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Athlete of the Week
Senior, Jeromy Homerston placed 3rd at 120lbs in the wrestling tournament at Chiles HS.  Jeromy is currently ranked 6th in the state and he defeated the returning State runner-up from South Walton who is currently ranked #1 in the state, by a score of 8-7.
Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Grant
Key West High School receiveda $500.00 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program through Dion’s Quik Mart #1 recently.  Pictured are Amber Bosco with Dion Oil representative, Kristie Hernandez.  We are grateful for the continued support of Dion’s Quik Mart and the Exxon program that provide grants to assist schools with their Science and Math programs.  Our thanks also goes to Mrs. Gilda Niles, of Dion’s Oil, who has applied for the grants for many years.
Florida Youth Commission
Morgan Denhart, a senior at Key West High School, is currently serving on the Florida Youth Commission, a group of statewide youth leaders who work with the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet.  Morgan’s distinguished selection was based on leadership and achievement.  She participates on monthly conference calls on topics related to youth and academic achievement of students.  Morgan is pictured with Zackary Gibson, Chief Child Advocate and Director with the Governor’s Office and Principal Amber Bosco.
HOBY Leadership Seminar
KWHS is proud to recognize Daniela Pena to represent our school as an ambassador at the South Florida HOBY seminar. HOBY students excel academically and also display leadership qualities. The HOBY Leadership Seminar focuses on providing outstanding high school students with an amazing opportunity to learn how to lead and make a difference. This conference truly is a life changing and unforgettable experience for our students.  Antonio Cardenas has been selected as the alternate and will have an opportunity to attend as well.  Congratulations to all students nominated including Talia Santiago, Antonio Cardenas, Tristin Blackwell, Emily Conn, Tessa Eggers, Brian Coward, Jonathan Martinez, Bhajan Ananda, Anoom Yasmin, Olivia Johnson, Hannah Geary,  and Raylin Faatuai.  Pictured is Daniela Pena, CAPS Counselor Mrs. Townsend and last year’s representative, Sydney Hamilton.
December Events Call Information
This is an important message regarding upcoming Dec. events.  We are focusing on improving our tardiness this month. Students are urged to get to class on time so they don't lose valuable instruction.  Our School Advisory Council will meet tomorrow, Dec. 2, at 6:00 p.m.  Thurs., Dec. 6, the Science Fair will be held from 6:00-7:30 in the cafeteria.  Our music department will have a wonderful holiday concert on Dec. 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m.  Mid-Terms are Dec. 16-19 with the 17-19 early release days.  Winter Break begins Dec. 22and students return Tues., Jan. 6, the same night at Jan. School Advisory Council meets. Our monthly focus, The Gift of Friendship, will include many special service projects such as our Toy Drive.  Keep up with all the news through our website, Facebook page and newsletter.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
Key West High Principal Amber Bosco with Take Stock in Children senior Jack Willis
MIAMI, FL – Fourteen high school scholars in Florida have been selected as finalists for Take Stock in Children’s Fifth Annual Leaders 4 Life Fellowship Program created in partnership with the Asofsky Family Foundation. Key West High’s Jack Willis was one of those finalists!  Take Stock in Children, a statewide non-profit organization with a 20-year history of providing a pathway to post-secondary education for low-income, at-risk youth, will announce the final 6 recipients who will receive this innovative non-tuition scholarship award mid-January 2015.
The fourteen highly motivated scholars, who are amongst several thousand high school students statewide benefiting from Take Stock in Children, were selected based on their demonstrated strong leadership skills, moral character and academic success. Jack is an outstanding scholar who also excels in music, drama and service to others.  Jack is the first TSIC student in Monroe County to be recognized for this prestigious honor.  He is an outstanding example of Conch Pride and we are all proud of his accomplishment.
Key West Film Festival Award
Conch 5 Studios won Best Short for Fall from the Top at the Key West Film Festival recently!
Mid-Term exams will be held prior to the Winter Break.  Dec. 17-19 are early release days with school ending at 11:30.  Students should have study guides for their exams no later than Dec. 5.  Only medically related (dr. notes) or special pre-arranged absences will excuse a student from an exam.  Failure to take an exam may result in failing a course.  The Tutorial Center is open each afternoon, except Thurs., from 2:30-3:30 for studying and assistance.

December 16th, Tuesday                             7th Period Exam                 
December 17th, Wednesday                        1st and 2nd Exam                
December 18th, Thursday                             3rd and 4th Exam                
December 19th, Friday                                    5th and 6th Exam                
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
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)
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
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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