Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
Thursday, October 10, 2019
The prevailing challenge for many school leaders is ensuring equity for all - which is an issue that drew me to high school. As principals, we are charged with breaking the cycle of poverty or perpetuating the cycle of poverty - while simultaneously ensuring guaranteed access to challenge opportunities.

Why are these mutually exclusive? Why don't these seem to intersect when we talk about equity and access? Why does poverty continue to be treated exclusive of access to challenging opportunities? We have homeless students that are gifted - but because of their life circumstance - maybe never receive the services they need because they are moving from school to school.

Let's re-frame the discussion by removing poverty from the equation (not removing services, however) and just do what's right and meaningful for each student so they achieve their personal best.

With Phoenix Pride,
Mr. Doug Loftus
2019-2020 Calendar
Dates to Watch For:

* Oct. 10: OCPS Parent Academy Online Event - "Digital Citizenship" - Online, 6-7PM - Details & Sign-Up
* Oct. 16: Long Wednesday, No Early Release
* Oct. 17: Hurricane Dorian Make-Up Day (regular school day)
* Oct. 18: Met Gala, 7-11PM
* Nov. 5: Spirit Night at Texas Roadhouse, 4:00-8:00 pm.


Combined professional development session with principals from both Orange County and Seminole County last week. Ongoing training is a major priority at AEHS and throughout the Orange County Public School District.
Rigor "Outside" of the Classroom
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Visit (Oct. 8)
We would like to share the following highlights with our school community from this week's special visit.

Special Events
1 HOUR TONIGHT! "Digital Citizenship" - Details

Thursday, October 24th

Did You Know???
Please be sure to mark the October 24th college financial aid date in your schedule!

Staff Recognition
Tish Atehortua and Angella Marshall

Ms. Atehortua and Ms. Marshall were quite focused working on our Homecoming tickets and receipts this past Monday!
Closing Images for the Week . . .
Spirit Week Highlights

We recently held our Spirit Week Pep Rally. The students and teachers had a terrific time. Some of the activities the students experienced were ping pong, basketball, and teachers getting a pie in the face! Mr. Roberts (just below) and Mrs. Singh (seated above) were gracious enough to volunteer for the pie event. We think the students' reaction to Mrs. Singh's experience says it all!

Mr. Roberts after a pie hit!

Michelle and Nayomi man the Class of 2020 Snack Shack

Jonathan, Class of 2020

Ping Pong games and if you look closely, that is Principal Loftus on the go . . .
Vital Signs
Percentage of Americans who cannot find work by education level
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics released the September jobs report last Friday morning. Once again, those who acquire the most education have the least chance of being out of a job as measured by monthly unemployment rates.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - Read the full article
Motivational Moment!

Harland Sanders On Achievement
I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it.
Harland Sanders, restauranteur

Bruce Springsteen On Persistence
When it comes to luck, you make your own.
Bruce Springsteen, musician

Tommy Lasorda On Resolve
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in one's determination.
Tommy Lasorda, baseball manager

Anthony Medley On Authenticity
If you're trying to be funny, you're not. If you're trying to be profound, you sound silly. Just relax and trust your normal reactions.
Anthony Medley, author

Enjoy the rest of your week and please don't forget, next Thursday, October 17th is a Hurricane Dorian make-up day.
Doug Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Thursday, October 10, 2019
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