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Hawk June 2017 Issue 4


Administration Principal

Principal’s Message Dear Parents and Students: Congratulations to Mr. Frank Casillo who has transferred to the Educational Support Center to work closely with The Executive Director of Secondary Education. Mr. Casillo’s long commitment and service to the Lake Howell community, for more than six years, is something that we are all proud of and respect. Mr. Casillo is a stellar example of what a leader is and should be in many, many ways! I want to personally thank Mr. Casillo for his support and encouragement in helping me transition in to such a wonderful school. I know you will join me in wishing Mr. Casillo well in his new and exciting assignment. Once a Silver Hawk, ALWAYS a Silver Hawk! Welcome to the summer of the 2017-2018 school year. This will be a year of firsts for me as your new Principal, but I have the utmost confidence that together we will continue to make Lake Howell High School the BEST school in the county and continue our Hawk Strong success in academics, athletics, and in the arts! My name is Michael Kotkin, and I am so pleased to be “home” here at my Alma Mater, Lake Howell High School. As a Class of 1990 graduate, I am honored to now call myself Principal, the fifth in our school’s history. At the same school that I once sang our alma mater as a high school student myself, “Hail to thee our Alma Mater, Hail to Lake Howell High…”, I now return to lead one of the premiere schools in the state and in Seminole County. As a former student who spent his entire educational career here in Seminole County Public Schools - Eastbrook Elementary, Tuskawilla Middle School, and then, of course, Lake Howell - I am proud of my educational upbringing. After graduating from Lake Howell, I attended and graduated from The University of Central Florida where I received my undergraduate degree in Social Science Education. Then, in the Spring of 1993 I began my teaching career, first at Oviedo High School followed by Indian Trails Middle School, and then finally to Winter Springs High School. I spent all of my years in the classroom teaching either United States History or Economics. Then, in August of 2002, I began my administrative career when I was hired as an Assistant Principal at Lyman High School. In the spring of 2004, I was hired as the first Assistant Principal of Paul J. Hagerty High School where I dutifully served until August of 2009. Then, on August 10, 2009, I had the privilege of being named the fifth principal at Lake Mary High School. In the eight years I served Lake Mary, it was an amazing opportunity to lead such an outstanding school that had the support and passion of the Lake Mary community. Finally, in May 2017, it was my sincere pleasure to be transferred to Lake Howell High School, where I come home to the very school where I once grew up. This school made such a positive impression on me that it had a direct influence on why I would become a teacher and later an administrator. It is also the school my sisters graduated from and where my mom once worked. Lake Howell is the school that I can honestly say that I grew up in, and have always proudly called myself an alum! I am now honored beyond belief to return to the nest that once gave me my wings to fly! As you can tell, I am truly excited to come home! Continued on next page

4200 Dike Road • Winter Park, FL 32792 • PH: 407-746-9050 • FX: 407-746-9025

Michael Kotkin 407-746-9001

Assistant Principals

Lance Abney 407-746-9004 Nancy Diaz 407-746-9079 Michael Howard 407 746 9008 Toni Norton 407-746-9003

Dean of Students

Jesse Rose 407-746-9006 Cindy Frank 407-746-9007


Hawk Talk June 2017 • Issue 4 Published Four Times Per Year Lake Howell High School 4200 Dike Road Winter Park, FL 32792

President’s Message continued... You should know that I will challenge students, teachers, and parents alike to reach above and beyond this coming school year and not only meet the goals that we will set out for them, but to exceed them! Lake Howell is a great school that is rich in academic and athletic traditions, while being notorious too for statewide success. I am more than confident that this coming school year we will reach for excellence and attain more than is expected. I very much look forward to meeting each and every one of you as we work throughout the summer as we prepare for the 2017-2018 school year. Personally, it is a privilege and honor to come home and to serve each and every one of you as Principal of the greatest high school in Seminole County; and I will strive to do everything possible to continue our growth as a leading school in this district. Lake Howell High School is an amazing school because of the great teachers, the wonderful support staff, the supportive parents, and the best students anywhere. GO SILVER HAWKS! Sincerely, Michael C. Kotkin, Principal

SAVE THE DATE! Open House-August 23

Lake Howell High School Soaring to New Heights.

Happy Summer Silver Hawks from PTSA!

Congratulations to the 2017 Graduates from Lake Howell High School! What an amazing accomplishment you have achieved!  We hope your passions will lead you to your life long goals! I want to thank everyone that was a part of the Lake Howell High School Parent Teacher Student Association!  Without your generous help, we wouldn’t be where we are!   Our year was a huge success with fundraisers, teacher and staff appreciation events, and helping with organizations throughout the school.  We partnered up with several clubs to help raise monies for scholarships, trips, and items!  We plan to continue this in the 2017-18 school year. As the year comes to a close, we are in need of Board Members, Chairpersons, and general volunteers for the 2017-18 school year.  If you can contribute a small amount of time, it would be like you are contributing hours!  We are always looking volunteers for various dates, times, and events-- no set schedule, so whatever/whenever you are able to help, we would love to see your smiling face! If you are interested in climbing on board by becoming a board/chair position, please contact me at or call 407-399-7886 for more information! Lori Elliott, LHHS PTSA President ~HAWKSTRONG~

Community Service

Bright Futures requires community service for all levels of the scholarship awards. (Florida Academic Scholars = 100, Florida Medallion = 75, Gold Seal = 30). Students now have until May 1st of their senior year to complete all community service for Bright Futures. Parents, if your student is interested in receiving a ½ credit for completing community service, please make sure he/she has submitted the proper form to his/her school counselor for approval PRIOR to beginning to volunteer, and that the agency is on the district-approved list. All information on this is available on the school’s website under the “Student Services” link. Once hours have been completed, students are required to write a reflective essay about their experience and all documentation must be turned in to student services.

Summer Availability

A counselor will be available approximately two days a week throughout the summer. If you need to contact a counselor, please call the front desk at 407-746-9050, and they can direct you to the counselor on duty.

Conferences Count

Parent/teacher conferences are a time for parents and teachers to share information, and are just as important in high school as in earlier years. To make the most of the time available, be prepared to ask questions like the following: • • • •

Which subjects appear to be my students weakest and strongest? What can I do at home to help? What kind of tutoring is available - where and when? What standardized tests will my student be taking this year? When? How can he/she best prepare for them?

Be sure to tell the school about: • Problems or changes in the student’s life (such as a divorce or death) that may affect him/her at school • Any special interests or talents the student possesses • Any significant changes in the student’s attitude about school or his peers



Summer Testing Information

Test Dates

EOC testing is available during the summer at Lake Howell High School. The Biology EOC and U.S. History EOC will be administered on July 17 beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Media Center. The Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 will be administered on July 18th and July 19th (two-session test) beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the Media Center. Students must pre-register for summer testing using the registration for summer testing form which is located on the Lake Howell High School website. For more information about summer testing, please contact Kathy Bolling at or call 407-746-9165. Beginning in 2017-2018, College Board will offer an August administration date for the SAT and will no longer offer a January administration date. For information about registration for the SAT, please visit

Advanced Placement Exams

AP exams will be given in early May 2018. These are national exam dates and will not be changed. Please check for more detailed information on test dates and plan accordingly. No make-up days are available for missed AP exams.

Lake Howell is an SAT/ACT test site! Please keep the following test dates in mind as an SAT or ACT score is required for Bright Futures and University admission. The SAT and PSAT have been redesigned by College Board. Students can visit to practice the new SAT. Visit to view how the SAT is changing. Practice booklets are available in the student services lobby or online at the College Board and ACT ( websites. Please note that registration deadlines are usually one month before each test date.

SAT ACT Aug. 26 Sept. 9 Oct. 7 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Dec. 9 Dec. 2 Feb. 10 March 10 April 14 May 5 June 9 June 2

The PSAT will be given during school hours this year on Oct. 11, 2017. The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test is an excellent practice tool for the SAT. All freshman, sophomores, and juniors will be taking this test at no charge during school hours. Juniors must take this exam to qualify for the National Merit Scholars Program. Online review opportunities for these tests are available to students through,, and Seminole County is funding for all seniors and juniors to take the SAT in the 2017-2018 school year. The scheduled SAT School Day for seniors is October 11th, 2017. The date for juniors is TBA but will take place in the spring. The county will handle all registrations for these dates.

Florida Shines ( offers great opportunities for high school and college planning and is Florida’s official statewide advising system. Students and their parents can review their progress toward meeting Bright Futures Scholarship Program eligibility requirements and the State University System course requirements for admission. Career testing, college searches, and resume writing help are available, free of charge, to Florida middle, high and college students.

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Schedule Processing


11th/12th Grade Schedule and Textbook Pickup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7/31/2017 from 8 am – 12 pm 10th Grade Schedule and Textbook Pickup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8/01/2017 from 8 am – 12 pm 9th Grade Schedule and Textbook Pickup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8/02/2017 from 8 am – 12 pm Freshman Kickoff - Evening of 8/02/2017, 5:30 – 7 p.m. * Schedules picked up during the above dates are unofficial and may change due to the leveling of classes. Parents: we invite you to come during the same hours of the Kickoff as your child to meet with us for pertinent information regarding your child’s freshman year at Lake Howell (Location TBA with AC!). We look forward to meeting you. First Day of School - *Official schedules will be available during a special homeroom class on the first day of school. Homerooms are designated by last name and will be made available on campus and on our website prior to the first day of school. Students who wish to change their schedule should pick up or print off a schedule change request form from our website and drop it off at the front office or fax it to 407-746-9069.

2017-2018 Yearbooks for Sale!

Class of 2018, don’t forget to schedule your Senior Yearbook picture over the summer. Leonard’s will be at our Orlando Senior Photo Studio at 114 Wilshire Blvd, Casselberry, FL 32707 throughout the summer. 2018 Yearbooks will be available for pre-order beginning August 1, online at Don’t miss out on your chance to order at our unbeatable introductory price of S50. WINGS Gallery of Excellence awarding-winning volumes sold out in 2016 and this year as well so don’t let the opportunity to pre-order pass you by. Parents of Class of 2018 seniors, be sure to visit yearbookforever. com to order your memory ad for the yearbook or email Ms. Williams beginning in August 2017. Memory Ads are a great way to celebrate and commemorate your student’s time here at Lake Howell. Memory ads start as low as $50. If you are a small business owner and would like the opportunity to advertise in volume 44 of WINGS Yearbook, please contact Ms. Williams at in August for more information. Also, be on the lookout for our student staffers as they visit your local businesses over the summer. Be safe this summer, Silver Hawks, and remember, time flies, so make each moment count.

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Toni Norton • 407-746-9050 Lake Howell High School

Virtual School

Virtual school requests will be periodically approved by counselors throughout the summer. Parents and students may submit course request at in order for the course to be approved by a counselor. Students are required to complete one online course to meet the graduation requirement. If you are a student planning to take a virtual class in the 2017-2018 school year as part of your school day, you’ll need to fill out a virtual course add/drop form and it must include a parent signature.

6 2nd Semester Report Cards & 2017-2018 Schedule Changes

Second semester report cards will be printed upon request. Parents and students can check Skyward for their final semester grades. Summer Office hours are Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any student who wishes to change their schedule during the summer should print and fill out a schedule change request form found on the LHHS website and drop it off to Lake Howell, Monday – Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., or fax it to 407746-9069. NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE TO ACADEMIC CORE CLASSES UNLESS THIS FORM IS SIGNED BY A PARENT.

Student Services

Attention rising seniors! If you have less than 19 credits by the start of the 2017-2018 school year, you will be classified as a junior. This means you will not be able to participate in senior activities or receive senior privileges, including parking. Students who have 22.5 credits at the end of 1st semester will be bumped to senior status at the close of the semester. Parents: It is extremely important that we have the most up-to-date contact information for you in Skyward. Please check to make sure we have working telephones numbers and addresses for you and your student. Much of our communication is done via U.S. mail and phone calls. Current information is especially important for families of seniors so we can keep you abreast of your child’s graduation status!

Let us Know How We Are Doing!

Please help Lake Howell High School continue to meet the needs of our students, parents, and community by filling out this brief survey:

7 Welcome Back Silver Hawk Athletes!!

This year athletics will be off to a fast start with all of our fall sports starting before the first day of class. Listed below are the fall sports offered here at Lake Howell. Please check the Lake Howell website for information about start times and coaches contact information. • • • • • •

Football Boys and Girls Swimming Boys and Girls Bowling Girls Volleyball Slow-Pitch Softball Boys and Girls Golf

To be eligible to participate in athletics: •

A student must be promoted to attend Lake Howell High School and have a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Physical paperwork must be turned in before any student will be permitted to participate in preseason conditioning, tryouts, or competition. Physical paperwork can be found in the athletic office or on the school website. Please stop by the athletic office to see Mrs. Dunning or call with any questions you might have at 407-746-9011. Do not turn physical paperwork into a coach under any circumstance.

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