The LTHS Activity Period

study-time4For the 2016-17 school year, LTHS will use an activity period during the school day to allow students opportunities to study and get extra help during the school day.

Here are the details behind the LTHS Activity Period, as well as the bell schedule.

We built a bell schedule that accomplishes 90 minute periods for every class.  A clear advantage of opening with freshmen only is the ability to only need one lunch period.  Our cafeteria and serving lines will have ample room.

Following lunch, students will be assigned to a study hall class and expected to read, catch up on homework, or get extra help from a teacher.  While students are assigned to a specific classroom, we allow students to see other teachers as long as they follow our protocol.

Using an activity period during the school day opens up positive possibilities.  Students can attend tutorial help without sacrificing time before and after school (although we will still have those times available).  Our school can also conduct class meetings, conduct club meetings, hold pep rallies, and invite guest speakers during that time without cutting instructional time from classes.

In August, we will provide more information to students about our expectations for this time and how to make the most of our activity period.  Please contact padavild@friscoisd.org if you have any questions.

Student and Teacher Support Staff

All of these important people are some of the first faces and voices you will see and hear at LTHS.  Their roles exist to provide strong service to our community, assist students, and support teachers in accomplishing the mission of our school.

school picture.jpgAshley Hill (Librarian):

Ashley Hill is excited to join the team at Lebanon Trail High School. She comes from Aledo ISD, where she was the intermediate campus librarian. Before that, she taught high school English and coached various sports, including basketball and softball, for eleven years. Ashley grew up in the Texas Panhandle area and graduated with her undergraduate from West Texas A&M and attended graduate school at Sam Houston State University. Some of her hobbies include working out, reading, traveling, and spending lots of quality time with her family.

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Ms. Danielle Palmer (Data Clerk):

Mrs. Palmer has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Jacksonville University and has been the Data Clerk at the Early Childhood School since 2013. She is honored to be joining the office team at LTHS as their Data Clerk.  Mrs. Palmer and her husband moved here with their two daughters seven years ago and are reminded every day of how thankful they are to be in such outstanding school district. She is excited to share her passion for leadership and community service with the students at Lebanon Trail. Being a volunteer at heart, Mrs. Palmer spends the majority of her free time serving in multiple volunteer roles with Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. When she’s not volunteering you can find her either reading a book or off creating a new piece of art.

IMG_8703.jpgMs. Beth Evans (Nurse)

Beth Evans is excited to be joining Frisco ISD as the School Nurse at Lebanon Trail.  Beth has been the School Nurse at Williams High School in Plano for the past four years.  Prior to becoming a nurse, Beth had a previous career as a middle school and high school sciences teacher.  While she loved teaching and interacting with students, she felt a stronger calling to pursue her interest in the medical field and is happy to return her skills to the school setting.  She is confident that school nursing is her calling and loves to empower high school students to understand and take charge of their health.   Beth and her husband Chris have lived in Frisco for five years and have four very active children:  Libby (10), Calleigh (8), Palmer (3), and Ellie (1).  Nurse Evans has a B.S. in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University and received her B.S. in Nursing from UT-Health Sciences Center at Houston.  In her spare time, Beth enjoys cheering on her kids at sporting events, playing  golf, attending Texas A&M football games, eating at new restaurants,  and binge-watching her favorite shows (Walking Dead and Game of Thrones to name a few).

Holli Sherman Picture.jpgMs. Holli Sherman (Front Office Staff)

Holli Sherman is excited to join the Trailblazer team as the new receptionist.  She loves meeting new people and cannot wait to meet all of the new Trailblazer families.  Holli graduated from the University of North Texas in 2000 with a degree in Communication Studies.  After graduating she worked in the financial industry as a branch manager and executive assistant for Wells Fargo Bank. Most recently, she has been a stay at home mom with her two wonderful daughters, Lily and Alexa (who are both future Trailblazers). Holli has enjoyed her time at home serving in various positions with the Shawnee Trail Elementary PTA and on the board of The Frisco Ballet. In her free time, she loves to read, travel, and watch her daughters dance.  

IMG_4978Ms. Stephanie Portwood (Principal’s Secretary)

Ms. Portwood grew up in East Texas and moved to Frisco in 2004.  She also graduated from Texarkana College with degree in Office Administration.  She stayed at home with 2 boys until they went to school. Caleb is a senior this year and Spencer is a sophomore at Heritage High School.  Ms. Portwood opened Roach Middle School in 2005 and worked there for 7 years- worked in front office (3 years) and special education department (4 years).  Most recently, she worked in Frisco ISD HR department for last 4 years and is now thrilled to now be a part of LTHS!

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Ms. Melissa Perea (Front Office Staff): 

Ms. Perea was born in Lowell, Mass. and raised in El Paso, Tx.  After graduating from Andress High School, she moved to Austin, Texas where I began my fifteen year career in the banking industry as a VP, Manager.  In 1999, she married her high school sweetheart, Giovanni.  She was fortunate enough to be able to spend the last six years at home raising three amazing children.  They just relocated here in August.  Anthony is currently a freshman at Lone Star High School, Cierra is a fifth grader and Gavin is in kindergarten at Boals Elementary.  She enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and keeping up with my kids’ hectic sports schedules.  She is eager to join the LTHS family!

Trail Blazer Special Education Staff

Our special education teachers serve all students and our campus in various ways.  We are proud to introduce this group of educators and know they will help accomplish our mission of inspiring growth for each student.

cate_rebekah36.jpgRebekah Cate (English):

Rebekah Cate is excited to join our faculty and staff as a Trailblazer. She is coming to us from Liberty High School where she has been a teacher/coach for the past 7 years. Ms. Cate was the JV volleyball coach and the Varsity Assistant softball coach at Liberty. She was a co-teacher for World Geography and World History, she taught vocational classes, and was the support facilitator for English. Ms. Cate graduated from Texas Tech University in 2006. She previously taught reading at Scoggins Middle School and 4th and 5th grade for Westbrook ISD. Ms. Cate is looking forward to LTHS for the 2016-2017 school year.

pastedImageMichael Titus (Instructional Coach):

Michael Titus will be joining the Lebanon Trail staff as the Special Education Instructional Coach.  Mr. Titus has worked in Frisco ISD for the past 7 years.  During his time in education he has taught 8th grade math, resource math, and has run the SAIL program at both Scoggins Middle School and Liberty High School.  Most recently, Mr. Titus has piloted the new Project SEARCH pro
gram in Frisco ISD. 
Mr. Titus graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.  Growing up in a military family, he lived in many places including: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Panama and Germany, but he is proud to call Texas home.  Mr. Titus enjoys biking, fishing, and traveling.  He lives in Little Elm with his wife and three dogs.

2015 Family PictureKenneth Hegmann (Math and Boys Head Soccer Coach):

Coach Hegmann will be coming in as the Boys head soccer coach. He currently works at Heritage High School where he has been the varsity assistant for the past 6 years. Over those 6 years, Heritage has made the playoffs 5 times and been district champion twice. Previous to Heritage, he worked at Roach Middle School as a football, basketball, track, and soccer coach for 3 years. He was awarded the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Regional Assistant of the year in 2014. Coach Hegmann graduated from the University of North Texas and went to high school at Hebron High School where he played soccer and did speech and debate. He has been married to his wife, Talia, for 8 years and they have two girls together, Margaret (5) and Ryan (2).

Band Update from Mr. Holzer

Below is a message from Band Director Christian Holzer.  Please email him at holzerc@friscoisd.org if you have any questions.

Greetings Everyone!  During the school year I will send a weekly reminder of events (This Week In Band-TWIB).  Thank you to Mr. Schaul for getting the CHARMS system up and running.

Wind auditions begin next week during students’ band classes.  Don’t stress, just do your best.

One of my TOP priorities this year is to have EVERY family involved.  “Many hands make for light work”.  Please look over the various committees below and let me know which group you would like to join.  We need YOUR HELP to reach our full potential!!  

We have 41 families who have signed up.  Only 55 more to go!!  Concessions are the greatest need. Continue reading “Band Update from Mr. Holzer”

LTHS Crest

LEBANON TRAIL.pngSome people were skeptical about our decision to let the inaugural LTHS student council made up of incoming Freshmen design our crest. However, these are no ordinary Freshmen.  These are Trail Blazers.  They built an exceptional symbol to represent our school.

The bottom right image on the shield represents the value of fine arts to our school.  The bottom left image represents the value of athletics.  The top left image represents academic excellence.  The top right image was chosen to represent teamwork.  Lastly, the laurel leaves surrounding the crest represent achievement.

All of the imagery was chosen by our students to represent their ideas and values for LTHS.  This is just one reason our dedicated staff is excited to work with the talented Class of 2020.

*A special thanks to Jostens for producing the image from student input.

LTHS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department

An immense range of skills are learned in our CTE courses.  These skilled teachers will provide our students with the ability to learn things that didn’t exist in schools 20 or 10 years ago.

panthers2016.jpgMs. Lisa Bonnett (Computer Science):

Lisa Bonnett is very excited to join the Lebanon Trail staff, and she’s eager to bring together innovative and creative ideas in the computer science classroom! Mrs. Bonnett has 17 years of experience as a computer programmer and has most recently been enjoying her work time as a Learning Portal Administrator. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in English and French, and she earned her Master of Secondary Education from the University of North Texas. She lives in Allen with her husband, 2 kids, and 3 cats. In her free time she loves to travel with her family, coach soccer, read, and do anything outdoors.

Untitled.pngMr. Quincy Williams (Business Information Management/ Computer Maintenance/Asst. Head Football Coach):

Quincy Williams is extremely excited to be joining Lebanon Trail High School. Quincy will be entering his tenth year in education, and he is currently teaching and coaching at Manor High School in Manor, Texas. Born in Austin and raised in a small community just outside of Austin, Quincy loves the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and sports. Quincy was honored to join his hometown coaching staff back in 2013 where he gave back to the place that gave him so much. Quincy has taught Principles of Information Technology, Computer Maintenance, Computer Repair, Computer Programming and Networking at his current school. He will be opening a new chapter by joining the CTE family at Lebanon Trail High School, and will also be joining the coaching staff as the Assistant Head Football Coach. Quincy is also a Veteran of the United States Army where he served in Panama, Iraq, and Somalia. Joining Quincy in Frisco, will be his wife, Lisa of 13 years and their children, Jackson (12) and Bailey Rae (6).

Untitled.pngMelony Vergos, BSN, RN (Health Science Technology/HOSA):

Melony has been a Registered nurse for 12 years. Areas of practice are: emergency care; public/community health, nurse manager; and clinic manager. Melony graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelors of Science degree, major in Nursing. She currently serves as Clinic Manager for Medical Mission Adventures, which provides free medical, dental, and optical care to the underserved of Los Angeles County. Previously Melony worked as a school nurse and district manager for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District. She is passionate about health, the human body, students, and teaching. She believes every child can learn and education is a key to success. Melony enjoys fun, food, yoga, family, and friends. Her idea of a good time is good food with good friends. She and her husband live in Carrollton, TX.

Untitled1.pngMr. Francis Jones (Speech and Defensive Coordinator):

Coach Jones graduated from Sul Ross State University (BBA-Acctg & Master’s in Education) and Houston Forest Brook HS. He is working in his 27th year in education. Mr. Jones is currently working with students recovering credits in all subjects at Austin Lyndon B Johnson. He previously taught History at McKinney High for 13 years and was awarded the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2013. Coach Jones enjoys golfing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his two kids (Jordan 16 and Brittaini 25). He looks forward to the opportunity to return to North Texas to be near family and inspire kids at while teaching Speech at LTHS.

rutland.jpgMs. Caitlin Rutland (Speech/Robotics Club/Head Girls Soccer):

Coach Rutland graduated from Texas A&M University and had the opportunity to work at Fowler Middle School as the Girls’ Athletics Coach and teacher for the past three years. She is excited to start the Soccer program at Lebanon Trials and share her passion for soccer with the athletes. Coach Rutland looks forward to impacting her students daily, both in the classroom and as a coach, to help them reach their potential. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling with her fiance’ and running with her Golden Retriever, Bentley. She is eager for the new school year at LTHS- Go Trail Blazers!

Amanda Carlucci (Yearbook/Journalism/Broadcast):bio

Amanda was born and raised in Frisco and a graduate of Frisco High School and Texas Tech University. She is currently teaching in Seattle, Washington and previously taught at Fowler Middle School. She is thrilled to start the Broadcast and Yearbook program at Lebanon Trail and to guide future student leaders to new traditions, memories, and success. She’s so excited for the first day of school and getting to meet the lucky inaugural group of Trail Blazers! Amanda has been married almost two years and has a Lhasa Apso named Moby. Her hobbies include hiking, photography, painting, weekend trips, and finding new places to get good coffee!