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March 2018 volume 19 issue 1 For Parents, Students, Staff and Community of South Lake High School

Letter from the principal Dear Eagle Family, As we begin to wind down this 2017-18 school year, there is much to celebrate! Many of our Eagles have risen to the challenges and expectations set forth for academic success, conduct, and pride. Our students and staff have been recognized around Lake County and the State of Florida for excellence in community involvement, fine arts performances, club and student organization accolades, athletic success, and individual academic accomplishments. We have recently completed the first round of the Florida Standards Assessment, as 9th and 10th grade students were assessed on their writing ability (FSA English Language Arts writing component) at the beginning of the month. Others took part in the FSA ELA writing retake, and some of our Career & Technical Education courses have already begun their industry certification tests. As we move into the months of April and May, students will be taking part in the remaining state FSA and EOC assessments, Advanced Placement tests, and Career & Technical Education industry certification opportunities. Please encourage your student to be in attendance on their assigned test days, while ensuring that they are well rested and prepared to give their best effort in order to demonstrate their understanding and mastery of concepts learned. Feel free to access our school’s testing calendar on the website for the most up to date testing information. As we prepare to move into the final nine-week grading period of this academic year, it is important that you continue to encourage your child to finish strong in their classes by being diligent in attending school every day, keeping up with assignments and due dates, taking part in discussions and projects, and preparing for tests and assessments. Please continue to monitor your child’s attendance and academic progress using the Skyward portal, or to sign up for a family access account if you have not already done so. While it has been a trying time for all of us in the wake of the recent school violence tragedy in Parkland, Florida, know that I remain committed to doing all within my power to provide the safest learning environment possible for your child. This includes an ongoing evaluation of our systems and protocols in conjunction with district staff and local law enforcement. We are encouraging our students to continue reporting concerns to our school resource officers, administrators, counselors, or other adults on campus, and to make use of the Speak Out Hotline at 800-423-TIPS or I have been encouraged by the resiliency of our students and staff members, and have witnessed on many occasions random acts of kindness and compassion displayed to each other. In the midst of uncertainty, it is amazing the difference a smile and kind word can make. Thank you for your continued support of our school! Respectfully, Steven Benson, Principal

who’s who at south lake Principal

Steve Benson

Assistant Principals

Donna Jesaitis - 12th Linda Nichols - 11th    Rene James - 9th/10th A-G Michael Spencer-9th/10th P-Z Randolph Waite-9th/10th H-O

Guidance Counselors

Donna Scheetz - 12th Judy Mitchell - 11th    Robert Merrill - 9/10 A-G Melanie Googe - 9/10 P-Z  Grace Maldonaldo - 9/10 H-0

Telephone: 352/394-2100 Fax: 352/394-1972 Please visit South Lake High School’s website:

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2 Seniors ALL fines must be paid before graduation. Graduation is on May 18th at 7 pm.

Prom Prom will be held this year on May 5, 2018 at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace. The event is a Black Tie Gala.

Culture night The Interact Club of SLHS is putting on a Cultural Night April 12th from 5:30PM-7:00PM in the SLHS courtyard. Please join us for a night of food, learning, and fun!

Yearbook information The South Lake High School yearbook team is hard at work creating an innovative book for this year. These are currently available for pre-order at for $80. Limited quantities available. Preorder today!

Summer reading “The more you read the more you know.”- Theodor Seuss Geisel All of your teachers encourage you to read a novel this summer, of your choice, to keep your mind active. Please read a book! There are many websites you can use to pick out a novel that interests you. You can visit the local public libraries and talk to the staff about young adult novels and their summer reading programs. Lake County School Board has also complied a reading list for all age groups. Please visit the following websites to assist you in choosing a novel: • The Public Library Website • Lake County Schools Website • - Fantastic Fiction


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Culinary students participated in this past weekend’s Florida ProStart Competitions. Our Waiters’ Relay team placed first in the competition earning each student a $10,000 scholarship to Keiser University. Team members were: Miranda Correa, Juanita Jimenez and Michelle Sanchez. • Additional teams participating were: • Culinary – Kaley Dawson, Connor Johnston, Katherine Turmel and Alex Wilcox • Management – Luis Aragon, A’Zhane Faulknor, Alora Johnson and Javonte Williams Management team was awarded – Best posters of the competition • Edible Centerpiece – Erika Espinosa-Guevara • Each student participating in the competition was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Keiser University.

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3 Slhs njrotc competes in state championship The South Lake High School NJROTC Academic Team recently completed in the State of Florida Championship Brain Brawl. The team participated in the semi-final round of the competition and ranked eighth among thirty-two teams representing NJROTC Area Seven in the state of Florida. It was the first appearance of the South Lake Team at the state championships. Brain Brawl is a daylong triple elimination tournament in quiz show format. Subject matter includes four grade levels of Naval Science Curriculum, along with history, science, language arts, and current events. The team includes team captain, Luke Kohler, Alex Vazquez, Jacob Perez, Seth DeJesus, Austin Laclair, Sean Rodriguez, Kayleen Peraza, Brynna Hower, Brett Coolidge, Oscar Perez, and Kassidy Larson.

Avid The AVID Program is recruiting current 9th and 10th grade students who are interested in attending college. AVID offers several unique scholarships and opportunities for those who are interested. Please see Mr. Calabrese in the Flight Academy Rm. 225 for an application.

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South lake h.s. dance program South Lake H.S. now has a dance program as a part of the Health and Physical Education program. Students are invited to join dance class if you are interested in dance. The work is hard but very rewarding. We dress every day in dance attire and follow a set dance routine. We warm up daily to improve flexibility and retention of material. Students are required to have a single subject spiral notebook for assignments. They will also need appropriate dance shoes and dance attire. A syllabus will be sent home with your student during the first few weeks of school. We perform at many school functions and community events throughout the school year. The Groveland Christmas Parade is one of our favorite events! You may use the dance elective credit for the P.E. or Performing Arts elective credit. Please speak with your Guidance counselor to choose dance for your Fall 2018 class schedule. It is listed on the form as “Dance Techniques I.” Miss Audrey Lawrence is the director/Instructor and may be reached by email or phone if you have any further questions. “Dancing is Fun!” (352) 394-2100 ext.5482

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5 South lake sweeps science fair South Lake Eagles soared at the Lake County Regional Science Fair. Students showed Eagle Pride by representing our school at Regionals with several of our students taking home trophies and awards! REGIONAL Science Fair Winners 2018 – February 6, 2018 Wesley Center at Florida United Methodist Church, Clermont, FL Category Lake County Regional Student Name(s) Science Fair Place Behavioral Science 2nd Jeremiah Morris-Wyley Behavioral Science 3rd Dylan Levy Biochemistry 2nd Mary Landaberde Chemistry Honorable Mention Christa Casey Chemistry 3rd Noel Phanord Chemistry 1st Jackson Young Environmental/Environmental Engineering 1st Bryce Buchanan Plant Science 2nd Kya Sanders South Lake students also received 10 Special Awards Kya Sanders with 1, Bryce Buchanan with 6 , Mary Landaberde with 2, and Jackson Young with 1 In addition, Bryce Buchanan received the Lake County Science Fair’s highest award for “Best in Show” and will be representing Lake County and South Lake High School at the 2018 Florida State Science Fair!!! Congratulations and Good Luck Bryce!!! Also, congratulations to all students who participated in both the South Lake High School Science Fair and the Lake County Science Fair - We are so proud of all of you!!!

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John m. mckay scholarship

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Required notification to parents/guardians of students with disabilities: • Your child may be eligible to participate in the John M. McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program for the 2018-19 school year. In order to be eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program, a student must apply for the program prior to withdrawing from public school. The student must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), or 504 Accommodation Plan issued under s. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (with duration of more than six months), and: • Have been enrolled and reported for funding in a public school for the school year prior to applying for a scholarship (Grades K-12); or • Have been a prekindergarten student who was enrolled and reported for funding in a Florida public school during the school year prior to applying for a scholarship; or • Have attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind during the preceding school year’s student membership surveys (Grades K-12). If your child meets these requirements you may receive a scholarship for your child to attend a participating private school. Parents may also choose another public school within the district’s school choice plan or another public school in an adjacent school district. In order for a student to be eligible for the program, an intent to participate in the McKay Scholarship Program must be filed on the Department of Education’s School Choice website ( prior to withdrawing from public school. The deadline to apply for the first payment period for private school McKay for the 2018-19 school year is July 3, 2018. Parents interested in public school choice McKay need to call the district McKay contact at 352-253-6600. This notice does not guarantee your student’s eligibility. To learn more about your child’s educational options, contact the Department of Education, Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice Information Hotline at 1-800-447-1636 or visit the website at www.floridaschoolchoice. org and select the John M. McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities Program option. You may file your intent online. For more information, contact your school or Sharon Rodgers, ESE Program Specialist, at (352) 253-6630.

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Testing The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the computer-based tests given starting February 26th. Your student may take the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) Writing and Reading Grade 9 or 10, or re-take assessment, and/or the Algebra 1 and/or Geometry End-of Course assessment(s). Students may also take the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) End-of-Course Biology and/or US History assessment(s). Your student will have an opportunity to participate in a practice test to become familiar with the computer-based testing platform, item types, and response formats he or she will see on the FSA assessments. If you or your student would like to review the FSA computer-based practice test at home, the practice tests and answer keys are available at practice-tests/. NGSSS practice tests are available at For information regarding test session lengths for all Spring 2018 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at, click on the Students and Families icon, select the Frequently Asked Questions card, then select the question: “How long are the tests?” Information regarding the NGSSS assessments can be found at Please review the following policies with your student before testing: • Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated. • Calculators—For the Biology 1 EOC assessment, students may use the built-in calculator or a four function calculator may be used. During Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC assessments, only approved calculators may be used during Session 2. If students have handheld calculators during Session 1, their tests will be invalidated. • Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing below the statement on their planning sheets, worksheets, or work folders. • Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the test items or passages after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites, etc. • While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families. • Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer patterns. Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated. • Leaving Campus—If your student leaves campus before completing a test session (for lunch, an appointment or illness, etc.), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days. • Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), a Section 504 plan, or is an English Language Learner (ELL), please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student. If you have any questions related to this test administration, you may contact the testing coordinator, Kim Pawlowski at For more information about the statewide assessment program, visit the FDOE website at Thank you for supporting your student and encouraging him or her to do his or her best during this test administration. Sincerely, Kim Pawlowski, Testing Facilitator

Dear alma mater, blue and silver shine, Now while we face our foes and mountains climb. We will never lose our way; your guidance shall endure. Among the hills, our South Lake High shall never stand obscure!

fight song South Lake High School, Fly, Eagles, Fly, Silver and the Blue! Striving for Pride, To do it or die, And always see it through. South Lake High School, Always be true, Be the best, none can deny That the Eagles’ flight Will rise out of sight, The Screaming Eagles of South Lake High!

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Attention Parents It is very important that you let Mrs. Smith in the Attendance Office know if your child has a medical concern. For example: If your child has Diabetes, Asthma, Allergies, etc., a folder will be created in the clinic for them with the medical concern. This information is critical so that in the event that an issue arises with your child while in school, we will know how to respond and help your child, without wasting precious time trying to figure out what is wrong. Please stop by and see Mrs. Smith in Attendance or call her at 352-394-2100 Ext. 5438 if your child has a medical concern. You can also email her at and she will contact you if needed. Thank you for helping us keep your child safe.

Checking students out early

If a student is being “picked up” during the school day, the person picking them up must come inside the FRONT OFFICE to check them out and bring their photo ID. If the student “drives” a parent can call the attendance office at extension 5436 or email Mrs. Smith at Please send email at least 2 hours in advance. The convenience of email is that you can do this at any time, even the day before. Be sure to write the following information in your email: 1. Students’ name and grade 2. Your name and phone number where we can call you back if needed. 3. What time the student is being checked out. Please check out our school website for even more information, including teacher’s emails so you can contact their teacher with any concerns or questions you may have. You will also find information for bus routes, Student Services (Guidance), Administration, Athletics, etc.

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March 2018