Key West 9th grader Kendra Johnson secured first place county-wide, being the first to complete the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certificate this year. “I completed all three—Word, PowerPoint, and Excel,” she said. “Now, I’m working on Microsoft Expert.” Almost 100 Monroe students in eight schools are getting their cash prizes from
Attendance matters! Exams are in two weeks. Please be sure you have your study guides as they were given out Monday. Exam schedule is: Dec. 17- full day, 7th period test schedule Dec. 18-21. Early release Dec. 18 5th-6th exams Dec. 19 3rd-4th Dec. 20 1st-2nd Dec. 21. Make-up exams
Congratulation to Jefflyne Desilme, Leaders 4 Life Finalist Key West High School is very proud of senior, Jefflyne Deslime, who was selected from over 100 submissions as a Top 12 Finalist with a chance to become a Fellow recipient of the Leaders 4 Life Fellowship Program, generously awarded by the Asofsky Family Foundation. As a finalist, she will receive a Macbook Pro computer. The Leaders 4 Life mission is to enable highly motivated Take Stock in Children scholars who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, moral character, and academic success, to excel in a university environment by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to empower them to develop their full potential as leaders for life. Students who receive fellowships are awarded education funding up to $10,000 per year, leadership training, and professional development. Jefflyne is a hardworking student who continues to strive towards excellence through activities both in and out of school. She continues to challenge herself with over 10 Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement courses. As a seasoned Tutor for the Keys Learning Center and working part-time for Pizza Hut as a shift manager, she still manages to make time for her Haitian community as an advocate and translator. Jefflyne demonstrates leadership by contributing her gift of teaching and caring for those who needed support building their confidence in their academics and is always the first to step up to support her peers. She sets and meets her goals and is a wonderful example of a Take Stock in Children Scholar, Key West Ambassador (Girls State Nominee & Participant) and an Experimenter through the Experiment in International Living Program where she traveled to Vietnam during this past summer. She hopes that her future holds an acceptance to Florida State University where she aspires to study Political Science and become an Immigration Lawyer.
Congratulations to the FKCC Goonies flag football team who triumphed 28-4 over Belen to win gold at the Special Olympics State games. The cheerleaders also participated in their own competition, placing 4th. Congratulations to our students, Amber Russell and Hailey Nelson from Ties and Shalhevet Sanchez.
Last summer, 39 Monroe County students traveled abroad with The Experiment in International Living, with 23 student receiving scholarships of 50% off program tuition through the exclusive Monroe County Global Leaders Essay Contest. This summer, The Experiment will again offer 35 scholarships of 50% off tuition to Monroe County, FL high school students. To be considered for the scholarship, students submit essays here by January 15th. (Students who submit early applications and confirm enrollment by December 1st automatically receive their first-choice programs and $750 OFF program tuition only.) Read more.
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.