Eblast for January 17, 2021
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)
Jan 22: End of Grading Period
Jan 25: SAVE Civic Engagement Event, 7PM
Jan 26: PSAT for 10th Grade (11th Grade Optional). TBD for 9th Grade
Jan 26: Freshman & Sophomore Parent Night (Virtual), 6:30PM
Jan 28 & 29 Picture Days (tentatively)
Jan 31: Cap and Gown Order Deadline
Feb 8: Yearbook Price Increase
Feb 11: General PTSA Meeting, 7PM (Vote to Elect Nominating Committee)
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


Our very own Counseling Department won the 2021 Excellence in College Counseling Award! Thank you for always helping our Panthers prepare for and go to college!
Freshman & Sophomore Parent Night:
SENIORS- Cap and Gown Ordering Info:
Seniors and Senior Parents:
The deadline to order your cap and gown for graduation is January 31st. All Cap and Gown Orders will be taken online through Herff Jones’ website. The direct link to the Cap and Gown purchase page is:
You can also search by going to hjmiami.com under Graduation Items.
This is the only opportunity to order your cap and gown at the discounted rate and before the child is cleared to graduate in May. After the deadline the price will double and the student will need to wait to purchase the cap and gown just days before graduation with “proof of graduation clearance” at the Herff Jones Store in Doral. So buy your cap and gown NOW!
Civic Engagement for Youth Presentation:
Civic engagement is the centerpiece for being a well-informed citizen. By being involved in the community, you will learn the intricacies of how and why elections matter, contribute to the process and have a rich understanding of how public policy impacts our quality of life. There are varying degrees of involvement but what matters most is that you engage somewhere in the process.
Miami-Dade County School Board Approves 2021-2022 School Calendars:
At its monthly meeting, the Miami-Dade County School Board approved the 2021-2022 school calendars with a start date of August 23 for students.
The Elementary and Secondary School Calendar provides 180 days of instruction for students and 196 days for teachers, which includes 10 teacher planning days and six legal holidays.
The Adult/Vocational Education School Calendar provides 216 days of instruction for students and 234 days for teachers, which includes 12 teacher planning days, and six legal holidays.
The Juvenile Justice School Calendar provides 240 days of instruction for students and 257 days for teachers, which includes 11 teacher planning days and six legal holidays.
The school calendars were jointly developed by the School Calendar Ad Hoc Committee comprised of representatives from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the United Teachers of Dade and the Parent-Teacher and Parent-Teacher-Student associations.
For more information visit http://www.dadeschools.net/calendars/.
2/10 Variations Fundraiser at Pincho:
Testing Updates for All Students:
  • MSO 11th grade students will test for the FSA ELA in Feb/March 2021.
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.  🙂

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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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!
Thank you Sponsors:
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