Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
 Thursday, October 11, 2018 
   
The "moment" is that signature time that defines your high school experience. It usually isn't planned for, it just hits you and stays with you for the rest of your life. And the moment doesn't have to be a moment, but it should be a single experience that defines this four year time period. The idea of the "moment" was evident on the faces of the students attending the Orlando Museum of Art, or the Buddhist Temple in Kissimmee (please see these two stories below).  
 
Perhaps a field trip, or speaking to a museum curator was their "moment." Maybe it's the person you always wanted to attend Homecoming or Prom with actually saying "yes." Maybe it's making an interception, winning a match, crushing that solo in the play, building the undefeated robot, developing a prosthetic for a class project, or earning honor roll. Whatever it is, we need to keep creating moments for our kids that could be THE ONE.

Sincerely, 
 
Douglas K. Loftus
Principal   

Pictured very top: Mr. Roberts (Social Studies) took his students to visit a Buddhist temple this past week (additional images just below).


Chief Williams, Principal Loftus, and Tish Atehortua during a professional development training held at the Renaissance Hotel near the airport. Ongoing staff training is a major objective and part of our continuous improvement efforts at Acceleration East High School.



Social Studies with Mr. Roberts
AEHS students visit a Buddhist Temple
Mr. Roberts' class visited Wat Florida Dhammaram Buddhist monastery temple last week. Wat Florida Dhammaram is a Theravada Buddhist monastery of the Dhammayut-nikaya sect of Thailand. The temple is located on 7.6 acres in Kissimmee. As seen below, the Wat Florida Dhammaram has constructed replicas of the sacred places of pilgrimage.






Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates

Grade
10/5
9/28
9/21
9/14
9/7
Direction
Trend
(Weeks)
8th
91.4%
88.6%
89.3%
85.7%
86.6%
Rising
1
9th
91.4%
93.1%
95.4%
89.7%
92.9%
Slowing
2
10th
92.3%
92.6%
88.7%
90.6%
89.9%
Slowing
1
11th
91.3%
86.1%
91.9%
89.7%
91.5%
Rising
1
12th
85.9%
76.3%
85.2%
85.9%
79.6%
Rising
1

Source: OCPS Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost class instructional time.
Direction: Rising, Slowing, Unchanged.
Trend: Number of weeks moving in the current direction.
* Weekly results provided courtesy of Ms. Vicki Jenkins, School Receptionist and 2018-2019 AEHS Support Person of the Year.
 
Ongoing Professional Development of Our Teachers
AEHS educators continue to work on "close reading strategies" to strengthen instruction across all content areas . . .




Teacher Spotlight
Cole Trimble
Cole Trimble who teaches HOPE (Health Opportunities through Physical Education) at Acceleration East is also the JV volleyball coach at West Orange High School in Winter Garden (courtside below in pink). Go Warriors!

Coach Trimble is a graduate from Rutgers University, home of the Scarlett Knights. She was an All Big 10 volleyball player and was also an Academic All Big 10 student-athlete!





Student Recogntion
Three students were "bragged" on by their teachers in this latest period . . .

Yenaliz Amitrano, Andrea Machafo, and Carlos Andino
Special Field Trip
AEHS students visit the Orlando Museum of Art . . .

Students about to see Nick Cave's art exhibit. Chicago-based artist Nick Cave produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video and performance.


Above: Mrs. Ker's students listen to a presentation on an individual art piece.



The students really enjoyed this outing and as you can see above, represented both Acceleration East and OCPS very well!

"Catching the Winning Behaviors"

Erick Bermudez receiving special recognition for helping Ms. Trimble, our Phys. Ed. teacher, and for assisting Principal Loftus during the Orlando Museum of Art field trip. Pictured with Erick is Chief Williams.    

Parting Images for the Week
This is Spirit Week across the campus. Earlier in the week we celebrated with "Twin Day" . . .






Today's Motivational Moment!
QUOTES OF THE WEEK: DUKE ELLINGTON, MICHAEL JORDAN, AND OTHERS 
 
Ellington On Drive 
My attitude is never to be satisfied, never enough, never. 
Duke Ellington, musician

Jordan On Basics 
Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise. 
Michael Jordan, basketball player   
 
Simon On Boldness 
If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor. 
Neil Simon, playwright

Ford On Determination 
Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you'll still beat the pack. 
Gerald Ford, 38th U.S. president

Holt On Character 
The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do. 
John Holt, educator 
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Enjoy the rest of your week!
Douglas K. Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Thursday, October 11, 2018
 
 
 
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