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August 2017 Volume 15 Issue 3

Mission Statement

An organization where the faculty and staff work to build meaningful relationships through relevant academic and extracurricular activities. A place where students grow intellectually and lead successful, fulfilling lives through rigorous training and modeling.


All students are able to learn and experience success leading to postsecondary and career readiness.

A Message from Principal Brittain

Welcome back to school to all faculty, students, and parents. I must say it this has been a busy summer. As principal, I have enjoyed collegial conversations and meeting so many of our parents, faculty and staff these past few weeks as we start school. I, along with the rest of the administrative team, appreciate the time and commitment given by all of our Warhawk family. As the days and weeks unfold, please consider attending campus activities that will enhance the high school experience for your child. Research shows the more engaged a student is in the life of the school, the better chance for academic success. We have clubs, sports, and activities that will help develop students in academics as well as in social/emotional learning. As we embark on this upcoming 2017-2018 school year, we are excited about the opportunities it presents. I hope everyone is ready for an exciting and challenging school year. Be sure to check out our school website for any upcoming events and activities as well as our new on-line school store. Dr. Tom Brittain Principal

The School Board of Pinellas County, Florida, prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based o n r a c e , c o l o r, s e x , religion, national origin, marital status, age, sexual orientation or disability in any of its programs, services or activities.

‘Warhawk News’ August 2017 Published Four Times Per Year Pinellas County School Board 525 Pensylvania Avenue Palm Harbor, FL 34683 Issue #3

2017-2018 Student Calendar

Aug. 10, 2017: All schools open. All Pre-k and postsecondary schools’ classes begin. Sept. 4, 2017: Labor Day holiday – No school for students. Oct. 13, 2017: End of first quarter. Oct. 16, 2017: No school for students. Nov. 18 - Nov. 26, 2017: Thanksgiving holiday week – No school for students. Dec. 22, 2017: End of first semester. Dec. 23, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018: Winter holidays - No school for students. Jan. 8, 2018: No school for students. Jan. 9, 2018: Second semester begins. Jan. 15, 2018: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday - No school for students. Feb. 19, 2018: No school for students. Mar. 9, 2018: End of third quarter Mar. 12, 2018: No school for students. Mar. 24 - Apr. 1, 2018: Spring holidays – No school for students. Apr. 2, 2018: Schools reopen. Classes resume. May 24, 2018: Last day for all students (with the exception of Adult students at the Postsecondary Centers).

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School Supervision of Students The School Board policy requires schools to provide supervision of students thirty (30) minutes before the start of the school day or thirty (30) minutes after the school day unless the parent has made special arrangements with a teacher or administrator. Supervision will not be provided beyond that time. This also includes school activities outside the regular school day such as clubs, dances, practices, and games. Leaving Campus During the School Day Students who need to leave school early are required by School Board Policy to obtain a permit to leave (PTL). To expedite this process, parents should send a note with their student on the morning of the absence. Notes are to be brought to the Front Office before school begins. Please include a contact phone number as notes will be verified prior to issuing a PTL. Upon returning to school, students should drop off the signed PTL to the Front Office. Leaving campus anytime during the school day without authorization is considered “serious misconduct” and will result in a disciplinary referral and assignment to ABS (Alternative Bell Schedule). Parent Notes Required After Absence Within forty-eight (48) hours of a student’s absence the parent must send a note to the school explaining the absence or report the absence on the Seminole High website. All notes are to be taken to the Grade Level Clerk. If that contact does not occur, the absence will be recorded as “Pending,” which is the equivalent to an unexcused absence until a parent note is received.. Students who have been absent five (5) days or more in a grading period may be required to bring a doctor’s note for each absence. Too many absences will lead to a referral to the school’s Child Study Team, referral for social work services, referral to Truancy Court, or the involvement of the Office of the State Attorney. Additionally, unexcused absences are reported to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Fifteen or more unexcused absences will result in a student losing his/her driving privileges.

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Make Up Work After Absence After an absence, a student must arrange with the teachers for any make up work. Students have the same number of days they were absent to make up their work except in the instance of some long-term secondary school assignments. If a secondary teacher assigns a long-term project (when a student has ten (10) or more school days to complete the work) and gives students advance written notice that even in the event of an absence the project is due on the first day the student returns, then the student is expected to fulfill that requirement. If the work is submitted after the first day back to school, it may be dropped no more than one (1) letter grade for each additional day. Work made up after an UNEXCUSED absence (including an out-of-school suspension) must be dropped a letter grade in high school as per School Board policy. Cell Phones & Other Electronic Devices A student may possess a cell phone and/or other electronic devices, but they must be powered off and concealed from view during class hours. Students may use their cell phones before and after school and during their passing times. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action. The best way to get in touch with a child during the school day is by calling the school office. The school’s staff is not responsible for preventing theft, loss, damage, or vandalism to these devices. Policy Against Bullying and Harassment It is the policy of the School Board that all of its students, employees, and volunteers learn and work in an environment that is safe, secure, and free from harassment and bullying of any kind. The School Board will not tolerate bullying and harassment of any type. Bullying means systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on a person or persons. Harassment means any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture, use of data or computer software, or written, verbal or physical conduct directed against a person or persons that (a) places him/her in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or damage to his/ her property and/ or (b) has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits. All incidences should be reported to the school’s administration to be investigated.


Thursday, August 24th 6pm – 8:15pm


October 21, 2017 7-11p.m. St. Petersburg Coliseum

Need Medication At School?

Students must keep both prescription and over-the-counter medications in the Clinic located in Student Services with appropriate medicine forms on file. These authorization forms are required by School Board Policy. No medication is to be taken on campus other than in the Clinic. In addition, teachers are not to administer any form of medication to students. Thank you!

Pinellas County School (PCS) Focus/Portal

PCS Focus/Portal is the student information system for Pinellas County Schools. Focus allows parents to log in and check their child’s grades, attendance, discipline, etc. in real time. Focus also has a list of programs specific to parents, such as the Student Reservation System (SRS), PCS Online Community Center, Parent Forms, and Meal Pay. These programs are listed on the main page of Focus. Logging into PCS Portal gives the parents a ‘one-stop shopping’ experience. Go to and click on the Focus button on the left side of the screen. You can use your Parent Connect User Name and Password to log into Focus. If you have difficulty logging onto Focus please contact the Front Office at 547-7536 X2124.

Does Your Child Owe the School Money?

Every school year teachers are obligated to place students on a financial obligation list who owe the school money for one or more of the following: (1) lost or damaged textbooks or library books, (2) lost or damaged teaching materials such as calculators, (3) athletic equipment or uniforms, (4) library fines, (5) damaged or stolen school property, (6) unpaid dues such as senior dues, etc. As per School Board Policy the student may be excluded from extra-curricular activities such as athletics, field trips, drama, homecoming, prom, band, clubs, etc. for failure to pay a school fine. While students will be given ample notice of such debt, parents/guardians are encouraged to go onto Focus or contact the school to find out if your student has financial obligations.

PE & Band Locks

All students must purchase locks for PE and Band from their teachers for $5.00. Locks purchased elsewhere will be cut off the lockers.



Who’s Who? Administrators: Principal Dr. Tom Brittain

Dr. Lois McKee 9th Grade Administrator ext. 2111

Ms. Jane Lucas 11th Grade Administrator ext. 2110

Ms. Teresa Patterson 10th Grade Administrator ext. 2112

Mr. Kevin Schottler 12th Grade Administrator ext. 2139

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Un-Bell Schedule

Period 1 7:05 – 7:52 (47 min) Period 2 7:57 – 8:45 (48 min) Period 3 8:50 – 9:36 (46 min) Period 4 9:41 – 10:27 (46 min) Period 5 10:32 – 11:18 (46 min) Lunch 11:18 – 11:58 (40 min) Period 6 11:58 – 12:44 (46 min) Period 7 12:49 – 1:35 (46 min) Buses Depart at 1:41p.m. Teacher Hours 6:50a.m. – 2:20p.m.

Academy of E-Commerce Announces Trips for 2017-2018

The Academy of E-Commerce, known for “Taking Learning out of the Classroom” has announced dates for the 2017-2018 school year. In the upcoming year, THE ACADEMY will be going to New York City, Washington D.C. Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago. While in these exciting cities, students will visit companies like Microsoft, Boeing, Facebook, Google as well as DePaul University, Silicon Valley and historical landmarks all over. Dates are as follows: January 12-14, 2018 New York City February 16-18, 2018 Washington D.C. March 22-26, 2018 San Francisco, CA March 29 – April 1, 2018 Chicago, IL April 19 – 22, 2018 Seattle, WA Any Academy student interested in going on the trips may contact Mr. Scales at or Mrs. Wonsick at

Seminole High School Phone: 727-547-7536 Principal’s Secretary Mrs. Jamie Cooper ext. 2103 Records Clerk/Transcriptions Mrs. Joanne Estell ext. 2115 Attendance/Transportation Clerk Mrs. Charlene Leigh ext. 2113 Guidance Clerk/Receptionist Ms. Kim Williams ext. 2106 Front Office Clerks Mr. Cliff Jones ext. 2101 Mrs. Phyllis Battaglia ext. 2124 Media Center Carol Sterling ext. 2157 Bookkeeper Mrs. Loren Johnson ext. 2104 Community Involvement/Volunteers Ms. Michele Grego ext. 2136 School Resource Officer Deputy Steven Wolcott ext. 2109 Social Worker Mrs. Suzanne Lovett ext. 2183 Psychologist Ms. Paula Phillips – Phone: 547-7887 Behavioral Specialist Mr. Harry Jones ext. 2160 Counselors: 9th Grade Ms. Elizabeth Faris – ext. 2122 10th Grade Ms. Nancy Badi – ext. 2117 11th Grade Mrs. Amy Rubin – ext. 2116 12th Grade Mrs. Maureen Kraeter - ext. 2114

6 Home Learning

PARENTS, SET THE STAGE FOR THE BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER! Assure a strong start and successful school year by establishing a solid home-study routine with your student. Encouraging, supporting, and participating in this vital activity will improve your student’s attitude and performance at school and support a work ethic that endures for a lifetime. 1. SET A SCHEDULE: Establish a regular timeslot for this important daily activity. Seek your child’s agreement and commitment to reserve this time each day for homework and study. Encourage this habit. In many ways, it’s his/her job and should become routine. Your support and involvement in your student’s home learning effort makes a huge difference in the high school experience. 2. CREATE THE ENVIRONMENT: Students can be easily distracted. Teach them to create an atmosphere conducive for concentration. Having a defined learning area works with some students but not all. The most important requirements are time, focus, and your support. Minimizing social media access, loud music, and other detractors will improve effectiveness and retention. 3. OBSERVE AND ENGAGE: Psychologists suggest that it takes three weeks to break or establish a habit. When school resumes this month, commit three weeks to this routine with your student. Make it become a habit for both of you. Your daily assistance and attitude toward school have a huge impact on your child’s success.

Summer Fun!

Mr. Wayman and some of his French students visited Canada this summer in June. They spent 8 days sightseeing, whale watching, and even got to see Niagara Falls! Some of the cities they visited were: Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, and Toronto.

7 Free Tutoring

Do you need extra homework help? If so, then BTAG (Bridging the Achievement Gap) might be the answer for you! After school you can catch a ride on the BTAG van. They will take you to the YMCA in Largo - 1801 119th St N, Largo, FL - where you will have teachers, computers, and support staff to assist you with homework from 2:30pm – 4:30pm, then they give you a ride home! If interested, please see Ms. Waggoner in B-5 for an application.

Lockers & Parking Hangtags

Attention Students: For those still needing lockers see Mrs. Jones in Student Services after school. For those students needing hangtags for parking, please see Ms. Wonsick before school in B3.

SHS Visitors

All visitors of the school must report to the front office to sign-in and receive a visitor’s pass. Visitors are not allowed to go directly to classrooms or walk the campus without checking in the front office in the Administration building.


The privilege of driving motor vehicles on school property will be denied if it becomes a detriment to the health, safety or welfare of the school/community. Specifically, behaviors that will not be allowed are speeding or reckless driving, storage of illegal substances, apparatus or weapons, or parking in unauthorized locations on school property. Student parking is allowed only in the lot directly north of the gymnasium. No student vehicle traffic will be permitted on other areas of the school grounds between 6:50 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. Student cars found improperly parked or in areas other than in the designated lot may be towed away. Students should not be in their vehicles in the parking lot during the school day unless they have permission to leave from an administrator. All students must have a parking hang tag properly attached to the rearview mirror. Violators will lose parking privileges on campus.

Pinellas County School Buses

The school bus driver is the sole judge of disruptive behavior and a referral to an administrator may result in the removal of a student from the bus. A student who fails to maintain appropriate conduct when on the bus, waiting for the bus, or walking to/from the bus stop may be suspended from riding the bus or may be subject to other disciplinary actions. No food or drink may be consumed on the bus. A student may ride only the bus to which she/he is assigned.

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Food Service Department

The Pinellas County School District participates in the National School Lunch/ School Breakfast Program. Nutritious meals are served every school day. All meals served must meet patterns established by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Students may qualify for free or reducedprice meals. One family application must be submitted each year listing every child in the family. Applications are available throughout the school year from our school. Apply for Free / Reduced Lunch Online This is an easy and convenient way for parents and guardians to submit applications for school meal benefits online. There is no fee for using the ApplyforLunch website to submit your application for benefits. This service is provided to you free of charge by your School District. Here’s the link: https:// Pay for meals online My School Bucks is an online payment portal especially designed to allow parents to make quick and easy online payments to their children’s school meal accounts. Please use the website link below to add funds to your student’s prepaid account, https:// Our cafeteria is a clean, friendly place. To make the cafeteria run smoothly we all must be polite and considerate of one another. We all need to help in maintaining the cafeteria by: 1. Joining the serving line at the end. 2. Disposing of trash after eating. 3. Refrain from throwing food.

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8 Seminole High Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) SHS PTSA Membership Application Return to SHS Front Office w/ application fee $10.00 Membership (Checks payable to: Seminole High School PTSA SHSPTSA) Name:__________________________ Home/Cell:_____________ E-Mail:____________________ May we contact you? YES NO Student’s Name:_____________________________ Grade______ Student’s Name:_____________________________ Grade______ Your Household has: Please indicate number(s): ____Parent(s) ____ Grandparent(s) ____SHS Staff ____ HS Student(s) ____Other Thank You for your support!!! We do nothing without YOU! With YOU, Seminole High will continue to SOAR! *For Official Use Only: Amount Paid $________Cash $________Check #________ Membership #_______Member $_______T-Shirt $_______

We’re going to have a great school year!!

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SHSPTSA is a non-profit comprised of Parents, Teachers, Students & the community: committed to making our school successful. All are welcome to be part of and participate with Seminole High School PTSA. Membership; however, is limited to those holding a membership card and listed on our membership rolls. Your PTSA works for our students with your help as we look to the future together. – Our students are our future. Income from $10 membership dues provides for our student support/activities/ sponsorships. We prefer to sustain PTSA by means of supportive members rather than fund raising activities and other requests that are found in most Middle and Elementary schools. YOUR membership makes our continued success possible! Our success continues with the support of our Students, Principal Dr. Brittain, Administration, Faculty, Staff, current membership and volunteer Board members. It is our hope that SHS PTSA membership will continue to grow continuing in the support of our education goals especially never ending our support of our future -- our students. Thank you for your continued support of SHS PTSA, you may never know what a difference YOUR investment today will have on your future. Our future depends on the students of today let us help them make the most of it.

Seminole High School Newsletter  

August 2017

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