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M e ss a g e F r o m P r i n c i p a l S p a r g e r

Please join with me in congratulating the Class of 2018. We also salute their families, friends, and all those who have contributed to their success. Through their commitment to academics, the arts, athletics and community service, this class has contributed greatly to our school’s overall excellence. As evidence of this, the Washington Post and US News and World Report recently ranked Spruce Creek High School as one of the best high schools in Florida and among the top in the nation. Graduation for the Class of 2018 will take place on Saturday, June 2 at 12:30 pm at the Ocean Center. Consider this partial list of accomplishments of the Class of 2018 in the areas of academics, the arts, and athletics: • 50% of the class had a GPA of 3.5 or higher • 41% were enrolled in at least one AP or IB course • Over 43% were recommended for some level of the Bright Futures Scholarship program • 45% were enrolled in some type of applied technology or vocationally related course • 75% were enrolled in at least one honors level course • Almost $ 7.2 million worth of scholarships were awarded • 80% of the class are college bound • 4 News Journal Medallion of Excellence Winners • 5 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists • 11 National Merit Commended scholars • 70% took the standardized SAT or ACT and their average scores exceeded district, state, and national averages • 13 students were recognized at the State Science Fair • 2 seniors received the Arts for Life Scholarship • Band, Color Guard, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, and Drama all earned Superior ratings at District and State MPA • 2 seniors were selected to the All-State Band • 1 senior was selected to the All-State Chorus all four years of high school • More than 3,250 AP/IB tests were administered this year • The Washington Post & U.S. News & World Report ranked SCHS as one of the top high schools in the nation • Approximately 90% of our student body is enrolled in an arts related course at some point in high school • Girls’ Basketball won the first state title in the school’s history • Boys’ Weightlifting won their 27th state title with 2 weightlifters winning individual state titles • 1 Girls’ Weightlifter won an individual state title • 6 athletes were recognized by the NEWS JOURNAL as PLAYERS OF THE YEAR for their sport • 3 coaches were recognized by the NEWS JOURNAL as COACHES OF THE YEAR for their sport • 25 seniors signed letters of intent to continue their sport at the college level • Sports Teams have been recognized as the ALL-ACADEMIC STATE TEAM CHAMPIONS for two straight years This level of success speaks not only to our amazing students and their family support, but to the faculty, staff, coaches, directors, and sponsors who provide the opportunities for our students to highlight their talents. We wish each of you an enjoyable and safe summer. Thank you for your many contributions to our school’s overall excellence. Remember that today, as every day, is a Great Day to be a Hawk.

May 2018 • Volume 23 • Issue 4


Summer Guidance News

The guidance department would like to wish all students a happy, safe summer. We look forward to the opening of school in August. During the summer there will be limited guidance hours. It is best to call the school before you come by to schedule an appointment to meet with the counselor on duty. Counselors will be available for new registrations and scheduling needs. Please contact the front desk to schedule an appointment.


To Help Us Make Our Amazing School Even Better! If you are interested in serving as a member of the SCHS School Advisory Council, please contact Samantha Murray at 322-6272 x 37829, via email, or simply join us at our next meeting. All meeting dates and times are posted online. The School Advisory Council is composed of teachers, students, parents, and other citizens who are representative of the ethnic, racial, and economic community served by the school. We meet once a month at school in the evening. We discuss current hot topics for our school and school district and provide information about various events and programs at Spruce Creek High School. The primary purpose of SAC is to assist in the preparation of a plan to improve student performance. Actions of SAC include resource allocation, approval of staff development, school safety, and school management. All are welcome! For more information, visit

Get Your Scores

Students who took Advanced Placement tests in May should receive their score reports in July. Students can log onto to get more information about their scores. IB students can log onto in July to view their score reports for IB testing that occurred in May. IB scores will also be sent home by mail.

End of School and Summer Reminders

Final exams for students in grades 9 – 11 will begin on Thursday, May 24 and conclude on Wednesday, May 30. For the first three days, two exams will be given each day with the final exam for the day concluding around 11:00 am. On Friday, May 26 only one exam will be administered and will conclude by 9:15 am. Students choosing to check-out after their last exam for the day will need to bring a separate note for each day containing the student’s name, alpha ID, parent name, signature, and phone number. These notes are to be brought to the dean’s office at the time of check-out. Students remaining on campus will follow the printed bell schedule for the day. School buses will pick-up and drop off at their regular times. Students are reminded to return all textbooks and clean out their lockers before leaving for the summer. Any items left in student lockers after May 30 will be discarded. For students that were not successful with one or more classes, please contact your high school guidance counselor for summer options to make-up those credits. These options may include Volusia Virtual School, the Compass Computer lab, or Florida Virtual School. Those students who did not pass or take the Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, or United States History EOC exams will have an opportunity to take those tests over the summer. Dates for these exams will be the week of July 16. Other students may qualify for an Algebra or Biology review course during the month of July. Please contact Mr. Kevin Clark, our Summer School administrator, at extension 37807 for more information about summer opportunities. Please continue to check our website, listen for phone messages, and check your mailbox for important information during the summer months. We are planning to mail home the final report card near the middle of June. Included in that envelope will be important information regarding orientation for the 2018-19 school year. The first day of school for students for the 2018-19 school year will be Monday, August 13. During the summer, the main office will be open Monday – Thursday from 8 am – 4 pm and will close daily from noon – 1:00 pm for lunch. The guidance office will also have limited hours during the summer. Please be sure to call the school ahead of time during the summer to make an appointment to see a guidance counselor. As you purchase clothes for next school year, remember that the District dress code will still be in effect. As a reminder, students are to wear a white, orange, black, or grey collared, polo-style shirt or oxford style button down shirt. The pants, shorts, capris, skorts, or jumpers are to be navy blue, black or tan (khaki) and cannot have any rips or tears. Lower garments must extend past the fingertip. Black and blue denim (jeans) long pants are also acceptable. For parents of seniors, if you would like to donate your gently used polo shirts to the school, we would be happy to receive those in the main office.

Do You Want to Know the Results of the School Survey?

Every year schools conduct a survey in the spring to gather feedback from parents, students, teachers and staff- thank you to all of you who completed the survey this year. This feedback is very important. It is used by administration and SAC in creating goals for the school for the following year. In general, the results of this year’s survey showed that all groups were pleased with the education that students receive at SCHS. The biggest strengths continue to be our high standards for all students, our level of school spirit, the caring and supportive teachers and administration. The biggest areas of concern dealt with consistency in grading and discipline, security, and the need for campus upgrades. The results for the survey are available on the SCHS SAC website at:

Dual Enrollment

For DSC dual enrollment over the summer students should go to Daytona State and see a School Counselor there to register for classes. Counselors will be available the month of July to help students get registered for the PERT placement test and choose Fall classes. Please make sure to bring a copy of your DSC schedule to the school so that your schedule can be adjusted.

Easy Car Wash Fundraiser

Use the code ‘1999’ when going to SUPERWASH on Dunlawton. We earn 10% of the total sale just by getting your car washed!!!

Helpful Websites • • • • • • • • • – general school information – IB information – college exploration and planning – test prep, college application and essay writing boot camps – online classes – online classes – SAT registration and college information – ACT registration and college information – Bright Futures scholarship information

Asian Association

The 2017-2018 School year is coming to a close and we have had a fun Asian Association year with Erin Kim serving as president. Many thanks to her dedicated board including VP Joanne Zhao, Secretary Cristina Alberti, Treasurer Niki Joulani, Historian Molly Guiliani, Service Chair Valerie Jones, and Intramural Chair Aeron Biwang. We so appreciated the joint venture of an Asian Invasion with the Southeast Asian Club joining us March 8th. Their members provided us with information about their eight countries. Food was delicious! The powerpoint was educational and the door prizes were fun. Our April meeting included a Filipino theme with Sean Budanio providing us with panzit (noodles), and lumpia (spring rolls). Aeron Biwang brought in Adobo (marinated beef) and Isanze brought a puto (rice cake) for dessert. Many thanks to Andy Bacha at SCE for the loan of his PE department’s bamboo Tinnikling sticks. Many participated in the dance/game challenge and Prashant Khanal was our winner of the prize! It was with great pleasure that we were able to collect and deliver two filled laundry baskets with goodies including: canned goods, toiletry items and a blanket for each of the two recipient families. We also helped clean the campus. New officers were elected: President Aeron Biwang, VP President-Paul Dinh, Secretary-Chris Bratu, TreasurerIsanze Nudalo, Service Chair- Jason Dinh, Historian- Matt Rice , Intermural Chair- Artis Lerkitcheroenpon, and Social Media Chair- Tammy Tong. We are looking forward to a spirit night at Rice Bistro so we can make a monetary gift to World Wide Fund (esp. for pandas) and Half the Sky (an orphanage in China.) Our end of the year celebration will include an international theme. We also have summer plans to include going to the movies together and chowing at various Asian restaurants in Volusia County including LeAhn’s!

German Club

Hallo, Freunde! As this year comes to a close, we have a lot of names to recognize and reflections to share. The many events this quarter included laser tag, the German Honor Society Induction, and the officers’ congratulations banquet, and international food day. The German Honors Society inductees were an excellent representation of the dedication and achievement German club contains, and they were glad to converge with and learn more about the inductees from the other languages. 2018 Inductees Evan Bagby James Haywood Sami Hemaidan Zachary LeBlanc Patrick Tydir Griffin Berse Hadi Hemaidan Michael Kaczor Olivia Smith Madison Williams The officers’ congratulatory banquet was at Mr. Dunderbak’s, where we enjoyed an amazing dinner and a fun time to get to know our new team. Now, we can introduce the 2018-2019 officers to you! President: Patrick Tydir Vice President: Zach LeBlanc, Anderson Welch Assistant Vice President: Leena Pasricha, Scott Tobin Treasurer: Amber Zaragosa, Tatiana Souza Secretary: Ashlyn Ritz, Matt Kim Bis nächstes Jahre! – Reporter, Katie Kraft

Reporter: Katie Kraft, Rhett Foster Historian: Taylor Smith, Elyssa Panti Photographer: Zane McGill Sergeant at Arms: Grant Avant-DeLaroche

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4 Spanish

Noticias de la Señora Sarasua

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as quarterly honorees due to their continued effort and performance in Spanish class! 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Honorees Honorees Samantha Gayton Abdullah Ahmad Aliyah Jones Nola Felty Kasey Pinney Courtney Kennedy Brianna Smith Jaren Kober Xavier Smith Bilal Nadeem Camden Traficante Bailey Nelson Vanessa Hurtado Eden Satkunas Celah Teschner Brianna Smith Varun Hoskote Kyle Snowden Suleiman Panja Maclane Stanley Emma Dominguez Dezata Tahiraj Gabrielle Butler Lindsay Valentine Additionally, many students were recognized at the annual Volusia County World Language Festival held on Saturday, March 31st at Deland High School. Sixteen Superior ribbons were earned with special recognition to the following students who earned BEST IN SHOW for their event: • Katherine Holtz (Spanish 2 online test) • Courtney Kennedy (Spanish 2 Poem) • Andrew Kocisko (Spanish 3 online test) “¡Muy bien, estudiantes de español!”

Academy of Information Technology and Robotics

AITR had a great 4th quarter. We are saying goodbye to 30 wonderful seniors who’ve been with us for 4 years and have accomplished so many great things. Our Robotics S*M*A*S*H Team 2152 won the Innovation in Control Award, Engineering Inspiration (2nd year in a row), and we went to World Championships where we placed 29th in our division. A team of our students in 10, 11th, and 12th grade won a $20,000 STEAM Grant from FORD Foundation for their development of an application that has now caught the interest of the FCC. We look forward to our 7th annual Robotics Summer Camp for 8 – 12 year olds the week after school ends, and a brand new year with a bunch of excited new Freshmen. Have a great summer!


Spruce Creek Ladies volleyball team is fundraising for the 2018 volleyball season. We invite you to help us raise money for our tournament and travel fees for the 2018 season. Just go to and click on the tab to donate to our team. Also on our school’s website is the flyer for our annual volleyball camp May 31st -June 1st. from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Swayze at 386-846-7671.


The 3rd Annual Creek Soccer summer camp will be here at Spruce Creek High beginning June 4. Camp hours are 9am-4pm. The weeks are June 4-8, 11-15 and 18-22. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-16. Full day and half day camp options are available. The camps will be directed by the Spruce Creek coaches, as well as current and former Creek players. Campers can attend any or all of the three weeks the camp is offered. Camps will focus on developing the players technical, physical and tactical skills. The camp will include outdoor and indoor activities. All participants will receive a camp t-shirt and a pizza party on Fridays. There are discounts for multiweek campers and for families with multiple campers. Go to the soccer page on the school website ( to access the registration form. Please text or email Coach Costner directly at or 386-405-7732.


As the end of the final quarter gets closer, the Hawk Battalion successfully continues to make progress to finish out the year strong. In April, the Battalion participated in the State Drill Competition, Cadet Challenge, our annual Awards Ceremony, Jeep Beach, and Turtle day. As we strive to finish the end of the year strong, the battalion still has many tasks and events to complete before returning to the nest to rest. The Hawk Drill Team has worked hard in preparation to compete in the State Drill Competition. On April 7th they competed against all qualifying JROTC Drill Teams in the state. Our Male Unarmed Squad placed 17 out of 37 squads, while the Male Mixed Platoon placed 18 out of 38 platoons who competed. The following week the Battalion conducted the Cadet Challenge, which tested the physical ability of the cadets through participation in five physical events. These events include the Shuttle Run, Pull Ups, V-sit, Curl Ups, and the One Mile Run. Cadets scoring above the 50th percentile requirement for their age group earned the National Physical Fitness Award at the Awards Ceremony. The Battalion conducted our annual Spring Awards Ceremony where 35 National Awards were presented to multiple distinguished cadets for their hard work, dedication, and leadership throughout the year. In addition, next year’s Cadet Leadership selectees were announced. The following cadets were selected to the 2018 Cadet Leadership positions: • Battalion Commander Cadet Dai-Lanh Phan • Battalion Executive Officer Kassandra Clark • Battalion Command Sergeant Major Grant Avant De Laroche • Battalion Operations Officer Jackson Marshall Closing the month of April, our Color Guard team presented the colors at the National Jeep Beach event hosted at the Daytona International Speedway. In addition, a group of volunteers from the Battalion participated in Turtle Day, volunteering the whole day at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet. Lastly, our Battalion will close the year in May as we support the American Cancer Society during their annual Relay for Life Walk. Near the end of the month, 25 selected Cadets will be attending the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp La-No-Che for a four day leadership and confidence experience for our Cadets. Our school year could not be quite complete without mentioning our upcoming Spruce Creek High School Graduation. Presenting the Colors for this highly anticipated annual event has become a time honored tradition as we farewell our graduating Seniors one last time before they spread their wings in flight towards their collective futures. Farewell to all our Seniors and best of luck in all your future endeavors!

5 Students to Compete in Special Olympics USA Games

PORT ORANGE- Special Olympics Florida–Volusia County announced that 12 local athletes have been selected to compete in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, July 1-6. More than 4,000 Special Olympics athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will gather in Seattle to compete before spectators and volunteers. The 2018 USA Games will showcase the limitless talents of people with intellectual disabilities while promoting the barrier-breaking power of sport to promote inclusion and acceptance. Among those 4,000 athletes and coaches will be 6 Spruce Creek representatives as part of Team Florida. • Curtis Fisher, athlete from Spruce Creek High School, competing in Stand Up Paddle • Caleb Keirstead, athlete from Spruce Creek High School, competing in Golf • Bethany McClelland, from Spruce Creek High School, coaching Swimming • Cameron McClelland, from Spruce Creek High School, Swimming In addition to these participants, two others will be attending as part of the youth leadership experience: Marina Shaker, athlete, and Hannah Harrison, partner. “I am so proud of our athletes, partners and coaches who will be representing Volusia County at the 2018 National Games in Seattle,” said Denise Breneman, Special Olympics Florida director. “When we as individuals and as a society choose inclusion over exclusion, we broaden our own lives, brighten the lives of others and make the world a better place for all.” The USA Games kick off on July 1 and will offer 14 Olympictype sports: athletics (track and field), basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

French Club

To start off, the French Club would like to thank everyone who participated in the World Language Festival that took place at Deland High School on March 31st! Multiple students from Mme Augat’s classes participated in areas varying from quizzes online, poems, impromptus, teaching videos and art showcases. Our French students had wonderful results! Some seniors from the club also earned scholarships in return for their help and participation in the Festival these past four years as well as for their outstanding work in French. Congratulations to Carolyn Muldowney, Elysse Goodell, Vienna Sarno, Natasha Fenga, and Assil El-Ghali who all got checks! We would also like to thank all of the other club members who didn’t get a chance to participate, but still helped out in the crepe-making process at our food booth! That booth was a very popular place to come and eat!!! One big thank you to club member Josh Liebman and his mother for inviting us to Pathways Elementary School in Ormond in order to participate in a cultural festival for all the primary school students. There, we sold crepes and croissants, and everyone who participated had tons of fun. What a great experience it was for us to share our love of French and food with Elementary students! On April 19th, we inducted prestigious French students into La Société Honoraire de Français, or The French Honour Society. Congratulations to Meghan D’Arcy, Sebastian Faure, Star Fitzmaurice, Summer Fulcher, Lauren Latulippe, Jason Li, Alyssa Trent, and Evangelos Zimonopoulos! We thank our Senior SHF officers who were active all year long organizing tutoring and help for all French students; thank you to Carolyn Muldowney, Elysse Goodell, and Larissa Gehringer! They gave up a lot of their time to help others and we will miss them! Vienna Sarno, Zac Anderson, Natasha Fenga, Elysse Goodell, Alejandro Morales, Meghan D’Arcy and Amy Van were such efficient and dynamic officers, we are going to miss them greatly! Last week, the club held elections for the 2018-2019 Officers. Here is the new slate of officers: Alejandro Morales, President; Karina LaRubbio, Vice President; Jordan Tatang, Secretary; Russel Tullius, Treasurer; and both Raegan Padula and Renag Morkous, Historians! With such talented officers, we know already that 2018-19 will be another great year for the French Club! Good luck to the Seniors who will graduate soon! We will miss you dearly and wish you “Bonne chance” (Good luck) for the future!


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Young Republicans

At our March 28, 2018 meeting, VP Chase Mallard led the discussion on “Your Responsibility for Free Speech.” Also in the discussion was what can be done to keep young students safe on their own campuses. What is our best recourse? Stricter gun control laws? More expenditures to promote mental health? Both? And more! A design for our new club shirt will be done this summer and printed immediately when school starts. They will be given to those who pay their dues in the first quarter. These new shirts will be worn for the Yearbook picture in second quarter. Poptops are still being collected for our service project to benefit Ronald McDonald House. Schedules are being made so our members can help those Republicans who are running for office including our SCHS history teacher: Chase Tramont, who is running for reelection for the Port Orange City Council, District 2. The NSB Republican Club of Southeast Volusia will host a Derby Party May 5th to help earn money for the $2000 Scholarship that they sponsor for Volusia seniors. Our current secretary Angie Poole applied. We have not yet heard who will be awarded the $2000 scholarships yet. Cost is $20 for the derby fundraiser. Door prizes will be given. June 9, 2018 is the date for the Florida Teenage Republican Convention at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando. Last year President Chad attended. We hope to

have a few attend. The Lincoln Day Dinner 2018 will take place on August 5th. Tickets are $125 each and our club members will need to fundraise for it. While Mrs. Keith hopes to secure donations so some of our members can attend, she hopes the privileged dinner attendees will help the Republican Party efforts via phone calls and distributing flyers, etc. We’d like to have at least 6 of our officers attending. Sebastian Lukács Gorka will be the guest speaker. He is a Britishborn Hungarian-American military and intelligence analyst, who was a deputy assistant to US President Donald Trump in 2017. He also served on Trump’s campaign team. Creek YRep Club members are also encouraged to be involved with the Volusia County Teenage Republicans. We send representatives to their monthly Sunday afternoon meetings. At the 4-29-18 Graduation Meeting at the Ken Parker Amphitheater at the PO City Center, our own Jarrod Williams was elected to serve on their board as Political Director for the 2018-19 school year. Jarrod will also serve as Vice President next year under President Chase Mallard. With these two at the helm, we will have a strong leadership with other board members on the slate including: Secretary Zack Holland, Treasurer Adam LaBlanc, Web/FB manager Ryan Wiener, and Historian Samantha Morrow. They will be voted in and installed at our May 23rd meeting where we will have ice cream sundaes in celebration.

Library Media Minutes WITH Mrs. Murray

Your media center continues to be in the middle of things. While we faced the realities of testing in April and May, we were still able to remain accessible for students most mornings and afternoons. During testing season, we administered over 10,000 tests through the media center and the media center labsand we did it all with a smile! Our goal for testing is to put students at ease and provide them with an environment that allows them to do their best. Once testing was over, the process of collecting and organizing over 18,000 student textbooks began. In between testing and textbook returns, Mrs. Murray was still able to teach lessons on research and various pieces of technology and continue to work with the IB juniors on their Extended Essays.

The Website

Keeping Our Doors Open 24/7 One of my goals for the media center is to increase accessibility. The media center website ( provides me with a way to keep the media center doors open 24/7. Students are taking advantage of it! The website was visited, on average, 4,000 times per month. Please take a moment to visit it yourself! It is packed full of useful resources.

Who Visits the Library? YOUR STUDENT!

This year, we served on average 1500 students on passes from per month. That means we served an average of 75 students on passes per day. In addition, we had an average of 400 students total accessing the media center before school, during lunch and after school daily. Most days we also had an additional 450 students accessing resources with their teachers through media center labs. What do all these numbers mean? They mean that your media center served an average of 800 students DAILY. We are proud to be working together with teachers and students to help increase student achievement through direct instruction, collaborating with teachers, one-on-one assistance for students, and access to resources.

More Books in More Hands

We have checked out over 6,000 library books this year. That means we have had an increased circulation of 35%! Clearly our efforts to continue to update our collection have paid off.

Summer Recommended Reading Lists: Prevent Summer Brain Drain

For many students, summer becomes a time of relaxing and hanging out with friends. That is an important part of summer, but please encourage your student to spend some of their relaxation time reading! Just because they are growing up doesn’t mean they don’t need your guidance in reading. While the time for evening stories may be long gone, you can still engage in family trips to the public library and conversations about books at the dinner table. Take a trip to Barnes and Noble or Books-a-Million before a family road trip. Stock up on magazines. SCHS has a recommended reading list for each grade available on the media center website www.SpruceCreekMedia. We also have an extensive selection of eBooks that students can check out all summer long on their devices at home! Please visit the media center website for directions on how to access them. Prevent summer brain drain- make sure to read! Thank you for your continued support of the Spruce Creek High School Media Center! Please never hesitate to provide me with feedback via the media center website or by e-mailing me at shmurray@



CONGRATULATIONS goes to the Spruce Creek Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band who both had outstanding performances at STATE MPA! Wind Ensemble received an overall Superior rating and Symphonic Band received a superior and two excellents for an overall Excellent rating. Congrats to both groups for their hard work and dedication to our program. Congrats also to the groups who received STRAIGHT SUPERIOR RATINGS this year at DISTRICT MPA: • • • •

Marching Band Symphonic Band Wind Ensemble String Orchestra

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10 O’Clock Jazz Band 11 O’Clock Jazz Band 12 O’Clock Jazz Band

Upcoming Band Events

May 7.................. Colorguard Tryouts All Week

May 8.................. Officer Candidate School 3-4:30pm Percussion Training/Auditions 5-7:30pm May 10................ Officer Candidate School 3-4:30pm May 11................ Last Day to Order Banquet Tickets May 14................ AP Music Theory Exam @DSC May 15................ Percussion Training/Auditions 5-7:30pm Officer Candidate School for selected leadership only 3-4:30pm Kick-Off Orientation (New AND Returning Students Spruce Creek Band) – REQUIRED for ALL band students in order to participate in band for the 2018-2019 School year - SCHS Atrium, 6-8pm May 18................ Music Awards Banquet: Band, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Orchestra May 22................ Percussion Training/Auditions 5-7:30pm June 2.................. Graduation Performance – All Band Students Participate – Ocean Center – 10:30am-2pm **NOTE** This performance is AFTER school lets out for summer, but is still included in the final grading for the band course. Please plan ahead for this important performance. June 4-6.............. Percussion Camp (3-day session) 9am-1pm July 23-25........... Percussion Camp (3-day session) 9am-1pm August 6-10....... Band Camp 8am-5pm (required for all students who wish to be in band for the 2018-2019 school year)

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With ms. Duncan & Mrs. Murray? Where will you be in June of 2019? We will be in SWITZERLAND AND ITALY! You should go with us! Each stop on your 12-day journey will leave you awe-inspired. In Lucerne, the folkloric Swiss culture fits perfectly against the backdrop of spectacular Alpine scenery. Down through the Italian lakes region, nature’s beauty continues to amaze, all the way to the picturesque canals of Venice. Further south, humankind’s imprint becomes more pronounced, from Florence’s Renaissance piazzas to the remains of the Ancient Empire in Rome. You have studied the history of the world for years.....are you ready to step outside of your books and experience life? See the real history behind the novels, movies and texts that infiltrate our everyday life. Expand your horizons and gain a global perspective that will prepare you for life. Be inspired! Gain some structured independence. Your life will never be the same after you go on an educational tour with other students. This opportunity, which is not a school sponsored trip, is open to a limited number of responsible Spruce Creek High students who are interested in furthering their education outside of the classroom. If you are interested in more information about the cost, the itinerary, and expectations, please visit, see Ms. Duncan in C-10 or e-mail her at saduncan@volusia.k12., or see Mrs. Murray in the media center or e-mail her at Check the announcements for the date of our next informational meeting, but you are ALWAYS welcome to contact us to set up a meeting or have us answer questions. Looking forward to traveling with you! Remember- “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” -Saint Augustine

National Honor Society


During our End of the Year Party for our Junior members on Friday, April 27th, the new board (voted in or appointed) was installed by Mrs. Keith into their respective offices. These nine include: President Jude Flynn, VP Lauren Latullipe, Secretary Megan D’Arcy, Treasurer Kaeli Dalton, Service Chair Summer Fletcher, Webmaster Isabelle Archer, Historian Colin Johansson, Torch Editor Areebah Ahmed, and Sgt. at Arms Alyssa Trent. To begin his term of office, Jude instigated a Celebratory Party in the Black Hawk Inn. As juniors gathered they learned that the NHS graduating class of 2019 will be purchasing on this Arbor Day a Weeping Yaupon Berry tree for the SCHS Environmental Garden as a service project this quarter. Awards were given to the five who had collected the most service/club hours: Chloe Bealls, Caitlynn Chartier, Lauren Latulippe, Isabelle Archer, and Areebah Ahmed. The balance of those who had not yet received their official NHS membership certificates did so. Pizza, cookies and soda were enjoyed by all. Then the games began. To end the party, three accepted the challenge and won candy for their bravery and skill in jumping between sticks: Megan D’Arcy, Alyssa Trent, and Jantzen Heberle. This fourth quarter has been a busy one with a book drive for the United Methodist Children’s Home, a car wash to raise funds for our senior scholarships, a walk for March for Babies, and a Cleanup Rose Bay in May with a picnic and kayaking afterwards. We also had a good entourage attending the third District meeting of the year held in NSBHS where Sohayla Eldeeb was elected President. Culminating our 2017-2018 school year of C.A.R.E (Compassion, Action, Reaction and Election), the NHS class of 2018 had its first annual Senior Banquet at the P.O. City Center’s Lakeside Pavilion on April 30th. A slide show of pictures taken this year was shown to the 100 that attended. Food prepared by Caton Caterers was served. Plaques were given to three special seniors: Most Enthusiastic New Member -Anton Nguyen, Most Valuable Member -Lauren Billmeier, and The Most Reliable Member -Kya Williams. Five received certificates for attempting to obtain the National NHS Scholarship, but special congratulations go to Hannah Young, who will receive $2,800 from the National NHS office in Reston, VA. Three of our members were recognized for serving on the District NHS board: President Yingen Chew, VP Jordan Deverniero, and Webmaster Teja Mantrapragada. Each Creek NHS board member received a token of memorabilia, and a dozen or so others received various awards that made the audience smile. In conclusion, we gave applause to all the parents for their love and care through these seniors’ 12 years of schooling. NHS Sponsors wished all success in college and in all their careers to come. NHS juniors look forward to helping as program dispensers at Baccalaureate, Senior Awards and Graduation, thus spearheading next year’s theme: “Working Together” theme.

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