The Panther Post
Monday, November 14, 2022
All schools reopen this Monday!
DPHS Community Member,

Hopefully this latest edition of The Panther Post finds you and your family have weathered the tropical storm well with no serious problems. I am looking forward to seeing all of our Panthers back on campus Monday morning as this will be our last five instructional days before the Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 21-25). We will let the community know as soon as possible what decision the district makes with respect to any make-up instructional time lost from this past week. 
Panther Marching Band members after they just earned a SUPERIOR rating from the Florida School Music Association. The rating is comparable to the grade of “A” and reflects the finest conceivable performance for the event and class of participants being evaluated – worthy of the distinction of being recognized as among the very best. The scale goes: Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor. 
This coming Thursday, November 17 we will have the students' Quarter 2 progress reports available online through the Skyward student information system. If you have not been visiting this site all along, I encourage you to do so this week. OCPS prepares very short "parent tech" videos on a variety of important topics to assist families and one of these specifically addresses the accessing of progress reports and report cards through our Skyward system - "Parent Tech Tip: Progress Reports & Report Cards" (< 2 min. video). 
*** OCPS has also created an easy-to-follow "Monitoring Tips" webpage dedicated to helping families see how quick & easy it really is to use the system to monitor student progress all along. If you have a student at DP, you certainly owe it to yourself to visit this webpage when you have moment this week. Thank you very much. ***

There are several ways our parents can continuously help to boost or maintain student achievement and one of the leading ones is to visit Skyward once per week to view how their child is currently performing. Therefore, if this applies to your household, please stop by the Skyward site this coming Thursday to review the Quarter 2 progress report. If any student is not quite where they should be by this point in the 1st semester, please remember to take a look at the tutoring opportunities we list in every one of these Panther Post editions. 

I hope our Panthers will make the most out of these last five days before the Thanksgiving break. Thank you for reading and welcome back!

In Panther Pride,

Jackie Ramsey

Pictured very top and just above: Congratulations to the DPHS Marching Panther Band and Color Guard for earning straight SUPERIOR ratings for the 15th year in a row at MPA this past Saturday. This is the highest rating a band can receive! AWWWW DP!
Key Dates in this Issue
Nov. 11: VETERANS DAY - StuCo recognized DP's own veterans (please see below)
Nov. 14: Manicure Monday, 2:30-3:30pm, meet first in room 3-112
Nov. 14-18: StuCo Classroom Safety Drive during A and B lunch (please see below)
Nov. 14: Lady Panthers basketball season gets underway
Nov. 17: Student Progress Reports for Quarter 2 available on Skyward
Nov. 28 to Dec. 9: CIS collecting supplies at the holidays to help Haitian children
Dec. 3: Winter Wonderland Dance Concert, 7:00pm in the PAC
Announcements & Reminders
November Chess Kids Challenge:
Are you ready for a puzzle challenge? November 1st marked the start of our fall ChessKid "Kings and Queens of Puzzles Contest". Students are challenged to complete 100 puzzles correctly during the month of November. Prizes will be awarded to any student that meets the challenge! Make sure to log into your ChessKid account via LaunchPad to participate.

Who will be the next "King or Queen" of chess?
Student Driver's License: 
Students must have a valid driver’s license and decal to drive to school and park on campus. Restrict driver’s licenses and or learning permits are not allowed.
Helpful Links
Stay Connected:
DP Business of the Week:
This weekend holiday celebrations began at DP’s largest Partner in Education, Universal Studios. The celebration lasts through January 1st and features something for the whole family! 
Weekly Club & Organization Feature
Financial Literacy Club:
French Club:
Upcoming Testing Dates
● November 28th – Biology and US History EOC makeups (see Counselor for Sign Up)
● November 29th – BEST Algebra 1 and Geometry EOC (see Counselor for Sign Up)\
● December 5th-15th – STAR Math, PMAs, Semester 1 CFEs (modified schedule to come)
● December 13th – Florida Civics Literacy Exam (see Government Teacher to Sign Up)
● January 9th – FAST ELA PM 2 – All Freshmen and Sophomores
Curriculum Highlights
Visual Arts
Please congratulate 3 DP artists who placed in the “Exhibit A: Family Court Art Challenge” and were honored at an awards ceremony on November 3rd. Junior Arden Yu took the 1st place spot across the high school competitors, freshman Elle Mangin took 3rd and junior Hannah Na received an honorable mention.
Arden Yu, 11th grade, 1st place! 
Elle Mangin, 9th grade, 3rd place!
Hannah Na, 11th grade, one of two honorable mentions
DP Dance
Dance students are currently sewing costumes and prepping for their upcoming Winter Wonderland Dance Concert on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 7:00 PM in the PAC. 
Center for International Studies
Calling all Panthers! 
The holidays are just around the corner and CIS is collecting supplies which we will be shipping to children in Haiti. We are accepting school supplies, hygiene items, new clothing, and small toys. Any donation helps!

You can drop off donations in Mrs. Patel’s, Ms. Bezold’s, Mr. Updike’s, Mr. Hunt’s, and Dr. Amador’s rooms or in the media center, from November 28th to December 9th or donate money on Schoolpay at
CIS: "Symposium Of The Unheard"
On November 2nd, CIS hosted an event called the "Symposium Of The Unheard", from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm in the South Campus Cafeteria. This event was to raise awareness about Marginalized Groups (by 9th graders), Civil Rights around the World (by 10th graders), Discrimination in America (by 11th graders) and finally Representation in the Media (by 12th graders).
In the tan shirt, 11th grader Nicole Speller presenting about Indentured Servants
The CIS students worked very hard on their presentations including music, light refreshments, and various interactive stations that made the evening enlightening and education. A CIS parent said "I found the students to be engaging, articulate, and genuinely passionate about the topics they shared. I really enjoyed the creative concepts they brought to the topics at hand, in particular the games. Spending the evening at your event and meeting the CIS students restored my faith in the future! When these kids grow up and lead, we’ll be in a much better place."
10th graders Gabriel Carvalho and Juan Garcia Pinto presenting about The Tree of Human Rights
From left to right: 11th graders Caitlin Alves, Chase Caceres, Nejla Louis, Ruth Johnson, Rachelle Romain, Amari Brown) 
Math Coach and Haitian Student Association sponsor Mrs. Parham with students from HSA
Classroom Spotlight: Mr. Hunt
In Mr. Hunt's English class students reassembled an argument to identify logical connections
Speech & Debate Team
On November 5th, Dr. Phillips Speech and Debate competed at Horizon High School. The team had an incredible time, including welcoming Deputy Superintendent Dr. Armbruster to Horizon to observe some debate rounds. In terms of placings, Megan McAvoy placed 1st overall in Congressional Debate taking the competition decisively. The team competes next November 30th. For all interested, please contact Mr. Chmielewski at
Pictured (left to right): Mr. Chmielewski, Cyris Lim, Megan McAvoy, Jazz Rivera, Saki Anandani, Alex Invictus.
National Honor Society
This past Monday night, the Dr. Phillips chapter of National Honor Society inducted its newest class of 84 junior and senior students. NHS selects members based on the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Congratulations to all of our new members!
This group of inductees has a cumulative GPA of 4.4, and they have contributed more than 8,600 of community service.
Continuing Panther Reminder . . .
Tutoring Opportunities
Core Classes
Looking for help in one of your core classes? See below for a list of tutoring opportunities!
(More subjects coming soon - PDF copy)
AP Students! 
Looking for tutoring specifically for your classes? See below for dates and times!
Counselor Newsletter
"Monday's with Maria" for Monday, November 7, 2022
Please click here to view Dr. Vazquez's latest message
Magnet Applications 
OCPS Magnets offer the opportunity for students to discover their talents and explore their interests while focusing on academic rigor. High school magnets provide unique personalized learning communities. These programs of study are aimed at increasing student achievement and permit a student to focus on interest, talents or career goals.

Magnet Application Process for 2023-2024
The electronic application for the lottery opened on November 1, 2022, and it will close on February 15, 2023.

NOW OPEN - District Virtual Magnet Fair
The Office of School Choice Services will be hosting a Virtual Magnet Fair, opening on November 10, 2022, accessible via the School Choice Services website.

Program Descriptions

Magnet Info. Video
Student Council
Manicure Mondays:
Do you need community service hours for Bright Futures? Manicure Monday is every Monday after school from 2:30-3:30. Head to room 3-112 to help clean up the different areas around campus. You will receive one hour every day that you go. Make sure to submit a proposal to your guidance counselor first, and to bring your community service log form. We hope to see you there!
Supply Drive
Hey Panthers! StuCo is hosting a Classroom Safety Drive in order to provide teachers with classroom supplies. We will be stationed outside of the Media Center from Wednesday the 9th to Friday the 18th with a bin for you to donate items such as hand sanitizer, Band-Aids, tissues, etc. Every donation helps!
Pet Drive:
The pet drive was a success! Student Council got numerous donations and is ready to send them to our local shelter, Orange County Animal Services. Over the course of a couple of weeks, students went down to the Media Center and handed in a variety of items, including treats, toys, food, and litter.
Veteran’s Day Salute!
In honor of Veteran’s Day, StuCo extended our appreciation and gratitude to our veterans by making a banner giving recognition. Here is a list of our very own DP staff who have dedicated their time serving our country!

  • Coast Guard: Mr. Malave
  • Navy: Ms. Parham, Mr. Boggis, and Ms. Pearce
  • Marine Corps: Mr. McHale and SRO Anderson
  • Army National Guard: Mr. Baker
  • US Army: Mr. McDaniel, Mr. Daye, SRO Hartline
  • Air Force: Ms. Bobeck, SM Sgt. Cantrell, Ms. Williams, Mr. Brough, Lt. Col. Proctor, and M Sgt. Serna
Animated US Flag
College & Career
Update by Ms. Loftus, DP College & Career Specialist
Have you been on the hunt for scholarships?? This comprehensive list of scholarships updates often and is found at the link below and !!!!
On top of having this document, there are several other resources that are available to you. Have you checked the College and Career module in the Student Center 22-23 Class on Canvas? There are SEVEN tabs linked to scholarship lists. Hundreds of scholarship applications are right in front of you!! Now is the time to apply to them!! Remember that applying to scholarships is like having a part-time job- set time aside for scholarship applications.

(Panther parents, please note this document is only accessible to those with OCPS email but we encourage you to look through it with your senior!)

Have you been accepted to a College/ University/ Program already?!?! Please share with us!! We would love to celebrate you! Throughout the year, please be sure to submit ALL your acceptances, the more the merrier! I will send this link out often, but also have it pinned to Canvas and the Panther Post! There will also be a QR code for this link in your English classes and around campus!

Please share with us any acceptances you have using the Google Link below! 
Above and just below:
On Tuesday, November 8th, 53 seniors attended a Valencia application session in Ms. Loftus’ room.
College Financial Aid
The number of DP Class of 2023 seniors completing the FAFSA through the end of October is ahead of the same time period last year. If you are planning on attending college in 2023, please be sure to get this paperwork completed as soon as possible.
FAFSA is the Federal Application for Financial Aid! This application allows you to apply for the Pell Grant (up to $6,495) to use to pay for college that you do NOT have to pay back!! This application is required by MOST schools to complete in order to receive financial aid!

As always, if you or your parents need assistance in completing the FAFSA, please do not hesitate to contact me! To complete the FAFSA, Click here:

If you still need more information on what the FAFSA is, here you go!
Panther Athletics
Support for Coach Staton
Evan Staton was set to begin his teaching career at DP for the 2022-2023 school year. Known to most as Coach Staton, Evan is a DP alum of the CIS magnet, and assistant coach to our boy’s water polo team. Just days before starting his career, he was diagnosed with cancer and immediately began his fight. We will be ordering shirts to show our support and let Coach Staton know that DP is “Staton Strong”.
Please follow the SchoolPay link if you would like to purchase a shirt. Please include your name and shirt size. We will send out a notification via social media when shirts are ready to be picked up. If you are out of the area, there is an option to have your shirt shipped. Please see the directions in the link:

If you would like donate to Evan, please follow the link for the GoFundMe that has been set up for him:
Cross Country
Please congratulate senior, Reagan McConnell, on qualifying for & competing in the state meet in Tallahassee two weekends ago.
* Last week the DP swim teams finished up their season by competing in states. Gabo Morales place 5th in the 100 backstroke (50.86 **New school Record) and 7th in the 100 Butterfly (50.37).
* The girls 400 Freestyle relay (Bella Tannus, Juliana DuBray, Claire Laurila and Anny Contreras) placed 18th.
Gabo Morales is on the far right.
From left to right: Nicole Speller, Juliana DuBray, Claire Laurila, Anny Contreras and Bella Tannus
Girls Basketball
Lady Panthers are coming off their program’s 5th State Title in school history. The defending State Champs begin the regular season this Monday, November 14th. Our ladies are geared up to make another title run this season. The Lady Panthers team return all, but 1 (Kalea Rainey) to graduation from last year’s State Championship Team. Let’s come out and support our ladies on their journey!
2022-2023 Dr. Phillips HS Winter Sports Tryout Dates and Contacts

Eligibility Requirements: YOU are required to have a physical and ECG
certification on file before you can try out for ANY sport. Please make sure that
your physical packet submitted online 48 hours prior to tryouts. Forms and
instructions are listed on our website, under the more tab. Visit

If you DO NOT have your Sport Physical form or completed ECG on file then you CANNOT TRYOUT.

All students must have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to participate.

Winter Sports:
Listed is the 1st day available to host tryouts. Please contact the Head Coach for details.

Contact your Head Coach to confirm all tryout dates, times, location and/or requirements.

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

Athletics Director: Steve McHale –
Head Athletic Trainer: Courtney Quinn -
Instagram: @panterzonedphs
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DP Athletics Department
DPHS Never Less Than The Best!
Ms. Ramsey, Principal
Dr. Phillips High School 
Sunday, November 13, 2022
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