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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”

A Message from the Principal

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

We are quickly approaching the end of the 2017-2018 school year, and a record setting one it has been thusfar! Students are continuing to work hard in their academics and on their End of Course Exams to insure they complete this school year with grades that meet their goals and exceed the minimum graduation requirement of a 2.0. This is certainly the season of testing and I know our students are prepared. However, we know that these high stakes tests can affect young people in many ways. Some students “act out” at this time of year while others “shut down.” The stress can definitely affect a student’s emotional state and their grades. Parents, you can help. Have your student attend one of our tutoring sessions, make sure you are on top of their grades via Progress Book, and most of all, let them know that you are there for them at this stressful time of life. Together, we can get insure they succeed.

“Every Student Will Graduate”

Administration Principal Laura Beusse Assistant Principals Donna Dalton Travis Diesel Tamirra Hutchinson Keatrun Stroughter Guidance Counselors Ms. Stiegletz – A-K Columbia Ms. Lynum-Spencer – L-Z Columbia Ms. Beard – A-K Princeton Ms. Coffee – Princeton L-Z Mr. Johnson – A-K Yale Ms. Walker – L-Z Yale Deans Donna Wagner – Columbia Monique Morris – Princeton Billy Alderman – Yale Gloria Boisvert – ESOL Compliance/Dean Patricia DeNoon – Testing Coordinator 407-905-3000 • School Phone 407-905-3099 • School Fax To download a PDF version of this newsletter, go to ocoeehigh/ocoeehigh.php

‘Knightly News’ April 2017 Published Four Times Per Year Orange County Public Schools PO Box 271 Orlando FL 32802 Issue # 4

Graduation Graduation is May 25th at 7pm at the UCF Arena. Information can be found on the Ocoee High website.

Senior Week Senior Week is April 17-21: The dress up days for seniors only are MondayMultiplicity/Twin Day, Tuesday- College & Career Day, Wednesday- 90’s Theme Day, Thursday – Throwback or Flash Forward, Friday- Extreme Black and Gold Day. The senior handprints are the 17th and 18th, the breakfast is April 19th, cap and gown distribution is the 19th for those that pre-paid and the 20th for those that need to make a purchase. The 21st is the Top 100 Egg Hunt and the Academic Pep Rally.


Athletics As we enter the 4th nine weeks and get closer to the end of the school year, Ocoee HS Athletics is still going strong. Our Boys Basketball and Football teams have both made history by winning their first District Championships in school history. Victoria Jefferson has flexed her muscle by becoming a back to back State Champion in Girls Weightlifting and setting a new state and national high school girls bench press record at 305lbs. Ernst Attilus become an Ocoee Wrestling District and Metro Champion. Our spring sports are continuing the winning tradition. Ocoee Softball defeated the defending 9A State Softball Champions West Orange. Ocoee Baseball and Flag Football have started their seasons with winning records as well. Check out our website for all the schedule of athletic events going on at Ocoee HS using this link Come out and support your Ocoee Knights! The 2nd Annual Ocoee Athletics Golf Tournament will be on Saturday, May 20 at Orange Lake Golf Resort. Contact the Athletic Director, Scott Howell with any questions or check out the athletics webpage to see the flyer and get information to sign up. Last year’s tournament was awesome and we are looking for bigger and better things this year. Come out to some of our home events and see your KNIGHTS in action. Mar-30 Mar-31 Mar-31 Apr-1 Apr-1 Apr-4 Apr-5 Apr-5 Apr-6 Apr-7 Apr-11 Apr-11 Apr-11 Apr-11 Apr-12 Apr-13

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TESTING INFORMATION Princeton Review will offer a free practice exams to help you prepare for the SAT or ACT. Space is limited for more information or to register visit The ACT date Sat. April 1 9am-1pm and SAT date Sun. April 2 9am-1pm. This summer, get ahead on college Math and English courses at Valencia – with $100 off tuition each class. Hurry and take advantage of this limited time offer. Please see your guidance counselor for more information. • MAT1033C – Intermediate Algebra • MAC1105 – College Algebra • ENC1101 – Freshman Comp I • ENC1102 – Freshman Comp II Math Tutoring After School Math Tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2:40 pm-5:00 pm We offer transportation home please check the bus routes with your counselor or email Ms. Beard at SAT Test Dates May 6, 2017 Regular registration deadline April 7. June 3, 2017 Regular registration deadline May 9. ACT Test Dates June 10, 2017 Regular registration deadline May 5.

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What’s your Mindset? We often think of people as being, smart, athletic, talented, and/ or artistic. Although these seem to be good things, thinking this way can often lead to a fixed mindset, where growth and learning become stagnate. In order to help our students/children to keep learning it is important that we encourage them to develop a Growth Mindset. It is worth emphasising that a Growth Mindset is not a new course but an approach to school and lifelong learning. Research by Developmental Psychologist Dr Carol Dweck of Stanford University points to people having one of two mindsets: Growth and Fixed. “In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” ~ Dweck

A child’s belief about intelligence is an important factor in whether they become an effective learner so being open to their potential for growth is important for success. Although most people will undoubtedly have a mixture of these mindsets in different aspects of their life, Dweck’s research highlights very important evidence that most teaching professionals would instantly recognise in their class. From a practical point of view, staff would recognise pupils with a fixed mindset who are scared to contribute to class discussion for fear of looking stupid; who take one bad test result as a sign that they cannot do the subject, are going to fail and therefore give up; who will not try anything new for fear of getting it wrong; who will persevere with the same approach to their learning even when it is not working rather than being creative and finding a different solution. The school’s goal of developing a Growth Mindset within pupils is designed to remove such barriers to learning as the youngsters will begin to understand, accept and believe they can grow their ability rather than being told they can by parents and teachers. Research suggests that the best methods to allow youngsters to believe in their ability to grow are as follows. Being open and frank about growth. i.e. making everyone aware of what they can achieve by adopting the mindset. Using feedback and praise designed to promote and highlight their ability to grow through effort, planning and commitment. Showing pupils that their brain and body can physically achieve more through training and effort. Giving clear and inspirational examples of others who have used their Growth Mindset to great effect. The opportunity for pupils to think about and write about their mindset. As you can imagine, hearing a consistent message in this approach is crucial to success therefore, staff in the school will be adopting these methods as often as possible. However, it is important that the same message is heard at home so we would encourage parents to try to engage their children with these themes.


Hard Work Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Work Hard Dr Carol Dweck’s, “Mindset: How you can fulfil your potential” is available in most book shops and online. Chapters 1, 2, 7 and 8 are most suited to youngsters’ development.


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