Barron Collier High School 5600 Cougar Drive Naples, FL 34109 Tel: 239.377.1200 Fax: 239.377.1201
Administrators Mr. Jose L. Hernandez
Dr. Deborah Cox
Assistant Principal Curriculum & Instruction
Assistant Principal Attendance & Discipline
Theresa Gersbach Assistant Principal
A Message from the Principal
Dear Barron Collier Family, What a difference a year makes. This time last year we were all putting the pieces back together after Hurricane Irma. Thankfully, most BCHS families suffered only minor damage and came together as a community to help one another get back to normal as quickly as possible. As I mentioned last year, Barron Collier High School teachers and staff worked long and hard to ensure that our students had every opportunity to succeed. Their tireless effort and commitment made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and continued to move our school forward. In spite of the Hurricane and other disruptions to the school year, our school grade increased 79 points over the previous year, our Graduating Seniors earned over $7.7 Million in scholarships, and our projected graduation rate increased nearly 5%. These are incredible accomplishments during a normal year. As the year progresses, please be reminded that we have a new traffic pattern, controlled access to our single-point of entry, a ban on bookbags and non-essential bags and purses at all sporting events, and enhanced emergency drills during school hours. These layers of security, along with a district-wide focus on Social Emotional Learning, are intended to provide a safe and nurturing learning and teaching environment for all stakeholders. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of the extra time, effort, and sacrifice both staff and students have contributed to help make Barron Collier High a school of excellence, which we can all be proud to call “home.” Their dedication and pride serves as a model for others to follow. One of our primary goals is to involve parents and the community in carrying out Barron Collier High School’s mission. In order to accomplish this lofty goal, I invite you to join us on the School Advisory Council, Academic Booster Club, Athletic Events, ...continued on next page
Contact Us Main Office – 377-1200 Guidance Office – 377-1216 Activities Office – 377-1228 Attendance Office – 377-1260 Discipline Office – 377-1261 Adult Education – 377-1234 Cafeteria – 377-1212 Facebook: @ccpsbch Twitter: @Barroncollier
Principal’s Message continued... or any of our many activities and informational meetings. Please follow us on Twitter @BarronCollier, Facebook @CCPSBCH, or visit our web-site http://collierschools.com/bch to learn more about our school, our staff, and the many programs we offer. Thank you, and join us as we continue to build our traditions in the spirit of “BCNation.” Respectfully, Jose L. Hernandez, Principal
FAFSA FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opened on October 1st. Seniors are encouraged to complete a FAFSA regardless of their post-secondary plan. ALL college bound students should complete a FAFSA to maximize their financial aid opportunities. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Attention Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors Cougar Connection October 2018 Published Four Times Per Year Collier County Public Schools 5775 Osceola Trail Naples, FL 34109 Issue #4
Confused about your future? Not sure what path to take after high school? The ASVAB will be administered here at Barron Collier on Tuesday, October 30th. The ASVAB is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. You DO NOT need to be enlisting in the military to take this assessment. This battery combines aptitude and interest inventory results to help students explore career occupations and fields of study in college. Learn more about yourself and make better career decisions for your future! Sign up in Guidance today!
Parent Night will be held on Monday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium. This evening provides general information for all grade levels. The presentation will be posted on the Barron website following the event.
Monday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium
Scholarship Season SCHOLARSHIP SEASON is here! Counselors will be conducting scholarship presentations with seniors via their English class on October 11th and 12th. Bright Futures applications will also be completed during this time.
School Advisory Council Dear BCHS Families, This year’s SAC election was record breaking! We had 16 parents running for our four vacant positions. It is wonderful to have so many parents at BCHS that want to contribute their time to our school! Congratulations to the following: • Cindy Dreyfuss • Lisa Mair • Danielle Poff • Christopher Walters Danielle and I are returning members of the BCHS SAC, and we warmly welcome Cindy and Christopher to our council! We received a lot of positive feedback for our new online voting method. Many thanks to all of you who cast your ballot. It is important to remember that ALL parents and the community at large are welcome to any of our monthly meetings, and we encourage you to do so. It is a terrific way to learn about what we do, as well as ask any questions you may have. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00pm in room 161, near the media center.
Proud Supporter of Barron Collier High School
Sincerely Lisa Mair BCHS SAC
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October 15, 2018 – No School – Teacher Planning Day October 16, 2018 – Early Dismissal
November 21, 22, & 23, 2018 – No School – Fall Break December 7, 2018 – Hurricane Make-Up Day December 21, 2018 – End of 2nd Semester December 24, 2018 – January 2, 2019 – Winter Break January 2, 2019 – No School – Teacher Planning Day January 3, 2019 – Students return to school
Grade Reporting Periods • October 12, 2018 – First Quarter Ends • October 19, 2018 – First Quarter Distribution of Report Cards • November 15, 2018 – Interim Period Ends • November 29, 2018 – Distribution of Interims • First Semester Testing Schedule Information • Quarter 1 Benchmark Assessment window – October 1-12 PSAT/NMSQT - October 10 • Winter FSA and NGSSS EOC retake window – November 26-December 14 • Quarter 2 Benchmark Assessment window – December 10-21 • Semester 1 Post-Tests - December 10-21 FSA Results 2017-2018 • FSA results will be distributed to students at the Counselor table during lunch.
page 5 Ways To Get Involved Join, Volunteer, Donate TODAY! To Stay informed of our new Spirit inventory, our regular meetings, socials, and other special events, follow us on Facebook: @BCHSASBC17 Twitter: @BchsAll. Website: bchs-asbc.com
All-Sports Booster Club Dear Cougar Parents, The ASBC provides financial support to our schoolâ€™s sports clubs beyond what the school is able to fund. This includes uniforms, equipment, supplies, as well as Senior athletic scholarships, trophies, awards, and the annual coaches banquet. All funding is raised through our yearly memberships, fundraisers (Texas Holdâ€™Em, Trolley Restaurant Tour, and NEW Cornhole Tournament), merchandise sales, and football parking and program sales.
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Students have had their badges for over a month now and are doing rather well at wearing them. We just wanted to share a little bit about the process for students and ID badges. Students are not allowed to enter the classroom without a badge or sticker. When a student doesnâ€™t have their ID badge they will be able to purchase a new one for the replacement cost of $3.00 and will need a lanyard as well which we sell for $2.00 or they may use their own lanyard. Students who are not able to purchase a badge/lanyard at that time will be given a sticker for the day. The student will have to pay .50 for the sticker.
Barron Collier has always had a policy against backpacks in the stadium but the entire district has now moved to a more stringent policy which prohibits anything larger than a clutch bag. Larger necessary bags such as diaper bags may be permitted but only after being searched at the entrance. This is for any event on campus at the stadium, gym or auditorium. We thank you in advance for assisting us in meeting this requirement so that we can quickly and easily get you through the gates and to your event.
Social Media Announcements
We encourage you and your students to follow us on Twitter (@barroncollier) or on Facebook so that you can stay up-to-date with the announcements and events happening on campus. We also use these tools to assist us in pushing out other important, fun and interesting information that happens at our school or in the district. We have had a great start to the year and have been able to reward our students for their many successes. We will continue to emphasize the positives that our students are doing this year and share those many successes on Twitter, Facebook and our website.
page7 Students of the Week • Female Freshman – Isabel Shanks, Ella Nash, Vianne Vargas, Nina Avren, Zoe Bashaw & Michelle Somogyi. August Student of the Month: Isabel Shanks. September Student of the Month: Zoe Bashaw • Male Freshman – Robert Roa, Mathew Clay, Joshua Ostler, Ixmani Arias, Michael MacDonald & Jack Mcelrath. August Student of the Month: Isabel Shanks. September Student of the Month: Michael MacDonald • Female Sophomore – Olivia Hunter, Julia Ihm, Megan Welling, Olivia Bell, Hannah Ratthe & Megan Yonge. August Student of the Month: Olivia Hunter. September Student of the Month: Megan Yonge • Male Sophomore – Joseph Calamari, Grant Putnam, Alexander Nicolau, Joel Telitz, John Spinelli & Luke Arena. August Student of the Month: Joseph Calamari. September Student of the Month: Luke Arena • Female Junior – Natalia Perez, Brooke Goodman, Rachel Basik, Isabella Carabba, Michelle Cardenas & Ally Steber. August Student of the Month: Brooke Goodman. September Student of the Month: Ally Steber • Male Junior – William Sobczak, Joseph Landy, James Leach, Alex Miller, Tristan Bashaw & Seth Holt. August Student of the Month: Joseph Landy. September Student of the Month: Seth Holt • Female Senior – Halie Egan, Taylor Ho, Shannon Johnston, Macie MacDonald, Lucy Miller & Samantha Roth. August Student of the Month: Halie Egan. September Student of the Month: Michael MacDonald • Male Senior – Tyler Hughes, Marquis Hilaire, Elkhanan Tanelus, Jace Etchechury, Devin Arena & Garrett Arsenault. August Student of the Month: Tyler Hughes. September Student of the Month: Garrett Arsenault
Yearbook Senior Parents, If you are interested in purchasing a senior memory page in the Yearbook, information and payment is due by November 7th. Please contact me for further information at oxxpa@ collierschools.com or 377-2041. Yearbooks are currently on sale for $70.00. Purchase now to reserve one for your student.
Activities Fall sports will be winding down soon. It’s hard to believe the regular season will coming to an end very quickly and preparation for post season State Series competition heats up. To keep advised of our most up to date schedules including post season play, please visit us at www.collierschools. com/bch and choose Activities then click on Calendar. You will find the calendar friendly and informative. Winter sports will be beginning practice on the following dates. For more information please contact the Activities Office. Girls’ Soccer Oct. 22 Coach Shanks Boys’ Soccer Oct. 22 Coach Nelson Girls’ Basketball Oct. 29 Coach Hamburg Boys’ Basketball Nov. 5 Coach Dunn Wrestling Nov. 12 Coach Partello We are continuing to use the electronic registration procedure to register our athletics. Athletes must be fully cleared before participation is permitted. Please go to www.athleticclearance.com, select the state of Florida, watch the video and follow the instructions for registration. More info can be found on the left side of our school website under Activities and selecting Sports. From there, all the forms are available to sign electronically by both parent and athlete or download as necessary. You will need to print out the FHSAA physical form to bring to the doctor. All physicals must be on this form. Afterwards, you can log back in to your account and upload the scanned document to the registration page. From each family’s account, you may register multiple children. If you have any questions please contact the Activities Office. If your student is not a member of a club there is still time to join! A list of clubs can be found on the website under Activities and selecting Clubs. We are almost finished updating the webpage due to more clubs being offered this year. Being involved in a club or a sport truly enhances the high school experience. Please encourage participation because these 4 years will pass very quickly. This will be the only chance your student will have to be a high school athlete or club member. We would love the support of all family and friends that make up #BCNation throughout the year. Your support at our athletic events is crucial to funding our sports programs throughout the year. The most economical way for our BCHS students to attend games is to purchase a Student All Sports Pass for only $25 in the bookkeeping office. Student admission is $3 per event so by attending 8 athletic events will pay for the pass for the year excluding post season FHSAA sanctioned competition. With this pass you will also always have something to do without worrying about how to pay for it. Please come out and be a fan! We’ll save a seat for you! Go Cougars!
page9 Chorus Concert • BC Chorus Concert, October 25th, 7PM in our Auditorium. • Tickets available at the door: $10 for adults $5 for students
GRADUATION Graduation Day: May 24, 2019 Alico Arena – 1:00 p.m. (Note new location)
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page10 Inside This Issue FAFSA
School Advisory Council Important Dates
Ways to get Involved Safety and Security Sports
Graduation & more