From the Principals Desk

WEEK OF JANUARY 14, 2019

A Message from the Principal

Dear Rammies,

This school year we have been promoting the message of valuing a positive school climate by encouraging and maintaining respectful, trusting, and caring relationships with students, staff and school community. We want Lafayette to always be a school where kindness is fostered, compassion is expected and diversity is welcomed.

On January 28, 2019, second-semester will begin and setting short-term and long-term goals serve as your pathway to success! Remember this analogy and see where it leads you in the next semester.  Think of the teachers grade-book as a bank account and letter-grades as either deposits or withdrawals. Here is the second-semester formula for success:

  1. Check Student Vue (often);
  2. Deposit great grades (regularly);
  3. Decrease negative grade withdrawals (daily) (i.e., homework, quizzes, projects, tests); and
  4. Be Great! On Purpose! A Tradition of Excellence! (everyday).

May you be proud of the work you do today, the young adult you are becoming, and the difference you will make in the future! Stay POSITIVE and finish strong all semester long.  Remember, You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. Be Great. On Purpose. A Tradition of Excellence.

With RamPride,

Dr. Hollemon

Principal

We Need Your Support

RAMS are: Respectful…Accountable…Motivated…Safe and We Need Your Support!  

  • Electronic devices must be powered off and out of sight in classrooms unless otherwise directed by the teacher (consistency in this effort is important).
  • Phones are only allowed out in the hallway before and after school and during the change of classes.
  • There is to be no phone use in the hallways during instructional time.
  • Only one earbud is permitted to be worn when in the hallway.
  • No phone use in the restroom.
  • Shorts and skirts must be of an appropriate length.
  • Rips or holes in clothing must meet dress code guidelines.
  • Bandannas, hats, visors, caps, hoods, sweatbands, and other head wear may not be worn inside the building (unless related to a religious practice or for a medical purposed and approved by school administration).

Maintaining the Classroom Environment

As fall semester is in its final days, students and teachers are laser focused on end of year testing: SOLs and final exams.  During this fast-paced time, there are opportunities for undue stress to be placed on the relationships that have taken months to build and maintain throughout the school.  In particular, take time to remind your student that classroom relationships are important to the classroom and school environment; these relationships take time and effort to maintain; continue to involve faculty, staff, counselors, and the administration in maintaining these relationships; and, look for opportunities to continue to reinforce the RAMS motto: Respectful, Accountable, Motivated, Safe.

There are many options out there for teachers to restore classroom relationships. In the event that some stress is placed on a relationship, teachers take opportunities to utilize a restorative practice such as a facilitated mediation meeting, cool down practice such as a creating a buddy classroom, and/or reflective task such as providing a writing prompt for the student to journal about his/her feelings.  In closing, maintaining and repairing relationships in the classroom environment is paramount to the success of the students as we close out the semester and look forward to the spring; thank you for continuing to support the efforts of to make Lafayette a great place for students to learn and grow!

RamPride,

Mrs. Newcomb & Mr. Colvin

Assistant Principal

Academic Success

Counseling Corner

  • AP Exam Registration will begin February 18th. Additional information will be forthcoming.
  • Money Monday’s will start on Monday, January 14th! During all lunches, the counseling team will have a table set up with different scholarships available for students to research/pick up. Also, a counselor will be available to assist students with filling out scholarship applications. Please see the LHS Counseling website for scholarship opportunities as well.
  • The WJCC High School Course Planning Night & Curriculum Fair will be on Thursday, February 7th at the Williamsburg Community Chapel. The Curriculum Fair will be 5:30-7:30 pm. There will be a rising 9th grade program at 5:30 pm and a rising 10-12th grade program at 6:30 pm.
  • LHS will be hosting an Elective, AP and Innovation Course Expo for students and families to attend. The expo will be on Tuesday, February 12th from 6-7:30pm in the Auxiliary Gym. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to come see and hear what LHS offers before you make your final course selections for the 2019-2020 school year!

RAM Updates

  • Standards of Learning – January SOL window 2019 is underway. Students are encouraged to attend study sessions with teachers leading up to the test. All SOLs begin at 8:00 a.m. directly after AEP.
  • LINC5 Teachers will host their Community Night on January 17th and they have worked extremely hard to incorporate the 5C’s through PBL. Please join them on January 17th here at LHS Lower Commons from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. #LINC5 #ProjecBasedLearning
  • LHS Counseling Team will be hosting the school’s first combined Elective, AP and Innovation Expo for students and families on Tuesday, February 12th from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM in the Auxillary Gym. #tellingourownstory #WEARELHS

Important Dates to Remember SY 2018-2019

Dates Topic
Monday, January 14 US History and World History II SOL
Tuesday, January 15 World History ! and World Geography SOL
Wednesday, January 16 Algebra I and Algebra II SOL
Thursday, January 17 Expedited Retakes for Reading and Science
Friday, January 18 Expedited Retakes for Social Studies
Monday, January 21 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (Schools and Offices Closed)
Tuesday, January 22 Expedited Retakes Math (No AEP) – Early Release
Wednesday, January 23 Semester Exams (1st & 3rd Blocks)– Early Release
Thursday, January 24 Semester Exams (3rd & 4th Blocks) – “A” Day – Early Release
Friday, January 25 Schools Closed
Wednesday, January 30 8:30am Junior Class Ring Assembly                              9:30am Senior Class Cap & Gown Assembly

 

RAM TOURS

Lafayette High School offers building tours for our new families. Tours are held by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to schedule a tour, please fill out the form and we will contact you with a date. Here is the link:

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Kudos Announcements

Next Newsletter: February 4, 2019

Stay Informed!

Dates/Events To Remember

High School Course Planning Night & Curriculum Fair

Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at the Williamsburg Community Chapel

  • Curriculum Fair: 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Rising 9-10th grade session: 5:30 pm
  • Rising 11-12th grade session: 6:30 pm
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