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A Note from the Principal Hello TSHS Learning Community, As we continue to move through semester 2, our students continue to remain focused and attentive on their academics. I could not be more proud of them!! Go Spongers! Academic support is available Monday – Thursday in room 2402.Any student who earned a D or F for semester 1 class are encouraged to register for credit recovery via Grad Point. Mrs. Satinoff is available Monday- Thursday in Room 2402 to register students. In addition, tutoring for any core course – English, Math, Science, Social Studies is available via Grad Point program. As we prepare for upcoming state testing, each Department will be designing, scheduling and hosting “Boot camps” to specially target areas for enrichment and remediation for students. Additional information will be shared with students and families as well as posts to the TSHS website. continued on page 2...

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Tarpon Springs High School 1411 Gulf Road Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 727-943-4900


Our Mission is to prepare every student to be a productive citizen and provide them the skills necessary to be successful in life.


The vision of Tarpon Springs is 100% of students will attain the skills necessary for success in college, career or the job of their choice.

Administration Leza Fatolitis Principal Shelby Noble Principal’s Secretary Scott Decatur Assistant Principal of Curriculum 12th grade Administrator Lonnette Alexander Assistant Principal of 11th grade

We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to please complete this survey as we continue to seek input in improving our practice at TSHS. Thank you for your input. Please see the links below. Parent Survey Link Student Survey Link Summer Driver’s Ed Course will be offered to all TSHS and Pinellas County School students at various locations June 2017. Registration forms and locations offering Driver’s Ed have been posted to the TSHS website. Registration for Summer 2017 will be taking place starting Feb. 7 SAT Practice is free and available for our students. All students should have a College Board account and have it linked to Key Dates and Reminders: • Feb. 27 ... FSA Writing – grades 9 and 10 • March 10 ... End of GP 3 • March 13 – 17 ... Spring Break • March 20 – Teacher Planning Day • March 30... Report Cards

Vincent Natoli Assistant Principal of Facilities and 10th grade Administrator

Thank you for your continued support and as always, Go Spongers!!

Shawn Skelly Assistant Principal of 9th grade and Athletics

Mrs. Fatolitis, Principal

School Board Members

Linda Lerner – Chairperson Peggy L. O’Shea – Vice Chairperson Carol J. Cook Janet R. Clark Rene Flowers Terry Krassner Dr. Ken Peluso Michael A Grego, Ed.D., Superintendent Ward Kennedy, Area 1, Superintendent

3 Offering First Aid/CPR We will be offering Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries with First Aid/CPR to provide a full year of sports medicine classes. These classes will build upon each other and will provide certification in first aid and CPR. This will be tied into the Sports Management and Entertainment class taught by Mrs. Deal where students will learn how to plan, organize and lead all aspects of sports management.

Remembering Former Principal Nicely Former Tarpon High Principal, John Nicely, passed away this month. His memorial service will be held at Lakeside Community Chapel in Clearwater on February 17 at 5:30 pm.

The Sports Rec and Entertainment class will work with marketing of sports teams. From commercials to print ads, from marketing through entertainment, budgeting, selling of merchandise, marketing the team within the team, all things that help to make the ticket holder experience at the event a happy one that they will remember. This class will tie in with Ms. Sullivan’s Care and Prevention/ First Aid class.

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Rhiannon Ochs

Tarpon Springs High School

The Arts

4 Drama in Review By Torri Maddex Drama Club V.P. The Drama Club went into the 20162017 school year still beaming with pride from our spring musical, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. We were shown an enormous amount of support from our school and community that equated to a huge success. We kicked off this year working on individual monologues for competition and a one act directed by our very own, Molly Kole. Skin Deep explored the lives of pageant moms and was performed at the district One Act

Festival. We are proud to announce that Troupe #1134 scored an excellent at the district festival in December. Our director and sponsor, Mr. Hite, had a jam-packed schedule, running back and forth between district rehearsals and rehearsals for our show that debuted in January, The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays. With two sold-out performances, the audience was filled with laughter, gasps, oohs and ahs as the cast solved the murder. We look forward to presenting the musical Godspell in a joint effort with the choral department this spring. Performances will be on May 4th, 5th, and 6th. Break a leg!

Orchestra Congratulations to Arwyn Ivey and Olivia White for representing Pinellas County and Tarpon Springs High School in the 2017 All State Orchestra! This is a tremendous accomplishment! Congratulations to the following musicians for being selected for the 2017 All County Orchestra! The concert was February 7th at Ruth Eckerd Hall and will be broadcast on the PCS channel; Megan Baker - 11

Heather Lark - 11

Carlyn Byrd - 12

Isabelle Lebron - 10

Megan Cocks - 10

Madeleine McCreary - 9

Robert Diaz - 11

Dominick Neville - 11

Ashley Godwin - 11

Robert Nakonechnyj - 11

Olivia Harrison - 11

Nomikos Skoutelis - 10

Savannah Hilterbrandt - 9

Nicholas Steffen - 9

Arwyn Ivey - 9

Olivia White - 12

Christianna Jones - 10

Ethan Wolf – 11


Prom All juniors and seniors planning on going to prom must get their responsibilities taken care of ASAP! All paperwork and information about prom is found on the school website under activities. Print out your paperwork and start getting it signed by the book keeper and librarian. No tickets will be sold without having the proper paper work filled out. Tickets will be sold starting on Monday, Feb 27th, couples ticket $130 and single tickets $70. All ticket purchases will be cash only! Get all your paperwork done so you can enjoy THS Prom 2017, Gold Gone Wild!

A sick child.

A worried-sick mom.

An ER that cares for both.


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