Summer Break Update from Edgewater High School
Monday, July 22, 2019 (Summer #4)
With the school year right around the corner, I'd like to close out the 18-19 year with some of our highlights and things we would like to improve upon this upcoming year.
Congrats to our school community on improving the school grade. This is a collective achievement that requires focus, resiliency, and teamwork. Second, I want to congratulate our school community on a 15% pass rate increase on Advanced Placement exams. Third, the 2019 grad rate stands at 98%, our highest ever.
These metrics are cause for celebration. But our work is far from over. Each year brings a blank slate and room for improvement. I see no reason why the incoming freshmen class (the Class of 2023) will not exceed expectations of previous freshmen classes and why the Class of 2020 won't be the first in Edgewater's history to reach 100% graduation.
Lofty goals? Of course they are! But that's the beauty of school. Each year, you can re-invent yourself into a better version of you, strive for improvement, and look for new ways to make the most of your Edgewater experience!
It's great to be an Edgewater Eagle!
Mark Shanoff, Ed. D
Edgewater High School
"The Pride of College Park and Orlando"
Pictured very top: EHS faculty attending the AP Annual Conference this summer.
Content & Upcoming Events
Parents, please take time to review the OCPS dress code and cell phone policy with your child prior to the beginning of the school year.
Student Dress Code & Cell Phone Policy
The dress and grooming of Orange County Public Schools' students shall contribute to the health and safety of the individual, promote a positive educational environment, and not disrupt the educational activities and processes of the school. These minimum standards of dress and grooming apply to all students in the public schools of Orange County, unless a specific exemption is granted by the principal. Any request for an exemption shall be made to the principal.
1. Clothes shall be worn as they are designed-suspenders over the shoulders, pants secured at the waist, belts buckled, no underwear as outerwear, no underwear exposed.
2. Clothing with holes, tears, or inappropriate patches will not be allowed if considered obscene.
3. Bare midriffs and bare sides should not show even when arms are extended above the head.
4. Clothing normally worn when participating in a school sponsored extracurricular or sports activity may be worn to school when approved by the sponsor, coach, or principal. Examples would be cheerleader, drill-team and band uniforms, team shirts, etc.
5. Clothing that is too tight or revealing is unacceptable.
6. Garments and/or jewelry which display or suggest sexual, vulgar, drug, alcohol, or tobacco-related wording/ graphics or may tend to provoke violence or disruption in school shall not be worn.
7. Gang paraphernalia, jewelry, tattoos, clothing or other insignias which display, suggest, provoke, or may tend to provoke violence or disruptions are not allowed.
8. The following items have potential to cause disruption or threat to a safe and positive school environment and are prohibited.
9. Hemlines of shorts, dresses, skirts, and skorts shall be no shorter than mid-thigh.
- Hats, caps, visors, sunglasses, or bandanas while on campus during the school day
- Chains hanging from the neck, belt, pocket, or attached to wallet
- Jewelry that contains any type of sharp object
10. Clothing must follow the four-finger wide rule at the shoulders.
11. Shoes shall be worn. The following are not acceptable:
* Any student who violates the dress policy described in Section 1006.07(2)(d), Florida Statutes, will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined therein. Individual schools are expected to use the state and district dress and grooming guidelines as minimum standards, but are encouraged to extend their own standards to meet the uniqueness of their school community.
- Thong sandals (K-8)
- Cleated Shoes (K-12)
- Backless Shoes (K-8)
- Heelys [shoes with wheels (K-12)]
Cell Phone Policy for Students
A student may possess a cell phone on school property, at after school activities, and at school-related functions, provided that during school hours and on a school bus, the cell phone remains off and is concealed. Violations of this policy may result in confiscation of the cell phone and/or other disciplinary actions.
* If confiscated, the parent/guardian will make arrangements to pick up the cell phone from the school.
** At no time shall OCPS be responsible for theft, loss or damage to cell phones or other electronic devices brought onto its property.
EHS is pleased to announce that Edgewater's school grade has increased from a 'C' to a 'B.' While school grades don't tell the full story about school culture and effort, our increase is a direct result of the teamwork of our teachers, staff, students and parents. Our teachers poured their hearts into their students this year and the students responded well!
Edgewater School Grade
We still have much work to do, but it's nice to see our collective efforts have had positive results! Thanks for your support! It has been invaluable! Go Eagles!!!
* Please click here to view the 2019 letter grades and points earned by all schools from the Florida Department of Education. Edgewater's school number is 0121.
Class of 2023 Freshmen Frenzy- Wednesday, July 31st
Save the Dates
On July 31st, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. we welcome the Class of 2023! At 1 p.m. parents and students will join us as in the cafeteria to receive important information to make your time at Edgewater High School a success! Students will be picking up their schedules, digital devices, and IDs for the 2019-2020 School Year! Enjoy our Eagle Spirit with our clubs and sports team as they welcome you with all there is to offer at Edgewater High School. GO EAGLES!
Never too early to plan!
Meet the Teacher for Edgewater High School will take place Thursday, August 8th from 2-5 PM. Meet the Teacher is neither a required event for students and families nor is it formal. It's an opportunity for students to walk their schedules before school starts.
Class Spotlight - AP Seminar
Attention rising Sophomores and Juniors!
Rising sophomores and juniors are encouraged to register for AP Seminar for the 2019-2020 academic year. The class focuses on themes based on student interests, local and/or civic issues, global or international topics, and concepts from other AP courses. For example, you might explore the question of whether national security is more important than a citizen's right to privacy; or whether genetic engineering is a benefit to society. Both topics would draw from multiple subjects (social studies, science, ethics) and allow you to look at issues through many different lenses.
During the course, you will complete a team project, an individual paper and presentation, and take a final AP exam. Edgewater's 2018-2019 AP Seminar class had a pass rate of 95%! If you want to challenge yourself and gain an opportunity to earn AP credit, be sure to sign up for this course!
Neighborhood Center for Families and YMCA's Back to School Bash and Pep Rally
All EHS students are invited to the Neighborhood Center for Families and YMCA's Back-to-School Bash and Pep Rally! This event will be giving away 500 backpacks on
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 from 10:00am-1:00pm. The event will be held at The Wayne Densch YMCA at 870 N. Hastings Street Orlando, FL 32808. The event will have a host of vendors available for families to visit including games, activities, family-friendly competitions, and prizes.
* A parent or guardian must be present with the child to receive a backpack.
With the first day of school only three weeks away, there are a lot of things to prepare for.
OCPS has activated their Back-to-School page on the www.ocps.net website where there is information about events for vaccinations, sports physicals, school physicals, etc. OCPS will be adding more events as they become known so check back frequently!
PLEASE NOTE THAT BAND CAMP HOURS HAVE CHANGED!
U.S. Marine Corps JROTC
Please visit Edgewater's JROTC website for the latest news and happenings:
OCPS has a new student information system coming later this summer. The new Skyward system will replace ProgressBook. Parents can Access the Family Access Skyward system starting 8/5/19. Beginning on that date, you can establish a LaunchPad account using their cell phone or email address. Parents who do not have an accurate cell phone or email address on file will not be able to register for a LaunchPad account, and therefore will not be able to use Skyward Family Access. Parents can access Skyward communication and their documentation from the main OCPS website at Students and Parents > Skyward.
* Please click here to see what the screens will look like.
The Edgewater PTSA will be present on campus during the following events. Please stop by to learn more about how our organization supports Edgewater High School and to JOIN the PTSA. We're looking forward to seeing you there:
New Parent Welcome
- Freshman Frenzy on July 31st from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- Meet the Teacher on August 8th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
- PTSA is working on a
event specifically for new EHS parents. This event will be a "drop-in" style event and will be designed to help educate new EHS parents about all of the ways that they can engage in the EHS community (e.g. PTSA, booster club, School Advisory Committee, etc.).
Interested in volunteering? We would welcome any additional help for the above events. Please contact
for more details at
It's easy to join.
Every Parent, Every Student. Every year!!
You will soon be able to purchase PTSA membership on-line. Please stay tuned for updates on when membership purchase will be possible by following us on Facebook Membership fees are as follows . . . they are tax deductible and and need to be renewed annually:
- Parents: $20
- EHS Teachers/Administration: $10
- Students: $5
In the meantime, please feel free to contact
Bonni Wall, Kim Rugh
OR use the scan-code below to provide your contact information and interest in PTSA. We will then follow-up with you directly.
EHS Spirit Wear is the PTSA's only current fundraiser.
With your spirit wear purchase, you are showing Eagle pride AND supporting the important work that the PTSA does at the same time.
- Spirit Wear will be available for purchase during Freshman Frenzy at EHS on July 31st and Meet the Teacher on August 8th.
- Watch for a sneak peak of our 2019/2020 design which will be shared soon via Facebook.
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:
- JOIN!! - All of our PTSA initiatives are primarily funded through membership dues.
- SUPPORT - We need you!! Please donate or volunteer!
- CONNECT - Follow us (Edgewater High School PTSA) on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EdgewaterHSPTSA/ or for more information, contact Bonni Wall, Kim Rugh or Rosemary Bowers at firstname.lastname@example.org OR attend one of our four general meetings (dates/times coming soon).
- SHOP - Purchase EHS Spirit Wear during the upcoming Freshman Frenzy and Meet the Teacher events. On-line purchase options will be available soon. Proceeds from your purchase directly benefit the school.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF EDGEWATER HIGH SCHOOL PTSA!!
Please note the changes in our guidance team for the upcoming school year!
Over three days earlier this month, Mr. Malcolm and Dr. Shanoff have had the pleasure of learning how to develop grit, resilience, happiness and kindness on our campus through Character Lab Educator Summit at the University of Pennsylvania. Lots of great strategies to incorporate at Edgewater next year! Best part - rising sophomore Javari Carlton spent the week as a student intern with Character Lab, helping to facilitate group activities with educators from across the country! Javari was awesome!
Dr. Shanoff, Mr. Malcolm, and Javari Carlton at this summer's Character Lab Educator Summit
Valencia College - Downtown Campus
I hope you're enjoying your summer and eagerly preparing for the year ahead! For recent grads (and their parents), I hope that Valencia College is part of your plans for fall. I would like to personally invite you to enroll at our brand new Downtown Campus, which is opening in partnership with the University of Central Florida this August. To learn more about the campus and why it's right for you, click here to watch a video that gives an up-close look and brief overview of what you can expect to experience at the Downtown Campus.
If you are planning to attend college at the Downtown Campus, you'll want to get started right away by applying to Valencia College and registering for courses. Click here for an enrollment checklist that will help guide you through this process. You'll also want to pay special attention to important dates and deadlines, which you can access by clicking here. Of note, the financial aid priority deadline is Friday, July 26, 2019, which means that students must have completed all steps in their application process, such as applying to Valencia College as a degree-seeking or certificate-seeking student, providing the Admissions office copies of your transcript and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, click here.
If you're interested in living on campus, the Downtown Campus offers student housing in Union West at Creative Village, centrally located on campus. To take advantage of on-campus housing, you'll also need to enroll at Valencia College and submit your application for housing as soon as possible. Space is limited. For more information on Downtown Campus housing and residence life, including information about amenities, floor plans and pricing, click here.
You can find more information about Valencia College and our new campus by following the Valencia College Downtown Campus Facebook page or by visiting the Downtown Campus website at https://valenciacollege.edu/downtown
If you're interested in learning more about how the Downtown Campus might fit into your educational plans or what steps you need to take to enroll, stop by an Answer Center on any of our campuses or contact Enrollment Services at email@example.com or 407-582-1507.
Until next time,
Valencia College Downtown Campus
EHS students check out this great opportunity that is open to all students!
Disney Dreamers Academy
This summer, Orange County Public Schools Food & Nutrition Services is touring the county to offer meals at no charge to children and young adults ages 18 and under.
Monday through Friday, from June 4 through August 3, a food truck, van and bus will visit the library system's Hiawassee, Edgewater, Chickasaw, North Orange, South Creek, South Trail, and Washington Park branches. Follow up your lunch with fun Summer Reading Program events inside the library!
- Chickasaw Branch: 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Edgewater Branch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Hiawassee Branch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- South Creek Branch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- South Trail Branch: 1 - 2 p.m.
- Washington Park Branch: 1 - 2 p.m.
- North Orange Branch: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday
The back-to-school tax holiday, running from Aug. 2 to Aug. 6, will temporarily eliminate sales taxes on clothes that cost $60 or less, school supplies that cost $15 or less and personal computers that cost less than $1,000. The school holiday is projected to save shoppers $41.7 million -
click here for details and complete list of tax free supplies.
Class of 2020
Attention all Eagle Athletes!
Students who are participating in one of our athletic programs need to have an updated physical on file for the 2019-2020 school year!
Athletic Physical Day
EHS Athletic Training is having a summer Physical Day on Thursday, July 25th. Appointments have been set up in 15 minute increments from 8am to 4pm with Nurse Darcy. Physicals will cost $20 and all proceeds will directly benefit Edgewater Athletic Training.
Please click the link below to make your appointment for your 2019-2020 Athletic Physical. Included in the link below is a SchoolPay link to pay ahead of time. If you have any questions, please email Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Link - This calendar's appointment page (on EHS website)
Check out the EHS Football website: ww.edgewater.football
Official first team day: The first official day for all Varsity, JV, and Freshmen is Monday, July 29th at 7:00 AM in Building 12. All physical forms must be turned in prior to July 29th to participate during the first day of practice.
Pictures just below: Check out some of our senior football athletes as they spent time this summer in Guatemala assisting the locals and in team building. Go Eagles!
Want to join cross country? Join us during the summer training session!
Come see what Edgewater crew is all about during Freshman Frenzy on Wednesday, July 31st. Look inside a boat and experience working out on an erg. Most importantly, learn what it's like to be a part of a phenomenal group of athletes, students, and team of rowers!
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