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From the Principal The BCHS Community, Welcome back from what I hope was a relaxing summer with your family and friends. We are eager to welcome our new and returning families to The BCHS Community. We are excited to maintain a block schedule with eight Period Time credit opportunities for next year. This type of schedule affords 1st or 2nd 7:05 to 8:33 our students the opportunity to take one extra enrichment, 3rd or 4th 8:40 to 10:10 remediation, elective, or college credit course. Our school hours Lunch 10:10 to 10:40 for 2018-2019 will be from 7:05am to 1:50pm each day and our 10:47 to 12:15 bell schedule is displayed to the left. Blue days are periods 1, 3, 5th or 6th 7th or 8th 12:22 to 1:50 5, and 7 and Gold days are periods 2, 4, 6, and 8. Please take time to familiarize yourself with our school website, We update the site weekly with upcoming events and we maintain resources and calendars for your use. We value your involvement and encourage you to stay involved in all aspects of your son/daughter’s high school experience. We also appreciate your help in ensuring your child completed his/her summer assignments. If you have not yet purchased your child’s BCHS Binder for the upcoming school year, they will be available for purchase in our school store. Binders and the supplies needed for a complete binder system (one 3” binder, 2 sets of 8 divider tabs, 2 packs of college ruled paper, and 1 pencil/pen case) will be available in our school store for $10 ($5 for an additional binder only) once school begins and during our 9th grade orientation on Monday, 8/6, at 5:30pm. • Monday, 8/06/18: Incoming 9th Grade Orientation from 5:30pm to 7:00pm starting in the Main Auditorium. After a brief presentation, students and parents will be able to receive schedules, lockers, student ID cards, and breakfast/ lunch account information. • Monday, 8/13/18: First day of school for students. All students will report to a brief homeroom period, which will be followed by a Blue day schedule, periods 1, 3, 5, and 7. • Tuesday, 8/28/18: Back to School Night for all students and parents from 6pm to 7:30pm. • Thursday, 8/30/18: JROTC Parent Meeting in the Main Auditorium at 6pm. • Monday, 9/17/18: School Advisory Council (SAC) Meeting in the CWMP Auditorium at 6pm. • Tuesday, 9/18/18: Band Parent Meeting in the Band Room at 6pm. • Tuesday, 9/18/18: Fundamental Parent Meeting in the CWMP Auditorium at 6pm. • Wednesday, 9/19/18: Fundamental Parent Meetings in the CWMP Auditorium at 7:15am and at 6pm. Please call Ms. Bonnie Davis at 893-2780 ext. 2326 if you do not have access to FOCUS for your child’s schedule, grades, and attendance. Thank for all you do for our students. We are proud of the efforts of our students and the efforts of our dedicated staff. Sincerely, Michael P. Vigue, Principal of The BCHS

Principal Michael P. Vigue Pinellas County School Board District Representation Carol J. Cook Single Member District #5 Rene Flowers - Vice Chairperson, Single Member District #7 Terry Krassner At Large District #2 Joanne Lentino At Large District #1 Linda S. Lerner Single Member District #6 Eileen Long Single Member District #4 Peggy L. O’Shea - Chairperson, At Large District #3 Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego Area Superintendent Robert Poth Our Vision The Vision of the Boca Ciega High School is 100% Student Success. Our Mission Opening Doors to Success for Our Students Phone: 893-2780 Fax: 893-1382 District Website:


Pirate’s Parrot • August 2018 Published Four Times Per Year Boca Ciega High School Pinellas County School Board 525 Pennsylvania Ave Palm Harbor, FL 34683-5223 Issue #2

Five “Must Do’s” For Parents To Assure Success In School

Parental involvement is a necessary part of every students’ success. As we look to begin the 2018 – 2019 school year, here are things you can do to help your child have a successful school year: 1. GET AND STAY CONNECTED:Use the PCS Parent Portal to monitor your child’s progress on a weekly basis. Also be sure to use the PCS Parent Portal to communicate with your child’s teachers if you have questions or concerns. You can also reach out to your child’s teacher to request information regarding resources that may help your child master course standards. Be aware of what’s happening in your child’s school life and TALK ABOUT IT. Your interest and involvement has a tremendous impact on your child’s performance and attitude at school. 2. ESTABLISH A SOLID HOME STUDY ROUTINE: Encouraging and supporting this vital activity will improve your student’s attitude and performance at school and instill a work ethic that endures for a lifetime. SET A SCHEDULE. Establish a regular timeslot for this important daily activity. Seek your child’s agreement and commitment to reserve this time each day for homework and study. Encourage this discipline. CREATE THE ENVIRONMENT. Students can be easily distracted. Teach them to create an atmosphere conducive for concentration. Minimizing social media access, loud music, and other detractors will improve effectiveness and retention. Having a defined study area works with some students but not all. The most important factor is the discipline of doing it every day. OBSERVE AND ENGAGE. Psychologists suggest that it takes three weeks to break or establish a habit. Commit three weeks to assisting with your student’s daily routine. Make good homework practices a habit for both of you.  3. MAKE DAILY ATTENDANCE THE EXPECTATION: Very few things have as much negative effect on academic performance as poor attendance. Be clear in your attitude towards attending school every day. In the working world, attendance is equated with dependability.  4. ENCOURAGE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY: Involvement in any of our many clubs, sports, and arts programs improves academic performance, attendance, and discipline issues. We have something for everyone! Participation in these activities enhances school life and looks good on career and college applications. Also, help your child plan and execute community service, which is a requirement for earning Bright Futures scholarship money. 5. HELP YOUR STUDENT PLAN FOR POST-GRADUATION: Talk to your student about career interests and passions. Several free online career assessment questionnaires are available such as https:// that may help. Assist with a search for colleges or technical training programs that will prepare them for a career that interests them. Learn the entrance requirements and costs associated with attending those colleges or programs. They should be asking questions about career opportunities but may not know the right questions to ask. Our guidance counselors can help. No matter what they dream of doing after graduation, planning for the next step is a wise choice.  Post high school education contributes to a better quality of life. But whether or not they go on to a college, university, career or technical school, the information and skills they learn in high school will always be important in the working world. Everyone, in every kind of job, needs to be able to write and speak clearly, listen carefully, understand what is written and spoken, and use math effectively. 

3 Parents, Establish A Solid Home-Study Routine

Encouraging and supporting this vital, daily routine will improve your child’s attitude and performance at school and instill a work ethic that endures for a lifetime. 1. SET A SCHEDULE: Establish a regular timeslot for your child’s study routine. Seek their agreement and commitment to reserve this time each day for homework and study. Encourage this discipline! In many ways, it’s his/her job and should be an important part of their daily routine. Your support and involvement in your child’s homestudy effort makes a huge difference in their high school experience.   2. CREATE THE ENVIRONMENT: Students can be easily distracted. Create an atmosphere conducive for concentration. Minimizing social media/phone access, loud music, and other detractors will improve effectiveness and retention. If you notice distractions or deterrents, suggest possible remedies. Having a defined study area works with some students but not all. The most important factor is the discipline of doing it every day. 3. OBSERVE AND ENGAGE: Psychologists suggest that it takes three weeks to break or establish a habit. When school resumes, commit three weeks to observing your child’s daily routine. Make good homework practices a habit for both of you. Your daily assistance and attitude toward school has a huge impact on your child’s success!

Center for Wellness and Medical Professions Information

Check out our new FACEBOOK page: Center for Wellness and Medical Professions at The Boca Ciega High School. New scrubs and professional shirts are available in the medical office. See Ms. Simmons. We have new CWMP logo car clings. See Mrs. Fab if you want one for your car.

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4 Counselors Corner

The Counseling Department welcomes all new and returning students and parents to Boca Ciega High School for the 2018-2019 school year. We take pride in serving you and look forward to a positive and productive year. We want to encourage you to review the guidance and student services section on the BCHS website. Here you will find grade level timelines, resources and other valuable information. In this newsletter we want to provide a look ahead and be sure students and families are knowledgeable of the accommodations process with College Board (SAT) and ACT.

A Look Ahead

August 28th....................................... Back to School Night August 28th....................................... NCAA Eligibility Center Info session August 27th-September 1st............... Senior Seminars September 4th-7th............................. Junior Seminars September 10th-14th......................... Sophomore Seminars September 17th-21st......................... Freshmen Seminars October 1st........................................ College Fair and FAFSA opens October 10th...................................... PSAT for all 9th, 10th and 11th graders October 10th...................................... Subject to change- SAT for all 12th graders October 22nd-26th............................ College Application Week

Who is Eligible for College Board Accommodations?

Student must have a documented disability. The presence of a disability does not necessarily mean student needs testing accommodations. Student needs on a test, such as the SAT, may differ from their needs in school.

How Do I Qualify for ACT Accommodations?

Only students with documented disabilities or conditions (including non-native speakers of English) qualify for accommodations on the ACT. The qualification process and documentation needed will vary by disability/ condition and when you received your diagnosis. As a basic rule of thumb, the more recent your diagnosis is and/ or the fewer accommodations you receive in school, the more detailed documentation you’ll have to provide. Similar to the SAT, accommodations may differ from those received in school and in some cases students may not be approved to receive accommodations.

What documentation is required? • •

There are two broad categories of documentation you will need: Submit a release authorizing BCHS to share your records with College Board/ACT. This form cam be picked up from Ms. Forbes in the Media Center. Record of your accommodations in school: You’ll need to have qualified officials at your school send documentation of your IEP (Individualized Education Plan), Section 504 Plan, or other Official Accommodations Plan you have in place. If you haven’t been receiving accommodations, you’ll have to provide a detailed explanation as to why you haven’t used academic accommodations in the past and why you need them for the SAT/ACT. Complete diagnostic documentation of your disability or condition: 

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5 Attention All Parents and Students

The 2018-2019 Boca Ciega High School Treasure Chest Yearbook is a keepsake you will cherish for years. The pre-sale price for first semester is $60.00 and we only sell a limited amount of books the entire school year. Pre-sale yearbooks can be purchased with cash, money order or checks with Ms. West in the Media Center. Should you choose to pre-pay with a credit card, you can do so by going to, and accessing the Walsworth link found in Hi-Tide. See Ms. West in the Media Center if you have any questions.

BCHS Work Experience Program The BCHS School Store

The BCHS School Store is open for business. Our store offers clothing items, school spirit items, helium balloons, and school supplies. The BCHS clothing would make a great gift! We offer the following: • BCHS Hooded Sweatshirt (Blue, Pink, Gold) - $20 • BCHS Long Sleeve T-Shirt - $15 • BCHS Short Sleeve T-Shirts - $10 We also have BCHS Student Binder Sets available: • Binder bundle (Binder, (2) Notebook paper, (2) dividers, pencil case) - $10 • Binder bundle with planner - $12 • Binder bundle in backpack - $20 (No planner) • Binder bundle in backpack - $22 (With planner) • BCHS Planner alone - $3


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The BCHS Work Experience Program has several students in need of part-time employment. If you are familiar with a business that may be hiring, please email Tom Arneson (BCHS Work Program Coordinator) at Thank you for your assistance.

6 Are You Interested In Joining This Year’s Cross Country Team?

Fall sports are here and the Cross Country season is up and running! Cross Country is long distance running. It provides you with an awesome opportunity to get in shape, build self-confidence, and make some amazing and motivated friends along the way. We invite ALL individuals to come out and give it a shot! There are no try-outs, everyone makes the team. Missed practices are the only thing that can get someone cut from the team. This is because everyone’s participation contributes to the success of the team. Practice is held everyday from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30/4:00 p.m. Students will need to have a completed athletic packet and have purchased school insurance in order to participate. Both can be found on the Pinellas County Schools website. Email Coach Weeks or Coach Morrison using the contact links below if you have any questions or are in need of further information. Coach Weeks: Coach Morrison: 2017 BOCA CIEGA CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE * tentative, meets could be added, deleted. 9/1 - (Sat) Green Devil Invite @ Crescent Lake 9/4 - Little Pirate Invite @ Walter Fuller 5:15pm 9/6 - Cougar Invitational @Countryside 4 9/15 - Tri-City Invite @ Sand Key Park 9am 9/19 - Rebel Invitational @ Walter Fuller 5pm 9/29 - Pirate Invite @ Walter Fuller 7am 10/3 - City Championship @ Crescent Lake 4pm 10/17 PCAC @TBD Week of 10/22 - Districts TBD Week of 10/29 - Regionals TBD

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7 Boca Ciega High School Swimming and Diving

Come make a splash with the Pirate Swimming and Diving Team! You will have fun in the sun and get in the best shape of your life. If you are interested in joining the Boca Ciega High School Swimming and Diving team contact Coach Andrea Goode through email at Practices begin 3:00 p.m. -4:30 p.m. on July 30th, at St. Pete Beach Recreation Center. All swimmers paperwork, including participation and current physical forms, must be completed before swimmers are allowed to practice. All forms can be found on the PCS website at: Swimmers are also required to have the mandatory student insurance to participate in any extracurricular activity. This paperwork is on the PCS website as well and can be accede through the following link: Once on the PCS website, just click on the Student Insurance link. If you have any questions just contact Coach Goode.

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Inside This Issue

Five “Must Do’s” For Parents Home-Study Routine Parent Guide SAT & ACT Information Yearbook Pre-Sale The BCHS School Store BCHS Sports News

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