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October 2016

Volume VI Issue V

R high school 3535 Old Kings Road North Palm Coast, FL 32137

Message from the


Administration Dr. Earl Johnson

Greetings Pirate Nation: It is hard to believe we have already completed over a quarter of the school year. We have had a very busy start. Hurricane Matthew recently passed through Flagler County leaving behind damaged structures, roads, trees, and vehicles; thousands of residents were left without power for days. In the midst of the storm, our community came together to take care of one another’s needs and restore a sense of normalcy for our families and schools. The school district’s maintenance and custodial departments worked endless hours to ensure our facilities were safe for everyone’s return to school. We are very proud of all the hard work our faculty and staff put in on a daily basis in order to ensure our students receive a well rounded, challenging educational experience. I would like to recognize our Teacher of the Year, Mr. Andrew Hutcheson, and our Employee of the Year, Ms. Sharon Jackson. Thanks for all you do for the Pirate Nation Family! Congratulations to Elizabeth Kirkconnell for qualifying as a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program. High School students are entered into the program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The top scoring students in each state are chosen as semi finalists. In February, the Merit Scholarship recipients are selected. Good Luck, Elizabeth! Congratulation to the following seniors: • Megan Gonzalez-August Senior of the Month • Kobi Kane - September Senior of the Month & school board Student Representative • Elizabeth Kirkconnell - October Senior of the Month We are proud of all that you do for MHS! Our fall sports have gotten off to a strong start, which has electrified the sense of school spirit on campus. If you have not had an opportunity to go out and support our scholar athletes, go check out our volleyball, cheerleading, swimming, football, golf, bowling, and ...continues on next page


Mrs. Cara Cronk Assistant Principal

Ms. Angela Owens Assistant Principal

Mr. Kenny Seybold Assistant Principal

Mr. Bob Sawyer Dean

Ms. Sara Novak Dean

Mr. Robert Ripley Dean

Mr. Rich Weber Athletic Director

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Make good choices  - Hold yourself accountable  -  Strive for excellence


Guidance News!

Principal's Messsage continues... cross country teams. Of course, make sure you also check out one of the best bands in the state as our Band of Pirates has been rocking the stands all year. The 2016/17 school year is proving to be one of the best in Pirate history. Matanzas High School Scholars have earned $15,928,896 (with $12,000,000+ being earned this year alone) in microscholarships by utilizing All students should have a account which provides them with opportunities for earning scholarship money. Looking forward to seeing what exciting opportunities the next quarter brings.

By: Patricia Perri-Trimmer

Local scholarships are starting to come in!

Please make sure you fill out the 2016-2017 local scholarship application available online at Check weekly outside of the Guidance Office for new additions and apply for everything! Ordering Transcripts - Transcript request forms can be located in the guidance office. Make sure you fill out the required information, sign. If you are applying to a private or out-of-state school, please make sure to include the address, including the zip code. Indicate by checking if you want your transcript sent electronically, by mail and personal pick up. Even though transcripts are sent electronically, they will NOT arrive to the incoming college/university for approximately 10 business days. Transcripts go to a clearing house first and then to the college/university. If you are requesting a Letter of Recommendation from staff, please allow two weeks for its completion. Seniors - Please give Guidance a copy of your college acceptance letters. We will be displaying them in the upper spot.

Construction News!

Go Pirate Nation! Sincerely, Dr. Earl Johnson

Employee and Teacher of the Year


Be sure to congratulate Sharon Jackson, our Matanzas Employee of the Year, and Andrew Hutcheson, our Matanzas Teacher of the Year!

Vincent Oliveri Students From Construction Tech 2, 3, and 4 are starting to frame now that the 1400 square foot slab has been poured. Students are learning real world experience, so when they graduate high school they will have an advantage over others entering the industry. All materials are donated by Builders 1st Source. This is Construction Tech 2 Grading, forming, prepping and pouring out 30 yards of concrete donated by Argos Concrete, and Titan Concrete for MHS new CTE facility. Students getting the slab portion ready and done, so they can move on and learn how to frame.

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Congratulations to the members of the 2016-2017 Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy!

By: Amanda Kraverotis These students attended their kickoff event in September, where they were able to pack meals for 75 families! These meals will go to local food banks. The Leaders will participate in monthly Leader Labs, a Big Thank You school project, a Do Good December community project, and will plan and carry out a major service project at the end of the year, all while gaining leadership and communication skills.

2016-2017 Chick-Fil-A Leader Academy Members: Allie Amaral Alegra Chong Alexandra Chong Cayla Goff Danielle Hartley Sierra Higgins Hannah Hile Kobi Kane

Alexus Kinslow Heather Klayman Arianna Legory Daniella Malcolm Mikayla McDermott Megan Methvin Sarah Propst Curtis Simmons

Marine Science

Willie Stevenson Crowley Kelsey Sweeney Brittney Tellis Vanessa Tomoah Brianna Villa Danaizha Walker Andrew Wills Emily Wise

Christopher Feist The Matanzas High School Marine Science 2, and the Advanced Placement Environmental Science classes will be headed out to Princess Place Preserve to conduct field research. Before we go, both classes will be making HesterDendy sampling devices out of old recycled compact discs and PVC pipe. These sampling devices will be placed in aquatic habitats, secured by ropes to keep them in place from daily tidal movement, to see what animals make a home in between the space of CD’s stacked up in the sampling device. Later, in the spring, we will return to retrieve the sampling devices and see the types of invertebrate, and vertebrate organisms that inhabit the aquatic ecosystems of Princess Place. The Marine Science 2 students will also be kayaking through the aquatic preserve, which is our closest estuary, to learn about that fragile habitat and appreciate its beauty. We are very lucky to have such a pristine ecosystem to close to our school, and we like to try and get out here as much as possible.


Vision Statement

Matanzas will become a premier high school by inspiring all students to be college, career and life ready.

Mission Statement

By providing a challenging and meaningful education, Matanzas High School prepares all students for success and empowers them to lead lives of significance.


Make Good Choices Hold Yourself Accountable Strive for Excellence

Who's Who At MHS Athletic Secretary Clarice Dias Attendance Clerk Kelli Dorries Bookkeeper Marie Drumm & Sharon Jackson Copy Clerk Pam Brown Discipline Office Secretary Maryann Mlinic Guidance Secretaries Veronica Polchinski Kathy Summerlot Testing Secretary Debra Carlin Media Clerk Judy Rosell MIS Vicki Apperson Registrar Kathy Ryan Receptionist Melinda Willems Secretary to the Principal Lauri Normandin

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4 News from Mrs. Oliva’s Class

Good News from MHS ESE Department

Sandra Oliva The Treasure Chest (school store) is being managed by students and supervised by the job coach, Ms. Lillian. The Treasure Chest is selling school supplies, food, MHS spirit clothing and much more. The students are learning how to organize various items, money management skills, completing store inventories and communicate effectively. Please visit our store during lunchtime.

Amy Taylor and Dan Satory recently finished a project for our students. They made modified book supports for each student in every color of the rainbow. They are now able to participate with better access in all academics and activities using their supports.

Future Problem Solving

By: Jeanne Nix Future Problem Solving and Community Problem Solving are nationwide programs that engage students in creative problem solving and stimulate critical and creative thinking skills, encouraging students to develop a vision for the future. Working in teams, students address in writing competitions topics such as: educational disparities, it’s all in the genes, 3-D printing and identity theft. In addition, students can create an independent community service project founded on the same six steps, as well as participate in scenario writing (a creative writing competition). Students have an opportunity to compete at the state and international levels, depending upon their success during the year.

5 November is a “Drama Celebration” in the Pirate Theater!

By: Richard Whelan The Matanzas High School Drama Club has a lot happening in November. The Pirate Thespians are mounting a full-scale production of Neil Simon’s comedy “Come Blow Your Horn” on November 3, 4 & 5 at 7pm in The Pirate Theater. Tickets are $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults. The play deals with the question; what does it mean to “grow up?” When does it happen? And, does everyone have the same experience? Come Blow Your Horn examines all of these questions through the lens of the Baker Family. Throughout the course of the play, the family struggles to understand and adjust to one another, as the two sons begin to grow up, and the parents realize that they are growing old. “There is a tremendous amount of talent at Matanzas High School”, Drama teacher and director Mr. Whelan commented after auditions. “I could have cast the show four times, I was overwhelmed by those who auditioned. The cast selected was just a step above the rest, they are all rock stars in their own right.” Seniors Michael Delgado, Edward Bazzell, Brittney Tellis, Kianna Longhway and Naomi Matlock; sophomores, Rafael Soto and Lori Sobczak head the cast and senior Elizabeth Stark is the stage manager. The Thespian Club is also getting ready for The International Thespian district competition in Orlando. Senior Collin Sloan is directing “Mirrors”, being entered into the one-act competition category. “What attracted me to the play was its’ unique plot and surprise ending”, Drama Club president Collin shared with The Hook after a recent rehearsal. “Mirrors takes place in the spot that’s between dreaming and reality in a time not known by any of the characters. The main character, Fred, and the audience must decide which is reality. His family being alive, as told by the mother, or his family having died in a fire, as told by the psychiatrist.” The cast includes Elijah Whitt, Tanner Cole, Ethan Caballeros, Abigail Andrade, Lexi Clayton, KC Smith and Natalie Novak who is assisting him as stage manager. “Mirrors” will be performed November 10th and 12th in The Pirate Theater at 7pm. Tickets are 3.00 for students and 5.00 for adults. Pirate Thespians are also being entered in over a dozen individual and group categories at the competition. You can see their entrees at “The Night of Stars”, November 11th at 7pm. Tickets are 3.00 for students and 5.00 for adults.

Join our Matanzas High School Athletics!!!

Athletic Director – Coach Charles Weber Cross Country – Danny Weed Football - Robert Ripley Girls Golf - Jeremy Pease Boys Golf – Christian Bell Volleyball - Dawn Moses Swimming – Carrie Purdy Girls Bowling - Tom DeCeglie Boys Bowling - Frank Novak Cheerleading - Marque Bembry Wrestling - John White Girls Basketball - Dan Toblin Boys Basketball - Donald Lockhart Girls Soccer - Tony Benvenuto Boys Soccer - Rich Weber Girls Weightlifting - Sara Novak Competitive Cheerleading -Marque Bembry Girls Track & Field – Danny Weed Boys Track & Field - Jeremy Schaefer Boys Lacrosse - Jeff Goren Girls Lacrosse - LeAnn Johnston Softball - Sara Novak Baseball - Jim Perry Boys Tennis - Jeremy Pease Girls Tennis - Tracy Hicks Flag Football - Dan Toblin Boys Weightlifting - Don Mathews



Matanzas Pirates Sports Spotlight Message From Coach Weber - Athletic Director

It has been a great start to the year for our Pirate Athletic teams as our Fall athletic programs have been having great success! Our football program is off to another outstanding start and has their eyes set on a first ever playoff appearance. Volleyball also completed their two game sweep over our crosstown rivals, FPC, have shown great progress over the season. Boys Bowling has been on a “roll” with a 10-2 record and highs their eyes on qualifying for the State Competition. Girls Cross Country has been building all season with strong results and is looking to set their mark in Districts, Regionals and States. It has been great to see ALL of our programs grow under our coaching staff! We look to have great success as we transition to the fall season sports.

Matanzas Boy Bowlers Mean Business

By: Frank Novak This years boy’s bowling team, which has a 10 and 3 record, is comprised of the returning players: Captain Josh Massey, Kade Polite, Curtis Payne, and Talon Covert. New to the team this year are; Matt Moll, Nathan Menendez, Charlie Wicker, Brandon Bell, Victor Stevens, and Keaton Wilburn, they are coached by Frank Novak. This year’s team has been bowling quite well as they aim to be part of the second round at Districts where they can finish first through fourth. Two years in a row they have finished in third place out of ten teams just missing second place and going to states by 5 pins last year. Josh Massey, Curtis Payne, and Kade Polite are all having an outstanding bowling season, which is making the difference where we are! See Coach Frank Novak if you are interested next year as we are always looking for bowlers! Go Pirates!

Girls Golf!

By: Brandie Alred Our girl’s golf team did a great job at Districts. Two of our golfers, Beatrice Dietz and Jessica Rodrigues, advanced on to regionals. We had an amazing season and appreciate all of the hard work. We will be having our annual golf tournament on December 3rd. We would love to have a great showing from our faculty, staff, students, and parents. Please stop by Coach Pease’s room for more information.

By: Jeffrey Goren The boy’s lacrosse team is eager to defend their back-to-back district championships (2015, 2016) this spring. At first glance, the Pirates appear to be down from last year’s championship team, they lost 13 seniors to graduation (7 starting positions), but don’t mention that to this year’s team. The boys are spending countless hours in the weight room and on the field this off-season to ensure they fill the big shoes left by the class of 2016. Despite the Pirates’ new look, head coach Jeff Goren believes his team has a chance to do something special. The Pirates return plenty of offensive firepower to fill the back of the net with goals. Leading the charge are seniors: Storm Schalit (midfield) and Andrew McIntire (attack). In addition, expect major contributions from junior midfielders Jonah Robertson and FPC transfer Corey Gales. The Pirate defense has been working hard to improve after allowing opposing teams to score an average of nearly 11 goals per game last season. Coach Goren wants that number down to 6 or 7 goals against in 2017. Coach is focusing on new defensive schemes combined with betterconditioned athletes and improved communication to rejuvenate the crew. Fortunately, the Pirates have experienced returning defensemen Maximus Schalit (sophomore) and Luke D’Errico (junior) to anchor the defense. Lacrosse is the ultimate team sport, however, there are two specialty positions that dictate the pace of the game. The Pirates are relying on Anthony Masiello (junior) to control the face-off X while Byrson Foxwell (sophomore) and Johnny Sitarik (junior) battle to be the next starting goalie. If you like fast paced action and aggressive play make sure you attend one of the Pirates’ nine home games this spring. • 2/7 vs. Nease @7pm • 2/10 vs. Pedro Menendez @7:30pm • 2/15 vs. Father Lopez @6pm • 2/17 vs. Fleming Island @6 pm • 2/22 vs. Buchholz @7pm • 2/24 vs. St. Augustine @7pm • 3/23 vs. Creekside @7pm • 3/24 vs. FPC @6pm • 3/28 vs. Ponte Vedra @7pm

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Pirate Football moves to 5-0 for the second straight season. By: Robert Ripley The Matanzas Pirates have battled the elements this year with a game being cancelled, a game being postponed, and now a hurricane. But through all of the adversity, the Pirates are still 5-0 with the meat of their schedule in front of them. With four games remaining the Pirates will learn their postseason fate. Starting with Mainland at home on 10.14.16, then back on the road for their final road game against Pine Ridge on a Thursday night 10.20.16, then back home for Homecoming vs. Deltona in what could be a winner take all match up for the final District playoff spot on 10.28.16. Senior night vs. Pedro Menendez on 11.4.16 rounds out the season. We the Pirates need you to pack our stands for the remainder of our games to push us to brink of greatness!! With the opportunity to go to the playoffs for the first time ever!! GO PIRATES!!!! SEE YOU AT THE SHIP!!

Key Club News


By: Kathy Summerlot Key Club will be conducting a gently used children’s book drive from November 1st to December 1st. There will be a box in the upper spot. We hope to collect 1000 books to wrap and hand out at the Town Center Holiday Parade. Please bring in those books! We are selling Chick-fil-A 2017 Calendars for $10.00. They have $32.00 in coupons enclosed. Please consider buying one to support our Relay for Life fundraising efforts. They make wonderful stocking stuffers, and who doesn’t like Chick-fil-A? We also have Belk Charity coupons available for $5.00, which are redeemable on 11/5/16. It’s essentially nothing out of your pocket.

Future events scheduled are:

• Oct. 25th-Concession Sales at Lip Sinc event in Pirate Theatre • Nov. 5th- The Fun Coast Flagler Beach Bed Race-3pm • Nov. 13th- Color Run at 3pm on our campus in the bus loop • Nov. 19th- Car Wash-Ameris Bank 12-3 Every Thursday at 2pm in the Upper Spot our Key Club meets to plan our activities and work on service projects, if you need community service hours and are not part of a club yet, come and join us!!!

Best Buddies

Amanda Harman Best Buddies is a “friendship club” that matches students in a one-to-one friendship (Buddy Pair) between students with and without intellectual disabilities. Students make a one school year commitment to contact their buddy once a week and do something with them in person twice a month. Many students spend time with their buddy during lunch or during other periods throughout the school day. In order to become a member of Best Buddies, you must fill out a membership application online, click on the membership application tab and go to high schools, from there all you need to do is select your school and fill out all necessary information. If you need assistance or a paper copy of the membership form, see Mrs. Harman in room 6-126.

Flagler County School District Matanzas High School 3535 Old Kings Road North Palm Coast FL 32137

Important Dates

Oct. 24- 28 Homecoming Week Oct. 29 Homecoming Dance Nov. 1 County-wide Presidential Student Election Nov. 3, 4, 5 Drama Performance: Come Blow Your Horn @ 7pm Nov. 10 Veterans Day Observance Program Nov. 11 Veterans Day (No School)


By: Amanda Cashman This year’s “A Night at the Oscars” Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 7:0011:00pm. Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 17th during lunches. Guest forms can be picked up when purchasing tickets. Homecoming Week is October 24th through 28th. Dress-Up Days for Homecoming Week are: ‘Murica Monday, Tacky Tourist Tuesday, Jocks Vs. Nerds Wednesday, College Gear Thursday and Spirit Day Friday. Homecoming Week Activities include: Lip Sync Battle on Tuesday, Gooey Games on Wednesday, Powder Puff Football Game on Thursday, and the Homecoming Football Game on Friday. We are all looking forward to a fun-filled week!

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Alison Clauson – Activity Director Mandy Cashman – Senior Class Sponsor Rob Roe – Senior Class Sponsor Keith Dobson – Band / Jazz, Band Director Jens Oliva Band Assistant Director, Choral Director, Fall Music Coordinator Cassandra DeTulio – Band Flag Corps. Director Rachel Palmer – Band – Percussion Drum Coordinator Jeanne Nix – Community Problem Solvers/Future Problem Solvers Wendy Vidor – F.F.A. Future Farmers of America Lisa Kittrell F.F.C. Future Chefs Nick Baldwin – Habitat for Humanity Mindy Melendez – Hispanic Society Tom DeCeglie – Interact Club Katherine Rushing – Junior Class Kathy Summerlot – Key Club James Murphy – Leo’s Club Jan Lemus – National Honor Society Mandy Cashman – SGA Student Government Tracey Hicks – TV Production Coordinator Shanna Graifer – Yearbook Jeffery Goren – Fishing Club Sarah Lipsitz – Debate Team Kim Keen – Gay Straight Alliance

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