Principal’s Newsletter – Week of March 11, 2019

From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF MARCH 11, 2019

A Message from the Principal

Dear RamFam,

Thank you for being the BEST Ram you can be!  Each day, as you enter Lafayette High School, not only am I amazed by your positive outlook on school but your overall care, concern and quality of our overall school climate.  Thank you for modeling respect, accountability, motivation and school-pride daily.

Rams, never forget that LEARNING is a 24/7/365 responsibility. We want Lafayette to be the most exciting time of your life, and to make sure you understand that in order to compete for your career and life goals–you have to put in the work! LEARNING occurs after that class is over, outside of school and well beyond the school day. It may not always be easy, and life isn’t always easy. However, observing you each day and the dedication that you bring to RamNation, it’s easy to see that you are working diligently at building the BEST record possible for you future! Even when things get hard or difficult, don’t get discouraged. Don’t quit. Keep on keeping on!

Rams, never cease in knowing that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. Remember, Be Great. On Purpose. A Tradition of EXCELLENCE.

“This has been Dr. Hollemon, Principal of the ahhh–mazing

Lafayette High School.”

 

Academic Success

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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 Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) was founded in 1985 and has provided career and technical education services to Virginia Peninsula high school students for over 40 years.  Please check out the their website for additional information: Career & Technical Education Center (https://nhrec.org/ctec/)

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SOL Update

  • The Spring Writing SOL will take place on March 19th and 20th at 8:00 AM right after AEP. The Writing Work Keys will take place on March 21st. All students in a spring semester English 10 class will take either the Writing SOL or the Writing Work Keys. Encourage your student to attend an AEP session with their teacher or stay after school for extra help.

Social Success

Outside Food Deliveries  Orders

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Students are asked not to bring/deliver food or beverages from outside eating establishments to school.  Food or drink packaged at commercial food establishments shall not be brought in to the cafeteria to be consumed by students during their regular lunchtimes.  Any sale of food and beverages to students in the dining area during the hours of school lunch services shall be by the school nutrition program.

This will not affect students bringing things into the building in the morning or after school.  We are seeing an increase of cell-phone violations as a result of students using food delivery phone apps, placing orders, paying for them on-line and coming up to the main lobby area of the school for the delivery driver to bring in their food. Not only is this unsafe for students, but an increasingly difficult disruption to manage. Therefore, we are asking no restaurant deliveries during lunch.

Federal U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations and unwieldy deliveries are the two reasons for this decision.   The first and most important reason is a non-competition regulation from the USDA, which protects school cafeterias from the competition of outside establishments. Food services in our school system are completely self-supported through sales within our schools, and allowing outside items serves as direct competition for their business. The other reason for this expectation involves the difficulty of managing dropped off items. The new Ident-a-Kid monitoring, students leaving for dismissal and other school related matters that take place either in the Main Office, or in and around that area.  We are required to monitor guests entering and exiting the school.

We will continue to accept lunch money that has been forgotten or bag lunches (prepared from home) for students who have special dietary needs. Please remember that money can also be added to student lunch accounts electronically via our division/school website. “Thank you in advance for your cooperation with helping us honor this expectation.”

Attendance Update

On March 15, 2019, students that had perfect attendance for 1st block during the month of February will be treated to two hours of free bowling from 12:30PM– 2:30PM. Students were given their free bowling ticket during their 1st block class.  Eligible students will need to provide their own transportation to and from the AMF bowling on Olde Towne Road. Congratulations to all eligible students!

LHS Theatre Department *Grease*

Important Dates to Remember

Dates Action
Thursday, March 14, 2019 Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, March 15, 2019 Early Release (dismissal time 11:30 AM)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019                   (through)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

SOL Testing Window Begins
Thursday, March 21, 2019                (through)

Saturday, March 23, 2019

LHS Spring Musical Grease 

 

RamFam 5k Run

8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Employee of the Month

Mr. John Byron

Mr. John Byron

Congratulations to our Employee of the Month, Coach John Byron. Thank you for advocating for all Lafayette students!

Seniors of the Month

K. Kline and T. Canady

K. Kline and T. Canady

Congratulations to K. Kline and T. Canady for being selected Seniors of the Month for March 2019. Kaylee and Treyvion were nominated by staff members as two students that are helpful, positive, and respectful. The leadership and dedication you show every day to the Lafayette community is outstanding.

Kudos Announcements

Assistant Principal’s Corner

Student Goal Setting 

Goal setting is a valuable skill for students to learn.  Many people think that if you just say that this is my goal and I expect myself to do it, that the goal will be accomplished.  Goals are needed to maintain your focus and assist you in succeeding.

Here are some helpful hints to help you succeed with your goals.  1)  To track your own goals, a person first needs to write the goal down.  You can continue to reference what you are trying to accomplish and track your progress if you have your goal written down on paper.  2)  When you are writing your goal, it should be something that is important to you to keep you motivated toward achieving the goal.  3)  Set SMART goals.  The goals that you create should be Specific to give a clear direction.  It should be Measurable to track your success.  Your goal should be Attainable in that it is possible to complete.  The goal should be Realistic to your plan for where you want to go.  Give yourself a deadline so that the goal is Time-bound, and that deadline is included in the goal.   4)  And finally, create a plan for the steps that you will take in order to meet your goal.

Having goals will help a person to plan for the future.  Goals can be put in place for many areas of your life;  academic, attendance, athletic, career…etc.  So what is important enough that will motivate you to set your goals and reach for the stars?

For additional Student Goal Setting information, visit https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_90.htm .

Stay Connected!

Next Newsletter: March 18, 2019

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Ram News

  • Our school will undergo some major school-wide renovations, repairs and building modifications. Some of the work will begin soon and a variety of commercial trucks will be parked in the area of door #1 (main entrance).
  • If picking up your child during the school day, you will be buzzed in, cordially greeted by a Lafayette staff member and leading you to the Attendance Kiosk.
  • In an effort of keeping our students, teachers, staff, families and guests of Lafayette safe, access to the school building beyond the Main Office will require check-in through the Ident-a-Kid Safety System.  Please have valid (pictured) identification readily available when signing-in.
  • Parents and families, WE need your continued support! Consider joining our PTSA. Make checks payable to LHS PTSA (Lafayette High School Parent Teacher Student Association). It’s not too late. The form/envelope is available in the Main Office. PTSA Membership Type:

Parent or Community Member ($7 per member)

WJCC employee ($5 per member)

WJCC student ($5 per student)

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