Eblast for April 18, 2021
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
Upcoming Events - ALL EVENTS AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
Apr 20: Farkas's 2nd Parent Zoom Meeting, 6PM
Apr 21: Baseball Shake Shack Fundraiser, 11AM-9:30PM
Apr 22: PSAT Makeup for Sophomores
Apr 23: Virtual Cocktail "Love Our Panthers" Mixer, 7PM
Apr 23: Silent Auction Closes, 10PM
Apr 29: Florida College Night Zoom Meeting, 6:30PM
May 3-7: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
May 3-12: FSA Reading Testing for 9th, 10th Graders
May 7: Underclass Awards Night (Virtual)
May 14: Last PTSA Meeting (Elections, Only Members Can Vote)
May 15: Student Council Senate Applications Due
May 20: Seniors Awards Night (Virtual)
May 21: Cap and Gown Distribution
May 31: Memorial Day (No School)
Jun 9: Last Day of School, Graduation Ceremony, 9:30AM

Resources:







Love Our Panthers Silent Auction NOW OPEN:
Support our panthers and participate in PTSA’s LOVE OUR PANTHERS 2021 Online Silent Auction. Jewelry, coveted underclassman parking spots (back by popular demand!), gym memberships, photography sessions, and more! ALL proceeds go back to the school. 
 
Click here to access our Online Auction:  https://tinyurl.com/pantherauction
 
PLEASE SHARE! Anyone can bid! Thank you!
M-DCPS Q&A About Graduation/Promotion and Testing:
Questions & Answers - Emergency Order
M-DCPS has developed questions and answers to provide guidance to students, families, and employees about the implications of Emergency Order 2021-EO-02 which waives assessments for graduation, grade promotions, and provides additional flexibility.
PTSA Legislative Call to Action - NEED YOUR HELP!
Dear Fellow Advocates,
As we near the end of the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, the pace of bills is quickening. Unfortunately, several of the bills scheduled for their final committee stops or for consideration on the floor of their respective chambers contain proposals which Florida PTA adamantly opposes. The bills in question are as follows:
  • SB 48 (Educational Scholarship Programs)/HB 7045 (School Choice)
These bills would expand K-12 voucher programs without providing sufficient financial or academic accountability measures. Language in these bills would permit these programs to grow at a pace at which taxpayer-funded private education will soon rival, if not displace, our long-standing system of public education. Children in vulnerable communities would be most impacted.
 
  • SB 1028 (Charter Schools)/HB 51 (Charter Schools)
These bills would create taxpayer-funded parallel systems of education outside the control of elected school boards, and hence unaccountable to voters. Similar legislation in other states has led to increases in school segregation and financial mismanagement without any substantial increase in student academic performance. 
 
  • SB 2012 (Promoting Equality of Athletic Opportunity)
This bill would place discriminatory restrictions on participation of transgender athletes in school-related team sports. Florida PTA has spoken out in numerous committees against this bill. National PTA has a position statement affirming the rights of LGBTQ students and is a co-signatory of a letter issued by the Human Rights Campaign against such discrimination.
With gratitude for your previous advocacy during this tumultuous legislative session, we ask that you contact your state legislators to ask them to oppose this legislation.


Click the link below to log in and send your message:
Ms. Farkas’s AP Parent Meeting #2:
JULIANNE FARKAS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: AP Parent Meeting #2
Time: Apr 20, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 896 4975 8590
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Florida College Night:
Join Zoom Meeting https://dadeschools.zoom.us/j/84996335268pwd=Z0hjTjlxZENVOFhJQlo2Qk9yK3cvQT09
 
Meeting ID: 849 9633 5268
Passcode: 100593
Senior Yard Signs:
Senior yard signs are now available. Artwork designed by a Palmetto student. Proceeds benefit Palmetto football. Signs can be delivered or picked-up.
SODA (Students for Organ Donation Advocacy) Raffle:
2020-2021 MDCPS School Climate Survey:
 
Miami-Dade County Public Schools values your opinion about your child’s school and the education they receive. The School Climate Survey is a great opportunity to have your voice heard. This year, the survey is available online, giving more parents the opportunity to participate.
 
Take the School Climate Survey for parents and guardians today. The survey can be found at dadeschools.net, under the PARENT tab. Click on the 2021 Parent School Climate Survey in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole. The deadline to complete the survey is May 3, 2021.
 
Thank you for your participation, and please know that YOUR OPINION COUNTS!
Baseball Fundraiser at Shake Shack:
Student Council Senate Applications Now Available:
Spring 2021 Testing Info:
**All Spring 2021 testing information is posted on our main website,  palmettopanthers.org under "Important Testing Information." You will find Student Testing Rosters (dates/times) for each FSA ELA and EOCs. Information is by student ID in numerical order.
 
**AP testing schedule is also found here. Thank you.
 
Alejandra Valencia
Testing Chairperson
Co-AP Coordinator
Miami Palmetto High School
(305)235-1360 x2284
Yearbook and Class Pictures Announcements:

Attention all underclassmen: Are you interested in Designing, Writing & Photography? Then you might be a great candidate for the 2021-2022 palm echo yearbook staff. Applications are officially out. Go to www.thepalmecho.com and read through the instructions on the home page to apply. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Huffman in room 1124 during 4th period. See the flyer at the end of the announcements for additional information. 
 
Hey Panthers, guess what? There are only 100 yearbooks left for sale and they are selling fast! Don't be left without what's sure to be one of Palmetto's most historic yearbooks. They are on sale now for $60 until April 6th. Starting April 7th-May 7th, they will be sold for $65. Go to www.thepalmecho.com, and find the link at the top of the webpage named "Yearbook Purchases". Sales will end on May 7th and not guaranteed on the day of distribution. Stop procrastinating & buy yours today!
Dual Enrollment Class Offered for Fall ’21 AT Palmetto:
 
Palmetto has an exciting opportunity for Fall 2021. Students can take a college course right here at Palmetto. This is a Miami Dade College (MDC) course but only Palmetto students can take this specific class. Students will earn 3 college credits, but the credits can transfer to any college. Not only will they earn college credit, this class can also help raise their high school GPA.
 
Everything is free!  Students do not pay for registration or the textbook.
 
Students need to have at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA. There are no prerequisites.
 
We meet after school twice a week. The class is just one semester and will finish by December 17, 2021.
 
Here is a description of the course:
 
Student Life Skills (SLS) 1510 Preparing Students for Success
This course provides an orientation to college life and helps develop academic, career, and personal goals. Students will learn college success strategies, goal-setting, learning style assessments, as well as general and discipline-specific study skills in the context of various theoretical, practical, and experiential perspectives.  (3 credits)
 
If you are interested, please complete this form:
 
This form is just for us to keep track of interested students. This is not registration for the class.
 
If you have any questions, please email Dr. Schaffer anytime.
LOVE our PANTHERS Cocktail Party Party & Online Auction Info:
We can’t wait for our Virtual Love Our Panthers Cocktail Party on Friday, April 23rd at 7 pm!
 
Ticket sales for the boxes are now closed. However, for $10 you can participate without a box (and provide your own mixers)- those tickets can be bought here.
 
The Online Auction is live and will stay open till 10pm on April 23rd. It includes coveted school parking spaces for students, jewelry, gym memberships, photography sessions, and more.
 
Attendees- please see the list of items below that you will need at home for the event. 
You’ve Been Paw’d Fundraiser:
PAW’D YARD SIGNS:
Surprise your friends and family with a little fun and a lot of school spirit! The Pride of Paws will be placed in the yard for 48 hours and then picked up by pawsitively awesome volunteers. Paw’d house must be within a 5-mile radius of the high school.
Cost: $25 for a "Pride" of 5 Paws / $50 for a "Pride" of 10 Paws
 
PAW’D CAR MAGNETS:
Paw your or someone else's car! We will arrange with you a time for you to pick up the magnets (and you place). Magnets are yours to keep.
Cost: $10 for 1 magnet / $45 for 5 magnets
 
HOW TO PURCHASE:
Yard signs and magnets can be purchased at tinyurl.com/ptsapawd
100% of proceeds go to Palmetto High PTSA
 
QUESTIONS?
Contact Dana March: fundraising.mpsh@gmail.com 
Spring Parent Academy Schedule:
Programs for Students in Need:
FREE Tutoring through Miami-Dade Public Library System:
The Miami-Dade Public Library System has two programs to help students academically, and best of all they are FREE. live, and interactive:
 
“Help your child have a successful school year with the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Homework Help & Tutoring Program. Free, 30‑minute one‑on‑one virtual tutoring sessions with certified teachers are available on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. ‑ 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. to all K‑12 students who reside in Miami‑Dade County. Tutoring is available in reading and math. To participate, please submit a tutoring appointment request for your child/ren each week. To maximize learning, a computer or laptop with Internet access and a working camera and microphone is required.”
Very soon, MDPL will be rolling out a program in which we circulate laptops to take home that will include internet access. It’s a CAREs Act grant. 
 
2-  tutoring.mdpls.org  
Tutoring.com is normally a paid service through The Princeton Review, but is free for students with a library card (easy to get- see below). 
“Experts help you with homework, study for tests and write essays from noon to midnight daily.” The student can have typing or voice chat. They can request a specific tutor that they have worked with before or take a random tutor. The entire interaction is recorded and the student can put the transcript into a personal virtual locker. They can email it to their teacher or refer to it in the future. 
Other Notes: 
If a student doesn’t have a library card, they can get one almost instantly at https://www1.mdpls.org/webservices/ecard/Account/Register.
 
If they have any issues with logging on to any of the resources, customercare@mdpls.org can resolve problems from M-Th 9am-8pm, Fri & Sat 9am-6pm. 
 
Public libraries are open for students to study in, with safety measures in place. They also have computer access. For locations and hours: https://www1.mdpls.org/webservices/locator/
FREE Tutoring from Tutoring for Tomorrow:
 
Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and Social Science Honor Society have partnered to tutor Palmetto students in math, science, or social science every Wednesday over zoom from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday tutoring is completely FREE and open to all subject levels. See the zoom code in the flyer below.
GET YOUR PALMETTO SPIRIT WEAR:
The Miami Palmetto Senior’s PTSA school store is operated by Sharingwear.org, a charitable organization founded and operated by Nicole Markus, a Palmetto High senior. Sharingwear’s Palmetto Senior Online Store is the sole PTSA/school source to buy dress code shirts for Palmetto Senior as the Palmetto Senior PTSA does not operate a physical store at school. All clothing featured on Sharingwear’s Palmetto Senior Online Store are approved by Miami Palmetto Senior High as qualified dress code attire.
Designs can be purchased in multiple clothing styles (tshirts, sweatshirts, etc.) and some designs are available in multiple colors. Orders are custom printed and take 2-3 weeks for delivery. Several great new designs have been added.
All profits from Sharingwear’s Palmetto Senior Online Store are shared 50% with the Palmetto Senior PTSA and 50% with Sharingwear’s Charity of the Month. 
Please visit SharingWear.org to stock up on clothes for next year!
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Have Something You Want to Share?
If there is something you would like to share in the MPSH weekly e-blast, please email KatieLAbbott@comcast.net by the end of the school day every Friday.
 
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