Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
 Tuesday, July 31, 2018 
It seems like summer vacation started a couple of weeks ago, doesn't it? Ready or not, the new school year is upon us in just 13 days (Monday, August 13th)!

One of several noticeable upgrades for our students this year will be security and supervision on campus.The goal is to keep our students in class, our hallways supervised, and our teachers focused on what they do best! (Incidentally, OCPS just released a one-page school safety update on July 20th.)

The summer has been a time for us to reflect and recharge as educators. While I'm sure our students have re-charged their "batteries," how much reflection have they engaged in with you? What types of conversations have you had with your kids about their goals for the upcoming school year?

Here is my challenge . . . have that conversation with your student. Then have them email those goals to our new guidance counselor, Ms. Roca, and copy me. I'm interested in ensuring that students that reflect and set goals have a support staff at their school that will help them achieve those goals.

Here is the caveat - I want the students to share these goals in their voice - not their parents' voice. And I want to hear any goals they have beyond the classroom such as participating in a club, time spent in community service, participating in sports, displaying art in a show, . . .

Kindly remember that our new student orientation will be Tuesday, August 7th from 8am-12 noon. Our Meet the Teacher evening will trail two days later on Thursday, August 9th from 5:30pm-7:00pm and dinner and refreshments will be served.
Finally, turning into 2018-2019, here are a few tips on how parents can make time every day to show their child that they value education: 
* Write down important dates
* Monitor their child's ProgressBook
* Maintain regular communication with teachers
* Go to school events
* Ask specific school or subject related questions to your child each day
* Volunteer! It is a quick & easy process through OCPS' ADDitions program.   
Enjoy the rest of your week as we welcome in the month of August! 
Douglas K. Loftus

Pictured very top: Newly accepted students getting their paperwork in order to begin a successful start to 2018-2019 on Monday, August 13th!


Meet Ms. Jenkins, School Receptionist
Vicki Jenkins is our school's receptionist and is a true Phoenix! Vicki came in on her own time to help sort out the mail in the front office this summer. AEHS is blessed to have Vicki Jenkins as part of our school community!
Vicki Jenkins (July 2018)
New Student Orientation / SAFE Ambassadors Orientation
Tuesday, August 7th **
8:00 - 8:20
Check-in (name tags)
Outside activities
Break into small groups and go to assigned rooms
Small group activities end
Campus tour
1/2 of the group goes to 701 for password reset
1/2 of the group goes to 604 for picture taking
Above groups switch locations
1/2 of the group goes to the Media Center
1/2 of the group goes the Orientation room for laptops
Above groups switch locations
All students will be in the Orientation room; Mr. Loftus' closing remarks
Lunch and dismissal

** Note: The SAFE Ambassadors will be hosting a new student orientation on Tuesday, August 7th from 8:00am to 12 noon. At the time of this issue, 85 new students have been invited to attend this annual event. This is a terrific student organization and we hope all invitees will attend!

Mr. Soriano is seen here speaking to a few 2018-2019 SAFE Ambassadors in May. Our SAFE Ambassadors demonstrate and reinforce honorable character matters and model exemplary behavior on behalf of the student body, families, neighborhoods and organizations. Becoming a SAFE Ambassador is a wonderful growth opportunity for a high school student.

* SAFE = Student Assistance and Family Empowerment program
Renewal of the One Mill Property Tax 

Please take a quick moment to click on the image just below to learn about the referendum to renew the one mill property tax that provides substantial funding for OCPS. This item is on the August 28 ballot. By-mail voting is already underway and early voting starts soon! Thank you.

Vital Signs
Outlook for STEAM occupations over the next several years in Orange County, Florida (snapshot of)
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity publishes outlook figures for hundreds of occupations. Below are their latest forecast numbers for those entering some type of STEAM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) within Orange County, Florida alone. Please click on the link above to view additional STEAM occupations and other jobs/industries.

Orange County Employment 2017
Orange County Employment
Growth (#)
Growth (%)
(after those that resign, retire, or transfer plus natural county growth)
Mathematical Scientists
+346 jobs
+916 jobs
+997 jobs
+5,422 jobs
Drafters, Engineering, and Mapping Technicians
+198 jobs
+2,227 jobs
Life Scientists including Biologists
+216 jobs
+1,182 jobs
Field of Science Technicians
+236 jobs
+1,712 jobs
Art and Design Workers including Graphic Designers, Artists, and Animators
+725 jobs
+5,589 jobs
Health Field Technologists and Technicians
+3,173 jobs
+10,458 jobs

This Week's Motivational Moment!

One day, a high school Language Arts teacher entered her classroom and asked her students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin. The teacher handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual. Once she handed them all out, she asked the students to turn over the papers.

To everyone's surprise, there were no questions - just a black dot in the center of the paper. The teacher, seeing the expression on everyone's faces, told them the following: "I want you to write about what you see there." The students, confused, got started on the inexplicable task.

At the end of the class, the teacher took all the exams, and started reading each one of them out loud in front of all the students.

All of them, with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position in the center of the sheet. After all had been read, the classroom silent, the teachers started to explain:

"I'm not going to grade you on this, I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot - and the same thing happens in our lives. However, we insist on focusing only on the black dot - the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, not owning the latest iPhone, the complicated relationship with a family member or boyfriend/girlfriend, the disappointment with a friend. The dark spots are very small when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds. Take your the eyes away from the black dots in your lives. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!"

Florida flag

We are all very excited to welcome our students back on Monday, August 13th. Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you so very much for your continued support!

Douglas K. Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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