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Volume 20 Issue 5

May 2017

For the Parents, Students and Community of Venice High School

Principal’s Message The spring season is always very busy at Venice High School. While continuing to deliver high-quality instruction to every student, we were preparing our students for the Florida Standards Reading Assessment, End of Course (EOC) Exams for Algebra, Biology, Geometry and American History, industry certification exams, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. Student performance on these highstakes assessments is of the utmost importance. These tests are a reflection of their hard work and our collective commitment to a quality education. Academics is still our primary focus as we enter the final stretch! As Venice High School prepares for the 2017 – 2018 school year, we received great news that one additional assistant principal will join our staff. Under a new leadership structure established by our Superintendent of Schools, we will now have three assistant principals who oversee student affairs; a fourth assistant principal will manage the operational side of our school’s work (e.g. safety and security, facilities, policies, athletics, etc.); and a fifth assistant principal will lead our curriculum, instruction, and assessment efforts and carry out our instructional priorities. All assistant principals will maintain supervisory roles over core academic areas and will report to the principal. I am confident that this new administrative structure will allow us to be responsive to the needs of students, parents, employees and the amazing, supportive Venice High School community. As the year draws to a close, I must remind everyone of some school policies that we all need to be aware of and comply with. Attendance, tardiness, and dress code are important areas where parents and guardians can help. In order to ensure a high level of student success for all our students, I encourage parents and guardians to visit the Parent Portal to check on their students’ attendance, grades, and academic progress in their classes.  I am optimistic that our staff and students will continue to perform at the highest levels with the support of our VHS families and community. I look forward to our students finishing strongly again this semester. As always, please let me know if I can assist you or your student in any way. Sincerely, Eric Jackson Principal, Venice High School To download a PDF version of this newsletter, go to


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“Pathfinder” May 2017 Published Five Times Per Year Venice High School 1 Indian Avenue Venice, FL 34285

Issue # 5

2017-18 Class Registration is almost complete. Please remember that if you are lacking credits needed for graduation, you can sign up to take courses over the summer on Please see your counselor if you have not registered, yet. Please remember to become familiar with the Bright Futures Requirements. The Bright Futures GPA is different from the Venice High GPA. Also, if you are pursuing the Gold Seal Scholarship you must have 3 consecutive classes within a particular CTE Pathway. For an explanation of this please see Mrs. Kindell in Rotary Futures or your guidance counselor. Search the Bright Futures Scholarship website to stay on top of the latest requirements for this state scholarship ( **Some courses do not meet Bright Futures requirements. Make sure that courses you select will qualify for Bright Futures. Please note that Liberal Arts Math does not meet the requirements for Bright Futures. **To our athletes** NCAA has certain requirements for courses, gpa and test scores. NCAA will not accept APEX classes and certain academic classes. Please see your coach and/or counselor to make sure you have selected your academic classes correctly. We encourage all students to READ, READ, READ over the summer. The English Department will provide a summer reading list. Please do all you can to use your summer as an academic enrichment time. Summer is a great time to make college visits. Create a list of post-secondary possibilities and explore them over the summer. Talk with your counselor and/or Mrs. Kindell in the Rotary Futures Portable about various options that will meet your needs. Volunteer in the community!! Get involved with a local event over the summer. This is a great way to enhance your resume, experience something new and to meet new people. Use the summer as a preparation time for ACT/SAT tests. Congratulations, to the senior class of 2017. We are so proud of all of you. The Guidance Department would like to wish everyone a relaxing summer. We look forward to working with you next year. Just a friendly reminder that counselors follow the same calendar as teachers, so we will not be on campus over the summer. We look forward to working with all of our students and families when we return in August.

Bell Schedule 2016-2017 VHS Bell Schedule Period 1 2 3 4 A Lunch 5 5 B Lunch 6 7

2016-2017 Tribe Bell Schedule Time Time 7:30 - 8:22 7:25 & 7:28 8:28 - 9:16 8:27 9:22 - 10:10 9:21 10:16 – 11:04 10:15 11:04 – 11:34 11:39 11:40 – 12:28 11:10 – 11:58 11:09 11:58 – 12:28 12:34 – 1:22 12:33 1:28 – 2:15 1:27 Warning Bell

Warning Bell Period 1 2+Tribe 3 4 A Lunch 5 5 B Lunch 6 7

Time 7:30 – 8:17 8:23 – 9:28 9:34 – 10:19 10:25 – 11:10 11:10 – 11:40 11:46 – 12:31 11:16 – 12:01 12:01 – 12:31 12:37 – 1:23 1:29 – 2:15

Time 7:25 & 7:28 8:22 9:33 10:24 11:45 11:15 12:36 1:28



Community Service

Summer is a GREAT time to VOLUNTEER! Any student wishing to complete their volunteer hours to count for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship MUST complete the ONLINE Sarasota County School District registration process and have the plan approved. Students register online at, click on the “Students & Parents” menu at the top of the page, under “Other Items” follow the link “High School Community Service.” ALSO, complete instructions are available on the VHS website > School Resources > High School Community Service Hours Info. Remember, community service is an excellent way for students to earn a half credit as well as obtain valuable experience for college essays and scholarship competitions. Important information and requirements: • • •

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Students MUST know where they are going to volunteer BEFORE they register! You may not start and save. You registration application will get locked if you do not complete the process when you start. Students should get each organization/activity approved before they volunteer. New organizations/activities may be added at any time. Once approved, each organization will have a unique log sheet that may be printed at any time. Once approved, the parent should receive an email instructing them to print out log sheets. (Check your “junk” or “spam” folders.) Don’t wait for the email, though. You may log in anytime to see if you have been approved and print out log sheets. (If you can print out log sheets, then you’ve been approved! J) Students MUST volunteer in the Sarasota County area. NO MORE THAN 8 HOURS may be earned each day (due to child labor laws). NON-PROFIT and CHURCH RULES: All volunteering must take place with a nonprofit organization (IRS designated 501c3) –exceptions include hospitals and assisted living facilities (enrichment activities only). Church Community Service must be outreach to the entire community—no religious instruction or activities that are part of being a member of the church will count, i.e. no activities during church services. Incoming VHS 9th graders may NOT start volunteering until after the school year ends on June 2nd. Log sheets are turned in only when at least 75 hours have been accumulated.

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Venice High School has been moving forward with Renaissance this school year. Teachers are recognizing students on a weekly basis for exhibiting Renaissance Character: kindness, empathy, perseverance, optimism, responsibility, and or dedication to self and communal improvement. The following students have been recognized so far this year: Adelle Geske Carter Hoey Grigsby Arnette Katelyn Reinschmidt Mateo Whelton Robert Swafford Adrian Hernandez-Mexicano Carter Sebo Hailey Hood Katerina Jakesova Matt Beagle Rowan Reynolds Aj Kot Casidy Soloman Haili Guyotte Katerina Stehlikova Matteo Whelton Ryan Hasbrouck Alec Village Cassandra Bernsten Hanna Duzs Katharine Gower Matthew Argulewicz Sadie Gordon Alex Brennan Cassidy Everett Hannanh Kirkendall Katlyn Bedard Matthew Beagle Sadie Kluner Alex Csiszar Catherine Borchardt Heather Braswell Katlyn Cathey-Kruse Matthew Reyes Samantha Debaets Alex Vischulis Cayla Coffey Hunter Burns Kayla Falbo Max Raggio Samantha Demott Alexander Amherst Charles Martin Hunter Carrington Kayla Harrison McKenna Burns Sandra Elsadek Alexandra Surma Chloe Bocklet Hunter Gebel Kaylee Tulp Melanie Raap Sara Loncar Alexandria Demott Chris Galeone Hunter Hurley Kelly Hubbard Melanie Rapp Sarah Gentry Alexis Kelly Chris Urso Ian Schneider Kelsey Botelho Melina Ollio Scott Schenke Allison Carey Christian Bushman Isabella Edbrooke Kendall Peacock Melina Sanchez Sebastian Dipierro Allison Caughron Christian Ciotti Jace Bunk Kevin Mahoney Melissa Whitham Seth Bray Alyssa Conn Ciara Leary Jack Chace Kiersten Kurtz Mercedes Weigelt Seth Sellitti Alyssa Olsson Claire Ellis Jack Williams Kileigh Rice Meredith Ellis Shawna Slattery Amanda Bui Claudia Marie Mendez Jacob Faulkner Korbin Deins Micahel Zazzaro Simon Ullrich Amy Bogenberger Clay Callan Jacob Mullins Kristina Dorsett Michael Devita Skylar Sellitti Ana Luisa Silva Collin Wilson Jada Beckom Kristina Young Mikayla Ambrosio Sophia Gee Andres Marcia Connor Manguso Jake Meyers Lauren Brown Mikayla Freck Sophia Gee Andrew Thomas Coralie Jean-Mary James Napier Leah Marisi Mikayla Mort Sophie Shay Andrue Streich Curri Cali James Wardlaw Leena Bouhamid Minh Ho Spencer Solorzano Angelina Sellitto Dahlia Martinez Jamie Kraut Leo Pariano Miranda White Stephanie Hutton Annie Resendez Daniel Stone Janessa Van Blarcom Lilly Hampton Mitch Gaffney Stephanie Nielsen Anthony Anastasio Da’Shon Mott Jaquelin Luis-Arias Lindsay Pitcher Monica Hall Stivan Tatarov Antonette Benedetto Drake Egner Jenna Bloodsworth Lindsey Perior Mykola Khomich Suzy Sutton Arianna Kerr Dylan Coluzzi Jenna Wagner Lizannie Campos Naomi Cabral   Taylor Provencher Ashley Vescera Dylan Nicosia Jennifer Lukowski Lizzannie Campos Nathan Asbridge Teagan Ericson Ashley Vescera-2nd Time Elaina Cosentino Jenny White Louis Fiumara Nicholas McCann Tiffany Rowe Aubrey Cleckner Eli Cole Jessica Gonzalez Lucy Hudson Nick Bozarth Tommy Deans Aurora Evans Eliana Burns Jessica Saxman Mackenzie Downs Nick D’Aiuto Tracy Barco Austin Hoffer Elijah Rodriguez Jessica Whetzel Mackenzie Viviano Nikki Fitzgerald Travis Earp Austin Moulton Elizabeth Parotino Jessie Fisher Mackenzie West Noah Carroll Travis Helling Austin Ross Elizabeth Prosser Jessie Joyner Macyn Miller Noah Hicks Tre Harris Belle Burns Emily Boyette Joanna Beagle Maddie Mullis Olivia Boczniewicz Tristan Carrillo Benjamin Pepper Erin Mcgrath Joe Martin Madeline Jaques Orlando Dominguez Tristin Clarke Bertha Chavez Erin Szablowski John Gokey Madison Culligan Owen Koenig Troy Pool Blake Danielson Evan Claessens Jordan Harvey Madison Kern Payton Pisano Tyler Bailey Brandon Raynor Evan Mudge Jordan Lutz Maia Garry Peyton Hoey Tyler Poth Brian Raynor Evan Occhino Joseph Flatt Makenna Burns Peyton Mitchell Tyler Welsch Brooke Ball Evelyn Roth Joseph Kenney Malcom Fox Peyton Pisano Tyrone Barber Brooke Wheatley Francis Haines Joy Jacob Maria Jose Heredia Philipp Geigl Vania Valdespino Bryana Mammana Gabriel Sudharto Juliette Daddario Marilynn Belviy Priscilla Kuhar Veronica Yealy Cailey Dills Gabriella Csiszar Juliette Daddario Marina Rozon Rebecca Betterton William Stutzman Caley Brigode Garrett Hopper Justin Conway Mark Reichenbach Rebecca Hurley Zach Sessa Camrin Palmer Gjonpjero Gjoka Justin Kopfle Marlem Louis Rebekah Horsley Zachary Small Carmen Guyer Gracie Pittl Karianne Rush Mary Lou Johnson Ricschnyder Metayer Carson Hurley Greg Ellis Katelyn Hager Mason Lai Riley Holmes


Renaissance Continued

So far, the students have enjoyed an ice cream social with the principal, a coffee/bagel social, a hot chocolate/donuts social and 2 pizza socials during lunch. Events will continue for the students on a monthly basis. We are also making final plans for our end of the year Renaissance celebration.  The students will have a chance to win many different rewards thanks to our wonderful support from the community. The Renaissance Team would like to recognize the community supporters that have graciously supported the program: • Eric Robinson • Mike Bacon with BrewBurgers of Venice • Mrs. Kirkendall with Peace, Love and Hoopiness Hoop Fitness Parents, please • Mrs. Senseman with KineticAir let the sponsor • Skimmers Book Club • The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar advertisers know • Kelly with Venice Panera Bread • Mrs. Arnette you appreciate • Publix on the Island (Mike Kot, David Waring and Heatherly Faulkner) • Audrey Blackwell with Venice Gondolier them! • Mrs. Smith and the Venice High School Chorus • Office Depot-Venice • Barbara Swink from Babe’s Ace Hardware Englewood • Andrew Britton, P.A. Attorney at Law • Bob Vedder • Debi Hammett, Maria Selva, Lori-Anne Harris, Lisa Phifer and Julia Joyner • Mr. Organek and the VHS Orchestra • Mr. Latchford with Dollar Tree • Darrell Hornberger from Darrell’s BBQ • Papa John’s Pizza Venice • Kelly Olliver with the British Open Pub • Joyner Family Insurance VHS now has a school store where students may purchase pencils, pens, paper, ear buds, sweatshirts and shirts.  The store continues to have new items.  If you are interested in purchasing from the school store, please stop by Mr. Lorenz’s room (4-259).  All proceeds will benefit the Renaissance movement.  If you would like to help support the Renaissance movement at VHS, please feel free to contact the Venice High School Renaissance Team: Chris Lorenz, Christine Botti, Kara Mopps or Brenda Bartlett.

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Senior Awards Night

Thursday, May 18, 2017 All seniors receiving scholarships ($500 and up) will be recognized at Venice High School’s Senior Awards Night on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 7:00 pm in the VPAC. This event allows students, parents, family members, and friends to celebrate the outstanding achievement of those seniors who have received scholarships and awards. TO BE INCLUDED IN SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT, STUDENTS NEEDED TO REPORT THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS TO ROTARY FUTURES A.S.A.P. Seniors who are being recognized at Senior Awards Night will receive an invitation May 8th - May 12th, and only students who receive an invitation will be recognized at the event. On May 18th, students are to report to the VPAC no later than 6:30 pm to check in. A professional dress code will be STRICTLY enforced (no mid-drifts showing, no flip flops, no spaghetti straps, no jeans, etc.) Due to time limitations, we will NOT be recognizing students receiving the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. For more information, contact Rotary Futures 480-3178 or email Kim. The Rotary Futures College Resource Center is a communitybased, 501(c)3 non-profit, post-secondary resource center located on the campus of Venice High School. Rotary Futures provides area students, parents, and community members with planning services, personal guidance and vital computer-based resources at absolutely no cost. Rotary Futures assists with college and technical school research, SAT/ACT information, school applications, resume and essay writing, community service plans, scholarships, federal aid, and Florida Bright Futures scholarships. Since opening in January 2002, Rotary Futures has received over 69,000 visits from area students!

In addition, Rotary Futures developed and implemented the first local scholarship database, which has been utilized by over 5,900 students. This database may NOT be used until SENIOR YEAR, and it contains 500 local, national, and institutional scholarships. Prior to the inception of Rotary Futures, searching for scholarships was cumbersome and students were easily discouraged. Since 2002, VHS students have earned over $32 million in accepted local and institutional scholarships. Last year the VHS Class of 2016 reported $3.4 million in accepted scholarships, $1 million in Bright Futures scholarships, and $1.5 million+ in scholarship offers…for a total of $5.9 million! Open to area students of all ages, Rotary Futures is an invaluable and unique resource for VHS students and the Venice community!

Summer Hours

Rotary Futures will maintain normal operating hours through June 2nd, and then we will start part-time summer hours. Our parttime SUMMER operating hours will be: June 6th through June 15th, Tuesday and Thursdays, 9 am – 12 noon, Wednesdays, 9 am – 3 pm. We will be closed from June 16th – July 31st. We will reopen on Tuesday, August 1st, with the same part-time summer hours. Due to planning meetings and orientation, we may have to adjust our schedule. Please call to verify hour hours. When school starts on August 14th, we will resume our normal operating hours. Please check our website and Facebook page for summer updates. “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to receive notices of our opening and important information all year long. :)

PROJECT GRADUATION 2017 June 2nd, 10pm-4am

P roject G radu at ion tickets go on sale soon. Look for us at graduation pr a ct ice on Ju ne 2nd. Tickets are $5 now or $10 at the YMCA. All VHS graduating seniors are invited. If you have any questions, please cont act Julie Scar r y at941-716 -1590 or


Attention Class of 2018 - Important Information! ◊ VISIT AND APPLY TO COLLEGE EARLY! Use the summer to visit campuses! REMEMBER—the college visit can be the key to determining which college is the best fit for you. Websites and catalogs are helpful, but a visit gives you the opportunity to get a firsthand view of the campus. Also, apply to colleges/universities as soon as possible! Start researching application requirements this summer. Begin writing essays and preparing résumés. Some schools open their applications in July or August, while some do not begin until September. Most applications are online and will allow you to start and save your application. Rotary Futures can help you with this process! ◊ START YOUR SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH IN AUGUST! Rising Seniors should plan to visit the Rotary Futures College Resource Center in August to set up their account in our scholarship database, which houses 500 scholarships! We will re-open on August 1st with part-time summer hours. This will be a great time to begin the scholarship search before the hectic senior year begins! In the Fall, there are several nomination scholarships for very selective colleges. We are usually able to nominate one student from VHS to compete for these awards. EVERY VHS student who wishes to be considered for a nomination scholarship MUST have his/her information accurately entered into the scholarship database. This is the only way for us to identify students who meet required criteria, i.e. test scores, GPA’s, interests, etc. A committee then makes the final nomination determination. ◊ UNDERSTAND THE FEDERAL FINANCIALAID PROCESS Complete the FAFSA4caster to get a head start on understanding eligibility for federal financial aid—grants, student loans, work study, etc. Go to and scroll down to “Thinking About College?” Remember—there are SCAM financial aid websites. Only go to the website ending in “dot GOV”! ◊ TAKE THE FIRST SAT AND ACT OF THE SCHOOL YEAR! The first SAT of the next school year will be on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Register for the SAT at The first ACT of the next school year will be on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The deadline to register is August 5th. Register for the ACT at Students who receive Free or Reduced Lunch are eligible for waivers of the test fees. Only juniors and seniors may use the waivers. Waivers are available in the Rotary Futures College Resource Center.

Academic Olympics

We are very pleased to announce that the Venice High School Academic Olympics Team became the 2017 Sarasota County Academic Olympics Champions! This is a major upset as Pine View has won every year for nearly 20 years. The trophy that has been at Pine View for all that time will now reside at VHS! Two VHS students from the team, Bailey Jordan and Liam Hines, have also been selected to compete for Sarasota County All Star Team at state level at the end of April, please wish them luck.  Way to go Venice High School Academic Olympics Team! • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Coach: Steve Case Emilee Barrett Claire Ellis Jessica Gonzalez Liam Hines Ryan Hixon Bailey Jordan Caroline Jungels Kevin Mahoney Robert Obendorf Ravi Patel Madison Peyton Angela Potier


The year is winding down and on June 2, 2017, Venice High School will be graduating the first IB class. In this year of firsts, the IB boosters has also been working very hard and has accomplished all it set out to do at the beginning of the year. In February, the IB boosters sponsored a fundraiser at Culvers in Sarasota and a Pre-IB luncheon for all 9th and 10th grade students. In March, the 11th and 12th graders were treated to a luncheon and in April the IB teachers were recognized for all their hard work with a luncheon of their own. The final event we are working on is the Senior Banquet which will be held in late May. We could not have done it without the support of the Venice High staff, but more importantly without the support of all the parents. We are looking forward to next year and hope that all parents will join the IB boosters and get involved. If you are interested in helping and staying in communication, please attend our monthly meetings during the school year.



Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society is a national organization that recognizes excellence in the field of Social Studies. It was established by a student who attended Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers who felt there needed to be a national student award program that recognized students for their achievement in required and elective social studies courses. This school year, Venice High, through the efforts of the staff sponsor, LuAnn Frimmel and the founding President, Marissa Johnson introduced its’ own chapter. On February 22, 2017 Venice had their very first Rho Kappa ceremony inducting eleven of VHS’s first ever members. The ceremony consisted of the president, Marissa Johnson, speaking about the history of the organization, along with each of the board members lighting the four colored candles, which represent truth, knowledge, wisdom, and service. The inductees then raised their right hands and repeated an oath, which declared their membership into Rho Kappa. Each individual was happily called to the stage and received their member certificate.

2016-2017 Members

(Left to right) Jacob Riddick, Bailey Hines, Trisha Tran,Abigail Richards, Madison Kern, Marissa Johnson, Kaley Snow, Makenzie Mignemi, Madison Mullis, Jessica Gonzalez, & Michael Courville (missing from photo Julia Pelletier)

2016-2017 Board Members

(Left to right) Jessica Gonzalez, Marissa Johnson, Kaley Snow, Makenzie Mignemi (missing from photo Julia Pelletier)

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VHS Chorus

The VHS chorus is a busy program with many performances and opportunities. They started the year off on September 21st by participating in AVoice4Peace, a worldwide peace project. All singers in the program sang a piece called “Ukuthula” with thousands of singers around the globe. On October 15th, a select group of chorus students went to Orlando to sing with The Festival Singers of Florida, an ensemble consisting of mostly music educators from all around Florida. In December, the chorus had it’s annual madrigal dinner performance on the 2nd and 3rd and winter concert on the 15th. In January, the chorus had two students, Seth Stavarz and Jillian Steffens, go and take part in a statewide chorus ensemble in a rigorous auditioned event called All State. On February 4th, some of the chorus students took part in Solo and Ensemble, where students learn music on their own time to perform in front of a judge either by themselves or with a small group. Men’s chorus performed there and received a Superior rating. All of the students took part in the annual Music Performance Assessments, hosted at VHS for the second year in a row thanks to the beautiful Venice Performing Arts Center and outstanding student volunteers. The students learned their music in class and performed their pieces in front of a panel of three judges who were music professionals and gave each ensemble a rating with Treble I and Le Voci di Venezia (the auditioned and advanced after school chamber choir with many extra performances throughout the year) receiving Excellent ratings and the Mixed chorus and Treble II receiving Superiors. All ensembles then sight read (singing a small selection that they have never sung before) and every group received a Superior rating. The final concert of the year was the spring concert on May 11th where students sang a variety of music, showing off the skills they’ve learned this year. It was also a very heartfelt goodbye to the seniors in the program, especially when all of the students sang the chorus’s traditional farewell song, “The Irish Blessing” by Joyce Eilers Bacak. The students in the chorus program are always busy preparing for the next concert, showing great integrity and passion for what they do. The gift of music is one that the chorus is always happy to share. Written by Greg Ellis, Edited by Sophie Shay


VHS Dress Code Guide 2016-2017 School Year • •


Hoods are NOT to be worn in the building. SKIRTS, DRESSES, and SHORTS Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be mid-thigh lower, including athletic shorts.


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Strapless tops, backless tops, midriffs, and low-cut necklines are prohibited. Strapless and sleeveless tops may be worn with a cardigan or sweater that fully covers all areas appropriately. Shoulder straps must have a minimum width of a dollar bill. Undergarments must NOT display alcohol, drug, or sexual references.



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Jeans with holes, shreds, and rips at midthigh or lower will be permitted. Shreds or rips above mid-thigh may NOT reveal skin. Pants must stay up without using a belt for assistance. Leggings and yoga pants are permitted if skin and undergarments are not revealing.



This article is designed to address common questions and misconceptions about the dress code at Venice High School. Administrators, teachers, and students worked together to establish a dress code that strikes a balance of what is considered reasonable and appropriate for a school setting. We appreciate your support of the dress expectations that have been established and hope that this handout is helpful.


STUDENT DRESS CODE: Please adhere to the following expectations during school hours and school-sponsored events: • no short shorts (all shorts must be • no tube / bando or see-through tops a MINIMUM of mid-thigh in length) • no spaghetti straps or exposed bra strap • ripped or shredded pants, above mid-thigh, • no low cut shirts with exposed cleavage may not reveal skin • shirts with straps must be at least the • no saggy / baggy pants width of a dollar bill • leggings and yoga pants are permitted • clothing that does not encourage the use of if skin and undergarments are not visible • drugs, tobacco, alcohol, violence, or weapons, • no pajamas or slippers or support discrimination on the basis of color, • no clothing of an ethnic or racially disability, national origin, marital status, race, offensive nature religion, gender or sexual orientation


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To Addressee or Current Resident

12 It has been another busy year for the Société Honoraire de Français (French Honor Society). In October, the Society inducted 15 new members, bringing our current membership to 42 in its 4th year. Sponsored by French teachers Lorri Glidden and Marilyn Ruthardt, the society is a national organization whose purpose is to “promote high standards of scholarship, to reward scholastic achievements, to create enthusiasm for and an understanding of francophone culture civilization, to promote and perpetuate international friendship, and to reward efforts toward furthering solidarity in the French-speaking world.” Throughout the year, we have conducted 4 community service projects that included a Haiti relief drive in November with “Agape Flights” right here in Venice, Toys for Tots in December, a “Valentine for Vets” activity for our retired and disabled military service members in February, and in March we conducted a drive for animals at the Suncoast Humane Society. New officers were elected in March and will be serving the Society through the 2017-2018 school year. The officers are President, Moriah Haley, Vice-President, Tyler Pachter, Secretary, Sasha Smolker, Treasurer, Evan Claessens and Historian, Ce Ce Trapani. This spring we will be graduating 12 seniors and we would like to thank them for their service and commitment and wish them well as they start a new chapter in their lives. They will certainly be missed! Information on eligibility requirements will been given to students in all French classes. For more information, please contact Lorri Glidden at the High School at extension 65658.

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May 2017

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