Page 1


For the parents, students, staff, and community of Spanish River Community High School

Spanish River

Community High School 5100 Jog Road Boca Raton, FL 33496 Phone: (561) 241-2200

Administration Mr. Latson Principal Mrs. Goron Assistant Principal Dr. Allen-Jefferson Students A-D Mr. Wade Students E-K Mrs. Carril Students L-Q Mr. Sollod Students R-Z

A Message from the Principal To our Spanish River family, The 2018-2019 school year is off to an excellent start as the teachers and students are settling back into the groove of school. Please confirm that your student is regularly monitoring their SIS Gateway account to follow grades, assignments and communicate with teachers. Parents are also encouraged to create an account; please see the SIS Gateway information printed in this newsletter for access information. As I mentioned in our summer edition of Shark Currents, we were in the process of implementing some necessary changes to River. We’ve made some essential modifications to our old Suite A and Guidance offices in an effort to better assist students and parents. Both offices will be comprised of Assistant Principals and School Counselors as it is imperative for those two departments to work together to effectively serve our students. We’ve also made fundamental adjustments to our school security by closing gates during class changes and during lunch. We understand that the gate closures will cause some inconveniences for parents/visitors arriving on our campus but student safety is of the utmost importance and we must take these measures to keep our students safe. Please allow yourself a little extra time if you’re visiting campus. In addition to the new school-day safety measures, please note the new county-imposed athletic event rules and procedures as explained in this newsletter. This time of year is the perfect opportunity for your student to get involved in one of the many sports or clubs available at River. Encourage them to try something new, meet new friends and be a risk taker. Also, the end of the first 9 weeks is quickly approaching on October 18, so encourage your child to finish the quarter strong. The semester grade is a combination of both nine weeks and the semester exam. Grades are significant starting in 9th grade as universities review all 4 years on the transcript. Don’t forget to connect with us on social media; please note the social media information “Connect with Spanish River” printed within this newsletter and stay informed! Go Sharks! Sincerely, William R. Latson, Ed. S Principal

September 2018

Volume 3 • Issue 1 The Spanish River Vision Our vision is to create a nationally known high school highly regarded for its academic excellence, while helping all students prepare for and be accepted into post secondary education or careers.

Academy Open House Save the Date!

Join us on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 pm to learn about our academies. A representative from our Entrepreneurship, American History and Law, Biotechnology, and Early Childhood Teacher Education academies will be available to answer your questions. This is a great opportunity for younger students and their parents to familiarize themselves with the excellent academy programs offered at Spanish River.


School Clinic

Spanish River High School has a Registered Nurse on campus. The clinic is open from 7am until 2:50 pm. Students may come to the clinic at any time during the school day with a pass from their teacher. Students are not permitted to carry any medication on them in school (including OTC medication). If a student requires medication during the school day, a parent must bring the medication to school with a signed Physician’s Authorization for Medication in School form (obtained from the doctor). Only diabetic supplies, Epinephrine injectors and inhalers are permitted to be carried by students. These emergency medications also require a Physician’s Authorization. If you have any questions about your child’s medical needs, please call Nurse Philippa at 561-241-2207

Parking Decals & Reserved Parking Lot

2018-2019 Parking decals cost $50.00 and the Vehicle Registration form is available in Student Support Silver and Blue. Decals are sold before school, during lunch or after school only. Students must have their required community service hours recorded in order to purchase a decal. Seniors need 20 hours, juniors need 15 hours and sophomores need 5 hours recorded and turned in to the office. Community Service hours are a requirement for graduation. What to bring: Completed 2018-2019 Vehicle Registration Parking Agreement form, Valid Driver’s license (no copies, no pictures, no permits), and payment of $50.00 in cash, check or preferred online payment made at https://palmbeach.schoolcashonline. com (must print receipt). Decal payments are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Lost or misplaced decals must be replaced at a cost of $50.00. Reminder: The Reserved Parking lot spaces (lot between the 1000 blg & 2000 gym blg) are all sold and assigned to students. Only students with a “Reserved Decal” may park in those spaces. Students parking in reserved spaces without the appropriate decal will face consequences from the Administration office.

Bus Information

The Palm Beach County Schools transportation website has posted accurate bus routes, pick up locations and times. Visit and click “Find My Bus.” Enter your address, select Spanish River High School from the drop down menu and select AM and/or PM stops to view the bus stop closest to your home. Please consider using the bus to avoid the congestion in the school parking lot.

Have You Moved?

If you have recently moved, please update your address with our Data Processing Department. Please bring in 2 current proofs of residency such as an electric, water or phone bill with your name and new address on it.

Picture Make-Up Day for 9th,10th &11th Grade

Did you miss picture day? Stop by the media center on Monday, October 15, 2018 to have your picture taken.

Assistant Principals and School Counselors

Our offices have changed:

• Guidance is now called Student Support Blue and is assigned student alpha A-K. • Suite A/Student Services is now called Student Support Silver and is assigned student alpha L-Z. You can contact the office by calling 561-241-2200- select option 1 for Student Support Blue or option 2 for Student Support Silver. Student Last Name

Assistant Principal/School Counselor



Dr. Allen, Assistant Principal Dr. Keller, School Counselor


Mr. Wade, Assistant Principal Mrs. Loyacona, School Counselor


Mrs. Carril, Assistant Principal Ms. Kalman, School Counselor


Mr. Sollod, Assistant Principal Mrs. Riggle, School Counselor

9th Grade A-Z

Ms. Richards, School Counselor


Mrs. Abramowicz, School Counselor


Ms. Fox, Academy Coordinator

School Cash Online

Did you know that you can pay some school fees online with a credit card? It’s easy to use and safe. Go to and register. Fees currently available on School cash: PE Uniforms/Lockers, Parking Decals, Lockers in the 8000 Blg, DECA membership dues, Athletic Insurance fee (tryouts & full year), Donations to Science & Art department. More fees are added often so check it out.

Report Card Distribution Dates

The 2018-2019 report cards will be distributed to students during 2nd period on the following dates: November 8, 2018, January 24, 2019, April 12, 2019 and their final report card will be mailed home after June 1, 2019

Free Breakfast for All Students/ Apply for Free & Reduced Lunch

Breakfast is FREE for every student, every day! We serve breakfast from 6:50 am-7:20 am and we would love to see all the students take advantage of this great opportunity. Don’t forget to apply for free or reduced lunch. Please apply online at If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mr. Jones (Cafeteria Manager) at 561-241-2230.

Need a Locker in the 8000 Building?

Students can obtain an assigned locker by visiting Student Support Silver before school, lunch time or after school. The cost is $10.00 for 9th -11th grade and there is no fee for seniors for a locker in the Senior Hallway. Lockers are sold year round and are assigned based on availability. Locks are provided by the school and student must use the school provided lock.

College Thursdays

School Counselors have launched “College T-Shirt Day” to inspire students to take charge of their future by preparing for postsecondary education. Students and faculty are encouraged to participate and wear a college t-shirt of their choice.

Yearbook Orders

Do not pass up the opportunity to purchase your copy of Tiburon, the Spanish River Yearbook. The book is filled with memories from the school year. Yearbooks can be purchased online at Fall sale ends September 30, 2018.

Supporting students for over 35 years

Wellington 561-333-8882

Where Do I Go For…? What I need


Who to see


Parking Decals

Reserved Parking or alpha A-K

Mrs. Saba

Suite Blue

Parking Decals

Alpha L-Z

Mrs. Golembe

Suite Silver


Grades 9-12, alpha A-Z

Mrs. Staniewicz

Suite Silver

Blue Pass pick up

All grades- alpha A-K All grades- alpha L-Z

Any secretary Any secretary

Suite Blue Suite Silver

Dismissal/Parent Sign out

All grades- alpha A-K All grades- alpha L-Z

Any secretary Any secretary

Suite Blue Suite Silver

School Counselor

9th grade only- Alpha A-Z

Ms. Richards

Suite Blue

School Counselors

Grades 10-12, Alpha A-K Alpha L-Z

See counselor list posted in office

Suites Blue & Silver

School Counselor

ELL/ESOL Students All grades/alpha

Mrs. Abramowicz

Suite Silver

College Visit Sign-up

11th & 12 grade ONLY

Ms. Kalman

Scheduled online- Visit: https://srhs., Click “School info” then select “Sign up for college visit”

Parent-Drop off lunch/ forgotten item

All grades/alpha

Tag item with student name and leave on shelf

Main Office

Health Clinic

All grades/alpha

Nurse Philippa

Enter through Suite Silver or Blue

Bus Questions

All grades/alpha

Any secretary

Suite Silver, Suite Blue

Electronic Device confiscated (Parent Pick up only with a ID)

All grades- alpha A-K All grades- alpha L-Z

Any secretary Any secretary

Suite Blue Suite Silver

Pick up 3pm-6pm

All grades/alpha

Mr. Hower

Mr. Hower can be found in front of 1000 blg on a golf cart

Student IDs

Students will be required to wear their IDs visibly at all times while on campus. When students exit classrooms, IDs must be visible; meaning not in a pocket or underneath their shirt or jacket. We have color coded the IDs to assist us in quickly identifying students and where they should be. It is a simple action that saves us a lot of time and allows those providing supervision assistance with quick identification of a potential problem. Please make sure your student understands the need to comply and does so for their own safety.

3 “Shark Currents” September 2018 • Issue 1 Published Five Times Per Year The School District of Palm Beach County 3300 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406


2018-2019 School Calendar

To view the 2018-2019 school calendar visit, hover over “District Links” on the top left of the page and scroll down to “School Calendar.” You will be able to view holidays, teacher work days (no school for students), report card distribution dates and start and end dates of quarters and semesters. The calendar is an effective tool to help organize your child and yourself for the school year.

2018-2019 Regular Bell Schedule

1st Period:................................................................... 7:30-8:21 2nd Period: Morning Announcements…...8:27-8:39 Instruction.…………………...8:39-9:30 3rd Period:................................................................9:36-10:27 4th Period:............................................................. 10:33-11:24 Lunch:..................................................................... 11:24-11:59 5th Period:............................................................. 12:05-12:56 6th Period:.................................................................. 1:02-1:53 7th Period:.................................................................. 1:59-2:50

Connect with Spanish River

These websites and social media accounts are an excellent way to keep students, parents and staff updated on school news and events. School Website: Mr. Latson: Twitter @latsonw PTSA: (also find them on Facebook and Twitter) Spanish River Foundation: www

Pieces of Eight

Congratulations to our Creative Writing students - Pieces of Eight was awarded a Gold Medal from The Florida Scholastic Press Association! There are copies available if you missed out on this special edition. Visit Mrs. Delaney in room 8111 to purchase one for $5.00.

Vaping & E-Cigarettes Are Not Permitted In School

Parents, once again, we must bring a serious issue to your attention that we experienced during the 20172018 school year. Some students are bringing e-cigarette (“vapor,” “vape pens,” and/or “carts”) paraphernalia to school and are smoking on campus, using different cartridges of nicotine juice and/or marijuana. Possessing paraphernalia, smoking or vaping of any kind is not permitted on campus. Any student using OR possessing these items will face serious consequences, including, but not limited to, out of school suspension. An out of school suspension will have a negative effect on those students pursuing higher education. During the college application process, students are asked if they have ever been suspended from school and why. Students are required by law to disclose this information. Parents, we encourage you to discuss this serious matter with your student and confirm that they understand that vaping will not be tolerated at Spanish River HS. If you have any questions about this issue, please contact an Assistant Principal.

Student Attendance & Student Sign-Out Procedure

If a student needs to be picked up early from school, parents have 2 options. Parents/Guardians can report to either Student Support Blue (alpha A-K) or Student Support Blue (alpha L-Z) to sign out their student early with a photo I.D. If time permits, a parent can call the Student Support office at 561-241-2200- select option 1 for Student Support Blue or option 2 for Student Support Silver for a Blue pass (PTL-Permission to Leave Pass) but it must be one class period prior to the dismissal time and we do not offer passes during lunch. Students are permitted 5 Blue Passes per semester. We encourage parents not to request early dismissal of students unless it is necessary for things such as doctors’ appointments or family emergencies. Students lose valuable learning time when they leave school early. Students who return to school (on the same day) are required to sign back into school through the appropriate office immediately upon return, in order to excuse the time they were absent. Per state law and district policy, students who accumulate more than 10 absences per semester will be required to pass the semester exam in order to receive credit for the course.

Community Service Hours

All students are required to obtain a minimum of 20 recorded community service hours to graduate from high school. Community service sheets can be found in the Main Office and Student Support Blue and Student Support Silver Office as well as on our school website. Once forms are completed, they may be turned into the Main Office. Students may submit above the 20 hour requirement at anytime during their four years of high school and are encouraged to do so. Please refer to the Student & Family Handbook on for guidelines on volunteer hours. Requirements for Bright Futures Scholarship can be found at http://www. Reminder: Students planning to purchase a parking decal are required to turn in their pink community service forms in advance before they can purchase a decal. For sophomores they need 5 hours recorded, juniors need 15 hours recorded and seniors need 20 hours recorded. Questions about Community Service can be directed to Mrs. Barbara Jones, social studies teacher, at

Dress Code

At Spanish River Community High School, we take pride in the appearance of our students and believe they should dress for success. We understand the desire to be fashionable, however some of the current styles in South Florida are not appropriate in a school environment. Please check your student’s attire before they leave the house in the morning. The following items of clothing are not acceptable: Strapless/halter tops, tank tops with spaghetti straps, visible undergarments (top or bottom) on either boys or girls, pajama wear including footwear, head coverings including any form of hat, scarf, stocking, or bandana, low cut tops/shirts exposing any cleavage, any tops exposing the midriff or open sides, muscle tops, backless clothing, revealing or see-through material, inappropriate content on clothing; including, but not limited to: language or images that are profane, sexually explicit, or show use of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or weapons, short shorts or short skirts (must be mid-thigh).

Join School Advisory Council (SAC)

833 JUICE 2 U

6919 SW 18 Street #102 Boca Raton, FL 33433

844 JUICE 2 U

2101 NW 33 St. #900 Pompano Beach, FL 33069

A few spots are left!

We need you! Advertise in the Shark Currents! This is a wonderful way for your company to get community recognition and exposure, and at the same time help support your local schools! Martha Combs • Spanish River High School

Get involved and make a difference at Spanish River by joining the School Advisory Council (SAC)! SAC is comprised of the principal, teachers, education support employees, parents, students, and business and community members who are representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic community served by the school. This group meets once per month to discuss issues and make decisions that will positively impact Spanish River High School students, with a main focus on improving student achievement. To that end, we assist in the preparation and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan and ensure that School Improvement Funds enhance school performance through the development and implementation of the plan. Our first meeting was August 21, but it is not too late to get involved! We would love to have you join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, September 25. Meetings take place at 6:00 pm in the Media Center and are open to everyone. Please join us! Mark your calendar with the remaining meeting dates for the 2018-19 school year: September 25, October 23, November 27, January 15, February 19, March 26, April 16, and May 21.

SAT/ACT Testing Dates

Register for SAT at Register for ACT at SAT Test Dates

Online Registration Deadline

Late Registration (fee required)

October 6, 2018

September 7, 2018

September 26, 2018

November 3, 2018

October 5, 2018

October 24, 2018

December 1, 2018

November 2, 2018

November 20, 2018

March 9, 2019

February 8, 2019

February 27, 2019

May 4, 2019

April 5, 2019

April 24, 2019

June 1, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 22, 2019

ACT Test Dates

Registration Deadline

Late Registration (fee required)

October 27, 2018

September 28, 2018

September 29-October 14, 2018

December 8, 2018

November 2, 2018

November 3-19, 2018

February 9, 2019

January 11, 2019

January 12-18, 2019

April 13, 2019

March 8, 2019

March 9-25, 2019

June 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

May 4-20, 2019

July 13, 2019

June 14, 2019

June 15-24, 2019

NHS Tutoring

The National Honor Society (NHS) offers FREE tutoring every day during lunch! Students in need of tutoring can visit room 1153D for help in any subject area and bring their lunch. This is a great opportunity to work with a peer and boost your grades.

Math Tutoring

On Wednesdays during lunch, all math teachers at Spanish River are available for students who need extra help. Students may choose to seek extra help from any math teacher; it does not have to be their own. We are all available to assist anyone who needs extra help. Make sure to get a Wednesday lunch pass from your math teacher. The math teacher rooms for extra help are 8-113, 8-114, 8-115, 8-116, 8-117, 8-118, 8-119, 8-120, 8-122, 8-123, 8-124, 8-125, 8-126, 8-146, and 8-162.


River PTSA is off to another great school year. Our first general meeting began with an Expo from our Business Partners who provided the parents with important resources for succeeding in high school and beyond. Our membership drive is in full swing and we encourage you to join at 100% of funds raised go directly to the school and our students. River PTSA helped our students last year with materials, equipment, events and so much more for Spanish River. The ONLY way that we can continue to do this is if our membership dollars increase! Please also register on our website to receive our weekly email on Sunday mornings. If you aren’t receiving these emails you are missing out on important information you and your student need to know. Our “Take A Chance” program will be active from September to April. If your child is in any sport, club or group at River tell them to ask their coach or teacher about “Take A Chance”. If you have any questions, please email us at . Thank you for your continued support!

Come Join DECA

What is DECA? DECA is an international club offered at Spanish River that focuses on business and entrepreneurship. Our school’s DECA chapter is proudly known as the second largest in the world. Members of DECA compete at the district, state, and national levels either in testing, manual writing, or presentation. DECA is a great way to meet new people and find a new passion. Although all grade levels are welcome, we highly recommend freshmen to join as it’s a great way to make friends early in the year, as well as create long-lasting relationships with the business teachers. Although the business classes offered at River help steer students in the right direction in DECA, one does not have to be in a business class to join and compete. Dues are $40 and can be turned into Mr. Bazile’s room – Room 1-150.

SIS Gateway

Student Information System, SIS Gateway allows parents and students to view real-time grades, attendance and current and future assignments. Information is visible to both parents and students on a computer or device. Additional students may be added to the screen with one user name and password. Features of this easy to follow program include the ability to email teachers, view transcripts, End of Course exams, class schedules, mid-term, quarter and report cards. Contact the SIS GATEWAY manager You will receive an email with a unique code, your student’s PIN number and easy to follow directions. Get started today!



Congratulations to Ms. Ostrow & Dr. Keller

Congratulations to our very own Sharks, Ms. Ostrow, who received her Masters in Education from the University of Florida on August 11, 2018 and Dr. Keller who received his Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Lynn University on May 19, 2018. We are so proud of you Ms. Ostrow & Dr. Keller!

Silver Sound Marching Band & Guard News

The Silver Sound Marching Band & Guard has prepared a new show for 2018 called “Carlos Santana” that includes multiple Santana hits including the best-selling “Smooth.” Come to the home football games and check out this amazing and entertaining half-time show! You can see the band at 6 pm on 9/21 vs. Lake Worth and 9/28 vs. Atlantic High School.

Homecoming Information

Homecoming 2018 will be the week of October 8 - 13. The week will include a talent show on Monday 10/8 at 6:00 pm in the gym, movie night on Tuesday, 10/9, the Powderpuff Football Game on Wednesday, 10/10 at 6:00 pm where the girls play football and boys cheer them on, A RAH Club Tailgate at 5:30 pm on Friday 10/12 followed by the football game and Homecoming Court and the Dance in the Gym on Saturday, October 13 from 7:00-11:00 pm. Dance tickets will go on sale the week of September 24 for $25. The price will increase each week and they will be sold for $30 the week of October 1 and $35 the week of October 8. They will also be sold for $40 at the door the night of the dance.

Math Club Welcomes All Students

Looking for something fun to do? Try out math team! Students of all grade-levels meet Thursdays during lunch in Mr. Cochran’s room (8162) and go over fun problems together. All math levels are accepted and regardless of the classes you have taken, you will learn a lot and be able to contribute to the team. So, what does math team look like? You start by practicing and learning new ways to look at math problems. Once you’ve got some practice under your belt, competitions begin. Many competitions take place during lunch (and of course, you can eat!) so they won’t take any time out of your day. There are individual competitions for the math superstars out there, but many competitions are a collaborative effort in which you’ll be working with your friends to solve math problems together. In this club, your teammates will become some of your closest friends and you’ll work together to achieve things that you never thought you could, all while having a blast. The added bonus is that you’ll be learning math without even thinking about it. Interested? Text @561math to 81010 and drop by to Mr. Cochran’s room Thursday during lunch.

New Procedures Announced for All District High School Stadiums

The School District of Palm Beach County is implementing new procedures for all events in the District’s high school stadiums. Beginning with the week of 8/20/18 football games, only clear bags will be permitted entry into any high school stadium, no purses. The only exception will be diaper bags. All bags will be subject to search. Entrance to the game will not be permitted if any spectator refuses their bag to be searched. There will be no entry into games after the kick-off of the third quarter of a football game, and there will be no re-entry at any point during the game should an individual leave the stadium before the game is over. Loitering is prohibited outside of stadium gates or in parking lots before, during or after the game. Once spectators leave a game, they must leave the school campus. All schools will move to 6 p.m. home games whenever possible for the duration of football season. Anyone planning to attend football games at any District high school should check with the schools to verify start times. As part of its effort to continue to improve safety and security on all campuses, the District is reviewing all procedures for after-hours school events to ensure safety of students, staff and guests. Additional changes may occur as those reviews continue.

Boys Basketball Conditioning Information

All participants must have a completed new athletic packet in order to participate. Only open to boys NOT participating in a Fall sport. Dates: September: 24, 26, October: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 Times: 3pm -5pm Varsity Tryouts begin November 5. Freshman and JV dates TBA. Only money due before Tryouts is a $10.00 fee. Fee can be paid by check, money order or on only. Fee must be turned in with packet. See Coach Jones or email with any questions.

Boys Soccer

The Spanish River boys’ soccer program is now working on their fitness, speed and strength. The boys have fitness training (off-season conditioning) twice a week. All interested boys are welcome and this training will help prepare them for the fitness levels needed for tryouts. All interested boys should contact Coach Cochran at for more information. The program is also raising funds to purchase team bags to store our new uniforms. All donations can be made at the team’s fundraising site, grant/1681-29609. Our goal is only $3,200. We are excited for a great season and we will start with our Preseason Classic on November 6 at home. Our full schedule can be found at our team website,

Please Join Us! You are invited to attend the Spanish River Community High School Foundation Dessert Reception for New Families

Meet and greet families who are new to Spanish River this year and other members of our School Community Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 7:30pm Les Jardins Clubhouse • 4398 NW 44th Circle, Boca Raton 33431 Adult Reception Including Dessert and Coffee - $20 per person

To RSVP, Call 561-241-2047 or Email Please make checks payable to SRCHS Foundation and mail to: Spanish River Community High School Foundation, Inc. 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33496

Senior Information & Dates to Remember SENIOR ADS

We are now accepting senior ads for the 2019 Tiburon Yearbook.Senior Ads are ona first come, first serve basis and space will sell out. If you or your family is interested in purchasing a senior ad, please pick up an ad contract from the main office or stop by room #1144 and get yours today. Senior ads are due no later than December 1, 2018.


• Prom - Saturday, April 6, 2019 • Grad Bash - Friday, April 12, 2019

River Remembers Beloved Shark, Maxwell Brown Spanish River lost one of its own on July 23. Maxwell Brown graduated from River in 2017 and was an exemplary Spanish River Shark. He excelled both academically and athletically and will be remembered for being kind to everyone he encountered. He loved his family and friends and was loved by everyone who knew him. Known as a quiet leader on the basketball court who led by action, Max was a thoughtful young man who always was the first to volunteer for charity work. Coach Jones says it best, “Max was a high character, selfless,

trustworthy person and captain. The way he carried himself on this campus and in life will be in my heart forever. Forever in my heart MAX22”. One of Boca Hoops Youth Basketball teams is honoring Max by wearing his number on their jerseys and the Spanish River High School Basketball program has retired Max’s #22 in his honor. The Max Brown Charitable Foundation has been established to continue Max’s legacy by hosting charitable events with an emphasis on sports and music, and by supporting other nonprofits that align with his passions. Learn more at


Spanish River Community High School 5100 Jog Road Boca Raton, FL 33496



Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Orlando, FL Permit #2346

Spanish River High School Newsletter  

September 2018

Spanish River High School Newsletter  

September 2018