The Panther Post
Monday, September 18, 2023
DPHS Community Member,

If you follow The Panther Post, stop by our social media platforms, or visit the DP website from time to time, then you already know this is one of the most exciting school weeks of the year: Homecoming! Student Council has done a marvelous job building up to Monday's kickoff and you will find all the information about this year's Homecoming in their StuCo segment below. 

This week will be a lot of fun each day for our Panthers, but also for our DP community. If you are a family or community member, I do hope you will be sure to join us for Friday's Homecoming football game. Our Panthers will compete against Boone High School which year after year fields a tough team. Speaking of our varsity football team, they enjoyed a big 58-35 win last Thursday evening vs. an undefeated Windermere team. Congratulations Panthers!

I want to especially thank our U.S. Air Force JROTC unit (FL-881) for a most inspirational tribute on Monday, Sept. 11 (story below). As the nearby pictures illustrate, we also had an impressive turnout from the community which helped to make Monday's Annual 9/11 Tribute very memorable. The motto for our AFJROTC unit is "Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence In All We Do." Our cadets and their leadership command certainly honor those words. Thank you AFJROTC!
Pictured very top and above:
On Monday, September 11, 2023, the cadets from Dr. Phillips HS Air Force Junior ROTC held their 9th Annual Memorial Tribute to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.  
Our keynote speaker this year was the Orange County Sheriff John W. Mina (above speaking at the podium). There were about 160 cadets in formation to honor the day, as well as a couple hundred guests, visitors, faculty, staff and students. In addition, this year continued the significant participation by First Responders. Numerous vehicles and personnel were in attendance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Orlando Police Department, and the Orlando Fire Department.
The ceremony began by raising the American flag to the national anthem. After the keynote speaker, God Bless America was sung by one of our own Dr. Phillips students, Miss Alejandra Reyes Ochoa. The Memorial Tribute concluded with a moment of silence and the playing of TAPs near the time the first aircraft flew into Tower 1 of the World Trade Center in New York.
Head Football Coach Rodney Wells being interviewed by TV Fox 35 Orlando during Football Friday (please see story below).
We are looking forward to an awesome Homecoming '23 and I hope everyone of our scholars will participate in one or more of this week's theme days. Panthers, prepare to make this another successful week academically and with Homecoming!

DP Panthers—Never Less Than The Best

Jackie Ramsey
9th Annual Sept. 11, 2001 Memorial Tribute (Additional Highlights) 
Business Partner Spotlight
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Special Events
Sept. 27: FCA See You at the Pole:
MEAN GIRLS tickets:

The hilarious hit Broadway musical MEAN GIRLS comes to the DP stage this October. Presented by our Theatre VPA Magnet department, this production features a script by Tina Fey based on the 2004 Paramount Pictures Film. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a queen bee without getting stung.

The musical will play October 5 – 8 and tickets will be on sale Tuesday, 9/5 at
Key Dates in this Issue
September is National Literacy Month 
Sept. 18-22: BEST Algebra 1 & Geometry Retakes
Sept. 18: HOCO Week: Barbie vs. Oppenheimer Day
Sept. 19: HOCO Week: Twin Day
Sept. 20: Last day to purchase Homecoming tickets
Sept. 20: HOCO Week: Decades Day
Sept. 20: Powderpuff game at Bill Spoone Stadium, 6-8pm (free admission)
Sept. 21: Progress Report 1 grades will be published to Skyward Family Access
Sept. 21: HOCO Week: Rhyme without a Reason Day
Sept. 22: NHS application deadline
Sept. 22: HOCO Week: NEON OUT
Sept. 22: NEHS completed forms are due
Sept. 22: Homecoming Tailgate, 5-7pm, Front Practice Field
Sept. 22: Homecoming Football game vs. Boone, 7pm
Sept. 23: HOMECOMING DANCE - Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, 7:00-11:00pm
Sept. 26-30: Celebrate Freedom Week
Sept. 27: FCA See You At The Pole, 7:00am
Oct. 5-8: Broadway Musical MEAN GIRLS
Oct. 7: OCPS alumni event at Exploria Stadium, tailgate begins at 5:00pm
Oct. 11: Valencia Dual Enrollment application deadline
Oct. 15: Deadline for FSU application
Oct. 22: NACAC National College Fair at the OCCC, 1:00-4:00pm
Stay Connected
Fox 35 Football Friday
On Friday, September 8th, Dr. Phillips was selected to be featured on Fox 35’s weekly “Football Friday” spotlight ahead of the home game against Apopka! The Panthers went on to play an incredibly close 18-14 game, but sadly lost against the Blue Darters.
Cheer and color guard performing
Above and just below: Students and staff being interviewed by Fox 35
Above and Below:
Congratulations to the DP Pantherettes for their outstanding performance at the Fox 35 live pep rally. Your hard work and dedication were evident in your performance, and your performance as a representative of your school and team was exceptional. Don't stop dancing and smiling!
~ Coach Baptiste
Panther Spotlight
Mrs. Callaway
A huge, whopping, massive congratulations to our very own Mrs. Callaway who was nominated and won the FAEA 2023 Secondary Art Educator of the Year! This award goes to the most deserving art instructor in the entire state of Florida and anyone who knows Mrs. Callaway will agree that this was extremely well deserved. Not only does she always have a smile on her face and a positive attitude, but her students succeed under her teaching. Her students have won dozens of awards, which long time readers of the Panther Post will remember.

As an Art Educator, Abbey Callaway strives to work with students to help them discover their artistic and creative abilities, with a focus on building foundational skills. She believes that educating students through a traditional artistic experience creates an important foundation for continued success in all art and design fields. She teaches students how to develop and demonstrate a strong understanding of basic design principles such as typography, composition, hierarchy, and iconography through art direction and guided/discovery learning experiences. Through this method of teaching, Abbey prepares students with the knowledge and experiences they need to explore other forms of media.

These experiences aid her students in the development of a portfolio of work acceptable for college admittance and are pursued by exploring topics/inquiries driven by a sustained investigation and personal growth/development. As a result, she has helped her art students in Orange County Public Schools, to achieve honorable visual art awards and accolades at the local, regional, state, and national level art competitions and adjudicated exhibitions during the past 12 years of her teaching career.
National Honor Society
Interested in joining National Honor Society? Applications are now open. You must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  1. Juniors and seniors are invited to apply.
  2. 3.5 weighted, cumulative GPA
  3. 50 recorded service hours for junior applicants; 75 recorded service hours for senior applicants
  4. All parts of the application must be submitted on time for a student to be considered, including two hard copy documents.

The application form will remain open through the end of the day Friday, September 22.

QUESTIONS? See Mrs. Wells in Room 2-205.
National English Honor Society
Dr. Phillips High School
Delta Phi Pi Chapter
Dr. Edgar Amador - Chapter Advisor

The National English Honor Society (NEHS), founded and sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, is the only national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments.

Please note, NEHS is an Honor Society, not a club.

Criteria for Membership: 
● Completed forms are to be submitted online by 2:30pm on Friday, September 22. All parts of the candidate portfolio must be completed and submitted on time or else the candidate will not be considered for NEHS membership. The following requirements are mandatory:
● At least 1 semester at DPHS prior to application
● At least 2 semesters of High School English prior to application
● 3.0 Unweighted GPA (Overall)
● 3.5 Unweighted ELA GPA
● Final Grade of A in Honors and Regular English
● Final Grade of A or B in AP English Course
● FAST ELA of 3 or better

How to apply:
● Completed Electronic Application:
● Writing sample: The applicant must bring or email ([email protected]) a piece of writing to the faculty sponsor, Dr. Amador (2-207). It may be a graded essay, short-story, poem, speech, song, dramatic scene, or some other genre. The purpose is to give the applicant an opportunity to illustrate their skill and mastery in the English language.

If selected, candidate must:
● maintain GPA requirements for ELA and Overall
● maintain good citizenship, report all disciplinary issues to sponsor (no level 3 referrals or above)
● meet service requirement by participating in one NEHS activity per semester
● must attend meetings regularly
● pay membership fee ($20)
Panther Happenings
Spanish teacher Ms. Unico using small group instruction effectively during class
Science teacher Tina Phillips’ Biomedical Interventions class working on their design “effective ER with innovation” project
VPA Art student, Ruby Reiter, painted a beautiful mural for a local resident's baby nursery this past summer break.
Dancers after ICE (Intro to the Company Experience) on Sept. 6th 
Counselor Newsletter
2023-2024 First Quarter
College and Career
From Mrs. Loftus Ewing, College and Career Counselor
1) Did you know you can receive a scholarship through your College Board account?!? 

What Are BigFuture Scholarships?
No essay, no minimum GPA or test score, no citizenship requirements. Just follow the steps for chances to win! The more steps you complete and earlier you start, the more chances you have to win. If you win, your scholarship can be used at any two- or four-year college. If you don’t win, your entry rolls over for the next month. Check out this video of some of our recent winners finding out about their scholarships!

How to Qualify
Earn entries in monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships by completing steps on BigFuture. Log in to your account, complete steps on your dashboard, and earn entries to win. One step completed = one entry in each monthly scholarship drawing. There are scholarship drawings starting January of your sophomore year until February of your senior year.

2) Many times when I meet with students, they say "I need a scholarship to pay for college"- Let's correct that statement to what we actually need. I need assistance in paying for college! When we use the term "Scholarship" we limit all the other assistance that is out there such as:

● Financial Aid
● Grants
● Tuition Coverage
● Tuition Reimbursement
● Tuition Assistance

These are all ways to pay for college other than just receiving a scholarship. So, how badly do you want/need a scholarship?! Did you know there are several companies that offer tuition assistance/reimbursement to their employees?! Here is a list:

● Starbucks
● Amazon
● Disney
● Lowe's
● Target
● Walmart
● FedEx
● Bank of America

It is possible to get college paid for, but maybe not in the way you have it planned out at this moment. Keep applying to private scholarships every day if you can, however, remember that the larger the scholarship odds are the less likely you will be to win it. Key word, WIN. Most private scholarships are like winning the lottery- so why not go after the Tuition Assistance that is guaranteed to you by working for these companies?! Take a moment to look up each company's tuition assistance plan!

We especially encourage our Class of 2024 seniors to reach out to Mrs. Emily Loftus Ewing, College and Career Counselor, in our DP College and Career Center this school year with any questions about paying for college. As the chart above shows, the use of college loans to pay for college can be very expensive and might limit post college options when it comes to buying a house, purchasing a new car, etc. Mrs. Loftus Ewing can explain all the options available with respect to financial aid.
3) Many of you have expressed interest in applying to Florida State University (FSU). FSU is one of the hardest schools to be accepted to in the entire country. With a 25% acceptance rate last year, they are becoming more and more competitive. So let's talk about FSU Admissions!! Lucky for you, FSU has an Early Action (EA) Deadline of October 15th that is only available to Florida residents. This means you have the rare opportunity to apply to FSU at an earlier time frame and receive an earlier decision. Last year, students who were not accepted from the EA deadline were rolled over to the regular decision application pool
This all means that if you plan on applying to FSU, Apply by October 15th. 
Are you a first-generation student who is Pell-grant eligible? Check out the FSU CARES program! I will send an additional email with more information about this program at a later time, but check out the link below to learn more about the FSU CARES Program

If you would like more information on what can make you the best applicant or to see what type of student is accepted to FSU, check out the link below! Click me!

4) The Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR) is required by most schools to complete your application. Schools will ask you to complete the SSAR rather than submitting a transcript. Your SSAR must be completed in order for your application to be complete. After clicking "apply" on your application, you will receive an email asking you to complete different items in your application portal. If these items are not complete, then your application is not complete. One of these items is your SSAR!

The SSAR is a self-reported student academic record that lists all courses and associated grades that have been attempted, or will be attempted, for high school and/or college credit.

To help you complete the SSAR, I have created a step-by-step guide that you can access using the link below or on Canvas. Please make sure you have a copy of your transcript when completing the SSAR. You will receive a copy of your transcript during your senior meeting with your guidance counselor (through your English class).

Florida Colleges & Universities: Important Information
School Policies and Procedures
Morning Student Drop Offs
Panther parents and student drivers, please remember that there is only ONE lane to turn right into the student parking lot and student drop off lanes. Please do not cut off other cars or attempt to turn right from the center lane. This not only can cause an accident but endangers yourself, the other drivers around you and anyone walking in the immediate area. As a reminder you should also NEVER be dropping your students off ON Turkey Lake rd. This is extremely dangerous, especially in the dark mornings and could cause you or your student to be harmed if other cars do not anticipate your stop or see your student. The only place your student can be dropped off is in the drop off lane on DPHS campus. Remember, arriving early means your student can be dropped off quicker and safer. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.

Green Late Passes
Students that arrive after 7:20am will come through the front office (not the gate) and receive a green late pass to 1st period.

In the Classroom
Students, please remember that you are not allowed to leave your classroom in the first or last 10 minutes of every class period.

Students, your job here at school is to attend class and succeed in your studies and extracurriculars. Please make sure you are arriving to ALL of your classes on time and are attending each of your classes throughout the day, every day. Poor attendance, skipping and tardiness can and will have a negative impact on your grade. If you are absent for a doctor's visit or anything else that warrants an excused absence, please make sure to submit a signed note to the front attendance office as soon as possible once you return to school. If you have 5 unexcused absences in a calendar month or 10 in 90 days, you are considered truant and which can lead to school and legal consequences (driver's license revoked for example).
Here are a few points to follow regarding Early Dismissal:

● If your student is ill, he/she must go to the Clinic. Our nurse, Mrs. Carrasquillo, will call you if your student needs to go home and will issue the appropriate dismissal paperwork and pass. Your child may not call you to pick them up for being sick unless he/she has been dismissed for the day by Mrs. Carrasquillo.
● When retrieving your student early for an appointment, upon their arrival back to school please have him/her place the doctor/dentist/therapist/attorney/court/DMV, etc. note in the Attendance Box located in the Front Office.
● If your student drives to school and he/she needs to leave, IN A TIMELY MANNER please send an email along with a copy of your state issued ID to: [email protected]

When being absent, the following ARE NOT excused:
● Car trouble
● Family vacations
● Family reunions
● Going out of town for a wedding
● Going out of town to take my sister/brother to college
● Had an appointment – to be excused you must state the appointment and provide the proper documentation such as doctor/dentist/therapist’s note, USCIS appointment request, DMV paperwork, etc.
● Personal reasons – to be excused something must be stated; for example, my mother is ill. We do not need a lengthy explanation but we do need a little more than just “personal reasons”.
● Family emergency – to be excused something must be stated; for example, my mother is ill. We do not need a lengthy explanation but we do need a little more than just “family emergency”.

As a reminder, when leaving school early for an appointment, please remember to bring the doctor/dentist/therapist, etc. note which they all provide as you leave their office. Kindly drop it off in the Attendance Box located in the Front Office.

Thank you!

The Panther Attendance Team
Fall Testing
Panther Athletics
This Week in Panther Athletics:
Cross Country
Cross Country season is underway and our DP runners, both new and veterans, have been absolutely crushing it!
Mia Heredia, in her first race 2 weeks ago Mia finished 2nd overall, and this past weekend she ran her 5K in 22:57. That’s an excellent time for someone who has never run before.
Chase Caceres finished in 23:49, just 27 seconds off from her PR last season.
Jayshaun Medley led the boys with a time of 20:10. He improved his time from his last meet by about 90 seconds. This is Jayshaun’s 1st season running cross country.
Nicholas Ly had a PR (Personal Record) time of 20:45, this is also Nicholas’s first season running cross country.
Sebastian Tobon also had a PR by finishing in 21:26. This was only Sebastian’s 2nd cross country race.
Jayden Lee also had a PR with a time of 22:09. This is Jayden’s first season running cross country.
Girls Soccer:
Girls Soccer Varsity Captains Keira Morehead and Evvy Hainline, both seniors, showing off the near record turnout (65 girls!) at the interest meeting last Thursday.
Football Schedules:
Annual Sports Pass:
2023-24 Dr. Phillips HS Fall Sports Tryout Dates, Contacts, and Eligibility Requirements:
1. YOU are required to have a physical and ECG certification on file before you can try out for ANY sport.
2. Please make sure that your physical packet is submitted online 48 hours prior to tryouts.
3. Forms and instructions are listed on our website, under the more tab and on our Instagram @panterzonedphs in the link tree in the bio.
4. Coach contacts can be found at our website under the more drop down menu.
5. Visit If you DO NOT have your Sport Physical form or completed ECG on file then you CANNOT TRYOUT.
6. All students must have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to participate.
7. Contact your Head Coach to confirm all tryout dates, times, location and/or requirements.
8. For all future updates concerning DP Athletics, please monitor our twitter, Instagram and our athletic website for all updates.
Athletics Director: Jason McDaniel - [email protected]
Head Athletic Trainer: Courtney Quinn - [email protected]
Instagram: @panterzonedphs
Weekly Superintendent's Message:
There's a new buzzword on school campuses this year: resiliency. This week Dr. Vazquez talks about Resiliency Standards and how this impacts teachers and students.

You may submit a suggestion for future "Mondays with Maria" on Thought Exchange by clicking here.
School Bus Delay Dashboard:
Want to see the latest on bus delays? Check out the link below that you can click each day to see if there are any delays in the Dr. Phillips area.
OCPS Alumni Network
Purchase your OCPS Alumni Network and Orlando City Soccer Club Tailgate tickets!
The first 100 tickets sold will receive an OCPS Alumni Network and Orlando City Soccer Club Commemorative Scarf.

● Scan the QR code in the flier below to purchase your tickets!

● Invite your alumni co-workers, family and friends to join YOU!
Not an OCPS Alumni Network Member? JOIN TODAY – It’s Free! 
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DPHS Never Less Than The Best!
Ms. Ramsey, Principal
Dr. Phillips High School 
Sunday, September 17, 2023
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6500 Turkey Lake Road,
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