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Volume 1, Issue 4

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Alumni of Sarasota High School, As Principal of Sarasota High School, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome everybody back for another great school year. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. It is always our mission to help every student feel welcomed, connected, and a part of the vast and amazing Sailor family! As we embark on the 2017-18 school year, please know that we strive to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities. We believe that all students should graduate from high school prepared for the demands of postsecondary education, meaningful careers, and effective citizenship. This is my 29th beginning of a school year as an educator, and this time of year is always special to me. I love seeing store displays of school supplies, and I feel excited to think of all the new possibilities and challenges a new school year brings. It is not only the knowledge that will be gained; it is the new friendships that will be made and the personal growth every student will experience. At Sarasota High School, we make it easy for you to help your student track academic progress and stay on top of assignments through our “Student + Parent Portal.” Please

visit the District website at for readily available information on accessing the site. I hope all our families will set a goal to make a weekly check of their student’s academic progress and to express ongoing interest in their student’s expectations and experiences during the important high school years. At Sarasota High School, we have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage our students in learning. Our teachers utilize research-based best practices and analyze academic data to determine current skill levels and to set goals for growth and improvement. As well, we have a terrific support staff who strive to meet the various needs of our students. We are very excited about the new teachers we have hired over the summer, and I’ll look forward to introducing them to you in a future issue of this newsletter. In this issue, we introduce to you our two new assistant principals, Ms. Bethany King and Mrs. Keatrun Stroughter. Please continue reading this newsletter as it contains information about our new lunch schedule and all sorts of “Back to School” information. I wish you all a most wonderful new school year. As always, I am incredibly honored and grateful to serve this amazing school community. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your principal! Warmly, David Jones, Principal


David Jones

Assistant Principal Becky Moyer

Assistant Principal - Administration

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Assistant Principal

Bethany King

Jamie Lowicz

Greg Rumph Keatrun Stroughter

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2 New Bell Schedule and Lunch Schedule for 2017-18 We are very excited to announce we will be following a new bell schedule this year! We have greatly simplified our bell schedule resulting in expanded opportunities for each of our students. In a nutshell, our school day will consist of eight 46 or 47-minute periods. One of those eight periods will be designated as a student’s lunch period. For most students, this will either be 4th period or 6th period. Students will have MORE time during lunch, and used wisely, this break in their schedule will give them time to complete homework, work on computers in the Global Learning Center (GLC), discuss assignments with teachers, meet with other students, coaches, guidance counselors, and club leaders, AND get a nice brain-break!

Mission Statement Sarasota High School is dedicated to providing a culturally, socially, and intellectually diverse student population with an education that will allow them to be successful in today’s everchanging society. Creating a learning environment that is challenging, relevant, and active is essential to ensure our students are equipped for success in their postsecondary pursuits. In doing so, we aim to develop in each student the skills of leadership, accountability, and self-reliance that are essential to become a productive citizen.

Vision To Teach, Challenge, Support and Inspire ‘Main Sail’ August 2017 Published Five Times Per Year Sarasota County District Schools 1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34231 Issue # 4

Whereas we previously had three shorter lunch periods, we now have two longer lunch periods in which we will be serving more students. While establishing a rhythm during the first few days of school, it may feel as though the lunch lines are much longer. In reality, we gain MORE time to serve students. As we all adjust to this, some students will choose to find an area to relax while waiting for the lines to diminish, and others will opt to get in line right away. Simultaneously, we are expanding the locations where students may eat. In addition to the original indoor and outdoor eating areas, we have more outdoor locations outside the GLC and in the courtyard in front of our beautiful new gym. Additionally, students may eat inside the “Einstein Lounge” located inside the GLC as well as the galley between the cafeteria and the GLC. Related to all this, please know We Want Our Students to be Able to Eat Every Day! We understand when families fall on difficult economic times. You may apply for free or reduced-price meals at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a change, such as decrease in household income, an increase in household size, become unemployed, receive food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for your child, then please complete an online application for free or reduced-cost meals. Your application will be reviewed based on the new information and a determination will be made in a timely manner. Please visit the District website for the online application:

Schedule Pick-Up Grades 10-12 Students are asked to pick up their schedules/request a schedule change in the Cafeteria as outlined below. While on campus to pick up schedules, students may obtain parking permits, have their pictures taken, purchase SHS spirit items, pre-order yearbooks ($75) and secure locker rental ($5 Cash Only). Tuesday, August 8 • Seniors 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM • Juniors 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM • Sophomore 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Students unable to visit the campus for schedule pick-up will receive their schedules on the first day of school in the Building 4 Administration Breezeway. Student schedules will also be available on the “Student + Parent Portal” at

Schedule Change Procedures Our guidance counselors have attempted to meet the course requests for all students; however, some requests were not able to be filled due to class size amendment, number of course sections, etc. Should a student feel that their schedule is incorrect or if a preference has changed, they may see a guidance counselor during schedule pick up on August 8 or August 9 and during the “first 2 weeks” of school. Deadline for ALL schedule changes is Friday, August 25.

SHS OPEN HOUSE Thursday, August 31 6 PM – 8 PM

3 MESSAGE FROM BETHANY K ING Dear Freshman Students and Parents, Welcome to Sarasota High! You will be joining a rich legacy of students with incredible school spirit. We know that the freshman year is a pivotal time in a student’s life. The students’ experiences in their first year of high school often determine their success throughout high school and beyond. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have good attendance, participate in class, monitor academic progress and communicate with staff.

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To ease the transition from middle school to high school, you are invited to attend our Freshman Orientation on August 9. We will begin with a brief presentation in the SHS Auditorium, followed by a tour to familiarize students with key areas on campus. Students will receive a folder of information to reference as they prepare for the school year. This is an optional event, however we believe it will be a positive, helpful experience and we look forward to seeing you there. Following orientation, freshmen will be directed to pick up their class schedules in the Cafeteria. Guidance counselors will be available to assist with any scheduling errors. At this time, students may also get their pictures taken, pre-order a yearbook ($75), secure locker rental ($5 Cash Only) and purchase SHS spirit items. The SHS Administrative Team is eager to support our freshman families as they navigate through this first year of high school.

Freshman Orientation/ Schedule Pick-Up All freshmen should attend the scheduled orientation according to the first letter of their last name. Wednesday, August 9 • A—L 8:00 AM Freshman Orientation and Tours – SHS Auditorium • A—L 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Freshman Schedule Pick-Up – Cafeteria • M—Z 11:30 AM Freshman Orientation & Tours – SHS Auditorium • M—Z 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Freshman Schedule Pick-Up – Cafeteria During orientation, incoming freshmen will interact with SHS student ambassadors. Our student ambassadors serve as guides, assisting freshmen as they adjust to the culture and expectations of high school.


4 Theater News Want to audition to be on stage in a play or musical? Want to be made-up into a professional looking Zombie and dance to Thriller on St. Armand’s Circle for 6,000 people? How about being a part of the only high school Improv Troupe or maybe you’re interested in backstage or technical theater? Come to the Drama Guild Meeting on Wednesday, August 16 from 2:30PM – 4:30PM in the SHS Theater for more information. Fall Show Auditions are Monday, August 28. Students can sign-up for a five-minute time slot at the Drama Guild Meeting on Wednesday, August 16.

Sarasota High School • • • • • • •

2,100 Students 120 Faculty 86 Support Staff 186 School Days 1,000 Hours 60,000 Minutes A+ Education JROTC

The JROTC program is designed to motivate high school students to be better citizens. This is accomplished by developing six core abilities: Building your capacity for life-long learning, Taking responsibility for your choices and actions, Communications skills, Service to others, Treating self and others with respect, and Applying critical thinking skills. NO military obligation is associated with this course. These skills are useful in life and for all future careers. Earn your Bling! Rewarding opportunities! Join extracurricular activities! Complete state level competitions on color guard, drill team, Raiders and rifle team. Participate in formal events, local parades, volunteer within the community and leadership camps.

Sarasota High Media Department The Sailor’s Log, Sarasotan Student Newspaper, and the SHS TV News Team are always looking for new student journalists and photographers. See Mr. Elsbree at schedule pick up if you’re interested in joining the amazing staff of any of our student media productions.

Sailor’s Log Yearbook The Sailor’s Log Yearbook staff will be taking pre-order purchases for the 2017-2018 Edition of the Sailor’s Log at schedule pick up. The pre-order cost is $75. The cost will increase to $85 in September. You can pay by cash or by check payable to Sarasota High with “Yearbook” and the student’s name in the memo line.

Class Of 2018 Senior Pictures Senior pictures for the Class of 2018 will be taken by Leonard’s Photography in the SHS cafeteria on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 from 8 AM to 3 PM. Students should have received an appointment card in the mail from Leonard’s Photography. Appointments must be confirmed by going to

Underclassman Pictures For 9th, 10th and 11th grade students, your school picture will be taken when you pick up your schedule. This photo will be used for your student ID and the yearbook. Be sure to look your best! There is no charge for the Student ID/Yearbook photo. Parents interested in ordering packages can pre-order online at, click on “Order/Download Photos” and enter the SHS code C405851, or you can pay by cash or check to Leonard’s Photography at the time your student’s picture is taken.

Sailor Athletics The SHS Athletic Department is offering a Sailor Athletic Pass for students which will allow them to attend any and all Sarasota High School regular season events (over 100 events to choose from) for one low price of $50. SHS Athletics is also offering 2017-2018 Spirit T-shirts and gear. If you’re interested in this amazing athletic pass or in purchasing SHS spirit gear, please go to, then click on Athletics. The Sailor 2017-2018 Football Schedule is also posted under Athletics and other fall sports schedules will be added in the near future. Hope to see you at the game! Go Sailors!

5 MESSAGE FROM JAMIE LOWICZ, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL Attention Seniors The Sarasota County School District allows high schools to charge a senior fee to each of its graduating students. The approved mandatory fee* is $50.00 and covers items including, but not limited to the graduation ceremony, diplomas, diploma covers, graduation cords, programs, stage set up and equipment rentals. In an effort to make the costs associated with graduation more affordable, senior packages have been created to allow families to bundle items together at discounted rates. The purchase of a package is not required and individual items may be purchased throughout the year a la carte. The packages are as follows: • Orange Package - $350 (two payments of $175) Senior Class Fee, Class Photo, Graduation DVD, Yearbook, Prom Ticket, Grad Bash Ticket, Senior Class T-Shirt • Black Package - $274 (two payments of $137) Senior Class Fee, Class Photo, Graduation DVD, Yearbook, Grad Bash Ticket, Senior Class T-Shirt • White Package - $70 (two payments of $35) Senior Class Fee, Class Photo, Graduation DVD, Senior Class T-Shirt • *Senior Class Fee (Required for ALL Students) - $50 (two payments of $25) Please note that payments for senior fees/senior packages may be paid all at once or in two installments. Payment due dates are October 6, 2017 and February 2, 2018. Senior package purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment can be made by cash or check made payable to SHS. If you have any additional questions, please contact me at 941-955-0181. Sarasota High School recognizes the Top 10% (Highest Academic Honors) of its graduating Senior class with gold stoles. Please Note—Caps and gowns are not included in the cost of Senior Fees.

Parking Permits Student parking permits will be issued on August 2 and August 3 from 8 AM to 11 AM in the Main Office. In order to receive a parking permit, students will need to bring a Parking Registration card completed and signed by their parent/guardian, vehicle registration, proof of insurance, driver’s license and $32 cash. Parking Registration cards may be downloaded at Then select School Resources along right side of home page.

The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round… Information regarding bus transportation is available at Click on POPULAR LINKS, then BUS ROUTES and follow the instructions. You will be able to enter your address and find your student’s Bus Number and Bus Stop. The phone number for transportation is 941-486-2141.




To check your Bright Futures Scholarship Eligibility: 1. Go to 2. Click on “Go to College” and select “Pay for College” from the drop down menu 3. Scroll down to the “Bright Futures Scholarships” section and click on the “Check Now” button 4. Complete school district, student’s last name and social security number with a X at the end Florida Bright Futures Scholarships have changed! Check out their website (www. frequently to stay updated. SENIORS - Check your eligibility status at as soon as possible to determine if scheduling changes need to be made. You may need to take another academic class to boost your GPA or to meet credit requirements. Meet with your guidance counselor to confirm your schedule and compliance with course requirements. It is your responsibility to know and meet the requirements of the Bright Futures Scholarship Program before high school graduation. Confirm with your high school that all your personal information is correct. Failure to have correct information such as social security number, address and date of birth can delay your Bright Futures application. Bright Futures only calculates GPA based on the core academic areas. Bright Futures will calculate GPA using the highest grades in each area, i.e. 4 highest English grades, 4 highest Math grades (Algebra 1 and above), 3 highest Science grades (does not include Health Science), 3 highest Social Studies grades, 2 highest Foreign Language grades (in same language). Community Service hours are required for ALL levels of Bright Futures—100 hours to 30 hours, depending on the scholarship.

Gold Seal Vocational Scholar Gold Seal Vocational Scholars will now ONLY fund technical and vocational degrees and certificates. Three specific classes in a technical or vocational program are required and your guidance counselor can help you schedule the three necessary classes.

Sarasota County Fall College Night Thursday, September 7 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM @ Robarts Arena

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When Your Student Is Absent… The following absences will be excused: • • • • •

Student illness (if documented by parent/guardian or medical doctor) Medical appointment with documentation Death in the family Observance of a religious holiday Subpoena or mandatory court date

In accordance with school policy, absences MUST be submitted and documented by a written note within three days following the absence. Attendance notes may be turned in to the Attendance Office in person or placed in the designated mailbox located outside the Attendance Office.



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Dress Code As in the world of work, clean and appropriate clothing and good personal hygiene are expected. A correlation exists between good grooming/personal attire and student achievement. A similar relationship exists between student dress and acceptable standards of conduct.

Recognizing these relationships, the following dress practices are not allowed on campus: • • • • • • • • •

Any article of apparel that displays obscene words, pictures, or designs Any article of apparel that conveys a sexually suggestive picture, design, word, or remark Any article of apparel that references the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco Pajamas and bedroom slippers Boxer shorts and underwear worn as outer garments Combs or picks worn in the hair Sunglasses in buildings Over-sized coats/trench coats Chains, spikes, or anything with raised studs

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Any clothing or item that disrupts the effective functions of the school or educational process due to its revealing nature Apparel, headwear, jewelry, accessory, notebook, or manner of grooming that, by virtue of its color arrangement, trademark, or any other attribute, are specifically identifiable as belonging to a disruptive group or gang Hats and other head coverings upon entering any campus building Wallet chains Clothing that is transparent or exposes the midriff, navel, cleavage, or buttocks Clothing that is torn, ripped, or frayed (Pants may not have holes above the knees)

Students in violation of this policy will be referred to administration and parents will be called to bring the proper school attire. If parents cannot be reached, students will be placed in an alternative setting. Students will not be permitted to attend classes inappropriately dressed and will receive consequences as follows: • •

1st Offense: Warning - change clothes - return to class 2nd Offense: Warning - change clothes - return to class detention assigned

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3rd Offense: ISS assigned 4th Offense: OSS assigned

Sarasota High School Newsletter  

August 2017

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