Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
 Thursday, October 18, 2018 
How do we get kids to think long-term? The idea of deferred gratification is lost on the generation of the 24 hour news cycle, the instantaneousness of Instagram, the constant checking of follow/unfollow on Twitter, the idea that SnapChat disappears in 24 hours.

So, how do we establish benchmarks along the way that aren't too far in the distance that students still see them, but aren't close enough that they are too easy to attain? This comes back to grit, intellectual stamina, and personal discipline. In college, I majored in procrastination. And times haven't changed for our young folks. In fact, it's probably gotten worse with this generation. And it's not their fault. It's environmental. The belief, "if it's not happening right now, it doesn't require my attention," is battle educators and parents face daily.

I say all of this because I have met with some juniors and seniors who are at risk for not graduating. We do our best to establish timelines, reward progress, check in frequently. But we can't get to all of our students as often as we want to.

Spring sports and Prom will be here before you know it. Please know that a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (unweighted) is one of our requirements. This WILL lock in at the end of the 2nd nine weeks which started this past Tuesday and ends at Winter Break. Time to start building in time to frequently check in with your student for long-term gratification. Thank you!  
Douglas K. Loftus

Pictured very top: Our fiercely dedicated bus drivers! In addition to making sure our students arrive to and leave school safely, they are often the very first and last "face" from OCPS that students see each day. They help to set the tone for the day ahead. We are very proud of our bus drivers!

Chess club members Alexandria, Ramon, and Hector
celebrating National Chess Day on October 9th with black & white cookies.

Vital Signs

Note: Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost class instructional time that cannot be recovered. Period of August 13, 2018 to October 12, 2018. Higher percentages are more favorable.
* Weekly results provided courtesy of Ms. Vicki Jenkins, school receptionist and 2018-2019 AEHS Support Person of the Year.
First Responders Matrix for Acceleration East High School
Key contact information for our school community . . .
After-school tutoring
Pete Roberts

Vicky Jenkins
Maria Ballester
James Williams
James Williams

Doug Loftus
Pearl Blyden
James Williams
Fire Drills/Lockdown
Art Arizola
James Williams

Art Arizola
James Williams
Tish Atehortua
Office (staff needs)
Tish Atehortua
Maria Ballester

Office mail & packages
Tish Atehortua
Amanda Havner

John Soriano
Vanessa Roca

Tish Atehortua
Vicky Jenkins

Art Arizola
James Williams
Maria Ballester
Vicky Jenkins
Maria Ballester
James Williams

Vicky Jenkins (receptionist, pictured on right) and Maria Ballester (registrar). Ms. Jenkins is new to AEHS and Ms. Ballester has been at the school since the 2014 fall semester. As seen in the table above, they both assist in multiple roles. Thank you ladies for all you do!

 Tish Atehortua, AEHS bookkeeper/secretary, earned received a perfect audit for AEHS from the school system. Congratulations Tish!
The AEHS "Brag Wall"
Catching the winning behaviors of our staff . . .
Examples of current staff recognitions from peers and the administration posted on the Brag Wall:
  • "Tish, congrats on a perfect audit!"
  • "Barry Hall, congrats on a perfect SAT/ACT Day. Very organized and well received."
  • "Ms. Roca, thank you for chaperoning the Homecoming Dance!"
  • "Chief, thank you for chaperoning the Homecoming Dance!"
  • "Art, great job of staying on task with the fire alarms and other drills."
  • "Annie, thank you for keeping up with the DPLC plan. I appreciate you very much."

Spirit Week: Part II
Snapshots from Tacky Tourist Day!

Ms. Vanessa Roca

Gabby and Ingrid

Aliyah Hernandez

A group of tourists made their way to campus!

Thank you again to everyone that participated during Tacky Tourist Day.

Next week we will share highlights from this year's Homecoming Dance. Pictured above are Nicole and Brenli on the dance floor.
Today's Motivational Moment!
The Law of Opposite Consequences
This law of success says that "a short-term action aimed at immediate gratification can lead to opposite consequences from those at which it was aimed."  
For example, someone might make an investment of time, money , or emotion with the desire and intent to be better off and happier as a result. But because they acted without carefully thinking or doing their homework, the consequences of their behavior turned out to be far worse than if they had done nothing at all. Every person has had this experience, and usually more than once.
The lesson? Perhaps the most important word in long-term thinking is sacrifice. Superior people have the ability to make sacrifices in the short-term, both large and small, as to assure greater results and rewards in the long-term.
A success is one who decided to succeed -
and worked.
A failure is one who decided to succeed -
and wished.
A decided failure is one who failed to decide -
and waited.

Enjoy the rest of your week!
Douglas K. Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Thursday, October 18, 2018
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