Acceleration East High School
Community Brief
 Monday, January 29, 2019 
A recent article published in the Orlando Sentinel spoke to the percentages of students at various local high schools gaining admission to Florida's public 4-year universities. While Florida's university system is outstanding, every college bound student should be encouraged to research for that great four-year marriage between them and their college. For myself, I had intended to go to the University of Miami, a private school located in the affluent Miami sub-market of Coral Gables. This was not too far from the city of Hollywood in Broward County where we lived. However, my SAT/ACT scores were mediocre plus UM was quite expensive. I was able to get into FSU as a second choice, but "The U" is where my friends went and where I had my heart set on attending.

So, my message is pretty straight forward. Cost is a major factor for college. No one wants to start life in student loan debt and most parents feel an obligation to cover expenses, which makes Florida's colleges and universities great options. But let's at least allow our kids the journey of finding their best "fit." It may lead them back to UF, FSU, UCF, USF, UNF, FGCU, FIU, FAU, FAMU or another public university in our state. Or it may just find them at a school that suits them best, which is priceless.   
With Phoenix Pride,   
Mr. Doug Loftus

Pictured very top: All smiles during this January's Annual Sea World Outing (additional images below).

Student engagement in Mrs. Ker's class, Thursday, Jan. 24 (story below)

Special Recognition
Magna Cum Laude: Principal's A/B Honor Roll
Tania Agudelo-Ocampo
Yaniel Alicia Velez
Brett Allison
Sarah Beasley
Elizabeth Bernavil
Maria Jose Castro
Yicsia Cepero Alavrez
Miguel Cervantes
Anandrelis Cruz
Juanzel De Jesus Almestica
Kienti Dorcelus
Daniela Dzhafarova
Monica Encarnacion
Santa Lara Cifre
Gloria Leon
Andrea Machado
Kendra Marcial
Fernando Marquez
Fernando Martinez, III
Ariadne Quintero
Brandon Perez-Ramirez
Calito Petty
Jefferson Pineda
John Rivera
Chantel Rivera-Mick
Kimberlin Santos
Sanclys Santos
Estrella Soto
Brock Stockton
Destiny Tavarez
Valerie Torres
Hector Varada
Kasey Vargas
Lorena Vega-Lugo
Diana Yanqui

Honor Roll students celebrating at last week's ice cream social. Congratulations!

Maria Ballester and Ms. Tish serving ice cream for our academic stars!

Brock Stockton and Daniela Dzhafarova eating ice cream and proudly showing their certificates of achievement. All of these students have really put forth a great deal of effort. The administration and their teachers are very proud of their success!

Kienti Dorcelus holding her well earned certificate and enjoying a little ice cream.
Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates
Friday, Jan. 25
Friday, Jan. 18
Friday, Jan. 11
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12th Grade

* Includes excused and unexcused absences as both types represent lost in-class instructional time which cannot be recovered.
Credit: Ms. Vicky Jenkins, School Receptionist
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Professional Development
A peek at Acceleration East's ongoing 2018-19 teacher training for the community (highlights from last week's Jan. 23 afternoon exercise)

Teachers have been learning about internal and external guided visits.

Teachers collaborating after watching a video of an educator teaching social studies. The purpose of this staff development exercise was to examine the teacher action, student action, and the overall classroom environment. This is a prelude of the upcoming internal guided visit. Acceleration East DPLC will conduct guided visits this week.

DLPC = District Professional Learning Community

Teachers collaborating based on the instructional video. This particular group of Acceleration East teachers examined the teacher's actions from the video they just viewed.

This group of AEHS teachers reviewed the students' actions from their training video.

Chief, Cole Trimble, and Susan Ker working together and writing down what they saw from the video.
Chief (above) and Yesenia Maldonado (right) presenting to the teachers during last week's training.

Rigor in the Classroom
Art with Mrs. Ker

Mrs. Ker's art students are studying the effects of shadows and understating its value in a painting.

Step-by-step instructions from last Thursday's shadow activity assignment

Mrs. Ker with her art students (Jan. 24, 2019)
January's Annual Sea World Outing
Highlights from last week
Mr. Hall and students 


Mr. Diaz and Mr. Hall
Guest Speaker on Campus Monday
Class of 2019
Mr. Reggie Dabbs, a world renowned motivational speaker and saxophonist, visited Acceleration East High yesterday, January 28th. Mr. Dabbs spoke to the Class of 2019 and as you can see below, his upbeat, personal success message resonated with these soon to be OCPS graduates!


This Week's Motivational Moment . . .

Once, there was an older man, who was broke, living in a tiny house and owning a beat up car. He was living off of $99.00 social security checks. At 65 years of age, he decide things had to change. So he thought about what he had to offer. His friends raved about his chicken recipe. He decided that this was his best shot at making a change.

He left his home state of Kentucky and traveled to different states to try to sell his recipe. He told restaurant owners that he had a mouthwatering chicken recipe. He offered the recipe to them for free, just asking for a small percentage on the items sold. Sounds like a good deal, right?

Unfortunately, not to most of the restaurants. He heard NO over 1,000 times. Even after all of those rejections, he didn't give up. He believed his chicken recipe was something special. He got rejected 1,009 times before he heard his first yes.

With that one success Colonel Hartland Sanders changed the way Americans eat chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC, was born.

The lesson for our students? Never give up and always believe in yourself in spite of rejection.

Florida flag  
Make it a great week!
Doug Loftus, Principal
Acceleration East High School
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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