Eblast for September 7, 2020
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
Upcoming Events - ALL EVENTS AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
Sept. 7: No School, Legal Holiday (Labor Day)
Sept 8: School Day - Block B (see Block Schedule Below)
Sept. 10: General PTSA Meeting, 7:00PM (Virtual)
Sept. 15: Open House (Details TBA)
Sept 17: Financial Aid Night for Seniors & Parents, 6:30PM (Virtual)
Sept. 28: No School, Teacher Planning Day
Sept. 30: Reassessment of Local COVID-19 Conditions
Oct. 5: Target Date to Pivot to Schoolhouse Model
Oct. 8: General PTSA Meeting
Oct. 23: No School, Teacher Planning Day

Other Resources:


Block Schedule Information:
There will be block scheduling during virtual learning. Please see the updated schedules below. Monday, Sept. 7th is a holiday (Labor Day) and there is no school. On Sept. 8th, we will have Block B (2-4-6).
Bell Schedule for Block Scheduling (Block A and Block B):
Essential & Mandatory Forms for the 20-21 School Year:
All Palmetto families MUST complete the essential and mandatory forms as part of the opening of schools. The forms are digital this year. 

To access the forms click here.
PTSA Annual Book Sale:
Buy your required and suggested reading for Language Arts and AP Classes! Click here to access Palmetto’s Book Fair at Books & Books. A portion of the proceeds will be given to Palmetto High PTSA, PLUS you are supporting a local business. Please also consider buying a gift card for students in need (directions below). Free shipping on orders $50 or more. Thank you!

Books are still being populated, so if you do not see your teacher's books yet, check back later in the week.
Accessing Student District Email (dadeschools.net):
If your child is still having trouble accessing their school’s email, read this.
Testing Information from Ms. Valencia:
All EOCs (End of Course Exams) were waived for the spring 2020. If you would like to take an EOC that was waived in the spring 2020 because you are interested in pursuing a higher degree designation, then you will need to email Ms. Valencia (Test Chair) at avalencia@dadeschools.net.

I already have a list of students who contacted me at the end of the school year and summer. Please do not email me if you received a confirmation email from me during this period.

Please contact me via email only. I will respond 🙂.
Testing Calendar is found on the main dadeschools.net portal. Click on Calendars and then on Testing Calendar. Please note that this calendar is tentative and will be changing by mid-September.

Testing Office is now located inside the Media Center in room 2106B
Thank you and stay safe.
Alejandra Valencia
Testing Chairperson
Co-AP Coordinator
Miami Palmetto High School
avalencia@dadeschools.net
From Student Services:
From Mr. Nerenberg, Palmetto’s College Counselor:
Fall Sports:
UPDATE AS OF THURSDAY, September 3, 2020 
NO ATHLETIC START DATE HAS BEEN APPROVED YET BUT LET’S GET READY!!!!

FREE PHYSICALS WILL BE OFFERED AT PALMETTO ON 9/8/2020! For more information click here.
Counselor Contact Info:
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.

Sincerely,

Gina Vinueza
Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA President, 2020-21
New MDCPS Meal Distribution Schedule:
Meal Distributions at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) will only distribute meals on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (multiple meals will be distributed to students each of those days to ensure they have enough food for the entire week). MDCPS has continuously been providing grab-and-go meals for students, distributing more than 1.2 million meals since school closures began March 16.

(this update provided by the Town of Cutler Bay’s Facebook page- thank you!)
MDCPS Device Request Form:
This form is not to receive a new laptop (The school has NO NEW Laptops), this form is to request a mobile device if you have not already been issued one.

YEARBOOK UPDATES:
UPDATE...UPDATE...UPDATE...UPDATE...UPDATE...
ATTENTION ALL PANTHERS! IF YOU HAVE YET TO PICK UP YOUR 2019-2020 YEARBOOK, PLEASE ADHERE TO THE UPDATED/NEW PICK UP SCHEDULE. 
AUGUST 27TH-28TH: THE ADVISER (MRS. HUFFMAN) WILL NOT BE IN THE BUILDING DUE TO CONSTRUCTION POWER OUTTAGE. THERE WILL BE NO PICK UP AVAILABLE THESE 2 DAYS.
 
AUGUST 31ST-SEPTEMBER 30TH (OR UNTIL WE RETURN PHYSICALLY): PICK UPS WILL ONLY HAPPEN ON "B" DAYS DURING 4TH PERIOD, FROM 10:50AM-12:50PM. PLEASE CHECK IN TO THE MAIN OFFICE, SHOW YOUR ID AND REQUEST YOUR YEARBOOK. FROM THERE YOU WILL BE ASSISTED OR DIRECTED TO THE JOURNALISM ROOM. 
 
SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL MRS. HUFFMAN AT: A.HUFFMAN.THEPALMECHO@GMAIL.COM
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER!
-THE PALM ECHO STAFF

If you need further information or assistance on yearbook related matters, please contact Mrs. Huffman at: a.huffman.thepalmecho@gmail.com
Palmetto Boys’ LAX Merch:
The Palmetto Boys’ Lacrosse team store is back open!  Show your school and team spirit!
Panther Girls Lacrosse:
Tutoring for Tomorrow:
Tutoring for Tomorrow is a great resource for online learning. They will have a webinar for interested families on Friday, September 4th at 6:00PM EST. For more information check out their web site: tutoringfortomorrow.org
PTSA Meetings for 2020-2021:
Please note the following dates for our general PTSA meetings. They will be virtual meetings until we are able to meet in person again. All will take place at 7:00 PM.

Sept 10
Oct 8
Nov 12
Jan 14
Feb 11- Vote to elect Nom Com
April 15- Announcement of Slate
May 13- Last Meeting and Elections
More From Mr. Nerenberg, Palmetto’s College Counselor:

Parents and Students: 
SCOIR IS HERE! 

This is just the beginning of a new chapter of college search and applications. MDCPS is using a program called SCOIR which will facilitate applications, college search, interest inventory, and everything else pertaining to post secondary search. 

We need our students and parents to sign up for this as soon as possible. 

Here is a list of instructions for the kids to sign up. 

Please pass it on to your kids no matter what the grade level is, but we are focusing on juniors right now. 

They will be able to use it today! 

Students can use these instructions to register for their Scoir account, which are also located in the Student Getting Started Guide . If you are using the URL method (which is what I recommend if students do not check their email), those instructions begin at the 1:25 minute mark of the video. Please see below for written instructions: 

Step 1 : Open up your school registration URL: https://app.scoir.com/signup?hsid=101153
Step 2 : Enter an email that you would like associated with your Scoir account and submit. This should be an email that you plan to frequently check because important notifications, such as messages from your counselor, will be sent to this email address. 
Step 3 : Check your email to find the Scoir email invitation and select the option to complete your registration. 
Step 4 : You may be prompted to enter your Student ID number and birthdate. Enter this information correctly and select the option to verify your student ID. 
Step 5 : Create a password and sign up! You can now begin exploring Scoir ! 
Step 6 : To access your account moving forward, sign in at app.scoir.com

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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!
Register to Vote 2020 & Vote by Mail:
REGISTER TO VOTE!!!! (and if you have an 18-year old please help them if they need it!)
Register to Vote Florida: https://registertovoteflorida.gov/home
Community News:
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.
 
Click Here to donate to Miami Palmetto PTSA (thank you!!!)

PLEASE FORWARD this email to any new parents who may not be receiving it yet. 
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