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

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 Ashley Byington 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

“Pirate Pipeline” May 2017 Published Four Times Per Year Port Charlotte High School 18200 Cochran Boulevard Port Charlotte, FL 33948 Issue #3


Dear Pirate Community, I hope that this letter finds you and your family well as we begin preparations for the end of the school year. There are only several weeks remaining and our staff has been extremely busy preparing our students for all of the required state assessments in math, science, English, and social studies. We are also excited about the 496 Advanced Placement (AP) exams that our students will be taking early in May. Even though the end is in sight, our community of educators and learners continue to focus on working tirelessly in the classroom each day. This effort and “can do” attitude makes me proud to be a Pirate. Our spring sports season is nearing the end, and I would like to congratulate all of our sports teams for an outstanding spring season. Coach Debus and the Boys’ Weightlifting Team finished their state competition and placed 6th overall. Devin Leacock’s performance at that competition earned him a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP! Watching the team compete was a memorable experience for all who attended and one of many highlights for me as a school principal. To the class of 2017, I would like to express my “thank you” for all that you have contributed to your school over the past four years. In and out of the classroom, your leadership and dedication towards making this school a better place will be ever-lasting and has moved our school culture in a very positive direction. I am excited to share your graduation with you on May 17th at 7:00 pm at the Lee Civic Center and wish you nothing but success in all of your endeavors as your time at Port Charlotte High School comes to an end. Always remember, “Once a Pirate, always a Pirate!” Congratulations and best of luck to all of our graduates. As summer approaches, I wish each of you a restful and safe vacation break. I am looking forward to the opening of school for the 2017/18 school year on August 10th. Port Charlotte High School

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

Sincerely, Louis M. Long Principal WWW.PORTCHARLOTTEHS.COM


FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS 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 x3512 Student Office x3136 (Early Exits/Tardies)

“HIGH IMPACT INSTRUCTOR” 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 §§ Cynthia Crockwell §§ Gale Carter §§ Amy Rodriguez

YEARBOOKS Yearbooks will come in between May 5th and May 11th. Announcements will advise when and where the books can be purchased for $80 (cash only). You may also order online: until April 30th. More questions call Mrs. Chandler 255-7485 ext 3001.


NEWS FROM THE HARVARD MODEL UN CONFERENCE January 26 & 27th (??) the PCHS Model United Nations Academic Team competed against 189 schools from 34 countries at the Harvard Model UN Conference. PCHS finished with the fourth most individual awards out of the 189 schools. §§ Winning First Place Best Delegate gavels were sophomore Zoe Ortiz and junior Gianna Cetrangelo §§ Winning a Second Place Outstanding Delegate Award was senior Brittany McGivern. §§ Winning Third Place Honorable Mention Awards were: junior Hazen Williams and Tien Le, sophomores Maddy Odenweller, Simon Nease, Marc Johnson, and freshman Mickey Gonzales. §§ Winning Fourth Place Verbal Commendation were junior Noah Kologinski and sophomore Graham Hille. Next up for the Pirates will be the Southwest Florida Model UN Conference. Fourth out of 189 schools, AWESOME JOB PIRATE MUNers!!!!


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.

A few spots are left! We need you!

Advertise in the Pirate Pipeline! This is a wonderful way for your company to get community recognition and exposure, and at the same time help support your local schools!

Debbie Capo

Port Charlotte High School



May 5th (6th and 7th periods)

Senior Final Exams

May 8th – May 11th

Senior Make-Up Exams May 11th & May 12th Senior Awards

May 11th – 7pm – Gym


May 13th

Graduation Rehearsal May 15th - May 17th – 8am-1pm (MANDATORY)

SENIOR HALL OF FAME Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the 2017 Senior Hall of Fame on March 8, 2017: Madisyn Albanes

Brittany King

Gregory Allen

Hannah King

Alexis Benner

Joseph Lopez

Masani Blake

Hannah Madison

Dayna Borges

Matthew McGee

Derek Botts

Brittany McGivern

Ross Bruglio

Cassandra McWhite

Robert Buchholz

Javian Morgan

Spencer Burkhart

Caitlin Moss-Solomon

May 17th – 8am - Cafeteria

Claire-Phonie Bury Nicole Nava


May 15th 6pm – Murdock Baptist Church

Tiyan Bush

Sean Price


May 17th – 7pm – Lee Civic Center

James Coogan

Timothy Riley

Jason Cooper

Kelly Shearin

Gerald Culkin

Logan Sorah

Analise Dilorio

Christopher Soto

Emily Francis

Kristin Toth

AnnMarie Giglio

Christina Vallone

Alden Goucher

Johanna Villadarez

Michael Happel

Kyle Wheeler

Katherine Jackson

Brianna White




Senior Breakfast


SENIORS - If you are receiving an award or scholarship on May 11, 2017, you will be receiving an invitation in the mail inviting you to the ceremony.

Nia Janson-Dugan Samantha Wiitala Jordan Jensen

Hayden Wilder

5 PARENTS OF SENIOR Graduation is right around the corner... lots to do during this busy time. Graduation will take place on Wednesday, May 17th 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 15th; Tuesday, May 16th; and Wednesday, May 17th 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.

SENIORS & PARENTS BACCALAUREATE — MAY 15TH All PCHS Seniors, friends, and family are cordially invited to the annual Baccalaureate Ceremony on Monday May 15th at Murdock Baptist Church, 18375 Cochran Blvd. Baccalaureate is a traditional non-denominational religious graduation celebration. Its purpose is to honor the Class of 2017 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 McLoud at Murdock Baptist Church at 627-6352.

6 GIRLS STATE WEIGHTLIFTING January 3rd members of the Girls Weightlifting team represented Port Charlotte High School in the FHSAA 1A State Weightlifting meet with outstanding performances: Zoeie Kaufman finished with a 145 lb bench press, 140 lb clean & jerk and a 285lb total Emma Pritchett placed 12th in the State, had 3 personal bests and went 6 for 6 on her lifts with a 135 bench, 140 lb clean & jerk and a 275 lb. total Giovanna Witter tied her PR on bench with a 195 lb lift and had a season high total of 360 lbs to finish in 8th place in the State. Her clean & jerk was 165 lbs. Kaelyn Griffiths also went 6 for 6 and had 3 personal bests: a bench press of 145 lbs, 155 lbs on clean & jerk, and a 300 lb total which tied for the 8th highest total in her weight class Maranda Eckhoff established season bests with a 165 lb bench and a 320 lb total to finish 5th in the State. Her clean and jerk was 155 lbs. Great job ladies!!!

PCHS DART TOURNAMENT A big “Thank You” to the following community members who contributed to the PCHS Dart Tournament on March 19th: Touch of Class Carwash Riverwood Golf Club Kingsway Golf & Country Club Tijuana Flats Earth Origins Basket Pool 911 Chilis Outback Prime Cody’s Roadhouse Bocco Lupo Beef O’Brady’s Five Guys McDonald’s Olive Garden Ice House

7 STATE COLOR GUARD FESTIVAL Please join Mr. Lopez in congratulating our PCHS indoor color guard unit, “ DESTINY,” for receiving a Straight Superior Rating at the recently completed STATE COLOR GUARD FESTIVAL held this last weekend at Apopka H.S. The 11 member unit received the highest marks possible for their outstanding Performance. Also join us in congratulating Senior bass clarinet player Christina McWhite, Senior Alto Saxophonist Tim Riley,Junior Alto Saxophonist Wesley Marshall and Freshman Alto Saxophonist Frank Sanders, For receiving Superior ratings on their Solo performances at the State Solo and Ensemble competition held this weekend. STUDENT RECOGNITION

Word Wright The top-scoring students from Quarter 3’s WordWright challenge have arrived and the recipients of the letter were: §§ Freshmen Lauren Collins, Paityn Mandel, and Sarah Umphress §§ Sophomores Justin Harvey and Zoe Ortiz §§ Junior Bessie Conner-Switzer Young Artists Award 2017 The Young Artists Awards, Inc. is a performing arts education, audition, performance, and scholarship program for students from throughout Southwest Florida ages eight to twenty-one. The project recognizes the area’s top talented students in the performing arts. Now beginning our fourteenth year, the mission of the Young Artists Awards program is to provide performing arts opportunities and scholarships in the areas of dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music performance and to provide a showcase for the talents of our local youth. The Fourteenth Annual Gala at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, March 6, 2017, featuring the performances of student finalists, group performances, and a silent auction. Twenty-four scholarships were awarded, including the Audience Choice Award – audience members vote for their favorite performer. Hosted by Lois Thome of WINK-TV.

BOYS STATE WEIGHTLIFTING This past year we had an outstanding group of student athletes compete for our Boys Weightlifting Team. In April, these young men had the best finish in school history by finishing 6th in the state. Leading the way was Sabian Levaussuer 6th place in the 199 lb. weight class, Luidson Jeanty 4th place in the 238 lb. weight class and winning the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in heavy weight was Devin Leacock. The cornerstone behind our success was the incredible work ethic exhibited by each member of the team. As always, proud to be a Pirate (class of 2008) and these young men made all of us proud to be a Pirate this year. Coach Debus

STEM COMPETITION Congratulations to the PCHS STEM team for placing 5th at the regional Science Olympiad completion.

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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES May 4th May 5th May 6th May 6th May 8th – May 10th May 8th – May 10th May 9th May 11th May 13th May 15th May 17th May 22nd May 22nd – May 25th May 25th May 26th

Underclassmen Awards Moving On Ceremony Relay for Life SAT Test Senior Final Exams Football Cheerleading TryOuts Chorus Spring Concert Senior Awards Prom – Charlotte Harbor Event Center Baccalaureate – Murdock Baptist Church 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 2017

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