The Panther Post
Monday, May 22, 2023
DPHS Community Member,

Thank you to all of our teachers, staff, and families for their support over these past few weeks with testing. We are looking forward to seeing the students' results soon, but the help from home plus from all of our faculty and staff working together, made this year's assessment period run smoothly.

Friday, May 26th will be our Class of 2023 commencement ceremony. The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Amway Center. We are all very excited about this coming Friday morning to see all of our seniors and their families for what is going to be a very memorable day. Please note that we have included some important reminders about graduation in this edition. We will also be running our next issue of The Panther Post in June which will include highlights from the ceremony. 
Visual Arts
In this issue we have included a special segment on our incredible cafeteria team who have been here for our Panthers every school day since last August 10th. If the opportunity should arise this last week of school, please take a quick moment to thank them for their efforts in serving our students breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and suppers. This team also has a very important role when it comes to student achievement and they have done a marvelous job!
As for this week, I know everyone is looking forward to a well earned summer break, but please take advantage of these last five instructional days and remember the student of code of conduct. Enjoy the week and also remember to leave your backpacks/bookbags at home Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Make this a great last week of 2022-2023 Panthers!

DP Panthers—Never Less Than The Best

Jackie Ramsey

Pictured very top: On Tuesday, May 9th VPA held a special senior recital. The top photo is of our Theater students. Congratulations to all of our seniors for all of your hard work and dedication the last four years. You are a huge part of what makes Dr. Phillips High School #neverlessthanthebest. All photos credited to our fantastic yearbook team! 
Laptop returns begin this Monday
OCPS Parent Tech Tip: 
Understanding Student Device and Accessory Incident Fees -
Top 5 Parent Questions

Early Pick Up or Dismissal from School
● Adult/s on emergency contact must physically sign out students with a valid ID.
● The student must still check out through the front office and receive a BLUE pass.
● A student driver with an approved student parking decal may transport siblings with parent written permission.
● Students who are 18 years or older cannot sign themselves out for an appointment and/or illness.
● A student driver will not be allowed to take a friend.
● Students cannot be checked out after 1:45 PM. (M - F) or 12:40 PM (Early Wednesday).
Key Dates in this Issue
Superintendent Vazquez talks with the President and CEO of Junior Achievement about the opportunities that can come from the JA program in our schools.
May 22: COLLEGE 101 NIGHT, Media Center, 5:30pm
May 22: Mandatory Girls Volleyball meeting immediately after school (15 min.), CCRC
May 22: Final Debate Team meeting, interested students for 2023-24 welcome!
May 25: Hillcrest Elementary Clap Out for DP Senior Alums, 1:00pm
May 26: Graduation ceremony at the Amway Center, 8:30am (Arrive by 7:15am)
May 26: Last day of school
May 29: Memorial Day
May 30: Theater Magnet auditions
June 12: 3rd Annual Brendan Valdes Charity Golf Scramble (please see Athletics below)
DP Partner in Education of the Week:
7333 W Sand Lake Road, Orlando
Helpful Links
Stay Connected:
Summer EOC Make Ups
Panther Spotlight
Miranda Clemental, Class of 2023
Senior Miranda Clemental was featured on the cover of Central Florida Ag News Magazine along with an article about her beekeeping accomplishments!
Special Recognitions
Cafeteria / Business Academy / Pre-K Graduation
Cafeteria Team
Some of the unsung heroes of Dr. Phillips are our dedicated and hardworking cafeteria employees. Every day they provide breakfast, lunch and after school snacks to both campuses which includes over 3,000 hungry teenagers! In addition they also provide snacks for students during testing, which are always welcome and something students look forward to. Once again, a HUGE thank you to our cafeteria staff for all of their hard work every day, all year. You are awesome! 
Business Academy
Ms. Conner would like to offer a congratulations to the Business Academy for a very productive year! Especially our officers and Super Scholars Israel Ostos and Neha Jain!
Israel Ostos, DP Business Academy
OCPS Super Scholar
Middlebury College - US News & World Report Rank #11 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Neha Jain, DP Business Academy
OCPS Super Scholar
Cornell University - US News & World Report Rank #17 in National Universities
Pre-K Graduation
Our littlest panthers, the Pre-K students, had graduation May 17th!!!! Thank you for all the High school POP students that made graduation possible.
Theatre Magnet Auditions
Yearbooks nearly sold out!
Don't miss out on the memories! Purchase your book for $80 in the Yearbook Room (1–121 in the VPA hallway) with cash, check, or card OR at
Agriculture Program
First mentioned last week, last Friday, May 12th our agriculture program had their annual fish fry. Our tilapias are raised at our aquaculture farm on school campus from August to May and then prepared for our agriculture kids to enjoy the flavor of a DP grown tilapia.
Class of 2023 Year End Information

  • Friday, May 26 – 8:30 AM at Amway Arena 
  • STUDENTS MUST ARRIVE BY 7:15 AM (earlier for guaranteed parking)
  • Park in GEICO Garage - FREE for graduates w/ cap and gown- enter through security entrance 
  • This is a formal ceremony - Appropriate behavior is required. See dress code and other information below.
  • No tickets required - no limit on number of guests who can attend
  • Cell phones are not welcome
The following items are prohibited by OCPS and the Amway Arena:
*Bottles, cans, containers *Weapons *Outside food and drink *Confetti/silly string    *Alcoholic beverages *Pets *Banners/Posters *Laser pens *Noisemakers: Bullhorns/air horns

● Our ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube! Share with your family and friends that the link will be uploaded to the school webpage
  • Order your copy of our ceremony by using this link or QR code: 
Retiring Panthers
Ms. Monge / Mr. Sciotto
Name: Leticia Monge (pictured above with her husband and grandbaby)

Position: Spanish Teacher

How long have you been at DP? I have been at Dr. Phillips High School 27 years.

How long have you been in education, and what was your first position? My mentor, Mr. Mikell, helped me get my first teaching position at Oak Ridge High School. I have been in education total of 33 years

What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career? My greatest accomplishment has been mastering the AP Spanish Literature curriculum and becoming the best AP Spanish Literature teacher that I could be. For twenty-six years my students have consistently scored at the top of all AP Literature classes in Orange county and the state. I have been so fortunate to share my passion for these literacy treasures with brilliant students, and together we helped so many other kids find their voice and realize their capacity for deep thought and analysis. This has been the most rewarding job anyone could have. Most of my students faced language and social barriers that prevented them from excelling in other subjects; yet, for 26 years my message was consistent, as I quoted Don Quijote (quote from the novel is just below).

Anything else to share? "I know who I am or who I may be, if I choose" ~ Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish Writer
Name: Mike Sciotto

Position: ELA 3

How long have you been at DP? Four and a half years

How long have you been in education, and what was your first position? 36 years and my first position was seventh grade ELA at St. Cloud Middle School in Osceola County

What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career? Being named to Who’s Who of America’s Teachers back in ’94 when I was in Kissimmee and getting midyear transferred to DP during the 2018-19 school year, going from sixth graders to seniors and watching my seniors walk across a stage at commencement while on the floor to see it.

What will you miss most about DP? Seeing the delayed reactions from staff members’ faces with my bad puns AKA Dad jokes.
DP Chorus performs at Exploria Stadium
On Wednesday, May 17th students from DP Chorus were invited to perform the national anthem to open up the Orlando City soccer game!
Warming up before the ceremony began!
Orange County Virtual School
Are you Interested in Taking a Virtual Summer School Course with OCVS? Visit to see available course options. Some of our more popular summer courses are HOPE, Guitar, and American Sign Language.

Looking for Full-time Enrollment? OCVS is open for applications. To start click here

For more information you can visit our website at or email
College and Career
From Mrs. Ewing, the College and Career Specialist:
All parents and students are invited to attend the College 101 Night on Monday, May 22nd in the Media Center! Please contact Ms. Loftus Ewing if you have any questions
Hillcrest Elementary Clap Out Celebration (May 25):
If you have any questions about the Hillcrest Elementary senior visit, please email
College costs adjusted for inflation by school year:
Source: College Board 
Making sense of the charts for our Panthers:
The charts are adjusted for inflation which allows you to fairly compare college expenses from one year to the next for both public and private schools. If any of our DP seniors or for that matter, any student, has questions before the school year is over about college financial aid and other related post secondary issues, please stop by the College and Resource Career Center. This is a valuable asset available to our students and families.
What do college seniors see as the most important benefit in their first job?
Panther Athletics
Boys Volleyball
Congratulations to Junior Setter, Rocco Del Rossi, for being awarded “All Metro West Conference Team” for the 2023 Season! We are so proud of you!
Congratulations to our Boys Volleyball Coach, Maureen Del Rossi, “Coach Mo”, for being awarded “The Metro West Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year” for the 2023 Season! We appreciate you!
Girls Volleyball Mandatory Meeting Monday
All girls interested in playing Girls Volleyball next fall for the 2023-2024 school year are required to attend the 15-minute after-school informational meeting on Monday, May 22nd in the College and Career room in the Media Center immediately after school. Attendance is mandatory for all those wanting to try out. Please email Coach Lo at if you have any questions.
3rd Annual Brendan Valdes Charity Golf Scramble
Join us in the fight against pediatric cancer! Tickets for the 3rd Annual Brendan Valdes Charity Golf Scramble are limited and must be purchased by June 12th.
Visit for details.
DP Sports Physicals

Baseball – Coach Will King
Beach Volleyball – Coach Emily Loftus
Softball – Coach Jessica Jobst
Boys & Girls Tennis – Coach Brittney Walker
Boys & Girls Water Polo – Coach Leo Ramirez
Boys & Girls Track – Coach Frank Fountain/Bo Jack
Boys Volleyball – Coach Maureen Del Rossi
Boys Weightlifting – Coach Rodney Wells
Boys Lacrosse – Coach Fernando Ramos Rodriquez
Girls Lacrosse– Coach Emma Pow
Girls Flag Football – Coach Anthony Jones

For all futures updates concerning DP Athletics, please monitor our Instagram, twitter and our athletic website for all updates.

Athletics Director: Steve McHale –
Head Athletic Trainer: Courtney Quinn -
Athletic Website: Twitter: @PantherZone Instagram: @pantherzonedphs
DPHS Never Less Than The Best!
Ms. Ramsey, Principal
Dr. Phillips High School 
Sunday, May 21, 2023
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