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Volume XX Issue 4 “A Five Star School”

July 2017 For The Parents, Students, Staff And Community of George Jenkins High School

Principal’s Message

School Contact Information Main Number School Fax Attendance Office Guidance Guidance Fax

648-3566 648-3573 701-1015 648-3589 701-1131

Administration Buddy Thomas Principal Tom Patton Assistant Principal Lacy Emmerling Assistant Principal Kevin Robertson Assistant Principal Brad Hiers Assistant Principal Erin Crosby Dean of Students Daniel Rawson Dean of Students Diane Werrick Dean of Student Services George Jenkins High School Newsletter July 2017 • 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 year. The 2017-2018 school year is just around the corner and the staff at GJHS is busy getting ready for the start of another year. The bell schedule for the start 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 Monday, Tuesday, Friday and an Odd/Even block schedule will be on Wednesday and Thursday. The bell schedules will be posted on our website. The time between classes is 6 minutes this year. As your Principal of George Jenkins High School, I want us to continue on our journey of improving all areas of our school. We can still improve in 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 make 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. • Class periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (odd days) and 1, 2, 4, 6 (even days) will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. • The first school day for students is Thursday, August 10th which will be a 7 period day. Thursday, August 10th and Friday August 11th will be 7 period days. • Our Freshman Academy building will have Mr. Daniel Rawson and Mrs. Erin Crosby as Dean of Students, Mr. Jestin Bailey as Athletic Director and Mrs. Tina Marsh as Secretary. All other Administrators, Guidance staff, and our ESE Facilitator will be in Building 1. • We have many opportunities for parent involvement such as helping in our offices, booster organizations, student clubs and activities, and chaperoning school-sponsored trips. • Our continued emphasis on mathematics, science, technology, reading, and the arts will enhance our students’ abilities to be life-long 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 event. Please plan accordingly to drop off or pick up your student 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 child is DRESSED FOR SUCCESS in accordance with the Secondary School Code of Conduct and arrives at school in sufficient time to report to class. We do not want them to miss important class time due to dress code or tardiness issues. ...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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Please contact the Guidance Department and your child’s teacher regularly to ensure he/she is performing to the best of their ability in all academic endeavors. Dates to remember: • Upperclassman Orientation Aug. 8th (9am – 10:30am) • Freshman Orientation Aug. 8th (6pm – 7:30pm) • Open House Aug. 31st (6pm – 7:15pm) 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 tell 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! Buddy Thomas Principal

Summer Homework

Pre-Calculus Summer Homework: Directions to find/print out: 1. Go to 2. Go to the Faculty link under the About Us 3. Click on Goodson, Minter 4. Click on Pre-Calculus Honors Link 5. You will find the link Pre-Calc summer homework at the bottom 6. Print out Page 1 and Page 2 and turn in by the due date. This will be due on MONDAY, AUGUST 14TH Algebra 2 Honors Summer Homework Directions to find/print out: 1. Go to 2. Click on the Algebra 2H Page 3. Click on the link to open the Summer Homework document 4. Print out and complete by the due date This will be due on FRIDAY, AUGUST 18TH For students who will be taking AP Calculus AB during the 2017-2018 school year, you are required to complete a summer homework assignment, which will be due on Monday, August 14, 2017. This very important assignment is located on the George Jenkins High School website,, follow the directions below: üü Click on “About Us” üü Click “Faculty” üü Click “Morrell, Kim” üü Click “AP Calculus AB” üü Click “Calculus summer homework 2017 2018” In addition to the summer assignment, be prepared to take a quiz without a calculator on the first day of school. You will be required to label the unit circle, factor, and perform operations on complex fractions. Enjoy your summer and I look forward to seeing you in August! Mrs. Morrell

George’s Closet

We are getting ready for the 2017-2018 school year. For those of you who are new to our school, we are an organization on campus that was started by the GEICO Business Management Academy in 2014. We accept donations from community members, students, and staff members. We are a NON-PROFIT organization that has a room filled with clothing (all sizes), a food pantry, and toiletries to help students, families, and community members when help is needed. We are here for you. We do accept clean, slightly used clothes. We accept all donations – all year long. Please think about us when cleaning out closets and shopping for BOGO’s. Drop off donations in the front office during school hours. We are located in room 2115 and you can contact Donna Canning at or Diane Werrick at or call the school at 863-648-3566.

3 Pre-Purchase Your Parking Pass for Next School Year!

Parking passes for the 2017-2018 school year will be available for pre-purchase in the front office beginning Monday, July 31st. 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 Tuesday, August 8th. Parking passes will also be available for purchase at Orientation and will continue to be sold in the front office throughout the school year.

Veterinary Academy/FFA News

George Jenkins is so proud of the accomplishments of our students. Julia Lovelady won a $5,000 scholarship through the Deep in the Heart scholarship contest. Participants are required to watch the movie, Deep in the Heart, then write how the movie impacted them through stewardship, faith, and resilience. Kaitlin Bodiford won a scholarship to go to SLC (Summer Leadership Conference). That contest required participants to write an essay based on what FFA means to them. We also have members who received their State FFA Degree including: Amanda Hallman, Christian Cruz, Rachel Grube, Julia Lovelady, Lindsey Payne, and Kelsey Steller. To qualify for a state FFA degree, students must meet the following requirements: have received a chapter degree, been an FFA member for at least two years, completed 360 hours of systematic school instruction in agricultural education, participated in at last five different FFA activities above the chapter level, and have participated in at least 25 hours of community service. Rissa Royce qualified as a state finalist for Proficiency awards in the Veterinary Placement category. Proficiency applications are opportunities for FFA members to reflect on their supervised agricultural experiences. Our Veterinary Assisting team which consisted of Caitlin Knope, Hailey Felger, Emily Coover, and Morgan Joiner placed 2nd in the state. These students were given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills for both companion animals and livestock within the veterinary industry. Our Ag Mechanics team placed 4th in state. Members included Mason Warren, Ryan Parker, Tyler Williams, and Corey Cullaton. We will be acknowledging these students’ accomplishments at this year’s 89th Florida FFA State Convention & Expo. We are so proud of all our students whose hard work and dedication led them to accomplish so much throughout the year.

4 GEICO Business Management Academy

We would like to WELCOME Ms. Stacy Huey from Lakeland Highlands Middle School as a new educator to our Academy. She is teaching our DIT, Accounting and Management classes this year. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience along with her. GEICO has already visited to present to our students. Please ask our Academy students about their personality types, learning styles and diversity training. GEICO always visits our classroom about once a month. The presentation is normally at the beginning of each month. Our Academy Ambassadors are Ashley Jones and Chris Rex. Congratulations to both for they will be representing our Academy at the district level as well as at George Jenkins High School. The GECKO visited our Pink Out Football game in October. Many pictures were taken. Our academy may be taking a trip to visit GEICO in December. It will be open to 11th and 12th graders on a first come, first serve basis. In Entrepreneurship class, we are learning Dave Ramsey “Financial Peace” and marketing techniques. Please ask your student questions about what they are learning and if you have any questions contact the school, Donna Canning ( or Stacy Huey (

GEICO Academy of Advanced Business Management

The advisory board met to reflect on this past year. We will be making a few changes for the 2017-18 school year. GEICO will still visit monthly to teach interview skills, resume writing, and how to select the correct insurance as you become an adult. We will also continue field trips to GEICO adding visits to their IT and HR department, as well as law chat with Lisa and much more. We welcome parent involvement. If you have an interest, please let us know. Parents who are business owners or would like to share experiences and knowledge with our students are also welcome. We would love to have you be part of our academy. Contact the school, Donna Canning ( or Stacey Huey (

Proposed Education Trip To Montgomery, AL

George Jenkins High School US History teacher, Coach Gregg Mays has put forward a request to take GJ students on an educational trip to Montgomery, AL during spring break 2018. The proposed dates are March 23-27, 2018. The current estimated cost which will be collected by the school is $335.00 per person which will cover transportation, hotel cost, breakfast, and all admissions to the historical sites we will visit. There will be a payment plan available for those who would like to make payments. Students will need money for other meals and the evening events; the estimated costs are $75 and $40 respectively. This would bring the estimated total cost of the trip to $450. We will only be able to take 36 students on this trip so if you are interested, please pay as early as possible. If this trip is approved by the district office, students will be able to participate in fundraising activities to help defray the cost. Additionally, there will be an interest meeting at the beginning of the school year in order to gauge the interest and provide the most up to date information for students and parents. Please direct any questions you may have to Coach Gregg Mays via email at Montgomery Trip Estimated Cost Sheet Event/Item Est. Cost Remarks This cost is based on 36 students attending. If fewer attend the cost may rise. No more than 36 students will be allowed to attend, Bus $153 however a waiting list will be created. There will be 9 chaperones used during this trip. The plan is to stay in the Embassy Suites in the center of downtown Hotel $129 Montgomery Will visit: Freedom Riders Mus., Conf. Cptl, Selma, RP Mus, Entry Fees $53 CRMM Meals $75 This is an estimate of the cost of meals: 5 lunches and 5 dinners Misc. & Evening The group will likely go bowling one night and do an “Escape $40 fun events Room” another night ESTIMATED This estimate could be higher or lower. This is an attempt to get $450 TOTAL as close as possible.


Guidance News From the Guidance Department

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! Student schedules will be available at Orientation on August 8th and the first day of school is August 10th. Class changes are limited to corrections only. Remember, the GJHS Master Schedule was built on the courses that students selected at registration. 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. State assessment scores from the Fall 2017 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. Virtual School Requirement All students are required to complete a virtual course as part of their graduation requirements. Some courses that we recommend include Driver’s Education, Parenting Skills, Personal and Family Finances, Creative Photography (P/P Art), Critical Thinking Skills, Fitness Lifestyle (PE), and Outdoor Ed (PE). Virtual school also offers academic courses for students who want to add more rigor to their curriculum or for students who need to retake courses for credit or improve their GPA. Please see our GJHS website at under ‘Guidance’ for directions on how to register for a FLVS course on 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 needed. 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


Graduation 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 • Algebra II (if enrolled) • 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 Algebra II EOC • 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 minimum scores on national college entrance exams: • SAT: 460 in both Reading and Math • ACT: 19 in both Reading and Math, 18 in Writing However, students only earning minimum requirements will not gain admission 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 ‘Go to College’ at

Bright Futures Scholarships

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: Critical Reading 440/Math 440 or ACT: English 17, Reading 19, Math 19 or PERT: Reading 106, Writing 103, Math 114

SAT Test Dates 2017-18

Test Date Aug 26, 2017 Oct 7, 2017 Nov 4, 2017 Dec 2, 2017 Mar 10, 2018 May 5, 2018 June 2, 2018

Registration Deadline July 28, 2017 Sept 8, 2017 Oct 5, 2017 Nov 2, 2017 Feb 9, 2018 April 6, 2018 May 3, 2018

Late Fee Required Aug 8, 2017 Sept 19, 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Nov 14, 2017 Feb 20, 2018 April 17, 2018 May 15,2018

ACT Test Dates 2017-18

Test Date Sept 9. 2017 Oct 28, 2017 Dec 9, 2017 Feb 10, 2018 April 14, 2018 June 9, 2018

Registration Deadline Aug 4, 2017 Sept 22, 2017 Nov 3, 2017 Jan 5, 2018 Mar 9, 2018 May 4, 2018

Late Fee Required Aug 5-18, 2017 Sept 23-Oct 6, 2017 Nov 4-17, 2017 Jan 6-19, 2018 Mar 10-23, 2018 May 5-18, 2018


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. SAT ACT Scoring total score out of 1600 total scored out of 36 English and math out of 800 English, Math, Reading and science out of 36 optional essay out of 8 all parts totaled and divided by 4 for composite optional essay out of 36 Time 3 hours 50 minutes including the 3 hours 45 minutes including the optional essay optional essay Question types require analysis and critical thinking slightly more literal and straightforward Guessing penalty none none English Passage style questions, tests both Passage style questions, tests both grammar and rhetoric/style, no charts nor graphs grammar and rhetoric/style, includes 36 seconds per question charts and graphs 48 seconds per question Math Up to pre-calculus, narrow, deep focus Up to trigonometry, broader focus, emphasis on straightforward application of - emphasis on problem-solving and knowledge. Calculator permitted on all sections. application of knowledge, calculator 60 seconds per questions and no-calculator sections 84 seconds per question Reading College-level passages from literature, College level passages or pairs of passages in the following categories: Prose, Fiction, history, science and social studies, Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science. Emphasis on comprehension with including founding US documents. some analysis. Vocabulary is tested within context of passages. Emphasis on comprehension, analysis, 53 seconds per question and use of evidence. Vocabulary is tested within context of passages. 75 seconds per question. Science None Includes reading passages, charts, graphs. Use of logical reasoning and quantitative data analytical abilities is tested. Optional Essay Evaluate an author’s argument focusing Analyze and evaluate multiple perspectives on a given issue, adopting one as yours on the techniques made to make it or presenting another. Back up the perspective with reasoning and examples. strong. 40 minutes 50 minutes

Community Service update

Beginning with this new school year, 2017-2018, all student participants in Community Service will earn a silver pin upon the accumulation of 100 hours only.

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8 Academic Booster Club


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Parents, are you looking for a way to learn more about GJHS? If so, then the Academic Booster Club is for you! We are a PTA/PTO-type organization that provides support, encouragement and appreciation to students and staff throughout the school year. Through membership fees and fundraisers, Academic Booster Club is able to provide many academic incentives that encourage our students to always do their best during the school year. We also provide support to our teachers and staff with various activities throughout the year, and we show appreciation to them with special events. Academic Booster Club meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6pm in the GJHS Media Center. While attendance at our monthly meetings is not required, it provides a wealth of information about what’s happening at GJHS, and our members are a wonderful network of parents who are eager to share invaluable knowledge resulting from years of experience at GJHS. Please plan to join Academic Booster Club in this upcoming year. Look for the membership table at Student Orientation, where members are happy to answer any questions you have. We hope you will plan to attend our first meeting of the new school year on Monday, August 14th!

George Jenkins High School Newsletter  

July 2017

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