The Eagles' Call!
Edgewater High School Community Brief
Monday, April 13, 2020
I hope this message finds you all healthy and safe. With all of the distractions of distance learning, we did not properly acknowledge Assistant Principals Week this week, so please allow me to brag about our amazing assistant principals.  
Many assume that assistant principals are either "Principal Apprentices" or "Principals-in-Training." This is simply not true. Even if they one day become principals, I still feel comfortable leaving any of them in charge if I am off campus. All three are uniquely qualified to run our school in my absence. OCPS does an amazing job of setting high standards for identifying instructional leaders for assistant principal positions. This is so they can hit the ground running once placed in a school as a principal. Our assistant principals have to juggle overseeing departments, supporting teachers and students, scheduling, and the list goes on. Our assistant principals are also mothers, spouses, and caretakers. Yet, they manage to do it all. Our assistant principals maintain an on-call presence of 24/7. I can get a hold of them whenever I need to and they are quick to act.

They lead with confidence and conviction. I am grateful for each of them and marvel at their work ethic. If you have a moment, I ask that you please thank Jodi Blevins, Teleshia Jones, and Betsy Leis for their amazing leadership on behalf of our teachers and students. They deserve our admiration.  
Mark Shanoff, Ed. D 
Edgewater High School 
"The Pride of College Park and Orlando"

Pictured very top: EHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Congratulations to Bryanna Pajotte (Valedictorian, left) and Jenna Appel (Salutatorian) as representatives for the Class of 2020! This is the most academically competitive class in the last four years at EHS, with over 40 seniors eclipsing a 5.0 cumulative weighted GPA. Simply amazing!

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Content & Upcoming Events

SAC Meeting (Tuesday, April 14 at 6:15 PM)sac 

We are holding a virtual SAC Meeting on April 14th at 6:15 PM. Please review the information below: 
* Topic: April SAC Meeting 
* Time: April 14, 2020 at 06:15 PM  
* Join Zoom Meeting
* Meeting ID: 283 073 957 
* Password: 9AKLLW

Recent Announcementsannouncements  

Edgewater Community Support 
Families interested in helping the EHS community can donate to the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools website. They can make their gifts to The Distressed Student and Family Fund. Link - Distressed Student & Family Fund.   
When you click on this link you will be directed to the OCPS Foundation. It is quick & easy and your support is deeply appreciated. Thank you for your kindness.
AP Students 
College Board is offering assistance for students who are lacking devices or internet access in order for them to take their exams. Link - 

Free Grab-and-Go Meals Now Includes Weekend Meals! 
Beginning April 10, Friday Grab-and-Go meals include meals for the three day weekend. Meals are available for pick-up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the car loop of each school site. Friday Grab-and-Go meals will include three days worth of meals.

Students are no longer required to be present to receive the meals. Parents must provide the names of students for whom they are picking up meals. District staff will record names and distribute the meals directly to parents in their vehicles (drive-thru service).

Students walking and/or riding a bike to the school can also pick up meals. Based on recommendations from our federal and state leaders, all meals should be taken home to eat.  
* List of all OCPS food distribution sites here.  

National Assistant Principals Weeknationalapweek   

We would like to thank and recognize the hard work of our three Assistant Principal's during National Assistant Principals Week!
  • Jodi Blevins- Assistant Principal of Instruction
  • Betsy Leis- Assistant Principal
  • Teleshia Jones- Assistant Principal  

Seniors and SGAclassof2020

Seniors, you have an address verification task that needs to be completed to process refunds for Grad Bash and Prom. You will find it under the Class of 2020 page on the website.

 Class of 2020 Newsletter (recently released)

Please CLICK HERE for the newsletter (only page 1 shown below).

* Students, please be sure to follow the SGA webpage for up-to-date information concerning your class: 
* Be sure to follow SGA on social media so we can feature you in our challenges coming up. Faculty is invited to join in as well! Check them out below! 
  • Instagram: @ehs_sga
  • Twitter: ehs_sga3100

Community Connectioncommunityconnection 
Coach Duke on Channel 9 this past week! 

On Thursday, April 9th EHS Head Football Coach Cameron Duke was interviewed on WFTV Channel 9 talking about maintaining team culture and student-athlete engagement in the age of social distancing!

Senior Spotlightseniorspotlight 
Check out a pair of our senior students with their senior sign in their yard!     

Helpful Tips & Information for Parentshelpfultipsparents

We have curated all of the communicated information to parents in one easy-to-use reference guide.

EHS Rotary Student of the Monthehstudentofthemonth 

Congratulations to Bryanna Pajotte for being named EHS Rotary Student of the Month for April. Dr. Shanoff and Bryanna joined the College Park Rotary for a Zoom session this past week!

Alumni Spotlightalumnispotlight 
James Gilbert, Class of 2019 

Congratulations to James Gilbert, Class of 2019, who earned an automatic bid to the NAIA Indoor National Track and Field Meet. James attends Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and throughout his freshman indoor track season, he competed in the 60m, 200m, High Jump (6' 9"), and in the long jump. In his first collegiate meet, he broke the school's long jump record; something he went on to do multiple times throughout the season. James jumped 23' 10", placing him third overall and this placement earned him All-American Honors.   

Faculty, Staff and Administrators Working Virtuallyvirtualwork 

Adrienne Santiago & her doggie secretary Stella.
Jodi Zocchi collaborating with Adrienne Santiago.

LtCol Lucas grading papers at home!

 Betsy Leis working at Lancaster Elementary this past week!

Natalie Hawkins working virtually from home!
Head Football Coach Cameron Duke helping our students in a credit recovery session!

Report Cardsreportcards  

Parents may access report cards effective March 30, 2020 by going to the "Student Portfolio" on Skyward Family Access.


If you are interested in ordering a 2019-2020 yearbook, the deadline has been extended to April 27. Visit and search: Edgewater High School (Orlando, FL). The presale cost is $75.

Food Distribution for Families in Needfooddistributionoptions

The organizations and resources below are providing food distribution services during the COVID-19 shutdown period.

OCPS Food and Nutrition Services Distribution Sites:
Information on the food distribution can be found below:

Love Pantry:
Edgewater High School has food or "Love Pantry" provided by the Christian Services Network (CSN). Please arrange a time by appointment to come up to the school if you are interested in this service.

United Against Poverty:
United Against Poverty Orlando (UP Orlando) is providing access to their Member Grocery market to families in need. Click below for more information:

College and Career Resource Centerccrc 
Your weekly update from Ms. Neiswanger    
Contact information 
Do you need help with scholarships, residency forms, scholarships, FAFSA, Dual Enrollment, applications etc.? Students and parents can text, call or email any questions or to schedule an appointment for a help session. I am here and miss working with all our students!

Google Voice number for texts and messages: 407-796-2617
Office hours: Mon/Tues/Fri 8-11am; Weds 12-3pm; Thurs 11-2pm    

Senior information:   
Please continue to notify Ms. Neiswanger of any college acceptances, scholarships awarded and FAFSA completions!

Given the uncertain circumstances surrounding COVID-19, many colleges and universities are offering students the option to delay making their admission deposits, options to move their admission term etc. Please make sure that you are checking your email and college/university admissions portals for updates.

In need of scholarships? Check the OCPS Scholarship Bulletin:

Additional scholarships will be posted on Canvas for students as they are received. Please make it a habit to check the EHS Student Connected: Student Information Canvas page for  announcements often!

The EHS Foundation Scholarship application deadline has been extended to April 15th which is this week!. All submissions will now be via email to Ms. Neiswanger in place of being submitted in person.

Edgewater Foundation - Patricia Fox Scholarship will be awarded to an Edgewater High School senior who aspires to teach or participate in public service. This student can be selected based on need, academic achievement, good citizenship, extra-curricular activities, personal accomplishments and/or spirit of volunteerism. Applications are available through the Edgewater High School Guidance Office (Ms. Neiswanger) and the Fox family.


The College Park Rotary Club Scholarship is due on April 20th via email to Ms. Neiswanger. The application is available on Canvas for students to complete.
Seniors you can now access the Senior Survey on Naviance. Please complete your survey ASAP! Thank you to those students who have already done so. The directions to access your survey are on Canvas.

Students who are unable to access the survey can email Ms. Neiswanger for assistance.

Valencia Dual Enrollment Fall 2020 applicants 
The test score deadline has been extended to May 1st. Valencia is currently working on an alternate form of testing for students as well. As details become available, we will post the information on Canvas and in upcoming newsletters.
Educational Attainment and Employment During Economic Shocks 
On Friday, April 3 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their March 2020 jobless report. The March figures reflect the early effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and efforts to contain it - read full report.

The chart below reflects a pattern that has held true for decades. When the U.S. economy goes into a downturn or confronts an external "shock" such as with the COVID-19 outbreak, those individuals with more education have the better odds of staying employed.  
* Gray area represents the most recent recessionary period on record (Dec. 2007 to June 2009) and the figures show the net gain or loss in the number of jobs (in millions) since Dec. 2007 by level of education. 

Unfortunately, Prom and Grad Bash have been cancelled. All ticket sales will be refunded. For more information please contact Keisha Mulfort at

Support for Students with Disabilities - Distance Learningdistancedisablities

Orange Technical College UpdateOTCupdate 

* Current OTC dual enrollment students are continuing their instruction through Canvas with their OTC dual enrollment instructors. Students having technical difficulties or who do not have access to assignments on Canvas OTC dual enrollment courses should notify their OTC dual enrollment instructors immediately or Tameka Cox at

* Students interested in submitting applications for OTC dual enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year, should contact Tameka Cox  via email for further instructions. As more information becomes available in the coming days or weeks, we will inform you of deadlines and any changes with the OTC dual enrollment process.

AP Examsapexams  

* For the latest information on AP Exams please reference the link below:

* AP mock exams will be cancelled due to COVID-19. Please reach out to your AP teachers to get instruction on how they would like you to access any practice exams or materials.

* Free AP Review Classes - Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:
  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons including topics from the final 25% of the course
  • To access the live classes and recordings, visit the AP YouTube channel or find your course schedule below. We'll be adding more courses soon.

Student Technology Concernstechnologyconcerns  

Student Technology Concerns: Tech availability will be Monday through Friday at the Auditorium Ticket Booth from 9 AM-10 AM.  If computers must be swapped out, there could be a charge depending if the computer is damaged. Also, replacement chargers will be available (for a fee). If those times are not convenient, please reach out to Dr. Teleshia Jones at

The fastest way to get technology assistance is under the tech ticket option on your Launchpad under "digital support" or under "general information" on the student information Canvas page.

IEP/Staffing Specialist Contact Informationiep   

If your child has an IEP and you need to contact our Staffing Specialist. Please email Laurie Scussel at or contact her at 407-815-4091.

EHS is a Grab-and-Go Meal Pick Up Locationgrabandgo

Grab-and-Go meals will be available for pick-up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the car loop at EHS! Students must be present to receive the meals. District staff will distribute the meals directly to those in their vehicle (drive-thru service). Meals will be given directly to any students walking and/or riding a bike. Based on recommendations from our federal and state leaders, all meals should be taken home to eat.

Low and No Cost Internet Service Providersinternetservice    

The following local Internet Service Providers have taken the Keep America Connected Pledge and are offering low and no cost services at this time:

State Testing Cancelledstatetestingcancelled  

According to a March 2020 press conference, Governor Ron DeSantis says all required testing for Florida's K-12 schools is canceled. Students will not be taking EOC, FSA, and CFE assessments.  
Coronavirus Updatecoronavirusupdate    

Orange County Public Schools is in constant communication with the Florida Department of Health and Department of Education regarding responses to COVID-19.

Please reference the OCPS website for up to date information.

Community Resourcescommunityresources   

Contact Information
Mr. Nathan Moran, SAFE Coordinator
  • Google #:  (407) 801-9417
  • Office Hours: M, W, F - 8-11 am & Tues, Thur - 12-3 pm
Ms. Terry Ridges, MSW-School Social Worker
  • Google #:  (321) 710-6158
  • Office Hours:  M, W, F - 12-3 pm & Tues, Thurs - 8-11 am
Leadership Team

Principal - Dr. Mark Shanoff -
Assistant Principal of Instruction - Jodi Blevins -
Assistant Principal - Teleshia Jones -
Assistant Principal - Betsy Leis -
9th & 10th Grade Dean - Anamarys Rodriguez -
11th and 12th Grade Dean - Kirk Malcolm II -
Student Support and Operations Resource Teacher - Dr. Kim Bispott -
Academic Dean - Melissa Gray -

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