The Eagles' Call!
Edgewater High School Community Brief
Monday, July 19, 2021
Edgewater HS Community Member,

Eagles, we are coming down the final stretch of summer and it is time to start thinking about new beginnings, fresh notebooks and endless possibilities. In these last remaining weeks, the band will be practicing, sports teams gearing up, and our instructional team will be back getting classrooms and lessons ready for YOU!!

Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming year by setting goals and building habits to help you reach them. Start getting to bed (at a reasonable hour) and setting an alarm to wake up each morning. Check and respond to your school email every day. Use your calendar to keep track of school deadlines, personal events and work. Read something every day … solve a puzzle … engage your mind. When you build up strong habits, you increase your chances for success. 

Keep this quote in mind … “You don’t rise to your goals, you fall to your systems” ~ James Clear, author of Atomic Habits.

We have so many exciting things happening. Freshman Frenzy is right around the corner and then we are off and running. You are the architect of your future and we are thrilled to be part of your construction crew. Enjoy these weeks and see you soon!

As always … Go Eagles and SOAR!!

Heather Kreider
Principal
Edgewater High School
“The Pride of College Park and Orlando”

Pictured very top: The Edgewater Football program participated in a service-based leadership trip to Guatamala this summer. Please see their heartwarming story below!
Eagles' Call Summer Break Parent Poll
Please take a moment to fill out our 3-question Eagle’s Call survey. We need your feedback to improve each issue and strengthen community support. Thank you!

OCPS 2021-2022 Calendar
CLEP Testing (July 26-29)
College & Career Corner
RISING SENIORS!

If you want to get a jump start on working on your college applications, Ms. Rimmer will be available to assist you on the following dates/times. Work sessions will be held in the College & Career Resource Center which is in the Student Services office.

  • Wednesday, July 21, 9AM-1PM
  • Thursday, July 22, 9AM-1PM
  • Wednesday, July 28, 9AM-1PM
  • Thursday, July 29, 9AM-1PM

Students should bring the following for their best work experience:
  • Charged laptop
  • Resume or rough draft of one
  • Social Security Number
  • Parent's education history
~ What school did they attend? When? What degree did they earn?
  • Pen and notebook
  • Log-on information to SAT, ACT or any college applications they have already started.
  • Patience and enthusiasm!
Marine Corps JROTC
Cadets Fletcher, Jacobson and Fortna worked this summer to paint the Cadet Command suite!
Student Services Update
Counselors are away from the office until Monday, July 26th. Please submit any inquiries through this form: https://tinyurl.com/EHSsummer21. Inquiries will be monitored by school administration and urgent matters addressed throughout the summer. Otherwise, all schedule-related inquiries will be addressed upon their return in the order in which they are received. Inquiries received through the Google form will be addressed prior to email messages, so please submit any questions using the link provided above.

For Transcript request, please visit EHS Transcript Requests page: https://edgewaterhs.ocps.net/guidance/transcripts

For enrollment and withdrawal information, please email the Edgewater High School Registrar, Leticia.kaiser@ocps.net with all relevant and requested information as outlined in the OCPS Office of Student Enrollment Procedures guides https://www.ocps.net/departments/student_enrollment
Report Cards
This year every student in grades 6-12 was digitally issued their report card on July 13th. We anticipate receiving the state End-of-Course Exam scores from the Florida Department of Education around July 31. An updated report card will be issued once the district receives the scores. As a reminder, a state End-of-Course Exam will not impact a final course grade, unless it improves the grade.

Report cards can be viewed using Skyward Family Access, which is under Quick Links on the OCPS home page. If you have any questions, please reach out to Edgewater Student Services.
Alumni Spotlight
Congratulations to Class of 2021 alum, Tommi Hill, who was named by Orlando Sentinel as the Football Iron Man of the Year for the 2020-2021 School Year! Tommi is currently continuing his football career at Arizona State!

Welcome to Our New Teachers!
Tonya Watson - Intensive Reading 10th & 11th Grade

Q: Where were you at prior to Edgewater?
A: Ms. Watson has spent the last 3 years teaching reading at Conway and Roberto Clemente Middle Schools. Prior to that, she taught Intensive Reading at Dr. Phillips High School from 2015 to 2018.

Q: College? Certifications?
A: She is a proud graduate of Bethune-Cookman where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. Since then, she has earned K-12 Reading Endorsement as well as K-12 ESOL Endorsement with 19 years of teaching experience.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching?
A: As a teacher, Ms. Watson enjoys the fact that each year is a brand-new beginning! It’s another opportunity to help young people become the best version of themselves.

Q: Any personal information you might share with our Edgewater community?
A: My college sweetheart, Mark and I have been married for 31 years. We have two adult children who are both married. I have a 2 ½ year old granddaughter, and a dachshund named Oscar.

I am a member of the Nu Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Decorating and organizing add joy to my life. I also enjoy creating memories with my family. We engage in family service projects, holiday gatherings, and travel.

This summer, my husband and I traveled to Houston, Denver, and San Francisco!
Beth Palermo - 504 Coordinator

I am so excited to be joining such a wonderful school and team! I am thrilled to be the new 504 coordinator and can't wait to meet and work with our 504 students and families.

I have been blessed to work in OCPS for thirty years and am coming from Brookshire ES where I previously worked with 504 and IEP plans. I completed my undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Central Florida - Go Knights! When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, going to the beach, and attending UCF home games.
Andrea Miranda Hernandez - Biology

Q: Where did you teach prior to coming to Edgewater?
A: I taught at SunRidge Middle School as a Science Teacher prior to EHS.

Q: College?
A: I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s of Science.

Q: What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?
A: I enjoy making a positive impact in each students life.

Q: Personal interests, hobbies?
A: I enjoy going on boat rides and to the beach with my daughter. Below is a picture of us in La Parguera, Puerto Rico.
PTSO Summer Update
Team Work Makes the Dream Work!

Just because your kids are in high school doesn’t mean your volunteer days are over. Parents with students in sports, arts, magnet programs, exceptional education, leadership and more are needed and an important part of what makes Edgewater High School exceptional.

Yes, the PTSO is always looking for ready, willing and able volunteers, but no matter where you serve, please renew your annual ADDitions application for the 2021-22 school year here: https://www.ocps.net/cms/one.aspx?portalId=54703&pageId=89698.

And if you just so happen to enjoy planning events, interacting with the Edgewater community and getting to know teachers and students, I have just the volunteer gig for you!

Mindi Rackliff, EHS PTSO President, info@edgewaterptso.org
*** IF YOU WANT HAPPINESS ***

If you want happiness for an hour -
take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day -
go fishing.

If you want happiness for a month -
seek fame.

If you want happiness for a year -
inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime -
help others.

~ CHINESE PROVERB
EHS Leadership Team Building
Prepping for the start of school on August 10th!
This past week EHS Principal, Heather Kreider, and our Assistant Principals participated in a team building at Abstract Orlando where they created an art piece out of resin.
Teacher Spotlight
Congratulations to one of our former teachers Nybria Johnson “Ms. Bria” for her recent appointment to the Assistant Principal position at Dr. Phillips High School!
Student Parking - Updated
Note: Please be aware of the LOCATION for Student Parking. Students may NOT park in the PAR/EDGEWATER LOT or visitor parking.

* Seniors and Juniors who wish to utilize Edgewater High School for parking privileges must complete and submit the necessary parking application form below, this includes dual enrollment students. The cost of a reserved parking spot student parking decal will be $60. (The cost DOES NOT include the paint.)

* Students are to complete the form application below with a parent or guardian. In addition, the student must clear any fees or fines on http://destiny.ocps.net/ and/or with Mr. Rivard, Media Center Specialist.

* Senior students must have 21 credits and a 2.0 GPA and Junior students must have 14 credits and a 2.0 GPA for a parking permit. Sophomores will need Principal approval in order to gain a parking permit.

STEPS:
STEP 1: Complete the Parking Application using the form below. Be advised that the form will require that you upload a copy of your driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Files MUST be under 1MB and can be an image, document, or PDF. You must be able to login to your Student Google account to purchase. The Vehicle Registration must only be in the parent/guardian or student's name.

STEP 2: Follow the link below to School Pay:
$60 Student Reserved Parking
$10 Replacement Parking Hanger
$25 Reinstatement Fee

* Step 3: Bring school pay receipt to Mrs. Krupinski in Attendance. It is important that students follow the instructions above or a hanger and space will NOT be issued. (This includes ALL obligations cleared, GPA requirement met, all required documents uploaded, and school pay receipt.)

Application Procedures:
  • Students are to complete the form, have parents or guardians digitally sign the application form, and clear any fees, obligations or fines. http://destiny.ocps.net/
  • Edgewater High School reserves the right to deny any student the privilege of parking based on their attendance and disciplinary history at school. Senior students must have 21 credits and a 2.0 GPA and Junior students must have 14 credits and a 2.0 GPA for a parking permit.
  • Only Seniors and Juniors are eligible to purchase parking permits. No Sophomores or Freshmen will be granted permits without principal approval.
  • Please make sure to read all the rules of the parking lot on the application. If any of the rules are violated, a monetary fine/obligation could be issued. A student's car could be booted and tag revoked if any rules are violated.
  • THIS SHALL SERVE AS NOTICE THAT EDGEWATER HIGH SCHOOL AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF ORANGE COUNTY ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY VANDALISM TO, THEFT OF OR FROM, VEHICLES PARKED ON THE PROPERTY.
  • This year Edgewater is allowing our Senior students to paint their own parking space. The fee for this is Senior Only Activity is $30. This Senior only activity is aimed at improving school pride and camaraderie. Students can "own" a piece of the school. We encourage students to express themselves through positive artwork, to beautify the campus, to build school spirit, to create a Senior tradition, and support Student Body activities and Senior events.

* You will need to complete the Senior Personalization form linked here: Senior Personalization form. You will fill this out AFTER you have paid for your parking tag and chosen your parking spot and after you paid the personalization fee. Both are available on School Pay after July 15, 2021.
●   This form will close on Thursday, August 5th at 12pm. It has specific instructions about personalizing your space, acknowledgement of requirements and guidelines, and it is where you will upload your design. Your design must be approved. You will need to bring a copy of your approval email and your approved design that you submitted with you on the painting day.
●   Parking Space Personalization will be on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 8:00am -11:30am and Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 8:00am -11:30am for Seniors who purchased the personalization option in advances. We are not able to sell this option day of the event.
●   If we are rained out, there will be a makeup day on Saturday, August 14th from 8:00am – 11:30am. This is not a make-up day. It will be only offered if we are RAINED out.
●   If you have questions, please email Cayenne Dansby at Cayenne.Dansby@ocps.net
Freshmen Frenzy
Senior Class of 2022
Class of 2022, it’s time for your senior pictures! The Leonard’s studio is now open! Please check your email for an access code and instructions on how to book your appointment. If you do not receive an email, you can search for the student's access code by going to www.leonards.com/scheduling and following the steps. You will need the name and student number; Or by calling their customer service at 888-224-5045, so that they may assist you. Due to COVID-19, you must have an appointment. Ladies, please be sure to bring a spaghetti strap shirt that you can pull off of your shoulders; Gentlemen, a light colored t-shirt.

Contact Links:

Class of 2022 Information- Seniors should follow the Senior Instagram Class of 2022 Page for the most up to date information. Page name is edgewaterclassof2022
Save the Dates
Parents, please save the dates of upcoming summer events to kick off the 2021-2022 school year!

  • Meet the Teacher- August 5, 2021 2-5 PM
  • Open House- October 12, 2021 5-7 PM

More information will come regarding the times and presentation platform for these events!
OCPS and Community News
Face masks are optional this school year:
Sales tax break on school supplies:
* During this period, shoppers can avoid paying sales taxes on clothes costing $60 or less, school supplies costing $15 or less and the first $1,000 of the price of personal computers. Source: Florida Dept. of Revenue
Eagle Athletics
Interested in Fall Sports?
Eagle Fall Sports start August 2 and for more information please contact the Head Coach.

Please make sure that you have a physical and ECG done before August 2nd to participate in Fall Sports. Once the physical and ECG are complete you will need to fill out AthleticClearance.com and upload your physical and ECG.

For more information you can visit the website at www.edgewaterathletics.com
Eagle Football
The Edgewater Football program participated in a service-based leadership trip led by Josh Plant and Church on the Drive. They partnered with an organization called Clubhouse Guatemala. Eleven football players, 2 coaches (Coach Mark Duke and Coach Cameron Duke), Athletic Director, Josh Vandergrift and his wife Jessica plus parent Arden Magee went on the leadership trip. They built a home, passed out food to a local village, participated in their food ministry, and put on local sports camp for the youth in the area. The boys averaged 40 kids per youth camp they ran.
Food for Thought
1) Orlando is one of the top markets with a high demand for tech workers:
Source: @technology; Read full article
2) Universities with highest pay for undergraduates during the first five years after high school:
Source: Statista; read full article
Note for our Eagles: The chart is for general interest purposes only and should not serve as suggestive in terms of choosing a college. For instance, the University of Florida in nearby Gainesville alone is ranked #6 among all U.S. public universities and their undergraduates can also do very well depending on choice of major, economic geography, type of organization they start with, etc.
3) Rapid pace of student loan growth from 2006 to 2021:
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; access data
Note for our Eagles: Taking on too much student debt to finance college can hamper post college plans such as getting married, buying a house, etc. and should be used with caution.
4) Anatomy of a food label (Mac & Cheese):
Note for our Eagles: 1) Servings per Container and Size are important because people often eat more than the listed serving size. This means you need to multiply the number of calories per serving by the number of servings you actually eat. 2) Calories provide a measure of how much energy you get from a serving of this food. 3) Teens should average no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day. 4) Nutrition facts for boxed Mac & Cheese brands (Source: Eat This, Not That!)
Florida flag
Have a great week Eagles!
Mrs. Kreider, Principal
Edgewater High School
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Leadership Team
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