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The Key West High School Fire Fighting and Emergency Responder class recently held their recognition ceremony honoring the 2017 class.  Five Seniors received their Fire Fighter 1, Emergency Responder  and Career Ready Practices Certificates, putting them one step closer to becoming certified Fire Fighters.  Underclassmen completing the course received their Career Ready Practices and Emergency Medical Responder Certificates.
Key West High School students added several new names to their I.T. Wall of Fame this past week.  Students in Ms. Laura Blythe's Applied Engineering and Mr. Ebenson Michelin's Applied Internet Technology classes earned new industry certifications in Microsoft Office and Autodesk Inventor.  In addition to college credits, students also earned cash awards from Monroe Computes for themselves, and additional funding for their classrooms.  To date, Monroe Computes has given approximately 500 MCSD students over $75,000 in cash incentives.
L to R:  KWHS Instructor Laura Blythe, Wendy Galo, Abigail Ladino, Anastasija Dmytryk, Kristen Haughey, Daniella McCausland, Dr. Jerry Caputo (MCSD Director of Career & Adult Education), Christopher Cervantes, Viren Alwani, Jared Perez, Eric Whiteside.
KWHS Honors Former Principals
Key West High School was proud to honor former principals of the school with the unveiling of the Principal Legacy Wall.  Replicating a wall that used to hang in the former KWHS building, it depicts the photos of all of the principals of Key West High School since its 1927, 18 in all.  We were fortunate to have five principals, Bobby Menendez, Alma Olson, John Welsh, Terri Axford, and Amber Archer Acevedo and the family of three principals, Sandy Archer - wife of Glynn Archer, Jr., Sandy Highsmith - wife of Kerry Highsmith and Linda Roberts - wife of Tommy Roberts present as well as former Superintendent Dr. A.J. Henriquez.    Each of them made contributions that are heralded in the yearbooks and Snapper pages.  We enjoyed sharing  memories from their days at the helm and the positive impact, the legacy these principals have left.
    The halls of KWHS have been the place of academic accomplishments, athletic feats, artistic creations, and proud displays of work.  The walls have seen joy, laughter, struggles, fear, tears, elation, and the sounds of kids growing and working together.  As a community school, it is at the heart of the city – a place of pride, an element of change and most of all, the builder of our future.  The saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, and that is evident in Key West as families and friends are tightly woven together in a tapestry of all shades and diversities that come together to support the students that enter our doors.  When a person takes on the leadership of such a great place, it comes with a tremendous amount of responsibility and it takes time and dedication every day, not just when the school bells ring.  To become a Key West High School principal means that you are ready to carry on the torch passed on to you to ensure that every student has the opportunity to be the best they can be and that each staff member and parent knows that they are an integral part of the educational success.  Every family becomes a principals family in some way and as such, their own often play the supporting role to allow the principal to put in the long days, attend the many events and ensure that learning is the top priority while managing the daily operations.  It is a position that does come with challenges, but the successes – the growth and achievement, the light that shines in the students eyes make it worthwhile.

Teacher Recognition
Monroe County School District and Key West High School are pleased to announce the Florida Council for Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year is Nora Laubenstein.  Mrs. Laubenstein currently teachers Advanced Placement World History and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).  She loves what she teaches and strives to get her students to become historians by instilling a curiosity to learn from the past.  “Nora Laubentein helps make students connect history to the everyday world around them.  Her ability to engage students in their own learning enables them to be successful, not only in her class, but in other academic areas,” stated Principal Amber Archer Acevedo.
Summer School
Summer School will begin June 12 and run through July 11.  Students who registered for HOPE, credit recovery, math or language should report to the cafeteria by 7:45 a.m. on the first day.  Breakfast will be served from 7:30-7:45 daily and lunch will be served during the 7:45-1:45 day.   The Summer EOC Retest Schedule will be:  July 12 – US History; July 13 – Biology; July 18 & 19 – Algebra 2 and Geometry; July 20 & 21 – Algebra 1.
KWHS is proud to announce the Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Brian Coward, with a GPA of 4.609.  The Salutatorian, with a GPA of 4.587, is Tristin Blackwell.  
Eleven student writers from Marathon, Key Largo and the Lower Keys won recognition in the 2017 Marathon Writes competition.    With the final judging process now complete, eleven student writers were notified of their award-winning status.   Congratulations goes to Grand Prize winner of the Open Teen Division, Anoom Yasmin, for her poem “Dirt,” and she also was recognized for her poem "Prime Red Tattoos".   An argumentative essay by Kristina Bremer, in the Open Teen Division,  “Glamorizing Obesity in the 21st Century,” was also a winner.
Reading Contest: Click Below for a Full PDF
Athlete of the Week
Junior, Antonio Knowles is the Conch Athlete of the week for his outstanding performance on the mound, leading the Conchs to win the FHSAA 5A-16 District Championship. He was the winning pitcher, striking out 5 and walking no one. He also contributed 1 hit offensively. He pitched 4 innings finishing the 8 inning game against district rival Gulliver Prep.
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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!
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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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