News Briefs

(5/14/2022) Chorus Award night ceremony held May 14 

On Saturday, May 14, Chorus held their banquet and award night with 105 participants including chorus members and their family. After eating a meal in the cafeteria, attendees moved to the auditorium to present awards. Students received recognition for Solo and Ensemble, All-State, District MPA, Musical Excellence, and individual contributions to the program, and seniors were given farewells.

 

(5/12/2022) Band Award night held in auditorium

The band award night was held in the auditorium from 6-8 p.m. Students from each class were recognized for their ensembles and solo performances throughout the year. Depending on their grade, students also received varsity letters or pins for their contributions. Awards were given in the auditorium with eleven different categories including Musicians of the Year from each grade, Most Improved, guard and band member, Popeck Leader, and more. 

 

(5/4/202) Beta Club holds final meeting

`On Tuesday, May 4, Beta Club held their last meeting in room 7-224, during which they handed out senior cords and held officer elections. Sophomore Christie Knowles was elected president, junior Zoe Zachry vice president, sophomore Jensen Miller treasurer, sophomore Nathan Treibitz secretary, sophomore Anouska Seal historian and sophomore Mia Campese social media manager. Though the club has a member count of over 30 students, club sponsor Pamella Lynch’s main goal is finding and engaging active members. 

 

(5/3/22) Admin begins textbook returns

On Tuesday, May 3, administration released a textbook collection plan via the HHS Student Services eCampus page. Seniors should return their books to the auditorium lobby from May 9-13 from 7-7:30 a.m. or 2:30-4 p.m. while freshmen, sophomores and juniors will return them during their English or U.S. History classes from May 16-20. If seniors miss their return dates, they can drop their books off on May 18. Students using dual enrollment textbooks should return them to the

 

(4/29/22)  Premedical club hosts seminar 

On Friday, the premedical club hosted a seminar in room 3-123, where dentists Sandra Wasif and Raina Nicola taught students to stitch using fake skin models and medical thread. The doctors also instructed students on how to measure blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer

 

(4/22/22) Athletic department launches track and turf fundraiser 

On Monday, April 25 the athletics department launched the Hagerty Stadium project. With the goal of raising at least $2.1 million, the fundraiser prompts both local businesses and individuals to donate toward installments to the Sam Momary Stadium that would reduce game cancellations, such as an all-weather rubberized track, turf field and scoreboard. A QR code for the fundraiser’s MySchoolBucks page can be found on HagertyStadiumProject.org.

 

(4/24/22) Robotics team attends world championship

Finishing 34 in a division of 80, the robotics team attended world championship after winning second place inspire awards at Florida state competition. Worlds were held in Houston, Texas where they competed with robots designed and built since September. The robot had to complete specific tasks on the field with a time limit and present to judges everything they’ve done to improve and complete the robot. 

 

(4/20/22) Sammy’s are held in the auditorium

Leadership hosted two main events in the Sammy’s, the red carpet which lasted from 6 till 7 p.m. And the award ceremony was from 7 till 8:30 p.m. The award ceremony had 25 awards as well as  six entertainment events including a family feud game which put students against staff in between nominations. Categories ranged from “Frequently Flirty,” won by Kenzie Perkins to “Most Likely to Win a Nobel Prize,” won by Olivia Tulloch.

 

(3/31/2022) Band performs “Jazz under the stars”

Originally set to be performed in the amphitheater, “Jazz under the Stars” was moved to the old gym because of a possibility of a thunderstorm. Jazz I and Jazz II performed together with Lawton Chiles Middle School band students March 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The concert allowed participants to showcase bands in a casual setting and served as a fundraiser for the jazz programs. They played songs like “Afro Blue”, “What is Hip” and “Wind Machine”. The audience viewed the performance while seated at tables throughout the gym, enjoying trays of desserts throughout the night. 

 

(4/4/2022) Book Club holds first meeting

With help of sponsor Karen Hernandez and 10 participants, the Book Club opened its doors April 4. During their first meeting each student picked several books to review and sample, reading the first two chapters to find interest. After reading the beginning of the books the group went into a discussion about which book they’ll collectively start reading. The club was created in order to promote the enjoyment of literature and celebrate the writing skills each member has. As of now, meetings are Mondays after school in sponsor Hernandez’s room but eventually, the club will clean the media center to use for meetings.

 

(4/7/2022) Spring musical premiers: Cinderella

The theater department had been preparing for the spring musical since early January, adding finishing touches and wardrobe in mid March.The musical premiered in the auditorium Apr. 7 where it was performed till Apr. 9.  Junior Mackenzie Allis will play Ella for the Thursday and Saturday show while senior Olivia Martin played for Friday’s shows. The musical was directed by theater teacher Jamaal Solomon, choreographed by Angelyn Rhode, and the set was managed by senior Zoey Zachry. Tickets for production were sold online for $13 for general admission and $15 for premium and reserved seating.

 

(3/31/22) Seminole County hosts annual family fair 

From March 25 to April 2, Seminole County hosts a family fair featuring 32 different rides, games, food and several private vendors. Ride tickets are currently marked at $0.50 each. 

“I had an amazing time. I have a really busy schedule and don’t get to hang out with my family a lot, so it was really nice to go with my grandma and my sister,” junior Gwen Shaw said. “We stayed for hours and my sister almost won a prize,” Gwen Shaw said.

 

(3/28/22)Spanish National Honors Society holds Hope drive

 On Monday, March 28,  Spanish Honors Society placed baskets around Oviedo to collect food as part of their Hope Drive. The club plans to pick up the bags on Saturday, April 2, sending the contents to local churches. 

“The hope drive is to collect food for people in need,” treasurer Edward Collazo Borges said. “It has been successful in the past, so I believe it will be successful this time too.” 


(3/4/22) Band goes to MPA 

Band classes traveled by bus to Lake Mary for their MPA assessment on Mar.4 . Concert band performed at 11 a.m, the Symphonic band performed at 3:30 p.m, and the Wind Ensemble performed at 6 p.m. The Concert band performed “Darkland March,” “Harmonious Blacksmith,” and the “Yankee Fanfur.” Symphonic band performed “Uncle Henry,” “Second Suite,” and “Bayou Breakdown.” Finally, the Wind Ensemble performances were “The Gum-sucker March,” “When Jesus Wept,” and “Polka and Fugue from ‘Schwanda’.”All bands brought home Superior ratings.

 

(3/3/22) Leadership organizes Sammy’s Entertainment

Sammy’s Entertainment is a formal event for the class of 2022 where awards will be distributed and students can perform an act of their choice. Auditions for Sammy’s Entertainment will be held March 10 in room 6-117 during both lunches. Students interested in participating should fill out a google registration form found in their grade level ecampus under announcements. Performances are open to all grade levels and must be school appropriate.

 

(2/26/22) Prom dress pop-up shop held Feb. 26

Hagerty will host a prom dress shop at Action Church in Sanford on Airport Boulevard. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. juniors and seniors will be able to come to the shop, try on dresses and see if their choice can be altered and what the alterations may cost. Students will be able to take the dresses home for a donation of $20 to help cover costs for the dance. 

“We want to make sure por junior and senior young ladies that want to attend prom are able too even if they can’t afford expensive dresses,”principal Robert Frasca said.

 

(2/24/22) Senior yard signs sales continue

Senior graduation yard signs are available for purchase through cash, checks, or order in my school bucks “Hagerty-Class of 2022 Yard Sign Sale.” If the purchase is done through a check payable to HHS, it must contain “Yard Sign,” in the memo. Parents are given four options of yard sign designs that include up to four icons and are double-sided. Yard signs up to two icons are $25, signs with up to four icons and double-sided will be $35; the amount will be due at time of purchase. Sign order form is located in Principal’s Weekly Updates: Feb.18. For further questions contact [email protected]

 

(2/14/22) Counselors start meeting with students to finalize curriculum

Starting Feb.14 students were pulled out of class to their respective counselors to check and approve credits. As a final procedure of registration students overviewed grades, classes, and qualifications on classes from registration forms turned in Jan. 28.

 

(2/1722) TV Production departs for STN Convention 

On Feb. 17, the TV production department departed for Long Beach, CA for the 2022 Student Television Network Convention, during which they will participate in competitions, attend workshops and learn more about TV Production.

“It is a great opportunity and I know we all feel lucky to be able to attend this year,” senior Helena Celenatano said.

 

(2/9/22) Curriculum night is being held Feb. 9

An evening full of information; curriculum night will last from 6 to 8 p.m. There  will be two sessions for athletics and extracurricular meetings and three sessions for gifted presentations. These sessions start at 6:30 p.m. overlapping each other. Athletics and extracurricular sessions are from 6:30 -7:00 and 7:15 -7:45. Gifted presentations are from 6:30 -6:50, 7:00 -7:20, and 7:30 -7:50.

Questions for Advanced placement classes should be brought up to the session in the cafeteria at 6:30. Information for classes such as Early Childhood, JROTC, Culinary and Television production will be held around campus in Buildings 2, 6, 3 and 7.

 

(2/7/22)Leadership holds Interclub Council 

On Monday, Feb. 7, club leadership gathered during second lunch to discuss club requirements and volunteer opportunities. Leadership sponsor Kristi Miller led the meeting, disclosing general volunteer requirements. Each club is expected to offer at least two volunteer events per semester and is encouraged to participate in the upcoming school-wide food drive.

 

(2/2/22) PTSA places mental health hotlines in bathroom stalls

The Parent Teacher Student Association placed mental health posters around campus bathrooms. These posters contain a variety of mental health hotlines and resources inside bathroom stalls. Hotlines such as suicide prevention, human trafficking and abuse. They contain descriptions for the hotline, number to reach out to and a bar code students can scan.

 

(1/31/22) English Honor society hands out letters to eligible applicants

English Honor society eligibility applications were distributed to students the first week of February. Students who wish to apply must submit their application by Feb. 7 to NEHS sponsor Stacey Rega. Students who receive these applications are recognized for their excellence in English and appreciation for literacy. Meetings usually take place on the first Thursday of every month.

 

(1/24/22) College Board announces Digital SAT Suite

In order “to meet the evolving needs of students and educators,” College Board prepares to digitize SAT testing by 2023. Students are set to take the test in fall of 2023. Although its scoring scale and testing location will remain the same, other aspects of the SAT were simplified to optimize its convenience. The digitized test will be an hour shorter, containing concise math problems and passages while excluding the no-calculator portion of the exam according to College Board vice president Pricilla Rodriguez. 

 

(1/21/22) Covid Protocols and Contact Tracing

As students returned from winter break, Seminole County encountered a rise of COVID cases, warranting an onslaught of covid protocols. Teachers can now quarantine for five days and students for ten, which stayed the same, when exposed to COVID. To ease the burden of contact tracing, emails are required to be sent to everyone in the class of a COVID- positive student or staff member. Hagerty has reported various Covid exposures in the past two weeks with various classes meeting in the cafeteria or auditorium for supervision.

 

(1/20/22) Band All State

From Jan.12 to15, Jazz, Concert, and Symphonic band members participated in band All State held in Tampa. Auditions were held during September with an acceptance rate of 10-15% of students who participated. Sixteen Hagerty students were accepted into All State; nine qualified for Jazz band ensemble, four for Concert band and three for Symphonic. 

 

(1/12/22) GSA holds Chipotle Spirit Night for class of 2023

From 4-6 p.m. students who ordered for the GSA fundraiser donated 33% of their bill to the class of 2023’s senior prom. To donate, students ordered using an online code or the flyer found on the class of 2023’s Instagram page. GSA raised $237. 

“This gives me an excuse to go get Chipotle and I also want to help out with the fundraisers so it’s a win-win,” junior Sam Fusca said.

 

(1/12/22)- Beta Club holds induction ceremony 

Beta club inducted 34 new members during an induction ceremony in the group projects room from 6-7:30 p.m. Members recited the club pledge, spoke to officers about community service opportunities, and received induction certificates and pins. 

“It was a bit difficult to start up the club, but now we have all these new members that we can’t wait to grow with,” vice president Nhavy Nyguen said.

 

(12/14/21) Newspaper wins national journalism award

The school newspaper, The Blueprint, and website, hagertyjourn.com became Crown winners on Dec. 14, as announced by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Each year at Columbia University, Crown judges evaluate entrants for the quality of work, including content, design, coverage, photography, writing and editing. The publications will win either a Gold or Silver Crown in March.

 

(12/10/21) Dance concert held in auditorium

On Dec.10, from 7 to 10 p.m. the dance team and technical classes had their winter recital in the auditorium. A group performed 27 dances: 11 individual dances, six duos and 10 group performances. Dances ranged from contemporary, classic, and jazz performances which  were choreographed by teacher and coach Diane Hasenbank.

 

(12/4/21)- Reagan Eastlick organizes bi-partisan bicycle charity 

On Saturday, Dec. 4, Young Republicans and Young Democrats came together to assemble bicycles during a bipartisan charity organized by Young Republicans president Reagan Eastlick, who raised $7,500 to supply the bikes for the event. The two clubs put together a total of 50 bikes, which will be donated to families who are in need during the holidays through the  Baby DJ charity organization. “It was an amazing bipartisan opportunity to give back to the community and to spread some joy after another tough year,” Young Democrats president Sebastian Fernandez said.

 

(12/3/21) – Band performs at annual Rhapsody concert

In a concert extending from Friday Dec. 3 to Saturday Dec. 4, band members performed in a series of ensembles, including jazz, classical, and pop culture renditions of Christmas-themed music, in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The band began forming and rehearsing these ensembles up to a month prior, holding rehearsals every day after school the week of the event. The concert was the first in-person performance since March of 2020. “Performing in [Rhapsody] was cool because we haven’t done it in so long,” senior Raina Hawkings said. “This year has been really different from last year when it comes to performances.”

 

(12/2/21) Art Honors Society commemorates City Commissioner 

On Thursday, Dec. 2, the Art Honors Society spruced up and decorated school pavements with chalk in commemoration of the city commissioner’s renovations on campus grounds. The members painted a portrait of the commissioner in front of the Hagerty emblem to honor the investment. “I sketched this idea and they went with it,” club sponsor Omar Otero said. “I’m always impressed by the National Arts Honors Society.” The club has big plans for the second semester, such as the Memory Project, where members will paint portraits of children around the world. 

 

(12/10/21) Physics classes participate in egg drop 

On Friday, Physics Honors classes participated in the egg drop, a lab where students would build contraptions to save their egg from a drop off of a balcony. 

“I thought the egg drop was really fun because I got to work with friends to make our design, and our egg ended up winning,” junior Gwen Shaw said.

 

(11/22/21) Spanish Honor Society holds Operation Christmas Child 

The Spanish Honor Society held their yearly community service project, Operation Christmas Child, from Nov.15 through Nov.22. The project consisted of filling shoe boxes with toys and other necessities for children around the world. In total, 16 boxes were filled and sent to Samaritan’s Purse, a humanitarian aid organization that provides physical help to those in need. These boxes were delivered to a drop-off center that ships them directly to a Samaritan’s Purse processing center where they are being distributed.

 

(11/18/21) Cultural Appreciation Club and Asian Club co-host meeting

The Cultural Appreciation Club and Asian Club met in room 3-219, hosting a joint meeting during which members gave a presentation on Asian culture, shared food, and played a Kahoot game.  The Cultural Appreciation club meets once every month on Fridays.

 

(11/18/21) Theater performs on opening night of Bonechiller 

On Thursday, the theater department performed their first showing of Bonechiller, a musical about the death of Josiah Travers and the will that his inheritors have to solve. The crew will perform the show twice more before Thanksgiving break on Friday and Saturday at 7:00 P.M. 

“[The crew] put so much hard work into this show, with our many rehearsals, trying and succeeding to make this show look as good as possible on stage,” crew member Hannah Kurbitz said.

 

(11/12/21) SGA hosts Junior Lunch

This Thursday, Nov. 11. Students who wished to participate needed to fill out the proper permission. Around 70 students participated in the event, leaving campus 7th period and coming back for 5th. SGA expects the next junior lunch on Feb. 8. All students wanting to participate must have submitted required paperwork to class sponsor Tawni Small by Feb. 4.

 

(11/10/21) JROTC holds quarterly blood drive

On Nov. 9 JROTC held their second quarterly blood drive outside the auditorium. The event lasted five hours, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 1:30 p.m. The blood drive was sponsored by Oneblood and administered by JROTC. Fifty students signed up to donate, getting their blood pressure, temperature, and iron count to make sure they were qualified to donate. JROTC expects their next blood drive to be in mid-December.

 

(11/6/21) Student Government holds Homecoming cleanup for class fundraising, 

The Student Government allowed volunteers to clean up campus after the homecoming dance ended. Picking up trash and reorganizing cafeteria tables took only 20 minutes, and 40 underclassmen attended. Leadership allocated funding for each class’s senior homecoming depending on how many participants stayed to clean up. 

“I personally think it was worth staying the extra 10 minutes because I would prefer to come back on Monday to a clean school and not a trashed place,” SGA freshman secretary Ariana Maboudu said. 

 

(11/1/21) Band ranks Superior at MPA

Marching band attended Seminole County’s annual music performance assessment (MPA). They were ranked Superior in all scoring categories: music, marching, and individual judge scores. The band performed all three movements of their show, which included renditions of the songs “Somebody to Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Fat-Bottomed Girls,” and “Flash” by Queen.

“When the Kupermans announced straight Superiors I felt happy and accomplished knowing our hard work paid off,” junior Mckenzie Adams said. “We practiced really hard so our performance was confident.”

 

(10/29/21) Hagerty’s pre-k program holds Trick-or-Treat celebration

  The annual Husky Pup costume parade took place Friday Oct. 29 during second, fourth, seventh, and sixth periods. Teachers were sent a form of registration to sign up for candy distribution prior to the event. Early childhood teacher Jennifer Hennessy and Career Ed teacher Jenny Burrell checked candy for choking hazards and allergies, and parents were able to give their child permission to participate. The costume parade was the final event of a week filled with activities like pumpkin-carving and spooky story-telling.

The preschoolers were so excited to show off their costumes and received lots of love from staff and students,” Hennessy said.

 

(10/29/21) Student Ambassador hold Halloween hangout 

Student Ambassadors held a Halloween-inspired hangout in the courtyard after school Oct. 27. 40 students participated in the community as snacks and drinks were served and a pumpkin painting contest was held. The winner of the contest received a 10 dollar gift card from Jeremiah’s.

“Some of our ambassadors came up with a Halloween inspired event,” Jenna Hecker and Ella Vescio said. “This event was organized to introduce students to new people and create a welcoming environment in Hagerty’s campus.”

 

(10/21/21) Young Democrats club hosts first meeting 

The Young Democrats held their first meeting Thursday, Oct. 21, during which they introduced their officers, established the club’s initiatives, and outlined upcoming volunteer events, which they plan to hold in coalition with Seminole County’s local Democratic Party.  They will meet every Thursday for the remainder of the year in order to remain as active as possible. 

“By getting students to understand policy, volunteer in the community, and work with the party to help out in elections, it is my hope that, with what limited power I have, we can be part of the solution,” club president Sebastian Fernandez Loaiza said.

 

(10/20/21) Homecoming court begins preparations 

As homecoming approaches, leadership makes preparations for the dance, one of which being electing, announcing, and informing the homecoming court. The nominees were announced on Sept. 28 and attended an informational meeting the following Wednesday, Oct. 7. 

“I didn’t expect to be nominated,” freshman nominee Valera Romero said. “Homecoming season has been fun so far, though.”
Leadership released homecoming court winners on Monday, Oct. 18, and they attended a second informational meeting on Oct. 20 to discuss upcoming dance rehearsals and homecoming speeches.

 

(10/15/21) Poet society meeting took place this Friday the 15th

Poet society had its first club meeting today in room 3-211B. Its sponsor is creative writing teacher Christine Forza, and club president Julia Bockarev.  The meeting was opened with refreshments, snacks, and discussions on various topics that students could engage in. The club is all about sharing and enjoying poetry in a community. Library work and poetry reading to children are some potential volunteering opportunities that are offered in this club. 

We would like to find local coffee houses that do spoken word, maybe volunteer at local libraries and meet at Oviedo in the Park for a poetry picnic,” Forza said “This is a brand-new club and it is a club that is for the love of poetry.”

 

(10/15/21) Hagerty student gets lead on Theater West’s upcoming play: Little shop of horrors

Sophomore Carter Wegman gets the lead role for Theater West’s upcoming play: Little Shop of Horrors. Auditions for the play took place Sept. 6th, and he received his role the night after. Four shows will be performed starting this Friday Oct.15th and ending Sunday Oct.17. 

“This is my first show at West End and I’m loving it,” Wegman said “Come to see the show. It’ll be a great one.”

 

(10/1/21) Malkovich named Teacher of the Year

AP Government teacher Matthew Malkovich was announced teacher of the year Oct.1. This was decided by an anonymous teacher nomination prior to the announcement. Malkovich was celebrated by his students, family, colleagues and administration during the beginning of period 4.

 “As a teacher now for 21 years your job is to try and do what’s best for your students,” Malkovich said “It’s been tough but this place became my home so there is no chance I’m leaving.”

 

(10/1/21) Court nominees elected 

Homecoming nomination polls closed Friday, Sept. 27. Freshmen, sophomore, and junior nominees are expected to attend the informational meeting on Oct. 7 in room 6-117. Oct. 7 is also the final day for students to cast their votes. Ten nominees were elected for each class, some of which being freshman Valeria Romero, sophomore Justin St. Johns, junior Emalys Caamano, and senior Kevin Connel.

 “This year is definitely going to be different because there’s going to be an actual dance,” junior nominee Alexis Cunningham said, “so we have a lot more to look forward 

 

(9/27/21) Game against Timber Creek rescheduled due to weather conditions

Originally set for Friday, Sept. 17, the home game against the Timber Creek Wolves was rescheduled for the following Monday, only to be postponed to Oct. 2 due to field conditions. These cancellations are one of many recent school activities that have been cancelled as a result of weather conditions, and participating students are struggling to maintain their morale. 

“The game being cancelled was really annoying because I was really looking forward to playing in the stands and seeing my friends,” said band member McKenzie Adams, “but the game being cancelled also makes me look forward to the next game even more

 

(9/27/21) Language honors societies hold Induction Night

The French, Spanish, and ASL honors societies inducted both new and returning members in their first in-person induction since May 2020. The ceremony consisted of the lighting of the “mother candle” and the recitation of their induction pledge. The night was an opportunity to make up for the lack of morale that plagued many of the school’s extracurriculars, and the ceremony proved to be much livelier than last year’s virtual induction. 

 

 (9/20/21) Upcoming play audition

The theater department will hold auditions for the play Bone Chiller! which will be held Sept. 21 and 22 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the auditorium. The play is a comedy, mystery thriller about 13 people who arrive to read a will letter left by a wealthy eccentric. Students interested in auditioning must be enrolled or be zoned to Hagerty, be able maintain a 2.5 GPA, and have a passion for theater. 

“ I am looking for students that can clearly portray the needs of each character. Characters that can tell the whole story with their words, actions, and emotions,” Theater teacher Jamaal Solomon said. “This show is a fun murder mystery. Come out and audition even if it is just for experience.”

 

(9/20/21) Junior Prom Fundraiser

Due to COVID-19, the student government had to drastically lower the budget for next year’s prom. Because of this, the class of 2021 is asking for donations, which can give this class a prom that they deserve. Donations can be made through team Works with this link

They set a goal to raise $15,000, and $1,810 have been donated so far. Donations will close Oct. 1, but parents and businesses are able to donate directly to the class any time they please by sending a check made out to Hagerty High School SGA Class of 2023.

“Prom is a lifetime opportunity. It is one night that students will not forget,” class of 2023 sponsor Tawni Small said.

 

(9/13/21) Administration wraps up ID distribution with campus rounds

On Sept. 10, administrators visited classrooms to ensure that students were well-informed about the ID distribution process and requirements.

“Student IDs are an expectation that Principal Frasca has been announcing every morning, and it’s for safety reasons that we really need students to get on board with this,” Vice Principal Rosha said. 

According to Rosha, most IDs have been distributed, but if a student was absent and did not receive an ID, they may visit the media center to print out and receive a replacement.

 

(9/13/21) Senior Lunch kicks off upcoming senior privileges

Senior privilege lunches began Sept. .During designated senior lunch days, students are allowed to leave campus during lunch and seventh period to buy food and enjoy their seniorship. In order to participate in senior lunch, students must complete and notarize the form that can be found on their class’ eCampus page.

 “I signed up for [senior lunch] to have an opportunity to make memories with my friends this year,” senior Emily Cobb said. “ We missed out on a lot last year, and this is an opportunity to make up for a little bit of that.” 

All seniors are eligible to participate as long as they return to campus by the beginning of their fifth or sixth period.

 

(9/6/21) Virtual Open House Starts Sep.7

On Sep.7 the school held its second virtual open house because of COVID-19 data, administration made the decision to keep this year’s open house virtual. “We had a very good response to this event last year, so I expect that the response will be positive again,” principal Robert Frasca said.

 Administration hopes the virtual open house is beneficial to parents and works with their schedules. Parents will be able to watch videos uploaded by teachers at any time of the week, demonstrating flexibility and easy access. 

 

(9/6/21) ROTC hosts blood drive on  Sep.9

The upcoming annual blood drive will be held this Thursday, September 9 overseen, coordinated, and sponsored by JROTC program with the help of blood donation organization, One Blood. The main purpose is to help save lives by providing blood to patients who need it. 

“Every two seconds of every day, someone needs blood.” Chief Enrius Collazo said. “Since blood cannot be manufactured outside the body and has a limited shelf life, the supply must constantly be replenished by generous blood donors.”

That being said, ROTC is asking all those willing to donate to take precautionary measures against COVID-19 such as wearing a mask and cleaning their hands after. Students age 16-17 can register with parental permission during their assigned lunches or with QR codes located around campus.

 

(8/30/21) ID Distribution begins during first and second lunch

On Aug. 27, admin began the ID distribution process during the first and second lunch. The process was headed by assistant principal Kristi Draus. Although the distribution process was expected to be complete by Aug. 28, administration decided to postpone it to the following Monday in order to provide every student with an up-to-date ID. “We are trying to get 1400 IDs out to kids, but leadership has been really helpful in the process,”  Draus said. “They’ve been the ones handing ID’s out at lunch.” Administration plans to send student IDs through teacher boxes starting Tuesday to speed up the distribution process.

 

(8/30/21) French Honor Society holds first meetings

On Aug. 26, the French National Honors Society held its first meeting of the school year in room 7-224. Club sponsor Pam Lynch, along with club leadership, looks forward to the new opportunities for celebrations and activities that the upcoming school year has to offer, as precautions against COVID-19 become more lenient. French Week, during which French Honors Society members run morning announcements, appear on WOOF TV, and integrate French culture into life on campus, is one of these activities. “This year, because of the lighter restrictions that we have, everyone in the club is really excited,“ Lynch said. 

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