The Eagles' Call!
Edgewater High School Community Brief
Monday, October 14, 2019
Sound the horns! It's my annual message about reciprocal accountability! It always seems to fall at the same time every year - right before the end of the first marking period. The week leading up to the end of a marking period or a semester involves controlled panic regarding test re-takes, missing work, and discrepancies of "I don't have any record of you completing this assignment" vs. "But I turned it in!"

Our teachers have become increasingly more helpful in deferring to students regarding their grades approaching the end of the term. I see teachers responding to the students that are advocating for themselves. However, as I have stated for the last three years to students, triaging grades in the last week of a term is not a strategy.

I'm not referring to the situations involving grades and assignments that have just come through, but the assignments and tests from the beginning of the marking period deserve immediate attention.

College won't offer the re-takes that we offer. But we believe in mastery learning. And sometimes things can't be mastered the first time, but requires multiple exposures. In some cases, students struggle with certain formats of testing. And they require something different. The allure of working in this field is that we don't work on a production line-everything is couture. We will continue to get better so that the students can continue to get better!
Mark Shanoff, Ed. D 
Edgewater High School 
"The Pride of College Park and Orlando"

Pictured very top: Our Lady Eagles golf team is playing their District tournament in Ocala Monday and will appreciate all good wishes from the Eagles' Nest. Players include Amari Terry, junior, Alexa Harris, senior, coaches Beth Smith and Ken Harris, and sophomores Theori Thomas and Madeline Roush.

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Content & Upcoming Events
In This Issue


Dates to Watch For

October 14: Dual Enrollment Application Deadline
October 14: Girls Weightlifting Practice Begin
October 14: Spirit Night at Chipotle 5-9PM (525 S. Orlando Ave, Winter Park)
October 15: SAC Meeting, 6:30PM
October 16: End of 1st Quarter- NO EARLY RELEASE
October 17: Hurricane Dorian Make-Up Day
October 18: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
October 21-23: Boys Soccer Tryouts
October 21-24: Girls Soccer Tryouts
October 22: UNF Field Trip
October 23: Senior College Application Day
October 28-29: Girls Basketball Tryouts
October 31: College Shirt Day
October 31: Deadline for Senior Families to Join PTSA to Qualify for PTSA Scholarship
November 4-6: Boys Basketball Tryouts
November 5: Wrestling Information Meeting
November 11-12: Wrestling Tryouts
November 12: PTSA Meeting, 7:15 (Fishbowl)
November 13: Fall College and Career Fai

Upcoming TestingTesting 
On Wednesday, October 16th students in grade 9, 10, & 11 will be taking the PSAT at our school. This test measures the reading, mathematics, and writing skills students need for college in the same format as the SAT. Studies have shown that students who have taken the PSAT score higher on the SAT than students who do not take the PSAT. Once scores are received in December, students will receive feedback on how ready they are for college, along with resources to help them improve.

On Wednesday, October 16th students in 12th grade will be taking the SAT at our school. This test measures the reading, mathematics, and writing skills students need for college entrance. Once scores are received in December, students will receive feedback on how ready they are for college, along with resources to help them improve.

ALL students should:
  • Eat a nutritious breakfast.
  • Arrive to school on-time.
  • Bring a calculator (cell phones, iPads, tablets, etc. with calculators may not be used for the math portion of the test).
  • Bring a jacket in case the testing room is cold.
  • Be prepared to do their best.
  • 9th grade PSAT 8/9 requires a fully charged laptop computer with power cable.
For more information, please visit

Student testing locations will be distributed via their English class and emailed to their student Gmail.

* Please contact Nicholas Tomcykoski with any questions or concerns

School Board Representative Community Meetingkarencastordentel 

Karen Castor Dentel, EHS School Board Member for District 6,will be hosting a community meeting on October 14th at EHS from 6:00-7:30 PM. Parents and community members will have the opportunity to provide their input on proposed model school start times. 


What is the SAC? The School Advisory Council is a diverse, driven group of individuals who want to work to improve our school. The group is comprised of parents, community members, administrators, teachers and students all working together to make Edgewater a safe, academic and enjoyable environment. Each year, the SAC works hand-in-hand with the principal to both develop and evaluate the School Improvement Plan. Members also learn valuable information about Edgewater and use it to sponsor various activities throughout the year.

So why should you join? To put it quite simply... we need you! We need the valuable, diverse voice of many to help create the vision for our school's future. A handful of people is simply not enough for this important task. There is no experience or academic background needed to be a SAC member - just a willingness to learn, ask questions, and meet the challenges of making a brighter EHS future.

* Edgewater High School's School Advisory Council (SAC) will hold the second meeting of the 2019-2020 school year on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30pm in the ARC.

Leadership Training
Edgewater FFA students went to the FFA Leadership Headquarters in Haines City, FL for Conference Officer Leadership Training also known as COLT. Here the students learned how to be leader, build a program, and learned ice-breaker activities. Included were FFA District 4 Area chapters from Orange, Polk and Osceola counties (middle and high schools). Those that went from our Edgewater FFA chapter were Ivy Minor, Madison Weil and Sharryelle Goynes.

Forestry Competition
Edgewater FFA students went to their first Forestry competition this past Tuesday. They competed against other schools throughout the district at Moss Park. At this CDE (Career Development Event) students tested their knowledge on tools, mapping, diseases and plants in forestry. Those students that attended from Edgewater FFA were Ivy Minor, Madison Weil, Daneilla Lopes-Rosa and Sharryelle Goynes.

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USF Tour
On Tuesday, October 8th a group of 38 students toured the campus of USF in Tampa. Students learned about the requirements for admission and enjoyed lunch on campus. Our next scheduled field trip is to UNF on October 22nd.

Our Eagles outside the University of South Florida's Marshall Student Center last week.

Valencia Dual Enrollment Information
The spring 2020 Valencia Dual Enrollment application has been open. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 14th with a test score deadline of November 1st.

Upcoming Events - College Month (October and November)    
UNF Field trip Tuesday, October 22
Students need to see Ms .Neiswanger to sign up for the college field trip to UNF in Jacksonville. To be eligible to attend students must have a 2.5 GPA and no discipline issues. The trip will be a full day and requires students to have transportation home from school afterwards, as we may return after dismissal. College field trips are limited to 40-45 students.

John A. Delaney Student Union Center on the UNF campus in Jacksonville

Senior College Application Day
This event will be Wednesday, October 23rd during school day in the CCRC. Come get help filling out your applications, completing your SSAR, completing your FAFSA or applying for Bright Futures! Sign up to attend at

College Shirt Day- Friday, October 31st

FAFSA Help Day - Thursday, November 7th during the school day in the CCRC
Students receiving help on their FAFSA during an earlier CCRC help session

Fall College and Career Fair Wednesday, November 13th, 5-7pm in the cafeteria

Explore FAU Day 2019! (Saturday, October 19)
Florida Atlantic University welcomes high school seniors, potential transfer students, and their families to Explore FAU on the Boca Raton campus. This half-day program allows attendees to learn more about FAU's admissions requirements, academic offerings, financial aid, student life, and more.

LEDA Scholars Program for Juniors
It begins with an ALL EXPENSE PAID seven-week residential program at Princeton University that includes academic preparation for college, leadership training, college guidance, SAT/ACT preparation, help with college applications and scholarships, and a chance to experience life on a college campus. The application is available here and is due December 11th.

* Over three-quarters of undergraduates attend public institutions. For these students, one important factor in higher borrowing has been years of state budget cuts, which have led to higher college costs. Read full article to accompany chart.

Hispanic Heritage Celebrationhispanicheritagecelebration 

The EHS Spanish Honor Society celebrated the Hispanic Heritage Month (above). The  organization recognized Mrs. L√≥pez, for always supporting the Hispanic community (just below).

ELC Spirit Week Representativeelcspiritweek 

Nicole Knott from OCPS Employment Services proudly wears Edgewater Eagle gear during Spirit Week at the OCPS Educational Leadership Center downtown (school board building). Both her kids graduated from EHS! Thank you for "repping" us Nicole! Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle!

Nicole Knott proudly sporting her Edgewater colors at the OCPS school board building during their Spirit Week.

Sandy Hook Promise (Wrap Up)sandyhookpromise

Our first Sandy Hook Promise Week is all wrapped up! Thank you to all the teachers and students who wore green two Fridays ago to promote awareness in preventing gun violence.

It was also great to see many of our students from all corners of the cafeteria share an encouraging word on the "Kind Wall" during lunches (below). 

The Sandy Hook Promise really was a great team effort with special thanks to Mr. Malcolm for his MIC skills and leadership with the Lambda Gamma Young Men's Club, Dr. Rob & SGA, and Ms. Nobles who helped to make START WITH HELLO Week such a success!

Just above and then below: Students add their personal messages to the Kindness Wall as part of Edgewater's Sandy Hook Promise special event.

All-County OrchestraOrchestra 

Congratulations to our Orchestra students that auditioned for All-County Orchestra. Three of our Eagles were selected by way of audition. Although it's a small number, this is the greatest number of students that we've ever had representing Edgewater in the All-County Orchestra audition group. This is a huge honor for these students and our high school. We are very proud of these students' accomplishments!


Edgewater High School enjoys an active PTSA organization. This team of parents recognizes and celebrates our teachers, supports our student body, and collaborates with one another on ways to continually enhance the EHS experience for all. We welcome your involvement in any or all of the following ways.

We LOVE and THANK our volunteers!! An ENORMOUS THANK YOU!!! . . . to all of the parents who helped to build and staff our e-boutique last month. Thanks to your efforts many students had an opportunity to shop and find the perfect outfit for their 2019 homecoming dance. If you haven't had a chance to see it, below is a picture of the beautiful space that our volunteers created and click on the link just below to see a media piece about our special boutique.

Also, THANK YOU, to all of the parents who assisted with Homecoming Parade and Dance set up. Your help was greatly appreciated.

Watch for details regarding opportunities to assist with holiday baskets and teacher appreciation coming soon.

We need you!! Please donate on-line at or volunteer.

If you are interested in supporting or leading any of our other programs, please contact Kim Rugh at

Our membership drive is still going strong, so if you haven't joined yet, it's not too late. All of our PTSA initiatives are primarily funded through annual membership dues.

Joining is easy on-line at

* ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS . . . be sure that you and your Senior student join by October 31st in order to be eligible for the PTSA Senior Scholarship.

* THANK YOU to those of you who joined us for our first 2019/2020 PTSA meeting on September 10th. Minutes from that meeting can be found at:

* Our next meeting will be held on November 12th at 7:15 in the Fishbowl located right next to Student Services.

* In the meantime, you can stay connected in the following ways:

Show your spirit and support the PTSA by purchasing your EHS Spirit Wear on-line at  Proceeds from your purchase directly benefit the PTSA's initiatives.

U.S. Marine Corps JROTCusmcjrotc  

Two weekends ago included three very eventful days for our Marine Corps JROTC program. On Friday the Corps of Cadets marched down Edgewater Drive leading the Homecoming Parade. At the start of the football game, our Color Guard presented the National Colors. And later during halftime, our Honor Guard team provided the ceremonial arch for the Homecoming Court.   
The following day we attended the 18th Annual Iron Bear PT Competition in Brooksville, Florida. The same day, our Color Guard team presented the National Colors at St  Jude's Hospital to help raise funds for their "Fun Funds Run." This event was to help provide assistance to the capstone ceremony in the raising of $127,000 for our local St. Jude's Hospital.  
Then on Sunday, cadets assisted at the Edgewater VFW post as they held a Gold Star dinner honoring the mothers of service members killed in action while defending our country.

Above and just below: Edgewater cadets in competition at the 18th Annual Iron Physical Training event held in Brooksville 
Cadets at the Edgewater VFW post in order to lend a hand with their Gold Star Mothers Dinner 
Edgewater MCJROTC Color Guard at the front of the stage during the St. Jude Walk/Run

Eagle AthleticsEHSathletics
Sports Physicals
Students who are participating in one of our athletic programs need to have an updated physical on file for the 2019-2020 school year.

Varsity Football
Congratulations to our Eagles on another great victory (7-1) Friday evening and for winning the Class 7A, District 3 football championship!!

Orlando Sentinel (October 11) - "Edgewater clinches, Jones cruises | Football Roundup"

Girls Weightlifting
The first official practice will begin on October 14th from 2:30-4:30 PM. All athletes must have a current physical on file with the athletic trainer, Mrs. Belcher. You can get physical paperwork from the front office. If you have any questions, please see Coach Battle in room 5-304 or email him at

Boys Soccer
Boys soccer conditioning will started on October 7th from 3-5pm. Tryouts will take place October 21-23 from 3-5 PM. You must have a current physical on file with Mrs. Belcher, our athletic trainer to tryout. This needs to be done before tryouts begin.  All athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 from your freshmen year to the present.

Girls Basketball
Girls basketball tryouts will be held on Monday, October 28-Tuesday, October 29th at 2:40-4:00 PM. You must have a current physical on file with Mrs. Belcher, our athletic trainer to tryout.  This needs to be done before tryouts begin. All athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 from your freshmen year to the present.

Girls Soccer
Girls soccer tryouts will be held Monday, October 21 through Thursday, October 24th from 3:30-5:30 PM. You must have a current physical on file with Mrs. Belcher, our athletic trainer to tryout. This needs to be done before tryouts begin. All athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 from your freshmen year to the present.

There will be a wrestling interest meeting on Tuesday, November 5th at 2:30pm in the ARC. Wrestling tryouts will be scheduled on Monday, November 11th and 12th at 4pm in building 12. You must have a current physical on file with Mrs. Belcher, our athletic trainer to tryout. This needs to be done before tryouts begin. All athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 from your freshmen year to the present.

Boys Basketball
Boys basketball tryouts will be held November 4th and November 5th at 2:30-4:30 PM.  Tryouts will continue on Wednesday, November 6th at 3:15-4:45 PM for varsity and junior varsity and 4:45-6:15 PM for freshmen. On Thursday, November 7th, junior varsity and varsity will practice at 4:15-6:00 PM and freshmen at 6:00-7:30 PM.

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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