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March 2016

Transcript of Dunedin High School Newsletter

  • School BoardLinda S. Lerner

    ChairpersonPeggy L. OSheaVice Chairperson

    Carol J. Cook Janet R. Clark Rene Flowers Terry Krassner

    Ken PelusoSuperintendent

    Dr. Michael A. GregoPrincipal

    Kyle JohnsonAssistant Principals

    Larry Balduff Valencia Gore

    Tanya KingMatthew Warner

    From the PrincipalThe Mission of Dunedin High School

    is to Prepare Students

    for Postsecondary

    Opportunities While

    Assisting Students

    to Develop Integrity,

    Respect, and Social

    Responsibility.

    DUNEDIN HIGH SCHOOLMARCH 2016

    VoluMe 2 Issue 5

    Falcon ForumMarch 2016

    Published Four Times A YearPinellas County School Board

    525 Pennsylvania Ave.Palm Harbor, FL 34683

    Issue #5

    Dear Falcon Families, Itisdifficulttobelievethatthe2015-2016schoolyearwillbeending

    shortly. We still have a great deal to accomplish. We are entering the

    testingseason.Pleasehelpyouchildpaycloseattentiontotestingdates.

    Attendance is crucial! Pleasemake sure your child is present andwell-

    rested. Students will take the FSA test over the nextmonth.We highly

    encourageyoutohaveyourstudentreviewthematerials,paper-basedand/

    orcomputer-basedpracticetestsandanswerkeysareavailableat:

    http://www.fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/

    We continue to have higher expectations for our students: Wecontinuetoseegrowthinour

    reading,writing,mathandsciencetestdata.Ourtestingisgoingwell,andweareanticipatingmore

    studentsthanevertotakeandpasstheirAdvancedPlacementteststhisspring.

    Campus climate: DHS has a great campus. It is a fantastic learning environment, but even

    outstandingschoolshaveroomforimprovement.Ihavebeenhavingregularmeetingswithstudent

    representativesinordertofindmorewaystoimproveschoolspiritandtheoverallcampusclimate.

    Wehavesomeactivitiesplannedfor thespringandthen fornextyear to takeFalconPridetoa

    wholenewlevel.

    Graduation and the end of the year: Springisanexcitingtimeofyearforhighschoolstudent,

    especiallyseniors,withProm,Grad-Bash,SeniorBreakfastand,finally,Graduation.Allofthese

    activitieswillbedonebeforetheseniorsknowit,andthenitisofftothescaryrealworld.No

    matterifitisofftocollegeorrightoutintothebusinessworld,Iamconfidentourstudentswill

    besuccessful.

    GraduationwillbeJune8at9:00a.m.atRuthEckerdHall.

    Sincerely,

    KyleR.Johnson

    Principal

  • News Briefs

    Academy Career Panel Ms. Angela Wright-Nash, Ms. Amy Canavan and Ms. Rebekah

    KershaworganizedtheinauguralAcademyCareerPanel. Thepanel

    offourpeoplefromthecommunitycameinforaquestionandanswer

    sessionwithstudentsintheAcademyofBusinessArtsandTechnology.

    Thesepanelistsgavecareerideastostudentsandsharedtheirpersonal

    experiences.Mr.StevenPlummer,aformerDHSassistantprincipaland

    currentcounty-levelemployee,wasoneofthepanelists.

    All-County Boys Basketball ChedonioMartin, senior,was the only DHS

    playernamedtothefirstall-countyboysbasketball

    team.The65pointguard/comboguardholds

    DHSs record for the most points scored in a

    game:49againstLakewoodthisseason.Healso

    holds the record for thefifthhighestpointsper

    gameinthestate.Intheall-stargame,heplayed

    shootingguardandmadethesecondround.He

    hopestoplayincollegenextyear.

    Take Stock in Children Scholarship! CongratulationstothefollowingstudentsforbeingawardedtheTakeStock

    inChildrenScholarship!9th Grade:RichBun,SuzetteDeLaCruz,Matthew

    Gastineau,VirdianaLopez10 Grade:ShontaeAnderson,DeHanteTownsend

  • Senior Wins Black History Essay Contest Michaela Polmann, senior, won the Rick and Ann

    ScottessaycontestcelebratingBlackHistoryMonth.She

    is an SPC Early College student and plans to attend the

    Universityof Florida. For this accomplishment,Polmann

    will receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship

    providedbytheFloridaPrepaidCollegeFoundation.

    Dedicated Ladies The Dedicated Ladies

    of Dunedin High wrote a

    love letter toDHS to let the

    administrators, secretaries, clerks and others know

    they are appreciated. The

    messages were from the

    girls, and they each had to

    bringquotesbackfromtheir

    friends as well. It was a

    HappyDaygesture.

  • Old Yearbooks for Sale Yearbooks from 2013 (the freshmen year of current seniors) are

    available for$10 in room6-1. Olderyearbooksmayalsobeavailable for

    sale.ContactMs.Schuckatschuckga@pcsb.orgforinformationaboutother

    oldyearbooksforsale.

    Senior News

    Senior T-Shirts Thereareafewsizesmallandmediumseniorshirtsstillavailable.The

    costis$15.SeeMs.Schuckin6-1topurchasetheshirts.

    Senior Grad Bash Reminders SeniorswhohavepaidtoattendGradBashatUniversalStudiosonApril

    8areremindedtocheckthedresscodeandprescriptionmedicationrules.

    Universalstrictlyenforcesboth,andstudentsnotcomplyingwiththeirdress

    codewillnotbeallowedonthebus.Allattendeesshouldmeetinthebus

    loopnolaterthan3:15onApril8.Parentsshouldplanonpickingstudents

    upat4a.m.onApril9.Pleasemakesuretheearlymorningtransportation

    arrangementsareinplacebeforethetrip

    AttendeeswhohavenotyetsignedupforabusmustseeMs.Schuck

    immediatelyin6-1.

    Class of 2017 Senior Picture Information Current juniors must have their senior yearbook pictures taken this

    summer. All pictures for yearbook and IDs must be taken by Leonards

    Studios.Therewillbethreedaysforstudentstotakepicturesoncampus,

    June9andAugust8and9. Studentswhodonothavepicturestakenon

    campusononeofthosethreedayswillhavetogotothestudioinTampafor

    pictures.LookformoreinformationinthemailinMay.Thecostis$10for

    theatschoolyearbookonlypicture.Thefinaldeadlineforseniorpictures

    isSept.10.Studentswhodonotsitforpicturesbythatdaywillnothavea

    pictureintheirsenioryearbook.

    Volunteers! Thankyouforyourcontinuedsupport.Currently,

    our volunteers have logged over 6,000 volunteer

    hours.AwesomeJobFalconFamilies!!!!

    DHSwouldliketosendaspecialTHANKYOUto

    volunteers JennaGrayandEricHoughton forbeing

    nominated as Dunedin High Schools 2015/2016

    OutstandingSchoolVolunteers.

    As a THANKYOU to the volunteerofDunedin

    HighSchool,Iwillbesendingoutspecialinvitations

    via email for our volunteers to attend the April

    28,2016,openingperformanceof IntotheWoods

    performedbytheDHSDramastudents.Volunteers

    will receive (1) free ticket to the show. All other

    attendeeswillbesubjecttotheentrancefee.More

    detailstocomeinApril.

    Please remember to continue to log your

    volunteerhours.Ifyouneedassistancewithlogging

    yourvolunteerhours,pleasecontactmyoffice.The

    lastdaytoentervolunteerhoursfortheschoolyear

    isMay20,2016.

    SACandPTSAmeetingsalsocountasvolunteer

    hours. If you regularly attend thesemeetings and

    arecurrentlynotaregisteredvolunteer,pleasevisit

    thevolunteersectionoftheDHSwebsitetoobtaina

    volunteerregistrationformoremailmeatcerdak@

    pcsb.organdIwillsendyoutheform.

    Important Reminder: DHS appreciates all that

    our wonderful volunteers do for our students and

    staff on a daily basis. However, it is important to

    rememberthatinordertobeavolunteeryouMUST

    be registered prior to doing ANY volunteer work.

    This is a Pinellas County School Board Policy. NO

    Exceptionscanorwillbemade.

    If you wish to contact me, please feel free to

    doso. Icanbereachedat727-469-4100Ext.2006

    or by email cerdak@pcsb.org. Myofficehours are

    Monday-Friday,8:30am-12:30pm.

  • Thespian Troupe 2177 and the Dunedin Historical Society Dunedin High Schools DramaDepartment has been so fortunate as to have

    caughttheattentionoftheDunedinHistoricalSociety.VinnieLuisi,thedirectorof

    theSociety,contactedMs.CindyScullion-FullerinNovemberandaskedifsomeof

    hertheatrestudentswouldbeinterestedinassistingwithsomeoftheeventsthat

    hewassponsoring.So,naturally,allofherstudentswereeagertotakepartinthese

    opportunities.OnDec.2,ahandfuloftheTroupe2177Thespiansheadedoverto

    the FrancisWilsonPlayhousedressed inVictoriangarb [provided to themby the

    DunedinHistoricalSociety]forabenefitperformanceofthebelovedmusicalclassic, The Secret Gardenwhere theygreeted theatregoersandpatronsat thedooras

    Britisharistocrats.

    Thetroupehasalsoparticipated inaVictorianTour, inwhichtheydressed in

    similargarb,andassistedintoursthroughoutDowntownDunedin.Theywereinthe

    sameBritisharistocratcharacter.Thesetwoeventswereincredibleopportunitiesfor

    someofthethespianstoputtheiractingskillstothetestinanewsetting.Itenabled

    themtopracticespeakingwithaBritishaccent,usingaristocraticmannerismsand

    bodylanguage,etc.

    Morerecently,onFer.26,fourthespians(NicoleLaw,BriannaFallahee,TaiLyttle,

    andZachBowman)werefittedforcostumesandweregivenbooksofinformation

    about the lives of real people that lived in our community, and they then gave

    speechesandansweredquestionsincharacterDowntown.Onestudentportrayed

    JeffersonDavisPoston, Jr.;oneof thefirstsuperintendentsof thePinellasCounty

    School System; and another a teacher--and even encountered one of her old

    students.Indoingthis,theywereabletofullyimmersethemselvesintothelifeofan

    actualhumanbeingofthepast,andeventesttheirimprovisationskillsinanswering

    questionswiththebackgroundtheyweregiven.

    OurTheatreDepartmentcontinuestogrow,andwithopportunitieslikethese,

    DunedinHighSchool continues tocontribute toourcommunityandcontinues to

    showothersthekindoftalentedandhard-workingstudentswehaveatourschool.

    -ByAnissaPerona,senior