November 2020 Volume 18 Issue 4
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‘Warhawk News’ November 2020 Published Four Times Per Year Pinellas County School Board 525 Pennsylvania Avenue Palm Harbor, FL 34683 Issue #4
A Message from the Principal At Seminole High School we aspire to live our lives with purpose, respect, and grit; That is the “Warhawk Way!” Each student at SHS has a purpose for learning, exhibits respect for self and others, developing grit to persevere towards success in college, career, and life. Our Faculty, Staff, and Student Leaders pursue this mission together, in a relentless manner each day! Our senior class, student government, athletic, and arts student leaders continue to create a culture of positive vibes and school wide team spirit that is second to none! The Warhawk Nation has hosted, as well as sponsored sold-out athletic, arts, and community-wide events, all while maintaining safe social distancing protocols. From Friday night lights, to Homecoming Spirit week, to our Warhawk Marching Band performing at the 50th anniversary commemoration at City Hall alongside the mayor, dignitaries and Seminole Chamber of Commerce to everything in between, the positive momentum keeps building for our SHS community! I am excited to share with you, once again, about the advent of “The AP Experience for the 21st Century Learner at Seminole High School” this year, where all students will have the access and opportunity to take an advanced level college course, as well as achieve an industry certification before they graduate a Warhawk! The commitment of the SHS Faculty and Staff is such that they overwhelmingly voted this past spring, in favor of moving to a modified block schedule this school year, in to create more instructional class time for their students! This brave and innovative move also paved the way for the infusion of an Academic Resource and Social-Emotional Learning Advisory Period (AR, for short)! This AR period is embedded within every Warhawk student’s school day, and provides an equitable setting where students receive academic, social, and emotional supports, while also forging a connection with a professional, adult mentor. In addition, multi-grade level peer-to-peer relationships are fostered as well. An early indicator of success in supporting more academic rigor for Warhawk students can be seen in how our AP course enrollment has more than doubled this year! From less than 300 to over 700 classes! Seminole High School has received the “Golden School Award” for 2020 from the Department of Education for leadership in school volunteerism and is also a 2020 National Blue Ribbon Award Winning School, recognized by the Florida Department of Education for our overall academic excellence, and progress in closing achievement gaps! SHS was recognized by the Florida Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Project as a 2020 Bronze Medal Award Winner for being a Positive Behavior Implementation Systems (PBIS) Model School. This exemplifies our continued commitment to positive outcomes for ALL students! We are the only high school in Pinellas County to have achieved this distinction! Athletically, the Seminole Warhawk Nation has experienced amazing successes. Athletes Frankee Hendricks and Erin Joyner, are both triple impact competitor scholarship finalists. Our girls’ softball team was honored by the Sports Matters Foundation and gifted with a team gear and dugout makeover. They took the field with Team USA to be featured on ESPN this past spring. The student-centered Seminole Sports Academy was awarded a $20,000.00 grant from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Our boys basketball team were the PCS District Champions. Our boys soccer team were the PCS district champions as well, and advanced to the Elite 8! Sophomore swimmer Andrew Billitto has a PCAC, district, and regions title in 100 backstroke. He just achieved 2nd place at state this past weekend in the 100 butterfly! 8 Senior student scholar athletes will be signing national letters of intent this week! And we are SO PROUD of our hometown World Series Tampa Bay Rays Hero, Brett Phillips, a 2012 Warhawk Graduate!
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2 Important Phone Numbers Seminole High School Phone: 727-547-7536 Principal Ms. Jane Lucas Principal’s Secretary Mrs. Barbara Farmer ext.2005 Records Clerk/Transcriptions Mrs. Joanne Estell ext. 2303 Attendance/Transportation Clerk Mrs. Charlene Leigh ext. 2008 Guidance Clerk/Receptionist Mrs. Phyllis Battaglia ext. 2019 Front Office Clerks Mrs. Donna Jones ext. 2038 Mr. Gare Jimenez ext.2037 Student Services Clerk Ms. Kim Williams ext. 2036 Media Center Carol Sterling ext. 2030 Bookkeeper Ms. Rose Rowland ext. 2006 Community Involvement/Volunteers Ms. Michele Grego ext. 2045 School Resource Officers Deputy Jim Walker ext. 2223 Deputy Jeff Cuttitta ext. 2222 Social Worker Gina Gibbs ext. 2070 Psychologist Ms. Paula Phillips ext. 2027 Behavioral Specialist Mr. Harry Jones ext. 1399 VE Specialist (ESE Services) Jahn Van De Putte ext. 1309 Counselors: 9th Grade Shaun Clark – ext. 2061 10th Grade Ms. Elizabeth Faris– ext. 2062 11th/12th Grade – A thru K Ms. Nancy Badi– ext. 2063 11th/12th Grade – L thru Z Leslie Morrow - ext. 2060 Follow us on Twitter: Seminole High@SeminoleWarhawk
A Message from the Principal continues... Seminole High School is 1 of only 8 schools in the nation designated as a Model School of Excellence by the International Conference for Leadership and Education. This honor is due to Seminole High’s mission and success in getting students connected, while achieving, and sustaining academic, social, and emotional growth. Our PTSA in conjunction with the Seminole High Leadership Team were awarded the National PTSA RESPONSE TO COVID GRANT. This grant supports student health and wellness through the technology platform Inner Explorer for mindfulness, as well as the creation of mental health care kits for high needs students. Our 7 Academies, along with the vibrant AVID program, and the 50 + clubs on campus, provide students with a community of care and place to belong. Highlights of these programs that range from Media Technology to Engineering and beyond include: The iHawk Academy for Personalized and Project Based Learning celebrating its 2nd graduating class, and they continue to expand their innovative internship and externship programs to solve global issues, while partnering with our established CEL Academy Program. The Seminole Sports Career Institute Academy is aligned with a Pixellot Technology partnership that makes us the only Pinellas County School to broadcast live all stadium and gymnasium athletic events. This broadcast and print journalism coverage and commentary is presented by students, in tandem with professional mentors. The E-Commerce Academy has been named an Academy of Distinction. The creation of, and innovative implementation of, our online school store, “The Warhawk Shop,” is a student-driven effort. This innovation has streamlined virtually all financial services at our school. The Warhawk Shop provides Warhawk Gear, tickets to school events, and other necessary educational items. Because of the students and teachers amazing vision and success, the Ecommerce Academy At Seminole High School received the “Florida Association for Career and Technical Education’s INNOVATION AWARD!” And this Academy was asked to present to the Florida School Board’s Association last winter! Our Water Resource Sustainability Program has been featured on local and national news outlets, took 2nd place in the Region 4 Water Tower Competition, and SHS will host the next in-person event in 2021! This past summer, 6 students received full PAID internships at the South Cross Bayou Advanced Water Reclamation Facility. The Center for Educational Leadership, known as our CEL Academy, will continue to “lunch bunch” with Bauder Elementary students in their literacy circles to infuse the love and importance of reading in the spring. Our CEL students also continue to partner with Ronald McDonald House and community positivity projects throughout our school and community. Over the past 2 years our CEL students have earned over 2.5 MILLION dollars in scholarships!!!! In the literary and scholastic realm, our Hawk Talk Magazine is the American Scholastic Press Association’s 1st Place Winner! Editor-in-Chief, Tori Foltz is the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award Winner for 2020! In addition, our Warhawk Yearbook is a National Sample for the 3rd year in a row! Academically at Seminole High School, we have over 12 National and International Honor Societies. Gracie Tubbs, an SHS 9th grader, is receiving the 2020 Civilian Patriot Award from the City of Largo tomorrow, on Veteran’s Day, her work in support of Veterans! Gracie’s Operation: Military Matters project has raised over $100,000.00 to send more than 5,000 care packages to our military personnel serving overseas! Seminole High School overall continues to demonstrate strong academic growth while promoting more rigorous course work for ALL learners. Our overall graduation rate continues to soar and is over 98%! And this year we are proud to announce our National Merit Finalist, Senior TAYLOR MURPHY! To live your life with purpose, respect, and grit is the “Warhawk Way.” We, as the Warhawk nation, claim this vision with a relentless team spirit. My leadership team and I are grateful for your support and as always: GO WARHAWKS!!!!
3 What is the Civilian Patriot Award?
The Civilian Patriot Award is awarded to local civilian residents or businesses who go above and beyond to show their support to Veterans. This award is decided on by the Veterans Day Planning Committee and awarded each Veterans Day by the City of Largo. 2020’s Civilian Patriot Award Recipient This year’s Civilian Patriot Award Recipient is Graci Tubbs. She was nominated by David Bullock f rom Bullock Law Group. Graci is 14-yearsold and in the ninth grade at Seminole High School. She started Operation: Military Matters, in 2015, as part of a fourth grade gifted project. After hearing and seeing veterans speak at a school Veterans Day assembly, Graci felt the need to support our military and let the men and women sacrificing their lives for us, know people back home cared about them. What started out as a school project collecting supplies from the community and sending care packages from home to the military overseas grew into a nonprofit. Today Graci has raised more than $100,000 to help send close to 5000 care packages to our military overseas. Graci volunteers countless hours, as she loves serving. When she isn’t sending care packages, you can catch Graci on the softball field or taking photos. You can also check out Graci’s Operation Military Matters facebook page for details on how you can help. Article from https://www.playlargo.com/special_event_detail_T38_R270.php
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4 School Pictures/Senior Yearbook Pages
• Underclass Picture Day (Auditorium) November 17th during English Classes Virtual Students A-F (2-2:30) G-L (2:30-3:00) M-Z (3:00-3:30) Open Availability (3:30-4:00) •
Underclass Picture Day January 12th (Retakes)
Yearbooks are on sale for $75 until December 31st. Senior Pictures are due by December 11th. Call and make an appointment with Prestige Portraits at 813-402-3500 or online at PrestigePortraits.com. Buy your senior a gift you know will last forever. Create a page in the yearbook that is dedicated especially to your senior. Reserve your space on the Warhawk Shop. • Full Page - $325
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Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship Finalists
Principal Lucas with Major League, Tampa Bay Rays Player Brett Phillips as he shows support for his home team at Seminole High School.
SHS Robotics team has started meetings. We meet after school. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we work on the bots in E-3, and on Thursdays, we have planning meetings in A-12. Anyone interested in joining, can see Ms. Hohmann in A-12 or come to a meeting. We have students working on planning, building, and programming.
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5 2019-2020 Scholastic Newspaper Award
Science National Honor Society Officers
Science National Honor Society Officers for 2020 – 2021 are as follows: • Lauryn Fox - President • Paxton Cavanaugh - Vice President • Amelia Pemberton - Secretary • Andrew Ovalle - Treasurer • Erin Joyner - Parliamentarian • Bailey Bellinger - Historian First place for Tori Foltz and Grace Thompson for their work with the SHS Hawk Talk I remember meeting Tori for the first time. I could tell right away that she belonged in journalism. Her writing appeared effortless and she had a keen eye for design. Very rarely can you meet a freshman and know with full confidence that this 14-year-old could run your publication, but with her, I had no question. I knew she had the talent, the intelligence, the tenacity and the passion to not just “get it done” but to “do it well.” As it turned out, I was on maternity leave the first half of the school year. Even in my absence, Tori brilliantly lead her staff, and she was able to complete two publications and distribute them on time. Once I returned, Tori continued to persevere, improving upon each article she wrote, each layout she designed and each issue she published. In fact, she did so well that I appointed Tori editor-in-chief of the 2019-2020 Hawk Talk newspaper, and she continues to lead this publication today. Grace Thompson is currently working under Tori so that she can become editor-in-chief of the Hawk Talk once Tori graduates. While she is not quite as involved or outgoing as her predecessor, Grace’s passion and talent are undoubtedly impressive. She understands the importance of equal coverage, deadlines and being a perfectionist. Working under Tori has only made Grace more dedicated and determined. I have no doubt that she, too, will be a strong leader for our nationally recognized publication. - Candace Gilbert
Mu Alpha Theta
Mu Alpha Theta is accepting new members for the 2020-2021 school year? All that is required to qualify for membership is a B average in all math classes starting with Algebra 1. If interested, a student should ask their math teacher for the signup sheet, or see Ms. Hoh ma n n i n room A-12. Meetings are through zoom on the third Tuesday of every month.
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6 Bronze PBIS Winner Recognizing Hard Work
As a result of our work, Seminole High School is being recognized by the FLPBIS Project as a 2019-2020 Bronze PBIS Model School. SHS is proud to be the only High School in Pinellas County to receive this distinguished award. To earn this achievement, schools must meet specific criteria that can be found on the FLPBIS Project website. This award demonstrates our commitment to positive outcomes for all students and helps us celebrate our efforts as we continue to strive for the highest quality implementation of PBIS. For more i n for mat ion on ou r ef for t s, v isit w w w.sem i nole -hs.pi nellas.k12.f l.us. To learn more about the FLPBIS Project Model School program, visit www.flpbis.org.
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FSAWWA Supporting “The New Normal” Back To School, 2020 Starting a new program isn’t an easy feat, even for a seasoned teacher like Jerry Cantrell, who will be leading the program as part of PCS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs’ Seminole High Engineering Academy. Mr. Cantrell and Seminole High Principal Jane Lucas, joined forces with the FSAWWA’s High School Operator Initiative in summer 2019 to learn more about career opportunities for their students, including alternatives to traditional college-bound ones. First, Mr. Cantrell will need to study and receive operator certifications in both drinking and wastewater as well as passing a CTE certification. While this may seem like a lot of work, many FSAWWA members stepped up to help and encourage program progress. Working with Region IV members, Seminole High has received support through discussions with different community partners like the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Tampa Bay Water, Pinellas County Utilities, the City of St Petersburg, the City of Tarpon Springs, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Career Source Pinellas, and Pinellas County Economic Development to connect the program with the experts it needs to build a successful program. In addition to building networks in the community, the FSAWWA Board approved the purchase of ten copies of each of the four books required for study to take the water 3 and/ or wastewater C operator licensure examinations. “It is the support from community partners such as FSAWWA that make it possible for public schools to provide full and enriched educational experiences for its students. The literature provided by FSAWWA will enable Seminole High School to train the next generation of water and/or wastewater operators,” said Mr. Jerry Cantrell of Seminole High.