Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
Monday, January 27, 2020
With Chief Williams (AEHS Dean, on right) who works to help keep our campus safe and secure (Jan. 24, 2020).
This past week, we had a meeting with our freshman students about making good choices and remaining focused on academics.  For all of our students, choices are power. We frequently talk about choices. Trying out for a sports team is a choice. Joining a club is a choice. Going on special school outings/field trips is a choice. Becoming one of our SAFE Ambassadors is a choice. Earning a college scholarship is a choice. Enlisting in the U.S. armed forces is a choice. Going to prom is a choice. These are examples of choices that are only afforded to those with the grades, attendance and good conduct. And, conversely, bad choices affect our ability to make positive choices down the line.

Grades, attendance, conduct affect options. Let's ensure the decisions our students make open doors and provide for more choice and opportunity.  

Here we are already down to the last week of January. We have to engage in the crucial conversations sometimes. We have to prove to our kids that our life experiences mean something. That's something to think about while we are still early in 2020.
Have a great week!  

With Phoenix Pride,
Mr. Doug Loftus
Quarter 2 Individual Achievement. CONGRATULATIONS!!
Kiaraliz Bermudez
Erik V. Diaz
Aneilys Durant Toledo
Amber L. Eutsey
Diana Iraheta
Daniella J. Midence
Ariadne Quintero
Javier Y. Rodriguez Velazquez
Michelle E.L. Santiago
Brock T. Stockton
Willian J. Trejo
Javier O. Williams
Kevin A. Williams
Brett Allison
Mariedda Barrios
Elizabeth F. Bernavil
Keren D. Bravo
Maria A. Castro
Tayjah A. Chambers
Willicia A.K. Clayton
Anandrelis Cruz
Leandra N. Cruz
Sierra J. De La Cruz
Estherlandah Delva
Daniela R. Dzhafarova
Kierra Ellis
Gianelys M. Garcia-Marcano
Alexander Hernandez
Andrea V. Machado
John B. Maldonado Anglero
Adian O. Martinez Loera
Arwen S. Marsa
Maida M. Merced-Cordero
Abdiel A. Pedraza Cruz
Christian M. L. Philemy
Glaricelis Rivera
Joelyan M. Rivera Alvarez
Brandon O. Rivera-Miller
Elizabeth A. Rodriguez
Mateo J. Sancho-Davila
Genesis S. Santos
Kimberlin S. Santos
Sarah L. Savoie
Kadence N. Switzer
Joshua L. Torres
Valerie Torres
Hector L. Varada
Alise J. Wilson
Diana A. Yanqui

Chess Club
Student snapshots from their competition in the OCPS county-wide chess tournament . . .

Mr. Hall with our students at the OCPS chess tournament

Hector Varada focusing on his next maneuver. Congratulations to Hector as well for making Magna Cum Laude this past quarter!

Brett Allison makes his move. Brett also had very high grades last quarter earning Magna Cum Laude!

Narelys Negron about to begin her competition (above). Our regular readers might remember Narelys from an earlier issue. A tremendously dedicated student, for some time she had to walk to school every day until our School Resource Officer, Sgt. Rinehart, stepped forward and bought her a bicycle and helmet (below)!

Annual SeaWorld School-Wide Trip
The timing was good as it won't too long before our students will be sitting for the FLDOE state assessments. Everyone had a wonderful time!

Ms. Melton (Math teacher) had a great time in the company of her students!

Tish Atehortua (AEHS bookkeeper) and Valerie (Audubon Park Elementary school secretary) enjoy their shakes.
Amanda, Jayrie, and Valerie enjoying this year's Sea World experience.

Damon Nieves being interviewed in front of a large crowd at the SeaWorld park.

This single picture pretty well summarizes the students' time during this year's SeaWorld outing!

Monday's Motivational Moment!

Once, there was an older man who was flat broke, living in a tiny house and owning a beat up car. He was living off of $99 social security checks. At 65 years of age, he decide things had to change. So he thought about what he had to offer. His friends raved about his chicken recipe. He decided that this was his best shot at making a change.

He left Kentucky and traveled to different states trying to sell his secret recipe. He told restaurant owners that he had a mouthwatering chicken recipe. He offered the recipe to them for free, just asking for a small percentage on the items sold.  
Sounds like a good deal, right? Unfortunately, not such a good deal to most of the restaurants. He heard NO hundreds times to his face. But the old man had an absolute unwillingness to never give up. He never stopped striving for success. It took time, but after nearly 1,000 attempts one restaurant finally said okay.  He then really hit the road selling his recipe to restaurant operators, sometimes sleeping in his car and always sealing deals with a handshake.
Who was this man who later in life refused to be denied? You know of him ... Colonel Harland Sanders and he changed the way Americans eat chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC, was his idea. And today, with KFC franchises in 33 countries, the Colonel's face on its logo is the most recognizable aspect of the restaurants in any language.

The lesson for our students? Remember, never give up. Always believe in yourself in spite of rejection. You can and will eventually succeed!     

Douglas K. Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Sunday, January 26, 2020
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