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Volume XXI Issue 4 “A Five Star School”

July 2018 For The Parents, Students, Staff And Community of George Jenkins High School

Principal’s Message School Contact Information Main Number 648-3566 School Fax 648-3573 Attendance Office 701-1015 Guidance 648-3589 Guidance Fax 701-1131

Administration Buddy Thomas Principal (Retiring) Tom Patton Principal Lacy Emmerling Assistant Principal Brad Hiers Assistant Principal Mario Jenkins Assistant Principal Erin Crosby Dean of Student Activities Daniel Rawson Dean of Students Jonathan Walton Dean of Students George Jenkins High School Newsletter July 2018 • Issue #4 Published Five Times Per Year George Jenkins High School 6000 Lakeland Highlands Road Lakeland, Florida 33813

Our Mission…each student is Prompt, Polite and Prepared. Our Vision…each student will graduate with the skills necessary to be successful in college or in a career. Dear Parents, Congratulations to our students, staff and the entire George Jenkins Community for everyone’s hard work and dedication to George Jenkins High School. Thank you for everything you do for our school, whether it is time, talent or treasures. It has truly been appreciated this past year. The 2018-2019 school year is just around the corner, and the staff at GJHS is busy getting ready for the start of another year. It will be the first time in 17 years I will not be meeting the students the first day. I am retiring after 45 years. I will miss all the people who I have worked with over the years and have become my friends. The students will always hold a special place in my heart, and I hope I have instilled in them to be Prompt, Polite and Prepared for their future. There is not enough room in this newsletter to thank individually all who have been a part of my journey. I can just say THANK YOU. I wish all of you the very BEST! Please show your support for Mr. Tom Patton as he assumes the role of your Principal. Mr. Patton will do an outstanding job and will continue to move George Jenkins High School to even greater accomplishments. The bell schedule for the beginning of class (7:00 am) and end of school (2:00 pm) remains the same this coming school year. We are using a modified bell schedule next year, which will have all 7 classes meeting each day on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Odd/Even block schedule will be on Wednesday and Thursday. The bell schedules will be posted on our website. The time between classes is seven minutes this year. I want to wish the administration and staff the very best as you continue on your journey of improving all areas of our school, such as the academic areas across the curriculum, communication on all levels, accepting the level of academic success each student has achieved to this point and then making sure we do everything possible to ensure their success for the future. On behalf of our administrative team, faculty, and staff, I want to thank you for your involvement in our school. We are successful because of the dedication of our parents, business partners and the community. Each one of you can proudly say, “I am a George Jenkins High School Eagle.” Be sure to read the entire newsletter to gather details you need to know for the school year…to mention a few: • The 7-period day will be on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. • 1, 3, 5, 7 (odd days) and 1, 2, 4, 6 (even days) will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. • The students’ first school day is Monday, August 13th. The bell schedule will be a straight 7 period day all week. The second week will begin our modified bell schedule of 7 periods and block days. • Our Freshman Academy building will have Mr. Daniel Rawson and Mr. Jonathan Walton, as Dean of Students, Mr. Jestin Bailey as Athletic Director and Mrs. Tina Marsh as Secretary. All ...continued on page 2

Polk County Schools Mission Statement

“The mission of Polk County Public Schools is to ensure rigorous, relevant learning experiences for our students that result in high achievement.”

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other Administrators, Guidance, our ESE Facilitator and our new Director of Student Activities, Mrs. Erin Crosby, will all be in Building 1. • We have many opportunities for parent involvement: helping in our offices, booster organizations, student clubs and activities, and chaperoning school-sponsored trips. • Our continued emphasis on mathematics, science, technology, reading, arts and academies will enhance our students’ abilities to be lifelong learners and productive citizens. • Please remember that supervision before /after school and at any school sponsored activity is 30 minutes before-to-30 minutes after the end of the event. Please plan accordingly to drop off or pick up your child within this time frame. • Before school drop-off and after school pick-up is at the front of the school. For the safety of students and orderly flow of traffic, please do not drop off or pick up students at other locations on campus during the time between 6:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. These areas will be blocked off to through traffic and the gates locked. • Please make sure your student is DRESSED FOR SUCCESS in accordance with the Secondary School Code of Conduct and arrives at school in sufficient time to be in class on time. We do not want students to miss important class time due to dress code issues or tardiness. • Please contact the Guidance Department and your student’s teacher regularly to ensure your student is performing to the best of his/her ability in all academic endeavors. Dates to remember: • Upperclassman Orientation Aug. 9th (9am – 10:30am) • Freshman Orientation Aug. 9th (6pm – 7:30pm) • Open House Aug. 30th (6pm -7:30pm) Remember, changes are not made for the sake of change, but to improve results. Our continued success with our programs and policies is the direct result of extensive research and analysis by our staff and community members. We want what is considered the

most effective school practices for our students. Working together, we can make a positive difference. As I have said before, “A good curriculum, high quality teaching in the classroom, a caring environment and community support will ensure each student is successful.” The ability to communicate with students, parents, community members and each other in a patient and understanding manner has become even more paramount, especially during this time when we are called upon to do more with fewer resources. I believe our success in our academics and co-curricular activities has been achieved because of our working together in a proactive and positive manner. Thank you for all of your support in the past and the continued support in the future. Students should be on time and in their classrooms, where they can achieve and excel. I have told them each day, “You are the Best students, you are the Best staff.” Our Mission is to see that each student is “Prompt, Polite and Prepared along with the Vision that each student will graduate with the skills necessary to be successful in college or in a career.” It is everyone working together that makes our school the BEST school in Polk County. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS,

Buddy Thomas Retiring Principal GJHS

Tom Patton Principal GJHS

3 Parent and Student Portal Please note that Parent and Student Portal will be unavailable until after the first quarter. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as the district transitions schools to the new system. If you have any concerns about your student’s progress, please contact the Guidance Office or teacher.

SWAT Interested in joining a club with a cause? Want to earn service hours while having fun? Motivated to make a difference in the lives of others in the community? Join SWAT! Students Working Against Tobacco is a statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate, and equip Florida’s youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. SWAT is a united movement to empower youth working toward a tobacco free future. The George Jenkins chapter of SWAT meets bi-weekly on campus, monthly as part of the Polk County Chapter, and participates in other community events throughout the school year. Events planned for this school year include a trip to Tallahassee to speak with lawmakers in February, SWAT Olympics for the nationwide Kick Butts Day celebration, trainings for members to strengthen their interpersonal communication skills, and a celebration for SWAT’s 20th Anniversary. Call out meeting notices will be posted on campus at Orientation and meeting dates will be communicated through the announcements. Join in the fun, join the movement!

4 Art

From the Guidance Department

Three GJ students had their artwork accepted and on display at the internationally acclaimed Dali Museum in St. Pete. The show featured Surrealistic work by students from across the state, including our own Alejandra Fernandez-Mora, Cory Epps, and Jade Rivas.

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! Student schedules will be available at Orientation on August 9th, and the first day of school is August 13th. Class changes are limited to corrections only. Remember, the GJHS Master Schedule was built on the courses that students selected at registration last spring. When scheduling students, we must adhere to the policies set forth by both the State of Florida Department of Education and the Polk County School Board. For academics, 9th grade students should have an English 1, Math, and Science course. All 10th grade students should have an English 2, Math, Science, and World History course. All 11th grade students should have an English, Math, Science, and U.S. History course. All 12th grade students should have an English, Math, and Government/Economics course. Academic course placement follows the District Progression Plan and is based on previous course, course grade, and testing data. Electives were chosen by the students at the Spring registration. State assessment scores from the Fall 2018 administration of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) and End of Course (EOC) exams are expected to be available later in June. What does all of the testing mean for your student? Passing scores (level 3 or higher) on the 10th grade FSA and Algebra 1 EOC are required for graduation. Any student whose score was at an achievement level below 3 must have interventions in their schedule as part of their curriculum. Dual Enrollment Opportunities Students wishing to take dual enrollment courses at PSC in the fall must apply online at as a dual enrollment student. Once the application is complete, students must see their counselor to obtain a PERT ticket if no other ‘college ready’ test scores have been achieved. Counselors will be back on campus at the end of July. For more information about dual enrollment including minimum GPA, test score requirements and the steps for registration, please see our website at

Pre-Purchase Your Parking Pass for Next School Year! Parking passes for the 2018-2019 school year will be available for pre-purchase in the front office beginning Monday, July 30th. Any student who intends to park on the GJHS campus must purchase a parking pass and display it in the windshield of their vehicle. The cost of a parking pass is $20 and may be paid in cash or with a check made out to George Jenkins (write the student name in the memo line). Any parking pass that is purchased prior to Orientation will be available for pick up at Orientation on Thursday, August 9th. Parking passes will also be available for purchase at Orientation and will continue to be sold in the front office throughout the school year.

GJ “Sweet Delights” Transition Unit As we end this year on a wonderful note, thanks to all the staff for allowing Sweet Delights to be a part of your world. We loved serving you omelets, bagels, coffee and something for your sweet tooth. Our class was able to work on soft skills, hard skills, directions, money skills, preparing and delivering breakfast and much more. We also want to thank Eaglebrooke for allowing us to work from 9am-12pm every Monday. The experience was awesome and, hopefully, they will welcome us back in the fall. Lastly, thank you to our two students transitioning out. Our class will miss you Ellie and Morgan. We are sending you lots of love and luck as life’s journey continues. Have a happy summer! Please contact or the main office with any questions.

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Guidance Requirements All students are required to earn 24 credits to earn a high school diploma including: • 4 English (ELA) • 4 Math (must include Algebra and Geometry) • 3 Science (must include Biology) • 3 Social Studies (1 World History, 1 US History, .5 Government, .5 Economics) • 1 Physical Education (.5 Personal Fitness AND .5 any other PE OR 1 credit in HOPE) • 1 Practical/Performing Art • 8 electives • 1 online learning course • Maintain a 2.0 un-weighted cumulative GPA. State Assessment Requirements: • Grade 10 ELA (or ACT/SAT concordant score) • Algebra I end-of-course (EOC) or a comparative score on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.) Students must participate in the EOC assessments and the results constitute 30 percent of the final course grade. These assessments are in the following subjects: • Algebra I • Geometry • U.S. History • Biology I Scholar Diploma Designation: In addition to meeting the 24-credit standard high school diploma requirements, a student must: • Earn 1 credit in Algebra II • Pass the Geometry EOC • Earn 1 credit in Statistics or an equally rigorous mathematics course • Pass the Biology I EOC • Earn 1 credit in Chemistry or Physics • Earn 1 credit in a course equally rigorous to Chemistry or Physics • Pass the U.S. History EOC


• Earn 2 credits in the same World Language • Earn at least 1 credit in AP, IB, AICE or a dual enrollment course A student is exempt from the Biology I or U.S. History assessment if the student is enrolled in an AP Biology or U.S. History course and the student • Takes the respective AP, IB or AICE assessment; and • Earns the minimum score to earn college credit. Merit Diploma Designation: • Meet the standard high school diploma requirements • Attain one or more industry certifications from the list established (per s. 1003.492, F.S.) State University Admissions Requirements Florida universities have a competitive admissions process. The MINIMUM eligibility requirements for admissions are as follows: Earn a standard diploma with a minimum 2.5 GPA in 18 academic courses which include: • 4 English • 4 Math (Algebra 1 and higher level courses) • 3 Science • 3 Social Studies • 2 Foreign Language (in the same language) • 2 Academic electives Earn competitive scores on national college entrance exams: • SAT or ACT However, students only earning minimum requirements will not gain admissions to most Florida universities. These schools are also looking for a rigorous curriculum, strong GPA with an upward trend, competitive test scores, a well written essay, a passionate commitment to extracurricular activities, and leadership experiences. Each school accepts their most competitive applicants. To view each universities average freshmen profile of GPA’s and test scores, visit Florida Shines, then ‘Go to College’ at

6 Academic Booster Club Can you believe Summer Break is almost over? There is so much about to happen for our students. Do you wish, as parents, there was a way to keep up or learn more about the happenings at GJHS? Well there is, The Academic Booster Club. Our mission is to encourage and show appreciation to the students, teachers and staff through support and special events. We are also a network of parents and staff sharing information about all things Eagle. At each of our monthly meetings, we have staff members sharing valuable information and tips to help you and your student. Please find our table at Orientation to sign up or ask any questions. Our first meeting will be Monday, August 13, 2018, at 6:00P.M. in the Media Center. All meetings are held on the second Monday of the month. While attendance is not required at every meeting, there will be information provided as well as opportunities to support our students and staff. Connect with us on Facebook GJHS ABC and on Twitter @gjhsabc. We hope you will join us. We can’t wait to meet you!

The State Legislators set the eligibility criteria for the Bright Futures Scholarship programs. The current criteria is listed below, but is liable to change during any legislative session. For more information about these scholarships, visit the website at Students are able to check their individual statuses on Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) and Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)

Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) • ONLY eligible to receive funding for specific vocational education programs • Students are required to have a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.5 GPA in their vocational program • Students are required to have a minimum of 30 documented community service hours • Test score requirement SAT: Reading test 24, Writing and Language test 25, Math test 24 or ACT: English 17, Reading 19, Math 19 or PERT: Reading 106, Writing 103, Math 114


SAT & ACT Testing Information SAT Test Dates 2018-19 Test Date Aug 25, 2018 Oct 6, 2018 Nov 3, 2018 Dec 1, 2018 Mar 9, 201 May 4, 2019 June 1, 2019

Registration Deadline July 27, 2018 Sept 7, 2018 Oct 5, 2018 Nov 2, 2018 Feb 8, 2019 April 5, 2019 May 3, 2019

ACT Test Dates 2018-19

Late Fee Required Aug 15, 2018 Sept 26, 2018 Oct 24, 2018 Nov 20, 2018 Feb 27, 2019 April 24, 2019 May 22, 2019

Test Date Sept 8, 2018 Oct 27, 2018 Dec 8, 2018 Feb 9, 2019 April 13, 2019 June 8, 2019 July 13, 2019

Registration Deadline Aug 10, 2018 Sept 28, 2018 Nov 2, 2018 Jan 11, 2019 Mar 8, 2019 May 3, 2019 June 14, 2019

Late Fee Required Aug 11-26, 2018 Sept 29-Oct 14, 2018 Nov 3-19, 2018 Jan 12-18, 2019 Mar 4-20, 2019 May 4-20, 2019 June 15-24, 2019

SAT or ACT - Which Test is Right for You? There have been many changes in the SAT and some in the ACT. Here is a brief chart comparing the two tests.




total score out of 1600 English and math out of 800 optional essay out of 8

Time Question types Guessing penalty English

3 hours 50 minutes including the optional essay require analysis and critical thinking none Passage style questions, tests both grammar and rhetoric/style, includes charts and graphs 48 seconds per question Up to pre-calculus, narrow, deep focus - emphasis on problem-solving and application of knowledge, calculator and no-calculator sections 84 seconds per question College-level passages from literature, history, science and social studies, including founding US documents. Emphasis on comprehension, analysis, and use of evidence. Vocabulary is tested within context of passages. 75 seconds per question. None



Science Optional Essay

Evaluate an author’s argument focusing on the techniques made to make it strong. 50 minutes

A few spots are left!

total scored out of 36 English, Math, Reading and science out of 36 all parts totaled and divided by 4 for composite optional essay out of 36 3 hours 45 minutes including the optional essay slightly more literal and straightforward none Passage style questions, tests both grammar and rhetoric/ style, no charts nor graphs 36 seconds per question Up to trigonometry, broader focus, emphasis on straightforward application of knowledge. Calculator permitted on all sections. 60 seconds per questions College level passages or pairs of passages in the following categories: Prose, Fiction, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. Emphasis on comprehension with some analysis. Vocabulary is tested within context of passages. 53 seconds per question Includes reading passages, charts, graphs. Use of logical reasoning and quantitative data analytical abilities is tested. Analyze and evaluate multiple perspectives on a given issue, adopting one as yours or presenting another. Back up the perspective with reasoning and examples. 40 minutes

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8 Class of 2019 Senior Portraits This year our official photographer will be Leonard’s Photography. Leonard’s will be on campus on the following days to photograph your senior: • July 18 • August 16 • August 23 • September 24 (Yearbook Pose Only) Sitting fees start out at $15.00 that increase in price based on the session that you schedule. This fee must be paid before the pictures are taken. Make sure to visit to get more information in regards to sessions that are available. Two weeks prior to each session, you will receive an appointment card. If there is a conflict with the appointment time, please call Leonard’s Photography at (800) 215-4852 to reschedule your session. Senior or Business Ads Senior and/or business ads in the GJHS yearbook are currently on sale through December 21st. Do not miss the opportunity to let your senior know how proud you are of them and their accomplishments by placing an ad in the yearbook. The yearbook staff will gladly design

your ad and provide you with a proof before publication. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Salas at . • Full Page à $425.00 • Half Page à $275.00 • Quarter Page à $150.00 • Eighth Page à $80.00 Yearbooks on Sale Don’t forget to pre-order your yearbook for the 18-19 school year. Yearbooks may be purchased with cash or check (made payable to George Jenkins High School) in room 4224 or by a yearbook staff member. Credit and debit card purchases may be made online at, job #0140. Extra yearbooks will not be purchased this year, so all orders must be pre-paid. Price until August 9th (Orientation Day) • Yearbook Only à $75.00 • Yearbook, Nameplate & Cover à $85.00 Price after August 9th • Yearbook Only à $90.00 • Yearbook, Nameplate & Cover à $100.00

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