Miami Palmetto Senior High School PTSA
UPCOMING EVENTS
*ALL EVENTS AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

September 26: No School, Teacher Planning Day

September 28: HOCO PTSA Membership Contest Deadline

September 30: College & Job Interviews 101 Community Event, 4:30PM, Pinecrest Community Center

September 30: National Honor Society Applications Due

October 8: Palmetto Alumni Association’s Night w/Ron Magill, Pinecrest Gardens

October 10: College Fair, 6:30-8:00, Gym

October 10: Deadline for First PTSA Sponsor Banner Order

October 11: Financial Aid Night, 6:30, Virtual (link TBA)

October 12: PSAT

October 18: Teen Talk Roundtable, 2:20-3:30PM, Room 3103

November 15: Prices for Yearbook Senior Ads Increases

November 15: School Tour, 8:00AM

November 18: Teen Talk Roundtable, 2:20-3:30PM, Room 3103

November 26: Deadline for Senior Yearbook Photos

November 29: School Tour, 8:00AM

December 6: Teen Talk Roundtable, 2:20-3:30PM, Media Center

December 13: School Tour, 8:00AM

PTSA Email Address

Add this to your contacts! If you ever need to reach PTSA, email Ptsa.mpsh@gmail.com


RESOURCES

Calle Hoco PTSA Membership Contest (worth 50 points!)

palmettopanthers.memberhub.com/store

2022-2023 PTSA MEMBERSHIP

THANK YOU SPONSORS! Please see updated sponsor lists below.

 

The 2022-2023 Annual Love Our Panthers Membership Drive is now OPEN! Please join and support PTSA today. Membership starts at $8. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. This year we are aiming for 100% participation! All proceeds go back to the students and our school. Sponsorships are tax-deductible.

 

We don’t sell gift wrap or candy. This is our once-a-year fundraiser. Please consider joining giving today!

 

Click here for more information https://palmettopanthers.memberhub.com/store

National Honor Society (NHS) Applications Now Available


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MPSH School Tour Dates

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CAP Updates

The Senior Parents Night recording can be watched here: https://www.palmettopanthers.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=806805&id=0

 

To qualify for other benefits such as fee waivers or programs related to socioeconomic status, students who are not directly certified may complete an Income Survey Form:

https://incomesurvey.dadeschools.net/Default.aspx


MPSH College Visits- 2022

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Location tbd 

** This list is subject to change**

Visits open to all students

 

Tue Sep 27 10:35 AM - 11:15 AM  Lawrence University

Wed Sep 28 10:35 AM - 11:15 AM University of Maryland (College Park)

Wed Sep 28 11:35 AM - 12:15 PM Bates College

Thu Sep 29 10:35 AM - 11:15 AM Boston University

Fri Sep 30 10:35 AM - 11:15 AM Case Western Reserve University

Mon Oct 3 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM Indiana University (Bloomington)

Tue Oct 4 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM Northeastern University

Thu Oct 6 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM Lynn University

Fri Oct 7 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM University of Miami

Mon Oct 10 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Northwestern University

Mon Oct 10  6:30 PM - 8:00 PM College Fair

Tue Oct 11 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM University of Connecticut

Tue Oct 11 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Tulane University of Louisiana

Wed Oct 12 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM University of Chicago

Fri Oct 14 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM Rochester Institute of Technology

Tue Oct 18 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM Hamilton College

Wed Oct 19 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM Babson College

Fri Oct 21 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM Pomona College

Wed Oct 26 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM Texas Tech University

Thu Oct 27 10:35 AM - 11:10 AM University of Toronto

Fri Oct 28 10:35 AM - 11:15 AM Kenyon College

 

 

Linda Dwyer, CAP Advisor 

Testing Information

  • F.A.S.T testing (new version of the old FSA ELA) will start at the end of August. The test is for all 9th and 10th graders only. Students will be informed by their English teacher. There will be three F.A.S.T tests throughout the year. The first two F.A.S.T tests will be more of a baseline and it will not count against the student or scored. The last F.A.S.T, which will take place in May, will count as a score and it will be based on the 1-5 level in May 2023.
  • Fall Retakes will take place from 9/12/22 through 9/29/22. Students are usually informed by their English and/or math teachers. I also send testing information to all faculty.  
  • PSAT/NMSQT will take place on 10/12/22 during the school day.  No more available seats for 9th and 11th graders.

 

  • TEST INFORMATION: 

 

  • Algebra 1 EOC concordant score information
  • If you did not take or pass your algebra 1 EOC, do not despair. There are several options for you to meet the algebra 1 EOC graduation requirements.
  • You can get a 3 and above score in your geometry EOC. For those students who are taking the geometry class this year, you have a good chance at getting a comparative score for the algebra 1 EOC. DO YOUR BEST next May 2023! 
  • Score a 430 and above in your PSAT/NMSQT exam 
  • Score a 420 in the Math section of the SAT. (collegeboard.org
  • Score a 16 in the Math section of the ACT. (ACT.org)
  • Take the algebra 1 EOC again. I strongly suggest the ACT/SAT/PSAT/NMSQT  


  • FSA ELA Retakes concordant score information
  • If you did not take or pass your 10th grade FSA ELA (graduation requirement), do not despair. There are several options for you to meet the FSA ELA graduation requirement. 
  • Score a 480 in the READING section of the SAT. (collegeboard.org
  • Score an average score of 18 in your English/Reading section of the ACT. Simply, add both scores and divide by 2. (ACT.org). A score of 17.5 rounds up to 18.

 

  • ****If you have Free/Reduce lunch, you may qualify for a fee waiver for the SAT. Please apply for free/reduce lunch. This year, the district is allowing all students to have free lunch. HOWEVER, this is NOT the same thing as actually qualifying for free lunch. If you qualify, it will allow you to get fee waivers for the SAT.  Fill out the application for free lunch.
  • Contact Ms. Olga Gonzalez (She is the counselor's secretary). You will find her in the attendance office.
  • SAT fee waivers are a first come-first served and there might not be one always available. Waivers are constantly being offered. Best of luck! 

 

  • PLEASE go to collegeboard.org and/or ACT.org for testing dates. These tests are given throughout the year. See the schedule at the bottom of this post.

 

    ALL PSAT/NMSQT SEATS for 9th and 11th grade HAVE BEEN TAKEN- NO MORE SPACE/EXAMS AVAILABLE

 

  • PSAT/NMSQT will be on 10/12/22. I will schedule 10th graders to take this test. 10th graders will NOT need to register or pay for this test. The district pays for all 10th graders. If you are a 9th or 11th grader, you will have to pay $18, should you wish to participate. This is a first come-first served and our 11th graders are given priority.  Limited number of exams. Exams might be sold before the due dates of payments.  The due date does not mean that we will have exams available. There are no more available spaces.

 

  • Pre-registration will be done on test day for everyone.
  • Study guides will be distributed by English teacher to all 10th graders once they are received.
  • Student testing passes will be distributed by their English teacher.

9th and 11th graders will need to come to my office, in the media center room 2106B and show proof of purchase to receive a study guide and free practice test. I will notify English, reading and math teachers when study guides arrive. 

  • Please do not email and ask me to register you for the PSAT/NMSQT test. Pre-registration will happen in the testing room on test day.   

 

  • 10TH graders- If I do not schedule you to take the PSAT/NMSQT, you MUST CONTACT ME! I might have missed you, so please contact me if you are not in my list. The list will be given to ALL teachers, but the ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS teachers will be responsible for distributing testing passes.

 

 

Alejandra Valencia

Testing Chairperson

Co-AP Coordinator

Miami Palmetto High School

(305)235-1360 x2284

avalencia@dadeschools.net


Teen Talk Roundtable


All students are invited to “Teen Talk Roundtable” discussions. The following dates are the meetings for the first half of the year. The others have yet to be determined: 10/18, 11/18, 12/6. All meetings will be held in room 3103 except 12/6, which will be in the media center. Some of the topics we will discuss are school climate, generation gaps with families, peer pressure and body positivity.

Yearbook News

http://www.thepalmecho.com/

Purchase your yearbook at thepalmecho.com

Book your senior session at foxmar.com/sessions

GET YOUR PALMETTO SPIRIT WEAR:

NEW DESIGNS! The PTSA's online store, Sharingwear.org, has launched three new designs that are available in several colors and lots of different shirt styles (tshirts, vnecks, long sleeve t's, hoodies, joggers, etc.). Now is the time to order!


Sharingwear.org is a charitable organization founded and operated by Palmetto High students. Designs can be purchased in multiple clothing styles and some designs are available in multiple colors. Orders are custom printed and usually take 2-3 weeks for delivery. All profits from Sharingwear's Palmetto Senior Online Store are shared 50% with the Palmetto Senior PTSA and 50% with Sharingwear's Charity of the Month. Please visit SharingWear.org to stock up on clothes for next year!


COMMUNITY NEWS



MPSH Alumni Association Event

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!

All are welcome to this fun evening, more details TBA. Proceeds benefit the Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund. Follow the Association on Facebook: MiamiPalmettoAlum


M-DCPS Parent Academy Webinars

FREE Tutoring through Miami-Dade Public Library System

 

The Miami-Dade Public Library System has two programs to help students academically, and best of all they are FREE. live, and interactive:

 

1- https://mdpls.org/tutor

“Help your child have a successful school year with the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Homework Help & Tutoring Program. Free, 30‑minute one‑on‑one virtual tutoring sessions with certified teachers are available on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. ‑ 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. to all K‑12 students who reside in Miami‑Dade County. Tutoring is available in reading and math. To participate, please submit a tutoring appointment request for your child/ren each week. To maximize learning, a computer or laptop with Internet access and a working camera and microphone is required.”

Very soon, MDPL will be rolling out a program in which we circulate laptops to take home that will include internet access. It’s a CAREs Act grant. 

 

2-  tutoring.mdpls.org  

Tutoring.com is normally a paid service through The Princeton Review, but is free for students with a library card (easy to get- see below). 

“Experts help you with homework, study for tests and write essays from noon to midnight daily.” The student can have typing or voice chat. They can request a specific tutor that they have worked with before or take a random tutor. The entire interaction is recorded and the student can put the transcript into a personal virtual locker. They can email it to their teacher or refer to it in the future. 


Other Notes: 

If a student doesn’t have a library card, they can get one almost instantly at https://www1.mdpls.org/webservices/ecard/Account/Register.

 

If they have any issues with logging on to any of the resources, customercare@mdpls.org can resolve problems from M-Th 9am-8pm, Fri & Sat 9am-6pm. 

 

Public libraries are open for students to study in, with safety measures in place. They also have computer access. For locations and hours: https://www1.mdpls.org/webservices/locator/


https://mdpls.org/mobile-device

https://www.mdpls.org/homedelivery


www.mdpls.org/learning#Teens

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Thank You MPSH PTSA Sponsors! Updated 9/15/22

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