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Article: LHS UPDATE: August 27, 2021

LHS UPDATE: August 27, 2021

Dear Families! 


We are wrapping up our first full week and our tanks are full as we get the pleasure of working with your students, face to face, after far too long away from them! This is our second newsletter of the year, and as promised here are some important updates and reminders for the coming week. As always, you can reach me directly at [email protected].  

Best,

 

Mr. Patrick Coleman

Principal – Lorain High School


MASK MANDATE  |  Beginning Thursday, August 26th, all visitors on our Lorain High campus were required to wear a mask. Teachers leading direct instruction at a safe distance, and students with a documented medical condition are the only exceptions. Of note, our students were AMAZING in this capacity on both Thursday and Friday. We had 99.9% compliance on this measure.

A special thank you to our MD students, who took the lead in inventorying, labeling, and delivering extra masks to all classrooms on Wednesday afternoon.

Most of all, thank you to all for supporting an important step that we need to take, together, in order to create the safest possible environment for all!

COVID SAFETY | If your student is not feeling well, please do not send them to school. Students who are feeling under the weather will be required to visit our wellness clinic and ultimately sent back home. As a reminder, the following symptoms are associated with COVID 19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Isolating students who are experiencing any of these symptoms is a critical component to our campus mitigation plan and is rooted in prioritizing the health and safety of all our people, most of all your students! As always, thank you for your support and cooperation. More information on all of the steps we are talking to keep your student safe, along with COVID related data, guidelines, and protocols can be found at lorainschools.org/covid.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM |  If your student is at home and needing to make up work, please guide them to their Google Classrooms, as our teachers are updating these sites daily with instructional content and make up work. In order to navigate to their Google Classrooms, students simply need to log into their ChromeBook, and enter classroom.google.com in the browser's address bar. This leads to a landing page that includes each of the courses on your student's schedule.


FINAL FORMS | It is critical that we have your up-to-date contact information updated in Final Forms.
The district has migrated to Final Forms as a means to help make the myriad of papers and documents that you ordinarily turn in at the start of each school year as easy and seamless as possible. One of the most important functionalities of Final Forms is that it maintains up-to-date contact information for you. If you are having issues with getting Robocalls, newsletters (like this one) and other correspondence, it might be because you haven’t activated your Final Forms account and submitted up-to-date information.

In order to get started, just click on this link and click on “new account” under the parent icon to create an account and get up and running.


This is a mandatory process for all families. You must create an account in Final Forms in order to submit the required EMA information, gain access to our student handbook, student code of conduct, etc.


If you encounter any difficulties, don’t hesitate to stop in our Main Office and we can walk you through the process.


LUNCH IS SERVED |  All students have access to two free meals in our cafeteria each day. We offer breakfast and lunch to all. Additionally students can bring their own food if they prefer. We DO NOT, however, allow parents to bring up food during the day, or food vendor services (Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc.) to bring food to our building.  


SUPPORTING YOUR STUDENT THROUGH POST SECONDARY TRANSITION | There are several presentations coming up that can help your student successfully transition to a post high school world. 

See the flyers below for more information! You can always reach out to our transition coordinator, Nicole Weaver, at [email protected] for more information. 


LHS KEY CLUB 2021-2022 | If you are interested in your child joining LHS’s Key Club for the 2021-2022 school year, they are back in action this year. Please have your student email Ms. Zimmerman at [email protected] to get started. 

Here are some of the great benefits to Key Club

  • Clubs like Key Club have a reputation for being a great club to have on college applications.

  • Key Club establishes friendships and opportunities to give back to society by volunteering.

  • The core values of Key Club International are leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness.

  • SCHOLARSHIPS ARE POSSIBLE when it becomes time to start thinking of college.

They work closely with Second Harvest, Catholic Charities, Clothing Drives, Canned Food/Holiday Donations, Clothe-A-Child, Anchor Lodge of Lorain and are sponsored by Lorain and Elyria Kiwanis!


CASH FOR COLLEGE |  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid/FAFSA is now available for completion. By completing this document, most Lorain seniors will receive free money from the government called a Pell Grant. This Grant could be worth as much as $6,300. For more information and assistance completing this document, email Mr. Newman/the College Guy at [email protected] or text him at 440-308-7851.


COLLEGE NOW RESOURCES |  College Now provides college access and financial aid support directly to LHS students. Specifically:

  • ACT prep waivers (if student meets economic criteria)

  • College application fee waivers

  • College visits

  • College and career exploration

  • Summer Program opportunities

  • Scholarships

Additional services available to all students and parents, include: 
  • Help with test registration forms and access test prep materials and workshops

  • Career assessments

  • Assist with college admissions and financial aid applications

  • Show students how to access local and national scholarship opportunities

  • Explore financial aid resources and compare financial award letters from different colleges

  • Hosting application and scholarship workshops during the school day

  • FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) workshops

For more information on College Now and how you can access these resources, please reach out to our College Now Advisor, Dave Newman at [email protected].


ATHLETIC NEWS |  Here is your athletic schedule for the week beginning August 30, 2021. As always, visit www.lorainathletics.org for information - including directions to away sites!


  • Friday, August 27th - Varsity Football vs Sandusky (away) - 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, August 28th - JV Football vs Sandusky (home) - 10:00 AM

  • Tuesday, August 31st - Freshmen Volleyball vs Amherst (away) - 1:00 PM

  • Thursday, September 2nd - Freshmen Volleyball vs Maple Hts (home) - 4:30 PM

  • Thursday, September 2nd - JV Volleyball vs Maple Hts (home) - 5:30 PM

  • Thursday, September 2nd - Freshmen Volleyball vs Maple Hts (home) - 6:30 PM

  • Thursday, September 2nd - Boys Freshmen Football vs Elyria (away) - 4:30 PM

STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM STRUCTURE AT LHS | Often in large comprehensive high schools, assistant principals, guidance counselors and in many instances social workers, serve students according to their current grade level. This results in students being re-assigned a new assistant principal, counselor, etc.. at the start of each school year. We believe that the relationships that we develop with our students and families are as important as any other aspect of our work. To this end, we are going to be servicing students by alphabetical breakdown, whereas an assistant principal, and guidance counselor, will serve as the leadership foundation for each of these Student Support Teams. Your child’s Student Support Team assignment will remain consistent for their four years at Lorain High. This means students and families won’t need to rebuild relationships with a new team each year. Additionally, our teams will sharpen their synergy and collaborative approach to supporting kids and families, as they develop deeper professional relationships over time. 

See the table below that outlines our SST breakdown by alphabet.


Last Name               AP/Director                  Counselor        

A - E                Diane Kisel                             Dennis Owen    

                       [email protected]               [email protected]

F - L                Takisha Jackson                      Mark Stimecz

                      [email protected]            [email protected]        

M - Ri              Nancy Lecorchick                    Melissa Clark        

                      [email protected]        [email protected]

Ro - Z             Bryan Hilko                             Kelley Barnes    

                      [email protected]                [email protected]    

Early College    Amanda Haney                       Stacey Yee    

                      [email protected]              [email protected]    


SOCIAL WORKER REFERRAL LINKS | If your student is in need of additional social-emotional support, or would simply benefit from speaking with a safe, caring and objective adult. Lorain High School has Laura Gooch-Brown (LSW) on campus on Mondays and Elisha Neely (LSW) on campus on Fridays. Please use the form linked HERE to request an appointment for your student.

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