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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 Cummings, 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 Dear Patriot Nation; The 2017-18 school year is starting off with excitement and dedication from the students and staff of Pinellas Park High School. Over the past several years we have experienced tremendous growth in several areas including average daily attendance, participation in honors and AP courses as well as our highest graduation rate in the history of PPHS! Each of these accomplishments is reason to celebrate and I appreciate all of the support provided to reach these impressive milestones. However, there is still work to be done and your efforts are setting the stage for our school community to continue to succeed. With our record setting graduation rate approaching 92% we are ensuring that each graduate experiences a positive high school environment, meets all graduation requirements and is prepared for life after high school. Being prepared for post-high school life is vital to the continued success of every student. To reach that end, students are gaining college credit through AP and Dual Enrollment classes and by earning Industry Certifications. Earning college credit saves time and cost as well as easing the transition from high school to college. Including industry certifications to the students resume strengthens their marketability in the workforce. Walking across the stage to gain their diploma is no longer our last step in our responsibility for your student, it is the first step in their future and PPHS is preparing them for their journey. We have many programs and opportunities for students to maintain success during their high school career and starting off coming to school every day, being on time to class and passing all courses are all keys to that success. If your student is having trouble in a class please have them attend tutoring in our Learning Success Lab during lunch or after school to get back on track. It is much easier pass a class the first time than to repeat a class after school or in the summer. Tutoring is an excellent place to get extra support and increase success in their classes. continued on page 2...




2 Principal’s Message ...continued from cover I also would like to invite you to be part of the PTSA and SAC organizations. This is a perfect place to gain insight and provide input to the workings of Pinellas Park High School. Meetings are held monthly at PPHS and feedback has a direct impact on school events. I will send reminders through School Messenger prior to each meeting. Thank you for all you do to support your student and PPHS. I look forward to another exciting year. Best, Brett Patterson Principal

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.

Calendar of Events

7/18 – 7/20/17 Rookie Band Camp 7/24 – 7/28/17 Band Camp 8/8/17 Freshman Orientation – 6:00 pm Criminal Justice Academy and First Responders Freshman Orientation begins at 4:00pm 8/10/17 First day of school 8/24/17 Back to School Night – 6:00 pm 8/30 – 9/1/17 Senior Portraits in the auditorium 9/4/17 Labor Day – No school for students 10/5/17 Underclass Picture Day 10/13/17 End of first quarter 10/16/17 Professional Development Day - School closed for students 10/27/17 Report cards 11/11/17 District Application Programs Fair 11/14/17 ASVAB test 11/20 – 11/24/17 Thanksgiving Holidays – No school for students 12/19 – 12/22/17 First semester exams 12/22/17 End of second quarter/first semester 12/23/17 – 1/7/18 Winter Holidays – No school for students 1/8/18 Professional Development Day – School closed for students 1/9/18 School reopens, classes resume 1/15/18 MLK Holiday – No school for students 1/19/18 Report cards 2/19/18 Professional Development Day - School closed for students 3/9/18 End of third quarter 3/12/18 Professional Development Day - School closed for students 3/23/18 Report cards 3/23/18 CJA Law Day 3/26 – 3/30/18 Spring Break – No school for students 5/18 – 5/24/18 Second semester exams 5/24/18 Last day for students 6/1/18 Final report cards available for viewing on FOCUS

Student/Permit to Leave/ Emergency Information

It is very important that all the information listed in Focus is correct. In case of an emergency and for a Permit to leave it is those names and telephone numbers that we use for your student, not what is listed on the clinic card. Please take a moment to update your student’s records if any pertinent information has changed. The clinic card information will be used in a medical emergency situation only. We thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter.

Senior Portraits

Seniors: get ready for your senior portraits. You will be receiving an appointment card in the mail to confirm your appointment for August 30 - September 1. 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 - September 1. Please plan to look you your best. If you have any questions you may email Ms. Verdensky at


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.

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 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.

Visit Pinellas Park High School’s Website at

Bell Schedule

Period Begins Ends Minutes 1

7:05 7:53 48


7:59 8:45 46


8:51 9:37 46




10:35 11:21 46


11:27 12:43 46


12:49 1:35 46

10:29 46

Lunch is based on 6th period schedule 1st Lunch

Wings A, J, K, L, M, N, CJA

2nd Lunch

11:21 - 11:51 12:13 – 12:43

Wings B, C, D, E, F, G, H, Gym

Patriot Pride August 2017 Published Four Times Per Year Pinellas County School Board 525 Pennsylvania Avenue Palm Harbor, Florida 34683 Issue #1 To download a PDF version of this newsletter, go to

4 Counselor’s Corner Students and Families – it is with pleasure that we welcome you back to the 2017-18 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

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

4 credits 4 credits 3 credits 3 credits

1 credit 1 credit 8 credits 24 TOTAL credits *** one course must be taken online

Minimum 2.0 grade point average

• Pinellas Park High School Code: 100-927

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.

SAT Test Dates 2017-18 Register at

State Testing Requirements

Test Date Normal Deadline Late Registration* Online Score Release August 26, 2017 July 28, 2017 August 15, 2017 September 14, 2017 October 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017 October 27, 2017 November 4, 2017 October 5, 2017 October 25, 2017 November 23, 2017 December 2, 2017 November 2, 2017 November 21, 2017 December 21, 2017 March 10, 2018 February 9, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 29, 2018 May 5, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 25, 2018 May 24, 2018 June 2, 2018 May 3, 2018 May 23, 2018 June 21, 2018 *The late registration deadline is one week earlier if you are registering by mail.

ACT Test Dates for 2017-2018 Register at Test Date September 9, 2017 October 28, 2017 December 9, 2017 February 10, 2018 April 14, 2018 June 9, 2018

Deadline July 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 November 3, 2017 January 5, 2018 March 9, 2018 May 4, 2018

Late Deadline August 11, 2017 October 6, 2017 November 17, 2017 January 19, 2018 March 23, 2018 May 18, 2018

Score Release* October 3, 2017 November 21, 2017 January 2, 2018 March 6, 2018 May 8, 2018 July 3, 2018

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: graduation-requirements

First Responder News

On behalf of our students and staff First Responders want to thank you for your continued support. Your interaction teaches our students how important community involvement can be. Many thanks and we look forward to another successful school year 2017-2018.


• Key Glass, LLC/Bradenton, FL • Chipotle 66th Street North/St. Petersburg • Olive Garden High 19/Pinellas Park • PDQ Park Blvd/Pinellas Park • Publix/Corporate • Sonny’s BBQ Park Blvd North/Pinellas Park Nine PPHS First Responder students attended a week long Trauma Technician course in Alaska this summer. All ten were successful in the course and are now certified Trauma Technicians by the state of Alaska. This course is very condensed and included both a practical and written exam requiring a score higher than a 70%. All of them also were able to climb a mountain, visit a glacier and go white water rafting during their time in Alaska.

National Honor Society

During the week of August 14th, National Honor Society will be contacting juniors and seniors (who are not current members of NHS) with a weighted GPA of 3.5 and no disciplinary referrals will receive an invitation to attend an informational meeting, on Thursday August 25th. At the informational meeting, I will go over the criteria required for their application to the National Honor Society. At this meeting students will receive their NHS application. The August 25th meeting is mandatory if students are interested in joining the Patriot Chapter of the National Honor Society. The NHS applications will be due Wednesday September 6, 2017. Any questions please email me 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.

guaranteed admission to USF FUSE is a new program that guarantees your admission bachelor’s programs after you earn your associate degree from St. Petersburg College. Save time and money by starting at SPC and transferring to USF.

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 from 1:45 – 3pm in M9. Competition starts in September, twice a month until February. Hope to see you there!! Regards, Mr. Russell

6 Extracurricular Activities CLUBS

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 Tim Lopez Gary Preston Jeana Hages Rachel Holler Kenneth Crawford Joshua Sanders Hollie Miller Donald Bruce Nicholas Kajfasz Shane Demartino Shawn Russell Hollie Miller Neal Calip Neal Calip Joy Bounthisavath Taylor Nevitt

Academic Team American Sign Language Club American Sign Language Honor Society Anime Club AVID Club CJA Law Honor Society Debate Team Drama Club/Thespians English Honor Society Fellowship of Christian Students 5000 Role Models Florida Public Service Association – FR French Honor Society Freshman Class Sponsor Future Educators of America Girlfriends GSA Junior Class Sponsor Live Free Club Marching Band Mock Trial Team Model UN Team Mu Alpha Theta National Art Honor Society National Honor Society Park Place Ping Pong Club Rho Kappa Science Honor Society Senior Class Sponsor Skills USA Sophomore Class Sponsor Special Olympics S.T.E.P. Program Student Government TV Production Yearbook

Shawn Russell Jennifer Peddie Teresa Kessie Patricia Spencer Ginger Brengle Garen Freed Stefanie Graham Karl Meinecke Lydia Blatter/Adam Graham Joseph Brown Stacey Simmons Dale Koning Annette Coller Jennifer Kimbro Shawn Russell Antonia Tijerina Nancy Velardi TBD Ericka Pierce William Luckett Cynthia Freed Matt Valentine Keith Fisher/Amy Lake Mary McElroy Alana Fraddosio Barbara Beaudoin Amy Lake Lindsay Anello Brittney Narubin Marta Bradley Rachel Spivey Rachel Holler Mary Beth Wiggers Joe Clarke Mary Beth Wiggers Joshua Sanders Kimberly Verdensky-Dyer

7 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. We train and practice every day after school for two hours at Southwest Pool in Largo. The season is fast and short, ending in the beginning of November. Official workouts begin August 1st and try-outs will be held August 8th through August 16th. There will be a Parent Night Meeting on August 16th @ 6pm in the media center. If you are interested, please contact Coach Russell at and I hope to see you all out there!

Boys Basketball

The Boys Patriot Basketball team went to Florida State University basketball camp this summer June 9-11. We got to tour the facilities and meet the coaching staff at FSU along with Coach Leonard Hamilton in Tallahassee, FL. We finished with a 4-3 record and were able to build lots of team chemistry and trust. This is the second summer the patriots have been able to attend camp as we went to FAU last year. We would like to thank all the faculty, staff, parents, and the community for all donations that enabled us to attend these camps.

Enjoying their time at FSU Basketball Camp

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




• Student-centered tutorial sessions

• AVID strategies used in other academic classes

• College campus visits

• Planner/agendas for all students

• Collaborative work on projects such as the AVID t-shirt design and community service plans

• Dedicated AVID Site Team works to ensure access to advanced courses for all students

• Personalized assistance with college applications, essays, and scholarship searches

• AVID students participate in dozens of clubs, sports, and hours of community service

• High number of AVID students accepted into academic honor societies

• School-wide promotion of a college-going culture as our students participated in College Application Week

• All AVID seniors accepted to at least one college

For more information, visit the AVID table at Freshmen Orientation or email Ms. Brengle:

Pinellas Park High School Newsletter  

August 2017

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