Assistance Available If a family has been affected by the government shutdown, they are eligible to apply for free/reduced lunch. Applications are available online on the district website keysschools.com. Also, we are passing on information as we receive it. Please see below: If you have families that have been affected by the shutdown and are in need of resources to help please let me know. Chaplain Henson from the Coast Guard has resources available to assist. SOS Foundation on Stock Island also received 3 semi-trailers of food for anyone affected by the shutdown. They just need to bring their military or work ID and they can get what they need for their family. Dawn Mills School Liaison Officer Nas Key West Florida Dawn.firstname.lastname@example.org Office 305-293-2177 Cell 305-393-9510
This week’s athlete of the week is female weightlifter, Felicia Leamard. In the first year of the program, Felicia has shown tremendous dedication, talent and leadership. From the beginning of season until now, she has made tremendous gains beginning with a total lift of 215 lbs. to a total lift of 240 lbs. currently placing her as the 6th seed in the district within her weight class.
Staff helps the Special Olympic athletes and Publix by showing their support with pictures. We deeply appreciate the support of Pubix by allowing our Special Olympic athletes to sell torches to help raise money for the costs associated with athletes traveling to state competitions. The energy and enthusiasm is apparent in these pictures!
First State Bank is a community partner with Key West High School in many ways including sponsoring a class. This year, they donated $250.00 to Mrs. Kugeares’ class which will be used to buy supplies for projects and experiments. We would like to thank Mrs. Angie Walterson and First State Bank for supporting our students.
Dion's Quik Mart, along with Exxon Mobile, awarded our school a $500.00 grant to be used for science and math materials. Exxon and Mobil are fueling young minds and helping create aha moments through the Educational Alliance. It’s part of the ongoing effort to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education within the communities they serve. A special thank you to Gilda Niles from Dion's for applying for this grant each year for KWHS!
November brings about cooler weather and holiday stirrings. Our students have been working hard academically and having fun with Homecoming Activities. Teacher have been collaborating as we work on our School Improvement Plan. Parents should have received report cards for the first nine weeks and progress reports will go home near Thanksgiving. Please make use of our electronic gradebook and contact teachers with any questions or concerns. Attendance Matters!! There are 16 school days in November and we are doing a special recognition for all students who attend school the complete day with no tardies during that 16 day period. Be sure you are one of those recognized students – be here and in class on time! Upcoming events Nov. 6 - Early Release at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the library - Junior Parent Night for information specific to the junior year and preparing for college and career after graduation, Thursday, Nov. 8 - Band Concert, 7:00 p.m. Nov. 9 – Recognition Day at school for students on Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance and Students of the Month Nov. 12 – Holiday Nov. 14 – Free Concert to the public, U.S. Navy Band, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-23 – Thanksgiving Break
Two students were selected as Presidential Scholars, Sean Robinson as an Academic Scholar and Liam Young as a Career/Technical Scholar. Both young men excel in academic achievement, service to the school and community and character. Robinson is an officer in NJROTC and carries a weighted GPA of 4.5 with a rigorous course load that includes AP classes. Young has a 4.51 weighted GPA with courses that include AP and CTE classes. Congratulations to both of these scholars and the nominees that include Francesca Carbone, Jonathon Guillame, Ashley Grimanelis, Max Grimm, Candace Matthews, Luke Raspotnik and Daniel Walsh.
Safety is first at KWHS and we have taken several steps to ensure our campus is safe. Our SRO, Officer Del Cid, is on campus from start to finish of each school day with additional officers on campus during lunch. The extra police are there to build relationships, mentor the students and help to maintain a safe environment. Staff are throughout the campus at supervision stations during the day and we ask all visitors to check in at the office for clearance. The gates on campus are locked at 7:45 and reopened before school is out with the front gate the main entrance point. Students have been through an Active Threat presentation to help them make decisions should they ever face such a situation at school or anywhere. This presentation is available for viewing by parents on our website. We have practiced fire drills and lock down drills as well as spent a day dedicated to character education lessons, all in an effort to promote a healthy, positive, safe environment for our students to be their best. Our See Something, Say Something campaign urges students to tell an adult on campus if they hear, see or suspect something that is suspicious, doesn’t seem right or if they are concerned about a person’s well-being. The Text Tip number for anonymous reporting is 305-432-3311.