Eblast for February 14, 2021
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
Upcoming Events - ALL EVENTS AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
Feb 8-19: Yearbook Raffle
Feb 15: No School
Feb 25: Mental Health Resources, Zoom link TBA, 7PM
Mar 1: LEO Club Blood Drive, Walgreens (132nd/US1), 2-5PM
Mar 15: Group Banner 2nd Deadline (Bronze Sponsorship)
Mar 25: End of Grading Period
Mar 26 - Apr 4: Spring Break
Apr 22: PSAT Makeup for Sophomores
May 3-7: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
May 31: Memorial Day (No School)
Jun 9: Last Day of School

Resources:







Help Us Maintain a Strong PTSA:
New Student Registration for 2021-2022 Now Available:
For more information click here
Testing Updates:
ALL teachers have student roster schedules- received via email. Ask anyone.
WIDA/ACCESS FOR ELLS STUDENTS  will take place from 2/8/21-2/16/21
P.E.R.T  will take place on 2/12/21
SPRING FSA ELA RETAKES for 11th graders and 12th graders  will begin mid-February to March. Schedule is pending.
PHYSICAL 11th graders  will test from 2/17/21-2/19/21. Be on the lookout for Testing Room Assignment Passes from your English Teachers.
MSO (at home online students) will be scheduled to take the FSA ELA at the end of February, beginning of March. All MSO students were asked to complete a survey (posted on our main website) to request a specific time frame for the FSA ELA test. These are  ONLY for 11th grade MSO studentswho were NOT able to test for the FSA ELA at the end of their 10th grade year. This is a graduation requirement. However, if your child has a passing score in the SAT Reading 480 and above or an ACT Reading/English average score of 18, then they DO NOT have to take the FSA ELA test.  🙂

PSAT/NMSQT MAKEUPS- ONLY FOR STUDENT WHO WERE QUARANTINED OR ILL DUE TO COVID-19!
If  you were unable to take the PSAT/NMSQT on January 26, 2021. There will be a makeup day on April 22, 2021. This makeup day is ONLY for those students who were quarantined or sick due to COVID-19 and ONLY for 10th graders.  The makeup test is called PSAT-10. PSAT-10 is the same as the PSAT/NMSQT. It is the name for the "spring version"

You will need to be at the school by 7:45 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. If you are an online student (MSO) you will need a ride home when you finish your test. If you are a PHYSICAL student, you will go back to your class after you finish the test.

IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE THE MAKEUP PSAT- YOU MUST EMAIL ME SO THAT I CAN DELETE YOU FROM MY LIST. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE THAT THIS MAKEUP TEST REQUIRES PROCTORS AND CLASSROOMS. I WILL ALSO BE ORDERING THIS NEW BATCH OF EXAMS. IF YOU HAVE DECIDED THAT YOU WILL WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR, THEN PLEASE  EMAIL ME BY 2/19/21 . IF YOU HAVE ALREADY TAKEN THE PSAT/NMSQT THIS SCHOOL YEAR (from October 2020-PRESENT) YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE THE TEST AGAIN AND YOU MUST EMAIL ME TO DELETE YOU FROM MY LIST. THANK YOU.

What students should know about the PSAT/NMSQT Testing day...
Testing date is April 22, 2021 at 7:45 a.m. Please note that Pre-registration will take place on test day.
  • Students are being notified via the id@students.dadeschools.net email. PLEASE CHECK your email! I will also send a list to their English teachers.
  • Your English teacher will ONLY notify those students who are on our list of being quarantined or ill due to COVID-19. 
  • YOU MUST ARRIVE IN TIME. If you are late, then you will not be allowed to enter the testing room once testing has begun.
  • PHY students and teachers will go to first period of the day- take attendance and will go to their testing room at 7:45 a.m.
  • MSO students should arrive at 7:45 a.m. All students would have been informed of their room assignments prior to coming to the front of the school. Front security will have the list of students and their room assignments.
  • MSO students will go directly to their assigned testing room once they arrive at school.
  • MSO students cannot stay in the school building after test dismissal. They must have a ride home.
  • Add 45 minutes extra to times shown below for the pre-administration section.
  • Standard time 2 hours, 55 minutes
  • Standard time extra breaks 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • 50% Extended time 4 hours, 34 minutes (we will provide lunch for those students who will miss lunch due to accommodations. Students may bring own lunch as well).
What you should know for pre-administration answer sheet:
  • Year of graduation.
  • Student email address.
  • Home address.
What to bring
  • Bring testing pass that was given to student by their English teacher prior to test day- if you have it. 
  • All students must bring facial mask.
  • May bring book bag which will be placed in a designated area in the room.
  • 2-4 No.2 sharpened pencils with soft erasers; NO pens or mechanical pencils. Small-basic sharpener. We have extra pencils.
  • Acceptable calculator (we will provide a 4-function calculator). You may bring an approved graphic calculator by college board, Ti-30xa calculator, or a calculator that does not have a QWERTY keyboard.
  • Bring photo ID
  • May bring snacks and water bottle but must be placed inside a clear bag (e.g., Ziploc bag). You will not be allowed to eat inside the testing room. Only eat during the 10-minute break.
What NOT to bring
  • Mobile phones must be turned OFF and inside book bag BEFORE entering testing roomDO NOT bring smartwatches, fitness trackers, or other wearable technology. Basically, DO NOT bring any personal computing devices.
  • If you bring a mobile phone and do not have a book bag, you will give your phone to the proctor. Make sure to turn it OFF, not in "silence mode." It will be returned before dismissal from testing room.
Study/Review
After test
  • If you are an MSO student (on-line) you must go home. You are NOT allowed to stay in the school building after you are finished with testing. Your proctor will dismiss you at the appropriate time.
  • If you are a PHY student (at-school) you will be dismissed to lunch or back to class after testing is done. Your proctor will dismiss you at the appropriate time.

Email  avalencia@dadeschools.net  for testing questions


Alejandra Valencia
Testing Chairperson
Co-AP Coordinator
Miami Palmetto High School
(305)235-1360 x2284
Upcoming Virtual College Visits:
* Sign up on Scoir
 
Tues 2/16        11:00-11:30                 Savannah College of Art and Design
Mon 2/22        11:00-11:30                 Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Wed 3/3          11:00-11:30                 The Ohio State University (Main Campus)
Fri 3/5             11:00-11:30                University of Toronto
Wed 3/10        11:00-11:30                 Lynn University
Wed 3/10        12:00-1:00                   University of Central Florida
Activities Office End-of-Year Updates:
United Way Student Campaign for 2021 Info (from the Activities Office):
 
I’m sending a challenge your way! MDCPS has started the United Way Student Campaign for 2021. The Student campaign will last until the end of February. As you can imagine, this Campaign will look VERY different this year and, according to the MDCPS Office of Community Engagement, is more necessary than ever.
 
How is the campaign so different?
 
-No collection of actual money
-No in person events to raise funds or collections 
 
So how are we working this? This year there will be a link to make donations. Anyone that plans to make donations can do so through this link and by following these instructions:
 
Enter the amount you wish to give
Enter your personal info
Enter Palmetto High as school (make sure you use “high”, there are multiple Palmetto schools)
Enter a teacher name (if you’re child is donating for extra credit, put the teacher who you wish to get credit from)
Click “I’m not a robot”
Click Continue
Enter Payment Info
Click Submit
Print Payment receipt if you need it (it will be emailed to you too)
 
So what do we need from you? We need EVERY FAMILY to help us and give this year. We’re expecting the challenge of getting students to donate this year and without things like pep rallies and breakfast parties to use as incentives, the only thing we can think of is encouragement from their parents. ANY donation is appreciated and will make a difference.
 
How does a child prove to a teacher they donated for extra credit? The student can print their email receipt to give their teacher.
 
Parents this has been a tough year (coming up on a year since the covid quarantine began). There are people in our community and around us that are in serious need and this is a way we can help and a way we can encourage our students to help. 
 
I thank you all in advance for your giving nature and for always supporting! Let me know if there are any questions. Xoxoxo!
  
Elizabeth Silverio Valero
Student Activities Director
Miami Palmetto Senior High
(305) 235-1360 xt 2267
 
Follow us! @MPSHactivities
M-DCPS Meal Distribution Update:
Meal Distributions Update: Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will consolidate its meal distributions for remote learners to once per week. Meals will be distributed on Thursdays, from 4 – 5:30 p.m., and will consist of bulk food items equaling 21 meals per student per pick up - seven breakfast, seven lunch and seven after-school meals. ​​​​​​​
 
The change to the once-a-week allocation will result in a larger amount of food being provided per student/per parent pick-up as well as save time for parents.
 
Last November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would extend the summer meals flexibility waiver, allowing M-DCPS to continue to serve free meals to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year.
 
The USDA requires that parents/adults provide proof of valid identification that the meal is for a child 18 years old or younger, if the child does not accompany them to the distribution.
 
Identification can include a student ID, report card or progress report. These are the same guidelines that were followed during M-DCPS’ summer meal distributions.
 
M-DCPS has not wavered in its commitment to support students and families. To date, the District has provided over 16 million meals to students at no cost.
Calling All Students Interested in The Panther Newspaper for 2021-2022!
Happy Valentine's Day!
MPSH LEO Club Blood Drive:
MPSH LEO club will be hosting a blood drive with Oneblood, on March 1st at 2:00pm till 5:00pm, at the Walgreens on 132 Street and US 1. Everyone 16 years and older are welcome to donate, 16- & 17-year old's need parent/guardian permission to donate. Face coverings are required. All donors will get a mini physical, a COVID-19 antibody test, a free t-shirt, and community service hours.
 
Please come and help save lives in our community. Participants get a tie-dyed t-shirt and a $10 egift card.
 
FREE Covid Testing for Students in February:
2021-2022 Yearbook Staff Info:
Underclass Schoolhouse Picture Make-Up Days (MSO Photo Make-Up Day Info TBA):

For more information click here 
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.
Yearbook Info:
Spring M-DCPS Parent Academy Schedule:
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!
Get Your Palmetto Gear!
Community News:
Library Updates: 
Free NY Times Online & Consumer Reports Magazines:
Miami-Dade Public Library Perks! Free online New York Times access as well as Consumer Reports, as long as you have a library card (which is easy to get if you don't!) More info: https://www.mdpls.org/learning
Thank you Sponsors:
Have Something You Want to Share?
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