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For the Parents, Staff, Students & Community of Pinellas Park High School

Pinellas Park High School 6305-118th Avenue North Largo, Florida 33773 Phone: 727-538-7410

Principal Brett Patterson, Ext. 2104

ADMINISTRATORS James Adams, Ext. 2107 Traditional A – M (grades 9-11) Cassandra Bogatz, Ext. 2115 Criminal Justice & Traditional T – Z (grades 9-11) Kim Leitold, Ext. 2112 4th Year Students & Pinellas Innovates Paul Peppers, Ext. 2122 First Responders & Traditional N – S (grades 9-11) Mission Statement Our mission is to inspire the diverse students of Pinellas Park High School to become productive and contributing members of society by providing them with a variety of instructional approaches and opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of essential knowledge and skills.

Principal’s Message Hello Patriots, I hope your summer has been full of excitement and adventure and you are ready to start the new school year! During the summer, the Florida Department of Education released individual school grades and Pinellas Park High School earned a “B”!! This is an impressive accomplishment and is the result of the continual work of our amazing staff, students, families and community. Thank you for your efforts and support in this accomplishment. PPHS demonstrated an increase in 9 of the 10 areas that formulate the overall school grade. To continue our positive growth toward being an “A” school, we have incorporated several focused opportunities for our students. In addition to our increased support with instruction and learning, we are widening our Restorative Practice processes as well as our emphasis on social emotional learning. Providing support for our students in all facets of their lives increases success in the classroom and beyond. Keeping our students safe, engaged, and focused on their academic and personal growth promotes our ability to provide your student future opportunities. You can help with this effort by routinely monitoring Focus for grades and attendance and ongoing contact with your student’s teachers. Thank you for your dedication and support, I look forward to seeing all the students return on August 13th to bring in the new year. Brett Patterson Principal

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Student Calendar

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Bell Schedule Period 1

Begins 7:20

Ends Minutes 8:08 48














10:50 11:36










Lunch is based on 6th period schedule 1st Lunch 11:36 – 12:06 Wings A, J, K, L, M, N, CJA 2nd Lunch 12:28 – 12:58 Wings B, C, D, E, F, G, H, Gym

Visit Pinellas Park High School’s Website at Patriot Pride August 2018 Published Four Times Per Year Pinellas County School Board 525 Pennsylvania Avenue Palm Harbor, Florida 34683 Issue #1

Aug. 9 Freshman Orientation Aug. 13 All schools open Aug 22 Swimming Parent Meeting Aug. 28 Back to school night Aug 30 Senior Portraits Sept. 3 Labor Day holiday – No school for students Oct. 4 Picture Day Oct. 5 Homecoming Football Game Oct 6 Homecoming Dance Oct. 12 End of first quarter Oct. 15 No school for students Oct. 26 First quarter report cards distributed Nov. 17 - Nov. 25 Thanksgiving holiday week – No school for students Dec. 13 Winter Chorus Concert Dec. 18 – Dec. 21 First semester final exams Dec. 21 End of first semester Dec. 22 - Jan. 6 Winter holidays - No school for students Jan. 7 No school for students Jan. 8 Second semester begins Jan 18 Second quarter / first semester report cards distributed Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday – No school for students Feb. 18 No school for students Mar. 7 End of third quarter Mar. 8 No school for student Mar. 9 - Mar. 17 Spring holidays – No school for students Mar. 29 Third quarter report cards distributed Apr. 19 No school for students Apr. 23 Spring Chorus Concert Apr. 24 CJA Banquet Apr. 26 CJA Move-Up Ceremony May 22 - 29 Second semester final exams May 27 Memorial Day Holiday – No school for students May 29 Last day for all students Jun 7 Final report cards available for viewing on FOCUS

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PPHS Teams Administrative Team Brett Patterson James Adams Cassandra Bogatz Kim Leitold Paul Peppers

Principal Admin A Asst. Principal Admin B Gr 9 – 11 Last names A-M Asst. Principal CJA bldg Gr 9 – 11 Last names T – Z and all Criminal Justice Asst. Principal Guidance All 4th year and Patriot Innovates Asst. Principal L 7 A Gr 9 – 11 Last names N – S and all First Responders

Guidance Team Kathryn Gilbert CJA bldg Gr 9 &10 Last names T – Z and all Criminal Justice Antonia Tijerina Guidance Gr 9 &10 Last names A – S Jamie Wassermann L 7 A Gr 11 &12 Last names R – Z and all First Responders TBA Guidance Gr 11 &12 Last names A – Q, all AVID and all Patriot Innovates

Address Changes

1. Go to the web site and click the Student Reservation System button on the home page, then log in with your User ID and Password. (Please visit your closest school with photo ID, if you do not have a User name and Password) 2. Click on Change of Residence Address link and follow the steps. 3. Take two forms of residence* into your student’s school.  *Requires two of the following items: utility bill for power, water, sewer, cable or land based telephone (not cellular); rental agreement or lease; closing document, Pinellas County tax statement with homestead exemption. The items must be recent and include the name of parent/guardian and the service/ home address. Please bring these required documents to the guidance office or they can be faxed to (727)507-6174 or emailed to If you do not have any of these items in the name of the parent or guardian, you must complete an Affidavit of Residency. This document is available at the school and on the district website. It must be completed, notarized on both sides and submitted with two of the items listed in the name of the person with whom you reside and who is listed on the Affidavit.


SAC Needs You!

Our School Advisory Committee (SAC) meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the Media Center. We welcome parents, community members and school staff to join us and be a contributing member to our success.

Permission To Leave

If you know in advance that your child will need to leave during the school day, please provide a note with the following information: 1. Name of student 2. Grade level 3. When they need to leave 4. Why they are leaving 5. Signature of the parent/guardian 6. Please have your student take it to their assistant principal’s office for processing.


If your child will be absent, please call your child’s assistant principal’s office to notify them. If you reach their voice mail, leave your child’s name, grade, reason for absence and the name of the person leaving the message. You can also report an absence on our website at pp-hs by clicking on the far right link “Report Student Absence.” Make sure to include your child’s name, date of birth, grade, date absent and reason. You may attach any supporting documentation if necessary as well.

4 Join AVID

We WILL get you into college! Interested? Apply online at:


• Student-centered tutorial sessions • College campus visits • Collaborative work on projects such as the AVID t-shirt design and community service plans • Personalized assistance with college applications, essays, and scholarship searches • High number of AVID students accepted into academic honor societies • All AVID seniors accepted to at least one college


• AVID strategies used in other academic classes • Planner/agendas for all students • Dedicated AVID Site Team works to ensure access to advanced courses for all students • AVID students participate in dozens of clubs, sports, and hours of community service • S c h o o l - w i d e p r o m o t i o n o f a college-going culture as our students participated in College Application Week For more information, visit the AVID table at Freshmen Orientation or email Ms. Brengle:

Graduation Requirements 24 TOTAL CREDITS English Language Arts Mathematics (must include Algebra I and Geometry) Science (must include Biology I) Social Science (American Government, World History, U.S. History, Economics) Fine Arts H.O.P.E. Other Electives Total *** one course must be taken online

4 credits 4 credits 3 credits 3 credits 1 credit 1 credit 8 credits 24 TOTAL credits

MINIMUM 2.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE Students must earn at least a 2.0 gpa to receive their diploma. Students with a gpa lower than a 2.0 may be eligible for a certificate of completion. A 2.0 grade point average is also required for participation in sports, clubs, and other extracurricular activities. STATE TESTING REQUIREMENTS Students must pass the following statewide assessments: • Grade 10 ELA (or ACT/SAT concordant score) • Algebra I end-of-course (EOC) or earn a comparative score on the (P.E.R.T.). Results from the Algebra I EOC constitute thirty percent of the final course grade when enrolled. Students must participate in the EOC assessments in the following subjects: Biology, Geometry, U.S. History, and Algebra II (if enrolled). Results constitute 30 percent of the final course grade. Additional information on state of Florida graduation requirements can be found at:

5 2018-2019 ACT & SAT Test Dates Pinellas Park High School Code: 100-927

ACT Testing

Register at TEST DATE September 8, 2018 October 27, 2018 December 8, 2018 February 9, 2019 April 13, 2019 June 8, 2019

REGISTRATION DEADLINE August 3, 2018 September 21, 2018 November 2, 2018 January 11, 2019 March 8, 2019 May 3, 2019

LATE REGISTRATION* additional fee applies August 4 – 17 September 22 – Oct 10 November 3 – 25 January 12 - 18 March 9 – 22 May 4 - 17

SAT Testing

Register at TEST DATE August 25, 2018 October 6, 2018 November 3, 2018 December 1, 2018 March 9, 2019 May 4, 2019 June 1, 2019

REGISTRATION DEADLINE July 27, 2018 September 7, 2018 October 5, 2018 November 2, 2018 February 8, 2019 April 5, 2019 May 3, 2019

LATE REGISTRATION* additional fee applies July 28 – August 15 September 8 – 26 October 6 – 24 November 3 – 20 February 9 – 27 April 6 – 24 May 4 - 22

Supervision Times

This is a reminder that the Code of Conduct states parents “will not leave their child at school more than thirty (30) minutes before the start of the school day or pick their child up more than thirty (30) minutes after the school day unless the parent has made special arrangements with a teacher, administrator, or a before/after school care program. Supervision will not be provided beyond that time. This also includes school activities outside the regular school day such as clubs, dances, carnivals, practices, and games.” It is important that parents make arrangements to pick up their student in a timely manner. After school hours students must be with a coach, teacher or club sponsor to remain on campus. Parents must make arrangements to pick up students within 30 minutes of an after school game or other event.

6 Girls and Boys Golf

Girls and boys golf try-outs will be held the first week of school. All insurance paperwork and physical must be complete prior to try-outs. Any questions email Coach Miller at Have a great rest of the summer!!!

Swim Team

Do you want to be part of a winning team? Do you want to get in phenomenal shape? If so, we are looking for a few good people to swim for the Pinellas Park Varsity Swim Team. As part of the team, you will develop friendships, sportsmanship, and fitness. There will be a Parent Night Meeting on August 22nd @ 6pm in the faculty dining room. If you are interested, please contact Coach Russell at russellsha@pcsb. org and pinellasparkswim/. I hope to see you all out there!

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Academic Team

The A-Team is a great place to demonstrate all that knowledge you have gained throughout your life! It is like team Jeopardy in that schools compete against each other with four members at a table per round. We are always looking for the best and brightest who can answer quickly. If this is you, then come to our Monday practices in M9. Competition starts in September, twice a month until February. Hope to see you there!! Regards, Mr. Russell

Senior Portraits

Seniors: get ready for your senior portraits. Leonard's Photography is our official photography company and they will set up a variety of photo shoot opportunities including the yearbook formal in the auditorium on August 30 – 31st. Please plan to look you your best. If you have any questions you may email Ms. Verdensky at


Are you considering a career in teaching? Then FFEA (Florida Future Educators of America) is the place for you! We learn what teaching is all about and work with teachers to create lesson plans, participate in State conference at Orlando, and make our teachers feel special throughout the year! There are many FEA clubs in colleges and Universities around the nation and this is your “foot in the door” to a club that will help you all the way through your education. Look for meeting dates and times or stop by M9 to see Mr. Russell.

7 Extracurricular Activities COACHES Athletic Trainer Baseball Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls Cheerleading Cross Country Football Flag Football Golf, Boys/Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Girls Softball Swimming Tennis, Boys/Girls Track, Boys Track, Girls Volleyball Wrestling

Shawn Ganley Billy Glessner TBA Gary Preston Helen Gauvey Rachel Holler Kenneth Crawford Joshua Sanders Hollie Miller Scott Rothman Ryan Caldwell Shane Demartino Shawn Russell Hollie Miller Kris Wilson Neal Calip Joy Bounthisavath Taylor Nevitt

CLUBS 5000 Role Models Stacey Simmons A-Cappella Ensemble Helen Twinam Academic Team Shawn Russell American Sign Language Club TBA American Sign Language Honor Society Teresa Kessie Anime Club Patricia Spencer AVID Club Ginger Brengle Barbershop Harmony Music Club Helen Twinam Battle of the Books Pauline Luther CJA Law Honor Society TBA Coast Guard Club Wendy Rector Debate Team Stephanie Graham Drama Club/Thespians Karl Meinecke English Honor Society TBA Fellowship of Christian Students Joseph Brown

Florida Public Service Association – FR Dale Koning French Honor Society Annette Coller Freshman Class Sponsor Jennifer Anderson-Kimbro Future Educators of America Shawn Russell Future Business Leaders of America Robert Romain Game Club (The Playtriots) Rachel Spivey Girlfriends Antonia Tijerina Gifted Club Susan Comerford GSA Nancy Velardi Junior Class Sponsor Martha Bradley Marching Band Christopher Leiper Mock Trial Team Cynthia Freed/ Matthew Valentine Model UN Matthew Valentine Mu Alpha Theta Keith Fisher National Art Honor Society Mary McElroy National Honor Society TBA Park Place Barbara Beaudoin Patriot Fencers Matthew Richardson Philosophy Club Adam Graham Photography Club Connie Owens Ping Pong Club Amy Lake PMAC/AWARE Joe Clarke Programming Johanna Pinsker Rho Kappa Lindsay Anello STEM Joe Clarke Science Honor Society Brittney Narubin Senior Class Sponsor Marta Bradley Sophomore Class Sponsor Rachel Holler Spanish Honor Society TBA Special Olympics Ernest Lee Student Government TBA SWAT Joshua Sanders TV Production Joshua Sanders Tri-M Christopher Leiper Yearbook Kimberly Verdensky-Dyer

Non Profit Organization US Postage Paid Orlando, FL Permit #2346 Pinellas County Schools-Area IV Phone: 727-538-7410 Fax: 727-507-4563 Pinellas Park High School 6305-118thAve. No. Largo, FL 33773

Calling All Volunteers

It’s that time again when we need mentors and volunteers to help our students, teachers and coaches with mentoring, field trips, club activities, practices and games. You may volunteer for a one time activity or for the entire year, it’s up to you. For those that will be signing up for the first time, you must fill out the volunteer registration form found on the PCSB website https:// and return it to Carolyn Demartino, our Family and Community Liaison. If you are a returning volunteer, the district will be placing you on an in-active status the end of July so remember to update your information and re-activate your profile on the district Volunteer System. For any additional information or questions, please contact Carolyn Demartino at or (727)538-7410 ext. 2132.

Counselor’s Corner


Students and Families – it is with pleasure that we welcome you back to the 2018-19 school year! The guidance department hopes that you had a restful and fun summer and are ready to come back and move forward towards your eventual graduation. It is our goal to promote developmentally appropriate social, emotional, academic and career growth for every student. We work to build productive partnerships with students, parent and teachers and help students to become healthy and responsible citizens who respect themselves and others. Counselors advise students with their academics and help them construct four-year plans. Throughout a student’s high school career, counselors assist students in developing skills such as goal-setting, problem-solving and decision-making. Students see counselors on a one-on-one basis, in small groups and in classroom settings during our grade level seminars. Pinellas County Schools is joining the national effort to expand SAT test practice opportunities to all students. The College Board and Khan Academy developed free SAT practice tools to create a world-class, personalized experience to help all students prepare for the SAT and college-level courses. Students can use the Khan Academy site 24/7 to get personalized practice for the SAT. The site provides students with instant feedback on their progress through thousands of SAT practice questions that range in difficulty based on each student’s demonstrated skill level. The site also provides predicted score outcomes, full-length practice tests, and interactive questions and videos. Make sure your student is taking advantage of this important resource. Sign up today at Pinellas Park High School Code: 100-927

Pinellas Park High School Newsletter  

August 2018

Pinellas Park High School Newsletter  

August 2018