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Edgewater High School Community Brief
Monday, May 11, 2020
In 2004, I received a perfect score on my GMAT Writing subtest. Sadly, my verbal and math scores were not as perfect.

I'm a decent writer. . . because of my mom. My mom taught my siblings and I lots of life skills, but she taught us all how to write effectively. These lessons were learned early in life-book reports (remember those?); journal writing; and even written summaries that accompanied dioramas in old shoe boxes.

My mom was a stay at home mom for my elementary school years, was an active soccer mom, room parent and PTA Officer. She slowly went back to work, part-time and then full time as my siblings and I grew up. At one point she had an interest in teaching journalism at our local high school. But that never materialized.

She eventually ended up working for the Federal Trade Commission, leading a large department, the Office of Consumer and Business Protection. Her office hatched the "Do Not Call" List, a transformative federal program that allowed citizens to opt out of telemarketing calls.

She retired a few years ago, having worked her way up into senior executive service. She never intended to get into leadership or management, but she did. She's always been tough, but nurturing. And she led her office team that way. She traded in the 70 hour work weeks for the FaceTime calls with her grandchildren, the constant reminders to her children to wear masks, and walking 5-10 miles daily.

But, the ability to write effectively is one the greatest gifts my mother provided me. It also means there is no excuse for me to not send cards at birthdays and holidays.

To all of the mothers out there, I thank you for the unconditional love, guidance and advocacy you provide your kids. For all of the aunts, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, the roles you play as quasi-moms are crucial to our kids as well.

And, to those that may be experiencing their first Mother's Day without their mom, may the memories of Mother's Day-past provide you comfort.

Mark Shanoff, Ed. D 
Edgewater High School 
"The Pride of College Park and Orlando"

Pictured at very top: Edgewater PTSA on campus during Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers and staff enjoyed a 4 Rivers lunch and lots of "Thank You's" during a curb-side pick-up luncheon. 

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Content & Upcoming Events
In This Issue

Class of 2020
Thespian Troupe 557 Seniors
Distance Learning Tips
EHS Org. Chart
Virtual Working
OCPS Distance Learning
Student Health Center
Top Talent 2020
AP Exams
Tech. Concerns
Eagle Athletics
Vital Signs
Dates to Watch For

May 11: Senior To Do List due, 12 PM
May 14:
Senior Survey deadline
May 15:
OCPS Virtual Top Talent, 6-8 PM
May 25:
Memorial Day
May 27:
Last school day of Quarter 4

OPD School Resource Officer Thomas with Dr. Shanoff.

* This week is National Police Week across the USA. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. The week honors those in law enforcement that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.


General Meeting and 2020/21 PTSA Election:
* Due to COVID-19 and our need to continue to socially distance ourselves, updates that would normally be shared during our final meeting, are being shared below.

* Additionally, our 2020/21 PTSA Officer Election has been conducted virtually. Thank you, to those of you who participated. Our 2020/21 Board will be announced shortly.

Senior Scholarship Recipients:
* Congratulations to our two recipients of the 2020 Cory Connell Sr. Scholarship, Saindry Paul and Sam Shoemaker. Both were awarded a $1,000 college scholarship in honor of Cory's legacy for demonstrating many positive character traits while on and off campus

Sam is bound for UF while Saindry will be a freshman at UCF. Congratulations from PTSA!

Teacher Appreciation:
* On behalf of all EHS Parents and Students, the PTSA recognized our amazing teachers and staff with some "Distant Teachers' Appreciation" on Saturday, May 2nd.

* Teachers and staff enjoyed a 4 Rivers Lunch and lots of "Thank You's" during a curb-side pick-up luncheon. 

* We're truly appreciative of all that our teachers do for their students!

PTSA Parent/Teacher Fundraiser:
* Our Parent Teacher Mixer/Fundraiser will be postponed until the 2020/2021 school year . . . aiming for a fall party so be on the look-out for more information over the summer.

Senior Class of 2020Classof2020 

Senior Class Newsletter for May 2020 

* Seniors - Please review the senior to do list  below as all items have to be submitted by Monday, May 11th at noon!  
* Updated Senior Website 

Theatre Seniors: Edgewater Troupe 557Troupe557 

Edgewater Troupe 557 celebrated our ITS Inducted Seniors Covid-19 style! We wish you the best successes as we know you are ready to offer the world so much talent and dedication.

Helpful Tips & Information for Parentshelpfultipsparents

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

EHS Organizational Chartorgchart 

Please reference the organizational chart for contact information at EHS!

EHS Faculty, Staff and Administrators Working Virtuallyvirtrualworking

Jacklyn Steward-Garcia
Val Lopez
Susan Krupinski

Mr. Zocchi, Ms. Scussel, and Ms. Jones collaborating online
Kris Oakes

OCPS Distance Learning Info.distancelearninginfo 

Distance Learning Information for OCPS can be found at The site includes access to the district Instructional Continuity Plan, mental health resources, ESE resources, ELL resources, internet access option, device care tips, distance assistance tips for parents and student technical guides.

OCPS Distance Learning Posts
The following items went out recently to help parents and students:
College and Career Cornerccc 
Weekly update from Ms. Neiswanger  

Contact information 
Ms. Neiswanger working virtually from home.
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!

Seniors you can now access the Senior Survey on Naviance. Please complete your survey ASAP! The OCPS deadline to complete is May 14th. 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 
We still have no updates on alternate assessments to meet testing requirements. We DO know that they deadline for scores will be extended past May 1st. As more details become available, they will be sent to students via email and Canvas.

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

Accept group list of colleges who have changed their admission decision day to June 1st 
(Links to an external site.)

List of Colleges that are test optional 
(Links to an external site.)
We hope these provide opportunities for your students to learn more about us as they embark on their college search journey virtually!
* All the events will be live, not prerecorded.
* While we are offering six sessions, each one will cover similar content. Students are encouraged to attend only one session, allowing space for as many viewers as possible.
* Due to large crowds anticipated, we will not be taking live questions. Students can submit questions ahead of time on their registration form, and our representatives will do their best to cover them through the session content.

Virtual Event Dates:
* Sunday, May 17 4:00 - 5:00 jpm ET (1:00 pm PT)- RSVP for May 17        
* Tuesday, May 19 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET (1:00 pm PT) - RSVP for May 19
* Wednesday, May 20 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET (1:00 pm PT) - RSVP for May 20
* Sunday, May 31 - 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET (4:00 pm PT) - RSVP for May 31
* Tuesday, June 2 - 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET (4:00 pm PT) - RSVP for June 2
* Wednesday, June 3 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET (1:00 pm PT) - RSVP for June 3

NYU Online College and Career Prep Programs

NYU's immersive online courses and workshops allow high school and middle school students to learn new skills, engage with leading scholars and professionals, and collaborate with classmates from all over the world. Applications are open now!

Virtual Volunteering opportunity
Below is the link to the flyer for volunteer opportunities for members of the community to participate in with Advent Health.

Community Volunteer Flyer 

Student Health Centerstudenthealthcenter 

The Edgewater High School Student Health Center is closed while campus is closed.  As you prepare for summer camps, college, and other future plans, you may need an immunization record completed and signed by a medical practitioner. If you find you need this and are unable to see your primary care clinician, our Nurse Practitioner, Darcy Ravndal, can complete this for you at no cost.  Please send, via email, your requested information and any scanned documents associated with the request. Please send to

Top Talent 2020toptalent2020  

* The Foundation for OCPS is proud to say the show must go on: Top Talent 2020 is going VIRTUAL May 15, 2020!

* Friday, May 15, 6-8 p.m. - ONE NIGHT ONLY

* The Foundation for Orange County Public Schools will showcase our talented student performers and artists in a groundbreaking virtual setting!  This is a show you don't want to miss! Please plan to join us: more than 20 schools will be represented in the show, and EVERY school will benefit from the funds we raise. Proceeds from this event will help support the Foundation and provide arts enrichment for students experiencing poverty and homelessness. The event will be hosted live on OCPS' YouTube channel: 

* Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Fdn4OCPS for all event updates.

* Please help us promote this event by sharing with your friends, families, and professional networks via your social media outlets. You can even organize a virtual "watch party" to cheer on your favorite school, performer, or artist.

* Although our virtual event won't have ticket sales, we have the opportunity to reach a much larger audience, and we are strongly promoting our Fan Favorite voting (one vote = one dollar). This is a great way to celebrate and delight our student finalists, and will be vital to our fundraising efforts.

* Vote for your Fan Favorite by texting FFSTAGE to 41444 for your favorite performer or FFVISUAL to 41444 for your favorite artist. You can vote early and often - don't wait, and please share!
Food Distribution Reminderfooddistributionupdate 

On April 20, student food distribution started taking place at EHS on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m only. Student food distribution will no longer occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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.

Eagle Athleticsathletics  

Fall Sports Contact Information
  • Bowling (Boys and Girls) - Any students that are interested in participating in bowling, you can contact Coach Steinhorn at Tryouts and details to follow.
  • Cheerleading (junior varsity and varsity) - Please contact Coach Dunston if you are interested in participating in cheerleading.  You can email her at We will update tryout information at a later date.
  • Crew (Boys and Girls) - Any students that are interested in participating in crew, please contact Coach Brad at More information to follow.
  • Cross Country - If you are interested in running cross country at Edgewater, contact Coach Corbo at Tryout information will be updated.
  • Football (Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity) - Any students that are interested in playing freshmen, junior varsity and varsity football, please email Coach Duke at Tryouts and details to follow.
  • Boys Golf - If you interested in playing golf for the Edgewater Eagles, please contact Coach Brewer at We will update tryout information at a later date.
  • Girls Golf - Any girls interested in playing golf, please contact Coach Smith at Tryout information will be updated soon.
  • Swimming (Boys and Girls) - Please contact Coach Whitted if you have an interest in participating in swimming.  You can reach Coach Whitted at Details to come soon.
  • Girls Volleyball (Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity) - If you are interested in playing volleyball, please contact Coach Washington at Tryouts and details to follow.

Athletic Uniform Collection (continues again this week)
Please look below for your sport of the dates, times and location for uniform collection. Make sure you wash your uniform, bag them, tag them with your first and last name and sport.

Check out Coach Smith and a student who are social distancing during uniform collection this past week!

Monday, May 11th from 11am-1pm. Players need to meet Ms. Montgomery and/or Mr. Tomcykowski by the boys locker room by the stadium.

Monday, May 11th from 11am-1pm. Players need to meet at the Baseball Field and await Coach Gierke's instructions on the protocol to enter the locker room.

Wednesday, May 13th from 12-2pm. Players will meet Coach Lewis at the bus loop to drop off uniforms.

Wednesday, May 13th from 10am-12pm. Players will meet Coach Smith at the boys locker by the stadium and await instructions on the procedure to enter the locker room.

Friday, May 15th from 10am-12pm. Players will meet Coach Rodriguez in the bus loop for drop-off.

Friday, May 15th from 10am-12pm. Players will meet Coach Mulfort in the bus loop for drop-off.

Vital Signsvitalsigns
Events that can affect our Eagles today or in the future . . .    

April 2020 jobs report:
As you may have already heard, the April unemployment rate rose to a record 14.7% and payrolls dropped by an unprecedented 20.5 million as the coronavirus pandemic hit the economy. This is has been such a difficult period for so many Americans and our hearts go out to them. However, in the middle of this, one pattern holds fast - jobless rates across the country vary significantly based on educational attainment. The more education one has, the better the chances of staying employed.

Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor (5/8/2020); Read full article

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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