The Eagles' Call!
Edgewater High School Community Brief
Monday, April 20, 2020
So, through distance learning I've tried more than ever, to put myself in the shoes of students, teachers and parents.

And I had my a-ha moment on Thursday afternoon. I was headed out to exercise in the afternoon when I received a text from my ex-wife about our 8 year old daughter and the fact that she lost any possibility of an evening treat and TV for the duration of the day due to her treatment of her "teacher at home." I asked whether Principal Dad could talk to her. So, I called. My daughter and I spoke. She said mom wasn't explaining things well and she's just getting upset. Mom said Parker wasn't exhibiting the type of effort she would normally exhibit for her superstar of a teacher, Mrs. McNamara. We settled things and instruction continued:)

But, it was such an eye opening experience for me as a principal. All over the country, parents are doing their level best to assist teachers in ensuring learning takes place. Teachers are having to be creative in how new information is taught, re-taught, and demonstrated. And students are having to manage their time, motivation, and own anxiety about missing the social aspects of school.

Conditions for learning have never been more challenging than they are right now. So, my message this weekend is not to ask anyone to work harder. My message is simply thank you to everyone for doing the best you can. I am drawing my inspiration from students that are making it happen, parents like my ex-wife and the ones supporting our teachers, and lastly, and most importantly, the teachers and staff members who are grinding every day to make learning meaningful, interesting and interactive, even if through social distancing. 
Mark Shanoff, Ed. D 
Edgewater High School 
"The Pride of College Park and Orlando"

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Content & Upcoming Events
In This Issue

Senior Spotlight
Virtual Staff
Family Table
Progress Reports
Grab-and-Go Meals - Update for 4/20
Fla. Dept. of Health Survey
Alumni Spotlight
Army of Angels
Valencia Application
Food Distribution Options
Class of 2020
AP Exams
Technology Concerns
Dates to Watch For

Apr. 20: College Park Rotary Club Scholarship deadline
Apr. 20:
NEW Grab-and-Go Meal guidelines begin this week
May 1:
New deadline for Valencia DE test scores
May 2:
SAT Cancelled
May 6:
Quarter 4 Progress Reports

Senior Spotlightseniorspotlight2  

Check out some of our senior students with their senior yard signs this past week! Students are pictured with Dr. Keisha Mulfort, Senior Class Sponsor. 

EHS Faculty, Staff and Administrators Working Virtuallystaffvirtual    

Anamarys Rodriguez - 9th and 10th Grade Dean
Nathan Moran - SAFE Coordinator
Eddie Battle - Math for College Readiness Teacher
SgtMaj Ray Fullard - JROTC Teacher

Jodi Blevins - Assistant Principal of Instruction
Barbara Staggs - PASS Teacher

Dr. Keisha Mulfort- AP Capstone & SGA Teacher

Family Tablefamilytable 

* Family Table Time is committed to making mealtime fun and bringing families closer together by helping them communicate in a fun and interactive way. Family Table Time creates opportunities by providing printable content in English and Spanish for families. Each family activity kit is designed to help families establish and sustain lifelong healthy habits, traditions, and memories.

* During the month of April and May, the content addresses character values. Each week, families will have an easy to follow guide of activities to address attitude, talent, environment, trust, gratitude, sacrifice, family and accomplishments.

* For access to the content, each family can sign-up to receive immediate downloads at Family Table Time.

Progress Reportsprogressreports  

Parents - Quarter 4 Progress Reports will be released on May 6th. Please mark this date on your calendar so you can discuss your child's grades prior to the end of the school year

Updated Food Distribution - "Grab-and-Go Meals"grabandgoupdate   

Effective 4/20/2020 student food distribution will take place at EHS  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Student food distribution will no longer occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Florida Department of Health Surveyfldeptofhealthsurvey   

The Florida Department of Health (FDH) is requesting your assistance with a health survey.  As Florida continues to work to fight the spread of COVID-19, the FDH launched a new survey, Stronger Than COVID-19 Community Action Survey. This survey is intended for Florida residents to anonymously answer a brief series of questions which the Department will use to help inform and improve the state's response to COVID-19.  
Alumni Spotlightalumnispotlight2 
Samantha Bradish (Class of 2019) 

Class of 2019, Cadet Battalion Executive Officer, Samantha Bradish has gone a long way in a short time, as she is now a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army currently stationed in Fort Greely ALASKA!  As a combat medic, PVT2 Bradsish is seen (with hair in a bun) as part of the Base medical element screening personnel for COVID-19. They were recognized as hidden heroes that have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to protect our community. 


Our Orchestra students participated in a major project where they made 3D prototypes of a Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass. We are proud of  our student's creativity and artistry in this project. Students had to provide detailed measurements of the dimensions of their Instruments by  utilizing science, technology, engineering, arts, math (STEAM). 

Army of Angelsarmyofangels   

Army of Angels is providing support for families of OCPS families in need of food and other essentials such as paper towels and toilet paper. Everything is kept confidential. If you or another member of our OCPS family is in need please pass along this flyer. You can request their services on their website or complete the google form here!
Drop off is available in some areas so please do not stress if your family does not have the proper transportation to pick up items.

Valencia Applicationvalenciaapplication  

Seniors if you were thinking about applying to Valencia, now is the time! Through May 31st there is NO FEE to complete the application. That's right, your application will be FREE!

If you need help completing an application, this PowerPoint will walk you step by step through the application.  Make sure you are logged into your OCPS google drive to view. A PDF of the presentation is also attached.

Email any questions to Ms. Robbins or Ms. Neiswanger


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!

COVID-19 Effect 
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 Monday, April 20th!. All submissions will now be via email to Ms. Neiswanger in place of being submitted in person.


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. 
Rotary_Essay Application EHS-2019-1.doc

Seniors you can now access the Senior Survey on Naviance. Please complete your survey ASAP! The OCPS deadline to complete is May 1st. 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, I will post the information on Canvas and in upcoming Newsletters.

Below are several links that can help students with the college planning process including upcoming virtual college fairs.

COVID-19: So What's Next?! Assisting Juniors & Seniors in College Admissions
By College Greenlight (Links to an external site.)
Click here (Links to an external site.) to view a recorded webinar with information on  COVID-19 and college admissions for Juniors and Seniors. 
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List of Colleges that are test optional 
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Strive Virtual College Exploration Week - April 20th to April 23rd  
(Links to an external site.) is hosting an Online College Block Party April 28th and 29th!  
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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

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

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.

Check out the football schedule for the 2020 Season!  

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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