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Led by our Interact Club, with special help from Mrs. Shannon's art classes, KWHS raised $367.10  last Friday for Purple Pinkie Day, a day to bring awareness about World Polio.  The donations go towards providing immunizations for children so that we can end polio.  Across the lower keys, $2,526.26 was raised by local schools and Rotary.  When we consider that these funds will be matched 2/1 by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that amounts to:  $7,578.78. Each dollar helps to immunize 2 children against Polio translating to our total impact of:  15,158 children will be immunized.  Even our Conch Shell had some purple on it with students, staff and Rotarians showing their purple pinkies.  Congratulations Everyone!!!  
Key West High School is pleased to announce their representatives for the Sunshine State Scholar.  Our top nominee, Kevin Coward, is an exceedingly intelligent student with an acute talent in and a passion for mathematics and has been successful in a rigorous course schedule of AP and Dual Enrollment courses with a focus in the STEM field.  He has demonstrated academic excellence with a weighted GPA of 4.428.  He is active in Mu Alpha Theta, the Chess Club, is a member of the Jazz Band and soccer team.  He has also accumulated 46 community service hours and scored a 55 on the math portion of the PSAT.
    Our alternate, Shiloh McPhe4rson, is an outgoing student with a fierce intellect  who has also been successful in a rigorous schedule that includes AP and DE courses with a concentration in the STEM field.  With a weighted GPA of 4.417 and a PSAT score in math of 52, Shiloh is enthusiastic about her Math and Science courses.  She is in a variety of leadership roles in the organizations she belongs to such as Student Council, NHS, Beta, Zonta and Executive Board.  She is a varsity cheerleader and has earned 99 hours of community service. 
    We are proud of both of these young adults and congratulate them on their accomplishments.
Firdavs Yuldashev has been nominated to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum for Engineering and Technology.  This Envision program will be held on a university campus and Firdavs was nominated to attend based on his exemplary academic record.  Congratulation to this outstanding student!
Marching Conchs Earn Superior Rating
The Marching Conchs received a Straight Superior rating at their Florida Bandmasters Association Marching Music Performance Assessment this past weekend.  They also placed 2nd runner up in the Diamond division (largest bands) of the Crown Jewel Competition at Vero Beach High School.  We are so very proud of these accomplishments and look forward to continued excellence throughout the year!
Several KWHS students in the health careers classes volunteered for the recent Special Olympics SUP event at Higgs Beach. Teacher Jim Forbus praised the students for a great job working the medical support tent and other various assignments 
October Call Out information:  Federal cards have been issued and we would like them returned by Fri.  It is important information, so please be sure they get filled out and returned.  The PSAT will be given to all 9th-11th grade students on Wed., the 15th.  The first nine weeks ends Oct. 17th and there will be no school on Oct. 20.  Report cards will be mailed home Oct. 24th. Due to the weather conditions, the ELL meeting scheduled for Oct. 21 has been rescheduled for 6:00pm October 28, 2014.  Homecoming week begins with the annual parade on Oct. 27th with the Homecoming Game on Oct. 31st at 7:00.  School Advisory Council has moved their Nov. 4th meeting time to 6:30.  Please check out our weekly newsletter and website for a complete calendar and detailed information on what's happening at Key West High.  
Life Skills from Counselor Beth Kruse
October is a huge awareness month for several things. Stomp Out Bullying is only one of those themes, and here are some resources for parents and teens:
  1. An app for phones  --
  2. A Facebook Page that is student led and oriented for peer support --
  3. National Bullying Prevention Center --
Please have your teens feel free to speak with a school administrator if they feel they are being bullied, or complete a form available in the front office.
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
May 6, 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)
Parent Resource Center
The parent resource center is up and running! Computers are available for parents to check grades, attendance or to help their child with homework and research project. We also have Citizenship prep books available!
Testing Dates
Fall EOC Retakes:
Algebra EOC Retake 9/16
Biology EOC Retake 9/17
Geometry & US History 9/19
Makeups will be the week of 9/22-9/26/14.

FCAT 2.0 Reading Retake will be on Monday 10/6 -Session 1 and
on Tuesday 10/7- Session 2. 
Make-ups will be the week of 10/13-10/17/14.
KWHS TV Production UAV test flights
Common Core Standards
Parents, this district website has information that will help you understand and support the Common Core Implementation
Have a few extra hours a week? KWHS is calling for volunteers!
There are students who could use a mentor, copies to be made, bulletin boards that could use sprucing up and we could use your help.  If you are interested in spending a few hours a week at KWHS to help out in the office or in a classroom, we would appreciate the help.   See Office Manager Tiffany Freeman and she will match you with a great opportunity.
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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