Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
Monday, October 19, 2020
With student Charleny Caceres showing support for breast cancer awareness this past Friday.
I hope this edition finds you enjoying a positive start to the week! This is the second week of the new quarter and we will have makeup FSA ELA testing for our LaunchED students this Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday our annual Open House will be conducted virtually from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. While Open House is being run differently this year for health safety reasons, it remains an excellent opportunity for our families to connect with their child's teachers. If you have a student attending Acceleration East, I hope you will participate.
As a reminder, OCPS Parent and Family Engagement will be offering a virtual opportunity on Wednesday, October 21 at 5:30pm. The topic is Math and Reading in Elementary, Middle and High School. Registration closes today, October 19, so please be sure to sign up if this can benefit your student. These events are exceptionally well done and worth the short time investment.

Register at:

* Will be offered in English and in Spanish.
Have a great Monday and thank you for looking over some of our recent highlights! 
Doug Loftus

Pictured at the very top: Agriculture science. Mrs. Dipasquale and her students, Charleny Caceres and Chrysha Chrysostome, with cherries from our cherry tree this past Thursday morning.

Agriculture Science with Mrs. Dipasquale
Highlights from this past week . . . indoors and outdoors
Above: Kim Dipasquale is showing how the different plants are growing inside her lab. Below: two examples of what the class currently has growing inside.
Green beans, spinach, and arugula
Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and beets
Red cabbage now successfully growing outdoors.
Kim Dipasquale cleaning up the indoor chicken cage. Her lab is becoming more and more engaging for the students each week. Keep in mind that agriculture is the 2nd largest industry in Florida in terms of the state's economy.
American Sign Language with Ms. Melton

If you look closely, Ms. Melton signs one of her students (left) and then the student replies back. In addition to American Sign Language, Acceleration East also offers Portuguese and Spanish with Ms. Vieira.
Art with Ms. Ker
Examples of student art work from last Friday's Hispanic Heritage Festival. Hispanic Heritage Month '20 closed on Oct. 15

Our wonderful art instructor, Ms. Susan Ker, wearing pink this Friday in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Ms. Ker has a very dynamic art curriculum which is quite popular with the students.
Seniors staying on track for Graduation . . .
Acceleration East's "Data Wall" for our Class of 2021

"Needs test only" Seniors (left) and "Needs credits only" Seniors (right)
"Needs more than one thing" for graduation at this point
Breast Cancer Awareness
Teachers and staff showed their support this past Friday . . .
Mr. Hall, 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year, shows his support with his pink tie.
Sgt. Rinehart, School Resource Officer, shows his support with a pink mask and inner shirt.
Mr. Williams (Dean) and Ms. Helton (Math)
Mrs. Helga Olafsson (English 3 and a new teacher to AEHS this year)
Food for Thought
Week of October 19, 2020
1. The internet in 1973 (ARPANET):

Source: @VisualCap; Read full article

2. The effects of an education upon holding a job and weekly paychecks:

Making sense of the chart: In the USA, as the level of educational attainment rises so do weekly paychecks while the chances of being out of work (unemployment rate) falls. This pattern normally holds through slowdowns and recessionary periods. The figures in the chart are the latest available with the weekly earnings results coming out this past Friday morning.
Data sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Usual Weekly Earnings; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Status

3. And this last one is for our Phoenix math students and all lovers of mathematics!

Closing Image of the Week . . .
"It takes a village"
Seated with Principal Loftus: Erica Irizarry (Media Clerk), Vicki Jenkins (school receptionist), Stephanie Carballea (registrar) and Tish Atehortua (bookkeeper)

This past week I had the opportunity to have lunch out with members of our support staff. We enjoy a very positive school culture at Acceleration East High School and our support staff contributes to that success every school day. Our leadership team and our educators count on these folks to help the school run smoothly. For example, the staff members you see above handle everything from overseeing our media center operations and greeting all visitors to managing student enrollment and school finances.
The four staff people in this picture  also field all types of inquires every day that directly or indirectly impact student achievement. We have an excellent support team and I am proud to serve with each of them!
Doug Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Monday, October 19, 2020
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