AN E-NEWSLETTER FOR LAKE NONA HIGH SCHOOL & BUSINESS COMMUNITY
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CALLING ALL DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENTS:
PLEASE EMAIL nicole.gurley@ocps.net FOR YOUR BOOK VOUCHERS ASAP!
Freshman Experience
Senior Parade
Senior Parade was a SUCCESS. We had a BLAST celebrating the CLASS of 2020!
Virtual Graduation
Athletic Clearance Process
Lake Nona High School Athletic Clearance Process:
  • Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, all athletic forms will be digital
  • Please visit the following website: https://athleticclearance.fhsaahome.org/
  • PARENTS click “Register” to create a new account
  • Click “Start Clearance Here”
  • Choose the following from each drop down:
  • Year: 2020-2021
  • School: Lake Nona
  • Sport: choose the sport your child will be trying out for first, you can select more sports later
  • Complete Steps 1 - 5
  • All fields with a red asterisk must be completed
  • Print and sign the Clearance Confirmation Form and turn in to the Athletic Training Staff in room 315 for final clearance in order to participate
  • Please, ONLY turn in this form to the Athletic Training Staff. Failure to do so will result in delayed clearance for participation. 

If you have any questions please contact Kiley O’Neill at kiley.oneill@ocps.net.
Letterman Awards
Starfish Scholarship Application 2020 - Valencia College
Introduction and History:  
An alumna from Valencia, Jennifer Howe Rogan created the Howe Collazo's Starfish Swam
Scholarship at Valencia College in appreciation for assistance and guidance provided by Victor Collazo, Student Development Coordinator, during her education at Valencia College. Through the efforts of the Valencia Alumni Association, the State Student Development Commission, and many friends, it is now endowed assuring this scholarship will be awarded forever.

The scholarship is based on the Starfish Story where a boy was throwing starfish into the ocean that were washed up on shore. An old man asked what he was doing. He told him, “The tide is going out and the Sun is coming up. If they don’t get back into the water they will die.” The Old Man said, "There are hundreds. There’s no way you can make a difference." He picked one up, threw it into the ocean and said, "It made a difference to that one." At a presentation after sharing this story Jennifer looked at Mr. Collazo and then thanked him for "throwing her back in."

This scholarship is intended for those that have a “Story.” Those that are overcoming life’s challenges. Those that despite these challenges are still improving their lives through education and contributing to our community by serving others. Many of us have our “story.” Most use this as an excuse and quit. The “Starfish Scholarship” allows students to move forward despite these challenges.

During the past several years this award has gone to cancer survivors, those fighting other illnesses, care givers for their family, survivors of domestic abuse, the homeless, single mothers just making ends meet financially, children from families that may need additional financial assistance, those with disabilities, international students, and others. What they all had in common was a desire to move beyond their “Story,” are attending Valencia, and still find the time and energy to do service for their community.

Scholarships (various awards totaling $2300) for the Fall Term 2020 have been designated by the Valencia Foundation to support the studies of eligible applicants. The applicants must submit includes an essay, be currently enrolled or be accepted to Valencia College in a degree or certificate program.

Note: All information is confidential and protected. Personal stories and details and information, except for Directory Information and other information permitted by law, will not be released without your permission.

Howe Collazo’s Starfish Swam Scholarship Valencia Foundation Application
Scholarships for Fall Term 2020 have been designated by the Valencia Foundation to support the studies of eligible applicants. Applicants MUST submit an essay*, be currently enrolled and/or be accepted to Valencia College in a degree or certificate program.

This award will be competitively awarded to a current Valencia College student, or new enrollee. Non-traditional and International students are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this scholarship, interested individuals must submit a one (1) page essay* (12 pt. text, single spaced, no cover sheet) on the following statement:

 Life sometimes provides us with challenges that seem to be too devastating to allow us to accomplish our life plans and educational goals.

Describe how you are overcoming the challenge(s) in your life.

How will this award help you to achieve your personal, educational, and career goals, and to help you with your future ambitions?

Make sure you provide specific examples of your personal challenging experiences, service to the school/community, and any academic or professional experiences to demonstrate why you are deserving of this award. NOTE: All 3 sections will be used to evaluate your application.

Again, applicants must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing or accepted to Valencia College in a degree or certificate program before applying. The following must be included on the top (header) of the essay:

 Student’s full name and Valencia ID number  Preferred e-mail address AND Valencia e-mail  Must be signed and dated.

NOTE: The applicant does not have to show financial need according to FAFSA to receive these funds. But a FAFSA must be on file in the Valencia College Financial Aid Office. This award may impact your total Financial Aid Package. International students are eligible to receive this award.
Please submit an electronic copy of your Application Essay to Elvin Cruz, Valencia Foundation Scholarship Manager, ecruz52@valenciacollege.edu, by midnight Friday, June 5.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Orlando community leaders and recommendations for final selection will be made to Victor Collazo and Jennifer Howe Rogan. They will submit the names and application of recipients, plus one alternate, to the Valencia Foundation to make the award.

The scholarship recipients will be notified by e-mail in June and will be awarded for the 2020-21 Fall Term after verification of qualifications.

*All information provided in the essay is confidential and protected. Personal stories and details and information, except for Directory Information and other information permitted by law, will not be released without your permission.
COVID-19 Feedback Wanted!
As Florida continues to work to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Florida Department of Health (FDH) launched a new survey, Stronger Than COVID-19 Community Action Survey. This survey is intended for Florida residents to anonymously answer a brief series of questions which the Department will use to help inform and improve the state’s response to COVID-19.


You may also contact the Florida Department of Health at 1-(866) 779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov for any specific questions about the survey.
Lake Nona is Proud to be a Grab and Go Site
OCPS Grab-and-Go Meals :Grab-and-Go meals from OCPS will become "Summer Meal Service" starting June 1 with new locations, distribution days and meals. Grab-and-Go meals will continue to be offered at numerous community sites.

Grab-and-Go meals for students in need are bundled. On both Mondays and Wednesdays, two days of meals are distributed; and on Fridays, three days of meals are distributed. Meals are available for pick-up between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Students are no longer required to be present to receive the meals. Parents must provide the names of students for whom they are picking up meals. District staff will record names and distribute the meals directly to parents in their vehicles (drive-thru service).

Students walking and/or riding a bike to the school can also pick up meals. Based on recommendations from our federal and state leaders, all meals should be taken home to eat.

Burger King: Offering 2 free kids meals with the purchase of an adult meal ordered online or through the Burger King smart phone app.

Second Harvest Food Bank : Food assistance provided locally. Search by zip code to find nearby locations. *Call before arriving to be sure times/locations have not changed!
Locations near Wekiva High School:

  • Catholic Charities- Rosemont (4300 Clarcona Ocoee Rd. Suite 401 FL 32808) 407-863-1818. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. 

  • Church in the Son, Inc (4484 John Young Parkway FL 32804) 407-246-0001. Wednesdays 12:00 PM-3:00 PM, Mondays-Thursdays 10:00 AM-4:00 PM 

  • Guilgal SDA Church (5668 N. Pine Hills Rd FL 32810) 407-487-0755. Wednesdays 8:00 PM-9:00 PM, Fridays 11:00 AM-2:00 PM 

  • Perfecting Community Development Corporation (1190 Apopka Blvd FL 32703) 407-808-6471. Tuesdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Fridays 1:00 PM-2:30 PM 

Loaves and Fishes Apopka- This faith-based organization provides assistance with food, baby items, toiletries, and prescriptions.

Free Children’s Meals in Florida 
Text: FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 Call: 211

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE *For Orange County, evictions and utility shut offs have been suspended for the time being.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: Reemployment Assistance Benefits due to COVID-19 (Formerly known as unemployment assistance). The application for benefits can be filled out online for individuals whose hours have been cut or who have been laid off due to COVID-19 (individuals quarantined or taking care of a family member with a diagnosed case are also eligible).

Orange County Government Rental Assistance : This program offers one-time rental assistance for those who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To apply, individuals call to schedule an appointment. There is a list of required documentation on the website.

Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan: These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.

Crisis Assistance Program: Mortgage, rent and utility assistance for residents of Orange County who have insufficient resources to meet emergency needs. Appointments are made by calling (407) 836-6500.

United Way Recovery Fund: In response to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, Heart of Florida United Way has established a fund to support Central Florida residents whose financial stability is being impacted. The focus of the fund is to support the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed) population experiencing hardship due to decreased hours or unpaid leave.

Orange County: Water, Garbage & Utilities: Service disconnections for water customers are temporarily suspended through March 31. For assistance, please contact Orange County Utilities at 407-836-5515.

Salvation Army: Emergency financial assistance is available for individuals who have been an Orange County resident for at least one year. This resource is limited and individuals can call 407-423-8581 x26491 to schedule an appointment or receive more information.

MENTAL HEALTH 

Coronavirus Sanity Guide: In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.

Florida Blue: Licensed clinicians are available to speak to anyone in Florida free of charge in both English and Spanish, including those who do not have insurance or have coverage with another health plan.

The emotional support line can be reached at 833-848-1762

Crisis Text Line: Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.

Free, confidential 24/7 support with a Crisis Counselor: Text “HOME” to 741741.

Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Resources on how to take care of emotional help, helping children cope, etc.

Aspire Health Partners -Mental Health Assistance & Support
407-875-3700 Ext. 2

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce your stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help you think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect your family—both physically and emotionally—and what you can do to help your family cope.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
1-800-273-8255

CHILDCARE
Child Support Updates: How to handle your child support case without visiting a local Child Support Office

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 
Harbor House of Central Florida: This nonprofit provides emergency shelter for families in crisis, as well as counseling, legal advocacy and other services. Pets accepted.
24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 407-886-2856 Email:  contactus@harborhousefl.com

SafeHouse of Seminole: Provides emergency shelter, personal and legal advocacy, counseling services, crisis intervention, and youth and community prevention education, among other services.
24 Hour Hotline: 407-330-3933

Victim Service Center: This certified rape crisis center in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties serves victims of sexual assault, violent crime and traumatic circumstances through free and confidential crisis intervention, therapy, advocacy and outreach. For victims of any type of trauma, Victim Service Center provides confidential care. Modifications have been made due to COVID-19, but most programming is still available.

24 Hour Hotline: 407-500-4325
Text (8:00 AM-5:00 PM): 407-497-6701

OCPS DIGITAL LEARNING
Coronavirus Internet Offer For Students: Spectrum is offering 60 days of free internet for students K-12. Spectrum News 13 live stream is also free to the public
Call: 1-844-488-8395 -- Installation fees will be waived

Comcast: "Internet Essentials" Package Free: Available for low-income customers for 60 days.

Distance Learning with OCPS: Need to know information,
Parent Lunch & Learn: Coping 4.0 - March 27, 2020 @ 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Instructional Contingency Plan: Logistics and guidance for OCPS’ emergency school closures

Students: OCPS Continue Learning Online: Support for students and distance learning

MEDICAL
CDC: Learn about COVID-19 : Symptoms & Testing, What to Do if you are Sick, Caring for the Sick, FAQ

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline - available 24/7: (866) 779-6121

COVID-19 Updates: Orange County, FL: Drive-thru testing information, frequently asked questions.
Orange County Government Crisis Assistance Hotline: 407-836-6500

Primary Care Access Network (PCN)- For residents of Orange County, this network includes health providers serving the uninsured and underinsured. For medical concerns unrelated to COVID-19, individuals may contact the listed providers regarding eligibility.

IMMIGRATION 
Hope Community Center :  This organization works specifically with families from Mexico and Central America specific to immigration. While their offices are closed, individuals may call 407-880-4673 and press 1. They also have a resource list in English and Spanish that can be accessed  here.

MISC Neighborhood Centers for Families (NCF): These centers are located around Orange County and offer a variety of services. For the time being, all offices are closed and services are provided over the phone.
Bright Futures Next Steps
Next Steps Q and A

What are the requirements needed for Bright Futures? See the table below. FAS is the Florida Academic Scholar Award and pays full tuition to a public Florida University. FMS is the Florida Medallion Scholar Award and pays 75% of your tuition to a public Florida University. Keep in mind Bright Futures super scores test scores. They will combine your highest EBRW (Reading) with your highest math score from different test dates.
  • I haven’t finished my hours. What is the deadline to submit them? All community service hours must be turned in to your school counselor by May 1, 2020. If you need an extension, communicate with your counselor prior to May 1st.
  • Where do I submit my Community Service Hours? Email your counselor the community service form and the record of the hours you volunteered. A blank copy is located on the school’s website and Canvas page under Guidance. Community Service Forms
  • How do I submit my Community Service Hours? The hours must be documented on the district approved community service form and include the hours log. These forms are submitted to your counselor in Student Services. Emailing to your school counselor the information as an attachment may be an option under the current circumstances. Please contact your counselor for specific instruction.
  • How do I submit my test scores to Bright Futures? Your SAT or ACT scores will be uploaded directly to Bright Futures. You do not need to do anything about this.  
  • Can I still retake the SAT or ACT? Yes. Bright Futures will take test scores through June of your senior year. Currently, no decision has been announced from the state due to the Coronavirus. 
  • What if I don’t have the GPA to qualify yet for Bright Futures? Your GPA can still change. Bright Futures will look at your GPA through high school graduation. There is time to raise your GPA and still qualify.
  • Why is my Bright Futures GPA different from my high school GPA? Bright Futures recalculates a student’s GPA using only the highest grades earned in the required 16 academic core credits. All weighted courses are given the same value of a 0.50 increase.
  • If after the 1st semester of my senior year I qualified for the FMS, can I still earn the FAS award? Yes. You have until the end of this school year to meet all 3 requirements. Once you raise your GPA, test scores, or community service hours, Bright Futures will award you the appropriate award FAS. Many students begin at FMS and end up attaining FAS status by the time they graduate.
  • When will I find out if I have earned a Bright Futures Scholarship? Students typically find out their award status in late July or early August. 
  • How does Bright Futures receive my transcript? The district sends all senior final transcripts to Bright Futures at the end of June.  
  • Do I have to reapply for Bright Futures? No. Most of you completed the application with your counselor back in October. If your application is incomplete, or there is an issue with it, you would have received an email from Mrs. Mora.  
  • What if I haven’t applied for Bright Futures yet, is it too late? No. Check first whether you completed the application and simply don’t remember. It is difficult to make corrections if students have duplicate accounts. 
  • Where can I receive help with completing the application? Email your College and Career Specialist or your school counselor and they will assist you. 
  • Are there other scholarships I could qualify for in addition to Bright Futures? Keep in mind the Florida Financial Aid Application you submitted for Bright Futures allows you to be viewed for all scholarships offered through the state of Florida. Other ways to earn money for school would be through completing the FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov), or by applying for scholarships found on the class of 2020 Google Classroom page and the OCPS Scholarship Bulletin. Students also can apply for scholarships through large online databases. These include fastweb.com and scholarships.com.

Testing questions

  • What is going to happen with my AP, IB, AICE tests? Check your email. By now you will have received information on how each organization is handling your exams/assessments. For example, by now College Board emailed everyone with information on the computer based AP tests students will be taking from home.  
  • Is it too late to take SAT/ACT for college admissions? Currently, SAT is cancelled through June and ACT is still planning on administering the June and July tests. All this may change. It is very important that you look at what your selected university is telling you. Some universities are extending application/deposit deadlines. 
Scholarships
Seniors..... ( Links to an external site.)If you haven't completed the FAFSA (Links to an external site.) yet, please get it done. It takes about 30 minutes. This is needed in case you want an on campus job as well as other aid and scholarships. Thanks to those who have finished it. :-)

Did you know that Orange Technical College (Links to an external site.) has 85 different programs and their cost of tuition is $2.92 per clock hour. Check out this fabulous school with 5 different campuses in our backyard.


Summer Programs (Links to an external site.) - Remember that they have nothing to do with college admissions.

College & Career Center
Scholarship Information: 
OCPS scholarship bulletin link:  http://bit.ly/2MhVIFc

Deadline Extended: 
Kobrin Family Scholarship
Male or Female of Jewish faith planning to attend UCF.
Amount: $10,000 scholarship
Application deadline: July 15

Deadline Approaching:
Abbott and Fenner
500 to 1000 word essay on life’s goals
Amount: $1000 scholarship
Application deadline: June 12

New:       
Kanter Foundation
Leadership, entrepreneurship, achievement
Amount: $3000
Application available:  www.KantnerFoundation.org.
Application deadline: May 30

Benenati Law Firm Future Leaders Scholarship

Scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000
Applications are due no later than 11:59 pm EDT on May 31st, 2020
Winner will be selected and announced in July 2020

Here are the eligibility requirements:
You must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States.
You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
You or someone in your immediate family has recently gone through financial hardship.
Scholarship is available for high school seniors and current college students nationwide.
Must be attending an accredited 4-year college/university or a 2-year community college for Fall 2018.

A current transcript MUST be submitted for consideration.
A 500-word minimum essay explaining your future study and career plans and how your life experiences have influenced your goals. Special consideration will be given to members of a family that have recently gone through bankruptcy.
Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application for consideration.
Here is a link to the application: https://www.407bankrupt.com/2020-scholarship/

NAVIGATE 2020 Virtual Conference and College Fair 

Need money to help pay for college?
Have you created your student profile on Raise.me?
If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?
Over 1500 LNHS students have joined Raise.me and have collectively earned over $112 million dollars!

It’s super easy to do.
Create your student profile and update it with your grades, community service involvement, clubs or sports you participate in, test scores, attendance and many other categories.

Choose which colleges you would like to follow. The colleges you choose to follow will reward you with microscholarships for all of the great things you are doing in high school. It’s like a savings account for each institution you choose to follow that will grow every time you update it with the things you are doing in school.

Once you apply to one of the colleges you follow on Raise.me, are accepted and enroll at the institution, any money earned on the Raise.me website will be deposited to your student account at the college and will be divided up into a 4 year scholarship!
Please contact Mrs. Harmon if you have any questions.

Seniors and parents/guardians of seniors. Two very important applications opened up on October 1st. Both applications can help your senior earn scholarships and/or grants to help pay for college. Below is a brief description of each:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The FAFSA application will help some students qualify for up to $6000 in Pell Grant (money from the Federal Government that does not need to be paid back) or additional institutional aid. You will need a copy of the parents/guardians 2017 taxes to complete this application. The Pell Grant is need based therefore based on income some families may or may not qualify. It is best for every family to complete the FAFSA as institutions may be able to provide additional institutional aid, need or merit based, if the FAFSA is on file.

For help with completing the FAFSA application, please take a look at this resource:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/2018-19-completing-fafsa.pdf-

Students will need to create an FSA ID username and password prior to starting the FAFSA application. The FSA ID serves as an electronic signature in order to submit the FAFSA application via the website. Each senior should create his/her own FSA ID username and password as one or both parents/guardians should as well.

Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) The FFAA must be completed in order for students to receive the Bright Futures scholarship as well as many other scholarships and grants the state of Florida may be able to offer. Students must complete this application as soon as possible and must continue to work on meeting all eligibility requirements for Bright Futures prior to the end of their senior year. Please understand there are other scholarships other than Bright Futures a student may qualify for even if they do not meet the requirements for Bright Futures.  https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/SAPHome/SAPHome?url=home

Seniors, as you submit your FAFSA applications, please provide your counselor or Mrs. Harmon a copy of your confirmation page via email. Thank you. ( maxima.harmon@ocps.net)

Senior Shout Outs! 
Seniors be sure to keep us informed of all of the incredible things you are accomplishing this year. We want to celebrate all of the amazing things you are doing. Please complete the “Brag Sheet” for the Class of 2020. You are able to complete this form as many times as it takes to share all of your wonderful news.

Please use the link provided:  https://forms.gle/5YDtJkub2SwjSX7i9

Wesley Torres has been accepted to Florida State University! Well done Wesley!

College and Career Center Contact Information 2019-2020

Mrs. Harmon- College and Career Specialist
Located in room 802 in Student Services

No appointments necessary during A/B lunches. Seniors may choose appointment times during the school day as long as the time slot is not during a core class. All other grade levels must schedule for after school hours.
To schedule an appointment visit:  mharmon.youcanbook.me

Seniors:
Google Classroom Codes: wwpjo7h

Juniors:
Google Classroom Codes: 85tahl

9th and 10th grade:
Google Classroom Code: g0ugve
Vision:
To ensure every student has a promising and successful future

Mission:
With the support of families and the community, we create enriching and diverse pathways that lead our students to success

Objectives:

· High Expectations for Student Learning

· Student Social and Emotional Well-Being

· Dedicated and High-Quality Team

· Positive Climate and Safe Environment

· Efficient Operations

· Engaged and Invested Community
OCPS EEO Non-Discrimination Statement
The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by law. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in CTE programs. The following individuals at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, attend to compliance matters: Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer & Title IX Coordinator: Keshara Cowans; ADA Coordinator: Michael D. Graf; Section 504 Coordinator: Tajuana Lee-Wenze.
(407-317-3200)

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