and help you continue that through the end of the school year.

Stay Connected!

Next Newsletter – April 15, 2019

Important Dates

Dates Action
Friday, March 29 End of 3rd Marking Period

Early Release, Dismissal at 11:30 AM

Monday, April 1 – Friday, April 5 Spring Break, WJCC Schools closed
Monday, April 8 Marking Period 4 begins
Friday, April 12 Report Cards Distributed

Ram News

  • Mrs. Megan Bibbins and LHS FBLA students placed at the FBLA Regional Awards.  John O’Neill- 1st Place (Investments and Securities); James Stephens -1st Place (Agriculture Business); Arielle Clipse – 3rd Place ( Hospitality Management).  We have John O’Neil competing at the State Leadership Conference in Reston, VA on April 5-6, 2019. Let’s send Mrs. Bibbins and the FBLA students some RamFam hand claps.
  • A friendly reminder that outside food deliveries are not permitted.  Students may bring their lunch or purchase food from the cafeteria.
  • Congratulations to Mr. John Hundley and our student drivers.  Back to back “Gold Medal” wins for the Safe Drive Hampton Roads Buckle Up Challenge. Excellent Job!
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Amy Wallish and Mrs. Monica Schauffler for receiving another Innovation Grant Award.  This is their third consecutive win!  Outstanding Job!
  • A standing ovation to Mrs. Suzan McCorry and our theater students for putting on a wonderful production of Grease.  Thank you to the students, faculty and staff that participated in the musical — Great Job!
  • Congratulations to Mr. Hargis, Honors & Symphonic Band. They received overall ratings of “Superior” at this year’s State Concert Band Assessment. Honors & Symphonic Band played music at the Grade V level and earned Superior ratings from all 4 judges. Job Well Done!
  • Kudos to Madam Collins and French students who assisted in celebrating General Lafayette at the State Capital on March 14th. Students toured the Richmond State Capital and Executive Governor’s Mansion. Such a great authentic and real-world experience for students.
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