Happy 30th Anniversary Lee High School
Lee High School opened its doors for the first time on September 5, 1989. In honor of 30 Years of Lee High School, we present a look back at the beginning of Lee High School.
Welcome to the New 2019 Lee High School Website
Keep checking up on our progress as we promise to bring you an exciting and new site that
will be more user friendly and bring back an old favorite,
LEETV's "GENERAL CONNECTION".
Scroll down and see links to Sports, Academics, News and Highlights. Fall Sports schedules are found on the Sports pages. You may click on the above link to go to a page or click onto "Athletics" to go to the Athletics page and select from the side sports selections. We do not as of yet have any pages up for the Winter and Spring Sports. As for School Information, you may click the links above to go directly to a page. You will still be able to access our site through our address: www.leehighgenerals.com or by going to the Lee County Public Schools website (https://sites.google.com/leecoschools.com/lcps) and selecting our page under schools.
The Gallery will be updated soon with Fall 2019 pictures, but you may click there and find some things from last year.
From our Principal
The faculty and staff of Lee High School have a commitment and passion for the mission and the success of Lee High School. We are committed to improve the performance of our students to not only meet the state standards, but to exceed those standards. Please feel free to contact me at any time with your concerns.
College Day will be held at LHS on Tuesday, September 10 , 2019 from 8:30 - 10:30.
Progress Reports/Student Information Verification distributed today, September 9.
Cultivating a Culture of Respect
Lee High School's Non-Discrimination Policy
LEE HIGH SCHOOL
ATTEND TODAY, ACHIEVE TOMORROW
Motto: "Aspire, Expect, Achieve"
Fully Accredited 2019
Lee High School
200 Generals Lane
Jonesville VA 24263
The faculty and staff of Lee High School will provide the highest standard of education to students of all ability levels to enable them to meet the standards of an ever-changing world. We will consistently provide updated technology and innovative educational techniques and strategies to meet the educational, vocational, social, psychological, and physiological needs and interests of our students. We will strive to prepare students to be responsible citizens who have an appreciation for our democratic way of life.
Lee High School is located at 200 Generals Lane, Jonesville, Virginia 24263. The school was named for former Virginia Governor Richard Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee and proudly displays a Revolutionary Era General as its mascot. Lee High School is Division 2A in the Mountain 7 District. Serving 900+ students, it is one of two high schools, and the largest of the ten schools in the Lee County Public School System. The geographical range of Lee High School’s service area ranges approximately 30 miles. Lee High School opened in September of 1989. For more information about Lee High School Click the above link "About".
LEE HIGH NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Smoking and vaping are prohibited at all Lee High School activities, including football games. Violators will be escorted out.
- Students may reserve a yearbook for $5 at this time. Only the number of books reserved by Christmas break will be ordered. Make your reservations for a Yearbook in the office. Total cost is $50.00
- Photogenius will be here on September 23rd for Senior make-up pictures. The fee is $20.00.
- October 9th beginning at 8:30 a.m., Photogenius will be here to take underclassman pictures.
- Season tickets are on sale at this time. All Lee County School students and personnel season tickets are $50.00; all other season tickets are $75.00. Season tickets can be purchased in the office
- Lee High Basketball Programs will be hosting a Back to Basic Skills Camp on October 11th and 12th at LHS. Please see Coach Honeycutt or Coach Shuler for more information.
Lee High Football takes on Patrick Henry on Sept. 20 at Home
JV Football hosts Bell County September 19 at 6:00 p.m.
2019 Lee High Football
Golf Mentors Middle School Players
We have been hearing a lot about what is wrong with Lee High School. The bullying incident has brought out what is also right and good about Lee High School and its students. Our football players are not the only ones who have taken it upon themselves to be mentors. Yesterday the 9-hole golf match was cancelled; however, it ended up being something better. The Varsity players got to mentor the Middle School players. Each one of the Varsity players demonstrated patience and support to each one of these young players. Lee High has more to be proud of than ashamed. Let's stop looking for the bad and start acknowledging the good. Right here are four players who made our school proud today and it had nothing to do with wins and loses.
Cross Country Results
Taft Aldridge 3rd
Willow Britton 12th
Madi McElyea 23rd
Matthew Elkins 17th out of 54
Jacob 25th out of 54
Lee High drops match to Union in 3
1. Lee 13 Union 25
2. Lee 8 Union 25
3. Lee 12 Union 25
WITH YOUR HOSTS
BRONWEN FISCHER and Chelsie Alsup
Welcome to Lee TV's General Connection. We are bringing back a blast from the past as we hope to bring you weekly updates on Lee High news. We also will be adding a segment on Lee High School Alumni Success Stories, a true "General Connection". We are proud of all of our Alumni and want to share with you all of the great stories of what they are doing. So check back with us each week as we bring you LEE TV's "General Connection".
Alumni Stories: Episode 1
- Fuller Cridlin- Commonwealth Attorney Lee County
- Cameron Thompson, General Manager, Applebees
- Dr. Josh and Kelsey Herring, R.N.
- Lt. Kory DeFore- U. S. Navy Pilot (Ret.) Lockheed-Martin Flight simulator trainer F-35
- Terah DeFore- Former Interior Designer, presently Teacher
Alumni Stories: Episode 2
- Chuck Slemp- Commonwealth Attorney Wise County
- Cody Haley, Law Student LMU Law, Knoxville, TN
- Brooke Haley, Veterinary Technician, Lee Co. Animal Hospital
- Johnny Myers, Lead Guitar Mark Wills, Nashville, TN
Alumni Stories Episode 3
- Drs. Lewis and Courtney Muse- UT Medical Center/Fort Sander Regional Hospital
- Austin Dean-USP-Lee
- CJ Woliver- Social Media Producer at NASCAR on FOX
Alumni Stories Episode 4
- Hillary Frederick 2011
- Brandi Napier 2007
- Mandy Goins 1998
- Eric Carroll Class 1997
- Brittany Pendergraft 2009
We invite all Alumni to send us a video update on what you have been doing. Just video a message 30 seconds or more and tell us your name and "Class of...". Then add what you have done since high school and what you are doing now. Add an inspirational message to our students if you like. Email your video to Angela Thomas (email@example.com) and we will add you to our Alumni video segments. All that we ask is that you be respectful in message and language. All episodes of Lee TV and Alumni Stories will be added to a page that will be under the "Quick links" link at the top of the web page.
Guidance Department News
- Slemp Scholarship applications are now available in the guidance office. The deadline is 10/15.
- Any student planning to attend ETSU and is interested in the Roan Scholars Leadership Program please see Guidance by Oct. 15.
- FAFSA Workshop sign up sheets for Oct. 15th and Nov. 12th are available in the Guidance Office. Appointment times start at 9:00 with the last appointment at 3:00. Each appointment will last 30 minutes.
Lee High Welcomes Al Haston as new football coach
Al Haston is entering his 1st year as Head Coach at Lee High School. This will be Haston’s 10th season on a high school sideline as a coach. He also served as a Student Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for his Alma mater, Tennessee Technological University. Haston played for the 2004 SEC East Champion Tennessee Volunteers, before finishing his collegiate career at TTU. Al and his wife, Alisha, are expecting their first child in August. The entire Haston family are excited to be Generals.
Lee High Band has first competition Saturday at Salem
The Generals Band will compete in their first competition of the year at Salem, VA. in the Blue Ridge Regional Band Competition.
Player of the Week
Congratulations to Bryce Clark who was named Player of the Week
NJROTC's 2nd annual Salsa Sale is going on through September 30th. Please see a Cadet or Instructor to order yours (only $7/jar).
MENU for the Week:
(Every day a choice of Milk)
Gravy n Biscuits
Spicy Chicken on Bun
Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
Meatloaf with roll
§ 18.2-152.7:1. Harassment by computer; penalty.
If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. (Virginia Law, Code of Virginia)
Virginia’s cyber bullying laws
Sadly, teens are often the victims of Internet slander by their classmates and adults. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released Guidelines and Resources for Internet Safety in Schools that establish policies for student behavior and consequences of violations. In 2009, the legislature passed §22.1-279.6 of the Code of Virginia to govern the Board of Education model policy for the prohibition of bullying, harassment and intimidation through the Internet and social media platforms..Using the Internet to threaten, stalk and harass another person is illegal under §18.2-60 and §18.2-152.7:1 of the Code of Virginia. (Internet & Social Media Defamation, Denton and Denton, Attorneys at Law)
"According to the First Amendment, students have the right to post what they want on social media networks and should be able to do so without consequence. However, since cyber-bullying can result in violence, it may not be protected by the First Amendment." (The Student Voice, 2013)
Scholarships with October DEADLINE
- Slemp Scholarship: Available for current high school seniors planning to attend college. Application can be downloaded at www.slempfoundation.org. Deadline: October 15, 2019
- Horatio Alger Association Scholarship: This scholarship provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have significant financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Apply online at scholars.horatioalger.org from August 1 - October 25, 2019.
- Jefferson Scholarship at U.Va: The Jefferson Scholarships provide full tuition, fees, and a living stipend for four years of undergraduate study at U. Va., plus a number of generous enrichment benefits. This is a nomination process, so please see Ms. Graham or Ms. Fortner if you wish to be considered as Lee High School’s nominee. Deadline: October 1, 2019
- United States Senate Youth Program: The Virginia Department of Education offers the United States Senate Youth Program scholarship opportunity for high school juniors and seniors. Detailed information about USSYP may be found at www.ussenateyouth.org.
Senior Dates to Remember
If you have any questions, please go by Guidance
- 9/9/2019: Progress Reports
- 9/10/2019: College Day @ Lee High School- Representatives from numerous colleges and universities will be available from 8:30 - 10:30 to speak with 11th and 12th grade students.
- 9/17/2019: FAFSA meeting with seniors
- 9/18/2019: ASVAB - Sign up in the Counseling Office if interested
- 9/20/2019: No School
- 9/21/2019: UVa-Wise Prospective Student Tailgate: Register at www.uvawise.edu/visit/open-house-previews/
- 9/28/2019: UVa-Wise Saturday Information Session: Register at www.uvawise.edu/visit/open-house-previews/
- 10/5/2019: SAT - Register online at sat.org/register. Deadline: September 6, 2019
- 10/5/2019: ETSU Fall Open House: Register at www.etsu.edu/visit
- 10/10/2019: End of Q1
- 10/11/2019: Fall Break
- 10/14/2019: Fall Break
- 10/15/2019: FAFSA Workshop with seniors and parents
- 10/16/2019: PSAT/NMSQT - College bound students in the 10th and 11th grade are encouraged to take the PSAT. The cost is $18. Make checks payable to Lee High School. Sign up in the Counseling Office by October 1, 2019 if interested. Limited number of spaces available.
- 10/19/2019: ETSU Fall Open House: Register online at www.etsu.edu/visit
- 10/21/2019: Report Cards
- 10/26/2019: UVa-Wise Saturday Information Session
- 10/26/2019: ACT - Offered at Lee County School Board. Register online @ http://actstudent.org/. Deadline: September 20, 2019.
- 11/2/2019: SAT - Register online at sat.org/register. Deadline: October 3, 2019
- 11/4/2019: No School
- 11/5/2019: Election Day - No School
- 11/15/2019: Progress Reports
- 11/16/2019: UVa-Wise Fall Open House
- 11/27-30/2019: Thanksgiving Break
- 12/7/2019: SAT- Register online at sat.org/register. Deadline: November 8, 2019
- 12/14/2019: ACT - Offered at Lee County School Board. Register online @ http://actstudent.org/. Deadline: November 8, 2019.
- 2/8/2020: ACT - Offered at Lee County School Board. Register online @ http://actstudent.org/. Deadline: January 10, 2020.
- 3/14/2020: SAT - Register online @ sat.org/register. Deadline: February 14, 2020
- 4/4/2020: ACT - Register at http://actstudent.org/. Deadline: February 28, 2020
From The Washington Post
Vaping linked to Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
(Side note Sean Callahan, the pulmonologist in the story, is a Lee High School Graduate)
He went from hiking enthusiast to ‘on death’s door’ within days. Doctors blamed vaping.
By Lena H. Sun
Within days, Alexander Mitchell had gone from being a 20-year-old hiking enthusiast to being kept alive by two machines forcing air into and out of his lungs and oxygenating his blood outside of his body.
“He went from being sick to being on death’s door in literally two days,” recalled his father, Daniel Mitchell, as he struggled to grasp the unthinkable. “The doctor said he was dying. In all honesty, I was preparing to plan a funeral for my child. I wept and wept for this boy.”
Alexander Mitchell’s doctors at a hospital in Payson, Utah, were baffled when the tests came back negative for bacterial pneumonia and a host of common ailments. One exam, though, picked up something unusual — evidence of abnormal immune cells in his lungs — generally associated with a rare, potentially deadly pneumonia seen in older people who accidentally inhale droplets from oil-based laxatives like mineral oil.
A doctor’s hunch would help save Mitchell’s life. The young man’s lungs had failed — he had acute respiratory distress syndrome, a life-threatening and often fatal injury of the lungs. The doctor told the family he suspected the condition was linked to vaping after hearing about similar cases elsewhere. The Provo, Utah, man and his parents had mentioned he used e-cigarettes. But until then, no one had connected the dots. Doctors had him airlifted to the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City, 65 miles away, so they could put him on the most advanced life support to keep oxygen flowing and allow his lungs to heal.
Mitchell’s case is among the most serious doctors have seen among the vaping-related lung illnesses now under investigation by state and federal health officials — at least 193 cases in 22 states, many involving teens and young adults. On Friday, Illinois health officials announced the first known death from a vaping-related lung illness in an adult. They declined to provide further details. Meanwhile, state health departments are reporting a growing number of cases.
There are more questions than answers about the lung illnesses and their link to devices that have surged in popularity despite little research on their long-term effects. E-cigarettes were introduced as a way to help smokers quit by satisfying their nicotine cravings without lighting up, but their use is now at epidemic levels among teenagers and young adults.
Those who have fallen ill have vaped different substances, including nicotine, marijuana-based products and do-it-yourself “home brews” over different duration and in different places. Although the cases appear similar, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caution they don’t know whether the illnesses are associated with the e-cigarette devices themselves or with specific ingredients or contaminants inhaled through them. It isn’t even clear they have a common cause or whether they might be different diseases with similar symptoms.
The severity of some of the illnesses in previously healthy young people has unnerved family members and even some doctors.
“To see patients this sick, this is extremely alarming,” said Sean Callahan, a University of Utah pulmonologist.
Alexander Mitchell thought he had the flu when he woke up earlier this summer with severe nausea, chest pains and trouble breathing. But he deteriorated so quickly that his parents, and then even the doctors, were astonished.
For his parents, the scariest moment may have come when doctors said their son’s lung failure required an additional aggressive life support machine known as ECMO. The machine pumps blood from the patient’s body to an artificial lung that adds oxygen and removes carbon dioxide, replacing the function of the person’s own lungs. The machine then sends the blood back to the patient.
“He had two tubes coming out of him, one was dark crimson red, and the other was bright red,” Daniel Mitchell recalled. “The doctors said a third of his blood was out of his system at any one time.”
If Alexander pulled out his tubes, they warned his parents, “he would be dead in 30 seconds and there was nothing we could do.”
Doctors told the parents he might need a lung transplant if he didn’t show improvement. But after about nine days, the life support machines allowed his lungs to heal. He was able to go home July 7.
The University of Utah doctors who saw Mitchell, in addition to four similar cases this summer, have their own theory about what might be causing the vaping-related illnesses.
They say one culprit may be the liquid, commonly known as vape juice, that is a component of all e-cigarettes. The products vary greatly, but all contain a heating element that produces an aerosol from a liquid that users inhale through a mouthpiece.
The surge in cases may be the result of something recently added to the oils “to dilute or add to them,” said Scott Aberegg, a University of Utah hospital pulmonologist and critical care specialist, who cared for Mitchell and four other patients at his hospital and consulted on two others at another facility.
Some of the patients had vaped for months and years, he said, so if there had been a previous cluster of cases, “we would have recognized it earlier.”
Tracing the vaping liquid back to where it was purchased, however, has been difficult in some cases. Some patients said they bought ingredient-containing cartridges in other states. One patient told doctors he got his cartridges in Las Vegas and it appeared they had been opened, presumably to introduce THC, the main ingredient that produces the mind-altering effects of marijuana, Aberegg said. THC is not legal in Utah.
Vaping liquid may contain nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and other ingredients, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
When the liquid is heated, the resulting aerosol can contain fine and ultrafine toxic particles, including heavy metals, chemicals used for flavoring, such as diacetyl, linked to a serious lung disease known as “popcorn lung,” and volatile organic compounds that can cause long-term health effects, including cancer, according to a 2016 U.S. surgeon general report.
“We don’t know if it’s the propylene glycol or the glycerin or other additives in the vaping liquids put there by the manufacturers, or those things in combination with other adulterants, post manufacturing, when people are adding or mixing them,” Aberegg said.
Some of the Utah patients had milder illnesses than Mitchell’s. But four of the five also had abnormal immune cells in their lung specimens, Aberegg said. Such cells are indicators of a variety of diseases, including a rare condition known as lipoid pneumonia, whose symptoms include chest pain and difficulty breathing — similar to the symptoms of bacterial pneumonia.
Aberegg cautioned that much remains unknown about what causes the abnormal immune cells in those with vaping-related illness.
But “in many of the cases, we have a high level of confidence that what we are dealing with is not just association, but caused by vaping and whatever was within the products,” Aberegg said. The abnormal cells may be a “very important marker of vaping-related pneumonia” and “an important clue to what’s going on.”
Six weeks after he left the hospital, Mitchell has resumed hiking. But with his lung capacity diminished by 25 percent, he doesn’t go for long or as often as he used to. He also struggles with his short-term memory. Doctors say they’re not sure whether he will fully recover.
Doctors say his youth was a crucial factor in his survival. “He was young, otherwise healthy, and in good strong physical condition prior to onset of illness,” said Aberegg, one of about 20 clinicians who treated the young man.
Mitchell said he has little recollection of what happened while he was in the hospital since he was in a medically induced coma for much of the time. But he is stunned that doctors attribute his near-death experience to vaping — a practice he began about two years ago because he wanted to quit conventional cigarettes.
“It’s promoted as healthier,” he said.
Mostly, he said he vaped flavored nicotine products but has used THC a few times with friends, he said. None of them has gotten sick.
In mid-June, Mitchell said he bought a different brand of vape juice — peach menthol flavor — from his regular vape shop and used it with his same e-cigarette device. It was the first time he used a well-known brand. The family did not want to identify it until the FDA investigates further. “It was a brand new box,” Mitchell recalled. Inside, “the bottle had a seal.”
He said he vaped less than usual that time. The next day, he felt sick and began his life-changing medical odyssey.
Adults can make decisions for themselves, Mitchell said. But he said his experience should be a warning about dangers that aren’t spelled out clearly about vaping.
“I didn’t think it would lead to me literally being on my death bed,” he said.
Alice Crites contributed to this report.
The Lee County School Board is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, or status as a parent. This attitude will prevail in all of its policies concerning staff, students, educa- tional programs and services, and individuals and entities with whom the Board does business.
The following positions have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the Lee County School Division’s non-discrimi- nation policies:
The Director of Secondary and Middle Schools, Lee County Public Schools, 153 School Board Place, Jonesville, VA 24263, phone: 276-346-2107 as the Compliance Officer responsible for identifying, investigating, preventing and remedying pro- hibited discrimination. Complaints of discrimination may also be made to the Alternate Compliance Officer, the Director of Federal Programs Lee County Public Schools, 153 School Board Place, Jonesville, VA 24263, phone: 276-346-2107.
Complaints of discrimination regarding disability may be made to the 504 Coordinator, Lee County Public Schools, 153 School Board Place, Jonesville, VA 24263, phone: 276-346-2107.