The Eagles' Call!
Edgewater High School Community Brief
Monday, May 4, 2020
Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week has a different meaning this year. In the past, we took each day to do something different with our teachers. Obviously, celebrating them in person during the school week isn't possible this year. But, just as we have leveraged social media for communication, and as teachers have made thousands of course corrections for individual students, its perfect timing to provide teachers their due.

I like to think of OCPS as the "smallest" big school district in the country - we individualize and tailor specific needs of kids. If nothing else, distance learning has shown us that our teacher KNOW their kids, our kids KNOW their teachers, and, at least for Edgewater, the kids have seen their principal's handsome face every morning on Facebook or Instagram for a new message.

Teachers are very deserving of their recognition week May 4-8. We were able to deliver 150+ teacher/staff appreciation gifts using CDC social distancing guidelines earlier this week (below). Seeing our teachers and staff members, even from six feet away, made a huge difference for our teachers and staff and also for our administrators.

My humble ask this week is that as a student, parent, alumni, community member, or other stakeholder, please message your child's teachers and thank them for their hard work and diligence. Consider posting something on your social media about your child's teachers, expressing your gratitude.

Through COVID-19, we have seen the superhuman work of doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery workers and others. We have seen the resilience of service industry workers, small business owners, and others who have seen their livelihoods. We need to elevate the sacrifices made by these individuals; let's honor and support them. But let's also take a moment and thank the amazing work done by our educators. And when I say educators, I mean anyone who impacts the lives of kids.

Thank you for honoring our teachers and other educators who make Edgewater a home away from home for our students and community!

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

Pictured at very top and just below: Edgewater faculty, staff, and teachers working virtually over recent days.

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Content & Upcoming Events
In This Issue

Progress Reports
Teacher Appreciation
Class of 2020
Helpful Tips
Student Health Center
Org. Chart
Distance Learning Info.
Class of 2020 - Orlando Magazine
Food Distribution
AP Exams
Technology Problems
Eagle Athletics
Dates to Watch For

May 4-8: National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6:
Quarter 4 Progress Reports
May 10:
Happy Mother's Day!
May 25:
Memorial Day

Progress Reportsprogressreports  
Wednesday, May 6th  

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!

Teacher Appreciationteacherappreciation 

This past week, EHS celebrated our faculty and staff as the administrative team delivered our teacher appreciation gifts to door steps!    
Senior Class of 2020Classof2020 


* Check out a little something that Dr. Shanoff and his colleagues made for our seniors Class of 2020!

* Updated Senior Website - 

* Yard signs are $20 and can be purchased by making a donation at the following website Dr. Mulfort will schedule times for parents to come pick  up the signs from EHS. To contact Dr. Mulfort please email her at 
Please keep these dates on your calendar and more information about each will be forthcoming:

* NEW INFO!!! 
May 5th-9th: Cap & Gown Distribution
* Cap & Gown Distribution PREORDERS ONLY! 9AM-12PM
~ Tuesday, May 5th - Last Name: A-M
~ Wednesday, May 6th - Last Name: N-Z

* New Orders (Have Not Ordered) 9AM-12PM
~ Thursday, May 7th - Last Name:  A-M
~ Friday, May 8th - Last Name: N-Z

* Cords, Stoles, and Senior Package Information 9AM-12PM
~ Sat. May 9th

** Please be sure to use your Cap and Gown in your video for Diacom!

May 15th, 18th, 20th: Laptop and Charger Return
~ May 27th - AP Students Only      
~ Be on the lookout for appointment confirmations coming soon! The links to confirm your appointment date and time will arrive to your OCPS email next week.
~ This is where Cap and Gowns will be given out. We will be unable to accommodate requests on any other day at this moment. Because of social distancing guidelines, we are required to abide by the regulations of OPD and the Sheriff's Department.

** If you have not paid your senior dues, please do so ASAP by calling Herff Jones at 407-647-4373. Please remember that your senior dues covers the events that have already taken place, senior shirts, graduation material (diplomas, covers, graduation programs, etc.).              

May 28th: Senior Drive-Thru 6-8 PM
~ More information is forthcoming! You all are going to LOVE this!!!

June 4th: Virtual Graduation 8:20 PM
~ More information is forthcoming!
~ PLEASE follow the instructions from Diacom in the newsletter. We need you to submit the 4 videos.
~ If you took senior pictures in the black formal attire, I have your picture and do not need you to provide a copy of that picture. If you have not taken your picture, please contact me ASAP!
~ In the attachment, you will find information on submitting your photos and videos to Diacom for the virtual graduation, listen - it is A LOT. However, the goal is to make this as memorable as we can, so PLEASE, follow the instructions carefully.
~ I need your model release form returned to ASAP. Please ensure this is completed by May 8th - it will take no more than 3 minutes to complete.

Week of July 20th: In-Person Graduation
~ Graduation will take place on the football field
~ The date and time will be selected in the coming weeks
~ We will host the Top 10 Senior Breakfast this week
~ We will host the Dubsdread Senior Breakfast this week
~ We will host the Senior Sunset (Tailgate) the night before

** We are HOPEFUL social distancing guidelines will allow us to complete each event!

Frequently Asked Questions Answered

Q: When will I receive my refund from Grad Bash and Prom?
A: When the vendors return those funds to Edgewater. We paid for our events in advance and cannot refund the events until we receive reimbursement. Once we receive it and it is processed, checks will be mailed to the address used in the verification link at For those who have not paid their dues, you can have your refund transferred to your dues. For those who still want a day at Universal with your friends and some of your favorite teachers, the Grad Bash Ticket Exchange Program is the way to go! Let me know if you'd like more information on that program and I can ensure your ticket is transferred.

Q: What about the Senior Breakfast at Dubsdread and the Senior Tailgate?
A: We have not cancelled the Senior Breakfast or Senior Tailgate, and those fees were marginally added to packages.

As such, there will be no refunds for those events.

Once social distancing restrictions are lifted, students will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for these events.

Q: What about Yearbooks and Cap and Gown pictures I paid for?
A: Yearbooks are scheduled to arrive the first week in June. Ms. Lopota will be in contact with you to pick these up. As of right now, we do not know how many extra yearbooks will be available for on-site pickup, but be on the lookout for information on this from Ms. Lopota. If you ordered cap and gown pictures and have not received them, they will be available for pickup when you receive your cap and gown.

Panoramic pictures, shirts, hats, and water bottles will be in your senior packages - along with cords from organizations that supply them. If you are a member of Beta Club, NHS, or another club/organization that traditionally has cords, please reach out to your sponsor to inquire about whether or not you will be receiving cords. This normally comes with an additional charge assessed by the organization or is a part of your dues.  

Orlando Sentinel Photo Gallery for Seniors 
2020 High School Seniors may not be celebrating graduation in a typical way this year, so the Orlando Sentinel created this FREE photo gallery in their honor, with heartfelt congratulations for a job well done.
~ Select the county their high school is located in, then upload an image of the graduating senior you would like to feature, include high school name, what their plans are after graduation, and any special messaging.
~ Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! 
Helpful Tips & Information for Parentshelpfultipsparents

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

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

EHS Organizational Chartorgchart 

Please reference the organizational chart for contact information at EHS!

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 this past week to help parents. Additional support materials can be found at and have been shared with school social media coordinators. (If you visit the distance learning website there are also some very useful short videos.)
Class of 2020 Opportunityclassof2020opportunity
Orlando magazine offer   

* Bonus: Order By May 5 and Orlando magazine will post about your graduate on their social media channels!

College and Career Resource Centerccrc2 
Weekly update by 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, Wed 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.

Virtual Signing Day 
Because we can't celebrate signing day in person, we want to celebrate your plans for after high school virtually. You will be recognized for your final college, military, workforce, or tech school of choice. Once all the information is gathered it will be put together and posted on the EHS website and Canvas for friends and family to view. To participate in Senior Signing Day, complete the following link by May 5th.

OPTIONAL: If you would like to have your picture as a part of Signing Day, you can upload a picture when you submit your form or by emailing it to  Suggestions would be your senior picture or a picture of you in your college gear. All pictures must be in good taste/appropriate.

If you have questions, email Ms. Neiswanger!

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 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.

Please join us in celebrating our 7 OCPS Super Scholars!
We have an Edgewater High School record, 7 Super Scholars, this year! These are students that were admitted to the top 20 universities, liberal arts colleges and service academies, as ranked by US News and World Report. Congratulations Jack Denning, Daniel Green, Sophia Lotz, Bryanna Pajotte, Molly Palmer, Sam Shoemaker, and Jack Sommerville!  We will be celebrating these phenomenal students May 7 via the link below!
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.

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.

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

Monday, Math 4th and May 11th from 11am-1pm. Players need to meet Ms. Montgomery and/or Mr. Tomcykowski by the boys locker room by the stadium.

Monday, Math 4th and 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 6th and May 13th from 12-2pm. Players will meet Coach Lewis at the bus loop to drop off uniforms.

Wednesday, May 6th and 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 8th and Friday, May 15th from 10am-12pm. Players will meet Coach Rodriguez in the bus loop for drop-off.

Friday, May 8th and Friday, May 15th from 10am-12pm. Players will meet Coach Mulfort in the bus loop for drop-off.

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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