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MAY 2017

Volume 24

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Principal’s Message Pinellas County School Board Administration Building 301 4th Street SW Largo, FL 33770 Phone: 727-588-6000 Carol J. Cook Rene Flowers, Vice Chairperson Terry Krassner Joanne Lentino Linda S. Lerner Eileen Long Peggy L. O’Shea, Chairperson Dr. Michael A. Grego Superintendent Carmela Haley Principal (727) 942-5419 East Lake High School’s Website (provides information about our school’s outstanding programs) FOCUS


Dear Eagle Families, Spring has sprung and we have reached the time of the school year where we are in the midst of testing assessments. We have just completed FSA testing and are anxiously awaiting our results.  End of Course exams (EOCs) are currently taking place and Advanced Placement (AP) tests will follow shortly.  The students then will complete the year by taking their final exams.  If your student needs to make up any credits over the summer, or if they are interested in any of our summer bridge math programs, they may attend classes here at East Lake High School.  We are also offering an SAT preparation class for students who wish to increase their SAT scores.  Now is the time to sign up for Summer Bridge! Register and find the latest Summer Bridge information at  Our extended learning program begins May 30 and our Algebra and SAT preparation programs begin June 6.  Parents are responsible for transportation. Plans for next year are in full swing and by now your child has turned in their class requests for next year.   You are able to view your students’ choices. As you know, East Lake offers a wide variety of classes including many Advanced Placement classes, Duel Enrollment classes, and many diverse electives.              Please check your child’s academic progress frequently in FOCUS.  Also, please take a quick moment to check your telephone number and email address in FOCUS as I frequently use email and telephone to communicate with families and share important school information. I am grateful and privileged to be the Principal of East Lake High School and I thank and congratulate everyone for another magnificent year.  I am honored to partner with you in providing the best educational experiences possible for your child.   On behalf of the entire East Lake High School faculty and staff, I’d like to wish you and your families a fantastic summer. Sincerely, Carmela Haley, Principal Mission Statement: East Lake High School will develop productive and responsible students who are prepared for post-secondary education, the workforce, and citizenship.

Meet the Eagle Assistant Principals

Assistant Principal’s area of responsibility for the school year: Shawn Anderson...................... Facility................. Grade 09 Kris Toscani.............................. Athletics.............. Grade 10 Dwight Latimore...................... Textbooks............. Grade 11 Cindy Green.............................. Curriculum........... Grade 12

Meet Our Department Chairs

Art........................................... Ms. D. Smalley Bus/Technology........................ Mrs. L. Fetters ESE.......................................... Mrs. C. Klesius Engineering............................. Mr. J. Marzo Performing Arts........................ Mr. J. Fulton Guidance.................................. Mrs. A. Kopacz Language Arts.......................... Mrs. J. Anderson Mathematics............................ Mrs. E. Hill PE/Dr Ed/Health....................... Mrs. L. Fisher Science.................................... Mrs. H. Crum Social Studies........................... Mr. A. Kay Advanced Studies Program....... Mrs. H. Wiseman Technology............................... Ms. K. Thro World Language....................... Mrs. K. Pope

SAC Meeting Dates 2016-2017

3rd Tuesday of each month 6:30 pm – Large Conference Room

PTSA Members

The ELHS PTSA will hold its final general meeting for the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the large conference room. All are welcome to attend.

School Times

Our school day will begin at 7:05 a.m. and will end at 1:35 p.m. every day of the week.

Stay Connected With PCS PCS NEWSROOM – For the latest district news, visit the PCS Newsroom website, WPDS-TV 14 – School Board meetings are held twice monthly during most months and are streamed live at Rebroadcasts are available on Bright House Networks Ch. 614, Knology Ch. 2 and Verizon Ch. 46. TWITTER – Sign up to follow district news on Twitter at pcsschools and East Lake High School at FACEBOOK – Become a fan on the district’s Facebook page where you can receive the latest news and information. PCS FOCUS – Review your child’s grades, participate in education video lessons, and communicate interactively with your child’s teacher through this online system.

Thank You Volunteers

Volunteers are a very important part of our success at East Lake High School. Thank you for all that you do to ensure the success of our students. Please log volunteer hours for this year by May 8th. Call Teresa Peterson (727-942-5419, X 2045) or email if you need a user name and password. Please join us in the theater for Volunteer Appreciation on May 11th at 10:30 am. We will have some student performances you don’t want to miss! Please RSVP to Teresa Peterson.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 3:00 - 10:30 PM Friday 3:00 - 11 PM Saturday 12:00 - 11 PM Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

School Calendar 2016-2017

May 17, 2017.........................Graduation/Tropicana Field, 7:30 am May 25, 2017.........................Last day for students

SPECIAL OBSERVANCE DAYS (2016-2017 School Year)

The following is a list of the days and dates of special Observance Days for the 2016-2017 school year. Please Note: Jewish observance days begin at sunset of the day before the holiday.

Important Dates

May 31-June 1, 2017..............Shavuot June 26, 2017.........................Eid-al-Fitr

ELHS School Store

Tired of not having the correct school supplies? Looking for the perfect East Lake ‘T’ shirt or hat to wear? East Lake’s school store is open before school (6:40 – 7:00 am) and during lunch. We carry a variety of school supplies, as well as East Lake gear (shirts, cups, decals, sweatshirts, backpacks and hats). If you want to place an order, contact Barb Small (

Please Don’t Litter. Thank You! Bus Drivers Needed

Apply online: www.PCSB.ORG/BUSDRIVERS” or call 547-7294.

Graduation Ceremony

East Lake’s Graduation Ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:30 AM  at Tropicana Field. No tickets are required to attend the ceremony but there will be a $10.00(cash only) parking fee per car. More details will be updated as they become available.

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An ER that cares for both.

Report Card Distribution

Friday, June 2nd report cards are available for pick up. The final report cards will not be mailed. Students are welcome to pick them up at school during our summer hours (Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm).

Soaring Guidance

Meet Our Counselors

Mrs. Keeley Harris ( Mrs. Andrea Kopacz ( Ms. Irene Pantelis ( Mrs. Leah Liguori (

Students with the last names A-G Students with the last names H-O Students with the last names P-Z Students in the Engineering Program

SAT Test Dates

June 3, 2017 Register by May 9, 2017 Register at:

ACT Test Dates

June 10, 2017 Register by May 5, 2017 Register at: (use code 101-739 when registering) A reminder to register for the SAT and ACT at East Lake High School! We are offering students the opportunity to take the tests at East Lake High School on all national test dates!

High School Grading System

The high school grading system is as follows: A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = 0-59%

Graduation GPA

Students are required to have a 2.0 GPA to graduate from high school. Juniors should begin making arrangements to take the SAT/ACT at the start of 2nd semester. Please check the dates or website for more information on test dates. Please be aware that AP testing will take place May 1st – May 12th this year. Guidance counselors have visited senior classes already to discuss the Bright Futures process. If your student has not yet applied for the Bright Future’s Scholarship, this must be done before graduation. Students can apply by going to www.

Summer Bridge Program

Does your student need help getting back on track? Summer Bridge high school programs offer students opportunities to earn required credits, make up core courses and build math skills. Registration for Summer Bridge has begun. Our extended learning program begins May 30th and our Algebra program begins June 6th and will run through July 13 for students. Families will use the Student Reservation System to register. Parents can learn about Summer Bridge at If you have any questions, please contact your guidance counselor.

Dual Enrollment

East Lake High School offers Dual Enrollment classes through St. Petersburg College as one of the 7 classes a student can take each semester. Students are given the opportunity to earn college level credit which can transfer to his or her future degree while still in high school. Each course is a semester long and students can earn 3 college credit hours per class. To be eligible to take a Dual Enrollment course, you must first take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Then depending on their score, they will be placed into the appropriate course. These are excellent opportunities for high school students that wish to earn college credit while in high school as well as get a head start in his or her college career. If interested please contact your guidance counselor for more information. Make an appointment with your counselor for more information about available courses and registration. We look forward to assisting you in meeting your goals!

Learn more about Pinellas Pathways to Graduation

The Pinellas Pathways to Graduation Web presence is now live on the district’s website with a link accessible from the home page ( The link includes information about changes to high school graduation requirements that were made at the state level as well as descriptions of three routes Pinellas students can pursue on their path to a high school diploma: the Advanced Scholar Pathway, the College Scholar Pathway, and the Technical/College Pathway. The family-friendly presence includes an FAQ about Pinellas Pathways to Graduation and provides details on Counselor Connect, a new online academic planning tool that families can use to track student progress regarding Pinellas Pathways. The site can be accessed directly at

East Lake HS Cell Phone Policy

At East Lake HS, we place great value on your education. We also recognize that electronic devices (including, but not limited to cell phones, MP3 players, portable gaming devices, etc.) can be disruptive to the learning environment. For this reason, we adhere to the following policy for the 2016-2017 school year: 1. All devices, including cell phones, blackberries, pagers, tablet PCs, mobile presenters, wireless tablets, digital recorders, beepers, palms, IPods, MP3 players, texting calculators, camera phones, digital cameras or laptops, are not to be used during class unless the teacher authorizes their usage for class-related purposes. During the testing session cell phones/ camera phones are to be turned off and stored in a case, book bag, knapsack, or purse, and may not be placed on the table, desktop, or individual’s lap. In particular, cell phones are to be turned off and are not to be used during class, except where noted below. 2. Cell phones/camera phones are to be turned off and not used during any testing or examination period. 3. Students may use electronic devices before school, after school, during their lunch break and during passing. Students may not use electronic devices during those times of day that have been set aside for instruction. 4. Students must turn off cell phones and electronic devices before they enter the classroom door regardless of whether the tardy bell has rung (they are no longer in passing time if they have made it to the room). 5. If teachers see a student walk into the room with an electronic device on or out, the teacher may confiscate the device. If the student refuses to give up the device, it will be considered defiance/ insubordination to a staff member and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

Address Changes

Planning to move? According to the Code of Student Conduct, if you have moved over the summer or will move during the school year, parents are required to give the school their new address within five days of their move. If the school discovers that you have moved and you have not told them, your child could be considered to be “found out of that school’s attendance area.” This could mean an immediate change of school for your child and your child could be deemed ineligible for athletics and other school activities. Follow these easy steps to update your address and to keep the district informed. Steps to change your child’s address during the school year: 1. Click the Student Reservation System button on the home page, and log in with your User ID and password. 2. Click on Change of Residence Address link and follow the steps. Proof of Residence requires two of the following items: utility bill for power, water, cable, sewer or land-based telephone (not cellular); rental agreement or lease; closing document; Pinellas County tax statement with homestead exemption. The items must be recent and include the name of the parent/guardian and the service/home address.

Parking on Campus

Students who drive to school must purchase a parking decal. Student Parking Permit Forms (available in the main office) must be completed and signed by the student and parent. Once the form is completed, students may purchase a decal during lunch from our Bookkeeper for $5.00. Students may park only in the designated student parking lot on the north side of the gymnasium.

Important Websites

Tech Prep/Career Choices:

Access to ePEP personal education planner:

Students, start thinking about your future career by visiting these websites: Focus, Search Career/College

College and Career Planning: (SAT) (ACT)

Senior Information CAP AND GOWN

Cap and Gown must be purchased through Balfour.  The required package is $40 and includes cap, gown, tassel and diploma cover.  Other accessories and announcements may also be purchased through the company.    Orders may be placed online at  with an additional processing fee.    Please note that the cost of Cap and Gown increases  by $10 after January 27th  and  increases $20 after March 1st.


To participate in the Graduation Ceremony at Tropicana Field on May 17th, students must pay the ELHS Walking Fee. This fee covers rental of the venue, printing of programs and other incidentals needed to host the ceremony. We will be collecting the $30 Walking Fee at lunch in Mrs. Hynes’ room, 9209 or after school in Mrs. A. Dorrier’s room, 3245. The fee may be paid  by cash, money order.  Mrs. Novak   in Guidance will very kindly be available to collect from SPC and any other off campus students.  If you have any questions, please see  Mrs. A. Dorrier in room 3245 or Mrs. Hynes in 9209. Late Walking Fees will be collected 4/10-5/16.  The late Walking Fee is $35 and can only be paid with cash or money order (NO CHECKS will be accepted).

Florida Virtual School:

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Attendance Policy

When a student has been absent from school, he/she must bring in a note with their full name, date of absence(s), and reason for absence(s) signed by a parent or guardian to Student Services upon their return to receive an excused absence. School Board Policy published in the Code of Student Conduct, which every student received a copy of, states: Work made up after an unexcused absence must be dropped a letter grade in high school. Please be reminded that every teacher will follow this policy without exception. Unexcused reasons such as skipping will not be supported and do have consequences.

Early Dismissal

Notes requesting early dismissal for a student must have the following information written clearly on the note: The student’s name, time to be dismissed, reason for the early dismissal and a parent’s daytime phone number. All early dismissal notes (including notes for special event days such as homecoming, prom or the day before a holiday) must be turned into Mrs. Novak in the Guidance Office prior to the 7:05 am bell, no exceptions. After the school day starts, parents will be required to come into the school and sign their student out, telephone and email requests will not be honored. No student will be allowed to leave an exam prior to the final bell. If a student has exempted their exam, they will need their exemption form to leave school after the final bell of that exam.

Future Business Leaders of America

Recently, 45 East Lake students competed at the state level for FBLA competitions in a variety of categories against 4,500 of Florida’s best and brightest. I am so proud to say that seven of our students have qualified to move on to the national competition in Anaheim, CA this summer!  If you see these students, please congratulate them! • Jonathan Norman . . . . Senior . . . 3rd place . . . . . Agribusiness • Justus Bishop . . . . . . . . Senior . . . 4th place . . . . Cybersecurity • Isaac Bendus . . . . . . . . Senior . . . 2nd place . . . . Entrepreneurship • Jacob Singleton . . . . . . Senior . . . 2nd place . . . . Entrepreneurship • James Hannigan . . . . . Senior . . . 2nd place . . . . Network Design • Sean Ackerman . . . . . . Senior . . . 2nd place . . . . Network Design • Anthony Comitos . . . . . Senior . . . 2nd place . . . . Network Design

AP Students and Parents

AP Exams will be administered May 1-May 12. It is extremely important that you read this letter to ensure that your student knows the correct day, time, and location of their exams. All exams will be held in one of two locations: East Lake High School or St. Nicholas Church’s Cathedral Center. This is to ensure that your student will be provided the best possible testing conditions. Please see the schedule of each AP exam and its date, time, and location. Students are required to arrive at the testing site 15 minutes prior to their exam: 7:45 am for the morning session, 11:45 am for the afternoon session. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from their test site.  Each exam lasts about 4 hours, so students participating in the afternoon session will not be able to ride the bus home, and will need to arrange alternate transportation.  No one will be able to be dismissed from testing early.  If a student needs accommodations or if he/she has a conflict with their exams, please email Mrs. Liguori at Since all AP students are expected to participate in the AP exam, students will be charged $15 if they do not show up for their exam.

AP Exam Schedule and Location

Exam Name Chemistry Environmental Science Psychology Computer Science A (FLVS) Spanish Language Art History (FLVS) Physics 1 English Literature Physics 2 US Government Seminar German US History Computer Science Principles Biology Music Theory Physics C: Mechanics Calculus AB Calculus BC English Language Macroeconomics World History Statistics Human Geography Microeconomics European History

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Date May 1 May 1 May 1 May 2 May 2 May 2 May 2 May 3 May 3 May 4 May 4 May 5 May 5 May 5 May 8 May 8 May 8 May 9 May 9 May 10 May 10 May 11 May 11 May 12 May 12 May 12

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Location ELHS St. Nicholas St. Nicholas ELHS ELHS ELHS St. Nicholas St. Nicholas St. Nicholas St. Nicholas St. Nicholas ELHS St. Nicholas St. Nicholas St. Nicholas ELHS St. Nicholas St. Nicholas ELHS St. Nicholas St. Nicholas ELHS St. Nicholas ELHS St. Nicholas St. Nicholas

Students with approved accommodations will test in the front office at ELHS on their exam day. Students must confirm with their Guidance Counselor if they are on the accommodations list. Testing will last approx. 4 hours. Students are permitted to bring a snack to have during the break and will be excused for the entire day of school if they are present for their exam. The address for St. Nicholas Church’s Cathedral Center is: 348 N. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, 34689.

International Day Participation and Honors

On Saturday, March 4th, various World Language students from East Lake High School attended the 31st Annual International Day at Osceola Fundamental High School in Seminole. Nearly 500 students (grades K-12) from across Pinellas County Schools participated in this event. Students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural activities and academic competitions. Students enjoyed making cultural artifacts such as Guatemalan worry dolls and lavender sachets. Additionally, teacher volunteers guided students in the preparation of culinary treats such as Belgian waffles, French crepes, and Empanadas. Members of the French Club invested several hours in preparing a colorful and thoughtful banner for the traditional banner competition. The theme presented for the banner contest this year was “Networking.” We are thrilled to say that from the hard work, passion, and creativity that stemmed from this outstanding team, East Lake High School earned 1st place honors for the banner competition this year in all of Pinellas County! The following students from the French Club participated in International Day workshops and the creation of the award-winning banner: Hannah Bennett, Megan Colbeck, Lidija Crnkic, Kai Jannell, Mariajose Melendez, Emily Santiana, Riley Smith, Nikki Steiniger, Freya Stephan, and Zsofia Suli.

Financial Obligations

Students with financial obligations for textbooks are expected to clear their obligations promptly. Textbooks will not be issued to students whose names are on the obligation list and students will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities. Effective immediately, we will only be accepting cash or money orders through the end of the school year. Checks will not be accepted. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Soaring Athletics Head Coaches

Baseball..................... Mr. Z. Roper Basketball, Boys......... Mr. B. Taylor Basketball, Girls......... TBA Cheerleading.............. Ms. L Gunderson Cross Country Girls...... Mr. D. Smith Cross Country Boys..... Mr. B. Taylor Flag Football.............. Mr. J. Gleason Football..................... Mr. R. Hudson Boys Golf.................... Mr. S. Martin Girls Golf.................... Mr. T. Hogg Boys Soccer................ Mr. M. Algate Girls Soccer................ Mr. J. Despota Softball...................... Mrs. K. Delk Swimming................. Mr. R. Sajdak Tennis........................ Mr. J. Bloznalis Boys Track.................. Mr. D. Smith Girls Track.................. Mr. B. Taylor Volleyball................... Mr. M. Burns Wrestling................... Mr. R. Golombek

Students interested in participating in athletics and need answers regarding eligibility, should contact Mr. Kris Toscani, Assistant Principal in charge of Athletics. School supplemental insurance may be purchased on-line at www.k12studentinsurance. com. ALL ATHLETES are REQUIRED to purchase this school insurance. After registering, please print VERIFICATION SHEET as proof of purchase. Athletes are required to give this to their coaches. For questions, please call 1-866-313-4512.

Robotics Competition

On April 19-22, 2017, Team 79 Krunch is preparing to take a journey to Houston, TX where they will compete against hundreds of other teams. The time and effort put forth to design, prototype, build, and test a robot that accomplishes very specific tasks has paid off. For the 2017 season, FIRST released the game, FIRST Steamworks. The challenge for this year was to design a robot that could deliver gears to a peg on the “airship” in the middle of the field where a human player would retrieve it and deposit it in a specified location to earn points. However, gears were not the only method of scoring points. Perhaps the more difficult aspect was to shoot wiffle-sized balls known as “fuel” into a boiler that is 8 or so feet off the ground. Finally, at the end of the match, the 120 pound robot needed to climb a 4 foot long rope to earn a larger quantity of points. Qualifying for the FIRST Championship was anything but easy. The team had to travel to three different regionals all over the South to display our robot’s abilities. The first regional competition was the South Florida Regional, where despite taking a loss, Team 79 ranked 21st out of the 50 teams present. Here they identified weak areas and made improvements before the next regional. The Orlando Regional came next. Team 79 put forth great determination and ranked 5th among 63 teams. This feat allowed Krunch to be an alliance captain for the semifinals. An impressive match was played against an alliance amid powerhouse robots. The final competition needed to qualify for worlds took place at the FIRST Rocket City Regional. Ranking 15 out of 50 teams at the competition allowed Team 79 to once again be selected as an alliance. While working cohesively as a strong alliance, Krunch 79 persevered and earned a Wildcard entry into the World Championships.

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Dance Team “East Lake has a newly revamped performance dance team! Look out for our fresh choreography which will be a mixture of Jazz, Pom and Hip Hop. Our main objective is to present high energy entertainment at East Lake Basketball and Football games and other events around our campus and community.” Ms. Shaffer, East Lake Dance Team Faculty Advisor ( Lakeyshia Bertie-Lind, East Lake Dance Team Coach (

Athletics Eligibility

Policy Manual

The manual containing the policies and procedures of the School Board of Pinellas County is kept in the principal’s office of East Lake High School. A copy is also on file in the Media Center. The manual is available to all parents, students and citizens. Access to the manual may also be viewed at

East Lake High School Newsletter  

May 2017

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