Eblast for January 10, 2021
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
Jan 14: General PTSA Meeting, 7PM
Jan 15: M-DCPS Magnet School Applications Due
Jan 26: PSAT for 10th Grade (11th Grade Optional). TBD for 9th Grade
Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)
Jan 22: End of Grading Period
Jan 28 & 29 Picture Days (tentatively)
Feb 8: Yearbook Price Increase
Feb 11: General PTSA Meeting, 7PM
Feb 15: No School
Mar 15: Group Banner 2nd Deadline (Bronze Sponsorship)
Mar 25: End of Grading Period
Mar 26 - Apr 4: Spring Break
May 3-7: Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
May 31: Memorial Day (No School)
Jun 9: Last Day of School


Testing Updates for All Students:
  • MSO 11th grade students will test for the FSA ELA in Feb/March 2021.
  • 11th grade PHYSICAL students who were under quarantine during the FSA ELA testing dates and those who missed it for other reasons, will report to the Media Center Computer Lab room 2109 on December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 7:30 a.m. (3-day test). Students will go to their first period of the day-take attendance- report to Media Lab. Do not wait for an individual testing pass, just come to the Computer lab on December 1st and I will give everyone a testing pass. 
  • Second wave of Retakes for FSA ELA seniors will be at end of December (pending schedule).
PSAT Info:
What students should know about the  PSAT/NMSQT  Testing day…

Testing date is January 26, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. Please note that Pre-registration will take place on test day.

ALL students will be informed of room assignments by their English teacher 1-2 weeks prior to 1/26/21

If you do not know your room assignment, then ASK your English teacher. Either way, ALL teachers will have a student roster with ALL student room assignations.  đź™‚

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 be dismissed by the bell at 7:30 a.m. or 7:40 a.m.
MSO students should arrive at 7:30 a.m. All students would have been informed of their room assignments prior to coming to the front of the school. The room assignation list will be posted at the  front  of the school if student forgets room number.
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. MSO students (online) will receive passes from proctor on test day.
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 room .  DO 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.

Please read study guide for any questions that you may have for the test. See link below

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.

Alejandra Valencia
Testing Chairperson
Co-AP Coordinator
Miami Palmetto High School
(305)235-1360 x2284
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Palmetto Soccer Mask Sale:
Please support your lady panther soccer team Masks $10
Please contact Rachel Altchek at altchek@bellsouth.net
A parent/guardian must accompany their child for testing; identification is not required. Walk-ups are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Appointments may be made by calling 305-243-2059.
February testing dates and locations will also be made available in the near future.
For the most up-to-date information, please download the Dadeschools Mobile App to your iPhone or Android device. Follow us on Twitter @mdcps and @miamisup, on Instagram @miamischools and @miamisup, and on Facebook at MiamiSchools and AlbertoCarvalho
Magnet School Applications:
M-DCPS Accepting Magnet School Applications Until Jan. 15, 2021
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is currently accepting applications for Magnet programs for the 2021-2022 school year. The enrollment period for Magnet programs across the school district opened in October and runs through January 15, 2021. 
Students will have the opportunity to enjoy more than 380 innovative Magnet programs, personalized to meet their interests, talents and individual needs. Among the offerings included are programs such as Visual & Performing Arts, Medical, Gaming & Animation, Forensic Sciences, Zoology, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, Law & Legal Studies.
To be added to the random selection process, students MUST apply before January 15, 2021, at www.miamimagnets.org. The online application process is fast and easy. Each child can apply for up to five schools. Notification letters will be sent out after the random selection period around March 15, 2021, at which point parents can either accept or decline the admission offer.
Magnets foster diverse and equitable learning environments, incorporating innovative curriculum and research-based teaching methods. They monitor accountability for continuous improvement and student achievement. Studies show a strong connection between Magnet programs and workforce needs. Magnet schools are designed to provide real-world learning opportunities through rigorous curriculum and with the support of partners such as Zoo Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, Bloomberg Financial, colleges, and universities, who are committed to student success. 
The chance to attend one of M-DCPS’ renowned, innovative, and dynamic Magnet programs is now! For additional information, please call 305-995-1922.
M-DCPS Provides Additional Supports to Struggling Students:
Throughout this pandemic, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has worked diligently to offer students a traditional school house model of learning and an innovative, robust virtual learning experience. The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) recently issued an emergency order requiring educational interventions for students enrolled in My School Online (MSO) who are not making adequate progress and may be falling behind, especially at-risk students. Nearly all facets of the Emergency Order were previously being addressed by the District.
While creating safeguards and maintaining critical flexibility, the order addresses the academic requirements for the spring semester, which begins January 25, 2021. It also maintains a parent’s right to choose the educational option that best fits the needs of their family, including innovative learning options that guarantee a full array of services for at-risk students. Additionally, students transitioned out of MSO, due to making inadequate progress, must be given additional interventions and supports. 
The District has identified students who are not on-track to meet grade expectations in one or more subject areas. This puts them at risk for course failure and/or retention and may have long-lasting negative effects on their future academic performance. The District is sending a letter, both through U.S. mail and through various electronic means, to the parents/guardians of these identified students requesting that students return to in-person learning to receive additional academic supports, per the requirement outlined in the Emergency Order. A parent opting to keep their child(ren) in MSO must provide written confirmation that they do not want their child to return to in-school learning, despite academic challenges being faced by their child(ren).
M-DCPS is committed to continuing to overcome all obstacles presented by COVID-19. To read more about the District’s efforts to assist students in recovering from learning loss, click here.
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:
As a 2021 senior you need to be photographed by Fox-Mar.
Please make sure you are photographed before the yearbook deadline to be included in the yearbook!
Choose your personal photography session today.
Yearbook Sessions are NO CHARGE! However, Fox-Mar does offer a variety of upgrades to session choices and preview delivery options.
Call our Appointment Hotline: 1-866-227-5406 or click here to schedule.
M-DCPS Parent Academy Schedule:
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 Information:
Vaccination information from Miami-Dade County: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/vaccine/home.page
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