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OCPS Vision - To be the top producer of successful students in the nation.

Ocoee High School Goal

“omnis discipulus gradibus suscipiet” “Every Student Will Graduate”

Purpose Ocoee High School is committed to building a “Healthy Community” for all students where the fundamental purpose is learning.

Administration Principal Laura Beusse Assistant Principals Donna Dalton Travis Diesel Tamirra Hutchinson Keatrun Stroughter Guidance Counselors Ms. Stiegletz – A-K Columbia Ms. Kovarik – L-Z Columbia Ms. Beard Princeton A-K Ms. Rogers Princeton L-Z Mr. Johnson – Yale A-K Ms. Walker – Yale L-Z

A Message from the Principal Greetings! As we enter into the 2nd marking period of the 2016-2017 school year I am amazed and humbled at what our students have already accomplished and am looking forward to their future successes throughout the year. I hope you are enjoying the capital improvements around our campus including a new paint job, upgrades to our sports facilities, a new digital marquee and more. We are thankful for the half penny sales tax at work at Ocoee High. As we move into the 2nd nine weeks we need to insure that our students stay focused on our core mission of high academic achievement. Please support your student by checking Parent Access regularly, staying in communication with our teachers and speaking to your student about their goals for the year and where they currently are in reaching those. If we can continue to establish and strengthen the student/home/school conversation and relationship our students, and ultimately our community, will be the beneficiary. Laura Beusse

Deans Richard Bouch – Columbia Monique Morris – Princeton Scott Howell – Yale Gloria Boisvert – ESOL Compliance/Dean Donna Wagner – Attendance Dean Patricia DeNoon – Testing Coordinator 407-905-3000 • School Phone 407-905-3099 • School Fax

Hurricane Makeup Days

To download a PDF version of this newsletter, go to ocoeehigh/ocoeehigh.php

Friday, October 28 2016 and Friday April 28, 2017 will now be student attendance days. All students should attend school on these days to recover the time missed from Hurricane Matthew.

‘Knightly News’ November 2016 Published Four Times Per Year Orange County Public Schools PO Box 271 Orlando FL 32802 Issue # 2


Dress Code Reminders Clothes shall be worn as they are designed: suspenders over the shoulders, pants secured at the waist, belts buckled, etc. • Bare midriffs and bare sides should not show, even when arms are extended above the head. • Clothing that is too tight or revealing is unacceptable. • Garments, tattoos and/or jewelry which display or suggest sexual, vulgar, drug, gang • paraphernalia, alcohol or tobacco related wording/graphics or may tend to provoke violence or disruption in school shall not be worn. The following items are prohibited: • Bandanas. • Heavy chains hanging from the neck, belt, pocket or attached to wallet. • Jewelry that has any sharp or pointed areas. • Hemlines of shorts, dresses and skirts shall be no shorter than mid thigh • Spaghetti strapped and tank top type blouses/dresses/shirts. • Night clothes such as pajamas, slippers, or boxers

Orange County Public Schools 2016-­2017 Calendar Fri.

Oct. 28, 2016

Wed.-Fri. Fri. Two Weeks Tue. Wed.

Nov. 23-25, 2016 Dec. 16, 2016 Dec. 19, 2016-Jan. 2, 2017 Jan. 3, 2017 Jan. 4, 2017


Jan. 16, 2017


Feb. 20, 2017

Thu. Fri. Mon.-Fri.

Mar. 16, 2017 Mar. 17, 2017 Mar. 20-­24, 2017

Mon. Fri. Mon.

Mar. 27, 2017 Apr. 28, 2017 May 29, 2017


May 31, 2017

Thu.-Fri. June 1-2, 2017 First semester: 84 days (43/41) Second semester: 96days (50/46) Prioritized Bad Weather Days PRIORITY DATE 1 Oct. 28 2 Apr. 28 3 Feb. 20 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Nov. 23 Mar. 24 Mar. 23 Mar. 22 Mar. 21 Mar. 20 June 1

Student holiday/teacher professional day/ teacher non-workday Thanksgiving Break End of 2nd marking period (41days) Winter Break Student holiday/teacher workday Students return to school/begin 2nd semester/begin 3rd marking period Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (Schools and district offices are closed.) Presidents’ Day holiday (Schools are closed. District offices are open.) End of 3rd marking period (50days) Student holiday/teacher workday Spring Break (Schools are closed. District offices are open.) Begin 4th marking period Student holiday/teacher non-workday Memorial Day Holiday (Schools and district offices are closed.) End of 4th marking period/last day of school for students (46days) Post-planning for teachers

CURRENTUSE Professional Day/Student Holiday Teacher Non-­Workday/Student Holiday Student/Teacher Holiday (Presidents’ Day) Thanksgiving Break–Day 1 Spring Break–Day 5 Spring Break–Day 4 Spring Break–Day 3 Spring Break–Day 2 Spring Break–Day 1 Post-planning (Post-planning would change to June 2 & 5)


Michael A. LaPorte, CLU®, CHFC®

Electronic Devices Students may use electronic devices before and after school, during passing time and during their lunch break. Students may not use electronic devices during those times of day that have been set aside for instruction.

(407) 395-9720 • 336 E. Plant Street •  Winter Garden, FL 34787

Your Life. Your Goals. 360. | Michael A. LaPorte is an Investment Advisor Representative offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Some Advisory Services and Financial Planning offered through Vicus Capital, Inc., a Federally Registered Investment Advisor. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity.

School Tardy Policy School begins at 7:15 am. School buses are typically on time and if late students are given excused passes to class. If students arrive late they will need to sign in at the attendance office and students will be issued 2 LOPs (lunch detentions). Remember to excuse a tardy to school a parent/guardian must sign in that student in the attendance office.


College and Career Corner Parents and Students! FAFSA is NOW OPEN. Many of you may have questions and concerns regarding the financial aid process. Our Financial aid night is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, at 6:30p.m. in the auditorium. The speaker for the evening is Gerri McCormick, our state financial aid guru. Please put this event on your calendar. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to stop by the College and Career Center; ask for Mrs. Moore.

Valencia College There will be a Valencia College application lab hosted by the College and Career Center. What is this, you may ask? Valencia College Admissions Counselor will be here onsite assisting students with the completion of their college application and available to answer any questions students may have. When: Wednesday, October 26 Where: College and Career Center, Room 802 Time: 11a.m.-1p.m. Seniors, check your Edmodo group for sign-up and more details!

Khan Academy for SAT Prep! Khan Academy is available for all students for help in preparing for the SAT. Students can access Khan Academy through their The program adapts to what each student needs to work on based on individual results from the PSAT/SAT previously taken or from the results of a diagnostic assessment. If you have any questions regarding Khan Academy please contact your Guidance Counselor.

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SPORTS Metro West Conference Girls Weight Lifting Schedule 2016-2017 Wednesday, November 09, 2016 @ 5pm Olympia @ Dr. Phillips Evans @ Edgewater Jones @ Wekiva Apopka-Ocoee @ West Orange Wednesday, November 16, 2016 @ 5pm West Orange @ Olympia Dr. Phillips @ Edgewater Ocoee @ Jones Wekiva-Evans @ Apopka Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 5pm Olympia @ Evans Apopka @ Dr. Phillips West Orange @ Jones Wekiva-Edgewater @ Ocoee Wednesday, December 7, 2016 @ 5pm West Orange @ Apopka Evans @ Wekiva Ocoee @ Dr. Phillips Edgewater-Jones @ Olympia West Metro Championship, Wednesday December 14 @ West Orange STATE ENTRY LIST DUE MONDAY JANUARY 2 5:00PM Sub District, January 9, 2017 ALL WEST ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLS @ TBA Regionals Final Week of January 18-21, 2017 ALL ORANGE & OSCEOLA COUNTY SCHOOLS @ Colonial FHSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Friday-Saturday, February 3-4, 2017 @ Kissimmee Civic Center


SPORTS Girls Soccer Date Day 3-Nov Thu. 4-Nov Fri. 8-Nov Tue. 10-Nov Thu. 15-Nov Tue. 29-Nov Tue. 2-Dec Fri. 6-Dec Tue. 7-Dec Wed. 8-Dec Thu. 13-Dec Tue. 6-Jan Fri. 10-Jan Tue. 13-Jan Fri.

Opponent Wekiva Freedom Edgewater Apopka West Orange Dr. Phillips Colonial TFA Masters Evans Olympia East Ridge Lake Howell Lk. Brantley

Place Home Away Away Away Away Home Away Home Away Away Away Away Home Away

JV 6pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 4:30 No JV 6pm 6pm 5:30 6pm 5:30

Varsity 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 7:30 6pm 7pm 7:30 7:30 7pm 7:30 7:15

Girls’ Basketball Schedule Opponent Place 5th Annual Lady Mustangs PreSeason Challenge Wed Nov 9 Winter Springs Wekiva 5:00 V ONLY Thurs 10 Boone Wekiva 6:30 V ONLY Mon Nov 14 Lk Brantley Lk Brantley 6:00/7:30 JV/V Wed Nov 15 Edgewater* Ocoee 6:00/7:30 JV/V Thurs Nov 17 West Orange* West Orange 6:00/7:30 JV/V Fla Prospects Thanksgiving Shootout TBA(2 games) Tues Nov 29 Winter Park Winter Park 6:00/7:30 JV/V Thur Dec 1 West Port** West Port 7:00 V ONLY Fri Dec 2 Buchholz Ocoee 6:00/7:30 JV/V Mon Dec 5 Cypress Creek Ocoee 6:00/7:30 JV/V Wed Dec 7 Jones* Ocoee 6:00/7:30 JV/V Thur Dec 8 East River** East River 6:00/7:30 JV/V Thur Dec 15 Lake Minneola** Ocoee 5:30/7:00 JV/V Mon Wed Dec 2830 Fla Prospects Christmas Tournament TBA V Only (3 games) Thur Jan 5 Olympia* Olympia 6:00/7:30 JV/V Fri Jan 6 Apopka* Apopka 6:00/7:30 JV/V Wed Jan 11 Evans* Ocoee 6:00/7:30 JV/V Thur Jan 12 Lake Howell** Ocoee 5:30/7:00 JV/V Think Pink Shootout@University TBA(1 game) Tues Jan 17 Wekiva* Ocoee 6:00/7:30 JV/V Thur Jan 19 East Ridge** East Ridge 6:00/7:30 JV/V Tues Jan 24 Lk Brantley Ocoee 5:30/7:00 JV/V Thur Jan 26 Dr Phillips* Dr Phillips 6:00/7:30 JV/V Mon Jan 30 Districts Ocoee 5:30/7:00 Wed Feb 1 District Semifinal Ocoee 5:30/7:00 Fri Feb 3 District Final Ocoee 7:00 *Metro **District Principal: Laura Beusse Athletic Director: Steven McHale Head Basketball Coach: Gina Solano V Asst. Coach: Stacey Waits JV Coach: Greg Murphy

7 Boys Basketball Schedule DATE Opponent Nov. 14-19 Pre-Season Classic 11-21 Cypress Creek 11-23 Astronaut 11-25 Metro Shoot Out 11-29 Dr. Phillips 12-1 Apopka 12-7 Edgewater – (Var Only) 12-8 East River 12-13 East Ridge* 12-15 Lake Mineola* 12-28-29-30 GREAT 8 SHOOTOUT 1-4 Jones 1-5 West Orange 1-10 Lake Mineola 1-12 Lake Howell 1-14 Metro – Polk 1-17 Evans 1-19 East Ridge 1-24 West Orange 1-25 West Port* 1-26 Olympia 1-31 Wekiva 2-2 Masters 2-6-8-10 DISTRICT TOURNEY

Place-Time TBA HOME 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 AMWAY CENTER 12:15- 1:45 TBA APOPKA AWAY 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 HOME 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 HOME 6:00 (G) 7:00 (B) HOME 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 AWAY 5:30 – 7:00 AWAY 5:30 – 7:00 TBA HOME AWAY 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 HOME 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 HOME 5:30 – 7:00 AWAY 5:30-7:00 APOPKA TBA AWAY 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 HOME 5:30 – 7:00 AWAY 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 HOME 7:00 Senior Night Away 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 AWAY 4:30 – 5:30 – 7:00 HOME 5:30 – 7:00 Lake Mineola TBA

Freshman Boys Basketball Schedule DATE OPPONENT 11-21 Cypress Creek 11-29 Dr. Phillips 12-1 Apopka 12-3 TRIPLE Oak Ridge – Evans 12-7 Edgewater 12-8 East River 12-10 TRIPLE Winter Park – Apopka 1-4 Jones 1-5 West Orange 1-17 Evans 1-21 TRIPLE Winter Park – Edgewater 1-23 Olympia 1-28 TRIPLE Wekiva – Olympia

PLACE – TIME HOME 4:30 AWAY 4:30 HOME 4:30 HOME 10-11-12 HOME 4:30 HOME 4:30 HOME 10-11-12 Away 4:30 HOME 4:30 AWAY 4:30 HOME 10-11-12 AWAY 4:30 HOME 10-11-12


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Athletic Contacts and Important Information Athletics Director: Steve McHale – Head Athletic Trainer: Nikki Reis – Principal: Laura Beusse Athletic Office: (407) 905-3006 • Reminder: All students must have an up to date physical on file with Mrs. Nikki Reis (Head Athletic Trainer: Nikki Reis – in the Athletic Office to be eligible to participate in any activity during the school year. Sport Physical forms are located on-line on the Ocoee HS Website, Front Office, and Athletic Office (620). All Student-Athletes must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to tryout/participate. Winter Sports are beginning try-outs as early as Oct 17, contact all Head Coaches as prefer for detail information concerning conditions/try-outs. Good Luck Steven J. McHale, M.Ed., CAA USMC Veteran Athletic Director Ocoee High School Phone: (407) 905-3006 Fax: (407) 905-3099

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