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May 2017

Volume VII Issue III

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

Message from the


Greetings Pirate Nation: Our campus has been alive with activities including spring concerts, drama productions, athletics and end of year events. The annual spring musical, Sweeney Todd, starts April 27th and runs through April 30th in the Pirate Theatre. Come on out and support our thespians! There is much to celebrate at MHS! Miracle Porter was the first Volusia/Flagler athlete named Miss Soccer by the Florida Dairy Farmers. Erin Robinson and Christina Cabada competed at the Florida FPS State Competition. Congratulations to our March Senior of the Month, Brendan DiCerbo, our April Senior of the Month, Tyler Wise, and our May Senior of the Month, Caitlyn Morse. The Daytona-Beach News Journal Medallion of Excellence winners, Tyler Wise and Patrick Garrett each received a $250 scholarship. Hannah Wisniewski was named the runner-up for the Flagler District State Scholar award. Our Pirate scholars submitted nominations for the first Teacher of the Month award. Mr. Tom DeCeglie was honored as the April Teacher of the Month. Mr. DeCeglie sponsors the Interact Club, Future Problem Solvers and is the girls’ bowling coach. He inspires students to challenge themselves in and out of the classroom and encourages them to support their communities. Thank you for all you do, Mr. DeCeglie! Congratulations to all! The 2016-17 school year has flown by! It is hard to imagine that in a month, our Senior Class will leave us and embark on the next chapter of their young adult lives. Before that day, our seniors will travel to Orlando for Grad Bash on April 28th, attend Prom on May 5th, and participate in the MHS Graduation Ceremony on May 25th. We wish you success in all you do! We will miss you, Class of 2017! You have made your mark on Matanzas! Although the year is quickly coming to a close, our scholars need to remain committed to pursuing excellence in all academic areas until the final day of school. Our scholars will finish out their last quarter, and take state and end-ofcourse assessments through the month of May. Stay strong, Pirate Nation! Sincerely, Dr. Earl Johnson

Administration Dr. Earl Johnson Principal

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

To download a pdf version of this newsletter, go to matanzas/matanzas.php

Dr. Johnson, Hannah Wisniewski, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, Diane Dyer and Jacob Oliva, Superintendent

2 Marine Science

Christopher Feist, Karin Feist

A few of our Matanzas Pirate marine scientists took a trip to Marine Lab in Key Largo this past February chaperoned by Christopher Braucher, and Karin and Chris Feist. The trip was a huge success on all counts. The ocean was calm; the air was warm, and we saw everything the ocean has, except whales, while snorkeling. We even got to snorkel around an underwater hotel room and underwater laboratory nestled in a lagoon nearby to Marine Lab. Our students participated in one mangrove ecosystem snorkel, two coral reef snorkels and a sea grass ecosystem snorkel. Each snorkeling trip was accompanied by engaging laboratory experiences at Marine Lab. Our students collected data along Key Largo reefs, and participated in citizen science by giving this data to the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). The students were specifically collecting fish species information and the population sizes of these fish. Our students also participated in citizen science by collecting data to help out the Florida Microplastics Awareness project. Our students sampled two 1,000mL containers of ocean water we collected in Key Largo. Unfortunately, we found many types of micro-plastics. Not only did we see fascinating sea creatures below the calm waves, but we also learned about various Key Largo ecosystems and why they are so fragile. Before heading home, we stopped for a picnic lunch at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park; and got to see their 30,000-gallon aquarium.  We hope to return next year, with any interested MHS marine science students of the past or present. If you think you might be interested in attending, please see Chris Feist in room 5-111.

Guidance News Trimmer

Course selection sheets were handed out and the students entered their class requests for the upcoming school year. Counselors will be double-checking to make sure all students have the correct classes needed for graduation requirements. Individual meetings will be held as needed.

Juniors! Now is the time to start exploring what you plan to do after high school whether it is college, career or military. Many colleges have great virtual tours and information on the minimum requirements for admission. The military and technical schools offer the same. It is never too early to start researching your future! Matanzas will have someone in the guidance department all summer to answer questions and concerns. Please feel free to contact us.


Alexis Antonacci and Bri Calkins – Class Writers

We are excited to announce the completion of the 2017 MHS YEARBOOK!!! This year’s theme is “Only the Locals Know.” Our Editor in Chief picked this theme because she found it fitting for our small community. We wanted to not only include all of our school events and extra curricular activities in which we have participated in the past year, but also our involvement in the community as well. We have had such an incredible time going out to all of the different club and sporting events and being involved in so many school activities throughout the year. This year our yearbook is $80, and they are currently on sale for pre- order. Yearbook is more than a bunch of people placing pictures and writing captions; it’s a family, and it is something I would recommend to anyone! Yearbooks will be arriving at the end of April. Buy yours now! Please bring cash/check to Room 1-202. Mention this article and receive $5.00 off.


Mandy Cashman

On Wednesday, March 22nd, Matanzas SGA and Key Club hosted an on campus blood drive. We had over 100 students donate blood!   Student volunteers passed out shirts and pizza, helped with signing people in to donate blood, and assisted the donors who became a little woozy after donating blood.  A huge thanks to all students who participated.  We hope to double our numbers for the final blood drive of the 2016-2017 school year, which will be held on Wednesday, May 17th in front of the Pirate Theatre.


Teacher Academy

Vision Statement

Kim Keen

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

Matanzas High School is expanding its Flagship Programs to include the new Teacher Academy, which will feature opportunities for students to become the next generation of cutting-edge teacher leaders. Designed in response to the projected teacher shortage in Flagler County and the State of Florida. The Teacher Academy aims to develop talent from within our student population and as a result build strong schools and strengthen our community. The long-range goal of the MHS Teacher Academy is to partner with local colleges and universities while taking advantage of dual enrollment opportunities to put our students further along the path toward their future career in education. The Teacher Academy will work with the Future Teachers of America club to provide students with an opportunity to make a difference in their school and community through training and mentorship while preparing for their future. Students who are interested in the Teacher Academy should contact their guidance counselor.

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

Matanzas Book Club/ Media Center

Ms. Brander

On March 2, 2017, the Matanzas Book Club traveled to Bunnell Elementary School to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day and read to the younger classes. We read classics such as Oh the Places You’ll Go and Fox in Socks. Everybody had a great time!

Future Problem Solvers

Math Nation

On March 26-29, two MHS students had the honor of participating in the Florida Future Problem Solving (FPS) State Competition at the DoubleTree Resort at Sea World in Orlando. The students are junior Erin Robinson, who won a place by writing a winning individual Global Issues packet for the district competition, and junior Cristina Cabada who will be writing as an alternate in the Global Issues team competition.   The topic for the state competition is Identity Theft.   Winners at the state competition may be invited to the International Competition held at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, June 7-11.   The topic there will be Biosecurity.   For more information about FPS/CmPS, visit the website at http://www. or see Mrs. Nix or Mr. DeCeglie.

From April 3rd – 16th, students in Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II participated in the annual Test Yourself challenge sponsored by Math Nation. Students took mini assessments and had to score 8/10 or higher to be entered into drawings for prizes. The prizes included iPads, doughnut parties and a cruise, which was awarded to one teacher in the State of Florida as well. Scholars should continue to utilize the site even after the competition as it provides review and practice for the FSA tests, which will take place on May 8th and 9th.

Jean Nix

Alison Winfree

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

“The Hook” • May 2017 • Issue #3 Flagler County School Board P.O. Box 755 Bunnell, FL 32110 Published Five Times Per Year

4 Agriculture/Horticulture Academy Happenings!

Wendy Vidor The FFA and Horticulture students were invited to be an intern for the day at Yellowstone Landscaping in Bunnell. During the internship, the students learned about safety procedures, history of the company and the various landscape divisions of Yellowstone Landscape! We were mentored by the staff on how to prepare for an interview and how to apply for internships. Also, during the internship our horticulture students engaged in a landscape design competition against our rival, FPC. Pirates-1 Bulldogs-0! Our FFA team also competed in the FFA State Floriculture, Landscape and Nursery competition.  High scores were earned in Floriculture by Abbey Vidor and Randy Prum.  This competition helped prepare students for the FNGLA Horticulture Industry Certification. Students take this certification to work in either the garden center or landscape industry.  Local horticulture companies seek students who complete this certification because they are prepared with the background knowledge needed to be successful in the industry.

National Honor Society

Jan Lemus

Thirty-three students have been “tapped” by the Matanzas High School National Honor Society. These students were selected based on their academic standing, character, leadership and community service. On Monday, April 3rd, in the Pirate Theater, these students were officially inducted into the MHS National Honor Society.  At that time, each student received his or her official NHS certificate and gold pin.  Senior National Honor Society members received their official NHS gold graduation tassels, gold medallions and stoles. NHS raised over $300 at their car wash on Saturday, March 25th, at Auto Zone. All proceeds went towards the NHS scholarship fund.


Check out our new display showcase for the school store, “The Treasure Chest.” It is located in the Lower Spot and features many items that can be purchased at the store. Help support our ESE department.

Important Dates



April 20th, 26th & 27th . . . . . . May 10th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 15th-18th . . . . . . . . . . . . May 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 18th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 24th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 25th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Cap & Gown pick-ups Senior Awards 6pm Pirate Theatre Senior Exams (Make-up on 19th if needed) Baccalaureate @ 7pm Santa Maria Del Mar (Flagler Beach) Last day for Seniors Graduation Practice 9am Graduation @ Ocean Center

Underclassmen May 22nd –May 24th . . . . . . . Final Exams (Make-up on 25th if needed)

Pirate Tokens

Mrs. Olivia’s class is learning about changes to light and sound in Physical Science class. The students are investigating how changes in frequency, wavelength or speed impact light and sound waves.

Our Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) have been on the rise this year thanks to our PBIS team headed by Ms. Sara Novak. The focus of the PBIS team is to increase the positive behaviors occurring at MHS. As a result, the use of Pirate Tokens by our professional educators has grown. Pirate Tokens are handed out to students for displaying positive behaviors, which may include following classroom and hallway procedures, helping others, following our motto, etc. Students turn their Pirate Tokens in for a chance to win prizes during drawings held at lunch on Fridays. Teachers are encouraged to utilize the Pirate Token system as well. A teacher’s name is drawn from the winning student Pirate Tokens and provided lunch from The Pearl, our student culinary lunch program. Student input on prizes has made the Pirate Tokens even more valuable. As a result, a pair of highly coveted Prom tickets will be awarded this month. Keep earning those tokens! If you are interested in donating prizes, please contact Ms. Novak,



Pirate Nation Rolls into SPRING SPORTS!!! Coach Ripley

Congrats to our spring sports who are headed towards great seasons! Matanzas Track and Field has run multiple meets and competed most recently at the Bob Hayes Invitational, where multiple athletes had personal best events! Hats off to Matanzas Baseball as they downed our crosstown rival in a recent matchup 13-10.  Bobby Sparling and Corey Betts led the way with 3 RBIs each.  Congrats also to our Girls Softball team as they are off to their best start in school history with a 9-3 record; they currently hold the number two seed in the district.  Girls Lacrosse beat district rival St. Augustine on an overtime goal by Cadaen Wilds.  Boys Lacrosse, which has been on the road for a month, headed home to finish up their schedule and host senior night; the district tournament started  April 4th! Boys and Girls Tennis are also headed to districts April 11th and 12th. Good Luck to our Pirate Athletes!!!  #PirateNation #ALL_IN #PirateStrong

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Coach Perry

The 2017 baseball campaign is well under way, and the Pirates stand at 4 wins and 4 losses. We have taken the season series from Palatka with scores of 11 to 3 and 4 to 1. On Tuesday March 21st the Pirates took the first game of the FPC series 12 to 10. It is Pirate Baseball’s first victory against FPC since 2010, and the first ever road win against the Bulldogs. The regular season will continue through the first week in May. The next two weeks will see 5 district games for the Pirates; three of those at home. In addition to the district games, we had home games with Allen Nease High School and Iroquois NY. Hope to see you there.


Coach Schaefer

The Track team is off to a great start as they move through the middle of their season, and they are positioning themselves for a big district run. Several athletes have improved and set new personal records (PRs). Nick Kubiet set a new school and county record for the shot put with a throw of 51 feet at the George Jenkins Track Meet in Lakeland. Jacob Miley has continued his torrid pace and broke the school record in the 800 meter race with a time of 1:58.10.

Boys Lacrosse Coach Goren

The boys’ lacrosse team battled hard this spring. The Pirates had many new faces on the varsity roster this year, and they worked hard to improve everyday despite their lack of varsity experience. They are excited to defend their District 7 championship trophy.  Leading the way week in and week out was senior top performer, Storm Schalit.  He was a physical midfielder who passed, scored, and defended.   Storm racked impressive statistics on offense this season (38 goals and 20 assists in 9 games).  Next year, Storm takes his talent to Ohio where he will join the top ranked Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University.   I believe Storm will continue to dominate throughout his college career.   But for now, the Pirates are focused winning their third consecutive District title.

Boys Tennis

7 Coach Pease

Will Hall, a junior, has been our most consistent tennis player over the last three years. He is deeply involved in the ROTC program and that translates into a phenomenal work ethic both at practice and during matches.  He is a leader on and off the court, and he can always be counted on to have the best attitude.  Will has recorded 6 wins in 8 matches this year.

Girls Tennis

Patricia Gillispe and Elizabeth Kirkconnell (seniors) have played on the team for the last three years (they are currently #1 and #2 this year). Elise Zitka has been on the team for the last two years and has really improved her skill set this year. I expect her to become a stronger force in the next year. Susie Rodriquez, is the most improved player since she came to play in her freshman year; she continues to grow and develop. This year, we have two newer players who are growing, and I expect to see more from them in the next year


The boys had a great season. Here are the leading individuals for the season:

William Lam 154 lbs Class

Tylee Austin 219 lbs Class

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• 4th in conference • 6th in district • 4th in regional

2nd in conference 2nd in district 3rd in regional (because we went for too much on bench)

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

Senior News Rob Roe

The 2017 Senior Grad Bash Event at Universal Studios In Orlando will be held on April 28th from 5:00pm until 5:00am. This event includes thrill rides, music, and dancing, along with having a once-in-alifetime memory of a great adventure with your fellow seniors. Seniors will have the chance to enjoy the most thrilling attractions Orlando has to offer, all while having the opportunity to hear, Fifth Harmony, one of today’s hottest music groups on tour. Grad Bash is sure to be unforgettable night of fun with your friends.

Digital Design Alison Clauson

Non Profit Organization US Postage Paid Orlando, FL Permit # 2346


Matthew Twigg, Student News Team, Keyjohnna Lewis, Student News Team,-The Hook

Spring Festival and Plant Festival

The Garden Club at Palm Coast selected this year’s winners of the Spring Festival and Plant Festival. The winning first and third place posters belong to, Giana DeAngelis and Briana Esteves. The winning posters were framed compliments of Michael’s and placed on display in the poster tent at the festival on April 8th in Town Center. First, second, and third place certificates were presented along with cash prizes at the Spring Festival. We would like to thank, The Garden Club at Palm Coast, Michael’s, FPC, and all participating sponsors and contributing students.

Flagler County Schools Flagship Showcase We would like to thank the families who came out to the Flagler County Schools Flagship Showcase to view our Digital Design students’ amazing work and talent.

Matanzas High School Newsletter  

May 2017

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