Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
Monday, February 3, 2020
The sudden and tragic loss of Kobe Bryant has been compartmentalized many different ways- some through the prism of basketball, others through the prisms of family, fatherhood, personal growth and through his fallacies and mistakes. I choose to focus on the reason why Bryant chose to use a helicopter in the first place - to maximize time with his kids.

I'll never have the means to use a personal helicopter, but I will always look for opportunities to maximize time with my child. Fatherhood changed him like fatherhood changed me. Times that my two daughters and I get to spend together are more special now, as a result of last month's tragedy. I feel badly that it took an event such as this to make me realize that somehow I need to cherish time with my children, as if I didn't cherish it before.

Please know that I view my time with your kids the same way. While I have been a principal for 14+ years, and hope to be a principal a number of more years, I, too, need to cherish the days I have with YOUR kids, too. You get them for a lifetime, but we get them for four years. But over those four years, we experience the very same pride, anguish, hope and angst as a parent. In Loco Parentis is a critical term I have read about from one of OCPS' other top principals - Dr. Mark Shanoff of Edgewater High School. It means, in place of the parent. We will never be your child's parent, but we need to remember that our responsibilities are parallel and worth cherishing just the same.    
Have a great week!  

With Phoenix Pride,
Mr. Doug Loftus
Teacher Feature
Meet Ms. Norma Medina, our new Social Studies teacher!
Ms. Medina just arrived at Acceleration East as our new Social Studies teacher. She holds a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Webster University and a Bachelor's from UCF in Psychology. She has been in education for 12 years.  
Ms. Medina, Social Studies, with Principal Loftus
(Feb. 3, 2020) 
Support Person of the Year
Ms. Agatha Parson, Cafeteria Manager

Ms. Parson with Principal Loftus last week.

Ms. Parson helping the students with their lunches.
Planning ahead for February and the 3rd quarter . . .

Mrs. Naffziger (left) and Ms. Melton mapping out their math lessons heading into the new month of February (Friday, Jan. 31).

Larger view including other faculty members who invested time before February kicked off to map out their plans for the coming weeks. This was time well spent as it will not be too far off now before our students begin to take the annual FLDOE state assessments!
Black History Month: Feb. 1-29, 2020
Acceleration East students have creatively begun to profile a variety of African American success stories which are visibly posted . . .

"A Moment in Time"
Four Colonial High School principals gather at a basketball game each having led CHS at different points in the high school's history!

Mr. Allen, Dr. Maestre (current), Dr. Mitchell and Mr. Loftus have all been principals at Colonial High School. This picture was taken last week at a Colonial High girls' varsity basketball game. Go Grenadiers!
"Making a Difference"
Acceleration East's Brag Wall has been up all year and gives an opportunity for staff to publicly thank others for going the extra mile.

And on a closely related note are these recent survey findings from the private sector (Dec. 2019) . . .

Monday's Motivational Moment!

Many of our Phoenix students and their families watched Super Bowl LIV Sunday evening. The winning Kansas City Chiefs were awarded the Lombardi trophy named in honor of Vince Lombardi.

Coach Lombardi dominated the first two Super Bowl games as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Lombardi's career coaching record of 105-35-6, including playoffs, gave him the best winning percentage -- .740 -- in NFL history and ESPN ranked him #1 among all sports coaches in the 20th century.

Vince Lombardi in 1967 with the Super Bowl trophy that would be named for him.

Here are some lessons on life from Lombardi's playbook that can benefit not just our students, but all of us:

Lombardi On Consistency
Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all-the-time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit.
~ Vince Lombardi

Lombardi On Goals
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
~ Vince Lombardi

Lombardi On Resourcefulness
The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
~ Vince Lombardi

Lombardi On Winning
Winning is not everything, but making the effort to win is.
~ Vince Lombardi

Douglas K. Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Monday, February 3, 2020
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