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Gulf Coast High School

7878 Shark Way | Naples, FL 34119 | PH (239) 377-1400 | FX (239) 377-1401

For the parents, staff, students and community of Gulf Coast High School

From The Principal’s Desk It truly has been a fantastic year for all of us associated with Gulf Coast High School.

These are just a few of our most memorable accomplishments:

• GCHS designated an “A” School by the State; highest graded high school in Collier County • We were a shelter for over 2,000 people during Hurricane Irma • Our Boys’ Golf Team winning a State Title • Boys’ Soccer Team winning their second State Title • Model UN Team who continued their streak as a Top 10 team in the country • R.O.T.C. Leadership Team qualified to go to the National Competition this summer in Washington, D.C. • Straight Superior Rankings from all of our competitive bands and orchestra

Mission Statement

The Mission of Gulf Coast High School is to provide a safe learning environment in which students have the opportunity to receive the highest quality education to facilitate future academic and career success

As the school year is coming to an end, I want to thank all parents and students for supporting the school and truly making Gulf Coast High School the best high school in Southwest Florida. I look forward to seeing everyone at our End of the Year Award Celebrations and at Graduation. Best of luck to the class of 2018 and thank you for your dedication to Gulf Coast. It is an honor being your child’s principal, Joe Mikulski, Principal “Shark Pride”

Administrative Team Mr. Joe Mikulski, Principal Dr. Deborah Cox, Assistant Principal, Curriculum Mr. John Lambcke, Assistant Principal, Discipline Mr. Eric Nelson, Assistant Principal Ms. Jocelyn Jones, Assistant Principal Mr. Greg Maniscalco, Instructional Support Specialist Mr. Matt Kuk, Activities/Athletic Director Mrs. Cindy Giles, Guidance Department Chair Mr. Mike Shaw, Plant Operator

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Volume 12 • Issue 1


Student Services Corner Upcoming Awards Ceremonies May 14th 6:30pm Monday Senior Awards Night Seniors Receiving Scholarships If any seniors received private scholarships or scholarships from a college/university that you plan to attend, please email of bring a copy of the award letter to Mrs. Giles in the Counseling Office so that you can be recognized at the Senior Awards Ceremony on May 14th at 6:30pm. Scheduling The counselors will schedule all students enrolled at Gulf Coast High for the 2018-19 school year during the month of March. Course verification sheets will be sent home with the students in April. This will be the last opportunity to make any changes in course selections for the upcoming school year.

Disney Youth Education Series The GCHS Student Government recently traveled to Epcot to take part in the Disney Youth Education Series. A program titled “The Evolution of Technology� took the students through the beginnings of technology and how it has changed over the years. The students enjoyed learning about how technology has been used in the past, and how Disney makes use of the new advances in technology. This is an annual trip for the Gulf Coast High School Student Government. Each year the students pick new programs with which to learn and grow.

Community Service Students wanting to complete community service hours over the summer must have the volunteer request form pre-approved by their school counselor. Please review the policies for volunteer hours on the Student Services Web Page under Policies and Procedures. Bright Futures Scholarship for Seniors Most seniors have applied for the Bright Futures Scholarship. Seniors have until May 25th to meet the requirements for Bright Futures Scholarships (Requirements include Grade Point Average and community service hours). SAT/ACT requirements may be met by the June testing dates. Please see your counselor if you have any questions on meeting the Bright Futures requirements.


Curriculum Corner IMPORTANT DATES May 25, 2018 – Early Dismissal Day May 25, 2018 – Graduation/Alico Arena @ 2:30pm May 30, 2018 – Early Dismissal Day May 31, 2018 – Early Dismissal Day May 31, 2018 – Last Day for Students June 1, 2018 – No School – Teacher Planning Day Grade Reporting Periods March 29, 2018 – End of Quarter 3 April 6, 2018 – Distribution of Report Cards April 27, 2018 – Interim Period Ends May 4, 2018 – Interims Available May 31, 2018 – End of Quarter 4 • Report cards will be mailed home Holidays May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day Testing Dates FSA Writing Assessment – April 3 – April 6 FSA ELA/EOC Window – April 19 – May 14 AP Exam Window – May 7 – May 18 AICE Exam Window – April 30 – May 29 Final Exam Window – Seniors – May 15 – May 18 Final Exam Window – Underclassmen – May 29 – May 31 Testing Accommodation for Students with Disabilities A student with a documented disability may be eligible for accommodations on national college exams including ACT, SAT, PSAT, AP, and/or Certification Exams including Adobe, Microsoft, Autodesk or QuickBooks. • SAT and ACT accommodations request may take 5 to 7 weeks to process requests prior to an exam. • AP exams for May 2018, accommodation requests must have been registered by February 23, 2018. • SAT June 2, 2018, accommodations request must be received by April 13, 2018 • ACT June 9, 2018, accommodations request must be received by April 25th, 2018 For guidelines and documentation requirements see the following: • SAT, PSAT, AP: • ACT: • Certiport, Certification Exams: desktopdefault.aspx?page=common/pagelibrary/Disabilities. htm#Process

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Upcoming Tiburon Players Performance The GCHS Tiburon players will perform the musical ALL SHOOK UP in the school auditorium April 19, 20 and 21st. Show times are 7:00 pm on April 19th, 7:30 pm on April 20th and 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm on April 21st. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for adults and $25 for an all-access pass. This rocking show is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, set to the music of Elvis Presley! Come out and support your Gulf Coast Thespians!

Club Announcements Gay-Straight Alliance This year the Gay-Straight Alliance held a Rose sale for Valentine’s Day to raise money for the Trevor Project, an organization providing crisis prevention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ youth throughout the United States. Almost 120 roses were sold and a $100 donation was made. The Young Democrats The Young Democrats are sponsoring a voter’s registration drive during the week of March 26th – March 29th. We are hoping to provide the opportunity for those students turning 18 on or before November 6th, 2018, a chance to get registered so that they can vote in the upcoming midterm elections. Spanish Academic Team Please congratulate the students from our team…..21 outstanding’s and Adriana Cespedes won a senior scholarship for her outstanding essay! Thank you to all the amazing foreign language teachers who have been vital to their second language acquisition!


Marine Science Honors Class Visits Rookery Bay GCHS Marine Science students engaged in a remarkable opportunity to apply their learning through their Field trip to an estuary, courtesy of CCPS. The excursion afforded 80 students a practical, hands-on interaction in measuring water quality and exploring face-to-face many of the organisms who call the estuary “home!� With the recent cold snap and the uncontrolled fires, it was questionable if it was even going to be possible to head out on the waters at Rookery Bay, so the classes were thrilled they were able to participate! Students recorded all the variables that influence the health of the estuary, then assessed what the adaptations each of the critters had that enabled them to survive in an everchanging environment. In their reports, they named the Hardhead Cat f ish, Brit tle Sea Star, Inshore Lizardfish, Leopard Sea Robin and the Polka-dot Batfish among their favorite species identified!


Athletics Hello Sharks! The Winter Season is in the books and once again the Sharks dominated. The boys soccer team won their second state title in school history with a dramatic 2-1 overtime victory over Fletcher. Gulf Coast remains the only team in Collier County that has won a state soccer championship. The girls soccer team had another winning campaign and advanced to the Regional tournament. The girls basketball team made an unbelievable run all the way to the Elite 8, while the boys basketball team finished a strong season with 17 wins. The wrestling team fought hard and had several wrestlers advance deep in the regional tournament. The spring season has the Sharks on the rise again! The girls and boys tennis teams are off to scorching starts and will look to make deep postseasons runs. The baseball and softball teams are making their presence known on the diamond and have big plans for the playoffs. The boys and girls lacrosse teams have already had several dramatic victories and are setting things up for a strong late-season push. The boys and girls track teams are breaking school records and making other schools take notice in their recent meets. We want to wish all the teams luck as they look to finish their seasons on a high note. Come on out and support all our teams! Schedules are available at As a reminder, spring football is right around the corner and starts on April 23rd! If you are interested in participating this spring, you need to create your account on the NEW website we will be using, You must get all the needed paperwork uploaded to the website prior to participating in any sport. If you have questions, please contact the Activities Office at 239-377-1428. Stay in touch with everything happening at Gulf Coast by subscribing to our Facebook (@ccpsgch) and Twitter (@GCSharks) pages!


Students Earn Adobe Illustrator Industry Certifications All Career & Technical Education courses include a certification test. Passing scores for these certification tests demonstrate students’ expertise in the latest technology. The Industry Certifications are earned by students who work hard learning, practicing and using the software daily. As students pass certification tests, they demonstrate their skill base and obtain documentation that they can carry with them into their college or workplace after completion of high school. Nationally recognized Industry Certification from companies like Microsoft and Adobe are becoming requirements for individuals entering the workforce in a whole host of jobs across the country. Our GCHS students do have a sense of accomplishment and pride for their certifications earned. Congratulations to the following students from Mrs. Roop’s Digital Design 2-3 classes. These students’ futures are empowered with these earned certifications.


Bliss Boudif Christina Brice Jonathan Bryan Gavin Brylowski Lauren Copeland Matthew Daiello Maxwell Doss Jenna Evensen Darren Fitzpatrick Talia Iannelli Carolina Juarez Adam Kedzior Bane Lausterer Henry Lockwood-Sheriff Brendan Neill Robert Pantoja Hary Proenza

Lauren Roche Savannah Semach Brian Sheriffs Joel Steuber Taylor Torres-Griffin Natasha Valdes Haley Wood Victor Zaldivar

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Student Services Corner Curriculum Corner Club Announcements Tiburon Players Upcoming Show & much more!

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