Eblast for November 15, 2020
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
*OPEN HOUSE is postponed- Stay tuned for updates
Nov 25-27: No School/Thanksgiving Break
Dec 2: Prospective MPSH Student Info Night, 6 PM
Dec 5: Yearbook Price Increase
Dec 8: Pinecrest Mayor's Education Advisory Council Meeting, 9:15 AM
Dec 10: Teacher/Staff Holiday Luncheon
Dec 15: Group Banner 1st Deadline (Bronze Sponsorship)
Dec 21-Jan 1: No School/Winter Break
Jan 14: General PTSA Meeting, 7PM
Jan 26: PSAT for 10th Grade (11th Grade Optional). TBD for 9th Grade
Jan 28 & 29 Picture Days (tentatively)
Feb 8: Yearbook Price Increase
Mar 15: Group Banner 2nd Deadline (Bronze Sponsorship)


Happy Thanksgiving!
Webinar with Superintendent Carvalho:
Please join us Tuesday, December 1 at 7 pm for an informative webinar with Superintendent Alberto Carvahlo. 
When: Dec 1, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time
Topic: Superintendent Q and A
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Information about sending questions can be found in the registration confirmation email.
Holiday Teacher Gift Card Collection:
Give the gift of cheer to all our amazing teachers and staff!
MPSH PTSA is collecting Gift Cards to have a chance drawing so that our outstanding Teachers can have a little extra something this holiday season.
The success of this event is directly related to how many gift cards we can acquire before the Staff holiday lunch, December 10, 2020.
No donation is too small or too large. ​
Please contact us to make arrangements for drop off. 
Please email Fátima Chaiken at

On behalf of MPSH PTSA Thank you for your generosity and support with this event!
Paws for Panthers Program:
Paws for Panthers works with our school social worker to “make things happen” for our least privileged, most at risk students, who are coming from broken families, abuse situations, severe financial need, aging out of foster care or with no home at all. We welcome and care for every student coming to our school. 
This year, there are two ways you can help make a difference. You may sign up to purchase holiday gifts for a child- your gifts are anonymous but you will be given an age, gender and a wish list. If you are interested in purchasing gifts for a student please email elyssalewis@gmail.com and I will respond with the wish lists once they are available. You may also contribute funds that will be used to fulfill wish list asks and provide support during the school year, by sending a check to the school, payable to MPSH PTSA, with Paws for Panthers in the memo line. 
If you have any questions, please reach out to elyssalewis@gmail.com.
Thank you for your generosity,
Elyssa Lewis
Paws for Panthers Chair
Junior Parent Night Recording:
The Junior Night presentation from Thursday, 11/19 was recorded and can be watched here.
THANK YOU Mr. Nerenberg, Ms. Dwyer, and Ms. Valero for a very informative session!
PTSA Legislative and Advocacy Info:
Check out our Advocacy & Legislation Corner on our website and stay informed! Also stay tuned for some exciting new programs that will be offered by our NEW, student-run, Advocacy Committee!
THANK YOU PTSA Members and Sponsors!
As of 11/6 we have 788 members and have raised $33,191. Our GOAL is 1,500 members and $35,000. WE ARE GETTING THERE! A special THANK YOU to our sponsors. New banners for those sponsors who qualify will be hung on our school’s perimeter fence shortly. 
Palmetto needs you more than ever. Please join and sponsor today! Scroll down for complete information. Quick link to sign-up: https://palmettopanthers.new.memberhub.store/store
Testing Updates for All Students:

  • Testing for the "waived" Biology EOC and US History EOC will be on 12/8/20 (8 a.m.-end of school day). This is ONLY for those students who specifically asked to take it because they are going for a Scholar's Designation. Deadline to contact me is November 20th.
  • FSA ELA for 11th grade Physical students is from 11/16/20-12/3/20.
  • 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. 
  • PERT Math for ONLY seniors will be 12/10/20. I will send student rosters to teachers to inform students.
  • Second wave of Retakes for FSA ELA seniors will be at end of December (pending schedule).
  • PSAT/NMSQT- Testing date is January 26, 2021
  • All 10th graders will take the PSAT/NMSQT. The district pays for all 10th graders so there is not need to register or purchase it.
  • 11th grade studentswill be able to purchase the PSAT/NMSQT starting on 12/1/20-12/11/20. Limited number of seats. This window will close early if all seats are sold out. Payments will be via OSP, found in the apps/services section of the student/parent portal.
  • 9th graders, will be able to purchase PSAT/NMSQT place between 12/14/20-12/17/20. Limited number of seats. This window will close early if all seats are sold out. Payments will be via OSP, found in the apps/services section of the student/parent portal. 
  • I will re-post any information for the PSAT/NMSQT if purchasing dates change.
  • Physical 10th graders will be given a PSAT/NMSQT study guide by their Language Arts teacher in December.
  • Link for PSAT/NMSQT Study guide.  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-student-guide.pdf

Alejandra Valencia
Testing Chairperson
Co-AP Coordinator
Miami Palmetto High School
(305)235-1360 x2284
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:
Join Palmetto High’s PTSA TODAY! 

Direct Link to Online PTSA Membership/Sponsorship: https://palmettopanthers.new.memberhub.store/store

5 Reasons Why YOU Should Join Palmetto High PTSA Today:

1. You’ll Be Connected. Now more than ever communication is key to have a successful 2020-2021 year. Palmetto High PTSA will keep you informed all year on school updates and events. In addition, because we are starting school virtually, it is also the best way to meet and connect with other MPSH parents. 

2. You Are Helping the School. When you buy a membership, you are showing that you support Palmetto High and our PTSA, including financially. 100% of proceeds go directly back into our school. 

3. It Gives PTA/PTSA Legislative Power. Local, state, and national PTSA/PTA are constantly advocating for our children and our schools in legislative matters, and your membership fee contributes to their cause. 

4. You Are Your Child’s Role Model. By joining the PTSA you are showing that you are interested in your child’s school and their education is important to you. 

5. YOU Get a Vote. Every PTSA member gets a voice when voting on important Palmetto High PTSA decisions, including budget and spending decisions. 

In addition to buying a PTSA membership, we ask the Palmetto Community to consider an additional donation to our PTSA. At the web site above, please review the various sponsorship levels. All Sponsorships include PTSA Membership up to 4 family members.  

If you are a business and are interested in Business Sponsorship opportunities, please read our Sponsorship Letter and view our Sponsorship levels below.
Dear Potential Sponsor,

As President of the Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA, I am excited to announce that we are initiating what we hope to be a successful Fundraising Program this year in spite of the pandemic gripping our world. We are asking families, local businesses, MPHS alumni, and community leaders to participate. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to fund essential student programs, teacher special projects, and technology improvements, just to name a few.

Our popular annual “Love Our Panthers Event” is now going to be “Love Our Panthers ALL Year Long”! We will still plan to hold our annual community mixer event and Silent Auction in the Spring, should conditions allow, however, this year we are centralizing all of our fundraising efforts to run continuously all year. Banners that promote businesses that support Panther Pride are now included at various levels. These banners can be hung on the sports fence along both 120th Street and 77th Avenue, which is highly visible to local traffic.

Your contribution can make a real difference at a neighborhood school. You may be aware that Florida school funding is among the lowest per capita. Fortunately for our school, the PTSA in conjunction with our extraordinary community we are able to bridge that gap and make Miami Palmetto Senior High School a nurturing and amazing place to educate our teens.

There are several reasons why you may be interested in this program. Most importantly, we are a tax exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible.

Second, our sponsors are recognized for their support in several ways that are visible to thousands of members of our far-reaching Palmetto family.

We are continuously working with community leaders to promote our amazing, public neighborhood schools. Competing with other school options can be challenging, but we maintain that Miami Palmetto Senior High School is not only an excellent choice, but also one that serves our neighborhood and strengthens our community.
Please consider the various sponsorship opportunities that we offer. If you have any questions or another way that you are interested in supporting our school please do not hesitate to contact either me or the Vice President of Ways and Means, Dana March (danamarch73@gmail.com) or our Fundraising Chair, Zalaysha Lowry (zlowry76@gmail.com).

More information as well as the link to donate, can be found on our website: www.palmettohighptsa.org.


Gina Vinueza
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA President, 2020-21
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:
Pinecrest Gardens Nights of Lights:
Friday, November 27, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the gate* (Children younger than 2, free)

Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape. This year we are adding a whole new section of sparkling holiday lights and amazing surprises in our Lower Gardens. Eat yummy treats, have a signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail and enjoy magical Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Stay tuned for Santa Claus special appearances on the Banyan Bowl stage! On select evenings, admission includes a holiday concert performance in the historic Banyan Bowl. For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nights-of-lights-tickets-127343855901?aff=NOLwebpage
Pinecrest Gardens 7th Annual Environmental Art Contest: Indigenous Plants & People *Virtual Contest*:

Students in grades 4-12 are eligible. For more info click here
Palmetto Elementary’s Virtual Marketplace:
Support Palmetto Elementary School PTA and 25 small businesses at our Virtual Marketplace!
For 5 DAYS ONLY, shop with our local vendors, receive discounts, and our PTA receives 15% of all sales.
Shop here: https://palmettopta.org/virtual-marketplace *Remember* Follow the directions to ensure your orders are tracked and to receive the discounts where offered. Happy shopping!
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