The Eagles' Call!
Your Weekly Brief from Edgewater High School
Monday, September 10, 2018
Improvement, upward trajectory, effort. This past summer, our leadership team read the book, Factfulness, by Hans Rosling. Bill Gates presents a copy of this book to every graduate of colleges and universities where he delivers the commencement address. The book is a new way to look at data, and seeing the problems of the world through a different lens.

For us, we are looking at data differently.

First, we use aggregate "percentage data" less frequently and comparable raw data more frequently.

Secondly, we are looking at cohort data more frequently. Education is unique in that we can track a student's performance from year to year. For example, our 9th grade English Language Arts scores from 2018 dropped 2 points from our 9th grade performance in 2017. However, when looking at the 2018 9th graders' performance on the same test when they were 8th graders, the cohort of students actually increased 7 points in their proficiency.

Data and analytics are still in new in education. We did not pour over data in 1998 when I started teaching as we do now. The attention to data has made us better at instruction, but it has not solved all that ails us. We deal in people, not widgets or blueberries. The production line mentality cannot be applied to the work we are doing as educators. In our weekly administrative curriculum meetings, we talk about kids, not student numbers. We view faces with the names. We talk about our interactions with these students, the dynamics they have with classmates and teachers, and even whether their most basic needs are met.

Our outcomes are student specific and involve more than just a common set of variables. In fact, the only variables our students truly have in common with each other is the fact they are in the same grade and currently attend the same school. Because of this, we will continue to do the heavy lifting of ensuring every student has a connection to their cohort, their school and have opportunities to reach their full potential. 


Mark Shanoff, Ed. D 
Edgewater High School 
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In This Issue

Class of 2019
Dates to Watch For

Sep. 10: Valencia Dual Enrollment application window opens
Sep. 10-13: Five college representative visits over this period (see schedule below)

Sep. 11: SAC meeting, 6:00 PM
Sep. 12:
Open House, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Sep. 15: Last day to order EHS spirit wear
Oct. 1-5: College Week
Oct. 13: 8th Annual Boys Basketball Golf Scramble at Dubsdread (RSVP by Oct. 5)
Oct. 21: Progress Reports

National College Colors Day '18collegecolors 

EHS faculty and staff wearing their favorite college colors on August 31st

School Advisory Council (SAC) sac  
Tuesday, September 11th      

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:00pm in the ARC next to Student Services. Elections for chair, vice chair and secretary will be held. Please join us!

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, and meet the challenges of making a brighter EHS future. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month and last approximately an hour and a half. 

Open Houseopenhouse 
Wednesday, September 12th 
Here is the schedule for Open House next Wednesday, September 12th. Please allow plenty of time for parking. Reserved and paid student parking spots are not reserved for Open House. Please park in either our student lot (main entrance) or our faculty lot (Eagle Way). We look forward to greeting all of you next Wednesday evening!
(Six minutes for transition)  Begin  End 
Beginning bell   5:30 5:36
Period 1  5:36 5:46
Period 2  5:52   6:02 
Period 3 with videos  6:08   6:26 
Period 4  6:32   6:42 
Period 5  6:48  6:58 
Period 6  7:04  7:14 
Period 7  7:20  7:30 
Classroom Spotlight of the Weekclassroomspotlight2    
AP Psychology with Mrs. Smith 

Congratulations to Kenny Nguyen who designed the artwork on our PTSA shirts!

Parents, your support of the PTSA is necessary and appreciated. You keep our organization going! We understand how busy you are so for those of you unable to volunteer or attend meetings, allay your guilt and cut the EHS PTSA a check. It takes less of your time and is just as helpful!

Important PTSA information:
  • The deadline to order Spirit Wear is September 15th. Get those hoodies in time for the upcoming cool weather!
  • Your PTSA membership must be renewed every school year - please continue to support us
  • In order to be eligible for the PTSA senior scholarship, the student and a parent must be PTSA members
  • Sign up for or renew your ADDitions application. Click this link to get started -

Senior Breakfast seniorbreakfast  
Our senior class hosted the annual Senior Sunrise Breakfast on Friday, September 7th! 

Vital Signsvitalsigns
Student attendance 
Source: OCPS Daily Absence Bulletin. Includes excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost instructional time. Higher percentages are more favorable.
Khan Academy Workshop khanacademy  

Check out some of our senior students who attended our Khan Academy Workshop on Saturday, September 1st to improve their SAT scores!

College and Career Resource Center ccc 

Stay Informed
To receive updates and reminders of this year's CCRC events, college visits, scholarship information and deadlines please join the EHS CCRC remind group at: Everyone who joins the class can receive announcements by text, app, web, and email.
Valencia Dual Enrollment
Spring 2019 Valencia Dual Enrollment application is available starting this Monday, September 10 and is due October 8. Test scores must be submitted by October 29. The application is available at
College Visits
All college visits are in the CCRC and are 30-40 minutes in length. Students can sign up to attend visits through Naviance on their OCPS Launchpad under the "College" tab.

The following schools are visiting EHS in the next 2 weeks:
  • Babson College: Monday, 9/10
  • Florida Polytechnic University: Tuesday, 9/11
  • Florida Southern College: Wednesday, 9/12
  • UCF: Wednesday, 9/12 (10 spots available 3.0 GPA+)
  • Carnegie Mellon University: Thursday, 9/13
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic:  Monday, 9/17
  • Valencia AS degrees: Wednesday 9/19
  • University of Florida: Wednesday, 9/19 (10 spots available 3.5 GPA+)
Upcoming Events
Florida Christian College Fair
First Academy
Thursday, 9/13
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Information Session
Cypress Creek High School - Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Monday, 9/24
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (event starts promptly at 7:00 pm)

MIT's Maclaurin Building and the Great Dome, Cambridge, MA

Harvard, Princeton, Yale, University of Virginia, Wellesley Information Session
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Monday, 10/1
Register at
College Week: Monday-Friday 10/1 to 10/5
Financial Aid Night and Lab: Tuesday, 10/2 from 4:30-7:30pm
College Fair: Wednesday 10/3 from 11:30am-2:30pm
Senior College Application Day: Thursday 10/4 during the school day
Top National Scholarships:
Gates Millennium Scholarship - Minority Student, Pell eligible
Create Real Scholarship - Provide awareness of distracted driving through video or essay
Jump Start Scholarship - US citizen or resident, write short essay

Top Local Scholarships:
Brooks Law Group Scholarship - Student must write an essay on motorcycle safety
Fred Griin Junior Scholarship - 2.5 GPA, have a single parent, household income less than 30,000

** All Scholarships are included in the OCPS bulletin

Food Delivery at EHS fooddelivery   

OCPS does not allow outside food and drink deliveries during the school day. Furthermore, only students that arrive on a late bus needing to go through the cafeteria for breakfast are permitted to finish those items in 1st period. Water bottles are permitted to travel with students to their classes. 

Thank you for your support in this matter.

EKO eko        

Every Kid Outreach has had a great start to the school year! We started on the first day of school, bright and early, helping students find their classes! We spent the week making our rounds to see our returning students and meet incoming new faces! On Friday we attended the first Edgewater Football game of the season and cheered our team on for the win, before heading to "5th Quarter." 5th Quarter is our weekly Friday night program at the Life Center in  Eatonville. All are welcome to come play basketball, play games or just hang out in a safe environment from 7-11 PM.

Can you believe we are already getting ready for EKO Camp? That's right, it is almost time for another amazing weekend at Southwind Camp! EKO Camp takes place in October and April. The next camp will take place October 19-21, 2018. Students from all over the state come to camp for the weekend and are able to escape the pressures of every day life, and truly enjoy being to be a kid again! Stop by the EKO booth during lunch to get more information!
In addition to camp we have some great events coming up. In October we will host our Empowerment Super Bowl, a bowl-a-ton fundraiser to support EKO Programs, like our Life Long Leadership Program and college tour where we will take 30 students to North Carolina this year for educational and cultural experience! In November we will host the Game of Peace, a basketball game where youth and law enforcement will share the court for a fun game, while building positive relationships! These are events you do not want to miss! For information stop by the EKO booth during lunch, check the website or contact Development Manager, Ashley Baker, with questions or for sponsorship information.

Tutoring tutoring 
Several opportunities to choose from this year!

1) EHS is offering after school and Saturday tutoring this year! Students can register by using the links in the attachments or turning in the paper form.

2) Online Orange County Public Library Tutoring - Chat with a live tutor who can help you answer those tough homework questions. Available between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. in English and Spanish. The service is free but you'll need your library card and PIN to log-in (Brainfuse also offers resume assistance, support for going back to school, and practice tests).

Marine Corps JROTC jrotc  
Edgewater's Eagle Battalion     
Color Guard

Our Color Guard supported the Orlando Business Journal during their Annual Veterans of Influence Awards presentation. 

Marksmanship Team
The EHS Eagle Eye Marksmanship team has formed up with both veteran and new marksman. They will be competing in both shoulder to shoulder and postal competitions. Below are a few of the new marksman receiving training in the kneeling shooting position.

From left to right: Cadets Sgt Stoute, Pvt Fortna, and Cadet Pvt Lapham

Edgewater High School U.S. Marine Corps JROTC Website:

Edgewater Partner in Education PIE   

A big THANK YOU to E.S.T.H.E.R Single Mothers Outreach for the 30 backpacks full of supplies they donated to EHS!

Senior Class Packages & Current Newsletter classof2019a 

* Please click the link above to see the full September newsletter and a larger view.

Eagle AthleticsEHSathletics

A great win this past week for girls volleyball against a tough district opponent, West Port!

Congratulations to the varsity team for their win over Olympia with a score of 49-21! Our Freshmen football team also handled Olympia 31-0. Go Eagles!

* The above picture from the Orlando Sentinel, does not show the final score (49-21). However, the story below does show the actual final score and captures some of the game highlights such as the 28-0 Eagles' lead only 8 minutes into Friday night's game. 

A big win this past week for our Lady Eagles' golf team against East River!

Leadership Team

Principal - Dr. Mark Shanoff -
Assistant Principal of Instruction - Jodi Blevins -
Assistant Principal - Sasha Russ -
Assistant Principal- Betsy Leis -
Assistant Principal - Kenneth Bowles -
9th and10th Grade Dean - Kirk Malcolm II -
11th and 12th Grade Dean - Dr. Kim Bispott -
Academic Dean - Melissa Gray -
Academic Dean - Elizabeth Rimmer -

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