End of January Update

While our goal is to always improve, not attain wins, we had plenty of solid wins this week.






We also enjoyed meeting the future Trail Blazers on Monday night!



GPA and Class Rank

As most public high schools in Texas, our students will receive their cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and Class Rank this week.

Are these two variables important? Yes.

Are they the only variable colleges consider? No.

Does GPA/Class Rank predict future life success? Absolutely not.

As a reminder, Frisco ISD calculates GPA on a 5.0 scale with weighted GPA awarded to dual credit and Advanced Placement (AP/Pre-AP) courses. More information can be found in the Frisco ISD course guide. An example of how “weighting” plays out is below.


4-year colleges screen applicants on an initial combination of GPA, class rank, and SAT score. These aren’t “absolutes,” but tend to be more true than not.


Keep in mind, college admissions consider a number of factors in their “holistic review.”

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Many students fixate on certain colleges because of reputation or publicity of the school. Instead, we ask students to work backwards through four questions.

  • What career path do you want to pursue?
  • What colleges/programs are best for that path? (Hint: There are many.)
  •  What are those colleges/programs looking for from applicants?
  •  What goals in high school will help you meet those requirements?

So what should you do when you see your GPA and Class Rank?

Look at your performance. Pat yourself on the back for the things you are doing well. Identify ONE thing you can do better to improve your performance. No matter where we stand, we can always get better.

I don’t know what to think of my GPA. What should I do?

Come talk to Ms. Smith (your counselor). We can help you think through the four questions and look at your plan.


A degree or certification is a ticket to a career. A high school GPA and diploma is a ticket into a degree program. Many students (including myself) go to community college for two years and transfer to a four-year college to earn every degree they want. There are many paths to a student’s ultimate career goal. Work hard and keep a focus on improvement.

Health Reminders from Nurse Evans


Respiratory illnesses are common this time of year.  We would like to share some friendly reminders in how you can manage and prevent illness.

  • The single most important thing you can do to prevent getting ill and spreading illness to others is to WASH YOUR HANDS!
  • Parents should consider having their families vaccinated against the flu.
  • Stay home when ill to avoid spreading germs and illnesses to others.
  • Practice coughing/sneezing etiquette to help stop the spread of germs:
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
    • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands
    • Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing

We appreciate your role in preventing the spread of illnesses to others.  Please contact the school nurse if you have any concerns regarding your child’s health or your child is diagnosed with the Flu as we need to keep track of these cases.


Guest Post from Student Council

Principal’s Note:  This is already a high achieving school with dedicated teachers and driven students.  With this school culture, there is also an immense sense of pressure on our teenagers.  It is very common to hear our students talk about handling the pressure to make high grades, worrying about meeting the expectations of the adults in their lives, and figuring out a way to achieve balance in their lives.  Those issues easily transfer into our adult lives.

Our student council asked to write the following guest blog post for our community.  While proud of their pro-active approach, it gives pause to think about how each decade brings higher expectations, more pressure, and a busier life to high school students.  As a dad, this perspective wants me to keep a high expectation for my own children, while being more affirming, more encouraging, and reminding them that as long as you did your best, I am proud of you.

Thank you, LTHS STUCO, for the guest post below.

As this first semester comes to an end, increasing pressure has been placed on our students to achieve. For this reason, many opportunities have been created on our campus to relieve students’ stress such as clubs and various activities for Trailblazers to participate in. Below you will find a list and description of all of the options to relieve your stress.

New Semester, New start-

Congratulations on making it through ⅛ of high school! No matter how your first semester went, the next few months are a fresh start. This is your chance to keep up the grades you were proud of, and raise the ones that weren’t so great. Set a goal for yourself and try harder to reach that grade that you were striving for last semester!

SOS – Stomp Out Stress

Audrey Burch, a student here at Lebanon Trail, has started a brand new club focused on “identifying, eliminating, and reducing stress, and then coping with what is left over. They aim to establish an interactive club that shows people that they are not alone. Meetings are held every other Tuesday during activity period in the lecture hall. Anybody and everybody is able to attend a meeting. Meetings are not mandatory; come when you feel you need to…you shouldn’t be stressed out about SOS Club. The next meeting is January 31st. Bring a friend and go stomp out stress!”

Positivity Notes-

Look out for sticky notes with encouraging messages to help you get through the day. Messages like “You matter”, “Hang on, it’s almost Friday”, and “It will get better” are posted in the halls, bathrooms, and above water fountains. We hope that these quotes will brighten your day, even if it’s only for a second. Help us spread positivity around Lebanon Trail!

Fit Bike-

Try out the new Fit Bike in the library! Studies have shown that working out increases blood flow to the brain and releases endorphins, which make you happy! Not only can the Fit Bike help with exercise, it might even boost your grades! Even if it doesn’t, trying new things always relieves stress. You literally can’t go wrong with using the Fit Bike.


In February, the Spirit Shop will be selling roses for the spirit of Valentine’s Day. You can buy the roses and give them to anyone you want. Not only are these roses very cheap, but it is also a great way to acknowledge those that you care for. Remember, the Spirit Shop is open before school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Blaze Praise-

Starting in a few weeks, teachers will be writing Blaze Praise cards rewarding students for improvements in grades, attendance, or demonstrating characteristics that exemplify those of a true Trailblazer. Students will receive a raffle ticket and card  congratulating your achievements. Blaze Praise cards were created to recognize all achievements, no matter how big or small. Just work hard and do your best.

And lastly…

Countdown to Spring Break-

This year’s break is from March 5 to March 10. During the break, you can relax and catch up with your friends and family. Spring Break is also a great time to try something new to take your mind off of school a little. Just hang in there for another month, and spring break will be here!

Remember, while high school success plays a role in determining your future, no grade or rank is worth beating yourself up over. Take a deep breath and try one of the ideas above! You might find them helpful.

End of January Student Accomplishments

This year is flying.

Academic Decathlon competed against full varsity teams and did VERY well.



LTHS Swimming/Diving Competed at District.



Our band students celebrated notable accomplishments!




The Lexus Eco Challenge Team WON the regional competition and is now competing at the national level.

Business and Computer Maintenance Student Project

Did you know that nearly 15% of Americans are living in poverty and struggling to provide warm coats for themselves and their families? This year the BIM and Computer Repair classes are teaming up with One Warm Coat to hold a coat drive and we need your help!

This community project will help students to learn the importance of:

• To successfully work in teams.
• Develop an increased sense of social responsibility.
• Provides an opportunity to apply academic learning to real human needs.
• Builds relationships and “social connectedness” with their community.
• Improves their communication and critical thinking skills.

To assist with this community you can:

1. Donate gently used coats to LTHS front office.
2. Donate dollars online using our invoice #16-2055

 Every $5 donated = 10 people warmed!
 Tax receipt will be given upon your donation.

We hope you will support our drive and help us warm our local neighbors in need. You can learn more about One Warm Coat by visiting their website: http://www.onewarmcoat.org. Thank you for your consideration!
THE DRIVE ENDS: February 3, 2017.

Scenes from January


Our students have a heart for service.



Four years from now, these young ladies will be stunned by how much they grew and changed.


These students are a great representative sample of our student body. The Class of 2020 is formidable.



I hear there’s a game today.


Each month we recognize those that exemplify what it means to be a Trailblazer!


DECA is going to STATE!



Wrestling is always in the fight. Congrats to this week’s competitors.