The SAC meeting in February focused on upcoming Curriculum Showcase and new course offerings such as Business classes, Beginning Band and extending Instructional Technology courses. The Showcase is February 21 from 5:30-6:30, with the Art Show in the Media Center from 5:00-6:30 and a Band Concert in the Auditorium at 7:30. Student Council President Amely Caceres was introduced and there was discussion as a follow up to the safety presentation last meeting. All parents are welcome to the next meeting on Mar. 5 at 6:00. New Assistant Principal Named We are excited to announce our new Assistant Principal is Mrs. Rebecca Palomino. Mrs. Palomino is a KWHS alumni who taught and was a counselor here before moving to Sugarloaf School to serve as a counselor. She brings to the school extensive experience in use of data, scheduling, testing, discipline with the social/emotional counseling component and a passion for helping student be their best. Rebecca is active in the community and familiar with the traditions and high expectations of our school. She will bring enthusiasm and knowledge to our team and we look forward to her joining us at the end of the month.
Our Conchs Academic Challenge Team defeated Marathon and Coral Shores to earn the District Champ title recently at the county Academic Challenge Team competition. We are very proud of team sponsor Elizabeth Ford, Nicole Frank, Melody Morales, Daniel Walsh, George Bellenger, Kingston Young, and Emerson Fariss who posed for a picture with their certificates and the county trophy, on January 15. They now move on to the State level competition.
Take Stock in Children is extremely proud to announce that Key West High School Senior, Jefflyne Desilme, has been awarded the distinguished honor of being a Leaders 4 Life 2019 Fellow. The Asofsky Family Foundation provides financial scholarships to a select group of outstanding students from across the state of Florida. They will cover up to $40k towards Jefflyne’s undergraduate degree at a Florida university. In addition to financial support through covering meal plans, books, supplies, etc. she will also have access to a network of leadership and internship opportunities. This past fall Jefflyne was nominated for this recognition for being a strong leader in her community. She has been an advocate to the Haitian community, providing translating support to families who speak Creole. Her dedication also extends to her peers as a tutor for the Keys Learning Center. Shortly after her nomination she was identified as one of the 12 finalists (from over 100 nominees) who made it to the next round. Jefflyne will be recognized at the TSIC Leadership Summit this March, where she will have the privilege of being introduced to leaders across the state. Jefflyne aspires to study Political Science. She is eagerly awaiting a few more university acceptances in the upcoming weeks. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Jessica Wood for being selected the Monroe County School District Teacher of the Year! Her hands-on teaching methods, promotion of academic excellence leadership within the school and service to the community through KEYS to be the Change or among some of the reasons why she has received this top on honor. We are very proud to have her as part of our Conch Community! On hand for the announcement was Chsirman of the Board Bobby Highsmith and Principal Amber Acevedo.
Four of our top junior students were recognized as Sunshine State Scholar Nominees. The selection was based on high SAT scores, hi academic achievement, interest in the STEM field and community service hours. School representatives will be selected from these outstanding candidates. Congratulations to Jasmine Sander, Alexis Sturm, TK Perkins and Divya Nivani.
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!
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.