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Early Release Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Key West High School, in conjunction with Monroe County School District, is currently planning for the 2015-2016 school year.  To help with the process we are inviting you to take part in this survey.  All responses are completely anonymous.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to solicit input regarding Monroe County School District initiating a one hour early release one day per week to provide Professional Development opportunities for the staff during the 2015-2016 school year.

Please return the questionnaire to the school by May 8, 2015.  Thank you for your time and input in this process.

Click here to print a copy, paper copies went home with students on 5-5-15.

Prudential Knight Spirit of the Community Bronze Medal
Sydney Hamilton received the Prudential Knight Spirit of the Community Bronze medal at a recent awards ceremony.  This distinguished honor is bestowed on only a select number of student across the state of Florida who have exemplified extraordinary community service in their area.  Sydney is the founder of Sydney’s Hope, dedicated to helping the lives of children diagnosed with cancer.  She has also been selected as an ANNpower Vital Voices fellow. As such, she will be flown to Washington D.C., all expenses paid, this June to attend a 4 day leadership conference.  The application process was very involved and highly competitive  as there are only 50 young women chosen from throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to participate.  As an Annpower fellow, Sydney will be eligible to apply for grants to further her social causes such as Sydney’s Hope.
Teacher Appreciation Week
We want to say “Thank you!” to our wonderful KWHS staff.  Teachers play a key role in student success and sometimes a simple “thanks” is all a teacher needs to feel valued.  Take the time to celebrate your students’ teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8.
Representative Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) had the privilege of welcoming students from Key West High School to Tallahassee recently to participate in the Florida House of Representative Page & Messenger Program.    Fiona Tennyson and Kristin Ayala, both students at Key West High School served as messengers.  

“It is such an honor to have these wonderful students from my home-district make the long trip up to Tallahassee to participate in this program,” said Rep. Raschein.  “This is a once in a lifetime experience to get an up close view of state government in action, and I hope they will bring back what they learned and share it with their classmates.  And maybe some of them will go on to be future leaders of our great state!”

The Page & Messenger Program is a long-standing tradition in the House. Throughout session, participating students enjoy the opportunity to assist House Members during the Capitol's busiest time. The Page & Messenger Program offers students a fun and educational experience that will not quickly be forgotten.  The students were selected based on essays submitted through their schools to Representative Raschein’s office
Microsoft Office Specialists
Key West High School is proud to recognize our nine Microsoft Office Specialists from our Intro to Technology Class.  Each of these students received $500 from the Monroe Compute$ program, funded by Mr. John Padget.  62 more of Mr. Archer’s students are on their way to this accomplishment with 2/3 certifications complete and are expected to finish by the end of the school year.  Congratulations to all!
PeaceJam Conference
Key West High is proud and fortunate to have senior Morgan Denhart be part of the Florida Youth Commission,  a group of young leaders statewide who advise the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet of key issues facing Florida’s next generation.  Morgan traveled to a special PeaceJam Conference and hosted a Teen’s Only Town Hall Meeting.  Morgan and all of the Peace Jam participants had a wonderful experience as they displayed their Conch Pride on a statewide level through thier interaction with youth, leaders and state officials.
Equality Florida Essay Contest Winners
Key West High is very proud of our Equality Florida Essay Contest Winners – Talia Santiago (1st), Ashley Martin (2nd), and Daniela Pena (3rd). 
Students from Mr. Murray’s Acting and AP Literature classes, Mr. Smith’s Video Production and Mr. Carter’s Choir enjoyed a special field trip to the see the Waterfront Playhouse’s hilarious production of “Spamalot”, courtesy of the Waterfront Playhouse and the Florida Keys Council for the Arts.  
Teachers of the Year
Key West High School is proud to recognized our teachers of the year.  Selected by their colleagues, they are tremendous assets to our Conch Community for their dedication and service to our students, parents and staff.  John Moeller, our Teacher of the Year, is an outstanding science teacher,  three sport coach and volunteers countless extra hours driving a bus to help our students get safely to athletic events and field trips. His positive rapport with students and staff are evident in all that he does.  Tami Dannacker is our Inclusion Teacher of the Year, working with our exceptional education students both in her own classroom and mentoring others to help them be the best they can be.   Jim Forbus is our Beginning Teacher of the Year.  His enthusiasm in teaching our new Health Career classes has created a growing program that students are excited about being a part of.  We are fortunate to have these excellent professionals working with our students every day.  They represent the wonderful staff at Key West High School and are true examples of Conch Pride!
Testing Calendars
This is just a reminder that the Monroe County School District and Keys AHEC have partnered this year to provide its students no cost primary care medical services.
As cold and flu season is just around the corner children may soon start feeling ill.  If your child is in need of a physical, has an ear ache, a sore throat or has other medical needs we encourage you to take of advantage of this free service.
The Keys AHEC Physician Assistant will be able to see you right away and provide the treatment your child needs.
Medical Services are available at the following sites:
HOB School Monday thru Thursday a half hour before school to a half hour after school. 
Sugarloaf School on Friday a half hour before school to a half hour after school. 

No appointments are necessary to access the clinic so just walk in.  If you need more information, please call Keys AHEC 305-743-7111 ext 206.
Learnerator offers over 20,000 practice questions for all major AP, SAT, and ACT tests.  Contact your AP teacher for the school code to sign up for Learnerator!
Yearbooks for Sale

Are you a Key West High School alumni?  Did you lose your yearbook to a storm or in travels?  If so, we may have that special memory book!  The Conch, our school yearbook, has several extra additions dating back to the early 1940's.  They are on sale for $50.00 plus shipping.  If you would like to see if your graduation year is available, please email or call 305-293-1549.  If it is in our archives, we can get one out to you right away so you can relive your fabulous days of Conch Pride!
Early Release Days
The following Early Release Days have been approved for Key West High School with a dismissal time of 11:30 a.m..  The majority of these days will be utilized for Professional Development for staff.  Mid Term and Finals Exam dates are indicated below.  Early Release Days:
Sept. 18, 2014
Oct. 9, 2014
Nov. 6, 2014
Jan. 28, 2015
Feb. 25, 2015
Mid-Term Exams:  Dec. 16 (not an early release day), Dec. 17, 18, 19, 2014 (early release days) Student must take exams.  Any alternate dates will be for medical reasons only.
Senior Final Exams:  (not early release days)  May 22-28
Final exams for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors:  June 2 (not an early release day), June 3, 4, 5, 2015 (early release days)
Welcome to Key West High School, a school of diverse opportunities with high expectations where we strive for students to be the best they can be personally, academically, athletically and socially.
To empower all students to maximize their potential and prepare them with the skills and experiences necessary to be college or career ready and to develop those character traits that will enable them to be productive members of society.
We focus on R2D2: Respect, Responsibility, Dedication, Determination
·        Students are our priority and their learning opportunities are the central focus.
·        All students have the right to a safe and drug-free learning environment.
·        Parents, community members, agencies and the school work collaboratively to provide the support needed for each child to experience success.
·        Relationships are strengthened and perspectives are broadened thorough diversity and equity.
·        Teachers and administrators are leaders and innovators whose primary responsibility is to engage students in high quality learning experiences that result in student achievement.
     CONCH PRIDE - Perseverance Respect Integrity Dedication Excellence
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