Principal’s Newsletter – Week of February 18, 2019

From the Principals Desk


A Message from the Principal

Working Together for Lifelong Success

Dear RamFam,

Always know that it is never too late to provide teens with additional helpful tips for high school success.  Help your teen do his best on tests by sharing these checklists for each stage of the process.

Before: Plan ahead

  • Find out what the exam will cover, and create a study guide. ■ Plan regular study sessions. ■ Pack supplies (extra pencils, calculator, scrap paper). ■ Get at least 8–10 hours of sleep, and eat a healthy breakfast with whole grains, fiber, and protein.

During: Manage time well

  • Get out everything you need before the test starts. ■ Read instructions carefully. ■ Scan the test to see how many questions are in each section. Give yourself enough time to finish each section. ■ Answer easier questions first. Circle questions you don’t know, skip them, and go back to them later.

At the end: Check your work

  • Be sure you have answered every question and that every answer is in the right spot. ■ Reread short-answer responses and essays to make sure you’ve answered the questions completely and that your writing flows well. ■ Proofread for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. ■ Double-check math calculations.

Just remember, at RAM NATION, we don’t quite. Rather, we seek and inspire ways for everyone to meet their life’s goals. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, and I quote: “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Be Great. On Purpose. A Tradition of Excellence

Academic Success

Counseling Corner

  • AP Exam Registration will begin February 18th. Registration information will be posted on the LHS homepage in addition to the students receiving a registration handout to bring home.
  • The course request window opens for students/families in Student/Parent VUE on February 18th and closes on March 4th. Please log in to Student/Parent VUE to select course requests for next year. If you would like to meet with your child’s counselor to discuss course requests for next year, counselors will be available to meet with you and your child February 11th-22nd by appointment only. Please contact your child’s counselor to make an appointment.

Social Success

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Ram Tips

Cutting caffeine

Soda, coffee, energy drinks, chocolate…caffeine can add up. And the boost it provides usually wears off quickly, leaving your teen tired and edgy in class. Suggest that she track her caffeine intake for a few days. Then, discuss ways to cut back. At a coffee shop, for instance, she could order hot cider or herbal tea.

Find the elements

Here’s a way to make the periodic table spring to life for your teenager. Challenge family members to a contest: Who can collect the most items around the house that contain different chemical elements? Examples: a helium balloon, an iron-rich cereal, a banana for potassium. Give the winner a trophy made from aluminum foil!

Dropout prevention

Earning a high school diploma takes family support. Together, investigate careers, and discuss the education required for each. Let your teenager know that high school graduates earn twice as much as those who drop out. Finally, if he mentions quitting, schedule a meeting with his school counselor right away.

Important Dates to Remember

Class of 2019

Class Sponsor: 

Mrs. Melody Hundley


Saturday, May 25, 2019

William and Mary Hall

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Senior Picnic

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Senior Academic Awards Night

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM

Semester Exams

Monday, June 10, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Senior Breakfast

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Graduation Rehearsal

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM


Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Class of 2020

Class Sponsor:  Ms. Tracey Turner 

Senior Academic Awards Night

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Graduation Rehearsal

Friday, June 12, 2020 at 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Senior Picnic

Friday, June 5, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Senior Breakfast

Friday, June 12, 2020 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Class of 2021

Class Sponsor:  Mr. Brady Whilide

Senior Academic Awards Night

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Graduation Rehearsal

Day before graduation at 9:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Senior Picnic

Friday, June 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Class of 2022

Class Sponsor: 

Mrs. Brooke Buchanan

Senior Academic Awards Night

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Senior Picnic

Friday, June 3, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Teacher of the Year 2018-2019

Jennifer Swinson

Jennifer Swinson

World Languages - ASL

Jennifer Swinson is incredibly dedicated to helping her students succeed and is a committed member of the Lafayette community. She is always looking for ways to improve her skills and make her students’ experiences more meaningful. You will find her attending community events important to her students or hosting silent dinners for ASL students throughout the division. This year she has willingly taken on the 1:1 pilot, navigating new ways to engage her students. She is never satisfied, constantly seeking ways to improve her instruction and take her lessons to the next level. Moreover, she shares her learning with her colleagues and pushes them to set goals and grow professionally. She is truly committed to helping everyone around her.

Kudos Announcements

Assistant Principal’s Corner

Requesting Courses for Success        

Second semester is successfully underway! As our Seniors are planning for life beyond LHS, our returning Rams are already thinking about courses for next school year. Students have had the opportunity to hear from School Counselors about the course request process, from New Horizons about program options for rising Juniors and Seniors and from various teachers about the many courses we offer here at Lafayette.

Your choices now will determine potential course availability for the 2019-2020 School Year. First, you should take the time to review all course options. What level of course are you prepared to take? Where would you like to be challenged? What electives interest you the most? Next, make a plan. Will you take a sequence of courses? Do you have the time to complete all requirements for graduation? Lafayette offers a wide variety of courses to meet the needs and interests of all students. Courses are available through Advanced Placement, Career and Technical Education, Commonwealth Innovation, World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, and electives within all departments. Finally, choose wisely!  The choices you make this spring will help determine which classes run, impact potential staffing needs and influence the master schedule building process.

We look forward to continued success this semester. Thank you for your ongoing support of our R.A.M.S. and for being purposeful in the decisions that will impact the rest of your time at Lafayette High School.

Stay Connected!

Next Newsletter: March 4, 2019


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