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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

Student Services Assistant Principals

Dr. Allen-Jefferson Students A-D Dr. Orndorff Students E-K Mrs. Carril Students L-Q Mr. Sollod Students R-Z

July 2018

A Message from the Principal Dear Spanish River Family, Summer is in full swing and I hope you are all enjoying your much deserved break and spending time with family and friends. At Spanish River, we are gearing up for the new school year and implementing a few changes that we hope will make school more accessible, manageable and enjoyable. As any successful organization does, we review the previous school year and evaluate how we can accomplish our goals more efficiently. As you look through this newsletter, you will notice some of the changes we have implemented, and when school begins in August, we will educate you on a few more that are there to assist you in your high school experience. Expect some procedural and technological changes when you return to school. The district has completely transitioned to a new website for all schools as well as progressing from Edline to the parent SIS system. You will receive all the information necessary to access your student’s records in the coming weeks. The new system is in real time so you will not have to wait to view grades and attendance. As with many changes in life, it will take a little time to adjust, but the parent SIS system is a very effective tool to assist our students in their success. The state has officially calculated our school grade and I’m proud to say that Spanish River is once again an A-Rated School! Our students, faculty and staff work hard throughout the school year and this shows in our test results. Students not only scored well on the FSA and EOC’s but also on our higher level exams for AICE and AP. Congratulations to all of our stakeholders at Spanish River on a job well done! Please enjoy the remainder of your summer vacation as life is too short not to take every opportunity to enjoy it with friends and family. Go Sharks! Sincerely, William R. Latson, ED S, Principal

Volume 2 • Issue 5 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.

Palm Beach County Student Protect App

The School District of Palm Beach County and District Police Department are joining with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to provide students and parents with a new tool to connect schools directly with law enforcement. The app, called Student Protect, allows students, parents and staff to report threats and suspicious activity directly to local law enforcement. It also has the ability for the user to dial 911 and send the exact GPS location of their mobile device to first responders. Users can also subscribe to specific schools to receive alerts and notifications from law enforcement. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. For more information, visit


Freshman & New Student Orientation

Freshman and new student orientation will be on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Student orientation is from 9am-12pm in the gym (student check in begins at 8:30am) and the Parent meeting is from 11am12pm in the theater. Students and parents will be able to pick up their schedules AFTER orientation, purchase PE uniforms for $30 and purchase Homecoming Dance Tickets presale for $25 (Dance Oct 13th). Students can purchase lockers for $10 during the orientation (bring cash). Shark apparel will also be available for purchase in the Shark Shop.

Schedule Pickup for 10th, 11th & 12th Graders

Students in 10th, 11th or 12th grade can pick up their schedule on August 9th at the following times: Seniors from 8am-10am, Juniors from 10am-12pm, Sophomores from 1pm3pm. If you are not able to pickup your schedule on the designated day/time you can stop by the office on August 10th. Important! On Monday, August 13 (first day of school) an alphabetical listing of all students’ 1st period classrooms will be posted throughout the campus. Students will be directed to their 1st period teacher/room for schedule distribution.

School Bus Riders

The Palm Beach County Schools transportation website is updated regularly over the summer. Please check it before school begins for accurate bus pick up location and time. 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.


I would like to thank Mara Shapiro for leading Spanish River PTSA for 2 wonderful years! (This was her second time as President). I look forward to working with all the great PTSA Board members and parents during the next 2 years. River PTSA had a very successful year thanks to our very generous River families whose membership dollars helped us fund over $35,000 in requests this year! We try VERY hard not to deny any requests from any teacher, administrator or staff at River. Whatever sport, club or class your child is involved in – we have helped with funding. *** Please make sure to join River PTSA in August for the new school year! If you have any questions or would like to be a part of our volunteer corps let us know, we’d love to have you! Julie Weinstein, Spanish River PTSA President

Students’ First Day of School

Monday, August 13, 2018. School Hours: 7:30am-2:50pm. Please arrive to school early to avoid being tardy. Students may arrive on campus 30 minutes before school starts.

Schedule Changes

Students who would like to request a schedule change will be able to do so the first week of school through an online form. Please be advised that schedules will only be changed if a student is missing a class during a period, has already taken a class on their schedule, is in the wrong level or class, or if they are missing a course for graduation. The counselors will review the requests, and if appropriate a new schedule may be issued within a week.

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.

Attendance Matters!

Parents, please make daily attendance a priority for your student! Unless your child is ill, he/she should be at school on time every day, all day. Now is also the time for your student to develop a productive routine by gathering all necessities the evening prior to the school day. Plan for lunch the night before, Now is the time to prepare our children for independence.

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

Breakfast is FREE for every student, every day! We serve breakfast 6:50-7:30 we would love to see all the students take advantage of this great opportunity. Don’t forget to apply for free or reduced lunch by visiting If you have any questions or concerns please call Cornelius Jones (Cafeteria Manager) at 561-241-2230.

Suite A & Guidance Department Change

We have made changes to how we will provide services to our students in an effort to be more efficient. We have merged the Guidance office with Suite A (Student Services) to provide students and parents a “one stop shop” experience! Both offices will provide the students with the same high quality assistance and students will be able to go into either office to meet both their Guidance Counselor and Assistant Principal based on the first letter of their last name. We are confident that this change will provide a more positive and efficient experience to students and parents alike.

Food Deliveries on Campus

Students/Parents may NOT order food to be delivered on campus. This includes the restaurant, Uber, Delivery Dudes or any type of food delivery service. Parents may drop off items through the Guidance/Assistant Principal’s Office.

Supporting students for over 35 years

Wellington 561-333-8882

Students Must Wear ID Badges Daily

Students will be required to wear their IDs visibly at all times while on campus. As they move out of 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.

School Safety

We are continuing to work with the school district and the local municipalities on safety and protocols. A safety plan was submitted to the School Board for approval to make some necessary changes at Spanish River. As soon as the plan is approved and funded, the project will begin. The project has plans to limit school access and create two guarded points of entry, adding more interior/ exterior cameras as well as changing internal access points. We are modifying a number of the procedures we currently have in place and we appreciate your support as we limit access to our students throughout the day. Increasing safety could mean decreasing convenience, as we provide the degree of safety needed for our students and teachers. Daily wearing of ID Badges for students and staff for next year will be mandatory. We will provide you specifics of the changes at a later date.

Parking Decals 2018-2019 Parking decals cost $50.00 and the Vehicle Registration form will be available online in August, at the Main Office and the Guidance/Assistant Principal’s offices. We will begin selling decals on August 13th, before school, during lunch or afterschool 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. Remember that 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 (must print receipt). Decal payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Students that lose/misplace their decal will have to purchase it for $50.00.

8000 Building Lockers

Freshman & new student lockers are available for $10.00. Sales will begin after freshmen orientation on Wednesday August 8. If students are not able to stop by during orientation to purchase a locker they can stop by the 1000 blg during the school year. Lockers are sold year round before school, during lunch or after school. Lockers are assigned based on availability. Locks are provided by the school and student must use the school provided lock.

Medication/Clinic Information

Students are not permitted to carry on their person or have in their locker any medicationeither prescription or over the counter. Any medication a student requires during the school day must be brought to the clinic by a parent. A Physician Authorization for Student Medication Form is required for our School Nurse to administer any medication to a student at school. These forms are obtained at the doctor’s office, and must be signed by parents and the medication supplied by the parent. This form is also required for students that carry Emergency Medications and or supplies. Emergency Medications are: • Inhalers to treat asthma symptoms • Epipen/Auvi-Q for severe allergic reaction • Insulin Pump/Glucometer for testing (Insulin syringes must be kept in clinic) For assistance or to answer any questions with regard to medication, contact Nurse Philippa at 561-241-2207.

3 “Shark Currents” July 2018 • Issue 5 Published Five Times Per Year The School District of Palm Beach County 3300 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406

4 Art Mural in Suite A

Thank you to our recently graduated senior, Anna Kozlova, for the beautiful mural she painted in Suite A. Our staff, parents and students will enjoy this work of art in the years to come. We are so lucky to have such talented students at River. Good luck Anna!

Senior Information Herff Jones Dates for the Fall Semester: Senior Cap & Gowns and Junior Ring Orders: Date




Aug 16, 2018

Junior Meeting



Aug 23, 2018

Junior Ring Orders


Gym Lobby

Aug 24, 2018

Junior Ring Orders


Gym Lobby


Senior Meeting



Junior Ring Orders Cap & Gown/Graduation


Gym Lobby

Oct 25, 2018

Junior Ring Orders Cap & Gown/Graduation


Gym Lobby

Nov 29, 2018

Junior Ring Orders Cap & Gown/Graduation


Gym Lobby

Ring Ceremony


Principal’s Conference Room

Cap & Gown/Graduation


Gym Lobby

Dec 13, 2018

Senior Lockers Senior lockers will be assigned at schedule pick-up on August 9th. After senior schedule pick-up time, seniors can come to the 8000 building (middle hallway) for a locker assignment. There is no charge for a senior locker.

Stay Connected with 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:

Congratulations to Our Retiring River Staff

Congratulations to Mrs. D’Aria (Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Carter (DECA teacher). Thank you for many wonderful years and we hope you enjoy the next chapter in your lives.

River is happy to welcome their youngest Sharks, Ace Orndorff and Hailie Bryan. Dr. Orndorff and her husband welcomed their son Ace on Sunday, June 3, weighing 6lbs 11oz and 19.5 inches long. Mr. Bryan and his wife welcomed their daughter Hailie Bryan on June 13, weighing 7 lbs 10 oz and 19 inches long.

School Twitter: @Latsonw PTSA: also find them on Facebook & Twitter Spanish River Foundation: and spanishriverfoundation

Congratulations to the Orndorff & Bryan Families

Club Rush

Club Rush will be held on Wednesday, August 22nd, during lunch. This is the time where all new and returning students may see and sign up for the many clubs that Spanish River has to offer. There is a club for almost every interest out there, so be sure to make high school even more memorable; get involved!

SAT/ACT Testing Dates

Register for SAT at

Register for ACT at

SAT Test Dates

Online Registration Deadline Late Registration (fee required)

August 25, 2018

July 27, 2018

August 15, 2018

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)

September 8, 2018

August 10, 2018

August 11-26, 2018

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

Spanish River High School App

Have you downloaded the Spanish River App? It can be found in the App store for Apple and Android. Download it today and stay in touch with important information at River. The App is still in its design phase to be completed by the end of the summer. Currently, the App can send emergency information texts from Mr. Latson. We thank the Spanish River Foundation for its support in providing the Shark community with this App!

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, Guidance/ Assistant Principal’s office. Community Service is defined as non-paid volunteer work for a nonprofit agency. Parents cannot sign to verify participation in community service activity. Please refer to the Student & Family Handbook on for guidelines on volunteer hours.



Meet Your Administrator & School Counselor Team Student Last Name

Assistant Principal School Counselor


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


Dr. Orndorff, 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

Dr. Craft, School Counselor


Mrs. Abramowicz, School Counselor


Ms. Fox, Academy Coordinator

Little Sharks Preschool

Did you know that Spanish River High School has a Preschool right on campus? Little Sharks Preschool is part of our Early Childhood Education Academy where high school students who are interested in becoming teachers obtain real teaching experience. This past school year, 10 high school seniors even signed employment contracts with the School District of Palm Beach County! This contract promises students that if they graduate college with a degree in education, they are guaranteed a teaching position in our school district. We also had 16 seniors earn their National Child Development Associate, and 24 seniors earn their Early Childhood Professional Certificate through the Academy. These certifications allow them to work in preschools while they pursue their college degree. If you are interested in more information about our Early Childhood Education Academy, or if you have a little one and would like to know about enrolling in our Little Sharks Preschool, contact Keri Sommer at

Vaping Concerns at River

Parents, 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. 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.

Coach Jones 2nd Period PE Class for ESE Students

“Nothing brought me greater joy in 2017-2018, than to share my passion with these young people. It was an amazing experience. I’m truly the lucky one. Their positive outlook, willingness to care for each other, and respect for the class will inspire me forever. Ultimately, although I was the teacher in charge, they taught me daily about patience. Here’s to you period 2. Thank you to all of you.” Coach John Jones Coach Jones works with some of our ESE (special needs) students as their PE teacher. Through physical activity, sports and games the students get to exercise, work together and have fun which brings smiles to all involved.

Dance Team Auditions

Attention Dancers! The Spanish River Dance Team will be holding auditions on August 14-16th from 3pm-5:30pm in the theater. There is a $5 audition fee. Please come dressed in dance attire, sneakers, and bring water. Dance experience is recommended! No athletic packet necessary. If you have any questions, please see or email Mrs. Collins.

Cross Country News

Spanish River’s Championship Cross Country team will have a busy summer. Most of the team will be participating in daily summer conditioning. Several team members will also be participating in national invitational track meets and attending elite level cross country camps. Should an incoming or current student be interested in partaking in summer conditioning, please contact Coach Doug Horn at douglas.

Athletic Information

Students wishing to participate in afterschool sports must have a current school year physical and updated Athletic Eligibility form filled out and turned into the coach. Athletic packets are available in the Main Office.

Basketball Camp at Spanish River

Early in the summer, Spanish River hosted 2-sessions of Basketball Camp for athletes of all ages. Students and the coaches had a great time learning more about the game and having fun. It’s never too early to start learning the game, sign-up early next year for Basketball Camp with Coach Jones!

7 Summer Reading List

Grade 9 AICE General Paper (Honors) Choose ONE of the following (required): • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban~Malala Yousafzai • The Absolutely True Diary of Part-Time Indian ~ Sherman Alexie • Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother ~ Sonia Nuzario Students may read an additional book from the above list for extra credit. Do NOT read the “Young Reader” editions. *See separate assignment sheet on Edline or school’s website. Regular Read ANY book from the AICE General Paper list for extra credit.

Grade 10 Honors Required Reading: • 1984 ~ Orwell *See separate assignment sheet on Edline or school’s website.

Grade 11 AP English Language & Composition Required Reading: • Animal Farm~George Orwell • The Elements of Style, 4th Edition~ Strunk & White *See separate assignment sheet on Google Classroom (also on Edline or school’s website). Google Classroom Code: fq4c8a

Grade 11 AICE General Paper Required Reading: • Go Tell It on the Mountain ~ Baldwin Regular Choose ONE of the following for extra credit: • A Yellow Raft in Blue Water ~Dorris • Red Sky at Morning ~Bradford • Lonesome Dove ~McMurtry • The Secret Life of Bees ~Kidd

Grade 12 AP English Literature & Composition Required Reading: • The Kite Runner ~Hosseini • How to Read Literature Like a Professor ~Foster *See separate assignment sheet on Edline or school’s website.

Grade 12 Honors Required Reading: • Never Let Me Go ~Kazuo Ishiguro

Regular Choose ONE of the following for extra credit: • The Martian Chronicles ~Bradbury • Farewell to Manzanar ~Houston • Member of the Wedding ~McCullers • The Last Lecture ~ Randy Pausch

Regular Extra Credit Reading: • A Stranger is Watching ~ Mary Higgins Clark

ESE News

Welcome back ESE families! Spanish River would like to welcome Kelly Jones as our new ESE Coordinator. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact her at the email address or phone number below. Mrs. Jones has compiled the following tips that will help your child succeed in the coming year. Tips for Student Success: • Confirm that your student(s) knows and understands their own accommodations. • Help your child get organized by using a planner, setting aside homework time, preparing the night before, etc. • Be proactive by contacting your student’s teachers and ESE Case Manager early in the school year. Looking forward to having a great school year!! Sincerely, Kelly Jones, ESE Contact 561-241-2232

Spanish River

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33 Years Of Spanish River Volleyball Camp 9:00am-3:00 pm @ Spanish River H. S. Gym


Session 1: July 16-19

Session 2: July 23-26

REGISTRATION: The first 50 applicants to each camp will be accepted. Check-In will be at 8:30am the first day of the week. Please mail the below registration form to: Coach Eaton, 829 Bailey Street, Boca Raton, FL 33487 COST: Each week is $285 non-refundable fee (includes camp t-shirt) If both student attends both week the cost is $510. Make checks or money orders out to Spanish River High. Cash only payments will be accepted on the day of registration, if space is available. For more Information or to check availability call: 561-353-8789. Fill out and return the following with your deposit 2 Weeks prior to the start date or call to check availability. Only cash will be accepted on the start date provided the camp is not full. Name: ______________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ CITY: __________________________________STATE: _________ZIP CODE:______________________ CITY: __________________________________STATE: _________ZIP CODE:______________________ PHONE#: ____________________________EMERGENCY#:___________________________________ EMAIL: _______________________________________________________________________ Emergency Contact Name & Phone: _____________________________________________________ T-Shirt Size (Adult): ____________________________________________________________________ I give my child,__________________________________, permission to participate in The Spanish River Volleyball Camp at Spanish River High. I understand that my registration fee is non-refundable and does not provided insurance coverage for accident or injury. To my knowledge, my child is in good health and of sound body. ________________________________________________________________Parent/Guardian Signature Insurance Co:___________________________________Policy#__________________________________ Physicians’s Name__________________________________________Phone#_______________________

Spanish River High School Newsletter  

July 2018

Spanish River High School Newsletter  

July 2018