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Principal’s Message Dear All, Happy New Year! I hope you and your family had a wonderful winter break! Our staff continues to work diligently to prepare our students for the FSA and EOC examinations that will occur this semester, and we are anticipating great results. We have had a great first semester, and have so much to be proud of! Listed below are just a few highlights: • CHS attained a 95% Graduation rate for the 2017-18 school year! • The top three seniors in the Class of 2018 had the highest GPAs in the district, and the next two seniors had the highest GPAs at 14 of the 16 high schools in Pinellas! • Our students earned almost 1200 Industry Certifications in 2018! • CHS earned a “B” Designation from the State of Florida! • Twice, The Washington Post ranked CHS the most challenging (rigorous) high school in Pinellas County for our offerings of rigorous course work! CHS is also in the top 23% of the state of Florida, and in the top 17% of the nation (385 out of 2300)! • Three times, The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) named CHS a “Model School”. Hundreds of schools apply, and approximately twenty of the nation’s highest performing and rapidly improving schools are accepted as models.  • The National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) has named our Career Academy for International Culture and Commerce (CAICC), a “Model Academy”! • NCAC has awarded CHS with The Jeffrey N. Stein Award for being a Wall-to-Wall Academy Model School! • Former CHS student, Ali Chandler has been received the Exemplary Academy Alumni Award at the NCAC Conference in Houston. • All four of our school wide academies, BLIS, FAME, SHARE, and STEAM have been named “Academies of Distinction” by the Pinellas Education Foundation. • Two of our drama students were nominated as Best Actor and Best Actress by the Broadway Star of the Future Program for their performances in the musical “Grease”. • Two of our orchestra students made the Pinellas All County Orchestra, and one of our band students made the Pinellas All County Band! • Our Student Science Leadership team in our STEAM Academy was the recipient of grants from both the Ford STEAM High School Community Challenge and Verizon Wireless! They won $15,000 and were highlighted at the FORD NGL National Conference last summer. This year, we have two teams competing, and we just found out that they have made it to the second round of the competition! • CHS has been once again named a Five Star School for community involvement! • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has given CHS “Centennial Status” for our participation in the program for over 100 years! • Our PTSA sponsored a College Showcase with numerous colleges represented. • Congratulations to our Junior Varsity Football Team for an undefeated season (two years in a row)! • Channel 10 News named CHS a “School of the Week” and highlighted our Band and Choral programs on their morning program. As part of the recognition, Duke Energy donated 1,000.00, and it was divided equally between our Band and Choral programs! • Congratulations to the Clearwater High MCJROTC for placing 2nd out of 14 teams in the 2018 Iron Bear Challenge!


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Principal’s Message continues...

PRINCIPAL Mr. Keith Mastorides SECRETARY TO THE PRINCIPAL Mrs. Angie Tanton (x2005)

• The 2018 Aqua Clara received a silver medal rating through Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Our School Improvement Plan continues to focus on highest student achievement, school safety, and reducing the gap for our underachieving students. With your input and involvement, we can continue to look for new ways to deliver material, content, and school wide processes, which will help your child be successful.   Thank you for your continued support of our initiatives, and the “Herculean” efforts you give our school to make it the best it can be! We have made great strides in the areas of industry certifications, increased rigor (AP, AICE, and Dual Enrollment), and increasing the learning gains in our lowest 25%! As we move into second semester, and we start preparing for next year, I encourage you to meet with your children’s counselor to make sure they are registered for the proper classes for next year. Saturday extended learning opportunities are available for your child if they are behind in credits, have not passed a state assessment, need additional tutoring, or assistance in preparing for this year’s state assessments. Parents and guardians, there is no doubt that you can make a difference! We continue to encourage you to be involved with our school. If you have not already, please contact our volunteer coordinator and get involved! Our PTSA, continues to provide “Top Notch” programs such as our college and career fairs, our SAC does an outstanding job assisting us with key initiatives such as our school improvement plan, and our booster organizations do an incredible job taking care of programs!  Once again, I am very proud of our accomplishments, and I know we will continue to increase rigor, relevance and relationships; thus providing the best educational experience possible for our students! Thank you for your commitment and dedication to Clearwater High School! Go Tornadoes!

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS Ms. Jennifer Gil (x2017) SHARE Academy Mr. Taylor Henderson (x2015) STEAM Academy & AICE Mr. Leslie Hopkins (x2018) CAICC and BLIS Academy Mr. Eric Krause (x2016) FAME Academy SECRETARY TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS Ms. Lisa Davis (x2014) GUIDANCE COUNSELORS Ms. Kelly Pawling (x2065) STEAM Academy & AICE Ms. Jeanette Simpson (x2071) FAME & CHANGE Academies

Sincerely, K. Mastorides, Principal

Ms. Kimberly Rubin BLIS & CAICC Academy (x2061) Mr. Marwan Stanford (x2064) SHARE Academy


SECRETARY TO GUIDANCE Ms. Toni Howard (x2060)

What Is New With Volunteering? • Per County Mandate All After School Event Volunteers are required to sign in at time of volunteering. • Volunteer Sign In Sheet will be provided at events. • In order to volunteer you must update your volunteer information every school year. Please make sure to update your volunteer status and Log Your Hours! • Your Username is v.Last name first initial example: Jane Smith = v.smithj • Your password is your last name and birth year. Example: Smith1985 • If you have any questions, please contact Margie Langes at • Great News! This year you may use Google to log onto focus. Please do not use Firefox or Safari. • You can only log hours on a computer. Hours logged by phone or tablet will not be reflected in the County Volunteer Data Base.

ATTENDANCE CLERK Mr. Bob Biddle (x1324) ACADEMY COORDINATOR Mrs. Mary Roble (x2303) BOOKKEEPER Ms. Madonna Hoke (x2012 or 2006) ATHLETICS/ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR Mrs. Kathy Biddle (x2309)


We have a new volunteer coordinator, her name is Margie Langes. Stop by to say hello to Margie!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED : Please contact Rose Langes 298-1620 ext.2045 or Clerical filing : flexible hours within the school day. Event volunteers: on call. If you would like to be called for events in the event you are available please contact Tina Ward. This is perfect for the volunteer that only can volunteer after school.

Academy Advisory Board Members Needed!

In an effort to make our wall-to-wall Academies as relevant as possible, we are looking for members from the community to serve on Academy Advisory Boards. These Advisory Boards meet three times a year and are made up of community members from careers and fields relevant to our four academies. These Boards are critical to the success of our Academies as they will help us with curriculum concerns, certification decisions, and program direction. If you or someone you know works in a field related to one of our Academies, and would like to help with these efforts, we would love to have you! If you are interested in serving on one of our Boards or learning more about our Academies, please contact Mary Roble, Academy Coordinator, 298-1620 ext. 2303 or

CAICC Update - January 2019

The Career Academy for International Culture and Commerce (CAICC) continues to flourish here at Clearwater High School. CAICC students are enjoying their specialized curriculum devoted to international business and cultural awareness. Career Academy students are looking forward to many exciting activities coming up in the second semester. During Valentine’s week, they will sponsor the sale and delivery of Valentine baskets. (See announcement under Tornado Exchange). On Monday, February 11th, CAICC will be hosting its annual Passport to Italy spaghetti dinner/silent auction. This gala event will be held at the Central Park Performing Arts Center (formerly Largo Cultural Center) and will raise money for the Career Academy students. See Mary Roble or any CAICC student or parent for more information. The CAICC/BLIS International Trade Show is always an exciting day for our students. Student in the academy create businesses; and, on this day, they present their business plans in a true tradeshow-like atmosphere in our gymnasium. The date for this year’s Trade Show will be Thursday, April 18th. Our CAICC students are also preparing for several culturally educational field trips. The freshmen will tour the Port of Tampa. The sophomores will enjoy an informative visit to Nielsen Media. The juniors will go attend an admissions talk and campus tour of the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, as well as listen to a speaker from their Entrepreneur and Business Department. Finally, in February, the CAICC Seniors will travel to New York City, and spend a few days exploring all the culture and commerce of this amazing metropolis. This trip is always one of the highlight of the CAICC student’s experience at CHS. CAICC families: please remember the CAICC Booster meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Media Center. Contact Mary Roble at or 298-1620 ext. 2303 for more information or questions about the CAICC program.

Tornado Exchange School Store

The Tornado Exchange (Clearwater High’s school store) and the Career Academy for International Culture and Commerce are sponsoring a Valentine’s Sale. Students, parents, and staff may stop by the store and place orders for baskets of candy, stuffed animals, and valentine goodies. These special orders will be delivered to the students in class on Thursday, February 14th. The school store is open Monday, Wednesday & Friday, during both lunches (approximately 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.) Stop by and celebrate the holiday CHS-style! If you have any questions, contact Mary Roble,

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Visual Art News The New Perspectives - High School Level I Art Show

“The New Perspectives - High School Level I Art Show “ will be held at Dunedin Fine Arts Center The reception will be on 3/5/2019. We are proud of our beginners art students who are already demonstrating talent and effort. Join us on celebrating the following students whose work was accepted in this very prestigious show: •

Brianna Dewitt, 10th Bright and Depth

• Neija Music, 9th Aristocrat Alter Ego Undefined

Marley Bellack

Alicia Smith, 10th Womankind Momentum And Vitality

Aakfi Lalani, 10th Social Media

Aakfi Lalani

Kirsten Read, 9th Yoga Moves

• Marley Bellack, 9th Beachy

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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Congratulations to these CHS students for having their ar twork selected to receive 2019 Scholastic Art Regional Awards:

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Scholastic Art Show Accepted Entries And Awards

Citlalli Flores-Cruz Lost

Emma Scott, Unleashed Silver Key Award

Kerri Houston Experiment

Jianna Tan, Paradise in a Polaroid Gold Key Award

Emily Cruz Tangle of Sticks

Sara Shamsi The Suffering of the Oppressed

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. The students will be honored at the Pinellas County Art Region of the Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, February 6 in the Gibbs High School Grande Theatre, awards presentation begins at 6:30 PM. Student artworks that received a regional Gold Key will go on to New York City for judging at Nationals. Students whose artworks receive national awards will travel to NYC and receive their award at the National award ceremony at Carnegie Hall. Thank you for your continued support of the Visual Arts at CHS.

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Clearwater High School Visual Arts Students Art Shows Entries and Information

Congratulations to the following students which work was accepted at The Pinellas County Students Salvador Dali Art Show: • • • •

Jillian Hannigan, 12th - Expulsion of the Conscious Charlotte Bayly, 10th - Emerging From Unconscious Oblivion Jianna Tan, 12th - Anxiety Awakenings Cassidy Millhouse, 10th - Stars In Our Eyes

Student Surrealist Art Exhibit 2019: Pinellas County January 12, 2019-March 3, 2019 “Waking Dreams” “Waking dreams are as important, as unpredictable & as powerful as those we have when we’re asleep.” Luis Bunuel, My Last Sigh: The Autobiography of Luis Buñuel, surrealist filmmaker Initiated in 1985, this annual art exhibit presents work by middle and high school students whom we invite to explore ideas and visions similar to those explored by Salvador Dali and the Surrealists. This year, the theme is “Waking Dreams.” for important updates and information!

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AICE Information

Clearwater High School’s prestigious Cambridge AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Program continues to thrive and grow on our campus! Students in AICE courses are working towards the AICE Diploma. These AICE diplomas and/or certificates are accepted and valued by educational institutions and businesses around the globe, and we are excited to offer our students these opportunities. For the 2018 AICE Exam series, we had 44 students earn their AICE Diploma—25 earned the AICE Diploma with Merit and 3 earned the AICE Diploma with Distinction. Clearwater High School is also proud to announce that we had 21 students earn the Cambridge Scholar Award; this distinction is awarded to students who do well on 3 or more of their AICE tests. Nine CHS students also earned this award with Merit, meaning they scored exceptionally well on at least 3 of their AICE tests.

Congratulations to all these outstanding scholars! AICE Boosters are up and running! AICE Boosters meet quarterly. The next AICE Booster meeting is Thursday, February 21st at 6:30 in the senior café; the topic will be AICE testing. AICE testing begins April 29th and runs until June 14th. Please see the AICE/AP testing calendar for dates elsewhere in this newsletter. Reminder: all students enrolled in an AICE course are expected to take the AICE tests. If you have any questions or concerns about the AICE program, please contact Taylor Henderson 298-1620 ext. 2015 or Mary Roble, 298-1620 ext. 2303.


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2018/2019 Senior Class Information

CLASS SPONSOR: Mrs. Kathy Biddle - Email: - Phone Number: 727-298-1620 ext. 2309 GRAD BASH TICKET SALES: • Tickets for Grad Bash will be on sale in the senior cafeteria during both lunches on February 5th and 6th, 2019. • Cost of tickets--$130.00 • Cash (exact change), checks, and money orders accepted. • Permission slip is required. All students must have parentguardian signatures, even those who are 18 years of age. • Tickets are non-refundable. • We have three buses, with 138 spots available. Once all buses are filled, no more tickets will be sold. Students will sign up for a bus, when they purchase their ticket. SENIOR T-SHIRT SALE: • Senior class t-shirt with all graduating senior’s names listed on the back of the shirt • Sale Dates—March 18, 2019—March 22, 2019. • T-Shirts can be purchased in the senior cafeteria during both lunches. • Cost--TBA SENIOR SPORTS BANQUET TICKET SALES: • Tickets will be on sale in the senior cafeteria during both lunches on April 22-May 3, 2019. • Tickets for athletes are complimentary and must be picked up from Mrs. Biddle by Friday, May3, 2019. • Tickets for parents, guardians and other guests cost $20.00 each. GRAD BASH: • Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Universal Studios, Orlando, FL. • Students are to meet in the auditorium at 3:00pm for a dress code check and meeting. (Universal Studios has a dress code, that students must follow.) • We will depart for Universal Studios at 4:00pm and return to the school at approximately 4:30am on April 7, 2019. Academy Publishing School Newsletter Program ™ 800-644-3541

SENIOR BREAKFAST TICKET SALES: • Senior breakfast tickets will be on sale from • May 1, 2019---May 10, 2019 in the senior cafeteria during both lunches. • Tickets cost $20.00 each • Cash, (exact change only), check and money orders accepted. • Permission slip is required SENIOR SPORTS BANQUET: • Banquet held to honor our senior athletes. • Monday, May 13, 2019 at Holy Trinity Greek Church. • 7:00pm • Tickets will not be sold at the door SENIOR CLASS YEARBOOK SIGNING PARTY: • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (2nd through 4th periods) • Yearbook signing party and continental breakfast • Seniors will meet in the auditorium during second period • Senior Superlatives and Hall of Fame will be announced SENIOR BREAKFAST: • Wednesday, May 23, 2019 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church • 7:30am-10:30am. • No tickets will be sold at the door. • Senior Talent Show will be held at this event. • Senior Slide Show will be shown. • Permission slip is required for this event. GRADUATION: • Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019. • Time: 7:30pm at Spectrum Field.


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