April 2020 ★ Volume 18, Issue 1
For the Parents, Students and Community of Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School 1500 Minutemen Causeway Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 Tel - 321.783.1776 Fax - 321.868.6602 www.cbhs.brevardschools.org
Office Hours 7:30am - 4:00pm
Student Hours 8:45am - 3:30pm
Friday Early Release 8:45am - 2:15pm
Administration Dr. Mark J. Rendell Principal Mr. Kevin Rhyne Assistant Principal Curriculum Mrs. Helen Rowland Assistant Principal Facilities Mrs. MaryEllen Galanopoulos Assistant Principal/Dean
A Message from the Principal Calling all Alumni! This April, on the weekend of April 17-18 we are hosting a reunion – of all graduating classes! That is right, this reunion is not for a specific graduating class, it is for all alumni, everyone who graduated from Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr HS! This is a new concept, but one which we hope to make an annual event. The weekend includes several different events which we hope will appeal to all of the different groups of Cocoa Beach graduates. A couple of these events will raise funds for the campaign to refurbish the running track at our stadium, to support the Get on Track Campaign. The golf tournament will raise funds for the newly formed Founders Club. The overall goal however is to establish a new tradition for all of our graduates to come back and celebrate their time as Minutemen. We really look forward to seeing all of the Minutemen return to town and help us establish a new tradition!
All Years Reunion Weekend April 17-18 • • • • •
Minuteman Muster 5K Race (Saturday Morning) Founders Club Golf Tournament (Saturday Morning) Reunion Under the Stars Party (Saturday Evening) Student performance of Westside Story (Friday & Saturday Evening) Varsity Baseball game vs. Satellite High School (Friday Evening) For more information visit: www.cbhsgetontrack.com.
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Welcome Our CBJSHS Athletic & Activities Director
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Vern Wells will be our Activities & Athletic Director. If you don’t know Vern, he was our ESE teacher at Cocoa Beach and has been serving as the Middle School Athletic Director for most of this year. Vern joined our staff this summer after relocating from Georgia. He taught for 17+ years in Georgia and coached several sports. If you need to contact him, his email is wells.vern@ brevardschools.org Congratulations on your new position at The Beach!
From the Dean’s Office Mrs. Galanopoulos, Assistant Principal/Dean of Students
Brevard Sheriff’s Department occasionally comes to our Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School campus, and when they do sometimes it’s with Sherlock – Brevard County Sheriff’s Department’s new police dog. Corporal Flake and K9 Sherlock are assigned full time to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Brevard Public Schools; Office of District Security. We have the ability to assist any school within Brevard County, but we typically service the roughly 48 schools in the north end of the county. Sherlock is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepard and was born in the Czech Republic. He has worked for BCSO since January, 2019 and originally was assigned to Port Canaveral. He was transitioned to Brevard Public Schools due to his docile temperament, strong working drive, and smaller, athletic size. Sherlock is trained and certified by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in drug and narcotic detection. He has also participated and passed drug detection trials with the North American Police Working Dog Association. He also has training and experience in article searching, and due to his calm nature, he has also been used in emergency situations as an emotional support animal. Corporal Flake has been employed as a Deputy Sheriff for Brevard County since November, 2011 and has served as a patrol deputy, field training officer, assistant shift supervisor, and full time law enforcement firearms, defensive tactics, driving, and trauma care instructor. Corporal Flake also has served in the Florida Army National Guard as a combat engineer and continues to serve part time in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Criminal Investigator assigned to a Drug Suppression Team. He and K9 Sherlock have worked as a team since August, 2019. Since that time Corporal Flake and Sherlock have interacted with literally thousands of students in both the enforcement and public relations role. Sherlock lives with Corporal Flake, his family, and another 6-year-old German Shepard named “Ace”; who has become Sherlock’s favorite, after-hours buddy. Corporal Flake feels his current role as both Sherlock’s handler and the assignment to BPS is by far the most rewarding professional experience he has had, and both look forward to coming to work, not knowing exactly what may be in store for them during their shift.
School’s Tardy Policy
It is important for students to attend school on time. It is expected that students arrive to school before the first bell rings at 8:40 a.m. and attend each class on time. Entering a classroom once the teacher has started taking attendance or instructing is considered a classroom disruption. This interruption is disrespectful to the other students in the class and the teacher. To curtail this from occurring, we enforce our tardy policy. Late arriving students enter through the front office and sign in. Students are assigned a detention and issued a pass in order to enter the classroom, if they are late. Only an administrative tardy is excused. Detentions are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Adjustments may be made through the Dean’s Office. Students not showing for their scheduled detentions will be assigned an extended detention. Students not showing for their scheduled Friday Extended detention will be suspended from school the following school day.
Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr H.S. Library Media Center 15th Annual Book It – Bake It Cake Contest
CBJSHS Library Media Center held their 15th Annual Book It–Bake It Contest on Mon., February 24th. Each year the LMC sponsors a special cake decorating contest. The cakes can be of any size, flavor or shape but it must be home made and related to reading in order to enter the contest. There are 5 different categories that are judged in the competition (see below) and winners in each category receives a cash prize. This year we had a total of 54 cake entries with 109 students participating. A Big Thank You to all that were part of this sweet event. The creativity of our students is always exciting to see each year. Hope to see you again next year!
BEST OVERALL CAKE by Tessa Colaiacovo & Olivia Nieman “A Beautiful Mind”
BEST BOOK COVER CAKE by Ricardo De La Cruz, Lana Ekhaguere & Rachel Baleto “1984”
BEST OBJECT CAKE by Nicolas Lanza & Hannah Everingham “Soul Surfer”
BEST SCENE CAKE by Meghan Mooney & Lyla Schluraff “The Hobbit”
MOST CREATIVE CAKE by Riley Goodwin “My Side of the Mountain”
4 December Students of the Month Congratulations to our December and January Students of the Month! These young people were chosen by their teachers for doing the right thing and exhibiting all of the characteristics of Beach Pride! Each Student of the Month receives a “Dry Fit” T-shirt provided by a local business partner. This month our partner was Elks Club Lodge #2387 of Cocoa Beach. Thank you for the support! Sebastian Bakalar Branden Barnett Melissa Basily Lauren Boone Delaney Boyle Cassandra Canicatti Elijah Carbajal Abby Clayton Gwen Colburn
Kennedy Coleman Miles Danker Michael DeBlois Jacob Dick Nimrit Doad Holly Dowd Zoe Fogle Jasmine Francik Riley Goodwin
Shelby Gouge Andrew Grachoff Sierra Grochowski Alexcia Green Tyler Hecklinger Frazier Hoak Ava Infante Jessica Jenkins Griffin Johnson
Ian Kalra Natalie Kotz Justin Kracht Wei Lee Sammy Marquis Amberly McCoy Archi Mehta Kaye-lynn Michlin Lila Miquel
Mitchell Moss Scott O’Harrow William Ortiz Aariyah Robinson Chloe Robinson Aquilina Romanos Nick Ruch Alyssa Scripture Kaitlyn Staddie
Justin Stelges Kalieb Strickland-Smith Aleah Taylor Jonathan West Brain Weth Logan Wong Jonnikah Woodward
January Students of the Month
Deyaneira Baez Velez Sophia Bailey Landon Benoit Rowan Booth Ben Burton Jace Childs Isabel Conley Neil Danker Xavier Deltoro
Julia Dillon Torrie Dortly Nickolaus Eberhardt Olivia Espenschied Emily Foster Travis Frame Olivia Fuentes Jake Galzerano Taylor Gardner
Kaelin Goslin Cadence Hatfield Leela Hebert Kelsey Hoffman Gavin Hodge Michael “Caden” Hune Ana-Marija Ilievska Connor James Kaitlin Juarez
Jameson Lombardy Sydney Martin Sam Meetre Dalton Morgan Yvonne Morrow Ellen Motran Peyton Mullins Marly Mutter Emily Padden
Mayur Patel Ekaterina Pedyash Anthony Power Michael Rechner Cimino Reese Redd Marisa Ricks Colton Sall Sarah Stotz Lana Stout
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5 Finishing Strong
We are rapidly approaching the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Right now, the focus of your student should be on a strong finish and you can help. Your attention and involvement in this effort will reinforce the importance you place on your child’s education. Please take the following steps to support your student during this critical time. 1. Reinforce positive and successful school habits. Attention in class, homework, test preparation, and attendance are key factors. 2. Access and review your student’s progress, attendance, and test schedules on your Parent FOCUS Account. 3. Help your student to create a plan to improve current weaknesses and prepare for final exams. 4. Be aware of tutoring and study assistance available at the school and encourage your student to participate. 5. Help your student to stay focused. ‘Coasting’ is a natural, but deadly tendency. Your involvement is a tremendous positive factor for a strong finish. Your interest, willingness and dedication to helping your child succeed provides an unmistakable message. Your child will thank you for it – someday!
JROTC Minutemen Messenger Update
Welcome back parents and students! A lot has occurred with our JROTC teams. First, our Rifle Teams competed at the District Match at Palm Bay and our Varsity Rifle team placed 3rd overall and secured another qualifying position to the State Championships. This makes seven (7) years in a row that our Varsity Team has accomplished this goal. Our top shooter for Varsity and our current season was Allure Adams. Our JV team placed 2nd overall in a very competitive field top shooter for JV was Alexie Kellum who was the third-best shooter overall. Our Drill teams and Color Guard teams are preparing for our Drill season, which begins with the first competition at Cocoa. Next, our JLAB Academic and Leadership teams competed in two rounds and just fell short of returning to Washington DC. In other news, our Military Ball was this past month and was a resounding success. It was our senior night for the Cadets. We had over 135 Cadets and family members attending the Ball and the Cadets received an amazing speech from Sheriff Wayne Ivey, our guest speaker for this year. Upcoming events. The Staff and Cadets have been working hard for our upcoming Awards Ceremony, Organizational Day and to ensure our program once again receives Honor Unit of Distinction. We want to again thank the Cocoa Beach ELKs for their untiring support to our program. Good luck to all JROTC teams and Cadets. Go Beach!
From Our Award-Winning Fine Arts Department
We proudly present the Tony Award winning musical, West Side Story! This American classic tells the story about rival gangs of the Sharks and the Jets. The young protagonist, Tony, a former member of the Jets and best friend of the gang’s leader, Riff, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. Show premieres April 16-18, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at the door.
Mrs. Roselip’s Gifted Student Program
Our 2nd Semester Gifted Seminar took place on January 28, 2020 in the Performing Arts Center. Our guest speaker was Mr. Cordell Rolle. He is a US Navy veteran, UCF graduate, Co-Founder of Rolle IT, community activist for the Family Promise of Brevard and other charitable organizations, LEAD Brevard 2019 Top 4 Under 40 Finalist. Mr. Rolle shared his life story and stressed the importance of serving others. He also had a very moving personal story related to the hurricane Dorian damage in the Bahamas and his family there. Students were very much inspired by his presentation and his personable character. Please allow me to spread the message regarding his community service here and in the Bahamas by visiting the following website: http://rebuildgrandcay.com/.
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Barrier Island Field Trip with 7th Graders February 12th, 2020
A great time was had by all, when we took Mr. Carpenter’s and Mrs. Roselip’s 7th Grade Science classes out to the Barrier Island Sanctuary, just south of Melbourne Beach on A1A. The classes learned firsthand relevant information about our barrier island ecosystem from the ocean to the lagoon! Students collected water samples and visual data in groups, then came time for lunch on the veranda overlooking the ocean. The trip was a culminating experience for our MYP interdisciplinary learning unit: humans interacting with nature, taught in both Science and English during the same time.
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2020 April/May Testing Calendar April 1, 2020—7th Grade FSA ELA Writing (120 minutes) AM April 2, 2020—8th Grade FSA ELA Writing (120 minutes) AM April 7, 2020—9th Grade FSA ELA Writing (120 minutes) AM April 8, 2020—10th Grade FSA ELA Writing (120 minutes) AM May 1, 2020—Biology EOC (160 min.) AM May 4, 2020—7th Grade FSA ELA Reading Session 1 (85 minutes) AM May 4, 2020—10th Grade FSA ELA Reading Session 1 (90 minutes) PM May 4, 2020—AP US Gov’t and Politics (2 hrs. 25 min.) AM May 5, 2020—7th Grade FSA ELA Reading Session 2 (85 minutes) AM May 5, 2020—10th Grade FSA ELA Reading Session 2 (90 minutes) PM May 5, 2020—AP Calculus AB (3 hrs. 15 min.) AM May 5, 2020—AP Calculus BC (3 hrs. 15 min.) AM May 5, 2020—AP Human Geography (2 hrs. 15 min.) PM May 5, 2020—IB Music SL/HL Paper 1 (2 hrs. 30 min.) AM May 5, 2020—IB History HL Papr 1 and 2 (2 hrs. 30 min.) PM May 6, 2020—8th Grade FSA ELA Reading Session 1 (85 minutes) AM May 6, 2020—9th Grade FSA ELA Reading Session 1 (90 minutes) PM May 6, 2020—AP Literature and Composition (3 hrs.) AM May 6, 2020—AP European History (3 hrs. 15 min.) PM May 6, 2020—IB History HL Paper 3 (2hrs. 30 min.) AM May 7, 2020—8th Grade FSA ELA Reading Session 2 (85 minutes) AM May 7, 2020—9th Grade FSA ELA Reading Session 2 (90 minutes) PM May 7, 2020—AP Chemistry (3hrs. 15 min.) AM May 7, 2020—AP Physics 1: Algebra Based (3 hrs.) PM May 7, 2020—IB Biology SL/HL Paper 1 and 2 (3 hrs. 15 min.) PM May 8, 2020—Civics EOC (160 minutes) AM May 8, 2020—AP US History (3hrs. 15 min.) AM May 8, 2020—AP Art History (3 hrs.) PM May 8, 2020—AP Computer Science A (3 hrs.) PM May 8, 2020—IB Biology SL/HL Paper 3 (1hr. 15 min.) AM May 8, 2020—IB Phycology SL/HL Paper 1 (2 hrs.) PM May 11, 2020—Algebra 1 EOC Session 1 (90 minutes) AM May 11, 2020—AP Biology (3hrs.) AM May 11, 2020—AP Environmental Science (3 hrs.) PM May 11, 2020—IB Psychology SL/HL Papr 2 and 3 (3 hrs.) AM
May 11, 2020—IB Mathematics SL/HL Paper 1 (2hrs.) PM May 11, 2020—IB Math Studies SL Papr 1 (1 hr. 30 min.) PM May 12, 2020—Algebra 1 EOC Session 2 (90 minutes) AM May 12, 2020—AP Spanish Lang and Culture (3 hrs.) AM May 12, 2020—AP Psychology (2 hrs.) PM May 12, 2020—IB Mathematics SL/HL Paper 2 (2 hrs.) AM May 12, 2020—IB Math Studies SL Papr 2 (1 hr. 30 min.) AM May 13, 2020—Geometry EOC Session 1 (90 minutes) AM May 13, 2020—AP Language and Composition (3 hrs.) AM May 13, 2020—AP Microeconomics (2 hrs. 10 min.) PM May 13, 2020—IB Mathematics HL Paper 3 (1 hr.) AM May 14, 2020—Geometry EOC Session 2 (90 minutes) AM May 14, 2020—NGSSS 8th Grade Science Paper-Based (160 minutes) AM May 14, 2020—AP Macroeconomics (2 hrs. 10 min.) PM May 14, 2020—IB English A Literature HL Papr 1 (2 hrs.) PM May 15, 2020—US History EOC (160 minutes) AM May 15, 2020—AP French Language and Culture (3 hrs.) AM May 15, 2020—AP Statistics (3 hrs.) PM May 15, 2020—IB English A Literature HL Papr 2 (2 hrs.) AM May 15, 2020—IB Chemistry SL/HL Paper 1 and 2 (2 hrs. 15 min.) PM May 18, 2020—7th Grade FSA Math Sessn 1 (60 minutes) AM May 18, 2020—IB Chemistry SL/HL Papr 3 (1 hr. 15 min.) AM May 18, 2020—IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL Paper 1 (1 hr.) PM May 19, 2020—7th Grade FSA Math Session 2 and 3 (120 minutes) AM May 19, 2020—IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL Paper 2 and 3 (2 hrs.) AM May 19, 2020—IB Spanish B SL/HL Papr 1 (1 hr. 30 min.) PM May 20, 2020—8th Grade FSA Math Sessn 1 (60 minutes) AM May 20, 2020—AP Psychology LATE test (2 hrs.) AM May 20, 2020—AP Statistics LATE Test (3 hrs.) AM May 20, 2020—IB Spanish B SL/HL Paper 2 (2 hrs.) AM May 21, 2020—8th Grade FSA Math Session 2 and 3 (120 minutes) AM May 21, 2020—AP US History LATE Test (3 hrs. 15 min.) AM May 21, 2020—IB French B SL Paper 1 (1 hr. 30 min.) PM May 22, 2020—IB French B SL Paper 2 (1 hr. 45 min.) AM
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CBJSHS National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society with the help of some upperclassmen representatives hosted their first ever Dance Marathon this year! After taking a field trip to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in the fall, they committed all of their efforts to supporting Arnold Palmer. It was an amazing first year with a grand contribution total of $7045.70! We have many local businesses to thank! The Skinny Mermaid, Vapex Environmental, Insurance Office of America, Brunoâ€™s Pizzeria, The Tiny Turtle, House of Tan, #myHipHopFit, Rock the Guac, Elks Lodge #2387, Gutin & Wolverton Attorneys at Law, and Dos Amigos in Indialantic!
After completing the online application, proceed to: BPS Educational Services Facility â€“ Office of District and School Security: 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera FL 32940 Fingerprinting: Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Cost - $35.00 / Annual Renewal Fee $8.00 Payment by credit or debits card ONLY. Applicant will be notified upon approval of application.
What is a Registered Volunteer able to do?
Registered Volunteers are able to work in the classroom and around the schools. They will also be able to work one on one with students, assist with coaching, help office staff with filing and copying, work concessions and attend in county and out of county field trips as chaperones.
*In order to be fingerprinted, what do I bring to the Office of District and School Security? A valid driver license or state identification card and a credit or debit card for payment. Please consider becoming a volunteer. For any questions, call 321-783-1776, ext. 1020 or 1003.