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Port Charlotte High School 18200 Cochran Boulevard Port Charlotte, FL 33948 Phone: (941) 255-7485 Fax: (941) 255-7493

Administration Principal

Louis Long Assistant Principals

Paul A. Curtis Allison Portwood Cindy Schneider Denise Young Dean

Bill Specht Guidance Department

Rebel Balkman-Director Pam Bennett Jodi Booher Steve Urbach Athletic Director

Robert Bruglio

School Board Members

Steve Dionisio,

Superintendent of Schools Ian Vincent, Chairman Robert Segur, Vice Chairman

Kim Amontree Wendy Atkinson Lee Swift

Pr i ncipal’s Message

Dear Pirate Community, I hope that this letter finds you and your family well as we progress through the final quarter of the school year. Time absolutely seems to pass more quickly this time of year and it is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of an incredible school year. For all of us, this is an important time of year as our students begin testing for End of Course (EOC) exams, Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and the Florida State Assessments (FSA). I am very proud of our instructional and support staff who have worked extremely hard each day this year preparing our students for all of these high-stake tests. I fully anticipate that many of our students will demonstrate growth in each of the areas tested in English, math, science, and social studies. I wish all Pirates the best of luck as we near the end of our testing season. Our school is truly incredible. Each day there are many examples exhibited by our staff and students that demonstrate our PIRATE PRIDE in all that we do. There are times, however, when extra special things occur that we all should take a moment to celebrate. On April 7th, Devin Leacock won his second STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in Boy’s Weightlifting. To be a two-time state champion is difficult, what makes Devin’s championship unbelievable is that he broke the state record in the clean and jerk at 410 lbs. and had a combined weight total of 880 lbs.! The weight total shattered the old record by 50 lbs. Everyone that attended the meet was in awe of this accomplishment and it is something we are not likely to see in the near future. Luidson Jeanty had a great day, placing second overall and Tommy Joyce placed in the top ten. Congratulations to Coach Debus and the boys for placing 3rd overall as a team. It was a proud moment to be a Pirate, just one of many for our school. To all of the members of the Class of 2018, I want to say, “thank you” for all that you have done over the past four years at school. Each one of you, in your many specials ways, has contributed to our school and surrounding community. Those contributions along the way have added up and it is clear to me that this year’s graduating class has made a profound impact on our school that will enable all of us to continue down the path of success and achievement. Even though time is short, enjoy the moments with one another, teachers, and staff at our school. I am looking forward to celebrating your graduation from high school at the commencement ceremony on 05/16/2018 at 7:00 pm at the Lee Civic Center. You will be missed; I wish each of you nothing but happiness and success in all of the many choices you will make in your lives. Remember, once a Pirate always a Pirate. Congratulations on your graduation! Have a safe and restful summer break, I look forward to seeing each of you as we open a new school year on August 10th. Louis M. Long, Principal

“Pirate Pipeline” May 2018 Published Four Times Per Year Port Charlotte High School 18200 Cochran Boulevard Port Charlotte, FL 33948 Issue #3

MAY 2018

Volume 17

Issue 3

For the Parents, Staff, Students and Community of Port Charlotte High School


Guidance Counselor assignments school year 2017-2018: Rebel Balkman 9th Grade Pam Bennett 10th Grade Steve Urbach 11th Grade Jodi Booher 12th Grade


Attendance Office (Absences) . 255-7492 FAX # . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255-7493 Operator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255-7485 Athletic Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3133 Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3902 Career Information Center (CIC) . . . . x3117 Chorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3901 Dean’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3514 Guidance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3137 Media Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3005 NJROTC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3203 Nurse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3108 Principal’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3103 School Resource Officer . . . . . . . . . x3127 Student Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . x3136 (Early Exits/Tardies)


SENIORS - Did you know that if you qualify for the free and reduced lunch program you may be eligible to attend college for free? You must complete a Free Application For Federal Student Aid or FAFSA to qualify. See Mrs. Tate in the Career Information Center, D107, for an appointment to file your FAFSA or apply on line at PARENTS - To assist your son/daughter in the college decision making process you may want to schedule college tours this summer. Visit each college website for information on how to schedule a tour.


On March 8th & 9th, PCHS’ MUN Teach brought home a collection of top awards and scholarships at the Southwest FL MUN Conference at FGCU in Ft. Myers. • Winning First Place Best Delegate Awards were senior Hazen Williams, juniors Marc Johnson, Simon Nease and Graham Hille. • Winning Second Place Distinguished Delegate Award was senior Gabby Seibert. • Winning Third Place Honorable Mention Awards were seniors Sydney White, Taylor Torres and Gianna Cetrangelo; Juniors Maddy Odenweller and Melissa Leon Pons; and Sophomore Anna Belevitch. The Pirates also won big in the competition for Scholarships: • Senior Gabby Seibert won a $1,500 scholarship for career excellence • Senior Taylor Torres won a $2,000 scholarship for career excellence • Seniors Sydney White & Hazen Williams each won a $2,500 scholarship for career excellence Great job Pirates!


The Savannah Georgia trip this past March was truly an experience to behold. The first place that we stopped by was the NASA Kennedy Space Center. We were educated about everything NASA related. Day two began rapidly, as we quickly changed and were ready for Savannah Georgia. We had reservations for a steamboat ride that morning. In the boat, we were seated to eat lunch, where the food was delicious and the favorite choice was the shrimp n’ grits and fried chicken. We all walked about the boat while it was moving and they told us the history of Savannah. After the boating was over, we got off and walked around. All the fountains were dyed green and there were men in kilts. The big day came. Since the vice president was going to be there, supervision was very strict. Everything was ready for us to play. The first steps were rough and the nerves were in our heads. After a while, we became more comfortable and began playing like we practiced. The staff and the band parents were with us the whole way and they were assured that we would be protected. They assure that we would be protected. When we finish the parade, we were filled with pride and exhaustion. We accomplished something we had never done before. As we all cooled down on the grass at the local park, Mr. Lopez and Mr. Dubbert applauded us for all our hard work. We later explored Savannah for the last time before we departed. We want to thank all the band parents who helped us, Mr. Jose A. Lopez, Mr. Tom Dubbert, Ms. Kylie, and all the people who donated and helped us get to Savannah. You are greatly appreciated. From, The PRIDE of PC Band

STU DENT RECOGNITION Students of the Month - March The following students enjoyed lunch with Principal Long on April 10, 2018, catered by Zaxby’s: • Freshmen: Jazlyn Embury & Elizabeth Whittington • Sophomores: Jacob Clapper & Wes Carr • Juniors: Caroline Golisano & Faith Price • Seniors: Samuel Heavener & Bessie Conner-Switzer


Senior pictures: August 9th (no summer dates) & August 31st • Underclassmen: August 30th • Retakes: October 12th (for all grades) And also: One day yearbook sale with a $15 discount will be October 5th, but also a special opportunity at open house in the auditorium during the senior meeting or in C101B for underclassmen. Any senior parent wishing to publish a senior tribute should see Mrs. Chandler following the senior meeting at open house. The books are normally $80, but on those two dates they will be $65.


All PCHS Seniors, friends, and family are cordially invited to the Annual Baccalaureate Ceremony on Monday, May 14th at Murdock Baptist Church, 18375 Cochran Blvd. Baccalaureate is a traditional non-denominational religious graduation celebration. Its purpose is to honor the Class of 2018 and provide spiritual perspective and insights into their journey after high school. Baccalaureate is not an official school event; it is planned and presented by students, parents, and community leaders. The ceremony itself will begin at 7:00pm. Seniors should arrive no later than 6:45 in their cap and gown to line up for the processional. A complimentary meal will precede the ceremony at 6:00pm. Any questions? Contact Pastor Kevin McCloud at Murdock Baptist Church at 627-6352.


If you get the chance, please congratulate the staff members listed below. They all received an email from our education state commissioner, Pam Stewart, recognizing them as a “high impact” instructor based upon their students’ performance on state assessments. Each will receive a letter and certificate in recognition of this accomplishment. • Lisa Branno Penwell • Cynthia Crockwell • Gale Carter • Amy Rodriguez

Port Charlotte High School will be hosting a College and Career Expo on our campus on May 1, 2018. Local educational institutions, businesses, and trade companies will be on-site and available to provide students an opportunity to explore college/career choices, network and work on communication skills with potential employers, and receive resume and interview tips and consultations. For more information, please contact Assistant Principal Denise Young at 941-255-7485 or email Mrs. Young at


Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the 2018 Senior Hall of Fame on March 7, 2018: Alyssa Allred Tien Le Trace Allshouse Devin Leacock Paul Barnes Katherine Lockhart Corrine Bresky Tyreece Luther Hannah Bruglio Aidan Manalili Bryce Cleveland Bradley Orisakwe Benjamin Cole Christina Pham Bessie Conner-Switzer Emma Pritchett Ariana Cruz Harris Scott Rabinowitz Sariah Dempaire Salomon Nakea Richards Amanda George Laisha SabaVillota Peyton Gibbs Kyle Schmidt Charissa Godown Venus Skowronski Kaelyn Griffiths Gavin Spencer Kimberly Grossano Doren Staley Hailey Hensler Grace Stec Amber Hrabak SavannahThompson Shannon Ingman Taylor Torres Luidson Jeanty Ann Tran Andrew Jolly Lillian Weller Thomas Joyce Sydney White Kaitlyn Kelly Hazen Williams



Graduation is right around the corner... lots to do during this busy time. Graduation will take place on Wednesday, May 16th at the Lee Civic Center in North Ft. Myers. Seniors must be there by 6p.m. for instructions and lineup. The doors for audience seating will open at 5:30p.m., but will close promptly at 7p.m. for the senior procession - no one will be admitted during the procession. They will reopen when all seniors are seated. Graduation practices for seniors are on Monday, May 14th; Tuesday, May 15th; and Wednesday, May 16th beginning promptly at 8:00 a.m. - THESE PRACTICES ARE MANDATORY lots of information given and items passed out. Please have your senior adjust work schedules and family obligations accordingly.


DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE PLEASE CHECK SR. WEBPAGE ON PCHS HOMEPAGE Grad Bash Fri. Apr. 27th (Universal Studios) Senior Pool Party Fri. May 4th Senior Final Exams Mon. May 7th- Thurs. May 10th Senior Make-up Exams Thurs. May 10th & Fri. May 11th Senior Awards Thurs. May 10th – 7pm Gym Prom Sat., May 12th Charlotte Harbor Event Center Baccalaureate Mon. May 14th-6pm Murdock Baptist Church Graduation Rehearsal (MANDATORY) Mon. May 14th; Tues. May 15th; Wed. May 16th – 8am-1pm GYM Senior Breakfast Wed. May 16th – 8am Cafeteria Graduation Wed. May 16th – 7 pm Senior Class Sponsor: Matina Pulliam Email: Phone: 941-255-7485 (XT 3538)

A HUGE Thank you to our judges: Mrs. Towner, Mrs. White, Mrs. Staples, Mrs. Dixon, Mr. Penwell, Ms. Baun, and Clora Hamilton. A big Thank You as well, to our custodial staff who will be cleaning the chalk art over break. Thank You to Admin for allowing our students to express this great creative energy! We all benefit. Here are the results! More photos available after Break. SIDEWALK CHALK 2018 Awards! Pirate Pride Winner

2 - Yanni, David Yanni, Jeff Quality Winner

Original Winners 26 - Pham, Christina Lindback, Hannah 54 - Romulus, Lourdes Pritchett, Emma Building Community Through Art Winners 48 - Thayer, Jake Le, Tien 49 - Odenweller, Madie Lawigne, Jordan Masterwork Copy Winner 59 - Huang, Alicia Delizo, Estefanie People’s Choice Winner

44 - Suares, Tyler Piccoli, Gabriela



Saturday, April 7th in Panama City Please congratulate our weightlifting Coaches Jarret Debus and Jordan Ingman along with our Weightlifters- Devin Leacock, Thomas Joyce, and Luidson Jeanty. Our boys’ weightlifting team performed exceptionally well with a state championship, state placement, and record breaking results and performances: • Devin Leacock became the Florida’s state weightlifting champion and broke the overall Florida High School’s state weightlifting record not once but twice with 855lbs, then with 880lbs. • Luidson Jeanty achieved a medal for second place in the state weightlifting competition in the (238lbs category) • Thomas Joyce performed well and placed in the state weightlifting competition in the (199lbs category) Thank you again for your hard work and dedication. “Pirate Leads. Others Follow”... Pirate Pride. Our Devin Leacock, of Port Charlotte High School, is an exceptional student-athlete in football and is a State of Florida Weightlifting Champion. Devin is the strongest high school studentathlete ever for the State of Florida. Devin set the high school weightlifting record twice with total lifts of 855lbs and 880lbs. Also, he set the State of Florida weightlifting record with a clean and jerk lift of 415lbs Devin has strived in high school football with achieving a Division 1 Football Scholarship from the University of South Florida. Congratulations to our super-strong ‘Pirate.’

BOYS/GIRLS TRACK Booker Meet - Girls School Record: Sariah Dempaire - Shot Put (37’ 11.5”) 1st Place: Sariah Dempaire - Discus (102’ 9”) 2nd Place: Sariah Dempaire - Shot Put (37’ 11.5”) 3rd Place: Kristen Locker - Triple Jump (32’ 2”) Nicky Moss - Long Jump (14’ 11.5”) 4x800 relay (11:08.75) Booker Meet - Boys 1st Place: Tyreece Luther - 100m (11.30), Long Jump (23’ 2”), Triple Jump (45’ 10.75”) John Perez - 1600m (4:46.04) Nick Torres - 110m H (15.11) 4x800 relay (8:40.91 - J. Perez, C. Chambers, J. Bishop, J. Edwards) 2nd Place: Jayden Edwards - 400m (52.01) Tyreece Luther - 200m (23.04) 3rd Place: John Perez - 800m (2:06.89) Charlotte Meet - Girls 1st Place: Isabella Reyes - 800m (2:31.22) 2nd Place: Sariah Dempaire - Discus (101’ 4.5”), Shot Put (32’ 10.5”) Kristen Locker - Triple Jump (32’ 5.25”) Charlotte Meet - Boys School Record: Nick Torres - 110m Hurdles (14.67) 1st Place: Jayden Edwards - 800m (2:08.53) Tyreece Luther - 100m (10.99), Long Jump (22’ 10.75”), Triple Jump (44’ 3.75”) John Perez - 3200m (10:15.10)


This past Saturday, your Pirate Track and Field team competed in their District Track Meet at Ida Baker High School in Cape Coral and had some amazing results! In all, 3 school records were broken, 4 District Champion titles were won, and 17 athletes advanced to the Regional Meet. Here’s all the key results: Girls: Finished 3rd out of 12 teams Girls School Records: Sariah Dempaire set a school record in the Discus event with a throw of 116’ 11”. The previous record was 110’ 0” and had been held since 1992. It was the oldest standing school record in girls track. The girls 4x100 team set a school record with a time of 50.37 seconds. The previous record was 50.90 seconds and was set in 2005. District Champions: • Kristen Locker - High Jump (5’ 3”) • 4x400 relay - 4:23.23 (I. Reyes, E. Lowe, S. Ingman, K. Locker) Also Advanced to Regionals: • Sariah Dempaire - Shot put and Discus (2nd place in both - 37’ 2.25” and 116’ 11”) • Isabella Reyes - 800m (2nd place - 2:29.84) • Jalynn Rockymore - 100m (3rd place - 13.09 seconds) • Kaelyn Griffiths - Triple Jump (3rd place - 33’ 0.5”) • Nicky Moss - Triple Jump (4th place - 32’ 11.25”) 4x100 relay (3rd place - 50.37 seconds) (J. Rockymore, N. Moss, E. Lowe, E. Pritchett) 4x800 relay (4th place - 10:37.44) (H. Welgan, E. Lowe, A. Quinones, I. Reyes) Boys: Finished 2nd out of 12 teams, earning a District Runner up Trophy! School Records: • Tyreece Luther broke his own school record set earlier this season with a jump of 23’ 3.25”. He had previously held the record at 23’ 2”. District Champions: • Tyreece Luther - Long Jump and Triple Jump (23’ 3.25” and 45’ 9.25”) Also Advanced to Regionals: • John Perez - 1600m and 3200m (2nd place in both - 4:37.50 and 10:22.31) • Nick Torres - 110H (2nd place - 15.31 seconds) • Tyreece Luther - 100m (3rd place - 11.38 seconds) • Jayden Edwards - 800m (4th place - 2:01.81) 4x800 relay (2nd place - 8:18.34) (J. Edwards, C. Chambers, C. Baras, J. Perez)


Golf…Golf…Golf…All boys interested in playing golf for the 2018 fall season contact Coach Taylor at 941-628-3312 (call or text) for information. Try-outs begin July 30th at Port Charlotte Golf Club. Come be part of the very successful Port Charlotte High School golf program and help defend the 4-time district championship with the rest of the team.


February 2, 2018 Panama City Congratulations to Coach Hoffer and his team for a job well done. Our “Girls Weightlifting Team” participated in the FHSAA Girl’s Weightlifting State Competition February 2, 2018. They performed very well in their prospective weight classes and represented PCHS with ‘Pirate Pride’. Kaelyn Griffiths placed 3rd in the state in the 154lb weight class. Please congratulate these following students: Sariah Dempaire-Salomon, Jasmine Fann, Kaelyn Griffiths & Emma Pritchett.

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U PCOMING IM PORTANT DATES April 29th April 30th – May 2nd May 2nd May 3rd May 4th May 5th May 7th May 7th – May 10th May 8th May 9th May 10th May 12th May 14th May 15th May 16th May 21st May 22nd – May 25th May 25th May 29th

Relay for Life Football Cheerleading Tryouts Mr. & Miss Port Charlotte Movie on the Lawn Moving On Ceremony SAT Test Band Spring Concert – Murdock Baptist Church Senior Final Exams Chorus Spring Concert Underclassmen Awards Senior Awards Prom – Charlotte Harbor Event Center Baccalaureate – Murdock Baptist Church Captain’s Cup Field Day GRADUATION – Lee Civic Center SAC Meeting Underclassmen Final Exams End of Q4 – LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS TEACHER WORKDAY – LAST DAY FOR TEACHERS

Port Charlotte High School Newsletter  

May 2018

Port Charlotte High School Newsletter  

May 2018